Obituaries

Thu
11
Feb

Ralph Rabke

Ralph Rabke, 70, of Weesatche, passed away Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016.  He was born Sept. 2, 1945 in Cuero, to the late Raymond and Christina Heil Rabke. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Weesatche.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Linda Oehlke Rabke of Weesatche, daughter Andra Clark and husband Duane of Cedar Park, son Russell Rabke and wife Tiffany, granddaughter Clara Rabke of Corpus Christi, brother Thomas Rabke, step-sisters Verlene Weise, Beverly Feller and Athalee Koehler. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Wilfred Jacob, brother O’dell Rabke and sister Delores Wishert.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Saturday Feb. 13 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Weesatche.

Memorials can be given to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

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

Thu
11
Feb

Wayne Allen Sievers

Wayne Allen Sievers, 61, of Dobskyville, passed away Monday Feb. 8, 2016. He was born Feb. 12, 1954 in Cuero to the late Weldon and Deloris Caruthers Sievers.

He is survived by his sister Jeanette Laza of Victoria, brother Donald (Vera) Sievers of Golaid, nieces and nephews Amber (Wade) Watkins, Katie (Patrick) Manzi, Donald (Katy) Sievers Jr and Matthew Sievers. Great nieces Lauren Watkins and Katelyn Sievers and great nephew Jimmy Sievers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Thursday Feb. 11 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 pm Friday Feb. 12 at Massey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Westside Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wade Watkins, Donald Sievers Jr. Matthew Sievers, George Dueser, Carl Dueser and Doug Vogel.

Memorials can be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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

Wed
10
Feb

Theresa Bowles

Theresa Ruth Stratmann Bowles was called home by our heavenly Father surrounded by her loved ones Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at age 66 at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin. She was born June 20, 1949, to the late Edgar and Sonja Stratmann of Yorktown.
 
Tue
09
Feb

Gilda Herrera

Gilda Amy Salazar Herrera was born Aug. 28, 1955 in Cuero and passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2016 at the age of 60, surrounded by family after a three-year battle with cancer.
 
Gilda developed a love for teaching at an early age. Upon graduating from James Madison High School, she enrolled at the University of Houston to pursue her passion for teaching and developed a love for Spanish literature. She graduated in 1980 and was awarded two scholarships that allowed her to further her education at the University in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico.
 
It was during this time that she met her future husband, Gustavo Herrera. They married in 1983 and moved to Mexico City where Gilda taught for two years. Gilda and Gustavo then returned to Houston, where Gilda continued her career of teaching Spanish for over 30 years.
 
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.

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