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Elvira Cisneros

Elvira Cisneros Obituary
July 11, 1924 - November 22, 2014
Elvira Cisneros was born on July 11, 1924 in Puebla, Mexico. She was the fourth child of seven children and the first daughter of Romulo Munguia and Carolina Malpica Munguia. Romulo Munguia was a printer and prominent activist in the political life of Mexico who immigrated to San Antonio in 1926. He acquired a job as a printer at San Antonio's Spanish-language newspaper, La Prensa. As soon as he was established in a job, Romulo Munguia had his family transported to the United States and they crossed the border at Laredo in 1926.

The family settled on Leal Street on the city's near Westside and later established their long-term home on Saunders Street, in the Prospect Hill area. Romulo opened his first print shop in a garage next door to the family home. The family adapted to life in the U.S. as the children attended public and parochial schools. Elvira attended Sacred Heart School, Washington Irving Junior High School, and graduated from Jefferson High School, where she was on the archery team. She also performed in Mexican folkloric ensembles at the City Recreation Program and in a cultural club named the Seleni sponsored by the Mexican Consulate. Elvira assisted her parents as they founded parent school organizations, published community newspapers and moderated radio programs to discuss Mexican literature and culture. They pioneered efforts to establish educational ties between San Antonio and Mexico and founded a program of faculty exchanges known as the Patronato, which eventually led to the establishment of a branch of the Autonomous University of Mexico in San Antonio.

Upon graduation from Jefferson High School, Elvira enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin. When World War II erupted and her three older brothers enlisted in the armed services, Elvira returned to San Antonio from Austin in late 1942 to help her father in the family print shop.

While helping her father in his growing business, Elvira continued her studies at Draughon's Business College in San Antonio and became an expert bookkeeper. Later she took a position at the downtown Frost Bank, where she developed life-long friendships. It was during this time at the Frost Bank that after work every day Elvira would spend the evening at the Santa Rosa Hospital caring for her youngest brother, Henry, who died of Hodgkin's disease in 1943. She also helped care for her youngest sister, Stella, who contracted polio in the epidemic of the period.

As the war ended, Elvira's brother Ruben was assigned to Randolph Field, where he introduced her to a fellow veteran, George Cisneros of Brighton, Colorado. George had recently completed more than three years of continuous service as an infantryman in the Pacific war and was recovering from malaria. He was invited to visit the family home and charmed the family with his good manners, serious intellect, and perfect Spanish. Elvira and George were engaged within months and married on November 25, 1945.

They began married life as young professionals and soon bought the residence at 2906 Monterey across the alley from Romulo and Carolina Munguia, which they would call home for 68 years. It was in this home that they raised five children?Henry born in 1947, Pauline in 1949, George in 1952, Tim in 1957, and Christina in 1960. Elvira was a PTA president, a Cub Scout den mother, and a Girl Scout leader.

As Elvira's children each moved on to college and graduated, she was named an advisor on senior services to the Alamo Area Council of Governments, toured nursing homes, and highlighted unacceptable conditions for the elderly. Because of her intense loyalty to her home neighborhood on the Westside, she was an active board member at the Avenida Guadalupe Association. As a national board member at AVANCE, Elvira individually counseled single mothers striving to improve their children's lives. She also was a board member at Project Learn to Read.

After George Cisneros suffered a debilitating stroke in 1976, she helped him establish the San Antonio Stroke Club and supported him in his responsibilities as the national spokesman for Easter Seals concerning strokes. She extended herself to provide George, who was the love of her life and the center of her commitments, all the personal care he needed both at home and in assisted-care facilities until his death in 2006.

Elvira was actively involved in the lives of her adult children and created a welcoming home-away-from home for her nine grandchildren. She also provided affectionate personal support and inspiration to a large network of friends and dozens of "surrogate daughters", with whom she counseled over many decades. She also remained close to her surviving sisters-in-laws: Martha Munguia (Ruben); Nelda Munguia (Romulo, Jr.) and Mickie Munguia (Bill).

Elvira was a devout churchwoman who prayed fervently every evening. She was particularly devoted to St. Theresa of the Little Flower, the patron saint of the Basilica in San Antonio. She frequently sought strength and prayed with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.

Elvira Cisneros celebrated her 90th birthday on July 11, 2014 at the restaurant of her choice atop the Tower of Americas. From that vantage point she could look in every direction across the city and see reminders of her commitments of a lifetime. As she spoke gratefully to her family and friends that day, it was clear that she had worked all her life to attain high standards for herself and for those around her, that she loved her community, and that she was always motivated to make our society stronger and better.

She is survived by children: Henry and wife Mary Alice Cisneros, Pauline Cisneros, George and wife Catherine Cisneros, Tim and wife Karla Cisneros, Christine and husband Tom Corser; grandchildren: Teresa and husband Sean Burton, Mercedes and husband Brad Badger, John Paul Cisneros, Antonio Cisneros, Jacqueline and husband Chris Muncy, Charlotte Cisneros, David Cisneros, Peter Corser and wife Nicole, Mark Corser; great-grandchildren: Russell and Grace Burton, Natalia, and Karina Badger.

The family will receive friends at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a Rosary being recited at 6:00 p.m. A funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014 to celebrate a 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. Interment will follow in San Fernando Cemetery II.

The Cisneros family thanks Elvira's many friends who have brought her joy and been helpful over the years. We also thank her doctors and caregivers, particularly Dr. Abdu Kadri, the staffs at Adante Senior Living, and Regent Care who have been gentle and professional in their medical care over the last months. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to: Sisters of the Holy Spirit, 300 Yucca Street (78203) or AVANCE, 118 Medina St (78207). Visit www.funerariadelangelroyakers.com for online tributes.


Published in Express-News on Nov. 24, 2014
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