Daniel G. Esquivel, Sr., 62, loving husband, father, grandfather andbrother passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 following along illness. He had been employed in the oilfield industry. He issurvived by his loving family, his wife, Maria Doria Esquivel ofSinton, his son, Daniel Esquivel, Jr. of Sinton, his daughter, Cynthia Fernandez of San Antonio, his brothers, Noe Esquivel, Sr. and RudyHernandez of Taft and Oscar Esquivel of Seguin, his sisters, NormaDavis of Taft, Rita Vasquez and Juanita Vasquez of Refugio, Mary Gallegos of Corpus Christi,Martha Moody of San Antonio and Rosario Hernandez of Woodsboro,and four grandchildren.Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021from 1 PM to 9 PM with a rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-GonzalesFuneral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM ThursdayOctober 21, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton withFather Glen Mullan as celebrant. The family requests that masks be worn tothe visitation and at the mass.

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Viola O. Ramirez was born on February 12, 1946 to Pablo and Manuela Ramirez in Sinton, Texas and passed away on October 7, 2021. She was a lifelong resident of Sinton and was also known as Nancy and Tia Nene. Viola leaves behind two sisters, Margaret Sambrano and Julie (Bonifacio) Guerra and one brother, Luis Ramirez, all of Sinton, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Viola in death were her parents, whom she missed every day of her life. At the end of her days on earth, she was reminded that she would be reunited with them and even though she no longer could use her words, she smiled to acknowledge, and we are sure the reunion was beautiful. Also preceding her in death were her sister-in-law, Alice Ramirez, brother-in-law Edward Sambrano, and niece, Linda Lopez. This reunion also brings the family comfort. Viola was born with polio and even though she faced many obstacles, she was a stubborn woman that lived her life as she wanted. In a time where traditional school was not available to her, she mad the best of what she had and lived independently before moving to Windsor Nursing Home in Calallen in 2016. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Windsor Nursing Home and Harbor Hospice for the care given to Viola. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sinton at 1 PM and burial at Eternal Rest Cemetery.


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Robert Steve Cardenas, 44, of Sinton passed away on October 5, 2021, due tocomplications of Covid. Robert Steve grew up in Sinton and worked as aPipeliner most of his adult life. Steve had many friends and was known forthe being the life of the party. He will be dearly missed and always remembered.Robert Steve was predeceased by his mother, Marta Serrano Cardenas. He issurvived by his father, Jorge Luis Cardenas, his sister, Miranda Green(Gerald), his son Robert Luis Cardenas and one niece and nephew.Robert Steve requested a cremation and burial of ashes be held in his honoras opposed to traditional funeral services. The burial of Robert Steve’s ashes will be announced via a Facebook event created by family.


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Anita Lopez Doria, 94, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friendpassed away on Friday, October 15, 2021. Anita was born to Faustinoand Petra Lopez on July 8, 1927 in Guanajuato, Mexico. She waspreceded in death by her parents, her husband, Leobardo Doria, Sr.,her sons, John,Sr. ,Joe and Francisco Doria, her brothers, Ignacio "Tacho"Lopez and Jesus Lopez, her sisters, Francisca Garcia and JuanitaGarcia, her granddaughter, Anita Ann Doria, and grandson, George Quintero. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Jesus (Trine) Doria,Antonio (Yolanda) Doria, Guadalupe (Aurora) Doria, Oracio (Sylvia)Doria, Martin (Azeneth) Doria and Leobardo (Lupe) Doria, Jr.of Odem,and Pablo (Patsy) Doria of Alice, her daughters, Maria Quintero ofCorpus Christi, Luz Doria, Ofelia (Rosendo) Gomez and Norma Doriaof Odem and Maria Elena Esquivel of Sinton, her brothers, Pete Lopezand Juan Lopez of Odem and Faustino Lopez of Sinton, her sister,Gregoria Guerra of Fort Worth, 42 grandchildren and numerous greatgrandchildren and great great grandchildren.Visitation will be heldMonday, October 18, 2021 from 2 PM to 9 PM with a rosary beingrecited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeralmass will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday, October 19, 2021 atSacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George ascelebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and atthe mass.


San Antonio, Tx

Jose A. Montemayor, 90, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather,great great grandfather, and brother passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 inSan Antonio, Texas. Jose was the head maintenance director forAransas Pass I.S.D. and was a proud U.S.Army veteran. He is survived byhis loving family, his wife, Dora Hilda Montemayor of San Antonio, his sons,Jose Montemayor, Jr. of Austin, Daniel Montemayor and David Montemayor ofAransas Pass, Jesus Emilio Martinez of Houston and Santiago Montemayorof Charlotte, his daughters, Rachel Ramirez and Elizabeth Reynolds of SanAntonio and Sonia Martinez Threet of Katy, his brother, Jesus Montemayorof San Antonio, his sister, Janie Huron of San Antonio, 27 grandchildren,55 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.Visitation willstart at 10 AM Sunday, October 17, 2021 with funeral services beginningat 1 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will followat Eternal Rest Cemetery with full military honors.


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Knox City, Tx

Laverne Lee Soto Rodriguez, 64, loving wife, sister, and friend passedaway on Sunday, October 10, 2021 following a long illness. She is

survived by her husband, Jose Rodriguez of Knox City, Texas, herbrothers, Danny Martinez, Augustine Martinez, Jr., and Jack M. Martinezof Abilene, Eddie Martinez of San Antonio, and Robert Martinez ofColorado, her sister, Helda D. Martinez of Abilene and numerous otherfamily members. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday,October 14, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with PastorJoshua Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at the Eternal RestCemetery in Sinton.


Portland, Tx

Dolores Nan Weber, 78, died Thursday, October 7th, at her home in Portland, TX. Nan was born June 8, 1943 in Corpus Christi to Donald Joseph and Mary Dolores Welder Lunde. She enjoyed a long career in the medical profession and retired from the Spohn Health Care System in2003. Nan raised her three children in Houston and Portland, TX, where she resided until her death. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, John Richard Weber. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Turner (Tom) of Florida; a son, Jason Michael Weber (Sue) of Portland; two siblings - Donald Welder Lunde (Madeline) of Richmond, TX, and Lizabeth Lunde of Corpus Christi. Her two grandchildren are James Flynn Turner V (Hannah) and Kaylee Ann Turner, both of Florida. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 11,v2021 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rosary will be recited Monday, October 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Graveside burial is set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore,


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Avelia V. Galvan, 86, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passedaway on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 following a short illness. Aveliawas a former employee of OEISD. She was preceded in death by herhusband Regino Galvan, her daughter, Jovita Parker, and her sons, ReneGalvan and Louis Andy Galvan. She is survived by her sons, Noe Galvanof Refugio and Hector Galvan of Odem, her daughters, Elia Huerta, CarryMoreno, Oralia Garcia of Odem, Dora Marie Medina of Refugio and DaisyMadrigal of Odem, her brothers, David Villarreal of Houston and RaulVillarreal of Beeville, her sisters, Ofelia Perez, Sally Rios and Mary Ramirezof San Antonio, 21 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.Visitation will be held from 1 PM to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 witha holy rosary being held at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, October 6, 2021 atSacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father George as celebrant.Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. The family requeststhat masks be worn for the visitation and the mass.


Jeanette Shuptrine Rieder, devoted wife, mother, friend, and farmer was born in Athens, Texas on November 30, 1954 to Stuart Shuptrine and Bonnie Dover Shuptrine. She went to her forever home on September 30, 2021. Jeanette will be incredibly missed by her surviving family: her husband of 44 years, Bobby; three sons: Josh (Amber), Jake (Ericka), and Joey (Jennifer); eleven grandchildren: Elijah, Weston, Tristan, Eirabelle, Valen, Tatum, Lester, Birdie, Hailey, Emmy, Garrett, and one on the way; one older brother: John Shuptrine, and triplet sisters: Jane Hubert and Judy Shuptrine; also ten nieces and nephews who were very special to her. She also had a host of special friends that she considered family.

Jeanette was the rock of her family and a pillar in her community. She met her husband and best friend in college and was faithfully by his side since. She supported him for over 40 years in their farming operation and was instrumental in its success. She could work circles around most people, still finding time to volunteer at community agriculture events. Jeanette was always the first there and the last to leave. One of her favorite community events was Ag In The Classroom and she helped make it successful every year. She fiercely loved her family and was incredibly proud of each of her children and grandchildren. The walls of her dining room were full of crafts and drawings from her grandchildren. She was lovingly known as "Not Not" to them. She had the most creative ideas to make their visits to her house special every time they were there. It brought her joy to take care of her family and she loved fixing breakfast and lunch for them anytime they stopped by. Her house and kitchen were always open. She loved to sit on the porch in the rocking chair and drink coffee in the morning or a beer in the evenings with Bobby. She had a wonderful sense of humor. You could always count on her for good advice and a good laugh. She could plan a party like no other and added her own special touches to every one. The name Jeanette means "God is gracious" and there could not be a more accurate description of her than gracious. Jeanette loved God, her friends and family and her life. Even though she left a void that we cannot fill, we are comforted by the fact that she lived every day like it was her last, made sure her family knew just how much she loved them, and was joyful and content with her life. To our wife, Mom, Not Not, sister, and friend, we will love and miss you always and we will "see you soon"!

All friends of Jeanette are invited to a celebration at Tynan Hall on October 16, 2021 from 12 - 4 PM. Food will be provided. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Al Amin Shrine, 2001 Suntide Road, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78409, in memory of Jeanette S. Rieder for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.


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Nicanor (Nick) Garcia, Sr., 82, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, great-grandpa, and great-great grandpa was called home to be with the lord on Friday, October 1, 2021, after a courageous five year battle with cancer.

A lifelong resident of Odem, TX, Nick was born on November 17, 1938 to Feliciano "Chano" and Benita Garcia of Odem, who preceded him in death along with his brother, Fred.

Nick, affectionately called "Pappy" by his family, is survived by the love of his life, Emilia (Emma) Martinez Garcia of Odem, for which they shared 65 wonderful years of marriage. Nick will be greatly missed by additional survivors, daughters Diana (Ray) Garcia of Corpus Christi and Delma (Frank) Cantu of Odem, and his son Nick (Vera) Garcia Jr. of San Antonio. He is also survived by his sister Aurora Martinez of Corpus Christi. Grandpa Nick or Pappy will forever hold a special place in the hearts of his seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A man of faith, Nick truly lived life to the fullest, always having the best jokes to tell his grandkids and making an impact on everyone he met. He could always be counted on to make you laugh and smile, and his laughter was contagious. A true family man, Nick loved having everyone over at the house for holidays, special occasions, or just because and enjoyed his Dallas Cowboys along with his "groceries." He was a proud pipe-liner by profession, having been employed by H&K Construction, R&R Construction, and ISS.

The family will be receiving visitors at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton at 2 PM on Sunday, October 3, 2021. A Rosary will be recited at 7 PM on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem, where he was a faitful parishoner. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Peter Elizardo as main celebrant. Internment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Masks will be required at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


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Betty Jean Moore, 95, loving mother and grandmother passed awayon Monday, September 27, 2021. She loved baking for her family and

friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert F. Moore, Jr.She is survived by her daughter, Cecile (Marvin) Pope of Odem,her grandsons, Robert (Susan) Pope of Helotes, Tx and Bryan(Eran) Pope of College Station, Tx and her great grandsons, Ben Popeand Carter Pope of College Station, Tx and Casey Pope of Helotes, Tx.Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, September 30, 2021

at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.


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Rafael Delgado, Jr., 90, loving husband, father and grandfather, passedaway on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 following a long illness. Rafaelenjoyed playing golf, going fishing and playing pool. He is survived byhis wife, Alicia Delgado of Odem, his sons, Isaac Delgado of Odem and RafaelDelgado, III of Kerrville, and six grandchildren. A rosary will be recitedat 7 PM Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales FuneralHome. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, September 24,2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Georgeas celebrant. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitationand at the mass.


Refugio Lucio, Jr., 76, passed away on Wednesday,Sept.15,2021 following a sudden illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Refugio Lucio, Sr. and Adelita Lucio, his wife, Alicia P. Lucio, his brother, Ricardo Lucio, and his sister, Beatrice Lucio.He is survived by his sons, Gerardo Lucio and David Lucio of Sinton, his daughters, Melinda (David) Gonzales, Cristina Lucio and BellaMead of Sinton, his brothers, Rogelio Lucio of Brownsville, Ruben Lucio ofSan Antonio, Juan Lucio and Alejandro Lucio of Corpus Christi, his sisters,Alvina Lugo of Taft and Salome Molina of Corpus Christi, and two granddaughters, Meagan Mata and Sabrina Rayne Gonzales.

Refugio was an awesome dad and even more awesome grandad. He was a friend to everyone who met him and a best friend to a select few. He was always eager to strike up a conversation even with people he barely met. Always available to offer advice and far wiser than many knew. Always ready to lend a hand and very generous with his friends and family. He was always willing to give up his share so someone else could have. He loved to laugh and make jokes. He loved music and westerns. We love you very much dad and will miss you.

A rosary will be recited at 7 PMTuesday, September 21,2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral masswill be celebrated at 9 AM Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Our Lady ofGuadalupe Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment willfollow at Eternal Rest Cemetery on Sinton.


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Velma Jones Chewning, age 92, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 12, 2021. She was born February 7, 1929 in Tallant, Oklahoma to Paul Jones and Ruby Clark Jones.

Velma always took care of others first and kept herself busy in the kitchen baking and trying new recipes. When not taking care of others, you would find her curled up with a good book as she was an avid reader. She retired from the banking industry and moved to Rockport. She was quite the dancer and made many close friends at the local weekend dances and potluck dinners. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Rockport for over 25 years. Velma loved children and enjoyed sharing her love of God during Vacation Bible School annually up until just a couple of years ago.She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, her eldest son Rory, a sister Wanda Jones Moose, and a brother Kenneth Jones.She is survived by her son Randy Chewning and wife Sheila, and her daughter Rajean Chewning Watkins and husband Cecil; grandchildren, Delaney Watkins and wife Stacey, Troy Chewning, and Stephanie Chewning; great-grandchildren Sephten and Rhysten Watkins, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.In lieu of flowers please send any memorial in Velma’s name to the First Baptist Church of Rockport, TX.


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Sinton, Tx

Onofre G. Rojas, 89, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 followinga short illness. He was born on March 23,1932 in Bishop, Texas toFabriciano and Francisca Galvan Rojas. He had been employed as acarpenter. He is survived by his loving family, his brothers, Ernesto and MaryRojas of Robstown and Raul Rojas of Sinton and his sister, Oralia R. andRamon Rodriguez of Sinton. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Anthony Constante, 50, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2021.Anthony loved fishing, doing mechanic work and spending time withhis nieces, nephews, and all his family. He was born on March 30, 1971in Knox County, West Texas to Fidel and Martina Navarrette Constante.He was preceded in death by his sisters, Josette and Mary Ann. He issurvived by his loving family, his sons,Anthony Constante, Jr. and JohnConstante of Robstown, his daughters, Isabela Constante of Skidmore,Jezebel Constante of Houston and Katelyn Constante of Robstown,his parents, Fidel and Martina Constante of Odem,his brothers,Fidel Constante, Jr. and Nicholas Constante of Odem,

and Matthew Constante of Robstown, his sisters, April Constante,Martina Constante and Carolina Constante of Odem, and many otherrelatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday,September 16, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeralservices will be held at 10 AM Friday, September 17, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Cemeteryin Odem.


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Maria "Mary" Louisa Munoz Martinez, 75, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friendwent to be with the Lord on Monday, September 13, 2021. Mary was bornon June 27, 1945 in Beeville, Texas to Juan Pablo and Augustina Munoz.Mary enjoyed painting, arts and crafts and being a member of the Guadalupanasof Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a faithful member. She ispreceded in death by her parents and her sister, Virginia "Vickie" Candela.She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Enrique "Ricky" Martinez, Sr.of Odem, her son, Enrique Martinez, Jr. of Odem, her brother, Richard (Janie) Munozof Beeville, her daughter-in-law, Yvette Castillo of Corpus Christi, otherfamily and friends.The visitation will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021from 3 PM to 9 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will becelebrated at 10 AM Monday, September 20, 2021 at Sacred Heart CatholicChurch in Odem with Father George as celebrant. Interment willfollow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery. The family requests thatmasks be worn at the visitation and at the mass.


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David (Niko) Lee Livar, age 27, passed away on September 6, 2021. He was born July 25, 1994 to Belinda Moreno and Cipriano Livar in Corpus Christi, Texas. David was a lifelong resident of Odem, Texas. He attended OEISD and graduated class of 2013. David was a great part of the Odem community. From little league baseball president to OYFL Cheer Director, he was all about the youth and he was the spirit of the Odem Owls. David was family to all that had the honor to meet him, with the biggest heart ever! No matter what life threw his way he took it head on and pushed through. David had a laugh and smile that was contagious to any and everyone. He will be deeply missed not only by his family, but by the whole Odem community. David is survived by his father Cipriano (Linda) Livar, mother Belinda (Elio) Amador, sisters Crystal and Cassandra Livar, brother CJ (Ashley) Livar and Adam Livar, grandparents Domingo (Olga) Moreno,Sr., grandfather Casimiro Livar,Jr., nieces, Kaylee, Karina, Adelaide, Kamila, Kambri, Avery and Yolanda Livar, nephews, Rosvin Zuniga, David Lenon, Adrian and Andres Livar. All of his aunts, uncles and endless cousins who loved him so much too! He is preceded in death by his loving grandmother Yolanda Livar. David loved all his nieces and nephews like no other, they were his pride and joy. As they grow up they hope to make him proud. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Funeral mass will celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Masks will be strictly required at the rosary and mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Masks will be available at the church for use. Those refusing to wear masks will be asked to leave.


Clayton Lamar Oehlke, 41, son, brother, and friend, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021 in San Diego, CA. He was born on May 23, 1980 in Corpus Christi, TX to Bert and Linda (Shinn) Oehlke. Clay graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a degree in Computer Engineering followed by a Masters Degree in 2005. He worked as a programmer for the Department of the Navy in San Diego. He is preceded in death by his father, Bert Oehlke, and his grandparents, Martin and Agnes Oehlke of Weesatche, and Eugene and Mildred Shinn of Portland. He is survived by his mother, Linda Oehlke of Sinton, his sister, Gina Ellis (Grant) of Boerne, and nephews Jack and Brooks Holt, and Kit Ellis, all of Boerne. Clay was passionate about his work, enjoyed traveling, and loved his family and friends. He was dearly loved and appreciated, and will be missed.


On September 3, 2021 at 4:30 PM, Robert (Bobby) Palacios passed away at the young age of 61. He was surrounded by loved ones at his home in Leander, Texas. Bobby was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 19, 1959. He was a welder for the majority of his life working on anything from structures to abstract metal art. He also assumed the role of the family's and closet friend's "Handyman and Mechanic." If you needed anything from laying tile, fixing leaks, to putting in a new starter, he was your guy. He was known for his good sense of humor and his contagious laughter among his friends and family. Bobby is survived by his wife, Yolanda, his 6 children, Brian, Derrick, Christopher, Thomas, Josh, and Amber, 7 grandchildren, his mom and dad, Nelda and Alfonso Lira, 8 brothers and sisters, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A public service will be held at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home on September 10, 2021 at 7 PM. Public viewing will begin at 3 PM. A mass will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Odem Sacred Heart at 10 AM.


Bernardina (Nina) Ybarra Ortapassed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday morning, August 29, 2021.

Nina was born in Woodsboro, Tx to Elifonso Rodriguez Ybarra and Francisca Buendin Ybarra. She lived in Sinton until the summer of 1959 when she, along with her husband and eight children, moved to Taft. She had a full time job raising her family until her last child left home. Then she worked numerous jobs. For instance, at the nursing home in Taft and cleaning condominiums in Port Aransas with one of her sisters. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary since her husband was a veteran of WWII. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Taft since 1959. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, and a friend to who will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Nina is preceded in death by her husband, Willie Orta, Sr., grandson Willie Orta III, her parents, four sisters, and two brothers. Survivors include her sister Juanita Gonzalez, five sons: Oscar (Joyce) of Taft, Roy (Janice) of Marshall, Willie (Brenda) of Euliss, Issac (Rosemary) of McQueeny, and Samuel (Linda) of Spring; three daughters: Mary Lou (Manuel) of Houston, OrfaLinda (Gregorio) of New Braunfels, and Alice (Eddie) of Portland; 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Portland (1305 Wildcat Dr., Portland, Tx). Interment will follow at The Palms Memorial Cemetery in Portland. The family requests masks be worn at the service.


Sinton, Tx

Charles “Chuck” Joseph Gray, 62, of Sinton, Tx passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021. Born in Berea, Ohio, he was the youngest, and certainly most mischievous, child of the late C. Patrick and the late Josephine (Holtz) Gray.

Among his list of favorites were the Raiders, playing drums, collecting guitars, and being a general nuisance to those who knew him. Despite his best efforts, he graduated from Natalia High School in Natalia, Texas, and had many close friends in that area. His jokes, pranks, and the stories of his wild antics will forever memorialize him in the minds and hearts of his family and friends. He absolutely loved being “Grandpa Drums” to his four grandsons, whom he was very proud of.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Joyce (Farnsworth) Gray, their children ReAnna (Adam) Higgins, Brigid, and Christopher “Chris” Gray, his grandsons Charles “Charlie”, Damien, Alexander “Bug”, and Samuel “Sammy” Higgins, his siblings Earl (Lee) Gray and Patricia “Patty” (Rocky) Pepau, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He also leaves behind his most beloved, cherished dog, Precious.He is preceded in death by his parents C. Patrick and Josephine (Holtz) Gray and his sister, Suzanne “Sue” Brown.

Mass and rosary will be Friday September 3, 2021 at 9:20 AM at Sacred Heart in Sinton.


After a very long battle with Dementia/Alzheimer's, another vaccinated soul was taken by Covid-19. Margaret (Peggy) Patrova passed away comfortably at home on August 31, 2021, with her granddaughter, Lindsay Edwards by her side.

Margaret Mulholland was born to Robert and Margaret Mulholland on October 13, 1933, in New York City. She grew up in New York and Rhode Island. Margaret Mulholland married Frank Patrova on April 18, 1953, in Wickford, Rhode Island. They lived the military life for 22 years, stationed in Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, and finally retiring in 1966 from Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas. In 1966 they moved to Sinton, Texas with their four children. Margaret (Peggy) Patrova was a devoted wife and mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 1 with 1 on the way. She was a member of the Lady's Lions Club Auxillary, Band Boosters, 4-H, helped in the Chamber of Commerce Office, and a member of many community committees and activities.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Patrova in 2016, and daughter Deborah Kennedy in 2017. Her surviving 3 children are daughter Karen Byrd (Gary) of Calallen, daughter Cheryl Rhodes (Billy) of Noble, OK, and son Timothy Patrova of Sinton, Tx. Surviving 6 grandchildren are Trevor Mawer, Lacey Edwards, Lindsay Edwards, Morgan Kennedy, Christopher Patrova and his wife Ashley, and Kody Kemp. She is survived by one great-grandson, Ayden Edwards, and on unborn great-grandson to be born to Christopher and Ashley Patrova. She is also survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers; sister Barbara Kenyon of Connecticut, brother David Mulholland (Lillian) of Florida, sister Carole Coutu (Richard) of Florida, and brother Donald Mulholland (Jeannette) of Tennessee and their loving families.

Graveside services will be Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2 PM at Sinton Cemetery.


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Santos Alaniz, Jr., 76, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother,and friend passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, following a suddenillness. Santos loved his family, buying lottery tickets, gardening and lovedgoing to church. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Santos(Cassandra) Alaniz, III of Sinton and David (Lucy) Alaniz of Odem,his daughters, Irma (Byron) Alaniz Castano, Elizabeth (Cipriano)Alaniz Rivera and Susan Alaniz of Beeville, his sisters, Gloria Morinof Sinton, Janie Ortiz of Waxahachie and Alice Galindo of CorpusChristi, 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. A rosary will berecited at 7 PM Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Ritchea-GonzalesFuneral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AMMonday, September 6, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic withFather Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow in theEvergreen Cemetery in Skidmore, Texas.


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Lenora Evelyn Huble, 87, passed away on August 29, 2021 after a long illness. She was born September 24, 1933. She was greeted in heaven by her Savior that she truly believed in.Her faith in the Lord and being a Christian helped her in her life. She instilled in her children and family the true meaning of Jesus. She witnessed to them and others when she could. You can never say that she didn't know her songs and bible verses. She read and studied her devotionals and even when she couldn't read any longer, she listened to her very close and dear friend Mary Contreras as she read them to her. Her dear friend Diane Mireles took care of her also. She was a devoted Bonton member. She enjoyed her Monday card games with her friends. She also enjoyed going to country music jamborees with Harlene Wilson. At her early age, her and Edward would enjoy going to Polka dances. She enjoyed visiting with her sisters and in laws. She never missed a reunion on her side, even asking a friend to join her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Hattie Skoruppa, and her precious husband, Edward, that she shared her love for him before May 2010, one sister, Abilene Morgan, and her in-laws. She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Darlene andKenneth Vanecek of Sinton, her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Debbie Huble of Alamogordo, New Mexico. She has three grandchildren, David (Angel) Huble, Vicki (Larry) Grove, Christopher Huble, and seven greatgrandchildren,MaKayla (Gene) Cottrell, J.W. Grove, Justin Grove, Clayton, Sophia, and Gabriel Huble, and Haylee Huble. She is also survived by her precious sisters, Frances Repka, Millie Isaacks (Merle), Leona Blanchard, Hattie Ann(Tom) Tucker, sister-in-law, Barbra Huble, many nieces, nephews, cousins and her precious friends. A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel from 5 PM to 7 PM.Funeral services will held at 10 AM Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. She will be laid to rest at the Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore, Texas.


With deepest sorrow, we announce that our most beloved son, brother, father, boyfriend, family member, and friend Martin Anthony (Tony) Gonzalez, age 31, of Odem, Texas died unexpectedly on August 23, 2021 from cardiac arrest. His loss was completely unexpected and the family is completely shocked and deeply saddened.

Those who knew Tony, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Tony will be missed every day by his father, Martin Gonzalez, his mother Hilda Gonzalez, sisters Amanda Young (Travis), Nikki Gonzalez (Noe). Long time love of his life Sarah Lopez, their fur baby Odin, and his pride and joy only son Liam Emmett Garcia. Tony will also be missed by his nephew Liam Young, his niece Logan Young, his grandparents Celedonio & Perfecta Garza, Jesus Longoria, his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many great friends.

Tony was born on April 23, 1990, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended Odem High School and was passionate about making people laugh. After graduating high school, he moved to Corpus Christi with his longtime girlfriend Sarah and worked as a mechanic.

Anyone who knew Tony, knew that he was funny, goofy, loving, and one of a kind. He had an immense passion for fishing and you could always find him near the water.

Tony's family, girlfriend, and friends will miss him more than words can say, but we know he is now with his little brother and grandfather Francisco Gonzalez. Tony is loved on earth as well as in heaven.

A rosary will be recited at 7 PM on Monday, August 30, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, August 31, 2021 at St. Peter's Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church in Annaville, followed by graveside services at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.


Corpus Christi, Tx

Ruben Ruiz Lopez, 77, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.Ruben was an all around handyman, was always willing to lend ahelping hand, and enjoyed having a good time. He is survived by hisloving family, his sons,Mario Lopez of Corpus Christi and Joe Rodriguez of Kenedy, his step-daughter, Linda Lopez of Waxahachie, his brothers,Matthew Lopez, Frank Lopez, and Mario "Moe" Lopez of Memphis, hissisters, Fina Gonzalez, Frances Garcia, Dominga Morquecho and JuliaRuiz of Memphis and Janie Gonzalez of Mexico, 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and many other relatives. A rosary will be recited Friday, August 27, 2021 at 7 PM at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home chapel. Funeral mass will be Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Eternal Rest Cemetery.


Manuela Gonzalez Voorhees went to be with our Lord in Heaven on August 23, 2021. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.Manuela was born on September 4, 1928 in Odem, Texas to Raul Morin Gonzalez and Librada Lugo.Manuela married Benjamin Eber Voorhees, III on June 27, 1954. Together they had three children, Noelia Elena, Benjamin Eber IV and Blain Eldon Voorhees.Manuela is preceded in death by her parents, Raul and Librada, her husband Benjamin III, her daughter Noelia and Grandson Benjamin V.Manuela was an LVN for many years where she dedicated a big part of her life to helping others. After retiring from nursing she went to work for Sinton ISD. Manuela enjoyed listening to music, crafting and sitting on her front porch.

Survivors include Benjamin IV (Rosario) of Odem, Texas,Blain (Yvonne) of Katy, Texas, siblings,Jesusa (Jerry) Brown of Albany, Indiana,Joe Jose Gonzalez of Odem, Texas,Diana (Jack) Hendrix of Corpus Christi, Texas,Yolanda Harrison of Odem, Texas,Hector Gonzalez of Odem, Texas, alsoBonnie Lou Voorhees, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.Services are pending for a later date.


Robert Martinez, Jr., a beloved father to two stepsons, Carlos Cavazos andJoseph Cavazos, and two daughters, and brother to seven siblings, died onSaturday, August 21, 2021 of Covid. He will be remembered for always havinga joke to tell when times got rough. A known sports fanatic and amazingdancer, who loved his family and lived for his daughters, Abigail and Emily Rose Martinez. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Ritchea-GonzalesFuneral Home in Sinton. Graveside services will be held at Edroy Cemeteryin Edroy with Father George officiating. Interment will follow. The family requeststhat masks be worn.


Sinton, Tx

Anna Maria Fuentes Villanueva, 51, loving mother, grandmother, sister,and friend passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021 with her daughtersby her side until her last breath after a short illness. Anna was a veryproud grandmother. She was a very outgoing and strong willed andloved the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoyed dancing, listening to Tejanomusic, making jokes and would have done anything for anyone. Sheis survived by her loving family, her daughters, Alexis "Lexy" (Karim)Mickens of New Braunfels, and Allainey "Laney" (Aaron) Morin ofCalallen, her grandchildren, Mason Morin, Avery Mickens, LeightonMorin, Maddyn Morin, Luka Mickens and Omari Mickens, her sisters,Angelita Ramos of Mathis, Adelita Branch of Killeen and Alice Fuentesof Corpus Christi, her brothers, Albert Fuentes and Antonio Fuentesof Dallas, Alfredo Fuentes and Armando Fuentes of Sinton, AlvinoFuentes of Rockport and Juanito Mata Torres of Mathis, numerousother relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday,September 3, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home.Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, September 4, 2021at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant.The family requests that masks be worn.


Odem, Tx

Louis Andy Galvan, 56, loving son, brother and uncle passed awayon Saturday, August 14, 2021. Andy had a big heart, loved his familyand his dogs. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyoneand he loved his Dallas Cowboys. He is preceded in death by his father,Regino Galvan, his brother, Rene Galvan and his sister, Jovita Parker. Heis survived by his loving family, his mother, Adelia Galvan of Odem, hisbrothers, Noe Galvan of Refugio and Hector Galvan of Odem, his sisters,Elia Huerta, Carry Moreno, Oralia Garcia and Daisy Galvan of Odemand Dora Marie Medina of Refugio, many nieces, nephews, friends andother relatives. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, August 22, 2021at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services willbe held at 10 AM Monday, August 23, 2021 at San Pedro Cemeteryin Odem with Father George officiating. Interment will follow.


Taft, Tx

Marvin Maurice Sims, loved by many friends and family passed away at the age of 88. He was born May 25, 1933. Marvin was the youngest of six children. He lost his dad at the early age of three years old. He was raised by his mother. His early years consisted of playing country and western music with a western band. He later worked at Stinson and Kelly Field testing engines for airplanes. He owned and operated his own garage with his two sons, Marvin and Steven. He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Sims, his mother, Opal Spencer, his sister, Pauline and Marvin Hill, his oldest brothers, Melton Sims, Carl and Doris Sims, Herman and Marie Sims, and Lois and Johnny Schindler. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Christina Jozwiak Sims, his sons Marvin (Pam) Sims, Christy and Staci, Micheal (Lynda) Sims, Bayleigh and Nathan Stibbens, Chad and Megan Myers, Cory Myers, and Steven Sims. Marvin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had many special friends he enjoyed doing this with them. The family wants to say a special thank you to Doctor Stephen Turner, his cardiologist, and Brookdale Nursing Home for their excellent care. The Sims family will be receiving friends on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home from 4 to 5 PM. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 AM Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton. Internment will follow at Lamas Memorial Park in Taft.


Sinton, Tx

Mary Ann Constante Guerrero, 44, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Mary Ann was a loving wife, mother, daughter,

sister, and friend. She was a hard worker and was dedicated toher boys and family. She had been employed by Sinton I.S.D.She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Guerrero of Sinton, hersons, Gemini Santiago Constante Guerrero, Isaac JamesConstante Guerrero, and Trae Gabriel Constante Guerrero ofSinton, her parents, Fidel and Martina Constante of Odem, herbrothers, Fidel Constante, Jr., Anthony Constante, and MatthewConstante of Odem, her sisters, April Constante, Martina Constante,and Carolina Constante of Odem, and many other relatives. Arosary will be recited at 7 PM Friday, August 20, 2021 atRitchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. Graveside serviceswill be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 21, 2021 at MemorialCemetery in Odem. Interment will follow.People attending thevisitation must wear masks.

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Texas City, Tx

Ninfa Carranza Gonzales, 74, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother,sister, and friend passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Ninfa's favoritepastime was spending time with her family. She is preceded in death byher loving husband Jose Gonzales. She is survived by her son Daniel Gonzalesof Mathis, her daughters, Sylvia Gonzales and Erlinda Gonzales of Texas Cityand Janie Gonzales of Sinton, her grandchildren that she raised, Crystal Lopez,Billy Joe Lopez, Judy Lopez and Sara Lopez of Texas City, her brother, FructosoCarranza of Sinton, her sisters, Yolanda Aguilar and Jesusa Trujillo of Sinton,18 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, andcousins. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Wednesday, August 18, 2021 atRitchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at10 AM Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Churchin Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at EternalRest Cemetery in Sinton. People attending the visitation must wear masks.