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Lorenzo R. Valdez
October 27, 1942 – August 7, 2013

Lorenzo R. Valdez, 70, of Bay City, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at his residence.

Lorenzo was born in Bay City on October 27, 1942 to parents, John and Julia Rodriguez Valdez. He was a life long resident of Bay City and retired from the South Texas Nuclear Project where he worked in the tool shop.

Lorenzo was preceded in death by his parents; and by a son, Lorenzo Valdez, Jr.

He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Rodriguez and Katy Garay; son David Valdez; brothers, Jesse and John Valdez; half-brother, Guadalupe Valdez; and half-sisters, Mary Rose Cox and Corrina Cortez. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family received visitors on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a rosary service recited at 6:30 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Mass was held Friday August 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Manuel Rodriguez, Markie Rodriguez, Anselmo Herrera, Johnny Quintanilla, Jesse Quintanilla, and Lorenzo Valdez, III served as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family a tbfh@swbell.net.

Bay City Tribune, August 11, 2013
 


Ervin L. Valigura - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Frank L. Valigura & Leddie Agnes Valigura - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Frank M. Valigura & Wilma A. Valigura - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


W. M. "Bill" Valigura & Martha L. Valigura - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 



 
Esther Vandiver

Dau of
W. H. & Nettie Vandiver

Born
Jul. 11, 1892
Died
Aug. 11, 1904

Cedarvale Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Virginia Vantrease
March 20, 1928 –May 12, 2013

Virginia Vantrease, 85, passed away Sunday, May 12, in Edmond, Ok. after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, W. H. Vantrease.

She is survived by: two daughters, Sharon Bruce of Austin (formerly of Bay City); and Sandra (David) Mleko of Edmond, Ok., and one granddaughter, Christy Petray of Austin (formerly of Bay City).

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 18, at the JA Funk Funeral Home in Malvern, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimer's Research, or help the caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient.

Sharon wishes to thank everyone who prayed for her Mom during her illness.

Bay City Tribune, May 19, 2013
 

Arnulfo Vargas Sr.

Ofelia R. Vargas

 

 Roselawn Memorial Park

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham



 

 

 
Ofelia R. Vargas

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas]-- Ofelia R. Vargas, 73, of Bay City, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001.

She was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Brownsville, to the late Nicanor and Ynocencia Martinez Ruiz. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Sylvia Hernandez of Corpus Christi, Rosa Vargas of Sweeny, Zulema Varate and Grace Vargas, both of Bay City; sons, Arnold Vargas Jr., Arthur Vargas, Arrmondo Vargas and Anthony Vargas, all of Bay City, and Alfred Vargas of Rosenberg; sisters, Guadalupe Ybarra of Alvin and Tomas Pena of Houston; and 16 grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, Sunday August 19, 2001

 


Andrew Victor Vasek
February 9, 1993 – September 15, 2014

Andrew Victor Vasek was born on February 9, 1993, and left this world on September 15, 2014. Andrew was a bright ray of sunshine that could light up a room with his smile. He touched many lives the short time he was in this world and he will be missed by all that knew him.

As a small child, Andrew loved to go fishing and crabbing with his Mamaw. He loved all sports and played little baseball, basketball and soccer. While in Junior High, he began playing football and found his true passion. He played defensive tackle for the Black Cats and was named to the all district and all county teams, both his junior and senior year. He was a member of the Wadsworth 4-H from third grade through his senior year in high school and raised rabbits for the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Steve Vasek and Leona Clemmons, and Alvin and Violet Smith.

Andrew leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, Charles and Nancy Vasek; brother, Brad Vasek; sister, Megan Cerceo and brother-in-law, Joe Cerceo. Other family members include aunts, Shirley Bokorney (Joe), Betty Davis (Jeff), Valerie Hardy (Marty), Suzanne Talasek, and Linda Fuqua; uncles, Steve Vasek (Lisa) and Chris Vasek (Sheryl); cousins, Bo Bokorney, Tell Bokorney, Steven Vasek (Lindsey), Kristie Vasek, Shelby Baker (Blake), Taylor Vasek, Justin Hardy, Jared Hardy, Brandy Hicks (Russell), Tara Simons, Christopher Talasek, Summer Fuqua, Cisco Fuqua, Avery Fuqua and Reason Fuqua; nieces, Morgan and Ryleigh Cerceo; and nephew, Kayden Cerceo. There are also numerous other relatives and friends that will miss his bright smile and beautiful eyes.

A memorial service was held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at First Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Andrew’s honor is asked to send it to Christ Episcopal Church, 175th Anniversary Fund, P.O. Box 673, Matagorda, TX 77457.

Bay City Tribune, September 21 2014
 


Pauline Vaughn - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Janie Saenz Vela
(September 8, 1934 - November 22, 2007)

Janie Vela, 74, better known as Janie Saenz passed away peacefully on Thursday November 22, 2007, Thanksgiving Day, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on September 8, 1934 to Solomon and Mary Cadriel, Janie was the eldest of her brothers and sisters.

She was married to Ruben Saenz in 1955. Together they had one daughter, Alvina Saenz. Janie’s life long work included owning and operating her restaurant business for over 54 years. Her first business was in Van Vleck, from there she moved to Bay City and owned and operated, “Saenz Café” for 19 years. She then relocated to “Saenz Café” in Van Vleck, where she was known to many people. After being married for 23 years, Ruben Saenz passed away at the age of 59 in 1978.

By this time, Janie had been in the restaurant business for close to 25 years. On March 8, 1980, Janie Married Epolito Vela and began what would be a lasting love affair for over 27 years. Being married to “Polo” brought along a new adventure of becoming a stepmother to Raymond Vela, Paul Vela Jr., Mary Henderson, and Ruben Vela.

Janie was a loving, very well known, respected Business owner. After marrying “Polo” Vela she opened Vela’s Taco House in Sugar Valley. In 1991 she took the biggest and hardest hit of all. Losing her only daughter Alvina Juarez to cancer at the early age of 38. Throughout that rough battle, Janie knew she had to be strong. She went back to work at Vela’s and it was not until Hwy 35 expanded to a two lane Hwy. that she finally decided to put down the “big stainless steel spoon” and retired in 1996.

Alvina left Janie 4 grandchildren to cherish Felicia Randle & husband DeAdrian, Priscilla Martinez & husband Vincent, Maria Juarez & husband Curtis and Ruben Juarez & wife Tammy. Janie and Polo loved spending quick weekend trips to their favorite little spot, “Cashotta.” One thing she always treasured was that her great grand children Mikail, Jajuan, & Alvina Randle, Brandon Miller, Alexis & Roxanna Martinez, Janie, Malcolm & Yvonne Franklin and Raylynn Faith Juarez were all next door to her. He great grandkids were the apple of her eye. She could not go anywhere in town without having a story to tell them. She instilled a lot of faith into all of her kids. Her daily ritual was to bless every one of them each morning before going to school. Whether it was blessing them with the “sign of the cross” or just praying a quick prayer to make sure they had a wonderful day. Two weeks after Thanksgiving in 2005, Janie was diagnosed with Liver Cancer. Throughout her struggle with her illness, she would never let it get her down. She always said, “when I die, don’t cry for me, I have had a wonderful life. I have traveled the world and no one can ask God for a better life than what he has given to me.” She was a fighter until the very end, never letting anything slow her down. She was preceded in death by two sisters Estella Escobar & Mary Rodriguez & brother Solomon Cadriel.

She leaves behind a loving husband and devoted family to remember her. Sisters Rosie Morales, Patsy Longoria, Sophie Navarras; and brothers Joe, Frank & Lupe Cadriel. She was a very strong willed woman. No matter what came her way, good or bad. She made the best of it.

Rest in peace Grandma and sleep with the angels. Hold the door open for us and we will meet you again at the Golden Gate.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Mass is 10:00 am Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Mary Ludecke Venghaus - Cedarvale Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Roger D. Venglar
December 18, 1947 – July 20, 2013

Roger D. Venglar, 65, of Bay City passed away July 20, 2013. He was born December 18, 1947 in Freeport, TX to the late John D. Venglar and Janey Lee Cumby Venglar.

Roger loved his family and friends and was gifted with the ability to build or repair most anything.

Survivors include his wife, Tomasa Venglar of Bay City; daughter, Kristi Pottgieser and husband Robert of Florida; step-sons Ramon Perez and Carlos Saldana; sister, Teresa Venglar Orr & husband Darryl of Brazoria; half-sister, Patsy Thornton & husband Rodney; grandchildren Hannah Pottgieser, Josh Fitzgerald and wife Katie, Jordyn Wray and husband Jessie; and special nieces, Tabitha Orr and Bailey and Janey Orr.

The family received friends and relatives from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m, Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Following his wishes, cremation followed.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, July 24, 2013
 


Kerri Ann Verbeck - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


 

Eric Warren Vercher

24 November 1984 – 13 January 2015

 

BAY CITY - Eric Warren Vercher, 30, of Bay City passed away January 13, 2015. He was born November 24, 1984 in Bastrop, LA to Keith Vercher and Roxanne Ruth Vercher.

 

He was a 2003 graduate of Sterlington High School where he competed in the State Competition Pole Vaulting and played football for the team who took State that year.

 

He is survived by his wife Darci Vercher, who is expecting their child in June, of Bay City; daughter Danielle Nicole of Oyster Creek, TX; father Keith Vercher of Hammond, LA; mother Roxanne Vercher of Needville, TX; brother Chaz Vercher & wife Logan; nieces Bella Rose and Natalia Vila and grandmother Jewel Ruth & her companion Buddy Kelley of Bastrop, LA.

A memorial service honoring his life will be 10:00 AM Monday, January 19, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Markham with Rev. Damon Rambo officiating.

 

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.
 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

 

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 17 January 2015
 


Floyd Allen Vest & Anna T. Vest - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Joel Waverly Vest & Elizabeth B. Vest - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Ynes Villarreal III

At 41, Ynes Villarreal III, passed on to the other side, Sunday, February 8, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family. 

He was a lifelong resident of Bay City, Texas, and leaves to cherish his memories, three children, Randi Lynn, Lilliana and Ynes Richard Villarreal; parents, Ynes Jr and Irma Villarreal; brothers, Jesse and Arthur Villarreal; sisters, Nora Villarreal, Anna Sherrill and Betty Ann Carrera; and many other family and friends.

Visitation services will be Thursday February 12, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Power Church, 3920 Doris Street, Bay City, Texas.

Funeral Services will be Friday February 13, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Power Church with Pastor Franc Paiz officiating.

Most Precious Memories entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Wharton, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, February 11, 2014
 


Edward Voitle & Lizzie Voitle - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Lizzie Glenn Voitle

Lizzie Glenn Voitle, 89, of The Woodlands died April 25, 2000 at Woodlands Health Care Center in the Woodlands. She was born July 2, 1910 in Tomball, Texas to the late Maurice Clifton and Carrie Ferguson Glenn. She was a resident of The Woodlands the past four years and a former longtime resident of Bay City. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Norma Voitle, Jr. of The Woodlands, Glenn Alvin and Cynthia Voitle of Katy; six grandchildren, Teresa Rodger and husband Duane of Cypress, Steven Bradley Voitle of Webwster, Shawn Voitle and wife Robin of Conroe, Dan Voitle and wife Susan of Katy, David Voitle of Katy and Vanesa Balent and husband Jon of Greenboro, N.C.; and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Edward Voitle; two sisters, Ethel Kansteiner and Margaret Kansteiner; and by two brothers, Maurice Clifton Glenn, Jr. and William "Bill" Glenn.

Graveside funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000 at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, April 26, 2000
 


Lucille A. Vollmering - Roselawn Memorial Park - Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Annie Vonweg - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of G. W. Franzen

 

May Vonweg - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of G. W. Franzen

 

William Vonweg - Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of G. W. Franzen

 

 

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Created
Mar. 30, 2013
Updated
Mar. 30, 2013
 

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