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October 2021

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Published October 31, 2021


 

T. F. Guthrie

T. F. Guthrie

T. F. Guthrie, age 85, passed away on October 23, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born on May 10, 1936, to Session and Pearl Thompson Guthrie. He married Belva Lou Smith on July 6, 1955.

T. F. was a cowboy and cattle rancher for most of his life. He will be remembered for his love of family, sense of humor, story telling, and willingness to always help his neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Session and Pearl Thompson Guthrie; his sister, Fay Hubbard; and his brother, Linwood Guthrie.

T. F. is survived by his wife of 66 years, Belva Lou Guthrie; son, Kirby Guthrie and fiancée, Debbie; daughter, Karen Lee and husband, Charlie; grandson, Dustin Lee and wife, Christie; granddaughter, Kayla Weldy and husband, Zach; great-granddaughter, Emmi Jo Lee; sisters: Teddie Whitehead, Sue Harrell and Martha Georg; brother-in-law, James Smith and wife, Pat; many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation in T.F.’s memory to a charity of your choice, or to First Baptist Church, Florence, Texas.

A visitation will be held in T. F.’s honor on Saturday October 30, 2021, at 12 p.m. at the Florence First Baptist Church, located at 106 College Avenue, Florence, Texas, followed by a 1 p.m. funeral service. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Florence City Cemetery, located at 507 B Story Avenue, Florence, Texas 76527. 

 

 

 


Jacqueline P. Westphal

Jacqueline P. Westphal

Jacqueline P. Westphal passed away in the early hours of October 5, 2021. It was a brief illness of Covid pneumonia after a break-through, and battling stage four colon cancer for seven months, all at the age of 90. 

She was born in 1931 in San Antonio and grew up in Seguin. And after marrying the love of her life, Ralph, on June 25, 1953, they were together until his death in 1983. The Army was their life with postings overseas that began the adventurous life that they loved. Cat was right in her element as entertaining visitors and friends with numerous cocktail and dinner parties all over the world, which was all part of the army wife life. The family had the opportunity to visit so many distant places including Germany, Okinawa, Iran, and Panama; but always came back in between postings to Virginia, Georgia, and Texas. 

Cat is preceded in death by her beloved husband Ralph, her grandson Robert, and sister Margot. She is survived by her children, Roxane Eley, Eric Westphal (and wife Elma), and Julie Westphal; along with grandchildren Ariel, Scott, Christopher, and Stephen; and nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

At her request there will not be a memorial or funeral. The family is planning a private remembrance at a later date.

The family is most appreciative for the kind care and support provided by the Compassus Hospice care team, and A Plus Cremations of Texas

If you would like to make a donation in her name, please consider the Salvation Army, she was a longtime supporter of this organization.

 

 


Published October 27, 2021



Nancy Grimes

Nancy Grimes

Nancy Grimes loved people, and she loved her family most of all. Nancy’s parents, Ann and Maurice Ruby, created an idyllic childhood for Nancy and her three siblings (Trisha Brindley, Ed Ruby, and Doug Ruby) in Tarrytown, in Austin. This was the ‘60s, when all the kids roamed the neighborhood together and made memories and relationships that Nancy still talked about with people she still kept up with. Anyone who’s had lunch with Nancy in Austin in recent years (especially her daughter, Kelly) has likely been kidnapped after lunch to drive around Tarrytown and re-live old memories. 

Following in the footsteps of her mother and older sister, Nancy attended the University of Texas. There she met Randy Grimes, to whom she was married for almost three decades and with whom she had her two daughters, Lacey and Kelly, who remained the focus of her life until the end. Growing up, Nancy always knew that she wanted to be a full-time mom; she cherished that role and those relationships over all others. 

Nancy’s relationships with her siblings were also extremely important to her; she spoke to them often and found ways to be involved in their lives. When her brother Ed was a football coach at Georgetown High School, Nancy often showed up unexpectedly with homemade cookies and baked goods for Ed to share with all the coaches. 

Beyond family, Nancy loved talking to people and hearing their stories — close friends, church acquaintances, and even strangers in the H-E-B checkout line. She had a wry, witty sense of humor that never left her — even in her last weeks in the hospital, she constantly cracked jokes and made friends with hospital staff who soon began stopping by the room just to chat. She never met anybody that wasn’t soon a friend. 

Nancy appreciated simple pleasures: perhaps to the surprise of her childhood friends, she was a voracious reader who could often be found sitting with library books in San Gabriel Park. She loved her daily H-E-B trips, her Sonic teas, watching UT football with family, and playing backgammon with her daughter, Kelly. Her favorite months of the year were school months when she worked as an aide at First Baptist Church’s preschool, where she could pop in on her daughter Lacey’s classroom and see the three grandchildren she adored: Paul, Clara, and Lee. 

Nancy spent the last 13 years with her significant other, Merlin Lester, who cared for her during her cancer treatments six years ago. They enjoyed taking trips to Fredericksburg, watching Jeopardy and Gunsmoke, and eating out with friends. When the cancer returned in Nancy’s last weeks, Merlin supported her and remained lovingly by her side until the end. 

Nancy worshipped next to her brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Louann, at Crestview Baptist Church, where we will celebrate her life at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 29. After the service, family and friends are invited to gather at the church and share memories of Nancy.   

In honor of Nancy’s life and love of books, please send donations in her name to the Georgetown Public Library, the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library, or a charity of your choice. If you’d like to give to the library, you can donate online at folgeorgetown.org or in person at the public library at 402 West Eighth Street. 

 

 


John Melvin Womack

John Melvin Womack

John Melvin Womack, age 90, passed away on October 15, at Magnolia, Texas, after a brief illness. He was born in Hartnett County, North Carolina, and was the son of Eugene Clifford Womack and Nancy Sharpe Womack.

He graduated from Elon College with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He worked first for General Electric Company where he won awards for and holds patents for developing electrolytic capacitor processing. He then transferred to Taiwan where he built a plant to manufacture these capacitors. He later was Director of Engineering for DuPont Taiwan Limited. During this time, he built and managed four manufacturing plants.

After retiring, he moved to Texas and became a lifelong Master Gardener. He set up the first community horticultural club in Sun City, Texas.

He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Edith McCauley Womack, who died in 2005. He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Kay Womack, and his son, John David Womack and by his grandchildren: Skyler Womack (Abby), Brianna Womack, Zachary Pride, and Zoe Pride. He is also survived by his partner of 15 years, Sandra Rosen. He was one of eight children and is survived by his brother, Graham Womack (Lora), and Shirley Holmes (Joe) of North Carolina.

The funeral will be held at Klein Funeral Home on Saturday, October 30, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Cameron Grove Cemetery in Sanford, North Carolina. Time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.

 

 


Doyle Wayne Foster

Doyle Wayne Foster

Doyle Wayne Foster, age 87, of Weir, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Doyle was born September 21, 1934.

Join us in celebration of his life on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at noon at Weir Baptist Church, 315 FM 1105, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Foster family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Martha Ann Tumlinson

Martha Ann Tumlinson

Martha Ann Tumlinson, age 71, of Liberty Hill, passed away on October 21, 2021. She was born August 28, 1950, in Sweetwater, Texas, to Willy Author and Maddie Louise (Smith) McCrary. Martha was preceded in death by her husband Rick Tumlinson. She was self-employed as a hairdresser in Georgetown, until her retirement in 2017.

Martha spent 36 years as a hairdresser making her customers beautiful while enjoying their time in her chair laughing and listening to all of her stories. She loved to hunt, fish and playing dominoes with her husband, kids and grandchildren. Martha spent countless hours at the kitchen table playing straight dominoes with the grandkids. We always said she was also teaching them how to count by 5’s. One of her best traditions was teaching each grandchild how to swim. Martha enjoyed sitting on the back porch with music and singing songs to whoever was around. She was a kind, big-hearted person that never knew a stranger. Her laugh and smile will be greatly missed.

October 28, 2021, marks Martha and Ricks 54th wedding anniversary. Fifty-four years ago today they were joined together as husband and wife and they are now once again united together in Heaven.

Martha is survived by son, Ricky Tumlinson (Molly); daughters, Amy Tumlinson, Julie Booton (Greg); grandchildren, Elizabeth Perdue, Maralee Davis, Miranda Lewis, Wyatt Tumlinson, Avery Tumlinson; great-grandchildren, Kurah-Lee Puryear, Katie Puryear, Hailey Bates, Joseph Surasky, Maddie Surasky, Parker Simons, Jackson Lewis, Joshua Lewis; brother, Roy McCrary.

She was preceded in death by husband Rick Tumlinson; parents, Willy and Louise McCrary; brothers, Ronnie Chesser, Billy McCrary; grandson, Jacob McCray.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ben Tumlinson, Wyatt Tumlinson, Greg Booton, BJ McCrary, Dusty McCrary, and Roy Jr McCrary.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home with a time of visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be held following the service at Liberty Hill Cemetery.

 


Published October 24, 2021



Gloria “Sue” McGrath Sprinkel Adams

Gloria “Sue” McGrath Sprinkel Adams

Gloria “Sue” McGrath Sprinkel Adams died in the company of family after a lengthy struggle with Parkinsons on September 25, 2021, at the age of 78.

Sue is survived by her husband Tam Adams, son Mike Sprinkel, step children Rene Tausch, Mark Sprinkel, Sharon Mitchel and Daniel Adams, her sister Angela Hooper, and her brother Dave McGrath. She is preceded in death by her son Shawn Sprinkel, her parents Harry and Carolyn Mcgrath, and her first husband, Ros Sprinkel.

Sue was born on December 17, 1942, in Alexandria, La. She began high school at Fair Park in Shreveport, La., later graduating from Greenwood High in 1960. She attended business college and worked for a time at Barksdale Air Force Base, where she met her future husband. She married Ros in 1965. The newlyweds moved from Shreveport and swept the nation west to east while in the Air Force. Together they had two sons, Shawn and Mike. In the ’70s they moved back to her home in Louisiana to be with family and raise the boys. Later, she went back to school and earned a degree from Northwestern in Nursing then served as an R.N. in Shreveport. Both later retired to Marble Falls, Texas. 

After Ros’ passing in 2003, she met and married Tam Adams in 2017 and continued to live in Central Texas until her death.

Sue loved to be in the presence of others and hear their stories. She enjoyed her friends and cherished the moments shared together. The consummate hostess, she always enjoyed entertaining friends and family in her home. An active and dedicated member of First United Methodist Church Marble Falls, she loved her Bible study group deeply and the work she was able to accomplish with her friends at Friends of Hospice.

All are welcome to participate and contribute stories and pictures to Sue’s online memorial. All of us would love to hear your best memories from so many wonderful decades spent with Sue. Please check back for info on in-person memorial to be held at First United Methodist Marble Falls. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation. The family would like to thank all of the wonderful staff at Brookdale assisted living in Georgetown, who cared so beautifully from their hearts for our sweet mom and special friend and helper Gloria Escobar.


Don Arlie Stubblefield

Don Arlie Stubblefield

Don Arlie Stubblefield was born to Miller Stubblefield and Grace Baker Stubblefield on September 9, 1938. He died Sunday, October 10, 2021. He was a child of God and a dedicated student and disciple of the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was 83 years old.

His parents were both descendants of pioneer families of Williamson County and he was a sixth-generation Texan. The night they were married in 1937, they got in an automobile to drive from Liberty Hill to the West Texas town of Fort Stockton. Not long after, in September of 1938, their first born, Don, was born. His sister, Cynthia Beth “Betty” was born a year and three months later. Their baby brother, Billy Ray, did not arrive until nine years later. Life in Fort Stockton was full of close friends comprised of the remarkably good people who made up the town’s population.

Don was a good student and a crack shot with a pellet gun (he inherited excellent marksmanship from his father). While strong-willed, he generally avoided trouble, chose mostly good companions, and maintained excellent grades. The first passion of his life was sports. Baseball was his favorite pass time. He was a dedicated Brooklyn Dodgers (as they were then called) fan. He knew baseball statistics in great detail, using his amazing recall for facts and figures. In the field, he became a great asset at second base and shortstop, playing for various amateur teams.

In 1956, however, he experienced the traumatic loss of his father to an extended bout with lung cancer. His mother Grace, a very devoted wife and homemaker was left at the age of 45 with three children to raise and no wage-earner in the home. She wisely decided to return to Williamson County, where her extended family was close. Don attended his senior year at Georgetown High School. Due to his recent transfer into the school district, he was not deemed eligible to be the valedictorian of his class, though his grade average was sufficient.

After graduation, college was beyond reach financially, so he entered the workforce. Working at a number of jobs he also attended Durham’s Business School where he discovered a talent for accountancy. He eventually went to work for the state comptroller in the newly-created sales tax division. He served there twenty years.

During this time his interest in baseball waned and bowling became his primary game. His determination and drive led him to extensive successful league play and a closet full of trophies.

The second passion in his life developed in the ’70s. Politics. Enough said about that.

The most significant event in his life occurred in the late 1970s. Alone in his home above Lake Travis one evening, Don was visited by the Holy Spirit.

Faith was the third and final passion in his life. For more than 10 years he sought to know more about the Gospel and to find a church home. His talent for recall of facts and detail again served him well. His search culminated in approximately 1990 when he became acquainted with a like-minded Christian, and became a member of a close and true church family, Burnet Bible Church. Then began the happiest years of his life. The pastor of the church, Stephen Hopkins, writes:

“In the 1980s Don came under conviction from various passages of Scripture that he needed to attend to the plight of the unborn. He is known by many as the man who stood for 17 years every Saturday morning in all weather for hours praying and offering counsel to unwed mothers in Austin. He has been gratefully thanked by many young mothers over the years for his presence, and has been blessed to hold their children in his arms, treasuring the fruit of his labors.

“In the 1990s Don began to study reformed theology especially favoring the works of internationally known pastor and theologian, Dr. R.C. Sproul. Don listened to Dr. Sproul’s sermons at length as he lay in his last illness.

“Don held tenaciously to the doctrines of grace, the five Solas, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

“He was also a passionate supporter of the nation of Israel.

“In 2004 Don was ordained an elder of Burnet Bible Church in Burnet, Texas, where he served that flock faithfully until the day of his death.”

He leaves behind a flock of grieving church members, his younger sister Cynthia Beth “Betty” Lebo of Hondo, and Betty’s daughter Angela of Leander, and his younger brother, Billy Ray Stubblefield of Georgetown. A large extended family is spread across Texas and the rest of the Country.

Don’s last audible words were “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

A committal service has previously been held for close family and friends. A memorial service is planned for early next year when it is hoped the pandemic will allow a gathering of the church and Don’s extended family to celebrate his life.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Stubblefield family.


Michelle Hondius Van Gessel Dwyer

Michelle Hondius Van Gessel Dwyer

Michelle Hondius Van Gessel Dwyer passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 96.

Michelle was born January 3, 1928, in San Diego, California, to Wilhelm Hondius Van Gessel and Fredrika Hondius Van Gessel and was the eldest of five girls. She married James Doddridge Dwyer on November 25, 2000, who preceded her in death in 2016. 

She was a graduate of USC with a master’s degree in engineering. She was an accomplished cello player, and was part of a string quartet while at USC. She worked for North American Aviation, as an engineer for many years.  After her retirement, she later worked as a real estate agent.  One of Michelle’s great joys was playing golf. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Fredrika Van Gessel.

Michelle is survived by step-daughters: Rosalind Custard and husband Robert of Lovettsville, Virginia, Jennifer Cook of Eugene, Oregon, Deborah Linski and husband Michael of Amherst, Illinois; step-son, James Cameron Dwyer and wife Suzanne of Arlington, Texas; and sisters: Irma Betourne and Cassandra Kersting along with several nieces, great-nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dwyer will be laid to rest at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, in Killeen, Texas. Services will be held privately. 

 

 

 

 


Published October 17, 2021


 

Richard Lee Miklos

Richard Lee Miklos

Richard Lee Miklos filled his 78 years of life with enough adventure and friendship to last several lifetimes. He was called home to be with our Lord on October 12, 2021. 

Hw was born on January 4, 1943, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Harold Lindquist and Elizabeth Horney. He married Geraldine Miklos on July 3, 1965, and was her best friend and devoted partner for 56 years.

Rich will be remembered as a wonderful family man. He was a loving husband, a generous and supportive dad, and wonderful grandpa who enjoyed spoiling and spending time with his grandchildren. He had a great sense of humor and could have a conversation with anyone. He was even known to portray Santa Claus for children.

He had a passion for his work and enjoyed a 40 year career with 3M. He traveled extensively representing 3M in Italy and Singapore. One of his proudest accomplishments was his patent for the magnetic strip found on the back of credit cards. During retirement, he enjoyed being outdoors and working in the rose garden. He also loved playing golf, was a big history buff, enjoyed traveling and photography. 

Rich is predeceased by his siblings Beverly Lindquist, Carol Pearce, James Miklos, Jerry Lindquist, Michael Miklos; parents Elizabeth Horney, Harold Lindquist, Art Miklos and grandparents Edmund and Caroline Horney.  

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Miklos; sons Jason (Kellie) Miklos, Kyle (Kotomi) Miklos and daughter Kirstin Miklos; siblings Patricia (Gary) Gilbert, Mary Reeve, Mary Florence, Judy Dennison, and Ricky Lindquist; grandchildren Jade, Ronin and Misaki Miklos and many nieces and nephews. 

The family is most appreciative for the kind care and support received by the staff of Georgetown Living and Tranquility Hospice. We mourn his passing, but find comfort that he lived an amazing and full life. We have years of wonderful memories to cherish. A private family service will be held to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Rich’s memory. https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=39209&mfc_pref=T&39209.donation=form1

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


Dale Baird Patterson

Dale Baird Patterson

Dale Baird Patterson passed away on October 10, 2021, at age 78. He was born on May 4, 1943, in Butler, Pa. The youngest of three boys, he loved to cause mischief, in addition to camping and water-skiing. After graduating from Butler High School in 1961, Dale joined the U.S. Army, where he served as an assistant to a colonel at Ft. Bliss in El Paso. After the sudden death of the colonel, Dale received a letter of commendation for his service to the colonel’s family in their time of grief. 

After leaving the Army, Dale attended Texas Western University, now UTEP, where he met the love of his life, Susan Phifer. Dale and Susan married on June 10, 1966, and were happily married until Susan’s death in 1994. They had two children together, Bryan in 1972 and Amy in 1974. Dale was the kind of person who showed up. Need an usher at church? A friend to help you move? A Santa Claus for the Christmas party? Dale would be there. He had a huge heart and gave the best hugs. In 1984 the family moved to Georgetown. Dale worked for many years as a school bus driver with Georgetown ISD. 

In his final years, he defeated skin cancer that had spread to his head and neck. The family is eternally grateful to Dr. Patrick Kelley and his nurse Ashlee, Dr. Karen Cohen and her team at Texas Oncology, Texas Home Health, and Family Tree hospice for their kindness and care. 

Dale was preceded in death by his beloved Susan, parents Merl and Anna Mary (Martin) Patterson, stepmother Martha (Baird) Patterson, brother Wayne Patterson, and nephew Michael Costello.

He is survived by his children, Bryan and Amy, brother Daniel (Patty) Patterson, and extended family. He will be dearly missed.

At his request, there will be no public memorial service. A private family service will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to Georgetown Backpack Buddies, which provides food to school children over weekends and school breaks. www.georgetownbackpackbuddies.org

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Stephen Leon Dunn

Stephen Leon Dunn

Stephen Leon Dunn, 68, of Granger, Texas, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on October 8, 2021. Steve was born May 29, 1953, to Walter and Wenona Dunn in Sayre, Okla. He was the youngest of four sons. Steve was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother, Kenneth, and his son, Mikey. He is survived by his wife, Sandi, his four children, Chris, Jeff, Kenzie and Kirk and his brothers, David and his wife Barbara and John and his wife Grace. 

After graduating from Southwest Texas State University in 1975, he began a successful career in the medical field where he was once the department head of respiratory therapy and eventually owned his own company installing medical gas in hospitals and medical offices. Steve was working at Seton Medical Center in Austin, when he met the love of his life, Sandi. 

Steve and Sandi welcomed their two children,Kenzie and Kirk, to form a complete family with Steve’s three sons, Mikey, Chris and Jeff, from his first marriage to Denise Sanders. 

Steve never met a stranger; his personality was infectious and he always had a positive attitude about life and work which influenced all of his relationships. Steve will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. 

A celebration of life for Steve will be held at Mesquite Creek Outfitters in Georgetown, on Monday, October 18, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.




 


Published October 10, 2021


William Michael “Mike” Ledbetter

William Michael “Mike” Ledbetter

If you asked a hundred people who William Michael “Mike” Ledbetter was, they would all give you a different answer. A father.  A grandfather. A brother. An uncle.  A friend. A jokester.  Questionable sense of humor kind of guy.  A sports fanatic.  Loyal. A preacher. A rebel. A principal. A teacher. A coach.  Lucky, especially when it came to scratchers. A fighter – in every sense of that word.  A trouble maker. A storyteller. A die-hard Longhorns and Cowboys fan. But the most important – a child of God.

Mike never met a stranger. He considered all people friends he just didn’t know the names of yet. He never had a problem starting up a conversation with someone, or making you feel comfortable if you just sat there and grinned at each other for no reason and then burst out in laughter. Mike loved a good banana pudding, his mother’s recipe was his favorite, and he was never late to the dinner table for good food, great company, and belly laughs from his stories.

Mike was born in the summer of 1945 and awoke in the arms of Jesus on Monday, September 20, 2021. He leaves behind (for now) his three children and their spouses, four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, three sisters, a brother, and a football stadium full of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mike’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Heritage Baptist Church in Georgetown at 11 a.m.  All who knew him are welcome.

 

 



Lyndel “Wayne” Long

Lyndel “Wayne” Long

Lyndel “Wayne” Long, beloved husband, father, and Papaw, died Wednesday, October 6, 2021. He was born April 3, 1929, in El Reno, Oklahoma. He was a proud member of the U.S. Air Force. In 1951 he married Catherine Slater, also of El Reno. After he completed his military service, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration. He used the GI Bill to attend Oklahoma City University and graduated in 1956, with a degree in Electronic Engineering. By this time he had three small daughters, a few years later another daughter, then a son came along. Wayne received his private pilot’s license in 1966 and flew privately for 20 years. He had a 35 year career with the FAA and retired as Sector Manager for the Austin Area in 1985. The last 30 years you could probably find him in his beloved garden, tilling, planting and harvesting the vegetables he so loved to grow.

In May 2021, he celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife, Catherine, who survives him.

He is also survived by his five children and their spouses, Denise Conner and husband, Paul of Hudson Oaks, Texas; Cathy Meyer and husband Ernest of Burnet; Brenda Richards and husband Lee of Liberty Hill; Christy Holquin and husband David of Coldspring, Texas; and son Tim Long and wife Dee Dee of Georgetown.

Wayne was a well loved “Papaw” to 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

Honored to be pallbearers are Austin Long, Brandon Leath, Matt Meyer, Matt Burleson, Phillip Hurlbut, and Kris Guillot.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Vic Smith, Harold Harvell, Harold Webster, Louis Slater, and Buddy Kruse.

Services for Wayne Long were scheduled for October 9 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1333 West University Avenue in Georgetown. Burial will be at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill. 

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Project.


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40, of Killeen, memorial services will be held on Friday, October, 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Florence, Texas.

 


Published October 6, 2021


Kenneth Ray Steffek, Jr.

Kenneth Ray Steffek, Jr.

Kenneth Ray Steffek, Jr., 51, passed away peacefully in Austin on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Ken was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 23, 1970, to Ken and Pat Steffek. He graduated from Victoria High School and went on to join the Marine Corp in 1992. Ken attended Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  He worked for Dover Fueling Solutions as a Test Engineer for 13 years. He was married to Kim Steffek on March 23, 2013.

In his free time, Ken enjoyed traveling, spending time outdoors, tinkering in the garage.  On the weekend you could often find him in the backyard grilling with a beer in his hand. Ken was also quite the bartender and enjoyed creating and trying new drink recipes. 

Ken is survived by his wife, Kim Steffek of Jarrell, stepchildren, Tyler Pavel of Austin, and Sydnie Pavel of Hutto, his parents, Kenneth Steffek, Sr., and Patricia Steffek of Bastrop, and also a large and loving group of extended family and friends.

A memorial service for Ken will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 393 North Interstate 35, Georgetown, Texas,  78628.

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Adam Blatner, M.D.

Adam Blatner, M.D.

Adam Blatner, M.D., “floated to the finish” (in his own words) in October. Inspired as a child by his primary physician’s kindness, Dr. Blatner declared his intention to become a doctor even before elementary school, saying, “I want to help other little children, like you do.” Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, he continued his education at University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, receiving his M.D. and entering psychiatric residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. Following his residency, Dr. Blatner joined the U.S. Air Force; served as head of the family clinical treatment facility at Lakenheath Air Force Base, England; and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel when he was discharged from the service.

Dr. Blatner’s sub-specialty interest led to his certification as a Trainer Educator of Psychodrama. He is the author of the primary textbook in that field, Acting-In, which has been translated into every major language. A prolific writer, he authored several other books, chapters in textbooks, and many articles.

He was an active proponent of psychological literacy, critical thinking, and mental flexibility. As a clinician, he helped patients discover areas of health and joy in their lives. Dr. Blatner wrote and taught about the primary values of imagination, intuition, playfulness, improvisation, physical vitality, expressiveness, and spiritual inspiration as ways to foster a higher level of social and emotional skills in the human population.

Teaching has been a constant focus of Dr. Blatner’s professional and avocational endeavors. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Texas A&M Medical School. In retirement, he and several other teachers started a Senior Learning for fun program. A passionate reader and polymath from his early childhood, Dr. Blatner borrowed from local lending libraries and purchased thousands of books—reading them all! One of his greatest joys with the Senior Learning program was the chance to teach classes on a wide variety of subjects from Shakespeare, world writing systems, micro-biology, process philosophy, history of medicine, history of comic books, etc.

He was an outstanding dancer, embracing international folk and ballroom dance as a teenager, adding square and round dancing, and advanced his skill in those areas into his later life. During retirement, he sang in a choral group and participated in community theatre productions. Always a lover of the tradition of campfire song fests, he compiled an extensive songbook, and actively held small and larger group sing-a-longs wherever he lived.

After Dr. Blatner—a lifelong clinician, academic, theorist, internationally respected author and educator—learned that he was experiencing symptoms of dementia, he declared his intention to calmly “float to the finish.” Which he did, surrounded by his devoted family. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Allee; ex-wife, Barbara; son, David and wife, Debbie, their sons, Gabriel and Daniel; daughter, Alisa and husband, Paul, their daughters, Camille and Zoe; brother, Irwin, two beloved nieces, and numerous cousins. His uplifting smile and joie de vivre will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues, and friends. He often insisted that his greatest accomplishment was: “I got to help.”

The family thanks SLO Hospice and the “angels on earth” from Dignity Health Hospice who attended his final decline. Neptune Society was especially helpful when we needed them most. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your local library. The family held a private service to honor Adam’s life.

 

 

 


Published October 3, 2021


John Kenneth Whittenberg

John Kenneth Whittenberg

 

John Kenneth Whittenberg was born April 2, 1940, in Weatherford, Texas, the son of Marvin Brooks and Nellie Elizabeth (Day) Whittenberg.  He passed from this life September 27, 2021, in Round Rock, Texas, at the age of 81. John was a long standing member of the Florence community before moving to Buckholts in 2013.  During his younger years he enjoyed fishing, river camping and many watersports with his family. He was passionate about being a cattle rancher and his career spanned over six decades. John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audrey Jo Whittenberg; his brothers, Marvin Frank Whittenberg and Paul Richard Whittenberg; and a stepson, Kaman Greene. He is survived by his son, Glenn Whittenberg and wife, Julie; daughter, Cynthia Linardos and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Justin Whittenberg and Jeana Harder; great-grandchildren, Daniel Harder and Louis Harder; stepchildren, Billy Greene and Vonda Roche; step-grandchildren, Jerred Gibson, Andrew Linardos, Alex Linardos, Wacey Greene, Kayna Champion and Jenny Roche; step-great-grandchildren, Hadley Gibson, Madison Gibson, Charlotte Gibson and Hudson Gibson. A gathering of family and friends will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 9. 2021, at Florence City Cemetery. Graveside services will follow at 11 a.m.

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Kathleen Ann Burnop

Kathleen Ann Burnop

 

Kathleen Ann Burnop was called to her heavenly home on September 25, 2021, at the age of 71. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, and grandmother.  Kathleen was a devoted Christian and loved Jesus. 

Kathleen was born on August 8, 1950, in Austin, Texas, to Herbert Sander and Doris Richter. On May 9, 1970, Kathleen married the love of her life James Burnop. She is survived by her children, Scott Burnop and wife, Audrey Benitz, and Alison Jalufka and husband, Brian. She has three grandchildren, Caleb, Daniel, and Elliott Grace, two sisters, Nancy Burnop and husband Wayne and Betty Gilbert and husband Bob, and her dog, Lucy.

Kathleen worked in the children’s room at the Georgetown Public Library and affectionately provided child care for her three grandchildren once she retired. In July of 2021, Kathleen was diagnosed with a terminal illness called amyloidosis which caused severe heart failure.  She died peacefully in the night from heart complications.   

Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents Herbert Sander and Doris Richter Sander.  

Visitation took place on Wednesday, September 29, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown. Services were held at Mission Liberty Hill Lutheran Church on Thursday, September 30.  

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be given to the Liberty Hill Public Library to purchase children’s books so that Kathleen’s love of reading to children can live on. 


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Regina Modene Segrist Heckman

Regina Modene Segrist Heckman

 

Regina Modene Segrist Heckman was the daughter of John David (Jack) and Inez Armstrong Segrist. She was born on September 15, 1939. She passed away on August 13, 2021, just 33 days shy of her 82nd birthday.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service in the Reception Hall of Ramsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Heckman will be laid to rest with her husband, Donald Heckman, at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. 

Regina was the fifth child of eight children, born to Jack and Inez. She was born in Soldier, Kansas and graduated from Soldier High School.

She was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Donald, three brothers: Duane Segrist (Shirley) of Holton Kansas, Galen Segrist of Topeka, Kansas, Warren Dean Segrist of Holton, Kansas; son-in-law, Joseph Burton Reed of Willis, Texas; grandson, Joseph Robert Reed of Frankston, Texas.

She leaves behind three sisters and one brother: Virginia Nelson (Jim-deceased) of Holton, Kansas, Donna Murrow (Gene) of Denton, Kansas, Mona McManagal of Laurence, Kansas, Fred Segrist (Billie) of Topeka, Kansas.  She also leaves three children: Alicia Reed-Oliver (Charles) of Florence Texas, Jaquetta Richards (Joshua) of Taylor, Texas, Arbie John Heckman of Georgetown, Texas; two grandchildren, Elyese Reed Tinlin of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas and Talon Richards of Taylor, Texas; three great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter as well as many nieces and nephews. She was loved by all.

Regina met and married the love of her life, Donald Louis Heckman, on March 23, 1958. They were married for 60 plus years before his death. They met when he was in the Air Force stationed in Kansas. He made a 25 plus year career of serving his country. He was the enlisted one but she too served on the home front, managing the kids and house, all while working full time. The family moved about every two years all over the U.S. and abroad. They were stationed in Clovis, New Mexico, his last post before retirement. Regina accepted a job at Sears and Roebuck working in the tool department as a commissioned salesperson. She enjoyed the challenge of working in a male dominated area and made sure she knew and understood all the tools they sold and what they were used for.

Upon retirement, they chose Round Rock as their forever home. She transferred to the Austin Sears and worked there until she retired. She maintained friendships she made there until she passed away.

They moved to the country with their son after he completed his home. After they moved, she became the Postmaster to the satellite post office in Andice, Texas. She did that for many years until she could no longer do it. She experienced many health challenges over the last few years, so for the last three months of her life she lived at The Oaks Retirement Center in Georgetown, Texas. She made friends, played bingo and appeared to enjoy the fellowship with the other residents. She was loved and will be missed by many.

You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at

www.RamseyFuneral.com. 


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Philip Alan Schwartz

 

Philip Alan Schwartz, 75, Georgetown, Texas, passed away September 23, 2021, at home after courageously battling a long term illness. He was born April 23, 1946, in Danville, Illinois, to Robert Eugene Schwartz, Sr. and Una Fern (“Babe”) Schwartz.

Phil married Beverly Marshall on December 26, 1980.  Phil loved spending time with his friends and family, and he was especially proud of his grandchildren. He also loved golfing and bowling. Two items from his Bucket List were to hit a hole in one and bowl a 300 game. Although he came very close to achieving both several times, neither one happened; but forever the optimist, he never gave up and he always kept trying. Phil was a graduate of Hoopeston High School in Hoopeston, Illinois, Class of 1964, where he was a standout athlete in basketball, football, and track, breaking the school record in the mile run his senior year. Phil also attended and graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Phil served in the Army, 1968 to 1970, and fought bravely in Vietnam where he was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart, along with several other medals for valor, outstanding service and dedication. Phil was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. He was also a big fan of the Texas A&M Aggies and enjoyed watching Aggie football games at Kyle Field with his son, brother, and nephew. 

Phil is survived by his wife, Beverly; his son, Keith (Brenda) of Flower Mound, Texas; four grandchildren: Lindsay, Lauren, Mia, and Cole; his brother, Robert E. Schwartz, Jr. of Longmont, Colorado; and his sister, Charon of Venice, Florida.  

Phil was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Mitchell Schwartz; his mother, Una Fern (“Babe”) Schwartz; and his father, Robert Eugene Schwartz, Sr. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any of the following organizations, as each were important to Phil:  Wounded Warriors of America; American Legion - Post 384, Hoopeston, Illinois; Veterans of Foreign Wars - Post 4826, Hoopeston, Illinois.

Phil will be laid to rest in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas, on October 15, 2021.