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Bohumil Krutilek
Bohumil “B.B.” Krutilek, 85, of El Campo died Friday, January 14, 2000. He was born June 5, 1914, in Taiton to the late Joseph William and Mary Pratka Krutilek.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Michael Petering officiating. Interment was held at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

George E. Schwebel
George Ellis Schwebel, 88, of Wharton, fomerly of Newgulf, died Sunday, January 16, 2000. He was born June 20, 1911, in Victoria to the late George A. and Dora Ellis Shelby Schwebel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home with Rev. Don Hurley officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton.

Clarence Eggemeyer
Clarence Eggemeyer, 62, of Garwood died Sunday, January 16, 2000. He was born October 5, 1937, to the late Albert and Amelia Korenek Eggemeyer.
A parish rosary was recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held today at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemtery.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Emily Sablatura
Emily Sablatura, 89, of El Campo died Monday, January 17, 2000. She was born January 7, 1911, in Wharton County to the late Joe and Mary Stokr Dornak.
A rosary led by the Catholic Daughters will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Robert’s with Rev. Thu Nguyen officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Cross Memorial Park under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Carlos Dupotey
Carlos Pastor Dupotey, 19, of Killeen, formerly of Louise, died Friday, January 14, 2000. He was born September 9, 1980, in Eagle Lake to Carlos Antonio Dupotey of Danevang and Debbie Huerta of El Campo.
Visitation will begin Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at Triska Funeral Home.
A rosary service will be held Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home with Rev. Clement Quainoo of St. Procopius Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at St. Procopius Catholic Cemetery in Louise with military services under the auspices of the funeral detail from Ft. Hood in Killeen.
Memorials may be made to the Carlos and Jeanette DeLeon Dupotey Scholarship Fund, Class of 1999, Louise High School.

Jeanette Dupotey
Jeanette DeLeon Dupotey, 18, of Killeen, formerly of Louise, died Friday, January 14, 2000. She was born January 23, 1981, in Wharton to Genero and Janie Salinas DeLeon of Louise.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Triska Funeral Home.
A rosary service will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home with Rev. Clement Quainoo of St. Procopius Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at St. Procopius Catholic Cemetery in Louise.
Memorials may be made to the Carlos and Jeanette DeLeon Dupotey Scholarship Fund, Class of 1999, Louise High School.

Rufus Williams
Rufus Luke Williams, 72, of Eagle Lake died March 3, 2000. He was born March 12, 1927, in Elm Grove to the late Charlie and Jennie Smith Williams. He was a retired rice farmer and a member of White Cloud Baptist Church.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. O.B. Roades officiating. Burial followed at El Campo Community Cemetery.

Albert Hoelscher
Albert E. Hoelscher, 69, of Columbus died Saturday, March 4, 2000. He was born December 21, 1931, in Ellinger to the late Henry W. and Sophie Gully Hoelscher. He was owner of Hoelscher Oil Company and Hoelscher Car Care Center. He was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was an honorary member of the F.F.A. He enjoyed farming and his cattle.
A parish prayer service and rosary was held Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

Ila Thomas
Ila Belle Glaze Thomas, 91, of Louise died March 5, 2000. She was born May 22, 1908, in Hahn to the late Rufus M. and Mary Belle Morton Glaze. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louise.
A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Louise with Rev. Darrell Tomasek officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Louise.

Pete Galvan Jr.
Pete Galvan Jr., 55, of Houston, formerly of El Campo, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. He was born July 14, 1945 in New Braunfels to Pete and Mary Garcia Galvan Sr. of El Campo.
Mr Galvan Jr. was a Track Inspector with Southern Pacific for 30 years and he retired in 1995. He was a Catholic by faith.
A Wake Service was held on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be today at 2 p.m. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church in El Campo. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Armandia Reyna
Armandina Garcia Reyna, 69, of El Campo died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. She was born March 25, 1931 in Runge to the late Santos and Ignacia Canales Garcia Sr. Mrs Reyna was a homemaker, and a Catholic by faith.
A Wake Service was held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be today at 5 p.m. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church in El Campo. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Marie Vanoski
Marie Vanoski, 91, of El Campo, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000. She was born Aug. 19, 1908 in Czechoslovakia to the late Frank and Mary Mischerling Stehno. Mrs Vanoski was a homemaker, an lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church and Sons of Herman.
Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Gould officiating. Interment was at the Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of the Triska Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Czech Catholic Home, Rt. 3 Box 40, El Campo, Texas 77437 or First Presbyterian Church, 312 Depot, El Campo, Texas 77437.

Guadalupe Guardado
Guadalupe Guardado, 78, of El Campo, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000. She was born March 25, 1922 in Cuero to the late Francisco and Gusta Garcia Gusman.
Mrs. Guardado was a Catholic.
A Graveside service was held on Friday, at 3:30 p.m. at La Colonia Cemetery with the Rev. Lawrence Matula officiating.

Virginia Langford
Virginia “Cookie” Langford, 77, of El Campo, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001.
She was born July 14, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pa. to the late George H. and Rena Potts.
Mrs. Langford was a member of the First United Methodist Church of El Campo., she served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of American Legion Post 251, the Disabled American Veterans and she served as a service officer.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church under the auspices of Craig-Harris American Legion Post 251, with the Rev. Sid Spiller officiating. Interment followed at Garden of Memories.
Memorials can be made to the American Legion Post 251.

Kim Myers-Cramer
Kim Denise Myers-Cramer, 43, of Houston, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001.
She was born Oct. 2, 1957 in El Paso to John Myers of Durango, Colo. and the late Betty Ellis Myers-Willard.
Graveside services were Friday, Feb. 2 at Katy Magnolia Cemetery in Katy with Terry Blakey officiating.

Robert Clark Sr.
Robert E. Clark Sr., 69, of Louise, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001.
He was born April 25, 1931 in Nobilsville, Ind. to the late Lewis Clark and Marguerite Johnson Clark of Austin. He was a retired Auto Mechanic. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. and a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.
A Parish Rosary will be today, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. The funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Lawrence Matula and Deacon Edward Wendel officiating. Interment will follow at St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Robert Schramm
Robert Ferdinand Schramm, 86, of Dickerson, formerly of El Campo, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001.
He was born Sept. 11, 1914 in Nada to the late Rudolph and Rosa Schneider Schramm. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, and he was a veteran.
Mr. Schramm was self employed. He owned and retired from his jewelry and watch repair store. He was a Catholic.
Visitation will begin today, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at Triska Funeral Home. A Rosary will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. The funeral Mass will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Memorials can be sent to Maryknoll Missionaries.

Lowell Raun
Lowell George Raun was first and foremost a family man. He devoted his life to his wife of 50 years, Betty Jean Schramm, his four children and his six grandchildren. He died Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at the age of 72.
Lowell was born August 20, 1928, in El Campo, to Anna Madsen and George Raun, and was the youngest of five children.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Laura Raun Carroll and husband, Sam Carroll III of Austin and Mary Raun Williamson of El Campo; two sons, Lowell G. Raun Jr. and wife Linda Clapp Raun and Timothy Madsen Raun and wife Lisa Tuschak Raun all of El Campo; sister, Bernice Raun Wittig of El Campo; two brothers, Russell Raun and wife Margaret and Norris Raun and wife Sallie all of El Campo; and grandchildren, Laura Louise Williamson, Sarah Jean Williamson, Thomas Lowell Williamson, Christopher Madsen Raun, Anna Marie Raun and Elise Caroline Raun. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Lowell graduated from Texas A&M University in 1950. At that time, he began his lifelong career of rice farming, carrying on the family tradition that started with his father in 1915.
Funeral services will be today at 3 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in El Campo with the Rev. Art Weiss and Dr. Brooks Schramm officiating. Interment will follow at the Oaklawn Memorial Park under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1401 Ave. I, El Campo, Texas 77437 or Texas A&M Foundation, Agricultural Program Development Office, 2142 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-2142.

Miladie Faktor
Miladie Alice Faktor, 82, of El Campo, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001.
She was born Dec. 31, 1918 in Sublime to the late Joe and Justina Foytik Valchar.
Mrs. Faktor was a homemaker.
Survivors include her daughter Alice Miladie Faktor of El Campo, and brothers, Rudolph Valchar of San Antonio and Joe Valchar of San Antonio.
Funeral services were held Friday, at 2 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Roberts officiating. Burial followed at the Lakeview Cemetery.
Donations may be made to defray funeral expenses.

Biridiana Maza
Biridiana Maza, newborn, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
She was born in Spencer, Iowa on Feb. 16, 2001 to Rolando and Lydia Ortiz Maza.
Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents, Santos and Martha Ortiz of El Campo; paternal grandparents, Dagoberto and Eva Maza of Veracruz, Mexico; sisters, Roxana Maza and Briana Maza; and brother, Isaiah Navor.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at 9th Street Baptist Church in Spencer, Iowa with Pastor Delmar White officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, Iowa under the direction of Warner Funeral Home.

Melvin Hansen
Melvin Earl Hansen, 79, of El Campo, died Sunday, June 24, 2001.
He was born July 25, 1921 in Wharton County to the late Otto and Agnes Hansen Hansen.
Survivors include his daughter, Gloria Fox of Spring; sons, Dennis Hansen of El Campo and Doug Hansen of Houston; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Danevang Lutheran Church with the Rev. Laird Engle officiating. Interment followed at the Danevang Lutheran Cemetery under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251. Arrangements were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Chris Fox Fight Against Cancer Fund, 20146 Pinehaven Lane, Spring, Texas 77379.

Delbert Motal
Col. Delbert R. “Dusty” Motal, 68, of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away Aug. 1, 2001 after a short battle with cancer.
He was born May 3, 1933 in El Campo to the late Edward and Ethel Motal.
Col. Motal served a greatful nation for 26 years as a distinguished officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Strategic Air Command and was a Forward Air Control pilot in Vietnam. Col. Motal graduated from the Air War College in 1973. He moved to Lake Jackson in 1991.
Col. Motal is survived by his three children, Toni Brewer of Poynor, Texas; Cheri Hanks-Anderson and her husband Kie of Athens, Texas; and William Motal and wife Laura of Poynor; nine grandchildren, Natalie, Courtney and Cory Brewer; Shaun and Jamie Hanks; Jensen and Megan Anderson; and Mallory and Mason Motal; long-time companion and family, Katy Brown and her children Georgette Walker, Don Allen Brown and Terry Lea Brown; two brothers, Anthony Motal of Alvin and Gerald Motal of Conroe; and two sisters, Arlene Benner of Port Lavaca and Rhonda Atchetee of Spring.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Barbara Motal; and three brothers, Melvin, Rooster and Darrell.
The family received friends Friday at Freeport Lakewood Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. today at Lakewood Chapel with Rev. Craig Taylor officiating. Interment will be at 6 p.m. at Poynor Community Cemetery with Pastor David Mahan officiating.
Pallbearers will be Chad Motal, Harlo Atchette, Mike Hanks, Don Allen Brown, Christopher Brown and Rick Shepard.
We celebrate his life and the legacy he leaves for us. He enriched our lives with his strength, intelligence, gentle spirit and compassionate heart. We will miss him very much.

Veda Marie Caesar
Veda Marie Caesar, 52, of Bay City died July 30, 2001 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.
She was born April 29, 1950 in Edna to the late Pleas Robinson and Herman Cleo Brooks. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Caesar is survived by her daughter, Veda Caesar; sons, Vernon and Alvin Caesar; sisters, Joyce Lawson and Ella Farrow of El Campo; brothers, Pleas Robinson, Fletcher Robinson, Levon Grant and Bo Robinson; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Edna.
Pallbearers include Lloyd Young, Ben Grice, Larry Callis and David Steamer.

Guillermo Gutierrez
Guillermo “Willie” Gutierrez, 68, of El Campo, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001.
He was born Feb. 10,1933 in Kingsville to the late Seferino and Margarita Flores Gutierrez Sr. Mr. Gutierrez worked for Raun Farms for many years and then worked for ECISD as a custodian, retiring after 13 years. He was a member of St. Robert’s Catholic Church.
Mr. Gutierrez was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rogelio Gutierrez; and grandson, Ross Allen Gutierrez.
Survivors include his wife, Oralia Alvarez Gutierrez of El Campo; daughter, Berta Canales of El Campo; sons, Guillermo Gutierrez Jr., Hector Gutierrez and Rudy Gutierrez all of El Campo; sisters, Maria Cortez of McAllen, Genoveva Gutierrez of McAllen, Juanita Arriaga of Bakersfield, Calif. and Paula Acosta of Houston; brother, Seferino Gutierrez Jr. of McAllen; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A Parish Wake service was held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral Mass services were held on Monday at 2 p.m. in St. Robert’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Holy Cross Memorial park under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Joshua Canales, Joseph Canales, Jimmie Gutierrez, Jessie Reyna, Joe Dominguez and Ferris Kramer.

Charles Rutledge
Charles T. “Boots” Rutledge, 81, of Victoria, formerly of El Campo, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001.
He was born Sept. 27, 1920 in Hallettsville to the late Tom and Martha Matula Rutledge. Mr. Rutledge was a retired welder with Victoria Machine Works. He was a Baptist and served his country in the U.S. Army during W.W. II.
Mr. Rutledge was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia Alice Clark; brothers, A.T. Rutledge and Marcus Rutledge.
Survivors include his sons, Donald Rutledge of New Caney and David Rutledge of Corpus Christi; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Home in Red River with the Rev. Ray Robinson officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery under the Auspices of the V.F.W., C.W.V., D.A.V. Marine Corps League, Military Order of Purple Hearts, Crossroads Ex P.O.W., American Legion and Military Order of World Wars.
Pallbearers were Doug Hulett, Douglas Greer, Chunky Payne, John McQueen, Bill Brown and Larry Victory.
Honorary pallbearers were James Rab, A.D. Greer and Harvey Beard.

Kathleen Jecmenek
Kathleen S. Elias Jecmenek, 53, of LaGrange, formerly of El Campo, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001.
She was born April 22, 1948 in El Campo to the late Adolph and Alice Ziegelbauer Elias. Mrs. Jecmenek was a Surgical Nurse in El Campo for two years and for Fayette memorial Hospital for 30 years. She was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
Mrs. Jecmenek was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Clement W. Jecmenek; daughter, Sharon Jecmenek of LaGrange; and sons, John Jecmenek of LaGrange and Jason Jecmenek of LaGrange.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Plum with Msgr. Stanley Petru officiating with interment following at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church Cemetery. A Rosary was held Sunday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Chapel.
Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society or donors choice.

Gilbert Mansios
Gilbert Mansios Jr., 51, of Sweeny, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001.
He was born May 15, 1950 in El Campo to the late Gilbert Mansios Sr. and Trinidad Mansios of El Campo. Mr. Mansios served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He belonged to the Rice Belt Organization, worked for the City of El Campo for 14 years and for the City of Sweeny for 6 years.
Mr. Mansios was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Ricky Mansios.
Survivors include his mother; wife, Esther Bessette Mansios of Sweeny; brother, Steve Mansios Sr. and wife Pamela of West Columbia; sisters, Dora Gussman and husband Louis Jr. of El Campo, Lupe Aguilar and husband Joe of El Campo and Rosa Cordoba and husband Ralph Sr. of San Antonio; step-children, Linda Peryea of Danbury, Conn., Gerald LaGrave Sr. and wife Georgia of Pine Bluff, Ark., Kenneth Maneely of Massena, N.Y., Eric Robideau of Bangor, N.Y. and Catherine LaGrave of Trenton, N. J.; grandchildren, Susan and Josh Peryea of Danbury, Conn.; and special grandson, Billy Warn Jr. of Sweeny.
Funeral services are today, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in West Columbia with the Rev. Paul Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Sweeny Cemetery under the direction of Baker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Marc Bailey, Wendell Becker, Gilbert Carbajal, Joe Ray Mendez, Lawrence Minter and Homer Toscano.
Honorary pallbearers are Charles Allen, David Cano, Gerald McClatchy, Tim Moss, Larry Piper and Liza Staff.
Memorials can be made in Gilbert’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 129, Texas City, Texas 77592.

Estela Ortiz
Estela Ortiz, 47, of El Campo, died Friday, Oct. 19. 2001.
She was born Oct. 1, 1954 in Monterrey, Mexico to the late Santos Sustaita and Maria Sustaita of Mexico. Mrs. Ortiz was a housekeeper for Methodist Day Care.
Mrs. Ortiz was preceded in death by her father; husband, Nicholas Ortiz; and sister, Margarita Sustaita.
Survivors include her mother; daughters, Maria Ortiz, Maricela Ortiz and Maribel Calsada all of El Campo; son, Nicolas Ortiz Jr. of El Campo; brother, Arturo Sustaita of Mexico; and six grandchildren.
A Prayer service was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Garcia officiating. Graveside services will be today, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. at La Colonia de Mexicana Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made towards Funeral expenses.

Koby Kacer
Koby Allen Kacer, infant, of Ganado, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001.
He was born Sept. 18, 2001 in Port Lavaca to Patrick and Janet Vasquez Kacer of Ganado. He was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Roman Vyvial, Frank and Rosie Kacer and Vincent Vasquez.
Survivors include his parents; sister, Megan Kacer of Ganado; grandparents, Janet Harvey of El Campo, A.J. Kacer of College Station and Robert and Lupe Vasquez of Ganado and great-grandparents, Annie Vyvial of Ganado, Benito and Frances Rosales of Ganado and Mary Vasquez of Ganado.
A Rosary was held Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Ganado Funeral Chapel. Mass is today, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Blessing. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating.
Pallbearers are David Kacer, Tony Kacer, Tobbie Vasquez and Michael Anthony Mangel.

Marie Foehner
Marie Foehner, 93, of El Campo, died Saturday, June 21, 2003.
She was born March 27, 1910 in Taiton to Charles and Pauline Blumrick Lamkin. Mrs. Foehner was a homemaker and a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her sisters, Ruby McClure of El Campo and Gayla Dluhos of El Campo; brother, Charles Lamkin of El Campo; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alex Foehner; daughter, Lucille Flagg; and sisters, Alma Hall, Eunice Schurer, Bernette Wagner and Verna Lou Yackel.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 23, at 4 p.m., at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Art Weiss officiating. Interment followed at Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Randy Mitchell, Chuck Lamkin, David Wagner, Jimmy Yackel, Jesse Yackel and Leon McClure.
Memorials can be made to Christ Lutheran Church or donors choice.

Johnnie Mae Henry
Johnnie Mae Kubela Henry, 89, of Palacios, died Saturday, June 21, 2003.
She was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Pierce, Wharton County to John William and Gardina Marek Kubela.
Mrs. Henry attended the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Women’s University) in Denton and received a bachelor of science degree with honors in 1933. After returning home from college, she worked as a school teacher and as office manager for Kubela Motor Company in El Campo.
Oct. 21, 1934 she married Herbert Lee Henry at the Kubela family home in Pierce in which she had been born. In 1942 Mrs. Henry and her family moved from El Campo to the home in rural Matagorda County in which she lived for more than 60 years, serving her family as a devoted housewife, mother and office manager for the family farm, which the family affectionately called Black Acres Farm.
Mrs. Henry was a member of First Baptist Church of Palacios where she taught an adult Sunday School class for many years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Palacios Chapter 125.
Survivors include her sons, John Lee Henry and wife Elaine, of Garland, Herbert William Henry and wife Jean of Bay City and James Rupert Henry and wife Karen of Victoria; grandchildren, Anna Penrod, Kristina Lang, Julie Lubinski, Rebecca Henry, Phillip Lee Henry, Holly Henry, Jason Scott Henry, Amy Kathryn Garrett and Lisa Heather Henry; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Klara Bunge and Lorraine Appling.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Palacios with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Internment followed at Garden of Memories Cemetery in El Campo under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home of El Campo.
Pallbearers were Jason Scott Henry, Phillip Lee Henry, William Carl Hansen, Carl M. Hansen III, Derril Frazen and Daniel R. Tucker Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Roger Carter, Billy Morton, Harry Lane Powell, Guy Stovall Jr. and Guy Stovall III.

Frank Maerz
Frank Lloyd (Jiggs) Maerz, 85, of Wharton, died Friday, June 20, 2003 in Wharton following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 5, 1917 in Crescent to Frank Joe and Elizabeth Reitz Maerz. Mr. Maerez had been a resident of Wharton since 1966 and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton. He was a graduate of Loyola University and was a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Air Corp for 22 years and retired in 1962. He was a veteran of World War II and served as a Fighter Plane Carrier Pilot and was a member of the Black Sheep Squadron. Mr. Maerz also served in the South Pacific in the Soloman and Ryukyu Islands.
He married Marion Kleas on Sept. 20, 1943 in Wharton. He was a former Veterans Service Officer for Wharton County. He was a member of American Legion Post 87 in Wharton and the VFW. He was also a member of the Retired Officers Association and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Survivors include his wife; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Doris Kleas of Wharton and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Frank Boyd Maerz; and sister, Linnie Francis Matzke.
A Rosary was recited at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23 at Holy Family Catholic Church and was followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. with Father Joe Vrana officiating. Burial followed at the Wharton City Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors provided by American Legion Post 87. Funeral services were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Robert Kleas, Glenn Kleas, Kenneth Rachunek, Jim Jett, Joe Matzke and Travis Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were all of his many close friends, neighbors, nieces, nephews and golfing buddies.
Memorials can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund, 2011 Briar Ln., Wharton, Texas 77488.

Daniel Malota
Daniel Louis Malota, 46 of Hillje, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
He was born July 21, 1956 in El Campo to Daniel Joseph and Josephine Palinek Malota. Mr. Malota was a 1976 graduate of Louise High School and later attended Brazosport Community College.
He married Denice Kucera on July 7, 1990 in Hungerford. Mr. Malota was employed as a jailer and deputy with the Wharton County Sheriffs Office from 1979 to 1986 and in the maintenance department of the Wharton County Courthouse from 1987 until 1992. For the past 13 years, Daniel has worked as a heavy equipment operator for Wharton County Precinct 4.
Mr. Malota was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Hungerford and was a retired member of the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department, having served for 22 years.
Survivors include his wife; brother, Joe Malota and wife, Jen of Cypress; niece, Molly Malota of Cypress; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ervin and Dorothy Kucera of Wharton; and brother-in-law, Bo Kucera of Wharton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Pauline Malota.
Funeral Mass services were held Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Henry Rachunek officiating. Cremation followed. A Rosary service was held Wednesday, June 18 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Frankie Peter, Bobby Peter, Darrell Nohavitz, Jimmy Kainer, Kenny Cicherski and Brad Tupa.
Honorary pallbearers were Sid Border, Gordon Newton, E.R. Matus, Mike Orsak and Nacho Rodriguez.
Memorials can be made to Hospice Support Care, 1102 N. Mechanic St., El Campo, Texas 77437 or St. John’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 121, Hungerford, Texas 77448.

Mary Stavena
Mary Ann Stavena, 64, of El Campo, died Monday, June 23, 2003.
She was born Sept. 1, 1938 in Wharton to Louis and Frances Dirba Stavena. Miss. Stavena was a homemaker and a member of St. Philip Catholic Church.
Survivors include her sisters, Emma Mladenka of El Campo, Agnes Kaska of Lissie, Annie Orsak of Wharton and Julie Satsky of El Campo; and brothers, Jerry Stavena of Wallis and Willie Stavena of El Campo.
Miss. Stavena was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frank and John Stavena; and sister, Lucille Borak.
A Parish Rosary will be recited today, Wednesday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ty Bazar officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Victor Vasicek
Victor F. Vasicek, 77, of Midland, died Friday, June 20, 2003.
He was born May 5, 1926 in El Campo to William J. and Elizabeth Vasicek. Mr. Vasicek served as a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corp working on amphibious tractors in San Diego.
He graduated from El Campo High School where he was an outstanding athlete. Mr. Vasicek attended the University of Southern California where he played football for the Trojans. While at USC he played in the Rose Bowl. He transferred to The University of Texas at Austin where he played football under coaches D.X. Bible and Blair Cherry. As a Longhorn he played in the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl.
He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in petroleum engineering. Mr. Vasicek worked for many oil companies in the Permian Basin, including Marathon Oil, Handley Co. and Cherry Brothers. He founded V.F. Petroleum in 1963 and then formed Bessero Oil Company with his son in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Iona Lampley, whom he married, June 16, 1951 in Benton, Ill.; sons, Robin Vasicek of Midland and Mark Vasicek of Westfield, Mass.; daughter, Vicki Oxenreiter of Dallas; and his 11 grandchildren.
A prayer vigil was held Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home in Midland.

Viola Webb
Our Lord released the body of Viola Appling Webb, 94, to an eternal life with God on Sunday, June 22, 2003.
She was born Aug. 3, 1908, in El Campo, to Richard Benedict Ehman and Virgie Mae Ehman.
She was a 1925 graduate of El Campo High School, served on the Battleship Texas Commission for 15 years, the L.B.J. Inaugural Committee, and the state Democratic Executive Committee.
Mrs. Webb owned and operated Mack J. Webb Hardware Company.
She was recognized as El Campo’s first female “Citizen of the Year” in Oct. 1964 by the El Campo Chamber of Commerce. She was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for 20-years.
She was a past member of the Nightingale Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Business and Professional Women, Wharton County Historical Society, and Beta Sigma Phi.
Viola Webb lived her life fully. She is known for her tireless efforts to be involved in areas of service. She invested her time and her energy in affecting the world around her and she demonstrated exemplary service to her community, both as a volunteer and as a businesswoman.
Viola Webb was an adventurer, always ready for traveling and experiencing new things. She was a devoted wife and mother. Affectionately known as Grandmother, Viola Webb dearly loved her great-great, her great, and her grandchildren, referring to them as “a great treasure in my life.”
Viola Webb is a treasure and her legacy is a family knitted closely in love.
Survivors include her daughters, Rita Hudson of New Braunfels, Arlene Hay of Yakima, Wash., and Gretchen Evans of Austin; stepdaughter Ann Brown of El Campo; stepson Mack D. Webb of Magnolia Beach; sister Dixie McDannald of Richardson; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by husbands John Lowell Appling and Mack J. Webb; her parents; a sister, Bobbie Guidry; and a grandson, Greg Brown.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 25 at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Richard Gould officiating.
Triska Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Preschool or to El Campo Hospice Support Care.

Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson, 83, of El Campo, died Sunday, June 22, 2003.
He was born Dec. 13, 1919 in Warren, Ark. to John M. and Pearl E. Stephens Wilson. Mr. Wilson was a Stillman Operator for 38 years at Texaco Refinery in Amarillo. He was a member of the American Legion Post 251. Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force during W.W.II.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Wilson of El Campo; daughter, Carla Fredrick of Amarillo; step-daughter, Sandra Van Hoesen of Friendswood; step-daughter-in-law, Janice Roberts of Angleton; son, the Rev. Paul Wilson of Morgan City, La.; brother, Legal Wilson of El Campo; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Louise Wyatt, Velma Banks and Dovie Estelle Calaway; brothers, Thomas Bryant Wilson, Roy Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Wilson; step-son, Tommy Roberts; and granddaughter, Gwendonlyn Jones.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Wilson and the Rev. Larry Swift officiating. Graveside services were held at Memorial Park in Amarillo. Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Amparo DeOlivas
Amparo DeOlivas, 79, of Garland, formerly of Wharton County, died Sunday, June 15, 2003.
She was born Sept. 10, 1923 in Mexico City.
Survivors include her daughters, Yanela Carpenter, Amparo Aderman and Martha Zurcher; two sons, Gabriel Olivas and Raul Olivas; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at Restland Abbey Chapel. Interment followed at Restland Memorial Park.

Leonard Cerny
Leonard Wilbert Cerny, 72, of El Campo, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003.
He was born Aug. 20, 1930 in Crescent to Emil and Annie Pavlicek Cerny. Mr. Cerny was a farmer and a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 251, V.F.W. and the D.A.V. Mr. Cerny was also a member of the S.P.J.S.T., Farmers Co-op, the Farm Bureau and was a lifetime member of the Wharton County Youth Fair Boy Builders.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Dirba Cerny of El Campo; daughter, Kimberly Cox and husband Carlton of Rowlett; sons, Steven Cerny of Wharton, Tom Cerny and wife Margy of El Campo and Ricky Cerny and wife Gay Lynn of El Campo; sisters, Helen Peters of El Campo, Leona Coxwell of Sheridan and Marcella Gajewsky of El Campo; brothers, Jim Cerny of El Campo, Victor Cerny of Wharton and Sylvester Cerny of El Campo; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Raymond Cerny.
A Parish Wake service was held Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was held Friday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Philip Church with the Rev. Ty Bazar officiating. Graveside services followed at St. John’s Cemetery in Taiton with full Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251. Arrangements were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Paul Cerny, Robert Cerny, Tim Cerny, David Gajewsky, Clifford Hubenak, Louis Peters, Gary Supak and Larry Cerny.
Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, great-grandchildren, A.C. “Doc” Kaltwasser and Raymond Palt.
Leonard had so many friends and relatives, we would like them to know that they are thought of as a special part of his family.
Memorials can be made to St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund or donor’s choice.

Louise Orsak
Louise Ann Gurecky Orsak, 91, of Bay City, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
She was born Feb. 26, 1912 in Taiton to Frank and Theresia G. Vacek Gurecky. Mrs. Orsak was a long time resident of Matagorda County, she was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society in Blessing and a member of the K.J.Z.T.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Lawrence Hluza of West Columbia, Marilyn Hollas, Barbara and George Manna and Jane LaCroix, all of Bay City; sons and daughter-in-law, Leonard Orsak of Goliad and Tommy and Betty Orsak of Bay City; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Patrick Orsak; son, George W. Orsak; and sister, Sophie Gurecky.
The Rosary was recited Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Deacon Raul Castillo. A Funeral Mass was held Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Blessing with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment followed at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, in Blessing. Arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City.
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James Smith
James Murrell Smith, 71, of Liberty, formerly of El Campo, died Monday, June 16, 2003.
He was born in Hugo, Okla. on April 18, 1932 to John and Leora Smith. Mr. Smith was a retired oil tool operator for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Evelyn Hensley in El Campo in 1956. Mr. Smith was a member of the VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Smith; son, Chipper Smith; daughter, Darla Diaz; one grandson; four granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat Waugh of Hugo, Okla. and Mary Riggs of Kenedy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Terry Watson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Interment followed at Cooke Cemetery in Liberty.

John Toman
John Edward Toman, 62, of Rosenberg, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
He was born July 28, 1940 in Houston to Steve R. and Norma Smith Toman. Mr. Toman was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He retired after 33 years from WKM-Missouri City.
Survivors include his mother; wife, Janice Toman; children, Cindy Heiman, Jackie Mercer, Nancy McCain, Becky Donham, Gerald Toman and John (BJ) Toman Jr.; brothers, Charles Toman and James Toman; sisters, Carolyn Grimit, Elrose Kresta and Marilyn Iosue; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Stephen F. Toman.
Funeral Mass was held Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg with interment following at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg. Father Wencil Pavlovsky officiated the services. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg.
Pallbearers were Edward Stavinoha, Harvey Parchmont, Charles Toman Jr., Myke Toman, Lawrence C. Labay Jr. and Robert Petrash.
Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Toman, John Toman Jr., Dennis Heiman, Bully Mercer, Perry McCain, Paul Donham, Jacob McCain and Avery McCain.
Memorials may be made in John’s name to Holy Rosary Church, Vision 2011, 1416 George St., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

Gerion Ermis
Gerion James Ermis, 79 of El Campo, died Saturday, June 14, 2003.
He was born July 21, 1923 in Schulenburg to James A. and Sydney Pazderny Ermis. Mr. Ermis retired as mechanic for Industrial Motor Service after 37 years. He was a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion. Mr. Ermis was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of W.W.II.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margaret Hill Ermis of El Campo; daughter, Rosemary Cruthirds and husband David of Houston; sons, James Ermis and wife Mary of Corpus Christi, Don Ermis and wife Donna of Katy and Philip Ermis and wife Nancy of Bay City; brother, Ben Ermis of Granite Shoals; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Parish Wake service was held Sunday, June 15 at 5 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with the Rev. Wayne Flagg and the Rev. Ty Bazar and Deacon Jarrel Nohavitza officiating. Entombment followed at Holy Cross Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were James Turner, Tommy Turner, Steven Goetsch, Aaron Ermis, Brandon Ermis and Brent Ermis.
Memorials can be made to St. Philip School Endowment Fund or Donors choice.

Jerome Koudela
Jerome J. Koudela, 76, of El Campo, died Monday, June 16, 2003.
He was born Jan. 20, 1927 in El Campo to Joseph and Julia Reck Koudela. Mr. Koudela was a self-employed farmer and a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the Knight’s of Columbus and the KJT.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Staff Koudela of El Campo; daughters, Julia Wesselman and husband Bob of Needville, Helen Srubar and husband Lloyd of El Campo, Sandra Murphey and husband, Jerry of El Campo, Kathryn Morrison and husband Carl of El Campo and Donna LeCompte and husband Michael of Corpus Christi; sons, Eugene Koudela and wife Shiela of El Campo, Jerome Koudela Jr. and wife Elaine of El Campo, David Koudela and wife Christine of Wharton and Chris Koudela and wife Monica of El Campo; sisters, Edith Labay of Wharton and Lorena Taylor of Boling; brothers, J.C. Koudela of El Campo and Raymond Koudela of El Campo; grandchildren, Christie Koudela, Laura Prihoda, Angela Koudela, Keith Koudela, Katrina Koudela, Zachary Koudela, Blythe Koudela, Diana Wesselman, Renee Norton, Kimberly Wesselman, Jennifer Srubar, Lloyd Srubar Jr., Lacey Murphey, Brandy Mann, Kevin Koudela, Hunter Koudela, Carl Morrison III, Lindsey LeCompte and Ryan LeCompte; great-grandchildren, Dylan Johnston, Clayton Mann, Paige Norton, Dustie Koudela, Justin Koudela and Kyndal Brune.
Mr. Koudela was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Roy Koudela.
A Wake service was held Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Hillje. Funeral services are today, Wednesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Hillje with the Rev. Clement Quainoo officiating. Burial will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Zachary Koudela, Keith Koudela, Paul Koudela, Kevin Koudela, Lloyd Srubar Jr. and Carl Morrison.

Elbert Luedecke
Elbert J. Luedecke, 74, of El Campo, died Saturday, June 14, 2003.
He was born June 3, 1929 in Little Kentucky Community, Ganado to Gus and Ella Rinn Luedecke. Mr. Luedecke was a farmer and then retired Supervisor at Greenleaf Nursery as well as their first employee. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and served a number of years on the Property Committee for church and Church Council.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Saman Luedecke of El Campo; daughter, Debbie Miller and husband Don of Stephenville; sons, Jay Luedecke and wife Lou Ann of Midland and Glen Luedecke and wife Becky of Louise; sister, Gertrude Schultze of Tomball; brother, Lawrence Luedecke and wife Eva of Bay City; grandchildren, Chad Luedecke and wife April of Midland, Thomas Luedecke of Los Angeles, Calif., Scott Ballard of Midland, Traci White of Midland, Kari Luedecke of Louise, Dustin Luedecke of Louise, Daniel Miller and wife Allison of Waco, Jonathan Miller of Stephenville and Joel Miller of Stephenville; great-grandchildren, Brittany Luedecke of Midland and McKenzie White of Midland; and by Faith Lutheran Church Family.
Mr. Luedecke was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Olivia Burchard and Loyola Lay; and brothers, Lewallyn Luedecke, Calvin Luedecke and Evan Luedecke.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church of El Campo. Cremation followed with Pastor Clyde Grier officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Gene Luedecke, Donald Luedecke, David Luedecke and Kenneth Luedecke.
Memorials can be made at Faith Lutheran Church.

Daniel Malota
Daniel Louis Malota, 46, of Hillje, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
Funeral mass services are Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hungerford with Father Henry Rachunek officiating. Cremation will follow. Rosary services are today, Wednesday, June 18 at 8:15 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. Visitation is today, Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Wharton Funeral Home and starting at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. A complete obituary will run in the next Wharton Journal-Spectator. Arrangements are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Robert Nolen
Robert Lyle “Bobby” Nolen, 66, of Louise, died Monday, June 16, 2003.
He was born Oct. 28, 1936 to Jack Lyle and Mildred Oswald Nolen of Louise. Mr. Nolen retired an oil field supervisor and worked in the oil field for 45 years. He was employed by T.K. Stanley.
Survivors include his daughter, Robin Perez and husband Roland of Bay City; sons, Robert Nolen Jr. of Austin and Gary Lyle Nolen of Waco; grandchildren, Meagan Skow of El Campo and Heather Bartlett of Victoria; and sister, Jackie Roades of Louise.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Norma Nolen.
Visitation for Mr. Nolen will begin today, Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services are Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Glenda Kelly and Brother B. J. Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in El Campo.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

Ruby Praytor
Ruby Praytor, 89, of Victoria, formerly of El Campo, died Monday, June 16, 2003.
She was born Jan. 4. 1914 in Neches to Joseph Columbus Hall and Mary Jane Lindsey. Mrs. Praytor was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Mrs. Praytor was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Wiley Cline Praytor.
Visitation is today, Wednesday, June 18 at noon at Wheeler Funeral Home. Graveside services are Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at Garden of Memories Cemetery in El Campo with the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers are nieces and nephews, Mary Jo Oronoz of Calif., Nan Perryman of Sautee, Ga., Joel Praytor of Victoria and Tom Cornett of Victoria.

Jean Roberts
Jean Roberts, 65, of El Campo, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
She was born Nov. 16, 1937 in Magnus, Ark. to Alfred and Edith Mae Self Stephens. Mrs. Roberts retired as an apartment manager. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and AARP.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond E. Roberts of El Campo; and first husband, Paul Easter of Hemstead; son, Dan Easter of Hempstead; sister, Dorothy Wagster of West Memphis, Ark.; grandchildren, Brandy Taylor and husband Bradley of Hempstead and Heidi Easter of Hempstead and finance’ Lance Dewey; and great-grandchild, Maddison.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Rockford Paul Easter.
Memorial services are Thursday, June 19 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating.

Thelma Smidt
Thelma Mae Smidt, 92, of El Campo, died Saturday, June 14, 2003.
She was born Jan. 28, 1911 in El Campo to Henry and Cora Bray Guyer. Mrs. Smidt was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church and the Suzannah Morning Circle group of the Methodist Church. She had served as President of the El Campo Garden Club and the D.O.E.S. the auxiliary of the B.P.O.E. She was also an Honorary member of the Women’s Club.
Survivors include her sons, Vernon Doyle Smidt of El Campo, Pat E. Smidt and wife Lucille of El Campo and C. Ross Smidt and wife Betty of Houston; sister, Ella Guyer Frnka of El Campo; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cornelius Smidt; sister, Delores Guyer Frnka; and brother, Vernon Guyer.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joyce McCormick officiating. Interment followed at Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Hospice Support, Inc.

Donald Gann Sr.
Donald Philip Gann Sr., 63, of El Campo, died Thursday, June 12, 2003.
He was born Sept. 4, 1939 in El Campo to John T. and Alice Henke Gann.
Mr. Gann graduated from El Campo High School and continued his education at Sul Ross State University in Alpine where he received a bachelor of science degree in geology. He earned his master of science degree in geology from the University of Houston.
Mr. Gann was a certified Professional Geological Scientist. He was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Institute of Professional Geologists, Order of the Sons of Herrmann and a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn.
Survivors include his sons, Donald P. Gann Jr. and wife Jane of Aledo and John Gann and wife Kristine of West Chester, Pa.; sister, Kathy Stienke and husband Ralph of Garwood; grandchildren, Shelby Gann, Haley Gann and Bradford Gann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Michael Gann and infant brother, John Edward Gann.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in El Campo with the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Gladys Redden
Gladys E. Redden, 81, of Fort Stockton, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003.
She was born July 2, 1921 in Slaton to J.W. and Lillie Belle Flanagan Nesbitt. Mrs. Redden was a homemaker and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Survivors include her son, Jimmy Redden of Kerrville; daughters, Loxi Bena of El Campo and Pat Matschek of San Angelo; brother, Floyd Nesbitt of Lubbock; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Redden was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Thurman Redden who died April 2, 1996. They married July 17, 1940 in San Angelo.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial followed at Fort Stockton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Fort Stockton Funeral Home.


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