Rex "Dutch" Schorre

Rex Blane “Dutch” Schorre, 64, of Cuero, Texas, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at his residence. Rex was born to Elwyn F. and Charlotte Anne Schorre in the Burns Memorial Hospital in Cuero, Texas. He graduated from Cuero High School in 1970. During his high school years, he was a member of the Cuero High School Band playing the clarinet and the bass clarinet. It was during this time he received his nickname and CB handle of “Dutch.” During the Vietnam Conflict, Rex enlisted in and was honorably discharged from the National Guard. In 1977 “Dutch” began his career as a fireman for the City of Cuero from which he retired in 2003.


Rev. Mary Carolyn Self-Sager

The Reverend Mary Carolyn Self-Sager, passed away Sept. 9, 2016. She was born April 12, 1942 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Theodore Farley Self and Katie Belle Brown Self.

She graduated in 1960 from Ft. Smith Senior High School and attended Austin College in Sherman for two years prior to her marriage to Ronald Stevenson in 1962. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for one year and graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin with a B.L.S. in Adult Education and a minor in Criminal Justice.

Rev. Self- Sager also graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest with an M.Div. in 1987. She was ordained as a Lutheran Minister in 1990 and served in Richey and Lambert, Montana, Point Comfort and Tivoli. She was placed on disability in 1995 with multiple sclerosis.


Services for Scott Benfield

Scott Benfield of San Marcos passed away on September 8, 2016 at the age of 50. He was born on December 11, 1965 in San Antonio, Texas to Fred and Kathleen (Nagel) Benfield.
Scott was a fun loving person who loved to be with his family and friends. He loved to golf, hunt, bowl and bar-b-que. He was a devoted and faithful man of the Hays Praise Emmaus group. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Edwin and Edna Nagel; and his aunt, Sandra Machen.


Consuelo Villarreal

Consuelo ‘Connie’ Villarreal, age 95, was born on April 23, 1921 to Justo Esquibel and Felipa Segura Esquibel in Dodge City, Kansas. She was called home on Sept. 7, 2016. She met her husband, Ramon S. Villarreal Jr., while he was stationed in Dodge City, Kansas during WWII. They were married in Del Rio, Texas in July 1944. They lived in Del Rio and Dodge City, then retired to Cuero.

Everyone knew her as ‘Grandma Connie.’ No one came to her house and left hungry. She was known for her laughter, her loving terms of endearment and her cooking. She welcomed everyone; she was a nurturer. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was dearly loved by them. 


Nellie Scott

Nellie Barfield Scott, 100, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. She was born June 16, 1916 in Nursery to the late Archie and Jessie Myers Barfield. Nellie married, Elmo L. Scott, Sr. on June 1, 1940 in Cuero. She was a great baker whose love for cooking brought joy to many friends, family and church members.

She is survived by godson, Rev. W. Jeffrey Campbell of Houston; grandchildren, Andrea M. Scott of Cuero and Erica Glover of Victoria.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmo L. Scott, Sr.; son Elmo Scott, Jr.; sisters, Janie Fisher, Jessie Lee Barfield, Willie Mae Knox and Birdie Livingston; and brother, John Barfield.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery with the Rev. W. Jeffrey Campbell as Officiant and Rev. Samuel Jenkins as Eulogist.

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Joe Schwab

Joe Edwin Schwab, Jr., 89, of Victoria, passed away to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. He was born Feb. 1, 1927 in Yoakum to Joe and Katherine Rush Schwab. Joe is survived by his loving wife, June Nell Schwab; sons, James Schwab and wife, Michaelene, Joe Schwab III and Norma. He also leaves behind grandchildren Michael Schwab and Carmen Schwab and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Karl and Shelton Schwab.


Gary Binz

Gary Milton Binz, 61 of Victoria passed away on July 11, 2016. He was born to the late Milton and Margaret Wendel Binz in Cuero on June 18, 1955. He graduated Cuero High School in 1973.  He served in the Airforce from 1973 to 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Science in 1984. He spent his last years self-employed and enjoying life with friends.  

Survived by one son, brother Ronald Binz of Cuero, sisters: Linda Light and husband Ricky, Karen Simmons and husband Lewis, Debbie Warzcha.  

He is preceded in death by parents.

He was buried Aug. 10, 2016 at Costal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christ, Texas in a small private graveside service.


Eddie Heldt

Eddie Heldt, 91, of Weesatche passed away Friday Aug. 19, 2016. He was born Apr. 20, 1925 in Nordheim, to the late Robert C. and Alwina Borchers Heldt. He worked in the oilfield for 35 plus years and retired on his ranch in Weesatche. He served in the US Navy during WWII as a gunner on the U.S.S. Monterey.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and sweetheart of 49 years, Cora Bierstedt Heldt; brothers, Roland, Arno and Bobby Heldt; sisters, Georgie Williams, June Nell Borth, Marilyn Korth, Frances Gates and infant sister, Elvera Heldt.

He is survived by his son, Ronnie (Sandra) Heldt; daughters, Marsha Heldt Arnold and Wanda (Alvin) Kolodziejcyk. He is also survived by five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and sister, Violet Gohlke.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Clayton Heldt, Kevin Kolodziejcyk, Craig Arnold, Alton Johnston, Rocky Myers and nephew, Roy Wilems.

Honorary pallbearers were his nephews.


Ella Ruiz

Ella Garcia Ruiz, age 82, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. She was born Oct. 16, 1933 in Midway to Gilbert and Alicia Vera Garcia.

She was a homemaker and member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She faithfully volunteered at St. Michael’s Catholic Church at the monthly bingos and the yearly Jamaica at Our Lady of Gradalupe. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and spent time caring for other people in different ways throughout her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Rachel Schmidt (Dennis) of Austin; sons, Roland Ruiz (Janie) of Friendswood, Roy Ruiz (Muriel) of Hitchcock, Raymond Ruiz of Cuero and Randall Ruiz (Amy) of Cuero; grandchildren, Roland Ruiz, Jr., Sarabeth Ruiz, Jonathan Ruiz, Kera Ruiz, Michaela Ruiz, John Thomas Ruiz, and James Colton Ruiz; brother, Edwin Garca (Ninfa) of San Antonio; many cousins, nieces and nephews.


Ida Varela

Ida Varela passed into eternal rest on Aug. 17, 2016 at the age of 49. She was born on Sept. 7, 1966 in Yorktown to the late Pete V. Rodriguez and Pauline Ruiz Rodriguez.

Ida leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 31 years Ismal Varela; her mother, Pauline Ruiz Rodriguez; her only son, Michael “Chito” and Angela Varela; grandsons, Isaac and Makai Varela; brothers, Pete and Yolanda Rodriguez, Michael and Stephanie Rodriguez, Jesse and Delilah Rodriguez, and brother in law Henry Varela.

Ida is preceded in death by her father Pete V. Rodriguez.

Pallbearers: Danny Stewart, Jesse Martinez, Bobby Allen Jones, Wayne Mathis, Brandon Mays, James Washington, Isaiah Gamez and Jason Gamez.


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