Obituaries

Tue
12
Jul

Albert P. Metting Jr.

Albert P. Metting Jr., 93, of Yorktown passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016. He was born Feb. 1, 1923 in Yorktown to the late Albert P. and Elizabeth Ender Metting Sr. He served in the Army from 1945-1947. He served in World War II. He worked as a mechanic and in the oilfield industry. He loved his dogs Misty, Sweetheart and Star.

Albert is survived by his son Albert W. Metting, grandchildren Nicole and Wesley Metting, granddaughter Alexis Orta, and sister Nelda Warecha.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys Waltersdorff, brothers Fred, Arnold, Otto, Harry, Oswald and Norman Metting and sisters Otila Hanks and Meta John.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., Friday July 15 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday July 16 at Massey Funeral Home. Interment to follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

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

Tue
12
Jul

Betty Cantley

Betty Earl Cantley, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away July 10, 2016 at her home near Smiley. She was born on July 8, 1930 in Houston. Betty worked tirelessly by her husband’s, Kennon’s, side to build their poultry and cattle business. After her husband’s passing, she continued to run the ranch until her health no longer allowed it. Her greatest legacy was and will continue in providing a safe, productive, loving environment for the ladies of the Smiley Community Group Homes. She has been a “guardian angel” over the homes for the past 31 years. The first group home was built by Kennon and Betty, along with Dr. Ken Gray of Austin, in 1985.

She loved to hunt in South Texas and especially “relished” in bringing in “The Big One” to show the boys. Her lawn mowing was her therapy, and if you saw her on the mower, you had better turn around and come back another time.

Mon
11
Jul

Joyce Schroller

Joyce Schroller, 67, of Cuero passed away Friday, July 8, 2016. She was born July 11, 1948 in Cuero to the late Alvin and Doris Schroller.Joyce was a lifelong resident of Cuero who enjoyed cooking and springtime with wildflowers, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by daughter Mary Bade; son Richard Bade; and grandchildren, Luke Bade, Neko Bade and Alexander Bade all of Austin.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Allan W. Schroller.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 12 at Freund Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 13 at 9 a.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Reverend Barbara Beale officiating.

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

Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.

Thu
07
Jul

Verlin Trautwein

Verlin Joseph Trautwein passed away at his home on July 5, 2016. He was born on Dec. 24, 1929 in Cuero to the late William Rochester Trautwein and Annie Bertha Wolf Trautwein. He attended school mostly in Cuero and was an all-around athlete that played football, baseball, basketball and track. He joined the Marine Corps in September 1948 and served until January 1950. He met his wife, Colleen Luker, in high school in 1946. They were married June 25, 1949 and a second time on Nov. 22, 1951. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Trautwein; younger brother Robert “Putsy” Trautwein; son Barton Trautwein; daughters, Velinda Stevens and Reba Goodman; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother Bill Trautwein; and daughter Jana Trautwein.

Thu
07
Jul

Donna Thomas

Donna Schumacher Thomas, 47, of Goliad, formerly of Cuero, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016. She was born Jan. 10, 1969 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma to the late Harry Lee Schumacher and Gayle Conklin. Donna graduated from Cuero High School in 1987 and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston-Victoria in Early Childhood Education and then her Master’s Degree in Education Administration, all while taking care of her siblings, raising her own children, and working full time. She married Mike A. Thomas on July 28, 2012 at their home and followed up shortly after with a celebration of their marriage at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Donna retired from Yoakum Junior High where she served as Assistant Principal.  

Thu
07
Jul

Verna Gohmert

Verna Lee Gohmert, 94, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was born Dec. 11, 1921 in Lindenau to the late Joseph William and Selma Anna Boehm Till. Verna Lee married the love of her life, Newton G. Gohmert, on Nov. 18, 1940 in Yorktown. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. Verna Lee was a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Altar Society, the Sons of Hermann, and the Kopy Kats Klub.

She is survived by her daughters, Joan Marie Flowers of Seattle, Washington and Janis Ann Pakebusch and husband, Dennis, of Cuero; sons, Donald Gohmert and wife, Jo, of Alexandria, Louisiana, Charles Gohmert and wife, Susie, of Mission Valley, Michael Gohmert and wife, Dell, of Mission Valley, and Richard Gohmert and wife, Lindy, of Cuero; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband.

Wed
06
Jul

Angela Preiss

Angela Preiss, 51, of Cuero, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. She was born in Mineral Wells on Feb. 15, 1965 to the late Owen Clark Hogan, Jr. and Shirley Ann Hadamek Koenning. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Lonnie Koenning.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Preiss of Cuero; sons, Will Zimmerman (Annie) and Wesley Zimmerman (Stephanie) of Victoria; sisters Rexene Matusek (Bruce) of Austin and Mary Hall (Jeff) of Newport, Tennessee; step-brother, Ronnie Koenning of Yoakum; step-sisters, Dorothy Kremling (Kenny) of Hallettsville and Donna Moreno (Stas) of Houston; step-son, R.J. Preiss; and step-daughter, Jana Preiss, both of Cuero.

Angie loved her five grandchildren with all her heart; Jonathan Zimmerman of Victoria and Aariana White, A’ron White, Marla Preiss and Mitchell Preiss, all of Cuero.

Tue
05
Jul

Betty Moritz

Betty Sue Moritz, 70, passed away July 2, 2016. She was born Feb. 2, 1946 in Cuero. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Meyersville. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Leona Moritz and sister, Geraldine Pullin.

She is survived by her sisters, Fay Hood of Rosenberg and Myrna Smith os Santa Barbara, California; brothers, Conrow Moritz of Cuero and Wiley Moritz of Meyersville and nieces and nephews.

Tue
05
Jul

Rhoda M. Strickland

Rhoda Marie Strickland went to be with our Lord on June 20, 2016, surrounded by friends and family.

Services was at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Villa St. Joseph Chapel, 11901 Rosewood Dr., Overland Park, Kan.

Rhoda was born Aug. 20, 1935. She is the daughter of Tharp H. Edgar & Carlyn L. “Geffert” Edgar from Yorktown.

She was preceded in death by her husband Warren M. Strickland, parents Tharp and Carlyn Edgar, sister Karla L. Bracklein and her husband Bob, and her son Michael Ray Short.

Survivors include her dear cousin Darlene Mayer of San Antonio, daughters Christine Henning and husband Allan of Olathe, Kan., Rochelle Mau and husband Ron of Cullowhee, N.C., daughter-in-law Gina Short of Waco, sons Dennis Strickland and wife Jennifer of Bucyrus, Kan., and John “Ricky” Strickland and wife Cheryl of Morgantown, Ky., 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Tue
05
Jul

Theresa M. FitzSimon

Theresa M. FitzSimon, dear mother, sister, friend passed away June 23, 2016 at the age of 86 at home with family. Theresa was born on Feb. 17, 1930 in Yorktown to Steve R. Dlugosch and Sallie B. (Migura) Dlugosch. On Feb. 8, 1958, she married Donald E. J. FitzSimon in San Antonio. Theresa was an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church since 1963, and was a Charter member of the USAA Federal Credit Union. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, nephew Wilbert C. Dennis, and grandson Matthew D. Williams. She will be forever loved and missed by her children, Stephen P. FitzSimon and wife Nancy, Dr. Denise I. FitzSimon-Hawkes and husband Howard, and Laurence E. FitzSimon and wife Stacia; grandchildren, Mary K. FitzSimon Grigar and husband Stephen, Stephen R. FitzSimon, Laura L. FitzSimon, Dr. Charlie B. Williams and wife Katherine, Patrick D. Williams, Megan E. FitzSimon Green and husband Cody, and Eric D.

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