Josefina Isabel Santacruz

May 22, 1937 - October 28, 2020
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Josefina Isabel Santacruz (née Valadez) entered into eternal rest on October 28, 2020 at the age of 83. She was born to Jose and Guadalupe Casas Valadez on May 22, 1937 in Laredo, Tx.

Josefina is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, José Ascensión Santacruz and their two children; José Tadeo (Raquel) Santacruz, Melissa (Luis) Hinojosa; grandchildren Carlos Jose, Antonio Cristobal, Carolina Isabel, Emma Yvette, Mireya Elena, Karisa Raquel, Sofia Isabella; her siblings, José (Olga) Valadez of San Antonio, Tx, Aurora V. (Thomas) Remy of McKinney, Tx., Catarina Santacruz; sister-in-law, Aurora Santacruz, and her nieces and nephews, who referred to her as Tia Josie or Tia Fina.

Josie is a graduate of Martin High School, Laredo Junior College, and Texas Woman’s University. She was an elementary teacher with the Laredo Independent School District for 35 years working at Farias Elementary and then Bruni Elementary.

The catholic faith was a cornerstone of Josie’s life as she served in the church choir at Holy Redeemer throughout her school years. She was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church. Josefina also had a great devotion to the rosary and St. Jude, dying on his feast day. Josie’s two children have followed their mother’s example of service through music as they both serve in the St. Patrick Catholic Church music ministry.

Josefina is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Gloria V. (Martimiano) Bazan.

The family will be receiving guests on Monday, November 2, 2020, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  A Holy Rosary will start at 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611.  For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: May 22, 1937
Died: October 28, 2020

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Mary Kathryn Longoria posted on 11/18/20

I taught with Josie for many years. She was so sweet and nice to everyone. I'm sure she will be greatly missed. Josie was a beautiful person. You can be sure I will be praying for her and her family.


David and Alma Prieto posted on 11/5/20

Joe and Santacruz family, Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you at this time of sorrow. May Mrs. Santacruz Rest in Peace.


Cecilia Garza posted on 11/5/20

My condolences to the Santacruz, Hinojosa and De Leon families; may your faith help you during this very sad time. The prayers of many are with you.


Jose Luis and Raquel Salas posted on 11/4/20

Sorry about Josie, our condolences to your family


Mary Grace Carroll posted on 11/4/20

Melissa, we are praying for peace and strength for you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you. Mary Grace and Vernon Carroll


Alberto Ochoa posted on 11/2/20

We are sorry to hear about your wife. Our deepest condolences to you and Melissa and Tad and the rest of the family. We are sorry that we could not attend but all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and all your family. Take care. Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Ochoa Jr.


Carlos Ochoa posted on 11/2/20

Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love through this time of sorrow. Prayers for the Santacruz family.


Arturo Dominguez posted on 11/2/20

Our most heart-felt condolences for your loss. You are in our prayers. Arturo and Cordelia Dominguez


David & Billie Notzon posted on 11/1/20

During the 17 years I lived in Laredo, the Valadez family was a next door neighbor. Had it not been for Josie, my mother, ailing father and two siblings would have been unable to attend my wedding in Houston a few years later. Being the caring and giving person she was, she drove them in her “bandaged” Chevy. Josie will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to all members of the immediate family.


Emma Kindee posted on 10/31/20

Mrs. Santacruz, it was a blessing to know you. I know we didn’t know each other on a daily bases but just know that you and your husband raised great children. Your son became my primo by marriage. He is talented, smart, giving, humble, a loving husband and father. He continues to make my Prima and their children happy. Please continue to watch over them. May you Rest In Peace. May time heal their hearts.


Dennis E. Ramos and Family posted on 10/31/20

Our most sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.


Glen Jackson posted on 10/31/20

You lived and taught your faith and in doing so your children will continue your legacy. Rest now Fina....


Alicia L. Gonzalez posted on 10/31/20

Jose, our sincere condolences to you and your family on your great loss. Keep those special memories of your mom in your heart. May she Rest In Peace.??


Justin Needham and family posted on 10/31/20

Joe, Raquel, Tony, and family - Our sincere condolences to all of you for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.