Community Remembers Mineola Baseball Champ Robbie Elias at Civic Center (UPDATE)

Robbie Elias

MINEOLA-Funeral services for Robert Charles Elias, Jr. (Robbie), 34, San Antonio, formerly of Mineola, are scheduled for July 10, 2013, with arrangements under direction of Puente and Sons Funeral Chapel, San Antonio.

A memorial service will be held at 6 pm this evening (July 9th) at the Civic Center. This will be to coincide with his funeral service in San Antonio. Also, if you would like, please bring orange and/or white balloons that will be released in his honor. The Mineola Flower Shop has balloons (both orange and white). They are $1.50 each, blown up. Cheryl’s has white balloons, but no orange. They close at 5, but said they would be happy to do balloons for anybody that comes in.

 

Mr. Elias was swimming in New Braunfels on July 4 and drowned.

He was born June 9, 1979, in San Antonio to Laura Cervantes and Robert C. Elias. He attended Mineola High School, graduating here in 1998. He was a member of the baseball team that went to state playoffs two years.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Alfonso Cervantes, Jr., grandfathers, Manuel Garza, Ben Flores and Florentino Elias; and grandmother, Maria Garza.

Survivors include his wife, Christi; son, Isaiah, and daughters, Elisa and Jalyn; mother, Laura Cervantes; father and stepmother, Bob and Katy Elias, Mineola; four sisters and four brothers and grandmother, Alice Elias.

Editorial Note:
Based on information first gleaned regarding this unfortunate matter, we did not publish the entire list of survivors in the obituary. This has been corrected. Our apologies are extended for this error and our deepest sympathies go out to all friends and family of the deceased. 

 

EDIT:

A few family and friends that weren’t able to be in San Antonio for the funeral met to release balloons honoring Robbie at the Civic Center.

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17 comments for “Community Remembers Mineola Baseball Champ Robbie Elias at Civic Center (UPDATE)

  1. Anonymous
    July 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I love how everyone has convienently forgotten that he has another child. His 1st born daughter Elisa. She’s 16 years old now. Her heart is broken as well as the man that she has never known but always wanted to us now gone, closing the door on any hope of ever meeting her “dad”. Only to fin out that he has 2 children that he was a wonderful dad to but never acknowledged her. And even worse is the fact that she isn’t acknowledged in the obituary as one of his children!!!! NICE!!!!

    • Anonymous
      July 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      How about you just let Robbie rest in peace. You are making very sure that no one forgets about Elisa….as well they shouldn’t, but try to be a little respectful. There are always 2 sides to every story and I’m pretty sure the story your throwing out there isn’t the full truth. Try to take into consideration the people that removed Robbie from Elisa’s mothers life in the first place all those 16 years ago. Just have some respect…… Make sure Elisa knows that 16 years ago her dad tried over and over and over to see her and Becky wouldn’t allow it! So keep telling her that it was his fault, because now he’s no longer her to defend himself or tell his side of the story! You should be ashamed of yourself! Robbie was an amazing guy! Everybody that knew him, loved him. He was as sweet as they come and had a heart of gold. He would have been an amazing dad to Elisa had he ever been given the chance! Those are the things that beautiful young lady needs to know!

      • Jacquelyn Stewart Fansler
        July 11, 2013 at 2:34 am

        I feel very strongly that this is not the time or place to be arguing over these things. I absolutely do not wish to add to any drama. My daughter is grieving right now, as well as multiple other people, and dragging up the past and pointing fingers seems very unnecessarily hurtful. However, some things have been said and specific accusations made about my family that are incorrect, and I feel that it is necessary to clear some things up. I would respectfully request that after this, the arguing and finger pointing please stop.
        It is true that there are two sides to every story, this one included. The only people that know what the true intentions were of the people involved are those people, and no one else. I was directly involved, and regardless of who allowed or didn’t allow Robbie to be involved, he did have the opportunity to be in her life. I can say that because I made sure of it myself. I did so against both of our parents wishes because I knew there would be a time when she would want to know if he was given the opportunity. Robbie made his decisions, and chose to stay away and move on with his life. He did so on his own, and of his own free will. I don’t pretend to know his heart or why he made the decisions that he did, and to be perfectly honest, the reasons don’t matter, simply the result. My parents made the decisions that they did at that time because they believed them to be the best for me and their grandchild. Whether or not anyone else would choose the same is beside the point. They shouldn’t be called onto the carpet because someone else believes it to be wrong. No one walked that path with them, and no one has the right to insult or degrade them for what they chose. It is water under the bridge, and in the past. If Elisa has been able to move on with no animosity, I would think everyone else can as well.
        In conclusion, I would like to say that I am extremely offended that my mother has been specifically named in this. For the record, my mother never once had any contact or verbal interaction with Robbie or his family after the time that I became pregnant. To say that my mother was to blame for that is absurd. It is uncalled for, and completely disrespectful to my child, and to the current situation. I understand that everyone remembers, and everyone has feelings about what happened, and apparently what they think happened, however; to air it publicly and name names and speak out against Elisa’s grandmother is absolutely intolerable and inexcusable. If we are going to call for respect, lets please remember to be respectful ourselves.
        Thank you.
        Jacquelyn Stewart Fansler

      • Elisa Stewart
        July 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        if you are referring to my grandmother, Rebecca Stewart, as if she kept my father away from me for 16 years, that is everything but true. My parents were very young when I was born, Andy grandparents were not happy with the situation, I don’t believe anyone would be though. But, I only lived with my grandmother for a little while, not 16 years, and my mother has been in and out of contact with a finicky member very close to my father, and once Robbie was told he could have contact with me, he didn’t. I do not blame my father, I have never met my father & words can’t explain how much I love him, it’s a weird feeling really, but my father truly could’ve had contact with me if he really wanted to. And he didn’t, and that is 100% okay with me. I just recently found out Robbie got married and had two children, they’re beautiful and he looked happy with them, which is all I could’ve asked for. I am so glad that he spent his life with his family, happy. I wish I could’ve mettlesome father more than anything, it tears me apart that he’s gone, but what has happened in the past, can not be changed, I proud of the life my father had and I can’t wait to hear more about him. My father seemed like an amazing person, and much as I wish I could’ve met him, he lived his life happy & exactly how he wanted, with his family and I am happy for the life he lives. I didn’t think I would be included in obituaries, but it is nice knowing that I was put in this one. I have not been in my fathers life, but I have wanted to be in his life since I was a baby. I have gotten put into all this in a weird way, and I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and like I’m just barging in put of no where, but my fathers death has hurt me just as much as anyone else, so I want to make it known that being put in this was very important to me, and I am thankful for whoever put me in it.

        • Elisa Stewart
          July 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

          With a family member *

          • Elisa Stewart
            July 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

            if you are referring to my grandmother, Rebecca Stewart, as if she kept my father away from me for 16 years, that is everything but true. My parents were very young when I was born, Andy grandparents were not happy with the situation, I don’t believe anyone would be though. But, I only lived with my grandmother for a little while, not 16 years, and my mother has been in and out of contact with a finicky member very close to my father, and once Robbie was told he could have contact with me, he didn’t. I do not blame my father, I have never met my father & words can’t explain how much I love him, it’s a weird feeling really, but my father truly could’ve had contact with me if he really wanted to. And he didn’t, and that is 100% okay with me. I just recently found out Robbie got married and had two children, they’re beautiful and he looked happy with them, which is all I could’ve asked for. I am so glad that he spent his life with his family, happy. I wish I could’ve mettlesome father more than anything, it tears me apart that he’s gone, but what has happened in the past, can not be changed, I proud of the life my father had and I can’t wait to hear more about him. My father seemed like an amazing person, and much as I wish I could’ve met him, he lived his life happy & exactly how he wanted, with his family and I am happy for the life he lives. I didn’t think I would be included in obituaries, but it is nice knowing that I was put in this one. I have not been in my fathers life, but I have wanted to be in his life since I was a baby. I have gotten put into all this in a weird way, and I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and like I’m just barging in put of no where, but my fathers death has hurt me just as much as anyone else, so I want to make it known that being put in this was very important to me, and I am thankful for whoever put me in it.

          • Araceli Ornelas
            July 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

            Me and the family are so excited to meet you and hear all about you. You have my number so if you would like you could call or text me so we can meet and stuff.

          • Elisa Stewart
            July 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

            Could’ve met my father*

  2. Elisa Stewart
    July 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Although, I never had the honor of meeting my father, it was the one thing I wanted to do more than anything. Out of the four obituaries made for my father, I was mentioned in only this one, and I am very great full for being included in this. I met my dad when I was a baby, and I do not remember him, I have been waiting my whole life to finally meet him, so when I was told that I would no longer be able to see him, my heart broke. My fathers family is in my prayers. I love you dad, and even though I didn’t get to meet you, I will always miss you. I hope to get to know you through the people that will use your stories to keep you alive. rest in peace dad. You will be forever remembered.
    -Elisa Stewart

    • Becky
      July 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Elisa, Munners is SO VERY PROUD of you! You have handled this with a beautiful dignity and grace that is always characteristic of you! I know you grieve Robby’s death and are heartbroken that you did not get your chance to meet him. God and your family-those of us who love you so much-will carry you through this. I am hurting with you, precious grand daughter! I, too, pray for his family. May God give back the “wasted years”.

    • Kathy McCoy
      July 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Elisa,

      I knew your Dad, Robby when he was in high school. He was a big part of our family for a few years. He was very proud of you, (and the fact that your name was his last name with the letters mixed around)and carried your picture with him always. We hadn’t seen him in many years, and sadly had lost touch. But I do know that he loved you. So sorry for your loss.

      • Becky
        July 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        Thank you, Kathy, for sharing that memory. Elisa needs to know that he cared about her in his own way. Please pray for the loss she feels in her heart…
        God bless!

      • Elisa Stewart
        July 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        You just made my heart smile. I can’t tell you how much just hearing about Robbie makes me happy. To know he thought about me & was proud of me if something I would’ve never imagined. But I’m glad he did that, I carry my one out of two picture of my father with me, in my wallet.

    • Araceli Ornelas
      July 11, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Elisa,
      Your dad Robby was my uncle he was my dads (Nathan Ornelas) little brother. My dad and I have been trying so hard to find you. We would love to meet you and talk to you. I would love to finally meet my cousin. I know we can’t make up for the years missed but we would love to make up for it however we possibly can. I would like to get in contact with you.

  3. Heather Leach
    July 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Elisa Brianne,

    My sweet angel. I am soo proud of the way you have handled this whole situation! You have had to deal with things that no child should ever have to & you have handled it with a grace & compassion & maturity that even most adults lack!!!! I’m proud to be your Aunt Kiki!! I wish more than anything that you could’ve met your Dad.

  4. Araceli Ornelas
    July 11, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Elisa,
    Your dad Robby was my uncle he was my dads little brother (Nathan Ornelas). My dad and I have been trying so hard to find you. We would love to meet you and talk to you. I would love to finally meet my cousin. I know we can’t make up for the years missed but we would love to make up for it however we possibly can. I would like to get in contact with you. I know my uncle Robby would have wanted you in his life! I know he that he dreamt of the day when he would finally get to to see you again. Please fill free to call me Araceli (210-875-4520) or my dad Nathan (210-793-1448)

    • Elisa Stewart
      July 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you so much, words can not describe how happy youve made me. My whole life I have wanted to know my dads side of the family, I only know about a couple people in the family, like your dad, tino & meme, robert, but have yet to meet anyone. Although I never met my dad, I used to be angry that he didn’t want me, but now all I want is to meet his family & learn who my father was through stories I will hopefully be told. I hope that my father had a great life and I am so happy that he got married and had two beautiful children. I didn’t know he was married or had kids until after I found out the awful news, but knowing that he spent his life happy with his family makes me so happy. I’m so great full to have family from my dads side showing that they would like to meet me. I want to meet my fathers family more than anything, my mother is messaging your father on Facebook, but once again thank you so much, it means a lot to me.

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