Manuel Cruz Jr.

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Manuel Cruz Jr., 87, of La Pryor died on March 1, 2014, in San Antonio. He was born on March 1, 1927, in La Pryor to Juanita Arreola Cruz and Manuel Cruz. He married Flora Cortez on May 11, 1949, in La Pryor. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Flora Cruz of La Pryor: six daughters, Rosa Hernandez and husband, Donald, of Dale City, Va., Irma Saldaña of Katy, Sylvia Vera and husband, Santos, of La Pryor, Celia Ortiz and husband, Eluterio, of La Pryor, Lydia Delao and husband, Adolfo, of Katy and Brenda Garcia of New Braunfels: two sons, Manuel Cruz III and wife, Mary, of Uvalde and Eduardo Cruz and companion, Janice Mirelez, of La Pryor; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Consuelo Cruz, Olivia Perez, Eva Ortiz and Esperanza Flores; one brother, Alejandro Cruz; one granddaughter, Melissa Saldaña; and one great-grandson, Billy Vera Jr. A vigil and rosary was held on March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services were held on March 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in La Pryor. Interment followed in La Pryor Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joshua Arizmendiz, Robert Lee Morante, Travis Saldaña, Cody Ortiz, Michael Morante and John Arizmendiz. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
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