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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

Odem, Tx 

Michael Henry Garza, infant son of Ryan Garza and Mikayla Ortiz went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2023. He is survived by his loving parents, Ryan Garza and Mikayla Ortiz, his brothers, Axl Hernandez, Arnold Garcia, III, Darius Rene Garza, Derrick Garza, and Ethan Garza, his sisters, Natalee Hinojosa, Ameriss Garcia, and Madison Garza, his maternal grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth Ortiz, his paternal grandfather, Rene Garza (Star Garza) and his paternal grandmother, Betty Lopez. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

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. 

Hazel Joan Phillips-Graham passed away on August 30th, 2023, at the age of

91 after a long illness and a valiant fight to the end. Hazel was born in

Hebronville, Texas on September 23, 1931. She attended the Premont Baptist

Church, Sunday School and Premont High School, and worked on the family

farm, and shared many wonderful stories over the years of sibling love and school

friendships she enjoyed in and around Hebbronville, Premont and Freer. 


Hazel married F.W. "Shorty" Ward in 1948 and together they had two children,

Priscilla 'Charlie' Joan Ward and Ruby Ann Ward (Hesseltine). She was a doting

mother, housewife and worked odd jobs to help support the family. After many

years, Hazel moved to the San Antonio area where she met her second husband,

Donald V. Meyers, and moved to Dover, New Jersey with Don and her two oldest

girls. Together Don and Hazel had two children, Dona Laure Meyers (Dye) and

John Vincent Meyers. After 10 years in the Northeast, Hazel finally made it back

to her beloved Texas in 1973. There she raised Dona and John as a hardworking,

single parent, most often as an excellent, social waitress for Jim's Restaurant until

1980, when she moved to Sinton to be closer to Ruby, Charlie, and her beautiful

granddaughters. She loved Country and Western music and dancing, and could two-step like a champ. She adored Elvis and old Hymns, and watching her kids sing karaoke on the front porch or in the yard of wherever they were at the time. 


While in Sinton, Hazel drove for a City Transportation service, cleaned and cooked for two couples with handicapped spouses in their homes, and helped design and sell headstones for a monument company. Hazel often talked about how these professions made her happy as they allowed her to serve people. She had a huge heart for helping others. Hazel never missed her children's or grandchildren's life events as they were growing up, such as birthdays, holidays, sports events, graduations, weddings and childbirth. She was always the one who cooked the meals, comforted all and cleaned so others wouldn't have to - she was a true matriarch. 


After many years of service and caring for her family, Hazel eventually semi-retired and moved to Mathis, Texas, where in 1990 she met Jim Nelson, who became her partner for the next 24 years. At their country home in Mathis, Hazel and Jim grew delicious vegetables in their garden, went fishing in Corpus Christi Lake, competed in competitions such as wild hog, chili and pinto bean cook-offs (and often won). They hosted hundreds of barbeques, attended family reunions and trekked all over Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana with Charlie to visit family and learn about Hazel's lineage. In the mid 90's, she got to take a very special trip with Ruby to the Northeast - Boston, Pennsylvania and New York. They saw old and new sights and 'shopped 'til they dropped' together.


One of Hazel and Jim's favorite places was Claude and Muki's in Victoria, Texas, where they would meet friends and family for wonderful celebrations over the years. They traveled Quito, Ecuador to stay with Muki and Claude there and had a blast. Hazel and Jim also took a yearly 'pilgrimage' to Natchez, Mississippi to see members of Jim's family and learn the history of that place. Hazel's favorite trip of her life was to Singapore to visit her dearest friend of more than 70 years, Laure Sieme and her husband, Wayne when they lived overseas. 


Hazel is preceded in death by her parents, Bessie and John Phillips, daughters, Priscilla 'Charlie' Joan Ward and Ruby Ann Hesseltine, her son-in-law, Jimmy Hesseltine, her partner, Jim Nelson, her brothers Claude Phillips and wife, Mucki, Leroy Phillips and wife Esther, JC Phillips, Alva Lee Phillips, James Phillips, and her sisters Bertha Lopez and husband Cecil and June Maxwell and husband Willie. Hazel is survived by her daughter Dona Dye and husband Steve Warwick of Bastrop Texas, grandsons Dakota Dye of Lubbock, Texas and Dominic Dye of Katy, Texas, son John Meyers and former spouse Laura Meyers of Austin, Texas, granddaughters and spouses Tiffany Ann Jones and Matt Jones of New Braunfels, Texas, Shanna White and Justin White of Fair Oaks Ranch Texas, Mandy Hesseltine of Portland, Texas, as well as her great grandchildren, Jace and Addie Jones, Caleb White, Kylie Gray, Jaxson Gray and Jake James Hesseltine, sisters Dolores Strege and husband Harold and Laverne Phillips-Pratt of League City, Texas, brother Kenneth Phillips and wife Trine of Stavanger, Norway, sister-in-law Daisy Phillips of Crockett, and lifetime friend Laure Sieme and her husband Wayne of Lakeway, Texas, along with Jim Nelson's daughters Lori and Julie and their families, and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 


The family would like to thank the folks at Austin Wellness and Rehab in Austin, Texas, Magnolia Hospice of Austin, Texas, and especially her dear hospice nurse Brian Yeasley, BSN, RN, CCRN for the care and compassion they showed our Hazel in these last three years and her final days. There will be a small, graveside service held on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at 10:30am at the Sinton Cemetery. Hazel will rest in peace beside her daughter Ruby there, and visits will always be welcome during open hours for you to sit under the trees and hold this remarkable woman in your heart. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Swan Songs of Central Texas ( or a charity of your choice in her honor.

Sinton, Tx 

Adelia Bernal Lopez, 80, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend passed away on Monday, July 31, 2023. Adelia loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved going out and having a good time, dancing and her soap operas. She is survived by her husband, Juan Lopez of Odem, her son, Juan Daniel Lopez of Odem, her daughters, Laurie Ann Lopez of Odem, Lou Ann Marin of San Marcos and Lina Ann Garcia of Sinton, her brother, Juan Bernal, Jr. of Corpus Christi, her sisters, Guadalupe Balboa and Lenny Magellan of Corpus Christi, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, August 4, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Odem, Tx 

Cruz Leza Ansualda, 70, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister,

aunt and friend passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Cruz was a great Mom who loved

her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved watching her Novelas. She is

survived by her husband, Rudy Ansualda, of Corpus Christi, her sons, Rudy J. (Veronica

Rios) Ansualda, Jr. of Corpus Christi, and Gino (Victoria Sanchez) Ansualda of Portland,

her daughter, Lucy (Eric) Soliz of Corpus Christi, her brother, Rafael (Eloisa) Leza, Jr. of

Odem, her grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea Gonzalez) Leal of Corpus Christi, Marisa

(Tommy Chavez) Ansualda of Portland, Frankie Ansualda of Corpus Christi and Katerina

Ansualda of Portland, her great grandchildren, Ela Martinez, Evan Chavez, Aiden Chavez,

Brandon Mejias, Derrick Solis, Alexander Solis, Addison Solis, Penelope Ansualda,

Michael Leal, Tiffany Leal, Alex Leal and Alexis Carrillo. She was preceded in death by her

parents, Rafael and Rosa Leza, her daughter, Elovinda Ansualda and her brother, Francisco 

Leza. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews and many extended family members. Visitation will be held from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, August 3, 2023, at Sacred Heart Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.


- July 21, 2023joined our Heavenly Father and Blessed Mother in His

Heavenly Kingdom on Friday, July 21, 2023. She was a beautiful daughter,

wife, sister, aunt, niece, mother, grandmother, and friend to many people

during her life. Family members describe her as being a wonderful, loving,

caring, understanding, kindhearted, thoughtful, generous, and especially a

faithful "Woman of God". Our wonderful Mom was a shy person, but her

brightness shined through her love for everyone. Her favorite color was

yellow, and she especially loved yellow roses. She was a devoted Catholic

member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church all of her life and even served as a

CCD Teacher Aide, Youth Retreat Sponsor, and Baptismal God Mother.

"Loly" as called by her friends and family attended Sinton ISD schools. Our

Mother believed that an education was important no matter what the person's

age might be, so she was most proud when she received her GED Diploma

presented by the Former Senator Carlos Truan. She also attended Bee County

College for some time. 

She was preceded in death by: Husband-Reynaldo Ramirez, Sr., Infant Daughter-Patricia Ramirez, Mother-Juanita and Eusebio Fuentes, Father-Manuel Espinoza, Maternal Grandparents-Dolores and Panfilo Garza, and Paternal Grandparents-Santos and Carlos Espinoza.

Maria Dolores was a devoted wife to Reynaldo "Nano" Ramirez, Sr. (deceased), for 32 years. They raised seven children together. Left to cherish her memory are her seven children and their spouses: Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr., Gracie (Rodrigo) Sanchez, Olga Moreno (Raymond Chavez), Manuel (Leticia) Ramirez, Patricia R. Sosa, Viola (Pete) Saenz, and Carlos (Pat) Ramirez. She is also survived by her two sisters Olga Parker (Shelton (deceased)) and Mary Lou Moreno (Lolo (deceased)).

She especially loved her role as being a grandmother to 19 grandchildren. She even enjoyed traveling to Kingsville, Houston, Laredo, Denton, Austin, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and California to attend her grandchildren's graduations, weddings, priestly ordinations, vacations, and births. She is survived by her grandchildren: Amanda Rae Vasquez (Billy Gonzalez), Reynaldo Ramirez, III (Tanya), Omar Rene Ramirez, John David Ramirez, Robert Calamaco, Jr. (Sadie), Anna Marie Castillo (Bryan), Orlando Calamaco (Samantha), Maria Luisa Garza (Juan), Jo Ann Herrera (Robert), Tanya Moreno, Fr. Nicolas Ramirez, Laura Ybarra (Miguel), Fr. Jacob Ramirez, Elizabeth Marie Sosa, Francisco Javier Sosa, Gerardo Reynaldo Sosa, Evelyn Rae Blackwell (Clay), Veronica Medrano (Martin), and Luis R. Garcia (Amanda).

She is also survived by 32 great-grandchildren. Calvin Vasquez, Christopher Vasquez, Carolina Nino, Brianna Gonzalez, Arianna Gonzalez, Ernie Lee Michael Ramirez, Belinda Arecelie Ramirez, Samuel James Calamaco, Apolonia B. Calamaco, Anastacia M. Sanchez (Josh), Sarah C. Castillo, B. Kaleb Castillo, Caitlyn Calamaco, Harrison Cruz Calamaco, Addison Grace Calamaco. Jonathan M. Garza (Kristen), Steven R. Garza (Stephanie) Brittanie N. Garza (Rudy), Haley Pena (Luis), Hannah Anderson (Devin), Kennedy Wade (Dominic), Karina Herrera, Roman Herrera, Miguel Ybarra, Zavier Ybarra, Elijah Ybarra, Summer Haven Garcia, Ezra Medrano, Eden Medrano, Elea Medrano, Shelby Lynn Garcia, and Saleen Lee Garcia. She is survived by eight great-great-grandchildren. Miguel Santillana, Jason Garza, James Garza, Jeremiah Garza, Jordan Garza, Jackson Garza, Leo Garza and Carter Montgomery. She even has two more future great-great-grandchildren waiting to enter this world later this year. Also surviving her are numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A special thanks to our neighbors, Isidro (Felipa) Flores and Santos (Aurora) Tijerina, who looked out for our beautiful Mom while she lived alone in St. Paul. She also leaves this earth having touched numerous relatives and friends. 


Our Mom's life was a living example of this Bible Verse, Ephesians 4:32 - "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God forgave you in Christ."

The Ramirez Family will be receiving guests on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ritchea Gonzalez Funeral Home, 120 S. McCall Ave, Sinton, Tx., 78387. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm and everyone is invited to participate. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 26, 2023, from the funeral home to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 725 Sodville St., Sinton, Tx. Funeral mass will begin at

10:00 am officiated by her two grandsons, Fr. Nicolas Ramirez and Fr. Jacob Ramirez. Interment will follow immediately at Eternal Rest Cemetery, 9129 US-77 BUS, Sinton, Tx., 78387.

Pallbearers are Manuel Ramirez, Carlos Ramirez, Robert Calamaco, Jr., Francisco J. Sosa III, Luis R. Garcia, and Omar Rene Ramirez. Honorary Pallbearers are Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr., Raymond Chavez, Pete Saenz, Rodrigo Sanchez, Fr. Nicolas Ramirez, Fr. Jacob Ramirez, Gerardo Reynaldo Sosa, Orlando Calamaco, John David Ramirez, Reynaldo Ramirez III, Juan Garza, Robert Herrera, Rick Moreno, and Carlos Porras.

Ruben Gonzales, Jr., 60, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Friday, July 21, 2023. Ruben was a hardworking man who loved to spend time with his children and loved basketball. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Ester Gonzales and his grandmother, Micaela Carrillo. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Delia Gonzales of Corpus Christi, his sons, Marc Anthony McBride (Rayanne Trevino) of Corpus Christi and Patrick Kyle Gonzales (Tony Rivera) of San Antonio, his sisters, Priscilla Gonzales of Beeville, Margaret Constante of Tuleta and Christina Lara of Corpus Christi and four grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023, from 4 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 Monday, July 24,2023 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft with Father John McKenzie as celebrant. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft. Serving as pallbearers are Patrick Gonzales, Marc McBride, Rene Dominguez, Tony Rivera, John Richard Constante, and Joseph Constante. 

Odem, Tx 

Lucy Stone Gutierrez, age 85, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2023, in League City, Texas. Lucy Gutierrez was born on December 3, 1937, to Ben Stone and Kate Barrell in Yesso, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Manuel Stone, Earnest Stone, Ben Stone, Dora Stone Lucero and Pauline Stone Garcia. Lucy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Arnoldo Cavazos Gutierrez, son, Arnold Stone Gutierrez of Harlingen, Texas, her daughter, Nelda (David) Castaneda of Houston, Texas, grandchildren, Gabriela (Bryce) Mansfield, Marcus Castaneda, Anthony Castaneda, Mariana Jimenez and great grandchildren, her only surviving sibling, Cecilia Stone Mendenz and numerous family and friends. Lucy and Arnoldo were married on January 7, 1958, and recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 21, 2023, from 4 PM to 8 PM, with a

holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem, Texas. Burial will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem, Texas

Sinton, Tx 

Ygnacia Tovar, 66, loving sister and aunt, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2023. Ygnacia loved fishing, playing board games, but most of all she loved spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Macario and Luisa Tovar. She is survived by her loving family, her brothers, Macario (Soledad) Tovar, Jr. of Sinton and Pedro (Aurora) Tovar of Victoria, her sisters, Margarita Gonzalez and Lucia (Bruno) Lara of Sinton and Christine Tovar of Victoria, her niece, Veronica (Zach) Soliz of Sinton and her nephew, Oscar (Sarah) Lara of Kingsville, and extended family members. A prayer service will held at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Pastor Betty Rodriguez from Lighthouse Church, Odem, Tx as speaker. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 AM on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Betty Rodriguez from Lighthouse Church Odem, Tx officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery with Pastor Mary Jane Rodriguez from Nueva Jerusalen Penetecostal Church from Robstown, Tx as speaker.

Our beloved aunt Juanita Morin passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2023, in Austin,

Texas. Juanita had celebrated her 98th birthday with her nephews and nieces just three months

earlier. This celebration was one of the happiest moments of her long and well lived life. She

was born in Panna Maria, Texas in 1925 and moved to Sinton, Texas as a young child. There

she lived with her extended family until 2022. She was the last surviving sibling of a family

which included 9 other brothers and sisters: Gregorio Morin, Eusebia Morin, Santos Martinez,

Isabel M. Morin, Jr., Ramon Morin, Jose Morin, Marina Morin, Maria Del Carmen Morin and

Lupe Morin. Her father Jose Isabel Ochoa Morin passed away in 1964 and her mother Maria

Sanchez Montemayor Morin died in 1966.


Juanita Morin was a deeply caring person who helped raise her younger siblings and took care

of her parents in the latter years of their lives. She possessed great intelligence and a great

memory. Even in her 98th year of life she could recall names and important dates from

decades past. Juanita was a great cook and a master gardener who loved sunflowers most of

all. Although she never had children of her own, she loved her numerous nephews and nieces

as her own. She shared with them her extensive knowledge of the family genealogy. Juanita also recounted many life stories of herself and her siblings to all who would inquire.


Juanita Morin was well traveled. As a young woman she traveled often with her family to California to harvest grapes and other crops. Later in life she visited many cities in Mexico along with her sisters and brother Gregorio. Although she never learned to drive she was always ready for a good road trip--a very willing family travel companion. Our Aunt Juanita's passing concludes a generation of the Morin family that spans over 100 years. And while we are saddened by this final chapter, we are comforted by her legacy. In her time, she gave us her sage wisdom, the open hospitality of her home and most importantly her unconditional love.


Rest in eternal peace Tia Juana. You will always live in our hearts!


A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 8:00-9: 15 am at Ritchea Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Tx. A holy rosary will be recited at 9:30 am followed by a funeral mass at 10 am at our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Sinton. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Acting as pallbearers will be Mario Morin, Marcos Morin, Eddie Martinez, Raul Morin, Matt Orta, Joe Morin, and Adrian Luke Morin. 

Barbara Jean "Dolly" Owen Sunderman of Sinton, Texas, was smiling as she passed

from this earth on July 2, 2023. She was born on September 1, 1930, on the Owen family

farm  in West Sinton. At 92 years of age, she has now been returned in Spirit to the

mischievous firecracker of her younger years. Barbara was the youngest and only sister to

seven brothers and proud parents. She grew up knowing she was special and proved it

every day of her life. She attended the Adams Public School at West Sinton, graduated

from Mathis High School a 16, and attended Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos.

She graduated with a teaching degree as a Speech Therapist. Barbara began the first Speech

Therapy program in the Victoria Independent School District, before meeting Dr. Frank

T. Sunderman, her husband of fifty-six years and the love of her life! Shortly thereafter,

she put her great love for children into practice by adopting her beloved Mark and Becky.


Barbara will be fondly remembered for her generosity and belief in providing help to those

in need. She worked with the Urban Renewal program to provide homes for people who

needed them. All through the year, and especially during the holidays, she delivered her

beautifully decorated, bountiful boxes of food and other necessities to those in need. She

loved her town and will be remembered for making sure that Sinton would be lit up for the holidays. planting flowers throughout town. and for getting candy donations to 'sweeten up' the parades for the children in attendance. She could pull strings like no one else, including a personal call to Sam Walton, when she didn't think the local Walmart was being generous enough to the children of the town. But for many, Barbara will be remembered for the delicious smells emanating from the bounty of food in the oven and for her toe-tapping rhythmic singing as she drove. Her infinite love for her children. grandchildren, nieces, and nephews was epic. In all that she did, she passed on the knowledge that we all have special, God-given gifts and are deserving of love. Her home was an oasis for all, full of sunshine, plants, and beauty. A trip to the Sunderman's home was an extraordinary experience.


With her unlimited talents, she also made the Sunday School classes she taught and the yearly Vacation Bible Schools at the Sinton First Baptist Church the place to be. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church for over 65 years.


Barbara is survived by her children, son Mark Sunderman (Vivian), daughter Becky Humphrey, and grandchildren Taylor Sunderman, Maggie Sunderman Hoskins (Nolan), and Elliott Humphrey, and sister-in-law Lillian Owen (J.B., Jr.). She is preceded in death by her beloved Frank, son-in-law Kurt Humphrey, parents Jesse B. and Maggie Reed Owen, and all her brothers Alton, Loman, Ray, Bob, Leo, Joe, and J.B. Jr. The family is hosting a visitation at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton on Friday, July 7, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will also be held at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service at the Sinton Cemetery. If you would prefer to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please donate to First Baptist Church of Sinton or South Texas Children's Home in Beeville (


Odem, Tx 

Francisca "Frances" Trevino Blanco, 67, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on July 1, 2023. Frances was born on August 21, 1955, in Odem, Texas to Julia and Adolpho Trevino. Frances loved her pets, loved to cook, but most of all she loved and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her mother, Julia Villarreal, her brothers, Severiano Villarreal and Daniel Villarreal, and her brother-in-law, Ted Gillem (Martha). She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Ruben (Gracie) Rodriguez of Houston, Roland Martinez of Odem, Leo Martinez of Harlingen and Richie (Diana) Frausto of Sinton, her three daughters, Yvonne Frausto (Santos) of Sinton, Breanna Rocha and Erica Rocha (Crystal) of Odem, her sisters, Dora Pena, Martha T. Gillem and Noemi Rocha of Indiana, and Mary A. Duhart (David) of Palacios, her brother, Abel Y. Trevino of Odem, and a host of grandchildrengreat grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Odem, Tx 

Jose Martinez, Jr., 74, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend passed

away on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Jose loved fishing and spending time with his family. He was

preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Eulalia Lira Martinez, Sr. He is survived by his wife,

\Elva Martinez of Odem, his sons, Joseph (Dolores) Martinez, Seffey Martinez and David

(Destinee) Martinez of Odem, his daughter, Lorraine Martinez of Sinton, his brother, Ricky (Vera)

Martinez of Odem, his sisters, Diana Solis of Calallen and Vicky (Abel) Elizardo of Odem, 10

grandchildren and one great grandchild. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 26, 2023, from

1 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. 

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic

Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at 1 PM at Coastal Bend

State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi with full military honors.

Edroy, Tx

Javier Domingo Sanchez, 55, "Superman" loving father, grandfather, son, brother and friend passed away on Monday, June 19, 2023. Javier was always willing to help anyone who needed help, was a big Texas Longhorn fan and was a member of Texas Most Wanted BBQ team. He was preceded in death by his father Tiodulo Sanchez. He is survived by his loving family, his son, Johnathan Sanchez, his mother, Clemencia Sanchez of Edroy, his brothers, Hector (Patsy) Sanchez of San Juan, Ramiro (Odilia) Sanchez of Odem and Oscar (Janie) Sanchez of San Antonio and his grandson, Liam Sanchez, and many relatives and friends. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 1 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father George and Father Pete Elizardo as celebrants. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Acting as pallbearers will be Lazaro Lara, Armando Soto, Arnold Ortiz, Joe Sanchez, Paul Sanchez, and David Sanchez. Honorary pallbearer will be Martin Lara.

Elida Ortiz Rivera, "Beve" or "La Beve", was called to her eternal home on Thursday,

June 8, 2023. She was born on June 12, 1936, to Petra and Blas Ortiz at La Rosita in Sinton,

Texas. She was met at heaven's door by the love of her life Manuel Rivera, her beloved son

Cristobal, by her parents, her 11 siblings, many comadres and compadres, friends, and a host of

family members. Even though she was the youngest of 12, she was the matriarch of a very large

family. It was clear that she was the favorite tia to many of her nieces and nephews. She loved

cooking for large groups and was a great hostess to her family members that would come visit.

They could always find a place to stay and also enjoy homecooked meals at her home. She

served as president of the Guadalupanas at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for many

years, helping with numerous fundraisers, breakfasts, and jamaicas. She was also housekeeper

and cook for various priests that served at that church. Before that she was a seamstress at

Haggar Slacks in Robstown for 20 years. Her favorite title, though, was "Wela". Her

grandchildren, the joys of her life, are Gabriel Rivera, Erika Rivera, Tanya Rivera (Joseph

Aceves), Benjamin Trujillo, Michael Trujillo (Kayla), Matthew Trujillo (Brittany), Monica

Saldana (Rolando), and Melinda Moreno (Gabriel). Great-grandchildren are Jasiah Rivera, RJ

and Christiano Reyna, Bethany and Braxton Aceves, Raelynn, Chase, and Christian Saldana,

Hayden, and Addie Jo Trujillo, and Jase and Tate Moreno. In addition to the above mentioned,

Elida is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Flora and Benito Trujillo, and daughter-in-law, Esmeralda Rivera. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Her legacy will continue through those whom she loved and those who loved her. Many thanks to Visiting Angels, Del Cielo Hospice, and Premiere of Alice Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility. Arrangements are under the direction of Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. A rosary will be recited at 10:30 AM Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with a funeral mass to follow at 11 AM with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. 

Daniel Guerra gained his wings on Saturday, May 27, 2023, he was 66 years old. Daniel was born in Sinton, Texas on January 1, 1957, to Margarita (Barrientes) and Tomas Guerra. He was a lifelong resident of Sinton, Texas. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents Margarita and Tomas Guerra, six brothers, and three sisters. There is no doubt that they were all waiting to welcome him with open arms. He is survived by his brother, Pantaleon (Leon) (Anna) Guerra of Houston, Texas, four sisters, Victoria Lane of Sinton, Texas, Maria (Alice) Czaja of Sinton, Texas, Stella Compean of Laredo, Texas, and Gloria (David) Rankin of Sinton, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews. Daniel loved wrestling and could imitate all the holds and motions of the wrestlers. Blessed with a beautiful personality and a big heart there was no such thing as a stranger to him. Everyone got a handshake or hug accompanied by a huge smile. Those are the things about him that we will remember and treasure. Danny, claim your wings and fly. Do everything that you have ever wanted to do because nothing can stop you now. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to you (little brother) until we are all together again. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as Celebrant. Services will conclude at the church.

Taft, Tx 

Merced Torres, 90, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Merced was a talented musician who enjoyed playing the accordion, banjo, guitar and the harmonica. He was a self-educated man of many trades. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Ocelia C. Torres of Taft, his sons, Jesus J. Torres of Refugio and Adolfo (Lucy) Torres, Sr. of Woodsboro, his daughters, Maria Guadalupe (Israel) Martinez, Maria Esperanza (Arturo) Longoria, and Maria Estella (Raul) Longorio of Taft, 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren and many friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, May 26, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft with Father John McKenzie as celebrant. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Cemetery in Taft. 

Angelita A Gutierrez, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday May 19, 2023. She was surrounded by her children. Angelita (little angel) was born on November 13, 1935, in Hebronville, Tx. She was the daughter of Isabel Arrizola from Hebronville, Tx. Angelita attended Hebronville High School till the 10th grade. Shortly after her mother's passing, she moved to Corpus Christi where she met her forever spouse,

"Love at first sight" as she described it. Angelita married Bonifacio Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Tx in October '54. They were married for 36 years till his passing July '91. She vowed never to marry again. Angelita and Bonifacio had 5 children: Diana Benavidez (Dalio) of Edroy, Tx, Sara Castillo (Raul) of Corpus Christi, Tx, Isabel Martinez of Odem, Tx, Bonney Gutierrez (Iris) of Odem, Tx, Jessica Robles (Valentin) of Corpus Christi, Tx. She has 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Angelita was a devoted wife and mother with a sweet and happy soul. She loved playing bingo morning, noon and night if she could. She enjoyed watching movies with family, Novelas and watching football. 

Angelita was happiest during visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed scratch offs and word search puzzles and was very good at it too. Angela, our mother, endured so much in the last 15 years, she showed us that no matter the pain, live life with a smile. She will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind, there is peace in knowing she will now join the many loved ones that have gone before her. A special thank you to her provider, Emma Cordova. Mom loved her.


A visitation will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023, from 2 PM to 5:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with the rosary being recited at 7 M at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. 

Agnes Mae E. Brown 

On a sunny warm day, November 28, 1957, a small baby girl was born to Billy Ray and Agnes

Magill in a small hospital in the town of Tegal, just outside of El Paso, Texas. She was named

after her mother and grandmother as Agnes Mae Elenora Magill. Of course, anyone that knew

her knows that she went by "Ellen." She was also known to be strong minded as well as strong

willed. As a child she was well traveled over the state of Texas, everywhere from El Paso to

Abilene and south to Corpus Christi as well as several stops in between. 

I first met her in Corpus Christi and that is where our love story began. She told her mother that

she was going to marry me not long after we met and not more than a year later we were joined

in wedlock. Some years later, nearly 49 years, would bring us to her passing. Ellen had four

children, Michel and Jennifer, both preceded her in death, and Joseph and Tim III. She loved

them all with her entire being and as any good mother would, she always put her family before

herself. Through all these years her love for her husband stayed strong through the trials and

tribulations of being married to a police officer. 

Ellen suffered through several illnesses over her lifetime. These were severe arthritis, interstitial

lung disease, and non-small cell lung cancer. She fought long and hard against her lung cancer

for four long years. Her faith was strong and her belief in the almighty was never shaken. Her

grit and determination showed as she had quit school as a sophomore but returned years later to

secure her GED. She attended Coastal Bend College and finished her first semester towards her

associate degree. Again, family came first, and she put her kids first and left school before finishing. Ellen worked as a tax preparer and bookkeeper for several years and continued to complete taxes for family and friends right through her last days. She was the strongest and bravest person I have ever known. 

Ellen will be dearly missed and always loved by those who knew her. She will be remembered by all. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. 

Odem, Tx

Agustin Caballero Ruiz, 87, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Augustin was a retired farmer, was well known in Odem for selling watermelons, and had many other hobbies.  He was preceded in death by his sons, Ramon Ruiz, Ruben Ruiz and Agustin Ruiz. Jr. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Veronica Ruiz of Odem, his daughters, Sylvia Ruiz of Odem, Norma Placensia of Lubbock, and Olga Ruiz of Levelland, 24 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. No services will be held.

Odem, Tx 

Marcos Acevedo, 38, loving son, fiancée, father, brother, cousin, and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Marcos loved to play his guitar, traveling, writing music, movies, sciences but most important, he loved his family. He had been employed by Wind Turbine as a Technician for several years. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his loving family, his mother, Olivia Acevedo of Odem, his fiancée, Miranda Bustamante of Odem, his sons, Atom Jace Acevedo and Phoenix Mars Acevedo of Odem, Gavin Lee Lambert, Lennon Lambert and Maximo Lambert all of Corpus Christi, his sisters, Lillian Cadena of Odem and Leticia Balderez of San Antonio, many other relatives and friends. A holy rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. 

Aransas Pass, Tx 

Anita Mata Aguilar, 76, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Anita loved watching game shows and loved taking care of all her plants. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Cruz Aguilar, Jr. of Aransas Pass, her son, Jacob Gonzales of Sinton, her daughter, Amy Vaughn of Aransas Pass, her brothers, Henry Mata of Aransas Pass, Frank Mata of Sinton and Rene Mata of St. Paul, and two grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, April 29, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, April 30, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. 

Sinton, Tx 

Fernando Acuna Garcia, Sr., 82, loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 21, 2023. Fernando was a hardworking man who was loved by many. He was preceded in death by his wife, Adelmira Garcia, his parents, Manuel and Josefa Acuna Garcia and his siblings. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Rogelio Garcia and Fernando Garcia, Jr. of Sinton, Jose Angel Garcia of Florida and Ruben Garcia of Bryan, his daughter, Joanna Starr of Sinton, his brother, Jose Manuel Garcia of Skidmore, his sisters, Aurora Vega of San Antonio, Esperanza Sevier of Corpus Christi and Rita Garcia of Beeville, 20 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, numerous relatives and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, May 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 1 PM Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant.

Sinton, Tx 

Dorotea Z. Garcia, 84, loving mother, grandmother, and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Dorotea was a proud member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she had been a very active member of the Guadalupanas, the Legion of Mary, sang in the church choir, was a cursillista and prayed many rosaries for many families. She is preceded in death by her son, Guillermo Garcia, her husband, Nieves Garcia and her parents, Leandro and Alejandrina Zambrano. She is survived by her loving family, her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Garcia of Sinton, her grandchildren, Will Garcia of Houston, Matthew (Amy) Garcia of Portland and Elizabeth Marie (Joseph) Guzman of Sinton and four great grandchildren. A holy rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, April 21, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Odem, Tx

Julia Tovar Rodriguez, 71, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister aunt and friend went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 2, 2023, following a sudden illness. Julia enjoyed cooking, sewing, spending time with her family and gossiping. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Manuel (Misty) Rodriguez of Odem and David Rodriguez of Ohio, her brothers, Ambrosio Tovar, Patricio Tovar and Julian Tovar, Jr. of Rio Hondo, her sisters, Herminia Alvarez and Ofelia Owens of Rio Hondo, Jesusa Bravo and Alicia Torres of Odem, four grandchildren and one great grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023, from 1 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 9:30 AM, Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

Jenny “Lynn” Israel, a devoted wife, mother, and friend, was greeted with the

long-awaited welcome of “Well done, good and faithful servant” on March 31, 2023,

at the age of 57, surrounded by her family. Lynn was a woman of unwavering faith,

whose love, kindness and gentle spirit touched the lives of everyone she met.


Lynn was born on March 28, 1966, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She would spend her early

years in Corpus Christi, Texas, until settling in to call Sinton, Texas her home where she

would quickly become an integral and active part of the community.

Lynn married her husband, Marty, in 1991 and they were constant companions for 32

years. They cherished their time together and sought to glorify the Lord in every aspect

of life, as partners in business, loving parents to their children and friends to their

community. Lynn was faithful and consistent no matter the circumstances, always

willing to come along for the ride and offer a kind word and a warm smile.


She committed her life to being a mother to her son, Oscar, and daughter, McKenzie.

As their biggest supporter, she loved her children unconditionally and they formed

an unbreakable bond that will last forever. She was a mother to many and had a way of

making everyone feel loved and known.


She was a faithful follower of Jesus and lived to glorify Him. She dedicated her life to serving others and was a tangible example of Christ’s love. Because of her faithfulness, many came to know and follow Jesus.


Lynn is survived by her loving husband, Marty Israel, her son, Oscar Israel, her daughter, McKenzie Jackson, and son-in-law, Ryan Jackson. Her family was her greatest joy.


Although she leaves a void that can never be filled, Lynn’s legacy of love and kindness will live on. We take comfort in knowing that she is now with her Heavenly Father, and we look forward to the day when we will be reunited with her in heaven.


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

A Celebration of Life will be held at her home in Papalote, Texas on April 15th at 1:00pm for friends and family. In the weeks to come, the family will be planting a shade tree in her honor. The family asks that you consider making a donation to the "Memorial shade tree" fund, which has been set up in Lynn's memory. You can contribute at: 


If you would like to send flowers in Lynn’s honor, the family requests spring-inspired flowers and notes be sent to The Israel Family at:

1628 County Road 631, Sinton, Texas 78387

Sinton, Tx 

Rosita Bazaldua Vega, 88, loving mother, grandmother and friend went to be with

the Lord on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Rosita had been employed as a cook at

Oralia's Cafe and Little Mexico for several years before her retirement. She loved

dancing and took care of six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her

husband, Luciano Vega, Sr., her sons, Gilbert Vega and Juan B. Vega, her sisters, 

Margarita Bazaldua Ruvacalba and Maria Perez Balderas, her son-in-law, Pascual

Martinez, Sr., one great grandson, baby Vega, one great granddaughter, Jazzlyn Rae

Ficklen, and one great great grandson, Jaxon Hayes Vega. She is survived by her

loving family, her daughters, Mary Louise Martinez of Sinton and Rosita Alicia

(David) Garza of Hobbs, New Mexico, her daughter-in-law, Juanita Vega of Lubbock,

her sons, Rolando B. Vega of Sinton, Luciano Vega, Jr. of Victoria, Henry (Laura)

Vega of Stamford, Tx and Guadalupe "Wally" Vega of Austin, 15 grandchildren,

30 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 2, 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 Monday, April 3, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Pallbearers will be Antonio Ramirez, III, Steven Vega, Henry Vega, Sr., Arnulfo Hinojosa, Abel Espinoza, and Juan Aguirre.

Jesusa V. Longoria, 85, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Jesusa was devoted to praying the rosary and to her family. She also loved to cook, sew and make jewelry. She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Francisco P. Gonzalez, her grandson, Tony Gonzalez, her great granddaughters, Heaven Lee Rodriguez and Miricle Faith Rodriguez, and her pet, Toby. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Martin (Hilda) Gonzalez of Odem and Clemente Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, her daughter, Maria Rodriguez of Odem, her brother, Anecleto Martinez of Pharr, her sister, Esmeralda Padilla of Alice, 8 grandchildren,16 great grandchildren, and her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, March 24, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Jerome Octave Oulliber, age 102 of Sinton, Texas passed away Wednesday morning,

March 8, 2023. He was born in Madisonville, Louisiana on November 3, 1920. Jerry was a

World War II Veteran (Army - Tank Driver). He worked for Superior Oil Company for 31

years and retired October 1, 1982. Jerry loved being outside working in his garden and

growing tomato plants year around. Besides gardening his true passion was being on the

water and going fishing, gigging, crabbing, and eating seafood.


Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Matilda Oulliber, wife Hettie Lee

Oulliber, son Jerry Lynn Oulliber and daughter Vivian "Kaye" Brammer. He is survived by

his daughter in law Janice Oulliber,  grandchildren Jason Bowen, Audrey Burton,

Marie Hall, Erika Millis, Michele Fleetwood, and nine great grandchildren.


Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Sinton, Texas on Thursday,

March 16, 2023, at 10:00 am. Graveside services will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Grace Saldana for her devotion to Hettie Lee and Jerry as a close friend and faithful caregiver for over 20 years and extend a thank you to Gracia Hospice and his caregivers Boyd Shouse and Mary Ellen McMinn.

Noe Escobar DeLeon Sr. was born July 8, 1948, and passed February 28, 2023. 

Preceded in death by his parents Brigido and Inez DeLeon, and his siblings, Ricardo Cabrera,

Brigido DeLeon Jr., Eva Quintero, Patricia D. Molina, Roy DeLeon, and Robert DeLeon. 

Survived by his sisters, Maria Elena Pesina and Emma Garza, both from Robstown, TX, and

Sara E. DeLeon from Sinton, TX, one aunt, Donna DeLeon Praliekas, from Ingleside, TX,

brother-in-law, Tito Quintero from Houston, TX, Rita DeLeon from Wichita Falls, TX, and Linda
DeLeon from, Hot Springs, AR, two brother in laws he helped raise, Margarito Quintanilla

and Gilbert Quintanilla, both from Sinton, TX.

Children - Mark (Suz) DeLeon, from San Angelo, TX., Stephanie DeLeon (Buzz) Hesseltine

from Sinton, TX., Chad (Christy) DeLeon from Omaha, Nebraska., and Noe DeLeon Jr (Casey)

DeLeon from Sinton, TX.

Grandchildren – Skyler (Kali) Hesseltine, Storm (Kathleen) Hesseltine, Sagun Hesseltine,

Shane Hesseltine, Sanden Hesseltine, Aiden DeLeon, Alec DeLeon, and Lexi DeLeon and

great grandchildren, Tyler, Lucas, and Cassidy. 

His close cousins and their children - Joe and Benita Gomez, Rick and Nora DeLeon, Benny

and Bonnie DeLeon, Roy and Nora Guerra

His Brothers and Sisters through Christ and their children - Hugh (Lela) Thomas, Richard (Sissy)

Thomas, Jeanne Talley, Benny (Patricia) Rodriguez

His Loyal Companion - “ Puffin”

In Lieu of flowers the family request, donations may be made to Sinton Sports Booster Club at PO Box 152, Sinton, TX 78387. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, March 17, 2023, 12:45 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

Odem, Tx 

Eva Bargas Ortiz, 83, loving mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, following a short illness. Eva loved plants and gardening, making tamales, Christmas and decorating her home with all the festive decorations, but most of all she loved her family and spending time with them. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Ortiz, her parents, Antonio and Maria Garcia Bargas and her siblings. She is survived by her loving family, her daughters, Rose and John Chavez and their daughters, Yvonne (Eddie) Moffitt and Samantha Chavez, Gracie and Lee Garcia and their daughter, Leelianna Garcia, her sons, Eduardo Ortiz, Jr (Butch), and his daughters, Amy (Grant) Lopez and Nicole Ortiz, Michael and Elizabeth Ortiz and their daughters, Annette (John) Cortez and Mikayla Garcia, eleven great grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 4 PM to 9 PM Friday, March 3, 2023, with a rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

APRIL 4, 1948 – FEBRUARY 27, 2023

Pedro B. Elizardo, Sr. 74, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2023, in Corpus Christi

surrounded by his beloved wife and family. He was born in Sinton, TX to Francisco and

Juanita Elizardo. Pedro (Pete) had a great career with the Union (Missouri) Pacific Railroad

Company. He retired as the Foreman of the rail crew entrusted to his leadership. After

retirement he enjoyed spending time with his wife surrounded with his family. He will always

be remembered for being the loving husband, dad, grandad, great-grandad, brother and friend.

His humble, simple way has taught his family so much that can never be forgotten.

“The road must be built, and you are the man to do it.” This quote from the Union Pacific

Railroad is one that our beloved Pedro understood and took to heart. Pedro began his career

with the Union Pacific Railroad at age 18. The demand for physical labor was great at that time

as building the railways was done by hand not with the present-day machinery that we have

become accustomed to. He began as a track spiker and worked his way up to be the Foreman

until he retired. By the sweat of his brow, he labored out of love for his wife and family.


He and his wife married at a very young age. The beginning of a beautiful love that would bless

this world with his five children. A road that he and his wife would begin building together. A

road that led them to build their family with love and laughter. A family he and his wife

nourished together not only with their love but with the love of God. A love that would bless

them with 55 years of marriage.

After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed spending all their time together. On different

occasions, they would tell their kids, “We are leaving for Louisiana, be back in a couple of

days”. They enjoyed this time together and his children enjoyed seeing them spend this time away. At home, it was always a place of love and togetherness: sharing meals together, sitting outside together and waiting for the next visit from his grandchild or child. Always a joy that he experienced with what brought him the most fulfillment – his family.

Though Pedro became ill, he never allowed that to keep him from still going on and enjoying the beauty of life. While he endured his suffering, it never took away from him the opportunity to sit with his family and enjoy a meal or just to sit there and enjoy their company. In his way, he was still teaching his family. The quote above reminds us, his family, his life with his wife (our mom) built a road of love that we travel together and together is the only way to maintain it. And that is, that as a family: we laugh together, joke together, we cry together and work things out together. On this road of love, together we will be able to overcome all trials and challenges that we face in life.

It is for this reason that this gentle, humble and loving husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad, brother and friend will be so greatly missed. The lesson of his life has taught his family that with gentleness, humility and love, the road of our lives will never crumble, never grow weak and never have an end. It will stay strong and lead you to be together and be what God gave you to have and enjoy – time together. There is no greater wealth than this.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Juanita Elizardo; his wife’s parents, Matilde and Martha Torres; his brothers, Ignacio Elizardo and Ubenze Elizardo; his uncle, Tio Pete Elizardo, two nephews, Marco Elizardo and Anthony Torres. Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years: Genoveva Elizardo, his children: Janie (Danny) Garza; Frances Elizardo; Father Pete Elizardo, Jr.; Jason (Gracie) Elizardo; Steven Elizardo. His 11 grandchildren: Roel (Olivia) Anguiano, DeAnna Anguiano, Marissa (Aaron) Yosten, Kimberly (Pablo) Garza, JR (Rose) Anguiano, Rebecca (Joshua) Pina, Chelsea (Isaac) Moreno, Steven Elizardo, Jr., Mia Elizardo, Jaselin Elizardo and Annaleah Elizardo. His 13 great-grandchildren. His siblings: Abel (Vicki) Elizardo and Delia (Jose) Ybarra, and numerous nephew and nieces.


Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem at 5:45p.m. with the Vigil Service and Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Corpus Christi Cathedral. The Rite of Committal will follow the Mass at the San Pedro Cemetery in Odem, Texas. We would like to thank each and every one for your prayers and thoughtful care for our family in this difficult time. We ask that you continue to pray for us and to pray for the repose of the soul of my husband, our dad and beloved. Thank you again.

The life that graced this world so beautifully, now shines bright and new in Heaven.

Betty C. Strain peacefully left this earth on February 3, 2023, surrounded by her daughters and their pastor. Betty was born in Beaumont, Texas on February 28, 1930, to Fritz and Mary Cooper. Betty married Odie Strain in 1950 and in 1952 they moved to Sinton, Texas. Both Odie and Betty worked for Plymouth Oil/Marathon Oil Company. Betty also worked for San Patricio County as the Assistant County Auditor. During retirement, Betty and Odie traveled, fished, and spent time enjoying their children and grandchildren. After Odie passed away in 1990, Betty continued to travel and spend time with her loved ones. In 1998, Betty met Vince Dowling, with whom she spent many years traveling and cheering on her beloved grandkids in their various activities. Vince remained a loving companion to Betty until his death in 2017. Betty was an active member of The First United Methodist Church of Sinton and served on various committees throughout her years. Betty did volunteer work for several organizations in Sinton and was always happy to help a friend.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Odie, her parents, three brothers and two sisters. Betty is survived by two daughters, Karen Martin of Beeville, Texas, Julie (Randy) Maupin of Three Rivers, Texas; her brother, George Cooper of Alvin, Texas; her sister-in-law, Alta Cooper of Dallas, Texas; her grandchildren, Ryan (Julia) Kennedy of Fayetteville, Georgia, Lauryn Kennedy of Houston, Texas, Adam Martin of Beeville, Texas, and Randi (Cuatro) Schauer of Beeville, Texas; her great-grandchildren, Levi Kennedy, Addison Kennedy, Madelyn Bolland, Charlotte Bolland, Quint Schauer, and Bexley Schauer.

A special thank you to Anysia Gomez and the staff at 801 Gramman where Betty resided the past 3 ½ years, Exclusive Home Health for the wonderful home health and hospice care Betty received, and blessings to Pastor Adrian Zamera for always being with Betty at the perfect time.


A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home, 120 S. McCall Ave, Sinton, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Beeville.

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