Miguel A. Zamora

Miguel A. Zamora passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 3, at his home in Nassau Bay, Texas. He was 88. Miguel was born on Aug. 1, 1929, to Jose Matias Zamora Gonzalez and Maria Guadalupe Quiroga de Zamora in Mexico City, as the Cristero War was ending. With the Catholic Church still operating “underground,” he received the sacraments of first communion and confirmation when he was just 5 years old. He also served a year in seminary as an adolescent, ultimately deciding against the priesthood but solidifying “the faith I got from my parents [that] has accompanied and sustained me all my life.” Miguel was granted entry to the United States in 1952, where he lived with his mother’s family in San Antonio and signed up with the Selective Service. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably in Korea as a combat engineer with the 45th Infantry Division, returning to the U.S. in 1954. Among the experiences dad gained in Korea: a combat injury, a GED, a stint in the Army cook and bakers school and an expanded (if colorful) English vocabulary.

Upon discharge, Miguel returned to San Antonio where he obtained his U.S. citizenship and earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. Mary’s University. He married Veronica Magdalene Aldrete on July 30, 1960, and began building a family and an illustrious career in aerospace engineering. He had the privilege of working on many NASA projects including the Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. He remained active in the church until his final days, serving as a Eucharistic minister at St. Mary Catholic Church in League City, advocating for vocations through the Houston Serra Club, and volunteering with myriad local organizations, including Methodist Hospital and the USO.

Miguel was as devoted to his family as he was to his faith, and leaves behind six children, five stepchildren and 29 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Veronica, and daughter, Letitia Zamora Bernal, as well as his siblings, Gaspar Valentin, Magdalena Sofia, Martin Carlos, Jose Matias and Maria del Carmen. He is survived by his second wife, Frances Zamora; his children, Miguel Angel II, Sr. Marie Kolbe, Jose Matias, Armando Rafael, Gabriel Andres and Amanda Mercedes; his brother, Rafael, and sister, Maria Teresa; and his stepchildren Brad Ward, Brenda Ward, Barrie Ward Nichols, Branch Ward and Brooke Ward.

A viewing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at St. Mary Catholic Church (1612 E. Walker Street, League City, 77573) with a rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at the same church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a luncheon following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Miguel’s memory to the St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund (281-332-3031 and http://saintmcc.org/donate) or to St. Mary’s University Scholarship Fund (http://alumni.stmarytx.edu/support/give-now/).



  1. We loved his kindness and gentle spirit!
    You are already missed.

    Raymond Beal
  2. As Roland Eisenhauer’s eldest nephew, I’ve had the priviledge of knowing Miguel (always Mikey to me) since he lived in a garage bedroom in the backyard at W. Kings Hwy. Such a personal, friendly and genuinely nice man. Ironically, Miguel represents the epitomy of why we as a country need to be open-minded about immigration and to what extent an immigrant can accomplish for himself and our country. If all of us could achieve and be even one half of what he did, we’d be a lot better off in every respect, especially morally; doubtless he’s already at peace with his Maker.

    Tim Morton
  3. I know his passing to our Lord will bring saddness to your family but it will also bring joy as you celebrate his life, faith and love. May God bless and keep him.

    Virginia Palmet
  4. Miguel was a beautiful person & a ray of sunshine every week I saw him at he hospital. He always had a smile on his face. He was a true servant of the Lord at the hospital. He will truly be missed by myself & several nurses at the hospital. My prayers go out to your family. Heaven gained an angel!

    -Jordan Thurston

    Jordan Thurston
  5. My prayers and deepest sympathy to the Zamora family and especially to my friend, Sr. Maria Kolbe. You know that God will be with you through this sad and trying time.

    Sr. Catherine Gilles
  6. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Thank you for a beautiful obituary. I can see that Miguel sought to be a man of faith and that his trials in life inspired him to stay close to God and to bring others close to the Church. May his soul and all the souls are faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.. Amen.

    Victoria A Montes
  7. I will always remember your father’s smile and gentle spirit. Love and prayers to all the family.

    Teresa and Charlie Gould
  8. My sincere Condolences to the family that this great gentleman left behind especially your wife Frances.

    You have often checked on me to find out how I’m doing in the Seminary and your love and support for my vocation was simply amazing. Your kindness will forever linger in my heart and continue to RIP

    I will dedicate my holy hour today at the Seminary praying for your Soul to continue resting with the Lord and watching over us.
    Thanks for your kindness and support and till we meet again to part no more in Heaven. Sincerely, Primus Bela (Seminarian)

  9. Oh, I am so saddened to hear of Miguel’s passing. It was a privilege to have known such a wonderful man. May loving memories of his kindness to all he met give you great comfort in the days ahead.

    Pamela Hartley
  10. To Frances and all the cousins,
    Miguel was such an inspiration to me in all of his actions. His love for all of you was so apparent. And now we have another angel to guide us through this mortal life.
    I love you all,
    Louise Eisenhauer

    Louise Eisenhauer
  11. To Frances and family: We are so sorry of your great loss. Miguel was one of the best persons we have ever known. He always had a smile on his face and was always ready to help. I know he is in Heaven smiling at us now.

    Danny and Ann Heffernan Saturday, Sepember 9, 2017

    Ann Heffernan

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