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“I am sorry to respond after-the-fact, but my friendship with Mark merits my belated condolence to Mary and the entire Calderon and Hernandez clan on...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Jackson Williams - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Jackson Williams - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Liz (Szabo) Pires - austin, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers for the family of Mr Calderon. May he RIP ”
4 of 49 | Posted by: Sofia Pena - Manor, TX

“My heartfelt condolences to your whole family - Alex was truly a great person, and wonderful family man. His smile and friendship will never be...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts are with all of you. Mr. Calderon always had a big smile and a funny story for me when I came to Contessa Gallery. We always laughed...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Manuel & Frances Zamarripa - CA

“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...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Debbie Saenz - TGLO - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Jan Bullock - Austin, TX - friend

“Sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 49 | Posted by: Cindy Camarillo - Austin, TX

“I'm very sorry for your loss. Alex was a great guy and an awesome framer. He will be missed. ”
11 of 49 | Posted by: Monica Davila - San Diego, CA

“Our thoughts go out to the family. Especially our Good friends Ray, Gretchen, Audrey and Sophie. We love you. The Wheelers ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: Hunter Wheeler - Austin, TX

“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. ...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Elsie DeMeritt - Schertz, TX

“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...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Rosendo y Marisela Rodriguez - TX

always and forever grandpa.
15 of 49 | Posted by: Audrey Calderon

always and forever grandpa. “you really did mean everything to me grandpa. my hero, partner in crime, best friend, second dad and most of all my favorite grandpa. i love you....Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Audrey Calderon - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: David and Sonia Anderson - Austin, TX

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
18 of 49 | Posted by: Josie Wise - Austin, TX

“Raymond, Alex and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless y'all - always! ”
19 of 49 | Posted by: Becky Hays Shutack - Manor, TX

“Prima, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Alex. Alex was a great guy who always had a smile for everyone. God Bless you and your sons and your...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Nunez - Austin, TX

“Our condolences on your loss. He will be missed. ”
21 of 49 | Posted by: Paula and Ozzie Guerrero - Kyle, TX

“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...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Eugenio and Olivia Gaona - TX

“Dear Mary, Junior, Ray, and Mark.....the world lost a great man on Tuesday but heaven gained him. I just know that Joe was waiting for him and they...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Joan Johnson Culver - Austin, TX

“Dear Alex, Ray and Mark, I read about your dad's death in this morning's paper and was so sad to know he is gone. He and my husband had heart...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Jane and Larry Graham - Austin, TX

“Years ago, when we started our business on Kerbey Lane we were greeted with Alex's winning smile. Alex made us feel welcome and always current on...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Cathy and Monte Frazetti - Austin, TX

“My deepest condolences. Alex was a wonderful man. I will always remember fondly the conversations I had with him at the gallery about art, business,...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Jane Frederick - Austin, TX

“Alex and his boys ran a family business and at the center of that business was Alex. He took great pains to help the customer get what they At a very...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Don Cook. And Peggy Pickle Austin

“Mary and the Calderon Family, when someone you love becomes a memory, then every memory of that person becomes a treasure to you. ♥ ”
28 of 49 | Posted by: Tina M. Ramirez - AUSTIN, TX

“Sending to Mary and sons and the Calderon family our sincere and heartfelt condolences in the loss of Alex. Our family will keep you in our prayers...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: The Godoy Family - Austin, TX

“Sending prayers and thoughts to the entire Calderon Family. ”
30 of 49 | Posted by: Susie & Alexander Duarte Jr - TX

“What great memories there of Alex in our life. He was a great husband, father, uncle & grandfather. Our friendship with Alex goes back a long way. ...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Manuel & Velia Estrada - TX

“Thank Heaven for friends like Alex and Mary. I have known Alex and Mary since our days at Allen Jr. High and Austin High School. Cindy and I...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Richard Castruita - Austin, TX

“Alex has always been a wonderful friend with whom I could share a laugh with. We will miss his sense of humor and laughter. He accomplished much...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Barney & Ella Espinoza - Kyle, TX

“Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. ”
34 of 49 | Posted by: Pete & Ofelia Cantu - Austin, TX

“My sincere sympathy I was ur sons babysitter when they were small you played softball with my cousins the Toros you will be greatly missed. ”
35 of 49 | Posted by: Susan Cantu - Austin, TX

“Mr. Calderon, we lost contact years ago, but I remember you as a kind, loving family man who was always available with friendly advice and a good...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Israel Garcia - Bellaire, TX

“Our deepest condolences to Mary, the boys and their families. Alex was a wonderful person and a joy to be around. Condolences also to Virgie and...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Roger & Mary Botello - Austin, TX

“Our condolences to the Calderon family. Mr. Calderon was such a sweet and kind man. ”
38 of 49 | Posted by: Laura Perez - Manor, TX

“Dear Alex Jr., Ray, and Mark, Brian and I were so saddened to hear of the loss of your darling father. I've been coming to your shop since I was a...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Haddy Turner - Austin, TX

“You will be missed with all the happy times we Amaro's had with you and your wife Mary.Mary your a very strong lady and I know Alex would want you to...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Annie Amaro,Villasana - Austin, TX

“Our prayers are with you and your family. He was a wonderful gentleman. ”
41 of 49 | Posted by: Deena Zimmerhanzel - Austin, TX

“What a kind and delightful man Alex was! I always enjoyed a visit with him when we had work done by Contessa. He was a fixture of the neighborhood,...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: Kathleen Davis Niendorff - Austin, TX

“Thoughts and prayers to all of you, he was such a nice and joyful person and will be missed by many. ”
43 of 49 | Posted by: Janet Miller - Bastrop, TX

“My condolences to the Calderon family. He was such a great kind man. ”
44 of 49 | Posted by: Irene & Joe Quinonez - Manor, TX

“We will miss you, Alex as you have been a good friend and customer for over twenty five years! Alex touched many lives and was always full of...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Rick & Claudia Morrow - TX

“Mary, our sincere sympathy and heart felt sorrow for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loving family. Ray and Grace Lopez ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: Ray and Grace Lopez - Round Rock, TX

“Mary I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget that great smile he always had. God bless you, your boys and the entire family. ”
47 of 49 | Posted by: Olga Hernandez - Kyle, TX

“So sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences to Mary and the family.MLoredo ”
48 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Loredo - Austin, TX

“love you and your whole family. ”
49 of 49 | Posted by: antonia b. and juan davilla - TX

Alejandro (Alex) Lopez Calderon

Our beloved Alejandro (Alex) Calderon, born March 8, 1939 was called by our heavenly Father Jan. 22, 2013.

He was a lifelong native of Austin, Texas. He attended Govalle Elementary school, Allan Jr. High and graduated from Austin High School. He was in the U. S. Marine Corps (reserve unit) for 7 years. Along this road he made good friends that lasted his lifetime.

He established his business (Contessa Gallery & Frame Shop) in 1969 making it his passion and working at it alone for 17 years until his 3-sons joined the business currently following his footsteps in continuing the family business.

He leaves behind his beloved family to cherish his memory. His love of his life wife Mary Esther Hernandez (married since 7-22-1961) and to this union had 3-sons Alex Jr. & his wife Loretta, Raymond (Ray) & his fiancée Gretchen, and Mark; and five grandchildren (his pride and joy) Lazaro, Javier, Madeline, Audrey and Sophie.

He is also survived by his sister Virgie & husband Joe Limon; brother Albert Calderon; and many nieces and nephews, brother-in laws and sister-in laws, and cousins from both sides of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Cruz Calderon and two brothers Antonio (Tony) and Jesse Jr. Calderon.

The family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Heart Hospital of Austin for the excellent care given to our loved one in their CCU, their Drs. and especially their nurses.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24th at St. Julia Catholic Church, 3010 Lyons Rd, where Funeral Mass will also be held the following morning at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2013. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.