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Martina Fuentes, 81, loving sister, aunt and friend went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 9,2024. Martina loved playing Bingo, going to Casinos, doing crossword puzzles and watching game shows. She grew up being very active in the church. She is survived by

her loving sisters, Antonia Olmeda of Robstown and San Juana Fuentes of Corpus Christi, many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 10 AM to 11 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with a holy rosary starting at 11 AM. Funeral mass will be celebrated  immediately after the rosary at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.


Vicente N. Garcia, Jr., 70, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024, after a short illness. He was born on June 21, 1953, to Vicente, Sr. and Longina Narvaez Garcia. Vicente had great faith. He was a member at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and he was a man of much prayer. He loved God  and  had big devotion to Our Blessed Mother Mary. Vicente was a jokester. He assigned a nickname to many nieces and nephews. He was so funny and has left so many memories in all that knew him. He was loved so much and will be missed so  much more. Vicente worked as a butcher alongside his Dad for Super S in Taft., then H & K Construction, and then became a commercial plumber for Gentry Plumbing where he retired. Vicente is preceded in death by his parents, Vicente and Longina Garcia, his brother-in-law, Carlos J. Vasquez, his in-laws, Eusebio and Maria Botello, his brother-in-laws, Johnny Botello and Tony Botello and sister-in-law, Dorann B. Garcia. Vicente is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lupe Botello Garca. They had three children, Vicente Garcia, III, Kina Garcia (P J  Hernandez) and James Garcia, six siblings, Maria  Hilaria  (Ruben) Ramirez, Cristela (David) Landin, Rose Ann Vasquez, Jose Luis Garcia and Lupe  (Joe) Moreno, all of Sinton, Oscar (Victoria) Garcia of Corpus Christi and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and adopted grandchildren.  Pallbearers will be Gabriel Moreno, Jonathan De Leon, Ricky Contreras, Jeff Perez, Mark Moreno, and C J Vasquez,  honorary pallbearers will be Julian Suarez and Frank Rios, Jr. A visitation will be held on Friday, April 12,2024, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass be celebrated at 11 A M  Saturday. April 13, 2024 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Rito Barcenas Sanchez, 67 beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away on Sunday April 7, 2024. Rito was born on June 12, 1956 to Gregorio Sanchez and Maximina Barcenas in Guerrero, Mexico. As a young man he worked with masonry and carpentry and later became a sand blaster and painter for over 40 years. He traveled many states and off shore working on bridges, oil platforms and refineries before starting his own business along side his wife, son, and grandson in 2008, RS Painting Services, his greatest passion and accomplishment. He made many friends along the way and opened many doors for others in the industry. He will be remembered for being genuine, hardworking and passionate about his work. Even working 7 days a week from dusk to dawn and always giving a 110%. He was loving, caring, very generous, always willing to help others and a great provider. He had a great sense of humor, loved and cared for his dogs and always had them around. He definitely had a sweet tooth and enjoyed eating out with his wife. He’ll be greatly missed by all.


Rito is preceded in death by his parents, Gregorio Sanchez and Maximina Barcenas and brother, Anatacio Sanchez. Survivors include his wife Janie Sanchez, brother Alvaro (Lupe) Ramirez, sisters Juana Sanchez and Zeferina (Domingo) Bentacourt, sons Jose (Linda) Sanchez, Luis (Priscilla) Sanchez and Jeremy (Brenda) Villarreal, daughters Rosalinda (Martin) Sanchez and Becky (Eddie) Serrano, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 2 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. The services will conclude at that time. 

Rene Lopez Garza, Jr., 36, loving son, father, brother, and friend passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024. Rene had a passion for collecting Air Jordan's tennis shoes and had been employed at Windbrook Electric as an electrician for 19 years, He is survived by his loving family, his father, Rene (Star) Garza, Sr. of Corpus Christi; his mother, Veronica Lopez of Odem; his wife, Alyssa Marie Garza of Sinton; his children, Julius Michael Garza, Adalyn Renae Garza, Jordan James Garza, Jayce Bentley Garza, Aria Marie Garza, Jarvis Mathew Garza, and Davon Santellana; his brothers, Ryan Garza of Odem, Rony Garza of Sinton, and Javier Lopez of Odem and his sister, Layla Star Garza of Corpus Christi; his paternal grandparents, Hector and Ester Garza; his maternal grandparents, Faustino Lopez and the late Lile Lira Lopez; and his in-laws, Luis and Isabel Sanchez.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 2 PM to 9 PM with a rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Augustina Cantu Barrera, age 92, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother entered through the gates of heaven on March 25, 2024. Augustina was born on September 27, 1931 to Roberto and Alta Gracia (Soto) Cantu in West Sinton, Tx. Augustina married the love of her life Leobardo V. Barrera on Nov 10, 1947 and they had 10 beautiful children and settled in Edroy, Tx. They worked as migrant workers in the fields and traveled from state to state to provide for their family. Augustina was the strongest person you will ever meet, and was the matriarch of the family and made sure her family was taken care of. She knew the meaning of hard work and always giving your best effort in everything you do. She was a very special person with a very special personality that you couldn’t help but, just to love her. She will always be remembered as the mom/grandma that always made sure her hair, nails, and make-up were done perfectly. She will be dearly and greatly missed by all those who love and know her. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, grandmother (Juanita “Nina” Soto), husband, Leobardo V. Barrera, and her son Leobardo C. “Tutuy” Barrera Jr. Left to carry on her loving memory here on earth are her children Maria (the late Fernando) Villarreal, Amparo (Ruben) Soto, Sylvia (Oscar) Benavidez, Lydia(Alfredo) Morin, Robert (Diana) Barrera, Yolanda Ibarra, Guillermo Barrera, Alfredo (Rachel) Barrera, David Barrera, her 22 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 2pm to 9pm at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Tx with a rosary being recited at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 11am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy, Tx. Interment will follow at the Edroy Cemetery. Please join us for a celebration of life for our beloved Augustina, our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall in Edroy, immediately after the interment.

Rose Louise (Ricciardi) Vanecek, passed away March 21, 2024, at age 92. She was born September 18, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Frank and Catherine (Franchetti) Ricciardi. Rose married Anton (Tony) Vanecek of Sinton, Texas on August 2, 1952, celebrating 53 years of marriage. She is survived by 6 children, Greg (Debbie) Vanecek, Paulette (Jim) Fay, Grace (Mike) Hunter, Matthew (Regina) Vanecek, Monica (Gerald) Janda, Mark (Carol) Vanecek, 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, her sister, Patricia Duran, sisters-in-law, Betty (Dave) Ayers, Barbara Vanecek and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband. In 1956, Rose and Tony moved to Sinton, Texas. Rose was proud of her Italian ancestry and loved preparing authentic Italian cuisine, she also embraced her husband's Czech culture with dishes of its heritage. She retired from AT&T as a telephone operator. Rose was also a devout Catholic, Eucharist Minister, CCD Teacher, and CYO sponsor. She enjoyed traveling. Rose was named Honorary Shipmate for her many years of service as treasurer and reunion coordinator for USS Monterey CVL 26 Association. She took over the duties after Tony passed. She worked for and obtained an invitation for the CVL 26 Association to the Presidential Commissioning of the USS Gerald Ford. In Rose's eyes her greatest happiness was to be called Mimi. The fun, loving, kinda crazy, a spark, unpredictable grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandmother. 

The visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2024, starting at 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM with the rosary at 7:00 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. The funeral mass will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 10:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton followed by graveside services at the Sinton Cemetery.

Precious baby boy, Jeriyah Rodriguez, was born on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 12:26 p.m. to parents Adrian Rodriguez and Gabriella Vasquez of Odem, Texas. He weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 inches long. Heartbreakingly, Jeriyah was not able to remain with us in our world and passed away at birth. Jeriyah is forever loved by his mommy and daddy and his big sister Skyla. His paternal grandparents Adrian and Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez, his maternal grandparents Jose and Estella Vasquez, his paternal great-grandmother Maria de Jesus Montreal, his maternal great grandmother Carmen Vasquez will forever hold Jeriyah in their hearts. His aunts and uncles, his cousins and many others will cherish him and his memory always. Jeriyah will always remain his parents’ precious baby and Skyla's little brother, and they will reunite with him again in heaven one day.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, from 12 PM to 2:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home (120 S McCall, Sinton, Tx, 78387) with a mass being held at 3 PM at Sacred Heart of Jesus (401 West Willis, Odem, Tx 78370). Burial to follow at San Pedro Cemetry on Highway 77 in Odem.

Ilma Andrews Hill,74, of Taft, Texas, passed away on March 13, 2024 in Portland, Texas.  She was born in Taft, Texas on November 24, 1950 to the late Rafael H. Martinez and Lidia Medina Martinez.  A 1969 graduate of Sinton High School, she attended Del Mar college and was the Director at Head Start in Sinton from 2003-2008.  Her greatest joys were her friends, her lifelong side kick Karen Pressly, gardening, and shopping. She is preceded in death by Rafael and Lidia Martinez and brother, Raul Martinez.  Survivors include her son, James Michael Andrews of Peyton, Colorado; two sisters, Irene (David) Marler of Victoria, Texas; Ida (James) Butler of Sinton, Texas; three brothers, Ramiro (Pam) Martinez of Springdale, Arkansas; Richard (Emily) Martinez of Smithville, Texas; and Rafael Martinez, Jr. of Taft, Texas.  The visitation and Memorial prayer service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11 AM to 1 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

Mary Ann Vanecek was born August 7, 1933 in Cornhill, Texas to John F. and Francis Polasek who preceded her in death.  She was the youngest of six: her brothers, Johnny (Agnes-living) Polasek; Emil (Francis-living) Polasek; and her sisters, Genevieve (Ben) Naizer; Vlasta (Alton) Kallus; who all preceded her in death.  She is survived by one sister Georgia (Emil) Vanecek.  She was the mother to many.   Michael Ray (Catherine) Vanecek of Sinton; Harvey (Kathleen) Vanecek of Galveston; and Joyce (Ramiro) Ramirez of Corpus Christi; and all of those she took care of and babysat over the years.  She always made sure that she took the kids to their numerous practices and games.  She never missed one.  She was a great cook and baker, but always said she didn’t know how to do either.  She took pride in all her grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids. Samantha (Fred) Munguia- Londyn Munguia; Cadie Mae (Taylor) Kirkpatrick- Lincoln and Lucas Kirkpatrick; Christina (Kyle) Thorn- Iris Jowell, Reyvin Jowell and Evelyn Thorn; Diana (Jonathan) Cortez- Addelyn, Joseph and Joshua; Kaitlyn Vanecek, Nicholas Vanecek, Deanna Ramirez, Courtney (Christopher) Lawrence; and Kimberly Ramirez.  She went to Heaven to join her husband of 65 years, Robert John Vanecek, on March 15, 2024.  The pallbearers are Nicholas Vanecek, Ramiro Ramirez, Don Mercier, Kenneth Vanecek, Calvin Meyer, and Fred Munguia.  She will be Greatly missed by all who knew her.  We would like to give a Special Thanks to all of the staff of the Mirador, who became her extended family.  The visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 starting at 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the rosary at 7:00 pm at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas.  The funeral mass will be Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 10:00 am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton followed by Graveside Services at the Sinton Cemetery.

Evita "Eva" Gonzales, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at the age of 86.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep as she entered into  heaven.  As a young lady, she had a love for music, singing, and playing the guitar.  Old style and mariachi music is what was heard in the house all the time.  It was what the family grew up with as she would tell them when you sing you are praying to God twice.  

Many knew her from her years at Yeats Nursery where she became "Meme" to many.  Her love for plants, gardening, and helping others revive their almost drying plants were results of her amazing green thumb.  She loved to have her house full of plants and flowers as displayed by her decorations every season.  A true love she had with her beloved Frank.  After leaving the nursery, she went to work for Odem's Day Care where everyone there knew her as "Ms. Abby."  The young kids, now adults, still remember "Ms. Abby" when they would see her.

All that knew her had the opportunity of seeing the love she had for sports.  Eva was an avid Dallas Cowboy, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Baseball fan, where her competition ad discussions with her children on players' stats and game plays were known better by her than any umpire or referee.  "You could just ask her."  Her baking and cooking was beyond imagination.  Eva was well known for her pan de polvo and oatmeal cookies both of which she shared with everyone.  Every holiday she made plates for all the neighbors and friends to enjoy.  She was spreading the love and calories as she shared.  Her flower skills did not stop as she continued to make floral arrangements for friends, family, and her house.  It was her talent and she wanted to share it with everyone.  

Eva is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Gonzales; her daughter, Diana Gonzales; her parents, Gilberto and Juanita Rendon and Linda Sue Polderman.  Eva is survived by her children: Norma Jean (Oscar) Rivera, David (Melinda) Gonzales, Frank, Jr.; sisters, Elia Gonzales and Mary Villarreal; her brother, Manuel Espinosa; seven grandchildren, Sabrina Gonzales being her daily shadow, and six great grandchildren.  Visitation will begin on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.  A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 18, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Sinton.

Velia Mendoza Soliz, 90, passed away peacefully at her home on March 11, 2024 with her family by her side.  Velia was born on October 17, 1933 in Odem, Texas to Marcelino and Patricia (Uvaye) Mendoza.  Velia’s life was dedicated to her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all who knew her.  She is preceded in death by her husband Victor Soliz Sr.; her parents, Marcelino and Patricia (Uvaye) Mendoza; her children, Frances Soliz, Victor Soliz Jr., Ruben Soliz, and Sylvia (Soliz) Garza.  Survivors include her two sons; Joe Soliz (Diana) and Santiago Soliz (Helen) both from Sinton, Texas; her sisters, Antonia Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Texas and Aurora Mendoza Torres of Odem, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

We would like to give a special Thank You to Gracie Saldana, Janie Cardenas, Rosa Deleon, Josie Altamirano and to everyone who helped in the care of our beloved mom!  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 1 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home chapel. The final visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 8 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. 


Franklin “Frank” Elizardo, a beloved son, brother, companion, stepfather, and grandpa, passed away on March 5, 2024, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of laughter. Frank's vibrant spirit and love for Batman were infectious, bringing joy to all who knew him. His playful nature and endless jokes endeared him to many, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts. Frank is reunited in heaven with his grandparents, Joe and Lala Martinez, and Franciso and Juanita Elizardo, where he will continue to watch over his loved ones. He is survived by his devoted parents, Abel and Vickie Elizardo of Odem, TX, his siblings Roland Elizardo and Bettie Jo Campos of Corpus Christi, Felicia and Alex Lopez of Odem, TX, and Valerie and Roxanne Elizardo of Dallas, TX, his loving companion, Sandy Hernandez of Corpus Christi, TX, and his stepchildren Gabby, Crystal, and Rj Garcia will forever cherish his memory. In addition to his immediate family, Frank leaves behind three nieces, one nephew, four great nephews and nieces, and three beloved grandchildren. His presence will be deeply missed, but his laughter and spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonales Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 PM to 1:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George and Father Pete Elizardo as celebrants. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Delia Garcia, 77, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Delia had a great

sense of humor and always had a smile on her face. She was always doing for others. She loved to sew and shop online. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Adolfo Garcia of Odem, her sons, Albert (Teodora) Garcia of Odem and Jaime (Derek Bowling) of  Atlanta, Georgia, her daughters, Sylvia Garcia of Odem, Yolanda  (Peter Martinez) Martinez of Petronila, Corina (Ernest Ramirez) Garcia of Corpus Christi, Dahlia (Javier Garza) Garza of Lubbock and Sunshine (Arturo Mendez) Garcia of Austin, her brothers, Rene Gomez of Sinton and Roy Gomez of Corpus Christi, her sisters, Anita Salinas of Levelland, Tx and Alicia Garza of Corpus Christi, 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2024, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a rosary being recited at 7 PM, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, March 4, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Ciro G. Benavidez (Edroy, Tx) 

I am heartbroken to announce the death of our father Ciro G. Benavidez. He passed away peacefully on February 3, 2024, at the age of 75. The last few months that he gave to his family was a gift from God and he will forever hold a place in our hearts. Not only did he enjoy fishing and gardening but the love for his granddaughters was immense. He leaves behind two daughters, Jennifer Mashore and Vanessa Malasky, six granddaughters, Renee, Mikayla, and Abbey Mashore, and Eliana, Seraphina, and Nova Malasky, one brother, Fidencio Benavidez, and two sisters, Dominga Sanchez and Altagracia Ortiz. 

Guadalupe Naranjo Sr. passed away peacefully at the age of 83 in the very early morning of February 1st, 2024 in his home in Odem, Texas.

Guadalupe was the son of the late Natividad & Laurencia Naranjo and is survived by his devoted and beloved wife Maria Naranjo who he fulfilled a life of marriage with for 60 years.  He is also survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter, David and Sonya Naranjo, Guadalupe Jr. and Lydia Naranjo, Robert and Ronni Naranjo, Linda and Ian MacDonald, Jerry Naranjo and Blanca Morin, Jason and Melissa Naranjo, and his late son Daniel Naranjo.

The journey in life that Guadalupe had as a humble, and friendly man was filled with many stories that he loved to talk about with anyone he met or who just gave him a minute which would last till eternity if you’d let him.  Although the rollercoaster of life had many bumps, he and his wife were able to push throughout the struggles that life brings and provided a living to their seven children as they were growing up along with the blessing of eighteen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter. Guadalupe may have not had all the material things in the world that rich people have, but he had a life with God by his side and a wife who made him the richest man in the world.

Services will be held at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home beginning Monday, February 5th, 2024 at 2:00 pm for the viewing and the Holy Rosary starting at 7:00 pm.  On Tuesday, Holy Mass will be held at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Church in Sinton followed with the burial at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. 

Catherine (Cathy) Guerrero (47), beloved wife, mother, daughter, aunt, and friend gained her wings on Saturday, January 27, 2024.  Cathy was born on March 12, 1976 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Mary Alice Lopez and Pedro (Pete) Guerrero, Jr.  She grew up in Taft, Texas and graduated from Taft High School in 1994.  Cathy then attended Del Mar College earning her Associate Degree in special education.  Cathy never met a stranger because she had such a beautiful heart and soul.  She was a wonderful cook and made sure her sons learned the tricks of the trade.  She was also an amazing baker and her cakes, pies, and candies were delicious.

Cathy was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal great grandparents and maternal and paternal grandparents; her sister, Veronica Guerrero; and her brother, Pedro (Petey) Guerrero III.  Cathy is survived by her husband of 30 years, David Rankin IIl; sons, Jacob

Guerrero of Goliad, Texas, and Steven Rankin of Beeville, Texas; her parents, Mary Alice and Pete Guerrero, Jr. of Goliad, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Cathy had a very special bond with her nephew, Roman Guajardo and his wife Stephanie.  She loved having garage sales, parties, and just spending quiet family time with Roman, Stephanie, and their children, Colton and Delilah.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 3pm to 9pm with a rosary at 7pm.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Sacred Heart Church in Sinton, Texas.  After the mass, we proceed to Flores Cemetery in Goliad, Texas for the burial services.  Pallbearers carrying Cathy to her eternal resting place are Roman Guajardo, Nathaniel Martines, Aaron Guerrero, Lee Guerra, Bianca Guerrero, Jaime Guerrero, Benjamin Guerrero, and Brian Guajardo. Special Honorary pallbearers are Delilah Guajardo and Colton Guajardo.

REST IN PEACE, Cathy. We love you.


John Ernest Bremer (82), of Sinton, TX, returned to his heavenly home on January 28, 2024, with his loving wife of 53 years, Patsy, by his side.

John was born in Beeville on January 28, 1942, to Alvin and Hilda Bremer, and grew up with his sisters, Alice and Elaine, on a farm in San Patricio County. He attended school in Sinton, where he developed lifelong friendships and participated in many agriculture and church related activities. John graduated from Sinton High School in 1960. He earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education from Texas A & I University, Kingsville in 1965 and his M.S. in Entomology from Texas A & M University, College Station in 1967.

He worked as an Ag teacher in Odem, TX before becoming Principal. After earning his Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1975, he worked as an Agronomist with Texas A & M Agricultural Extension Service until his retirement. While he enjoyed consulting, he was always a farmer at heart. Even after his official retirement, he continued to farm. He loved the land and he loved Sinton. He served his community faithfully. He served as the President of the School Board of Sinton ISD for many years and served Grace Lutheran Church as the President of the Church Council. 

More than anything, John loved his family. He married his beloved wife, Patsy, on January 22, 1971. Their children, Shari, Patrick, Michelle and John Jr. were the center of his world. He was a loving father who was active in their lives and instilled a love for agriculture in his children. He also modeled community service and humility. His thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild delighted him, and he loved to spend time with them and tease them. He jokingly reminded his family that he was “the Boss” even as he modeled Mark 9:35, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He was generous, kind and steadfastly put others first.

John is survived by his adored wife Patsy; children: Shari (Joey) John of Carrizo Springs, TX, Patrick (Lynda) Clarke of Hondo, TX, Michelle Wendel (Robert Hoelscher) of Violet, TX, and John Jr. (Laurie) Bremer of Sinton, TX; grandchildren: Christopher (Garrett Mathison), Katryna and Jay-P John; Dalton and Lacy Clarke; Elizabeth, Ashley, and D’Elle Wendel; Faith, Joshua, Benjamin, Hope and Charity Bremer; great-grandprincess: Bailey Wendel; sisters: Alice Luedke and Elaine (Raymond) Brundrett; sister-in-law: Marilyne (Don) Rogers as well as dear cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Hilda Bremer, and brothers-in-law, Daniel Don (Linda) Hogan and Alton Luedke.

A viewing will be held on Friday, February 2nd from 4:00- 6:00 pm at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 10:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church in Sinton. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, TX. A Celebration of Life and meal will be held immediately following the burial at Grace Lutheran Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Robert “Bobby” Lee Noriega, a retired welder helper and Catholic, died Friday, January 19, 2024. He was 56 years old. Survivors include his wife Corina Noriega of fourteen (14) years, his father Serapio Noriega Sr, his children Dana Noriega, Crystal Noriega, and Robert Noriega Jr along with six (6) grandchildren. Additional children include Sandi Carbajal (Jaime), Ascension DeLeon (Destiny), Nicole Cruz (Adrian), Derek Bryan (Alex), Andrea Lee (Shirl), and Krystal Montemayor (Martin) with sixteen (16) additional grandchildren, four (4) brothers, six (6) sisters and many extended family and friends. 


"When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see. If the sun should rise and find your eyes are filled with tears for me, as I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today while thinking of the many things that we didn’t get to say.... I know how much you love me, as much as I love you and each me you think of me, I know you’ll miss too. But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand as he whispers my place was ready in heaven far above explaining that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But when I walked through Heaven’s gate I felt so much a home, when God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne, he said this is eternity and all I promised you. Today your life on earth is past, but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow for today will always last and since each day’s the same way here there’s no longing for the past. So when tomorrow starts without me don’t think we’re far apart. For every me you think of me I’m right here in your heart."

Sinton, Tx 

Carolina G. Lopez, 83, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Carolina was a great cook who loved everybody. She had been employed as a CNA for many years and fought a long battle with diabetes. She is preceded in death by her sons, Johnny Joe Pena and Alfred Pena, her grandson, Calobe Perez, her sisters, Maria Munoz and Amelia Alafa and her brother, Ricardo Galindo. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, David Lopez of Sinton, her sons, Roque (Sarah) Pena of Ingleside, Robert (Doris) Pena of California and Anthony Lopez of Odem, her daughters, Eloisa Hoy and Linda Pena of Portland and Stephanie (Ruben) Pena of Sinton, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, A visitation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:30 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Serving as pallbearers will be Xavier Pena, Joseph Pena, Anthony Lopez, Aaron Pena, Eric Pena and Jaime Pena.

Eva Soto Cadena was born June 2, 1945, in Edroy, Texas to the late Amando and Maria Soto, Sr. She passed on to meet our Lord January 14, 2024. She left behind a son, Arnold (Lillian) Cadena, her granddaughters, Alexus Lilly and Ava Rose, her siblings, Dolores (Luis) Hinojosa, Balbina (Jose) Trevino, Rosario (Alfredo) Martinez, Amando (Rita) Soto, Jr., Gabriel C. (Norma) Soto, Ismael (Paula) Soto, Melissa Soto, and Andres M. (Yvette) Soto. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alcario Cadena, her brothers, Juan C. Soto and David Israel Soto, her nephew Daniel Trevino, her "Buelita", Manuela P. Soto and her grandfather, Fructoso Carranza. 


Her pride and joy were her son and granddaughters with whom she spent time teaching them about cosmetology, home economics, fashion, animal care, shopping smartly, and how to style hair. She gave her granddaughters tips on how to compose themselves like ladies. Their shopping trips were epic- once stopping to shop at 18 different stores! Eva had a loving heart and reached out to many people in need. She would also take in stray animals, often cooking homemade meals for them. A beautician for fifty-nine years, she was so passionate about her chosen profession that she was still working at 78 years old. She had customers still trying to book appointments after her death! She was creatively gifted and so resourceful that she opened up and successfully operated her own barber shop for 10 years and a beauty shop for over 40 years! She was a model and cosmetology instructor for Paul Mitchell. She was the first person to rent a booth in South Texas which started the first self-employed beautician. Before that, all beauticians worked for the owner. Her customers and coworkers, Esmi and Connie, became her lifelong friends, her family. Though life was not always easy, she made it look easy with style and grace. Eva loved God, praying, and reading her bible which saw her through to the end. She leaves a piece of her heart with everyone who met her. She was truly a one-of-a-kind person and will be deeply missed!


A holy rosary will be recited at 11 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2024, with a mass to follow at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy, with Father George as celebrant. 

Juanita Candelaria Gonzales ("Janie") dedicated wife, mother of 3, grandmother of 4 and great-grandmother of 2, and a friend of many. Juanita passed away peacefully in San Antonio, Texas on January 6, 2024, after a 1-year struggle with cancer.


Juanita was born in 1950 in Sinton, Texas, was the daughter of the late Gilbert Candelaria and Olivia Posas Candelaria. Juanita was the younger sister of the late Manuel Candelaria and Gilbert P. Candelaria, Jr. She graduated from Sinton High School in 1970. Shortly after graduation she met the love of her life, Rene P. Gonzales and they spent 52 years building their family. Subsequently, she worked as a clerk for the County Courthouse for a few years before she decided to become a full-time mother/housewife. Married in 1970, Rene and Juanita welcomed their 2 daughters, Leticia in 1971, Damiana in 1974 and their son, Rene Gonzales, Jr. in 1980. The young family relocated to McAllen, Texas in 1983 and have been there ever since.


Juanita is survived by her sister, Norma Ortiz. She is survived by her loving husband, Rene; her children Leticia Gonzales-Echt (Michael B. Echt), Damiana "Diamond" McMahan (Ryan McMahan), her grandchildren Tristan Ramirez, Trey Ramirez, Nicholas Gonzales, Carson Echt and as well as her great-grandchildren, Kora Reneé Gonzales and Mason Mata.


With her family she enjoyed fishing, walking the beach, water aerobics, playing card games, and family gatherings. She found much pleasure in reading her Bible and traveling to visit her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She made time to show up for her grandchildren's school events and was a "Big Fan" in supporting their sports and cheering them on. There are nieces and nephews and extended family that will miss her dearly.


A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Richea-Gonzales Funeral Home, 120 S. McCall Ave, Sinton, Texas 78387. The Viewing will take place from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The service will be at 1:00 PM. The family would like to thank the Hospice team of Guiding Light in San Antonio, Texas for their compassionate care during Juanita's illness.

Margarita (Mage) Navarro Torres passed peacefully on January 1, 2024, at the age of 80. She was a lifelong resident of Sinton, worked at Haggars, and owned and operated Torres Grocery store for many years. Margarita is survived by her three sisters, Eugenia Garcia of McAllen, Tx, Aurora Tijerina (Santos), and Antonia Esquivel from Sinton, Tx. She is also survived by many of her nephews and nieces, including many great nephews and great nieces. She will be missed by all who knew her. Margarita is preceded in death by her parents, Jose Maria and Esther Torres, her siblings Paula Perez, Cosme Torres, Lina Serrano, Conrado Torres, and Angelita Martinez. Visitation will be held on Friday January 5, 2024, at Ritchea- Gonzales Funeral Home from 2pm - 9pm with a Holy Rosary being recited at 7pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on January 6, 2024, at 10am at Sacred Heart Church in Sinton, Tx.

It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Ofelia Barrera Dominguez, on Tuesday, December 26, 2023. She peacefully departed this world at the age of 90, just a week shy of her 91st birthday. She left behind a legacy of love and selfless service that touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her. She will be missed by beloved family and countless friends.


Ofelia is survived by her beloved children, Nora Reyes, Ida Sanchez (Nick), and Adan Dominguez (Grace). She is also survived by the two grandchildren that she raised, Elaine Thomas (Eric) and Amanda Garcia (Rene). Her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She has been reunited with her husband Jose C. Dominguez, her children, Joe Dominguez Jr., Gustavo Dominguez Sr., Ofelia Barra, and Adriana Morin. She was a hard working woman that exemplified great work ethic, something she instilled in her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. Being in the kitchen cooking was her way of showing gratitude and love. Our family would like to thank Devoted, the hospice team, and Grace Dominguez for their dedication and care of our beloved matriarch.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy. 

Leonila Rea passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at the age of 84 of natural causes. She was born on January 17, 1939, in San Pablo Ranch to her father, Felix Salas and mother, Lydia Dora Salas. Leonila met her husband, Benito Rea Sr., while they were both picking cotton. They married in July of 1959 and started a family in Freer, Texas. In January of 1972, Leonila and her husband, Benito Rea Sr., moved to Odem, Texas where they became lifelong residents.


Leonila was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend whose kindness was known by many. Leonila is preceded in death by her husband, Benito Rea Sr., her father, Felix Salas, her mother, Lydia Dora Salas, her sisters, Clemencia Salas and Ludivina Garza. Leonila is survived by her children, Benito Rea Jr., Iris (Freddie) Asevedo, Duvelia (John) Roehling, Gerardo Rea, and Lydia (Mauro) Aguirre, 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. 


A visitation will be held on December 28, 2023, at Ritchea Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton Texas from 9am-12pm. The service will be held at 2pm and interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jacob Asevedo, Joshua Galves, Tony Candela, David Cano, Alejandro Flores, and Jon Bravo; honorary pallbearers are Freddie Asevedo and Mauro Aguirre.

Luciano Vega, Jr. 

Feb. 11, 1957 - Dec. 18, 2023

Luciano Vega, Jr. (Mocho), 66, of Portland, TX went to be with the Lord on December 18, 2023. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Luciano was employed with Goodwill in the mid 80's in Victoria, Tx. He loved playing pool, dancing, outings, watching TV and playing with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Luciano B. Vega and Rosita Bazaldua Vega, brothers, Juan B. Vega and Gilberto Vega, his brother-in-law, Pascual Martinez, Jr and a granddaughter, Jazzlyn Rae Ficklen. He is survived by his two daughters, Romana Anna Vega (John) of Portland and Corina (Nick) Romero of Monett, Missouri, his grandchildren, Nathaniel Jacob Vega, Alizay Delia Romero, Leonidus Antonio Romero, Achilles King Romero, Genesis Faith Romero of Monett, Missouri, Issac Lee Lopez, Jayden Christopher Ficklen, Scarlett Grace Ficklen of Portland, TX, three brothers, Rolando Vega, Sr. of Sinton, Enrique Vega, Sr. (Lorie) of Stamford, TX, Guadalupe "Wally" Vega of Austin, TX, Mary Louise Martinez of Sinton, TX, Rosita Alicia (David) Garza of Hobbs, New Mexico and a best friend, Terri Dermont of Aransas Pass, TX, numerous nieces and nephews.

Laura Flores Medina, age 48, passed away peacefully in the arms of the Lord surrounded by her 5 children, and family on December 10, 2023. 


Laura, also known by her family as “Lolis”, was born September 28, 1975, in Taft, Texas. Her late father, Santiago Flores, and living mother, Angie Guerrero Flores, raised her in Odem where she and her sisters, Sandra Flores and Lisa Flores, all graduated. She enjoyed crabbing, getting her nails done, and spending time with her kids. Laura married Alberto Medina and shared 5 children, Britney (Rosemary), Gina, Samarra, Jose, and Draven Medina. Those who knew Laura knew she was devoted to being a mother to her loving children. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her mother, her sisters, 5 children and daughter in law, and immediate family whom she loved so. As Laura was loved by many, we would like to thank everyone who supported us through this tough time and will bring her to her final resting spot. We will remember and miss her as she is finally reunited with our loved ones in heaven. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 22, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales

Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with

Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.


Edroy, Tx


Gilberto Villarreal, Jr. was a loving husband, father, grandfather. great grandfather, brother, and friend.  He left this world peacefully and  surrounded by loved ones on December 14, 2023, at age 67.  He married his beautiful wife, Soila, on September 6th, 1975. Together they had two daughters, Yvonne and Colleen.  He worked for 45 years with Corpus Christi Gasket and Fastener.  After retirement, he enjoyed spending quality time with his three grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  His boisterous and kind personality will be remembered by all the community.  On Monday, December 18th there will be a wake during the hours of 2 PM - 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas.  The funeral  will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 10 AM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.

Taft, Tx

Felicita Garcia Narvaez, 89, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 8, 2023. Felicita was a devout Catholic and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she was a longtime member of the Guadalupanas. She loved shopping and eating out with her family. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Armando (the late Irma) Narvaez of Waxahachie and Juan (Elizabeth) Narvaez of Corpus Christi, her daughters, Adelia (Luis) Aguirre and Imelda (Isidro) Zambrano of Taft, her sisters, Guadalupe Guerrero of Taft, Maria Flores, Diana Palmerin, Alma Trejo, Veronica Gonzalez and Blasa Hernandez of Corpus Christi, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family members. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM by the Guadalupanas at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, December 14, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft with Father John McKenzie as celebrant. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft.

A child of God is resting peacefully in his Savior's arms. Tommy Lee Davis departed this life on November 29, 2023. He was born May 29, 1941, in Taft, Texas. He was the first child born to Tommy Fred and Jessie Mae Davis. His death brought sadness to all who knew, love, and called him "Moose".


Accepting Christ at an early age, he was baptized and united with the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church of Taft, Texas. After graduating from Taft High School, he joined the United States Army where he served four years. He then went on to make a career serving in the United States Air Force. While serving at Elgin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, he met and married his beloved wife, Icephene Carter and her two young daughters. They were married December 30, 1969. Becoming a family, they joined him in traveling the world in his pursuit of his military career. Upon his retirement, he moved his family back home and settled in Sinton, Texas. Tommy Lee reunited with Rising Star, where he became a deacon following in his father's footsteps. He worked as a security guard with several different companies in the surrounding area. In his spare time, he worked at his passion of restoring old cars and trucks.


Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Icephene, parents, Tommy and Jessie Mae, brothers, Andrew and Joseph, and granddaughter, Octavia C. L. Boyd. He leaves to cherish his memories', three brothers, Frank Davis, Fred Davis, and Harvey Davis, one sister, Kathy Davis, two daughters Lorraine M. Campbell (David), Annette C. Adams, three grandsons, Robert B. Hughes II (Jessica), William E. Harris (Lac'e), and Nickholas M. Harris, one granddaughter, Kasey L. Kotara (Meagon) (Scott), seven great grandsons, six great granddaughters, one great great grandson, and one great great granddaughter, with a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Rising Star Baptist Church in Taft with Rev. Eddie M. Cross officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 PM, Monday, December 11, 2023, at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi. 

Richard Lee (Dickie) West, Jr. died on December 4, 2023, in Skidmore, TX after a prolonged illness. He passed away at home surrounded by his loving mother, his companion of 20 years, and many close family members.


He was born on February 28, 1960, in Sinton, Texas to Hilda Robertson West and Richard Lee West, Sr. He was raised in Odem, TX and graduated from Odem High School in 1979. He enjoyed a successful career as a certified API inspector in the oil and gas industry and after retirement was a loving caretaker of his mother and aunt. Richard was an excellent chef. He took pride in cooking for family, but his favorite meal was chocolate Frosted Flakes with bananas and chocolate milk. He relished in relentlessly teasing his nieces and nephews. He loved his family and was much loved by them.


He is preceded in death by his father, Richard L. West, Sr. He is survived by his best friend, companion, and caretaker, Rhonda Sewell, mother, Hilda Robertson West, three sisters, Lela Ann (David) Crockett, Cora Lea (Johnny) Emerson, and Celia Kay (Ann) West, three aunts, Pat Petrus, Theresa Robertson, and Kay (Ray) Ready. He is also survived by two nieces, four nephews, two great-nephews, one great-niece, and numerous cousins. There are no services planned. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Odem, Tx

Audelia Bargas Marin, 74, loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 1, 2023. Audelia loved gardening, watching the Texas Rangers, making tamales, playing slot machines, watching Wheel of Fortune, praying the rosary daily, attending mass until she couldn't make it to church and then watching it on TV. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jacinto Marin and her parents, Antonio and Elida Cantu Bargas. She is survived by her loving family, her son, Robert Martinez of Shirley, Massachusetts, her daughters, Sandra Martinez of Portland and Lisa Espinosa of Sinton, her sisters, Linda Morin and Estella Anderson of Odem, Marta Marroquin of Corpus Christi and Enedina Aleman of McAllen, her grandchildren, Brooke Martinez, Danielle Martinez, Miguel Pelayo, Nina Rodriguez, Marina Rodriguez, Illiana Rodriguez, Marco Espinosa, Manuel Espinosa and Mateo Espinosa, six great grandchildren and many extended family members and friends. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Sinton, Tx 

Melarie Michelle Garcia, 53, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Melarie was born on September 20, 1970, to Archie and Joyce (Vern) Jackson. She graduated from Sinton High School in 1989 and she loved her grandchildren. She was full of life and laughter and had a great smile. Her faith was strong in the Lord, never had and enemy and was filled with love. She loved her lake days and spending time by the water with her grandchildren every Sunday. She was married to John Garcia on September 11, 2011, the love of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Joyce (Vern) Jackson, family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, John Garcia, her children, Keondra Nicole, Khyree Jacoy and Nydah Jenise, her grandchildren, Paxtyn Michelle, Rylie, Cassius, Nahla, Haivyn and Kyler, her sister, Pamela Eileen Wright and her brother, Jason Arnett Jackson, her in-laws, family and friends, her dogs, Hydro, Sparkle, Gypsy, Pandy and Bernie, her horses, Haven, Ice Cream and Sunshine. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Murphy, officiating. Interment will follow at Heavens Acre Cemetery in Sinton.

Sinton, Tx 

Victoria (Vickie) Lane gained her wings on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Vickie was born on July 30, 1934, to Tomas Guerra and Margarita (Barrientes) Guerra. She was a lifelong resident of Sinton, Texas. Vickie was the oldest of a family of 15 children. For many years she was employed by John and Ophelia Whitley as a caregiver in Odem, Texas. Vickie was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Lane, her mother, Margarita Guerra, her father, Tomas Guerra, seven brothers, Marcelino (Max) Guerra, Lazaro (Larry) Guerra, Reymundo (Rey) Guerra, Juan Guerra, Daniel (Danny) Guerra and two other brothers, Amador and Ruben Guerra, that passed away as infants. Also preceded in death by three sisters, Dominga (Minga) Guerra, Romana (Mana) Guerra, and Susie Heiman. Survivors are one brother, Pantaleon (Leon) of Houston, three sisters, Maria (Alice) Czaja of Sinton, Stella Compean of Laredo and Gloria Rankin of Sinton, numerous nieces and nephews, and one special niece, Penelope Rankin of Anchorage, Alaska. Vickie was her nanny from the time Penelope was a tiny baby of four months old until she was in the third grade at Sinton Elementary. 


It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Vickie until we meet again. Go find Mom, Dad and all our siblings. Give them a big hug from all of us.


A visitation will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Pallbearers are Frank Guerra, Daniel Guerra, Omar Guerra, Steven Rankin, Nick Guerra, Lee Guerra, and honorary pallbearer, Ruben Barrientez. 

Odem, Tx 

Donald George Halepeska, 96, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend went to be with Lord on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Donald was an avid gardener, loved fishing and was a hobby farmer. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Joseph and Hermina Witte Halepeska, his stepmother, Merle Halepeska and his two brothers, Bill Halepeska and Mark Halepeska. He is survived by his loving family, his wife. Joan Olsovsky Halepeska of Odem, his son, Alan (Jackie) Halepeska of Lake Jackson, Texas, his daughter, Elaine (Jimmy) Shortell of Pflugerville, Texas, his sister, Ruth Pons of Lewisville, Texas, four grandchildren, Joseph Halepeska, Rachel Halespeska, Ethan Shortell and Megan (Cassidy) Byars, three great grandchildren, Jackson Byars, Hutch Byars and Boots Byars. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Monday, November 6, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem.

Sinton, Tx 

Margaret Ramirez Sambrano, 75, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Margaret had a big heart and cared very deeply for her family and friends. She loved and was the happiest when she would cook and bake, but most of all she loved shopping. She is preceded in death by her parents, Pablo and Manuela Olbera Ramirez, her husband, Edward Sambrano, her daughter, Linda Lee Lopez, her sister, Nancy Ramirez and her sister-in-law, Alice Ramirez.

She will be missed. She is survived by her sons, Eddie (Joann) Sambrano of Sinton and Christopher (Yvonne) Sambrano of

Austin, her brother, Luis Ramirez of Sinton, her sister, Julie Guerra of Sinton, five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, many cousins and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 PM on Tuesday November 7, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Graveside services and interment will follow at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

Sinton, Tx 

Jo Ann Whitehead, 77, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Wednesday, November1, 2023. Jo Ann enjoyed doing arts and crafts and loved supporting the community, Little League and other sports. She will be missed. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Everett Whitehead of Sinton, her sons, Michael Everett Whitehead of Midland, Billy Lee (Tonya) Whitehead of Corpus Christi and W.D. (Brenda) Whitehead of Sinton and eight grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 4 PM to 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 2 PM at Sinton Cemetery with Father Glen Mullan officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Everett Lee Whitehead, Michael Whitehead, Billy Whitehead, W.D. Whitehead, Ryan Whitehead, Daniel Whitehead, Travis Pease, Wil Whitehead, Emilee Whitehead, Bethany Whitehead, Olivia Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead.

Sinton, Tx


Leo Canion, longtime resident of Sinton passed from this life on October 29, 2023. Leo was born in Utopia, Texas on June 23, 1933, to Nell and Randle Canion. After graduating from Utopia High School in 1950, he attended Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde and Texas A&I University in Kingsville, where he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's degree in science. During his college years, Leo was drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Denver, Colorado and proudly served for two years. During his time at Southwest Texas Junior College, Leo met the love of his life, Peggy Rossington. They married on November 4, 1953. They were married for 67 years until her passing in 2021. They settled in Sinton in 1958, where Leo began and spent his entire 32-year career as a teacher and administrator. His most cherished years were those at Sinton High School, where he was the assistant principal from 1968-1981 and principal from 1981-1986. After his retirement in 1990, he and Peggy continued to be the Pirates' greatest supporters and biggest fans, attending countless games in every sport over the next 30 years. They particularly enjoyed the seven special years they were able to cheer for their Pirate grandchildren, Wesley and Paige Vickers. Leo had one other great passion - the game of golf. He played countless rounds at the Sinton Municipal Golf Course, where he made some of the best friends a man could have. He even had five hole-in-one shots, of which he was very proud. Leo is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Peggy, his sister, Jan Reagen, brother, Wayne Canion, and his precious granddaughter, Kaylie Yuill. He is survived by his three daughters, Joyce Lynn Canion of Sinton, Lori (Todd) Burgin of New Braunfels and Leigh (Bennie) Vickers of Mineral. He is also survived by seven grandchildren who lovingly called him Poppa Leo, Shane McDonald, Brooke McDonald, Wesley (Lindy) Vickers, Paige Vickers, Kyle Yuill and Kaitlin Yuill and his newest pride and joy great granddaughter, Addison Rae Vickers. Leo was a loved and respected member of the Sinton community for 65 years. He left at lasting impact on countless lives during that time, and in turn, those lives left an indelible mark on his own. His absence will be deeply felt, and he will be dearly missed. If you wish to make a donation in Leo's honor, please consider Shriner's Children Hospital, as he and Peggy were faithful supporters of their efforts. A visitation will be held from 1 PM to 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 5, 2023, with funeral services beginning at 2:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Mike Carper officiating. Interment will follow at Sinton Cemetery in Sinton.

Our dear mother, Maria Alaniz Gonzales, suddenly passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at the age of 88. She was "Our Ama". She was the glue to our family. She was the oldest Alaniz relative and our connection to the Alaniz history and all the old stories. She was born in Kennedy, Texas, but lived the majority of her life in Sinton, Texas. She is survived by her three daughters Rosalinda Guajardo, Elizabeth Gonzales, and Maria Vidaurri, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren,12 great great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death her son, Benito Gonzales, and her husband, Juan R Gonzales. She had a love for cooking even though she would say she hated the kitchen. Sewing was her favorite hobby, specially making blankets for family. She would say whoever has one of my blankets will always have something of me to remember me by. Ama will greatly be missed. Graveside service will be held Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 11 AM at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. 

Odem, Tx 

Vivian Pizana, Sr., 76, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Vivian loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved fishing and enjoyed traveling, dancing and eating out with his wife. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rafael C. and Maria Guadalupe Benavidez Pizana, his brother Rafael Pizana, Jr., and his sister, Margarita Pizana Wilkinson. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Guadalupe Pizana of Odem, his son, Vivian (Leticia) Pizana, Jr. of Odem, his daughters, Paula (Ismael Soto) Pizana of Portland and Pat (Domingo Perez) Pizana of Corpus Christi, his brother, Irenio (Aurora) Pizana and Aristeo (Elvia) Pizana of Odem, his sister, Guadalupe (Jacinto)

Aguirre of Pettus, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM, with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. The family would like to give a "Special Thank You" to the New Century Hospice Staff, Tammy, Debbie and Marivel for the wonderful care given to our loved one, Vivian.

Sinton, Tx 

Teresa Vasquez Perez, 77, passed away on Monday, October16, 2023. Teresa was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael V. Perez, her parents, Domingo and Virginia Vasquez and her sister, Romana Molina. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Alfredo Perez of Sinton, her son, Mark (Stephanie) Perez of Corpus Christi and five grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, from 4 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, October 23, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Services will conclude with the mass.

Odem, Tx 

Clemencia Carrillo Sanchez, 90, loving mother, grandmother and friend went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 15, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tiodulo Sanchez and her son, Javier Sanchez. She was a devoted Catholic and a lifetime member of the Society of the Guadalupanas and enjoyed doing embroidery and cooking. She is survived by her loving sons, Hector (Patsy) Sanchez of San Juan, Texas, Ramiro (Odilia) Sanchez of Odem, and Oscar (Janie) Sanchez of San Antonio, 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 20, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Rosendo "Nune" Reyna, Jr., 55, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away Sunday, October 8, 2023. Rosendo was born on November 20, 1967, to Simona and Rosendo Reyna, Sr. in Sinton, Texas. Rosendo loved fishing, BBQ cookouts and doing small projects. He was a father figure to a lot of his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Simona C. Reyna, his sister, Amy Barrientz, his grandmothers, Aurora L. Carranza and Carmen Reyna and his grandfather, Nicolas Reyna, He is survived by his wife, Rachel L. Garcia of Sinton, his son, Rosendo Reyna, III of Sinton, his daughters, Julia (Joseph) Reyna Villarreal of Sinton and Cassandra (Brandon) Almaguer of Odem, his granddaughter, Jalissa Raina Villarreal of Sinton, his father, Rosendo Reyna, Sr. of Sinton, his brothers, Randy (Daisy) Reyna, Sr. of Sinton and Rey Lee Reyna of San Antonio, his sisters, Lisa Reyna of Sinton and Jennifer Reyna of Metarie, Louisiana, his father-in-law and mother-in law, Manuel and Tina Garcia of Sinton. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. The family would like to give a Special Thanks to the staff at Doctor's Regional Hospital, Fresenius Kidney Center in Sinton and especially Dr. Amber Kaldas for always going above and beyond and always treating him like a "Movie Star".

Odem -


Pastor Ramiro S. Rubio, 66, of Odem, Texas passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. He was born March 4, 1957, in Robstown, Texas, the son of Domingo Rubio and Guadalupe Sanchez Rubio. He was happily married to Dolores Rubio for 50 years. Our dad, Pastor Ramiro Rubio was a God-fearing man, who dedicated his life to serving God and others. He was called to ministry in 1985, allowing him to share the word of Christ for 39 years. He has impacted so many lives in this world, with his beautiful kind heart, some of which we are unaware of. His smile lit up a room and his kind heart always found a way to encourage others, especially those in need. He was an incredible example of Christ who exemplified his heart for others, as a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather/great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. 


Thank you Dad for everything that you have done. Today we will say our goodbyes, even though your spirit has left us, your memories will always be in our hearts. We love you daddy!

Ramiro is preceded in death by his parents, Domingo and Guadalupe Sanchez Rubio, his siblings, Irma Rubio, Robert Rubio, Domingo Rubio, Jr., Adan Rubio and Martin Rubio. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Dolores Rubio of Odem, his son, Ramiro Rubio, Jr. of Odem, his daughters, Belinda (Juan) Pena, Dolores (Henry) Martinez and Noemi (Billy) Reyna all of Odem, his brothers, Armando Rubio of Robstown, Juan Rubio of Odem, Jesse Rubio, Victor Rubio and Roy Rubio all of Ohio, and Eddie Rubio of Odem, his sisters, Odilla Flores of Dallas, Diana Cardenas of Robstown and Sylvia Perez of Odem, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and many extended family members. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 12 PM to 9 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Full Gospel Church (6067 Hwy 77) in Odem. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the Full Gospel Church (6067 Hwy 77) in Odem. Interment will follow at the San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.


Ni lo alto, ni lo profundo, ni ninguna

otra cosa creada, nos podra sparar

del amor de Dios, que es en Cristo

Jesus Senor Nuestro. Romans 8:39


Nor height, nor depth, nor any other

creature, shall be able to separate us

from the love of God, which is in

Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

Ada Lee Mutchler

January 20, 1937 - September 30, 2023

The Lord and Melvin have welcomed Ada Lee home.

Ada Lee Hill was born on January 20, 1937, to Oma Evelyn Westmoreland Hill and Thomas Carette Hill. Ada Lee was the youngest child, affectionately known as "Our Baby Doll." Ada Lee had a total of 11 older siblings. John Hill, Paul Hill, Bogardus Hill, Ben Hill, Bernice (Hill) Byrne, Kate Hill, Evelyn (Hill) Creamer, Susan (Hill) Hofner, Marguerite Hill, Ida Bell (Hill) Copeland, and Tom Hill.

Ada Lee was raised five miles west of Sinton on Hill Road, where her parents were farmers and ranchers. Ada Lee's chores on the farm included making butter, ironing clothes, and helping work cattle and horses. Ada Lee was a true equine enthusiast and loved riding her horses. At the tender age of tour, Ada Lee would ride with her rat terrier, Maggie, on the back of her draft horse, Warrior. She would ride with her animals with a note around her neck from her mother to tell the neighbors what time Ada Lee needed to be sent home.

As Ada Lee grew up, so did her adventures and talents. Ada Lee would ride Warrior to the movies at the Rialto theater in town. Without fail, during the best part of the picture show, she would have to go and check on Warrior to ensure he had not rubbed his bridle off. While attending Sinton High School, Ada Lee lent her time and gifts to the Sinton Kiwanis Club by volunteering to play the piano for their meetings at the J&A Café Clubroom. Ada Lee also played with two bands as a musician and a vocalist. The Sinton High School Ramblers was the first band she performed with. The band members included Jimmy Don Walker on guitar, Ada Lee on piano and vocals, Loyd Gonzalez on bass fiddle and Eddie Tyra on the fiddle. The second band was comprised of Louis Hunt on the fiddle, Pat Koliba on the guitar, Tom Hill on the drums, Dave Odem on the bass fiddle and Ada Lee on the piano, accordion, and vocals. Ada Lee also made guest appearances as a vocalist for Adolph Hofner and the Pearl Wranglers dances and shows.

Ada Lee graduated from Sinton High School on May 25, 1956, and planned to attend business college. However, Ada Lee ended up on a different path when Leo Owen offered her the opportunity to work at the San Patricio County Farm Bureau the Monday after graduation. For 57 years, Ada Lee served as the Farm Bureau County Secretary and office manager until she retired in September 2013. Ada Lee received numerous accolades during her career with San Patricio County Farm Bureau, which included receiving the Texas Farm Bureau Pioneer Award in 2007, Secretary of the Year Award multiple years, winning the county scrapbook award for seven years straight, promoting Ag in the Classroom yearly, and participating in the Texas Farm Bureau's annual Beet Checkout in conjunction with local grocers.

Ada Lee never met a stranger. She was a natural ambassador promoting and representing Sinton and San Patricio County, Texas, her entire life. Ada Lee represented the Sinton Plymouth Oilers, the 1957 national semi-professional baseball champions, where she won first place at the Peanut Festival in Floresville. Ada Lee was a founding member of the San Patricio Riding and Roping Club, serving as board secretary for numerous years, promoting play days and rodeo events for youth and adults. Ada Lee also served as Vice-President and guiding mentor of the Sinton Business Professional Women's Club. This group aimed to promote better opportunities for women in the Workforce. Ada Lee was heavily involved in the Sinton Chamber of Commerce and was named Outstanding Woman of the Year. However, Ada Lee will most fondly be remembered as the City of Sinton's beloved Parade Marshall for over 53 consecutive years. Ada Lee's annual parades and festivals included the Old Fiddler's Festival, Homecoming, and illuminated Christmas parades. These parades were known across South Texas as the best small-town parade, with up to 130 floats from near and far. The Sinton community loved the variety of floats Ada Lee would showcase in her parade lineups. Likewise, Ada Lee served as the Sinton Chamber of Commerce's ambassador, representing Sinton and the Chamber in numerous community parades around South Texas for over 40 years. In 2015, Ada Lee was recognized as the Sinton High School Hall of Fame Alumnus of the Year. Ada Lee was also a member of the Taft Blackland Museum and the Red Hatters Society Club.

Ada Lee met the love of her life, Melvin, in high school and were married on March 2, 1963, in Sinton at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Ada Lee and Melvin loved dancing to all genres of music across South Texas. From Mexican conjunto to German and Czech polka bands, you could find these two dancing the nights away, taking in new sights, working cattle, and riding horses together. Melvin was a lifelong farmer and rancher, and he and Ada Lee were avid proponents of production agriculture, investing in tomorrow's ag producers and leaders with organizations including the Taft FFA, Taft 4-H Club, San Patricio and Aransas County A&H Shows and the Brazos County Youth Livestock Shows. Ada Lee and Melvin resided in Taft for 55 years. Ada Lee was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Taft, where she played the organ and plano for weekend masses. Ada Lee was also a proud cattle rancher for 55 years, managing her beef cattle cow-calf operations.

Ada Lee is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Melvin Mutchler, her 11 siblings, and her parents, T.C. and Oma Hill. Ada Lee is survived by her daughter Lisa Mutchler, son Monte (Laura) Mutchler, and four granddaughters that were the light of her life: Alexis Roach, Alyssa (Kody) Sims, Charlotte, and Molly Mutchler. Ada Lee is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe Mutchler, Kenny Mutchler, Roger Mutchler, Dale Hill, Joe Brock Copeland, George Matula, and Dale Mutchler. Pallbearers are David Mutchler, Layne Mutchler, Joshua Mutchler, Joe Pullin, Kody Sims, and Travis Williams. 


The family would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude of thanks to all the staff and loving caregivers (B. K., Lovie, Mary, Mercedes, MiLove, Natasha) at Hudson Creek Alzheimer's Memory Care, Bryan, TX., Enhabit Hospice (Amy, Brianna, Dawn), in addition to three remarkable members of the family - Ms. Juana West, Ms. Ana Martinez, and Ms. Vanessa Camargo of Taft, TX. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, TX. Rosary will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 5, 2023, 10:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton, TX with internment services immediately following at The Palms Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Taft, TX. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at DR Plaza, 229 McIntyre Avenue, Taft, TX. 

Paul Eldrige, age 52 of Taft, Texas passed away on September 23, 2023. 


Paul was a self-taught diesel mechanic and loved to practice the trade. He would share his knowledge in a lengthy conversation if given the time. He loved a good Whataburger and a great breakfast taco.  He was loyal to his friends and loved by his family.  He will be deeply missed by all.


He is survived by his mother, Savannah Eldrige; brothers, David (Jakkie) Eldrige, Daniel (Rhoda) Eldrige, Joseph (Mel) Eldrige; sisters, Gloria Foster, Hettie Eldrige, Rosemary (Aldo) Valerio;  Mary (Harold) Bingham and numerous niece and nephews.  

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a graveside service immediately following at 11:15 A.M. at Heavens Acre Cemetery in Sinton.

Odem, Tx

Dominga Blanco Benavidez, age 85, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 16, 2023.  Dominga loved her family and spending time at family gatherings.  She also loved her friends, dancing, and loved to be updated with the latest fashion styles.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Roman Benavidez, Jr.; her daughter, Francisca Benavidez; her parents, Eligio Blanco, Sr. and Fidela Gomez Blanco; her siblings, Adela Nino, Maria Perez, and Eligio Blanco, Jr.  She is survived by her loving family - her sons, Roman " Raymond " Benavidez, III (Naomi) of Corpus Christi, and Guadalupe "Wally" Blanco Benavidez of Odem.  She is also survived by her daughters, Della Marie Botello of Calallen, and Rosa Marie "Rosie" Gomez (Matthew) of San Antonio; her brothers, Augustine Blanco ( Dolores ) of Odem, and Gregorio Blanco of Corpus Christi;  her sisters, Luisa Ortiz (Armando), and Amelia Martinez (Aurelio) of Odem; ten grandchildren - Nathan Rivera, Jorge Botello, Miguel Botello, Arisela  Botello,  Cody Benavidez, Skyler Benavidez, Matthew James Gomez, Jacob A. Gomez, Selene Benavidez, and Sophia Benavidez, and nine great-grandchildren.  A holy rosary will be recited at 7P.M. Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant.  Interment will immediately follow the funeral mass at Memorial Cemetery in Odem.

Ronnie Christopher Trevino, age 41, loving son, brother, nephew, and friend passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023.  Ronnie loved the Houston Texans and the Houston Astros, but most of all he loved art work.  He also loved playing chess.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Trevino' his sister, Stephanie Lynn Trevino, and his brother, Mikey Trevino.  He is survived by his loving family; his mother, Alicia Cardenas of Skidmore, his sisters, Michelle Trevino Welsh of San Antonio, and Kristin Rivera of Ingleside, his brother Kyle Fintress, and numerous other relatives and friends.  A rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. on Friday, September 15, 2023 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.  The funeral mass will be celebrated at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as the celebrant.  Interment will immediately follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.  

Jose Balderas Dominguez, age 84, gained his wings on Friday, September 8, 2023, at his home, surrounded by the people he loved the most. He was a life-long resident of Odem, Texas. He served two years in the United States Army. Upon his release from the Army, he went to work for the Smelting Company. He then began training at the United State Post Office on his off hours. On July 16, 1971, he was sworn in as postmaster, where he served for thirty-two years. In addition to that, he served as a member of the District Drainage Committee for twenty years and on the school board for OEISD for thirty years. During his tenure on the school board, along with the other school board members, he played a role in accomplishing several projects for OEISD, including the addition of an all-weather track, a cafetorium, a band hall, a junior high school, an elementary school, kindergarten classes, a baseball field, a library, a computer lab, and a swimming pool. He and his wife were members of the Odem Band Booster Club for twelve years. His passions included carpentry, watching sports, and spending time with his family.


Proceeding him in death are his parents, Salvador Dominguez Sr. and Consuelo Dominguez, and a brother, Salvador Dominguez Jr. He is survived by his beautiful wife of sixty years, Maria Elena Dominguez, and his children, Priscilla (Rene), Isaac (Diana), and Lisa Marie (Ramon), as well as his grandsons, Michael Roy, Marc Anthony, Timothy James, Christopher Isaac, Nathan James, and Austin Brady. He is also survived by two sisters, Divina Gomez, and Consuelo Encinia (Jesse), and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.


The family will receive friends from 3 to 9 P.M. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. The funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday September 15, 2023, at the Primera Iglesia Bautista, with interment immediately following, at the San Pedro Cemetery. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Compassus Hospice Care. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Justin Ray Curry, 41 of Sinton, Texas passed away on September 5, 2023. Justin was born on March 5, 1982. Throughout Justins life he has accomplished many things. Out of all those things, being a dad to his children was what he was most proud of. He was a man you could call on if you needed something done, and he was proud to help when he could. He was dedicated to his family, caring for his grandmother and being a best friend to his brother were a priority. Justin was proceeded in death by his father, Neal Curry, who died in 2017. Survivors include children, Sarah Curry, Billy Curry, Shelby Clement, and Hayley Crain of Sinton Texas; brother, Joel Curry of Sinton Texas; domestic partner, Cynthia Guerrero of Sinton Texas; Grandmother, Joan Parsley and Grandfather Fred Ford of Beeville, Texas; mother, Betty Key Curry of Beeville, Texas. He will be missed by many. There will be a BBQ and celebration of life on September 16, 2023, at Joel Curry’s residence in St. Paul.

Odem, Tx

Juan A. Lopez, 88, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away on Friday, September 8,2023. Juan was a hardworking man who grew up picking cotton. He was a people person, and he was everyone's Grandpa. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Juan Daniel Lopez, Juan H. Lopez, Jesus Lopez and Joey Lopez of Odem, his daughters, Laurie Ann Lopez of Odem, Lou Ann Marin of San Marcos, Lina Ann Garcia of Sinton, Diana Sosa Emerson of Portland and Delia Lopez of Calallen, numerous grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, September 11, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Pallbearers will be Scott Castillo, Brandon Beltran, John Ray Lopez, John Richard Lopez, Joe Garcia, and Tanis Serrano. 

Sinton, Tx 

Albert Vega Espinosa, 87, of Sinton, Texas passed away on Wednesday September 6, 2023. Albert was a very caring and devoted man who was very involved with his entire family. He loved the outdoors, being involved with chili and brisket cook offs and to attend vintage car shows. He enjoyed watching rodeos and to listen to country music. Albert worked at Conoly Drug Store in 1960 where he met his future wife, Consuelo Martinez, a nurse from Sinton Ewing Hospital. They married in October 1960 and moved to Sinton in 1963 to raise their two children and begin work at Coastal States. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Micaela Vega Espinosa, his brothers, Pete,

Federico and Ricardo, his sisters, Sophia Espinosa and Stephany Espinosa Salinas and his nephew, Fred Espinosa, Jr. Albert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Consuelo, his son Albert, his daughter, Teresa, plus four granddaughters, Catrina, Bernadette, Natalie and Audrey, his grandson, Evan, great grandsons, Graham McAllister and River Garcia, great granddaughters, Fiona McAllister and Paige McAllister. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at Sinton Cemetery in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay officiating. Interment will follow.

Our beloved father and brother in Christ, Jose G. Perez “Joey or Joe” (JP), age 58,

passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at approximately 4:15AM.


Jose G. Perez “Joey or Joe” (JP) was born on January 21, 1965, to Jose Perez Sr. and

Cruz D. Perez. “Joey” was a very positive, God loving, and Faithful man. So charismatic

with a humble heart he made sure to lend a helping hand to anyone when he was able to.

He was an outstanding father to me, my siblings, and step siblings. He lived a hard-

working life within the oil and gas industry as an electrician for 30 years to support his

family, but the industry also was where he met numerous great, supportive friends whom

he enjoyed laughter and good times with. His favorite hobbies included watching sports

games, barbecuing with family, watching “new” movies - mostly Superhero genre, had a

palate for eating take-out and new entrées, but most of all spending time and playing with

his grandchildren, sons, daughter, and pets whom he loved with every bit of his heart and

some. We now hold a lifetime of happy memories to cherish and share; he is immensely

loved and missed every day.


Jose G. Perez “Joey or Joe” (JP) is preceded in death by his mother Cruz D. Perez,

daughter Lisa Perez, and son Jaime A. Perez. Jose G. Perez is survived by his father Jose

“Rana” Perez Sr. of Sinton, TX; wife Leisa Perez of Sinton, TX, son Jose “Jay” (Velia)

Perez of Rockport-Fulton, TX; daughter Gabriella (Jordan) Benton of Sinton, TX; 2

stepsons: Edward Campos (Shaina) of Sinton, TX; Justen Campos (Abby) of  Sinton, TX;

brother Gerardo Perez of Sinton, TX;  brother Moises (Christina) Perez of Sinton, TX; and a total of 11 grandchildren.


Visitation will be held Saturday, September 9, 2023, with a private viewing (immediate family ONLY) from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and public viewing from 3:00PM to 9:00 PM at the Ritchea Gonzales Funeral Home. Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM. 

Beeville, Tx

Adela Davila Martinez, 74, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Adela loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching TV and listening to music. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Jimmy Ray Martinez, Joe Ray Martinez and Blake Ray Martinez of Beeville, her daughters, Mary Ann Martinez and Amber Martinez of Beeville, her sisters, Lucy Villanueva of Sinton, Emma Moreno of Aransas Pass and Corina Cook of Kansas, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

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