New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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dation to bolster McKenna
Comal Healthcare Foundation Director of Development Jennifer Covington is looking for people in New Braunfels and in die county to help her with a mission—to help continue the quality of care McKenna Memorial Hospital has been known for.
“The (Comal Healthcare) Foundation is organized primarily to support and benefit McKenna Memorial Hospital,” Covington said
The Comal Healthcare Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is a nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of trustees. Covington said the foundation is needed because of government cutbacks in health care. And with insurance companies paying less few health care costs, it is critical for McKenna Hospital, a non-profit hospital, to look for other sources of funding.
The role of the foundation, Covington said, is to work with businesses, individuals and civic organizations in supporting the hospital in its endeavors.
“The funding raised would go to helping make capital purchases, renovating facilities, helping train staff and providing charity care,” Covington said
Covington, who became director of development last year, said rile is just beginning to lay die groundwork for the foundation’s attempt to be noticed in the community.
In New Braunfels alone, she said she has spoken to 20 civic organizations and site plans to work in the Canyon Lake area next “lf anyone knows of an organization that would be interested in us speaking to them, they can contact me,” Covington said McKenna Hospital has a license for 116 beds but currently is only operating at 76 beds because of space limita
tions, Covington said.
“We are using those rooms for offices, storage and rehabilatation work,” Covington said. “In order to provide quality care, we need more space.”
The hospital's bond of trustees will decide within the next two years what those plans for expansion will be, Covington said
“Major renovations will be needed for the medical unit, the emergency room, outpatient surgery and the pharmacy,” Covington said “The funds raised by the Comal Healthcare Foundation will benefit only priority needs. We won't use them to purchase anything fancy.”
In the future, Covington hopes the foundation will be able to best serve the community through outreach programs-
Anyone interested in helping the Comal Healthcare Foundation reach its goals, can contact Covington at (210)606-9111.
Competition Cuts Airline Ticket Prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — When low-cost airlines start flying to a city, ticket prices start coming down.
That may sound like Economics 101, but it saved American travelers $6 billion last year, Transportation Secretary Federico Pena reported Tuesday.
Starting in the West and Southwest and now expanding East, some 39 new jet airlines have started up in the last few years, Pena said.
And he predicted that the low-cost carriers will continue to elbow their way into new cities and may expand to international markets.
The added competition caused major airlines to cut their fares, and this encouraged more people to fly, Pena said.
Croup Protests Interracial Adoption Ruling
AUSTIN (AP) — A state judge has refused to certify a lawsuit by white parents of two adopted black children as a class action on behalf of all minority children in die state’s foster care .system.
Adoptive parents Scott and Lou Ann Mullen of Lexington, east of Austin, have accused the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services of illegally holding up interracial adop-
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Judge F. Scott McCown of Austin said in a Tuesday ruling that Mullen, who is white, and his wife, who is American Indian, cannot adequately represent the class composed primarily of black and Mexican-American children.
“Generally parents share an identity of interest with their children, but that general rule does not apply here. These are parents whose desire was to adopt minority children. Their point of view is that of the adopting parent, not the adopted child,” McCown said.
McCown said people who want to bring such a lawsuit don’t have to be blacks or Mexican-Americans who once were awaiting adoption under state conservatorship. He also said the adoptive parents* race isn’t foe only reason they cannot adequately represent the minority children.
Fruita Sent uncurl to Die For Soliciting Wife’s Murder
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Harris County jurors deliberated eight hours over two days before returning foe sentence Tuesday against Robert Fratta.
The 39-year-old showed no emotion and was immediately led from foe courtroom.
The parents of Fratta’s slain wife, Farah, said they had hoped for a sentence of death even though it can’t bring back their daughter, the mother of three.
“There can be no punishment in this work! severe enough that can justify the everlasting grief, pain and suffering he has brought upon his three minor children," said Les Baquer, Farah Fratta’s father.
The 33-year-old woman was shot twice as she got out of her car on Nov. 9,1994.
Prosecutors said Fratta, a former Missouri City officer, commissioned the killing.
Martha Francis Rust
A memorial service was held April 17, 1996, in Norman, Okla., for Martha Francis Rust, 72, of Norman. Martha Francis Rust was bom May 3,1923, in Toyah, Texas. She was foe daughter of Rev. William and Sadie Belcher. On June 12,1942, she married Hilmar Rust in San Antonio. Much of her life was spent in New Braunfels, where she taught sixth grade. She was an accomplished organist at the United Methodist Church there for mesne than 20 years, beginning in 1946.
She moved to Norman in 1977, and was an active teacher and an officer in the United Methodist Women. She became active in Oriental art and, in 1984, was one of the founding directors of The Oriental Brushwork Society of America. She had invited exhibitions in Oklahoma, Texas, and New York City, and was especially known in the Norman area for her teaching of Oriental brushwork. She taught at the Firehouse Art Center in Norman, the Oklahoma Museum of Art in Oklahoma City, in the Aftward Bound program of foe Norman public schools, and in private classes.
She is survived in the Norman area by her husband, Hilmar Rust; son and daughter-in-law Dr. David and Linda Rust; grandchildren Todd Rust and Amy Rust; also a brother-in-law, Egon Rust and wife Gladys; two nephews, Mike and Dennis Rust, all of New Braunfels.
The family suggests McFarlin United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6390, Norman, Okla. 730707, or your favorite charity as appropriate for memorial contributions.
Tarou Malta Mossman
Teresa “Terry” Marie Mossman of Seguin passed away Monday, April 22, 19%, at foe age of 36. A rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7 pm at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be Thursday, April 25, 19%, at 4 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Edward Bily officiating. Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in New Braunfels. Memorials may be made to the Teresa Mossman Memorial Fund.
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Thomas Alvaros Sr.
Arrangments are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Thomas Alvarez Sr., who died at McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, April 24,19%, at the age of 68.
Leona Mao Arnold
Leona Mae Arnold of Kyle, Texas, passed away Monday, April 22,19%, in San Marcos at the age of 81. She was bom Aug. IO, 1914, in Austin.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Milton and wife Mary Ann Arnold of New Braunfels; daughter Katie Arnold of Kyle; sisters Dude Dablegott of Kyle, Etta Baker of Austin, and Eva and N.B. Jenkins of Austin, and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be IO arn. Thursday, April 25,19%, at the Pennington Memorial Chapel in San Marcos with Rev. C. J. Freudenberg officiating. Burial will be at the Live Oak Cemetery in Uhland, Texas. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s United Church of Christ of Uhland, Texas.
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Charles E. Negley
Charles E. “Gene” Neeley, age 66, of New Braunfels died Sunday, April 21, 1996, at his residence. He was bom Feb. 7, 1930, in El Campo, Texas, to Charles F. Neeley and Josie Danielson Neeley. He married Frankie L. Campbell on Sept. 26,1953.
Mr. Neeley was a 1956 graduate of
St Mary’s University. He was a member of foe New Braunfels Noon Lions and assisted in foe NBISD H.O.S.T.S. Program. He served 17 years with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and 11 years with foe New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in an executive position. Mr. Neeley was past president of the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association. He was also a veteran of foe U.S. Air Force.
Survivors are his beloved wife, Frankie L. Neeley; mother, Josie Neeley of El Campo, Texas; son, Marie E. Neeley of New Braunfels; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn D. and William R. Plumbley of Round Rock; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Norma Neeley of Austin; sister and brother-in-law, Arm and Richard Nelson of Houston; mother-in-law, Lorane Campbell of New Braunfels and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 25, at IO am at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Somerville officiating. Burial will follow in foe Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at 11:30 am
Visitation begins at 3 pm Wednesday at foe funeral home and continues until service time Thursday.
Memorials may be made to either Hospice New Braunfels, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice.
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