Obituaries

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Perline S. Jackson

Perline S. Jackson, 91, of La Grange died Jan. 22, 2014 at her residence. She was born on July 27, 1922 in Cedar Lane to Virgie (Fields) and Tom Spiller. She married James C. Jackson, Jr. in 1941 in Bay City. He died on Dec. 11, 2002. Pearline worked as a beautician. She is survived by daughter, Gwendolyn Orise of Dallas; son, Johnathan Jackson and wife Ella of Katy; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one daughter and one grandson. Funeral services were held at Second Baptist Church in La Grange at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Rev. Robert Waddle officiated. Interement followed in the La Grange City Cemetery. Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements. 
 
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Josefa Orellana Kennedy

Josefa Orellana Kennedy, 99, of Flatonia died Jan. 21, 2014. Josefa “Grandma” was born Oct. 12, 1914 in Honduras,
C.A. In Grandma’s early years she was a nanny for the Consulate of Honduras to the United States, leading her into many years of caregiving, in addition to enjoying traveling, reading and reciting poetry. Those who knew Grandma, (as most knew her, even her peers), would likely say she was a sweet spirited lady. Grandma led a full life with many journeys, and a trail of great memories and love to fill the hearts of many. She is survived by brothers, Juan Angel  Orellana Reyes and Jose Orellana Reyes; sisters, Margarita Orellana Elvir and Angela Orellana Reyes; daughters,
Nora Valencia- Miller, Georgeanna Ocasio, Sula Gregg and Rita Ocasio; grandchildren, Rebecca M. (Brent) Greuter,
Jennifer M. Miller, Analisa Tipton, Justine Tipton, Gina (Joe) Mendiola and Pete Frietas, Noel Ocasio ; great  randchildren,
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27
Jan

Rita Sylvia Senna Jacob Markwardt (MoMo)

Rita Sylvia Senna Jacob Markwardt (MoMo), 94, died on Jan. 23, 2014 while hospitalized at Christus Santa Rosa in
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27
Jan

Adolph J. Kasmiersky

Adolph J. Kasmiersky, 86, of La Grange died Jan. 23, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center. Adolph was born in Fayetteville 
on March 17, 1927, the son of Adolf and Mary (Minarcik) Kasmiersky. He married Loraine Orsak on Nov. 19, 1949 in Houston. He was in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Adolph was a locksmith for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years; two sisters-in-law: Mary Kasmiersky of Fayetteville and Dottie Kasmiersky of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and great-great nieces and great-great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Claudie Kalmus and Evelyn Jurajda; three brothers: Joe Kasmiersky, who died during World War II; and Leonard and Robert Kasmiersky; two nephews: Walter Kalmus, Jr. and Sylvan Kalmus. 
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27
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Dorothy Jane Stuart Giese

Dorothy Jane Stuart Giese, 86, of San Marcos died Jan. 17, 2014. A native of Houston, she attended Southwestern University in Georgetown and the University of Houston. She married Leerie Roy Giese in 1951 and spent most of her life in Angleton, La Grange and the family’s farm in Round Top. She and her husband moved to San Marcos in 2012. She is survived by her husband, Leerie Giese of San Marcos, daughter, Nevin Cunningham and husband Bill of San Marcos; her daughter, Stephanie Yoes and husband Charles of Dickinson; grandchildren Andrew Cunningham, Lauren Yoes, and Erin Stuart Swanson and husband Romey. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren Hunter Evan Davidson,
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27
Jan

Ella Mae Logan

Ella Mae Logan, 88, of Austin died Jan. 15, 2014 at North Austin Medical Center. She was born Nov. 29, 1925 in La Grange to Christina (Beasley) and Roy Rivers. She was employed as a PRN. She is survived by daughter, Wanda F. Logan-Jones of Austin; sisters, Lovie Lee Scott of La Grange, Ruby Lee Johnson of Houston, and Herman Preston of California; three grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was preceeded in death by her husband, parents, two nieces and one nephew. Funeral services were held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in La Grange at 2 p.m.
on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Rev. Byron Green officiated. Burial followed in the Little Bethel Church Cemetery in La Grange. Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements. 
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Christopher A. Johnston

Christopher A. Johnston, 64, husband of Gayle Johnston, died Jan. 24, 2014 at his residence. A Memorial Service is
scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel, in Brenham. Chris was born March 23, 1949 in Palo Alto, Calif. to David Christopher and Cynthia (Bleifuss) Johnston. He obtained a BBA from the University of Texas, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and became a licensed CPA. He was President/CEO of L.F.  Manufacturing, Inc. Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout during his youth, his stewardship of the land, his passion for animals and his storytelling skills served him well later as a Scoutmaster. Chris is survived by his wife, Gayle Patterson Johnston; daughter, Lisa Johnston Leese
and husband David and their children Makenna, Jackson, Kaden and Rylan; son, David Johnston and wife Jessica and
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23
Jan

Joe Louis Belota

Joe Louis Belota, 94, of Plum died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Joe was born in Plum on Dec. 8, 1919, the son of Joseph Belota and Frances (Sulik) Belota. He married Georgia Faldyn on Nov. 9, 1948 in Holman. Joe graduated from La Grange High School in 1938. He attended Durham Business College in Houston.
Joe was then drafted into the Army and was inducted on May 8, 1942. While in the Army, he received a World War II Victory Medal and an EAME Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged from the Army in December 1945 at Camp Fannin. Joe was employed in 1946 by the United States Postal Service as a Rural Carrier. Later, he was appointed Postmaster of Plum on Oct. 1, 1956. He retired from the United States Postal Service
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23
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Jean Doyle

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23
Jan

Gertrude Barbara Wotipka Christian

Gertrude Barbara Wotipka Christian, 102, died Jan. 18, 2014. Gertrude was born in Flatonia on Dec. 7, 1911, to Roman
Frank and Mathilda Bittner Wotipka. She graduated from Flatonia High School and from Draughn’s Business College in-
San Antonio. She married William Alfred (Bill) Christian on Jan. 30, 1936, in San Antonio, where they lived until moving to
Corpus Christi in 1942. In 1978, she and Bill retired to San Antonio, where she continued to live until moving to Schulenburg in 1999. In February of 2008, she moved to Flatonia, and then to Austin in April of 2009. She remained there
until returning to Schulenburg in December of 2011. Gertrude was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court 246. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Sue Christian

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