CANO, Elva Salas

Elva Salas Cano, 77, of Runge, died Friday, June 30, 2017.

Mrs. Cano was born April 10, 1940, in Runge, to Sylvester and Michaella (Ruiz) Salas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reynaldo Cano; sister, Maria Salas; and brother, Sylvester Salas.

Survivors include her sons, Alberto (Dora) Cano, Luis Alfonso (Oralia) Cano and Ricardo Cano; daughter, Erlinda (Mario Muniz Sr.) Cruz; grandchildren, Roxanne, Valerie and Krystal; step-grandchildren, Crystal, Randy, Vicky, Isaiah, Jay, Mario Jr., Cassandra, Christopher and Patrick; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; and brothers, Joe Salas and Jesse Salas.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 4, from 4-8 p.m. at Finch Funeral Chapel in Runge with a rosary there at 7 o’clock that evening.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Runge with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed at Runge Latin American Cemetery.

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

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OLIVER, Susan Mayer

Susan Mayer Oliver, 54, of San Antonio, died Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Mrs. Oliver was born  May 28, 1963, in San Antonio to Allen and Eleanor (Banduch) Mayer. She graduated from St. Gerard High School in 1981 and then attended Southwest Texas State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1985. She worked at United Energy Resources in Houston for a year before moving back to San Antonio to join USAA, where she worked for more than 30 years as a marketing analyst. She  was an active member at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and enjoyed traveling, reading and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Shelby Joseph Mayer.

Survivors include her husband, David Oliver; her parents, Allen and Eleanor Mayer; her two daughters, Laura (Lucas) Miller and Rebecca Oliver; sisters, Sharon (Ed) Berger and Sandra Mayer; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Thursday, June 15, at Vaughan’s Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. with a rosary there at 7 p.m.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with a reception that followed  at Scenic Loop Café.

Memorial donations may be made to, where all contributions will be given to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Mrs. Oliver’s name.

Arrangements were under the direction of Vaughan’s Funeral Home, Boerne.

SALYER, Betty Lou

Betty Lou Salyer, age 87, of George West, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Betty Lou Salyer was born on June 26, 1930, to Cecil and Lucile Horton in Mathis, Texas.  She graduated from Mathis High School.  She married her high school sweetheart, Reginald Clifton “RC” Salyer Jr. in 1946.  RC and Betty had two sons, Reginald Wayne Salyer and David Stanley Salyer.

They lived in Kenedy, Texas, where Betty worked for 25 years at the Hinckle Corporation.   After retiring, RC and Betty moved to the family ranch in George West in 1994.  She was an avid cattle rancher and loved the outdoors.  Betty was also an excellent seamstress and loved to quilt.   She was also a member of the Lagarto Cemetery Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, RC; her son, David Salyer; her brother, Cecil “Bud” Franklin Horton; brother-in-law, Jack Sharp; and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Reginald Wayne Salyer and wife, Tara; daughter-in-law, Sherry Renee Salyer; sister, Mary Katherine Sharp; four granddaughters, Shawn Salyer Martinez, Rachel Lee Ledesma, Staci Renee Salyer, and Sharee Nicole Salyer; two grandsons, Reginald Casey Salyer and Christopher Ryan Salyer. She also had nine great-grandchildren; Gage Bowles, Hailey Bowles, Blake Martinez, Caley Jackson, Makenna Salyer-Norman, Omar David Solano; Angela, Sofia, and River Ledesma.

It is only fitting that she passed away on July 4th as she was often referred to as a firecracker.  One of her male nurses on her last day said, “I like her she is a little spit fire”.  She always had a sparky character and could spit fire or charm a rattlesnake with her witty humor.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Lagarto Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dobie Funeral Home.


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.