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Obituaries - 2008



January 2008


Nora Annie Balzen Barfield, age 67, of Antioch, TN, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Hondo on March 4, 1940.

John Claude “Johnny” Biediger Jr., age 86, of La Coste, passed away on, January 28, 2008. Johnny was born December 30, 1921, in La Coste.  Rosary was recited Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Funeral Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Interment in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

Eugene P. Brown was born Monday, November 26, 1928 in Bigfoot. He passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2008. Visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Funeral Services was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with interment following at
Evergreen Cemetery in Devine.

Wilson Lee Cook, age 72, of Lytle, passed away Friday, January 4, 2008, in Devine.  Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the First United Methodist Church of Lytle, with interment Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Pablo Cortez, age 94, of D’Hanis passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008, in Hondo. He was born June 7, 1913. Rosary was recited Monday, Jan. 14, and Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Leslie Allen Daniells of Hondo, age 86, passed away Monday, January.  7, 2008, in Uvalde. Leslie was born April 16, 1921, in New York. A private memorial service held at a later date.

Elsie Modena Dixon, age 82, of rural Hondo passed away Friday, January 18, 2008, in Castroville. Elsie was born April 24, 1925, in Waurika, OK. Graveside service held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville, OK.

Martin George Fernandez, age 69, of Devine passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at his residence. Rosary was recited Friday, Jan. 11, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.

Virginia M. “Ginger” (Brotherton) Fohn of D’Hanis, age 59, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Ginger was born Mar. 14, 1948, in Del Rio. Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis. Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiated. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Leandro De La Fuente, 78, of La Coste, passed away January 2, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born March 27, 1929 in Karnes City. Graveside Service at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery was held Friday, Jan. 4, 2008.

Alfredo Pulga Flores Garcia, age 64 passed away on January 23, 2008. Visitation and Rosary were Friday, Jan. 25, and Funeral Mass was Saturday Jan. 26 at Hondo Funeral Home. Interment Followed in Hondo
Cemetery.

Wayne Marie Stevens Graff, age 86, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2008, in Castroville. Wayne was born Oct. 5, 1921, in Abington, LA. Visitation was Wednesday. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m., at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment will be at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Norma C. Mason Green, age 85, of Castroville, passed away January 9, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born July 17, 1922, in Norton, KS. Funeral Service was held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment followed at Castroville Community Cemetery.

Lera Edith Adcock James, 87, of Castroville, passed away January 11, 2008, in Castroville. She was born September 23, 1920, in Sparta, TN. Graveside Service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville.

Henry Lee Allen Mechler, 84, of San Antonio, passed away January 22, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born December 3, 1923, in western Bexar County. Visitation at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 25, from noon to 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery.

Robert Olson, age 24, passed away, Friday, January 18, 2008, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Graveside service will be held Friday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m., at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mullinville, KS.

Connie Ruth Milam Park, age 98, of Devine passed away Sunday, January 6, 2008, in Castroville. She was born July 19, 1909, in Moore. Graveside service held Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at Moore Cemetery.

William Perez, Age 45 of Hondo, entered into rest on January 18, 2008. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary being recited on Tuesday Jan. 22, at Hondo Funeral Home.

Eddie Eugene Ricord passed away at Methodist Hospital Sunday, January 6, 2008. Eddie was born on September 7, 1919, in Chester, OK. Service was held January 9, 2008, at the Hurley Funeral Home with
interment at the Evergreen Cemetery in Devine. Pastors John Bishop and Richard Byrd officiated.

Kathy Sue Oliver Boyd Riels, 56, of Hondo, passed away January 4, 2008, in Hondo. She was born June 6, 1951, in Conroe. Funeral Service held on Thursday, Jan.
10, at 2 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment at Castroville Community Cemetery.

Zena Ruth Lang Smith, age 88, born in Llano on October 31, 1919, died in Hondo, January 6, 2008. Funeral service and burial was held Wednesday, January 9, at Redeemer United Church, Zuehl.

Edgar Lenwood Sollock, age 92, of Devine passed away Saturday, January 5, 2008, at his residence. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.

Rosa Benavides Valdez, 82, of Knox City, passed away Friday, January 4, 2008, in Abilene. She was born February 22, 1925, in Hondo. Services were Tuesday, Jan. 8, at North’s Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St., Abilene, with Fransisco Gonzales officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Memorial Cemetery.

Herman Austin Vernon known by all as ‘Bud’, passed away on January 15, 2008. He was born in Fort Smith, AR, on December 2, 1923. Funeral service held on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1106 Fiorella Street, in Castroville. Graveside service with Marine Honors at Sunset Memorial Park, Lawn Crypt, at noon the same day.

Calvert Campbell Wallace died January 20, 2008, in Westmoreland, TN, at age 79. He was born in Golden Pond, KY, on September 3, 1928. Mr. Wallace’s requiem mass will be at Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, MD, and he will be laid to rest beside his wife at Hematite Cemetary in Land Between the Lakes, KY.

Herman Otto Woerndell of Yancey, age 93, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2008. Herman was born June 11, 1914, in Seguin. Funeral Service was held at the Yancey United Methodist Church on Jan. 8, 2008, with Pastor Danette Howell officiating.

Pat Wootton, age 89, of Sabinal, passed away Saturday, Janary 12, 2008. He was born March 23, 1918. Services were held Tuesday, January 15, at Central Christian Church, Sabinal, with interment following at the Sabinal Cemetery.


February 2008

 

Dorothy Day Barrett passed away on February 19, 2008, at the age of 87. The family suggests memorials be made to the Hondo Public Library or to the church or charity of choice.

Quintin L. Bendele, age 85, of Castroville, passed away February 17, 2008. Quintin grew up in Rio Medina . Visitation Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Rosary Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Church, Castroville. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Donald Charles Burrer, age 64, of San Antonio passed away Monday, February 4, 2008. He was born June 3, 1943, in Comfort. Visitation held Friday, Feb. 8, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine from 2 until 9 p.m. Funeral service conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Funeral Home, with interment following in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Gonzalo V. Campos, age 82, of Natalia passed away Sunday, February 17, 2008, in Lytle. Rosary was recited Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Mass celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia, with interment to in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

Guadalupe “Lupe” (Sanchez) Correa
, age 74, of Hondo passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. She was born Dec. 15, 1933. Rosary was led by Norma Gutierrez on Sunday, Mar. 2, and Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Mar. 3, 11 a.m., both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated the Mass.  Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

SSGT John A. Diefenbach, USAF retired, beloved husband, father and grandfather, age 87, of Castroville, formerly of San Antonio, passed away February 21, 2008, in Castroville. John was born July 14, 1920, in Canton, IL. Graveside Service with full military honors were held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 9:45 a.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.  Interment followed the graveside service at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Wanda Fay Van Fleet Dubray, age 78, of Yancey passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Wanda was born in Hondo July 7, 1929. Rosary was recited at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis, with Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating. A private interment service held later.

Jurleen Alblinger Finger
of Helotes died on Monday, February 11, 2008.  Jurleen was born in Hallettsville, Texas, on January 28, 1929. Visitation at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Helotes, with Rosary recited at 9:30, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Interment at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Francisca Trinidad Garcia, of Blanco, went to be with the Lord on February 14, 2008, at the age of 94. She was born in Hondo. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Croft Funeral Home in Blanco, with Mass at St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb. 16. Graveside services and interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Jacinto “Joe” J. Garcia, born on September 11, 1923, in Seguin, entered into rest on February 25, 2008, at the age of 84 years.  Graveside services and interment were held on Monday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Manuel C. Gonzales, of Devine, passed away on February 22, 2008, at the age of 83. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary being held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Devine). A 10 a.m. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Devine.

Mary Lorraine Hammond, age 76, of Hondo and formerly of Devine, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008. Graveside service was conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Sharyl Ann Heickman, age 52, of Hondo, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. She was born in Oakland, CA, on August 6, 1956.  Rosary was recited Friday, Feb. 29, at Hondo Funeral Home.  Service was held Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment was held at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hondo.  A memorial has been set up in her honor to help with medical bills and funeral expenses. Donations may be made to Community National Bank under the name of her sister-in-law, Melissa Wilder.

Agripino Garcia Hernandez, age 79, of Devine passed away Thursday, February 14, 2008 at his residence. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine.

Alton Gene Ilse, of Sabinal, passed away on February 27, 2008, in Medina Community Hospital at the age of 79. He was born on September 29, 1928, in Sabinal. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Sabinal. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First United Methodist Church in Sabinal with burial following in Sabinal Cemetery.

Clara Bertha Batot Nester Johnson
, age 89, of Castroville passed away February 25, 2008, in Castroville. She was born October 12, 1918, in D’Hanis. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Interment followed the Mass at D’Hanis WOW Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Essie Mae Grant Johnson, age 94, of Hondo passed away Monday, February 25, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born November 7, 1913, in Hondo. A celebration of her life was held Saturday, Mar. 1, at West End Baptist Church, Hondo. Interment was at Cottonwood Cemetery.

Samuel John Koehler Sr., age 89, of Hondo passed away Saturday, February 23, 2008. Sam was born June 2, 1918, in Cisco, TX. A private interment service will be held at a later date.

On February 1, 2008, Gary Ludwig Krause, age 62, passed away in San Antonio. A memorial service in his honor was held at the Roy Ackers funeral chapel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Laura Ann “Lobby” Muennink Landers, age 79, of Hondo passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008. She was born August 4, 1928, in Hondo. Memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at First United Methodist Church, Hondo, with Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. A private graveside service was held at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Reynaldo M. Macias,
of Devine, passed away on February 12, 2008, at the age of 78. Mr. The Rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine. A 10 a.m. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Devine. Interment followed in St Joseph’ s Cemetery, Devine.

Horace W. Mann
, born July 23, 1915, in Hondo, died Sunday, February 3, 2008, after a prolonged illness. Visitation held Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home. A cryptside service was held Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, San Antonio.

Maria Guadalupe Pimentel Milecky, age 76, of La Coste, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2008. Maria was born April 4, 1931, in La Coste. Rosary was Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Our Lady of Grace. Interment followed in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

Richard Rodriguez Mejia,
age 57, of Houston, passed away on February 7, 2008. Rosary was recited Monday, Feb. 11, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis. A 10 a.m. funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment followed in San Francisco Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Eugene “Gene” Moos, 99, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Hondo on Saturday, February 16, 2008. He was born on November 14, 1908. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Fr. Ken Dakin officiating. Carolyn Ruth Perkins, age 56, of Natalia passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008 at her residence. Her wishes were to be cremated.

Leon Mitchell Meyers of D’Hanis, passed away on February 15, 2008, at the age of 89. A full obit will run in next week’s Hondo Anvil Herald.

Twin babies, Joe Edward Jr. and Trevor Dean Oswalt of Hondo, were stillborn on February 9, 2008. The babies are survived by their parents, Joe Edward Oswalt and Dominique Lopez; grandparents, Benita and Rudy Rios, Ester Oswalt and James Dean Oswalt of Livingston; also numerous aunts and uncles.  Graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Hondo Cemetery. Services under the direction of Hondo Funeral Home.

Angelita G. Rios of Hondo passed away on February 18, 2008, at the age of 82. She was born in Hondo on October 2, 1925. Rosary was recited by the Guadalupanas at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24,
at Guinn-Horger Funeral Chapel. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Ken Dakin at St. John’s on Tuesday, Feb. 26, with burial in the afternoon at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Jose A. Robles
, of Hondo, passed away on February 3, 2008, at the age of 80. Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Hondo Funeral Home. An 11 a.m. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Hondo Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Andrea S. Salazar, of Hondo passed away on February 17, 2008, at the age of 85. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Hondo Funeral Home. A 1 p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday, Feb. 21, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Lillie Mae “Lil” Santleben
, age 81, formerly of D’Hanis, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2008, at home. She was born in Fayetteville, TX, July 13, 1926. A “Celebration of Life” was held Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Kerrville Funeral Home, led by Rev. Frankie Enloe. A reception followed in the Riverside Event Center. Graveside service held Friday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Castroville, with Rev. Enloe officiating.

Juan Luis San Miguel, 39, of San Antonio, formerly of Castroville, passed away February 3, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born May 19, 1968, in San Antonio. Visitation at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass held on Monday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery.

Shirley Ann Baker Robbins passed away February 9, 2008. She was born October 5, 1937. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Dellcrest Funeral Home. Interment followed in San Jose Burial Park.

Ethel Helen Steubing Tschirhart, age 78, of Castroville, passed away on February 17, 2008. She was born January 25, 1930, in Bexar County. Funeral Mass was Tuesday, Feb. 19 at St. Louis Church, Castroville.  Rosary was Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Interment followed the Rosary at 1:45 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Dale Roger Walker Sr., 82, of Kingsville passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008. He was born on September 21, 1925, in Commerce, OK. Visitation Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel from 5 until 7 p.m. Funeral service held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Cha-pel with Evangelist Tim Bennett officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Veterans of Kleberg County Military Funeral Detail will follow in Kingsville at Resthaven Cemetery.

A memorial service for Sgt. John R. “Bob” Ward, who passed away on February 8, 2008, was held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m.

Bessie Lea Norris Zinsmeister attained Peace with the Lord on February 6, 2008. She was born June 23, 1926, in Jacobia, Hunt County. A Funeral Mass and memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in San Antonio, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church.


March 2008

Margaret Reyes Brietzke, age 49, of Natalia passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, in Lytle. Visitation held Thursday, March 27, from 2 until 9 p.m. in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine, with Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia. Interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

Stephen Douglas Burch, age 38, of Atascosa, passed away, March 5, 2008 in Bexar County. Stephen was born Sept. 8, 1969 in Blytheville, Arkansas. Graveside Service was Monday, March 31, at Castroville Community Cemetery. Interment followed at Castroville Community Cemetery.

Isidra “Maria” Amador Cabrera, age 69, of Yancey passed away Monday, March 31, 2008, at her home. She was born May 15, 1938, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Wednesday, April 2, and Funeral Mass celebrated Thursday, April 3, 10 a.m., both at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis, Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating. Interment at Yancey Cemetery.

Guadalupe Cuellar, age 76, of Hondo passed away on March 5, 2008. A prayer service was held Friday, March 7, at Hondo Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 8, at Hondo Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

George Roger Dumas, age 73, of Hondo, passed away, March 28, 2008 in Hondo. Roger was born January 8, 1935 in Springfield, MA.  A Memorial Service was held Monday, March 31, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. A Memorial Funeral Mass held at a later date at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, NE.

Gary W. Dupont, age 58, passed way Tuesday, March 25, 2008. He was born March 27, 1949, in Corpus Christi. Funeral service at Funeral Caring USA, 2200 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78230 on Friday, March 28, at 10 a.m.

Viola O. (Noak) Busch Franke, age 98, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, March. 11, 2008. Viola was born Jan. 18, 1910 in Round Top, Texas.  Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo with Pastor Dave Mayer officiating.  Graveside service was held at Florida Chapel Cemetery outside Round Top at 1 p.m. Friday, Mar. 14, with Pastor David Nedbalek officiating.

Venancio “Benny” Garcia, born April 1, 1916, in Moore passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, three days shy of his 92nd birthday. Graveside service was conducted Wednesday, April 2, at Moore Catholic Cemetery, Moore.

Amalia Gonzales, age 62, of San Antonio and formerly of Devine, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2008. Rosary recited at 9 a.m., with the Memorial Mass at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 13, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine.

Fred Duran Gonzales, age 49, of San Antonio passed away Thursday, March 20, 2008. He was born Sept. 2, 1958, in Toledo, OH. Visitation was Tuesday, March 25, at Guinn-Horger Chapel with Rosary recited. Graveside service was held Wednesday, March 26 at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section, with Fr. Ken Dakin officiating.

Dottie Haegelin was born in Groveton, TX, August 14, 1917, and died in Winchester, VA., March 24, 2008. Graveside memorial service held at the Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section, June 7, at 11:00 a.m.

MaryAnn (Riff) Hermes, born in Dunlay February 12, 1927 died March 13, 2008, in Hondo at the age of 81.  Rosary was led by James and Aurline Tschirhart on Monday, March 17, followed by Mass at 10 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Fr. Ken Dakin officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Section.

Joseph Albert Hutzler
went to be with the Lord Friday, March 21, 2008, at the age of 78. He was born November 2, 1929 on a farm about three miles west of Devine.  Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 26, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine, with Dr. T. Glenn Young officiating.  Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

Bernardine Marie Hoelscher Kelly, age 74, of Castroville passed away March 17, 2008, in Castroville. Bernardine was born January 25, 1934, in Violet. Mass of Resurrection was Wednesday, March 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Rosary was recited Thursday, March 20, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Rosary at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville.

Bernard A. (Johnny) Kent, age 86, of Devine entered eternal rest on March 16, 2008, at his residence in Devine. Mr. Kent was born on July 3, 1921, in Boyd. Graveside service and interment were held Wednesday, Mar. 19, in Evergreen Cemetery.

Jim Koehler
, age 68, of Devine passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008 in San Antonio. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Redemption Baptist Church, Devine. Interment at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Ronald Reed Lazrine, age 47, of Dayton, and formerly of Devine, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at his residence.  Graveside services were held Friday, March 21, at Evergreen Cemetery, Devine, with interment immediately following.

Elmer Joseph “Joe” Leinweber Jr. of Hondo passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008. He was born April 6, 1922, in Hondo. Funeral service was Tuesday, March 25, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Sannie Marie Duncan Lopez, age 73, of Moore passed away Sunday, March 23, 2008, at her residence. Rosary was recited Wednesday, March 26 at Hurley Funeral Home. Mass was celebrated Thursday, March 27, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine, with interment following in Moore Catholic Cemetery, Moore.

Jimmie Ruth Allen Martin, age 75, of Hondo passed away Thursday, March 20, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born June 14, 1932, at Zig Zag. Visitation was Friday at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was Saturday, March 22, at First United Methodist Church, Hondo, with Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. Interment was at Yancey Cemetery.

Eduardo Jose “Joe” Montoya Sr., age 82, of Castroville, passed away March 8, 2008, in San Antonio. Joe was born December 27, 1925, in Laredo. Rosary was recited Monday, March 10, at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was Tuesday, March 11, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Berle Gene Morris, age 73, of Devine passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in San Antonio. Graveside service was held Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Evergreen Cemetery.

Manuel A. Ontiveros
, 83, formerly of Kerrville, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2008. He was born on February 14, 1925, in Yancey. A service was held at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, preceded by a rosary on Monday, March 17, at Grimes Funeral Chapels.

George Frank Persyn
, age 94, of Castroville, passed away March 4, 2008, in San Antonio. George was born December 16, 1913, in San Antonio. Visitation on Friday, March 7, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Rosary recited Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Funeral Mass Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Entombment at St. Louis Catholic Garden Mausoleum.

Fidel Ramirez
, age 83 of Hondo, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2008. He was born September 15, 1924, in Hondo. Rosary was led by Epifania Ybarra on Wednesday, March 5, and the Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Mar. 6, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

John David Schweers
passed away March 28, 2008, in a local hospital, at the age of 58. Visitation was held Tuesday. Funeral was conducted Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Virginia Beach, VA. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Lena Meckel Scoggin, age 93, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2008, in Lytle. Graveside service and interment were held Saturday, March 8, in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Billie Jean Shepherd, age 78, of Moore passed away Monday, March 10, 2008, in Hondo. Graveside service and interment held Friday, March 14, in Moore Memorial Cemetery, Moore.

Dwain S. “Dink” Turner, 76, died on March 8, 2008, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, surrounded by his family. He was born in Wellsview, Concho County, on October 7, 1931. A funeral service was held at the Getty Street Church of Christ in Uvalde Tuesday, March 11, with Mr. King Burney officiating. Interment followed Wednesday, March 12, at Resthaven Cemetery in Brady.

Emilio C. Valles Sr., age 70, passed away on March 3, 2008. Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Mar. 4, and on Wednesday Mar. 5, at Hondo Funeral Home. An 11 a.m. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday Mar. 5, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment Followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Maria Ibarra Varela
, age 101, of D’Hanis passed away on March 8, 2008. Rosary was recited on Tuesday, March 11. Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, March 12, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Antonio C. Velazquez
, age 82, of Devine passed away March 11, 2008, in San Antonio. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, March 15, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed at St Joseph’s Cemetery, Devine.

Homer George Verstuyft, Jr
, age 71, of San Antonio, TX, passed away March 23, 2008 at his home. Homer was born December 21, 1936 in San Antonio. Visitation and Rosary were Tuesday, March 25, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Mass of Resurrection was Wednesday, March 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Maria S. Villa, of Hondo passed away on March 25, 2008, at the age of 63. Visitation held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Hondo Funeral Home. An 11 a.m.  Funeral Mass on Friday, March 28, at St John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Ralph Edwin Wilhelms, age 77, of Castroville passed away March 17, 2008, in Castroville. Ralph was born October 19, 1930, in Mitchell, SD. Memorial service held Thursday, March 20, at 10 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville.

Ruby Christene Riggs Williams, age 96, of Hondo passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008. She was born Jan. 21, 1912, in Tahlequah, OK. Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 1, at First Baptist Church, Hondo, with Chaplin Ed Gates and Rev. Dennis Zerr officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Lorine Josephine Turner Zerr passed away on Friday, March 7, 2008, at the age of 88. She was born May 30, 1919, in Sabinal. A Rosary was offered at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Han-is, on Monday, March 10, followed by the Funeral Mass. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, D’Hanis.


April 2008


Maria Rodriguez Barron, age 85, of Hondo passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2008. She was born November 2, 1922, in Ocampo, Coahuila, Mexico. A family prayer service was held Sunday, April 20, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Burial at Panteon San Jose Cemetery in Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico.

Alejos Buentello, age 89, of Devine passed away Monday, April 7, 2008, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 9 at Hurley Funeral Home. Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine, with interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Larry Lane Bybee, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at his Canyon Lake home. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church of Hondo.

William Hilton Collie, slipped the bonds of this life and went to be with the Lord on April 28, 2008, at the age of 69. He was born July 9, 1938, in Rocky Mount, NC. Visitation held Thursday, May 1, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Funeral Caring USA, 6902 NE Loop 410, San Antonio. Graveside service followed by interment with honors at 1:30 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston.

Marshall Daniel Cooper, 55, of Mico, passed away on April 22, 2008. He was born December 9, 1952 in Farmington, NM. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for gathering on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. Memorial service Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville.

Mary Gail Crain..... age 87 of Yancey, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Hondo. Funeral service was conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Yancey Methodist Church with interment following in Yancey Cemetery.

Florence Tudyk Ehlinger, born August 27, 1927, has gone forth to the Lord on April 18, 2008. Rosary was recited Tuesday, April 22, in the chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Mass was celebrated Wednesday, April 23, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with interment to follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Sylvia Escamilla
, age 48, of Hondo passed away Friday, Apr. 4, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born May 11, 1959. Rosary was recited Monday, Apr. 7, and Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Fr. Ken Dakin officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

June E. Wiemers Fuos of Hondo passed away April 3, 2008, at the age of 85. She was born at home in Elstone community of Medina County on Oct. 10, 1922. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. Charles Parker at 3 p.m. Monday, Apr. 7, at New Fountain United Methodist Church with burial at the Hondo Cemetery.

Lorraine Agnes Keavney Ghidoni, age 78, of Castroville passed away on April 7, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born December 12, 1929, in New York, NY. Visitation on Friday, Apr. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Mass held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 12, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville.

James Winfred Hester
passed away on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2008, at the age of 89. He was born in High Point, NC. A memorial service held Saturday, May 3rd, at 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Hondo.

Ann Hopperstead, age 75, a resident of Irving since 1967, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Baylor Medical Center in Irving, surrounded by her family and friends. Born November 26, 1932 in Hondo. Rosary was recited Wednesday, April 30, at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, Irving. Rev. Monsignor Jerome Duesman celebrant. Burial at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

Jesusa “Susie” Vara Martinez, age 92, of Castroville, passed away April 6, 2008 in Castroville. She was born Jan. 9, 1916 in Castroville. Rosary was Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Mass of Resurrection was Wednesday, April 9, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Misty Gail Moreno  was born on September 12, 1982, and graciously entered the gates of Heaven on April 27, 2008, at the age of 25. She resided in La-Coste. A prayer service was held on Wednesday, April 30, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral service Thursday May 1, 11 a.m., at Quihi Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Pastor Stephen Schur officiating. Interment at Hondo Cemetery.

Joycelyn Abby Mumme Newman of Hondo, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the age of 88. Joycelyn was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Vandenberg, Texas. Funeral service was Monday, April 7, 11 a.m. , at the Guinn-Horger Chapel, led by Rev. Charles Woodward. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Mary Annice Nougaret , age 75, of Devine passed away Monday, April 7, 2008, in San Antonio. Memorial service held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Devine.

Alice Fay Ohlhausen, age 45 of Lytle, passed away Monday, April 14, 2008, at her residence.  A memorial service was held at the Grace Bible Church in Lytle on Saturday, April 19, 2008.

Jose G. Ontiveros, of Hondo, passed away on April 20, 2008, at the age of 77. Rosary was recited on Wednesday April 23, at Hondo Funeral Home. A 10 a.m. Funeral Mass held on Thursday April 24, at St John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Jose Leandro “Pino” Palacios, Sr.,
age 58, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in San Antonio. He went to be with the Lord after a four-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born March 12, 1950, in Hondo. Rosary and Funeral Mass services were held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hondo. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated the Mass.

Yolanda Marie Perez.... age 26, of Austin and formerly of Devine passed away Saturday, April 12, 2008 at her residence. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, April 16 at Hurley funeral Home in Devine. Services concluded at the funeral home.

Bettye Jean Perkins, age 64, of Lytle passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008.  A memorial service was held at her parents’ residence in San Marcos Saturday, April 19, 2008.

James Albert Pichot, age 82, passed away Monday, April 28, 2008, after a short illness. He was born in Uvalde on September 21, 1925. Visitation Thursday, May 1, at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home on Bandera Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service conducted at noon Friday, May 2, at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home with Rev. Robert W. Huie officiating. Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors.

Harry Rankin, age 85, of San Antonio, (former resident of Medina County), passed away April 20, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Edgewater Care Center in Kerrville. He was born January 14, 1923, in Fayette County, PA. Family and friends received at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, on Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. His remains transferred later to Sharon, PA.

Michael William Rupp
, age 65, of Moore passed away Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Pearsall. Graveside service was held Tuesday, April 22, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Larry Sills
, age 65, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008. He was born Aug. 9, 1942, in Woodland, CA. Funeral service was held Monday, Apr. 14, 10 a.m., at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment was at 2:15 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Robert David Thompson, loving husband to Barbara, of Hondo, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at age 67. He was born in Little Rock, AR, on May 31, 1940. Visitation Thursday, Apr. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass Friday, Apr. 25, 3 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiating.  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, D’Hanis.

John Pershing Tondre, Sr.
, age 89, of D’Hanis passed away Monday, April 7, 2008. He was born Nov. 22, 1918, in D’Hanis. Rosary was recited Wednesday, April 9, at 10 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiated. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, D’Hanis.

Forest Glenn ‘Bud’ Ward, Jr., of Sabinal passed away Friday, April 18, 2008, at his residence at the age of 76. He was born February 2, 1932, in Kansas City, MO. A memorial service held at a later date. Interment of cremains at Sabinal Cemetery.

Elvira Schweers Wiederanders, 90, died April 19, 2008, in California of Al-zheimer’s. Services will be held May 5 in California.


May 2008


Ariana Josepha Aguinaga , age 2, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2008, at her home. She is survived by her parents: Johnny and Amanda Aguinaga; brother, Alonzo Aguinaga; sister, Robyn Aguinaga, all of Natalia. Rosary was recited Sunday, May 25th in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Mass was celebrated Monday, May 26th at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia, with interment following in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Frank Jefferson Blackmon, age 73, of Natalia passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008 in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 13, at the First Baptist Church of Devine, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery.

Earl Howard “Flash” Bledsoe II
, 44, of Pearsall, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in Pearsall. He was born November 10, 1963, in Alpine. Services were scheduled for Saturday, May 10, in the First Baptist Church of Pearsall with cremation to follow.

Mariano “Cam” Camarillo Jr., 78, of La Coste passed away May 6, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born July 23, 1929, in San Antonio. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for visitation on Friday, May 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. His body will be cremated.

Lucia Gomez Cantu, 85, of La Coste, passed away May 30, 2008, in Lytle. She was born September 8, 1922, in Castroville. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was the site for the Rosary. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, June 3, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste.

Alfred Lee Carroll, age 65, of Lytle, passed away at his residence Friday, May 16, 2008. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at the First United Methodist Church, Lytle. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Soilo Cavazos, Jr., age 65, of Mico, passed away May 27, 2008, at his home. Soilo was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Harlingen. A graveside service with military honors followed by interment was held Monday, June 2, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Jim Davis
, age 61, of Lytle passed away Monday, May 26, 2008, in San Antonio. A memorial tribute held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the Fellowship Hall of the Devine First United Methodist Church. The funeral service conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Devine First United Methodist Church. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, with Pastor Mark Brechin officiating.

Graciela Dominguez, age 70, of Hondo passed away on May 5, 2008. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, May 7, at Hondo Funeral Home. A 10 a.m. Funeral Mass Thursday, May 8, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Kenneth Lee Evans of Yancey was called home by the Lord on May 15, 2008, at the age of 70. He was born in Kirkwood, MO, Dec. 6, 1937. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service held Saturday at Emmanuel AME Church, 1600 Semlinger, San Antonio. Interment at Yancey Cemetery.

Helen Dorothy Frerichs, age 87, passed away at her home on the family ranch in D’Hanis on May 24, 2008. She was born in Manchester, KY, on Jan. 9, 1921. A private family memorial service was held in Flagstaff, at a later date.

Edna Johnna Peter Futschik, 89, of Atascosa, passed away May 1, 2008, at home. She was born June 24, 1918, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Sunday, May 4. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, May 5, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Macdona. Interment followed in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery in La Coste.

TSGT. Joseph Henry Gallagher, United States Air Force (Retired) passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 29, 2008, at the age of 64 in Natalia. He was born on June 29, 1943, in Alice. Rosary was recited Tuesday, June 3, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Graveside services were held June 4, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Carol Jean Whaley Gerloff, age 62, of Castroville, passed away May 10, 2008. Carol was born July 15, 1945 in Gatesville. Rosary was held Tuesday, May 13, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Funeral Service was held Wednesday, May 14, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Entombment at St. Louis Catholic Garden Mausoleum.

Jean Engelhardt Hart, age 80, of Castroville, passed away May 25, 2008, in Castroville. Jean was born Oct. 6, 1927 in San Antonio. Funeral Service was Wednesday, May 28, at Zion Lutheran Church, Castroville. Interment followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville.

Consuelo Duran De Hernandez , of Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico, entered rest on May 22, 2008, in Natalia, at the age of 63 years. She was born August 5, 1944, in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Rosary services were held on Saturday, May 26, at Trevino-Royal Oaks Funeral Chapel, Pearsall. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine. Interment followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

Preston H. Koehler, age 77, passed away, Thursday, May 15, 2008 at his residence. Rosary was recited Sunday, May 18, at Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, May 19, at St Andrews Catholic Church, Lytle. Interment followed in Blackhill Cemetery, Atascosa.

Johanna Regina Mueller Mangold, age 93, of Castroville passed away May 18, 2008. Johanna was born Sept. 30, 1914, in D’Hanis. Mass of Resurrection was Wednesday, May 21, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Rosary recited Thursday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed the Rosary at San Fernando Catholic Cemetery II.

Wayne A. Martin, Msgt USAF (ret.), Castroville, passed away May 7, 2008, at the age of 61. Full military honors were accorded Wayne at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on May 13, 2008 at 9:15 a.m.

Jimmy R. Null, age 73, of Lytle, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, in San Antonio. Mr. Null was born along the banks of Lake McQueeny, in July 22, 1934. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, May 27, in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Robert “Bobby” Lee Pursley, age 67, of Lytle passed away May 9, 2008. Robert was born Sept. 20, 1940, in Placedo. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home opened at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15, for visitation prior to the funeral service which began at 2 p.m. He will be cremated.

Tomasa (Torres) Rodriguez of San Antonio, age 80, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2008. Tomasa was born March 7, 1928, in Hondo. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and the Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, both at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hondo. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

Leslee Hunter Schooley, of Lytle, age 44, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 4, 2008. “Les” died after a lengthy illness. Rosary was recited Wednesday, May 7th in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Eugene ‘Gene’ P. Selle passed away on May 4, 2008, at the age of 83. He was born in Waco on February 8, 1925. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 7, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Richard Boyd Simpson passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Medina Community Hospital of complications of diabetes. He was born in Winslow, Indiana on November 6, 1942. A memorial service held on Saturday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Services are under the direction of Hondo Funeral Home
of Hondo.

Sylvia M. Smith, age 66, of Devine passed away Monday, May 5, 2008 at her residence. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine.

Judith “Judy” Elizabeth Coyle Tompkins, age 52, of Hondo, passed away May 26, 2008, in San Antonio. Judy was born July 1, 1955, in Hondo. The Rosary was recited Tuesday, May 27 at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, May 28, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hondo. Interment followed in the Hondo Cemetery.

Bernice Inez West was born on December 21, 1916, in Gonzales County. She went peacefully to be with her Lord on May 13, 2007, at the age of 91 in Hondo.Service was held May 16, at Seydler Hill Funeral Home and interment followed at Gonzales Memorial Park, Gonzales.

SFC(Ret.) Juan “Johnny” Zapata, age 53 passed away Thursday, May 29, 2008, at his home. Rosary was recited Monday, June 2 in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 3, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia. Interment with a graveside service was Wednesday, June 4, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Alma M. Zerr passed away on May 20, 2008, in Hondo Community Care Center at the age of 90. She was born on July 6, 1917 in D’Hanis. Rosary was recited at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis on Friday, May 23. The funeral mass followed. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in D’Hanis with Father Wallace Stiles officiating.


June 2008


Rena C. “Peg” Baker, age 97, of Jourdanton and formerly of Devine, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church of Devine. Interment held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

Erna Lena Faseler Boggus
, age 95, of Yancey passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Erna was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Yancey. Funeral service was Monday, June 16, at the Yancey United Methodist Church, with burial at the Yancey Cemetery. Pastor Tim Birkner and Rev. Dannette Howell officiated.

Wayne B. Buttler, age 92, of Kerrville passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2008, in a local care center. He was born June 22, 1916, in Sabinal. Graveside service will be held Friday, June 27, 2 p.m. at Sabinal Cemetery, Sabinal.

Eligio C. Carrillo
, age 86, of Lytle passed away Thursday, June 26, 2008. Rosary was recited at Hurley Funeral Home Friday, June 27. Mass was celebrated Saturday, June 28 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia, with interment at Lytle Community Cemetery.

Pamela Louise Crutchfield Cujko, age 43, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Hondo, went to be with the Lord June 6, 2008.  She was born August 12, 1964, in Moberly, MO. Memorial service was held Wednesday, June 11, at First United Methodist Church, Hondo.

Amanda Nicole Dalton, age 21 of Hondo, passed away on June 16, 2008. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday June 20, at The First Baptist Church in Hondo. An 11 a.m. funeral service held on Friday, June 20, also at The First Baptist Church. Interment in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Kerrville.

Donald Ray Davidson, 71, of Florence, AZ, formerly of Hondo, passed away June 14, 2008, in Casa Grande, AZ. He was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Ainsworth, NE. Graveside service with military honors Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at the Quihi Cemetery in Quihi.

Charles James Embrey entered into rest June 11, 2008, in Austin at the age of 95. He was born May 19, 1913, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Friday, June 13, at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, June 14, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. A committal service followed in Holy Cross Cemetery in San Antonio.

Samuel Fernandez of Hondo passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at the age of 89. He was born in Nordheim. The Rosary was recited on Thursday, June 5, at Trevino Funeral Home. Procession departed from the funeral home on Friday, June 6, for a Holy Mass of the Resurrection at San Juan de los Lagos Catholic Church, San Antonio. Interment followed in San Fernando Cemetery No. 3.

Jessie Almeda Dougan Fitzpatrick, 80, of Rowlett, and formerly of San Antonio, passed away June 14, 2008, in Fort Worth. She was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Prattsville, AR. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Friday, June 20, from 9:20 to 10:20 a.m. Procession departed the Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. for a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Fort Sam Houston.

Juanita Lopez Gonzales, age 87, passed away Friday, June 6, 2008, in Lubbock. She was born in Jourdanton, Jan. 26, 1921. Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 10, at the Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment was in Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Angelina S. “Sis” Groff Graff
of Hondo, age 84, passed away Monday, June 23, 2008. Sis was born Mar. 2, 1924, at the old Schuehle home in Hondo. Funeral service was held Friday, June 27, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi. Burial was at the Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Sidney Charles Groff
, age 91, of La Coste, passed away June 3, 2008, at home. He was born January 6, 1917, in Castroville. Rosary was recited Wednesday at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, June 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville with interment in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Barbara Joan Holeman, age 63, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008, in San Antonio. Memorial service held Thursday, June 26, at 10 a.m., at Rosehill Church of Christ, Devine.

Ruth E. Iredale, 83, of Atascosa, passed away June 18, 2008, in Lytle. She was born Sept. 7, 1924, in Atascosa. Funeral service was held Saturday, June 21, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Graveside service was Monday, June 23, at Lawn-haven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.

Bobby Lynn Jordan, 61, of Castroville, passed away June 25, 2008, in Castroville. He was born July 3, 1946, in Athens, TX. Memorial Service was held on Saturday, June 28, at Tondre-Guinn  Funeral Home in Castroville.

Cecil Lane of Atascosa, beloved father and grandfather, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008, in San Antonio. A graveside service was held at 2:15 p.m., July 3, 2008, Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors. Reverend Ross Chandler officiated.

Dr. Donald J. Mangold, age 78, passed away June 28, 2008. He was born July 1, 1929, in La Coste. Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Blanco Rd. Father Ed Vigil officiated. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Adam Marin Jr., 27, of La Coste passed away June 8, 2008. He was born July 8, 1980, in San Antonio. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home open for visitation on Friday, June 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral service Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville.

Jenerva Marquardt, age 94 of Atascosa, passed away Monday, June 30, 2008, in Lytle. Graveside Service was held Thursday, July 3, at Blackhill Cemetery in Atascosa.

Jose Martin Mata, age 51, of Devine, passed away Monday, June 2, 2008, at Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio. Visitation held Thursday, June 5, from 5-9 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Funeral service held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Bethel Assembly of God, Devine. Interment in Dilley Catholic Cemetery, Dilley.

Clementine “Clemie” Keller Mechler, 91, of San Antonio, passed away June 9, 2008. She was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Bexar County. The Rosary was recited on Wednesday, June 11, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass celebrated Thursday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Interment at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in La Coste.

Noma A. Weathers Milam
was born April 29, 1912, and passed away June 22, 2008, at the age of 96. She was born in Moore where she lived most of her life. Funeral service was held at Wednesday, June 25, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed in Moore Memorial Cemetery, Moore.

Olivia Henrietta Salzman Nester, age 87, of D’Hanis passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Visitation Thursday, June 5, 5-8 p.m. , at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home Chapel, Hondo. Rosary recited at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 6, followed by the Funeral Mass, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Thomas Jerome Ney passed away at home on May 31, 2008, in Austin. He was born in 1925 in Hondo. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 4, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Tom was buried alongside other family members in St. John’s
Catholic Cemetery in Hondo.

Brigitte Friedrich Perkins of San Antonio, age 61, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008. Brigitte was born January 15, 1947, in Wurzburg, Germany. Her ashes will be interred at St. Louis Cemetery, Castroville. Memorial service is pending.

John David Pleasant of San Antonio, age 35, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008. John was born on June 16, 1973, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 24, at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Ross Chandler officiated. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Allyce Mary Snavely Prentiss, 53, of Strawn, passed away June 13, 2008, in Fort Worth. She was born April 30, 1955, in Denver, CO, and was a 1973 graduate of Medina Valley High School. Rosary was recited Tuesday, June 17, at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio on Wednesday, June 18.

Antonio Puente Jr., age 22, of Sabinal, died on June 12, 2008, at his residence. He was born on January 4, 1986. Funeral service was held June 14, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sabinal. Interment followed at St. Patrick’s cemetery with Rev. Antonio Hernandez officiating.

Clotilde “Tita” Ramirez, 78, of Idaho Falls, ID, passed away June 21, 2008, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She was born in Hondo September 27. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 25, at the LDS Ward Building in Idaho Falls. Burial was in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.

Hondo resident and business owner, Thomas F. Richardson, passed away Saturday morning, June 14, 2008, at his home in Hondo. Visitation at the Guinn- Horger Funeral Home in Hondo, on Thursday, June 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. Graveside funeral service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m.

Courand N. Rothe, M.D., born October 3, 1915, in Medina County (Seco), died in San Antonio, Sunday, June 1, 2008. Funeral mass was Wednesday, June 4, at Our Lady of Grace Church, with interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Walter Dennis Salazar, age 51, of Devine passed away at his residence on Sunday, June 8, 2008. Funeral service was held in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine on Thursday, June 12. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Evelyn Kimmey Smith, age 94, of Mesquite, formerly Hondo, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008. She was born Sept. 11, 1913, in Hondo. Graveside service was held Tuesday, June 10, at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Betty Lou Thigpen of Kyle, beloved and cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in New Braunfels on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at the age of 76. She was born in Hondo on December 1, 1931. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, June 13, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kyle, with the Rev. Father Howard Goertz, celebrant. Memorial service was held Saturday, June 14, at the ranch of Don and Marie Tschirhart in Hondo.

Clara Evelyn Thompson, age 84 of Natalia, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008, in San Antonio. Funeral service was conducted Wednesday, June 11, at the First Baptist Church of Natalia, with interment following in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

Marvin John Uhl, age 82, of Castroville, passed away June 23, 2008, in Castroville. He was born October 1, 1925, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 25, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville.

Janet “Jan” Marjorie Brown Verstuyft, age 72 of San Antonio, passed away June 10, 2008, at her home. Jan was born August 1, 1935, in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Visitation Saturday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Funeral service held Sunday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Elmer John Waterson, age 79, of the Lone Star Corral, Alamo Area SKP Co-Op, Hondo/D’Hanis, passed away Friday, June 27, 2008.  Elmer was born October 23, 1928, in Nyack, NY. Memorial service is pending.

Maurice Joseph “Metz” Zerr, age 82, of Hondo passed away Friday, June 13, 2008. He was born Nov. 19, 1925. The Rosary, led by Fr. Dennis Zerr, was recited Monday, June 16, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday at the church, with Rev. Ken Dakin officiating. Burial with military honors was at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Section.


July 2008


BendeleDorothy.jpg (121768 bytes)Dorothy Hubbard Bendele, born February 6, 1911, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 18, 2008, at the age of 97. Funeral mass was Sunday, July 20, at St. Louis Church in Castroville. Rosary was recited Monday, July 21, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Entombment followed at St. John’s Mausoleum in the Hondo Cemetery.

Christina Luna Carmona, age 29, of Hondo passed away July 20, 2008. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, July 23, at Hondo Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass held on Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 1 p.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Leslie Ralph Chancy, age 79, of Medina, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2008 in Kerrville Care Center. He was born on May 1, 1929 in Gatesville, Texas. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera with Pastor Bill Stegemuller and Dr. Allie Balko officiating. Another memorial service was held on Sunday,
July 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Riverhills Health and Rehab in Kerrville.

Maxine L. Crouch, age 65 of Devine, passed away Monday, July 14, 2008, in San Antonio. Visitation held Thursday, July 17, 2-9 p.m., at the Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral services conducted at 3 p.m., Friday, July 18, at First Baptist Church of Devine, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Virginia E. Everitt, age 76, of Hondo passed away peacefully in San Antonio on July 4, 2008. She was born on March 23, 1932, in El Paso. A Memorial Service to celebrate Virginia’s life was held on July 9, 2008 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo.

Juan C. Estrada, Sr. age 66 of Lytle passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Sunday, July 27. Mass was celebrated Monday, July 28, 2008, at Hurley Funeral Home in Lytle. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Janet Eileen Frick, age 65, of Natalia passed away at her residence on Friday, July 4, 2008. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

Pete Garcia, age 51 of Lytle passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008 at his residence. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, with interment following in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Sara ‘Sarita’ Hernandez Garcia passed away July 3, 2008 at Rocky Mountain Care in Clearfield, Utah. She was born November 2, 1911.  Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Josephs, Ogden. Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 p.m. Interment was in Aultorest Memorial Park.

Jose Damian Garza, age 41, of Hondo, passed away on July 19, 2008. Visitation held 5 - 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Rosary, on Thursday, July 24, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass held Friday, July 25, at 1 p.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

David Christopher Holzhaus, 58, of Mico, passed away July 11, 2008 in Mico. He was born January 18, 1950 in San Antonio. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

obit-james w. __bill__little.jpg (31536 bytes)James “Bill” Little was born at Fort Lewis, WA, on August 27, 1942. He passed away July 4, 2008. Bill Little was recently selected for City Administrator for the City of Castroville. Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation Thursday, July 10, 5 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass officiated by Rev. Jim Conway at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville Friday, July 11, at 10 a.m. Interment at Quihi Cemetery where Pastor Stephen Schur officiated the committal service.

Rosalie Burell Martinez of La Coste, went to be with the Lord on July 19, 2008 in San Antonio, at the age of 55. Rosalie was born August 13, 1952 in Castroville. Rosary was recited Tuesday, July 22, at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Her body was cremated.

Mildred Fern Allen Moody, age 82, of Devine, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008, in Hondo. Funeral services held Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 1 p.m. at New Fountain Methodist Church. Interment in New Fountain Cemetery.

Carolina M. Muniz, age 66, of Devine, passed away, Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Devine. Rosary was recited Wednesday, July 23, at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Funeral Mass held Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 10 a.m., in St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

On July 16, 2008, in the afternoon, Laura Jean Norvell, age 38, went home for her Coronation Day with God. Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, July 19, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

James Joseph Richter
of Hondo passed away Monday, July 14, 2008. He would have attained the age of 83 years had he lived two more days. He was born on July 16, 1925. The Rosary and the Memorial Mass was celebrated July 17, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hondo with Fr. Paul Cleary officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date.

John Anthony Rodriguez, III, age 20, of Devine passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008 in Devine. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, July 21, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Charles W. Smith, age 80 of Yancey, passed away on July 21, 2008. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Susan May Stansell of Devine, born April 1, 1952 in Crystal City went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 25, 2008, at the age of 56. Susan passed away in San Antonio, after a valiant fight with cancer. A memorial graveside service was held Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Evergreen Cemetery in Devine.

Connye Sue Davis Suehs, 62 of Castroville, died July 11, 2008, in Hondo. Connye Sue was born January 7, 1946, in Sweetwater.  Rosary was recited Wednesday, July 16, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral service Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m., at Tondre-
Guinn Funeral Home.

Edna Trueper Weynand, 88, of Castroville, passed away July 11, 2008 in Castroville. She was born Jan. 24, 1920 in Prairie Valley. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for Visitation on Monday, July 14, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Mass of Resurrection was held Tuesday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Mass at Hondo Cemetery in Hondo.



August 2008


Adele ‘Dell’ Myrlene Scott Adkins of Hondo died at Medina Community Hospital Sunday, August 10, 2008, at the age of 89. She was born the second of three children on June 24, 1919, in Iola, Grimes County, Texas. Funeral service was held Friday, August 15, at First Baptist Church with Chaplain Ed Gates officiating. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Grace Allen Ahr-web.jpg (86555 bytes)Grace Allen Ahr, age 70, of Hondo, went to be with her heavenly Father on August 1, 2008. Memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Quihi Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hondo.


James Buckley ‘Buck’ Barlow, age 26, of Austin passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008. He was born Nov. 16, 1981, in Wisconsin. Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Mayer officiating. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Floyd S. Beloat, age 64, of Lytle passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born October 8, 1943 in Lyford, TX. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, August 13, at the Hurley Funeral Home in Lytle, interment at Lytle Community Cemetery, Lytle.

Clara J. (Rabe) Blinka, age 90, of Azle, formerly of Hondo, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008, in Arlington. Clara was born November 11, 1917, in Bee County. A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 30, at First Methodist Church of Azle. A second service was held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at First United Methodist Church of Hondo. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Robert William Burger, age 97 of Uvalde, died on August 14, 2008, at Amistad Nursing Home in Uvalde. He was born Oct. 28, 1910, in Hondo. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with Scott Bradford officiating. Interment followed at Hondo Cemetery.

Albert Chavez, age 57, of Devine passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2008, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Friday, August 22, in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, August 23, at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Devine. Interment followed at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery.

Efrain M. Escamilla, age 72, of Hondo passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008. Efrain was born November 15, 1935, in Hondo. Visitation was Friday, Aug. 8, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Saturday, at First Baptist Church, Hondo, with interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section. The service was led by Pastor Ricardo Arriola and Ernesto R. Alarcon.

Edwin Jackson “Jack” Finnigan, age 82 of Lytle, passed away August 17, 2008, in San Antonio. Jack was born May 14, 1926, in Lohn. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Interment followed at Lytle Community Cemetery.

Nurmi Ann Fuller was born February 18,1941, in Hondo. She passed away on August 11, 2008, in San Antonio. Services were held at Porter Loring North in San Antonio and interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Hondo.

Roland Emil August Goering, age 86, of Devine passed away Monday, August 25, 2008, in San Antonio. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 27, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine, Interment followed in Moore Memorial Cemetery, Moore.

Fito R. Gonzales, of Hondo passed away on August 23, 2008, at the age of 87. Visitation Thursday, August 28, from 5-8 p.m., was followed by a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. and Friday, August 29, 9-10:30 a.m. at Hondo Funeral Home. The funeral procession at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2008, to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Marie Gray, went to meet her Maker on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at the age of 74. She was born October 15, 1933, in New Brunswick, NJ, but moved to Texas in 1959. Rosary was recited in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, August 9, at at St John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia.

Opal Coralee Flessa Greathouse, age 88, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008. Opal was born December 9, 1919, in Yale, OK. Graveside service was held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section, with Pastor David Mayer of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating.

Petra R. Gutierrez, age 88 of Natalia, passed away Monday, August 18, 2008, in Castroville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Devine.

Alex M. Haby, age 88, born Feb. 10, 1920. The funeral service was held Aug. 19, at St. Joseph’s Church, Spring Branch. Interment followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Obit-hastings for website.jpg (127496 bytes)Warren Edward Hastings
, age 59, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2008. He was born August 20, 1949, in San Antonio. Funeral service held Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 1 p.m., at Porter Loring Chapel in San Antonio, with Rev. Fred Martin officiating. A Masonic graveside service at Mission Burial Park South, under the auspices of Bluebonnet Lodge #1219 A.F.& A.M. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.porterloring.com.

Janice Stein Mensendick Holland, age 75, of Glendale, AZ, passed away on July 23, 2008. She was raised in Castroville. Memorial service to celebrate Janice’s life was held Thursday, July 31, 2008, in Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary Garden Chapel, Glendale, AZ. Interment followed at Resthaven Park Cemetery, Glendale, AZ.

Joseph Wesley Huesser, age 92, of Hondo passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008. Wesley was born October 3, 1915, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Monday, Sept. 1, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Fr. Ken Dakin officiating. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Section.

After a full life, Robert Louis Huth passed away on August 18, 2008 in San Antonio at the age of 83. Robert was born on May 1, 1925 in San Antonio to Theodore George Huth and Elena Taaffe Huth. A memorial mass will be held at St. Victor’s Chapel in Lakehills on Sept. 13, 2008 at 2 p.m. Private interment at Pipe Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Concepcion Concho Lira, age 53, of D’Hanis passed away on August 1, 2008. Rosary was recited Monday Aug. 4, at Hondo Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday Aug. 5, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in San Francisco Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Juan B. Lopez, Jr.,
of Hondo, passed away on August 14, 2008, at the age of 73. He was born on Dec. 25, 1934, in Dallas. Rosary was recited Friday, August 15, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated held Saturday Aug. 16, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ Garcia Lyons, of Castroville passed away August 9, 2008, in San Antonio. Bonnie was born November 27, 1947, in El Paso. The Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 13, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Services were concluded at the church.

Wendell E. Martin, age 67, of Natalia passed away Sunday, August 3, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born September 22, 1940. Funeral services held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, at Hurley Funeral Home in Lytle, with interment to follow in Lytle Community Cemetery, Lytle.

Preston Moebius
died on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at the age of 85 years, six months, 22 days. He was born January 8, 1923 near Yancey. Funeral service was Friday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial with military honors was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Mildred Fern Allen Moody, age 82 of Devine, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008, in Hondo. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31, at New Fountain United Methodist Church, with interment following in the New Fountain Cemetery.

Adelina B. Moralez, age 77, of Natalia, loving wife, passed away August 14, 2008, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited August 19, at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Mass was celebrated Wednesday, August 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment following at Moore Catholic Cemetery in Moore.

Stella Louise Mumme of Hondo, age 58, died Sunday, August 10, 2008, at her home. Stella was born on April 23, 1950, in Hondo. Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 16, at First United Methodist of Hondo, with Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Ebbert G. Powers, age 87, passed away August 16, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born in Hulah, OK, on August 12, 1921. Graveside services were held at Saturday, Aug. 23 at Viola Cemetery in Viola, KS.

Lillian Elizabeth Britsch Schumann, age 93, of San Antonio passed away Monday, August 25, 2008, in Boerne. Lillian was born May 17, 1915, in Hondo. Funeral service held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, St. Johns Section.

Monday, August 18, 2008, dearly loved friend, husband and father, Damon Lawrence ‘Larry’ West-brook went to join his Heavenly Father. He was 56. Larry was born October 9, 1951, in San Antonio. A Celebration of Life Service held Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m., at Good News Lutheran Church, located at 11020 Old CC Road/U.S. 181 in San Antonio.


September 2008


Baby Dylon Reighn Aluise of Castroville, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at the age of two months. He is survived by his parents, Aerros and Lilly Aluise; brother, Aiden Bailey Aluise; grandparents, Helen and Robert Aluise, and Bonnie and Gilbert Martinez. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Hondo Funeral Home.

Daniel Avila, age 62 of Devine, passed away Friday, September 19, 2008, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Services concluded at the funeral home. Cremation followed.

Banks_Jackie_C_obits_HAH_10-2.jpg (130874 bytes)Jackie Cunningham Banks, age 61 of Natalia, passed away Sept. 30, 2008, at home. Jackie was born Aug. 14, 1947 in San Antonio. Visitation Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, from 4-8 p.m., and funeral service Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, 10 a.m., both at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Devine.

Aurelia T. Barrios, of Hondo, passed away on September 6, 2008, at the age of 78. A Prayer Service was held on Monday, Sept. 8, at Living Waters Christian Worship Center. A 10 a.m. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday Sept. 9, at Living Water Christian Worship Center. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Vera Catherine Taylor Black, age 84 of Austin, passed away Friday, September 19, 2008, in Austin. Vera was born June 4, 1924, in Hondo. Funeral service was held Thursday, September 25, 2008, at 1 p.m. in the Guinn-Horger Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Wayne Black officiating. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Pamela Bratton Carlucci of Hondo and Tarpley passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at the age of 53. She was born October 11, 1954, in Sherman. Funeral service was held Monday, September 22, 2008, at Wiedner Road Baptist Church in San Antonio. Interment followed at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Andrea Hernandez Castillo, age 87 of Hondo, passed away Friday, September 19, 2008, in Hondo. Andrea was born November 2, 1920, in Hondo. Rosary was led by Fannie Ybarra Monday evening and Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, September 23, 2008, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Ken Dakin officiated. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

Syble Louise Courtney, age 85 of Huntsville, AR, died Friday, September 26, 2008, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR. She was born April 30, 1923, at Port Lavaca. Graveside services held at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 2, 2008, at Lytle Community Cemetery in Lytle.

Juan Francisco Dominguez, was born August 21, 1913, in Moore. Juan went home to be with the Lord on September 15, 2008, at the age of 95. Visitation held Friday, September 19, 2008, at Hurley Funeral Home, in Devine from 2-9 p.m. Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Mass celebrated at 11a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine with interment in Moore Catholic Cemetery, Moore.

Freddie E. English, age 57, of Castroville, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2008, in San Antonio. Freddie was born February 14, 1951, in Corpus Christi. Visitation held Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Rosary Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Mass of Resurrection Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Interment at St. Louis Cemetery in Castroville.

Abigail Marie Esquivel, age 6 of San Antonio, passed away with her mother, Cynthia Garcia and her sister, Desiree Esquivel Friday, September 26, 2008, in western Bexar County. Desiree was born July 16, 2002, in San Antonio and was a first grade student at Potranco Elementary School. Survivors include her father, Bernadino Esquivel Jr. of San Antonio; grandparents, Joe Louis Garcia, Carmen Huron, and Bernadino Esquivel Sr. all of San Antonio. Rosary was recited Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Both services were held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, LaCoste.
Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

Desiree Marie Esquivel, age 9 of San Antonio, passed away with her mother, Cynthia Garcia and her sister, Abigail Esquivel Friday, September 26, 2008, in western Bexar County. Desiree was born August 4, 1999, in San Antonio and was a third grade student at Potranco Elementary School. Survivors include her father, Bernadino Esquivel Jr. of San Antonio; grandparents, Joe Louis Garcia, Carmen Huron, and Bernadino Esquivel Sr. all of San Antonio. Rosary was recited Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Both services were held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, LaCoste. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

Foy Albert Farris went to be with his Lord and Saviour, Saturday, September 6, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born August 18, 1917. Funeral Services were held Wed., September 10, 2008, at Lytle Church of Christ Church. Interment followed in Mission Burial Park North, San Antonio.

Faseler.jpg (118707 bytes)Florine Ward Faseler, born in Yancey October 19, 1922 passed away September 12, 2008, at the age of 85. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at First United Methodist Church of Hondo. Interment was at Yancey Cemetery.

James Lee Flora, age 79, of Devine passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at his residence. Graveside Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Evergreen Cemetery, with interment following.

FOHN.jpg (68066 bytes)Jack H. Fohn was born on October 1, 1919, in Hondo and passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at the age of 88. A Wake service was held Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 6, in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment followed at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. 

Manuel Louis Frias, Jr., age 40 of Natalia, passed away at his residence Sunday, September 7, 2008. Rosary was recited Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Natalia. Interment followed in Moore Catholic Cemetery.

Cynthia Marie Garcia, age 26, of San Antonio, passed away with her two precious little angels, Desiree and Abigail Esquivel, Friday, September 26, 2008, in western Bexar County. Cynthia was born April 20, 1982, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Both services were held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, LaCoste. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.

Augustine Gonzales of Hondo passed away September 17, 2008, at the age of 85. He was born May 28, 1923, in Hondo. The Rosary and funeral Mass were held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

guinn.jpg (35047 bytes)William Paul “Bud” Guinn, Sr., age 82, of Hondo, passed away September 19, 2008, at his home in Hondo. Bud was born March 29, 1926, in Young County, TX. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Bert Clayton. Interment followed at the Hondo Cemetery.

Rosa K. Moughon Keich, age 43 of D’Hanis, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Rosa was born November 27, 1964, in Castroville. Memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 at the Guinn-Horger Funeral Home Chapel.

Elsie Sophie Augusta (Folk) Lindeburg Krause, age 92, of Quihi, passed away Friday, September 5, 2008. She was born ChNov. 1, 1915, in Hondo. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi, with Pastor Stephen Schur officiating. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

David Andrew Lucio of D’Hanis, passed away on September 6, 2008, at the age of 44. A Rosary was held followed by a Funeral Mass on Thursday Sept. 11, 2008 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, D’Hanis, TX.

Richard Allen McCann Sr., age 61 of Devine, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2008, in San Antonio at Audie Murphy V.A. Hospital. A memorial service held Saturday, October 4, 2008, 11 a.m., at the Country Baptist Church with Pastor J.D. Sanders officiating.

Marilyn Jennings Nester, age 77, died September 11, 2008. She was born August 15, 1931 in Beeville. The funeral service was conducted by Pastor David Mayer Monday, Sept. 15, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Erlinda Perez, age 48, formerly of Devine, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2008, in Illinois. A Prayer Service was held Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at Betania Baptist Church, in Devine. Interment followed in Blackcreek Cemetery, Devine.

James Robert Rainey
of Hondo passed away at his home Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at the age of 76. He was born May 15, 1932. Graveside service was held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Luciano M. Ramirez, 78, of Idaho Falls passed away September 8, 2008, at his home from natural causes. He was born December 13, 1929, in Hondo. Funeral Services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday September 13, 2008 at the LDS Ward Building on 21st and Higbee in Idaho Falls. The family received friends Friday evening 7:00 till 8:30 P.M. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak Street) in Shelley. Burial in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery. 

Anna May Filleman Reitzer of Hondo passed away Saturday, September 20, 2008, at the age of 97. She was born May 17, 1911, in El Paso. Funeral service held at 3 p.m., Friday, September 26, 2008, at Guinn-Horger Chapel with Pastor Stephen Schur officiating. Interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Dueane Edward Rice, Sr. passed away Saturday, September 13, 2008. He was 68. Prayer service was held Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. A Celebration of Life Service, performed by Pastor L. Lynn Beams of Prevailing Word Church in Lytle, was held Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. Both services were held at Hondo Funeral Home. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Emilio A. Rodriguez, of Hondo passed away on September 2, 2008, at the age of 63. Rosary was on Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6. Funeral Mass was on Saturday Sept. 6, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment in Hondo Cemetery.

Estella Rodriguez, age 65 of Devine, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at home. Born in Frio County, she was the second oldest of twelve children. Rosary was recited Friday, October 3, 2008. Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. Both services were held at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Devine.

Garrett Ashton Roberts, born Monday, September 22, 2008, to Chris and Leslie Hyman Roberts of Hondo, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2008. He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Randall and Stephanie Hyman and Colten and Jennifer Roberts, all of AK, and Tim and Betty Kramp of TN. A prayer service held Sunday, October 5, at New Fountain United Methodist Church at 1 p.m.

Catarino G. Sanchez
, age 78, of Natalia passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at his residence. Rosary was recited Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 10, in St. John Bosco Catholic Church with interment to follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Willie Lee Simpson, 88, peacefully entered Heaven’s gates Tuesday, September 30, 2008. Born October 9, 1919, in Van Alstyne, the middle son of sharecroppers. Funeral service was held at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home Saturday, October 4, 2008. Interment followed in the Castroville Community Cemetery with military honors.

William Herman “Bill” Snyder, Sr., age 84, of Quihi passed away Thursday, September 4, 2008. He was born July 18, 1924, at Ft. Clark Hospital, Brackettville. The funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi, with Pastor Stephen Schur officiating. Burial was at Quihi Cemetery.

Debra R. Tovar, age 50, of Hondo passed away Monday, September 8, 2008. She was born Mar. 8, 1958, in Lincoln Park, MI. Visitation 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Guinn-Horger Chapel, followed by graveside service at 3 p.m. and interment at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Herbert J. Warner, age 82 of San Antonio, formerly of Hondo, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2008. He was born February 11, 1926, in San Antonio and grew up there. Rosary was recited Thursday, October 2, and Funeral Mass was held Friday, Oct. 3, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Entombment was at Hondo Cemetery, St. John’s Mausoleum.

Alford Emil Weber, age 88, of Hondo, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2008. He was born Dec. 11, 1919, in Hondo. Memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 8, at First United Methodist Church.

Gail Weisel, age 70, of Castroville, passed away Sept. 14, 2008, at home. She was born Oct. 25, 1937, in Baltimore, MD. Funeral Service wasWednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. She was cremated following the funeral service.


October 2008


Anita V. Ambriz, age 86 of Devine, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2008. The Rosary was recited Thursday, October 9, 2008. Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, October 10, 2008. Both services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Pansy B. Baker, age 98 of Austin, passed away peacefully at her home on October 4, 2008. Pansy was born June 29, 1910, in Robertson Co. Services were held at Highland Park Baptist Church Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Burial followed at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery.

Mary Haby Boehme, age 85 of Castroville, passed away Friday, October 10, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born November 1, 1922, in Rio Medina. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church. The Rosary was recited Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed the Rosary at St. Louis Cemetery in Castroville.

Winn Kelly Brooks, age 69 of San Antonio, passed away Friday, October 10, 2008, in D’Hanis. She was born in Wichita Falls December 24, 1938. Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, Hondo

obit-BurvatoRobertM.jpg (56316 bytes)Robert M. Burvato, age 69, of Castroville, passed away Oct. 17, 2008, at his home. He was born January 4, 1939 in Castroville. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church. The Rosary was recited Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed the rosary at St. Louis Cemetery in Castroville.

Robert L. Busby Jr. passed on to eternal rest Oct. 19, 2008, at 6:15p.m. He was born August 5, 1915. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Masonic Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery under the auspices of Devine Masonic Lodge #590 A.F. & A.M.

obit-Sherman Calame.jpg (47739 bytes)Retired Major Jack Sherman Calame, 84 years, of Devine, Texas entered eternal rest Saturday, October 18, 2008, in San Antonio, at Wilford Hall Hospital. Sherman was born July 23, 1924, in Erick, OK. The Rosary was recited at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Funeral Mass celebrated Thursday, October 23, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Bonnie L. Cargile, age 72 of Lytle, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born in Ft. Dodge, IA, on April 22, 1936. Funeral service was held Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 1st Baptist Church, Lytle. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery, Lytle.

Danny J. Davison, age 58 of Devine, passed away Monday, October 13, 2008, in San Antonio. Graveside services were held Friday, October 17, 2008, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Interment followed.

Robbie Jean Shane Dittlinger, age 81, of San Antonio passed away Monday, October 12, 2008. She was born November 17, 1926, in San Antonio. Funeral service was held Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at Holy Name Catholic Church, San Antonio, followed by interment at the Shane Family Cemetery, D’Hanis.

obit pix-FloresChristopherJames.jpg (55769 bytes)Christopher James Flores, age 28, of Castroville, passed away October 14, 2008, at home. Christopher was born Mar. 31, 1980, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville.

Edward Herman Formann Jr., age 89 of Castroville, passed away October 6, 2008, at home. Edward was born Mar. 29, 1919, in San Antonio. A graveside service was held Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio.

Josephine Emma Frazier, age 93 of Pearsall, passed away Friday, October 10, 2008, in Dallas. Funeral Services was held Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at First Baptist Church, Pearsall, with Rev. Weldon Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Pearsall Cemetery.

Juanita Q. Garcia, age 80, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2008. She was born in Cotulla November 24, 1927. The Rosary was recited Friday, October 24, 2008, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Ruben V. Garza Sr., age 74 of Castroville, passed away October 22, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born April 6, 1934, in Castroville to the late Alejandro and Jesusa Garza. The Rosary was recited Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment with military honors followed at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Reymundo Gomez Jr., age 45 of Hondo, passed away Friday, October 17, 2008. He was born Nov. 20, 1962, in D’Hanis. Rosary was recited Monday, October 20, 2008, at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated.

Lloyd Emil Graff departed this life on Oct. 10, 2008, following a short illness. Lloyd was born on Feb. 8, 1930, at home on the farm in Hondo. Funeral service was held at Guinn-Horger Funeral Chapel Tuesday, Oct. 14, with interment in Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Russell ‘Rusty’ Martin Haile passed away Friday, October 17, 2008. He was born February 24, 1959. A memorial service for Rusty held Saturday, October 25, 2008, 6 p.m., under the pecan trees at his parents’ home. All who shared in Rusty’s life, both family and friends are aked to attend, with food and fellowship to follow.

Madeline B. Hawes, age 95 of Lytle, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2008, in Lytle. Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at Lytle Masonic Cemetery, with interment immediately following.

Georgia Mae Haby Heiligman, age 69, of Hondo, passed away Friday, October 10, 2008. She was born in Rio Medina November 11, 1938. The Rosary was recited Monday, October 13, 2008. Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. Both services were at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hondo . Interment was at Quihi Cemetery.

Elenora E. Hutzler, age 64, of Devine, passed away Friday, October 24, 2008. A Simple Rosary service held in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine, Monday, October 27, 2008, 10 a.m. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Devine.

Paul ‘Buzzy’ D. Jaks, age 66 of Rio Medina, passed away October 1, 2008, at home. Buzzy was born Oct. 21, 1941, in San Antonio. Graveside service was Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at the Britsch Family Cemetery. Pastor Stephen Schur officiated.

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Allan Lloyd Kempf,
retired Texas State Trooper and Special Texas Ranger, was called home to be with the Lord Saturday, October 18, 2008. He was born February 24, 1935, in East Los Angeles, CA. Visitation held Thursday, October 23, 2008, at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine, from 2-9 p.m., with family receiving friends from 7-8p.m. Funeral Services held Friday, October 24, 2008, 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Velma M. Stokes Little, age 100 of Houston, and longtime resident of Lytle, passed away October 25, 2008, in Houston. She was born January 1, 1908, in Jonesboro. Visitation Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, 10-11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Lytle. Funeral Service Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Lytle. Interment at the Lytle Masonic Cemetery.

Willard Gene Lutes, 81 of Columbia, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2008, in Kyle, in the loving presence of his three daughters and a devoted friend. Gene was born April 30, 1927, in Fredericktown. Private memorial services were held at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Rodney Fowler officiating.

Maria L. Martinez, age 92 of Natalia, passed away Friday, October 14, 2008, in San Antonio. Rosary was recited Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, October 16, 2008, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

obit-michele mullen photo 2.jpg (58237 bytes)Thanksgiving dinner in Heaven will be a lot finer this year as Michele Louise Mullen arrived on October 19, 2008, at age 60. Michele was born November 28, 1947, in San Antonio. A memorial Rosary held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. A Memorial Mass was celebrated in her honor, 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 31, 2008, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in San Antonio.

Sarah Castillo Munoz,
age 85, of Castroville, passed away Oct. 19, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born Mar. 11, 1923, in San Antonio. Mass of Resurrection celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Interment followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

obit.jpg (36648 bytes)Kevin Jerome Noonan, age 47 of Castroville, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at home. Kevin was born July 21, 1961 in Hondo. Visitation held Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, 6-9 p.m., at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Service held Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville.

Henry H. ‘Junior’ Saathoff, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2008, at home in Pipe Creek. He was born October 1, 1930, in Quihi. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 4, at Grimes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Mr. Lewis Melton. Interment followed at Pipe Creek Cemetery.

Maria Ines Salazar, age 55 of Devine, passed away at her residence Thursday, October 16, 2008. The Rosary was recited Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, October 20, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devine. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Devine.

Pedro Sarabia, age 78, of Yancey passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. He was born Nov. 17, 1926, in Yancey. Rosary was recited Sunday at Guinn-Horger Chapel and Funeral Mass was held Monday, Oct. 20, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Yancey, followed by interment at Yancey Cemetery. Fr. Wallis J. Stiles officiated.

Rosa Campos Trevino, age 81 of Hondo, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2008. The Rosary was recited Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Alpido S. Turruviate, age 63 of Hondo, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Alpido was born March 10, 1945, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Sunday at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Mass was held Monday, October 6, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, followed by interment at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Erline Webster, age 80 of Hondo, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2008. Erline was born February 25, 1928, in Edgewood. Funeral service held at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 30, 2008, at First Baptist Church of Hondo. Interment at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Iola Ida Geyer Willms, age 88, of Bigfoot, passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at her home. She was born in Goldfinch, TX, Nov. 28, 1919. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed in Longview Cemetery, Bigfoot.

Steve Randle Wilson, age 53 of Schertz, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2008, in San Antonio. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Interment followed in Longview Cemetery, Bigfoot.

obit-Alfred wood.jpg (58371 bytes)Chief MSgt. Alfred ‘Woody’ Wood (USAF retired), age 71, of Castroville, passed away Oct. 20, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 26, 1936, in Grayson Co. Visitation held Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, 10-11 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. A Memorial Service with military honors held Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Services concluded at the funeral home.




November 2008


George A. Bareika, age 83 of Hondo, formerly of Frackville, PA, passed away Friday, November 7, 2008, at his home. He was born in Frackville, Nov. 3, 1925. He will be laid to rest beside his wife at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery No. 2, Hamburg, PA, on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Daniel H. Barrios of Hondo passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at the age of 81 years. Daniel was born March 31, 1927, in Hondo. Rosary was recited Sunday at Guinn-Horger Chapel and Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Nov. 10, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

obit-benavides.jpg (50481 bytes)Refugio F. Benavides, age 73 of Hondo, passed away at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Austin after a long illness.  The Rosary was recited Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 , at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass held Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 , at St. John’s Catholic Church.  Interment in Hondo Cemetery .  

Alberta Ortiz Bermea, age 83 of Lytle, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at home. Rosary was recited Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

Donna Mae Deckard Bernsen, age 78 of Hondo, Texas passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2008. She was born June 30, 1930, in Walla Walla, WA. A memorial service was held at New Fountain United Methodist Church Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at 2 p.m. Graveside services were held Wednesday, November 26, 2008, with burial at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.


BiedigerDonald.jpg (324353 bytes)Donald Jacob Biediger
, age 73 of Mico, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Donald was born August 23, 1935, in Castroville. Rosary was recited Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

BOHL.jpg (12221 bytes)Dorothy Marie Schneider Bohl, age 84 of Devine, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2008, in Castroville. Dorothy was born Feb. 15, 1924, in Castroville. Rosary was recited Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Mass of Resurrection was held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment followed the Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devine.

obit-Bowles_Bruce.jpg (455748 bytes)Bruce Wayne Bowles, age 50 of Castroville, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2008, in San Antonio. Bruce was born Nov. 14, 1957, in San Antonio. Visitation Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, 5-8 p.m., and funeral service Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at 10 a.m. both at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Services concluded at the funeral home.

Gary Paul Brackeen,
age 58 of Devine, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born in Monahans, October 12, 1950. Rosary was recited Friday and Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 29, both at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Bigfoot. Interment was at Longview Cemetery, Bigfoot.

Feliciano Ybarra ‘Felix’ Correa, age 71 of Hondo, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born in Hondo, July 9, 1937. Prayer service was held Friday at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 29, at Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

Euwin Esdell Eason, 81 passed away November 22, 2008. He was born January 2, 1927 in Loving. Funeral services were held at Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Louis Cemetery, Hollis, OK.

Marylyn Jane Engelhart, age 76, passed away Friday, November 21, 2008 in Hondo. Graveside services and interment were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Philip Wayne Farris, age 73 of Castroville, passed away Monday, November 10, 2008, at home. Philip was born August 16, 1935, in Dallas. Funeral service and celebration of his life will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Castroville. Interment will follow at Castroville Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Therapy Research Center in his memory.

Concepcion V. Flores, age 87 of Uvalde, passed away Nov. 23, 2008. The Rosary was recited Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Hondo Funeral Home. Visitation on Wednesday Nov. 26, will be 10-11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Uvalde. An 11 a.m. Funeral Mass held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Uvalde.

Jose Angel Flores Sr., age 78 of Hondo, passed away Nov. 16, 2008 .  Prayer service was held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 , at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Service was held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2008 , at First Mexican Baptist Church of Hondo. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery

Juanita Fowler, age 88 of Devine, passed away Friday, November 28, 2008, at home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at Evergreen Cemetery with interment following.

Peter M. Garcia of Devine, age 45, entered into the House of Our Lord November 12, 2008 , at 2 p.m.   He was born Oct. 5, 1963 . Rosary was recited November 17, 2008 . Funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 18. Both services were at St. Joseph ’s Catholic Church in Devine. Interment followed in St. Joseph ’s Catholic Cemetery

Ray F. Harris age 86, passed away at his residence in La Coste, Saturday, November 8, 2008 .  Funeral Services were held Thursday, November 13, 2008 in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed in 1st Memorial Park Cemetery, Bexar County

obit-dorris_keath.jpg (93404 bytes)Dorris Daniel Keath, passed into life eternal November 13, 2008 , at the age of 93.  Born in St. Louis , MO , July 14, 1915 , Dorris grew up on the banks of the Nueces River south of Cotulla. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church , Sabinal, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Alto Frio Baptist Encampment, Sabinal EMS or an organization of one’s choosing.

Clifford M. Kuykendall, age 68, of Devine, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2008 , at his residence.   Graveside services and interment were held Wednesday, November 19, 2008 , in the Saint’s Oakwood Cemetery , Bexar County .  

Jack Michael ‘Mike’ Littleton , age 65 of Willis, and formerly of Devine, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2008 , at home.  Funeral service was Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 , at First Baptist Church of Devine, with Dr. David Cooke officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery

Luis Garcia Martinez, age 72 of Lytle, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at home. Rosary was recited Nov. 16. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Interment following in Lytle Community Cemetery.

McLendon.jpg (89340 bytes)Jon Franklin McLendon, age 56, was joyfully reunited with his daughter Amy Lynn in Heaven Monday, November 10, 2008. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Lytle. Interment followed in Blackhill Cemetery, Atascosa.

 

Manuel G. Morales, age 90 of Big Foot, passed away Monday, November 3, 2008, in San Antonio. Visitation held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, 2-9 p.m. at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Rosary recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home. Mass celebrated Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with interment at Longview Cemetery.

obit_Mrazek_Jayson.jpg (215601 bytes)Jayson Gene Mrazek, age 20 of San Antonio, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2008. Jayson was born August 26, 1988, in San Antonio. Visitation Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 from 1-2 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service, both at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville.

 

Mary Lou Medina Nino, age 72 of San Antonio, passed away November 8, 2008. She was born February 11, 1936, in Laredo. A Memorial Mass of Resurrection held Thursday, November 13, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, San Antonio.

OLIVER.jpg (16616 bytes)Clayton Dean Oliver, 17, of Lakehills, passed away November 4, 2008. He was born on February 9, 1991, to Ollis Dean Oliver and Carla Ann Neatherly Alvarado. He is survived by his father, Ollis Oliver of Lakehills and mother, Carla Alvarado of San Antonio. Clayton’s step brother, J.D. Gaddis, of Lakehills, also passed in the auto accident. Graveside services were held at Pipe Creek Cemetery Saturday, November 8, 2008.

Santos Enocente ‘Jimmy’ Palacios, age 72 of Hondo, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008. He was born December 28, 1935, in Utopia. Rosary was led by Epifania Ybarra Nov. 20, and Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated the Mass. Interment was at Hondo Cemetery, Guadalupe Section.

Mary Elizabeth DeJoirno Pennington, age 89 of Hondo, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2008, in Hondo. She was born at home in the Sturm Hill community, Oct. 21, 1919. Rosary was recited Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, followed by the Funeral Mass. Fr. Ken Dakin officiated. Interment was at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville.

Clenus_Saathoff.jpg (85441 bytes)Clenus Walter Saathoff, age 74 of Hondo, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 . He was born August 28, 1934 , in Hondo.  Funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 , at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Interment was at Quihi Cemetery

 

Alma Marie ‘Peewee’ Schweers, age 65 of Devine, passed away November 16, 2008 at her home. She was born April 28, 1943 .  A memorial service was held Saturday November 22, 2008 , 2 p.m. at New Fountain Methodist Church . The family suggests that memorials may be made to Cancer Care Network, 7922 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio , TX 78229 , or to a charity of one’s choice. 

SchmidtGladys.jpg (410688 bytes)Gladys Weynand Schmidt, age 80 of D’Hanis, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2008. Gladys was born August 8, 1928, in D’Hanis. Rosary followed by Funeral Mass at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hondo. Interment in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in D’Hanis.

Mary Helen Turner Spannagel
passed away November 13, 2008 , after a lengthy illness. Mary was born November 24, 1931 , in San Antonio .  The funeral was Sunday, November 9, 2008 , at First Baptist Church of Lytle. The family suggests that memorials be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road , Miami , FL , 33136-1494 , or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave. , Dallas , TX , 75231

Julia Ward Stonis went to be with her Lord November 7, 2008 , after a courageous battle with breast cancer.  She was born in Pensacola , FL Nov. 2, 1933 .  Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, CA. 

Audrey J. Wheeler, age 82 of Natalia, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008 in San Antonio. She was born May 16, 1926, in Denoya, OK. Funeral services were held Monday, December 1, 2008, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Teofilo Ybarra Jr., age 75, of Hondo passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 . He was born Dec. 13, 1932 , in Hondo.  Rosary was led by Epifania Ybarra and Eva Cortez on Monday, Nov. 17. The Funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Ken Dakin, was held Tuesday. Both were at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  Interment was at Hondo Cemetery , Guadalupe Section.   


December 2008


 

obit-BalderramaMicaelaF.jpg (122428 bytes)Micaela Fierros Balderrama, age 94 of San Antonio, passed away December 26, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born Aug. 6, 1914, in Von Ormy. Rosary was recited Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at the funeral home. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated by Fr. Paul Cleary Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Our Lady of Grace Church in La Coste. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, La Coste.

Wilma Aleen Breiten Bohlen
, age 77 of Dunlay, passed away Monday, December 15, 2008, in Castroville. She was born August 14, 1931. Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hondo, with Pastor David Mayer officiating.

BowlesNita.jpg (35163 bytes)Juanita ‘Nita’ Bowles, age 75 of Castroville, passed away Dec. 2, 2008, at home. Nita was born Jan. 22, 1933, in Oklahoma City. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home will open Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Services will conclude at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials be given to the charity of one’s choice.

Carol S. Bradley, age 65 of Lytle, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008. Visitation held Thursday, January 1, 2009, from 2-9 p.m., at Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Funeral Services conducted Friday, January 2, 2009, 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Lytle. Committal services followed at 1:15 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Mrs. Fannie Jean Martin Britsch was born Nov. 17, 1917. She passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, in Hondo. Funeral Service was Saturday, Dec. 27, at New Fountain United Methodist Church with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Burial was at Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

Ronald Hank Brown, age 52 of San Antonio, passed away December 17, 2008. He was born April 15, 1956, in Yoakum. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lara Thompson Campbell, age 53 of Hondo, passed away Friday, December 12, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born January 10, 1955. A memorial service celebrating her life was held Friday, Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Hondo.

Oran Jarvis Champlin, age 81, passed away at home, Monday, December 15, 2008. Private services will be held at a later date.

Edlund,Carl.jpg (22451 bytes)Carl E. Edlund, age 72, of Castroville, TX, passed away Dec. 15, 2008. Carl was born Mar. 14, 1936 in El Campo, TX. Visitation on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Funeral Service Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Graveside Service held Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 at 9:15 a.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.

Orville Dale Fisher, age 74 of Dunlay passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in Hondo. He was born March 29, 1934, in Los Angeles, CA. A private funeral service was held at a later date.

obit-GarciaGeorgeD.jpg (107984 bytes)George D. Garcia, age 78 of La Coste, passed away December 23, 2008, at home. He was born January 24, 1930, in La Coste. Rosary was recited Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Funeral Mass celebrated Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Our Lady of Grace Church in La Coste. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, La Coste.

Jack Richard Garrison, age 96, entered into rest December 19, 2008, at his home in San Antonio after a brief illness. He was born February 5, 1912, in Corpus Christi. A memorial service celebrating Jack’s life was held on Sunday, Jan. 4, 12:30 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6800 Wurzbach Rd. (Wurzbach Rd. and Newcome Dr.), with the Rev. Jeanne Devine officiating.

Trinidad Gauna, age 88, of Hondo, passed away Dececember 22, 2008. Rosary was recited Friday Dec. 26, 2008, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Charles Laverne Holeman, age 62 of Devine, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2008. Mr. Holeman’s wishes were to be cremated.

obit-Amelia_Hutzler.jpg (93071 bytes)Amelia Wilhermina Hitzfelder Hutzler, age 97, of La Coste, TX, passed away Dec. 9, 2008 in San Antonio. Amelia was born Dec. 25, 1910 in Medina County. Visitation Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Rosary Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Mass of Resurrection Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

obit-JacksonElidaArevalo.jpg (141740 bytes)Elida Arevalo Jackson, age 80 of Hondo, passed away December 27, 2008, in Hondo. She was born June 15, 1928, in San Antonio. Funeral Service held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, 10 a.m., at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Services concluded at the funeral home.

Jacque Jasik, age 68 of Devine, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2008, in Jourdanton. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the First Baptist Church of Devine, with Bro. Tim Waechter officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ethel Clarissa Haby Keller, age 95 of Rio Medina, passed away December 20, 2008 in Castroville. She was born Nov. 18, 1913, in Rio Medina. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Rosary was recited Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Entombment followed the Rosary at St. Louis Garden Mausoleum.

Mary Mercado Kelly, age 78 of Devine, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at home. Visitation was held Friday, January 2, 2009, 2-9 p.m., at the Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral services conducted Saturday, January 3, 2009, 10 a.m., at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Devine, with interment following in Evergreen Cemetery.

Frank Lubbock Kennedy Jr., age 81 of Castroville, passed away December 27, 2008, in Castroville. He was born June 29, 1927, in Texarkana. The Tondre- Guinn Funeral Home was open Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at 1 p.m. for a 2 p.m. Memorial Service.

Joseph Hart Klaeger, age 80 of Marble Falls, died December 26, 2008. Born May 7,1928. Services will be private.

MartinMichaelObit.jpg (14141 bytes)Lendel Michael Martin, 56, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital. He was born on Jan. 27, 1952 at Lackland Air Force Base, TX. Committal Service was held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at 1:15 p.m. Memorial Service on Friday evening at the First Baptist Church in Castroville, TX at 6:30 p.m.

Evelyne Maude Massey
, age 95 of Devine, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2008, in Jourdanton. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home.

Verma Morris Parkis, age 96 of Devine, passed away at her residence on Friday, December 19, 2008. Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 26, from 2-6 p.m. at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine. Graveside services held Saturday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m., at Evergreen Cemetery with interment immediately following.

Jimmy Eugene Patteson, age 38 of Devine, passed from this life Saturday, December 20, 2008. He was born December 25, 1969, in Pearsall. Funeral service was Saturday, December 27, 2008, at First Baptist Church of Devine. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Hal Henderson Petty Sr., age 73 of San Antonio, passed away December 14, 2008. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Carolyn_Rummel.jpg (80957 bytes)Carolyn Dramberger  Rummel, age 67of Hondo, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Rosary recited Friday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., and Funeral Mass held Saturday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m., both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hondo. Interment at San Fernando Cemetery No. 2, 746 Castroville Road, San Antonio.

Jo AnnRyan.jpg (123945 bytes)Jo Ann Dockery Ryan, age 73, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, after a long battle with cancer at her home in Castroville. She was born May 10, 1935, at Daddy Parson’s home in Uvalde. A memorial service was held Saturday, January 3, 2009, 2 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church located Hwy. 277 W in Carrizo Springs.

Domingo Javier Sauceda Jr., age 20, of Hondo passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, after having been diagnosed with cancer. He was born Jan. 25, 1988. Rosary was recited Friday at Guinn-Horger Chapel and Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church; Fr. Ken Dakin officiated.

elrine_schuehle.jpg (86741 bytes)Elrine Hattie Stolte Schuehle, age 91 of Hondo, passed away Friday, December 5, 2008. A twin, she was born April 5, 1917, in Marion. Funeral service was Tuesday, December 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo, followed by interment at Quihi Cemetery.


Franklin Delano Smith Sr, age 78 of Moore, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23, 2008, in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine.

ritasmith.jpg (82130 bytes)Rita Joan Cooper Smith was born July 2, 1926, in Dallas, and passed away December 7, 2008, in Irving. Service was at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas at Wildwood Chapel, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.


Juan ‘Boogie’ Soliz Jr., age 56 of Hondo, passed away December 4, 2008. Rosary was recited Sunday Dec. 7, 2008, at Hondo Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hondo Cemetery.

Doris Juanita Sorrell was born March 7, 1930, in Brighton, TN. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor J.D. Sanders officiating. Interment followed in Lytle Community Cemetery.

Tony Stanukinos, age 85, entered into rest Thursday, December 11, 2008, in San Antonio. He was born July 31, 1923, in Middle Inlet, WI. Funeral service was held Monday, December 15, 2008, at Sunset Funeral Chapel.

obit-SteinTessieA.jpg (111511 bytes)Tessie Alma Rihn Stein, age 99 of Rio Medina, passed away December 25, 2008, in Castroville. She was born March 5, 1909, in Biry. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville with Fr. Jim Conway officiating. Interment followed at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

Ruby Kautz Sullivan, age 88 of Natalia, passed away Dec. 29, 2008 in Lytle. She was born Aug. 16, 1920 in Fort Smith, AR. Funeral Service was held Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Natalia, officiated by T.A. Littlefield. Interment following the funeral service at San Jose Cemetery in San Antonio.

obit-TerryRuth.jpg (85594 bytes)Mary Ruth Terry, age 80 of San Antonio, passed away December 4, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Kennedy. Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment followed in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Castroville.

Mary Velasquez, age 76, died December 6, 2008, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. She was born August 21, 1932, at Knox County, Texas. Vigil service was Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Funeral Mass was Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at 10 a.m., both at Mary Queen Of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses with Rev. Francis Khoi Nguyen officiating. Interment will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses.





 


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