ESPERANZA ALDERETE (lovingly known as Chapa) died Thursday, April 12, 2012, in the
comfort of her beautiful custom-built home and in the presence of family, friends, caregivers and Hospice medics. A native and life-long El Paso resident, she was born in 1921 to Manuel and Luz Paz Rodriguez. She is preceded in death by siblings Enrique, Emma, Evita and Maria Louisa. A sister, Ester Rodriguez, of Seattle, WA, survives her.
Esperanza graduated from the Father Yermo Academy. She worked as a Federal Government employee for the US Army Logistics Corp, Ft Bliss, until she was to meet her best friend and husband, Francisco Alderete Jr. During the 70s and 80s, she worked for her husband's company, F. Alderete Construction, as a bookkeeper and office manager. An ardent believer in life-long continuous learning, she completed 97-college credit hours at UTEP over a 25-year period. However, by far her most difficult - yet rewarding endeavor - was her unwavering dedication and devotion to home and family.
Esperanza's passions were life, faith, charity and family. She was always active with the Assumption Catholic Church or the St Patrick's Cathedral Alter Society. She was a frequent contributor to MaryKnoll and Franciscan Missionary causes and campaigns. In her later years, she highly cherished attending Mass at the Roger Bacon Seminary. She was an extraordinarily caring, loving and generous lady. Esperanza lived a long and interesting life - but that knowledge does not help to diminish the sadness inflicted by her departure. Esperanza is preceded in death by her husband, Francisco, a marriage that spanned 62 years. She will be reunited with him, in eternal rest, at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Left behind are Esperanza's children; daughters Patricia C. Flores (Edward) of El Paso and Anna M. Alderete of El Paso; sons Francisco M. Alderete of Dallas and Dr. Edward C. Alderete (Kathy) of Nipomo, CA. Also left behind to revere her love and companionship are many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Roger Bacon Seminary, 2400 Marr, El Paso, TX, 79903, or to the charity of your choice. The family extends their special gratitude to the extensive and loving 24/7 care provided by Esperanza's caregivers; Ninfa Bautista, Reyna Flores Baena and Sandra Wilson, and to the wonderful services provided by the entire Hospice of El Paso Team
Visitation will be at Harding Orr McDaniel, 320 Montana Avenue from 5:00pm till 9:00pm Monday, April 16th with a Rosary at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa at 12:00 noon April 17th. Pall bearers will be Frank Alderete, Dr. Edward Alderete, Anthony Martinez, Kathy Kaufmann-Alderete, Dave Sheraton, Albert Rivas, Edward Flores, Jr. and Edward F. Flores. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Reception for family and friends will be Mrs. Alderete's home. www.FunerariaDelAngelHarding.com