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Ana Amelia Zuniga

Obituary for Ana Amelia Zuniga

July 27, 1934 - June 12, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 85

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Ana Amelia Zúñiga passed away, with her children at her side, on Friday, June 12, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. A daughter of Laredo's founding families, she was born in Laredo to Luis Pérez-Garcia, Sr. and Amelia Ramón Villareal. Ana graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1951 and Incarnate Word College in 1955 - valedictorian on both occasions.

She began her career in Laredo as a high school math teacher at Christian Junior High School where she was sometimes confused for a student due to her petite frame. On July 14, 1956, she married her childhood sweetheart, "Chuy". They immediately left for St. Louis, Missouri and started their nascent careers and family. In 1961, new opportunities took them to San Antonio, Texas where she continued her teaching career at Garner Middle School. In 1966, Chuy and Ana returned to their hometown Laredo, where she taught high school geometry for 13 years at J.W. Nixon High School. Ana's deep commitment to her students and her love of teaching touched many, many, lives and she was always so proud to hear of her former students' achievements.

Ana was honored to serve as a member and President of the Society of Martha Washington and proud to be selected by the Society to portray Martha Washington in 1987, a 123-year tradition that celebrates George Washington's Birthday in Laredo. She was one of three founding members of High Hope Volunteers, a Laredo women's group dedicated to providing charitable care for children with developmental disabilities.

In 1984, her husband was diagnosed with cancer and she returned to teaching during his convalescence. Upon Chuy's recovery, they left for new opportunities in San Diego, California leaving her home, her friends, and her grandchildren. Her family admired her deeply for the strength and dignity she demonstrated as she coped with these changes. Never one to look back, Ana and Chuy enjoyed many enriching experiences and friendships in San Diego where they lived for 10 years. They returned to San Antonio in 1997 to be near their children. During this time, they were fortunate to travel the globe and enjoy retirement together.

Ana is often remembered for a wicked sense of humor, for remarkable stories of an adventurous childhood, and for her uncanny ability to calculate complex equations on command. Her energy was boundless, exhausting her own grandchildren well into her 65th year as she out-jumped a number of them in a bounce house. Ultimately, she will be remembered especially for her devotion and dedication to her lifelong companion, Chuy, and to her family. Ana is survived by her children Gloria (Francisco) Canseco, Leticia (Roger) Bresnahan and Luis (Kelly) Zúñiga; her grandchildren Anna (Tyler) Drinkwine, Francisco Canseco Jr. (Nancy Beale), Carlos Canseco, Kevin Bresnahan, Genevieve Bresnahan, Gabriela Bresnahan, Jesús Luis Zúñiga IV, Anastasia Zúñiga; and two great-granddaughters Amelia and Cecilia Drinkwine.

She is also survived by Ernesto and Molly Zúñiga, Olga Zúñiga Hovel, and Olga Pérez-Garcia. Her husband, Jesus Luis II, her son, Jesús Luis III, her parents, Luis and Amelia, and siblings Luis, Eva, and Felipe precede her in death. The family is eternally grateful to her committed and loving caretakers: Candelaria and Arnulfo Elizondo, Griselda Ceniceros, and Miguel Reyna. We are also grateful to her physician, Dr. Cesar Garcia, and her hospice nurse, Ashley Bukhari, for their exceptional care, to Heartis Memory Care and to Guiding Light Hospice staff, who provided peace and comfort in her last days.

A Memorial Mass for friends and family offered at Holy Spirit Catholic Church is planned for July 27th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (sachristiandental.org), North East Educational Foundation (foundation@neisd.net), or National Shrine of St. Jude (shrineofstjude.org).

We ask friends who wish they could be present to view the recording of the service via this link:
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