Vita Willeke, RN, MSN, Ph.D, passed away peacefully and went to her heavenly home on Saturday, May 16, 2009. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado to Robert and Lillian (Sedita) Perricone.
Vita is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gus Willeke, children, Diana (Bret) Smith, Amy Willeke, Sandra (James) Hunt, Donna (Gary) Hanusch and Dan (Lanita) Willeke; and sister Mary Jo Pagano (Jerry) Stewart. She also leaves her six grandchildren, Gary (Kimberly) Hanusch, Alexandra, Nicholas and Hayley Hunt; Lauren and Lane Smith, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Vita was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Nick Taulli, and nephew, Bob Pagano.
For more than 50 years, Vita devoted her life to helping others. As a nurse, she cared compassionately for hundreds of patients in the Emergency Room, in nursing homes, mental health units, hospice care and other health care facilities. As an educator, she taught a myriad of student nurses not only superior technical skills, but the value of a healing touch. Her holistic approach to care included meeting all needs – physical, emotional and spiritual.
ELDORADO - James Anthony "Jamie" Daniels passed away after a long battle with cancer Saturday, May 23, 2009. He was born in Clovis, N.M., Aug. 19, 1956. He spent most of his life primarily in Eldorado, Texas.
On Aug. 30, 1980, he married Cynthia Kay Cain in Eldorado, Texas. James had many loves in life, mostly family, friends, and Mustangs.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his parents, James Darrell and Linda Pearl Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; one brother, Darrell Wayne Daniels and wife Varonda of Eldorado; two sisters, Shirley Jean Levensailor and husband Bobby of Llano, Texas, and Susan Lanine Van Horn and husband Randy of Las Vegas; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. His 12 nieces and nephews were "Their Kids" and they were also blessed with eight great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 26, at Community Baptist Church in Eldorado with burial following in Eldorado Cemetery.
Donations in lieu
LAMPASAS — Curtis Dean Wilson, formerly of Austin, died at his home in Lampasas on Monday, March 23, 2009 after two years of battling colon and lung cancer. He was born in Bastrop County on March 10, 1931 to Frances Ford Wilson and Dennis Dean Wilson.
He attended public schools in Elgin and Stephen F. Austin High School. On April 21, 1951, he married Barbara Joyce Smith at Central Methodist Church in Austin. He began his career at Austin Machine and Grinding Company as an auto part salesman, and then he was employed by The University of Texas at Austin in the Phys. Plant/Operations Department where he retired after 26 years of service. He was an avid University of Texas sports fan.
For many years he had a place in the country near Fentress, Texas. He and Barbara moved in 2002 to a small ranch near Eldorado, Texas, where they spent many happy hours observing wildlife. He loved hunting deer and turkey and just enjoying the outdoors, especially West Texas.
Carey Livingstone Tramel passed from this life on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at the age of 92 years, 4 months and 15 days, in San Angelo, Texas. He was born on July 26, 1916, in Greer County, Oklahoma, the fifth of six children born to James Dennis Tramel and his wife Verna Etha (Hudson) Tramel.
At an early age, he moved with his family to Bazette in Navarro County, Texas, where the family lived "on the sand hill" and farmed on property belonging to his cousin Jasper Tramel, in the area later known as the Hancock Ranch. Carey attended school at the three-room Wilson Schoolhouse and then graduated from Kerens High School in 1934.
On January 20, 1944, Carey married Lola Jenkins, whom he had known for most of his life. They had a long and happy marriage, living in Corsicana, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Oklahoma, and finally Midland, Texas. In Midland, he and his wife were long-time members of the Cuthbert & Austin St. church of Christ, where he served as an elder for several years. After his wife's death, Mr. Tramel moved to Schleicher County, Texas, near Eldorado, to live with one of his daughters.