Janie Obregon died on Sunday, May 15, 2011 following a lengthy illness. She was a retired military officer and held numerous administrative positions with the San Antonio Independent School District SAISD.
She was born in San Antonio on February 25, 1918, the daughter of the late Medardo Onofre Obregon and Maria de la Luz Segovia Obregon. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Louise, and two brothers, Maurice and Lawrence.
She was a 1937 graduate of Brackenridge High School, a 1948 graduate of Trinity University and a 1951 graduate of Columbia University. Always interested in remaining current in counseling and guidance, administration and education, she did additional studies at the old St. Marys Law School downtown, Our Lady of the Lake and Incarnate Word Colleges and at Columbia University.
Miss Obregons military career began in 1942 when she joined the Army WAAC during World War II. She served three years in the Recruiting Service while stationed in El Paso and Albuquerque. Upon completion of her enlistment, she returned to San Antonio and began higher education studies using the GI Bill available to returning veterans.
Completing her masters degree work in New York in the early 50s, she again returned to San Antonio where she spent three years as a placement officer for the City and then joined the staffs of San Antonio College and Trinity University as Vocational Counselor, testing veterans.
In 1954, she went to work for the SAISD and simultaneously joined the Army Reserve Corps. She enjoyed success in both careers and laurels were many as evidenced by decorations and awards received. Janie Obregon took great pride in her army experiences and was particularly happy when she was appointed unit Protocol Officer by MGen N. Dwight Allison, 90th ARCOM Commander. Likewise, when she was appointed Director, Special Education for the SAISD, she felt deeply honored and complimented, and looked forward to the new challenge. She retired at age 70, with 24 years served in the United States Army and 33 years with the SAISD.
Janie received awards and recognition for her professional work and community service activities, which included service on numerous community boards and service to her Catholic parish until she suffered a slight stroke in 2007. She particularly enjoyed her membership in St. Monicas Guild, Theta Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the San Antonio Retired Teachers Association SARTA and the San Antonio Womens Hall of Fame ~ keeping up with these organizations afforded associations with many old and dear friends.
Miss Obregon is survived by nieces and nephews: Mary Jane Jaszarowski, Victoria L. Rennie, Maurice L. Obregon and G. Nick Obregon, and their spouses. She is also survived by Victor L. Obregon, M.D., Vincent R. Obregon, P.E., and Vianca D. Hirsch, and their spouses. Nine grandnephews and nieces also survive her. She counted the many friends she leaves behind as a special bonus she received over a long life, as well as those who have gone before her. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 23rd from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Porter Loring on McCullough.
MAY 23, 2011
MASS OF THE RESURRECTION
MAY 24, 2011
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
102 S. AUDUBON
Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please memorialize Janie through your favorite charity of choice.
Born: February 25, 1918
Place of Birth: San Antonio, TX
Death: May 15, 2011
This memorial provided by:
Porter Loring Mortuary