I'll start with my grandfather, my most recent connection to Mexico. Gilberto Cardenas Luebbert was born on 8 August 1937 in Mexico. He was the second of four children born to Gilberto Cardenas Ortega and Enriqueta Frida Luebbert Schulz.
Enriqueta was Gilberto Cardenas Ortega's second spouse. His first spouse was a Texan. Her name was Virginia Placida Johnston. Gilberto also married a third time to a woman named Amalia Tristan Vera.
Enriqueta was also married a total of three times. Her other spouses names were Carlos Zolezzi Cavazos and Antenor Buenrostro. I do not know when she was married to either of these men as it does not seem they had any children together.
Through all of his parents' secondary marriages, Gilberto Cardenas Luebbert had four half-siblings. Their names were:
- Theresa Antoneta Cardenas
- Daniel Lawrence Cardenas
- Amalia Cardenas Tristan
- Gilberto Demetri Cardenas Tristan
As far as I know, his first marriage was to my grandmother. In his late twenties, Gilberto Cardenas Luebbert married Barbara Rowena Hitchcock.
|Enriqueta Luebbert Schulz, Gilberto Cardenas Luebbert, and Barbara Rowena Hitchcock|
at Gilberto and Barbara's wedding reception. Provided by Thomas Cardenas.
- Gil Enrique Cardenas
- Jorge Cardenas
- Krystal Rowena Cardenas
Gilberto married Soledad Medina. Together, they had at least one child.
- Enriqueta Cardenas Medina
- Gabriela Cardenas
I do not have any photos of Gilberto's other spouses, and I have only seen one or two photos of my dad's Mexican half-siblings. (My dad also has two other half-siblings from my grandmother's second marriage.) I wish I knew more than just some colors and numbers in Spanish so I would feel more comfortable contacting my relatives South of the Border. Until I learn the language though, I leave my brother to do most of the Mexican research.
Gilberto died the year after I met him on 11 October 2011. He is buried at Jardines del Recuerdo. My brother managed to get this photo from one of Gilberto's brothers, Raul Cardenas Luebbert, last year for me since I needed proof of my grandfather's birth and death dates for my Daughters of the American Revolution application.
|Photo of grave of Enriqueta Luebbert Schulz, Gilberto Cardenas Luebbert, |
and (currently) three other people. Copyright, 2014
- Brittany Jenkins, grandchild
- Gilberto Cardenas Luebbert, self
- Thomas Cardenas, grandchild
- Tombstone photo taken Spring 2014