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NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press September 11,2013 Page 2C + KICKEITIZ Jim Kickertz died Saturday, Sept. 7 at his home in Kyle. He was 61 years old. James Gordon Kick- .ertz, the son of Fred Otto Kickertz and Myrtle Ruth Kickertz, was born May3, 1952 in Glen- wood, Minnesota. Jim grew up in Glenwood and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1970. He moved to Austin in 1971 and be- gan his career as a meat cutter for Safeway, Inc. In 1984, Jim began his long-time relationship with Whole Foods, first as a meat cutter, then a meat and sea- food consultant. At the same time, to follow his own personal woodworking dream, Jim began building birdhouses and patio decks in his garage. One day, after constructing a college-style bookcase, Jim was inspired to pursue a new career as a woodworker. Jim's love ofwood- OBITUARIES working started as a hobby and progressed to setting up his business, K&J Woodworks, in his garage in 1987. WhenWhole Foods needed some store fixtures, Jim started building their display cases. As Jim put it, just as Whole Foods was erupting, he was able to erupt with them. Jim's entrepreneurial passion, combined with the rise of Whole Foods, landed him various side project jobs fabricating custom miUwork fixtures for stores both locally in Texas and across the country. Outgrowing the garage, K&J moved to its own building in Kyle and then, in 2010, to a new building in Uhland, designed by Jim. Over 27 years, Jim built K&J Woodworks into a very successful business, which just this summer celebrated the opening of the expanded building in Uhland. Jim was a very active member of First Bap- tist Church of Kyle. Awondefful family man, he always tried to make it to family gather- ings, no matter how far away and was always ready to help and share his talents and love. Jim was a great driver who loved speed, whether it was his speedboat on Lake Travis or his car on the highways. Jim loved driving, playing cards, a good joke and just plain fun. Jim was beloved by all of his large extended family, and tnfly the light of his life was his daughter Kayle. We will all miss this big bear of a man with such a gentle spirit. He is survived by his daughter Kayle Dawn Kickertz of Kyle; stepmother Erma Kickertz of Glenwood, MN; brother Fred E. (Betty) Kickertz of Plyrnouth, MN; sister Virginia l(ickertz of San Pedro, CA; sister Betty Jean (Lee) Recknor of Rochester, MN; brother Allan (Kathy) Kickertz of Elburn, IL; sister Genevieve Murtaugh of Richmond VA; step- brother Gary (Loft) Overstead of Anchorage, AK; stepsisters Sharon Robards of Starbuck, MN; Sandy (Richard) Larson of Starbuck, MN and Julie Erickson of Glenwood, MN; Aunts Ruth Hemm of Fargo, ND and IlaVey Kickertz of Chaffee, ND; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kyle. Arrangements were made by Harrell Funeral Home, Kyle. PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Independent film 'breaks through heaven' in Kyle "Thunder Broke the Heavens," a modern fairy tale, filmed in Kyle and surrounding towns for about a month, wrapping up Sept. 7. Acclaimed writer / director Tim Skousen teamed up with "Napolean Dynamite" producer and native Texan Jeremy Coon for the project, which included 25-30 locals each day. Film officials hope to enter the project in festivals worldwide. English Connection Continued from pg. 1C tries. As a result, native English speaking rotors are in demand. Parents often seek such help. While in Spain, Contreras lived with Olga Arribas, a single mother, who wanted her son, Alonso, to learn English. It began to appear to Con- treras that Alonso, much like many children learning two languages simultaneously, was delayed in his verbal skills, both in English and Spanish. "He wasn't talking [when I got there]. He used a lot of sounds," she said. "When he wanted things, he pointed to the object and made a sound." Contreras knew that needed to change. She had Alonso go through a vocabulary regimen. Olga felt Contreras was "strict," but fair with her rules. Contreras interacted with her pupil constantly, asking him to describe things while walking him to the park, or to his "gnarderia," or school. She pointed out cars, animals, colors. She also asked him time specific questions, such as "where are we going lateff", "Is it hot or cold today?" or "is it morning or night right now?". His mother realized the importance of this interaction and followed suit. "She understoo,d practicing was more important," Contre- ras said. "It's the most impor- tant way to learn a language." After careful tutelage, Alonso began to open up and speak both languages. However, he made some common mistakes arranging nouns and adjec- tives. Contreras gave the example of saying a red car in Spanish, which is "coche rojo" Even so, Contreras was proud her student was able to speak simple sentences by the end of her year with him. "I'm proud of him, Of what he learned this year," she said. "[Learning English] will open so many doors for him." Alonso was not Contreras' only student. During her spare time, she also taught six other children and four adults. Contreras enjoyed both age groups, but felt children were able to pick up English faster. "IOds are sponges," she said. Contreras used games to help teach the children the basics of English. "I would hang up clothes on hangers, or on a fence," she said. "I gave them instructions such as, 'run over there, get the socks, and bring them back.' They hear little commands and a variety of vocabulary." Often, she asked kids to de- scribe what they were wearing, or what other object matched something a room. Contreras also used drawings and pic- tures to convey certain objects, items or things. Such games helped kids, ' .. i.ii!!!i!! !!! !!!!!!!i! !!i!iiii. COURTESY PHOTO Contreras used daily activities to teach Alonso and her other students basic English words and phrases. However, she knew it was too simplistic for adults with ad- vanced levels of English. She had more conversa- tional session with her adult students, working on specific, invaluable skill, while learn- ing invaluable lessons myself," she said. "You're going to get something out of it, too." Thal 00kYou Thank you to everybody who came out to help me celebrate my 90th birthday, it was a wonderful day for me and the staff at Casa Aide Caf& I'd especially like to thank J.R. Gonzales and the Buda Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Ruge and all the city officials, County Commissioner Mark Jones, Congressman Lamar Smith who sent a very special letter to me; as well as everybody at the Buda EDC, Cyndy Slovak-Barton and the "Friday Ladies" and Pat and Kelli Dorsett from A&E Sign and Graphics for getting our old sign back in place in time for the festivities. Last, but not least, I want to send my love to all of my customers: THANK YOU for making me feel like a birthday princess everyday - not just once a year. -Helen Alcala confusing expressions and words. Contreras gave the example of"sombra," which in Spanish, is both shade and shadow. They also struggled with understanding the reasoning behind irregular verbs and words, such as bear/beer/ beard and our/hour. While difficult, Contreras was able to help. She was sur- prised at the number of people over the age of 50 wanting to learn another language. She enjoyed the experience, as the older generation was keen on learning something new, while sharing their vast knowledge of Spanish history. Now back in the States, Con- treras reminisces about her experience. She enjoyed the ability to know and meet many people. She also expanded her Spanish to a higher degree. Contreras encourages those who have a passion for teach- ing to take part in becoming an au pair. "It's incredibly easy to find a family," she said. "More and more parents are willing to spend money for an English tutor to live with them, or work for a few hours a day after school." The big thing is patience. She believes a patient, under- standing person can thrive as an English language tutor. "Patience with a person is key. Then, if you can speak and explain slowly, you are go- ing to be a great teacher," she said. "My English improved as well, as I learned how to better explain things." Contreras gushed over how much she learned from her students. 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