PREMONT, Texas - Juan Manuel Leal, 51, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2008 in a Houston, Texas, hospital. He was born September 17, 1956 to Luz Leal Rios and Manuela Arredondo in Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon. He worked as a machine operator for most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ramon Leal.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Leal; three stepdaughters, Michelle Bray of Falfurrias, Texas, Irene Fernandez of Magnolia, Texas, and Isabel Benavidez of Houston, Texas; four sisters, Florencia Caballero and Lupe Sanchez, both of Monterrey, Mexico, Juanita Murillo and Maria Santos Leal, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, and four step-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2008 at the Funeraria Del Angel Howard Williams in Falfurrias, Texas.

Funeral services were celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Premont, Texas.

Interment followed at the Premont Cemetery in Premont, Texas.

Memorials may be left for the family of Juan Manuel Leal at www.mem.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Funeraria Del Angel Howard Williams of Falfurrias.