Alejandro F. Torres, 50, of Uvalde died on Feb. 22, 2015, in San Antonio. A Mass of Christian burial will be held today at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on March 9, 1964, in Uvalde to Maria (Flores) Torres and Gilberto Z. Torres. He married San Juana Ibarra on Nov. 29, 1982, in Uvalde.He is survived by his parents, residents of Uvalde; four daughters, Jessica Torres of San Antonio, Myra Torres, Veronica Bernal and Alexzandria Torres, all of Uvalde; two sons, Alejandro Torres Jr. and Fabian Torres both of Uvalde; one sister, Lydia Morales of Uvalde; three brothers, Gilbert Torres Jr., Juan Torres and Jose Armando Torres, all of Uvalde; 13 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife; and one son, Esequiel Torres. A rosary was recited on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing- Estes-Knowles Chapel. A vigil service was held yesterday at 7 p.m.
Joyt M. Foster, 94, of Vanderpool died on Feb. 21, 2015. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Vanderpool Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Boyd officiating. He was born on July 29, 1920, in Vanderpool to Ella Clayton and L.S. Foster. Foster was in the service during World War II and was involved with early radar and radio technologies. After the service, he worked civil service for 32 years again in radar and radio technologies. Following his retirement with civil service, Foster went into business for himself. He worked in radio technology,TV satellite, and sold and serviced police radios to many law enforcement and EMS agencies in the area. Foster was active in community affairs, ranching,EMS, and was on several national boards with Underwriters Laboratory.The family said Foster was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was proud of his extended family and many friends.
Juan Benito Camacho, 44, of Uvalde died on Feb. 23, 2015, in Huntsville. A rosary will be recited today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Frank Carrasco Jr., 93, of Uvalde died on Feb. 18, 2015, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 21, 1921, to Isabell and Frank Carrasco in Bisbee, Arizona, during the Depression times. He was one of five boys and three girls. His father worked in the copper mines and his mother was a housewife. Carrasco attended Bisbee High School, where he dropped out in the 10th grade, due to his father’s health, to help support the family. At the age of 18, after his father’s release from the hospital, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1941 at Kelly Field in San Antonio. In 1942, he was stationed at the Hondo Air Force Base. According to the family, it was there he met Ada, the love of his life. They were married on Jan. 30, 1943. Carrasco was then shipped overseas the same year to England with a bombing squadron. He then spent one hitch in the 3rd Army, 90th Division under General George Patton where he fought as a platoon leader in a heavy weapon company through Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Roseanne Catherine Hicks, age 90, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 2, 1924, she was the daughter of John H. and Catherine Walch Cavanaugh. She had been a resident of Boerne since 1977, a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, and was very active in NARFE, Chapter 778. A Veteran of the U.S. Navy (WAVES), she served during WWII. Mrs. Hicks met and married James Hicks while they both were serving in the Navy.To her many friends, she was known as the life of the party. Roseanne was an artist and a very talented seamstress participating in many arts and craft shows over the years. She will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by her brothers, John and Jim Cavanaugh. rs. Hicks is survived by her husband of 69 years, James Hicks, formerly of Utopia; daughters, Devery Ann Regmund of Boerne, Cathy Wolfington and her husband, Ron, of La Grange, TX, and Linda Gialouris of Corpus Christi, TX; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.
Dominga Gomez Ybarra, 87, of Sabinal died on Feb. 13, 2015, at Hondo Health Care and Rehab in Hondo. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sabinal. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sabinal. She was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in Sabinal to Camila (Villasana) Gomez and Juan Gomez. She is survived by two daughters, Maria Garcia and husband, Frank, of Illinois and Patricia Medrano of Sabinal; three sons, Thomas Ybarra and wife, Maria, of Knippa, Rene Ybarra and Isaac Javier Ybarra, both of Sabinal; two brothers, Simon Hernandez and wife, Lana,of Las Vegas, Nevada and Victor Lopez and wife, Florinda, of Seguin; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Juan G. Ybarra Sr.; two sons, Juan Ybarra Jr. and Dario Ybarra; and one daughter, Josefina Ybarra.
James Oscar Santleben, 84, of Knippa died on Feb. 15, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born July 28, 1930, in Sabinal to Mattie Gordia (Herring) Santleben and Oscar August Santleben. Santleben attended elementary schools in Knippa and Trio, and he graduated from Sabinal High School in 1949. He attended Kerrville Bible Training School and Schreiner College, earning degrees in biblical studies and Spanish. He continued his education at Abilene Christian University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in general agriculture, biblical studies and Spanish. While he was attending school , he met and married Alice Nell Spurgin on Aug. 27, 1955. They moved to Knippa in August of 1958, where they began their teaching careers. During the summer vacations, the couple returned to Abilene where he earned a Master of Education degree in administrative education with a teaching minor in social studies from McMurry College in 1962.
Reyes M. Ruiz, 81, of Van Buren, Arkansas died on Feb. 14, 2015, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren, Arkansas. Interment will follow at the Morrison Cemetery in Rudy, Arkansas. He was born on Dec. 19, 1933, in Uvalde to Maria (Mirelez) Ruiz and Antonio Ruiz. Ruiz was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was highly decorated, receiving four Bronze Star medals and three Purple Heart medals. According to the family, Ruiz was selected to represent the U.S. Army in the Military Presidential Inauguration Honor Guard for President Richard Nixon. Ruiz was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, David Ruiz.
Mary Frances (Dole) Schawe, 93, of Uvalde died on Feb. 16, 2015, in Uvalde. A funeral Mass will be held today at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Uvalde Cemetery. She was born on Dec. 2, 1921, in Uvalde to Mae Frances Dole and Scott Dole. In 1949, she married Edgar Joseph “Happy” Schawe in Uvalde. He preceded her in death in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jean Ann Angermiller; and two brothers, Richard Dole and Joe Dole. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Jo Carpenter and husband, Wayne, of Nashville, Tennessee; one son, Walter Scott “Happy” Schawe of Uvalde; and seven grandchildren, Wade Carpenter of Uvalde, Marty Angermiller of Houston, Monty Carpenter of Nashville, Tennessee, Kaci Schawe Mello of Batesville, Amanda Schawe of Overland Park, Kansas, Justin Schawe of Kerrville and Makayla Schawe of Uvalde; nine great-grandchildren; and two nephews.
Amalia D. Martinez, 90, of Sabinal died on Feb. 14, 2015, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Sept. 15, 1924, in Bishop to Enocadia (Sandoval) Delgado and Alberto Delgado. She is survived by four daughters, Estella Ugarte and husband, Rafael, and Angelita Longoria and husband, Joe, all of Sabinal, Sylvia Barajas and husband, Jose, of Casa Grande, Arizona and Juanita Hill and husband, Jimmy, of Parker, Arizona; seven sons, Jose Luis Martinez and wife, Rosa, of Knippa, Juan Manuel Martinez and wife, Gloria, Alonzo Martinez and wife, Leonor, Francisco Martinez III and wife, Gloria, all of Sabinal, Jose Angel Martinez and wife, Elspeth, and Luis Marcos Fernandez and wife, Rebecca, all of Uvalde and Felipe Martinez and wife, Estella, of New Braunfels; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francisco Martinez; and one daughter, Maria Elsa Martinez. A rosary was recited on Feb.