ALAMO — Dominga Perez, 75, of Alamo, died April 19, 1999, at Comfort
House in McAllen.
Born in Floresville, Texas, Mrs. Perez had lived in Alamo for five
years. She was formerly of Pharr and was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, Fidel Perez of Alamo; a son, Gilbert
Perez of San Juan; three grandchildren, Gilbert Perez, Fernando Perez and
Ashley Nicole Perez; and two brothers, Simon Piña and Gilberto Piña,
both of Houston.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, April 20, 1999,
at San Juan Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home
in San Juan.
PEDRO SALAS SR.
McALLEN — Pedro Salas Sr. entered into eternal rest April 17, 1999,
at McAllen Medical Center.
Mr. Salas was born in an Nocilas, Mexico. He worked at Monte Carlo
Motel with Fouchek and Meyer as an apartment manager.
Mr. Salas is survived by his wife, Oralia L. Salas of McAllen; three
sons, Pedro Salas Jr. and Roberto Salas, both of McAllen, and Jose Antonio
Salas of Mission; one daughter, Juana Maria Salas of McAllen; twp brothers,
Jose Salas of Del Rio and Juan Salas of Houston; two sisters, Maria Rodriguez
of Del Rio and Lydia Garza of McAllen; and 11 grandchildren.
Mr. Salas was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Salas and Juana
R. Salas; and one brother, Guadalupe Salas.
Viewing and visitation began Monday, April 19, 1999, from 1 to 9 p.m.
with a 7 p.m. rosary at Ceballos Funeral Home in McAllen. Funeral Mass
will be at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in McAllen. Burial will follow at La Piedad Cemetery in McAllen.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Ceballos Funeral Home in
HIDALGO — Celsa Torres, 65, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April
19, 1999, at McAllen Medical Center. Born in Hidalgo, Mrs. Torres was a
loving wife, mother and housewife.
Mrs. Torres is survived by her husband, Jorge I. Torres of Hidalgo;
her children, which include four sons, George I. (Irma) Torres Jr. of Alamo,
Juan I. (Socorro) Torres and Joe A. (Frances) Torres, both of McAllen,
and George F. Torres of Hidalgo; three daughters, Maribelle, Lory Ann and
Erica Torres, all of Hidalgo; one brother, Luz Gonzalez; four sisters,
Paula Martinez and Mary Stevens, both of Hidalgo, Modesta Solis of Oregon
and Hermelinda Balli of North Carolina; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Mrs. Torres was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Tomasa Segovia;
her brother, Manuel Segovia; and her two sisters, Cruz Guerra and Amelia
Viewing and visitations for Mrs. Torres will begin today, Tuesday,
April 20, 1999, at 11 a.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary being recited at Ceballos
Funeral Home in McAllen. A religious service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
April 21, 1999, at Ceballos Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at
Hidalgo City Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Ceballos Funeral
Home in McAllen.
HAZEL MARIE FRERKING
WESLACO — Hazel Frerking, 88, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, at John
Knox Village Center in Weslaco.
Miss Frerking was born on July 6, 1910, in La Harpe, Kansas to Louis
and Pearl Marsh Frerking. She grew up in Quinton, Okla., and graduated
from high school there as valedictorian of her class. She graduated from
Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, with a bachelor of science degree
in math and a master's degree in elementary education.
She moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1935. She taught school for 43
years in Quinton, Okla.; San Juan, Victoria, Harlingen and Weslaco. She
was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Weslaco, Delta Kappa
Gamma, Sans Sousi Club, the Retired Teachers Association, and a resident
of John Knox Village. Miss Frerking is survived by her brothers, Harlan
Frerking of Sunnydale, Calif., and Ernest Frerking of Weslaco; five nieces
and four nephews. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, April
20, 1999, and Wednesday, April 21, 1999, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Funeral
services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at the First United
Methodist Church with the Rev. Myron Ricketts, pastor, officiating. Burial
will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Funeral arrangements
are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.
Dec. 28, 1917 – April 19, 1999
EDINBURG — Antonia Luna entered eternal rest early Monday, April 19,
1999, at Edinburg Regional Medical Center at the age of 81.
She was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Tacuba Brooks, County, Texas, to Antonio
and Catarina Rodriguez (now deceased). She was married to Gustavo Luna
who died in Oct. 1995. She was a resident of Edinburg for many years.
Mrs. Luna was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister,
aunt and friend, who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving children, Gumaro Luna and Gonzalo Luna,
both of Edinburg, Jesus Luna of Fresno, Calif., Ricardo Luna of San Antonio,
Oscar Luna of Houston, Romeo Luna of Pharr, Gloria Rodriguez of Elsa, America
Garcia, Lucia Garcia, Zulema Garcia, all of Edinburg, and Maria Ramirez
of Pharr; two brothers, Jose Rodriguez and Ememorio Rodriguez, both of
Edinburg; a sister, Ramona Guevarra of Rio Grande City; 30 grandchildren;
and 45 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday,
April 20, 1999, at Gonzalez Funeral Home in Edinburg. A rosary will be
prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
April 21, 1999, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Edinburg. Burial services
will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Edinburg.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gonzalez Funeral Home
LORETTA V. DOMINGUEZ
PHARR — Loretta V. Dominguez, 80, died Sunday, April 18, 1999, at McAllen
Born in McAllen, Mrs. Dominguez had lived in Pharr for 2 ½ years.
She was formerly of Delano, Calif., and was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Gilberto Salinas of Kerrville, Texas, and
Alejandro Salinas of Bakersfield, Calif.; two daughters, Julia Alvarado
of Pharr and Irma Lara of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 35 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren;
and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Dominguez; two sons,
Santos Salinas Sr. and Mauro Salinas; and a daughter, Amparo De La Garza.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 20, 1999,
with a 7 p.m. rosary at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in San Juan. Funeral
service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Memorial Funeral
Home Chapel in San Juan. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home
in San Juan.
PHARR — Sofia Hernandez, 81, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, at Rio
Grande Regional Center.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Odelia Gonzalez, on March
Survivors include her husband, Esteban Hernandez; a son, Oscar (Lupita)
Hernandez; a daughter, Oralia Colbath; several sisters; one brother; 13
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A rosary was held Monday, April 19, 1999, at De Leon Funeral Home in
Pharr. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at
St. Margaret Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Palm Valley Memorial
Gardens, under the direction of De Leon Funeral Home in Pharr.
CURTIS LEE McCLAUGHERTY
LEESVILLE, La.— Curtis Lee McClaugherty, 78, died Monday, April 12,
1999, in Leesville, La. He was born in Sandia, Texas, on Sept. 6, 1920,
the son of Lee and Nina McClaugherty.
He was raised in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from Edcouch-Elsa
High School in 1938. Mr. McClaugherty was in the Army for 32 years and
served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired in 1975 as the post
command sergeant major of Fort Polk.
He worked in outdoor recreational services and taught military occupational
skill classes for 10 years in the civil service. He was a member of the
First United Methodist Church and a past president of the Rotary Club of
Survivors include his wife, Anita McClaugherty of Leesville; five daughters,
Carol Keller of Clarksville, Tenn., Shelly Taylor of Houston, Danna Bradford
of Lake Charles, La., Donna Partigianoni of Leesville, and Janet Perry
of Amman, Jordan; two brothers, Lowell McClaugherty of Harlingen and Ray
Dell McClaugherty of Hargill; two sisters, Winona Mongtomery of Lafayette,
La., and Jo Nell Pyle of Plano; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger.
Funeral services were held April 17, 1999, in Leesville, La.
FRANK E. SERVIERE
McALLEN — Frank E. Serviere, 93, died at Twinbrooke South Saturday,
Nov. 13, 1999. He was born in the Indian Territory before it was Oklahoma.
He was a farmer and moved to the Valley in 1925 from Oklahoma. He was a
lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served on the Board of
Elders. He was instrumental in getting the present sanctuary built and
was an avid sportsman.
Mr. Serviere was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Martha Serviere,
He is survived by his three sons, David Lee Serviere of McAllen, Frank
E. Serviere, Jr. of Cuero, Texas, and Joe Serviere of McAllen; one daughter,
Mary Elizabeth Robinson of McAllen; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
a sister, Elizabeth Kappler of Bryan-College Station, Texas, and a brother,
Ernest Serviere of McAllen.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 15,
1999, at Kreidler Funeral Home on N. 10th Street. A graveside service will
be conducted by Rev. Duane Kirchner of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 200 W.
Pecan, McAllen, Texas 78501. The care of the services was entrusted to
Kreidler Funeral Home Inc. in McAllen.
McALLEN — Ricardo Cervantes went peacefully to be joined into the arms
of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Nov. 14, 1999. Ricardo was a resident
of McAllen since 1956. He was born on November 23, 1930 in Toluca, Mexico.
He was a family man and successful entrepreneur. Ricardo knew no strangers
and never hesitated to give of himself. Even though he fought a battle
with cancer over the past nine years, he never lost his sense of humor
or his ability to make people laugh.
Mr. Cervantes is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Richard Cervantes;
daughter, Edna Cervantes-Glover and her husband Ross; daughter, Domenica
Sutti-Mendoza and her husband Rafael; son, Martin Sutti and his wife Nicole;
son, Juan Carlos Cervantes; eight grandchildren, Richard, Jr., Allison,
Daniel, Christian, Ryan, Adrian, Arriana, and Martin; mother, Rosa Maria
Castillo; brothers, Humberto and Hector; numerous nieces, nephews, and
extended family; and his faithful canine companion, Lady.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Rivera
Funeral Home in McAllen. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Monday,
Nov. 15, 1999, at the same location. Funeral services and mass will be
held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Trinity Episcopal Church,
210 W. Caffery, Pharr.
Funeral services are under the care of Rivera Funeral Home, Funeral
Director, Mr. Ralph Torres.
VIOLET M. COX BILLS
HOUSTON — Violet M.Cox Bills died on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in Richmond,
Texas. She was born on September 16, 1907 in Blanco, Texas. She was the
daughter of Aaron and May Belle Massey who were turn-of-the-century pioneer
farmers. She had lived north of Weslaco for the past 60 years where she
raised citrus and cotton. She was a member of the First Methodist Church
and Polly Anna Sunday School classes of Weslaco, and a graduate of Blanco
High School. Violet helped feed and clothe many of the early immigrants
who came to the lower Rio Grande Valley from Mexico. She was loved by all
who knew her.
Violet was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Cox Wise and her husband Philip
Bert Wise; a son, Garrett Cox, Jr.; grandchildren, David Wise, Susan L.
Wise, Samuel Cox III, Rusty Cox, Rebecca Cox; numerous grandchildren and
a host of friends.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Nov.
15, 1999, at Highland Memorial Cemetery in celebration of her life.
Violet was a wonderful loving mother and grandmother who was affectionately
known to her family as Bobbie. Bobbie will be missed by all until we join
her in eternal life.
LINN — Santos Valdez was born on July 26, 1896 at La Mestena Ranch,
Texas. He was a pioneer rancher and farmer in Hidalgo County. He began
working at a young age as a cowboy, breaking horses which he dearly loved
and was well-known.
Mr. Valdez was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Guadalupe
He is survived by his son, Rafael Valdez; six daughters, Margarita
Solis, Emma Valdez, Reyes Casarez, Olga Espinoza, Estella Sanchez, and
Irma Valdez; 34 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and six great-great
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.
today, Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Flores Funeral Home in Mission. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Flores Funeral Home
REFUGIA G. GARCIA
EDINBURG — Refugia G. Garcia, 84, born Feb. 14, 1916, in Starr County,
died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, in Edinburg.
She is survived by her children, Elvia Martinez (Juan) of San Juan,
and Ester Morin (Ismael) and Ignacio Garcia Jr. (Nelda), both Edinburg;
sisters, Cleotilde Garcia and San Juanita Garcia, both of Edinburg; nine
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ignacio Garcia Sr.; brothers,
Jose D. Garcia, Santana Garcia and Manuel Garcia; and one sister, Isabel
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Ceballos-Diaz
Funeral Home in Edinburg. She will always be known as a good provider,
loving mother, sister and grandmother, a very independent lady who loved
to sew. She was a seamstress all her life. Mass was recited at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg. Burial
followed at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.
Services were entrusted to Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg.
VIRGINIA K. SCHIBI
HARLINGEN — Services for Virginia K. Schibi, 82, will be conducted
Friday, March 3, 2000, at Kreidler Ashcraft Funeral Home at 1 p.m. with
Father Tom Pincelli officiating. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial
Gardens in Mission.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, March 3,
2000, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
Survivors of Mrs. Schibi include her husband, Leonard Schibi of Harlingen;
three daughters, Joan Schibi of Lafayette, La., Barbara Cox of Pasadena,
and Kay (Gene) Hanvey of Harlingen; one son, David (Kerry) Schibi of Harlingen;
three grandsons, Ryan, Lance, and Cody Schibi of Austin; and three brothers,
F.J., Don and Bob DeKoch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Katheryn DeKoch.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Shenkenberg and
Dr. Fuller and their staff at Valley Oncology in Harlingen, also the 4th
floor staff at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations sent to the St.
Anthony’s Building Fund, 209, S. 10th, Harlingen, Texas 78550.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler Funeral Home in Harlingen.
McALLEN — Iris Kempt-Spennrath, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000,
at her home. Iris Kempt-Spennrath was born Iris B. Alexander on January
28, 1917. She was employed at I. H. Farmall Works for 28 years, holding
several secretarial and technical positions. She retired in 1975.
Mrs. Kempt was an active member of the Bettendorf Pilot Club as an
officer and was instrumental in originating the Bettendorf Folk Festival.
Iris was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine and
Daughters of the Nile, and progressed through all chairs of each of these
organizations. She moved to McAllen in 1978 and was an active participant
of the McAllen Rio Grande Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She served as a
volunteer since 1991 and received recognition as an outstanding volunteer
with more than 5,000 service hours in 1992.
Survivors include a son, C. Dennis Kempt; two granddaughters, Victoria
R. Kempt-Thompson of Laguna Miguel, Calif., and Patricia R. Kempt-Cuomo
of Norwalk, Conn.; and a niece and nephew, Janie and Charles Depew of McAllen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Alexander; and her mother,
Ora F. Alexander; and her sister, Mary Mallory; her first husband, William
Robert Kempt; and her second husband, Paul A. Spennrath.
No services are planned at this time. Mrs. Kempt-Spennrath requested
her body be donated to the Health Science Center of San Antonio. Her cremains
will be buried in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date and
a notice of a memorial service will be announced when interment of her
cremains is performed.
A memorial fund has been established. Any donations should be sent
to Attn: Administration, Shriner Burn Hospital, 815 Market, Galveston,
She will be greatly missed by her family.
ELOISA VALENCIA YBARRA
ALAMO — Eloisa Valencia Ybarra, 77, of Alamo, died Nov. 17, 2000, at
Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.
Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Mrs. Ybarra had lived in Alamo most of her
life. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three sons, Juan Jr. (Margarita) Ybarra and Jose
(Irene) Ybarra, both of Pharr, and Guillermo (Merna) Ybarra of McAllen;
four daughters, Guadalupe (Rogelio) Martinez, Josefina Y. Garcia, Amada
(Juan) Martinez, and Gloria Y. (Arturo) Espinosa, all of Alamo; 25 grandchildren;
25 great-granchildren; and a brother, Adolfo Valencia of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Ybarra Sr.; and a son,
A Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Memorial Funeral
Home Chapel in San Juan. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today, Nov.
18, 2000, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Alamo. Interment will follow
at Val Verde Memorial Gardens in Donna.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in
MARGIE L. PILNICKI
MISSION — Margie L. Pilnicki, 84, of Mission, Texas, formerly of Clarkston
and Pontiac, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at Genesys Hospice in Goodrich,
Mich. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 22,
at the Dryer Funeral Home. Mrs. Pilnicki was born in Kansas City, Mo.,
on May 7, 1916, the daughter of Roy and Pearle (Green) Hachenberg. She
was a very outgoing person who loved people and worked as a retail sales
person in the Pontiac area for many years. She loved to make crafts and
attend craft shows in the Mission and McAllen, Texas, area. Surviving are
a daughter, Louis (A.J.) Turner of Gladwin, Mich.; two grandsons, Andrew
J. (Pamela) Turner Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, and Gary (Mary) Turner of
Davisburg, Mich.; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Alexander Pilnicki; and her brothers, Sherman, Herbert, and
Newton Hachenberg. Memorials may be made to Genesys Hospice.
ESTHER L. TREJO
LEAGUE CITY — Esther L. Trejo, 80, died Monday, March 19, 2001, in
Webster Regional Medical Center. She was a resident of League City, Texas,
and was a previous longtime resident of Weslaco. She is survived by one
daughter, Maria Guadalupe Muñiz (Reynaldo) of League City, Texas;
one sister, Concepcion Lopez of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three grandchildren,
Reynaldo Muñiz Jr. of Glendale, Calif., and Christopher J. Muñiz
and Benjamin M. Muñiz, both of League City, Texas. Visitation will
be held today, March 21, 2001, from noon to 9 p.m., with a rosary to be
held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held Thursday, March 22, 2001, from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be held at 7 p.m. Funeral service will
be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2001, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic
Church. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will
be Reynaldo Muñiz Jr., Christopher Muñiz, Benjamin M. Muñiz,
George Thompson, Luis Lopez and Arturo Thompson. Arrangements are under
the direction of Guerra Funeral Home in Weslaco.
McALLEN – Juan González, de McAllen, falleció en el hospital
McAllen Medical Center el lunes 19 de marzo, a los 80 años de edad.
El Sr. González, originario de Villagrán, Tamps., México,
era residente de McAllen desde el año 1956.
Le precedieron en la muerte un nieto, Joel Smith; dos hermanas, Dolores
y Alicia; y tres hermanos, Jaime, Eduardo y Alfredo.
Al Sr. González le sobreviven su esposa, Maria Bruna González,
de McAllen, con quién celebró 57 años de matrimonio
este 14 de marzo; tres hijos, Enrique (Esperanza) González, José
Angel (Lali) González, Ezequiel (Blanca) González, todos
de McAllen; seis hijas, Alicia (Gregorio) Delgado, Elena (Antonio) De Luna,
Blanca (Miguel) García, Rebecca (Ricardo) Urbina, todos de McAllen,
Bertha (Roger) Osborne, de Booneville, Ark., y Gloria (Raul) Cepeda, de
Mission; 24 nietos, siete bisnietos; dos hermanos, Conrado González,
de Villagrán, Tamps., México y Raymundo González de
Cd. Victoria, Tamps., México; tres hermanas, Florencia vda. de González
y Hortencia vda. de Perez, ambas de Linares, N.L., México, e Imelda
G. de Salazar, de Reynosa, Tamps., México; un sobrino, Juan H. González
de Edinburg, y muchos más sobrinos y sobrinas. Familiares que acompañaron
a la familia en su hora de dolor vinieron de Coffeyville, Kan.; Brooklyn,
N.Y.; Monterrey, N.L.; Linares, N.L.; Villagrán, Tamps. y Cd. Victoria,
La velación se efectuó ayer 20 de marzo del 2001, con
un discurso bíblico que se pronunció a las 7 p.m. por Alonso
De León, ministro de los testigos de Jehová, en la Capilla
de la Funeraria Memorial de San Juan. El servicio fúnebre se efectúa
hoy, miercoles 21 de marzo del 2001, a las 10 a.m. en la Capilla de la
Funeraria Memorial de San Juan. W. M. Grattan estará a cargo de
un breve discurso que se pronunciará inmediatamente después
en la sepultura que se llevará a cabo en el cementerio Valley Memorial
Gardens en McAllen.
Los portadores serán sus nietos, Enrique González Jr.,
Joey González Jr., John Smith, Antonio De Luna Jr., Mikey García
Jr., Zeke González Jr., Ricky Urbina Jr., Raul Cepeda III y Gregorio
Delgado Jr. Portadores de honor serán sus hijos Enrique González
Sr., José Angel González Sr. y Ezequiel González Sr.
Los arreglos fúnebres están a cargo de la Funeraria Memorial
de San Juan.
LOS EBANOS — Ascencion Flores, 97, entered into eternal rest Monday,
March 19, 2001, at Mission Nursing Home in Mission.
Survivors include two sons, Luis Flores of Sullivan City, Texas, and
Jesus Flores of Sullivan City, Texas; four daughters, Ramona Escamilla
of Los Ebanos, Maria Navarro of Riverside, Calif., Amada Hovey of Sullivan
City, Texas, and San Juanita Ramos of Palmview, Texas; numerous grandchildren;
great-granchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. today, March 21, 2001, at St.
Williams Catholic Church in Sullivan City. Burial will follow at Los Ebanos
Funeral arrangements are under the care of De Leon Funeral Home in
La Joya. Mr. Carlos De Leon Funeral Director.
EDINBURG — Evangelina Filoteo, 79, passed away Monday, March 19, 2001,
at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen.
Mrs. Filoteo was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Filoteo Sr.,
She is survived by two daughters, Blanche (Vance) Dunham of Edinburg,Texas,
and Ruth Ann (Peter) Arvizu of Waco, Texas. A son, Joe (Sylvia) Filoteo,
Jr. of Edinburg; five sisters; Esther Contreras ,Rebecca Sanchez, Lydia
Nino, Dolores Duron, all of Waco, Texas, and Jeanette Gaitan, of Spring,
Texas. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Christopher Filoteo,
Sabrina Filoteo, Peter Arvizu III, and Joseph Arvizu.
There will be no local services for Mrs. Filoteo. Her body will be
shipped to Wilkerson-Hatch-Baily Funeral Home in Waco, Texas for services
Local services were entrusted to Skinner-Silva Funeral Home of Edinburg.
DR. WARREN RASMUSSEN
McAllen — Dr. Warren Rasmussen lost his life in an auto accident on
Friday, March 2, 2001, in Louisiana, while en route to the Valley. He has
had a ministry in Mexico called Clinica Mobil, using a motorhome, for the
last 15 years.
A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on
Thursday, March 22, 2001, at St. Mark U.M.C., 301 Pecan, McAllen. His wife,
Betty, will greet friends and supporters.
AMALIA GUTIERREZ BRISEÑO
McALLEN — Nuestra queridisma madre y abuela entro en eterna paz el
martes marzo 20, 2001, a las 4:50 a.m. en el hospital Regional de McAllen.
Originaria de Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, en mayo 21, 1925, vivió
su vida en McAllen rodeada y querida por su unica hija, Maria Elena Gutierrez;
y nietos, Juan Gutierrez, Liliana y Carlos Hernandez, Patricia y Oscar
Cantu, y Veronica Alamia; bisnietos, Claudia, Ivan, Daniella Hernandez,
Maricruz Contreras y Maya Alamia.
Sus restos seran velados en Funerales de la Seccion 36 S.T.P.R.M. Colonia
Aztlan en Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Funeral services are with Rivera Funeral
ESTEBAN SALINAS CANTU
EDINBURG — Esteban Salinas Cantu entered into eternal rest on Monday,
March 19, 2001, at his residence in Edinburg at the age of 59.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Amelia Garcia.
Survivors include his wife, Rosa Maria Cantu of Edinburg; his children,
Dewayne Cantu of California, Criselda Casas of San Antonio, Cristina Jasso
and Leticia Almanza, both of Edinburg; two brothers, Luis Cantu and Juan
Cantu, both of Edinburg; two sisters, Alicia Garcia of Edinburg and Aminta
Garcia of California. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren.
Viewing for Mr. Cantu will begin at 1 p.m. today, March 21, 2001, till
9 p.m. with a rosary to be said at 7 p.m. at Gonzalez Funeral Home Chapel
of Peace. A graveside service is set for Thursday, March 22, 2001, at 10
a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg. Funeral services are under
the direction of Gonzalez Funeral Home in Edinburg.
WILLIAM “BILL” F. GEARHART
McALLEN — William “Bill” Gearhart, 78, of McAllen, died Monday evening,
March 19, 2001, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital.
“Bill” is survived by his sons, Arthur “Wayne” Gearhart; and wife,
Gay and Phillip “Mark” Gearhart and wife, Penny; his grandchildren, Kelley,
Chauncey, Nathan, Blake and Marci; great-grandson, Dakota Williams. Bill
had several other loving “adopted” grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today, March 21, 2001,
at Virgil Wilson Mortuary, 800 N. Main, McAllen. Funeral services will
be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Virgil Wilson Memorial
Chapel in McAllen, with the Rev. Ellis Orozco officiating. Burial will
follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Virgil Wilson Mortuary
ORA LUCILLE SPEIR
LAKE JACKSON, Texas — Mrs. Ora Lucille Speir Sublett went peacefully
to be with the Lord on March 19, 2001. She was born on July 27, 1911, in
Nevada, Texas. Her beloved husband John Odes Sublett, preceded her in death,
and she has now joined him in Heaven. Mrs. Sublett has lived through almost
all of the 20th Century, six wars and fourteen presidents, Mrs. Sublett
lived in McAllen, Texas, for many years. Her husband managed Moore’s Canning
Plant and she ran her own beauty shop.
Together, they raised three children. After many years, she and her
husband moved to Clovis, New Mexico. There they grew crops and operated
a farm. She also worked in a beauty shop with her sister-in-law. Mrs. Sublett
and her husband eventually retired from farming and moved back to McAllen.
When her husband died in 1981, she went to Lake Jackson to live with her
daughter and son-in-law, Eva Nell and Stanley Frey. Mrs. Sublett lived
with them in Lake Jackson for 14 years.
She then spent the last five years of her life in Houston with her
granddaughter, Karen Nell Frey Belcher; her grandson-in-law, Mark A. Belcher;
and her three greatgrandsons, Mark Daniel, Andrew John and James Yancy
Belcher. They were all so privileged to care for and love their precious
mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. As her time of graduation to
the Lord drew near, her family moved her to hospice care in Lake Jackson.
Her unwavering faith and indomitable spirit uplifted everyone around her.
Mrs. Sublett lived her Christian beliefs each day of her life. She loved
the Lord and now rests in His presence.
Mrs. Sublett is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Eva Nell (Sublett)
and Stanley A. Frey; her sons and daughters-in-law, James Edward and Charlene
Sublett and William R. and Rosalee Sublett. Mrs. Sublett had six grandchildren,
twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She is also
survived by three sisters and two brothers. Her family and many friends
dearly loved Mrs. Sublett.
Services for Mrs. Sublett will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22,
2001, at Kreidler Funeral Home Chapel on N. 10th St. with burial at Roselawn
Cemetery in McAllen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler
Funeral Home of McAllen.
ALFONSO ANGEL GUERRA
Longtime McAllen Attorney Alfonso Angel Guerra, 82, died Tuesday morning
March 20, 2001, after a lengthy illness. A lifelong resident of McAllen,
he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a hospital
corpsman attached to the First Marine Division throughout the South Pacific,
until being injured at Iwo Jima in 1945. He remained active in the First
Marine Division Association throughout his lifetime.
Survivors include two sons, John F. Guerra of Dallas and Alfonso Guerra,
Jr. of Austin; five daughters, Linda Rose Osborn of Los Angeles, Calif.,
Sylvia Aida of Mercedes, Josie Rosa of Alamo, Elizabeth of Mission, and
Kimberly of Weslaco; one brother Cruz Guerra of McAllen and eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from noon until 9 p.m. A rosary will be at
7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Virgil Wilson Chapel in McAllen. Requiem
Mass will be Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Jerry Franks
officiating. Burial will be at Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction
of Virgil Wilson Mortuary in McAllen.
Pallbearers will be Charles Banker, Arnoldo Cantu, Hon. Joe A. Cisneros,
Joseph A. Connors, Hon. Fidencio M. Guerra, Jr., Hon. Juan Manuel Ramirez
and Israel Ramon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Alexander, Russell R. Barron, A.C.
“Tony” Garcia, Hon. Fidencio M. Guerra, Sr., Hon. Raul L. Longoria, and
Laurier B. McDonald