Catalina “Cata” H. Aldape, 78, joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Cata was a native of Laredo, TX who was the daughter of Rodolfo R. and Josefina de Leon Aldape who owned and managed Aldape Printing Co., which was founded by Cata’s grandfather Rodolfo Aldape. She served her country by being by her husband’s side as he served in the United States Airforce and made a home for their young family at each deployed location they served, Montana, USA and London, England. She attended San Juan Boscos Elementary School, Christen Middle School, and Martin High School.
Cata worked very closely with the Catholic church throughout her life, volunteering her time in support of the church and its many missions and retreats. In the 1970s she was a member of the Cursillo Movement working alongside Father Manente on countless retreats and missionary trips to the indigenous people of Mexico. In the late 1970s, she was a founding member of the newly established parish of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Came to be known as “Mom” to many teens through her work with Father McNaboe on numerous Choice Retreats. In the early 1980s she achieved Top Regional Sales Leader, South TX, for the Shaklee Corporation. In the late 1980s she achieved Top Sales Associate at Lions Department Store. Subsequently, in the 1990s she achieved Top Sales Associate at Dillard’s Department Store
During her lifetime she enjoyed the art of painting and became a highly skilled Artist in her own right. In particular; that of still life, portraits, and abstract landscapes. It gave her great joy to share her paintings with family and friends. She loved late night coffee gatherings at the local Denny’s with her husband, family, and their many friends. She loved to dance and was always the life of the party. At any gathering, you always knew where to find Cata, it was where all were gathered to hear her fantastic ability to tell a story like no other. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, getting together socially; in particular, meeting for weekend carne asadas. No one was ever a stranger to Cata, she reached out to everyone and made all feel welcome.
Cata was a wonderful Mother and supported her children and grandchildren to the fullest. She attended every one of their school events, athletic events, scholastic award ceremonies, bring your Grandparent to school days, and actively participated in every school funding event.
Cata was one of sixteen children and dearly loved her mother and father, all of her sisters and brothers and their lovely families. She thoroughly enjoyed visiting and traveling with them often. The closeness she had with her sisters and brothers was very special and cherished the moments she spent with them always.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband Tito to exotic destinations, i.e., Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and numerous destinations throughout Mexico, i.e., Acapulco and Mexico City. She was an ever-loving mother who found great joy spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and cherished the time she spent with them always. She was very proud of her children and thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow to complete college, earn advanced degrees, and/or start businesses and have professional careers and families of their own. She dearly loved her grandchildren and took great interest and pride in seeing them grow into young professionals and begin their young lives.
She was a beautiful human being with a big loving heart that she shared it with all, was a woman of distinguished character who loved her family so very much. Her family loved her beyond measure and will miss her always. Rest In Peace Mom, we love you and miss you now and forever!
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fortunato Aldape, parents; Rodolfo R. and Josefina Aldape.
Left to cherish his memory are her adored children; Tito (Diana) Aldape, Tony (Cindy) Aldape, Dr. Adolfo (Nina) Aldape, Michelle (Robert) Cadena, Marissa (Joe) Garza. As well as grandchildren; Brittney Aldape, Paige Aldape, TJ Aldape, Joey Aldape, Nic Aldape, Madi Aldape, Jordan Aldape, Jackson Aldape, Steven Cadena, Matthew Cadena, Emily Cadena, Michael Cadena, Andrew Garza, great grandchildren; Brandon Cadena and Jacob Cadena.
The family will be receiving condolences on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday morning, July 26, 2021 departing at 8:45 a.m. from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels to San Martin de Porres Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.