Archive for February, 2013

Patrick Kelly “Pat” Cook

Cook, Pat

 Patrick Kelly “Pat” Cook, 63, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  He was born October 23, 1949 in Houston, Texas.  He is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he attended on a football scholarship.  Pat was a member of Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church and was one of the original founders of Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement Association.  He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Katherine Cook; his father, Durward Cook; and his sister, Vickie Lee Fox.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Cook of Corpus Christi, Texas; his daughters, Brianne (Gordon) Lund of Hiram, Georgia, Alyssa (Danny) Nabors of Spring, Texas, and Katy Cook of Conroe, Texas; his mother, Katy Jo Cook of Splendora, Texas; his sister, Penny (Kent) Eckhardt of Splendora, Texas; his grandchildren, Andrew Lund, Jolie Carter, Tanner Nabors, Jackson Lund and Jacey Nabors; uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 7 P.M. with the family present from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Friday, February 22, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life will be held at Noon Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Donny Eckhardt, Randy Eckhardt, John Fox, Danny Nabors, Gordon Lund, John Hubbard, John Williamson, Terry King, David Coe, Charlie Mader, Stan Wilson and Stuart Simon.

The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Christopher George-Maloy Gelinas

Gelinas, Christopher

Christopher George-Maloy Gelinas, age 16, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013 at his home after a long illness. He was born August 25, 1996 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Victoria Maloy and Gary Gelinas. Chris attended primary, intermediate, junior high and high school at Tuloso-Midway I.S.D. Chris had a competitive and fun loving personality, and won many awards, medals and championships primarily in basketball, although he also played baseball and football when he was younger. Chris chose basketball and made it a priority. He would wake up early to go practice and stay late to play in pickup games. Wherever Chris went he made an impression on others. Christopher had to face a life threatening illness at a very young age, and he faced it daily with courage, dignity and the heart of a warrior. Chris appreciated challenges and intelligence, and often chose to engage in friendships with people he perceived as hardworking and smart. Christopher was an amazing son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin, friend and teammate. Chris had a kind heart and soul, was extremely generous and was loved by many.

Chris is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Larry Maloy and his paternal grandfather, George Gelinas.

He is survived by his mother, Victoria Maloy; his father, Gary Gelinas and his wife Esmeralda Gelinas; his sisters, Marlena Lopez and Sierra Gelinas; his grandmothers, Marie Maloy and Lorraine Gelinas; his new step-sisters, Leah Vera and Tiffany Vera and step-brother, Jesse Vera. Christopher also has many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends too numerous to count.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Friday, February 22, 2013 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Morgan Rowsome as celebrant. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Leo Noel, Jaime Lopez, Royce Cameron, Eric Noel, Sean Noel and Jesse Vera.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Tuloso-Midway High School boys basketball teams.

In lieu of flowers friends may make donations to The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, P. O. Box 237, Brooklyn, New York 11228 in memory of Christopher George-Maloy Gelinas.

Madeline “Maddie” Sophia Schilling

Schilling, Madeline

Madeline “Maddie” Sophia Schilling, age 71, went home to be with our glorious Father on February 16, 2013.

Madeline is preceded in death by her sons, Michael Edward Cavin and Richard Wayne “Buck” Cavin , as well as her first husband and the love of her life, Glen E. Cavin, Jr. Madeline is also preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Sam Corbin and Ida Ruth Crouch;

She is also preceded in death by her biological parents, Charlie Ross “CR” Wood and Madeline “Mattie” Wood; her biological brother, Charles Wayne Wood. Madeline met and got to know her biological mother for two years before she lost her in 2001.

Madeline is survived by her daughter, Sue Ann Surface (Mark); her grandchildren, Ryan Taylor, Katie Taylor and Trevor Surface.

Madeline’s biological sister and cousin found her in 1998 and instantly they became a family as if they had never parted. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Mallory (Tommy); her brother, Jimmy Wood (Janet); numerous nieces and nephews and family, which includes extended family from her first marriage and her work family in San Antonio, Texas. She had worked in Civil Service for 30+ years at Kelly AFB and JBSA-Lackland.

Her last days on earth her daughter never left her side. She had numerous visitors from work and many spoke of their love for her. Her daughter would like to thank each and every one of them for their support and love of her mother.

Pallbearers will be Mark Surface, Ryan Taylor, Trevor Surface, Rudy Chavis, Brian Wilson and David Adams.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Grace United Methodist Church Youth Group or Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 12 noon to 1:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Stan Whites officiating.

Flora Irene Berry

Berry, Flora

Flora Irene Berry, 94, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013. She was born February 22, 1918 in Coryell County, Texas to William Odus and Laura Edith Logan Rodgers. Mrs. Berry was a wonderful homemaker and a member of Tuloso-Midway Baptist Church for 47 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garlon I. Berry and a son, Charles Rodger Berry.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Berry (Jeryl) Gerdes of Georgetown, Texas; her son, Michael G. (Kerry) Berry of Corpus Christi, Texas; her grandchildren, Wayne (Angie) Gerdes of McKinney, Texas, Laurie Adams of Leander, Texas, Jason (Dawn) Berry of Corpus Christi, Texas and Michelle Berry of Corpus Christi, Texas; her great grandchildren, Evan Wayne Gerdes, Luke Gerdes, Adam Gerdes and Addison Berry; her brother, Floyd (Pat) Rodgers of Lancaster, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Monday, February 18, 2013 at Tuloso-Midway Baptist Church with Pastor John McAllister officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens.

Those who wish may make contributions to the South Texas Children’s Home, Gideons International or to your favorite charity.

Dorothy Donoho Balzer

Balzar, Dorothy

Dorothy Donoho Balzer went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2013 after a long illness. Dorothy was born in Uvalde County, Texas to Mary and Charles Donoho. She later moved with her family to Austin, Texas. She attended the Texas School for the Deaf, where she met “the love of her life”, Leon Balzer. They married in Austin in 1943 and moved to the Balzer farm in, Driscoll, Texas.

Dorothy and Leon were active with the Corpus Christi Deaf Center, providing volunteer support in many of the activities. She was an accomplished artist and at one time conducted an Arts and Craft Class at the Center. She had a strong interest in sewing and made most of her own clothes.

She was a member of River Hills Baptist Church, having accepted Jesus as her Savior thru the deaf ministry, led by Bro. John Price.

Dorothy loved her family and was blessed to have added family the last few years of her life. She was cared for and loved so specially at Lilly’s Home in Robstown, by Lilly Flores, Diana Moreno, Yolanda Luna, Mary Reyes, Rose Leal, and Delissa Cabrieles.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leon, a brother, Charles and a sister, Elmira Lamar.

She is survived by one son, William Van Balzer: a grandson, Brent Balzer and his wife Marlena, and one great grandson, Damian. She is also survived by a sister, Marilyn Donoho of San Antonio, a sister-in-law: Martha Jean Douglass Worsham, of Robstown, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

The celebration of Dorothy’s life will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Sam Douglass officiating. Burial will follow in Robstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center at 5151 McArdle Road, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78411.