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I am sorry to respond a tad after-the-fact, but my friendship with Mark merits my belated condolence to Mary and the entire Calderon and Hernandez clan on the passing of your beloved Alex. I wish all of you comfort in this time of mourning. He will always be there. You'll see him in the sky above, in the tall grass, in the ones you love.

Posted by: Jackson Williams - Austin, TX   Feb 10, 2013

I am saddened to hear about the loss Alex Sr. I have been a long time friend and patron of Contessa and come to know the family over the years. It was always a highlight in my day see the family at the gallery and Alex will surely be missed. Alex Sr. passed on my daughter, Megan's birthday and I will always remember him. He was a kind, caring and compassionate man and I know you are all very proud of his many contributions to this world.

Deepest sympathy,


Posted by: Liz (Szabo) Pires - austin, TX - friend   Feb 04, 2013

Hello Mary and family,
Our deepest condolences and with heavy hearts that we send this message. Alex will surely be missed, when we come to Austin for a visit. Alex was such a character; he was witty just full of every day fun. We (Carlos,Lupe Manny and I Frances) would laugh, after he would tell a story, then pausing a moment, he he would say, "devedas" After we all had a good laugh, we would tell him that we believed him

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Posted by: Manuel & Frances Zamarripa - Carson, CA - Friends   Jan 29, 2013

Alex & Raymond,

Please know that I am so sorry for your loss. I just heard today and wish I would have been able to pay my respects. Your dad always talked about how much he loved you and how he would do anything for either of you. Funny, serious and always some great advise. He is going to be missed - sorry I could not have shared one more talk. Contessa is your dad and you guys make it the best it is.
Please know your in my prayers. God bless you all and your familiy.


Debbie Saenz

Posted by: Debbie Saenz - TGLO - Austin, TX - Customer   Jan 28, 2013

So sad to read about Alex. He was a great dad , husband and friend. I just found out about him last night. I am sorry to have missed his service.
I hadn't seen him in years, but was planning to come in the next few weeks when I was near the shop.
I did not know he had been ill.
His boys learned a fine profession from him.
I know his family was all ever wanted .
My deepest condolences.
Alex was a good,honest man and lead a noble life.I knew him for over 40 yrs.
Jan Bullock

Posted by: Jan Bullock - Austin, TX - friend   Jan 28, 2013

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. I also, went to Jr High and High school with Alex. Cannot remember him without that big smile. May the grace of the Lord be with each of you as you heal. Alex is in heaven with the Lord's arms wrapped around him. God Bless.

Elsie & John DeMeritt

Posted by: Elsie DeMeritt - Schertz, TX - friend   Jan 26, 2013

Dear Mary and family,

Mari and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Alex. I know only to well the hurt of losing a loved one and especially the wonderful person that Alex was with friends and family. Although there are no words to ease the pain, I hope you will feel peace in your heart knowing that Alex no longer suffers from any physical ailments and that alone is a blessing comfort. We

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Posted by: Rosendo y Marisela Rodriguez - El Paso, TX - friend   Jan 25, 2013

Dear Mary, Junior, Ray, and Mark,
This small world lost a big man on Tuesday. He fought the good fight until the very end and left a lasting impression and a wonderful legacy to so many. Now he is in a better place and it is time to celebrate his life. His gregarious smile , and welcoming nature will be missed by all of us. We are sorry that we cannot attend in person, please know that we will be there in spirit and will be praying for your comfort and peace in this time of pain.
-Dave and Sonia

Posted by: David and Sonia Anderson - Austin, TX - Family friends   Jan 25, 2013

Our condolences on your loss. He will be missed.

Posted by: Paula and Ozzie Guerrero - Kyle, TX   Jan 25, 2013

Alex, as a member of the Armed Forces I Salute you. Today you have relocated to Heaven, you will be missed. I have known you since the Allen Jr. high school years. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to Mary, the love of your life and to Alex jr, Mark and Ray, his pride and joy. May you Rest in Peace. May God keep your family in His arms and give them strength and consolence thru this painful time, in Jesuscrist name. Eugenio and Olivia Gaona USA -Ret.

Posted by: Eugenio and Olivia Gaona - Round Rock Texas , TX - Friend & member of armed forces    Jan 25, 2013