Emmet James Baker Sr.
Emmet James Baker Sr., 86, of Gonzales, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004.
He was born Oct. 26, 1918 in Pilgrim to the late Herbert Baker and Mary Hester. He was a farmer and a rancher. He served in the U. S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post #40, the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #4817, and 1st Lutheran Church in Gonzales.
He is survived by his daughters, Mariann Christine Kitzman and husband Charley of Pattison and Ilene May Gohmert of Cuero; sons, Ronald R. Baker and wife Sandra, Emmet J. Baker Jr. and wife Judy, and Lee Baker and wife Janet, all of Gonzales; sister, Bertha Null of Gonzales; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Bessie Sternadel; parents; and three siblings.
Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 2 at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services were Monday at the funeral home, Pastor Ildiko Rigney officiated. Interment followed at Ebenezer Cemetery. Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales, 830-672-3232.
Pallbearers: Darryl Baker, Brian Baker, Bradley Baker, Christopher Gohmert, Brent Baker, Tinker Brown, and Jeremy Cook.
Lloyd Shock, 81, of Yorktown, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005.
Survivors: sisters, Ruby Honeycutt of Victoria and Pearl Alley of Columbus; brother, Andrew Shock of West Columbia.
Preceded in death by: sister, Gertrude Swenson; and brothers, Elvin Shock, Ruben Shock, and Clarence Shock.
Graveside services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Danbury Cemetery. Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, 979-849-4343.
Joe Eleanor Thompson Benton
Services for Mrs. Joe Eleanor Thompson Benton, 79, of Bastrop, Louisiana, were held Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Monroe, Louisiana, Dr. Randy McGee and Rev. Willis Wilkerson officiated. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery.
Mrs. Benton was born in Monroe on Aug. 17, 1925 and died in Bastrop on Jan. 9, 2005.
Mrs. Benton graduated from Neville High School in 1942, where she was a cheerleader. She was a graduate of Northeast Junior College and St. Francis Nursing School. Mrs. Benton married E. Jake Benton on Oct. 22, 1944 and was preceded in death by him after 52 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her father, Joseph A. Thompson, and daughter-in-law, Sheri Lemoine Benton.
Survivors include her daughters, Ashley Bradley and husband Vernon and Andrea Gladney and husband Goodwin; sons, Richard Benton and wife Margery, Kim Benton and wife Suzanne, Mike Benton and wife Debbie and Rusty Benton; 13 grandchildren; mother, Jessie James Thompson; and sister, Linda Thompson Henderson.
Pallbearers were Jay Eppinette, Robert Gladney, Lonnie Johnston, Mark Leath, Bob Lemoine, Burl Stewart, and Reagan Wilkerson.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Monroe Building Fund.
Gerald Craft Weatherly
Gerald Craft Weatherly (“Bones”), age 76, died peacefully and painlessly at home in his sleep of congestive heart failure secondary to cerebellar degeneration on Tuesday, December 28, 2004. At his side were his great friend Della Branch, his middle daughter Cheryl Weatherly Binnie and her best friend Angela Stephenson of Houston. The former Chicago Bear middle linebacker and Rice University Hall of Famer has joined God’s company of saints in the Church Triumphant and is now reunited with his family, friends, teammates, coaches and his beloved dogs who have preceded him to Heaven.
Gerald was born in Houston, Texas on December 26, 1928 to Homer Edgar Weatherly and Ouida Craft Weatherly. On Gerald’s 76th birthday (Sunday), he happily celebrated his birthday at home with his great friend Ollie Allen, daughter Cheryl, son-in-law Bill Binnie, sister Evelyn Weatherly Cobb, niece Lisa Cobb Porter, her husband Scott Porter, oldest daughter Lynea Weatherly, her husband Richard Weston, and grandson Ki Hughes. Gerald loved great food and enjoyed a magnificent birthday feast with the family.
A fifth generation Texan directly descended of French and English nobility, Gerald always preferred the simple things in life, loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He taught his daughters unconditional love. A true gentleman, he was always smiling and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Gerald Weatherly was a Man among Men, a decent human being.
Gerald attended Cuero High School where he began his illustrious athletic career. Entering Rice Institute (now Rice University) at age 16, Gerald “Bones” Weatherly had the longest athletic career in Rice’s history due to World War II eligibility quirks. He was 1949 All-Southwest Conference, inducted into the Rice Owls Football Hall of Fame in 1974 and was voted most valuable player in 1948 and thus honored with The George Martin Award. He was the most proud of this honor as it was voted by his team mates. Along with football legend Froggie Williams, Gerald was was the co-captain of the great 1949 Southwest Conference Champion Rice Owls Football Team who defeated “Choo-Choo” Charlie Justice 27-13 in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Upon his induction into the Rice Hall of fame, “Bones” declared “I won’t be happy until each and every one of my team mates from the 1949 team is up here with me.”
Following Rice, Gerald played from 1950 to 1955 for NFL Legend George Halas’ Chicago Bears as a punishing middle linebacker. As Bears “Rookie of the Year”, “Bones” had “Papa Bear” George Halas asking Houston reporters “if they had any more boys like Weatherly down at Rice because he sure solved our problems at middle linebacker!” Playing for the Bears for one year prior to being drafted into the Army, Gerald was named All-Army at Fort Sam Houston and came out of the service in November 1951, playing the last few Chicago games that season. Gerald retired (post-injury) from The Bears in 1955 and moved back to his Texas roots. A “favorite son” of Halas, the two remained in touch until Halas’ death in 1983.
A successful Houston businessman, “Bones” never lost touch with the simple lessons learned at home during his happy, carefree boyhood summers at his grandparents’ country house: the value of doing things well; keeping a sense of humor; maintaining friendships; rooting for the underdog; that character counts and doing the right things is not always the same as doing the easy thing; being a living example of honesty, integrity, and above all humility. He was a man of his word.
Gerald Weatherly leaves to mourn and celebrate his life 3 daughters: Lynea Weatherly and husband Richard Weston, Cheryl Weatherly Binnie and husband Dr. William H. Binnie, Candace Coyle; sister, Evelyn Weatherly Cobb; aunt, Helen Brittain; uncle, Thomas Weatherly and wife Mary Lou; granddaughter, Kristen Fraser; grandsons, Ish Hughes, Ki Hughes, Michael Fraser, Parker Coyle; nieces, Linda Cobb Atkinson, her daughter Anna Atkinson, Leann Cobb Holder, her husband Brad Holder, their son, Donald Holder, Lisa Cobb Porter and husband Scott Porter; nephew, Kevin Cobb, wife Robin and their children Sam and Holly; his beloved grand-dogs, Dobie and Bob Binnie; and a host of other cousins, relatives, and good friends.
Very Special Thanks to Susan Carmichael, R.N. of Visiting Nurses Association (V.N.A.) Hospice, Ramler V.N.A. Hospice Chaplain, Dr. Jewel Daughety, Golden Acres Hospice M.D., Bruce Fetrup-Exum, G.A. Hospice Chaplain, Jani Dykes, G.A. Chef, Ollie Allen, R.N., Della Branch, C.N.A., Evalyn Macharia, C.N.A., Sherry Hawkins, C.N.A., Doris Ndelebe, C.N.A., Sly Onyia, R.N., Soya Williams, C.N.A., Faye Hardin, C.N.A., Kenny Ashiru, M.A., Pat Bryson, James Brooks, L.V.N., YaYa Suwareh, C.N.A., Paulette Williams, C.N.A., and all staff of Schepps-Jacobs and N-1 who treated Gerald so well and loved him as their very own.
Pallbearers were Ki Hughes, Kevin Cobb, Brad Holder, Gordon Payne, Neal Stephenson, Nathan Stephenson. Honorary pallbearers: Dr. William H. Binnie, Richard Weston, Ish Hughes, and the entire 1945 Rice Owls SWC Championship Football Team.
Family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Gerald Craft Weatherly Captain’s Award for Leadership and/or The Gerald Craft Weatherly Football Scholarship care of Rice Athletic Development, 6100 Main Street-MS546, Houston, Texas 77005, Gerald Weatherly Endowment #E21502.
Visitation and viewing was Tuesday, January 4, 2005 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. in the Library at Geo H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston, Texas 77057-2110. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 S. Main St., Houston, Texas 77004 with procession to Rice University and Reception and Celebration of Life in the “R” Room at Rice University, 6100 Main Street at the upper end of Rice Stadium. On Thursday, the burial procession departed at 8:30 a.m. from Geo. Lewis & Sons to Cuero, Texas for burial in Hillside Cemetery next to Gerald’s parents. Graveside services were held at 11:45 a.m. A reception and lunch were held at The Doll House in Cuero afterwards.
Rita M. Bluntzer
Rita M. Bluntzer, 75, of Cuero, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005.
Services are pending at Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Emmett Bolton, 92, of Cuero, passed away Feb. 20, 2005.
He was born in Richland Springs and was a long time resident of Brownsville. He had made his home for the past eight years with his son, Chuck, and daughter-in-law, Nova.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a daughter; and two brothers.
He is survived by his son; daughter-in-law; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Brownsville.
Frankie Sue Pfardrescher Block
Frankie Sue Pfardrescher Block, 68, passed away February 28, 2005.
She was born March 18, 1936 in Houston, Texas, to the late John H. and Ella Marbary Pfardrescher. She was a volunteer at Hunt Elementary School and for the Cuero Community Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Wilfred H. Block of Cuero; daughter, Jackolyn Streety, and son-in-law, Philip Streety of Smiley; granddaughter, Karly Streety; daughter-in-law, Melissa Block of Overland Park, Kansas; grandson, Grady Block; and brother, John Howard Pfardrescher of Liberty.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Marty Block; and a sister, Sally Waters.
Visitation was 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at Freund Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero with the Rev. Steve Byrne officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens of Cuero under the direction of Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jeffrey Ray “Jeff” Hanke
Jeffrey Ray “Jeff” Hanke, 37, of San Antonio, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005.
Jeff was born on Sept. 2, 1967 in Cuero to Raymond and Annette Hausman Hanke, and grew up in Victoria. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1986 and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UTSA. He received his Certified Financial Analysis Certification, and was employed at Southwestern Bell Corporation.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Melicia Golden Hanke; parents, Raymond and Annette Hanke of San Antonio; brother, Bryan Hanke of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 21 at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio. Rev. William Tucker, senior pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church officiated the service.
Honorary pallbearers: Trey Pall, Brian Bruns, Todd Brockwell, Lawrence Walker, Todd Hausman, Daryll Denton, Jerry Martin, Rickey Edge, Andrea Walton, Trey Walton, Robert Molina, Claire Harrison, and Gary Golden.
Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, South Central Texas Chapter, 8700 Crownhill Blvd., Suite 407, San Antonio, Texas 78212.
Dora Wolter Theilengerdes Jahns
Dora Wolter Theilengerdes Jahns, 91, of Marion, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005.
Dora was born Dec. 30, 1913 in Cuero to the late Herman and Frances Wolter.
She is survived by her son,Aaron Theilengerdes and wife Vernell of San Antonio; daughter, Elva Nell Lenz and husband Lloyd of Johnson City; step-daughter, Jane Rice and husband Bobby of San Marcos; five grandchildren; three-step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; sister, Mrs. (Bill) Erna Stolleis; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edwin Theilengerdes and Otto Johns; parents; sisters, Mrs. (Oscar) Mathilda Blaschke, Mrs. (Otto) Frieda Kuck, Mrs. (Reinhold) Clara Mueller, and Mrs. (Waldemar) Frances Vetter.
Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin. Services were Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church in Seguin. Interment followed at San Geronimo Cemetery in Seguin. Goetz Funeral Home, Seguin, 830-379-2313.
Memorials: St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
Pallbearers: Randy Lenz, Terry Lenz, Jason Theilengerdes, Chad Theilengerdes, Randy Leonard, and Robby Rice.
Lorine Gottschalt, 95, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005.
She was born May 22, 1909 in Nordheim to the late Henry and Ida Schlosser Thormahlem. She married Max Herman Gottschalt on June 29, 1927 in Orange Grove. He passed away on July 7, 1972. She was a charter member of AARP and a member of the Ladies Aid and Circle since 1942, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cuero Fire Department for over 50 years, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Oretha and Raymond Faltesek of Cuero; son and daughter-in-law, Carlos and Nancy Gottschalt of Cuero; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by per parents; husband; son, Norris Lee Gottschalt; and brother, Wilford Thormahlen.
Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 24 at Freund Funeral Home in Cuero. Services were Friday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero, the Rev. Steve Byrne officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Paul Schreiber, Jarvis Thormahlen, Larel Thormahlen, Vick Schulte, Freddie Cade, and Mark Gottschalt.
Honorary pallbearers: O. C. "Sonny" Gottschalt, Michael Faltesek, and Norris Metting.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.
Ed Seidel, 64, of Westhoff, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005.
He was born May 7, 1940, in Cuero, to the late Edmund Henry Seidel and Cacilie Meyer Seidel. He was a principal and in administration for 30 years with Cuero ISD and Yorktown ISD. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Westhoff, and he was a rancher.
Survivors: daughter, Melissa Clampit of Gonzales; sons, Brad Seidel of Tyler and Warren Seidel of Westhoff; and six grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Jimmie Dale Lamm Seidel; parents; and brother, Dennis Seidel.
Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 27 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, the Rev. William Hill officiated. Burial was at Westhoff Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Gordon Seidel, David Warzecha, Lance Smith, Jim Gault, Gene Burnett, and Adrian Mueller.
Memorials: St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 97, Westhoff, Texas 77994.