Jun 18, 1923 - Dec 06, 2023
Nov 06, 1962 - Feb 18, 2024
We regretfully announce the passing of Yolanda Castro-Rodriguez of Austin, Texas on February 18th, 2024.Yolanda was born in Austin, Texas on November 6th, 1962, and was raised by her parents Jaime and Leonor. She was the oldest sister to Jaime Jr., Timothy (spouse Heather), and Georgina (spouse Jose). As a teenager, she attended William B. Travis High School, where she discovered a passion for nursing and giving support to those who needed it most. Yolanda spent the next phase of her life as a registered nurse, focusing on hospice care and senior home care. Alongside her career, Yolanda became an amazing mother, raising her two sons Babak Ghiassi and Gary Wayne Anderson. She was blessed with two grandsons, Elijah Wayne Anderson and Brandon Sosa.Yolanda was an absolute firecracker of a person, always living life to the fullest. She enjoyed driving fast cars, always matching her outfit with accessories, and most of all, gifting her time and presence to family. From childhood, she gave herself to the Lord and was the anchor her friends and family needed most when life became difficult. As she grew older, Yolanda never stopped being a caregiver, and she found her home alongside her sons in Del Valle where she helped raise her grandsons. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. We will miss her beyond what words can describe.Yolanda was preceded in death by her mother Leonor, and is survived by her sons Babak and Gary Wayne, her father Jaime, her siblings Jaime Jr., Timothy, and Georgina, her grandsons Elijah and Brandon, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who love her all very much.The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Harrell Funeral Home of Austin.A Celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm in the Harrell Funeral Home Chapel. A reception for family and friends will follow.
Harvey Gene Townsend
Oct 02, 1947 - Feb 21, 2024
Harvey Gene Townsend of Austin died on February 21, 2024. He was born in Georgetown, Texas, on October 2, 1947, the fifth of six children born to James Marvin and Alvena Beckman Townsend. His family farmed in the areas around Georgetown, Manor and Round Rock and moved to Austin in 1959.In 1967, Harvey married Janet King. They were married more than ten years and had three children, Becky, Greg, and Brooke. On November 27, 1981, Harvey married Sharon Burger.Harvey left Lanier High School before graduating with his class in 1966 but later received his GED. For many years he operated a Mobil service station on Cameron Road in Austin. In 1975 he went to work for Texas Battery Associates. When the company was sold, he continued to work under the new ownership until 1985, when he and Jerry Dumais left to form a separate company, Advance Battery Associates. He retired in 2010 as part owner of Advance and manager of the Austin location.Harvey loved to play poker, pool, dominoes and craps. In retirement he played high stakes golf, trying to win a quarter a hole from his friends.Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother James Marvin, Jr., sister Rogene and her husband Jerry Marcuse, sister Betty Nash, and brother Stanley Townsend. He was also preceded in death by his wife Sharon, whom he was married to for 38 years and shared a deep and abiding love and friendship. Harvey is survived by his children and grandchildren: Becky Townsend, her son Devin Williamson and her partner Arlene Cumming; Greg Townsend, his wife Robin, his son Hunter and Robin’s daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter Tara, Aaron, and Avery Hunter; and Brooke Townsend-Garcés, her husband Daniel Garcés and their sons Ezra and Evan.Harvey also is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Richard and Wanda Townsend of Lexington, sister-in-law Denise Townsend of Round Rock, brother-in-law Clarence Nash of Austin, and cousin Ruth Hyatt of Manor, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.Burial will be at Weir Cemetery.Harvey’s going away party will be held at Skinny Bob’s Too, 300 Hester’s Crossing, Round Rock, TX 78681 on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 1:30 – 5 pm. The family looks forward to seeing you there.
Nancy Lee (Davidson) Jordan
Jan 29, 1935 - Feb 21, 2024
Nancy Lee (Davidson) JordanJanuary 29, 1935 - February 21, 2024Nancy Jordan passed quietly Wednesday the 21st of February after an extended struggle with dementia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack G. Jordan, also of Midland, her son, Craig A. Jordan of Dallas and her sister, Nina L. Thompson of Fort Collins, Colorado. She is survived by her son, Michael D. Jordan and his wife, Grace S. Jordan and their children, Catherine Jordan and her husband, Joshua B. Jordan, Madeline Jordan and Craig Jordan’s son, Sean Jordan.Nancy spent most of her living years in service to others. Her participation with many community organizations on both a volunteer and staff basis brought her joy. She served as the volunteer secretary to the board of the United Way for several terms. After this, she joined Lutheran Social Services of Texas where she organized and supplied Lifeline services to the elderly in Midland and several adjacent counties so they could reach emergency services easily. After Lutheran Social Services, Nancy joined the board of Casa de Amigos in Midland and served for multiple terms before she was asked to be interim executive director while the board conducted a search for the permanent director. Once the interim role concluded, Nancy stayed on as a secretary to the director, retiring in 2013. Upon retirement, Nancy moved to the Austin area to be closer to family. She loved being close to her two granddaughters and they loved having her nearby. For 44 years, Nancy was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Midland and served on several committees, many of them focused on helping others. One of her earlier contributions was as a member of the Chrismon committee, making the Christmas ornaments for the sanctuary Christmas trees by hand. It was during her time on this committee that she developed a way to prevent natural Christmas trees from dropping too many needles. Her secret was to find a willing church member and place the trees in their swimming pool for a weekend, which allowed the tree to soak up water and drop fewer needles for the season. Nancy was part of the Nominating, Church Library, Missions and Local Missions committees and worked as a division leader for the adult Bible studies. She later moved to the Christian Education committee where she served for several years. In 1996 she was nominated and served as a Deacon for the 1999 class. She was nominated again in 2006. Nancy had a love for travel. She and her younger sister, Nina would travel to Europe and all over the US as well as taking several cruises together. Nancy always would bring back great stories of their adventures while away. Shortly after, the next trip was already in the planning stages. Her love for travel was second only to her love of making things. The Chrismons were only a small part of the work she did making things for others. Nancy sewed many of her own clothes for many years as well as clothing for her family. Giving clothes new life, mending still usable clothing from the family to make it suitable for donation to families in need. She also loved needlepoint, making a treasured Christmas stocking for each member of the family and many beautiful framed needlepoint prints. She would often combine these two crafts and create clothing with needlepoint accents that made them truly one of a kind outfits. Most evenings, Nancy would be working on a current project in her favorite chair as she listened to the TV. More than any of these Nancy loved God and her family. In everything she did, she was a living model of Jesus’ call to “Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37) and to “Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:38). Nancy had a servant’s heart throughout her life and we are certain that Jesus welcomed her home, saying “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Luke 19:17).Services will be held graveside at Resthaven Cemetery at 11am, March the 2nd. Dr. Steve Schorr of First Presbyterian Midland, officiant. All are welcome.In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to your local Hospice or dementia support agency.
Dr. Jeran Joe Hooten
Oct 09, 1942 - Feb 13, 2024
Dr. Jeran Joe Hooten claimed the victory of eternal life with Jesus on February 13, 2024. Jeran had a zest for life and was a never-ending source of unconditional love for his family, friends, patients, and orthodontic office teammates. He loved the Lord Jesus and regularly attended church throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jeran was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, and lived on a ranch where his father raised Angus cattle and Columbia sheep. When the cold winters became challenging, his parents decided to move south. After researching the best place to live, they decided on Austin, Texas. Jeran attended Baker School, University Junior High School, and McCallum High School, where he made many lifelong friends. After graduating from McCallum in 1960, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he became a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Because he made up his mind to become a dentist in 7th grade, Jeran applied to dental school during his sophomore year of college and was accepted to the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He was 19 years old when he began dental school! In his dental school class, he met several fellow students who have been lifelong friends. During his junior year at McCallum, Jeran met a girl named Janet. After dating for seven years, he married her two weeks after his graduation from dental school. Jeran had been accepted into an army internship, and he was assigned to Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco. Newlyweds Jeran and Janet left Austin in their new Corvette for a year-long “honeymoon” in San Francisco. In exchange for the internship program, Jeran gave two additional years to the army as a captain. He was assigned to a small security post near Petaluma, California, where he enjoyed being the only dentist on post. He was able to travel around California and the Pacific Northwest with his new bride. Orthodontic residency back at the University of Texas Dental Branch came next. With the help of his father, he built an orthodontic office on Shoal Creek where he practiced for 48 years! He also had a satellite practice in Taylor, Texas. His feeling of going to “work” each morning was one of joy. “I can’t wait to go to the office!” Many perfect smiles came out of those 48 years. He had the respect of dentists and his team members as a result of his high standards in the orthodontic field. His many patients touched his life, and he attended football games, basketball games, graduations, weddings, and other events in support of them and their families. Jeran was the ultimate professional and always pursued more C.E. than required. For many years, he served in leadership positions in the Capital Area Dental Society and the Texas Dental Association, as well as the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists. Twice he was voted “Dentist of the Year” for the Capital Area Dental Society. It was at their board meetings that he became fond of Pecan Fudge Balls. Jeran was a member of the Rotary Club of West Austin for over 50 years, serving in several leadership roles, including President. His generosity and love for rotary inspired him to become a Paul Harris Fellow. Jeran and Janet have held season tickets for the Austin Symphony Orchestra since 1975. Jeran was honored to have been a member of the Knights of the Symphony and Lord Chancellor XXXVI. Jeran learned to ski as a young teenager in 1956 behind his parents’ boat on Lake Austin. He quickly excelled and became a competitor at local, regional, and national tournaments. He trained with several other young men who became close, lifelong friends. Water skiing was a passion and a family affair, and both his children and grandchildren have been involved in tournament skiing. Jeran made many beloved friends in the ski community. Just being on the water was not enough. He also became a tournament official as a judge, scorer, and driver. When it became difficult to train on Lake Austin, he and a friend built competition ski lakes on land between Hutto and Taylor. These lakes became known as Frame Switch Ski Lakes, and countless fun hours were spent there. In fact, when asked to travel, Jeran declared he would love to travel I35 and SH79 to Frame Switch! The University of Texas Water Ski Team continues to practice at Frame Switch, and Jeran’s grandson Carter Hooten is carrying on the family tradition as a member and the president of the team. Jeran was a beloved husband to Janet for 57 years, a devoted father to Jennifer and Dax McCracken and Jody and Stephanie Hooten, and a caring grandfather to Madeleine and Bailey Muselwhite; Vivi, Mary Margaret, and Elizabeth McCracken; and Caroline, Carter, and Christian Hooten. His loving parents, Joe and Janis Hooten, and sister, Janeil Bernard, preceded Jeran in death. We appreciate the outpouring of love that our family has received. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the: Capital Area Dental Foundation: https://www.capitalareadentalfoundation.org 4407 Bee Caves Road, #621 Austin, TX 78746 or to the Austin Symphony Orchestra: https://give.austinsymphony.org/af23 Austin Symphony Orchestra Attn: Development Office 1806 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78701 A visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish on Friday, March 1, from 5-7 p.m. 5416 Parkcrest Drive, Austin, TX 78731 A celebration of life service will take place at LifeFamily Church, Ketterman Family Chapel on March 2, at 2 p.m. 8901 West Highway 71, Austin TX 78735. Please feel free to wear colorful clothing to the service.
Frances Irene Raesz
May 10, 1933 - Feb 21, 2024
Frances Irene Raesz, age 90, of Austin, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. A visitation for Frances will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Ih-35, Pflugerville, TX 78660. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 14501 North Ih-35, Pflugerville, TX 78660. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 14501 North Ih-35, Pflugerville, TX 78660. A committal service will occur Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, 14501 North Ih-35, Pflugerville, TX 78660.
Bobby A. Smith
Nov 02, 1934 - Feb 13, 2024
On Tuesday morning, February 13, 2024, Bobby A. Smith, loving husband and father of two children passed away at the age of eighty-nine years of age. Bobby was born on November 2, 1934, in Anderson, South Carolina to Elbert and Eleanor Smith and was the oldest of eight children. He married Lucretia Hawkins in January of 1957 and is survived by his wife of 67 years. He has two children, his daughter, Laura, and her husband Rick, and his son Paul, and his wife Lisa. Bobby and Lucretia have four grandchildren, Bobby, Chase, Brittany, and Ansley, and eight great-grandchildren with the ninth due in March. Bobby worked in the textile mill in Pelzer, South Carolina as a young boy, and in his teenage years went to work full-time in the mill to help support his family. He enlisted in the United States Army at seventeen years of age and served in the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, and the ROK Presidential Unit Commendation. Bobby was a hard worker and held numerous jobs until ultimately, he developed a career at General Motors, the Lakewood Plant in College Park, Georgia. He retired from GM and opened his own locksmith business which he operated for approximately ten years before selling the business and retiring. Bobby was proud to celebrate 47 years of sobriety and helped many people on their road to recovery. Bobby loved reading his Bible, praying, hunting, working in his yard, taking care of his family, and helping people. Bobby was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and watched every game during the last three seasons. A viewing will be held at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home at 6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749 on Saturday evening, February 24th, 2024 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The funeral will be a military graveside held at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on Monday morning, February 26th at 9:30 AM.
Erwin Ray Schulze
Oct 14, 1954 - Feb 09, 2024
"Funeral services for Erwin Ray Schulze, 69 of Northrup, Texas are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester, Texas with Rev. Nate Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Erwin Ray Schulze was born on October 14, 1954 in Giddings, Texas to Carl “C.A.” Schulze and Bobbie (Thornton) Schulze. He was baptized on October 21, 1954 at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington and was confirmed March 22, 1970 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester. Erwin married Laverne Zoch on February 8, 1992 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas. He worked as a laminator at Droemer Industries, and Kaemark Furniture Company in Giddings, Texas for over thirty years combined. When Erwin wasn’t working, he could be found donating his time to the many organizations that he was in. He was an active member at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church serving as an Elder, an Usher, and serving time on the Finance Board. Erwin was also a board member with the Texas Farm Bureau. In 1992 he became Laverne’s traveling companion and worked with her at her business, Home Interiors. When Erwin wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing, tending to his animals, traveling, and working at the Auction Barn in Giddings. Most of all he enjoyed meeting new people and spending time with his family. Erwin passed away the evening of Friday, February 9, 2024 at St. David’s South Medical Center in Austin with his wife by his side. He is preceded in death by his father, Carl “C.A.” Schulze; his brother, Carl Lee Schulze; parents-in-law, Melvin and Frances Zoch, and brother-in-law, James F. Zoch. Erwin is survived by his wife, Laverne Schulze of Northrup; two children, Mark Schulze of McKinney and Christina Schulze of San Antonio; nine grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one sister, Debbie Snider and husband, David Burkhaulter of Palacios; his mother, Bobbie Schulze of Giddings; sister-in-law, Judy Boriack and her husband, Delvin of Northrup as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends. Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery Fund or to assist the family with final expenses."
Sandy Gil Eureste
Feb 20, 1958 - Feb 20, 2024
Here is the foundation obituary. You'll see the areas where traditionally you would add additional information if you'd prefer to do so. Feel free to adjust any of my language to your preference. ------------------------------------------------ Our beloved Sandy Gil Eureste, age 66, was called to our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, February 20, 2024. She was preceded in death by her father, Antonio O. Gil; her sister, Gloria Gil, and her brothers-in-law, Alvin Romo and Jose Tapia. Sandy is survived by her her mother, Antonia Q. Gil; loving husband and stepchildren, Thomas Eureste, Jacob Valdez and his wife, Felicita, Jennifer Valdez, Richard A. Eureste, Michael J. Eureste; her siblings, Virginia Romo, Antonio "Tony" Gil and his wife, Angie, Joana Gil and her husband, Alberto Rendon), Alex Gil and his wife, Isabel, Rene Gil and his wife, Delia, and Irene Tapia, as well as numerous treasured grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends. Honored Pallbearers will be Jacob Valdez, Richard A. Eureste, Michael J. Eureste, Tony Gil, Jr., Alex Gil, and Sesh Alvin Herrera Visitation will be held from 5:00-9:00 with Recitation of Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Mission Funeral Home - South Side, 6204 S. First St., Austin, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 10000 David Moore Dr., Austin, Texas. Interment will follow at Onion Creek Memorial Park Cemetery, 11610 Chapel Ln., Austin, Texas.
Nancy Jean Hoelscher Murray
Nov 08, 1964 - Feb 20, 2024
Nancy Jean Hoelscher Murray passed away in an Austin hospital after a brief illness on February 20, 2024, at the age of 59. Nancy was born November 8, 1964, in Rosebud, Texas, to her parents, Edgar and Beatrice Hoelscher. She grew up on a farm near Lott and attended grade school in Westphalia and Lott. She graduated as valedictorian from Rosebud-Lott High School in 1983. She attended college at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton on an athletic scholarship, playing basketball and volleyball and attaining a degree in education. Nancy worked as a teacher and coach in both the LaVega and Midway school districts. She met the love of her life, Roddy Murray, a fellow teacher in Waco, and they were married in Westphalia on March 10, 1990. They relocated to Austin where Nancy transitioned to a new position. Having learned to use sign language to better communicate with and help her deaf Uncle Wilfred and Aunt Elaine, she completed the coursework to become a certified interpreter for the deaf. She worked the remainder of her career as an interpreter with Austin ISD. After retiring in 2015, she continued interpreting part-time. Nancy will be remembered for her generous and loving spirit, her love of family, her affection for cats, her affinity for garage sales, but most of all, her love of her partner and best friend, Roddy. He was always by her side. She also treasured the time she spent with her niece Madelynn and nephew Noah. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Alan Ray Hoelscher and Roger Lynn Hoelscher. She is survived by brothers Donald Hoelscher of Temple and Dennis Hoelscher and wife Donna of Hewitt; sisters Ann Saur and husband Phil of Comfort and Kathy Asher and husband Trey of Palestine; sister-in-law Cindy Hoelscher of Riesel; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be provided by Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Rosebud on Tuesday, February 27. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 followed by the Rosary. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, Texas, will be held at 10:00 on Wednesday, February 28.
Linda Lee Aaker
Oct 27, 1948 - Feb 15, 2024
Linda Lee Aaker died on February, 15th in Austin Texas. Linda learned early in life in Texas that if you made good grades and were polite, you could get away with otherwise outrageous behavior including protesting the Vietnam War, hitchhiking through Europe, trekking in the Himalayas, branding cattle, and becoming a pilot and a mother. After attending The University of Texas Law School, she joined the Texas Attorney General’s Office (1974-83), where she wrote the opinion holding that women did not have to assume their husband’s surnames upon marriage. Eventually she became Chief of the Antitrust Division where she negotiated the settlement of the largest state antitrust civil penalties lawsuit in the United States at that time. Linda left public service to become a partner in the Austin firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel (1983- 2000). President Clinton appointed Linda to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities where she served from 2000-05. She served on various boards involving women’s issues as well as on the board of Mosaic and the The Center for Public Policy Priorities (now Every Texan) from 2007-2016. In addition to her book, A Woman’s Odyssey: Journals l976-92 she published numerous articles in the Washington Post. She is survived by her son Will; her sisters Cathy and Janet; niece Courtney and her son Casper; nephew David and his children Nigel, Gavin, and Harlan; niece Karina and niece Amy; children of her husband Bob - Shannon, Landis,Martha Louise and her children Landis Hagerty and Finn Hagerty Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the University United Methodist Church (2409 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705). Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, she would be honored if you would do a random act of kindness.