Agnes A. Repsher
Agnes A. Repsher, 81, of Daytona Beach, Florida, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004.
She was born in Spring Valley, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 5, 1922 to the late John and Mary Hrkach. She was retired from Western Electric and a Roman Catholic.
She is survived by her husband, William H. Repsher; daughters, Chris Carbonara of Cuero, Donna Coleman of Keller, Kathy Pignoli of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and Leslie Poff of Easton, Pennsylvania; brothers, Johnny Hrkach, Richard Hrkach, and Michael Hrkach; sisters, Ann Bentley, Margie Tamarro, and Tessie McMahon; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Joe Hrkach and Tony Hrkach.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Epiphany Catholic Church in Daytona Beach, Florida. Alavon Crematory Services, South Daytona Beach, Fla., 386-322-2510.
Memorials: St. Michaelís Catholic Church in Cuero or St. Michaelís School in Cuero.
Edgar A. Kruse
Edgar Anton Kruse, 84, of Cuero, died Dec. 31, 2003.
He was born Feb. 10, 1919 in DeWitt County to the late George and Antonia Raaz Kruse. He worked at a feed store.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Frieda Huber, Elsie Wehman, and Isabella Schaffner; and brothers, George Kruse Jr., Alex Kruse, Edmund Kruse, Willie Kruse, and Leon Kruse.
Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 3 at Freund Funeral Home. Services were Sunday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Steve Byrne officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: J. C. Hull, Nolen Wendel, Floyd Boedeker, Jimmy Bulgerin, Calvin Ahrens, and Henry Stall.
Memorials: St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Clifford H. Smith
Clifford H. Smith, 91, of Daisetta, died Dec. 30, 2003.
He was born in Coushatta, Louisiana, on June 28, 1912. He was a production supervisor in the petroleum industry.
He is survived by his sons, Richard H. Smith of Cuero, Bobby Joe Smith of Lockport, Louisiana, Jack S. Smith of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Gary B. Smith of Daisetta; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lamerle Powell Smith.
Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 1 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services were Friday at Hillside Cemetery, the Rev. Bill York officiated. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: Donorís choice.
Col. Joseph J. Kolodzey
Col. Joseph J. Kolodzey, USAF (retired), 86, died peacefully December 30, 2003 in his home in Universal City, Texas.
Col. Kolodzey was born May 1, 1917 in Yorktown, Texas, the younger son of Ed and Mary Kolodzey. He attended St. Edward's University and the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the U.S. Air Force, received his commission, and served in Europe during World War II. He retired from the military in 1971 after a distinguished 30-year career.
Col. Kolodzey is survived by his two daughters, Sarah Hesslink of Spokane, Washington, and Katie Kolodzey of Austin; brother Charles E. Kolodzey of Austin; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Aubrey Dunn Kolodzey in 1988.
The funeral Mass was held Monday, Jan. 5 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Yorktown. Arrangements by Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, 212 E. Main St., Yorktown, TX 78164, 361-564-2277.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to Hope Hospice, 611 N. Walnut Dr. in New Braunfels.
Ruth M. T. Owen
Ruth Meneley Tumlinson Owen, 85, of Cuero, died Saturday, March 27, 2004.
She was born June 5, 1918, in Gonzales, to the late John C. and Margaret Carleton Menely. She was a LVN in Andrews for 20 years and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors: daughters, Mary Elizabeth Knight of Temple, Ruth Ann Kelsey of Cuero, and Jennifer Malecki of LaPorte; sons, Charles Tumlinson of Grand Prairie and John Peter Tumlinson of Cuero; step-daughter, Margie Cocanaugher of Sweetwater; step-sons, Earl Tumlinson of Winnona, Minnesota, and Floyd Tumlinson of Sweetwater; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: first husband, Charles Clint Tumlinson; second husband, L.B. Owen; step-son, James Tumlinson; and grandson, John Clint Colston.
Visitation was Monday, March 29 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Ron Welborn officiated. Burial was at Floyd Chapel Cemetery in Gonzales County. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: donor's choice.
Bert C. Jacobs Jr.
Bert C. Jacobs Jr. 65, of Cedar Creek and formerly of Hochheim, died Sunday, March 21, 2004.
He was born Jan. 16, 1939, in Hochheim, to the late Bertram Carl Sr. and Rachel Mary Brady Jacobs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a pipe welder and member of Hochheim Baptist Church.
Survivors: daughter, Rachel Marie Jacobs of Cedar Creek; son, Bertram Carl Jacobs III of Cedar Creek; sisters, Marie O'Neill of Yoakum and Anna Braun of Bellville, Illinois; brothers, Henry Jacobs of Pasadena and Charles "Ronnie" Jacobs of Deer Park; and two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Shirley Jacobs.
Services were Tuesday, March 23 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Dr. Ben Sheeran officiated. Burial was at Hochheim Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.
Memorials: Hochheim Cemetery Association.
Pilar Gonzales, 67, of Yorktown, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004.
She was born Aug. 13, 1936, in Floresville, to Elena O. Perales Gonzales of Telferner and the late Justo O. Gonzales. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Survivors: daughters, Olga Garcia of East Bernard and Mariana Tobar of Yorktown; sisters, Pauline Ramirez of California, Oralia Garcia, Amelia Olguin, and Sally Ortega, all of Telferner, and Alma Reyes of Victoria; brothers, Raymond Gonzales and Alfred Gonzales, both of Victoria; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by: sister, Mary Gonzales; and brother, Valdo Gonzales.
Services are pending at Artero Memorial Chapels, Victoria, 361-575-3212.
Edwin L. Rangnow Jr.
Edwin L. Rangnow Jr., 88, of Cuero, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004.
He was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Meyersville, to the late Edwin John and Meta Brandt Rangnow. He was the owner and operator of Rangnow Trucking Co. for 54 years and member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Survivors: daughters, Nancy Lee of Rockport, Marsha Rangnow of Cuero, and Betty Barnett of Meyersville; sons, Dorian Rangnow of Rockport and Darrell Rangnow of Katy; sisters, Annie Hardt of Goliad and Meta Bennett of Meyersville; brothers, Henry Rangnow of Meyersville and Louis Rangnow of Cuero; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Margaret Fechner Rangnow; sister, Linda Hotz; brothers, Otto Rangnow and John Rangnow; and granddaughter, Sandy Kaye Lassman-Krause.
Visitation was Friday, March 26 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Saturday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. John Waak officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Kyle Rangnow, Johnny Blackwell, Lonnie Lassman, Don Brandt, Michael Rangnow, Gary Rangnow, and Alfred Rangnow.
Memorials: American Cancer Society.
Dewey E. Cox Jr.
Dewey Everett Cox Jr., 69, of Nordheim and formerly of Victoria, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.
Services are pending at Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Victoria, 361-573-4546.
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John W. Armbruster
John W. Armbruster, 67, of Cuero, died Thursday, March 25, 2004.
He was born in Belvidere, Illinois, on February 28, 1937, to the late William Frederick and Gladys Pundt Armbruster. He was a manager of apartments and a dairy farm. He was a past Commander of the American Legion Dinter Post #3.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra D. Barron Armbruster; daughter Theresa Gantt of Beach Island, South Carolina; sons, Steven Armbruster of Round Rock, Robert Armbruster of Pennsylvania, and John Wayne Armbruster of Waldin, New York; sister, Vivian Smith of Harvard, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert Armbruster and William Armbruster.
Services will be held Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Chapel in Cuero, with the Rev. Jim Lillard officiating.
Richard L. Stratton
Richard L. Stratton, D.O., 79, a retired physician, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2004, in Bedford.
Dr. Stratton received his pre-medical education at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin, and did graduate studies at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was in family practice in Cuero from 1947 to 1969, then in family practice in Arlington from 1969 until his retirement in 1989. Dr. Stratton was a commissioned member of Texas Governors Hospital Licensing Advisory Council, appointed by four governors from 1959 to 1976; chief of staff at Northeast Community Hospital for three terms; aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until retirement; past member of the board of trustees, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; and past president of Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. He was a past member of the statewide quality assurance committee for Texas Medical Foundation; diplomate of American College of General Practice from 1973 to 1989; legioned honorary member of Arlington Noon Kiwanis Club; past member of Arlington Rape Crisis Task Force; and past president of Arlington advisory committee to Family Services of Fort Worth.
Survivors: wife of 57 years, Merna Stratton; children, Cris S. Woodward, Dr. Stephen Woodward, and Debbie Stratton; and many other relatives and friends.
Private family service were held. Burial was at Emerald Hills Memorial Park, Kennedale. Emerald Hills Funeral Home, Kennedale, 817-572-1681
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Mission Arlington or a charity of choice.