OBITUARY

Gilbert Anthony Grant Jr.

April 21, 2017April 26, 2019

It is with great sadness we share the unexpected passing of our little Gilbert Anthony Grant, Jr. on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the age of two.

Gilbert was born on April 21, 2017 in Edinburg, Texas to Rena Leann Santiago and Gilbert Anthony Grant. During his too short time here in Edinburg, Gilbert lit up the lives and hearts of those around him. He always gave the best hugs and kisses to anyone who asked, and his little belly laugh was infectious and would light up your soul when you heard him. He loved watching Curious George and would stop what he was doing whenever he heard the movie’s music.

His favorite Super Hero was Spiderman and when picking up toys, he always went for his Spiderman ball. Gilbert would attend ‘ia Angelique’s band competitions with his Grandma and band music always caught his attention. He liked to be outside and play with his dinosaurs. He and Callie, the cat, were best friends and inseparable when together; he loved to chase Callie through his Grandma’s house. Gilbert was his Grandma’s “Love Bug” and the love was mutual as Gilbert’s eyes would light up as he ran toward her whenever he saw her.

In August 2018, his mother took him to Wisconsin and his family lost physical contact with him. He will return to Texas and the family who loves him and will miss him always.

Gilbert’s memory will forever be cherished by his family: Gilbert A. (Brianna) Grant, Younger Brother Drayven Grant, Grandmother Dennie R. Grant, Grandfather Willard Graves, Great-Grandmother Debbie (Jeffrey) Foley, Great-Grandfather Dennis R. (Beva) Grant, ‘ia Angelique Grant, ‘ia Amanda Santiago, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

We wish to thank Jens-Reinbold and Pfeffer Family Funeral Services in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for assisting with arrangements.

A service to celebrate Gilbert’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Funeraria Del Angel /Valley Memorial Gardens, 3611 North Taylor Road, Mission, Texas. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests if you suspect child abuse or endangerment, please don’t wait or give up when contacting authorities. See something, say something; you may be the only voice a child has.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 13, 2019

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, May 13, 2019

  • Interment

    Monday, May 13, 2019

Memories

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Ron Stimmel

March 8, 2020

I never met him, but he's been on my mind since the day I read of his passing last year. Having a daughter of my own, knowing the love of a child is something that words alone cannot express. To his family, may you find comfort and solace knowing that when he looked at you, he saw love. Hope. Sanctuary. Those will be the memories that carry on, regardless of where his journey leads.

Angela Papineau

May 20, 2019

The people of St Peter the Fisherman Church (Two Rivers) remembered Gilbert and all victims of violence in our prayers this Sunday. May he rest in peace, and may his family be comforted by Mary, who knew the pain of a violent family death.

"But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother.."
John:19:25

Erika Mendez

May 9, 2019

Precious little boy, handsome like daddy great personality, amazing smile, just too cute to past up, he was a blessing but taken way to soon watching over us with curious George and spiderman right next to him wanting to make sure the one that love and care for him are going to be okay he is in a better place..❤

Jeff Foley

May 9, 2019

I held Gilbert the day we were blessed with his birth. I have some amazing memories of his laughter when I saw him. Words cannot describe the loss that we have loosing this precious boy. This should never happened. But I have peace knowing he is dwelling in the house of the Lord and I will be able to see him again.

Jill Christensen

May 8, 2019

I have never met Gilbert, but I am absolutely heartbroken for what he went through and for you, his family. He looked like the sweetest most lovable boy and your description of him is identical. I live in WI and I want you to know I have reached out to senators and anyone that will listen about child abuse laws. I promise to you if I see something I will say something. God bless you in your healing process.

Tami Hernandez

May 8, 2019

I've never seen your grandma beam brighter than the first time I met you as an infant, sweet boy. You were so small and handsome, and she held you so proudly as you walked through the office to say hi to all. ... May God heal and comfort every heart struggling to understand this pain. With deepest condolences -- Tami, Issac and Archer Hernandez

Lori Berncich

May 8, 2019

I did not know this sweet child but wanted to express my sincere condolences and sending thoughts and prayers to those who are bringing this baby home to loved ones. May he RIP.

Kristin Valleskey

May 8, 2019

I live in Wisconsin, but never met young, beautiful, sweet Gilbert. I cannot begin to imagine the emotions family members are going through, as I know how badly my own heart aches every day for a child I never met. Please hold tight those happy memories. Gilbert's memory will never be forgotten, but I hope time will ease some of the pain. I am at a loss of words, and am so very sorry and sad.

Thank you for the last two statements in Gilbert's obituary - I pray for his eternal peace and happiness in heaven, and I hope the last two statements in the obituary will help at least one other precious child.

Kathy Koch

May 8, 2019

Even though we never met, I know heaven gained an amazing angel. I am sorry for the struggles you had to endure in your short life on earth. I wish I could have been your voice and saved you from the awful pain you had to endure. Know you did not do anything wrong or deserved this horrible treatment. God is blessed with your contagious smile. Heaven is a better place now that you are there. Someday I hope to meet you. Rest peacefully little lamb, rest peacefully.

Delcia López

May 8, 2019

Sweet Angel I took a photo of you at a football game with your grandma and I remember your bright shinning smile that me me forget the game. Your smile was infectious. You looked so happy sitting next to your grandma. You know dance in the heavens with the Lord our King. Rejoice baby boy you touched a lot of hearts including mine .

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