Magdaline A. Gustafson

Magdaline A. Gustafson, Age 70 of Kenedy, TX passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 in Victoria, TX. She was born on February 13, 1946 in Kenedy, TX to the late Arnold and Annie Decas Schulle.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, a retired teacher’s aide for the K.I.S.D. and a member of the Elim Lutheran Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Edward L. Gustafson; parents, Arnold and Annie Decas Schulle and a brother, Martin Clifton M.C. Schulle.

She is survived by her sons, Derrall Gustafson and wife Michelle of Houston, TX, Kevin Gustafson of Kenedy, and a grandson Lincoln Gustafson of Houston, TX.

Family Visitation will be held Monday, May 16, 2016 from 11AM to 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Services will be Monday May 16, 2016 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wally Schievelbein officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

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Leon J. “LJ” Seibel, Jr.

Leon J. Seibel, Jr. age 91 of San Antonio formerly of Kenedy died Sunday May 8, 2016. Leon was born in San Antonio to Leon and Fannie Watts Seibel, Sr.  L J as he was known in Kenedy was a bus driver, U.S. Marine, a  gauger for Texaco, a CB Radio operator, a Bowling Alley Manager and Locksmith.  “LJ” married Doris Goodwin July 1947 and she preceded him in death Mar. 27, 1983 & he is also preceded by his sister Katharine Parker.

He is survived by his daughters Shirley Tolbert of San Antonio, & Barbara (Bubba) Flowers of Pearland, Son Larry Seibel of San Antonio 4 Grandsons 5 great grandchildren numerous nieces & nephews. One sister-in-law Marcel Waggy of San Antonio.

Graveside Services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM in the Pleasanton City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the VFW in “LJ’s” name.

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Mary Charlotte Stern

Mary SternMary Charlotte Rice Stern 82 passed peacefully at her home in Pettus on May 6, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Charlotte as she was known was born on Jan. 20, 1934 in Pinkard, AL to Jesse Ralph & Luta Jewel Gibson Rice. Mar. 29, 1958 she married Leslie Albert Stern.  She was a homemaker and veteran of the US Navy.  She enjoyed her family, embroidery, quilting and variety puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse Ralph & Luta Jewel Gibson Rice; Three brothers, Lee I. Rice, James R. Rice & Jessie F. Rice; Three beloved sisters-in-law, Melrose, Katherine, and Sara Rice.; and a nephew William Kreig Rogers.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years Les Stern; Her children; Jimmy (Vicki) Rice of Beeville, Becky (Carl) Lewis, Shelly (Mike) Martin both of Pettus, and Larry (Jon) Stern of San Antonio; One brother, Billy Joe Rice of Dothan, AL; Two sisters, Patsy Keane of LaPorte and Brenda Grizzle of San Leon, TX.; One sister-in-law, Judy Rice of Dothan, AL.  Her grandchildren Tiffany (Nathan) Mosley, Murfreesboro, TN, Jesse Lewis of Pettus, Jarrod Lewis of Charleston, SC Rodney (Diana) Luckenbach of Lovington, NM; Two great grandsons Brylee and Chance Mosley of Murfreesboro, TN.  She was always thought of as surrogate grandmother and loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.  She will truly be missed. There will be a memorial service Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Shriners Children Hospital.

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Grace Manka Cooke

Grace Manka Cooke age 90 of San Antonio died May 6, 2016 at her home is San Antonio, TX. She was born to Joe F. and Lucy Ploch Manka, Sr. Jan. 29, 1926 in Panna Maria.  She graduated from Karnes City High School in 1945 and married Emmett Cooke that same year.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Sisters Rosalie Dzuik, and Alice Merritt, and brother Joe F. Manka, Jr.

She is survived by her sons James D. Cooke of Austin, Bobby L. Cooke of Portland, and Michael (Mary Beth) Cooke of Salado. Sister Lorrine (Howard) Ponish of Uvalde.

Visitation will start Monday, May 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM followed by a rosary at 2:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel. Interment will be in the Kenedy Cemetery.

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Rudy M. Gutierrez

Rudy M. Gutierrez, Age 84 of Green, TX passed away April 30, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. Rudy was born on October 19, 1931 in Kenedy, TX to the late Marcelino and Aurora Ruiz Gutierrez.  Rudy was self-employed and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcelino and Aurora Ruiz Gutierrez; sisters, Aurora “Buddie” Vidaurri and Alicia Caballero.

He is survived by his wife Estella Davila Gutierrez of Kenedy; daughter, Leticia Riojas and husband Edward of Karnes City; son Roy Gutierrez and wife Jo Ann of Karnes City; grandchildren, Randy, Roxy, Robby, Mariah, Roman, Rhea, Crystal, Brittney, Amber, Zach and 12 Great- Grandchildren.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 10AM with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date.

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Geneva T. Smedley

Geneva Treybig Smedley, Age 81 of Kenedy, TX passed away April 29, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. Geneva was born on September 3, 1934 in Nixon, TX to the late Albert and Meta Leubert Treybig.  On September 25, 1967 she married Joe M. Smedley, Jr. who preceded her in death.  She was a retired School Teacher after 39 years of teaching and was a member of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe M. Smedley, Jr.; her parents, Albert and Meta Leubert Treybig; and a brother, Alfred Treybig.

She is survived by her sister, Doris Wehmeyer of Stockdale; niece, Margaret Merritt and Husband Kenneth of Stockdale; nephews, Jim Wehmeyer and wife Janie of San Antonio, David Wehmeyer and wife Vicki of Stockdale, John Wehmeyer of Stockdale and her faithful companion of twenty years “Benny” the cat.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 5PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11AM at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Pastor Wally Schievelbein officiating.  Interment will follow in the Treybig Cemetery near Gillette, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Jim Wehmeyer, David Wehmeyer, John Wehmeyer, Will Wehmeyer, Velmon Buehring, and Shelby Buehring.

Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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Maxine Kathryn Linder Hazlett

Maxine Linder Obit PicMaxine Kathryn Linder Hazlett, age 96, former resident of Kenedy, Texas passed away in New Braunfels, Texas on April 24, 2016, following a continuing struggle with congestive heart failure. Born in Kenedy, Texas to William Henry Yeater and Martha Levora Shaw Yeater, on October 7, 1919 and raised in Kenedy, Texas, she married her high school sweetheart, Royce Holden Linder on January 11, 1936.  They shared 58 years together.  They raised four sons and spent many exciting times involving fishing, hunting and sports activities. Maxine was proficient with a .22 rifle and won numerous shooting contests. Maxine attended Beauty College in San Antonio, Texas shortly after becoming married.  She eventually owned her own beauty shop for over 50 years.  She was instrumental in developing a number of fashion shows through the years.  At age 60 she obtained her insurance license and generated a career in that field.  Maxine was also an accomplished seamstress.  With the assistance of her four sons, Maxine wrote and published her life story in four volumes and named the series, “Wofford Crossing Road.”  Maxine treasured her faith and her family.  She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and daily lived her faith.  Maxine often stated her family was her greatest achievement and credited her beloved family for her longevity.  In 1994, Maxine’s sweetheart Royce passed away.  A few years later she met and married Dwight Hazlett, a retired college professor from A&M Kingsville.  Dwight passed away in 2012.  Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and her eldest son Bill R. Linder.  She is survived by her remaining three sons, James Linder, Jack Linder and his wife Linda, Bob Linder and his wife Melanie.  She is also survived by many loving grandchildren (15), great grandchildren (47) and great, great grandchildren (2).  Visitation will be Tuesday, May 3 2016 10AM to 11AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Immediately following the service interment will be at the Kenedy Cemetery.

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Manuel C. De Leon, Jr.

Manuel C. De Leon, Age 55, of Runge, TX passed away Wed. April 20, 2016 in Runge, TX.   He was born on May 19, 1960 in Berclair, TX to Manuel, Sr. and Ernestina Cardenas De Leon.  He was a retired cowboy and a Christian.

He is preceded in death by his father Manuel C. De Leon, Sr.

He is survived by his daughters, Karran Castro and husband Fidel of Runge, Robin Nicole De Leon of Cuero; sisters, Juanita Amaya of Kenedy, Mary Ann Janssen of Kenedy; brothers, Jesse Pardo of Rosenberg, Isidro Pardo of Sinton and 6 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Fri. April 22, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Chapel. Services will be Sat. April 23, 2016 at 11AM in the Eckols Chapel with the Rev. Basilio Martinez officiating. Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

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Shirley Loretta Rogers Berthold

NEW Shirley Berthold Obit PicShirley Loretta Rogers Berthold, Age 81, of Pettus, TX passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Pettus, TX. Shirley was born on August 17, 1934 in White Castle, LA to the late Theodore Rogers and Pauline I. Weeks Meyers.   On June 7, 1955 she married Jesse Louis Berthold.   She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great- grandmother, a dedicated Nurse and a devout member of New Life Baptist Church in Beeville, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Rogers and Pauline I. Weeks Meyers; sister, Opal Hurling; brothers, Teddy Rogers, Paul Rogers, and L.G. Rogers.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jesse L. Berthold of Pettus; daughters, Rebecca Marie Cameron of Pettus, Patricia Gail Killam and husband Glenn of Pettus; son, Jesse F. Berthold and wife Deanie of Beeville; brothers, Danny Meyer and wife Eileen of Harper, Tommy Meyer and wife Caroline of San Antonio; grandchildren, David Wayne (Christina) O’Brien, Melissa Marie (Mark) Olguin, Ashlie Nicole (Randy) Whittemore, Lindsie Paige (Brennan) Sharon, Brandy Dawn (Shane) Whittley, Shalaine Denise Lankston, Michael Shane Killam; and great-grandchildren, Cadence O’Brien, Ayumi O’Brien, Jayce Constante, Gavin Herrera, Jayden Herrera, Farrah Whittemore, Aden Whittemore, Xavier Whittemore, Ender Whittemore, Madison Perez, Brayden Sharon, Emersyn Sharon, Brynlee Whittley, Conner Whittley and Kaybree Whittley.

Family Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11AM at New Life Baptist Church in Beeville, TX with Pastor Jesse Berthold, Pastor Glenn Killam and Pastor John Sisk officiating.  Interment will follow in the Beeville Memorial Park, Beeville, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Bobo Bowman, Larry Wren, Randy Whittemore, Brennan Sharon, Shane Whitley and Michael Killam.

Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Ojeda II, Ed Cook, Manual Gonzales, Justin Meyer, David O’Brien and Jayce Constante.

Memorials may be made to the Tony Ojeda, III Youth Foundation C/O New Life Baptist Church, Beeville, TX.

 

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Steven Mark Harborth

Steven Harborth Obit PicSteven Mark Harborth, Age 60 of Kenedy, TX passed away on April 3, 2016 in Kenedy, TX. He was born on July 9, 1955 in Lyford, TX to Adolph Charles and Opal Allie Dilbeck Harborth. He owned and operated Harborth Construction and served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps.  He is preceded in death by his father Adolph Charles Harborth.  He is survived by his mother, Opal Allie Dilbeck Harborth; sons, Daniel Mark Harborth and wife Stacye, Christopher Allen Harborth; granddaughter, Allye Harborth;  sisters, Janice Dalgeish, Sharon Leonerdo and brothers, Larry Harborth and Bruce Harborth.  A Visitation will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 1PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.

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