Juanita G. Cantu, 94, peacefully passed from this life into the church triumphant on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Juanita, a resident of Brownsville, Texas had been a resident of Barcelona Assisted Living facility in McAllen for the past two years.
As a leader in her community, she was one of the first Hispanic women store managers in the downtown area of Brownsville for a period of 20 years. She later managed the family owned Can-2 Fence Co. for 20 years as well. Always a confident and strong woman, Juanita raised her 6 children to value education, personal, and professional success. She loved to travel to Rome, New York, and Las Vegas and once waited over 13 hours in the hot San Antonio sun to see Pope John Paul II. She always loved music such as Mariachi and other live concerts. Some of her favorite songs were "You are My Sunshine", “Amor Eterno” and “Bendito, Bendito”.
She enjoyed being an avid newspaper reader to stay abreast of the latest news and keeping up with community events. She also supported her community and church, donating security fencing and sponsoring glass stained windows for St. Joseph Catholic church in Brownsville, Texas.
One of Juanita’s greatest joys was being a loving nanny to Kris Kristofferson, an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, whom she reared from the age of 6 months to the age of 12. Juanita was only 13 years old when she was hired by the Kristofferson family. Juanita, who was still a child herself, took care of him as if he was her own. The two of them developed a loving relationship that lasted a lifetime. He was present with the family at her bedside in her final days of life.
Preceding her in death is her spouse Eleuterio Cantu, her parents Fernando & Paula Gonzalez, and her grandson, Dr. Ernesto Cantu, Jr.
Juanita is survived by 3 sons; Ernesto, Enrique, and Erasmo “Fred” (Yolanda) Cantu, and 3 daughters; Dr. Elvia (Dr. Jose Angel) Rodriguez, Maria Elena (Al) Beltran, and Elsa Cantu. Her 10 grandchildren; Christine Troiani, Luinda (Scott) Combs, Dr. Vanessa and Kevin Cantu, Dr. Marisela Annette and Jaime Rodriguez, Christopher Lee & Dr. Stacy Renay Beltran, Ricardo and Christina Cantu, and 5 great-grandchildren: Dominic and Sophia Troiani, Holden and Jake Combs and Phoebe Cordero.
A Holy Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Gus Barrera at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1108 W. Hackberry Ave. in McAllen on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Friday, April 27, 2018, with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 6:30 P.M. followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary to follow at 7:00 P.M. Friday evening at Darling Mouser Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 555 W. St. Francis St., in Brownsville, Texas on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Christopher Beltran, Kevin Cantu, Scott Combs, Falcon Rivera, Jr., Jaime Rodriguez and Dominic Troiani are honored to be serving as Juanita’s pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers are: Al Beltran, Ricardo Cantu, Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Kris Kristofferson, and Joe Trevino.
With a heavy heart, the Lozano Family sends their deepest condolences on the passing of Tia Janie. I will remember her by her elegance and kindness. May she Rest In Peace. Jesusa, Pablo Lozano, Jr and Lila Lozano
Lila LozanoMCALLEN, TX
Hola, Elsita; Dios la bendiga. Que El Señor le fortalezca durante este momento difícil. Aquí tiene nuestro apoyo en San Antonio, y estamos a la orden, cualquier cosa que usted necesite. Dios le cuide.
GeorgeSan Antonio, TX
On behalf of our family please accept our condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady. I was glad to have greeted her, and Elsa who accompanied her, a few years ago at St. Joseph’s church here in Brownsville. God bless you.
Ma. Estela Rodriguez Von Hatten & family.Brownsville, TX
I worked with Juanita 7years at motherhood in amigoland mall. And also work with her son 7 yrs. I love to hear her story's of all the places at she had gone. And the joy of her family. She love her children and grandchildren very much . Thank you GOD for letting this beautiful lady in my life . GOD BLESS . Hilda Amador.
Hilda AmadorBrownsvill, TX
May God give your family comfort in the days ahead.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Yolanda AllmanHumble, TX
We send our deepest condolences on the loss of
Your beloved mother. From our family to yours. May God bless you’ll and may she Rest In Peace. Walter and Norma Plitt
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Plitt IIIBrownsville, TX
Dear Elvia, Joe, Annette, and Jaime,
We are sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. May God give you strength and peace in the midst of your grief. You are in our prayers.
Margie (Manzano), Jay & Cindy Corbett
MargieRound Rock, TX
TO DR. ESNESTO CANTU AND FAMILY: MAY SHE REST IN PEACE---SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND RAISED A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY---KNOW THAT SHE IS HEAVEN WITH OUR GOD SHOULD COMFORT THE FAMILY---MAY OUR GOD BLESS HER FAMILY AND LOVE ONES IN THIS TIME OF SORROW---PRAYERS ARE GOING YOUR WAY---AMEN.....................
EULALIO MORAIDACORPUS CHRISTI, TX
My sincere condolences for your great loss. It is never easy when we lose someone we love but it is especially painful when we lose our mother. Mother’s are so special in so many ways. May your treasured memories bring your family joy and comfort in the months and years to come. And may our Creator’s promise as found at Revelation 21:3,4 bring your family hope.
Norma PeraltaMorgan Hill, CA
Grandma, thanks for the love you gave me. Thanks for the wonderful stories you shared with me. Thanks for helping me with my education. But most of all, thanks for teaching me how to be a strong woman. I love you so much. I can't wait to see you in my dreams again!
VanessaSan Antonio, TX