Miscellaneous Blanco County, Texas Obituaries


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Johney Ira Casparis, 70, of Johnson City passed away Monday, April 9, 2001 in Austin. 
Mrs. Casparis was born October 18, 1930 in San Antonio to her parents, John Ira and Linnie Mae Mayfield Lackey. 
Johney is survived by her husband; Joe Douglas Casparis, one sister; Margaret Withers, both of Johnson City and a host of nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 12, 2001 at Crofts Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Biggerstaff officiating. Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Johnson City. 
Mrs. Casparis’ nieces and nephews were her pallbearers. 

Ernest Ray Davis, Jr., of Blanco passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at the age of 48. Ernest was born on February 4, 1953 in San Antonio. 
Funeral services were held at Crofts Funeral Home on Thursday, April 12, 2001. Graveside services were held in San Antonio Friday, April 13, 2001 in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. 
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife; Marylin J. Davis of Blanco, father; Ernest Ray Davis Sr. of San Antonio, three sons; Ernie Davis III of Houston, Nicholas Davis of Blanco, Jason Davis of Blanco, three brothers; Dorrance Davis of Atlanta, Ga., Steve Davis of Bastrop, and Jim Gross of Mansfield. 

Thomas August Trachta passed away Sunday, April 15, 2001 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Anna Trachta, by his first wife Doris Raymond, two brothers Raymond and Harold, two sisters Marie and Dorothy, and his son Richard. 
He is survived by his wife Jane Lorene, two daughters Janie Cain and husband Bill and Roxie Dexter, brother Vincent and wife Margarette, sister Bernice Trachta C.D.P., two grandsons, four granddaughters, one great granddaughter, five stepsons and their wives, three step-grandsons, and four step-granddaughters. 
Tom and Jane have had 20 years of wonderful life together, and Tom will be greatly missed. 
A rosary was conducted by Deacon Jack Murrell on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco, and Funeral Mass conducted by Rev. Michael O’Gorman of San Antonio and Rev. John Finn of Blanco on Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church in Blanco. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Twin Sisters. 
Pallbearers were Mark Trachta, Bob Trachta, Joe David Riba, Frances Hartman, Matt Hernden, and Tony Gonzales, Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Sanchez, Michael A. Cosgrove, Lonnie Humrichouse, Art Sitterle, Tom Streeter, and Marvin Reininger. 
In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be given to the Good Samaritan Center in Blanco, the St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church Building Fund, or a charity of you choice.

Edwin Henry Keller, 84, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2001 at his home in Blanco. 
Edwin was born on August 12, 1916 in Fredericksburg. 
He was survived by two daughters; Joyce Graves of Blanco, Peggy Keller of San Antonio, one brother; Frank Keller of San Antonio, and two grandchildren. 
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at Blanco Cemetery. 

Fred Burns Wagenfehr, 74, of Blanco passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital. 
Fred was born January 24, 1927 in San Antonio. 
Services will be held Friday, July 27, 2001 at Crofts Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00a.m-8:00p.m. at Crofts Funeral Home. The family will be gathering from 6 - 8 p.m. 
Interment will follow at the Jones Cemetery in Kendalia. 
Fred is survived by his close companion; Laverne Grantham of Kerrville, step-daughter; June and husband Cliff Baird of Blanco, two step-sons; Roger and wife Nancy Byler of Brownwood, Terry and wife Denise Byler of Boerne, one daughter; Linda and husband John L. Dechert of Blanco, two sons; Buster and wife Karen Wagenfehr of Blanco, Vernon and wife Dianne Wagenfehr of LaVeta, Co., 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren, and 2 step-great great grand children. 
Pallbearers will be Jason Wagenfehr, Mike Dechert, Terryl Byler, Doyle Byler, Paul Adams, Jimmy Klepec, Ricky Haenel and Joe D. Riba. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Wagner, Arvin Weber, Dugie Mobley, Wesley Joe Dechert and Delman Barker. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Blanco E.M.S. or a charity of your choice.

Susan Hendrick Trotter
Susan Hendrick Trotter went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ September 25, 2001. Susan was born in Mexico City on July 27, 1949. She graduated from Lamar High School in Houston and from the University of Texas. She is survived by her husband Clayton, her mother Susan, her sister Carroll Read, and her brothers Angus and Charles. Susan gave life to and was the loving mother of six children; Fred, Frances, Susie, Ricky, Alma, and Byron. Byron and wife Michele expect Susan’s first grandbaby. Her life was an investment in love and devotion to her family. She left surrounded by the love that she gave to others. She was a true friend to her children and husband. She was a gentle and quiet spirit with eyes full of laughter. She will be greatly missed. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” Psalm 91:2. 
Visitation was held Thursday at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home in San Antonio. Funeral Services were held Friday, September 28, 2001 at the Cornerstone Church Chapel, San Antonio. Interment was in the Houston Memorial Oaks Cemetery Saturday, September 29, 2001. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Ronald McDonald House, 227 Lewis St. San Antonio, Tx 78212. 

Gertrude Knibbe Sattler of Kendalia passed away Sunday, September 30, 2001 at the age of 89 years 29 days, at the Blanco HealthCare Center. 
Mrs. Sattler was born September 1, 1912 to the late Richard and Tillie (Knibbe) Stahl at Boerne, Texas. 
Gertrude was married on October 7, 1936 to her late husband Benno Hugo Sattler. She is survived by her daughter Cindy Reed and husband, Bob of Dripping Springs, close friends and neighbors; Tom and Wilma Boyd, numerous cousins and a host of friends. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at 3p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blanco with Rev. Anamae Storbeck officiating. Interment followed at the Weidner Family Cemetery in Spring Branch. 
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, Blanco, Tx.

Willie Knoll, age 95, of Stonewall, Tx. passed away Monday, May 20, 2002 in Fredericksburg Tx. Mr Knoll was born October 15, 1906 in Albert Texas. 
He is survived by his wife Nora Knoll of Stonewall Tx.; one brother, Hilmar Knoll of Boerne; two sisters, Erna Peise of San Angelo Tx., and Alma McDougal of Austin Tx. 
Services were held at Crofts Funeral Home, on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 10 a.m. Pastor John Auer officiated the services. Interment followed at Stonewall Community Cemetery. Pallbearers were: William Dieke, Rodney Echert, Jed Felps, Kenneth Jenschke, Jerry Reiser and Brent Schmidt. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Stonewall Fire Dept., or Hill Country Memorial Hospital. 

Betty Cox - Clark 
Betty Marie Johnson Cox - Clark, age 58 of Lubbock Tx. passed away Monday May 13, 2002 in Lubbock . She was born October 13, 1943, in Maruel, Arkansas. She married Don Clark on February 23, 2001 in Roswell, New Mexico. 
She graduated from Abernathy High School in 1962, and then attended Wayland Baptist University for one year. 
She worked for Blanco Nursing Center, from 1986 - 1995, she moved to Lubbock in 1996. She began working for the McKenzie House at program director. She later began work for Barcelona Courts, as director of sales until retiring in 2001. 
She was a member of HUB City Wheelers, Sunset Church of Christ and very active in the Buddy Holly Day’s. 
She is survived by Don Clark,of Lubbock; son Ronny Cox of Lubbock; daughters Awyna Sanchez of Farwell, and Crystal Willis of Midland; step-daughter, Glenna Smith of Orlando Ca; step-son Donald Clark Jr of Lubbock; sisters, Lera Davee of Brady, Linda Olsen of Sunsites Az., Jenevia Fielding of Abernathy Tx., and Chele Brewer of Willcox Az.; Father Lesie Daniel Johnson of Abernathy, and step-mother Iris Johnson of Lubbock, and 13 grandchildren. Her mother preceded her in death. 
Services were Thursday May 16, 2002 at Sunset Church of Christ with Dan Rouse and Truitt Adair officiating. 
Burial will be at a later date, at Rest Haven Memorial Park. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Dorris B. (Massey) Hallenberger was born May 15, 1926 in Blanco County. She passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002 in Austin. 
Dorris is survived by her daughter, Faye and husband David Gode of Gilmer; daughter Marsha Hallenberger of Blanco; daughter Virginia and Husband Terry Henderson of Manor; son Raymond and wife Traci Hallenberger of Blanco; and son Dixie and wife Alda Hallenberger of Renton, Washington; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren, and two step-great-great grandchildren. 
Visitation was held Tuesday at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco and graveside services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1:30 p.m. 
Rev. W. B. Hiller officiated the services at the Blanco Cemetery located on Spur 163. 

Murdenzel was born Oct. 9, 1920, near Corona, New Mexico, and she moved to Blanco at an early age. She is the daughter of Mary Anna Smith and George Ross Brown. She died Jan. 26, 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 54 years, Britton Benjamin Felps and a brother, Alf Brown of Rockport. 
She is survived by her sisters, 
Rosetta Felps of Tow, Mary Ivy Smith of Round Mountain, Sylvia Ray Bakke of Clifton, and brother Dott Brown of Irving, sister-in-laws Eva Beckman of Blanco, and Winnie Felps of Leander. She is also survived by her children, daughters Martha Anna Wagner and son-in-law L.J. Wagner, Aritha Faye Graham and son-in law Moe Graham and Darless Kay Head and son-in-law Randy Head, all of Blanco, and son Edward Britton Felps and daughter-in-law Pamela Felps of 
Norco, California. 
Murdenzel has a legacy of 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 
Murdenzel was a life-long member of the Blanco United Methodist Church. She lived in Blanco from the time she was a small child and spent her youth on the Blanco River with her bothers and sisters where she learned to swim and fish. Fishing 
remained a passion of hers her whole life and she passed her expertise on to many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. As an adult, she was employed in several local restaurants and was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for many years. 
She was loved by her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and will be missed by her whole family and friends. 
Services were Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at Miller Creek Cemetery near Johnson City where the burial followed. Visitation was Monday, Jan. 27. 

Melisa Ann Harris, 43, died at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003. 
She is the daughter of Shelly Harris and the late Robert L Harris. 
Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 25, at Croft Funeral Home in Johnson City. 
Melisa, like the rest of her family, had a long newspaper career. She was production manager of her family-owned newspaper, The Johnson City Record-Courier for 10 years. She also worked for newspapers in Kileen, Leveland, and Floydada Texas. 
Melisa was a communicant of the Cypress Mill Episcopal Church. Melisa belonged to the Order of Eagles in Blanco. 
She is also survived by: two sisters and their husbands, Robyn and George Henderson, of Johnson City and Jennifer and Michael Pasanski, of Fremont, Michigan; and by two brothers, Dal and Liz Harris of Victoria, and Bill and Mandy Harris of St. Louis, Mo. 
She is survived by seven nieces and nephews, Jessica Payne and her husband Chris of Johnson City, Luke and his wife Marcy Henderson and Josh Henderson of San Marcos, Forrest and Amanda Pasanski of Freemont, Michigan, and Virginia and Ben Harris of St. Louis, and by great-nephew, Nathan Payne She is also survived by her grandmother, Thelma Lively and aunt, Jean Hammond of Gatesville. 
Memorials will go to North Blanco County EMS.

Edith Cottrell died on April 1, 2003, at her home in Austin. 
Edith was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she lived until 1947. She graduated from Wiley High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1938. She attended Indiana State Teachers’ College and Brown Business College in preparation for her career as a professional secretary. 
Edith’s first husband, Lt. John C. Smith, Jr., was killed in the Battle of the Bulge while serving in the U.S. Army—leaving her a widow with two young daughters, Carolyn and Sarah. 
On Dec. 13, 1947, Edith married Bert M. Cottrell Jr. in Santa Barbara, California. Together, they had three children: Kenneth, Mary, and Christina. 
The family moved to Austin in June 1961. Edith managed Bert’s business office for 13 years before becoming a secretary at Tracor Inc. in 1967. She was executive secretary to Tracor senior vice president Marcel Gres for 14 years before retiring in May 1988. 
Her mother, father, four brothers, two sisters, and one step-son preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Colonel Bert M. Cottrell Jr. USAF (Ret.); daughters Carolyn Anne and husband Morse Craig (Hot Springs, AR), Sarah Jane and husband John McLean (Bryan), Mary Katherine and husband Michael Redshaw (St. Leonard, MD), and Christina Marie (Tina) and husband Tom Gourley (Blanco); son Kenneth Jefferson Cottrell (Austin); step-son B. Max Cottrell, III, and wife Judy (Houston); three grandchildren, one step-grandson, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Edith was a long-time parishioner at Saint Austin’s Catholic Church. Her funeral mass was celebrated at St. Austin’s, 2026 Guadalupe St., Thursday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. Burial was at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. 
Pallbearers were Edith’s sons-in-law Morse Craig, Tom Gourley, and Michael Redshaw, her grandson Trey Gourley, and very dear friends Don Heller and Ben Trotter. 
Heartfelt thanks go to Don Brode MD, to the Hospice “team” and to the loving caregivers at The Park at Beckett Meadows, who all helped her family nurture Edith until her good Lord was ready for her. God bless you all. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to Hospice Austin. 

Tony Shannon Jennings was born Sunday, July 2, 1933, and entered into rest Monday, February 24, 2003, at the age of 69. 
Tony was a 1953 graduate of Blanco High School. Tony was the second male cheerleader for the pep squad for Blanco High School. 
Tony was laid to rest Friday, February 28, 2003, at the Pipe Creek Cemetery in Pipe Creek after a service which was held at the First Baptist Church in Bandera. Reverend Frank Pullin officiated. 

Ruby Lee Trammell was born to William and Sudanne (Stanley) Roberts Feb. 23, 1924. Ruby passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2003, in San Antonio at the age of 79. 
She is survived by one daughter, Catherine Trammell of San Antonio, one son, Herbert R. and wife Jenny Trammell of Patrick Air Force Base, FL., one brother Clayton Roberts of Lampasas, nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. 
Ruby was preceded in death by one son Jimmy Trammell and her parents William and Sudanna Roberts. 
Graveside services were held Thursday, April 3, at the Stanley-Davis Cemetery in Johnson City. Deacon Jack Murrell officiated.

Margaret “Bobbie” (Patton) Page was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Blanco Thomas Edwin Patton and Annie (Durham) Patton. She died in Austin June 25, 2003. Bobbie lived her whole life in Blanco. Her great-great-great- grandfather was William Gates who came to Texas in 1821 with Stephen F. Austin, so she was a Texan through and through. 
In 1936, Bobbie married Earl Page. He predeceased her in 1984. She had one sister, Mary Frances Patton Dees, who predeceased her in 2001. Bobbie’s church was very important to her. She was a life-time member of the Blanco United Methodist Church and was very active there. She taught children’s Sunday school for many years. 
Bobbie was an animal lover and had a real green thumb. She always had a stray cat, or more, that she took in, including Tootie, her current kitty. She had such a knack for gardening, she could stick a stick in the ground and it would grow! 
Bobbie was a very caring person. She helped deliver Meals on Wheels and spent a lot of time working in the Thrift Store. Bobbie will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends in Blanco. 
Services were Saturday, June 28, 2003, at 10 a.m. at the Blanco United Methodist Church in Blanco with Rev. Sharon Freeto officiating. Visitation was Friday, June 27, 2003, at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco. 

Louis Gourley Jr., known to his friends and family as “Buster,” passed from this earth Friday, June 27, 2003. 
Buster was born to Louis Gourley,Sr. and Rowene Beatrice Dildine Gourley Jan. 31, 1923, in Blanco County. 
He is survived by his daughter, Christy Roundtree of Cedar Valley; two sisters, Helen Collins of Tow and Bobbie Kennedy of Pasadena; and one brother; Buck Gourley of Briggs. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Anna Blair, Vanessa Blair and William Paul Shelley. 
Buster was proceded in death by his parents and also by his wife, Patsy. 
Buster was laid to rest as a veteran of World War II of the U.S. Navy in the Miller Creek Cemetery in Johnson City Monday, June 30. Rev. Butch Collins was the officiating clergy. 

Jan. 28, 1933-June 25, 2003
His Journey’s Just Begun
By Ellen Brennerman
Don’t think of him as gone away His journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.
And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so such.
After living most of his life in the Rio Grande Valley, Bob and his wife, Glenn, moved to Blanco in 1994. Although he has been in poor health, a day never passed that he did not express how happy he was to be here. 
He is survived by his wife, Glenn, his son, Tracy (Rebecca) Bishop, his daughters Robin (Tony) Rodriguez and Dona (Frank) Cerda, stepsons George (Sharon) Gage, Jeff (Gloria) Gage and Russell (Caitlin) Gage, 17 grand and step-grad children and three great-grandchildren. 

Geneva Mitchell Slavin was born Feb. 28, 1919, in Lexington AL, to Robert Mitchell and Lala (Allen) Mitchell. 
Geneva passed away June 25, 2003, at her home in Spring Branch. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Slavin. 
She is survived by her two sons, David F. Jenkins of Fort Collins, CO and Rex L. Jenkins of Humble; two sisters, Esther Williams and Nora McInnish, both of Killen, AL. 
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 28, at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco. 

Leda Stueler Woods passed away June 26, 2003, at the age of 91. She was born to Frank and Ella Stueler. 
Leda was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Ora and three brothers, Chester, Benno and Frank Stueler Jr. 
Leda leaves behind her husband of 66 years, Charles Woods, three daughters Charlene Burch and husband Art, Beverly Lundin and Ruth Piper. She also leaves six grandchildren , Clif Burch, Kevin Piper and wife Heidi, Tammy Burch, Kyle Lundin, Shea Burch and Staci McKeehan and husband Matt; two great-grandchildren Luke Colbert and Shelby Sinford, and many nieces and nephews. 
Rev. Art Burch officiated the services that were held Monday, June 30, at Crofts Funeral Home. She was laid to rest in the Post Oak Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Clif Burch, Kevin Piper, Kyle Lundin, Matt McKeehan, Richard Hereford and Bubba Woods. 
Leda will be missed by all her friends and family members.

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