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Victor Sorola

    Funeral mass for Victor Sorola, 84, of Del Rio, Texas, will be celebrated at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Lamesa, Texas. 
    Graveside service and burial will follow the funeral mass at Dawson County Cemetery under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Father Chacko Thadathil will officiate the funeral mass, assisted by Deacon Saul Hernandez.
    Viewing will be from 12:00 PM Friday June 17th and rosary will be at 7:00 PM Friday, June 17, both at Branon Funeral Home in Lamesa.
    Mr. Sorola was a long-time resident of Lamesa and a member of Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Mr. Sorola died on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Del Rio. 
    Victor Sorola, the son of José Sorola Sr. and Feliz Torres, was born June 15, 1937, in Del Rio, Texas. He attended Del Rio public schools. He was baptized and confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church. He joined the United States Army in 1957 and proudly volunteered to serve in Korea. 
    He married Harriet Janet Nystrom, a native of Rush Point, Minnesota, on April 24, 1962 in Seattle, Washington and they were happily married for forty-six years. He and his wife raised eight children and stressed the importance of higher education, hard work, and self-discipline. They also instilled in their children the importance of being kind and compassionate towards others.
    Mr. Sorola was an active member in his church choir and also served as a communion minister and lector for many years. He was a self-employed, master barber for 35 years and attended Howard College and Texas Tech University.
    His tireless activist work changed the political landscape in Lamesa by holding voting registration drives and encouraging good citizenship through an active participation in the voting process. Through his efforts, he helped people of color – Hispanics in particular – to achieve greater representation in local government. He was a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Lamesa ISD school board. 
    He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but still had many happy years after initial treatment. He displayed courage throughout the disease’s progression in recent years and always remained a loving, dedicated father.
    He is survived by his children: David Sorola of Del Rio, Texas, Edward Sorola of North Richland Hills, Texas, Michael Sorola of Keller, Texas, Anthony Sorola of Lamesa, Texas, Christine Sorola of Lamesa, Texas, Catherine Sorola of Livingston, Texas, Felicia Freeman of Austin, Texas, and Jessica Sorola-Jasso of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is survived by brothers and sisters: José Zorola, Jr., Eugenio Sorola, and Jaime Sorola, all of Lamesa, Texas and sisters Juanita Reyes and Maria Sorola of Del Rio, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren and a large, extended family. 
    His wife, Harriet Sorola, his parents, and his brother, Manuel Sorola, all of Lamesa, Texas, preceded him in death. 
    The family suggests memorials to a charity of your choice.
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