Archive for May, 2013

Ragnhild Anna Beskow


Ragnhild Anna Beskow 93 passed away on May 2, 2013 in Corpus Christi Texas. She is remembered by friends and family around the world as a vivacious and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, cross-country skier, avid gardener and nature lover, superb hostess, and sharp card player. She touched many with her graciousness, warmth and generosity and tales of her extraordinary life.

The eldest of 6 children Anna Ragnhild Ingeborg Sandstrom was born in Overammer, Sweden on October 4, 1919, to Signe Evelina (Hjelm) and Hugo Jonas Sandstrom. In 1936 at age 17 Ragnhild left the family farm and moved to Stockholm to work and have many wonderful adventures. After marrying the love of her life on May 5, 1951 Ragnhild and her husband, Hokan Johan Beskow, immigrated to the United States from Sweden in October 1951. Traveling by ship and coming through Ellis Island, at first settling close to Ragnhild’s 3 aunts and her many cousins in Chicago, where daughter Christina Louise was born, they then moved to the suburbs where son Robert Hokan was born. For the next 24 years Ragnhild and Hokan raised their family in Park Forest, Illinois where they worked hard and made lifelong friends. They then retired to Santa Rosa, California in 1983 to enjoy the sun, California coast, wine country, strong Swedish community, and the company of very good friends. In 2004, Ragnhild moved to Corpus Christi, Texas to be close to and enjoy the company of her family and subsequent many new friends.

In 1990 Ragnhild was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Hokan and then during the next 23 years by her brothers and sisters in Sweden and her cousins here in America. She is survived by her son, Robert of Sugar Land, Texas, his wife, Cecile, and their children Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Katherine; her daughter, Christina Beskow Schwirtlich of Corpus Christi, Texas, her husband, Donnie, and their children Erik, Lauren, Kirsten, Brad and his wife, Jenni, and their children Justin and Evelyn, Amanda Cole and her husband, John, and their children Hayli, Jacob, and Tyler; Ragnhild is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Sweden and their families; as well as many close relatives and dear friends in America.

Ragnhild’s happiest moments were among friends entertaining and playing card games, especially bridge; traveling to see family; enjoying her grandchildren perform in concerts and play sports; and dancing with her husband Hokan. Skoal Ragnhild!

Please join us for a memorial service celebrating Ragnhild’s life on Saturday June 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church, 10500 Stonewall Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas; The Rev. Steven K. Arndt officiating. Reception to follow in the Jackson Woods Grace Room.

George D. Gardner

Gardner, George

George D. Gardner was born on February 22, 1936 in Dallas, Texas and passed away on May 17, 2013 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He achieved many things in his life. He was a Captain in the Texas National Guard and a Member of the Texas Independent Automotive Association,

The Gardner Legacy is survived by his two sons, David and Gregory Gardner, his granddaughter, Lauren Gardner and his family at Gardner Automotive Services and Collision.

Memorial services will be held in his honor on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Fiesta Gardens, 802 Don Patricio Rd, Corpus Christi, Texas 78418

John L. Bedford, Jr.

John L. Bedford, Jr. went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, May 15th in Corpus Christi, TX. He was born November 18, 1945 in West Point, MS to Elizabeth and John L. Bedford, Sr. Upon graduating from West Point High School, John went to Idaho to fight forest fires between college semesters. John attended Mississippi State University. He then served two years as a Marine in Vietnam, earning several medals, including a purple heart. John and Sharon met and married when both were working for the FBI in Washington D.C. John went on to work for Central Service Association in Tupelo, MS for over 18 years. After his career with CSA he moved to Texas and become a business owner until he retired. He owned Accutest Services, Inc. and Corpus Christi Powder Coating. John was an active member of South Shore Christian Church and went over and beyond with his involvement there. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandbabies.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Bedford of Corpus Christi, TX; daughters, Tina Bedford of Corpus Christi, TX and Carisa Walker (Clay) of Houston, TX; sisters, Emily Schepens (Jim) and Paula Bedford both of Kingwood, TX; grandchildren, Macy, Abby and Myles Walker, all of Houston, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members.

John was married to Sharon for over 43 years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family and his numerous friends.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at South Shore Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to South Shore Christian Church, 4710 South Alameda, Corpus Christi, Texas 78412.

Ervin G. Menn

Menn, Ervin G.

Ervin G. Menn, 81, of Calallen, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was born December 19, 1931 in Violet, Texas to Richard Carl and Rose Bernsen Menn. Ervin grew up in Violet, Texas and graduated from Robstown High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was an officer in the Robstown V. F. W. Post.

Ervin enjoyed gardening, dancing and loved to go to Louisiana to supplement his income.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, R. C. Menn and Maynard Menn, Sr.; his son-in-law, Gary Duge; his grandchildren, Katie Menn and Amber Menn; a great grandchild, Jeremy LeBlanc; and his brothers-in-law, Milfred “Buck” Nesloney and Art Wegeforth.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Menn of Calallen, Texas; his children, Karen (Carroll) Teschendorf of Houston, Texas, Donnie (Vickie) Menn of Bossier City, Louisiana, Frank (Paula) Menn of Crosby, Texas, Cindy Duge of Robstown, Texas and Allen (Becky) Menn of Robstown, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Wegeforth of San Antonio, Texas; his brothers, Dan (Claudia) Menn of Corpus Christi, Texas and Milton (Celeste) Menn of Dayton, Texas; his sisters-in-law, Betty Menn of San Antonio, Texas and Jo Ella Menn of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Visitation will begin at 5 P.M. with the Rosary recited at 7 P.M. Monday, May 13, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas with Rev. Tom Showalter as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Teschendorf, Jason Teschendorf, Corey Menn, Barry Duge, Maynard Menn, Jr., Frank Menn, Braden Menn and Danny Menn.





Lucille Mathilda Welty Foster

Foster, Lucille

Lucille Mathilda Welty Foster, age 92, of Robstown, Texas went to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ May 9, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones.

Lucille was born October 2, 1920 in Robstown, Texas to Cyrus and Lydia Welty.

She was loved by all who knew her and a blessing to her family, friends and everyone she met. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Leslie Rounsaville, Sr. and Harold Foster, sons, John Leslie Rounsaville, Jr. and Carroll Lee Rounsaville (Barbara); a brother, James Welty.

Lucille is survived by her step-son, Ronnie (Julie) Foster; daughter-in-law, Sandra Rounsaville; grandchildren, Leslie (Ronnie) King of Corpus Christi, Texas, Renee (Clayton) Odom of Ft. Worth, Texas, Rachell (Joe) Reed of Corpus Christi, Texas, Chris and Craig Foster and eight great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at the Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.