Jose A. Mendez

March 18, 1946 - January 12, 2020
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Legendary Icon Chef Jose A. “Pely” Mendez died peacefully at Laredo Medical Center on January 12, 2020, in Laredo, TX at the age of 73. He was born on March 18, 1946 in Merida,Yucatan to Arturo & Mercedes Mendez.

Mr. Mendez is preceded in death by his parents, Arturo & Mercedes Mendez; siblings, Arturo Mendez and Rosa Maria Del Valle.

Jose A. Mendez is survived by his extraordinary wife of 47 years Ana Maria Mendez; children, Ana (John†) Mendez Espinoza, Joe (Griselda) Mendez, Cindy (Felipe) Mendez Flores, Sergio Mendez, Rene Mendez, Melissa (Randy) Mendez Quintana, and Nancy Mondragon; grandchildren, Johanna (Sean) Evans, Janice (Pablo) Castillo, Johnathan Espinoza, Felipe Flores III, Juliza Espinoza, Jason Gonzalez, Randy Quintana Jr., Diego Flores, Joe Michael Gonzalez, Mason Gonzalez, and Luis Mondragon; great-grandchildren, Madison Evans, Xavier Castillo, and Ezekiel Castillo; siblings, Angelina Escobedo, Jorge (Ana Maria) Mendez, Noemi Rodriguez, Pilar (Juan Jose) Rojas, Teresa (Primitivo) Garza, Janette Duenas, and Natalia (Miguel) Fernandez.

Chef “Pely” Jose A. Mendez was a giving soul, a culinary trailblazer that served the likes of countless guests at La Posada Hotel for 51 years. He was a dedicated husband, a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His love for life touched everyone he knew.

The family will be receiving guests Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Prayer Service will start at 6:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The funeral mass will start at 10:00 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Mendez, Sergio Mendez, Rene Mendez, Felipe Flores, Randy Quintana, Juliza Espinoza, Felipe Flores III, Jason Gonzalez.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may sign the guest book or leave your condolences to the family online at


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Prayer Service will be held at 6:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Timeline for Jose A. Mendez

Born: March 18, 1946
December 12, 2018
La Posada de La Posada 2018
La Posada de La Posada 2018
June 9, 2016
George Lopez
George Lopez
Died: January 12, 2020

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Carlos Rodriguez posted on 1/22/21

Thank you Pely for Showing me the love of Kitchen over 40 years ago. I have made it my Profession and passion. I was an pleaser to have worked with you and to have known you. GOD BLESS


Ray Holguin posted on 1/16/20

Our Condolences to the entire Family, Pely was well known and Liked by all. I got the Pleasure of working with him at La Posada during my tenure as Hotel Security, My Father Daniel " Cuate" Holguin (R.I.P.) was also a Friend of Pely's my father also worked at La Posada for many years as Security. I pray our Lord Strengthens your Heart and brings Joy to your sadness. Pely is in Our Lord's Kingdom as he has Won The Battle. Your Family has gained another Angel to watch over you. Sincerely, Ray & Ana Holguin


Francisca.G posted on 1/15/20

Que el señor te conceda a ti y a toda la familia paz y consuelo en este momento dificil..Mi mas sentido pesame.


tim h herring posted on 1/14/20

I will always have fond memories of Pely. He will always be remembered. May he rest in peace.


Carlos Mendoza posted on 1/14/20

Hello Ana, my deepest condolences for the loss of your Dad . I am aware of how much he meant to you. I pray for you, your mom and your family during these difficult times. God Bless all of you.


Carlos Mendoza posted on 1/14/20

In memory of Jose A. Mendez, Carlos Mendoza lit a candle


Daniela Garza posted on 1/14/20

My deepest condolences to the Mendez family. May Mr. Pely Mendez Rest In Peace. May God be with the family through this time. ??


Shelby Martínez posted on 1/13/20

Mi más sentido pésame y que Dios lo tenga en su santa Gloria y les de pronta resignación a toda su familia