Obituaries

Tue
09
Feb

Norma Marie (Pfeifer) Karnei

Norma Marie (Pfeifer) Karnei, 91, went to her heavenly home on February 1, 2016. She was born on May 9, 1924 in Nordheim to Ernst Carl and Emma (Huck) Pfeifer.

She married Calvin Alfred Karnei of Weesatche on Nov. 9, 1947 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nordheim.

Norma was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church her entire life. She worked as a housewife for most of her life until she decided to work outside the home at the Yorktown Bakery until 2005. She loved playing bunco with the Bunco Belles. She was a member of the Nordheim Herman Sons, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and active in Young at Heart. She loved to watch hummingbirds and to play with her pets over the years.

Tue
09
Feb

Brenda Jones

Brenda Joyce Jones passed into eternal rest on Feb. 7, 2016 at the age of 63. 
 
She was born on Aug. 27, 1952 to the late John and Annie Johnson Eldridge, Sr.
 
She is survived by her daughters Annie Lee Miller of Yoakum, and Jessie Mae (Kevin) Jones-Harrison of Mineral Wells; her brothers Winston Eldridge, Dennis Eldridge and Vernon Eldridge; sisters Willie Pearl Eldridge, Juanita (John) Abercrombie, Eugenia Eldridge, Angela (Stephen) Eldridge Carter, Sharon Tyron, Ann Chatman, Etta Chatman, and Alicia Mayberry. She is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings Joe Eldridge, John W. Eldridge, Jr., and Josie Lee Eldridge.
 
Tue
09
Feb

Florine John

Florine E. John, 88, of Weesatche, passed away Feb. 8, 2016. She was born Nov. 6, 1927, in Nordheim to the late Alfred and Erna Stoever Schroedter.
 
Florine resided in Cuero for many years and was known for ironing for the public. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and quilting when she could.
 
Florine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman P. John; son-in-law, William Janysek; brother, Melvin Schroedter; and an infant sibling.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Janysek of Runge; grandchildren, Jennifer Salge (Kevin) of New Braunfels, Rebecca Eckerle (Robert) of Fair Oaks Ranch, Matthew Janysek (Emily) of Panna Maria; great-grandchildren, Kelly Eckerle, Sydney Janysek and Trenton Janysek; brother Edgar Schroedter of Cuero; sister, Erline Ideus of Weesatche; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Tue
02
Feb

Elda Rangnow

Elda Jane “Janie” “Granny” Rangnow, 80, of Cuero passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. She was born July 16, 1935 in Cuero to Henry and Annie Borgfeld. Elda Married Henry E. Rangnow on Aug. 24, 1952 in Yorktown.
 
She is survived by daughter, Valarie “Cookie” Denney (Kenney) of  Runge; son, Henry L Rangnow (Kathy) of Cuero; brothers, Henry Borgfeld (Lorna) of Yorktown and Alton Borgfeld (Erna) of Karnes City; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sharon Najvar; and great granddaughter, Katherine.
 
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be Thursday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery with Pastor Tim Muehlbrad officiating.
 
Tue
02
Feb

Bessie Green

Bessie Green, 89 of Nordheim, passed away Jan. 29, 2016.

She is survived by her daughter Shirley Ann Leister, two brothers, one sister, four grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 19 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Eva Hollaway, daughter Bernice Plant, two grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation was at 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral services was at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Massey Funeral Home. Interment followed at Nordheim Cemetery.

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

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

Tue
02
Feb

Louis A. Hartman

Louis A. Hartman, 83, of La Grange, formerly of Yorktown, died on January 29, 2016, at his home in La Grange.

Mr. Hartman was born on Aug. 21, 1932 in Skidmore, to Lee R. and Alice J. (Hector) Hartman. Louis graduated from Yorktown High School in 1951 where he was a member of the Wildcat football and basketball teams. On Feb. 13, 1955, he and his high school sweetheart, Drucelle Broughton, were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Yorktown.

The Hartman’s resided in Houston, for over 40 years where Louis was employed in Houston’s oil tool manufacturing sector. A supervisor with BJ-Hughes, Inc., he retired in 1986 after 23 years with the company.

Tue
02
Feb

Pilar Ruiz Jr.

Pilar Hernandez Ruiz, Jr., 68, of Cuero passed away Friday, January 29, 2016. He was born June 13, 1947 in Robstown to Pilar Ruiz, Sr. and Maria Sulema Hernandez. Pilar married the love of his life, Maria Antonia Trevino, July 24, 1970 in Robstown. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968.  Pilar worked for the City of Cuero as a Street Department Foreman for 32 years.
 
He is survived by his wife, Maria; daughters, Belinda Guitierrez  of Robstown, Yvonne Volz of Corpus Christi, Eunice Ruiz of Round Rock, Carolina Cerny  of Shiner, and Rose Lantz of Corpus Christi; son, Pilar T. Ruiz, III;  sister, Sylvia R. Mejia of Cuero; and 13 grandchildren.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Ruiz; grandson, Ethan Andrew Volz; and brother, Rene Ruiz.
 
Tue
02
Feb

Myrna Feril

Myrna Loy Feril, 80, joined her heavenly family Monday, January 25, 2016.
 
She was born April 22, 1935 in Houston to the late Charles F. and Aubrey Mae Jacobs Quast.
 
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Methodist Women’s Group, Literary Club, Pilot Club, Progressive Study Club, Bridge Club, former board member of Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch, Friends of the Library and Victoria Fine Arts.
 
She married the love of her life, Travis Feril June 26, 1952 and they had two sons and one daughter.
 
Tue
02
Feb

Catherine Finch

Catherine Howard Finch, age 92, passed away January 29, 2016 at her home in Smiley. She was born on April 29, 1923 in Marietta, Okla., to the late Felix Andrew and Willie Dell (Sowell) Howard. She married Barney Finch on June 22, 1968 in Smiley. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1975. Also preceding her in death was her brother, John Matt Howard.
 
Catherine is survived by her step-children: Jo Ann Markowsky and husband Carol “Babe” of Mound Creek; Don R. Finch and wife Gladyne of Nixon; Gary P. Finch and wife Paulette of Smiley; sister-in-law, Dorothy Dell Howard of Denton; nephew, Bruce Howard and wife Nancy, of Brownsbury, Ind.; niece, Sheila Helm of Denton; seven step-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandchild, three great-nieces, three great-nephews, three great-great-nieces, her cousins from Tennessee and many friends.
 
Mon
01
Feb

Viola Edwards Sparks

Viola Edwards Sparks entered into rest on January 29, 2016 at the age of 69. She was born on Sept. 2, 1946 in Cuero to the late Nathan and Jessie Williams Edwards.

Viola is survived by her sons, Odist Sparks, Jr., Robert Sparks, and Artis Sparks; daughters Pamela Thomas and Perstefanie Sparks; brothers, Melvin Edwards and Paul Edwards; and her sisters Martha Ann Roach, Sarah Edwards, and Mary Jane Gill.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great, grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Odist Sparks, her brothers Johnny Edwards, Louis Edwards, and Lester Edwards; and sister, Cora Mae Adams.

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