Manuel "Catz" Catzoela

April 23, 1948February 22, 2013

Manuel Catzoela, Jr. also known as “Manny” to his family and “Catz” to his friends, passed on Friday, February 22, 2013, in Luling, TX. Manny is preceded in death by his father Manuel Catzoela, Sr. He is survived by his mother Enrica Dy Catzoela and his 5 brothers: Frank, Charles, Bob, Tony, Ernie, and 3 sisters: Nenita Ritualo, Elaine Dean, and Vickie Arzola, and brother-in-laws Oscar Ritualo, Dan Dean, sister-in-laws Carmen Catzoela and Linda Catzoela. Manny also had 8 nephews, 3 nieces, 3 grandnieces and 3 grandnephews.

Manny was born in New York City, but spent his formative years in the Canal Zone. He graduated from Balboa High School and attended Canal Zone Junior College and later North Texas State University. While attending NTSU he enlisted in the United States Army. As a helicopter pilot, he served in the Vietnam War and achieved the rank of CW2. He was a highly decorated officer, receiving numerous medals, awards and commendations, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal. He finally settled down in Houston, Texas working for Re-Align Industries.

We will Miss You Manny and We Love You!

Visitation will be 3-6 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside Service will continue at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Army Honors. Condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


  • CATZOELA Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • CATZOELA Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2013

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March 29, 2013

Dad & I are so sorry for your lost. May Manny Rest In Peace. Dad & I looked at the photo album many wonderful memories we all shared on Governor's Island. Love to Mom for us. Again we are so sorry for your lost. Trisha & Julius

Bruce & Trina Hibbard

March 3, 2013

Our condolences to the Catzoela family. Catz was our longtime friend and we will miss him. His laugh was infectious. There was no one like him. Years have passed since we saw him last but he was and always will be in our hearts.

Norma Gomez Paglia

March 3, 2013

I knew Catz from when I visited my brother, Tom Gomez, in Houston. Catz was always funny, friendly, and very easy to talk to. My condolences and prayers to the entire family at this difficult time. Hopefully, the many wonderful memories of Catz will keep him close to your hearts!

keith boyd

March 3, 2013

Catz was a tremendous friend and pilot who I flew with in Vietnam. He was smart, competent , and always a quick wit. He always kept things light. I will truly miss him.

Mick Harris

March 2, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Catzoela Family. I have some fond memories of "Catz" from the Roses' house in La Boca. He was like a big brother to Mike Rose and I. Always a big smile and always made us laugh. Vaya con Dios and Godspeed my friend.

Mickey & Judy Harris
(Marshall's baby Bro)
Jakin, Ga

Irwin Stuart

March 2, 2013

My condolences to all in the Catzoela family, I salute Manny for his selfless service to our country.

February 28, 2013

Catz, on behalf of Alfred Creque and the Creque family, your departure to our Lord and Savior came to you at an early stage in your life, May he now put his loving arms around your family, letting them know, they need to lean and depend on Him always, he will lighten their burden -
Per Alfred - Hermanito RIP - (REST IN PEACE)

American Heart Association

February 28, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

George Husted

February 28, 2013

My condolences to all in the Catzoela family. We had many good times in the Canal Zone and abroad with this wonderful person. He will deeply be missed. His spirit and memories keep in my heart always..He was a lifelong friend and I am so glad he passed into mine and made me rich internally by knowning him..

Nancy Knick Soukup

February 27, 2013

When I got news that my dad was losing his battle with cancer, Catz was the friend I called in the middle of the night to come stay with my boys.

My heart goes out to Catz' mom and family.