OBITUARY

Emilio Homero Saenz

October 12, 1926April 30, 2021

Emilio H. Saenz of Corpus Christi, Texas, was born on October 12, 1926 to the late Fortino and Feliciana Alvarez Saenz in Robstown, Texas.

He made his journey to Heaven on April 30, 2021, at the young age of 94. He was the second-youngest of five children and had fond memories of growing up in the country where his parents owned a local grocery store. Emilio was preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Fortino Saenz Jr., Raul Saenz, and Elia Field. He is survived by his younger sister, Elsa Lopez.

Emilio graduated from Banquete High School in 1945 and then enlisted in the United States Army. His best friend Isaac Barrera introduced him to the love of his life, Bernice Fuentes. Emilio and Bernice celebrated 59 years of marriage on December 30, 2020. In 1971, Emilio and Bernice started the Brownlee Bargain Center. With his strong work ethic and talent, they created a company that would thrive and provide a rewarding life. He treasured the friendships he made through the business.

Emilio was especially proud of his family and so loved his two daughters, Pamela Martinez (Sam) and Lizette Fregoso (Frank), and one son, Michael James. He was a loving and active grandfather to Hannah Hoch (Louis), Joshua Martinez (Ashley), and Frankie Fregoso. As much as he loved his grandkids, he was overjoyed to become a great-grandfather.

God and family were the center of his home. He was a member of Kelsey Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a devoted servant to God, an usher, a member of various committees, and active in Methodist Men. Emilio’s favorite pastimes were rebuilding forklifts, tinkering around in his garage and home, leisurely drives, visiting the nearby beach towns, having lunch dates with his buddies, cheering on the Corpus Christi Hooks, and Whataburger Wednesdays with his church family. He never met a stranger, making friends wherever he went, and he had an ever-present kindness toward others.

A service of praise and thanksgiving in celebration for the life of Emilio will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Kelsey Memorial United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Corpus Christi, Texas. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Frank and Elia Saenz-Field Scholarship Fund at 1610 Comanche Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.

To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at: www.memorygardensfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Bernice Fuentes Saenz, Wife
  • Pamela Martinez (Sam), Daughter
  • Lizette Fregoso (Frank), Daughter
  • Michael James, Son
  • Hannah Hoch (Louis), Granddaughter
  • Joshua Martinez (Ashley), Grandson
  • Frankie Fregoso, Grandson
  • Elsa Lopez, Sister
  • Fortino Saenz, Sr. (Feliciana Alvarez), Parents (deceased)
  • Raul Saenz, Brother (deceased)
  • Fortino Saenz, Jr, Brother (deceased)
  • Elia Field, Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Memories

Emilio Homero Saenz

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Debbie Alvarado

May 5, 2021

My friend , I will miss you. You had such a kind loving heart. You always knew just what to say when I went to you with a concern. I will miss those hugs and handshakes you were always ready to give. Until we meet again my friend !

Bertha Ann Zitterkob

May 5, 2021

A man with a kind and gentle spirit, he will be missed. His memories will live in our thoughts .

Alejandro Vasquez

May 4, 2021

The kindest and most gentle man I’ve met.....Being a new college kid in town and finding Kelsey Memorial, one can feel somewhat apprehensive that things won’t quit feel like home....But Emilio and Bernice did just that! Welcomed me and even treated me to lunch after church! That memory still lives with me to this day and Kelsey has been my home away from home ever since. He continued to show love to not only me, but each member of my growing family over the years. We will miss that ray of sunshine in our lives and his smiling face every Sunday. Our prayers are with the Saenz family.

Love,
The Vasquez Family

Michael Olivarez

May 3, 2021

Emilio was one of those people that you don’t forget. Every church service he was always ready for that handshake or hug. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.

Marihelen Boyd

May 3, 2021

Thoughts and prayers for Mr Saenz and his awesome family.,,what a great Dad to Lizette...

Nora Welchel

May 3, 2021

Will miss my sweet and kind uncle,the nicest man you can meet. Love you uncle Emilio, heaven is your new home!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY