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Herman L. Mangum
 
HARLINGEN — Herman L. (Bill) Mangum was born February 19, 1915 in Ditto, TX. In 1932 at the age of 17, Bill joined the Mounted Calvary and road horseback from San Antonio to El Paso. Then joined the Air Force in 1938. In 1945, Bill met and married Jo Dean Davis. After retiring from the Air Force in 1959, Bill and his family returned to Harlingen.

Bill became one of the pioneer Aloe Vera farmers in the Rio Grande Valley. He and Jo Dean owned and operated Mangum’s Aloe Nursery in Harlingen. Bill was a well-known nurseryman throughout the valley. After selling Mangum’s Aloe Nursery in 1980. Bill turned his love of plants toward the raising of Sago Palms. Bill was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Harlingen since the 1960’s.

Herman L. (Bill) Mangum, at the age of 87, entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Bill was preceded in death by Jo Dean (Davis) Mangum his wife of 46 years. His parents Andy Babe Mangum and Dolly (Holder) Mangum and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughter Colleen (Richard) Mitchell of Harlingen. His three granddaughters, Shawn (Frank) Cazares, Dorinda (Billy) Pool and Tammy Brown all of Harlingen. One grandson Bo (Mandy) Mitchell of Pascagoula, MS. His six great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Ryan Haley Cazares, Dylan and Caitlyn Pool, Brooklyn Brown and Blake Mitchell. He is survived by one brother LB Mangum of Pleasanton, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers wil be Richard (Bo) Mitchell, Frank Cazares, Billy Pool, Curt Akin, Paul Riley and Erin Coker. Honorary pallbearers will be Dylan Pool and Blake Mitchell.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 1 from 12 noon till 9 p.m. Family will be in attendance to receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Chapel services will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. with Rodney Herring and Rev. Wade Peyton officiating. Committal services will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park. Military honors will be performed by American Legion Post #205 and V. F. W. Post 2410.

Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Arturo Aguilar, Sr.
 
SANTA ROSA — Arturo Aguilar, Sr., 65, entered into eternal rest on Friday, November 29, 2002.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Estefana Aguilar, children Arturo (Lisandra) Aguilar, Jr. of Brownsville, TX, Gerardo (Rosie) Aguilar of Santa Rosa, TX, Luis A. (Mary) Aguilar of Santa Rosa, TX, Lupita (Rolando) Diaz of Combes, TX, Raul Aguilar of Laredo, TX, Marisol (Cruz Garcia) Aguilar of Weslaco, TX, 16 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, brothers Antonio Aguilar, Jr. Holland, MI, Gustavo Aguilar of Santa Rosa, TX, Jesse Aguilar of La Feria, TX, and Ruben Aguilar of Santa Rosa, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents Antonio G. Aguilar and Manuela S. Aguilar.

Pallbearers will be Antonio Aguilar, Jr., Gustavo Aguilar, Jesse Aguilar, Ruben Aguilar, Frank Torres, Jr., Raul Aguilar, Jr., and honorary pallbearers will be his sons Arturo, Gerardo, Luis, and Raul. Visitation will begin today at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, December 2, 2002 at 10 a.m. with a holy rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Santa Rosa, TX. Burial will follow at Santo Nombre Cemetery.

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

Veronica Garcia
 
SAN BENITO — Veronica Garcia, 14, went with the Lord on November 28, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. She attended Berta Cabaza Middle School in San Benito and played soccer and other sports. She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in San Benito.

She is survived by her parents Jesus and Tomasa L. Garcia; 4 sisters Maria Guadalupe Garcia, Maria Del Carmen Garcia, Margarita Farias, Martha Laura Liscano; 3 brothers Jesus Garcia Jr., Antonio Garcia, and Gilbert Garcia all of San Benito; maternal grandmother Maria Gomez Leija of San Benito; 8 nieces and 7 nephews.

Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2002 with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Monday at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Arturo Garcia, Santos Liscano, Ismael Farias, Roy Leija, Ernesto Valero and Antonio Garza.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 956-399-1331. 

Sixto C. Garza
 
PRIMERA — Sixto C. Garza, 85, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, November 30, 2002.

He is survived by his sisters Eloisa Garza of Primera, TX, Avelina Gonzalez of Combes, TX, Bertha (Pedro) Campos of Primera, TX, Frances (Carlos) Salazar of Primera, TX, brothers Rodolfo Garza of Harlingen, TX, Victor (Raquel) Garza of Dade City, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Jose Garza and Celestina Villanueva.

He was a WW II veteran serving under General McArthur in New Guinea. Visitation will begin today at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, December 2, 2002 at 10 a.m. with a holy rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harlingen, TX. Burial will follow at Harlingen City Cemetery.

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

T. L. George
 
MONTE ALTO — T. L. George, 81, passed away at Scott-White Hospital in Temple, TX on November 28, 2002. He was born to H. A. George and Lily S. George on February 8, 1921 in Mercedes, TX. T. L. graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School.

After faithful service in the Navy during W.W.II, he worked for Anderson Clayton Equipment Co. in Pecos, TX and was then moved to the McCamey area to farm and manage a Co-op gin. In December 1969 he relocated to the La Villa area where he began a longtime career as general manager of the Elsa Co-op Gin where he remained until his retirement in 1994. While manager there he served on many local boards and was a state director for the Texas Cotton Ginners Assn. and for the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council. He was awarded the Ginner of the Year Award by the T.C.G.A. in 1995. While living in the valley, he served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Edcouch and was a past member of the Monte Alto Lions Club and the Cotton and Grain Board.

He is survived by his current wife Marie Bartnesky George of Belton; son Gary George (Lavena) of Sugarland; daughter Karen Henderson (David) of Gunter; daughter Melinda Berg of Monte Alto; step-daughter Mary Frances Serota of Belton; step-sons, Daniel Bartnesky and Mark Bartnesky, both of Ponchatoula, LA and Ken Bartnesdy of Caldwell, TX. Also surviving are his brothers Cantley George (Sybil) of Bethney, OK, Heidrick George (Jonnie) of Corpus Christi, TX and 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Faye Evel Jones George in 1994; father H. A. George; mother Lily S. George and sister Marcela O’Malley.

Visitation will be held today, Sunday, December 1, 2002 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 10 a.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home, 900 N. 4th St. in Weslaco with Rev. Ken Soles officiating the service. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Serving as pallbearers will be Hollis Sullivan, Joshua Rivas, Bobby Odom, Fred Traylor, Bill Turberville and Jimmy Carlson, with grandsons serving as honorary pallbearers. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to a charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco. 

Antonio O. Rodriguez 

SANTA MARIA, TX — Antonio O. Rodriguez, 76, passed away Tuesday morning at his residence.

He is preceded in death by a sister, Luisa De Leon, and a brother, Samuel Rodriguez.

He is survived by his wife Francisca R. Rodriguez of Santa Maria; three sons, Antonio Rodriguez, Jr. of Watsonville, CA, Ramiro Rodriguez and Roberto Rodriguez both of Gaylord, MN; four daughters, Ana Maria Alvarado of Salinas, CA, Amanda Godinez of Castorville, CA, Maria Jacinta Jaquez and Maria Eugenia Rodriguez both of Gaylord, MN; one sister, Ofelia Salas of Salinas, CA; also surviving are seventeen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Visitation took place Friday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held today, Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Ann Catholic Church in Santa Maria, burial will follow at El Zacatal Cemetery also in Santa Maria.

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

Paul Bruce
 
SAN BENITO, TX — Paul Bruce, a longtime San Benito resident died Thursday, November 28, 2002. Paul was born in Tulia, Texas on March 27, 1905. Paul graduated from the University of Texas and began his dedicated career with the United States Postal Service until his retirement.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Mabel Landrum Bruce, in 1999.

He is survived by his cousins, Lois Landrum; nephews, Charles Landrum and Richard Landrum and nieces, Carla Landrum, Christine Landrum and Maxine Stout.

A graveside service will be held Monday, December 2, 2002 at Mont Meta Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. under the direction Thomae Funeral Home. Services will be officiated by All Saints Episcopal Church of San Benito.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to All Saints Episcopal Church of San Benito.

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

Martina H. Zarate

LA SARA, TX — Martina H. Zarate, 82, passed away Friday, November 29, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. She was born November 12, 1920 at Missouri City, Texas to Guadalupe and Sostenes (Zapata) Hernandez. She lived in La Sara most of her life.

She is survived by her husband, Pilar Zarate of La Sara; two daughters, MA. Guadalupe Rodriguez of Angleton, TX and Carlota Zarate of La Sara; two sons, Pilar Zarate, Jr. of Angleton and Juan Zarate of Orange Cove, CA; two sisters, Roberta Garcia of Mathis, TX and Anita Nieto of Fort Worth; half-brothers and sisters, Guadalupe, Viola, Juanita, Reynaldo and Elias Hernandez all of Mathis, TX. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held today Saturday 1:00 p.m., November 30th, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in La Sara. Burial will follow at La Sara Cemetary. A Rosary was held Friday, 7:00 p.m. at Dudlesten Chapel.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Leonor R. Alvarez
 
HARLINGEN, TX — Leonor R. Alvarez, 102, entered into eternal rest on Friday, November 29, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.

She is survived by daughter, Lupe (Marcelo) Flores of Harlingen, TX, son, Santiago Alvarez of Combes, TX, daughter, Aurora A. Garcia of Harlingen, TX, son, Ysrael (Elida) Alvarez of Harlingen, TX, son, Leandro (Dominga) Alvarez of Primera, TX, son, Francisco (Gloria) Vuittonet of Harlingen, TX; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Visitation will begin today at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 1, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace with Pastor Roberto 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.

Christine R. Doherty 
 
HARLINGEN — Christine R. Doherty, 81, entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at her Harlingen Country Club residence in Harlingen, TX. Christine was born on Feb. 12, 1921 in Atlanta, TX, to William Mercer and Carrie Norton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years Gordon W. Doherty on Feb. 27, 1991and by her brother William Mercer Norton. She is survived by her loving family: son Gordon W. (Cheri) Doherty, Jr. of Seattle, WA., daughters Maureen A. Doherty of Houston, TX, Kathleen D.(Richard) Kotara of Houston, TX, sister Eris Gilroy of Chicago, IL., brothers Donald M. Norton of Ft. Worth, TX., Pat Norton of Austin, TX., grandchildren Lauren Doherty, Christi Kotara, Colin Kotara, Kelly Doherty, Carrie Doherty, seven nephews and seven nieces. Christine was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico Jr. College in Portales, NM, Baylor University School of Nursing in Dallas, TX. and from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI., where she received her RN degree. Mrs. Doherty proudly served her country during WW II. She received her training as a U.S. Army Flight Nurse at Enid Army Airfield in Enid, OK. She was a 1st Lt. in the 13th. Squadron of the 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron stationed in Tacloban Airstrip, Leytte, Philippines, where she served from 1943-1945, evacuating military personnel. After WW II, she joined the Army Reserve and rose to the rank of Major serving as the Operating Room Supervisor at the Veterans Hospital in Dearborn, MI. 

The family wishes to thank Christine’s caregivers, Mandy and Rita, and Dr. John Ferris for all their love, attention and support.

Visitation will be held today from 10 am until 9 p.m. with the family present from 6pm until 8pm at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 at 3 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace. Interment of cremated remains will be held at a later date at Mountain View Cemetery in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the National World War II Memorial, American Battle Monuments Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766.

Dolores Johnson
 
LA FERIA, TX — Dolores "Dena" J. Johnson, 71, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Dena was born on October 20, 1931 in San Benito, Texas to Andrew D. and Edna Ruth Johnson. Dena was a retired Assistant Vice-President and Cashier with First National Bank in La Feria. Dena was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lyford.

Dena is survived by her sister, Sharon Johnson of La Feria; brothers, Dow (Geneva) Johnson and Larry Johnson both of La Feria; nephew, Kenneth Wayne Johnson of Tuscon, AZ; niece, Lori Ann Hayes of San Antonio; aunts, Mrs. Gladys Johnson of Lake Whitney, TX and Mrs. Melissa Orr of Dallas; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine Johnson and her parents, Andrew D. and Edna Ruth Johnson.

Visitation hours will be held Friday, November 29, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the family present from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Mont Meta Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Reverend Ken Soles officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Bernice Smalley

HARLINGEN — Bernice Smalley, 78, died Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen.

Mrs. Smalley was born February 13, 1924 in Iredell, TX to John and Sarah McMillin and moved to the Valley in 1932. She married Robert Smalley in 1941 and had previously lived in San Juan from 1949-1989; she moved to Harlingen to be near her daughter. She worked as a LVN at McAllen General Hospital and San Juan Nursing Home for many years, and was a member of The First Baptist Church in San Juan.

Mrs. Smalley was preceded in death by her husband Robert; son Lonnie; sister’s Elsie, Elva, Hazel, Blanche, Pearl and Ruth; and by a brother Jack.

She will be greatly missed by those who survive her; daughter Sarah Smalley of Harlingen; a brother George (Johnnie Jo) McMillin of Mesquite, TX; and by a granddaughter Hannah Smalley of Harlingen.

Visitation will be today, Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. with family present to greet friends at Skinner-Silva Funeral Home in Pharr. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, 10 a.m. at Skinner-Silva Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Flanagan of the First Baptist Church in Pharr officiating. Interment will follow in Valley Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Jack Penn, Chris Brush, Bill Baker, and Clayton Stewart. Honorary pallbearers will be brothers-in-law John Flickinger, Robert Burns and Bill Turner, in addition to Bill Stowe, Jimmy Baker and Steve Malone.

Special thanks go to Dr. John Ferris, Dr. Darvey Fuller, Dr. Leslie Pean, and to Dr. Farley Neasmon for their loving tender care. She will be missed by all those who called her "Granny."

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Skinner-Silver Funeral Home in Pharr.

Domitila Hernandez 

SAN BENITO, TX — Domitila M. Hernandez, 79, of San Benito, passed away at Valley Baptist Medical Center on November 26, 2002.

Survivors include his two sons, Jose (San Juana) M. Hernandez of Rio Hondo, TX, and Rafael (Maria Isabel) Hernandez of San Benito, TX; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2002 with a prayer service held at 7 p.m. at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel. Chapel service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow to Garcia Cemetery, in El Ranchito, TX. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors. 399-1331. 

Dolores Johnson
 
LA FERIA, TX — Dolores "Dena" J. Johnson, 71, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. 

Dena was born on October 20, 1931 in San Benito, Texas to Andrew D. and Edna Ruth Johnson. 

Dena was a retired Assistant Vice-President with First National Bank in San Benito. Dena was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lyford.

Dena is survived by her sister, Sharon Johnson of La Feria; brothers, Dow Johnson and Larry Johnson both of La Feria; nephew, Kenneth Wayne Johnson of Tuscon, AZ; niece, Lori Ann Hayes of San Antonio; aunts, Mrs. Gladys Johnson of Lake Whitney, TX and Mrs. Melissa Orr of Dallas; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine Johnson and her parents, Andrew D. and Edna Ruth Johnson.

Visitation hours will be held Friday, November 29, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the family present from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Mont Meta Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Reverend Ken Soles officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Elizabeth Saldivar
 
RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Elizabeth Saldivar, 47, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. She was born February 22, 1955 in Raymondville, Texas to Jesus M. and Maria (Santos) Saldivar.

Chapel service will be held Friday 10 a.m., November 29th, at Duddlesten Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie Chavarria officiating. Burial will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery. A prayer service will be held Thursday 7 p.m. at Duddlesten Chapel.

She is survived by her mother, Maria Santos of Raymondville; six sisters, Mona (Jose) Rosales of Pharr, Margarita (Jose Eduardo) Villarreal, Rosa (Manuel Carlos) Valles and Cruz (Ruben) Martinez all of Raymondville, Tina (Rafael) Donez and April Saldivar all of San Antonio; five brothers, Arturo Saldivar of Raymondville, Manuel (Rosa) Saldivar of Harlingen, Ifray (Cristina), Jesse (Norma) and Javier Saldivar all of Raymondville. She is also survived by 11 nieces, Isabel Saldivar, Janny Rosales, Analisa Marie Saldivar, Janie Saldivar, Christina Lopez, Andrea Elizabeth Villarreal, Daisy Saldivar, Jeanette Saldivar, Michelle Saldivar, Hannah Saldivar and Bianca Nicole Donez; 8 nephews, Charly Vallez, Joe Rosales, Juan Manuel Saldivar, Jr., Joey Villarreal, Javier Saldivar, Jr., Jesse Saldivar, Jesus Ivan Saldivar and Raziel Martinez; 4 great nephews, Raiden Vallez, Omar Rosales, Marco Rosales and Jesus Zenon Lopez III.

Special thanks to Dr. Fuller and the Valley Cancer Center.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jesus M. Saldivar.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Kenneth L. Krause 

MERCEDES, TX — Kenneth L. Krause, 78, passed away Monday, November 25, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center. Ken was born January 9, 1924 in Russell, Kansas to Gustav R. and Caroline K. Krause. Ken married Bernice on July 14, 1946 in Russell, Kansas.

Ken and Bernice have been residents of Mercedes since 1990, formerly of Sedgwick, Kansas. Ken was a retired Engineer with Cessna Aircraft Company. Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weslaco, Texas.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bernice Krause; daughter, Connie Sturgeon; two grandchildren, Stacie Sturgeon, and Brent Sturgeon; one great grandchild, Kayla Sturgeon.

Ken was preceded in death by his son, Alan K. Krause.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at Encore R.V. Park in Mercedes at 1 p.m. with Reverend Chris Rangel officiating.

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

Alberto "Checo"Almaraz
 
WESLACO, TX — Alberto "Checo" Almaraz, 80, passed away November 25, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. Mr. Almaraz was a longtime Weslaco pioneer, a well known barber who owned and operated "Checo’s Barber Shop" in Weslaco, a member of the V.F.W. Post #10464, and a member of the Catholic War Veterans #770 for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Maria R. Almaraz; his mother, Trinidad P. Almaraz both of Weslaco; sons, Rosendo Almaraz of Weslaco, Ruben Almaraz of Weslaco, Javier Almaraz and Sergio Almaraz, both of Edinburg; daughters, Diana Perez of Corpus Christi, Elsa Martinez of Weslaco; 18 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also surviving him are his sisters, Cleotilde Castro, Anita Gutierrez and brothers; Alex Almaraz, Guillermo Almaraz, Arturo Almaraz, Joe Garza and Carlos Almaraz.

Mr Almaraz was preceded in death by his son, Attorney George Almaraz in 1993.

A funeral mass will be celebrated today, Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at 1:00 P.M. at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Weslaco. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons. 

Military graveside rites will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #2410 and the American Legion Post #205, both of Harlingen.

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

Nelson Brunnemann 

UVALDE, TX — Nelson Brunnemann of Uvalde passed away on November 22, 2002 at his residence at the age of 75. He was born in Harlingen to Frank and Virda (Nelson) Brunnemann.

He graduated from Texas A & M in 1952 and was elected King Cotton in 1950 by the A&M student body. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion, and was an active member of the Republican Party.

He is survived by two daughters, Robin Nalley of Houston and Roxanne West of Dallas; three sons, Randy Brunnemann of Austin, Rod Warner of Uvalde, and Rob Morris of Arlington; sister, Laura Allison of Corpus Christi; brothers, Tony Brunnemann of McAllen and Cadwell Brunnemann of Oakhurst, CA; and nine grandchildren, Chase and Chance Brunnemann; Alexa, Hunter, Zachary, and Madison Nalley; and Amber, Summer, and Stetson Morris.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Uvalde, TX. A Masonic graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Mont Meta Cemetery in San Benito, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 2425 Fountain View, Suite 280, Houston, TX 77057. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Morturary, Inc., P.O. Box 950, Uvalde, Texas 78802. 1-888-278-5611. 

Juan C. Anzaldua
 
LA FERIA, TX — Juan Carlos Anzaldua, 49, entered into rest on November 26, 2002 at his residence in La Feria, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Elida Aguilar Anzaldua and a nephew David Ruiz.

He is survived by his father Juan R. Anzaldua; sister, Sandra Ruiz; brother, Jose Alfredo Anzaldua all of La Feria, Texas. 

He is also survived by two nephews, Esteban Ruiz, Jr, Daniel J. Garza and a niece Jenilee Ruiz.

Visitation will be held today, November 27, 2002 beginning at 8:00 a.m. with a rosary to be prayed today at 1:00 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Palms Chapel of Peace in La Feria. 

The funeral procession will depart 

The Rudy Garza Palms Chapel today, November 27, 2002 at 2:30 for a 3:00 pm Mass of Christian burial at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in La Feria with Father Plutarco as celebrant. 

Interment will follow at Solis Ranch Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Palms Chapel in La Feria, Texas. 

Ruth A. Hankins
 
Ruth A. Hankins, 99, passed away Monday, November 25, 2002 at her residence in Harlingen. 

Ruth was born in Blackwell, OK on December 10, 1902 to James and Estelle Poundstone.

Ruth had been a resident of Harlingen since 1947 moving here from Corpus Christi. 

She was a longtime member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, where she actively served.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Beverly Long of Austin; granddaughters, Janet Lea Smith of Pflugerville, TX and Sheryl Weathers of Austin; grandson, Weldon P. Long (Teri) of Austin; great-grandchildren, Corey Smith, Courtney (Mike) Wehrman and Matt Burton, Shane Weathers, and Jeffrey Weathers; great great grandson, Ryan Wehrman; and a host of friends from Golden Palms Retirement Center in Harlingen where she had lived for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Weldon Hankins on November 7, 1978.

Visitation hours will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home with the family present.

Funeral services will be held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 10 a.m., Friday, November 29, 2002 with the Reverend David Reed officiating. 

Burial services will be held at the Lubbock City Cemetery, 1 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2002.

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

Kenneth L. Krause

MERCEDES, TX — Kenneth L. Krause, 78, passed away Monday, November 25, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center. Ken was born January 9, 1941 in Russell, Kansas to Gustav R. and Caroline K. Krause. Ken married Bernice on July 14, 1946 in Russell, Kansas.

Ken and Bernice have been residents of Mercedes since 1990, formerly of Sedgwick, Kansas. Ken was a retired Engineer with Cessna Aircraft Company. Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weslaco, Texas.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bernice Krause; daughter, Connie Sturgeon; two grandchildren, Stacie Sturgeon, and Brent Sturgeon; one great grandchild, Kayla Sturgeon.

Ken was preceded in death by his son, Alan K. Krause.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at Encore R.V. Park in Mercedes at 1 p.m. with Reverend Chris Rangel officiating.

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

Billy G. Tomlinson
 
EL PASO, TX — Billy died November 18, 2002 at his home in El Paso, Texas.

He was born in Alvord, Texas on August 24, 1925 to B.B. and Virgie Tomlinson. He moved to the Lyford/Sebastian area in November 1941, and in 1959 moved to El Paso, Texas.

He was put to rest at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX. He served in the Army/Air Force 1943-1946 and served in World War II. He was a longtime member of the Montana Church of Christ.

He was survived by Jimmy (Corinth, Mississippi), Benny J. (El Paso, TX), Jack (Humble, TX), Rex (Acuff, TX), and Monty (Raymondville, TX).

He was preceded in death by a brother, Mickey Joe Tomlinson. He was also survived by a special friend, Almarene Bristol (El Paso, TX) and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be missed by all. 

Gene H. Bock
 
HARLINGEN — Gene H. Bock, age 65, of Harlingen, departed this life on Saturday, November 23. 2002, in his home.

He was born November 9, 1937 in Matagorda CT, TX. He was a retired farmer and a long time cotton harvester.

Gene is one of 11 children born to Agnes and Hayden Bock. He is survived by his wife, Anita Bock; his daughters, Gina (Jerry) Carrillo, Debbie (Tim) Welch, and Judy (Rudy) Gonzalez; son, Troy Bock; 14 grandchildren, Troy Gene, Terri, Tracey, Kaleb, Jeri, Cody, Brandon, Regan, Gunnar, Steven, Henry, Adam, Nicholas, and Anthony.

He is also survived by four sisters, Mary Parr, Lois (Leon) Cates, Ruby (Steven) Hawles, and Cathy (Rick) Clark; four brothers, W.E. "Wick" (Melanie) Bock, Jr., Ernest (Linda) Bock, Kenneth (Becky) Bock and Garland (Sue) Bock.

Mr. Bock was preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and Hayden Bock and two sisters, Annie Doss and Betty Whitmire.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be missed by all.

The Bock family wishes to especially thank the Sandi Jo Funk Hospice for all of their kindnesses during Mr. Bock’s illness.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, until 9 p.m. at the Thomae Funeral Home Chapel at 701 N. Bowie St. in San Benito with Graveside services being on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Mont Meta Memorial Park with the Reverend Jearl Petree.

His funeral will be under the care of Thomae Funeral Home. 

Maria Ramona Galicia Galindo Vda. de Pelayo
 
BROWNSVILLE, TX — Maria Ramona Galicia Galindo Vda. de Pelayo, 95, was born into enternal life on Nov. 25, 2002.

She dedicated her life to serving God and caring for her grandchildren.

Her husband Jesus Pelayo; parents, Filomeno and Marciana Galicia; brothers, Narciso Galicia Galindo and Roman Galicia Galindo preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sister, Francisca Galicia Galindo Vda. de Flores of Mexico and daughters, Josefina Pelayo Velasquez of Los Angeles, Ca., Elvira Pelayo Harris of Brownsville, TX, and Lupita Pelayo Olson of Harlingen, TX; seventeen grandchildren: Elizabeth Harris Parra, Jess Harris, Raul Olson, Maria Elvira Ahumada, Maricela Olson Pena, Mary Frances Ahumada Serna, Alma Rosa Ahumada Gutierrez, Jesus Velasquez, Rafael Velasquez, Estela Velasquez Gonzalez, Susana Velasquez Jimenez, Hilda Velasquez Maldonado, Marta Velasquez Gudino, Maria de Jesus Velasquez Cuevas, Carlos Velasquez, Lorena Velasquez, Hector Velasquez; forty-five great-grandchildren and nineteen great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving her is her extended family in Iowa, and her dear friends from Sun Glo Fellowship Center in Brownsville.

Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels with the Holy rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m.

The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Fr. George Gonzalez as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria, TX.

Pallbearers will be Raul Olson, Joseph Parra, V. Craig Perrin, Carlos Velasquez, Ernesto Maldonado, and Joe Pena. Honorary pallbearers will be Jess Harris, Hector Velasquez, Rafael Velasquez, Jesus Velasquez, Ernesto Rodriguez and Jaime Rodriguez.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rudy Garza Funreal Home of Harlingen, TX. 

Benita Solis
 
MERCEDES, TX — Benita Solis, 84, a lifetime resident of Mercedes passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2002 at Golden Manor Jewish Home for the Aged in San Antonio, Texas. She was born January 12, 1918 in Progreso, Texas to Cornelo Fonseca and Paz Martinez Fonseca.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix C. Solis, Sr., and her daughter, Maria Magdalena Solis.

She is survived by her loving family: 2 sons, Pedro (Gloria) Solis of Floresville, Texas, Felix (Isabel) Solis, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas; 6 daughters, Frances (Mike) Gomez of Mercedes, Texas, Carmen (Ernesto) Garcia of Harlingen, Texas, Alicia (Daniel) de la Cerda of San Antonio, Texas, Aracelia S. Martinez of Mercedes, TX, Rosalinda S. Flores of Mission, Texas, Diana S. Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas; 1 brother, Fidencio (Senovia) Fonseca of Progreso, TX; 28 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren.

Viewing was held on Monday, November 25, 2002, with a Holy Rosary prayed at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted today, Tuesday, November 26, 2002. We will depart Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels at 2:30 p.m. for a 3 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Interment will then follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Gomez, Rick Solis, Oscar Garcia, Noe Martinez, Felix Solis III and Marc Flores. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Ramirez, Pete Rivera, Pedro Solis Jr., and J.J. Solis.

She was a dedicated and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She will be dearly loved and missed by all those who knew her.

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

Ralph H. Daggett
 
HARLINGEN, TX — Ralph H. Daggett passed away on November 22, 2002 in Harlingen, TX. Ralph was born August 4, 1907 in Frazee, Minnesota. His parents were Rolla S. Daggett and Amelia Schrandt Daggett. He attended high school in Frazee where he played on the school’s first football team. 

He drove a truck for the Daggett Truck Line in Frazee until 1949 when he moved to San Diego, California where he was a foreman for Transit Mix cement company which later became Consolidated Sand and Gravel until he retired in 1972.

After retirement, Ralph and Esther became full time Rvers and traveled throughout the United States and Canada making Harlingen their winter home. In his later years, Ralph lived in Harlingen on a full time basis.

He married Esther Pettersen on November 11, 1932 in Lemon, SD.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his sisters, Violet Rebholz and Bernice Berry and great granddaughter, Emily Olson.

He is survived by his son, Rolla E. Daggett and his wife, Anne of Surprise, AZ; daughter, Marlys Kay Krause and her husband, Robert of Victor, MT; three grandsons, Ronald Daggett and Jeffrey Daggett of Denver, CO, Danny Krause of Everett, WA; two granddaughters, Kathleen Krause of Corvallis, MT, Linda Miller of Phoenix, AZ; four great grandsons, Daren Olson of Corvallis, MT, Michael Miller of Phoenix, AZ, and Justin Daggett of Denver, CO, Alex Krause of Arlington, WA; and one great great granddaughter, Cassidy Olson of Corvallis, MT.

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

Idalia De Lise
 
MERCEDES, TX — Idalia De Lise, 91, passed away Saturday morning at her residence in Mercedes.

She was a member of Amigos de Mercedes Club, and the only female in the Valley to ever be inducted into the State of Texas Senior Athletes Hall of Fame. She was an active participant in the Olympics for the past 17 years. Her participation in the 2001 Texas Senior Olympics in Lubbock, Texas earned her 10 gold medals and a total of 283 throughout her years in competition.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and one sister.

The 91 year old marvel is survived by seven children, Elida R. Anderson of San Benito, Luciana M. Ledesma of Mercedes, Librada Shackelford of Riverside, CA, Rosario Martinez Row of Mercedes, Fernando R. Martinez, Jr of CO, Carol Sickle of Oklahoma City, OK, and William Edward McCarth of San Benito; four sisters, Rebecca Salazar of Weslaco, Adela Reyes of San Antonio, San Juanita Reyes Wiesham of Mercedes, and Maria Gomez of Cicero, IL; also surviving are 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Idalia "Ida" was a great example to her family and all she was associated with. We are all equally proud of her and she will greatly be missed. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel.

A private family graveside service for her cremated remains will be held at a later date.

Services are under the direction of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.


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