Obituaries

Wed
02
Apr

Albert J. (Jack) Avant


ALBERT J. (JACK) AVANT

Albert J. (Jack) Avant, 88, of San Antonio, died Monday, March 24, 2014.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church with the Rev. Elliot Pancoast officiating. Visitation was held beforehand.

Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.

Avant was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Atascosa, the son of George Avant and Virginia Thigpen Avant. He married Lorene Dietrich on May 9, 1948, at Bethany Lutheran Church and she survives.

 After graduating from Somerset High School at the age of 15, Avant began working for the War Department San Antonio Arsenal the next year.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 20, 1943, and served until Oct. 31, 1945.

Wed
02
Apr

Bradford (Brad) Baker


BRADFORD (BRAD) BAKER

Bradford (Brad) Baker, 58, of Ingram, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at 1000 Hills Cowboy Church in Kerrville with Keith Shelley officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Baker was born July 11, 1955, in Kerrville, the son of Jesse and Dorothy Baker. He married Susan Furr on Feb. 5, 1991, and she survives.

A lifelong resident of Kerr County, Baker was a 1974 graduate of Tivy High School.

In addition to his wife, Baker is survived by three daughters and one son, including Michelle Talley, Kami Baker, Aimee Cowen and Dustin Baker; four grandchildren, and his mother, Dorothy Washburn.

He is also survived by six siblings, including Carol Segner, Jesse Baker, Ruthie Winsett, Larry Baker, Susie Lehne and her husband, Kevin, and Charlotte Jeffers and her husband, Jerry.

Baker was preceded in death by his father.

Wed
02
Apr

Hilmar Carl Dittmar


HILMAR CARL DITTMAR

Hilmar Carl Dittmar, 95, of Hamilton, died Monday, March 24, 2014.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton with interment following at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Pottsville.

Arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Hamilton where visitation was held Thursday evening.

Dittmar was born April 26, 1918, at Doss, the son of John Dittmar and Hulda Kroll Dittmar. He married Cora Hannemann on Oct. 14, 1945. She preceded him in death in 2007.

After attending school through the 10th grade at Doss School, Dittmar took his college entrance exam, passed, and entered Texas Lutheran College, thus skipping the 11th grade.

At age 19, he accepted a teaching job at Cherry Spring School and then the Petersburg School before entering Southwest Texas Teachers College in San Marcos to attain his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Wed
02
Apr

Mrs. Clarence A. Durst

Mrs. Clarence A. Durst, 89, nee Lola Mae Beck, of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Fredericksburg Nursing and Rehab.

Funeral services are being held today, Wednesday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, Habitat for Humanity or to the charity of choice.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
02
Apr

Ronald Glen Elliott

Ronald Glen Elliott, 76, of Stonewall, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, at 4 p.m. at the Stonewall Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Welch officiating. Visitation was held beforehand.

Interment followed in the Stonewall Community Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.

Elliott was born Feb. 14, 1938, in Beaumont, the son of Fred P. Elliott and Constance Hill Elliott. He married Diana McAdams on Oct. 14, 1989, in Romayor, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Elliott is survived by one daughter, three sons and spouses, including Donna Kay and Charles White, and Jerry Glen Elliott, all of Bryan; Robert Glen and Dottie Elliott of Dayton and Ronald Glen and Crystal Elliott Jr. of Summerville; and a step-son and spouse, Justin Wayne and Donna Cole of San Antonio.

Wed
02
Apr

Joaquin (Jack) Morales


JOAQUIN (JACK) MORALES

Joaquin (Jack) Morales, 85, of Comfort, died Sunday, March 23, 2014.

A funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comfort with the Rev. Mike Peinemann and Deacon Dave Burkart officiating.

Graveside services with military honors and interment followed at San Jose Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home of Comfort where visitation and a vigil service were held Tuesday evening, March 25.

Morales was born Feb. 12, 1929, at Lane Valley in Kerr County. He married Dolores Rios on July 19, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and she survives.

He retired after 37 years of service with the Texas Department of Transportation.

In addition to his wife, Morales is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel J. and Marie Morales, and a daughter, Susan Morales, all of Comfort; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Wed
02
Apr

Carolyn Anne Guynes Shaw

Carolyn Anne Guynes Shaw, 79, of Houston and formerly of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m., at Joseph J. Earthman Generations, 234 Westcott St., Houston.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
02
Apr

Dorthy Ann Ransom Thomas


DORTHY ANN THOMAS

Dorthy Ann Ransom Thomas, 89, of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Austin.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home, Georgetown, with interment following in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Georgetown.

Mrs. Thomas was born Dec. 31, 1924, in Richland Springs, the daughter of Sloan and Etoil Ransom. She married Ray Thomas Sr. on May 8, 1943. He preceded her in death.

She grew up at Richland Springs and San Saba before moving to Georgetown when she was a teenager.

Mrs. Thomas spent many years as the assistant to the president of Southwestern University in Georgetown.

After retiring, she worked part-time at Georgetown Candle Factory for a few more years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was a current resident of Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Tue
01
Apr

Funeral service announcements

Information on funerals that occur after March 26 will appear under this heading.

 

MRS. CLARENCE A. DURST

Mrs. Clarence A. Durst, 89, nee Lola Mae Beck of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Fredericksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 1, from 4-6 p.m., and Wednesday, April 2, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, Habitat for Humanity or to the charity of choice.

A complete obituary will follow.

 

MRS. ROLAND BONN

Mrs. Roland Chester Bonn, 88, nee Vera Henke of Fredericksburg, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Knopp Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Wed
26
Mar

Albert J. (Jack) Avant

Albert J. (Jack) Avant, 88, of San Antonio, died Monday, March 24, 2014.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27, at 10 a.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, from 9-10 a.m., at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Bethany Lutheran Church or to the charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will follow.

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