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Eva Villanueva Reyna 
RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Eva Villanueva Reyna, 56, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. 
She was born August 22, 1945 in Raymondville, Texas to Lorenzo and Rosa Maria (Villanueva) Betancourt. She was a life long native of Raymondville.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m., October 20th, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. 
Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery. A rosary will be held Friday at 7 p.m., at Duddlesten Chapel.
She is survived by her mother, Rosa Maria Villanueva of Rio Bravo, Tamps.; five daughters, Soyla Enriquez of Austin, Rosalva Reyna of Monahans, Eva Garnica of Raymondville, Arcelia Sanchez of Edinburg and Martha Rebeles of Raymondville; six sons, Juan Carlos Reyna and Jose Gilberto Jr., both of Raymondville, Gilberto Reyna of Houston, Roberto Reyna of Harlingen, Mario Reyna of Austin and Ramiro Reyna of Raymondville; one sister, Carolina Rodriguez of Rio Bravo, Tamps. 
She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 1 grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Gilberto Reyna, September 28, 2001.
Pallbearers will be Jose Gilberto Joey Reyna Jr., Juan Carlos Reyna, Ramiro Pito Reyna, Omar Reeles, Frank Garnica, and Eli Sanchez.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Julius A. Petru
NEW TAITON, TX — Reverend Msgr. Julius A. Petru, 89, passed away October 15, 2001. He was born in Cameron, Texas on March 1, 1912. 
He was a Catholic Priest for 64 years, having celebrated his Diamond (60 yrs) Jubilee in 1997. 
He entered into St. John’s Seminary in San Antonio in 1925. He was ordained April 5, 1937 by the late Archbishop Drossaerts. His first assignment was St. Patrick’s Parish in San Antonio. 
He became Administrator and later Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Victoria with McFaddin and Bloomington as Missions. 
In 1943, he became Pastor of St. John’s in St. John and Ascension Parish in Moravia. 
In 1949 he became Pastor of Assumption Parish in Praha. In September 1955 he was appointed Pastor of St. Philip’s Church in El Campo with Taiton as its mission. 
He was the first Dean of the El Campo Deanery. On December 3, 1957, he was elevated to Domestic Prelate by his Holiness Pope Pius XII with the title Rev. Monsignor. 
He served many years as Secretary on the Archdiocesan Commission of Sacred Music. 
He served as State Chaplain for the Catholic Daughters from 1960 to 1975. 
He has served as Chaplain of the El Campo Fire Dept. continuously since 1958. 
He became Pastor of the newly created Parish of St. John in New Taiton, which he served until this year. 
He was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. 
He was active with the Boy Scouts for many years. He received the St. George Award and the Cardinal Medeiros Award.
Msgr. Petru is preceded in death by his father, Frank Petru and mother, Johanna Velek Petru and brothers, Louis Petru, Jim Petru and Joseph Petru..
He was survived by his sister, Mary Petru Jackson of Raymondville, TX; brothers, Charles Petru of Austin, Frank Petru of Houston, Robert Petru of Houston, Reverend Gus Petru of Mexico City and Rev. Msgr. Stanley Petru of Hostyn.
Visitation was on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Triska Funeral Home until 4 p.m.
He laid in state at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Taiton at 5 p.m. A wake service was held at the Church at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church with Most Reverend David Fellhauer concelebrated with Rev. Gus Petru, Rev. Msgr. 
Stanley Petru, Rev. Kirby Hlavaty and attending bishops, priests and deacons. Interment followed at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were El Campo Fire and EMS Depts; Deacon Edward Wendel; Dr. Ronald Goelzer; and Dr. A.W. Kaltwasser; Dr. Vernon Brau; Maurice Mikeska; Jimmie Triska; Frank Bubela and John Hancock.
Memorials may be made to El Campo Fire/EMS Dept., St. John Parish, St. John Choir Fund, Victoria Retired and Infirm Priest Fund and Seminary Burse.
Funeral services are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, 612 Merchant St., El Campo, Texas 77437. (979) 543-3681. 

Maria H. Pedraza 
LA PALOMA, TX — Maria H. Pedraza, 83, entered into rest on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at her residence. 
Maria was born in El Naranjo on November 19, 1917 to Lioncio Herevia and Refugia Abrego Herevia.
She is survived by her sons, Rodolfo (Emilia) Pedraza, Rogerio (Josefa) Pedraza, Roberto (Olivia) H. Pedraza, and Reymundo (Antonia) Pedraza; daughters, Delia Pedraza, and Minerva Pedraza; brother, Jesus Escamilla; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rogerio L. Pedraza; her grandson, Rudy Pedraza, Jr., and her parents, Lioncio and Refugia Herevia.
Visitation will be held at the San Benito Funeral Home on Friday, October 19, 2001 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m.
Services will be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 11 a.m. with Deacon Margarito Briones officiating. 
Interment to follow at El Naranjo Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Javier Pedraza, Reymundo Pedraza, Jr., Roberto Pedraza, Jr., Rogerio Pedraza, Marco Pedraza and Emma Brostoski.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, TX.

Jose M. Lopez
RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Jose M. Lopez, 86 yrs, entered into rest on October 17, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. 
He was on October 8, 1915 to Mr. and Mrs. Arculano and Senovia Lopez in Mission, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Valentina Reyes; his sons, Arturo and Jose Lopez, Jr; his daughters, Alicea and Alicia Lopez.
He is survived by two sons, Alberto Lopez, of Houston, TX, and Armando Lopez, of Raymondville, TX; a daughter, Amelia Gonzalez, of Raymondville, TX; two brothers, Ernesto and Jesus Lopez, Pharr, TX; grandchildren, Martin Lopez, Maria Alicia Lopez De Leon, Florestella Villa, Ann Marie Lopez, Armando Lopez, Jr., Monica Rodriguez, Enrique Lopez, Eric Lopez, Oscar M. Gonzalez, Thelma Gonzalez, Myra A. Soliz, Alberto Lopez, Jr., Arturo Lopez, Jr., Janie Avila, Ricardo Lopez, Vanessa Lopez; great grand children, Bryan De Leon, Briana De Leon, Kayla Lopez, Alexis Rodriguez, Genevel Rodriguez, Marcus Gonzalez, Brandon Soliz, Jason Gonzalez.
Visitation with a prayer service was held on October 18, 2001 at Hernandez Funeral Home Chapel.
A chapel service will be held today at 1 p.m. at Hernandez Funeral Home Chapel; 1693 South Expressway 77; Raymondville. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hernandez Funeral Home, Raymondville, Texas (956) 689-2402. 

Floyd T. Montgomery
MERCEDES, TX — Floyd T. Montgomery, 78, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2001 after a long bout with cancer. 
Mr. Montgomery was preceded in death by his wife, Lenna in 1993, and is survived by two sons, Thomas Montgomery of Lubbock, Sam (Pat) Montgomery of San Antonio, two grandchildren, Kelli and Brent Montgomery, three brothers, Don Montgomery, Homer Montgomery, and Jack Montgomery; also his sister, Bernice Connor all of Rimersburg, PA.
Mr. Montgomery was a member of the Mercedes Volunteer Fire Dept. for many years, he was also commander and member of American Legion Post 172 in Mercedes. 
Mr. Montgomery was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America, he was a Little League baseball coach, and also had worked with the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show for many years. 
Mr. Montgomery had also been named "Man of the Year" by the Mercedes Chamber of Commerce.
The family will receive friends at the Garica & Trevino Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Garveside services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Ebony Grove Cemetery in Mercedes.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes. 

Maria Del Carmen Najar 
SANTA ROSA, TX — Maria Del Carmen Najar, 64, of Santa Rosa entered into rest October 17, 2001.
She is survived by her daughters, Eugenia Herrera and Hilda Flores of Monterrey and Carmen Gonzales of Santa Rosa and a son, Carlos Najar of Santa Rosa and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Armando Herrera of Monterrey, Mexico, Antonio Herrera of Corpus Christi and Eladio Herrera of Houston and sisters, Rosario Martinez and Maria Pena both of Monterrey, Mexico.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Najar, Sr. and parents, Daniel and Petra Herrera and a sister, Leonor Herrera. Funeral services will be held today, (Friday) with a chapel service at 2 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels with Pastor Julian Gaona officiating. Interment will follow at Santo Nombre Cemetery in Santa Rosa.
Pallbearers will be Carlos Najar, Jr., Raul Gonzales, Eleazar Pena, Antonio Herrera, Eladio Herrera, Armando Herrera and Raul Flores. Honorary pallbearer will be Juan Najar.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home, Harlingen.

Patricia Kay Johnson 
RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Patricia Kay Johnson, age 56, went to be with her Lord Tuesday morning on October 16, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. 
She was born may 25, 1945 in Raymondville, Texas where she was a lifetime resident.
She is survived by her stepmother, Johny Mae Johnson and half brothers, Wade Johnson and family all of McKinny, TX and Robert Johnson of Houston, TX; uncles, Willie Johnson and Javance Johnson of Midland, TX; aunt, Tina Johnson of Midland, Texas, Laura Henry of Raymondville; brothers, James Allen (Patsy) Johnson of Austin, Robert C. Reed of Brookshire, TX; one sister, Betty Joyce Johnson of Houston; nieces, Michelle Neal, Mary Neal and baby, Mia all of Houston, Jo Ann Lynch, Shawn Lynch and baby, Jeral of San Antonio; nephews, Jimmy James (Wendy) Johnson and children, Randall and Audrey Johnson. 
Also surviving is a host of cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, October 19th, 2001 at Duddlesten Funeral Home and Funeral Services will be held Saturday, at 1 p.m. at the True Honor Baptist Church, 864 S. Washington St., Raymondville with Rev. Rufus Bennett officiating. 
Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home, Raymondville. 

Omar Ramirez
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Omar Ramirez, of San Antonio, passed away October 16, 2001. He was born on July 27, 1952, in San Benito.
Omar is remembered as a devoted husband and kind father. He was also a loving son and wonderful brother and uncle. 
Omar was one of the most wonderful men that we knew, and we love him dearly.
A juvenile probation officer for Atascosa County, he enjoyed working with troubled youth. He attended, was baptized, and made his first communion at St. Theresa Church.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Jean Ramirez; sons, Matthew and Andrew; grandchildren, Kaitlyn (4) and Blake (1); mother, Juanita Ramirez; brothers and sisters, Armando (Glad) Ramirez, Jr., Rolando (Maggie) Ramirez, Adriana (Jesus) Hernandez, Gracie (Juan) Casas, and Linda Ramirez; father-in-law; Hector Aguilar; sister-in-law, Nanette Tortorello; brother-in-law, Mark Aguilar; 11 nieces and nephews and 6 grand-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Armando Ramirez, Sr.; and brother, Arnoldo.
A holy rosary will be recited on Friday, October 19, 2001 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m.
Funeral mass will be Saturday, October 20, 2001 at St. Theresa Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 399-1331.

Domingo T. Garcia 
SAN BENITO, TX — Domingo T. Garcia, 57, passed away at Valley Baptist Medical Center on October 15, 2001.
Mr. Garcia is survived by his mother, Santos Garcia of San Benito; brothers, Jesus (Esther) Garcia, of San Benito; sisters, Maria (Rogerio) Conde, of Edna, TX, Josefa (Ruben Sr. (Deceased) Garza, of San Benito; brother, Rogelio (Esther) Garcia of San Benito; aunt, Delia Martinez, of Harlingen, TX. Other survivors include 11 nephews; 8 nieces, 11 great nephews and 15 great nieces; 1 great great nephews and 2 great great nieces.
A Holy Rosary will be recited on Thursday, October 18, 2001 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be on Friday, October 19, 2001 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Military Honors conducted by VFW Post #2410 and American Legion Post 205.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 399-1331.

Jesus V. Mejia (El Clavo)
LA FERIA, TX — Jesus V. Mejia (El Clavo) of La Feria, Texas passed away into eternal rest in the arms of his loving Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 14, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Mr. Mejia was born on December 5, 1952 in Matamoros, Tamps. Mexico, he was 48.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Miguel and Carmen V. Mejia.
Survivors are wife, Juanita Mejia of La Feria, TX; daughter, Veronica Martinez, of La Feria; 5 sons, Edward M. Mejia of Houston, TX, Jesse Martinez of Houston, TX, Alex Martinez, of La Mesa, TX, Genaro Martinez, of La Feria, TX, and Juan M. Martinez, of La Feria, TX; 3 brothers, Juan V. Mejia, of Fresno, California, Miguel V. Mejia, Jr., of La Feria, TX and Marco Antonio V. Mejia of La Feria, TX; 5 sisters, Delia M. Castillo, of La Feria, TX, Marta M. Hernandez of San Antonio, TX, Maria M. Bravo of La Feria, TX, Leticia Mejia of La Feria, TX and Ruth Mejia of La Feria, TX; 6 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be, Marco Antonio Mejia, Juan Mejia, Miguel Mejia, Jose Bravo, Edward Mejia, and Juan Martinez. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 18, 2001 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a rosary is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Chapel A.
The funeral service will be kept private, as per his family’s wish. "I am home in heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light.
The family have entrusted the care of their loved one to our family at Mont-Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home.

Ninfa Gandia
HARLINGEN, TX — Ninfa Gandia, 53, entered into eternal rest on October 16, 2001 at a local Hospital. For the past 27 years Ninfa dedicated her life to children’s education, working as a counselor for the San Benito Independent School District, and for the Donna and Harlingen Independent School Districts. 
She was an Alumni Board Member of Mary Hardin-Baylor University, and was a member of the Regalians Choir and the Historical Society.
She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years of marriage, Mickey Gandia of Harlingen; two sons, Jason Gandia, and Jacob Gandia both of Harlingen; parents, Mr. And Mrs. Jesus B. Garcia of Harlingen; two sisters, Isabel (Roberto0 Chavez of Harlingen, and her twin sister, Herlinda (Leroy) Edwards of Maryville, Tennessee and one brother, Santiago (Viola) Garcia of Harlingen. She is also survived by her grandmother, Leonor Alvarez of Harlingen; 2 nieces and 4 nephews.
Visitation was held yesterday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be held today, October 18, 2001 with a 2 p.m. funeral service at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen with Rev. Roberto Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow at El Cemetery in Harlingen.
Pallbearers will be Jason Gandia, Jacob Gandia, David Chavez, Robert Chavez, Jr., Eliud Garcia, and Luis Cabrera. Honorary pallabearer will be Roberto Chavez, Sr.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Sara G. Gomez
WESLACO, TX — Sara G. Gomez, 99, went to be with the Lord on October 15, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.
She was born March 20, 1902 in Corpus Christi, TX to Crecencio and Cruz Vega Garcia. 
She was the last remaining of seven children. She was a resident of Alta Vista Apartments in Weslaco for 28 years where she was actively involved in the Resident’s Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Santiago G. Gomez; a son, Samuel Gomez and her granddaughter, Sondra Lee Barta.
She is survived by her daughter, Hilda (Paul) Golden of Springfield, FL and their children, Harry and Amy Berger, Todd and Laurie Lua (their daughter, McKenzie Renee), and Christopher Golden. A son, David (Elia) Gomez of Weslaco; their children, Elvia Gomez, Tirza Garcia, David (Veronica) Gomez and their children, Jocelyn, Linda L. and Justin Gomez, her daughter, Maria (Skip) Jaehne of Venice, FL and their children, Sara and Jim Penny (their son, Patrick), Eric and Jean Larson and their children, Zachary and Max; Patrick and Barbara Jaehne (their daughter, Natalie). Also surviving is a daughter, Noemi (Lee) Barta of Kalispell, MT (their son, James Barta), another son, Jimmy (Sylvia) Gomez of Edinburg (their children, Shannon Birdwell (her children, Stacia and Austin), Norma Gomez and Jaime Gomez. Numerous other family members also survive Mrs. Sara G. Gomez.
She will be remembered by her family as a matriarch, a joy and an inspiration. "Her children arise and call her blessed" Proverbs 31:28.
In memory of Sara Gomez those friends wishing to, may make memorial contributions to your favorite charity including to the families of victims of the terrorist attacks.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 20, 2001 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 21, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Templo De Adoracion El Shadai of Weslaco with Dr. Henry Alvarez, Pastor, as the officiant. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Serving as pallbearers will be, David Gomez, Jr., Patrick Jaehne, Rene Cosme Towns, Skip Jaehne, Lee Barta, Jaime Gomez and James Barta.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Trinidad Macias Matamoros 
SAN BENITO, TX — Trinidad Macias Matamoros, 80, entered into rest on Tuesday, October 16, 2001. Mrs. Matamoros was born in Donna, Texas on April 20 1921 to Julio Macias and Sara Torres Macias.
She is survived by her husband, Raul Matamoros; sons, Alberto (Maria) Matamoros, Efren (Teresa) Matamoros and Raul (Norma) Matamoros, Jr; daughter, Gloria (Raul) M. Martinez; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sister, Guadalupe Cruz; and brother, Juan Macias. Mrs. Matamoros is preceded in death by her parents, Julio and Sara Macias.
Visitation will be held at San Benito Funeral Home on Thursday, October 18, 2001 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church on Friday, October 19, 2001 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Donna City Cemetery in Donna, TX. Pallbearers will be Alberto Matamoros, Jr., Ricky Matamoros, Albert Matamoros III, Carlos Martinez, Sergio Martinez, and Raul Matamoros III.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, TX.

Raul Curiel Sr.
MERCEDES, TX — Raul Curiel, Sr., 87, passed away Monday at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alejandra Reyes Curiel in 1985; a daughter, Dora Curiel Gonzalez in 1993; a grandson, Marcos Curiel in 1996 and a great grandson, Sammy Hernandez in 2000.
Mr. Curiel is survived by four sons, Raul Curiel, Jr., Enrique (Janie) Curiel, Tomas (Rachel) Curiel all of Mercedes and Omar Curiel of Texas City; a daughter, Irma C. (Daniel) Franco of Weslaco; a brother, Homero Davila of San Fernando, Tamps. Mexico; three sisters, Amelia Davila of Brownsville, Concepcion Davila of Matamoros, Tamps. Mexico and Euvelia Davila of San Fernando, Tamps. Mexico; also surviving are nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Mr. Curiel was a founding member of Amigos Del Valle in Mercedes. He served as vice president and treasurer for the organization. Mr. Curiel and Adela Ramirez enjoyed helping members of the Amigos Del Valle for many years. 
The family of Mr. Curiel would like to express their gratitude to the Hospice Program and for the support of all friends and family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes, interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Nicolasa U. Gutierrez
HARLINGEN — Nicolasa U. Gutierrez, 92, a native of Villa De Marineros, N.L. Mexico and a longtime resident of Harlingen entered into eternal rest on October 15, 2001.
Ms. Gutierrez is survived by her sons, Jose Gutierrez of Matamoros, Mexico, Alejandro Gutierrez of Harlingen, Andres (Consuelo) Gutierrez of Atlanta, Ga. and Gilberto (Maria) Gutierrez of San Benito, TX; daughters, Genoveva Zamorano of Harlingen, Guadalupe (Geronimo) Longoria of San Jose, Calif., San Juana (Napoleon) Alvarez of Harlingen, Consuelo (Juan) Pardo of Harlingen and Olivia (Israel) Martinez of Los Fresnos; daughter-in-law Maria Luisa Gutierrez of Harlingen; 48 grandchildren, 97 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecilio Gutierrez and son, Angel Gutierrez, Sr.
Funeral services will be held today, 2 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Combes Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hugo Alvares; Ismael Martinez, Jr.; Ruben Pordo; Alejandro Gutierrez; Angel Ramos and Ramon Gutierrez.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garza-Elizondo Funeral Home.

Deneva C. Sanchez
HARLINGEN, TX — Deneva C. Sanchez, 25, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2001. 
She was born March 20, 1976 in Raymondville, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Nemecio (Nemo) Sanchez; children, Nicholas Cavazos, and Carolina Mia Sanchez; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Chavez and Mr. and Mrs. Eloy Ramon Cavazos; grandparents, Elvira Esparza of Lyford and Leonor Cavazos of Sebastian; sisters, Sylvia (Joe) C. Tostado of New Braunfels, Maria Idalia C. (Eliseo) Sauceda of Harlingen; brothers, Eloy Ramon (Elizabeth) Cavazos, Jr. of Houston and Benjamin (Sylvia) Cavazos of Arlington; stepbrothers and sisters, Rudy (Diana) Chavez of Lyford, Nick Chavez of Sebastian, Irene (Johnny) Arellano of Harlingen, Patsy (Alex) De La Fuente of La Feria.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Manuel Cavazos, Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo Chavez, Lucio Esparza, and stepbrothers, Freddy Chavez and Leonardo Chavez.
Visitation was held Monday, October 15, 2001 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held today, October 16, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. Interment will follow at Chavez Cemetery in La Sara, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Xavier Ramirez, Vincent Ramirez, Billy Mendoza, Juan Mendoza, B.J. Chavez, and Tido Huerta.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garza-Elizondo Funeral Home.

Maria Idalia "Dolly" Sauceda
HARLINGEN, TX — Maria Idalia "Dolly" Sauceda, 35, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2001. 
She was born October 14, 1965 in Raymondville, Texas. In loving memory of a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt (Maria Idalia "Dolly"). 
Whom her beautiful brown eyes, understanding caring heart, and her smile full of joy and laughter. She would fill up our spirits of hope in bad times and in the best of times. She shall be greatly loved and missed by those who loved her and knew her. But never forgotten, we love you. Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Daughter, and Aunt we shall meet you one day again in the gates of Heaven.
She is survived by her son, Eliseo (Christina) Sauceda Jr; daughters, Eloisa Marie Sauceda, Andrea Leigh Sauceda, Alejandra Noemi Sauceda; grandsons, Eliseo Sauceda III, Isaiah Fuentes, and Elias Sauceda; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Chavez and Mr. and Mrs. Eloy Ramon Cavazos; grandparents, Elvira Esparza of Lyford and Leonor Cavazos of Sebastian; sisters, Sylvia C. (Joe) Tostado of New Braunfels, Deneva C. (Nemecio) Sanchez; brothers, Eloy Ramon (Elizabeth) Cavazos Jr., of Houston, and Benjamin (Sylvia) Cavazos; stepbrothers and sisters, Rudy (Diana) Chavez of Lyford, Nick Chavez of Sebastian, Irene (Johnny) Arellano of Harlingen, Rey (Gloria) Chavez of Raymondville, Maggie (Juan) Mendoza of Harlingen, and Patsy (Alex) De La Fuente of La Feria.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Manuel Cavazos, Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo Chavez, Lucio Esparza; and stepbrothers, Freddy Chavez and Leonardo Chavez.
Visitation was held Monday, October 15, 2001 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held today, October 16, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. Interment will follow at Chavez Cemetery in La Sara, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Rudy Chavez Jr., Tony Garcia, Eliseo Sauceda Jr., Joey Garza, Melchor Ruiz, and Michael Ponce.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garza-Elizondo Funeral Home.

Antonio "Tony" Torres II
MISSION, TX — Antonio "Tony" Torres II, 18, passed away October 14, 2001 in Giddings, Texas as a result of an automobile accident. Tony was born November 13, 1982 in McAllen, Texas.
Tony was a freshman at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas where he was majoring in International Business. 
Tony was a 2001 graduate of Sharyland High School where he was very active in various activities, community service and received numerous awards consisting of, Marching Band, Honors Concert Band, U.I.L. District Team, Regionals, T.F.A., Honor Roll, Odyssey of the Mind Assistant Coach, Special Olympics Festival Worker, Jr. High U.I.L. Volunteer, JV Football, Sophomore Class Treasurer, 1st Chair Trombone Honors Band, U.I.L. Team Captain, BPA State Participant, BPA National Alternate, Junior Class Treasurer, U.I.L. Regional Competitor, Mock Trial, State Solo and Ensemble Competition, N.H.S. Tutoring, U.I.L. and Academic Volunteer, Most Outstanding Drum Major (Senior Year) at S. Texas Drill Camp; BPA Chapter President, U.I.L. Advisory Board President, Fine Arts Chairman, NHS Historian, FFA, S & E, Mastermind, STCC Concurrent Enrollment, DAP Graduate, Border Patrol Head of the Class, One-Act Play, Rotary International, 4 Way Speech Competition Club Level Winner, Principal’s Advisory Council, Captain U.I.L. Speech, Captain U.I.L. Debate.
Tony is survived by his parents, Antonio and Imelda H. Torres of Mission; brother, Adam Torres of Mission; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jose Torres of Harlingen; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Villarreal of McAllen; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
Tony was the pride and joy to everyone and will be dearly missed.
Visitation will be held today, October 16, 2001 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Virgil Wilson Memorial Chapel, Mission and from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Mission.
The funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Mission. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens, McAllen.
Pallbearers will be Armando "A.J." De Leon, Richard Ewers, Jimbo Bitner, Josh Robinson, Omar Salinas, Tommy Mosley; Honorary pallbearer is Adam Torres.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Virgil Wilson Mortuary, Mission. 

Edith A. Spaeth
HOUSTON, TX — Edith A. Spaeth, age 80, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2001.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Leo R. Spaeth Sr.; daughter, Barbara Boone and husband, James; son, Leo Spaeth, Jr., and wife Peggy; grandchildren, Jason Boone, Theresa Spaeth and Rebecca Spaeth.
Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, Houston.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 18, 2001 in the Chapel of Memorial Oaks Mausoleum. Entombment to follow in Memorial Oaks Mausoleum. Memorial contributions suggested to the New York Fire Fighters and Police Officers or the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. (281) 497-2210. 

Frances R. Haynes 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Frances R. Haynes, 85, beloved mother and grandmother was called home by Our Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 14, 2001 surrounded by her loving family. She will be missed by all of her family and friends.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie A. Haynes; two brothers, and her parents.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy Abbott (Robert) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Janice Cowden of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jerre Oberg of Corpus Christi, Texas; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2001 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Seaside Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Mont Meta Cemetery in San Benito, Texas.
Funeral services are under the direction of Seaside Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

Juan Jose Hinojosa
SANTA ROSA, TX — Juan Jose Hinojosa, 77, passed away on October 15, 2001 at a local hospital.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rene Hinojosa; a grandson, Mario Hinojosa, and his sister, Belia Olivarez.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years of marriage, Flora Hinojosa of Santa Rosa; three sons, Doroteo (Juanita) Hinojosa, Eliasar (Beatriz) Hinojosa, Eduardo Hinojosa, all of Santa Rosa; one daughter, Elia (Margarito) Ramirez Kress, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A prayer service will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 7 p.m. at Rudy Garza Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Templo Bethel of Santa Rosa, with interment to follow at Santo Nombre Cemetery in Santa Rosa, Texas.
Pallbearers will be George Hinojosa, Rene Hinojosa, Jr., Joshua Hinojosa, Reymundo Ramirez, Felix Hinojosa, and Eliasar Hinojosa, Jr.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Bruce Montemayor
SAN BENITO, TX — Bruce Montemayor passed away in Houston on October 11, 2001.
He is survived by his parents, Cruz and Linda Montemayor; his brother, Cruz Gilbert Montemayor, Jr. of Austin and his grandparents, Roberto and Estrella Montemayor and Felipe and Josefina Gonzales, all of San Benito. 
He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bruce was with us but a short time; he came in our lives like a gentle breeze on a spring day and departed our world before his time. 
It is not our place to question why our son was taken; we can only take comfort in knowing that the Lord has a divine plan for us all and that Bruce’s journey started as soon as he was born. Although our son lived only a short time he has brought us a lifetime of joy, we will miss you dearly, but we find comfort in knowing that we will be with you again in Heaven.
Prayer service and visitation will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2001 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home in San Benito. 
Church services will be at St. Theresa Catholic Church in San Benito at 10 a.m. on October 17, 2001, followed by Burial Services at Mont Meta Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito. 399-1331

Jeane E. Taylor
FARRAGUT, TN — Taylor, Jean E. age 85 of Farragut, TN, formerly of Harlingen, TX and Missouri Valley, LA, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2001 at NHC Cavett Hill. 
She was a member of Presbyterian Church in Harlingen and member of PEO.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Nelson O. Taylor; son and daughter-in-law, Jay N. and Charlotte Taylor of Farragut; grandson, Ryan Taylor of Farragut; brother, Robert Park of Urbana, OH.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2.:30 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2001, at NHC Cavett Hill with Dr. Steve Sallee officiating. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 5401 Kingston Pike, Suite 185, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Taylor family.
Cards and Letters of condolence may be sent to: Nelson O. Taylor, 122 Cavett Hill Lane, Apt. 152, Knoxville, TN 37922. . (865)671-6100. 

Lillie Ann Wiley
SAN BENITO, TX — Lillie Ann Wiley, 72, went home to be with the Lord, October 15, 2001. She was born July 7, 1929 in San Benito, Texas and is survived by one son, Wesley Wiley of San Benito; three daughters, Shirley Smith of the Woodlands, Texas, Judy Gavin of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Darla Barker of Harlingen, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Lillie Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Cash Wiley and a daughter, Bonnie Jo Wiley.
Services will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Thomae Funeral Home on 701 N. Bowie Street in San Benito. Burial will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Wiley, Chris Grimes, Gary Grimes, Brian West, Calvin Stout and Gary Stout.
Funeral services are under the care of Thomae Funeral Home of Bowie Street in San Benito.

Ernestina G. Solis 
LA FERIA — Ernestina G. Solis, 70, went to be with the Lord Saturday evening at Valley Baptist Medical Center. She was a lifetime resident of La Feria.
She is survived by sons, Rodolfo Bernal, Ruperto Bernal, Hernan Bernal, and Jesse Bernal all of Toledo, Ohio, Juan M. Solis of Iowa Park, Jose M. Solis of La Feria, ad Francisco J. Solis of Midway, Texas; daughters, Janie Bernal and Betty Bernal, also of Toledo, Ohio, Lucinda Garcia of La Feria, and Janie Beard of Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren.
"May God’s gentle hands carry her to heaven and keep her safe now and forever."
Visitation will be Monday, October 15, 2001, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be Tuesday October 16, 2001, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapels with Pastor Bill Slaughter officiating. Burial will follow at the Las Rucias Cemetery under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels 1217 S. F Street Harlingen, Tx, 78550.

Juan Alfredo Moreno 
RAYMONDVILLE — Juan Alfredo Moreno, 51, passed away at a Houston hospital, Friday October 12, 2001. He was born September 1, 1950, in Raymondville, to Marcelino and Ofelia (Salinas) Moreno. Juan was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville and Raymondville Lions Club. He is survived by his parents, Marcelino and Ofelia Moreno; four sisters, Blanca (Jamie) Rivera of McAllen, Judy (Oscar) Gutierrez, Christina (Lonnie) Correa and Josie Moreno, all of Raymondville; nieces and nephews, Denice and Ileane Rivera and Xylina and Xavier Gutierrez. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. on Monday at The Duddlesten Funeral Home and funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville, with burial in the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of The Duddlesten Funeral Home.


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