Archive for October, 2014

Clarence “Whitey” T. Patten, Jr.

Patten, Clarence

Clarence “Whitey” T. Patten, Jr. age 87, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away the morning of Monday, October 13, 2014 at home with his family by his side. He was born May 30, 1927 in Clarksville, Arkansas the son of Clarence T. Patten, Sr. and Bonnie Burke. At an early age his family moved from Oklahoma to Alice, Texas. After graduating from high school in Alice, he went on to serve time in the United States Navy.  After his time served in the Navy he returned to Alice, Texas where he began his life long career in the oil field.  In 1963 along with his wife Diana Patten, they started an oilfield hotshot company “Whitey’s Hotshot Service” which became “Whitey Patten Transportation” in the early 80’s and is still in business today.  For those that knew Whitey, they knew him as a kind, giving, caring and inspiring man to so many.  He lived and loved to work all the way up to just a few months before his passing.  His one hobby that he loved to do besides work, was his passion for flying.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Diana Patten; son, Donald R. Patten; brother, Dean Patten; sister, Patsy Krietsch.

He is survived by his son, Bob (Cheryl) Patten of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Faye Patten of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren, Chris (Lisa) Gallet, Dewayne Patten, Denise Patten, Jana Gallet, Patrick Patten, Bonnie (Robby) Ashby; ten great grandchildren.  He is also survived by one brother, Donald (Maxine) Patten of Lamar, Arkansas.

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M..

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 10:00 A.M. at the Arlington Heights Church of Christ with Gene Polvado officiating.

Burial will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Patten, Marcus Hernandez, Josh Surginer, Russell Powers, Rafael Montalvo and Michael Smith.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Atkinson, Kelly Krietsch, Bruce Krietsch, Cliff Hunter, Richard Patten and Chris Gallet.

Estella Kieschnick Haug

Haug, Estella obit

Estella Kieschnick Haug

” When I die, I hope the pastor will tell it like it is!” And those who knew Estella, knows this is so very true of her nature… she always told it like is was from her perspective. Born December 15, 1924 on a farm near Bishop to Louis and Ida Senkel Kieschnick, Estella left this earth on October 10, 2014. She bravely fought a battle for weeks with double pneumonia, before she finally allowed herself to rest in the arms of her Lord. Estella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willie A. Haug; brothers, Elmo Kieschnick, Louis Kieschnick; sisters, Helen Shafer, Gladys Kieschnick and Viola Prinz. She is survived by her 3 children, Willie Haug Jr. (Florine) of Odem, Ronnie Haug (Jane) of Floresville and Lucy Haug, (Becky of Dallas); grandchildren, Cody Haug (Machelle) of Kingwood, Chad Haug (Jendi) of Lewisville, Kevin Haug (Dawna) of Cat Spring, Laura van Poppel (Scott), Natalie Verette (John) of San Antonio, Emerick Wiatrek of Chicago; brother, Lee Roy (Belle) Kieschnick; brother-in-law, Lester Prinz; sister-in-law, Jackie Kieschnick; sister-in-law, Callie Mae Haug; 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews plus all of her many friends, especially those at Gardens Estates. Pastor W. Urban baptized her on January 24, 1925 at St. Paul Evangelic Lutheran Church and was confirmed April 10, 1938 by Rev. A.J. Niemann. Estella attended Concordia Lutheran school through the 7th grade, walking to and from school those 2 miles on sometimes muddy roads even in the cold and rain. When her class mates were bussed to Bishop for the 8th grade, Estelle decided to start working instead of joining them. She began working for families at age 13, as a housekeeper, cook and babysitter. At age 18 she started working at a restaurant and later as a grocery store checker. After WWII she had a blind date to go dancing and it was on this date that she met her future husband, Willie Haug. It must have been a wonderful dance, because they were married on April 6, 1947 by Rev. A.J. Niemann at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Concordia near Bishop. Then they were blessed with 3 children. Bill an Estelle raised their children, Willie, Ronnie and Lucy, while farming near Robstown, Texas.  While Bill tilled the land raising cotton and sorghum, Estelle kept their home, tended the garden, canned vegetables and jellies, baked all their breads, cinnamon rolls and icebox cookies which everyone loved, then helped butcher hogs and made sausage, and even milked cows and churned butter in the early years. Estelle and Bill were members of the Farm and Ranch Management organization. She belonged to the Home Demonstration Club and was adult leader of the 4-H Club. She flipped many hamburgers and made a lot of chili for Junior Livestock shows.  Being a lifelong Lutheran, she taught Sunday School at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Robstown and was a charter member of the Ruth Group. She  loved attending that Bible study group and the fellowship she shared with the other members. Estelle was also a member of the church’s quilting group. What wonderful quilts that group made to send to other countries who needed them! Taking pride in her lawn and flowers, she worked in her yard until she could no longer safely do it. People admired her annual flowers of larkspurs, poppies, amaryllis, roses, Queen Ann’s lace and day lilies. She was known to chop off the heads of snakes getting into her flower beds. Many times while babysitting her grandchildren, they knew that if they misbehaved, she would take after them with a house shoe or a fly swatter. It could be said that it was Estelle’s way and no other way. She ruled her kitchen and her house, and all knew that was a fact. She kept her freezer stocked with goodies and made sure she never ran out of food. Estella was always busy doing embroidery and making hundreds of cup towels with festive and colorful designs, along with pillow cases and dresser scarves. She also made quilt blocks for quilts for her children and grandchildren. Estella kept a daily diary for over 30 years and her children are reading each of those. They chronicle the life of a Texas farm family and embrace Americana at its best. Obsession with the weather is thematic and typical for all farming families and these diaries are no exception. Her children also are learning more about their late parents than perhaps they wanted to, but with each turned page there is much laughter and a few tears. Estelle loved music and dancing, especially Polkas and Waltzes. Many a Saturday morning during “Polka Time” on the radio she could be seen in her kitchen dancing with a mop or broom, while cleaning her floors. Fun loving and hardworking: the themes of her life. May she rest in the Peace that Passes all Understanding. Visitation with the family present will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church, 3316  Hummingbird Lane, Robstown, Texas 78380. Pallbearers will be, Cody Haug, Chad Haug, Kevin Haug, Laura van Poppel, Kenneth Krueger and Ben Otahal. The family suggests memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 3316 Hummingbird Lane, Robstown, TX 78380.

Eunice Marie Srp

Eunice Marie Srp, 78, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  She was born January 17, 1936 in Livonia, Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Srp, Jr.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Kimberly) Srp, III and Jeffery (Leslie) Srp all of Boerne, Texas; her grandchildren, Chance Srp, Chester Srp, Conrad (Melissa) Srp, Michael (Christian) Srp, Matthew (Laura) Srp, and Tracey (Mike) Yost; 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 P.M. Friday, October 10, 2014 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church on Violet Road. Interment will follow in Seaside Memorial Park.

Anna Marie Whitworth Johnson

Johnson, Anna

Anna Marie Whitworth Johnson, age 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away October 4, 2014, surrounded by her family.  She was born June 22, 1932 in Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas to Wyatt and Dora Belle (Priour) Whitworth .

She attended Catholic school in Corpus Christi, Texas graduating from Incarnate Word Academy in 1950.  She married John Johnson from Crowley, Louisiana. on February 3, 1951 in the Corpus Christi Cathedral.

She is a great granddaughter of Rosalie Hart Priour, early pioneer of Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, an infant son, brothers, Wyatt Claude Whitworth and wife Mary, Wallace Earl Whitworth and wife Bernice, Julian John Whitworth, Carlton Camillas Whitworth, Bernard Garland Whitworth, William Edmund Whitworth and wife Doris.

She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy A. (Jason) Weischwill; sons, John C. (Debbie) Johnson,  William T. (Lisa) Johnson, Michael W. (Valerie) Johnson, Durell J. (Lana) Johnson;  grandchildren, Daniel (Teresa) Johnson, Nicholas (Jessica) Johnson, Richard Wishert, Michelle Wishert, Sarah Weischwill, Caroline Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Miranda Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Catherine Johnson; great grandchildren, Jace Johnson, Mikaila Chambers, Kennon Wishert; sister-in-law, LeJeune Whitworth; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Following visitation a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas.

Interment will follow in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to give a special thanks to her caregivers at Wooldridge Place Nursing Center.

Kaley Lynn Swallow

Swallow, Kaley

Kaley Lynn Swallow, 22, of Corpus Christi, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 1, 2014.

Kaley was born to Marc and Devrone Swallow on November 17, 1991. She graduated from Calallen High School in 2010 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with Summa Cum Laude distinction.  She had worked as a PT Assistant for Humpal Physical Therapy for four years where she delighted in every aspect of her job.  After completing an internship, she was most recently employed by South Texas Surgical Hospital as a PT Assistant.  When she wasn’t working, Kaley loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with family, friends, and her dogs.  She is fondly remembered by all those whose lives she touched.

Besides her parents, Kaley is survived by her loving brother, Brannon James Swallow of Corpus Christi, Texas; her maternal grandparents, Howard and Norma Hoover of Corpus Christi, Texas, and grandfather, Bobby Jackson of Austin, Arkansas, her paternal grandfather, Donald James Swallow of Chiang Rai, Thailand, and grandmother, Geraldine Marie Swallow of Ft. Myers, Florida; her uncles and aunts, Chris and Sherri Jackson of Corpus Christi, Texas,  Kenneth and Tammy Jackson of Beebe, Arkansas, Troy and Sandra Swallow of Corpus Christi, Texas;  and cousins, Troy Daniel and Briana Renae Swallow, Dustin and Diamond Jackson, Marshall and Sheldon Jackson.

Visitation will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Dale Brynestad officiating.

Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Robstown, Texas.

Pallbearers are Troy D. Swallow, Sean Ponce, Timmy McWha, Dustin Jackson, Marshall Jackson, Sheldon Jackson and Ben Perriraz.