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Calvary Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery

3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Joe R. Guerra

December 13, 1970January 6, 2020
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Joe R. Guerra, age 49, of Dallas, Texas passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020, following a difficult battle with colon cancer. The funeral service will include a full mass and will be held at 10:00 am January 10, 2020 at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, with a full viewing on January 9, 2020 from 3-6pm at Calvary Hill Funeral Home and Rosary at 7:30pm, also at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas. Following the funeral a reception will be held in the Family Center. Joe was born in Dallas to Rudolph Guerra and Carmen Guerra in Dallas on December 13, 1970. He graduated from Bishop Lynch High School in 1989 and continued on to receive his bachelor’s degree in 1996 in Restaurant and Hospitality Management from the University of North Texas, and he also served on the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism’s Hospitality Board of Governors. He helped to found Sigma Lambda Beta (now called Lambda Theta Phi), a fraternity focused on recognition of the Latino culture. Joe was married to Pauline on August 28, 1999; they have been married for 20 years, and their marriage produced 3 lovely daughters: Lilliana, Rosalia, and Carina Guerra. He is survived by his mother Carmen Guerra, his wife Pauline and daughters Lilliana, Rosalia, and Carina, and his siblings Rudolph Guerra, Jr. (wife Ana), Kathy Guerra, Monica Masters (husband Edward), Louis Guerra (wife Lisa), Linda Dyer, and his inlaws Antonio and Sylvia Sanchez, John Sanchez (wife Susana) and Edward Sanchez, and many nieces and family, and friends as numerous as the stars. Joe was preceded in death by his father Rudolph Guerra Sr.. Joe’s life was a gift to him and to all who knew him. His friends remember him as one of those people “you just can’t ever forget”. Joe and his family were incredibly generous and started endowments for his alma mater Bishop Lynch, as well as Ursuline Academy, Jesuit High School, and the University of North Texas (UNT), where he met his wife. His family received the Excellence of Education Award from UNT in 2014. Joe befriended everyone! He made friends with people sitting in airplanes and everywhere else he went. One time a salesperson at his family business, Rudy’s Tortillas, told him that he was in another state and someone he met asked if “Joe” still worked at Rudy’s, relating that he had given him a tour of the factory years ago and was “so great” and made him feel “so special”. Joe gave people his time and his undivided attention, particularly his family, who he rushed to spend time with as often as possible. He made everyone feel special, even during this generation of screens and distractions. When Joe received his colon cancer diagnosis he wasted no time rearranging his life to spend even more quality time with his family, traveling all over the world with them on pilgrimages to Fatima, Lourdes, the Miraculous Medal Shrine, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine, and to Rome, where they attended mass and received a blessing from Pope Francis. He modified his lifestyle and sought all treatments and diet regiments and tried his best to spend as much time with them as he could before God took him home. His example of faith, hope, and enduring and powerful love is truly his legacy. His wife and children will carry these values on and remember him always and know in their hearts he was ready to move to Heaven and await a reunion with them there. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Pines Catholic Camp, where Joe served as a board member. The family wishes to thank everyone who prayed for Joe and for them; they truly are grateful for all the extra time they had with their beloved.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Rosary Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Committal Friday, January 10, 2020

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Jerome Garza

January 9, 2020

Joe was a gregarious, energetic young man who never met a stranger. We will miss your smiling and welcoming embrace. God bless you Joe.

Amy Vaughan

January 9, 2020

On behalf of the Vaughan Family,

It is with our hearts that we send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Guerra Family.

Joe was a kind, gentle person who touched everyone around him with his enthusiasm for life and his strength while battling cancer was heroic. We will always remember his ability to engage those around him with his bright spirit and sense of balance. Joe Guerra was unique and we were blessed to know him and his family during the time we lived in Dallas.

Irene Guerra Martinez

January 9, 2020

Our sincere condolences goes out to The Guerra Family for the loss of such a sweet cousin Joe. May God grant you peace just as he has Joe. RIP Joe.🙏

Erminia Castro

January 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear the sad news on the loss of our cousin Joe. His dad Rudy Guerra was my mom Maria Guerra Valderas first cousins and all her Sisters and Brothers. Joe is no longer in pain. My sincere condolences to Guerra’s and all the family. RIP 🙏🏼🙏🏼 ✝️🕊

Juan Fletes

January 9, 2020


I am very sorry for your lost. I just lost my mother and still hurted by her absent. Helps think he is in a better place now with the lord.
Tortilla's Industry has lost a great leader, will be missed.
Dios lo tenga en su santa gloria, Que en paz descanse !
Juan Fletes - Reiser Canton MA

Stephane Jean Family

January 9, 2020

Our deepest condolences...to the entire families. We are honor to have meet and worked along side Joe and the entire company he and his family grew together. We saw how close this family is, how much Joe loved his wife and children,,he never let what was happening stop him from making time for his family. We pray for your entire family to endure and hold on to one another in your time of need. Regards,,,Stephane Jean and Family

Edward Guerra

January 9, 2020

Our Heart goes out to Joes family! The Word says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! To die is to gain! He is healed by the blood of Jesus! Joe was full of life and had compassion for those he met! Lord we ask you to comfort and bring peace that surpasses all understanding for Pauline and his girls! His great legacy will go on! Eddie Guerra

Maria Ravanzo

January 8, 2020

We’re very sorry for your loss. Joe was always so friendly and kind. May he Rest In Peace. He’s in a much better place now with the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Hugs,
The Ravanzo Family

Gina Pavon

January 8, 2020

We were lucky to know Joe and the Guerra family the last 4 years as our baby girls became the best of friends. Little did we know we’d also become the best of friends with her parents and family. We shared many a dinner, Cowboy games, family parties and even a Disney vacation (Imagine that!) Joe’s pulled us into his world very easily.. Joe had wit, humor, charm, kindness, a generous nature, loyal to his faith, immense strength, a vitality for life and so much more. But the thing that shines the most was his love for his family. He was so proud to be Pauline’s husband and daddy to 3 incredible girls making them each feel so very special. He is the epitome of the true family man. I’m grateful for our time to call him our friend and will hold every memory dear to our hearts. We will miss you infinity Joe and we will stand by your girls! Love, the Pavon family ❤️

Linzy Hazelwood

January 8, 2020

Condolences and prayers to the family for your loss. He was a good man and a good friend.
Linzy Hazelwood
Linzy's Whls
Corsicana TX

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