Archive for April, 2016

Leonilo Garcia, M.D.

Garcia, Leonilo

Leonilo Garcia, M.D. of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away April 24, 2016. He was born May 15, 1946 in Monterey, Mexico to Leonilo Martinez Garcia and Leonor Olivares de Garcia.

When a Neonate nurse asks one of the physicians that works with her to become her children’s pediatrician, it says a lot about what kind of a physician that doctor is. Leo Garcia was a Neonatologist before most people could even spell the word. A pediatrician and neonatologist of the highest caliber, Dr. Leo Garcia practiced the art of medicine with such a kind and knowledgeable manner that the parents of his many, many patients were truly fortunate to have him care for their children.

Leo was dealt a very, very rough set of cards to play as far as his health was concerned but he always managed to deal with his lot with dignity while treating his caregivers with kindness and understanding. He always asked about others’ health, family, work and endeavored to make the conversations about the visitor and not about his own problems.

Illness took away his incredible gift of healing from so many children and he will long be remembered fondly by many grateful parents. We will miss him dearly and wish for him the comfort and peace he richly deserves.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Leonilo and Leonor Garcia; and his wife, Diane Young Garcia.

He is survived by his son, Patrick Allen Garcia of Corpus Christi; brother, Jose Luis Garcia (Leticia); nephew, Jose Luis Garcia; nieces, Carolina Garcia and Leticia Garcia, all of Monterey, Mexico; mother-in-law, Barbara Young (George) Houmes; god-children, Brian Scott and Kimberli Scott.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 am Friday, April 29, 2016 at Rose Hill Memorial Park with Dale Mathis officiating. Burial will follow.

Those who wish may make contributions to Driscoll Children’s Hospital Neonatal


Hector Mario Marquez

Marquez, Hector

Hector Mario Marquez, 48, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was born August 7, 1967 in Patterson, California to Fidel and Estella Marquez.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years and his soul mate for 29 years, Jeannie Marquez; his beloved son, Vincent Marquez; his parents, Fidel and Estella Marquez; his sisters, Veronica Garcia (Luis), Cynthia Nilo (Willie); his brother, Fidel Marquez, Jr.; his sisters-in-law, Jennifer Burnison (Brian), Jessica Skinner (Eric); brother-in-law, Joseph Carabajal (Brenda); nephews, Richard Marcos Trevino, Willie Nilo, Jr., Jordan Burnison, Gabriel Garcia, Luis R. Garcia; nieces, Heather Burnison, Evelyn Garcia, Veronica Garcia, Alexa Nilo, Katherine Carabajal, Katelyn Carabajal, Chloe Teston, Isabella Skinner, Anna Rose Skinner; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting at his ranch, barbecuing with friends and family, watching boxing and MMA, and loved his Houston teams, the Astros, Texans and Rockets.

Visitation will be from 4:30 P.M. until 7 P.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Sawyer-George-Funeral Home Chapel

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Emilio Jimenez as celebrant. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Carabajal, Brian Burnison, Luis Garcia, Willie Nilo, Harry Vindas and Rick Gutierrez.

Ralph G. Wilson

Wilson, Ralph

Ralph G. Wilson, 94, a former lifetime resident of Robstown, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016. He was born November 18, 1921, weighing in at 2 pounds.  His parents, Reginald George and Mallie Gertrude Wilson used their kitchen oven as their incubator to keep him warm.

He served in the Army-Air Corp during WWII leaving out of March Field Air Base, California on September 18, 1943, serving on Saipan, Guam and Okinawa returning home on November 17, 1945.

Ralph retired at the age of 55 from Amoco (BP) after 35 years of service. His retirement gave him time for fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening and wine making.  He loved spending time with his family camping in the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Carolyn “Ann” Wilson, his parents, three brothers and six sisters. He was the seventh child of ten children, being the last to be called home.

He is survived by his two sons, David Ralph and wife Nancy of Abilene, Texas and Richard “Ricky” and wife Vickie of Corpus Christi, Texas; five grandchildren, David John (Shelly) Wilson, Melanie Clark, Gregg Wilson, Melissa Malone, and Brian (Jen) Wilson; 13 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be one hour before the funeral service.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Simmons officiating. Graveside services will follow at Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Wilson, Rick Wilson, Gregg Wilson, Brian Wilson, Randy Wright, Jody Smart and Jim Mayes.

Those who wish may make contributions to Christ Central Baptist Church, P. O. Box 260538, Corpus Christi, Texas 78426.

Margaret Lou McCandless

Margaret Lou McCandless, age 90, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away April 19, 2016.  She was born December 15, 1925 in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Louis and Gertrude Stamper .  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob McCandless and a daughter, Dawn Dowless.

Margaret is survived three children, Glenda Simnacher, Robbie (Gary) Moore, Robert “Bob” ( Rebecca) McCandless; ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Bro. Ronnie Watson officiating.

Melba Ruth Jauer

Jauer, Melba

Melba Ruth Jauer, 78, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away March 11, 2016. She was born August 17, 1937 in Nueces County, Texas to Edwin and Ella Mae McMeans Schroeder.  Melba was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and was a graduate of Del Mar College.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edwin D. “Dick” Schroeder.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bryan Jauer of Corpus Christi, Texas; her children, Karen (Rick) Edwards of Sinton, Texas, Deanna (Matt) Snyder of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Melissa (Robert) Pinkerton of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, Carol Urbanovsky of Robstown, Texas; a sister-in-law, Becky (David) Machicek of Victoria, Texas; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Sarah Nye officiating.

A reception will follow in the fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 attn: Development Office.