OSCAR L. GARZA|
EDINBURG - Oscar L. Garza, Sr., 87, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 6, 2009 with his family by his side at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. He was born in Mercedes, Texas on December 21, 1921 to Leoncio Garza and Nellie Chapa Garza.
Oscar, fondly remembered as "Tata Garza", was preceded in death by his parents; sisters; Ofira Garza Guerra, Ofelia Garza Saenz, brothers; B.L. Garza, Homero Garza, Oswaldo Garza, brothers-in-law; Alvaro Saenz and Ernesto Guerra, Sr., sisters-in-law; Anna Garza and Alicia Cardenas.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Yolanda Guerra Garza, his cherished daughters; Gloria Ann (Balta) Perez, Yoli (Arnold (+)) Vera, Clarissa Garza, daughter -in-law; Dr. Alison Garza, his beloved sons; Oscar L. (Imelda) Garza, Jr., and Dr. Jim Garza, 11 - grandchildren and 6 - great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers; Dr. Omar (Dora) Garza, Dr. Ben (Patty) Garza, Dr. Marin (Peggy) Garza, sister; Tillie Garza, sister-in-law; Margaret S. Garza and numerous nieces and nephews.
Oscar graduated from Mercedes High School in 1939. After proudly serving his country during World War II, he met the love of his life, Yolanda and settled in Edinburg to start a family and career.
He was a hard working dedicated farmer and rancher, served as a bank director with the 1st State Bank in Edinburg, was one of the founding directors of the Echo Hotel, a member of the following: St Joseph's Catholic Church, American Legion Post # 408, Farm Bureau, and the Edinburg Housing Authority where he was recognized as the Citizen of the Year.
Oscar had such a love of life, family and God. He was always positive in good and hard times, with a fighting spirit that was unstoppable. His best times were spent with his family, friends, and buying lottery tickets everyday.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons; Jacob Garza, Marcos Perez, Oscar L. Garza, III, Christopher Brasher, Ruben Guerrero, Ray Rodriguez, Jr. and Jay Salazar.
Honorary pallbearers are Ruben Ayala, Dr. Charles Corbett, Santos Escobar, Chief Alfredo Gonzalez, Leo Longoria, Manuel Ruiz, Jr., David Rogers, Jr., and Gilberto Silva.
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 9, 2009 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Edinburg. Texas following with the Rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Christian burial will follow to Valley Memorial Gardens on Taylor Rd. in Mission, Texas.
Oscar was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and dear friend to all who knew him. His love, enthusiasm, and energy for life remain an inspiration to all. Funeral services were entrusted to Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg. "SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LET THE LEAD HORSE REST"
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Published in The Monitor on Nov. 8, 2009