New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, February 18, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
James “Jimmy” A. Wenzel, 84, lifelong resident of New Braunfels, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at Normandy Terrace Southeast Nursing Home in San Antonio.
He was bom Dec. 20,1918, in New Braunfels, Texas, to Bruno H. and Helen (Otto) Wenzel. He married Bernice Doehne on Oct. ll, 1940, in New Braunfels, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and Korean Conflict and was a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post No. 179 and VFW Post No. 7110.
Mr. Wenzel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice, on Aug. 19, 2002, and by a sister, Georgine Davis; and a brother, Roy Wenzel.
Survivors include three sons, Hilmar “Tim” Wenzel and wife, Dorothy, of San Antonio, Jesse M. Wenzel and wife, Sherry, of Bryan, Texas, and Wesley E. Wenzel and wife, Kathy, of Beloit, Wis.; daughter, Carol A. Klick
Sally Ann Crooks, 44, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, in New Braunfels.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church in Aspermont with Rev. Darrell Patterson, assisted by Pastor Jim Reinbolt, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Aspermont Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.
Mrs. Crooks was born in Hermosa Bc*ach, Calif. She
Arrangements are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for the Rev. Dr. Albert H. Buhl of New Braunfels. He passed away Sunday, Feb. 10,2003, at McKenna Memo-
Lelia Inez Phillips went on to be with her Lord on Feb. 17, 2003.
Lelia was born Nov. I,
and husband, Jerry, of San Antonio; sisters, Adelaide Fey of New Braunfels, Tbxas, and Irene Waters of Mira Loma, Calif.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at
7 p.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Schertz, Texas, with Monsignor Roger Robbins, celebrant.
Interment will follow with military honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the World War II Memorial Fund, do American Battle Monument Commission, PO. Box 98147, Washington, D.C. 20090-8147.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
graduated from Brownfield High School as well as the Lubbock School of Cosmetology.
Mrs. Crooks was a Methodist.
She is survived by one daughter, Jana Redding of New Braunfels; mother, Jane Ayers of Abilene; brother, Seth Ayers of Abilene; and numerous aunts and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Ayers, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
McCoy Funeral Home
rial Hospital at the age of 94.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church.
Zoeller Funeral Home
1910, in Diboll, Texas.
Services will be held at Forest Park-Lawndale, Houston. Arrangements pending.
N.Korea threatens to abandon ’53 armistice that ended war
Bv SANG-HUN CHOE
Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened on Tuesday to abandon the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, accusing the United States of plotting an attack on the communist state.
A spokesman of the North’s Korean People’s Army claimed that the United States was building up reinforcements around the Korean Peninsula in preparations to attack the North, said the North’s official news agency KUNA.
“The situation is, therefore, getting more serious as the days go by as it is putting its plan for pre-emptive attacks on the (North) into practice,” KUNA quoted the unidentified spokesman as saying.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the countries technically in a state of war. A North Korean withdrawal from the armistice would remove the main mechanism that is helping to keep an uneasy peace on the peninsula.
The announcement is the latest move in a crisis over the North’s recent decision to restart its nuclear programs in violations of international treaties.
Washington and its allies are pressuring North Korea to abandon its suspected nuclear weapon programs. The North has insisted on direct talks first with the United States, from which it wants a nonaggression treaty.
The North threat followed by a day a declaration by the communist state that it would triumph in the standoff.
That bluster came as South
European leaders: Saddam faces ‘last chance’ to disarm, avoid war
By BARRY RENFREW
Associated Press Writer
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — European leaders, trying to end their bitter dispute over Iraq, warned Saddam Hussein on Monday he faces a “last chance" to disarm, but gave no deadline and said U.N. weapons inspectors must have more time to finish their work.
The statement came at the end of a European Union emergency summit on the crisis with Baghdad. Diplomats insisted they had healed the rift over U.S. calls for military action.
But significant divisions remained, with some states saying the United Nations could still disarm Iraq peacefully.
“War is not inevitable. Force should be used only as a last resort. It is for the Iraqi regime to end this crisis by complying fully with the demands of the Security Council,” the 15 nations said in the joint declaration.
That was seen as a setback for Germany, which has opposed war under any circumstances.
“Baghdad should have no illusions. It must disarm and cooperate immediately and fully. The Iraqi regime alone will be responsible for the consequences if it continues to flout the will of the international community and does not take this last chance,” the leaders said.
Poll: Threat of terrorism brings little extra stress into lives
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than seven in 10 say the threat of terrorism has brought no extra stress or anxiety in their lives, says a new poll taken after the nation was put on a heightened state of terrorism alert.
Almost three-in-10,27 percent, said they felt extra anxiety because of the threat of terrorism, but only 8 percent said they felt a great deal of extra stress and anxiety, according to the ABC News-Washington Post poll taken from Wednesday through Sunday.
A fourth, 24 percent, said they have stockpiled supplies and another 12 percent were considering it. The most popular items were food and water. Only three percent said they had stocked up on duct tape.
Overall, about a third in the poll said they are worried that they personally might become the victim of a terrorist attack. Only one in 10 have expressed a great (teal of such worry. Those levels are about the same as last fall and in November 2001, just two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
While that position will cheer the United States and Britain, which are urging military action, there was still strong support for continued, possibly increased U.N. weapons inspections. The statement gave no indication of how much longer inspections should continue, but said they could not go on forever without Iraqi cooperation.
“They must be given the time and resources that the U.N. Security Council believes they need,” the dec
laration said. “However, inspections cannot continue indefinitely in the absence of full Iraqi cooperation." I
France, which has blocked any swift move to military action, insisted its position had been vindicated that only the U.N. Security Council can handle the issue — an implicit rejection of U.S. statements that it has the right to disarm Iraq alone if necessary.
“We all agree the elimination of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction is absolutely imperative (but) only the Security Council can handle the .' means,” French President Jacque Chirac said.
“There is no reason today to change the strategy,” he added.
That suggests significant wrangling bes ahead if the United States and Britain hope to get a second resolution from the U.N. Security Council authorizing war. British Prime Minis ter Tony Blair wants the resolution because of strong domestic opposition to war.
Chirac said France would oppose any effort to draft a new U.N. resolution authorizing war at this time.
He publicly lambasted eastern European nations seeking to join the EU for their support for Washington over the Iraq crisis.
“It is not really responsible behavior, it is not well brought-up behavior They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet,” he told reporters.
Presidents Day blizzard buries Northeast
Korea's outgoing president, Kim Dae-jung, warned that Pyongyang's production of atomic weapons could force his country and Japan to build nuclear bombs as well. as South Korea warned that Pyongyang’s production of atomic weapons could force the South and Japan to build nuclear bombs as well.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has said that North Korea has one or two nuclear weapons and could extract enough plutonium within months to make six to eight more.
North Korea had never admitted or denied having nuclear weapons, but has said it has the right to develop nuclear weapons.
The spokesman said the “grave situation created by the undisguised war acts committed by the U.S. in breach of the armistice agreement compels the Korean People’s Army side, its warring party, to immediately take all steps to cope with it. If the U.S. side continues violating and misusing the armistice agreement as it pleases, there will be no need for the (North) to remain bound to the armistice agreement uncomfortably,” the spokesman said.
The North accused the United States of violating the armistice agreement by sending reinforcements around the Korean Peninsula and planning to impose a naval blockade against the impoverished, communist state.
North Korea had previously threatened to pull out of the armistice in an attempt to increase tension with the U.S. and force Washington to start negotiations with the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang.
By ROGER PETTERSON
Associated Press Writer
The worst blizzard in seven years shut down much of the Northeast on Presidents Day with blinding, windblown snow that piled up as much as 4 feet deep and left more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses shivering without power.
At least 21 deaths had been blamed on the storm system since it charged out of the Plains during the weekend, piling snow in the Ohio Valley, producing mudslides and floods in the southern Appalachians, and making layers of ice that snapped trees and power lines.
The storm was headed for New England, where Massachusetts expected up to 2 feet of snow and minor coastal flooding.
Airports for Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York largely shut down, stranding thousands of passengers trying to leave and get into the region. Amtrak’s north-south service was halted between Washington and Richmond, Va., and regional
bus service stopped in many areas.
The holiday meant there were few commuters, but police from Kentucky to Massachusetts pleaded with motorists to stay home and some counties banned nonessential travel so they could clear the roads.
‘This is going to be days worth of cleanup,” said Maryland Highway Administration spokesman David Buck.
The western tip of Maryland was buried, with 49 inches of snow in Garrett County on top of 30-foot drifts left by earlier storms.
“Its no man’s land out there,” said Garrett County state highway supervisor Paul McIntyre, whose office window in Keysers Ridge, elevation 2,900 feet, was entirely blocked by snow. "It looks more like Siberia than Maryland."
Elsewhere, 27 inches fell in West Virginia’s Berkeley County, the National Weather Service said. The Seven Springs ski resort area on western Pennsylvania had 40 inches.
It was one of the worst snowstorms in a century in Washington, where 16 inches fell. For the region as a whole, it was the worst snowstorm since the blizzard of 1996, when at least 80 deaths were blamed on the weather.
Among the many travelers stranded by the storm, few were as far from home as Lynn Anderson of Belfast, Ireland.
Staff members at Baltimore-Washington International Airport distributed blankets and pillows to the some 150 travelers who spent the night there. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Newark, Kennedy and
LaGuardia airports, supplied, cots and blankets.
The heavy snow was. blamed for several roof collapses in New Jersey, including one that killed a man at a job-training school in Edison. In Maryland, a roof fell in at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft de. dared three southern counties disaster areas Monday because of the snow and icq. Disaster and emergency declarations also had been is*-sued by governors in New York, Kentucky, New Jersey; West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
States had thousands, of crews plowing and spreading salt.
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