AMELIA GUERRA NARVAEZ
PHARR - Amelia Guerra Narvaez, 81, entered into eternal rest Friday, June 26, 1998, after a short illness at McAllen Medical Center. She was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Laredo, was raised in Falfurias and had been a Valley resident for the past 59 years.
Mrs. Narvaez was preceded in death by Richard Anthony Pruneda, Xavier N. Martinez, Andres Narvaez Sr. and Irma Sylvia Narvaez. She is survived by her children, Olga N. (Eliodoro) Pruneda, Maria Norma Narvaez, Graudelia N. (Felix) Mendoza, Melba de Haven, Andres (Diana) Narvaez and Marisela N. Martinez; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 1998, at De Leon Funeral Home in Pharr. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today, Sunday, June 28, 1998, at De Leon Funeral Home. A chapel service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, 1998, at De Leon Funeral Home. Burial will follow upon arrival at Old Sacred Heart Cemetery in Falfurias under the direction of De Leon Funeral Home of Pharr.
FRANK L. OSBORN
MISSION -- Frank L. Osborn, 84, died Saturday, January 24, 1998 at McAllen Medical Center.
Mr. Osborn was a veteran of W.W.I. as a Lieutenant in U.S. Navy. Mr. Osborn was an member of the American Legion Post #37 of McAllen. He had lived in Aladdin Villa Retirement Community in Mission for the last twelve years. Previously living in Kansas City, Missouri Mr. Osborn was president of national Bellas Hess, retail chain.
Mr. Osborn is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorthy Osborn of Mission; a son, Robert Osborn of Princeton, New Jersey and a daughter, Dee Osborn of Richardson, Texas. He also leaves behind a host of other friends.
A private family burial will be held at a later date in Odessa, Missouri.
Services were entrusted to the care of Kreidler Funeral Home of McAllen.
GRACE F. REYNA
WESLACO -- Mrs. Grace F. Reyna, 87, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 1998 at Knapp Medical Center, in Weslaco.
She was born on November 28, 1910, in San Antonio, Texas had lived in Weslaco since 1970.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Wilfredo Reyna, Sr., who passed away in 1994, and her daughter, Rachel Gonzalez, in 1993.
Survivors include her son, Wilfredo Reyna, Jr., of Chula Vista, Calif., her two daughters; Hortencia ''Tencha'' Pena of Weslaco and Soyla Manzello of Weslaco. Twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today January 28, 1998 at 2 p.m. at Donna Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in Donna. officiating will be Chaplain Wilfredo Reyna Sr., and Minister Pascual Pena. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial park in Weslaco.
Hawkins Funeral Home of Weslaco is in charge of arrangements.
DONNA -- Elva Rodriguez, 69, entered into her eternal rest on Tuesday January 27, 1997 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.
Mrs. Rodriguez was born December 14, 1928 to Mr. Antonio and Mrs. Otilia Rodriguez in McAllen, and recently since 1984 she resided in Mission, Texas. She was a member of El Principe de Paz Church in Donna, Texas. She was a loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law and niece and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her two sisters Guadalupe R. Martinez of Donna, Texas, and Amelia Molina of Mission, Texas, two brothers-in-law; Leandro Martinez of Donna, Texas, and Arturo Molina of Mission, Texas, two brothers; Daniel Rodriguez of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ramon Rodriguez of Weslaco, Texas, and a sister-in-law; Celia Rodriguez of Fort Worth, Texas.
Visitation will be held today January 28, 1998 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday January 29, 1997 at 10 a.m. at The El Principe de Paz Church in Donna, Texas. Rev. Daniel Reyna will be officiating the services.
Interment will follow at Donna City Cemetery in Donna, Texas.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sagmiller Funeral Home in Donna, Texas.
ANSELMA G. GARCIA
McALLEN -- Anselma G. Garcia, 74, entered eternal rest on Monday January 26, 1997 at McAllen Medical Center.
Born on May 21, 1923 in San Antonio, Texas, she had lived in McAllen for most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents Emilio and Florentina Gonzalez.
She is survived by her family that includes four brothers; Timoteo and Juan Gonzalez both of San Antonio, Texas, Idelfonso and Jaime Gonzalez both of Monterrey, Mex. two sisters; Julia Gonzalez and Juanita Gonzalez both of Monterrey, Mex.
Visitation will begin today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Gonzalez Funeral Home in Edinburg. Evening services will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday January 29, 1998 at 10 a.m. at Gonzalez Funeral Home Chapel of Peace. Interment will follow to Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Edinburg.
Funeral services are being directed by Gonzalez Funeral Home of Edinburg.
RUFINO OLIVAREZ JR.
MISSION -- Rufino Olivarez Jr., 83, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 26, 1998 at Mission Hospital.
Mr. Olivarez was born in Rio Grande City on July 11, 1914, where he resided for most of his life. He lived his last nine years in Mission, Texas. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufino Olivarez and Aurora Arredondo Olivarez, his brothers, Flavio, Reynaldo and Rogelo Olivarez.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea Gomez Olivarez, his daughters, Delcia Rich (Anaheim, California), Maria Louisa Garcia (Mission), and Imelda Cavazos (McAllen), and a son Dr. Ruben D. Olivarez (Austin, Texas), two brothers; Gilberto Olivarez of Grande Prairie, Texas, and Willie Olivarez of Rio Grande City, and one sister; Felicia Morales of Mission, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Visitation and rosary was held Tuesday, Sanchez Funeral Home in Rio Grande City. Funeral services will be held today January 28, 1998 at Immaculate Conception Church at 3 p.m. in Rio Grande City. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery in Rio Grande City under the direction of Sanchez Funeral Home.
The family asks that Memorial contributions be made to Col. Frank Plummer , Veterans War Memorial of Texas, Rt. 4 Box 1670, McAllen, Texas, 78504
PEREZVILLE - Martin Ochoa, 41, passed away, Sunday, January 25, 1998, in Mission. He was preceded in death by a son, Martinito Ochoa, Jr. in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Teodora Y. Ochoa of Perezville; two daughters, Jessica Ochoa Gonzalez of Minnesota and Jennifer Ochoa of Perezville; his father, Tomas Ochoa, Sr. and his mother, Alberta C. Ochoa both of Perezville; four brothers, Manuel Ochoa of San Antonio, Epimenio Ochoa of Mexia, Texas, Tomas Ochoa, Jr. of Beeville and Juan Jose Ochoa of Perezville; two sisters, Maria Rita Zamarripa of Mission and San Juanita Villarreal of Palmview; three grandchildren.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at Flores Chapel. Funeral Mass will be said at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abram. Burial will follow at Abram Cemetery. Flores Funeral Home of Mission is in charge of arrangements.
JOSE LUZ RIVERA
MISSION - Jose Luz Rivera, 89, passed away, Monday, January 26, 1998, at McAllen Medical Center. Born in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Mr. Rivera moved to the valley at a very young age where he worked as a Barber for most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Teresita M. and Blas Rivera; two brothers, Melecio Rivera and Fernandeo Rivera, Sr.; three sisters, Juanita R. Garcia, Guadalupe R. Perez and Ventura R. Ramirez.
He is survived by three brothers, Donaciano Rivera of Mission, Juan M. Rivera of Pharr and Pablo Rivera of San Antonio; and nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at Flores Chapel. Funeral Mass will be said at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Catholic Cemetery.
The Choir Singers will be Sister Lupita Cortez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and his nieces and nephews. Military Services will be conducted by the Catholic War Veterans Post 1065 of Mission.
Serving as Pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews.
Flores Funeral Home of Mission is in charge of arrangements.
MCALLEN -- Hermenegilda Infante, 81, entered into eternal rest on Sunday January 25, 1998 at McAllen Medical Center.
Born in Allende, Mexico, Mrs. Infante was a housewife.
Mrs. Infante is survived by her five sons David (Lydia) Infante, Ruben (Olga) Infante, both of McAllen, Marcos (Gloria) Infante, Brownfield, Texas, Isreal (Juanita) Infante of Reynosa, Mexico, Pedro Infante of McAllen and one daughter Ester Galvan of Uvalde, Texas; 26 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Viewing and visitation for Mrs.. Infante began on Monday January 26, 1998 at 5 p.m. with a prayer service being held at 7 p.m. at Ceballos Funeral Home of McAllen. A religious service was held on Tuesday January 27, 1998 at Templo Calvario in McAllen with departure at 1:30 p.m. for burial at Valley memorial Gardens.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Ceballos Funeral Home of McAllen.
JUANITA M. DEBOUVER
EDINBURG -- Juanita M. DeBouver, 69, died Monday, January 26, 1998 at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Mrs. DeBouver was born on March 28, 1928, to Jose and Apolonia Martinez, and she married Noel W. DeBouver on June 27, 1949. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Edinburg. Juanita was a warm loving woman to her family and friends and she will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her husband, Noel W. DeBouver, Edinburg; four daughters Margarette (Jim) Ragland, Rogers, Ark; Mary E. DeBouver, San Antonio, Texas, Diana Marie (Joe) Partida, Victoria, Texas, Josephine Garza, San Antonio, Texas, she is also survived by three brothers, three sisters, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4-9 p.m., with the family to greet friends from 6-7 p.m., with a rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at Skinner-Silva Funeral Home in Edinburg.
Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment to follow at Hillcrest memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Ernie Strickland, Jose Robledo, Bill Koen, Roberto and Rene Rodriguez and Jim Ragland.
Skinner-Silva Funeral Home in Edinburg is in charge of funeral arrangements.
JUANITA T. SAENZ
LA VILLA -- Juanita T. Saenz, 76, passed away Monday January 26, 1998 at Valley Gardens Manor in Weslaco.
She was born October 21, 1921 to Malaquias and Cruz Tamez in La Blanca, Texas. And lived most of her life in La Villa.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Guadalupe Saenz, Sr. on June 10, 1996.
She is survived by four sons Adalberto Saenz and wife Dominga of Natalia, Texas, Alejos Saenz and wife Aurora and Guadalupe Saenz, Jr. and wife Edna, all of Weslaco, and Alfredo Saenz and wife Olga of La Villa.
Four daughter Eva Hernandez and Husband Luciano of Holland, Michigan, Elvia Cisneros and Husband Joe Floydada, Texas, Esmeralda Moheno and husband Victor of Visalia, California and Ernestina Saenz of La Villa; two brothers Juan Tamez of La Villa and Julian Tamez of Corpus Christi, 27 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday January 27, 1998 with a rosary at Guerra Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today January 28, 1998 at Our Lady of Guadalupe; celebrant will be Rev. Gregory M. Kuczmanski. Burial will follow at highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Pallbearers will be Joe Cisneros, Jr., Rolando Cisneros, David Saenz, Ron Saenz, Bobby Saenz, and Ramiro Saenz.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Angel Saenz.
Arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Elsa.
HUBERT W. (BILL) THOMPSON
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Hubert W. (Bill) Thompson, 46, died March 11, 1998, in Corpus Christi.
Born in McAllen, Texas, Mr. Thompson had lived in Mission all his life.
Mr. Thompson attended University of Texas-Pan American, was president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and president of Inter Fraternity Council. He also attended Texas A&I in Kingsville and Mission High School
Thompson was a farmer and manager of United Irrigation & Hidalgo Co. Irrigation Dist. No. 16. He was managing partner for Hubert Thompson Farms and a foreman for Thompson Brothers in charge of day-to-day operations.
Thompson was board president of the Hidalgo County Farm Bureau and president of Texas Citrus Mutual Board. He was a member of Texas Valley Citrus Committee, past president of District No. 7 Board of Directors, president of the United Irrigation Board of Directors; board member of Texas A&M University; council member of Valley Water Policy & Management; board member of the Texas Water Conservation Association; Melon Committee member; Tomato Committee member; Lettuce Committee member; Texas Sweet Board of Directors member; First United Methodist Church; and a finance committee member of the Mission Economic Development Council. Mr. Thompson also was King Citrus in 1978.
Survivors include his wife, Nannette Thompson of Mission; two daughters, Cori Jo Seahorn and her husband Will, of Ozona, Texas, and Amanda Thompson of Mission; two grandchildren, Kaylee Jo Seahorn and Weston Ryan Seahorn, both of Ozona, Texas; his mother, Zeola Thompson of Mission; two sisters, Mary Kay Booth of Austin and Jean Rea of Houston; one brother, Robert Thompson of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The family suggests memorials be sent to Alzheimer's Association, Rio Grande Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 8108, Brownsville, Texas 78526-8108, The Rio Grande Valley Children's Home, Rt. 11 Box 535 Mission, Texas 78572, or the Mission High School FFA Scholarship Fund, 1802 Cleo Dawson, Mission, Texas 78572.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. today, Friday, March 13, 1998, at First United Methodist Church. Thom Elliott of First United Methodist Church in Mission will officiate. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Duwain Ritchie, Tommy Helle, David Longoria, Cuatro Davidson, Jack Stowe, Sonny York, Bob Brandes and Ray Prewitt.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the United Irrigation Board and members of the Texas Citrus Ex-Kings Association.
Virgil Wilson Mortuary in Mission is in charge of arrangements.
INOCENCIA (CHENCHITA) OLABARRIETA
McALLEN -- Inocencia (Chenchita) Olabarrieta, 68, died on Thursday, March 12, 1998, at McAllen Medical Center. She was born in Dallas, Texas, and had lived in McAllen all her life.
Survivors include one daughter, Olga Celedon of Austin, Texas; two sons, Israel Olabarrieta of McAllen, Texas, and Armando Olabarrieta of Austin, Texas; daughter-in-law Elsa Olabarrieta of McAllen; one brother, Guadalupe Casas of Indiana, Ill., two other brothers; two sisters; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, March 13, 1998, at Kreidler Funeral Home on North 10th Street, with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 1998, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Services were entrusted to the care of Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen.
McALLEN -- Eduviges Villarreal, 83, died Thursday, March 12, 1998, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital. She was born in China, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and had been a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Adalberto of McAllen, TX; five sons, Jorge A. Villarreal of Bedford, TX, Hector Villarreal of McAllen, TX, Jaime Villarreal and Rodolfo Villarreal, both of Dallas, TX, and Ramiro Villarreal of Denton, TX; one daughter, Irma Mascarenhas of McAllen, TX; two brothers, Fidel Davila of McAllen, TX and Alejandro Davila of Wimberley, TX; one sister, Hortencia Mendoza of McAllen, TX; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Charlie Villarreal, and one grandson, Javier J. Villarreal.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, March 13, 1998, at Kreidler Funeral Home on North 10th Street, with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. in the stateroom. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Services were entrusted to the care of Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen.
PHARR -- Herminia Balli, age 86, passed on to be with her Lord on Wednesday afternoon at Edinburg Regional Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be at Valley Memorial. The pallbearers will be members of the family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Balli, and her sister, Natalia Mu¤iz; brothers, Ramon Mu¤iz and Manuel Mu¤iz. She is survived by her daughters, Martha Elizondo of McAllen and Elva Saenz of Pharr; sons, Tomas Balli of Mission, Jose Balli Jr. of Edinburg and Leocardo Lucio Balli of North Carolina; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Felicitas Harms of McAllen, Adela Perez and Dora Layton, both of Michigan. The funeral home hours for Friday are from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., at which time the funeral procession will depart. Funeral services are under the care of Rivera Funeral Homes, Inc.
EVANGELINA 'EVA' GARZA
Mission -- Evangelina ''Eva'' Garza, 65, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 1998, at her residence in Mission. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ana Luz Garza, in 1950.
Survivors include her husband, Lorenzo J. Garza of Mission; five sons, Camilo C. (Connie) Garza of Mission, Miguel A. (Elvia) Garza of Zapata, Jesus J. (Magdalena) Garza, Victor R. (Alicia) Garza and Juan Sosa; two daughters, Mina F. (Pedro) Vargas and Josie Jackson, all of Mission; four brothers, Juan Garcia of Mission, Tomas, Jesus and Salvador Garcia of Lodi, Calif.; four sisters, Connie Pedraza of Lodi, Calif., Juanita Mireles of Sunny Side, Wash., Aurora Rodriguez of McAllen and Ana Maria Moreno of San Juan; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today, March 2, 1998, at Flores Funeral Home of Mission. Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen. Flores Funeral Home of Mission is in charge of funeral arrangements.
MARIA D. LARA
McAllen -- Maria D. Lara, 59, died on Sunday, March 1, 1998, at her residence in McAllen.
Mrs. Lara was born in Linares, N.L., Mexico, and had lived in McAllen for most of her life. She was a cosmetic and health product saleswoman.
She was a member of Iglesia Metodista Unida El Divino Redentor in McAllen, member of parents for (MASH) Medical Assistance Supports Handicapped, board member of Genetic Screen and Counseling Service and board member of Fiesta Familiar Conference.
She volunteered her time at her church and other organizations and had fund-raisers to help her church and others in need.
Survivors include her former husband, Antonio Salinas of McAllen; three sons, Juan Lara of McAllen, Mario (Stephanie) Martinez of Houston, Texas, and Roberto (Juanita) Martinez of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Imelda Chapa of McAllen, Isabel (Jose) Reyes of Houston, Texas, and Suhey Salinas of McAllen; 14 grandchildren and her great-grandchild, Isabel Cristina ''Titi'' Mora.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service today, March 2, 1998, at Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan. Funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at Iglesia Metodista Unida El Divino Redentor in McAllen. The Rev. Omar Hinojosa will be officiating. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in McAllen.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Suhey Salinas Trust Fund, South Texas Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 3309, McAllen, Texas 78502, account number 108947.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan.
EVA B. VEAZEY
McAllen -- Eva B. Veazey, 83, died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at McAllen Medical Center, after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Veazey was born in Kauffan County, Texas, and had lived in McAllen for 55 years.
Survivors include one nephew, Andrew F. Martin of Fort Worth, Texas; one niece, Patty Shaffer of Bellview, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William B. Veazey on June 7, 1979.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, March 2, 1998, at Virgil Wilson Mortuary in McAllen. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in McAllen. Dr. George Slayton will be officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Virgil Wilson Mortuary of McAllen.
Edinburg -- Conrada Ybarra, 84, entered eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1997, at Edinburg Regional Medical Center.
Born Feb. 19, 1914, in San Juan, she had lived in Edinburg for most of her life.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Juanita Lara, in 1975.
Survivors include her loving family, Domingo (Esmeralda) Lara, Jr., Enedelia (Leeroy) Zerrato, all of Mission, Antonio (Adriana) Lara, Samuel (Cynthia) Lara, Israel (Dina) Lara, Melinda Lara, Janet Lara, Elias (Claudia) Lara, Esequiel (Kelly) Lara, all of McAllen, and Amanda (Roberto) Ramos of Pharr; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Lina Ybarra of Arizona and Josefa Quintero of Oregon; one brother, Mariano Ybarra of Edinburg; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 3 p.m. today, Monday, March 2, 1998, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Edinburg. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Funeral services are being directed by Gonzalez Funeral Home in Edinburg.