Roland Knoll, 85, passed away peacefully February 4, 2002, at his residence in Boerne.
He was a former resident of San Antonio and moved to Boerne in 1981. He was born March 29, 1916 in Blanco, TX. Mr. Knoll was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and all animals. Mr. Knoll was a WWII veteran and a lifetime member of the VFW, Post #4815, member of the Hermann Sons, Mission Lodge #80 since 1949and a member of the Germania Farmer Verein.
His parents, Hermen & Clara Koch Knoll and a sister, Nora Knoll Maples, preceded Mr. Knoll in death.
He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 60 years, Marguerite Weaver Knoll of Boerne; daughter & son-in-law, Carol & Terry Swan; granddaughter, Shannon Lee Swan; grandson, Kevin Paul Swan, all of San Antonio;brother, Marvin “Dick” Knoll & Monta of Blanco, TX; nephews, Edward, Dwight & Harold Knoll & their families; nieces, Debbie Maples McKibben & family, Sandy Maples Caine & family; special friend, Errol “Blackie” Weidner; special companions, Boots, Shorty, Pancake & Cricket and many other loving relatives & friends.
The family will receive friends from 9:00a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Roy Akers Funeral Chapels. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Roy Akers Funeral Chapels. Graveside services will be conducted 1:00 p.m.,Thursday, February 7, 2002 at the Blanco Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of VistaCare Hospice and the staff of floor 5A at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, especially Dr. Heather McKenzie, Dr. Brett Bauer & Virginia Blakely. Services under the direction of:
Roy Akers Funeral Chapels
515 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205
Graveside services were held Sunday, January 27, 2002 for Mary Mozelle Hammond, age 80, at the Glen Rest Cemetery with Rev. Steve Winners officiating.
Mrs. Hammond was born January 20, 1922 and passed away Saturday, January 26, 2002 in Johnson City.
She is preceded in death by one son; Walter Luther Hitchcock. Survivors are one son; Herman and wife Cordie Hitchcock of Mead, OK., one sister; Pauline Crider of Johnson City and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
BERTHA FRIES FELPS
Bertha Fries Felps, 93, of Blanco died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at the Live Oak Medical Center in Blanco.
She was born July 6, 1910, in Blanco.
She is survived by daughter Julia Faye Dechert of Blanco and son Carroll Douglas Fries of Austin.
Visitation was Monday at Crofts Funeral Home.
Services were Tuesday at the Blanco First Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Jeff Syring, Gerald Hawes, David Savanich, Harley Bowman, John Hardin, Bud Evans, Bart Evans and Roger Evans.
FRANCISCO “PANCHO” L. ORTIZ
Born on July 24, 1941, in Yorktown to McClovia and Benita Ortiz.
Pancho attended school there and at the tender age of six years one morning he spotted the love of his life, Pauline Reyes, on the playground. He was later heard to say that she would become his wife and she did when they were married at the ages of 17 and 19. They later moved to Johnson City, where Pauline’s family resided and started their family of six daughters and one son. Laurie Ortiz, Sandra Trevino, and Christina Ortiz of Johnson City, Sara Brundize of Georgetown, Gracie Ortiz of Chico, California, Pamela Huggins of Marble Falls and Richard Ortiz of San Antonio.
The family later moved to Northwest Texas where they spent many years in the ranching industry and as they labored with their parents in the cotton field. The children all learned the benefits of hard work., a gift he gave that has served them all well as adults.
In 1982 they permanently moved back to Johnson City and Frank worked for many years at Texas Granite. Recently he had been employed with Pasquales and the Silver K Cafe. He also like to help his daughter, Sandra, at her restaurant.
Frank had a lot of interests, his main one was restoring older pick-ups. He always had one in the works. His talents were many and he was always ready to give his opinion on a project you might have going.
His family always had a story to tell of some of the good times they had together and feel they drew much strength from having had him in their lives.
Frank unexpectedly began his heavenly journey Oct. 16, 2003, leaving his wife, children and 14 grandchildren and many friends to celebrate his life.
A remembrance and celebration of everything kind and good about “Pancho” was held at the First Baptist Church in Johnson City Oct. 18.
His family will travel to Yorktown at a later date to sprinkle his ashes in his hometown.
Beyond the Sunset
“If you go first and I remain to walk the road alone, go slowly down that long path for soon I’ll follow you.”
Hazel Emma Smitherman, 90, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003. She was born March 18, 1913, to Theodore and Christina Fritz Herbst in Kimble County, being the seventh of eight children. She graduated from London High School in April 1913 and then married Joseph M. Smitherman Sept. 30, 1930. They resided first in Blanco County then moved to Henly area of Hays County. She and her husband farmed and ranched until his death in 1973. They were active in the community through the Henly Baptist Church.
She served many years as an election clerk for the precinct and became a member of the Henly Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She belonged to the Hill Country Activity Center in Drippping Springs for many years. Her last five years were spent with her daughter in Johnson City.
She is survived by daughter, Louise Gravenor of Johnson City and Son Joe Wayne Smitherman and wife Anita of Blanco; grandchildren Peggy Ginn and husband Joe, Annette Moore and husband Kenny, Nancy Romero and husband Tito, Steve Smitherman and wife Laurie, Gary Smitherman and wife Tracy; great-grandchildren, Dylan Ginn, Many, Kelsey, Shelby, Jake and Ross Smitherman; sister-in-law Lois Herbert of Grand Junction, Colorado.
She was proceeded in death by husband Joseph M. Smitherman; son-in-law Benwill Gravenor; three brothers William, August and Paul Herbst; and four sisters Bertha Copeland, Erna Chandler, Ella Mae Smitherman and Bess Winkle.
Pallbearers were Steve and Gary Smitherman, Tito Romero, Joe and Dylan Ginn and Kenny Moore.
Services were held Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at Crofts Funeral Home in Johnson City followed by Hazel being laid to rest in the Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Henly Baptist Church at 550 Loop 165, Dripping Springs Texas 78620.
GERTRUDE (TRUDY) ROBBINS UNGER
Gertrude (Trudy) Robbins Unger earned her angel wings and was returned to her heavenly Father Oct. 17, 2003. A beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and good friend to so many, she lived a full and giving life for 88 years.
Born March 16, 1915, near Johnson City to Ernst and Lizzie Klappenbach, she was one of four daughters and a son. She married George Robbins, also of Johnson City, in 1937.
Gertrude and George enjoyed 39 years of marriage before his death in 1977. While living in different locations throughout the Texas hill country, they raised a son and two daughters and owned and operated many restaurants.
An exceptional cook, Gertrude will be remembered by many for her delicious homemade doughnuts, Ranger cookies, and in her later years, for really great mashed potatoes (the leftovers fought over by many to eat for dessert).
After retiring from the restaurant business, she opened a plant nursery in Johnson City and often diagnosed ailing plants for her friends and customers.
Gaining her greatest pleasure from the gifts of her time and talents, whether cooking, gardening or taking care of those she loved or those less fortunate, she was truly a giving soul. During the past 11 years, her greatest friend was her great-granddaughter, Chelsea Nolte. They spent many loving hours together and Chelsea spent every spare moment with her Mee Maw, not out of obligation, or because of age, but because through her eyes, and in her mind, Mee Maw was just her best friend in the world and Mee Maw’s best friend in the world was Chelsea, and the family cherishes Chelsea all the more for this.
From 1979 to 1983, Gertrude lovingly cared for her second husband, Bob Williams, of Johnson City, through a lengthy illness. Bob also helped her build and take care of her plant nursery.
Gertrude was given the nickname of “Trudy” by her third husband, Leo Unger, of Leander. She enjoyed helping Leo in his work with the Hill Country Ministries and was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Leander. After his death in 1995, Trudy remained active in the community and enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren.
She especially enjoyed playing Canasta with her friends at the Hill Country Community Center in Cedar Park.
Trudy spent the last few years of her life in Corpus Christi, surrounded by her loving granddaughter Kim, her husband Larry, and their five children (one of these being Chelsea).
Preceding her in death were the aforementioned husbands, her only son, Owen Robbins of California, her oldest daughter, Mary Helen Robbins of Austin, one sister, Anna Crofts of Johnson City, and her only brother, Hugo Ernst Klappenbach of Fredericksburg.
She is survived by her only living child, Judy Robbins, companion Randy Wood, and a stepdaughter, Lisa Williams, all of Austin; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nell Fuchs of Fredericksburg and Margaret Rittiman of Kerrville; and many nephews and nieces.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Westwood Manor Nursing Home in Corpus Christi. Robyn’s Exclusives will accept flowers until the family arrives.
A celebration of her life will be held in the small city park in Johnson City at the pavilion Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
Ann Beckham, age 58, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2002 at her home in Blanco. Ann was born December 30, 1943 in Robstown, Tx.
Ann is survived by her Step-mother; Mary Sue Beckham of Robstown, one brother; Beverly “Sonny” and wife Rhea Louise Beckham of Houston, one nephew: Bev and wife Cindy Beckham, one niece; Nanci and husband Rick Magee both of Houston, two great nephews, and two great nieces. Ann was preceded in death by her twin brother Robert Lawrence Beckham.
Services were held Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Rusty Hicks officiating. Interment followed at the Blanco Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bev Beckham, Rick Magee, James Caudell, Lynn Boyd, Bill Spurgin and Dorsey Lee Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Scholarship Fund set-up in her name through the Blanco Independent School District.