OBITUARY

Joseph Michael Sembera

December 15, 1954August 4, 2018
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Joseph (Joe) Michael Sembera, beloved husband of Amalia (Mollie) Sembera and loving father of Jennifer Sembera, Elizabeth (Beth) Sembera Gonzales, and Paul Sembera, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Joe was born in Victoria, Texas, on December 15, 1954, to Adolph and Hedwig (Hattie) Sembera. Joe loved life, each of his family members, laughing, his neighbors, and his garden, which is certified as a Texas Wildscapes and Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. His strength and spirit helped him to defeat three types of cancers in the last thirty years, all while thriving and revealing to others how to live as well as possible from a place of love.

Besides his wife and children, Joe is survived by his son-in-law, Mark Gonzales; grandsons, Michael and Daniel Gonzales; Jennifer’s partner, Max Weinberg; Paul’s fiancé, Stephanie Sides; future grandchildren, Nolan and Lilibeth (Lili) Sides; his siblings Aloise, Cathy, Hedy Ann, Chris; and in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Adolph, John, Edward, Marilyn, Dorothy, and Benjamin.

The rosary will begin at St. Mark’s the Evangelist Catholic Church at 1602 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, Texas, at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The funeral service will be held at St. Mark’s at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 10, 2018 followed by a celebration of his life. An internment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/ or 1-800.227.2345.

Services

  • Rosary Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Luncheon Reception Friday, August 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joseph Michael Sembera

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Trish Ballard

August 8, 2018

I remember his smile, soft soothing words of encouragement, funny stories, talking about plants and his laughter. He will be truly missed as he would always bring a smile to your face. He was a blessing from God!

Hedy Weimmer

August 8, 2018

Growing up we lived farther away and didn’t see you but several times a year. I remember your love for gardening....The flowerbeds were full of love and beauty. I remember walking across the street to see you at work...you always bought us candy and soda. I remember our family holiday gatherings, they were something we always looked forward to. You made a mean pot of spaghetti too! I remember the coocoo botch thing😳...not sure what that was about, lol. I also remember your funny sense of humor. When you spoke your tone was always soft and gentle. RIP Uncle Joe... and please hug my dad and Alouise, grandma and Popo and all that left before. I pray God will comfort your family.
Hedy

Lisa Pfeil

August 7, 2018

I can’t help but smile and laugh a little when I think of Uncle Joe. That’s what I loved the most and will miss the most...his incredible sense of humor and facial expressions! AND all his trips bearing gifts of trees and plants that were “on sale”. Love you sooo much Uncle Joe. Give my Mom a hug and kiss for me, please!

Theresa Young

August 7, 2018

Mac and I like to eat at Jim's. Many times we would see Joe there. He would always stop to talk with us. We will miss him.

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