On Saturday, February 11, 2006, Leticia Brigida Medina Kalb, passed away peacefully in San Antonio, Texas. Letty was born to Eladia and Manuel Medina on October 8, 1925 in Paraiso (Paradise) in the Republic of Panama. Letty grew up with wonderful brothers and sisters: Luis (deceased), Fabio (deceased), Berta, Ana, Len, and Aurora (deceased). In the early 1940s Letty met an American soldier, Charles Robert Kalb, who was stationed in Panama during World War II. Letty married Charlie and together they had four beautiful children. Letty and the kids traveled the world with Charlie from Panama to Denver, Colorado to the Air Force Academy to Panama City, Florida, and many places in between, and then finally back to Panama where Charlie worked for the Canal Zone. When Charlie retired, they moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where Letty decorated the house in blue and white, grew a beautiful garden, and made life-long friendships. In November 2005, Letty and Charlie moved to San Antonio to be closer to family. In the last few months of her life, Letty enjoyed spending Thanksgiving with all of her children and their families, shopping and running errands, and seeing all five of her great grandchildren play together. A memorial mass was celebrated by Letty’s family in Paraiso on Sunday, February 12, 2006. Letty’s husband, children and their families will honor Letty in a private service in San Antonio later this month. Letty was preceded in death by her siblings, Luis, Fabio, and Aurora, and her son, Robert. She is survived by her loving husband, Charlie, who was her soul mate for over 63 years, and their dog, Teddy; their children and spouses who adored her and were influenced by her, daughter Ann Schorlemer and husband Robert of San Antonio, daughter, Susie Opalka and husband Larry of Houston, son, Herby Kalb and wife Jan of Atlanta, Georgia. She is survived by her grandchildren, all of whom passed her in height by about age 12: Suzanne Bailey and husband Jay of San Antonio, David Schorlemer and wife Susannah of Houston, Doug Opalka and wife Anna Kathryn of Austin, Rene Kalb of Florida, Greg Kalb of Austin, Jennifer Yantis and husband Blake of San Antonio, David Kalb of Austin, and Skylar Kalb of Atlanta; and by great grandchildren, Blake, Mary Frances, Louisa and Will Schorlemer, and Robby Bailey. Letty is also survived by friends and family she loved very much in Panama (siblings, Berta, Ana, and Len, and numerous nieces and nephews), Lynchburg, and San Antonio. Letty was a kind, selfless, strong woman. She loved life and was so proud of her family. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. We dearly miss her. ¡Tan linda, Grandma! Vaya con Dios. The family wishes to thank Vitas Hospice for their loving care of Letty during her final weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that honorary donations be made to the charity of your choice. To leave a note for the family, please click on Sign Guestbook below.

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  1. Dear Schorlemers, We are so sorry to hear of the death of your beloved mother and grandmother. We know she was a lovely person and will be missed by all. Louree & Bill Greehey

  2. We love you and will miss you dearly. Your sweet disposition and quiet strength will always be remembered. We know you will continue to look over your family.

  3. From the Fairley family you have always made us feel like part of the family with your bright smile, tender words, and extraordinary sons, daughters and in-laws. You have truly been a light in our lives every time we were around you. We miss you and love you and all who call you Mom.

  4. I will truly miss Letty’s always smiling face. She was the absolute best mother-in-law a girl could ever have! I loved her for so many things, especially the way she welcomed me and my young son into her family with open arms. We will miss you Grandma Letty, but will never ever forget you.

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