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Rolling Oaks Funeral Home

400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX

OBITUARY

José V. Chapa

December 3, 1937October 24, 2019
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José V. Chapa was born on the 3rd of December 1937. From childhood, Joe was known for the twinkle in his eye and dimple in his chin under an ever-present, mischievous grin. Anyone that knew him well, also recognized that he was a fiercely loyal son, brother, husband, Daddy, Papa Joe and friend with an incredibly tender heart.

Those celebrating Joe’s remarkable life on earth, and his impact on their own, include his wife, Lourdes, daughters Norma and Monica, grandchildren Nina and Harrison, son in law Scott and grandson in law Brody - in addition to numerous family and friends. Undoubtedly his Heavenly Welcome Home party included his grandson - Ryan, parents, brothers, nephew and dearest childhood friend.

Knowing that education was key to the life Joe and Lulu wanted to offer their family, he pursued a college education while holding down a job and helping raise his girls. Joe’s tenacity eventually earned him a degree in Civil Engineering – which was always a source of great pride for him and his family.

Joe had the privilege of serving in the US Army during peace time. He continued to serve his country via employment with the US Corp of Engineers and Department of Labor – specifically OSHA. Upon retirement he and his wife served their community through years of volunteer service at St. Ann’s, their local parish.

Wherever he went, Joe never met a stranger. The proverbial glass, in his estimation, was always half full of the most refreshing beverage. His cheerful disposition and gratitude for life’s blessings served him well- which prepared him to bravely face an illness that rendered him at the mercy of a team of relative strangers. These dedicated strangers who provided such compassionate care, soon became affectionately known as Team Chapa, by Joe’s appreciative family.

Joe’s release from this life was a gift in a variety of ways… He was home, napping, with his loving bride, of almost 60 years, sitting, devotedly, by his side. Joe was / always will be a blessing to those fortunate enough to know him. His family is eternally grateful that God chose to call him Home in such a merciful manner.

In lieu of flowers, Joe’s family asks that contributions be made to the following organizations: tafcares.org or www.michaeljfox.org

  • FAMILY

  • Cherishing Joe's memory is his wife, Lourdes, daughters Norma and Monica, grandchildren Nina and Harrison, son in law Scott and grandson in law Brody, and numerous family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Memories

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Virginia Basquez

November 3, 2019

Mrs Chapa -

My most sincere condolences for your loss.

The beautiful obituary perfectly described him as I knew him. I always enjoyed talking to you both after Adoration or anytime I ran into the two of you.

Much love and prayers to you and your family as you grieve his loss.

May God grant him Eternal rest.

Virginia Basquez

Selina Cantu

October 30, 2019

I Have very fond memories of Mr. Chapa and his wonderful family. Always sporting a smile and sometimes a smirk as he always knew what we were up to. I remember going to his home where he always made me feel welcome, loved and a part of the family. He was definitely the pillar of his family and will be greatly missed.

Norma Chapa

October 30, 2019

Special shout out to:

-Brother in law, Scott… for stepping up to the plate time and again for any variety of must-do’s when Daddy was no longer able to do so himself. Also for the patient, compassionate way he interacted with Dad. Scott always treated PJ with the dignity worthy of such a man regardless of the situation.

-My mother… for loving my dad so, that even at the end, she would look lovingly at him while he was sleeping and lovingly tell us how he was her boyfriend, so handsome, and the best man in the world!

-My sister… for EVERYTHING – from negotiating treatment plans, meds, to orchestrating Team Chapa, meals and eventually hospice care. When you live half a day’s drive away -it sure does come in handy to have Monica for a sister. Heck… that would hold true, even if I lived next door! Monica is perseverance personified. Daddy always called her the “Energizer Bunny”. That title was well deserved. I’m thinking she’s overdue for a season of battery recharging!

-My sweet Daddy… For being so brave in spite of everything. It was inherent in him to protect his girls, his family – all of us. This final act of courage was the greatest gift Dad could have given us!

-God… Although I may have questioned His methods a time or two or thousand… I am ever so grateful for the way God choreographed Dad’s ultimate leap towards Home. Daddy was napping with Mom sitting, devotedly, by his side… and then… just like that… he went Home. It was like a script from one of those heart-tugging Christmas movies! It was an answer to prayers (very specific prayers) that Monica and I (and plenty of those who love our Dad) have implored for quite some time. You know that saying: “From your lips to God’s ear?” Well… Guess what?!? It works!!!

Norma Chapa

October 30, 2019

From as far back as we can remember, no matter the setting, Daddy has always been the: handsomest, smartest, wittiest, bravest, strongest, wisest, tenderest man EVER! In a word: Superman

Although disease defied PJ’s body, along with his brilliant mind, the “Daddy” instinct, in him, endured. Just last week, when I spoke with my Dad about the loss of my pup, my sweet Daddy summoned his strongest “Daddy’s got this!” voice and assured me that he was “ready to go to Austin!” I understood the message. It is the promise that our family heard uttered countless times . In my case it went like this: “Call me if you need anything, Mijita, I’ll be right there!”

Thankfully I was present for one of my Dad’s recent, fleeting moments of clarity. Although Dad had difficulty articulating complex thoughts… that evening, in particular, he persevered prompting me to lean in to for better comprehension. “People don’t like to talk about death.”, he said. Followed by the fact that it is okay to speak of it. I, enthusiastically, seconded his emotion , on account of what we’re actually talking about is “Going Home!” We all want to go Home! It is our goal. Home is where the real fun begins!

Furthermore, I reminded Dad that (although he’s been in Heaven for 8.5 yrs) Ryan will always be my son and I will always be his Mom. Likewise PJ will always be our Daddy and Monica and I will always be his daughters. Additionally - I reminded PJ that the love I feel for Ryan has no end – can’t be diminished. Likewise, he will find out, will be true for our love for our darling PaJoey and his love for us! Just like Ryan is a part of every single day of my life – PaJoe will always be a part of ours. Every special event, every ordinary day, Daddy will be a part of it. And then - One Glorious Day - We will all Rejoice In Paradise together!

Until then, we will continue to have a little fun and do a little good and enjoy that glass of refreshing beverage that is more than half full!

Estella Elizondo

October 30, 2019

My compadre Joe ,what can I say. We shared so much with our families in the last 55 years. The many jokes we shared (chicken breast) lol Gilbert and I think the world of Lulu and Compadre Joe and the girls. We have been through good and bad times together. Gilbert passed some years back and both were right there for me and my kids. I will never forget that. Love you Lulu and as Joe would say Normita and Moniquita.



Rachel Pearlman

October 30, 2019

The Chapa home was filled with such love. Papa Joe was such a sweet and kind man. Just days before he passed, he held my hand as I told him what a wonderful family he had. He received the very best of care and and was always showered with love from his dear Lulu. He must have been an amazing father to Norma and Monica because those daughters just adored him and made sure he always had what he needed. It was such an honor and privilege to provide care for Papa Joe and his family. I will never forget how much love and respect his family had for him.

Aleida Agado

October 29, 2019

I will always remember Mr. Chapa as my best friend’s father and my Mom’s co-worker. He always had this beautiful smile or spoke sometimes without smiling, when he was teasing - with a definite twinkle in his eye! I knew him to be a wonderful father to Norma and Monica and a devoted husband to Mrs. Chapa. But one of the finest roles as a father I was able to witness, was when Ryan left us, and I saw what a father does for a daughter experiencing an unimaginable loss. Setting aside his own grief, he was at her side taking charge and making sure things were taken care of, all out of love for family. God bless you Mr. Chapa and may eternal rest be yours. You were loved and will be missed!

Lisa and Kirk Wensel

October 29, 2019

We have been fortunate to have Jose and Lulu as neighbors and friends for nearly 20 years. Jose was always a generous, caring and giving man with a smile on his face. We always looked forward to the holidays and homemade tamales and beans, the best we've ever had.
We pray your memories will bring you comfort.

Courtney Taylor

October 29, 2019

I’m so grateful and honored to have been apart of papa Joes journey here on earth! The entire Chapa family was so welcoming. My favorite memory was about a month ago. After a long and busy day I was able to sit and talk with Lulu and papa Joe. We were talking about sports and how they were Steph Curry fans and I’m a Lebron fan! Papa Joe got a laugh out of our conversation and his smile lit up the room! We will still catch the next GS vs. Lakers game Lulu and Papa Joe can watch with us from above! You are all in my prayers!! God bless!

Mary Foreman

October 29, 2019

Lourdes and Jose were our neighbors for over twenty years. They were always a warm welcoming couple at home or church. Good People and Neighbors! Mary and Lee Foreman

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Quintessential Papa Joe grin.

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Joe and Lulu with family 50th Wedding Anniversary weekend.

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Merry Christmas!

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Papa Joe always ready to capture family memories.

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GI Joe

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Cutie-pie toddler Joe