Obituaries

Wed
28
Oct

Amado Mata, Jr.

Amado Mata, Jr., age 57 of Cuero and formerly of Wharton, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Jackson County following a sudden illness. He was born on Feb. 26, 1958 in Wharton, a son of the late Amado Mata Sr. and Susie Garcia.
 
Amado was raised in the Wharton area and attended school there. He graduated from Edna High School in 1976. He worked as a truck driver in the Cuero area for several years. Amado enjoyed working in the yard, being outdoors and listening to music. His favorite times were spent with his family at his side.
 
Following cremation, memorial services will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home with Rev. James Jimenez officiating. 
 
Tue
27
Oct

Francisco Garibay

Francisco “Frank” Garibay, 67, of Cuero passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. He was born January 31, 1948 in Arneckeville to the late Nickolas and Julia Garibay.
 
He is survived by son, Frankie Garibay of Pasadena, Texas; sisters, Maria Alvarez, Manuela Dougay, Martha Cuellar, Gloria Solis and Carol De Los Santos all of Cuero; brothers, Lupe Garibay and Bicente Garibay of Cuero and John Garibay of Pasadena; and grandson, Frank Nicolas Garibay of Pasadena.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister Ramona Galindo.
 
You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.
 
Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.
Mon
26
Oct

Amelia Garcia

Amelia Garcia, 83, of Cuero died peacefully on Oct. 24, 2015. She was born April 7, 1932 to Cayetano and Anita Cordero Cisneros. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the Catholic Daughters.
 
 Amelia is survived by daughters, Elma Roby, Polly (Paul) Siegel, and Celia (Elmo) Munoz; sons, Alfred (Wanda) Garcia and Edward (Teresa) Garcia; brothers, Cayetano (Mona) Cisneros and Fernando (Cathy) Cisneros; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
 
 She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and one brother.
 
 A rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. with Father David Berger officiating. Interment will be at San Pedro Cemetery.
 
 Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
 
Fri
23
Oct

Orlon Ridyolph

Orlon Ray Ridyolph, 44, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. He was born March 6, 1971 in Cuero to Clarence "Duke" and Birdie Brazzael Ridyolph. Orlon was a proud member of the 1987 State Championship Cuero Gobbler football team and graduated from Cuero High School. Orlon met the love of his life, Hope Ortiz, in 1990 and they made their life together with their children in Cuero. He was a correctional officer for 18 years at TDCJ Stevenson Unit and was currently the warehouse and fleet manager for Phoenix Chemicals. 
 
He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Hope Ortiz; parents, Clarence “Duke”  and  Birdie Ridyolph of Cuero;  sons, Eric Ridyolph (Randi), Ryan Ridyolph, and Reed Ridyolph, all of Cuero; sister, Tiffany Lankford (David) of Cuero; brothers, Darrell Ridyolph (Ulanda) and Clarence Freeman Ridyolph (LaShonda); and grandson, Jackson Ridyolph.
 
Fri
23
Oct

Larry Wayne Sievers

Larry Wayne Sievers, 75 of Yorktown, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015. He was born April 15, 1940 in Yorktown to the late Alvin and Alvera Noster Sievers.

He is survived by his daughters Kari Sievers, Amy (Ricardo) Molina and Holly Sievers, granddaughters Graciela and Adriana Molina, brother Arvid (Kitty) Sievers  and sister in law Beth Sievers and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Marvin Sievers.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral Service was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Massey Funeral Home. Interment was at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitors and guests are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.masseyfh.com

Arrangements Massey Funeral Home, 779 N. Riedel,  Yorktown, 78164, 361-564-2900.
 

Fri
23
Oct

Gilbert Hinojosa

Gilbert Hinojosa, 82, of Yorktown, passed away Sat. Oct. 17, 2015. He was born March 21, 1933 in Yorktown to the late Wine and Isabel Amaya Hinojosa.  He was a member of San Luis Catholic Church.

He is survived by his siblings Lydia Perez, Ysrael Hinojosa, Fidel Hinojosa and Rebecca Hinojosa, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Fernando and Willie Hinojosa.

A rosary was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at San Luis Catholic Church.

Visitors and guests are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.masseyfh.com

Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2900.
 

Fri
23
Oct

Clyde Weldon Wells

Clyde Weldon Wells, 79 of Nordheim, peacefully passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 in his home surrounded by his loving devoted children that cared for him the most. He was born July 7, 1936, to  (Flora) Estelle Meador and (Joseph) Jake Wells. 

Weldon served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Shangri-la from Oct. 11, 1955, to Oct. 3, 1959. He was honorably discharged as a boilerman technician, Petty Officer 3rd Class (BT3).

After his time in the U.S. Navy, Weldon started working in the oilfield as a roughneck. With hard work and motivation he worked his way up to superintendent of an oil rig for Western Oceanic, off the coast of Africa, and then retiring after 35 years.

Weldon was a Master Mason of the Cameron Masonic Lodge No. 76 of Yorktown. His enjoyments in life were his family, friends, fishing hunting, football and just life itself.

Fri
23
Oct

Gloria Pickett

Gloria Pickett went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 19, 2015, passing peacefully at her home after a long battle with a respiratory illness. A longtime resident of Kingwood, Gloria was born to Norman and Eva Schostag on July 26, 1934.

Tue
20
Oct

Leebell Kuecker

Leebell M. Kuecker, 83, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. He was born January 27, 1932 in Cuero to the late Louis and Anna Kuecker. He married Audrey F. Hausman on July 10, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria. Leebell was a military maintenance supervisor for 32 years and retired from the Civil Service and from the Army National Guard of Texas as a First Sergeant. He served on the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department and was an avid craftsman and carpenter.
 
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Audrey Kuecker; sons, David R. Kuecker of Kyle, Gary L. Kuecker of Friendswood, Steve W. Kuecker of Victoria, and Glen A. Kuecker of Yoakum; sister, Nelda Haschke of Angelton; brothers, Sterling Kuecker of Cuero, Lionel Kuecker of Victoria, Farrell Kuecker of Goliad, and Willburt Kuecker of Cuero; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 
Mon
19
Oct

James Thomas

James Edward Thomas entered into eternal rest at the age of 72 on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. He was born on Jan. 11, 1943 to the late Booker T. and Jessie Stewart Thomas, Sr. in Cuero. 
 
He is survived by his wife Lois Thomas, sons James Brownlow of San Antonio and David Lemon of Luling; his daughters Pastor Gracie Calvin of San Marcus and Edna Wilson of Columbus City, Georgia; brothers Walter (Margaret) Thomas of Cuero; and sisters Vivian Payne of Tampa, Florida and Jenny Belle Jefferies of Seguin. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Booker T.  Thomas, Jr., and his sisters Bessie Mae Franklin, Earline Hopkins, and Hazel Hopkins. 
 

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