Enrique "Rick" Ansiso, a beloved husband, dedicated father, and respected community member, passed away on September 17, 2023, at Knapp Medical Center surrounded by family.
Rick was born on May 31, 1967, to Edwardo and Juana Maria (Rodriguez) Ansiso in Weslaco, Texas. Rick graduated from Weslaco High School, where he played football and baseball for the Panthers.
Rick remained loyal to his alma mater, pursuing a career at the Weslaco School District for 24 years. He started in the maintenance department then worked his way up to the Director of Maintenance and Transportation at South Texas ISD over the next ten years.
While working for Weslaco ISD, Rick would be reunited with a young widow and former classmate. It was love at first sight, at least for Rick, and his persistence eventually paid off when Celinda Guajardo became his bride. Their union created a perfect family: a father for Danny and David, a mom for Emily and Anthony, and a couple who was hopelessly in love. Rick and Celinda were inseparable for the next ten years.
Rick continued his career as Director of Maintenance at South Texas ISD for another decade. Rick's dedication and unwavering work ethic were evident throughout his professional journey. He worked until his passing, leaving last-minute instructions for staff.
But that was Rick, dedicated, dependable, with a heart of gold. If Rick gave 110% to his career, he gave 120% to his family. He led by example. Rick was a devout Catholic. He was a faithful, loving, and romantic husband and a devoted father. Rick attended every function that all four kids were involved in, and he was their biggest supporter; whether it was a sports competition or band, the kids could count on Dad's support. Rick's support was unwavering regarding life choices, education, career paths, or when his children needed a listening ear. The family was always Rick's priority and passion.
Rick was a simple man who found joy in the little things outside of work. He was a jack of all trades. He was an electrician, plumber, A/C repairman and anything technology-related. Rick also knew about plants and landscaping and even had a bit of a green thumb.
In his free time, Rick enjoyed cheering on the Dallas Cowboys passionately. He was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed following his favorite team's games. Additionally, Rick loved hosting barbecues that brought together friends and family. These gatherings allowed him to showcase his culinary skills while creating lasting memories with loved ones.
Rick was also active in Knights of Columbus. He was the first to volunteer for fundraisers, sometimes involving all night barbecues. The community was always near and dear to Rick's heart.
Rick is preceded in death by his brother, Esteban Ansiso.
He is survived by his loving wife, Celinda Guajardo Ansiso, his children, Danny Guajardo, Emily Ansiso, Anthony Ansiso, and David Guajardo, his father, Edwardo Ansiso Jr., mother, Juana "Janie" Maria Ansiso, his siblings, Albert Ansiso (Becky), Eloy Ansiso, Ester Dena (Ramiro), Edna Lugo (Bobby), Eli Ansiso and Erasmo Ansiso, brothers and sisters in law, Martin Saenz, Bettie Santana (Emilio), Hector Saenz Jr. (Danielle), Nellie Vento (Orlando "Orly"), Belen Saenz (Joe), Rosalva Saenz, and Christina Saenz (TJ January), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at McCaleb Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 1-9 pm, with a rosary at 7 pm. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 21st, 10 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Weslaco, followed by burial at Weslaco City Cemetery.
Rick touched the lives of many through his dedication, hard work, and kind-hearted nature. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the incredible man he was and the legacy he leaves behind. May he rest in eternal peace.