Minerva Medina, 87 years young, passed away Monday, February 9, 2009 in Bryan, Texas at St. Joseph Regional Health Center. For eighty years she was an active member of the Galveston community.
Minerva married Honorato Medina, Jr. on August 21, 1943 at Sacred Heart Church, the Rev. George W. Rhein officiating. She was totally devoted to her family, and enjoyed every success in her children’s lives, as well as those in her grandchildren’s lives. She was grateful to the Lord for allowing her husband and her to educate their four children in the best possible way; for the blessing of the devoted parents her children have become; and for the blessing of amazing grandchildren who are so loving, intelligent, and talented.
She spent twenty-nine years at home tending to her children and doing volunteer work at St. Patrick School, Kirwin High School, and O’Connell High School. On January 1, 1973, Minerva went to work for Galveston County, Precinct One and Two, under Judges “Pete” Urbani, Sherwood Brown, and Ralph Gustafson. Later, she transferred to the Constable Office, Precinct One, serving under Constables: Mike Fitzsimmons, E. Burns, and Sam Popovich. She retired after twenty years of service to Galveston County in August, 1994.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maria and Ernesto De La Garza, Sr.; her husband, Honorato, Jr. of fifty-five years; and her siblings, Roger Garza and Olga Vasquez, all of Galveston, Texas.
She is survived by her sons, Honorato Medina, III (“Skipper”), spouse, Janet Elaine of Houston, Texas; Robert Louis Medina, spouse, Pamela Diane of Hearne, Texas; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Imhoff, spouse, Gregory Steven of Dallas, Texas; Adele Marie Wallace, spouse, W. Robert of Katy, Texas; daughter-in-law Betty Jean Medina of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Aurora Nelson and Blanche Ortiz of Galveston, Texas; two brothers, Arthur Garza, spouse, Joyce of Galveston, Texas and Ernest Garza, Jr., spouse, Gloria of Texas City, Texas; and brother-in-law, Charles Vasquez of Galveston, Texas.
She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Teri Ann Galvin, spouse, Josh of Houston, Texas; Heidi Marie Stevener, spouse, Robert of San Antonio, Texas; Christopher Ray Medina, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Thomas Eric Medina, spouse Kinsey of League City, Texas; Katherine Marie Medina of Hearne, Texas; Lauren Elizabeth, Gregory James and Nicholas Steven Imhoff of Dallas, Texas; and Steven Robert and Scott William Wallace of Katy, Texas. There are also seven nieces, nephews, their spouses and their children. They are: Sherry Mencacci, spouse, Leo, III, daughters, Amanda and Shelly of Galveston, Texas; Stephen Garza, spouse Amy and daughters, Catherine Elizabeth and Mary Frances of Temecula, California; Jeffrey Garza, spouse Kris and daughter, Blake Elizabeth of League City, Texas; Susan Ware, spouse Russ and daughters, Anneliese and Julia of League City, Texas; Brian E. Garza of Texas City, Texas; Sandra Ely, spouse Ken and daughters, Miranda, Kyra and Alana of Austin, Texas; and Kenneth Garza, spouse Paula and sons, Kenneth, Jr. and Mason Matthew of Galveston, Texas.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 15, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Galveston, Texas. A rosary will be said at 4:30 p.m. with Father Brendan Murphy, SVD, officiating. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Father Brendan Murphy, SVD, officiating. Entombment follows at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Steven Wallace, Josh Galvin, Robert Stevener, Leo Mencacci, III, Brian Garza, Jeffrey Garza, Kenneth Garza, Sr., and Russ Ware. Honorary Pallbearers will be Arthur Garza, Ernest Garza, Jr., Honorato ("Skipper") Medina, III, Robert Medina, Gregory Imhoff, and W. Robert Wallace.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, O’Connell High School, or the charity of your choice.