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May 26th, 2014
Joshua Israel Hernandez, 1992 to 2014

KYLEJoshua Israel Hernandez, a 22-year-old resident of Kyle, died on Saturday, May 24. He was born on February 6, 1992.



Hernandez was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 15 and survived the disease, living without cancer for two years. He was later diagnosed with a different form of brain cancer which took his life after a five-year fight.

Hernandez “never once backed down from the challenge; he instead turned this negative into a positive to help others. On a daily basis, Joshua’s strength, courage, love and faith inspired the people around him to live a better life. Even during his last days, Joshua somehow found the strength to continue to work his magic in our lives and comfort the people around him and help us make difficult decisions,” his family wrote in Hernandez’s official obituary.

Hernandez is survived by his wife, Madison Nicole Hernandez; his parents, Thomas and Norma Gomez Medrano and Jose and Angela Perez Hernandez; and four siblings: Gabriella Medrano, Thomas Jay Medrano, Ariana Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez. He is also survived by his grandparents, Frank Gomez, Gracie Rodriguez, Antonio and Yolanda Hernandez, and Tommy and Mary Medrano, who were also his godparents. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Antonio and Amelia Perez, and other members of a large family.

A visitation and viewing will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 801 N. Burleson Street in Kyle. A recitation of the holy rosary will be held at 7 p.m. that evening at the church.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church followed by burial at the Kyle Cemetery on South Old Stagecoach Road near Kyle. A reception will follow at Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton Street in San Marcos.

Arrangements are made through Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle.

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