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Published December 29, 2021


Stanley Scott Brandenburg

Stanley Scott Brandenburg

Stanley Scott Brandenburg, formerly of Lake Charles, Louisiana, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas, due to complications from several strokes. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, December 22, 1932, to Stanley Martelli Brandenburg and Geraldine Scott Brandenburg, Stan was a graduate of Kemper Military Academy and Drake University, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a navigator in the United States Air Force, a member of Ben Hur Shrine Temple, a “skilled” golfer, and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan. Through the years he ushered and served on several building committees for churches in various cities where he and Cheri lived. He spent his professional career in the lumber and building products industry, for many years with the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, and ultimately owning and operating Southwest Lumbermen’s Supply Company in Crowley, Louisiana, from 1984 to 2000.

Stan and Cheri then moved to Sun City, Texas, where he was an active participant and had many founding/leadership roles with the Sun City Shrine Club, neighborhood committees, Veterans Memorial Plaza committee, Iowa Club, St. Louis Club, Rotary Club and the Bushwhackers. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Cheri, and children, Scott Brandenburg and wife, Gaye, of Macon, Georgia, and Christy Brandenburg Branch, PhD., and husband, John Branch, PhD. of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also, grandchildren Matthew Brandenburg, William Brandenburg, Sara Brandenburg, Henry Branch, Georgina Branch, and Charles Branch. Stan also leaves behind brother, Bob Brandenburg, and wife, Bonnie, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and brother-in-law, Bryce Segar, and wife, Patricia, of San Antonio, extended family, Jana and Mike Fitzpatrick, Major Cary and Orienna Fitzpatrick, and Kelley Fitzpatrick, numerous nieces, nephews, close neighbors and dear friends.

Stan was a loving, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a faithful and “loyal to the end” friend. He did what he promised to do and always tried to make things better.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., December 30, 2021, at Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Texas. Inurnment will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, January 4, 2022. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Stan’s memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

 


Yvonne Scott Staton, 86, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2021. A time of visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2021, at Ramsey Funeral Home, with the graveside following at 1 p.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery with Reverend Jim McLendon officiating. 

 


Published December 26, 2021


Wilmer M. Mirtsching, P.E.

W.M. Mirtsching, 94, of Dallas, Texas, passed away December 12, 2021. 

He was born Sept. 13, 1927, the son of Walter and Louise Mirtsching, who farmed near Walburg, Texas.  Being a child during the Great Depression, losing his father at age 6, and going through the family’s loss of their home by fire, he was intensely motivated to survive and to overcome those hardships, and to see that his family never had to face them. The experiences of dire circumstances coupled with the love and influence of a godly Christian home gave him the will and drive that permeated every facet of his life.

He finished grade school at Zion Lutheran School near Walburg and later went on to become the first student without a high school education ever to be admitted to the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1958. In the years immediately following, he worked in the Special Projects Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, and did graduate work in business administration at Texas Christian University.

Mr. Mirtsching’s 40 plus year career led him into many aspects of equipment design, many phases of equipment production, and many types of project management. His involvement with a plethora of equipment companies and city and manufacturing operations engaged his expertise in a wide variety of applications and yielded him broad acquaintance and respect in his field. He was at the pinnacle of his vocational experience when he retired in 2000 at the age of 72 from Stewart & Stevenson Company at the Sealy plant, which manufactured military trucks. He continued consulting after retirement for some time.

W.M. was a devoted member of Northrich Baptist Church. He loved his family, his church, and his country supremely. He enjoyed solving problems and making things run smoothly and efficiently, and thus he put his inventive talents to work troubleshooting and repairing all his own appliances, vehicles, and machinery, and including that of others on occasion. Engines and devices of all sorts held a fascination for him because he had an eye for visualizing the details of a complex structure and an ear for perceiving the unique sound of a properly functioning mechanism. He loved reading technical material and history, listening to gospel and patriotic music, and doing research on the computer, but he also enjoyed outdoor activities, particularly fishing, hunting, and golf.

W.M. was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and two brothers. 

He is survived by his wife, Helen; his beloved son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Barry C. Mirtsching and Dr. Jessica Procter; their two daughters, Zoe and husband, Parker Kim, and Ava Mirtsching; as well as many dear nieces and nephews of his extended family.

The family wishes to express special appreciation to W.M.’s doctors, who provided their expert medical care and support during his long illness: Dr. Tri Nguyen, Dr. Richard Snyder, and Dr. Alan Shulkin. Additionally, their gratitude is also expressed to Dr. Alan Kaye, who, along with his caring staff at Faith Presbyterian Hospice, ensured W.M. dignity and quality of life in its final stage.

W.M. was known by and shown by many neighbors and friends that he held them in high esteem when he encountered and spoke with them, as they often stepped in to help in various thoughtful and practical ways. The family also wishes to thank Mary and Mike Kiefer for their innumerable loving deeds of exceptional, continuing kindness.

In his life, W.M. was most proud of those he loved, of course, but proud, too, that he had been present and had been able to witness the incredible changes which took place so quickly during the many decades of his life.



Phyllis Marianne Smith

Phyllis Marianne Smith

Phyllis Marianne Smith, nee Larson, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 24, 1939.

Her parents were Ralph Lyle and Lydda Marie Larson, nee Olson.

She passed away November 26, 2021, in hospice care at the age of 82.

She is survived by her husband Robert and children

Jeffrey and Cynthia.

A memorial service at Christ Lutheran Church, Georgetown, Texas (clcgtn.org) will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 1 p.m.

The service can be viewed live on YouYube (youtube.com/channel/UCb-9hAkDOAGAzFLR0TwadCg).



Steven Wade Cunningham

Steven Wade Cunningham

Steve left us suddenly on December 20, 2021, like one whose train arrived unexpectedly, leaving him no time to say goodbye.  

He was a philosopher, a theologian, an astronomer, a deep thinker and a prolific reader.  

Perhaps his greatest joy was in sharing the evidence all around us that points to our great Creator.  

Steve placed his unwavering faith in the one true living God from an early age and never looked back. Rather, he dug deeper, past simple faith to unwavering conviction.  

Steve was a senior software developer and a very good one.  He took great pride in his work.  

Steve was the idyllic big brother, entertaining his little sisters as they grew and jumping in to protect them when needed.  

He met his bride of 27 years while both were in Aggieland and proposed to her in song.  

He was a one of a kind, who won’t be replaced but who did leave a high bar and challenge for other believers: to know who it is they have put their faith in and live it out continually, when it is convenient and when it is not.  

We are pretty certain that among the first to greet Steve as he arrived in his heavenly home was his mother, Norma Anne Schwerdtfeger and his first son, William.  

Steve leaves behind for now his wife, Sheila McDaniel Cunningham; his son (who is just a smidge taller than dad) Dane; his daughter and Latvian princess, Arina; his parents, Larry and Becky Cunningham; five sisters, Cathi Dawn Winkler and husband, David; Kathy Spencer and husband, Andy; Lori Chambers-Dawes and husband, Neil; Sheri Freemyer and husband, Eric; and Teresa Mitchell and husband, John; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews and a handful of true (fellow philosopher) friends.  

They each and every one are holding on to the promises of Christ that Steve will be more a part of their future than he was of their past.  

A gathering of Mr. Cunningham’s family and friends will begin at 9 a.m., with his funeral service to follow at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 23, 2021, at First Baptist Church, 17019 Highway 124, Fannett. His graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 27, 2021, at Richland Cemetery, 641 Southwest County Road 2340, Richland, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.



Edward Lee Stephens

Edward Lee Stephens

Edward Lee Stephens passed away on December 21, 2021, at the age of 70 in Austin, Texas. He was born May 26, 1951, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to Audrey and J.D. Stephens. He grew up in Grapevine, Texas, and after graduating from Grapevine High School he attended the University of Texas at Arlington. He married Betty Joyce Pillack on June 25, 1983. Edward and Betty Joyce raised two children, David and Ruth, in Austin.

Edward was a CPA and worked for various companies including Ted Jordan, CPA and then owned his own CPA firm. It was truly a calling for Edward as he helped people with their taxes, their businesses, working out technical projects with lots of details, or just giving his clients advice. He also enjoyed the friendships he made with all his clients through the years.

Edward was interested in many things as he played the saxophone in High School and College, learned Karate, got his pilot’s license for small aircraft and excelled in woodworking projects such as building his own patio on the house, also picnic tables and several swing sets. He was extremely handy and he would repair anything he was brought from cars to plumbing. He and Betty Joyce liked to travel and also serve his delicious barbecue and other items he cooked to friends and family. He was a blood donor for as long as he was able to donate blood. He possessed common sense and patience and helped all who sought his wisdom and advice. His children were important to him and he and Betty Joyce supported their son David in Boy Scouts, various school activities, Science Olympiad and their daughter Ruth at kickball games, Acteen functions and by being Aggie Parents. Edward’s last act of service was an eye donation of his corneas for research.

The church was an important part of his life and he accepted Jesus as his Savior as a young boy and attended Hyde Park Baptist Church for over 40 years. He and Betty Joyce were faithful volunteers in the Children’s Ministry for 31 years, they worked with Operation Christmas Child, he kept attendance records for several Sunday School classes, was a money teller and when he was in the Singles Class he and a friend would go out each week and speak and minister to people who had been Sunday School visitors that week. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for many years. He also attended Christ Lutheran Church and enjoyed their worship services, Discipleship Class, and a weekly Bible Study.

Edward is survived by his wife, Betty Joyce Stephens, his son, David Stephens and his daughter, Ruth Heath and her husband, Bill. He is also survived by his brother Earl Stephens (Daphne), their children Joel (Jacquelyn) Stephens, children Luke and Will; Matthew (Crystal) Stephens, children, Jack and Alex; Carrie (Chris) McLemore, children, Madison and McKala; brother Charlie Stephens and daughter, Bobbie Joe Hearod and son, Eli; brother, Brian Stephens (Jackie) and their children, Josh and Stephanie; Keith Ashton and daughter, Jaime Dale. Also Clayton Pillack, Norene and Alan Crawford and their children, Andrew Crawford and his sons, Isaiah Crawford and Demetrius Patterson; Philip Crawford. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Brenda Stephens and Wanda Ashton.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Amanda LaViolette for her care of Edward, Hospice Austin and its staff; The Gathering, and Mike’s Place.

Change to Service information: 
The memorial service for Edward Lee Stephens will be January 6, 2022, 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 300 East Monroe Street, Austin, Texas, 78704. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 300 East Monroe Street, Austin, Texas 78704. To God be the Glory!

Pamela Grace McMaster

Pamela Grace McMaster

On December 20, 2021, at 8 p.m. Pamela Grace McMaster (Steen) AKA “Nannie” received her angel wings, joining her husband of 35 years and taking her seat beside her mom in Heaven’s choir. Pam died peacefully at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, the way she wanted with little to no pain, machines and meds removed, her girls in bed with her like so many times throughout their lives and with family nearby at Scott and White Hospital. Hospitalized for almost the entire last five weeks she displayed more love, strength, courage and faith than we have ever seen as doctors and nurses poked, prodded, scanned and searched to provide answers to her rapid health decline. Less than 24 hours after her passing we received confirmation that she had metastatic cancer.

Pam was born the eldest child to Louis Mills Steen and Lillie Mae Steen (Walsh) in Monahans, Texas, on December 3, 1952. Pam was a proud Lobo Cheerleader, Miss Texas Contestant, and 1971 graduate of Monahans High School.  She worked briefly in both Monahans and Sweetwater but after her second child was born took on her best and most loving position: full time mom. When someone asked her what she did, her favorite reply was, “I am a Domestic Goddess,” but she was so much more. She was both mother and father for six months out of the year while Tim worked in Africa. She was a loving and devoted mother that gave all her time to loving and caring for her girls, very active in the girls’ school, PTA, sports and the best room mother ever. Her favorite title was “Nannie,” and it is one she took great pride in. She loved her grandchildren like she loved her girls fiercely. She remained in Georgetown a few years after her husband’s passing, but her heart was always in West Texas. So with her girls grown, married and having families of their own, she travelled back to Odessa to be near her siblings and found passion in creating magic for others decorating and organizing homes, creating extravagant holiday trees, and filling homes with holiday magic. She retuned to Georgetown earlier this year where she remained until her passing.

When Pam had the girls she decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. A legacy passed down from her own mother, her girls became her world. If that meant a dirty house to do something fun with them it was fine. She had a caring and giving heart which she also passed to them; if family was ill, she was the first at their side. She stood by and supported the girls in all their passions, coaching and loving them through good and bad times. It didn’t stop with the girls but included anyone that stayed around very long. Everyone loved her because to know her was to love her, and if you spent any time with her you knew right away how she felt about you.

Pam was preceeded in death by her husband of 35 years, Tim McMaster, brother, Sean Steen, mother, Lillie Steen, and father, Louis Steen. She is survived by her daughter, DeeDee Hawes, and husband, Cody Hawes, daughter, Shelley Kaderka, and husband, Keith Kaderka, grandchildren, Britton, Tristian and Dalton Hawes, Tillman and Chapman Kaderka, all of Georgetown. Sister, Treva Flannigan, brother, Kevin Steen, and wife, Carol, sister, Tracy Millican and husband, Doug Millican. Sister-in-law, Ann Ogden, and husband, Buzz Ogden, brother-in-law, Herbet Que McMaster, Jr., her forever sisters-in-law, Karen Rutledge and Sandra Hand, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  

She will be forever remembered for her ability to love and care for those she loved and those in need. Services are being handled by Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown, Texas. Family will have a visitation on Monday, December 27, from 6 - 8 p.m. Funeral will be Tuesday, December 28, at 2 p.m., at Gabriels Funeral Home with burial immediately following at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown. Jim Haskel and cousin Jerry Baucom will be officiating the service. Pallbearers will be Cody Hawes, Keith Kaderka, Britton Hawes, Dalton Hawes, Mitch McMaster, Mike McMaster and Mason Steen. Honorary pallbearers will be Tillman Kaderka, Chapman Kaderka, Kevin Steen, Doug Millican and Russ (Bear) Bradshaw. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock or Wounded Warriors Family Support.



Clellen Jahart Anderson, Jr.

Clellen Jahart Anderson, Jr.

Clellen Jahart Anderson, Jr. was born on February 10, 1937, to Clellen Jahart Anderson and Hazel Hill Anderson in Austin, Texas. He was oldest of two sons. Clellen was known to all as C.J. He graduated from Austin High School, attended classes at University of Texas, and then acquired an engineering job at IBM. He met the love of his life, Sandra O’Brien, at church, asked her out on a waterskiing date and married her in 1957. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.

His job at IBM took him and his family to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1965, where he developed many close friendships with other IBMers, their families and church families. He enjoyed church activities, golfing, fishing, waterskiing, boating, camping and dancing with his wife for 15 years, or winters as he would say, in Rochester. In 1980, he accepted an IBM transfer back to Austin, Texas, to be closer to family. He continued to enjoy all his favorite activities in the warmer weather. After his full career at IBM he retired and moved to Georgetown, Texas. 

C.J. passed from this life on December 21, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his brother, Michael Anderson and wife, SherryJo of Austin, Texas; son, Alan Vincent Anderson and wife, Julie Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; daughter, Darla Nagy and husband, Joe Nagy of Seminole, Texas; four grandchildren: Michael Nagy and wife, Sarah Nagy, Jessica Strowd and husband, Kennedy Strowd, Ian Anderson, and Jacob Nagy: and four great-grandchildren: Luke Nagy, Harper Nagy, Hudson Nagy and John Knox Strowd. 

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, gifts of love may be made to the charity of your choice that supports Alzheimer’s research. 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Anderson family.



Frances Ferguson Gallicano Mulock

Frances Ferguson Gallicano Mulock

 

Frances came into this world, 1926 was the year,
September 11th was the day she chose to appear.

To William And Hilda Ferguson who loved her beyond measure,
And all those who followed, knew she was a true treasure.

From an early age she was fiercely independent, 
And as her father before, she was a proud Scottish descendant.

After graduating from Katherine Gibbs she met the love of her life,
Charles Gallicano was his name and she became his devoted wife.

Many years were spent in a love made in heaven,
Three daughters were born...Claire, Jane and Karen.

By devoting her life to the church, her family and God,
The cherished years at home were filled with laughter and love.

Her organizational skills were second to none,
And being a master seamstress, fashion was always number one.

Her life was also filled with music and dance,
Swinging to jazz whenever she got the chance.

Frances was always involved in helping those less fortunate,
Visiting the elderly or bringing a prayer shawl for comfort. 

When God called her home on December 2nd 2021
He said, “Welcome good and faithful servant, your time on earth was well done.”


Frances is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Charles Gallicano and William Mulock, and her daughter, Claire Gallicano.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane Sissons and husband, Paul, grandchildren, Abram Sissons, Ava Sissons and Audrey Torrez and husband, Craig and three great-grandchildren, Ivy Sissons, and Charles and Calvin Torrez; also by her daughter, Keepa Lowe, and husband, Ted, her grandchildren, Avril Espy, Mia Esparini and husband, Mark, and Julius Lowe and wife, Milena, and great-grandchildren, Ada Esparini and MaximLowe.    

Frances’ past organizations and memberships include:  Grace Episcopal Church, Prayer Shawl Ministry originator, Daughters of the King, Lay Chaplain with Wesleyan Nursing Home Visitation, Meals on Wheels, Charter member of Senior University. 

Memorial service and internment will be held on January 2, 2022, at 3 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.  



Nancy Marilyn Newman

Nancy Marilyn Newman

12/26/1932 to 11/27/2021

Nancy Marilyn Newman, 88, passed away on November 27, 2021, in her room in Brookdale Senior Living in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Nancy was born in Borger, Texas, to Odes Allen Board (1890-1970), a rancher, farmer, and WWI Navy Veteran; and Susan Ellen Aynesworth Board (1906-1999), a teacher and graduate of then-West Texas State Teachers College.  

One of her earliest memories was of her parents putting a wet washcloth over her face and her older sister, Jo Ann, at night to protect them from the dust storms of the Texas Panhandle’s “Dustbowl” in the 30’s where her dad lost both his farms during the Depression. He then went to work for Phillips Petroleum Company as a day laborer. Nancy grew up in Phillips, Texas, where she fell in love with a neighbor boy who lived on the next street, Joe Bob Newman. She graduated from Phillips High School in 1951, where she was a cheerleader and then went to then West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, where she graduated with a BA in Speech in 1955. After graduation she went to Dallas, where her sister Jo Ann and husband Bill Hamilton lived, and Mom would become very close to her sister’s three children: Allen, Lynn and Janie.

In 1957, she married her high school sweetheart, Joe Bob Newman (1931-2008), following his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and accompanied him to his first duty station at Ft. Hood, Texas. Her first child, Robert Board, was born at Ft. Rucker, Alabama while they were living in a motel that the Army had rented for students at Army flight training. She also accompanied her husband to Kitzingen, Germany, in 1959 along with her son, and while her husband deployed immediately to the field due to the Berlin Crisis, she carried coal up from the basement to their apartment wearing her husband’s West Point bathrobe to keep warm.  

Their daughter Cara Allison was born in 1963, at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. They spent 25 years in the Army, seven of it in Europe in where they traveled extensively. During Joe’s two year-long combat tours in Vietnam, Nancy returned to live near her parents in Amarillo, Texas. Joe retired in 1982, in Fairfax, Virginia and they lived there until 1999 and the death of Nancy’s mom.  They then moved to Sun City, Georgetown, Texas, in order to be near their son’s family at Ft. Hood.  

Nancy always supported her kids and grandkids/grandnieces activities. She attempted to attend all of their athletic events, and Cara’s dramatic performances from elementary school to high school, college, drama school and afterwards; always ensuring that they (and everyone else present) knew that they were avid supporters present at the event.   

In Georgetown, Nancy and Joe enjoyed their visits with grandchildren (even travelling to California, Jordan and Egypt) and nieces/nephew, and road trips across America with their best friends from their tours in Germany and Belgium. They really enjoyed participating in Phillips High School reunions, and in Joe’s West Point class reunions.  She and Joe were also founding members of Wellspring United Methodist Church.  

One her best memories was of her 50th wedding anniversary party that her daughter-in-law Kay organized for her at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Texas, in 2008 that was well-attended by family and friends.  Joe passed away in 2008, but Nancy did not let that get her down. She continued to visit her grandchildren Summer, Brody and Molly in California and Hawaii; and even visited her other two grandchildren, Joe and Rachel, in Egypt, where she took a Nile Cruise, and went with them to Banff, Canada. Even after a botched hip surgery left her with a right drop-foot and the need to use a walker, Nancy decided she wanted to remain mobile and independent. She found someone to adapt her car and train her to drive left-footed, so she could continue to take her friends out to eat, and attend her “sit and fit” class.  She flew by herself to Rachel’s graduation from McGill University in Montreal.

In May 2018, Nancy went to North Carolina to visit Bob’s family and attend Joe’s graduation from Sandhills Community College, and Rachel’s graduation with an MA in English from UVA. Unfortunately, she got sick as a result of some Cancer medication that weakened her heart and she was unable to return to Texas and live on her own. She went to live at Brookdale Pinehurst, where she happily made new friends, and became a member of Southern Pines United Methodist Church. She continued to attend Joe’s musical concerts at UNC-P and with the Moore County Concert Band. One of her last major decisions was to establish college funds for her two youngest grandchildren, Molly and T.J., adopted by Cara and her husband, Richard, just as she and Joe had provided college funds for her other grandchildren.

Nancy leaves her two children: Cara Ruyle of Glendale, California and Bob Newman of Southern Pines, North Carolina;  and six grandchildren: Joe Newman of Southern Pines, North Carolina; Rachel Newman, a PhD Candidate at USC, Los Angeles, California; and Summer, Brody, Molly and T.J. Ruyle, of Glendale, California.  

Services and a reception in her honor will occur in early 2022 at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas where she will be buried next to her husband.

Online condolences may be made at

www.bolesfuneralhome.com

Service arrangements have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.


 

 


Published December 22, 2021


Warren James Paga

Warren James Paga

Warren James Paga, age 20, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away December 15, 2021. Warren Paga was born to Baby Lam’Yuen and Faitala Paga Jr. in Hawaii, and raised in Texas. 

He attended Cedar Ridge High School, graduating in 2019. After High School, Warren went on to become a supervisor at Four Hands Furniture Warehouse alongside his brother. 

He is preceded in death by his sister angel, Atara Paga, grandmother, Sia Lam’Yuen, grandfather, Faitala Paga Sr., and uncle, Vaeanoa Paga. 

He is survived by his mother, father, sister, Lalago Paga, brothers, Willy Sanonu, Joseph Paga, grandmother, Ruta Faitala, grandfather, Vili Lam’Yuen, and girlfriend, Mykayla Crawford, as well as a large extended family. 

Warren was loved immensely by those whose lives he touched and will be remembered fondly.

A visitation is scheduled from

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Georgetown.  Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Our Lady of The Rosary Cemetery,  Georgetown, Texas. 

 

 


 


Victor Jerome Metoyer

Victor Jerome Metoyer

Victor Jerome Metoyer was born in Houston, Texas, on January 9, 1961. He made his earthly transition Sunday, December 12, 2021, after a lengthy illness.  

Victor was predeceased by his mother, Barbara Ligon Alba; father, Matthew Metoyer; and brother, Craig Ligon.  

He is survived by his brothers, Tony Metoyer, Gregory Green, and Richie Tanksley; sisters, Tanya Metoyer and Robin Harris; favorite nephew, Vance Metoyer and other relatives and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



William J. (Bill) Moran

William J. (Bill) Moran

William J. (Bill) Moran was born August 21, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, to Edward Moran and Adelaide (Hess) Moran and died on December 17, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas, from a heart attack.

He lived a full and blessed life for over 90 years. At Ripon College, he was MVP of his football team and met Kim (Kenney) a cheerleader who became his college sweetheart and wife of over 66 years. Loving father to Ken (deceased), Kathy Moran Hellmers (Don) of Georgetown, Texas, and Kelley Moran (Gabriel) of Folsom, California, grandfather to Addie, Ryan and Nora (Christian) Hellmers. Predeceased by sister, Mary Kalvin, and brother, Ed Moran, and uncle for many nieces and nephews.

He received two graduate degrees from the University of Detroit, and throughout his life devotedly served his community beginning as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, as a school teacher, Championship football coach, parish council, credit union, school and library board member, and political and labor union activist. He was given many awards including a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

Bill loved to travel. As an American history buff, he enjoyed planning mystery family vacations to historical locations throughout the United States and also traveled to destinations around the world including Ireland where he connected with his family heritage.

Upon retirement from the Detroit Public Schools, he moved with his wife Kim to Springfield at Whitney Oaks in Rocklin, California, where they met great friends and enjoyed Northern California. He volunteered at Loaves and Fishes for the homeless and Shriner’s Newspaper Drive.

In order to spend more time with their grandchildren, Bill and Kim moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas. He was involved with golf, bridge, two book clubs (an avid reader), wine club, fishing, and gardening at home. “Papa’’ followed the grandkids to golf tournaments, swim meets and soccer games. He loved to cook, bake bread, make ice cream, and can chili sauce and pickles with his daughter.

Bill was often described as the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. Always the student, he took his first yoga class at age 87 and loved watching James Bond films, the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings games, and Tiger Woods playing golf. The granddogs loved “Papa” for the endless flow of dog treats.

In August 2021, his family gathered to celebrate his 90th birthday in the Hill Country spending an unforgettable week of fishing, eating, boat rides and storytelling. We are all blessed to have experienced Bill Moran in our lives. 



Lee Roy Ruel Branstetter

Lee Roy Ruel Branstetter

Lee Roy Ruel Branstetter, 90, of Winterset, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, December 17, 2021.

Funeral service was sceduled for  1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel, 1823 N. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, Iowa, 50273. Burial will take place in the Winterset Cemetery. Memorials may be donated to EveryStep Hospice for the wonderful care they provided Lee. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Lee was born on December 19, 1930, to Ruel and Lola (Koehler) Branstetter in Cushing, Oklahoma. Lee was enlisted into the United States Air Force at a young age. He said the highlight of his time enlisted was that he got to climb Mt. Fuji while on duty in Japan. He went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Ruth Tippit on August 19, 1956, in Drumright, Oklahoma. Lee would end up getting a job at Convair in Fort Worth, Texas, and he would travel back and forth between there and Oklahoma. Lee then took a position in Seattle, Washington,  working for Boeing for two years. After having enough of the Seattle rain, Lee took a job with Dow Chemical and the two moved to Colorado. He would work there for 13 years before moving on to work for IBM in Boulder, Colorado, and eventually getting transferred to Austin, Texas. Lee retired from IBM in 1993, and he and Ruth moved back to Colorado for 18 years before moving to Winterset, Iowa, in 2015. In his early years, Lee was a member of the Masonic Lodge, following in his father’s footsteps.

Lee enjoyed being outdoors and going on hikes. He loved the mountain top views while living in Colorado. He and Ruth would go on many hikes together, many including Lee carrying the kids on his back. He also loved to tend to his garden, growing many summer vegetables. Lee took pride in his ability for woodworking and hand tool carpentry. Woodworking wasn’t the only handmade craft he was good at, as he learned how to quilt with his wife. The two spent much of their time quilting and enjoying their time together. Overall Lee was a devoted family man. His family always came first and he did whatever it took to support them.

Lee is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth; son, Kevin (Teresa) Branstetter of Waukee, Iowa; daughter, Marcia Branstetter of Oakridge, Tennessee; and grandchildren, Sydney and Ethan Branstetter, both of Waukee, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruel and Lola Branstetter.



Louise Wynelle Ray

Louise Wynelle Ray

Louise Wynelle Ray, aged 99, wife of Winfred H. Ray, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, November 26, 2021. The eldest daughter of Joe and Elva Parsley, she was born on her father’s birthday, March 12, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Louise graduated from Diamond Hill High School, Fort Worth, where she was Salutatorian of her class.  She married her sweetheart, Winfred Ray, in 1940, a marriage that lasted 69 years.  They had two daughters, Wynelle and Danette.

A woman of grace, faith and devotion, Louise had a gentle spirit and a kind word for everyone. She taught Sunday School, acted as president of the Diamond Hill PTA and worked for five years at the Justin Boot Company before moving to Georgetown in 1962.

In Georgetown, she helped her husband establish a Charolais cattle breeding ranch where she became adept at feeding calves on the bottle, climbing fences when a bull threatened, riding horses, and attending to the daily life of ranching.  In addition, she did all the paperwork required in raising registered cattle.  

Education was very important to her.  Louise made sure her daughters had access to a college degree, and both became teachers. Danette taught for many decades in the Georgetown Independent School District. Always an avid reader, Louise also loved music and theater.  She adored attending the Austin Symphony, especially Fourth of July celebrations, and Live Oak Theater and Palace Theatre productions.  

Faith was an integral part of her daily life, a gift from her parents, and one she shared with her sisters, Melba Butler and Evelyn Daniels. Together they formed a devoted family focused on living life according to the Bible.  

Louise was a serious steward of the environment and planted many native perennials and grasses in her garden. She was also a friend to all sorts of wildlife. She never turned away an animal in need of food, water or shelter.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred; parents, Joe and Elva Parsley; sister, Evelyn Daniels; son-in-law, Allan Jones; nephews Terry Joe Butler and Chad Butler; and many dearly loved pets and orphaned animals.

She is survived by her daughters, Wynelle Jones and Danette Ray; sister, Melba Butler, son-in-law, Charlie Clikeman and numerous nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, you are invited to send remembrances to the Travis Audubon Society, Austin, Texas, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, Georgetown, or the charity of your choice.

After a lifetime of hard work and giving, may she rest in love and in peace.  

 


Published December 19, 2021


Stephen William Brown

Stephen William Brown

Stephen William Brown, 85, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on December 13, 2021.

Dr. Brown was born in West Monroe, Louisiana, to Francis L. Brown and Bernice (Butler) Brown on January 19, 1936.

He served in the United States Army from 1959 – 1987, and earned degrees from the University of Louisiana - Monroe, Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, Army Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of Armed Forces.  He was initially in private practice, and additionally employed by several universities.  He retired in 1999, after 35 years.

He was a member of Crestview Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, and a member of the Rotary Club and Masons. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. Brown is survived by his wife, Ernestine M. Brown of Georgetown, Texas; daughter, Melody Joy Brown Cantu of Boerne, Texas; grandchildren, Madeline Joy Ross, Willliam Stuart Ross, and Lilian Grace Ross of Boerne, Texas; and brother, Jerry L. Brown of Monroe, Louisiana.

Funeral services for Dr. Brown were scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home Chapel with burial Tuesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana.

 

 


 


Della Coriene Vickers

Della Coriene Vickers

Della Coriene Vickers, 84, passed away on Thursday morning, December 9 in her home in Georgetown.

Coriene was born on October 27, 1937 in Lampasas County, Texas, to H.W. “Dub” and Ima Faye Yates. She grew up on a farm and often helped her dad with farm work, learning to drive a truck and tractor by the age of seven. Instead of being stuck up on the tractor, Coriene wanted a piece of the action picking corn with her dad and the other men. After finally convincing her dad that she was up to the job and hopping down to help, a scorpion hiding in the corn promptly stung her on the palm of her hand. It was at that moment that she decided she was okay with just driving the tractor. Coriene acted in school plays and enjoyed playing baseball. She continued to play in recreational baseball leagues coached by Cleddie Henderson “Vic” Vickers, who she married in 1950. 

They later moved to Georgetown to raise their three children, Danny, Randall, and Jan. Coriene worked for the Railroad Commission for over 30 years. After retiring, she enjoyed her part-time job at Bealls. She was active in the Church of Christ, and greatly enjoyed volunteering with the Jail Ministry, delivering soup to the elderly, and helping with various church projects. She loved visiting with friends, playing cards, spending time with her family, and baking her famous oatmeal cookies.

Coriene is survived by a daughter, Jan Maxim, her husband Greg, and their children Marissa, Macey, and Matthew, of Round Rock; by a daughter-in-law, Linda Vickers, of Marlin and her children Scott Vickers of Keller, Lauren Wilson of Temple, and Allison Wolfe of Temple, and their families.

Coriene was predeceased by her parents, H.W. “Dub” and Ima Faye Yates; by her brother, Elton Owen Yates; and by her two sons, Randall Houston and Danny Duane Vickers. 

The service will be held at Gabriel’s Funeral Home in Georgetown on Monday, December 20 at 11 a.m. Pallbearers are Matthew Maxim, Greg Maxim, Scott Vickers, Joe Wilson, Andrew Wolfe and Gilbert Vickers. Visitation begins just prior to the funeral at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be held in Kempner, Texas at Kempner Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Please call Gabriel’s Funeral Home at 512-869-8888 for additional information. 


 


Eula Lott Perkins

Eula Lott Perkins

Eula Lott Perkins, age 97, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on December 13, 2021. 

Born on May 14, 1924, in Rule, Texas, Eula was the only child of Bula and Austin Lott. Following graduation from Rule High School, she attended Texas Women’s College until WW2 began. During the war she worked for Cabot Oil Refining in Kermit, Texas. Following the war she met Ray Perkins, and they married on June 3, 1946. They were blessed by the birth of two daughters.

Eula and Ray were committed to the Lord, and very active in the various congregations of Christians wherever they lived.

During their marriage of over 61 years, they moved over 14 times due to Ray’s career selling oilfield drilling equipment. Eula was primarily a homemaker, but also worked as school secretary, bookkeeper for Humble Oil, ROC Carbon, and later at Surmat, the company she and Ray created together. She loved travel, often accompanying Ray on worldwide business trips. After retirement Eula and Ray made their home in Georgetown, where they enjoyed golf, tennis, and visits from numerous friends and family.

Eula was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by their two daughters and their spouses, Marilyn and Douglas Hultquist of Georgetown, and Barbie and Milton Jones of Amarillo. She is also survived by grandchildren Jill, Adam, and Alex Hultquist, Patrick and Jeremy Jones, and great grandchildren, Cambria, Teage, and Bryn Blanton, Anne-Marie Hultquist, and Holden and Juliet Jones.

 

 

 


Published December 15, 2021


Cathy Foster Rothell

Cathy Foster Rothell

Cathy Foster Rothell, 76, of Round Rock, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2021, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and a short time with cancer. Her family was by her side when she went to be with the Lord.

Cathy was born to John and Mary Foster on October 5, 1945, in Smithville, Texas.  In 1969, she married the love of her life, Hank Rothell and together they raised four children. Cathy always provided support and love for her family, and she took great joy in raising her daughters. Cathy was very proud of being a mother and grandmother and was dearly loved by all who knew her.  She and her husband Hank worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for all their children. In 2013, Cathy & Hank began the Rothell Charitable Foundation of Central Texas.  It will continue to assist Central Texas charities with funding from the Rothell Estate.  

Cathy was preceded in death in 2016, by her daughter Holley Rothell Kitchen, who also fought cancer, her father John Foster (2008) and her mother Mary Ruth Foster (1998). 

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her husband of 52 years, Hank Rothell; her daughters Debra Zimmerhanzel and husband Mark, Teri Larcom and husband H.T., Missy Hobbs and husband Dwaine; and her grandchildren Tyler Espy, Kaydee Hobbs, Colby Kitchen and Bryson Kitchen; and a large circle of friends.

Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Cathy’s life can make a donation in her name to:  Central Texas Table of Grace, P.O. Box 52, Round Rock, Texas, 78680.  This charity is instrumental in providing emergency care for Foster Children in the state of Texas.

 

 



Vera Brill

Vera Brill of Georgetown, Texas born July 4, 1943, in Rowena, Texas, passed away on December 7, 2021, at the age of 78; daughter of the late Della Green and Edward Naivar Sr. Preceded in her death was a brother, Edward Naivar Jr.

Vera was loved and cherished by her family including her husband Carroll of 60 years, her children Becky Brill, Bonnie Reece and Richard,  Lee Brill and Leslie; brother, Joe Naivar and Kathleen, sister,  Doris Bell and Fred Rose, sister, Kathy Henderson; grandsons Dylan Brill and Adam Reece; granddaughter, Erica Reece; great-grandchildren, Leanne Moore- Dominquez, Astin Nichols, Kysen and McKenzie Reece.

Private services to be held at a later date

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Brill family.

 



Published December 12, 2021


Ruth Genelle Miller Burks

Ruth Genelle Miller Burks

Ruth Genelle Miller Burks was born November 10, 1936, to John and Hilda Miller on their family farm near Jarrell, Texas. On November 22, 2021, she passed away at home surrounded by her family at the age of 85. 

Ruth was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, Texas. After graduating from Jarrell High School, she attended Nixon-Clay Business College in Austin. While in Austin she met the love of her life, J. Martin Burks, and they were married on August 4, 1956, at Zion Lutheran. Thus began their 65 year life adventure together. Ruth and J. made their home in Austin’s Crestview neighborhood where they raised three children, Dean, Ricky and Donna. 

Whether it was donating blood or volunteering at Austin Caregivers, Ruth had a big heart and was always giving of herself to care for others. Her biggest passion was Redeemer Lutheran Church and School. For over 60 years, she served her Lord and her church in whatever capacity was needed. Ruth loved helping with the children at Redeemer Preschool and spent 18 years working there. She never wanted anything in return but if you did do something nice for her you could expect a handwritten thank-you card in the mail. 

Ruth and J. loved going out to the farm. It was their second home and in 2019 they were proud to receive special recognition from the Texas Legislature for the farm being in the same family for over 100 years. They both enjoyed spending long weekends cutting grass or fixing up the old farmhouse, or just relaxing on the porch enjoying the view. As their family grew, Ruth loved hosting gatherings at Easter and Christmas while bossing J. around to make it perfect. 

Ruth loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The walls of her home became a gallery of portraits of them growing up. She was so proud of all of them. Ruth also loved her Longhorns, unless they were playing the Aggies. Ruth and J. were longtime season ticket holders and supporters of Longhorn Basketball, and despite the odds, her bracket always found a way to have the Horns in the final four. Ruth and J. loved going places together. From vacations to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, to visiting family in Indiana or Iowa they loved taking road trips together. They especially enjoyed their trips to Palo-Duro Canyon for the fourth of July, and many day trips with their antique car club friends. 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hilda Miller, sister, Lee Dora Miller, and brother, Leon Miller. She is survived by her husband, J. Martin Burks, sister, Lillie and husband, Norbert Bleeke, brother, Johnny and wife, Sandra Miller, her sons, Dean and wife, Sandy, Ricky and wife, Connie, and daughter, Donna. She is also survived by family member, Terry Dodd Burks, grandchildren, Ashlyn DeLong, Megan Sutton, Crystal Califano, Cori MacDonald, Taylor Burks, Jared Burks, Paige Nunley and Caleb Burks. Great-grandchildren, Addi, Gracie, and Kelli Califano, Mason DeLong, and Remi MacDonald who all will cherish her memory forever. 

A special thanks to Natalie, Bruce and the entire hospice staff that helped the family during this difficult time. Memorials can be made in Ruth’s name to Redeemer Lutheran Pre-School Endowment Fund. 

A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1500 West Anderson Lane on December 17, 2021, at 11 a.m.



Cathy Carothers “CC” Agnew

Cathy Carothers “CC” Agnew

Cathy Carothers “CC” Agnew, aged 74, died peacefully on December 5, 2021, after a long battle with heart and lung disease. Cathy was born in Houston, Texas. She lived in Rhode Island, California, Louisiana, and many cities in Texas, but always considered Houston to be her hometown. Cathy spent the last 17 years of her life as a resident of Georgetown, Texas, living with her daughter, son in law, and granddaughter. Cathy is a descendant of the Shell and Carothers families, some of the first settlers in Georgetown, Texas during the 1800s. 

Cathy loved Georgetown and loved her neighbors who she considered to be dear friends. She loved spending time outside and loved greeting people. Known to the locals and family as “CC,” she brightened her street with her infectious smile and positive spirit. Cathy never met a stranger and was generous and kind and enthusiastic. She enjoyed giving neighbors homemade cookies and boxes of chocolates to let them know how much she appreciated them. She especially loved children. She loved staying home to raise her children and loved staying home with her granddaughter. 

As a lifelong animal lover, Cathy always donated money and supplies to the local animal shelters and even donated proceeds from the sale of her minivan to the Williamson County Animal Shelter.  She saved countless lost dogs throughout the years and reunited them with their owners. If she saw a lost dog, there was no stopping her until the dog was safe from being hit by a car. Cathy adopted numerous stray cats throughout the years and spoiled them rotten. 

Music was a constant in Cathy’s life and she loved her internet radio. Every Saturday and Sunday, she listened to the Sock Hop and Big Band on KNCT Central Texas Public Radio. She regularly declared the weekend her happiest time because of the Hop and Big Band. She would sing off key and tap her feet to the music every weekend.

Cathy worked hard in her flower garden until she could not physically garden anymore.  Her daughter took over the gardening during the last years of Cathy’s life. Cathy’s succulent and cactus garden was her favorite and featured cacti given to her by family and friends.  

Cathy struggled with alcoholism on and off during her adult life and was fortunate to find great treatment programs when she needed them. She was very involved with Women for Sobriety in the 1980s in Houston, Texas. She struggled again with her sobriety in the early 2000s, which were a difficult time for her. Her treatment at Austin Recovery in May of 2005 was a success and she was proudly sober for the remainder of her life.    

Cathy’s faith in God never faltered. She saw God’s handiwork everywhere she looked. A beautiful rainbow or unique cloud formation was the amazing work of God. She regularly prayed for her loved ones and her friends and their families, especially those who were sick or struggling. Cathy never feared death and was ready to go home when God felt it was time. 

Cathy is survived by her son, William Agnew, Jr. and his wife, Diana, daughter, Barbara Bender and her husband, Jeremy, granddaughter, Serena, sister, Bonnie Alberigo, and her niece and nephews and their families. Although divorced from her husband of 33 years, William Agnew, Sr., Cathy still considered him and his family to be her family. 

Her family is grateful for the amazing and tireless nursing staff at Ascension Seton Williamson who took care of her the last week of her life and the Georgetown Fire and EMS who provided top notch emergency care. Waiter with Wheels, Door Dash, Gus’s Pharmacy, Letter Carriers, Amazon Delivery Drivers, UPS, Fed Ex, all brightened her days, especially the last few years of her life when she was not as mobile.



Jerrold “Jerry” Wayne Mayfield

Jerrold “Jerry” Wayne Mayfield

Always quick to point out the unique spelling of his first name, Jerrold “Jerry” Wayne Mayfield, 70, was born in Denver, Colorado, on May 29, 1951, and peacefully flew with angels to meet his Savior on Sunday, December 5, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was the oldest child born to the late Robert and Helen Baldwin Mayfield and grew up traveling the world with his military family. He graduated from Hinkley High School (Aurora, Colorado) in 1970, received his Associates of Applied Science in Electronics Technology in 1982, and completed his Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Administration in 1991. On April 27, 2018, Jerry married Jackie Miller in a ceremony in Maui, Hawaii.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Mayfield of Hutto; former wife, Colette Elaine Stearly Mayfield of Cuero and their daughters, Dayna Garland and husband, Kevin, of Maui and Dawna Draper and husband, Eric, of Cuero; sisters, Karen Dehmlow and husband, Lee, of Denver and Carol Mayfield, of San Antonio; brothers, Keith Mayfield and wife, Diana, of Shawnee, Kansas and Kevin Mayfield and wife, Elaine, of San Antonio; grandchildren, Lucas and Emily Garland, both of Maui and Ashtyn, Dawson, Ellyn, and Lincoln Draper, all of Cuero; stepsons, Eric “Ryan” Michalek and fiancé, Jessica, of Bastrop and Mark Kelley and wife, Melynda, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; step-grandson, Micah Kelley; nieces, Laura Dehmlow, Katie Dehmlow and Jessica Kudla; nephews, Bobby Dehmlow, Michael Dehmlow, Jonathan Dehmlow, David Dehmlow, Justin Mayfield, Jared Mayfield and Kyle Mayfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald Mayfield.

Jerry enjoyed a career spanning five decades. He holds 20 patents for advances in technology encompassing monitoring systems, wireless communications, voice recognition and touch screen. Over the course of his career, he participated in four successful startups, three of which are now Fortune 500 companies.

Jerry loved music and used his guitar collection to connect and share his favorite songs. His siblings fondly remember him playing in a high school band and at his church youth group coffee house. His daughters learned to sing and harmonize while their Daddy played guitar and sang The Eagles, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Simon and Garfunkel. After returning home from traveling for weeks with work, he would pull out a guitar to reconnect through music.

He was affectionately known by various terms of endearment such as “Daddy,” “Dad,” “Bubbies,” “Jer,” “Papa,” “Pops,” and “Jerry” by his family and friends. Jerry was a hardworking, dedicated, passionate, and caring man. His love of life and the people in it were evident in his selfless acts of service and philanthropy. Jerry was honored to count among his closest friends the associates from around the world and people he met along the way. Jerry’s knack of quickly dialing into individual personalities and professions ensured that all felt important and needed. He was a mentor and a hero to many, and he always “showed up” for friends, family, and strangers in need.

Jerry lived Philippians 1:21; sharing the gospel with others and knowing his eternal destiny was secured in heaven with the Lord. The greatest legacy he leaves his family and friends — and everyone he met - is a foundation of love — of God and for people. Even after receiving his prognosis, he could be heard humming, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” As he walked down the MD Anderson hallway.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, at Rockpointe Church in Leander. A service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Shayne O’Brien officiating. 

Pallbearers include Keith Mayfield, Kevin Garland, Eric Draper, Michael Dehmlow, Danny Carrizales and Ryan Michalek. Honorary pallbearers include Lee Dehmlow, Bobby Dehmlow, Jonathan Dehmlow, David Dehmlow, John Doherty, Kevin Goade, Mark Kelley, Thane Miller, and the late William “Bill” Dill.

Jerry’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Texas Oncology, Cuero Regional Hospital, M.D. Anderson, and Hospice of South Texas for your care and compassion during this time and his Green Revolution Cooling family for their continued love and support through the years. 

In lieu of flowers, Jerry asked that memorial contributions be made to MATW Water Well Charity, M.D. Anderson, and Compassion International.

You may sign the guest book or send condolences at

www.freundfuneralhome.com.

Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.



Almond (Bill) Lee Stanley

Almond (Bill) Lee Stanley

Almond (Bill) Lee Stanley, was born April 27, 1944, in Oskaloosa, Indiana, to Helen and Lester Stanley. He transitioned from this life to the next on November 28, 2021, in Hartford, Connecticut.  

Bill was a graduate of Sigourney High School and the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in business. On August 6, 1966, he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Streigle Stanley. Together, with their two children, Brad and Carie, they made their home in many places around the country as Bill worked in sales and marketing positions with American Can Company, Borden Foods, Marketfare Foods, and First Texas Bank, Georgetown. 

His family and his church were always important parts of his life and he made it a point to spend time with both.  He volunteered as a coach for Brad and Carie’s sports teams while they were growing up.  And he served as a youth leader, elder, and trustee at various churches most recently in Wilton, Connecticut, Westerville, Ohio, and Georgetown, Texas.  

In retirement, he taught an adult Sunday School class. He also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in Georgetown serving on the founding board and teaching Boy Scout STEM to club members. Another nonprofit he supported with time and his cooking skills was R.O.C.K horse therapy for children and veterans.

As a life long athlete, he loved to ski, golf, and play tennis. He was proud to have ridden his bicycle 50 miles on his 70th birthday and 3,000 miles in a year. Photography was another passion which took Bill and his family to many of the National Parks.  Bill had a zest for life and a love for people that made him many life-long friends, both in business and personal. He embraced the internet, because it allowed him to keep in contact with friends and family near and far. 

Bill was proceeded in death by his parents, Helen Robison Stanley, Lester Stanley, and Arlene Olive Stanley, his baby brother Armond; four sisters: Mary Ann Smith, Ardeth Floden, Rita Shipley, and Dorothy (Don) Pace. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois Streigle Stanley of Simsbury, Connecticut, two children, Brad Stanley of Tariffville, Connecticut, Carie (Jeff) Morgan of Boonton, New Jersey, and four granddaughters: Andi and Savannah Morgan, and Gwen and Hannah Stanley. He is also survived by his sister Debra (Dan) Cowman and brother, Charles Stanley.

Memorials may be sent in his name to the American Cancer Society or the Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown, Texas. Please visit Bill’s Book of Memories at

www.vincentfunerahome.com for online tributes. 



Olivert “Ollie” (Red) Brabandt

Olivert “Ollie” (Red) Brabandt

Ollie was born January 28, 1929, in Coupland, Texas to William (Bill) and Elise (Miss Lee) Findeisen. She passed from this earth on December 4, 2021, at the age of 92.

Even though she was known as “Ollie” to almost everyone else, she was known simply as “Sister” to her parents and her sister. Ollie grew up in Coupland, attended the Coupland schools and was part of the last graduating class of Coupland High School. She also attended St Peter’s Church of Coupland, where she was confirmed and sang in the choir.

She married Raymond “Gene” Red in Coupland on September 21, 1957. In August 1967, the family moved from Coupland to Georgetown and Ollie rejoined the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown.  In 1973, she was elected as an Elder in the church, serving in that role until 1976. She was a trailblazer because she was one of the first women ever elected as an elder in the church.

Ollie was a reserved, poised Texas woman whose interests included a love of cooking, tending and nurturing flowers, and dancing — especially polkas, waltzes and country and western. Indeed, when a number of family and friends were asked about their memories and impressions of her, they echoed a common theme — she loved a good polka to dance to! Coming from a fairly small family, she dearly treasured family time. Many a Sunday afternoon in the 1970s and 1980s was spent at her mother’s (Miss Lee’s) house, recapping the events of that week’s episodes of “As the World Turns” with her mother and sister, while polka and waltz music played on the back-porch radio — much to the chagrin of Ollie’s sons and her niece and nephew. In her later years, her family time revolved around spoiling her grandchildren.

Ollie spent over 40 years in the insurance business. Shortly after graduating from high school, she started working for a local firm in Taylor. Her insurance career then took her to Austin and eventually back to Georgetown, where she worked for Wallace Evans Insurance Agency (later Evans Ewan and Brady).

While her sons were at Texas A&M University, her great friend Christa Wade recruited her to join the Williamson County A&M Mothers Club, where they worked many fundraisers and other events. In 1986, after a 17-month battle with cancer, Gene passed away, ending a major chapter in her life. After that, she began rebuilding her life, beginning by going to Aggie football games with the Wades, which she enjoyed for many years! After finding love again, she married Anton “Tony” Brabandt on March 22, 2003, beginning a new chapter in her life. Their days together included traveling to incredible locales, dancing, jigsaw puzzles, and playing games of Uno...lots of games of Uno with friends and family. She and Tony enjoyed 11 wonderful years together.

Preceding Ollie in death were her parents Bill and Elise Findeisen; sister Leatrice Page and her husband John; Gene Red and Tony Brabandt.  Ollie is survived by sons James (wife Karen) Red of Georgetown and Michael (Michelle) Red of Liberty Hill; granddaughters Lauren Red, April (husband Coby) Corley and Delaney Red;  great-grandson Tanner Cade Corley, great-granddaughter Landry Grace Corley; niece, Karen (Scott) Johle; and nephew, Kevin (Denisa) Page. She also leaves behind numerous step-children and step-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their most heart-felt gratitude to the Truewood by Merrill assisted living/memory care facility in Georgetown for their loving and compassionate care they provided to Ollie over the last six years.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ollie’s name may be made to:

First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown

Shriners Children’s Hospitals

Alzheimers Association

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2021, in The Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. Following the service, the family invites you to join them for a reception in the Reception Hall of Ramsey Funeral Home.  



Alma Halverson

September 22, 1931 — November 25, 2021 

Alma Eline Halverson of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away at 90 years old on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021. She was born September 22, 1931, to Nels and Alma Langsjoen. She grew up the youngest of eight children raised in St. Peter, Minnesota during the Great Depression and WWII. She married Jerry Halverson, also of St. Peter, in 1949. 

Alma loved spending as much time as possible at the family cabins they owned in Northern Wisconsin. She was an avid reader, loved her flowers, and was an extraordinary cook. During their retirement years Jerry and Alma enjoyed traveling, evening walks and golfing in Sun City West, Arizona. Alma will be remembered as a kind and gentle person who always placed the needs of others above her own. 

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, a sister, two grandsons, and her loving husband of 62 years, Jerry Halverson. She is survived by her six children: Guy, Gay, Scott, Glen, Eve, and Lois, along with 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. It will be officiated by Senior Pastor Walt Pohland of Faith Lutheran Church. To view the full obituary, go to

www.RamseyFuneral.com/obits 

 


 


Published December 8, 2021


Joan Wertzberger

Joan Wertzberger

The spring, summer, fall and winter of the life of Joan S. (Roggendorff) Wertzberger were completed on December 3, 2021, when Joan was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born on September 8, 1942, in Abilene, Kansas, to Jonathan George Roggendorff and Ida M. (Nagely) Roggendorff. 

Joan graduated from Abilene High School and attended Clark’s Business College before starting her business career with Southwestern Bell Telephone. She married William George Wertzberger on June 5, 1965. They lived in Gladstone, Missouri, Pittsburg, Kansas, North Kansas City, Missouri, and Raytown, Missouri, before settling in Houston, Texas, for 25 years. She retired from Atlantic Group Inc. After retirement, they moved to Sun City Texas in Georgetown for 15 years before relocating to their forever home in Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, Pennsylvania, three years ago.

Joan is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill, as well as two daughters — Janelle Wertzberger (Sharon Birch) and Jannan Wertzberger Thomas (Brian Schechterle), grandsons Owen and Elias Wertzberger, brother Robert Roggendorff (Linda), and nephews Chad Roggendorff and Shae Roggendorff (Stacey).

She left close friends behind with every move and stayed in touch throughout the years. She supported her daughters’ activities and her husband’s career, was active in the church, and enjoyed hosting parties, playing cards, decorative painting, scrapbooking, and card making. Her favorite above all was fabric art in the form of quilting. She made and shared hundreds of quilts, taught classes, and belonged to several guilds and quilting bees. 

She and Bill enjoyed traveling, including Saudi Arabia, Europe, South America, and 49 states. They enjoyed history, visiting all the presidential libraries and many national parks. 

She and Bill are grateful for all the prayers and support received during her short journey with liver cancer. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel UCC’s music program, 124 Broadway, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 17331, or Wellspring UMC’s music program, 6200 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78633.

A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 124 Broadway, Hanover, Pennsylvania, on December 10, at 10:30 a.m. Please check

www.wetzelfuneralhome.com for possible livestream information (details will be updated by 9 a.m. Wednesday). The family will receive friends at a visitation on December 9, 2021, 4 - 6:00 p.m., at Wetzel Funeral Home and Crematory, 549 Carlisle Street, Hanover, Pennsylvania. 



Wayne Earl Moore

Wayne Earl Moore

Wayne Earl Moore, 87, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on December 4, 2021. He was born on October 5, 1934, and raised in Austin, Texas. Earl graduated from Austin High School in 1952. He joined the Navy after high school and spent time in California and Japan.  On leave in 1955, he married is high school sweetheart, Treva Ann Kinsey. They were married for 66-and-a-half years at the time of his passing. After serving with the Navy, he returned to Austin where he worked as a Lithographer for the Steck Company and later for the University of Texas Print Division retiring in 1996.

Earl and Treva had two daughters and they were very active in their lives growing up. Coaching girls softball teams at the local Optimist Club during the late 1960’s and into the mid 1970’s, Earl nurtured lifelong relationships with numerous girls and their families. Terry and Paula both participated in the Vikette drill team at Lanier High School where Earl supported their efforts and grew to know so many of their friends.

After moving to Georgetown in 1996 Earl (known to many as Wayne) became an active part of their neighborhood. Golf, barbequing brisket, taking care of their large garden, deer hunting, caring for their house and the two acres it sits on kept him very active throughout his whole life. He loved to build a huge fire in their fireplace and chopped wood for that purpose right up until the very end. His golf hobby lead to gathering golf balls in the rough and he would clean them up and began creating Golf Dogs. He offered them to many of his favorite people and you will find them sitting in many places especially around Georgetown.

Earl is survived by his wife Treva, two daughters, Terry Hoffman and Paula McLaughlin, sons-in-law, Byron Hoffman and Kevin McLaughlin, six grandchildren: Evan Hoffman, Hillary Clark (husband, Seth), Hayley Mitchell (husband, Daniel), Cali Hoffman, Abby McLaughlin, Will McLaughlin; four great-grandchildren and his sister, Elsie Whitt. 

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, Joe Bailey and Lucille Moore and his sister, Bobbie Moore.

Services will be held December 10 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Visitation will be held from 2 - 3 p.m. with funeral and burial to follow. 

The family would like to thank Hospice Austin, nurse Brandy Taylor and Visiting Angels caregivers, especially Miranda; Texas Oncology Georgetown, Dr. Courtney Yau and staff. So much love and care were provided to Wayne by so many and for that we are extremely grateful. 



Katie Gibbons Day

Katie Gibbons Day

January 25 1954 – December 2 2021

Katie Gibbons Day (Anna Katherine), was born January 25, 1954, in Houston, Texas, and died December 2, 2021, at the age of 67 in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Her late parents were George and “CC” Gibbons of Fredericksburg, Texas. Her husband of 39 years, Daniel B. Day, survives her, as well as her brother, George Alfred Gibbons IV and wife, Andrea, and special sister, Lynn Gibbons Wicks.

Katie is also survived by her son, Ryan Daniel Day and wife, Dana, daughter, Kari Lynn Patton and husband, Travis, and son, Michael George Day and wife, Victorria, and six grandchildren: Riley Sarff, Harper Kate Carrillo, Colton James Day, Macie Lynn Patton, Elin Kate Patton, Wilson Daniel Day.

Katie retired from Georgetown ISD after 30 years as a special education teacher. She was a member of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, where she enjoyed teaching Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the local Native Plant Society of Texas, where she gained inspiration to plant natives for the return of butterflies and birds on their property. She was a Living History Reenactor for the Pioneer Museum and Fort Martin Scott as a washerwoman from the 1800s.

A service will be held on December 11 at 2 p.m. with ashes entombed in the St. Barnabas Columbarium in Fredericksburg, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg Music Club or HCM Hospice.

Psalm 13 5-6

5: But I trusted in thy loving kindness; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

6: Truly I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.


 

Paul Edward Ranney

Paul Edward Ranney

August 7, 1926 – December 1, 2021

Paul Edward Ranney was born on August 7, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas. He passed away on December 1, 2021, at the age of 95. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Ranney of San Antonio, his sister, Beryl Lamm, and three nieces and three nephews. 

He was a graduate of Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, and had begun college at Trinity University when he decided to enlist in the Air Force to serve in WW II. He returned home during his military training to marry his high school sweetheart, Lois. The occurrence of D-Day ended his military career. As a result, he never learned to fly, which was one of his lifelong dreams. 

He then returned to San Antonio and joined his father, Carl Ranney, in a small printing business. They only had a linotype and two letterpresses. Their entire scope of business included printing letterheads and business cards. Paul eventually bought the business from his dad and moved it to a larger location where he began utilizing the then-new technology of lithography. In 1965, along with two salesmen, he moved the entire business to Dallas, Texas. The company, known as Heritage Press, grew from a handful of employees to become recognized as one of the top producers of quality lithography not only in Texas but throughout the United States. Paul personally received numerous prestigious awards from the Printing Industry Association and was respected for his integrity, talent, and business ethics, and also for his mentorship to fellow craftsmen.

Representing the Southwest regions of the country, Paul was a charter member of Graphic Innovators, a group of printers dedicated to bringing about rapid growth of new technology into the industry. Lifetime friendships came from this loyal group. He was awarded the Printing Industry of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. With 45 years of experience in the graphic arts, Paul took Heritage Press from a relatively small two-color shop to one of the most successful and prominent firms in the nation. Heritage Press was sold in May 1985 after Paul’s retirement to Graphic Industries, Inc., an Atlanta-based printing and communications corporation.

Paul was an avid sportsman as a young man and was particularly fond of both salt and freshwater fishing. He dabbled in photography, and even made some “home brew.” He accumulated a fine collection of antique clocks and refurbished all of them to working condition and was able to keep all of them ticking. He always had a soft spot for small dogs and was deeply touched by the beauty of nature, which was his god. 

Paul and Lois moved to Georgetown, Texas, in June of 1991 to begin an “active retirement.” Paul participated in several local civic groups and also found a new love — the Model A Ford. He spent many long hours restoring three different “A’s” and enjoyed time spent with fellow “car-guys,” kicking tires and making repairs. Paul assisted Fred Carlton in organizing a local group known as the Lone Star Model A Ford Club and enjoyed many activities and tours with these friends. These were Paul’s happiest days. 

Paul’s beloved wife passed away in May 2012. In 2014, he was blessed to meet Joy Morrison, with whom he shared his last years. Together they traveled and joined numerous social and civic groups. He remained active until his last days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Animal Rescue Association (SARA), sarasanctuary.org, P.O. Box 813, Seguin, Texas, 78156-0813, Blue Dog Rescue at bluedogrescue.com, or a charity of your choice.


 

Barbara Welch

Barbara Welch

Our beloved mother, Barbara Welch, left us in the early morning hours of November 22, 2021. As she wished, she passed at home in Jonah, Texas.

Born Barbara Jeanne Goble on June 23, 1931, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Ora and Glenn Goble. She was the oldest of four children; Dorothy Goble Barber, Michael Goble (passed), and Robert Goble.

She is survived by her children: Marya Welch; Kevin Welch, wife, Rhonda; Leslie Welch Lindsey; David Welch, wife, Karen; and Shannon Welch.

She was fondly known as “Grandma B” to 13 grandchildren: Skip Welch, Brandee Newberg Wallace, Jamie and Joey Walker, Haley Williamson, Erin Lindsey Clayton, Jeremy Mosely, David Welch Jr., Tara Lindsey, Rhonda Welch McAdow, Kristy Welch Jeffords, Jacob Lindsey, Dayne Welch.

As well as 25 great-grandchildren: Paige Wallace, Bailey Welch, Madeline Wallace, Brayden Jackson, Bennett Welch, Hannah South, Kayla Crawford, Clayton and Blaze Crawford, Riley Wallace, Lily Walker, Skylar Tibbs, Sawyer Clayton, Slade Wallace, Hunter Grider, Abby Walker, Porter Clayton, Maxx McAdow, Ava Walker, Riley Williamson, Lincoln Jeffords, Alice and Van McAdow, Oliver Jeffords, and Oskar Clayton.

Barbara spent her retirement years watching old movies, OU football and Wheel of Fortune. She passed her love of classic movies on to her kids and grandkids.

Barbara loved her family. Nothing was more important to her than her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister, brothers, nieces, and nephews.

She was defined by her love for her family.  

She was our rock.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. December 9, 2021, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Georgetown, Texas. 


 

Earl Hartley Sappington

Earl Hartley Sappington

Earl Hartley Sappington was born in Warrensburg, Missouri, on October 30, 1939. He died of cancer in Georgetown, Texas, on December 4, 2021. 

Hartley moved to Brownsville, Texas, when he was five and lived there until he left for Texas Christian University. At TCU, he met Barbara Taylor, and they were married two days after graduation. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. 

Hartley completed a master’s degree in social work at the University of Tennessee and moved with the family back to Texas to work at the Gatesville State School for Boys and then the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, becoming an important part of several young people’s lives. His work in the state mental health system began at the Community Center in Midland and continued as he organized a new center in Sherman, Texas. In 1975, Hartley’s move into the state office of Mental Health Services precipitated the family’s move to Georgetown, where deep roots have grown. 

Upon retirement from the state system, Hartley worked for the City of Georgetown. During that time, he helped as a volunteer to organize the Bluebonnet Trails Community Center. He served on that board from its inception 24 years ago, on the board of the Texas Council of Community Centers, and as part of the Risk Management Board for centers throughout the state. 

In Georgetown, Hartley helped with school bond passage, booster club activities, and countless other community-building efforts. In addition, he served on multiple committees at First United Methodist Church. 

Hartley is survived by wife, Barbara, sons, Stephen (Dawn) and Duane (Betsy), granddaughter, Sadie (Dylan) Kleppel, granddaughter, Abby Sledge, and sister, Dorothy (Jerry) Frost. He is also survived by daughter, Esther Patrick (Doyle) Burchett, granddaughter, Terrie (Jacob) Carman, grandson, Buck (Lexi) Burchett, and four great-grandchildren, as well as Selena de La Garza and her children. Heras predeceased by granddaughter, Sarah Sappington. 

Hartley loved his family, his friends, and his community. He liked books, travel, barbecue, and October in Vermont. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and colleague. He spent his life working to improve the lives of others, and he will be missed. 

If you wish to donate in Hartley’s memory, you might choose one of his favorites: Friends of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 West Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626; or The Caring Place, P.O. Box 1215, Georgetown, Texas, 78627. You might also choose to plant bluebonnets-another of his favorites-next fall.

 

 


Published December 5, 2021


Benjamin Lee Pilcher

Benjamin Lee Pilcher

Benjamin Lee Pilcher died peacefully in his sleep November 24, 2021, following a seven year battle with Neuroendocrine Cancer.  He was 83 years old.

Ben was born February 25, 1938, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Maurine Rogers Pilcher and John Fuller Pilcher. After his parents divorced, he, his mother and sister moved to Abilene, Texas where he began a lifelong association with Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle rank and participating in many national jamborees.

After graduating from Abilene High School in 1956, Ben attended Texas Tech, where he completed a B.S. and M.S. degree in biology. Following graduation, he moved to Arlington, where he was a Biology Professor at Arlington State (now University of Texas at Arlington.) In October 1964, he met Melissa Payne. They married in June of 1965, spending the first summer of their marriage in Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where Ben had been a seasonal park ranger for several previous summers.

In the summer of 1966, Ben was accepted into graduate school at the University of New Mexico. He and Melissa moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they lived until he received his Ph.D in 1966. He accepted a position at McMurry University, and ironically, returned to Abilene, Texas, where he taught biology and botany for the next 39 years.

His son, Wally, was born in 1972, and Stephen in 1974. As the boys entered scouting, Ben worked as a leader. Once they received their Eagles, he continued to work with Timber Tag, training other adult leaders.

In May, 2004, Ben and Melissa moved from Abilene to Georgetown, a 30 minute drive from their grandchildren. There was such joy in hearing their laughter as they played in the back yard, worshipping together as a family at First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, and being close enough to participate in the children’s events.

Ben lived a full life and enjoyed his years in the classroom, but he was also an artisan. He loved photography, and years earlier was one of the founding members of the West Texas Camera Club. He also loved woodworking and jewelry design, as well as genealogy. You would often see him sitting on the porch of his woodworking shop, smoking his pipe and meditating. He also delighted in sharing puns with anyone who would listen!

He was kind, gentle, and non-judgmental. We look back on his life and his death, affirming that he “fought the good fight ... finished the race ... kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Ben is survived by his wife, Melissa, son, Stephen and his wife, Diane; daughter-in-law, Debbie; grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew and Rebekah; sister, Jeanette Praetorius and her husband, Walt; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. We take comfort in knowing Ben was welcomed into his Eternal Home by his son, Wally, his granddaughter, Anna Claire, and his life-long friend, Fane.

A graveside service will be held December 11 at 1 p.m. at Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola, six miles East of Kaufman, Texas, on Hwy 243.

A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m., December 18, at First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, Texas.

The family is eternally grateful for the care Ben received from Wesleyan Hospice, Compassus Hospice and the staff on the fourth floor of Seton Ascension Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:

Wesleyan Hospice, P.O. Box 486, Georgetown, Texas 78627-9973

thewesleyan.org/give.

McMurry University Memorial Fund, 14th & Sayles, Abilene, Texas 79605

www.give.mcm.edu

Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation, 31 Street James Avenue, Suite 365, Boston, Massachusettes, 02116 

netrf.org/get-involved/give-now/

Or, charity of your choice.



Shirley Ann McGowen Fautheree

Shirley Ann McGowen Fautheree

Shirley Ann McGowen Fautheree passed away on November 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the age of 84, in Georgetown, Texas. She was born July 26, 1937, in Winnsboro, Louisiana, to Thomas and Martelle McGowen but and grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. She graduated from Ouchita High School in 1955.  She married Huey P. Fautheree, her high school sweetheart, on June 23, 1956, in Monroe, Louisiana, and has been married for 65 years. 

She was preceded in death by her parents (Thomas and Martelle McGowen) and brother Thomas Eugene McGowen. She is survived by her husband, Huey; daughter, Janice Ulmer (husband Stephen Ulmer); and sons, David Fautheree and John Fautheree. She was also a loving grandmother to Christelyn Harrison (husband Brian), Steven Fautheree and Russell Fautheree and great-grandmother to Mila Harrison. She is also survived by her sister, Evelyn Lockwood (husband Bobby Lockwood) and Eddie McGowen. Shirley will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews and friends. 

She retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio with 33 years of civil service. In her adult life, she lived in Georgia, Germany, Virginia, Italy and Texas.  She enjoyed traveling and taking cruises. While living in San Antonio, she was involved in activities with the Daughters of Republic of Texas. She also volunteered at Fiesta in San Antonio. Her other interests include playing Bunco, Canasta and Pinochle with her friends. While living in Georgetown, she belonged to a Women of Words book club for 15 years and was involved with Friends of the Library. Shirley enjoyed going to Canton and Round Top for antiques. Her favorite pass time was reading a good book. 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Fautheree family.



Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs, 67, died unexpectedly at home on November 29, 2021.  Michael was born to Charlsie and Eileen Jacobs in Freeport, Texas. Mike graduated from Georgetown High School in 1973. Mike served his country by serving in the Coast Guard from 1974 to 1978. After being discharged from The Coast Guard, Mike trained and worked as a chef. Later in life, Mike worked many years as a truck driver. Mike’s most beloved role was a father to Derek and a grandfather to Ethan.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Charlsie and Eileen Jacobs, brother Warren Jacobs, nephew Stephen Jacobs and niece Michelle Jacobs. He is survived by his son, Derek Jacobs and wife, Keri, grandson, Ethan Emery, brothers, Roger Jacobs and wife, Vickie, Stephen Jacobs, Jimmy Jacobs and wife, Sheila, Johnny Jacobs, sister, Melinda Jacobs, Summer and Kelsey Mantz,

who were like daughters, and Anthony, who was like a grandson, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, with funeral services following at 11 a.m. at The Gabriel’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Georgetown, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 



Martha Treschwig Doenges

Martha Treschwig Doenges

Martha Treschwig Doenges passed away on November 22, 2021, at the age of 74 in Tampa, Florida. Martha was born on September 5, 1947, in Houston, Texas, to Hugo Frederick Treschwig and Martha Alice Nelms. She graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. Martha earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Her professional career as an educator spanned four decades and included six years in Germany with the Department of Defense Schools, 10 years in Belgium at St. John’s International School, and 14 years in the Boerne Independent School District. In 1996, Martha was the Boerne ISD teacher of the year.

Martha loved to teach science, avidly studied languages (German, French, Spanish, and Italian), and was passionate about maintaining her physical fitness. Her smile was contagious, her attitude was always positive, and her dignified, selfless nature and love of family and friends were inspirational. She enjoyed being involved in her grandchildren’s activities. She treasured her lifelong friends in the States and Europe.

Martha met her future husband, Joe, at the University of Texas. They married in 1969 and have two sons and seven grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joe, her sons, Josef (wife Melissa) of Tampa, Florida, and Karl of Georgetown, Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Gregor, Marielle, Anna Lisa, and Christina in Florida and Maximilian, Wilhelm, and Wolfgang in Texas. She is also survived by her nephew, Frederick (wife Michelle) Treschwig and son, Bryce, of Mandeville, Louisiana.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Nelms and Frederick.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many doctors and nurses who helped to care for Martha, especially over the past two years, and to the Faithful Companions of Jesus, whose prayers at their convents throughout the world gave her strength.

Instead of floral remembrances, the family suggests that donations be made to the National Jewish Respiratory Hospital in Denver or to Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Brussels, Belgium.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, December 1, at Holt & Holt Funeral Home in Boerne, Texas. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 2, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Boerne. Burial will follow at the Boerne Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the staff of Holt & Holt Funeral Home of Boerne. To share words of comfort with family, please visit www.holtfh.com.



Lawrence “Larry” Earl Glave, Jr.

Lawrence “Larry” Earl Glave, Junior, passed away November 28, 2021, in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 79.  He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Mary; Erich and Donna, his son and daughter in law; grandchildren, Christy (Jeremy) Ryman, Jessica (Ben) Carpenter, Elizabeth (Braun) Horner, and John (Erin) Glave; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Bette Taylor, MaryAnne (Dale) Phelps and Gail (Bruce) Brown; his brother Dick and his friend, Bill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Margaret; brother, Robert (Bob); and great-grandson, Odin. 

He graduated from New York State Ranger School at Wanakena and Syracuse University. Larry and Mary made their homes in eight towns, their longest residence being 33 years in Weir, Texas. 

The family will have a private ceremony at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home.

To view the full obituary and to leave a message for his family online, please visit www.penwellgabeltopeka.com

 


Published December 1, 2021


Chester George Crosby

Chester George Crosby

September 19, 1937 – November 13, 2021

Chester George Crosby, Colonel, United States Air Force Retired, Ph.D., age 84, went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on November 13, 2021. He was born on September 19, 1937, in Cowen, West Virginia, to parents, George and Lillie Crosby. 

Dr. Crosby was a native of Florida where he spent his childhood and young adult life. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USAF and married Cornelia “Connie” Frances Davis of Mobile, Alabama, in 1963. Their love continued over four decades as they celebrated 43 years of married life together. Connie lost her three-year battle with cancer on May 6, 2006. They had two children, Shannon and Donald. 

Dr. Crosby served in the USAF for 24 years. His academic education included a Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Maryland; Master of Science (MS), Ball State University; and Ph.D., Saint Louis University. His military education included Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During his service, his overseas assignments were Japan, Germany, the Island of Crete, and Guam. His key assignments were Headquarters USAF Security Services, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Chief Consolidated Base Personnel Office at Scott AFB, IL, and Director of Personnel at Barksdale AFB, LA. He commanded the two largest Supply Squadrons in the Strategic Air Command (Barksdale AFB and Anderson AFB), and served on the USAF Inspector General’s staff at Norton AFB, CA. He received numerous awards and medals throughout his military career and retired on May 31, 1987. 

Upon his retirement from the USAF, Dr. Crosby followed his passion for teaching and taught at Louisiana Tech University from 1987-1988. He joined the faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1988 and taught management courses in the Masters of Aeronautical Science Program. He was promoted to Professor in 1997, and elevated to Professor Emeritus when he retired in 2002. 

Dr. Crosby married Connie Lee Harkless in Georgetown, Texas, on July 19, 2013. They shared a love for travel and cruising and visited all of the Caribbean Islands, most of the countries in Europe, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. 

With all the many things Dr. Crosby worked hard at, he always prioritized his special joy — his family. He loved his family with all his heart and served them all his days. He is survived by his wife, Connie Harkless, his daughter and husband, Shannon and Carl Babovec, his son and wife, Don and Allison Crosby, and two granddaughters, Allison and Ashley Cooley. 

Dr. Crosby has left a lasting legacy of service, love for country, love for Jesus, and unconditional love for his family; his life will forever be celebrated by those who knew him! 

The family would like to thank the staff at Three Oaks Hospice for the care and support provided over the past four months. 

A memorial service will be held at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, on Friday, December 3, at 11 a.m. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to The American Cancer Society. 


 


Ann Stevens Sparks

Ann Stevens Sparks

Precious Ann Stevens Sparks, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Ann was a godly woman who loved the Lord and her family and set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives. 

Ann was born in Houston, Texas, on January 16, 1934, to the late Joseph F. Stevens and Mary Irene McLendon. She was the first born of four children. She was married to George E. Sparks Jr. who she joined in heaven, and November 25 would be their 69th wedding anniversary.

Ann loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart, and she loved God’s word and telling others about Jesus. Though she was a humble, gentle woman, Ann was nonetheless a powerful prayer warrior, and only Heaven knows what a wonderful and eternal impact all her many years of faithful praying have had on her family, her friends, and the world at large. 

Aside from her passion of ministering to others, she retired after 27 years from Alief Independent School District working in the Administration Department. She enjoyed working in her yard and had an incredible “green thumb” always having flowers and plants outside and in her home.

Ann played the piano beautifully and accompanied George serving as the music minister at Wilcrest Baptist Church for many years. When George and Ann moved to the Hill Country in 2004, they joined New Hope First Baptist Church in Cedar Park, where they served for over 10 years. Ann was a Bible Study teacher and facilitated in starting the prayer group at New Hope. When they could no longer drive to Cedar Park, they joined Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown, where she was active in the prayer group. Ann had a vast library in her study at home and ministered to many with books and cards.

Ann is survived by her sons, Stephen Sparks and wife, Sherry of Willis, Texas, Douglas Sparks and wife, Kim of Lincoln, Nebraska, and daughter, Laurie Walker and husband, Perry, of Georgetown. She has six grandchildren, David, Patrick (Kimmie), Shaun, Kellie and Ashley (Mark), Mary (Jesse), 11 great-grandchildren, brother, Joe Stevens (Divina) of California and sister-in-law, Annette Stevens, from Houston. She is predeceased by her husband, George, in 2019, her granddaughter, Jennifer (2021), siblings Bill Stevens (2019) and Jan Fry (2011). Ann has many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives. 

The family would like to extend special appreciation to The Help Givers and the caregivers at Sedro Trail Assisted Living and Memory Care in Georgetown, Texas. We are comforted in knowing Ann no longer suffers from Dementia and that we’ll see her again one day…

Memorials may be made to Crestview Baptist Church, 2300 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628 or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.gabrielsfuneral.com


 

Billy Jim (Bill) Brimberry

Billy Jim (Bill) Brimberry

Billy Jim (Bill) Brimberry passed peacefully on November 21, 2021, with his beloved wife, Nancy, at his side. He was born September 23, 1928, in the Fellowship Community near Madisonville, Texas. He grew up on a farm without electricity or running water. His father was a tenant farmer who tilled the soil with a horse drawn plow. Bill, his three sisters and his mother all worked in the fields. His mother raised wonderful vegetables in her garden and during the depression, though they were poor, they always had plenty to eat.

Bill graduated from Madisonville High School in 1948. His father gave him bus fare to Houston and enough money for a week in a boarding house. He first applied for a job in a law office and was rejected. Next he went to Trinity Universal Insurance Company. The interviewer said, “So sorry, you are not qualified.” However, the office manager overheard and said, “I like this young man. Let’s give him a chance.” So began a 50 year career in casualty and property insurance. In 1956. Bill began attending the University of Houston and in 1959 he was awarded the CPCU designation (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters).

In 1953, he met Nancy Swafford and in 1955, they began a blessed life together that would continue for 66 years.

In 1972, he was offered an opportunity to become a partner in the Moore and Osborn Insurance Agency in McAllen. In 1984, Bill and Nancy moved from McAllen to Austin to be near their children and grandchildren. Bill and son-in-law, Wayne Peacock, established the Brimberry-Peacock Insurance Agency. Bill retired from his career in insurance in 1994 and the couple built a home in Alamo Country Club in Alamo, Texas. Golfing wasn’t enough to occupy Bill, so he acquired a Commercial Driver’s License and for thirteen years he drove a school bus for Edinburg Consolidated School District. He was assigned the Parent Teen Route and he took great joy in picking up the teen parents, delivering the babies to day care and the parents to school.

By 2007, Bill and Nancy decided to relocate near their children and bought a home in Georgetown, where they became members of First Baptist Church. Bill participated in the Merry Christmas With Love Ministry, Meals on Wheels, singing in the Voices in Praise (VIP) Choir, and meeting with his church buddies at Whataburger early Thursday mornings. For many years he was active in Rotary International maintaining a perfect attendance for fifteen years.

Bill’s first love was for the Lord Jesus and His Church. As a teenager, Bill gave his life to Jesus and was baptized in the farm tank by the visiting preacher. He was ordained a deacon in 1961 in Britmoore Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. His life exemplified the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23.

Bill and Nancy enjoyed many years of camping and traveling in their RV’s. The couple enjoyed traveling every year to the CPCU conventions held in large cities across the country, Hawaii and St. Moritz, Switzerland. Bill loved building their weekend cabin at Lake Livingston, fishing, and navigating long rides in their boat up the Trinity River, hiking, bowling, singing and his faithful dog Bandit who was always at his side or in his lap. Surviving Bill are his wife, Nancy Swafford Brimberry of Georgetown, his daughter, Susan Peacock of Round Rock, Texas, his son-in-law Joe Langford of Cedar Park; grandchildren, Christopher Peacock and wife Julie of Paris,Texas, Sara Peacock and Erin Langford, both of Round Rock, Texas, and Sam Langford of College Station, Texas; great-grandchildren, Laney Peacock, Troy Peacock and Hank Peacock, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was the loving and proud patriarch of four generations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lemma Brimberry; sisters Frances Frazier, Marjorie Barber and Joan Nehlig; his grandson, Troy Alan Peacock, daughter, Melinda Langford and son-in-law, Wayne Peacock. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, in care of First Baptist Church, 1333 West University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the passing of his faithful servant. Psalm 116:15

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Ramsey Funeral Home. A time of visitation will begin at 10 a.m. 


 

Charlotte Celeste Behrens

Charlotte Celeste Behrens

Charlotte Celeste Behrens, 66, of Florence, Texas, joined our heavenly Father on November 28, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Celeste was born in Georgetown, Texas, on May 11, 1955, to Hal David Williams and Nadine Williams.

Celeste loved life. She was a free spirit with a gentle soul who loved spending time with her family and friends. Although nothing brought her more joy than her grandchildren and her pets. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening. 

Celeste is preceded in death by her father, Hal David Williams, Sr., husband, Richard Garth Behrens, and brother Hal David Williams, Jr. She is survived by her loving mother, Nadine Williams of Florence, Texas, daughter, Nicki and husband, Chet Bigon of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Cassie Bigon, Brynnan  Bigon, and Brooks Bigon. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Williams of Florence, Texas, her sister Lisa Pimpler of Florence,  Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, and lots of dear friends. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at North Austin Medical Center and Austin Cancer Center for the care and compassion they brought to Celeste and our family.

Funeral services will be conducted graveside at Florence Cemetery with Pastor Roy Smith presiding. The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021. The cemetery is located at 507B Story Avenue, Florence, Texas.

 

 

 


 

Reverend Robert L. Kincl, JCL, STL, MA

Reverend Robert L. Kincl, JCL, STL, MA

Reverend Robert L. Kincl, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Austin for 56 years, and a military chaplain for more than two decades, died in Georgetown, Texas, on November 19, 2021, at the age of 79. The son of the late Louis and Leona Naivar Kincl, he was born in Taylor, Texas, on September 16, 1942.

He was ordained a Catholic priest at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, on December 21, 1967, and earned a degree in sacred theology in 1968 from the Pontifical Gregorian University; a master in spirituality at Duquesne University in 1984; and a degree in canon law at the Catholic University of America in 1997. Rev. Kincl was a chaplain in the U. S. Navy from 1974 to 1995, serving in the Persian Gulf, two tours in Okinawa, Japan, was with the Naval District in Washington, D.C., ending his naval career with the rank of Commander at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. He then served three years as chaplain with the U. S. Army from 2003 to 2006 at Fort Hood, Texas, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

Rev. Kincl served as an Associate Pastor at St. Mary Parish, and later at St. Louis Parish, both in Waco, Texas. He also served at St. Mary in Temple, St. Joseph in Rockdale, and Saints Cyril & Methodius in Granger, Texas. For several years, he was Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Laredo and Adjutant Judicial Vicar and Tribunal Judge for the Diocese of Austin. 

Rev. Kincl was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joyce Kincl Dobias. 

The Divine Liturgy for the faithful departed will be celebrated at Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church, 1320 East 51st Street, Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11 a.m. with viewing in the narthex beginning at 10 a.m., Chorbishop Don Sawyer officiating. Burial will be at Fort Hood Cemetery, Killeen, Texas, December 2, 2021, 11 a.m. with full Military Honors. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday evening, November 30, 5:30 p.m. at Broecker Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m.  

Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of the services. Please sign the guestbook at broeckerfuneralhome.com


 

Teresa Lynne Coleman

Teresa Lynne Coleman

Teresa Coleman, of Georgetown, Texas, died on November 18, 2021, at age 52.

Teresa was born in Dublin, Georgia, August 19, 1969, to parents, Jackie and Ron Starley.  

Teresa was preceded in death by her son, Travis Zylka, mother, Jackie Hall, father, Ron Starley.  

Teresa is survived by her husband David Coleman, daughters, Mia Oldham (Dwight) Jaclyn Lucero (Miguel), grandchildren, Alexia Lewis, Addison Blanton, Layla Lucero and Sophia Lucero, brothers Eddie Maddux, Nick Starley, (Tina), sisters, Becki Burleson (Greg), Tammy Clarkston-Turner, (Steve), Donna Schneider (Tracy), Kaye Starley. 

Teresa and David married November 1, 2014, where their adventures led them to Clearwater, Florida, Rio Ranch, New Mexico, and then back home to Texas. Teresa loved the beach, but was happy to make her way back to Texas to be close to family.

Teresa was a member of Anderson Mill Baptist Church, where when her health allowed, she loved volunteering, lady’s bible study and worship.

A celebration of Teresa’s life will be held on December 4, 2021, 2:30 p.m. at CrossRidge Church, 1701 Walker Lane, Little Elm, Texas, 75068.