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Jul 27, 2015   06:48 PM

(May 31, 1926 - July 24, 2015)  

U.S. VeteranBernard A. Beach went to meet his Lord on Friday, July 24, 2015 in Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family.


He was born May 31, 1926 in Westphalia, Texas to Eugene and Marie (Sokoloski) Beach. Bernard attended school in Westphalia, Olfen, and Rowena. He then served his country in the army during World War II and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. Bernard married the love of his life, Grace Hoelscher, on June 2, 1948 in St. Boniface Church in Olfen, and they had a wonderful 67 years together.
Bernard worked as an auto technician for 43 years. He and his wife, Grace, had their own shop for the last 10 of those years. He also was a farmer and rancher. He was a charter member and president of the Rowena Fire Department and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion (Pat Williams Post 8) and commander of the post for four years. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rupert, Norbert, and Daniel; and sisters, Catherine Lange and Julitta Holtman.


Bernard is survived by his loving wife, Grace; a son, Gregory Beach and wife Sara of Bandera; daughters, Judy Lowe and husband Billy Don of Ballinger, and Karla Byrd and husband Randy E. of San Angelo; grandchildren, Brad Beach (JoAnne), Monica Beach (Manuel), Alice Dalton (Stephen), Brian Lowe (Amber), Aaron Lowe (Dana), Randy L. Byrd (Vicky), and Stacy Byrd; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Eugenia Lange of Rowena, Margie Zentner of Rowena, and Anna-Marie Haechten and husband Marvin of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A visitation for family and friends will be Monday, July 27, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm prior to the 7:00 pm Rosary, both held at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A Celebration Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, July 28, at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla, and Fr. Hugh Wade concelebrating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Neices and nephews will be pallbearers.


The family requests that memorials be made to Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center or St. Joseph Church, Rowena.



Jul 24, 2015   07:48 AM

(August 19, 1948 - July 20, 2015)  

U.S. VeteranErnest “Ernie” Lloyd Faulk, Jr., 66, of Millersview passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at his residence.

Ernie was born August 19, 1948 to Ernest and Hattie (Patterson) Faulk in Lafayette, LA. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force in 1967. He retired from active duty, Hurlburt Field, Fl (Red Horse), after honorably serving his country for 20 years. On June 6, 1969, he married Billie Smith at Brooks Air Force Base. They shared 46 loving years together. Those who knew Ernie will remember him for his love of LSU football and all things military.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister Lurline Faulk Blanchard.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Billie of Millersview; his children, Steve Faulk and wife, Angelika of Germany and Audrey Alice Henderson and husband, James of Enterprise, AL; his grandchildren, Kyle Faulk of Ft. Lewis, WA, Kaitlyn Henderson of Enterprise, AL, Nicklaus and Hanna Faulk both of Germany, Shaylee and Megan Henderson both of Enterprise AL; and his sister Linda LeMaire and husband Wilson.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.



Jul 21, 2015   08:43 PM

(June 19, 1917 - July 17, 2015) 

Helen Margaret Ullrich, 98, of Rowena, Texas passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Helen was born fifth of seven children, on the family farm at Crossroads, west of Rowena, on June 19, 1917 to Emil and Mary (Schwertner) Ullrich.

She was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and of the Altar Society.
Helen worked for Monsignor W.F. Bosen at St. Joseph and numerous other places from 1945 until 1977 at which time she moved back to Rowena and worked for Msgr. Benedict Zientek and other priests in Rowena until retiring in 1988 after 43 years of service to the church.

She enjoyed working in her yard, tending to all of her flowers. She also enjoyed her daily walks through downtown Rowena.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Emma Schniers, Frieda Kohrmann, Mary Moeller, Walter Ullrich, and Frank Ullrich.

Helen is survived by her sister, Florene Schmid and husband, Edwin of Brenham. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews spanning four generations.
Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Joseph Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla, Msgr. Benedict Zientek, Fr. Hugh Wade, and Fr. Bhaskar Morugudi concelebrating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena. Pallbearers include Michael Frenzel, Curtis Schniers, Duane Schniers, Stanley Schniers, Allen Ullrich, and Quinten Halfmann.



Jul 13, 2015   08:18 AM

(November 30, 1956 - July 9, 2015) 

Jimmie Dean Harrell, 58, of Abilene passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.

He was born November 30, 1956 in Ballinger, TX to Dave and Genieva (Owens) Harrell. After high school, Jimmie began a life long career as a welder. One of his special, job-related projects was constructing catwalks for Smith Pipeline. He enjoyed hunting arrowheads, finding bargains in antique shops, and gardening, but he was happiest when he was with his beloved grandchildren.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his children, Amanda Houston of Merkel and Joshua Dean Harrell of Synder; his grandchildren, Riston Houston, Rayson Houston, Adyson Houston, Quinton Harrell, Madison Harrell, and Cason Harrell; his mother, Genieva “Peggy” Harrell of Ballinger; his brothers, Freddy Harrell of Santa Anna, Dave Harrell of Ballinger, Tommy Harrell of Ballinger, and Chipper Harrell of McAllen; and sister, Phoebie Crosby of Rowena.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 12 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 13 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating.



Jul 09, 2015   12:16 PM

(May 31, 1958 - July 6, 2015) 


Deborah “Debbie” Jean Bertelson, 57, of San Saba passed away Monday, July 6, 2015 in her home.


She was born May 31, 1958 in Slaton, Texas to Weldon and Jeanne Brookshire. Debbie was a graduate from Pecos High school and married Keith Bertelson March 6, 1976. She spent many years working at Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos as a librarian and then retired moving to San Saba. Some of Debbie’s favorite things was playing scrabble, reading books, writing down the words to different songs with her daughter so they could learn the lyrics and spending time with her family. She will be remembered for so many things, in particular being how well she could spell. Debbie could spell words many did not know existed and if you misspelled something, she would be the first to correct you. Debbie was a Daughter, Sister, Mother and Friend and she will be missed by all who loved her.


Debbie was preceded in death by her grandfather Wendell Coyt Landtroop; grandfather Jack Brookshire; grandmother Ola Brookshire; sister-in-law, Keema Brookshire and brother-in-law, Joe Stokes.


She is survived by her parents Weldon and Jeanne Brookshire of Pecos; the father of her children Keith Bertelson of San Saba; grandmother, Imogene Landtroop of Merkel; son, Cody Bertelson and wife Christi of Burnet; daughter Rachel Bertelson of Ft. Worth; granddaughter, Payton Bertelson of Burnet; brother, Jack Brookshire of Pecos; sister Eddie Jo Stokes of Big Lake; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.


“My chains are gone I have been set free. My God, My savior has ransomed me, and like a flood, his mercy reigns, unending Love. Amazing Grace.”


Services for Debbie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger with Pastor Rey Carreon officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.



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