Jan Ada Jimerson Lake

Jan Ada Jimerson Lake, age 73, of Hobson passed away Thursday, August 31, 2023 with her family by her side.  Jan was born on May 30, 1950 in Beeville Texas to the late Richard Wiley Jimerson and Delsie Baker Jimerson. Jan will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, for her kind heart, her infectious laugh, beautiful smile and as a strong woman of faith with a deep love and trust in the Lord; she was a member of the First Baptist Church Kenedy.

Jan is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Carrol, son Clayton; her sister and brother-in-law Jeannie & Robert Best, and brother-in-law Helmuth Schueneman.

Jan was a 1968 graduate of Pettus High School.   She married the love of her life Carrol Wayne Lake on December 6, 1969, at the First Baptist Church Kenedy and they were blessed with two sons Clayton Wayne & Christopher Wade.

Over the years, Jan worked as a teller for Karnes County National Bank, she owned her own children’s boutique “Sugar & Spice”.  Jan was the secretary and Vice President of C.W. Lake & Associates, LTD and Jan & Carrol’s strong partnership and work ethic allowed their son Chris & his wife Angela to join the company as well.

Jan retired in July of 2010 and she shifted her focus to her grandchildren.  She loved spending time with them at her second home in Rockport; they were constantly doted on-Carrol would fuss; Jan would cuddle and make it all better.  There were swimming lessons, golf lessons, trips to the beach, out on the boat, water balloon fights, ice cream, whatever the grandbabies wanted.  Jan enjoyed her early morning coffee watching the sun rise, her evening glass of champagne; reading books, hanging out on the deck when her friends and neighbors stopped by, brunching at the Yacht Club, and shopping on Main Street.

Even more so, Jan enjoyed and taught the art of decorating, event/party planning, shopping, traveling, and just being “girls” to her precious Angela and later Kalin.  They had an incredible bond; Angela was so much more to Jan than just her daughter-in-law; they were best friends.  They laughed, they cried, and they shared so many cherished memories together.  Jan praised Chris for the amazing man, husband and father he had become and she loved and adored Angela deeply for being his rock.

Jan was always front & center at anything to do with Falls City ISD, Beaver Nation and the Floresville Wildcats.  Jan’s grandchildren are her pride & joy; they have filled her years with unconditional love, laughter & pride.  She didn’t miss an athletic game, a marching contest, or school program, she was always cheering from the stands, just beaming and always ready for the “after the game photos”. 

But one of her favorite memories which she loved to relive year after year with Chris and his high school buddies:  Football Season of 1994-Chris’ junior class was set to play Pettus, the team would gather at their house on Thursday evenings, Carrol would strategize with the boys; Jan would cook for them, but she loved to rile the boys up; being a true Pettus Eagle alumni; she would sing the Pettus Fight Song to Chris’ friends and teammates.  FC was predicted to win handily that year but Jan would just smile and say “you’re too confident” and reminded them “Every Eagle Has Its Day”.  Pettus ended their season 1-9, their one win was against FALLS CITY.

Jan was a strong woman of faith and a deep love of God-member of the First Baptist Church Kenedy. She was by Carrol’s side over the years with fundraising for the Falls City ISD, Kenedy ISD, Karnes City Chamber of Commerce, Kenedy Chamber of Commerce, Karnes County Toys for Tots, Kenedy VFD, served on numerous boards and committees including Karnes County Youth Livestock Show, Falls City Education Foundation, the Polish Invitational Fishing Tournament-Rockport, Falls City Band Boosters, Falls City Youth League, and Falls City All-Sports Booster Club.

Jan is survived by her son Chris (Angela) Lake of Falls City, TX and Jan was blessed with four grandchildren, her granddaughter: Kalin Lake Pawelek (Ryan); grandsons Tristan Sittler, Brady Lake, and Braxton Lake.  She is survived by her brothers: Tommy J (Linda) Jimerson of Choate TX, Jerry (Julie) Jimerson of Arlington Tx, and sister JoEllen Jimerson Scheunemann of Kenedy TX; sister-in-law Cindy (Kenny) Rose of New Braunfels, TX; brothers-in-law: Clay (Martha) Lake of San Antonio, TX and Gene (Becky) Lake of Seguin, TX; and her nieces, nephews, and special life-long friends.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Brady Lake, Braxton Lake, Tristan Sittler, Ryan Pawelek, Alan Pawelek, Rick Jimerson, Jay Jimerson and Craig Schueneman.

Family Gathering & Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM Tuesday September 5, 2023, at Eckols Funeral Chapel in Kenedy, Texas.

Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 AM  with Rev. Matt Singleton officiating.

Interment to follow in the Choate Cemetery with reception immediately afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.

Memorials may be made to the Choate Baptist Church or Choate Cemetery Association, 181 PVT RD 8200, Kenedy, TX 78119.

Mary Louise Looney Smith

Mary Louise Looney Smith, Age 84 of Spring Branch, TX formerly of Beeville, TX passed away on Friday, August 25, 2023 in Spring Branch.  Mary was born on June 10, 1939 in Beeville, TX to the late Reed Bardel and Dorothy Lillian Vaught Looney.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother who loved to dance, fish, hunt and was of the Pentecostal Faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Reed Bardel and Dorothy Lillian Vaught Looney; husbands, Charles Alvin Thompson, Sr., Thomas N. Smith; sisters, Doris Lamb, Jo Anne Looney, Nina Haynes, Becky Denby and a grandson Charles Thompson, III.

She is survived by her children, Peggy Lynn Jackson of Spring Branch, Charles A Thompson, Jr. of San Antonio; grandchildren, Zachary Shipman, Charlie Shipman, Cassie Strey, Christopher Thompson; 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 31, 2023 from 5PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Graveside Services will be Friday, September 1, 2023 at 2PM in the Beeville Memorial Park Cemetery in Beeville, TX. 

Sandra Ann (Hunt) Satterfield

August 28, 1948 – August 21, 2023

Sandra Ann (Hunt) Satterfield went to rest with the Lord on the 21st of August 2023 surrounded by family. She was born August 28, 1948, to parents William “Cledy” and Bobbie (Brock) Hunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents and only son, Shawn Williams (Lori). She is survived by her loving husband Jack, stepdaughters Joanna, Amanda, Valerie, Lauren and Shayla, grandsons David Ames (Ferran) and Timothy Williams, and their families. Through extended family, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive her.

Sandy retired from her management position for the Department of the Navy, just as her mother did. Throughout her life, she was active in several organizations. While involved in the Eastern Star, she was Worthy Matron of Kenedy Chapter #36 (1996), Deputy Grand Matron (1998-99), a member of the Wimodausis Chapter, and was presently a member of the Yorktown Chapter #945.

She was also a member of the Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital Auxiliary “Pink Ladies” of Kenedy, Texas for 23 years. Many describe her as being a positive influence in the organization. Sandy served in several elected and appointed positions. Presently, she was Secretary, as well as Publicity and Yearbook Chairperson. She participated in countless Auxiliary fundraisers throughout the years. She also donated many handmade quilts to the hospital gift shop and to the Auxiliary raffle twice a year, totaling about five hundred volunteer hours each year. Sandy was very instrumental in organizing the Auxiliary’s 50thAnniversary in May of 2023.

Sandy struggled with cancer for many years. Even after losing her son to cancer in 2019, she stayed strong and showed no signs of giving up. She would always greet you with a smile and a warm hug, even to the very end. She never let on about the struggles she faced.

She loved gardening, quilting, playing Bunco and cards, and most of all, gathering with her friends and family. She truly had a way of spreading her positivity. Sandy has impacted many lives and will be forever loved and missed dearly by all.

Visitation for friends and family will be held Tuesday, August 29th, 2023 from 5PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, 420 W Live Oak St., Kenedy, Texas 78119.Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 at 9:00AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. A procession will lead to the graveside service at Choate Cemetery, 5740 SH-239, Kenedy, TX 78119. A luncheon for friends and family will be held at the Choate Baptist Church Fellowship Center, across the street from the Choate Baptist Church, 6357 State Hwy 239, Kenedy, TX 78119.

Thomas Houston “Tom” McCright


Thomas Houston McCright, a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle passed away on august 2, 2023, at the age of 76.  He was born on October 22, 1946 in Refugio, TX. He was the youngest son of Clinton Houston and Christine Harris McCright.  His family moved to Kenedy, Texas where he grew up and attended school.

After completing his education in Kenedy, Thomas proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  During his time in the Navy, he served aboard the USS Essex.  He enjoyed telling stories of his adventures during his time as a sailor.

Upon returning to Kenedy, Thomas began a career at General Mills, which was later Henkel and Aqualon.

In his leisure time, Thomas enjoyed spending time at the “81” which served as his peaceful getaway just outside of Kenedy, TX.  He spent many weekends there enjoying the country life that he cherished so much.  Thomas also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

After a life of service and accomplishments, Tom retired to his beloved ranch.  In retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He loved riding his four wheeler around the ranch, looking for wildlife, and enjoying the view from his front porch.

He is survived by his brother John McCright, and niece Denise McCright of Rosenburg, TX; his children, Michelle McCright-Covin of Pleasanton, TX, Sandra and Alex Remschel of Shiner, TX, and four grandchildren Lane Remschel, Kade Remschel, Kara Remschel, and Hunter Covin, all of whom will hold dear memories of the special times they shared with Pawpaw.

Thomas’s life will be celebrated and honored at Eckols Funeral in Kenedy, TX on Monday, August 7, 2023. Visitation will be held from 10AM to 11AM with Services at 11AM with the Rev. Walter Hill, III officiating.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

We say goodbye to a loving brother, uncle, father, and Pawpaw who touched our lives in so many ways.  May Thomas’s spirit find peace and rest, knowing he will be remembered fondly with love by all whose lives he graced.

Alejandro “Alex” B. Martinez

Alejandro “Alex” B. Martinez, Age 63 of Floresville, TX entered eternal rest on Friday, July 28, 2023.  Alex was born June 1, 1960 in Sinton, TX to the late Clemente and Lydia Botello Martinez.  Alex married Mary Christi Villanueva on May 4, 1981 in Kenedy.  He was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, a Process Operator for Ashland Manufacturing for 44 years in Kenedy and of the Catholic Faith.

Alex is preceded in death by his parents, Clemente and Lydia Botello Martinez.

Alex is survived by his loving wife, Mary Christi Villanueva Martinez of Floresville; daughter, Jessica Kate Martinez of Portland, Oregon; son, Alejandro Martinez, Jr. of Floresville; sisters, Sylvia Albiar of Victoria, Ida Gonzales of Kenedy, Grace Martinez of Kenedy, Elsa Martinez of Kenedy; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved pets, Ranger and Cash.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2023 from 10AM to 12PM with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 12PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be: Michael Salinas, Edward Villanueva, David Lerma, Jr., Indy Hinojosa, Brandon Vasquez, and David Ferron.

Jose “Pepo” R. Hernandez, Jr.

Jose R. Hernandez, Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 71, on July 25, 2023 with his loving family at his bedside as he entered his eternal home.

Jose was born on February 19, 1952 in Kenedy, TX to Jose and Josephina Hernandez, Sr. A native of Kenedy Texas, Jose dedicated over twenty years working for Everest Minerals Corporation and over nineteen years at the City of Kenedy where he retired in 2016. Jose was a lifelong member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, TX.

Jose enjoyed spending time with family and sharing stories of the good old days while enjoying a few cold ones. Jose enjoyed watching and cheering on his Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Braves. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his beautiful grandkids, and watching them play sports. Popo Joe was their biggest fan and couldn’t wait to give them a big hug while telling them how proud he was.

Jose was preceded in death by his parents Jose and Josephina Hernandez, Sr. Wife Juanita Lopez Hernandez, sister Rafela Salinas, sister Maggie Morales, sister Ida Hernandez, brother-in-law Charles (Yolanda) Lopez, and sister-in-law Rosalinda Lopez.

Jose is survived by his son Jose (Bridgit) L. Hernandez, III of Kenedy, son Martin P. Hernandez (Nicole) of Norfolk, VA, life partner Sharon Chesser of Kenedy, sister Adelfa “Chita” (Domingo) Medina of Kenedy, brother Juan Hernandez of Hondo, TX, sister-in-law Rose Marie (Rudy) Elizondo of Kenedy, sister-in-law Virginia Fanning of Kenedy, sister-in-law Martha (Robby) Richardson of Kenedy, sister-in-law Saralyn (Larry) Ferguson of Kenedy, brother-in-law Johnnie Lopez of Kenedy, grandsons Jose “Cuatro” Hernandez, IV and Cristian Hernandez of Kenedy, grandson Kaleb Hernandez of Norfolk, VA, granddaughter Alejandra Hernandez of Kenedy, granddaughter Ashleigh Campu of Norfolk, VA, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 4PM to 7PM with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7PM in the Eckols Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 31, 2023 at 9AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Ploch officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Pallbearers: Marcelino Farias Jr., Steven Martinez, Agapito Alvarado, Johnnie Lopez, Darrell Hernandez, and Jerome Barrientez

Honorary Pallbearers: Fernando Salinas, Pete Zamora, and Cristian Hernandez.

Elaine Elizabeth Friedmann Ricks

Elaine Elizabeth Friedmann Ricks went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2023, at age 95. Elaine was born August 14, 1927, in San Antonio Texas to Selma Klein and William Friedmann. She attended business school in Chicago, Illinois and returned home to work. On July 16, 1948, she married Lawrence Lee Ricks. She was a wife, homemaker, a mother to Nancy Ruth Ricks Harris, grandmother to Kristina Lynn Neuman, Jeffrey Brian Harris, and Melanie Nicole D’Andrea and great-grandmother to Wyatt Christopher Neuman, Morgan Lee Neuman, and Aiden Lee D’Andrea.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Lee Ricks, father William Friedmann, mother Selma Klein Friedmann, and her sisters Helen Mueller (Alfred Anthony “Buddy” Mueller), Evelyn Psencik (Leo Psencik), Ruth Burgess (Raymond Burgess).

Services will be held at 9:30 am at Eckols Funeral Home, 420 W Live Oak St, Kennedy, TX 78119, 830-583-2533 on Friday, July 21, 2023. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 210-651-6011.

Honorary Pallbearers are Jeffrey Brian Harris, Wyatt Christopher Neuman, Morgan Lee Neuman, Aiden Lee D’Andrea, Roy Wayne Cox, William Anthony Ricks, Mark Ricks, Steven Ricks, Wayne Psencik, Brian Neuman, and Tim D’Andrea.

Dona Blomstedt

Dona L. Blomstedt (85) was called home to our Lord on Sunday, June 5, 2023.

Born in 1937 in Kenedy, Texas, to Thomas R. Linder and Louise “Boots” Gray Linder, Dona graduated from Kenedy High School in 1956. After that, she attended Texas State University and was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She married Robert (Bob) Kent Blomstedt in 1959, and then completed her degree in Education at Texas A&I University Kingsville after staying home for a short time to raise their three children.

Dona taught school for many years, and after she retired, she served as an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&I University. She was active in the Texas A&I (later Texas A&M) University Kingsville Faculty Women’s Association, the Women’s Club, the American Association of University Women, and the Republican Women’s Association. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsville.

Dona loved reading, playing games, and her friends, but she especially treasured the time she got to spend with her family. Those times brought an extra bounce in her steps and a light into her eyes.

A special thanks goes out to her friends at the Brooks of Cibolo, who truly made her time there special. Also, thank you Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility of Uvalde for your care for her when she needed it most.

Dona was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bob Blomstedt, her parents, Tom and “Boots” Linder, and her brother, Dr. Thomas (Ginger) Linder.

Survivors include her children: Russell Blomstedt and Tarin (Thomas) Moffitt; a stepson, Johnathan (Rali) Blomstedt; seven grandchildren: Matthew (Gretchen) Blomstedt, Karissa Blomstedt, Jake (Michelle) Moffitt, Jordan (Whitney) Moffitt, Nick (Michelle) Blomstedt, Dallas (Kendall) Taylor, Tara (Elliott) Erstein; and eleven great grandchildren: Brady Blomstedt, Reese and Kaelyn Kuhn, Scarlett Moffitt, Colin and Elin Blomstedt, Kasen and Rory Taylor, Emmett, Beau, and Otto Erstein. Dona is also survived by her beloved sister, Jan (Ransom) Jones, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, at the Elim Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pawnee, Texas, located at 427 County Road 181, Kenedy, Texas 78119.

Richard Alan Lerch, Jr.

Richard Alan Lerch, Jr., Age 76 of Beeville, TX formerly of Kenedy, TX passed away June 20, 2023 in Beeville.  Richard was born to the late Richard, Sr. and Lola Mae Moses Lerch on March 25, 1947 in Three Rivers, TX.  Richard was a retired Oilfield Construction supervisor and a avid gardener in his later years and of the Baptist Faith

He is preceded in death by his parents Richard, Sr. and Lola Mae Moses Lerch; sister, Neletta Moses and a brother, David Lerch.

He is survived by his children, Richard Alan Lerch, III of Beeville, Gladys Marie Lerch and husband Dace Atkinson of El Oso, Melissa Irene McNesse of Coy City, James Matthew Cooksey of Kenedy, Stacey Wayne Adams of Round Rock; brother, Jack Franklin Moses of Fort Worth and 17 grandchildren.

Family Visitation will be held Saturday, July 1, 2023 from 10AM to 3PM with services beginning at 3PM all in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  A Private Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Three Rivers Cemetery in Three Rivers, TX.

Theodore “Theo” Alvarez, Jr.

Theodore “Theo” Alvarez, Jr., Age 73 of Kenedy, TX passed away Sunday, June 25, 2023 in Seguin, TX surrounded by his family.  Theodore was born on June 29, 1949 in Kenedy to the late Theodore, Sr. and Lillie Janssen Alvarez.  He was a retired Diesel Mechanic a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and a friend to many who will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore, Sr. and Lillie Jansen Alvarez and a son Patrick Alvarez. 

He is survived by his children, Theodore Alvarez, III of New York, Richard Alvarez and Wife Selena of Buda, Melissa Alvarez of Kenedy, Priscilla Alvarez of Kenedy, Erik Alvarez and wife Joannie of San Antonio; life companion Maria Soto Alvarez of Kenedy, and many grandchildren; sisters, Frances Alvear and husband Soilo of League City, Oralia Moreno of Missouri City; brothers, Alfredo “Freddy” Alvarez and wife Adelfa of Pawnee, Ernesto Alvarez of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, June 30, 2023 from 2PM to 5PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  A Private Inurnment will take place at a later date.