Carlos Basaldu

Carlos Basaldu obit picCarlos Basaldu, Age 58 raised in Kenedy, TX passed away Jan. 3, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. Carlos was born on October 23, 1957 in Galveston, TX to Rosendo Basaldu, Sr. and Yolanda Rodriguez. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle and of the Catholic Faith.

He is survived by his mother, Yolanda Rodriguez; sons, Carlos Gonzales, Jesse James Perez, Michael Basaldu, Carlos Basaldu, Christopher Basaldu; sisters, Yolanda Krueger, Lucinda DeLaPaz, Dora Ann Esparza, Yolanda Allen, Isabel Basaldu-Prado, Maria Basaldu; brothers, Rosendo Basaldu, Jr., Andres Garcia, Jr., Victor Garcia, Enriquez Basaldu and 11 Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his step-father Andres Garcia, Sr. and father Rosendo Basaldu, Sr.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM with A Rosary will being recited at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Allen Hedtke

Allen Hedtke age 79 of Coy City passed away January 2, 2016 at his home. He was born in Coy City to Gus & Viola Tiemann Hedtke Dec. 30, 1936.

Allen was a veteran of the US Air Force, and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and worked for Valero, Costal States, and was a Crop adjuster with Wells Fargo, and farmer & rancher.

Allen is preceded in death by his parents, wife Judy Donnell Hedtke, and daughter Vickie Lynn Hedtke.

He is survived by his adopted son Thomas Sailer, and by his brother Larry (Beverly) Hedtke of Karnes City and his children, Wade Hedtke, and Garrett (Ashley) Hedtke. His sister Ruby Seeger of New Braunfels, and her children, Terrell (Stacey) Seeger, Jerry (Kelli) Seeger, James Seeger, and Bob (Kathy) Seeger.

A visitation will be held January 6th. From 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Interment will be in the New Bremen Cemetery.

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Roger A. Overby

R. Overby Obit PicRoger Allen Overby, 80, of Kenedy, Texas passed away on January 2, 2016 after a month long illness. He was born on August 23rd, 1935 in Pawnee, Texas.  He is preceded in death by his parents Ernest “Butch” and Alma Overby.  He married Farris Schmidt on December 22, 1962 in Somerset, Texas, recently celebrating 53 years of marriage.

Roger graduated from Pawnee High School and received his undergraduate degree and his Master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University. He began his career in education in coaching however soon became an administrator of Special Education for nine school districts, a position he held until his retirement in 2000.

Roger was a member of the Pawnee United Methodist Church. He was past president of Kenedy Little League.  He was a board member of TexStar Federal Credit Union.   Past member of Kenedy Jaycees.

He is survived by his wife Farris Overby; his son Kerwin Overby and his wife, Anne, of Kerrville, Texas; his twin sons, Landon Overby and his wife, Lisa, and Diron Overby and his wife, Kimberly, all of Cypress, Texas; his grandchildren Kaitlyn of Houston, Zachary at UT, Madeline at Ole Miss, Sidney, Dylan, Drew, Megan and Ashlyn all of Cypress; his brother Keith of Corpus Christi; and his four nieces.

A family visitation will be held at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy on Tuesday, January 5th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6th at the First Baptist Church in Kenedy with visitation luncheon and graveside services to follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Pawnee United Methodist Church PO Box 526 Pawnee, TX 78145 or the George W Dumont Scholarship Fund (non 501 (c)3) 103 Bluebonnet Dr  Kenedy, TX 78119.

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Doris Humphries

Doris Humphries, age 73 of Kenedy, TX passed away Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Kenedy, TX. Doris was born to Emmit and Laura Wessels Vaughn on Jan. 17, 1941.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and retired from Wal Mart in Kenedy.

Doris is survived by her daughter Charla Burns of Kenedy and her children Broghan (Blaise) Moy of Pawelekville, and Morgan Burns of Corpus Christi; her son Michael (LeAnn) Humphries of San Antonio and their children Kaeli & Taylor Humphries;  sisters, Ruby Wommack of Ricardo, and Sue Robbins of Kenedy, brothers Jerl  (Pat) Vaughn of Victoria, and Lloyd (Sharon) Vaughn of Beeville.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister Marjorie Walston.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy from 6:00PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy with the Rev. Matt Singleton officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, TX

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Elizabeth Ann Fransen

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Elizabeth Ann Fransen, age 80, of Kenedy, TX went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, December 14, 2015. Ann was born on June 7, 1935 in Three Rivers, TX to the late Edwin W. and Varina Davis Roan Richter.  She was married to her loving husband of 61 years, Eric Edwin Fransen.  She was a homemaker and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Varina Richter.

She is survived by her husband Eric Edwin Fransen, Sr. of Kenedy; daughters, Wanda Brown and husband Charlie of Kenedy, Brenda Taylor and husband Rick of Kenedy; sons, Eric Fransen and wife Fran of Kenedy, Robby Fransen and wife Rachel of Selma, CA, Kirby Fransen and wife Pam of Seguin; sister, Carolyn Young of Texarkana; brothers, Bob Richter and wife Joy of Forney, Jess Richter of Harrison, AR; grandchildren, Philip Brown, Travis Brown, Katelyn Hopson, Robin Fransen-Serio, Eric Fransen, III, Rebecca Fransen, Cody Fransen, Alex Fransen, Boyd Fransen, Dale Fransen, Elizabeth Fransen, Hanna Fransen, Bradley Fransen, Matthew Fransen, Kimberly Fransen; great-grandchildren, Joseph Brown, Ryder Brown, Emma Brown, and Maddie Brown.

Ann grew up loving animals, especially horses. She milked cows on her parents’ dairy farm and graduated as Valedictorian of the Pawnee class of 1953.

Ann and Eric met at Elim Lutheran Church when she was five and he was eleven. Eric liked her braided pigtails. Their first date was a motorcycle ride to get ice cream. They married in Kenedy on June 28, 1954.

The newlyweds purchased a farm west of Kenedy, where they lived until 1968. At that time, they moved to their present home.

Ann was a devoted mother to her five children. She went above and beyond to provide her family a loving, Christian home. She and Eric grew their own fruit and vegetables and raised their own meat. She also kept chickens and milked a cow for many years in order to provide her growing family with the best nutrition possible. Her home-cooked meals and desserts were legendary.

Upon her father’s death, Ann and Eric opened their home to her mother Varina. Ann continued to care for her mother for the next twenty years.

With all her children grown and married, Ann pursued her life-long passions. She created and maintained flower gardens that rivaled those of professional landscapers. She bought the Arabian horse she had always wanted. She developed her painting skills and received many awards for her beautiful oil and acrylic works.

Ann was a born-again Christian and a prayer warrior. She taught Sunday School and prepared multitudes of special dishes and baked goods for church ministries and events. She wrote weekly news articles for her church and many original hymns and poems. Ann had been baptized as a baby, but at the age of 60, she chose to publicly profess her faith through adult baptism.

Ann’s fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She always encouraged them to develop their talents and put their trust in Jesus.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 4PM to 6PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, with a prayer service at 5PM. The funeral service will be held Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Karnes County Memorial Park Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

 

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Juan Manuel Cortez, Sr.

Juan Cortez Obit PicJuan Manuel Cortez, Sr., Age 62 of Kenedy, TX passed away December 12, 2015 in Kenedy, TX. Juan was born June 25, 1953 in Kenedy, TX to the late Victor and Juaquina Casarez Cortez. On Jan. 4, 1971 he married Elma Cano in Karnes City, TX. He retired as a foreman for Jim Miller aircraft painting and was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents Victor and Juaquina Casarez Cortez and a sister Linda Rosales.

He is survived by his loving wife, Elma Cano Cortez of Kenedy; daughters, Seneca Marie Hernandez of Kenedy, Elva Andrea Lopez of Kenedy; son, Juan M. Cortez, Jr. of Uvalde; sisters, Irma Chesser of Kenedy, Sandra Loya of Karnes City; brothers, Ben Cortez of Arizona, Florentino Cortez of Pawnee, Gregorio Cortez of Kenedy and 10 grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited Mon. Dec. 14, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tues. Dec. 15, 2015 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

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Pedro V. Garcia

Pedro V. Garcia, Age 86 of Kenedy, TX passed away Monday, December 7, 2015 in Kenedy, TX. Pedro was born on April 29, 1929 in Choate, TX to the late Victor and Celsa Villarreal Garcia.  He was a retired farmer and of the Catholic Faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Celsa Villarreal Garcia and sisters, Virginia Garcia Medina and Remigia Garcia Bryand.

He is survived by his brother, Saragosa Garcia of Choate, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be recited Wed. Dec. 9, 2015 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. A Graveside Service with interment will follow Wed. Dec. 9, 2015 at 2:30PM in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.

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Joe S. Luna, Jr.

Joe Luna PicJoe S. Luna, Jr., Age 66, of Kenedy, TX passed away December 1, 2015 in Kenedy, TX. Joe was born on July 13, 1949 in Kenedy, TX to the late Joe G. and Tanis Salais Luna. He was retired Cook and a Christian.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe G. and Tanis Salais Luna; brothers, Edward DeLaGarza and Luciano DeLaGarza.

He is survived by his wife, Abelinda Asevedo Luna of Kenedy, TX; daughter, Laura Lee Luna of Beeville, TX; sons, Joe Luna, III and wife Stacy of Kenedy, TX, Michael Luna and wife Gracie of Kenedy, TX; brothers, Paul Luna, Sr. of Chicago, Johnny DeLaGarza of Irving, TX, James DeLaGarza of San Antonio, TX and 8 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

Family Visitation will begin Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9AM to 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Sanchez officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Juan A. Mendez

Mendez Obit PicJuan A. Mendez, Age 65 of Winters, TX formerly of Choate, TX passed away November 27, 2015 in Winters, TX. He was born on December 28, 1949 in Choate, TX to the late Reynaldo Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez. He was a loving husband, brother, uncle and was of the Catholic faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Reynaldo Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez and a brother Manuel Mendez.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Tamez Mendez of Winters, TX; sisters, Guadalupe Escobedo of Runge, TX, Victoria, Salinas of Beeville, TX, Yolanda Keith of Baird, TX; numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews, and 1 Great-Great Niece and 2 Great-Great Nephews.

A Rosary will be recited Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann Officiating.  Interment will follow in the Choate Cemetery, Choate, TX.

 

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Espidro “Speedy” Rodriguez, Jr.

Espidro Rodriguez, Jr. Obit PicEspidro “Speedy” Rodriguez, Jr., 53 of Weesatche, TX; passed away on November 12, 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 34 yrs. Naomi N. Rodriguez of Weesatche; daughter, Kimberly Rodriguez of Cuero; son, Jay Rodriguez of Osage Beach, Missouri; His mother, Anita Rodriguez of Victoria;  brother, Porfirio Rodriguez and wife Cathy of Victoria; sisters; Janice Hayes and husband Brad of Victoria, TX, and Sharon Reyes and husband John of Edna, TX.  He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Espidro Rodriguez, Sr.

Family Visitation will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11AM to 12PM with Memorial Services beginning at 12PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Brother Ray Parr officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

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