Archive for January, 2018

Mary Frances Raska

Raska, Mary

Mary Frances Raska was born January 17,1939 to Anton and Bertha (Urbanovsky) Kocurek and went to be with her Lord and Savior on her birthday, January 17, 2018. She was raised in Clarkwood Texas, the  youngest of ten siblings, and was raised and loved dearly by her sisters, Herminia and Lydia. She was cherished and spoiled by her brothers. Mom once said her hardest chore when she was little was sitting on the porch churning butter for their evening meal. Her sisters helped raise Mom right alongside their own children. Mom considered their children as her brothers and sisters.

She attended Clarkwood schools before going and graduating from St John’s Catholic schools in Robstown. After graduation she worked a short time at South Western Bell where she was introduced to Franklin on a blind date. They married January 19, 1963. She raised four children, Michael, Janet, Jeffery and Leslie. She was an attentive, kind, patient and caring mother and hardly ever raised her voice and never raised her hand. She was always kind, polite and friendly to anyone she would meet. She did not have a mean bone in her body. She was adored by each and every one of her grandchildren. She tried not to miss a ballgame or school activity. She was so proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments. She was the biggest fan of each and every one of them. If they gave her a spirit shirt, she would wear it proudly.

She adored her dogs, Chrissy and Candy, and made sure Chrissy had an outfit for every occasion.

Mary Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Henry Raska in 2000, her sisters, Agnes, Mildred, Herminia and George Picha, Lydia and Ray Iwanski. Her brothers, Joe and Ann Marie Kocurek, Frank Kocurek, Louis and Leona Kocurek, Rudolph and Bonnie Kocurek and Otto and Josephine Raska and brother-in-law, Ted Charba also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Michael and Emily Raska, Janet and Dale Lichnovsky, Jeffery and Rosie Raska and Leslie and Wes Wittner.

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Coleman, Carson and Caragan Raska, Arman and Justin Todd, Cody, Hailey and Hannah Flores, Ryan, Ashley and Kasey Raska, Maile Saenz, Daisy Mejia, Brandon and Kami Wittner, Justin and Whitney Wittner, Rachelle and Rhylee Wittner, her great grandchildren, Emma, Ali, Gwyn, Kamdyn, Brayson and Leighton, and her sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Charba (Leon) and Jeanette Kocurek, and brother-in-law, Harvey and Jody Raska.

Visitation will be from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. with the Rosary to be recited at 6 P.M. Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 A.M. Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Special thanks to Dr. Narang and Dr. Gupta and all the wonderful nurses and respiratory staff at Post Acute Medical for the loving care you showed our mother. We could not have made it through the last three and half months without you. Special thanks also to all the family and friends for their well wishes and prayers.

Cyril Method Stastney, Sr.

Cyril Method Stastney, Sr., 83, of Robstown, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep at home.

He is preceded in death by his son, Paul Stastney.

Cyril is survived by his wife of 57 years, Georgie; their children, William, Laura Gail, JoHanna (Steve) and Cyril Jr. (Celia); 7 grandkids and 14 great grandkids. Cyril was a loving husband, great father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be held at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM.


Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert W. Pegg II

Pegg, Robert

Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert W. Pegg II ,78, of Corpus Christi, TX, died at his home on January 13, 2018 after a long illness. Bob was born June 10, 1939 in Bloomsburg, PA, to Robert W. and Ruth (Runyan) Pegg.  His father was a WWII veteran who remained on active duty for 20 years, so Bob grew up as an “Army brat,” living in numerous parts of the U.S. and in Germany.  He graduated from high school in San Antonio, TX and received his B.S. degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1963.

He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army (Military Police) following graduation and served on active duty for 20 years during which time he earned his MBA.  In 1983, he retired from the military and moved to Corpus Christi, where for the next 23 years he was employed by Christus Spohn Hospital as chief of Safety and Security.  During his tenure, he was active in various organizations and community events involving the hospital.

Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and a good friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Raina (Clark) Pegg of Bishop; sister Marlene Pegg of Harlingen, TX; sons Robert W. (Laura) Pegg III of Flower Mound, TX, and Mark A. (Kerri) Pegg of San Diego, CA; daughter Kelly J. Pegg of Combine, TX; grandchildren William and Robert W. Pegg  of Flower Mound and Elizabeth, Margaret and Andrew Pegg of San Diego; step-sons James (Debbie) Clark and William (Janet) Jordan of Bishop; step-daughter Reba (Rudy) Gandara of Corpus Christi; and step-grandchildren Kayla  Clark and James Clark, Iliana and Valerie Gandara, all of Corpus Christi;

Funeral services will be on conducted on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel with Rev. Billy Storms officiating.

Interment will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Michael DeWitt McCown

Michael DeWitt McCown, age 72, died Friday, January 12th in Houston, Texas.  Michael is survived by his loving wife Sue (nee Winkelmann) and his sister Kate (Buzz) Loeffler of Houston, and many nieces, nephews and adoring family.  Mike was beloved by his cousins and extended family and he will be missed greatly.


Michael was born November 1, 1945 in West Columbia, Texas and grew up in Houston, but had strong ties to his Irish relatives in South Texas. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph H. McCown and Ada Magee McCown and his siblings, Bettye McCown Erhler, Joe McCown and Mary Ann McCown.


Michael was a graduate of St. Thomas High School and the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  He was a proud Marine veteran.  Michael loved family history, was an avid genealogist and enjoyed meeting relatives from all across the country.


Visitation will be Sunday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in San Patricio, with a Rosary to follow.  A funeral mass will be held Monday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s, with burial to follow in the adjacent cemetery.

Thomas John “TJ” Schanen

Schanen, Thomas

Thomas John “TJ” Schanen, 33, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 30, 2017. TJ was a beautiful soul who loved life and loved his family and friends. He will forever be remembered for his love of being at the beach, fishing and as a hard worker, who was always willing to help anyone in need.  He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas Lee Wofford, Vernon John Schanen and Mary Lorene Schanen and his cousin Scott Causey.

He is survived by his mother, Bobbye Schanen; his father, Vernon John “Johnny” Schanen, Jr.; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Keith Wilks, and nephew and niece, Walker and Kassidy, who will affectionately always remember him as “Uncle Tootsie”. He is also survived by his grandmother, Elaine Wofford; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:00 am at Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, with burial following at Beeville Memorial Park. He will be laid to rest next to his paternal grandparents and cousin Scott.

Pall bearers will be his cousins, William Causey Jr., Eric Schanen, Aaron Schanen, Scott “Andy” Causey, Jr., Adam Loeffler, and Aaron Loeffler.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending contributions in memory of TJ to Charlie’s Place Recovery Center, 5501 IH 37, Corpus Christi, Texas,