Theresa Martorell Franzen, 89, of Santa Fe, passed from this life on February 29, 2008 at Ashton Parke Care Center. She was born in Galveston on August 29, 1918 to Angelo and Emma Mariani Martorell. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Carl, her daughter, Martha Flores and her brothers, Paul, Joe, Pete and Edward Martorell.
Theresa (Martorell) Franzen
Hayes Funeral Home
Theresa was a strong willed woman who was the family caregiver. After living through the Depression and helping to raise her siblings, Theresa married her love, Carl. After his death in 1963, she lived in San Antonio for 8 years to help her daughter recuperate from a car accident and help raise her three grandchildren. When she returned to Santa Fe, she worked towards getting her GED so she could earn her nurses aide certificate. She worked for 20 years at Alvin Community Hospital as an aide. Her favorite place to work was in the nursery. She then continued her care giving as a home health nurse and then a private nurse. She was member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, United Trainmen Ladies Auxiliary, a 1933 graduate of St. Patrick’s school in Galveston, a member of the Ursuline Alumnae and a former member of VFW Post #880 Ladies Auxiliary. Theresa loved her family, working in her flower garden, arts and crafts of all kinds, especially crocheting afghans and doilies to give to her church bazaar, family and friends. She was affectionately known to many as Granny, Great-Great, Tweetsie or Aunt Tweet.
Theresa is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and John McShane of Corpus Christi, Theresa “Tinka “ and David Burrows of Santa Fe and son-in-law, Robert Flores of Plano. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all her grandchildren: Kim and Robert Marchand, Bill Morales, Max Morales, Theresa and John Johnson, Debbie and Daniel Wagner, DeeDee and Eddie Johnson, Valerie DeOre and Laura and Michael Ryan. She had 10 great-grandchildren: Jennifer and Michelle Marchand, Derek and Michaela Comely, Nicole, Matthew and Jenifer Wagner, Andrew Morales, Christina Ryan and Mark Johnson. She will be missed by her sister, Mary Flex, of Dickinson, and brothers, Nino Martorell and Frank Martorell, both of Galveston, as was as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2008, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Reverend John Kappe as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Alta Loma Cemetery under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.
Casketbearers will be Jim Flex, John Flex, Robert Flex, C.E. Martorell, Bill Morales and Max Morales, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Mark “Eddie” Johnson and Daniel Wagner.
Friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Hayes Funeral Home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501.
The family would like to thank Dr. Warren T. Longmire, Jr., a wonderful caregiver and family friend, the Hospice Care Team, the staff at Ashton Parke Care Center and the staff of Regency Hospice for the compassionate and loving care they gave Theresa.
Those who wish may make memorials in the form of donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Capital Campaign Fund, 10114 Hwy 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563 or Regency Hospice, 1100 I-45 South, League City, TX 77573.