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.
ODESSA — James B. Jackson, was born to Delmer C. and Barbara (Shelton) Jackson on Sept. 19, 1955, in Abilene, Texas. He finished his work on earth and went to be with his heavenly father at Medical Center Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends on Thursday, May 28, 2009.
He was a member of Bethany Christian Church of Odessa. He loved hunting, fishing and working with young boys as a Scout Master for the Bethany Troop No. 23. He was currently with Champion Technologies.
He graduated from Hobbs High School in 1973 and from Angelo State University in 1977 with a degree in chemistry. He married Susan Gayle Hawley in 1976. He is survived by his parents, Delmer and Barbara Jackson of Eldorado, Texas; son Luke Jackson of San Angelo; daughter Melissa Bergmann and husband Danny of Monahans; one grandson, Andrew Charles Bergmann; brother, Jerry A. Jackson of San Angelo; and aunt, Louise Booth of Baird, Texas, an uncle Bobby James Murphy of Arizona.
Burnet — Lillian Mary Kroeger, age 88, of Burnet, Texas died Saturday June 20, 2009 at Brackenridge Hospital of complications resulting from a fall in her home.
Miss Kroeger was born December 24, 1920 in Bellville, Texas the sixth of eight children and only daughter of Grace and William Kroeger, Sr. She came with her family to Burnet as an infant and was graduated from Burnet High School in 1938. After attending Durham-Draughon Business College in Austin, Texas she worked briefly in the Burnet County Courthouse.
In 1941, she joined the staff of the Shepperd Memorial Hospital and Clinic on Hwy. 29 in Burnet. Miss Kroeger was a vital part of the success of the Hospital working closely with Dr. Joe Shepperd to master and perform most of the functions a working medical clinic and hospital. As the Hospital Administrator in the 1950’s, she guided the facility to achieve state accreditations: the first small hospital in Texas to be awarded that distinction.
Ellis Glenn Parker passed away Friday, June 19, 2009, at his home at the age of 91. Graveside services will be Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Eldorado Cemetery under the direction of Kerbow Funeral Home.
Glenn was born in Eldorado to Mary Emily Thorpe Parker and William Henry Parker, pioneer Schleicher County merchants and stock farmers, on May 12, 1918.
Glenn graduated from Eldorado High School and attended Angelo Junior College until he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp in November 1941. Glenn was stationed at Scott Field in Illinois and served until 1945. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Radio Operator Instructor during World War II. He was an Eldorado merchant and rancher, operating Parker Foods and Parker Farms until his death. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #890 for over 60 years and the First United Methodist Church in Eldorado.