New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
LA Meckel, of New Braunfels passed away on Monday, August 15, 2005 at his residence at the age of 80. He was born on September ll, 1924 in New Braunfels to Frank Meckel and Ada Schaefer Meckel. He later married Loretta Haverlah Meckel in 1980. During his professional career, Mr. Meckel worked as a contractor in the home building industry.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta B. Meckel of New Braunfels; step-daughter, Kirsten Dietert and husband Dwayne of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Chris, Robert, and Charles and their spouses, all of Arizona; step-grand-children, Brooks and Mea-gan, both of New Braunfels; brothers, Pete and David Meckel and sister, Gladys Krause, all of New Braunfels; numerous nieces and
nephews. His daughter, Susan Spanyard, who passed away on March 1,2003, preceded Mr. Meckel in death.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17,2005 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. The family will be present Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to greet friends. The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, August 18,2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with burial to follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the charity of one’s choice.
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WANDA JOYCE (WILKERSON) WELCH
Wanda Joyce (Wilkerson) Welch, age 62, of Canyon Lake, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2005 at her residence. Mrs. Welch was born January 30, 1943 to Charlie Alvin Wilkerson and Ella (Lieck) Wilkerson in San Antonio, TX. She married John C. Welch on June 30, 1959 in Fort Bliss, TX. She was a member of ('railes Mill Baptist Church at Canyon Ixike, The Order of the Sons of Hermann, Past-board member of Church in the Valley and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer Fire Departments of Canyon l^ike, TX and Bloomington, NY. She was also very active in several PTA’s serving as a member as well as President. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, studying genealogy, and reading.
Mrs. Welch is survived by her husband, John C. Welch of Canyon Dike, TX; daughters, Annette Colleen Sanchez and husband
Robert of Montebello, CA, Carla Joyce Mower of Reno, NV, and Frances Carol Slater of Canyon Lake, TX; son, John Clayton Welch, Jr. and wife Kathleen of Bloomington, NY; mother-in-law, Agnes L. Welch of Canyon l^ike, TX; 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins.
Public visitation will begin 4:00 PM Friday at the Funeral Home and will continue until 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be conducted 10:00 AM Saturday, August 20,2005 at Cranes Mill Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Becknal officiating. Interment will follow in the Cranes Mill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Cranes Mill Baptist Church or to Church in the Valley.
Canyon Lake (830) 964-3050Todays services
Mario Montoya, 51,10 a.m. Holy Family Catholic Church.
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Horne for Mario Montoya, who passed away on Saturday, August 13,2005 at the age of 51 years.
A procession will depart the Zoeller Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for a 10:00 a.m. mass at the Holy
Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zoeller Funer
al Home for Gail Benford, who passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at the age of 64 years.RAISE
CONTINUED FROM Page 1ALegislature fails to act on school finance
entire school finance issue, whether the Legislature addresses these issues... now or later it is an issue that has to be addressed.”
An estimated 150 small and rural Texas school districts pay teachers the minimum salary. The increase would have been the first jump in the minimum salary schedule in six years.
According to an e mail sent from the Texas Education Agency to school districts, “the 2005-06 state minimum salary schedule will not include a salary increase unless a new bill is adopted in the second called session or a later special session that mandates a teacher pay raise for the 2005-06 school year.”
Texas teacher pay ranked 33rd during the 2003-04 school year.
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formal request for funds states more tournaments will increase sales tax revenue and Hotel Occupancy Tax funds with a potential for attracting tourists to the area during nontraditional times.
“Our fields are in good shape,” Hull said. “If we had lights and bathrooms, they would be much more attractive to tournaments.”
One event organized by Quickfoot Tournament Series brought 1,500 players and their families to town in May.
Facilitator David Heap told the Herald-Zeitung in June New Braunfels was an ideal place for tournaments and would be a good candidate for additional events, if it had the playing facilities to accommodate them.
Quickfoot puts on 11 tournaments every summer.
While he is hopeful his organization will receive the funds it needs to move forward with the Weston fields improvements, Hull said he did not want to take anything away from McKenna.
“Both of them are worthwhile projects,” he said. “(4B board members) should find a way to make both of them possible.”
When Brierty made his
“We see these projects as complementing one another. They are both great for kids. I hope we can both get funds from 4B.’
— Tim Brierty
President of McKenna Health Systems
pitch to board members in June, he told them they should support the McKenna project because it would provide a gymnasium for youth sports, tourism opportunities and classroom space for business meetings.
He also noted the revitalization of the vacant H-E-B building would be a boon for the downtown area’s development.
“I hope the board doesn’t just focus on the fact that this project will be completed whether they contribute or not," Brierty told the Herald-Zeitung Tuesday.
“This project is great for bringing other businesses to this community because they will see we are dedicated to families here.”
Like I lull, Brierty said he did not believe McKenna and NBYS had competing interests.
“We see these projects as complementing one another,” he said. “They are both great for kids. I hope we can both get funds from 4B.”
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