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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 (Quatro) 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.

Juan Garcia, also known as “Johnny”, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023, due to sudden complications of an illness. He was born on April 15, 1945, to Refugio and Senovia Garcia in Sinton, TX. Juan, 77, was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, and friend. Juan worked as a mechanic since the age of 15 servicing the community of Sinton and surrounding areas. He loved fishing, playing poker and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Bertha Garcia and his children, Moses (Jazmyne) Soto of Corpus Christi, TX; Alvesa (Noe) Soto-Munguia of Sinton, TX; Asenath (Albert) Soto-Gonzalez of Sinton, TX; Jessica Garcia of Sinton, TX; Juan R. Garcia of Corpus Christi, TX; and Juanita Sandi (Tony) Garcia of Sinton, TX; sisters Minnie Pena, Elizabeth Maxwell, Elida Thompson and Patsy Skelnik; brothers Refugio Garcia, Eloy Garcia, Jesus Garcia and Richard Garcia all of Plano, TX; 22 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Juan is preceded in death by his daughter Denise Garcia, parents Refugio and Senovia Garcia, brothers David and Manuel Garcia and sisters Frances Black and Yolanda Garcia. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a prayer service being held at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. A final visitation will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 8 AM to 10 AM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

Henry "Al" Allen Baker, Sr. passed away on December 31, 2022, at the age of 98. He was born in East Prairie, Missouri on September 20, 1924, to the late James Allon Baker and Grace Louise McElwayne. Al served in WWII. He was a lifetime member of the Sinton V.F.W Post 12160 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sinton. An electrician by trade, he loved to help people, tell stories, and go dancing. He was a great father to Ruth (Wilbur) Kenne, a loving grandfather to Jason (Rhea) Kenne and Lynn (Clint) Leister, and great grandfather to Gage Kenne and Harper Leister. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Baker of Corpus Christi. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Henry "Buddy" Allen Baker, Jr., his wife, Ruth Dragoo, his brother, James "JT" Thomas Baker, and his partner, Mrs. Marion Hedgepath. Al will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He had requested no service so there will only be a family gathering. The family asks in lieu of flowers please donate to the Sinton V.F.W in his name. 

Ingleside, Tx 

Nicolas Sanchez, Jr., 59, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Nicolas was born on November 19, 1963, in Sinton, Texas to Nicolas and Jovita M. Hernandez Sanchez. Nicolas was a great father, ,master carpenter and the best fisherman. He is survived by his loving family, his son, Jose J. (Sally) Sanchez, their children, Krysta Maree Sanchez, Miriah Nevaeh Sanchez, Jose Emiliano Sanchez and James Alfonso Sanchez of Ingleside, his daughter, Nicole M. (Rene) Livas and their children, Andre (Nevaeh) Livas, Alexsya Livas, Arya Livas and Ayden Livas of Louisiana, two great grandchildren, Ezekiel Livas and Easton Livas, his brother, Bartolo Sanchez of Corpus Christi, his sisters, Sara (John T.) Decker, Blanca Estella Aleman of Corpus Christi and Guadalupe Canales of Portland and other relatives and friends. No services will be held.

Antonia Martinez Gonzales, 88, affectionally known as " Momo", a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023. She loved to sew, play bingo and watch her grandchildren play sports. She is preceded in death by her husband, Santos S. Gonzales and her son, Raul Martinez. She is survived by her loving family, her son, Gonzalo (Lisa) Gonzales of Odem, her daughter, Gloria Gonzales of Odem, her brothers, Martin Martinez of Ingleside, Angel Martinez of Victoria, Atanacio Martinez, Jr., Benjamin Martinez and Benny Martinez of Taft, her sisters, Esther Castillo and Alicia Chavez of Taft, Herminia Martinez and Linda Martinez of Aransas Pass, and two grandchildren. No services will be held.

Sinton, Tx 

Sylvia Soliz Garza, 69, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022, following a long illness. Sylvia loved to travel and spend time with her family. She was born on June 8, 1953, in Sinton, Texas to Victor, Sr. and Velia Mendoza Soliz. She is preceded in death by her father, her sister, Frances and her brothers, Ruben and Victor. She is survived by her husband, Augustine Garza of Sinton, her son, Augustine Garza, Jr. of Sinton, her daughter, Sandra Ramirez of Sinton, her mother, Velia Soliz of Sinton, her brothers, Joe (Diana) Soliz and Jimmy (Mary Helen) Soliz of Sinton, her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Sinton, Tx

Felipe A. Castillo, Jr., 80, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, following a sudden illness. He was born on July 23, 1942, to Felipe, Sr. and Olivia Arismendez Castillo. He loved fishing, enjoyed doing woodwork and was an animal lover. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Oralia Castillo and his daughter, Gracie Castillo. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Eloy Martinez and Steve Martinez of Sinton and Felipe Castillo, III of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Olivia (Danny) Lira of Papalote, Sabina (Randy) Richter of Sinton and Guadalupe Gonzales of Corpus Christi, 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. A visitation will be held Monday, December 26, 2022, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Sinton, Tx 

Espiridion S. Tijerina, 77, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Espiridion was a big Sinton Pirates football fan who loved sports, fishing, gambling and seeing his family happy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Espiridion F. Tijerina, Jr. and Victoria Sauceda Tijerina, and his son Alexander Tijerina. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Mary Tijerina of Sinton, his sons, Adolfo Tijerina and Espiridion V. Tijerina of Sinton and Simon Tijerina of Seattle, Washington, his daughter, Viola Perez of Lockhart, his brothers, Frank Tijerina of Robstown, Santos Tijerina of St. Paul and Ruben Tijerina of Houston, his sisters, Dolores Puebla and Anita Vallejo of Corpus Christi,11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 9, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Odem, Tx

Arturo Buentello Torres, 70, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022. Arturo was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Dora Buentello Torres, his sister, Nestora Landin and his son, Arturo Torres, Jr. He enjoyed sitting outside on the porch listening to music and visiting with his friends, family, and his grandchildren who fondly called him "Popo". He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Kellie Torres of Odem, his daughters, Kelsie (Marco Berreles) and their children, Kallie Candela, Arturo Berreles and Jamarcus Berreles of Odem, Sabrina (Ignacio) Vela and their children, Dora Martinez and Adrian Vela of Odem, his late son, Arturo Torres, Jr. and his children, Ethan Torres and Jadon Torres, his sister, Soveida Vela of Odem and three great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 12 PM to 1 PM with a service being held at 1 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. 

Sinton, Tx

 Octavia Chinesa Boyd, 47, loving daughter and sister passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022, following a short illness. Octavia liked all sports and loved the 80's and 90's music. She is survived by her loving family, her mother, Lorraine (Dave) Campbell of Sinton, her father, Willie Boyd of Alabama and her sister, Kasey Kotara of Orange, Texas. A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9 AM to 1 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. This will conclude the services.

Sinton, Tx 

Marcela B. Montelongo, 92, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Marcela was preceded in death by her parents, Icidro and Alfonsa Rios Montelongo and her husband and son, Ignacio and Jose Montelongo. Marcela enjoyed gardening and cooking and had a very strong faith in her catholic religion. She is survived by her sons, Joel B. (Esmeralda) Montelongo of Sinton, Hector Montelongo of Corsicana and Ray Montelongo of Ennis, her daughters, Belinda Balderaz of Alvin, Irma (Harold) Hull of Louisiana, Norma (Lupe) Martinez of Ennis and Bettie (Larry) Wright of Santa Fe, Tx., her sister, Chavela Medina of Rosenberg, 33 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. A visitation will be held from 2 PM to 9 PM Sunday, October 9, 2022, with a holy rosary being recited at 6 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, October 10, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

With sad hearts we announce the passing of Juanita (Janie) Lira Gomez. She went to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, October 2, 2022, she was 75 years old. Nene, Mom, Grammy was a lifelong resident of Odem, TX, and wore Odem Owl blue and gold with pride any chance she had. She possessed an immeasurable capacity to love people. She will forever be remembered for her favorite way to express that love, FOOD. If she met you, she loved and cared for you deeply, prayed for you always, and probably fed you a time or two. What she cherished most in life was her family and her grandkids, they were the stars in her eyes. She also took great pride in carrying the title of Tia. Her favorite thing to do was attend mass and spend time with her friends, who she loved dearly. Janie was the embodiment of faith, strength and courage, and will be missed by all. Rest In Peace, dear angel.

Janie is preceded in death by her husband Florencio Gomez Jr, son David Gomez, parents Gabriel and Catarina Lira, and her brothers, Angel Lira and Gabriel "Canti" Lira III. She is survived by her son Gabriel (Priscilla) Gomez, daughters Venessa (Anthony) Martinez and Barbara (Angela) Gomez, grandchildren Catarina Martinez, Anthony (AJ) Martinez Jr, Julian Gomez and David Gomez, her brother Armando (Otila) Lira, sisters Rosa (Richard) Cisneros, Olivia (the late Ceasar) Aleman, Alicia Lira, Antonia (Willie) Gonzalez, Yolanda Lira, Evangelina (Rollie) Braddock, and Lupe (Vivian) Pizana, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be recited Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 7 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Funeral mass will be on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Interment will follow in San Pedro Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Born on May 26, 1967, Victor Niño was a great man, a pit master, catcher for the Odem 1984 state baseball champions, a son, a brother, and a loving father. Victor had a profound love for his family and for life. Anyone who met him would remember him for years to come. With a contagious laugh and a sharp-witted sense of humor, he would leave you crying from laughter. He was a friend and a brother to many, and we all knew he was just one phone call away. Victor enjoyed smoking brisket and ribs at home while listening to good music with his family. His love for baseball touched so many lives as coach, a fan, and a friend. There’s no one out there who loved baseball more than Victor, but what Victor loved the most was his children. He loved and adored his four children fiercely. He would sing their praises to everyone and always made sure we knew how proud he is of us and how much he loves us. Victor was our rock, our protector, our home. Victor was called home on September 15, 2022. He is survived by his parents Johnny and Rosie Niño, his children Norma Rose (Ryan) Niño-Newlander, Anissa Victoria (Corey) Ragland, Lorenna Grace Niño, and John Victor Niño, his sister Michelle (Robert) Ynfante, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.  He now has the best seat in the house to watch his Odem Owls and Yankees baseball games. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 3PM to 9PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral home in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Wednesday, September 21 at Sacred Heart Church in Odem. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. 

Phyllis Irene Smith, 88, passed from this life on Thursday, September 8, 2022, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth Ray (KR) Smith, her parents, Frank and Marguerite Brouilette Horton and her siblings, Kay, Harrell, Glenn, and Ann Janet Harris. Phyllis leaves behind a brother, John Horton, four children, Brenda (Gary) Cunningham, Mount Vernon, Ohio; Kenda (Gary) Steckel, Luling, Louisiana; Ken (Judy) Smith Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas and Glenda Smith, Saginaw, Michigan as well as eight Grandchildren and sixteen GreatGrands. Other family include a myriad of cousins, nieces and nephews and dear friends. Mother cherished her memories of home, raising her children, watching her grandchildren grow up and enjoyed time with her great grandchildren. Although Phyllis moved to Ohio in 2019, she always considered Corpus Christi her home. Leaving behind a legacy of Christ-likeness and service, her family is thankful for her example. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home (120 S. McCall, Sinton, TX, 78387). Burial and graveside services will be at 10 AM, Friday, September 23, 2022, at Sinton Cemetery (507 Cemetery St.). Flowers and condolences can be sent to Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

Taft, Tx 

Floyd Hack, 93, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022.Floyd was born on October 7, 1928, in Edna, Texas to Henry and Dora Mae Quinn Hack. He was preceded in death by his wife Jesmyr who he had been married to for fifty years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had been the owner and operator of Floyd's TV service and repairs for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Taft. He loved skiing, Nascar races and his Dallas Cowboys. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Floyd A. (Sandy) Hack, Jr. of Sinton and Michael (Jeanette Mershon) Hack of Kingsville, his daughters, Mary Jo Gossett of Waco and Ann Hack of Corpus Christi, 7 grandchildren,10 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. A visitation will be held Friday, September 16, 2022, from 5 PM to 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Memory Gardens of Edna Cemetery in Edna, Texas.

Sinton, Tx

Charles Elton Kellum aka "Stuffy Kellum" passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Stuffy was born in Beeville, Texas on June 1, 1946, on a very stormy night. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles M. "Rusty" Kellum of Sinton, Texas and his mother, Henry Ella Granberry Kellum of Sinton, Texas and his sister, Mary Lynne (Marvin) Havelka of Blanconia, Texas. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Stuffy acquired his namesake when he was just an infant. The only way they could keep Stuffy from crying was to "stuff" his face full of food and the name just stuck. Stuffy was a Sinton High School graduate in 1965 and was involved in band and heavily involved in FFA where he raised cattle and horses and also worked at the Red Barn Steakhouse. Stuffy attended Texas Lutheran University. After college, Stuffy returned home and served as an administrative assistant and right-hand man for multiple families including the A.C. Jones family of Beeville, Texas, the Kleberg family of Kingsville, Texas, BFI as a lab technician, and Tony and Joan Kunitz of Sinton, Texas. Stuffy retired after a massive heart attack in 1981, he took care of his mother until her death. Stuffy is mourned by his friends that he considered family around Sinton and especially at "The Biscuit Barn." He will be deeply missed. A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 5 PM to 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sinton Cemetry in Sinton. 

Taft, Tx

Jose Flores, Jr., 54, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Jose loved to have a good time. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Evangelina Rodriguez Flores, Jr., and his siblings, Adan Flores, Santiago Flores, Frank Hernandez and Monica Hernandez. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Cynthia Flores of Taft, his son, Derek Flores of La Mesa, his daughters, Deeandra Flores of Taft and Sara Flores of Houston, his brother, Manuel Flores of Taft, ten grandchildren and numerous relatives. A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, September 16, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft with Father John McKinzie as celebrant. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park Cemetery in Taft.

 Agustin Flores Olmeda, 89, loving father and grandfather passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022. He was born on August 27, 1933, in Kenedy, Texas to Eluterio and Cristina Flores Olmeda. He had been employed as a truck driver. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, going cruising and was an avid knife collector. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Jose Agustin Olmeda, Jr. of Edroy and Jeronimo

(Claudia) Olmeda of Irving, Tx, his daughters, Corina (Lorenzo) Alfaro of Princeton, Tx and Judy (Robert) Trevino of Mathis, and five grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.

Odem, Tx 

Reyes Nunez, 90, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022. Reyes was a longtime and very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she taught CCD, was a cursillista and a member of the Guadalupanas. She loved sewing and arts and crafts. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marcelo Nunez, her brother, Ramon Fuentes, Jr. and her sister, Elena Paiz. She will be dearly missed by her loving family, her sons, Mario (Norma) Nunez of Robstown, and Arturo Nunez of Corpus Christi, her daughters, Grace (Adan Dominguez) of Edroy and Nora (Ricardo) De Leon of Sinton, her sisters, Antonia Olmeda of Robstown, San Juana Fuentes of Corpus Christi and Martina Fuentes of Mathis, 7 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Odem, Tx 

Santiago Hernandez Flores, 70, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022, following a short illness. Santiago was a hard worker who loved his family, fishing, and was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. He is preceded in death by his father, Jose Flores, his mother Uselia Castro and his brothers, Frank Castro and Adan Flores. He is survived by his loving family, his wife Angie Guerrero Flores of Odem, his daughters, Laura Medina, Lisa Ann Flores and Sandra Ann Flores of Odem, his brothers, Juan (Fina) Castro of Sinton, Clemente (Becky) Castro and Daniel (Carmen) Castro of Odem, Ernesto Castro of Sinton, Jose (Cindy) Flores, Jr., and Manuel Flores of Taft, his sisters, Benita Martinez and Linda (Jesse) Guerrero of Sinton, his stepfather, Santiago Castro and seven grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM, Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Serving as pallbearers will be Gilbert Cruz, Jr., Abel Castro, Clemente Castro, Jr., Artie Guerrero, Mat Guerrero and Fidencio Guerrero, III. Honorary pallbearers will be Robby Flores, Franky Hernandez, Jose Medina, and Draven Medina.

Raul R. Ramirez passed away on August 31, 2022, at the age of 88. Raul was born on April 8, 1934, in Mercedes, Texas to Jose Ramirez and Margarita Ramirez. He was a resident of Sinton, Texas. Raul was a former Mariachi player, barber, and a baker with The Ramirez Bakery, owned by his parents. His passion was drawing and painting. He painted numerous signs throughout Sinton. Raul served in the United States Army. He was a loving brother, uncle, nephew, and friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Esperanza Ramirez. Raul is survived by his brothers, Ruben R. Ramirez (Maria Elena) of Houston, Texas, Rene R. Ramirez of Sinton, Texas, Romeo R. Ramirez (Amparo) of Corpus Christi, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, and aunts. All services will be private. 

Bonifacio "Bone" Rivera Cuellar, age 81, of Sinton, Texas was called home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Bonifacio was born on July 23, 1941, in Edroy, Texas to Augustine Cuellar and Severa Rivera Cuellar. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Maria Marroquin Cuellar; three children; Hilda (Juan) Martinez, Michael (Debbie) Cuellar, and Bonnie (David) Penn; eight grandchildren - Amanda Jasso, Monica Cuellar, John David Martinez, David Anthony Penn, William Penn, Natalie Martinez, Michael Cuellar, and Michelle Penn; sister, Elvira Guerra, and eight great-grandchildren. Bonifacio is preceded in death by his parents, Augustine Cuellar and Severa Rivera Cuellar, his sister, Teresa Soto, and his nephew, Joey Soto. Bonifacio was known for his infectious smile and for always making everyone laugh. He was the life of every party. He had a love and passion for restoring classic cars and showcasing his talents at car shows. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly. They were his world, and he was very proud of each one of them. A visitation for Bonifacio will be held Sunday, September 4, 2022, from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home, 120 S. McCall, Sinton, Texas, 78387. A vigil service and rosary will occur on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at 7:00 PM. A chapel service will occur Monday, September 5, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 19012 County Road 1598, Edroy, Texas, 78370. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery, 18336 County Road 1168, Edroy, Texas, 78368.

Odem, Tx

Angelita V. Belmarez, 78, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Angelita was born on May 31,1944 in Weslaco, Texas to Refugio and Gregoria Espinosa Vela, Sr. She loved gambling and dancing. She loved life and her motto was "Live life, don't let life live you." She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Belmarez, her son, JoJo Belmarez, Jr. and her daughter, Emma Marie Belmarez. She was the last surviving Vela sibling. She is survived by her loving family, her daughters, Julia (Benito Beltran) Belmarez of Houston and Annmarie (Pete Tamez) Belmarez of Sinton, five grandchildren, Nicolas Beltran, Angelica Beltran, Tiffoni-Amber Torres, Elida (Daniel) Martinez, and David Beltran, five great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, September 3, 2022, at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Interment will follow.

Sinton, Tx

Juanita Ramirez Martinez, 65, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away Saturday, August 27, 2022. She was born on September 18, 1956, in Sinton, Texas to Santiago and Luz Ramirez Martinez. She loved giving, helping in the church at Christmas time and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Raymond Esparza, III and her husband, Mario Martinez. She is survived by her loving family, her daughters, Ida (Joseph) Denton and Ileen (Jaime) De Los Santos of Sinton, her brother, Richard Martinez of San Antonio, her sisters, Yolanda Castillo, Cruz Cancino and Maria Louisa Rico of Sinton, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 9 AM Sunday, September 4, 2022, at Grace Church, 215 Sodville Road in Sinton. 

Melvin Henry Bartz of St. Paul, Texas went to be with his Lord at his home on August 24, 2022, at the age of 95 surrounded by his loving children. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosie Mae Bartz, son, James Henry Bartz, parents, Adolph and Mamie Bartz, stepmother, Cecil Bartz, grandson, Larry Wayne Thompson, son-in-law, Frank Bennett, brother, Marvin Bartz, and sister, Marilyn Roecker.
Melvin is survived by his children, Sandra Kay Coates of Sinton, Melvin Douglas Bartz (Deborah Ann Bartz) of St. Paul, and Debra Sue Bennett of Houston, and sisters, Marjorie Bosanko of Stockdale and Marie Combs (Gary) of Florence.  He also has 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Friday, August 26, 2022, from 5 to 7 PM at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home, 120 South McCall, Sinton, Texas. Funeral will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church, 405 W. Sinton St., Sinton, Texas. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft, Texas. 

 

Eden Gonzalez, 57, of Odem, Texas - a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on August 21, 2022, from an unexpected heart attack. He was an identical twin born in Rio Grande, Texas to Ruben Omar Gonzalez, Sr., and Elva Gonzalez. Eden was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sporting events. He loved to sing aloud while working or just anytime and was well known for his grilling skills, especially his delicious mollejas that were perfect every time. He was employed by Seven Custom Homes of Austin, Texas as their South Texas Project Manager.

Eden is preceded in death by his son, Javier Eden Gonzalez, survived by his beautiful daughter, Edeena (German) Rodriguez, his parents Ruben and Elva Gonzalez, siblings Ruben (Brigida) Gonzalez, Laura (Chris) Balli, and Even Gonzalez, grandchildren Julian Santos, Andrew Santos, Aracely Rodriguez, Angel Rodriguez, Santos Rodriguez, Romeo Rodriguez, Bianka Rodriguez and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 3 to 9pm with a holy rosary being recited at 7pm on August 23, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home, 120 S McCall Ave., Sinton, TX 78387. A funeral mass will be celebrated August 24, 2022, at 10am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 401 W Willis Street, Odem, TX 78370. Interment will follow at Sinton Cemetery, 507 Cemetery Street, Sinton, TX 78387. 

Sinton, Tx 

Alberto Sanchez, Sr., 81, loving father and grandfather passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Alberto loved fishing, hunting and gambling. He is survived by his loving family, his son, Alberto Sanchez, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan, his daughters, Lori Ann Landin and Mickela (David) Hernandez of Sinton, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel from 1 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Services will conclude at the church.

Sinton, Tx

Pedro "Pete" D. Gonzales,77, loving father, grandfather, brother, and a great friend passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022. He had been employed in the pipeline industry and had a great sense of humor. He is survived by his children, Rosie Barrera of Odem, Brian (Rosie) Gonzales of Odem, Peter (Jennifer) Gonzales of Odem, Lee Ann (Pete) Lopez of Odem, Maney (Melissa) Gonzales of Robstown and Lile Gonzales of Sinton, his sisters, Melinda Melin and Janie Newcomer of San Antonio, 18 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 1 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Services will conclude at the church. Serving as pallbearers will be Javier Barrera, Bobby Hernandez, Roberto Herrera, Valentin Herrera, Joel Montelongo, Jr., and Danny San Miguel.

Nicolasa “Nico” C. Martinez also lovingly known as “Nana”, was born to Julian and Amada Castillo on December 6, 1934, in Robstown, Texas. Nico would fondly reminisce of her childhood when she and her younger siblings, cousins, and friends would play in, “el barrio”. In 1954 she married Estevan E. Martinez in Calallen, Tx surrounded by their friends and family; the early years of their marriage were spent as migrant workers all throughout west Texas. In 1958 they agreed to settle down in Edroy, Tx to raise their family. Together Nicolasa and Estevan had four children. Nicolasa was a dedicated member of Primera Iglesia Bautista el Calvario for 59 years; in her time there she served as a Sunday school teacher, a vacation bible school leader, a member of the Union Femenil women’s mission, youth counselor, church treasurer, and various other positions. Later in life Hermana Nico became a parent, friend, confidant, mentor, and prayer warrior for those in need.

Nicolasa C. Martinez passed away peacefully on August 5, 2022, in Karnes City, Tx surrounded by her children. She is preceded in death by her parents Julian and Amada Castillo, her son Adrian Martinez, daughter Diana Martinez, grandson Adrian Lee Martinez, her brothers Julian and Jose Castillo and son-in-law Robert Longoria. She is also preceded by her husband of 52 years Estevan E. Martinez, and her great-granddaughter Rebecca Reese Ramirez. She is survived by her brothers Anecleto Castillo, Victor Castillo and one sister Ysaura Salomon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her children, Ramiro and Josie Martinez, of Karnes City, Tx, Estevan and Irma Martinez of El Paso, Tx, Dorothy Martinez of Edroy, Tx and Andre Martinez of Corpus Christi, Tx. She is also survived by, “all of her kids”: LeahAnn and Derek Salinas, Aaron and Marina Martinez, Carolina Silva, Christy Silva, Stefphanie and Larry Saldana, Estevan Martinez, Matthew and Lauren Martinez, Victoria Jaramillo, Daniel J. Martinez, Alexis and George Fiegel, Karina and Roger Ramirez, Adrianna and Jose Mariscal. Great grandchildren Derek T. and Samantha Salinas, Brianna and Noah Eadie, Evan Salinas, Jasmine Hernandez, Violet Hernandez, William Fiegel, Kay Fiegel, Lorina Munoz, Estephany Martinez, Adrian Martinez, Tatum Martinez, Ezequiel Saldana, Marlene Saldana, Alex Macias, Theodore Ramirez, Olivia Martinez, Kataleia Mariscal, Macy Martinez, Amarilys Mariscal, River Martinez, Persephone Saldana, Lincoln Ramirez and great-great grandchildren Rylie Eadie, Henry Eadie, Damian Gutierrez, and Colby Gutierrez

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, beginning at 3:00 pm at Ritchea- Gonzalez Funeral Home in Sinton, Tx. The family would like to invite those that have a special memory or story to share to join them at 6pm; a memorial service will follow beginning at 7pm. Wednesday August 10, 2022 a special viewing will be held from 8:00 am-9:45 am followed by a celebration of life to be held at 10 AM at Primera Iglesia Bautista el Calvario in Edroy, Tx  officiated by Rev. Phillip Salomon of Garland, TX; followed by a graveside service at the Edroy Cemetery, Edroy. 

Aucencio “Teto” Santellana passed away Monday, August 1, 2022, surrounded by his family.  He was 77 years old. Teto was born on February 11, 1945, in Odem, Texas, to the late Cruz Sr and Francisca Santellana.  A farmer and a self-taught musician, he played accordion, bajo sexto, guitar and sang.  He was in many bands, had his own band Los Grandes Seis and helped other musicians over the years.  He also played for the church band. Upon retiring, he spent his time mowing lawns, playing music, watching his westerns, sitting on the porch smoking his cigarettes.  

He met his wife, Suzann Arismendez Santellana in 1959 and they married 7 years later on April 22, 1966. 

Teto is preceded in death by his parents, Cruz Sr & Francisca Santellana; his sisters Virginia Garza, Esther DeLeon; brother Amado Santellana. Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Suzann A. Santellana; his daughter, Sophie (Carlos) Aguirre; granddaughter Carla (Estevan) Aguirre and great-grandson Carlos Jose Delbosque; his son, Sergio Santellana; grandson Rogelio Sanchez; granddaughters Anabella & Zhavia Santellana all from Odem, Texas. Brothers, Cruz Santellana Jr, Santiago Santellana, Juan Santellana of Odem, Texas; Ramon Santellana of Sinton, Texas; Frank Santellana of Victoria Texas; Richard Santellana of Corpus Christi, Texas.  Sisters, Olivia Perales of Odem, Texas; Eloisa Urbina of Sinton, Texas and many nieces & nephews and extended family. Teto will be forever remembered by all those whose lives he touched, whether through his love of music or his jokes.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea- Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Odem, Tx 

Carlos Barrera Dominguez, Jr., 71, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Friday, July 15, 2022, following a long illness. Carlos loved spending time with his family and friends and was a hard worker. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Mariselda Dominguez of Odem, his daughters, Angie (Johnny) Perez of Odem, Marivel Sedillo of Kyle and Nelda (Richard) Hill of Uvalde, his brothers, Alberto Dominguez of Corpus Christi, Rene Dominguez of Pasadena, Daniel Dominguez and Jaime Dominguez of Odem and Benjamin Dominguez of New Braunfels, his sister, Noelia Lopez of Robstown, his grandchildren, Kassandra Perez, Amanda Perez, Kristen Sedillo, Jacqueline Sedillo, Carlos Dominguez Hill, Jacob Dominguez Hill and his great grandchildren, Alessandra Martinez and Emiliano Martinez and his sister-in-law, who he thought of as a sister, Juana Dominguez and her children, Jody Dominguez, Rudy Dominguez and Amber Tijerina. A visitation will be held Sunday, July 17, 2022, 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, Monday, July 18, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant, Services will conclude at the church.

Odem, Tx 

Angel Garcia Luna, Sr., 78, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022. Angel was a hard worker that was dedicated to his job. He is survived by his son, Angel Luna, Jr. of Alamo, his brothers, Jesse Luna, Robert Luna and Leroy Luna of Odem, his sisters, Frances Rangel and Rosie Flores of Robstown, Janie Cardenas of Sinton and two grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Chapel with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Thursday, July 14, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Sinton, Tx 

Jesus Perez, 55, loving son, father, brother, and friend passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Jesus was a longtime resident of Sinton where he attended Sinton schools. He was a self-employed construction worker. He is survived by his loving family, his son, Michael Jesus Perez of Beeville, his daughter, Abigal Perez of Beeville, his parents, Refugio and Sara Martinez of Sinton, his brother, Robert Martinez of Sinton, his sisters, Cindy (Danny) Guzman and Elva (Gilbert) Hernandez of Beeville, Rachel (Lee Roy) Rodriguez and Andrea (Johnny) Martinez of Sinton, numerous relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, July 1, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

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