ODESSA A celebration of life for Manuel Antonio Hernandez, 65 years old, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Joe Uecker.|
Manuel was born to Antonio Hernandez and Agustina Serrato on Sept. 16, 1945 in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico. He went to live with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, while at his home surrounded by all his family.
Manuel lived in Mexico where he met Maria Isabel Regalado and they married on Aug. 16, 1964. The family moved to Chicago, Ill. in 1968 and eventually settled in Odessa in 1972. He became a welder for J & J Steel and worked there for 15 years. In 1987 he became a self-employed distributor for different companies including Marquez Bakery & Tortilla Factory and La Paz Tortilla. He continued until his health failed and he retired in September of 2008 and eventually succumbed to Leukemia.
Manuel is survived by his wife of 46 years Maria Isabel Hernandez; son Manuel Antonio Hernandez Jr. and wife Michelle, San Antonio; sons, Carlos Hernandez and wife Maribel, Diego Hernandez, Guillermo Hernandez and girlfriend Lena Soto; daughter, Maria Marquez and husband David, all of Odessa; daughter Rocio Martinez and husband Miguel of Hohenfels, Germany; sixteen grandchildren, Manuel Antonio III, Andrea, Sierra, Kristin, Victor, Margarita, Justin, Genise, Shelby, Gaby, Shiann, Emilie, Geena, Nayley, Julien and Auden; seven great grandchildren Isabella, Isella, Kaylin, Rylee, Alexander, Lilly, Kendyl; sister Antonia V. Hernandez of Odessa; sister Matilde Herrera of Houston; brother German Hernandez of Odessa; many nieces, nephews and God children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio Hernandez & Agustina Serrato
Visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Martinez-Smith Funeral Home. On Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 burial will follow church service at Ector County Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
or The Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Published in Odessa American on Jan. 12, 2011