Palito Blanco Community- Jose I. Cadena, 94 years old passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at his residence after a long illness. He was a United States Army veteran having served during WWII. He was a retired farmer and rancher all his life. He loved playing his accordion and loved spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Antonia R. Cadena, his wife, Julia Dekok Cadena and four sons, Felix, Jesus, Jose and Thomas Cadena. He is survived by his six sons, Carlos Cadena of Palito Blanco Community, Ernesto (Katherine) Cadena of Rivera, Texas, David Cadena and Juan (Vanessa) Cadena both of Alice, Texas, Rodolfo (Lionicia) Cadena of Rivera, Texas and Michael (Zulema) Cadena of Palito Blanco Community and one daughter, Sofia Rodriguez of Green Acres, Texas, three brothers, Chano Cadena and Ernesto Cadena both of Alice, Texas and Raymundo (Beatrice) Cadena of Fort Worth, Texas and one sister, Raquel (Luis) Arredondo of Alice, Texas, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visitation will be private. Rosary will be recited Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice, Texas. Funeral Service to be conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in Alice, Texas. Military Services will be conducted by the United Veteran's Burial Association of Alice, Texas and burial will follow at Garcia Cemetery at La Esperanza Ranch.
Jose A. “Joey” Sanchez, Jr. passed away on Monday March 16, 2020 in an Alice Nursing Home. Joey held many jobs such as, Carpentry, Oilfield, and many others. He is preceded in death by his wife Odilia C. Sanchez, two brothers Javier and Albert Sanchez, paternal grandparents Abraham and Emilia Sanchez, maternal grandparents Dolores and Vicenta Alcala, numerous other whom will always be in our prayers. Joey is survived by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Jose “Pepe” Sanchez of Alice, one brother Johnny (Norma) Sanchez of Alice, two sisters Teresa (Antonio) Solis of Hebbronville, Irma (Andre) Arredondo of Austin, several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home of Alice with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Burial will follow at the New Collins Cemetery in Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home- Alice entrusted with the arrangements.
On Saturday, March 14, 2020 Alicia C. Carrillo passed from this life at the age of 90 years.
Alicia was born on August 7, 1929 in San Diego, Texas the daughter of Albino and Alicia
S. Canales. After moving to Benavides with her family she graduated high school in 1947. She married her high school sweetheart Octavio Carrillo in 1950. They lived in San Antonio, Kingsville, and Benavides throughout their marriage. They raised a son, Abelardo and 2 daughters, Rosa and Carrie.
After retirement, Alicia along with her husband moved back to Benavides and volunteered at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church where she became a Catholic Daughter. After the death of her husband she resided in Calallen and volunteered at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church assisting her daughter providing Holy Communion to shut-in parishioners and residents of River Ridge Nursing Home.
Alicia was a gifted seamstress sewing most of her young children’s clothing as well as dance costumes for her niece Azalia.
Alicia was also known for her excellent cooking, preparing home-cooked meals for her family daily as well as family favorites like thanksgiving dressing, menudo, and tamales.
Fortunately, Alicia and her husband Octavio recorded these recipes and shared them with their family. These recipes are a cherished part of the family memories.
Alicia was loved by ALL who knew her, family, co-workers, neighbors, and her children’s friends. All have fond memories of her kindness, generosity, and her easy laugh. Her love was felt by all who had the fortune of knowing her. C.S. Lewis wrote that “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” After her long illness, Alicia is now in Christ’s joyful presence.
Alicia’s family would like to express heartfelt gratitude for the loving care she received from the staff and care givers at River Ridge Nursing Home.
Alicia is survived by her beloved children Abelardo Carrillo (Hilda), Rosa Carrillo (David O. Gonzalez), and Carrie Heckman (Dr. Michael Heckman), grandchildren Mark Gonzalez (Carly Surratt), Katie Phillips (Ryan), Elizabeth Reyes (Michael), Liana Gonzalez (Ansel Schulenberg), Andrew Heckman, and Christopher Heckman, 3 great grandchildren, a niece and nephew raised as her siblings Dr. Angel Saenz, Jr. and Azalia Perez, along with numerous other nephews and nieces.
Alicia is preceded in death by her beloved husband Octavio Carrillo, her parents Alicia
S. and Albino Canales, brothers Liborio Canales, F.H. Canales, Binny Canales, a sister Lilia C. Saenz.
*Due to the COVID-19 threat all services for Alicia C. Carrillo are canceled by the family. Family will hold a private service.*
Rosita, Texas: Homero V. " Droopy" Cantu passed away at the age of 76, on March 6, 2020 in a Corpus Christi Hospital. Homero graduated from San Diego ISD class of 1962. He joined the Army during the Vietnam Era. He earned his Masters of Art degree from Sam Houston University and was the agriculture teacher at San Diego ISD for many years. He also worked as an Agriculture Extension Officer in another county. Homero is preceded in death by his parents Santiago C. Cantu and Susana Valerio Cantu, one brother Oscar Cantu. Survivors include one brother Arnoldo Cantu, and one sister Rebecca C. Davila several nieces and nephews.
All services for Homero V. "Droopy" Cantu" have been postponed for a later date.
On Friday, February 28, at 11:28am, Ysidro Benavides Gonzalez passed away at the age of 80. He was born to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Fortino Benavides Gonzalez on November 4, 1939 in San Diego, Texas. He served his country with honors during the Vietnam Era and spent his life working in South Texas supporting his family in La Parrita. He is survived by his beloved children Sandra, Christina, Graciela, Ysidro Jr., Theodoro, and John Robert (nephew), his beloved sweetheart Idalia Rodriguez Cantu, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sisters, Minerva G. Salinas, Rosa G. Hanna, Lucia Gonzalez and a brother, Oscar B. Gonzalez. He is preceded by his parents, his loving son Eduardo Gonzalez, and his brothers Gustavo and David Gonzalez. Siempre te recordaremos en nuestros corazones.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home- San Diego with a Prayer Service to be recited at 7:00 p.m. the same evening. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home-San Diego at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gonzalez Family Cemetery in La Parrita. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
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