Steve Noriega, Sr., age 69 of Galveston passed away Monday, February 26, 2007 at JohnSealyHospital in Galveston. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, March 1, 2007 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Paul Flajole, OFM celebrant. Burial will follow at GraceMemorial Park in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a rosary to be recited at 7:30 pm.
Steve was born November 28, 1939 in Needville, Texas to Manuel Noriega and Paula Salazar Noriega. He attended school in Rosenberg and married Ernestine “Tina” Gonzales in 1957 and moved to Galveston where they raised their family. He was a member of LULAC Council # 151 in Galveston. Steve was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt elk, deer, and duck, and loved to fish. He was a supervisor with Western Geophysical, an occupation that allowed him to travel around the vast majority of the world, an activity that he greatly enjoyed. He was a loyal husband, devoted father, and a wonderful grandfather. Many people adopted him as their father, grandfather or uncle because of his loving and giving nature. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Conception Noriega, survivors include his wife of 49 1⁄2 years, Tina Noriega of Galveston; daughter, Tina Renee Alegria of Austin, Texas; son, Steve Noriega, Jr. of Galveston; sisters, Sylvia Gonzales, Helen Linares and husband Arthur, all of Rosenberg, Texas and Anita Trevino and husband Ray of Richmond; grandchildren, Joseph Steven Alegria, and Jacquelyn Faye Alegria, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are Joseph Steven Alegria, Ernest Leal, Sr., Diego Cortez, Sr., Gilbert Gonzales, Dale Oskerson, and Fabian Salazar. Honorary pallbearers are Alfred Gonzales, Jr., Ernest Leal, Jr., Ted Herrera, and Victor Alcorta, Sr.