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Obituary for Conita Benavides Thomae

January 4, 1922 - September 7, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95


Conita Benavides Thomae, 95, was born #6 in a family of 8 children. Born in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, she grew up in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, where she had lifelong friends and family and remembered beautiful parties and dances at the Casino National. Having started piano lessons at age five, she was always ready to perform for family and friends, even till early this summer.

For four years she wrote daily letters to, and waited for, her fiancé Beto to return from WWII. They were married at La Basilica Guadalupe in Piedras Negras, and then she began her Texas life on the family land in Cañada Verde, near Floresville. She raised her four children in a loving home, cooking and sewing school uniforms and Halloween costumes. A tireless PTO parent, Conita practiced her spoken English, having already mastered reading and writing it in her elementary years.

She was a long-time active member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church Parish. When she became an empty nester, she found her latent talent for painting and produced about 700 works, which she happily sold or gave away to friends and family. Many of her beautiful gifts now adorn the homes of her grateful children and grandchildren.

She has treasured her long-lasting friendships made through 45 years of painting. Conita was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, A.C. Thomae, Jr., and her beloved grandson Alex. She leaves behind four children: Connie (Bill), Al, Bob (Kim), Mari (Chuy) and eight beautiful grandchildren: Debi (Louis), Jimmy (Megan), Tom (Noreen), Monica, Tito, Nick, Robbie, Andrew, each of them her heart's pride and joy. She was delighted by her newest title of great-grandmother (biswelita) to her twelve great-grands. She loved attending Baptisms, Confirmations, graduations, Fiesta Parades, birthday parties, football, soccer and lacrosse games, class plays, music recitals and every other family event, not wanting to miss a thing.

Among her proudest moments was earning her US citizenship in 1984. Conita was a lifelong learner who appreciated all history, and proudly produced oil paintings of many historical sites in San Antonio. One special memory was of going to Brooks AFB to hear President Kennedy's speech on the day before he was shot and killed in Dallas. Also mourning her loss are her last remaining sibling, Román Benavides Vázquez, her beloved first-cousin La Nena Tinajero Harper and countless nieces and nephews with whom she kept in contact through Facebook. She had a fun loving and generous personality and never forgot birthdays or anniversaries. She leaves an unforgettable legacy.

Mom, play your piano joyfully among the Angels!

Conita's family kindly thanks the caring staff of Cima Hospice and Griswold Home Care for their support and personal service during recent months.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm with a ROSARY to follow at 7pm at Porter Loring on McCullough.

A procession will depart Porter Loring on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at 8:30am and MASS will be held at 9am at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, 111 Barilla, 78209.

Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Society of St. Teresa of Jesus, 18080 St. Joseph's Way, Covington, LA 70435-5623.

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  • In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Society of St. Teresa of Jesus, 18080 St. Joseph's Way, Covington, LA 70435-5623.

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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