Sunset North Funeral Home

910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX


Irene S. Lopez

March 15, 1941June 18, 2020

Irene S. Lopez, age 79, of San Antonio, Texas joined the Lord on Thursday June 18, 2020 surrounded by her family. Irene was born March 15, 1941 in Poteet, Texas. She spent the majority of her life in Del Rio, Texas and made the move to San Antonio, Texas twelve years ago in order to help care for her granddaughters.

Irene was a loving wife for 55 years, devoted mother, gracious mother in-law, and “granny”. Irene had a smile that would light up a room. Her joyous laugh, curiously sincere questions, and kind nature shone though to all she met. She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren. She was a passionate teacher for 41 years. After earning her bachelors at age 21, she went on to complete a Masters degree and counseling certification. During her years teaching Home Economics it was not uncommon for her to teach students that would later become parents to her current students. Irene was a legacy within the SFDRCISD system. She made learning fun and genuinely cared for her students. She not only taught at school, she taught swimming lessons, folkloric dancing and Sunday school at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Watching her daughter and son dance was one of her greatest joys.

As a devoted Catholic, she enjoyed going to mass as often as possible. She was an active member of St. Padre Pio Church. Irene enjoyed leading the rosary before mass and loved the weekly spiritual art class. She also was part of the prayer blanket ministry. Irene was a master baker and shared her talents with family and friends. She made every occasion special with her deliciously massive cakes, and baked goods. If you wanted the recipe, she would tell you it had basically this, but each recipe was always unique. Delicious but never the same as the last time. Irene was also a talented seamstress. She created beautiful custom dresses and gowns for many of her lucky family members. Irene was the #1 Spurs fan. She never missed a game, even if she had to listen to it on the radio. She often said rosaries for the Spurs to keep them healthy and safe during their travels.

She will be missed dearly by all who knew her. “Pray that God’s light will shine through you in all you do,” is a statement that she lived by and all her good deeds reflected it. Irene is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, Dionisio Lopez; daughter Loretta Henderson and husband Donny; son Lionel Lopez and wife Leslie; granddaughters Loryn & Lillian Lopez. She is also remembered by numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, and students.

A private Mass for immediate family will take place. At a later date, when the restrictions and concerns surrounding Covid-19 have been lifted, we will announce a public Mass and celebration. Thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.SunsetNorthFuneralHome.com for the Lopez Family.


  • Dionisio Lopez, Husband
  • Lionel Lopez (Leslie), Son
  • Loretta Henderson (Donny), Daughter
  • Loryn Lopez, Granddaughter
  • Lillian Lopez, Granddaughter

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Sylvia Onezine

July 4, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Mass was offered for her today at St Padre Pio. Irene had a beautiful and infectious smile. She led and prayed the rosary with so much reverence and love. I will miss her dearly.

Mary Ann Gonzales

June 30, 2020

I was blessed to have her as my Godmother. In many ways she was like a second mom. She will be sorely missed. I think all who knew her we're blessed. She was a truly loving and beautiful soul. Love you aunt Irene. May you rest in peace in God's loving arms.

Sylvia Suarez

June 29, 2020

The few times I saw n spent time with Irene will be a lasting memory. Her kindness n smile will not be forgotten. May u RIP your cousin from Fresno CA Sylvia Suarez

Suzanne Bejarano

June 29, 2020

We love you Granny! You will never be forgotten ❤️

Eloisa Harkrider

June 27, 2020

I have so many memories of my beautiful aunt. She introduced me to soft tacos (hers were the best)! Our trips to Del Río always included some Pool time. She taught me to swim. She was an elegant dancer and I have fond memories of she and my uncle gliding across the dance floor at all the family weddings. She was a devout Catholic and an inspiration to all! She will be truly missed! Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, May she Rest In Peace. Amen!🙏🏻

Michael Medina

June 25, 2020

I will always remember Mrs. Lopez as a grand lady with an amazing talent for baking like her wedding cake for their 50th wedding anniversary. Outside working on my yard the many times she would come to visit Loretta & Donnie with that smile on her face.
May all the sweet memories of Mrs. Lopez bring the family solace during this time. I hope that all the great moments that you were able to have with her before she passed away brings you comfort.

Manuel Perez

June 25, 2020

Dennis, Loretta and Lionel,
Kathy and I want to express our most heartfelt condolences to you and the grandchildren. Irene was a great lady.
She will be greatly missed. May she RIP and may the Lord bless and comfort the Lopez family during your time of grief.
Kathy and Manny Perez


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