Blog 94 More of the Same

Looking back:
I just looked back at recent postings and feel compelled to apologize for the boring format of the blogs. I diligently write and try to be somewhat creative with graphics, color, and text variations in the draft mode. When published, the spatial aspects and the fonts are lost and a very blah output results. (IMHO—in my humble opinion—in abbreviated texting language.) This has not always been the case, for in the earliest days the formatting moved from draft to published blog intact. Maybe some of the musings are blah to begin with, but faithful readers are better judges.

Read the Class History On-line:
Since publishing the class history in 2015, the occasional request arrives asking for a copy or a reprint. Without foresight, extra copies were not printed and a reprint for a few copies would be exorbitant. You can now read it on the Internet, thanks to David Segura, Jeff class of ’67, who is publishing a book to be called “A History of San Antonio Thomas Jefferson High School – Through The Eyes of The Monticello Yearbooks.”
David came across the blog several years ago and has been following it. He has posted our class history on line at this link:!Av2ZuW4OyBQktFWz1ykOr3wAv_T1

David also has posted a Facebook page compiling Jeff history and lore. That link is HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/TJHS.HISTORY Be sure to have a look here. In addition, David researched some of our lost list and sent some leads to follow up, which I intend to do during spare moments.

Shout outs:
Kathy Lentz Miller volunteered to do some research on lost classmates
, in addition to the efforts by David Segura. Thank you, Kathy. I will follow up on those results, which are “in the mail” as I write.

Here is a couple of photos of Kathy on her 84th birthday and on her 62nd anniversary. Kathy and her husband live in Austin. Congratualations.


Recent research for lost classmates has several deaths and obituaries. Here are three:

Carol Ann Cron


Carol Curlee LUBBOCK-Carol Curlee, age 79, passed away on Friday, May 20, supported by her family and the loving care of nurses and aides at Carillon House memory care unit in Lubbock, Texas. Carol was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many; a cookbook author; and a tireless volunteer who was celebrated for her chicken soup ministry. She loved to swim, travel, attend Texas Tech games, play with children, play pop music, and throw a party. She had a gift for making everything fun.

Carol Ann Cron was born Aug. 18, 1936, in San Juan, Texas, the eldest of four children born to Ralph Nicolet and Katherine McDaniel Cron. She had a headful of curls that drew comparisons to child star Shirley Temple, and her irrepressible spirit manifested early. At age two she charmed her mother’s tea party guests by bringing them cups of water (from where, her mother wondered. The water source, once confirmed, was never disclosed to the guests). Later, Carol and her sister Charlotte donned pillow case capes and jumped off the shed, pretending to fly. They delighted in teasing their baby brother Bill and playing with families of dolls made from bottles of all shapes and sizes. Both of Carol’s parents worked outside of the home, which was relatively rare at that time, so she began cooking dinner for her family at age 12, launching a life-long passion for cooking, collecting recipes and nurturing others.

Her family moved from the Rio Grande Valley to San Antonio, and Carol attended Jefferson High School, where she was first lieutenant in the Girls’ Cadet Corps and served as president of Jaspers, a social club. After graduating in 1954, Carol worked at Security Finance Corporation and became active in the Corral Group at First Presbyterian Church. There, she met Bob Curlee, an engineer from Louisville, KY, serving at Fort Sam Houston. They married in 1956 and moved to Richardson, Texas, where Bob launched his 50-year career with Texas Instruments. Carol focused her efforts on church and family, raising four very lucky children. She was a room mother, scout leader, bedtime story reader, and enthusiastic planner of creatively themed parties.

The Curlees moved to Lubbock in 1973, and there Carol began to work outside of the home, first at Mae Murphee Elementary School and later, as a caterer. She wrote and published three cookbooks: Here -You Want Something to Eat?, A Casually Catered Affair, and The Mexican Collection. All three titles sold briskly, with the second going to 12 printings. Carol led the college group at Westminster Presbyterian Church, volunteered as a phone counselor at Contact Lubbock, cooked and led food drives for Ronald McDonald House, and cooked up a pot of her famous chicken soup for those with new babies, illness or heartache.

Bob and Carol have been residents of Carillon LifeCare Community since 2009. In later years, Carol’s mind clouded with dementia, but she was sustained by the steadfast love of Bob, leader of Team Carol until his death in March 2016, and family and friends. The family is deeply grateful to the Carillon staff, especially the nurses and aides in the memory care unit, for their loving support of Carol, Bob, and their loved ones.

Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine and stepfather, Paul Lovdahl; her father, Ralph and stepmother, Thelma Cron; her baby brother, Lowell; and Bob, her beloved husband of 59 years. Survivors include son, Bob and his wife, Neva of Ruidoso, NM; daughter, Kaye and her husband, Will Ford of Lubbock; son, Bruce and his wife, Julann of Lubbock; daughter, Kendall and her husband, Chaim Goodman-Strauss of Fayetteville, AR; grandchildren, Kayla, Krista, Brianne, Neil, Zoe, and Eli; sister, Charlotte and her husband, Jerry Campbell of Houston, Texas; brother, Bill of San Antonio, Texas; beloved in-laws, Annie and Jim Krach of Duarte, CA; 11 nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She will be dearly missed. Memorials can be made to the Carillon Foundation (Alzheimer Care & Rediscovery Center Fund) at or to Contact Lubbock at A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Funeral Home. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 23, 2016

Robert Joseph Ondarza

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Robert “Bob” Joseph Ondarza Sr., 75, of Victoria, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. He was born Feb. 20, 1936, in San Antonio, to the late Arnold Ondarza and Stella Gomez Ondarza. He was retired from General Tire and Wholesale Tire. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Cathedral and Knights of Columbus. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

He is survived by his wife, Margarita “Margie” Villarreal Ondarza; daughters, Cindy Manzano (Robert) of Pearland, Suzanne Helm (James) of Victoria, and Celeste Reeder (Dereck) of Pearland; son, Robert J. Ondarza Jr. (Adrianne) of Austin; sisters, Lucinda Solis and Norma Heilman, both of San Antonio; brother, Arnold Ondarza III of Plano; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m., at Artero Memorial Chapels. Visitation will resume from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert J. Ondarza Jr., Jason Manzano, James Helm, Jacob Reeder, Ty Manzano, and Nicholas Reeder.

Honorary pallbearers are Natasha Helm, Brandon Reeder, Maia Ondarza, and Cassie Ondarza.

Joyce Ann Reichart Chism

October 22, 1935—March 17, 2012

Mrs. Joyce Ann Chism, 76, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Chism. Mrs. Chism is survived by her sons, Robert Douglas “Doug” Chism, Todd Chism and wife Rosemary; granddaughter, Maggie Ann Chism; sister, Lola Spriggs and husband Forrest.


The visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East. The graveside service and interment will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.


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