Andrea Zamarripa Theisen of Uvalde passed away on November 12, 2017 at the age of 71. She was born on August 22, 1946 in Uvalde to Juan Navarro and Margarita (Rodriguez) Zamarripa. She married Robert Theisen in Sabinal on July 1, 2000.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years of Uvalde; daughters, Juanita Rivas of Austin and Viola Russ of Temple; sons, Juan Jose Rivas of Colorado Springs and Gilberto Rivas, Jr. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; sisters, Gloria Zamarripa, Victoria Salazar and husband, Johnny, all of Uvalde, and Helen Zamarripa of Victoria; brothers, , Antonio Zamarripa and wife, Carmen, and Chavelo Zamarripa and wife, Teresa, all of Uvalde; grandchildren, Ruben Hernandez, Jr., Margarita Torres, Marisela Hernandez, Monica Hernandez and Andrew Bjornstad; great grandchildren, Ruben Hernandez, III, Aiden Hernandez, Nikolai Alexander Hernandez, Addison Rose Ybarra and Mario Andres Torres, III; sisters in law, Olga Zamarripa of Austin and Elia Zamarripa of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Juan Zamarripa and Camilo Zamarripa
Mrs. Theisen wrote several essays published in La Voz de Uvalde. She self-published “Voices In My Head”, a compilation of several essays written over a period of years, concerning growing up female, Mexican and poor in Texas. In 2007 and 2008 she was invited to read from her stories and poetry at the Scissortail Festival in Ada, Oklahoma, an annual writer’s conference attended by authors and academics from all over the country. She also self-published a second book, “Before I go to Heaven”, a poem for children.
A rosary will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Zamarripa, Daniel Zamarripa, Jacob Zamarripa, Juan Martin Zamarripa, Tony Zamarripa, and Jesse Zamarripa.
I had the pleasure and the honor of knowing this lady in my teen years because her son and I were good friends in high school. She will truly be missed by her family and also many friends she made over the years.
I extend my thoughts and prayers to the family and rest assured she is no longer suffering now and you will see her again someday.
Anthony R. FloresHelotes, TX
Tia I know you were greeted with open arms by your parents and brothers. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
Teresa PerezSan antonio, TX
I’m so sorry for your loss god be with all the family
Maria Elena GonzalesUvalde, TX
My prayers and thoughts are sent to the family in their time of need.
Michael MartinKilleen, TX
For Helen: May our Lord Jesus wrap his comforting arms around you and may He give you and your family peace in knowing that your sister is with Him. May special memories flood your hearts and minds. Blessings, Judy
Judy LedwigVictoria, TX
So sorry to hear about Andrea. 71 is too young.
Glenda SwinkFredericksburg, TX
We are all going to miss you very much. You are at better place no more pain and in peace.
Elia ZamarripaUvalde, TX