Obituaries

Wed
22
Mar

Judy Brashier

Judy Delores Brashier was born in Trinity, Texas April 21, 1944. She was just 72-years-old when God called her home, in Victoria, Texas on Feb. 23, 2017.

Judy is preceded in death by her husband John Brashier, one son Ronald Franklin, and a daughter Karon Dixon Solis.

Left to treasure her memories are daughter Sharon Walker and Jerry Hensley, grandchildren Christian and Jay Eagan, Shannon and Danny Seanez, Kristopher and Anna-Lisa Gilmore, Jamie and Chris Faerber, Janet and Michael Laurence, Tracie Hensley and Crystal, Kasey and Jason Ballman, Chaz Braisher, Jay and Cathy Luna, Tanya Jo Luna, Jimmy and Debbie Monroe; 16 great-grandchildren.

Judy was retired from TDCJ and served at the Stevenson Unit. She was a care giver for many years.

She loved her family and enjoyed outings and spending time with her family grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a wonderfully high spirit and had fun in every adventure she would go on.

Wed
22
Mar

Patricia Gott

Patricia Ann Greer Gott, 80, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017. She was born Aug. 6, 1936 in Zephyr to the late Clyde and Bonnye Greer.

Pat retired from Wells Fargo Bank in Victoria. She was a member of LifeWay Baptist Church and the Cuero Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered many hours at the Wishing Well Gift Shop at Cuero Regional Hospital. Pat enjoyed cooking, baking, working in her flowerbeds and helping others.

She will be remembered as a loving, giving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Tue
21
Mar

Audrey Kuecker

Audrey Faye Kuecker, 82, of Cuero passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. She was born Feb. 25, 1935 in Arneckeville to the late Edmund and Alvina Hausman. Audrey married the late Leebell Kuecker on July 10, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria.

She is survived by her sons, David Kuecker (Marsha) of Kyle, Gary Kuecker (Diane) of Friendswood, Steve Kuecker (Sally) of Victoria and Glen Kuecker (Rochan) of Yoakum; sisters Vernell Berkowvsky (Chuck) of Cuero; grandchildren, Daniel Kuecker (Cherlyn) of Granger, Audrey K. Moore (Marshall) of Austin, Clifton Kuecker of Corpus Christi, Lexi Kuecker of College Station, Vanessa Kuecker of Davila, Brian Kuecker of Austin, Spencer Clements and Stephen Clements both of San Antonio and Alicia R. Kuecker and Sydney N. Kuecker both of Yoakum; and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Gloria M. Luder; and daughter-in-law, Bernadette Kuecker.

Mon
20
Mar

Roger Saenz

Rogelio “Roger” Saenz, 81, of Mineola, passed March 17, 2017. He was born in rural DeWitt County to Faustino Saenz II and Genoveva  Aguirre Saenz on May 13,1935. He was raised in Cuero and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. He volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his wife of 40 plus years, Modene McBride Saenz; step-daughter, Debra Morris (Jim); sister Mary Geneva Torres (Robert); brothers, Armando Saenz (Linda), Faustino Saenz III (Del), and 15 nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dahlia Navarro and husband Steve; nephew, David F. Saenz;  and step-daughter, Cathy McBride.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father David Berger officiating.

Fri
17
Mar

Grace Lufborough Leggett Gips

Grace Lufborough Leggett Gips, 97, of Cuero passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. She was born July 1, 1919 in Mossy Grove to Otis Frank and Mary Jane Shaw Leggett.  Grace married the love of her life, Clifton Elwood Gips on March 2, 1941.  She represented Goliad High School in the State Tennis tournament in 1937. She later became an avid golfer, playing golf all around Texas with her husband and friends.

Wed
15
Mar

Zella Blackwell

Zella Blackwell, 58, passed into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was born February 10, 1959 to the late John and Fannie Hopkins Blackwell in Cuero, TX.

Zella is survived by her daughters de’Reshia Blackwell, Keisha Blackwell, and Jasmine Ross; her son Tre’vor Jones; brothers Calvin Blackwell, Lawrence Blackwell, and Ernest Blackwell; and sisters Ann Hopkins, Joyce Pickens, and Stella Blackwell. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers John Blackwell and Micah Hopkins.

A viewing will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel, 8819 US Hwy 87 North, Cuero Hwy, with Rev. Marcellus Wesley, officiating. Interment will be held at Nobles Cemetery, in Cuero, TX. 

Wed
15
Mar

Paul Mainka, Sr.

Paul Mainka, Sr., 82, of Andrews passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Odessa.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at McNett Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Steve Wolfe officiating.  Interment will follow in the Andrews North Cemetery.  Please celebrate his life by visiting www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.

Wed
15
Mar

Tony Cervantes

Tony Cervantes, 69, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. He was born May 10, 1947 in Wharton to Jerry Cervantes Sr. and Julia L. Cervantes. Tony served his country during the Vietnam era in the Army. He loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren and going to the duck pond. He loved his sports especially the Spurs and Cowboys.

 He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Camacho (David) and Leslye Cervantes (Patrick) all of San Marcos; sister, Mary Cervantes Vela of Cuero; brothers, Ralph Roy Cervantes of Victoria, Jerry Cervantes, Jr. (Yolanda) of Round Rock and Bobby Cervantes of Cuero; grandchildren, Makayla, Matthew, Madison, Devin, Derek, Isaac and Isabella all of San Marcos.

Wed
15
Mar

Juanita “Janie” Aleman Ruiz

Juanita “Janie” Aleman Ruiz, 102 of San  Antonio formerly of Cuero, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was born October 30, 1914 to the late Alfred and Maria Gonzales Aleman.  Janie was a Homemaker and Rancher. She loved gardening, dancing, sewing and cooking.

 She is survived by daughter, Emily Funari; sons, Ernest Ruiz and wife, Rosalind Ruiz and Roy A. Ruiz; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norberto M. Ruiz; daughter, Mary A. Hudson; sister, Lily Wesar; brothers, Frank Aleman, Joe Aleman, Alfred Aleman and Robert Aleman.

 Visitation, rosary and services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Freund Funeral Home with visitation at 10 a.m., rosary recited at 10:30 a.m. and services  to begin at 11 a.m. with Father Oscar Amo officiating. Interment to follow in Hillside Cemetery.

Thu
09
Mar

Thelma Luddeke

Thelma Earlene Luddeke, 93, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was born April 25, 1923 in Coatesville, Missouri to the late James C. and Edna Veatch Judd. Earlene loved flowers, nature and music, and she enjoyed playing games, putting together puzzles and reading.

She is survived by daughters, Debora Hess (Mike) and Tila Gardine of Cuero and Karen Hames (Frank) of The Colony; sister, Velma Wilson of Carefree, Arizona; brothers, Ed Judd of Phoenix, Arizona and Curly Judd of Lancaster, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John W. Luddeke; brother, Earl Judd and one grandchild.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11 at Freund Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with services to follow at 10 a.m. with Pastor Sharon Wiggins officiating. Interment to follow in Hillside Cemetery.

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