OBITUARY

Rose Marie O'Connor

July 16, 1926December 26, 2020
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Rose Marie O’Connor, age 94, passed away December 26, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born on July 16, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas, to Daniel M. Pedrotti and Angelina (Bolner) Pedrotti. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed.

Rose Marie grew up in Del Rio, Texas, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School. She married James A. O’Connor. III, in 1948 and they moved to San Antonio where they lived until moving to Converse, Texas, in 1961.

In the early 1970s, Rose Marie obtained her Real Estate license and was a broker until she decided to purchase Garden-Ville Health Food Store in 1975. She helped countless individuals learn to live their best lives by finding a new way of staying healthy through organic foods and vitamins. She owned Garden-Ville until the mid 1980s when she sold it so she and James could spend time traveling across the United States in their travel trailer. They had many amazing adventures and were fortunate enough to be able to travel abroad on several occasions. After James passed in 1989, Rose Marie went back to work at the health food store where she was again able to help people with their health concerns until she finally retired in 2016 at the age of 90.

Rose Marie was a devoted parishioner of St. Monica Catholic Church. She taught CCD and RCIA during the1980s-1990s. As a result of her unwavering devotion, she helped bring many adults into the Catholic faith. Through the years at St. Monica, Rose Marie was active in the Catholic Daughters, the Guadalupaños, the Altar Society, and the Choir. Her selfless giving was also apparent throughout the Archdiocese. She served on the board of The Worldwide Apostolate of Fatima (San Antonio Chapter), was a board member of Padua Place, and a Third Order Franciscan. Rose Marie was instrumental in establishing Seton Home, helping pregnant teenagers in crisis in Bexar County. She and James even opened their home from time to time to house these women until room became available at Seton Home.

Rose Marie’s most cherished calling from God was to provide a home for homeless mothers who opted to choose life for their unborn babies. Through the tireless work of Rose Marie and three other undaunted, devoted Catholic women, Guadalupe Home was established in 1997. The Home offers spiritual guidance, shelter, education, and ultimately a transition to a better life. Since its inception, the Home has witnessed over 450 miracles: over 450 babies being given the gift of life. Rose Marie was presented with the Lumen Gentium award on January 31, 2013, in recognition of her outstanding example of Catholic devotion, charity, and compassion.

Rose Marie was an incredible mother to her children and a loving inspiration to her grandchildren. Her happiest moments were watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play and grow even when it meant window visits from her room or utilizing technology which she learned to use like a pro - for online visits.

Rose Marie was preceded in death by her husband, James A. O’Connor III; parents, Daniel and Angelina Pedrotti; and sister, Antoinette Pedrotti. She is survived by her daughters, Colleen O’Connor, Jamie Hilbig (David), and Mary Bordelon (Ray); son, Jim O’Connor (Lauren); grandchildren James Hilbig (Lia), Jennifer Cernosek (Brandon), Christy Young (Jason), and Stephanie Martinek (Shane); great-grandchildren Tristan Hilbig, Avery Hilbig, Harrison Hilbig, Hudson Hilbig, Jack Cernosek, Ella Cernosek, Dylan Young , and Sydney Young; sisters, Josephine Beitzel, Margaret Ann Kelly, Jeanette Carpenter (Jim [Murph]); brothers, Daniel Pedrotti (Carolyn) and Louis Pedrotti (Sue); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

The family will celebrate a Rosary and funeral Mass for Mrs. O'Connor on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Due to COVID concerns, the Rosary and Mass will be restricted to family only. All others are invited to join the family via livestream beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the St. Monica Catholic Church Facebook page. https://saintmonicaconverse.net/start-here/wondering-about-mass-times/streamed-masses

Burial will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Guadalupe Home - 2102 Buena Vista, San Antonio, Texas, 78207 Please make checks payable to Guadalupe Home and put Rose Marie’s name on the memo line.

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Donate to Guadalupe Home on-line at https://ccaosa.org/donate Please select Guadalupe Home from the “direct my donations to” drop-down menu box and put Rose Marie O’Connor in the “Honoree Name” box.

Services

  • Private Rosary Service (family only)

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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  • Private Funeral Mass (family only)

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Private Committal Service (family only)

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Mary Bordelon

January 15, 2021

EULOGY
For such a soft-spoken, humble, sweet, little lady, Mom was a true trailblazer. Becoming a realtor in 1970 and then purchasing Garden-Ville in 1975, she was WAY ahead of her time.
Back then, organic produce was unheard of, yet Mom knew its importance and wanted to get it into the hands and bodies of as many people as possible. The nearest place Mom found to purchase organic produce to sell in her store was in Austin. We would go weekly to a run-down little place there and pick up as much organic produce as possible and bring it back to the store to sell. The interesting part of this story is that the store Mom found in Austin is what is now Whole Foods.
In the 1990's Mom saw the need for a place for homeless pregnant women who wanted to keep their babies and again her pioneer spirit took over and she co-founded Guadalupe Home. When St. Monica began an RCIA program, Mom became a leader and helped it become the exceptional program it is today.
It is said that the people we love become a part of who we are, and when they leave this world a part of them stays with us...always. That is definitely true with Mom. Because of her gentle leadership and her ability to quietly evangelize about the things she believed in so deeply...she will always be with us.
Remember the next time someone asks you what they can do about their runny nose and you automatically reply...without even thinking..."start taking Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea"...that will be Mom still with us.
And the next time someone tells you about a friend who wants to become a Catholic and you automatically reply...without even thinking..."contact St. Monica about their RCIA program"...that will be Mom still with us.
And the next time someone tells you that they know a woman who needs a safe, supportive, place to stay while she is pregnant and you automatically reply...without even thinking..."call Guadalupe Home"...that will be Mom still with us.
Thank you, Mom, for being with us ALWAYS!

Herlinda Garcia

January 15, 2021

Mrs. O Connor will always be in my heart. As a member of St. Monica Church for over 20 years, I admired her for her kindness and generosity to all. She has always inspired me to grow in my faith and she will always be a mentor for me. May she rest in peace. I believe she is a Saint in the presence of our Lord.
Praying for her family .
Herlinda C. Garcia

John Enyeart

January 10, 2021

Mrs O'Connor was such an inspiration to us when we first met her in 1994.
Elisabeth and I were newly attending the prayer meetings at St Monica's and the Franciscans. She invited us to join the group praying the rosary and Prayer for the City, driving the length around 1604. She said she had the van and just needs someone to drive and some to pray. We were so grateful to join her and consecrate the city each month in this special way. Beth and I marveled at her devotion and simple and unwavering passion to bring God's blessings to all around her. She was a model for the power of prayer. We look back on those times as very motivating to our start as a young family. She was such an incredible role model. John Enyeart

Colleen O'Connor

January 9, 2021

Some of my fondest memories of Mom are childhood memories that frequently surface and spark into my spiritual life. At bedtime, Mom read us stories from the lives of saints. During family rosary time she had beautiful, detailed pictures of each mystery on which we were expected to focus. This proved to be an excellent parenting practice. Instead of a smack, she would just redirect my attention to the picture to deflect me from distractions or my attempts to make my siblings giggle. Going to Sunday Mass was always the most important event of every week. And she and Dad made it their priority to give us all a Catholic education, elementary through high school, even though at times it was a financial struggle for them.

Because of Mom I continually look to The Little Flower, St Therese of Lisieux, my Confirmation saint, who put into reach for me a goal I still strive for: "to do good things in little ways." Because of Mom I realized while taking classes on spirituality that I already knew more about meditation than I thought due to time spent focusing on vivid pictures during long past family rosary times. Because of Mom I have a deeply solid and personal devotion to the Eucharist. Even through my working years I strove to be, like her, an almost daily Mass attendee. Because of Mom I will always be able to draw on a foundation that will be with me to nip at my conscience whenever I need to be a better person.

Because of memories like these, I will always miss her and I will always have her with me.

Jim O'Connor

January 6, 2021

One thing that Mom really enjoyed was her family and getting to spend time with them. Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just getting together on a Sunday for a meal was always special to all of us. I loved being able to spend time in the kitchen helping her prepare the food. She always looked forward to spending Easter with our Langlinais cousins, something we did for the past 25 years. What an incredible family and cousins they are. I also want to say thanks to all of them for making time to visit Mom at her house, in the hospital and in the nursing home over the years.

Louie Pedrotti, Mom’s brother, always made it point to gather the family around from time to time, holding impromptu family get togethers. Mom enjoyed those moments so much, seeing her siblings and their families. Also, her phone calls during the years with her sisters, Sue Pedrotti and her cousins were something special to her.

Jim O'Connor

January 5, 2021

Every Sunday I would go to mass with mom at Saint Monica or go to early Mass some days there, then spend some time with her drinking coffee and watching Meet the Press with Tim Russert. We quit watching after Mr. Russert passed away. Usually after the Meet the Press, mom would always have a slew of new souls to pray for! Mom was an incredible teacher of patience and love. I really don’t ever recall her saying anything negative about anyone, except maybe saying we really need to pray for certain politicians.

Life Lessons from mom:
• Pray
• Be Like Duck
• It’s Always Something
• It’s Just Money

“The most important thing that we can do is pray,” Mom would always say. Mom always knew which Saint would be most helpful, too.

Like Drops of Water on a Duck’s Back. When I was very young, Mom told me that when someone said something hurtful, the best thing to do was to let the hurtful words be like drops of water on a duck’s back, and just let them roll off. It works!

“It’s Always Something” was Mom’s way of saying that nothing ever goes perfectly, but not to let it get you down, because it will always get better. No matter whether the AC that goes out, or bones are broken, “it’s always something”. That is a hard one, but Mom was always a glass half full person.

Then there was “it’s just money”. Mom didn’t worry about spending money to help people in need, helping the parish, or fixing an AC unit. Even though she didn’t worry about her future needs, I did a little at first. But that worry soon faded, since I knew God was looking out for her.

Mom’s strong conviction of the need to do what she could to help protect unborn children is one of the things I admired the most about her. The fundraising that she did and money she gave was inspiring

Susan Bacak

January 3, 2021

As I was going through formation and even after I was professed as a Secular Franciscan, I would pick up Rose Marie O’Connor and others and we would all go to our monthly meeting together. I would also go to her house where we would pray the rosary for our country. She also offered her home for formation meeting with those that were going through formation. I learned a lot from Rose Marie as I drove her home from our monthly meetings. The one event I loved going to was the Fandango which had a BBQ dinner and auctions to raise money for the Guadalupe Home. She always bought my ticket to get in and I loved participating in the silent auction and live auction too. I will truly miss this gentle soul! ❤️ 💕

Jamie Hilbig

January 2, 2021

Mom and I had a beloved tradition. I would come to San Antonio in the spring time and we would spend a week travelling around the hill country to see the beautiful bluebonnets and wildflowers. But even during this special week her church activities came first. We would go to daily mass and various religious meetings. Once there was a gathering with a beautiful procession that we went to. It was wonderful sharing her life and her activities for a week. I photographed the flowers and one day asked if she would like to take pictures. She said “oh, no, I can’t take pictures.” I asked her to try, so she did and found out that she enjoyed doing so. By the second year, I could tell that she really did enjoy taking the pictures because before I could even get the car pulled off the road, she had the door open and was ready to hop out. It ended up that she had a eye for photographing flowers and ended with some great shots.

Chris Huebotter

December 31, 2020

I knew Rose Marie through my sister, Sue Pedrotti, and I had the pleasure of visiting with Rose Marie and James at Pedrotti family gatherings. I also attended a couple of Bolner family reunions! The O'Connors were wonderful people. The family has my sympathy and prayers.

Joyce L Pedrotti

December 31, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Aunt Rose Marie when I married her nephew. One of my favorite memories is when she & Aunt Margaret Ann included me in a family history field trip to go see the Pedrotti Family home in San Antonio. I love learning about family history and always seek to learn more to share with my husband and our four sons. She was so kind to include me.

Aunt Rose Marie’s smiling face & presence will be missed but the memories and experiences she gave us will live on. Heaven has a new angel.

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