SAN BENITO, TX. - Pedro Torres Cantu, 87, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, and brother, entered into eternal rest on Jan. 29, 2011, at the Spanish Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Brownsville, Texas.
He was born on May 15, 1923 in Los Fresnos, Texas to Federico Guzman and Rosa Torres Cantu. He was a life time resident of the Rio Grande Valley having lived in Los Fresnos and San Benito. He had been a San Benito resident since about 1989.
Pedro was a World War II veteran and his occupations included trucking, management of crews harvesting valley crops, and as an employee of Brown and Root Company.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Raul Cantu; twin brothers, Manuel and Pilar Cantu; brothers: Eduardo Cantu and Federico Cantu, Jr.; sisters: Aurora Cantu Bruce of Los Fresnos; Eloisa Cantu Ramirez, of Brownsville; Olivia Cantu Gonzales of Harlingen; and Maria Ester Cantu Alaniz of Brownsville.
He is survived by his devoted wife of about 68 years, Teresa Gonzales Cantu of San Benito; his five sons: Hector (Maria) Cantu of San Benito; Rodolfo (Lucila) Cantu of Mission; Arutro (June) Cantu of San Antonio; Oscar (Minerva) Cantu of Brownsville; and Joel Cantu of Mission; his sister, Margarita Barradas of Houston; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Public visitation hours will be from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at San Benito Funeral Home Chapel with a Holy Rosary to start at 7:00pm that same evening, with the family present from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday, January 31, 2011.
Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday February 1st 2011 at 10:00 AM at St Cecilia Catholic Church in Los Fresnos, Texas.
Interment to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery, San Benito, Texas.
Full military honors will be under the apiece of VFW Post 2035 at Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Robert Cantu, Hector Cantu, Jr., Oscar Cantu, Jr., Richard Anthony Cantu, Todd Cantu, and Orlando Cantu. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Rodolfo Cantu, Jr., Troy Cantu, David Cantu, and Daniel Cantu.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
.You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.sanbenitofuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 West Express Hwy 77, San Benito, Texas 78586; 956-361-9192.
Published in Valley Morning Star on Jan. 31, 2011