Kalinec, Thompson


Brenda Sue Combs Kalinec, 66, devoted wife, mother and grandmother passed away August 3, 2007 in a Corpus Christi hospital. She was born January 22, 1941 to Howard and Jewel Combs in Houston, Texas. She moved to Alice at age 2. Brenda attended St. Elizabeth elementary through eighth grade and graduated from Alice High School in 1960. While attending two years of business college, she met the love of her life on a blind date set up by her sister, Judy. Brenda married Frank T. Kalinec on May 12, 1962, and 45 years later she left his world to sit at the right hand of God.

Brenda was a homemaker and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Alice. She dedicated her life to the service of God by teaching others, young and old, Christian doctrine for more than 27 years. She was a member of the Altar Society and Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, serving as president for two years and other numerous church activities.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jimmy Combs of Beeville and Howard Ray Combs of Terrell; one sister, Katherine Ann Combs of Alice; and a brother-in-law, George Kalinec of Alice.

Survivors include her loving husband, Frank T. Kalinec of Alice; three children, Joseph H. (Angie) Kalinec of Corpus Christi, Susan M. (Ronnie) Ruether of Brenham and Nathan I. (Stephanie) Kalinec of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren, Carrie, Andrew and Kyle Kalinec of Corpus Christi, Brandon, Rachel, Cassie and Jeremy Ruether of Brenham, Matthew, Chelsea and Amber Kalinec of San Antonio; one sister, Judy K. Combs (Calvin) Siminton; brothers-in-law, Joe (Evelyn) Kalinec of Orange Grove, Charles (Margie) Kalinec of Kingsville, Henry (Jane) Kalinec of San Antonio, Jerry (Johanna) Kalinec of Alice and Benjamin (Olene) Kalinec of Waller, two sisters-in-law, Frances (Don) Olson of Oregon and Dorothy (Ronnie) Bertagna of California.

Visitation was Sunday, August 5, 2007 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Monday, August 6, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited Monday at 7 p.m. at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Alice. Burial followed in Alice Cemetery.

Holmgreen Mortuary in charge of arrangements.


AGUA DULCE, Texas - Jeffery Thompson, 38, passed away June 30, 2007. He was preceded in death by his father, Alan W. Thompson; and his son, Austin W. Thompson.

Survivors include his daughter, Gracy E. Thompson of Austin, Texas; mother, Loyce Peek; sisters, Nell (Robert) Keenan of Douglas, Wyo., Ellen Downs of Bay City, Texas, Melda (Myron) Siebe of Woodville, Texas, and Shawna (Ben) Gregory of Midfield, Texas; four nephews and four nieces.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Agua Dulce Senior Citizen Center.

Arrangements entrusted to Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston, Texas.