Maria “Rosa” M. Saldaña


June 11, 1957-September 6, 2020

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend Maria M. Saldaña was called home by our heavenly Father on September 6, 2020 at the age of 63. Maria was known and loved by her family as Rosa, with her grandchildren calling her Momo.

She is preceded in death by her father Antonio Martinez, Sr.; mother Ramona Martinez; brothers Angel Martinez and Pete Martinez; and her granddaughter Sarah Alvarez.

Maria is survived by her husband of 26 years Juan Villatoro; her son Joseph Martinez and his wife Monica Martinez and their children Angel Martinez, Crystal Martinez, Ilyza Martinez, Maresa Martinez and Ariel Martinez; her daughter Kimberly Campos and her husband Peter Campos and their children Marialicia Torres, Brieaunnah Torres, and Peter Campos III; her daughter Mary Alvarez and her husband Phillip Alvarez and their children Christopher Alvarez, Amber Alvarez, and Selah Alvarez; her son Salvador Saldaña, Jr. and his children Jason Saldaña, Manuel Saldaña, and Chloe Saldaña. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Josiah Martinez, Xayliana Garza and Leilani Sanchez. Maria also leaves behind her brother Tony Martinez and his wife Mary Martinez; brother Ricky Martinez, Sr. and his wife Sylvia Martinez; sister Lupe Ortega and her husband Joe Ortega; sister Margie Martinez, sister Carol Mojica and her husband Joe Mojica, sister Sylvia Gutierrez and her husband Alfredo Gutierrez; sister Josie Perez and her husband Hugo Perez; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Known by many as Rosa for her kind heart, she consistently gave of herself to her family and friends. She worked for the Heart Hospital of Austin for 11 years before she was injured and could no longer work. After this time, she devoted her time to care for her husband of 26 years and gave of herself to her children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and anyone who needed help. She had a heart of gold and was always ready to give to others in need. In her later years, she enjoyed spending her days with her sisters. Her family was her greatest treasure. She will be dearly missed.

A visitation will be held at Thomason Funeral Home on Friday, September 18 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lockhart, Texas. Pallbearers will be Joseph Martinez, Salvador Saldaña, Jr., Raymond Saldaña, Christopher Alvarez, Angel Martinez and Peter Campos, Jr.

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