Obituaries

David M. Gish

Date of Birth: June 26, 1962  |   Date of Death: September 22, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 12, 2014. 

David M. Gish

Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311.      

Allyn W. Gill

Date of Birth: December 27, 1927  |   Date of Death: September 20, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

Allyn W. Gill

Allyn W. Gill, age 86, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on September 20, 2014. Visitation at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Memorial Service 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in San Marcos. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Annette Hoffman Mathes

Date of Birth: February 20, 1936  |   Date of Death: September 18, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014. 

Annette Hoffman Mathes

Annette Hoffman Mathes of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on September 18, 2014, at the age of 78. She was born February 20, 1936, in Bastrop County, Texas, to George and Bertha Lee (Salinas) Hoffman. Her husband, Robert F. Mathes preceded her in death on August 31, 2007. She is survived by three sons, Robert “Bobby” Mathes, Jr. and wife, Renee, Mitchell Mathes and wife, Gale Ann and Johnny Mathes and wife, Mariah; two daughters, Kathy Shannon and husband, Everett and Christine Hughes and husband, Wayne; four sisters, Averill, Vinnie, Vonnie and Elizabeth-Anne; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Darrell Wade Butler

Date of Birth: June 17, 1946  |   Date of Death: September 16, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 19, 2014. 

Darrell Wade Butler

Darrell Wade Butler, age 68 died at home peacefully on September 16th, 2014 after a hard battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Wade was born June 17th, 1946 in Orange Cove, California to James Oliver and Joyce Pauline Butler. He attended nine different schools while his father was in the army until his family moved to San Marcos in 1960. There he attended all four years at San Marcos High School, enjoying outdoor sports such as golfing, fishing and hunting with his friends. He worked a forty-hour week at Wuest’s Grocery after school and on Saturdays. After graduation in 1964, Wade attended Southwest Texas State University where he began to turn his interest towards science after teaching Biology labs and working as a student technician one summer for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. On January 18th, 1969 he married his High School sweetheart and graduated with a degree in Fisheries Biology and Chemistry later that year. Shortly after graduate school, Wade started his career as a biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he served as a Fisheries Biologist, then the Project Leader for the Central Texas Area for more ...

Adelle Hayes Clark

Date of Birth: April 21, 1924  |   Date of Death: September 12, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. 

Adelle Hayes Clark

Adelle Clark was born to a hardworking farming family in Dudley, Georgia. She was the last survivor of that family. She grew up during the Great Depression with little more than love and, sometimes, food on the table. She had immense love for her parents and siblings, and, as her own children grew, she often told stories about the kindness, patience, and sacrifices of her parents. During World War II she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” on the airplane manufacturing assembly line at Warner Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia. With her husband, John Lake (Jake) Clark, she raised six children. And, though the family traveled a great deal and lived in many places, she never forgot her roots. She instilled in her children the values that she was taught by her parents: kindness, generosity, and above all, compassion. She was a gentle, sweet soul who tried to always see the best in others. But, she also defended her principles and was fiercely outspoken about things that were important to her. Family and her faith in God were her lifeblood. She lived and died surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and ...

Ellen Marie Jaster

Date of Birth: November 23, 1921  |   Date of Death: September 6, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 13, 2014. 

Ellen Marie Jaster

Ellen Marie Jaster, a long-time resident of San Marcos, passed away peacefully the 6th of September 2014 at the age of 92. She was the younger daughter of Sophie and Alex Forshage. She was born on November 23, 1921, in Seguin, Texas where she lived until marrying her husband, Edmund Jaster. They moved to an uncle’s ranch outside of Uvalde Texas where Mr. Jaster was foreman and they started a family. Their first three children, Jean, George and Albert, were born there. The family moved to San Marcos in 1949 where they bought a farm and here their last two children, Elaine and John, were born. Ellen and Edmund were married nearly 55 years when Edmund passed away in 1995. Ellen was a proverbial farmer’s wife and mother who appreciated family life. She was well known for her pickles, quilts, cookies, budgeting and generosity. She was a voracious reader and liked working puzzles. She worked outside the home for a few years at IRS and was known for her math skills. She enjoyed traveling all over the world and many people enjoyed her spirit and energy. Mrs. Jaster remained on the farm ...

Ajalon Joseph Alonzo

Date of Birth: July 18, 2014  |   Date of Death: August 28, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 5, 2014. 

Ajalon Joseph Alonzo

Our beloved Angel, Ajalon Joseph Alonzo, was born on July 18, 2014 and was called to be with our Father in Heaven on Thursday, August 28, 2014. He is preceded in death by his brother, Avion Jay Alonzo; his great-grandmothers, Eloise Powell Wilson, Consuelo ‘Momo’ Cortez Alonzo and Rita Howard; his great-grandfathers, Augustine Alonzo, Sr., Joseph Howard and Teofilo Hernandez. His memories will be cherished by his mother, Tyvonna Alonzo; father, Albert Alonzo, Jr.; brothers, Aven Alonzo and Aiden Alonzo; sister, Ajavia Alonzo; maternal grandparents, Tyrone and Vickie Howard; paternal grandparents, Albert Alonzo, Sr. and Bertha Hernandez; great-grandmother, Mary Hernandez; aunts, Nita Alonzo, Yolanda Wilson and Angelica Alonzo; uncles, Joshua Hernandez and Tyrone Howard II; and numerous cousins, family and friends. Our beloved Angel will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., at Austin Powerhouse Church, 312 West MLK in San Marcos. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 A.M., officiated by Pastor Mike Davila. Pallbearers will be Albert Alonzo, Jr. and Tyvonna Alonzo. Honorary pallbearers will be Aven and Aiden Alonzo.   Interment will take place in Babyland at San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements ...

Mildred (Schneider) Arnold

Date of Birth: August 19, 1918  |   Date of Death: August 23, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 28, 2014. 

Mildred (Schneider) Arnold

Mildred Arnold, age 96, passed away Saturday evening, August 23, 2014 at Emeritus at San Marcos Assisted Living facility. She was born August 19, 1918 in Uhland, Texas. Her parents were Willie J. and Frieda (Schaeffer) Schneider. Mildred married Alton Arnold June 29, 1938 in Uhland and they were married over 50 years until his death in 1997. They had no children. Mildred is survived by a sister-in-law, nine nephews and nieces and various extended family members. Mildred was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Texas and served with a passion for over 50 years in various capacities. She was initiated into Eastern Star in Lockhart, Texas in 1956. She served as Worthy Matron a number of times – in Lockhart Chapter in 1963 , Seguin in 1997/98, and twice in San Marcos 1991/92 and 2000/01. She also served as Deputy Grand Matron in 1966/67. Mildred was a Lifetime Endowed Member in both Seguin and San Marcos. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos. Funeral Services will be held in the Pennington Funeral ...

William Royce Jackson

Date of Birth: February 24, 1951  |   Date of Death: August 20, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 26, 2014. 

William Royce Jackson

Bill Jackson, 63, of Wimberley, Texas passed away on August 20, 2014. He was born February 24, 1951 in Palacios, Texas to Bill and Grace Jackson. He attended Palacios High School, and continued his education at Texas State University, graduating in 1974 with a degree in psychology. He enjoyed fishing, reading, and time with friends and family. He is best remembered for his humor and his ability to be the life of the party. Bill is survived by his two sons Justin and Danny Jackson, daughter-in-law Janet, and granddaughter Ruby. Bill is also survived by brothers Clark, Robert, and John as well as sisters Mary and Sharilyn. The service is at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos on Tuesday August 26th at 11:00 am.  Interment will follow at the Wimberley Cemetery, Wimberley, TX In lieu of flowers, family requests a donation be made to Cypress Creek Church, 211 Stillwater Road, Wimberley, TX 78676, www.cypresscreekchurch.com Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Shirley Stiles Austin

Date of Birth: Sept 10, 1927  |   Date of Death: August 16, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 21, 2014. 

Shirley Stiles Austin

Shirley Stiles Austin, born in Del Rio, Texas Sept. 10, 1927 to Wesley E. and Edith Lewis Stiles passed from this world on Saturday, August 16. A gifted musician, speaker, educator and energetic spirit she taught drama and music in San Marcos schools for over 30 years. Shirley graduated from Baylor University with degrees in Music and Drama, later she earned a M.Ed. from UT. She was active in the radio industry and was a pioneer in broadcast television. She shared her many talents; playing the violin, harp, piano, and organ with orchestras, churches and as a teacher. She was a member of FUMC San Marcos. Always active she worked tirelessly for community groups including Junior Service League, Heritage Society and Rotary Club. She achieved many honors including San Marcos Woman of the year, Lions Club’s Outstanding Teacher, SMCISD Service Award. Shirley was a volunteer with the Heritage Association, the River Walk Cock House, and was an active Rotarian. Upon retirement she traveled far and wide with family and the Texas Strutters. Her greatest role was that of mother to her two sons Stephen F. Austin (deceased) and Wesley C. ...

Betty Rose Stephens

Date of Birth: May 23, 1922  |   Date of Death: August 15, 2014   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Thursday, August 21, 2014. 

Betty Rose Stephens

Betty Rose (McBride) Stephens, age 92, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on August 15, 2014. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, Texas. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Cynthia Castle

Date of Birth: July 30, 1955  |   Date of Death: August 4, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 13, 2014. 

Cynthia Castle

Cynthia Castle, age 59, of Geronimo, Texas, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 3:31 a.m. Cynthia lived for love and adventure. A Louisiana native, Cynthia possessed a southern charm and lightness that enamored and enchanted countless women and men of all ages. She married and had a daughter, Annie Rachael, with her first love, Steve… and later, gleefully introduced him to his new wife. She married again to her Cajun love Ken and had two daughters, Laura Beth and Bonnie Kate. Cynthia lived the last part of her life having met the love of her life and soul mate, Ricardo who resides in Mexico. A professional cartographer and GIS specialist from Texas State University, Cynthia travelled extensively, welcoming unexpected opportunities and engaging them without restraint. She was just as likely found swimming in a beloved river, growing rice and raising crawfish until she moved to Texas and became a cattle rancher, scuba diving in the Caribbean, climbing rocks to reach a waterfall’s source, meditating in the Amazon, searching for lost ruin sites in the jungle, mapping a cave or an underground river or a ranch or the underground passages of ...

Martha Tijerina

Date of Birth: July 6, 1956  |   Date of Death: August 3, 2014   |   Service Date: Mass: 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 8, 2014 

Martha Tijerina

Martha Tijerina, age 58, of Kyle, Texas, passed away on August 3, 2014. Visitation 5:00 P.M.to 8:00 P.M. and Rosary 7:00 P.M., Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Pennington Funeral Home. Mass 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 8, 2014, at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Marcos. Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Willie Joe Thomas

Date of Birth: November 8, 1948  |   Date of Death: July 25, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 

Willie Joe Thomas

Willie Joe Thomas, Sr., 65, of Seguin, Texas, passed away on July 25, 2014. Visitation at Pennington Funeral Home, 6:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M., Monday, July 28, 2014. Funeral Services 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel. Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Norman Edward Fuschak

Date of Birth: March 4, 1927  |   Date of Death: July 24, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 28, 2014. 

Norman Edward Fuschak

Norman Edward Fuschak of San Marcos, beloved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014, at the age of 87. He left his earthly bonds after a five year struggle with congestive heart failure. During his prolonged illness Norman always remained cheerful. Norman was born on March 4, 1927 in Curtain, Texas to Antone and Gussie Fuschak. He served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1944 – 1948. In 1951 he married Bonnie Ruth Neeley and was married for 53 years. They were blessed with four children. In 1963 Norman moved his family to San Marcos. Employed by Frito Lay for 25 years, he lovingly became known as “the frito man”. In 1966 he and Bonnie purchased “The Pit”, where she was employed as a waitress. Norman was an avid lover of fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. He was also an accomplished master gardener and had bountiful vegetable gardens every year. He leaves behind his loving family: daughter Shirley and husband Keith Scroggins of San Marcos; son Morgan and wife Phyllis of San Marcos; son Van and wife Suanne of San Antonio; and son Danny and wife Bridget of ...