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Obituary for Christine J. Parma

September 21, 1923 - October 12, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95

"Welcome, my good and faithful servant."


Surrounded by her devoted family, Christine J. Parma, age 95, passed peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018. Born in Loire, Texas, on September 21, 1923, to Joseph and Frances Jasik, she grew up on a farm but the finer life of the city replaced the farm after she moved to San Antonio.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Louis J. Parma, nine older siblings, and grandson, John Zwartjes. She is survived by her children; Jeanette and Michael Zwartjes of San Antonio, TX, Shirley and Melvin Swoboda of Orange, TX, Dennis and Retta Parma of San Antonio, TX, and Karen and Dewayne Coburn of Livingston, TX; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 24th at 11:30 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with Fr. Tony Cummins presiding. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM with the Rosary at 10:30 AM. The church address is 6680 Crestway Dr., San Antonio, TX 78239.

Christine met the love of her life, Louis, on August 15, 1942, in Praha, TX. They were married on June 5, 1946, and their beautiful marriage lasted three months shy of 69 years. Family meant the world to Christine, lavishing love through her baking of cookies, kolaches, strudel, and sumptuous meals. Christmas was magical, with decorations that earned prizes in the city of Windcrest. Her backyard could only be described as a garden sanctuary. Christine's hands were remarkably gifted. Her baby grand piano graced the home with her music. Embroidered pictures and quilts were shared freely. Her daughters and granddaughters wore dresses lovingly made by her. Quilting was her first love and she quilted until the day before her death, leaving one to be finished by her family. Times in her home were the most wonderful of days. The generosity and hospitality of this woman was exceptional.

A lifelong Catholic, Christine was active in her faith with prayer as her foundation. Many prayers were offered for her family, friends, and the world. She was a founding member of both St. Thomas More and St. John Neumann parishes. Her activities included altar guild, choir, Extraordinary Minister of Communion, lector, and pro-life work. She was well known for bake sales and selling "Holy Bears". Christine and Louis, along with Ed and Patricia Parma, were recognized for their many years of service to the St. John Neumann parish community by the naming of a room in their honor. The legacy of faith she handed down is rich.

Christine lived this past year as a resident of The Village of Incarnate Word independent living home where she made many friends. She missed her loving husband and the wonderful home they shared. Her longing for her heavenly home was evident. We rejoice that she is reunited with Louis and we are certain she heard, "Welcome, my good and faithful servant."

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