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.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories of Francisco “Mora” Fanelle Sr., and sign the guest book online at www.freddickey.com.
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 am