History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

The late Rudy Garza, Jr. and Consuelo (Connie) Garza were both born and raised in Mercedes, Texas. They both graduated from Mercedes High School and were married July 22, 1960. In 1964 Rudy and Connie moved to Houston, Texas where Rudy became manager and stockholder of the Crespo Funeral Home. Rudy ventured out on his own and in 1974 Rudy Gaza Funeral Home was incorporated in Houston, Texas. The Rudy Garza family moved to Harlingen, Texas in 1979 where they established the funeral home and Harlingen Monument Co. at 1702 E. Harrison. In 1988 Rudy Garza Palms Chapel in La Feria was established and in 1995 Rudy and Connie fulfilled their dreams of opening their funeral home in Mercedes, Texas. In addition to the funeral homes, the Rudy Garza family also own Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery, the only cemetery in Harlingen with a Veteran's Circle of Honor.

The Rudy Garza family have been strong supporters of numerous local and civic organizations in Harlingen, La Feria and Mercedes. They have received numerous awards and recognitions for their involvement, commitment and active participation in the community. Although Mr. Garza has passed on, Connie and her four children; Sandra, Tammy, Rudy III and Sonia have continued with their father's tradition, heritage and professionalism in funeral service.

Why choose a family owned and operated funeral home?

Why choose a family owned and operated funeral home?

  • Personal commitment and integrity to the satisfaction of your family from our family.
  • An investment in the economic development of our community.
  • Focus is on personalized service, not profits.
  • Familiar with local customs.

Our Valued Staff

  • Mrs. Consuelo Garza

    Mrs. Consuelo Garza Co-Founder


  • Tammy Garza

    Tammy Garza FDIC - Harlingen Location

    Tammy has been with Rudy Garza Funeral Home since 1986. She is a 1983 graduate of Harlingen High School and 1994 graduate of Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston.

  • Sandra Garza

    Sandra Garza FDIC - Mercedes Location


  • Rudy  Garza III

    Rudy Garza III Funeral Operations / Harlingen Monument Company Manager


  • Sonia Garza Galvan

    Sonia Garza Galvan Funeral Director


  • Christian  Martinez

    Christian Martinez Provisional Funeral Director

    Christian Martinez is a compassionate provisional funeral director and embalmer and is always ready to assist families in their time of need. He began his journey as funeral attendant and later he decided that he wanted to become a funeral director and embalmer. He completed his studies at Texas State Technical College with an associate’s degree in Business Management and later completed his studies at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas on July of 2021. Christian enjoys music, spending time with his family and friends and serving the individuals in their time of need.

  • Anyssa Almendarez

    Anyssa Almendarez Family Service Counselor

    Anyssa was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas and has grown up in the family funeral business all her life. She is a 2020 college graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and has a Bachelor's in Business Management. Anyssa has a compassion for serving and assisting families who seek guidance and direction when pre-arranging their future funeral.

    Anyssa enjoys helping her families design a funeral plan that best expresses their personal wishes while also relieving their loved ones from unnecessary financial decisions.

  • Angelica Garza

    Angelica Garza Harlingen Monument Company Manager


  • Jose Luis Torres

    Jose Luis Torres Funeral Director Assistant