Jose Maria "Chema" Montalvo Jr., 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.

He was born Aug. 9, 1927 in Corpus Christi to Jose Montalvo Sr. and Cruz Gonzalez Montalvo. He was a member of Padres de Familia and a lifelong resident of Robstown. He graduated from Merchant Marine School in San Diego, Calif., in 1945.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jaime Javier Montalvo; grandson, Frederick James Atkinson; brothers, Jesus Montalvo and Adolfo Montalvo; sisters, Belia Benavidez and Santos Montalvo.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Montalvo of Robstown; his children, Norma (Fred) Atkinson of San Antonio, Jose Montalvo III, Mike Montalvo, Thelma Montalvo (Ernest), Felicia Silguero (Manuel), all of Robstown, Elizabeth Gonzales (Albert), Cynthia Perez (Adan) of Corpus Christi, and Rolando Montalvo (Veronica) of Fort Worth; brothers, Homero Montalvo of Houston, and Domingo Montalvo of Robstown; sisters, Dolores Olivarez, Nilda Verdin and Gracie Salinas, all of Robstown; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel.

Rites of Christian burial were celebrated at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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