Theresa Herrera Casarez

April 21, 1926October 13, 2020

Theresa Herrera Casarez, age 94, of Austin passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. She was born on April 21, 1926 to Anastacio and Zoyla Herrera in Bertram, Texas. Theresa graduated from Austin High School and later completed a business school program. She worked for the Texas Department of Health as a typist, for McFarland Refrigeration as a bookkeeper, for several retail stores, and later worked and retired from the Internal Revenue Service after twenty years as a Team Leader in the Accounting Department.

Theresa's passion for dancing led her to perform at various USO clubs and at Camp Swift during World War II, as a member of a University of Texas dance group. During this time, Theresa met Pete who was enlisted in the Navy. On his return from war they married on February 8, 1948.

Theresa later became a founding member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1805 Ladies Auxiliary. She became a proud lifetime member. She served two different terms as State President for the Department of Texas Auxiliary. Furthermore, Theresa received the most prestigious award presented by the National Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary. She was awarded the Honor Legion of the Order of St. Agnes award for her exemplary service to this organization.

Theresa was also a member of LULAC. Many people in Austin remember her as the FIRST female Mexican- American to work at the voting polls at Palm School Elementary School in 1952.

Theresa loved bright colors and beautiful dance dresses. She and Pete loved to dance Ballroom and Mexican dancing. They truly were a dynamic duo on the dancefloor, and everyone enjoyed watching them dance at weddings and other functions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Pete, son Martin Casarez, brothers: Abdon Herrera and Raul Herrera, Sisters: Francis Cantu, Pauline Rosales, Lenora Andrade and Zoyla Cantu.

Theresa is survived by her sons: Pete Jr. (spouse, Tracee), Carlos (spouse, MaryAnn); daughters: Herlinda Quintana (husband, Oscar), Veronica Casarez (spouse, Samuel). Nine grandchildren: Kim Terrill (spouse, Jason), Christa Achilles (spouse, John), Carlee Rooney (spouse, Rob), Peter Casarez (spouse, Nicole), Carlos Brugh, Gianna Quintana-DeMarco (spouse, Chris), Alicia Quintana, Matthew Empante, Roberto Empante, and twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Due to illness, Theresa spent her last few years in Albuquerque with her daughters, Herlinda and Veronica. The family would like to give special thanks to Carefree Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque, for the love and exceptional care they provided her during her last year of life. Although Theresa peacefully passed in Albuquerque, there was never a question about her love of Texas. When meeting someone she always said, "Hello, I'm Theresa Casarez from Austin, Texas and I'm just visiting..." And Now She Is Home!

Visitation 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress.

Recitation of Holy Rosary 12:30 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020 at San Jose Catholic Church 2435 Oak Crest. Please arrive prior to 12:30 pm for temperature check and no sooner than 12:00 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 1:00 pm.

Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.

Currently, due to the substantial public risk, city and state government mandates that social gatherings of limited amounts may occur with strict social distancing protocol. Current COVID protocols for Travis County, guests must wear protective masks at all times while inside the funeral home facility and practice the recommended six foot social distancing. Weed-Corley-Fish South will limit our capacity to 60 guests at a service while enforcing all distancing and hygiene standards. We appreciate your understanding.


23 October


12:30 pm

San Jose Catholic Church

2435 Oak Crest Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

23 October

Funeral Mass

1:00 pm

San Jose Catholic Church

2435 Oak Crest Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

23 October


Assumption Cemetery

3650 S IH 35 Frontage Road
Austin, Texas 78704


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


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Steve Herrera

October 22, 2020

Thelma and I always loved seeing Aunt Theresa and Uncle Pete in the Veterans Day Parade every year. One time she invited our girls, Laura and Monica, to ride with her on the Catholic War Veterans float. It made them so happy! We love her and miss her.

Carol Herrera

October 22, 2020

Every time Johnny and I traveled to Austin for a wedding or some other special occasion Theresa was the first on the dance floor. Her skill convinced me that I should be the last. Talented lady. You will be missed but find comfort knowing she will be dancing with the angels, Rest In Peace beautiful lady! Johnny and Carol Herrera

Monica Diaz Norman

October 21, 2020

Veronica I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mother . I remember her with fond memories. Know that I am lifting your family up in prayer. May your heart never forget the love she had for each of you ♥

Irene Ancira Temple

October 21, 2020

Tia Theresa - as she was known by all who volunteered in her cake spin booth at the San Jose Jamaica whether or not she was your actual Tia. She was Tia to my brother in law John Rodriguez, but he was generous enough to share her with my family. Tia Theresa was the epitome of class and elegance, even in her Jamaica tee shirt and jeans. She spoke gently, yet with authority and always called me “dear” when she talked to me. That always made me feel special. Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at a farewell party at Dolores Church in honor of Fr. John Korcsmar. She had the entire room in the palm of her hand and she spoke so eloquently of her friend and former pastor. She is an example of a Christian wife, mother and friend we should all strive to be like. My family sends condolences to the Casarez and Rodriguez family. May Tia Theresa rest in peace.

Paula and Claudia Sandoval

October 21, 2020

In memory of the celebration of La Señora Theresita Herrera Cásarez we send our sincere loving intentions to all of the family.
The memories of her love of dancing, music, humorous and welcoming persona brings me smiles and warm feelings. Their was something about her that always reminded me of my Mom. She lived a full life here on earth, loved her kids, grandkids and others. May y’all carry her love and spiritual presence in your hearts and minds forever until it is our own time to join her. I loved her as well. Embracing your sadness and sending you peaceful intentions, Always, Paula and Claudia❤️🌹

Zulema Lagunas

October 20, 2020

My deepest condolences to Theresa's family. I was the flower girl at your parents wedding and at their Silver and Golden wedding anniversaries she always introduced me as "our flower girl". They were a beautiful couple and I loved watching them dancing with such enjoyment. Theresa was my Aunt Sallie Castro's best friend. May all the beautiful memories during her 94 years carry you all through this time of sadness, and may you all find comfort in knowing you all were a special part of a well lived life

Vivian Holmes

October 19, 2020

My sincere condolences to you, Veronica, and to your family. Cherish the beautiful memories you have of your mom, as she will always be with you.

Eloisa Saldana Koenning

October 19, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family and friends.

Virginia (Ramos) Corona

October 19, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Casarez Family. Mrs. Casarez will always be remembered for her kindness. Herlinda and I were high school friends and I always had fond memories of going to the Casarez home on Oltorf. Mr. & Mrs. Casarez were also very good friends with my parents. May your mother rest in peace.

Virginia (Ramos) & Charles Corona

Lindy Denton

October 19, 2020

Dear Veronica,
So many wonderful memories of your parents during our high school years... teaching us dances at Band parties, meeting at your house before concerts, hanging out. Such a lovely and awesome lady. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.


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