Porfirio Ochoa Aguirre, born on October 6, 1935, in the rustic town of Tuleta, Tx. His kindred spirit was greeted with open arms by God on October 9, 2020, at the age of 85 surrounded by his loved ones in Sinton, Tx after an arduous battle with multiple complications. He was very independent and a Proud Texan, but when wondering where he was you could seldom never find him too far from Whataburger or Taqueria Vallarta's. He looked forward to sharing local news with his friends over a cup of coffee every morning. He was incredibly loyal and gracious with everyone he met. He was a certified Deacon at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church where he was an ever-trustworthy follow of Jesus Christ. He worked as a driller in the oil field industry for 30 years and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He is preceded in death by his wife, Irma Amador Aguirre, and his parents, Luis Aguirre and Barbarita Ochoa, his siblings Jose Angel Aguirre, Nicolas Aguirre, and Gloria Andrade. He is survived by his brothers, Jacinto (Lupe) of Pettus, Tx, and Mark (Trini) of Houston, Tx, and sisters, Lois Aguirre Benavidez, Mary Aguirre Castilla, and Delfina (Fidel) Garcia all also of Houston, Tx. His sons Joe Luis, with Maria Zapata Aguirre (d. 1973) of Kingsville, Tx, Roy Martinez of Dallas, Tx, Michael Tobar (Jennifer) of Sinton, Tx, and Israel Aguirre of Austin, Tx. His daughters, Brenda Gutierrez (Anthony) and Priscilla Gonzalez (Juan) of Austin, Tx, and Elizabeth "Liz" of Sinton, Tx. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He loved to be outside in nature tending to his countless animals, fixing fences, clearing brush, and any other small task he could do...as long as it was outside. He was a follower of the Sinton Pirates and always enjoyed watching their football, baseball, and especially softball games. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 1 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a memorial service being held at 7 PM. Internment date and time to be announced.
Jesus David Soto, 62, was born on April 26, 1958, and passed away on October 8, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paula and Jose Soto, brothers, Richard Soto, Jose Soto, Jr., and Pedro Rodriguez. Jesse was raised in Edroy, Texas, and was a graduate of Odem High School in 1976. He married the love of his life, Mamie Ann Soto, in 1978. They birth three children, Orlando Soto of Odem, David (Alma) Soto of Houston, and Jessica (Marisol) Soto of Odem. Jesse had six grandchildren, Andrew Michael Soto, Ashton David Soto, Trenton Zane Garces, Vada Rose Soto, Mia Grace Soto, and Davidson Orion Soto. Jesse loved his family, cooking, and humor everybody loved. He was a big fan of the Houston Astros and the Dallas Cowboys. Jesse used his cooking and food to bring family and friends together. He had many friends and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He also had many brothers and sisters. He is survived by Esperanza Benavidez, Lupe Rodriguez, Ascencion Cordova (Concha), Nancy Samudio, Edelmira Rodriguez, Marcelo Soto, Elvia Velandia, Erminia Zamora, and Alvina Arriaga. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020 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 Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Richard Gutierrez as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Edroy Cemetery in Edroy.
Jose Gutierrez, 98, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Jose was a lifelong resident of Odem and was a self-employed tire repairman. He was a US Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Maria C.Gutierrez of Odem, his sons, Gustavo Gomez and Gabriel Gomez, Jr. of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Debbie Serrano, Baudelia (Frank) Bargas, and Concepcion (Richard) Barrera of Odem, Janie (CJ) Edwards and Elia Hernandez of Corpus Christi,10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Tuesday, September 29,2020, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 12 PM Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Graveside services were held at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi with full military honors.
Rita Dominguez, age 33, passed away on September 19, 2020 in Edroy, Texas. Rita was born January 24, 1987 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She grew up in the Odem-Edroy community where she graduated High School and served for 10 years as an altar server for our Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She had received her Associates from Del Mar College and was currently continuing her education for her Bachelor's degree. She was working as the Executive Assistant at Post Acute Medical. Rita always made her grand entrance in style at all occasions with her radiant personality and heart of bling and leopard print. There wouldn't be a time where didn't love shopping and going out with her friends and family. She adored and enjoyed spending time with her niece and nephew. She is survived by her maternal grandmother Jesusa Martinez, her parents, Daniel and Belia Dominguez, her two brothers, Daniel ( Tracy ) and John ( Miranda ) one niece, Brooklyn, and one nephew, Jaxon. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home and 6 PM to 9 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, September 25, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at Edroy Cemetery.
Michael Anthony Ruiz, 36, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020. He was born on May 8, 1984 in Sinton, Texas to Sandra Perez and Michael Ruiz. He is survived by his mother, Sandra Cano of Amarillo, his father, Michael Ruiz of Houston, his stepfather, David Joseph Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, his brother, David Joseph Rodriguez of California, his stepsister, Stephanie Ruiz of Humble and his maternal grandmother, Eva Adkins of Beeville, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 9, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Following the mass the family will have a visitation from 1 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.
On Sunday evening, September 27th, God welcomed Alicia Sanchez into his Kingdom. She had a sudden and brief illness. For the six days that she was in the hospital, she appreciated all of the love and prayers sent her way. Alicia was a lifelong resident of Odem and she was a strong Christian hardworking woman who loved and cared for her family deeply. She prayed and blessed all her family members daily. She will be dearly missed but we know she is now resting and at peace in heaven. She had been a lifelong resident of Odem. She was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesus and Cruz Chapa, her brothers, Francisco, Estevan and Tomas, and her sisters, Jesusa Aranda and Anita Garza. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Reymundo Sanchez of Odem, her daughter,Nora ( Rick ) Romero of Odem, her sons,Oscar ( Mauny ) of Odem, Ray ( Carmen ) of Bovina and Kris ( Elizabeth ) of Corpus Christi, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, her brother, Benito ( Mary Lou ) Chapa of Aurora, Illinois, her sisters, Leonor Garcia, Maria Cruz ( Jessie ) Corona and Eva Garcia all of Houston, numerous nieces and nephews. Per her request, her life will be honored and remembered with a private ceremony for her immediate family only.
Cresencio "Chris" G. Garcia, III, 47, of Sinton, Texas passed away at his home in Sinton on September 15, 2020. Cresencio is survived by his daughters Karolyn Garcia, Kristin ( Jesus ) Madden, Katie Garcia, Elsa Garcia, Emma Garcia, Nina Garcia, sons, Cresencio Garcia, IV, Rocco Garcia, Ivan Garcia, parents, Cresencio Garcia, Jr. and Elena Garcia, sisters, Gillian ( Tom ) Harrison, Elsa ( Joey ) Davila, brother Lionel Garcia, grandchildren, Kameron Madden, Clarissa Madden, Elijah Madden and a loving extended family. Chris was born on June 27, 1973 in Sinton, Texas. He worked as a lineman for many years, in 2005 he worked through the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina to aid in the restoration of power in Mississippi. Along with his career as a lineman, Chris was always "hustling" and developed many skills. There was never a task that he wasn't determined to tackle on his own. Within moments he would transform into a mechanic, plumber, welder, writer, builder and cook ( mostly barbeque ). He had a love for fishing, treasure hunting on the beach, playing cards, and ensuring he was the life of the party, making jokes every chance he got. Especially teasing everyone by saying "you got my money punk?" Chris enjoyed every genre of music and movies under the sun and wasn't afraid to be challenged in video games or to hop on a longboard, he truly had a love for life. His young spirit, stubbornness, determination, and love will forever live on in his children. Visitation will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 from 3PM to 9PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.