Our Obituaries

Celerino Jasso

February 3, 1925 - August 25, 2009

Celerino Jasso, 84, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at a local hospital. Celerino was born in Melchor Ocampo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, but was raised in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He moved and made his life in Laredo, TX, where he met the love of his life, his loving and caring wife, Hortencia S. Jasso. He was employed at Firestone for over 35 years as a service manager. He was...
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Maria Elena Aranda

April 2, 1953 - August 24, 2009

Maria Elena Aranda April 2, 1953-August 24, 2009 Maria Elena Aranda was born on April 2, 1953 and died on August 24, 2009 at the age of 56. Maria Elena Aranda will be remembered for her perseverance, courage and will to live. Her long illness did not preclude her from achieving her life-long desire to become an educator. Despite several surgeries and disabilities, she graduated from Martin...
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Jorge Luis Benavides

January 22, 1953 - July 31, 2009

Jorge Luis Benavides, 56 joined our Lord in his heavenly kingdom on Friday, July 31, 2009. Jorge was born on January 22, 1953 to parents Armando and Arabella Benavides. He began his career in the family construction business and shortly after founded the Mohawk Carpet Business in Laredo; he also established the Distinctive Designs Company. Later in life he was a Construction Supervisor for L.I...
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Humberto Cardenas, Sr.

October 10, 1951 - July 29, 2009

HUMBERTO "BETO" CARDENAS October 10, 1951-July 29, 2009 Husband, Father, Brother, Friend and Mentor…….Beto Cardenas was proudly married to Agustina "Tina" Cardnas and proud father of two men: Humberto "Tito" Cardenas, Jr. and Gilberto Cardenas. While he was with us, Beto touched many individual lives. His commanding presence allowed him to turn many head in a room. Beto's love...
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Albert E. Gates

August 14, 1915 - July 25, 2009

Albert E. Gates was born August 14, 1915, to Alonzo E. Gates and Annie Brown Gates in Laredo, Texas. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2009. He grew up on the family ranch outside of Bruni, Texas, on Hwy 59 just west of Freer, and at 1510 Market St. in Laredo and was "A Cowboy by Choice". He attended grade school and high school in Laredo and was also an Eagle Scout. He...
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Hector Guillermo Garcia

September 28, 1939 - July 21, 2009

HECTOR GUILLERMO GARCIAHector Guillermo Garcia (69) was called by God to his eternal rest on July 21, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his wife Yolanda Gutierrez Garcia, his sister-in-law/goddaughter Patricia G. Guajardo (Daniel Ryan), children Judith (Mercurio) Martinez, Hector G. Garcia, Jr., Jose E. Garcia, Erika G. (Christopher) Haynes. He is...
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Elena Rodriguez

May 26, 1910 - July 13, 2009

On Monday, July 13, 2009, God called Elena Rodriguez, our loving mother, grandmother and friend to her heavenly kingdom. We are comforted in knowing she lived a long and prosper life and are proud to have an angel in heaven watching over us. We hope to be reunited with our loving Elena one day.Elena is preceded in death by her husband: Francisco Rodriguez, as well as her brothers and sisters...
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Irma Ruiz

April 6, 1939 - July 5, 2009

Irma C. RuizApril 6, 1939 - July 5, 2009On July 5, 2009, Irma C. Ruiz peacefully passed on to her eternal rest while surrounded by the love of her family. She was born in Laredo, TX on April 6, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Felix Sr. and Lilia Gonzalez Cobos. Irma worked for many years at the former Ritchers & Foleys Department Stores; retiring from Macy's Department Store.On October 16...
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Hortencia Sanchez

October 23, 1927 - July 5, 2009

On Sunday, July 05, 2009 at Laredo Medical Center surrounded by her family, Hortencia Sanchez "Nane", a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 101. Hortencia was born on October 23, 1907 to Jesus Sanchez and Antonia Sepulveda. Hortencia was married to Alfredo R. Sanchez who was declared missing in action during the...
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Robert J. Spears

January 9, 1935 - June 24, 2009

Mr. Spear was born in Laredo and was a beloved second generation employee of Texas Mexican Railroad for over 41 years until he retired as President of the Railroad in the mid 1990's. Besides loving to spend time with his family he also enjoyed and cherished the company of his two dachshunds, Freckles and Pinto.He is preceded in death by his Parents Mr. & Mrs. William Arnold and Cecilia...
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Robert Joseph Spear

January 9, 1935 - June 24, 2009

ROBERT "BOBBY" JOSEPH SPEARJANUARY 9, 1935 – JUNE 24, 2009Mr. Robert Spear, 74 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Mr. Spear was born in Laredo and was a beloved second generation employee of Texas Mexican Railroad for over 41 years until he retired as President of the Railroad in the mid 1990's. Besides loving to spend time with his family he also enjoyed and cherished...
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Felipe Colina

August 23, 1926 - June 23, 2009

Fallecio ayer a la edad de 82 años el Sr. Felipe Colina Santini, habiendo vivido siempre en el seno de la Santa Madre Iglesia Catolica y Apostolica. El Señor nuestro Dios lo llamo a su presencia rodeado por su familia.Le sobreviven su esposa Lucia Z. Colina, 61 anos de casados, hijos e hijas: Maria Eugenia Aguilera (Amador), Lucia Cadena (Jose Luis), Jose Luis Colina (Adriana), Ana...
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Julio Escamilla, Jr.

November 14, 1949 - June 22, 2009

JULIO ESCAMILLA JR.NOVEMBER 14, 1949 – JUNE 22, 2009Julio Escamilla, Jr. "La Pura Muerte" peacefully passed away on June 22 2009 at the age of 60. He was born in Laredo, Texas on November 14, 1949 to parents Julio and Juana Escamilla and was the third born of seven children. Mr. Escamilla was raised in Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. where he attended Escuela Carrillo, Club de Leone, La Secundaria 201...
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Vicente Llanas

July 19, 1929 - June 15, 2009

On June 15, 2009, the Lord our Savior called one of his servants home. Vicente Llanas passed away peacefully at a local hospital. Mr. Llanas was born on July 19, 1929 in Laredo, Texas. A devout family man, "Papa" or "Gapa" as he was affectionately nicknamed by his grandchildren, had a true love of being surrounded by his family; he often extended that love to friends and acquaintances as well. Mr...
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Teofilo Rolando Esquivel

October 3, 1941 - June 12, 2009

Teofilo R. "T.R." Esquivel, 67 passed away peacefully and quietly with his loving family by his side on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Doctor's Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.T.R. was born in Laredo, Texas on October 03, 1941 to Teofilo R. Esquivel, Sr. and Adelfa Villarreal de Esquivel. He attended St. Peter's Catholic School; St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from Martin High School....
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June D. Dunn

April 5, 1950 - June 8, 2009

Ms. June D. Dunn was welcomed by our Lord into his heavenly kingdom on Sunday, June 08, 2009 at the age of 59. June was a woman of prodigious faith whom unconditionally devoted her life to her tenet, as well as her family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. "We love you mom and will miss you."She was preceded in death by...
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Domingo Guadalupe Ledesma

December 20, 1924 - June 3, 2009


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Emilio Rabago

February 28, 1946 - May 31, 2009


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Roberto Hernandez

September 2, 1951 - May 19, 2009

ROBERTO HERNANDEZ OCTOBER 2, 1951-MAY 19, 2009 Roberto Hernandez, 57 years of age passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at a local hospital with his family by his side. He is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Santos Hernandez. He is survived by his wife Esther Hernandez, son Roberto (Ana) Hernandez, Jr., daughters; Veronica (Luis) Villarreal, Maribel (Albert), Griselda Gomez, Lorraine...
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Coach Miguel G. Medina

December 26, 1964 - May 9, 2009

Mike Medina beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, nephew, mentor and friend passed away on Saturday, May 09, 2009. He is now in heaven serving God. He will be greatly missed. In his 44 years, Mike lived life to the fullest, spending time with his family and doing things that he loved. His favorite place to be was at Sunset Ranch tending to his cattle and horses. He treasured horseback...
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Sandra Luz Alvarado

August 16, 1945 - May 9, 2009

Sandra Luz Alvarado, 63 years of age, passed away on May 9, 2009 with her family by her side. She is preceded in death by her Husband, Ernesto Alvarado Sr., Father, Victor Garza, Sr., and Granddaughter, Faith Marie Alvarado. She is survived by her sons Ernesto (Blanca) Alvarado, Jr., Eduardo (Carla) Alvarado, Enrique (Sheila) Alvarado, and Eric (Lizzette) Alvarado; mother Evangelina Tays Garza;...
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Maria Luisa Perez

May 14, 1922 - May 8, 2009

Maria Luisa Perez passed away Friday, May 08, 2009 at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her parents Pedro and Inez Martinez; husband Raul R. Perez; brother Pedro Martinez, Jr.; sister Antonia M. York; and "Miracle Baby" Meza. Mrs. Perez is survived by her daughters Raquel (Juan) Meza, Jr., and Mary Lou Gutierrez; brother Juan Martinez; beloved grandchildren Juan Meza, III, Genelle K....
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Elmer Buckley

July 23, 1932 - May 5, 2009

Elmer Buckley Elmer Buckley, 76, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009. From 1978 to 1982, Mr. Buckley was a special assistant to Aldo Tatangelo, mayor of Laredo. He helped to organize South Texas Economic Development Office (STEDO) under the Gerald R. Ford Administration to bring economic development to the South Texas area under the Minority Business Development Agency. He was Vice-Chairman of...
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Gilberto Balderas, Sr.

September 1, 1928 - March 25, 2009

SGT. GILBERTO BALDERAS SR SEPTEMBER 1, 1928 – MARCH 25, 2009 Sgt. Gilberto Balderas, 80 years of age passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 peacefully with his family by his side. He was a member of the Texas National Guard for 24 years. He retired from LISD Division of Operations. He is preceded in death by his parents, Genaro and Dolores Balderas, Brother, Eleuterio Balderas and...
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Belen Z. Herrera

January 22, 1910 - March 19, 2009

Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend Belen Zamarron Herrera was called upon by our Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Mrs. Herrera was 99 years old and passed away of natural causes at her home with her son and granddaughter at her side. Belen Zamarron Herrera was born in General Cepeda, Coahuila, Mexico on January 22, 1910. At a young age her mother, Adela Zamarron Escareño (who...
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Marjorie Kraus

September 7, 1929 - March 15, 2009

MARJORIE KRAUS We celebrate the wonderful life of our loving mother, grandmother and friend, Marjorie "Margie" Kraus, who passed away on Sunday, arch 15, 2009 at the age of 79. Margie graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio and the University of Texas in Austin. Margie "MaMa" was the mother of four: two boys and two girls, and grandmother to seven. Margie was a long-time...
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Elvira Menchaca

October 25, 1930 - March 11, 2009

Señora Elivira Cantu de Menchaca 25 de octubre de 1930– 11 de marzo del 2009 La Señora Elvira Cantu de Menchaca falleció en el seno de la Santa Iglesia Católica y Apostólica el día 11 de marzo del 2009 rodeada de su familia. La Sra. Menchaca nació en Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México, el 25 de octubre 1930, viviendo gran...
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Frederick Arnold Slight

May 2, 1925 - March 4, 2009

FREDERICK A. SLIGHT MAY 2, 1925- MARCH 4, 2009 "There is nothing as strong as gentleness and nothing as gentle as real strength"…. - St. Francis de Sales Frederick A. Slight, 83, died peacefully at home on March 4, 2009. Fred was a role model for his family living a life of temperance and...
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Elva Falcon Bullen

July 27, 1924 - February 27, 2009

Mrs. Elva F. Bullen entered into the Lord's heavenly kingdom on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the age of 84. Mrs. Bullen was born in Guerra, Texas and is the great-great-granddaughter of Captain Blas Maria de la Garza Falcon, colonizer of South Texas. Mrs. Bullen graduated from Benavides High School and taught for a year at Hebbronville High after graduating. She later moved to Laredo to be with...
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Corbie Wayne Arrand

October 21, 1920 - February 24, 2009

CORBIE WAYNE ARRAND Corbie W. Arrand of Fenton, MI. went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Arrand, Daughter, Susan Arrand Antonini (Dr. Nedil A. Antonini), Grandaughter, Chloe Antonini, Siblings, Coy N. Arrand and Vona Dixon (Curtis) of Florida and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Joe Jackson North Funeral...
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Jorge Luis Benavides, Jr.

November 14, 1981 - February 21, 2009

Jorge Luis Benavides Jr. was born in Laredo Texas, November 14, 1981. He passed away February 21, 2009. He will always be remembered as a loving son and brother who adored his family and treasured the time he had with those he loved. He generously gave his time and efforts to helping others in need. He will live on in our hearts. Jorge Luis is preceded in death by his loving grandparents...
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Hector Rodriguez, Jr.

May 14, 1952 - February 15, 2009

HECTOR RODRIGUEZ JR MAY 14, 1952 – FEBRUARY 15, 2009 Hector Rodriguez, Jr., 56 years of age, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at his home. He was born on May 14, 1952 in Laredo, Texas to his Parents, Hector† and Alicia Rodriguez. He is preceded in death by his Father, Hector Rodriguez Sr., Brother, Javier Rodriguez and Mother-in-law, Amelia Melendez. He is survived by his...
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John Mathew Devally

October 7, 1979 - February 14, 2009

John Mathew Devally October 7, 1979 – February 14, 2009 John Matthew Devally, 29, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. He was born on October 7, 1979 in Laredo, Texas to Parents, Harold Anthony† and Lilia Devally. He graduated from United High School in 1998 and was employed at Cal-Ark. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Anthony Devally. He is survived by his...
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Carol Donovan

July 11, 1951 - February 12, 2009

Carol Donovan, (nee Campagna), 57, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 12, 2009 in Laredo, TX. Carol was born to Antony and Francis Campagna. Carol was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Recently, Carol and her husband, James moved to Laredo. Carol was a parishioner at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Laredo. Her passing has left a void in her family's heart that...
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Erle Thomas Speer

June 29, 1915 - February 10, 2009

ERLE T. SPEER JUNE 29, 1915-FEBRUARY 10, 2009 Erle T. Speer, 93 years of age passed away at his home, Tuesday, February 10, 2009. He was born June 29, 1915 to Harold and Virlea Speer in Buckingham Iowa. In school he was an excellent athlete, being a standout on his high school basketball team at Geneseo Township, graduating in 1933. He then graduated from Diesel Engineering School in...
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Agnes Hanger Esquivel

December 10, 1938 - February 5, 2009

AGNES INGEBORG ESQUIVEL DECEMBER 10, 1938-FEBRUARY 5, 2009 Mrs.Agnes Hanger Esquivel, 70 years of age, beloved mother and grandmother was born on December 10, 1938 in Zacatecas, Mexico to parents, Anders Hanger Hóstad and Elizabeth Bovio Süss. Mrs. Esquivel was called into the presence of our Lord to join her beloved family in Heaven on Thursday, February 5, 2009. Mrs. Esquivel is...
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Maria Rosa Ramirez

February 9, 1910 - January 27, 2009

Señorita Maria Rosa Ramirez was born in Laredo on February 9, 1910 and passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009. She was 98. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco Ramirez Rodriguez and Rosa Barrera de Ramirez, her brothers, Cesareo Ramirez, Lizandro Ramirez, Edmundo Ramirez, Honorato Ramirez, and her sisters, Isabel Ramirez, Corina Segura, Francisca Teresa Munoz, and Delia...
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Fernando Felix Zuniga, Jr.

October 12, 1926 - January 24, 2009

FERNANDO F. ZUNIGA, JR. OCTOBER 12, 1926-JANUARY 24, 2009 Fernando Felix Zuniga, Jr, 82 years of age, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2009, with his family by his side. Fernando was born on October 12, 1926 in Laredo, Texas to Jose Fernando Zuniga† and Nieves Garza Gongora Zuniga†. Fernando resided most of his life in Laredo. He graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1943....
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Michael Quint Trujillo

July 14, 1986 - January 22, 2009

MICHAEL QUINT TRUJILLO JULY 14, 1986-JANUARY 22, 2009 Michael Quint Trujillo, 22 years of age, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at a local hospital with his family by his side. Michael is survived by his parents Philip and Veronica Valle-Sullivan, Sisters, Candice Trujillo, Alejandra Sullivan, Brother, Louis Sullivan, Maternal Grandparents, Jesus and Acela Escobar, Esteban and Dolores...
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Doris Maria Martinez

September 14, 1963 - January 22, 2009

Miss Doris Maria Martinez passed away Thursday, January 22, 2009 at the age of 45. She was preceded in death by father Ricardo Felix Martinez. Miss Martinez is survived by her mother, Concepcion Hernandez; sisters, Sofie B. Martinez and Leticia Hernandez and her beloved nephew whom she loved dearly Roy Martinez, Jr. She is also survived by numerous cousins and other relatives. Inurnment will...
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Edward R. Leyendecker, Jr.

June 26, 1927 - January 21, 2009

EDWARD R. "WAYO" LEYENDECKER, JR. June 26, 1927-January 21, 2009 A well known, respected longtime Laredo banker and former mayor pro tempore Edward R. "Wayo" Leyendecker Jr. died after a short illness in San Antonio on Wednesday night at the age of 81. Mr. Leyendecker was born on June 26, 1927, in Laredo to Edward Russell Leyendecker and Esther Penn Leyendecker. Leyendecker was an executive...
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Armando Cadena

August 7, 1949 - January 10, 2009

ARMANDO CADENA AUGUST 7, 1949-JANUARY 10, 2009 Armando Cadena, 59 years of age, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2009 in San Antonio, TX. with his family by his side. He was born on August 7, 1949. He is preceded in death by his parents Alejandro and Armandina Cadena, brother Alejandro Cadena and sister Ana Maria San Miguel. He is survived by his wife Sanjuanita Cadena, daughters Adriana...
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Jordan Alexander Cavazos

December 17, 2008 - January 9, 2009

BABY JORDAN ALEXANDER CAVAZOS DECEMBER 17, 2008-JANUARY 9, 2009 "Dearest baby, please know that our greatest blessing was having you." Heaven's gain was our loss when our angel was called by our Lord. Jordan came into this world too soon and was taken too soon. He is being greeted in Heaven by his twin brother Matthew Ryan Cavazos, Maternal Great-grandparents; Maria Alicia Ramirez, Ruth Lara,...
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Mike B. Perez, Jr.

May 29, 1933 - January 5, 2009

Mike B. Perez, Jr., 75, long time Laredo Fire Chief, finished his last shift at 8:00 a.m. on January 3, 2009. Mike was born in Laredo on May 29, 1933, the much-loved eldest child of Miguel B. Perez, Sr. and Alicia Saenz Perez. A life-long Laredoan, Mike attended Heights Elementary School, L. J. Christen Junior High School, and graduated from Raymond and Tirza Martin High School, in 1951. Soon...
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Ricardo Castor

February 2, 1927 - Unknown

PFC RICARDO CASTOR JR. PFC Ricardo Castor, Jr., was killed in action on November 30, 1950. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels, 1410 Jacaman Rd. from 4 to 9 in the evening. A Vigil commenced at 7 in the evening. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. The funeral cortege...
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