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Funeral services for Mamie Wells, 86, of Collegeport, were held March 3, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev’s Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment followed in Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Wells was born June 29, 1913 in Collegeport to the late Gustav Albert and Ellen Augusta Bladlund Franzen. She died March 1, 2000 at the Legacy.

A lifelong resident of Collegeport, Mrs. Wells was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport.

She is survived by 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Louise Tanner of Waco, and Lynda and Buddy Lenz of Collegeport; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Bettye Wells of Alleyton; a sister, Dorothy Merek of Collegeport; 2 brothers and 2 sister-in-laws, Alex Franzen of Collegeport, James and Ann Franzen of Pearl River, La, and Ida Mae Franzen of Collegeport; grandchildren, Steve and Debbie Fitzpatrick, Alan Fitzpatrick, Meloni and J.B. Cason, Traylor and Gena Lenz and Garrett Lenz; 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald F. "Jerry" Wells, Sr., brothers; Arnold, Clifford and Carl Franzen and a sister; Ellen Franzen Bryan.

Pallbearers were Steve and Alan Fitzpatrick, Traylor and Garrett Lenz, J. B. Cason and G.W. Franzen. Honorary pallbearers will be Session members of Collegeport First Presbyterian Church.


Funeral services for Ray W. Legg, 80, of Victoria, were held Feb. 25, 2000 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Shamburger officiating. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Legg was born Dec. 5, 1919 in Palacios to the late Early Roy and Lela Bernice Evans Legg. He died Feb. 22, 2000 at Retama Manor South in Victoria.

He has been a resident of Victoria for the past five years. He was a former resident of Curero and a former long time resident of Angleton. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Victoria, a life member of the Alvin Masonic Lodge #762 AF and AM, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Lodge #128. A veteran of WW II serving in the US Army Air Force, Mr. Legg was a retired Mechanical Engineer with Dow Chemical Company.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dorsey Legg of Victoria; two daughters and sons-in-law: Cathy and Calvin McCormick of Victoria and Donna and Dan Beto of Bryan; two sisters and a brother-in-law: Glenith Parker of Palacios and Alice and Harry Burghardt of Austin; brother and sisters-in-law: Rev. Jesse and Billie Jean Legg of Houston and Mary Ann Legg of Rockdale; one grandson, Joseph McCormick of Victoria and one great-grandson, Andrew Campbell of Houston. Mr. Legg was preceded in death by two brothers, Dan And Early James Legg.


Funeral services for Fernando “Fred” Diaz, III, 42, of Houston, were held Feb. 18, 2000 at Living Word Church in Palacios with the Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Diaz was born Dec. 12, 1957 in New Gulf, Tx. to Fernando “Fred” and Sadie Cortez Diaz, Jr. He died Feb. 14, 2000 in Houston. He was a journeyman and a Presbyterian.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Zamora-Diaz; daughter, Christ Ann Diaz of Houston; sons, Fred. Diaz IV and William Diaz, both of Palacios; parents, Fernando “Fred“ and Sadie Cortez Diaz; a sister, Rosalinda Diaz of Palacios; and brothers, Joe Diaz and Mario Diaz, both of Palacios.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Diaz; and a grandfather, Fred Diaz, Sr.


Funeral services for Eugene Alvin Arning, 63, of Palacios and formerly of Bellville, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo with Rev. Bill Jenkins officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville with Rev. Willard Rotter officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Triska Funeral Home.

Mr. Arning was born Sept. 25, 1936 in Kenney, Tx. to Arthur and Nettie Loesch Arning, Sr. He died Feb. 21, 2000.

He was a retired tool pusher. He worked in the oilfield for nearly 20 years before becoming co-owners of Arning Well Service with his brother.

He is survived by his wife, Tressie King Arning of Palacios; daughters Susanne White and Gena A. Chapa, both of El Campo; sons Kelton Arning of El Campo and Michael Arning of Houston; a sister, Frances Sims of Ganado; and brothers Arthur Arning Jr. and Elwood Arning, both of Bellville.

Pallbearers are Kelton Arning, Michael Arning, Erland Arning, Eric Arning, Bobby Sims and Larry Sims.


A funeral mass for Andy Angel Flores, 39, of Palacios was held Feb. 21 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Flores was born Aug. 2, 1960 in El Campo to Eulalio P. and Angelina Altamira Flores. He died Feb. 18, 2000.

He was a lifelong resident of Palacios, a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and worked as a Carpenter Foreman with HB Zachary Construction in Freeport.

He is survived by his children, Erika and Andrew Flores of Palacios; the mother of his children, Sofia Flores of Palacios; his parents, Eulalio and Angelina Flores of Palacios; sisters and brothers-in-law, Yolanda and Mickey Martinez of Clute, Linda and Tom Cochrane of Bay City, and Lilly Rocha of Palacios; a brother, Eulalio Flores, Jr.; and his fiancee, Nadine Flores of Baytown.


Graveside funeral services for Bertha Macha Kopecky, 85, of Bay City, were held Feb. 21 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Mrs. Kopecky was born Jan. 7, 1905 in Granger, TX to Henry and Rosie Macha Rozacky. She died Feb. 17, 2000.

A housewife and a member of the Czech Brethren Church, she had been a resident of Bay City for the past 58 years.

She is survived by stepdaughters Lydia K. Gate of Bay City and Ollie Nedbalek of Houston; sisters-in-law Lillie Flint and husband, Jerry, of Blessing and Vlasta “Blonde” Domorod of Markham; nieces Sybil Stojanik of Austin and Bertha Sefeak of Taylor; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, V. L. Kopecky; her parents, Henry and Rosie Rozacky; stepsister, Helen Loraine Smith; stepbrothers, Gus Kopecky and Virgil Lee Kopecky; and eight brothers and sisters.


Funeral services for Elmo "Pete" Duke, Sr., 84, of Ganado, were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Mr. Duke was born Nov. 16, 1915 in Eagle Lake, Tx. to Roma Duke and Fannie Miles Duke. He died Feb. 13, 2000 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

He grew up in Iowa Colony where he was a rice farmer for many years. He loved the outdoors and spent many happy days at deer camp with his family. He was a proud and sensitive man who loved his family deeply. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Ganado where he had lived for the past 3-1/2 years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mayme Calo Duke of Ganado; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Frank Planka of Alvin; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Caroline Duke of Danbury, and Elmo Duke, Jr. and Marianne Duke of Palacios; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are grandsons Frank Plank, Jr., Elmo Duke, III, John Duke, Anthony Duke, Jr., Ronald Duke, Monte Duke, Mark Greenawalt and Tom Gray. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandsons.


Funeral services for Mrs. Emilie Merckel Jager, 84, of Blessing scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at the First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Rev. Luther Carroll officiating. Interment in Hawley Cemetery. She died Saturday, Feb. 12.

A native of Woodville, she was born Dec. 16, 1915 to the late Jacob and Pauline Witcher Merckel. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Tom Lee Jager and Carl Jager, both of Blessing, Mitchel Jager of Waco and Raymond Jager of Alvin; three half-brothers, Theodore Merckel of Aransas Pass, August Merckel of Gretna, La. and Herbert Merckel of Homa, La.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Jager; two sons, Leroy and Paul John Jager; one sister and two half-brothers.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 420, Houston, Tex.


Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Irene Tedder, 67, of Palacios are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, June 2, 2000 at Dulaney Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake, followed by interment at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Visitation at Palacios Funeral Home was to be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 1.

Mrs. Tedder died May 30. A native of Eagle Lake, she was born Oct. 31, 1932 and had resided in Palacios since 1959. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3821, Ladies Auxiliary; and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas R. Tedder and wife, Adeline, of Santa Fe, Tx., and Darrell D. Tedder and wife, Janet, of Palacios; and four grandchildren, Shanna L. Griego of Raeford, N.C., Amy L. Tedder of Santa Fe., Tex., and Brooke N. and Dustin T. Tedder of Palacios. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Catherine Hough; and one brother, Raymond Graves.


Funeral services for Mrs. Anna C. Hilborn, 78, of Benton, Ark., were held Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at the First Assembly of God Church of Benton, with the Rev. Larry Davis officiating. Interment was at New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. She died May 28 at her home.

Mrs. Hilborn was retired from the Benton schools, after 23 years as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Benton.

Survivors include two daughters, Gwen Sample of Palacios and Ginger Ford of Rio Vista, Calif.; two sisters, Rubie Hazelwood of Wilcox, Ariz., and Ruth Scott of Malvern, Ark.; four grandchildren, Zachary Sample of Palacios, Johnathon Sample and Becky Ferretiz, both of Benton, Ark., and Michelle Carson of North San Juan, Calif., and three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley Carson of North San Juan, Calif., and Jacob Ferretiz of Benton, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Hilborn, and daughter, Pam Lee. 


Funeral services for Edgar Louis Frank Schneider, 84, of Bay City, were held May 30, 2000 at First Presbyterian Church in Bay City with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment was at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Schneider was born Feb. 17, 1915 in Louise, Tx. to the late Alfred Emil and Alma Josephine Meier Schneider. He died May 26, 2000.

Mr. Schneider was a rice farmer/rancher and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. A resident of Matagorda County since 1935, was a member of Matagorda Farmer’s Coop, a member of Executive Board of Rice Belt Dryers, Inc., and was recognized as “Outstanding Rice Farmer of the Year” in 1973.

He is survived by his wife, Della June Jurek Schneider; daughters Janice Copknicky and Linda Keller, both of Bay City; sisters Ruby Boettcher of Palacios and Pasadena, and Olga Kusak of Needville; brothers Weldon Schneider of Conroe, Alfred Schneider and Dickie Schneider, both of Palacios, and Herbert John Schneider of Port Lavaca; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jean Schneider.


Funeral services for Pete H. Rodriguez, 65, of Palacios, were held May 20, 2000 at St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church with Father Charles Dwomoh officiating. Internment was at Palacios Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2467.

Mr. Rodriguez was born June 27, 1934 in Palacios to the late Juan O. Rodriguez and Consuelo Hernandez-Rodriguez. He died May 17, 2000.

He was a Airman Second Class-Regular Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a commercial fisherman and a Catholic.

Mr. Rodriguez is survived by five daughters, Ericka Bagwell of Houston, Veronica Hill of Norman, OK, Angelica Rodriguez of Three Rivers, TX, Maria Consuelo Rodriguez of Palacios, and Jennifer Villarreal of Karnes City, TX; a son, Air Force Staff Sergeant Pete Y. Rodriguez of Tucson; sisters Julia Smith of Edinburg, TX, Margaret Vargas of Palacios, Mary Long and Dee DuPree both of Houston; and brother John H. Rodriguez of Palacios.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jesse H. Rodriguez.

Pallbearers were Larry Deadrick, Julian Guzman, Arnold Davilla, Amador Molina, David Sandoval, and John Rodriguez, III. Honorary pallbearers were Peter John Rodriguez, III, Adrienne Rodriguez, Pete Reyes, Jr., Juan Reyes, and Jose Salas.


Funeral services for Nettie Kilgore, 72, of Palacios, were held May 11, 2000 at Palacios Funeral Home with Chaplain Don Delaplain officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Kilgore was born March 11, 1928 in Palacios to Harley C. and Hattie Best Lewis. She died May 8, 2000 at her home.

She was a lifelong resident of Palacios and married to Walter Kilgore for 51 years.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Kilgore of Palacios; daughters, Karla Nell Carr of Crockett, TX, and Cynthia Lynn Peterson of Leander, TX; a son, David Keith Kilgore of Lockhart, TX; and six grandchildren.

Bernardo DeLosSantos

Funeral services for Bernardo DeLosSantos, 73, of Vanderbilt, were held May 13, 2000 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Vanderbilt with the Rev. Jim Deaconson officiating. Interment was at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery in LaSalle.

Mr. DeLosSantos was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Mission, to the late Jose and Paula Casarez DeLosSantos. He died May 10, 2000.

He was owner and operator of a tavern and a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church and VFW Post No. 8556 in Lolita.

He is survived by his wife, Pola Castillo DeLosSantos; daughters, Gloria Nevarez of Vanderbilt, Irene Perez and Corey Nevarez, both of Houston, Sonia Garcia and Christina Nevarez, both of Palacios and Janie DeLosSantos of Angleton; sons, Casey DeLosSantos of Edna, Benny DeLosSantos of Vanderbilt, Ferman Castillo of Francitas and Paco Leal of Ganado; sisters, Lupe Martinez of Houston, Margaret Ramirez and Gracie Garza, both of Vanderbilt, Fina Delbousquez of San Marcos and Mary Pena of Houston; brothers, Fernando DeLosSantos of LaWard and Joe DeLosSantos of Vanderbilt; 22 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons, Bernardo DeLosSantos Jr., Ricky DeLosSantos and Danny DeLosSantos; parents; and a sister, Juanita Muniz.

Pallbearers were Bernardo DeLosSantos III, Edward DeLosSantos, Edwin DeLosSantos, Eric Nevarez, Robert Garcia Jr. and Jeromy Chagoya.


Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Sue “Trish” Hardy Townsend, 60, of Bay City were scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Tom Crowe officiating. Interment was to follow in Cedarvale Cemetery. She died May 5 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

A native and lifelong resident of Bay City, she was born April 30, 1940 to the late G. P. and Susie Lou Cunningham Hardy, Jr. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

A leading businesswoman in Matagorda County for over 40 years, she owned Exclusively Yours Trish for 30 years and Luisa’s Restaurant for 10 years. Among the civic and community organizations she was a part of were: Junior Service League (past president), chairperson of Charity Ball and Follies; Bay City Study Club (past president); Ladies County Club Association (past president and program chairman); Matagorda County Fair Association—organized and promoted first rodeo program, raising over $20,000 the first year. She was also a founding member of the Holding Pen Club; chairperson of the founding committee of the Matagorda Mermaid Offshore Fishing Tournament, to benefit the Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center and now also benefits the Matagorda EMS.

An individual dedicated to her family, friends and community, Mrs. Townsend was also active in the Matagorda Historical Society, Landmark Commission, Daughters of the American Revolution, Festival of Arts Association, Daughters in Progress and the Bay City Chamber of Commerce. She was also speaker before 500-plus at the Dallas Apparel Mart seminar on the subject,“Creating Plus Sales for the Independent Retailer.”

Survivors include a daughter, Cristyn Townsend Hallmark of Matagorda; son and daughter-in-law, William Allen and Donita Townsend, Jr. of Bay City; three sisters, Timothy Sloan of Bay City, Susie Hardy of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Melinda Horn of Missouri City; one bother, G.P. Hardy III of Sugar Land; three grandchildren, Hatchet Lee Hallmark of Matagorda, Brittney Michelle Townsend and Ashley Rene Townsend, both of Clark Lake; step-mother, Gertrude Hardy of Bay City; Godmother to her children, Lillie Hines of Bay City; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Warren Townsend, on Dec. 9, 1999.

Named pallbearers were nephews Michael, Todd, Matthew and Patrick Sloan, Tommy Phillips, Michael Cannon and George Hardy. Stephen Revell was honorary pallbearer.

Memorials may be made to either the Matagorda Historical Society, P.O. Box 392, Matagorda, Tx 77457; or Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1803, Bay City, Tx 77404-1803. 


A Rosary service for Raymond Salinas, Jr., 85, of Palacios, are scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2000 at St. Anthony’s Cahtolic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Salinas was born Sept. 25, 1914 in Shiner, Tx. to the late Genoveo and Eulagia Olivares Salinas. He died May 4, 2000 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Salinas was a lifelong resident of Palacios and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Maria S. Ortiz of Corpus Christi, Elida S. and Jesse Mendez of Houston, Olivia S. Diaz of Palacios, Janice S. and Paul R. Campos of Palacios, Delia S. Cuellar of Pearland, and Abelia S. and Alfred Guillen of Texas City; sons and daughters-in-law Raymond and Irma Salinas, Jr. of Francitas, David and Suzanne Salinas of Palacios, Joe G. Salinas of Palacios, and Robert G. Salinas of Palacios; 38 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria A. Salinas, three sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers are Alfred Guillen, David Salinas, Jesse Mendez Jr., Greg Ryena, Toby Reyna Jr. and Paul R. Campos III.


Funeral arrangements for Charles William Stewart, Jr., 85, of Palacios, were pending from the Palacios Funeral Home. He died Saturday, April 29, 2000.

A native of Menstrie, Scotland, Mr. Stewart was born Sept. 7, 1914 to the late Charles W. and Mable Laughlin Stewart, Sr. A resident of Palacios since 1945, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, and was retired from Alcoa’s Point Comfort Operations.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Rick Thompson of Rockport; one brother, Jeff Stewart of Palacios; and grandchildren, Kara and Collin Thompson of Rockport.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Palacios Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.


A rosary for Arthur "Red" Foster, 86, of Blessing, will be recited 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 1 at the church with the Rev. Sam Appiasi officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 8, 1914, in Athens, to the late Frederick and Nellie Bethel Foster. He died Saturday, April 29, 2000. 

He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of St. Peters Catholic Church. He was a resident of Blessing since 1942.

He is survived by his wife, Ollie Brod Foster; son, Arthur B. Foster of Pearland; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Crawford.

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