Archive for January, 2015

Leona Kocurek

Kocurek, Leona

Leona Kocurek, 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away January 29, 2015.  She was born February 7, 1932 in Moulton, Texas.  She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and was the infection control nurse at Memorial Hospital where she nursed for over 30 years and had been a LVN for over 45 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Julia Novak Picha, her husband, Louis Kocurek, her grandson, Bubba Adams and her brother, George Picha.

She is survived by her daughter, Constance (Wig) Adams of Freer, Texas; her son, Butch (Carol) Kocurek of Robstown, Texas; her sisters, Edith Rogers of George West, Texas and Delores (Joe) Pavelka of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Kami Alaniz, Kimberly (Steve) Paniagua and Louis J. “Trey” Kocurek, III; three great grandchildren, Brandon Alaniz, Lily and Jacob Paniagua; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 6 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 P.M. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas with Rev. Zenon Konowalek as celebrant.

Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park,

Pallbearers will be Trey Kocurek, Brandon Alaniz, George Picha, Jr. , George Picha, III, David Pavelka and Allen Rogers.

Dorothy Eloise Gillespie Carter

Carter, Dorothy

Dorothy Eloise Gillespie Carter, age 87, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away January 27, 2015.

She was born March 15, 1927 in Robstown, Texas to Roy Ernest Gillespie, Sr. and Florence Thompson Gillespie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Carter; sisters, Cherry Gillespie and Melba (Neal) Clarkson; brother, Roy (Dorothy) Gillespie, Jr.

She is survived by a son, Gary (Sharon) Capeheart; daughters, Meloise Capeheart, Joleen (David) McCullough; eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and one great great grandson; brother, Victor Gillespie.

Dotty was a loving mother, avid domino player, and active church member. As a retired legal secretary she spent her golden years doing the things she loved most, enjoying travel with her husband, singing in her church choir, and watching her family grow. The things she valued most were her faith, family, and friends.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. in the Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston, Texas.

Funeral services entrusted to Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Inc., 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. (361) 242-3205  Please visit our web site at

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to The American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, or American Cancer Society.

ADRC Robert B. “Bob” McKinley, USN (Ret.)

McKinley, Robert

ADRC  Robert B. “Bob” McKinley, USN (Ret.), 91, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Bob was born in Temple, Texas to Merrell D. McKinley and Julia Huckabee McKinley.  He was raised in Nederland, Texas.

Bob joined the Navy at age 17 in May, 1941.  He served aboard the USS Enterprise CV-6 during WWII from Dec. 1941-Oct. 1943.

From there he fulfilled various assignments and the last 7 years of his Navy career he was a flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Services.  He retired from the Navy in 1962 after 22 years and moved his family back to Corpus Christi in 1963.

Bob then went to work for the Prudential Insurance Company and retired from there after 16 years.  Not slowing down he went to work for Dickson Builders for 6 years.

Bob was a 32nd Degree Mason and was very active as a Shriner.  He was an avid square and round dancer for many years and served as a volunteer guide aboard the USS Lexington for 20 years.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, and a brother, Joe Lee McKinley.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gwen; son, Roy McKinley of Dallas; daughters, Jamie Baglio of Virginia, Robbyn and son-in-law, Isdell “JR”

Birnbaum of Corpus Christi;  grandsons, Iz Birnbaum of Corpus Christi, Gabe Birnbaum of San Antonio, Garett Birnbaum of Houston, and Christopher Baglio of Virginia; two nieces and two nephews.

Also surviving are his beloved cats Quatro and Callie and a host of extended family and friends.

Bob’s ashes will be buried with full military honors on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2 P.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Al Amin Shrine or Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

Clarence Neely Balko

Balko, Clarence

Clarence Neely Balko, 88, passed away peacefully January 25, 2015.  Clarence was born in La Grange, Texas on October 9, 1926 to the late Ottilie Frank and Herman W. Balko.  He was a loving husband, dedicated father to his three children, and a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather.

Clarence graduated from Bishop High School and married Bernice Pauline Kaiser on January 4, 1948.  He was a life-long farmer in the Bishop and Robstown areas until his retirement.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 67 years, Bernice Kaiser Balko.  He is survived by his children, Larry Balko, Ralph (Dianne) Balko, and Brenda (Wade) Bode; his brother, Glen (Marty) Balko; his grandchildren, Bobby Balko, Mia, Alexis, and Neely Balko; Beth (Mak) Becker, Matt (Audrey) Bode, and Bryan Bode; and four great-granddaughters Brooke and Brenna Becker, and Kaydance and Gweneth Bode.

Clarence was a devout Lutheran and loved his church.  He was proud of his German heritage and his family grew accustomed to hearing many of his favorite German words and phrases.  After retirement, he and Bernice enjoyed travelling overseas to Germany.  Clarence was also a man of strong values being both trustworthy and straight forward; he was often thought of as the salt of the earth by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.  Always an active person, he swore he worked harder at being retired than any other time in his life.  He loved collecting Occupied Japan, searching for arrowheads at the Banquete farm, hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.  Clarence had a full and wonderful life and will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2015 with the family present from 6:00 to 8 p.m. at Sawyer George Funeral Home.  Services will be held Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Messiah Lutheran Church at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Robstown Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pallbearers will be Mak Becker, Brad Peeples and his grandsons, Bobby Balko, Matt Bode, Neely Balko and Bryan Bode.

The family is very grateful to the staff at the Pavilion Assisted Living and The Villa South; to Al, Louise, Sherry, Roy, and Janice for all the love and care that they provided to our Papa.

Marilyn Elaine Davis Isenberg

Isenberg, Marilyn

Marilyn Elaine Davis Isenberg went to be with her Lord on January 24, 2015. She was born in Robstown, Texas on June 2, 1941 to Joseph Robert (Bob) and Virgil Granger Davis. The family lived in Banquete, Texas and then moved to Calallen in 1949.

Marilyn graduated from Calallen High School in 1959. Moving into Corpus Christi, she began working in the insurance field. She held various offices in the Women of Corpus Christi Club, including president. She left the insurance industry to become director of the Portland, Texas Senior Center, retiring from there after 16 1/2 years.

She  married Kenneth Isenberg on December 26, 1986.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jerry Dale, Eugene Emerson, Joseph Robert, Jr. (J.R.); and sisters, June Bevly and Sue Roberts.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth; brother, Glen (Mary Jo) Davis; sisters, Peggy Clark, Sandy (Michael) Smith, Margie Overton; numerous nieces and nephews; special grandson, David Isenberg; four step-children, Carolyn and Randy Scott, Betty Dean, Barbara and Tommy Walford and Wayne Isenberg; nine step grandchildren, twelve step great grandchildren; and her best friend of over 50 years, Barbara Migl.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Kathy Higgins for her help during this last illness.

Marilyn loved playing the piano and organ. She was previously the organist at Calallen Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church and Lindale Baptist Church before transferring to Harbor View Chapel where she served for 25 years as their organist.

Visitation will be from 10 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at Noon, Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with Rev. Rusty Maddox officiating.

A memorial service will be held at Harbor View Chapel, 3710 Seagull, Corpus  Christi, Texas 78402 on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor View Chapel or to a charity of your choice.