OBITUARY

Esilda Ester Telesca

December 6, 1945April 4, 2019
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Esilda Ester Mena Telesca , age 73 of Rowlett, Texas, went to rest on Thursday April 4, 2019. Esilda was born December 6, 1945 in Colon City, Republic of Panama, to parents Concepcion Mena Sr. and Modesta Ramos Mena.

Esilda was a member of the Church of God 7th Day, where she enjoyed singing, fellowship with her brothers and sisters in the Lord and being active in the women’s group. She enjoyed doing things with her hands like, sewing, knitting, ceramics and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time with her family during outings and gatherings at home. She loved to travel, especially back to her home in Panama where she would spend time with relatives and enjoy her homeland.

Esilda was preceded in death by her parents Concepcion Mena Sr., Modesta Ramos Mena along with her sister Raquel Mena Perea and her brother Leonardo Abadia. She is survived by her husband Alfonso C. Telesca, seven brothers, three sisters, her daughters, Leyda E. Telesca, Ruth X. Telesca, Diana J. Telesca and son, Alfonso A. Telesca and his wife Amalia J. Telesca. She is also survived by her four grandsons, three granddaughters and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life in a visitation service on Tuesday evening April 9, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at her funeral service on Wednesday morning April 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at the Anderson Clayton Gonzalez Funeral Home 1111 Military Pkwy., Mesquite, TX 75149. Followed by the graveside service from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m., at the DFW National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75211 (Lane 3).

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Andres L. Miller
  • Isaac K. Telesca-Sosa
  • Marc Anthony Miller
  • Jacob Samuell Telesca
  • Joel Cruz
  • Richard Santiesteban

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Esilda Ester Telesca

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Diana Telesca

April 9, 2019

Joel Cruz

April 8, 2019

Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of Momma Telesca. She always loved us like her children and we are forever better to have had her in our lives. She will be missed and remembered until we meet again! Praying continually for the our family in Christ. Sincerely the Cruz family

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Biography

Esilda Ester Mena Telesca
12/6/1945 - 4/4/2019
Eulogy (Truth - Words)

If there is one word I can use to describe mom, it would be unwavering. When she stood for something, she was unwavering. Unwavering in her love for her family, unwavering in accomplishing anything she set her mind to and most importantly unwavering in her faith for her Lord and Saviour.

She was born on December 6, 1945 in Colon City, Republic of Panama. Mom grew up a tomboy on a her father’s ranch in Buenavista, a small town near Colon, where they raised cattle, chickens, goats and cultivated many types or fruit trees. Mom spoke of her early childhood memories where she would climb fences, jump creeks and climb fruit trees to collect their bounty. She was also very close to her mother, always helping her with chores like drawing water from the well, cooking and anything else she could do to learn from her. Mom not only recalled times where she was being helpful, but also when she would follow her father, against his will, to the cattle pastures when it was time to work the bulls and steer or during the milking of the cows.

Among other childhood memories, she would tell us of how much faith was a part of their lives growing up, her father was a seeker of God’s truth and would later become a minister of the Church of God 7th Day, where she was a faithful member for many decades until the moment she went to rest. Mom went to Panama City as a teenager to live with her cousin so that she could complete high school, she met dad in high school. Here’s the thing, she went to an all girls school, so she would not have been able to meet a boy while in school. But life has a funny way of happening. Dad's school was shut down and they had to share the same building which happened to be mom’s high school. The all girls school would go on one shift of the day and dad’s high school would go on a different shift, but mom and dad somehow found a way to meet and fall in love with each other, their marriage would last fifty two years.

After high school dad went to college studying pre-med but eventually joined the U.S. Army and became an Army medic. Mom graduated high school with a diploma specializing in grammar. She later went on to college to study childhood education and received a Degree in Primary Education. Even though she never had the opportunity to practice her career as a teacher, she would become our “forever” teacher, always looking for an opportunity to instruct her children and later her grandchildren on education, life and faith. She did take on a great deal of responsibility in becoming a career Army wife that would span nearly thirty years. This made her the CEO and CFO of the home through dad’s many years away and subsequent deployment. As dad always said, mom was the glue that kept this family together. She did this through her great love and unwavering faith. During this time she also became a working mother, selling Tupperware, Avon and Stanhome, earning many leadership and salesmanship awards throughout her career. A little known fact is that she also worked at an apple orchard in the processing of apples into many products.

Her greatest joys included seeing her children and grandchildren be baptized in the faith and hope of Jesus Christ. She enjoyed typical Panamanian food, loved the colors light blue & lavender, loved flowers like lilies and magnolias. She also enjoyed spending time with her family during outings and gatherings at home. She loved to travel, especially back to her home in Panama where she would spend time with relatives and enjoy her homeland. Mom had a great love for the beach and would go any time she could. When it came to music, above all others she liked to listen to and sing Spanish church hymns. She sung these in the household while doing chores and at all times of the day, she even sang these to us while she was in her hospital bed, even though she couldn't speak very much in her last days, she could praise God and testify of him in song.

Speaking of faith, her role in the church was a big part of her life. Early on while still in Panama, she was very active as a teacher to the children’s Sabbath school and later would serve as chairperson and in other offices during many terms in the church women’s society in Panama and in Seagoville. She was many things to many people in the church, a mother, a sister and a mentor, always giving Godly words of advice followed by a strong hug that only she could give. I don’t know where that strength in her arms would come from sometimes. As we all know, she never conceded to wrongdoing and always strongly encouraged God’s way over man’s way. UNWAVERING!

Mom was preceded in death by her parents Concepcion Mena Sr., Modesta Ramos Mena along with her sister Raquel Mena Perea and her brother Leonardo Abadia. She is survived by her husband Alfonso C. Telesca, seven brothers and three sisters, Jose Daniel Mena, Josefina Mena Vargas, Ruth Sara Mena Telesca, Concepcion Mena Jr., Azarias Mena, Elizabeth Mena Ibarra, Esteban David Mena, Elias Mena, Benjamin Clinio Mena and Alberto Reyes Mena. Her daughters, Leyda E. Telesca, Ruth X. Telesca, Diana J. Telesca and son, Alfonso A. Telesca and his wife Amalia J. Telesca. She is also survived by her four grandsons and three granddaughters, Andres Lee Miller, Isaac Kenan Telesca-Sosa, Marc Anthony Miller, Jacob Samuell Telesca, Lena Carin Davie, Micayla Andrea Telesca and Liliana Davie along with her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life in which she lived enjoying every moment of it to the fullest, never backing down from an opportunity or an adventure and always standing firm in her unwavering faith in her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through which she rests this day, sealed for the day of Resurrection. AMEN.