OBITUARY

Genevie Ojeda Martinez

November 8, 1952February 4, 2021
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Genevie Ojeda Martinez went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 4, 2021. She passed away, after a brief illness, peacefully at her home in Houston surrounded by her immediate family.

Genevie was born on November 8, 1952 in Houston, Texas to Rosalie Garcia and Sam Ojeda. She was raised in Houston’s Historic 6th Ward District by her loving and devoted grand parents John and Eloise Gomez. She graduated from John H. Reagan High School in 1972. She then went on to enjoy a career in the Texas Public School system that lasted over 25 years.

She will be remembered by all for her beautiful smile and contagious laughter. Genevie cherished her family and friends.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, and loyal friend to many. Genevie had a passion for reading, always adding more books to her ever-growing personal library. She also enjoyed traveling the country with her husband, family, and friends. In 2014 she and her devoted husband Ismael, began to enjoy the fruits of their labor when they retired and relocated to the Texas Hill Country. There they enjoyed the blissful tranquility of their surroundings and quickly established several cherished friendships. Nothing brought her more joy than having family and friends visit her at her beautiful home in the country.

Genevie is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 46 years Ismael O. Martinez Jr, Her adoring daughters April Martinez (Nathan Hernandez) Maricella Gatica (Jacob Gatica), her one and only beloved grandson Judah Jonathan Hernandez, and her siblings Alfred Senteno Jr, Sylvia De La Cruz, Deborah Gonzalez, Lisa Senteno, Lucinda Senteno, Martina Torres, and Domingo Ojeda.

She is preceded in death by her Mother Rosalie Senteno, her step father Alfred Senteno Sr., her Father Sam Ojeda, her grand parents John and Eloise Gomez, her brothers Larry Gomez, Richard Senteno, Anthony Senteno, her in laws Ismael and Esperanza Martinez, and her sister-in-law Rosario Molinar.

A visitation for Genevie will be held Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. A rosary service will occur Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. A funeral mass will occur Friday, February 26, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St Ignatius Loyola Catholic Community Church, 7810 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379. A committal service will occur Friday, February 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.

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

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

Memories

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Lulu Ivarra

February 26, 2021

I will forever miss Jennie for her soft spoken voice. I can hear her saying right now, "let's go for coffee and pan dulce". Rest in peace Jennie, you have left us with lots of memories at Rancho Tomas.

Jessica Hernandez-Roop

February 25, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Martinez family. My thoughts and prayers are with yal during this time.
I just found out about our beloved Gennie and wish I could have been there to see my good friend and co-worker from Yale Theater for the last time but the memories that I saw was truly enjoyable and she will have many stories to share (and of course to catch up with some gossip with my cousin Barbara who went to RHS with her).
May your new guardian angel watch over all of yal and my her present be felt through prayers. If there is anything I could do please let me know. Love you all!!!
Jessica

Maricella Gatica

February 25, 2021

Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back home
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back home
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby- Paul Mccartney

I love you Mommy
-Mari

Ismael Martinez Jr

February 25, 2021

My Loving Gennie,
I keep hoping that I’m just having a bad dream and in my tomorrow, I’ll wake up with you still by my side. For the past 46 years you have always been my faithful wife, partner, friend and tower of support. I now so much miss what I always had with you by my side. Everything seemed so easy when the 2 of us did it together. My life will never be the same without you and all those things that once seemed so easy are now a challenge in my heart to do without you. I pray to God for strength to help me keep going while holding on to your love and memories.
Your love and the 2 biggest blessings you gave me in this life now helps me hold on to you. April, Maricella and Judah will forever be proof of what our love was for each other. In them your memories will always be alive and I will always see you in them. We now have A Guardian Angle to look after us.
They say time will ease the hurt and pain. But it doesn’t. We just learn to live with it. 46 yrs of have you by my side building our legacy will never be easy to forget. I’ve yet to find a place where your presence is not there with me and those times when I’m alone is when I hurt the most because you will never be there with me again.
So now I’m asking God and his Blessed Mother Mary to take Gennie’s hand and walk with her to his Holy Kingdom in Heaven, but walk slowly so that some day I can catch up to you my Loving wife and with God’s Loving heart. I will again in one of my tomorrow’s wake up next to Gennie and let our love that never ended continue to grow for eternity with her back by my side.
My love for you never ended. It just started.
Love You Forever My Heavenly Angle Gennie
Ismael ( Nunie )

Teresa Fuentes

February 14, 2021

I must admit that I feel guilty about writing a memory , as I didn’t know Gennie for very long, and I’m not immediate family. However , I didn’t need to know her for very long to really care about and appreciate Gennie regardless .

The talks Gennie and I had while I was away from immediate family at Texas State University during the Fall 2018 semester were always amazing , as she never really seemed to be weighed down by anything . From bragging about her grandson’s sense of curiosity to expanding on how she herself has always loved learning since she was a little girl , she was never quick to cynicism , or doubt like so many adults I’ve met are. I was always allowed to talk with her about dreams , plans , and ideas for the future freely, and there was always a sense that she truly believed that anyone could really do anything to improve the quality of their life in even the minutest of details. She and Ishmael Jr. would always take me out to eat to make sure I wasn’t too lonely , what with me being completely on my own for the first time , and Gennie would go out of her way to make me meat-free meals at her house as soon as she found out I’m vegetarian. She and Ishmael Jr. never had to do any of that. And yet they did. And for that, I’m so sorry to think that she passed without me letting her know upfront how much I truly appreciated all of that. In short, I don’t think the word “wonderful” genuinely does Gennie justice when it comes to describing her as a person. But for now , I’m afraid that’s the closest , and most accurate description I can get.

With love,
Teresa Fuentes
College Student

Eva Loredo

February 12, 2021

Thinking of all the laughs we shared w family. Enjoyed visiting Lois and John with all their stories of Houston and 6th ward. My parents shared history having grown in sixth ward too. Gennie was A special friend who you could call on. Gone too soon. Rest in Heaven. Prayers to Marty.April. Mari & Fam.💞
fr. Eva & Johnny

Sylvia Hall

February 11, 2021

Oh my friend, to write this here means I have to acknowledge something I still cannot believe. Your friendship over all these years has meant so much to me, even more in recent times. Who am I going to stroll down memory lane with, with regard to Sixth Ward? Downtown---the early years of Foley's, Lerners, Three Sisters, etc.? We have shared so many laughs and stories. There are just too many things to write about that I will miss and remember about you. To know you, was to love life. Your world was full. It revolved around God, family, friends, music ...and parties! You were as devoted a friend as you were a wife, mother and grandmother. I enjoyed the days we spent texting off and on all day long as we went about things we had to get done. And I loved it when finally spoke on the phone! We could go on for hours. I remember when we went to the George Lopez concert. I didn't think we could laugh any harder. Gennie, you were not just a friend but family. I am so thankful I was part of your life. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to Ismael, April, Mari, Judah and the rest of your family. I am going to miss you terribly, but will keep you in my heart always.

Susan Velasquez

February 11, 2021

My Dear Cousin... I will miss your laughter, our conversations and your words of advice that always made sense. Our last conversation we chuckled over a couple of personal stories. And, that is how I will carry you in my heart and will always picture you filled with laughter, smiles and kindness.

Prayers for comfort and peace to Ismael, April and Mari and the rest of the family.

Susan Velasquez

Heather Goodwin

February 10, 2021

I will miss running into you at the salon and your quick wit. Thank you for bringing my best friend into this world and thanks for always being patient when were so darn goofy in our youth. You are missed. Xo

Love, Heather (april's bff)

Mamie Deleon

February 10, 2021

I enjoyed Jennie picking me up and going places. We would go to antique shops , go to the mall and Walmart and just ride around. She took me to her side of town where she grew up. I visited her where her mom and dad used to live before they passed away. I missed her when she moved to the country and looked forward when she would come to Houston. When she came to our house, she would bring us something sweet. I will miss her dearly and loved her like a sister. My thoughts are with the family.🙏🏻🙏🏻

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