He is preceded in death by his parents, Santiago and Maria Consuelo Abrego; a nephew, John Andrew Galarza; and his mother-in-law, Elvira Estada; two brothers-in-law, Guadalupe Estrada and Ramon Estrada.
Joel is survived by his wife, Josefina Estrada Abrego; two brothers, Santiago (Rebecca) Abrego, Jr. and Jesus L. (Leticia) Abrego; four sisters, Fidela Abrego-Garza, Sarita (John) Galarza, Reyes (Cipriano) Naranjo, and Maria Elena (Merritt) Black; and his two godchildren, Kayla Claudio and Nathaniel Guadalupe Claudio; sister-in-law, Gracie Estrada; along with several nephews, nieces and other relatives.
Visitations was held on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a holy rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home in San Benito.
Mass of resurrection will be held on December 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in San Benito. Interment will follow to San Benito City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Galazar, Cipriano Naranjo, Jesus Abrego, Gerardo Garza, Eric Galazar, and Santiago Abrego, Jr..
Honorary pallbearer will be Emiliano Longoria.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family of Joel Abrego at www.thomaegarza.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, TX; (956) 399-1331.