Margaret Mary Brunner Burns

Margaret Mary Brunner Burns, returned home to be with our Lord on November 25, 2012, at 1:35 P.M., in the Bluebonnet Nursing Home, at the age of 93 years. Margaret was born, June 2, 1919, in Poteet, Texas the daughter of Emil Joseph Brunner and Martha Rockwitz Brunner.

Ms. Burns is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Guy Wiley Burns; her son, Johnny Lee Burns and both her sisters, Teresa Knappick and Mathilda White. She is survived by her children, Leaon Davis Fudge and husband Welton, Betty Lucille Wade and husband Perry “Bill”, and her daughter-in-law, Charlotte Hall Burns; her six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services were held, Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home with Russell Briley and Malcolm P. Gulley, officiating. Interment followed in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas

Richard V. Rodriguez

Richard V. Rodriguez was called home to the house of his Savior on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 21 days.

Richard was born on September 3, 1930, in Green, Texas, the son of Adolfo and Gertrudiz Valdez Rodriguez. A retired painter and a U.S. Veteran, Richard lived all his life in Kenedy, Texas. He was a devout Catholic and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas.

Richard is survived by his oldest sister, Bertha R. Jaure of Beeville, Texas; his two special nieces with whom he loved and helped raise into young ladies, Donna T. Garza and husband Randy of Kenedy, Texas and JoAnn Figueroa and husband Robert of Oviedo, Florida; and their children who saw his as a grandfather image-Janie Stevens and husband Jeremy, Mykel Padron and husband AJ, Rayjay and Rian Garza, Robert Ray, Danielle Figueroa and a great-nephew Davian Padron. He was also special to the numerous nieces and nephews he leaves behind.

Child number seven of nine, he is preceded in death by three brothers; Gilbert, Rudy and Carlos Rodriguez; four sisters, Connie Martinez, Lupita Figueroa, Frances Caballero and Olga Torres.

Visitation was held, Monday, November 26, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, and a rosary was recited, Monday at 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas with Re. Norbert Herman, officiating. Interment followed  in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

David Leal

David Leal, a former resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away, Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 1:15 A.M., in the Trisun Care Center-River Ridge in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 73 years, 4 months and 20 days. David was born, July 4, 1939 in Westhoff, Texas, the son of Julio Leal and Angelita Tijernia Leal. He was an insurance salesman, owner of Dairy Whip and El Charro Café. HE was a faithful servant of the Lord and followed the example set for him by his loving parents, his brother, Jose Leal and his sister, Lydia Mendoza.

David is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jose Leal; his sister, Lydia Mendoza one granddaughter, Lori Beth Leal and two grandsons, John Aaron Benavidez, Brandon Leal and. Mr. Leal is survived by his four daughters, Irene Gonzales and husband Roland of Corpus Christi, Texas, Sylvia Leal of Kingsville, Texas, Diane Gamez and husband Tino of Kingsville, Texas and Becky Benavidez and husband Simon of Katy, Texas; his 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Visitation was held, Sunday, November 25, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas, with a prayer service to he be held at 6:00 P.M., in the chapel. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 26, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Juan Carmona, officiating. Interment followed in the Helena Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were, Brian Leal, Woody Gonzales, Roland Gonzales, Estevan Gamez, Claro Ybarra, Simon Benavides, Tino Gamez and Jason Gonzales.

Santiago S. Alaniz, Jr.

Santiago S. Alaniz, Jr., a lifelong resident of Pawnee, Texas, passed away surrounded by his family in his home, Thursday, November 22, 2012, at 12:20 A.M., at the age 85 years, 6 months and 13 days.

He was born May 9, 1927 in Shiner, Texas the son of Santiago S. Alaniz, Sr., and Andrea Salinas Alaniz.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army having served in WWII. He was a farmer and rancher and owner of the Pawnee Country Store. Mr. Alaniz was also a member of the Karnes City V.F.W.

Santiago is survived by his wife, Maria Rivas Alaniz; his six daughter, Guadalupe A. Velasquez and husband Raul, Margarita A. Camacho and husband Marcelo, Jr., Adelita Camacho and husband Mariano, Palmira Alaniz, Maria Helen Alaniz, and Sally Jean Cruces; his three sons, Santiago Alaniz, III, and wife Gloria,  Alonzo Alaniz, and Martin Alaniz and wife Irma; his  29 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Alaniz is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Eva Ochoa; 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

Visitation was held, Friday, November 23, 2012 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel and a rosary was recited, Friday at 7:00 P.M. Funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 10:30 A.M., with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in the De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, Texas.

Romeo G. Cano, Sr.

Romeo G. Cano, Sr., a lifelong resident of Karnes County, passed away, Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 7:48 A.M., in the Christus Sister Mary Hospice Center in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 1 day.

Romeo was born June 17, 1958, in Kenedy, Texas the son of Jose Cano, Sr., and Lena Garza Cano. He attended school in Kenedy, Texas. For 15 years, Romeo worked for the Texas Water Development Board in Austin, Romeo then began working with Shale Tank Vacuum Services in Karnes City, Texas.

Romeo is survived by his mother, Lena Garza Cano of Kenedy; his wife, Junta Zapata Cano of Kenedy, Texas; his sons, Romeo Cano, Jr., and Liza Leal, Ernie Cano and Ninfa Sanders, Adam Raul Cano and Roy Cano all of Kenedy; his sisters, Nora Rodriguez and husband Jesse of Kenedy, Elema Cortez and husband Johnny of Kenedy, Nancy Mooney and husband Gerald of Corpus Christi and Dora Saenz and Husband Rudy of Kenedy; his brothers, Joe Cano, Sr., and wife Hilaria and Roy Cano and wife Lula, both of Kenedy; and his 5 grandchildren. Mr. Cano is preceded in death by his father and his sister, Eva Casarez.

Visitation was held, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 and a rosary was recited Tuesday at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, Texas, with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in the Loma Alta Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were, Matt Davila, Emilio Zapata, Raul Zapata, Angel Zapata, Ricky Miranda and Jesse Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers were, Marcos Cardona, Martin Sanders, David Prieto, Joe Cano, Jr., Justin Saenz and Elias Martinez.

Robert “Bob” Jinnette

Robert “Bob” Jinnette, entered eternal rest, Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 8:18 A.M., in the Ganado Nursing and Rehab Center in Ganado, Texas,  at the age of 88 years and 5 months.

Bob was born June 15, 1924 in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Herman Jinnette and Carleen Scott Jinnette. Bob began his career in the United States Navy and prior to his departure to serve in the Pacific Theater during WWII as a signalman aboard aviation fuel tankers; he met and married Charlotte L. Smith Jinnette on August 21, 1943 in Kenedy, Texas. After a two-year deployment he was honorably discharged and returned to Kenedy to enter the private workforce with Central Power and Light Company beginning as a storeroom helper and working his way up through the company to Vice-President of Governmental Affairs. He retired from CPL in 1979 and upon his retirement began working for Gulf States Utilities. This allowed him to continue his lobbying efforts for the utility industry, which he had started in 1971 for CPL and carried over to his employment with Gulf States until his retirement in 1995. After retirement he and his wife, Charlotte, returned to Kenedy where they re-established and renewed old friendship and acquaintances in Bob’s “adopted” hometown. Charlotte preceded Bob in death on October 15, 2006. He was active in many civic organizations and was the past president of the Lions Club in Pleasanton, Texas, member of the Rotary Club of El Campo, Texas and past president of the Chamber of Commerce of El Campo, Texas.

Bob is survived by his son, Scott Jinnette and wife Jan of Adkins, Texas; his daughters, Carleen Olson and husband Gary of Ganado, Texas and Marsha Frels and husband Kenny of El Campo, Texas; his seven grandchildren, Duane, Daryl and Doug Olson, Stacey Pennell, Heather Reynolds, Erin Stavinoha and Amanda Brown; and his 6 great-grandchildren. Mr. Jinnette is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Carleen Jinnette and his brother, Richard Jinnette.

Visitation was held, Friday, November 16, 2012, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 17, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Erin Weaver officiating. Interment followed in the Kenedy Cemetery with Duane Olson, Daryl Olson, Doug Olson, Jon Reynolds, Bill Pennell and Scott Stavinoha; all serving as pallbearers. Serving as an honorary pallbearer was Juan Brown.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of choice.