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Posted: Friday, May 8, 1998 12:00 am

May/8 Obituaries

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

Isabel Road.

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

Funeral Detail.

Pallbearers will be Teodoro Castillo, Crispin Garza Jr., Paulino Bermudez,

Jacinto Cruz, Julio Gonzalez and Alfonso Trevi o.

MARIA LUDIVINA

MEDELLIN GARCIA

#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

local arrangements.

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

542-2222.

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

#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

McDavitt Blvd.

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

other relatives.

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

residence.

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

favorite charity.

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