Jesus Vasquez

Jesus Vasquez, a lifelong resident of Pettus, Texas passed away in Beeville, Texas at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 29 days.
Jesus was born March 26, 1940 in Pettus, Texas the son of Santos Vasquez and Eugenia DeLuna Vasquez. He worked for Hutco, formerly Johnson Construction Company for many years as a roustabout foreman.
Jesus is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Julian Vasquez, Sr. Mr. Vasquez is survived by his daughter, Yvette Prieto and husband Juaquin of Pettus and Jesus DeLuna Vasquez, Jr., and wife Ida of George West. He is also survived by his beloved 8 grandchildren, Yvonne Duran, Ashley Duran, Blanca Prieto, Trey Prieto, Juaquin Prieto, Jr., Samantha Prieto Silva, Jacob Brandon Vasquez and Dillon Rey Vasquez; his brothers, Ignacio, Juan Moises, Raymond and Santos Vasquez, Jr., and his sister Linda Pina.
A rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M., Monday, November 25, 2013 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services were held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Loma Alta Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas.
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Dawn Ponish

Dawn Ponish a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas, was welcomed by the Lord, Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the age of 43 years. Dawn was born and raised in Kenedy, Texas on September 22, 1970, the daughter of Joe Ed Ponish and Doris Jane Blakenly Ponish.
Dawn attended Kenedy High School and graduated, Class of 1989. She later moved to Austin, where she lived for 8 years and worked at the Austin Airport, after leaving Austin, Dawn made San Antonio her home for 7 years, where she worked for a local day care center. Dawn always found time to watch her favorite game shows and was an avid George Straight fan.
Dawn is survived by her father, Joe Ed Ponish of Kenedy; her sister, Terri Foreman and husband Kevin; her nephews, Brandon, Tyler and Keeton and her beloved dog, Brittney. She is preceded in death by her mother, Doris Jane Ponish.
Visitation was held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services began at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at First Baptist Church Kenedy with John Berry officiating. Interment followed in the Kenedy Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jason Ponish, Adam Mitchell, Brandon Foreman, Tyler Foreman, Keeton Foreman and Kevin Foreman.
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Elenora Rose (Kotara) Braudaway

Elenora Rose (Kotara) Braudaway, loving wife, mother, and  grandmother,  went to be with our Heavenly Father on November 23, 2013 surrounded by family. Elenora was born on February 19, 1921 in Cestohowa, Texas to the late Alexander and Emelia (Pawelek) Kotara.  She married John Henry Braudaway, Sr. on August 13, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas. They were married for sixty years until John preceded her in death in 1999.  Elenora was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Laskowski, her brother, Sam Kotara, Sr., her son, Sherwin Glen (Joe) Braudaway and her grandson, Gerald Braudaway.  Elenora is survived by her sisters, Theresa Warzecha of San Antonio, Texas and Lourine Kotzur of McCook, Texas and her children, John  Braudaway, Jr. (Charlene) of Karnes City, Texas, Melton (Bits) Braudaway (Margie) of San Antonio, Texas, Jessie Braudaway (Carolyn) of Springfield, VA, Alton Braudaway (Karen) of Zephyr, Texas, Genevia Hahn (Charles) of Westhoff, Texas and Sharon Champagne (Keith) of Bedford, Texas.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael Braudaway (Tammy), Britton Braudaway (Susan), Chaliise Mackey (Douglas); Douglas Braudaway (Willie), David Braudaway, Jennifer Braudaway, Glynn Braudaway (Barbara); Patricia Green (Marty); Blayn Hahn (Renee); Stephen Champagne (Monica) and Joanne Sparks (Jay), numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Elenora was a wonderful cook and liked to can all kinds of fruits and vegetables.  She liked gardening and loved flowers, but, most of all, Elenora loved caring for her family and friends.
The family will receive friends and family at Eckols Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 26 from 5:00-7:00 followed by a rosary service at 7:00 P.M.  A mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas, officiated by Norbert Herman, followed by a burial at the Choate Cemetery and reception at the Choate Community Center.  The pallbearers are Michael Braudaway, John Austin Braudaway, Clinton Braudaway, Britton Braudaway, Douglas Braudaway, David Braudaway, Glynn Braudaway, Blayn Hahn and Stephen Champagne with her great grandsons as alternate pallbearers.  Donations may be made to the Choate Cemetery Fund.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Bluebonnet Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for its years of caring for Elenora, Nurses In Touch for its hospice care and Dr. Roberto Ramirez as her doctor.
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Elmo Lee Brockman

Elmo Lee Brockman, a longtime resident of Pettus, Texas, passed away in his home, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 9:30 A.M., at the age of 89 years, 1 month and 12 days.
Elmo was born October 9, 1924 in Gillette, Texas the son of Lonzo Harrison Brockman and Pauline Brockman. Elmo proudly served his country having served in the United States Army and fighting in World War II in Europe, “The Greatest Generation”. Elmo had lived in Pettus, Texas for the past 32 years, he was very proud of the home he had built himself. He was a retired postmaster and while living in Kenedy was very active in his community having been a member of Rotary Club and a Master Mason.
Elmo loved working with genealogy. He was a member of the Mayflower Society. His family ancestry went back to two families aboard the Mayflower; William Bradford of Plymouth Colony and Edward Winslow.
Elmo is survived by his daughters, Pam Wachutka and husband Sean of Dumfries, Virginia, Rebecca Kaspryzk and husband David of Elgin and Cathy Brockman of Brenham; his son, Mike Brockman and wife Marsha of Cestohowa; his sister, Naomi Brown and his 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Mr. Brockman is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 65 years, Alice “Peggy” Brockman and his infant son, Mark David Brockman.
Graveside funeral services were held, Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2:00 P.M., at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
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Alicia Rodriguez Gonzalez

Alicia Rodriguez Gonzalez, a resident of Karnes City, Texas, passed away, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at her home at the age of 41 years. Alicia was born June 23, 1972 in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico to Angel Rodriguez Gonzalez and Andrea Perales Rodriguez.
She is survived by her father; husband, Mario Gonzalez Contreras of Karnes City; her 3 children, Maria Soledad Gonzalez, Bianca Lorena Gonzalez and Jose Mario Gonzalez all of Karnes City and 2 sisters.
A rosary will be recited, Wed. Nov. 20 and Thurs. Nov. 21, 2013, both at 7PM in the Eckols Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated 10AM, Fri. Nov. 22, 2013 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Karnes City, Texas.
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Frances Zertuche

Frances Zertuche, surrounded by her loving family, passed away, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:38 P.M., at Hunters Pond Rehab and Healthcare Center in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 14 days. A current resident of San Antonio; Frances was born and raised in Kenedy, Texas, May 30, 1927 to German Carvajal and Jesusa Morales Carvajal.
Frances married Don Zertuche in November of 1967 in Kenedy, Texas. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and actively participated in the Inglesia Bautista Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Frances is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Don Zertuche of San Antonio; her sisters, Victoria Zambrano and Aurelia Wier and husband Roy, both of San Antonio; her brother, Abelio Carvajal of Garden City, Kansas and her numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Zertuche is preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Eliza Saenz and Elodia Loya and her brothers, Cirprano Carvajal and German Carvajal, Jr.
The family will receive friends and relatives after 5:00 P.M., Sunday November 17, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy and a prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M., on Sunday in the chapel. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 18, 2013 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Abel P. Escamilla officiating. Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery, Kenedy with Patrick Luker, David Zambrano, Cirprano Carvajal, Jr., David Carvajal, Jimmy Loya, Jr., and Justin Saenz serving as pallbearers. 
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James B. Ford, Jr.

James B. Ford, Jr., a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas, went to be with the Lord, Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:15 A.M., in the Otto Kaiser memorial Hospital, Kenedy Texas at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 23 days.

James was born on July 13, 1938 in Orange Grove, Texas, the son of James B. Ford, Sr., and Agnes E. Schacherl Ford. He attended Pettus and Choate schools and was later drafted to the United States Army during the Berlin Wall era. After having proudly served in the Army, James married Brenda Peeples in Kenedy, Texas on July 18, 1964. James worked various jobs for different oil field companies throughout Texas. James was a member of the Church of Christ Church in Kenedy, where he and his wife, Brenda were both active.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Peeples Ford of Kenedy; his 2 sisters, Mary Louise Underbrink and husband Robert and Jo Ann Slane and husband Wade both of Kenedy and his 3 nieces, 1 nephew, numerous cousins and a host of friends. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., in the Eckols Chapel, Kenedy, Texas.  Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in the chapel. Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

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Elaine DeLeon

Elaine DeLeon, a resident of George West and formally of Pawnee, Texas, passed away surrounded by her family in the Live Oak Nursing Center in George West, Texas, Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 19 days.

Elaine was born in Coy City, Texas, September 17, 1928 the daughter of Serapio DeLaGarza and Petra Casarez DeLaGarza. On May 6, 1945, Elaine married Henry DeLeon; together the two of them started a life together and decided to raise a family. From this came 6 children. Elaine and Henry opened DeLeon Café and Grocery Store in Pawnee, Texas; together with their children, Elaine and Henry operated and ran the café. After exactly 55 years of marriage, Henry preceded Elaine in death, May 6, 2000.

Elaine is survived by her children, Betty Aguirre and husband Ronnie of George West, Jimmy DeLeon and wife Margaret of Pawnee, Duffy DeLeon and wife Annie of Pawnee, Bobby DeLeon and wife Mary of Pawnee, Rickey DeLeon and wife Kay of Kenedy and Albert DeLeon and wife Blanca of George West; her sisters, Emma Alaniz of Kenedy and Minnie Friesenhahn of Aransas Pass, Texas and her sister-in-law, Juanita DeLaGarza of Coy City. Elaine is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Ms. DeLeon is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eva Salas; her brothers, Pete DeLaGarza, Israel DeLaGarza and Adam DeLaGarza and her grandson, Joe Henry DeLeon.

Visitation will be held, Thursday, November 7, 2013 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas with a rosary to be recited, Thursday at 7:00 P.M., in the chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 8, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Pawnee, Texas with Rev. George Johnson and Rev. Ryzard Zielinski officiating. Interment will follow at De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery, Pawnee, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be, Jimmy, Duffy, Bobby, Rickey and Albert DeLeon and Ronnie Aguirre. Honorary pallbearers will be, Carl Lindquist, Pete Salas, Jr., and all of Elaine’s grandchildren.

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Paul K. May, Sr.

Paul K. May, Sr., a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas entered eternal rest, surrounded by his family in his home, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:20 P. M., at the age of 84.

Paul was born and raised in Kenedy, Texas, November 27, 1928 the son of J.A. May, Sr., and Alice Kauffman May. Paul enjoyed his life in Kenedy and on February 12, 1949 married, Mary Alice May. Paul worked as a dairy man for many years and he and his wife Mary Alice took great pride in owning their family restaurant, Barth’s in Kenedy. Paul was a member of the Karnes County Country Club and enjoyed playing golf and even more so, enjoyed attending and supporting all of his grandchildren’s activities. He was an avid Aggie fan and could be found rooting for the team any given Saturday during football season. Paul also enjoyed going to Barth’s for meals and seeing old friends and keeping the staff “in line”.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife of over 64 years, Mary Alice May of Kenedy and his children, Sharon Rinehart and husband Mike of Red Rock, Paul K. May, Jr., and wife Patty of Austin, Candace May of Kenedy, Lyndale Gray and husband Farrell of Roanoke, Carol Liberty and husband Gerry of Magnolia, Arkansas, Elizabeth Miller and husband Dave of Atlanta, Georgia, Melanie Ferguson and husband Tim of Kenedy and James May of Kenedy. Paul is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Leslie May, Meredith Fishering, Matt May, Kelsie Gray, Austin Gray, Haley Gray, Elizabeth Liberty, Steven Liberty, Colby May, Sheldon May, Kalli Ferguson and Mackenzi Ferguson. Heis also survived by Beverly May, numerous nieces and nephews and his cousin, Mrs. Nancy Kauffmann Avant. Mr. May is preceded in death by his parents, J.A., Sr., and Alice May; his brother, J.A. May Jr., and his sister, Alice Elise.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M., Friday, November 1, 2013 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy Texas. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 2, 2013 in the funeral home chapel with interment following in the Kenedy Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be, Mike Rinehart, Farrell Gray, Gerry Liberty, Dave Miller, Tim Ferguson, John Foster, Colby May, Sheldon May, Austin Gray, Matt May, Steven Liberty, Ty Neal, Reid Fishering and Lance Byars. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Frank Knocke, Roger Overby, Bob Dietz, Amos Harden, Eddie Ruhmann, Tom Slaughter and Jimmy Holland.

The May family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our staff at Barth’s. Their friendship and dedication is greatly appreciated. We would also like to extend many thanks to Nurses In Touch of Kenedy. Annette, Kelly, Kathy and the rest of the staff who were so considerate and thoughtful in the care of Paul.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to, Nurses In Touch Hospice, Inc.; 491 N Sunset Strip, St # 106, Kenedy, Texas 78119.



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Olivia A. Guerra

Olivia A. Guerra, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away in her home, Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 12:10 P.M., at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 8 days.

Olivia was born, July 19, 1939 in Karnes County, Texas the daughter of Ernesto Aguirre and Catarina Caballero Aguirre. She was raised in the Karnes area and on November 29, 1959 married Ruben C. Guerra in Karnes City, Texas. Together, Olivia and Ruben had 4 daughters and 2 sons; Olivia was a devoted and loving homemaker and took great pride in her children. Olivia was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas.

Mrs. Guerra is survived by her husband of over 53 years, Ruben C. Guerra; her daughters, Esmeralda Guerra of Kenedy, Anita Hodge and husband Chris of Ranger, Frances Ramirez and husband Jorge of Hebbronville and Ofelia Fuentes of Kenedy; her son, Ruben David Guerra and wife Pat of El Paso and her sisters, Ofilia Saenz, Otilia Gonzales, Odilia Alvarado and Orsilia Gonzales. Olivia is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Joe “J.J.” Guerra and her sister, Ofelia Austin.

Visitation will be held, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 and a rosary will be recited, Wednesday at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, Texas with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be, Ruben D. Guerra, Jorge L. Ramirez, Sr., Jorge L. Ramirez, Jr., James A. Ramirez, Christopher Hodge, Victor Gonzalez, Michael Barnes and Domingo Garces. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Joe Alvarado, Vidal Garza and Jimmy Burns.



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