OBITUARIES

Greenville, MI

Serafina M. "Sara" Alvarez Wyckoff, 72, passed away on March 18, 2021, along with her husband, William Wyckoff of 47 years of marriage, after a house fire. Sara was born on August 19, 1948 in Calallen, was preceded in death by her father, Santiago Alvarez of Edinburg and her mother, Francisca M. Alvarez of Odem. Also preceding her in death are her three brothers, Pete M. Alvarez, August S. Alvarez and Santiago M. Alvarez. Surviving are her sisters, Lucinda "Lucy" A. Gonzales of Corpus Christi and Mary Alvarez of Odem. Also surviving is her niece, Christine M. Avalos and her son, Jacob, also her nephews, Christopher P. Avalos of Oklahoma and Patrick and James Ray Alvarez. Sara was a 1968 graduate of Odem High School. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the hummingbirds around her yard. She also had a soft heart for her cats, Otto,Soxs, Marme and Fluffy along with any stray kittens that showed up in her yard. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 5 PM to 6 PM with a rosary being recited at 7 PM that same evening at Ritchea- Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements will be privately held the following day.

Sinton, Tx

Eddie Mae Stephens, age 96, passed away on July 9, 2021. Mrs.Stephens was born April 14, 1925 to Ed and Clara Davis in Robstown, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Zion Fair Baptist Church. Eddie Mae met and married the love of her life Floyd L.Stephens. To this union there is one son Robert L.Stephens. Her husband became a minister and pastored at the Union Baptist Church in Refugio, Texas. She served as First Lady at Union for over 20 years. While at Union she worked with the Mission Board and the Pastor Wives under the Western District Association. Pastor and Sister Stephens later moved their membership back to Zion Fair Baptist Church and she became one of the Church Mothers. Some of things she enjoyed doing was singing, going to Church, fishing and being with her friends. Other things she did was sing with the Angelic Gospel Mass Choir and the Joys of Faith Gospel Singers. Eddie Mae was one of the founders of the Silver Leaf Club. Also,she served as the Vice President of the Afro-American Historical Cultural Society. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and one brother. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Robert L. Stephens, nephews, Donald Davis (Barbara) and Tommy Green (Carolyn), her godsons, Howard Nelson, John Hollowell and Dallas Baldwin, her best friends, Marcella Laws and Tommie Rich, a host of cousins and friends and her church family at Zion Fair Baptist Church. Eddie Mae greeted everyone with "WHERE IS MY SUGAR". For 52 years Pastor and Sister Stephens called each other Honey. They are now reunited and calling each other Honey again. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 2 PM to 8 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Friday, July 16, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Heavens Acre Cemetery.

Sinton, Tx 

Louis Lee Bone was born on March 18, 1949 in Falfurrias, Tx to Louis Leroy and Lydia Myrtle Bone. As a young child Louis grew up in Falfurrias and later in  Corpus Christi, Tx. He then graduated in 1968 from Tuloso Midway. Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps where he served from 1968 to 1972. After returning, he lived in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Thereafter he settled in Sutherland Springs, Tx for many years until finally settling in Sinton,Tx. Louis passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Louis Leroy Bone (Jackie), his mother ,Lydia Myrtle Blakeney (Phillip Howard), brother, Tommy Leroy Bone, sister, Janice Sue Kinsey (Gordon Lynn) and son, Troy Calhoun. He is survived by one brother, Stephen Wayne Bone (Pamella) of New Berlin, Tx, one sister, Sherry Lynn DuBois (Melvin) of Corpus Christi, Tx and his six children, Richard

Lee Bone (Annette) of Corpus Christi, Tx, Micheal Christopher Bone (Kari) of Sinton, Tx, Joshua Adam Bone (Priscilla) of Corpus Christi, Tx, Laduska Gay (Gerald) of Sinton, Tx, Meagan Michelle Gauna (Aaron) of Great Lakes, IL and Montana Chaz Bone of Sutherland Springs, Tx. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. Louis touched the hearts of everyone he met and never knew a stranger. He was a great father, mentor and friend. He will be truly missed. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will follow at 11 AM at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi with full military honors.

Sinton, Tx

Maria Christina Orta, 71, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021. Maria was born on November 21, 1949 in Sinton to Eusebio De Los Santos and Ernestina H. Narvaez. She had been employed as a provider. She is survived by her loving family, her daughters, Venus Guerrero of Sinton and Serena De Los Santos of Arkansas, her brother, Lupe De Los Santos of Livingston, Tx, her sisters, Gloria De Los Santos and Alma Garcia of Sinton and one grandchild. A prayer service will be held at 7 PM Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Sinton, Tx

Rosa M. Ramos, 73, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2021. She was strong willed and strong-hearted, she never gave anything up without a good fight throughout her life. She thoroughly enjoyed a wide variety of music and always kept her record and album collections from her teen years. She especially enjoyed time with her family and barbecues. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Bobby Trevino of Sealy, Jerry Trevino of Corpus Christi, and Benny Trevino of Portland, her daughter, Belinda Ray of Corpus Christi, her brothers, Agapito Molina and Salvador Molina, Jr. of Sinton, her sister, Ester Garcia of St.Paul and 13 grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM  Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Ritchea- Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, June 28, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Taft, Tx 

Susanna A. Montes, 63, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. She was born on June 5, 1958 in Sinton, Texas to Amando and Emilia Rodriguez Montes. She was a lifelong resident of Taft and had been employed as a CNA for many years. She was a humble, loving, and caring person who was family oriented. She loved and adored her children and grandchildren. She had a boisterous personality with a colorful vocabulary who loved to play Bingo and the loteria. She is preceded in death by her parents, Amando and Emilia Montes, her sister, Silvia Tijerina, her brother ,Jamie Montes, and her husband, J.C. Salone. She is survived by her loving family, her son, Raylon Salone of Taft, her daughters, Kimberly Salone Molina of Taft and LaToya Salone of Houston, her brothers, Joe Anthony (Kathy) Lugo of California, Jorge (Daryl Brown) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sammy Montes and Amando Montes of Taft, her sisters, Sonia Montes, Sara Salina (Ruben, Jr.) Cruz, and Sallie Ann (Gerardo) Leal of Corpus Christi, 8 grandchildren,  and 1 great grandchild.

 

Visitation will be held Friday, June 25, 2021 from 4 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a rosary being recited at 7 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft with Father John McKenzie as celebrant. A reception will follow the mass at 

Immaculate Parish Hall from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Victoria, Tx

Naomi "Jeanne" Walker Spacek was born in Sinton, Texas on November 1, 1948 to Harold and Roberta W. Walker. Her sisters, Francine and Sharon, were her best friends. She attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Science, majoring in Home Economics from Southwest State University in San Marcos. She met her husband Victor Spacek in Halletsville, Tx where they were both teachers. They married on May 28,1972 and moved to Victoria,Tx. They had two children, Stephanie and Brian. Jeanne was loved by everyone she met. She was a talented seamstress, collector of antiques and teacups, scrapbooker, and loved to decorate her beautiful home. Her love of the holidays, especially Christmas and Halloween inspired her children and grandchildren to follow  in her footsteps. Her Christmas Snow Village was a magical site to behold. She transformed an entire room into a winter wonderland. Jeanne's talent for teaching and decorating led her to leading unforgettable vacation bible school programs and teaching Sunday School at Northside Baptist Church. She loved to read and always wanted to visit Australia. A kid at heart, Nana knew how to have fun. She spent hours teaching chess to her grand kids and playing board games, puzzles and make believe. Guilt trip extraordinaire, she knew exactly how to keep her family in line, always out of love. Her faith was evident by sharing scriptures and verses with her family. Her strength was inspiring proof of the love she had for Jesus. Jeanne went home to the Lord on May 10, 2021 and is singing and dancing in heaven. Jeanne is survived by her loving family, her husband, Victor Spacek of Victoria, her son, Brian Spacek of Victoria, her daughter, Stephanie Hamilton of Garden City, Kansas, her sisters, Francine Lukehart of Waskom, Tx and Sharon Cobb of Aransas Pass, Tx, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Ritchea Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Interment will follow in the Sinton Cemetery in Sinton.

Odem, Tx

Hermelinda Valdez, 84, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021 following a short illness. She had been employed in the food industry. She loved to sing and dance and tell jokes that made people laugh. Hermelinda was preceded in death by her sons, Eddie Benavidez, Jaime Benavidez, and Daniel Benavidez, her daughter, Sandra Benavidez. She is survived by her loving family, her son, Felipe (Diana) Benavidez of San Antonio, her daughter, Mary Alice (Emilio) Martinez of Edroy, her brother, Salvador Gonzalez, and her sister, Margarita Gonzalez, both of Matamoros Tamaulipas, Mexico, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, May 14, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Internment will follow in the Edroy Cemetery in Edroy. 

Sinton, Tx 

Peggy Rossington Canion passed away peacefully on May 6, 2021 at her home in Sinton, Texas. Peggy was born on March 16, 1934 near Carrizo Springs, Texas to Reynolds and Loree Rossington. She graduated from Crystal City High School as Salutatorian in May 1951. She attended Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Texas, where she met the love of her life Leo Canion. After living in Hondo, Denver and Kingsville, Peggy and Leo settled in Sinton in 1958, where they were both educators. Peggy taught high school math for 20 years at Sinton High School and Taft High School. She loved teaching math and instilled that love in her students. Many will fondly remember her wearing sunglasses as she demonstrated countless examples on the overhead projector. Peggy was born with a green thumb and loved working in her yard. She was an avid collector of arrowheads, antique bottles and Occupied Japan figurines. Peggy and Leo spent summers creating precious memories with their children and grandchildren on the Frio River. She spent many hours cheering on the Sinton Pirates and Lady Pirates, as she was an avid fan and one of their greatest supporters. She was a loving Yaya to her grandchildren who loved her beyond words. She will be dearly missed by her family and many life-long friends. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Reyn and Loree Rossington, her brother Tom "Boody" Rossington, her sister Robbie Speer,  and granddaughter Kaylie Yuill. She is survived by her husband Leo Canion, her daughters Joyce Lynn Canion  of Sinton and her children, Kyle Yuill and Kaitlyn Yuill, Lori Burgin and husband Todd of New Braunfels and their children Shane McDonald, Brooke McDonald, Jennifer Burgin, Kyndal Burgin and Matthew Burgin, Leigh Vickers and husband Bennie of Sinton and their children Wesley (Lindy) Vickers and Paige Vickers, her sister, Debbie Martin and husband Troy of Devine, brother-in-law Pete Speer of Uvalde, sister-in-law Martha Rossington of Boerne and many beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Friday, May 14, 2021 from 9 AM to 10 AM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with services starting at 10 AM with Rev. Willis Moore, officiating. Interment will follow at Sinton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers.Peggy requested that donations be made to the Sinton Public Library.

Sinton, Tx

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.

Houston, Tx

Joseph Stanley Chavez, 57, originally from Sinton, Texas, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021, in Houston, Texas, where he resided for the past 26 years. Stan Chavez was born in Sinton, Texas, to Estanislado (Tanis) and Audelia (Adele) Chavez on September 18, 1963. He married the love of his live, Marlyn Gonzalez, on August 18, 1990. He graduated from Sinton High School in 1982 and went on to further his education at Texas A & I in Kingsville. 

A devoted father and family man, Stan never missed an opportunity to show love and support for his children, his wife, his siblings, and/or his nieces and nephews. Known for his jokes and constant desire to keep everyone around him smiling, he was a shining light in all of our lives. Giving back to the community when and where he could, Stan was a spiritual man and found happiness in volunteering at his local Catholic Church and teaching catechism classes to the congregation's youths. Whether it be a warm handshake, a strong embrace, or simply a heartfelt grin, he brought warmth and good energy to all, and touched the lives of those who knew him. 

He is preceded in death by his dear father, Tanis Chavez, on April 8, 1990, and his beloved mother, Adele Chavez, on April 26, 2001. Stan is survived by his wife and soulmate of 30 years, Marlyn Gonzalez-Chavez, their sons, Joseph  Matthew and Brian Andrew Chavez, their daughter, Amber Alyssa Chavez, his two sisters, Velma Chavez-Cortez and Vanessa Chavez, and his brother, Wayne Anthony (Tony) Chavez; all residing in Houston.  

Pallbearers will be David Chavez, Christopher Gomez, Eloy Martinez, Ryan Cantu, Ricardo Amador Jr., and Jonathan Amador. Childhood best friend, Mayor Edward Adams, will serve as an honory pallbearer. The wake and visitation will take place on Friday, April 30, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home, and a rosary will commence at 7 PM. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery. 

Corpus Christi, Tx

Kenneth Paul Catchings was born December 20, 1964, and passed away on April 17, 2021, age 56. Paul graduated from W. B. Ray High School and Del Mar College. He worked at the Corpus Christi Army Depot as a machinist. He loved riding his Harley and collecting antique tractors and clocks. He was predeceased by his brother, William Lowell Catchings, his maternal grandparents, Bervin and Vivian Swango, and his paternal grandparents, C.E. and Estelle Catchings. He is survived by his parents, Pauline and Kenneth Catchings, his aunt, Janice Sykora, and many cousins. Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Odem, Texas, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 2 PM with Rev. Sean Maloney, Rector, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, officiating. 

Sinton, Tx 

Robert James Mick, 87, died unexpectedly on April 17, 2021, at Northwest Regional Calallen Hospital. He was born October 19, 1933, in a farmhouse near Sinton, Tx, the son of William B. and Leona Rose (Brouilette) Mick. Robert graduated from Sinton High School in 1952. He joined the Army in 1955 and served in Inchon, Korea. Following his service to our country, he married Jeannette E.Rachal. Robert also became a lifelong farmer and rancher producing beef, cotton, grain, sorghum, and catfish. He also participated in the Boll Weevil Eradication Program of South Texas. He enjoyed nature, the cooing of the lonesome dove, or the howl of a lonely coyote calling for his mate. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Rosa Lee Rosema, brothers, William E. Mick, killed in combat in Italy during World War II, Raymond G. Mick, Homer E. Mick, and daughter Robin K.Gilchrist (Alfred). Surviving in addition to his beloved wife, Jeannette E. Mick, is his son, William D. Mick, and daughters, Michele A. Mick, Renee E. Murphy (Jeff), Shannon R. Mick (Stacey), and grandchildren, Melissa L. Crawford (Ron), Robert A. Mick, Jessica A. Bailey (Clint), Shawn Murphy, Austin Murphy, Kile Hendley, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will start at 3 PM Sunday, April 25, 2021, with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, April 26, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Sinton Cemetery.

Sinton, Tx

Anna Maria Torres, 58, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Anna had been employed as a cashier for HEB Grocery Store in Sinton. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Eulalio Torres, Jr. of Sinton, her son, Oscar James Torres of Sinton, her daughter, Jessica Marie Torres of Sinton, her parents, Raynaldo and Rita Montemayor of Odem, her brother, Raynaldo Montemayor, Jr. of Odem and her sister, Laura Faye Ruiz of Odem, many other relatives, and friends. Visitation will be held from 2 PM to 9 PM Sunday, April 11, 2021, with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, April 12, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Corpus Christi, Tx

Michael Anthony Morin, 38, loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Michael had been employed at Kennedy Wire Rope and Sling, Inc. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Morin, sister, Lori Morin, maternal grandparents, Domingo and Manuela Lopez, and his paternal grandparents, Juan and Guadalupe Morin. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Erica Morin of Corpus Christi, his sons, Nicolas Morin and Eric Morin of Corpus Christi, his mother, Emma Lopez Morin of Edroy, his brothers, Johnny (Aurora  Morin, III of Edroy, and Edward (Jennifer) Morin of Corpus Christ, many relatives, and friends. Visitation will be held from 2 PM to 9 PM Friday, April 9, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.

Taft, Tx

Dominga Medina, age 80, died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Corpus Christi, Tx. Dominga was born September 16, 1940, to Domingo and Desposoria Gonzalez of Alice, Tx. She was an avid reader of The Bible Watchtower and Awake Magazine. She was a faithful servant of Jehovah and died faithfully and peacefully in her sleep. Dominga was a Jehovah's Witness and loved her Portland, Texas Congregation where she attended faithfully. She always made her friends laugh with her funny stories and comments. Dominga leaves behind her children: Hilda (Albert) Ortiz, Valdemar Jr. (Patty) Alaniz, Elizabeth (Bart) Ortiz, 8 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Also one brother, Jesse Sr. (Viola) Gonzalez, and numerous nephews and nieces. All whom she loved dearly. Dominga (MOM) worshipped Jehovah, the God of Wisdom, Justice, Power, and Love. She had great faith in Jesus Christ, Acts, 4:12, and appreciated God's purpose regarding the Earth, Genesis, 1:28.

 

Her favorite scripture was, Isaiah 41:10-11:

"So do not fear, for I am with you;

 do not be dismayed, for I am your God,

I will strengthen you and help you;

 I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

All who rage against you

 will surely be ashamed and disgraced;

those who oppose you

 will be as nothing and perish."

A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a prayer service being held at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft. The family would like to thank Leslie and Carmentha, the RNS who took care of their Mom and made it possible for her to rest in peace. The family will forever be grateful.

Sinton, Tx 

Reynaldo Rodriguez, Jr., 58, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Reynaldo was born on October 1, 1962, in Sinton, Tx to Reynaldo, Sr. and Rosa Abrego Rodriguez. He was preceded in death by his father, Reynaldo Rodriguez, Sr, and his sister, Sylvia Jimenez. He was the definition of creative. As he aged, his favorite pastime became building home decor from scratch. He could turn a 2x2 piece of wood into a beautiful work of art. His eye for design allowed him to fill a room with personality. Those who knew Rey, knew that he was not lacking in personality. He was a man whose mission was to make people laugh and he delivered on that promise at every chance he could. Even now, his family still smiles as they think of the impact he made on their lives. He was a loving father, husband, brother, son, and friend. Although cancer may have taken its toll on his body, it never touched his spirit. His strength, kindness, love, and humor will be as strong and everlasting as his spirit in the hearts of those who loved him. He is survived by his loving family, his husband, Robert Rodriguez, his sons, Adrian Michael Rodriguez of Sinton, Reynaldo Kieser of Phoenix, Az and Mayson Rodriguez of Grand Forks, North Dakota, his mother, Rosa Veliz of Sinton, his brothers, Raymond Rodriguez and Fred Rodriguez of Sinton, his sisters, Paula Garza, Delfina Reyes and Rosa Saye of Sinton and two grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Sunday, March 14, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Corpus Christi, Tx 

Panfilo G. Serrano, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the age of 94. He was born to Tomas and Candelaria Serrano on June 1, 1926, in Gonzales, Texas. He worked for South Texas Construction Company in Corpus Christi, Texas for many years before retiring and moving to Clute/Lake Jackson. He loved music, his Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, and was a devoted Catholic. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He is preceded in death by his late wife Lina Torres Serrano, his sons, Victor and Reynaldo Serrano, his brothers, his sister, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Cruz Serrano, his children, Pete Serrano (Tina), Jovita Pardo (Isidro), San Juanita Quintanilla (Ismael), Maria Garza (Frank), Nicolas Serrano, Adolfo Serrano (Edith), Isabel Serrano-Garcia (Paul), his step children, Lupe Guerrero (Joe), Millie Samarripa (Andy), Lorraine Elizondo (Valentine), Benny Delgado, Bebe Delgado, Cindy Payne (Jr), his sister, Jesusa Serrano-Alaniz, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 4 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 7:00 pm that evening. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Sinton, Texas. Burial will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Sinton, Tx

Regino "Pico" Duarte, 95, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Regino was born and raised in Sinton to Saturnino and Paula Bocanegra Duarte. He was a very strict and hardworking man who was one of the fastest cotton pickers. He never met a stranger and was friends with everyone he met. He will be missed. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Regino Duarte, Jr, of Pasadena, Jesse Duarte and Daniel Duarte of San Antonio,h is daughters, Petra Lozano and Yolanda Garza of Sinton and Mary Garza of San Antonio, 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 5 great great-grandchildren. A prayer service will be held at 7 PM Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, March 8, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Odem, Tx

Virginia "Vickie" Munoz Candela,72, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Virginia was born on March 19, 1948, in Beeville, Texas to Juan Pablo Munoz, Sr. and Augustina Reyna. She loved clothes and her own style of dress. She also loved to dance. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Antonio "Tony" Candela, her sister, Lupe De La Rosa, and her brother, John Paul Munoz, Jr. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Antonio "Tony" (Elizabeth) Candela and Gabriel (Kirsten) Candela of Odem, her brother, Richard (Janie) Munoz of Beeville, her sister, Mary (Ricky) Martinez of Odem, four grandchildren, Alyssa Briane Candela, Alayna Brooke Candela, Koby Antonio Candela, and Abrielle Anne Candela and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be held from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7:30 PM Friday, March 5, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Odem, Tx

Gregorio Hernandez Cordova, 85, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021. He had been employed as a mechanic and truck driver. He enjoyed woodworking, welding, loved barbecuing with family and friends, and was a jack of all trades. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro L., Sr. and Petra Hernandez Cordova, his brothers, Domingo Cordova, Nicolas Cordova, and Julian Cano, and his sister, Anita Garcia. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Carmen Cordova of Odem, his sons, Robert (Margie) Cordova of Odem, Gilbert (Janie) Cordova of Corpus Christi and Gregorio (Abby) Cordova, Jr. of Alvin, his daughters, Olivia (Jesse) Flores and Sylvia Ramos of Odem and Olga (Luis) Robles of Corpus Christi, his brothers, Pedro (Concha) Cordova and Tomas (Augustina) Cordova of Odem, his sister, Maria (Sabino) Cantu of Lubbock and his sister-in-law, Emma Cordova of Odem, 15 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Greg Cordova, Ernie Ramos, Jerry Robles, Bobby Cordova, Anthony Cordova, and Jacob Flores. Honorary pallbearers will be James Cordova, Santos Sanchez, and Adrian Cordova. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, March 1, 2021 at Sacred Heart Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Taft, Tx

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. 

Odem, Tx

Juanita Ramirez, 89, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021. She was born on June 24, 1931, to Pablo and Beatris Torres Moreno. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Juan Ramirez, her daughter, Paulita Avelar, her sons, Natividad Ramirez and Juan Ramirez, Jr., and her grandson, Adrian John Ramirez. She is survived by her daughters, Eva Hernandez of Edroy, Irene Ramirez and Lisa Del Bosque of Mathis, her brother, Pablo Moreno, Jr. of San Antonio, and her sister, Rosita Uresti of Chesterfield, Michigan, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, January 29, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Sinton, Tx

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.

Sinton, Tx

Manuel Candelaria, 71, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Manuel was born on June 14, 1949, in Sinton, Texas to Gilbert and Olivia Posas Candelaria, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Sinton and had been employed as a truck driver. He had a passion for fishing which he really loved doing. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gilbert Candelaria, Jr. He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 54 years, Elisa Candelaria of Sinton, his sons, Manuel Candelaria, Jr.of Odem and Ray Candelaria of Odessa, his daughters, Melissa Candelaria of Corpus Christi, Cassandra Alaniz and Lupe Anaya of Sinton, Joann Candelaria of Odem and Celine Gonzales of Odessa, his sisters, Norma Ortiz of Sinton and Janie Gonzalez of McAllen, 25 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be held at 3 PM Tuesday, January 19, 2021, with a rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. The family requests for masks to be worn, no hugs, handshakes, and social distancing.

Sinton, Tx

Idolina T. Castillo, 87, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021. Idolina was born on August 28, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas to Miguel and Francisca Aleman Trevino. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Norma Garcia, her brothers, Frank Trevino, Mike Trevino, Alex Trevino, and Jesus Trevino. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Frank Castillo, her daughter, Yolanda (Pablo) Rodriguez, her sons, Frank (Mollie) Castillo, Jr. and Michael (Rosemary) Castillo, her brothers, Johnny, Jimmy, Neto, Wally, Henry, Patrick, and Rudy Trevino and Miguel Aleman, her sisters, Tina Rivas, Tome Jimenez, Mary Jane Norris, Janie Woodall, Dominga Trevino, Irene Trevino, and Carina Gutierrez, 10 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM Tuesday, January 12, 2021, with the funeral mass to celebrated at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery. The family requests for masks to be worn, no hugs, handshakes, and social distancing.

St. Paul, Tx

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. 

Corpus Christi, Tx

 

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.

Sinton, Tx

Jeremy Reyna, 28, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020. Jeremy was born on November 1, 1992, in Corpus Christi to Jennifer Guzman and Rodolfo Reyna, Jr. He had been employed as a concrete tester. He is survived by his grandmother, Janie Rodriguez of Sinton, his mother, Jennifer Guzman of College Station, his father, Rodolfo Reyna, Jr. of Sinton, his brother, Isaiah Garcia of College Station, his sisters, Dannielle Cardenas and Audrey Garcia of College Station. A prayer service will be held at 7 PM Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 AM Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Edroy, Tx

Juan Olmeda Morin, Jr.,74, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Juan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He had been employed at Corpus Christi Army Depot for 32 years until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lori, his parents, Juan and Guadalupe Morin, and his brothers, Ruben, Steve, and Lupio. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Emma Morin of Edroy, his sons, Juan Morin, III (Aurora) of Edroy, Edward (Jennifer) Morin and Michael (Erika) Morin of Corpus Christi, his brothers, Fred (Lydia( Morin and Hector (Sylvia) Morin of Edroy, Arnulfo (Becky) Morin of Robstown and Carlos (Aurora) Morin of Odem, his sisters, Elva (Joe) Garcia of Odem, Enedina Morin of Sinton, Ellie Morin of Taft and Elvira (Pablo) Garza of Houston, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, January 1, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery.

Sinton, Tx

Victor Z. Ybarra, 73, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020. Victor was born on September 20, 1947, in Sinton, Texas to Guadalupe R. and Sara Z. Ybarra. He had been employed in the pipeline industry. He is survived by his sons, Douk Ybarra and Juan Sepeda of Sinton, his daughter, Veronica Ybarra of Texas City, his brother, Joe Ybarra of Three Rivers, his sisters, Berta Ybarra, Mae Rodriguez and Olivia Ybarra of Sinton, and several grandchildren. No services will be held.

Sinton, Tx 


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. 

Odem, Tx 


Ofelia Asevedo, 78, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020. Ofelia had been employed as a clerk for the Odem Pharmacy for several years. She is survived by her companion, Pete Adamez of Odem, her sisters, Olivia Melendez and Alicia Delgado of Odem
and Elena O'Canas of Robstown, her nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Sinton, Tx


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.

Sinton, Tx


Julio Diaz, 72, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020. He had been employed in the oilfield industry and was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Concepcion Diaz, his wife, San Juanita, his daughter, JoAnn, and his son, Julio, Jr. He is survived by his brothers, Rigoberto Diaz of San Carlos  Durango, Mexico and Eliborio Diaz of Sinton and his sisters, Aurelia Navar of Sinton, Noverta Adame, Cecilia Peralez and Gabriela Flores of Corpus Christi. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at John J.Welder Memorial Cemetery in St.Paul, Tx.

Odem, Tx

Juanita "Janey" Aguirre Trevino, 69, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Janey was a very loving person who loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was preceded in death by her son, Fernando Villarreal, Jr., her husband, Miguel Trevino, her parents, Augustine and Maria Casarez Aguirre, her brother, Juan Aguirre, and her sister, Alma Rosa Martin. She is survived by her son, Rudy Moreno of Louisiana, her brothers, Luis (Nena) Aguirre of Taft, Augustine (Debbie) Aguirre of Victoria, Regino (Eloisa) Aguirre and Jesse (Nora) Aguirre of Odem and Peter (Gracie) Aguirre of Sinton, her sister, Cristina (Lupe) Rodriguez of Odem, several grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Monday, November 16, 2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday, November 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Sinton, Tx

Armando Ignacio Longoria, 52, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020. He was born on July 31, 1968, to Sara and Anecleto Longoria, Jr. in Sinton, Texas. He had been employed as a stocker at Walmart. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Sara Longoria of Sinton, his brothers, Anecleto Lino Longoria and Andres Luis Longoria of Sinton, his sisters, Elma Lou Riley, Cynthia Ann Longoria, and Diane Lee Longoria of Sinton. Burial will be held at a later date.

Levelland, Tx

Estella Almager, 79, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Estella had been a former resident of Taft and had been employed as a Nurse's aide at the Taft Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Guadalupe Almager. She is survived by her sons Guadalupe Almager, Jr., Benito Almager, and Arnulfo Almager of Levelland, her daughters, Nancy Espinoza of Levelland and Beatrice Cardenas of Alice, her brothers, Domingo Perez, Sr. of Taft, Augustine Perez of Littlefield and Jose Perez of Sinton, her sisters, Simona Aguirre of Woodsboro, Elida Osoronio of Levelland and Alicia,13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

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.

Ramiro M. Rodriguez (Ram), 66 of Odem, Tx passed away of natural causes on October 24, 2020. Ramiro M. Rodriguez was born in Sinton, Tx on October 9, 1954 to Dario Rodriguez and Maria Montoya Rodriguez. He attended Odem High School and received his GED in Odem and continued on to receive his Welding Certificate in 1981. Ramiro was married to the love of his life Judy G. Rodriguez on October 1, 1971, and were married for 37 years when she passed. Ramiro was a devoted loving father and grandfather. A loyal friend; someone who never hesitated to lend a helping hand. Ramiro enjoyed watching old westerns and was a loyal Dallas Cowboys football fan. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. His days off were dedicated to listening to music, singing, dancing, and spending time outdoors. Ramiro will be lovingly remembered for his big smile, warm hugs, and caring soul. Ramiro is preceded in death by his wife, parents, his brother Jesse Rodriguez and sister Maria Cordova. He is survived by his three daughters, Cynthia Rodriguez of Sinton, Rebecca Kidd (Scotty) of Odem, and Victoria Rodriguez of Sinton, four adoring grandchildren, Martin, Mathew, Megan, and Bailey Castillo, his brothers, Inez (Martha) Rodriguez of Sinton, Sabino (Cathy) Rodriguez of San Antonio, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 1 PM to 9 PM, with a rosary held at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 PM Friday, November 6, 2020, at Sacred Heart Church in Odem to be officiated by Father Peter Elizardo. Burial will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem on November 6, 2020. The memories of the love he showed us will live forever in our hearts! 

San Juanita "Janie" Diaz, 69, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She had been employed as a Head Start teacher and was preceded in death by her mother, Lucia Zuniga, her daughter, JoAnn Diaz Esparza, and her son, Julio Diaz, Jr. She is survived by her loving husband, Julio Diaz of St.Paul, her brother, Jose Zuniga of Corpus Christi and many other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant, Interment will follow at John J.Welder Memorial Cemetery in St.Paul, Tx.

San Juanita "Janie" Zapata, 53, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020. She had been employed as a host at IHOP. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Manrique Zapata of Odem, her daughter, Marina Elena Zapata of Odem, and several nieces, nephews, and friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A rosary will also be recited at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. 

Sinton, Tx 

Porfirio Ochoa Aguirre, born on October 6, 1935, in the rustic town of Tuleta, Tx. His kindred spirit was greeted with open arms by God on October 9, 2020, at the age of 85 surrounded by his loved ones in Sinton, Tx after an arduous battle with multiple complications. He was very independent and a Proud Texan, but when wondering where he was you could seldom never find him too far from Whataburger or Taqueria Vallarta's. He looked forward to sharing local news with his friends over a cup of coffee every morning. He was incredibly loyal and gracious with everyone he met. He was a certified Deacon at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church where he was an ever-trustworthy follow of Jesus Christ. He worked as a driller in the oil field industry for 30 years and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He is preceded in death by his wife, Irma Amador Aguirre, and his parents, Luis Aguirre and Barbarita Ochoa, his siblings Jose Angel Aguirre, Nicolas Aguirre, and Gloria Andrade. He is survived by his brothers, Jacinto (Lupe) of Pettus, Tx, and Mark (Trini) of Houston, Tx, and sisters, Lois Aguirre Benavidez, Mary Aguirre Castilla, and Delfina (Fidel) Garcia all also of Houston, Tx. His sons Joe Luis, with Maria Zapata Aguirre (d. 1973) of Kingsville, Tx, Roy Martinez of Dallas, Tx, Michael Tobar (Jennifer) of Sinton, Tx, and Israel Aguirre of Austin, Tx. His daughters, Brenda Gutierrez (Anthony) and Priscilla Gonzalez (Juan) of Austin, Tx, and Elizabeth "Liz" of Sinton, Tx. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He loved to be outside in nature tending to his countless animals, fixing fences, clearing brush, and any other small task he could do...as long as it was outside. He was a follower of the Sinton Pirates and always enjoyed watching their football, baseball, and especially softball games. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 1 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a memorial service being held at 7 PM. Internment date and time to be announced. 

Odem, Tx 


Jesus David Soto, 62, was born on April 26, 1958, and passed away on October 8, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paula and Jose Soto, brothers, Richard Soto, Jose Soto, Jr., and Pedro Rodriguez. Jesse was raised in Edroy, Texas, and was a graduate of Odem High School in 1976. He married the love of his life, Mamie Ann Soto, in 1978. They birth three children, Orlando Soto of Odem, David (Alma) Soto of Houston, and Jessica (Marisol) Soto of Odem. Jesse had six grandchildren, Andrew Michael Soto, Ashton David Soto, Trenton Zane Garces, Vada Rose Soto, Mia Grace Soto, and Davidson Orion Soto. Jesse loved his family, cooking, and humor everybody loved. He was a big fan of the Houston Astros and the Dallas Cowboys. Jesse used his cooking and food to bring family and friends together. He had many friends and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He also had many brothers and sisters. He is survived by Esperanza Benavidez, Lupe Rodriguez, Ascencion Cordova (Concha), Nancy Samudio, Edelmira Rodriguez, Marcelo Soto, Elvia Velandia, Erminia Zamora, and Alvina Arriaga. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 1 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Richard Gutierrez as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.

Greenville, MI 

William A. Wyckoff, 70, passed away after a house fire. He was married to Sara Alvarez Wyckoff for the past 47 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Mason Wyckoff and Margaret Virginia Nickerson Wyckoff both of Michigan. His interment will be beside his parents at Fairplains Cemetery. Surviving relative is Steven Scott of Michigan. William graduated from Greenville High School in 1973. He enjoyed much of everything having to do with old cars as he had many of them.