Gilberto Zarate
August 4, 2017

Gilberto Zarate

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Darling-Mouser Funeral Home
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Recitation of the holy rosary
Darling-Mouser Funeral Home
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
7:00 p.m.
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
555 W. St Francis
Brownsville, TX  78520
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Sunshine Haven Hospice Facility
7105 West Lakeside Blvd.
Olmito, TX  78575

I served in the Army.

Gilberto Zarate, Sr., age 81, of San Pedro, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 4, 2017. He passed away at Christus Sister Mary Hospice Center in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.

Gilberto served three years in the U.S. Army as a Missile Master and was a trained expert marksman. Gilberto dedicated his life and career to the City of Brownsville as a firefighter of 32 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Firefighter. He served as the President of the Firefighters Association for twelve years, where he successfully fought for improved benefits and funding for the Brownsville Fire Department. Gilberto enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the Fire Department and a Brownsville nursing home formerly named Brownsville Good Samaritan. He served as a volunteer crossing guard at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brownsville during weekend CCD classes.

Gilberto enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music, and telling stories by the campfire. He was a man of tremendous faith and grit; a man who always put the needs of others before his. Gilberto was the rock of his family and will be forever missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel Zarate and Maria B. Zarate; his brothers, Alejandro Zarate and Ernesto Zarate; and his sister, Juanita Z. Garza.

Gilberto is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Josefina R. Zarate; his children, Maria Z. Vallejo, Diana Zarate, Pat Zarate (Genese Lamare), and Gilbert Zarate, Jr.; his grandchildren: Tori Vallejo, James Zarate, and Soraya Lamare; his brothers: Manuel, Rey, Arturo, and Jorge; his sisters: Bertha Farias, Anna Ruiz, and Maria Elena Garza; and his faithful dog, April, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. A rosary service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 555 W. St. Francis St. All services will conclude after the Mass, and in accordance with Gilberto’s wishes, cremation will follow.

Military honors will be rendered after Mass in front of the church by the VFW Funeral Honor Guard.

Gilbert Zarate, Jr., Patricia Zarate, Josh Villarreal, Joe Torres, Marco Zarate, and David Hinojosa are honored to be serving as Gilberto’s pallbearers. Gilberto's brothers: Manuel, Reynaldo, Arturo, and Jorge Zarate along with Rudy Perez will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Gilberto's name, may be made to Sunshine Haven Hospice Facility, 7105 West Lakeside Blvd., Olmito, Texas 78575.


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  1. Colleen and Andy Gambell
    San Antonio, TX

    We are praying for the entire Zarate family during this difficult time. Mr. Zarate was obviously a wonderful, dedicated, caring, and brave man. His legacy will continue on with all those who loved and learned from him.


    Colleen and Andy Gambell

  2. Sharon P. Wyatt
    Woodbridge, VA

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Pat, Mrs. Josefina Zarate, and all of the Zarate family.

  3. Gracie Becerra-Canfield
    Bulverde, TX

    God our Father brings us to birth, His providence guides our lives, and by His command we return to Him. All who die still live in His presence, their lives change but do not end. I pray for my Primo Gilbert who now lives in company with Christ Jesus, may he rejoice in Gods kingdom where all pain & tears are wiped away.

    Josie and Family, my sincerest condolences. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Take care and God Bless.

  4. Elena R Zorola
    Santa Monica, CA

    My condolences to the Zarate family. We were neighbors for many years on W. Madison, and my husband was also a firefighter during Zarate's time at BISD. Gilbert was very nice to all my family. He was a good man!

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