|Ruth Turner Minton
Ruth Turner Minton, 92, of Cuero, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000.
She was born Dec. 27, 1907, in New Orleans, La., to the late Rylie
and Maria Battles Turner. She was a nurse and a member of the Presbyterian
Survivors: nephews, Jim Turner of Chickamauga, Ga. and Ted Aven of
Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Earl Minton; son, Jimmie Minton;
one sister; and several brothers.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date at Christ Presbyterian
Church in Victoria. Freund Funeral Home of Cuero was in charge of the arrangements.
Judy Cunningham, 56, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Tuesday, Feb. 22,
She was born Feb. 3 1944, in Marion County, Missouri. to the late Richard
Ellsworth and Sophia Louise Sultzman Conner. She was a bank clerk, homemaker,
and supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Survivors: daughter, Davina Dawn Cunningham Vitt, of Raymondville,
Missouri; son, Christopher Nelson Cunningham, of Overland Park, Kansas;
granddaughter, Amanda Vitt; granddaughter, Amy Vitt; sister, Janice Mae
Conner Carlson, of Crown Pointe, Indiana; sister, Jeanne Ann Conner Hudgeons,
of Port Lavaca; sister, Jeanette Marie Conner Fisher, of Griffith, Indiana;
niece, Julie Ann Hudgeons Burnham; nephew, John Richard Hudgeons of Cuero;
and nephew, James Travis Hudgeons, of Austin.
Preceded in death by her parents.
Services were in Overland Park, Kansas, on Friday.
Catherine L. Mayer
Catherine L. Mayer, 53, of Lake Jackson, formerly of Cuero, died Feb.
She is survived by her husband, Travis Mayer, of Lake Jackson; one
sister, Carol Lynn Hillen of Maryland; two brothers, Ray Hillen and wife
Carol Ann of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fred Hillen and wife, Peggy L. of
Fargo, North Dakota; six children, Glenn French and wife Becky of Sterling
Heights, Michigan, Mark Allen French and wife Belinda of Dixon, Missouri,
Allen Mayer and wife Natalin of Victoria, Robin Klekar and husband Dennis
of Hallettsville, Michael Mayer of Victoria, and Darren Scott Mayer and
wife, Josey, of Beeville.
Visitation was held Thursday at the Lakewood Chapel.
Funeral Services were Friday also at the Lakewood Chapel.
Pall Bearers were her family.
Bobby Holman, 64, of Cuero, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000.
He was born April 5, 1935, in DeWitt County, to the late Bobby and
Katie Battles Holman.
Survivors: aunt, Freda Strait of Cuero; and first cousins.
Graveside services were Saturday at Lockhart Cemetery.
McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home of Victoria was in charge of the arrangements.
Howard Anderson Sr.
Howard Anderson Sr., 82, of Cuero, and formerly of Nordheim, died Monday,
Feb. 21, 2000.
He was born Dec. 11, 1917, in Runge, to the late Jacob and Andra Lee
Phillips Anderson. He was a retired maintenance worker at Conoco Gas Plant
after 10 years of service. Conoco Gas Plant after 10 years He was a senior
citizens bus driver for over six years and a farmer.
Survivors: daughters, Mary Franklin and Georgia King, both of Victoria,
Maxine Galloway of Corpus Christi, and Betty Davis of San Antonio; stepdaughters,
Mary Pickens of Cuero, Lillian Ellis of Victoria, Laura Ann McKinnon of
San Antonio and Shirley McNickles of Houston, son Howard Anderson of Corpus
Christi; stepsons, Larry Pickens and Don Pickens, both of Cuero, and Michael
Pickens of Houston; sisters, Rose Wallace and Mary Foster, both of Long
Beach, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wives, Comelia Ann Sullivan Anderson and Thelma
Lou Pickens Anderson, stepson ; parents; two sisters; two brothers, and
one great -grandchild.
Visitation was Friday at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel.
Services were Saturday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Herbert
Burial will be at Runge Cemetery. Pallbearers: Sylvester Ellis, Wayne
Sullivan, Larry Sullivan, Sidney Battles, Larry Pickins and Howard Anderson
Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home of Yorktown was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or donor's choice.
Johanna Behrens, 94, of Yorktown, died Thursday,
She was born June 7, 1905, in Weesatche, to the late Henry and Ida
Sievers Karnei. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Andrews Lutheran
Church in Weesatche.
Survivors: daughters, Junell Suggs and Carol Franke, both of Yorktown;
brother, Nathaniel Karnei of Weesatche; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;
and one great-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by: husband, Eugene Behrens; parents; sisters, Mata
Henke, Emmie Albrecht and Nathalia Dohmann; brothers, Reinhold Karnei,
Caesar Karnei, Alfred Karnei and Norman Karnei.
Visitation Saturday at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel.
Services were Sunday at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Heidi
Burial was at St. Andrew's Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers: Robert Franke
Sr., Randy S. Franke, Michael Franke, Dr. Larry Franke, Bill Kirchoff Jr.
and Robert Franke Jr.
Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home of Yorktown was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: St. Andrew's Church.
[Published March 04, 2000]
Leona Schlenstedt, 97, of Cuero, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000.
She was born Nov. 20, 1902, in Weesatche, to the late Max and Lena
Karnei Leonhardt. She was a homemaker and caretaker for the elderly. She
was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Sons of Hermann.
Survivors: daughters, Edna Bowen of Cuero and Annie Louise Ludwig of
Katy; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by: husband, Herman Schlenstedt; parents; sisters,
Alfreda Steindorf and Dora Steindorf; brothers, Arnold Leonhardt and Bill
Leonhardt; and one grandson, Charles Ludwig Jr.
Services were Saturday at Freund Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Steve
Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home of Cuero
was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: J.D. Bowen, Victor Leach, Chris Reed, Kenneth Ludwig,
Michael Bowen and Wilbert Steindorf.
Memorials: St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Willard J Bade
Willard J. Bade, 76, of Yoakum, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000.
He was born February 16, 1924 in Cuero to the late Willie and Ella
Krause Bade. He was the former owner and operator of Yoakum Speed Wash,
worked at Jahn Refrigeration and also worked in the Maintenance Department
at Huth Memorial Hospital. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII.
He was a member of the D.A.V. and was a 50 year member of the Hermann Sons.
He was also a member of the Sweet Home American Legion. He was a member
of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Survivors: Esta Lee Beckerman Bade of Yoakum; daughter, Kathryn Ann
Hall of Yoakum; son, Dennis Wayne Bade of Cuero; sisters, Jerline Hanzelka
of San Antonio, Elnora Luddeke of San Antonio, and Vardell Guertin of Rockport;
three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by his parents.
Services were Monday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Gary Goodson
Burial was at Hermann Sons Cemetery.
Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church or American Heart Fund.
Robert Paul Johns
Robert Paul Johns, age 50, passed away Friday, February 25, 2000 after
a short battle with cancer. Johns was a native of San Antonio and graduated
from Edison High School in 1968 and Southwest Texas State University in
1972. He was in the teaching and coaching profession for 28 years at several
These schools included Kruger Middle School-San Antonio, Rockport/Fulton
High School, Poth H.S., Cuero H.S., Abilene H.S., and John Jay H.S. Bob
was the Defensive Coordinator and P.E. Department Chairman at John Jay
H.S. for the past 10 years. During his tenure in coaching, he had many
winning teams in football, baseball and track. He was an active member
of Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes, The Texas High School Coaches Assoc.
for 28 years and the Assoc. of Texas Professional Educators. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Paul and Essie Johns. Survivors include his wife
of 23 years, Susan Pfluger Johns; son, Michael Paul Johns; sister, Pat
Gobar and husband, James and nephew, Justin of San Antonio; brother-in-law,
Charles Pfluger, Jr. and wife, Lindsey and nephews, Jason and Kevin of
Floresville; mother-in-law, Delma Pfluger of New Braunfels and numerous
friends in the coaching & teaching profession. Services were conduct
Tuesday, February 29, at Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes. Interment followed
at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Michael Johns Scholarship Fund in memory of his father, Robert Johns.
Checks should be made payable to San Antonio Teachers Credit Union and
mailed to the Northside Athletic Office, 7001 Culebra Rd., San Antonio,
TX 78238. Arrangement under the direction of Sunset Northwest Funeral Home
Services for Bernie Cuellar, 25, of Cuero, who died Monday, June 5,
2000, were held Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Rev.
Daniel Giorgi officiating.
He was born Oct. 1, 1974, in Cuero, to Ernest and Blanche Rebeles Cuellar
Sr or Cuero. He was a 1993 graduate of Cuero High School and was employed
by Data Recognition Computer Corporation in Austin. He was a member of
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Survivors: parents; sister, Monica Cuellar of Houston; brothers, Mickey
Cuellar of Round Rock and Ernesto Cuellar Jr. of Cuero; grandmother, Josephine
Cuellar of Levelland.
Preceded in death by: grandparents, Sylvester and Juanita Rebeles and
A rosary was recited at Freund Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Daniel
Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, was in
charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: Eddie Tamez, Ruben Tamez, Joey Juarez, Lenard Robbinson,
Joe Barbontin and Robert Hernandez.
John D. Bowen
John D. Bowen, 84, of Cuero, died Friday, June 9, 2000.
He was born April 21, 1916, in Chickasha, Okla., to the late William
R. and Cordelia Dawson Bowen. He was a retired self-employed businessman
who was in the wholesale grocery business in Cuero. He was also a salesman,
merchant, farmer and dairyman. He was a World War II veteran, having served
in the U.S. Army, a member of American Legion Post No. 3 and a member of
the Church of Christ.
Survivors: wife, Sibyl Stevens Bowen; daughter, Diane Blaschke of Cuero;
sons, Douglas Bowen of Moreno Valley, Calif., Bill Bowen of Corpus Christi
and Raymond Bowen of Shiner; sister, Lulu Mae Cunningham of Fort Smith,
Ark.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Verdell Howell; brothers, J.C.
Bowen and Buford D. "Red" Bowen.
Visitation was Saturday at Freund Funeral Home, Inc.
Services were Monday at the funeral home, Hollis Stevens officiating.
Burial with military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post
No. 3 and Veterans for Foreign Wars No. 3972 was at Memory Gardens in Cuero.
Freund Funeral Home, Inc., Cuero, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Church of Christ.
Mary Lou Cortez
Services for Mary Lou Cortez of Rosenberg were held Thursday, May 18,
at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Rosenberg with interment in
Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg. Father Francis Launtrie officiated
She was born October 24, 1950 in Kenedy to Raymundo and Guadalupe Cortez,
and passed away May 12, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her father and is survived by her sons,
John E. Rios and David Ray Rios; a daughter, Shirley A. Rios; her mother,
Guadalupe Penilla Fonseca; her brothers, Saul Cortez and his wife, Lala,
and Adam Cortez and his wife, Christina; and a sister, Sylvia Castaneda
and her husband, Raymond.
A rosary was held May 17 in the Chapel of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home
Pallbearers were Robert Castaneda, Michael Castaneda, Tiger Gonzales,
Jeremy Pardo, Rodney Rubalcaba and Paul Banda, Jr.
Lena M. Whitten
Lena M. Whitten, 87, of Cuero, died Saturday, June 10, 2000.
She was born Oct. 7, 1912, in Sublime, to the late Jack and Mary Hall
Rickman. She was a textile worker at Guadalupe Valley Cotton Mill and a
Survivors: son, Tommy J. Whitten of Cuero; brothers, Richard Rickman
and Jack Rickman both of Cuero and one grandchild.
Preceded in death by: parents and husband, Joe Bennett Whitten.
Graveside services were Tuesday at Hillside Cemetery, with Terry Brown
officiating. Freund Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Services for Antonia Bazan, 98, of Cuero, who died Tuesday, June 6,
2000 were held Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Rev.
Daniel Giorgi offiiciating.
Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero,
was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: Mario Olguin, Eddie Olguin, Rene Olguin, Albert Olguin,
Michael Olguin and Michael J. Jones.
Brigido Gonzales, 70, of Westhoff, died Monday, August 14, 2000.
He was born December 18, 1929 in DeWitt County to the late Ysidro Gonzales
and the late Apolina Ramos. He worked as a farmer and was a Catholic.
He is survived by his wife: Blanca Suniga Gonzales of Westhoff; daughters:
Elida Sanchez of Cuero, Gloria Gonzales of Edna; sons: Brigido Gonzales,
Jr. of Yoakum, Augustine Gonzales of Cuero, Henry Gonzales of Edna, Adam
Gonzales of Westhoff, and Herman Gonzales of Westhoff; sister: Lupe Sambinitti
of Temple; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He is proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Tony Gonzales; and
A rosary was held Tuesday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Freund Funeral
There will be a 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday (today) at St.
Aloysius Catholic Church in Westhoff with the Rev. Francis Afare-Bediako
officiating. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Westhoff.
Freund Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers are: Brigido Gonzales Jr., Henry Gonzales, Augustine Gonzales,
Adam Gonzales, Herman Gonzales, Herman Gonzales, Michael Gonzales, Willie
Tamez, and Alex Ramos.
Walter George Schlenker
Walter George Schlenker, 82, of Westhoff, died Saturday, August 12,
He was born on March 26, 1918 in Westhoff to the late Carl Henry and
Sophie Schumacher Schlenker, Sr. He was a farmer. John served in the U.S.
Army and worked at the Cotton Mill in Cuero. He also worked at Gulf Coast
Wood Products in Cuero. He was a member of St. John Luthern Church of Westhoff.
Survivors: wife: Laverne Hilbrich Shlenker of Westhoff; sons: Harland
Schlenker of Cuero, Tommy Schlenker of Cuero; sister: Leona Konrad; and
brother: Carl Schlenker of Cuero and five grandchildren.
Preceeded in death by: parents; sisters: Hilda Schlenker, Elsie Konrad,
and Esther Nessel.
Pallbearers are Geral Hilbrich, Lynn Nessel, Bruce Montgomery, Carlton
Konrad, Stanley Marburger, and Jeff Konrad.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Westhoff.
Virginia S. Fellers
Virginia S. Fellers, 75, of Cuero died Friday, August 11, 2000.
She was born February 14, 1925 in Hallettsville to the late Emma Kocian
and Joe F. Sitka. She worked with Brentex Mills-Mt. Vernon Mills for 55
years as a Supervisor. She retired in September of 1999. She was a member
of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Survivors: sisters: Tonie Brooks of Hallettsville and Helen Schoener
of Victoria; brothers: Julius Sitka of Pittsfield, PA, Bill J. Sitka of
Sugar Land; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceeded in death by: parents; husband, Charles Alton Fellers; and
sister, Dorothy Hocutt.
A rosary was held Sunday at Freund Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.
Daniel Giorgi officiating.
Funeral mass was held Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
with Rev. Daniel Giorgi officiating.
Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home was in charge
of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were D.W. Worthington, Harvey Schoener, Howard Brooks,
Matthew Schoener, Mark Sitka, and Brian Sitka.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church or Hospice
of South Texas, Yoakum.
Oliver F. Stevens
Oliver Fearl Stevens, age 84 of Yoakum died on Tuesday, September 26,
He was born September 17, 1916 in DeWitt County to the late Sterling
George and Melinda Elizabeth Thompson Stevens.
He was a part-time Minister for the Church of Christ, song director,
elder and bible teacher.
He received his business course in accounting from Baldwin Business
College in Yoakum. He was a florist and nurseryman for some years after
taking horticulture short courses from A&M.
He was active in civic affairs. Past president of Yoakum Chamber of
Commerce, member of the Yoakum Lions Club and Hallettsville Rotary Club.
He was part owner and founder of Stevens Nursing Home in Yoakum, after
selling out he went to Hallettsville and built Stevens Convalescent Center
after receiving his administrator license from Wharton Jr. College.
In his retirement he sent many Bibles to foreign countries.
Survivors are: wife Leona Knippa Stevens, son Oliver Fieldon Stevens
both from Yoakum and three grandchildren, Phil Stevens of Houston, Paula
Jean Stevens Green of Leakey, Texas and Traci Jo Stevens of Yoakum and
one great grandson, Carson Stevens Green of Leakey. Also survived by 3
sisters, Effie Stevens and Betty Bowe both of Yoakum and Ila Elkins from
Midwest City, Oklahoma. 4 brothers, Hollis Stevens, Wesley Stevens, Ardie
Ray Stevens all of Yoakum and H.A. Stevens of Austin.
Preceded in death by daughter, Paula Leona Stevens, parents, twin sister,
Olive Belle Hughes and brothers, G.D. Stevens, Chesley Stevens and L.R.
The funeral was held Friday at the Buffington Funeral Home with Don
Stevens and Lainer Stevens officiating.
Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's choice.
Dorothy M. Bond
Graveside services for Dorothy Milligan Bond, 85, of Alexandria, La.,
formerly of Cuero, were held Sunday at Hillside Cemetery, the Rev. Les
Crawford officiating. She died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000.
Memorials: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 430 Jackson St., Alexandria, LA
71301 or to Alzheimer's Association 919 N. Michigan, Suite 1000, Chicago,
Dorothy Bond was past president of the Alexandria Garden Club, YWCA,
Poets Circle, Matinee Music Club, Rose Society, La. Landscape Design-Critics
Council, Eighth District Judges Council-Garden Club, and Ikenobo-Ikebana
South Five Chapter Japanese Flower Arranging. She was a member of Emmanuel
Baptist Church, Ladies Golf Association, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, DAR,
and Ikebana international Chapter #87. Mrs. Bond was a professor of Ikenobo
School and exhibited Ikebana in South Africa, Colorado, Louisiana, Japan,
New York, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Survivors: sister, Tommie Tribble of Cuero; four grandchildren; and
Preceded in death by: husband, Chester George Bond III; daughter, Virginia
Phie Bond Maddox; son, Chester George Bond IV; parents; brother, Joe Wayne
Arrangements were made by Hixson Brothers in Alexandria, and Freund
Funeral Home in Cuero.
Raymond J. Ruthkowski
Raymond J. Ruthkowski, age 59 of Sheridan, TX died on September 29,
He was born December 15, 1940 in Cuero to the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius
He was a superintendent and painter and was employed at Craftsman Painting
Survivors are: wife, Barbara Spayberry Ruthkowski. Mr. and Mrs. Ruthkowski
were married on December 17, 1961. Surviving sisters include, Gwendlynn
Ruthkowski of Columbus, Pauline Solomon of Sheridan, and brothers, Edmond
Ruthkowski of Houston and Edward “Sonny” Ruthkowski of Cuero. Other survivors
are his children Gwendlynn Ruthkowski of Sheridan, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald
Tschoener of Jarrell as well as two step-grandchildren.
A memorial service at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus will
be held on Friday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m., with a burial in Yorktown at
12:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Father Dan Kahlich and
Father Frank Lenz will be presiding over the ceremony.
For those who can not attend the Mass in Columbus, there will be a
Rosary in Corn Hill, TX at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church following the
6:00 p.m. mass on Thursday, October 5, 2000.
Patsy Garcia, 50, of Austin passed away on October 26, 2000.
She was born in Cuero on March 13, 1950 to the late Robert and Mary
Ruiz Santos. She resided in Victoria before moving to Austin 11 years ago.
She was a 1968 graduate of Cuero High School.
Patsy was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, where
she was a Eucharistic Minister and a former board member. She helped as
a Girl Scout Leader for six years. She was affiliated with the American
Cancer Society and was a youth member for HACEMOS. Patsy was also the creator
and publisher of “Especially For You”, a monthly newsletter. She was employed
with Southwestern Bell for 30 years.
Patsy is survived by her daughter, Kim Garcia of Austin and by here
sister Cindy Martinez of Cuero. She was preceded in death by her parents,
her husband, Manuel Garcia and her son, Michael Garcia.
A holy rosary was recited on Sunday, October 29 at Cook-Walden Forest
Oaks Funeral Home in Austin.
A mass was celebrated on Monday, October 30 at St. Catherine of Siena
Catholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Rd. in Austin. The interment was at
the Resurrection Cemetery in Victoria.
Pallbearers were Pete Martinez, Jr., Roy Rice, David Rice, David Lopez,
Frank Ruiz and Jonathan Zielonka. Honorary pallbearers were Debra Buckingham,
Maria Gonzales, Gina La Groane, Sally McPhaul, Connie Mullenix, Yolanda
Muniz, Armando Perez, Julis Pina, Terry Reyes, Mary Lou Sanchez, Diana
Vara, all co-workers of Southwestern Bell and all friends of St. Catherine
of Siena Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society or St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
George Mueller, 90, of San Antonio, and formerly of Nordheim, died
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born Sept. 26, 1910, in Nordheim, to the late D.A. and Annie
Helmers Mueller. He was retired from Pearl Brewery in San Antonio.
Survivors: wife, Marian Mueller of San Antonio; daughter, Loretta Carter
of Adkins; sister, Olivia Tieken of Cuero; and two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents; brother, Marcellus Mueller.
Services were Friday at Mission Park Funeral Chapel in San Antonio.
Burial was at Mission Park South Cemetery. Mission Park South Funeral
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
Henry Otto Baros
Henry Otto Baros, 86, of Westhoff, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.
He was born March 22, 1914, in Westhoff, to the late Frank A. and Amalie
Lukas Baros. He was a cattle rancher and a member of St. John's Lutheran
Church in Westhoff. He was past president of SPJST Lodge No. 125 and was
a member of the Westhoff Volunteer Fire Department and the Westhoff Cemetery
Survivors: wife, Lu Ella J. Sauer Baros; daughter, Glenneth Bednorz
of Schroeder; son, Frank Albert Baros of Westhoff; sister, Leona Caskey
of Smiley; brothers, Bennie Baros, George Baros and Edwin Baros, all of
Westhoff; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents; brother, Julius Baros; and one grandson.
Services were Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Westhoff, the
Rev. William Hill officiating.
Burial was at Westhoff Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, was in
charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: Scott Baros, Mark Baros, Tommy Baros, Jimmy Caskey, Steven
Kraatz and Greg Bunjes.
Honorary pallbearers: August Schulle, Joe Boston and Dr. Mark Heard.
Memorials: St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund in Westhoff.
Morris A. Hanke Jr.
Morris A. Hanke Jr., 76, of Cuero, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born July 16, 1924, in Cuero, to the late Morris and Helen Blaschke
Hanke Sr. He was a retired clerk at the U.S. Postal Service and a member
of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He was a member of Herman Sons, VFW Post
No. 3972 and APWU. He was a former Little League baseball coach.
Survivors: daughter, Wanda Boehl of Flour Bluff; sons, Morris Hanke
III of Mission Valley and Charles E. Hanke of Pasadena; brother, Larry
Hanke of Gonzales; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Margaret Dimaline Hanke; parents; brother,
Erich A. Hanke.
Services were held Sunday at the Freund Funeral Home chapel, the Rev.
Steve Byrne officiating.
Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, was in
charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: Ryan Harris, Stacey Talbert, Larry Hanke, Jr., Norman
Hanke, "Chuck" Boehl and Sam Hanke.
Memorials: donor's choice.
Adam Ray Garcia
Adam Ray Garcia, 34, of Cuero, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000.
He was born June 12, 1966, in Cuero, to the late Pedro and Eloisa Guajardo
Garcia of Cuero. He was a general laborer and a Catholic.
Survivors: parents; sisters, Mary Garcia Diaz of Cuero and Susie Vasquez
of Yoakum; brothers, John Garcia, Lupe Garcia and David Garcia, all of
Preceded in death by: grandparents, Tiburcio and Evarista Bustos Garcia.
A rosary was recited at Freund Funeral Home chapel.
Graveside services were Saturday at San Isidro Cemetery, the Rev. Daniel
Giorgi officiating. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, was in charge of arrangements.
Fred Wittwer, 92, of Cuero, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000.
He was born Jan. 20, 1908 in Monroe, Wisc. to the late Carl Wittwer.
He worked in the engine room on ships in the Marines.
Survivors: wife, Anna Wittwer; daughter, Laurinda Stuhr of Cuero; sister,
Lena Schneider of Tomahawk, Wisc.; and two grandchildren.
Cremation will be arranged by Freund Funeral Home, Cuero.
Gus. R. Turk
Services for Gus R. Turk, 95, of Beeville, and formerly of Yorktown,
who died Friday, were held Sunday at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel,
the Rev. Ray Kraemer officiating.
He was born March 14, 1905, in Cuero, to the late Max and Matilda Boldt
Turk. He was a farmer and painter and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
He served as director for DeWitt County Electric Co-op, was a member of
the Garfield Shooting Club and was a 70-year member of Sons of Hermann.
Survivors: daughter, Janie Podsim of Beeville; brother, Max Turk of
Robstown; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Selma Stratmann Turk; daughter, Dolores
Webb; son, Franklin Turk; parents; sisters, Erna Kelch and Tillie Luedicke;
brothers, Fred Turk, Ben Turk and George Turk; and two grandchildren.
Burial will be at Westside Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home,
Yorktown, was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: Mike Turk, David Turk, Buddy Cooper, Craig Cooper, Sam
Webb, Turk Webb and Landon Podsim.
Honorary pallbearers: Woodie Wood and Kerry Cathey.
Memorials: donor's choice.
Helen Nelson, 80, of Nordheim, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000.
She was born Dec. 1, 1919 in Phoenix, Ariz., to the late Victor and
Birdie Graham Owen. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran
Survivors: husband, Edward C. Nelson Sr., son, Edward C. Nelson Jr.
of Nordheim; and brothers, Carl Owen of Houston, George Owen of Amarillo
and Donald Owen of Livingston.
Preceded in death by: parents; and sisters, Nora Parks and Edna Bufford.
Visitation was Monday at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel.
Services were Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Edwina Baethge
Burial was at Nordheim Cemetery.
Memorials: donor's choice.
Joy L. Bastin
Joy LaNell Bastin, 72, of Cuero, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000.
She was born July, 25, 1928 in San Antonio, to the late Roy J. and
Clara Groff Bricker. She was a Beauty Operator and a member of American
Auxiliary of Cuero; lifetime member of Kerrville VFW Auxiliary and Disabled
American Veterans of Kerrville. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors: daughters, Shirley Kast of Lytle, Midge Jackson of Cuero,
Judy Jech of Richland, Wash.; step-daughter, Ida Crosby of Houston; step-son,
Lloyd Bastin Jr. of Ava, Mo., and 10 grandchildren. Also survived by Patricia
Sanderson of San Antonio.
Preceded in death by: husband, Lloyd E. Bastin Sr., and parents.
Memorial services were Monday at Cuero Church of Christ, the Rev. Bill
Memorials: Cuero American Legion Auxiliary.
Thomas R. Schuenemann
Thomas Robert Schuenemann, 43, of Wichita, Kan., died Friday, Nov.
He was born Nov. 27, 1956, in Great Falls, Mont., to Ruth Becker Schuenemann
of Yorktown and the late Robert H. Schuenemann. He was a carpenter and
Survivors: daughters, Valkyrie Michele Schuenemann and Zella Marie
Schuenemann, both of Angleton; mother; and one grandchild.
Preceded in death by: father.
Visitation was Monday at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel.
Services were Monday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. James T.
Burial was Tuesday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen
Funeral Home, Yorktown, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church or donor's choice.
Vela Lee Hanson
Vela Lee Hanson, 75, of Stockdale, formerly of Cuero, died November
She was born January 19, 1925 in Cuero to the late John B. G. and Eula
Mary Sledge Hanson. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church
She is survived by her sisters, Hazel E. Davis of San Antonio, and
Dera Lillian Hoffman of San Antonio; five nieces, five nephews and numerous
She is preceded in death by: parents; brothers, William Hanson, Glenn
Hanson, and Saink Cole.
Services were held Saturday at Finch Funeral Home in Stockdale.
Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Stockdale.