Obituaries

Mon
29
Feb

Harlan Nagel

Harlan Nagel, 86, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. He was born Nov. 29, 1929 in the old Koehler House on the farm he lived and worked on his entire life. His parents, the late Henry A. and Olga Sager Nagel raised Harlan in the only church he knew his whole life.  He was baptized, confirmed, married; and baptized and confirmed his children in the Zion Lutheran Church of Arneckeville.

He married Edieth Zengerle on Dec. 10, 1949. Edieth and Harlan shared 66 years of love. Survivors include daughters, Mary Leida (Steve) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Judy Hohne (Bob) of Houston; sons, Patrick Nagel and Robert Nagel both of Cuero; grandsons, Hans Leida (Sarah) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nathan Nagel (Amy) of Clear Lake, Joshua and Matthew Hohne of Houston; great-grandchildren, Levi, Sam and Miles Leida of Minneapolis, Logan and Olivia Nagel of Clear Lake; sister-in-law Marjorie Schellenbarger of Cuero; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Mon
29
Feb

Paul Gebauer

Paul Joseph Gebauer, 84, of Cuero passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. He was born Nov, 27, 1931 in Placedo to Frank and Albina Gebauer. He married the love of his life, Jessie Belle Wiseman, on Dec. 12, 1953 in Vernon. They were married for 62 glorious years.  Paul served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus and St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and cooking for them. He loved to cook and was known for his Chili and Kolaches. He enjoyed visiting with his nieces and nephews. He worked for Weber Motor Company for over 30 years and continued to enjoy visiting there after retirement.

He is survived by his daughters, Paula (Virgil) Brown of Cuero and Sharon (Ira) Epstein of Round Rock; grandchildren, Haley (Christopher) Urbanovsky of Cuero, Michael Epstein of Austin, and Melissa O’Brien of Gainesville.

Thu
25
Feb

Johnny Hahn

Johnny Lee Hahn, 68, of Cuero, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. He was born Jan. 17, 1948 in George West to the late Jacob and Barbara Hahn.

Johnny is survived by wife, Patricia Johnson; daughter, Amy Hahn and son, Fennis Green; sister, Lorene Williams and brother, Jerry Lee Hahn.

Services will be held Monday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Reverend Dennis King officiating.

You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.

Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.

Wed
24
Feb

Vincent DiGiantomasso

Vincent Joseph DiGiantomasso, 86, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. He was born Jan. 26, 1930 to Joseph Anthony and Rose Marie DiGiantomasso in Detroit, Michigan. Vincent married the love of his life, Marlene Ann Ruschhaupt, on Dec. 22, 1952 in Cuero. He served in the United States Air Force from July 1948 through July 1952 and played semi-professional baseball for the Victoria Rosebuds as shortstop. Vincent enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by daughter Cheryl Ann DiGiantomasso; and grandchildren, Andrew Vincent Moore and Jessica Gonowon of Cary, North Carolina and Sarah and Dustin Turner of Austin.

He was preceded in death by parents; and wife, Marlene.

Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. with a Memorial Service starting at 3 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Father David Berger officiating.

Mon
22
Feb

Marjorie Wright

Marjorie Wright, age 93, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Wichita, Kansas to F.B. Lowry and Bess Lowry.

She was a junior high school teacher in Arlington for 29 years and a Methodist.

Survivors include daughters, Jayne Kennedy Cooper of Cuero and Nancy Ashenhart of Arlington; son, Michael Kennedy (Sandee) of Cleburne, Texas; grandchildren, Anthony Eckenrod (Vangie) of Yorktown and Jennifer Abernathy (Billy) of Plano; great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Gray and Natalie; sister, Betty Leatherwood of Victoria; step-son, Tom Wright (Mary) of Little Elm and step-daughter, Alice Payn (John) of Allen.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Jerry A. Kennedy and Jasper Wright and sister, Barbara Farmer.

Fri
19
Feb

Geneva Ley

Geneva Ann Boysen Ley, of Victoria, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. She was born on July 30, 1936, to Edmund C. Boysen and Georgia J. Boysen in Westhoff, Texas. Geneva was raised in faith in the Lutheran church and was a devout child of God.

Geneva graduated from Cuero High School in 1954. In the late 1950’s Geneva won the title of Miss Cuero, representing her small town well. She attended Victoria College. Geneva married Carroll Ley, of Cuero, in 1956.

Thu
18
Feb

Emilia G. Cortez

Emilia G. Cortez, 82, of Rosharon, passed away Monday Feb. 15, 2016.  She was born in Robstown on May 13, 1933 to the late Jesus and Honarta Saldivar Gutierrez. She was a member of St. Phillip Catholic Church in Smiley.

She is survived by her daughters Marta (Natividad) Flores of Yorktown, Anna (Robert) Salinas of Rosharon, Janie (Jerry) Ramos of Round Rock, Sons Euesbio Rodriguez of Navasota, Hamie (Ester) Cortez of Uvalde and Robert Cortez of Brady.

She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and brother Alex Gutierrez of Martinez.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jesus Gutierrez, sisters Benina Garcia and Paulina Nunico.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Thursday Feb. 18 with a rosary starting at 7 pm at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 11 am Friday Feb. 19 at San Luis Catholic Church.

Thu
18
Feb

Elfie Louise Baacke

Elfie Louise Baacke, 92, of Yorktown passed away Tuesday Feb. 16, 2016. She was born March 25, 1923 in Goliad County to the late William C. and Louise Els Lude. She married Roman Baacke Sept. 24, 1944 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Weesatche.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years Roman Baacke, daughter Beth Allison and husband Gerald, granddaughter Joslyn Hensley and husband Nick and great grandchildren Kaylee and Kaleb Hensley. She is also survived by her sisters Rosie Karnei, Dorothy Lude and Nettie Schulze and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Edwin Lude, David Lude, sister Elsie Baacke and an infant sister.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Friday Feb. 19 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10 am Saturday, Feb. 20  at Massey Funeral Home with Rev. C.B. Suggs officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Thu
18
Feb

Bernard Hajovsky Jr.

Bernard “Bernie” Hajovsky, Jr., 63, of Cuero passed away on Feb. 16, 2016.  He was born on April 17, 1952 in Shiner as the second of seven children to Bernard and Loretta Hajovsky of Gonzales.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Jean Novak Hajovsky; his children Bridgette Lynette Cerny (Matthew), Brandy Jean Williams (Justin), Bernie Joe Hajovsky (Jordan), Blake Bernard Hajovsky (Ashley), and Bryan Bernard Hajovsky, OFM Conv; and his grandchildren Brooke Marie Cerny, Kristin Elizabeth Cerny, Sabine Anna Marie Williams, Harris Kristek Hajovsky, Jackson Dominic Hajovsky, Rylie Claire Hajovsky, Molly Catherine Hajovsky, and Colton Luke Hajovsky, all who affectionately called him “Pappy.”  He is also survived by his siblings Elaine Brzozowski, David Hajovsky, Jeanette Collins, Judy Ealand, Lori Thomas, and Bonnie Barton.

Thu
18
Feb

Jacqueline Ponder

Jacqueline LaTurno Ponder, 86, of Yorktown and Pflugerville passed away peacefully with family at her side, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Round Rock. 

Jackie was born June 17, 1929 in Festus, Missouri to William K. LaTurno and Alice Naomi (Vinyard) LaTurno. Following her 1947 graduation from Festus High School, she trained at Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri and became a Registered Nurse. Jackie moved to Houston to further her nursing career, working at the then new Methodist Hospital. She later worked at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and was proud to have had the opportunity to work in medical research with Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley to develop an artificial heart. 

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