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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 Church. 
Survivors: nephews, Jim Turner of Chickamauga, Ga. and Ted Aven of Westhoff. 
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
Judy Cunningham, 56, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000. 
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. 21, 2000. 
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
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 Smith officiating. 
Burial will be at Runge Cemetery. Pallbearers: Sylvester Ellis, Wayne Sullivan, Larry Sullivan, Sidney Battles, Larry Pickins and Howard Anderson III. 
Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home of Yorktown was in charge of the arrangements. 
Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or donor's choice. 

Johanna Behrens
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 Harris officiating. 
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
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 Byrne officiating. 
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 officiating. 
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 schools. 
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 San Antonio.

Bernie Cuellar
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 Santos Cuellar. 
A rosary was recited at Freund Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Daniel Giorgi officiating. 
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 the services. 
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 in Rosenberg. 
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 homemaker. 
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. 

Antonia Bazan
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
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 one grandson. 
A rosary was held Tuesday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Freund Funeral Chapel. 
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, 2000. 
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, 2000. 
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. Stevens. 
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, IL 60611. 
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 four great-grandchildren. 
Preceded in death by: husband, Chester George Bond III; daughter, Virginia Phie Bond Maddox; son, Chester George Bond IV; parents; brother, Joe Wayne Milligan. 
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, 2000. 
He was born December 15, 1940 in Cuero to the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Ruthkowski. 
He was a superintendent and painter and was employed at Craftsman Painting of Houston. 
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
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
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 Association. 
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 Cuero. 
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
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
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 Church. 
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 officiating. 
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 York officiating. 
Memorials: Cuero American Legion Auxiliary. 

Thomas R. Schuenemann
Thomas Robert Schuenemann, 43, of Wichita, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000. 
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 a Lutheran. 
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. Gooch officiating. 
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 9, 2000. 
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 in Stockdale. 
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 cousins. 
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.


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