Obituaries

Mon
31
Oct

Joyce Nelms

Joyce Lorraine Nelms, 75, of Trinity, formerly of Cuero, passed away Friday, Oct. 28. She was born Oct. 31, 1940 in Kountze to Homer and Jewel Green. Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Allen Gallaway (Susan) of Cuero, Darrell Ray Gallaway of Trinity; daughter, Debra Kay Gallaway of Moulton; granchildren, Wesley Gallaway, Sarah Gallaway, Austin Gallaway, Stacey Dworaczyk, Brandon Herrmann, Kristen Herrmann, Brittany Gallaway, Richard Gallaway, Ashley Gallaway, David Gallaway and Mark Gallaway; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mildred Gibson,  Faye Paddy and Betty Fuson.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Freund Funeral Home at 1 p.m. with Funeral Services to begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Terry Brown officiating. Interment to follow at Nelms Cemetery in Concrete.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Donor’s Choice.

Mon
31
Oct

Jurlyne Hensley

Jurlyne J. Hensley, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 29, 2016. She was born in Moulton on Jan. 4, 1925 to the late Leo and Olga Schmidt Jaroszewski. After graduating Jurlyne moved to Cuero where she met and married Thomas (Tommy) M. Hensley on Oct. 6, 1946 in Moulton. Jurlyne was a wonderful homemaker who baked German pastries, and the best coffeecake and homemade bread. Her beautiful sweet peas in many colors covered the fence yearly and caused many people to stop and ask her for seeds.She worked at Bottom Dollar and later for Walmart. She and Tommy were long time members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero.

She is survived by daughter, Gayle Hensley Nashed and her husband, Fouad of Georgetown; and son, Nelson Thomas Hensley and wife, Julie of Wimberley.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tommy, three sisters and one brother.

Fri
14
Oct

Kathleen Bitterly

Kathleen A. Bitterly, 75, of Cuero passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.She was born Jan. 23, 1941 to Edgar and Clara Jacob in Goliad. She married Milton Bitterly on Nov. 28, 1964 in Goliad.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Milton; brothers, Clifton Jacob (Maydell), Darwin Jacob (Barbara ), and Kenneth Jacob (Sylvia); sisters, Patty Pantel (Benny) andJanice Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Clara Bomba Jacob; and brother, Anthony Jacob.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home with a Rosary to begin at 6:30 p.m. Services will be held Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Meyersville with Father Charles Otsiwah officiating. Interment to follow at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Fri
14
Oct

Amada H. Villa

Amada H. Villa
Amada H. Villa, 71, of San Antonio, formerly of Yorktown, passed away Wedneday, October 12, 2016. She was born December 28, 1944 in Yorktown to the late Antonio and Tomasita Sepeda Villa. She was a faithful Catholic.
She is survived by her sisters, Stella Villa of San Antonio, Ramona Yanes of Yorktown, Mariann Santos of San Antonio, and Sylvia Medina of Stafford, VA; and brother, Robert Villa of Victoria.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Rosita; brothers, Leon, Rudy, John, Joe, Mike and Raymond Villa; and sister, Rebecca Ovalle.
Visitation will be Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5 - 7 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at Massey Funeral Home.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 15 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Westside Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jay Santos, Ricardo Villa, Tom Villa, Pattie Yanes, Brandon Villa and Fernando Medina.

Mon
10
Oct

Florence Koenig

Florence L. Koenig, 81, of Yorktown, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Yorktown to the late Herman and Katie Stelzel Goehring.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lambert Mokwa and Roland Koenig; and son-in-law, Roy J. Mueller.

She is survived by her children, Mary Ann Mueller, Laura K. Broll and Larry George Mokwa (Pamela); grandchildren, Heather Mokwa, Jonathon Mokwa and Travis Broll.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Finch Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Roger Hawes officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

You are invited to sign the online guest book at www.finchfuneralchapels.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel – Yorktown, 361-564-2277.

Sat
08
Oct

Dorian Thurk

Dorian D. Thurk, 72, of Cuero passed away Oct. 6, 2016. He was born in Cuero on May 19, 1944 to the Late R.C. and Corine Knocke Thurk. Dorian married Carol Lynn Hahn on Jan. 20, 1967 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero. They lived in Victoria for the first years of their marriage. He owned and operated Thurk Fabricating, Inc. and was active in the care of his land and cattle until he suffered a severe stroke in December, 2011. He was steadfast in his belief of preserving the Legacy of those who came before him and leaving it even better for the next generation. He instilled this strong legacy of dedication and stewardship of the land and cattle in his nephew, Ty Luddeke, and perhaps to the next generation also. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Sat
08
Oct

Elvera Gips

Elvera “Sis” Janssen Gips, 95, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. She was born near Nordheim on Nov. 13, 1920 to Willie and Elvia Reichert Janssen. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nordheim. She grew up in the Nordheim area and attended Nordheim schools and graduated valedictorian from Nordheim High. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton for two years.

On Feb. 25, 1941, she married Ray H. Gips of Yorktown at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nordheim and lived in Cuero. They had two children over the next seven years and she enjoyed being a stay at home mom. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, golf, going fishing at the coast, and later in life, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Wed
05
Oct

Evelyn Boothe

Evelyn Raye Frisbie Boothe, 90, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. She was born Sept. 10, 1926 in Cuero to Warfield Walter Frisbie and Ida Mae Conley Frisbie. Evelyn married Lee Cleveland (L.C.) Boothe Jr. in Cuero on March 21, 1947. She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered at school to help children read. Evelyn loved to play Bingo and Bunco with friends and was known as the Domino Queen. She also enjoyed traveling anywhere, anytime.

She is survived by sons, Michael Lee Boothe (Sandy) of Bryan and Roger Boothe (Linda) of Cuero; sister Bettye Jean (Frisbie) Davis of Houston; brother Warfield Walter Frisbie, Jr. of Victoria; grandchildren, Lee Cleveland Boothe IV (Iris), Lindsey Marie Boothe Hulsey (Shawn) of Victoria and four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents, Warfield Walter Frisbie and Ida Mae Conley Frisbie; and husband L.C. Boothe.

Thu
29
Sep

Evelyn Bolds

Evelyn Bolds entered into eternal rest on Sept. 26, 2016 at the age of 79.

She was born on Aug. 16, 1937 to the late Ned and Arlinda Wilson Battles in Cuero.

Ms. Bolds worked for 45 years in long term care as an administrator, marketing admission, social and recreation activities, and was a lobbyist for the elderly.

She is survived by her daughter Shirley Lewis; brothers Minister James Jackson, Sr., Ned Battles, and Troy Battles; sisters Norma Mayfield and Pearline Burton; grandchildren Rev. Virgil Lewis, Minister Terrence Lewis, Krishnar Lewis, and Chandra Joi (Keith) Wade; great grandchildren Jared Nichols, Allegria Lewis Wright, J’Khaylaughn Lewis, James Lewis, Justice Lewis, JaNe’ Lewis Odoms, Tyrese Lewis, Jordan Lewis Odoms, Micah Lewis, Jaliona Lewis, Malachi Lewis, Keith Lewis Wade, Joseph Wade and Jaene Lewis.

Mon
26
Sep

Conrow Moritz

Conrow Carl Moritz, 69, passed away on Sept. 25, 2016. A very aggressive cancer took him away quickly and way too soon.

Conrow was born Sept. 15, 1947 in Cuero to Erwin and Leona Moritz. Growing up on a farm in Meyersville and being a son, he learned early what it meant to work. Conrow married the love of his life, Jackie Asbury, on April 27, 1966. He moved to Cuero as a young adult and lived there the remainder of his life.

Conrow loved the outdoors. He spent his retirement taking care of cattle in a couple of locations. He had a herd of sheep so he had some beautiful white Great Pyrenees dogs he was proud of to herd and protect them. He was also known in the local area as the “chicken man” for his tasty chickens and eggs. His flock included a variety of colorful chickens, turkeys, and guinea fowl from which he also incubated their eggs. He never stopped working even when he could have or even when he was in pain.

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