Abraham H. Mendoza, 27, of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Oct. 4, 2014, in San Antonio. He was born on Oct. 23, 1986, in Uvalde to Estela Hernandez Mendoza and Jose Abraham Mendoza. He married Me’chele Saunders on Feb. 27, 2010, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of four years; parents; two daughters, Ajia Rachelle Saunders and Aliyah Krystal Saunders, both of San Antonio; one son, Alexander Stephen Saunders of San Antonio; two sisters, Christy Mendoza of San Antonio and Sara Hernandez of Uvalde; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Paulina and Thomas Hernandez; paternal grandparents, Sara and Alfonso Mendoza; and two uncles, Jose Luis Mendoza and Danny Hernandez. A rosary was recited on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Cremation was under the direction of the funeral home.
Roy O’Neill, 81, of Austin, formerly of Uvalde, died on Oct. 5, 2014, in Austin. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Jan. 17, 1933, in Devine to Lucy Elner Nixon O’Neill and Lionel Franklin O’Neill. He is survived by one son, Duane O’Neill and wife, Kay, of Austin; one daughter, Cheryl Poinsett and husband, Bill, of Brazoria; one grandson, Cody O’Neill; one granddaughter, Cheri Locke and husband,Tony; one great-grandson, Landen Locke; two stepdaughters, Rhonda Linehan of Batesville and Lou Ann Hayes of Carrizo Springs; and one stepsister, Joyce Craig Anderson of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda Rumfield O’Neill; and one brother, Virgil O’Neill. Pallbearers will be Duane O’Neill, Cody O’Neill, Roy Long, M.J. Blackman, Ruben Rivera and A.D. Looney. The family requests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Helen Lucille Van Pelt, 92, of Concan died on Oct. 4, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Aug. 27, 1922, in Uvalde to Marie Davenport Nelson and Emmett Curtis Nelson. She is survived by one son, Tommy Van Pelt and wife, Patti, of Concan; two daughters, Shirley Sliter of Concan and Diane Thomas and husband, Lynn, of Brownwood; one brother, Milton Nelson of Houston; five grandchildren, Tim Ramback, Aaron Ramback, Chris Van Pelt, Melissa Gadbois and Mandy Horst; and two great-grandchildren, Dilana Gadbois and Levi Ramback. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Hammer Van Pelt; and two brothers, E.C. Nelson and Albert Foster Nelson. Graveside services were held yesterday at 11 a.m. in Concan Cemetery with Paul Stephens officiating.
Celinda D. Ruiz, 58, of La Pryor died on Sept. 29, 2014, in Crystal City. She was born on Nov. 29, 1955, in Uvalde to Mary Del Toro Alvarado and Luis Antonio Alvarado. She is survived by her mother, Mary G. Alvarado of La Pryor; two sons, Ignacio Ruiz of San Antonio and Ismael Ruiz of La Pryor; two sisters, Selia Villarreal of San Antonio and Maricela Howard of Pembroke Pines, Florida; one brother, Luis Antonio Alvarado Jr. of La Pryor; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. A prayer service was held Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.
Leslie K. Shaw, 64, of Uvalde died on Sept. 30, 2014, at her residence. A memorial service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas Winter officiating. She was born on Jan. 28, 1950, in Laredo to Dorothy Mainland Brown and Charles Leslie Brown. She married John C. Shaw on Dec. 4, 1982, in Catarina. She is survived by her husband of 32 years; two daughters, Theresa L. Shaw and Sandra Shaw, both of Uvalde; one son, Leslie Carroll Shaw of Uvalde; two sisters, Elizabeth Alexander and Mary Lynn Vaughn, both of Uvalde; one brother, Charles John Brown of Catarina; six grandchildren, Samantha Garcia, Jesse Garcia, Sabian Shaw, Shawn Lockhart, Damon Shaw and Arya Shaw; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, John Douglas “Rusty” Lewis; and father-in-law, William Carroll Shaw.
Lucia L. Vasquez, 82, of Uvalde died on Oct. 1, 2014, in San Antonio. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Batesville Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.