Velma Hrametz

Velma Hrametz

1937 – 2024

Velma Samsel Fenner Hrametz, devout Christian, loving wife, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away January 12, 2024 at the age of 86.

She was born on March 11, 1937 in Kenedy Texas to Alfred O. Samsel and Angela Reiley Samsel.  She belonged to St Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married.

Velma was later a member of Immanuel Lutheran in Alice, Texas and at Peace Lutheran in Rosenberg, Texas.   Her craft of making homemade soap had her labeled as “Soap Lady” at the local banks and churches where she shared her homemade gifts.  She was also a Certified Graphologist in handwriting analysis and a gifted reflexologist.  Her love and talent of china painting left us all with classic pieces of her painted collections.  The Astro’s especially Altuve #27 was another favorite of hers.  Baseball season will not be the same without her dedication to them. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her first husband Franklin Fritz Fenner and her only son, Clayton L Fenner.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory is her husband of 48 years, Andrew Hrametz of Rosenberg, Texas, her daughters, Rhonda Davis (Brian) and Gaynell Franki ( Greg ), 5 grandchildren, Ashley Landers (Cory), Cassandra Herschbach-Quast (Jeremy), Kristen Franki (Christian), Franchesca Franki, Braeden Terry (Kristen ) and GG to Aubrey, Maiah, Casen, Charlie, Tristan, Mikaela and Kinsley.

A memorial service will be held on January 26,2024 at Peace Lutheran Church

Rosenberg, Texas @ 11:00 am. under the direction of Pastor Sandi.   Graveside services will be held at the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas at 11:00 am on January 27, 2024 under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy, Texas

In leu of flowers, please consider a contribution to her church.

Peace Lutheran Church

1026 Old Radio Lane

Rosenberg, Texas 77471


Thomas E. Dybowski

Thomas E. Dybowski passed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on the 20th of January 2024.  There will be a graveside ceremony at 1PM on January 27th at the family gravesite in Kenedy, TX in the Kenedy Cemetery.  Tom requested no flowers.  He stated he would like donation if you desire to go to the American Heart Association. 

He was born August 13,1950 in Kenedy, Texas to Frank Otto and Ruby Ellen Dybowski.  After graduation in 1968 from Kenedy High School, he attended Texas A&M Kingsville graduating with a BA Accounting degree and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  He started his career working for Touche Ross in Corpus Christi and moved on to Mobile/Exxon for two years and then became a business owner of Balloon Events for ten years.  He later worked in Public Accounting for a regional firm in Houston, TX.  He, then moved to San Antonio, Texas working for Methodist Hospital as an Accounting Director for 16 years.  He retired in 2020.

Tom is survived by his two loving sisters, Dee Ann Dybowski and Debra Dybowski-Todd (husband, Ray). Three nieces, three nephews-in-laws and four great nephews, Tiffany Risinger-Roberts (husband, Ken and son, Dylan); Katy Risinger-Ferguson (husband, Patrick and son, Logan), Brittany Risinger-Helbon (husband, Mordechai and sons, Zacharia and Ezekiel).

Tom loved his family and friends very much.  He was a talented conversationist.  He saw the humor in people and experiences and was to laugh a lot.  He loves Jesus and was raised to worship the Lord and pray.

Helen M. Anderson

Helen M. Anderson passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Spring Healthcare in Cedar Park, TX at the age of 85.  Helen was born on January 9, 1939 in Zunkerville, TX of the Eleven Children to the late Oscar and Edith Anderson.

Helen is survived by one son, Timothy Anderson and his wife Connie Anderson of Georgetown, TX, two grandsons, Ashtyn Anderson of Leander and Corbyn Anderson of Georgetown, one sister Addie Mae Waddles of Whitney, TX and several nieces and nephews. 

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Edith Anderson, 5 sisters and 4 brothers.

Graveside Services are pending at this time.

Daniel Ray Koerth

Daniel Ray Koerth, Age 68 of Whitsett, TX passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024 in Lake Charles, LA. after suffering a massive stroke. Daniel was born on July 16, 1955 in Karnes City, TX to the late Marlin Fred Koerth and Nettie Ruth Cornelius.  Daniel retired as a Ranch Foreman from the Malek Ranch in Whitsett, TX after 32 years, was a loving son, brother, cousin, friend and of the Lutheran Faith.

Daniel is preceded in death by his parents, Marlin Fred Koerth and Nettie Ruth Cornelius and a brother Marlin Dale Koerth.

Daniel is survived by his sister, Ruth Ann Brower and husband Rye of Firth, ID; brother, Lloyd Duane Koerth of Whitsett, TX and a host of family members and dear friends.

Daniel was a 1973 graduate of Alice High School. He was a member of the NHS. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor degree in animal science. After retiring from his ranch manager position he spent the next four years helping to care for our mother. The last two months Momma was with us Danny was there most of the time taking care of her personal and medical needs. Danny was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved spending time with his cattle and raising and selling breeding bulls. He also loved to occasionally take gambling trips. He enjoyed family get togethers and all the visiting, food and fun.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 4PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Services will be Monday, January 22, 2024 at 10AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Mrs. Mary Jackson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy.

Serving as Pallbearers: Craig Doreck, Lance Pullin, Mack Taplin, Ray Koerth, Terry Woods and Steve Kotzur.

Honorary Pallbearers: Harry Kuentsler and Mike Windmeyer.

Jesse L. Berthold

Jesse Louis Berthold of Pettus, Texas was born April 27, 1935 to Frank and Lela (Hickman) Berthold in Beeville Texas and passed away January 8, 2024 in Beeville, Texas at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 59 years, Shirley Loretta (Rogers) Berthold, his nephew Albert Luchenbach and Brother in law A.A. Luckenbach. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Luckenbach of Tuleta; three children Becky (Bill) Cameron of Pettus, Patty (Glenn) Killam of Pettus and Jesse (Deanie) Berthold of Beeville; seven grandchildren, David O’Brien, Melissa O’Brien, Ashlie (Randy) Whittemore, Lyndsie (Brennan) Sharon, Michael (Jana) Killam, Brandy Whittley and Shalaine Lankston, 14 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and his caregiver Julie Dominguez. He retired from the oilfield and was a member of White Creek Baptist Church.

Visitation Will be held Friday, January 12, 2024 from 5-7 at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas and the Service will be Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Eckols. Burial will take place at a later date in a private ceremony at Beeville Memorial Cemetery.

Serving as Pallbearers: Jayce Constante, David Stewart, Michael Killam, Brennan Sharon, Bill Brown and Ram Flores.

First Baptist Church of Pettus will host a luncheon directly after the service.

Lamar Janssen

Lamar Janssen, Age 91, of Kenedy, TX passed away on January 9, 2024 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Lamar was born on December 18, 1932 in Runge, TX to the late Henry John and Erna Gaedtke Janssen.  He married Anna Marie Huebner on August 24, 1957 Orange Grove, TX retired as a oilfield gauger who loved ranching and gardening in the later years of his life.

Lamar is preceded in death by his parents, Henry John and Erna Gaedtke Janssen; son, Darryl Wayne Janssen; sister, Joyce Barber; brothers, Wilton Janssen, Vernon Janssen, Wayne Janssen, and Henry Janssen, Jr.

Lamar is survived by his loving wife Anna Marie Huebner Janssen of Kenedy, TX; daughter, Karen Elaine Janssen of Victoria, TX; son, Russell Lee Janssen of Casper, WY; brothers, Paul Janssen of Odessa, TX, Norris Glenn Janssen of Grapevine, TX, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family Visitation will be held Friday, January 12, 2024 from 9AM to 10AM with Services starting at 10AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Justin Janssen, Timothy Janssen, Michael Opiela, Hunter Opiela, Billy Janssen and John Barnes.

David T. Parker, Jr. (AKA: Scooter)

It is with great sadness David T. Parker, Jr. (AKA: Scooter) of Kenedy passed away peacefully on January 4, 2024 in San Antonio at the age of 61 surrounded by his family.  He was born in Kenedy, Texas on July 8, 1962 to the late David T. Parker, Sr. and Linda M. Parker.

David was a loving son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend to many and was of Christian Faith.  He graduated from Kenedy High School.  Very soon after graduating he left Kenedy, moved to Corpus Christi to pursue his career passion of Surveying in which he traveled to many states.

David loved fishing, all genres of music and football.  He loved talking to people whether a good friend or a stranger.  He was very caring, he had a heart of gold, he would give you his last penny or the shirt off his back to anyone.  David was one of a kind, smart, funny, would always make you laugh, he was the life of most parties.

David is preceded in death by his grandparents, Terry and Flossie Box, Sr., Robert and Doris Duran, his father David T. Parker, Sr.

Those left behind to cherish Davids memory are his parents, Mother Linda M. Parker, Step Father Cecil Radicke, both of Kenedy; Sister GayeLynne Yanta (AKA: Sissie) (Paul) of Runge; nieces and nephews, Tricia Taylor (Aaron), Krystan Koehler (Cory), step nieces and nephews Crystal Lemke (Brandon), Anthony Yanta (Stacie), Matthew Yanta (Crislyn), Nathan Sturm (Nathan) and Marvin Yanta (Alixx).  David is also survived by his children, his son Corey Parker (Shanda) of Banquete, Texas, his daughter Kelli Stuart (Justin) of San Antonio, and step daughter Tammy Wagner (Karl) of Corpus Christi.  David was blessed with 12 grandchildren; Andrew, Marcus, Devin, Shyanne, Sydney, Harley, Caleb, Corbyn, Caylynn, Brixton, Korie and Travis.  David will be deeply missed by many family and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday January 13, 2024 at EcKols Funeral Home (420 W. Live Oak St., Kenedy) from 1:00PM – 2:00PM with the Service to begin at 2:00PM.  Randy Witte will be officiating.

The Family of David would like to express their sincere gratitude for joining them in the celebration of his life.