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Francisco Hernandez Govea
SAN BENITO, TX — Funeral services for Francisco Hernandez Govea, 59, passed away to eternal rest on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at his residence, will be officiated on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow to San Benito City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Alma De Leon Gonzalez Govea of San Benito; two sons, Francisco De Leon Govea and Everardo De Leon Govea both of San Benito; two daughters, Maria Isabel De Leon Govea of Rio Bravo, Mexico and Yolanda De Leon Govea of San Benito; five brothers, Isaias Hernandez Govea of Denton, Texas, Santos Hernandez Govea, of Weslaco, Higinio Hernandez Govea of Placido, Texas, Juan Jose Hernandez Govea of Edna, Texas, Natividad Hernandez Govea of Hooland Michigan; five sisters, Sofia Hernandez Govea of Dallas, Texas, Minerva Hernandez Govea of Edna, Texas, and Mercedes Hernandez Govea of Port La Vaca, Texas and Teresa Hernandez Govea of Dallas and Juana Hernandez Govea of Tres Palacios, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends.
Francisco is also preceded in death by his father, Natividad Vasquez Govea, by his mother, margarita Guerrero Hernandez and by his two brothers, Heriberto Hernandez Govea and Epifanio Hernandez Govea.
Francisco Hernandez Govea "May You Rest In Peace".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home of San Benito, Texas 78586.

Maria Guadalupe (Lupita) Reyes
RIO HONDO, TX — Maria Guadalupe (Lupita) Reyes, life-long resident of Rio Hondo, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 21, 2001. She was born on June 29, 1932. She worked as a caring and dedicated nurse at Dolly Vinsant Hospital for 15 years. She was an active member of Iglesia Presbiteriana Getsemani.
She is survived by her loving husband, Esequiel; daughters, Maria Galvan of Rio Hondo, Gloria Magana (Juan) of Weslaco, Celia Reyes (Eliseo) of Rio Hondo; step-children, Esequiel Reyes, Jr. of San Antonio, Esther Leal of San Benito, Ismael Reyes of Brownsville, Eliseo Reyes of Rio Hondo and Jose Reyes of Connecticut; brothers, Jose and Roberto Perez of California, Juan and Ramon Perez of Rio Hondo, Agustin and Jesus Perez of Mercedes; sisters, Antonia Perez of Rio Hondo and Ana Galvan of San Benito; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Agustin Perez, mother, Remedios Perez and sister, Jovita Rangel.
Pallbearers include, Jose Perez, Agustin Perez, Miguel Galvan, Jesus Plata, Juan Manuel and Jesse John Magana.
Visitation was held on Monday, April 23, 2001 at 7 p.m. at Iglesia Presbiteriana Getsemani in San Benito. Funeral services will be held at the Iglesia Presbiteriana Getsemani Church on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and burial will follow at Mont Meta Cemetery under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home of 701 N. Bowie Street, San Benito.

Rolando Espinosa
HARLINGEN, TX — Rolando Espinosa, 61, entered into eternal rest on April 21, 2001 in Houston, TX. He was a native of Harlingen, Texas. He had resided in Corpus Christi, Texas for 3 years where he had graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1959 and had resided in Reno, Nevada for 20 years. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Era veteran serving from 1959 to 1968.
He is survived by his son, David and Jill Espinosa from Virginia Beach, Virginia; brother, Rodolfo and Pat Espinosa from Houston, Texas; 3 sisters, Maurine and Robert Garza of Houston, Texas, Mary Inez Garza and Adalia Espinosa both of Corpus Christi, Texas; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A Rosary was recited on Monday, April 23, 2001, at 7 p.m. at Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home Chapel "A".
Mass will be celebrated today, April 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Harlingen, Texas.
Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in La Feria, Texas. Military graveside service will be under the auspices of the V.F.W. Post 2410 and American Legion Post 205.
Pallbearers are Rodolfo Espinosa, Robert Garza, Dr. Roland Garza, Pilar Espinosa, Jr., David Espinosa and Nick Espinosa.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Rd., Suite 146, Des Plaines, IL 60018-4110 (Telephone: 880-886-2282).
Funeral services are under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, Texas.

Ray T. Smith
WESLACO, TX — Ray T. Smith, 72, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.
Visitation will be held today, Tuesday, April 24, 2001 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco at 11 a.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home (956) 968-7533.

Gloria Hernandez Cruz
RAYMONDVILLE — Gloria Hernandez Cruz, 56, passed away at McAllen Comfort House Sunday morning on April 22, 2001. She was born Aug. 29, 1947 in Raymondville to Guadalupe L. and Nicolasa (Perez) Hernandez. Gloria is survived by her husband, Doroteo Cruz of Raymondville; three sons, Luis H. and Cruz H. Cruz both of Raymondville and Victor H. Cruz; daughter, Corina C. Capatillo of Brownsville; brother, Daniel Hernandez of Harlingen; and 12 grandchildren. The family would like to express a very special thanks to the staff at McAllen Comfort House for their special care and ask that memorials be made to the McAllen Comfort House, 617 Dallas, McAllen, TX in lieu of flowers. A rosary was recited Sunday and services will be today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Raymondville. Interment will follow at Raymondville Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville. 

George Lewis (Pinky) Schulgen
PORT ISABEL — George Lewis (Pinky) Schulgen, Sr., 79, was born on January 3, 1922 in Crossville, Tennessee and went to his Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2001 in Kerrville, Texas. George was a longtime resident of Santa Rosa and Port Isabel.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Lometa V. Schulgen; three sons, Larry and wife, Connie of Sugarland, TX, George, Jr. and wife, Florence of Kerrville, Ron and wife, Linda of Kerrville; daughter, Marcia Usher and husband, Joe of Katy, TX; devoted "Poppa" to Cheryl Davidson and husband, Keith of Fulshear, TX; Greg Schulgen and wife, Alana of Katy; Rusty Schulgen of Costa Rica; Kelly Metzger and husband, Jake of Missouri City, TX; Sean and Shannon Schulgen of Dallas; Leah Schulgen, Brandy and Brooke Usher of Katy; Seth Schulgen of Boise, Idaho; J.J. Usher of Austin; Beau Schulgen of Kerrville; and great grand children, Brian, Bailey and Chase Davidson of Fulshear, TX and Jack Metzger of Missouri City, TX He is also survived by sisters, Alice Wiseman of Harlingen, Edna Baker of Raymondville, Catheryn Anderson of Harlingen, and Elizabeth Dueler of Houston. He was preceded in death by parents, J.A. and Edna Schulgen; brothers, James, Joe, William, Grady, Walter, Frank and Parker; and sisters, Mary Ellen and Francis.
George moved to Santa Rosa at age 8 from Tennessee. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1942. He immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving as a flight engineer on the P-38’s in the 48th Fighter Squadron during WW II. He married Lometa V. Hill of Greenville, TX in 1945. George owned and operated Santa Rosa Iron Works, then founded Bilt-Rite Construction Co. George was a respected builder and businessman who, with his son, Ron, built many memorable landmarks throughout the Rio Grande Valley, specializing in commercial properties and United States Post Offices. Two projects that George was particularly proud of were the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa (whose chapel cross he forged by hand) and the nondenominational Chapel by the Sea on South Padre Island. A devoted family man, George spent many hours hunting and fishing with his family, who loved him dearly. George was a past president of the Rio Grande Valley Association of General Contractors and served on several state level committees for the construction industry. George was also a 32nd degree Mason and the best storyteller you ever met…"Never let the truth get in the way of a great story," he’d always say. George was a giving, caring man who loved his family and was a hard and honest worker and expected the same from his children. He had a special place in his heart for underprivileged children and would truly rather give than receive. George was a Christian who served his lord in so many ways. Heaven is a happier place now that "Poppa" has arrived. He will be missed by his family and by all of his many friends and former squadron members throughout the United States.
Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa at 11 a.m. today with Pastor Jack Bush officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in Harlingen.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Seth, Greg, Rusty, Sean, J.J., Beau, Keith, Jake and great-grandson, Brian. Honorary pallbearers will be former employees of Bilt-Rite Construction Co.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, RGV Chapter, 902 Morgan Blvd., Suite #2, Harlingen, TX 78550.
Our family wishes to thank, with all our hearts, the wonderful care and attention bestowed upon our father by the medical staff at V.A. Hospital in Kerrville. And to our precious daughter-in-law and sister-in-law and aunt, Florence – thank you for being "Poppa’s" earth angel.

Daniel Hernandez
HARLINGEN — Daniel Hernandez, 83, passed away Friday, April 20, 2001 at Retama Manor Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his wife Amelia Hernandez in 1980.
Survivors include sons, Hector (Lupita) Hernandez and Julian (Elena) Hernandez both of Harlingen also Ousbaldo (Ofelia) Hernandez of Brownsville; daughters, Yolanda Chavez and Elsa Hernandez both of Harlingen; 16 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Friday with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary with father Craig as celebrant. Buril will then follow to Ashland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hector Hernandez, Julian Hernandez, Julian Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Ronnie Hernandez, and Javier Gonzalez.
We loved him so much and he loved us. And we will miss him greatly.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels.

George Lewis (Pinky) Schulgen
PORT ISABEL — George Lewis (Pinky) Schulgen, Sr., 79, was born on January 3, 1922 in Crossville, Tennessee and went to his Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2001 in Kerrville, Texas. George was a longtime resident of Santa Rosa and Port Isabel.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Lometa V. Schulgen; three sons, Larry and wife, Connie of Sugarland, TX, George, Jr. and wife, Florence of Kerrville, Ron and wife, Linda of Kerrville; daughter Marcia Usher and husband Joe of Katy, TX; devoted "Poppa" to Cheryl Davidson and husband Keith of Fulshear, TX; Greg Schulgen and wife Alana of Katy; Rusty Schulgen of Costa Rica; Kelly Metzger and husband Jake of Missouri City, TX; Sean and Shannon Schulgen of Dallas; Leah Schulgen, Brandy and Brooke Usher of Katy; Seth Schulgen of Boise, Idaho; J.J. Usher of Austin; Beau Schulgen of Kerrville; great-grandfather to Brian, Bailey and Chase Davidson of Fulshear, TX and Jack Metzger of Missouri City, TX. He is also survived by sisters, Alice Wiseman of Harlingen, Edna Baker of Raymondville, Catheryn Anderson of Harlingen and Elizabeth Duerler of Houston. He was preceded in death by parents, J.A. and Edna Schulgen; brothers, James, Joe, William, Grady, Walter, Frank and Parker; and sisters, Mary Ellen and Francis.
George moved to Santa Rosa at age 8 from Tennessee. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1942. He immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving as a flight engineer on the P-38’s in the 48th Fighter Squadron during WW II. He married Lometa V. Hill of Greenville, TX in 1945. George owned and operated Santa Rosa Iron Works, then founded Bilt-Rite Construction Co. George was a respected builder and businessman who, with his son Ron, built many memorable landmarks throughout the Rio Grande Valley, specializing in commercial properties and United States Post Offices. Two projects that George was particularly proud of were the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa (whose chapel cross he forged by hand) and the nondenominational Chapel by the Sea on South Padre Island. A devoted family man, George spent many hours hunting and fishing with his family, who loved him dearly. George was a past president of the Rio Grande Valley Association of General Contractors and served on several state level committees for the construction industry. George was also a 32nd degree Mason and the best storyteller you ever met… "Never let the truth get in the way of a great story," he’d always say. George was a giving, caring man who loved his family and was a hard and honest worker and expected the same from his children. He had a special place in his heart for underprivileged children and would truly rather give than receive. George was a Christian who served his Lord in so many ways. Heaven is a happier place now that "Poppa" has arrived. He will be missed by his family and by all of his many friends and former squadron members from throughout the United States.
Visitation hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2001 at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home with the family present.
Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa at 11 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2001 with Pastor Jack Bush officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Greg, Rusty, Sean, J.J., Beau, Keith, Jake and great-grandson Brian. Honorary pallbearers are the former employees of Bilt-Rite construction Co.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, RGV Chapter at 902 Morgan Blvd. Suite #2, Harlingen, Texas 78550.
Our family wishes to thank, with all our hearts, the wonderful care and attention bestowed upon our father by the medical staff at V.A. Hospital in Kerrville. And to our precious daughter-in-law and sister-in-law and aunt, Florence – thank you for being "Poppa’s" earth angel. 

Genaro Garza
DONNA — Genaro Garza, 66, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at his residence in Donna. Genaro was born August 5, 1934 in Guadalupe, Zacatecas Mexico.
Mr. Garza is survived by his six children; four sisters, four nieces, and two nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 11 a.m., today, Saturday, April 21, 2001. Interment will follow at Val Verde Memorial Cemetery in Donna.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home, 968-7533. 

Aurelio Moreno, Sr.
RAYMONDVILLE — Aurelio Moreno, Sr., 86, passed away at his residence Friday, April 20, 2001. He was born Dec. 6, 1914 at San Luis, Potosi Mexico and had been a life long resident of Raymondville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Herlinda De La Serna Moreno; one brother, Domingo Moreno; and one sister, Apollinia Sierra. He is survived by five sons, Pete (Mercedes) Moreno of Harlingen, George (Alberta) Moreno of Victoria, Aurelio Moreno, Jr. of Harlingen, Benito (Petra) Moreno of Lyford and Raul Moreno of Raymondville; five daughters, Mary Wilbanks of Hereford, Gloria (Hilario) Mireles of Victoria, Melba (Manuel) Zaragoza of Raymondville, Rose (Danny) Garcia of Raymondville and Guadalupe (Santos) Olvera of Victoria. Also surviving are two brothers, Tiburcio and Juan Moreno; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Robert Moreno, Hilario Mireles, Jr., Santos Olvera, Sr., Benjamin Moreno, Pedro Moreno, Jr. and Omar Alexis Moreno. A rosary will be recited Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Duddlesten Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville with burial in the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home of Raymondville. 

Ferdinand C. Moench
HARLINGEN — Ferdinand C. Moench, Jr., 87, passed away Friday, April 20, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Ferd was born on October 4, 1913 in Chicago, IL to Ferdinand C. and Laura M. (Dax) Moench.
Ferd moved with his parents to Valparaiso, IN in the late 1920’s. He served his country during World War II as a Crew Chief in the USAF and was honorably discharged in 1946. On August 2, 1969, he married M. Mae Steinway Ulsh, who survives him, in Valparaiso. Upon retiring in 1977, Ferd and Mae moved to San Benito, TX and moved to Camelot Retirement Village Independent Living Apartments in Harlingen after Ferd’s health began to decline. In mid-March of this year, they moved to Camelot Assisted Living in Harlingen. Ferd was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in San Benito and served on the Board of Trustees.
Also surviving Ferd are his loving family, Lynne Ulsh Taylor and her husband Doug of Richmond, VA, Gordon A. Ulsh and wife Laurie of The Woodlands, TX, Patricia Ulsh Fry and husband Ben of San Benito and Pamela Ulsh Sievers of Hooksett, NH; grandchildren, Lt. Scott Masterson, USCG, Jason Sievers and wife Amy, Aaron M. Sievers, Abbey M. Ulsh, Gordon A. Ulsh II and Beth Fry; great-grandson, Cameron Nathan Sievers; brother, John O. Moench and wife Mary; and three nephews and a niece in Florida.
Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church in San Benito at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2001 with the Rev. Brad DeHaven officiating. Burial of Ferd’s ashes will be in Graceland Cemetery in Valaparaiso, IN at a later date.
The family requests that memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in San Benito or to the charity of choice. 

Cipriana V. Gause
MISSION — Cipriana V. Gause, 96, passed away April 19, 2001 at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville, Texas.
Born in Matamoros, Mexico on November 18, 1904, Cipriana grew up in Brownsville and also lived in San Antonio as a young lady. She lived in Mission from 1953 to 1993. Cipriana was a housewife and loved a beautiful garden and could grow almost anything. She was very active in church work for many years.
Survivors include four daughters, Jean and (John) Macrini of La Marque, TX, Anna and (Gene) Smith of Raymondville, TX, Helen and (Clark) Spikes of Mission, TX and Rosalind and (Frank) McCormick of Raymondville, TX; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Leroy Gause in 1981; and two sons, David Arnold Gause and Richard Roy Gause.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, April 22, 2001 at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2001 at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Officiating will be Father Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Pallbearers will be John Edward Macrini, Walter Smith, Jr., Ricky Gause, Robert Gause, Clifton Smith, Brian Rush, Steve Stites and Eric Vaello. Arrangements are under the direction of Ric Brown Funeral Home in Mission. 

Alamar Lugo Solorio
RAYMONDVILLE — Alamar Lugo Solorio, 91, passed away at her residence Thursday, April 19, 2001. She was born Feb. 28, 1910 in Rio Grande City to Ramon and Lupe (Garcia) Lugo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Octaviano Solorio; one daughter, Odulia Lopez; and one son, Rodrigo Solorio. She is survived by two sons, Oscar and Jesus Solorio, both of Raymondville; three daughters, Aurora (Zack) Gonzales, Gloria (Caesar) Rodriguez and Maria Viola Taylor, all of Raymondville; one son-in-law, Nestor Lopez of Arizona; and one daughter-in-law, Celia Solorio. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Duddlesten Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville with burial in the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home of Raymondville. 

Washington Lee, Sr.
HARLINGEN — Washington Lee, Sr. slipped into sweet repose at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas on the evening of April 17, 2001.
Brother Washington Lee was born on November 19, 1938 to Willie and Betsey Lee of Cottageville, SC. He attended Jericho Elementary School and Cotton High School of Walterboro, SC. Washington joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served honorably for over 28 years. Throughout his tenure in the Marine Corps, he received numerous awards, including Rifle Expert Badge (13th award), Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal (3rd Award), Combat Action Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Cross of Gallantry W/P & F. While serving in the Marine Corps, he was a Combat Engineer, Drill Instructor and Infantry Unit Leader. After retiring as a Master Sergeant from the Marine Corps, he moved to Harlingen, Texas; thus continuing his stellar career at the Marine Military Academy. Washington received two Associates Degrees from Texas State Technical Institute. To help him pass the time after completely retiring, Washington started shining shoes at Coastal Bank in San Benito, Texas. He truly enjoyed life as a father, husband, brother, uncle, friend and soldier. Washington had a "heart" as big as Texas. Early in life, he professed Jesus Christ as his savior and joined Bethel Baptist Church in San Diego, CA. He was an active member of the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church and the Brotherhood.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Lee of Harlingen; one daughter, Marilyn D. Lee of Taegu, Korea; granddaughter, Yazmine Lee-Lungs of Taegu, Korea; son-in-law, Antoine Robinson of Killeen, TX; grandson, Marcelis Robinson of Killeen, TX; sister, Mrs. Eliza (James) Sanders of Cottageville, SC; brother, David (Sally) Lee of Spiro, OK; two sisters-in-law, Nora Y. (Bishop J.V.) Porter of Fayetteville, NC and Isabella Wilson of Harlingen, TX; three brothers-in-law, Collin (Frankie) Yarbrough of San Diego, CA, S.T. (Martha) Yarbrough of Town Creek, AL and John A. Yarbrough of Harlingen, TX. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Washington Lee, Jr. and daughter, Lakecia Lee-Robinson.
Visitation hours will be held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, April 23, 22001 at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Harlingen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2001 with the Rev. Riley Rice and Rev. N.L. Washington officiating. Interment services will be held in Walterboro, SC at the Heavenly Rest Cemetery on Saturday, April 28, 2001. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Daniel Hernandez
HARLINGEN — Daniel Hernandez, 83, passed away Friday, April 20, 2001 at Retama Manor Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his wife Amelia Hernandez in 1980.
Survivors include sons, Hector (Lupita) Hernandez and Julian (Elena) Hernandez both of Harlingen also Ousbaldo (Ofelia) Hernandez of Brownsville; daughters, Yolanda Chavez and Elsa Hernandez both of Harlingen; 16 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Friday with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary with father Craig as celebrant. Buril will then follow to Ashland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hector Hernandez, Julian Hernandez, Julian Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Ronnie Hernandez, and Javier Gonzalez.
We loved him so much and he loved us. And we will miss him greatly.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels.

Frank Romo Sr.
SAN BENITO, TX — Frank Romo, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 in Harlingen. Frank was born December 5, 1948 in Waco, Texas to Baldomero and Julia Romo. He married Rosie Olvera Romo on April 20, 1991.
He was preceded in death by his father Baldomero Romo Sr. in 1999.
Survivors left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Rosie O. Romo; sons, Sergio Romo of San Benito, Frank Romo Jr. of Waco, Francisco, Anthony, and Johnny Romo all of San Benito; his daughter, Christie of San Benito, and Yvette Fierro of Belton and his mother, Julia Romo of Waco; a sister, Rose Torres and her husband, Edward Torres of Waco; brothers, Baldomero Romo Jr. of Nogales, Arizona, Johnny Romo of Waco, Raul R. Romo of Sunnyvale, California, and Daniel Romo of Waco. Five grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; cousins, and his many good friends.
Frank was dearly loved, his memories are forever etched in our hearts.
A Holy Rosary will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Thomae Funeral Chapel on 701 N. Bowie St., San Benito
Funeral Mass will be officiated Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 10 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park, San Benito, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Mesa, Johnny Romo, Joe Mendoza, Edward Torres, David Olvera, and Daniel Romo.
Military Honors are under the direction of American Legion Post #205 V.F.W. Post #2410 of Harlingen, Texas.
In lieu of flowers family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Frank Romo "May You Rest In Peace".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home.

Sandra Kay Fuller
SAN BENITO, TX — Sandra Kay Fuller passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at her home in San Benito. She was born on August 8, 1945, in Brownsville, Texas to Robert and Kay Duke Telford.
Sandra completed her high school studies at Mary Mount International in Rome, Italy. After receiving her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Utah, and her masters in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, Sandra taught English at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and more recently worked in the field of research and grant writing. She resided in Salt Lake City, Utah and Bozeman, Montana before moving to San Benito in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Telford, and both her maternal and paternal grandparents.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas Fuller, and her mother, Kay Duke Telford, both of San Benito; her brothers, Steven (Robin) Telford of Atlanta, Georgia and Phillip Telford of Dallas, Texas, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at Thomae Funeral Home in San Benito.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, South Texas Chapter, 3308 Broadway, Suites 209-210, San Antonio, TX 78209 (800-809-3953).
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home.

Genaro Garza
DONNA — Genaro Garza, 66, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at his residence in Donna. Genaro was born August 5, 1934 in Guadalupe, Zacatecas Mexico.
Mr. Garza is survived by his six children; four sisters, four nieces, and two nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 11 a.m., today, Saturday, April 21, 2001. Interment will follow at Val Verde Memorial Cemetery in Donna.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home, 968-7533.

Lillian Cox
LUBBOCK, Texas — Lillian Nicole Cox, infant daughter of Shawn and Samantha Cox of Lubbock, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at Covenant Medical Center. Cremation is under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.
Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparent, Phil and Linda Jones of Combes and paternal grandparents, Jere and Cindy Cox of Granbury, Texas.
The family suggests memorials to S.H.A.R.E, P.O. Box 1201, Lubbock, Texas 79408

Kayla Julie Hernandez
HARLINGEN, TX — Kayla Julie Hernandez, 2 ½ years old entered into rest on April 19, 2001 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
She is survived by her parents, Carlos Hernandez and Sonia I. Hernandez of Harlingen; one sister, Karla Michelle Hernandez; paternal grandparents, Juan and Julia Schommer of Harlingen; maternal grandparents, Juan and Laurentina Zavala of Mexico and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral service will be held today, April 21, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen, interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Curtis Lee "Chuck" Likens
WESLACO, TX — Curtis Lee "Chuck" Likens, 58, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at his residence in Weslaco. His devoted family was at his side.
Mr. Likens was a longtime Knapp Medical Center employee and an avid golfer. He enjoyed the great outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Eloisa Likens; sons, Brian, Steven, George Likens, Darryl Ross (Vickie) and a daughter, Nancy Moore (David). Also surviving are his mother, Bernice Childress Likens; brothers-in-law, Eliseo Ruiz Jr., and wife, Dora and Frank Ruiz and wife, Isaura; sister-in-law, Mary Herevia and husband, Lupe; mother and father-in-law, Eliseo and Rosario Ruiz, Sr. and 4 grandchildren.
Visitation and prayer service was held Friday, April 20, 2001 at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 2 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel 900 W. 4th in Weslaco with Reverend, Daniel Davila, Chaplain Knapp Medical Center, as the officiant.
Serving as pallbearers will be Steven Likens, Marty Martinez, Mike Cadena, Ken Oates, Roy Fuentes, and Abel Alonzo. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Noel De Leon. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home (956) 968-7533 iin Weslaco.

Frank Romo Sr.
SAN BENITO, TX — Frank Romo, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 in Harlingen. Frank was born December 5, 1948 in Waco, Texas to Baldomero and Julia Romo. He married Rosie Olvera Romo on April 20, 1991.
He was preceded in death by his father Baldomero Romo Sr. in 1999.
Survivors left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Rosie O. Romo; sons, Sergio Romo of San Benito, Frank Romo Jr. of Waco, Francisco, Anthony, and Johnny Romo all of San Benito; his daughter, Christie of San Benito, and Yvette Fierro of Belton and his mother, Julia Romo of Waco; a sister, Rose Torres and her husband, Edward Torres of Waco; brothers, Baldomero Romo Jr. of Nogales, Arizona, Johnny Romo of Waco, Raul R. Romo of Sunnyvale, California, and Daniel Romo of Waco. Five grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; cousins, and his many good friends.
Frank was dearly loved, his memories are forever etched in our hearts.
A Holy Rosary will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Thomae Funeral Chapel on 701 N. Bowie St., San Benito
Funeral Mass will be officiated Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 10 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park, San Benito, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Mesa, Johnny Romo, Joe Mendoza, Edward Torres, David Olvera, and Daniel Romo.
Military Honors are under the direction of American Legion Post #205 V.F.W. Post #2410 of Harlingen, Texas.
In lieu of flowers family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Frank Romo "May You Rest In Peace".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home.

Leonard E. Hein
BEMIDJI, MN — Leonard E. Hein, age 83, of Bemidji, MN and a winter resident of Harlingen, TX died Tuesday April 17, 2001 in North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001 in the United Methodist Church, Bemidji. Interment with will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji under the direction of Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.
Leonard Ellis Hein was born, at Linn Grove, Iowa, to Frank and Ida (Rolfsen) Hein January 1, 1918. After he graduated from high school in Herman , MN he moved to Bemidji, MN and worked at Bemidji Auto Parts while attending Bemidji State College. He served in the US Air Force during WWII. He married Trudy Kennedy July 22, 1942 in Brownsville, Texas. After his discharge, they returned to Bemidji and he resumed working at Bemidji Auto Parts. He then founded Bemidji Welders Supply. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Bemidji, ADD Shrine Temple in Duluth, MN and was a member and past president of the Headwaters Shrine Club in Bemidji. He also belonged to the American Legion, Bemidji Elks Lodge and the NRA. He was a member of the Bemidji Town and Country Club and a member of the Harlingen, Texas Country Club.
He is survived by his wife - Trudy Hein, Bemidji, MN; 1 Daughter - Leslie (Alan) Hartje, Bemidji; 1 Son - Paul Hein, Bemidji; 6 Grandchildren and 4 great grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and 1 grandson.
Funeral services are under the direction of Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. 

Pedro Cadenas
COMBES, TX — Pedro Cadenas, 81, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Cadenas was born in San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico on June 23, 1919 to Lorenzo and Isabel Cadenas.
He is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters and a grandson, Michael Allen Cadenas.
Mr. Cadenas was a retired farmer having worked in the Combes area for many years. He was an active member of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Combes, Texas. Mr. Cadenas was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family. His family will remember him for his patience and his sense of humor. Most of all Pedro loved his Creator. He was a giving person and was well respected by the Church members, his friends and neighbors.
Surviving Pedro is his loving wife of 59 years, Gregoria Cadenas from Combes, Texas, one daughter, Lupe C. Weaver from Combes, Texas. Six sons, Conce (Elida) Cadenas from Lyford, Texas, Joe (Ruby) Cadenas from Los Angeles, California, Juan (Lucy) Cadenas from Harlingen, Texas, David (Linda) Cadenas from Copperas Cove, Texas, Ruben (Hope) Cadenas from Harlingen, Texas, and Eli (Janie) Cadenas from Combes, Texas.
He is survived by nine grandchildren, Cindy Rodriguez, Mark Weaver, Joshua Cadenas, Nicholas Cadenas, John David Cadenas, Jennifer Cadenas, Amanda Cadenas, Caleb Pedro Cadenas, and Jacob Josue Cadenas. He is also survived by five great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 20, 2001 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Family members will receive visitors throughtout the day with prayer service at 7 p.m. under the direction of Chaplain Joe Jaime.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Funeral Chapel under the direction of Chaplain Joe Jaime. Interment will follow at Combes Cemetery in Combes, TX.
Pallbearers will be Conce Cadenas, Joe Cadenas, Juan Cadenas, David Cadenas, Ruben Cadenas and Eli Cadenas.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Alejandro, as well as all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel located at 1217 S. F Street in Harlingen, Texas.

Zaragoza Lozano
HARLINGEN — Zaragoza Lozano, age 90, went to be with the Lord Wednesday evening. He was a lifetime resident of Harlingen.
Survivors include his wife, Felipa Lozano of Harlingen; daughters, Maria Luisa Lozano of Harlingen; step children, Ida Lee (Juan) Chavez and Janie Galicia of Harlingen; one brother, Geronimo Lozano of Harlingen.
Funeral mass will be held today, 10 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2001 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will then follow at Las Rucias Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels of Harlingen.

Israel (Izzy) Sarmiento
DALLAS — Israel (Izzy) Sarmiento passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2001, in Dallas, TX. Israel was born December 16, 1962, in Weslaco, TX to Carmen Sarmiento Jr. and Virginia Rodriguez.
Israel was a Sr. Cpl. Officer with the Dallas Police Department assigned to the Tactical Division for the past 13 years.
He is survived by his Daughters Adriana and Monica Sarmiento; Father Carmen Sarmiento; brothers, Carmen III, Ruben, Saul, Samuel, Juan Jose, and Efrain Sarmiento; sisters, Sylvia Sarmiento, Paula Cortez, Trinidad Sarmiento, Maria Dolores Mendoza, Estella Perez, Alicia Sarmiento, Juanita Sarmiento, and Viviana Sarmiento; maternal grandmother Cesaria Rodriguez. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins who loved him dearly.
Funeral Service will be held today, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the First Baptist Church of Duncanville. 323 Wheatland Rd. Other services include, Prayer Service 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco, TX. Funeral Service 2 p.m., Friday at Bethel Baptist Church in Progreso, TX. Interment Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco, TX.
A memorial fund in the name of Israel Sarmiento has been set up at the City Employees Credit Union, 7474 Ferguson Rd. Dallas, Texas 75228. Account #1141450.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gonzalez Funeral Home in Dallas. 

Ione E. Ryun
HARLINGEN, TX - Ione E. Ryun, 78, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2001 in a local health care center. Ione was born August 24, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN to Eli and Inger Eielson. Ione has been a resident of arlingen for over 24 years. Ione was a member of the Harlingen Country Club; St. Marks Lutheran Church in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ione was raised in Story City, Iowa.
Survivors include her son, Gary Ryun.
No local services will be held; a committal will be held at a later date in Resthaven Memorial Park in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Sonia Jo Mendoza
WESLACO, TX — Sonia Jo Mendoza, 17, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2001 in Weslaco.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 3 p.m. at the McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel at 900 W. 4th St. in Weslaco. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home. (956) 968-7533 in Weslaco. 

Domingo Rincones
OLMITO, TX - Domingo Rincones, 75, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, April 18, 2001.
Mr. Rincones, is survived by his wife, Refugia A. Rin-cones, of Olmito; sons, Armando (Maria Elena) Rincones Sr., of Dallas, TX, Leonardo (Flora Estella) Rincones, Sr., of Olmito; sisters, Fela Yanez, of Blue-town, Aurora Gonzalez, of Houston; grandchildren, Armando Rincones, Jr., Dina L. Rincones, Annet Rincones, Jennifer Rincones, Leonardo Rincones, Jr., Lillian M. Rincones and Daisy M. Rin-cones. 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Roberto and Adelaida Rincones; brother, Guadalupe Rincones; and sister, Nena Perales.
A holy rosary will be re-cited on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at the Thomae-Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m.
Funeral mass will be on Friday, April 20, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Church in Las Rusias, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Las Rusias Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements en-trusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito.

Alejandro Gomez Meade
BROWNSVILLE, TX - Alejandro Gomez Meade, 77, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at his home in Brownsville.
A longtime resident of Brownsville, Alejandro was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 24th, 1923.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos and Dolores Gomez-Meade; three brothers, Carlos, Rafael and Miguel and two sisters, Maria and Carmela.
Surviving Alejandro his loving wife of 57 years, Rosa Maria and eight children, Rosemary Gomez Meade of Austin, Alejandro II and wife, Maria Luisa Gomez-Meade of Brownsville; Carlos and wife, Julie Gomez-Meade of Denver, Colorado; Dolores and husband, Jose Oscar Montemayor of Austin; Patricia and husband, Mike Reilly of McAllen; Leticia and husband, Carl Eads of Harlingen, Linda and husband Alfonso Ramirez of Austin, Hilda and husband Dr. Ricardo Castillo of San Antonio. A niece he helped raise and inspired, Hilda Valenzuela Mendez of Salinas, Califor-nia. His grandchildren, Oscar and wife, Piper Montemayor of Harlingen; Kelly Montemayor and husband, Eric Thompson of Korea; Wanda Montemayor of Austin; Omar Overturf and Olivia Overturf of Austin; Alejandro III and wife, Elizabeth Gomez-Meade of Baltimore; Carlos Gomez Meade of Brownsville; Car-los, Alex and Glen Gomez-Meade of Denver; Jacqueline Middleton and husband, Casey Swanson of Alamo; Jessica Middleton and hus-band Kenny Carvajal of McAllen; Jennifer Middleton of McAllen; Michael Patrick and March Alexander Reilly. Cheryl, Carla and Carissa Eads of Harlingen; Celina, Adam and Andrew Ramirez of Austin; Kristin, Kevin and Kristopher Castillo of San Antonio; six great-grandchildren, Anna Mon-temayor of Austin; Alexander and Zachary Thompson of Korea; Sebastian Gomez-Meade of Baltimore; Shelby Swanson of Alamo, Texas; Maya Dolores Montemayor of Harlingen. Surviving are also two brothers, Enrique and Edmundo Gomez-Meade of Mexico, City and many more nieces and nephews.
Alejandro was a loving fa-ther and role model to his children and grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all those whom he touched and inspired. He was a long-time businessman in Agriculture sales of Ammonium gas fertilization into Mexico for many years. He later became a cotton seed broker for Ayamsa of Monterrey.
He will be remembered by all who knew him as a loving husband and strong family man of faith and values. Alejandro was a loyal mem-ber of St. Mary's Catholic Church and active in the Men's Club. Alejandro Gomez Meade was a hard worker, a man of integrity and of his word. He influ-enced his children to set goals and live by the examples of the Lord our God.
Services will be held at Buena Vista Funeral Home, located at 125 McDavitt, beginning with the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the 19th of April. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, located on Los Ebanos, Friday the 20th of April at 10 a.m. Funeral procession will depart at 9:30 a.m. from Buena Vista Fu-neral Home. Entombment will follow at Buena Vista Mausoleum.
Serving as pallbearers will be sons-in-law, Jose Oscar Montemayor, Carl Robert Eads, Michael Bond Reilly, Alfonso Ramirez and Ricardo Castillo and grandson, Oscar Jose Montemayor.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buena Vista Funeral Home and Burial Park, 125 McDavitt Boulevard.

Eva Daniel Moore
WESLACO — Eva Daniel Moore, 97, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. She was born on December 25, 1903 in Houston and was reared in Temple, Texas. She married Emmett S. Moore on November 29, 1923 in Galveston, Texas and made a loving home for her family in New Mexico, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas.
Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband in 1983, her son, Sam Moore in 1988 and her daughter, Barbara Moore Joyner in 1999.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Weslaco and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by five grandchildren, Barbara Ann Bayouth Huff of Luling, Texas, Kathy Moore Murray of Spring, Texas, Bill Joyner of San Antonio, Andy Moore of Richardson, Texas, and Charles Joyner of Victoria, Texas. Also surviving are ten great grandchildren, Sara and Claire Moore, Frank, Mark, Charles and David Bayouth, Joel and Justin Joyner, Colby and Cameron Joyner and five great great grandsons. Also a daughter-in-law, Patricia Moore of Weslaco, Texas.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Austin.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Eva Moore Memorial Fund, First United Methodist Church, 520 South Illinois, Weslaco, Texas 78596 or to one‘s favorite charity.
McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco and Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home of Austin are directing the funeral arrangements. 

Anastacia Sanchez
HARLINGEN, TX — Anastacia Sanchez, 77, entered into rest on April 16, 2001 in Harlingen, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jose Sanchez.
She is survived by 7 children, Amparo Molina (Aristeo) of Cleburne, TX, Sara Alfaro (Juan) of Asherton, TX, Sofia Soto (Cipriano) of Harlingen, TX, Jose Sanchez, Jr. (Charlotte) of Simms, TX, Leonides Sanchez (Bonnie) of Dallas, TX, Graciela Sanchez of Texarcana, TX, and Amelia Wohlgemuth (Richard) of Lamesa, TX. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one brother, Benito Perez Echavarria; 3 sisters, Manuela Ochoa Echavarria, Angelita Silva Echavarria, and Enriqueta Echavarria all of Mexico.
Visitation will be held today, April 18, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2001 with a chapel service at 1 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace and interment will follow at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery in Harlingen.
Pallbearers will be, Felipe Soto, Reynaldo Soto, Rey Alfaro, Freddy Alfardo, Martin Molina and Roy Molina.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Israel (Izzy) Sarmiento
DALLAS — Israel (Izzy) Sarmiento passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2001, in Dallas, TX. Israel was born December 16, 1962, in Weslaco, TX to Carmen Sarmiento Jr. and Virginia Rodriguez.
Israel was a Sr. Cpl. Officer with the Dallas Police Department assigned to the Tactical Division for the past 13 years.
He is survived by his Daughters Adriana and Monica Sarmiento; Father Carmen Sarmiento; brothers, Carmen III, Ruben, Saul, Samuel, Juan Jose, and Efrain Sarmiento; sisters, Sylvia Sarmiento, Paula Cortez, Trinidad Sarmiento, Maria Dolores Mendoza, Estella Perez, Alicia Sarmiento, Juanita Sarmiento, and Viviana Sarmiento; maternal grandmother Cesaria Rodriguez. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins who loved him dearly.
Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the First Baptist Church of Duncanville. 323 Wheatland Rd. Other services include, Prayer Service 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco, TX. Funeral Service 2 p.m., Friday at Bethel Baptist Church in Progreso, TX. Interment Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco, TX.
A memorial fund in the name of Israel Sarmiento has been set up at the City Employees Credit Union, 7474 Ferguson Rd. Dallas, Texas 75228. Account #1141450.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gonzalez Funeral Home in Dallas. 

Rudolfo (Rudy) Garcia Jr.
HOUSTON — Rudolfo (Rudy) Garcia Jr., 24, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2001. Rudy was a loving son and brother and a great friend who will be missed by all. We will always remember you and keep you in our hearts.
He is survived by his mother, Norma Garcia of Houston; sister, Stacy Garcia; brother, Bobby Diaz all of Baytown; maternal grandparents, Porfirio and Maria Diaz of Harlingen; four uncles, Porfirio, Aaron, Fabian, and Adrian Diaz all of Harlingen; aunts, Janie Amaya of San Antonio, Mirelia De Leon, Sylvia Perrill and Sonia Kaniger of Harlingen.
There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. tonight at the Trinity Funeral Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The funeral mass will be held Thursday, April 19, 2001 at Our Lady of Assumption Church with the brother Hoss Anthony Alvarez as celebrant. Interment will then follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel 1217 S. "F" Street, Harlingen.

Melda Padilla Castillo
LUBBOCK, TX — Melda Padilla Castillo, 62, passed away April 15, 2001 in Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by her loving father, Santos Padilla and paternal grandparents, Antonio and Manuela Padilla. She is survived by her sons, Joe Castillo, Jesse Castillo, Amado Castillo, Santos Castillo, Harold Castillo; daughters, Adelita Filer and Virgina Mata; brother, Antonia Padilla; 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2001 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors. Services will take place Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lourdes in La Paloma, TX. Interment will follow at El Calaboz Cemetery. Melda was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Our prayers and thoughts will always be with you. May the angels lead you into paradise. We love you.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors of San Benito. 

Juanita Asua Puente
SANTA ROSA — Juanita Asua Puente, 61, entered into rest on April 13, 2001 in Alamo, TN. She is preceded in death by her parents, Rosalio and Evita Asua; one son, Tony Puente; one sister, Paula Diaz; and one brother, Manuel Asua.
She is survived by her husband, Abundio Puente; 4 children, John Puente (Hope), Louis Puente (Tina), George Puente, Michelle Lee Puente all of Alamo, TN; 3 brothers, Amado Asua of Santa Rosa, Placido Asua of Memphis, TN, Simon Asua of LaFeria; 2 sisters, Lucia Ruiz of Santa Rosa, Evita Hernandez of Mercedes; 6 grandchildren, Natasha Puente, Niera Puente, Luis Puente Jr., JayC Puente, Abagail Puente, Anthony Andrew Puente; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Palms Funeral Home in LaFeria today, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary‘s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santo Nombre Cemetery in Santa Rosa. Pallbearers will be Abundio Puente, John Puente, Louis Puente, George Puente, Amado Asua and Placido Asua.
The family would especially like to thank Sylvia Espinoza & family and Alicia Alalfa & family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Palms Funeral Home in LaFeria.

Aurora V. Longoria
SAN BENITO —Aurora V. Longoria, 87, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2001. She was a lifetime resident of San Benito, TX. Mrs. Longoria is survived by sons, Eleodoro (Ofelia) Lopez of San Benito, Rodolfo Lopez of Toledo, Oh, Teofilo Longoria of San Benito, Felipe (Josefina) Longoria of San Benito; daughter, Betty Lastra of San Benito; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by parents Sebastian and Felipa Longoria and husband Alberto Longoria.
A Holy Rosary will be recited on Monday, April 16 at Thomae-Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors in San Benito.

Petra Ruelas Hamilton
MERCEDES —Petra Ruelas Hamilton of Mercedes who passed away Saturday at McAllen Medical Center. Visitation will be at Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Mercedes, Tues. from 1–9 p.m. Other funeral arrangements are pending. 

Ignacia C. Olivarez
MERCEDES — Ignacia C. Olivarez, 66, passed away early Sunday morning at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. She had been a resident of Mercedes for about 50 years. She is survived by her husband, Alberto Olivarez of Mercedes; three sons, Juan Antonio Olivarez and Martin Olivarez both of Mercedes and Abelardo Olivarez of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Victor Contreras and Jesus Contreras both of Mercedes; and one sister, Maria Rodriguez of Mercedes. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the place to be announced with interment to follow at Mercedes Memorial Restlawn under the direction of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel on Monday.

Harold Lee Lewsader
DONNA — Harold Lee Lewsader was born in Hilsboro, Indiana on January 29, 1921 and passed away Friday, April 13, 2001 in Pearland, Texas.
Harold served his country during WWII in New Guinea. He was a restaurateur for almost 50 years in Lewistown, Illinois and Donna, Texas. Harold was the former owner of Harold’s Country Kitchen in Donna, Texas. He leaves a loving and devoted wife, children and grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today Sunday, April 15, 2001 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel.
The services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2001 at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

RC "Bud" Hausenfluck
BROWNSVILLE — Mr. RC "Bud" Hausenfluck, 86, was born on January 31, 1915 in Beeville, Texas and passed away on April 13, 2001 in Laguna Vista, Texas.
He was a World War II Veteran who served in the Pacific. He worked for Dodds and Wedequarter, Ballenger Construction and the Texas Highway Department for 25 years. He retired in 1974.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pauline Dawson Hausenfluck; one son, Michael (Nora) Hausenfluck; 3 daughters, Polly (Ernest) Mobley, Susie Tower and Gayle (Richard) Hausenfluck; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Frank Hausenfluck and J.D. Hausenfluck; and 3 sisters, Annie Baker, Dorothy Stanford and Wanda Stewart.
Graveside services will be held at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at 10 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2001.
Military honors will be conducted at the graveside under the direction of Commander Paul H. Spell. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville. 

Jesus W. Cavazos
LOS INDIOS, TX — Jesus W. Cavazos, age 64, went to be with the Lord Thursday evening at Valley Baptist Medical Center. He was a member of a Pioneer Cameron County Family. He was a lifetime resident of Los Indios. He was retired from Central Power & Light Co. and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Indios.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jose Maria Cavazos; wife, Consuelo L. Cavazos; brothers, Antonio and Fred Cavazos.
Survivors include children, Jesus Cavazos of Austin, Ricardo (Jackie) Cavazos of Harlingen, Jeannette Cavazos of Los Indios, Salvador (Bertha) Cavazos of Austin, Arturo (Sharon) Cavazos of McAllen, and Dr. Marcelo (Nora) Cavazos of Arlington, Texas; 6 grandchildren; his mother, Catarina Weaver Cavazos of San Benito and brothers, Jose Cavazos, Daniel Cavazos, Ernesto Cavazos all of San Benito, Juan Cavazos of Brownsville, and Eddie Cavazos of Gary, Indiana.
Funeral service will be held Monday, April 16, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with interment following on to Las Rucias Cemetery in Las Rucias with military honors under the Auspices of American Legion Post 205 and V.F.W. Post 2410. Pallbearers will be Jesus Cavazos Jr., Ricardo Cavazos, Salvador Cavazos, Arturo Cavazos Jr., Dr. Marcelo Cavazos and Juan Cavazos.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Home.

Antonia E. Torres
MERCEDES — Antonia E. Torres, 93, died at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco on Good Friday, April 13, 2001, after a six-week long battle with pneumonia. She was born in Aguas Caliente, Aguas Caliente, Mexico. She came to the United States as a young 13-year-old bride in 1920. During this time, the town of Mercedes was just getting started, and she and her husband owned a grocery store on Frances Street.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Rafael Torres, in 1992; her oldest son, Antonio Torres of Mercedes; her other sons, George of San Jose, CA, Hector of Fort Worth and Jose Alejandro, a six week old baby.
She is survived by three sons, Rafael (Nelda) Torres, Jr. of Austin, TX, Joaquin (Elva) Torres of Angleton, TX and Alejandro (Barbara) Torres of League City, TX. She is also survived by four daughters, Concepcion "Chita" Hinojosa, Mary Alice Wilt and Rachel Torres, all of Mercedes and Rose Torres of Madison, Wisconsin; sixty-three grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and eight great great- grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel. Funeral mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes, with Father Rafael Hernandez officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park under the direction of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Joaquin Torres, Jr., Joel Torres, Mark Torres, Raul Hinojosa and Eddie Torres. Honorary pallbearers will be Rafael Torres, Jr., Alejandro Torres and Christopher M. Ortiz. 

Amelia Gomez Rios
RAYMONDVILLE — Mrs. Amelia Gomez Rios, 81, entered into rest Friday, April 13, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. She was born October 27, 1919 in Raymondville, TX to Hilario and Maria (Cantu) Gomez. She was a native and lifelong resident of Raymondville. She married in 1940 to Mr. Henry Rios. She was a member of the Alter Society of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Raymondville and a retired treasurer of K.J.Z.T.
Mrs. Rios is survived by her daughter, Norma Tidball of Brownsville; a brother, Lalo Gomez of Raymondville; 3 sisters, Viola Ruenes of Brownsville, Margaret Puente of Raymondville and Lydia Rodriguez of Capulin, CO.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1980; her son, Homer Rios; and 2 brothers, Arturo and Beto Gomez.
Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, from 12 noon until 9 p.m. with a Holy Rosary being recited at 6:30 p.m. at Duddlesten Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2001 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Raymondville Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville.


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