New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, April 25, 2003, — Herald-ZbitUNG — Page 3A
Edgar O. Weller, born May 21, 1917, in Austin, Texas, to Dr. Cyrus B u r f o r d Weller and L u c i I e Edgar Weller, died peacefully in Austin on April 23, 2003, following a courageous and lengthy battle with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Cyrus B. Weller Jr. and Clarence McCleary Weller; and his sister, Florence Mary Weller Stubbs.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Melanie; daughters, Lucy-Fielder of Lockhart, Texas, and Sarah Daniel and husband, Arthur, of El Paso, Texas; granddaughters, Kiirstin Lee Daniel of San Antonio, Texas, and Frances Elizabeth Fielder of Austin, Texas; nieces and nephews, Stoney M. Stubbs Jr. and wife, Julie, of Southlake, Texas, Betty Prickett and husband, John, of Garland, Texas, Mary Cates and husband, Craig, of San Antonio, Texas, Cyrus Edgar Weller, Susan Weller of Richardson, Texas, Laura Moody and-husband, Peter, of Plano, Texas, Nelson Weller of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law, Margo Weller, of Dallas, Texas; and cousin, Eugene B. Syd-nor Jr. of Richmond, Va.
Edgar attended Austin schools, including Mrs. Pease’s School and Austin High School and graduated with a law degree from the University of Texas in 1939. He practiced law in San Antonio with his older brother, Cyrus, from 1939 to 1942. He served in the US Army during World War II until September 1945. After his military discharge, Edgar worked for over two years at the Veterans Administration in Waco and San Antonio.
On Aug. 28, 1948, Edgar married Melanie Ahrens of New Braunfels, Texas, at the University Methodist Church in Austin. Edgar and Melanie moved to Dallas when Edgar began working for Frozen Food Express. Melanie and Edgar enjoyed life in Dallas for 54 years until moving to The Summit at Westlake-Hills in Austin in June 2002.
Edgar’s business career began in 1948 when he joined Frozen Food Express, a 2-year- old trucking operation owned by his brother, Cyrus B. Weller. In 1962, Cy sold Frozen Food Express to the members of the executive team, including Edgar.
Frozen Food Express Industries became a publicly held corporation in 1972 and today is the largest refrigerated truck line in the United States, also serving Canada and Mexico. Edgar served
Amparo Gonzales of New Braunfels, Texas, rejoined the l»rd on Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at 3 p m.
Visitation begins at noon on Thursday, April 24, 2003, with the rosary at 7 p.m. both at Puente and Son’s Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest on Friday, April 25, 2003,
Noel H. Lovett, age 79, of New Braunfels, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
A chapel service will be conducted 4 p.m. today at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral
as president from 1962 to 1984 and chairman of the board from 1979 to 1984, successfully guiding the company through the perils which deregulation created for many trucking operations. After his retirement in 1984, Edgar remained actively involved as vice chairman of the board until February 2003.
Edgar was active in many trucking associations, most notably the Texas Motor Transportation Association, which he served as chairman in 1977-1978. He received the association’s highest honor when he was named its Leader of the Year in 1980. Edgar and Melanie were honored by TMTA in 1996 for their dedication and unending support of the TMTA Foundation and in 1999 received a Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to TMTA. Edgar also served as the president of the National Perishable Transportation Association in 1981, as chairman of the Refrigerated Division of the Common Carrier Conference of the American Trucking Association and on the executive board of the Common Carrier Conference — Irregular Route.
Edgar loved to play tennis and in 1932 was a National Boys Doubles Tennis Champion with his partner, Bob Kamrath. During his college career at the university, Edgar was the Southwest Conference Doubles Champion in 1936, 1937 and 1938 with his partners, Lindsey Franklin and Bob Kamrath. He was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991. To honor his love for tennis and for The University of Texas, the Wellers established the Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Charitable Remainder Trust, which will benefit both the men’s and women’s Varsity Tennis programs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Edgar Weller was a kind, brilliant and gentle man with an unparalled ability to quickly analyze and assess any situation and to drape even the most difficult situation with gracious and generous words. He will be missed greatly by all who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 27, 2(X)3, at 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas with a reception following in the Parish Hall. In lieu of floral offerings, the family requests memorial gifts to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Memorial Fund, 11122 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229 or the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame, Attention: Greta Knoll, 1108 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, 'texas 76706.
begininng with a Mass at Holy Family Church at norm, burial immediately following at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetary.
Th© family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Vista Care Hospice of San Antonio, 5815 Callaghan #102, San Antonio, Texas 78228.
Home with the Rev. Joe Helms officiating. Interment will be in the New Winchester Cemetery in Indiana. Public visitation will begin 2 p.m. today and will continue until service time.
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NBISD recognizes retirees
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Eighteen employees of the New Braunfels Independent School District were honored Tuesday at the school district’s annual retirement and recognition dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
And five other individuals received the highest award that NBISD bestows, the Silver Unicorn Award.
Supterintendent Ron Reaves and members of the NBISD Board of Trustees recognized retirees Ruth Abbotts, Irma Alvarado, Janie Barboza, Kathy Bird-well, Janis Bodemann, Carmen Espinoza, Mike Fitsko, Ca’rol Freimuth, Charles Gillis, Beatrice Gonzales,
Joyce Hughson, Darlene Kjoller, Maria Martinez, Bobby Melson, Valetta Orth, Mattie Wackwitz, Kenneth Walker and Linda Williams.
Receiving the Silver Unicorn Award were Dr. Carlos Campos, Janie Mayfield, Johnny Polk, Steve Weaver and Jean Wilson.
Service awards also were presented to NBISD employees:
■ 30 years — Benne Engel, Carol Freimuth, Maria Martinez and Mary Sanchez.
■ 25 years — Johnny Kolacek, Pete Muniz, Fadra Simon and Cris Vasquez.
■ 20 years — Jamie Braune, Karan Brawner, Virginia Brooks, Jo Cooper, Carmen Espinoza, Evelyn
Kropp, Dean Laird, Cynthia Moos, Maria G. Sanchez, Hildy Slocum and Patricia Smithers.
■ 15 years — Debbie Baker, Jeanne Buck, Michele Casteel, Keri Du Bose, Car-olyne Martin, Esther Martinez, Debra Meek, Carri Mercer, Debbie Fitsko, Mike Fitsko, Louisa Gomez, Noel Hansen, Cheri Newman, Bonnie Overpeck, Julia Reyes, Bonifacio Sanchez, Phillip Hunt, Marcia Kelly, Darlene Kjoller, Gloria Luna, Melanie Schulze, Sharon Shannon, Sharon Staats, Kenneth Walker and Jessi Wong.
The presidents of the various FTA organizations also were honored:
■ Winkle Smith, City Council PIA president;
■ Sandra Nolte, New Braunfels High School;
■ Alisa Badley, New Braunfels Middle School;
■ Becky Ricks, OakRun Sixth Grade Center;
■ Dana Castilleja, Memorial Intermediate;
■ Tanya Rogers, Carl Schurz Elementary;
■ Joe4 Finn, Seele Elementary;
■ Debra Isbell, Memorial Elementary;
■ Michelle Mueller, Memorial Primary;
■ Jodi Lell, Line Star Elementary; and
■ Tracy Bligh, Lamar Primary.
AAC0G taking nominations for awards
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SAN ANTONIO — The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) is now accepting nominations for the 2003 AACOG Regional Awards to be presented June 18.
These nominations are open to the public. Current elected officials and public sector employees are not eligible for nomination.
Tiffany Pickens of the AACOG Community Relations office said the award categories are:
■ Regional Citizen of the Year;
■ Corporate Citizen of the
■ Community Project of the Year.
‘These awards have been given by AACOG since 1974,” Pickens said. “They’re open to anyone who has just made a significant contribution to the betterment of their community.’’
Any person, corporation, or community project that has contributed to the significant positive advancement of the region, or communities in the 12 counties of the Alamo Area — including Comal — is eligible for nomination.
Past winners include the Comal County Rural Recy
cling Program in 1996.
In 2002, Bexar County teenager Stephanie Nicole Lopez and ombudsman Bill Slivka shared the citizen of the year award.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Web site, www.aacog.com/award; picked up from the AACOG offices at 8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 700, San Antonio; or requested by fax at (210) 225-5937.
Complete one form for each entry. Nomination entries are unlimited.
Use a new form for each entry. Provide supporting documentation as available. Letters of support from local governments are allowed.
Fill out form completely. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
Ensure all information is legible and return the nomination forms by 4 p.m. May 19.
Submit nomination forms online at the Web site, www.aacog.com/award, by fax at (210) 225-5937, or by mail to: Molly Pruitt, Community Relations Committee chairman, Alamo Area Council of Governments 8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 700 San Antonio, 78217.
For information, call AACOG Community Relations at (210) 362-5204, or e-mail: rn a i [email protected]
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