Obituaries

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Bettye Mica Rutledge

Bettye Mica Rutledge, 67, and lifelong resident of Flatonia, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Feb. 23, 2014. She is survived by her mother, Ella Mica; brothers, John Mica and wife Marcie and Harvey Mica and wife Vickie; sister, Patricia Prihoda and husband Carl; son, Brent Etlinger and wife Janet; and Bettye’s two favorite people in the world,
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Rebekah Diann (Eilers) Heideman

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David P. Allen

David P. Allen, son of David Pillsbury Allen and Mary Rolfe Allen, died Feb. 24, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. David was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 14, 1919, and moved several times due to his father’s work. He graduated from McKinley High School in Washington, D.C. in 1937, a licensed HAM radio operator at age 16 and member of the high school R.O.T.C. Both he and his father marched in FDR’s first inauguration parade: he played
clarinet in his high school band while his father played in his company’s band. Dave Allen kept up with his HAM radio
friends around the world for most of his life, and used his radio to help in emergencies and with the Houston-Austin MS
150. He graduated from PurdueUniversity in 1941 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and went right to work for
Clark Bros. in Olean, NY, as “Lieutenant Allen”. As a member of the U.S. Army Air Force, he worked as a test engineer,
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Lawrence Dobbins

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Elmer Leroy Zoch

Elmer Leroy Zoch, 82, died Feb. 2, 2014. He was born on Feb. 17, 1932 in Warda to Alvin T. Zoch and Ernestine Mertinek  Zoch. He was one of nine children, and grew up working on the family’s farm. He grew up attending Holy Cross  Lutheran Church in Warda where he was baptized and confirmed. He was drafted in the US Army and served in the Korean War. He married Eva Schmidt in 1978 and had one daughter. He will be remembered for various interests,  including his church, video taping, politics, farming/agriculture and carpentry. He also enjoyed writing articles for the Giddings Times and News and The Fayette County Record. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Henry Zoch;
and sister, Evelyn Lehmann. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Eva; daughter, Jennifer and her husband Ronald Hartmann, Jr.; grandson, Knox; brothers and sisters, Hattie Lovaasen, Irene Weaver, Raymond Zoch, Rudy Zoch, Freddie
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Katherine Gonzalez

Katherine Gonzalez, 64, of San Antonio died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born Nov. 6, 1949 in La Grange to Ernest and Augusta (Collins) Dockery. She is survived by two daughters, Rachelyn Welch and La Shanna Welch, both of San Antonio; son, Brodrick T. Welch of New York, N.Y.; step son, Timothy Welch of San Antonio; three sisters, Earnestine Demerson and husband Ralph of Houston, Leola Dudley and husband
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Jack W. Franklin

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Bernard J. Kristynik

Bernard J. Kristynik, 85 of Garwood, died Feb. 13, 2014. He was born on Sept. 6, 1928 in Komensky to Joseph and Martha Filip Kristynik. Bernard served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Nada Knights
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Eunice “Blondie” Vernette (Cordes) Gau

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Nollie Ann (Faldyn) Ricklefsen

Nollie Ann (Faldyn) Ricklefsen, 91, of Pearland, formerly of La Grange, went home to the loving arms of the Lord on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Nollie was born in Weimar on May 3, 1922, the daughter of William and Josephine (Winslow) Faldyn. She married Fred Ricklefsen in 1940 in La Grange. Nollie was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother,  grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a devoted follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. She enjoyed going to church every Sunday. Nollie was known for her tremendous sense of style. She is survived by two sons: Freddie Ricklefsen and wife, Mary, of Pearland, and James Ricklefsen of Houston; one daughter, Jo Ann Lloyd and husband, Steve, of Pearland; sister, Leona Orsak of Katy; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Fred, of 52 years; baby brother, Leo; and daughter-inlaw, Meri Jo Ricklefsen.

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