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Wednesday, January 12, 2000

BERGARA
   Luciana G. Bergara died Tuesday January 11, 2000 in Corpus Christi, Texas after a lengthy illness. He was born September 5, 1920 in Hindes, Texas to parents Andres and Torivia Gonzales Bergara. Mr. Begara was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired cabinet maker with the State School System.
   Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday January 13, 2000 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Saenz pastor of Primera Asamblea De Dios officiating and interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday January 12, 2000.
   Survivors include his wife of 52 years Seferina N. Bergara of Corpus Christi, Texas; son Andres Bergara, III and wife Delfina of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Yolanda Luis and husband Leonard of Rockport, Texas; four grandchildren: Stephen, Patricia, Bobby, and Brenda Luis all of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother Ray Bergara and wife Mary, of Brownfield, Texas; sisters Estella Rodriguez of Brownfield, Texas, and Carmen Bergara of Jourdanton, Texas; and great-grandchild Stephen Blake Luis of Corpus Christi, Texas.

CROSS
   Ida "Mae" Cross passed from this life on Monday, January 10, 2000. Born November 21, 1906 in Taylor, Texas, Ms. Cross moved with her family to South Texas where she resided for 25 years. Ms. Cross attended business school in Brownwood, Texas and began her career in the banking industry. She worked in Civil Service and with the Social Security Administration in Kanss City, Missouri for 31 years. Houston has been home to Ms. Cross since 1985, where she attended Canterbury United Methodist Church.
   Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Bull, and a brother, Jim Cross.
   Visitation is Wednesday, January 12, 2000 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. and funeral services are Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at Geo H. Lewis and Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, with Dr. Lewis L. Jackson, Sr. officiating.
   Graveside service and interment on Friday, January 14, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Park in Alice, Texas.

DETAMORE
   Charles Aquila Detamore, 66, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2000 at his residence.
   Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Thursday, January 13, 2000 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home.
   Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, January 14, 2000 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home Chapel.
   Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

GARCIA
   BROWNSVILLE - Amelia A. Garcia, 73, passed away Tuesday January 11, 2000 in a Brownsville Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1926 in Brownsville. Mrs. Garcia was a native and lifetime resident of Brownsville and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She worked with Brownsville Title Company for many years and then with the Cameron County Clerks office.
   She is preceded in death by her husband Jose Luis Garcia; brother, Patricio M. Ahumada and two sisters, Maria A. West and Herlinda Benavides.
   Survivors include five daughters: Amelia Ambler of Magnolia, Arkansas, Belinda Mendez of Brownsville, Celina Garcia of Brownsville, Dalinda Hinojosa of Brownsville, and Evelia Villarreal of Austin, Texas; one foster daughter, Amelia Mendez of Brownsville; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Crispin Ahumada of Brownsville; and longtime caretaker Paula Mendez of Brownsville.
   Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday January 12, 2000 in the Darling-Mouser East Chapel.
   Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday January 13, 2000 in St. Joseph Catholic Church.
   Burial to follow in Buena Vista Burial Park.
   Pallbearers will be Richard M. Ambler, Richard B. Ambler, Jaime Javier Mendez, Omar Mendez, David Hinojosa, and Eddie Villarreal.
   Honorary pallbearers will be Paula Mendez.

GARCIA
   Raul R. Garcia, 83, of Corpus Christi passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2000 in a local hospital. He was born on September 22, 1917 in Brownsville, Texas. Mr. Garcia was a self employed carpenter and resident of Corpus Christi since 1923. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and will be dearly missed.
   He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores G. Garcia of Corpus Christi; one daughter, Delia (Eli) Castaneda of Corpus Christi; one son, Rene (Anna) Sosa of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; one brother, Guadalupe Garcia of Brownsville, Texas; two sisters, Irene Sosa of Corpus Christi and Ofelia Trevino of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
   Public visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Thursday, January 13, 2000 at the Angelus Funeral Home Chapel with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 PM that evening.
   Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 14, 2000 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

GARZA
   Jerry Garza, 26, of Corpus Christi passed away on January 9, 2000. Mr. Garza was born in Corpus Christi on September 5, 1973, attended Holy Family Catholic School and Church. He graduated in 1991 from Foy H. Moody High School and was very active in Baseball, Soccer, and was an avid Fisherman. Mr. Garza lived in San Antonio from 1994 through 1999, and was presently employed at Hooters Restaurant as a grill cook. He was also a guitar player for a local Music Group.
   He is survived by his parents Ramiro and Hortencia Garza of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Jaime (Prisilla) Garza of San Antonio, Jason Garza of Corpus Christi; and one sister, Emily (Lance) Franklin of Houston; maternal grandmother Isabel Gonzalez of Corpus Christi; one nephew, Jordan Garza of San Antonio; and one niece Tiffany Leal of Houston; and many cousins, uncles, and aunts.
   The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, January 11, 2000 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, Holly Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. that same evening.
   Rites for Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.
   Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

GONZALES
   Ofilia "Chonita" S. Gonzales, 92, of Corpus Christi passed away Monday, January 10, 2000. She was formerly from Kingsville, Texas.
   She is preceded in death by her husband Pablo S. Gonzales and son Enrique S. Gonzales.
   She is survived by her two daughters, Gloria S. Gonzales of Corpus Christi, Maria Elena Maldonado of Benbrook, Texas; two sons, Pablo "Cuchie" Gonzales, III of Alice, Texas, Richard S. (Eva) Gonzales of Corpus Christi; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren.
   The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, January 11, 2000 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, Crosstown Chapel with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.
   Rites of a Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday January 12, 2000 at Our Lady of Good Counsil Church in Kingsville, Texas.
   Interment will be at Chamberlain Cemetery in Kingsville, Texas.

JANSSEN
   Louis William Oscar Janssen, Jr., 84, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2000.
   He was born August 28, 1915 in New Olreans, Louisiana to L.W.O. Janssen and Mary Hans Janssen. He received his Bachelors and Doctors of Medicine degrees from Tulane University in 1939 and served with the War Department at the mouth of the Mississippi River. After a bout with tuberculosis he came to Corpus Christi and married Leona Clair North. For many years he was the only bronchoscopist south of San Antonio and the foreign objects removed from patients lungs number in the hundreds. He was a member of all medical and all medical specialist's societies local, state and national. He was a fellow in the American College of surgeons and a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a former member of the Corpus Christi Country Club where he learned to play golf with his colleagues.
   He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Leona C. Janssen.
   He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Elizabeth of Terra Haute, Indiana and Jon Clair of Vera Cruz, Mexico. In addition, he leaves behind a grandson, Harvey (Tara) King of Idaho; granddaughter, Janssen (Rush) King-Clinger of New Mexico; and one great-grandson, Canyon King.
   Visitation will be held at the Seaside Funeral Home from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2000 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Seaside Chapel.
   A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 13, 2000 in the Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, 860 First City Bank Tower, Corpus Christi, Texas 78477.

MILLER
   ARANSAS PASS TX - Pauline Lee Miller, 76, a life long resident of the Aransas Pass area, passed Monday, January 10, 2000 at a Corpus Christi hospital. She was born August 18, 1923 in Bristo, Oklahoma to Greeley and Annie Oliver. She attended First Assembly of God Church of Aransas Pass.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Jerry M. Lee and her sister, Virginia Oliver.
   She is survived by six sons: James M. Lee of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, DeWayne Lee (Sue) Wood of Aransas Pass, Everette C. Wood of Rockport, Fred L. (Patti) Wood of Cambria, Illinois, John M. (Polly) Lee of Rockport and Garland Terry (Linda) Lee of Aransas Pass; two daughters, Janice "Sissy" (Randy) Elmore and Robin Lee (Donald) Griffith, all of Aransas Pass; five sisters: Joy (Doug) Brown of New Braunfels, Lavesta (Don) Martin of Napa, California, Wanda (Hershiel) McCarty of Ingleside, Barbara (Walt) Carlyon of Portland, and Carolyn (Jay) Wallace of Ingleside; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 13, 2000 at First Assembly of God Church in Aransas Pass at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Volz officiating.
   Interment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.

SCOTT
   Minot David Scott, born July 28, 1941 passed away Monday, January 10, 2000 after a long illness. He was a native of San Antonio, Texas, returning to Corpus Christi, Texas after spending several years in Lexington, Kentucky. He had over 25 years of government service most recently as a scientist with the Corpus Christi Army Depot working in the Safety Office.
   He is preceded in death by his parents Col. Minot Ellis & Grace Scott; brother Howard Scott.
   Survivors include his wife Mindy Scott of Corpus Christi, Texas; son Michael David Scott of Fort Louis, Washington; daughter Rachael Scott of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother Robert Scott of Plano, Texas, several nieces and nephews.
   A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 pm, Friday, January 14, 2000 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Bartholomew's Day Care Center.

PENNY
   KILGORE, TEXAS -Services for Sherman Penny, 48, of Kilgore will be 4:00 PM, Friday, January 14, 2000 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dr. William J. Ingersoll officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Mr. Penny died Monday, January 10, 2000 at his home.
   He was born July 4, 1951 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended public schools and graduated King High School in Corpus Christi. Mr. Penny served our country in the Navy from 1970-1978. He was a manager for the Weatherford Global Compression Company.
   Mr. Penny is survived by his wife, Tina of Kilgore; two sons, Sherman E. "Trey" Penny, III of Corpus Christi, Travis Penny of Kilgore, a daughter and son-of-law, Alexis and Adam Phillips of Yukon, Oklahoma; his parents Sherman Eugene "Gene" and Kathryn Penny, Sr. of Corpus Christi, Texas; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Wayne Baylor of Marble Falls, Texas, Yobeth and Robert Puckett of Troy, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Sandy Penny of Corpus Christi; a grandson, Carson Phillips of Yukon, Oklahoma; a niece Alyse Penny of Corpus Christi, Texas; four nephews Clinton Baylor of San Antonio, Texas, Blake Baylor of Midland, Texas, Joshua Penny of Lake Jackson, Texas and Jason Richey of McAllen, Texas.
   The family will receive friends at the Rader Funeral Home Thursday evening between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 929, Kilgore, Texas 75662 or Hospice of Longview.

PIGG
   EDINBURG - Keith Pigg, 94, passed away Monday, January 10, 2000 at a local hospital in Aransas Pass, Texas.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Allene, a sister, Doris Bailey, and his two brothers, Cloys and Jess Pigg.
   He is survived by three daughters, Mona Keith, Martha (Fred) Bingham, and Bille Beasley; a sister, Maxine Booth; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held Thursday, January 13, 1999 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Skinner Silva Funeral Chapel on West Samano in Edinburg.
   Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning, January 14, 2000 at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery on North Taylor Road in McAllen.

RASKA
   Franklin Henry Raska, 59, of Robstown, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2000. He was born June 17, 1940, in Nueces County, Texas. Franklin attended Banquete schools as a youth and was very active in 4-H and FFA activities. He also participated in football and basketball. Upon graduation he started working at Robstown Hardware as a mechanic working his way up to sales manager. He worked there for 39 years with February being his 40th anniversary working for John Deere. In 1963 he met and married Mary Frances Kocurek and fathered four children. He was very active in all their youth activities including the activities of his grandchildren. This January 19th they would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. The thing he wanted most out of life was to be in law enforcement. He just recently completed the Del Mar Law Enforcement Academy and has been working with the Precinct 5 Constable's Office as a Deputy Reserve for the last two years. He received much joy and displayed much excitement when working and talking about his experiences with the constables. He was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, was a former Board Member of the Robstown Independent School District, a 4-H Leader, Past President of the Athletic Booster Club of Robstown and was active with the Calallen FFA.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Otto Raska and a brother-in-law, Ted Charba.
   He is survived by his wife, Mary Raska of Robstown; sons, Michael (Emily) Raska of Corpus Christi and Jeff Raska of El Paso; daughters, Janet (Erasmo) Flores of Corpus Christi and Leslie (Wes) Wittner of Calallen; his mother, Josephine Raska of Orange Grove; his sister, Maryann Charba of Corpus Christi; and his brother, Harvey Raska of Orange Grove. He was lovingly known as "John Tractor", "Grampy", and "Grumpy Granpa" by his grandchildren: Ryan, Ashley, and Kasey Raska, Cody, Hailey, and Hannah Flores, Brandon, Justin and Rachelle Wittner. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
   The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2000 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.
   The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2000 in St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown with Rev. Gerard Sheehan, Pastor, as celebrant.
   Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.
   Pallbearers will be Frank Iwanski, George Picha, Jr. Thomas Kocurek, Jerry Kocurek, Randy Charba, Dean Nesloney, Gerald Nesloney and Joe Dale Rokohl.
   To view the on-line memorial please visit www.sawyergeorge.com

JENKINS
   Robert Shane Jenkins, age 16, of Corpus Christi, was received into the hands of God on Sunday, January 9, 2000.
   Shane was born July 23, 1983 in Peru, Indiana. He was a sophomore at Mary A. Carroll High School. He enjoyed rollerblading, and playing soccer. He had a passion for playing hockey and attended all of the Corpus Christi Ice Ray Hockey games. Shane was a young man full of life and will be deeply missed and always loved by his family and friends.
   He is survived by his father, Robert (Molly) Jenkins of Corpus Christi, mother, Michelle (Marshall) Ashby of Bristol, Tennessee, brother, Jeremy Jenkins of Corpus Christi, and sister, Madison Ashby of Bristol, Tennessee, paternal grandparents, Robert and Jan Jenkins of Fort Worth, Texas and maternal grandparents, Richard and Judy Weemer of Decatur, Illinois.
   Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2000 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm at Cage-Mills Funeral Home, Everhart Chapel.
   A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 2:00 pm at Cage-Mills Funeral Home, Everhart Chapel.
   Interment will be at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon, Illinois.

RODRIGUEZ
   ALICE - Maria Vera Rodriguez, age 91, died Tuesday January 11, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital after an illness. Born on December 31, 1908 at Santo Nino Ranch, in Duval County, Texas she was the daughter of Matias and Natividad Vera.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Damas Rodriguez, Sr. and a son, Gustavo Rodriguez. Mrs. Rodriguez was a resident of Alice for 53 years and a member of the First Mexican Baptist Church for 40 years where she taught Sunday School for several years and served with dedication as a member of the Women's Missionary Union (commonly known as WMU) an organization which helps to raise money for missionaries through the Texas Baptist Convention.
   She also served a director of this organization. She was a humanitarian who always volunteered her time with the sick, elderly, and the poor.
   Survivors include his sons Rogelio (Cecilia) Rodriguez of Bacliff, Texas and Damas (Regina) Rodriguez of Katy, Texas; daughters: Tiva (Reynaldo) Jasso of Baycliff, Texas, Belen (David) Salinas of Alice, Texas, Grace Perry of Katy, Texas, and Gila Hilma (Ernesto) Deleon of Corpus Christi, Texas; sisters, Victorinia Chapa of Rios, Texas and Secundina Rios of Rios, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
   Maria Vera Rodriguez was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and all her brothers and sisters in Christ.
   A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m Wednesday, January 13, 2000 at Walker-Mora Funeral Home Chapel.
   Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2000 at First Mexican Baptist Church in Alice, Texas with burial to follow at the Victor Gonzalez Cemetery in Rios, Texas.
   Arrangements under the direction of:

RODRIGUEZ
   Hortencia C. Rodriguez, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2000.
   Services are under the direction of Trevi¤o Funeral Home.

THIELE
   MATHIS, TX - Juanita Leber Thiele, age 81, of Mathis passed away January 10, 2000.
   Mrs. Thiele was born on October 6, 1918 to Bessie and Walter Leber, Sr. in Seguin, Texas. She was a retired beautician, farmer, homemaker and Baptist.
   Survivors include one son, Charles David Thiele, Jr. of Mathis, Texas; one daughter, Shirley Thiele (Dewey) Smith of Aransas Pass, Texas; longtime friend, Hilmer Person of Mathis, Texas; one sister, Evelyn Maedgen of Abilene, Texas; one brother, Walter Leber, Jr. of Mathis, Texas, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 10:00 AM in the Dobie Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Byerly officiating. Interment will follow in the Cenizo Hill Cemetery in Mathis.

THOMAS
   Pauline Thomas, age 73, a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas and member of St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church passed away Monday, January 10, 2000 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born on April 1, 1926 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Hicks Thomas, a farmer and Minnie Thomas, a maid.
   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and three brothers, Roosevelt Thomas, Fred Thomas, and Robert L. Thomas.
   She is survived by four children: Pearlie Mae Butler/Romie L. Nesbitt, Bryan Leon Thomas/Evelyn Prince, Dolores Ann (Earl) Coleman, and Melissa Davis, all of Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren: Tina Yvette Butler of Corpus Christi, Texas, Ruben Butler, III/Michelle Smith of Costa Mesa, California, Tondelynn Charrisse Coleman and Desmond James Coleman, of Corpus Christi, Texas; one great-grandchild, Simone Latrice Butler, of Corpus Christi, Texas; one brother J.C. (Dale) Thomas; one sister, Emmalee (Robert) Spencer, of Houston, Texas approximately nine nieces and 11 nephews; and a host of other relatives. Her special friends included Dr. William and Carol Sheffield and family; Mr. Andrew Smith, Ms. Henri Mae Tillis and Ms. Ora Jackson.
   Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday January 14, 2000 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home.
   Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday 15, 2000 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.


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