San Diego, Texas - Daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother Alba S. Garcia’s love of life didn’t come to an end with her death. Alba passed away on January 27, 2023, at the age of 89, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
She was born to Reymundo and Maria Soriano on October 22, 1933, in the town of San Diego, Texas. She grew up with three brothers, Reymundo, Carlos, and Jose, and three sisters, Sylvia, Odilia, and Carmen. Together with her siblings, she grew up on the West side of town on St. Peters Street in a home filled with love and compassion. At a very young age, Alba learned the meaning of hard work. She would leave her home early in the morning to arrive in the cotton fields to pick cotton. Later she would find herself behind the register at the old Chris Hinojosa Pharmacy, where she would go on to meet the love of her life, Frank J. Garcia. In 1962, Frank and Alba were married in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Together they had five children.
The simplest pleasures of life brought great joy to Alba. She was a lover of food, laughing, music, and her faith. She loved a heart-warming “Novella” late in the evening to watching her favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune. Alba had a passionate love affair with ice cream, Toffee, and Milky Way candy bars. Through the years, Alba loved her trips to Las Vegas, Reno, Louisiana, and Mississippi, where she would partake in her modest addiction to gambling. Her family always will recall the grueling workout that she performed days before departing, moving her right arm in an up-and-down motion, simulating pulling down the arm of a slot machine. It was true gambling focus and determination. Her sense of humor was second to none, and she was compassionate as she was funny. In the last years of her life, she would reminisce about the poker games that she participated in. She always missed her card-playing partners, but most of all, she missed her mom.
Alba was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband Frank J. Garcia, two brothers, Carlos Soriano and Jose Soriano, and two sisters, Carmen Alaniz and Odilia Molina. She is survived by her children, Tony Almaraz, Roel Almaraz, Frank J. Garcia Jr. (Sandra), Melissa Villegas (Mando), and Eden N. Garcia (Sandra), as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Sylvia “Chole” Perez (†Rodolfo) and brother Reymundo “Mundo” Soriano (Kena). Brother-in-laws Vicente Molina and Roman Alaniz, Sister-in-laws Betty Soriano and Elda Soriano, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Mi Casa Home Health, Premier Nursing Home, and Opus Care Hospice for all the love and compassion they showed her during her final moments. To her guardian Angels, Juan, Linda, and Rosalinda thank you for the love and affection you provided Alba. Premier Nursing Home is lucky to have such wonderful people like you. A special thank you to Liza Barrera and Daniella Villegas, her granddaughters. You were her light when all was dark. You were her eyes when she couldn’t see; you were there until the very end to watch her go peacefully. She loved you dearly.
For many, she was known as Alba; to a chosen few, picked by God, she was called mom. It is highly that she would prefer to be known in perpetuity by the moniker affixed to her by her grandchildren simply as “Grandma.” We will miss you every day, we will love you always, and we shall wait for the day that we meet again.
Active Pallbearers: Tony Almaraz, Frank J. Garcia, Jr., Eden N. Garcia, Michael Garcia, Marc Garcia and Isaac Barrera.
Family will receive friends and relatives at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego, Texas, with a Rosary to be recited at 10:00 a.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No. 2 located on County Road 145 in San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Lucila S. Gonzalez passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, January 23rd, 2023, at her home in Houston, Texas. She was a wonderful person who was always there when we needed her. She had many friends and was well-loved by everyone that knew her.
Ms. Gonzalez was born Lucila Salinas on 1948 in San Diego, Texas and raised in Alice, Texas by her parents Alfredo and Adelfina Salinas. Lucila was a homemaker all of her life as well as worked as a waitress at Garza’s Café and Gusman’s Mexican Restaurant for many years. While she was not working she absolutely loved spending quality time with friends and family listening/singing to music, playing cards and enjoying her coffee at all times! In Alice, she met her loving husband, Carlos Gonzalez.
She was predeceased by her parents Alfredo and Adelfina Salinas, her husband Carlos C. Gonzalez, siblings Alfredo Salinas Jr., Ricardo Salinas, Guadalupe Saucedo, Ana Elva Madera, Adolfo Salinas, her grandson Dagoberto Baiza, and her great-grandson Isiah Baiza.
She is survived by her four children: Eneida (Jose) Perez, Brenda (Eugenio) Buenavista, Carlos (Rebeca) Gonzalez, Felipe (Dalia) Gonzalez; her stepdaughter’s: Mary Rice, Sara Loza, Anita Gonzalez, Belinda Jimenez; her two siblings: Irma (Ricardo) Madera, San Juanita Aguirre. Lucila is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren that she loved very dearly.
Her Services will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023, at:
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel: (visitation at 8am, Rosary at 9am)
600 S. Wright St
Church mass will be at: (10am)
St. Joseph Catholic Church
801 S. Reynolds St.
Burial will follow at:
Rose Lawn Cemetery
4030 E. Hwy 44 Alice, Texas
Freer, Texas - Gloria F. Trevino, 82 years old, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, in an Alice hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was a former employee of Levines and Terry Faris in Alice, Texas; Gloria loved to play board games and was a homemaker who loved to cook and bake. She was a loving wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claudio and Juanita Garza Flores, husband, Mike A. Trevino, Jr., son-in-law, Lito Perez, and a grandson, Christopher J. Perez.
She is survived by her three sons, Michael (Jodi) Trevino III, Joe W. Trevino, and Claude A. (Maggie) Trevino; three daughters, Patricia E. Perez, Crissy A. (Arnold) Mendoza, and Jeannie G. (Joe) Garcia, brother, Valentin (Maria) Flores, eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego. Followed by burial at Hahl Memorial Cemetery in Freer. Active
Pallbearers: Wally Trevino, Claude Trevino, Alex Trevino, Mark Perez, Valentin Flores, Jr., and Jamie Leal
Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Trevino III., Arnold Mendoza, Zach Golden and Carlos Leal
Condolences to the family may be left on our website, www.maruopgarcia. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Mendieta Community- With heavy hearts, the Benavides family regrets to announce the passing of our beloved Frank J. Benavides II, also known as “Frankie.” God took him home on January 19, 2023, at 4:52 p.m. at the age of 37 years old. He was born on June 8, 1985, in Alice, Texas to Frank and Cynthia (Cindy) Benavides. Frankie will forever be remembered as the life of the party, happy-go-lucky son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was always known for lending a helping hand and loved his family dearly. Frankie will be remembered as a kind, loving person with a heart of gold. Frankie enjoyed the ranch life, listening to music and attending his childhood church on Sundays. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia L. Benavides. His paternal grandparents Florentino and Santos Benavides, maternal grandfather Juan H. Lichtenberger Jr., Aunt Rebecca Warden, cousins Benjamin Salinas III, Amanda Lichtenberger, Teresa Carla Burkholder and Baby David Cantu III.
Frank will be lovingly remembered by his Father, Frank (Nancy) J. Benavides of San Diego, Texas; his older sister, Daniella Benavides Gonzales of Alice, Texas; his sister, Audrey (Oscar) Saenz of Alice, Texas; brother, Joshua (Kathryn) Benavides of Alice, Texas; his nieces and nephews, Madison Danae Perez, Gavin Soliz, Mia Garcia, Ryan D. Gonzales and twins Kamila and Kamryn Benavides; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be: Mark A. Benavides, Santiago (Jimmy) Garcia Jr., Victoriano Casas III, Joshua Ryan Benavides, Oscar Saenz II, Raul Camilo Garcia, Jr., Manuel Salinas, Juan Mario (JM) Lichtenberger, Keith Sanchez and Kevin Sanchez.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
Family will receive friends and relatives at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas with a prayer service to begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the burial at the Benavides Family Cemetery, Mendieta Community.
Alice, Texas - RosaMaria Reynolds entered the gates of our heavenly father at the age of 61, on Saturday, January 7, 2023, in Alice, Texas. She was born September 18, 1961, in Santa Rosa, Texas. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with friends, going on vacations, cleaning her yard, and most of all, the love for her grandchildren and her great-grandchild, and her son.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ofilia Blair and Espiridion Gonzalez Sr; brother Rodolfo Rudy Gonzalez; sister-in-law Sylvia Gonzalez.
RosaMaria is survived by her husband of 46 years Rolando Reynolds, her son Rolando Reynolds Jr (Janice Renee) of Alice, Tx. Three grandchildren, Rolando Reynolds III “Tres”, Austen Ryland Reynolds, Paisley Nicole Reynolds; one great-grandchild Santiago Xavier Reynolds; three brothers, Jorge Luis Gonzalez (late Sylvia Gonzalez) of Raymondville, Espiridion Gonzalez Jr (Mary) of La Poete, Indiana; Eduardo Gonzalez (Emma) of Sebastian, Tx; two sisters, San Juanita Saldivar (Ismael) of Bettsville, Ohio, Leticia Gonzalez of Santa Rosa; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitations will be held Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home located at 600 S. Wright St. in Alice, Texas. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church located at 603 E 5th St. in Alice, Texas. services to conclude at the Roberson-Collins Memorial cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Active Pallbearers will be: Steve Matthew Lopez, David Michael Lopez, Rene Guerrero Jr, Rene Guerrero III “Third”., Christopher Vidal, and Kristopher Flores.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Rolando Reynolds III “Tres”, Austen Ryland Reynolds.
Orange Grove, Texas - Consuelo G. Gamez, 92 years old, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, in an Alice, Texas, Nursing Home. After a short illness. In her younger years, she used to help her father with his fieldwork, along with assisting her mother in raising her younger siblings. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her family. She was very well known as "Mrs. Gamez, the Tamale Lady." Her family was the deepest loves of her life. She was a loving and caring person who always saw the good in people. Consuelo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesus and Gorgonia Cantu, her husband, Eduardo Gamez, Jr., and one son, Jose Omar Gamez.
She is survived by a son, Eduardo (Raquel) Games, III., two daughters, Hilda (Humberto) Lopez and Luz M. (Erasmo) Paiz, three sisters, Elma (J.D.) Moye, Maria Zwierlien, and Amy Gonzales, 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice. Located at 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 Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove, Texas. Burial will follow at St. John of the Cross Catholic Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Alice, Texas- Alicia Beltran Gonzalez, our beloved mother, gained her wings on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at the age of 89, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 23, 1933, to Zaragoza and Juanita Beltran and was raised in Realitos, Texas. Alicia was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and spent her life raising her children whom she loved dearly. She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a very caring and giving person, always had a smile on her face, and was always willing to help those in need. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Alicia Beltran-Gonzalez is preceded in death by her grand-parents Vicente and Celia Gutierrez, her parents, Juanita and Zaragoza Beltran, her brothers, Pedro Beltran, Aristedes Beltran, Antonio Beltran, Sr., and sisters Eulalia Ruiz, Lydia “Lilly” Espinoza and Angelita Pena.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Guadalupe Gonzalez, Sr., three sons, Rolando Gonzalez (Mary Gonzalez), Roel Gonzalez, and Guadalupe Gonzalez, Jr., and daughters, Diana Quintero (Willie Quintero), Dalia Maldonado, and Delvia Gonzalez, (Gilbert Trevino, III). She had 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loyal canine companion, Lucky whom she affectionately called “Baby.”
Special Thanks to all of the Doctors, Nurses and staff at Spohn Shoreline Hospital for providing compassionate care to our mother. A heart-felt appreciation to her friend and caregiver, Dalia Gonzalez for going above and beyond for caring for our mother. We will forever be grateful.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2022, at 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at Mauro P Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in Alice followed by a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 11, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Alice. Burial will follow at Alice Cemetery. Due to the current health concerns, and for your safety and theirs, the family kindly requests no hugs or handshakes. Wearing a face mask is encouraged. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Alice, TX/Poplar Bluff, MO. – Andres (Andy) Arturo Mendez born in Alice, Texas, and lived in Poplar Bluff, Mo. and of Catholic Faith, went home to his Heavenly Father on January 2nd, 2023, at the age of 57. Andy’s passing was unexpected, and his family and friends are trying to process this tragedy.
Andy is preceded in death by his father Feliciano Mendez Jr. and his uncle Manuel (Meme) Almaraz Jr. Andy is survived by his wife Kathy Mendez, married December 22, 2011, his mother Patsy (Almaraz) Mendez, Five Children, and their spouses: Crystal (Daniel Spalding) Kent; Elias (Shannon) Mendez; Katelan (Ryan) Haas; Travis (Valarie) Ware; and Kailee (Marshall) Silcox. Survived also by his siblings, Ursula (Mendez) (Jim) DeCesare, Vincent Mendez; his 14 grandchildren; Noah Kent, Merci Kent, Raymond Spalding, Victoria Spalding, Tristan Mendez, Abigail Mendez, Liam Hass, Jameson Haas, Amelia Haas, Emily Morrow, Joshua Morrow, Henry Ware, Jamielee Ware, and Brailynn Silcox, two aunts, Irene (Presentacion (Pres) Saenz and Edna and Doug Ramsey, several nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as an abundance of family and military friends who miss him dearly.
Born in Alice, Texas on June 21st. 1965. Though Born in Alice, TX. Andy was blessed to be raised in many different states including Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.
Andy loved his family and was proud of them and his accomplishments. At age 39 Andy joined the Missouri National Guard. During his 18 years of service with the Guard, he was deployed to Afghanistan, assisted with multiple SED’s, instructed numerous classes, and was honored to be a military brother and friend to many. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. You could find him enjoying time with his family, playing golf and poker, riding his Harley, telling jokes, and playing with his two fur babies, Mija and Marlee.
Visitation will begin on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 am. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home-Chapel- San Diego, Tx., Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. the same morning. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery with Military graveside services conducted by the United Veterans Burial Association.
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Benavides, Texas - Gloria C. Hernandez, our beloved mother, gained her wings on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the age of 82, surrounded by her loving family. She retired from Benavides Independent School District where she was employed 32 years. She enjoyed the ranch life, the outdoors, crafting, painting, singing, drawing, laughing, and spending time with her family. Gloria had a warm beautiful heart. She was outgoing, kind, and always wore a smile on her face. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Leopoldo Chapa, Sr. and Anita S. Chapa, her husband, Alfredo S. Hernandez, Jr., and brother, Leopoldo Chapa, Jr.
She is survived by her four sons and two daughters, Jose Alfredo Hernandez, Orlando Rene Hernandez, Celia “Sally”(Romeo) Ramirez, Carlos Manuel Hernandez, Eduardo Gerardo (Yesenia G.) Hernandez, and Gloria Anna (Oscar) Gonzalez; one sister, Elena (Eduardo) Garcia, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Active Pallbearers: Jose A., Orlando, Carlos Manuel, Eduardo, Romeo "R.J.", Carlos Leopoldo, Edward, and Oscar.
Visitation will begin on Monday, January 9, 2023, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego, Texas, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Benavides, Texas. Burial to follow at the Benavides Cemetery.
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.
New Braunfels, Texas - Julian Rodriguez of New Braunfels, Texas passed away and went to his Heavenly home on December 26, 2022, at the age of 63. Julian was lovingly surrounded by his wife, children, siblings, and extended family throughout his illness until the Lord called him home.
Born in Kingsville, Texas on August 14, 1959, and raised in Bishop, Texas – Julian was the fourth child to the late Fidel Rodriguez Sr. and Rebecca Valverde. After graduating from Hallmark Institute of Technology, he married Nina F. Rodriguez on December 19, 1998, and were blessed with two children – son, Benjamin Alex Rodriguez and daughter, Brianna Michelle Rodriguez. Julian’s greatest love was his family, attending his kids school functions, soccer games, his pets and was a great man of faith who loved serving the Lord.
Julian was employed at Vitesco Technologies, Seguin, Texas for the last 10+ years with the IT Department, he loved to work and help anyone in need with their computer issues. Julian was such a hardworking man with great work ethics that he learned from his loving father. There was not a stranger that Julian didn’t know - He will be greatly missed.
Julian is survived by his wife, son and daughter and their extended families. Son: Benjamin Alex Rodriguez (Alyssa Iniguez, pet: Bear), daughter: Brianna Michelle Rodriguez (Angel Acosta, pet: Remi)
Siblings: Fidel Rodriguez Jr. (Anabel Rodriguez), Edna Guerra, Patsy Boone (Daniel Boone)
Memorial Service on Thursday, January 5, 2023
Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home
415 South Business 35
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Public visitation: 5:00-7:00pm
Public Visitation on Saturday, January 7, 2023
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home
1016 E. Gravis St.
San Diego, Texas 78384
Public Visitation: 8am-10:30am
Graveside Service to follow
San Diego Cemetery #2 in San Diego.
Condolences for the family may also be left on the website www.sunsetnewbraunfels.com. Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
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