Zephaniah "Zeph" Villarreal, 17, of Lehigh Acres, died with his family at his side Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, following a long illness. He was born Oct. 8, 1995, in Harlingen, Texas, the son of Irma Linda Sanchez and Alex Villarreal Jr.
He is survived by his parents, Alex and Irma; sister, Jacinda Elise Villarreal; several direct family members; and a multitude of extended family and friends.
A visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Fort Myers. A Mass of prayer at the immediately followed. A Mass of christian burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the church. He was then taken to Harlingen, Texas, for services and burial at Ashland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to one of the organizations that helped in his courageous battle with cancer. Some suggestions are: Go Fund Me/Team Zeph; the MD Anderson Cancer Center; Caleb's Crusade; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Ronald McDonald House of Houston; Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Southwest Florida Children's Hospital; Candlelighters of Southwest Florida and the Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church.
Those who wish to express condolences to the family or sign the guestbook may visit: www.andersonpatterson.com.
Arrangements were handled by Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services.