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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2007

LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 11A

OBITUARIES

ROBERTO REYNA JR.

He is survived by his wife Rachel Ann Curiel Reyna; sons, Roberto Reyna, III, and Richard Anthony Reyna; and daughter Kathie Lee Reyna. Mr. Reyna is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited Thursday, December 27, 2006 at 7 p.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m.Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Holy Redeemer.Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the family plot of the Mirando City Cemetery in Mirando City, Texas, immediately following the Mass. Pallbearers will be Ricardo Escamilla, Daniel Rios, Ricky Guzman, Gilberto Fernandez Jr., Joshua Reyna, Rule Garcia, Richard Anthony Reyna, Juan Avila, and Abraham Reyna Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be the M.H.S. football team and Z- 93 Dj's. Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home 310, Hillside Road.

PHIL GILLHAM

He retired as an Import Specialist with U.S. Customs and Immigration. Phil spent his retired years collecting insulators, and building his miniature trains and rail roads. He is survived by his daughter, Phyllis and husband Jay Sparks; stepdaughter Frana and husband George Howard; stepson George (Trip) and wife Cheryle Hogwood; brother Ralph Gillham of Dardanelle, Ark., sister Betty Tidwell of Texarkana, Ark., and a host of nieces and nnephews. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at 2 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2008 at Sparkman Funeral Home. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park in Houston.

SERGIO LAUREL

Funeral Services for Sergio L. Laurel who passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007, are pending at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. For further information, please call our office at (956) 722-0001.

FEDERICO PABLO CALDERON

Federico Pablo Calderon, 73, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral services are pending at Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home, 802 Coke St. For more information please call Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home.

Roberto Reyna was devoted to his wife and children. He dedicated 20 years of his life being "Magic Man" D.J. at Guerra Comm. He then later worked at his second passion of selling cars with Paul Young Dodge. Mr. Reyna also enjoyed helping the community, and served as Santa Claus with Christmas En El Barrio at the San Francisco Javier neighborhood. He was a former Tiger Booster club president. Once a Tiger always a Tiger. He is preceded in death by his parents Maria Elena Lara and Roberto Reyna Sr.; sister Norma Fernandez; maternal grandmother Anita De Leon; and paternal grandparents Maria Elisa and Eduardo Reyna.

Phil Gillham, 86, of Richardson, Texas passed away on December 26, 2007. Phil was born on October 28, 1921 in Hot Springs, Ark.

JOSE ARMANDO GONZALEZ JR.

bered as a great writer by his sons, daughter and grandchildren who received letters from him frequently. His good sense of humor and his love for life attracted many long time friends. He will be greatly missed by all. Armando is survived by his wife, Graciela Gonzale; his three sons, Jose Armando (Lynna) Gonzalez, III, Gerardo Antonio Gonzalez, Daniel Alfonso Gonzalez; his daughter, Deborah Ann Gonzalez; grandchildren, Alex, Kaylen and Alexis Ann Gonzalez; brother, Albert Gonzalez; mother-in-law, Elvira C. Garza; sister-in-law, Susana G. (Tino) Rodriguez; brother-in-law, Juan (Betty) Garza; aunts Gregoria, Cecilia, Esther Castillo, Hortencia C. Gonzalez; numerous godchildren, nephews and nieces. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, December 29, 2007 at San Francisco Javier Church at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home, 802 Coke St.

I-9 | Continued from Page 1A

Bentley said the decade-long delay in implementing the form was due to the transition from the old Immigration and Naturalization Service to the USCIS, part of the federal reorganization that created the Department of Homeland Security. The documents' removal "has to do with frequency of how they can be fraudulently produced," he said. At Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers, there have been "no issues" raised by the revised document, said spokeswoman Sharon Weber. "We're already using it. Our goal is to be in compliance with all regulations and forms required of us," said Weber, at company headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The new form took effect Nov. 7, but did not become mandatory until Wednesday. In Houston, veteran immigration attorney Gordon Quan said the I-9 will have minimal impact on existing employment verification procedures. "We knew these amendments were going to happen," he said. "It's an update of the form. I don't think the excluded documents will affect very many people." The five excluded documents are all immigration forms, including certificates of U.S. citizenship and naturalization, that government officials believe could be counterfeited. The new form retains five documents that establish identity and employment eligibility, including the U.S. passport and the so-called Green Card or permanent resident card. The new I-9 form must be used for employees hired after Nov. 7, 2007, but existing workers who have the old I-9 on file do not have to fill out new forms. Civil penalties remain unchanged and range from fines of $250 to $2,000 for a first offense of knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant, and $100 to $1,000 for paperwork errors. Companies don't have to submit the forms to the government but are required to have an I-9 available for inspection for every employee hired after November 1986. The company officials must also certify that supporting identity documents presented by their employee "appear to be genuine." On the I-9 form, an employee's Social Security card is only required when a company participates in the government's voluntary E-Verify program. This pilot program allows employers to electronically check the card's number against Social Security Administration and immigration databases. "We realize employers aren't forensic document examiners," said Bentley, the USCIS spokesman. "Their responsibility is to look and make their best estimate as to whether a person is authorized to work, and E-Verify takes that process a step further." In October, a federal judge blocked new Department of Homeland Security regulations that would force employers to fire an estimated 8 million workers whose names did not match their Social Security numbers. Labor unions and business groups sued to stop the "No Match" rules, citing liability to businesses and hardship to workers who couldn't correct errors in Social Security in time to avoid dismissal. Elaine Morley, a Houston immigration attorney, said the new I-9 form will not make a "material difference" in efforts to reduce unlawful employment since the government has long advised against using the five excluded documents. "It's just housekeeping by the federal government," said Morley, who is chief executive officer of Lookout Services Inc., which has sold software systems for I-9 management and E-Verify checks to more than 4,000 companies. However, Morley says the government is planning to propose regulations that will further exclude allowable identity documents and predicts a firestorm of criticism and court challenges. "They're touting that they're going to make significant changes to documents that are available, but in my opinion they don't have a lot of wiggle room in the documents they can remove," said Morley. But she's not complaining about any changes. "Every piece of legislation has proposed changes to greatly increase these penalties as a deterrent," she said. "The phone rings off the hook every time they start talking about increasing enforcement and increasing fines. It's scaring people."

ENEDINO MUÑOZ

Muñoz, Leticia Hernandez, Javier (Maria Victoria) Muñoz, Graciela (Romeo) Hinojosa, Gabriel (Carmen) Muñoz and Rogelio Muñoz; 31 grandchildren and 31 greatgrandchildren; brothers and sisters: Pablo Muñoz, Cipriano Muñoz, Jose Muñoz, Jesus Muñoz, Rebecca Jaimes, Enriqueta Muñoz, Josefina Guevara, Concepcion Redding and Elena Gomez. Also, nephews, nieces, numerous other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a vigil of the deceased will be recited at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Funeral services will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 departing 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 Jose Armando Gonzalez, Jr. 70, with his beloved wife of 42 years and his children by his bedside, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, December 23, 2007. Mando, as he was affectionately called, was a well-respected and loved man who was a friend to all those who crossed his path. He was a man with a big heart who enjoyed helping others and lived his life to its fullest. He loved the outdoors and found much joy in the successes and honors that his children brought to him. Mando was happiest when he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He will always be remem-

Enedino Muñoz, 80, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Muñoz was born in Fullerton, California and had made Laredo his home. He was preceded in death by his son Gilberto Muñoz; daughter Graciela Muñoz;, his parents Pedro and Bacilia J. Muñoz; brother Merced Muñoz; and by his sister Maria Garcia. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Enedelia M. Muñoz; sons and daughters; Juan Muñoz, Carmen Garza, Enedino Muñoz, Jr., Concepcion Ruth Flores, Jorge

GEORGE A. CHANDARLIS

(Rosa) Chandarlis, James Chandarlis, Lorraine (Cayetano) Argaiz, Rachel Chandarlis, John (Mari) Chandarlis He is also survived by his brothers, sisters, grandchildren, numerous relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 8 a.m. from Hillside Funeral to San Luis Rey Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George, James, Anthony, John and Jesse Chandarlis. Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home 310, Hillside Road.

SILVESTRE V. BENAVIDES

Blanca G. Benavides; sons and daughters, Armando (Sandra) Benavides, Blanca (Raymundo) Ramirez, Marcos Benavides and Alberto (Sandra) Benavides; six grandchildren: Sandra Benavides, Christopher Benavides, Kimberly Benavides, Cynthia Ramirez, Alberto Benavides, Jr., Genesis Benavides and Marcos Benavides, Jr. Also, nephews, nieces, numerous other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m and a prayer service will be recited at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. A Religious Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will then follow the service in the Laredo City Cemetery.

Silvestre V. Benavides, 73, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2007 in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Benavides was born in Hualahuises, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and had been a resident of Laredo most of his life. He is preceded in death by his parents Julian and Isabel V. Benavides; brothers and sisters Julio Benavides, Hector Benavides, Isabel Benavides, Samuel Benavides, Benigno Benavides, Aurora Benavides and Lile Benavides. He is survived by his wife,

George A. Chandarlis, 66, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2007, in Laredo, Texas. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, caring brother, outstanding grandfather and unforgettable friend. His memory lives on through his animated and undisputed personality. He was a man of humorous antics whose elation spread to all who surrounded him. He was preceded in death by his parents Anthony and Rosa Chandarlis, and a son Jesse Chandarlis. He is survived by his wife, Inez Chandarlis; sons and daughters, Mary (Luis) Aguirre, Monica (Luis) Flores, Anthony (Lucy) Chandarlis, Rosa (Abraham) Gomez, John Chandarlis, and Jesse Chandarlis, George

OLIVIA FLORES LOZANO

grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all of her loving family and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lamberto Flores and Gertrudis Lozano Flores; and grandson James Michael Haggard. She is survived by her daughters, Rosalinda (Humberto Jr.) Zapata, Laura Carolina (Kenneth) Keeble; son, Luis Mendoza Flores; grandchildren, Humberto Zapata, III, Carla Adriana (Ralph) Vona, Laura Lorraine (Anthony) Schapp; and great- granddaughter Elizabeth Ashley Zamora. Mrs. Olivia Lozano is also survived by numerous relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 27, 2007 from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. Chapel services will be held at 10 a.m. with Msgr. James Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Special thanks to her caregivers Consuelo Rodriguez, Cecilia Arzola, Monica, Vicky and Nurses on Wheels. Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home 310, Hillside Road.

Olivia Flores Lozano, 89, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 in Laredo, Texas. Mrs. Flores was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-

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