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128 East 5Th Street, Flatonia, TX


Mo Sanchez

February 24, 1931February 6, 2019
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Modesto “Mo” Mares Sanchez, age 87, passed away in his home on February 6, 2019 in Flatonia, Texas.

He was born February 24, 1931 to Jose and Eduarda Mares Sanchez in Eagle Lake, Texas.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Rosenberg, Texas.

Mo is survived by his wife Joan Horn, sons Joe Sanchez and wife Angela, Bret Horn and wife Alma, and Tony Sanchez and wife Rose Mary, daughters Theresa Fisher, Yvonne Darilek and husband Butch, Lisa Pitts and husband David, and Connie Blackwell and husband Carroll, sister Bonnie Serreno, eighteen grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Victoria R. Sanchez, daughter Mary Ann Sanchez, and brothers Joe Henry Sanchez, Richy Sanchez, and Jimmy Sanchez.

Visitation is scheduled for 11:00am Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Funeral Service will take place at 11:30am Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia with Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia.

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  • Jose Sanchez, Father (deceased)
  • Eduarda Mares Sanchez, Mother (deceased)
  • Joe Henry Sanchez, Brother (deceased)
  • Richy Sanchez, Brother (deceased)
  • Jimmy Sanchez, Brother (deceased)
  • Bonnie Serreno, Sister
  • Victoria R. Sanchez, First wife (deceased)
  • Joan Horn, Wife
  • Joe Sanchez, Son
  • Angela Sanchez, Daughter-in-law
  • Bret Horn, Son
  • Alma Horn, Daughter-in-law
  • Tony Sanchez, Son
  • Rose Mary Sanchez, Daughter-in-law
  • Theresa Fisher, Daughter
  • Yvonne Darilek, Daughter
  • Butch Darilek, Son-in-law
  • Lisa Pitts, Daughter
  • David Pitts, Son-in-law
  • Connie Blackwell, Daughter
  • Carroll Blackwell, Son-in-law
  • Mr. Sanchez also leaves behind eighteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Burial Monday, February 11, 2019


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Yrene Romo-Gannon

February 8, 2019

So sorry to hear about Modesto. Will always remember our days as kids in the neighborhood, living across the street from y’all. I lived in Magnolia for 25 years and saw your Father a couple of times, had nice conversations. I know we’re all scattered now, but my memories of those childhood years are really special. May your wonderful memories of him carry you through this difficult time. Hugs to you all. Yrene

David Olmos

February 8, 2019

Lelo, as my nephew, Trynton, called him all his life - I think because he couldn't pronounce abuelo, (Grandpa Mo), was a kind, respectful, strong and genuine soul. I cannot think of a better person for my nephew to have had as one of his role models than his great-grandfather, Mo Sanchez. I remember when I was working at Flatonia Food Mart and Lelo would come to the store he would say, "David, how are you?" We'd carry on a conversation as if we were longtime friends rather than six decades away in age. He was a great conversationalist and I always loved to hear how he and Mamal Joan were doing. I could always count on Trynton to tell me how his Lelo and Mamal Joan were doing, especially, what his Lelo was doing with his "toy truck." I remember the birthday partys that I was fortunate to be invited to for Mr. Mo because they were legendary. I also remember the time Mamal Joan and Lelo gave me a ride back to Flatonia from a get-together in Waelder, the kindness they always showed, and the love they shared was even more legendary and sweet. I respected him very much.

To all the family, especially, Mrs. Joan Horn, you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I extend my condolences to you all.

Thank you, Mr. Sanchez, for gracing each of our lives with your presence. God speed sir, and may you rest in the eternal hands of the Lord.



      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Mo Sanchez. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Mo was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

      Mo was born on at home in Eagle Lake, Texas. He was the son of Jose and Eduarda Mares Sanchez. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Mo was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Mo's personality throughout his life.

      Though Mo was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Mo was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Mo worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Mo was raised with four siblings. He had three brothers Joe Henry, Richie, and Jimmie and one sister Bonnie. Mo and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      Mo was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Mo cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. Compassionate and devoted, Mo worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Mo and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Mo was blessed with seven children, Joe, Tony, Connie, Lisa, Mary Ann, Bret, Yvonne, and Theresa. They were also blessed with eighteen grandchildren, Nickolas, TammieLynn, Chris, Dustin, Stacey, Santos, Joshua, Jade, Dominico, Alan, Jake, John, Brandi, Keith, Heather, Crystal, and Denise. Mo was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Mo was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Mo would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Mo, and he expected the same from those around him. Mo was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Mo was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Mo handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was a mechanic and jack of all trades. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      A methodical man, Mo enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were fishing and hunting.

      Mo was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Stewart Little, a dog., who was a best friend for 4 months. His family was rounded out by his dogs.

      Mo passed away on February 6, 2019 at Flatonia, Texas. Mo fought against heart failure. He is survived by his wife Joan Services were held at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia, Texas. Mo was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia, Texas.

      Mo was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Mo was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Mo Sanchez.