Herbert Poteet Whitley
We mourn the passing of a truly gentile soul. On Aug. 17, 2004, Herbert Poteet Whitley was called from this life. He was born March 25, 1921 in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was known by many names throughout his long and joy filled life. To Jim Hines Whitley and Annie Carnes Whitley, both deceased, he was known as SON. To Waymon Whitley, deceased, Charles Whitley, deceased, and Bertha Whitley Gilley of Rockport, Texas, he was known as BROTHER. To Ella Fenner Whitley of Victoria, Texas, he was known as HUSBAND for 61 years. To Dr. Jim Whitley and Bettina Whitley of The Woodlands, Texas, and to Terry Whitley of Victoria, Texas, he was known as DAD. To Kimberly Whitley Modisette and Clay Modisette of Victoria, Texas, he was known as GRANDPA. To his great-grandchildren, David Huehlefeld of San Marcos, Texas, Brittany Modisette, Kali Modisette, and Michael Reuel Modisette of Victoria, Texas, he was known as GRANDPA. To the members of the Victoria Fire Department, he was known as CAPTAIN. To his many patrons of the Whitley Upholstery Company, he was known as MR. HERB.
Graduating from high school in Gillette, Texas, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and helped build the road from Corpus Christi to the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. When World War II broke out, he joined the United States Army and served with distinction with the 88th Infantry Division making landings in North Africa and Italy. He was truly a member of the Greatest Generation. After the war, he came back to Texas and joined his family and successfully began a new life as a civilian. He worked with Southern Pacific Railroad and then with the Victoria Fire Department until he was forced to retire due to medical reasons.
Regardless of the names he had, he will be remembered as a kind and generous soul with a keen wit, a deep commitment to his family, friends and community and a longing to help those who needed help in their journey. He will be missed and mourned by all who are left behind, but will be greeted and rejoined by all who have gone before.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Colonial Funeral Home. Services were conducted Thursday at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, the Rev. John Waak officiated. Internment was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cuero, Texas, with military honors by the Cuero VFW. Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River, 361-578-3535.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Agatha J. Respondek
Agatha Julia Respondek, 86, of Yorktown, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004.
She was born Jan. 31, 1918, in Yorktown, to the late Anton and Frances Wollny Dudlefski. She was a homemaker and member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Altar Society, and a member of Catholic Daughters.
Survivors: daughters, Sally Goebel of Cuero, Dorothy Fritz and Dolores Harris, both of Buda, and Margie Surratt of Victoria; sons, Leon J. Respondek of Yorktown, Ted Respondek of McCook, and August Respondek of Australia; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband, Leon A. Respondek; parents; sister, Mary Brysch; brothers, Pete Dudlefski and Bernard Dudlefski; and grandson, Justin Surratt.
Visitation was Friday, Aug. 20 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel. A vigil service and a rosary were recited Friday at the funeral home. Services were Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial was at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Lamprecht Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: Travis Respondek, Tim Respondek, Bart Goebel, Chris Respondek, Stacey Bond, Matt McKinney, Mark Respondek, John Surratt.
Honorary pallbearers: Brad goebel, Benson Goebel, Jeff Respondek, Kimberly Respondek, Katina Rungs, Jessica Fritz, Meagan Arguirre, Adam Harris, and Larin Surratt.
Memorials: Holy Cross Catholic Church Building Fund, masses, or donor's choice.
Jessica Carmona, 25, of San Angelo, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004
She was born on Feb. 2, 1979 in Beeville to Josie Lopez Carmona of San Angelo and the late Abram Carmona. She graduated from Brownfield High School. She was a student.
She is survived by her aunts and uncles, Rev. John and Rachel Carmona and Jesse and Pat Carmona, all of Victoria, and Manuel and Gloria Carmona, Mike Jr. and Josie Carmona, Mary Ann Carmona, Martha Sanchez, and Marina Munoz, all of Cuero.
She was preceded in death by her father; paternal grandparents, Miguel and San Juanita Carmona; maternal grandmother, Ofelia Lopez; uncle, Albert Carmona; and aunt, Rachel Carmona.
A prayer service was held Saturday, Aug. 21 at The Good Shepard/Temple of Praise Church, with Rev. Rudy Luna officiating. Burial Services were held in Cuero, the Rev. David Maldonado and Dr. John Carmona officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: J. R. Carmona, Jonathan Carmona, Andy Carmona, Johnny Carmona, Manuel Carmona Jr., and Martin Lopez.
Milton E. Feller
Milton E. Feller, 74, of Yorktown, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004.
He was born March 22, 1930, in Yorktown, to the late Walter and Sophia Roth Feller. He was a farmer and rancher and served as Director for Farmers Feed and Supply for many years. He was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served on church council and as Sunday School Superintendent.
Survivors: wife, Beverly Jacob Feller; daughters, Janet Kay McCrea of LaPorte, Nancy Gay Williams of Sonora, California, and Bette Lynn Carruthers of Rockport; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Rev. Ernie Lantz officiated. Burial was at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: Ashton Williams, Bret Williams, Michael Carruthers, Brian Carruthers, Randall Koehler, and Steven Weise.
Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Jacob Stehling, 83, of Yorktown, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004.
He was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Schroeder, to the late Edward and Caroline Dentler Stehling. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a carpenter, and a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.
Survivors: sisters, Edna Martin of Goliad and Lena Rose Jaeger of Victoria.
Preceded in death by: sisters, Aline Martin, Netty Marie Boeck, and Victoria Phillips; and brothers, Walter Stehling, William Stehling, and Edward Stehling.
Visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Friday at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Schroeder. Burial was at St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: St. Luke Lutheran Church or Yorktown E.M.S.
Edwin Wilson, 78, of Cuero, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004.
He was born in Warden County on Feb. 26, 1926 to the late Albert and Evelena Johnson Wilson. He was a rigger for Iron Works.
He is survived by daughters, Joyce Marsh of San Jose, California, Ruthie Battles of Houston, and Vollie Griffin of Cuero; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Williams; grandson, Rev. Gabriel Scott; and parents.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Trinity Chapel. Funeral services will also be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Chapel, with Elder James Jackson officiating. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Cuero. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: American Cancer Society.
Lucille Gisler, 80, of Weser, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1924 in the Kilgore Community to the late Eric and Hulda Dreier Krueger. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran. She was a member of Silly Six Dominoes, Country Club Dominoes, Schroeder Domino Club, Rummy Cup Group, Spite Malice Group, Women of ELCA, Ander-Weser Volunteer Fire Department and VFW Ladies Auxiliary #3972.
She is survived by her daughters, Jo Nell Martin of Victoria, Bonnie Schley of Arneckeville, and Pam Long of Goliad; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood John Gisler; parents; sister, Ruth Ressman; and brother, John Krueger.
Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Colonial Chapel in Goliad. Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Peterís Lutheran Church in Ander, with John Dellis, Associate in Ministry, officiating. Burial will be at St. Peterís Lutheran Cemetery. Colonial Funeral Home, Goliad, 361-645-3570.
Pallbearers: Shannon Martin, David Maroney, Brad Schley, Travis Schley, Tommy Ohrt, and Aldon Bade.
Honorary Pallbearers: Sheila Ohrt, Jennifer Maroney, Megan Long, Michelle Martin, Denise Schley.
Memorials: St. Peterís Lutheran Church.
Eula Ann Rhoades
Eula Ann Rhoades, 93, of Alice, passed away Monday, Nov. 29.
She was born Nov. 20, 1911 in Fredericksburg to Katherine and William Wilkinson. She was a member of the River of Life Assembly of God in Alice. She lived in Cuero from 1941 to 1990, and was a textile worker in Cuero for many years.
She is survived by her son, Edward A. (Daisy) Rhoades of Alice; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, B. Rhoades in 1991.
Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Holmgreen Mortuary, Alice, 361-664-6571.
Margaret R. Hotz
Margaret Ruth Hotz, 71, of Thomaston, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004.
She was born Oct. 16, 1933, in Thomaston, to the late Sidney J. and Lucille Calliham DeDear. She was a homemaker, the former president of Thomaston Cemetery Association, and a lifelong member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Survivors are her son, Michael A. Hotz of Cuero; two sisters, Sidney Lou Duffield of Thomaston and Norma Zielonka of Yorktown; brother, Walter E. DeDear of Victoria; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Irvin W. Hotz.
A rosary was recited Thursday, Dec. 23 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiated. Burial was at Thomaston Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers were Ruben Liendo, Jeremy DeDear, Jeff Duffield, Jimmy Hotz Jr., Larry Zielonka and Sonny Pyka.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Edgar J. Pevestorff
Edgar J. Pevestorff, 91, of Nordheim, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004.
He was born May 20, 1913, in Nordheim, to the late William and Alma Schulsz Pevestorff. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion for 60 years. He was a farmer and rancher and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Survivors: daughters, Dianna Simmons of Houston and Mary Smorol of Lafayette, New York; sisters, Erika Dereese of San Antonio; and three grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: wife, Georgie Alexander Pevestorff; sister, Edna Bosshard; and brothers, Werner Pevestorff and Walter Pevestorff.
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Wednesday at the funeral home chapel. Burial was at Nordheim Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nordheim or donor's choice.
Yvonne B. Hansen
Yvonne B. Hansen, 88, of Yorktown, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004.
She was born Nov. 24, 1916, in Quebec, to the late Edward and Pamela Labelle. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors: sons, James Hansen of Yorktown and David Hansen of Cuero; sisters, Della Minton of Calif. and Florence Guather of Quebec; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Preceded in death by: husband, Fredrick Hansen; son, Jerry Hansen; sisters, Rose Gibault and Sylvia Labelle; brothers, Joe Labelle, Able Labelle, and Albert Labelle.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 23 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Friday at the funeral home, the Rev. Billy Koinm officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Memorials: Donor's choice.
Richard Finley Lucas
Richard Finley Lucas, 89, of Corpus Christi died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004.
He was born in DeWitt County on July 12, 1915 to James Richard and Fanie Jane Cox Lucas. He worked for C.P.L. for 35 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Darla Heitman, Rita Sales, and Iris Teague; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie West Lucas; parents; and great-grandson, Craig Heitman.
Mr. Lucas was buried on Dec. 23 at Sea Side Memorial in Corpus Christi.
Jewel L. Jaeger
Jewel L. Jaeger, 89, of Yorktown, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004.
She was born Oct. 28, 1915, in Yorktown, to the late William Eugene and Susie Ann Gonzales Caruthers. She was a weaver at the cotton mill in Cuero and an Avon representative. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Survivors: daughter, Barbara Baumann of Pasadena; sons, Jerry Jaeger of Yorktown, James Jaeger of Victoria, Bobby Jaeger of Colleyville, and Patrick Jaeger of Deer Park; sister, Dorothy Salmon of Seguin and Jane Jenkins of San Antonio; brothers, Kenneth Caruthers of Vacaville, California, Arvon Caruthers of Shepard, and Luther Caruthers of Palestine; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband, Emil Jaeger; and brother, Bill Caruthers.
Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Thursday at the funeral home, the Rev. Patti Byrne officiated. Burial was at Westside Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: James Jaeger Jr., Daniel Jaeger, David Jaeger, Jonathan Jaeger, Paul Baumann Jr., and Scott Baumann.
Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown E.M.S., or donor's choice.