Matias Serrata Sr. died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008.

He was born Feb. 25, 1917 in La Parra to Juan and Juanita Martinez Serrata. He was a Catholic, a rancher, and a resident of Robstown, all of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Agapita R. Serrata; his son, Juan Serrata; his brothers, Baldomero Serrata, Gonzalo Serrata, Vicente Serrata, Francisco Serrata and Gualberto Serrata.

He is survived by his children, Delia (Carlos) Mendoza of Oxnard, Calif., Matias Jr. (B.J.) Serrata, Abel Serrata, Frank Serrata, all of Robstown, Rene (Donna) Serrata of Bay City, Jesse (Bea) Serrata of Santa Rosa, Nora (Kevin) Kitong of Clovis, Calif., Sylvia (Juan) Trevino of Corpus Christi, and Ester (Doug) Stephens of Spring; his sister, Amelia Castro of Robstown; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, 33 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, and on Friday, Aug. 15, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.