Betty Jane Burgin Blomberg, 86, passed away on May 1, 2015 at her Serenity Garden home in Texas. She was the sister of the late Charles Burgin and Albert E. Burgin Jr. Betty was born on Nov. 23, 1928 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the daughter of Albert E. Burgin and Hazel Freeman. She graduated from Paschal High School and attended and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in art. She worked briefly as a teacher in Japan, teaching English to elementary school students n the 1950s. When she moved to San Francisco in the 1960s, she became an interior designer and was an active member of ASID, American Society of Interior Designers and later started her own interior design business of which she was president. Betty was a devoted attendee and contributor to the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. She was a lover of fine art and contributed tothe Legion of Honor Art Museum and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Anita V. Gonzales, 92, of Uvalde died on May 12, 2015, at her residence. A vigil service will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Uvalde Catholic Cemetery. She was born on Jan. 13, 1923, in Uvalde to Natalia (Avila) Valverde and Manuel Valverde. She is survived by two daughters, Elma Negrete and Esdula Gomez, both of Uvalde; one son, Armando Gonzales of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter,Elma Gonzales; one brother, Celestino Valverde; and one granddaughter, Patty Gonzales. A rosary was recited yesterday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Johnny Gonzales, Robert Negrete, Rick Ballesteros, Mario Gutierrez, Felipe Negrete and Jonathan Camacho.
Francisco C. Roman, 91, of Uvalde died on May 12, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home. A rosary will be recited today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Estelle Jacklin, 81, of Reagan Wells died on May 7, 2015, in Sabinal. She was born on March 6, 1934, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada to Genevieve (Liteplo) Kuz and James Henry Kuz. She married Conrad Jacklin in Lexington, Kentucky on Dec.
June 6, 1943 – May 4, 2015 Ruth Ann Morgan Yanelli, 71, of Uvalde, formerly of Del Rio and San Antonio, died peacefully in her sleep on May 4, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Ann was born June 6, 1943, in Johnson City, Tenn., to Ruth Street and Ray Morgan. She married Albert M. Yanelli III, who preceded her in death in 2002, on Oct. 13, 1964. She was a career educator, earning her master’s degree in education and teaching English and language arts in San Felipe-Del Rio CISD, Uvalde CISD, Edgewood ISD, San Antonio ISD, Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., the Gabriel Tafolla Charter School and most recently, Carrizo Springs CISD. She was never happier than when she was teaching, spending time with family, (and her pets). She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
November 27, 1936 – April 26, 2015 Sara was born in Dallas, Texas. She resided in several places in Texas and Louisiana before settling with her family in Jackson, Mississippi. It was in Jackson that she met and married her high school sweetheart, Charley Fletcher Mills. Sara graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Sara owned and managed several small business, including a catering business called Special Arrangements and a chain of Mexican restaurants under the Pedro’s brand. Sara was active in the Jackson Children’s Theater, both on-stage as an actress and behind thescenes, where she took part in directing and decorating the sets. In 1979, Sara married George Donald Probasco nd moved to Lubbock,Texas. It was here that she began her hobby of making beautiful stained glass artwork. In 1985, she and Don moved to Uvalde, Texas and opened a locksmith store called A-1 Lock and Key.
Alberto Sandoval Jr., 57, of Uvalde died on April 29, 2015, in Uvalde. He was born on Oct. 9, 1957, in Carrizo Springs to Julia Sandoval and Alberto D. Sandoval. He married Elizabeth Moncada on March 18, 1988, in Crystal City. Sandoval taught U.S. History and coached football, basketball and track for 33 years. Throughout those 33 years, he coached and taught in Crystal City, San Diego, Laredo, Hebbronville and Uvalde. He was athletic director in Crystal City and Hebbronville.
Josefina Ortiz Salinas, 75, of Uvalde died on April 30, 2015, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico to Maria Enriqueta (Valadez) Ortiz and Salvador Ortiz. She married Arturo Salinas in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico on Oct. 4, 1961.