Obituaries

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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.

Mon
06
Mar

Walter "Bucky" Sager

Walter C. (Bucky) Sager beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, of Cuero, passed away March 6, 2017. He was born Feb. 17, 1936 in Cuero to Siddy Lane Penner and Walter Sager. Bucky was very proud of being a fifth generation Texan on both sides of his family and was a true “American Cowboy.”

Fri
03
Mar

Ora Green

Ora Green passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the age of 65. She was born on Sept. 4, 1951 to the late Calvin Johnson and Rosie Lee Bryant in Cuero.

Ora Green was a longtime resident of Cuero since 1995 and attended Little Zion Baptist Church where she was on the Little Zion Mission and Usher Board. She worked for the Civil Service for 11 years; and retired as a corrections officer where she had worked for 17 years for the TDCJ. She also worked for the Cuero ISD in the last few years of her life.

Wed
01
Mar

Yvonne Kolterman

Yvonne W. Kolterman, 68, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. She was born Oct. 8, 1948 in Freer to Wilbert and Georgie Brandt.

She is survived by her brother, Clint Williams and wife Sandra; children, Teresa Crosier and husband, Steven, Robbie Sherman and wife Leanne, Patricia Anson and husband Chris, Belton Presswood and Margaret Presswood; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Georgie Heldt Williams and Wilbert Brandt; and her husband, David Kolterman.

Visitation and Funeral  Services  will be held Monday, March 6 with Visitation at 9 a.m. and Services to begin at 10 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Brown officiating.

The family wishes to acknowledge and give thanks to her cousin, Donna Cliffe and her husband Joe for their love and never ending support; Cuero Nursing Center for their care and patience during her stay; and the Cuero Community Hospital and the Staff of the ICU.

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