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STRANG
Ann Strang passed away on Monday, May 13, 2002, at the McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 91 years. 
She is survived by one daughter, Carol Hafer and husband Jim; five sons; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister; one brother and two sisters-in-law. Mrs. Strang was preceded in death by her husband, William Nelson Strang, in 1987 and by one son. 
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and will continue until service time Friday. Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. 
The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the First Protestant Church. 
Zoeller Funeral Home 

PEREZ
Juanita C. Perez passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at her residence in New Braunfels at the age of 80 years. 
Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited on Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A procession will depart the funeral home on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. 
Zoeller Funeral Home 

VILLARREAL
Emily Villarreal went to be with the Lord Monday, May 13, 2002, at the McKenna Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family at the age of 55 years. She will be greatly missed but will forever be close to our hearts.
Mrs. Villarreal’s pride and joy was her son, Mando Pete and she enjoyed helping to raise her nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Villarreal is survived by her husband of 30 years, Armando Villarreal of New Braunfels; one son, Armando P. Villarreal of New Braunfels; sisters, Sulema Hernandez and husband Antonio, Olivia Gonzales and husband Pablo, Lucy Garcia and husband Joe and Minerva Barbosa and husband Joe, all of New Braunfels; brothers, Sebastian Alvarado and wife Elodia of New Braunfels, Raul Alvarado and wife Mary of Houston, Texas and Joe Alvarado, Jr. and wife Gloria of New Braunfels and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Villarreal was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Basilia Castilleja Alvarado; one brother, Manuel Garcia and one sister Maria Velasquez.
Visitation began at noon Tuesday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continues until at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A rosary was recited on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home. A procession will depart the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. mass at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with interment to follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. 
The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Building Fund.
Zoeller Funeral Home 

HIGGINS
Dorothy Diashyn Higgins, age 83, of New Braunfels, passed away, Thursday, May 16, 2002, in San Antonio. Mrs. Higgins was born August 3, 1918 to Harry Diachyshyn and Henrietta Humeniuk Diachyshyn in Norwich, CT. She married Frank Henry Higgins on October 7, 1941 in Washington D.C. She was a member of the Catholic Faith and also owned and operated several antique stores. She truly enjoyed all of her friends and associates. She is survived by her husband, Frank Higgins of New Braunfels; Son, Mike Higgins and wife Alice of Houston, TX; Grandchildren, Shannon McIntush and husband Ken of Austin, TX, Kevan Higgins of Dallas, TX., and Brian Higgins of Dallas, TX.; Great- grandchildren, Dorothy McIntush and Gloria McIntush; Niece, Paula Butler of Berlin, Maryland; Nephew, Mark Diashyn of San Carlos, CA; She was preceded in death by an infant child, Paul Higgins.
A memorial service will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 18, 2002 at The Doeppenschmidt Funeral home Chapel with Msgr. Edward Bily officiating.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home 

Silvers
Roma Bernice Silvers, age 81, of New Braunfels, Passed away, Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Kirkwood Manor. She was born August 13, 1920 to Carl Guenther and Alma Halm Guenther in Sattler, Tx. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Hanover of New Braunfels, son, David Silvers and wife Mary of Canyon Lake; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Silvers is preceded in death by her husband Roland Silvers, three sisters and two brothers.
A chapel service will be held 2 PM, Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with Reverend Rick Bartlett officiating. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Public visitation began 2 PM Friday and will continue until service time. Memorial Contributions may be given to Hope Hospice.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

MARION
Carl L. Marion, 86, of New Braunfels, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2002 at McKenna Memorial Hospital Inc. 
Mr. Marion was born on February 8, 1916 in New Braunfels, Texas to Charles Marion and Emma (Brumme) Marion. He married Pearl (Laux) Marion on May 23, 1937 in New Braunfels. He was a firefighter for the Civil Service at Kelly Air Force Base at San Antonio and Chase Field at Beeville. 
Mr. Marion was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge #1109 A.F. & A.M., 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star #771, member of the Mission Valley Bowling Club. Mr. Marion was preceded in death by his brothers and one sister: Milton Marion and wife Pauline, Herbert Marion, John Marion and Lillian Denmark. He is survived by wife, Pearl A. Marion of New Braunfels; daughter Sharon Terry and husband Jay W. of Boerne; 2 grandchildren, Morgan Terry of Torrance, California, Michael Terry and wife Marge of Phoenix, Arizona. Special family friends include, Milton and Marie Long of New Braunfels.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The Reverend Richard Carse will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to First Protestant Church or Hope Hospice.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

ROWE
Natalie Rowe, 75 of New Braunfels, passed away Monday, May 20, 2002, at her residence. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.at Zoeller Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002 at First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. 
Mrs. Rowe was born on July 31, 1926 to Walter and Aletha Thorpe. She married Gordon Rowe on August 14, 1948 in West Branch, Michigan.
Mrs. Rowe was a member of the New Braunfels chapter of Daughters of the Nile and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Rowe was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Natalie Rowe was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Aletha Thorpe.
Natalie Rowe is survived by her husband of 53 years, Col. Gordon D. Rowe, of New Braunfels; daughters Leslie Gilliam and her husband Fred of Camp Springs, Maryland and Lauren Douglas and her husband Chris of Seaside, Oregon; grandchildren Shannon and Scott Wiley, both of Stafford, Virginia, Ira Jewell of Phoenix, Arizona, Belle and Isaac Douglas, both of Seaside Oregon.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to the Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Eastern Star, Hope Hospice or the Lions’ Camp.
Arrangements are under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home
Zoeller Funeral Home

ZAMORA
Ernesto T. Zamora, 92, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at his residence in Alice, Texas. 
Funeral Services were held Friday, May 17, 2002 at the Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice. Burial was at the Figueroa Cemetery W. Alice, Texas.
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes Inc.

BEATH
Services are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Melanie D. Beath 60, of New Braunfels, who passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2002.
Zoeller Funeral Home

CIESLICKI 
Alfred Cieslicki passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at his residence in New Braunfels at the age of 71. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at the Zoeller Funeral Home and will continue until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday at 7 p.m.at the Zoeller Funeral Home. A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with interment to follow in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors. 
At 2:30 p.m. the family will be present to greet friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Zoeller Funeral Home 

HITZFELDER 
Elvira E. Hitzfelder, of New Braunfels, passed away Thursday May 23, 2002 at Eden Home at the age of 79. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday May 27, 2002 at Zoeller Funeral Home with the family present to recieve visitors from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday May 28, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Comal Cemetery.
Zoeller Funeral Home 

MEYER
Gwyn E. Meyer passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at the Eden Home Inc. at the age of 88. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Bronte Cemetery in Bronte, Texas. 
Zoeller Funeral Home 

VOSS
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Carmen Voss. She died Wednesday May 23, 2002 at McKenna Hospital at the age of 87.
Zoeller Funeral Home

Ethridge
Thelma Doeppenschmidt Ethridge, 82, passed away at her Houston home, on Saturday evening, May 25, 2002, after a hard fought battle against leukemia. Thelma is survived by her daughters: Lynn Norvell, and husband Bill Norvell; Debbie Elliott and husband Ray Elliott; by grandson Michael Norvell; granddaughters, Traci Norvell; Sara Elliott, and fiancee, Shawn McGregor; and Paige Elliott, all of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her mother Emma Krause; her father, Charles Doeppenschmidt; her brother, Lawrence Doeppenschmidt; and her husband, James F. Ethridge.
Thelma was born on July 25, 1919, in New Braunfels, Texas. Thelma was a vibrant, loving woman who had many friends and knew how to be a friend. She loved to play cards, travel and enjoy good times with her family and friends at her home on the Comal River. Interment will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at Comal County Cemetery, New Braunfels. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Dr. Francis Giles Leukemia Research Fund, M.D. Anderson Hospital, 1515 Holcombe, Houston, Texas, 77030, or to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 600 Pecore, Houston, Texas 77009. The family would like to express its deep gratitude and thanks to Dr. Francis Giles, Mary Alma Welch and the staff of M.D. Anderson Hospital, and all of the friends who performed many kind and thoughtful acts for Thelma and her family over the past 17 months.
Pat H. Foley
Funeral Home

KENT
Oscar Bert Kent, of New Braunfels, passed away Saturday May 25, 2002 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at 85 years. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home with the family present to receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday May 30, 2002 at 4 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with burial to follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Zoeller Funeral Home

MERGELE
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Agnes Mergele, who died at Colonial Manor Care Center in New Braunfels on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at the age of 97 years. 
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

RETZLOFF
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Nellie Retzloff of New Braunfels, Texas who died Saturday, May 25, 2002 at her residence in New Braunfels at 86 years.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

DAVIS
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Francis J. Davis who passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at his residence in New Braunfels, at the age of 80.
Zoeller Funeral Home

MOORE
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Bob Moore of Smiley, Texas. He died Thursday May 30, 2002, at Mckenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 64.
Zoeller Funeral Home

WILKINSON
Clarence Lon Wilkinson Sr. passed away on May 27, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Doris, his son Jeff and daughter Shirlene. He is also survived by four grandchildren, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Clarence was born in Pandora, Texas on April 30, 1935. He and wife Doris, were residents of the Arboretum in New Braunfels. 
Family and friends will gather between 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday in remembrance at the Arboretum.

RETZLOFF
Nellie Retzloff of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Saturday May 25, 2002 at her residence at the age of 86.
A graveside service will be held Saturday June 1, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with the Reverend Donald Fraker officiating.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

DICKSON
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Mildred Dickson, age 84, who passed away, Friday, May 31, 2002, at the Eden Home.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

SCHLINKE
Annie Alice Schlinke, 89, of New Braunfels, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2002, at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Visitation was held Tuesday, June 18, 2002, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Reverend Charles DeHaven officiating. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Annie Schlinke was born on Sept. 5, 1912, to Henry and Ida Bertram in Bishop, Texas. She married John W. Schlinke Jr. on Nov. 9, 1935. They were both longtime members of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Schlinke was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Schlinke, her parents, Henry and Ida Bertram; brother Edward Bertram; sisters Erma Michalk and Elanora Henk.
Annie Alice Schlinke is survived by her brother Alvin Bertram and his wife Johnnie of New Braunfels; 10 nieces and 5 nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home. 
Zoeller Funeral Home

HAAS
Virginia E. Haas, age 81, of New Braunfels, Texas, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, in New Braunfels, Texas. She was born June 15, 1921, in New Braunfels to Edmund and Clara (Luersen) Twiefel. She married Raymond O. Haas on March 1, 1946, in New Braunfels. She was a member of First Protestant Church in New Braunfels, the New Braunfels Art League, Sophienburg Archives and V.F.W. Post 7110 Auxilary. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymond O. Haas on April 9, 2002, and by three sisters: Ella and Helen Twiefel and Clara Pfannstiel. Survivors include her two sons: John Haas and wife, Maureen of New Braunfels, and Joe Haas and wife , Ruth of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren: Krista, Matthew, Elizabeth and Andrew; and one sister, Alice Rehfeld of New Braunfels. 
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 20, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels with the Rev. Richard Carse officiating. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday and continue until service time on Thursday. 
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Hospice New Braunfels.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

RIOS
Ruben Rios passed away June 17, 2002, at Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston at the age of 44. 
Visitation will be held from 12 to 9 p.m. Wednesday 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 for a 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Zoeller Funeral Home

BROWN
Christine Miller Brown, age 89, of New Braunfels, Texas died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at her residence in New Braunfels. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels with the Rev. Jon D. Lowry officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Hope Hospice or the Battered Women’s Shelter of New Braunfels. 
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home

SMITH
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Michael Smith. He passed away Tuesday June 18, 2002, in Uvalde at the age of 33.
Zoeller Funeral Home 

McPHEE
Edward “Mac” McPhee of Canyon Lake, Texas, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at McKenna Memorial Hospital Inc., New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 72. 
Mr. McPhee was born June 20, 1929, to John and Effie (Green) McPhee in Twin Rocks, Pa. He married Louise “Mollie” McVay on December 20, 1968, in Anchorage, Alaska. He served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War in the U. S. Air Force. He worked for the Special Security Division in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years. He was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church at Canyon Lake and also a member of the VFW Post 8800 at Startzville, American Legion Post 1 at Anchorage, Alaska, coordinated the 4th of July parade at Canyon Lake. 
He is survived by his wife, Mollie McPhee, of Canyon Lake; son, James McPhee and wife, Patricia of Marine City, Mich.; step-daughter, Darwina Gayton and husband Juan of Gonzales; sisters, Martha Ellis of Canyon Lake and Patty Kottlenicki of Sterling Heights, Michigan; grandchildren, Jimmy, Jeff, Jennifer, Jude Darcy and Jamie.
Services will be held Friday, June 21, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. The Rev. Donald Ofsdahl will be officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Cranes Mill Cemetery in Canyon Lake. 
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Canyon Lake 

DEAN
Marc Anthony Dean, age 38, of New Braunfels, Texas, died suddenly Wednesday, June 19, 2002, in New Braunfels, Texas, He was born May 9, 1964, in Alamosa, Colo. Marc was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was a resident of New Braunfels for the past 10 years and an owner of an audio/video contracting company. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2002, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1353 Wald Road, at 4:30 p.m. with John Chiaffredo officiating. 
Marc is survived by his wife, Theresa Dean; parents, Dale and Phyliss Dean; sister, Robin Hansen and husband Jeff; brother, Jason Dean and wife Zaida; grandparents, Charlie Dean and Jay Conley; lots of nieces and nephews and extended family.

Anderson
A fourth generation Comal County resident and lifelong rancher, succumbed to complications from Cancer on June 18, 2002. Although he was raised in San Antonio he devoted his life to ranching in the Hill Country of Spring Branch, Texas.
Roland was born on Dec. 24, 1916. He worked full-time for Comal County in the Road Department from 1959 to 1978. He was very active in the community; a 50-year member of Germania Farmer Verein, Comal County Farm Bureau, charter member of Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department. He was a Past Master of Blanco Masonic Lodge and a member of the Alzafar Shrine. He was a lifetime member of the New Braunfels VFW Post 7110, Canyon Lake VFW 8800, Bulverde Community Center, Spring Branch Bowling Club, Guadalupe River Association and a proud member of the Mid-thirty’s Brackenridge High Alumni Association.
He is survived by Thelma, his wife of over 49 years; son, Guy, of Spring Branch, daughters Brenda Lindemann, son-in-law Paul of Spring Branch and Judy Davenport and son-in-law David of New Braunfels. Four grandchildren Breanna, Alyssa, and Mikayla Lindemann and Charles Davenport. Three step-grandchildren Jeremy, Jennifer, and Christopher Davenport, all of New Braunfels. Dear cousins Karin and Gudrun von Thaden of Mexico City.
Pre-deceased by brother-in-law and best friend Edmund LaFreniere and his first cousins Walter Erich and Julio von Thaden.
Pallbearers will be from Blanco and Canyon Lake Masonic Lodges.
The body will lie in the state at Crofts Funeral home in Blanco beginning on Thursday. The family visitation will be on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. Services will be at Spect’s Crossing Ranch in Spring Branch at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2002. Interment will be at the family cemetery. Graveside services will be under the auspices of Blanco and Canyon Lake Masonic Lodges and with Military Honors.
Crofts Funeral Home

Anderson
A fourth generation Comal County resident and lifelong rancher, succumbed to complications from Cancer on June 18, 2002. Although he was raised in San Antonio he devoted his life to ranching in the Hill Country of Spring Branch, Texas.
Roland was born on Dec. 24, 1916. He worked full-time for Comal County in the Road Department from 1959 to 1978. He was very active in the community; a 50-year member of Germania Farmer Verein, Comal County Farm Bureau, charter member of Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department. He was a Past Master of Blanco Masonic Lodge and a member of the Alzafar Shrine. He was a lifetime member of the New Braunfels VFW Post 7110, Canyon Lake VFW 8800, Bulverde Community Center, Spring Branch Bowling Club, Guadalupe River Association and a proud member of the Mid-thirty’s Brackenridge High Alumni Association.
He is survived by Thelma, his wife of over 49 years; son, Guy, of Spring Branch, daughters Brenda Lindemann, son-in-law Paul of Spring Branch and Judy Davenport and son-in-law David of New Braunfels. Four grandchildren Breanna, Alyssa, and Mikayla Lindemann and Charles Davenport. Three step-grandchildren Jeremy, Jennifer, and Christopher Davenport, all of New Braunfels. Dear cousins Karin and Gudrun von Thaden of Mexico City.
Pre-deceased by brother-in-law and best friend Edmund LaFreniere and his first cousins Walter Erich and Julio von Thaden.
Pallbearers will be from Blanco and Canyon Lake Masonic Lodges.
The body will lie in the state at Crofts Funeral home in Blanco beginning on Thursday. The family visitation will be on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. Services will be at Spect’s Crossing Ranch in Spring Branch at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2002. Interment will be at the family cemetery. Graveside services will be under the auspices of Blanco and Canyon Lake Masonic Lodges and with Military Honors.
Crofts Funeral Home

GEORGE
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Canyon Lake, Texas for Oliver J. George who passed away on June 20, 2002, in San Antonio, Texas at age 70.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home 
Canyon Lake 


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