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JOE CLENNAN 
Joe W. Clennan, 80, of New Braunfels, Texas, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Colonial Manor Care Center in New Braunfels. 
He was born on July 30, 1922, in Nowata, Okla. He served in the USAF during World War II as an aerial gunner. Joe graduated from SWT after service to his country and two of his children, Sandy and Randy, were around to see him graduate in ceremonies on the San Marcos River, which was then a part of SWTC. He met his wife, Gloria Schnautz, at Landa Park and they were married Aug. 14, 1943. She survives him. Together they had three children — Sandy, Randy and Steve, who survive him, along with Sandy’s husband, Glen “Butch” Pipkin Jr. and their daughter, Brandee, her husband, Drew Dickinson, and their son, Riley, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Randy’s wife, Mary, and their son, Mathew, along with Randy’s son, Ryan, and his wife, Kristen, of Ashburn, Va., daughter, Andi, and husband, Alan Call, and three precious daughters of Dundee, Ore.; also son Steve Clennan and his sons, Brian, Shawn and Jeremy; brothers-in-law, Carl Montague and John W. Schnautz; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Mr. Clennan was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and lifetime member of American Legion Post No. 179 and member of Knights of Columbus. Many, many friends will miss him along with his devoted wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with the staff at Colonial Manor Care Center and Hope Hospice. There are many more accomplishments Joe and Gloria enjoyed, but his brave and beautiful battle with Alzheimer’s was another and now he can rest in peace in the loving arms of our father, God.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels with Monsignor Edward Bily officiating. Interment will follow at Comal Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels or the charity of one’s choice. 
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

DAVID A. CASEY
A soldier has died. Staff Sergeant David A. Casey, a resident of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away in the early morning hours on Feb. 26, 2003, of complications related to injuries recieved while serving in the U.S. Army. 
An honored Audie Murphy Board member, his many decorations included the Silver Star recieved for bravery under hostile fire, the Purple Heart and numerous NATO and American Honors. 
He is survived by his son, Alex; his brothers, Andrew and Ryan; and his parents, Dennis and Susan Casey, also of New Braunfels. 
May God now grant him the peace and freedom he so earnestly defended and desired for us all. 
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2003, and continue until 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Zoeller Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Cross Lutheran Church with graveside services to follow with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Zoeller Funeral Home

ELIZABETH GERKO
Mrs. Elizabeth T. “Betty” Gerko, 87, of Beaverdale, Pa. died Feb. 25, 2003, at UPMC Lee Regional. 
She was born on July 18, 1915, in Dunlo, daughter of Michael and Mary ( Yanosky) Barbarich. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Stephen G.; grandson, Matthew Gerko; brother, Michael; and sisters, Mary Papcunik, Ann Zywiec and Suzanna Ulicny. She is survived by these children: Elizabeth, York: Stephen P., married to former Loretta Crocefoglia, Johnstown, Pa.; Peter E., married to former Polly Landman, New Braunfels, Texas; Mary K., wife of David Lambert, Harrisburg, Pa.; and B. Monica, wife of Michael J. Malpezzi, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; also 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Funeral mass was held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Church, Beaverdale, Father Anthony J. Legarski celebrant Commital, St. Joseph Cemetery, Beaverdale.
Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home

ALLAN CRONEN
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Allan (Al) Cronen, 64, who passed away at his residence in New Braunfels on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with entombment to follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Mausoleum.
Zoeller Funeral Home

JUVENTINA ZAMORA
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Juventina Zamora, 87, who passed away on Monday, March 3, 2003, at the McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Zoeller Funeral Home 

ZAMORA
Juventina M. Zamora, 87 of New Braunfels, passed away Monday, March 3, 2003, at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003, for a 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Juventina was born on Nov. 11, 1915, to Rafael and Eulalia Martinez in Laredo, Texas.
Mrs. Zamora was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Rafael Martinez. Juventina Zamora is survived by her husband, Raul Zamora Sr., of New Braunfels; sons, Raul Zamora Jr. and his wife, Marina, of San Antonio, and Robert Zamora and his wife, Vivienne, also of San Antonio; daughter, Rosemary Garza and her husband, Henry, of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Randy Zamora and his wife, Julie, of Houston, Laura Leonard and her husband, Steve, of Houston, Marcia Waldron and her husband, Mike, of Nashville, Tenn., Jennifer Funkhouser and her husband, Alex, of New Braunfels, Zachary and Nicholas Zamora, both of San Antonio; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to Holy Family Catholic Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
Zoeller Funeral Home

SEILER
James H. Seiler, age 82 of Marion, passed away March 4, 2003. 
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Kermit and Susan Seiler of San Antonio, Donald Seiler of Marion and Andrew and Gina Seiler of Marion; sister, Miriam Bueche of San Angelo; brother, Harold Seiler of China Grove; grandchildren, Louise, Caroline, Rachel, Matthew, Andrew and Adam; and great-grandchild, Lynnea. 
Mr. Seiler was preceded in death by his wife, Loraine, and his brother, William E. Seiler. 
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, at Schertz Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Anyone so desiring may make memorial contributions to the Beliver’s Fellowship Family Life Center Building Fund. Arrangements by:
Schertz Funeral Home

GILBERT
Katherine Irene Gilbert, of San Antonio, a devoted Christian wife, mother and grandmother, went home to be with Jesus Monday, March 3, 2003. 
She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeff Hutchison. She is survived by her beloved Ralph Gilbert Sr.; son, Gary, and daughter-in-law, Barbara of New Braunfels; daughter, Gemey, and son-in-law, Mickey Kaliff of Dallas; son, Pat and daughter-in-law, Rozanne of Scottsdale, Ariz; and daughter, Debbie Zettner of San Antonio. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren, John, Brett and Michael Gilbert, Gregory and Holly Reneé Hutchison, Kelly FitzGerald, Patrick and Tiffany Gilbert and Stephanie and Austin Zettner; great-grandchildren, Serelle Bennett, Sherese, Trey, Joshua, Corey, Christian and Nicole Gilbert, and Kyle and MacKenzie FitzGerald, and great-great grandson, Blake Bennett. Katherine was known for her loving, generous, kind heart and her caring ways. 
Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Porter Loring North Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Coe officiating. Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park North. Those who desire may send memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Bexar County, 307 W. Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215. Arrangements with:
Porter Loring Mortuary North

Bowers
Elsie Koch Bowers, age 79, of New Braunfels, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2003, in San Antonio.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Sassman officiating. 
Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Public visitation will begin 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the family being present to receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be given to the: Alzheimer’s Association, 7400 Louis Pasteur, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78229
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

CASEY
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for David Arthur Casey of New Braunfels, who passed away in Yucipa, Calif., at the age of 29 years.
Visitation continues at the Zoeller Funeral Home until 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Services will be on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Cross Lutheran Church, with interment to follow at 2:30 p.m. with full military honors at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Zoeller Funeral Home

ZAMORA
Juventina M. Zamora, 87, of New Braunfels, passed away Monday, March 3, 2003, at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Visitation was held Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. A procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003, for a 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Juventina was born on Nov. 11, 1915, to Rafael and Eulalia Martinez in Laredo, Texas.
Mrs. Zamora was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Rafael Martinez. Juventina Zamora is survived by her husband, Raul Zamora Sr., of New Braunfels; sons, Raul Zamora Jr. and his wife, Marina, of San Antonio and Robert Zamora and his wife, Vivienne, also of San Antonio; daughter, Rosemary Garza and her husband, Henry, of New Braunfels; brother, Jaun Manuel Martinez and wife, Rosa, of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Randy Zamora and his wife, Julie, of Houston, Laura Leonard and her husband, Steve, of Houston, Marcia Waldron and her husband, Mike, of Nashville, Tenn., Jennifer Funkhouser and her husband, Alex, of New Braunfels, Zachary and Nicholas Zamora, both of San Antonio; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to Holy Family Catholic Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
Zoeller Funeral Home 

LERIBEUS
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Doris LeRibeus, age 75 years, who passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2003, at her residence in New Braunfels, Texas.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, until service time. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home. Private committal service will follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Zoeller Funeral Home

KLARE
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for William G. Klare, age 91 years, who passed away at the Broadway Lodge Health Care Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, March 5, 2003. 
Memorial services are scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at 10 a.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church in New Braunfels at 1620 E. Common St. It was Mr. Klare’s wishes to be cremated.
Zoeller Funeral Home

MEDRANO
Carmen Medrano passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2003, at the age of 90 years at her residence in New Braunfels, Texas. 
Ms. Medrano was a member of the Sociedad Fraternal Mutualista.
She is survived by two daughters, Suzie Garcia and Mary San Miguel and husband, Tom; one son, Richard Medrano and wife, Janie; six grandchildren, Jesus Alayon, Angela Farias and husband, Andrew, Clarissa Ramirez and husband, Catarino, Claro A. Garcia III, T.R. San Miguel, James San Miguel and Melissa Gonzales and husband, Victor; four great-grandchildren, Lilliana Ramirez, Catarino Ramirez, Ezekiel Aaron Ramirez and Sienna Gonzales and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lucille Am Alayon.
Visitation began at 4 p.m. Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continues until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A rosary was recited on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home. A procession will depart the funeral home on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Zoeller Funeral Home

RICHARDS
George L. (Jack) Richards was born in El Paso, Texas, on July 18, 1926, to George E. and Mamie O. Richards. Jack passed away at his ranch near Wimberley, Texas, on March 7, 2003, surrounded by his family.
Jack graduated from Austin High School in El Paso in 1943 before joining the U.S. Navy pre-flight training program from 1944-1946. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in 1948 from Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (UTEP) with a major in geology and served as President of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He married Marjorie Ann Carlin to whom he was married 43 years and pursued his professional career as a geologist beginning with Standard Oil Company of Texas. In 1964, he joined Coastal States Gas Producing Company where he advanced to Senior Vice-President. he was with Bright and Company in San Antonio from 1978-1996.
Jack is survived by his wife, Lois Toole Richards; his daughter, Julie Richards McNeil and husband Michael of Corpus Christi, his son Jack Richards and wife Vicki of Oklahoma City; brother, James V. Richards and wife Pam of Houston; sister, Mayre Sue Overstreet and husband Charles of El Paso; grandchildren, Patrick McNeil, Kathleen McNeil, Christopher Richards, Clarke Richards, his wife’s children, Michael Edmond, Timothy Edmond and Jane Edmond Weber and their spouses; six grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Jack was active in both his professional and local community. He proudly spoke of his family and their Texas lineage where his grandfather, Alonzo Oden, was a Texas Ranger. He was a member of both The Sons of the Republic of Texas and The Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was an Emeritus Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and member of both the Houston and South Texas Geological Societies. He previously served on various Boards, including most recently, the Petroleum Club of San Antonio and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.
Jack was an active member of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley, Texas, where his memorial service will be held on Sunday, Mar. 9, 2003, at 3 p.m. There will be a private burial service for family members. in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School located at 6000 FM 3237, Wimberley, Texas, 78676.
Zoeller Funeral Home 

BOWERS 
Elsie Koch Bowers peacefully left this world on March 4, 2003. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Mamie Thompson, and her beloved husband of 39 years, Rudolph “Cookie” Koch. She is survived by daughter, Jan Friedeck, of San Antonio; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Ken Stroud, of Miami, Fla.; granddaughter, Michelle Costa and husband, Jonathan, of Providence, R.I.; grandson, Kris Friedeck and wife, Melanie, of Cary, N.C.; and grandson, Greg Strou,d of Gainsville, Fla. 
Born in Staples, Texas, on July 17, 1923, Elsie was a longtime resident of New Braunfels. For many years, Elsie and Cookie owned and operated B&B Poll Parrot Bootery and Cookie’s Shoe Salon. Elsie worked in the office of Dr. Stanley Woodward, MD, and later in the Comal County Treasurer’s Office until she retired. Since 1999, she had resided at Regent Care Center Alzheimer’s Facility in San Antonio. Elsie will be deeply missed by her family and friends. 
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue until service time Saturday. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Sassman officiating. Burial will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Elsie Koch Bowers to the Alzheimer‚s Association South Central Texas Chapter, 7400 Louis Pasteur, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas 78229. 
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

SPANYARD
Susan P. Spanyard passed away Saturday, March 1, 2003, at the age of 58.
The day has come for God to take back the gift he’s given us, a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. 
She is survived by her huband, Warren; children, Christine Tappan, Chuck (Debbie) and Robert (Leah); grandchildren, Courtney, Danielle, Ashley, Charlie, Robbie, Katelyn, Jessica and Kyle; father, Lawrence Meckel of New Braunfels, Texas. Preceded in death by her mother, Eunice Reese.
Although the disease has taken her body from us, it cannot take away the memories of her from our hearts and minds-2-3-4.
In lieu of flowers her family requests donations be made to the ALS Association. Memorial services will be held Monday, Mar. 10, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, 1800 S. Kolb Road. Arrangements by:
Bring’s Broadway Chapel

LOIS BUTLER
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Lois Butler, of Canyon Lake, who passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2003, in San Antonio at the age of 82.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Heritage Musuem of the Texas Hill Country, the Tye Preston Library, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

FRED SEEKATZ
Fred Seekatz passed away Monday, July 7, 2003, at his residence in New Braunfels at the age of 66 years.
He is survived by one daughter, Brandy Webb, and husband, Kevin, of New Braunfels; one son, Bobby Seekatz Belitz, of San Antonio; mother, Lillian L. Seekatz, of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Parker Rivers, Rain Isabella Webb and Caleb Talbert; aunt, Grace Bonnett, of New Braunfels; cousin, Charles Wagenfuehr, of New Braunfels; and other cousins and many friends.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until service time Thursday. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zoeller Funeral Home. Services will conclude at the Funeral Home. 
The family has requested memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association.
Zoeller Funeral Home

OVA MARIE GIBSON-AGEE
Funeral arrangements are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Ova Marie Gibson-Agee, who passed away Sunday, July 6, 2003, in the Community Medical Center in Calico Rock, Ark., at the age of 84 years.
She is survived by her children, Marcella Ann Fitzwater, Perry Don Gibson and Leo Galen Gibson; grandchildren, Mark Lee Dickson, Rebecca Ann Shanks, Scott David Fitzwater, Kelly Lynn Gibson and Stacy Gibson; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Lola Laverne Bradley.
Ms. Agee was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Perry Gibson; parents, William Z. and Annie Belle Jones Love; siblings, Robbie Mae Mayrant, Calvin Odell Love; and grandson, Russell Perry Fitzwater.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until 9 a.m. Thursday. Graveside services will be Thursday, July 10, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The family has requested memorial contributions be given to the American Diabetes Association.
Zoeller Funeral Home

JAMES IRA FULCHER
James Ira Fulcher, of New Braunfels, passed away Monday, July 7, 2003, at Kirkwood Manor in New Braunfels at the age of 94 years.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake and continue until service time at 10 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake, with the Rev. Gordon Hightower officiating. Burial will be at Mountian Valley Cemetery in Sattler.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home


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