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Nazario "Chalo" Cavazos
MERCEDES, TX - Nazario "Chalo" Cavazos, 60, passed away Monday night at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dionicio "Nicho" Cavazos in 1989 and is survived by his wife of 39 years Lucia Cavazos of Mercedes; three sons, Nazario Cavazos, Jr., Roy (Dina) Cavazos, and Jose Luis Cavazos all of Mercedes; three daughters, San Juanita (Chuck) Cavazos-Kent of Willis, TX, and Belinda Cavazos-Garcia, Gloria Cavazos-Aldape both of Mercedes; his mother, Guadalupe Montoya of Mercedes; a brother, Jose Teodoro Montoya of Mercedes; six sisters, Herlinda Montoya and Irma Martinez both of Mercedes, Maria Luisa Zavala of San Antonio, Rosa De La Fuente of Floryda, TX, Diana Cuellar of Idaho, and Carmen Gil of Houston; also surviving are seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes, interment will follow at Ebony Grove Cemetery also in Mercedes.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Manuel Canales
LOS INDIOS, TX - Manuel Canales, 83, passed away Thursday morning at his residence. Mr. Canales was born to Manuel and Maria Canales in Pearsall, TX on October 16, 1918.
He was preceded in death by his infant son; one brother and his parents.
Mr. Canales is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 48 years Constancia (Nena) Canales of Los Indios; five sons, Luis (Mary Ann) Canales of Harlingen, Rudy Canales of Los Indios, Manuel (Oralia) Canales of Christine, TX, Abel Canales of Alice, Roberto (Bernadette) Canales of Texas City, TX; three daughters, Maria (Juan) Zavala of Richwood, TX, Rosalinda (Guadalupe) Flores of Los Indios, Elva (Policarpio) Nachie of Santa Rosa; four sisters, Pepa Saenz of Loredo, Carmen Herrera of Haywood, CA, Esperanza Garcia of Fort Worth and Andrea Perez of Alice; also surviving are sixteen grandchildren.
Mr. Canales was a man who took great pride in his family and serving his country.
A quiet man he was, but one that had great strength within himself and for his family.
Our dad planted a seed in each if his children in hopes that his wisdom and strength will be carried on forever.
Mr. Canales was a veteran that served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the following decorations and citations, 1 service stripe, 6 overseas service bars, the American Defense Service Medal, Occupational Medal of Germany, American Campaign Medal, WWII Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 5 bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge GO 180, Hg 3rd USA 18 Jul 45.
Mr. Canales retired from Reynolds Metal Company in Gregory, TX in 1981 after 30 years of employment.
Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Las Rucias, interment will follow at Las Rucias Cemetery in Las Rucias.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Jack W. Mitchell
HARLINGEN, TX - Jack W. Mitchell, 77, of Harlingen entered into rest Thursday at a local hospital.
A Chapel service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2001 at the Rudy Garza Palms Funeral Home in La Feria at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Slaughter of the First Baptist Church of La Feria officiating.
Local services will conclude at the funeral home, interment will be held in Orient, Illinois at Denning Cemetery.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lois Mitchell of Harlingen; sister, Marie Kuhnke of Illinois; a brother-in-law, Loren and his wife, Tessie of Cleveland and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen.

Leonardo Vasquez Sr.
HARLINGEN, TX - Leonardo Vasquez, Sr., 98, long time resident of Harlingen past away in Heavenly Peace on November 27, 2001 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
He was born March 14, 1903. He lived in Dallas for the last five years.
Mr. Vasquez was preceded in death by his wife, Nestora L. Vasquez and 11-month baby daughter, Dorita Vasquez.
He is survived by 7 children, Delia Longoria (widow of Robert Longoria, Sr.) of Harlingen, Daniel Vasquez Sr. (Evita) from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, David Vasquez of Dallas, Dorita Molina (Eleo) of Dallas, Delfina Casango (Robert) of Dallas, Diana Orozco (Rey) of Dallas, and Leonardo Vasquez Jr. (Sue) of San Antonio; 19 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 11 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 30, 2001 at 7 p.m. Time of burial is pending Saturday December 1, 2001 at Mont Meta Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Joe Albert Garza
BROWNSVILLE, TX - Joe Albert Garza, 57, passed away on November 27, 2001 at Valley Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Garza attended Texas Southmost College where he received his Associate Arts Degree in 1980. He also attended Pan American University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration.
He was a member of Alpha Kappa PSI and a life member of Kappa RHO Chapter. He was in the Whoís Who in 1982 and had the highest grade point average (Management).
He was employed at San Benito Consolidate Independent School District as a High School Teacher for 18 years. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church. He and his wife started Angeles Home Health, Inc. and acted as Financial Director from 1999 to present.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita C. Garza; Father, Juan Jose Garza and brother, Antonio Ayala.
He is survived by his wife, Nora M. Garza of Brownsville; sons and daughters, Albert Anthony Garza (Norma) of Brownsville, Lisa Jo Coronado (Ron) of McAllen, Joe Albert Garza, Jr., and Monique Danae Garza both of Brownsville; sister, Domitila Bennett (William) of Houston; brothers, John Joe Garza (Lupita) of San Antonio, TX and Mario P. Garza (Perla) of Houston and 6 grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2001 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church (2800 Rockwell Dr.). Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Funeral services are under the direction of Buena Vista Funeral Home and Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 541-5400.

Israel Castillo, Sr.
SAN BENITO, TX - Israel Castillo, Sr. went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 26, 2001 at Twinbrooke Nursing Home in San Benito, Texas.
Born on September 26, 1911 in San Carlos Tamps. Mexico, to Epifanio and Estefana Castillo.
Survivors include his wife, Luisa P. Castillo; daughters, Maria Luisa (Guadalupe) Garcia, Ofelia (Rogelio) Rocha, Gloria (Stephen) Henderson, and his sons, Israel "Kookie" (Maria Elena) Castillo, Reynaldo (Kristine) Castillo, and Antonio (Dolia) Castillo. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Liz Burns, Rodolfo Garcia, Rogelio Jr., and Rolando Rocha, Joel and Michael Castillo, Pilar, Jason, and Diana Castillo, Alana and Julian Henderson, Damon Castillo, and numerous great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends. Also surviving are two brothers, Jesus Castillo from Harlingen, and Epifanio Castillo Jr., from Illinois, and five sisters, Anita Lopez, Josefina Romero, Juanita Gonzalez, and Emma Castillo all of Harlingen, and Francisca Romero of Lubbock, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Epifanio and Estefana Castillo, and by his two brothers, Ramon and Luis Castillo, and one sister, Maria Castillo.
A Rosary will be officiated on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Thomae Funeral Home located at 701 North Bowie, in San Benito.
Funeral services will be officiated on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Benedictís Catholic Church, with burial to follow to San Benito City Cemetery.
Father Nacho Luna will be officiating the service.
Active pallbearers will be Rudy Garcia, Joey and Michael Castillo, Rogie and Rolando Rocha, and Pilar Castillo.
"Israel Castillo, Sr. May You Rest In Peace".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home.

Ignacia G. Flores
HARLINGEN, TX - Lifetime resident of Rio Hondo, Ignacia G. Flores, 84, entered the Lordís Kingdom on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
She was born on October 23, 1917 in Brownsville, Texas to Reyes Garza and Maria Villarreal.
Ignacia was greatly loved and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Rosalinda (Jesus) Garcia of Harlingen; four brothers and two sisters, Jose (Juanita) Campos of Rio Hondo, Aurora (Luis) Flores, Cuillermo Campos, Josefina (Ambrocio) Galvez all of Harlingen, Antonio (Teresa) Campos, Frank (Gabriella) Campos all of Viselia, California, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapel, November 30, 2001 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
The funeral mass is tentatively set for Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Helenís Church in Rio Hondo.
Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel, 1217 South F. Street, Harlingen, Texas 78550.

Hortencia C. Cano
MERCEDESó Hortencia C. Cano, 86, a lifetime resident of Mercedes, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at her residence.
She was born on August 9, 1915 to Ignacio and Luz Gomez Champion. She is survived by 2 brothers, Raul (Selina) Champion of Mercedes, Ignacio Champion of Mercedes; 1 sister, Consuelo Champion of Mercedes; 7 nephews and nieces that loved her like a mother and will miss her very much.
She was a World War II Womanís Army Corp Veteran.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Bruno Cano and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ignacio Champion.
With gratitude and many thanks to her caretakers, Rosa Rivas, San Juanita Buenrostro and Janie Martinez.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Friday, November 30, 2001.
We will depart Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Weslaco. Pallbearers are: David C. Champion, M.D., Jorge Cortez, Juan J. Gonzalez, Sr., & Juan J. Gonzalez, Jr., J.D. Cortez, and Miguel Martinez.
Military services are under the auspices of American Legion Post #205 and VFW Post #2410.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Henry Talbert Mabry
HARLINGEN, TX - Henry Talbert Mabry was born July 5, 1910 in Cotulla, Texas. He passed away on November 25, 2001 to be with God.
He moved to the Valley 61 years ago as a "Rough Neck" near Rio Hondo. He retired as Engineer Maintenance Man at Valley Baptist Medical Center after 18 years.
He was married to Dorothy Breazeale in San Benito in 1936 and was a member of Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.H. and Georgia Mabry of San Antonio; a brother, A. N. Mabry; two sisters, Henrietta Morrison of San Antonio and Winnie Ghenault of Catarina, Texas.
He is survived by two great nephews, Bob Mabry of San Antonio and Grady Light of Rockport; two great nieces, Debbie Raskamp and Beverly Parrish; three great great nephews and three great great nieces.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Carmen L. Carpio
SAN BENITO, TX - Carmen L. Carpio, 86, a lifetime resident of San Benito entered in Godís Kingdom on Wednesday, November 28, 2001.
She was born on July 14, 1915 in Mexico City D.F. to Isidoro and Micaela Leandro.
She worked 15 years for Dr. C.F. Lyle and 20 years with Cameron County Health Department in San Benito. Carmen was a devout Catholic and very devoted to St. Jude and the Blessed Virgin.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She is survived by her two sons, Julio L. (Josie) Carpio and Javier L. (Anita) Carpio and her two daughters, Estella Carpio and Graciela Carpio Rivera; her grandchildren, James P. (Nancy) Carpio, Jessica Carpio, Eric Rivera, Allison R. (Luis) Solorio, Julio (Celeste) Carpio IV, Steven Rivera, Jason Carpio and Christopher Carpio; her great grandchildren, Adriana Carpio, Anyssa Solorio, James Michael Carpio, Lindsey Carpio; two sisters-in-law, Dolores Kline Leandro and Lillian Murphy Leandro and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Julio M. Carpio; sisters, Guadalupe L. Garcia, Isabel L. Lerma; two brothers, Edmundo Leandro and Alfonso Leandro and a great grandson, Zachary N. Solorio.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2001 at San Benito Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m.
Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2001 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Leandro, James Carpio, Steven Rivera, Eric Rivera, Julio Carpio IV and Jason Carpio.
"Querida Madre Descanse En Paz".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito.

Juana C. Aguilar
RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Juana C. Aguilar, 94, passed away to her heavenly reward on Tuesday, November 27, 2001. Juana Aguilar was born on February 8, 1907, in Victoria Tamps., Mexico. Juana was preceded in death by her husband, Catarino R. Aguilar and son, Faustino T. Aguilar, and grandson, Marcus Aguilar.
She is survived by five grandchildren, Martha Alcantar, Juanita A. Garcia, Amuel Aguilar, Abram Aguilar all from Big Spring, and Faustino G. Aguilar of San Angelo.
She was a lifetime resident of Raymondville and a member of the Mormon Church. The family wishes to thank Lupe Andrade; longtime friend and caretaker, Anna Vento for her support during our grandmotherís last days, and the Valley Baptist Medical Center doctors and nursing staff.
Fuenral services for Mrs. Aguilar, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2001 at Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home, 439 South Vermont, Mercedes, President Ellis Hemsley will be officiating. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery under the direction of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home.

Hortencia C. Cano
MERCEDESó Hortencia C. Cano, 86, a lifetime resident of Mercedes, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at her residence. She was born on August 9, 1915 to Ignacio and Luz Gomez Champion. She is survived by 2 brothers, Raul (Selina) Champion of Mercedes, Ignacio Champion of Mercedes; 1 sister, Consuelo Champion of Mercedes; 7 nephews and 2 nieces.
She is preceeded in death by her husband of 45 years Bruno Cano; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ignacio Champion.
Viewing will be today, Thursday, November 29, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy Rosary prayed at 7 p.m tonight. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 30, 2001. We will depart Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. for a 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Weslaco. Pallbearers are: David Champion, Jorge Cortez, Juan Gonzalez, Sr., & Juan Gonzalez, Jr., JD Cortez, and Miguel Martinez.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Conrado Balli, Sr.
SAN BENITO, TX - Conrado Balli, Sr., 75, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
Visitation will be held Thursday, November 29, 2001 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at San Benito Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 30, 2001 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church at 2 p.m. with Father Pedro Briseno officiating. Interment will follow at Garcia Cemetery in El Ranchito.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.

Celestino Ortiz
MERCEDESó Celestino Ortiz, 63, died Tuesday at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel & Delores Ortiz; his brother, Albert Ortiz in 1988 and is survived by a daughter, Imelda Ortiz of Chicago Ill.; three brothers, Daniel Ortiz, Jr. of Santa Maria, Ernesto Ortiz of Mercedes, Ubaldo Ortiz of Porterville, Calif.; four sisters, Adela Villarreal of Bowe, Wash., Santos Ramon of Sidrowolly, Wash., Aurora Mejia of Harlingen, Ernestina Martinez of Mercedes.
Funeral services will be held Thursday time and place to be announced.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Carl D. Piatt
HARLINGEN, TX - Carl D. Piatt, 85, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2001 in Valley Baptist Medical Center. Carl moved to Harlingen in 1980 from Georgetown Illinois, when he retired from the University of Illinois. Carl was born April 11, 1916 in Cayuga, Indiana to Edward and Mollie Piatt.
Carl was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth E. Lindley; wife, Dorothy Piatt in January 2000; his parents, his sister, Gertrude Howard; and brother, Stanford; and stepson, Larry Vance.
Carl is survived by his daughter, Jeanne (Norman) Rademacher of Gifford, Ill; son, Dean (Jane) Piatt of Armstrong, Ill; stepdaughters, Sandra Beaver and Judy Boen both of Harlingen; stepsons, Robert Vance of San Antonio, William (Pam) Vance of Goreville, Ill., and Albert (Bonnie) Vance of Madisonville, KY., several grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; Sister, Grace Daniels of Danville, Ill; brothers, Morris (Evelyn) Piatt of Westville, Ill; and Truman Piatt of Georgetown, Ill.
Carl was a member of Morey Chapel Church East Westville, Ill. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Candice Downing along with the nursing staff 5th floor at Valley Baptist Medical Center and staff of Twinbrooke South Nursing Home for the wonderful care given. Even though he shall be greatly missed, we know he is at peace, free from pain, in the hands of the Lord.
Visitation hours will be held Thursday, November 29, 2001 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with prayer services to be held at 6 p.m. with the Rev. David Mann officiating in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Alma Pike Holmes
MALAKOFF, TX - Alma Pike Holmes, 96, passed away on November 26, 2001, at Cedar Lake Nursing Home, Malakoff, TX. Burial was held at Restlawn Memorial Park, La Feria.
Alama, a 45 year resident of Harlingen, was an elementary teacher in the Harlingen ISD for 20 years. She and her husband, Harold (deceased), were charter members of Wesley Methodist Church in Harlingen. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at Wesley Methodist Church in 1976. Alma moved to Malakoff, TX in 1997 to be near her daughter.
Survivors include her daughter, Lois Welch of Mabank, TX; sons, Richard Holmes of Harlingen and Dr. E Bruce Holmes of Macomb, Illinois; grandchildren, Debra Christian of Seven Points, TX, Wade Welch of Springtown, TX and David Welch of San Antonio; great grandchildren, Cassandra Christian, Christopher Welch and Jessica Welch; and niece, Lorene Perez of Rancho Viejo.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Directors.

Marjorie Sue "Suzy" Johnson
HARLINGEN, TX - Born to Emma Katherine and William Walter Grayson in El Dorado, Arkansas on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1912, Marjorie Sue Johnson Passed away on November 26, 2001.
Suzy was a loving mother, homemaker, and member of the First United Methodist Church of Harlingen. She enjoyed sewing, interior decorating, music, playing the piano, playing golf and she especially loved knitting. She also had a fondness for pets, particularly dogs and a gift of fresh red roses would always light up her day. Suzy will be missed by all those she touched.
Her parents, Emma and Walter Grayson, a brother, Billy Grayson, and her loving husband of 41 years, Harry Herbert Johnson, preceded her in death.
Suzy is survived by her two sons, John (Johnny) Walter Johnson (Susan) of Harlingen, and Thomas (Tom) William Johnson (Anne) of Gilbert, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Deidrea Johnson, Marjory Hatfield (Tim), Christopher Johnson, Candace Johnson; 2 great grandchildren, John Pankhurst, and Savannah Pankhurst, and her loving caregiver and friend of 16 years, Rita Gutierrez.
Pallbearers will be Ronie Flinn, Lamar Smith, Joe Pennington, Scott Campbell, John McKelvey, and Joe Gutierrez.
Graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. David M. Reed and the Rev. Judy K. Sessions of St. Albanís Episcopal Church at Mont Meta Memorial Park, San Benito, TX on Thursday, November 29th at 2 p.m.
Visitation hours will be Wednesday, November 28, 2001 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: Humane Society of Harlingen, P.O. Box 1884, Harlingen, TX 78551. 425-PAWS (7297).
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Mary Lou Powers
HARLINGEN, TX - Mary Lou Powers passed away Wednesday evening, November 21, 2001, at the age of 65. She had resided in Harlingen, since 1992, having previously resided in Houston, Texas from 1969 until moving to Harlingen. Mary Lou was a 1954 graduate of Parkersburg High School in West Virginia. After graduating from high school, she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she worked in ticketing for TWA until 1959 when she married. Mary Lou was a wife and stay at home mother rearing her children for many years, returning to work in 1975 as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper for accounting firms in Houston until her retirement in 1992. She was a devoted wife to her husband and beloved mother and grandmother, as well as a kind and giving friend to all those who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom S. Powers.
She is survived by her two children, son, Michael F. Taylor and daughter, Lisa L. Taylor; her daughter-in-law, Jeannette Taylor; her son-in-law, Robert C. Pemelton; two grandchildren, Devin Taylor and Dylan Taylor; and three step-grandchildren, Hannah Pemelton, Katherine Pamelton, and Garrett Pemelton, all of Harlingen, Texas. She is also survived by her brother, James Tippens of Cleveland, Ohio, and his wife, and family.
A memorial service celebrating Mary Louís life and the joy, love, and friendship she gave to so many will be held at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen, Texas 78550, on Saturday, December 8, 2001 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Mary Louís name to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Harlingen, Building Fund, at the Address listed above.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Marjorie Mae Mauldin
WESLACO, TX - Marjorie Mae Mauldin, 88, passed away on November 16, 2001 at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Texas after a lengthy illness.
Marjorie was born in Arab Alabama on January 18, 1913 and moved to Texas in 1936. She was a resident of Weslaco for 63 years.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Norma Jean Fichter (Randy) of Houston, Gay Nell Juenke (Henry) of Boerne, Tx, Laverne Norman (Robert) of Grand Saline, TX; Grandchildren, Debbie Fichter, Bradley Fichter, Leslie Stephens (Dan), Glenn Juenke (Mary), Spencer Juenke, Michelle Spigelmyer (Billy) and Matthew Norman. Also surviving her are great-grandchildren, Justin Stephens, Faith Stephens, Hannah Juenke, Sarah Juenke, Kinsey Spigelmyer, Jayden Spigelmyer, her sisters, Kathleen Hawk (Wilton) of Harlingen, Wilda Chandler of Corpus Christi, and a brother Stewart Whitlock of Pearland, TX.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 1:00 P.M. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco with the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Becker, Pastor, of the First Baptist Church of Weslaco, as the officiant. Interment will be private.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.

Ernestina Ovalle
LYFORD, TX - Ernestina Ovalle, 71, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. She was born July 18, 1930 in Mercedes, Texas. She lived in Willacy County all her life.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lyford with Fr. Dave Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Lyford Evergreen Cemetery. A Rosary will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Duddlesten Chapel.
She is survived by her husband, Felipe Ovalle of Lyford; one son, Juan Jose Ovalle of Lyford; four daughters, Guadalupe Serrato of Lyford, Ernestina Sanchez of Colorado, Lydia Maldonado and Rosa Garza of Lyford; three brothers, Pablo Mares of Indiana, Roberto Mares of Ohio and Juan Mares of California; three sisters, Donicia Mares of Harlingen, Paula Mares of Elsa and Ramona Martinez of California. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jose Antonio Garza, Juan Luis Garza, Estevan Serrato, Lawrance Serrato, Juan Jose Ovalle and Ray Mares.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Leta Mae Strickland
ARLINGTON, TX - Leta Mae Strickland, 87, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2001 in Arlington.
Private family memorial service was held in Fort Worth. Burial was in Mont Meta Cemetery in San Benito, Texas.
Leta Mae Strickland was born in February 8, 1914 in San Benito, Texas.
She was preceded in death in 1956 by her husband, Shaw Strickland.
Mrs. Strickland is survived by her daughters, Patsy Feller and husband, Carl of Salado and Joann Richey and husband, Gerald of Arlington; son, Michael Shaw of San Angelo; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great great grandson; sister, Johnnie Owens of Fredericksburg; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Bateman of Houston.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Arlington Funeral Home, Arlington, TX (817) 548-1791.

Aaron N. Fourdyce
LA FERIA, TX - Aaron N. Fourdyce of La Feria, formerly of Illinois, passed away on October 25, 2001 at the home of his daughter in Illinois.
He married Lillian Link on April 6, 1938.
He retired from International Harvester in 1976 as a Master Mechanic and he also ran Pleasant Acres Trailer Park in La Feria from 1978 until his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian (1976); 4 sisters, and one brother.
He married Susie Moore in 1978.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Joyce Sackville, Karen Waugh and husband, Vace, Audrey Saddoris; and son, John Fourdyce and wife, Kathy; 12 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Larsons Funeral Home in Rock Island, Illinois.

Heriberto Garza
MERCEDES, TX - Heriberto Garza, 53, died Monday morning at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, JaNene Garza; two sons, Emilio and Joe Garza; a daughter, Yvette Garza Cordova; his mother, Josefina T. Garza; and a brother, Jose Eloy Garza all of Mercedes.
Visitation will take place Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mercedes Christian Church. Interment will follow at Mercedes Memorial Restlawn Cemetery in Mercedes.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Lawrence Wiesman
HARLINGEN, TX - Lawrence Wiesman, 75, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2001, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas after a six-year battle with cancer.
Mr. Wiesman was born to Carl Wiesman and Ida Lueb Wiesman February 18, 1926, in Lindsey, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Woodford AKA 86 during the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of World War II.
He was a farmer in the Rio Hondo area, manager of Arroyo Cotton Gin, and retired as manager of Valley Grain and Elevator at Port Harlingen.
He was a seed distributor for Pioneer Hi-Brid Intíl. Mr. Wiesman was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2410 and the American Legion Post 205. He was also a lifetime member of the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Keralum Council 2785. He served on local and state levels in the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the Rio Hondo ISD School Board, Cameron County Irrigation District #2, and Board of Directors for Southmost Soil and Conservation District.
Mr. Wiesman is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a sister. Survivors include his wife, Mary Barbara Wiesman, of Rio Hondo whom he married September 9, 1948 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church in San Benito, TX; five sons, John Wiesman of Rio Hondo, Thomas Wiesman of Rio Hondo, William (Bonnie) Wiesman of Cameron, TX, Charles (Karen) Wiesman of Kingsville, TX and Richard (Sherry) Wiesman of Harlingen, TX. He is also survived by a brother, Leroy (Dolores) of Tulsa, OK; sisters-in-law, Bertha Wiesman of Gainesville, TX and Leona (Ben) Miller of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, Rufus Turnam of Denton, TX; 4 grandsons, 11 granddaugthers, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2001 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will provide an Honor Guard prior to the Rosary.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at St. Helenís Catholic Church in Rio Hondo, with Father James Foelker, OMI Celebrant.
Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito, TX. Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 205. Pallbearers will be Billy Mac Simpson, Matthew MCCarthy, Rolando Muniz, Bob Hatch, LT. William Wiesman III, David Gusler, David Newell, and Travis Wiesman.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, along with special friends, James McCarthy, Johnny Goodman, and Jim Cutler. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society (5413 S. McColl, Edinburg, TX 78539), Oblate Missions of San Antonio (P.O. Box 86, San Antonio, TX 78212) or a charity of your choice. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Todd Shenkenberg and Dr. Robert Collier along with the Nursing Staff of Valley Baptist Hospital for the care given on the multiple occassions of his confinement there.
Even though he shall be greatly missed, we know he is at peace, free from constant pain, and in the hands of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Services are under the direction of Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, Texas. (956) 428-9004.

Manuel G. Rodriguez Jr.
SAN BENITO, TX - Manuel G. Rodriguez Jr., 47, passed away at a local hospital on November 25, 2001.
Mr. Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Ernestina Torrez, Rodriguez and his mother, Elena Santiago; two daughters, Cynthia Rodriguez and Sandra (Juan) Maldonado; 6 nephews; 3 stepdaughters, and 4 step sons; brothers and sisters, Alisia (Daniel) Casarez of Georgia, Otilio (Socorro) Rodriguez of CD. Victoria, Tamp, Mex., Inocensio (Rosa) Rodriguez of San Benito, Ofelia Lopez of San Benito, Jose A. (Berta) Rodriguez of Florida, Sylvia Rodriguez of San Benito, Carlos (Marie) Santiago of San Benito, and Dora (Carlos) Garcia, of San Benito.
A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 399-1331.

Ramona Sosa
HARLINGEN, TX - Ramona Sosa, 47, entered into rest on November 24, 2001.
One son, Mark Sosa; father, Feliciano Lopez, and two brothers, Ignacio Lopez and Alejo Lopez preceded her in death.
She is survived by her mother, Maria Martha D. Lopez of Harlingen; 4 sons, Gilbert Sosa Jr. (Beth), Michael Sosa, Abel Sosa, Eloy Sosa all of Harlingen. She is also survived by four sisters, Isabel Nunez (Santos) of Florida, Paula Vega, Juanita Sanchez of Illinois, Maria Hernandez of Florida; two brothers, Antonio Lopez, Juan Lopez of Harlingen; 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held yesterday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be held today, November 27, 2001 at 3 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels in Harlingen with Pastor Alfonso Vergara officiating.
A graveside service will be held Friday, November 30, 2001 at 9 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Jesus E. Garza
RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Mr. Jesus E. Garza, 71, entered into rest Sunday, November 25, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX.
He was born November 27, 1930 in Alamo, Texas to Alejos and Anestacia (Esparza) Garza. He lived in Willacy, County all his life.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 2 p.m., November 27th, at Palabra De Fe A Las Naciones in Raymondville with Elias Juarez officiating. Burial will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Hs is survived by his wife, Ester Garza of Raymondville; three daughters, Lorie (Ruben) Hernandez of Las Cruses, N.M; Marta (Enrique) Nieto of San Perlita and Eduvina (Robert) Montalvo of Raymondville; one brother, Filiberto Garza of Raymondville; four sisters, Lydia Lopez, Francis Garza, and Guadalupe Garza all of Raymondville and Eva Alcasar of Leveland, TX. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his son, Alejandro Garza in 1985.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Alice Joyce Kilbourn
CORPUS CHRISIT - Alice Joyce Kilbourn was born in Oil City, Louisiana, on May 17,1920. Joyce moved several times in her childhood, growing up in Livingston, Texas, where she called home til moving to Corpus Christi, to work at the Military base repairing war time aircraft. She later joined the WACís during World War II, serving in the 69th Hospital Company until February 1946.
Joyce was married to Kirk Herbert Kilbourn on January 8, 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas. They resided in Santa Rosa, Texas, until 1989, when they moved to Corpus Christi, due to illness. While in Santa Rosa, Joyce gave birth to two children, Walter Ray and Patsy Ruth. While in Santa Rosa they were members of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, a son, Walter Ray Kilbourn of Corpus Christi and a daughter, Patsy Ruth Owens of the Woodlands; a sister, Lee Smith of Corpus Christi; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Kirk Kilbourn; her parents, Arcola Jane and William Moore; a sister, Cookie, two brothers, Bill and Johnny Moore preceded her in death.
A visitation will be held Monday, November 26, 2001, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with family receiving friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Chapel. Burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Directors. 1002 E. Harrison, Harlingen, Texas (956) 423-4141.

Frazier A. Treadaway Jr.
WESLACO - Frazier A. Treadaway, Jr., 74, passed away November 22, 2001 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX. Frazier was born August 2, 1927, in Victoria, TX. He was a businessman in Weslaco for 31 years and a member of the Weslaco Elks Lodge for 23 years. He served his country during W.W. II in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frazier Treadaway, Sr.; his mother, Edith Jordan Treadaway; brother, Joseph Treadaway; and a sister, Sally Easley.
Mr. Treadaway is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Scott Treadaway; two sons, David Treadaway of Victoria, TX, and Richard Treadaway of Spicewood, TX; three daughters, Peggy Anderson of Tyler, Terry Hoverson of Odem, Phoebe Weise of Seguin; three grandchildren, Eric and Cassie Hoverson of Odem, and Megan Treadaway of Victoria. Also surviving Mr. Treadaway are two sisters, Ann Arnold and Nan Sullivan of Victoria.
Memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 11 a.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Weslaco Lodge #2057. Interment will follow at a later date in Victoria, Texas.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.

Maria Trevino
PRIMERA - Maria Trevino, 64, of Primera, Texas, passed away into eternal sleep at Valley Baptist Medical Center on November 23, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Juan Trevino Sr. of Primera; two daughters, Sandra Trevino of Primera and Oralia Aldaba of Harlingen; five sons, Juan Trevino Jr., Omero Trevino, Antonio Trevino, Felipe Trevino, and Cesar Trevino, all of Primera; 16 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and one brother, Justo De La Cruz Lopez of Linares, Nuevo Leon Mexico.
She was a resident of Primera, Texas, since 1955 and a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Pallbearers will be Juan Trevino Jr., Omero Trevino, Antonio Trevino, Felipe Trevino, Cesar Trevino, and Armando De La Cruz.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2001, in Chapel A. and a rosary will be conducted at 7 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2001 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, interment will follow to Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Memorial Park in La Feria, Texas.

Rosa L. Garcia
HARLINGEN - Mrs. Rosa L. Garcia, 90, native of Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and a longtime resident of Harlingen, entered into eternal rest on November 23, 2001 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Lalo S. Garcia and her mother, Mrs. Gertrudis Lopez.
She is survived by son, Joe L. (Rose) Garcia of Corpus Christi, TX.; daughters, Mary G. (Hector M.) Trevino of San Antonio, TX., and Mona G. (Enrique S.) Gonzalez of San Antonio, TX.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several cousins and nieces from Harlingen, TX., Monterrey and Nuevo Leon , Mexico.
A rosary was held on Sunday, November 25, 2001, at Garza-Elizondo Funeral Chapel. A mass will be held today, November 26, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Craig Carolan officiating.
Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, La Feria, TX.
Pallbearers include Phillip Castaneda, A.J. Garcia, Rene Gonzalez, Roberto Lopez, Jr., Rick Salinas, and Michael Trevino.
Funeral Services are under the direction of Garza Elizondo Funeral Home, Member of Protecto Deco, 209 W. Taylor St., Harlingen, Texas (956-423-5353)

Richard Kapraun
WESLACO - Richard Kapraun, 93, entered into rest November 22, 2001. He was born June 18, 1908, to Henry Kapraun and Katherine Appel Kapraun.
He worked as a mechanic in the Putnam and Henry IL. area before retiring to Weslaco, TX., in 1979.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Katherine Kapraun; two brothers, Connie and Fritz Kapraun; three sisters, Gertrude (Geo) Mattern, Elizabeth (Harvy) Klein, and Edith Kapraun.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Kapraun of Weslaco; son, Henry Kapraun of Putnam, IL.; daughter, Katherine (Gene) Damalas of Elkhart, IN.; three grandchildren, Kim Damalas of Colorado Springs, CO., Kris Damalas of Seattle, WA., and John Damalas of Elkhart, IN.
Visitation will be at Hawkins Funeral Home in Weslaco, on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a rosary at 4 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Mercedes at 10 a.m., Monday November 26, 2001. Interment and graveside services will be at Calvary City Cemetery in Henry, IL.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawkinís Funeral Home.

Dessie "Dixie" Hobbs
HARLINGEN - Dessie "Dixie" Hobbs, formerly of Los Fresnos, peacefully passed away on Friday, November 23, 2001 at the age of 83. Dixie was a retired Special Education teacher for San Benito for more than 25 years. She held a Masters Degree in Special Ed., and a minor in Biology from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She was very active in Kappa Kappa Iota, serving as President for several terms. She enjoyed teaching and gardening. She will be remembered for her "happy go lucky", carefree attitude in life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle Hobbs in 1989; and three children, David, Terry, and Diane. She is survived by eight children, Kyle Jr., of Ohio, Stanley Pat of Rancho Viejo, Sue Langely of Oklahoma, David Mangrum of Oklahoma, Kay Lynn Peace of Nashville, Margo Saxon of California, Tim of San Antonio, and Sam of Washington; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
No local services will be held. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Muskogee, OK., under the direction of Reed Culver Funeral Home in Taliquah, OK.
All memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association, at The RGV Chapter, 1000 Camelot Dr. Suite 6005, Harlingen, Texas.
All local arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Blanche Wells
WESLACO - Blanche Wells, widow of Ferris T. Wells, co-founder of Wells of Weslaco, 92, passed away November 24, 2001 at John Knox Medical Center in Weslaco.
Visitation will be held Monday, November 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Weslaco. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.

Esther Ruby Stafford Smith
GOLIAD, TX - Esther Ruby Stafford Smith, 99, made her transition from this life on November 23, 2001 at La Bahia Nursing Center in Goliad, Texas. Esther was born July 8, 1902, in Bluff City, Kansas to the late Daniel Wayne and Lula Dell Stafford.
Esther married the late Herbert Whitfield Smith on January 30, 1924 in Harlingen. This union produced five children, their only son, Herbert W. Smith Jr., who passed away in 1954; their first born Cordelia Lou Johnson, who passed away in 1992; grandsons, Larry Jardee, who passed away April 13, 1997 and Gordon Philip Johnson, who passed away September 7, 2001. Surviving daughters, Wilma Iris Clark, of Mobile AL., Dee Dee McArthur and husband Bob of San Antonio, and Billie Faye Harris and husband Jimmie of Victoria; sisters are, Hazel Smith of Rockport, Texas, Yuma Lee of San Benito, Mabel Hall of Brownsville, and Isola Colberg of Alta Loma, CA. Esther was blessed with nine grandchildren, Rebecca J. Johnson of San Antonio, Jerry Jardee of Port Lavaca, Texas, Carol Lou (Bill) Pavelka of Mobile, AL., Dianne (Don) Keller of Katy, Texas, Gary Sawyer of San Antonio, Randolph (Sheree) Sawyer of San Antonio, Charissa (Bill) Ragsdale of Tulsa, OK., Julie "Harris" (Michael) Wolf of Lakeway, Texas, and Jamie (Kelly) Flanagan of Pearland, Texas; also 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Esther was a Methodist, and held many offices in the Womenís Society. Esther resided in her home in Combes until 1994, when she went to live with her daughter, Billie Faye and Jimmie Harris, in Victoria, Texas. Visitation hours will be Sunday, November 25, 2001 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Monday, November 26, 2001 at 10 a.m. in Mont Meta Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Gilberto Resendez
SAN BENITO - Gilberto Resendez, born August 27, 1948, passed away Saturday morning, November 24, 2001, at Valley Baptist Medical Center. He was a life long resident of San Benito.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and also a Vietnam veteran, he was employed by KGBT-TV as an engineer.
Gilbert is survived by his wife, Maria Elena Resendez; daughter, Laura Resendez; sons, Marc and Adrian Resendez, Roberto (Elena) Aldape, and Freddy Aldape; his parents, Juan and Josefa Resendez; brothers, Raul (Teresa) Resendez and Ruben Resendez; sisters, Juanita (Ernesto) Vasquez, Olivia (Joe) Martinez, Gloria Gil, and Irma Resendez; 36 nieces and nephews.
Gilberto is preceded in death by his brother, Roberto Resendez.
Pallbearers are, Raul, Ruben, and Marc Resendez, Freddy Aldape, Danny Gil, and Jeremy Martinez.
Honorary Pallbearers are Bobby Zamora and Rex Resendez.
A holy rosary will be held on Sunday November 25, 2001 and Monday November 26, 2001, at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at St. Benedictís Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 399-1331.

Maria Luisa Atkinson
RIO HONDO - Maria Luisa Atkinson, 51, and a lifelong resident of Rio Hondo passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2001.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Christobal and San Juanita Zepeda and two brothers, Freddy and Manuel Zepeda.
She is survived by her fiancée Mayo Villafranca of Harlingen; four daughters, San Juanita Atkinson, Tamara (Ralph) Zapata of Rio Hondo, Nancy (Miguel) Gonzalez of San Benito, Marcelita Atkinson and her fiancée, Roy Rodriguez of Brownsville; three sons, Rogelio Atkinson, Jesus Atkinson, Jr. and his fiancée, Lori Moreno, and Demetrio Atkinson, all of Rio Hondo; one brother, Enrique Zepeda of Harlingen; two sisters, Ninfa (Adan) Atkinson of Rio Hondo and Guadalupe (Antonio) Rios of Harlingen; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today, November 25, 2001 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Monday November 26, 2001 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with a rosary prayed at 7 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen. The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 12:30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, interment will follow at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery in Harlingen.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Maria Trevino
PRIMERA - Maria Trevino, 64, of Primera, Texas, passed away into eternal sleep at Valley Baptist Medical Center on November 23, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Juan Trevino Sr. of Primera; two daughters, Sandra Trevino of Primera and Oralia Aldaba of Harlingen; five sons, Juan Trevino Jr., Omero Trevino, Antonio Trevino, Felipe Trevino, and Cesar Trevino, all of Primera; 16 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and one brother, Justo De La Cruz Lopez of Linares, Nuevo Leon Mexico.
She was a resident of Primera, Texas, since 1955 and a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Pallbearers will be Juan Trevino Jr., Omero Trevino, Antonio Trevino, Felipe Trevino, Cesar Trevino, and Armando De La Cruz.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2001, in Chapel A. and a rosary will be conducted at 7 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2001 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, interment will follow to Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria, Texas.

Daniel G. Agado, Sr.
SAN BENITO ó"He will raise you up on eagleís wings and hold you in the palm of his hand."
On February 10, 1929 Daniel G. Agado Sr. was born to Juan and Amalia Agado in La Paloma, Texas, and joined them in the kingdom of heaven on November 21, 2001. He was raised with six sisters and five brothers who loved him very much. He married Basilia Gonzalez on June 8, 1952 and settled on his ranch in San Benito, Texas. Daniel and his devoted wife raised a family of eight children, who grew up to be fine, respectable adults. After many years of employment, he retired from the Cameron County Health Department in 1991.
Daniel could hardly resist getting a giggle out of anyone in his presence with the joke of the moment that came from an unending supply. His face could light up an entire room if the newest addition to the family entered, or his funny expressions would put any kid in hysterics. Even at the saddest of times, Daniel found the humor somewhere.
He loved his home, his ranch, his polkas, and chicken broccoli in brown sauce, but most of all he loved his family. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and taught them that you have to work to succeed. His family traditions were upheld throughout the years, from butchering the Christmas pig to cracking piñatas on birthdays. His faithful dog was always by his side as he herded the cattle, fed the chickens, hung a snake on the tree while praying for rain or whenever he sat relaxing in the shade of the parra.
Daniel is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jose and Feliberto Sr., his sister Chonita Gonzales, and two grandchildren Brandi Lizette Agado and Ryan Samuel Rocha.
His wife and loving family eagerly awaits reunion in the kingdom of God: his eldest child Maria Elena (Ernesto) Perez and their children Katherine Lee, Julie Ann, and Michael Ernest. Son Juan Jose (Carolyn) and their children Justin Keith and Lauren Ashley. Son Daniel Jr. (Aleida) and their children Daniel III, Bryan Joseph, and Kristen Marie. Son Ruben (Maria) and their daughters Leslie Ann, Abigail, Iris Nicole, and Victoria Marie. Son Eliazar Sr. (Angelina) and their children Jason Henry (daughter Madison Layna), Bonnie Ann, Billy Jack, and Eliazar Jr. Daughter Norma (Lonnie) Treviño and their children Meaghan Danielle and Travis Lonnie. Son Antonio (Lydia) and their daughters Jennifer Lee and Jacklyn Ann. Daughter Sylvia (Toby) Rocha and their daughter Harrison Ryan.
His sisters Juanita Martin, Manuela Garcia, Dolores A. Falcon, Adela Cervantes, and Amelia Gonzales also survive him, as well as his brothers Ignacio Sr., Manuel, and Juan Jr.; and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 24, 25 at San Benito Funeral Home from 1-9 p.m. The Holy Rosary will be recited on both days at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2001 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in San Benito. Interment will follow at the Agado Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Agado Jr., Eliazar Agado Sr., Antonio Agado, Michael Ernest Perez, Daniel Agado III and Bryan Joseph Agado. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Henry Agado, Billy Jack Cantu, Justin Keith Agado, Eliazar Agado Jr., and Travis Lonnie Treviño.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.

Henry B. Meadors, Sr.
RIO HONDO - Henry B. Meadors, Sr., 85, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2001 in Golden Palms Health Care Center.
Henry was born on November 26, 1915 in Wichita Falls, Texas to John Walter and Ethel Hills Meadors. Henry served in the U.S. Navy as a Aviation Storekeeper First Class aboard the U.S.S. Salerno Bay, serving in W.W.II. Henry had been a Valley resident since 1983. Henry was a retired salesman for Morrow-Thomas Industrial Supply Company.
Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Gill Meadors in 1993. Henry is survived by his sons, Henry Bennett (Celia) Meadors, Jr. of Amarillo, Texas, and John Charles (Gloria) Meadors of Texarkana, Texas; daughter, Gina Rebecca (Ray) Witten of Arroyo City, Texas; five grandchildren; 1 great grandson.
Graveside services only will be held Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 3 p.m. in Mont Meta Memorial Park Mausoleum. For those desiring to do so, memorials may be made to the Childrenís Center Foundation at V.B.M.C. or a charity of oneís choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Luz Valle Ortiz
SAN BENITO - God saw that she was getting tired and the cure was not to be; So He put his loving arms around her and whispered come with me. With tear-filled eyes, we watched her fade away and although we loved her so deeply, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest Ė God broke our hearts to prove to us Ė He only takes the best.
Luz Valle Ortiz, 93, passed away to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 23, 2001 at Valley Baptist Hospital.
Luz was born in San Francisco del Rincon, GTO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Merced Valle; brother, Jose Valle; a sister; grandson, Rolando Ortiz; her husband, Jesus Dionicio Ortiz and son, Domingo Ortiz.
Luz is survived by her daughter-in-law, Margarita, daughters, Maria O. Funes (Jose), Guadalupe O. De La Fuente (Roberto), Lucy Escobedo (Perfecto) and Beatrice O. Garcia (Joe) and sons, Armando Ortiz (Elvia) and Johnny Ortiz.
Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers will be her grandsons and sons.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2001 at St. Benedictís Catholic Church with Father Nacho Luna officiating.
Burial will then follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
There will be a rosary recited at San Benito Funeral Home at 7 p.m., Friday, November 23, 2001.
Mama Lucita, we love you so very much and we will miss you greatly but at least we will know that you are finally resting peacefully.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.

Maria Luisa Gil
HARLINGEN - Maria Luisa Gil, 48, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2001 in Methodist Hospital in Houston. Maria was born on October 23, 1953 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Maria was a housewife and homemaker and a resident of Harlingen for many years.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all her children.
Maria is survived by her children, Joe Torres of Harlingen, Lynn Gil of New Jersey, Salvador Gil, Jr., Danny Gil, Richard Anthony Gil, Michelle Gil and Mario Gil, all of Harlingen; grandchildren, Javier Cruz Gil, Serena Natelie Sky Martinez, Danny Gil, Jr. and Isael Lynn Gil; mother, Sabina Alejo Torres; brothers, Arminio Torres, Marcelo Torres and Alberto Torres; sisters, Aurelia Torres and Rafaela Torres.
Maria was preceded in death by her father, Jose Lauro Torres.
Visitation hours will be held from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, November 23, 2001 with a rosary to be said at San Benito Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2001 in San Benito Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.

Stan Stanley, MSGT/Retired
BROWNSVILLE - Born to Marie Willis Stanley and Forest W. Stanley on January 29, 1927 in Decatur County, Iowa, Forest Raymond Stanley passed away November 20, 2001.
Col. Stanley was a long time member of the Confederate Airforce Flying Museum and most recently, a founding member and curator of the Brownsville Barnstormers Flying Museum.
As a Master Sergeant in the United States Airforce, Stan served his nation for over thirty-five years, earning numerous awards and citations including the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and Airforce Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Col. Stanley is survived by his friends and loved ones at the Confederate Airforce.
He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held at the CAF Museum, 455 South Minnesota, at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2001.
Memorials to the Brownsville Barnstormers will be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Delta Funeral Directors of Brownsville, 1300 E. Harrison St., 542-2222.

William George Giersch, Jr.
RAYMONDVILLE - William George Giersch, Jr., 70, entered into rest Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at his home in Raymondville.
He was born February 23, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Giersch had worked as a bookkeeper most of his life and served in the U.S. Army Airborne, 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War.
The high point of his military service was being in an honor guard for his hero, General Douglas MacArthur.
Mr. Giersch was a resident of Raymondville since July 1975. He was also a member of the local V.F.W. Post #6719.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mrs. Maria Guadalupe (Quiroz) Giersch of Raymondville; one daughter, La Marr (Arturo) Giersch-Gomez; 3 grandchildren, Arturo Gomez, Jr., Desiree Mandi Giersch and Danielle Gomez, all of Raymondville; 2 sisters, Kathrine Kozminski and Evelyn Tiefenthaler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today at Duddlesten Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m. Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2001 at St. Anthonyís Catholic Church in Raymondville.
Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Full military graveside services will be under the auspices of V.F.W. Post #2410 and American Legion Post #250 of Harlingen and V.F.W. Post #6719 and American Legion Post #390 of Raymondville.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Pryor Dillard
HARLINGEN, TX - Pryor Dillard, born December 1, 1907, in Calhoun City, Mississppi, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Dillard dedicated his later years to helping those in need through the Border Relief and feeding the hungry.
Mr. Dillard is survived by 2 sons, Mchayden Dillard of College Station, Texas, and Pryor Dillard, Jr., of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Barbara Ann Cook of Bossier City, LA; 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday, November 22, 2001 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mont Meta Funeral Home.
Graveside Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, November 23, 2001 at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Funeral services are under the direction of Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, Texas. (956) 428-9004.


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