Lawrence Jacob Tschirhart, 91, of Bigfoot passed away on Aug. 22, 2015, at Devine Health and Rehabilitation, surrounded by his family and those who loved him most. Visitation will be held today at the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Pearsall from 2 to 9 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m tomorrow at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pearsall, with interment to follow at the Charlotte City Cemetery. Lawrence was born at his country home in Castroville in 1923 to Lorine (Wernette) and Sam Tschirhart. As a child, Lawrence attended St. Louis Catholic School in Castroville where he sang in the choir and played baseball. He married Doris Hutzler on Oct. 28, 1947, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine. The couple met on Valentine’s Day and instantly bonded over their faith and common ancestry. They married just eight months later. Lawrence loved the land and made his living as a farmer.
Ernesto Flores Santos Sr., 70, of Uvalde died on Aug. 19, 2015, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 29, 1944, in Uvalde to Juanita (Flores) and Tomas Santos. He married Anna Peña in Uvalde on Sept. 17, 1999. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Christine Maldonado and husband, Arturo, of Austin and Cassandra De Hoyos of Uvalde; five sons, Ernest Santos Jr. and wife, Mary, Cruz Santos and wife, Juanita, Leeroy Santos and wife, Arcie, Michael Santos, all of Uvalde, and Roy Elemen Jr. and wife, Mary, of Adkins; nine grandchildren Kathryn Santos, Amanda Lynn Santos, Samantha Santos, C.J. Santos, Christopher Santos, Jeremy Santos, Diego Marines, Nataly Santos and Katherine Fulton and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Gilbert Santos. A rosary was recited on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held yesterday at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Anastacia Fuentez Mancha of Uvalde, 79, died on Aug. 12, 2015, at the Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. She was born on April 27, 1936, in Sonora to Filomena (Fuentez) and Cleto Sifuentes Mancha. She is survived by four sisters, Celestina S. Rangel of Del Rio, Josefa Cervantes Maria M. Ruiz, both of Uvalde, and Refugia Aguilar of Georgetown; and one brother, Anacleto Mancha of Uvalde. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Eduardo Mancha, Evaristo Mancha, Lazaro Mancha and Gregorio Mancha. A memorial service was held yesterday at 4 p.m. at Templo Cristiano Church.
Jerome John Gold, 84, died Aug. 18, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Fredericksburg to Alma (Knopp) and Guenther Theodore Gold. Visitation will take place today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes- Knowles with chaplain Bill Ruff officiating. A reception will follow at the mortuary’s reception hall. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery. Gold served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Coca Cola for 30 years, bookkeeping and managing the Uvalde plant. He was a member of the Lions Club and American Legion for many years. According to the family, Gold had a great love for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and family – especially his grandchildren. The family said he was a most loving person who enjoyed visiting with and getting to know people.
Juana B. Aguero, 67, of La Pryor died on Aug. 17, 2015, at the Christus Sister Mary Hospice Center in San Antonio. She was born on Oct. 21, 1947, in Cloete, Coahuila, Mexico to Ofelia (Zapata) and Meliton Barrera. She is survived by her sons, Eduardo Aguero and Ricardo Aguero, both of La Pryor; two sisters, Diana B. Tarin and Hilda B. Lopez, both of Mexico; four brothers, Armando Barrera of La Pryor, Adrian Barrera and Balde Barrera, both of Mexico, and Roland Barrera of Rockdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Aguero; one brother, Ricardo Barrera; and one sister, Blanca Margarita Barrera Zapata. A rosary was recited on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed at La Pryor Cemetery.
Freddie Faith “Fred” Bonnet, 83, of Fredericksburg and formerly of Uvalde, died on Aug. 15, 2015, at the Villagio Nursing Home in Kerrville. Visitation will be held tomorrow from 6-9 p.m. at Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg.
Esperanza ‘’Hopie’’ R. Hernandez, 70, of Uvalde died on Aug. 17, 2015, in Uvalde. She was born on Dec. 27, 1944, in Spofford to Julia (Bill) and Daniel Reyna. She married Miguel P. Hernandez on Jan. 11, 1965, in Uvalde. She is survived by three sons, Miguel “Mike” Hernandez Jr.