Sister Maria Estefana Robles

September 2, 1941August 27, 2020

Sister Maria Estefana Robles, 78, died August 27, 2020. She was born September 2, 1941 in Victoria, Texas to the late Antonio and Maria Guadalupe Aguirre Rivera. She comes from a family of two girls and one boy. Sister completed her elementary education at Juan Linn School and graduated from Nazareth Academy in Victoria. When she was in Junior High, she began hearing the call to religious life and put it all in God’s hands. After graduation, there was another call; she married Manuel Robles in 1960. They were blessed with 4 children: Irma, James, Manuel Jr., and Martha. When her husband died, after 31 years of a happy marriage, she again began to hear the call to religious life and 3 years later she entered Incarnate Word Convent on February 2, 1995 and made her first profession of vows on December 21, 1997.

As a mother, Sister Maria Estefana was deeply bonded with her family, especially the little ones and she missed them dearly after she entered the convent. Her family continued to be a large part of her life and she continued to be an important role model to them. She had six grandchildren and one great grandchild. When her youngest child began school, she began work with the Victoria School District driving a school bus for disabled children.

She loved to work with young children and their families. To further develop her gifts and talents, she received Child Development Associate Credentials from Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Training Certification from the Texas Association of Young Children in Dallas, Certification of Training from Texas Early Care and Education Career Development, as well as training at the Parents’ Academy “Precious Minds”, and Child Guidance Certification at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio and the Nazareth Academy Day Care Center in Victoria.

During her 23 years as a Professed Sister, her ministries were at the Child Development Center at Blessed Sacrament Academy in San Antonio and the Nazareth Academy Day Care Center in Victoria. Her last ministries were in the IWC Gift Shop and IWC Health Care ministry at Incarnate Word Convent.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Luesiano Rivera; her daughter, Irma, and her sons, Manuel, Jr. and James. She is survived by her sister, Angelita Rivera, her daughter, Martha; daughter-in-law, Rosemary Robles; grandchildren, Amanda Rodriquez, Ruben Rodriquez, Angelina (Angie) Cruz, James Robles, Jr., Vincent Robles, and David Robles; and 6 great grandchildren.

Private Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, September 1 at Incarnate Word Convent followed by burial at Catholic Cemetery #3. Memorials may be made to Incarnate Word Convent or donor’s choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Maria Guadalupe Aguirre Rivera, Mother (deceased)
  • Antonio Rivera, Father (deceased)
  • Mauel Robles, Husband (deceased)
  • Angelita Rivera, Sister
  • Luesiano Rivera, Brother (deceased)
  • Irma Robles, Daughter (deceased)
  • Manuel Robles, Jr., Son (deceased)
  • James Robles, Son (deceased)
  • Martha Robles, Daughter
  • Rosemary Robles, Daughter-in-law
  • Amanda Rodriguez, Grandchild
  • Ruben Rodriguez, Grandchild
  • Angelina (Angie) Cruz, Grandchild
  • James Robles, Jr., Grandchild
  • Vincent Robles, Grandchild
  • David Robles, Grandchild
  • She is also leavessix great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

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  • Incarnate Word Convent


  • Private Funeral Services

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

  • Private Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020



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Betsy & Stefan Edwards

August 30, 2020

We are so saddened to learn of “Sister Stefanie’s” son, Stefan, was one of her special student bus riders, all those years ago, and delighted in sharing a similar name with her. She was indeed a favorite in our family. And, we were pleased to have stayed in touch all these years through notes, cards and even occasional e-mails.
We shared smiles and hugs when we’d see her in the community, and were among those weeping with her when she lost loved ones.
She loved her family, but she especially glowed with the Light of God in her chosen profession as Sister María Estefania.
Our sincere condolences to all who mourn her passing. May it bring comfort knowing we share your grief...she remains in our hearts, and with joyful hopes we’ll meet again.


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