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Juan Saldana

Juan L. Saldana Jr.

Monday, September 6th, 1943 - Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Juan Saldaña Jr., 76, was called by the Lord on May 31, 2020. He was born to Juan Saldaña Sr. and Maria Lopez Saldaña on September 27, 1943 in Harlingen, TX. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church where he held active roles as a eucharist minister and the Cursillo program throughout the 90s. He was the owner of Seat Cover Center as an upholstery designer and repairer.

Juan married his wife, Rosemary Perez, on October 23, 1960 in Bay City, Texas at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. They lived in Bay City, Firebaugh, California and Abeline, Texas throughout the 1960s before settling in Victoria, Texas in 1969 where they would raise all four of their children. Juan held various jobs in his teenage years and young adult years before getting into the upholstery business. Despite only having an intermediate school education, he managed to master a skillset that found him happiness and provide for his family. One of his greatest joys in his car upholstery projects was his ability to bring classic cars to life. He worked jointly with his brother, Alfredo Saldaña, before opening his own business in 1984.

He embodied a sense of hard work throughout his entire life. The epitome of his hard-work values was most evident when he experienced a massive heart-attack in 1999. Despite the near-death experience, he preserved to maintain his business for several more years and provided help to his loved ones for his remaining 20 years on Earth. He was an active fisherman and enjoyed helping others whether it was having his grandchildren work at his business to learn the importance of hard work, or helping his loved ones with car or home restoration projects. He enjoyed attending family celebrations and achievements, especially when it was accompanied with Tejano dancing. Juan and his wife enjoyed taking trips to Mexico and other locations throughout the USA in his lifetime. He was a man of faith and continuously sought a religious journey throughout his adult life.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary Saldaña, sons John Saldaña III and Edward Saldaña, daughters Roseanna Ramos and Marian Saldaña; brothers Arthur Saldaña, Alfredo Saldaña, and Edward Villafranca; sisters Sarah Padilla, Odilia Sauceda, Ida Saldaña, and Delia Cortez; 12 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 4 great, great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Juan is preceded in death by his sisters Chrisanta Saldaña and Celia Saldaña; and grandson Joe Louis Sanchez.

Serving as pallbearers are Edward Villafranca, Richard Saldaña, Ruben Ramos, Chris Garza, Javier Ybarra, and Jaime Flores.

Honorary pallbearers are Dawn Sanchez, Niaomi Ybarra, Marina Hernandez, Breeanna Saldaña, Analisa Saldaña, Elizabeth Saldaña, Richard Saldaña Jr., John Saldaña IV, Nicholas J. Ramos, and Julian Ramos.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, June 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 4th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
    Address
    208 W. River Street
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    Notes
    Rosary to begin at 12:30 @ Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Grace Memorial Chapel will follow the minimum recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to COVID-19.
  • Interment

    Location
    Resurrection Cemetery
    Address
    Laurent & Mockingbird
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    Notes
    Grace Memorial Chapel will follow the minimum recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to COVID-19.

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Julian Ramos

Posted at 10:19am
You were a fighter from your childhood days throughout your adult life and up until your last few weeks of battling your illness in the ICU. You showed us glimmers of hope with your strength, but we knew you suffered too long. I am at peace in my heart knowing you don't have to work another day nor suffer any more. I'm thankful for my wonderful memories and life lessons you taught me throughout my childhood and adult life. I promise to take care of the family and keep everyone strong, and will ensure your legacy will live on for future generations.. You will be missed, Grandpa. However this is not a good bye, but a see you later :)…
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All our love, Bonnie Carlin, Anna & Leon Garza

Posted at 10:47am
Sending our love and prayers to you. Juan will always be remembered for the kindness, love and respect that he showed to our family.
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Rudy and Helen Garza

Posted at 06:37pm
Please accept our deepest sympathy, our hearts go out to the family. Uncle Juan was a very special person to me. Thoughts and continued prayers.
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