Jose “Joe” Maria Cisneros, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully at home in Fredericksburg, TX, surrounded by his family on December 20, 2018.
Joe “Pepe” was born on February 4, 1932 in Brownsville, TX. He was the 6th of 7 children born to Jose Maria and Margarita Hinojosa Cisneros, originally from “La Burrita” ranch in Mexico. His father, a merchant, owned a grocery store / gas station on 7th and Filmore St., among other businesses.
As a boy, he attended St. Joseph's Academy and later Brownsville High School, where he was active on the boxing team. He enlisted in the Air Force and served our Country during the Korean Conflict.
Joe married his high school sweetheart, Guadalupe “Lupita” Mendoza, on June 17, 1956.
The couple moved to Corpus Christi, TX where he worked for the Naval Base, and later for Pepsi Cola.
In 1970, the couple and their 2 daughters returned to Brownsville to be near family. Joe worked for the U.S. Immigration and later for Valley Trucking where he retired.
On his free time, he enjoyed tending to his numerous farm animals, carpentry projects and hosting parties for family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Guadalupe “Lupita” Mendoza Cisneros; parents, Jose Maria and Margarita H. Cisneros; beloved aunt, Gregoria “Pura” Hinojosa; brothers, Edmundo E. and Oscar P. Cisneros; and sisters, Margarita “Maggie” Montalvo and Emma C. Fangmann.
He is survived by his daughters Melissa M. Armendariz (Roy) of Round Rock, TX and Leticia M. Cisneros (Phillip) of Fredericksburg, TX; grandchildren Justin (Cassie), Jason (Kristen) and Andrea (Jacob) Armendariz; great-granddaughter Julissa E. Canales; sisters Benilde C. “Bennie” Salazar (Abel) and Hortencia C. “Tencha” Tijerina; and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
Pall bearers will be Roy Armendariz, Justin Armendariz, Jason Armendariz, Joe Edmund Cisneros, Michael Cisneros and David Cisneros. Honorary pall bearers are Joe Eddie Cisneros and Hector Cisneros.
Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. and continue through 9 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018 with the recitation of the Holy Rosary service at 6 p.m. in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville, TX. The funeral mass celebration will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at St Luke’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences.
Erica and Victor DominguezLakehills, TX
Thinking of the family in your time of sorrow.
Shari Sanders SmithColorado Springs, CO
I send my deepest condolences to the family. I pray for peace and healing during this time of loss especially to my dear friends Leticia and Phillip. Both of you did your absolute best to make sure your dad was taken care of in the best way possible. He can rest in peace knowing you all spent quality time to the end.
Michelle PaekAustin, TX
I wish I could have met the Jose that many of you knew and loved, however, my presence in his life, did serve a purpose and will forever be a memorable experience. In caring for Jose, I was able to meet and cross paths with his daughter Leticia. The love she had for her father didnt have to be expressed or explained, it outpoured in her actions and in the effort she made to ensure Jose recieved the best care possible during these last couple of years of life. This adventure started out as a job to care for Jose, although he is now at rest, this adventure continues through the bond and relationship that has formed with Leticia. I will forever be greatful for this experience and feel honored to have been able to help this family.
Ashley HamiltonCedar Park, TX
My most sincere condolences to you and your family. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace.
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller
Vickie VinesColorado Springs, CO
So sorry for your loss. The Cisneros Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim Fry, FL
Thank you, Dad for all the love you gave to our family. You are a part of us forever.
LETICIA CISNEROSFREDERICKSBURG, TX
Our most sincere condolences to all the family of our dear Pepe Cisneros. Sending lots of prayers to all the family and specially to Leticia and Melissa during this sad times. We adore your dad with all our heart. May he Rest In Peace. He will always be in our thoughts and hearts.
Maria Cisneros SalazarHouston, TX