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Olefia Fira Elliott passed away, Saturday August 4th. She and her twin sister Celia were born May 19, 1952 in Sinton, Tx to Oralia (Lala) Vasquez. Ofie grew up in Sinton, graduated, and joined the United States Air Force to become part of the first all-female flight crew in the history of the USAF. She chased space shuttles, documented missile testing logistics in flight, and visited multiple countries and continents all over the world. It was a visit to Okinawa, Japan that she met her late husband, Gary Elliott. They went on to marry and have 2 children. After Gary passed, Ofie retired from a full and honorable 20 year military career with her children in Alvin, Tx. She is survived by her children, Jason Victor Elliott (Samantha) and Bethanie Belen Elliott, her grandson Jason Lee Elliott, 5 siblings, Celia, Mary Alice, Henry, Salvador, and Crissy, and many nieces and nephews. There are also a multitude of friends and honorary family members who will carry her spirit and remember her contagious smile and unfailing generosity.

 

Frances E. Enis, 85, died June 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Frances was born August 8,1931 in Buford, Georgia until moving to Corpus Christi, Texas where she worked and met the love of her life Joe and within months married and raised five beautiful children. Frances's joys were loving her family and grandchildren,playing bingo,working in her yard and cooking to please the family. Mom knew no strangers. Frances and Joe were married 59 years. They lived, loved and will spend the rest of eternity together. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Joe Enis, her mother, Cora Idell Colbert, brothers, Arcile Reddish, Waverly Reddish, Alton Reddish, sister, Melrose Hill, grandsons, Joseph Gibson, Gerald Bray and daughter-in-law, Cathy Gibson. She is survived by her children, Diane Hardy McDowell, Joe Enis and Cynthia Enis Bray all of Sinton, Brenda Prince of Norman, Oklahoma and Walter Gibson of Calallen,Texas, her brother, Aaron Reddish,12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Special thanks to Lee Johnson and Betty Lloyd and the Christus Spohn Hospice Medical Team for all the love and care that was given during this time of need. ''She loved you all". Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 10:00AM to 9:00PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held at 10:00AM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Israel Blanco officiating. Graveside services followed at 11:00AM at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi. Interment followed. 

 

Joe H. Ennis, 91, of Sinton,Texas went home to our loving Savior on Saturday, April 15,2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 16,1926 in Saltillo, Mississippi. He joined the Army/Air Corps in August of 1945 and he was a World War II Veteran. After leaving the military he moved to Corpus Christi where he met the love of his life, Frances Reddish Enis and devoted his love and life for 59 years. He made his home here in Sinton, working and raising his children for 59 years. He worked for San Patricio Electric Coop for 30 years retiring April 28,1988 as a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the Sinton Masonic Lodge #1012 serving as a Master Mason. He loved fishing but most importantly his family and spending time with friends at Freddie's Steakhouse. Joe is survived by his loving wife Frances, children, Diane McDowell Hardy of Sinton, Texas, Walter Gibson of Calallen, Texas, Brenda Prince of Norman, Oklahoma, Joe A.Enis of Sinton, Texas and Cynthia Enis Bray of Sinton, Texas, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren and his beloved dog Pepper. Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Modina Hinton of Shannon, MS, his brother,Turner White of Tupelo, MS, his grandsons, Joseph Lee Gibson, Gerald E.Bray and daughter-in-law, Cathy Gibson. Special thanks to Lee Johnson and Betty Loyd and Christus Spohn Hospice for taking such loving care of him. Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel from 1:00PM to 9:00PM. Graveside services were held at 11:00AM Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, IH37 Access Rd, Corpus Christi, Texas with full military honors. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sinton Masonic Lodge #1012, Sinton, Texas 78387.

 

Victor Rodriguez Esparza, 79, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016. Victor was born on July 28, 1936 to Reymundo and Rosa Esparza. He was raised in Sinton and had been a longtime resident of Garland, Texas. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be remembered for his love of laughter and devotion to his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Reymundo and Rosa Esparza, brothers, Pedro, Patricio, Gilbert, Raul and Raymond, Jr. Victor is survived by his wife, Guadalupe Esparza of Garland, his daughters, Mary Lou Cardoso and Julie Alvizo of Garland, his sisters, Ernestina Serna and Aurelia Buendia of Sinton. Celia Rodriguez of Odem,Virginia Gonzales of Katy, Rosie Espinoza of Pasadena and Herlinda Esparza of Amarillo, his brothers, Juan and Rick of Houston, David of Pasadena, Raymond of Sinton and Jessie of Garland, five grandchildren, Renee Esparza, Denise Gomez, Stacy Alvizo, Anna Thrasher and Victoria Esparza Cardoso all of Garland and 8 great grandchildren. Visitation was held Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1:00PM to 9:00PM with a rosary being recited at 7:00PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Friday, January 29, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Barbara "Nonnie" Iris Evans, age 89, went home to her Lord January 7, 2019, after living a full life, a life of laughter, adventure and lots of love. Barbara was born Sunday, May 5, 1929, in Tucson, AZ to Keenus Hutchison and Julia Adkins. She was the oldest of four siblings: Bill Hutchison, Sharon Brewster, Jerry Hutchison and Dick Hutchison. Though the past few years she lived in Corpus Christi, she considered Sinton, TX her life-long home. She truly believed in the marriage institution and was preceded in death by her three husbands, Robert C. Van Meter, William "Bill" Evans and Edward Bingham. She loved shopping for clothes, baking at Christmas, traveling across Texas to golf tournaments with Papa Bill, dancing in purple dresses, and serving her home church, First Baptist Church of Sinton and her granddaughter's church, Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church. In addition to her husbands, Barbara is preceded in death by two brothers, Dick and Jerry Hutchison, her son, Robert Van Meter, step-daughter, Kay Wilson, grandson, Morgan "Bubba" King and grandson-in-law Larry Baker. She is survived by two siblings, Bill and Sharon, her daughter, Judy Cassady, step-children, Martha Krause, Bill Evans and Judy Hicks, grandchildren, Stephanie Cozart, Kimberly Wilson, and Wendy Keach, 10 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10 AM Saturday, January 12, 2019 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Samuels officiating. Interment followed at Sinton Cemetery.

 

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David Flores, 66, of Kingsville, Texas, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020. David was born April 12, 1954 in Sinton, Texas to Placido and Felipa Flores. He graduated from Sinton High School in 1972 and then from Texas A&I University in 1976. On March 22, 1975, he married Rebecca Escamilla in Sinton, Texas. David is survived by his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Flores, a son, David "D.J." Flores, Jr. and his wife Jackie of Kingsville, Texas, a daughter, Desiree Francine Flores, and her wife, Sabrina Cavazos-Flores, three grandchildren, Liana Isabel Flores, David "Tres'' Flores III, and Eduardo Daniel Flores, two brothers, Julio and Isreal Flores, and two sisters, Paula Arrambide and Gracie Orta, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. David was preceded in death by his parents Placido and Felipa Flores.

 

Luz Garcia Flores, 96, affectionately known as "Ama", passed away peacefully at home on March 28, 2017 with her loving family by her side. She was 96. Luz was born on March 3, 1921 in Donna, Texas to Jose and Petra Garcia.She was a loving mother, grandmother, homemaker and longtime resident of Sinton, Texas. In addition to raising their 8 children, she enjoyed gardening and playing bingo. She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Icidro R. Flores, with whom she was married 67 years, her grandson, Guadalupe Gomez, Jr. and her great great grandson, Lalo Gallegos, brothers, Felix Garcia and David Garcia, sisters, Dora Garcia and Maria Montalvo. Survivors include her sons, Icidro (Felipa) Flores, Jr., Jose G.(Juanita) Flores, Oscar (Rose) Flores, David (Mary B.) Montalvo and Jesus Flores; daughters, Dora (Victor) Olivo, Juanita F.Gomez and Silvia (Rick) Milligan; 23 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren,14 great great grandchildren. In deep gratitude to all the caregivers that took such good loving care of Ama. Visitation began Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:00PM with a rosary being recited at 7:00PM Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

 

Alonzo L. Franco, 93, loving father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Alonzo was born on October 30,1922 in Kenedy, Texas to Pablo and Estefana Franco and had been a lifelong resident of the Sinton and St.Paul area. He had been employed as a farmer, carpenter and trucker. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dominga Franco, beloved daughter, Grabiela Martinez and his siblings, Alberto and Apolonio Franco,

Ramona Gutierrez, Tomasita Montemayor, and Lupe Pastrano. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Alonzo  (Yolanda) Franco, Jr., Pablo E.(Diana) Franco and Domingo Franco of Sinton, his daughters, Estefana (Ernest) Contreras of Refugio, Esmeralda (Esteban) Castillo and Silvia (Michael) Mejias of Sinton, also by his grandson who he raised as his own, Marcos Moreno of Sinton, his brother, Pablo L.Franco, Jr. of Corpus Christi, 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:00AM Friday, May 20, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Patrick Serna as celebrant. Interment followed at the Walheim Cemetery in Tynan, TX. Pallbearers will be Marcos Moreno, Markey Moreno, David Franco, Alonzo Franco III, Daniel Franco and Pablo Franco III. 

 

Presiliano E. Franco, 69, loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was born on June 15, 1951, in Sinton, Texas to Alberto and Lorenza Elizondo Franco. He had been employed as a contractor and was a member of Sacred Heart St. Paul Mission. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alberto and Lorenza Franco, and his brother Francisco Franco. He had been married to Lupita Canales for 45 years. He is survived by his loving family, his son Presiliano (Carol Day) Franco, Jr. of Austin, his daughter, Melissa (Frank) Franco De Gonzales of Portland, his three grandchildren, Frank Miguel Gonzales II, Sofia Lorenza Gonzales, and Daylen Antonia Franco, his brothers, Reynaldo (Camilia) Franco of Houston, Alfredo (Emma) Franco of St. Paul, Albert (Rosie) Franco of Calallen, Aurelio (Elaine) Franco, and Lorenzo (Vickie) Franco of St. Paul, his sisters Janie (Richard) Munoz of Beeville, and Anna (Walter) Steward of Cleburne, Texas. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM Saturday, January 9, 2021, with a funeral mass to be celebrated following the rosary at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Internment will follow at John J. Welder Memorial Cemetery in St. Paul. The family requests for masks to be worn, no hugs or handshakes, and social distancing. 
 

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Camille Ann Valenta Galbreath, 40, loving mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Camille was born on July 13, 1979 in Taft, Texas to Gary and Nancy Mick Valenta. She graduated from Sinton High School in 1997 and received her Masters degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Texas A&M in Corpus Christi. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Adolph and Ruth Valenta and Raymond Mick. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughter Sway Galbreath of Corpus Christi, her parents, Gary and Nancy Valenta of Sinton, her brother, Brian Casey Valenta of San Antonio, her grandmother, Ann Gallagher Middour of Corpus Christi and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. A rosary will be recited at 10 A.M. immediately followed by a blessing Monday, July 6, 2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Father Yul Ibay officiating. Interment will follow at The Palms Memorial Gardens. 

 

Mary Lou Galvan, 66, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020. She had been formerly employed by Land's Drive Inn and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Adolfo Galvan of Sinton, her sons, John Galvan of Taft, Adolfo Galvan, Jr. and Michael Galvan of Sinton, her daughter, Sonia (John) Martinez of Sinton, her brothers, Carlos Quintanilla, Ismael Quintanilla, Margarito Quintanilla, and Gilbert Quintanilla of Sinton, her sisters, Rose Mary Gonzales, Nelda Jean Molina, Janie Quintanilla, and Alice Quintanilla of Sinton and Martina Wages of Ft. Worth, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, July 31, 2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery. 

 

Cresencio "Chris" G. Garcia, III, 47, of Sinton, Texas passed away at his home in Sinton on September 15, 2020. Cresencio is survived by his daughters Karolyn Garcia, Kristin (Jesus) Madden, Katie Garcia, Elsa Garcia, Emma Garcia, Nina Garcia, sons, Cresencio Garcia, IV, Rocco Garcia, Ivan Garcia, parents, Cresencio Garcia, Jr. and Elena Garcia, sisters, Gillian (Tom) Harrison, Elsa (Joey) Davila, brother Lionel Garcia, grandchildren, Kameron Madden, Clarissa Madden, Elijah Madden, and a loving extended family. Chris was born on June 27, 1973, in Sinton, Texas. He worked as a lineman for many years, in 2005 he worked through the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina to aid in the restoration of power in Mississippi. Along with his career as a lineman, Chris was always "hustling" and developed many skills. There was never a task that he wasn't determined to tackle on his own. Within moments he would transform into a mechanic, plumber, welder, writer, builder, and cook (mostly barbeque). He had a love for fishing, treasure hunting on the beach, playing cards, and ensuring he was the life of the party, making jokes every chance he got. Especially teasing everyone by saying "you got my money punk?" Chris enjoyed every genre of music and movies under the sun and wasn't afraid to be challenged in video games or to hop on a longboard, he truly had a love for life. His young spirit, stubbornness, determination, and love will forever live on in his children. Visitation was held Friday, September 25, 2020, from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

 

Eugenio Prieto Garcia, 76, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Eugenio was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He had an amazing sense of humor and loved music and playing his guitar. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Felicitas Garcia of Sinton, his sons, Eugene Garcia, Jr. and Antonio Garcia of California, Johnny Garcia of Sinton, Armando Gracia and David Garcia of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Lucinda Garcia Linares, Mindy Garcia and Debra Garcia of Sinton, his brothers, Sylvestre Garcia of Odem and Paulo Garcia of San Juan, Tx, his sisters, Estefana Aleman and Victoria Garcia of Odem and Consuelo Garcia of Corpus Christi, 18 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. No services will be held.

Jesus Jose Garcia, 70, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 28, 2017 following a sudden illness. Jesus was born in Sinton,Texas on March 17, 1946 to Martin and Margarita Garcia. He had been a lifelong resident of Odem and had been employed as a mechanic until his retirement. He was a big Dallas Cowboys fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Margarita Garcia, his brothers, Juan Garcia and Jose Garcia and his daughter-in-law, Melinda Garcia. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Alma Garcia, his sons, Javier Garcia and Carlos Garcia, his granddaughter, Eva Marie Garcia, his brothers, Lupe (Victoria) Garcia and Martin Garcia all of Odem. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at Memorial Cemetery in Odem.

Marcelo L. Garcia, Jr., 82, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Marcelo was born on November 11, 1938, in O'Donnell, Texas, to Marcelo and Juanita Lopez Garcia. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, enjoyed barbecuing with his family, enjoyed fishing, traveling, and especially enjoyed his trips to Las Vegas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcelo and Juanita Lopez Garcia, and his brother Joe Garcia. He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 57 years Ramona Garcia of Corpus Christi, his sons, Marcelo Garcia of Odem, Armando Garcia and Joey (Cindy) Garcia of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Janie (Joe) Rodriguez and Estella Hager of Corpus Christi, his brother, Adolfo Garcia of Odem, his sisters, Celia Conde and Petra De Luna of Odem and Carlotta Ortiz of Three Rivers, 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A procession will depart at 9:30 AM Thursday, January 7, 2021, from Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton to San Pedro Cemetery in Odem for a graveside service with Father Yul Ibay officiating. The family requests for masks to be worn, no hugs or handshakes, and social distancing.

Maria O. Garcia, 72, loving sister, aunt, cousin, and friend passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Maria was born on November 26, 1948, in Lamesa, Texas to Vidal and Bartola Lopez Garcia. She attended Sinton schools and was a longtime resident of Sinton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Vidal, Jr., Hondo, Domingo, Florentino, and Albert Garcia, her sister, Julia Garcia, and her sisters-in-law, Herlinda Garcia, Leonarda Garcia, and Alicia Garcia. She is survived by her brothers, Manuel (Tina) Garcia and Juan Garcia of Sinton and her sisters-in-law, Lupe Garcia of Sinton and Elena Garcia of Yancey, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A prayer service will be held at 7 PM Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ramiro Rubio officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Vidal L. Garcia, Jr., 77, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019. He was a longtime resident of Sinton and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his life partner, Soledad Aguirre of Sinton, his sons, Albert Garcia, Vidal Joe Garcia and Eli Garcia of Sinton and Vidal Sanchez of California, his daughter, Veronica Garcia Gonzales of Sinton, his stepdaughter, Nadine Aguirre of Dallas, his brothers, Manuel Garcia, Albert Garcia and Juan Garcia of Sinton, his sister, Maria Garcia of Sinton, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment followed at John J. Welder Memorial Cemetery in St.Paul.

 

Anita Barrera Garza, 95, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 11, 2016 following a sudden illness. She was born in Laredo, Texas and had been a lifelong resident of Sinton. She had been employed as a bartender. She is survived by her daughter, Guadalupe Luna of Corpus Christi, 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:00AM Monday, February 15, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Patrick Serna officiating. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

​Amelia Gomez, 66, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She had been employed as a housekeeper. She is survived by her sons, Adelfino Gomez, III, David (Paula) Gomez and Juan Carlos (Victoria) Gomez ofSinton, her daughters, Melissa Gomez. Dora Alicia (Rene, Jr.) Ramirez, Sophia (Antonio) Luna and Sonya (Michael) Alaniz of Sinton, her brothers, Domingo Perez of Taft, Augustin Perez of Levelland, Jose Perez, Juan Chavez and Oscar Perez of Sinton, her sisters, Simona Aguirre of Refugio, Estella Almaguer and Elida Osornio of Levelland, Alicia Ramos of Aransas Pass, Abelia Murataya of Sinton, Maria Gonzalez of Oklahoma, Adela Trevino of Odem, Susana Franco of Garland, Sylvia Fuentes of Princeton, Tx and Lupita Andrade of Sinton,18 grandchildren.A prayer service was held at 7 PM Monday, November 17, 2019 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10 AM Monday, November 18, 2019 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Rev. Roman Encinia officiating. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Florencio Gomez, Jr., 69, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 surrounded by his family, following a short illness. He was born and raised in Odem and worked in sales all his life. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a US Army veteran. One of his favorite pastimes was watching his grandchildren play ball.  He was preceded in death by his son, David Ray Gomez, his mother, Maria Medellin, his brothers, Claudio Medellin and Rene Gomez, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gabriel and Catarina Lira and his brother-in-law Angel Lira. He is survived by his loving family, his wife Juanita "Janie" Lira Gomez of Odem, his son Gabriel (Priscilla) Gomez of Odem, his daughters Venessa (Anthony)Martinez of Odem and Barbara Gomez of San Antonio, his brother Raymond Gomez of Hale Center, Texas, five sisters Maria Carmen Lopez and Janie Medellin of Odem, Diana Trevino and Theresa Gomez of Hale Center, Texas and Lorena Arellano of Kingsville, his father Florencio Gomez, Sr. of Hale Center, Texas, four grandchildren, Catarina Mia Martinez, Anthony "A.J." Martinez, Jr., Julian Gabriel Gomez and David Ray Gomez. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 1:00PM Friday, February 26, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery with full military honors.

 

Arnulfo Gonzales, Sr., 59, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018. He had been employed as a pipefitter in the oil industry. He is survived by his sons, Arnulfo Gonzales, Jr. and Chris Deantes of Aransas Pass and John Deantes of Beeville, his daughters, Angelina Johnston of Calallen and Pauline Gonzales of Aransas Pass, his brothers, Jose Manuel Gonzales, Jr. and Robert Fonseca, Jr of Sinton and Felix Fonseca of Ingleside, his sisters, Janie Lopez of Ingleside, Irene Fonseca and Guadalupe Rocha of Sinton, four grandchildren. Visitation was held from 11 AM to 9 PM  with a prayer service being held at 7 PM Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

 

Jose Gonzales, 71, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. He enjoyed playing softball and was a big Texans fan. He is survived by his wife, Janie Gonzales of Sinton, his sons, Jose Gonzales, Jr. and  Juan Jose Gonzales of Sinton, his daughters, Sylvia Garcia, Ida Gonzales, Diana G.Vela, Lorie Gonzales and Josephina Gonzales of Sinton, and Lina Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, his brothers, Ruben Gonzales of Houston, Francisco "Pancho" Gonzales of Taft and Salome Gonzales of Sinton, his sister, Lupita Paramo of Houston, 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Friday, December 21, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Jose Gonzales, 73, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020, following a short illness. He was a hard worker, a good provider to his family, and was very well-loved. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Ninfa Gonzales of Texas City, his sons, Jose Gonzales, Jr. of Beeville and Daniel Gonzales of Mathis, his daughters, Sylvia Gonzales and Erlinda Gonzales of Texas City and Janie Gonzales of Sinton, his brother, Frank Gonzales of Quinlan and his sisters, Margarita Mendoza, Mary Garcia, Diana Garcia, Yolanda Hernandez and Sally Gonzales of Garland and Ofelia Medina of Wylie,18 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020, from 1 PM to 9 PM with a rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Pedro "Pete" Gonzales Sr., 72, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 27, 2017. Pete was born and raised in Sinton, Texas where he resided all his life.  He attended Catholic and public schools in Sinton. He also attended and graduated from Commonwealth College of Science in August 1970. He was employed by Goodwin Funeral Home until becoming owner and operator of Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in December 1977. He was a former member of our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where he served as an usher, was a member of the Men's Club and was the head sponsor for the Altar boys for many years. He served for nine years on the Sinton School Board, served on the Sinton Municipal Golf Course Board and as Municipal Court Judge.  He also served on the City Council for 10 years, including five years as Mayor.  He was a dedicated and honest business owner, loving and caring boss, husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed playing golf and working on this ranch. Pete was preceded in death by his parents Adelaido "Ed" and Petra Gonzales, his brother Edward, sister Antonia and brother-in-law Elias. He is survived by his loving family, his wife Janie, his sons Pete Gonzales Jr. of Columbia, Maryland & John (Velma) Gonzales of Sinton, Tx, his daughters Dianne (Dennis) Myers & Christy (Jacob) Segovia of Sinton, his grandchildren Joshua, Jonathan, Amanda, Samantha, Dennis, Madison, Carol, John Jr., & Dahvy, nephews Hector Gomez, Pedro Gonzales and Elias Noriega Jr. and many cousins and friends. The rosary was recited at 7:00PM Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.  

Francisco Gonzalez, 86, passed away on Monday, December 25 ,2017 following a long illness. He is survived by his sons, Martin Y.Gonzalez of Odem and Clemente Gonzalez of Corpus Christi,his daughter, Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez of Odem, the mother of his children, Jesusa Longoria, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant.

Felix Guajardo, Jr., a lifelong resident of Taft, TX passed away at the age of 69 on February 14, 2021. He was born to Felix and Erminia Guajardo on January 25, 1952, in Taft, TX. He graduated from Taft High School in 1971, where he met his wife of 48 years Evangelina "Angie" Guajardo. He was a CDL truck driver for 40 years, the last 20 years with Nutrien Ag Solutions of Taft, TX. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was a friend to all he encountered. He is preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Erminia Guajardo, and his older sister Juanita Castellanos. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evangelina "Angie" Guajardo. His children, sons Felix (Roxann) Guajardo III, Issac Anthony Guajardo, Omar (Frances) Quintero, daughter Laura Ann Guajardo; grandchildren Trinity Guajardo, Felicity Guajardo, Andruw Salazar, Marc Anthony Quintero, Angel Quintero, Jaz Lynn Narvaez, Kaitlin Narvaez, and Juan Ramirez. Sisters, Linda (Ben) Cisneros, Nelda Guajardo, Sylvia (Edward) Rodriguez, and multiple nieces and nephews. He is gone but not forgotten, for he gave every person he encountered a reason to remember him. Memorial service will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, TX. Visitation will be at 5 PM, with a holy rosary to be recited at 7 PM. 

Julia Guajardo, 84, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019. She was a loving mother and grandmother whose motto was "my way or the highway". She is preceded in death by Manuel Garcia, her husband, Ricardo Guajardo and her son Manuel Garcia, Jr. She is survived by her sons, Rudy Garcia and Guadalupe (Nelda) Garcia, her daughters, Mariselda (Carlos) Dominguez and Juanita Dominguez, her brother, Augustin Ruiz all of Odem, 24 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:45 PM Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Sacred Heart  Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant.

 

Ricardo Guajardo, 64, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 2, 2017 following a long illness. Ricardo was born on June 22, 1952 in Beeville, Texas to Aurelio and Antonia Guajardo. He had been a resident of Odem, Freeport and Beeville before moving to Corpus Christi. He had been employed as a trackman for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his son Jason Guajardo and his sisters, Felecitas Barrientes and Irma Gloria Rodriguez. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Julia Guajardo of Corpus Christi, his son, Richard Guajardo of Beeville, his brothers, Jesus Guajardo of Beeville, Aurelio Guajardo and Eluterio Guajardo of San Antonio, his sisters, Alicia Cano of George West, Pabla Cisneros of Beeville, Mary Jane Rivera of San Antonio and Zenida Munoz of Beeville,13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Monday, February 6, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

 

Fidencio T. Guerrero, Sr., 88, passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at his home following a long illness. God called him home to rest, no more pain, no more suffering. He was born in Goliad, TX and had been a lifelong resident of Sinton. A man of great compassion, love and caring for his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and those who knew him. From the moment of his life to the end, he always gave and shared his love and asked little for himself. He was so appreciative and proud of the care given to him by his children and immediate family during his illness. He is preceded in death by his wife Julia Guerrero. He is survived by his loving family, his four sons, Fidencio (Yolanda) Guerrero, Jr., Jesse ( Linda) Guerrero, Sr. and Joe (Mamie) Guerrero, Sr. of Sinton and Pablo Guerrero of Elroy, his two daughters, Mary (Adan) Flores of Sinton and Angie (Santiago) Flores of Odem, his two brothers, Ladislado (Lupe) Guerrero of Clarkwood, TX and Francisco Guerrero of Blunter  TX, 22 Grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

 

Mamie Jane Guerrero passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2019 with her loving family at her side. She was 58. Mamie was born on August 29, 1960 in Sinton, Texas to Chale and Maria Soto. Mamie was a resident of Sinton all her life and she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and friend to so many. Preceding in death are her parents and her in-laws, Fidencio, Sr. and Julia Guerrero. Survivors include her husband, Joe Guerrero, Sr. of Sinton, her daughters, Jennifer Sanchez (David Garcia) of Woodsboro and Rebecca Gelista (Michael) of Corpus Christi, her sons, Chris Guerrero, Joe Guerrero, Jr. and Johnny Lee Guerrero of Sinton, her brothers, Manuel Sanchez, Jr, Frank Sanchez and Luis Sanchez of Austin and Joe Sanchez (Gracie) of Gregory, her sisters, Suzie Ortiz (Narciso Perez) and Angelita Sanchez of Corpus Christi, eight grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends. Visitation was held from 11 AM to 9 PM  Wednesday, February 13, 2019 with a holy rosary being held at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 AM, Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Jose Gutierrez, 98, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Jose was a lifelong resident of Odem and was a self-employed tire repairman. He was a US Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Maria C.Gutierrez of Odem, his sons, Gustavo Gomez and Gabriel Gomez, Jr. of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Debbie Serrano, Baudelia (Frank) Bargas, and Concepcion (Richard) Barrera of Odem, Janie (CJ) Edwards and Elia Hernandez of Corpus Christi,10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Tuesday, September 29,2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 12 PM Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Graveside services were held at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi with full military honors.

 

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Guadalupe Hernandez, 59, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 following a short illness. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and had been a lifelong resident of Edroy. He is survived by his wife, Viola Hernandez of Edroy,his sons,Guadalupe Hernandez, Jr. of San Antonio, Andrew Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez of Edroy, his daughter, Jennifer Hernandez Huntley of Chicago, IL, his brothers, Pete Adamez and Ricardo Cordova of Odem,his sisters, Norma Hernandez of Robstown and Nadia Cordova of Sinton, five grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Friday, September 14, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Edroy Cemetery.

 

Rita Sandoval Hernandez, 84, loving mother and grandmother passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020. She had been employed as a home health provider. She is preceded in death by her husband, Armando Hernandez and her son Robert Gonzales. She is survived by her daughter, Eloise Flores of Sinton, her brother, William Sandoval of Bay Cliff, Texas, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday, July 13, 2020 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Samuel L. Hernandez, 39, loving husband, father, son, and brother passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Samuel graduated from Odem High School in 2001 and had been employed at Sam Kane Beef Processors. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dora Garces Hernandez. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Maribel Hernandez, his sons, Eliseo Hernandez and Samuel Hernandez, his daughter, Dora Hernandez, his father, Jesus Hernandez, his brother, Pedro Hernandez, his sister, Sharron (Frank) Ramos, his father and mother-in-law, Monico and Jesusa Bravo, brother-in-law, Monico (Jennifer) Bravo, Jr., his sisters-in-law, Marisol (Taneicha) Bravo, Monica Bravo and Joslin Bravo, his nephew, Elisha Bravo, his nieces, Victoria (Wally) Ramos Martinez, Martina M. Ramos, Francisca L. Ramos, Emma I. Ramos, Alaiyah Bravo, Brooklyn Bravo, and Lillyana Bravo. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Sunday, January 24, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 AM Monday, January 25, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Rosa C. Herrera, 78, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Rosa was a longtime resident of Odem. She was a working mother who loved her children and adored her grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Hector C. Nunez, Miguel C. ( Antonia ) Nunez and Fred C. Nunez of Odem, Bobby C. ( Nelda ) Nunez of Portland and Ramon C. (Sheri ) Herrera of Inez, Tx, her brother, Emeterio Castillo of California, 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery.

 

Carol Ann Hesseltine, of Sinton, Texas, passed away on December 15, 2020, at age 74. Born in Sinton, Tx to Jack B. and Linsey Preston, she was baptized, confirmed, and married at Grace Lutheran Church in Sinton. A friend to everyone, Carol Ann was popular and developed many life-long relationships. Her beauty and charm led to her being named Miss San Patricio County in 1964. She loved being outdoors and riding horses and her skill on horseback rivaled the best cowboys. After graduating from Sinton High School in 1965, she attended Texas Tech University and Texas A&I University. She married Gerald Hesseltine on October 8, 1966, and started a new set of challenges raising three children, building a business with Gerald, and working as a school secretary. If you pass through the Refugio school system in the 1970s and 1980s, she touched your life. Carol Ann raised her three children and eight grandchildren but opened her heart to countless others. She supported all of them in their endeavors throughout their lives, and whether you called her "Mom" or "Mimi" or "Mrs. Hesseltine", you knew who your greatest fan was. She served her Church and community as superintendent of the Sunday School at Grace Lutheran and many other roles. Carol Ann's life was the measure of Grace under pressure. She handled every situation with a smile, a kind word, and a determined spirit, always striking a positive note. Carol Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the prime of her life. Even with this challenge, she never lost her Faith, compassion, poise, grace, or her ability to reach out to others to make them feel better. She epitomized all that is right, and everyone should follow her example. 

"Shine on me sunshine, Walk with me world, It's a skippidity do da day, I'm the happiest girl, in the whole U.S.A"

Carol Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Jack B. and Linsey Preston, and her sister, Linda Mayo. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerald; her children and their spouses; daughter Sherry and husband Derron Mirtsching of Leander, daughter Viki Martino of Sinton, and son Scooter and wife Erika of Orange Grove; grandchildren, Travis, Cameron, Linsey, Chelsea, Ashlyn, Christiana, Elise, and Mikayla; her brother, Jack Preston and wife Carolyn, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend special thanks to Lili Garza, Carol Ann's caregiver, whose boundless love, compassion, dedication, and friendship enriched Carol Ann's life beyond measure. Memorials can be made to Grace Lutheran Church - Sinton or to the charity of your choice. Visitation is 2 PM until 5 PM, Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Funeral service is 2 PM, Sunday, December 20 at Grace Lutheran Church, Sinton. Internment will follow at the Sinton Cemetery. 

Ruby Ann Hesseltine was a devoted wife, mom and grandmother. She was a faithful employee of both Sinton ISD and Refugio ISD, touching lives amongst both staff and students for many years. Ruby loved giving of herself to others, whether family and friends or complete strangers. She never tired of helping anyone in need. Ruby was the backbone of her family and always had a smile on her face. Ruby had many talents, cooking, sewing, carpentry and gardening. She also loved to travel with her daughters, going on different adventures across the country. Ruby and her husband, Jim, were married for 41 years and are now finally reunited with one another for all eternity. She was preceded in death by her sister, Charlie Ward and her husband, Jim Hesseltine. She left behind a family that loved her dearly, consisting of her son, Jeff Hesseltine of Luling,Texas, her daughters, Tiffany Jones of New Braunfels, Texas, Shanna White of Boerne, Texas, Mandy Hesseltine of Portland, Texas,  Debbie Slaughter of Vidor,Texas, adopted member of the family, Nicole Garcia of San Antonio, Texas, her father, Shorty Ward of Freer, Texas, her mother, Hazel Graham of Mathis, Texas, her brother, John Meyers of Austin, Texas,  her sister, Dona Dye of Austin, Texas, 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 10:00AM Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Samuels officiating. Interment followed at the Sinton Cemetery.

 

Ira Higginbotham, Jr, of Kingsville, passed away June 14, 2018, at the age of 75.  He was born November 13, 1942, to Ira and Jewel Margaret Simons Higginbotham. He was a 1962 graduate of Henrietta M. King High School in Kingsville, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Range and Wildlife Management, both from Texas A&I University. Ira worked in public education in Texas, with the Co-operative Extension Service through the University of Arizona, and in the private sector in irrigation and landscaping. He was an avid outdoorsman, and fishing and dancing were among his passions. He was predeceased by his parents and is survived by the love of his life, Rosalie Roy of Portland; sons Benjamin (Sue) Higginbotham of Jonesborough, TN, and Joseph Higginbotham of Humble, TX; and a daughter, Jan Elizabeth (Leighton) Stovall of Dumas, TX.  His grandchildren are Elizabeth (Zachary) Carter of Houston; Hannah, Katherine, and Grace Higginbotham of Jonesborough, TN; Jennifer Mokshefsky and Jonathan Higginbotham of Humble; and Zachary, Caleb and Sarah Stovall of Dumas. He is also survived by a sister, Jewel “Tissa” Peterson of Rio Grande City; and a brother, Al Higginbotham of Kingsville. A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Robstown Community Hall at 4612 County Road 42 between Agua Dulce and Robstown. Directions and a map are available on the hall’s website, www.robstowncommunityhall.com A meal and time for sharing will follow the service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or the charity of your choice.

 

Francis Louise Horton, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 following a long illness. Frances was a great Mom, a wonderful Grandmother and was loved by everyone. She is survived by her loving family, her daughters, Debbie Crawford and Tammy (Larry) Anderson of Odem, her sister, Shirley Warren of Corpus Christi, her three grandchildren, Bryan Williams, Eric Smith and Jennifer Williams and her great granddaughter, Arabelle Louise Smith. Graveside services were held at 2:00PM Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Sinton Cemetery. Interment followed. 

 

Eric Michael Hoverson, age 37, passed away on July 29, 2016 in Corpus Christi,Texas. Eric was born on June 8,1979 in Harlingen,Texas. He was a 1997 graduate of Odem High School and a beloved member of the community. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Richard and Ruby Hoverson of La Feria,Texas and his maternal grandparents Frazier and Marjorie Treadaway of Victoria,Texas and his uncle Richard Treadaway. He is survived by his parents Michael and Terry Hoverson, his sister Cassie (Jacob) and nephews Owen and Elijah King of Robstown,Texas, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were held at 11:00AM Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Odem located at 307 W. Turner in Odem. In lieu of flowers,the family asks for donations in Eric's name to either charity below: Good Samaritan Rescue Mission or the Mother Teresa Shelter.

 

On July 10, 2020, we lost a great man, Armand G. Huerta, 74. It was sudden but we are comforted to know he is at peace with his parents Julia and Frank Huerta, daughter Ashley Renee Huerta and his grandson David Jesus Huerta. Armand was great at catching our hearts and catfish. He proudly served our country retiring after 23 years in the United States Air Force. He retired as a TSGT and was proud to say that he kept those jeeps running during the Vietnam Conflict. He always had a smile and a corny joke. He will be greatly missed and remembered. He leaves behind his wife Martha Huerta and five children, Renee & Anthony Zapata, Armanda Huerta, Angelica and Kevin Covington, two sons, Frank Huerta and Samuel Huerta, sisters, Rose and Blair Eztler, 13 grandchildren, several cousins, two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, five nephews, and three nieces. Visitation was held from 2 PM to 9 PM with a rosary being recited at 7 PM Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was held at 11 AM Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Graveside services and interment were held at 2 PM, Thursday at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi.