14A | LAREDO MORNING TIMES FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2008
AMANDO MENDEZ GARZA JOSEPH MICHAEL JACKSON SR.
Chapels, which today continues years, Mary Therese Tita Jackson, Saturday, June 14, 2008, at 9:40
to operate as Joe Jackson Funer- their five children, 10 grandchil- a.m. originating from Joe Jackson
al Chapels. He was actively in- dren and a great-granddaughter: Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Lor-
volved in many leadership posi- Joseph Michael Jr.; married to ing Ave. at Cortez Street and pro-
tions within the following local Elvira (Campos). Their children are: ceeding to Blessed Sacrament
organizations: Knights of Joseph Michael III and wife Church for a 10 a.m. Catholic Mass.
Columbus, Laredo Kiwanis Club, Monica (Castro) and their daugh- Internment will follow imme-
Laredo Elks Lodge, Order of Al- ter, Haley Michele; Ellese Chris- diately after at the Jackson fami-
hambra, Laredo Rifle and Pistol tine, Samantha Michelle, Kath- ly plot in the Calvary Catholic
Club, Special Olympics, Border leen Celeste and Zachary Ryan. Cemetery.
Olympics, Chamber of Com- Stephen Van; married to Dortha In Lieu of flowers, donations
merce and the Society of Martha (Hendrick). Their children are: can be made to Sacred Heart
Washington Association. He also Stephen Paul and Charlotte Sue. Children’s Home, 3310 Zapata
was a eucharistic minister at Celeste Marie; married to Bill Highway, Laredo, TX 78046
Blessed Sacrament Church. Coward. (phone: (956) 723-3343).
He was awarded the Freedom Mark Patrick; married to Jaimie Our family would like to ex-
Medal by the Freedom’s Founda- (Lawlor). Their children are: tend its heartfelt appreciation to all
tion at Valley Forge, Boss of the Colby Patrick, Benjamin the doctors and nurses that at-
Year by the Professional Secre- Hanchett, and Emily Fallon. tended to his needs throughout the
Amando Mendez Garza, 79 Lord. Our family would also like to Joe Jackson Sr., born on Sept. taries Association of Laredo and And Timothy Miles. years as well as the staff while at
passed away Monday, June 9, thank Dr. Oscar Gutierrez and 8, 1928, was called to be with our Layman of the Year for the Texas- Along with his wife and chil- Laredo Medical Center & Laredo
2008. He was born in Cerralvo, LMC staff. Visitation will be Friday, Lord on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Oklahoma District of Kiwanis In- dren, Joe Sr. is survived by his Specialty Hospital and his care-
Nuevo Leon. He was preceded in June 13, 2008, from 4 to 9 p.m. Fu- He was the fourth of six children ternational. He received his 50- brothers and sisters: givers Ana, Micaela and Rosario.
death by parents Amando and neral services will begin at 8 a.m. of Henry L. and Emma B. Jack- year award from the Texas Funeral Henry C. “Jack” Jackson and The family encourages you to
Nieves Mendez, brother Hector Saturday, June 14, 2008, departing son. Joe graduated from Martin Directors Association in 2000. his wife, Bettye, of Kerville, sign the guest book online at
Mendez and sister Emma Gallar- from the funeral chapel. Holy mass High School in 1946. He received He is preceded in death by his Texas; Elizabeth Chapman of www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
do. Amando Mendez is survived will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at his diploma to practice funeral parents Henry L. and Emma Bu- Bruni, Texas; Lucille Clark of Arrangements are under the
by his wife of 50 years, Modesta Mother Cabrini Church. directing in 1950 from Landig chorn Jackson, a sister and broth- Uvalde, Texas; William “Bill” direction of Joe Jackson North
Mendez, and children Hilda Internment will follow at the College of Mortuary Science. He er-in-law, Mary Katherine and Jackson and his wife Pauline of Funeral Chapels, 1410 Jacaman.
(Ernest) Estrada, Sandra(Juan) City Cemetery Veterans section. partnered in practice with his fa- John “Jack” Martin Jr., brothers- Pearsal, Texas.
Plasencia, Janet (Chad) Wams- Funeral arrangements are under ther and brothers at Jackson Fu- in-law Monroe Chapman and Visitation will be Friday, June
ley, Diana (Nicolas) Gutierrez, the direction of Hernandez-Lopez neral Home in Laredo, Texas. On Everett Clark, and his brother 13, 2008, from 5 to 9 p.m. and a
Amando Mendez Jr. and Alex and Sons Funeral Chapels, 800 Aug. 21, 1954, he married Mary and sister-in-law Miles T. and rosary will begin at 7, both held
(Stephanie) Mendez. Boston St. at San Bernardo Avenue. Therese Tita Hanchett. In 1972 Lerrene Hanchett, as well as sev- at Joe Jackson North Funeral
Mr. Mendez is also survived by he established his own company, eral nephews and nieces. Chapels, 1410 Jacaman Road.
five siblings, nieces, nephews and Joe Jackson Heights Funeral He is survived by his wife of 53 Funeral procession will be held
grandchildren Tania, Nahyeli,
Damian, Arath, William and
Sarah. Our father proudly served EPIFANIO SOTO LEOPOLDO P. BOTELLO JR.
the U.S. Army and was a devout
Catholic who loved and served the 2008, departing from the Her- June 13, 2008, from 9 to 11 a.m. at
nandez-Lopez and Sons North- the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel.
side Chapels, 800 Boston St. at Interment will follow in the
HELEN KAHN PELLEGRIN San Bernardo Avenue. family plot of the Calvary
Holy Mass was celebrated Catholic Cemetery.
membership, she portrayed Martha at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of In lieu of flowers, please
Washington in 1963 and served as Guadalupe Catholic Church. make a contribution in Polo’s
president in 1965. As president of Committal service and inter- memory to St. Paul the Apostle
the Pan American Round Table and ment followed in the Calvary Catholic Church, P.O. 8019,
member of the Laredo Art League, Catholic Cemetery. Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657 or for
she indulged her passion for culture Pallbearers were: Larry cancer research at Thrive Well
and art. Accompanied by her Amaya, Ray Treviño, Chris Center Foundation, 7979
daughter, Rosita, her extensive Soto, Dolores Encalada, Jose Wurzbach Road, Suite U415, San
travels through Europe and the Ori- Luis Soto, Juan Jose Soto, Epi- Antonio, TX 78229
ent were a source of great pleasure fanio Soto and John Soto. Arrangements will be under
and fond memories. the direction of Hillside Funeral
An accomplished horsewoman, Home, 310 Hillside Road.
she continued to ride well into her
80s. She was an avid bridge player, L.P. “Polo” Botello Jr., former-
a lover of poetry, literature and the Epifanio Soto, 97, passed ly of Laredo, Texas, passed away
culinary arts who was as adept at away S a t u r d ay, J u n e 7 , after battling an illness at the
skinning a deer as she was at 2008. Methodist hospital, San Antonio,
painting a portrait. Funeral services were held Texas, on Sunday, June 8, 2008.
She is survived by her sister, at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 12, Visitation will be held Friday,
After a long and adventurous Alice K. Hunt (Douglas); her chil-
life, Helen Kahn Pellegrin passed dren, Dr. Alfredo G. Pellegrin Jr.
away peacefully June 6, 2008. (Blanca), Rosita Pellegrin Hetland
Born on Sept. 11, 1911, to Maria
del Refugio Gutierrez Kahn and
Adolph Robert Kahn, Mrs. Pelle-
grin was reared in Laredo, travel-
and Andre L. Pellegrin (Sharyn);
her grandchildren, Louis H. Pelle-
grin (Patricia), Alfredo G. Pelle-
grin III, Enrique Pellegrin (Marie),
Mitton, of ‘Thomas the Tank
Engine’ TV fame, 69, dies
ing by train with her brothers, Julie Rose Hetland, Michael A.
Robert and Henry, to spend their Hetland (Karlee), Blanca P. Galo
summers at the maternal home in (Michael), Andre Pellegrin Jr. (Jen-
Bustamante, Mexico. ny), Steven Pellegrin (Patricia) and
She was preceded in death by Robert A. Hetland (Tina); and her
her husband, Alfredo G. Pellegrin, great-grandchildren. She is also By WILLIAM GRIMES termined Thomas, described in children’s television, working on fruitful partnership, initially adapt-
her brothers, Robert, Henry and survived by numerous nieces and NEW YORK TIMES the show’s first episode as “a special effects for several programs ing the Awdry stories and later
Dr. Adolph Kahn, as well as her nephews who admired her ele- cheeky little engine.” created by Gerry Anderson’s AP adding new ones.
sisters-in-law, Frances Garcia gance, energy and intellect. David Mitton, a creator of the Thomas, a bright-blue engine Films that used a puppet technolo- The success of “Thomas” led
Kahn, Maria Luisa Rangel Kahn A memorial service will be held gentle children’s television se- with a round face and big eyes, gy called supermarionation. These to “Tugs,” a children’s series
and Martha Staben Kahn, as well Friday, June 13, 2008, at 10 a.m. at ries “Thomas the Tank Engine found adventure and life lessons included “Joe 90,” “Captain Scarlet about two competing tugboat
as her grandchild, Kevin Hetland. Christ the King Catholic Church, and Friends,” which evolved into on the mythical Island of Sodor and the Mysterons” and the hit se- fleets. It was first broadcast in
Mrs. Pellegrin attended Ursu- 1105 Tilden Ave., Laredo, TX 78041. an international hit and a mer- with a team of engines that in- ries “Thunderbirds.” 1989 and ran for 13 episodes.
line Academy and graduated from The family invites all relatives and chandising juggernaut, died on cluded the big, self-important Set sometime in the future, “Thomas” also inspired the 2000
Laredo High School. After attend- friends to meet at church. May 16 in London. He was 69. Gordon, wise Edward, uppity “Thunderbirds” followed the ad- feature film “Thomas and the
ing Laredo Junior College, she After holy Mass, there will be His death was announced on James and pesky young Percy. ventures of an emergency-re- Magic Railroad,” with Alec Bald-
married Alfredo Garcia Pellegrin. a procession to the family plot in May 28. The cause was a heart at- Together they learned the values sponse team that used complex win as Mr. Conductor. Mitton
A devoted wife and mother, she the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. tack, said Michele Fabian-Jones, of friendship, teamwork, honesty gadgetry and futuristic vehicles was a creative consultant on the
balanced her family with an active The family encourages you to one of Mitton’s partners in and kindness to others. — the Thunderbirds of the title — models used in the film.
social and community life. Among sign the guest book online at Pineapple Squared Entertain- The series became an unstop- to accomplish one impossible In 2005 Mitton founded
her many distinctions, Mrs. Pelle- www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com. ment, a children’s television pro- pable phenomenon that continued mission after another. Pineapple Squared Entertain-
grin was the first and only woman The family has entrusted Joe duction company. to gather steam, so to speak, long af- In the 1980s Mitton joined with ment with David Lane, another
appointed to the board of directors Jackson North Funeral Chapels, Mitton, a veteran of British ter its original creators had moved Ken Turner, a colleague at AP AP Films alumnus. As creative
of the Mexican financial institu- 1410 Jacaman Road, with the children’s programming, direct- on to other projects. Now seen in Films, to create Clearwater Films, director, Mitton was at work on
tion, Financiera Crenormex, and arrangements. ed or wrote more than 180 145 countries, it supports a vast em- which quickly gained a reputation several projects at his death, no-
also held the title of minister of episodes of “Thomas the Tank pire of tie-ins that include books, for innovative stop-frame animated tably “Adventures on Orsum Is-
culture for the town of Busta- Engine,” beginning with the first video games, toys, and clothing. television commercials. One of land,” a comedy-adventure series
mante, bringing culture and en- one in October 1984. The series, Mitton was born in Edin- them, for Ski yogurt, caught the for children ages 7 to 11. Com-
tertainment to her second home. originally called “Thomas the burgh, the son of a consulting eye of Britt Allcroft, who had ac- bining photographed back-
Mrs. Pellegrin became a mem- Tank Engine and Friends” and engineer — not the railroad kind. quired the rights to the Thomas grounds and computer-generat-
ber of the Society of Martha Wash- later shortened to “Thomas and “He was a fanatic about planes the Tank Engine stories from their ed images, the show is about a
ington in 1939. During her 69-year Friends,” became an instant suc- and boats and obsessed with com- author, the Rev. Wilbert Vere shipwrecked teenager named
cess on British television and in edy shows,” Fabian-Jones said. Awdry. She approached Mitton to Kodi who becomes embroiled in
ARTURO ‘EL GUERO’ MORALES 1989 made its debut in the Unit- “That’s where it all started.” develop a pilot for a television se- a struggle between good and evil
ed States as “Shining Time Sta- After attending the Strathallan ries, and the two entered into a for control of Orsum Island.
Morales III, Melanie Monike tion” on PBS, with Ringo Starr in School in Perth, Scotland, he put in
Morales and Alfred Morales Jr. the role of Mr. Conductor. a brief appearance at art school be-
By his mother, Yolanda R. (George Carlin took over the role fore joining the Royal Air Force,
Morales. after one season.) where he was assigned to air-sea
By his brothers: Manuel Like their British counter- rescue in Aden, in the Middle East.
Morales, Rafael (Alma Delia) parts, American viewers fell in Returning to Britain in the early
Morales, Mario Morales and Ar- love with the put-upon but de- 1960s, he embarked on a career in
mando (Juani) Morales, and by
his sisters: Yolanda (Jose Luis)
Olvera and Ana Laura Guibuet.
Also by his nephews, nieces,
and other relatives and many
Visitation was held Thursday,
June 12, 2008, from 4 to 9 p.m. A
second day of visitation will be held
Friday, June 13, 2008, from 4 to 9
p.m. and a Vigil of the Deceased
will be held at 7 in the Hernandez-
Arturo Morales, 53, passed Lopez and Sons Northside
away Wednesday, June 11, 2008, Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San
at a local hospital. Bernardo Avenue. Funeral servic-
Mr. Morales was born in Nue- es will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday,
vo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, June 14, 2008, departing from the
and had been a resident of Lare- funeral home chapel. Holy Mass
do most of his life. will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at
He was preceded in death by his Christ the King Catholic Church.
father, Severo Morales. Also by his Interment will then follow in the
two brothers, Raul and Jesus Morales. Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Su-
sana Z. Morales.
He is survived by his two sons:
Arturo (Gabriela) Morales Jr. and
Alfred (Jessica) Morales.
Three grandchildren: Arturo