Our Obituaries

R. Warren Whatley

July 4, 1938 - July 7, 2017

R. Warren Whatley Jr., 79, of Port Lavaca passed away July 7, 2017. He was born July 4, 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas to Reuben Warren Whatley and Lucille Pratt Whatley. He was a farmer, crop duster, loved to fish and hunt and watch old westerns. Warren served in the U.S. Army and was a Methodist.He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Whatley; son, Randall Steven Whatley and wife, Debra;...
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Antonio G. Esparza

February 2, 1934 - July 6, 2017

Antonio G. Esparza, 83, of Port Lavaca passed away July 6, 2017. He was born February 2, 1934 in Lampazos De Naranjo, Nuevo Leon to the late Antonio and Petra Garcia Esparza. He worked for many years for King Fisher Marine as a Crane Operator and was a Catholic.He is survived by his daughters, Yolanda Ochoa, Irma Zamora, Maria Rios, Adelaida Lugo and Sulema Mendez; sons, George, Israel, Roger...
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Ruth Fellers Miller Lusk

September 20, 1931 - July 5, 2017

Ruth Fellers Miller Lusk, 85, of Port Lavaca passed away July 5, 2017. She was born September 20, 1931 in Port Lavaca to William Jasper "W.J." Fellers and Eunice Irene Smothers Fellers. She worked as a Draftsman for Testengeer and loved to play table games and bingo.She is survived by her son, Robert Miller and wife, Janine of Wenatchee, Washington; daughter, Carolyn Hardy of Victoria; sister,...
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Alfred W. Schneider,

September 18, 1927 - June 26, 2017

Alfred W. Schneider, Jr., 89, of Point Comfort, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017. He was born one of thirteen children in Shiner, Texas on September 18, 1927 to the late Alfred E. Schneider and Rosie Schumann Schneider. He was raised in Palacios, Texas and went to school through the 11th grade and started to work in Dieschburg, later he earned his GED certificate. At the age of 18, he joined...
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Marian Odean McGrew

January 20, 1934 - June 24, 2017

Marian (Betsy) Odean McGrew, 83, of Port Lavaca joined her Heavenly Father June 24, 2017. She was born January 20, 1934 in Calallen, TX to Monroe McKinley and Opal Odean Crober. She was a 1952 graduate of Port Lavaca High School and was in the first graduating class of LVN from Victoria College on August 11, 1961.She is survived by her sons, Donny McGrew (Terri), Danny McGrew (Laura), Michael...
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Son Truong Nguyen

October 7, 1974 - June 23, 2017

Beloved son, brother, and uncle. Son Truong Nguyen, 42 of Seadrift, TX passed away June 23, 2017. Son was born in Vietnam to Thanh and Hoan Nguyen. He graduated from Calhoun High School in 1993. He worked as a Commercial Fisherman. Son is preceded in death by his Father, Thanh Nguyen and his sister, Diane Huong Nguyen. He is survived by his mother, Hoan Nguyen; his brother, Giang Nguyen; his...
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Michael Misemer

January 28, 1941 - June 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, TX.
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Wayne Clayton Wehmeyer

September 17, 1954 - June 17, 2017

Wayne (Sonny) Clayton Wehmeyer, 62, passed peacefully with his entire family by his side on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his home in Port Lavaca, TX. He was born on September 17, 1954 in Port Lavaca, to Wayne and Dorothy (Marshall) Wehmeyer.Sonny was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was also a mentor and teacher for the many young people who worked alongside him in his farming...
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Ronda Jo Stiegler

March 4, 1970 - June 12, 2017

Ronda Jo Stiegler, 47, of Dallas passed away June 12, 2017. She was born March 4, 1970 in Port Lavaca to Ronnie and Joann Stiegler. Ronda was a graduate of Calhoun High School and Texas A&M University. She was a teacher for the last 20 plus years.She is survived by her parents; sister, Stacy Nichols; niece, Sage Sexton; numerous cousins and friends.A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday,...
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Richard Torres

February 17, 1955 - June 8, 2017

Richard Torres passed away on June 8, 2017 at the age of 62. Richard was born February 17, 1955 to the late Faustino Torres and the late Sara Rojas Torres in Laredo, TX. Richard was a former King Fisher Marine Service Employee and a Catholic.Richard enjoyed working on and driving older model cars and trucks. He was an avid fisherman and felt right at home sitting in his flat bottom boat out in...
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Jill Ellen Griffin Stover

August 19, 1958 - May 26, 2017

Jill Ellen Griffin Stover from Keene Valley, NY, died peacefully on May 26, 2017, in her beloved home town of Port Lavaca, Texas surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Dr. John Wallace Griffin and Marian Ellen McCutcheon Griffin and was born in Houston, Texas on August 19, 1958. She attended public schools in Port Lavaca, Texas, and lived in Venezuela for a year after graduating...
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Joyce Rohde

April 11, 1933 - May 25, 2017

Joyce Rohde, 84, of Port Lavaca passed away May 25, 2017. She was born April 11, 1933 in Plum, TX to the late Emil and Lillian Blaha Zigal. She was the most devoted wife, mother, Granny and the love for family and friends were her world. Granny's legacy will live in our hearts forever.She is survived by her daughters, Joan Kalisek (Frankie), Patricia Farmer (David) and Debbie Boedeker; 7...
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Frank Michalek

February 5, 1944 - May 21, 2017

Frank Michalek, 73, of Port O'Connor passed away May 21, 2017. He was born February 5, 1944 in Yorktown, TX to the late Rudolph and Minnie Bertha Waltersdorf Michalek. Frank served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of First Baptist Church in Port O'Connor.He is survived by his wife, Debbie Michalek of Port O'Connor; sons, Mark Michalek (Tricia) of Cibolo, Rodney Michalek ...
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Ora Lea Pecena

December 7, 1943 - May 14, 2017

Ora Lea Pecena (Sissie), 73, of Port Lavaca passed away peacefully on May 14, 2017. Sissie was born December 7, 1943 in Floresville, TX. She spent her life as a devoted homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Sissie touched many lives with her kindness, and never turned a person away in need. She enjoyed reading and watching wrestling, but most of all just spending time...
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Melvin Cleo Thompson

February 11, 1917 - May 8, 2017

Melvin Cleo Thompson, 100, of Seadrift passed away May 8, 2017. He was born February 11, 1917 in Gilmer, TX to the late Jim and Nora Sisson Thompson. Melvin worked for Brown and Root as a mill wright. He was known for his love of bass fishing and gardening and was a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Seadrift.He is survived by his daughter; Linda Brasseux; son, Jerry Thompson; 12 grandchildren;...
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James Reed Maikoetter

November 29, 1994 - May 1, 2017

James R. Maikoetter, 22, of Port Lavaca, took his place in heaven with God on May 1, 2017. He was born in Victoria, Texas November 29, 1994 to Roxanne Maikoetter. James married Haley See of Seadrift on March 21st, 2016 and together had a daughter, Paislee James. He worked as an Operator for D & B Flowback & Well Testing. James, affectionately known as "Cowboy," loved to hunt, camp, and...
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Betty L Rutherford Jager

September 29, 1935 - April 27, 2017

Betty Lee Rutherford Jager, 81, of Blessing, TX, lost her battle to Pancreatic Cancer and gained her Angel Wings on April 27, 2017. She was born September 29, 1935 in Freeport, TX to the late Earl Cordell and Blanche Edna Blackmon Patton. She was a faithful, loving mother who spent her time as a homemaker ensuring that her family's needs were met. She is survived by her husband, Carl Jager;...
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Helen B. Gross

February 15, 1914 - April 21, 2017

Helen Baker Gross passed away peacefully with her niece by her side at Kindred Hospice in San Antonio on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the age of 103. She was the youngest of 13 children born to James Artemas and Sarah Alice Baker in Lockney, Texas on February 15, 1914. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ.After high school Helen attended Lippert Business School in Plainview where she...
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Bertice LaVerne Wiggins

June 7, 1927 - April 5, 2017

Bertice LaVerne Brister Wiggins, 89, went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 5, 2017. She was born June 7, 1927 in Foster, Oklahoma to William Mack and Mattie Frances Hodge. She graduated high school in Wynnewood, Oklahoma in 1945 and on August 27, 1946 Bertice married the love of her life, William Thomas Wiggins and they shared 31 wonderful years together before his passing in November...
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Irene Salinas

October 15, 1949 - April 1, 2017

Irene Salinas, of Houston, TX, beloved mother and grandmother entered her heavenly home on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas at the age of 67. She was born on October 15, 1949 in Port Lavaca, TX to Charles M. Delgado Sr. and Margaret G. Delgado.Irene is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 42 years, Alfred Antonio Salinas Sr.She is survived by her daughter Rose A....
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Virgie Mae January

March 8, 1937 - March 29, 2017

Virgie Mae January, 80, of Port Lavaca passed away March 29, 2017. She was born March 8, 1937 in McGregor, TX to the late Hardy and Olga Weidemann Bartels. Virgie worked at the Port Lavaca Wave and was known for her "Cooking with Virgie" article, was active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles and VFW Women's Auxiliary. She loved to bake cookies, make school party favors for her grandchildren and...
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John Alvin Bates

February 17, 1954 - March 28, 2017

John Bates, 63, of Port Lavaca passed away March 28, 2017. He was born February 17, 1954 in Kilgore, TX to the late Herman C. Bates Sr. and Mattie Lou Thompson Anglin. John was a welder and a foreman for King Fisher Marine.He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn A. Bates; daughter, Renee Lynn Bates; son, Billy Taylor, Jr. and brothers, Ben, Charles and Bill Bates.He was preceded in death by...
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Rosa Maria Amador

December 16, 1948 - March 8, 2017

Rosa Maria Amador, 68, of Port Lavaca passed away March 8, 2017. She was born December 16, 1948 in Bloomington, TX to the late Joe and Maria Reyes. Rosa was a LVN at Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca.She is survived by her husband, Johnny Amador; daughter, Christine Amador; sons, John Patrick Amador (Sally Bonuz), Don Amador (Sally); sisters, Diane Gonzales, Rita Rodriguez, Missy Reyes;...
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Blanca Azucena Garza Amejorado

April 15, 1934 - March 5, 2017

Blanca Azucena Garza Amejorado, 82, of Port Lavaca passed away March 5, 2017. She was born April 15, 1934 in Los Ebanos, TX to the late Albino and Santos Flores Garza. She graduated from La Joya High School and was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, Port Lavaca.She is survived by her children: Alfredo (Josie) Amejorado of Victoria, Sylvia (Joe) Escojido of Victoria, Tony (Diane...
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Agnes Belle Crosier

August 7, 1922 - March 4, 2017

Agnes Belle Pendergrass Crosier, 94, of Cade, LA, formerly of Seadrift, passed away March 4, 2017. She was born August 7, 1922 in Rosanky, TX to the late Silas and Mary Belle Webb Pendergrass. Agnes was a retired CRNA and served in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Rescue.She is survived by her son, Jess Erwin Crosier and wife, M'Liss Landry Crosier of Cade, LA and grandsons, Jess Walter...
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Ruth Jane Morris

January 11, 1939 - March 2, 2017

Ruth Jane Morris, 78, of Point Comfort passed away March 2, 2017. She was born January 11, 1939, in Flatonia to the late Rudolf and Georgia Janacek. Ruth was an excellent seamstress, quilter and cook.She is survived by her husband, Charles Donald Morris; sons, David and Jimmy Ezzell; sister, Georgia Edwards; brother, Victor Janacek; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.She was preceded in...
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Denise Annette Villalon

February 22, 1969 - February 15, 2017

Denise Annette Villalon, 47, of Port Lavaca passed away February 15, 2017. She was born February 22, 1969 in Lacompte, LA to Dixie Aline Ober Honzell and the late Duane Arland Benson. She was a LVN for Matagorda Regional Hospital and a Mormon.She is survived by her husband, Joe Villalon; daughters, Kristen Fulberg, Katy Fulberg and Elizabeth Alvarez; brothers, Duane Benson Jr. and Torrey...
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Clara Mae Reese

August 19, 1930 - February 7, 2017

Clara Mae "Pat" Reese, 86, of Olivia passed away February 7, 2017. She was born August 19, 1930 in Center, Texas to the late I.V. and Annie Mae Morris. She worked as a secretary for Calhoun County ISD. Pat was a member of the Church of Christ and Texas Retired Teachers Association.She is survived by her husband, Johnny Reese of Olivia; sons, Johnny H. Reese, Jr. of Dallas and Steven D. Reese of...
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Leah Marie Richter Griffin

May 29, 1943 - February 2, 2017

Leah Marie Richter Griffin of Port O'Connor, TX went to be with the Lord on February 2, 2017 after a short battle with Leukemia. Leah was born May 29, 1943 in Houston, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Marie Richter; son, Ronnie Richter; uncle, Tommy Dean and her mother-in-law, Jeanie Griffin.She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Kenneth Griffin of Port O'Connor;...
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Mary Jo McKibbon

June 3, 1931 - February 1, 2017

Mary Jo McKibbon, 85, of Port Lavaca passed away February 1, 2017. She was born on June 3, 1931, in Palo Pinto, TX. She was a Methodist. Mary Jo retired from First National Bank as Asst. Vice President in April, 1999 after 38 years of service. She enjoyed many years as a volunteer for Calhoun County Community Ministries and the Food Pantry.Mary Jo is survived by her two children: daughter,...
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Willie Delmer Scott

November 13, 1942 - January 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, TX.
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Delmer Scott

November 13, 1942 - January 31, 2017

Delmer Scott, age 74, passed away January 31, 2017; after a 9 year fight with Mesothelioma. Delmer was born and raised in Port O'Connor, TX on November 13, 1942; he was the son of Alpha Lee Scott and Esther Thumann Scott.After serving four years in the Coast Guard, stationed in Maine; he became a commercial fisherman. After retiring from Bobbies Bait in Port O'Connor he began his newest adventure...
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LeRoy Braden

August 11, 1928 - January 18, 2017

LeRoy Braden, 88, of San Antonio, formerly of Port Lavaca, passed away on January 18, 2017. He was born on August 11,1928 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Arthur and Anna Braden. LeRoy graduated from Port Lavaca High School in 1945 and attended Texas A and I University where he earned a BBA in Accounting. He began working at Alcoa and was interrupted by a two year stay in Germany during the Korean War...
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Nelda A. Hargrove

October 27, 1931 - January 15, 2017

Nelda Ann Finster Hargrove, 85, of Port Lavaca passed away January 15, 2017. She was born October 27, 1931 in Port Lavaca to the late John Taft Finster and Betsy Irene Posey Finster. She graduated from Port Lavaca High School as Valedictorian Class of 1949. Nelda was an entrepreneur operating Radio Telephone Answering Service for 35 years and a Homemaker.She is survived by her husband whom she...
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Freda Darlene Sanchez

August 24, 1946 - January 12, 2017

Darlene Sanchez, 70, of Port Lavaca passed away January 12, 2017. She was born August 24, 1946 in Refugio to Anita Schultz. She was a retired clerk for the Calhoun County District Clerks Office.She is survived by her husband, Feliberto Sanchez; son, Jerry L. Clark (Kristin); and 3 grandchildren, Zane and Zach Herrera and Bryan Clark.She was preceded in death by her mother.A Memorial Service...
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Ann Prasek Hanselman

March 20, 1928 - January 9, 2017

Ann Prasek Hanselman, age 88, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on March 20, 1928, to Tom and Julia (Layton) Prasek in Witting, Texas. Following a whirlwind courtship, on September 29, 1946, she and Joe Hanselman married and lived in Tivoli. After Joe's passing, Ann moved to her little house on the bay in Austwell.Once diagnosed with...
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Constance Sussanne Moehler

December 29, 1945 - January 1, 2017

Constance Sussanne Moehler (nee Wimberley) Age 71, of Port Lavaca, TX, passed away on January 1, 2017. She passed after fighting the ravages of stage IV colon cancer for 4.5 years. She fought a valent battle against this horrible disease. She will be missed by all that knew her.Connie was uncomplicated. She was apple pie and clothes dried in the sun and the smell of fresh bread baking. I...
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George Hilbert Andrus

April 4, 1943 - December 19, 2016

George Hilbert Andrus, citizen of Seadrift, TX passed away December 19, 2016 at the age of 73. He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Jesse H. Andrus of Houston, TX, and adopted brother to the late Pete and Lea Hall of Seadrift. George was a graduate of Texas A&M University. He retired from teaching from Seadrift Elementary School but will probably be remembered most for his life-long...
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Glenn Blevins

April 6, 1927 - December 19, 2016

On Monday, December 19, 2016, Glenn Blevins happily went home to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born to Walter and Dora Hardwick Blevins on April 6, 1927 in Bosque County Texas. He was loved by all his family and friends. He retired from Alcoa after 27 years. He loved to hunt, fish and sing.He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Pat Blevins; brothers: Leonard, Jerry, Leroy, Larry...
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Felicitas G. Perez

September 1, 1931 - December 8, 2016

Felicitas G. Perez, 85, passed away December 8, 2016. She was born September 1, 1931 in Dacosta to the late Leonides and Carolina Garcia. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lobo, Stella Garza and Bertha Robles; sons, Joe L. Perez, James Perez, David Perez and Robert Perez; 4 sisters; 10 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.Visitation will...
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Larry Koop

January 14, 1956 - December 6, 2016

Larry Koop, 60, of Edna was called to his heavenly home and "higher hunting grounds" on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. He was born January 14, 1956 in Victoria to Dorothy Jacobs Koop and the late Ewald Koop. He worked for Jackson Electric Co-op for the last 41 years starting out as a lineman, then foreman and finally line construction superintendent. Larry was known for his love of hunting,...
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Ronald J. Cummings

October 20, 1967 - December 5, 2016

Heaven has gained another angel. Ronald J. Cummings Jr., 49, of Port Lavaca passed away December 5, 2016. He was born October 20, 1967 in Port Lavaca to Ronald J. Cummings Sr. and the late Josephine Srubar Cummings. He worked for Alcoa for 16 years.He is survived by his loving wife, Vicky A. Cummings; father, Ronald J. Cummings Sr.; sister, Tangie Little; sisters-in-law, Mary Morris (John) and...
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Violet Colianni

February 22, 1930 - November 25, 2016

Violet Mae "Vi" (Morgan) Colianni, 86, of Seadrift, passed away Nov. 25, 2016. Born Feb. 22, 1930 in McAllen, she was the daughter of the late Alton "A.L." and Eva Morgan.She attended school in the Valley and married her soul mate, Louis Colianni, Dec. 31, 1949. She and her family lived in several locations in South Texas, settling in Victoria before Louis' retirement. She...
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Billie Marie Dierlam

December 31, 1926 - October 29, 2016

Billie Marie Dierlam, 89, passed away October 29, 2016. She was born December 31, 1926 to the late Walter and Lucy Jackson.She is survived by her daughters, Sharron Marek (Donnie) of Port Lavaca, Merri Lynn Hillis (Don) of Wharton; son, John Dierlam (Charlene) of Port Lavaca; grandchildren, Moby and Maury Marek and Holly and Jon Hillis and great-grandchildren, Molly, Jake, Madi and Megan Marek...
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Eugene Sampson

June 14, 1927 - October 23, 2016

Eugene Sampson, 89, of Port Lavaca passed away October 23, 2016. He was born June 14, 1927 on a farm outside of Mattoon, IL to the late Virgil Lee and Wreatha Irene Guymon Sampson. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korea then retired from Alcoa after 33 years. Eugene was also a member of the VFW.He is survived by his son, Allan Sampson and wife, Josie; sister, Karen Sampson DeShazo; 2...
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Patricia Coffey Walker

January 23, 1923 - October 16, 2016

Patricia (Patsy) Coffey Walker went to be with Our Lord on Sunday, October 16, 2016. She was born on January 23, 1923, in Austin, Texas to James Ross Coffey and Esther Dierlam Coffey. She was a descendant of early Calhoun County pioneers. Patsy was a graduate of Austin High School and Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State. She also attended The University of Texas at Austin and...
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Minnie Lea Montier Hall

January 23, 1937 - October 4, 2016

Minnie Lea Montier Hall, wife of the late Carlton W. "Pete" Hall, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 4, 2016, holding her grandson, Brandon Randall's, hand. She was born in Port Lavaca, TX January 27, 1937, attended Calhoun High School and graduated from Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos where she met and married the love of her life, Pete Hall. She lived happily in Seadrift, TX...
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D.C Qualls

November 3, 1937 - September 29, 2016

D.C. Qualls, 78 of Port Lavaca passed away September 29, 2016. He was born November 3, 1937 in Wichita Falls to the late Walter Jackson and Mary Madge Morris Qualls. He was an I.E. Technician for Alcoa and served in the Army Reserves for 6 years. D.C. was known to have called himself a "Jack of all trades and master of none". He worked as a Dredgehand, Tankerman and Merchant Marine Diver. He...
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Joe Charles Pena

December 13, 1930 - September 27, 2016

Joe Charles Pena Sr., 85, of Port Lavaca passed away September 27, 2016. He was born December 13, 1930 to the late John B. and Adela M. Pena. Joe was a Catholic and served in the United States Marine Corp and fought in the Korean War.He is survived by his daughters: Sheryl Pena, Annie Gonzalez, Rosie Adams and Julie Brown; sons: Joseph Charles Pena Jr. and John Charles Pena Sr.; sister, Rose...
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Annie F. Vickery

January 25, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Annie Faye Vickery, 82, of Olivia passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016. She was born on January 25, 1934 in Leander, Texas to the late Edgar B. Peeples and Pauline E. Smith Peeples. She was a loving mom and grandmother who was cherished by all.She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Ann Mesick of Olivia and Lisa McClendon (Mike) of Round Rock; son Bobbie Jay Vickery (Judy) of Olivia; also...
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Patricia Novosad Lester

April 30, 1937 - September 19, 2016

Patricia Novosad Lester, 79, of Port Lavaca passed away September 19, 2016. She was born April 30, 1937 in East Bernard to the late August Joseph Thomas Novosad and Pearline Find Novosad. Patricia was retired from Calhoun County High School where she taught Homemaking for many years. She loved to play bridge, to dote on her grandkids, sewing and she loved the extensive travelling she was able...
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Michael M. Fricke

December 10, 1936 - September 15, 2016

Michael Moorman Fricke, 79, of Port Lavaca passed away at his home surrounded by family on September 15, 2016. He was born December 10, 1936, in Daisetta, TX. When Michael was a small child his family moved to Bay City, where he grew up and graduated from Bay City High School. Michael graduated from The University of Texas with a B.A. in Psychology in 1958 and then received his LL.B. from The...
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Manuel N. Islas

January 25, 1939 - September 13, 2016

Manuel N. Islas, Jr. of Port Lavaca passed away September 13, 2016. He was born January 25, 1939 in Port Lavaca to the late Manuel Islas, Sr. and Cecilia Navarro Islas. He was retired from Alcoa and served in the U.S. Army.He is survived by his sister, Frances I. Luera and husband, Telesforo "Jr."; nephew, Michael Luera and niece, Betty Luera and Don Hearen.He was preceded in death by his...
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JoAnn Lundin

February 13, 1941 - September 5, 2016

Jo Ann Lundin, 75, of Port Lavaca passed away September 5, 2016. She was born February 13, 1941, in El Paso, TX to the late Robert Lloyd and Josephine Jolly Orme. She was a bookkeeper, store manager, wife, mother, grand-mother, sister and friend to anyone that walked into her life. JoAnn was a catholic, room mother, 4-H leader, loved spending time with her family, and loved to read and was a...
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Abel P. Rodriguez

December 24, 1932 - September 5, 2016

September 5, 2016. Abel P. Rodriguez left this world to join loved ones in eternal rest. Those who knew him best have no doubt he tapped danced his way into heaven expressing his favorite quote "Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty I'm Free at Last!"Abel served his country during the Korean Conflict as a radar specialist in the Army-Air Force and worked in retail in Dallas for over...
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James Fellers

May 30, 1943 - September 3, 2016

James Roy Fellers, 73, of Port Lavaca passed away September 3, 2016. He was born May 30, 1943 in Port Lavaca to the late Clarence T. and Nora Mae Mayfield Fellers. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war on the USS Obannon and was a retired rig welder.He is survived by his wife, Oma Lee Hunt Fellers; daughter, Donna Dworaczyk (Shawn); son, John Riley Fellers; sister, Jo Ann Shannon;...
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Melissa Ruth Ochoa Seibert

March 29, 1966 - August 24, 2016

Melissa Ruth Ochoa Seibert, 50, of Victoria passed away August 24, 2016. She was born March 29, 1966 in Houston, TX to the late Lydia Lerma Lugo. She was a professional hairstylist / colorist.She is survived by her son, Bradley William Seibert; sisters, Patricia M. Ochoa, Priscilla A. Soza, Joanne E. Hambrick; grandmothers, Santos Lerma Lugo, Beatrice Ochoa; aunt, Anna Ybarra; uncles, David...
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Rita V. Rios

February 20, 1924 - August 23, 2016

Rita V. "Grandma Cookie" Rios passed away August 23, 2016. She was born February 20, 1924 in Port Lavaca to the late Cecilio and Lucia Trevino Villarreal. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.She is survived by her daughters, Consuelo Rios, Alma Gloria Rios, Odilia Rodriguez, Lucy Leita and Noemi Rios; sons, Juan Manuel, Apolonio V., Rudy, Rick and Oscar Rios; brother, Manuel Villarreal; 34...
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June 20, 1921 - August 22, 2016

Helen "Pat" Messer, 95, of Angleton, formerly of Port Lavaca, passed away August 22, 2016. She was born June 20, 1921 in Pulaski, Virginia to the late Charles and Lucy Livingston Patteson. She was married to Rick Messer on February 15, 1941. When he returned from World War II, she assisted him in his medical practice in Kentucky where they would often stay overnight in the mountains waiting for...
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Epifanio G. Munoz

April 7, 1926 - August 18, 2016

Epifanio G. Munoz, 90 of Port Lavaca passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. He was born in El Campo, TX on April 7, 1926 to Pablo Munoz Sr and Eleonor Garcia Munoz. Epifanio retired from King Fisher Marine Services after many years of hard work. He also served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II.He is survived by his wife of 68...
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Franklin James Lovelace

October 4, 1948 - August 17, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, TX.
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Kathleen Louene Sledge

August 28, 1921 - August 14, 2016

Kathleen Louene Sorenson Sledge of Port Lavaca passed away peacefully, Sunday, August 14, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on August 28, 1921 to the late Kathleen Brundrett Sorenson and George Edward Sorenson in Rockport, Texas. She graduated from Hebbronville High School where her classmates voted her "Best All-Around Girl" her senior year. She went on to live her life true to...
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Mildred L. Matson

November 5, 1921 - August 13, 2016

Mildred L. Matson of Port Lavaca passed away quietly at home surrounded by her family on August 13, 2016. She was 94 years old.She was born November 5, 1921 to Joseph S. Neill and Vera L. Miller in Calhoun County.She was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved to cook, garden, fish, travel, and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church...
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Maria R. Garcia

September 3, 1928 - July 29, 2016

Maria R. Garcia, 87, of Port Lavaca, was born to the late Luz and Pilar Rodriguez on September 3, 1928 in Berclair, Texas. Gabriel sounded his trumpets calling forth his servant and she went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 29, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. Maria was a strong woman of faith who whole heartedly believed in the power of prayer. She brought her children up in the church...
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Esther Marie Apostalo

May 6, 1926 - July 21, 2016

Esther Marie Apostalo, 90, of Bastrop, TX and formerly of Port O'Connor, TX passed away July 21, 2016. She was born May 6, 1926 in Mansura, LA to the late Arnaud Paul Laborde and Edna Lemoine Laborde. She was a housewife, mother, and loving Nana to her grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop.She is survived by her son, John...
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Luther E. Butler

November 4, 1922 - July 19, 2016

Luther Earl Butler, 93, passed away July 19, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Earl was born November 4, 1922 in Baytown, TX to the late Luther Marion and Ida Gertrude Hart Butler. Earl graduated from Lee High School in Baytown in 1940 and went to work at the Carbide plant. He worked there both in the field and in the chemistry lab. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Earl joined the Navy, the...
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Jackie Ray Hamilton

June 8, 1953 - July 17, 2016

Jackie Ray Hamilton 63, of Six Mile, passed away surrounded by his family, July 17, 2016. Jackie was born in Rockport, TX, June 8, 1953 to the late Tommy and Billie Hamilton. Jackie was a 1971 graduate of Calhoun High School. Jackie worked as a plumber for several different companies before starting his own business, Gem Plumbing, which he owned for 11 years. After he retired he worked for CCISD...
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Emerardo A. Falcon

July 7, 1929 - July 11, 2016

Emerardo A. Falcon, 87, of Port Lavaca, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on July 11, 2016. Emerardo was born July 7, 1929 in Porvenir Ramones, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In 1956 he moved to Port Lavaca. He worked for King Fisher Marine Service for 33 years. Through his hard work, he showed the importance of sacrifice and by his love and care provided support and guidance to his family. He was...
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Charles E. Zirkelback

April 15, 1939 - July 8, 2016

Charles Emmet Zirkelback, 77, died peacefully in his sleep on July 8, 2016 in Port Lavaca, Texas after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maria Ramirez Zirkelback, daughters Anne Marie (Jamie) Odefey of Port Lavaca and Nicole (K.C.) Martin of Marietta, Georgia, and granddaughters Alexis Marie Odefey, Alexandra Reagan Martin, and Katherine Camilla...
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Henry Guetebier

April 10, 1926 - July 3, 2016

Henry Guetebier, 90, of Port Lavaca passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was born April 10, 1926 in Yoakum to the late Herman and Lucy Binkelburg Guetebier. He was a retired operator from Alcoa and a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic ChurchIn addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Guetebier, and two brothers.Visitation will be held Thursday, July 7, 2016 from...
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Ruby Elizabeth Parrish

June 27, 1923 - July 3, 2016

Ruby Elizabeth Parrish, 93, of Olivia passed away Sunday, July 3 2016. She was born June 27, 1923 in La Ward to the late John and Bertha Sanders Koch. Ruby was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist church.Survivors include her sons, Richard Earl Parrish (Diana) and William H. Parrish (Pam) of Olivia; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Rhody Leo Nornberg

October 15, 1933 - July 1, 2016

Rhody L. Nornberg, 82, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on July 1, 2016. He was born October 15, 1933, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to the late Leo and Mary Nornberg of Polonia, Wisconsin. Rhody attended St. Norbert's Prepatory Academy in West De Pere, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of...
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Dinnie Carl Billings

November 10, 1944 - July 1, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, TX.
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Roy Schmidli

March 1, 1921 - June 28, 2016

Roy H. SchmidliPort Lavaca - Roy H. Schmidli, 95, died peacefully at home on June 28, 2016. He was born March 1, 1921 on the family farm near Oregon, WI. After serving as a Navy Pilot in WWII, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Logan Chiropractor College. Dr. Schmidli practiced chiropractic medicine in Port Lavaca for over 50 years.In addition to his wife of 66 years, the former...
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Billy Ray Wilson

September 18, 1937 - June 26, 2016

Billy Ray Wilson, Sr., 78 of Port Lavaca passed away June 26, 2016. He was born September 18, 1937 in Victoria, TX to the late Charles and Ethel King Wilson. He was a retired plumber having worked for Victoria and Young Plumbing and was a Catholic. Bill also served in the National Guard for 20 years.He is survived by his wife, Mary Yanta Wilson of Port Lavaca; sons, Billy Ray Wilson Jr. and...
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Selby L. Canion

June 14, 1928 - June 22, 2016

Selby Lynn Canion, 88, of Port Lavaca passed away June 22, 2016. He was born June 14, 1928 in Port Lavaca to the late George and Bessie Selby Canion. He was a Farmer/Rancher and member of the First United Methodist Church.He is survived by his son, Kenneth Canion and John Canion (Nan) both of Port Lavaca; sister, Shirley Canion of Rosenburg; brother, Lloyd Canion of Port Lavaca; 7 grandchildren...
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Elizabeth McCoy Hawes

May 11, 1925 - June 21, 2016

(Norma) Elizabeth McCoy Hawes, 91, passed away June 21, 2016. She was born May 11, 1925 in Victoria, TX to the late Dave Sylvester McCoy Sr. and Norma Hildegard Becker McCoy.Elizabeth was a homemaker and loved to travel. A graduate of the 1942 class of Patti Welder High School, she was a charter member of the Port O'Connor Service Club, served in the St. Joseph Catholic Church Altar Society and...
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Juan Rodriguez

September 14, 1953 - June 19, 2016

Juan Lorenzo Rodriguez, Sr., 62, of Port Lavaca passed away June 19, 2016. He was born September 14, 1953 in Port Lavaca, TX to the late Cheno Rodriguez Sr. and Felicitas Solorzano Rodriguez. He was a Chief Operator for Alcoa and member of Our Lady of the Gulf.He is survived by his sons, Lorenzo Rodriguez and Joaquin (Amanda) Rodriguez; daughter, Angelica Renee Rodriguez; mother of his children...
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Letha J. Swenson

March 2, 1926 - June 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, TX.
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Mary Garza

April 9, 1935 - June 3, 2016

- Mary R. Garza, 81, of Port Lavaca passed away June 3, 2016. She was born April 9, 1935 in Port Lavaca to the late Juan and Faustina Velasquez Reyes. She was retired from Hillman's as a shrimp packer.She is survived by her daughter, Diana Warden (Travis); sisters, Hortencia R. Portilla, Elvira Villarreal (Roy), Oralia Arellano (Victor); brothers, Jesse Reyes (Toni), Reynaldo Reyes (Edna), Leo...
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John Thomas Smith

January 22, 1944 - June 2, 2016

John Thomas Smith, 72, of Port O'Connor passed away June 2, 2016. He was born January 22, 1944 in Mobile, AL to the late George Alfred and Beryl Lorraine George Smith. He was retired from Occidental Petroleum, was a member of First Baptist Church in Port O'Connor and served in the US Army.He is survived by his wife, Brenda Joyce Smith; daughters, Renee Hawes (Jody) of Port O'Connor, Kimberly...
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Wilfred John Hahn

January 8, 1925 - May 25, 2016

Wilfred John Hahn, age 91, of Port Lavaca, TX died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. He died at Memorial Hospital due to complications from Congestive Heart Failure.Wilfred was born on January 8, 1925, in Yorktown, TX. He was the only son of August Bernhard and Martha Hahn. He and his twin sister were the oldest of 5 children. He spent his childhood in Port Lavaca with his parents and 4 sisters on...
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Harvey Rathkamp

August 4, 1929 - May 21, 2016

Harvey C. Rathkamp, 86, of Tivoli passed away May 21, 2016. He was born August 4, 1929 in LaGrange, TX to the late August Fredrick and Elsie Matty Rathkamp. He was a retired Nickel Plater from DuPont and a retired Deputy from Refugio County Sheriff Department. Harvey served his country in the U.S. Air Force.He is survived by his sons, Don (Sheila) Rathkamp, David (Charlene) Rathkamp; 15...
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Diane F. Howell

May 6, 1937 - May 7, 2016

Diane Fowler Howell, 79 of Port O'Connor, Texas passed away May 7, 2016. She was born May 6, 1937 in Memphis, TN to the late Royce and Sally Fowler. Diane graduated from Memphis State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English, and was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Port Lavaca.Diane is survived by her husband William C. "Dixie" Howell; her son, Mark (Lauren) Howell of Port Lavaca...
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Virginia Haeber

April 3, 1923 - April 28, 2016

Virginia Webb Haeber, 93, of Tivoli passed away April 28, 2016. She was born April 3, 1923 in Tulsa, OK to the late Claude and Ruth Simmons Webb. Virginia lived on the Guadalupe River for over 50 years. She owned and operated many businesses including the lounges in Port Lavaca, was Captain of a shrimp boat and a commercial fisherman and had many boats in her fleet and also owned and operated...
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Wanda Garbe

May 10, 1928 - April 27, 2016

Wanda Garbe, 87, passed away April 27, 2016. She was born May 10, 1928 in Rusk, TX to the late George and Helen Rowan. Wanda was a homemaker but most importantly, a Grandmother, and was affectionately known as "Granny" to many.She is survived by son, Tommy Garbe (Mary) of Port Lavaca; grandchildren, Kristy Reyes (Jerry) of Port Lavaca, Wendy English (Mike) of Maricopa, AZ; great-grandson's,...
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John Fredrick Mayne

March 8, 1972 - April 19, 2016

John Fredrick Mayne, II age 44 of Port Lavaca passed away April 19, 2016. He was born March 8, 1972 in Wichita, Kansas to John and Ester Mayne. John was a rig welder and a catholic.John is survived by his wife, Maria Culpepper; mother, Ester Erna Mayne; father, John Fredrick Mayne; daughters, Randi and Sarah; son, Brayden, and brother Jeff Mayne.A Prayer service will be held on Monday, April 25...
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Richard Torres

July 16, 1981 - April 16, 2016

Richard "Richie" Torres, 34, was born on July 16, 1981 in Port Lavaca Texas to Richard and Diana Torres. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, April 16, 2016. In spite of living with Cerebral Palsy for 34 years, it was a diagnosis of Cancer that took him, suddenly, from his family. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, Richard and Diana Torres of Port...
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Mavis Evelyn Saylor

November 18, 1925 - April 14, 2016

Mavis Evelyn Canion Saylor passed away April 14, 2016. A lifelong Port Lavacan, she was born November 18, 1925 to the late George and Bessie Selby Canion.After graduating, in 1943, as salutatorian at Port Lavaca High, she immediately enrolled at Southwest Texas State Teachers College. In August of 1944, she received a Teachers Temporary Certificate. So at the ripe old age of 18, she began...
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Charles Raymond Matson

November 13, 1938 - April 10, 2016

Charles "Chuck" Raymond Matson, Sr. passed away April 10, 2016. He was born November 13, 1938 in Port Lavaca to Bernice Neil Matson and the late Raymond Harold Matson. Chuck was retired from corporate flying Smith Industries, Continental Airlines and completed his flying career as a Mooney Test Pilot. In his spare time he loved skeet shooting and gardening.He is survived by his wife, Mary E....
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Juanita G. Gonzalez

December 20, 1929 - March 15, 2016

Juanita G. Gonzalez 86 of Port Lavaca passed away March 15, 2016. She was born December 20, 1929 in Harlingen, Texas to the late Eduardo and Rosa Garza. Juanita is a retired nurse.She is survived by her daughters, Diana Melenich, and Melinda Gonzalez; sons, Gerardo G. Gonzalez and Melquiades Gonzalez, Jr.; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, Juanita was...
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Jimmy Wayne Hamrick

August 18, 1952 - March 11, 2016

Jimmy Wayne Hamrick, 63 of Port Lavaca passed away peacefully on March 11, 2016. He was born on August 18, 1952 in Corpus Christi to the late James Ellis and Rosie Lee Hamrick. Jimmy was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing, and football. He worked in the welding industry for the majority of his life. Jimmy loved spending time with his children and family above all else.He is survived...
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Annie Olga Marek Geryk

September 9, 1923 - March 9, 2016

Annie Olga Marek Geryk 92 of Six Mile passed away March 9, 2016. She was born September 9, 1923 in Port Lavaca to the late Frank Sr. and Anna Tracey Marek . Mrs. Geryk was a member of the Six Mile Presbyterian Church.She is survived by her children; Karen Jackson, Kathy Stellman, Perry Geryk, Rocky Geryk, Barney Geryk, Donna Gindle, Timothy Geryk, and Deborah Schagel; 11 grandchildren and 23...
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Valentine R. Farias

May 21, 1934 - March 8, 2016

Valentine Rocky Farias, Sr., 81, went home to meet his loving Father in heaven and to join his beloved wife Esmerejilda 'Hilda' Farias on Tuesday evening March 8, 2016. Rocky Sr. is survived by his son Valentino Rocky Farias, Jr., (Mita), granddaughter Marisol Farias; son, Antonio Celestino Farias, Sr., granddaughter, Kristi Sauceda, grandsons, Antonio Celestino Farias, Jr. and Paulo (Paul)...
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Catherine A. Risley

September 17, 1934 - March 1, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, TX.
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Mary Sue Kelley Chamrad

October 29, 1954 - February 26, 2016

Mary Sue Kelley Chamrad 61 of Point Comfort passed away February 26, 2016. She was born October 29, 1954 in Okinawa, Japan to the late John E. and Margaret Burnside Kelley. Mary was a member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church.She is survived by her husband, Frank Chamrad; children, Sean Martin Silvas, Rachel Renee Marin, and Sara Irene Schoonover; grandchildren, Brittany Silvas, Samantha Silvas,...
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Vicente De la Garza

February 10, 1928 - February 24, 2016

Vicente de la Garza, Jr. 88 of Port Lavaca passed away February 24, 2016. He was born February 10, 1928 in Laredo, Texas to the late V.J. and Josefina Margarita Ramirez de la Garza. Vicente was a member of Our Lady of The Gulf Catholic Church. Before retirement he worked alongside his father in the family business, The Economy Store. Vicente is survived by his brother Victor M. de la Garza of...
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Robert F. Reinhard

December 27, 1933 - February 23, 2016

Robert Frank ReinhardPort Lavaca - Robert Frank Reinhard, 82, of Port Lavaca passed away February 23, 2016. He was born December 27, 1933 in Fish Creek, Wisconsin to the late Oscar & Margaret Gunnerson Reinhard. Robert was retired from a 20 year career in the United States Air Force, followed by more than 20 years teaching a myriad of subjects & grade levels with Calhoun County...
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Jo Bernice Tyson

November 10, 1916 - February 22, 2016

Jo Bernice Glaze Tyson "Granny Tyson", 99 of Seadrift passed away February 22, 2016. She was born November 10, 1916 in Gatesville, TX to the late Joseph and Sally Maurine Jones Glaze. Mrs. Tyson is survived by her three sons, Jerry Tyson and wife Carol, Larry Tyson and wife Donna and Bobby Tyson and wife Vicki; sister, Betty Jane Price; brother, Rayford Glaze and wife Mary Lea; and numerous...
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John Frank Sterling

October 4, 1942 - February 15, 2016

On February 15, our father John Frank "Bubba" Sterling lost his battle against cancer. He was 73, and born on October 4, 1942 to John R. and Faye Bauer Sterling in Victoria, Texas."Bubba", as most knew him, lived life to the fullest. He never met a stranger and dearly loved his family and friends.He was a true cowboy, a farmer and rancher most of his life. He was married to the love of his...
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