On January 25, 2018, Helen Beatrice Hunt Johnson left her earthly home on Angel's wings to begin her journey to the presence of our Heavenly Father where, as a child of God, she will dwell forevermore without pain or sorrow.She was born April 9, 1920 near Mathis, Tx to Samuel Franklin Hunt and Beatrice Anderson Hunt. The family moved to Sinton, Tx on January 1, 1923 when her father began his long-time service as Sheriff of San Patricio Co. For many years their home was in the upstairs living quarters of the county jail which was a memorable experience for young children. As a teenager she professed her faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Sinton, Tx. In 1940 she married Robert Nelson Johnson in Morgan City, La where he had been transferred by Plymouth Oil Co. In 1942 they returned to Sinton where they lived for the remainder of their lives. In 1953 they adopted their beloved daughter Joanna. Through the years they spent many days and nights traversing the sand and shell beaches of Mustang and Padres Islands in their various Jeeps. Helen (lovingly called "Hedy" by her family) graduated from Sinton High School in 1937 where she was a charter member of the National Honor Society. In 2012 she and three other charter members were honored on the 75th anniversary of that organization. She was a Rainbow Girl, member of the Sinton and Portland Order of the Eastern Star, charter member of the San Pat County Historical Commission, member of the San Pat County Library Board and Sinton Public Library Board. She worked many years as Executive Secretary for Plymouth Oil Co. in Sinton. Hedy was a painter in oils and enjoyed donating her paintings to various organizations for fundraising. She was involved in the painting of the historical murals at Jackson Square in Sinton in 1976. She twice assisted in complete restorations of these murals and continued to maintain them until she could no longer climb ladders. Hedy was the matriarch of the Hunt family and extended family. She was a caregiver to several family members during their times of need. She considered helping others a blessing and her true calling in life. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter. Also by four brothers (Sam, Jerry, Lewis and Bobby) and sister (Janie) and four nieces and nephews. She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend and companion Perfecta Cordova and her little rescue dog Grace Kelly. A memorial service was held at 1 PM Monday, January 29, 2018 at the First Baptist Church. Those who wish to do so may make memorial donations to the Al-Amin Shrine Temple, Children's Burn Hospital (Galveston, Tx) or any pet adoption agency. "Think of me now and again, as I was in life, at a moment when it is a pleasure to recall."
Rhoda Dee Kirchman, 89, loving mother and grandmother passed away on Sunday, July 31,2016 following a short illness. She was born on November 27,1926 in Luling, Texas to George and Lorena Carter. She had resided in Odem since 1952 and had been employed as a cashier and office manager for the Odem Grocery Store until her retirement in 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband Gernal Kirchman, her grandson, Warren Nix, two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her loving family, daughters, Barbara Mann of Sinton and Shirley Nix of Odem,(4) grandchildren, (21) great grandchildren and (9) great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00AM Monday, August 8, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Rev.Willis Moore, officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem.
John Richard Kuehler, 89, of Castroville, passed away April 4, 2018. He was born to the late John and Eunice Kuehler, on June 20, 1928 in Groom, TX. After some adventurous years of bachelorhood, including a trip to Alaska, Richard married Kathleen Steineman in 1963, and they were long-time residents of Sinton, TX. Richard was a master mechanic and owner of Richard’s Garage in Sinton for many years. He was also an active member of the Independent Garagemen’s Association of Texas. Richard was as honest as he was competent as a mechanic, helping many area farmers and families during their times of need. Richard was also an avid, semi-professional photographer and captured many weddings and other significant memories for area residents. When he wasn’t fixing cars or taking photos, he enjoyed camping, watching car races, speaking on amateur radio, and talking politics. Richard is preceded in death by his wife Kathleen. He is survived by his son John Kuehler and his wife Katerina of Cortlandt Manor, NY; daughters Gretchen and Theresa Kuehler of San Antonio; daughter Charlotte Weilacher and her husband JR of Poquoson, VA, and daughter Sandra Boenig and her husband Chris of Uvalde, TX. He also is survived by five grandchildren. Visitation and rosary were held at 7 PM Friday, April 13 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton. A funeral mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday at 10 AM. Following mass, Richard was laid to rest next to Kathleen at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Refugio, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Sacred Heart Church in Sinton or the ASPCA.
Tony Kunitz, 93, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 15, 2016 following a short illness. Tony was born to Richard Kunitz, Sr. and Cecile Bomba Kunitz on December 25, 1922 in Sinton, Texas. He was a practicing Roman Catholic and attended Sinton High School, Texas A&M, College Station and Texas A&I Kingsville. He married Joan Tollett of Berclair, Texas on April 2, 1956. He started welding at 18 years of age and started H&K Construction Company, Inc. in 1950 and H&K Vacuum Truck, Inc. from 1962-2004. Long hours and hard work were the guidelines on which Tony based his success for over 40 years in the pipeline construction industry. At one time H&K Construction Company, Inc. was considered one of the largest non-union pipeline construction companies in the world. In 1991, Tony retired but only on a part-time basis. Tony devoted his time to ranching, bird hunting and attending prize fights. Tony was unselfish and was known for his giving heart. Tony has been honored through the years for assisting many individuals, organizations and communities. He was preceded in death by Richard and Cecile Kunitz, Dickie Kunitz, Col Maricielis Kunitz, Ralph Kunitz, Richard Kunitz Jr., Jon Kunitz, Jr., Rickie Kunitz, Agnes Liles, Chas and Nell Tollett and Mary Nell Rooke. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan Kunitz and faithful and beloved Paul Ohler and Nancy Wood, Cecil (Bill) Martin of Arlington, Bill (Annette) Liles of Georgetown, Mike (Kathy) Liles of Killeen, Dr. Richard Anthony (Elaine) Liles of Largo, Florida. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton. Funeral mass was celebrated at 1:00PM Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Paul Rajareegam as celebrant. Private burial followed at the Sinton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt Petrus, Will Petrus, Rob Thomas, Justin Ohler, Brian Barnick, Danny Lorberau and Chris Arriaga. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Horne, Houston Broughton, Buddy Wood, Hughes Thomas, David Edwards, Ronnie Smothers, Dr. Rene Acuna and Dr. Mickey Wiener and the many men that he treasured and loved, you know who you are and you meant the world to Tony. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the San Patricio and Aransas County Agriculture and Homemakers Show (A&H Show) or a charity of your choice. A meal will be served after the mass at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Civic Center.
Alfredo Lara, Jr., 66, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019. He had been employed in the construction industry. He is survived by his sons, Freddy Lara and Moses Lara of Sweetwater, Tx, Joey Lara and Jesse Lara of Mathis, his daughter, Angela Lara of Sweetwater, his sisters, Noelia Lara and Ermelinda Garcia of Odem. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 1 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM.
Augustin Lara, Sr, age 72, was called by Our Heavenly Father on August 28, 2018. He was born to Lazaro & Estella Lara on September 1st, 1945, in Edroy, Texas. Augustin was a lifelong resident of Edroy, a graduate of Odem High School (Class of 1964) and a proud parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Edroy. Augustin wore many hats throughout his lifetime. He was a farmer, a carpenter, an electrician, a plumber, a mechanic, a fisherman, a gardener, a grocery manager, and a car salesman. But most importantly, Augustin was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, a neighbor, and a friend. Augustin was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Augustin is preceded in death by both of his parents, two brothers (Lazaro Jr and Manuel), and his favorite dog, King. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Maricela Lara of Edroy; daughters, Anna Alicia (Rudy Moreno) Lara and Angelica Eloisa (Rudy) Vidaurri, both of Mathis, Alma (Rene) Perez and Amanda (Jason Lopez) Lara, both of Edroy, and Amalia “Angie” (Tom) Silguero of Katy; sons, Adrian (AnnaLisa) Lara of Edroy and Augustin “AJ” (Valerie) Lara Jr. of Corpus Christi; nine sisters; 31 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Rudy Jr & David Moreno, Rene II & Gabriel Perez, Joshua & Jeremy Vidaurri, and Zachary & Joey Aguirre. Honorary Pallbearers will be Claudia Garza (Silguero) & Clarissa Hernandez (Silguero). Viewing services at Ritchie-Gonzales Funeral Home (Sinton, TX) began on Thursday (30th) 3pm - 9pm and Friday (31st) 9am - 9pm; Rosary was on Friday at 7pm. Funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Edroy at 10am on Saturday, September 1st, with burial following at the Edroy Memorial Cemetery.
Manuel Lara, 60, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 12, 2015 following a sudden illness.
Manuel was born in Edroy, Texas to Lazaro and Estella Lara,Sr. He attended Odem-Edroy ISD and he joined the Army in 1973. He later received his GED while serving in the Army. He received a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin and another degree in Drafting and Design from South Texas Vocational College. He owned his own janitorial business in Austin. He later moved back to Edroy and served as City Manager for the City of Mathis from 1998 to 2008. He served as City Manager for the City of San Benito from 2008 to the present. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Lazaro Lara, his brothers-in-law, Bacilio Ortiz, Johnny Lopez and Daniel Pina. He is survived by his loving family, his sons - Paul Anthony Lara and Daniel Lazarus (Jennifer) Lara, his daughters - Sara Elise Lara and Araceli Clarissa Lara, grandchildren - Noah Abraham Villarreal, Ava Danielle Alvarez, Mia Grace Lara and Lazarus Aries Lara, his brother and sisters - Genoveva Ortiz, Petra (Raul) Cavazos, Augustine (Maricela) Lara, Leonor (Onofre) Flores of Edroy, Aurora (Salvador) Garcia, Maria Nieves (Lorenzo) Olivarez, Ofelia Lopez, Beatrice Pina, Estella (Robert) Martinez of Odem and Eufemia (Rene) Cantu of Freer.
Maria Lara, 77, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 following a long illness. She is survived by her sons, Martin Lara of Edroy, Juan Lara of Mathis and Lazaro Lara, III of Corpus Christi, her daughter, Esmeralda Dominguez of New Braunfels, her brothers, Emilio Ortiz of Victoria, Domingo Ortiz of Corpus Christi, Juan Ortiz of La Grange, Robert Ortiz of Odem and Ramiro Ortiz of Edroy, her sister, Sara Gonzalez of La Grange, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:30 PM Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 AM Friday, May 11, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment followed at Edroy Cemetery. A prayer service was held at 7:00 PM Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 17, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, 307 W.Turner St., Odem,Texas. Interment followed at the Edroy Cemetery in Edroy with full military honors.
Ruth Ybarra Lemos, 77, loving mother, grandmother and friend went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She was born in Harlingen, Texas on February 12, 1939 and had been a longtime resident of Sinton. She had been employed as a housekeeper for the Kelly family until her retirement. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alejandro Lemos, Sr., her mother, Santos Leyva Ybarra, her son, Ruben Lemos, her brother, Juan Leyva, her sisters, Andrea Gonzales, Josefina Villarreal and Raquela Ojeda and her great grandson, Michael Reyes. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Alejandro (Mary) Lemos, Jr. of Three Rivers and Benito (Sandra) Lemos of Sinton, her daughters, Ruth Avila Padilla of Corpus Christi and Teresa Casas of Houston, 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Friday, December 30, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Patrick as celebrant. Interment followed in the Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Pallbearers will be Steven Lemos, Alejandro Lemos, III, Aaron Lemos, Marcos Lemos, Bo East, Richard Bone, Mateo Reyes and Joe Cardenas. Honorary pallbearer will be Darby Troup.
Mary Grace Limon passed away on Monday April 15, 2019. She was born in Sinton and was preceded in death by her parents, Edwardo Benavidez and Rebecca Pena. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica ( Javier ) Santellana, her sons, Jeffrey Villanueva and Jeremiah Villanueva, her grandchildren, Mia, Sara and Emma Villanueva, Kristen ( Rene ), Javier, Jr. ( Rebecca), J C ( Casey ) and Jasmine ( Jorge ) and 8 great grandchildren, her siblings, Alma, Lois, Cindy, Sally, Lucy, Nora, Fred, George, and Jimmy and their children.
Maria Benita Lopez, 85, loving mother and grandmother went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 29, 2016 following a long illness. She was born in Sinton, Texas and had been a lifelong resident of Odem. She was a housewife and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Guadalupanas. She loved doing crossword puzzles and watching her Novelas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicanor Lopez, Sr., her three daughters, Ofelia Gomez, Juanita Gamez and Olivia Cruz, one grandchild, Nicky Lopez, her parents, Benito and Jesusa Coronado and one special godmother that raised her from childhood, Bernaida Coronado. She is survived by her loving family, eight children, Maria Lopez of Ricardo,Tx., Ruben (Janie) Lopez of Zapata,Tx., Juan Lopez and Linda Lopez of Odem, Nicanor (Charlene) Lopez, Jr. of Baytown,Tx., Robert Lopez, Rudy Lopez and Rene Lopez of Odem and one special grandson, Adam Lopez, 17 grandchildren,17 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren, her special sister-in-law,Virginia Garza of Odem. A rosary was recited at 7:00PM Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00AM Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.
Reynaldo Nieto Lopez, 78, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 following a short illness. Reynaldo was a devout Catholic and his faith was very important to him. He was a retired truck driver with a passion for dogs, having been employed by DeSoto Petroleum for sixteen years, Mission Petroleum for fifteen years and Superior Crude Oil for three years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Teresa Lopez. He is survived by his family, his wife of 47 years, Olivia O.Lopez of Odem, his sons, Ray (Maria) Lopez of Odem and Gary (Rick) Lopez Wiltshire of Ingleside, his daughters, Yolanda (Patrick) Lopez Rettew of Laguna Niguel, California and Belinda Lopez Ware of Texas City, Texas, his brothers, Alfredo Lopez and Esequiel Lopez of Mathis and Juan Lopez of Corpus Christi, his sister, Susie Sendejo of Corsicana, Texas, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday, March 24, 2017 from 1:00PM to 9:00PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel with a holy rosary being recited at 7:00PM. Funeral mass was celebrated at 11:00AM Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Isaias Estepa as celebrant. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.