New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Leroy Richard Bienek
Leroy Richard Bienek, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away on April 16,2011 at the
age of 77.
Leroy was horn March 31, 1934 to Richard and Katherine (Inwak) in Wilson County, Texas. Tb the man who has blessed our lives, your passage brings us sorrow for our loss but relief from your suffering.
Although you are now in God’s kingdom surrounded by preceded loved the support of family and
ones, you will always remain in our heart.
You have given joy to all you’ve known. You have entertained many people with your music in many surrounding dance halls with many bands including the “Tall Texans”, “Texas Ranch Hands" and the “Country Edition”, which included his daughter Corinne, gifted with his talent. He always enjoyed family reunions, camping, hunting, fishing, barbecues and making music with family and friends. He started two successful scale companies; “Corpus Christi Scale Company” and "Bastrop Scale Company, Inc.”. Both are still in existence today. His success was due to his honesty, integrity, outstanding customer service and hard work. He shared his experience and knowledge with his family and friends.
Leroy was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Mary Ann (Arnold) for 56 years. They began their journey together in New Braunfels, Texas where they met both working for the City of New Braunfels. They have traveled together through life’s journey making many friends and long time acquaintances along the way
We thank God we have been blessed to be part of your life. You have taught us many things including love, hope, strength, joy, and dignity. The family would like to thank all
friends and to the wonderful medical personnel who ensured his comfort during his remaining time with us. He will be missed by all.
Iteroy was survived by: wife Mary Ann (Arnold) Bienek, children, Corinne I leaton and husband Guy, Kelly Bienek, Teresa Wells, grandchildren, Misty Bulak, Cameron Bulak, Rachael Gamboa, Michelle Montgomery, Jessica Bienek, David Bienek, and Bret Wells and great grandchildren Bri-anna Bulak, Christon Gamboa, Chloe Gamboa, Zachery Montgomery, Karlie Montgomery, and Jocelyn Bienek and aunt, Ella Monette and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins other loving family members and a host of friends.
He was preceded by father Richard Bienek and mother Katherine Lowak Bienek and grandson Daniel Bienek. Memorial services will be held on Tbesday, April 26,2011, at 3 p.m. at Tres Hewell Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Msgr. Dennis Darilek officiating. A reception will follow at the St. James Parish Hall. Private interment will be held at a later date at San Geronimo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 510 South Camp, Seguin Texas, 78155. You may sign the guestbook atwww.treshewell.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155,830-549-5912.
Robert (Bob) R Clerc
Robert (Bob) R Clerc, 72, died Wednesday April 21,2011, at his home in Canyon Lake in the loving arms of his family following a courageous struggle with cancer.
Visitation will be at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake on Monday April 25 from 5 p.m until 8 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Canyon high level Intelligence Analyst
Lake. Burial will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at 9 a.m. Thursday April 28,2011.
Bob leaves his wife of 47 years, Maribel (Kennedy) Clerc; Sister Florence Dodd; Brother-in-law Colonel John Paul Kennedy; Daughters, Linda Butler and Melissa Clerc; Son, Paul Clerc; five grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Born in New Bedford, Mass. on Aug. 26,1938, Bob attended St. Mary’s Grammar School, Coyle High School (class of 1956) and enlisted in the Air Force in 1960. He attended Providence College (class of 1964) and served in the Air Force in Vietnam.
After leaving active duty in 1974, he continued service to his country as a Reservist and
at Kirtland AFB in Albu querque.
He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force reserve in 1998. Bob also served as a volunteer police officer in both the city and state police force in New Mexico.
An avid traveler, Bob and Maribel were never without a recreational vehicle, where they lived in an RV for several months out of each year and were active in many RV groups. Bob was known by friends as “Kerplunk” for his French heritage and passion for travel. Bob was a devoted Catholic and parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister.
RoseJ. Berg, 1929-2011
Rose J. Berg, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Monday April 18,
2011 in Oklahoma City at age 81.
Rose was bom May 30,1929, in St. Hedwig, Texas. She was married to her first husband, Darrell L. Morningstar, in 1952 and her second husband, Hatto M. Berg, in 1979. Rose was a resident of New Braunfels, Texas for 26 years and relocated to Oklahoma in 2005 to live and Peter Wyrwich; and her
with her daughter, Patricia.
Rose was valedictorian of her high school in St. Hedwig. She worked at Frontier Enterprises in San Antonio for 11 years starting in 1965 where she was also a member and officer in the National Association of Executive Secretaries. For many years, Rose and Hatto owned a Christmas tree farm in New Braunfels and were active in several professional Christmas tree farm organizations.
In New Braunfels, Rose was a member of Hermann Sons, The Garden Club, and the Cioodwin Extension Homemakers. She held the positions of i’resident, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary in these organizations. Rose was a long-time member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels. Rose loved to travel, with her most memorable trips being to Spain in 1980 to visit her daughter and Uganda in 2003 to visit her daughter and grandchildren, as well as trips to Brazil and Alaska with Hatto. She was an active volunteer for various charitable organizations.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Darrell, in 1976, and her second husband, Hatto, in 1998; her mother and father, Louise
sister, Julie Dudek.
Rose is survived by her sons, Michael Morningstar and wife Patti and Stephen Morningstar and wife Mary-beth; daughter, Patricia Her-skowitz and husband Thomas; siblings, Virginia Warner, John Wyrwich and Walter Wyrwich; brother-in-law, Robert Dudek; seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Zoeller Funeral Home
New Braunfels, TX 78130
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church, New Braunfels, TX
There will be a lunch for family and friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Morningstar Institute, C/O SNU, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, Okla. 73008, www.Morn-ingstarinstitute.org or a charity of your choice. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com.
Gun incident at school renews safety debate
HOUSTON (AP) — While some parents clamor for stricter security measures at a Houston elementary school where a kindergartner acci-dentally fired a gun that injured three students, school security and national security experts say the rarity of such incidents among younger students make spending limited resources on such things as metal detectors impractical.
Experts say more effective prevention efforts include working directly with parents and students on gun safety, better training of faculty and staff and building better trust between teachers and students.
Police say an unidentified 6-year-old boy took a semiautomatic pistol in his backpack to Ross Elementary on Tuesday. Later that morning as he and more than 40 other kindergartners were having lunch in a crowded cafeteria, the boy accidentally fired the gun as he was showing it off to friends.
The boy, as well as another 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-
old girl were injured. All have since been released from a Houston hospital.
Houston police say the gun belonged to a friend of the boy’s family and they are still determining whether anyone will face charges, including the gun’s owner.
The kindergartner who brought the gun faces an automatic one year expulsion. If expelled, he would go to an alternative elementary school.
Some parents said the incident has made them wonder if additional security measures, including extra officers and even metal detectors, are needed.
But the Houston school district, calling the incident an isolated case, said it doesn’t plan on installing metal detectors or additional officers, in part because it can’t afford to. No schools in the district currently use metal detectors.
The school district will instead focus on educating elementary school kids and their parents on the potential dangers of guns.
Gayland M. Martin
Gayland M. Martin, 74, of New Braunfels, passed away on, Thursday, April 21,
2011, at his residence.
He was born to George Washington Martin mid Willie l/irene (Smith) Martin in Clovis, N.M. on Aug. 7,1936. Gayland never met a stranger and was always ready with a funny story so he had many friends.
His daily routine was to have breakfast with friends and then to visit the thrift stores and make the day sun- the nurses at Hope Hospice
nier for the volunteers. They were all a special part of his day.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Martin; sons, Kelvin Martin and Gregory Martin; daughter, Jamie Martin all of New Braunfels; sisters, Neola Leach of Kilgore, Texas, Joy Thomas of Irving, Texas and Kay Pitt of Kilgore, Texas; spe-cial great-niece, Kristian Hamilton and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
The family wishes to thank
who made a difficult journey so much easier.
Public visitation will begin 5 p.m. Monday at Zoeller Funeral Home and will continue until service time. Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Iltesday, April 26,2011 at Zoeller Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be given to Hope Hospice New Braunfels. Arrangements under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels, Texas.
Hortencia Carrillo passed from this life to be with our Lord on Sunday, April 17,2011, at the age of 63.
She was born March 16, 1948 to Mr. Fil-imone and Anita Farias. She will be greatly missed and loved by family and friends. Love you always and forever. A memorial mass will be held April 25, 2011 at Holy Family Church at 10 a.m. New Braunfels, Texas. Puente & Sons is in charge of arrangements.
TEXAS IN BRIEF
The Associated Press
VICTIM WAS HUSBAND OF SHOOTER'S COUNSELOR
ARLING TON — Authorities say they believe a man fatally shot the husband of his psychological counselor before killing himself outside a day care center.
The victim was picking up his 3-year-old daughter, who was not injured.
Arlington police said Steve McIntosh, killed outside the day care on Friday evening, is married to a counselor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She had been counseling the shooting suspect but recently stopped and referred him elsewhere.
Police said they have no indication that the shooting suspect and the counselor had any relationship other than a professional one.
FIREFIGHTERS WORRY ABOUT WEATHER, WILDFIRES
DALLAS — Firefighters continued to make gradual progress containing the massive, wind-whipped wildfires that raged across Texas but expressed worry that a change in the weather early next week could spark a new outbreak.
West Texas firefighters on Saturday worked to finish controlled burns in the Fort Davis area fire before a renewed threat of fire-friendly weather, which was expected to arrive on Tuesday.
In the giant North Texas fire, firefighters worked on mop-up operations in the Possum Kingdom area. That fire was said to be only about 25 percent contained. More than 460 firefighters worked to build a fire line stretching more than 270 miles.
Since Jan. 1, wildfires have scorched more than 1.4 million acres and led to the deaths of two firefighters.
SUSPECT IN WOMAN'S DEATH ARRESTED
PLANO — A man accused in the death of his ex-girl-friend, a North Texas fitness instructor whose body was found a day after she went missing, was arrested Friday in Arizona after authorities say he jumped over an edge at Grand Canyon National Park and had to be rescued.
Terrance Deering Black, 48, of the Dallas suburb of Frisco, fell about 25 feet, authorities said. He was taken into custody and transported by helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center. Park officials say once he’s released from the hospital, he will be taken to Coconino County Detention Center and remain there until Texas Rangers arrive in Arizona.
Earlier Friday, police in Frisco issued a capital murder arrest warrant for Black in the death of 40-year-old Susan Loper, also of Frisco.
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