Gabriel Vela, 44, of Brownsville, beloved son, husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sigifredo Vela.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Rosita Banda; his daughter, Vivien Leigh Vela; his mother; Juana Vela; his siblings Lydia Esquivel (Santos), Ofelia Leos, Victor Vela (Guadalupe), Jesus Vela (Anna), Carmel Stapp, Jose Angel Vela (Maria Elena), Valentin Vela (Mary), Alfredo Vela (Cynthia), Beatriz Swann (Frank), Marcela Cruz (Ruben), and Cristina Silguero (Richard), and numerous nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers are Jeffrey Vela, Jaime Vela, Joe Vela, Jesse Vela, Steven Vela, Richard Ellis, Xavier Esquivel, and Mario Alvarez.

Visitation is scheduled for today, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, from 1 - 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be offered Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Our Heavenly Father Church. Interment will follow at Los Cuates Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home of Los Fresnos; (956)233-6333.

Published in Brownsville Herald on Dec. 2, 2012