Obituaries

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Mrs. Lloyd O. Hemphill

Mrs. Lloyd O. Hemphill, 75, nee Patricia Donna Whitaker, of Fredericksburg, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

A funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with interment following in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Food Pantry, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
22
Jan

Clarence Robert Hoffman

Clarence Robert Hoffman, 88, of Fredericksburg and formerly of Harlingen, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Graveside services and interment are being held today, Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., at Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1001 East Jackson Street, Harlingen, TX 78550 or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
22
Jan

Gary Wayne Itri


GARY WAYNE ITRI

Gary Wayne Itri, 63, of Fredericksburg and formerly of California, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

A funeral mass was celebrated Thursday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Michael Boulette officiating. Mary Ann Murchison was the pianist and Tricia Eilers, the vocalist.

Interment followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation was held Thursday morning and early afternoon.

Itri was born Feb. 9, 1950, in Fredericksburg, the son of Henry John Itri and Marie Williamson Itri.

At the age of 12 years, Itri’s musical career began as a member of a boy band, “The Crossfires”. Music producer Richie Podoler then brought the band to Los Angeles to record. 

Years later, he played bass with Roger Miller, performing once at the White House.

Other groups he was part of included “Blues Image,” “Hot,” “The Dillards,” and “S.S. Fools.”

Wed
22
Jan

Norma L. Kraus


NORMA L. KRAUS

Norma L. Kraus, 99, nee Becker, of San Antonio, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at St. Francis Nursing Home in San Antonio.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Gerard Catholic Church in San Antonio with the Rev. Jim Shea officiating. Loyd Le Blanc was the organist, and Renee Scheel, the vocalist.

Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Antonio.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mission Chapel Funeral Chapels South of San Antonio.

Mrs. Kraus was born in Fredericksburg on Dec. 27, 1914, the daughter of Adolph Becker and Cornelia Hopf Becker. She married Louis W. Kraus on July 2, 1941, in Fredericksburg. He preceded her in death in 1982.

She grew up in Doss and attended the Doss School.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and Genny Kraus, and a son-in-law, David Ransleben, all of San Antonio, and a sister, Vernell Ahrens of Kerrville.

Wed
22
Jan

Mrs. Ronald McCormick


MRS. RONALD McCORMICK

Mrs. Ronald McCormick, 66, nee Caren Sue Conoly, of Fredericksburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home with the Rev. Alan Matthies officiating.

Visitation was held beforehand.

Mrs. McCormick was born Feb. 9, 1947, in Dallas, the daughter of John Daniel Conoly and Mary Evelyn Curtis Conoly. She married Ronald McCormick on Dec. 27, 1968, in Dallas and he survives.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. McCormick is survived by one son, Greg McCormick of Midlothian; one sister, Cecilia Conoly of Oklahoma City, Okla., and two brothers, Steven Conoly of Fort Worth and Michael Conoly of Mesquite.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Wed
22
Jan

Charles (Chuck) Steinweg

Charles Arthur (Chuck) Steinweg, 73, of Fredericksburg, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors at Nebo or the charity of choice.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
22
Jan

Martha Jean Stevens


MARTHA JEAN STEVENS

Martha Jean Stevens, 69, of Harper, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

Services were held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. at Wild Ride Ministries in Harper with the Rev. Mike Weaver officiating.

Ms. Stevens was born Aug. 5, 1944, the daughter of Homer Lee Stevens and Marguerite Mae Wendel Stevens. She married Richard Thomas Leach. They were married 22 years at the time of his death in 1998.

After growing up in Harper, she attended Schreiner University and eventually graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Stevens moved to Houston where she spent her first years teaching in the Houston Independent School District. She moved to Florida in 1969, and after her marriage, moved back to Texas and settled in Austin.

She taught elementary school a total of 34 years.

Upon moving back to Harper, Ms. Stevens volunteered at the Harper schools and the Harper Library, helping to found that organization in 2006.

Wed
22
Jan

Jene Switzer

Jene Switzer, 60, of Fredericksburg, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.

His memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Institute or the charity of choice.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
15
Jan

Edna Catherine Brown


EDNA BROWN

Edna Catherine Brown, 101, nee McDonald, of Fredericksburg and formerly of Cleveland, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at noon at Pace-Stancil Funeral Chapel in Cleveland with interment following at Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston.

Mrs. Brown was born June 14, 1912, in Glover, Okla., the daughter of Willis Andrew McDonald and Cora Lee McDonald.

She was instrumental in helping form the Senior Center in Cleveland and was on the board of directors. She was also active in the Association of Retired Persons Chapter 1174 of Cleveland, serving as president at different times.

Mrs. Brown was also one of the founders of the Interfaith Center that was organized by local churches to help those in need with clothing and food.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and E.T. Jenschke of Harper, and a son, Andrew James Brown of Cleveland.

Wed
15
Jan

William Joseph Butler


WILLIAM JOSEPH BUTLER

William Joseph Butler, 79, of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Fredericksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home with Msgr. Enda McKenna officiating.

Graveside services and interment of the cremains with honors to be accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1:15 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Butler was born March 10, 1934, in Manchester, Conn., the son of Joseph O. Butler and Elizabeth Wodal Butler. He married Sybil Birchard on Oct. 24, 1953, in Glastonbury, Conn, and she survives.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Butler served from August 1953 to August 1956, and was a life member of DAV Chapter 167.

He worked as a truck driver for freight companies.

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