Mar 14 2007, 10:32 pm / Other
MARCELO "EL MAESTRO" ALONZO
WESLACO-Marcelo "El Maestro" Alonzo, 84, was surrounded by the glory of Christ and the love of his wife, children, grandchildren and family when he was called to the arms of our Heavenly Father.
His quest for a better life for his family led him to a multitude of jobs which included a singer, a boxer, a semi-pro basketball player, a baker, and a migrant worker. He found his calling as a master tailor whose remarkable workmanship dressed the finest clad men who shopped at Al Baskin (Joliet, IL), Michael's, and Levine's (Weslaco, TX).
His greatest joys in life were his wife and children. Marcelo had a great passion for life, and was a wonderful singer. He loved music, dancing, traveling, fishing, bowling, and could beat any "young buck" at pool.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marcelina Landeros, brother, Blas Alonzo, and sister, Lucia Gonzalez.
Marcelo is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maria Guadalupe Alonzo; eight children, Eva (Mario) Aguirre, Maria (Francisco) Maldonado, Marilu (Carlos) Lara, Gloria (David) Silva, Olga (Albert) Casey, Adrian "El Tesoro"(Rosie Yanez) Alonzo, Grace Del Angel, Minne (Gamal) Contreras, and one brother, Pedro (Lupe Rico) Alonzo. He leaves a legacy of hard work, dedication to family, devotion to education, and a host of grandchildren (34), great-grandchildren (72), and great-great grandchildren (9), who will always love and cherish him.
today was his rosario and tomorrow we bury him. this has been harder than i thought it would be. today at his rosario, everyone (well not everyone, our family is really huge) got up and shared some memories. some were funny, some were sad, but i just started to realize how crazy my family is. we all are way too loud, we drink too much, dance too much, stay up too late, and we all get our zest for life from my abuelo marcelo. i remember before he died this past christmas, he leaned over and told me in his best broken english, "whatever you want in life, just do it. and dont just do it halfway, do it all the way. i know that you can." then he started talking about being young and i didnt get it then, but now, i know what he was saying. he did so many great things in his life. he sacrificed so much so that i could live in a free land with opportnities. i know that when i graduate he is going to be so proud from wherever he is. i know he beleived in me.