Frances I. Parker
Frances Irene Parker, 68, of Weesatche, died Thursday, September 12, 2002.
She was born December 14, 1933, in Throckmorton, to the late Tom and Vera Hope Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of Chisholm Trail Baptist Church in Cuero.
Survivors: husband, David "Blackie" Parker; daughter, Diane Smith of Weesatche; son, David Mark Parker of San Antonio; brother, Don Thomas of Walls; and three grandchildren.
Visitation was Friday, September 13 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Saturday at the funeral home chapel, Rev. Glen Moore officiated. Burial was at Nordheim Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-227.
Memorials: Chisholm Trail Baptist Church in Cuero.
Angelita Cervantes, 84, of Cuero, died December 20, 2002.
She was born on August 2, 1918 in Hochheim to the late Anastacio and Paulita Huerta Ruiz. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Villa of Cuero; brothers, Ernest Ruiz Sr. of Cuero and Robert Ruiz of Goliad; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Augustine G. Cervantes; parents; a sister; and five brothers.
A Rosary was recited on Sunday, December 22 at Freund Funeral Home chapel. Services were held Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Cuero, Father Michael Lyons officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Michael Ruiz, Raymond Ruiz, Randall Ruiz, Joe Naranjo, Rodger Macias, and Edward Rocha.
Carroll E. Cook Sr.
Carroll E. Cook Sr., 76, of Cuero, died Wednesday, December 25, 2002.
He was born September 17, 1926, in Cuero, to the late Bertram Sr. and Mary Jones Cook. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He was a production operator for Conoco Oil Company for 35 years and a member of the Cuero VFW No. 3972.
Survivors: son, Carroll Cook Jr. of Cuero; and brother, Bertram Cook Jr. of Melbourn, Fla.
Preceded in death by: wife, Geraldine Mae Brown Cook; and parents.
Services were Friday, December 27 at Freund Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Steve Byrne officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Veronica M. Ibrom
A rosary for Veronica Mary Ibrom, 92, of Westhoff, who died Monday, was recited Thursday, December 26 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Rev. Michael Petering officiated. Burial was at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Anne Hofmann McGinnis
Anne Hofmann McGinnis, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and faithful friend, passed away peacefully and joined our Lord Jesus Christ on December 28, 2002.
Anne was born on January 26, 1928 in Cuero, the daughter of George E. and Amelia Hofmann. In 1932, Anne's family moved to Victoria, where she enjoyed a wonderful childhood. Anne graduated from Victoria High School in 1945, after which she attended Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anne transferred to The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a BBA in 1949.
While attending UT, Anne met her future husband, Hollis Wade McGinnis, Sr. She married Hollis on September 9, 1950 in Victoria and they enjoyed a 52-year marriage. She worked for Victoria Bank & Trust and Adams Extract Company, but her favorite occupation was as a devoted wife and mother. Anne and Hollis lived in Houston and Wichita Falls before settling in Austin.
Anne was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a sweetheart of Sigma Chi Fraternity. She was a member of the Victoria Junior Service League, the Austin Natural Science Center Guild and First English Lutheran Church, where she was an active member. Anne served on the Steering Committee for the 450th Anniversary of the All Lutheran Reformation Festival. She was past president of the Austin Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha and a volunteer for the Travis County Republican Party.
Anne is survived by her husband, Hollis; her daughter Sheila Weitzel and husband James of Houston; son H. Wade McGinnis, Jr. and wife Donna of San Antonio; grandchildren Erin Weitzel, Drew Weitzel, Grace Anne McGinnis and Michael McGinnis; special niece Janie Applin Wisecup and her son John Wisecup; and many other loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Anne had many wonderful lifelong friends and always treasured their companionship. She loved to travel and her warm personality could make a total stranger feel like an old friend.
Visitation was Monday, December 30 at Weed Corley-Fish Funeral Home located at 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. A service celebrating her life was held Tuesday at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Ave. in Austin, Pastor Merle G. Franke officiated. Burial followed at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, 512-452-8811.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Community Foundation, 44 East Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701.
Jeffrey R. Saunders Sr.
Jeffrey Ray Saunders Sr., 38, of Yorktown, died Saturday, December 28, 2002.
He was born October 9, 1964, in Dilley, to David and Mary Lee Lucas Saunders of Yorktown. He was a parts counterman for Weber Motors Company in Cuero and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Survivors: wife, Christie Hoefling Saunders; daughters, Amber Saunders of Goliad and Kali Saunders of Yorktown; sons, Jeffrey Saunders Jr. of Goliad, Gerald Saunders and Mitchell Saunders, both of Yorktown; brothers, Ronnie Saunders and Michael Saunders, both of Yorktown; and grandmother, Pauline Waits of Yorktown.
Preceded in death by: brother, Gerald Saunders.
Visitation was Monday, December 30 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rev. Patti Byrne officiated. Burial was at Westside Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church or Yorktown EMS.
Chrissy Villa, 22, of Cuero, died Thursday, March 20, 2003.
She is survived by her parents, Enrique R. Villa and Elizabeth Ortiz Villa of Cuero; sister, Beverly Villa of Cuero; and grandparents, Nancy and Lorenzo Ortiz Jr. and Celestine P. Villa, all of Cuero.
She was preceded by her grandfather, Guadalupe Villa Sr.
Chrissy became ill nearly four years ago, and continued to pursue her dreams and goals until her last breath. Chrissy pursued her dreams of attending college by attending Blinn College and Victoria College until her health no longer permitted.
She was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Cuero.
Her favorite pastime was writing poetry; she has hundreds of poems. Chrissy loved listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her family, especially her little sister, Beverly.
No matter how ill she was Chrissy always managed to smile and laugh. Her spirit and courage are an example to all. Even though she was ill, she embraced life and never took the little things for granted. Her motto: Carpe Diem.
A Rosary was held Sunday, March 23 at Freund Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Rev. Michael Lyons officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery, Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Michael Villa, Christopher Grahmann, Nick Villa, Jesse Hamilton, Wayne Ortiz, and Edward Rocha.
Honorary Pallbearers: Becky Villa, Denise Villa, Kathy Villa, Valerie Hamilton, Courtney Villa, and Laura Cournoyer.
Memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation.
Grant S. Nesbitt
Grant Stephen "Catfish" Nesbitt, 56, of Yorktown, died Saturday, March 22, 2003.
He was born June 1, 1946, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the late Paul and Doris Campbell Nesbitt. He was a materials mover for Baker Oil Tool Company.
Survivors: wife, Snookie Luke Nesbitt; former wife, Dolly Nesbitt of Yorktown; daughter, Stephanie Smith of Minot, North Dakota; son, Michael Nesbitt of Norman, Oklahoma; sister, Elaine Beall of Arapahoe, North Carolina; brothers, Paul Michael Nesbitt of Nags Head, North Carolina, James Brewer of Sebestain, Florida, and Danny Rhodes of Shelby, North Carolina; and two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents.
Visitation was Sunday, March 23 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Family visitation was Sunday at the funeral home chapel. Services were Monday at the chapel, Mr. John Glaze officiated. Burial was at Westside Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: Jerry Andrews, James Jendrzey, Larry Sievers, Dan Hooge, Richard Boerm, and Albert Luke Jr.
Honorary pallbearers: Marvin Sievers, Arvid Sievers, Larry Andrews, Mac McKinney, Larry Kozielski, and Baker Oil Tool employees.
Memorials: Hospice of South Texas, American Cancer Society or donor's choice.
June Young Huntley
June Young Huntley, 78, of Houston, died Saturday, March 22, 2003.
She was born on October 6, 1924 in Cuero to the late Mike and Mary Young. She was the Cuero High School Class of ‘42 valedictorian.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Huntley.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Stokes N. Huntley; daughter, Susan H. Dube and husband Roland; niece, Elizabeth French and husband Dale; grandchildren, Gretchen Dube and Ryan Dube and his wife Priscella; and great-grandsons, Matthew and Luke Dube.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 26 at Waltrip Funeral Home, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston. Interment followed at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
Alice Ruth Shults Miller Koenig
Alice Ruth Shults Miller Koenig passed away on August 18, 2003, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
She was born on September 23, 1918, in Cuero, Texas, the daughter of Thomas W. Shults and Libby Friar Shults. Tudi Shults, as she was known by her friends in Cuero, attended Cuero High School and was a cheerleader for the Gobblers. Following high school, she attended Teachers College in Denton, Texas. During the war years, she was a stenographer at the Brayton Flying Service near Cuero where she met Joe Miller, a flight instructor at the school. They were married on September 12, 1942, and over the next twenty years they lived in Fort Worth, Texas; Ipswich, Massachusetts; and Sterling, Virginia, while raising four sons.
From 1965 through 1973 she served as Zoning Administrator for Loudoun County, Virginia and later for Albemarle County, Virginia. She carried out her duties with honesty, integrity, and appreciation of the needs of ordinary citizens, sometimes placing her at odds with the more powerful political and financial interests in the counties. In 1975 she returned to Cuero, and in1976 she married her childhood friend, Charles L. Koenig, Jr. In 1986 she moved to Lilburn, Georgia, and then to Manassas, Virginia, in 1989. From 1991 through early 2003 she was a resident of Atlanta, living most of that period at Kingsbridge Retirement Center.
Tudi Shults was known for her sharp wit, good humor, love of people, and love of everything about Texas. In her younger years she liked to dance and was known to attend several dances in communities around Cuero in a single evening. In later years she took special pride in cooking, a talent she must have inherited from her mother, Libby. She became “famous” for her chocolate-pecan pies and bourbon balls. She was distinctive in her senior years for her sweep of snow-white hair and blue eyes. She was our “Yellow Rose of Texas” and our “Texas Cow Girl” who could be coaxed with little effort into telling stories about her childhood, especially stories of her mother, her siblings, Bess, Tommy, and Bo, and her father. She was especially fond of the wildflowers of DeWitt County, and she cherished her many childhood friends in Cuero. She valued honesty and directness. She was known to freely offer her opinion on nearly any topic whether it was wanted or not.
She is survived by her four sons, Dayton Thomas Miller, Sr. of Stone Mountain, Georgia; John Mark Miller of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Joseph Michael Miller of Carrollton, Texas; and Christopher Bede Miller of Denton, Texas; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on September 20, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. in Cuero.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Cuero Independent School District Education Foundation, 405 Park Heights Drive, Cuero, TX 77954.
Michael Martin Jr.
Michael "Baby Hilliard" O'Brien Martin Jr., infant son of Michael O'Bryan Martin Sr. of San Antonio and Lakesha Hilliard of Cuero, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003.
Michael was born Aug. 14, 2003, in San Antonio.
Survivors: sister, Tyetiana Lane of Cuero; brother, De Ondrae Lane of Cuero; and grandparents, Vicke Hilliard of Cuero and Scherry Moses of San Antonio.
Preceded in death by: grandfather, Roscoe Hilliard.
Graveside were Wednesday, September 10 at Woodmen Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.