Rebecca Gonzales, 81, of Uvalde died on June 16, 2014, at Amistad Nursing Home. A prayer service will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Templo Cristiano Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Guadalupe Galindo, 56, of Batesville died on June 11, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Jan. 1, 1958, in Uvalde to Teofila Alcada Galindo and Miguel Galindo. She is survived by two daughters, Jessica Galindo
and husband, Chico Delgado, of Andrews and Dayanita Torres and companion, Juan Grilmaldo, of Batesville; two sons, Mario Torres and Joe Ben Basan, both of Batesville; two sisters, Ofelia Galindo and Maria “Babo” Galindo, both of Batesville; three grandchildren, Yissella Delgado, Chico Delgado Jr. and Alexsa Delgado; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Juan Trevino; and one brother, Miguel Galindo Jr. A rosary was recited on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral Mass was held yesterday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Batesville Interment followed in Batesville Cemetery.
Marvin George Verstuyft, 74, died on June 11, 2014, at his family farm in Knippa. Visitation will be held tomorrow at 5 p.m. with the recitation of a rosary at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes- Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was born on March 24, 1940, in San Antonio to Irma Van Ovendenborger Verstuyft and George G. Verstuyft. Verstuyft grew up in San Antonio farming alongside his parents and brother. He started his education at St. John Berchmans Catholic School and completed high school at South San I.S.D. He was a founding member of the Belgium American Club of Texas.
John Dennis Rowland III, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 30. John was born in Uvalde to the late Melvin D. Rowland and Ruth Stanley Rowland on June 23, 1941. John was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah
Ben Graff Jr., 87, of Uvalde died on June 6, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in Hondo to Paula Sprott Graff and Benjamin W. Graff Sr. He married Phyllis Davies in Uvalde on April 5, 1952. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; one daughter, Vicki L. Graff of San Antonio; one son, Michael Graff of Uvalde; two sisters, Dorothy Marie Schuehle of Hondo and Caroline Haines of Kerrville; two grandchildren, Jason Graff and Ayruvi Moos; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family greeted visitors on Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa with the Rev. Nathan Lafrenz officiating. Interment followed in Knippa Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Haines, Wesley Kramer, Herman Pesina, Bobby Padilla, Clyde Schuehle and Ronald Haines.
Enrique F. “Rick” Casales, 67, of Eagle Pass died on June 7, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on July 14, 1946, in Eagle Pass to Amor Ferrer Casales and Jose Casales Sr. He married his high school sweetheart, Estela Cruz, in Eagle Pass on June 14, 1969. After graduating from Eagle Pass High School in 1965, Casales joined the United States Air Force where he served as a staff sergeant. He then pursued his education by graduating from Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a degree in education. He doubled majored in Spanish and history with minor in Russian history. Once he entered the world of teaching, Casales discovered coaching in 1973 at Eagle Pass Junior High and High School, Laredo-Nixon High School, Sharyland High School, San Marcos High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Fox Tech High School, Sacred Heart School and Sabinal High School, where he was athletic director. The family said Casales was dedicated to the Catholic faith and community.