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Sunday, September 10, 2000

Laredo Morning Times

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Lopez-Gonzalez vows solemnized

By ELIZABETH SORRELL Special to the Times Roberta Marie Gonzalez became the bride of Sixto David Lopez in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on June 17 with the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Davis officiating. Family and friends gathered at the Majesty for a reception afterwards. The bride is the daughter of Raymundo Gonzalez Jr. and Gundie Gonzalez. The bridegroom is the son of Sixto Lopez and Sara Alicia Coffman, married to Floyd Coffman. Elizabeth Treviño and Jeffrey Coffman served as lectors. The beautiful bride wore a strapless white gown, which had a sequined bodice. A veil extended from her dark hair. She carried a bouquet of white roses. Bridesmaids included Maid of Honor, Shana Friedman, in a deep purple gown trimmed with sequins, and Erica Contreras, Angie Gonzalez, Linda Garza, Valerie Perales, JoAnn Longoria and Angie Madrigal, in similar lilac gowns. The groomsmen were Ricky Gonzalez, best man, Abel Salazar, Jesse Castañeda, Javier Peña, Carlos Salinas, Eddie Tijerina, Willis Gentry and Robert Czar. Little Jordan Coffman was flower girl and Mario Cisneros Jr., ring bearer. Padrinos and madrinas included Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jewel, Erich Schrade, Dan Rupe, Mario Cisneros, Raymundo Gonzalez III, Priscilla Ruiz, Celina Villarreal, Tony Gonzalez and

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SHOWER COMPLIMENTS HERMELINDA: Hermelinda Gonzalez, bride-elect, seated center, was honored with a complimentary bridal shower hosted by co-workers at the Holiday Inn recently. Hostesses, from left, are Susan Newman, Maria de la Paz Biggs, Irma O. Flores and Rossana Hernandez.

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FIRST TOAST AS HUSBAND AND WIFE: Roberta Marie Gonzalez and Sixto David Lopez toast their marriage at Majesty in mid-July after the ceremony in St. Patrick's Church, with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Davis officiating. Valerie Perales. A portrait of the bride was displayed at the entrance of Majesty, where lavish décor included cloth of gold bows backing all the chairs and flowers centering each table. At each place setting stood a little gold bell, which was rung whenever the bride and bridegroom approached. A three-course dinner was served followed by wedding cake. The chocolate groom's cake was ornamented by fruits; the bride's by pink and white roses and candles. While the house band played, couples filled the dance floor. Raymundo Gonzalez, brother of the bride, sang a number of popular songs before the mariachi group appeared with its exuberant music. Guests numbered 250, including these from out-of-town: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene R. Coffman, Eileen Imhof, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L Coffman, and children Paul, Christi, Austin and Jordan of Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coffman, Indiana; Mari Lary, Missouri; Julie Gonzalez, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Cass Zabirski, Houston; Elizabeth Treviño and Gregg, Beaumont; Mrs. Guadalupe Treviño, Cathy Herrera, Humberto Treviño, and David, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoane and children Katlin, Bobby, Andrea and grandchild, Andrew, Austin.

Hermelinda enjoys complimentary shower

A bridal shower honoring 5th grade Nye elementary teacher Hermelinda Gonzalez, bride-elect of Mario J. Gonzalez, was held Aug. 19 at the Holiday Inn. Helping Hermelinda celebrate in this joyous occasion were fellow co-workers, family and friends. Hostesses for the bridal brunch were co-workers Susan Newman, Maria de la Paz Biggs, Irma O. Flores, Rossana Hernandez, Barbara Garza and Norma Castilla. Attending were Gloria Gonzalez, mother of the bride-elect; Alicia Gonzalez, fiancé's mother, Alicia Gonzalez, Lucila G. Flores, Astrid Flores, Sandy Flores, Hilda G. Flores, Melida G. Flores, Menita Flores, Irene G. Hill, Sonya Hernandez, Gloria Lopez, Cindy Sherwood, Leticia Sanchez, Elma C. Almendarez, Janice Sanchez, Ramona Garcia, Blanca Balboa, Gloria R. Puig, Mrs. Maria Muñoz, Carmen A. Escamilla, Santa Camacho, Maria Morales, Diana Carreon, Martha Chapa, Imelda Allred and Sonia Garza.

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MHS reunion

The Raymond and Tirza Martin High School Class of 1960 recently held their 40th year reunion. At the reunion are, from left, sitting, Sylvia Ayala, Ramon Dovalina, Florita Ramon Tijerina; standing, Norma A. Garcia, Phil Wilman and Lamar F. Wilman.

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NEWLYWEDS, PARENTS AT THE RECEPTION: At the Majesty in mid-June, Roberta Marie Gonzalez and her bridegroom, Sixto David Lopez, center, greeted guests along with parents, Raymundo Gonzalez Jr., and Gundie Gonzalez, Sara Alicia Coffman and Lloyd Coffman.

Luminarias premiere set for Sept. 15

Actress Dyana Ortelli, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Oscar Elizondo of Laredo, will be flying in from her home in Hollywood, Calif., to attend the opening of her film Luminarias here in Laredo. The movie premieres Friday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at U.A. North Creek. Ortelli will be signing authographs following the movie. Luminarias is a hilarious romantic comedy about four contemporary, professional Latina women who are struggling with love, sex, divorce, success and a lifetime of growing up Latina in a white world. Written by Evelina Fernandez, directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, and produced by Sal Lopez, the film boasts a predominantly Latino cast, including Evelina Fernandez (American Me), Martha Dubois (Magnum P.I.), Angela Moya (Lambada), Cheech Marin (Nash Bridges), Robert Beltran (Star Trek), Geoff Rivas (Bound by Honor), Seidy Lopez (Mi Vida Loca), Lupe Ontiveros (As Good as it Gets), Sal Lopez (American Me), and Pepe Serna (American Me). It also stars Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap. The low-budget independent film has received much critical acclaim, including a three-star rating from renown movie critic, Leonard Moultin. Luminarias was financed entirely by the Latino community. In fact, Laredoans are responsible for a large part of the financing of the film. The story revolves around the frequent gatherings of these four women at their favorite hang-out in Los Angeles, Luminarias, where they drink shots of tequila as they share stories of broken hearts, Latino men, gringas, white men, (See *PREMIERE Page 6C)

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Celebration

The Class of 1960 from Martin High School recently celebrated its 40th year reunion at the Executive Club of the Walker Plaza. At the celebration are, from left, sitting, Aurora Castañeda, Diana Villarreal, Mando Villarreal; standing Rudy Castañeda, Oliva Ballesteros and Lilia P. Ballesteros.

Photo by ANA MARIA HERNANDEZ

Debutante and escort

Debutante Regina Geideshman and her escort Orlando Hinojosa were practicing for the Colonial Ball after they were introduced at the Presidents' orientation luncheon at the Laredo Country Club recently. Alta Gracia Azios Garcia, a former Martha Washington, is the choreographer for the formal presentation and Linda L. Gutierrez is sponsoring Regina.

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