Jose A. Arenal went to be with our Lord on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the age of 98 years, one month and five days. He was born to Concepcion Arenal and Honorato Aguilar on March 5, 1919, in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Arenal proudly served his country in WWII as Pfc Battery “C” 199th (AA) Coast Battalion in the U.S. Army, serving in the Northern Solomons, Southern Philippines from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Arenal married Miss Olivia Guerra on August 5, 1946. Five children were born to this union. He was a retired mill worker for General Mills/Henkel having worked there for many years.

Dad was a hardworking man who loved his family with all his heart. As a carpenter, he built his home and worked on many projects around the house. As a gardener, he enjoyed making things grow. Grandpa could be heard whistling or singing as he prepared meals, made bird houses, tended his garden or planted trees.

Mr. Arenal was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mrs. Olivia Arenal; his eldest son, Armando Arenal; sisters, Ester Rodriguez and Olga Cantu; a brother, Roberto Aguilar; a granddaughter, Skylee Bustemante; a grandson, Robert Arenal; and three great-grandsons.

Mr. Arenal is survived by his daughter, Irma (Ismael) Rodriguez and Janie (Monnaiah) Kallumadanda; his sons, Ron Arenal and Richard (Valerie) Arenal; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; nine great-great- grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

A Holy rosary was recited Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral procession left Eckols Funeral Home on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. for the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, in Kenedy, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers were Michael Garza, Arnulfo Garza, Omar Rodriguez, Israel Rodriguez, Joe Arenal and Aaron Martinez.

Honorary pallbearers were all his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

JONES, Lisa Anne

Lisa Anne Jones, 50, of Runge, died Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Mrs. Jones was born Aug. 10, 1966, in San Antonio and was adopted by George and Frieda (Kirchner) Leonhardt.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil E. Jones; sons, Steven Ray (Jennifer) Jones, Robert C. (Erica) Jones, Patrick Allen (Laken) Jones and Andrew Tyler Jones; grandchildren, Trevor, Jesse, Trent, Jacob, Cody, EmmaRay and Bradley; birth mother, Geneva (Paul) Wiatrek; and brother, David Champion.

A service was held Tuesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at Runge First Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lisa’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospital or any children’s hospital.

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Arrangements were under the direction of Finch Funeral Chapel, Runge.

Interment Information

Westside Cemetery
Address 12th St
Yorktown, Texas 78164

McDONALD, Sybil Elva

Sybil Elva McDonald, 98, of Corpus Christi, died Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Mrs. McDonald was born Jan. 1, 1919, to Lillie Mae Hall and Dennis Dee Vickery in Burnell. She married Alvin John “AJ” McDonald in 1938. In early years, she helped run a hamburger stand in Kenedy and also worked for Nelson Electric and J. C. Penny’s. She was also a seamstress and enjoyed baking. Upon retiring, she and AJ spent time in Cuero and Beeville before returning to Kenedy to live. She lived her last few years in a senior home in Corpus Christi near her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin John McDonald; son, Randy McDonald; daughter-in-law, Alene McDonald; grandsons, Lonnie and Lyle Stone; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include a daughter, Faun (Don) Stone; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A service was conducted Wednesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at Eckols Funeral home in Kenedy. Burial was held in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Craig Davis, Ben Davis, Jacob Davis, Preston Ward, Kirk Stone and Donnie Stone.

Arrangements were under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy.

GUERRA, Henry M.

Henry M. Guerra, 93, of Kenedy, died Friday, March 24, 2017, in San Antonio.

Mr. Guerra was born to Cesario P. and Sabina C. Guerra. He was a highly decorated World War II veteran, serving in the 38th Infantry Regiment, Company L. His company landed on Omaha Beach, Normany and D-Day 1944. He was also in combat at the Battle of the Bulge and then was honorably discharged from the Army. He continued his military service in the Air Force Reserves. He received several medals for his military service including the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart to name a few.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cesario P. and Sabina C. Guerra; brothers, Edmundo and Efrian, Eliaszar; and sisters, Esther Gonzales and Elsa Albiar.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at Fort Sam National Cemetery in San Antonio, on Monday, April 3, at 9:45 a.m.

Arrangements were under the direction of Puente and Sons Funeral Home, San Antonio.

JENDRUSCH, Mary “Gladys”

Mary “Gladys” Jendrusch, 84, of Pawelekville, died Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kenedy.

Mrs. Jendrusch was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Helena to Ed and Susan (Pawelek) Janysek. She worked at the City Pharmacy in Karnes City, Connally-Harry Drug Store in Floresville and volunteered at the Panna Maria Visitors Center. She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin of Mary in Cestohowa where she also served with the Altar Society. She loved gardening and cooking for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Jendrusch; brothers, Vincent Janysek, Edward Janysek, Alvin Janysek, Ernest Janysek and Sam Janysek; and a sister, Theresa Moczygemba.

Survivors include daughters, Debbie (Benny) Arfele of McAllen, Bernadette Jendrusch and Denise Jendrusch both of Denver, Colorado, and Carol (Darrell) Wehlmann of Hockley; sons, Martin Jendrusch of Three Rivers and Alan (Brenda) Jendrusch of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother, Bennie Janysek of Burnett; sister, Helen Malik of LaVernia; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A gathering of friends and family will be held Sunday, April 16, at Rhodes Funeral Home in Kenedy, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a rosary following at 7 o’clock.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin of Mary Catholic Church in Cestohowa, with burial to follow at Cestohowa Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cameron Hughes, Chris Hughes, Jeffrey Wiatrek, Charlie Malik, Matthew Arfele and Colin Jendrusch.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home, Karnes City.


Ynes Riojas of Karnes City, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Frank M. Tejada Texas State Veterans Nursing Home in Floresville.

Mrs. Riojas was born April 12, 1924, in Weesatche to Clemente and Carmen Rodriguez. She was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church where she was a member of the Guadalupana Society, the church choir and the Cursillista Christian Group. She was known for her beautiful garden where she spent most of her time and loved making doilies for her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters; and brother.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Hilario Riojas of Karnes City; sons, Art (Dolores) Riojas of San Antonio, Rudy (Kristine) Riojas of Kerrville and Edward (Leticia) Riojas of Karnes City; daughter, Mary Helen (Robert) Leal of Karnes City; grandchildren, Randy Riojas, Jeffrey Riojas, A.J. Elizondo, Cynthia Perez, Jennifer Shelby, Stephanie Russom, Rhea Martinez, Crystal Garza, Brittany Riojas, Amber Riojas, Zachery Riojas, Ryan Leal, Rudy Leal, Marissa Leal and Ronnie Leal; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation was held Friday, March 31, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City. A rosary was recited there at 7 p.m.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City with burial following at Karnes City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Riojas, Zachery Riojas, Ryan Leal, Hunter Shelby, Ronnie Leal, Jeff Riojas and Rudy Leal.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Ochoa, Andres Vasquez, Raymond Cantu, Raymond Escobar, Pablo Cruz and Gilbert Rodriguez.

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Arrangements were under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home, Karnes City.

SMITH, Robert “Bobby” Lee, Jr.

Robert “Bobby” Lee Smith Jr., 48, of Kenedy, died Saturday, March 8, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Mr. Smith was born Nov. 12, 1968, in Corpus Christi to Joyce Eugene and Robert Lee Smith Sr. He graduated from Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida, and attended college at Alabama State University. He served in the United States Army during Desert Storm. He worked in refineries all over the world as a pipe fitter and boiler maker. He most recently worked for Stronghold/Cat Spec. He was a member of Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Karnes City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Smith Sr.; sister, Debbie Gilmore; step-sister, Kathy Warren; brother-in-law, Richard Foley; along with his grandparents, uncles, and aunts.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte L. Foley-Smith; two sons, Devon (Candace) Smith of Pensacola, Florida, and Gabriale (Gabe) Smith of Kenedy; a daughter, Christen A. Williams of Kenedy; mother, Joyce Eugene (Roberto) Richardson of Corpus Christi; step-mother, Floreen Smith of Pensacola, Florida; a brother, Eric Gilmore of Houston; two sisters, Pamela Gilmore (Carl) Tate of San Antonio and Sonya Gilmore of Houston; step-sister, Sandra Johnson; two step-brothers, Timmy Johnson and Steven Johnson; grandchildren, Cameron Smith and Devoshon Smith; two sisters-in-law, Michele Foley and Julie Foley; two brothers-in-law, Anthony Foley Sr. and Elmorris Foley Jr.; mother- and father-in-law, Elmorris and Carlette Foley Sr.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A service was conducted Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Karnes City with Pastor Reverend Bobby W. Black officiating. Interment was held at Karnes City Memory Garden.

Pallbearers were Devon Smith, Darrell Parker, James Byrd, Daron Horne, Karl Palmer, Eric Gilmore, Wendell St. Cyr and Jesse Hernandez.

Honorary pallbearers were Gabriale Smith, Brandon Alexander, Elmorris Foley Jr., Christen Williams, Timmy Johnson, Elmorris Foley Sr., Joyce Richardson, Steven Johnson, Carlette Foley, Robert Richardson, Sandra Johnson, Floreen Smith, Sonya Gilmore, Charolette Floey-Smith, Lamar Gilmore, Pamela Gilmore-Tate, Anthony Foley Sr., Shaneka Gilmore, Michelle Foley, Julie Foley and Carl Tate.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, San Antonio.

GARCIA, Mary Ann P.

Mary Ann P. Garcia,  55, of Kenedy, died Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Mrs. Garcia was born Sept. 10, 1961, in Kenedy to Argelia and Felix F. Padron Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Armando Garcia.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth (Randy) Fiscus of La Vernia; grandchildren, Miley Fiscus, Jose Garcia and Bronson Fiscus; five sisters, Martha (Carlos) Soto, Melinda Padron, Magdalena (Don) Cornelius, Minerva (Lloyd) Crawford and Marina (Prudencio) Sifuentes; brothers, Felix (Mary) Padron III, Fabian (Sylvia) Padron and Frank (Becky) Padron; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation was held Sunday, March 26, from 1 to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 o’clock that evening at Eckols Funeral Home.

The funeral service was conducted Monday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City, with interment in the Karnes City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Fiscus, Joe Valdez, Phillip Soto, Ruben Munoz, Alec Padron, Augustine Padron, Prudencio Sifuentes and Lloyd Crawford Sr.

Arrangements were under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy.

CAVAZOS, Jesus “Chuy”

Jesus “Chuy” Cavazos, 73, of Gonzales, died Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Gonzales.

Mr. Cavazos was born Oct. 25, 1943, to Bartolo and Guadalupe “Lupe” (Martinez) Cavazos in Portland. He was a longtime resident of Karnes City and worked many years with Rosales Painting and then at Tyson’s in Nixon. Later, he moved to O’Donnell, working as a maintenance supervisor. He moved to Gonzales the last five years of his life and was a resident of The Height of Gonzales Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Romana (Gonzales) Cavazos of Nordheim; his parents, Bartolo and Lupe Cavazos; maternal grandparents, Rafael Martinez and Jesusa Martinez; paternal grandparents, Ceralvo Cavazos and Maria Cavazos; maternal great-grandmother, Rosa Martinez; brother, Rafael Cavazos; stepson, Vidal Medina and step-son-in-law, Gilbert Alvarez Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Margarita Cavazos of Gonzales; daughter, Monica Cavazos (Michael) Rodriquez of Lubbock; stepdaughters, Guadalupe Alvarez of Gonzales and Paula (Roldan) Coronado of Elgin; sisters, Anita Maria Sixtos, Antonia Maria Cavazos, Emelia Cavazos, Guadalupe Cavazos Morales, Lori Cavazos (Paul) Groschl and SMSgt Teodula Rosa Cavazos; four granddaughters; 10 step-grandchildren; 24 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

A service was held Friday, March 17, at St. James Catholic Church with internment at the Catholic Cemetery in Gonzales.

Pallbearers were Michael Medina, Chris Martinez, Max Martinez, Michael Rodriquez, Ramon Casteneda and Paul Zamora.

Arrangements were under the direction of Funeral Caring, San Antonio.

HUWE, Cynthia Denise Barnes

Cynthia Denise Barnes Huwe, 48, of Kenedy, died Wednesday, March 20, 2017, in Cuero.

Mrs. Huwe was born Nov. 5, 1968, to Floyd Edward and Ruby (Mueller) Barnes in Karnes City. She was a lifelong resident of Karnes County and a retired nurse’s aide.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Edward Barnes; and grandparents.

Survivors include her mother, Ruby Mueller Barnes of Kenedy; brothers, Eddie (Adelia Vasquez) Barnes and John Barnes of Kenedy; nephew, Wayne Barnes; and numerous family and friends.

Visitation was held Wednesday, March 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home.

The service were conducted there Thursday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Interment followed in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Barnes Jr., Mike Barnes, Shane Pullin, Mike Pace, Jim Hartsfield and Tony O’Brien.

Arrangements were under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy.