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Obituaries - 2007


January 2007


Guadalupe A. Alvarez, age 66, of Hondo passed away Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, after battling cancer. He was born Dec. 12, 1940, in Medina County. Rosary was recited Thursday, Jan. 25, and Funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m., Friday, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Rev. Jeff Pehl officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Aaron Anthony Benavidez, age 22, of Devine, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, in San Antonio. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 19, from 2 - 9 p.m. with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m., at the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Mass was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Devine.

Esteban Arcos Bernal Jr. of Hondo, age 66, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2007. He was born in Hondo on February 2, 1940. The Rosary was recited on Sunday, Jan. 7, and Funeral Mass was held Monday, Jan. 8, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Lee Anne Riff Bollich, 56, of Mont Belvieu, TX was born April 25, 1950, in Hondo and passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in a local hospital. At her request, she was cremated and her cremains will be scattered on the home ranch in Hondo where she was raised. Navarre Funeral Home, Baytown

Pedro “Pete” Campos, Jr., age 69, of Hondo passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2006, at his home. He was born in Hondo, Dec. 5, 1937. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, and Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Esther Amador led the Rosary and Rev. Jeff Pehl officiated the Mass.

Edna Coffey, age 82, died on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, in Kerrville. She was born on Dec. 19, 1924, in Jack County, Texas. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera, with Pastor Gerald Harvey, officiating. Burial was in the Tarpley Cemetery, Tarpley.

John Oliver Duane Coyle, age 71, of Hondo passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, in San Antonio. John was born Dec. 26, 1935, in Corpus Christi. A memorial service, led by Pastor C. Ross Chandler was held at the First Baptist Church of Hondo on Monday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m.

Malford Gloria Andrews Coyle, age 79, of Hondo, passed away Jan. 15, 2007. Malford was born Aug. 22, 1927, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 at 7 p.m at the Guinn-Horger Funeral Home in Hondo. The Funeral Mass held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hondo. Interment following the Funeral Mass at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Hondo.

Lloyd J. Fowler, of Devine, passed away January 18, 2007, at the age 85. He was born Nov. 6, 1921 in Somerset. Graveside service was at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Evergreen Cemetery, Devine, with Rev. Jim Witt officiating.

Armine Franks, age 90, a resident of Chapel Hill, passed away in Richardson on January 23, 2007. She was born Nov. 21, 1916 in Quihi. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Jan. 26, at the funeral home. Chapel services were held at 10:30 Saturday, Jan. 27, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Ford officiating.

James Campbell “Jimmy” Gray, age 89, of Hondo passed away Thursday, January 4, 2007. He was born in Uvalde May 10, 1917. Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 8, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

J. W. Grimes, age 74, of La Coste, passed away Jan. 29, 2007 at his home. J. W. was born April 9, 1932, in Tuscaloosa, AL. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. A Private Interment was held at San Fernando #3 Cemetery, San Antonio. Memorials may be made to CTRC, Cancer Therapy & Research Center, P.O. Box 1657, San Antonio, TX 78296.

Margaret Elizabeth Henry, age 80, of Nocona, passed away January 28, 2007 in Fort Worth. She was born in Hondo, Feb. 12, 1926. Scott-Morris Funeral Home, Nocona.

Edwin Lilie Jr. of Sabinal, passed away on January 10, 2007 in Uvalde Memorial Hospital at the age of 76. He was born October 25, 1930 in Moulton. Services were held Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Rushing- Estes-Knowles Chapel, with Pastor Don Snyder officiating. Burial followed in Sabinal Cemetery.

Joel Henry Mayer, age 80, of Payson, AZ, passed away January 31, 2007, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was born in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India, July 9, 1926. The funeral was held in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Burial next to his father and brother David. His wife’s ashes are also in India.

Felipe C. Mendoza, age 62, of Atascosa, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, in San Antonio. Visitation and Rosary were held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. Mass was celebrated Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at 10 a.m. , at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Lytle.

Margarito Morales, age 87, of Natalia, passed away January 22, 2007. He was born May 10, 1919 in Coal Mine. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia with Father Romeo Olivares officiating. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Devine.

Floyd B. Neuman, age 81, of Devine, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, in a San Antonio hospital from complication following surgery. Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Devine at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 with interment in the Evergreen Cemetery in Devine. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, from 2:00 until 9:00 PM at the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine.

Jose M. Ortega, age 69, of Hondo passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. He was born in D’Hanis, March 19, 1937. Rosary was recited Friday, Jan. 26, and Funeral Mass, celebrated by Rev. Jeff Pehl, was held Saturday, 11 a.m., both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hondo. Interment was at San Francisco Cemetery, D'Hanis.

Luisa R. Ortiz, of Moore, age 93, passed away January 22, 2007, in Pearsall. She was born in Bigfoot, August 25, 1913. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were Friday at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Devine, with Father Jose Puente officiating.

Baby Angel Nevaeh Pina-Lopez of Hondo, passed away on January 30, 2007. Survivors include her parents, Cathy Pina and Steven Lopez; grandparents, Goldie Pina Buben Gallardo and Joan Garcia. Funeral service was held Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at Hondo Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Deborah Annette Rodriguez-Furnish, age 37, of Hondo passed away Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. Rosary was recited Wednesday at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Yancey, with Rev. Wallis J. Stiles officiating. Interment in Yancey Cemetery.

Felipe R. Sandoval, age 80 of Hondo passed away on January 24, 2007. Prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, at Hondo Funeral home. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. , Saturday, Jan. 27 at Hondo Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Thomas Rodney St. Clair of Devine, passed away January 25, 2007, at the age of 76. He was born in Crosscut on February 14. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church, Devine and interment will be at Karnes City Cemetery, Karnes City at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Victoria Tellez, age 79, of Devine, passed away January 26, 2007 in Jourdanton. She was born in Cotulla on Nov. 17, 1928. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 in Hurley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Keith Dennis officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Devine.

Lorene Schott Tschirhart, age 92, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2006, at her rural Hondo home. She was born in Lakehills, Oct. 2, 1914. Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel, officiated by Rev. Stephen Schur of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi. Interment followed at Pipe Creek Cemetery.

Floyd Ward, age 84, of Hondo passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. Floyd and twin sister, Florine, were born in Yancey, Oct. 19, 1922. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Pastor Lenard Dossey of First Baptist Church of Yancey and Pastor David J. Mayer of St. Paul officiated.

Robert E. Woodson, passed away Jan. 27, 2007. He was born April 3, 1933. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at 11a.m. at the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Interment will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.


February 2007

Rosa A. Alcaraz, age 78, of Hondo passed away February 18, 2007. Rosary was held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Hondo Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Johns Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb. 22. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Selma Marie Haby Beck, age 99, of Rio Medina, passed away Feb. 8, 2007, in San Antonio. Selma was born Oct. 9, 1907 in Rio Medina. Funeral Mass was celebrated Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Rosary was held Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed at St. Louis Cemetery in Castroville.

Dr. Robert P. Dominguez, of San Antonio, passed away peacefully on Monday February 26, 2007, at the age of 80. He was born in Hondo on June 1, 1926. Rosary recited on Thursday, Mar. 1, at the Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass was offered on Friday, Mar. 2, at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Interment followed at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.

Della Peter DuBose, age 86, of Atascosa, passed away Feb. 10, 2007, in Atascosa. Della was born Jan. 18, 1921 in San Antonio. A Rosary was held Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Macdona. Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Macdona. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste.

Norma Crooks Forester, age 86, of Castroville, passed away February 26, 2007, in San Antonio. Norma was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Richmond, VA. Visitation will be Friday, Mar. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be held on Friday, Mar. 2, at noon at the Moore Cemetery in Moore. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Salome A. Gallegos, Jr. age 96, passed away in Pearsall, on Feb. 7, 2007, He was 96 years old. Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine, with Father Jose F. Puente officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

Maria Sylvia (Gonzales) Gonzales, age 58, of D'Hanis passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at her home. Sylvia was born in Hondo Dec. 5, 1948. Funeral Mass was on Feb. 20 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D'Hanis, with Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating both services. Interment was at San Francisco Cemetery, D'Hanis.

Betty Jane (Nabors) Haile, age 78, of rural Hondo passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007. She was born May 9, 1928, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 14, at New Fountain United Methodist Church. Interment was at Mission Park North Cemetery, San Antonio. Rev. Charlie Parker officiated both services.

Josefina “Fina” (Perez) Hernandez, age 80, of Hondo passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, after her struggle with cancer. She was born in Hondo Feb. 15, 1926. Visitation and prayer service was held Monday, Feb. 12, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana. Interment was in Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Joseph William Koch, born on Oct. 4, 1919, in D'Hanis, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 13, 2007, in San Antonio. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, with Msgr. Michael O'Gorman officiating. Entombment followed in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum in San Antonio.

Marie J. Mann, age 79, of the Schattle Community, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2007, in San Antonio, He was born in Cameron, August 6, 1927. Rosary was recited Thursday, Feb. 22, in Hurley Funeral Home Chapel, Pearsall. Mass was celebrated Friday, Feb. 23, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Pearsall. Interment followed in the Pearsall Cemetery.

Robert Glenn “RG” Pope, born on Sept. 5, 1920, passed away Feb. 6, 2007 at the age of 86. RG proudly served his country for 35 years in the United States Navy and was honored by his family with a graveside service at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Feb. 12, 2007, which included a 21 gun salute, playing of taps and presentation of the United States flag to the family, accepted by Robert Glenn Pope Jr.

Sue Ella (Trant) Reinhart, age 84, of DHanis passed away Monday, February 26, 2007, in Hondo. She was born in Keith July 2, 1922. Visitation at 9 a.m. and Rosary recited at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 1, followed by Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, DHanis.

Mary Ann Roman, age 81, of San Antonio, died Tuesday, February 27, 2007. A Rosary was held on Thursday, Mar. 1, at St. Paul Catholic Church, San Antonio. Mass was held on Friday, Mar. 2 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Interment followed in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Joe H. Rothe, age 87 of Bryan passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at his residence. Mr. Rothe was born May 27, 1919, in Hondo. A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Monsignor John McCaffrey officiating. Entombment followed in the Monsignor Gleissner Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.

Feliciano Q. Santos of Hondo, passed away on February 7, 2007 at the age of 53. Rosary was held at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Kathleen Frances Pitser Fisher Schroder, age 97, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, in Hondo. She was born June 6, 1909, in Yorktown, IN. Graveside service was at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Sabinal Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Andy Tyson of First United Methodist Church of Hondo and Pastor Don Snyder of Sabinal Methodist Church.

Shana Lyn Thompson age 37, of Devine passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007 in San Antonio. A Memorial Service was held at 11a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home.

Mary Catherine (Hoog) Ulbrich, age 86, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2007, in Hondo. She was born in Castroville, Mar. 18, 1920. Visitation at 7 p.m. and Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 1, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Mar. 2, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Regino Vasquez, age 88, of D’Hanis passed away Feb. 6, 2007. Visitation Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5 - 9 p.m. at Hondo Funeral Home. Rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hondo Funeral Home. Viewing from 9 - 10 a.m. before Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis. on Friday, Feb. 9. Interment in San Francisco Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Hertha Clementina Weeber, age 88, of Hondo passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. She was born July 31, 1918, in Seguin. Graveside service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Quihi Cemetery, Pastor David Mayer of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiated.

James E. Ernest Wingate, age 84, of San Antonio passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 in San Antonio. Funeral Service was conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.


March 2007


Mildred Elizabeth Blackburn Ahr, age 89, of La Coste, passed away March 1, 2007. Mildred was born April 29, 1917 in Biry. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for Visitation on Friday, March 9, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Funeral Mass celebrated on Saturday, Mar. 10, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment at Lytle Masonic Cemetery, Lytle.

Manuel Arcos passed away peacefully with his family at his side March 29, 2007, at the age of 81. He was born in Hondo on January 4, 1926, into a loving family of 23 brothers and sisters. Rosary was recited at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. Mass was celebrated Monday, April 2, at San Juan De Los Lagos Catholic Church. Interment followed at San Fernando Cemetery II.

John L. Bean, age 85, of Devine passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 31, 2007, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with Dr. T. Glenn Young officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

Rosario deSola Bellan, age 98 of Castroville, passed away Friday, March 30, 2007, in King George, VA. Rosario was born June 20, 1908, in Hol-guin, Cuba. A graveside service was held Apr. 4, 2007, at Mission Park North Cemetery, San Antonio.

Frances Trinidad Baiz, age 62, passed away in Dallas on Mar. 15, 2007. She was born on Dec. 2, 1944 in Hondo. Services held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 24, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hondo.

Ella Marie Hitzfelder Bohl, age 94, of La Coste, passed away March 23, 2007 in Pleasanton. Ella was born Jan. 9, 1913 in rural La Coste. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment followed the Mass at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste.

Shirley Jo Blaschke Brieden of Devine, born Dec. 8, 1953, in Vallejo, CA, died March 30, 2007, at the age of 53 in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Monday, April 2, 2007, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Mass was celebrated Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Adolfo Valdivia-Aguirre officiating. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Msgt Edward Wallis Davis, Sr. U.S. Army, retired, of Castroville, passed away March 14, 2007, at Lackland A.F.B. Edward was born March 7, 1937 in Sharon WV. The Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Sarah Eugenia Day, age 85, of Castroville, passed away March 12, 2007. Sarah was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Waco. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville

Mary Ann Sence Estep, age 84, of Castroville, passed away Mar. 29, 2007. Mary Ann was born Aug. 17, 1922, in San Antonio. A Graveside Service was held Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2007 at at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, Ft. Sam Houston.

Jose M. Garcia, of D’Hanis passed away March 21, 2007, at the age of 60. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Mar. 23, at Hondo Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 24, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis. Interment followed in San Francisco Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Roman B. Garza, age 74, of Castroville, passed away March 11, 2007, in San Antonio. Roman was born Aug. 9, 1932, in Rio Medina. Funeral Mass was held Monday, March 12, 2007, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Rosary was held Mar. 13, 2007, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castro-ville. Interment followed the Rosary at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Essie Mae (Bell) Grisham, age 96, of San Antonio and formerly of Hondo, passed away Sunday, Mar. 11, 2007. She was born Dec. 6, 1910, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held at First United Methodist Church in Hondo, 2 p.m., on Sunday, Mar. 18, with Rev. Andy Tyson and Rev. Bert Clayton officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section. A Memorial Service celebrating Essie Mae’s life was held at New Forest Estates Assisted Living, 2 p.m., Monday, Mar. 19.

Natalee Gean Hibbs, who died after birth on Mar. 23, 2007, is now resting and waiting for the resurrection. Survivors include her parents, Larry and Jennie Hibbs; sister, Bailee Hibbs; brother, Rylee Hibbs all of Castroville. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for gathering for the Memorial Service at 1p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 31, 2007. Memorial Service  at 2 p.m.

Colby Adam Jonas, 24, of San Marcos, formerly of Castroville, passed away Mar. 14, 2007, in Austin. Colby was born December 13, 1982. Funeral Service was held Monday, March 19, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville. Interment followed the funeral service at Quihi Cemetery in Quihi.

Ida Schulte Koby, age 87, of Flushing, MI, passed away Saturday, Mar. 24, 2007 at Fostrian Assisted Living. She was born in 1920 in Yancey. Funeral Mass was held Thursday, Mar. 29 at St. Robert Catholic Church. Interment followed at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Marvin Koenig, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2007. He was born August 31, 1924, in Castroville. Service was held Tuesday, Mar. 27 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville, at 1 p.m.

Deborah Ellen (Staunton) Kreger, age 39, of Hondo passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007. She was born Dec. 8, 1967, in Whittier, CA. Graveside service and interment were Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2 p.m., at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Section, with Rev. Jeff Pehl officiating.

Anneliese Engel Morton, born Jan. 21, in Germany, passed away Mar. 6, 2007, in Hondo. A memorial service will be held at a date in the near future.

Michael Joe Murphy
, age 48, of Bigfoot, passed away Friday, March 23, 2007, in Bigfoot. He was born in San Antonio, August 20, 1958. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. in Longview Cemetery with Pastor Keith Dennis officiating.

Jennifer Margaret Jones Neuman, age 37, of Camp Wood, returned home to the Father on Friday, March 23, 2007, from the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio. Jennifer was born on Dec. 4, 1969, in Beaumont. Services were held Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Camp Wood. Interment followed at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Camp Wood. Pastor Nancy Littlefield officiated.

Samuel Z. Parks Jr.,age 5, of Hondo passed away Mar. 31, at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. He was born in Springerville, AZ, to Samuel Z. Parks and Kathleen Lily Parks on Jan. 31, 2002. Sammy is survived by his parents, Sam and Kathy of Hondo and four loving sisters: Whitney Parks of Juneau, AK, Elizabeth Davis, Coty Davis and Kendra Parks all of Hondo. A funeral service was held on Monday, April 2, at Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints in Hondo. Interment followed in the Hondo Cemetery.

Nolan Ray Ricord, age 80, of Hondo, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2007, in Hondo. A graveside service was held on Mar. 12. Interment followed in Moore Memorial Cemetery, Moore.

Andrea (Gauna) Rodriguez, age 79, of Hondo passed away Friday, March 30, 2007. She was born in Yancey, Nov. 29, 1927. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. The Funeral Mass was on Tuesday, 11 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Raimundo “Ray” Garza Ruiz, age 74, of Castroville, passed away Feb. 17, 2007, in San Antonio. Ray was born Oct. 8, 1932 in Thelma. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Luis F. “Louie” Saucedo, age 81, of Hondo passed away Monday, Mar. 26, 2007. He was born in Pearsall Aug. 18, 1925. Rosary was recited Tuesday, led by Joe Mares, and Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Mar. 27, by Rev. Jeff Pehl, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was in Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Ida Alice Scitern, age 92, of Devine, passed away at her residence, Thursday, Mar. 29, 2007. A graveside Service was held Saturday, Mar. 31, 2007 at 2 p.m., in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Malinda Margarete Wehmeyer Stein, passed away March 17, 2007. She was born February 21, 1919, near Helotes. Rosary was Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass begain at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 22, 2007 at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Luvinina E. Stuart of Moore, passed March 9, 2007. Funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Mar. 13, at the funeral home with interment following at San Fernando Cemetery #3. Mission Park Funeral Chapels South, S.A.

Eligah Taylor, age 77, of Hondo passed away Monday, Mar. 19, 2007. Visitation held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 22 at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Service held at Hondo Funeral Home on Friday, Mar. 23 at 11 a.m. Interment in Cotton Wood Cemetery.

Alice Elizabeth Trafton passed away March 26, 2007, in Houston, at the age of 90. She was born in LaCoste on Oct. 22, 1916. Rosary recited on March 30 at Brookehill Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral was held Saturday, Mar. 31, at Our lady of Grace Catholic Church in LaCoste. Burial followed in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery in LaCoste.

John “Hans” Walch, age 91, of Quihi passed away Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2007. He was born in Fredericksburg Mar. 6, 1916. Graveside service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 29, at Quihi Cemetery.

Jessie Mae Wiemers, age 77, of Yancey, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2007 in Hondo. She was born in Black Creek, July 1, 1929. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Tomerlin Cemetery with Pastor John Bishop officiating.


April 2007


Pablo Barrientes, age 52, of Hondo passed away Saturday, April 14, 2007. He was born in Hondo, November 14, 1954. Rosary was recited Tuesday, April 17, at Guinn-Horger Chapel and Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Tillie Marie Bayer, age 84, went to be with our Lord, with her loving family at her bedside on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, after a courageous fight with Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia. Born on March 16, 1923 in Castroville. The Rosary was held on Friday, Apr. 27, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. A Prayer Service was held Saturday, Apr. 28, 2007 at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment followed the Prayer Service at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville.

Francis Louis Biediger, age 83, a life long resident of La Coste, passed away April 9, 2007 at his home. He was born February 1, 1924 in La Coste. Rosary was Wednesday, Apr. 11 at 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Funeral Mass was Thursday, Apr. 12, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste with military honors.

James “Jimmy” E. Bohl, age 50, of Devine passed away April 23, 2007. A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, April 26, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine with Father Jose F. Puente officiating. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Maria Anna Boone, age 82, passed away April 10, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Poland. Funeral service was held on April 12, 2007, at Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Interment followed in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Annie Melissa (Smith) Breiten, age 89, of Hondo passed away Thursday, April 26, 2007. Annie was born near Pearsall Jan. 25, 1918. Funeral service was held Monday, Apr. 30, 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church, Hondo. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Judge Joe E. Briscoe, passed away Wednesday, April 4, at his home in Devine. He was born in Devine on May 8, 1914. Graveside services were conducted Saturday, April 7, at Evergreen Cemetery, with interment immediately following. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, April 7, at the First Baptist Church in Devine.

Dorothy May Brown, entered eternal rest on April 21, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born August 12, 1907, in Manchester, England. Memorial service will be held Friday, April 27, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville.

Floyd Wayne Chain, Jr.
, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Apr. 24, 2007. Wayne was born Apr. 1, 1944, in Robstown. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at the Castroville First Baptist Church in Castroville. Interment followed at 11:30 a.m. at Ft. Sam Houston.

Bill Coffey, age 84, of Vanderpool, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Kerrville. He was born on April 28, 1922, in Hondo. Funeral services were held Monday, April 23, 2007, at Grimes Funeral Chapels with Pastor Gerald Harvey officiating. Interment followed in Tarpley Cemetery.

John Curcio, age 58 of Devine, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in San Antonio. Rosary was recited at the funeral home Monday, April 9. Mass was celebrated Tuesday, April 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Ruth King English, 97 of Devine, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Devine. Funeral services were held Monday, April 9, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

George Frederick ‘Fred’ Fowler, age 60 of Atascosa, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in San Antonio. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7, at the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Graveside Services followed in Wilson Valley Cemetery, Little River, TX.

Daniel Garcia Jr., age 42, of Hondo passed away, April 29, 2007. A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 2, Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Inez Heathcock, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away on April 21, 2007, at the age of 84 in Jourdanton.  She was born July 7, 1922, in the McNeil community near Luling. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at First Baptist Church, Devine. Interment was at the Devine Evergreen Cemetery.

Frank Jason Hernandez,
age 21, of Hondo passed away on April 16, 2007. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, April 18 at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at noon at St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday, April 19. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Wesley Hutzler, age 92, of La Coste, passed away April 28, 2007, in Hondo. Wesley was born Oct. 3, 1914, in Dunlay. The Rosary was Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. The Mass of Resurrection was Monday, April 30, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment followed the mass at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

James William Jarred, entered eternal rest on April 23, 2007, in San Antonio. James was born February 2, 1940, in Battleground, IN. Graveside Service held Thursday, April 26, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at the Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville.

Diana Olive Lesieur, age 69, of Devine passed away Saturday, April 21 in Modesto, CA. Funeral Service was held on Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Devine, with Pastor Keith Dennis officating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ruth Zelma (Duderstadt) Love, age 97 of Yancey, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007. She was born in Mountain Home, October 25, 1909. Funeral service was held Saturday at Yancey Methodist Church. Interment was at Yancey Cemetery.

Elsa Martinez, age 56, of Hondo passed away Sunday, April 15, 2007. She was born in Hondo, Jan. 28, 1951. Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 17, 3 p.m., at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section. A complete obituary will be published next week.

Julia (Reyes) Peralta, age 56 of San Antonio, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2007. She was born in Hondo, July 25, 1950. Rosary, led by Juventina Correa, Saturday, April 7, was followed immediately by the funeral service, officiated by Rev. Jeff Pehl, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Donald Lynn Scott, age 41, of Devine passed away Saturday, April 14, 2007 in San Antonio. Graveside service held at 11a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2007 at Evergreen Cemetery, with Pastor Pete Pawelek officiating.

Celia M. Reily, 79 of Devine, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007. Celia was born in Anson. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, April 11, at the Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Victor Martinez Rico Jr., age 68 of Hondo, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007, at Galveston. He was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Hondo. A private burial will be held.

Guadalupe Soto, age 82, passed away at her residence on Sunday, April 22, 2007. Rosary was recited on April 25 at the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home. Mass celebrated Thursday, April 26, 2007, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Billie Louise Taggart, 85 of Greenville, passed away on April 15, 2007 at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She was born in Commerce, Texas on November 9, 1921. A memorial service was held at Wesley United Methodist Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul Gould and Rev. Jim Gatlin officiating.

Lorine Anna Zinsmeyer Taylor
, age 92 of Hondo, passed away Monday, April 9, 2007, in Boerne. Rosary was recited Wednesday, April 11, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Entombment at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Mausoleum.

Diana Lydia Benites Trevino, entered eternal rest on April 18, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born February 9, 1961, in Del Rio. Rosary was recited April 22, 2007, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass was held Monday, April 23, 2007, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.


May 2007


Deniece Patton Abbott was born in San Antonio on Oct. 4, 1926 and passed away on May 30, 2007. Deniece donated her body for medical research. A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church Friday, June 1, 2007.

Naomi Sue (Carpenter) Nelson Blankenship of Hondo, age 82, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2007. She was born in Floresville, Feb. 9, 1925. Visitation was Thursday, May 10, at Guinn-Horger Chapel, followed by graveside service and interment at 1:30 p.m. at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Helen Louise Blount, 80, of North Little Rock died May 30, 2007, after a nine month battle with ovarian cancer. A graveside service was held 10a.m., Friday June, 1 2007, at Little Rock National Cemetery.

Charlotte Mae (Nentwich) Stolte Clark of Helotes went to be with our Lord on May 5, 2007. Viewing was held at Sunset Funeral Home in San Antonio on Tuesday, May 8. Funeral services were held on Wednesday May 9, 2007 at Zion Lutheran church of Helotes with the interment at Helotes Cemetery.

Kyle Clary of D’Hanis passed away on May 9, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 22. He was born on May 7, 1985, in Hondo. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 4 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Sabinal with burial to following in Sabinal Cemetery. Ray Melton officiated.

Ralph V. Coats, SMSgt(R) USAF, age 90, formerly of Devine, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2007, in San Antonio. Graveside Service and Interment was held Thursday, May 10, in Evergreen Cemetery.

Juventina Vela Correa, age 74, of Hondo passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born in Hondo, Sept. 1, 1932. Rosary was led by Frances Cordova and Eustalia Mar-tinez, on Tuesday and Funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Jeff Pehl at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, both at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Nancy Lee Settle Dixon Devers was born Jan. 16, 1946. She passed away May 14, 2007 at home in Jourdanton. A Memorial Service was held on May 21, 2007, at Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton

Ella Blanche (Meyer) Doyle, age 97, of San Antonio entered rest on Thursday, May 3, 2007. She was born in Concan on April 15, 1910. A Graveside service was held on Monday, May 12 at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Maria Egula, of Hondo, passed away May 29, 2007, at the age of 72. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at Hondo Funeral Home with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at St. John’s Catholic church with interment following in Hondo Cemetery.

Eudelia Lira Gonzales, age 86, of La Coste, passed away May 7, 2007, in San Antonio. Eudelia was born Dec. 10, 1920 in Asherton. A Prayer Service was held Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville A Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, May 9, at 10:15 a.m. at the Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville. Interment followed the service at Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville.

Lt. Col. Marshal Goodwin, Jr., USAF retired, of Lytle, entered eternal rest on May 19, 2007 and was born Apr. 7, 1941, in Holly Grove. His ashes will be disbursed at a later date.

Guy Hardin Jr., US Navy Veteran WW II 1942-1946, of Castroville, departed this life, May 20, 2007 in Castroville. He was born July 18, 1923 in St. Louis, MO. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 12 noon with a Funeral Service to begin at 12 noon on Thursday, May 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hondo. Interment at 2 p.m. in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Roy William Hartman, age 93, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2007. He was born Feb. 22, 1914. Visitation will be Thursday, May 10, 4 to 8 p.m., at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service Friday, May 11, 10 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. David Mayer officiating. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Mildred Naomi (Welch) Gilbert of Helotes, formerly of Hondo, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at the age of 91. She was born in Tacoma, WA, on Sept. 12, 1915. Visitation was Monday, May 14, and the Funeral Service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, both at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Burial was at the Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Benjamin Early “Ben” Hodges of Columbia, CA, age 90, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2007. He was born in New Mexico on July 21. Visitation was Sunday at Guinn-Horger Chapel, with graveside service Monday, May 14, 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Marvin Henry Koch, entered rest on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the age of 89. He was born Sept. 24, 1917 in D’Hanis. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Roy Akers-Zizik Kearns Funeral Chapels with the Vigil Service and Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with entombment following at Holy Cross Mausoleum.

Daryl Fae Little, age 54, of Atascosa, passed away May 31, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born Oct. 31, 1952, in Newton, NJ. Funeral Service was Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Omedia Mary Lovette, age 78, of Devine, passed away Monday, May 14, 2007. Committal Services and Interment held Thursday, May 24, 2007, at 10 a.m., at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Emma “Cookie” Ybarra Mueller, entered eternal rest on May 10, 2007, and was born Sept. 13, 1939, in Castroville. The Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2007 at St. Louis Catholic Church. Entombment followed in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic School.

Rev. Robert Leo Nixon, Sr. age 79, of Devine passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in San Antonio. Funeral Service were held Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Devine. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

Maxine Lillian Payton, age 82, of Lakehills passed away Monday, May 28, 2007. Graveside service held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Hondo Cemetery, Woodman of the World Section.

Milton James “Fuzzy” Renken, 81, of Hondo passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2007. Services were held on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hondo, with interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Bonifacia Rodriguez, of Devine, passed away on May 29, 2007 at the age of 86. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine, with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. on Friday. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with interment following in St. Joseph Cemetery, Devine.

Clarence Julius Saathoff of Hondo/Quihi, born Feb. 16, 1910, peacefully went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Visitation was Friday, May 18, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi, followed by burial at Quihi Cemetery.

Polo Sanchez, age 76, of South Houston, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2007. He was born Friday, Aug. 22, 1930 in Orange. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with interment following at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Devine.

Irene Melva Schroeter, age 87, of Devine entered into rest on May 10, 2007. She was born Oct. 31, 1919, in the rural community of Amphion outside of Poteet. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 15 at 2 p.m. in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel, interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

Margaret Lillian Hardy Shipp, entered eternal rest on May 17, 2007, and was born May 26, 1925, in Huntsville, AL. Funeral Service was held Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Graveside Services was held on Monday, May 21, 2007 at the Harlingen-Combes Cemetery in Combes.

Manuel Soliz of San Antonio, age 60, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2007. He was born in Yancey, March 4, 1947. Rosary was recited on Tuesday and Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m., both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial was at Yancey Cemetery.

Josefina Soto, age 82 of Natalia, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007 in Lytle. Mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at 10 a.m., at St Andrews Catholic Church, Lytle. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Charles Langdon Tilley, a local architect whose work as project manager of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the Austin Convention Center and the Robert E. Johnson Legislative Office Building helped define the Austin skyline, died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at the age of 68. Tilley, was born in San Antonio in 1939. Funeral held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Hondo.

Margaret Ann App Tondre, age 65, of Lytle, passed away May 25, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Castroville. Funeral Service was Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Hilda Tucker, age 103, born Sept. 1, 1903, in D’Hanis, passed away Friday, May 4, 2007 in Houston. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Houston. The Rite of Committal followed at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery, Houston.

Emily Nunez Velasquez, 2 months, of Devine passed away May 2, 2007 in San Antonio. Emily is survived by her mother Lisa Nunez; father Jose Velasquez; twin-brother Erik Nunez; other siblings David Martinez, Victoria Martinez and Jennifer Martinez; and numerous other relatives. Graveside services were held at 1p.m. on Monday, May 7 in St Joseph’s Cemetery.

Wilburn David Wade, age 86, of Devine passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at the First Baptist Church of Devine, with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

David Brian Walters, age 36, was born Oct. 6, 1970. He passed away May 18, 2007. Funeral Services was conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in the Chapel of the funeral home, with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Anna Wojciuk-Prusak born on August 21, 1922, in a small village called Jablon, located in Eastern Poland, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 21, 2007, at her home in Hondo. A memorial funeral service, led by Deacon Richard Edminson, was held at the Guinn-Horger Chapel on Saturday, May, 26, 2007, at 10 a.m. Funeral Mass was held simultaneously in Poland. Her remains will be transported to Warsaw, Poland, and laid to rest in Brodno Cemetery.


June 2007


Guadalupe Robles Alcozer, age 75, of San Antonio, formerly of Hondo, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007. She was born May 9, 1932, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Tuesday, July 3, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, July 4, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Fr. Ken Dakin officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

Thomas Alvarado Jr., age 60, of Castroville, passed away on June 23, 2007. Graveside service was held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on June 26, 2007.

Carmen Jose Alvarez, age 75, passed away in Devine, Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in San Antonio. He was born Thursday, July 16, 1931. Funeral services were held Friday, June 29, at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon George Torres officiating.

Lois Burton Beck, age 80, of Devine, passed away June 26, 2007. Lois was born Apr. 9, 1927, in Daisetta. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville.

Ella Flora (Ford) Blackshear, age 75, of Horn Lake, MS, formerly of Hondo, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2007, in Tennessee. She was born in Hondo April 25, 1932. A celebration of her life was held at West End Baptist Church, Hondo, on Saturday, June 23, with Rev. Hubert Morris, pastor, and Minister Shirley Morris of Rightway Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Cottonwood Cemetery, Hondo.

Jesse Junior Brumage
, age 77, of Talladega, AL, passed away Monday, June 11, 2007, in Talladega, AL. He was born in Jere, WV, on April 4, 1930. Graveside service was Friday, June 15, in the Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Raymundo M. Carrillo, age 52, of Hondo passed away Friday, June 8, 2007. He was born in Hondo, April 10, 1955. Rosary was recited Sunday June 10, and Funeral Mass was Monday, June 11, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Andrea Contreras of Hondo, beloved aunt and sister, passed away on June 25, 2007, at the age of 67. Rosary was recited Friday, June 29, at Hondo Funeral Home. The funeral service was held Saturday, June 30, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Jesus T. Covarrubia, age 83, of Devine, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007. He was born February 2, 1924, in Devine. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 3, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Alejandro Del Bosque officiating. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Janet Kathryn Cook Fest, age 71, of Moore, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born in San Antonio, February 22, 1936. Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leonard Geyer and Rev. Roy Stokes officiating. Interment followed in Moore Memorial Cemetery, Moore.

Theodore C. Gonzales of Hondo passed away on June 27, 2007, at the age of 65. Rosary was recited Friday, June 29, and Funeral Mass was held Saturday, June 30, both at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

William Verbert Gray, age 73, a resident of the Hondo/D’Hanis SKP Park, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2007, in San Antonio. He was born Aug. 6, 1933, in Athens, GA. Memorial service held Friday, July 6, 10 a.m., at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Barren Cooper Hatfield died shortly after birth, and was delivered to Jesus on June 8, 2007. Survivors include his parents, Zachary J. and Kristina Houston Hatfield of Castroville. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville, Texas.

Mary Emma Graff Johnson, age 81, of Hondo passed away Monday, June 25, 2007. She was born August 12, 1925, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Thursday, June 28, followed by the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Entombment was at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Mausoleum. 

Rosemary “Rosie” Julian, age 56, of Lytle passed away Monday, June 18, 2007. She was born in Devine on December 10, 1950. Funeral service was held Saturday, June 23, at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Father Alejandro Del Bosque. Interment followed at Moore Catholic Cemetery.

Hedwig Caroline (Leinwe-ber) Windrow Kollman, age 97, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Hondo. She was born on Nov. 23, 1909, the third of six children. Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 19, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel in Hondo. Casketcarriers were Bryce Britsch, Cody Buck, J. Gruber, Doug Westfall, Matthew Windrow and Zachary Windrow. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Pedro P. Hernandez, of Hondo, passed away on June 16, 2007, at the age of 77. Rosary was recited Monday, June 18, at Hondo Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, June 19, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Jessie Arthur Long, age 73, passed away Monday, June 11, 2007, at Canyon Lake, after coping many years with the progressive blood disorder, myelofibrosis. He was born Sept. 8, 1933, in LaSalle County. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 14, at Hondo Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church.

Allen Franklin “Mac” McGuffin, 84, of Hondo passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Mac was born on August 12, 1922, in Field Creek. Rosary was recited Friday June 15, and Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, June 16, both at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hondo. Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery at Honey Creek, near Spring Branch.

Enrique “El Teco” C. Niño, Sr. age 79, of La Coste, passed away June 14, 2007, in San Antonio. He was born April 1, 1928. The Rosary was recited Sunday, June 17, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. The Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, June 18, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

William Robert “Bill” Pick-thall, age 64, of Hondo passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007. He was born in Dallas on Sept. 23, 1942. A private graveside service was held Monday, June 25, at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section, officiated by Minister Kenneth Heyen.

Pasqual Ramirez of Hondo, age 96, Friday, June 8, 2007. He was born in Brackettville, Feb. 9, 1911. Rosary was recited Tuesday, June 12, followed by Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Alfred Julio Ramos, age 52, of Devine passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007. He was born October 22, 1954, in Hondo. Funeral service was held Saturday, June 23, at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Father Alejandro Del Bosque.

William Roy Salts, Jr., entered eternal rest on June 8, 2007, in Castroville. He was born December 20, 1961, in Holyoke, MA,. The funeral service was held Friday, June 15, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center, KS.

Baby Izelia Zapata Sanchez of Hondo passed away on June 16, 2007. Survivors include his parents, Ricky and Mary Jane Sanchez. Graveside service was held at 11 a.m., June 23, at Hondo Cemetery.

Romana M. Sepulveda, age 103, of Devine, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2007, in San Antonio. Mass was celebrated Wed-nesday, June 27, 2007, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

William John Silvers, age 59, of rural Hondo, known to family and friends as John, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2007. He was born June 23, 1947, in Sabinal. Funeral service was held at Guinn-Horger Chapel, Saturday, June 9, with Rev. Ron Stringfellow officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Section.

John Sobolewski, age 61, of Hondo passed away Sunday, June 10, 2007. Arrangements are pending at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home.

Frances (Sauter) Windrow, age 90, passed away Monday, June 4, 2007, in Marble Falls. She was born on Feb. 12, 1917, at Hondo. The Rosary was recited Sunday, June 10, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Monday, June 11,followed by interment in Hondo Cemetery, Oak-wood Section.


July 2007


Frances Lucille Briggs, age 101, of Devine passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in San Antonio. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, July 31, in the Chapel of Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion, IL. Interment followed at Union Enterprise Cemetery, Edwards Co., IL.

Alvin R. Darnell, age 88, of Devine passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in Lytle. Funeral Service was conducted Saturday, July 28, at Hurley Funeral Home. Graveside Service and interment were conducted at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Monday, July 30.

Pablo DeLeon, age 86, of Yancey passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007. He was born in Yancey Jan. 15, 1921. Rosary was recited Thursday, July 26, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was held Friday, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Yancey, with Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating.

Hazel Dean Holden Dixon, age 67, of Dunlay, passed away July 10, 2007, at home. Hazel was born December 27, 1939, in Brimingham, AL. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for visitation Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service Friday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Jack Joseph Droitcourt, age 93, a resident of Fort Worth for more than 50 years, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in Long-mont, CO. Jack was born November 12, 1913, in Hondo. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Tuesday, July 31, at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Interment followed at Greenwood Memorial Park.

Dora W. Duncan, age 89, of Devine, passed away at her residence Friday, July 6, 2007. Rosary was recited Sunday, July 8, in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Mass was celebrated Monday, July 9, at St Josephs Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed in Moore Catholic Cemetery.

Walter Eichholtz of Hondo, age 83, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2007. Walter was born Nov. 25, 1923, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 10 a.m., with Rev. David Mayer officiating. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oak-wood Section.

Roy Lee Essary, age 52, of Devine passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Funeral service was held Monday, July 16, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Interment followed at Moore Memorial Cemetery in Moore.

Prisciliano Gaitan Sr., age 90, of Hondo passed away Friday, July 6, 2007. He was born Jan. 4, 1917 in Piedras Negras, Mexico. A prayer service was held Tuesday, July 10, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 11, at Iglesia Christiana in Hondo.

Bernardino R. Garcia, of Hondo, passed away on July 31, 2007 at the age of 77. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine. Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment was at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Fred S. Garrison, age 69, of Mico, passed away July 7, 2007, in San Antonio. Fred was born July 15, 1937, in San Antonio. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, July 10, at Medina Valley United Methodist Church in Castroville. Interment followed at Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville.

Roger Charles Gonnet, age 82, passed away at his home at Hondo, the evening of Saturday, July 27, 2007. He was born in France March 5, 1925. Funeral service was held at Guinn-Horger Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 1, with Pastor David Mayer of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Charles Eugene Haywood, age 68, of Devine passed away Friday, July 13, 2007, at his residence. Graveside Service with interment was held at Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Neal Horton Jr., age 79 of Devine, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his residence. Graveside service and interment were held Friday, July 27, at Edgewood Cemetery, Crystal City.

Ola Mae White Hutson of Hondo, age 75, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2007. She was born January 23, 1932, in Willow City. Graveside service was held Thursday, July 19, at Eckert Cemetery at Willow City, near Fredericksburg, followed by interment.

Miriam Krause, age 98, passed away July 16, 2007. No services are planned at this time.

Steve Muniz, of Devine, passed away on July 20, 2007, at the age of 36. Rosary recited at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Funeral Mass was at held Wednesday, July 25. Hondo Funeral Home, Hondo.

Marilyn Frances Daughtrey Nowakowski, age 81, of San Benito went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 12, 2007.

Rogelio A. “RogeRabbit” Palacios, age 18, of Kerrville passed from this life on Saturday, July 28, 2007, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Rogelio was born in Houston on August 25, 1988, the son of Rogelio A. Palacios Jr. and Rosa Es-cobar. A graveside service was held at Hondo Cemetery, Hondo, on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Adelina “Nina” Del Toro Pargas, age 70, of D’Hanis, a woman of great faith, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 9, 2007. She was born in D’Hanis on October 13, 1936. Rosary recited Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m., and the Funeral Mass Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m., both at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis. Interment at San Francisco Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Fidel Lopez Rivera Jr. of Hondo passed away on July 1, 2007, at the age of 62. Rosary was recited Saturday, July 7, at St. John’s Catholic Church
followed by the Funeral Mass.

Dawn E. Schuh, age 65, of Devine passed away Friday, July 13, 2007, in San Antonio. Memorial service held Friday, August 24, 2007, in Houston. She was born May 19, 1926, in San Benito. Graveside service was held at Mont Meta Cemetery in San Benito on Saturday, July 14, and a celebration service was held at New Fountain UMC on July 17.

Baby Julias Angel Vallejo of Natalia, passed away on the day of his birth, July 1, 2007. He was the son of Julian Vallejo and Johnelle Peralta. The Rosary was recited followed by the funeral service, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine on Thursday, July 5. Interment was on Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Perez Cemetery, Natalia.

Frank N. Wallace Jr., age 74, of Devine, passed away at his residence Sunday, July 15, 2007. Memorial services were held Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

James Henry Wells Jr., age 75, of Northcliffe, near Cibolo, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2007, at his home. He always said he was “born at the head of Montell Creek” on the family ranch in Uvalde County. Funeral service held Thursday, July 12, 12 p.m., at Guinn-Horger Chapel in Hondo. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Hulda (Tootie) Wheeler, of Hondo, passed away on July 29, 2007 at the age of 85. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 1, at New Fountain Methodist Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Evelyn Louise (Hoffman) Wilson, 78, of Yancey passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born Feb. 20, 1929, in Lytle. Funeral service was held at Yancey Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 31, with Rev. Vance Elliott officiating. Casket bearers were Shane Wilson, Justin Wilson, David Boss, Nick Wilson, Nathan Wilson and Kyle Heyen. Honorary bearers were Brian Stovall, Kevin Crowsey and Brian Mullins. Interment was at Yancey Cemetery.


August 2007


Franklyn Rothe Bless, age 81 went to work with the Lord on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Born in Hondo on January 20, 1926. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. in Hondo at Hondo Funeral Home. Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hondo.

Richard Kenneth Caldwell Jr., SFO, age 46, of Rio Medina was born in San Antonio on November 28, 1960, and went to his eternal rest on August 5, 2007, at his home. The Rosary was recited Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. The Mass of Resurrection was Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Funeral Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Lewis Reaves Cole Jr., age 66, of Sabinal passed away August 3, 2007, at his residence . He was born March 18, 1941, in Austin. Funeral service was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes- Knowles Chapel in Sabinal. Interment followed in Waresville Cemetery in Utopia with Rev. Billy Morse officiating.

Hilliard Collins, age 83, died in his Castroville home on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. Hilliard Collins, better known as Mr. C., was born February 12, 1924, in Granada, MS. Funeral service Thursday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home.  Interment  at the Castroville Community Cemetery.

Helen (Hunnicutt) Covey, age 92, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Hondo. She was born on Aug. 16, 1915, in Ninnekah, OK. Private interment is planned with her family in Llano.

Jay Dean Crutchfield, age 61, of San Antonio was born in Pearsall, on June 12, 1946 and he went to be with the Lord on August 21, 2007. Viewing was at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. Funeral service was at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, also at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine, with pastor, J C Ballard, of Calvary Chapel officiating.

Margaret Mary Sobeczek English, age 78, of Castroville, passed away Aug. 8, 2007 in Castroville. Margaret was born Oct. 17, 1928 in Wilson County. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection was Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. The Rosary was Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Funeral Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Adan Garcia of Hondo passed away on Aug. 18, 2007, at the age of 44.   Rosary was recited on Monday, Aug. 20, at Hondo Funeral Home. An 11 a.m. funeral mass was held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Interment followed In Hondo Cemetery.

Violet Raye Garret, age 74, of Devine passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007 in Castroville. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with interment following in Evergreen Cemetery.

Juan Manuel Gonzales, age 63, of D’Hanis passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. He was born in D’Hanis, April 13, 1944.  Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, and Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, both at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating.  Interment was at San Francisco Cemetery, D’Hanis.

John E, Haglund passed away August 4, 2007, after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer, at the age of 68. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Leo A. Highsmith, of Hondo, passed away on Aug. 29, 2007, at the age of 89. Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Entombment followed in St. John’s Garden Memorial Mausoleum.

Roy Lee Johnson, age 79, of Castroville, passed away Aug. 14, 2007, at his home. Roy was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Pampa. Funeral service held Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville, with Rev. Danny Haby Jr. officiating. Interment at Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville.

Irene “Rene” Riley Knox, age 90, of Kingsland passed away August 18, 2007, in Castroville. “Rene” was born May 10, 1917, in Eldorado.  The family will hold memorial service at a later date.

Edna Kathleen Collins Love, age 66, of Devine passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, in Hondo. Funeral service conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with Dr. T. Glenn Young officiating. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Verlyn “Cricket” Wiemers Mangold, age 63, of Hondo passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at her home after a painful fight against ALS.  She was born in Maxwell, TX, on Dec. 29, 1943.  The  welcomed visitors on Friday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, Hondo. Funeral service held Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1303 Avenue M., Hondo, officiated by Pastor David Meyer.

Amy Lorraine Pardo Martinez, age 31, of Castroville passed away Aug. 18, 2007, in Hondo. Amy was born Aug. 22, 1975, in San Antonio.  The funeral service was Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. at Refuge of Love Church in Lytle. Interment followed at Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville.

Steven M. McCaffrey, age 62, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, in Yancey. He was born in Chicago, IL. Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, Hondo

Ruth Beatrice Miller of D’Hanis, passed away on August 1, 2007 at the age of 80. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Gilberto Moreno, age 86, of San Antonio passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2007. He was born April 14, 1921, in Uvalde, resided most of his life in D’Hanis, and recently lived in San Antonio.  Rosary was recited Thursday, Aug. 16, and Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, both at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiated.   Interment was at San Francisco Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Maxine Virginia (Spivey) Muennink passed away on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. She was born Mar. 7, 1922, in San Antonio. Visitation was Sunday and funeral service was at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bert Clayton officiating. Interment followed at 3:30 p.m. at Yancey Cemetery in Yancey.

Edson Jay Oefinger, age 79, a stock-farmer/rancher, of Quihi, passed away on August 27, 2007, at home. Edson was born on September 21, 1927, in upper Quihi. Visitation, Aug. 31, from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Rosary held on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m at St. Louis Catholic Church. Funeral Mass Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 am at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment at the Hondo Cemetery in Hondo.

Laura Mann Pitts, age 85, of LaCoste passed away Sunday, August 5, 2007, in Natalia. She was born in Goldfinch. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Hurley Funeral Home. Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in LaCoste, with interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Devine.

Nelda Fay Roark, of Devine passed away on Aug. 24, 2007, at the age of 70. Hondo Funeral Home, Hondo.

Ehme Mathis Saathoff, age 94, of Hondo/Quihi passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007.  He was born on Mar. 20, 1913.  Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Leonor (Santos) Sandoval, age 97, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. She was born Mar. 4, 1910, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Thursday, Aug. 10, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fr. Ken Dakin officiating.

Henry William “Buck” Schirmer III, age 76 of Pleasanton, passed away Aug. 31, 2007 in San Antonio. He was born April 9, 1931 in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, San Antonio. Interment followed the Service at San Fernando Cemetery #3 in San Antonio.

Frank Armin Schneider, Sr. “Papa Smurf”, age 70, of LaPryor, passed away Aug. 7, 2007 in San Antonio. Frank was born Aug. 8, 1936 in Hondo. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Funeral Service was held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment followed the Funeral Service at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville.

Alan Raiford Sparger Jr., age 83, of Comfort, formerly of the D’Hanis area, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, in Fredericksburg.  He was born Aug. 30, 1924, in San Antonio.  Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Gaddis Memorial United Methodist Church in Comfort with Rev. Lynn Lockett officiating.  Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio.

Era Nevada Taylor, age 86, formerly of Devine, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2007, in Floresville. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Betty Louise Noblet Valenta, age 74, of Castroville, passed away Aug. 2, 2007 in Castroville. Betty was born Mar. 19, 1933 in Mobile, AL. The Rosary was recited Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. The Mass was Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed the Funeral Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.


September 2007


Barbara Jane Horton Aldrich, age 58, of San Antonio, passed away suddenly Sept. 6, 2007 at her home. Barbara was born Christmas Day, 1948. Graveside Services were Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at 4 p.m. at The Castroville Community Cemetery.

William Bryan “Bill” Bailey, age 54, of Sabinal passed away September 23, 2007, in Medina Community Hospital. He was born on August 24, 1953, in Hondo. Service was held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at First United Methodist Church in Sabinal at 10 a.m. Interment followed in Sabinal Cemetery. Rev. Stan Troy and Rev. Don Snyder officiated.

Bernard Allen “Bernie” Bernsen, age 66, of Quihi died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, in San Antonio. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. and Rosary recited at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio. Interment at 1 p.m. at St. Luke (Loire) Cemetery, 3930 FM 536 (off IH 37) at Pleasanton.

Thomas Arthur Busby, Jr., age 55, of Somerset, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at his residence. Graveside Service was held at 11a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at Moore Memorial Cemetery, with interment immediately following. Pastor Mark Brechin of the 1st United Methodist Church of Devine officiating.

Ethel Julia Tschirhart Corder, age 90, of Castroville, passed away on Sept. 8, 2007. Ethel was born on Mar. 22, 1917, in Castroville. Visitation was on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 12 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Clay Lee Crabtree, age 60, of Natalia passed away on Sept. 2, 2007. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine. Funeral Mass at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine. Interment in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Alejos Fernandez, age 78 of Bandera, Texas, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2007 in Bandera. He was born on January 6, 1941 in Castroville. A rosary was recited on Sunday, Oct.14, at 7 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Monday, October 15, 2007 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Father George Montague officiating. Interment followed at New Catholic Cemetery.

Irma Dee “Jackie” (Cooper) Fuos, age 79, of Kerrville passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. Jackie was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Alcorn County, MS. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, and funeral service held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 28, both at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Armando M. Garza, age 51, formerly of Natalia, passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 28, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Funeral Service held Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Pedro “Pete” Gonzales, age 50, of Devine passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at his residence. Rosary was recited Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Aline P. Bippert Haby, age 95, of Mico passed away on Sept. 17, 2007, in Castroville. Aline was born on July 25, 1912. Funeral Service held on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville. Interment at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Sheri Kaye Magers
of Con Can, age 56, passed away on September 22, 2007. She was born March 22, 1951. A 9 a.m. funeral service was held at Living Waters Church in Utopia on Tuesday Sept. 25, 2007. Interment followed in Magers Crossing Cemetery, Con Can.

Jana Guajardo Ramos, age 26, of Devine passed away on September 17, 2007. Rosary recited at Hondo Funeral Home at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. A 10 a.m. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine on Saturday, Sept. 22. Interment followed In Moore Catholic Cemetery, Moore.

Antonia R. Saldana, of Moore, formerly of Natalia, born June 13, 1918 in Moore, went to be with our Lord on Sept. 12, 2007 at the age of 89. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rosary was held on Friday Sept. 14, at Hondo Funeral Home, Hondo. A 9 a.m. Funeral Mass was held at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia, on Saturday Sept. 15. Interment followed in Moore Catholic Cemetery, Moore.

Alma Elsie Schmidt Schuh, age 87, of La Coste, passed away Sept. 15, 2007 in Castroville. She was born Aug. 24, 1920 in Wilson County. Rosary was recited Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste.

Clarence A. Stein, age 96, of La Coste, passed away Sept. 22, 2007 at home. Clarence was born on Jan. 8, 1911. Visitation was Monday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 100 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville. Interment followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville.

Norma Tschirhart Verstuyft, age 68, of La Coste passed away Sept. 24, 2007, at home. She was born Aug. 31, 1939. Rosary was recited Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church in La Coste. Funeral Mass Thursday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste.

Anita Emma (Wunderlich) Grell Zitelman, age 100 years and one month, of Hondo passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. She was born Aug. 13, 1907, at Wied, Texas. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Mayer officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.


October 2007


Mabel Tschirhart Adam, 90, of Castroville, went to heaven on October 24, 2007. Visitation was Friday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. Rosary was Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home Chapel in
Castroville. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Mass in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Mark Avila
, age 32, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. While riding his motorcycle, on his way home from work he was hit from behind by a drunk driver. Visitation held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at Hondo Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 12. A 1 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday Oct. 13. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Ervin Balzen, age 70, passed away on October 29, 2007. Graveside service held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Quihi Cemetery, Quihi.

James Arthur Benton... ,
age 45, of Houston, passed away in Houston.  James was born Mar. 27, 1962 in San Antonio.  The Mass of Resurrection was Monday,
Oct. 1, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Consuelo (Constante) Correa of Hondo, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at the age of 87. Consuelo was born in D’Hanis Sept. 15, 1920. Rosary was led by Epifania Ybarra on Monday, Oct. 29, and Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Ken Dakin on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m., both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Julio Cuellar, age 83, of La Coste, passed away Oct. 24, 2007 in San Antonio. Julio was born Jan. 28, 1924 in La Coste. Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 8 p.m. Rosary was Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home Chapel in Castroville. Funeral Mass was held Monday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment followed the Mass in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery in La Coste.

Justin Wade Davis, age 27, of Castroville, was called into the presence of the Lord at his home on Oct. 12, 2007. Visitation was held Monday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. The Mass of Resurrection was Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. The Rosary was Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed the Rosary at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Helen Chambers Elliott, born on February 5, 1927, went to be with the Lord on October 15, 2007, at the age of 80. A small graveside ceremony was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Hondo Cemetery.

Elmer Roy Faseler, age 79, of Yancey went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 10, 1927, in Yancey. Funeral service was at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Yancey Methodist Church with Rev. Vance Elliott, Rev. Danette Howell, and Rev. David Crabtree officiating.

Alejos Fernandez, age 78 of Bandera, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2007 in a San Antonio. He was born on July 17, 1929 in Castroville. A Rosary was recited on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Grimes
Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Monday Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Father George Montague officiating. Interment followed at New Catholic Cemetery.

Karron Blanton Folsom, age 60, of Atascosa, passed away Oct. 2, 2007 at home. She was born Oct. 12, 1946 in San Antonio. Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Service was Monday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment followed at 1 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Federico M. Gallegos, age 85, of Devine passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2007 in San Antonio. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the
Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Maria Alvesa “Bessie” Garcia, age 57, of San Antonio, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. She was born on Mar. 8, 1950, . Funeral service at First Baptist Church, Hondo, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m., was led by Pastor C. Ross Chandler and John McAnelly. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

Robert (Bob) Golden (77) of Benbrook, TX, passed away on October 21, 2007. Bob was born March 6, 1930, in Auburn, NY. A memorial service was held Thursday, October 25, 2007 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Fort Worth, TX. A private family service was held at the National Cemetery of Texas in Dallas.

Rene Joe Gonzales,
age 48 passed away on Oct. 23, 2007. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 26. A 7 p.m. Prayer Service was held at Hondo Funeral Home on Friday Oct. 26. A 10 a.m. Funeral Service was held at Hondo Funeral Home on Saturday Oct. 27. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Letha Polster Hardin US Army Veteran W.W. II Nurses Corp, of Castroville, departed this life October 5, 2007 in Castroville. Born November 24, 1923 in St. Louis MO. Visitation from 11 – 11:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service at 11:45 a.m. on Thurs. Oct. 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 30th and Ave. Q in Hondo. Interment at 2:15 p.m. in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Alejandra Herrera, age 87, passed away on Oct. 22, 2007.  Prayer service was held at Hondo Funeral Home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. A 2 p.m. funeral service was held at Hondo Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 25. Interment to follow in Hondo Cemetery.

Billie Grace Hurry, age 82, of Natalia passed away Monday, October 29, 2007, in San Antonio. Funeral service conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at
the First Baptist Church in Natalia, with interment following in Evergreen Cemetery.

Linda Augusta Wegner Husband,
age 89, of Castroville passed away Oct. 15, 2007. Linda was born April 8, 1918, in Monteola. Graveside service held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at the First Memorial Park 20355 Hwy 16 South San Antonio.

Ret. Lt. Col. Stephen A. Mullins, age 66, of Dilley, formerly of Flatwoods, KY. Passed away on Oct. 25, 2007. A 10 a.m. chapel service was held at Hondo Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 27. A 1 p.m. funeral service was held on Tues. Oct. 30, at Carman Funeral Home Flatwoods, KY. Interment followed in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens, Flatwoods, KY.

Ronald Ron Orta
, age 61 of Granite Falls, Washington died October 29, 2007. He was born November 21, 1945 in Hondo. Funeral Mass was held at Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Lucille Edna Perdue, age 86, of Devine, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2007, in Hondo. Visitation held Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine, from 2 until 9 p.m. The family received friends from 5 until 7p.m. Committal Services Monday, Oct. 8, at 1:30 p.m., at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Julio Sanchez Perez, a WWII veteran, passed away on October 31, 2007, at the age of 80 years. He was buried at Houston National Cemetery in Houston.  Funeral arrangements for Rebecca (Torres) of Sealy, who passed away Sunday, November 18, 2007, are pending with Guinn-Horger Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be published next week.

Salome A. Perez Jr.,
age 58, of Devine passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. Visitation Friday, Oct. 12, at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine, with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral service held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Devine. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Reymundo B. Rodriguez Sr. of Hondo, age 76, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, after battling cancer. He was born Apr. 7, 1931, in Hondo. A Rosary, led by Jose Mares on Saturday, and Funeral Mass, celebrated Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. by Fr. Ken Dakin, for Reymundo and his son, Rey, were held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Reymundo D. Rodriguez Jr. of San Antonio, age 49, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, after a long illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1958, in Hondo. A Rosary, led by Jose Mares on Saturday, and Funeral Mass, celebrated Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. by Fr. Ken Dakin, for Rey and his father were held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Solea Leanna Rodriguez, of D’Hanis, passed away on October 4, 2007 at the age of 20. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Friday Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis. Interment followed in San Francisco Catholic Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Roy Wayne Russell, age 68, passed away Oct. 8, 2007, in Hondo. He was born Mar. 3, 1939, in Ft. Worth. Funeral service at Mt. Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 North Sylvania, in Ft. Worth at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Kimberlie Ann Ryniker, born July 14, 1970, passed away at the age of 37 on September 28, 2007 in Billings, Montana. Born in San Antonio. A memorial service was held in Castroville on November 3, 2007 at 3:00 at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home.

Harry James Schweers of Hondo, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 92. He was born Aug. 15, 1915, at the Schweers family home in the
Stackelpeterberg area of Medina County. Viewing will be Friday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Guinn-Horger
Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at
New Fountain United Methodist Church with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Quihi Cemetery.

Eugenia Decker Shinn, age 89, of San Antonio passed away on Oct. 15, 2007. Eugenia was born June 14, 1918, in Oklahoma City, OK. Graveside service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Castroville Community Cemetery in Castroville.

Kathryn Irene Kenney Smith, 79, of Somerset, went to heaven on October 29, 2007. Known by everyone as Irene, she was born Sept. 26, 1928, in San Antonio. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral at the
church. Funeral service Thursday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at
Somerset United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Bexar Cemetery.

Lecil Howard Smith, age 78, of Devine passed away Saturday, October 27, 2007, in San Antonio. Graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, with interment immediately following.

Ima Nell Stein,
age 91, of Lytle, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct 17, at 3:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Private interment service was held at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Edward Norwood Wheeler died October 9, 2007, in Dallas, Texas after a long battle with five different types of cancer, heart disease, kidney failure and numerous other medical problems. He was two days shy of his 80th birthday. Dr. Wheeler was born October 11, 1927, in Yancey. Viewing at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas, Saturday, October 13, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Funeral services at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the church from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Interment will be at Restland Funeral Home, Dallas.

Joy Lynn Herbort Wiemers of D’Hanis passed away in a San Antonio hospital on Friday, October 19, at the age of 53 years. Funeral services were held Monday, October 22, at Bethany Lutheran Church, with Rev. Casey Zesch officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in Der Stadt Friedhof.

Lucille (Lucy) Knight Wilson went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at the age of 93. Lucy was born on May 31, 1914, in Avery. Service for Lucy was held at the Hondo First Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 28. Interment followed at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section. Lucille’s sisters of the Eastern Star helped with the service which was officiated by Reverend Andy Tyson.


November 2007


Geneva G. Alejandro born January 3, 1951 went to be with the Lord on November 21, 2007, at the age of 56. Visitation was on Monday, Nov. 26, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Castillo Mission Funeral Home.

Ella Reus Bippert Belzung, 102, of La Coste, passed away on November 21, 2007. She was born Aug. 19, 1905 in La Coste. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Sunday, Nov. 25. Funeral Service was held Monday, Nov. 26, at Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Funeral Service in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville.

Lorraine E. Begley, 86, of Devine, passed away November 14, 2007 in Castroville. She was born Feb. 21, 1921 in Canton. Visitation was on Saturday, Nov. 17. Funeral Service was held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed the Funeral Service in Hondo Cemetery in Hondo.

Roy John Bohlen, age 89, of Hondo passed away Friday, November 30, 2007. Roy was born Dec. 15, 1917. Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, 2 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo with Pastor Dave Mayer presiding. Interment was at the Oakwood Section of the Hondo Cemetery.

Ara Elizabeth Geiger Chessman, 79, of San Antonio, went to heaven on November 8, 2007. Born February 29, 1928, in Castroville. Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville

Clinton Crowell, 89, passed away November 16, 2007, in Houston. He was born on May 10, 1918, in Menard.

Rebecca Torres Cuellar of Sealy, age 47, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2007. Rebecca was born Nov. 12, 1960, in Hondo. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, and Funeral Mass was held Wednesday at 2 p.m., both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Doliver Glenn Dorries, age 84, of Hondo passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. He was born May 9, 1923, in San Antonio. Memorial service held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel.

Narcissa Esquibel, age 70 passed away on November 28, 2007. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine, on Sunday Dec. 2, 2007. Funeral Mass was held on Monday Dec. 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment Followed in Longview Cemetery in Bigfoot.

Homer F. Faseler passed away November 27, 2007. He was born in Yancey on Jan. 26, 1926. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, with Air Force honors.

David C. Gallegos of D’Hanis, age 70, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2007. David was born March 13, 1937, in D’Hanis. Rosary was recited Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at 7 p.m. and Funeral Mass was held Monday at 10 a.m. Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiated the services. Interment was at San Francisco Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Wanda Sue Gaston, age 69 passed away on November 11, 2007. Funeral service was held at Hondo Funeral Home on Friday Nov. 16, 2007. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Devine.

Pedro Gauna, age 57, of Moore passed away Saturday, November 17, 2007 at his residence. Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 19, with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine, with interment following at Moore Memorial Cemetery.

Isidra Ibarra Hernandez of DHanis, age 103, five months and 30 days, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007. Isidra was born May 15, 1904, in DHanis. Rosary and Funeral Mass were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, DHanis, with Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating. Pallbearers were Anthony Morin, Rolando Palacios, Enrique Garza, Jesse Hernandez, Ralph J. Hernandez and Rudolph R. Hernandez. Interment was at San Francisco Cemetery.

Herbert Hoover of Natalia, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2007 in Castroville, at the age of 86. He was born in San Antonio, August 2, 1921. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 26 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia, with Father Romeo Olivares officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

Mary Jane Haile Howard, 82, of Castroville, passed away on November 29, 2007. She was born May 22, 1925 in New Braunfels. Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 2. Funeral Mass was held Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Louis Church in Castroville. Rosary was held Monday, Dec. 3, at at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed the Rosary at Knippa Cemetery in Knippa.

Marcella Theresa Echtle Keller, 78, of La Coste, passed away November 15, 2007. She was born Dec. 17, 1928 in La Coste. Visitation was on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Rosary was on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Funeral Mass was Monday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment followed the Mass in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery in La Coste.

Daisy Bless Krause, age 92, passed away on November 13, 2007, in San Antonio. She was married for 69 years to the Rev. Franklin H. Krause. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 19, and the Funeral Service was at Porter Loring Mortuary North on Tuesday, at 10 a.m. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Wesley Lawler, age 72 passed away on November 26, 2007. Visitation 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a 1 p.m. funeral service at Hondo Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 29.

David Nehr McGraw,
age 74, of Hondo passed away Saturday morning, November 24, 2007, in Austin. David was born April 5, 1933, in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Rosary was recited at the Guinn-Horger Chapel on Monday, Nov. 26. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hondo. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Harold Wendell Miller, 82, of Beaumont died Sunday November 18, 2007, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital, Beaumont.  Funeral service was held on November 21, 2007, at Brous-sard’s in Beaumont. Interment followed at Magnolia Cemetery.

Leighton Edgar “L.E.” Monier, age 95, of Tarpley passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007, after battling cancer. L.E. was born on July 5, 1912, near Sabinal. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel, with Timothy Covert, a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating. Interment was at Tarpley Cemetery.

Sylvia “Sue” Petersen Muennink of Hondo, age 77, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007. Rosary recited at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Mass at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis. Committal service and interment at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Donna Jean Jacobs Murphy of San Antonio, age 45, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007, after battling cancer. Donna was born on Jan. 15, 1962, in Houston. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m., at Yancey Cemetery.

Fred A. Notzon, 73, of Castroville passed away November 12, 2007, in Bandera. Fred was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Laredo. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for visitation on Thursday, Nov. 15, from noon to 8 p.m. with Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment at St. Louis Cemetery.

Daniel Padron of Hondo, age 39, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. and Rosary recited at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16. Funeral Mass held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 17, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Ruben Y. Sanchez, age 73, of San Antonio passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. He was born Jan. 27, 1934 in Knippa. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, and the funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at First Baptist Church, Hondo, with his nephew, Pastor Angel San-chez, officiating. Interment was at Hondo, Oakwood Cemetery.

Lillian Marie Schweers, age 93, of San Antonio passed away on November 24, 2007. She was born Feb. 5, 1914, in Hondo. Funeral service Friday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Burial at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Robert Andrew Schweers
, age 55, passed away November 2, 2007, in a local hospital. He was born in Corpus Christi. A Mass of the Resurrection was held in St. John the Apostle Catholic Church Tuesday by Father Gaughan.

Evelyn Adele Mazurek Snider, age 81, of Devine passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 30, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Maria Luisa Torres, age 82, passed away on Nov. 3, 2007. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at Hondo Funeral Home. A 3 p.m. Funeral Mass was held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Monday, Nov. 5. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Mary Esmeralda Torres of Hondo, age 58, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007. Mary was born on February 11, 1949, in Hondo. Rosary was recited on Thursday, Nov. 8, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Nov. 9, at with Fr. Ken Dakin, officiating.

Garland A. Tschirhart, 64, of Castroville, went to heaven on Nov. 2, 2007. He was born Aug. 10, 1943 in Castroville. Visitation was on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass was held Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed in the St. Louis Cemetery.

Joe Russell Weber, 86, of San Antonio went to heaven on Nov. 7, 2007. He was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Hondo. Visitation held Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. and the funeral service held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., all at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment in the San Fernando #2 Cemetery in San Antonio.

William Richard Weber, age 90, of San Antonio, died on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, in St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, after a short illness. He was born on the family farm in Medina County on Feb. 4 1917. A memorial service was held Saturday Dec. 1, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in San Antonio, with burial following at 2 p.m. at Hondo Cemetery.


December 2007

Berta Gladys Britz, a resident of La Porte, passed away on December  24, 2007, at the age of 106 years. She was born in Trinity on July 4, 1901. Viewing service was Thursday, Dec. 27, at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home,
La Porte. Interment services were Friday, Dec. 28, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Jewel Bryant Coffman,
70, of Hondo, and formerly of Jasper, passed away Monday, December 24, 2007, in Hondo. Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 27, 2007, at Forest Oaks Funeral Home in Jasper. Burial followed at Homer Cemetery. A
memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Hondo.

Dorothy Paisley Rath Cotter,
89, of Lytle, and formerly of San Antonio, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. She was born on Oct. 16, 1918, in the little coal mining town of Ward, WV. Memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. at The Prevailing Word Church in Lytle with Pastor Lynn Beams officiating. Burial at the Blackhill Burial Park.

Braelyn Mae Garcia, baby girl, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2007. Braelyn is survived by her parents Christopher and Lacey Neuman Garcia; maternal grandparents, Larry and Carol Neuman; paternal grandparents, Armando and Sylvia Garcia Jr;. Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church, Devine. Interment followed in Heickman Cemetery, Somerset.

Ernest T. Gauna IV of D’Hanis, age 24, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. Ernest was born July 18, 1983, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and the Funeral Mass was held Wednesday at 10 a.m., both at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis. Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiated. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Maria Felicidad Gonzalez, of Devine, passed away on December 7, 2007, at the age of 64. Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Hondo Funeral Home. A 10 a.m. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Interment followed in New Hebbronville Cemetery in Hebbronville.

Maria Elisa Gutierrez, age 76, of Natalia passed away Monday, December 24, 2007 in Devine. A prayer service was held Friday, Dec. 28, in the Hurley Funeral
Home Chapel. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home, with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.

Charles F. Halty
, 58, of Alexandria, VA, passed away December 4, 2007, at his family’s homestead near La Coste. He was born Aug. 15, 1949, in Castroville. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Friday, Dec. 7, from noon to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville.

Adalia M. Hawes, age 84, of Lytle passed away Friday, December 28, 2008. She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Medina County. A graveside service was held in Lytle Masonic Cemetery.

Eugenio O. ‘Chito’ Hernandez, Jr, age 69, of Devine and formerly of Natalia for over 30 years, passed away December14, 2007, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Dec. 19,2007, at St John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Devine.

Ofilia Davila Hernandez, age 56, of Devine passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at her residence. Rosary was recited at Hurley Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec. 31, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with interment following at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Norvell James Jenkins
of Hondo, age 65, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2007. Norvell was born June 23, 1942, in Hondo. Visitation was Wednesday at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. David Mayer officiating and Rev. Donna McCaskill assisting. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Woodmen of the World Section.

Florine Ezetta Mason, 88, of Palestine, Texas, who was currently residing in Hondo, passed away Monday, December 3, 2007. She was born January 14, 1919, in Blackfoot. Memorial service and interment of cremains will be held at a later date in Palestine.

Fern McKinney of Huntsville, AR, formerly of Hondo, passed away early Christmas Day at the age of 89 due to a heart attack. Service was held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Braschear Funeral Home in Huntsville, AR.

Jay E. Muennink of New Fountain, age 81, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2007. Jay E. was born on Feb.17, 1926, at the family home in New Fountain. Visitation was Monday and the funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Guinn-Horger Chapel with Rev. Charlie Parker of New Fountain UMC assisting and Rev. Ray Brink officiating. Special music was offered by The Joyful Noise. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Timoteo F. “Tim” Muñoz Sr. passed away at the age of 76 on December 31, 2007. He was born in Devine. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.

Clinton P. Ness, of Hondo, passed away on December 20, 2007 at the age of 93. A 2:30 p.m. Graveside Service held on Wednesday Dec. 26, 2007 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde.

Frances Burlene Moses Sanford, age 78, of D’Hanis, died at Medina Community Hospital in Hondo on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. Frances was born October 21, 1929, in Snyder. Visitation was Wednesday, with funeral service scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home in Hondo, the Rev. David Mayer officiating. Services and entombment at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Mont Meta Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in San Benito, with Chaplin Joe Perez of Valley Baptist Hospital leading the service.

Mary Anna Zedler Simpson passed away on December 19, 2007. She was born on March 5, 1919, in San Antonio. Celebration of life service was held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home.

Spencer “Ned” Stearns, age 87, of Hutchinson, formerly Hondo, passed away Thursday, November 13, 2007, in Hutchinson, MN. Ned was born January 27, 1920, in Harmony, MN. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson, MN with a gathering one hour prior to the service. Dobrat z-Hantge Chapel, Hutchinson , MN

Hazel Blanche Stewart passed on to eternal life with her Lord on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the age of 96. Hazel was born on August 22, 1911, in Benton City. Visitation held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Graveside service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at Evergreen Cemetery,

Maggie Stella Taylor
, age 95, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2007, at the Medina Community Hospital in Hondo. She was born in Atascosa County. Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Donald Ofsdahl officiating. Interment took place in the Johnson City Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Jo Rios Torres, age 72, of Hondo passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. Mary Jo was born May 14, 1935, in Hondo. Rosary was recited on Sunday, Dec. 23, and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hondo. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery,
Oakwood Section.

Ernice Mary Friesenhahn Wanat, age 82, of Castroville, passed away December 24, 2007, in San Antonio. She was born January 31, 1925, in Bexar County. The Rosary was recited at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass was held Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Lee West Jr.
went to Heaven on December 27, 2007.  Known to his friends, family and co-workers as ‘Bobby’, he was born July 17, 1946, in San Antonio. Visitation and funeral service were held Dec. 29, 2007, at First United Methodist Church, Hondo.

George Thomas Wilkerson, age 86, died December 14, 2007. Born December 29, 1920, in Trinidad, CO. George Wilkerson’s life was celebrated at Black Creek Baptist Church on December 18, 2007, under the direction of Pastor Jim Whitt. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.



 


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