Obituaries

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Guadalupe Garibay, Jr.

Guadalupe (Lupe) Garibay, Jr., 49, of Cuero passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. He was born Jan. 25, 1967 in Cuero to Guadalupe and Lydia Garcia Garibay, Sr. Lupe was a devoted father, cowboy grandpa, brother and son. He was known to everyone as Uncle Lupe. Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.”

Uncle Lupe was different than the rest of his family. He was loud and raspy, outgoing, and always the life of the party. Always that tough cowboy that was full of jokes and could keep you laughing for hours. A man who undoubtedly loved life and the people in it. A man who will truly be missed by all he met and loved. His personality, smile, jokes, laughter, uniqueness, and all the great memories he left with everyone will forever remain in our hearts! R.I.P “Uncle Lupe”

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Lois Wheeler

Lois Merle Wheeler, 92, of Cuero passed away Saturday. Dec. 3, 2016. She was born Oct. 31, 1924 in Addison to the late Joe and Eunice McMahan Hall. Lois married Dr. John F. Wheeler on March 12, 1943 in San Diego, California. She loved to travel and participated in Episcopal Organizations.

She is survived by daughter, Pennye Ann Wheeler of Sarasota, Florida and Costa Rica; sons, John F. Wheeler II of Rockport and Richard H. Wheeler of Cuero; grandchildren, Ashley Barbour of Concord, North Carolina, Jennifer Wheeler Texeira of Austin, Eron Lantz of Cuero, Leslie Rubin of San Antonio, Richard Wheeler of San Antonio, Mendy Crews of Jupiter, Florida, Edythe Dyer of Boston Massachusetts, Fletcher Wheeler of Sugar Land and Katy Wheeler of Ft. Worth; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband and brother Hulan Hall.

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Archie Criswell

Archie N. Criswell, 60 of Victoria passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. He was born March 28, 1956, in Cuero to Archie F. and Ruth Tesch Criswell. 

He married Pam Thornton on Dec. 28, 1985. They enjoyed many wonderful years together before kidney disease took him much too soon. Archie fought long and hard until his final day with family and friends by his side. Major, his Akita companion dog, stayed by his side always and loved him unconditionally. Archie was a retired pipefitter in the construction business. 

Archie was proud of his self-taught skills including pipefitting, welding, drafting, and woodworking. He enjoyed woodworking and welding in his shop at home creating numerous treasures for his family and friends. Archie had a love of Blues Music with Blue Lights being one of his favorite songs. He enjoyed playing the guitar during his free time. He had a knack to fix anything that needed attention including refretting guitars from his home.

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Mitchie Byrd

Mitchie (“Mitzie”) Ann Coppedge Wallace Byrd, former resident of Nixon, passed away in Weatherford, Texas, on Dec. 2, 2016. Funeral services will be held at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Nixon Cemetery.

Born in Cuero on Oct. 6, 1919, Mitchie was the fourth of five children of John Lawrence and Myrtle Mae (Stubbs) Coppedge. She grew up in Concrete and Cuero and graduated from Yoakum High School.

During World War II she married Charles (Chuck) Weber of Chicago and gave birth to her first son, Charles Edward. That marriage ended in divorce, and in 1947, she married Stanley Marian Wallace who adopted Charles. Three children: Cynthia Ann, Stanley Michael, and Melissa Jane were born to this union. Stanley passed away in 1981. In 1994 Mitchie married Robert Byrd.

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Louise Towery

After a lengthy illness, Louise Cook (“Cookie”) Towery died peacefully in Austin, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016, surrounded by family. She was 88 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Roland Kenneth (Ken) Towery.

Louise Ida Cook was born Sept. 13, 1928 at her home in Knippa, Texas to Henry A. Cook and Anna Belle Wollschlaeger Cook. She was the second youngest girl in a family of four other sisters: Clara Cook Brucks, Helen Cook McFadin, of Uvalde, Anna Lee Cook, and the youngest Mabel Cook Paradeaux, of Luling. All the girls helped their mother and father work the family’s drylands farm.

A 1946 graduate of Knippa, High School, Louise went to work immediately at the County Agricultural Office in Uvalde. She soon met and fell in love with Roland Kenneth Towery and they were married in Houston, Texas on May 4, 1947. Louise laughingly recalls that the courtship was a whirlwind because, “Ken was in a hurry.”

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Arnulfo Corpus

Arnulfo Corpus, 61, of Yorktown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov.30, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 29, 1955, in Yorktown, to the late Ysidro Corpus, Sr and Eloisa Garcia Corpus. 

“Scooby,” as he was called, was a loving father, son, brother and uncle, but, his greatest accomplishment was in becoming a grandfather. 

Arnulfo is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Adam Corpus, Andy Corpus and Johnny Corpus; grandparents, Tomas and Maria Garcia, Josefa Cuellar and Gabino Corpus. 

He is survived by his children, Cassandra Slade and Tevin Slade of Yorktown; granddaughter, Breelan Slade of Yorktown; sisters, Esther Salazar and Eloisa Mejia of Victoria, Elida Corpus Guerra of Cuero, Estela Sierra, Emma Mungia, Elsa Corpus and Elvira Ybarra of Yorktown; brothers, Arturo Corpus of Pasadena, Frank Corpus of Victoria, Armando Corpus of Cuero, Ysidro Corpus Sr, Tony Corpus and Fabian Corpus; numerous nieces and nephews. 

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Stanley Warzecha

Stanley F. Warzecha passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at the age of 80. He was born Jan. 29, 1936 in Yorktown to the late Theodore and Mary (Dworaczyk) Warzecha. Stanley had a fulfilled life. He served his country in the United States Army for three years. He worked for 48 years as a welder for the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, where he won multiple awards for injury free service and job completion. He loved his family and was a hard worker all his life. In earlier years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in later years taking care of his farm and cows.

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Max Moeller

Max John Moeller, 88, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. He was born to Anton and Caroline (Blazek) Moeller on July 23, 1928 in Moulton. Max served in the Korean War in the United States Army from November 3, 1950 to Oct. 25, 1952. He was awarded the Army Occ. Medal (Japan), the Combat Inf. Badge, Korean Bronze Star Svc Medal, the UN Svc. Medal.

On Feb. 16, 1953, he married Lucille Hohmann in Moulton. In the first years of their marriage, Max and Lucille started their family and made their home in Moulton, where Max farmed and worked for Henkhaus Feed & Gin. In 1969, they moved to Cuero and Max began his career as a U.S. Postal Carrier. He retired from the Post Office In 1989. During his retirement, Max and Lucille enjoyed cattle ranching, traveling and spending time with their large family. He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church, Nat’l Letter Carriers Assoc., Cuero VFW and the American Legion.

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Robert Lee

Robert Douglas “Blue” Lee, 80, of Cuero passed away Nov. 23, 2016. He was born April 12, 1936 in Sweethome to Jack and Cleo Lee. Blue married Bitsy Fillmore Lee on June 21, 1997 in Nursery. In 1971, Blue was Goodwill worker of the year and met President Nixon and Joan Crawford. He worked for South Texas Electric and was an accomplished horseman and avid rancher. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed seeing and hearing about all of their accomplishments.

Blue as people called him never gave up and could do anything despite the fact that he was a double amputee. II Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 

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Joe Laster

Joe Wayne Laster, 62, of Cuero passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. He was born Oct. 20, 1954 in Cuero to William and Hazel Arnecke Laster. Joe married Ann Zielonka on Jan. 12, 1985 in Yorktown. He was a car inspector with Union Pacific Railroad for 37 years. Joe loved to deer hunt and fish, but in the past few years he enjoyed feeding and watching the deer more than hunting them.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter Presley Eryn Laster of Aurora Co; sons, Joe Wayne (Joey) Laster, Jr. of Beeville and Adam Garrett Laster of Victoria; sisters, Bonnie Warwas and Jean Laster both of Cuero; brother, William Henry Laster, Jr. of Cuero; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and sister, Vicki Laster.

Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 26 at Freund Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association.

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