Blanche G. Aldrete

July 23, 1933September 6, 2011

Blanche G. Aldrete passed away peacefully on September 6, 2011, at the age of 78. She was born in San Antonio, Texas, to parents Desiderio Gonzales and Maria Elizondo on July 23, 1933. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Blanche was predeceased by her parents, stepfather, Richard Lobo and brother-in-law Joe Navaira, Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Enrique J. (Johnny) Aldrete; daughters Sylvia A. Zepeda (Robert), Norma “Jeanie” Basolet of Yuma, Arizona, and Cindy Eckles; grandchildren, Robert Zepeda, Jr. of Dallas, John R. Zepeda (Candace), Mary Zepeda Cable (Robert) of Las Vegas, Nevada and Anthony P. Basolet (Annel) of Phoenix, Arizona; great grandchildren, Mikah Richard Zepeda and Robert Harrison Cable; sisters, Norma Navaira and Linda Herrera (Jerry) and nephews James Hayes (Sherri), Joe Navaira III and niece Analisa Zeeff (Brandon) and many god-children, family members and friends. Blanche nurtured a home filled with love, laughter, and family. Since her education was limited to the ninth grade, she always encouraged her daughters and grandchildren to dream and that the key to fulfilling those dreams was through education. She encouraged them to go to college and seek rewarding careers. She was especially proud of being an honorary member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was passionate about helping with scholarship fund raising projects. Blanche worked many years at Gross National Bank, starting as a clerk and advancing to many trusted positions within the bank, and retired in 1991 from Wells Fargo Bank. After her retirement, Blanche volunteered her time at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her generous heart, beautiful smile, and lively spirit will be missed by all who knew her. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., at Funeraria Del Angel Roy Akers. A procession will depart the funeral home at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 12, 2011, for a Funeral Mass at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 4603 St. John’s Way, San Antonio, Texas 78212 to be officiated by Father Martin Leopold, Pastor, and special family friend, Monsignor Conor McGrath. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Dr. Charles Briseno and Dr. Harold Felter and their office staff for the many years of special care and support. The family would also express a special thank you to Elvira “Cookie” Starin, RN, Director of the Nix Hospital Telemetry Unit, for the kindness that she extended to our beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, 2006 Encino Valley, San Antonio, Texas 78259.

Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria Del Angel Roy Akers, San Antonio, TX.


  • Visitation and Rosary Sunday, September 11, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 12, 2011
  • Interment Monday, September 12, 2011

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Marquez Julio Cesar

November 2, 2011

We hear of the loss of Mrs. Whitey, our condolences from Mexico, we await your prompt resignation, my father Luis Marquez Family friend Aldrete, we are in Mexico City, many years ago were on vacation with you in San Antonio, enjoying their warm hospitality.

God bless you.

Julio Cesar Marquez
Mexico City

Ronald Basolet

September 15, 2011

You will be missed

Michele Torrez

September 14, 2011

I am the daughter of Anna Maria, and grand-daughter of Armando and Maria Aldrete. I never had the opportunity to meet my great aunt, but from what I am reading she sounds like a special lady. I hope that some day soon the Air Force will send me closer to home, so that I may that I may have the chance to meet my great aunts and uncles. My prayers and thoughts are with my family. God Bless

September 12, 2011

NOrma, Linda,Johnny,and Daughters, My prayers and thoughts are you with in your sorrow. I, too, am feeling the pain that
you are going thru. I, lost my "Baby" and youngest son, on the same that Blanche went to be with our Lord. Again, my prayers are with you all. Marta Trinidad

Susie Smith

September 11, 2011

Beta Chapter was truly blessed with such a fine and caring member. I will always treasure the fact that Blanche was my Beta Sister and such an inspiration to all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

Virginia Carroll

September 11, 2011

Our heart-felt condolences go out to the family and friends of our beloved Blanca. We will always remember her warmth, her kindness, and her lovely smile. With love, Cousins Virginia Elizondo (Honey) Carroll, Jesse Elizondo, Star and Eddie Elizondo

September 11, 2011

Blanche, I always loved your smile, you always made me feel happy when I visited San Antonio because you were always so nice and caring. My prayers go out to both were so happy together, and your family. I will miss you and you will always be in my you, Virgie Dyckman, Chicago, Illinois

Abe & Rosie Aldrete

September 11, 2011

Blance, we will miss you so much. Life without you will not be the same. Your smile will be greatly missed.

Herb Gonzales

September 11, 2011

My dearest feelings of sadness on the death of your mother,this from an aquaintance from many years though i have not seen you and Robert for quite a while,at your Christmas parties,you had a town all decked out for Christmas. My thoughts and prayer are with you Sylvia,Robert and your sons.

Paz y Descanso
Herb Gonzales

Frank Castro

September 10, 2011

Blanche Knowing you for over twenty years but only really knowing you briefly which never seemed to matter because you always treated me as if I knew you a lifetime and saw you everyday. However when I visited you you always treated me like your own. I can't express how much I will miss you and your kind words nut I can say the world will be less with you gone but heaven will be a better place with you there. Until we meet again my prayers are with your soul and with your family. Thanks for being my family.