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Jenna D. Kaiser
Jenna Dale Kaiser, 17, of Yorktown, died Tuesday, October 8, 2002.
She was born June 26, 1985, in Victoria, to James and Bonnie Borth Kaiser of Yorktown. She was a senior at Yorktown High School, participating in the Student Bank Board and the golf team. She attended classes at Victoria College.
Survivors: parents; sister, Brianne Kaiser of Yorktown; and grandparents, Warner and Anna Borth and Clarisse Kaiser, all of Yorktown.
Preceded in death by: sister, Baby Kaiser; grandfather, Roland Kaiser; and great-grandparents, Werner and Alfreda Sinast, Otto and Johanna Kaiser, and Joe and Matilda Zaiontz.
Family visitation was Thursday, October 10 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rev. Patti Byrne officiated. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: Chad Rohan, Chad Newman, Keary Koehler, Katie Stehling, Ty Sinast, Richard Naranjo, Erika Amador and Tiffany Hardt.
Honorary Pallbearers: Students of Yorktown High School, Darryl Borth, Gaylon Kaiser, David Kaiser, Robert Kaiser and Krista Hilbrich.
Memorials: Yorktown High School golf team, Project Graduation and St. Paul Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.

Walter S. Quimby Sr.
Walter Stevenson Quimby Sr., 81, of Yorktown, formerly of Nixon, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002.
He was born April 15, 1921, in Bellingham, Wash., to the late Fred and Frances Esther Walter Quimby. He was an administrative supervisor. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion in Yorktown and of the VFW in Runge.
Survivors: daughters, Martha Sue Weifenbach of Yorktown; Marilyn Newman of Oklahoma City and Flora "Kate" Staton of Corpus Christi; son, Walter S. Quimby Jr., of Edna; sister, Mary Sutherland of Seattle; brothers, Cecil Quimby of Everett, Wash., Louis Quimby of Tacoma, Wash. and Charles Quimby of Enumclaw, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Flora Ophelia Quimby; and parents.
A memorial service was held Thursday, October 10 at Finch Funeral Chapel, Rev. Koinm officiated. Burial was at Nixon Cemetery. Finch Funeral Chapel, Nixon, 830-582-1521.
Memorials: Donor's choice.

Ethel Evans
Ethel Evans, 79, of Yorktown, formerly of Yoakum, died Tuesday, October 8, 2002.
Visitation was Sunday, October 13 at Jamison Funeral Home chapel, and before the service at First Baptist Church. Services were Monday, October 14 at the church, Rev. Billy Koimn officiated. Burial was at Blue Bonnet Hill Cemetery in Shiner. Jamison Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-3121.

Theresa Pauline Elliot
Theresa Pauline Elliot, 88, of Cuero, died Tuesday, October 8, 2002.
She was born November 19, 1913, in Llano, to the late James L. J. and Musie Etta Leverett Cox. She was a homemaker.
Survivors: nephew, Glynn Carter of Cuero; great-niece, Glynda Schulle of Cuero; and great-nephew, Charles Carter of Georgetown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Elliot; parents; and sister, Alice Carter.
Services will be held at a later date. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

Janis J. Jenkins
Janis J'Nell Jenkins, 45, of Cuero, died Wednesday, October 9, 2002.
She was born June 29, 1957 in Cuero to the late Willie and Vera Lee Campbell Bowles. She was a grocery cashier at H. E. B. Grocery and a member of Quinn Chapel I. M. E.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene Jenkins of Cuero; daughters, Crystal Edwards and Elizabeth Nicole Jenkins, both of Cuero; son, Ronald Jenkins of Cuero; sister, Jacquelyn Taylor, of Cuero; brothers, Edward Bowles and Shelton Bowles, both of Cuero; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation was Sunday, October 13 at Freund Funeral Home. Services were Monday, October 14 at L. E. Meador Encampment Grounds, Lester Adams officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Lavar Jenkins, Jerome Perry, Jesse Perry, Shelton Bowles Jr., John Eldridge, Brad Bowles, Edward Bowles, and Jesse Jenkins.

Flava Urban
Flava Urban, 96, of Cuero, died Thursday, October 10, 2002.
She was born December 25, 1905, in Liberty, to the late Levi and Emma Abel Alexander. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by: husband, Otto Henry Urban; son, O.H. Urban Jr.; parents; and brother, Lee Alexander.
Services were Friday, October 11 at Freund Funeral Home chapel, Dr. Glenn Robertson and Rev. Mike Shillings officiated. Graveside services were Saturday at Oakdale Cemetery in Daisetta. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Elizabeth Benson
Elizabeth Benson, 87, of Cuero, died Sunday, October 13, 2002.
Services are pending at Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

Edgar Breitkreutz
Edgar Breitkreutz, 90, of Cuero, died Saturday, October 12, 2002.
He was born January 21, 1912, in Shiner, to the late Adolph and Johanna Hinerich Breitkreutz. He was a tax assessor-collector for the Cuero Independent School District and the City of Cuero. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Survivors: wife, Ella Pietsch Breitkreutz of Cuero; daughters, Ruth King of Corpus Christi and Barbara Campbell of College Station; son, the Rev. Vernon Breitkreutz of Boerne; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents; sisters, Selma Breitkreutz and Hilda Breitkreutz; and brother, Walter Breitkreutz.
Services were Tuesday, October 15 at Freund Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Steve Byrne officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Marvin Bade, Bill Grimner, Leroy Heil, Robert Kuck, Walter Kuck, and Noland Wendel.
Memorials: St. Mark's Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

Ida Timme Zengerle
Beloved wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother, Ida Timme Zengerle, 89, of Cuero, died Tuesday, November 26, 2002.
She was born November 15, 1913 in Victoria to the late Robert Albert and Annie Alma Eisman Timme. She married Royal W. Zengerle on November 28, 1935 in Victoria. Ida at one time was owner/operator of Royal's Cafe in Cuero; was a floral designer for Ryan's Flower Shop and always a homemaker. She was a member of the Grand Order of the Sons of Hermann, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and the Martha Group at St. Mark's.
Survivors are husband, Royal, of Cuero; son, and daughter-in-law, Roy T. and Karen Zengerle of Cuero; grandson, Todd Zengerle of Eddy; granddaughter, Laura Zengerle of Abilene; great-grandchildren, Dustin and Kyra Zengerle of Eddy; sister, Elizabeth Stehling of Victoria; and brothers, Oscar and Richard Timme, both of Victoria.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Willie Timme.
Visitation was Thursday, November 28 at the funeral home with funeral services on Friday, November 29, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero, with Rev. Steve Byrne officiating. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, (361) 275-2343.
Pallbearers: Jim Rather, Richard Timme, Robert Timme, Jerry Pote, Rodney Rather, Toby Fredricks and Jeff Pote.
Contributions are requested to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

Vieona Schlenker Bishop
Vieona Schlenker Bishop was born on Nov. 21, 1933 in Yoakum, Texas. She graduated from Yoakum High School and attended Business College in Cuero, Texas. She began her life in Del Rio in 1960 and lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, November 24, 2002.
Vieona had a long working career in Del Rio, first retiring from Producers Wool and Mohair after 20 years and continuing to work for another 10 years for TABC at the Del Rio International Bridge.
Ms. Bishop is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Vieona Bishop of Del Rio; brother, Edward Schlenker and wife Agnes; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were Wednesday, November 27 at the G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Brian Spangler officiating. Graveside services were held in Yoakum on Friday at the Hermann-Sons Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlto Streets, Buffalo, N.Y., 14263-0001.

George Harvey Luker
George Harvey Luker, 85, of Lockhart, died November 25, 2002.
He was born in Stockdale on August 22, 1917 to the late Edward Harvey and Mimie Ethel McBride Luker. He was a pipefitter and a Pentecostal.
He is survived by daughters, Nancy Sims, Peggy Gossett, Jimmy Lou Richmond, Gaynell Goehring, Kathy Hahn, Debra Mills, and Susan Earp; sons, George Allen, Harvey, James, Billy, and John Luker; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Irene Luker; parents; and daughter, Mary Thornton.
Memorial services will be held at Faith Temple Church in Nixon on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m., Revs. Kenneth Mills and David Sims officiating. A private burial will be held at Steele Branch Cemetery in Stockdale. Finch Funeral Chapel, Stockdale, 830-996-3811.
Memorials: donor’s choice.

Lorene A. H. Mueller
Lorene Ammerman Henrichs Mueller, 76, of Westhoff, died Thursday, November 28, 2002.
She was born October 1, 1926, in Shiner, to Mary Weeken Ammerman of Moulton and the late Dick Ammerman. She was a beautician and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Westhoff. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Cuero and the American Legion Auxiliary in Westhoff.
Survivors include husband, Adrian Mueller; daughters, Lanette Gips of Cuero and Bonnie Burton of Victoria; sons, David Henrichs of Moulton, Ricky Henrichs of Victoria, and Denis Mueller of Cuero; mother; brother, Melvin Ammerman of Seguin; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by first husband, Edgar Henrichs; son, Ralph Henrichs; and father.
Visitation was Friday, November 29 at Freund Funeral Home chapel. Services were Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Westhoff. Burial will be at Westhoff Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers were Russell Henrichs, Mark Henrichs, Darren Henrichs, J. P. Gips, Kyle Mueller, and Matthew Gips.
Honorary Pallbearers were Becky Henrichs and Beverly Burton.
Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or St. John's Lutheran Church, Westhoff, Texas.

Pablo Alvarez
Pablo Alvarez, 70, of Yorktown, died Thursday, November 28, 2002.
He was born March 8, 1932, in Nordheim, to the late Pedro Sr. and Manuela Alvarez. He was a bar owner.
He is survived by wife, Janie Hilton; sister, Olivia Cano of Temple; and brother, Isidro Alvarez of Nordheim.
He was preceded in death by parents; sisters, Rosita Alvarez, Angelita Alvarez, and Isabel Alvarez; and brother, Pedro Alvarez Jr.
A rosary will be recited Friday, November 29 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Runge, Rev. Paschal Bergin officiated. Burial will be at Runge Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: donor's choice.

Mathilda H. Kozok
Mathilda H. Kozok, 77, of Yorktown, died Friday, November 29, 2002.
She was born March 14, 1925, in Yorktown, to the late Edward and Sophie Muschalek Danysh.
She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Holy Cross Rosary Society for many years. She was a homemaker.
Survivors: daughter, Elizabeth Ann Stebbins of Cuero; sons, Johnnie E. Kozok and James G. Kozok, both of Yorktown, and David G. Kozok of Fargo, N.D.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband, Johnny V. Kozok; parents; and brothers, Daniel Danysh, Edmond Danysh, and Edward Danysh.
A rosary was recited Tuesday, December 3 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Rev. Frank Kaplinski officiated. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.

Charlie E. Cole Jr.
Charlie E. Cole Jr., 68, of Cuero, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003.
He was born December 29, 1934, in Laredo, to the late Charles Edward Sr. and Frances Brown Cole. He was owner and operator of Cole Distributing Company and an Episcopalian. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was a Shriner, a Jaycee, and a Mason. He was a member of the Cuero Golf Association, Cuero Turkeyfest Association, and the Cuero Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors: daughters, Valerie Cole Melson of San Antonio and Vanessa Cole of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; sons, Charles E. Cole III of San Antonio; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 1 at the home of John Strieber in the Channel View Marina in Port Aransas. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: Shriners Hospital for Children, American Cancer Society or donor's choice.

Gary R. Estopinal
Gary Ray Estopinal, 48, of Westhoff, died Thursday, January 30, 2003.
He was born January 15, 1955, in Houston, to Joyce Leitz of Friendswood and the late Lloyd Estopinal.
Survivors: wife, Jo Anne Estopinal; daughter, Stacy Watkins of Austin; sons, Justin Estopinal of Friendswood and Shawn Watkins of Austin; mother; and sister, Cindy Spurger of Lancaster.
Preceded in death by: father.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at the Estopinal Ranch in Westhoff.

Carl Clendennen
Carl Clendennen, 66, of Cuero, died Saturday, February 1, 2003.
He was born September 2, 1936, in Lytton, to the late Thomas Eugene and Eula Mae McCandles Clendennen. He was a member of Trinity Church in Cuero.
Survivors: son, Lawrence E. Clendennen of Cuero; sister, Ethel Orchard of Hallettsville; and brothers, the Rev. B. H. Clendennen of Beaumont and Lee Clendennen of Spring.
Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Alzora Dillard; and brothers, John Clendennen and Thomas Clendennen.
Visitation was Monday, February 3 at Trinity Church in Cuero. Services were Monday at the church, Rev. Les Crawford officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.
Pallbearers: Michael Brandes, Kris Coppedge, Harry Nenieto, Harold Irvin, Douglas White, and Tommy Boehm.
Memorials: Trinity Church Building Fund in Cuero.

Martin H. Leske Sr.
Martin H. "Shotsie" Leske Sr., 85, of Cuero, died Sunday, February 2, 2003.
He was born November 13, 1917 in Cuero to the late Rudolph and Katherine Bingston Leske. He was the owner of M. H. leske Oil Co. and Service Station for 56 years. He was a member of the TPA, the Texas Oil Marketing Association, and the Church of Christ in Yoakum, where he served as treasurer. He was also a Little League sponsor and a rancher.
He is survived by wife Marguerite Tucker Leske of Cuero; daughter, Sandra Marie of Cuero; son, Martin H. Leske Jr. of Cuero; sister, Dorothy Luttes of Cuero; brother, W. R. “Bill” Leske Sr. of Cuero; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents; sisters, Lillian Hagedorn, Julia Cooper, and Ethel Niske; and brother, Arthur “Bud” Leske Sr.
Visitation was Tuesday, February 4 at Freund Funeral home Chapel in Cuero. Funeral services are Wednesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. at the Cuero Church of Christ, with Mr. Terry Starling officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: Sunny Glenn Children’s Home, P. O. Box 1373, San Benito, Texas 78586.

Santa T. Garza
A rosary for Santa Teresa Garza, 77, of Yorktown, who died Friday, was recited Sunday, February 2 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Monday at San Luis Catholic Church, Rev. Peter Kaplinski officiated. Burial was at San Luis Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: San Luis Catholic Church.

Donald Cunningham
Donald Cunningham, 78, of Cuero, died Sunday, February 2, 2003.
He was born on December 5, 1924 in Thomaston to the late Hayes and Ruby Bryant Cunningham. He served in the U. S. Navy and was a member of Cuero VFW Post 3972. He was a shipping clerk for Groce Wearden.
He is survived by wife, Ruby Cunningham of Cuero; sisters, Gloria Cunningham and Carla Franklin, both of Victoria, and Jackie Cunningham and Elaine Cunningham, both of Cuero; brothers, Donald Cunningham and Ricky Cunningham, both of Cuero; sister, Elizabeth Haynes of San Antonio; 15 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 5 from 6 - 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at the L. E. Meador Encampment Grounds, Rev. A. J. Ball officiated. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

Mary P. Villarreal
A prayer service for Mary P. Villarreal, 87, of Yorktown, who died Friday, was held Sunday, February 2 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Monday at the funeral home chapel. Burial was at Yorktown Community Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: American Heart Association.

MSgt. Larry G. Zacharias, USAF
MSgt. Larry G. Zacharias, USAF - Retired, our beloved husband and father, age 55, died Monday, January 20, 2003.
He was born in Yoakum on February 24, 1947 to the late Elo William and Madeline Valasta Hirsch Zacharias. He grew up in Cuero and graduated from school in Cuero.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gloria Zacharias; children, Lisa Ann Leal, Dennie Michael Zacharias and wife Cecilia, Linda Kay Hernandez, and Candace O’Dess Zacharias; 10 grandchildren; sister Shirleen Zacharias; and brother, Harlan Ray Zacharias.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 23 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Dr. in San Antonio. Funeral services were held Friday, January 24 at the funeral home with Deacon Fred Campos officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements were with Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, San Antonio, 210-349-1414.

C. L. Duckett
C. L. Duckett, of Cuero, passed away Monday, February 3, 2003.
Services are pending at Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-3464.

Bradley K. Brown
Bradley Kyle Brown, 18, of Corpus Christi, formerly of Cuero, died Monday, March 24, 2003.
He was born on July 24, 1984 in Victoria to Virgil L. and Paula E. Gebauer Brown of Cuero. He graduated from Cuero High School in May of 2002. He was a member of the Texas Youth Hunters Association, the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Cuero. He worked as a processor at Sam Kane Beef Producers, Inc.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Haley R. Brown of Cuero; and maternal grandparents, Paul and Jessie Gebauer of Cuero.
He was preceded in death his paternal grandparents, Curtis and Robbie Nell Brown.
Visitation was Wednesday, March 26 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Thursday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, the Revs. Steve Byrne and Gene Wayman officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Daniel Kuecker, Clinton Brown, Kevin Brown, Clifton Kuecker, Erik Brown, Ryan Brown, and Christopher Koenig.
Memorials: St. Mark's Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

Dovie L. Kuchler
Dovie L. Kuchler, 91, of Cuero, passed away on March 28, 2003.
She was born in Italy, Texas, on December 29, 1911 to the late William R. and Sarah Lee Barfield Sanders. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God.
She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Robertson of Cuero and Nell Crump of Cuero; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Lee Kuchler.
Graveside services were Saturday, March 28 at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero, Rev. Ron Welborn officiated. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

Cynthia Lynn Waggoner Koenig
Cynthia Lynn Waggoner Koenig, daughter-in-law of Louis and Beryl Koenig of Cuero, died March 20, 2003 at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
She was born January 28, 1963. She was a 1985 graduate of UCLA, and worked for American Airlines for 9 years.
She is survived by her husband, David Koenig; son, Austin; daughter, Kelly; parents, Captain and Mrs. Donald Waggoner, USN, Ret. of San Diego, California; brother, David Waggoner of Albany, New York; sister, Beth Rogers of San Francisco, California; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Friday, March 28 at Bear Creek Methodist Church in Houston, where she was a very active member.

Pete J. Polasek
Pete J. Polasek, 87, of Yoakum, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
He was born in Lavaca County on April 16, 1915 to the late Peter and Angelina Rajnoch Polasek. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was an oilfield worker, a rancher, and he worked for DeWitt County Precinct 2.
He is survived by daughters, Kathy Lauer and husband Gary of Yoakum and Barbara Langhoff and husband Freddie of Cuero; sisters, Helen Kresta Kaiser of Victoria; Filomena Chumchal of Shiner; and Alice Novasod of Hallettsville; grandchildren, Lacey Lauer, Wade Lauer, Darryll Langhoff, and Tracy Langhoff; and great-grandchildren, Taren Langhoff, Drew Langhoff, Devin Langhoff, Brandy Langhoff, and Johnnie Langhoff.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Barre Polasek; his special devoted friend, Julia Carroll of Cuero; parents; sister, Julie Pesek; and brothers, Charlie Polasek, Ludie Polasek, Richard Polasek, and William Polasek.
Services were Friday, March 28 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum, Rev. Ellis Epps officiated. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.
Pallbearers: Gary Lauer, Freddie Langhoff, Wade Lauer, Darryll Langhoff, Tracy Langhoff, Billy Gene Polasek.
Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

Iva Blohm
Iva Blohm, 93, of Houston, and formerly of Yorktown, died Sunday, March 30, 2003.
She was born October 11, 1909, in Nordheim, to the late T. J. and Frieda Haynes. She was a teacher in Yorktown and Corpus Christi, retiring after 45 years of service. She was a Lutheran.
Survivors: many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: husband, Herbert Blohm; parents; sisters, Eva Schastag, Mary Box, Byrdie Many, and Lillie Neuman; and brothers, Carl Haynes and T. J. "Doc" Haynes.
Visitation was Tuesday at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Westside Cemetery, the Rev. Patti Byrne officiating. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Edna Mae Prause
Edna Mae Prause, 83, of Cuero, passed away May 18, 2003.
She was born in DeWitt County on September 21, 1919 to the late Louis and Frieda Boening Blank. She was a leather worker for Tex Tan Western Leather Company and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
She is survived ny her sons Ellman “Al” Prause of Victoria and Leon H. Prause of Austin; sisters, Anna Lou Leist of Yoakum, Lena Leist and Mable Glaze, both of Cuero, and Martha Welker of Arkansas; brother, August Blank of Victoria; 3 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by husband, Ellman Prause Sr., parents; and brother, George Emil Blank and Gerhard Blank.
Visitation was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Tuesday, May 20. Services were Wednesday at the church, Rev. Charles Eckhert officiated. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.
Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Thomas George Hahn
Thomas George "Tommy" Hahn, 60, of Wadsworth, went to be with his Lord May 19, 2003 in San Antonio.
He was born July 8, 1943 in Palacios to August J. Hahn and Mildred Genzer Hahn. He is survived by three daughters and sons-in law, Tammy Hahn Bond and Bobby Bond, Ginger Hahn Goulart and Jesse Goulart III, and Christy Hahn Johnson and Danny Johnson, all of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters, Edna Mae Wratislaw of San Antonio and Pat Koranek of Cuero; and granddaughters, Savannah Bond and Abigail Johnson.
He is preceded in death by his father, August J. Hahn, and brother, August P. Hahn.
The family will received visitors at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 21. Funeral services were Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Melvin Ryman officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery. Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 979-245-4613.
Pallbearers included Joe Castaneda, Jesse Goulart III, Danny Johnson, Alan Wratislaw, Don Wratislaw, and Charles Hahn.
Bobby Bond was an honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be made to Vista Care Family Hospice, 5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 102, San Antonio, Texas 78228 or donor’s choice.

Mrs. Louise Nolan
Mrs. Louise Nolan, 97, of Cuero, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in Cuero following a short illness.
She was born in Ft. Worth, on April 29, 1906 to the late John and Willie Mae Burch. She and her husband, the late C. A. Nolan, ranched in Live Oak County for many years. Mrs. Nolan wrote a column for the Three Rivers Progress News. She was a Methodist.
Mrs. Nolan is survived by her daughter, Margaret Bluntzer of Cuero, and two grandchildren, Ann Evans and Rick Bluntzer, both of Austin. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Melissa Stevens of Houston, Dr. Matt Evans of Alvin, 1st Lt. Sam Bluntzer, USMC of San Diego, California, and Nolan Bluntzer of Berkeley, California.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one grandchild, Thomas Bluntzer; her son-in-law, Pete Bluntzer; four sisters; and one brother.
Graveside services were held Thursday, May 22 at Three Rivers Cemetery in Three Rivers, the Rev. John Alsbrook officiated. Burial was in the Three Rivers Cemetery under the direction of Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers were Rick Bluntzer, Bruce Evans, Dr. Matt Evans, Lt. Sam Bluntzer, Nolan Bluntzer, and Mark Stevens.
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Custer, Tony Engbrock, and A. E. “Poozie” Ley.

Hermina M. Arndt
Hermina Magdalene Arndt, 94, of Cuero, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003.
She was born July 22, 1908, in Muenster, to the late Stanislaus and Theresa Kuntschik Petrosky. She was an inspector for Cuero Cotton Mill and a supply clerk at Cuero Community Hospital. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lindenau.
Survivors: sister, Elvina Thompson of Katy.
Preceded in death by: husband, Arnold John Arndt; parents; sisters, Josey Olle and Angala Hester; and brothers, Frank Petrosky, Tony Petrosky, John Petrosky, and Joe Petrosky.
Visitation was Thursday, May 22 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lindenau, the Rev. William Hill officiated. Burial was at Lindenau Community Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: David Arndt, Delvin Arndt, Dennis Lincke, Jimmy Hester, Richard Zimmerman, and Glen Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers: Marvin Olle, Wilburn Arndt, and Joe Olle.
Memorials: St. John's Lutheran Church in Lindenau or Lindenau Community Cemetery.

Dennis E. Southern
Dennis E. Southern, 67, of Victoria, died Thursday, May 22, 2003.
He was born December 24, 1935, in Cuero, to the late Joseph Southern and Georgia Sutherland.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Southern of Victoria; daughter, Pennie Thorsland of Katy; Rodney Wright of Victoria; sister, Edna Fay Wilson of Burnett; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
Visitation was Friday, May 23 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Victoria. Graveside services were Saturday at Memory Gardens in Victoria, Joe Foreman officiated. Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-578-3535.
Memorials: American Red Cross.

John Henry Mathis
John Henry Mathis was born on October 24, 1938, in DeWitt County, Cuero, Texas. He was the son of the late Ruth and Lott Mathis. He peacefully departed his life on Sunday, April 27, 2003, at the age of 64. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and a lovable person.
John was a native of Texas and received his early education at Daule Elementary and High School. He continued his edu-cation at Prairie View A&M College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1965 and Master's Degree in 1967.
John's career began in the public school system of Texas as a Counselor and History teacher for 16 years. He launched his career with DuPont in Texas and was transferred to Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked in Human Relations until his retirement in 1993. Following his retirement, John became the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Officer at the Delaware Department of Transportation.
John was very active in community affairs such as Child Welfare Board, Volunteers for Action (President, and Palestine Baptist Church (Victoria). He started the Minority Network Organization at the Delaware Department of Transportation. John's commitment to youth continued through his work as a mentor for Big Brother-Big Sister Program, and as the director of the youth program FAME (Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering).
John devoted his life to helping people and had a true gift for seeing the potential in others. He had a gentle nature and enjoyed sharing his wisdom with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Modestine Meadows and brother-in-law Johnnie Meadows; three brothers, R. A. Mathis, A. D. Mathis, and Joe A. Mathis Sr.; three sisters, Lillie Mathis Jones, Dorothy Mathis Battles, and Delores Mathis. He leaves to cherish his memory: former wife, Lizzie Mae Mathis; four devoted children, Darcel Green, Dawn Green, John Kevin Mathis, and Ruth J'Lyce Mathis-Tucker; one son-in-law, James Tucker Jr.; one daughter-in-law, Sheryl Anderson-Mathis; three grandchildren, Armand Green-Avery, D'Colby Green-McNary, and Taylor Mathis; two brothers, Allee (Sonny) Mathis and Lott Mathis Jr.; three sisters, Ceola Hopkins and Carrie Brown, both of Cuero, and Erma English of Victoria. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 31 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 400 Grant Street in Cuero, the Rev. Dewayne Belvin Sr., pastor.

Lillian Marie Goehring
Lillian Marie Goehring, 91, of Yorktown, passed away May 25, 2003.
She was born November 26, 1911 in Weser to the late Willie and Hulda Borgfeld Landgrebe. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran. She was a member of WELCA.
She is survived by her daughter, Gladys Franke of Goliad; sons, Daniel Goehring and Roy Goehring, both of Yorktown, and Willie Goehring of Nordheim; sister, Frieda Schmidt of Karnes City; brother, Henry Landgrebe of Dobskyville; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Goehring; parents; sisters, Edna Schultz and Ella Goehring; and grandson, Larry Layne Goehring.
Visitation was Tuesday, May 27 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Chapel. A prayer service was held Tuesday, Rev. Patti Byrne and Mr. C. B. Suggs, S.A.M. officiated. Services are Wednesday, May 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial is at Westside Cemetery.
Pallbearers include James Schroeder, Ruben Bryand, David Aquilar, Kevin Franke, Travis Franke, James Henning.
Honorary pallbearers: other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials: donor’s choice.

Arthur L. Talk
Arthur L. Talk, a native Texan, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the age of 85.
He was born July 1, 1917, to longtime Texas ranchers in DeWitt County, Pleas and May Talk. Mr. Talk graduated from San Jacinto High School, attended the University of Houston and served during World War II in the United States Coast Guard. Known as the “society realtor,” Mr. Talk was a longtime Houston realtor; while maintaining careers in ranching and the oil and gas industry. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Arthur Talk Jr.; sisters, Earlene Talk Doyle and Una May Talk; and brother, James Pleasants Talk.
Mr. Talk is survived by his nephew, J. Pleas Doyle Jr. and wife Joan; great nieces and nephews, May Doyle Bently and husband Bert, J. Please Doyle Jr. and wife Theresa, James Arthur Doyle and wife Janna, Joanie Doyle De Ayala and husband Carlos, and Arthur Irwin Doyle and wife Kristy; great-great nieces and nephews, Julia, Bryan, Mary and Carol Bentley; Jenna and Jayme Doyle; Carlos, Paul, and Christopher De Ayala; and Connor Doyle.
Friends were invited to a visitation on Wednesday, May 21 at Geo. H. Lewis and Sons, 1010 Berring Drive, with a Vigil afterwards. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday at at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer, with Rev. Thomas B. Mailloux C.S.B., Celebrant. A Rite of Committal followed at The Talk Family Ranch Cemetery in Nordheim. Geo. H Lewis and Sons, Houston, 713-789-3005.
Honoring Mr. Talk as pallbearers was James Doyle, Arthur Doyle, Bert Bentley, Carlos De Ayala, Frank Smith, and Bryan Bentley.
For those so desiring, memorials in honor of Arthur L. Talk may be made to the Texas Heart Institute, P.O. Box20345, MC3-117, Houston Texas 77225-0345.

Paul Allen Semper
Paul Allen Semper, 38, of Sanford, North Carolina, and formerly of Cuero, died July 4, 2003.
He was born July 6, 1964 in Cuero to Leo and Carlyn Hoefling Semper. He graduated from Cuero High School where he received the Pete Bluntzer Award and the John Philip Souza Award. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with Magna Cum Laude honors from Texas A&M University. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Florida. He served in the U. S. Navy as a lieutenant and taught in the Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. He was a production Superintendent for the Dupont Plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He played with the bands Crossfire, Mirage, and Rhythm of the Road. He was a member of the TPA, the Order of the Sons of Hermann, and First Baptist Church in Cuero.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Adams Semper of Sanford, North Carolina; son, Christopher Paul Semper of Sanford, North Carolina; parents; and sister, Christie Kahlich of Cuero.
Visitation was Saturday, July 5 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Sunday, July 6 at First Baptist Church, Dr. Glenn Robertson and Rev. Bob Hairst officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Honorary Pallbearers: members of the Rhythm of the Road band and Dupont employees.
Memorials: First Baptist Church Building Fund or Cedar Creek Church of God (North Carolina).

Frank B. Tyl
Frank Benjamin Tyl, 81, of Cuero, died Monday, June 30, 2003.
He was born September 12, 1921, in Texarkana, to the late Frank Edward and Phillamina Duyka Tyl. He was a soil conservation service inspector for the government and member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cuero and TPA.
Survivors: daughter, Mary Ruby of Seguin; son, Danny Tyl of Cuero; sisters, Julia Zamora, Helen Bruck, and Margaret Zamora, all of Texarkana, Christine Hobbs of Garland, Evelyn Horn of Monroe, Louisiana, and Katherine Bush; brother, the Rev. Albert Tyl of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Mary Louise McGonigill Tyl; daughter, Peggy Diane Tyl; sons, Sonny Tyl and Michael David Tyl; parents; and brothers, Robert Tyl, Jerry Tyl, and Emil Tyl.
A rosary was held Tuesday, July 1 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cuero. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Deric David Zies, Dena Prude, Veronica Victoria Tyl, Danny Joseph Tyl Jr., and James Edward Tyl.
Honorary pallbearers: Dakota Zies and Hally Zies.
Memorials: St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Helen M. West
Helen Marie West, 88, of Andrews, Indiana, and formerly of Pandora, Cuero, and Leming, died Sunday, July 6, 2003.
She was born in Wilson County on February 12, 1915 to the late Gerhardt and Johanna Geerken. She was a senior citizen driver, a newspaper carrier for San Antonio Light and Express, and a housewife.
She is survived by her step-daughter, Darlene Schneider of San Antonio; son, Joseph West of Andrews, Indiana; step-son, Harold Dean of Austin; three grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Franklin West; parents; step-sons, Junior West, Gilford West, Marshal West, and Llyord E. West; and brothers, Henry C. Geerken and Ernest O. Geerken.
Visitation was Tuesday, July 8 at Freund Funeral Home. Services are Wednesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Bill Gleeson officiating. Burial will be at Denhawken Cemetery in Pandora. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: John Simpson, John West, Neal Stanfill, Justin Stanfill, E. J. McMichael, John Paul Jackson.

Dorothy Schley
Services for Dorothy Schley, 71, of Yorktown, who died Friday, were Sunday, July 6 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Revs. Patti Byrne and Ann Koopmann officiated. Burial was at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: James Purvis, Burl Sens, Steven Andreas, Terry Edwards, Travis Schley, and Kenneth Schley.
Honorary pallbearers: Jason and Amy Heil, Jalyn and Michael Stineman, John Koopmann, and Walter Koopmann, and all nieces and nephews.
Memorials: St. Paul Elevator Fund, O.E.S. No. 945 or donor's choice.


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