Francisco "Mora" Fanelle, Sr.

November 25, 1923 - January 10, 2021
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Francisco “Mora” Fanelle Sr. died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on January 10, 2021. Throughout his lifetime, he was known as an exceptional person—honest, humble, hard-working, and a devoted Catholic who was called by the Lord to the Kingdom of Heaven at the age of 97. He was born on November 25, 1923, in San Antonio, Texas. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Francisco was employed at Sterling Auto Parts and later became the proud owner of Mora Auto Parts. He was passionate and loved everything about cars and parts. He thanked God for the opportunity to succeed and provide the best life possible for his wife, Magdalena Buitron Fanelle, and their children.

Francisco loved his life of work, family gatherings, friends, and especially his church. He loved going to restaurants and socializing with his friends. He enjoyed his ranch, hunting, and his cattle. When you would see him, you would see a beaming smile on his face. He was very humorous and loved to sing and dance with his family and friends. He lost his wife, Magdalena Buitron Fanelle, in 1997 and he would speak of her often saying, “I’ve only had one love in my life, and she will always remain in my heart. My wife is the only true love that I’ve had!” He cherished her memories throughout his lifetime and is now rejoicing with her in paradise.

Francisco was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, and friend. You knew him for his selflessness and heart to help those in need. He was best known for his acts of kindness and affection for others.

In 2016, Francisco moved to Dallas, Texas with his daughter, Veronica F. Guerra, and continued to enjoy time traveling, spending time with his family, and especially going to the ranch.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Magdalena Buitron Fanelle; his sons, Francisco Fanelle Jr. and Edward “Eddie” Fanelle; his mother, Adela Fanelle Montante; his father, Carmen Fanelle; his brothers, Calixto Mora and Lucino Fanelle; and his sisters, Guadalupe Buitron and Margarita Fanelle.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Patricia (Eduardo) Rendon, Veronica (Manuel) Guerra, and George Fanelle; his grandchildren, Magdalena (Joey) Sanchez, Vicente (Yvonne) Bouvier, Francisco (Jess) Fanelle III, Ricardo Bouvier, Sabrina (Dr. Field) Harrison, Chris (Clarissa) Martinez, Elizabeth (Cesar) Martinez, Edward Fanelle; Erica Bouvier, and Alex Bouvier; his 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

The family will be receiving condolences on Monday, January 18, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX 78041 where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, departing at 9:30 a.m. from Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services to Christ the King Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.

Rite of Committal and Interment will be at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Frank Fanelle III, Vicente Bouvier, Chris Martinez, Ricardo Bouvier, Jose Luis Flores III, and Alex Bouvier.

Honorary Pallbearers: George Fanelle, Eduardo Rendon, Manuel Guerra, Dr. Field Harrison, and Bobby Buitron.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Christ the King Catholic Church


1105 Tilden
Laredo, Texas 78040

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: November 25, 1923
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Celebrating his 97th Birthday- Dallas, Tx
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Died: January 10, 2021

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Mario and Emma Garza posted on 1/18/21

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Francisco Fanelle. May he Rest In Peace. May God fill your hearts with all the love your father, grandfather and great grandfather gave all of you throughout your lives together as a family. We are truly sorry for your loss, Mario Alberto and Emma Garza and family


Marco & Debra Villarreal posted on 1/18/21

Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. Our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort your grieving hearts and bring your family peace.


Kristina Villarreal posted on 1/18/21

Vero, Sabrina, Chris, and Maggie. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Sending you love and strength during this difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Clarissa Castilleja and Family posted on 1/17/21

Patricia and Wayo, Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Chevo enjoyed talking to your father! May God bring you peace during this difficult time.


James and Idalia Newton posted on 1/16/21

Mr. Fanelle was a kind hearted person whom I had the pleasure of knowing. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to the Fanelle family ? and my good friend George. With much love and support.


Arely & Carmen Erazo posted on 1/15/21

To the family of our friend Morita, we wish to send our condolences. We will pray that you find comfort in knowing that he was a good Catholic man, a good friend and a good Knight.


Armando Perez posted on 1/15/21

I am sorry for your loss. May God Bless your family and continue to look after all of you during this difficult time.


Irene Litman Sanchez posted on 1/15/21

My sincere condolences to the Fanelle family. May the love, support and beautiful memories of Mr. Fanelle guide you and remain in your hearts. Sincerely, Irene Litman Sanchez


Alfredo Vidaurri posted on 1/15/21

My sincere condolences to the Fanelli-Buitron Family. May he Rest In Peace.??????


Ross & Lillian Swisher posted on 1/14/21

Our prayers, our sincere condolences to all of the Fanelle Family, may our friend Francisco Rest In Peace, l will always remember our wonderful conversations and business relationship he was always a kind and courteous gentleman. God bless the family with peace and comfort ????