Herminia “Minnie” Espinosa, 83, of Gonzales, died Friday, June 3, 2022. She was born in Nixon, Texas, on March 9, 1939, to Luciano and Elvira Posada, the fourth of nine children. She grew up in a modest environment, but always recognized that she was a country girl. She met David Espinosa and on January 6, 1958, they were married. They were married for 47 years before he was called home.
The four threads that intertwined and encompassed his life were: God, family, people and work. The first component was his love of God. We were made aware of our faith mainly by her and her example. She taught us to pray and told us about God and the saints. The rosary and its prayer book were its constant companions and its basis. She was an ongoing presence at Jamaica’s celebrations at Sacred Heart where you’d find her at the box office, and she also served as a counter for many years. Because of her love for God, she showed motherly love and maintained strong friendships with the many priests and nuns who served Gonzales. She not only fed them, but also provided them with everything they needed. The family, the second strand, was her joy and she was our home and our refuge. We always knew we could come to her in our need and find unconditional love. She celebrated our small victories and successes and was always our champion. Like all mothers, she could be fiercely protective. Few knew that she made daily trips to San Antonio to stay by her sick mother-in-law María’s bedside before she passed away, and she loved her like a second mother.
People, were the third component. ” I like people. Meeting so many people is my great passion,” she said. Her arms were wide open and reserved not just for Toni’s customers but for everyone she met wherever she went. “Treat people as you would like to be treated. How would I like to be treated? If you were me, how would you like to be treated? »
The fourth component was his work. Early in her marriage to David, she stepped in and took her place by his side; she completed it. Long working hours were common and there was little free time, but she never complained. “I don’t think I’m a businesswoman, but I do my job…I really like my job. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing. She continued to run the business until her retirement, after more than 50 years of work. While David was the face of Toni, Miss Minnie was the heart. “When you give with your heart, you just do it because you want to. You can’t imagine what God is doing for you.
Minnie is survived by her sons Michael (Rose) and Gabriel, and her daughters Sarah and Orlanda (Mario); granddaughters Vanessa Espinosa and Gabrielle Hernandez; siblings Alice Hernandez, Lily (Lee) Gaytan, Alfredo (Lucy) Posada, Sophia Riojas and Olga Marquez; daughter-in-law Martha Espinosa; sisters-in-law, Pauline Espinosa and Mary Porras: as well as many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband David, her little sister Dolores Posada, her sister Rosa Cantú, her brother Oscar Posada and her brothers-in-law Johnny Espinosa and Perfecto Porras.
Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 426 St. John St, Gonzales, Texas on Wednesday, June 8 from 5-7 p.m. The Vigil for the Dead will be celebrated at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday evening starting at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brendan J. Cahill, Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria on Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 417 N. College Street, Gonzales, Texas with interment to follow at St. James Catholic Cemetery. Holders: Danny Espinosa, Chris Espinosa, Hector Porras, Patrick Porras, Jared Markham and Tim Markham. Friends can send their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to Gonzales and Waelder Catholic Community, 417 N. College St, Gonzales, Texas 78629 or charity of choice. Services are in the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.