Ulises Zavalza

Died: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017


10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Nov. 21, 2017
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Ulises Zavalza, 6 passed away at Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Burns Mortuary with Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at St. Andrews Cemetery in Mission.

God gave us our first wonderful gift of our lives on July 29, 2011.  We waited impatiently for 8 months talking to him and touching his mother’s stomach.  We waited emotionally with love to see him for the first time – searching for a special name for him and waiting for his arrival.  The day came and within four hours we looked at the face of our first little angel Ulises JoseMaria Zalvaza, (Chemita).  His parents, Gardenia Garcia and Jaime Zavalza-Lepe’s, hearts jumped with love and joy.  All began beautifully.  In the first hour, Chemita opened his eyes and they smiled at us.  As the months pass our happiness continued to grow.  Ulises got his baptism at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church at the same mass as his Aunt Liza’s Quincanera with his godparents, Angelina Hernandez and Martin Molina, Father Ricardo Carillo, Father Mike Fitzpatrick, and Deacon Daniel Martinez and Deacon Omar Torres in attendance.


At 5 months Chemita had surgery to repair his small cleft lip.  It went well, thank to God.

At Christmas Chema’s close and extended family such as grandparents, Eufrocina Hernandez and Roman Garcia filled him with love and gifts and with each birthday came more and more blessings and gifts to the point where they didn’t know where to put them.  Chema delighted in getting together with the family he was closest to and playing with Uncles Juan Ramon and Francisco and cousin Lala.  Chema’s passion was trains.  Chema and his mother traveled to Mexico to meet his other grandparents and more family.  He came back happily telling his father about everything he enjoyed.

Then he was ready for his first day of kindergarten.  His mom was very nervous because Chema was timid and reserved.  She feared he would cry, but he didn’t.  They soon realized that he had a big heart and was not afraid to sing in public.

January of 2017 at the age of 5 a very sick Chema was rushed to Portland via ambulance where the specialists diagnosed him with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).  The doctors started a regimen of medicines and chemotherapy.  He eventually became allergic to the chemo.  However a bone marrow match was found and they were able to perform the transplant in June.

For a short time in May, Chema was able to return to Pendleton where he was happy to be staying at Aunt Bibiana’s and Uncle Mike’s where he spent time with his family.  The community at large embraced him as a family both prayerfully and monetarily.

In Portland, the community embraced him as the community of Pendleton had.  The family would like to thank each person for their prayers, care, support, donations and love.

We have to pray more for the people in hospitals.  There are many people with kids in the hospital that do not have the support that we had.  Chema’s chemo-buddy, Steve, came to visit Chema two or three time per week even after chemo had ended.  Adults are supposed to teach the children how to pray and have faith.  Chema taught adults and children how to pray and have faith.  At the hospital, Chema taught the doctors and nurse.  He prayed with them.

Thank you to Father Khumar and Father Mike, thank you for coming to visit Chema and praying for him.  Thank you to everyone.

Chema, we miss you so much.  We can feel you here but we cannot hug you or kiss you.  Chema, while your mother was pregnant you gave much love to your baby sister without even knowing her yet with kisses to her inside your mama’s stomach.

Later on, after your sister got her vaccines, you were very concerned and woke up early to give her a video call to check up on her.  You said, “I had a dream that you were crying and crying; and I said, “Hi, sister. I am Ulises, your brother.  Don’t cry.  It is all going to be OK. I love your sister.” And then you told the same thing to your mom.  With your dad, you had enough love.  With a hug, we said more than a thousand words.  We were always together and gave each other hugs.

Chema, the cancer killed your body but not your spirit.  You will always be a cheerful teasing boy.  We are remembering you and missing you always.  Chema, son of our soul.  Chema, you are one more angel in heaven.

Ulises JoseMaria Zavalza was born on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 4:15 a.m. and on Friday, November 20, 2017 at 6:45 a.m. his body died but not his spirit.

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Mrs. Wallace
   Posted Mon November 20, 2017
My heart breaks for your family. Please know you were so loved and that our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

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