Obituaries

Fri
04
Mar

John Bade

Rev. John Randolph Bade, pastor, author, poet, and friend to all, passed away March 2, 2016.

He is survived by his wife Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade, son Michael Bade and his fiancé Alisha Rosa. John fought the good fight against Parkinson’s Disease for over 26 years and provided hope to those who daily face adversity. His gentle strength and beautiful smile brought the best out of those he met. He helped create Movers and Shakers, a local Parkinson’s support group. He embodied his mantra “Peace, Courage, and Strength!” John was born in Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas on Dec.3, 1957, the sixth child of Heinie and Frieda Bade. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Arneckeville and confirmed at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Cuer.

Thu
03
Mar

Rose Haley

Rose A. Haley, age 89, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

She was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Lavaca County to Samuel and Victoria Jahn Sandelowitz.

Survivors are her daughter, Jacque Zehner of Modesto, California; sisters, Helen Grossman of San Antonio and Loraine Anderson of Waco.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. Robert R. Haley; son, Randall N. Russell; sister, Margie L’HommeDieu.

Graveside service 11 a.m. Friday, March 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with Mr. Darrell Powell officiating.

Memorials may be made to ASPCA or Wounded Warriors.

Arrangements by Thiele Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.

Thu
03
Mar

Jose Bermea

Jose “Coyote” Bermea, age 78, of Smiley, passed away March 2, 2016 in Victoria. He was born on Sept. 18, 1937 in Smiley. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Evaristo and Eustolia (Castro) Bermea; a son, Antonio “Tony” Bermea; numerous brothers and a sister.  Jose is survived by his wife, Irenia “Irene” Bermea of Smiley; two sons: Mario Bermea and wife Adella of Smiley; Paul Bermea and wife Sally of Seguin; seven grandchildren:  Nicole Reid and husband Chris, Joshua Bermea, Ariel Bermea, Madison Bermea, Morgan Bermea, Aciana Bermea and Justin Cardova, Tony Bermea Jr.; four great-grandchildren: Christopher Reid Jr., Justice Cardova, Josia Cardova, and Jaxton Cardova; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Thu
03
Mar

Dennis Pargmann

Dennis W. Pargmann, 68, of Nordheim, passed away March 3, 2016. He was born July 28, 1947, in Cuero to the late Larry Omar and Alvina Deiringer Pargmann. 

Dennis is survived by his wife, Esmeralda Pargmann; daughters, Tammy Ledwik (David), Kathy Pargmann (Cory), Pam Pargmann and Tracy Pargmann; sister, Donna Reynolds (Dennis); brothers, Larry Pargmann (Frances) and Jimmy Pargmann (Pat); grandchildren, Sheldon Lassmann, Shelby Pargmann, Kaitlyn Watson, Kaleigh Jozwiak, Corey Pargmann, Bryleigh Flores and Korbyn Molina; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, March 7 at Finch Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Finch Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sue Irvin officiating. Burial will follow in Nordheim Cemetery. 

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

Thu
03
Mar

Janice Ocean

Janice Terlene (Terri) Morrow Ocean, 77, of Austin, passed away on Feb. 24, 2016. She was born in DeWitt County on Nov. 23, 1938. She graduated from Cuero High School in Cuero and graduated from Jefferson Davis Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Her nursing career took her to Abilene; Anaheim; Garden Grove, California; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Austin. She specialized in pediatric, adolescent psychiatric and home health nursing, ending her 50-year nursing career at Meridell Achievement Center in Liberty Hill.

Terri Ocean enjoyed shopping at resale stores for treasures, collecting buttons, hearts, and other collectables. She loved cooking, decorating, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Chapter R, PEO, in Austin. 

Tue
01
Mar

Harold H. Stirl

Harold H. Stirl passed away at home on Feb. 26, 2016 in Austin at the age of 89. He was born on Feb. 24, 1927 to Ernest Albert Stirl and Hedwig (Gaedke) Stirl. He graduated as Salutatorian of his class at Nordheim High School and attended Texas Lutheran College. He married Snooks Messamore, his high school sweetheart, on July 7, 1946. They settled in Nordheim and raised three children.

Harold partnered with his father selling insurance and operating a service station. Later his brother Lawrence joined them. In 1970 Harold went to work for Coastal States as national maintenance manager, where he worked for over 20 years. He retired in 1991 and they moved to Columbus.

Tue
01
Mar

Lavern Martha Schueneman

It is with immense sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our precious mom, grandmother, sister, and friend, Lavern Martha Schueneman.

Lavern was born the middle child of three daughters to Charles and Martha Diebel on March 18, 1919. She married Lawrence Schuenemann on Dec. 31, 1936. She passed from this world on Feb. 24, 2016, a mere three weeks before her 97th birthday.

Lavern lived her life surrounded by those she loved, entertaining them often with her quick wit and warm sense of humor. She especially loved teaching German phrases to those that gathered around her, later testing them to see if they remembered her earlier teachings. She loved cooking, gardening, playing dominoes, and spending time with her family and her dog, BeBe.

Lavern is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Lawrence Schueneman; her son, Larry Schuenemann; her sister, Audrey Dornburg; and her parents, Charles and Martha Diebel.

Tue
01
Mar

Richard “Dick” Guzy

Richard “Dick” Guzy, 66, of Coleman, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in Brownwood. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yorktown. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Richard “Dick” Guzy was born June 12, 1949 in Yorktown to John Guzy and Cecilia Janyssek Guzy. He grew up in Yorktown and graduated from high school there. On Aug. 12, 2011, he married Nikki Laws Donham in Coleman.  Richard worked as an elevator mechanic for Otis Elevator for 32 years and later worked for Thyssen and Krupp Elevator before retiring. Richard moved to Coleman in 2009. Richard was a member Holy Cross Catholic Church in Yorktown, member of the Elevator Union and a very proud grandpa.

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.

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