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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Laredo Morning Times


Funeral services announced

October 15, 2004. Funeral services were held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 from the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Southside Chapels, Loop 20 and Zapata Highway. Holy Mass was celebrated at 9:00 a.m. at San Vicente de Paul Catholic Church. Committal service and interment followed in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Carlos A. Baltazar, Miguel A. Quintanilla, Miguel A. Quintanilla, Jr., Ramiro Quintanilla, Roel Cadena, Jesus Torres, John Andrew West, Jose Rangel and Israel Contreras. rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez Lopez & Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Funeral services will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2004 from the funeral home chapel. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at San Luis Rey Catholic Church. Interment will then follow in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.


(Continued from Page 1A) Brad Beheler, McLennon County elections specialist, said Waco saw more early voters on the first day than normal. He said 5,065 people voted Monday. There are 130,000 people registered to vote in the county. "We usually don`t see that many voters until the end of the election," he said. Elections officials in Victoria County, which has 54,738 people registered, said they saw hundreds more voters on Monday than usual. "There were 1743 total voters (on Monday)," Elections Administrator George Matthews said Tuesday. "I don`t remember us ever having more than that. On the first day of early voting we usually see 400 or 500 voters." Other counties reporting record numbers included Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Travis, El Paso and Nueces. In Webb County, more voters cast ballots on Tuesday than on Monday. Tuesday's tally was 1,797. Added to Monday's figure, the total so far is 3,437. Webb County Democratic Chair Roberto Balli said Tuesday afternoon he hopes the trend of increase in early voting will continue. He`s holding out for the end of early voting or Election Day to break records. "Some people think Webb County has a low voter turnout, but it`s not true," Balli said. "I`m not surprised with Webb County`s turnout in early voting. Historically in Webb County, people come out to vote on Election Day. "People in Webb County have realized in that last six years that they need to vote, and they`re really excited about this presidential race," he said. The single-day record for early voting in Webb County was set on Nov. 1, 2002, when 3,511 people voted, said Interim Election Administrator Oscar Villarreal. In the March 2004 Democratic and Republican primaries, voters were close to that record when 3,280 people voted in a single day, he said. Webb County Republican Chair Esther Buckley said she was disappointed with the county`s turnout on the first day. Buckley, a teacher at Cigarroa High School -- an early voting site -- said she is saddened to see the small turnout of voters. "The clerks are just sitting there," she said Tuesday afternoon. "I think (early voting) needed more publicity," she said. But Bill Green, head of the Yes! I will vote! Committee and publisher of the Laredo Morning Times, said Tuesday most media outlets in Laredo were doing their part to focus on the elections. "Sometimes we get criticized for overkill," Green said. "It`s in the newspaper on TV and radio everyday. "We all have that one common goal: to maximize the vote." In addition to print and broadcast, the get-out-thevote campaign also has gone online. A Yes! I will vote! link on the Laredo Morning Times Web site ( provides access to a database of the names of all the people registered to vote in Webb County. The database is updated daily to highlight the names of those who have voted. Early voting will continue until Oct. 29. For information on early voting sites, visit the Laredo Morning Times Web site and click on the Yes! I will vote! icon. (Times staff writer Nancy Martinez can be reached at 728-2538 or [email protected])

ANTONIO RUBIO III Antonio Rubio III Antonio Rubio III, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2004 at a local hospital. Funeral services are pending with the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Information with regard to the funeral arrangements may be obtained by calling 723-2979.

MARGARITA LOPEZ Margarita Lopez Margarita Lopez, 86, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2004. Visitation was held and a rosary was recited on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 in the Hernandez-Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Funeral services will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 from the funeral home chapel. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will then follow in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. ADELFA MANDES Adelfa Mandes Adelfa Mandes our dear mother has gone to be with the Lord. But Mom lives! Matthew 22:32 says, "`I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob`? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." Even so we will miss until we see her again. She did not leave us without an example of how to live our lives. She was the model of service, compassion and how to live full of joy. Mom was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. She loved to read the Bible, pray and go to church. She always required of us that we know the Lord and walk in His Way. The last book she read was the Purposed Driven Life. Mom even at 81 was full of purpose and excitement for the future. She was born on December 20, 1922 in Laredo. She passed away in San Antonio Texas with her immediate family at her side. She was the third of nine children born to Alejandro and Ana de Luna. Adelfa had six children. The oldest Guillermo is with the Lord. The surviving children are Alex (Julie Ann), George (Juanita), Serene (Al), Chris (Cel) and Milton. The grandchildren include Sonia, Amanda, Joanna, Katie, Emily, Katherine Anne, Adrianne, Cynthia, Ricardo, Anna, Billy and Galilea. Her surviving brothers and sisters include Amador de Luna, Alfredo de Luna (Nelly), Alicia Laurel (Jesus), Angelina Slee (Tom) Anthony Kazen and Anna Maria Garcia (Henry). She is survived by numerous relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 7 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. from Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels to San Martin de Porres Catholic Church for a holy mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the family plot in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family encourages you to sign the guest book online at We wish to express our deep gratitude to our cousin John Kazen P.A. who cared for her with the devotion of a son. We love you John. Arrangements are under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez.

ADRIAN PATINO Adrian Patino Adrian Patino, 50, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2004 in Houston, Texas. Mr. Patino was born in Rio Grande City, Texas and had been a resident of Laredo most of his life. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Michael Villalovos. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Patino of Pasadena, Texas. Daughters, Imelda "Meli" Patino of South Houston, Rebecca (Desi) Davila, Diane Villalovos both of Pasadena and Margie (Johnny Sr.) Guerra of La Porte. Grandchildren, Johnny Guerra Jr., Jesse Paul Renteria Jr., Erica Alejandro, Edgar Alejandro Jr., Adrianna Moralez, Mario Alejandro, Marissa, Marinna, Matthews and Michael Guerra. Parents, Jesus and Alicia Patino of Laredo. Brother, Joe Patino of Laredo. Sister, Imelda Murillo of Laredo. Nephews, Joe Murillo Jr. of Houston and Javier Murillo of Laredo. Also, other family members and many friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 from 4 to 9 p.m. and a

ANDRES "ANDY" ANDREWS Andres "Andy" Andrews Andres "Andy" Andrews, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2004. Committal services and interment of ashes were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.


(Continued from Page 1A) He is a master artist in residence at Alexander High, and has traveled to the high school three days a month for the past 10 years to work with students in the nowdefunct Studio Art Magnet Program Norma Muñoz, advanced art teacher at Alexander High who oversaw the Magnet Program, said the initial idea for decorating the SAC walls was to feature artwork from the magnet students. "I wanted to fill the building with my students' works, but I thought about it and realized there is so much talent throughout the district, so we opened it to all middle schools and high schools," she said. Framed artwork will eventually fill the building in gallerylike fashion, Peña said. "As small as it may seem, a seed has been planted so future generations will be part of a long-term project that will show off their talent," he said. "This will give students a vision of something that is possible." UISD officials in attendance included Director of Fine Arts Javier Vera, Assistant Fine Arts Director Violet Marlowe, Board President John Bruce, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum Dolores Medrano and Attorney Juan Cruz, among others. (Staff writer Tricia Cortez can be reached at 728-2568 or [email protected])

Baby Kimberly Nicole Tovar Baby Kimberly Nicole Tovar, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2004. She was preceded in death by her little sister Kayhla Tovar. She is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Hugo and Irma P. Tovar. Brothers and sisters: Irene Puente, Yvonne Puente, Hugo Tovar, Jr., Rigoberto Tovar and Andres Tovar. Also, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and numerous other relatives. Committal service and interment was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at the Laredo City Cemetery.

DANIEL CRUZ MEDELLIN Daniel Cruz Medellin Daniel Cruz Medellin, 17, passed away on Friday,


By Frances Drake Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Because you feel uncertain about things with friends and partners now, you're obsessed about something at work. Relax. You're in control no matter what happens. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Feelings of uncertainty make you compulsive about a romantic relationship. Ironically, you might try to smother somebody. Don't do this. Give everyone some breathing room (including you). GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Don't insist on getting your way at home today. Be more mellow with family members. Repair broken appliances or machinery where you live. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might not realize it, but you're probably coming on too strong with siblings, neighbors and relatives. You're holding on for dear life to something you think is important. Relax! LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) You feel obsessed about buying something. You want greater control over your life through your possessions and your money. That's OK, but is this the wisest way to do this? (Think about it.) VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Major changes are taking place in a relationship now. Things could be breaking down. If so, this could be for the best. Don't try to hold up something that wants to fall. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Don't hang on to somebody out of feelings of insecurity. Sometimes the best thing to do is let go. It's scary at first. (That's why people stay in miserable situations rather than risk change.) SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might feel powerfully drawn to someone today. This might be good; this might be bad. Try to be aware of what you're doing. Use your mind as well as your heart. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Don't be demanding of bosses, parents and teachers. You're convinced you're right about something, but others think the same thing! Be cool. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) You can't pretend that something isn't changing, because it is. Change is not necessarily bad; it's just new and different. (Sometimes, it's the best thing that ever happened!) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) You want your fair share of something. In fact, you intend to demand that you get what you want. You feel very passionate about everything now. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Every partnership needs to grow and change in order to stay healthy. Don't try to control someone because you want things to be the way they were. Life isn't that simple. YOU WERE BORN TODAY You have a good understanding of society and its trends. Because of this, others respect you and listen to you. You have good money sense. You're realistic and practical. You appreciate fashion and style. You always look good. In the year ahead, you'll let go of things to create room for new avenues. Birthdate of: Viggo Mortensen, actor; Mickey Mantle, baseball player; Bela Lugosi, actor.

Bush signs El Camino Real bill

By The Associated Press President Bush has signed into law a plan to designate El Camino Real de los Tejas as a National Historic Trail. The trail stretches from the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, to Natchitoches, La. El Camino Real was a corridor of trails used by settlers, immigrants, Indians and the military. The routes total almost 2,600 miles. It also served as a path for such Texas heroes as Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, who fought for Texas independence from Mexico. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has said the measure grants the trail the status it deserves. and secures the rights of private property owners. The plan should also help communities attract more tourism, she said.

Baby Angel Valdespino Baby Angel Valdespino passed away on Friday, October 15, 2004. He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Leopoldo Valdespino III and Maria Del Carmen U. Valdespino. Also, grandparents, uncles, aunts and numerous other relatives. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 with a prayer service officiated by Rev. Deacon Hector D. Hernandez in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Committal service and interment followed in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.


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