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Oct 02, 2015   02:49 PM

(February 24, 1973 - September 30, 2015) 

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Eric Brandon Hoelscher, 42, went to his Lord and Savior’s heavenly home on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:19 PM after a courageous battle with melanoma brain cancer.

Prayer service and rosary will be recited on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballinger, Texas. A celebration of the mass of the resurrection will be on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Hugh Wade officiating with internment to follow at St. Boniface Cemetery in Olfen, Texas.

Eric was born February 24, 1973 in San Angelo, Texas to Benedict and Cheryl Hoelscher. He attended Ballinger High School where he played football for four years. He loved the Bearcats and continued his unselfish support of his son, Devon, as he played for BISD. Eric graduated in 1992. He married the love of his life, Christie Ledbetter on October 20, 2012. His biggest love was the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, target practice at the home caliche pit, and one of his favorite pastimes was driving down the dirt roads with his sweetheart, Christie. He owned and operated Hoelscher Taxidermy until his illness caused him to retire. He was also a volunteer for The Ballinger Fire Department .

Eric is survived by his loving wife, Christie, son, Devon Michael, daughters, Hunter and Tristen, brother Dwayne and wife Stephanie of Lubbock and their son Michael and wife Erica, parents, Benedict and Cheryl Hoelscher of Ballinger, and his Granny, Lillie Orsak of San Angelo, Texas, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Brian Hoelscher, Robert Buxkemper, Shane Landers, Jonathan Nord, Thomas Studer, and Eric Fritze.

There have been so many people who have touched his life along the way. Each of those holds a special place in our hearts. The family would like to thank the dear clergy, Fr. Hugh Wade and the church staff at St. Mary’s Catholic Church , Fr. Emilio Sosa and Fr. Charles Greenwell who prayed over him during his hospital stays, Fr. Ariel Lagunilla, David Workman and all those who ministered to him. A special thanks to the entire staff at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation, Ballinger Home Health & Hospice and Bobby Broyles, Dr. Timothy Hopkins, Velma Aguilar, and the many friends who brought food, sent flowers and messages of comfort, and who did so much to hold us up during this special time. The family would like to thank the director and staff of Lange Funeral Home for all of their help in planning Eric’s services. May God bless you, Larry Lange.

Eric loved the Lord and his family, and cared for them above himself. He was especially proud of his son, Devon. He loved people and life. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. His courage during his battle with cancer will never be forgotten. He never knew a stranger and we will miss him dearly.

Sep 23, 2015   07:23 AM

(July 1, 1922 - September 19, 2015) 

Secundino “Blackie” Lopez, 93, of Ballinger passed away September 19, 2015 at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ballinger.

He was born July 1, 1922 to Felipe and Priciliana (Garcia) Lopez in Medina County, Texas. Secundino grew up in and around Devine, Texas until moving to Ballinger in the 1970’s. He worked and retired from Ballinger Compress.

Secundino was preceded in death by his parents; step-mom, Pabla Lopez; and a sister, Alicia Rivas.

He is survived by his children, Salina Ochoa and husband, Jerry of Winters, Felipe Lopez of Ballinger, Delia Zapata and husband Andrew of Bigfoot, Richard Lopez and wife, Alice, Frank Lopez and wife, Andrea, and Rosa Covarrubia all of Divine; his brothers, Raul Lopez, Joe Lopez, and Robert Lopez; his sisters, Anita Martinez and Jovita Galicia. Also surviving are 45 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 23 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Hugh Wade celebrating. Burial will follow at the Latin American Cemetery in Ballinger.

Sep 17, 2015   08:26 AM

(February 10, 1955 - September 15, 2015) 
Wayne Baker, 60, of Ballinger passed away Monday, September 15, 2015 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

He was preceded in death his father, Melvin Olen Baker and brother, Robert Dale Baker.

Olen is survived by his daughter, Tabitha Barrientos of Santa Cruz, CA; his mother, Nelda Halfmann of Ballinger; his sisters, Cindy Korntved of New Mexico and Kathy McCollough of Susanville, CA; and his grandchildren, Arron Paul and Ricky.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Sep 15, 2015   05:47 PM

(September 25, 1927 - September 11, 2015) 

Our dearest Wilfred passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Wilfred was born on September 25, 1927 to Ben and Annie (Kahlig) Holtman. Wilfred married his sweetheart friend, Mary Ann Halfmann, on October 28, 1946. They farmed and lived in Olfen, Texas the majority of their life and they retired to Rowena in 1976. Wilfred’s favorite past time was spent with his family playing dominoes and cards. He also enjoyed going on the many vacations with his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and is probably the best fisherman around. Wilfred is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years Mary Ann, his son Danny Holtman & wife Jeanie of San Angelo, his daughters, Barbara Hipp of Katy, Texas, Janice Johnson and husband, Chester, of LaGrange, Texas and Debbie Farris and husband, Randy, of San Angelo. He is also survived by eight grand children – Curtis Holtman, Christie Slaton, Traci Seely, Tonya Bronikowski, Stephanie Braden, Roxanne Johnson, Lance and Landon Farris. He is survived by 14 great grandchildren. Surviving in-laws are Werner and Kay Halfmann, Jeanie & Charles Looka, and Jane Holtman. Wilfred was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ray Allen Holtman, and son, John Peter, in-laws, Tommy Hipp, Theo & Emma Halfmann, Wilburn & Ruby Dell Pelzel, Ralph & Dorothy Gerngross.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited Monday at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rowena and Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla officiating and deacon, Stanley Lange co-celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery in Olfen. Memorials can be made to St. Boniface Cemetery fund or Rowena Building fund.

Sep 13, 2015   09:06 AM

(December 1, 1929 - September 7, 2015) 

Clarence Edward Goetz, 85, of Rowena passed away Monday, September 7, 2015 in Nevada.

He was born on December 1, 1929 to Otto and Augusta (Tessmer) Goetz, in Williamson County, Copeland, Texas. He married Regina Janca on November 21, 1949 in Rowena, Texas. They were married 65 year. He was a constable for Precinct No. 7 from February 1, 1965 to December 31, 1984. He was owner of Goetz Grocery from 1972 to 1986. He was also a farmer, truck driver, and R.V.O.S. Insurance agent. Clarence was also a charter member of the Rowena Volunteer Fire Department.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Herbert, Herman, and Bill Goetz; and one daughter, Sharon M. Goetz in 2010.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Jean Gully and husband, Leonard, Wayne Goetz and wife, Sharon, Loretta Gully and husband, Charles, Linda Gully and husband, Stanley, and Sheri Goetz and Bobby Coleman; 11 grandsons and spouses; and numerous great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews. Also a very special nephew Emmett and his spouse Betty Laza.

Pallbearers will be Bryon and Steven Scrivener, Grant and Stacy Goetz, and Lance and Jason Gully.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 13 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla, Fr. Tom Barley, J.V., and Deacon Stanley Lange co-celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.

The family request that memorials be made to the Rowena Volunteer Fire Department, The American Heart Association, or a favorite charity. Also, the family would like to thank the director and staff of Lange Funeral Home for all of their help in planning Clarence’s services.

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