OBITUARIES

Odem, Tx

Anita Lopez Doria, 94, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021. Anita was born to Faustino and Petra Lopez on July 8, 1927 in Guanajuato, Mexico. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Leobardo Doria, Sr., her sons, John,Sr. ,Joe and Francisco Doria, her brothers, Ignacio "Tacho" Lopez and Jesus Lopez, her sisters, Francisca Garcia and Juanita Garcia, her granddaughter, Anita Ann Doria, and grandson, George Quintero. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Jesus (Trine) Doria, Antonio (Yolanda) Doria, Guadalupe (Aurora) Doria, Oracio (Sylvia) Doria, Martin (Azeneth) Doria and Leobardo (Lupe) Doria, Jr.of Odem, and Pablo (Patsy) Doria of Alice, her daughters, Maria Quintero of Corpus Christi, Luz Doria, Ofelia (Rosendo) Gomez and Norma Doria of Odem and Maria Elena Esquivel of Sinton, her brothers, Pete Lopez and Juan Lopez of Odem and Faustino Lopez of Sinton, her sister, Gregoria Guerra of Fort Worth, 42 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.Visitation will be held Monday, October 18, 2021 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 Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and at the mass.

San Antonio, Tx

 

Jose A. Montemayor, 90, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, and brother passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. Jose was the head maintenance director for Aransas Pass I.S.D. and was a proud U.S.Army veteran. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Dora Hilda Montemayor of San Antonio, his sons, Jose Montemayor, Jr. of Austin, Daniel Montemayor and David Montemayor of Aransas Pass, Jesus Emilio Martinez of Houston and Santiago Montemayor of Charlotte, his daughters, Rachel Ramirez and Elizabeth Reynolds of San Antonio and Sonia Martinez Threet of Katy, his brother, Jesus Montemayor of San Antonio, his sister, Janie Huron of San Antonio, 27 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.Visitation will start at 10 AM Sunday, October 17, 2021 with funeral services beginning at 1 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery with full military honors. 

Knox City, Tx

 

Laverne Lee Soto Rodriguez, 64, loving wife, sister, and friend passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 following a long illness. She is

survived by her husband, Jose Rodriguez of Knox City, Texas, her brothers, Danny Martinez, Augustine Martinez, Jr., and Jack M. Martinez of Abilene, Eddie Martinez of San Antonio, and Robert Martinez of Colorado, her sister, Helda D. Martinez of Abilene and numerous other family members. Funeral  services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Pastor Joshua Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at the Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Portland, Tx 

Dolores Nan Weber, 78, died Thursday, October 7th, at her home in Portland, TX. Nan was born June 8, 1943 in Corpus Christi to Donald Joseph and Mary Dolores Welder Lunde. She enjoyed a long career in the medical profession and retired from the Spohn Health Care System in
2003. Nan raised her three children in Houston and Portland, TX, where she resided until her death. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, John Richard Weber. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Turner (Tom) of Florida; a son, Jason Michael Weber (Sue) of Portland; two siblings - Donald Welder Lunde (Madeline) of Richmond, TX, and Lizabeth Lunde of Corpus Christi. Her two grandchildren are James Flynn Turner V (Hannah) and Kaylee Ann Turner, both of Florida. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 11,v2021 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rosary will be recited Monday, October 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton.
Graveside burial is set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore,

Odem, Tx

Avelia V. Galvan, 86, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 following a short illness. Avelia was a former employee of OEISD. She was preceded in death by her husband Regino Galvan, her daughter, Jovita Parker, and her sons, Rene Galvan and Louis Andy Galvan. She is survived by her sons, Noe Galvan of Refugio and Hector Galvan of Odem, her daughters, Elia Huerta, Carry Moreno, Oralia Garcia of Odem, Dora Marie Medina of Refugio and Daisy Madrigal of Odem, her brothers, David Villarreal of Houston and Raul Villarreal of Beeville, her sisters, Ofelia Perez, Sally Rios and Mary Ramirez of San Antonio, 21 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 1 PM to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 with a holy rosary being held at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. The family requests that masks be worn for the visitation and the mass.

Jeanette Shuptrine Rieder, devoted wife, mother, friend, and farmer was born in Athens, Texas on November 30, 1954 to Stuart Shuptrine and Bonnie Dover Shuptrine. She went to her forever home on September 30, 2021. Jeanette will be incredibly missed by her surviving family: her husband of 44 years, Bobby; three sons: Josh (Amber), Jake (Ericka), and Joey (Jennifer); eleven grandchildren: Elijah, Weston, Tristan, Eirabelle, Valen, Tatum, Lester, Birdie, Hailey, Emmy, Garrett, and one on the way; one older brother: John Shuptrine, and triplet sisters: Jane Hubert and Judy Shuptrine; also ten nieces and nephews who were very special to her. She also had a host of special friends that she considered family. 

Jeanette was the rock of her family and a pillar in her community. She met her husband and best friend in college and was faithfully by his side since. She supported him for over 40 years in their farming operation and was instrumental in its success. She could work circles around most people, still finding time to volunteer at community agriculture events. Jeanette was always the first there and the last to leave. One of her favorite community events was Ag In The Classroom and she helped make it successful every year. She fiercely loved her family and was incredibly proud of each of her children and grandchildren. The walls of her dining room were full of crafts and drawings from her grandchildren. She was lovingly known as "Not Not" to them. She had the most creative ideas to make their visits to her house special every time they were there. It brought her joy to take care of her family and she loved fixing breakfast and lunch for them anytime they stopped by. Her house and kitchen were always open. She loved to sit on the porch in the rocking chair and drink coffee in the morning or a beer in the evenings with Bobby. She had a wonderful sense of humor. You could always count on her for good advice and a good laugh. She could plan a party like no other and added her own special touches to every one. The name Jeanette means "God is gracious" and there could not be a more accurate description of her than gracious. Jeanette loved God, her friends and family and her life. Even though she left a void that we cannot fill, we are comforted by the fact that she lived every day like it was her last, made sure her family knew just how much she loved them, and was joyful and content with her life. To our wife, Mom, Not Not, sister, and friend, we will love and miss you always and we will "see you soon"!

 

All friends of Jeanette are invited to a celebration at Tynan Hall on October 16, 2021 from 12 - 4 PM. Food will be provided. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Al Amin Shrine, 2001 Suntide Road, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78409, in memory of Jeanette S. Rieder for the Shriners Children’s Hospital. 

Nicanor (Nick) Garcia, Sr., 82, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, great-grandpa, and great-great grandpa was called home to be with the lord on Friday, October 1, 2021, after a courageous five year battle with cancer. 

A lifelong resident of Odem, TX, Nick was born on November 17, 1938 to Feliciano "Chano" and Benita Garcia of Odem, who preceded him in death along with his brother, Fred. 

Nick, affectionately called "Pappy" by his family, is survived by the love of his life, Emilia (Emma) Martinez Garcia of Odem, for which they shared 65 wonderful years of marriage. Nick will be greatly missed by additional survivors, daughters Diana (Ray) Garcia of Corpus Christi and Delma (Frank) Cantu of Odem, and his son Nick (Vera) Garcia Jr. of San Antonio. He is also survived by his sister Aurora Martinez of Corpus Christi. Grandpa Nick or Pappy will forever hold a special place in the hearts of his seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

A man of faith, Nick truly lived life to the fullest, always having the best jokes to tell his grandkids and making an impact on everyone he met. He could always be counted on to make you laugh and smile, and his laughter was contagious. A true family man, Nick loved having everyone over at the house for holidays, special occasions, or just because and enjoyed his Dallas Cowboys along with his "groceries." He was a proud pipe-liner by profession, having been employed by H&K Construction, R&R Construction, and ISS. 

The family will be receiving visitors at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton at 2 PM on Sunday, October 3, 2021. A Rosary will be recited at 7 PM on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem, where he was a faitful parishoner. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Peter Elizardo as main celebrant. Internment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Masks will be required at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

Odem, Tx

Betty Jean Moore, 95, loving mother and grandmother passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021. She loved baking for her family and

friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert F. Moore, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Cecile (Marvin) Pope of Odem, her grandsons, Robert (Susan) Pope of Helotes, Tx and Bryan (Eran) Pope of College Station, Tx and her great grandsons, Ben Pope and Carter Pope of College Station, Tx and Casey Pope of Helotes, Tx. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, September 30, 2021

at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Odem, Tx

Rafael Delgado, Jr., 90, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 following a long illness. Rafael enjoyed playing golf, going fishing and playing pool. He is survived by his wife, Alicia Delgado of Odem, his sons, Isaac Delgado of Odem and Rafael Delgado, III of Kerrville, and six grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, September 24, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and at the mass.

Refugio Lucio, Jr., 76, passed away on Wednesday,Sept.15,2021 following a sudden illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Refugio Lucio, Sr. and Adelita Lucio, his wife, Alicia P. Lucio, his brother, Ricardo Lucio, and his sister, Beatrice Lucio. He is survived by his sons, Gerardo Lucio and David Lucio of Sinton, his daughters, Melinda (David) Gonzales, Cristina Lucio and Bella Mead of Sinton, his brothers, Rogelio Lucio of Brownsville, Ruben Lucio of San Antonio, Juan Lucio and Alejandro Lucio of Corpus Christi, his sisters, Alvina Lugo of Taft and Salome Molina of Corpus Christi, and two granddaughters, Meagan Mata and Sabrina Rayne Gonzales.

Refugio was an awesome dad and even more awesome grandad. He was a friend to everyone who met him and a best friend to a select few. He was always eager to strike up a conversation even with people he barely met. Always available to offer advice and far wiser than many knew. Always ready to lend a hand and very generous with his friends and family. He was always willing to give up his share so someone else could have. He loved to laugh and make jokes. He loved music and westerns. We love you very much dad and will miss you.

A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Tuesday, September 21,2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9 AM Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery on Sinton.

Velma Jones Chewning, age 92, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 12, 2021.  She was born February 7, 1929 in Tallant, Oklahoma to Paul Jones and Ruby Clark Jones.

 

Velma always took care of others first and kept herself busy in the kitchen baking and trying new recipes.  When not taking care of others, you would find her curled up with a good book as she was an avid reader.  She retired from the banking industry and moved to Rockport.  She was quite the dancer and made many close friends at the local weekend dances and potluck dinners.  She has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Rockport for over 25 years.  Velma loved children and enjoyed sharing her love of God during Vacation Bible School annually up until just a couple of years ago. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, her eldest son Rory, a sister Wanda Jones Moose, and a brother Kenneth Jones. She is survived by her son Randy Chewning and wife Sheila, and her daughter Rajean Chewning Watkins and husband Cecil; grandchildren, Delaney Watkins and wife Stacey, Troy Chewning, and Stephanie Chewning; great-grandchildren Sephten and Rhysten Watkins, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please send any memorial in Velma’s name to the First Baptist Church of Rockport, TX.

Sinton, Tx

Onofre G. Rojas, 89, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 following a short illness. He was born on March 23,1932 in Bishop, Texas to Fabriciano and Francisca Galvan Rojas. He had been employed as a carpenter. He is survived by his loving family, his brothers, Ernesto and Mary Rojas of Robstown and Raul Rojas of Sinton and his sister, Oralia R. and Ramon Rodriguez of Sinton. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Odem, Tx

Anthony Constante, 50, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2021. Anthony loved fishing, doing mechanic work and  spending time with his nieces, nephews, and all his family. He was born on March 30, 1971 in Knox County, West Texas to Fidel and Martina Navarrette Constante. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Josette and Mary Ann. He is survived by his loving family, his sons,Anthony Constante, Jr. and John Constante of Robstown, his daughters, Isabela Constante of Skidmore, Jezebel Constante of Houston and Katelyn Constante of Robstown, his parents, Fidel and Martina Constante of Odem, his brothers,Fidel Constante, Jr. and Nicholas Constante of Odem,

and Matthew Constante of Robstown, his sisters, April Constante, Martina Constante and Carolina Constante of Odem, and many other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, September 17, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Odem.

Odem, Tx

 

Maria "Mary" Louisa Munoz Martinez, 75, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 13, 2021. Mary was born on June 27, 1945 in Beeville, Texas to Juan Pablo and Augustina Munoz. Mary enjoyed painting, arts and crafts and being a member of the Guadalupanas of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a faithful member. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Virginia "Vickie" Candela. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Enrique "Ricky" Martinez, Sr. of Odem, her son, Enrique Martinez, Jr. of Odem, her brother, Richard (Janie) Munoz of Beeville, her daughter-in-law, Yvette Castillo of Corpus Christi, other family and friends.The visitation will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, September 20, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and at the mass.

Odem, Tx

David (Niko) Lee Livar, age 27, passed away on September 6, 2021. He was born July 25, 1994 to Belinda Moreno and Cipriano Livar in Corpus Christi, Texas. David was a lifelong resident of Odem, Texas. He attended OEISD and graduated class of 2013. David was a great part of the Odem community. From little league baseball president to OYFL Cheer Director, he was all about the youth and he was the spirit of the Odem Owls. David was family to all that had the honor to meet him, with the biggest heart ever! No matter what life threw his way he took it head on and pushed through. David had a laugh and smile that was contagious to any and everyone. He will be deeply missed not only by his family, but by the whole Odem community. David is survived by his father Cipriano (Linda) Livar, mother Belinda (Elio) Amador, sisters Crystal and Cassandra Livar, brother CJ (Ashley) Livar and Adam Livar, grandparents Domingo (Olga) Moreno,Sr., grandfather Casimiro Livar,Jr., nieces, Kaylee, Karina, Adelaide, Kamila, Kambri, Avery and Yolanda Livar, nephews, Rosvin Zuniga, David Lenon, Adrian and Andres Livar. All of his aunts, uncles and endless cousins who loved him so much too! He is preceded in death by his loving grandmother Yolanda Livar. David loved all his nieces and nephews like no other, they were his pride and joy. As they grow up they hope to make him proud. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Funeral mass will celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Masks will be strictly required at the rosary and mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Masks will be available at the church for use. Those refusing to wear masks will be asked to leave. 

Clayton Lamar Oehlke, 41, son, brother, and friend, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021 in San Diego, CA. He was born on May 23, 1980 in Corpus Christi, TX to Bert and Linda (Shinn) Oehlke. Clay graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a degree in Computer Engineering followed by a Masters Degree in 2005. He worked as a programmer for the Department of the Navy in San Diego. He is preceded in death by his father, Bert Oehlke, and his grandparents, Martin and Agnes Oehlke of Weesatche, and Eugene and Mildred Shinn of Portland. He is survived by his mother, Linda Oehlke of Sinton, his sister, Gina Ellis (Grant) of Boerne, and nephews Jack and Brooks Holt, and Kit Ellis, all of Boerne. Clay was passionate about his work, enjoyed traveling, and loved his family and friends. He was dearly loved and appreciated, and will be missed. 

On September 3, 2021 at 4:30 PM, Robert (Bobby) Palacios passed away at the young age of 61. He was surrounded by loved ones at his home in Leander, Texas. Bobby was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 19, 1959. He was a welder for the majority of his life working on anything from structures to abstract metal art. He also assumed the role of the family's and closet friend's "Handyman and Mechanic." If you needed anything from laying tile, fixing leaks, to putting in a new starter, he was your guy. He was known for his good sense of humor and his contagious laughter among his friends and family. Bobby is survived by his wife, Yolanda, his 6 children, Brian, Derrick, Christopher, Thomas, Josh, and Amber, 7 grandchildren, his mom and dad, Nelda and Alfonso Lira, 8 brothers and sisters, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A public service will be held at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home on September 10, 2021 at 7 PM. Public viewing will begin at 3 PM. A mass will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Odem Sacred Heart at 10 AM. 

Bernardina (Nina) Ybarra Orta passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday morning, August 29, 2021. 

Nina was born in Woodsboro, Tx to Elifonso Rodriguez Ybarra and Francisca Buendin Ybarra. She lived in Sinton until the summer of 1959 when she, along with her husband and eight children, moved to Taft. She had a full time job raising her family until her last child left home. Then she worked numerous jobs. For instance, at the nursing home in Taft and cleaning condominiums in Port Aransas with one of her sisters. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary since her husband was a veteran of WWII. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Taft since 1959. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, and a friend to who will be missed by everyone who knew her. 

Nina is preceded in death by her husband, Willie Orta, Sr., grandson Willie Orta III, her parents, four sisters, and two brothers. Survivors include her sister Juanita Gonzalez, five sons: Oscar (Joyce) of Taft, Roy (Janice) of Marshall, Willie (Brenda) of Euliss, Issac (Rosemary) of McQueeny, and Samuel (Linda) of Spring; three daughters: Mary Lou (Manuel) of Houston, OrfaLinda (Gregorio) of New Braunfels, and Alice (Eddie) of Portland; 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  

Funeral service will be on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Portland (1305 Wildcat Dr., Portland, Tx). Interment will follow at The Palms Memorial Cemetery in Portland. The family requests masks be worn at the service. 

Sinton, Tx

Charles “Chuck” Joseph Gray, 62, of Sinton, Tx passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021. Born in Berea, Ohio, he was the youngest, and certainly most mischievous, child of the late C. Patrick and the late Josephine (Holtz) Gray. 

 

Among his list of favorites were the Raiders, playing drums, collecting guitars, and being a general nuisance to those who knew him.  Despite his best efforts, he graduated from Natalia High School in Natalia, Texas, and had many close friends in that area. His jokes, pranks, and the stories of his wild antics will forever memorialize him in the minds and hearts of his family and friends.  He absolutely loved being “Grandpa Drums” to his four grandsons, whom he was very proud of. 

 

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Joyce (Farnsworth) Gray, their children ReAnna (Adam) Higgins, Brigid, and Christopher “Chris” Gray, his grandsons Charles “Charlie”, Damien, Alexander “Bug”, and Samuel “Sammy” Higgins, his siblings Earl (Lee) Gray and Patricia “Patty” (Rocky) Pepau, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He also leaves behind his most beloved, cherished dog, Precious. He is preceded in death by his parents C. Patrick and Josephine (Holtz) Gray and his sister, Suzanne “Sue” Brown.

 

Mass and rosary will be Friday September 3, 2021 at 9:20 AM at Sacred Heart in Sinton.

After a very long battle with Dementia/Alzheimer's, another vaccinated soul was taken by Covid-19. Margaret (Peggy) Patrova passed away comfortably at home on August 31, 2021, with her granddaughter, Lindsay Edwards by her side. 

Margaret Mulholland was born to Robert and Margaret Mulholland on October 13, 1933, in New York City. She grew up in New York and Rhode Island. Margaret Mulholland married Frank Patrova on April 18, 1953, in Wickford, Rhode Island. They lived the military life for 22 years, stationed in Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, and finally retiring in 1966 from Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas. In 1966 they moved to Sinton, Texas with their four children. Margaret (Peggy) Patrova was a devoted wife and mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 1 with 1 on the way. She was a member of the Lady's Lions Club Auxillary, Band Boosters, 4-H, helped in the Chamber of Commerce Office, and a member of many community committees and activities. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Patrova in 2016, and daughter Deborah Kennedy in 2017. Her surviving 3 children are daughter Karen Byrd (Gary) of Calallen, daughter Cheryl Rhodes (Billy) of Noble, OK, and son Timothy Patrova of Sinton, Tx. Surviving 6 grandchildren are Trevor Mawer, Lacey Edwards, Lindsay Edwards, Morgan Kennedy, Christopher Patrova and his wife Ashley, and Kody Kemp. She is survived by one great-grandson, Ayden Edwards, and on unborn great-grandson to be born to Christopher and Ashley Patrova. She is also survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers; sister Barbara Kenyon of Connecticut, brother David Mulholland (Lillian) of Florida, sister Carole Coutu (Richard) of Florida, and brother Donald Mulholland (Jeannette) of Tennessee and their loving families. 

Graveside services will be Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2 PM at Sinton Cemetery. 

Sinton, Tx

Santos Alaniz, Jr., 76, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, following a sudden illness. Santos loved his family, buying lottery tickets, gardening and loved going to church. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Santos (Cassandra) Alaniz, III of Sinton and David (Lucy) Alaniz of  Odem, his daughters, Irma (Byron) Alaniz Castano, Elizabeth (Cipriano) Alaniz Rivera and Susan Alaniz of Beeville, his sisters, Gloria Morin of Sinton, Janie Ortiz of Waxahachie and Alice Galindo of Corpus Christi, 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, September 6, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore, Texas.

Sinton, Tx

 

Lenora Evelyn Huble, 87, passed away on August 29, 2021 after a long illness. She was born September 24, 1933. She was greeted in heaven by her Savior that she truly believed in. Her faith in the Lord and being a Christian helped her in her life. She instilled in her children and family the true meaning of Jesus. She witnessed to them and others when she could. You can never say that she didn't know her songs and bible verses. She read and studied her devotionals and even when she couldn't read any longer, she listened to her very close and dear friend Mary Contreras as she read them to her. Her dear friend Diane Mireles took care of her also. She was a devoted Bonton member. She enjoyed her Monday card games with her friends. She also enjoyed going to country music jamborees with Harlene Wilson. At her early age, her and Edward would enjoy going to Polka dances. She enjoyed visiting with her sisters and in laws. She never missed a reunion on her side, even asking a friend to join her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Hattie Skoruppa, and her precious husband, Edward, that she shared her love for him before May 2010, one sister, Abilene Morgan, and her in-laws. She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Kenneth Vanecek of Sinton, her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Debbie Huble of Alamogordo, New Mexico. She has three grandchildren, David (Angel) Huble, Vicki (Larry) Grove, Christopher Huble, and seven great grandchildren, MaKayla (Gene) Cottrell, J.W. Grove, Justin Grove, Clayton, Sophia, and Gabriel Huble, and Haylee Huble. She is also survived by her precious sisters, Frances Repka, Millie Isaacks (Merle), Leona  Blanchard, Hattie Ann (Tom) Tucker, sister-in-law, Barbra Huble, many nieces, nephews, cousins and her precious friends. A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel from 5 PM to 7 PM. Funeral services will held at 10 AM Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. She will be laid to rest at the Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore, Texas.

With deepest sorrow, we announce that our most beloved son, brother, father, boyfriend, family member, and friend Martin Anthony (Tony) Gonzalez, age 31, of Odem, Texas died unexpectedly on August 23, 2021 from cardiac arrest. His loss was completely unexpected and the family is completely shocked and deeply saddened. 

Those who knew Tony, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. 

Tony will be missed every day by his father, Martin Gonzalez, his mother Hilda Gonzalez, sisters Amanda Young (Travis), Nikki Gonzalez (Noe). Long time love of his life Sarah Lopez, their fur baby Odin, and his pride and joy only son Liam Emmett Garcia. Tony will also be missed by his nephew Liam Young, his niece Logan Young, his grandparents Celedonio & Perfecta Garza, Jesus Longoria, his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many great friends.

Tony was born on April 23, 1990, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended Odem High School and was passionate about making people laugh. After graduating high school, he moved to Corpus Christi with his longtime girlfriend Sarah and worked as a mechanic. 

Anyone who knew Tony, knew that he was funny, goofy, loving, and one of a kind. He had an immense passion for fishing and you could always find him near the water. 

Tony's family, girlfriend, and friends will miss him more than words can say, but we know he is now with his little brother and grandfather Francisco Gonzalez. Tony is loved on earth as well as in heaven. 

A rosary will be recited at 7 PM on Monday, August 30, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, August 31, 2021 at St. Peter's Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church in Annaville, followed by graveside services at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Corpus Christi, Tx

Ruben Ruiz Lopez, 77, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Ruben was an all around handyman, was always willing to lend a helping hand, and enjoyed having a good time. He is survived by his loving family, his sons,Mario Lopez of Corpus Christi and Joe Rodriguez of Kenedy, his step-daughter, Linda Lopez of Waxahachie, his brothers, Matthew Lopez, Frank Lopez, and Mario "Moe" Lopez of Memphis, his sisters, Fina Gonzalez, Frances Garcia, Dominga Morquecho and Julia Ruiz of Memphis and Janie Gonzalez of Mexico, 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and many other relatives. A rosary will be recited Friday, August 27, 2021 at 7 PM at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home chapel. Funeral mass will be Saturday,  August 28, 2021 at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Manuela Gonzalez Voorhees went to be with our Lord in Heaven on August 23, 2021. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. Manuela was born on September 4, 1928 in Odem, Texas to Raul Morin Gonzalez and Librada Lugo. Manuela married Benjamin Eber Voorhees, III on June 27, 1954. Together they had three children, Noelia Elena, Benjamin Eber IV and Blain Eldon Voorhees. Manuela is preceded in death by her parents, Raul and Librada, her husband Benjamin III, her daughter Noelia and Grandson Benjamin V. Manuela was an LVN for many years where she dedicated a big part of her life to helping others. After retiring from nursing she went to work for Sinton ISD. Manuela enjoyed listening to music, crafting and sitting on her front porch.

Survivors include Benjamin IV (Rosario) of Odem, Texas, Blain (Yvonne) of Katy, Texas, siblings, Jesusa (Jerry) Brown of Albany, Indiana, Joe Jose Gonzalez of Odem, Texas, Diana (Jack) Hendrix of Corpus Christi, Texas, Yolanda Harrison of Odem, Texas, Hector Gonzalez of Odem, Texas, also Bonnie Lou Voorhees, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services are pending for a later date.

Robert Martinez, Jr., a beloved  father to two stepsons, Carlos Cavazos and Joseph Cavazos, and two daughters, and brother to seven siblings, died on Saturday, August 21, 2021 of Covid. He will be remembered for always having a joke to tell when times got rough. A known sports fanatic and amazing dancer, who loved his family and lived for his daughters, Abigail and Emily Rose Martinez. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Graveside services will be held at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy with Father George officiating. Interment will follow. The family requests that masks be worn.

Sinton, Tx

Anna Maria Fuentes Villanueva, 51, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021 with her daughters by her side until her last breath after a short illness. Anna was a very proud grandmother. She was a very outgoing and strong willed and loved the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoyed dancing, listening to Tejano music, making jokes and would have done anything for anyone. She is survived by her loving family, her daughters, Alexis "Lexy" (Karim) Mickens of New Braunfels, and Allainey "Laney" (Aaron) Morin of Calallen, her grandchildren, Mason Morin, Avery Mickens, Leighton Morin, Maddyn Morin, Luka Mickens and Omari Mickens, her sisters, Angelita Ramos of Mathis, Adelita Branch of Killeen and Alice Fuentes of Corpus Christi, her brothers, Albert Fuentes and Antonio Fuentes of Dallas, Alfredo Fuentes and Armando Fuentes of Sinton, Alvino Fuentes of Rockport and Juanito Mata Torres of Mathis, numerous other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, September 3, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. The family requests that masks be worn.

Odem, Tx

 

Louis Andy Galvan, 56, loving son, brother and uncle passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Andy had a big heart, loved his family and his dogs. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone and he loved his Dallas Cowboys. He is preceded in death by his father, Regino Galvan, his brother, Rene Galvan and his sister, Jovita Parker. He is survived by his loving family, his mother, Adelia Galvan of Odem, his brothers, Noe Galvan of Refugio and Hector Galvan of Odem, his sisters, Elia Huerta, Carry Moreno, Oralia Garcia and Daisy Galvan of Odem and Dora Marie Medina of Refugio, many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, August 23, 2021 at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem with Father George officiating. Interment will follow.

Taft, Tx

Marvin Maurice Sims, loved by many friends and family passed away at the age of 88. He was born May 25, 1933. Marvin was the youngest of six children. He lost his dad at the early age of three years old. He was raised by his mother. His early years consisted of playing country and western music with a western band. He later worked at Stinson and Kelly Field testing engines for airplanes. He owned and operated his own garage with his two sons, Marvin and Steven. He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Sims, his mother, Opal Spencer, his sister, Pauline and Marvin Hill, his oldest brothers, Melton Sims, Carl and Doris Sims, Herman and Marie Sims, and Lois and Johnny Schindler. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Christina Jozwiak Sims, his sons Marvin (Pam) Sims, Christy and Staci, Micheal (Lynda) Sims, Bayleigh and Nathan Stibbens, Chad and Megan Myers, Cory Myers, and Steven Sims. Marvin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had many special friends he enjoyed doing this with them. The family wants to say a special thank you to Doctor Stephen Turner, his cardiologist, and Brookdale Nursing Home for their excellent care. The Sims family will be receiving friends on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home from 4 to 5 PM. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 AM Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton. Internment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft. 

Sinton, Tx

Mary Ann Constante Guerrero, 44, passed away on Wednesday,  August 18, 2021. Mary Ann was a loving wife, mother, daughter,

sister, and friend. She was a hard worker and was dedicated to her boys and family. She had been employed by Sinton I.S.D. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Guerrero of Sinton, her sons, Gemini Santiago Constante Guerrero, Isaac James Constante Guerrero, and Trae Gabriel Constante Guerrero of Sinton, her parents, Fidel and Martina Constante of Odem, her brothers, Fidel Constante, Jr., Anthony Constante, and Matthew Constante of Odem, her sisters, April Constante, Martina Constante, and Carolina Constante of Odem, and many other relatives. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, August 20, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Memorial Cemetery in Odem. Interment will follow.People attending the visitation must wear masks. 

Texas City, Tx 

Ninfa Carranza Gonzales, 74, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Ninfa's favorite pastime was spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Jose Gonzales. She is survived by her son Daniel Gonzales of Mathis, her daughters, Sylvia Gonzales and Erlinda Gonzales of Texas City and Janie Gonzales of Sinton, her grandchildren that she raised, Crystal Lopez, Billy Joe Lopez, Judy Lopez and Sara Lopez of Texas City, her brother, Fructoso Carranza of Sinton, her sisters, Yolanda Aguilar and Jesusa Trujillo of Sinton, 18 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews,  and cousins. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. People attending the visitation must wear masks.

Edroy, Tx

Santos Jose Romero, III, 39, passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021 following a short illness. He is survived by his loving family, his wife Jasmine Romero of Edroy, his sons, James Alexander Romero, Adam Jacob Romero,  and Isaac Luke Romero, his daughter, Isabella Genesis Romero all of Edroy, his parents, Santos and Helen Romero, Jr. of Edroy, his brothers, Arturo Romero and Marcos Romero of Edroy, and his sister, Heather Effron of Florida. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, August 16, 2021 at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy. People attending must wear masks. 

Odem, Tx

Carmen Garcia Cordova, 84, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Carmen loved and enjoyed making tamales, quilts and preparing a meal for anybody. She also loved to gamble, game rooms, lottery tickets and her weekly beauty shop visits. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Gregorio Cordova. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Margie) Cordova of Odem, Gilbert (Janie) Cordova of Corpus Christi and Gregorio (Abby) Cordova Jr. of Alvin, her daughters, Olivia (Jesse) Flores of Odem, Olga (Luis) Robles of Corpus Christi and Sylvia Ramos of Odem, her sisters, Janie (Agapito) Ybarra of Alvin, Lucy (Wade) Houze of Premont, Irma Rodriguez of Corpus Christi and Anita Garcia of La Villa, 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday,August 13,2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem, The family would like to give a big thank you to Opus Care Hospice and all the caring staff, especially Tiffany, Anita, Teresa, Jessica, Sandra, and Jennifer who helped Mom's life be as comfortable as possible. People attending the visitation must wear masks.

Greenville, MI

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

Greenville, MI 

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

Robert Steve Cardenas, 44, of Sinton passed away on October 5, 2021, due to complications of Covid. Robert Steve grew up in Sinton and worked as a Pipeliner most of his adult life. Steve had many friends and was known for the being the life of the party. He will be dearly missed and always remembered. Robert Steve was predeceased by his mother, Marta Serrano Cardenas. He is survived by his father, Jorge Luis Cardenas, his sister, Miranda Green (Gerald), his son Robert Luis Cardenas and one niece and nephew. Robert Steve requested a cremation and burial of ashes be held in his honor as opposed to traditional funeral services. The burial of Robert Steve’s ashes will be announced via a Facebook event created by family.