JUAN M. CRUZ SR.
#Word was received here of the death of Juan M. Cruz Sr., 51, of Bayou Sorrel,
La., who died Thursday, April 30 in Bayou Sorrel.
He was a Brownsville native and a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death
by his mother, Concepcion Moreno Cruz in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Williams Cruz of Bayou Sorrel; a
daughter, Rebecca King, and a son, Juan Cruz II, both of Bayou Sorrel; two
stepchildren, Laurie Hamadeh and Jason Coletti, both of Louisiana; three
sisters, Clara Garcia and Leticia Sauceda, both of Brownsville, and Guadalupe
Garcia of California; four brothers, Eliberto, Ricardo and Tomas Cruz, all of
Brownsville and Zeferino Cruz of Houston, and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in Bayou Sorrel, La.
GUADALUPE L. GARCIA
#Guadalupe L. Garcia, 68, of Brownsville, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at
Brownsville Medical Center.
He was a Brownsville native. He graduated from Brownsville High School in 1949
and attended Texas Southmost College. He was employed at Barclays American
Financial Company for 19 years and retired in 1987. He was a U.S. Marine Corps
veteran during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a member of Our
Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and was an active member of the Brownsville
Nite Lions and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by a grandson,
Stuart J. Garcia in 1976, his father, Lino Garcia Sr. in 1996 and a brother,
Dr. Ramon L. Garcia in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Stella Delia Garcia of Brownsville; four sons,
David R. and Hector D. Garcia, both of Brownsville, and Rene J. and Richard M.
Garcia, both of Humble, Texas; a daughter, Laura P. Avenda o of Pharr; his
mother, Felipa L. Garcia of Brownsville; two brothers, Dr. Lino Garcia Jr. of
Edinburg and Joe A. Garcia of Brownsville; four sisters, Consuelo G. Flores
and Janie G. Garcia, both of San Antonio, Frances G. Mu iz of Brownsville and
Delia G. Critten of Rancho Viejo; 11 grandsons; seven granddaughters; a
great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. Military
gravside services will be conducted by the Veterans Funeral Detail.
Pallbearers will be David Garcia Jr., Michael D. Garcia, Joe Guerrero, Xavier
Avenda o, Aldo Avenda o and Carlo Avenda o. Honorary pallbearers will be his
seven granddaughters and members of the Lions Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trevi o Funeral Home, 1355 Old Port
GUSTAVO C. MENDEZ
#Gustavo C. Mendez, 75, of Brownsville, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at Valley
Regional Medical Center.
He was a Brownsville native and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Mary Reney Mendez, and a brother, Sabas Mendez.
Survivors include two sons, Juan Roberto and Gustavo Mendez Jr. both of
Brownsville; seven daughters, Angelita Bermudez and Mary Helen Mendez, both of
Brownsville, Ana Maria Sanchez, Rosa Maria Gonzalez and Esmeralda Mendez, all
of Florida, Angelina Almendarez of Houston and Yolanda Vargas of McAllen; two
brothers, Jesus and Gualberto Mendez, both of California; five sisters, Rosa
Rodriguez and Maria Gonzalez both of Brownsville, Estrella Gomez and Ernestina
Carrasco, both of California and Margarita M. Perez of Arizona; 25
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin today at 8 a.m. at Trevi o Funeral Home North Chapel,
1355 Old Port Isabel Road. A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church
with Deacon Paul McArdle officiating. Interment will follow at Buena Vista
Burial Park. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Veterans
Pallbearers will be Teodoro Castillo, Crispin Garza Jr., Paulino Bermudez,
Jacinto Cruz, Julio Gonzalez and Alfonso Trevi o.
#Maria Ludividina Medellin Garcia died Thursday, May 7, 1998 at Valley
Regional Medical Center. She was 22. She had been a resident of Brownsville
for the past eight years.
She was transfered Thursday to Lozano Funeral Home in Matamoros. There are no
Survivors include her parents, Pedro Medelling Leal and Guadalupe Garcia de
Medellin; one brother, Pedro Medellin; and two sisters, Erika and Kristal Aide
Medellin. All of her family is from Matamoros.
For further information, contact Delta Funeral Directors in Brownsville at
PABLO ANGEL MORENO
#Pablo Angel Moreno, 57, of Brownsville, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998 at Valley
Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Tampico, Tamps. and had been a resident of the Valley for the
past 15 years. He worked for the Jeep Corp. in Toledo, Ohio for 20 years. He
was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
He is survived by his mother, Angela O. Moreno of Toledo; four sons, Pablo
Moreno Jr. of Michigan, Eduardo Moreno of El Paso, Jesus and Felix Moreno,
both of Michigan; two daughters, Deborah Moreno Benavides of Brownsville and
Patricia Moreno of Pontiac, Mich.; two brothers, Luis Moreno of Toledo and
Will Moreno of Japan; two sisters, Cristina M. Valdez and Socorro Lopez, both
of Brownsville; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be said today at 7 p.m. at Delta Funeral Directors Chapel, 13th
and E. Harrison streets.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Delta Funeral Directors
Chapel. Interment will follow at La Palma Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rudy Valdez Jr., Jaime Benavides, Francisco Castillo, Gary
Carol, George Arambul and Eddie Mejia.
#Antonio Villalon, 74, of Brownsville, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at Valley
Regional Medical Center.
He was a lifelong resident of Brownsville. He retired from the United States
Army after 28 years, including service in World War II and the Korean
conflict. He was a member of the American Legion and of the Disabled American
Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Victoria
Villalon and four brothers, Henry, Manuel, Luis and Aniceto Villalon.
Survivors include his wife, Felipa Gomez Villalon of Brownsville; three sons,
Manuel H. Villalon of El Paso, Tony Villalon Jr. of Huber Heights, Ohio and
Henry Villalon of Brownsville; a daughter, Beatrice Esparza of Brownsville;
two sisters, Altagracia V. Garcia of Brownsville and Concepcion V. Garcia of
Edinburg; 11 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at Buena Vista Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. Military graveside services
will be conducted by the Veterans Funeral Detail.
Pallbearers will be Joel Pe a, Tony Saenz, Jerry Diaz, Eugenio Garcia,
Alejandro Macias and Rosendo Garcia.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buena Vista Funeral Home, 125
NORMA C. MU IZ
#Norma Colmenero Mu iz, 32, of Brownsville, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998 at
Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
She was born in Harlingen and graduated from Harlingen High School in 1983,
where she was a member of the Cardinal Marching band and flag corps, executive
council, student council, Band Homecoming Representative and Spanish Club. She
earned a bachelors degree from the University of Texas Pan American and was
employed with the Brownsville Independent School District as a kindergarten
teacher at Casta eda Elementary, where she served as secretary of the
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and was active in numerous committees. She
was a member of the Texas State Teacher's Association (TSTA) and of the
National Educators Association (NEA). She was preceded in death by a brother,
Graciano Colmenero Jr. in 1995.
She is survived by her husband, Sonny Mu iz of Brownsville; her mother,
Carlota Colmenero of Harlingen; her father, Graciano Colmenero of Harlingen;
three brothers, David Colmenero of San Antonio, Daniel Colmenero of De Soto
and Richard Colmenero of Harlingen; two nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and
Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace
in Harlingen. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Rudy Garza Chapel of
Peace with Pastor Victor Sanchez of Dios de Amor Church of Brownsville
officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be David Colmenero, Daniel Colmenero, Richard Colmenero,
Eddie Esqueda, Danny Garza and Christopher Mu iz. Honorary pallbearers will be
Nikkie Saldivar Ricoy, Debbie Leon Garza, Laurie Leon and Annette Chavez.
ANGELA B. GOMEZ
#Angela B. Gomez, 91, of San Benito, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998 at her
She was born in Altamira, Tamps., Mexico to Mr. and Mrs. Eugenio Benavides.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruperto Gomez in November 1956.
Survivors include two daughters, Irma G. Atkinson and Eva Perez, both of San
Benito; five sons, Ramiro Gomez Sr. of Brownsville, Ricardo and Reynaldo
Gomez, both of San Benito, Samuel Gomez of Singer, Calif. and Federico Gomez
of Homestead, Fla.; two sisters, Guadalupe Agado of Denton and Benita Escobedo
of Harlingen; a brother, Manuel Benavides of Brownsville; 33 grandchildren; 51
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Thomae Garza Funeral Home
Chapel, 395 S. Sam Houston in San Benito. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Benedict's Catholic
Church, San Benito. Interment will follow at Gomez Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ramiro Gomez Jr., Ricky Gomez Jr., Rey Gomez Jr., Rudy
Molano, Eleazar Perez Jr. and Enrique Guevara.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made in
her name to the Driscoll Childrens Foundation, local church or to the donor's