Gainesville Daily Register

March 18, 2013

Obits 3-18


SANGER — Thomas Ray Trietsch, 77, of Sanger, passed away at his home on March 14, 2013.

He was born July 28, 1935, to Henry and Pearl Trietsch.

He married Kay Hartman on July 4, 1958. He was a caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Thomas graduated from North Texas State University in 1957, with a Bachelor of Science in industrial arts. Later, he completed his Master of Education at North Texas in 1968.

Thomas was stationed in Germany, where he served in the Army from 1958 to 1960. Upon his return, he was hired by Gainesville I.S.D. Thomas taught industrial arts in Gainesville for 31 continuous years, retiring in 1991.

During his career as an educator, he invested in the lives of his students. This included driving a bus on a regular route to football games for the drill team and to other out-of-town events. He sponsored the Industrial Arts Club and the yearbook staff for many years. He loved teaching photography to his yearbook staff and enjoyed taking, framing and viewing pictures his entire life.

Thomas was a lifetime farmer and rancher. As a student in FFA, he received the Texas Lone Star Farmer Award. He supported youth agricultural education through the Denton County Livestock Association and the Blue Ribbon Club. Thomas always enjoyed seeing the fruits of his labor, whether it be a cow with a newborn calf or freshly harvested wheat.

Throughout his life he was active and involved in many activities and received many accolades, but none was more important to him than his Christian faith. In earlier years, he was a youth director. He was a life-long member of Blue Mound United Methodist Church, where his service included choir director for many years. Thomas was also a charter member of the Texas Boys Choir.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Kay Trietsch of Sanger; daughter, Christina Stenger and husband John of Allen; daughter, Dana Wright and husband Billy of Sanger; daughter, Elizabeth Muir and husband Thomas of Sanger; 10 cherished grandchildren, Sarah, Stephan, Suzanna and Scott Stenger, Billy Wright III and wife Jessica, Erin and Shayne Wright and Grace, Bella and Julia Muir; sister, Shirley Haisler and husband J.B. of Sanger; sister, Evelyn Yeatts and husband Clyde of Gainesville; and stepsisters and brothers, Nancy Franklin, Rita Sharp, Kenneth Moorman and Irwin Moorman.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Henry and Pearl Trietsch; stepmother, Vivian Moorman Trietsch; and stepbrother Gary Moorman.

Visitation will be held at DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, and funeral services will be held at Blue Mound United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Thomas to the Sanger Education Foundation at P.O. Box 429, Sanger, TX 76266.



Memorial services for Charles “Gene” Spann, 62, of Gainesville, are set for 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills with Terry Heidecker officiating.

Cremation is under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.

Mr. Spann died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Wise Regional Hospital in Decatur.  

He was born Sept. 26, 1950, in Crockett.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Spann of Gainesville; children, Chuck Spann, Justin Spann and Chase Spann, all of of Gainesville; mother, Edna Spann of Midlothian; siblings, Cecil Spann of Midlothian, Larry Spann of Dallas, Henry Spann of Boyd and Linda Spann of Midlothian; and three grandchildren.

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LINDSAY — A Mass of Christian burial for Alrich ‘Red’ Zwinggi, 83, of Lindsay, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. Raymond McDaniel officiating.  

Burial will follow with military honors at St. Peter’s Cemetery.  

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mr. Zwinggi passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, in Muenster.

He was born Feb. 27, 1930, in Lindsay to Leo and Lenora Zwinggi.  

Mr. Zwinggi enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November 1948.  During the Korean War, he served in Detroit, San Antonio and Houston.  Mr. Zwinggi was honorably discharged from service in August 1951.  On June 29, 1954, Mr. Zwinggi married Joyce Grewing at Sacred Heart in Muenster.  They raised three children over 58 wonderful years of marriage.

Mr. Zwinggi worked as a welder and maintenance technician for National Supply.  Knowing the importance of time with loved ones, he always planned a vacation for his family to Colorado, Arizona, Florida and many other places.  In his retirement, Mr. Zwinggi enjoyed driving cars for Johnson Motors and Glenn Polk Autoplex.  He treasured his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For the last 10 years, Mr. and Mrs. Zwinggi would spend every summer in Colorado together.

Survivors include wife, Joyce Zwinggi of Lindsay; son, Danny Zwinggi and wife Carla of Muenster; daughter, Donna Tutt and husband Ricky of Montgomery; son, Chris Zwinggi and wife Carolyne of Coppell; grandchildren, Jeremy Zwinggi, April Walterscheid, Amy Bryant, Jana and Clayton Truebenbach, Josh Garner and Tyler, Conner and Shelby Zwinggi; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mr. Zwinggi was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Loretta Bassett and Freida Sutton; brothers, Leonard, Joe, Oscar, Kenny and Roy Zwinggi; granddaughter, Jamie Zwinggi Yosten; and nephews, John and Mark Zwinggi.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund, PO Box 148, Lindsay, TX 76250.

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Funeral services for Jewel Hazelrigs are set for 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Davis officiating.

Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Hazelrigs died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Renaissance Care Center.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1926, in Paris, Texas.

Survivors include children, Carolyn Brock, Marilyn Burgess, Linda Tooley and Denise Evans and husband Lee; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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