Obituaries

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Funeral service announcements

Information on funerals that occur after Jan. 28 will appear under this heading.

 

MRS. PEDRO VELA SR.

Mrs. Pedro Vela Sr., 71, nee Maria Enriqueta Meneses of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 2, from 4-7 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 7-9:15 a.m.

A rosary service will be held Monday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m., at the funeral chapel.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with interment following in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, St. Mary’s Loving Care or to the charity of choice.

 

MRS. LARRY AHRENS

Mrs. Larry Ahrens, 58, nee Martha Reeh of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in a San Antonio hospital.

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Eugene Donald (Gene) Bode

Eugene Donald (Gene) Bode, 75, of Harper, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Canterbury Court Nursing Home in Harlingen.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. at Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Harper with interment following in the Harper Community Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville where visitation was held Friday evening, Jan. 16.

Bode was a lifelong Harper resident, born March 25, 1939, the son of Floy B. Bode and Virginia Bode.         

He began working at Bode Feed and Supply when he was a young boy and later purchased the business from his father.

He was an active member of the Exotic Wildlife Association and the Texas Wildlife Association for many years.

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Mrs. John T. Castillo


MRS. JOHN T. CASTILLO

Mrs. John T. Castillo, 92, nee Epifania Contreras of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Reverends Fernando Zurita and D.G. McCoury officiating.

Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation was held Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Mrs. Castillo was born Jan. 6, 1923, at Willow City, the daughter of Bictoriano Contreras and Maria Lopez Delgado Contreras. She married John Trejo Castillo on Sept. 27, 1937, in Ballinger. He preceded her in death.

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Dr. Henry (Hank) Gartley


DR. HENRY (HANK) GARTLEY

Dr. Henry (Hank) Gartley, 81, of Sun City, California, and formerly of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 18, in Sun City, California, with the Rev. Chuck Klingman officiating.

Gartley was born April 27, 1933, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the son of Howard and Mary Gartley.

After graduating from high school, Gartley enlisted in the U.S. Army where he met his first wife, Lois. After being severely injured in basic training, he was honorably discharged and the Gartleys moved to California in 1955 where they raised their family.

While working full time, Gartley attended chiropractic college and went on to practice chiropractic in Lakewood, California, for 28 years, retiring in 1995.

After retirement, he moved to Fredericksburg where he opened several small businesses, including the “Dog Haus”.

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Grayson Jordan

Grayson Jordan, 93, of Fredericksburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home, with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Nature Conservancy or Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

A complete obituary will follow.

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Clarence Lloyd Nixon


CLARENCE LLOYD NIXON

Clarence Lloyd Nixon, 96, of Fredericksburg, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Knopp Assisted Living Center.

A funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Janysek officiating. Mary Ann Murchison was the pianist, and Liz Tynan, the vocalist.

Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation and rosary services, led by Deacon Patrick Klein, were held Tuesday evening, Jan. 20.

Nixon was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Fredericksburg, the son of William Jasper Nixon and Octivia Louise Ransleben Nixon. He married Mary Margaret Jung on Feb. 10, 1940. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2012.

He was a World War II veteran. For many years, was employed at Dooley’s Store.

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Mrs. Alvin (Jake) Pehl


MRS. ALVIN (JAKE) PEHL

Mrs. Alvin (Jake) Pehl, 101, nee Anita A. Steitle of Fredericksburg and formerly of the Luckenbach community, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

A funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Enda McKenna officiating. Mary Ann Murchison was the pianist and Tricia Eilers, the vocalist.

Interment followed in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation and a vigil service, led by Deacon Patrick Klein, were held Monday evening, Jan. 19.

Mrs. Pehl was born April 7, 1913, in San Antonio, the daughter of Arnold Richard Steitle and Ottilie Gold Steitle. She married Alvin Alfons (Jake) Pehl on Aug. 9, 1933, in Fredericksburg. He preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1989.

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Mario Rios Perez

Mario Rios Perez, 71, of Cedar Creek and formerly of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Fredericksburg Nursing and Rehab.

Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4-6:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 30, from 7-8:15 a.m.

A vigil service will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, at the funeral chapel.

The body will lie in state at Schaetter Funeral Home until 8:15 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30, and from 9-10 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Stonewall where the funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Stonewall.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or to the charity of choice.

A complete obituary will follow.

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Evelyn Segner


EVELYN SEGNER

Evelyn Segner, 85, of San Antonio and formerly of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

A funeral mass was celebrated Friday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Enda McKenna officiating. Mary Ann Murchison was the pianist and Annette Whittington, the vocalist.

Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation and vigil services, led by Deacon Patrick Klein, were held Thursday evening, Jan. 22.

Miss Segner was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Gillespie County, the daughter of Albert John Segner and Ludmilla Klein Segner.

Survivors include one sister, Rosie, Mrs. Erwin Weber, and two sisters-in-law, Irene, Mrs. Ewald Segner and Florence, Mrs. Erwin Segner, all of Fredericksburg.

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Charles (Chuck) Todora


CHARLES (CHUCK) TODORA

Charles (Chuck) Todora, 55, of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 23, in the chapel at Fredericksburg Funeral Home with the Rev. David Zintgraff officiating.

Music was provided by Bobby Totten and Aaron Witte.

Todora was born Oct. 16, 1959, in Easton, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Todora and Marion Greenzweig Todora. He married Traci Greene on April 27, 1997, and she survives.

A 1977 graduate of Nazareth High School, Todora began working for the United States Postal Service in 1985, and had been with them for over 30 years.

He was active with the Praise and Worship Team at Sonday House Fellowship.

He was a member of two motorcycle clubs, including the Yahama Star Touring and Riding Club and the Cross Legacy Club, and was working on his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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