Obituary of Virginia Loraine Szalwinski Zaiontz
- Obituary of Virginia Loraine Szalwinski Zaiontz
Wilson County News Online
1 Jan 2003
Virginia Loraine Zaiontz
It is often said that anyone who enters eternal rest at Christmas
will be granted a very special place near the Christ-child. Our
beloved mother and grandmother, devoted wife, sister, and dedicated
teacher, Virginia, became one of heaven's newest angels on Tuesday,
Dec. 24, 2002.
Born on April 8, 1937, in Karnes County, to Bernice Dworaczyk and
Peter J. Szalwinski, Virginia lived in and attended school in Falls
Virginia Loraine Szalwinski married Fabian Zaiontz on June 9, 1956,
in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Falls City, where she had been an
active parishioner and volunteer.
Virginia and Fabian nurtured three sons: Lester, who currently
resides in Concord, N.H.; Karl, who lives with his wife Kathy and
their children in Poth; and, Bryan, who lives with his wife Dixie and
their children in San Antonio.
Virginia has been a resident of San Antonio for more than 43 years
and spent much of that time working with children and her church. As
a founding parishioner of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Virginia was
an active member of the Altar Society and also helped support
numerous church functions and other parish organizations throughout
Most recently Virginia contributed towards the completion of a new
sanctuary and church structure for St. Lawrence, where she is loved,
admired, and will be greatly missed by many parishioners.
Virginia shared a second church family at St. James Catholic School
of San Antonio, where she has served as a teacher for more than 16
years. It gave her great pride and sense of accomplishment.
Perhaps the most shining moment for Virginia was earning her
bachelor's degree in religious studies, graduating magna cum laude
from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2000.
Virginia is survived by her husband, Fabian; her three sons; two
daughters-in-law; and eight beautiful grandchildren: Kelsey, Cody,
John, Bryan, Mason, Kyle, Cassidy, and Kevin. Virginia also leaves
behind her sister, Patricia Deatherage of Pleasanton, and her
brothers, William Archie Szalwinski of Kenedy, and Peter J.
Szalwinski, Jr. of Falls City, along with numerous nieces and
nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends, and students.
In-laws include Katherine and Chester Zaiontz, Elaine and Thomas
Zaiontz, Evangeline and David Zaiontz, Shirley and Walter Zaiontz,
and grandmother-in-law Tekla Zaiontz of Falls City.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sister
Bernice Janysek of Beeville.
Visitation was held on Friday, Dec. 27, in the St. Lawrence Catholic
Church in San Antonio. A rosary followed at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the St. Lawrence
Interment followed in the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Falls City.
Anyone wishing to see Virginia's important ministry with children
continue is invited to make memorial gifts in her name to St. James
Catholic School, 907 W. Theo, San Antonio, TX 78225.