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• Joel Benites, 55 of Castroville, passed away Sept. 25, 2021. Memorial Rosary; 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, St. Louis Catholic Church. Inurnment St. Louis Catholic Cemetery Columbarium, Castroville. 







Oralia E. Botello of Hondo passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at the age of 75.  She was born in Hondo, Feb. 12, 1946.  Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home Chapel. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral service will be Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.   Condolences:







Matthew Allen Crickard left this earth to be with the Lord August 26, 2021, at the age of 38. Per Matt’s wishes, there will be a celebration of his life service held at The Way Church where he ministered as the praise and worship leader.  Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, at The Way Church, 7789 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX, 78063.  With this being a celebration memorial, we are asking that guests wear colorful attire instead of black.  Memorials may be made to The Way Church because that is what Matt would have wanted.  They can be made to the church in person, by mail, or on the church website (  Condolences: 






Hector Garcia of D’Hanis passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at the age of 62.   he was born May 13, 1959, in Hondo.  Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Holy Cross Catholic Church followed by the Rosary and Funeral Mass.   Interment will be at San Francisco Cemetery, D’Hanis.   Condolences:







Elias Gauna, age 59 of Hondo, passed away  October 5, 2021, in San Antonio.   He was born September 22, 1962, in Hondo.   Visitation was held Friday, October 8,  followed by Recitation of the Rosary at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was Saturday, October 9, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment followed at Yancey Cemetery.  Condolences: 







Justin Robert Hayes of Hutto, Texas, just 50 years young, went to his Heavenly home on October 1, 2021.  Justin was born on September 29, 1971 in Kingsville, Texas. 






• John Michael “Mike” Kiesel, Jr., 67 of San Antonio, passed away Oct. 7, 2021. Graveside Service: 9 a.m., Thursday, October 14, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Castroville. Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. , Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Road, San Antonio.







• Sandra Sue Shaffar, 74 of San Antonio, passed away Sept. 19, 2021, Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, First Baptist Church of La Coste.







Betsy Ann Ulrey Vannatta of Hondo passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at the age of 89. Visitation: Friday, Oct. 15, 5 - 7 p.m., Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service: Saturday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m., New Fountain United Methodist Church. Interment: Thursday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m., Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.








Donald Wayne Vordenbaum, 64 of D’Hanis, passed away Oct. 10, 2021. He was born July, 26, 1957. Memorial Service: Saturday, Oct. 30, 10-11 a.m. at Hondo Funeral Home.