OBITUARIES

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.

Sinton, Tx

Albert Candelaria, 36, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Albert was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He had been employed as a medical transport driver. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Roxanne Candelaria of Sinton, his daughters, Alexandria Morales, Ruby Rae Candelaria and Savannah Lynn Candelaria of Sinton, his brothers, Gilbert (Kim) Candelaria, Johnny Joe (Lori) Candelaria and Gilroy Candelaria of Sinton, his sister, Ruby Ann (Frank) Gonzales of Sinton, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Maria Valdaso, 92, passed away peacefully in her home June 22, 2022. She was born on July 31, 1929. She was a lifelong resident of Odem. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clemente and Tomasita Hernandez, her husband, Jose Valdaso, and her son, Pedro Valdaso. She is survived by her daughter, Elvira Moreno, four grandsons, Pedro Valdaso Jr (Ida), Mathew Moreno II (Ruby), Mark Moreno (Naomi), Max Moreno (Ashley), seven great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. A rosary will be recited with a funeral mass to follow at 9:30AM Friday, June 24, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem, TX. Interment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft, Texas. 

Sinton, Tx

John D. Sandoval, 54, loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 11, 2022. John was born on May 18, 1968, in Karnes City, Texas to Jesse and Anita Sandoval. He had been employed as a heavy machine operator and was a hard worker. He is survived by his loving family, his daughter, Joyce Sandoval of Sinton, his granddaughter, Delilah Lopez, his father, Jesse Sandoval of Kenedy, his mother, Anita Sandoval of Sinton, his sisters, Judy Martinez of Corpus Christi, Norma Jean Hinojosa and Rosemary Castillo of Sinton, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

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Fidel Molina Constante, 74, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Fidel was born on August 28, 1947, in Sinton, Texas to Martin and Julia Constante. He was a very active person and enjoyed doing yard work. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Martina Constante of Odem, his sons, Fidel Constante, Jr. and Nicholas Constante of Odem and Matthew Constante of Robstown, his daughters, April Constante, Martina Constante and Carolina Constante of Odem, his brothers, Ramon Constante  of Austin and Hilario Constante of Odem, his sisters, Delia Sandoval of Sinton, Janie Lopez of Corpus Christi and Dominga Madero of Odem, 32 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, June 17, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton.

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Viviana Lopez Mendez, 99, loving sister and aunt went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 13, 2022.Viviana was very active in her church and had been a member of the Guadalupanas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodrigo Mendez, her parents, Blas and Francisca Lopez, her brothers, Fidel Lopez and Antonio Lopez, her sisters, Fidela Lopez and Vita Cruz. She is survived by her loving family, her brother, Carmel Lopez of Sinton and her sister, Francisca Lopez De Leon of Sinton and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 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, June 16, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

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Merida Gomez Sanchez, 61, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Merida enjoyed reading and crocheting. Her family always came first, especially her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Angel Gomez and Dominga Arroyo Gomez, her daughter, Rebecca Sanchez, her siblings, Jose Gomez, Raul Gomez, Yolanda Garza and Elena Perez. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Abel Sanchez of Sinton, her son, Abel (Krystal) Sanchez of Portland, her grandchildren, Brody Sanchez and Carson Sanchez, her brother, Rey Gomez of McKinney, her sister, Sylvia Medina of Sinton, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 14, 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 Wednesday, June 15, 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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Michael Lee Doria, 48, loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022. Michael was born on

November 22, 1973, in Sinton, Texas to John L. Doria and Criselda Rodriguez Doria. He had been employed as a truck driver. He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Sinton, his son, Jeremiah Doria of Sinton, his daughters, Leslie Doria of Sinton, Christian (Moses) Reyes of Dickinson and Bethany Doria of Sinton, his mother, Criselda Doria of Sinton, his brother, Johnny Doria of Sinton, three grandchildren, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Pallbearers will be Ryan Segovia, Jacob Segovia, Rudy Maya, Leeroy Rodriguez, Jaime De Los Santos, and Beto Arias.  

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Louis Morin Marin, 77, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022, following a long illness. Louis was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. He enjoyed dancing, did bean cook offs and especially was a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan C. Marin and Dora Morin and his siblings, Dominga Villarreal, Jacinto Marin, Maria Garces, and Esperanza Barrientes. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Mark (Leslie) Marin of Corpus Christi and Jesse Marin of Odem, his daughter, Jennifer (David Doria) Marin of Corpus Christi, his brother, Juan (Aurora) Marin of Mathis, his sisters, Elva (Domingo) Lopez, Delia (Oscar Garza) and Lupe (Robert) De Leon of Edroy, Sylvia Fuentes of Corpus Christi, Helen (Steven) Hinojosa of Odem and Dora (Paul) Tijerina of Beeville, four grandchildren, Mia Marin, Julian Avalos, Deasia Doria and Libiny Doria and his great granddaughter, Melody Cortez, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 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 Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father George as celebrant. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.

Richard Vargas Martinez, 51 years old, was called home to Our Lord on May 21, 2022. Resident of Odem, Texas he was a part of the 1989 graduating class at OEISD. Richard was a man with a big heart who loved spending time with his family, enjoyed barbecuing, and making his famous charro beans. He enjoyed going fishing and watching his favorite football team: San Francisco 49ers while enjoying a few bud lights. Richard never hesitated to help others and always put family first. Richard is preceded in death by his parents Roberto and Antonia Martinez, his brother Roberto Martinez Jr., and his grandmother Felicita Martinez. Richard is survived by his wife, Rosa Elaine Martinez, his children Natalia Martinez, Richard Martinez, Amileah Martinez, and Francisco Lira-Martinez. His stepchildren Stephanie Guerrero, Larrissa Guerrero, and Priscilla Beltran. Grandchildren Anisah Gonzales, Celeste Guerrero, and Giselle Guerrero. Siblings: Rosa (Joe) Ramos, Gregorio (Melinda) Martinez, Gracie (David) Obregon, Gabriel (Kristina) Martinez, Janie (Baldemar) Torres, Carmel (Patricia) Martinez; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin at 3 PM on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at Ritchea Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. Rosary to be recited at 7:00PM the same evening. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Monday, May 30, 2022, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Edroy, Texas. Interment will follow in the Edroy cemetery in Edroy.

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Antonio "Tony" Lopez, 57, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Most who knew Tony know that that he lived life to the fullest. He definitely lived life "his way" but his crazy lifestyle never kept him from helping any and everyone who may have needed it. He was a constant fixture in our little town of Edroy, often stopping to help any family, friends, or neighbors that would need it...and always with some good laughs and conversation. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Amy Lopez of Edroy, his brothers, Ernesto (Maria) Lopez, Domingo (Elva) Lopez, Rey (Elda) Lopez and Mario Lopez of Edroy, Richard (Gracie) Lopez and Alex (Felecia) Lopez of Odem, Rudy (Roanne) Lopez of Corpus Christi, Peter (Isabel) Lopez and Manuel Lopez of Minnesota and Orlando (Arlene) Lopez of San Antonio, his sisters, Emma Morin and Viola Hernandez of Edroy, Esmeralda Trigo of Michigan, Maria Lopez and Lisa Beltran of Corpus Christi, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, May 20, 2022, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father George as celebrant. Services will conclude at the church.

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Pablo Simon Guerrero, 62, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Pablo was born on November 9, 1959, in Sinton, Texas to Fidencio T. Guerrero, Sr. and Julia Martinez Guerrero. He had been a lifelong resident of Edroy and was a great man who was always willing to help anyone. He is survived by his ex- wife, Isela Guerrero of Bryan, his sons, Joe Guerrero of Edroy and Pablo Guerrero, Jr. of Bryan, his

daughters, Andrea Guerrero of Bryan and Adrianna Guerrero of San Antonio, his brothers, Fidencio (Yolanda) Guerrero, Jr., Jesse (Linda) Guerrero, Sr. and Joe Guerrero all of Sinton, his sisters, Maria Flores of Sinton and Angie (Santiago) Flores of Odem, 10 grandchildren,12 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 9 PM on Sunday, May 15, 2022, with a rosary will recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, May 16, 2022, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

Rene Guerra was born on February 9, 1968, to Mr. and Mrs. Macedonio Guerra and passed away on April 28, 2022. Rene is preceded in death by his parents, Macedonio Guerra and Irene Guerra, his nephew, Armando Garcia II, and grandmother, Lydia Luna. He is survived by his daughters, Rosemary (Cirenio) Estrada and Melissa Nicole Guerra, his sister, Ida Lisa (Ramiro Rene) Alejandre, brothers, Alex Guerra, Mace Guerra, and Andrew (Maria Elena) Guerra. Rene is also survived by his wife, Dora Arevalo, and his stepchildren, Hortencia (Daniel) Garcia, Celia (Antonio) Villarreal, Angel (Raphael) Sotelo, Cory Zavala, and Santos (Amber) Zavala. 

Rene was a graduate of Robstown High in 1987 and worked for many years as a mechanic. He loved backyard BBQs and spending time with his family and friends. Rene was a good loyal friend to many in the small community of Robstown, Texas and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas from 2-6 PM with a service to celebrate Rene's life at 5 PM. 

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Edwin Ray Rothlisberger, 89, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022, following a long illness.  Edwin loved the Lord and being a choir leader in the church.  He also loved listening to music and dancing.  He is survived by his sons, Allen Rothlisberger of Odem, Chuck (Stephanie) Wood of Odem, Rick (Christina) Wood of Virginia, and Rodney Wood of Corpus Christi.  He is also survived by his daughters Pam (David) Metting of Odem and Janis (Bern) Prather of Camp Wood; his brothers Gerald Holubeck of Tynan, Texas; Larry Holubeck of New Braunfels, Texas; and Gary Holubeck of Skidmore, Texas; his daughter-in-law Sharon Rothlisberger of Sinton, 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.  Graveside services will be held at 10am Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem with Pastor Willis Moore officiating.

Mary Alice Moreno Martinez, 61, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 29, 2022. Mary Alice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was born on July 13,1960 in Sinton, Texas to Manuel and Dora Zuniga Moreno. She loved and enjoyed being a sponsor and mom for the Sinton High School Band for 28 years and enjoyed going on their band field trips. She also enjoyed working the concession stand on Friday night games. She will be truly missed. She is survived by her husband, Jessie Martinez of Sinton, her daughters, Monica Castillo of Portland and Stacey Salinas of Sinton, her brothers, Adolfo Galvan of Sinton and Manuel Moreno of Corpus Christi, her sisters, Gloria Buckner of Iowa, Mary Soto and Margie Moreno of San Antonio, Gloria Martinez, Mary Jane Perez, Alice Ebanez and Rita Rodriguez of Houston, her grandchildren, Steve, Jr., Marc, Adrian, Arianna, A.J., Mathew, Kimberly, Emily, Marcy, Miguel, Jr., Daniela and Julie, her great granddaughter, Aria Rose. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, May 2, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant.

Rose Marie Gomez-Jardon, (79), passed away peacefully April 23, 2022, alongside her loving family. Rose being a loving, wife (being widowed in 2001), grandmother, and friend to all, Her Strong Catholic faith along with becoming a Cursillistas in 1978. Preceding her in death is her husband, Jesus Jardon, her parents Leonardo & Enriqueta, her brother Jose "Angel" Gomez. Survived by her children, Mamie Jardon-Soto (Deceased Jesus David Soto), Doris Moreno (Jesus Moreno), Tomaz Jardon (Mary Jo Jardon), Herlinda Jardon-Palacios, her brothers, Adolfo Gomez (Leah), David Gomez (Olga), her grandchildren, Orlando Soto, David Soto, Jessica Soto, Jimmy Lee Moreno, Kristian Moreno, Amber Garcia, Brittany Jardon, Christopher Jardon, Marco Antonio Palacios II, Brianna Victoria Palacios, Nicholas Andres Palacios, her great grandchildren, Andrew Michael Soto, Mia Grace Soto, Ashton David Soto, Vada Rose Soto, Davidson Orion Soto, Harley Jade Soto, Caleb Lee Moreno, Blakely Grace Moreno, Paislee Lynn Moreno, Peyton Olivia Garcia, Dylan Garcia, Lauren Garcia, Chloe Rodriguez and Tristian Rodriguez. She will be missed dearly by her family and remembered for the love and care she memorialized amongst her family. Visiting times will be Monday, April 25, 2022, at 2:30 PM, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, all day with a rosary at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 11 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with burial following at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

Virginia Nell Gregorczyk Grice went home to the Lord on April 13, 2022. Virginia (Jenny as she was called by all that knew her) was born on December 4, 1938, in Papalote, Texas to Fannie Mae Van Ness and Boniface Lawrence Gregorczyk. She was the youngest of nine children. She married W.F. "Bud" Grice on September 15, 1956. They made their home in Sinton, Texas, and together they raised two children, Troy Dean Grice, and Tammy Ann (Grice) Zagorski. During their years together, Jenny and Bud enjoyed fishing the bays and river, and deer hunting in Colorado, numerous family vacations and spending time with their grandsons, Justin "Garrett" Jacks and Dylan Paul Catherman. Jenny is survived by her children, her son-in-law, William "Ski" Zagorski, Sr., her grandsons, her great-grandchildren, Cora Ann Jacks, Nola Kay Jacks, and Gideon Reeves Jacks, her sisters, Frances "Bill" Brown, Margie Paterson, and Shirley Raska, and her brother-in-law Raymond Raska, as well as many nieces and nephews. As were Jenny's wishes, a simple graveside service will be held Friday, April 22, 2022, at 11 AM at Sinton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. 

Romelia "Romy" Torres Molina, 68, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. She was born on August 1, 1953, in Sinton, Texas. There was nothing more important to Romy than her

family. She loved spending time with them. Romy had a contagious laugh, you couldn't help but laugh alongside of her, most of the times

making her the life of the party. She was very giving, kindhearted, spiritual and an amazing cook. Romy welcomed everyone with open arms,

even to complete strangers, she would talk and joke as if she's known them her whole life. She had this beauty and glow inside of her that

would just radiate a beautiful soul and woman that will be dearly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her parents, Victoria and

Cosme Torres, her husband, Rosalio Molina, her children, Debbie and Rosalio Molina, Jr., her brothers, Juan Torres, Max Torres and Joe

Torres and her sister, Virginia Martinez. She is survived by her children, Jacob and Jason Molina, her daughter, Desiree Liscano, her brothers, Cosme Torres, Jr., and John Cantu, her sisters, Blanca Guzman, Nora Gonzales, Arleen Torres and Melissa Guzman, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation was held on Friday, April 1, 2022, and Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

Genoveva Duran Ayala passed away at the age of 87 on Monday, March 28, 2022, in Corpus Christi. She was born to Mariano and Andrea Duran on December 9, 1934, in Edroy. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cornelio Ayala, her brother, Juan Duran, and her son, Efrain Fonseca. She is survived by her children, Teri (Antonio) Martinez of Edroy, Janie (Juan) Guerra of Katy, and Jorge (Carol) Ayala of New Braunfels, her daughter-in-law, Gloria Fonseca of Corpus Christi, her sister, Josie Camacho of Denver, Colo., five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

 

A devout Christian, Genoveva lived to serve, working as a caregiver in and around her hometown. She was also an active member of the Primera Iglesia Bautista in Edroy before moving to San Antonio. While there her work continued as a beloved member on the Methodist Hospital housekeeping staff. Genoveva enjoyed her time in San Antonio, regularly showing off the city to her visiting family, showing them around historic Market Square and the Riverwalk, especially around the holidays when the area was at its most colorful.

 

Recently, Genoveva lived at Windsor Calallen nursing home endearing herself to staff with song and laughter. The family would like to thank all the staff, especially her angels Angie, Lori, Crystal, and the unit five nurses at Windsor for their time and effort in making their beloved Ms. Ayala feel comfortable. Her hospice nurses, Abby and Theresa, showed great care and compassion for which the family will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org, an organization working to provide Alzheimer's care and accelerate research. A graveside celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 1 PM at the Edroy Cemetery where Genoveva will join the love of her life, Cornelio, in eternal rest. 

Humberto C. Vasquez, "Beto", 82, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022, after a short illness at Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline, Corpus Christi, Texas. He worked with numerous companies as a laborer, helper, sandblaster, and storekeeper. He enjoyed going out to eat and going riding around. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elvira C. Villarreal; father, Manuel R. Vasquez; step-father, Tomas Villarreal; brothers, Guadalupe "Tony" Vasquez from Kentucky and Valentin Vasquez from Sinton, Tx. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He loved his family and friends and will be dearly missed.

 

A viewing and rosary will be held on April 9, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel from 3 PM to 9 PM. The rosary will be at 7 PM. 

Elizabeth Sue Elsik McDaniel, 88, of Sinton, Texas, was called home by our Lord on March 14, 2022. Sue was born September 24, 1933, in Kingsville, Texas to Lula Parmley and Frank John Elsik. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Franklin (Bill) McDaniel, her parents, and her brother, F. J. Elsik. Sue and Bill were high school sweethearts at Henrietta M. King High School in Kingsville, Texas. They married on September 18, 1954 and were both graduates of Texas A& I University. Sue was an accounting major and administrative assistant to the University President. She was also a member of Beta Gamma sorority and the Wesley Foundation. 

Bill and Sue moved to Sinton in 1957 and started a family. Sue taught various grade levels within Sinton I.S.D., with teaching office education in the high school as her favorite. She was a strong Christian and instilled those values in her family. They joined the First United Methodist Church upon moving to Sinton. Throughout their lives they remained faithful and dedicated members. Sue was active in United Methodist Women and served the church in many capacities over the past 65 years. Sue loved hunting and fishing with Bill, gardening, cooking, volunteering, and spending time at the Elsik beach property on Baffin Bay. But she especially loved her role as "Granny" to her seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Sue was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend. She and Bill had a special relationship, and these two high school sweethearts are now reunited. 

Sue is survived by her sister, Jean Elsik Prejean of Kingsville; her daughter Laurie Collins (Chris) of Houston, daughter Leslie Martin (Bob) of Plano, and son Patrick McDaniel (Stephanie) of Sinton; grandchildren, Allie Martin Floyd (Walter), Trey Martin (Rachel), Rachel Collins Kronzer (Corey), Amanda Collins, Wesley McDaniel, Matthew Collins, and Nolan McDaniel; and her great-granddaughter, Reese Anne Floyd. A reception honoring and celebrating Sue's life will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Sinton, Texas on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Friends are invited to join the family in the Fellowship Hall from 11:30 to 1 PM. Honoring Sue's wishes, a private family memorial service will be held at another time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Sinton, Texas. 

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William "Bill" Kastner, 79, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 after a long illness. Bill had been employed as a maintenance supervisor for Odem-Edroy I.S.D. He enjoyed woodwork, yard work and bossing people around. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Sylvia Kastner, his sons, Curtis Kastner of Odem and Mark Kastner of Lampasas, Tx ,his sister, Jeannette Kocurek of New Braunfels, Tx, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Friday, March 25, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Rev. Willis Moore officiating. The family requests that masks be worn at the service.

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Michelina (Lina) Maria Carrogu-Rocha, 73, of Odem, Texas passed away on March 16, 2022, after a long illness. Michelina was born on October 1, 1948, to Paola and Nicolino Carrogu in Bulzi, Sardegena. Michelina attained her GED at Chanute AFB, Ranatoul, IL. In 1969, Michelina met Fernando Rocha Jr. and wed on February 14, 1971, going on to have one child, Nickalos A. Rocha. Michelina was a 35-year dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus, having taught Religious Education for 20 years. Michelina loved volunteering at Driscoll Children's Hospital for 20 years. Michelina is predeceased by her parents (Paola Fiori and Nicolino Carrogu). Michelina is survived by Fernando Rocha Jr. (husband), Nickalos A. Rocha (son, and wife, Chelynne Chuc), Salvatorre Carrogu (brother), Severeno Carrogu (brother), Paulo Carrogu (brother), and Giovannina Manunta (sister). Visitation will be held Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 AM, Monday, March 21, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George officiating. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi at 11 AM. 

Francisco "Pancho" A. Castillo, Sr.,89, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 16,2022. Francisco was born on November 14, 1932, in Anson, Texas to Gilberto Castillo, Sr. and Nicolasa Alvira. Francisco enjoyed fishing and doing woodwork. He loved playing dominos and especially loved the Dallas Cowboys. He also maintained and cleaned the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Idolina Castillo, his daughter, Norma Castillo Garcia, his brothers, Eladio Castillo, Sr., Estanislado Castillo, Sr., Jose Castillo, Craciano Castillo and Gilbert Castillo, Jr., his sisters, Guadalupe Martinez and Maria Quintanilla. He is survived by his loving family, his daughter, Yolanda (Pablo) Rodriguez, his sons, Frank (Mollie) Castillo, Jr. and Michael (Rosemary) Castillo, 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM, Friday, March 18, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a holy mass to follow at 10:00 AM with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. The family requests that masks be worn at the rosary and the mass.

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Michael Douglass Shipman was born January 25, 1939, in El Paso, Texas, to Jimmy and Ruth Shipman. He passed away March 14, 2022, at 3 PM. Shortly after starting to school, his family moved to Lubbock, Texas. He completed his education at Texas Tech with two degrees. Immediately upon graduating from Texas Tech, he joined Uncle Sam in the Army during the Korean War. He was in the Army two years and two years in the Army Reserves and was discharged a Sargent. He was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. (I asked him if it was hard becoming a Mason and he said extremely hard!) 

After leaving the Army, he was hired by Kroger and managed a Kroger grocery store in Dallas, Texas. He had some humorous stories and some serious experiences to tell. He moved to Houston and worked for Crown Zellerbach, a large company headquartered in California. He worked for several companies, always in sales. He worked for Royal Paper Company that had over 80 salesmen. Each year end the company had a sales party announcing different sales awards. Mike won Salesman of the Year five years in a row. He lost the sixth year to a company that had twelve salesmen. He congratulated the men and then said he would beat them the next year, and he did! 

He and his wife, Betty, moved to Kerrville, Texas, where they started their own company, Mike Shipman and Associates. They had five salesmen working for them and his territory included five different states. Mike had a stroke in 2009 and was unable to continue his business. Mike and Betty moved to Odem, Texas, in 2010, Betty's hometown where she was born and had numerous family that she could depend on for help in taking care of Mike. Mike had two sons - Michael Douglass Shipman II and wife, and Bryan Stephen Shipman and wife, Ivana. He had three grandsons, Michael Douglass Shipman III, James Mathew Shipman, and John Michael Shipman, one great grandson, and one great granddaughter. He had two stepdaughters, Dian Kay Oppel and Connie Lynn Hunter, eight step grandchildren, and eleven step great grandchildren. He had several cousins and numerous friends. If you were fortunate enough to have known Mike, you would never forget him. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem. 

Dorothy Boscamp Lightfoot, 89, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Dorothy was born March 29, 1932, to the late Arthur and Carrie Boscamp in Sinton, Texas. She grew up in Sinton and graduated from Sinton High School with the class of 1949. Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Evans Lightfoot who preceded her in death. Dorothy was a devoted housewife and loving mother. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Judy Lightfoot Krohne, her sister, Pauline Boscamp Stewart and her niece, Brenda Dyer Englebert. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Clinton Boscamp and Bobbie Boscamp. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Sinton Cemetery.

Ricardo Villarreal, 75, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 3, 2022. He was born on April 19, 1946, in Sinton, Texas to Abraham and Cristela Villarreal. He had been employed for Texas Wilbert Vault for 26 years and 10 years for Ortiz Security. He enjoyed participating in his favorite hobbies, Crossroads of Texas Living History Association in Victoria, Texas, Texas Pioneer Muzzleloader of Corpus Christi, and volunteering at Presidio-La Bahia in Goliad, Texas and horseback riding. He is preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Cristela Villarreal, Sr., his daughter, Ronny Jo Villarreal Hunt, his brothers, Savas Villarreal and Abraham Villarreal, Jr. He is survived by his loving family, his wife Petra Villarreal, his daughter, Molly (Jesse) Ortiz, sons, Israel (Christine) Villarreal, Eric Villarreal, Joseph Villarreal, Daniel Villarreal, Jose Villarreal, Juan (Anna) Villarreal, Willy (Veronica) Villarreal, Eric Jordan Villarreal, Ricky Villarreal and Henry (Stephanie) Villarreal, grandchildren, Joshua Richard (Stephanie) Ortiz, Marissa (Chris) Ortiz-Ceballos, Justin Ortiz, Lorenzo Villarreal, Cecilia Villarreal, Madeline (Maddy) Hunt, Juhvana Villarreal, Roman Villarreal, Marcos Villarreal, Luciano Villarreal, Anthony Villarreal, Jacob Villarreal, Benjamin Villarreal, Aracelie Villarreal, Zack Villarreal, Ava Villarreal, Kenneth Villarreal and Kaimen Villarreal, great grandchildren, Mindy Ceballos, Addison Ceballos and Judson Ortiz, his brother, Juan Jose (Elva) Villarreal, numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 2 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church in Odem with Pastor Harold officiating. Pallbearers will be Joshua Ortiz, Justin Ortiz, Lorenzo Villarreal, Benjamin Villarreal, Andy Hunt and Savas Villarreal, Jr., honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Villarreal and Judson Villarreal. Services will conclude at the church. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and at the church.

Ernesto "Ernest" R. Silvas, Jr., 75, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 4,2022. Ernest was born on October 21, 1946, in Mathis, Texas to Ernesto R. Silvas, Sr. and Dolores R. Rodriguez. He had been employed as a park supervisor by the city of Sinton. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Emilio Silvas, his sisters, Alicia Muniz and Linda Dominguez. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Estella Silvas of Sinton, his sons, Jerry (Linda) Silvas of Fate, Texas, Ernesto (Susan) Silvas, III of San Antonio, Richard (Alba) Silvas of Sinton and Anthony (Joeniva) Silvas of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Mary Jane (Ernest) Gutierrez of Odem and Krystal (Abel) Sanchez of Portland, his sisters, Lydia Martinez of Odem, Rachel Muniz of Garland and Esmeralda Hernandez of Sinton, 20 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 2-9 PM on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday, March 8,2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. The family would like to give thanks to the Spohn Shoreline staff who took very good care of their loved one. Also, a big thank you to all their family and friends for their love and support. The family requests that masks be worn during the visitation, rosary, and at the mass.