New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, November 26, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
William H. Ervin passed away Thursday, Nov. 24,2005 at the age of 75.
A memorial service will be conducted at I p.m. Saturday at Believers Christian Fellowship of Smithson Val
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Bill's name to the building fund of Believers Christian Fellowship, 36200 FM 3159, New Braunfels, TX, 78132.
LEWIS E. DAVIDSON
Lewis E. Davidson, age 82, passed away at his home at Canyon Lake, Thursday, November 24,2005. He was bom September ll, 1923 at Kansas City, Missouri to Benjamin Franklin Davidson and Cecil Rosetta (Bellamy) Davidson. He served with the Navy during WWII and married Sally Louise Pope May 30,1947 in Houston, Texas. Mr. Davidson was a member of First Baptist Church in New Braunfels and
retired after working 37 years for the Eastman Kodak Company.
Survivors include his wife, Sally Davidson of Canyon Lake, I daughter, Carole Ful-ghum of Chesapeake, Virginia, 2 sons, Ray Davidson of Plano, Texas and Alan Davidson of Canyon Lake, 3 sisters, 4 brothers, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His parents and I brother preceded him in death.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Monday and continue until 9:00 p.m. at Doeppen-schmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. The family will be present at the funerffi home to receive friends from
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The Funeral Service is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday November 29, 2005 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be given to Hope Hospice, 611 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
New Braunfels (830) 625-3434
PATRICIA ANN KADERLI
Funeral arrangements are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Patricia Ann Kaderli, age 67, of Bulverde, who passed away on November 25, 2005. Visitation will begin on Sunday, November 27, 2005, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Graveside services will be held Monday, November 28, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. at Fischer Cemetery, Fischer, Texas.
ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME
Funerals & Cremations
615 Landa, New Braunfels (830) 625-2349
BEVERLY JEAN KATZMARK
Beverly Jean Katzmark of Cuero, passed away in her home on Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at the age of 77 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Beverly was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 18, 1928, to Carol and Evelyn Hansen. She married Ray Franklyn Katzmark on August 29,1948. She and her husband, Ray, dedicated their lives to serving others through their two pharmacies Klecka Drug and Center Pharmacy. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Evelyn Hansen, parents-in-law, Frank and Ella Katzmark; and brother, Paul Hansen.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Katzmark, son, Randall Katzmark of Cuero formerly of Houston, daughter and son-in-law, Kaye and John Fuquay of New Braunfels, grandchildren Andrew Kyle Katzmark, John Darryl
Services are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Erma Ebert, age 76, who passed away on Friday, November 25, 2005, at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
LEE J. BRANDT JR.
Services are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Lee J. Brandt Jr., age 89, who passed away at McKenna Memorial Hospital on Friday, November 25,2005.
Fuquay, Amy Kaye Fuquay, and Allison Ann Fuquay; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Amy Hansen of Austin; and sister Jo Ann Smart of Denison.
Family visitation will be held at Freund Funeral Home in Cuero, Texas from 5:30-7:00p.m. on Saturday, November 26,2005. Services will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 27, 2005, at 3:00p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Cuero, Rev. Steve Byrne officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. A reception will be held following the burial at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero or Hospice of South Texas.
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E-mailed letters to city council members
of NBFD Battalion Chief Don Zercher, who has worked for the city for 32 years.
As is the case with all city employees, Zercher was ordered to take a drug screening test after a minor vehicle accident Nov. 15 in which she struck another vehicle while backing up at City Hall.
Zercher said the result showed she had smoked marijuana. She said the result had to be due to a testing error, she flatly denied use of the illegal hallucinogenic weed and told city officials so — asking for another, immediate test.
She was refused by Assistant City Manager and City Attorney Charles Zech, she said, because the city’s policy toward drug abuse is “zero tolerance.”
“They fired me without even looking into this any further at all,” Zercher said.
Contacted Friday, Zech said there was nothing he could say about Zercher’s situation.
“We don’t comment on
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Some items sold out within minutes
computers, iPod Nanos. But everything was relaxed and friendly, he said.
While customers were waiting in the parking lot last night, we projected movies on tile side of a Circuit City truck,” he said. “They were very well mannered when we opened, they understand that if you get what you’re looking for then you were lucky."
Some early Target shoppers didn’t have that understanding, however. Electronics specialist Alan Raderstorf said his department was mobbed by frantic customers at 5 a.m.
“I came in with more games and they were, like, lunging at me and took everything out of my hands,” he said. “Hands were everywhere just grabbing.”
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employment actions,” he said.
But in a letter Zercher e-mailed to each city council member seeking reinstatement,
Zercher had plenty to say.
Zercher thought Fire Chief John Her-ber was “joking,” she said, when he informed her of the test result.
“When I realized he was not kidding, I made it very clear that this could not be possible as I do not smoke marijuana or even cigarettes,” Zercher said. “As Chief Herber has known me very well for my entire career, he also felt that this must be an error. I asked him to send me for another test. I even asked for a blood, hair or lie detector test to prove this was wrong.”
Zercher said Zech told Herber this past Tuesday, one week after the accident, that he had no choice but to fire her or secure her resignation based on tile city’s drug abuse policy.
Zercher’s husband then went to Zech, who she said initially denied any knowledge of the firing—that it was up to the department head.
digital cameras, some items were sold out in 20 minutes. Matt Frame, executive team leader of logistics, said about 300 shoppers filled their carts with electronics, toys and anything else that was on sale.
“Last year was not as bad, they weren’t pushing and yelling,” he said. “But we are definitely up in sales.”
Despite packed stores, Cheryl Schmidt said she woke up early to buy Christmas gifts at Office Depot. She said all the after-Thanksgiving madness is worth it, if you know where to go.
“There are just some really good deals,” she said. “I wanted to get the sales before they ran out.”
Division Chief Stacy Zercher
Stacie Zercher and Herber went back to Zech and Interim City Manager Marcus Jahns, and Zech said the city policy only allowed two options — a resignation or a firing.
“I again asked them to please confirm the tests as I reiterated that I was an 18-year employee with a perfect record and that I do not take any illegal drugs,” Zercher wrote. “Charlie (Zech) told me, ‘No. The city has a zero-tolerance drug policy so we have to let you go.’ I asked to see that policy and he told me, ‘It is not written. I have been saying since I started working here we need to fix these policies, but we are not policy makers according to the Mayor.’ I again pleaded to them to not throw away my career....”
Zercher said in the letter there is no city policy that states the only option is to fire her. She wrote the letter, she said, to warn council she would take whatever legal action available to get her job back.
“I only want what is fair,” she wrote. “I know that you
are the only authority over the city attorney and city manager, and I sincerely hope that you will look into this issue as my career has just been thrown out by two people who played judge and jury over one test that is incorrect.”
Zercher closed by telling council she would seek legal counsel Monday to pursue reinstatement.
Under the city’s employee grievance policy, Zercher has IO days from the date of her firing to file an appeal. The city then has 20 days to set a hearing before a grievance panel that would include Her-ber, other city department heads and an employee of Zercher’s choice.
The panel will then make a recommendation to Jahns, who would then decide whether to accept its recommendation or take some other action.
The Herald-Zeitung was unable Friday to reach Mayor Bruce Boyer. City offices were closed. A copy of any correspondence pertaining to Zercher’s firing and of the city’s policy pertaining to use of drugs has been requested under Chapter 552 of the Texas Public Information Act.
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Christopherson: Fog may have been factor
weather conditions ground-ed AirLife helicopters, Christopherson said.
Gomez was in critical condition Friday with major injuries.
Christopherson said charges would be filed on Gomez for failure to drive in a single lane, no drivers license and no insurance.
Christopherson said heavy fog was believed to be a factor in the accident.
“I think neither one of them saw each other,” he said. Alcohol or drugs were not believed involved in the accident, which occurred when the northbound Civic apparently crossed the center turn lane into the left-hand southbound lane.
Texas 46 was closed for about two hours while the vehicles were removed and officers investigated.
Christopherson said Guadalupe County Sheriff’s deputies assisted his department.
“We appreciate what they did for us out there,” Christopherson said. “The conditions were not good.”
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