Patricia Ann Ahrens Kanak

Patricia Ann Ahrens Kanak passed away, Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 2:32 A.M., in Victoria, Texas at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 28 days. She was born, January 31, 1939, in Alice, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Herminia (Minnie) Haisher Ahrens.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Kanak of Victoria, Texas; her sons, Roger Herschap and wife Donna of Pleasanton, Texas and Gary Kanak and wife Stacey of Sandia, Texas. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Jessica and Hayley Herschap and Logan Kanak; her sister, Marie Lowry of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed dancing, playing dominoes, being with her family and her many friends.

Visitation was held, Monday, April 1, 2013, from 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 Noon, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services began at 2:00 P.M., Monday, in the Eckols Chapel with Rev. Wally Schievelbein officiating. Interment followed in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to The Alexander Memorial Library; 201 Center Street, Cotulla, TX 78014.

Donald “Don” W. Wallace

Donald “Don” William Wallace, of Kenedy, Texas, died, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Kenedy, Texas, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 26 days.

Don was born, April 18, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, the only child of William F. Wallace and Evelyn Lee Schott Wallace. As a child, Don grew up in South America and attended numerous boarding schools around the United States. He graduated high school and attended Ole’ Miss University where he obtained an engineering degree in mining. After graduating college, Don joined the United States Navy; there he spent four years and worked as a navigator. After a very rewarding career in the US Navy, Don began to put his college degree to use and started work as an International Oil Consultant. On January 28, 1960, Don married Lynne Higinbotham in Memphis, Tennessee.

Don and Lynne traveled the world together and spent countless hours on planes and in distant lands. Don’s job took him too many different places, sometimes Lynne went along for the ride and others she stayed home. Don worked in places such as, Mexico, China, Argentina, California, Brazil, Scotland, Florida, Venezuela, and Peru.  The two of them shared a love like no other. They enjoyed their many visits to different countries, but always knew that Texas was home. When he wasn’t working, one of Don’s biggest joys came from spoiling his grandchildren and simply petting his dogs.

In 2001 Don was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer, the doctors gave him two months to live; Don did not accept this death sentence and together with the love and support of his beautiful wife, Lynne they fought the fight and proved that miracles really do happen. Over the next few years, Don would have fought the cancer on and off; it came back two more times and two more times again Don fought and won with Lynne by his side every step of the way. Lynne preceded Don in death just shy of two months prior to his death, January 20, 2013.

Don is survived by his daughter, Dixie Remy and husband Jackie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his son, William “Bill” Wallace and wife Tanya of Muldoon, Texas; his grandchildren whom he cherished very much, Michelle Orsak, Rachel Collier and husband Robert, Olivia Poole, Crystal Remy, Lana Hart and husband Cody and Amy and Elizabeth Wallace. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Sommer Skye, Titus and June Marie; his brother-in-law, Ret. Ltc. Col. Lewis Higinbotham and wife Fran of Missoula, Montana; his niece and nephews and a host of many special friends he and Lynne made along their journey. Mr. Wallace is preceded in death by her parents, William F. and Evelyn Lee Wallace.                                                                                                                                  

A memorial service was held, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 2:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral home Chapel with Rev. Sue Huntsman officiating.

The Wallace Family suggests memorial contributions be sent to, CTRC Health Science Center-San Antonio, 7979 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

Walter Remmers, Jr.

Walter Remmers, Jr., a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Frank Tejeda Veterans Home in Floresville, Texas at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 23 days.

Walter; or “Jr.” as he was affectionately known by the family, was born, August 10, 1932, in Nordheim, Texas, the son of Walter, Sr. and Iva Mae Miller Remmers. On December 18, 1953, Walter married Ruth Irene Hooper in Robstown, Texas. He was a a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Karnes City, Texas

Walter is survived by his beloved wife of over 53 years, Ruth Irene Remmers; his daughter, Barbara Brown and husband Randy of Leander; his son, Gary Lee Remmers of Three Rivers; his 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Alma Pullin and Norma Atkinson and husband Bailey and his brothers, Elvin R. Remmers and wife Thersa, Frank Remmers and wife Wanda, and Tommy Remmers and wife Barbara; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Remmers is preceded in death by
his parents and his brothers, Corporal Kenneth Remmers and Bobby Remmers.

Visitation was held from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon, Friday, March 8, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services began the same day at 3:00 P.M., in the chapel, with W.B. Howard officiating. Interment followed in the Kenedy Cemetery with Scott Atkinson, Ryan Wilson, Davin Wilson, Sammy Simmons, Joey Remmers and Jarrett Remmers serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090; or the American Cancer Society, 4101 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411.



Juan Monsivais, III

Juan Monsivais, III, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away suddenly, Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 8:50 P.M., in his residence at the age of 50 years.

Juan was born, June 10, 1962, in Kenedy, Texas, the son of Juan Monsivais, Jr., and Diana Caballero Monsivais. He grew up in Kenedy, and on July 11, 1987, Juan married Rosie Carrillo in Alice, Texas. Juan was an active member of Our lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy where he was a member of A.C.T.S.

Juan is survived by his beloved wife of over 25 years, Rosie Carrillo Monsivais; his daughter, Maria Lucinda Monsivais of Corpus Christi; his mother, Diana Monsivais; his sisters, Leticia Morin Garza and husband Ovidio of Kenedy and Vivian Carranza and husband Ambrosia of Houston; his brothers, Stephen Monsivais and wife Sheryll of Kenedy, Israel Monsivais and wife Charlee of San Antonio and Tony Monsivais of Floresville. Juan is also survived by his uncle, Domingo Monsivais; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Mr. Monsivais is preceded in death by his father, Juan Monsivais, Jr.

A rosary was recited, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 7:00 P.M., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass was celebrated at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, Texas with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Serving as pallbearers were, Eric John Monsivais, Michael Anthony Maldonado, Ralph Morin, Jr., Joshua Monsivais, Chris Lyssy and Eloy Nunez. Serving as honorary pallbearers were, Domingo Monsivais, Roland Nunez, Carlos Reyes, Jr., Ramon Diaz, Sr., Scott Richards, Robert Riojas and Sammy Riojas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church; P.O. Box 89, Kenedy, Texas 78119. 

Manuela Salas

Manuela Salas, resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away, Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 1:11 A.M., at Pecan Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 93.

Manuela was born, August 20, 1919, in Karnes County, Texas, the daughter of Simon Alvarez and Adelia Nuniez Alvarez. She grew up in Kenedy and was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Manuela is survived by her sisters, Ester Casanova and Minnie Horton, both of Kenedy; her brother, Ted Alvarez of Kenedy and numerous nieces and nephews. Ms. Salas is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Salas; her sister, Teresa Lara and her brother, Ernestimo Alvarez.

A rosary was recited, Monday, March 4, 2013, at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Following the rosary, Mr. Salas was cremated.