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Rebecca Reese Ramirez was born June 19, 2020 and gained her wings peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in her home. Her time on this Earth may have been short but she filled the hearts of her family with an abundance of love and happiness with her beautiful brown eyes, gorgeous hair, and infectious smile. She loved being held by her mommy and daddy but she especially loved the hugs and kisses from her big brother. Rebecca is survived by her parents, Roger and Karina Ramirez, her loving big brother, Theodore Roger Ramirez, her maternal grandparents, Alejandro Rodriguez of Edroy, Texas, Dorothy Martinez Rodriguez of Edroy, Texas, paternal grandmother, Sandra Calvo of Corpus Christi, Texas, grandparents, Rogelio and Cristina Ramirez of Midland, Texas. Open visitation was held Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. The Ramirez family is grateful for all the love and support they have received from family and friends.

 

Matthew James Reyna, 16, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019. He was a student at Odem-Edroy High School. He is survived by his parents, Santiago, III and Kimberly Reyna of Edroy, his sisters, Kayla Reyna, Mariah Reyna and Jordan Reyna of Edroy, his paternal grandparents, Santiago, Jr. and Mary Lou Reyna of Odem, his maternal grandparents, Nelda Melendez of Corpus Christi and Jose De Leon of California, his nephew, Ethan Reyna  and his niece, Raelynn Villarreal. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant.

 

Helen Anna Richter, 91, died August 14,2016. Now with the Lord, she has rejoined her beloved husband, Paul, who predeceased her four years ago. Helen was born on July 12, 1925, in Taylor, Texas, to Albert and Ludmila Gola. Helen was an active member of Sacred Heart Church. She enjoyed being involved in all of the church's fundraisers, funeral dinners, and served on the Parish Council. Helen especially loved working on the beautiful quilts made by the Sacred Heart Quilting club until her health prevented her from participating anymore. Besides quilting, Helen loved reading, gardening, playing Bunco and dominoes. Helen goes home to the Lord to reunite with her Husband, Paul; son, Henry Lee; grandson, Aron Allan; and parents, Albert Gola, and Henry and Ludmila Michalik. Helen leaves behind to cherish her memories one daughter, Patricia Olson of Corpus Christi; three sons Richard Richter of Corpus Christi; Charles Richter (Penny) of Mathis; Randal Richter (Sabina) of Sinton; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and her beloved "Kitties", Skillet, Nubbin, and Big Boy. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Adam Richter, Kevin Olson, Bryan Richter, Randal Richter, Richard Richter, III, and Jason Smith. Helen's family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all her caregivers, Chaplain Tim Henson, and New Century Hospice who ministered to our mother in her final years. Their compassion and concern were blessings to all involved. Services were held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Rev. Andrew Hejdak officiating. Viewing began Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Viewing was also held at 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at The Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by the rosary, with Holy Mass starting at 10:00 A.M. Services will conclude at the church. At her request burial will be private. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in her name to an animal shelter of your choice. As we celebrate her life and shed tears in our grief, we rejoice knowing that our father and our mother are together once again in heaven. 

 

Judith LaJuan Rittiman, 87, passed from this life on March 30, 2016. She was a registered nurse, a past International Council President of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and more importantly, a member of the Borden Street Church of Christ in Sinton. She was devoted to her husband, Melross, for 54 years before his death in 2003. They spent many hours side by side in the operating room of the Ewing Hospital in Sinton, Texas. After they retired, they spent much time together playing golf and traveling. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Yates, her son Chuck (Kathy) of Sinton and her son, Michael of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was predeceased by three brothers, John Carroll, Don and Jack Snowden, son-in-law Joe Yates, and one great grandson, Douglas Carawan. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jay (Stacy) Yates, Meagan (Doug) Carawan, Jenell (Ray) Cole, Ross ( Lyndsey) Rittiman and Meredith (Tommy) Bowers, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving her are numerous sorority sisters. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St.Jude Children's Research Hospital. Judy's favorite charity. The address is 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Services were conducted on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Borden Street Church of Christ. The family received visitors before the services at 1:00PM in the church building. Interment followed at Palms Memorial Gardens between Taft and Gregory.

 

Manuel S. Rivera, 80, was called home on Sunday, March 26, 2017 where he was greeted at the gates of heaven by his son Cristobal, who preceded him in death. Manuel was born on September 21,1936 in Taft,Texas to Porfirio and Flora Saenz Rivera. His mom passed when Manuel was very young, and he was later raised by his loving step-mother, Juanita. He had 11 siblings; Leonardo, Arnulfo, Angelina, Eduardo, Alfredo, Ruben, Javier, Leticia, Roberto, Andres and Michael He attended schools in Taft and later served in the U.S.Army for two years. He married the love of his life, Elida Ortiz of Sinton on December 26,1958. Manuel worked in the auto parts business for over 40 years and later at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church until he retired in 2012. He was a very quiet, humble and kind man, as well as a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan. He leaves behind to continue his love and legacy his devoted wife Elida, daughter, Flora Trujillo (Benito), daughter-in-law Esmeralda Rivera (Cristobal) his 8 grandchildren who fondly called him "Welo", Benjamin, Michael (Kayla), Matthew (Brittany), Monica (Rolando Saldana), Melinda Trujillo, Gabriel, Erika and Tanya Rivera (Joseph Aceves) and his 10 great-grandchildren who always put a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes, Bethany, Jasiah, Raelynn, Hayden, Chase, RJ, Addie Jo, Christian, Braxton and Christiano. A rosary was recited at 6:00PM Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral mass was celebrated at 2:00PM Friday, March 31, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Paul Rajareegam as celebrant. Funeral arrangements entrusted with Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.

 

Juan Gomez Rodriguez, 70, born on May 15,1945, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife Odilia Rodriguez, father Gregorio Rodriguez, his mother Josefa Gomez Rodriguez, his brothers, Martin and Jose, his sisters Pauline Rodriguez and Petra Blanco. He is survived by his brother Pablo (Yolanda) Rodriguez, his sister Margarita Flores and special grandniece Enola Cordova and a special friend Stephanie Garza. He was a former employee of the South Texas Health System for three years and a former employee of the United States Postal Service for 29 years. He was a Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Commendation medal plus other military medals. He was a lifelong member of American Legion of Rockport,Texas, the VFW of Ingleside, Texas and the Disabled American Veterans of Texas. He was a 1964 honor graduate of Sinton High School and a 1966 graduate of Del Mar College. He received his BBA degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville in 1974. He was loved by family members and friends and he will be missed dearly. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Monday, December 21, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Paul Rajareegam celebrant. Interment followed at 12:00PM at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

 

Manuela Zamudio Rodriguez, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt and friend passed away August 16, 2015. She was born May 19, 1916 to the late Julian and Apolonia Zamudio, she was the last surviving child of six children. Dona Manuelita was a long time resident of Odem,Tx. and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Guadalupanas and acursillista. She was a loyal Odem Owls and Dallas Cowboys (Los Estrellas as she would say) fan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felipe Rodriguez,Sr., daughter Marina Rodriguez, her son Mayor Jessie

Rodriguez, Sr., daughter Liceria Chapa, grandson Gerardo Salinas, four brothers, one sister, several nieces and nephews. She is survived by her son Felipe (Elsie) Rodriguez, Jr., daughters, Lupe (Ricardo) Salinas, Delores and Janie Rodriguez and daughter-in-law Delia Rodriguez, numerous grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11:00AM Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons Gus Salinas, Jessie Rodriguez, Jr., Felipe (Phillip) Rodriguez,III, Jonah Rodriguez, Carlos Garza and Thomas Chapa,Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be great grandsons, Jessie Rodriguez, III, Christian Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez and Gus (L.G.) Salinas.

 

Pedro Rodriguez, Sr., 84, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 following a long illness. He served as Pct. 3 Commissioner for San Patricio County until his retirement in 2006, he served as a council member for the City of Odem for two terms, served as a school board member for Odem-Edroy I.S.D. for 15 years and served as Director for the San Patricio County Community Action Agency for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Irma Rodriguez of Sinton,his sons, Pete (Lupita) Rodriguez, Jr. of Odem, Danny (Israel) Rodriguez of San Antonio and Richard Rodriguez of Odem, his daughters, Gracie Torres, Leticia (Vivi) Pizana and Lisa (Marcos) Rodriguez of Odem,his sister, Martina (Manuel) De Ruedo 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Tuesday, June 23,2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday,June 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Faustino Romero, 79, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 after a short illness. He was a Veteran and former employee of Union Pacific Railroad. He is survived by his two daughters Lisa Beavers and Tina Buffa, both of Sinton, three sisters, Lolie Shewey, Alice Waddle, and Mary Elena Evans, and two Grandchildren. A rosary was recited Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7 P.M. at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Chapel. A Christian service was held at 12 P.M. Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. 

 

Arah Sue Roth, was larger than life. She was born in Corpus Christi,Texas on July 31,1946 and passed away Easter Sunday from a year long battle with cancer April 16, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Roth. What an amazing gift she passed into the arms of Jesus on the very day we celebrate His victory over death. She was a proud member of the Daughter's of the Republic of Texas and had a love for family, friends, neighbor's children, animals,  quilting and knives. She is survived by her two daughters, Sheila Roth Carter (Michael Carter) and Sherry Roth Elshaug, (Aaron Elshaug)  four grandchildren, Raquel Gage, Matthew Carter, Bjorn Elshaug and Ingrid Elshaug and one great granddaughter, Isla Gage. She was very much loved and will be greatly missed.May she rest in peace. Visitation was held on Friday, April 21,2017 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM with the family receiving friends from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services were held at 1:00PM Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Willis Moore officiating. Interment followed.

 

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.

 

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Arturo Saldana, 50, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018. He was a longtime resident of Sinton and had been employed as a farmer. He is survived by his sons, Mark Anthony Saldana and Arturo Saldana, Jr., his daughter, Kimberly Ann Saldana, his brother Daniel Garcia, his sisters, Modesta (Arturo) Cordova and Orlanda Hinojosa all of Sinton and one grandchild. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Friday, May 11, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Ricardo G. Salinas, was born to Gabriel and Cruz (Gonzales) Salinas the 22nd of August 1933, in Saint Paul, Texas. He passed away January 21, 2020 after a long illness at the age of 86 at his home in Odem, Texas surrounded by his loved ones. On May 26, 1963, he was married to Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodriguez in Odem where he lived the majority of his life. Ricardo was a retired diesel mechanic and truck driver. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was one of the organizers and members of the civic organization known as the Odem-Edroy Care Club during its existence and being a devout Catholic, was a parishioner of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church of Odem. He was active until his failing health prevented his participation. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Gerardo, two brothers, Gabriel and Alejandro, and his sister, Elida. Survivors include his wife, Guadalupe, daughter, Veronica who resides in Miami, Florida and son, Gustavus (Gus) of Corpus Christi, five grandchildren, Julianna Salinas and Colby Cavitt, Richard (Kassidy) De La Garza, Ananda Salinas and Gustavus Salinas, Jr. (LG) and three great-grandchildren, Clifford and Birdie Cavitt and Issa De La Garza. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, January 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery with full military honors.

 

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 was honored and remembered with a private ceremony for her immediate family only.

 

Georgia Agnes Martinka Schmidt, 91, went to her heavenly home with the Lord on Saturday, January 13, 2018. She was born on January 8, 1927 in rural West St.Paul, San Patricio County, Texas to Peter Martinka and Mary Anna Krchnak. Georgia was born to a large Catholic Czech farming family. The Martinka, Vanecek and Rozypal Families moved to San Patricio County from Williamson County in the mid 1920's. Georgia started school in 1933 at the Miculastic School, a rural country school located about 5 miles west of St.Paul. Georgia spent several years in Vattman near Riviera living with her eldest sister, Lillie and attended Vattman School. The family endured the hardships of the Great Depression. Georgia graduated from Sinton High School in 1946. Following graduation after WWII, she helped with the family and farm. Georgia married William Schmidt in 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton. They met after the war at a Catholic Youth Dance in San Patricio. Shortly after their wedding, they purchased a farm from Georgia's cousin, George Vanecek, and made it their homestead for 71 years. Georgia worked tirelessly to turn the homestead into a home and she and William raised nine children on the farm. Later in life, the two enjoyed spending time there with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Georgia also assisted William during his agricultural career engaging in the production of hogs, cattle, hay, silage, vegetables, cotton and grain. They were innovative farmers in the forefront of activities such as irrigation, custom grain harvesting and vegetable production. In 1972, Georgia and William took over operation of Pete's Place and after a fire in 1974, rebuilt the establishment as Schmidt's Country Store, which they operated until their retirements in 2007 at the age of 80. Georgia was known as a friendly, caring, loving and helpful person. Everyone was a friend. She enjoyed painting, dancing, dominoes, canning, cooking and especially, family life on the farm. As a lifelong Catholic, she was diligent in her service to the Catholic Church. For many years, Georgia was the Schmidt Family matriarch and loved spending time with her large family. She was a member of the Greatest Generation, weathered the Great Depression and World War II, lived her whole life on a farm and exemplified the American Dream. But above all, she served her Lord, Jesus Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents. Peter and Mary Martinka, husband, William Schmidt, sisters, Lillie, Theresa, and Bernice, brothers. Paul, Rudy and Lewis and son, Randy. She was the last member of a family generation that included 110 first cousins. She is survived by daughters, Mandy (Gwynn) Senf of Sinton, Macy (David) Culpepper of Sinton, sons, William III (Gayle) of Richmond, Texas, Louis (Carol) of Tuleta, Texas, David of West St.Paul, Allan of West St.Paul, Lawrence (Loretta) of Ardmore, OK and Robert (Robin) of Sinton. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Joan Winsauer of Odem. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Chad Schmidt, Casey Schmidt, Wesley Schmidt, Andrew Schmidt, Randal Schmidt, Richard Schmidt, David Schmidt and Kenneth Schmidt. A holy rosary was recited at 6 PM Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:30 AM Friday, January 19, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed at Sinton Cemetery.

Maria Yolanda (DeLeon) Segovia, age 69, left us on Friday, May 25, 2018. Since her birth in Sinton, Tx till her death, she has been a contributing member of the community. She was born and raised in Sinton, Texas, the fifth child born to Lino O. DeLeon and Aurrora DeLeon. There she attended and graduated from Sinton ISD. She then attended Delmar College, and worked for the San Patricio County News. She then married her high school sweetheart, Juan Manuel "Johnny" Segovia in 1969 while he served in the United States Air Force. One could say they were true soul mates from the moment they were born. Having been born on the same day, at the same hospital, and in the same town back in 1949. When Yolanda returned to her hometown, she showed her generosity and commitment with over 40 years of service with Sinton ISD. Left to honor Yolanda and remember her love are her Husband, Johnny Segovia , her three daughters , Melissa (Steve) Sepeda, Sandra (Roger) Rocha, and Lori (Richard) Painter; her five grandchildren Hallie Nicole Sepeda, Deric Jon Rocha, Mia Aurora Painter, Abigayle Kalin Rocha, and Adam Preslley Painter. She was also survived by six sisters Guadalupe Salinas, Alice Castillo, Mary Lerma, Minerva Amador, Irene Herrera, and Janie Gonzalez and one brother Lino DeLeon. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lino O. DeLeon, Aurora (Hernandez) DeLeon, and a grandson, Jonathan Steven Sepeda. Services were open to the public beginning May 31, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. and a rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. Friday, June 1, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 A.M. Saturday, June 2,2018 at Sacred Heart Cathoilc Church in Sinton. Interment followed in the Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Modesta Riojas Segovia, 93, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 21, 2017 surrounded by her family following a sudden illness. She was well known in the community of Sinton where she was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a member of the Crusillistas. She always welcomed her children and friends and always had an abundance of food for them to enjoy.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Candelario Segovia, her sons,Candelario Segovia,Jr. and David Segovia, her son-in-law, Andy Gomez and her grandsons, Candelario Segovia,III, J.D.Segovia and Jonathan Segovia, her brothers, Adan and Adolfo Riojas and her sisters,Estella Flores and Elidia Martin. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Ronnie (Linda) Segovia of Taft, Johnny (Yolanda) Segovia, Daniel (Sylvia) Segovia and Salvador "Chava" (Sandra) Segovia of Sinton, her daughters, Angelica "Terry" Gomez of Taft, Elva (Joe) Pereida of Portland, Joyce (Brian) Powell of Austin and Dolores (Eliseo) Lopez of Houston, her brother, Richard Riojas of Corpus Christi, her sisters, Eva Rivas and Emma Garcia of Corpus Christi, Linda Marple and Irene Ochoa of San Antonio, 26 grand-children, 34 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Wednesday, December 27,2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, December 28,2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jacob Segovia, Jose Pereida, Shane Segovia, Christopher Dominguez, Andy Gomez and Ryan Segovia.

 

Wanda "Pee Wee" Louise Senf, 90, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Gwynn N. Senf, her son, John Elton Senf and two grandchildren, Katie Senf and Shamus Senf. She is survived by her sons, Gwynn Andrew Senf of Sinton, Robert Allen Senf of La Vernia and James Paul Senf of Austin, her sister, Estelle Roberts of Illinois, 9 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. No services are planned.

 

Toribio "Toby" Serna Jr., 46, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 following a long illness. He was born on June 1, 1969 in Sinton, Texas where he was raised. He attended Sinton schools and was last employed by the city of Sinton as a maintenance man. He is survived by his sons,Toribio Serna III and Joshua Serna of Sinton, his sister, Brandie Vargas of Sinton, his brother, Francisco Serna of Dallas, his aunt Sulema
Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, cousins and friends. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM
Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:00AM Monday, August 3, 2015 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Patrick Serna as celebrant. 

 

Felipe G. Serrano, 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, on the third anniversary of his wife's passing, following a long illness. Felipe was born in Gonzales, Texas and had been a lifelong resident of Sinton. He had been a longtime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and had been employed by J.C. Weaver Construction until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita M.Serrano, his parents,Tomas and

Candelaria Serrano, two sons, Guadalupe Garza and Andres Serrano, one daughter, Maida DeLeon and his siblings. He is survived by his loving family, his sons Pedro Garza and Ismael Serrano of Corpus Christi, Felipe Serrano Jr. and Candelario Serrano of Sinton and Gabriel Serrano of Van Vleck, Texas, his daughters, Dora Ramirez of Skidmore, Aida Lopez, Patricia Serrano, Irma Rodriguez and Diana Chapa of Sinton, Maria Anita Soliz of Michigan and Isabel Mayuex of Louisiana, his brother Panfilo Serrano of Richmond, Texas and his sister, Jesusa Alaniz of Sinton, 28 grandchildren, 30 great grand-children, 7 great great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Friday, January 22, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:00AM Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Patrick Serna as celebrant.

 

​Victor Torres Serrano, 73, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019.He was a retired US Army veteran who served his country. He is preceded in death by his mother Lina Torres Serrano and his brother, Reynaldo Serrano. He is survived by his father, Panfilo Serrano of Corpus Christi, his sons, Benjamin Hart Serrano of Dallas and David Lee Serrano of Monterrey Park, California, his daughter, Tarifa Serrano Lopez of Jonesboro, Tx, his brothers, Pedro Serrano of Three Rivers, Adolfo Serrano and Nick Serrano of Houston, his sisters, Jovita Pardo and San Juanita Quintanilla of Sinton, Maria Garza of Palestine and Isabel Garcia of Houston and six grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 6 PM Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:30 AM Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment followed at 11 AM at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

 

Robert William Simpson, age 91, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2016. Robert was a kind, generous, loving and happy man who will be greatly missed by his friends and family.  Born June 9,1924 in Beaumont, he spent most of his childhood in Rockport and San Antonio. After serving in the Army in the Philippines during World War II, he settled in Corpus Christi, where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Margaret Simpson. In 1967, Robert, Margaret and their three children moved to Portland where he spent the remainder of his life. Robert enjoyed a varied career, first selling sporting goods and athletic equipment to schools throughout South Texas, then working as Inspector of Boxing and Wrestling for the Texas Department of Labor and Standards. Robert enjoyed sharing many colorful stories about his time as inspector, meeting many well-known boxers and wrestlers of his time. Robert was a devoted and cheerful family man. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren. Even though he did not have the opportunity to meet his great granddaughter in person, he loved hearing updates and seeing pictures and videos, which he shared with all his visitors. Robert was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, son John, parents Francis and May Simpson, and brothers, Charles Simpson and Francis Simpson. He is survived by his son, Robert (Mary) Simpson of Fort Davis, daughter, Rebecca (Chris) Pease of Lacombe, Louisiana, three grandchildren, Allison Pease (Drew Dittmer) of Lubbock, Emily Pease of Austin and Dylan Simpson-Wilk of Portland and his great granddaughter Hazel Margaret Dittmer of Lubbock. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Clare Gilmore, Lee Johnson, Madonna Moore, Christy Evans and Israel Blanco of Christus Hospice and Dr. Lee Sang and his staff for their extraordinary care during Robert's prolonged illness. We will always remember the kindness and comfort they provided to Robert and the entire family. Services were held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the First Christian Church, 1103 Lang Road, Portland. 

 

Alex Maurice Smith, was born on May 25,1935 in Sinton, Texas to the late James Smith and Alvera Wright. Maurice was a faithful member of Zion Fair Baptist Church and was the Superintendent of the Sunday School. He did a lot of work to the church. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Virginia Mae Smith, his brother, A.B.Valdez, three sisters,Verna Mae Taylor, Janette Taylor and Carolyn Brasfield Oliver. He is survived by his brother, Rev.James T. (Gloria) Smith of San Antonio, his granddaughter, Tiffany Lopez, special friends, Donnie and Barbara Davis and Charleston "Chad" Bess.Numerous nephews, nieces, family and friends. Funeral services were held at 10:00AM Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment followed at Heaven's Acre Cemetery.

 

Ofelia Barrios Soto, 79, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 following a long illness. She was born in Karnes City,Texas and had been a resident of Sinton for the past 45 years. She was a housewife and was preceded in death by her husband, Reyes Cantu, Sr. and her brother, Amado Barrios. She is survived by her sons, Bernabe Gonzales, Jr. of Campbellton, Tx. and Magdaleno Gonzales of Beeville, her daughters, Norma Jean Lopez of Sinton and Duvelza Cantu of Corpus Christi, her brothers, Herminio Barrios, Jr. and Rogelio Barrios of Sinton and Manuel Barrios of Port Lavaca, her sisters, Marcela Silguero of Port Lavaca, Anita Sandoval of Sinton and Manuela Cantu of Three Rivers, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A prayer service was held at 7:00PM Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held at 3:00PM Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with Linda and Debra Cantu officiating. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

 

Richard G. Soto, 73, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 after a sudden illness. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. His passion was cooking which led to the start of Antonio's Drive-Thru Taqueria. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents Jose and Paula Soto, siblings, Jose Soto, Jr., Pedro Rodriguez and Amanda Trejo. He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 44 years, Antonia V. Soto, his son, Antonio N. Hernandez, Sr., his daughters, Velma (John) Gonzales and Brandie Vargas, his beloved grandson, Antonio N. Hernandez, Jr., step grandchildren, Crystal (Alex) Horne and Roland Castillo and Carol Gonzales and John E. Gonzales, Jr., his siblings, Alvina Arriaga, Esperanza Benavidez, Lupe (Christina) Rodriguez, Concha (Pedro) Cordova, Nancy Samudio, Elvia (Robert) Velandia, Heno (Robert) Zamora, Edelmira "Mimilo" (Salamon) Rodriguez, Marcelo Soto and Jesse (Mamie) Soto, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation was held at 2 PM Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Friday, February 21, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Edroy with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment followed at Edroy Cemetery. 

 

Our beloved mother, Janet Marie Myrick Smith, age 84, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019.  Janet was born on December 12, 1934 in Sinton Texas, the first of three children born to Ace Curtis Myrick and Janie Omega Williams Myrick. She graduated from Sinton High School in 1953, was a member of the national honor society, high school choir, acted in theater, and played the clarinet in the high school marching band. Janet married Charles Heywood Smith, Jr. on June 1, 1958. They resided in San Antonio during their years of marriage.  She and Heywood were the proud parents of three children. She was a member of the Sinton First Baptist Church, and a lifetime member of Alamo Heights OES in San Antonio. Retiring in 1995 from Northside ISD in San Antonio, Janet pursued lifelong hobbies of family events, line dancing, country western dancing, dominos, cruises with friends, and fellowship with all. She loved attending the Sinton High School Reunions to visit with all her Sinton friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband; parents; in-laws- Charles H. Smith Sr. and Lillie Mae Smith; brother- Ace (Eddie) Myrick and wife Marilyn Haynes Myrick; brother- Robert Curtis Myrick; brother-in-law - Willis Stebbins; and nephew - Ryan Myrick. She is survived by her children, Paula Owens; Darlene Stander and husband Steve; Charles Smith III and wife Pam; sisters-in-law Linda Myrick and Katherine Stebbins; Grandchildren Breanna Smith, Brittney McClellan and husband John David; Justin Stander and wife Lauren, David Stander, Destiny Savage, Jessica Melton and husband Kobe, LaCoda Torres and husband Valentin; 6 Great -Grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends. The family would like to extend a sincere thanks to the staff of Greenwood Home Care of San Antonio for their care and support. Visitation was held on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm, at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 11:00am at Sinton Cemetery, with Pastor Randy Samuels of the Sinton First Baptist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Charles W. Spencer, 82, passed away during the early morning of March 8, 2017 at Brookdale Northshore in Portland,Tx. Charles was born May 6,1934 to Joe Weaver and Lena Wilson Spencer in Falfurrias,Tx. He lived in Sinton from the time he was in 2nd grade until 1978. It was then that he moved his family to Carrizo Springs. He and his wife, Lyn, also lived in West Columbia,Tyler and settled in Mathis about 1991 until his retirement in 2003. He then moved to Portland in 2004 until his death. Charles was born into, raised and lived a strong Baptist faith. He served as a deacon in nearly every Baptist church he was a member of. He had put his life and trust on God's hands at a young age and never swayed from it Galations 2:20. He graduated from Sinton High School in 1952. That's when he went to work full-time at Commercial State Bank. He started in the bookkeeping department and at the time of his retirement he was Sr. Vice President. In 1954 he took a leave of absence from his job to enlist in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Japan for two years. He served for 3 1/2 years and was honorably discharged in 1957. He was one of the original members of the Sinton Lions Club and he was a Lion's Club member wherever he lived. Yet in Mathis he joined the Kiwanis Club. He was always a proud member of the communities he lived in and Charles was also known for his fairness and honesty. Charles married Lyn Wolleson September 5, 1959. They demonstrated what a marriage means through sickness and health, richer or poorer until death do you part to their only child, Judy Lynne. They had a strong marriage of 40 1/2 years until Lyn's passing in 2000. Those waiting to welcome him to heaven are his wife, Lyn, grand-son, Charles William Stroman, his youngest sister, IIene Walker, nephew, Joe Weaver Spencer, parents, Joe Weaver and Lena Spencer, brother-in-law,Travis Wolleson. Left here on earth to share his memories are his daughter, Judy Lynne (Leonard) Stroman, granddaughters,Tiffany Lynne (Max) Cochran, Shannon Kay Stroman, Emily Carroll (Cameron) Smith, great grandchildren, Rebecca Joyce Cochran, Elliott Charles Stroman, Garrett Samuel and Hayden James Smith all from Portland,brother, Joe R.Spencer of Kerrville, sister, Bea McClintoc of Trinidad, Tx, brother-in-law, Jack Walker of Junction City, AK, sister-in-law, Susie Wolleson Willams, his nieces and nephews and his many friends that he held close to his heart. The family would like to thank everybody and the residents at Brookdale Northshore for their love, compassion, friendship and watchful eyes as Charles struggled with his Parkinsons and dementia. Also the compassion from Nurses on Wheels Hospice. It will never be forgotten. Visitation of family and friends was Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5:00-7:00PM with the family present at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. This celebration of life was at the chapel at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00AM. Interment followed at Sinton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local Lions Club or civic organization or the South Texas Children's Home would be appreciated.

 

Ginger Twist Stone, 59, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 following a long illness. She was born on March 10, 1957 in Sinton, Texas to Van and Ruby Twist. She had resided in Sinton until moving to Elgin, Texas in 1979. She had been employed as an administrative associate for UT Austin. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Stone of Elgin, Tx, her sons, Hunter Stone of Elgin, Tx and Justice Stone of Corpus Christi,Tx, her granddaughter, Hailey Stone and her brother, Jesse Twist of Corpus Christi,Tx. Graveside services were held at 2:00PM Wednesday, January 4, 2016 at Sinton Cemetery in Sinton. Interment followed. 
 

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Arturo "Artie" Torres, Jr., 40, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 4, 2018. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Simon Vargas, his paternal grandparents, Juan and Dora Torres and his brother, Matthew Balli. He is survived by his sons, Ethan Torres and Jadon Torres, his mother, Sylvia Balli, his stepdad Steven Balli, his father Arturo (Kelly) Torres, his sisters, Sabrina (Ignacio, Jr.) Vela and Kelsie Torres, his maternal grandmother Evangelina Vargas, his nephew, Adrian Vela and his niece, Dora Torres. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 12 noon Friday, June 8, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery.

 

Petra Gomez Torres, 67, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018. She was born in Sinton on October 8, 1951 to Gregorio and Margarita Torres, Sr. She resided in Sinton all her life. She  is survived by her sisters Guadalupe T. Hernandez of Sinton, Elida T. (Frank) Franco of St. Paul and Maria T. (Joel) Morales of Sinton, her niece, Demicia " Demmi " (Carlos) H. Cano of Sinton and numerous nieces and nephews. A rosary was recited at 7 PM Friday, October 19, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery.

 

Valentina Bilano Trigo, our beloved Nana, passed away peacefully at her home in Austin,Texas on Monday, July 27, 2015. She was born in Taft, Texas on January 17, 1924 to Pablo and Maria Hemerejilda (Parra) Bilano. A lifelong resident of Edroy and a member of the Sociedad Guadalupana at Our Lady of Guadalupe for over 50 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Atanacio Trigo and her sisters, Lucinda, Leonor, Candelaria and Maria. She is survived by her brother, Castulo Bilano,Sr. and her sister, Anastasia Luna. She leaves a legacy of love to her daughters, Rosaura Acosta, Nelli Wolverton, Tammy Chavez, Elaine (David) Cates and Evelyn Castro. (3) grandchildren, (18) great grandchildren and (14) great great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Heartfelt appreciation to Arianna Sanchez, Stephanie Palomo and Derek Acosta for their assistance with her continuous care. A holy rosary was recited at 7:00PM, Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Friday, July 31, 2015 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Burial followed at the Edroy Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Juan Acosta, Robert Nunez, Cruz Lopez, David Ortiz, Henry Bilano and Claudio Esparza.


Juan Villarreal Trujillo, 90, died on July 25, 2016 at the age of 90.  He passed peacefully in his sleep Monday morning at his home in Sinton, Texas, in the presence of his loving daughter Linda Ramon, daughter-in-law, Dianna Trujillo, and his grand-daughter Amber Trujillo.  Juan had a long and happy life with a big family. He was born on February 8, 1926, in Woodsboro, Texas, and was the first born son of Tomas and Ramona Trujillo, who had a family of 10 children, all born in Texas.  At the age of 5, he and his family moved to Sinton, Texas where he grew up and eventually met the love of his life, Beatrice Longoria Anzaldua, upon returning home from WWII.  They married four years later, on March 26, 1950 in Gonzales, Texas. They had 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.  Juan served in the US Army from 1945-1946.  He was stationed in Germany and France, and received the WWII Victory Medal & The Army of Occupation Medal. Juan was preceded in death by his parents Tomas Hernandez Trujillo & Ramona Villarreal Trujillo; his wife Beatrice Anzaldua Trujillo; his brothers: Victor, Pablo, Tomas, and Benito Trujillo; and his Sisters: Elvira Trujillo and Mary T. Gonzales. He is survived by his brother Jimmy V. Trujillo, and his sisters Salome T. Garza, and Nieves T. Cerda; his 2 sons: Oscar & Juan "Popo'' Trujillo Jr; his daughters: Linda T. Ramon, and Sylvia T. Walter.  And Cindy Ann Ivy, whom he raised and loved as his own. (10) Grandchildren and (19) Great GrandChildren. Services are as follows. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:00 AM Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Patrick Serna as celebrant. Interment followed at Eternal Rest Cemetery with full military honors.