OBITUARIES

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.

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