Irene Kolinek Pundt

Irene Kolinek Pundt, daughter of Adolph and Neva Kolinek passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Otto Ray Pundt, her son, Ronnie Pundt, grandson, Joseph Ray Pundt and great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Dermit; also her daughter-in-law: Louann Pundt. She was born in Kenedy, Texas and lived in Port Lavaca before retiring back in Kenedy in 1995. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Parkinsons Research @Michael J.

Elizabeth Ann Thoma Saldana

Born Dec. 24, 1959 to Consuelo and Norbert Thoma. One sister Carol Thoma Yeshe and one brother, Paul Thoma.  First laid eyes on her true love in 7th Grade.  Friends all through school……eventually  discovering love in college.  Joel Saldana and Liz married June 25, 1983.  Blessed with a precious daughter; Bettina Maria a year later.  Sadly, Bettina passed away at age 6.  Liz worked alongside her beloved husband at his medical practice, first in San Antonio and then in Kenedy, TX.  Liz found great joy in working in any capacity needed at St. Cornelius Church in Karnes City. She truly felt that fellow parishioners were her family.  Several illnesses caused Liz to cut back on her activities at St. Cornelius and she deeply missed her “family”.  Ultimately, pancreatic cancer crept into Liz’s life and the final chapter was written.

Preceded in death by daughter, Bettina, parents Consuelo and Norbert Thoma. Survived by husband, Joel Saldana, sister Carol Yeshe, brother Paul Thoma.  Loving nieces and nephews; outstanding great nieces and nephews who touched and enriched her life beyond measure.  Honored to have been chosen as a Godparent for 7 children. “You are forever in my prayers.”

A Holy Rosary will be recited Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City, TX

Funeral Mass will be in the St. Cornelius Catholic Church at 10:00 AM Saturday July 27, 2019. Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Herlinda”Linda” R. Torres

Linda R. Torres, of Kenedy, TX born on February 17, 1959 passed away on July 23, 2019 at the age of 60. Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph G. Torres. Survivors include her daughters: Heather Torres of Kenedy,TX and Irma (Hector) Garcia, of Kenedy,TX and Son: Christopher R. Torres, of Kenedy,TX; 5 Grandchildren: Jaydin Chapa, Jayzlin Chapa, Makayla Segovia, Randy Rey Torres, and Hendrix Garcia and one on the way; Sister: Irma Rodriguez, of Kenedy, Texas; brother: Juan (Liz) Rodriguez, Deer Park,TX; numerous nieces, nephew and other relatives. Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 9:00.m. at 9:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. Funeral services Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with interment following in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jaydin Chapa, Martin Alaniz Jr., John Phillip Rodriguez, Elias Torres, Joe Trevino, and Eric Martinez.

Rigoberto C. Saenz

 Rigoberto Carrion Saenz, was born on January 08, 1926 in Three Rivers, Texas to Dionicio and Romana Saenz, he was 93 years, 6 months and 11 days. He lived in Pawnee, Texas and went to meet his Lord and Savior on July 19, 2019 at 12:24, he was in his Pawnee home surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He lead a long, healthy and blessed life.

He married Eledia Duenez on September 29, 1958; they had a marriage of 60 years. He has 5 sons: Ephraim (Dottie)Saenz of San Antonio, Joel (Robyn) Saenz of Pawnee, Steve (Cristana) Saenz of El Campo, Eddie Saenz of Pawnee, and Oscar (Laura) Saenz of San Antonio and 4 daughters: Rebecca (Alfredo) Magana of San Antonio, Raquel (Epifanio, III) Villarreal of Pawnee, Lilly (Eli)Amaya of San Antonio, and Lorena Saenz of Karnes City. He has 23 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents: Dionicio and Roman Saenz; his sisters: Hortencia Acevedo, Maria Cavazos, Eulalia Asevedo, and Gregoria Ramirez and his brothers: Jose Maria Saenz, Margarito Saenz, Nicholas Saenz, Eligio Saenz and Marcelito Saenz and 3 great

grandchildren: Epifanio, IV, Eledia Maria and Elian Daniel Villarreal.

Rigoberto Saenz was a humble uneducated man, he had a third grade education; he was a farmer and a minister. The Reverend Rigoberto Saenz began his ministry in the Latin American Council of Christian Churches in 1964. He pastored Bethel Church in Beeville, Texas then was Pastor to Smirna Church in Pawnee, Texas for 55 years. He was a faithful servant of God and loved to share his testimony with everyone he met. He loved to preach about God’s love and forgiveness. His kindness, patience and his passion for spreading the love of God was admired and loved by his community and his church family.

Funeral Services will be held at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas. Visitation will begin at 5P.M.on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 with a Prayer service to be held at 7:00P.M. Chapel Service will begin at 10A.M. on Wednesday, July 24, at Eckols Funeral Home. Interment at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, Texas. Services will under the direction of numerous Ministers of the Latin American Council of Christian Churches. Please note the following websites to leave condolences: www., and www. or  to sign guest book.

Joe U. Jett

Joe U. Jett, of Kenedy,TX was born on February 7, 1941 in Jet, Oklahoma to Paul Jett and Ethel Ropp Jett passed away on Jul 18, 2019 at the age of 78. Joe is survived by his wife of 44 years: Carolyn Jett; sons, Jeff and Brent Jett of Kansas; sisters: Evanne Althouse, of Mississippi; sister-law-Jeanette Gonzales, of Brazios; brother–in-law: Robert Trobl-Shiner and Jimmy Trobl (Karen), Bay City,TX; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Graveside  services  Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at Cenizo Hill Cemetery, Mathis, TX.

John Thomas Porter November 3, 1955-July 17, 2019

Tom was born to Newt and Janice Conder Porter in Beeville,TX. He is preceded in death by his parents and many beloved uncles and aunts. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Terri Anderson Porter, of Kenedy,TX. He is also survived by his children: Samantha Porter of Austin,TX, John Wesley Porter of Karnes City,TX, Rebecca (Fernando) Villalobos of Alpine, TX and JW (Julia) Hunter of Georgetown, TX.

Thoughout his life, Tom proved himself to be full of many talents. He owned and operated his own trucking company out of Kenedy, TX for many years. He kept his children and many others entertained with stories from life on the road including the time he hauled cattle to California for Little House on the Prairie as well as when he had to teach people on the East Coast how to shuck tamales he had brought as a gift. He knew a lot and shared a lot.

Tom also enjoyed any time he was able to do cowboy work. His faithful horse Bud was the center of many great tales. They covered many acres and pushed through miles of South Texas brush together. Bud wasn’t his only ranch help. Tom always knew Terry would be by his side to feed cows, bottle feed baby goats and to make the best cookies around after a long hot day. Sharing whatever he had with Buck, his much loved dog.

Tom never lost his love for the land and spent many hours working it, either by hand or dozer. He relished the opportunity to be in the true beauty of nature. He continues to make his family proud hoping that any donations made in his honor go to the Karnes County Humane Organization to help with their great works.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral Services scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2019 at  10:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with Rev. Ed Griffin officiating. Interment to follow in the Kenedy Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers: John Wesley Porter, Jesse Hunter, Fernando Villalobos, Paul Edwards, Eugene Pryor, Adam Avilles, and Shane Thomkins.

Irene Diane McGovern

Irene Diane McGovern, Age 67 of Kenedy,TX passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Kenedy,TX. Irene was born on January 18, 1952 in Karnes City, TX to the late Elias, Sr. and Eugenia Scepanik Kotzur. She retired as a secretary from The Summitt in San Antonio,TX, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend to many and a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City,TX. She is preceded in death by her husband Terrence Joseph McGovern; parents, Elias, Sr. and Eugenia Szcepanik Kotzur; sisters: Barbara Kotzur, Betty Jean Dragon; brothers: Elias Kotzur, Jr., and Frankie Kotzur. She is survived by her daughter: Michelle (Clifford) Wahl, Jr. of Leesville, TX; son, Christopher Alvear of Washington, PA; sister: Margaret Kotzur of Karnes City,TX, Helen Mick of Alvin, TX; brothers: Archie Kotzur of Kenedy, TX, Johnny Kotzur of Kenedy,TX; grandchildren: Jacob Weaver, Kendell Seguin, Michael Jenkins, Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 9:00.m. to 11:30a.m. at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 12:30p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:30p.m. with Funeral Mass at 1:00p.m. at St. Cornelius Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanislaw Marceniek officiating. Reception to follow.

Robert (Bob) Doak Menn

Robert (Bob) Doak Menn passed away on the evening of July 3, 2019 due to illness while at Frank M. Tejeda State Veterans Home in Floresville, TX. He was born on April 19, 1933 in Gillett, TX, son of Richard Max and Irene Menn.  His family later moved to Karnes City where he grew up alongside two brothers, Richard-Max Jr. and William and two sisters Winnie-Ruth and Maureen.  As a boy he enjoyed tennis, photography and the outdoors.  He graduated from Karnes City High School in 1950.

Bob served two years in the United States Army (1954 to 1956), where he distinguished himself during Basic Training as guide-on bearer, Outstanding Trainee and Expert Marksman, then served overseas in Panama, where he enjoyed photography and skin diving during his off-duty time. He attended college at Texas A&I in Kingsville and the University of Texas in Austin, then went into business in Kenedy with his brother William (Bill) Menn.  They founded the B&B Super Service grocery store, and Bob went on to become a valued member of the Kenedy business community, continuing ownership of the B&B for over two decades.  He then opened Six-Shooter Supply, a cleaning supply business, and later in life turned his hobby of photography into another local business, Classic Photography.  He even found time to re-enter college and at the age of 63, completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors his entire life and was an avid hunter, fisherman and nature photographer. He was an expert skeet, trap and doubles shooter and earned a reputation throughout the South Texas clay shooting community as one of the best, winning numerous championships.  He also enjoyed watching professional sports and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon Jo (Burkhart) Menn, his son Robert Keith Menn (wife Laura), daughter Laura Lynn (Menn) Wright, son Mark Christopher Menn (wife Margaret), grandchildren Robert, Dylan, Justin, Miranda and Marshall and great-grandson Connor. He also leaves behind sister Winnie-Ruth (Menn) Staples.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Menn on Sunday, July21st at 2pm at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, TX.


Douglas Lynn Hair

Douglas Lynn Hair of San Antonio, Texas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Doug was born in Kenedy, Texas on October 19, 1938 to Doyle and Delma Hair. He attended Pawnee High School as well as Texas State University. Douglas served in the U.S. Army and afterwords became a merchandise buyer for various department stores such as Joske’s, Frost Brothers and Dillards. He also  was a co-owner of The House of Oak. Doug traveled to New York and overseas during his career. At the end of his retail career, Douglas was the top salesman in the men’s department at Dillards. Doug was a kind and loving individual with a generous disposition and will be missed by so many friends and family members. Doug is survived by long-time partner: Antonio Prado; sister: Doylene Hazlett and her husband William Hazlett, Aunt:Charlene Rutherford, nephew: Darren Hazlett and wife Mary Ann; nephew: Randy Hazlett and wife Patricia; nephew: Kreg Hazlett and wife Debi; nephew: Trace Hazlett and wife Sandy; along with great nephews and nieces: Angela Macias Helgeson,Ryan Hazlett, Courtney Hazlett-Gelderman, Kelly Hazlett, Creighton Hazlett, Collin Hazlett, Carleigh Hazlett, Lexi Hazlett, and August Hazlett. Memorial services scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with Reception following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in tribute to Douglas L. Hair(

Juanita Duenes Carrijo

Juanita Duenes Carrijo, of Mission, Texas born on January 27, 1943 in Kenedy, Texas to the late Doroteo Duenes and Margarita Lopez Duenes passed away on July 11, 2019 at the age of 76. Mrs. Carrijo is preceded in death by her daughter: Judy Froelich. She is survived by her husband of 59 years: Frederico Carrijo, Mission,TX; daughters: Margaret Segura, of Mission, TX and Betty (Paul) Reyna, Houston,TX; sons: Fred (Lee) Carrijo, Hondo, TX and Mark (Cynthia) Carrijo, Houston, TX; 13 grandchildren: Steven, Eric, Richie, Ashlee, Aiden, Mark Jr., Kayla, Justin, Benjamin, Joey, Tabetha, Michael, Giovanni; great grandchildren: Steven Jr., Deliah, Richie Jr., Christian, Isabella; sister: Abby Gonzalez; brother: Agapito Duenes; nephew, Lee Gonzalez, nieces: Michelle Gonzalez; Angie Jones; and other relatives. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. with Funeral Services beginning at 1:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel with interment following at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery, Pawnee, TX.