Stories By Mary Heidbrink

  • Free household waste disposal set for Saturday City is holding a free household hazardous waste and old medications disposal Saturday.
  • Johnson worked hard for his family Chester Spillar Johnson, who delivered mail in neighborhoods including Monte Vista for more than 40 years, died Dec. 3 at 90.
  • Volunteers needed for Thanksgiving event Thanksgiving in the Barrio event needs volunteers to provide food for more than 300 families.
  • Sims, 98, nurtured a 76-year marriage Mamie Meroney Sims, who returned to college at Our Lady of the Lake University in her mid-50s to earn a bachelor’s degree in English, died July 4 at 98.
  • Phyllis Ann Jenkins Dyer, who lived her 92 years with a sense of adventure and plenty of energy, died of breast cancer Friday.
  • Bower had a gift for business Sally Marie Bower, who went from being a stay-at-home mom to her three children to owning and operating more than 12 shops in Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio, died June 20 at 84.
  • Vasquez worked, cared for others throughout her life Leandra Arce Vasquez, who, along with her husband, overcame extreme poverty to purchase her own home in the 1950s, died April 25 at 86.
  • March for Justice honors César E. Chávez, labor movement The 20th March for Justice from the César E. Chávez Legacy and Educational Foundation kicked off Saturday morning with blessing of the march and worship service.
  • Express-News employee Dement loved animals, her home Theresa Ann Dement died Sunday at the age of 53.
  • SAN ANTONIO — Gunhild Irmgard Chuber, who for almost four decades taught in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Texas at San Antonio, died Thursday at 79.
  • Airline expanded Plageman's horizons As a stewardess for Eastern Airlines in the 1950s, Tommie Elizabeth Lawson Plageman had to weigh-in before every flight, have her nails examined and adhere to strict standards of skirt length. She didn't mind, though. Plageman died Jan. 18 at 80.
  • Army wife raised six children, ranged far from West Side In addition to raising her brood, Frances Gonzales worked as a cook. “She would go to work and come home and cook for eight people,” her son said. When her husband retired in 1972, they settled in San Antonio, and Frances Gonzales started...
  • Haitian immigrant a faithful Catholic, family historian “They hid my father in her parents' house,” Muriel Saintiny said. Constance Saintiny was well-educated, having attended state schools of nursing and law in Haiti. [...] Constance Saintiny found time to volunteer with the Haitian Society in...
  • Cemetery director created Memorial Day roll calls Gallo created Memorial Day roll calls “He was really good at bringing out the best in people,” his wife, Ampara Gallo, said. Sara Elton, chief of operations at the Memorial Service Network III in Denver, who was mentored by Gallo, stressed the...
  • Dreeben a master of tools, machines Danny Dreeben loved all machines — from those he pedaled to those he soared in on currents high above the Earth — and he could fix, fly, and ride them all.
  • Voltz ran a welcoming home, loved socializing Mother raised beautiful black poodles and sold the puppies to feed us. The family especially remembers when Steven Voltz played football at Lee High, in the early 1970s when the school won the state championship. The couple were also members of...
  • Teacher went beyond as 'a voice for her students' Beth Anne Shellenberg believed in public education because she knew it was the path her students could follow to leave poverty behind. Shellenberg died Sunday from an infection after months of cancer treatment. When Shellenberg got a degree in...
  • When readers called the main phone line for the San Antonio Express-News, they reached Sylvia Martinez, a 30-year employee who routed calls and helped customers with all manner of needs. Martinez-Diaz said her mother would tell them about working...
  • Legal secretary found plenty of time for grandkids Although Maxine Albrecht had a career she loved as a legal secretary for more than 50 years, the real joy of her life was her grandchildren.
  • People who want to volunteer to help with the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving dinner can do so starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow at www.rauljimenezdinner.com. Volunteers can choose from a variety of tasks including kitchen prep and decorating the area the...