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Rosa  G. Sandoval

Obituary for Rosa G. Sandoval

August 8, 1920 - August 22, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 99


SANDOVAL, Rosa G. "Tia or Tia Rosie," of San Antonio, Texas, was born on Sunday, August 8, 1920. She passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 99.
She passed away peacefully in the company of two of her great nieces.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-six years, Albert O. Sandoval, two brothers, Leo M. and Pete Garcia, as well as her brother and sister in law, Luis and Katherine Sandoval.
She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Paul and Aurora Garcia, niece and nephew, Frank and Eva, great niece, Jennifer Cervantes, great nieces Gabrielle Delgado and Abigail Rodriguez; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations), cousins, godchildren, close friends, and neighbors.
Mrs. Sandoval was blessed with 99 years of life, during which, she experienced historical events such as the 'Great Depression.' During the Great Depression, Mrs. Sandoval, along with her three brothers tended cotton crops of East Texas. At the time she was in grade school. A year later she was given a position caring for the elderly mother of one of her favorite teachers and after she was offered a job at the local grocery store where she learned the importance of math. She often recalled these years as the most trying of her life, as well as her gratefulness for those who offered her jobs in order to ease the burden of providing for her family.
Throughout this time and the rest of her life, Tia would attend mass regularly at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas where she eventually joined a religious congregation known as 'The Daughters of Mary," where she sang for the church choir. Tia would often recall these years as joyful. She attributed her kind, loving, compassionate nature to the years of her life spent within the Catholic community.
In 1952, Mrs. Sandoval earned a position as "order filler" at McKesson and Robin Corporation. She would spend the next thirty years of her life fulfilling this position. In 1982, she retired to dedicate her time to maintaining and sustaining her home, her family and supporting her husband as he continued his career.
In 1965, Mrs. Sandoval chose the home she would live in for the rest of her life from the San Antonio community known now as the 'Pearl District' moving it further south to land her husband had acquired for their new home. She would often say that her home was her proudest establishment and would continue to tell it's story from the beginning until her death
In 1979, Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Sandoval celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. She was given a ring that day by Mr. Sandoval that she wore until her death on August 22, 2019.
After 1982, she devoted all-of her time to her husband, family, home, and animals including two Poodles, two German Shepherds, countless chickens, roosters, and a goat. Her loving and caring nature allowed her to sustain numerous animals of all types including those displaced, orphaned or abandoned. Although Tia devoted most of her time to caring for her home, she also found time for hobbies that she very much enjoyed such as travelling with her husband and niece, Jennifer; shopping at malls for makeup and clothes, getting her hair done, and dining out at restaurants across San Antonio, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and surrounding areas. She especially loved to visit family and friends out of state and even out of country.
She traveled until Mr. Sandoval took ill and could no longer travel in 2005. Mr. Sandoval would pass away in 2010. This was a very hard time for Mrs. Sandoval. She'd often talk about how much she missed him and she'd look at the clock on the wall as if to determine when he was coming home. Instead, she was called home.
Another of Mrs. Sandoval's fondest memories was ballroom dancing at the Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio during and post World War II. On August 8, 2017, she and her family spent her 97th birthday eating at the Menger Hotel restaurant. Mrs. Sandoval was given a small tour of what used to be the ballroom she'd remembered dancing in.
Her favorite color was Red. Her favorite flower was the Rose. And, her favorite music was big band and other WWII era genres. She adored her Mexican heritage and was always a devout Catholic believing in the miracles of Our Blessed Virgin Mary. Until her death, Mrs. Sandoval prayed to the Blessed Virgin.
Although she had many, her possibly her very favorite was gardening. She loved to tend her garden where she grew plants, gorgeous flowers, and herbs. She had a special talent for sustaining what she grew.
To all that knew her well, she was known as "Tia or Tia Rosie." She will be dearly missed by all who had the honor of knowing or even being close to her.
Thank you to Vitas Hospice Care, niece and nephew, Eva and Frank Cervantes, and great nieces, Jennifer and Gabrielle for helping care for her during her last days with us.
Mrs. Rosa Sandoval August 8, 1920 to August 22, 2019. You blessed us with a hundred years and we will love you for a hundred more Tia!

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