• Thoughts

    “I hear a voice you can not hear. Which says I must not stay. I see a hand you can not see. Which beckons me away."

    The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind
    --- John Allston

    There is more peace somewhere.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    I'm gonna keep on 'til I find it.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    --- African American Hymn

    I cannot think of them as dead who walk with me no more;
    along the path of life I tread they but are gone before.
    --- Fredrick Lucian Hosmer

    In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
    In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
    In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
    In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
    In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
    In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
    When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.
    So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
    --- From Roland B. Gittelsohn

    "Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you." ~Pueblo Blessing ~

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    W.H. Auden

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    Larry Green
    Nancy (Neecie) Hardeman Beard
    Otis Havis
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    Sheryl Hicks
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    Kenneth Hogg
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    Jane Howerton
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Jobe, James “Jimbo”

August 7, 1972 – April 7, 2013

James “Jimbo” Jobe died April 7, 2013 at the age of 40. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home in Marlin on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 6 to 8p.m.. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:00A.M. at Taylors Chapel Cemetery in Marlin with Rev. Joel Davila officiating.

Jimbo always enjoyed cooking and making people laugh. Above all, he loved his family.

He is survived by the light of his life, his son, Ethan James Jobe of Hot Spring, Arkansas; also his mother, Judy Truett and stepdad, Larry and children, Sarah, Cody, Shelby, and Bradley of Kosse; father, Curtis Jobe and Linda Minor and son, Michael of Marlin; brother, Jeff Jobe and sister in law, Donna of Georgetown; brother, John Jobe and sister in law, Tina of Fairfield; nieces, Sydnee Jobe of Georgetown and Jaycee Jobe of Fairfield; nephews, Dalton Jobe of Georgetown and Jacob Jobe of Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations being made in Jimbos name to your favorite charity.

Kuehne, Johanna Minnie “Marie”

March 28, 1915 – April 6, 2013

Johanna Minnie (Marie) Pankonien Kuehne, 98 of Troy, formerly of Marlin, entered into eternal rest on April 6, 2013. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday April 9 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin with the Rev. Larry Felice and the Rev. Ludy (Monty) Manthei officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Marlin. Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home on Monday April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Kuehne was born in Otto, Texas to Adolph and Minnie Pankonien on March 28, 1915. She married William G. (Bill) Kuehne on August 25, 1944. He preceded her in death on November 5, 1987. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was a faithful and active member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ until her health began to fail. She will always be remembered for her sweet smile and sweet disposition.

She is survived by her children, Diana Massey and husband, Joe, of Troy, Betty Dragoo of Conroe, and William (Will) Kuehne of Marlin; her grandchildren, Todd Adams and wife, Vickie; Dawn Little, Jennifer Powell and husband, Chris; Amanda Kuehne, and David Kuehne and wife, Brittany. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Mychael Adams, Brittanie Adams, Breayona Adams, Kaitlyn Huseby, Dawson Moses, Bailey Moses, Kimberlee McLaughlin, B. J. Michael McLaughlin, and Miles Kuehne; three step grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery Fund.

Dieterich, Lydia Zost

lydia dietrichJuly 29, 1930 – March 19, 2013

Lydia Dieterich, 82, of Riesel, entered into rest Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel with the Rev. Robert Kitson officiating. Burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.. Wednesday, March 20, at the Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

Lydia Margaret Zost Dieterich was born on July 29, 1930, the daughter of Charles and Ida Zost, and married to Ben Dieterich on Nov. 25, 1951. Lydia loved her Lord and her church. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and providing and caring for her family. She became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church on Dec. 18, 1951.

Lydia was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Dieterich; parents; brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Bertha Zost; and brother-in-law, August Neuman

She is survived by her son, Ben Dieterich Jr. and wife, Lou Ann, of Riesel; daughters, Debra Murphy and husband, Randall, of Granbury, and Cheryl Lowe and husband, Kermit, of Riesel; grandchildren, Chris, Brandon, and Jason Dieterich, Jonathan and Matthew Murphy, and Samantha Lowe; brother, Carl Zost and wife, Johnnye, of Perry; brother, Ralph Zost of Euless; and sister-in-law, Edna Neuman of Waco.

Pallbearers will be Chris Dieterich, Brandon Dieterich, Jason Dieterich, Jonathan Murphy, Matthew Murphy, Samantha Lowe, and Glen Dieterich.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 447, Riesel, TX 76682.

Blocker, Richard Lane

Richard BlockerDecember 16, 1956 – March 2, 2013

Richard Blocker, 56, passed away peacefully at a nursing home in Marlin. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013  in Hillcrest Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 at Adams Funeral Home.

Richard was born December 16, 1956 in Marlin, Texas to Jessie and Oscar Blocker. Richard worked for The Light House for the Blind in Waco and Goodwill. One of his favorite things was attending church where he was a member at the Memorial Trinity Baptist Church. He enjoyed visiting with people and always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed all of the activities at the nursing home, especially the parties. Richard will be truly missed by his family and friends alike.

He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory are sister, Linda Guest, and brothers, David Blocker, Raymond Blocker, and Sammy Blocker.

The family would like to thank Golden Years Nursing Home, Doctor Crocket and staff at the Falls Community Clinic, and his church family.

Avots-Avotins, Karlis V. M.D.

June 25, 1917 —  February 27, 2013

Funeral services for Dr. Karlis V. Avots-Avotins, 95, of Temple will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Dana Wilhelmsen, Rev. Wilburn Michalk and Rev. Vic Killian officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

Dr. Avots-Avotins died Wednesday at his home.

Dr. Avots-Avotins was born in Cesvaine, Latvia to Andreja Avots-Avotins and Marta Barsevskis Avots-Avotins. He graduated from Medical School in Riga, Latvia in 1942. He married Alma Bulitis January 7, 1950 and moved to the United States in 1951. He lived in Maryland, South Dakota and Marlin before moving to Temple in 1968. He was a Physican at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Marlin and Temple having retired in 1987. He was a member of the Letonia Medical Fraternity and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife Alma Avots-Avotins of Temple; two sons Dr. Andrejs Avots-Avotins of Temple and Peteris Avots-Avotins of Corpus Christi; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Scott and White Education Program General Surgery Resident Fund.

Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. Sunday at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home.

Kunkel, Martha Komar

Martha KunkleJune 8, 1945 – February 17, 2013

Martha Kunkel entered into rest Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Falls Community Hospital in Marlin. Funeral services were held at 10:00AM Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the First Assembly of God Church with Brinda Shifflett officiating. Interment was held in Hillcrest Cemetery, Marlin Texas. Visitation was held at Adams Funeral Home, Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Martha was born on June 8, 1945 in Marlin to Lawrence H. and Hilda Selma Bethke Komar; she graduated from Marlin High School. Martha loved gardening, flowers, humming birds, baking cakes and babysitting but most all she loved her granddaughter, Michaela. She worked as a beautician and as a homemaker. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Kunkel; and brother-in-law, Arnold Kunkel.

Martha is survived by sons, John Kunkel and wife Cherie; and Robert L. Kunkel; granddaughter, Michaela; Sister-in-law, Elaine Kunkle; Brother-in-law, Steve Kunkel and wife Julietta; and Aunts, Lena Drews and Loverna Tucker all of Marlin. Numerous cousins also survive.

Gibbs, David E.

david e gibbsJune 6, 1944 — December 13, 2012

David Eugene Gibbs, 68, passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at home following a lengthy illness.

Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Monday at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth with Chaplain David Barrett officiating and the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Honor Guard servikng as pallbearers. Visitation: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Land Funeral Home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 6977 Main St., Houston, Texas 77030, or a charity of choice.

David was born on D-Day, June 6, 1944, in Baytown, to Garland and Marian Gibbs. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1962 and received a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts and a master of education degree from Tarleton State University.

He taught industrial arts at Wedgwood and Meacham Middle School. He later purchased and operated a pawn shop. He also served as a reserve officer and later as a deputy sheriff for Tarrant County for a total of 25 years. He was a Master Mason for 45 years, a member of Riverside Chapter and Council, Worth Commandery, and a Moslah Noble. He was a life member of the Association of Texas Technology Education.

David enjoyed hunting, white-water rafting through the Grand Canyon and driving his antique trucks. He and his wife traveled through most of the United States, driving a motor home and enjoying retirement.

The family wishes to thank his physicians, Dr. Mark E. Gibbs, Dr. David B. Wilson and Dr. Kevin Connelly, as well as hospice for their care and compassion.

Survivors: His wife of 46 years, Lois K. Gibbs; daughter, Dana Reinke and husband, Stephen; daughter, Julie Tennyson and Rick Tennyson; grandchildren, Christopher and Michael Reinke and Mitchell Tennyson; brothers, John Gibbs and wife, Donna, and Gary Gibbs and wife, Donna; nephews and nieces; and a great friend, Paul Sights.

Muchow, Sharon Craig

October 12, 1955 – February 13, 2013

Sharon L. Craig Muchow, 57, loving wife, mother and friend to many,
went to her Lord Wednesday, February 13, 2013, after a short illness.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday February 16, 2013 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco. There will be a gathering of family and friends at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Robinson following the graveside services.

There will be no visitation prior to services.

Sharon graduated from N. Texas State University as a Registered Nurse. She was employed by the Veterans Administration for 25 years, where she enjoyed taking care of those that served.

She is survived by her husband, Rick Muchow; sons, Kevin Muchow and Jason Muchow; her mother, Mary Blount; parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Muchow; sisters, Cindy Barnes and husband, Brian, and Emily Wilmer and husband, Tom; two nieces; three nephews; and one great-niece.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Craig.

Online guest book is available at http://www.pecangrovefuneral.com.

Fischer, Lola

lola fischerAugust 13, 1924 – February 12, 2013

Lola Fischer, 88 of Marlin entered into rest Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Services will be 2:00PM Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Visitation will be 5:00PM to 7:00PM Friday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel.

Lola was born August 13, 1924 in Angleton, Texas to John and Bettie Hill Dickert. She married Leslie E. “Bede” Fischer on June 23, 1946 in Van Nuys, Calif. Lola was a past Worthy Matron of the Marlin Lodge #152 A.F. & A.M. and a member of the WMU of the First Baptist Church in Marlin. She loved to travel and was a wonderful seamstress. Most of all Lola loved her children and grandchildren.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie E. “Bede” Fischer in October 1995, and one brother J.T. Dickert.

Survivors include sons, Stephen L. Fischer of Bedford, TX, John D. Fischer and wife Jacqueline of Carrolton, TX; daughter, Jeanie Litteken and husband Martin of Wichita Falls, TX; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers will be Dan Fischer, Bob Fischer, John Fischer, Micah Fischer, Martin Litteken, Brad Litteken, and David Latimer.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be made to Falls County Senior Center Meals on Wheels, 104 Hays St., Marlin, TX 76661, Marlin Chapter #286 Order of the Eastern Star, c/o Jackie Greger, 301 Maryland, Marlin, TX 76661, or Campus Crusade for Christ, c/o Janet Grams, 108 Branch St, Marlin, TX 76661.

Services entrusted to the care of Adams Funeral Home.

Yezak, Pauline M.

pauline yesakJuly 31, 1926 – February 6, 2013

Pauline M. Yezak, 86, of Marlin, entered into rest Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Friday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Julian Tyboroski officiating.

Pauline was born July 31, 1926, in Bremond, to Steve and Elizabeth Koperczak Muzyka. She married Leon D. Yezak Sr. on Jan. 23, 1946. Pauline loved to cook and as a guest, she was always there ahead of time to make sure everything was ready. Her grandchildren loved spending the holidays with her because she always prepared the traditional Polish food. Pauline enjoyed having garage sales and going to them. She loved to fish, play bingo and go to the casinos. Pauline will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, Antone Muzyka, Louis Muzyka, Edd Muzyka, Joe Muzyka, and Stash Muzyka; and an infant sister.

She is survived by her sons, Charles Ray Yezak and wife, Nellie, of Marlin, and Leon D. Yezak Jr. and wife, Sue, of Marlin; sister, Sophie Krysinski of Athens, Texas; grandchildren, Charles R. Yezak Jr. and wife, Valerie, of Tampa Bay, Fla., Christi Lee Johnson and husband, Wesley, of College Station; Kimberly Yezak of Houston, Danny Yezak and wife, Shelley, of Hutto, Denise Bachert and husband, David, of Katy, and Ashley Yezak and wife ,Vicki, of Riesel; great-grandchildren, Alana Johnson, Dylan Hamlin, Emma Yezak, Garrett Yezak, Blake Yezak, Elizabeth Bachert, Rebekah Bachert, Luke Bachert, Anna Bachert, Kaitlyn Yezak, and Teagan Yezak; and several nieces and nephews.

Contella, Pete

September 29, 1911 – January 15, 2013

Pete was born September 29, in Bryan,Texas. He died In Marlin January 15,2013. He was 101 Years old.

His parents were Vick Contella, from Poggioreale, Sicily,Italy, Lena SanFilippo Contella, from Partanna,Sicily, Italy.He grew up in the Brazos Valley with many more Italians that migrated there from all over the US, but mostly from Louisiana. He left there about age 21, and moved to Eloise,Texas. Again accompanied by many Italian families that settled in Eloise and Highbank, Texas.

Pete married in 1935, to Myrtle Nixon, and they had 2 children, Lena and Vick. He left Eloise, and lived in several places, and worked different jobs, until 1954, he went into business with 2 cousins, Frank and Pat Abate, in cotton picking machines. This took him to several locations per year, Arizona, Maricopa
County, Marlin, Texas, and in South Texas, in the Valley. He retired from the company about 1977, and has been living in Marlin, until he died.

He was married 3 times. After Myrtle died, he married Kay Wilson, and they had a son Joseph Henry. He later married Eva Jeanette Bedgood, and she died in 2000.
He has spent his time planting a garden every year. He loved fishing at the City Lake. His most enjoyable pastime was playing dominoes, every day with his best friens, Delbert Blazer. They played dominoes every day, until Delbert died, in 2005. His other best pal, Red Densman, was his fishing buddy. He moved to Livingston in 2007. He always said that the worst thing about growing old was to watch friends and family leave him behind. The last few years of his life he still had a garden every year, and went fishing almost every day. He lived at Golden Years Nursing Home, under the care of Dr.David Fedro, the last year of his life.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Lena McCann, and her husband, Kenneth, and son Joe Contella, and Crystal Reed. His grandchildren Vickie Gentile,and husband Joseph, from LaPorte, TX, Valerie Burleson,from Highlands, TX. PhilipContella, and his wife Denise, from Magnolia,TX and Michael Contella, and his wife Carol Lea from Waco. Also Amanda Nicole Contella Kay and Carys Reed, born in 2010, in Marlin. He left 11 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, which live in England.

Our thanks go to Thelma Blazer, a great friend, that was always there for him
when he needed her. Also left to remember him are many nieces, nephews, cousins, andfriends that will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father. His son Vick Contella, and his son, Vickie Ray, who died when 1 day old. His 4 siblings, Joe Contella, Josephine Bruno, Paul Contella, and Willie Mae Downes. Also gone before him is his 3 wives.

He will be buried at Hillcrest Cemetary, on January 17, 2013, at 1PM. There will be a memorial at noon, January 16, at Adams Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Philip Contella, Michael Contella, Michael Contella, Jr.,
Jimmy Krumnow, Devette Simpson, and Charles McGowen. Honorary Pallbearers are Eddy Kay and Marshall Mundy.

Schraeder, Edward Gene ‘Buddy”

November 10, 1940 – January 26, 2013

Edward Gene “Buddy” Schraeder, 72, passed away at his home Jan. 26, 2013, after a seven-year journey with Hemangiopericytoma (a rare sarcoma). Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Riesel. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel.

Edward was born in Riesel, the second child of Edmund and Alvine Winkelmann Schraeder. He was baptized Dec. 8, 1940, and confirmed April 11, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Riesel, Texas. He grew up enjoying the work and experiences of life on a farm. His father died when he was 18.

When Edward was 21, he married Betty Reich, on July 14, 1962, allowing them to celebrate 50 years of devoted companionship. Even after doing the work of two men all week and on Saturday, Buddy and Betty regularly went dancing on Saturday night. He was a devout Christian and lived a very blessed life. He will be missed.

Buddy worked for several companies including Texas Coffin Co., Verner “Bo” Goldsmith Construction, and Meyer-Herod GIS. He also shod horses, farmed and did custom hay baling. He took great delight in his cattle and horses, and took special pride in his team of mules. Buddy and Betty were key figures on many, many trail rides over the years.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; step-father, Emroy Knudson; brother, Jim; niece, Edith Northcutt; brothers-in-law, Robert Reich and Terrald Weaver; and parents-in-law, Lee and Louise Reich.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; sisters, Doris Weaver and Elly and husband, Verner “Bo” Goldsmith; brother, Harvey and wife, Madeline Schraeder; sister-in-law, Irene Brown and husband, Gail; brother-in-law, Adolph Reich and wife, Darlene; brother-in-law, Neil Reich and sister-in-law, Doris Reich; uncles and aunts, Lorene and Louis Jander, Wilburn and Dovie Winkelmann, and Johnny Harwell; nieces, nephews, and their families, Byron and Marylynn Weaver, Rodney Weaver, TJ Weaver, Scott Weaver, Greta Lyren, Christy Schraeder, Rebecca and Bill Gervasi, Jefferey and Amy Schraeder, Tamara and Kevin Roznos, Tonya and Tom Reynolds, Tasha and Jason Delony, Trena Goldsmith, LaShanya and Brent Nash, Andrea and Shannon O’Hair, Laura and Matt Dollar, Phillip and Ashley Brown, Sherry and Daniel Swick, Kimberly and Vince Margotta, Nannette and Gene Pankonian, Kent “Bubba” and Becky Reich, Neil Reich Jr. and Terri and Todd Millerd; and many more family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 447, Riesel, TX 76682; or M D Anderson (Sarcoma Research), 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX77030-4009

The family expresses special thanks to Glenn and Debbie and other Scott & White Hospice staff for their excellent care.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at http://www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com