Maria Antonia Cedillo
1928 - 2014
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CEDILLO
Maria Antonia Cedillo

Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Maria Antonia Cedillo, was welcomed into heaven on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Born August 29, 1928 in San Buenaventura, Coahuila, Mexico, she came to San Antonio with her husband and children in 1956. The original plan was to continue on to Los Angeles, where our father had a job waiting. Realizing they had traveled one full day already, and considering that to be too great a distance from her parents, brother, and sisters, she expressed her confidence to our father that he could find work anywhere, and San Antonio became home.

The family owned and operated La Fama Bakery on the city's West Side for a quarter century. Our mother was an accomplished baker and known for her beautifully decorated cakes and pastries. Her wedding , quinceañera, and Mother's Day cakes became status symbols on the West Side, ensuring the financial success of the business.

La Fama Bakery was an enterprise that required the participation of the entire family, and the seven children witnessed every day the work ethic that transformed the family from struggling immigrants to an embodiment of the American Dream. She loved this country, embracing citizenship and voting in every election after obtaining it, taking great pleasure in allowing candidates she supported to put up campaign signs on the bakery fence and turning away those she disliked.

She believed in education, so much so that each of the seven children could manage the entire business in their teens, but were not allowed to work the dough. Appreciating the honor and dignity of manual labor, she nonetheless desired that her children not earn their livings with their hands. As a child in Mexico she completed 6th grade, and could only dream of continuing her education at the Catholic school in Monclova. She promised herself that each of her children would receive a Catholic education and that all would attend college. Her three daughters are graduates of Providence High School and her four sons are proud graduates of Holy Cross High School. To date, her children and grandchildren have brought her degrees from St. Mary's University, Trinity University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Creighton University, and De Paul University.

She came to be known as "Ata," a grandson's early pronunciation of "abuelita." Ata was the heart and soul of our family. She gathered us at her home every Sunday for breakfast, fulfilling her desire to keep her family close. Sunday breakfasts were a time for us to laugh, tell stories, celebrate birthdays, and most importantly start our week with the reinforcement of her love and the love we have for each other. It is a cherished family tradition we will continue in her honor.

Our mother was a devout Catholic and an active member of the Guadalupanas of St. Luke's Catholic Church, the St. Luke's Altar Society, and Project Lawrence, a program delivering care packages to active military personnel. She was devoted to the Carmelite Sisters and frequently visited bearing gifts of baked goods and pastries. Archbishop Patricio Flores would stop what he was doing at the Chancery to receive her empanadas and semitas and she continued to deliver to him at his nursing home for many years.

She loved to travel. In her last 15 years she enjoyed visits to New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Cancun, Cozumel, Mexico City, and Caribbean cruises. At home she enjoyed music, spending time with her friends and family and frequent celebrations at Mi Tierra, La Margarita, and especially Paesano's Lincoln Heights where Joe and the staff treated her like royalty. Her favorite pastime however was the Friday afternoon lotería games at her home with her many comadres and St. Luke's Guadalupanas.

She learned to bake, knit and crochet at an early age and she shared her talents with loved ones. The nurseries of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been graced by the knitted blankets and baby clothing lovingly made by her hands. For the past 10 years, she knitted and donated baby blankets and baby caps for the NICU at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Rodolfo Cedillo, parents Apolonia Martinez Trujillo and Pablo Gonzalez Garcia, infant daughter Maria del Carmen, and her sister Arcelia Gonzalez de Rodriguez.

She is survived by her children Otila Albrecht (Richard), Maria Antonia Sorola (Sylvestre) of Del Rio, TX, Rodolfo (Melinda) of Boerne, TX, Ricardo, Rebecca Quintanilla Cedillo, Carmelita, Angel (Lisa), and Eduardo (Fabiola); grandchildren Liliana Puype (Eric) of Boise, ID, Melissa Sorola, René Sorola (Marissa) of Houston, TX, Carlos Armando, Miguel Rodolfo, Daniel Ricardo, Raquel Valeria, Marcos Andres, Angel Eduardo, Marisela, Valeria, and Eduardo; and great-grandchildren Carolina, Luke, Sophia, Stella, and Sebastian. She is also survived by her brother Juan Pablo Gonzalez Martinez, and her sisters Maria del Refugio Gonzalez Martinez and Minerva Gonzalez Martinez, and numerous nieces and nephews in San Buenaventura, Coah., Monclova, Coah., and Monterrey, N. L.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Francis Mueller and his dedicated staff who cared for our mother for the past 7 years and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th at Porter Loring on McCullough.

ROSARY
WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
7:00 PM
PORTER LORING
CHAPEL

PROCESSION
THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
9:30 AM
DEPARTS PORTER
LORING CHAPEL

MASS OF THE
RESURRECTION
10:00 AM
SAN FERNANDO
CATHEDRAL
115 MAIN PLAZA

Interment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery III. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to the Children's Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, 100 NE Loop 410, Suite 706, San Antonio, TX, 78216, www.santarosafoundation.org.
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Published in San Antonio Express-News from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2014.
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February 22, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Clearly an amazing woman who leaves a legacy of faith, accomplishments, and love behind. Our prayers are with you all.
The Medina Family
February 22, 2014
We wish to give all the Cedillo family our deepest heart felt condolences as she was very close to our hearts .
Ruben & Alma Venzor
February 21, 2014
She was a mother to all who knew her. Because of her sacrifices and dreams, her family has been so blessed. We will miss her ... our prayers and condolences to the Cedillo family.
Mr & Mrs Ernest Sorola
March 4, 2014
My sympathies and condolences go out to all the Cedillo families.
God Bless You All,
Officer Larry Contreras
407th District Court
Bexar County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Services Division
Lorenzo Contreras
February 28, 2014
dear cha cha and otila, please accept my sincere condolences. i have so many memories of you girls that i will cherish forever.my prayers are with your whole family. condolences to Angel cedillo from Russell Alameda and steve Alameda 93' and 95'. peace be with all of you.
February 28, 2014
We lived in SA many years and had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Cedillo and her son Ricardo. Wonderful family! a perfect example of our Mexican Culture and tradition - Education is the best inheritance we can leave our kids. God bless Mrs. Cedillo and her extended family! May she rest in peace! LIFE DOES NOT END, IT ONLY CHANGES! mov
Magdalena O Villanueva
February 26, 2014
I have some very fond memories of Friday afternoon loteria. The memory of her generosity, kindness and zest for life will always be cherished. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
--Marisa, Dave and Matthew Roberts
Marisa Roberts
February 26, 2014
Car, our condolences to you and your brothers and sisters. May you find comfort and always be proud that you had such a wonderful and so liked Mother by everyone. She is an angel who is rejoycing next to our Jesus Christ. Love you Amiga
olga vazquez
February 26, 2014
Carmelita,
Que Dios te bendiga a ti y a tu familia. Y que Dios guarde el alma de tu madrecita en el cielo. Que hermosa vida y encenanza les dio tu mama. Siempre vivira en tu alma y corazon.
La azucar de sus postres y su amor viviran contigo para siempre.
Mi condolencia y pesame para ti.
Fuerte Abrazo
Juan & Virginia Mendez
Bulverde,TX
Juan Mendez
February 26, 2014
Ricardo and Family, on behalf of my wife Jannise and myself we offer you our sincerest condolences. God bless you all in the days ahead as your remember your Loving Mom.
Ernest Mora
February 25, 2014
So many memories with the Cedillo girls, ChaCha & Otila at Holy Rosary and Providence. I too remember bakery treats, especially the Empanadas--my favorites. Please accept my condolences and know that your family is in my heart and my prayers.
Gloria Morales Hilburn
February 25, 2014
Maria de
Maria del carmen Morales Gomez
February 25, 2014
Rudy and family i am sorry to hear the passing of your mother, only having the chance to meet her only once is was apparent that she was a grand lady with a great family.i am just sorry i was unable to get to sample all of her tasty treats and cooking. may she rest in eternal peace and my prayers are with all.
Martin&Kim Kennedy
February 25, 2014
Please accept our sincerest condolences. The Mrs. Cedillo and the entire Cedillo family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and months ahead. Louis R. Escareno & Family
Louis Escareno
February 25, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jesus { Jumbo } Medina
February 25, 2014
To Car and all of the Cedillo Family,our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, she will be truly missed.
Rocha Family
February 25, 2014
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother. We will keep the family in our daily prayers. With sympathy, Tony & Carol Garza
Carol Garza
February 25, 2014
To All the Cedillo Family, I remember at 5 yrs of age, I had first met Mrs. Cedillo at THE BAKERY but at that age I knew it as the "Pound delucy Place" every Friday that we went to the bakery that was a thrill for me, I didn't know at that age that we were poor, so going to the bakery to get my most favorite Mexican cookies with sprinkles was so exciting for me, But for some reason I thought I was so special, because Mrs. Cedillo would come from the kitchen or from behind the counter after taking a cookie and handing it to me with the paper that you would use to grab all the bread and pastries with, I don't know for sure if she could tell how happy she made me feel, but I remember thanking her and I felt the blush on my face and the biggest smile I could make. I don't know why she did this for me, other customers were around with their children but I only remember that sheet wrapper with one of my favorite cookies inside I can't quite remember exactly how many years this went on, I was either 8 or 9 years old. So every Friday that we went to La Fama Bakery I would see Mrs. Cedillo and even after the bakery had closed I was sad because now we had to go to another bakery but it just wasn't the same. Something happened one day at our home. The doorbell rang and I ran to answer the door and a huge surprise! It was Ricardo, I would see him working so hard at the bakery, but I never thought he would appear at our door step. So I first met Ricardo at the age of 12 and he came to our house because he was taking out one of my older sisters. Ricardo and I have kept in touch and I'm so Proud to say that he is the Father of My neice/Godchild Raquel and my nephew Marcos. I hope that Maria still remembers me, that we went to school at St. Paul's together. I haven't seen Maria since I graduated ST. Paul's I was a yr. ahead of her, that is approximately 41yrs. ago. Mrs Cedillo you have beautiful, kind and caring children and your Grandchildren just the same, All are the way they are because you raised your children well. What a beautiful thing to have, YOUR CHILDREN who loved you cared for you and were their for you. You were an Angel on earth, now your an angel in Heaven. God Bless All The Cedillo family and may you be comforted in this sad time. My condolences and all my sympathy. Bernice Jimenez Garcia and from my family my husband Jesse and my two children Thomas and Melanie Garcia
Bernice Garcia
February 24, 2014
Carmelita(maria) and the entire Cedillo Family our deepest condolences. All of the Cedillo Family carry the generation of love and kindness in your hearts. Your mothers legacy of hope and faith were so very powerful and it will live on in each of you. Peace and the grace of God be with all of you. God be with all of you.
Elizabeth & Eddie Collazo Sr.
February 24, 2014
Very sad to hear about your Mother's passing. It is never easy to let her go. Remember that she is with you always.
anet alaniz
February 24, 2014
God bless all of you. Your mother is the best mentor of all times.Very lovable and intelligent.My sincere sympathy. Ana Y.Perez M.D.
February 24, 2014
My sincerest Condolences to the entire Cedillo Family. I had the pleasure of meeting your mom while I was parish secretary at Holy Family from 1984 to 1987,often she'd come and bring sweets to Msgr.Pablo Sicilia,Pastor(RIP)and the staff. She was always very friendly and outgoing. May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Irma Flores Carranza
Irma Carranza
February 24, 2014
My condolences to the Cedillo family. Although I never got the opportunity to meet this remarkable women, I did get the opportunity to meet her sons while attending Holy Cross High School. They were a reflection of her life and continue to emulate all the goodness of her life. May you all find peace and comfort among your family during this time. (Class of 74).
Juan Lopez
February 24, 2014
I remember her sending some of her chicken mole' on a bus to Rudy and Eddie when we were in Albuquerque and what a treat it was! What an outstanding job she did as a mother! So sorry for your families loss. Trey and Joanne Day
Trey and Joanne Day
February 24, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family...
David Perez and Family...
February 23, 2014
I had the blessed Opportunity of knowing your beautiful loving mother and heaven just received one of of the most special angels. I have learned so many life lessons through her love and kindness for everyone. she was the example for all of us to follow. Mrs Cedillo will be dearly missed at Huebner Family Medicine. I am praying for all of you.I am so sorry for your loss.
sylvia Aguilar
February 23, 2014
The Lord bless you and comfort you in this time. We are with you, please receive all our love.
Kevin and Lucia Shelley (Maluy) and sons.
Lucia Shelley Maluy
February 23, 2014
With my all my heart and love i will miss you!!
Linda Woods
February 23, 2014
I can still taste the hot donuts from La Fama. May the Grace of God forever bless Mrs.Cedillo and my condolences to the family.
Armando Barbosa
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