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DeAnna G. Ortiz

BROWNSVILLE, TX - DeAnna G. Ortiz, 51, of Brownsville, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 6, 2003. Born and raised in Brownsville, she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mrs. Ortiz is survived by her husband, Miguel Ortiz of Brownsville; by her son, Miguel A. Ortiz of Rancho Viejo; two daughters, Monica A. Ortiz and Ana C. Ortiz, both of Brownsville; her father, Antonio O. Garza, Sr.; two brothers, Antonio O. Garza, Jr., of Mexico City, Mexico and Nicolas A. Garza of Houston.

Mrs. Ortiz was preceded in death by her mother, Lita Q. Garza.

A holy rosary will be recited in her memory at 7 p.m. today, Friday, February 7, 2003 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 602 E. Elizabeth St.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Episcopal Day School, 34 N. Coria, Brownsville, TX 78520.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., 546-7111.

Consuelo D. Lara

SAN BENITO, TX - Consuelo D. Lara went home to be with the Lord at the age of 84. She was born February 10, 1918, in San Benito to Ramon and Rita Davila. Consuelo was a businesswoman; she was Co-owner of La Central Bakery in San Benito. She was a life long resident of San Benito and a member of La Primera Iglesia Bautista.

She is survived by two sons, Pedro D. (Dominga) Lara and Marco Antonio (Helen) Lara; two grandsons, Pedro (Adriana) Lara III, Marco Antonio (Molly) Lara, Jr., and two granddaughters, Rosalinda (Secundino) Mata and Zuelma (Juan) Saavedra; six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Consuelo was preceded in death by her husband, Pedro A. Lara; parents, Ramon and Rita Davila; sisters, Esperanza Davila, Teresa Perez, Teodora Quevedo, Maria Caprarulo, Paula Davila and brother, Ramon Davila.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 7, 2003 at San Benito Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2003 at La Primera Iglesa Bautista in San Benito at 2 p.m. with Pastor Robert Cepeda officiating. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Luis A. Cantu, Juan Roberto Cantu, Secundino Mata, Sergio Mata, Leonel Garcia and Robert L. Tumberlinson.

Honorary pallbearers will be all the grandchildren.

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

Paula Tamez Gomez

RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Paula Tamez Gomez, 101, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at her residence in Raymondville, Texas.

Paula was born to Heladro and Espectacion Tamez on January 25, 1902.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Apolonio Gomez in 1970.

She is survived by her three sons, Rene (Mary) Gomez of Houston, Ramiro (Dolores) Gomez of Raymondville and Paul (Carla) Gomez of Spring, Texas; four daughters, Corina (Felix) Longoria of Raymondville, Eva (Ralph) Gonzales of Raymondville, Maria Luisa (Osvaldo) Correa of San Perlita, and Olivia (Rosendo) Rodriguez of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Felipe Tamez of San Benito; 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

A rosary was held last night at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held today, Friday, February 7, 2003 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville. Burial will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Edward Weber

HARLINGEN, TX - Edward Leroy Weber was born on November 10, 1929 and entered into eternal rest on February 4th, 2003.

Edward was born and raised in Rangerville. The last nine years he resided in Harlingen living at Cottonwood Creek. He was the son of Ernest and Emma Hamm Weber.

He is survived by brothers, Donald Weber and wife, Allene of Fresno, CA, Lawrence Weber and wife, Shirley; sisters, Betty Weber Schindler, Dorothy Weber Kloepping and husband, Robert, Elizabeth Weber Mehler of Waco and thirteen nephews and nieces and one Aunt, Emma Johnson of Augusta, KS.

He faithfully served the Lord as Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group Director and Financial Secretary at St. John Lutheran Church, San Benito, Texas. He retired from Continental Eagle Corporation after twenty five years of service.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Ernest Weber; sister, Lucille, brother, Clarence and nephew, Terry Weber Crockett.

Pallbearers will be Charles Minor, Sam Marrow, Calvin Gieger, Tim Weber, Robert Anderson, and Earl Weber. Honorary pallbearer will be Richard Buchan.

The funeral service will be held Friday, February 7, 2003 at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in San Benito with the Reverend Marcus Mueller officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery in Mercedes.

In lieu of flowers it is the family’s request that memorials be given to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund and to the Cancer Society.

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

Petra Martinez

RAYMONDVILLE/TEXAS CITY, TX - Petra Martinez passed from this life on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at the tender age of 97. She was born in Sarita, TX, on November 13, 1905. Her eternal destination "Heaven" to live in the mansion prepared by Jesus, her Lord and Savior. Joining her at her arrival was her husband, Santiago Martinez of 79 years who passed December 2001, her son, Lupito Martinez and her great-great grandson, Salvador Martinez, Jr. What a day of rejoicing this must be for her.

How do you say goodbye to someone you’ve been blessed to have known for so many years. The separation for those of us who reamain will be difficult, but it will be the many memories that have been left with us that will keep us strong in our journey through this life, until we join them. "Ama" as we call her was the most joyful and content grandmother that anyone could have been blessed to have known. Though she was blind most of her life, she never used it as a handicap for sympathy. Never complaining, and always jesting about something. Though she was aged, you would never know this when you visited with her. She would definitely leave a mark in you heart. Not one day would go by that she would share her love for dancing. She would love for us to put music on and though she laid in bed most of her aging years, we knew in her heart she was rejoicing. She had a heart full of joy. How she must be rejoicing now.

Ama was a faithful and loving wife, raising her five children in Raymondville, TX. In 1989 she moved to Texas City with one of her daughters, Elida and her son-in-law, Mike Anzaldua, who cared for her faithfully until her passing. What a reward they must have for them, the gift of love is priceless. Ama will be greatly missed by her family: two daughters, Elida Anzaldua of Texas City and Emma Cavazos of Elsa; three sons, David Martinez of Garland, Fabian Martinez of Puyallup, WA, and Jimmy Martinez of Texas City and a grandson, Salvador Martinez of Texas City, whom they raised; and a family who deeply loved her, 26 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, and 25 great great grandchildren. What a legacy that has been left to us as a family by our grandparents. Ama will always be remembered sitting and twittling her hands and fingers, praying for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. When you asked her what she was doing, she would say, "Praying". She was a great example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Her children would rise up and call her "Blessed".

Visitation will be Friday, February 7, 2003 with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Duddlesten Funeral Home Chapel in Raymondville, TX.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville, TX with burial following in the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery next to her beloved husband and son.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville, TX. For further information-phone (956) 689-2151.

Walter Lee Kirkpatrick

BROWNSVILLE, TX - Walter Lee Kirkpatrick, 60, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003. He was born in Weslaco, Texas, October 25, 1942.

He began his professional banking career in 1963 at First State Bank & Trust Company of Edinburg, Texas. In 1970, he and his family moved to Brownsville where he became President of the National Bank of Commerce.

In 1974, he sold his interest in the bank and started an export trading company.

Lee returned to banking as the President and CEO of Brownsville National Bank in 1983.

He remained in that position until that bank’s merger into Texas State Bank/Texas Regional Bancshares in 1998.

At the time of his death, Lee was serving as President of Texas State Bank, Brownsville.

Lee often said that his years in private business made him a better banker because he was familiar with both sides of the desk.

Mr. Kirkpatrick served four terms as a Board Member of the National Bankers Association and in 1995 was awarded the NBA’s Distinguished Service Award for his work with the Association. He also served on the Financial Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was a believer in serving his community, acting as director and president of numerous civic and economic organizations. He served eight years on the Public Utilities Board and on three occasions was elected as its Chairman. During this time, he worked with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Development Board, addressing the future water needs of the area. He has also been a director of Region M Water Planning Group, having been appointed by the Texas Water Development Board and was a Director and member of the Texas Water Foundation.

Lee was a past member of the Vestry of the Church of the Advent Episcopal, serving as senior warden. He also served as a board member of the Episcopal Day School and of the Valley Zoological Society. He was past President of the Brownsville Boys and Girls Club.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, spending hours walking through farm and ranchland absorbing ambience of the brush country. His true joy was showing off this part of South Texas to his grandchildren and friends.

Lee was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a friend to many people throughout the Valley and Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.H. and Genie Kirkpatrick.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Geralyn Swanson Kirkpatrick; his son, Sean of Denton; his daughters, Kristen (Don) Newcomb of Austin and Lynn Kirkpatrick (Jose) Guevara of Brownsville. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Caroline Kirkpatrick of Denton, Paige Newcomb of Austin, Aaron Newcomb of San Antonio, Luis and Brendan Guevara of Miami, FL; his brother, Harry (Becky) Kirkpatrick of Austin and many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and associates.

Honorary pallbearers are Timothy Williams, Craig Clendenin, John Cowen, Calvin Walker, John Drennan, John Bruciak, Eddie Ostrowski, Robert Vezzetti, Jack Mims, John Young, Dave Gelfer, Marvin Conner, Jimmy Bates, Dan Miller II, Luis Castro, Lou Castro, Eduardo Rodriguez and the Texas State Bank family.

Services will be held at the Church of the Advent Episcopal, 10 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2003.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Kirkpatrick’s name to the Church of the Advent Episcopal, Episcopal Day School, or charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buena Vista Funeral Home. (956) 541-5400.

Agustina Catache

HARLINGEN, TX - Agustina Catache, 75, entered into rest on Wednesday at Retama Manor Nursing Center in Harlingen, TX.

Mrs. Catache was a lifelong resident of Harlingen and was preceded in death by her husband Pedro Catache; sons, Samuel and Gregorio Catache.

She is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Ruben) Gonzalez, Graciela (Moises, Jr.) Huerta, and Raquel Ochoa; sons, Jose (Maria) Catache, Javier (Juanita) Catache, Rodrigo Catache, Guadalupe (Alicia) Catache and Pedro (Gloria) Catache, Jr. all of Harlingen, TX. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Geronimo Lopez of Harlingen, TX, Alberto Lopez of MX; sisters, Angelita Lopez of MX, Margarita Barron of Harlingen, TX, Enriqueta Lopez of MX and Petra Valadez of MX.

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

The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Alphonsus McHugh as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery in Harlingen, TX.

Pallbearers will be Jose Catache, Javier Catache, Rodrigo Catache, Guadalupe Catache, Pedro Catache, Jr. and Nicholas Catache.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home.

Trinidad V. Garcia

HARLINGEN, TX - Trinidad Vega Garcia, 78, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at his residence. Trinidad was born on October 10, 1924 in Alamo, Texas to Trinidad R. and Juanita V. Garcia.

Trinidad was a retired auto mechanic, having owned/operated his own repair shop; he also was a veteran in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, American Legion Post #205 and V.F.W. Post #2410.

Trinidad is survived by his sons, Eddy Garcia of Midlothian, TX, Trinidad Garcia, Jr., of Harlingen, Jorge Garcia of Azoris, Portugal, and Jaime Garcia of Harlingen; daughters, Janie Garcia Welles of Oceanside, CA, Diana Perez of Baytown, TX and Veronica Garcia Sotelo of Harlingen; sister, Maria Garcia Sauceda of Fresno, CA; 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother, and three sisters.

Visitation hours will be held Thursday, February 6, 2003 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be said at 7 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Funeral mass will be held Friday, February 7, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Matthias Shanley officiating. Entombment will follow in Mont Meta Memorial Park. Full military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #205 and V.F.W. Post #2410.

Pallbearers will be Eddy Garcia, Trinidad Garcia Jr., Jorge Garcia, Jaime Garcia, Juan Perez, and Jorge Alcozer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

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

Miriam H. Etnyre

HARLINGEN, TX - Miriam Hoopes Etnyre, 87, formerly of Oregon, IL passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 14, 2003, in Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. She was born September 13, 1915, in Rochelle, IL, the daughter of John William and Belle Emerson Hoopes.

She attended grade school in Chana and graduated in 1933 from Rochelle Township High School, where she lettered all four years in track and field. After graduating from Scoville School of Business in Sterling, she worked as a legal secretary for law firms in Rockford and Chicago; for more than four years she was private secretary to Frank O. Lowden, former Illinois governor and U.S. congressman.

Miriam married George M. Etnyre Jr. on December 30, 1941, in San Francisco. They were married 61 years in Rockvale Township. In 1977 they began spending several months a year in Harlingen, where they recently made their home.

Miriam was a former member of Byron Women’s Club, New Century Club of Oregon and Oregon VFW Auxiliary. She had enjoyed playing bridge for many decades with friends in Byron. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon since 1943 and an associate member of Grace Lutheran Church in Harlingen for 25 years. Miriam loved music and sang in St. Paul’s choir for more than 40 years and at Grace Lutheran for more than 15. She taught Sunday school and served as Sunday school superintendent at St. Paul and actively participated in women’s groups at St. Paul and Grace Lutheran until her health no longer permitted.

Survivors include husband, George of Harlingen; son, William S. Etnyre of Seattle, WA; daughters, Dr. Patricia (Ronald) Etnyre-Zacher of Harlingen and Susan (Gary) Davis of Oregon; grandchildren, Kathryn Ferb of Phoenix, AZ, Melissa Ferb of Chicago, Nathaniel (Justine) Davis of Oregon, and Nicholas Davis of Oakland, CA; step-grandchildren, Scott, Eric and Kevin Zacher; great-grandchildren, Julie Marie Davis and Jacob Scott Davis; and nephew, John (Jan) Hoopes of Janesville, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2003 at Grace Lutheran Church in Harlingen with the Reverend Robert E. Slade officiating. Memorial funds established for Grace Lutheran Church.

Pablo Quintanilla Beltran

BROWNSVILLE, TX - Pablo Quintanilla Beltran, 78, entered into eternal rest with the Lord, Tuesday evening, February 4, 2003 at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Refugio Quintanilla and Felipa Beltran; two sons, Pablo Jimenez and Raymundo Jimenez and one brother, Pedro Flores.

Mr. Quintanilla is survived by his loving children, Roberto Jimenez of Brownsville, Rosa Pena of Mercedes, Refugio Jimenez of Progreso, Ramona Juarez of Mercedes, Raul Quintanilla of Brownsville, Socorro Quintanilla of Valle Hermoso Tamps., MX, Maricela Quintanilla of Houston and Norma Alicia Quintanilla of Florida; his brothers and sisters, Isidro Flores Beltran, Jesus Flores, Cruz Flores and Luz Flores all of California and Carolina Flores of Anahuae, Tamps., MX and Angelina Flores of San Apolinia Tamps., MX.

Visitation will be held today, Thursday, February 6, 2003 at Guerra Funeral Home "Chapel of the Holy Spirit" from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, February 7, 2003 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 2255 Southmost Rd. at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Brownsville, 3955 Coffee Port Rd. 9956) 544-1171.

Edward Weber

HARLINGEN, TX - Edward Leroy Weber was born on November 10, 1929 and entered into eternal rest on February 4th, 2003.

Edward was born and raised in Rangerville. The last nine years he resided in Harlingen living at Cottonwood Creek. He was the son of Ernest and Emma Hamm Weber.

He is survived by brothers, Donald Weber and wife, Allene of Fresno, CA, Lawrence Weber and wife, Shirley; sisters, Betty Weber Schindler, Dorothy Weber Kloepping and husband, Robert, Elizabeth Weber Mehler of Waco and thirteen nephews and nieces and one Aunt, Emma Johnson of Augusta, KS.

He faithfully served the Lord as Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group Director and Financial Secretary at St. John Lutheran Church, San Benito, Texas. He retired from Continental Eagle Corporation after twenty five years of service.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Ernest Weber; sister, Lucille, brother, Clarence and nephew, Terry Weber Crockett.

Pallbearers will be Charles Minor, Sam Marrow, Calvin Gieger, Tim Weber, Robert Anderson, and Earl Weber. Honorary pallbearer will be Richard Buchan.

Visitation will be held today, Thursday at the Thomae Funeral Home, 701 N. Bowie St., San Benito, with family members present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The funeral service will be held Friday, February 7, 2003 at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in San Benito with the Reverend Marcus Mueller officiating.

Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery in Mercedes.

In lieu of flowers it is the family’s request that memorials be given to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund and to the Cancer Society.

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

RoseMary West

HARLINGEN, TX - RoseMary West went to be with her Lord and join her beloved husband, Emerson C. West on January 30, 2003.

She left this life as she lived it, with strength, love, dignity and faith. RoseMary was born in Syracuse, KS, December 18, 1916, daughter of Ivan Q Williams and Mary Lillie Williams Davis.

RoseMary always saw life as a challenge, from looking after her beloved sisters, Nellie and Bonnie, to "blazing the trail" as a successful business woman in a man’s world."

RoseMary was raised in Dodge City, KS, attended Dodge City Jr. College and Kansas University.

Married April 11, 1936, to Emerson C. West (Deceased May 13, 1992) "56 golden years with many challenges and goals for our lives, we were successful through Love, Faith, Hard Work, Play & Good Sense of Humors.

We were blessed with a lovely family, relatives & friends. What more could you ask for in life?" RoseMary and Emerson moved to Harlingen, TX in 1979.

Survivors include Daughter, Linda Koch; Son-in-law, H.R. "Bud" Koch, Arroyo City, TX; Son, Emerson E. West, Jr., Hotchkiss, CO; Grandchildren Kenda Sanders and Derek Koch; Sister, Bonnie Fraser; Nephews, Knute and Scott Fraser, James Creevey, Bill and Dennis Pettigrew and many faithful friends.

Mrs. West’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff at Valley Baptist Hospital, especially Drs. Ross, Lightner, Klein and Condit for their professional care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shrine Crippled Children’s Home, Eastern Star or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of RoseMary’s life was held 11 a.m. at Swaim Funeral Home, in Dodge City, KS, Monday, February 3rd, 2003.

Burial followed at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Abelina Garcia

BROWNSVILLE, TX - Abelina (Abby) Garcia, 86, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Monday, February 3, 2003 in Brownsville, TX. She was born January 8, 1917 to the late Jose Saldana and Maria Dominguez Saldana.

She attended school in Olmito, TX. With her late husband, Domingo Garcia, they established Rancho Alegre Café and later opened Abby’s Lounge and after her retirement she opened Eagles Nest.

Abelina was preceded in death by her husband, Domingo Garcia; two brothers, Guilibaldo Saldana and Eliseo Saldana; one grandson, Emilio Pena, Jr.; one great grandson, Dominic Capuchino and her parents, Maria Dominguez and Jose Saldana.

She is survived by five daughters, Lupita (Tony, Sr.) Soto, Griselda (Esteban) Medina and Angie (Emilio) Pena all of Brownsville, Abelina (Alfredo) Recio of El Paso, Palmira (Macario) Baez of Corpus Christi and one son, Jorge Patricio Garcia of Houston; one sister, Juanita Falcon of Brownsville.

Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Guerra Funeral Home "Chapel of the Holy Spirit" from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a holy rosary recited at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 2255 Southmost Rd. at 10 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Tony Soto, Jr., Ruben Medina, Jesse Pena, J.P. Garcia, Ruben Recio and Jesus Baez.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Recio, Joe Soto, Mark Garcia and Domingo Baez.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Brownsville, 3955 Coffee Port Rd. (956) 544-1171.

Jose R. Quintero

SAN BENITO, TX - Jose R. Quintero, 92, of San Benito, passed away at Harlingen Nursing Center, on February 3, 2003. Mr. Quintero was a life time resident of San Benito, TX. He was a member of St. Benedicts Catholic Church, U.S. Army Veteran of W.W. II, had a passion for gardening and taking long walks.

Now he is in the presence of his beautiful wife, Eusebia N. Quintero and our Lord Jesus Christ. Survivors include his children, Mr. And Mrs. Hector (Yolanda) Quintero Sr. of San Benito, TX, Mr. And Mrs Gloria (Sergio) Q. Garcia of Pasadena, TX, and Mr. And Mrs. Maria Cristina (Aureliano) Q. Linares of Pasadena, TX; 8 grandchildren, Cynthia (Frank) Vasquez, Sandra (Juan Gabriel) Sifuentes, Brenda Lee (Lino Daniel) Gonzalez, Hector Quintero Jr., Sergio (Diane) Garcia Jr., JoAnn (Felix) Flores, Eloy Garcia and James (Melissa) Linares; 15 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jaime Linares, Sergio Garcia Jr., Eloy Garcia, Frank Vasquez, Juan Gabriel Sifuentes, Lino Daniel Gonzalez and honorary pallbearer will be Hector Quintero Jr.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2003 with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2003 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church.

Interment will follow to Mont Meta Memorial Park. Military Honors conducted at the graveside by American Legion Post #205 and V.F.W. Post #498 of Harlingen, TX.

The family have entrusted the care of their loved one to our family at Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, TX. 956-399-1331.

Antonio Trevino Jr.

LA FERIA, TX - Antonio Trevino Jr., 58, a lifetime resident of La Feria passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2003 at his residence. He is survived by his loving family, wife, Martha B. Trevino of La Feria, TX; mother, Guadalupe Trevino of Santa Rosa, TX; 3 sons, Rocky (Patty) Trevino of Austin, TX, Joshua (Dora) Trevino of La Feria, TX, and Jason (Sarah) Trevino of La Feria, TX; 1 daughter, Martha (Eddie) Gonzalez of Baytown, TX; 10 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Antonio Trevino.

Mr. Trevino was a loving and dedicated son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly loved and missed by all those who knew home.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church in La Feria, TX.

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

Adolfo Ochoa Sr.

HARLINGEN, TX - Funeral services for Adolfo Ochoa Sr. will be held today, February 5, 2003 at 1 p.m. at Primera Iglesia de la Assemblia de Dios 321 E. Lincoln Harlingen. Officiating will be Pastor Emilio Cortez.

Burial will follow to Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Psalm 23:4 Yes though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me.

Services will be under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel 1217 South F. Street Harlingen 364-2444.

Lamberto "Tito" Davila

HARLINGEN, TX - Lamberto "Tito" Davila passed away Sunday, February 2, 2003.

He was born in San Benito on June the 16th, 1930 to the late Epigmenio and Adela Davila. He attended Harlingen Public Schools and received Specialized Mechanical and Technical Training funded by the G.I. Bill. He volunteered with the U.S. Air Corp and is a Veteran of W W II. He retired from United States Department of Agriculture after 31 years of service, which included 12 years of Foreign Service. He received numerous awards and certificates of merit for outstanding performance of duties with the USDA. He received a special award from the Director of USDA for An Innovative Modification of a Complex Piece of Mechanical Equipment, providing a substantial savings to the US Government. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans and Committee President of Retired Government Employees. He was an Avid Golfer and was a Charter and Lifetime Member of the Pan American Golf Association. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gilberto, Jose, Eriberto, and Roberto Davila; mother-in-law, Ysidra Silva and father-in-law, Guadalupe Garza.

He is survived by his wonderful and loving wife, of 53 years, Gloria; father-in-law, Abel T. Silva; sisters, Lucila Garza of Harlingen and Aminta Lopez from Houston; brother-in-law, Carlos "Chale" Garza of Harlingen; sons, Gilbert Davila from Hebbronville, Lamberto Jr., Alberto and Duke Davila from Harlingen; daughter, Debbie Loera from Humble; son-in-law, Louis Loera from Humble; daughters-in-law, Idalia Davila from Hebbronville, Gloria Davila and Lori Davila from Harlingen; grandchildren, Gilbert "Donny", Gina, Gisele, Tammy, Lamberto "Tito" III, Eloy, A.J., Jenny, D’Lisa, Larissa, Derek, Sammy and Marisa Ysidra; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Kameron, Emma Laura and Andrew Emil; and lots of Loved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at San Benito Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harlingen with Father Briseno officiating. Interment will follow at the Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery in San Benito with Full Military Services.

Pallbearers will be Danny Davila-Harlingen, Roberto Davila Jr.-McAllen, Danny Davila-Humble, Roberto Colunga-Houston, Carlos Garza IV-Harlingen and Javier Salazar-Harlingen.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of the Members of the Pan American Golf Association, Member of USDA Program of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, Santana Munoz and Ramiro Cano, all of his Beloved Compadres.

Special Thanks to Dr. T. Shenkenberg and staff, Dr. Hilmy and staff of The Harlingen Heart Clinic and Sandi Jo Funk Hospice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 W. Hwy 77 in San Benito, TX.

Nola Kitamura

HARLINGEN, TX - Nola Kitamura, lived in Harlingen for 53 years. Nola’s life was dedicated to the care of her family, friends, church, and to the education of children both in elementary school and church Sunday school.

Nola’s life began in Houston, Texas on November 13, 1926 and ended on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the age of 76.

Her husband, John, and her eldest son, Douglas, preceded Nola in death.

Nola attended Mary Hardin Baylor College, where she earned a B.S. degree. Nola married John Mitsuo Kitamura in Houston on August 19, 1950. They moved to Harlingen and were married 31 years. Nola taught first grade at Dishman Elementary in Combes, Texas and Travis Elementary in Harlingen, Texas, a total of 27 years. She retired in 1986. Nola was a devout and active member of the First Baptist Church in Harlingen, where she taught Sunday School for 40 years. Nola was an avid gardner and was twice honored by the City of Harlingen for having the yard of the month. The highlight of her retirement was her trip to Japan with her daughter, Natalie. She fulfilled her lifelong dream to visit her relatives and refreshed her knowledge of the Japanese language. All in all, Nola was a devoted mother and grandmother, a tireless friend, and an asset to her church and community. Nola was loved and will be missed.

Nola is survived by a son, Bryan Russell Kitamura of Harlingen, TX; daughter, Natalie Kitamura Alwitt; son-in-law, Philip Mayer Alwitt, and grandson, Kenzo Lawrence Alwitt, who knew her as his beloved Granola all of Sausalito, CA; sister, Tonia Kitamura of San Benito, TX; brothers, Eskridge and Shigeru Imai of Houston, TX.

Visitation hours will be held from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Harlingen, 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2003 with the Reverend Pat Graham officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Robert Binney, Doug Brown, George Kitamura, Nelson Kitamura, John Tucker, and Jim Woodall.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions may be made to the Rio Grande Children’s Home, Rt. 11 Box 535, Mission, Texas 78572.

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

Adolfo Ochoa Sr.

HARLINGEN, TX - Adolfo Ochoa Sr., age 81, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning at his residence in Harlingen. He was a lifetime resident of Harlingen .

He had retired from the U.S.D.A. He was a veteran of W W II and a member of American Legion Post 205. He was a member of Primera Iglesia de la Assemblia de Dios. Mr. Ochoa was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He was prededed in death by his son David Ochoa in 1991.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years Eva Ochoa of Harlingen; 4 sons, Adolfo (Mary) Ochoa Jr. of Pasadena, Reynaldo Ochoa of Midwest City, OK, Roy Ochoa of Harlingen, and Ruben (Janie) Ochoa also of Harlingen; 1 daughter, Sandra (Adam) Rosales of Deer Park, TX; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; also 1 sister, Tomasa Trevino of Harlingen.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. wilth a prayer service to be held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Tadeo Cano officiating.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at Primera Iglesia de la Assamblea de Dios with the Pastor Emilio Cortez officiating. Burial will follow to Restlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Adolfo Ochoa Jr., Reynaldo Ochoa, Roy Ochoa, Ruben Ochoa, Adolfo Ochoa III, and Carlos Daniel Ochoa. Honorary pallbearers will be Sandra Rosales and Tony Ochoa.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel 1217 South F. Street Harlingen 364-2444

Tomas Cuellar Jr.

WESLACO, TX - Tomas Cuellar, Jr., 67, was born in Weslaco, Texas on May 2, 1935 to Tomas, Sr. and Candelaria Cardenas Cuellar.

He worked as a Produce Buyer at Gulf de Bryan Produce in Weslaco for 40 years. For the past 8 years, he worked at Plantation Produce in Mission. He was the owner of Triple "C" Trucking in Wesalco. He was also a member of the Weslaco Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. Tomas was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather-and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Cuellar of Weslaco; his sons, Tomas (Selina) Cuellar, III of Progreso, Victor (Magda) Cuellar of McAllen and Tomas Javier "T.J." Cuellar of Weslaco; his daughters, Edna (Mike) McDaniel of Flour Mound, TX, Lisa (Roger) Ecke of Missouri City, TX, Myra Cuellar and Nina Garcia both of Weslaco; his sister, Oralia Hernandez of Weslaco; six grandchildren, Victor Paul Cuellar, Casandra Cuellar, Randy Ecke, Ryan Ecke, Ashley McDaniel and Michael McDaniel; the mother of his children, Dr. Odilia Leal, PhD; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held today, Tuesday, February 4, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home, 900 W. 4th St. in Weslaco.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius Catholic Church in Weslaco. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tomas Cuellar, III, Victor Cuellar, Tomas Javier "T.J." Cuellar, Randy Ecke, Mike McDaniel, Timmy Hernandez, David Hernandez and Michael McDaniel.

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

Emily K. Anderson

HARLINGEN - Emily K. Anderson, 85, passed away while sleeping at home on January 28, 2003.

was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on November 18, 1917, and graduated from Janesville High School in 1933.

She attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in political science in 1939. That September she married Howard E. Anderson and they began a happy marriage that lasted 63 years. While Howard was working for Sears during the 1950s and 1960s, becoming a store manager, Emily was involved in numerous civic organizations in the Minneapolis area while raising three sons: Stephen Kenneth, financial account manager, now of Tucson, Arizona; Terry Howard, history professor, of College Station, Texas; and Jeffery Don, environmental scientist of Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

In 1976 Emily and Howard retired and moved to Palm Valley and built a home at Harlingen Country Club.

She was active in the Ladies Golf Association at the club and one year won the course title in her bracket.

After retiring from golf she spent memorable mornings with her exercise group and afternoons with her bridge friends in Harlingen and during the summer at Silver Bay, Minnesota.

She was a loving wife and marvelous mother and is survived by her sister, Better Gervais of Sequim, Washington; three grandchildren; three sons; and her devoted husband, Howard.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 3 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Robert E. Berry

KNOXVILLE, IL - Robert E. Berry, age 75, of Knoxville, Illinois died Monday, January 27, 2003 at his residence in Harlingen, Texas of natural causes.

Born on June 23, 1927 in Galesburg, Illinois the son of Claude H. and Hazel Dee Berry. On April 17, 1981 he married Jean Self Benjamin in Knoxville, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife Jean; and son Bret Benjamin of Knoxville, Illinois.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday February 2, 2003 at 4 p.m. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. Officiating at the service will be Rev. Jerry Hill.

Friends may call at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2003. Masonic services will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2003 at 3:45 p.m. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Knoxville, Illinois.

Maria A. Cano

HARLINGEN - Maria Antonia Benavides Cano went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 1, 2003 at the age of 88. She was born on March 26, 1914 to Ramiro and Delfina Gonzales Benavides in Cerralvo, N.L., Mexico. She married Genaro Cano, Jr. on December 31, 1933 in Cerralvo. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She lived life to the fullest always enjoying the time she spent with her family. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Viola Cano Trevino, an infant son. Jose Cano, two brothers, Ramiro Benavides and Baltazar Benavides, one sister, Minerva Barron, and two son-in-laws, Richard Davila and Ramon Davila.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Genaro Cano, Jr., her sons Felix (Haydee) Cano, Noe (Lionor) Cano, Genaro (Maricela) Cano III, and Josue (Enedelia) Cano all of Harlingen, TX; a son-in-law George Trevino of Harlingen, TX; her daughters Noelia Davila and Maria Antonia (Arturo) Juares, all of New Braunfels, TX, and Eloina Davila of Lubbock, TX; 25 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-granddaughters; sisters-in-law Rosita Cano, Ninfa Cano and Ninfa Salinas all of Harlingen, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held today (Sunday) from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace, with the family present from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 3, 2003, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace and then from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Primera Iglesia Bautista with the funeral service to begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Robert Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery in San Benito, TX.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, George Trevino, Jr., Noe Cano, Jr., Mike Torres, David Cano, Raymond Davila, Jr., Dr. Felix Cano, Jr., Rocky Davila, Richard Davila and Josue Cano, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Lori and Dina Cano.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Sandi Jo Funk Hospice, Primera Iglesia Bautista, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Carolyn Fiero

RAYMONDVILLE - Carolyn Fiero, 65, passed away Friday, January 31, 2003 at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville, TX. She was born March 7, 1937 in Shreveport, LA to Oren Wailon and Francis (Dodd) Boddie. She was a member of ATPE, United Methodist Women Club and Church choir.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Fiero of Raymondville; two sons, Richard Glen Fiero of Columbus, Ohio and Greg (Rocki) Fiero of Dallas; two daughters, Janet Fiero of Alice, TX and Susan (Eddie) Longoria of Victoria. One granddaughter, Kelli Longoria; three grandsons Matthew Longoria of Victoria, James (Veronica) Fiero and Lee (Chelsea) Waller all of Dallas; one great-grandson, Gage Waller of Dallas; one sister Mary (Claude) Glasgow of La Feria.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2003 at the First United Methodist Church of Raymondville.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to the care of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Dominga Quesada Pinon

SAN BENITO - Dominga Quesada Pinon, 65, entered into rest on Friday, January 31, 2003 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. She was born in San Benito on February 21, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Jose and Margarita Quesada and was a member of Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her husband Ramon Pinon Sr.; children Jose Manuel Pinon, Rosalinda P. Peralez, Ramon Pinon, Jr., Rolando Pinon, Mario Alberto Pinon, Leticia P. Pereira, Maria Isabel P. Mendiola, Joel Pinon, Andy Pinon, Marisela P. Gonzalez, Lourdes Pinon, David Pinon, Nancy P. Garza, and Mark Anthony Pinon; 24 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Gilberto Quesada. Juan Quesada, Manuela Medina, Lupe Quesada, Antonia Pesina, and Yolanda Lopez.

Visitation was held on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at San Benito Funeral Home from 1 – 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation on Sunday, February 2, 2003 will be from 1 – 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m.

Services will be held on Monday, February 3, 2003 at Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel, 335 Corral in San Benito with Rev. Joel Gonzalez officiating. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jose Manuel Pinon, Ramon Pinon Jr., Mario Alberto Pinon, Joel Pinon, Andy Pinon, David Pinon, Mark Anthony Pinon, and Juan Quesada.

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

Estela G. Ortiz

BROWNSVILLE, TX - Estela G. Ortiz, 90, a beautiful, inspiring and loving mother, of Brownsville entered into eternal rest Friday, January 31, 2003 at Valley Regional Medical Center.

Estela was born on May 12, 1912, in Las Yescas, Texas to Francisco Gonzalez and Dolores Ramirez Gonzalez. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was involved with the Spanish choir and prayer groups for 25 years. She enjoyed reading the Bible, praying continuously for the safety of her family, others and praying for the ill.

She is survived by her children, Eusebio E. Ortiz, Claudio J. Ortiz Jr. and Noe Nilo Ortiz; her sisters, Mariana Lopez and Adela Trejo; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, February 2, 2003 at Darling-Mouser with a holy rosary recited at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s.

Mass of Resurrection will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2003 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520. (956) 546-7111.

RoseMary West

HARLINGEN, TX - RoseMary West went to be with her Lord and join her beloved husband, Emerson C. West on January 30, 2003.

She left this life as she lived it, with strength, love, dignity and faith. RoseMary was born in Syracuse, KS, December 18, 1916, daughter of Ivan Q Williams and Mary Lillie Williams Davis.

RoseMary always saw life as a challenge, from looking after her beloved sisters, Nellie and Bonnie, to "blazing the trail" as a successful business woman in a man’s world."

RoseMary was raised in Dodge City, KS, attended Dodge City Jr. College and Kansas University.

Married April 11, 1936, to Emerson C. West (Deceased May 13, 1992) "56 golden years with many challenges and goals for our lives, we were successful through Love, Faith, Hard Work, Play & Good Sense of Humors.

We were blessed with a lovely family, relatives & friends. What more could you ask for in life?" RoseMary and Emerson moved to Harlingen, TX in 1979.

Survivors include Daughter, Linda Koch; Son-in-law, H.R. "Bud" Koch, Arroyo City, TX; Son, Emerson E. West, Jr., Hotchkiss, CO; Grandchildren Kenda Sanders and Derek Koch; Sister, Bonnie Fraser; Nephews, Knute and Scott Fraser, James Creevey, Bill and Dennis Pettigrew and many faithful friends.

Mrs. West’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff at Valley Baptist Hospital, especially Drs. Ross, Lightner, Klein and Condit for their professional care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shrine Crippled Children’s Home, Eastern Star or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of RoseMary’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, KS, Monday February 3rd, 2003. Burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery.


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