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11/19/1942 - 03/24/2021
Irma Belen (Martinez) Janson, born on November 19, 1942, was called to be with God on the evening of Wednesday, March 24, 2021, after a long and courageous fight against complications that arose after hospitalization for a leg injury. Irma was the eldest of seven children that included: Isela Vasquez, Joe Martinez, Cruz Carder, Chayo Schneider, Ana Jackson and Victor Aguilar. A beloved mother to daughters Aileen and Heidi and son David, a wonderful grandma to Matthew, Brandon, Aubrie, David and Catherine, she dedicated her life and love to her family. She will be greatly missed, but we are glad in the knowledge that she is with God watching over us.
Irma was a lifelong El Pasoan and a graduate of Jefferson HS, who met her beloved husband of 57 years, Hubert, while he was serving in the U.S Army. Stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, he met Irma while on a brief visit to El Paso in 1963. They married soon thereafter, started a family, and were blessed with many years together.
Irma made a substantial contribution to education by working as a substitute teacher for the Socorro and San Elizario school districts, by teaching ESL to foreign students, and by volunteering with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). During her 78 years, Irma also worked as a nurses aide and unit clerk at Hotel Dieu Hospital, as an operator at GT&E in California, and in retail sales at The Popular department store. Irma also volunteered for many years as a precinct judge on the East side during voting at Scottsdale Elementary, happily greeting friends and neighbors while assisting them through the voting process. Irma loved El Paso, its people and culture, and could always be found attending church bazaars, Art in the Park, A Christmas Fair, and any place people, good food, fun, and a good bargain could be found.
Irma had a beautiful smile and a caring heart. She firmly believed in the healing power of prayer and had a strong faith in God. Anytime anyone she knew had a problem, she would tell them she would “light a velita” for them and keep them in her prayers. She was fond of Garfield the cat and was good at drawing and crocheting; most anything she set her mind to. A kind and outgoing personality, Irma made friends easily everywhere she went. The latter part of her life was spent enduring many hours of dialysis, but ever the optimist, she filled those hours enjoying speaking with friends, sharing food and thoughtful little gifts with them, making their time there a little bit brighter. Irma was known for her delicious food–especially her rum balls and rum cake.
Irma’s husband Hubert, who misses her dearly, proved his enduring love and devotion to his wife by taking close care of her for many years preceding her passing. Hubert extends a heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Isela Vasquez, Irma’s sister, for her tremendous help during Irma’s last few months. Also, thank you to friends and neighbors for their kindness and prayers throughout the years, especially Priscilla Apodaca, as her Godly gifts always brought Irma great peace in her time of need. Irma also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins who were very dear to her.
Funeral service will be held on April 12, 2021 at San Jose Funeral Home, 10950 Pellicano Dr. 4-8PM. Rosary will be held at 7:00PM, also at San Jose Funeral Home. Mass to be held on April 13th at 9:30AM at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar Rd., El Paso, TX.