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Jacob Charles Morgan

Morgan, Jacob

Jacob Charles Morgan passed away on November 10th, 2019 at the age of 39. He was born July 2, 1980 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Jacob will be remembered for his love of his precious daughters, Church, family and friends.

He enjoyed his job at Pro Tech as a mechanic, jeeping with Jeep Addictions, church on Sundays with his girls and the Houston Texans Football games.

He is reunited with his grandparents, John and Jane Morgan, Buddy Murphy and Dixie Sandlin.

Jacob leaves his loving memories to his daughters, Emily Morgan, Kamryn Morgan, and Ava Morgan; mother, Mary Anne Murphy; father, Robert “Bob” Harold Morgan; brother, James (Amanda) Stewart; sister, Julianne Morgan; nephews, Jarret Cruz, Morgan and Sullivan Stewart; aunts, Cathy (Charlie) Peal, Deborah Whitmire, Genie Stolze and Gwen Murphy; uncle, Larry (Paulette) Hoeber.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday November 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

Therese Florine Dittlinger


Therese Florine Dittlinger, 92, left this world on October 21, 2019 at M. D. Anderson with her daughters by her side. She was valiant in her final battle until the last.

Florine was born February 8, 1927, in Violet, Texas, the second child of ten to Karl and Alma Hoelscher. She grew up in the hamlet of Violet and graduated Calallen High School.  Florine  married her late husband, Arthor (Buddy) Dittlinger in 1950 in the old St. Anthony’s Church now housing the Violet Historical Society.  They farmed and lived outside Banquete, Texas, where Florine made raising four children look easy.  She was a faithful, supportive wife to her husband  who had high expectations of his wife.  Her children were starched and pressed and shiny every Sunday service at St. John Nepomucene Church in Robstown, TX.  She herself always presented her best person to all, a woman’s lady.  Later, the family moved back to the Violet area to build anew, returning to their community roots.  Not only was she the glue that held the family together, but here she was also the matriarch of the extended family.  Florine was firm, but had a gentle side and an easy smile.  She hardly ever met a stranger because she could afford a short conversation with the checkout clerk, the bank teller, the waitress, or the maid and gardener at assisted living.  Those who knew her saw her exhibit zeal and enthusiasm in everything she did.  Florine served her parish in the women’s altar society from 1963 until 2018!  After Buddy died in 2013, Florine, who now lived to dance, weekly attended her friends at Robstown Community Hall until illness prevented in early 2019.  She greatly appreciated Dorothy, her friend and driver, and Herb, her caring dance partner, whose frequent visits supported her in her final months.

Florine was also predeceased by her son, Glenn Ray Dittlinger; brothers, Gerald (Jay) Hoelscher and Farreol (Buck) Hoelscher; and grandson, Matthew Thomas Garrett.

Florine is survived by her daughters, Karen Dittlinger of Mechanicsville, VA, Debbie Cobb (David) of Houston, TX, and Linda Garrett (Gary) of Mountain Home, TX; grandson, Cole Garrett (Ashley) of Baton Rouge, LA; great grandson, Jackson Pace Garrett of Baton Rouge, LA; sisters, Eileen Ladd of St. Louis, MO and Marian Unterbrink (Gerald) of Riviera, TX; sister-in-law, Rennie Hoelscher (Buck) of Coyanosa, TX; brothers (who cared for her needs before hospitalization), Karl Hoelscher, Jr. (Marie) of Robstown, TX, Cyril Hoelscher (Kathy) of Port Lavaca, TX, Jeron Hoelscher of Corpus Christi, TX, Norbert Hoelscher (Barbara) of Robstown, TX, Edmund Hoelscher (Carolyn) of Robstown, TX; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Rosary will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Violet, TX, at 10:00 am followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to M. D. Anderson Hospital or Violet Historical Society (envelopes in church foyer).  The Neptune Society of Houston is charged with cremation. Sawyer-George Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rita R. Gunter

Gunter, Rita

On November 1, 2019, Rita R. Gunter, loving wife and mother, passed away at the age of 87.

Rita was born 1932 to Raymond and Caroline McCollum. She married Tom B. Gunter, Jr. in 1954. Rita earned two Master degrees from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, all while working full time and raising a family.  She taught kindergarten in Odem, Texas where she was the hit each morning with the students as she would ride up on her motorcycle with sidecar.  After retiring from teaching she went on to earn her Master Peace Officer certification, working with Nueces County Constables.

Rita, as a child, preferred her BB gun to dolls. She was an avid motorcycle rider, bowler, photographer, student of archeology and highly awarded firearms competitor. In later years her adventures came in the form of reading crime novels and hand quilting.

Her parents and her husband preceded Rita in death. She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Hoch (Charles), Tommie Sue Arnold (Cliff), four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Her family makes special mention of her lifelong friend, Jimmy Morris of Victoria, Texas and an honorary family member, Julia Mason.

A memorial service will be conducted at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Saturday November 23, 2019 at 11:00am.

No flowers please, the family asks that donations may be sent in her memory to the forensic science center, FACTS, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Mary Loretta “Maryla” Vatzlavick Pavelka-Peebles

Peebles, Mary

Mary Loretta “Maryla” Vatzlavick Pavelka-Peebles, 83, of Corpus Christi, Texas was surrounded by loved ones as she took God’s hand on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 and went to Heaven. She was born February 12, 1936 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Victor and Loretto Robinson Vatzlavick.  Maryla grew up in Banquete, Texas and worked in her parents grocery store, Vick’s Grocery.  She and her late husband, Benny, opened Benny’s Market and then the Curiosity Shop in Robstown, Texas.  She retired as the Chief Financial Officer of Texas Ag Finance.  Everyone who knew her were blessed to be loved by a true earth angel.

Maryla was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Loretto Vatzlavick; her late husband, Benny Pavelka; her sister, Virginia Rainosek, and her brothers-in-law, Cal Stone and Alvin Peebles.

Survivors include her husband, Albert Durward “Woody” Peebles; her children, Mike (Tina) Pavelka, Patti (Kevin) Pfiester, Benji (Marna) Pavelka, Lauri (Donnie) Wright, Ann Marie (Bobbin) Afflerbach; her step-sons, Darcy (Lori) Peebles, Jerry (Mandi) Peebles and Tracy (Ana Mary) Peebles; her brother, Bubba “Vic” (Marguerite Ann) Vatzlavick; her sister, Annie “Ann” Stone; her sisters-in-law, Enel Stewart and Georgie Zidek; 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6 P.M. until 7 P.M. with the Rosary recited at 7 P.M. Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 P.M. Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Philip Panackal as celebrant.

Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Pavelka, Ryan Brookfield, Cody Pfiester, Sean Pavelka, Caplyn Pavelka, Justin Wright, Benjamin Wright, Buddy Wright, Ian Afflerbach, Mason Peebles, Clint Peebles, Brandon Peebles and Niles Peebles.

Thomas Raymond “Tommy” Ermis

Ermis, Thomas

Thomas Raymond “Tommy” Ermis, 76, of Agua Dulce, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in a San Antonio hospital. He was born March 9, 1943 in Alice, Texas to Anton, Jr. and Edith Havelka Ermis.  He was a retired farmer. Tommy was a member of the Board of Directors of Nueces Electric Co-Op for 42 years from 1977 until the present time, was the President of NEC from 2005 until 2011, and was currently the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.  He was the representative for NEC on the Board of Directors of South Texas Co-Operative from 2002 until the present time, and on the Board of Directors of Smith Gin from 1993 until February, 2019. He was active with the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show for 15 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Linda.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Lynn (Hahn) Ermis of Agua Dulce, Texas; his son, Glen and wife Monett Ermis of Orange Grove, Texas; his daughters, Theresa Kunz and husband Phil of Salado, Texas and Valorie Reynolds and husband David of Addington, Oklahoma: grandsons, Holt Ermis, Ty Ermis, Clayton Kunz, Katie Kunz, John Riggs, Olivia Riggs and Chase Kunz.  He is also survived by one brother, Mike Ermis; and one sister, Gracie Bailey.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Friday, November 1, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 A.M. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Daniel Canonge officiating. Services will conclude in the chapel.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Hahn, Trent Smith, Coy Smith, Mitchell Flagg, Todd Otahal, Ben Otahal, Holt Ermis, Ty Ermis and Clayton Kunz.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) Board of Directors and South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) Board of Directors, James and Mona Hahn, Michael and Potsie Fowler, John and Rose Sims and Robert Serna.