San Diego, Texas - Estella M. Lara, 73 years old passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at a Corpus Christi hospital after a short illness. She was a retired employee for the Hospitality House Nursing Home for 33 years. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Estella will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Margarito, Sr. and Consuelo Espinoza Maldonado, her husband, Jesus Lara, Sr., one grandson, Jesus Guadalupe Lara, three sisters, Emmita Maldonado, Emma M. Vidal and Elma Luera, three brothers, Manuel Maldonado, Sr., Alfredo Maldonado, Sr. and Teofilo Maldonado, Sr. She is survived by her son, Ruben (Rachel Salinas) Lara, five daughters, Jessica Lara, Patricia L. Martinez, Norma L. Cantu, Cora L. Garcia and Kali Leane Benavides, three brothers, Margarito (Soila) Maldonado, Jr., Gilberto (Maria) Maldonado, Sr. and Ruben (Rosa) Maldonado, Sr., two sisters, Elodia (Reynaldo) Garza all of San Diego, Texas and Gilma (Nasario) De La Rosa of Bryan, Texas, eighteen grandchildren, forty-eight great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren , numerous nieces and nephews. Active Pallbearers: Edward Garza, Scotty Garza, Joseph Rene Laso, Jose Abran Sanchez, Jr., David Rubio, Amado Sanchez, Jr., Amado Sanchez, III, and Ruben Tovar. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Texas and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery in San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Banquete, Texas - Aurora C. Gonzalez, 94 years old passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 in an Alice hospital after a short illness. She was homemaker and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Aurora will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Tomas and Baudelia H. Casarez, her husband, Fabian G. Gonzalez, one son-in-law, Leandro Rodriguez, two grandchildren, Frankie Ozuna III and Adolfo Gonzalez, Jr., one brother Casimiro Casarez and one sister Lily Castro. She is survived by her three sons, Tomas (Yolanda) Gonzalez of Alice, Texas, Ricardo (Molly) Gonzales and Adolfo C. Gonzalez both of Banquete, Texas, three daughters, Thelma (Frank) Ozuna of Houston, Texas, Maria Rodriguez of Alice, Texas and Lydia G. (Marty) Lopez of Banquete, Texas, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery # 2, San Diego, Texas. Serving as Active Pallbearers: Tomas Gonzalez Jr., Martin Gonzalez, Fabian Gonzalez, Matthew Lopez, Tommy Gonzalez and Eric Ozuna. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
San Diego, Texas - Ester B. "La Bebe" Vasquez, 78 years old passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by her loving family on March 14, 2019 after a long illness. She was a retired SDISD employee after 20 years of service. Ester was a strong beautiful loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, gambling especially Las Maquinitas and an Avid Cowboys and Spurs Fan. Preceded in death by her parents, Amador and Esther Lopez Benavides, four brothers, Amador Benavides, Jr., Horacio Benavides, Alberto Benavides and Valdemar Benavides, two sisters, Oralia Molina and Virginia Perez. Survivors include her husband of 57 years of marriage Victor M. Vasquez of San Diego, Texas, one son, David Luis (Anita Perez) Vasquez, Sr. of San Diego, Texas, three daughters, Selina V. Rangel, Velma (Onofre) Garcia, Jr. and Brenda (Joey) Vasquez all of San Diego, Texas, one brother-in-law, Sabas Perez of Alice, Texas, one sister, Bertha Cramer of Hebbronville, Texas, twelve grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Active Pallbearers will be Odett Garcia, Raul Rangel, Jr., Joey Vasquez, Jr., John Vasquez, William Rangel and David Luis Vasquez, Jr., Honorary Pallbearers, Derick Trevino, Sean Maldonado and Eulalio Barrientes, Jr. Visitation will begin on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary at 7:15 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Chapel Service Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery no.2 in San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Premont, Texas - Edelmiro “Miro” Perez from Premont, TX passed away peacefully March 11, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones at Christus Spohn Hospital in Alice after a long struggle with his health.
He was born in San Diego, TX to the late Luis and Elena Perez but Miro grew up in Alice TX.
He graduated from William Adams High School in Alice in 1960 and worked as a delivery man for R.E. Edgar, who owned a Frito franchise. He worked for Sun Oil Petroleum for more than twenty years until he injured himself and was no longer able to fulfill the weight of the job.
During his healing process, he enrolled at Coastal Bend Community College and took classes on computer and electricity. As a result of these classes, he was able to continue being a productive contributor to the community by working on his own as an electrician, running a small neighborhood grocery store, having a candy route, and being a butcher.
Miro’s community services include being a member of the Premont City Council for four years, Knights of Columbus for twenty plus years, a Bingo caller for the organization, and also served the community in various ways and degrees.
Miro is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Zulema Carter & Trinie Lopez; a brother: Abel Perez; and a brother-in-law: Armando “Curly” Lopez.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years of marriage Guadalupe G. “Lupita” Perez of San Diego, Texas and the mother of his three sons Idolina Perez of Premont, Texas; three Sons: Andres “Andy” Perez from San Antonio; Edelmiro Perez Jr. Perez (April) from Cedar Park; and Luis Daniel Perez (Cindy) from San Antonio; two daughters Dinny (Johnny Mata) Villegas of San Diego, Texas; Liza R. (Dino) Lopez of Corpus Christi, Texas; four brothers: George Perez (Eva) from Kingsville; Enrique Perez (Yolanda) from Bakersfield, CA; Reymundo Perez (Alma) from San Antonio; Luis Perez Jr. ( Isaura) from Alice; two sisters: Yolanda Escobar (Oscar); Viola Martinez (Gilbert), both from Corpus Christi; one sister-in-law Ida Perez of Freer, Texas. The love of his life were his two grandsons Miro and Miguel Perez of Cedar Park, Texas and 3 other grandchildren Adrian, Aaron and Armin Villegas; great-grandchildren Avyen Villegas, Twins Ariella and Arrisa Villegas, Aaron Villegas Jr., Twins Conor and Callie Villegas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home, 600 South Wright St. Alice, Texas. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. the same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 801 S. Reynolds, Alice, Texas. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No.2, CR 145 San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Our Father, Arturo C. Reyes Jr. "Arty "Art", age 59 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma went to be with our Heavenly Father on February 4, 2019. Art was born on December 6, 1959 in Alice, Texas. He spent most of his childhood days at his favorite place. "The Ranch". He graduated from San Diego High School. You may have heard one or ten of his stories about quarterbacking for San Diego High School. He then went on to attend The University of Texas to study Journalism. Short time later he came to his senses and moved to Oklahoma and attended The University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner) to study sociology. He worked most of his life as a Carpenter. In his most recent years, he spent more time with his passion, working for the Curbside Chronical vendor and as a talented artist. Art loved to meet new people and help others in any way he could. He enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his niece Arisa Amanda Reyes-Antunez, parents Arturo C. Reyes Sr. and Evangelina "Evita" G. Reyes, paternal grandparents Salomon V. Reyes and Guadalupe C. Reyes. He is survived by his amazing, gorgeous, and talented children and grandchildren. He claimed each of them took after him. His oldest daughter Melissa A. Reyes of San Francisco, California, daughter Desiree A. Reyes (David C. Miles) of Moore, Oklahoma, son Aaron L. Reyes (Rhyanna Cook) of Justin, Texas and daughter Casey Nicole Reyes of Blanchard, Oklahoma, grandchildren Austin, Lyric, Alyssa, Nolan, Emily, Olivia, Ethan, AJ, and Abel. His sisters Ada (Rick) Jimenez of New Braunfels, Texas, Nina (Fred) Gonzales of Del City, Oklahoma, Denise (Dan) Lovelady of Harrah, Oklahoma, Patty ( Armando) Hinojosa of Corpus Christi, Texas, His brothers Joel (Michelle) Garza of Freer, Texas, Emede Reyes of Corpus Christi, Texas, Noel (Michelle) Reyes of San Antonio, Texas, sister Bessie (Charles) Ryan of Los Angeles, California, As well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was loved by many, many friends at Homeless Alliance, Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Curbside Chronicle, and Fresh Start Program. The Reyes family invites you to come and celebrate Art's Life. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas with Pastor Blessings at 6:00 p.m and Rosary following at 7 p.m. that evening. All services will be concluded that evening. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
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