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Maria Antonia Medina

June 13, 1943 — October 20, 2023

Laredo, Texas


June 13, 1943 – October 20, 2023


Maria Antonia Medina, 80, entered into eternal rest Friday, October 20, 2023 after complications from Parkinsons.  She died peacefully surrounded by her family, including all her grandchildren.


Maria Antonia “Toñita” Medina was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, mother-in law, sister, aunt and friend.  She was born on June 13, 1943 in Melchor Ocampo Zacatecas and was the oldest of four. She married Lazaro Medina Cantu (RIP) on May 11, 1963 in Saltillo, Coahuila.  She moved to the United States with her husband, first living in Dallas then Laredo, Texas where they opened an import export business in the late 1970’s.  She was a partner to Lazaro not only in life but in business.  She often traveled with Lazaro to see their customers, or to volunteer and transport children to Lazaro’s favorite organization Shriner’s Hospitals.  She was an amazing cook, loved gardening, doing hand crafting, making jewelry, home decorations, knitting and sewing.  One of her favorite hobbies later in life was collecting Barbies. She had over 1,500+ dolls and family and friends who visited her home always got a tour of her collection.


Her favorite thing to do was spending time with her loved ones, especially her daughters, grandchildren, sister and nephews.  Maria had a generous heart and her home was always open to family, friends, and even strangers, hosting families that were in transit to Shriner’s Hospital in Houston and Galveston, no matter the time of day or night.  She was a wonderful devoted mother, teacher and mentor to her daughters and grandchildren, a loving wife to Lazaro.

The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to Toñita’s sister Rosario Rodriguez and brother-in-law Manuel Rodrigues, nephew Juan Medina, Anna Torres (RIP), Doctors Hospital and Regent Care Center doctors and nurses and all the people that took care of her during her illness


She was preceded in passing by: her husband Lazaro Medina Cantu; her parents, Francisco and Belem Trejo Zapata; her brothers Francisco Trejo and Manuel Trejo.


Left to cherish her memory are: Daughters Rosy Acosta, Sandra Fallgatter; son in laws Francisco Acosta and Peter Fallgatter; grandchildren Azael Acosta, Osmar Acosta, David Fallgatter, Daniel Fallgatter; sister Rosario Trejo and her husband Manuel Trejo; Nephews Juan Medina and Francisco Trejo as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.


The family will be receiving condolences on Friday evening, October 27, 2023 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation to:

            Laredo Shrine Club

            c/o Memo Lazaro and Maria Medina

            PO Box 451443

            Laredo, Texas 78045-1443


You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at:


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.


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Friday, October 27, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services

1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, TX 78041

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