Archive for January, 2015

Pauline Martha Neslony

Neslony, Pauline

Pauline Martha Neslony, age 86, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away January 19, 2015.  She was born July 18, 1928 in Cuero, Texas to Willie Joe and Annie Kalich Macha.  She was the youngest and last surviving of six children and their spouses.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Neslony and is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Robbie Sue)  Neslony and Glenn (Carol) Neslony; grandchildren, Travis Neslony, Tyler Neslony, Robert Lansford, Peyton Lansford, Rosemary Neslony, Theresa Neslony and Anthony Neslony.

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

Interment will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Elsie Jane Smith Ates

Ates, Elsie

Mrs. Elsie Jane Smith Ates passed away peacefully in her sleep at 1:00 A.M. on January 19, 2015.  She was 91 years old.  Elsie was born September 15, 1923 to Stonewall and Jesse (Morrison) Smith in Monroe, Louisiana.  At the time of her passing, she was living in Trisun River Ridge Nursing Facility in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She had recently suffered a debilitating stroke which left her paralyzed on her right side.  Elsie’s family sees her passing as a time for the celebration of her life and victory over pain and suffering.  Elsie was predeceased by her husband Francis “Bud” Ates in 1995 after 55 years of marriage.  Prior to his death, Bud and Elsie had lived in Pollock, Louisiana for 24 years.  Elsie had a long and happy career working in banking with Guaranty Bank in Tioga, Louisiana, where she genuinely loved serving her customers.  In her off time, she enjoyed spending time with Bud and going fishing, vegetable gardening and tending her beautiful flowers on their acre of land at the “top of the hill” on Bud Ates Road in Pollock.  Both she and Bud could grow just about anything better than anyone else, but she always caught the most fish!  She even had a “Red Worm” business, and everyone in Pollock knew that she would have red worms ready for them to pick up before daylight every morning, 7 days-a-week.  They paid for the worms by the honor system by putting their money in a tin can with a slot cut in the top of the can hanging on the tree.  She said, “No one every cheated me as far as I could tell.”  Elsie moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1996 after her beloved husband’s death to be with her daughter.  She will be missed by everyone who ever had the honor of knowing her.  She said that her proudest achievement in life was graduating from high school because she was so poor growing up, she really never believed it could happen.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by three children, Rick Ates (Carol) of Seal Beach, California, Ed Ates of Lake Havasu, Arizona, and Debbie Ates Heider of Corpus Christi, Texas.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Rick’s; Richard Ates (Angie), James Ates, Paige Schaaf (Erik) and Brook Chapman (Aaron); Ed’s; Teresa Cordova (Manual), Katrina Bickel (Johnathan), Johnny Ates (Tye), and Debbie’s; Lori Crisp (Mark) and Edie Cornelius (Garren).  Elsie was blessed with 12 great grandchildren, Zachary Ates, Jake Ates, Macie Ates, Meagann Mitchell, Summer Schaaf, Sonny Schaaf, Piper Chapman, Rye Chapman, Christopher Cordova, Emily Cordova, Lily Bickel and Katie Allsup.

Visitation is scheduled on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 10:00 A.M. to 12 Noon at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home located at 2701 Military Highway, Pineville, Louisiana, (318) 640-1678.

Graveside services will follow at 2:00 P.M., located at Pollock City Cemetery in Grant Parish, Louisiana.  Bro. Mark Crisp will be presiding over the graveside service.

Shirley Marie Terry Tavares Heller

Shirley Marie Terry Tavares Heller, went to be with our Heavenly Father on January 19, 2015. She was born on October 15, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas where she was raised.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Margie Terry; brothers, Gene and Benny Terry; sister, Wendy Walters; grandmothers, Bertie Mae Woods and Nell Terry Davenport.

She was the loving and caring mother of four children, Dawn (Ernest) Wilson, Ken (Dee) Tavares, Tim (Tabitha) Tavares, and Josh (fiancee Amber) Heller; 13 wonderful grandchildren, Steven (Chistiane Pena) Hawkins, Travis Hawkins, Sarah Wilson, Laura Wilson, Erica (Brandon) Williams, Amanda Tavares, Kenny (Samantha) Tavares, Andrea Tavares, Samuel Tavares Stuckey, India Bonnette, Tristen Tavares, Nicholas Tavares and Tanner Tavares; five great grandchildren, Brayden Pena, Braxton Tavares, Kennan Tavares, Kaydence Tavares and Brayden Tavares; brothers and sisters, Richard (Karen) Terry, Floyd (Judy) Terry, Darrell (Betty) Terry and Donna (Robert) Lane; both previous spouses, Dan Tavares and Larry Heller; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a life-long member of Annaville Baptist Church.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Annaville Baptist Church with  Brother Robert Simmons officiating.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Donald Bernard Gerdes, Jr.

Gerdes, Donald

Donald Bernard Gerdes, Jr., 32, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away January 16, 2015.  He was born April 8, 1982 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Donald was an altar server at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church from the 4th grade until he enlisted in the U. S. Army.  He was a 2000 graduate of Calallen High School and received his Electrical Engineering degree with honors from Texas A & M University in Kingsville. He was an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop #73.  Donald was a U. S. Army veteran and Korean linguist, serving one tour in Korea and two combat tours in Iraq.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Roger and Mildred Gerdes, and his maternal grandparents, Virgil Preston and Opal Nola Dunbar.

He is survived by son, Lucas David Gerdes; his parents, Judy and Donald Gerdes; his sister, Wendy Gerdes, his foster brother, Travis Yeary; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Seamus McGown as celebrant.

He will receive full military honors and be laid to rest at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery at Noon, Friday, January 23, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his name.


Charles “Kevin” Wahl

Wahl, Charles

Charles “Kevin” Wahl, was born April 10, 1961 and passed away January 13, 2015 losing his long battle to cancer.  He graduated from Sinton High School and from Southwest Texas State University earning an agriculture degree.  He was an environmental technologist ending his career with the Stripes company. With his fun loving magnetic personality, he never met a stranger.  He loved hunting, fishing, cooking, making homemade pickles and helping family and friends with their livestock projects.

Kevin is preceded in death by his father, Charles Franklin Wahl.

Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou Minduik Wahl; his mother, Irene Wahl-Richter (Charles); step-son, Aaron (Sarah) Haddow; step-daughter, Rachelle (Corey)  Price; step-grandchldren, Charlize and Noah Price; sister, Stacy (Mike) Harvey; mother-in-law, Eva (Peter) Minduik; brothers-in-law, Fred (Jacqueline) Minduik and Danny (Janice) Minduik; sister-in-law, Linda (Chris) Minduik; numerous nieces, nephews, spouses and their children.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 P.M. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at 1 P.M. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Grace United Methodist Church in Calallen, Texas.

A Reception will follow the memorial service at Grace United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice of – Help The Wahl Family.