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OBIT-Celia Sauceda

PENITAS - Celia Sauceda, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Life Care South in McAllen. She was born on April 14, 1931 in Las Islas Ranch.

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DEATH NOTICE-Sixto Riojas

MISSION - Funeral services for Sixto Riojas were held May 4, 2013, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial followed at San Jose Cemetery in Abram.

DEATH NOTICE-Arturo Gonzalez

MISSION – A funeral mass was held May 4, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in La Joya. Burial followed at Garden of Angels Cemetery.

OBIT-Irene M. Ramos Lopez

MISSION - Irene M. Ramos Lopez. 51, passed away May 2, 2013, at home in Mission. She was born on September 26, 1961 in McAllen, and lived in Mission all her life.

She is survived by parents Rodolfo and Viola Ramos; brothers, Rodolfo (Rudy) Ramos Jr. and Rene Ramos; sister, Alma Garcia; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A special mass will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at 923 Matamoros Street in Mission on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

OBIT-Ofelia D. Reyes

MISSION - Ofelia D. Reyes, 93, passed away Thursday, May 2, at The Comfort House in McAllen. Ofelia was born in La Grulla on May 12, 1919.

She is survived by her children, Noelia Navarro, Graciela Farias, Glenda De Luna Guajardo, Gilbert Reyes Jr., and Victor Reyes; brother, Jesus Diaz; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilberto Reyes.

Visitation was held Sunday, May 5, at Flores Chapel A in Mission. Funeral mass will be held today, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Alton. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. at R.G.V. State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.

DEATH NOTICE-Marcelina Rios

MISSION - Marcelina Rios, 91, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, in McAllen.

Visitation for Marcelina Rios will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today, May 6, with a 7 p.m. rosary at Funeraria Del Angel in Mission.

DEATH NOTICE-Leonel Garza

LA JOYA - Leonel Garza, 73, died Saturday, May 4, at Mission Regional Medical Center. Visitation for Leonel Garza will be from 12 to 9 p.m. today, May 6, with a 7 p.m. rosary at The Lord and I Funeral Home of Penitas.

OBIT-Emilia "Millie" Flores

MISSION - Emilia "Millie" Flores, 90, passed away Tuesday, April 23, at Mission Regional Medical Center. She was born in Mission on Oct. 6, 1922 as one of eleven children of Antonio and Juanita Flores.

She graduated from Mission High School before graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Later she would earn her master's degree. Millie was a teacher. She spent decades in the public school system before retiring from the McAllen Independent School District. She taught Spanish at McAllen High School. She coached students after school. Later she worked with physically and mentally challenged children.

She is survived by her sister, Emma Galindo of Houston; brother, Arturo Flores of McAllen; and 16 nieces and nephews and their families.

Visitation is April 26, 2013 at 9 a.m. Friday morning at Kreidler Funeral home with a service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow afterwards at the family plot at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission.

OBIT-Alejandro "Alex" H. Saenz

Alejandro "Alex" H. Saenz, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 24 in Mission. He was born May 5, 1934 in Kingsville, to the late Alejandro C. and Julia Mendez Saenz.

Alex is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria Saenz; sons, Hector Saenz of La Joya, and Michael R. Saenz of Mission; daughters, Brenda Trevino and Belinda Leal, both of Mission; brothers, Pedro M. Saenz of Kingsville, and Romeo M. Saenz of Corpus Christi; sisters, Alicia Garza of Corpus Christi, and Amparo Villarreal of San Antonio; and eight grandchildren.

His was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Hilda Guerra.

Alex Saenz graduated from Kingsville High School and attended Texas A&I University where he earned a degree in Music Education. In 1963 he became the Head Band Director for the La Joya High School Coyote Band at La Joya ISD. He later earned a master's degree in School Administration from Pan American University. He served as an assistant principal and as the Fine Arts Director for La Joya ISD until his retirement in 1998. He dedicated his life to music and fine arts education, and instilled a love of music in many of his students who still hold great respect and admiration for him. Alex Saenz was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in La Joya, since 1963. He was a member of the community prayer group "Comunidades de Base" for twelve years.

Family will receive friends today, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at The Lord and I Memorial Chapel in Peñitas. Funeral mass will be held, Saturday, April 27, at Our Lady Queen of Angels at 1:30 p.m. in La Joya. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.

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