San Diego, Texas - Maria Elena Vasquez, 78 years old passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, in a San Antonio hospital after a short illness. She was a former employee of the Alice Community Action and a convenience store clerk. She loved cooking and spending time with her family and was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Salome, and Alicia Ramirez Castanon, one infant child, Josie Castanon and one sister Josie Castanon Molina. She is survived by her three sons, Hector (Juanita) Vasquez, Nick (Angie) Vasquez and Rick Vasquez, three daughters, Rosalinda Luera, Carmen Vasquez, and Celina (JoJo) Perez, one sister, Alicia Salazar, eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 8 a.m. - 12: 45 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego. Rosary will be recited on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church and Funeral Mass to follow at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at the San Diego Cemetery.
Active Pallbearers: Jose Perez, III., Matthew Luera, George Rodriguez, Jr., Nathan Vasquez, Jr.,
Norman Vasquez, Jovon Perez, Hector Vasquez, Jr.
Due to Covid-19 Pandemic we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask and social distance at the funeral home, church and at the cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
San Diego-Olivia V. Guerrero age 82, passed away May 31, 2021, in San Diego, Texas. She was born March 01, 1939 in San Diego, Texas to Jose and Vicenta Velasquez. Olivia had an enormous love for her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and spending time with friends. She enjoyed being outdoors, planting, cleaning her yard, and always lending a helping hand. She was a provider for 35 years before she retired and was proud of the relationships, she made along her way of providing care to all her clients. She left her traditions from her childhood to her granddaughters to continue. She will be dearly missed by all who were touched by her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Vicenta Velasquez, her husband Fernando Guerrero and her son Benito Guerrero, a sister Aurora M. Rivera, brothers Simon Moreno, Feliciano Sanchez,
Olivia is survived by her two sons Fernando Guerrero Jr., Rene Guerrero, a grandson she raised as a son Rene Guerrero Jr (April) all of San Diego, Tx. Three daughters Belinda G. Perez of San Diego, Tx, Norma G. Nunez of San Diego, Tx, Esmeralda G. Robledo of Fort Worth, Tx, and a granddaughter she raised as a daughter Janice Renee (Rolando Reynolds Jr) of Alice, Tx. Three sisters Vicenta (late Reynaldo Vidal) of San Diego Tx, Guillermina (Esquivel Medina) of Freer Tx, Adela (late Benancio Espinoza) of Freer Tx. One brother Jesus G. Perez (Olga Castillo) of San Diego Tx.; 12 grandchildren Fernando Guerrero III, Belen Guerrero, Rene Guerrero Jr, (Amanda), Stacy (Aj Pena), Benito Perez, Lindsey Perez, Rhonda Perez, Martin F. Sanchez Jr., Christina Nunez, John Chapa, Cindy Juarez, Celina Guerrero; Great grandchildren she helped raised following her years of retirement: Rolando Reynolds III “Tres”, Austen R. Reynolds, Paisley N. Reynolds, Alyssa R. Guerrero, Niyeli O. Guerrero, Araceli E. Guerrero, Rene Guerrero III “Third”, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, she shared her love with.
A special thanks to her granddaughter Christine Nunez for taking her to all her appointments during her battle with cancer, and her granddaughter Celina Guerrero for undertaking the responsibility of taking care of our grandmother during her final days.
The Guerrero Family would like to thank River City Hospice & her nurse Jennifer Espinoza RN, for their prompt and outstanding service during our grandmothers’ final days.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great grandsons; Fernando Guerrero III “Fern”, Rene Guerrero Jr “short”, Benito Perez, John Chapa,
Honorary pallbearers will be Rolando Reynolds III “Tres”, Austen R. Reynolds, Rene Guerrero III “Third”, Nycolas J. Guerrero
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. followed by a Rosary @ 9:30 a.m. the same morning. Funeral Mass will be celebrated @ 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at he San Diego Cemetery.
San Diego- Angelita A. Perez, 74 years of age passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She loved going to bingos, barbequing with her sons, telling jokes, spending time with her grandchildren, especially her great-grandchildren. She loved her fur babies, Chico, Cookie and Weela. Angelita had a heart of gold and made everyone feel like they were the favorite. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felix Arredondo, Sr. and Maria Concepcion Villarreal, her husband, Cleto Perez, Sr., one son, Gilbert Perez, her son-in-law, Jose Luis Sanchez and numerous brothers and sisters. Left behind to cherish her memories are, daughter, Rosalinda P. Sanchez, four sons, Cleto "Fonzie" (Amada) Perez, Jose Angel "Blue" (Debbie) Perez, Rogelio "Rocky" (Consuelo) Perez and Sammy Perez, stepdaughter, Norma G. Garza, two brothers, Raul Arredondo, Sr., and Tomas Arredondo, twenty-five grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, and nephews. Active Pallbearers: Joe Sanchez, Jr., Aaron Sanchez, Andrew Perez, Matthew Perez, Jason Perez, Branden Bowen, Cleto Perez, III, Gilbert Perez, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers: Josh Michael Trevino. Visitation will begin on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego with a Prayer Service conducted at 7 p.m. by Pastor Martinez. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask and social distance at the funeral home and at the cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
Alice, Texas Norma Elena Jimenez passed away on May 22, 2021 in a Corpus Christi Hospital at the age of 51. Norma was a Head start Teacher and a Pastor's wife for 18 years. She was the Founder and Member of La Voz De Dios CC in Alice, Texas. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and spiritual Mother to many. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Maximo Salazar and Teresa Andrade Salazar, Aunts Minerva G. Salazar, Aurora Salazar, Maricela G. Salazar, cousins Sandra Vasquez and Laura L. Alaniz. She is survived by her husband of 29 years of marriage Francisco Jimenez Jr., two sons Joshua (Valerie) Jimenez, Francisco Jimenez, III daughter Norma Lynda Jimenez, her mother Lydia Salazar, brothers Arturo Salazar, Noe Salazar, sisters Sonia Zuniga, Sylvia Salazar, grandchildren Joshua David Jimenez and Ezra Damian Jimenez, numerous nieces, and nephews. Active Pallbearers: Joshua Jimenez, Frankie Jimenez, Noe Salazar, Arturo Salazar, Jesus Zuniga, Isaiah Salazar, Christian Zuniga, Jeremiah Salazar, Daniel Jimenez Jr., Aaron Jimenez. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 beginning at 8:00 am with the service at 10:30 am at La Voz De Dios CC 1623 Rosario St. Alice, Texas 78332 and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No.2 CR 145 in San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements. Please follow Mask protocol at the Church and Cemetery.
Alice-Well Done, Thou Faithful Servant; The obituary of my husband, and best friend Bruce Nolan Menking.
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21
Bruce Nolan Menking went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 and was born in Alice, Texas on December 07, 1952 to Alonzo and Jean Gold Menking. Having graduated from his Alma Mater Texas A&I University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He was one of the best well known Real Estate Agents in Texas and for the last 25 years he worked for Century 21/ Hallmark Realty in Alice, Texas. Being an active member of Alice and Jim Wells County, he was a past Alice Chamber of Commerce ambassador and Alice Chamber of Commerce and Alice/ Jim Wells County Economic Development board member and was inducted into the Alice Hall of Fame. His home church was Immanuel Lutheran Church. He and I shared a home in Alice, and a home in the “Hamptons”
in Benavides, Texas.
We were married on December 19, 2009 after an 11-year courtship; He proposed to me, his “Honey Bunny” in Fredericksburg, Texas on a ranch overlooking a pond; he said, okay, I am ready!
Bruce was a devoted servant to both the Catholic Church and Immanuel. Every night, while in his office, he prayed to St. Therese and Padre Pio for complete healing, listened to hymns, 70’s and 80’s country songs, studied his Bible and devotional. Bruce Loved Our Lord and Savior and believed - Jesus gave a wonderful, open invitation to every weary soul (Matt. 11:28), “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” He is now at rest and has complete healing.
He was an exceptional dancer and danced at almost every dance hall across Texas. He and I shared many waltzes and polkas. On a weekend, you could find Bruce feeding his deer and taking care of the land that my father had entrusted him with for almost 23 years; he loved being on a tractor as much as he loved selling real estate. Four years ago, we made the move onto the Menking home place, where he was most at home. He made sure the front of our home faced the back 40 to see the wildlife and all that nature had to offer. He had a sense of patience that no one could match. He was an avid bow and arrow hunter. Every year, he harvested 2-3 bucks from the family ranch in Ramirez, Texas and on the Menking home place. He would sit in his blind, read his devotional, a hunting magazine, or look at his phone all while waiting for the “buck” of a lifetime. Two years ago, he was sitting in a blind, waiting for the “buck” of a lifetime, which he did show but my Little Indian was looking down at his phone, texting offers and missed the entire show. Bruce was not an early riser except during hunting season. Out of bed at 4:30, at the blind by 5. He loved hunting and just about every Christmas, one gift from him was no doubt ammo, or a gun. He said, “Honey, you must take care of yourself when I am gone.”
Real Estate was his passion, and right up to the end, in a hospital bed, he was finalizing a real estate transaction. He was always recognized for his achievements and for many years, he was awarded local and regional awards for the most production/ sales but the highest honor for him was being awarded the Centurion Award from Century 21 -on 3 different occasions. Reaching the milestone was one of his proudest moments.
Bruce was a very humble man, believing that we did not have to tell everyone about good deeds, but rather that our deeds were kept with God. His favorite color- no doubt was camouflage. For work, you could usually find him in a pair of work jeans, camo shirt, but for church it was crisp blue jeans, white or blue long sleeve shirt and his boots that he had since college- Yes College.
Bruce had a way with people; his sense of humor and his infectious smile just brought a certain peace. He would ask, how can I help you today? What do you need? Every morning, at the breakfast table, okay who can we help today? If someone were in need and he could help, he would say – write a check and when it came to closing on a sale, he was always willing to give up a little to close the sale, “it’s okay, it’s better than zero”.
Bruce was ready and answered His call; he has completed his last sale and is now in His “Home” rejoicing with his father Alonzo, his father-in-law, Amado Garcia and brother-in-law, Jody. Bruce is survived by his wife Virginia G. Menking, his mother, Jean, mother-in-law, Anita; his brother Brian (Ann) Menking of Alice, Texas, and sister Cynthia (Gordon) Huyser of Whitehouse, Texas, Brother/ sister-in-law Amado & Leticia Garcia of Freer, Texas. Bruce is also survived by his furry (cats) children, whom they affectionately knew as “Daddy”; Professor Theodore, Juliet, Twinky, Winky and Dinky Menking along with his barn cats - Fluffy, Miss Kitty, Blackie, and Whitey. A special nephew, Jordan Garcia, whom he considered to be his “son” and his little “fella” (Great Nephew- Jody). Nephews, Chris Menking (Erin), Aaron (Rachel) Buster, Cody Garcia, Caleb Garcia, Jordan Garcia, nieces, Heidi (Ian) Brauckseiker, Ariana (Michael) McClellan and special niece Liana Laso; great nephews/ nieces (Auggie, Ryland, Curtis Arthur, Morgan, Madelyn, Olivia Joyce), special cousins he considered as brothers; Robert Menking and Don Schuette and many dear friends and family.
The family would like to thank everyone that trusted Bruce with their real estate needs; he was always so thankful for every opportunity. We also would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, text messages, flowers, memorials, and most of all for thinking of us during this time.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home -San Diego 1016 E. Gravis San Diego, Texas., A Prayer Service will be recited at 7:00 p.m. the same evening. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1400 N. Texas Blvd. Alice , Texas. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic will ask that you wear a mask at the Funeral Home and Church. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
Alice- Amelia V. Galvan, 85 years of age, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021 in a San Antonio hospital. Amelia was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening and spending all her time in her yard. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Santos and Amada Villela, her husband, Crencencio Galvan, Sr., and a granddaughter Geneive Galvan. Survivors include, five sons, Chris (Irene) Galvan, Daniel Rene (Dolores) Galvan, Oscar (Elda) Galvan, Noe (Maria) Galvan, Jacob (Alice) Galvan, Samuel (Joann) Galvan, three daughters, Sylvia Galvan, Terry (Ron Chatman) Galvan, Ninfa Galvan, several brothers, sisters, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 8 a.m. -10 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice with a Prayer Service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery . Due to Covid-19 Pandemic we ask that you wear a mask and the Funeral Home and Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
San Diego, Texas - Anita D. Bazan, 59 years old passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2021 at her parents’ home peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Anita was a 1980 graduate of San Diego High School. She graduated from Bee County College, as an LVN then continued her education and received her RN from Del Mar College and had a degree in accounting from Monterey Community College. She had been employed by Memorial Medical Center, Lan-Mar Home Health, NSCL Home Health and Care and Touch Home Health. She was a loving and nurturing aunt and sister. Everybody looked up to her, siblings, nieces, nephews, and stepchildren. Anita was a Mother to all. She loved fishing, camping, ranching, traveling, Vegas, her patients, her family, and her dogs. Preceded in death by her parents Daniel P. Gaitan and Anita Aleman Gaitan, her husband Charles D. Bazan and one brother Daniel Gaitan, Jr. Survived by her three brothers Adrian A. Gaitan, Ruben O. (Urbano Arriaga, Jr.) Gaitan and Frank "Frankie" (Monica) Gaitan, her sister Araceli "Shelly" Ochoa, three stepdaughters Christina Ann (Juan) Zuniga, Rita (Katrina) Tsosie and Louana B. (Samuel) Guzman, stepson Carlos (Chelsea) Bazan. Her Beloved Friend Veronica E. Garcia, eleven step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will begin on Sunday May 16, 2021 at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday May 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial to follow at the San Diego Cemetery # 2, San Diego, Texas.
Serving as Active Pallbearers: Daniel A. Gaitan, Adrian A. Gaitan, Carlos Bazan, Jr., Gilbert Sanchez, Sr, Sonny Alaniz, and Ezekiel Moya. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Due to Covid-19 Pandemic we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask and social distance at the funeral home, church, and cemetery.
San Diego, Texas: Adriana "Adrie" Perez 44 years of age passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in a Conroe Hospital. Adrie was a 1996 Graduate of San Diego High School. She was loved by her family and friends. Adrie is preceded in death by her father Rodolfo Perez, Sr. She is survived by her Mother Sylvia "Chole" Perez, brother Rodolfo "Rudy" (Elia) Perez III, one sister Anita (David Vasquez) Perez, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home with a Rosary that will be recited at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church followed by the Funeral Mass. Burial to follow at the San Diego Cemetery No.2. Active pallbearers: Mario Alberto Soto III, Andres Javier Soto, Rodolfo "Rudy" Perez III, Leopoldo Perez Jr., Richard "Ricky" Soriano, Eden Garcia. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
Freer- Simona "Mona" V. De Leon 61, passed away on May 8, 2021 in a Corpus Christi hospital. Mona was a housewife all her life and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her hobbies were watching her favorite T.V. Shows, making flower arrangements, enjoyed decorating for events, and loved spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Susana and Elizandro Morin, parents Gilberto Villarreal Sr. and Maria Morin and Stepfather, Ramon Alaniz, brother Gilbert Villarreal, aunts San Juana Morin and Oralia Trevino, Consuelo Mata, uncles Ramiro Morin, Roman Morin, Moises Morin, nieces Karen Lynn Villarreal, Tammy Moreno, two sisters in law Anne Villarreal and Candelaria Garcia, two fathers-in law, Roberto De Leon, and Frank Morgan. She is survived by her husband, Eugene De Leon, son, Eugene De Leon Jr., daughter Blanca (Xavier) Trevino, daughters raised as her own, Charlie Garcia Moreno, Cheryl Pineda, brother Rudy Villarreal, Godson Oscar Luan, sisters, Zinnia Cantu, Anna Liza (Luis) Rodriguez, Marissa (Neri) Quintanilla, Granddaughter, Ayelli Renee Trevino, numerous nieces, and nephews.
Honorary Pallbearers: Oscar Luan, Eddie Balboa Jr., Joel Leal, Claudio Trevino, Eugene De Leon Jr., Xavier Trevino, Ramon Leal.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home at 4:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. Services will conclude after the Rosary. A Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
Agua Dulce, Texas - Francisca L. Ovalle, 85 years old passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in a nursing home after a long illness. She was a long-time resident of Agua Dulce. Francisca was a homemaker, enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking for them. She was a loving wife, mother, 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 Raymundo and Emiteria Lucio, her husband Jose Ovalle, Sr., two brothers Tomas Lucio and Jacinto Lucio, one sister Catarina Vasquez and daughter-in-law Diana Ovalle. She is survived by her three sons Jose Ovalle, Jr, Jorge Ovalle and Felix Ovalle, Sr., one daughter Margarita Ovalle, one half-brother Oscar Esparza and sister Nieves Lucio, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, and nephews. Visitation will begin on Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice followed by a Funeral Service. Burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Alice, Texas. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic we ask that everyone wear a mask and social distance inside the Funeral Home and at the cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
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