Amelia Marie “Emily” Munsch Kanak

Amelia Marie KanakAmelia Marie “Emily” Munsch Kanak passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Beeville, TX at the Age of 103.  Emily was born March 16, 1911 in Houston, TX.  She was the second of six children born to Anna Sitka Munsch and Joseph Munsch.  Emily was a very loving and giving person and will dearly missed by her family and friends.  She lost her father when she was 13 years old.  Emily and her older sister did odd jobs to help support the family.  Emily married Louis J. Kanak on Oct. 15, 1929 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Halletsville, TX.  They were the proud parents of seven sons.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband four sons, two sisters, two brothers, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.  Emily is survived by three sons, A.L. Kanak and wife Mildred of Pettus, TX, Tommy Kanak and wife Barbara of Kenedy, TX, Daniel Kanak of Victoria, TX, one daughter-in-law Lily Kanak of San Antonio, TX, a sister Helen Jones of Houston, TX, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 3PM to 5PM with a Holy Rosary to follow at 5PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pettus, TX.  Burial will be held at 2PM in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Halletsville, TX.

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Ramona “Mona” Pena DeLeon

Ramona DeLeon Obit PicRamona “Mona” Pena DeLeon Age 37, of Kenedy, TX passed away on Feb. 27, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.  She was born on Oct. 10, 1977 in San Antonio, TX to Irma Garza Pena and the late Alberto Pena.  She was a Human Resource office manager for Lariat Construction Company and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her father Alberto Pena and infant daughters Gabriella and Arisela DeLeon.

She is survived by her husband Gilberto DeLeon and daughter Abigail Faith DeLeon of Kenedy; mother Irma Pena of Kenedy; brothers, Jesse Albert Pena of Georgia, Lionel Pena of San Antonio; nieces Taylor Pena of Georgia and Illiana Arisela Pena of San Antonio; nephews Aaron Pena of Georgia, Jordan Elijah Pena of San Antonio, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Rosary will be recited Wed. March 4, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  A Funeral Mass will be held Thur. March 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann Officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Felix Saenz, Lee Hext, Matthew Hinojosa, Rudy Casarez, Jacob Hinojosa, Zeke Jacquez, Michael Arrieta, and Michael Medina.



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James Edwin “Jim” Russell, Jr.

Jim-Russell obit photoThis story begins in 1932 when James Edwin Russell, Jr. was born in Mauldin, Massachusetts on August 3rd to parents James Edwin Russell and Mabel Veale Russell. He lived a long and happy life for almost 83 years and left to meet his Lord on February, 28th, 2015. Highlights of his life are too numerous to completely list but include an Eagle Scout ranking,  flying solo while in the Air Force, a 42-year career in Education, a 29 year marriage, raising two kids and a lifelong love of beagles.

His family returned to their home in Floresville, TX where Jim was raised and graduated from high school in 1949. He received his B.A. from Baylor University in 1955 and then his Masters of Education degree in 1957. After that, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in Merced, CA. He began his teaching career in Temple, TX in 1960 teaching science and math.  He married Bonnie Frances Miller in 1961 and moved to Austin in 1962 where he taught science at Fulmore Junior High.  He furthered his career into school administration as Assistant Principal of Brownfield High School in 1965 and then Principal of Brownfield Junior High School. In 1968, he moved to Austin and later to New Braunfels in 1970 as Assistant Superintendent of Comal Independent School District.  During this time, he further studied and received his PhD in School Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. Jim continued as Assistant Superintendent at C.I.S.D. until 1983 when he accepted a new position as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel at Hays Consolidated Independent School District.  Moving with his family to Buda at that time, he continued there until his retirement in 1994. During “retirement” he worked seasonally for the I.R.S. for ten years.

Jim was an active person who enjoyed basketball, tennis, water skiing, snow skiing, scuba diving, bowling, and many other activities. Jim also enjoyed music and sang throughout his life with church choirs, barbershop groups, and his gospel quintet. He was an active member of the First Baptist Churches in New Braunfels, Manchaca, and later at Allandale Baptist.

Jim is survived by his son, James Lawrence Russell (Jimmy) and wife Tamara; by his daughter Laurie Frances Garrant and her husband Tony; by his sisters Jeanne Ruhmann and Karen Ewing and their families; and by numerous nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Ed Ruhmann, nephew Paul Ruhmann, and brother-in-law Paul Miller.

Services will be held at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, TX  (420 W. Live Oak.) on Thursday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m. with viewing starting at 1:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Kenedy Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following charities:  Accolade Hospice,  Alzheimer’s Association, and University United Methodist Church in Austin, TX.  Accolade:  PO Box 525, Yoakum, TX 77995  University United Methodist Church: 2409 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705  Alzheimer’s Association:

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Eunice Levora Rogers Schroller

Eunice SchrollerEunice Levora Rogers Schroller went home to be with her Lord at 9:00PM
on Sunday, February 22, 2015. She was greeted in heaven by Leo,
1913-2005 and Leo Jr, 1945-1969, granddaughter Cheryl, 1962-2011 and
daughter Charlotte Ann, 10-24-1939–12-09-2014.
She was born in Choate, TX on January 7, 1917 to Hubert William Rogers
and Ida Lee Vickery Rogers. Eunice attended Green School and married
Leo Joe Schroller September 4, 1937. They spent 68 years together.
They had four children and were active in the Pawnee Baptist Church and
Windsor Park Baptist Church in Corpus Christi. Eunice was a Teachers’
Aide in Pawnee and Corpus Christi for 17 years.
She is survived by daughter Irene and Ellis Brasher, Rusk TX and
daughter Elaine and Reginald Gregory, Dallas TX and son-in-law Charles
Dekle, Corpus Christi, TX and son, Kyle Alderink. She was known as Big
MaMa to surviving grandchildren, Carol and Stephen Smith, Branson MO,
Candice and Paul Mills, Corpus Christi, TX and Rocky and Shari Bassham,
Corpus Christi, TX. She was loved by 8 great grandchildren and 15 great
great grandchildren. To know Eunice was to love her. Eunice and Leo
taught us love and were perfect examples in their daily life. “Love is
all we have, the only way each can help the other”.  Funeral Services will be on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 1:00PM at Eckols Funeral Home
Chapel in Kenedy, TX with burial to follow at Pawnee Cemetery

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Robert Allen Rodgers

Robert Allen Rodgers, Age 61 of Pettus passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in Beeville, Texas.  He was born on October 26, 1953 to the late Eli and Thelma Rodgers.  He married Jewel Annette(Devall) on June 8, 1974 in Pettus, Texas.

Robert was a Volunteer Fireman for Pettus-Tuleta Fire Department for 43 years and served on the Board of Directors for the Pettus Community Center.  He had an Associates Degree in Auto Mechanics form Coastal Bend College.  He also served on the committee for Coastal Bend College to set up the Auto Mechanics Program.

He is survived by his wife Jewel (Devall) Rodgers of Pettus; daughter, Shannon (John) Hodge; sons, Robert “Robbie” (Oma) Rodgers, Michael (Misty) Rodgers all of Pettus; nephew, Ryan (Kristi) Rodgers of Beeville; Niece, Rashay (Cole) Nesloney of Bulverde, TX; Brothers, Edward Allen Pullin of Virginia, Royce Mitchell Pullin of Pettus; Grandchildren, Victoria (Chris) Lyssy of George West, John Robert Hodge, Marcella Lynn Hodge, Maddisyn Rodgers, Robert Alex Rodgers, Daryn Ray Rodgers, Richard Gomez, Dara Gomez, Stephen Perez and Brandy Perez of Pettus.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Thelma Rodgers; sisters, Audrey Ann Rodgers, Minnie Wardin; brother, Kenny Rodgers; sister-in-law Retha Rodgers and grandson Gavin Ray Rodgers.

Family Visitation will be Friday, February 20, 2015 from 7PM to 9PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy, TX.  Funeral Services will be held at New Life Church Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2PM located at 4622 181 Business N. Beeville, TX with the Rev. Jesse Berthold officiating.  Interment will follow in the San Domingo Cemetery, in Normana, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Mike Smith, Jack Steele, Lester Kissee, Daryl Freeze, Clifford Bagwell, Quinton Tawater and Joe Cox.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Pettus-Tuleta Fire Department, Normanna Fire Department and Beeville Fire Department, Beeville Police Department and State Troopers.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Pettus-Tuleta Fire Department.

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Lillian Hilma Monson

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Lillian Hilma Monson age 94 of Kenedy died Feb. 17, 2015 .  Lillian was born in Kenedy Mar. 27, 1920 to F.O. & Anna Swensk Monson.  She is survived by her foster brother Charlesw (Alice) Johnson, Nephew Edward (Janet) Monson, Niece Dianna Monson, Great nieces Patricia (Randy) Morgan, Kathrytn (Michael) DuClos, Marie (Liz) Hahler, Donna & Philip Monson.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Brother Hilmer & his wife Elsie Monson, Sister & her husband Johnnie & Luella Peterson, Nephews Lawrence Monson, Mauritz Monson, Niece Dorothy & her husband Tom Hahler, Great nephew Ted Hahler.

A visitation will be held Thur. February 19th. At the Eckols Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 20th. At 11:00 AM at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Interment w ill follow  at the Elim Cemetery.

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James A. Stewart

James A. StewartJames A. Stewart died peacefully in his sleep on February 5, 2015, one day short of his 95th birthday.  The fifth child of Ollie Bull and Maude Stewart, James was born on February 6, 1920, in Kenedy, Texas.  Shortly after, they make their home in Karnes City, where he proudly called home for the rest of his life.  He is preceded in death by his sister Irene Sawyer, and brothers Brainard, Virgil and Edward.  After graduating from Karnes City High School, he received a music scholarship to attend college in Denton, TX. However, college was cut short with the outbreak of WWII when he joined the armed forces. He was assigned to the 36th Texas Division of the U.S. Army and deployed to North Africa and Italy.  James was a decorated veteran as well as a member of the Army band.

After 5 years of service and the end of WWII, James returned to Karnes City and soon met the love of his life of 69 years, June Killingsworth.   He had a hardware store for a short while, before he and June opened Stewart Avenue Cleaners.  He and June worked side-by-side for many years offering this service to the community.

A patient, kind and loving husband and dad, he is survived by his wife June; his three sons and their wives, Ronnie and Nancy, Buddy and Marnie, and Gerald and Karen.  He was also devoted to his four grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

With a strong Christian faith being central in his life, James was an active leader in his church and the community.  He was a member of the Karnes City United Methodist Church for 89 years and was involved in several civic organizations including Jaycees, Masons, Chamber of Commerce, volunteer fire department, 4H club and Boy Scouts.  In retirement he enjoyed fishing, golf, gardening and having coffee with his many local friends.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday at United Methodist Church in Karnes City.  The family welcomes all to attend and celebrate the life of their beloved husband, father and grandfather.

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John Anthony Estrada

John Anthony Estrada, age 17of Kenedy, TX passed away on Feb. 3, 2015.  He was born on July 26, 1997 in Beeville, TX to Santos Salinas and Rachel Estrada.  He as a cook at the Back Yard Bar and Grill in Kenedy.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Ramon Salinas and an aunt Alvina Arenal.

He is survived by his mother Rachel Estrada Salinas of Kenedy; father Santos Salinas of Karnes City; sisters, Alyssa Nicole Sauceda of Kenedy, Janie Raquel Salinas of Kenedy, Rosa Nelda DeLaPaz of Kingsville; brothers, Moreno Louise Salinas of Kenedy, Santiago Santos Salinas of Karnes City, TX, maternal grandmother Alvina Estrada of Kenedy, Maternal grandfather Bernave Estrada, Jr. of Garden, AK Paternal grandmother Beatrice  Salinas of Karnes City and uncles Bernave Estrada, III and Juan Estrada of Kenedy.

A Prayer Service will be held Fri. Feb. 6, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Services will be Sat. Feb. 7, 2015 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Choate Cemetery in Choate, TX.

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Rodolfo”Rudy” Cruz, Sr.

RC Candle PicRodolfo “Rudy” Cruz, Sr., Age 68 of Kenedy, TX passed away on Thur. Jan.29, 2015 in Victoria, TX.  He was born on July 4, 1946 in Karnes City, TX to the late Gumecindo, Sr. and Yrenia Sauceda Cruz.  He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Rudy is preceded in death by his parents Gumecindo, Sr. and Yrenia Sauceda Cruz; sister Petra Cruz Rodriguez; brothers, Crespin Perez, Cruz, Sr., and Felipe Cruz, Sr.

He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Hernandez and husband Jesus of Kenedy, Christi Rangel of Kenedy; sons, Rudy Cruz, Jr. and wife Alesha of Kenedy, Simon Cruz and wife Rose Marie of Kenedy; sisters, Connie Aguero  of Karnes City, Cynthia Cruz-Rosales o Karnes City; brothers, Eugenio Perez-Cruz of Bloomington, Joe Cruz, Sr. of Karnes City, Daniel Cruz of Karnes City, Pablo Cruz, Sr. of Karnes City, Rick Cruz of Karnes City, Gumecindo Cruz, Jr. of Kenedy; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited Fri. Jan 30, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment will follow in the New Bremen Cemetery.

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Diamentina “Tina” Perez Rivera

Tina RiveraDiamentina “Tina” Perez Rivera, Age 83 of Kenedy, TX passed away on January 21, 2015 in Karnes City, TX.  She was born on November 21, 1931 in Runge, TX to the late Francisco and Porfiria Gonzales Perez.  She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents Francisco and Porfiria Perez.

She is survived by her daughters; Sylvia Aguerro and husband Albert of Kenedy, Angie Caballero of Runge, sons; Robert Castro and wife Elida of San Antonio, David Perez of San Antonio, Enrique Perez and wife Dianna of Runge, Joe Perez of Runge, Martin Perez of San Antonio, Michael Garcia of Brady, a brother Tom Perez of Kenedy and 28 Grandchildren, 20 Grt-Grandchildren, and 2 Grt-Grt Grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7 P.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be Tues. January 26, 2015 at 10 A.M. at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Runge, TX with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment will follow in the Runge Cemetery, Runge, TX.

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