Fuhrken, Garza


ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Elton W. "Pete" Fuhrken, 82, passed away Monday, August 20, 2007. He was born May 20, 1925 in Orange Grove, Texas, and had lived there all of his life. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea. He worked for 13 years with Coastal States; later owning and operating Compressor Valve Repair in Orange Grove and owning the Orange Grove Laundromat. He was a member of Faith Church UCC, the VFW Post #8920, and the Orange Grove Rifle Club.

Survivors include his wife, Derajean Fuhrken of Orange Grove; three daughters, Kathy (Gary) Vickers of Orange Grove, Nancy Fuhrken of Hallettsville, Texas, and Patricia (Pinky) Timon of Mathis, Texas; one son, Wade Fuhrken of Orange Grove; one sister, Hertha Buehring of Orange Grove; one brother, Werner Fuhrken of Orange Grove; one aunt, one grandson, three great-granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at Dobie Funeral Home Chapel. The family was present from 6 to 7 p.m. that evening to greet friends. Funeral services were on Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Faith Church UCC in Orange Grove. Interment followed at Sons of Hermann Cemetery in Orange Grove.

Arrangements entrusted to Dobie Funeral Home of Mathis.


ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Amable Contreras Garza, 68, died Sunday, August 19, 2007 in Corpus Christi, Texas, after an illness. Born in Three Rivers, Texas, she was a rural resident of Orange Grove, Texas, and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Miguel Contreras and Zulema Guajardo; and her husband, Martin Garza Jr.

Survivors include her children, Juan Jose Garza of Corpus Christi, Texas, Librado (Suzanne) Garza, Martin III (Mari) Garza and Yolanda (Fred) Acuna, all of Orange Grove, Texas, Josie (Sam) Juarez and Lisa Garza of Alice, Texas, and Amable Garza of Orange Grove, Texas; brothers, Juan (Maria) Cortez of Corpus Cbristi, Texas, and Urbano (Diana) Guajardo of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Alicia (David) Bocanegra of San Antonio, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Michael Garza, Martin Garza IV, Mathew Garza, Zachary Nathan Garza, Amador Garza Jr. and Juan Cortez, Jr.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at Walker-Mora Chapel in Alice, Texas.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2007 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove, Texas with burial at Dillworth/Coyote Cemetery in Jim Wells County, Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Walker-Mora Funeral Home of Alice.

-Paid Obituary