Luis Antonio Garza

Luis Antonio Garza, of Richmond, TX, born on February 23, 1976 in Richmond,TX to Henry Saenz Garza and Maria Sylvia Cruz Garza passed away on December 17, 2018 at the age of 42. Luis is survived by his parents: Henry S. and Maria Sylvia Garza; his sons: Jordan Antonio Garza, and Andrew Fuller Garza, both of Richmond, TX and daughter Kathryn Korryn Garza, all of Richmond, TX; two brothers: Enrigue”Henry” C. and Stacy Garza, of Tomball, TX and Edward Cruz and Jennifer Garza, of Richmond,TX; five nephews: Cole Garza, Bryce Williams, Aiden Garza, Dylan Garza, and Isiah Garza.; and other relatives. Visitation Friday, December 21, 2018 from 1:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:000p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial  will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:00a.m.  at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with interment in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Navied Sadeghi, Felipe Garza III, Alberto Garza, Kenny White, Keith Gonzalez, Ricardo Montemayor Jr., Cole Garza, and Bryce Williams. Flowers welcome.

Katherine Wood

Katherine Wood, Age 86 of Kenedy, TX passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Kenedy, TX. Katherine was born on April 30, 1932 in Kenedy, TX to the late Domitilo And Formosina Barrera Perez.    She retired from the KISD after 41 years of service, was a member of The First Baptist Church in Kenedy and a loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt and Friend to many.  Katherine is preceded in death by her parents, Domitilo and Formosina Barrera Perez; sisters, Emma Esparza, Alicia Gomez; brothers, Gilbert Perez and Crispin Perez.  Katherine is survived by her children, Mary Alice Wood of Kenedy, David Wood and wife Dorothy of Cuero, Janette “Penny” Bowen and husband Tim of Karnes City; grandchildren, Bianca (John) Hulsey of Converse, David James (Ashley) Wood of Beeville, Ashley (Brandon) Chesser of Kenedy, Brayden Bowen of Karnes City, Waylon Guerrero of Karnes City, Laci Rogers of Oklahoma, 3 Great-Grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Family Visitation will be held Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11AM at The First Baptist Church in Kenedy with the Rev. Matt Singleton and Pastor Bobby Gomez officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Claire Nieschwietz Chesnutt

Claire Nieschwietz Chesnutt, born in Falls City on February 23, 1922, died in Houston on December 17, 2018. Her first and much-loved job was at a San Antonio radio station during the last years of World War II; when, like so many other women at that time, she was pushed out to make room for a returning soldier, she turned to elementary education. She first taught in a one-room schoolhouse and ultimately became a beloved fourth-grade teacher to hundreds of children in Poth and Kenedy. She met her future husband, John Wood Chesnutt, at coffee after Mass one Sunday in Kenedy. He died prematurely in 1963, leaving her with five children aged six months to 12, and one of her great achievements was to raise them on little more than a schoolteacher’s salary. After she retired, she moved to Kerrville, where she quickly developed a wide circle of friends despite having known no one when she arrived. She later moved to Rockport and then Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Her daughter Mary Claire Luce died in 2014. She is survived by her children Jane Chesnutt (W. Mallory Rintoul), John Clark Chesnutt (Linda Chesnutt), Rachel Blasdell (Larry Blasdell) and Julia Dutton (Steve Dutton), her grandchildren Michael, Sara and Emily Blasdell, Jeffrey and Richard Herring and Ashley and Nicholas Dutton, seven great-grandchildren, her last surviving sibling, Elaine Warnken, and about two dozen nieces and nephews. We thought she’d make it to at least 100…she didn’t quite get there, but well done in every way, Mom!

A visitation will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 at Eckol’s Funeral Home, 420 West Liveoak St., Kenedy, Texas. The Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 21 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Falls City, Texas followed by interment in the Falls City Cemetery.

Charles William “Billy” Merritt

Charles William “Billy Merritt, of Kenedy, Texas born March 23, 1931 in Kenedy, TX passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 87. Billy is preceded in death by his parents, William (Bill) Merritt and Thelma Dunn Merritt.  He is survived by his wife Margaret; his sons: Mike (Debbie L.) Merritt of Victoria, TX and Pat (Debbie D.) of Huffman, TX; grandsons: Jason Merritt wife Kristine, Josh Merritt, Jacob Merritt wife Sarah, Clay Merritt, Tyler Merritt wife Jessica; great grandchlildren: Braden Merritt, Zach Merritt, Kate Merritt, Kensey Merritt, Rylee Merritt, Parker Merritt, Cannon Merritt, Callahan Merritt; brother: C.J. (Carol) Merritt of Grand Prairie,TX and other relatives. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 9:00a.m. with Funeral Services at 11:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with interment in Choate Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jason, Josh, Jacob, Clay Tyler and Braden Merritt.

Mark De Los Santos

Mark  Anthony DeLosSantos, of Runge,TX,  born on October 9, 1973 to Emerardo DeLos Santos and Consuelo Charles DeLos Santos passed away on December 6, 2018 at the age of 45. Mark is preceded in death by his parents, sisters: JoAnn Tejada, Mary Ann Mendoza; brothers: Hector and Jonas DeLosSantos. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ramirez DeLosSantos; daughters: Sierra Flores and Alissa DeLosSantos; son, Nick DeLosSantos; sisters: Anna Flores and Diana Tejada; brothers: Stephen DeLosSantos and Emerardo DeLosSantos II; many nieces,nephews and other relatives and friends. Private memorial services will be held.

Adolph Kolinek

Adolph Kolinek Jr., of Kenedy, TX born on January 9, 1921 in Lenz, Texas to Adolph Kolinek and Neva A. McAda Kolinek passed away on December 7, 2018 at the age of 97. Mr. Kolinek attended Texas A&M and was a member of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenedy. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret “Mickey” Kolinek in 2012. He is survived by his daughter: Neva (Terry) Schmidt of Kenedy,TX and Judy (Jimmy) Newman, of Leesville,TX; son, David Theuret of Kenedy, TX; sisters: Irene (Ray) Pundt of San Antonio, TX,  Blanche (Walter) Halajko (dec’d); grandchildren: Shelia (Tony) Stone,Bobby (Traci) Newman, Scotty Newman(dec’d), Wesley (Lisa) Theuret, Walker (Roxanne) Theuret, Tina Howard, Kolin Schmidt, Carl Schmidt, Teryn Schmidt, Kerry Schmidt; great grandchildren: Jordon, Colby, Tyler, Ashton, Lane, Sarah, Wesley, Emma, Dustin, Devin, Emmersyn and Karsyn, Austin and Tanner Kilgo; great great grandchildren: Alena, Kimberlyn, John, Allison, Adalynn and Bryliegh. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10:00a.m. at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with interment to follow in the Kenedy Cemetery. Pallbearers: Ronnie Pundt, Dustin Theuret, Wesley Theuret, Walker Theuret, Kolin Schmidt, Carl Shmidt and Bobby Newman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Eula Bernice Custer

Eula Bernice Custer, of Karnes City, TX passed away on  Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the age of 89. Mrs. Custer was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Fred Andrews and Emelia Tiemann Andrews; her husband, Len Elwood Custer in 2000; her sisters, Betty Gustafson and Mary Woods; and her brothers, Charlie and Ben  Andrews grandsons, Sean and Eric Custer and great grandaughter, Hope Kotara. Bernice is survived by her daughters: Annette(Raymond) Kotara of Karnes City,TX and Linda (Chuck) Pommier of Eagan, Minnesota; sons: Len E. (Sharon) Custer, Jr. of Kenedy,TX, Dickie (Pam) Custer, of Chesterfield, Virginia and Mike (Carolyn) Patterson of San Antonio,TX;  grandchildren: Tiffany (Wilson) Cauley, Tyler Custer, Cassandra Norris, Stephen (Candice) Kotara, Brian Kotara, Scott Kotara, Sherri (Andy) Garcia, Len (Shiela) Custer, III; Jennifer (Craig) Sadlak; Chris Pommier, Beverly (Todd) Rasmus, Michelle (Jon) Abell, 19 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, best friends Dorothy and Bob Thomas and the caring staff at Karnes City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with interment to follow in Kenedy Cemetery. Pallbearers: Dickie Custer, Raymond Kotara,Mike Patterson, Len Custer III, Scott Kotara,  Tyler Custer. Honorary Pallbearers: Len E. Custer Jr., Stephen Kotara, Andy Garcia, Robert Thomas.

Sharon Ann Sosa Lara

Sharon Ann Sosa Lara, Age 50 of Kenedy, TX passed away on November 30, 2018 in Victoria, TX. Sharon was born on April 30, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois to Demetrio and Josie Rodriguez Sosa. She was a homemaker and of the Christian Faith.  She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Saturnino and Adelina Rodriquez, paternal grandparents, Santiago and Sarita Sosa; infant brother, Demetrio Sosa; niece, Stephanie Sanders; nephews, Austin Cruz and Christopher Nava.  She is survived by her husband, Mike Wardwell of Kenedy; daughters, Kimberly Nichole Baldera of Bloomington, Jasmine Renee Ebanks of Bloomington, Gina Mariah Rosales of Victoria; son, Santiago Anthony Sosa of Kenedy; sisters, Francis Sosa Nava of Taft, Mary Ann Sosa of Edna, Sandra Ann Sosa Salinas of Kenedy, Sara Ann Sosa of Kenedy, Samantha Ann Sosa Salinas of Kenedy, Stacy Ann Sosa Cruz of Kenedy; brothers, Edward Sosa of Bay City, Demetrio Sosa, Jr. of Kenedy; grandchildren, Zeah Karrine Morales, Allanah Ann Lerma Sosa, Edward Dominguez, Daniel Josue Herrera, Raelynn Sosa and Izabella Cruz.  She loved to gather with family and play bingo. She’s a proud Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs fan. Her passion was to spend as much time as she could with her family and friends. She’s known as “the Bingo Queen” a woman who loved to crochet and be with her grandkids. She was a proud grandmother of 6.  Family Visitation will be held Monday, December 3, 2018 from 6PM to 9PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 2PM at the First Mexican Baptist Church with the Rev. Basillio Martinez officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.