Mr. Saldivar was born in Houston, Texas on November 19, 1928. He was the second child, first male, of ten children to the late Maria S. Saldivar and the late Ismael Saldivar Sr. On July 18, 1949 he married his life partner and best friend, Miquela B. Garza of Beeville, and had two children, Felipita Saldivar Galvan and Jim Thomas Saldivar.
Mr. Saldivar was a long time devoted member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Beeville. Along with his daily prayers, he and his family made many promised trips to San Juan to visit our Blessed Mother every year to show his devotion to his faith and his love for our Lord. This is one of his many traditions/devotions his children today still carry out. In his earlier days he was an outstanding musician. Playing along side his mentor and soon to be father in-law Francisco Garza. He played his accordion at many local dance halls around the Bee County area. His love for music was and still is carried out by his children and grandchildren. He was also a long time member of the G.I. Forum, where he expressed his views on equality for the Hispanic race.
Mr. Saldivar and Mrs. Saldivar, in 1972, purchased what was known to many Hispanics around the nopal area (north Beeville) as “Handy” or “La Tiendita”. Handy Grocery was Mr. Saldivar’s pride and joy. He and his wife worked long and hard to make a success of the small store which lasted over 40 years. He was a true perfectionist, and felt every sandwich, every slice of pressed ham or fresh bologna, needed to be as perfect as possible, and for the most part, under his watch, it was.
Mr. Saldivar was a long time county employee as well. He served over 29 years with Bee County Pct. 3. There, he was a foreman for many years where he maintained and kept a watchful eye on his part of the county. As many friends and family would come to say, “no one could handle or drive the maintainer like Nino.”
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Miquela Saldivar of Beeville; daughter and son in-law, Felipita S. and Fernando Galvan of Beeville; son and daughter in-law, Jim Thomas and Angela G. Saldivar of Beeville; five grandchildren, Joshua T. Saldivar, Timothy N. Galvan, Jordan P. Saldivar, Kathlynn Isabelle Saldivar, and Luke I. Galvan. In addition, he is survived by his sisters, Delia Manrique, Dora Martinez, Minnie Martinez and Mary Sanchez; and brothers, Julian Saldivar Sr., Pedro “Pete” Saldivar and Rudolfo “Rudy” Saldivar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maria and Ismael Saldivar Sr.; sister, Anita Cuellar; and brother, Ruben Saldivar.
The Holy Rosary was held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Trevino Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. Burial followed at San Pedro Cemetery in Clareville.
Pallbearers were Nick Cabazos Jr., Rolando Espericueta, Michael Frank Maldonado, Johnny Manrique, Joshua T. Saldivar and Timothy N. Galvan.
Honorary pallbearers were Fernando Galvan, Pete Saldivar, Julian Saldivar, Rudy Saldivar, Jim Sanchez, Refugio Martinez, Valentin Espericueta, Alfredo Maldonado, Jordan P. Saldivar, and Luke I. Galvan.
The family would like to thank Kindred Hospital for being so kind during this time of need and Legacy Home Health and Exclusive Home Health for caring for Mr. Saldivar during his last days with us.
Treviño Funeral Home