Obituaries

Wed
15
Mar

Paul Mainka, Sr.

Paul Mainka, Sr., 82, of Andrews passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Odessa.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at McNett Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Steve Wolfe officiating.  Interment will follow in the Andrews North Cemetery.  Please celebrate his life by visiting www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.

Wed
15
Mar

Tony Cervantes

Tony Cervantes, 69, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. He was born May 10, 1947 in Wharton to Jerry Cervantes Sr. and Julia L. Cervantes. Tony served his country during the Vietnam era in the Army. He loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren and going to the duck pond. He loved his sports especially the Spurs and Cowboys.

 He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Camacho (David) and Leslye Cervantes (Patrick) all of San Marcos; sister, Mary Cervantes Vela of Cuero; brothers, Ralph Roy Cervantes of Victoria, Jerry Cervantes, Jr. (Yolanda) of Round Rock and Bobby Cervantes of Cuero; grandchildren, Makayla, Matthew, Madison, Devin, Derek, Isaac and Isabella all of San Marcos.

Wed
15
Mar

Juanita “Janie” Aleman Ruiz

Juanita “Janie” Aleman Ruiz, 102 of San  Antonio formerly of Cuero, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was born October 30, 1914 to the late Alfred and Maria Gonzales Aleman.  Janie was a Homemaker and Rancher. She loved gardening, dancing, sewing and cooking.

 She is survived by daughter, Emily Funari; sons, Ernest Ruiz and wife, Rosalind Ruiz and Roy A. Ruiz; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norberto M. Ruiz; daughter, Mary A. Hudson; sister, Lily Wesar; brothers, Frank Aleman, Joe Aleman, Alfred Aleman and Robert Aleman.

 Visitation, rosary and services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Freund Funeral Home with visitation at 10 a.m., rosary recited at 10:30 a.m. and services  to begin at 11 a.m. with Father Oscar Amo officiating. Interment to follow in Hillside Cemetery.

Thu
09
Mar

Thelma Luddeke

Thelma Earlene Luddeke, 93, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was born April 25, 1923 in Coatesville, Missouri to the late James C. and Edna Veatch Judd. Earlene loved flowers, nature and music, and she enjoyed playing games, putting together puzzles and reading.

She is survived by daughters, Debora Hess (Mike) and Tila Gardine of Cuero and Karen Hames (Frank) of The Colony; sister, Velma Wilson of Carefree, Arizona; brothers, Ed Judd of Phoenix, Arizona and Curly Judd of Lancaster, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John W. Luddeke; brother, Earl Judd and one grandchild.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11 at Freund Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with services to follow at 10 a.m. with Pastor Sharon Wiggins officiating. Interment to follow in Hillside Cemetery.

Mon
06
Mar

Walter "Bucky" Sager

Walter C. (Bucky) Sager beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, of Cuero, passed away March 6, 2017. He was born Feb. 17, 1936 in Cuero to Siddy Lane Penner and Walter Sager. Bucky was very proud of being a fifth generation Texan on both sides of his family and was a true “American Cowboy.”

Fri
03
Mar

Ora Green

Ora Green passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the age of 65. She was born on Sept. 4, 1951 to the late Calvin Johnson and Rosie Lee Bryant in Cuero.

Ora Green was a longtime resident of Cuero since 1995 and attended Little Zion Baptist Church where she was on the Little Zion Mission and Usher Board. She worked for the Civil Service for 11 years; and retired as a corrections officer where she had worked for 17 years for the TDCJ. She also worked for the Cuero ISD in the last few years of her life.

Wed
01
Mar

Yvonne Kolterman

Yvonne W. Kolterman, 68, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. She was born Oct. 8, 1948 in Freer to Wilbert and Georgie Brandt.

She is survived by her brother, Clint Williams and wife Sandra; children, Teresa Crosier and husband, Steven, Robbie Sherman and wife Leanne, Patricia Anson and husband Chris, Belton Presswood and Margaret Presswood; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Georgie Heldt Williams and Wilbert Brandt; and her husband, David Kolterman.

Visitation and Funeral  Services  will be held Monday, March 6 with Visitation at 9 a.m. and Services to begin at 10 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Brown officiating.

The family wishes to acknowledge and give thanks to her cousin, Donna Cliffe and her husband Joe for their love and never ending support; Cuero Nursing Center for their care and patience during her stay; and the Cuero Community Hospital and the Staff of the ICU.

Wed
01
Mar

Martha Sanchez

Martha C. Sanchez, 76, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. She was born Aug. 9, 1940 in Cuero to the late Miguel G. Carmona and San Juanita V. Carmona. Martha enjoyed sewing, photography, traveling and collecting antiques. She was a friend to everyone and always willing to help wherever she could.

She is survived by her daughter JoAnn Parker of Elgin; sons, Gilbert C. Torres (Mary) and Armando C. Diaz, Sr. MBA (Michelle); sister, Marina Munoz of Cuero; brothers, Rev. John Carmona (Rachel) of Victoria, Manuel Carmona (Gloria) of Cuero, Mike Carmona (Josie) of Cuero and Jesse Carmona of Victoria; grandchildren, Timothy Torres of Cuero, Armando C. Diaz, Jr., U.S. Navy stationed in Mayport FL, Matthew Valdez and Ashley Valdez both of Elgin and Samantha S. Diaz of El Paso.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, George Villa; sister, Rachel Carmona; and brothers, Rev. Abraham Carmona and Albert Carmona.

Mon
27
Feb

Donrell Thomas

Donrell “Pokey” Thomas, 66, passed on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Cuero Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Pokey was the fourth child born to Leslie Thomas Sr. and Jeralene Mills Thomas on Feb. 27, 1950. He attended Daule grade school and graduated from Cuero High. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Herman Baptist Church. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for two years. Pokey was employed at Alcoa Point Comfort and Welders Equipment. He later worked several jobs in the Cuero Area.

Pokey was preceded in death by his parents, sister Faye Ruth Lee; and brother Michael Thomas.

He leaves to cherish his memories, daughter, Brandi Thomas of Cuero; brothers, Leslie Thomas. Jr. (Phyllis) of Victoria and Leonard Thomas (Brenda) of Portland; grandchildren Jazz, Exzeric, and Brinna all of Cuero; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Wed
22
Feb

Alvin Campbell

Alvin Leon Campbell was born March 12, 1953 in Yoakum, Texas in Lavaca County to Leroy and Helen Caldwell Campbell. He grew up in Cheapside Community outside of Cuero.

Alvin acknowledged and professed his belief in God at the New Hope Baptist Church Lockhart Community. Alvin graduated from Cuero High School in May of 1971 with honors, thus receiving a scholarship from Prairie View A&M University, where he excelled and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education with History, Magna Cum Laude in three years. He taught World History and was the head of his department in the Bellaire ISD in Houston. He was a true historian and enjoyed traveling to over 15 different countries as well as all across the United States. 

Alvin was called home on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Helen Campbell; brothers Leroy Campbell, Jr., Joseph F. Campbell and Lawrence H. Campbell; and niece Cynthia A. Adams.

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