Obituaries

Virginia “Virnie” Lehmann

Date of Birth: Sept 5, 1930  |   Date of Death: Sept 11, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, Sept 15, 2016. 

Virginia “Virnie” Lehmann

Virginia “Virnie” Lehmann was born on September 5, 1930 in Lockhart, Texas and passed away peacefully at her home in East Bernard, Texas on September 11, 2016. She was born to Joseph Henry Bienek and Christina Constansia Charnetski, the sixth of their seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert William Lehmann; her sisters, Leona Shaw and Emma Walkoski; and her brothers, Vincent Bienek, Queenteen Bienek, and Clifton Bienek. She married Gilbert William Lehmann on March 1, 1952, and remained married until his death on October 23, 1990. Her pride and joy was her family. She had eight children, 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Her voice would smile when any one of them called her on the phone, and her face would light up when one of them walked through her front door. She loved every moment she spent with them. She had a beautiful, gentle, and kind spirit. She enjoyed caring for others. If she could make someone happy, especially through her most enjoyed hobbies of sewing, cooking, or gardening, she would eagerly do so. She would readily cook a nice, homemade meal or give away some ...

Patricia Gayle (Pat) Dismukes Murdock

Date of Birth: August 30, 1939  |   Date of Death: September 22, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

Patricia Gayle (Pat) Dismukes Murdock

Patricia Gayle (Pat) Dismukes Murdock, a longtime spokesperson for Texas State University and a tireless community volunteer, died of cancer on Sept. 22. She was born August 30, 1939 in Elgin and grew up in rural Lee County in a community called Knobbs Springs. After graduating from Lexington High School and later Wharton County Junior College, Murdock moved to San Marcos in 1959 to study journalism and English at what was then Southwest Texas State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree there in 1962 and a master’s degree in guidance counseling and English in 1969. In San Marcos, Murdock met her future husband, Rennie Murdock, at Wallings Creamery downtown. They were married from 1960 until Rennie Murdock’s death in 1994. Murdock worked at Texas State for more than four decades including 23 as its news and information service director, a position she held from 1971 to 1994. When Murdock retired in 2007, university president Denise M. Trauth said, “In her long career, she has epitomized the concept of ‘town-gown’ relations … Her volunteer spirit is unrivaled in San Marcos.” Murdock was an original member of the San Marcos Summerfest Steering Committee; former co-general ...

Dorothy “Dottie” Payne Sims

Date of Birth: Sept 11, 1923  |   Date of Death: Sept 20, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, Sept 28, 2016. 

Dorothy “Dottie” Payne Sims

Former Hays County Treasurer Dorothy "Dottie" Payne Sims passed away peacefully in her home with family on September 20, 2016, at the age of 93. Born Dorothy Lucille Payne on September 11, 1923 she is a third generation direct-descendent of Texas frontier leader General Edward Burleson – a family pedigree and heritage that some say gives her the birthright of Texas Royalty. Graduated from San Marcos High School in 1940 she attended Southwest Texas Teachers College where she played basketball, worked at Gary Air Force base as a night telephone operator and took up flight lessons. On August 5, 1945 she married her high school sweetheart, army career man James Patrick Frazier, at the First United Methodist Church San Marcos.  Their tours of duty included Fort Devens, Ft. Hood, Ft. Collins, Ft. Gulch (Panama Canal Zone) and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. While stationed in D.C. she fostered lifelong friendships with Rep. Jake Pickle (the most lovable congressman from the great state of Texas), Rep. Sam Rayburn (“our Sam” as she referred to him), and renewed a generations-old family friendship with Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson, who would later become the 36th President of ...

Jeannie Collier

Date of Birth: September 9, 1936  |   Date of Death: September 20, 2016   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Sunday, September 25, 2016. 

Jeannie Collier

Jeannie Collier of  Uhland, Texas, devoted,  loving mother, sister and aunt passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the age of 80.  She was born on September 9, 1936 in Uhland, Texas, the daughter of the late Eugene P. and Margaret Viola (Weisser) Wranitzky. An avid Texas Rangers baseball and Texas Longhorns fan, Jeannie enjoyed playing card games but especially “42” and “Blitz”.  China/porcelain painting was another of her favorite pastimes which she loved to do. Jeannie’s family was her pride and joy. She loved every moment she spent with them.  She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her parents, her husband, Jimmy Collier, and a sister, Doris Hagedorn (2012) preceded her in death.  She is survived by her daughter, Kay Collier and husband, Wayne Lewis of Greensboro, NC; sister, Mary Anderson and husband, Johnny of  Lakeway, TX; sister-in-law, Ruth Holt of Uhland, TX; brother-in-law, Alton Hagedorn of Lakeway, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, September 24, 2016.  A graveside service celebrating Jeannie’s life will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, September 25, ...

Carrie Lynn Beeson

Date of Birth: June 23, 1979  |   Date of Death: September 16, 2016   |   Service Date: 12:00 P.M., Saturday, September 24, 2016. 

Carrie Lynn Beeson

Carrie Lynn Beeson of San Marcos, Texas, devoted and loving wife, mother and friend passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016, at the age of 37.  She was born in Pontiac, Michigan on June 23, 1979, the daughter of Bruce and Illene (Parcells) Porritt . Carrie was a Registered Nurse who worked in the Travis County community and enjoyed caring for others.  She loved every moment she spent with her family, they were her pride and joy.  She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan P. Beeson; her mother, Illene Frances (Parcells) Porritt; two sons, Blaze and Walker Beeson; brother, Mike Porritt; and many friends. A Celebration of  Life Service for Carrie will be held at 12:00 P.M., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Staples Baptist Church in Staples, Texas. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Emma Irene Koch Hill

Date of Birth: February 15, 1917  |   Date of Death: September 18, 2016   |   Service Date: Graveside: 10:00 A.M. & Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, Sept 21, 2016. 

Emma Irene Koch Hill

Emma Irene Koch Hill and her beloved late husband, Adolph Hill, were reunited on the 18 of Sept., 2016,  Her children have pictured her homecoming where Adolph, with his typical half-smile and wink, probably said, “What took you so long?”  What delayed their reunion, was a busy life that Emma led to the fullest by serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, her church, her family, and her friendships. Yet, not a day went by that she didn’t miss him and their time together. Born on the 15th of February, 1917, Emma passed away with the same beautiful strength, grace and faith with which she lived.  She was 99.  Emma was one of six children born to Gus and Otillie Theresa Apel Koch in Coryell County, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Vernon, Irvin, Albert and Harold Koch.  The Kochs were farmers of German descent who settled near Gatesville, Texas.  They were founders and members of the German Bethel Baptist Church, and it was there at a youth conference in 1938 that Emma met her future husband, Adolph Hill, from Kyle, Texas.  They were ...

Leopoldo “Leo” San Miguel

Date of Birth: May 9, 1931  |   Date of Death: Sept 13, 2016   |   Service Date: Visit: 5:00 P.M, & Rosary: 7:00 P.M, Sunday, Sept 18-Mass: 10:00 A.M., Monday, Sept 19, 2016. 

Leopoldo “Leo” San Miguel

Leopoldo “Leo” San Miguel of San Marcos, Texas, passed away at his home on September 13, 2016, at the age of 85.  He was born May 9, 1931 in Martindale, Texas, to Sebastian and Benita (Trejo) San Miguel. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elena San Miguel; his parents, Sebastian and Benita San Miguel; grandmother, Concha San Miguel; and his siblings, Amelia Perez, Dora Salinas and Ramino San Miguel. He is survived by two brothers, Sebastian San Miguel, Jr. and Guadalupe San Miguel; three sisters, Beatrice San Miguel, Gracie Martinez and Zulema Waggoner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Leo enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and being outdoors.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 19, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Marcos.  Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North ...

Marchia Gault Williams

Date of Birth: March 17, 1953  |   Date of Death: Sept 13, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 17, 2016. 

Marchia Gault Williams

Marchia Gault Williams (nee Gault) was born in San Angelo, Texas, on March 17, 1953, to Billee Marie and Joe Brown Gault. Growing up in Texas, she fostered a love of road trips, Dr. Pepper and Underwood's BBQ that would stay with her forever. Her birthday spurred a love of holidays from the very beginning. She passed away peacefully on September 13, 2016, knowing that she was loved beyond compare. In 1971, she followed her older sister Cissy to the University of North Texas. Upon graduation, she then followed her oldest sister Ann Spiller to Akron, Ohio, where she lived for more than a decade. On August, 23, 1978, she married Thomas McKean Williams in Brady, Texas. In 1988, the family moved to Roswell, Georgia, where the art of "getting lost" resulted in the discovery of many hidden gems and popping into “little shops.” Favorites like the Stone Mountain Laser Show, Lake Lanier Christmas Lights and beach trips to both Seaside and Hilton Head made good memories, but she also excelled at filling the most mundane task with laughter and spunk. While raising her three children, Marchia (Marcia to all, but with an extra “h” because of ...

Sandra (Sandy) Teddlie Roberts

Date of Birth: Oct 21, 1954  |   Date of Death: Sept 10, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 17, 2016. 

Sandra (Sandy) Teddlie Roberts

Sandra (Sandy) Teddlie Roberts was born to, William Donald Teddlie and Edna Teddlie on October 21, 1954 in Buda, Texas.  She passed away at the age of 61, on September 10, 2016 at her mother’s home in San Marcos, Texas.  Sandy was preceded in death by her father, William Donald Teddlie and her brother, Bobby Lynn Teddlie. Sandy was raised in Kyle, Texas and graduated from Jack C. Hays High School in 1973.  She spent many years helping children at the San Marcos Treatment Center and later joined the Transportation Department with the Hays Consolidated School District, where she was employed for 19 years and completed her working career. In 1993, Sandy was reunited with, and then married to, her high school sweetheart, Tommy Roberts.  They lived their lives together in Dripping Springs, TX for nearly 23 years.  Sandy and Tommy both enjoyed nature and taking trips - most recently having spent a month traveling and camping throughout the Rocky Mountain states – Colorado being her favorite of all.  But it was cooking that pleased Sandy the most, and she loved entertaining and preparing wonderful meals for her guests.  She refused to allow anyone to leave without having enjoyed a home-cooked feast. Having no ...

Mary Ann Bell

Date of Birth: Sept 5, 1946  |   Date of Death: Sept 10, 2016   |   Service Date: Memorial Service Pending 

Mary Ann Bell

Mary Ann Bell of San Marcos, Texas, Professor of Library Science at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, passed away on September 10, 2016, at the age of 70.  She was born in Tyler, Texas, on September 5, 1946, to the late Zeb and Lois (Gunn) Fitzgerald. She is survived by her daughter, Emily Herring of San Marcos; brother, William “Bill” Fitzgerald and wife, Kyra of Austin; niece, Deborah Fowler and husband, Bill; nephew, Jay Fitzgerald and wife, Joanna; and numerous nieces and nephews from the Herring family. Memorial Services pending. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Alannah Rose Ritch

Date of Birth: May 10, 1995  |   Date of Death: Sept 8, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, Sept 14, 2016. 

Alannah Rose Ritch

Alannah Rose Ritch of San Marcos, Texas, beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend passed away suddenly in College Station, Texas, on September 8, 2016, at the age of 21. She was born May 10, 1995, in San Marcos, to Andrew and Kathleen (Gorman) Ritch. An honors graduate of San Marcos High School, Class of 2013, Alannah was a senior Psychology major at Texas A&M University with plans to graduate in May. She loved music and during high school was very active in Band where she played the French Horn and Trumpet. Alannah quietly served others in so many ways including being an Impact counselor at A&M, serving on the Mission Service Project team for the past 7 summers and helping rebuild flooded homes. She volunteered on several other mission teams, too numerous to list. She was also very active in the First United Methodist Church in San Marcos. Alannah loved sunsets, the beach, her family, and hanging out with her many friends. She loved playing the guitar, riding her bike, going to concerts and spending time outdoors. With her warm, gentle, loving spirit and contagious smile, she made friends everywhere she ...

Scott Benfield

Date of Birth: Dec 11, 1965  |   Date of Death: Sept 8, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. 

Scott Benfield

Scott Benfield of San Marcos passed away on September 8, 2016 at the age of 50.  He was born on December 11, 1965 in San Antonio, Texas to Fred and Kathleen (Nagel) Benfield. Scott was a fun loving person who loved to be with his family and friends.  He loved to golf, hunt, bowl and bar-b-que.  He was a devoted and faithful man of the Hays Praise Emmaus group.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Edwin and Edna Nagel; and his aunt, Sandra Machen. Scott  is survived by his sister, Melissa Benfield of Dallas; his beloved Aunt Jean and Uncle Charles; his cousins, Jeff Nagel and Katy  and family, Greg Nagel and Eric Barton, Ann and Jim Pratt and Sam, David Machen and family, Denise Laffey and family, Dan Machen and family, Doug Machen and family, and numerous cousins.  He is also survived by numerous golf buddies, hunting buddies, bowling friends, high school “Rebel True” friends and many more friends in addition to his Emmaus family. Family and friends will gather at Cypress Creek Church, 211 Stillwater in Wimberley ...

Mike Wood

Date of Birth: Feb 21, 1944  |   Date of Death: Sept 6, 2016   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Monday, Sept 12, 2016. 

Mike Wood

Mike Wood of Martindale, Texas, loving husband, father and grandfather passed on to meet our Lord Jesus on September 6, 2016 at the age of 72.  He was born on February 21, 1944 in Selma, Alabama, to Herman and Pearl (Whitcomb) Wood. Mike was a man with a love for his family and strong Christian faith.  He had a gift for connecting with people....digging deep, asking questions about their life and really focusing on what matters.  Professionally, Mike was a pilot who flew for Continental Airlines all over the world for 35 years.  In his spare time, he loved restoring old cars into beautiful hotrods, driving them to rod runs and meeting new people who became longtime friends. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly Wood; son Ross Wood, wife Jennifer and grandson Luke, all of Kyle, Tx. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin at 1:00 P.M., Monday, September 12, 2016. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mike's memory may be made to the Gold Ribbon Rescue (an organization for sheltering, fostering and adopting Golden Retrievers) by visiting www.grr-tx.com, P. O, Box 956, Austin, Texas ...

Joe Kohut

Date of Birth: Feb. 3, 1940  |   Date of Death: Sept. 4, 2016   |   Service Date: Visitation: 1:30 P.M. and Service: 2:30 P.M., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. 

Joe Kohut

Joe Kohut, loving father, grandfather and lifelong resident of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at the age of 76.  He was born February 3, 1940, in San Marcos, to the late Adolph Joe and Pezzie Amelia (Wimberley) Kohut. Joe worked for Sherwin Williams for over 20 years.  He co-owned and operated Central Texas Decorating and retired from Lancaster Paint & Supplies as an area sales representative. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He loved to cook and spent many years on the river in Wimberley and was famous for his barbequed brisket and ribs.  He served multiple terms on the board for the Men’s State Chili Championship in San Marcos known as Chilympaid where he earned the famous “El Jefe” vest for service. His first wife, Kathleen Mary Kohut and their children, Bonnie Jo Kohut and Mark Allen Kohut preceded him in death as well as his beloved brother, Kenneth Kohut. He is survived by five daughters and one son, Debbie Fruithandler and husband, Eric and their son, Marc of Coppell, Jacque Hansen and husband, Jeff and their sons, Grant, Ryan and Jason of Arlington, Jessica ...

Elenora “Ellie” Doris Schawe

Date of Birth: Sept. 5, 1928  |   Date of Death: Sept. 6, 2016   |   Service Date: Visitation: 6:00 P.M., Friday, Sept. 9 -- Services:1:00 P.M., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. 

Elenora “Ellie” Doris Schawe

Elenora "Ellie" Doris Schawe, age 88, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on September 6, 2016. Ellie was born September 5, 1928 in Niederwald, Texas to Emil and Olga Wisian. Ellie married the love of her life, Willie Ben Schawe in 1947.  The couple settled in San Marcos, where they raised their sons, Donald and Jackie. Ellie was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She was very proud of her family and was excited to become a Grandma to her four grandchildren, Amanda, Rebecca, Brandon and BreAnn and great-grandma or "Gigi" as she was called to four great-grandchildren. Ellie loved holidays and family get-togethers. Any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. Ellie was known for her kind, loving, and generous personality. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Family and friends will gather at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos on Friday, September 9th for visitation from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Funeral service will be at St. John Lutheran Church, 20 N Camino Real, Uhland, TX on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn in Martindale. Arrangements under the care and guidance ...