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A Very Special & Spiritual Tejana!
March 10, 1929 – February 5, 2019

Heaven has a new angel and her name is Vickie Briseño Santellana!

Vickie was born on March 10, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. Her father, Bruno Briseño, was a civilian employee at Lackland Air Force base and her mother, Trini Contreras, was a homemaker. She had an older sister, Catarina.

Both her parents instilled a love of family and hard work. When she was 8-years old, she lost her Mother and several years later she lost her sister. The loss of her Mother and sister changed her life.

Vickie was raised by her widowed father and paternal grandmother. She grew close to her male cousins, who taught her to chase chickens, play jacks, and shoot guns. She loved the bonnie bluebell flowers of the Texas prairies and often told us stories of being raised “deep in the heart of Texas.”

She met her husband, Tony Santellana, at the age of 15 and dated the 17-year old on a dare. A month later they were married and remained so for the next 73 years.

She followed her husband to El Paso, Texas where he was stationed in the US Army during WWII and that is where their son, Jesse, was born. After WWII, they joined his family as they moved up North to find work. They settled in Toledo, Ohio and raised their family there. She always loved large families and in time they were blessed with 8 children of their own. She is survived by sons, Jesse and Joseph; daughters Mary Frank, Rosita Hodges, Lucy Zion, Linda Duell, Vicki Young, and Tina Martínez.

Through the years, Vickie worked at raising her family and instilled her love of God and family. She and Tony were well known in the Latino/Tex-Mex community. They organized Hispanic baseball teams and dances. Eventually they went into business when they owned and operated Tony & Vickie’s Cabaret at Front Street and Euclid Avenue in East Toledo.

At Tony & Vickie’s Cabaret, many were fed, stories listened to, and a stage was there to welcome young musicians who yearned to perform. Over the years, many Tejano bands—including popular bands from Texas—performed on weekends. It became a popular hangout for lovers of Tejano music. Her daughter, Tina Martínez, performed often with her husband, Don. In short, it was a gathering place for the Latino/Tejano community as well as a place for the family Easter brunch and egg hunts for the grandchildren.

She had no time for gossip or negativity. She loved the Kennedy family and Elvis. She loved boots, black leather pants, and hats. She loved high heels and manicures. She loved to travel and after retirement would visit family in Texas, North Carolina, Nevada, and California.

Her style was her own. Her laughter was infectious. She loved books and animals. She instilled higher education and fairness. She loved the law and politics. She spoke up for herself and for those she loved whenever she felt someone was being treated unfairly.

She attended Mass regularly at Rosary Cathedral and was in attendance for weddings, baptisms, and Holy Communion for her children and grandchildren. Her faith in God was unshakeable. She did not want to leave this world as she was fascinated with life and people.

She leaves behind her husband of 73 years, 8 children, including sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her niece, Ninfa García. “Our Mother, the Matriarch of our family, has passed but will never be forgotten. She was called Home on February 5, 2019.”

The Funeral Mass was held Monday, February 11, 2019 at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. Burial followed at Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery. R.I.P. Vickie! ¡Que te vaya bien!

Heaven has a new angel and her name is Vickie Briseño Santellana!

Source: Newcomer – West Sylvania Chapel, 3655 King Road, Toledo (419-392-9500).



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