Blanca I. Solitaire, 66, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend entered into the glory of her eternal life at her residence on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with her family at her side, after a valiant battle against COPD.
Blanca, a native and lifetime resident of Brownsville, touched the lives of countless of our community’s youth as a teacher with BISD for 30+ years. Blanca was a longtime parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church where she taught CCE. Blanca was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by her family and friends but by all those fortunate enough to have known her.
Blanca is preceded in death by her parents: Lucinda and Odilio Ortiz; a sister, Patricia Ortiz and a brother, Odilio Ortiz Jr.
Left behind to eternally cherish her memory is her husband of 40+ years: Pedro “Pete” Solitaire, Jr.; 3 children: Odette Reneé, Elton Angelo, and Gilbert Anthony (Claudia) Solitaire; the 5 grandchildren that were the apple of her eye; 2 sisters: Paula (Rolando) Salas and Diana (Jaime) Torres, and a brother, Rolando (Susan) Ortiz along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15th with a Funeral Liturgical service scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 1055 Military Highway, Brownsville, TX . Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Blanca’s sons, Elton and Gilbert along with her brother, Rolando Ortiz; her brother-in-law, Rolando Salas; and her nephews, Jaime Adrian Torres and Michael Ortiz are honored to be serving as Blanca’s pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be her daughter, Odette Reneé Solitaire.
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Solitaire Family. Though I only knew Blanca professionally, she was a such a powerhouse of energy, knowledge and passion. I am sorry for your loss. As someone who recently lost her mother to much the same illness, I share your pain. May God bless you all and Blanca.
Cynthia A. Cavazos
Cynthia A. CavazosBrownsville, TX
My condolences to the family. We went to school together and lived in same neighborhood.
Gloria Villarreal CardenasHarlingen, TX
My family and I share in your loss and God give you the strength to carry on - you obviously married a beautiful woman, wife, mother and grandmother - who has been there for you - all of these years.
You have been blessed - and may God continue to Bless You and your family -
Arval HeadrickKingwood, TX
Our deepest condolences to all our relatives in Brownsville and the Solitaire family. Blanca may you rest in peace.
Your cousin Inez (daughter of Jose Otriz Sr.)
Inez Ortiz ChavezPlant City, FL
Our most sincere condolences to the Solitaire and Ortiz families. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and relatives. (I am daughter of Jose Adolfo Ortiz Sr.)
Gricelda Ortiz- OrdazPlant city, FL
We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue to lift you all in prayer for healing, strength, comfort and peace.
RIP Blanca....May God give the family the strength...
Gracie Rivera PenaBrownsville, TX
Blanca, today is your Birthday in Heaven above. I know you are celebrating it with your Mom & Dad, with Piqua, your baby brother and your sister, Diana, also in Heaven. I am sending my birthday wishes to you, on the wings of a dove. As for growing up in the same neighborhood, houses, away from your parents, it broke my heart to hear of your passing. My sincere condolences & prayers that our Lord brings you comfort and strength to carry on during this difficult times, to the Solitaire family & Cauie, Rolando & Paty. Blanca is now RIP and in the Kingdom of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Gloria & FernandoSan Antonio, TX
My condolences to all the Solitaire family on the passing of their loved one Blanca.May God be with you thru this very sad time.I knew Blanca and Pete for many years and she was a good friend and a lovely lady.God Bless you
Frances G. MunizBrownsville, TX
Love and light to your family during this transition.
Janet Troxell, TX
A great woman, very friendly, and a good mom. My heart goes out to the family. Sorry for your loss.
Mary Alice Fernandez (Ruiz)Brownsville, TX
To all the Solitaire family my most sincere condolences on the lose of your loved one Blanca.She and Pete were good friends whom I had know for years.Her smile could light up any place and her beauty was radient.I will miss her but I know God will welcome her into his glory. May you rest in peace my good friend .Pete and fam. again my most sincere condolences on the lose on your loved one. Frances G. Muniz
Frances G. MunizBrownsville, TX
May the lord have you in peace. Thank you for been such a wonder person.
Esmeralda Castro CruzBrownsville, TX
My heartfelt condolences to the Solitaire and Ortiz families. I've known her since childhood and have always known her as being a beautiful and caring person. Heaven has indeed gained a beautiful angel. She will be missed by many. Happy birthday in heaven Blanca. RIP
Joe GalvanHarlingen, TX
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Solitaire and Ortiz. I knew her since childhood and she remained the same beautiful and caring person all her life. May this angel rest in peace.
Joe GalvanHARLINGEN, TX
Our condolences to this beloved family.
May she RIP.
God Bless ALL.....
Gonzalez FamilyBrownsville, TX
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Solitaire and Ortiz families. She was such a beautiful human being. I had the pleasure of knowing her since childhood and she always remained the same beautiful and sincere person. May she rest in peace. Happy birthday Blanca.
Joe GalvanHARLINGEN, TX
Rest in Peace Ms. Solitaire. It was my pleasure and my honor to have known you and worked for you. Always a professional, always full of energy and joy. A positive role model at the workplace. BISD was fortunate to have had you in the ranks in that you touched and inspired many lives in your colleagues and your students. A wonderful wife and mother as well. You will be missed but you remain forever in our hearts. Thanks for all the good times, the laughter and the memories. Condolences to her loved ones in this their time of sorrow. God is good and comforts all.
Teresa Salgado LamasBrownsville, TX
Prayers and Condolences to all the Family. RIP Blanca
Irene C. GarciaBrownsville, TX
Cowie & Rolando, just wanted to let you guys know that we are with you. In times of hurt and pain, we often feel alone. But true friends are always with you. And don’t forget, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will never leave you. He is always there to console and to protect and to catch every tear drop from from your eays. Your Sister is with Him now and forever. And the great joy of knowing that She is now praying for you. Waiting for you with open arms. What a wonderful joy that must be. We love you and we are with you always. God bless you and your family always. Eddie and María Elena Cantu.
Eddie & Maria Ellena CantuUniversal City, Texas 78148,
May you rejoice by our father's side knowing you touched many school children such as myself with a kind hand and a loving heart you lifted us to be the adults we've become and now God lifts you. RIP Mrs. Solitaire.
Griselda PonceAustin, TX
Our deepest condolences to the Solitaire and Ortiz families. May Blanca rest in peace. May the Lord continue to bless you all and comfort you during these difficult days. In His we pray.
Rey and Rose ChampionBrownsville, TX
Love you Blanca! Thanks for all the great memories.
Lorena CasanovaMount Dora, FL
May you rest in peace Mrs. Solitaire. 🙏
Grace SalgueroBrownsville, TX
Sweet Odette, I remember your mother very well. Back in 1989 when you were my CCD teacher, your mother would always come by and always was very sweet and loved the Lord. I remember going to Golden Corral when you were working there and she was always there drinking her cup of coffee waiting for you to get off work. She showed that she was a very caring person and someone who really put her children first. My condolences to you and your family during this time of not mourning but a celebration of the beautiful life your mother lived. I know she is in Heaven looking over all of us and now your family has a guardian angel.
Sam BritoBrownsville, TX
Blanca you will always be in my heart I will never forget our talks your stories your loving kindness heart. I always enjoyed our visits. Your advice your caring words. I love you Blanca may you RIP. 💖💖 CONDOLENCES to the family.
Nancy ReyBrownsville, TX
My dearest Odette and Emma, I am so very sorry for your loss...I am here for you if you need anything.
Louann McLaughlinAustin, TX
Extiendo mis condelencias para la familar Solotaire especialmente a mi amigo Pete.
Rolando RIVASBrownsville, TX
Our deepest condolences, from Emilia and Daniel Dale. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. May God guide you and your family to bring you strength...
Kimberly DaleBrownsville, TX
My condolences to all the family Mau she rest in peace.
Father God, may our sister Gloria Solitare be received with open arms into Your Kingdom of Heaven. Please send Angels of healing and comfort to family and friends who will mourn Gloria. passing. We know she is with You to be an Angel and watch over Gloriad family until once again a family reunion will take place in Heaven. We ask for your comfort during this difficult time, in Jesus name. Amen"
Alicia Martinez RodriguezBrownsville, TX
She will always be in my heart. She made the world a much better place by teaching all of us to be strong, productive citizens. My deepest condolences to the Solitaire-Ortiz family. May God give you strength and peace in these difficult moments.
Elsa BarrientosSan Antonio, TX
Pete & Family, our deepest condolences and may she Rest in Peace
Rosemary & Armando FloresBrownsville, TX
My sincere condolences to you family
Ana Lee SolitaireBrownsville, TX
RIP my friend. Condolences to the family.
Mera ChampionBrownsville, TX
You're are going to be miss greatly. I'm very honored to have known you. I learned alot from you, my mentor and my friend.
Mirna GarzaBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences to the Ortiz, Pete Solitaire,children's,& family ,for the biggest loss of Blanca. Knew her since Junior high,& worked together at Annie S. Putegnat Elementary School. Such an out going ,smart,caring,person & loved what she did & cared for her students as well as her family!! It breaks my heart to see that she passed on,but guess God needed another angel to help our little young angels in heaven. May God give her family the strength with this heavy loss & may Blanca Rest in Peace!! You will be truly missed my dear friend!!
Love ya, Esther Jaimes
Esther JaimesBrownsville, TX
My condolences to all her family.She was my friend and sister. I have known her for 30 years. I will always keep her in my heart and in my prayers. RIP
Happy Birthday Blanquita. Love you.
Leonila GarciaBrownsville, TX
Our deepest condolences to the family. I will remember Blanca always. Her spirit for life was enormous and her heart filled with love until her end. Last I visited her in the medical facility she said I want to go home....I want to rest my mission is complete. I have the loves of my life...my kids n grand babies all will be fine. She is home 🙏🏻 To all that loved her may the memories she left you and your faith carry you during these difficult times.
Yolanda C RigginsLos Fresnos, TX
Rest In Pease Blanca we all loved you
Encarnacion Tamez jrPasadena,Tx. 77503, TX