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Wilfred Bachmeier
 
HARLINGEN, TX — Wilfred "Bill" Bachmeier, 70, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2002 at Harlingen Nursing Center. 

Bill was born April 26, 1932 in Emmons County, North Dakota to Carl and Kathryn Bachmeier. 

He attended schools in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated in 1952 from St. Mary’s Central High School. 

He was on the 1951 State Class A Football Championship team and on the 1951 State Class A Basketball team. He also ran track and played on the Junior Legion Baseball team. 

He attended North Dakota State University and Bismarck Junior College.

He married Janice Erling on June 9, 1956. 

He was employed at the State Training School in Mandan, North Dakota; he was a ranch manager for the Lazy S Ranch in Bismarck, was claims adjuster for Nobel Adjusting, was in insurance sales for Allied Insurance Company in Des Moines, Iowa; transferred to Texas and employed by St. Paul Insurance Company. 

He retired from American States Insurance Company in 1993. 

He was enjoying retirement at Stuart Place Country Club and was club house manager for five years; he was also a member of the Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Bill Weekley of San Benito; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Keith Kreeger of Valrico, Florida; five grandchildren, Brittany and Bill Weekley of San Benito, Ryan, Devyn, and Grant Kreeger of Valrico, Florida; two sisters, Helen O’Boyle of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and Kathy Robb of Des Plaines, Illinois; brother, Mel Bachmeier of San Francisco, California; three nieces and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law.

He will be missed by his loving family, his faithful Jack Russell Terrier and all his golfing buddies at Stuart Place Country Club.

"Rest In Peace, My Love, Your Illness Has Ended and HE Is Waiting For You".

A Rosary service will be said at 7 p.m. in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, October 11, 2002.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 10 a.m. in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of one’s choice. 

Bill’s wish was to be cremated.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

John T. Bryant
 
HARLINGEN, TX — John Thomas Bryant, 78, passed away Monday, October 7, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. 

John was born April 23, 1924 in Tahoka, Texas to Benjamin Ezra and Esther Cleo Eldridge Bryant.

He grew up on the plains of west Texas and moved to the Valley in 1937. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He and the former Vila Naomi Burke were married on June 7, 1945 in Primera. 

To them were born two children, John T. Bryant Jr., and Vila Cleo Bryant. John worked as an automotive machinist and for several years owned Bryant’s Rebuild Service. 

He worked for Floyd’s Muffler and Parts; and retired from the position of shop manager with Burton Auto Supply in Harlingen.

John served as Pastor of First Baptist Church in Hargil, Texas; Assistant Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Harlingen; Pastor of Primera Baptist Church; and at the time of his death had been Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Harlingen for 33 years.

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Naomi; his son, John of Corpus Christi, Texas; his daughter, Vila of Frisco, Texas; his sister, Alma Lee Hamil of Lewisville, KY; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jo Nell Roden.

Visitation hours will be held Thursday, October 10, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present to receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 11, 2002 at 2 p.m. in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Combes Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Paul Kuhlman, Timothy Kuhlman, Gary White, C.W. Burke, Bill O’Donald, and Travis Huggins.

For those desiring to do so, memorials may be made to the Grace Baptist Church in memory of John.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Paulena L. Hines

FLORENCE, CO — Paulena L. Hines, 93, passed away September 9, 2002 in Florence, CO.

A private burial was held September 26, 2002 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO.

Paulena was born in Helena, Missouri where she met the love of her life, Ralph E. Hines. 

They married in 1931. 

Paulena moved to Woodland Park, CO in 1938 where she became a successful entrepreneur. 

She was active in the Woodland Park Baptist Church and she was a devoted wife and mother.

Upon retirement, Paulena moved to the Rio Grande Valley, specifically Harlingen, Texas where she lived an active life. 

She traveled extensively, enjoyed many hobbies including gardening and beachcombing and she loved to entertain and visit with her family and friends.

Last, but certainly not least, Paulena was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church. 

She was a Christian who devoted her life to The Lord Jesus Christ.

Paulena is survived by a son, Victor Hines of Woodland Park; two daughters-in-law, Sandra Hines of Woodland Park and Linda Hines of Topeka, Kansas. 

Also, three granddaughters, Tammy, Cindy, and Janine and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Ralph Hines and one son, Marvin Hines. 

Bernie E. Seils

WESLACO, TX — Bernie Elsie Seils, age 78, of Weslaco, passed away Monday, October 7, 2002 in Austin, Texas. 

She was born January 22, 1924 in Keeler Township, Michigan. 

Mrs. Seils, along with her husband, Edward, were longtime business owners of the Pick-Up and Bernie’s Package Store in Weslaco, where they made numerous friends and were active in the community.

In her late years, Bernie dedicated many hours as a volunteer at Knapp Medical Center.

She is survived by two sons, Allan (Mike) Seils, his wife, Dorothy and Thomas Seils; two brothers, Virgil Polmanteer and Theodore Polmanteer; her sister, Doris Hetherington; grandchilden, Damon Seils, Zachary Seils, Thomas Seils, Jr. and Jessica Seils; and three great grandsons. 

She is also survived by a large extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward O. Seils, in 1984.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 10 a.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco. 

The Reverend Howard Bloomquist, Pastor of the First Christian Church in Weslaco will be officiating. 

Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.

Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie Seils, Dean Rush, Les Wilson, Chaplain Daniel Davila, Tom Carter and Jay Madden.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Knapp Medical Center Foundation, P. O. Box 1110, Weslaco, Texas 78599. (956) 969-5240.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home.

Genoveva Guerrero
 
SEBASTIAN, TX — Genoveva Peralez Guerrero went to her eternal rest on Monday, October 7, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on November 29, 1912, was a lifetime resident of Sebastian.

She is survived by her sons, Macario (Josefina) of Houston, Roberto (Rosalinda) of Phoenix, Alberto, II (Rosalinda) of Primera; daughters, Ofelia and Celia of Sebastian, Alicia (Carlos) Lopez of Harlingen, Teodora (Gilbert) Botello of Houston; thirteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. 

She is also survived by her sister, Manuelita (Raymundo) Rubio of Weslaco, also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Guerrero; two sons, Jose and Alberto; her parents, Ignacio and Isabel Perales.

Mrs. Guerrero will lay in state at St. Martin Catholic Church in Sebastian on Wednesday 10 a.m. with a Rosary held at the Church on Wednesday, October 9th, at 7 p.m.

Funeral will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., October 10th, at St. Martin of Tours Church. 

Burial will follow at the Guadalupe Cemetery in Sebastian.

Pallbearers will be Jesse, Macario, Roberto, Annaizza Guerrero and Javier and Roberto Carlos Lopez.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Eleazar Flores Jr.

MERCEDES / BROOKSHIRE, TX — Eleazar Flores, Jr., 51, passed away Monday at his residence in Brookshire, TX.

He is preceded in death by his father, Eleazar Flores, Sr. in 1981; a brother, Emilio Flores; a brother-in-law, Rodrigo Ramirez; a nephew, Nakia Lee Flores Ramirez; and a niece, Sondra Olivarez.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Maria C. Flores of Brookshire; two sons, Eleazar Flores, III of Weslaco and Juan Manuel Flores of Brookshire; his mother, Elena G. Flores of Mercedes; two brothers, Ricardo Flores of Brookshire and Dr. Leovardo Flores of Vernon, TX; four sisters, Connie Olivarez of Brookshire, Martha Ramirez Torres of San Angelo, Mary Jilpas of San Juan and Narce Reyes of Mercedes; four grandchildren, Vanessa Marie Flores, Eleazar Flores, IV, Gabriela Flores all of Weslaco and Adrian Flores of Mission.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Church Of The Nazarene, 821 S. Indiana, Mercedes, with Rev. Jose Palacios officiating, burial will follow at Ebony Grove Cemetery also in Mercedes.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes. 

Bernie E. Seils

WESLACO, TX — Visitation for Bernie E. Seils, who passed away October 7, 2002, will be held today, Wednesday, October 9, 2002 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 10 a.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel. 

Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.

Isabel R. Arredondo
 
HARLINGEN, TX — Isabel "Chavelo" R. Arredondo, 84, entered into eternal rest to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 5, 2002, at his residence.

He was born on July 8, 1918, to Pedro and Delfina Arredondo, and raised by Jesus and Victoriana Arredondo.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, his love for his country was evident by all who knew and loved him. He was a retired farmer who enjoyed spending time outdoors.

He is survived by his five children, Pablo (Eva) Arredondo of Harlingen, Dora A. Puga of Toppenish, Wash., Delia (Evaristo) Flores of Harlingen, Isabel Arredondo Jr. of California, Agapito Arredondo of Harlingen; thirty grandchildren, and fifty-two great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Dominga A. Trevino of Harlingen; brothers, Leonardo Arredondo of Florida, Narciso Arredondo of Harlingen, Teodoro Arredondo of Harlingen, Jesus Arredondo of Port La Vaca, and Apolinar Arredondo of Harlingen.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Francisca Lopez Arredondo; daughter, Janie A. Gonzalez; son, Alejos Arredondo; parents, Pedro and Delfina Arredondo; adoptive parents, Jesus and Victoriana Arredondo; his sister, Marcos Arredondo, and brother, Aurelio Arredondo.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2002, with a rosary at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. in Rio Hondo. Funeral procession will be departing Garza / Elizondo Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. for a Holy Mass at Saint Helens Catholic Church in Rio Hondo, Texas, with Father Mario Castro as the celebrant. Interment will follow at El Muerto Cemetery in Harlingen, Texas with fully Military Honors under the Auspices of the American Legion Post #205 and V.F.W. Post #2410 of Harlingen, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Ismael A. Flores, Israel A. Flores, Pablo Arredondo Jr., Rene Arredondo, Alejos Arredondo Jr., and Arturo Arredondo.

Honorable Pallbearers will be Leroy Flores, Evaristo (EJ) Flores Jr., Ricardo Arredondo, Leo Arredondo, and Earl Arredondo.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garza / Elizondo Funeral Home of Harlingen, Texas. 

N. E. "Buddy" Brownlee Jr.
 
HARLINGEN, TX — N.E. "Buddy" Brownlee Jr., 81, a retired pilot, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, in Houston. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Memorials: Shriners Rio Grande Chapter.

N. E. "Buddy" Brownlee Jr. was born Oct. 26, 1920, in New Orleans, La. He served his country as a pilot and captain in the U.S. Air Force during the World War II and the Korean War. Buddy retired from Delta Airlines after 30 years as a captain. He was an avid golfer, outdoorsman and an accomplished musician. He was a member of the Harlingen Country Club, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and the Model A Club.

Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, C. Marguerite Brownlee; and brother Robert Brownlee.

Survivors: Son, Norman E. Brownlee III and wife, Renita, of Odessa; daughter, Ellen Shaw and husband, Bob, of Fort Worth; brother, French Brownlee and wife, Tess, of Houma, La.; grandchildren, Norman E. Brownlee IV and wife, Nicole, of North Richland Hills, Tracey Brownlee of Dallas, Brian Shaw and Logan Shaw, both of Austin, Katy Shaw and Elizabeth Shaw, both of Fort Worth and Shelby Gray of Austin; and great-grandchildren, Chloe and Bryanne Brownlee of North Richland Hills.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road, (817) 336-0584. 

Jesus Balli Garcia
 
HARLINGEN, TX — Jesus B. Garcia, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Aurora Garcia of Harlingen; daughters, Isabel (Robert) Chavez of Harlingen, Herlinda (Charles Leroy) Edwards of Maryville TN., son, Santiago (Viola) Garcia, sisters, Paula Lopez of Harlingen, Enriqueta Garcia of Houston; 8 Grandchildren, and 4 Great Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio Garcia and Isabel Balli Garcia; and one daughter, Ninfa Gandia. Mr. Garcia was an agent for Great Western Sugar Company out of Denver, Colorodo for 33 years.

Funeral service will be held today, October 8, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace with Pastor Robert Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow at Alvarez Cemetery in Harlingen, Texas.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen, Texas.

Richard Leon Reyes
 
HARLINGEN — Richard Leon Reyes, age 20, died early Saturday morning at Valley Baptist Medical Center. He was a lifetime resident of Harlingen and attended Harlingen High School South. He was employed as a busboy.

Survivors include his mother, Petra Lopez of Harlingen; step-father, Juan M. Lopez of Harlingen; daughter, Sabrina Nadine Rodriguez of Harlingen; two sisters, Joanna Lopez of Harlingen and Jennifer Lopez of Harlingen; brother, Juan Manuel Lopez, Jr., of Harlingen; an uncle who helped raise him, Danny Campos of Harlingen; girlfriend, Brenda Morales; a special friend, Albert Castillo of Harlingen; and several uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., with a Holy Rosary to be held at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Holy Spirit.

Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Las Rucias Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jose H. Resendez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Jose Martin Ramos, Isreal Ramos, Jr., Jaime Resendez, and Michael Ramos. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Ramos and Jose Martin Ramos, Jr. 

Jesus B. Garcia
 
HARLINGEN — Jesus B. Garcia, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Aurora Garcia of Harlingen, daughters, Isabel (Robert) Chavez of Harlingen, Herlinda (Charles Leroy) Edwards of Maryville TN., son, Santiago (Viola) Garcia, sisters, Paula Lopez of Harlingen, Enriqueta Garcia of Houston, 8 Grandchildren, and 4 Great Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Antonio Garcia and Isabel Balli Garcia, and one daughter Ninfa Gandia.

Mr. Garcia was an agent for Great Western Sugar Company out of Denver, Colorodo for 33 years.

Visitation begins today, October 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels with Pastor Robert Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow at Alvarez Cemetery in Harlingen, Texas.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen, Texas. 

Domingo Colchado Sr.
 
HARLINGEN — Domingo Colchado, Sr., age 60, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Isaura Colchado of Harlingen; sons, Jose Ramiro Colchado and Domingo Colchado, Jr., of Harlingen, TX; daughters, Leticia C. Morales, and Mary C. Mesa, both of Chicago, IL, and Ruth P. Colchado of Harlingen, TX; 16 grandchildren; brother, Isidro Colchado of Caderita, Cadereyta, MX.

Visitation will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Chapel service will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home, officiating will be Pastor Rojelio Rojas of Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria. Arrangements under the care of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home. 428-9004. 

Simona S. Martinez

SAN BENITO — Simona S. Martinez, 69, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2002 at Dolly Vinsant Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Sequin, Texas and has lived in San Benito for all her life. 

She was a housewife and a member of Primera Iglesia Apostolica Church of San Benito.

She is survived by her children; sons Julian Martinez and Jose Martinez, both of San Benito; daughters, Emma M. Rodriguez of Harlingen and Gloria Martinez of San Benito; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Mrs. Martinez was preceded in death by her parents, Sabino and Cira Sanchez; 1 daughter, Elena Martinez; and 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation was held , at the church, Sunday at 1 p.m. Prayer services will also be conducted on Sunday at Primera Iglesia Apostolica, 443 Julian St. in San Benito. Mrs. Martinez will remain at the church until service time on Monday.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday October 7, 2002 with Pastor Jonas Banuelos officiating. 

Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be her son and grandchildren, Joe Flores, Enrique Martinez, Samuel Rojas, Jody Macias, Chris Rojas, Joe Martinez.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home. 

Pedro Alvarez
 
HARLINGEN — Pedro Alvarez, 73, of Harlingen, entered into rest Saturday, October 5, 2002. He was a lifelong resident of Harlingen and was a self-employed truck driver for many years. 

He served in the United States Army. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Julia Alvarez; four daughters, Mary Lou Alvarez, Sylvia Alvarez Cortez, Irma A. (Jose) Torres, all of Harlingen, and Christina A. (Israel) Cantu of Edinburg; grandchildren, Marisa, Carlos, and Veronica (Roni) Cortez; Jonathan Andrew Cantu and Julia Renee Torres. Also surviving are his brothers, Lolo (Jesusa) Alvarez and Adolfo (Lupita) Alvarez; sisters, Genoveva Alvarez and Angela A. Garcia; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Genaro and Dominga Alvarez; brothers, Martin Y. Alvarez and Martin R. Alvarez; and sister, Elias Maria Flores.

Funeral services will be held today (Monday) departing the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 1:30 p.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church and interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, under the auspices of American Legion Post #205 and VFW Post #2410. 

Pallbearers will be Genaro Alvarez, Mateo Alvarez, Eddie Alvarez, Felipe Garcia, Sr., Arturo Alvarez, and Ceferino Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be Felipe Garcia, Jr., Jose R. Torres, Israel Cantu, David Barrera and Daniel Barrera. 

Raymond J. Wolf

HARLINGEN — Raymond J. Wolf, age 64, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ida L. Wolf of La Feria, TX; four sisters, Evelyn Reidel, Laura Bauer, both of La Feria, Julia Rauschuber of San Antonio and Mildred Ketterer of Midland Park, New Jersey; one brother, Joe Wolf of La Feria; mother-in-law, Consuelo Rubio of Santa Rosa, TX; also by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Wolf was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Teresa Wolf; and one brother, Edward J. Wolf. 

Visitation will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in La Feria. Interment will follow at Rio Grande Valley Memorial Park in La Feria. Pallbearers will be Tony Guevara, David Cisneros, Steve Wolf, Mathew Wolf, Corando Martinez, Kenneth Bauer, Walter Reidel, and George G. Wolf. Family wishes in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in La Feria. Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home. 428-9004.

Henry Clay Stokes, Sr.
 
RIO HONDO— Henry Clay Stokes, Sr. passed into eternity at his residence on Thursday evening, October 3, 2002. Born on September 30, 1919 in Livingston, Texas, he had just celebrated his 83rd birthday.

He served honorably in World War II from January 9, 1941 to July 8, 1945 in the European campaign. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, 38th Field Artillery as a forward observer, he was decorated with a Purple Heart after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. His love for God and country was evident by all who knew him.

He loved hunting and fishing with his wife, and spent his life farming in the Rio Hondo area.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Alice; three children, Ida Hagg (Michael) of Rio Hondo, Norman McNelly (Bobby) of Portland, Henry Clay, Jr. (Brenda) of Rio Hondo; sister Lucy (Emanuel) of Donna; grandchildren, Michael Ronnie (Heather), Chauncey Walter (Angela), Crystal Bethany, Tammy Lynn, Tommy Lee, Jennifer Clay; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Stokes will be at 10 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church in San Benito on N. Sam Houston St. with burial to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home of 701 N. Bowie St., San Benito.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations be make to the 1st United Methodist Church of San Benito.

Military Honors under the direction of the American Legion Post 205 and VFW Post 2410.

Henry Clay Stokes, Sr. may you rest in peace. 
 

Simona S. Martinez

 
SAN BENITO — Simona S. Martinez, 63, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2002 at Dolly Vinsant Memorial Hospital. She was born in Sequin, Texas and has lived in San Benito for all her life. 

She was a housewife and a member of Primera Iglesia Apostolica Church of San Benito.

She is survived by her children; sons Julian Martinez and Jose Martinez, both of San Benito; daughters, Emma M. Rodriguez of Harlingen and Gloria Martinez of San Benito; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Mrs. Martinez was preceded in death by her parents, Sabino and Cira Sanchez; 1 daughter, Elena Martinez; and 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation will begin, at the church, Sunday at 1 p.m. Prayer services will also be conducted on Sunday at Primera Iglesia Apostolica, 443 Julian St. in San Benito. 

Mrs. Martinez will remain at the church until service time on Monday.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday October 7, 2002 with Pastor Jonas Banuelos officiating. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be her son and grandchildren, Joe Flores, Enrique Martinez, Samuel Rojas, Jody Macias, Chris Rojas, Joe Martinez.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.

Henry C. Stokes
 
RIO HONDO, TX — Henry Clay Stokes, Sr., passed away into eternity at his residence on Thursday evening, October 3, 2002. Born on September 30, 1919 in Livington, Texas, he had just celebrated his 83rd birthday. He served honorably in World War II from January 9, 1941 to July 8, 1945 in the European campaign. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, 38th Field Artillery as a foreign observer, he was decorated with a Purple Heart after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.His love for God and country was evident by all who knew him.

He loved hunting and fishing and spent his life farming in the Rio Hondo area.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Alice; three children, Ida Hagg (Michael) Rio Hondo, Norma McNelly (Bobby) Portland, and Henry Clay Jr. (Brenda) Rio Hondo and sister, Lucy Emanuel of Donna; grandchildren, Michael Ronnie (Heather), Chauncey Walter (Angela), Crystal Bethany, Tammy Lynn, Tommy Lee, and Jennifer Clay.

Funeral services for Mr. Stokes will be at 10 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church in San Benito on N. Sam Houston St., with burial to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home of 701 N. Bowie Street, San Benito.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the 1st United Methodist Church of San Benito.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home of 701 N. Bowie Street, San Benito, Texas. 

Ramiro Cavazos
 
WESLACO, TX — Ramiro Cavazos, 72, entered into eternal rest with the Lord Thursday, October 3, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas. 

He was a fifth generation Texan, born July 31, 1930 to a Weslaco pioneer family; Filiberto Cavazos, Sr. and Herlinda Garza Cavazos and was a lifetime Weslaco resident.

He was a direct decendant of "Jose Narciso Cavazos" who was a recipient of the Spanish Land Grant that today is part of the King Ranch and his father, Filiberto, helped survey the city of Weslaco in 1919.

He graduated from Weslaco High School, attended Pan American College, served with the National Guard Reserve and was a dedicated public servant in Hidalgo County having served as a Justice of the Peace for 11 years and a Hidalgo County Commissioner for 12 years. He was also a teacher, rancher and businessman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Emilio Cavazos, Filiberto Cavazos, Jr., and Luciano Cavazos.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years of marriage, Emma Cavazos of Weslaco; four children, Ramiro A. Cavazos of San Antonio, Aizar Cavazos of Weslaco, Victor H. Cavazos of San Antonio and Melissa R. Cavazos of Weslaco; three grandchildren, Alyssa, Brandie and Aizar; two brothers, Daniel Cavazos of McAllen and Noe Cavazos of Weslaco; sisters, Oralia Karam of McAllen and Lucila Cavazos of Weslaco; also surviving are many nephews and nieces.

Mr. Cavazos was a simple man with a great sense of humor, had a love for music and his charismatic smile will be dearly missed by his family members and friends.

Visitation was held Friday, October 4, 2002 at Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, "Chapel of The Angels" from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m.

Funeral mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., today, October 5, 2002 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Reverend Lee D’Acosta. 

Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Noe Cavazos Jr., Aizar Cavazos, Tony Cavazos, Victor Cavazos, Ramiro A. Cavazos and Joe Karam.

Funeral arrangments are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, Inc., 2602 N. Texas Ave., Weslaco, Texas. (956) 969-1461. 

Joe G. Franco Sr.

EDINBURG, TX — Joe G. Franco Sr. passed away October 1, 2002 at Edinburg Regional Hospital Center.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emilia Chapa Franco; his mother, Elena Franco; and two brothers, Rudy Franco and Robert Franco.

He is survived by eight children, Joe (Rita) Franco Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico, Elida (Armando) Elizondo of McAllen, Henry (Mary) Franco of Denver, CO, Mary (Robert) Villa of San Antonio, Benito (Velma) Franco of Roundrock, Texas, Yolanda (Moses) Garcia of San Antonio, Victor (Patricia) Franco of El Paso and Belia (Richard) Hinojosa of McAllen; three sisters, Guadalupe Esparza of Rockford, IL, Lydia Silva of Harlingen and Olga Wood also of Harlingen; brother, Ruben Franco; 30 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2002 followed by a 7 p.m. Rosary at Ceballos Funeral Home in McAllen.

There will be a 1 p.m. chapel service today, Friday, October 4, 2002 followed by burial at Valley Memorial Gardens at 2 p.m.

Ceballos Funeral Home in McAllen is in charge of arrangements, 1023 N 23rd, McAllen, Texas 78501. (956) 682-3431. 
 

Donald L. Koenig

DONNA, TX — Donald L. Koenig, 60, passed away peacefully at his residence in Donna on October 1, 2002.

He was a native of Houston but had lived in Donna for the past 24 years. He was the owner and operator of Koenig Winter Resort of Donna.

He is survived by his mother, Mary E. Koenig of Donna; a brother, David P. Koenig of Las Vegas and a sister, Judith K. Koenig Hardy of Dallas.

Family will welcome friends at the family residence in Donna.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 
 

Guadalupe Ramirez

RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Guadalupe Trevino Ramirez, 81, formerly of Raymondville, went to be with her Lord October 2, 2002. She was a member of Manchester Baptist Church-Houston, a kind, caring and giving individual.

Her husband, Samuel Ramirez, Sr., and her son, Samuel Ramirez Jr., preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Reverend Oscar Ramirez and his wife, Julia; sisters, Adela Solis, Delia Uresti; brother, George Trevino; grandchildren, Jennifer Ramirez, Matthew A. Ramirez; great grandson, Kevin Tyler Ramirez.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, October 4h, Forest Park Lawndale Family Chapel in Houston and again at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 5th, at Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville followed by interment in Raymondville Memorial Park Cemtery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville. 
 

Octavio C. Barrera

 
SANTA ROSA, TX — Octavio Clemente Barrera, 72, entered into rest on October 3, 2002 in Harlingen, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gustavo Clemente Barrera and Lilia De La Rosa.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Adelaida Benavides Barrera of Santa Rosa; five children, Msgr. Gustavo Barrera of Brownsville, Luis Rodolfo Barrera of Plano, Aracelli Merla of Plano, Ocatvio Derly Barrera (Belia) of Santa Rosa, Mario Alfonso Barrera (Delyla) of Austin; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers, Gustavo Barrera of Harlingen, Rodolfo Barrera of Falfurrias; two sisters, Norma Idalia Ramirez of Converse, and Anita Guerra of Falfurrias.

Visitation will be held today, October 4, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen. Visitation will continue from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Santa Rosa.

The funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Father Gustavo Barrera as celebrant. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas.

Pallbearers will be family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 365, Santa Rosa, Texas 78593.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen, Texas.


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