Obituary for Virginia C. Troncoso
In the early morning hours of Thursday, October 20th, Virginia awoke in the loving arms of our Savior Jesus Christ and received her silver wings after a bravely fought, month long battle with colon cancer.
Virginia was born, in her words, "a barn in Converse, TX," on January 29, 1936 to Faustino and Cleofas Camarillo and had a total of 6 sisters and 7 brothers. They spent their early years living on a dairy farm that was located on Walzem Rd. where Walgreens and McDonald's now sit. From there, her parents moved her and her younger siblings to Sheffield, TX where her father worked on a ranch for a short time, only to move back to San Antonio shortly after, just off of Austin Hwy, to N. Olive St, where she and her siblings attended Ben Milam Elementary. Soon after, they relocated back to Converse, where she attended the original Converse Elementary School that was located where the new Converse Animal Shelter sits today.
She was an aspiring artist in her youth, and as a teenager met Miguel (Mike) Troncoso "at a dance" and they began a courtship which led to them being married on July 6, 1958, in front of God and all of their family and friends, with Flaco Jimenez and his Conjunto providing entertainment after. They would remain married for 57 years until Mike's death from pancreatic cancer on January 29, 2016, her birthday.
Virginia and Mike were blessed with four beautiful daughters, Mary, Patricia (Trish), Bertha (Bert), and Mickie, and a son, Robert. They made sure each of their children graduated from Judson High School, and provided as good an upbringing as anyone could ask. She and Mike would be present to baptize many of their friend's children and was called "Godmother" by many.
After years of being a great stay at home Mom and running a household full of little women, in 1971, Virginia began work at Judson ISD Central Kitchen, originally located behind the Converse Elementary on School St. in Converse, where she washed dishes and helped prepare the meals for the Judson ISD schools. She then moved to the Judson High School cafeteria where she worked in food service until she received an opportunity to become a custodian in 1990. She would work as a custodian at Kitty Hawk Jr. High School, then at Judson High School Grey Campus, and eventually the Red Campus until her retirement in 1999.
In retirement, she and Mike had plenty of time to travel with their children and grandchildren and spend Sundays at her daughter Patricia's ranch and watch her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, play.
Virginia loved music, especially that from her youth such as Elvis Presley, The Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly and country legends like Hank Williams Sr, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Hank Thompson and Patsy Cline, as well as newer greats like George Strait, Alan Jackson and Midland. She liked lots of genres of music. The list goes on and on!
Virginia WAS old Hollywood! She loved the great classic actors of the 1950s and 60s such as Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Rock Hudson, etc, etc. She always had to be fashionably late, and always made a grand entrance as though she, herself, was Hollywood royalty! And she was definitely, always, the life of the party!
She loved football! She could often be found on a Friday evening sitting in the stands of what is now Rutledge Stadium cheering on the Judson Football team! And no one coached the Dallas Cowboys from their couch at home better than Virginia! And she loved her San Antonio Spurs!
Virginia was diagnosed with colon cancer in September of 2022 and after a successful surgery, succumb to her trauma at the age of 86 on the morning of October 20. She is proceeded in death by her husband Miguel (Mike) Troncoso, her parents, Faustino and Cleofas Camarillo, her sisters Frances Salinas, Severa Martinez, Pilar (Dutchess) Gomez, Erminia (Minnie) Cadena, her brother Augustine (Red) Camarillo, her son-in-law Pedro Hernandez, and her grandson Alfred (T) Hernandez. She is survived by her sisters Martha Juarez, Socorro (unknown) and brothers Epifanio (Pifi) Camarillo, George (Connie) Camarillo, and Vicente Camarillo, daughters Mary T. (Alfred) Hernandez, Patricia Hernandez, Bert (Doug) Burch, and Mickie (Gilbert) Almanza, her son Robert Troncoso, as well as 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was seldomly seen without a smile on her face. She loved nothing more than being surrounded by her big family, especially the small children and babies! She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Virginia C. Troncoso
Born: January 29, 1936
Deceased: October 20, 2022