Category: Obituaries

Rodolfo “Rudy” Garcia passed away at 63

MERCEDES – Rodolfo Garcia a lifelong resident of Mercedes passed away in the presence of his family.

Rudy has now moved on to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He died Jan. 17, 2018.

He enjoyed and touched many lives with his carpentry, a trade he was very proud of.

His craftsmanship and mastery of carpentry will continue to endure for the many families who enjoy the floors they stand on, the roofs they live under and the windows they enjoy seeing the world through that he made.




Rudy is preceded in death by his father Jose Garcia, his mother Hermelinda Garcia and his brother Jose Garcia.

He will be deeply missed by many family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his three sisters, three brothers and many nieces and nephews and friends who enjoyed Rudy throughout his life.

Rudy enjoyed being at home watching movies and enjoying home cooked meals. He also enjoyed the area flea markets where he would find a good deal to add to his collection. He also enjoyed photography and keeping up with technology and finding new recipes to share a meal with his family in friends.

Rocking Zappers drummer passes away at 65

Lifetime Weslaco resident Catarino Sanchez died at the Aurora House Hospice with family and friends at his side.

CAT SANCHEZ ON DRUMS MERCEDES STREET FEST2Sanchez was born on September 25, 1949 in Weslaco, Texas. He was a graduate of Weslaco High School and attended Pan American University to study music.

His ashes will be laid to rest at the Heavenly Grace Cemetery in La Feria.

His son Ian Sanchez and daughter Marlene Mena and four grandchildren survive him. Grandchildren: Kaitlin Silva, Joshua, Gabriel and Joseph Mena. They all reside in Minnesota.

Sanchez, well be remembered by many as being a great musician, good father and kindhearted friend.

Sanchez was a well-known local musician who played the drums for many bands and music genres. Over the last seven years Sanchez was the drummer for Kid Zapper and the Rockin’ Zappers. His most recent musical recoding is a Christian Rock song called “Love Me Like I Do” written by the Kid Zapper featuring Cat Sanchez on drums.

He enjoyed covering the rock-n-roll great drum solo “Moby Dick” as played and recorded by Hall of Fame recoding artists, Led Zeppelin. Sanchez could entertain his audiences with the beat of his drum and crash of his cymbals for hours using his signature silver drum set that he preformed with to over thousands of music enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley.

His memorial will be held at MGM Church located at 3211 N. Victoria February 11 at 7 pm to 9 pm. Pastor Danny Yanez Jr. will officiate the service.