San Diego- Ruben Rene Smithwick Sr. 80 years of age passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 after a long illness surrounded by his loving family. Ruben was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He retired as a plant operator for Reynolds Metal Co. after 34 years. After his retirement he enjoyed farming and ranching. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Ruben is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Elodia L. Smithwick, one brother Roy Louis Smithwick, one sister-in-law, Raquel P. Smithwick, one sister Delpha Garcia and one great-grandson Uriah Martinez. Survivors include, his wife of 58 years , Maria Albesa Smithwick, San Diego, Texas, two sons, Ruben Rene "Sonny" (Debbie) Smithwick, Jr., Orange Grove, Texas, and Steven Noah (Angelica) Smithwick, San Diego, Texas, three daughters, Sandra (Hector Mario) Bazan, Loma Linda , Texas, Sally Smithwick, San Diego, Texas, and Sarah (Roel Chapa) Smithwick, Alice, Texas, one brother, Charles (Cota) Smithwick, Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas, one sister, Sally (Henry) Messer, Sugarland, Texas, 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Sunday, May 26, 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 7:00p.m. the same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery.
San Diego, Texas: Javier Soliz 57 years of age passed away on May 14, 2019 in a San Antonio Hospital. Javier worked in the Oilfield Industry for many years. He was a great handyman and loved his animals. Javier loved his family dearly and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Francisco and Leocadia Soliz, maternal grandparents Juan and Dolores Jimenez, his father Benny Soliz. Survivors include: His wife of 32 years Eusebia A. Soliz of Austin, one son Juan R. (Victoria) Soliz of Alice, his mother Cristela Webb of San Benito, five brothers Adrian (Laura) Soliz and Santiago Soliz of San Benito, Juan R. (Gracie) Soliz of San Diego, Patricio (Alma) Soliz of Boerne, Benny (Nelda) Soliz of Falfurrias, five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Prayer Service recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10 a m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home with Burial of cremains to follow at the San Diego Cemetery. Pastor George Franco will officiate the services. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
San Diego, Texas - Santos S. Briones, 93 years old passed Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at her daughter's residence in San Antonio after a long illness. She was homemaker. Santos was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend who will be sadly missed by who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Federico and Celestina Perez Sauceda, her 1st husband, Ascencio Briones, Sr., her 2nd husband, Francisco Garza, Sr., one son, Jesus Carrenza, two son-in-laws, Rogelio Lichtenberger and Roel Garza, five brothers, Lazaro, Juan, Antonio, Claudio and Andres Sauceda , four sisters, Isabel Garza, Natividad Sauceda, San Juanita Covarrubias and Micaela Aguero. She is survived by her four sons, Joe (Etta Kay) Briones of Corpus Christi, Ascencio Briones, Jr. of San Diego, Frank (Pricilla)Garza, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA. and Pete (Rosario) De Luna of Mission, Texas, three daughters, Josie (Arnoldo) Cantu of San Antonio, Lydia (Martin Sanchez)Lichtenberger of San Diego and Janie Garza of Kingsville, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
McAllen, Texas: Jesusita Martina Briones Salinas, went to be with the Lord at the age of 74, on Wednesday April 24, 2019 in Edinburg, Texas. She was born on October 18, 1944 to the late Vitalio and Leonor Briones in San Diego, Texas. She is preceded in death by her brothers Armando Briones, Ricardo Briones, Alfonso T. Briones, and brother in law Erasmo Valdez. She is survived by her husband of 48 years Julio N. Salinas, and her children, Julissa (Victor) Gamez, Julio N. (Desi) Salinas Jr., Jessica (Daniel) Valadez and Javier Salinas, her siblings, Vitalio Briones Jr., Ana B. Valdez and Ernesto Briones, six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jesusita worked as a volunteer at United ISD in Laredo, Texas for 6 years in which she developed a Reading Program for children with reading difficulties. After that she worked as a Teacher Aide for 19 years. Her passion for decorating was demonstrated when she decorated the entire gym for the graduating 5th grade class for many years. Visitation and viewing will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m .that same evening at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego. Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No.2. Mauro P. Garcia entrusted with the arrangements.
Merardo Pena Jr., 60 years old passed away April 13, 2019 in a Harlingen hospital. He was a retired Auto Mechanic. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merardo and Otila Chapa Pena. He was a loving son, father, nephew and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his two daughters, Susana Pena of San Antonio, Texas and Sara Pena of California, his uncle, Eliseo A. (Nelda M.) Chapa of McAllen, Texas. Visitations will begin on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 9 a..m. with a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego, Texas. Burial to follow at the Benavides Cemetery in Benavides, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Alice, Texas - Anita R. Garcia, 88 years passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 in an Alice Nursing Home. She was a homemaker. Anita was a lovely daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will sadly be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her biological parents , father, Fermin Trevino, mother and husband Eligia (Benito) Valenzuela and raised by Macedonio and Anita Robles, her husband, Simplicio "Tito" Garcia, two brothers, Pedro "Pete" Trevino and Eliberto Robles, three sisters, Estanislada Contreras, Maria DeLeon and Herlinda Soliz. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Louisa (Ramon) Perez of Alice, Texas, three grandchildren, Antonio (Stephanie) Ramon Perez of Seguin, Texas, Anissa (Rick) Rianna Chavez of McAllen, Texas and Arianna Perez of Alice, Texas, two great-grandchildren Ben and Sam Chavez, two sisters, Aurora Cyprus of Kenner, LA. and Maria Eligia (Robert) Rivera of Irving, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitations will begin on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m. and Funeral Mass to follow at 10:20 a.m. that same morning. Burial will follow at New Collins in Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
Ninfa "Nana" Lichtenberger 91 years of age passed away on April 15, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ninfa was a homemaker all of her life and the Heart of her family. She was a Loving "Nana" to her family and friends and loved cooking, sharing stories and most definitely enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends in her home. She will be sadly missed by everyone. Nana is preceded in death by her parents Conrado and Evangelina Lichtenberger, brothers Isauro, George, Leandro, Rogelio, Ruben, and Servando Lichtenberger, great-grandson Eric Miguel Galvan. Surviving are her daughters Rachel Salinas and Estella L. (Tony) Juarez both of San Diego, one brother Conrado "Lalo" Lichtenberger of San Diego, sisters San Juanita Vasquez of San Diego, and Nilda (Jose Arnoldo) Rivera of Corpus Christi, grandchildren Lela (Balde) Vasquez, Santana "Sonny" (Irene) Garcia Jr., Maria Brenda Alaniz, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren nieces, and nephews. Pallbearers: John Broquet, Marcos “Marky” Vasquez, Ralph Lichtenberger, Roel Lichtenberger, Conrado “Third” Lichtenberger, Leandro Lichtenberger, Arturo Arriaga and Bryan Garcia. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening. The Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No. 2. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
San Diego, Texas: Eric Miguel Galvan 26 years old passed away April 5, 2019. He was a graduate of San Diego High School Class of 2011. He was presently employed by Superior Energy Services as a Tool Assembler for several years. Eric enjoyed spending time with his daughter, she was his pride and joy. His mom Brenda who he loved dearly was the light of his life. He enjoyed fishing with his friends, bird hunting, and barbequing with his family. He was the life of the party and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all that knew him. He is survived by his mother Maria Brenda Alaniz of San Diego, his late father Federico "Freddy" Alaniz, mother of his child Stephanie Garza and daughter Katalina Raine Galvan both of San Diego, paternal grandparents Victor and Yolanda G. Galvan of Alice, the late Ramona Sanchez and Federico Alaniz Sr., maternal grandparents Estella L. and Tony Juarez of San Diego, maternal grandfather Santana Garcia of San Diego, maternal great-grandmothers Ninfa " Nana" Lichtenberger of San Diego, and Desideria P. Garcia of Kyle, the late great-grandfather Santana Garcia, and the late maternal aunt Gloria Anna Valerio, three sisters Victoria (Mathew) Salinas of San Diego, Erika (Ruben) Naranjo of Alice and Monique Galvan of San Diego, one brother Victor Galvan III of San Diego, uncle Santana "Sonny" (Irene) Garcia, aunt Lela (Balde) Vasquez and great aunt Rachel Salinas all of San Diego, three nieces Jalynn Marie Garcia, Sophia Naranjo, Alayna DeLeon, two nephews Ethan Mathew Salinas, Zachary Michael Salinas, God parents, Roel and Angie Garcia, Special Cousins, Vanessa Morin, Kristina Vasquez, Desiree Cavazos, Bryan Garcia and Allison Garcia, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitations will begin on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery # 2, San Diego, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Carlos C. Garcia, 70, passed away in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 2, 2019. He was born in Alice, Texas in 1948. Carlos graduated from William Adams High School, Class of 1966. He worked in insurance sales for over 30 years all over South Texas.
Carlos was an active Catholic all his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as a eucharist minister. While a member of St. Leo the Great in San Antonio, he was a visionary and organizer of many faith sharing groups and active in getting the community out to vote as well as encouraging members to become active in other community issues.
He is always remembered for his infectious smile, laughter and love of his six grandchildren; Benjamin, Jacob, Harlee, Ethan, Evan and Easton.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents Benito Garcia and Emma (Casas) Garcia, his daughter Maricella R. Garcia, brother Armando C. Garcia (Norma), brother in-law David Chapa (Consuelo), and niece Amanda Rodriguez.
Carlos is survived by his three sons; Armando (Donna) of Centreville, Virginia, Carlos A. Garcia (Laurie) of Corpus Christi, and Gabriel C. Garcia (Jennifer) of Stanardsville, Virginia and his former wife Graciela Garcia of Corpus Christi, three sisters; Consuelo Chapa of Flower Mound, Anna Rodriguez (Kenneth) of Austin and Mary Benavides of Alice as well as two brothers Bennie Garcia (Hilda) of Pleasanton and Robert Garcia (Sylvia) of Alice.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home of Alice 600 S. Wright St. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Elizabeth of Hungary 603 E. 5th St. in Alice, Tx and Burial will follow at the New Collins Cemetery. Mauro P. Garcia Entrusted with Arrangements.
San Diego, Texas: Moises "Moy" Ruvalcaba Sr. passed away at his home on March 31, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was a Farmer and Rancher most of his life. He also worked in construction pouring concrete. He enjoyed playing cards and Bingo with his friends at the Real Civic Center in San Diego. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather- great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Anselma Ruvalcaba, his wife Oralia G. Ruvalcaba, son Luciano Ruvalcaba, brothers Bruno and Valente Ruvalcaba, sisters Guadalupe Ruvalcaba Olvera , Lucia Ruvalcaba Olvera and Elvira Ruvalcaba Olvera, Surviving are his children Isabel Soliz of San Diego, Ester (Lorenzo) Varela of San Diego, Elizabeth Ruvalcaba of Valle Hermoso,Tamps, Rosa (Faustino) Soliz, Maria (David) Munoz Soliz, Gabriela (David) Garcia, Julissa Soliz all of San Diego, Sons: Manuel (Martha) Ruvalcaba of Alice, Juan (Minerva) Ruvalcaba of Valle Hermoso, Tamps, Isaac (Cecilia) Ruvalcaba of Baja California, Moises (Doris) Ruvalcaba Jr., Rigoberto (Priscilla) Ruvalcaba, Reynaldo (Maria) Ruvalcaba all of San Diego, one brother Miguel Ruvalcaba Olvera of Donna, sister Petra Ruvalcaba Olvera of Alvarado, Texas, 37 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Pallbearers: Reynaldo Ruvalcaba, Juan Ruvalcaba, Rigoberto Ruvalcaba, Isaac Ruvalcaba, Nefi Luna, Fausto Soliz, Moisés Ruvalcaba, III, Iván Ruvalcaba, David Garcia, III, and Victor Soliz. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 9 pm at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Manuel Caso Jr. officiating. Funeral Service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Primera Iglesia Bautista in San Diego, Texas. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No.2. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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