Manuela Garza


Manuela Garza, 78, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Manuela was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Gonzales to Pedro Contreras Sr. and Conception Castillo Contreras. She married Patricio “Pat” Garza on Feb. 28, 1961, in Gonzales. Manuela was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Manuela grew up near Cost, Texas. She learned to cook and sew as a young girl and frequently would sew clothes for her dolls and sisters. She helped her dad pick pecans as well. After marrying Pat, her primary focus was raising her family of six children. The family suffered a loss of a son and brother and amidst this tragic loss Manuela’s faith held the family together and lead them through this difficult time.

Manuela loved to travel and work puzzles. She adored her family and cherished time shared with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving soul, generous beyond measure, a magnificent cook and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Manuela is survived by her loving family: husband Pat Garza Sr. of Gonzales; daughter and son-in-law, Beatrice Ruiz and Hector of Gonzales; sons and daughter-in-law, Pat Garza Jr. of Austin, Joe Garza of Odessa, Danny Garza of Gonzales and Adam Garza and Jessica of Gonzales; brother and sister-in-law Juan Contreras and Lupe of Waukau, Wis.; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Reynaldo Garza, sisters Patsy Carrizales, Connie Contreras, Josephine Fernandez, Enrique Rodriguez, Tomasa Pineda, and brother Manuel Contreras.

The family received friends Saturday, May 30, 2020. A rosary and vigil service followed at 11 a.m. Interment was in Gonzales Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Garrett Ruiz, Jeremy Garza, Derrick Garza, David Pineda Sr., David Pineda Jr., and Adam Pineda. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Friends may visit to sign the register book and leave their condolences. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.