Archive for April, 2018

Erna Sachtleben McCain

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Erna Sachtleben McCain was born October 3, 1924, in Angel City, Texas to Emil G. Sachtleben and Hulda Treybig Sachtleben.

On April 13th, 2018, God welcomed with open arms one of his most faithful servants, Erna Sachtleben McCain. Erna (93 years) died peacefully in the home that she nurtured her beloved husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. As Erna entered paradise in perfect form, she was welcomed by her black-haired, blue-eyed husband of 65 years, Clayton R. McCain. During her last days on earth, she spoke of how handsome he was and how much she couldn’t wait to see him again. No question, their reunion was joy-filled and consumed with laughter. She was also preceded in death by parents, her grandson, Jacob D. Atkinson, great-grandson, Liam Robert McCain, and her brother and sister whom she cherished deeply, Opal Phillips and Calvin Sachtleben.

She is survived by an army of a family who never had to question her dedication and love to each and every one of them: daughters, Sharon Shaw (Billy), Barbara Thompson (Glenn), Connie Nowell; sons, John C. McCain (Susan) and David E. McCain (Robbie). She is also survived by her 14 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren who spent countless hours in her home, making memories in imaginative play and bellies full of German-Chocolate Cake.

Erna was a faithful servant who lived her life according to God’s word. She taught her children the power of prayer and to depend on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Her greatest joy came from seeing those she loved happy. Whether she was making them laugh with her extreme wit, feeding them, or offering a bed to sleep; she wholeheartedly dedicated her life to God first, and family second. She was the epitome of a Proverbs 31, daughter, wife, mother, and friend. Although she will be greatly missed, her family finds comfort knowing she is standing before her King.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Ernest Alfred Bagnall

Bagnall, Ernest

Ernest Alfred Bagnall went home to his heavenly Father April 13, 2018. He was born May 1, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas to the late Audrey Smith Bagnall and George Collins Bagnall.

After graduating from Calallen High School Ernest worked as a Rotary Driller for Liebman-Gibson Drilling Co. Alice, Texas. He then was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany.  He returned home after the service and worked in the Oil Field awhile and then went to work for American Smelting Refinery in Corpus Christi and remained there, retiring after 32 years. He felt God had blessed him through out his life.  He excepted Christ as a young man and took his faith very serious. Upon marring his beloved wife Doris Nell Robertson Bagnall they work side by side and during their 42 years of marriage they raised three children and brought them up in a Christian home.  In addition to his parents he was preceded by his beloved wife Doris Nell Robertson Bagnall, brother, George Bagnall, sister, Hertha Lawson Belyeu, and daughter, Audrey Kay Bagnall Abel.

Ernest enjoyed life in the fullest, he got to enjoy football again through Peggy’s four grandsons. He became a Sinton Pirate Fan for many years never missing a game.  He was an avid woodworker making everything from pens to furniture and lots of sawdust.  He loved traveling, he and Peggy spent the last 16 years going all over the U.S. with Executive Tours and Rockport Tours.

He leaves behind many many close friends and buddies.

Visitation will be from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jody Simmons officiating.

Interment with Military Honors will follow at 11:30 A.M. in the Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

He is survived by his loving wife Peggy Lou Bagnall, his beloved sons, Ernest Allen Bagnall (Donna), Sam Collings Bagnall (Rhonda), devoted son-in-law, Carroll Abel, his grandchildren Brittanie Meadows (Justin), Amanda Bagnall (Mike), Samantha Jones (June June), Rene’ James (Drew), Allen Bagnall (Taylor), Laura Minnick (Kyle), Abbi Thompson (Tyler), Stephine Dunn (Mykel), Eva Marie Rodriguez (Franciso). Great grandchildren, Tiffany McGee, Christopher McGee, Hattie Meadows, Mylie Meadows, Miles Ward, Ryleigh Bagnall, Brooke James, Harley Dunn, Augie Dunn, Tayvian Jones, Brandon Minnick, Collins Minnick, Charleigh Thompson, Ethan Allen Bagnall, Kambrie Bagnall and Braelyn Bagnall.  His step-children, Margaret Jordan his Skip-Bo partner (Steve) Cheri Ring (Brian), Charles Ray Jones and Jeremie Jones.  His step-grand children, Mandy Worden (Daniel), Kim Willows (Bryan), Josh Ring, Wes Ring (Sarah), Tyler Ring and Corey Ring. Step-great grandchildren, Kaylynn Worden, Kiley Worden, Jordan Willows, Hailey Willows and Caroline Ring coming soon.  Also 11 nephews and 2 nieces.

The family wishes to thank Chaplains Fred Lozo and Steve Williams for their prayers and comfort and Del Cielo Nursing Home Health and Hospice, they made his last weeks better.

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



Georgia “Peach” Vrana Blumberg

Blumberg, GeorgiaGeorgia “Peach” Vrana Blumberg 98 was received by Jesus on April 7, 2018 after a long and healthy life.

Born to Ignac and Emily Vrana on October 4, 1919 in Moravia, Texas, Lavaca County.

Preceeding in death besides her parents and siblings; husband Rudolph”Tot” Blumberg; son, Frank Richard Blumberg (Irene in Corpus Christi); daughter, Mary Moran Closs.

Surviving children: James Leo Blumberg (Olivia) Ruidosa Texas; Dr. Rita Bernadette DeShields, Libby Montana; George Michael Blumberg (Sandi) Sequin Texas; Gary Allen Blumberg (Elaine) Robstown Texas,

11 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren 6 Great Great Grandchildren.

Georgia and Tot Blumberg were charter members of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Sandia/Lagarto Texas.

Being a rosary maker, a member of both Altar Societies, Czech Heritage Society, Cub Scout Den Mother, Georgia spread her love of service to others. Her generous gifts of baking, especially kolaches, gardening, canning, quilting, bee keeping, crocheting and praying for others, she will be long remembered. Her greatest joy besides going to church, was being with her family, listening and dancing to Czech music and to the songs of her husband and sons.

Pallbearers will be the Grandsons.

Rosary on Friday April 13 at 10:00 a.m. followed by Holy Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sandia/Lagarto Texas. Burial at Lagarto Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers family suggests a donation to St. Francis of Assisi Church,303 FM 534. Sandia Texas 78383.

Minnie Jean Moody

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On Sunday, April 8, 2018, Jean Moody began her heavenly life after having spent her last few years living with Alzheimer’s disease. Jean passed away with her caring family and her loving husband, CL, never leaving her side until her final breath.  Jean was a beautiful and elegant soul who loved family and life.  Those who knew and loved her will carry her love within their hearts until we are united once again.

Jean was born on January 15, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Kathryn and Sam Wilcox.   Jean graduated from Bishop High School and attended A&I University.  She and CL have celebrated 70 years of marriage that began when they wed on September 20, 1947.  They shared a love and a bond that is rarely found these days.  They truly had a fairytale life together.

During her life, Jean loved to cook for the family and entertain their many friends. Preparing Sunday family dinners were a favorite of hers with the table elegantly set with fine china and silver and always ending with a delicious dessert.  She was a charter member of the Harden Study Club in Bishop.  Jean taught Kindergarten in her home for 17 years, before Kindergarten was included in public schools.  In 1981, Jean & CL moved to Calallen and became members of Grace United Methodist Church.

Besides her husband, CL Moody, she is survived by her daughter, Kathy Gaines Ricks (Patrick) and her son, Russell (Robert Suggs). She is survived by her sisters, Nita Peace and Gloria Whitley (Jim), both of New Braunfels, and her brother, Sam Wilcox (Hilda) of Cooperstown, New York.  Jean was affectionately referred to as “MawMaw” by her four loving grandchildren, Billy Gaines, Randy Gaines (Michele), Stan Moody and Sally Mooney (Matt) and four great-grandchildren, Cannon and Waylon Gaines and Jolene and Mason Mooney.  Three sisters-in-law, Yvonne Herrmann, Barbara Ann Lawrence, Cookie Moody, and her brother-in-law, David Moody, also survive Jean.  Jean was so loved by her many nieces and nephews.

The family invites you as they celebrate her life to a visitation from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Rebekah Rochte officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and sons-in-law, Robert Suggs, Billy Gaines, Randy Gaines, Patrick Ricks, Stanley Moody and Matt Mooney.

Astolfo Jesus Torres

SAMSUNGAstolfo Jesus Torres was born May 13, 1941 in Boling, Texas to Manuel and Jacinta Torres.

He passed away on April 2, 2018  at the age of 76 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Astolfo was an engineer for the City of Corpus Christi.  He was married to Maria Elma Carbajal Torres.

Visitation will be held from 5 PM until 7 PM  Monday, April 9, 2018 with a rosary to follow at

7 PM.

Funeral mass will be recited at 10 AM  Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostle Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.