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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press • December 8, 2010 BENNfl John E Abbenante, 83, of Kyle/Mission passed away at his home in Kyle on Tuesday; November 30, 2010. He was an educator for 40 years, as a teacher, coach and administra- tor. Of his 40 years of service, 30 were with the Mission School District and the remaining years with Central Islip Union Free School District in Central Islip, NewYork. John served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman from 1945- 1946 before going to college. His parents, two sisters and his beloved granddaughter MicbeUe Keck preceded him in death. He is survived by his lov- ing wife, Sylvia Lujan Abbenante and stepdaug'hterVemnica Sevilla (Mike). He is held with deep love and respect by Eliza- beth (Betty) Abbenante and their ten children, Jeanne Abbenante Keck (Richard), Josephine Ab- benante (Peter Abbott), Kathryn Abbenante Howell (Larry), Mar- cyAvenanfi, Anne Abbenante Lawhon (Tracy), Francis Daniel Abbenante, Susan Abbenante (Jerry Petocz), Grace Abbenante Rivers (F.h), Cristina Abbenante Smith (Howard) and John Mi- chad Abbenante (RitaArrieta). Grandpa John also enjoyed the company of his 28 grandchil- dren, 13 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. John enjoyed the outdoor grill and could cook up some fantastic Italian meals. At family gatherings he was the life of the part¢ He traveled and spent time with his grandchildren who were very important to him. He created many memories for all of them to cherish and share. He was all about the kids! He gave the utmost of himself not only through his profession, but also as a tireless volunteer. Funeral services were held in Mission, Texas on December 4, followed by burial at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mc.Allen~ The family would like to keep his spirit alive by giving back to the community he served so well. Please consider making a donation to the John E Abbenante Leadership Scholar- ship Fund, 2517 E. 4 Mile Road, Mission, TX 78573. FABRIS Vittorio "Victor" Fabris, Jr., 79, of Kyie passed awayWednesday, December 1, 2010. He was born April 21, 1931 in Chicago, IL to Vittorio Fabris, Sr. and Ida Mos- sacavallo. His parents and two brothers, Luigi and Raymond, preceded him in death. He is survived by brothers and sisters, Bnmo Fabris of Des Plalnes, IL; Violet Blanton and husband Howard of Sun CityWest, AZ; Lorraine Bllthuis of Hinsdale, IL and Alexander Fabris and wife Delta of Sophia, NC. He is also survived by children, Victoria Rozanski and husband Chuck of Hughsvilie, MD; Michelle Stem and husband Robert of Kyle; Theresa Fabris of Palm Desert, CA and Stacie Kearns and husband Kevin of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Nathan, Nicole, Andrea, Joseph, David, Matthew, Matin, KJ. and Reilty; and grandchildren, Ava and Sofie. Victor grew up in Chicago and was the 4th of seven children. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He attended Wells Sr. High School until he left to serve in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. In addition to his regular military duties, he organized and led a military bas- ketball and baseball team. His military career took him to Ox- nard, CA where in 1954 he met and married Eva Marlene Snider and started his family.V'lCtOr completed high school and went to work for Sears Roebuck and Company. He eventually moved to San Jose, CA and was pro- moted to Manager of Shipping and Receiving at the largest Sears store in North America. Victor was active in the community and in 1971 was elected Presi- dent oftheAltaVista ~ He loved to golf and had manytro- phies to show for his excellence in the game. In 1974 he moved his family to Oregon where he built his own home on 20 acres of farmland. In the 1980s he relocated to Henderson, Nevada where he eventually retired from JC Penney. Following retirement, Victor moved to Nocona, TX and on to Austin in 2002 before moving to Kyle in 2004. While in Kyle, Victor made many friends. He spent hours each day just walking and talking to people throughout the community:. Despite the progression of his Alzheimer's, Victor continued to walk, talk and dance his way through his remaining years. They say, "To be depressed is to be lonely; to have a friend is to be happy." Victor touched the lives of many throughout his lifetime and was never without a friend. Our thanks, to everyone who cared for and watched over Victor throughout these last few years. You were his friends and you made him happy. Funeral services were held Fri- day, December 3, at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos. Final internment will be at a later date at the Mr. Carmel Mauso- leum in Chicago. The family has asked for donations to be made to the wonderful people at Gua- dalupe Regional Hospice, 1215 East Court, Seguin, TX78160 or to help fund further research to find a cure for Alzheimer's by sending donations to Alzheim- er's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at www.alz.org. RHODES Elsie Rhodes, of Buda, passed Dec. 6 at the of 90. She was born on her family's farm in Driftwood, Texas on July 3, 1920 to Fritz Henry Leh- man and Bertha Elnora Sauer Lehman. Elsie married her beloved Wilford Henry Rhodes on February 6, 1943 and resided in Austin, Texas unt'l 1997 when they moved to Buda. Elsie retired from the Austin Public School District in 1982 after 20 years of service in the Food Service Department. Dur- ing those years she worked at Travis High School, Zilker, Cun- ningham, Odom, and Sunset Valley elementary schools. After her retirement she enjoyed quilting, gardening, spending time with her family and taking care of her animals. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, W'll- ford; sons, George and Douglas; brothers, Henry, Otto, Her- man, and Chariie; sister, Louise Koenig and her parents. Elsie is survived by her daughters, Betty Teltow and husband, Bill, Linda Hinlde and husband, James; her grandchil- dren, James Hinkie II, Stephen Teltow, Sarah Hinlde, and Patricia Collard and husband, Brent; great-grandchildren, Staff Sergeant Seth and Whit- ney Collard, Kacy Collard; and great-great-grandchildren, Cameron and Lola; her sister, Me'ma Lehman; numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved cat, Gracie and dogs, Rocky and Buddy. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Thursday, December 9, 2010 with services following at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/ Forest Oaks Funeral Home with Dr. Ken Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow at Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs. Honoring Mrs. Rhodes as pallbearers will be her neph- ews, Walter Koenig, Lewis Lehman, Tmvis Lehman, Jerry Lehman, and grandsons, James Hinkle and Stephen Tel- tow. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred "Sherry" Howes and Bill Baby. The family extends a heart- felt thank you to all of "Ms. Elsie's" healthcare professionals that kept her goIng for many years and to Angels for Elders and AWoman's Place for their loving care for the past couple of years. Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.corn. Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden/For- est Oaks Funeral Home, 6300W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749, (512) 892-1172. Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C big"thank you" to all the members of the Budafest committee who worked so hard to make this year's event so special. Budaf- est 2011 will be Dec. 3 & 4. See you there. Moving from the Budafest greenbelt area Sunday night, many senior citizens gathered at Santa Cruz Catholic Church for a free meal of turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. The Knights of Columbus served around 250 plates of food. Door prizes were given out and entertainment was provided for all to enjoy. The drawing for the queen size quilt made by the Buda Bees of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens was held later in the evening at Santa Cruz. Winner of the quit was Alice Henigin of Austin. Henigin, a member of the Austin Quilt Guild, had purchased her ticket at B&B Fabric Shop in Buda. The raffle tickets totaled $3,408 for the quilt. Thanks to all who supported the senior citizens. Next big event for Buda will be the Holi- day Extravaganza in downtown Buda Dec. 16-18 from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. There will be carriage rides and local merchants will stay open late for holiday gift buy- ing. Tickets for the carriage rides can be purchased in advance by calling (512)295- 7446. The ride is about 15 minutes long and will depart from Buda City Hall. Tick- ets cost $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 4-12 and children under age 3 are free. The 2nd annual Trail of Lights with activities at Stagecoach Park will be Dec. 16-22 from 6 to 10 p,m. Visitors will enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illu- minating Historic Stagecoach Park. This is a free event with complimentary shuttle to the park from the parking area at Cabela's. Relay for Life Team "Mighty Mel Kyser" will have a fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1 until 4:30 p.m. called Santa Paws at the Buda Fire Station #1. People can have a professional picture made with their pets and Santa Claus. The cost is a $10 donation to the American Cancer Society. Mel Kyser was a retired teacher at Hays High School... he was an American Cancer Society Hero of Hope and very active in Relay for Life. Mel lost his battle with cancer on August 13 of this year. His wife, Karen Kyser, and his chil- dren are determined to carry on his fight. A&E Signs and Graphics is looking for names, photos, rank, branch of service and where stationed of our local military men and women so that all can be posted in the windows at their shop. Stop byA&E at the corner of Houston and Railroad streets in Buda or give them a call at 295-7446. A benefit garage sale will be held on Saturday; Dec. 18 in the parking lot of Faith Assembly of God Church, which is lo- cated at 1030 Main Street in Buda. Brooke Durham, ten-year-old granddaughter of Rita Durham, spent days in the hospital recovering from a diabetic coma. The fam- fly recently moved here from California and are without insurance. Mark the date, Sat., Dec. 18, starting at 8 a.m. and help the family with donations for, the sale as well as shopping the garage sale. ooo Belated birthday wishes go out to Nica Eckols on Dec. 3. More birthday wishes go out to four-year-old Georgia Sue Lincoln, leffrey Cremer andValefie Odell on Dec. 9; Shirley Burreil and Cecil Allen Clark on Dec. 10; Karen Herrmann and Beth Smith on Dec. 11; Pat Vallejo on Dec. 12; Jack Caraway on Dec. 14. ego Be sure to drive around our Buda area and look at all the great display of lights and don't miss the lights in downtown Buda. Let us know where the prettiest and best light displays are located -just email us at news@haysfreepress.com. C6ristmas Season Nativity Display The Church. of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Safftts Kyle Texas Open House View a fascinating display of nativities (.)pen to thepubt c: Thursday Dec 9@ 5pm-9pm Friday Dec loth: 12prn -9prn Saturday Dec 11@ 12pm-9pm Sunday Dec 12@ 2pm-6pm Free admission 3751 Trail Ridge Pass San Marcos, Texas Blanco Vista Subdivision Sylvia L Sendejo, a resident of Lockhart, was released from her earthly bonds to be with our Father in Heaven on Nov. 30, 2010 at the age of 58. BomApril 8, 1952 inWesleco, a beloved wife, mother, grand- mother, daughter, sister and aunt, she is preceded in death by her loving mother AlvinaV. Livas. Sylvia graced us and the whole family with her smile and presents of life. Her battle was short lived but her forever love will always be in our hearts. Survivors Include her hus- band of 45 years Aldolfo Send- ejo; sons Ruben Sendejo and wife Tracy of Kyle, Andy Sendejo and wife MelissaAlaniz of Buda; daughter Melissa Sendejo; father Femando Livas Sr., both of Lockhart, brothers Femando Livas of LasVegas, Oscar Hvas of Houston, Arturo Livas of Edin- burg and Carlos ldvas of Corpus Christi; sisters Dalia DeLeon of Houston, Diana Noyola and Cynthia Olivares, both of Corpus Christi; and 12 grandchildren. Mass of a Christian burial was Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Rev. Father Juan Carlos Lopez officiated. Interment followed in Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Alaniz-Sendejo, Christopher Mendoza, Michael DeLeon,]acob, Ruben and Zach- ary Sendejo. ZAPATA Ramon Eric Zapata, 16, of Kyle diedWednesday, Dec. 1. lie was bom in San Marcos and spent most of his life in Kyle. He had at- tended Le- hman High School. He enjoyed the outdoors and liked to fish and hunt. He is survived by mother Tamie Fuston. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Kyle with burial at SanV'mcente Cemetery. ¢ F:u N .... N 0 ME S' FM 2770 & Kohler's Crossing 1715 Kirby, Kyle,TX 78640 in Plum Creek 512-268-8200 PrepMnnin~} Wills at .%b Co~t 4ti~..,~. er,,er, m, ('rematimt Traditional Ser~ ttex Ne** Btdldin,q J~itt) Com~etttive Prices I~•ooggloeoooooogeoooooIoeOeOOOOOeoggoo•o•oiooo Remember your Loved Ones on the Tin Ornament i:i 4I: Because these ~ ~:'~ angels come in three different styles, an ~~21i~i! angel will be picked for you when your ~~ purchase is made. CTMC Hospice Care invites you to 'TMC buy a 2010 holiday angel inscribed with the name of your friend or loved one as a special act of remembrance and to sup- C ~ N "I R A ~ '/]i S A ~'; MEDICAl, CENTER port the work of CTMC Hospice Care. "Tt#----y:)fff < . These angels will adorn the CTMC ~/~' Christmas tree in our hospital lobby until you pick them up on Friday, 512.754.6159 December 17 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The hospital is located at 1301 Wonder Major Credit Cards World Drive in San Marcos. and Personal Checks If you are unable to pick up your angel, accepted. they can be picked up at our hospice office located at 1315 IH-35 North in Please call San Marcos or mailed directly to you. 512-754-6159 All Proceeds will benefit the new to place an order. CTMC Family Grief Center. Thank you. May this angel and your memories held deep within your heart help to soothe your spirit during your time of grief throughout this holiday season. 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