Steve J. Peralez was a caring, loving, strong, and funny prankster who always had a hug, a kiss, a smile, and a kind word for everyone. He was the type of person who took everyone under his wing. Steve didn’t badmouth anyone, but also didn’t hold back on speaking his mind. He never liked anything done halfway and stressed it to the kids and to all who knew him. He said if you do not have the time to do it right the first time, then how are you going to do it right the second time. Steve was also very crafty and somehow knew how to take things apart and fix them and put them back together again. He worked hard all his life. He was a car painter and was so proud of his work; in the late 70s he was voted Number One Painter in South Texas.
Steve was a sharp dresser and his love was shoes. He would tell us that when he saw shoes he liked his hands would get sweaty and he would get nervous because the shoes were calling out to him. He had to match from top to bottom and smelled good all the time. His jeans would be ironed stiff, along with his shirts, and he sprayed his cologne and brushed his hair to be ready for the day. Steve and Mary were married for 47 ½ years and the relationship they had was rare. They spent their days focusing on their joy and not their problems. The conversations they had always ended at the dinner table and laughter and joy was the blanket they covered their family with. His family was his pride and joy and bragged about each one of his kids with a smile on his face.
Steve loved his sisters and brothers with all his heart. His nieces and nephews adored their uncle and they never hesitated to turn to him for a kind word or good advice. Steve’s sisters loved their brother so much, and anytime he was around they spoiled him, and he would do the same with them. He was the kind of person who was respected because he gave respect to everyone. He never judged anyone, he loved you for you, and he never lectured or judged anyone.
Steve planted many kinds of seeds during his lifetime; seeds of kindness, respect, unconditional love, joy, pride, and trust. He left not knowing the major impact he had on so many people.
The last words he spoke were to his wife Mary and he told her that he was blessed. He stretched the word out. He told her he loved her, he loved all his children and grandchildren, and again stated he was blessed. Those were his last words to her. He lived his life to the fullest, loving and trusting his God. Mary said that she knew God’s words to Steve were, “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the Joy of your Master.”
This is a celebration of Steve’s life!
He is preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Georgina Peralez; brothers, Manuel Peralez and Daniel Peralez; and his great-granddaughter, Kylie Jade Flores.
Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Maria Peralez; children, Sonya (Ernest Garcia) Peralez, Audy (Sandy Lash) Peralez, Vanessa (Jim Gutierrez) Alvarez, Jessica (Juan) Delagarza, Nan (Michael) Rosas, and Steve Peralez, Jr.; grandchildren, Jordan Lynn, Audy ( Jennifer Donaldson) Peralez, Jr., Paige Lash, Michael Lash, Jeffrey Lash, Kandra Lash, Shawn Alvarez, Joseph Flores, Jonathan Flores, Jordan Flores, Joshua Flores, John Garcia, Jr., Brooke Garcia, Kole Rosas, Kody Rosas, Michael Rosas, II, Michael Rosas, Jr., and Alyssa Rosas; siblings, Sheila (Nacho) Zarate, Beatrice (Alex) Salazar, Estella (Sam Partida), Gloria (Huero) Chavez, Rachel Ortiz, Mary Jane (Henry) Gonzales, Ramon Peralez, Jessie Peralez, Martin (Joanna) Peralez, and Buddy Peralez; and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family.
The family will receive condolences on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Treviño Funeral Home, 3006 Niagara St. @ Port, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM; with a Chapel Service to begin at 11:30 AM. A Funeral cortege will depart the funeral home at 12:30 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020, to Memory Gardens Cemetery for Rite of Committal and Interment at 1:00 PM.
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