Gayleia “Gay” June Hahn

Gayleia “Gay” June Hahn passed away surrounded by her family, February 25, 2013, at 11:07 P.M., at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Gay was born, March 27, 1938, in Choate, Texas, the daughter of Erwin Gisler and Bertha Lee Bingham Gisler. On August 29, 1987, Gay married August “Sonny” Hahn, in Leesville, Texas. Gay was an active member of the First Baptist Church Kenedy.

Gay is survived by her daughters, Laura Gordon and husband Dale of Pandora, Nancy Everett and husband Michael of Converse, Susan Wilkerson and husband John of Gonzales and Mary Jane Allen of Palestine; her son, Russell Schnitz of Kenedy; her sisters, Janet Rossen of Duncanville and Connie Buesing of Nordheim; her brothers, Richard Gisler of Runge and John Gisler of Pettus; her beloved grandchildren, Wesley and Justin Gordon, Jason and Jeremiah Bertling, Ryan and D’Laine Wilkerson and Jasmine and Chelsea Allen.  Gay is also survived by Sonny’s children. Ms. Hahn is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Sonny of over 25 years; her sister, Pansy Doreck and her brothers, Jerry, Erwin and Ronnie Gisler.

Visitation was held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, February 28, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services were held, Friday, March 1, 2013, at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church, Kenedy, with Pastor T.J. Burris officiating. Interment followed in the Karnes City Cemetery, Karnes City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church Kenedy, 209 E. School Street, Kenedy, Texas 78119; or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284.

Betty Ann Gustafson

Betty Ann Gustafson, 71, of Kenedy, Texas, peacefully passed onto her eternal reward, February 24, 2013. She was born, October 1, 1941; the youngest child of Fred Andrews and Emelie Tieman of Karnes City, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church until she was baptized and became a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenedy. Betty and Louis C. Gustafson were married in Green, Texas on March 11, 1961.

Betty is survived by her husband Louis; two sons, Johnny and wife Lezli Gustafson of Stockdale and Tommy and wife Georgia Ruth Gustafson of Louise; one daughter, Kathy Stewart and husband David of Kenedy; six grandchildren, Jason Ethridge and Lori de la Rosa and Jena Frnka and husband Kyle, Valerie Harvey and husband Tom, Jeffrey Stewart and wife Elizabeth and Katie and Allie Lewis; twelve great grandchildren, including newborn Aubrey Elaine Frnka, and sister, Bernice Custer of Karnes City. She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister Mary Wood and her brothers, Charlie and Ben Andrews.

Visitation was held, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in the Eckols Chapel officiated by Rev. Vernon Andrews and Rev. Wally Schievelbein.  Interment followed in the Karnes City Cemetery, Karnes City, Texas.

Betty’s family wishes to extend their gratitude to our Lord and Savior for her steadfast love and time here on earth; the remarkable staff of Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital; Nurses in Touch and all her family and friends who offered their love and support during her journey Home. All those who knew Betty were blessed by her faith, strength and love. She was much loved and will be keenly missed.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; P.O. Box 32, Kenedy, Texas 78119.

Josephine V. Hernandez

Josephine V. Hernandez, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away surrounded by her loving family, in her residence, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 77.

Josephine was born in Kenedy, Karnes County, Texas, on July 27, 1935, the daughter of Florentino and Juventina Flores Villanueva. On February 7, 1959, Josephine married Abel R. Hernandez. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Josephine was a lifelong Catholic and an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas.

Josephine is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Abel R. Hernandez; her daughter, Margie Zapata and husband Jimmie of Kenedy; her son David Hernandez and wife Helen of Fresno, California; a grandson, Brando Briones and wife Ruby of Kenedy and three granddaughters, Carylann Delgadillo of Fresno and Alyssa and Aimee Zapata, both of Kenedy. She is also survived by four great-granddaughters, Julianna, Annabell and Audrianna Briones and Isabella Delgadillo; her sister, Criselda Hinojosa; her brother, Elias Villanueva and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hernandez is preceded in death by her parents; her two sisters, Guadalupe Arenas and Macrina Garcia and her brothers, Manuel and Roberto Villanueva.

Visitation began at 1:00 P.M., Friday, February 22, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy and a rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M., on Friday, in the chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in the Loma Alta Cemetery with, Arturo Garcia, Oscar Garcia, Gabriel Garza, Ruben Garza, Michael Villanueva and Roger Hinojosa, serving as pallbearers.

Family and friends who wish to make memorials contributions may do so to; Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, P.O. Box 89, Kenedy, Texas 78119; The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 26, Kenedy, Texas 78119; or Nurses In Touch Community Hospice-Kenedy Office, 491 N. Sunset Strip, Suite 106, Kenedy, Texas 78119.

Anita Guerrero Ramirez

Anita Guerrero Ramirez, 86 years young, went to eternal life in Heaven, Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Whispering Oaks Nursing Home, in Cuero, Texas. She is now in Heaven with our Lord she loved so much and served so well. Her work here is complete and God took her home. We have the assurance and deep comfort that mom is at home with Our Father in Heaven and walks daily with Jesus.

The emotional and physical pain of missing mom is sometime overwhelming. The emptiness left in our hearts will never be filled until we are together again, never to be separated for all eternity. It was God who chose the exact time, place and means of how and when mom would go home with Him in Heaven.

Anita was born November 17, 1926, in Charco, Texas the daughter of Santiago Guerrero and Agapita DeLuna Guerrero. She worked for many years as a CNA having worked in Goliad, Kenedy and Beeville. On January 28, 1941, Anita married, Jose Ramirez, Jr., in Goliad, Texas. She was also a faithful and devout member of the Pentecostal Temple Monte Horeb Church in Yorktown, Texas.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Beatrice Thompson and husband Harry, Jo Ann Cuellar and husband Ariel, Sylvia Naranjo and husband Larry and Diane Reyes and husband Guadalupe; her beloved grandchildren, Vince and wife Gail Cuellar, Valen and wife Sandy Cuellar, René Cantú and wife Jo Ann; her great-grandchildren, Jeremy Jay Reyes and wife Venessa, Courtney Reneé Cantú and Colton Cuellar and her great-great-grandson, Connor Jeremy Reyes. Ms. Ramirez is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Jose Ramirez, Jr.; her sister Rosa Garcia and her brother Jose DeLuna.

Visitation was held, Wednesday, February, 20, 2013 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy and a prayer service was held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, in the chapel, officiated by Rev. Eliseo Rios and Dr. Honorio Velázquez. Funeral services began at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 21, 2013 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in the Charco Cemetery, Charco, Texas. Serving as pallbearers were, Vince Cuellar, Valen Cuellar, René Cantú, Jeremy Jay Reyes, Cresencio Rangel, Sr. and Cresencio Rangel, Jr. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Domingo Ramirez, Jr., and Alex Rodriguez.

The family of Anita G. Ramirez would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone for their supportive thoughts and prayers. Also, a special thanks to the staff of Whispering Oaks Nursing Home for being so kind and Pastor Carl Schneider

Bernice Z. Wernli

Bernice Z. Wernli, a resident of Pawnee, Texas, passed away, Saturday, February 16, 2013, in Schertz, Texas, at the age of 83 years.

Bernice was born, March 13, 1929, in Nell, Texas, the daughter of Christian Zaeske and Hilda Zamzow Zaeske. On September 21, 1952, Bernice married Wesley Wernli in Pawnee, Texas. After over 38 years of marriage, Wesley preceded her in death on October 14, 1990. Bernice worked for over thirty years for the Three Rivers Livestock Auction having retired in 2003. Bernice was a devoted member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Bernice is survived by her only son, David Lynn Wernli of Universal City, Texas. Ms. Wernli is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Dorothy Moore and her brother, Allen Zaeske.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Mike McClung officiating. Interment followed in the Pawnee Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Allen Louviere, Gerald Teague, Wayne Moore, Larry Moore, Bret Moore and Wade Zaeske.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Boysville of Texas, P.O. Box 369, Converse, Texas, 78109.

Lupe G. Ortiz

Lupe G. Ortiz, age 79 of Kenedy, TX passed away on February 11, 2013, in Karnes City, TX.  Lupe was born in Mission, TX to the late Remigio and Maria Ochoa Garcia.  She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Lupe is survived by her husband Ignacio “Nacho” Reyes of Kenedy, Texas; daughters Brinda Ortiz and Rose Mary Ortiz both of San Antonio, Texas, and son Dennis Villanueva of San Antonio, Texas; sisters Olivia Diaz of Beeville, Texas, Maria Farias of Mathis, Texas, Eloisa Sauceda of Mart, Texas, Helen DeLaGarza of Kenedy, Texas, Frances Saenz of El Paso, Texas, 19 grandchildren and 14 Great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Remigio and Maria Garcia; sister, Manuela Reyes and her brother, Rufino O. Garcia.

A rosary was recited Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:30 P.M., at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 A.M., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Loma Alta Cemetery.

Maudie M. Kolinek

Maudie M. Kolinek went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 7,2013 at the Bluebonnet Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Karnes City, Texas, at the age of 96.

Maudie was born April 12, 1916 in the town of Rosebud, Texas, the daughter of Rudolph Frank Fillip and Nora Ball Fillip. On September 7, 1932 she married Clarence Lewis Kolinek in Karnes City, TX.  She lived in Karnes County in the El Oso Community until her death.

Maudie traveled with her family in a covered wagon from West Texas to South Texas in the late 1920’s and saw many changes in the world during her lifetime.  Maudie will be remembered as a hard working and devoted homemaker who enjoyed the love of her family and the companionship of her friends.  She enjoyed crocheting, and in her later years, many friends and acquaintances received her gifts of handmade potholders.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Clarence Lewis Kolinek , her parents, her 5 brothers George Fillip, Dale Fillip, William Fillip, Everet Lee Fillip and Edward Fillip, and her 2 sisters Lydia and Margaret.

Maudie was survived by her 2 sisters, Lorena and Annie, her daughter, Janice Fleming and husband Bob of Blanco, TX, grandchildren Kristi Fleming, Gary Fleming, and Bobby Fleming and wife Nina, and great-grandchildren Millicent and Milo Fleming.

Visitation will be held on Thursday February 14, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be held 3 P.M Friday February 15, 2013 at the Eckols Funeral Chapel with Rev. Virginia Frnka officiating.  Burial will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Tara Lynn Mueller Remmers

Tara Lynn Mueller Remmers, of Victoria, Texas, passed away, February 6, 2013 at 4:20 A.M., at Memorial Herman Hospital,  in Houston, Texas at the age of 53. Tara was born on February 18, 1959, the daughter of Carlton Mueller and Lenora Dittfurth Mueller in Yorktown, Texas. She  graduated from Runge High School. Tara was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Victoria, Texas. On April 17, 1982, Tara married Allen Remmers in Runge, Texas.

Tara is survived by her loving husband of over 30 years, Allen Remmers; her daughter, 1St Lt. Holly Marie Remmers of Fort Carson, Colorado; her son, Cody Allen Remmers of Victoria, Texas; her brother, Kenneth Mueller and wife Brenda of Uvalde, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Remmers is preceded in death by her parents and her numerous aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held, Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 10:30 A.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas, with Rev. Tim Williams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, Texas 78104; The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 26, Kenedy, Texas 78119 and The American Diabetes Association, 8700Crownhill Blvd., Suite 407, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

Reynaldo “Ray” Montez, Jr.

On February 4, 2013, our beloved Reynaldo “Ray” Montez, Jr., peacefully left this earth and entered the Kingdom of Heaven at the age of 53 years, 7 months and 29 days. Ray was born, June 6, 1959 in Karnes City, Texas, the son of Reynaldo Montez, Sr., and Sira Ramirez Montez. He graduated from Everman High School in 1978 and went on to work a number of years for Vecta Contract in Grand Prairie. It was there that he learned the craft of upholstery and furniture design which led him to open his own company, Upholstery’s Vision, in Everman, Texas. He was a devout Christian who genuinely loved Jesus with all his heart. He never got tired of sharing this love with others. He died of a lengthy illness and it was his faith in God that helped him fight a courageous battle.

Visitation will begin, Thursday, February 7, 2013, and a prayer service will be held Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 10:00 A.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Allan Saldaña and Elizabeth Saldaña. Interment will follow at the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be, Albert Montez, Daniel Garza, III, Jimmy Ramirez, Kenneth Pinner, Jesse Miller and Peter Ruiz.

Survivors include Ray’s parents, Reynaldo Montez, Sr. and Sira of Everman; his sisters, Linda Montez of Fort Worth, Grace Montez of Everman, Terrie Montez-Pinner and her husband Kenneth, of Fort Worth, Marie Miller and husband Jesse, of Fort Worth; his brother, Albert Montez of Everman; his beloved nieces, Janette, Carolyn, Elizabeth, Ashley; grand-nieces, Melina, Janette, Marissa, Ariana; grand-nephews, Tony, Alex, Jr., Caleb and numerous friends and relatives who loved him dearly.

Consuelo DeHoyos

Consuelo Munoz DeHoyos, passed away surrounded by her family, Friday, February 1, 2013, in the Northeast Baptist Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 65.

Consuelo was born, May 31, 1947, IN Kenedy, Texas, the daughter of Rudolfo Munoz and Alicia Alaniz Munoz. She was a devoted homemaker. Consuelo told many jokes and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends; she was an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers of all kinds and really loved to play the Texas Lotto. On September 14, 1985, Consuelo married Luis DeHoyos. Consuelo was of the Catholic faith.

Mrs. DeHoyos is preceded in death by her father; her infant daughter, Cynthia; and infant son, Rosendo;  her step-son, Luis DeHoyos, Jr. and her brother, Rudolfo Munoz, Jr. Consuelo is survived by her beloved husband of over 27 years, Luis DeHoyos; her mother, Alicia Alaniz Munoz of Kenedy; her daughters, Anita Rodriguez of McKinney, Texas, Esmeralda Batres and husband Esteban of Dallas, Texas and Michelle Rodriguez of Nixon, Texas; her sons,  Ricardo Rodriguez and wife Josie of Lorenzo, Texas, Michael Rodriguez of Dallas, Texas and Reynaldo Rodriguez of McKinney, Texas; her 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Gilbert Munoz, Ruben Munoz and Raul Munoz and her sisters, Esperanza Longoria and Trinidad Montes.

Visitation will begin, Monday, February 4, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel and rosary will be recited Monday at 7:00 P.M., in the chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Stanislaw Marciniak officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.