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Mr. Oscar Mendoza entered the Kingdom of God peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and son Marco after a long illness.
Mr. Mendoza was a native Laredoan who graduated from Martin High School in 1964. He went into the military in March 1965 to serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He returned and married his high school sweetheart, Griselda Chapa. Upon his return from the Army, he worked for KGNS as production manager and then proceeded to higher education. He then graduated from Laredo State University, and thus began his teaching career with the LISD School District. His first teaching assignment was at Santa Maria Elementary. Later, he went on to M.S. Ryan Elementary school working under the Migrant Program. There, he and Coach Roberto San Miguel initiated the first basketball program for the school. Oscar continued his teaching career at Memorial Middle School where he taught for 28 years teaching all subjects from English, Math, Science, Social Studies and finally ending his last year before retirement in 2010 as a PE Coach. Besides teaching in the public schools, he also spent much time teaching GED and ESL at Laredo Community College. His expertise in driver’s education allowed him to instruct with the Laredo Job Corp for many years. His love for sports and his devotion towards his students helped him have a great career.
Mr. Mendoza was such a loving husband, father, brother and grandpa. He was a tough man with a gentle side towards his family. He cared deeply about the well-being of his family and always made sure their needs were met first than his. He enjoyed life to the fullest. Dancing with his wife, smiling and joking.
Oscar is preceded in death by his father Felipe P. Mendoza (†) and mother Evelia C. Mendoza (†); sibling Felipe Mendoza Jr. (†).
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 55 years, Griselda Chapa Mendoza, sons Oscar Mendoza Jr. (Araceli Rivera), Marco A. Mendoza, Jose David Mendoza (Loretta), Gerardo G Mendoza, and his loving daughter Selina G. Muniz (Joey). Siblings: Fernando A. Mendoza (Evangelina), Elvira Maldonado (Joe), Juan Mendoza (Hilda); Along with his grandchildren, Samantha N. Mendoza, Tatiana R. Mendoza, Haley S. Mendoza, Claudia E. Mendoza, Cristian J. Mendoza, Felipe D. Mendoza, Raelynn A. Muniz, Liliana A. Muniz, Eva R. Muniz, Isaac Rivera, Yessenia Rivera, L.G. Rivera and R.J. Tijerina and Sister in-law: Elma P. Garcia.
The family is eternally grateful to his doctors who always gave him the best care: Dr. Benson Huang, Tammy Trevino, Dr. Gilberto Garza Lozano and Care Guardian Home Health Nurses, Yoly, JP Gallegos, Julie, Therapist Mr. Ramos, Victor – Private Therapist, and Elvira Magin, and all the medical staff at Laredo Medical Center ICU Unit. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Gorsch and nurses at the VA Clinic.
During this difficult time, we know how much it means for his friends and our family to pay their respects, but in doing our part in being socially responsible, we will be holding a private funeral service that will be transmitted via Facebook Live on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10 a.m. followed by the Military Honors.
We thank you for understanding and ask that you lift us up in prayer from the comfort of your home.
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 Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Road, Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.
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