OBITUARY

Esmeralda Gonzalez Luz

August 15, 1928March 6, 2021
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Esmeralda Gonzalez Luz, age 92, of Houston, Texas passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Esmeralda was born August 15, 1928.

A reception for Esmeralda will be held Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Brookside Funeral Home - Champions, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A visitation will occur from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A funeral service will occur Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A graveside service will occur Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at 4245 - Calvary Hill Cemetery, 21723 Aldine-Westfield Road, Humble, TX 77338. A burial will occur at Calvary Hill Funeral Home & Cemet, 21723 Aldine-Westfield Road, Humble, Texas 77338.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brooksidechampions.com for the Luz family.

Services

  • Reception

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

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    Thursday, March 18, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

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Patchot Rodriguez

March 18, 2021

Tita Esmer, together with Ate Fides, went out of her way to visit us (Joji and I, Kiko, Micky and Mon) here in New Jersey when we immigrated to the USA in 2004. She was so gracious, kind and very loving even if she just met me and my children for the second time (the first one was in the Philippines when she came for a visit). I am so honored, Tita Esmer, for knowing you.

Michelle Luz

March 18, 2021

My summers as a kid are filled with memories of her. She was what filled my summers. My favorite was always waking up everything morning to the sound of her cooking me, what seemed like, a pound of scrambled eggs. Always keeping us fed <3

She was warm, a burst of energy, and an unstoppable force. Thank you for your love and the life you shared with us. Love - Michelle

Ces Rodriguez

March 18, 2021

Tita Esmer was always the life of the party; the sunshine in every room. My mom, Emy Rodriguez, was especially close to her Ate. If Mom regarded Tita Roly as their mother figure growing up, Tita Esmer was the sister she went to parties with. We will especially miss her kindness and generosity, the way she was keen to experience everything when she visited the Philippines, and the fact that we couldn’t get a word in edgewise once she started taking. To us, she was, is, and will always be larger than life.

Kristine Nguyen

March 17, 2021

Lola - Thank you for all the wonderful times together. We cherish the memories with you and will miss you dearly!

Love,
Kristine and Chris Luz

Timothy Dugan

March 17, 2021

The Luz Family was a very important part of my life. Abel was my classmate at Guyton Elementary School on the Eastside of Detroit.
Dr. Luz had come to Detroit to recertify his med school credits so he could practice in the U.S. My mother was away at work or college much of the time in the afternoon so it was great that the Luz's welcomed me in. And then, one day, for holiday Mrs. Luz put out a spread of Philippine delights that covered the entire dining table. The variety and richness of those flavors was like being transported! My word, she was a great cook. Thank you Mrs. Luz for being so kind and sharing your home. Much love to the entire family- Dr. and Mrs. Luz, Fides, Aniel, Gus, Abel, and Mia. Truly treasured memories.

Veronica Luz Dizon

March 16, 2021

Ninang Esmer: A loving wife, mother, grand mother and great grandmotherI! A true matriarch! I will always remember the stories about you and Uncle Agustin’s love story, how you fought for him and showed him your love. Goodbye for now. Rest in peace! You will always be in our hearts!

Gene Alcazaren

March 12, 2021

Just a couple of thoughts to add to the fullness of Tita Esmer's remembrances. We visited her and Tito Agustin in Texas. We'd on occasion, speak over the phone for holiday greetings. I think we last saw her when she came over to Florida in 1994 for a wonderful sisters' reunion and beach holiday with my Mommy Roly, Tita Melda, and Tita Delia, as you can see in the photo here. Tita Esmer was ever so gracious and kind, balanced with an uplifting light-heartedness which did not diminish over the years. These characters are noticeable not only by those impish-looking eyes and infectious laughter, but also by the actions and interactions I have encountered with her during our visits, now in retrospect, woefully too few. Let me share these profound words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”

Aniel Luz

March 12, 2021

Proverbs 17:17
“A friend loveth at all times”

Mom was and is the heart of our family. She brought us all the knowledge of loving and caring. Growing up, she nurtured each one of us into understanding that life is not only a challenge but it is more a gift or gifts.

A gift that relationships is very important. And mind you, relationship is not an easy matter. Well, relationship to mom meant to always smile and learn about people and know how they were doing. I learned from her how she would out of a blue, she would talk to a stranger. That stranger would eventually be so friendly to her and they would exchange their courtesy to each other. Also moreover, in relationship a secret shared would be a treasured privacy. Mom and I exchanged our secrets about our relationship of spouse, children, siblings and family. She showed her deep affection about her mother and father Lolo Pepe as well as her siblings.

And yet another gift she admired was cooking. And yes she cooked better than any chef. I remembered her sukiyaki dish with spinach, glass noodles and sunny side egg on top (so delicious). And of course, Filipino dishes were out of this world. There are many but our kids favorite dish was garlic fried chicken. I got her recipe but I could not duplicate her touch.

Although there are many gifts, she told me that the most important is religion.
A relations with God, church and others will make you understand peace.
Mom is not only a maternal human being but a total friend.

Mom I miss you dearly and I love so much.


Gia Salmon

March 12, 2021

My Tita Esmer was one of my mother's four sisters They had also one brother. She was a very beautiful person inside and outside. I never saw her without her hair done and have make up on. She was always nicely dress. She was also very kind and generous to my family. I am forever grateful. I will miss her. God bless her soul. Be in peace Auntie Esmer.

Carlos Luz

March 12, 2021

AUNTIE ESMER: A LOVING WIFE, AND DEVOTED MOTHER

I meet Auntie Esmer only three times in my lifetime. But what I will always remember is Auntie's sweet smile. Every time I met her I am greeted by her sweet smile, and warm, kind heart.

The first time was when we visited them in Michigan. They welcomed us to their home, and she was a gracious host. But I, like any ordinary kid, was more interested with the Yamaha keyboard  Kuya Gus and Kuya Aniel were showing to Kuya Bencee.

The second time was when Auntie Esmer, Uncle Gustin, and Ate Mia visited the Philippines. After a long time not attending mass, because of a family tragedy, Auntie convinced Uncle to join the family in attending the Sunday Mass. They were a handsome couple to see as they attentively stood and listened to the priest, holding each other's hands. In my mind, Auntie Esmer proved to be Uncle Gustin's guardian angel.

And they proved to be an inseparable couple . Every time Auntie would be visiting her folks in Santa Mesa, Uncle would be by her side .And when it was time for Uncle to visit his siblings in Barrio Sta. Maria or along Pedro Gil, Auntie would always  be with him.

Then Daddy and Mommy brought them to Caliraya Lake Resort in Laguna for an excursion. Not too sure if Ate Mia had a bum stomach or a dysmenorrhea, but it was Auntie Esmer, who went out of her way to provide her with  the toiletries she needed. And throughout the trip, she was always solicitous, asking Ate Mia if she was feeling alright.

The last time I saw Autie Esmer was through a video call. Ate Mia, and Ate Fides were with her, and she greeted me once more with that familiar sweet smile. She was cheerful, and happy  to receive a surprised Christmas greetings from Daddy and me.

Our heartfelt thanks, Auntie Esmer, for all your kindness, and the bright memories! In less than a year, you followed Uncle Gustin in your True Home with dear Kuya Abel on God's Loving Bosom. Look over us, and guide us Auntie. We love you!

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