Matthew Emmett “M. E.” O’Neill Jr., 94, of Lubbock, formerly of Falfurrias and Uvalde, died on March 26, 2016, in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 8, 1922, in Frisco to Willie Alta (Reynolds) and Matthew Emmett O’Neill. He was a lifelong missionary and pastor.
Gregorio Pargas, 84, of La Pryor died on March 26, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Nov. 28, 1931, in D’Hanis to Leocadia (Bermea) and Bernardo Pargas. He married Rebecca Cervantez in Uvalde on Oct. 7, 1953. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; four sons, Gregorio Rogelio Pargas, Alejandro Pargas, and Gustavo Pargas, all of La Pryor, and Enrique Pargas of Eagle Pass; two daughters, Francisca “Frenchy” Fonseca of Canyon Lake and Connie Sauceda of San Antonio; two sisters, Guadalupe Casarez of Eagle Pass and Maria Alvarado of La Pryor; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Daniel Pargas; three brothers, Ventura Pargas, Ramon Pargas, and Mariano Pargas; and three sisters, Elvira Rangel, Monica Najera, and Leonor Pargas. A funeral mass was held yesterday at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in La Pryor, followed by interment in La Pryor Cemetery.
Josefina Velez Esquivel, 72, of Knippa died on March 22, 2016, at the Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on March 19, 1944, in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico to Micaela (Martinez) and Jose Velez. She married Uvaldo Esquivel in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico on July 15, 1960. She is survived by five sons; Baldemar Esquivel and wife, Lourdes, of Knippa, Selestino Esquivel and wife, Raquel, of Sabinal, Armando Esquivel and wife, Elizabeth, of Uvalde, David Esquivel and wife, Marisela, and Eduardo Esquivel, all of Knippa; four daughters, San Juana Ortiz and husband, Fernando, Amalia Nino and husband, Benito, Marisol Villarreal and husband, Carlos, all of Knippa, and Micaela Esquivel of Sabinal; 28 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Juan Antonio Esquivel; one sister, Martha De Luna; and one brother, Ramon Veloz. A prayer service was held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rushing Estes Knowles Mortuary.
Lori Anne Severtson, 55, of Uvalde died on March 16, 2016, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 15, 1960, in Hudson, New York to Margaret Jane (Miles) and Donald Eugene Wilson. She married Daniel Severtson in San Antonio on June 11, 2011. She is survived by her husband of four years, of Uvalde; one daughter, Meaghan Payuk of New Braunfels; three sons, Collin Caldwell and Casey Caldwell, both of Uvalde, and Matthew Hughes of New Braunfels; two brothers, Neal Wilson of Siren, Wisconsin and James Wilson of Spring Park, Minnesota; and three grandchildren, Wyatt Hughes, Owen Hughes, and Hannah Hughes, all of New Braunfels. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family says Severtson was crowned Mrs. Alaska International in 1993, and Mrs. Texas International in 1997. According to the family, she was well traveled and visited over 16 different countries and numerous states, including unique cities such as Fairbanks, Alaska, Würzburg, Germany, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pedro Vargas, 83, of Sabinal died on March 24, 2016, at the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Rodney Smith Wilson, 75, of Garden Ridge died on March 17, 2016, in Pleasanton. He was born on March 10, 1941, in Poteet to Margaret (Tausch) and Morgan Daniel Wilson. He married Deanna ‘’DeDe’’ Spence Rice on Oct.
Jose Cabasos Rodriguez, 95, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in San Antonio. He was born to Casimira and Alfredo Rodriguez on Aug. 15, 1920, in San Antonio. He was the eldest of nine children, with seven siblings surviving him. Though born and bred in Texas, considering Pearsall his hometown, Joe also spent many years in Ovid, Michigan. He married Guadalupe Trevino on Aug.
Consuelo P. Martinez, 93, of Bryan, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 20, 2016, in Bryan. She was born on March 14, 1923, in Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico to Maria (Martinez) and Cesario Pecina. She married Elias A. Martinez in Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico on Sept.