Sylvia Ann (Gaitan) Garcia, loving wife, mother, and Gma, was born December 30th 1958 bravely and peacefully passed away November 5th 2019 succumbing to her battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Garcia, in a devoted marriage of 40 years residing in Alice, Texas involved in various church activities and support at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. She enjoyed hunting and ranching with her family, teaching her children different, fruitful ways of living off the land and surviving off the hunt. From killing the deer, skinning it, processing the meat, cooking it, to making candle stick holders out of the antlers, and she’d make you a blanket out of the skin if you really pushed her to.
Sylvia loved a good gathering amongst family and friends for no occasion whatsoever other than to enjoy the company, the breeze, and never letting a neighbor leave without a full stomach and happy heart. Her love for caring for every one of her family members was branched out to babysitting for numerous children for the past 22 years for several families with most of these kids becoming much more and a part of her family as her honorary children.
She is survived by her three kids, Robert (Christina) Garcia of San Antonio, Richard (Melanie) Garcia of Ben Bolt, and Elisa (Ovidio) Escamilla of Corpus Christi. Sylvia adored her four grandchildren the most: Cameryn, Alayna, Jax, and McKenzie. Her brothers and sisters, whom she was incredibly close with, include Norbert (Melba) Gaitan, Norma (Sergio) Benavides, Diana (Terry) Eubanks, Gilbert (Patricia) Gaitan, Humberto (Gracie) Gaitan, and Luciano Jr (Eva) Gaitan and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sylvia has reunited with her mother and father, Luciano & Frances Gaitan, preceding her death along with her maternal and paternal grandparents.
She will be remembered most for her incredible strength and good/hard work ethic. She remained stoic in response to any obstacle that she overcame with zero grievances. Sylvia only focused on the most positive, best outlook of every situation relying solely on her faith in Christ.
Norberto Gaitan, Humberto Gaitan, Gilberto Gaitan, Luciano Gaitan Jr., Jax Matthew Garcia,
Kenneth Benavides, Ruben Gaitan, Austin Gonzalez
Zackary Martinez, Olivia Gutierrez
The family would like to thank every single person that visited her while in the rehab facility and hospital. A special bout of gratitude goes towards the very caring and wonderful professionals on the 3rd floor of Corpus Christi Medical Center - Bay Area Hospital who did their absolute best to make her stay with them as comfortable as possible.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church on November 7, 2019 with a Rosary to be recited at 7 pm the same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, November 8, 2019 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and interment will follow at the New Collins Cemetery in Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Raul Castillo Reyes, who always had a kind word and a smile for everyone,
passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in San Antonio on Oct. 20 at
the age of 91. His smile was infectious and his barbecue skills were
legendary throughout South Texas.
He was born Jan. 23, 1928 at Los Reyes Ranch near San Diego, Texas.
A big sports fan, he loved the Dallas Cowboys, the San Antonio Spurs and
the Houston Astros. But most of all, he loved his family and especially his
late wife, Martina P. Reyes. Raul and Martina usually were the first on the
dance floor, laughing and dancing.
Raul was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on several ships, including the USS
Lexington. In civilian life, he worked as a bread truck salesman, a
plumbing supply specialist (there wasn’t a leak that he couldn’t fix) and,
later in life, he assembled bicycles at Walmart.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather (known by many as Popo)
brother, tío and friend. He is preceded in death by his parents, Salomon V.
Reyes and Guadalupe C. Reyes; his wife, Martina P. Reyes, son Roel Reyes,
brothers Antonio (Dora) Reyes; Arturo (Graciela) Reyes and sister Eustolia
He is survived by son, Raul P. (Linda Anne Vaughan) Reyes of Galveston,
Texas and daughter Norma R. Sanchez of San Antonio, Texas; sisters Delia
(Robert) Hirtle, Edna (Luis) Corona, Elma (Alejo) Garcia; brothers Jose
(Consuelo) Reyes and Alfredo (Anna) Reyes; four grandchildren, Nathan
M. (Som Yanista) Gonzalez of New York City, Melanie Nicole Gonzalez of
San Antonio, Texas, Benjamin Kirke Sanchez of Houston, Texas,
Christopher Neil Vaughan of Webster, Texas and numerous nieces and
And we know this: Raul and Martina are once again dancing the night
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home – San Diego, Texas
Leaves the Funeral Home at about 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov.2
San Diego Cemetery, Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
Alice, Texas Jose “Joe” Rosbel Gonzalez 51 years of age passed away on October 13, 2019 after injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on May 18, 2018. Joe was a supervisor and worked for several oilfield companies, Coil Tubing Services, Forbes Energy, Key Energy, and Schlumberger. At the time of his accident he was working for C & J Energy Services out of Robstown. Joe loved to Barbecue, fish, spend quality time with his family and loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He was also a member of the Country Ghost Riders. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and dedicated family man. He is preceded in death by his son Jose R. Gonzalez Jr., Survivors include his wife Lizette Martinez-Gonzalez, sons Roberto Torres Jr, Adam Gonzalez, daughters Josette Gonzalez, Joselynn Gonzalez, Heather Gonzalez, father Rosbel Gonzalez, mother Susana Beatriz Rodriguez, sister Maria Del Carmen (Bill) Johns, five grandchildren. His best friends Orlando Garza, Cesar Bocanegra, John Flores, Dwayne Heathcock, David Guerra. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9 :00 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary recited at 10:00 a.m. that morning. Services will conclude after the Rosary. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on our website: www.mauropgarcia.com
Alice, Texas: Margarita Perales 91 years of age passed away on Sept. 23, 2019 at her residence in Alice, Texas surrounded by her family. She was a homemaker all of her life and raised her entire family. She loved playing chalupa with her family and loved visiting her friends at Mi Familia Adult Center. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and a friend to everyone. She is preceded in death by her husbands Camilo Lopez and Jose Gonzalez and brother Esiquio Mireles. Survivors include: one son David Reyes Perales of Laredo, and two daughters Ventura Lopez of Nuevo Laredo and San Juanita Gamez of Alice one brother Lucio Mireles of Laredo, three sisters Maria Mireles of Nuevo Laredo, Florentina Morales and Constantina Mireles both of Laredo, 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday Sept. 26, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home-Alice with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Friday Sept. 27, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No. 2. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
In the early morning of September 16, 2019, in San Antonio Texas, Jesus Guillermo Vera, Sr., at 84, passed away. He joins his wife Manuelita in their heavenly home. His devotion to her, his family and firm belief in God brings comfort knowing they are finally together once again.
Jesus “Jesse” was born in Benavides, Texas to Guillermo Vera and Antonia Garza Vera on July 14, 1935. His parents precede him in death along with his brothers, Gilbert Vera, Ramon Vera, Salvador Vera, and Pete Vera and three sisters: Hermelinda Garcia, Elvira Vera, Maria Barnett.
In 1957, he married the love of his life, Manuelita Lopez on June 9. Together in life for 51 years until her passing in 2008. Together they had and raised three kids. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Garcia (Claudio) of Alice, Texas, Anggie Vera of Katy, Texas and his son, Jesse Vera, Jr. (Tracey) of McKinney Texas. Along with their parents to cherish his memory, there are six grandchildren, Richard Joslin (Victoria), Christopher Garcia, Robert Ian Davis (Stephanie), Michelle Coffey (Doug), Nicholas and Mallory Vera; four great grandchildren, Bryden and Maci Davis, Andriana and Ryan Joslin. He is also survived by his siblings, Jesus Vera (Lupita) of Palito Blanco, Texas, Bertha Soliz of Houston, Texas, Janie Lopez of Hebbronville, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews.
Jesse began his career doing various jobs until he found his passion as a Foreman working for the Rio Paisano Ranch in Riviera, Texas. After 15 years of working at the ranch, he decided to hang up his hat and boots. But that didn’t last long, Jesse then decided that retirement was not for him and he began working for B&J Air and Pump, Alice, Texas where he worked for another 18 years and finally retired at the age of 80. Needless to say, Jesse was loyal to his wife, family, and employers. He gave 110% on everything that was put in front of him. He was a hard worker and we are blessed to have been shown how to be devoted to what you love and cherish most.
Visitation will begin on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice, Texas with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening at St. Joseph Catholic Church Alice, Texas. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21, 2019 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice, Texas. Burial will follow at the Alice Cemetery in Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Gregorio D. Longoria, 70 years old passed Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at his residence after a long illness. He was a retired Rancher and Ranch Foreman for over 50 years for Lundells, Inc. Ranch. He was a loving brother and uncle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Venancio, Sr. and Genoveva Diaz Longoria, his common-law wife, Cecilia Garza, one sister, Maria Enedina Deleon, two brothers, Venancio Longoria, Jr., and Mauricio Longoria. He is survived by his two brothers, Domingo (Lydia) Longoria, Sr. of Mathis, Tx., and Tony (Josie) Longoria of Houston, Tx., three sisters, San Juana (Alfredo) Garcia of Alice, Tx., Modesta (Eliseo) Quinones, Sr., and Lupita (Luciano) Suarez both of San Diego, Tx., one nephew that he loved as a son, David Longoria, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Friday, September 13, 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 evening. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Tx. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery in San Diego, Tx. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Ugo J. Perez, 58 years old passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in a San Diego Nursing Home after a short illness. He was an oilfield worker. Ugo was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe and Amalia Rangel Perez. He is survived by his two sons, Guadalupe Jesus (Leeann) Perez and Ugo (Rashelle) Perez, Jr. both of Freer, Tx., two daughters, Newleen (Juan Vasquez) Perez of Houston, Tx. and Marleen (Alex) De La Garza of Freer, Tx., one brother, Erasmo (Sandra) Perez of Robstown, Tx., two sisters, Elda (+Cresencio) Acevedo and San Juanita (Rolando) Lerma both of Freer, Tx., fourteen grandchildren, Juan Moreno, III, Justin De La Garza, Guadalupe Perez, Jr., Kevin Perez, Alyjah Perez, Darian Torres, Jacob Perez, Luis Aguillon, Jr., Nateleen Serna, Abrian Torres, Audiah Perez, Andres Vasquez, Alejandro De La Garza, IV, Adelyn Perez, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitations will begin on Friday September 13, 2019 at 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego, Tx with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freer, Tx. Burial will follow at Perez Cemetery in Piedritas Community. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
San Diego, Texas - David G. Valerio, Jr., passed away August 16, 2019 in an Alice Nursing Home after a short illness. He was retired from the SDISD after 8 years. He loved music, spending time with his family and loved playing the maquinitas. He was preceded in death by his parents, David P. Valerio and Adela P. Gaitan, two sons, Arnold and Edward Valerio. He is survived by his wife, Elena C. Valerio of San Diego, Texas, three sons, David (Ruben) Valerio of Alice, Texas, Michael (Christine) Valerio of Ben Bolt, Texas and Ted (Jessica) Valerio of Corpus Christi, Texas, two daughters, Sandra (Imelda) Valerio of Alice, Texas and Jessica Valerio of San Diego, Texas, seventeen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Sunday, August 25, 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 6:30 p.m. the same evening. A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery#2 in San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on our website.
San Diego, Texas: Maria Oralia Salinas 72 years of age passed away on August 19, 2019 in a Corpus Christi Hospital surrounded by her family.
It was her way or the highway, she didn’t take anything from anybody and her head strong spirit will always remind us who was in charge. Our beautiful matriarch had the answers to everything, an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. Her strength and poise were well-known and respected by all. Maria Oralia Salinas, retired as a Financial Director with San Diego Independent School District after 35 years of service. She spent time with all her grandchildren. She returned to work as an election deputy for Duval County for 14 years. In her spare time she watched her Hallmark movies spent time with her family and always loved a trip to Golden Corral. She was a devout Catholic, lifetime parishioner of St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church where she served the Lord as a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and enjoyed more than 10 years in the Charismatic prayer group at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a member of the Duval County Rotary Club. Above all hats, the best she wore was being a loving and devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend to all.
Preceded in death by her parents Rosalio and Emma Camarillo, infant sister Margarita Camarillo, sister Emma Garza, father of her children Ubence Salinas Jr. Surviving are her children Roberto U. (Melissa) Salinas of San Diego and Gracie Salinas of Alice, two brothers Hector Camarillo Sr. of Houston and Domingo (Vilma) Camarillo of College Station, three sisters Gloria Hall of Houston, Margarita C. (Eulogio) Gonzalez of Freer, Rosalinda Guerrero of Boerne, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. with a Rosary recited that same evening at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on our website: www.mauropgarcia.com
Sgt. Jose Luis Pena Jr. (Louie) was born on April 27, 1979 in San Diego, Tx. to Hermelinda G. Pena and Jose Luis Pena, Sr. He passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at his residence in Houston, Texas. Louie was 40 years old. Louie was a 1997 Benavides High School graduate. After graduating he attended Del Mar College where he received his EMT/CNA Certification and Pre-Req. Shortly after, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 2000-2008. He was an Army 1st Battalion, 1st 133rd Field Artillery E/5 Sargent, with 2 tours to Iraq and Kuwait. 2001-2005 he worked for Gold Star EMS as an EMT/FTO where he helped with patient care and trained medics to made sure they were up to date on all skills. 2008-2010 he worked for Access Ambulance Service as an EMT/Dispatcher where he was trained for all patient care, employee scheduling and dispatch manager over communication. 2010-2012 he then went to work for Coastal EMS as an EMT/Dispatcher doing the same type of work. 2012- 2019 he worked at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center as a Health Technician. While having a full-time job he managed to get his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Accounting from DeVry University even making the Deans list.
Louie was loved by everyone, he always had a smile, always gave a helping hand and he had strong words of advice for anyone that came his way. He loved spending time with his parents at the ranch overseeing the cattle. He loved planning surprise parties for special occasions. Music, dancing and taking selfies were his passion but his family was his world he loved them dearly. His all-time favorite NFL football team were the Houston Texans, he had season tickets and never missed a home game. Louie will be greatly missed by all his family and friends but will never be forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his boys, Dexter and Buddy Pena. He is survived by his parents. his maternal grandmother, Dora N. Garcia of Concepcion, Texas, one brother, Robert Daniel Garza of Benavides, Texas, four sisters, Melissa (Homero) Vasquez of Hebbronville, Texas, Hermelinda (Robert) Garza and Maria Isabel (Daniel) Gonzalez both of Benavides, Texas and Doris (Leonardo) Chapa of Laredo, Texas, His Best Friend, Thomas J. Andrews of Houston, Texas, His Baby Girl, Valentina Pena, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas located at 1016 East Gravis, San Diego, Texas 361-279-3213 with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Benavides, Texas. Burial will follow at the Benavides Cemetery in Benavides, Texas with Military Graveside services conducted by the United Veterans Burial Association of Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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