Judith Diana |
MERCEDES, TX. -
Judith Diana Solis VanBerg, 59, passed away December 10, 2013 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco among her family.
She was born March 28, 1954 to Silverio Solis and Yolanda Leal Solis. She graduated from Mercedes High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Texas. Later, she studied Geological Sciences at the University of Texas Pan-American and received a Masters Degree in Library Sciences from Sam Houston State University. She married Mark VanBerg in Michigan in 1974. They lived in Austin together while they studied at UT before moving back to Mercedes to start a family.
Judy lived a very eventful life. Before settling down as an educator in Mercedes, she was an active geologist. She climbed several mountains in Mexico and studied the Colima Volcano Complex. Her passion for Earth Science eventually lead her to teach 8th grade science at Mercedes Jr. High. She deeply enjoyed her time as a teacher, only deciding to move out of the classroom to reach more students as a librarian. Still, she never stopped teaching. She engaged many students on her campuses, and she integrated emerging technologies into the classroom and library. As a campus technology coordinator, she did more than just troubleshoot computer issues. She was an advocate for technological advancement and the positive changes it could bring to the classroom.
Judy was an avid reader and could rarely be found without a book in her hand. She was a longtime choir member at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, oftentimes leading the choir with her guitar. She was caring, a mentor, and above all else, she was generous with her time and spirit.
She will be greatly missed by her survivors, Husband Mark VanBerg and son Alexander Van Berg of Mercedes, and daughter Sydney VanBerg of Austin; her brothers Ruben Solis, Michael Solis, and James Solis of Austin, and David Solis of Flint, Michigan.
A visitation will be held at Garcia and TreviÃ±o Funeral Home in Mercedes from 4 pm - 7 pm on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Following the visitation a rosary will be held at 7 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes at 10 am on Friday, December 13, 2013, interment will follow at Ebony Grove Cemetery also in Mercedes.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Dec. 12, 2013