Josefina R. Smithwick
DOB: September 16, 1938
DOD: February 15, 2019
Rosary : Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home- Alice
600 South Wright Street
Alice, Texas 78332
Services will conclude After the Rosary
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements
Raul S. Serna Jr., 84 of San Diego, Texas passed away at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas on February 13, 2019. He was born in San Diego on January 1, 1935.
After graduating High School Raul enlisted in the Army where he served two years. Upon return to his hometown of San Diego he worked for Southwestern Drug Company in Corpus Christi, Texas. After marrying Hortensia, Raul joined the Garcia Parts and Service, service station where he remained until 1972 when he was elected Sheriff of Duval County; serving as County Sheriff for 16 years. His community service included serving as a member of the San Diego Independent School Board and a member of the San Diego Rotary Club.
Raul's idea of Retirement was spending the rest of his life, ranching which he did every day until his passing.
Raul was preceded in death by his parents Raul and Ofelia Serna. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hortensia G. Serna, Imelda S. Garcia (daughter) and Victor Garcia (grandson) as well as a brother, Homero Serna (Gloria).
Visitation will begin on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home, in San Diego with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. the same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Alice, Texas - Irma Carreño Perez, 80 years old passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 in an Alice hospital after a short illness.She was a retired home provider. Irma was a lovely daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Federico Perez Carreño and Sacramento Alvarez Carreño, her husband, Jose L. Perez, one brother, Hermilo Carreño, two sister-in-laws, Lupita Ibanez Carreño and Maria Delia Carreño. She is survived by two brothers, Juan Federico "Fred" Carreño, Jr. and her twin brother, George A. (Julie) Carreño both of Alice, Texas, Special niece and nephew her caregivers, Christine and Alfred Ochoa of Alice, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 with a Rosary at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church and burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to St. Joseph Catholic School.
Benavides, Texas: Mauro G. Galvan, Sr. age 81 passed away on February 3, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born January 15, 1938 in Concepcion, Texas to Toribio S. Galvan and Refugia G. Galvan. He enjoyed hunting, barbecuing, playing his accordion and talking with family members and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Mauro worked for the Benavides Independent School District for 5 years, Duval County Prct. # 3 for 37 years, Abojados Canales Ranch Part time for 15 years, and was a Retired Lieutenant for the Benavides Fire Department for 21 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Toribio and Refugia Galvan, his brother Lorenzo M. Galvan. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Dorotea G. Galvan, daughters Sylvia G. (Roberto) Garcia of Alice, Yolanda G. (Pedro) Ochoa of Benavides, sons Mauro Galvan Jr. and Julian Galvan both of Benavides, Antonio Galvan and Angel (Selina) Galvan of Alice, two children he raised as his own Belinda Cantu and Reynaldo Peralez from Benavides, five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers Guadalupe Guerrero, Reynaldo Peralez, Jesus Guerrero Jr. Active Pallbearers : Mauro Galvan Jr, Jose Julian Galvan, Antonio Galvan, Angel T. Galvan, Roberto Garcia Jr., Luis T. Galvan, Mauro Garcia, Isreal Rodriguez. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home of San Diego with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Benavides Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes are entrusted with the arrangements.
Alice, Texas - Lida Castillo, 64 years old passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in a Nursing Home in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a retired business women. Lida was a thoughtful and a very compassionate intelligent women. She loved spending her time with her family especially with her grandchildren. Lida was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesus Castillo, Sr. and Carolina Ramos Castillo, four brothers, Jesus Castillo, Jr., Evisto Castillo, Juan Castillo and Corando Castillo, two brother-in-laws, Gilberto Chapa and Nore Ortiz. She is survived by her son, Enrique Luna of Alice, Texas, one daughter, Erica (Richard F. Pena) Luna of Corpus Christi, Texas, eight brothers, Jose (Mary) Castillo of Michigan, Noe (Ignacia) Castillo, Carlos (Lydia) Castillo, Javier (Norma) Castillo, Martin Castillo, Orlando (Diana) Castillo, Eddie (Melissa) Gonzalez all of Alice, Texas and Abram Gonzalez of Austin, Texas, two sisters, Olga Chapa of Michigan and Juanita Ortiz of Bishop, Texas, four sister-in-laws, Esmeralda Castillo and Linda Castillo both of Alice, Texas, Raquel Castillo and Felicia Castillo both of Michigan, four Grandchildren, Seth, Diego, Richard and Mila, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home located at 600 S. Wright in Alice, Texas with a Prayer Service to be conducted at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Abundant Life Christian Center located at 2489 N. Tx Blvd. in Alice, Texas at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Rusty Carr. Burial will follow at Roberson-Collins Cemetery in Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
San Diego, Texas : Zaragoza "Gussie" Almaraz Jr .88, passed away on February 3, 2019 after a long illness in a Corpus Christi Hospital. He was a Rancher and Ranch Hand for the Hoffman family for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents Zaragoza and Maria Almaraz, one brother Antonio Almaraz, Sr., aunt Luz Almaraz, uncle Rodrigo Ramirez and cousin Lydia Almaraz Garza. He is survived by his sister Maria (Julian) Serna of Ocala Florida, nephew sons: Tony Almaraz of San Diego Texas, Roel Almaraz of San Antonio, Shawn (Sherry) Vansickle of Latrobe, PA, Catarino (Cynthia) Rodriguez of Alice, other nephews Aaron Almaraz, of Dallas, Denise Almaraz of San Antonio, Matthew Almaraz of San Antonio, Briana Smith , Nick Vansickle and Jesse Vansickle all of Latrobe PA, Guy Serna Jr. of Ocala Florida Anthony Serna of Washington, Selina S. Mcquilkin of Ocala Florida, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 for 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
San Diego, Texas:
Marty Pizzini, 88, was born on Nov. 1, 1930 to Antonia Rubio Pizzini and Frank Pizzini II. He was raised in San Antonio and attended Little Flower Primary/Elementary School and Moye Military Academy in Castroville, Texas, Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Sul Ross State College in Alpine and Del Mar Police Academy.
Marty came to San Diego in 1958 after having served his country during the Korean War.
After his arrival in San Diego, he taught and coached at Memorial Middle School in Alice for three years.The following year he continued his teaching and coaching career at the San Diego Junior High school.
In 1991 he retired from San Diego ISD after 37 years of combined military and teaching services. Between the years 1958 and 1975 he was very successful in horse training and horse racing. He also worked for the Duval County Sheriff Department from 1991 to 2001. Marty is preceded in death by his parents Antonia Rubio Pizzini and Frank Pizzini II, one brother Frank Pizzini III.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Aurora F. Pizzini, his children Johanna(David) Canales, Luis(Gracie) Pizzini and Angelica(Vale) Valdez. Four grandchildren, Christine and Zachary ( Pate) Pizzini, Edward Canales and AnnDrea Valdez and one great grandchild, Zachary Edmund Pizzini, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Feb 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Garcia Cemetery at La Esperanza Ranch in Duval County, Texas. Military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Burial Association of Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on our website: www.mauropgarcia.com
Alice, Texas - Sarita C. Gonzalez, 81 years old passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 in a Corpus Christi hospital. She was retired from the Ben Bolt Middle School, where she worked as a cafeteria worker for many years. She was an avid Cowboy fan, loved to cook, sew and had a passion for quilting. Sarita was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julio Castillo and Angelita Ramirez Castillo, her husband, Guadalupe Gonzalez, infant daughter, Dolores Gonzalez and one brother, Rogelio Castillo. Survivors include two sons, Jose Guadalupe (Anabel) Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, Texas and Ruben (Ercilia) Gonzalez of Alice, Texas, three daughters, Cynthia (Gerald) Huber of Floresville, Texas, Diana (John) Tudyk of San Antonio, Texas and Graciela (+Noel) Cantu of Alice, Texas, one brother, David (Lupe) Castillo of Corpus Christi, Texas, and two sisters, Ofelia Jaime and Beatrice (+Domingo) Hernandez both of Corpus Christi, Texas, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice, located at 600 So. Wright St., Alice, Texas, phone no. 361-664-6041 with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 1010 Beam Station Road, Alice, Texas. Burial to follow at the Roselawn Cemetery, Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Mauricio V. "Morris" Mendoza III passed away in peace Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the age of 67 after a short illness surrounded by his family and friends. He was born to Mauricio S. Mendoza and Manuela V. Mendoza on March 22, 1951 in Alice, Texas. He worked at the Naval Base in Corpus Christi, Texas for 41 years, where he was a head rigger, back hoe operator, fork lift operator, heavy equipment operator, assisted with the cement finisher and the ground crew in moving heavy equipment and materials to the job site. He was the consummate utility person. There was never a job too big or small for his expertise. He was also a master leather and wood craftsman. Morris was a San Diego Class of 1969 graduate. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gun collector and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He married Alma Garcia Mendoza the love of his life on October 16, 1970. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister Rosie Gonzalez. Morris is survived by his wife of 48 years Alma Garcia Mendoza, two daughters, Lisa (Roel) Martinez and Yadira (Orlando) Ibañez, one brother, William Creager, two sisters, Maria Creager Rangel and Delfin Benavides, Three granddaughters, Lisandra (Manuel) Maldonado, Brianna Ibarra, Mckenzie Cantu, one grandson Cadriel Ibañez, two great-grandsons, Justin Maldonado and Easten Maldonado, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home-San Diego with a Rosary to be recited the same evening at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No.2. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
Benavides, Texas: Tomas Garcia, 76 years passed away peacefully in a San Diego Nursing Home on January 23, 2019. He was born in Benavides, Texas on Sept. 6, 1942 to Francisco R. Garcia and Consuelo Serna Garcia. He was a self-employed salesman for most of his working life, while also helping his father run his neighborhood "Tiendita" and continued to operate the business after his father's passing in 1984.
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