James D. Williams
James Daniel Williams, of Cuero, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002.
Survivors: wife, Delores Douglas Williams; two daughters; five sons; one sister; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Saturday, June 8 at the Encampment Ground in Cuero. Lewis Funeral Home, San Antonio, 210-227-7281.
Wardell J. Toenjes
Wardell J. Toenjes, 80, of Cuero, died Sunday, June 9, 2002.
He was born in Alice on June 24, 1921 to the late John and Mary Steffou Toenjes. He was a communication officer in the Maritime Service during World War II. He worked for the American Breeder Service and delivered the Victoria Advocate in Cuero. He was a member of the DeWitt Co. Tax Payer League and St. Markís Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jernell Pakebusch Toenjes of Cuero; daughter, Loy Tieken and husband Kenneth; son, Chad Toenjes of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother, DeWitt (Tony) Toenjes of Hearne; and two grandchildren, Kendall and Ashley Tieken.
Visitation was Tuesday, June 11 at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services are Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at the Westhoff Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Byrne officiating. Freund Funreal Home, 361-275-2343.
Memorials: American Cancer Society or donorís choice.
Louise Hahn, 84, of Westhoff, died Sunday, June 9, 2002.
She was born April 12, 1918, in Maxwell, to the late Robert and Wilahema Bartling. She was a homemaker and rancher. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Westhoff.
Survivors: daughter, Doris Steubing of Maxwell; sons, Kenneth G. Hahn and Charles T. Hahn, both of Westhoff, and George N. Hahn of Arneckeville; nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband, George T. Hahn; parents; sister, Lilly Bartling; brothers, Robert Bartling and Hilmer Bartling; and one grandson.
Visitation was Monday, June 10 at Freund Funeral Home chapel. Services were Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. William Hill officiated. Burial was at Westhoff Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.
Pallbearers: Mark Hahn, Ray Gloor, Blayn Hahn, Michael Hahn, Duane Steubing, William Stuebing, Christopher Steubing, Gary Wetz.
Honorary Pallbearers: Laurie Hahn, Sharon Wetz, Susie Steubing, Judith Steubing, Darla Steubing, Renee Hahn.
Memorials: St. John Lutheran Church in Westhoff, Westhoff Cemetery Association, or donor's choice.
June Wasserman Chase
June Wasserman Chase, a librarian, died Thursday, June 6, 2002 in North Richland Hills.
She was born on June 22, 1921 in Cuero. She was retired from Fort Worth Public Library. June was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include: nieces, Jayne Metzger, Carol Merkel, and Debbie Ozenick, all of Arlington; nephew, Barry Wasserman of Houston; sister-in-law, Marjorie Wasserman of Arlington; several great nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were Monday, June 10 at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Arrangements made by Arlington Funeral Home, 817-548-1791.
James Daniel Williams
James Daniel Williams was born on April 13, 1924 to Dorris Williams and Matilda A. Barnes Williams, in Thomaston.
James was baptized in 1948 by Reverend R. L. Cooper at Macedonia Baptist Church in Cuero. He was ordained as a Deacon October 10, 1976 in Westhoff, by Rev. H. S. Smith. James was an usher and a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church and he was always helping out whenever needed, until his health failed. James was also in the U. S. Army from 1943-1947, he served in World War II. He attended and graduated from St. Philips College in San Antonio, with a degree in Cleaning and Pressing. He then worked at Thompson Cleaning, Victory Cleaner and Capital Cleaning, which he loved to do. James next venture was working at Eddy Packing for many years where he retired.
James passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2002. Proceeding him in death was his father, Dorris Williams; his mother, Matilda Barnes Gibbs; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williams; one brother, Leonard Hargrove; and one son, Alvin Lowell Williams.
He married Delores P. Douglas on September 3, 1949 in Yoakum. To this union eight children were born. James leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 52 years, Delores P. Douglas Williams, two daughters, Karen (Wendell) Pyatt of Spring Valley, California and Beverly (James) Ransom of Cuero; five sons Lonnie (Lisa) Douglas of Smiley, James Jr. (Sandra) Williams of Cuero, Melvin E. Williams of Pearland, Russell L. Williams of Houston, and Michael L. Williams of Cuero; one sister Joyce (William) Mayo of Fresno, California; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many cousins; a host of nieces and nephews by marriage; one devoted ex-daughter-in-law, Ruthie Douglas Battles; and a host of friends.
He was buried at Fort Sam Houston with full military honors on Friday, June 7 in San Antonio. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 8 at L. E. Meador Encampment Grounds, Cuero.
Jessie Leila Cochran
Jessie Leila Cochran, 98, of Del Rio, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at a local hospital.
She was born November 1, 1903 in Juno.
Survivors are her daughter, Doris Harkins of Del Rio; son, William Robert Cochran of Cuero; grandchildren, Travis Harkins and wife Mary of Ft. Worth, Nancy Pusley and husband Mack of Del Rio, SuSu Fischer and husband Mark of Edmond, Oklahoma; Avis Ann Blain and husband Lovel of Cuero, and Boby Cochran, of Cuero; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; grandson, Harry Harkins; daughter-in-law, Avis Marie Cochran; and son-in-law, Ernest Harkins.
Graveside services were Thursday, June 6 at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Sanderson, Rev. Tom Koger officiated. Funeral arrangements were with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, 775-2000.
Mrs. Cochran was raised and attended school in Del Rio. Her parents were Bartholomew and Ella Churchill Green. She was married to Carl Cochran on January 25, 1923 in Sanderson. They were lifelong ranchers just east of Sanderson on the ranch his father homesteaded circa 1900. In 1955, they moved to Ft. Stockton. She had a lifelong love of horses.
The family requests donations be made to the charity of choice.
Mrs. Norma Jean Pena Puentes
Mrs. Norma Jean Pena Puentes passed away peacefully on August 24, 2002 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Norma was born to Eva Zamora Pena and the late Gregory A. Pena on December 1, 1962. Norma grew up in Cuero, later moving to Austin, where she married the love of her life, George Gregory Puentes. Norma was no stranger to anyone, and family to all. She always extended her love to the family. She stood on the foundation of her faith in God.
She is survived her husband of 7 years, George Gregory Puentes; daughter, Dominica Lira; and 2 grandchildren, Brent and Eva Lira; mother, Eva Z. Pena; grandmother, Olivia Zamora; and her siblings, Gregory Pena, Jr., Sylvia Pena, Sandra Kennedy, Dianne Logan, Peter Pena, and Marina Gonzales, and their families.
Family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29 at the Angel Funeral Home, with the prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Angel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Norma at the funeral home.
Roy W. Dechert
Roy Wayne Dechert, 60, of Victoria, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002.
He was born July 26, 1942, in Fredricksburg, to the late Marvin and Lois Palmer Dechert. He was very active in Family Auto Racing and a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. He was a retired worker in the oil field.
Survivors: wife, Robbie Barr Dechert; daughters, Rhonda Hudson of Cuero and Rebecca Humble of Victoria; sons, Robert Dechert and Richard Dechert, both of Victoria; brothers, Charles Dechert of Boerne and Jerry Dechert of San Antonio; and four grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents.
Visitation was Monday, September 2 at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services were Tuesday at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Rev. Peter Aguilar officiated. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Victoria, 361-573-4546.
Memorials: John Wesley United Methodist Building Fund.
Harlan R. Flessner
Harlan Royce Flessner, 60, ended his long fight with diabetes on Friday, August 30, 2002 when the Lord suddenly called him home. He was born December 12, 1941 in Yorktown to Edwin R. and Maurine Schroller Flessner of Cuero. He married Barbara Ann Sager on June 22, 1963 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero.
Harlan graduated from Cuero High School in 1960, and was owner and operator of L & F Service Center in Cuero for over 20 years. He also enjoyed farming for many years. He was a member of the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years and St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero.
Harlan is survived by his parents; wife, Barbara Flessner of Cuero; two sons, Rodney Royce Flessner of Cuero and Randall Ray Flessner of Victoria; daughter-in-laws, Vicki Comeaux of Cuero and Hilary Flessner of Victoria; grandsons, Chad Austin and Cody Michael Flessner of Cuero; and brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Caraleen Flessner of Cuero.
Harlan is preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Emma Flessner, Otto and Mary Schroller, and niece, Debbie Sager.
Visitation was Sunday, September 1, 2002 at the Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were Monday, September 2, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Rev. Steve Byrne officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Freund Funeral Home, Cuero (361) 275-2343.
Pallbearers: Kyle Flessner, Kristin Flessner, William Flessner, Jeremy Flessner, Ty Whitfield, Scott Pakebusch, Garland Pakebusch and Mark McMahan.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, or the National Kidney Foundation.
Marie Ivanora Howard Hearn
Marie Ivanora Howard Hearn at the age of 90 years, 6 months and 29 days passed away August 25, 2002 in Cuero.
She was born January 27, 1912 at San Miguel, Frio County. She is precede in death by her husband John Franklin "Johnnie" Hearn, her parents, Mary Catherine Murphy Moss and Elijah Howard, one son John Frederick "Freddie" Hearn, a sister, Ester Belle Howard Rentz, two brothers, Burton Elijah Howard and James Wiley Howard.
She is survived by one daughter, Elsie Mae Hearn Ottinger, son-in-law, James Ray Ottinger, 6 grandchildren, James Wiley Ottinger, Cherryl Mae Ottinger Meggs, Rusel Keith Ottinger, Carlene Rae Ottinger Lemke, Larry Allen Hearn and Karen Renee Hearn. She also is survived by 13 great grandchildren, Misty Dawn Meggs, Christal Marie Meggs, James Wesley Ottinger, Cassandra Mae Jernigan, Brandon Lee Jernigan, Dustin Michael Rathke, Courtney Renee Ottinger, Jon Rusel Ottinger, Sarah Ruth Ottinger, John Michael Ottinger, Colby Tyler Hearn, Shaley Nicole Hearn, and Cassidy Megan Hearn and one great great-grandson, Tristin Caine Meggs. She is survived by two brothers, Joe Murphy Howard and Francis David Howard, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Marie graduated from Poteet High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Poteet for many years. Marie's father worked for the railroad and during her childhood she lived and went to school in Eagle Pass, D'Hanis, Tankhollow and Poteet. She spent the majority of her adult life in Poteet until her health deteriorated and she moved to the Nursing home in Cuero to be closer to a granddaughter. She was employed for a short time at Hayes Variety Store and at the Poteet Nursing Home.
Pallbearers were: grandsons, James Wiley Ottinger, Rusel Keith Ottinger, Larry Allen Hearn; great grandsons, James Wesley Ottinger, Brandon Jernigan; and nephews, Lawrence Glenn Howard and Gerald Allen Howard
Honorary Pallbearers were great-grandsons, Dustin Michael Rathke, Jon Rusel Ottinger, John Michael Ottinger, and Colby Tyler Hearn.
Services were held at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel, Pleasanton, on August 27, Clyde Butter, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Poteet officiated. Interment was at the Rutledge Cemetery, Poteet. Arrangements were by Hurley Funeral Home, Pleasanton, 830-569-2535
Idell Mueller Kelch
Idell Mueller Kelch of Cuero died Sunday, September 1, 2002.
She was born November 7, 1925 in Cuero to the late Meinert and Hulda Rabke Mueller.
Idell was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and a long-time member of the St. Mark's Choir. She served as the first president of the Golden Crescent Desk and Derrick Club and also served as president of the Cuero Pilot Club. She was a director of the Cuero-DeWitt Community Center Development Corp. Idell worked for Texas Eastern Gas Corp. for 16 years and retired from Victoria College School of Nursing after 12 years as their secretary.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Herman M. Kelch of Cuero; daughters, Jo Ann Luddeke and husband, Myron, of Cuero; Carol Thurk and husband, Dorian, of Goliad County; son, James C. Hahn and wife, Evelyn, of Mission Valley; three grandchildren, Dana Hahn of College Station, Tyler Luddeke of Cuero, Christel Cowan of Port Lavaca; and one great-granddaughter, Kathren May of College Station.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Melvin R. Mueller.
Visitation was Monday, September 2, from at the Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Tuesday, September 3, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Rev. Steve Byrne officiated. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Freund Funeral Home (361) 275-2343.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Betty J. Caraway
Betty Jean Caraway, 69, of Yorktown, died Sunday, August 25, 2002.
She was born February 12, 1933, in Harlingen, to the late Ivan Swan and Seva Nyquist Fredericks. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors: husband, Major Lee Caraway; daughter, Nancy Bibb of Yorktown; sister, Shirley Ochsner of St. Francis, Kansas; brothers, Keith Fredericks of Victoria and William Fredericks of Grand Prairie; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 31 at First United Methodist Church in Yorktown.
Grace J. Butler
Grace Jean Butler, 82, of Nordheim, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002.
She was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Decatur, Mississippi, to the late W. L. and Margaret Bowman Scott. She was a homemaker.
Survivors: husband, Harold Butler; daughters, Susan Idele Gremelsbacker of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and Patricia Kubish of San Diego, Calif.; sons, Harold Richard Butler of Houston and David Oliver Butler of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; brothers, Jack Scott of College Station, Russell Scott of Calallen and Charles "Buster" Scott of Corpus Christi; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: sons, George Ronald Kubish and Robert Gene Kubish; parents; sisters, Dixie Beard and Betty Isham; and brothers, Marvin Scott, Jimmy Scott, Bill Scott and Buck Scott.
Family visitation was Thursday, August 29 at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel. Services were Friday at the funeral home chapel, Rev. Mark Eldrege officiated. Burial was at Nordheim Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.
Pallbearers: Ted Artz, Erick Butler, Lawrence Butler, Melvin Carbow, John Hinderliter and Larry Mueller.
Memorials: Yorktown EMS or American Heart Association.
Leslie J. Stewart
Leslie J. Stewart, 73, of Cuero, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002.
He was born July 29, 1929, in DeWitt County, to the late Rudolph Sr. and Marriet Battles Stewart. He was an automobile mechanic.
Survivors: wife, Esther Lee McNary Stewart; sisters, Frances Stewart and Ruby Cunningham, both of Cuero; and brother, Rudolph Stewart Jr. of Cuero.
Preceded in death by: parents.
Services will be at a later date. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.