Posted: Fri 7:58 AM, Jul 26, 2013
Funeral Home: Dignity Memorial Funeral Home
November 14, 1926 – July 25, 2013
Lena Mae Canavespe, 86, died July 25, 2013, granting her wish to go home to be with the love of her life, Jesus Christ, at St. Joseph Manor. She has won her victory over death and suffering, and in the process has shown those who know and love her how to live and love well.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday July 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. An Altar Society Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Friday followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday July 27 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bryan. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Lena was born in Bryan on November 14, 1926 to Lena DiMaria and Frank Canavespe, the only sibling to her older brother, Henry. She was raised in Bryan. After her high school graduation, she attended McKenzie Baldwin Business College in Bryan, which prepared her for a long and remarkable career. Her first job was with the USDA in Bryan. This led to a move to Dallas in 1957 to work for the United States Postal Service. From there, a friend helped her land a job with the Secret Service where she served as office manager through many presidents from 1965 - 1982. Her family members back in Texas never tired of hearing Lena's tales of lavish inaugural balls, where she attended as a date for Secret Service agents, and other events of state. She came back to Bryan in 1982 to care for her aging parents, and was also employed at Bryan Compress.
She was an avid reader, loved to play bridge, and enjoyed attending local theater and A&M OPAS productions. But her main joy in life was that of a lifelong, committed and vibrant member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She led a Bible Study there for years and mentored to many. She lived a joyful life of ministry and service to anyone who needed it. She always maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. She never stopped learning about her faith, and never stopped praying. In her last days, she could be heard repeating "Hail Mary's". Her faith was strong and contagious!
Lena was so grateful to Pauline Restivo, Josephine Sodolak, and Judy Comeaux for their friendship and their attentive, tender care for her these last years of her life. She was also thankful for the care she received from St. Joseph Manor and Compassionate Care Hospice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lena, as well as her brother, Henry Canavespe. She is survived by countless cousins, Godchildren, friends and Bible Study buddies. Her endearing smile and sense of humor will be long remembered and missed.
Memorials can be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church Building Fund and Compassionate Care Hospice of Bryan.
Following the funeral and graveside services, family and friends are invited to return to St. Anthony's Monsignor Malinowski Center for food, fellowship and to continue celebrating Lena's life.