Timothy J. Kinast, 49, of Tivoli died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, while kayaking in San Antonio Bay near Austwell.
Born Dec. 8, 1953, in Beloit, Wis., to Catherine Ann (Whitmore) and Frank X. Kinast, he attended Brother Dutton School and Beloit Catholic High School where he served as student council president before graduating in 1972.
As a young adult, he was a lay volunteer for the Latin American Mission Program in Mexico, which models Christian values through prayer, support and active service to the poor. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.
After spending two years in the U.S. Army, he earned a master of science degree in urban affairs from UW-Milwaukee in 1984. In 1986, he was accepted as a seminarian at the Cristo Rey Seminary in Gallup, N.M. He studied in Rome for one year, then studied for his master of divinity degree at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and earned that degree in 1990. While in Connecticut, he joined the missionary order SOLT, Society of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, which ministers to migrant Hispanic people and to the Hopi Pueblo American Indians. At 36, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the parish of his youth, St. Jude’s, in Beloit, Wis. After ordination, he attended the U.S. Army Chaplain School in Manmouth, N.J.
In the early 1990s, he attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army. He served as an Army chaplain overseas in Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay, Bosnia and Korea. When not deployed abroad, he served as diocesan priest for the Corpus Christi diocese, sometimes traveling to celebrate Mass in four separate parishes in one day. He had served as parish priest for both St. James and St. Joseph’s Catholic churches in Beeville. Most recently, he served as pastor in Tivoli and Austwell.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Kimberley Ann Kinast, and three grandparents.
Survivors include his parents; maternal grandmother, Jane Whitmore of Evansville, Wis.; three sisters, Cathy Cameron of San Diego, Calif., Lisa Strong of Everett, Wash., and Amy Kinast of Madison, Wis.; two brothers, Christopher Kinast of Beloit, Wis., and the Rev. Frank X. Kinast Jr. of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tivoli. Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Bishop Edward Carmody, was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The date of a memorial service in Beloit, Wis., will be set at a later time.
Arrangements were handled through Moore Funeral Home of Refugio.
Charles Ray (Chuck) Wait, 63, died at his home near Collins, Mo., on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, after a long battle with leukemia.
He was born on June 3, 1940, to William Edgar and Leota Alice (Norval) Wait in Eastern Kansas City, Mo. The family moved to Smithville, Mo., when Mr. Wait was in first grade. He attended Smithville schools, graduating from Smithville High School in 1958.
He started his own business, C.R. Wait Excavating in 1959. He and his wife also own Wait’s High & Dry Self Storage in Smithville and the Lariat Heights subdivision in Lathrop, Mo.
Mr. Wait was preceded in death by two daughters, Laura and Julie Wait, his parents, his father-in-law, Elmer Humphrey, a brother-in-law, Paul Pope, and a nephew, Clarence Wait.
He is survived by his wife, Gin, of Collins, Mo.; a daughter, Debbie Blanchard and husband Lyle of Maryville, Mo.; three sons, Ray Wait and wife Lisa of Liberty, Mo., Dustin Sherwood and wife Jenny and Travis Sherwood and wife Ren’ee, all of Trimble, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Jessica and Rachel Wait, Ashley, Shelby and Nate Blanchard, Cody, Kylie and Cassie Sherwood, Sierra and Zachary Sherwood; a brother, Bill Wait and his wife Mary Lou of Warsaw, Mo.; two sisters, Joann Pope of Smithville, Mo.; and Pat Silvey and husband Larry of Kenedy; his mother-in-law, Regina Humphrey of Edgerton, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Dennis Humphrey and wife Kim of Gower, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Nancy West of Sacramento, Calif.; and many nephews and nieces, cousins, friends and neighbors.
Graveside services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Springs Cemetery in El Dorado Springs, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Riverview Bible Church in care of the Rev. Albert L. Venter, 221 SE 54 Hwy., Osceola, MO 64776.
Arrangements were held under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Mo.
John Elder, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004.
Visitation was held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Galloway and Sons chapel, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was celebrated Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Donohoe officiating. Special music included “The Lord’s Prayer,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” Burial followed in Beeville Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Leroy Magill, Edward Guerrero, Gilbert Guerrero, Frank Kinkler, Bernard Bednorz, Charles Hickey, Sonny Bean and Bud Isaacks. Honorary pallbearers were Eldo Davis, Teal Adkins, Vern Amthor, John Zimmer, Tommy Wroten, Mike Vasquez, Sam Besancon, Elsworth Handy, Ken Harvey, Al Phillips and Amos Welder Sr.
Mr. Elder and his twin brother, Jack, were born in Runge on March 28, 1934, to Alfred B. and Beulah (Dromgoole) Elder. He graduated from Karnes City High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. He married Jeanette Windberg on Nov. 24, 1956, in Beeville.
After Mr. Elder’s service in the U.S. Army, he accepted a job as market manager in Alvin Geisler’s grocery store, across from the present Bee Agricultural Co. on South Washington Street. Later he worked for Rudolf Mueller in his grocery store and later for Foster Packing Co. In 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Elder purchased Sid Hatcher’s Red and White grocery store at the corner of North St. Mary’s and Inez streets and changed the name to Elder’s Country Market.
Mr. Elder ran the store with the help of his sons, John Sidney (Sid) and Reginald Glenn (Reggie). The Elders are avid supporters of the Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show and host innumerable fund-raiser barbecues for various organizations. Mr. Elder was recognized for his contributions to the local community with the Sam Walton Business Leader Award and Kiwanis and Key Club service awards. He was a member of the 20-30 Club.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Elder of Beeville; three sons, Sid Elder and wife Shara and Reggie Elder and wife Angi, all of Beeville, and Daniel Elder and wife Melissa of Dallas; two daughters, Phyllis Ronner and husband Jim of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Brenda Henry and husband Thad of Austin; 12 grandchildren, Andrew, Meagan, Natalie and Cade Elder, Claire and Leah Ronner, Linden, Henry, Whitney and Trey Fuller, Colton and Morgan Jobe and Camryn Lofthouse; and his brothers, Jack Elder of Beeville and James Elder of Karnes City.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society (in care of memorial chairman Lena Mary Lacy, 1308 N. St. Mary’s St., Beeville, TX 78102) or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
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Maxcimino Fuentes, 83, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.
Visitation was held Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home. A prayer service was held that evening at 7:30 at the same location. Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Fernando Gonzales officiating. Burial followed in Beeville Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Simon Fuentes Jr., Jose Angel Fuentes, Gabriel Fuentes, Jesus Martinez, Rafael Martinez, Ramiro Fuentes, Frank Fuentes and Victor Fuentes.
Mr. Fuentes was born in Skidmore on March 15, 1920, to Simon and Juliana (Espinosa) Fuentes. He married Carolina Hernandez on June 20, 1942, in Skidmore. He was a farm worker and a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolina Fuentes, who died in 1978; two sons, Francisco Fuentes and Maxcimino Fuentes Jr., and two brothers.
Survivors include two sons, Simon Fuentes and wife Juanita of Skidmore and Jose Fuentes and wife Elida of Westbrook; two daughters, Lupe Hernandez and husband Larry of Schulenburg and Maria Fuentes of Colorado City; 27 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
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Apolonio “Polo” Guerra, 74, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.
Visitation was held Monday from 1 to 9 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home. Rosary was recited that evening at 7 o’clock at the same location. Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Balaswamy Pasala officiating. Burial followed in Beeville Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Jose Guerra, Epifanio Guerra Jr., Esteban Servantes, Guadalupe Servantes Guerra, Brandon Guerra and P.J. Montoya. Honorary pallbearers were Inez Salazar, Martin Flores, Frank Medina, Frank Medina Jr. and Cristobal Servantes.
Mr. Guerra was born in Bee County on March 3, 1929, to Jose and Maria (Espinosa) Guerra. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. He resided in Beeville and was a retired carpenter. He also enjoyed mechanic work.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Teofila Servantes Guerra, who died Feb. 3, 1979, his brother, Epifanio Guerra, and his sister, Marcelina Servantes.
Survivors include his companion, Eloisa Salazar of Beeville; a daughter, Yolanda Flores and husband Martin of Dallas; a stepson, Inez Salazar of Baytown; four stepdaughters, Aurora S. Medina and husband Frank, Esther S. Chapa, Janie S. Garza and Leonora S. Camacho, all of Beeville; 10 grandchildren; 18 step-grandchildren; and 19 step-great-grandchildren.
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Carol Annette Sassin, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004.
Visitation was held Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Galloway and Sons chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Richard Gonzales officiating. Special music was provided by organist/vocalist Doug Burton, who performed “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden.” Burial followed at Beeville Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Bill Ocumpaugh, Bill Green, Bill Gamble, Jeff Rahmef, Domingo Martinez and John Lovely.
Mrs. Sassin was born on Dec. 18, 1935, to Carroll and Birdie Viola Marie Asher in Karnes County. She graduated from Karnes City High School. She married Eugene Sassin on Aug. 19, 1956, in Karnes City. She was a member of St. Joseph’s and a retired employee at the Texas A&M University Experiment Station. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 46 years. She belonged to the Beeville Garden Club and was a Cub Scout leader.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Sassin of Beeville; two sons, Gordon Sassin of Beeville and Roger Sassin and wife Sherri of Magnolia; three granddaughters, Jenifer, Kelly and Caitlin, and a sister, Ruth Trial of Hobson.
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Lela R. Smith, 74, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Treviño Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Greg Traylor officiating. Special music included “Amazing Grace,” “Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden.”
Mrs. Smith was born in Sonora on Oct. 13, 1929, to Nabors and Anne Lee (Gibbs) Dubose. She resided in Beeville and was a housewife and a Baptist.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Fields of Sinton; five sons, Bill Smith of Deer Park, Calvin L. Smith of Jessup, Ga., Wayne Smith of Tucker, and Hardy and John Smith, both of Beeville; 26 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Joe Mireles Suniga, 67, died suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at his home in Aransas Pass.
He was born in Live Oak County on Aug. 19, 1936, to Pablo and Maria Suniga.
Survivors include his life companion, Maria Suniga of Ingleside; his children, Joe (Romie) Suniga of Fort Worth, Fermin (Janie) Suniga of San Antonio, Tomas (Phyllis) Suniga, Fernando (Belinda) Suniga, Dianna (Anatacio) Medellin and Alicia (Ruben) Ramirez, all of Beeville, and Pablo (Margaret) Suniga of San Antonio; Ruben (JoAnn) Suniga of Victoria and Hector Suniga of Corpus Christi, and their mother, Dalia Suniga Llamas; Gabriel Suniga of Ingleside, and his mother, Olga Fuentes; his stepson, Lupe (Debra Ann) Gonzales of Sinton; his stepdaughters, Blanca Davila of Ingleside, Ophelia (Rodney) Frances of St. Louis, Mo., and Norma Perales of San Antonio; his brother, Tomas Suniga of San Antonio; seven sisters, Maria Ardila, Benita Arredondo and Antonia Valverde, all of San Antonio, Alice Gomez of Poteet, Lupe Rodriguez of Somerset, Lucia Cantu of California and Emma Treviño of San Antonio; 32 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 13 step-grandchildren.
Rosary was recited Sunday at 7 p.m. at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass. Mass was celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Ingleside. Interment followed at San Ignacio Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory, Aransas Pass.
On February 28, 2004 Angels from the Heaven came and took the departed Soul of John Ruben Gonzales to Our Precious Lord. John was 51 years of age. He was born on Aug. 8, 1952 in Beeville, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents Juan V. Gonzales and Elodia R. Moreno and his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Gonzales and his maternal grandparents; Gilberto “Beto” and Sara R. Moreno.
John was a self-employed carpenter working for Teles Flores Construction and Brian Andrews Construction of Corpus Christi, TX.
John is survived by two daughters Sara Lyn and Lillian Mae Gonzales, both of Atlanta, Georgia. One brother Steven Alvarez of San Antonio, TX. Two sisters; Sara Myers of Beeville, TX. and Ruby (Rodney) Merideth of San Antonio, TX. Five grandchildren; Dylan, Adrian, Devin, Christian and Charell. Also three aunts; Lila (Freddy) Tijerina, Alicia (Lorenzo) Gonzales and Irma Del Bosque all of Beeville, TX. And a very special little friends; Jasmin Cortez of Beeville, TX.
Rosary was held on Monday, March 1, 2004 at Treviño Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Gonzales officiating. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Victory Cemetery #2.
Pallbearers will be John Jacob Franco, Gilbert Franco, Reno Del Bosque, Johnny “Dino” Sauceda, Wallace Guerrero and Juan Cano.
Birds of Paradise were released as a symbolic beauty representing the spirit of the departed loved one being released to begin the final journey home. Five white doves were released to ascend and circle the area. Moments later, a single white dove was released, representing the spirit of the departing loved one. Once released, it joins the others which represent the Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost and is lovingly guided on the final journey home.
Emilia Garcia, 70, of George West died on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005.
Visitation was held Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at 2 p.m. at Beeville Memorial Park with Deacon Luis Treviño officiating.
Mrs. Garcia was born in Beeville on July 7, 1935, to Anselmo and Josefa (Delbosque) Garcia. She married Pablo Ortega in Beeville in 1973. She had resided in George West since 1995 and was a former Beeville resident. She was a housekeeper and a member of the Catholic church.
She was preceded in death by her father, two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include her husband, Pablo Ortega of George West; her mother, Josefa Delbosque Garcia of Beeville; a son, Frediy Ruiz of Roswell, N.M.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Benny Garcia of Kansas, Cruz Garcia of Sweetwater, Joe Garcia of Beeville and Calistro Garcia of Rosharon; and a sister, Margie Herrera of Corpus Christi.
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