MAY 25, 1927 – OCTOBER 12, 2019
Mr. Alfonso Chapa, 92, entered into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Mr. Chapa was born on May 25, 1927 and was a lifelong resident of Laredo. After attending Martin High School, he joined the Army Air Force in August, 1945 and was Honorably discharged in 1947 after serving his tour in Italy. Upon his return, he then met and married the love of his life, Clarissa Noyola, in September, 1952; a marriage that would last for over 67 years and bear one daughter and four sons.
Mr. Chapa worked for American National Insurance Company for over 33 years as a District Sales Manager from August, 1958 until his retirement in June, 1991. He won numerous local, state and national awards, including the company’s prestigious “Top 10 Sales Agent of the Year” award multiple times, throughout his tenure with American National.
Mr. Chapa was a devoted and loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. He always worried about everyone before himself and always worked to ensure his family was united and loved. He was always the “life of the party” and known for his great sense of humor and wonderful “joke telling” abilities. He loved to cook and made a delicious menudo every year for Christmas.
Mr. Chapa and his wife, Clarissa, were world travelers and fortunate enough to have visited numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Central/South America and traveled extensively throughout Mexico and the United States. He was an active Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Laredo for several years and was one of the founding members of the Alhambra Club, a non-profit organization, established to award educational scholarships to worthy students in financial need. He was also a devoted parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and served (during the 1960-70’s) as President of the Blessed Sacrament Men’s Club, which would help organize and run the Church’s weekly Bingo events.
The family would especially like to give a special thanks to Dr’s. B. Huang, Chalit and Canova & Tammy Trevino, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and ALL the staff in the LMC ICU Step Down Unit for their EXCELLENT & COMPASSIONATE medical care and professionalism they rendered to our father. They all went above and beyond their call of duty.
He is preceded in death by his daughter: Sandra Laura Chapa Garcia; parents: Jesus and Catalina Chapa.
Left behind to cherish his memory are: his beloved spouse of 67 years of marriage, Clarissa Noyola Chapa; children: Al J. (Maribel Moya) Chapa, Robert Michael Chapa, Richard David Chapa, Louis Albert (Zamira) Chapa, adopted son, Daniel Chapa, and special friend, Louis Ramon; grandchildren: Richard Christopher Chapa, Andrew Javier Chapa and Sandra Clarissa Chapa. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will receive condolences on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd. A Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. All attending are asked to meet at the church prior to the mass.
Rite of Committal and Entombment will follow at the Mausoleum in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Al J. Chapa, Mike Chapa, Richard Chapa, Louis Chapa, Richard Christopher Chapa, Andrew Javier Chapa, Louie Ramon & Rafael Roman.
Honorary Pallbearers: Efrain Garcia, Ernesto Dominguez and Moshe Vilenco from Natalya, Israel.
You may extend your condolences to the family online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, TX 78041, 956.722.8850