Funeral services for Eugene Alvin Arning, 63, of Palacios and formerly of Bellville, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo with Rev. Bill Jenkins officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville with Rev. Willard Rotter officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Triska Funeral Home.

Mr. Arning was born Sept. 25, 1936 in Kenney, Tx. to Arthur and Nettie Loesch Arning, Sr. He died Feb. 21, 2000.

He was a retired tool pusher. He worked in the oilfield for nearly 20 years before becoming co-owners of Arning Well Service with his brother.

He is survived by his wife, Tressie King Arning of Palacios; daughters Susanne White and Gena A. Chapa, both of El Campo; sons Kelton Arning of El Campo and Michael Arning of Houston; a sister, Frances Sims of Ganado; and brothers Arthur Arning Jr. and Elwood Arning, both of Bellville.

Pallbearers are Kelton Arning, Michael Arning, Erland Arning, Eric Arning, Bobby Sims and Larry Sims.


Funeral services for Fernando “Fred” Diaz, III, 42, of Houston, where held Feb. 18, 2000 at Living Word Church in Palacios with the Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Diaz was born Dec. 12, 1957 in New Gulf, Tx. to Fernando “Fred” and Sadie Cortez Diaz, Jr. He died Feb. 14, 2000 in Houston. He was a journeyman and a Presbyterian.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Zamora-Diaz; daughter, Christ Ann Diaz of Houston; sons, Fred. Diaz IV and William Diaz, both of Palacios; parents, Fernando “Fred“ and Sadie Cortez Diaz; a sister, Rosalinda Diaz of Palacios; and brothers, Joe Diaz and Mario Diaz, both of Palacios.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Diaz; and a grandfather, Fred Diaz, Sr.


A funeral mass for Andy Angel Flores, 39, of Palacios, were scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Flores was born Aug. 2, 1960 in El Campo to Eulalio P. and Angelina Altamira Flores. He died Feb. 18, 2000.

He was a lifelong resident of Palacios, a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and worked as a Carpenter Foreman with HB Zachary Construction in Freeport.

He is survived by his children, Erika and Andrew Flores of Palacios; the mother of his children, Sofia Flores of Palacios; his parents, Eulalio and Angelina Flores of Palacios; sisters and brothers-in-law, Yolanda and Mickey Martinez of Clute, Linda and Tom Cochrane of Bay City, and Lilly Rocha of Palacios; a brother, Eulalio Flores, Jr.; and his fiancee, Nadine Flores of Baytown.


Graveside funeral services for Bertha Macha Kopecky, 85, of Bay City, were scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Mrs. Kopecky was born Jan. 7, 1905 in Granger, TX to Henry and Rosie Macha Rozacky. She died Feb. 17, 2000.

A housewife and a member of the Czech Brethren Church, she had been a resident of Bay City for the past 58 years.

She is survived by stepdaughters Lydia K. Gate of Bay City and Ollie Nedbalek of Houston; sisters-in-law Lillie Flint and husband, Jerry, of Blessing and Vlasta “Blonde” Domorod of Markham; nieces Sybil Stojanik of Austin and Bertha Sefeak of Taylor; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, V. L. Kopecky; her parents, Henry and Rosie Rozacky; stepsister, Helen Loraine Smith; stepbrothers, Gus Kopecky and Virgil Lee Kopecky; and eight brothers and sisters.


Funeral services for Elmo "Pete" Duke, Sr., 84, of Ganado, were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Mr. Duke was born Nov. 16, 1915 in Eagle Lake, Tx. to Roma Duke and Fannie Miles Duke. He died Feb. 13, 2000 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

He grew up in Iowa Colony where he was a rice farmer for many years. He loved the outdoors and spent many happy days at deer camp with his family. He was a proud and sensitive man who loved his family deeply. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Ganado where he had lived for the past 3-1/2 years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mayme Calo Duke of Ganado; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Frank Planka of Alvin; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Caroline Duke of Danbury, and Elmo Duke, Jr. and Marianne Duke of Palacios; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are grandsons Frank Plank, Jr., Elmo Duke, III, John Duke, Anthony Duke, Jr., Ronald Duke, Monte Duke, Mark Greenawalt and Tom Gray. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandsons.


Funeral services for Mrs. Emilie Merckel Jager, 84, of Blessing scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at the First Baptist Church of Blessing with the Rev. Luther Carroll officiating. Interment in Hawley Cemetery. She died Saturday, Feb. 12.

A native of Woodville, she was born Dec. 16, 1915 to the late Jacob and Pauline Witcher Merckel. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Tom Lee Jager and Carl Jager, both of Blessing, Mitchel Jager of Waco and Raymond Jager of Alvin; three half-brothers, Theodore Merckel of Aransas Pass, August Merckel of Gretna, La. and Herbert Merckel of Homa, La.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Jager; two sons, Leroy and Paul John Jager; one sister and two half-brothers.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 420, Houston, Tex.


Funeral services for Zella F. Wallen, 80, of East Berlin, PA., were scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 8, 2000 at the New Life Assembly of God in East Berlin with the Rev. George P. Timmons officiating. Interment will be at at St. John’s Cemetery in New Chester, PA.

Mrs. Wallen was born Jan. 24, 1920 in Darwin, VA. to the late Logan P. and Sarah Arrington Mullins. She died Feb. 4, 2000. She was the wife of the late Rev. Kemp W. Wallen and a member of Church of God of Prophecy in Spring Grove, PA.

She is survived by five daughters, Vicki B. Taylor and Debra S. Rodriguez, both of Palacios, Gwyn D. Henson of East Berlin, PA., Esther A. Devereaux of Ft. Worth, TX., and Karen J. Leighty of Uniontown, PA; ten sons, E. Wayne Wallen of New Oxford, PA., Anthony L. Wallen of Spring Grove, PA., Steven D. Wallen, Dennis J. Wallen, both of East Berlin PA., David L. Wallen of Hanover, PA., Jefferson P. Wallen of Fallston, MD., Paul B. Wallen of Converse, TX., Larry J. Wallen of Aurora, IL., Philip M. Wallen of Churchville, MD., and Donald W. Wallen of Shrewsberry, PA.; a brother, Cecil Mullins of Danville, VA., three sisters, Garnett Large of Clintwood, VA., Hattie Wallen of Abbottstown, PA., and Jewel Johnson of Blacksburg, VA.; 57 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 19, 1997 and a son, John C. Wallen.

Pallbearers were Kevin Wallen, Kim Wallen, Todd Wallen, Joe Dotson, Eric Wallen, Jeff Wallen, Paul Wallen, Jr., David Wallen II, Robert Henson and Justin Henson.


A memorial service for Audrey Clement Powell, 94, of Richardson, Texas, was held Feb. 5, 2000 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church with a reception for family and friends immediately afterward at the church.

Mrs. Powell was born Aug. 19, 1905 in Jackson County to William Henry and Elma Eliza Clement. She died Jan. 31, 2000 in Richardson.

Raised in Palacios, she married Vogt Powell on Nov. 11, 1927. They raised their family in several south Texas towns, and later lived on Okinawa for thirteen years. After their return from overseas, they resided in Victoria until she moved to Richardson in 1979.

Mrs. Powell was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, active in church activities, including choir membership. She taught school in south Texas, loved music, became a painter and sculptor after her retirement and wrote poetry.

She is survived by daughter-in-law Ruth Powell of Mesa, AZ; daughter Audry Clark and husband Norman of Richardson; son Robert C. Powell and wife Charlotte of Bedminster, NJ; and daughter Dorothy Janitch and husband Robert of St. Charles, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, five brothers, her husband of thirty-four years, Vogt Powell, in 1961; and a son, Capt. William V. Powell, USN (ret.), in 1986.


Memorial services for James Edward Russell, 79, of the Carancahua Community, were scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. He died Feb. 1 at his residence.

A resident of the Carancahua Community since 1985, Mr. Russell was born June 8, 1920 at Columbia, S.C., to the late Jesse and Nellie Crump Russell. A retired real estate broker, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army; and was a member of the Port Lavaca VFW.

Survivors include the widow, Lee Doerpinghaus of the Carancahua Community; and one daughter, Susan Bessire of Dallas.


Graveside services for Mrs. Margaret Alice Sexton, 86, of Palacios were held Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000 at Hawley Cemetery, with the Rev. Hollie Briscoe officiating. She died Jan. 31 in Port Lavaca.

A native of Midfield, she was born Feb. 14, 1913 to the late James Stark and Viola Jordan Williams. A resident of Palacios since 1931, she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Dorothy and Sam Sensabaugh of Port Lavaca, Gail and Paul Abraham of Olivia; two sons and daughters-in-law: James and Becky Sexton of Baton Rouge, La., John and Carolyn Sexton of Pearland; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Calvin Sexton, on Nov. 22, 1978; one sister, Lorena Kelly; and one brother, Bruce Williams.


A Rosary for Patricia Gene “Pat” Hahn, 52, of El Maton, will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2000 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment will follow at at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Miss Hahn was born Feb. 10, 1947 in Harris County, Tx. to Frank William and Dorothy Nicholas Hahn. She died Jan. 28, 2000. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her father, Frank William Hahn of El Maton; sisters Diane Bice of Imboden, AK, Dorothy Watson of Pasadena, TX., and Gay Lynn Thurmond of Blessing; brothers Richard Frank Hahn, Sr. of El Maton, Frank ‘Rusty’ Hahn, Jr. of Olivia, and Paul L. Hahn of Blessing, and by 18 nieces and nephews and four great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Hahn in 1990.


Funeral services for Richard Franklin Mozley, 70, Blessing were scheduled of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City, with the Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating, followed by interment was to be in Hawley Cemetery at Blessing. He died Jan. 24.

A resident of Blessing since 1956, Mr. Mozley was born Sept. 6, 1929 in Foss, Custer County, Okla. to the late Earl Franklin and Lola Gillespie Mozley. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as an assistant operator at Alcoa Aluminum after 25 years of service, he was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Survivors include the widow, Helen Fabrygel Mozley of Blessing; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Larry Dillard of Deutschburg, and Deanne and David Hodges of El Campo; and by his sons and daughter-in-law, Richard Patrick Mozley of Blessing, Jeffrey Dale Mozley of Amarillo, and Timothy Gregory and Kim Mozley of San Benito; one sister, Mildred Miller of Port Lavaca; two brothers, Clifford Mozley of Louisiana and Howard Mozley of Palacios; and nine grandchildren, Blake, Brian and Blair Hodges of El Campo, Devon Dillard of Deutschburg, Michelle Mozley of Blessing, Richard Patrick Mozley II of Blessing and Michaela, Dylan and Jordan Mozley of San Benito.

Named pallbearers were David Blake Hodges, Brian James Hodges, Richard Patrick Mozley II, Monty Mozley, Monte Earl Mozley and Will Mozley. Honorary pallbearers named were Robert L., A.J., Louis, and Frank Fabrygel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice.


Graveside services for Effie Wilma Singleton, 85, of Edna, were scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000 at Memory Gardens of Edna with Mr. Sherrel Mercer officiating.

Miss Singleton was born Jan. 29, 1914 in San Saba, Texas to Charles LaFon and Ida Virginia Meredith Singleton. She died Jan. 23, 2000. Miss Singleton was a member of the Church of Christ and retired from Campbell-Huitt Insurance Agency in Palacios.

She is survived by her brother Ernest Singleton of Edna.

She is preceded in death by three sisters Lydia Margaret Singleton Hunter, Mamie Lois Singleton, Bessie Lee Singleton Randall; and four brothers Thomas William Singleton, Floyd Iverson Singleton, Merrit Nathaniel Singleton, and Charles Morgan Singleton.


A funeral mass for Fred Pena, Jr., 62, of Palacios, was held Monday, Jan. 24, 2000 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Internment followed at Cedervale Cemetery in Bay City.

Mr. Pena was born July 27, 1937 in New Gulf to Federico and Maria Maldonaldo Pena. He died Jan. 20, 2000 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. Mr. Pena was a resident of Palacios for the past 40 years and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Leocadia Chavez Pena of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Irene and Robert Rangel of Bay City and Sylvia and Juan Gonzales, Mary and Jose Louis Rosas, Diane Muniz and fiancé Candelario Estrada, and Judy and Jerry Herrera, all of Palacios; sons and daughters in law; Fred Pena, III and wife Margaret of Castroville and David and Maria Delores Pena, Rudy and Kim Pena, and Steven and Brandi Pena, all of Palacios; and by 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Funeral services for Leo Jensen, 88, of Sugarland, were held Jan. 22, 2000 at Palacios Funeral Home with Buddy Griffith officiating. Internment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Jensen was born Jan. 15, 1912 in Danevang to Jesse and Johnna Sorensen Jensen. He died Jan. 20, 2000 in Houston. He was a farmer in the area for many years and was greatly loved by his family and friends.

Mr. Jensen is survived by his wife Geneva Blackwell Jensen, daughters and son-in-law Joy and Dermot Rigg and Lisa Jensen all of Sugarland, son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Margaret Jensen of Spring, sisters Anna Rasmussen of Galveston, Elna Curry of Corsicana, brothers Roy Jensen of Wharton and Teddy Jensen of Alvin.

Also, five grandchildren, Robin and Steve Williams, Jennifer and Matthew Crossland, Stephanie Rigg, Matthew Jensen, and Erica Jensen; two great-grandchildren, Britt and Taylor Williams.

Pallbearers were Matthew Jensen, Dennis Jensen, Matthew Crossland, Nathan Smith, David Hopkins, and Larry Varga.


Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Pequeno, 82, of Palacios are scheduled for 12-noon, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomah officiating. Interment will be in Palacios Cemetery. Rosary was set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pequeno died Friday, Jan. 14. She was born March 6, 1917 in Matagorda to the late Louis and Donna Ottino Martino. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Survivors include the husband, Severiano Pequeno of Palacios; one daughter, Mary Fountain of Angleton; two sisters, Rose Tobias of Palacios and Julia Garcia of Victoria; one brother, John Martino of Palacios; and two grandchildren.


Funeral services for Ethel Sirmon Holsworth, 90, of Collegeport, were held Jan. 13, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev’s. William J. Hodge, Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Internment was in Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mrs. Holsworth was born Dec. 24, 1909 in Markham to the late Richard Thomas and Maude Hardee Sirmon. She died Jan. 10, 2000.

She was a memeber of the First Presbyterian Church in Collegeport and a resident of Collegeport since 1928.

Mrs. Holsworth graduated from Bay City High School, attended Southwestern University in Georgetown and taught school in Collegeport and Pledger before her marriage to Mason S. “Jack” Holsworth on May 25, 1930.

Mrs. Holsworth is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law: Margaret Ann and Rev. William J. Hodge of Houston, Phyllis Derrick of Waco; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Thomas E. and Marie Holsworth of Palacios and Mason Holsworth of Collegeport; sister: Inez Chapman of McGehee, AK; sisters-in-law: Thelma Sirmon of Bay City and Ben Eddie Sirmon of New Braunsfeld; eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband M.S. “Jack” Holsworth, by brothers: Carvel, Malcom, Ralph and Earl and a sister Dorothy Jean.

Pallbearers were G.W. Franzen, Russell Corporon, Fred Law, Jessie Ellis, Shane Cornett and John Allen Derrick.


Funeral services for Richard E. ‘Dick’ Mathews, 58, were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Port Lavaca with David Good officating.

Mr. Mathews was born Aug. 18, 1941 in Newark, Ohio to George and Mable Mathews.He died Dec. 31, 1999.

A journeyman carpenter, Mr. Mathews was employed by the Palacios School District for the past 16 years. He was active in his religious work and enjoyed assiting in buidling places of worship throughout the Houston and San Antonio areas.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Mathews; daughters April Longoria and husband Ruben of Austin, Buffy Mathews of Austin, and Chelsea Mathews of Port Lavaca; grandson, Mason Dare; mother Mabel Mathews of Newark, Ohio; brother Fred Mathews of Newark, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, George Mathews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Kingdom of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the expansion of the world-wide Bible education work.


A Rosary for Alfons John Krenek, 79, of Markham, was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2000 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Krenek was born June 8, 1920 in Nada, Tx. to John and Mary Labay Krenek. He died Jan. 1, 2000 at his residence.

He, along with his family, moved to Matagorda County in 1932. He was a farmer and rancher, a member of the Catholic Church attending St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing and later St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Markham. He received the Bishop’s Award in 1973 for Outstanding Service to the Church. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4307 in Blessing. In was given the Outstanding Family Award in 1990. He was also a member of Cecil Lee American Legion Post 649 of Blessing, a 60 year member of the K. J. T. and served six years on the Tidehaven School Board.

An outstanding player in all sports, he graduated from Markham High School in 1940. He was instrumental in helping organize the first girls softball association and for nine years coached the Markham Twisters on which three of his daughters played.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the 7th Infantry Division and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. His division was sent to liberate the Aleutian Island from the Japanese and remained their for two years. He was then sent to Panama where he was en route to Japan when the war ended. Discharged in November 1945, he purchased his father’s farm where he lived for the remainder of his life. He was named Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1974 and in 1984 was named Row Crop Farmer by the Bay City Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille Krenek of Markham; daughters and sons-in-law Margaret and Charles Giger of Sulphur Springs, Kathryn and Jim Connally of Gonzales, Nancy and Ronnie Pasak of El Campo, Elizabeth and Mike Billingsly of Fort Worth, and Christine and Christopher Craft of Sugarland; sons and daughters-in-law John and Fae Krenek of Houston, Joseph and Teresa Krenek of Port O’Connor, Robert and Dawn Krenek of Blessing, Paul Krenek of Blessing, David and Patricia Krenek of Markham, Fred and Nataly Krenek of Peru, Al and Lisa Krenek of Blessing, and James and Stacy Krenek of LaWard; sisters Albina Scholtz of San Antonio, Lucy Bubela of El Campo, Martha Naroleski of Chicago, and Jean Fields of Monroe, WI; brother Louis Krenek of Shiner; 32 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Allen Krenek.

Grandsons served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were members of the Knights of Columbus Council #4307. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.