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Sep 17, 2014   12:43 PM

 Zachary Fletcher, 27, of Bryan, Texas, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at a Bryan hospital.

He is survived by his mother, Andrea Fletcher of Bryan; uncle and aunt, David and Kim Fletcher of Abilene; and grandmother, Linda Fletcher of San Angelo.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 16 at Lange Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 17 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.



Sep 11, 2014   03:29 PM

Ascension “John” Soto, 82, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2014 at his residence.

He was born February 2, 1932 in Talpa, Texas to Felix and Julia (Estrada) Soto. John was a member of the United States Army from 1952-1954. He married Mary Gaitan on June 21, 1952 in Rowena, TX and they shared 62 wonderful years together. John was a farmer in the Rowena area for his entire life. He was a member of the San Antonio VFW and a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his wife; sons, Gilbert Soto of Austin, William Soto of San Angelo; daughter, Mary Owens of Ballinger; grandchildren Christopher Henry of San Antonio, Jennifer Flores of Ballinger, Gilbert Allen Soto of Afghanistan, Jon Robert Soto of Ballinger, Stephanie Lynn Soto of Ballinger; brothers, Felix Rico of San Antonio and Joel Rico of Hurst; sisters, Helen Rico of Ballinger, Minnie Flynn of San Angelo, and Monica Reed of San Angelo. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 12 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.

Sep 09, 2014   03:46 PM

 Irene Cavazos Sauceda, 46, of Ballinger passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014.

She was born October 11, 1967 to Domingo and Norberta Cavazos. Irene was a wonderful human being; always ready to help anyone she knew or met. She graduated from Ballinger High School in 1987. She attended Angelo State University and graduated in 2005. Irene enjoyed her job as a caseworker for MHMR. The patients under her care were very important to her and she will be sorely missed.

Irene was preceded in death by her father, Domingo; three sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Sauceda; her sons, Paul Jr. and Joshua; and a daughter Caitlin. Also surviving is her mother, Norberta; five brothers; seven sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 10 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 11 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Myron Halford officiating. Burial will follow at the Latin American Cemetery in Ballinger.



Sep 02, 2014   02:59 PM

Martha Broz 81 of Lowake passed away Monday September 1, 2014, at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Texas. She was born April 8, 1933, in San Angelo, Texas to CS (Charlie) and Lucy (Havlak) Bubenik. Martha attended Veribest and San Angelo High School. Martha married Stanley Broz on May 2, 1951, in Wall, Texas. They farmed in Wall until 1958 when they moved to Lowake, Texas and farmed and ranched there until Stanley passed away in April 2005. Martha was Postmaster in Lowake for 33 years starting in 1973. She was a member of the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Rowena VFW Auxiliary, Lowake Community Center, Catholic Daughters, St. Joseph Alter Society, Paint Rock PTA and a strong supporter of stock shows, and the 4-H and FFA programs of the Concho Valley. Martha loved making the famous Lowake Ranch prickly pear, mesquite bean, and jalapeno jellies with her very special friend Kay Halfmann for 30 plus years. Her hobbies were fishing, hunting, canning, and grandchildren. Her house was always open whomever her family brought home.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; husband Stanley, brother Charlie ( Sonny) Bubenik and special aunt Julie (Teta) Havlak. She is survived by her children, Gary Broz and wife Georgia of Liberty, Texas; Debbie Halfmann and Bob Franke; and Carl Broz and wife Cassie of Veribest, Texas. She is also survived by nine grand-children: Jimmy Lee, Shauna Broz, Roxanne Weatherford and Husband Will, Jonathan Broz, Cristafer Broz, Zachary Broz, Nicholas Broz, Cortny Broz, and Andrew Broz. She was also blessed with three great-grand- children, Kenedy Weatherford, Kanon Weatherford and Brighton Broz; along with one brother Larry Bubenik and wife Mickie of Fort Worth, Texas. She is also survived by brother- in- law Warren Broz and Wife Bernie of Liberty Hill, Texas and sister- in -law Dianne Pelzel and Husband Louis of San Angelo, Texas.

Rosary will be said Friday September 5th at 5:30 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 6th at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, Texas with burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rowena, Texas. Following the burial, there will be a lunch celebrating Martha’s life. Pallbearers will be the grandsons. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Lowake Community Center PO Box 41; Lowake, Tx 76855.

Aug 31, 2014   12:01 PM

(July 19, 1924 - August 29, 2014) 

U.S. VeteranLester Schaefer, 90, of Ballinger passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 19, 1924 in Olfen, Texas to Edward and Emilia (Miaketters) Schaefer. Lester attended school in Olfen. At age 20, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands with the First Battalion, 27th Infantry. He married Edna Frances Lange on November 25, 1952 and they raised seven children together. Lester was a soil conservationist for Runnels County, as well as, a farmer, stock farmer, and worked in the oil business. He was a board member and President of Norton High School. He served on the Board of Trustees until the school burnt in 1968 and was rebuilt as a grade school for 1-8 grades. He was also a board member of the Valley Creek Water Shed. Lester was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, First Men’s Society of Saint Mary, past member Norton Lions Club, St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Council #10985, and a member of the Rowena VFW. Lester volunteered his time to Meals on Wheels for several years. Lester enjoyed fishing, dining out, and playing dominos with his children, grandchildren, and especially with his domino friends at Shug’s Station in Norton and the Old Texas Theater on 8th Street in Ballinger. One of his favorite things about dominos was killing “double six”.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Edna; a daughter, Karen Ann; a son, Dennis; his sister, Melba Gottschalk and husband A.J.; his brothers Roy Schaefer and Erwin Schaefer; along with numerous brothers-in-law, cousins, and aunts.
He is survived by his children, Ralph and Billie Schaefer of Ballinger, LaVerne and Jeff Yarborough of Sweetwater, Bernard Schaefer of Norton, Alton and Marla Schaefer of Ballinger, Brenda and R.B. Alexander of Prosper, and Greg and Misti Schaefer of Graham; his grandchildren Charlotte Schaefer of Artesia, New Mexico, Brandon and Allison Schaefer of Ballinger, Kristen and Olivia Alexander of Prosper, and Emily and Lauren Schaefer of Graham; his sister-in-law Anita Schaefer of Ballinger, along with many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; special cousins Earline Johnson of San Angelo and Geraldine Halfmann of Wall; longtime friend John Stewart of Abilene; the last of his domino buddies, Kelly Chapman; and Lester leaves behind his dog, Bud.
Rosary will be recited 7:00 pm Sunday, August 31 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Monday, September 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Hugh Wade and Fr. Bob Baden con-celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bundrant, Ballinger Memorial Hospital nurses and staff, Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center, and especially his caregiver Lynda. A special thanks to the many others who came by during Lester’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to a favorite charity, St. Mary Star of the Sea Scholarship Fund, or Seminarian Burse. Arrangements are with Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.

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