Carmen Pantoja Corbeil, 83, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Brownsville. The eldest of thirteen children, Carmen was born and raised in La Manzanilla de la Paz, Jalisco, Mexico. She met her French Canadian husband, Joseph Rene Corbeil, during one of his many travels to Mexico. They married and emigrated to the United States where they raised seven children while building a successful construction and apartment business.
Affectionately known to most of her family and friends as Carmelita and Grandma, she will be most remembered for her love of both her immediate and extended family. She considered her children and grandchildren to be her life’s greatest achievement. Additionally, her deep love of Mexican music came from her numerous family members who are professional musicians and entertainers. Their extensive collection of movies, recordings, and live performances from throughout both Mexico and Spain have entertained millions and kept her singing for her entire life. There was rarely a party where someone in the family didn’t play the guitar or the piano and sing. Grandma was always first to join in, having most recently sung with a mariachi in celebration of her 83rd birthday.
Camelita spent the last 15 years in San Antonio helping to raise her twin grandsons. Loved by everyone who met her, she was a kind soul devoted to her family.
Carmen was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Rosario Pantoja, her husband, Joseph Rene Corbeil, Sr., a son, Jean-Pierre Corbeil (Lourdes), and a brother, Adrian Pantoja.
She is survived by her children, Joseph Rene (Maria Elena), Jean-Baptiste (Sonia), Charles Albert (Lynda), Madeleine Anne (DJ), all from Brownsville; Lupita (Dawn) of San Antonio, TX; Louis Adrien (Jessica) of Bandera; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Corbeil of San Antonio, a goddaughter, Celina Maldonado of Brownsville; her sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by eleven siblings Carlos Pantoja, Miguel Pantoja, Vicente Pantoja, Jose Pantoja Jr., Francisco Pantoja, Antonio Pantoja, Lupita Fernandez, Teresa Pantoja, and Marta Pantoja of Guadalajara, Mexico; Ruben Pantoja of Malaga, Spain, and Ramiro Pantoja of Chicago, IL as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A public viewing will be held on Sunday, November 18, at 4:00 p.m. followed by a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Darling Mouser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Road. Serving as pallbearers are Rene Corbeil, Jean-Baptiste Corbeil, Carlos Corbeil, Louis Corbeil, DJ Johnson, and Devon Corbeil. Entombment will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park
To the Corbeil Family, our deepest condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. 🙏
David and Janie
Janie Gallegos-MajorsHarlingen, TX
To all the Corbeils - my deepest sympathies at the loss of your mom, grandma. She did a wonderful job of raising her children, and I know that you are grieving her loss. May your sorrow soon be turned to joy as your sadness is replaced with wonderful memories.
Judy CoyneBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences to the Corbeil and Pantoja families. Carmelita was a lovely, kind lady that I was blessed to have had the opportunity to know.
May the wonderful memories you have of her sustain you in the days ahead. RIP, Carmelita, you are in a better place now, free from any pain.
Leticia Valentin BarrentineDenver, NC
May GOD bless you and welcome you into heaven. May GOD give your family faith and strength to get through this troubled times.
Mark StevensBrownsville, TX
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Prayers during these difficult times.
Rudy and Alma
Alma HerreraBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences to the family of this beautiful lady, my neighbor many years ago.
Dora E. EasonBrownsville, TX
Grandma Carmenlita, I will always remember your sweet heart and kind ways! I can still remember the first day I met you and I am so happy I was able to share your space! You will forever be missed, May you Rest In Peace and be with your loved ones now in Heaven.
Danielle StonsHouston, TX
Mom I already miss you so much! I love you and will always keep you close in my heart.
I will never forget how hard you worked to make sure we had everything we needed and to make sure we all felt loved.
Louis & Jessica CorbeilBandera, TX
We offer our deepest condolences to all her family, Carmelita was very dear to us, she will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.
Dr. Enna Marlene Lugo & familyBrownsville, TX
Mom: Your time with us was very special. You will live in our hearts and minds forever.
Carlos CorbeilBrownsville, TX
Dear tia Carmelita,
I will always remember the time Jose and I spent with you and your wonderful family when we were kids. It was truly one of the best times of our lives.
Thank you for being there during our time of need.
May you Rest In Peace.
Omar PantojaHouston, TX
My deepest sympathy is extended to the Corneille family. Having taught several of the Corbeil children at Russel Elementary, I remember Mrs. Corbeil as a wonderfully devoted and involved mother always available and present for her children. May she Rest In Peace.
Judith RodriguezSan Antonio, TX
You will be dearly missed.
Jean-Baptiste CorbeilBrownsville, TX