Mr. Eric Anthony van Hell

  • Born: April 7, 1991
  • Died: August 27, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eric Anthony van Hell went to walk with the Lord on August 27th, 2020 at the age of 29 after a lifetime of many medical challenges and disabilities. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 7th, 1991.

Eric was baptized, received his first holy communion and his faith confirmed by Arch Bishop Patrick Flores.

Despite his many physical disabilities he went on to graduate from East Central High School in 2013. While in school he was the 2nd grade spelling bee champion at Pecan Valley Elementary, he was given many awards, performed in several plays at Heritage Middle School and during his participation in the Special Olympics he won a gold medal in bowling. His ability to achieve these many school accomplishments was due to his devoted nurse Jeff Rinaldi who precedes Eric in death.

In his life Eric traveled to Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France and many states in the US. In 1995 the Make a Wish Foundation granted his wish to visit Disney World, and with the assistance of Eric's cousin Sergio "Checo" Luna he was able to meet the legendary Mr. Mouse (Mickey Mouse).

In 1999 Eric won Camper of the Week, the highest honor given to a single camper voted on by the staff, at Camp C.A.M.P. Eric was able to experience swimming, horseback riding, archery and various other activities not normally capable by a child of his medical status.

Eric was a fierce and devoted Spurs fan who attended many games and was able to meet various players throughout the years.

Eric is preceded in death by his grandfather James A. Cuellar and survived by his endlessly devoted mother, Yvonne van Hell; his siblings Nicole Smith and her husband Jay Smith, Patricia Castaneda and Michelle van Hell; his grandmother Sylvia Cuellar; his aunts Yvette Elizalde and her husband Pete Elizalde, Lizette Eckman and her husband James Eckman; his uncle James A. Cuellar; his cousins James C. and Lauren Cuellar; his beloved niece, Emma Smith; and many loving family members all over the world. Eric's ability to inspire bravery and bring joy to the world will be missed eternally.

The fullness and quality of Eric's life was due in part to the countless nurses, doctors, caregivers, teachers and therapists who's tireless dedication elevated his life. The family would also like to thank Kevin Primeaux (nurse with 25 years of service), Cindy Davis (nurse with 22 years of service), Angelica Sanders, Martin Hernandez and Alan Askaran. Special thanks to Special Kids Care and their wonderful staff for providing his nursing services for 20 years.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Porter Loring Mortuary.

7:00 PM

10:00 AM

Eric's services will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in honor of Eric to the Children's Association for Maximum Potential (Camp C.A.M.P).


Condolence & Memory Journal


Our Sincerest Condolences to Eric's family and many friends ~ May you find peace in knowing Eric is now walking in the Gardens with his grandfather and the many there before him ~ His arms will be forever lovingly wrapped around his mother, Yvonne's shoulders ~

Posted by Veronique & John Flowers - New Braunfels, TX - Friend   September 07, 2020

Un abrazo con mucho cariño
Susana Sophia y Valéria

Posted by Susana Cazares - San Pedro Garza García - Family   September 06, 2020

My condolences and may he RIP. He was already an angle with wings here on earth. God just upgraded his beautiful white wings to fly in heaven freely. No more sorrow no more pain Eric has gone to see the King.

Posted by Maria De Jesús Pacheco - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   September 04, 2020

I am a better person because I had the privilege of teaching Eric at pecan valley. Prayers to the family ❤

Posted by Paige Sharp (Strunk) - San Antonio, TX - Teacher   September 03, 2020

Yvonne, I am very sad to hear of Eric's passing. But I know he lived in love and every day was a gift for both of you...much love, karen

Posted by Karen Vaquera - Rockport, TX - Friend   September 02, 2020

Eric, I rejoice that you are free of your body and are now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a new whole body and mind.Your courage and strength in adversity shows your warrior spirit to never give up. You are a shining example to the whole world and to those that called you friend. May God wrap you in his loving arms or eternity. I will miss you Eric -Until we meet again in Heaven.

Posted by Robert Mitchell III - Tyler, TX - Friend   September 02, 2020


Posted by Mitchell III - Tyler, TX - Friend   September 02, 2020

Eric, you were a bright light and you shined on all of us! Now you are with Jesus and shining on us from heaven...I love you so much!

Posted by Lizette Eckman - Floresville, TX - Family   September 02, 2020

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