Cresencia R. Mendeke
Cresencia “Kissie” R. Mendeke, 93, of Uvalde, died on Sept. 9, 2019, in Uvalde.
She was born April 19, 1926, in Uvalde to Clara T. Reyes and Juan B. Reyes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernel Mendeke; two sisters, Refugia Flores and Esther Zapata; and four brothers, Lidio Reyes, Lupe Reyes, J.B. Reyes and Pat Reyes.
Mendeke worked as a legal secretary for her cousin, Rodolfo R. Flores, before moving to Long Beach, California, where she became a legal secretary for Douglas Boeing Aircraft.
She and her husband then became real estate brokers until they retired and moved back to Uvalde, where she became a community activist. She was involved in saving the Nicholas Street School, also known as West Garden School, from demolition; it later received recognition on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mendeke was instrumental in providing meals to senior citizens in Uvalde, and the family says she helped many Uvaldeans throughout the years and will be sorely missed. An influential woman, she walked around streets in Uvalde County in support of political candidates she believed in, including Uvalde County Sheriff Charlie Mendeke.
A visitation was held Tuesday at noon, and a rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde.
A mass of Christian burial was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers were members of the Mendeke and Reyes families.