15 March, 1935 – 28 November, 2019
When I googled the word 'Thanksgiving'...this is what came up: "the expression of gratitude, especially to God - he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival".
Synonyms: reverence, revering, worshiping, veneration, and venerating.
The second definition: (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. So it only makes sense that this Thanksgiving, just a few days ago on November 28, 2019, Viola Ochoa received her Heavenly award as she rose up from her hospice bed and was taken to celebrate a Heavenly Feast, walking hand in hand with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.. A Dear Sister, Aunt, Great Aunt, and friend to may others . Viola a devout Catholic, her entire life had a deep spiritual faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Mother of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Viola was born in San Antonio Texas on March 15, 1935. She was one of six children born to our late Grandmother Anita Zuniga .And our late Grandfather Raymond Ochoa Sr.
At about the age of 17, Viola decided to move to Grand Rapids Michigan to be with her older sister Rose, and with her husband Jesse Zuniga Sr. and two sons Jesse Jr and Tony. Viola because like a second mother to the Zuniga family. She took care of us when our mother was in the hospital because Mom, had four other kids. Jo Ann, Bobby, Debbie, and Steve. Back than hospital stays for birth were a lot longer than today.
It was in Grand Rapids that Vi started her career. As an 18 year old she worked at a cookie company. She than decided to receive her GED. She attended Beauty school and became a licensed Cosmetologist . She worked at one of the most popular major department stores, in the most popular mall, in Grand Rapids Michigan, where we grew up. And she excelled in her career.
In 1967 the Zuniga family made a major move to Dallas, TX. Viola would move to Dallas a year later. She opened up her own Beauty Salon in the Henderson/ Knox area just inside the Highland Park area of town. She had a very successful career, and had quite a few favorite clients. But over the years she began getting sick, And was advised by her doctor to leave the business she started and loved. Her illness may also have been because at 21, Viola was hospitalized for a severe case of Tuberculosis, when she had lived in Michigan.
She than worked for a few years for State Farm Insurance. And finished out her career working for, and retiring from the Dallas Independent School District. In the late 90's Vi was told by one of her St. Pius X Church friends, of the Infant Jesus of Prague. A site of many Pilgrimages made by Catholics to Prague Oklahoma. And because of that . The Infant Jesus became our family Saint and to this day our family continues to make Pilgrimages to honor The Infant Jesus of Prague.
My Aunt Viola will always be remembered as a very Sweet Gentle woman. As a young woman she was Beautiful but she never married. She never drove a car, but when she ever needed to go anywhere, one of us would always take her. She never had children etc So when we were younger, she became like our second Mother. Always buying us extra clothes, toys, whatever extra we may have needed. There was nothing she would not do for a friend, or any of her Brothers or Sisters, or even her nieces and nephews.
She was a big sport fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and of course, the University of Michigan (a family tradition). Because of her strong faith passed on to her by the Catholic heritage of her Mother and Grandmother, a trait her other sisters also had. She was extremely Loved and Blessed. She would earlier this year say she had lived a full wonderful life!
Viola is preceded in death by her Parents, Sisters Rose Marie Zuniga,, and Josie Solis , Brother Robert Ochoa, l Brother in Law, Jesse Zuniga Sr., Nephews Tony Zuniga, and Steven E Zuniga. Survived in death by Brothers Jesse F. Ochoa, and Raymond Ochoa Jr. Nephews Jesse Zuniga Jr, Robert Zuniga, Nieces JoAnne Zuniga DeBoer and and Debbie Zuniga Esquibel. Great Nephews Christopher Esquibel, and Michael Zuniga, and Great Niece Kimberly Esquibel. And many other numerous close Nephews, Nieces, Great Nephews and Nieces, especially from the Solis family and close Friends.
Rosary will be recited Tuesday, Dec.3, 7:30 pm 2019 at Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home in Dallas. Visitation will be from 5pm to 7:30pm .
Funeral Mass to be held the next day. Wednesday December 4, 2019 12:00 noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3030 Gus Thomasson Rd. Dallas, TX 75228, Father Salvador Guzman Celebrant. Interment( of Christian Burial ) will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
Lord we will miss your Faithful Daughter Viola, but we know her Love and Devotion to you was so strong, that she will now walk with you Cancer free in Paradise. So as we held her hand this Thanksgiving, as she took her last breath. Listening to the Catholic hymn Gentle Woman. Now she holds your hand Lord .And soon Viola will be wearing a radiant new Golden crown as she walks with Jesus Christ Our Lord & Savior into the Heavenly Kingdom, where she will be with all of Heavens Angels & Saints. And her Loved ones who have gone home before her. Rest in Peace Gentle Woman.
(written by Jesse Zuniga)
- Visitation Tuesday, 3 December , 2019
- Rosary Tuesday, 3 December , 2019
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, 4 December , 2019
- Interment Wednesday, 4 December , 2019
25 December 2019
Merry Christmas Vi first Christmas without you may you rest in peace with all your angels in heaven miss you
Love you Debbie, Chris and Kim
4 December 2019
My sincere sympathy to the Zuniga and Solis family for the loss of there beautiful Aunt Viola. I loved her very much and she loved me. I know there is a place for her in Heaven. She was with no doubt a strong believer in God. She will be missed. Love you Vi. RIP
3 December 2019
And they reunited in Heaven..
RIP Aunt Vi , aunt Rose 🥀 and my mom Josie ✭ The Ochoa sister’s 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼💔😥
Your, niece / daughter Liza Marie Solis
3 December 2019
Vi, I knew you for only two short years, but the times we were together was always a pleasure. So happy to have been able to spend your last birthday with you. You always made me feel like part of the family. You were a very gracious lady who loved your family so much. Will always remember all of the good times we had having lunches and dinners together.
It was an honor to have known you and a blessing for Jesse and I to be holding your hand when you took your last breath and went with Jesus.
God bless you, Viola.
2 December 2019
My memories of you are pleasant ones Vi.... During the time I was with Bobby, you always treated me with the utmost respect! I will always remember our visits with a smile on my face. My condolences to the entire family for your loss.
2 December 2019
Prayers to the entire Zuniga Family. Time has flown but I have fond memories of Viola. She was one of the sweetest. When I first met Viola she was very nice to me and made me feel like part of the family immediately. She was always so full of life. I remember her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. She loved the family gatherings with the Zuniga Family. JoAnne and Robert I know you both will miss her very much. You were very special to her. May she Rest In Peace.
With love Delia ❤️
2 December 2019
My Dear Aunt Vi
Going to miss our Aldi trips and going to church, shopping and out to eat at our favorite Alfonsos Restaurant, Vi you our now in heaven with Grandpy, Granny, Tony and my little uncle Steve, Fina, Bobso and Nancy and my comadre Carolyn and Nancy and everyone else who have gone, May you rest in peace Viola
Love your great niece Kimbey
2 December 2019
I first met Vi when the Zuniga’s move to Dallas and JoAnne started attending Saint Pius. She always had such a warm spirit and I remember thinking how beautiful she was. She is now with the rest of her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace. JoAnne I know you will miss her very much, she was lucky to have a niece as wonderful as you!~Laura
Kevin and Dina Moon
2 December 2019
The Zuniga Family (Robert Zuniga)
I want to share our deepest condolences to you and your family at this time. I am sure that you are feeling a very deep loss and are looking for answers. Please know that Viola is in a much better place, in Heaven with the Lord. Our prayers are with you.
-Kevin and Dina Moon
2 December 2019
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I didn't know Viala personally but heard wonderful things about her through Robert and know she will be missed dearly.
Erika Hersh and the PeopleFund Family
1 December 2019
Vi you were my last aunt ! When i went to see you in the hosptial i knew you knew i was there we talk about my mom.! I didnt think you would go so soon but i know you are in a better place with the family my parents my aunt and uncles and my cousins that i miss so very much!😪 and of course nancy may u rest in paradise! Love you!💖 sylvia siehl and family.
Eddie and Tena Orozco
30 November 2019
I met Viola when Tony Zuniga lived with his aunt. She was very welcoming in her home and nice and generous to her family . She will now reunite with Tony and family in heaven. God bless.
29 November 2019
Vi God heard all the prayers including all of them from Prague Oklahoma and the Infant Jesus shrine which was my mother's favorite place of worship and your favorite Church of Worship as well . I know your favorite of our family was my brother Tony. We also discussed how much that it hurt you when he passed on to be with my mother and my father and Steve in Heaven. So now you have passed on and thank God you're no longer suffering on this Earth, and now you'll be reunited with my mother Rose ,my brother Tony, my brother Steve, and your other sister Josie. Oh and by the way Vi when you see Tony and Steve let them know I said Go Blue!
VI thank you for sharing your life with our family and always helping our family. Goodbye VI. Rest in peace, until we meet again.
29 November 2019
l always will cherish my time together with Vi especially in recent months when she fell ill . She was always a very strong and independent women .
We grew up with her in Michigan and to me she was always like a Big Sister . What gives me comfort is she no longer is suffering and is now with her parents and family that have gone before her in the kingdom of heaven . My Aunt Vi was a woman of Strong faith and our Dear Lord knew this and wanted her to suffer no more . I will miss my calls from MS. OCHIE , but I know she will always be watching over me from heaven like my other Angels . May her soul rest in eternal peace as she is now free of pain . Love always your niece JO ...,