Rudolph Monsalvo
MONSALVO
Our beloved husband, father, and Grandfather Rudolph "Rudy" Taylor Monsalvo passed away peacefully on January 27, 2011, at the age of 73. Rudy was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 1, 1937, to Lillie Taylor and Dr. R. O. Monsalvo. He graduated from the Texas Military Institute in 1955 and continued on to Baylor University in Waco, then to St. Mary's University, and St. Mary's College of Law. Rudy proudly served in the United States Coast Guard in 1960. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May of 1968 and was also licensed to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western District of Texas. His legal career spanned over four decades. Rudy was a criminal attorney who vigorously advocated for individuals and their families in difficult times. He was a true believer in the rights and protections guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Rudy was an "old fashioned" trial lawyer who would vehemently advocate for his client during trial, and then invite the prosecuting attorney for comradary after the legal proceedings concluded. A friend to all, Rudy loved the practice of law and all the friendships he made along the way. He also fancied himself a gentlemen farmer and rancher, with a passion for growing watermelons and strawberries on his farm in Atascosa County. Married to a former Strawberry Queen from Poteet, growing strawberries just seemed like the logical thing to do. Rudy married his sweetheart, Susan Qualls, July 3, 1969. Their 41 year marriage was a testament to his love for his family, which he considered his greatest blessing in life. Rudy's goal to take all of his grandchildren and God Son to Disneyland one last time was fulfilled earlier this month, during which time he was able to take each child on several of their favorite rides - while still finding time to consume his weight in clam chowder. Rudy is survived by his loving wife, Susan Qualls Monsalvo and daughters, Susan Taylor and Sherie Ann, and their husbands, Brian Smith and John Dickson. He was most proud of his grandchildren, Robert William Gleeson, Daniel Scott Gleeson, Katherine Scott Dickson, John Parker Smith III, God-Son Frank Spencer Stubbs IV. He was also survived by Mary Ann and Clyde Bruce, Danny and Gretchen Qualls, Gene and Margie Qualls, Dorothy Qualls Lary, Joan and Spencer Stubbs, and Fred Gleeson. Rudy was preceeded in death by his parents, Lillie Taylor and Dr. R. O. Monsalvo, Dan and Lucille Qualls, and Ronnie Bruce. Pallbearers are Judge Marion Carson, Judge Tim Johnson, Judge Michael Mery, Colonel (Ret.) Skinner Simpson, Frank Spencer Stubbs IV, and Carl West. Honorary pallbearers include Judge Alphonso Alonzo, William Snider, Bryant Ingram, Jim Lamb, Anthony Pierulla, Dr. John Kellog, Dr. Christopher Kopecky, and Gustavo Ramos. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to those who provided medical care and support to Rudy over the years, including Dr. Chris Kopecky, Dr. Fernandez Lopez, Dr. Arush Angirasa, and nursing assistant Marie Mendoza. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Trinity Baptist Church located at 319 E. Mulberry.

SERVICE
MONDAY
JANUARY 31, 2011
1:00 P.M.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
319 E. MULBERRY

GRAVESIDE SERVICE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING AT
PLEASANTON CITY CEMETERY
PLEASANTON, TX

Rev. Dr. D. Leslie Hollon, Ph.D., will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Rudy's memory be made to the Alpha Home, C/O Trinity Baptist Church.
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monsalvo family, mark rutledge and sandy settles were so sad to hear of your loss,rudy was such a happy person, always a smile on his face and always dressed to a 'T', we celebrate a life well lived, he will greatly be missed.
February 2, 2011
Sincere condolences for the loss of Rudy Monsalvo, an outstanding San Antonio lawyer who gave much to his community and to his profession.
Jim & Molly Branton
February 1, 2011
Our deepest condelensces to the family of Rudy Monsalvo. I was a court clerk that knew and worked with Rudy back in the 1980's. My husband also knew and worked with Rudy when he would come to court. He was a very good man, always friendly but yet very professional in his work. We will miss him dearly.

Raul and DiAnne Medellin
Deputy Sheriff and former Court clerk
DiAnne Medellin
January 31, 2011
Dear Susan,

Our sincere condolences on your loss.

Rudy was a gentle, loving, caring person and you were the perfect match for him. Both Betty and I are sorry that we can't join you at this time. We will always remember the fun and great feeling of being able to help others that we had with you both during your time as members of the Stardust Club. Our love to Susan and Sherie Ann. He was so proud of them.

May the Lord give you the strength to understand His need for a great person like Rudy to help him carry out his grand plan. We will keep you, the girls, and their families in our prayers.

Blessings,

Al & Betty Cervera
Al Cervera
January 30, 2011
Dear Susan and family, I am sorry I will be unable to attend the service. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember the wonderful times Walter and I shared with you. You are a dear friend and I hope to write more later and see you in the future.
Love, Sheila M. Wiese, Calvert, TX
January 30, 2011
I remember when working at the courthouse from 1992-1999, I had the opportunity of dealing with Rudy quite a few times. He was such a classy and professional gentlemen. Prayers go out to your family.
Kelly Alley
January 30, 2011
Rudy was such a stellar professional and exuberant individual, Susan. My heart goes out to you, Susan and Sherie at this time and in the days ahead. He has left a loving legacy in his family and in the memories we all share.
Lisa Reinhart
January 30, 2011
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