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Sunday, May 12, 2002

Laredo Morning Times

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LOCAL

Funeral services announced

Mr. Ramos was preceded in death by his daughter, Thelma Ramos and his son, Juan Roberto Ramos. He is survived by his wife of 55 years of marriage, Carmen B. Ramos; his children, Graciela R. Gutierrez, Jesus (Rosemary) Ramos Jr. and Hilda R. (Victor) Escalon; his grandchildren, Cristobal Gutierrez Jr., Rosa Amelia G. Gibson, Ronald Gutierrez, Patricia Gutierrez, Rebecca Ramos, Veronica Ramos, Victor Escalon Jr., Gerardo Gabriel Escalon and Thelma Yvonne E. Rios. Mr. Ramos is also survived by 12 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other numerous relatives. A rosary will be recited on Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 7 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. from Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez to Holy Family Catholic Church for a holy Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Inurnment was held at the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez.

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(Continued from Page 1A) privatized. "Our priorities have always been managing growth," Montemayor said. "We plan seven-ten years in advance, so we are prepared. If you ask my colleagues outside of the city, they will tell you about Laredo's reputation and its ability to expand. Some border cities are requesting $300-500 million in assistance for their water system. We're only requesting $10 million because we have always planned for the future," he said. He noted that because of Laredo's growth, the utilities department deals with 2,000-3,000 new water and sewer connections a year, in addition to its other duties. "That's unheard of in other cities. The only other one doing that is Las Vegas," Montemayor said. "The 200-member staff has not increased for several years," he added, "but we have still managed to keep up with growth, pay for new water and sewer lines and still maintain a surplus." "I think they are doing an excellent job with their work," City Manager Dovalina commented. Yet Montemayor continues to be concerned. "Employees have put their lives and a lot of sweat into their work and this department. So, when this (privatization) occurs, there is a concern as to what will happen with the department as a whole," he said with chagrin. Unfazed, Councilman Galo expressed his belief that market forces would ensure the best outcome for all concerned. "The company needs to control costs in order to make money. So, it's in their best interest to make sure everything is working right," he said. Not everyone is so convinced. At last week's public hearings, which were scheduled at the last minute on the day before and the day of the final vote (May 8), several citizens and one 16-year veteran of the utilities department still had many questions about the city's decision to privatize. At the hearings, Mayor Betty Flores and Galo repeatedly said the public had many opportunities to become informed about and comment on privatization. However, no public citizens were made part of the negotiating process. Further, very little information was actually revealed to the public and media, specifically on the water rate structure, the ideal number of employees United Water wanted to keep, employee pensions and benefits, repairs to the system, water quality standards and the contract amount. "I can't comment because we are still in negotiations," was the common refrain heard from city staff, like Dovalina, Interim Utilities Director Beto Ramirez and Administrative Services Director Dan Migura. When Mayor Flores commented at the Wednesday public hearing that an employees focus group was created last November to address utilities employees concerns, Jorge Enriquez, a 16-year utilities veteran, responded that employees never received answers to questions and concerns they submitted in writing months ago. Councilman Joe Guerra, a strong supporter of privatization and United Water, listed a long litany of gripes he has against the department, namely delays in building elevated water tanks and booster pumps in his district and demolishing an old water tank in front of St. Patrick's Church. "Those problems should be addressed promptly, so I felt compelled to look into privatization. These guys from United Water assured me they would be right on top of all these issues," Guerra said. (Staff writer Tricia Cortez can be reached at 728-2568 or [email protected])

RAFAEL AGUNDIS Rafael Agundis Rafael Agundis passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2002, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. He was born in San Miguel on June 28, 1942. He is survived by his daughters, Cristina, Veronica, Peque, Angelica and Monica; five sisters; one brother, their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews. Rafael was well known in San Miguel de Allende in his sisters' Farmacia Agundis and as a talented guitarist. He was a friend to all in need. Services and interment were held on Monday 6, 2002, in the family crypt in Las Monjas Church in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

DOMINGO F. VELA Domingo F. Vela Funeral services for Domingo F. Vela, 59, who passed away Saturday, May 11, 2002, are pending at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. For further information, please call our office at (956)722-0001.

BABY OLYMPIA OGBEVOEN Baby Olympia Ogbevoen Baby Olympia Ogbevoen, 4 months of age, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2002. Baby Ogbevoen was born in Edmond, Oklahoma, but was residing in Laredo with her parents. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather John Ogbevoen and by her first brother, Paul Ogbevoen, Jr. She is survived by her loving parents, Paul and Willietta Ogbevoen; her sisters, Paula and Aisha Ogbevoen; and by her brother, Heston Ogbevoen; maternal grandparents, Jessie and Tommie Hollman; her paternal grandmother, Veronica Ogbevoen; and by her maternal great-grandmother, Leona Barfield; also, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and many friends. A religious service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2002 at 2 p.m. in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Ave. Funeral services and interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, (956) 723-2979.

BABY JIOVANNA MARLENE PAREDES Baby Jiovanna Marlene Paredes Baby Jiovanna Marlene Paredes, three years old was called to join God's little angels in Heaven on Thursday, May 9, 2002. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jose Santiago Paredes and Maria de Jesus Paredes. She is survived by her parents, Jose Paredes and Jessica M. Paredes; her four sisters, Jossina, Janelle, Jessica and Jaimee Paredes; her maternal grandparents, Gilberto E. Garcia and Patricia and George Magnon; her maternal great-grandmother, Rebecca Garza; and her paternal great-grandmother Sara Ramos. Baby Jiovanna is also survived by many aunts and uncles, Annabelle J. Garcia, Michael and Teresa Garcia, Marco A. Magnon, Jaime and Lidia Hernandez, Ruben and Santa Ontiveros, Laura and Jose Mevida, Susana and Guillermo Gonzalez, Jesus and Sandra Paredes, Marta and Humberto Vasquez, Alfonso and Alicia Vasquez, Refugio and Lita Garza, Jose and Margie Garza, Sheriff Juan and Tracy Garza, Rebecca and Faustino Reyes, Aurelio and Julie Fraga, Ricardo and Dalia Fraga, as well as numerous cousins and many other relatives. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 13, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Ave. Funeral services will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2002, from the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels. A Mass of the Angels will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, (956) 723-2979.

JOSE P. SANDOVAL Jose P. Sandoval Jose P. Sandoval, 78, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2002, at a local hospital. Mr. Sandoval was a WWII soldier. He was preceded in death by his son, Juan Jose Sandoval; and his grandson, Jose Abraham Puente. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sylvia Sandoval; children, Alicia Anaya, Rosana Sandoval, Sylvia Rosa Puente, Priscilla Ivone Sandoval, Antonio Ruiz Jr., Rosa Maria Sandoval, Veronica A. Sandoval; step-children, Sebastian Salgado, Marcos Salgado and Blanca Salgado; grandchildren, Juan Jose Sandoval and Isabel Sandoval; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and his only brother, Calixto Sandoval, all of Laredo. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 13, 2002, at the Nieto Dickey and Lopez Funeral Home chapel from 4 to 9 p.m. with a rosary being recited in the evening. Funeral services will begin on Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at San Agustine Church, where a holy Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow will the City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nieto Dickey and Lopez Funeral Directors, 802 Coke Street. For more information, contact the funeral home at 723-3723. GUADALUPE AYALA Guadalupe Ayala Mrs. Guadalupe Ayala, 77, passed away May 7, 2002, at Doctor's hospital in Laredo. She was born on Sept. 18, 1925 in Cienega De Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Mrs. Ayala loved music and cooking. Children are, Luis Pavia, Marco Pavia, Griselda Pavia, and Aurora Gracia. Also Omar Ayala Sr. and numerous friends and family.

ANITA REYNA CAVAZOS Anita Reyna Cavazos Anita Reyna Cavazos, a resident of Austin, Texas, since 1984, died at Seton Hospital on May 2, 2002, in Austin. Mrs. Cavazos was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Manuel Vela Cavazos, and her brother, Felipe Reyna. She is survived by her five children, Manuel (Randy Ann Seaman) Cavazos IV, Anita Rentfro, Gloria Cavazos, Ernesto R. (Rosie Mendiola) Cavazos and Robert R. Cavazos; grandchildren Manuel Cavazos V, Michael Cavazos, Marcial Cavazos, Melissa Rentfro, Jessie Ann Cavazos, Anita A. Cavazos, Ernie E. Cavazos Jr. and Manuel Thomas Cavazos. Mrs. Cavazos is also survived by her sister, Cleo Reyna Klinger; her brother-in-law, Victor Manuel Cavazos of Matamoros, Mexico; her sister-in-laws, Emma C. de Anzaldua of Laredo, and Martha Reyna, her great aunt Mildred Judy Reyna, aunts, Susie Fierros Merse and Fela Fierros and by her cousin Gloria Hansen. A rosary was held on Friday, May 10, 2002, at 7 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Importer issues cantaloupe recall

McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A McAllen importer and distributor of Susie brand cantaloupe from Mexico said Saturday it is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of the product because it has been associated with outbreaks of illness in the United States and Canada. In a statement, the I. Kunik Co. said the organism Salmonella poona has infected dozens of people and can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with the organism often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The cantaloupes were sold in retail stores and restaurants and possibly other institutions. They have been advised to remove them from sale, the company said. Kunik said the recall was implemented after the Food and Drug Administration traced the illness reports to the Susie brand fruit. The federal agency has acted to prevent the importation of any other suspect cantaloupe, it said.

BEATRIZ FLORES ASHTON Beatriz Flores Ashton Beatriz Flores Ashton, 71, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at local hospital. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 11, 2002, with an 8:30 a.m. departure from Nieto Dickey & Lopez Funeral Directors to Christ the King Church. A holy Mass was celebrated at 9 a.m. Interment followed at the Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Horacio Cruz, Humberto Guerrero Jr., Gilberto Salinas, Baldomero Galvan, Moises Espinoza, Baldemar Galvan and Robert Ashton. Arrangements were under the direction of Nieto Dickey & Lopez Funeral Directors, 802 Coke St.

Jesus Ramos Jesus Ramos, a life-long resident of Laredo, passed away Friday, May 10, 2002, at the age of 87. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Mr. Ramos was a spiritual man who loved gardening. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.

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