Gumercindo “Gume” Castilleja, 77, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

Mr. Castilleja was born in Dr. Arroyo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and had lived in Edinburg most of his life. He was well-known as a jewelry repairman and was employed by Webb’s Jewelers for over 20 years until he opened his own business, Essence Jewelers, in Edinburg.

He is preceded in death by a sister, Lupita Moreno. Mr. Castilleja is survived by his wife, Martha Castilleja, of Edinburg; five children, Araceli (Guadalupe) Garces, of Edinburg, Elva (Pete) Rivera, of Dallas, Elizabeth Mejia, Sandra (David R.) Cantu, Gumercindo (Yvette) Castilleja Jr., all of Edinburg; 10 grandchildren, Lupito, Jeanette, Michael, Joseph, David Roy, Joe Daniel, Lori, Jeanelle, Bianca Lee, Jeremy; a sister, Maria Castilleja, and a brother, Ramiro Castilleja, both of Washington.

Prayer services were held Monday, March 2, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on March 3 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Edinburg. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg. Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.