Obituaries

Wed
26
Apr

Lena Leist

Lena Emma Leist, 82, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017. She was born June 19, 1934 in Hochheim to the late Louis and Frieda Boening Blank. Lena married the love of her life, Wilfred Frank Leist on May 8, 1955 in Yoakum. She cared for children in her home, was a clerk at Bottom Dollar for years, and was a lunch lady at Cuero Junior High and High School. Lena was a charter member and past president of the Cuero VFW Auxiliary, was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and was a lifetime member of Herman Sons. She enjoyed baking, playing bingo, spending time with her family, and going to Coushatta. 

Mon
24
Apr

Estalene Bowles

Estalene Bowles, 61, of Cuero passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. She was born March 5, 1956 in Huntington, West Virginia to Franklin and Mary Jones Birchfield.

She is survived by her  husband,  Shelton L. Bowles; daughters, Candy Bowles  and Vanessa Bowles; son, Shelton Bowles, Jr. ; sister, Donna Grant (Johnny) ; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Reverend Lawrence Roy II. Interment  to follow at Hillside Cemetery.

You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.

Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.

Fri
21
Apr

Lorita Fitzgerald

Lorita (Rita) Mae Wolf Fitzgerald of Victoria, 84, passed away on April 18, 2017. She was born in Cuero on Sept. 20, 1932; adopted by the late Werner F.C. Wolf and Lorene Semmler Wolf. Late in life, she was united with part of her biological family. She attended Green DeWitt School, and graduated from Cuero High School in 1950. Rita married Jack Collier Fitzgerald on June 1, 1952. They were happily married for 64 years, and raised two daughters, Karen Fitzgerald Finley and Jacquelyn Fitzgerald Lev. Rita and Jack lived in California from 1952 to 1958, and then settled in Cuero before moving to Victoria in 1986.

Rita worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell from 1950 to 1952 and as a payroll clerk for the Toledo Scale Company from 1956 to 1958. Later, she volunteered at the Cuero Hospital as a Pink Lady.

Mon
17
Apr

Anna Ryan

Anna Mae Wagner Ryan, 90, of Cuero passed away at home on April 14, 2017. She was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Yorktown, Texas to the late Emil Joseph and Anna Rohan Wagner.

Anna married Richard Ryan on June 13, 1953 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Yorktown. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cuero and the Altar Society. She loved spending time with her family, gardening and needle work.

Anna graduated from Yorktown High School and Santa Rosa School of Nursing in San Antonio. She was a R.N. who worked with Polio patients at Warms Springs, plant nurse at Dupont and for Dr O.E. Hall.

Mon
17
Apr

Zebedee Harper, Jr.

Zebedee Harper, Jr. passed into eternal rest on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the age of 79. He was born to the late Zebedee and Lillie Mae Hilliard Harper, Sr. in Yorktown, Texas on Oct. 20, 1937. Zebedee made Victoria his home for the past 17 years after returning from San Francisco, California. He attended Mt Bethel Baptist Church in Cuero.

Zebedee is survived by his wife Bobbie Raye Harper, sons Zebedee Harper III, and Christopher (Carol) Boykin; daughters Sheryl L. Harper, Zeborah A. Wedley, and Anitra (Dwyane) Baker; and brother Marion Harper, Sr. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, his extended family Ethel Joyce Thomas, Ella Faye Green, Marion Harper, Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Thu
13
Apr

Charles (Bud) Mattox, Sr.

Charles (Bud) Milton Mattox, Sr. passed from this world on April 12, 2017.  He was born in Houston, Texas to Charles Kermit Mattox and Theelda Frances Rockey (Granny) Mattox on September 21, 1942.  He was 74 years old when he passed.
He spent his youth in the trees of East Texas with his immediate and extended family and friends.  He proudly served 9 years in the United States Air Force.  He worked his way up from the assembly line to the Vice-President of Tank Technology.   He was an avid hunter, golfer, fisher and knife maker, as many in the community know.  His presence on “the corner” in Yorktown will be missed.

Thu
13
Apr

Dorine Leister

Dorine Mae Leister, 77, of Yorktown passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was born April 26, 1939 in Yorktown, to the late Edward and Erna Hasse Neese. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Walter Leister; son Bobby Leister; and brother, Larry (Jolynn) Neese.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Lenell Mayfield.
Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017 with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Holy Cross Catholic Church or donor’s choice.
You are invited to sign the online guest book at www.masseyfh.com.
Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, Yorktown, Texas 361-564-2900.
 

Thu
06
Apr

Lucille Thieme

Lucille E. Thieme, 103, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was born Nov. 2, 1913 in Schroeder to the late Alfred and Mathilda Hartman. Lucille married Edwin H. Thieme on Dec. 9, 1933 at Zion Lutheran Church in Arneckeville. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a Leader in the 4-H Club for many years. She enjoyed cooking , gardening, playing dominoes and collecting bottles.

She is survived by daughter, Nita Pakebusch and husband, Garland; son, Larry Thieme and wife, Barbara; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Victor Hartman and James Hartman.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Arneckeville with Pastor Barbara Beale officiating. Interment will be at a later date.

Thu
06
Apr

Lois Trammell

Lois Faye Trammell, 64, of Cuero passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017. She was born Sept. 15, 1952 in Yoakum to the late Howard and Della Cockcroft Phillips.

She is survived by her daughter, Anissa Kotara of Cuero; son, Jeffery Molands of Cuero; sisters, Sue Hoser of Dallas and Shirley Woods of Cuero; grandchildren, Chelsea Rickman, Austin Rickman, Makayla Rickman, Serenity Molands, Dalton Molands and Jarek DeLaRosa, all of Cuero.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with funeral services to begin at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum.

Pallbearers are Ike Knox, Dell Hallmark, Sr., Joseph Boone, Kirk Henkes, Ronnie Pressler and Peyton Martin.

You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.

Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.

Mon
03
Apr

Genivieve Barnett

Ms. Genivieve Lee Barnett (“Geni”, “GiGi”, “Sissy”) was born Sept. 13, 1981 in Long Beach, California to Kenneth L. Barnett Sr. and Tammy D. Barnett. She attended the public schools of Lake Elsinore, California. At an early age Geni professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was saved and Baptized at Faith Baptist Church in Wildomar, Ca. At the age of 18 Geni transitioned from the state of California to the State of Texas where she continued to reside.

Ms. Genivieve Lee Barnett was blessed to give birth to two beautiful sons Joshua J. Steward and Julius J. Barnett. As a result of Geni’s lively spirit, fun outgoing personality, and generosity she was loved by many. Geni truly enjoyed music and dancing. Geni loved to cook. Geni was a very open and straight forward person who was never afraid to express her feelings and thoughts. Geni was a strong woman.

On March 23, 2017 God called home an angel and GiGi peacefully departed.

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