Filomena Saenz

Born: Wed., Aug. 11, 1926
Died: Wed., Jul. 26, 2017

Recitation of the Rosary

11:00 AM Fri., Jul. 28, 2017
Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

12:00 PM Fri., Jul. 28, 2017
Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church


2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 28, 2017
Location: Garza Memorial Funeral Home

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Jul. 28, 2017
Location: Garza Memorial Funeral Home


12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 31, 2017
Location: Leonard Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 01, 2017
Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church- Carrizo Springs,TX

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On July 26, 2017, Filomena Vargas Saenz, 90 years old, peacefully went home to heaven. She fought Alzheimer’s with great faith and determination.

Filomena “Mena” Saenz was born August 11, 1926, in Dallas, Texas to Benjamin and Rafaela Vargas. Mena was raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas, attended school and graduated from C.S. I. S. D, she then continued her education at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. She was on to marry the late Luis Saenz from Carrizo Springs.

She was preceded in death by her five brothers also known in Carrizo as the Vargas Fab 5, who all served in the military, her parents, Benjamin P. and Rafaela T. Vargas, and a daughter, Selma Saenz. Mena has joined them all in heaven.

Mena was a little big giant with a big heart, a single parent who raised and educated her six surviving children, Cameron County District Attorney Luis (Delia), Juan, Ray and  Mario Saenz, Velma Gallegos and Eliza Saenz; her sister, Ricarda Vargas;  19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Holy Rosary will be recited at 11:00 a.m followed by a funeral mass at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Brownsville. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 31, 2017, from 12:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m at with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home, 707 Houston St., Carrizo Springs, TX, (830) 876-2119. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Local Arrangements have been entrusted to Garza Memorial Funeral Home, 1025 E. Jackson St. Brownsville, TX. (956) 542-5511. 

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   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Saenz family. The loss of a loved one in death is never easy to endure. May the fond memories of the times you shared bring you comfort while God's promise of a future resurrection found at John 5:28 & 29 brings you hope during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you all.

Family Ramirez
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
My sincerest condolence to your family and friends. Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things a family can go through for one never wishes to be apart from them. Because of this reason I am sharing these few words with you hoping you will find comfort in a time like this. God does not wish to see his children suffer and pass away. Unfortunately, we are imperfect and our lives are fragile, however God gives us a beautiful promise that He will soon fulfill. It is written in Johns 5:28,29 " Do not marvel at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." Here God tells us that soon we will be reunited with our loved ones because he will give them life again like he made it possible in the olden times. He is eager to do so. What we must do is listen to His word and obey it so that we may too have this chance. Once again, I am so sorry for your loss.

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