Rosendo G. Martinez, a lifelong resident of Rossville, was called to be with the Lord on Saturday morning June 3, 2017 at his residence with his family at the age of 79.
He was born to Ignacio P. and Eliza G. Martinez in Rossville. He along with his brother and sisters worked with their father on the farm. He attended Poteet ISD. At the young age of 19 he went to San Antonio to work. He started working as a grinder, painter and finally a welder.
Rosendo went on to marry his childhood sweetheart Virginia Reyes. They bought a farm in Rossville where they raised their family. He was a part-time farmer, along with his wife and children they grew vegetables and peanuts. He hauled his vegetables to the farmer’s markets in Houston and Dallas.
He supported his wife and family as a welder for KLN and Texas Sheet Metal for many years. In 1979 he and his family started building their home.
At the age of 54 he suffered his first stroke and was unable to work as a welder, so he was forced to retire. He still managed to do whatever he could with his disabilities. He enjoyed working in the fields on his John Deere tractor. He would stay involved by following his sons around in his golf cart.
Rosendo is preceded in death by his parents Ignacio P. and Eliza G. Martinez, daughter Dorothy Martinez Canales, brothers Ignacio G. Martinez, Jr., Abraham G. Martinez and sister Florinda Martinez Cruz.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Virginia Reyes Martinez, three sons Jimmie Martinez, and wife Theresa of San Antonio, George Martinez and wife Kori of Schertz, Leonard Martinez and Beatrice Briones of Poteet, four daughters Sylvia Bernal and husband Robert of San Antonio, Brenda Flores and husband Daniel of Pleasanton, Nancy Apps and husband Randy of Boerne and Cynthia Galindo and husband Michael of Jourdanton, his brother Pablo G. Martinez and wife Nena of Poteet and one sister Rose-Marie Silva and husband James of Seattle. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The visitation was Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 2 - 9 p.m. at the Hurley Funeral Home chapel in Pleasanton with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass is Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the St. Phillip’s Benizi Catholic Church in Poteet. Interment will follow at the Martinez Family Cemetery in Rossville.
Serving as pallbearer are grandsons Steven Martinez, Bryan Bernal, Anthony Martinez, Miguel Galindo, Mark Canales and Andrew Bernal.
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