Cardona , Garcia, Falcon, Friesen, Pruneda, Salinas


SAN DIEGO, Texas - Ester Espinosa Cardona, 89, passed away peacefully August 25, 2007 at her family ranch with her family at her bedside. She was born May 10, 1918 to Alfredo and Concepcion Espinosa. She came to Texas when she was seven months old. She was a lifelong resident of San Diego. She enjoyed planting, gardening, and cooking for her family but especially loved the outdoor cooking in the "Monte" in her dutch ovens under a large mesquite tree with her chiliptin plants nearby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Cardona; her son-in-law, Santiago Ramon Sendejo; one grandson, Santiago Ramon Sendejo Jr.; and one great-granddaughter, Maria E. Sendejo.

Survivors include her daughter, Rosaura V. Perez of San Diego, Texas; two grandchildren, Rodolfo (Isabel) Sendejo and Alvaro Perez, both of San Diego, Texas; nine great-grandchildren, Nora (Roberto Israel) Molina of Alice, Texas, and Monica (Jose Ernesto) Flores of Benavides, Texas, Yvette (Saul) Gonzalez, Santiago (Kimberly) Sendejo, Pelon (Sara) Gonzalez, Rudy, Ruby, Veronica, and Jackie Sendejo all of San Diego, Texas; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2007 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery No. 2.

Arrangements entrsuted to Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc.

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SAN DIEGO, Texas - Francisca F. Garcia, 79, a long time resident of San Diego, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2007 after a long illness. She assisted in her father's family business, El Nuevo Mundo Dry Goods Store. She graduated from Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas, and taught home economics for several years before marrying and raising her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raul F. Garcia; her parents, Ignacio and Angelica Fuentes; and an infant son, Victor Thomas Garcia.

Survivors include her children, Sister Elsa E. Garcia C.D.P. of San Antonio, Texas, Raul E. (Clara) Garcia of McAllen, Texas, and Edith E. (Dr. John) Partin of Harlingen, Texas; her two sisters, Alicia (Hector) Leal of Kingsville, Texas, and Evangelina (Victor) Uresit of San Antonio, Texas, and her seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2007 at Garza Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas. Vigil for the Deceased will be observed and a Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Texas. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home of San Diego.


OLNEY, Texas - Lorenzo C. "Larry" Falcon, 62, of Olney, Texas, died Sunday, August 26, 2007, in Olney. He was born July 6, 1945 in Palito Blanco, Texas, to the late Fidelio and Elena (Charles) Falcon. He and Enedelia "Nina" Hinojosa were married April 2, 1967 in Palito Blanco. He was a welder, had worked for Olney Door and Screen and was also involved in farming and ranching. He was a happy man. He loved hunting, fishing, cooking and being outdoors. He enjoyed woodworking and life's simple pleasures. He loved and treasured his grandchildren. He moved to Olney from Palito Blanco in 1984. He was a member of the Catholic church. He was preceded in death by two sons, Domengo Falcon in 1969 and Juan Martin Ruiz in 1983; and five brothers, Rodolfo, Homero, Fidencio, Jesus and Ronaldo Falcon.

Survivors include his wife, Enedelia "Nina" Falcon of Olney; four daughters, Maria E. (Robert) Willingham of Olney, Maria Louisa (Nathan) Cutle of Maryville, Tenn., Pam (Billy Ray) Howell of Louden, Tenn., and Norma Jean (David) Latham of Maryville, Tenn.; three sisters, Guadalupe Garcia, Gloria Munoz and Esperanza Buentello, all of Palito Blanco, Texas; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive guests at Lunn Funeral Home in Olney from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2007. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2007, in the chapel of Lunn Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Graham, pastor, of the Southside Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at the Restland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Southside Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. 155, Olney, Texas 76374. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements entrusted to Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.


PREMONT, Texas - Leona Mary Friesen, 70, of Miami, Okla., passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007, at her home. She was born October 9, 1927 to Walter and Sallie (Gavlik) Pawlik, in George West, Texas.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Gospel of Grace Church in Hooker, Okla. She moved to Miami in 1995 from Guymon, Okla.

She married Elmer D. Friesen on June 18, 1947 in George West, Texas, and he preceded her in death on November 28, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Skidgel of Perryton, Texas, Beverly (Dareld) Mussman of Tulsa, Okla., Vickie (Merwin) Reimer and husband, Merwin of Hooker, Okla.; three sisters, Lillie York of San Antonio, Texas, Dorothy Davis of Miami, Okla., and Rosemary Newman of Belton, Texas; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Howard-Williams-Turcotte Funeral Home in Falfurrias, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2007 at Howard-Williams-Turcotte Funeral Home in Falfurrias, Texas. Interment followed at Premont Cemetery, Premont, Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, Okla., and Howard-Williams-Turcotte Funeral Home of Falfurrias, Texas.


ALICE, Texas - Barbara Ann Smithwick Pruneda, 57, passed away August 25, 2007 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a homemaker. Funeral services are pending and will be announced by Holmgreen Mortuary.

Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.


ALICE, Texas - Manuel Q. "La Chiva" Salinas, 79, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2007 after a long illness. He was born on October 28, 1927 in Alice, Texas.

He was proudly employed at the Corpus Christi Army Depot until his retirement in 1987. He was an avid advocate in bringing organized soccer to Corpus Christi in the 1970's.

He also played semi-pro baseball in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's for various leagues in Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Viola V. Salinas; and his brother, Marcos Noyola Sr.

Manuel is survived by his children, Manuel (Pato) (Inez) Salinas Jr., Fernando (Canary) Salinas Sr., Carlos (Amanda) Salinas, and Tina (Richard) Castillo. His legacy will live on with the survival of his eight grandchildren, Christina, Manuel III, Viola, Fernando Jr., Victoria, Michelle, Kristin, Joseph; and his eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lucy Noyola; his brothers, Ramiro (Rosita) Salinas, Humberto (Sylvia) Salinas, Maximilliano (Irma) Salinas; his sister, Elida (Feliciano) Salinas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is also survived by his special friend and long time caretaker, Teresa Nava. All survivors are residents of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Salinas family would like to extend their utmost gratitude to Teresa Nava and her entire family for the loving care they provided to Manuel.

The family would also like to thank the nurses at CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline, Mike Burzenski and John Myers, and all the other health care providers who cared for Manuel throughout his illness.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2007 with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening at the Walker-Mora Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice, Texas. Interment will follow at San Diego Cemetery in San Diego, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Manuel Salinas III, Fernando Salinas Jr., Joseph Castillo, Roger Salinas, Jimmy Nickolyn and Raul Alvardo.

Arrangements entrusted to Walker-Mora Funeral Home of Alice, Texas.

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