Obituaries


Melvin Roy Baranowski

Melvin Roy Baranowski, 73, born October 24, 1940, in Houston, TX. passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 in Bellville, TX. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00pm, Monday, April 14, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, April 15, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kevin Haug officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Knoll Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the American Heart Association, P O Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761 or to the American Diabetes Association, 2499 Capital of Texas Hwy. South, Building A., #105, Austin, TX 78946. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P O Box 610. 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, TX 77418. 979 865-2424 www.schmidtfuneral.com

Vernon Klussmann

Funeral services for Vernon Klussmann are scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Wm. Penn, with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Sunday April 13, 2014 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mr. Klussmann passed away April 10, 2014 at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Klussmann; sons and daughters-in-law Tim and Kathi Klussmann, Corey and Amy Klussmann, and daughter and son-in-law Sue and Rodney Gandy, all of Brenham; grandchildren: Tyler Gandy, Lindsey Marek and husband T. J. of Brenham, Kaitlyn Klussmann of Austin, Rachel Klussmann of San Marcos, Brook Klussmann, Cordel Klussmann, Connor Klussmann, and Caleb Klussmann, all of Brenham; brothers and sisters-in-law Landon and Shirley Klussmann, Rayburn and Patsy Klussmann, Karlton and Artie Klussmann, and sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Larry Molitor, all of Brenham. Other surviving relatives include sisters-in-law Pat Kohring and Barbara Kohring; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jerry and Doris Kohring, Valgene and Diana Kohring, Sandra and Bobby Searle, Kathryn and Joe Martinez, Diane and Charles Boggan, Rebecca and Ray Wellmann; brother-in-law Danny Kohring, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, Martin and Esther Klussmann, mother-in-law and father-in-law Robert and Anita Kohring, brother-in-law Robert Wayne Kohring, brother-in-law Bobbie Ray Kohring, and sisters-in-law Connie Kohring and Ruth Kohring. Funeral arrangements for Vernon Klussmann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Tillie Mary Broz Schmidt

Tillie Mary Broz Schmidt, 97, the widow of Erwin Schmidt, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Ella Schmidt, husband, brother, Joe Plasek, and brother and sister-in-law John and Georgia Broz. Survivors of her loving family are her daughter and son-in-law Dorothy and Adolph Wehmeyer of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Jomaye Schmidt of Brenham; Granddaughters, Debbie Wehmeyer of Brenham, Blair Schmidt of Brenham and Brenna Schmidt of Houston. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Marie Broz of Bleiblerville. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, Texas. Funeral Mass for Tillie Schmidt will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Industry with Father Tim Bucek officiating. Burial will be in the Industry Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Nancy Freeman Hughes

Nancy Freeman Hughes, 71, wife of Henry Walter Hughes III, passed away April 5, 2014, surrounded by her family, at the home of her son. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, with Father David Ottsen officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Henry Walter Hughes III of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law Henry Wright “Bubba” and Kerry Hughes of Washington; daughters and sons-in-law Judith Carolyn “Judy” and Randy Kapchinski of Brenham, and Susannah and Edd Compton of Houston; grandchildren: Whitney Ann and Zach Wagner, Henry Wade Hughes, Heather Marie Kapchinski, and Virginia Dawn Kapchinski; one great-grandchild, Sydney Claire Wagner; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Herbert and Patricia Hughes of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law Jody and Alan Richards of Horseshoe Bay, TX. Other surviving relatives include Annie Lester, Herbert Scott Hughes, Kelley and Dana Hughes, O’Brien and Lori Hughes, Mike and Renee Leifeste, Jim and Chelyne Leifeste, Lacey Leifeste, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, N. W. “Dick” and Norma Freeman, parents-in-law Henry Waters and Maude Bess Hughes, a grandchild, Rachel Renee Hughes, and nephew, Patrick Spann Greenwood. Funeral arrangements for Nancy Freeman Hughes are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Lydia Warmke Winkelmann

Lydia Warmke Winkelmann, 96 of Brenham and the widow of Fred A. Winkelmann, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Gazebo Terrace Convalescent Center. Her loving family includes: sons, Darrell Winkelmann, Fred L. Winkelmann and wife Bonnie all of Brenham. She was “Granny Winks” to grandchildren, Jeff Winkelmann of Brenham, Sara and Beth Winkelmann of Richmond, Ryan and Stephanie Winkelmann of Brenham, Laura and Ryon Jones of Uvalde, John Winkelmann and special friend Geneva Aguilar of Brenham; great-grandchildren, Dalton and Mallory Winkelmann and Ely Jones. Also surviving are numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation with the Winkelmann family will be Wednesday, April 9th from 5-7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Lydia Warmke Winkelmann will be Thursday, April 10th at 10 a.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem with Pastors Charles Parnell and Toby Burk officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Send condolences to www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Patricia Ann Ehlert Schroeder

Patricia Ann Ehlert Schroeder, widow of Dennis Schroeder, passed away April 5, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill with Pastor David Hansen officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Leigh Anne and Jerome Cavner of Brenham; granddaughter, Samantha “Star” Cavner of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law Esther “Sue” and Dr. Robert Wernecke of Austin; mother-in-law Adela Schroeder, and numerous friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis, her parents, and a brother, Albert “Sonny” Ehlert III. Funeral arrangements for Patricia Ann Schroeder are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Esther Emma (Koehler) Schulz

Esther Emma (Koehler) Schulz, age 95+ years of Bleiblerville and the widow of Alvin R. Schulz Sr., passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2014 at Argent Court Assisted Living in Brenham. She is survived by her loving family, son and daughter-in-law, Alvin R. Schulz, Jr. and wife Judy of Bleiblerville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Vernell Lois and Allen Schubert of Industry, Diana Kay Krause-Lampe and Donald W. Lampe and Sandra Louise and Douglas Borchardt all of Brenham; grandchildren, Gregg and Candy Schubert, Scottie and Rachel Schubert, Rodney and Diana Schubert, Gina and Lee Miles, Dwayne and Kerry Schulz, Danny and Candace Schulz, Darrel and Lillian Schulz, Randy and Kami Krause, Kim Krause and special friend, Farrell Luedke, Kelly and Alan Hodde, Alison Borchardt, Justin and Kathleen Borchardt ; step-grandchildren Shannon and Keith Bullin and Matt and Michelle Lampe; great-grandchildren Angie and Nathan Grawunder, Brady and Jamie Schubert, Hunter Schubert and friend Devon, Lauren and Brady Lee, Lindsey Schubert, Jared Schubert, Clayton Schubert, Kinch Schubert, Glenn Miles, Jake Miles, Sean Schulz, Britani Schulz, Walker Schulz, Caroline Schulz, Aiden Schulz, Nicholas Krause, Kamryn Krause, Avery Hodde, Karter Hodde and Crosby Borchardt; step-great-grandchildren Bailey and Brad Bullin, Megan and Mason Lampe; Conner and Riley Hanley; great-great-grandchildren Jenna Lee, Layne Grawunder, Kailyn Schubert, Ava Lee and Whitley Grawunder; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Reverend Leslie and Margaret Schulz and sister-in-law Laverne Kalbow along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 3rd at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services are 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 at Welcome Lutheran Church with Rev. John R. Sutton Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to Welcome Lutheran Church Building Fund or favorite charity. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 Leave condolences at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

William R. Felscher Jr.

William R. Felscher Jr. of Brenham passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Houston, Texas. William Felscher Jr. is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Diana Lynn and Richard L. Folse of Dickinson, Texas, Cheryl Ann and J. Steven Williford of Houston, Texas; Grandson William R. Folse and wife Jennifer of Hitchcock, Texas; Granddaughters Jennifer Suzanne Folse of Dickinson and Kimberly Ann and Jessica Lynn Williford of Houston, Texas; Great-Granddaughter Della Grace Folse; Brother Woodville Felscher; Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Milton and LaRuth Flentge, Mary Tockhorn, Joyleen Felscher, and Helen Daunhaus, all of Brenham, Texas; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Visitation with the Falscher family will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for William Felscher, Jr. will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. If desired, Memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church of Salem. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 Leave tributes at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Clara Fahrenkamp Benker

Clara Fahrenkamp Benker, 94, passed from this life to be with the Lord on March 26, 2014 at Gazebo Terrace Rehabilitation Center in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Friedens United Church of Christ in Washington, with Pastor Greg Felder officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Friday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mrs. Benker was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and six sisters. Survivors included her two sons and daughters-in-laws: Gene and Janice Benker of Georgetown, and Larry and Rose Benker of Brenham; daughter, LaNell Langford of Washington; grandchildren: David Benker of Brenham, Chad and Melanie Benker of Brenham, Michael and Candice Langford of College Station, Chad and Tiffany Sanford of Round Rock, and Ralph and Christin Gonzales of Cedar Park; 13 great-grandchildren: Blake and Madeline Benker, Brock, Harley and Bailey Benker, Hunter Avila, Barrett and Elliot Langford, Sage and Skyler Sanford, and Aiden, Gavin, and Brooklyn Gonzales. Funeral arrangements for Clara Benker are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Laura (Wensel) Huff

Laura (Wensel) Huff, age 96 and the widow of Willie Huff, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan. Visitation with the Huff family will be from 5-7 pm, tonight, Friday, March 21st in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service for Laura Huff will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22 in Welcome Lutheran Church with Rev. John R. Sutton, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Laura (Wensel) Huff is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Judy Huff of the Welcome Community, Gale and Tommy Horlen of Hearne; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Connie and Teola Huff of Nelsonville; niece Dale (husband Leslie) Heinsohn of Frelsburg as well as other relatives and friends. Memorials may be given to Welcome Lutheran Church Building Fund, Hospice Brazos Valley or charity of choice. Services for Laura Huff are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 or leave tributes at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

Marie Batdorf

Marie Batdorf, age 82, of Brenham passed away peacefully Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Brenham Rest Home in Brenham, Texas. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. A funeral service for Marie will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel, with internment to follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Marie was born on June 5, 1931 in Brenham to Stella and Hugh Durden. She attended and graduated from Brenham High School. She married Walter “Pete” Batdorf on July 30, 1950 in Brenham. As a young girl, she worked at an ice cream parlor in Brenham, where she met Walter. After marriage she worked several years at Dobert’s Ready To Wear Dress Shop in Brenham. She then worked for over 25 years for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, starting out as a dispatcher, and soon acquiring her certification to become a deputy. Marie served under four sheriffs during her tenure. Marie also worked as a bailiff for Washington County Court at Law for 5 plus years following her service to the Sheriff’s Office. She was a longtime member of Brenham Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Walter “Pete” Batdorf, her parents, son Darrel, and a half-brother Walter Durden. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Danny and Diana Batdorf of Brenham; grandchildren Jessica Lyn Radnitzer and husband Joshua of Nacogdoches, Valerie Ann Batdorf of Nacodoches, and Allen Walter Batdorf of Brenham. If desired, memorials may be given to Brenham Church of Christ, 2800 Victory Lane, Brenham, Texas 77833. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas 77833. 979-836-3611. Condolences for the family may be left at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

Delbert R. “Del” Crocker

Delbert R. “Del” Crocker, 91, of Brenham, the widower of Ellen Crocker, died March 11, 2014, at Kruse Memorial Lutheran Village in Brenham. The family will receive visitors from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be Sunday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Martin Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Survivors include his children, Janet Booe and husband Everett, Gary Crocker and wife Angela, Glen Crocker and wife Lynda, Carol Bunkley and husband Jim, and Duane Crocker and wife Monica; grandchildren, Jonathan Booe, Taylor Booe and wife Tyra, Emily Crocker, Gregory Crocker, Kelly Crocker, Marcy Crocker, Ally Williams and husband Tim, Hunter Bunkley, Ashton Crocker, Austin Crocker, Jackson Crocker and Madeline Crocker; and brother-in-law Buddy Ward and wife Gloria, and sister-in-law, Pat Ward. He was expecting his first great-grandchildren, Raylen and Ryder Booe, in June. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Crocker on May 29, 2011; his parents; sister, Janette Sims; brothers and sisters-in-law Ben and Beth Dumas, Ethel and Darold Friermood, and John Ward. Funeral arrangements for Delbert R. “Del” Crocker are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX, (979) 836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com

Leona Flentge

Leona Flentge passed away March 12, 2014. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00pm on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel, Bellville, Texas. Funeral Service will be at 2:00pm on Friday, March 14, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N. Holland, Bellville, Texas. Rev. Bill Schertlich officiating. Interment at National Cemetery, Nelsonville, TX.  Funeral arrangements for Leona Flentge are entrusted to Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel, 842 E. Main Street, Bellville, TX

Vernice Geneal Neumann

Vernice Geneal Neumann, 80, wife of Allen Neumann, died March 11, 2014 at Brenham Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville, with Pastor Pat Lehrer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 6 until 8 p.m. Survivors include her husband, Allen Neumann of Brenham; sons Veryl Neumann and Kelley of Shelby, and Jay Neumann of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law Cindy and Donald Lyles of Brenham, and Barbara and Chris Gremmel of Bellville; sister and brother-in-law Doris and August Voelkel of Shelby; grandchildren: Bobbi Jo Lyles Supak and husband Matt, Chadd Neumann and wife Kaci, Justin Lyles and wife Emilie, Ly Nae Neumann, Courtney Gremmel and fiancé Billy Bender, Bailee Gremmel, Blake Gremmel, Nick Neumann, and Lacey Jae Neumann; great-grandchildren: Brazos Supak, Sandy Supak, Brodie Jones, Braigen Calvin, Nathan Simons, Chase Neumann, John Henry Steward, and newly arrived Kimber Bender. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Norma Dippel and granddaughter, Ashley Lyles. Funeral arrangements for Vernice Neumann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Lillian Lena Palousek

Funeral services for Lillian Lena Palousek, 91, of Brenham, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, with Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Interment will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Mrs. Palousek, the widow of John Palousek, passed away March 11, 2014 at Brenham Nursing and Rehab. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her sons Kenneth Michalk of Brenham, and Darrell Palousek of Dallas, a daughter, Joyce Palousek of Austin, and a grandchild, Christina Yoder. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Palousek; brother, Eldo Sommerfeld, sisters Anita Wuensche, Lorine Wuensche, Freda Kieke, and Mamie Whitworth. Funeral arrangements for Lillian Lena Palousek are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Evelyn Metzger

Evelyn Metzger, age 91 of Brenham, and the widow of Bruno Metzger, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014. Evelyn is survived by her son, Roger and his wife, Tamy of Brenham; her daughter, Karla Thomas and her husband, Ken Thomas of Lake Travis; and her son, Dean and his wife, Julie of Austin. She is additionally survived by grandson Kurt, who lives in Dallas with his daughters Bailey, Aubrey and Ellie; grandson Ryan who lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife, Olivia, and daughters Grace and Evan; and granddaughter Claire who is attending Texas A&M University in College Station. She also leaves behind sister-in law, Charlene Petsch and nephew, Thomas Petsch, both of San Antonio. Visitation with the family will be Friday, March 14, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM, with a wake service beginning at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Brenham, Texas, and burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all caring friends and staff at Kruse Village and Hospice Brazos Valley. In lieu of flowers, please honor Evelyn with a donation to one of the following, Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833; Volunteer Services Council for Brenham State School, 4001 Hwy 36 South, Brenham, Texas 77833; Helping Hand Home for Children, 3804 Avenue B, Austin, Texas 78751. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham 979.836.3611. Tributes may be left at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

Erna H. Pieper

Erna H. Pieper, 93, widow of Bennie Pieper, died March 9, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:00am, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem with pastors Charles Parnell and Toby Burk officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Wednesday, March 12, from 6:00-8:00pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law; Bobie and Nina Pieper, Lloyd and Diane Pieper. Son-in-law; Homer Burran. Grandchildren and their spouses; Steven and Robin Higgins, Tracy (Pieper) and Bill Danes, Dale and Corinne Pieper, Melanie (Pieper) and Donny Roberts, Matt and Amy Pieper. Fifteen great-grandchildren whom she cherished: Jim, Blake, Rusty and Jeffery Higgins; Samantha and Hanna Danes, Ashlyn and Lacey Pieper, Broc Bosse, Kate Roberts, Sarah Beth (Roberts) and Stackley McConnell, Elizabeth Hegar, Hunter and Hayden Pieper, and Cole Orosco, and two great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 67 years, Bennie, Daughter-Betty Burran, grandson-Craig Higgins, Sister-Norma Pieper, and brother-in-law-Alfred Pieper, brother-Melvin Dannhaus and sister-in-law-Manola, brother-Arthur Dannhaus, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law-Willie and Ella Pieper, Erwin and Billie Pieper, Hattie and Herbert Pieper, sisters-in-law; Nelda Pieper, Ella Mae Pieper, Clara Ware and husband Clinton. Funeral arrangements for Erna Pieper are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX

Anita Bender

Anita Bender, 90, of Brenham, died March 5, 2014, in Brenham Nursing and Rehab Center in Brenham. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Matthew Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her son, Marcus Bender of Brenham; daughter-in-law, Sharon Bender of Brenham; grandchildren, Ryan Bender, Angie Wheeler and husband Steve and Billy Bender and fiancée Courtney; great-grandchildren, Hunter Bender, Caeden Barnes and Shelby Wheeler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Odel and June Winkelmann of Navasota, Leroy and Delores Winkelmann of Bellville, Judy Bender of Brenham and Elsie Vierus of Brenham; and sisters and brother-in-law, Esther Dahmann and Earline and Ernest Wellmann, all of Brenham, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry W. Bender; son, Allen Ray Bender; grandson, Bradley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Louise Winkelmann, Reinhard and Myrtle Winkelmann, Willie and Alita Winkelmann and Wilbert and Laverna Winkelmann; and sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Bill Schwartz; and brothers-in-law, Freddie Dahmann, Wilbert Vierus and Herbert Bender. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX 77833, (979)-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com

Edna Anne Eickenhorst Ham

Edna Anne Eickenhorst Ham, 97, of Brenham, passed away March 3, 2014 in Bryan. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, with Pastors David Hansen and Virgil Pecht officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include a son, Reeves Ham of Brenham; daughter, Bernice Gaskamp of Austin; six grandchildren: Peggie Gaskamp of Austin; Paige Hankins and husband Clay of Double Oak, Texas; Robin Levatino and husband Steven of Austin; Reeves Ham, Jr. and wife Lori of Austin; Brent Gaskamp and wife Robyn of Austin; Michael Ham and wife Amy of Bellville; nine great-grandchildren: Sydney and Natalie Hankins, Claire, Samuel, and Grace Levatino, Ryan, Perry and Carter Gaskamp, and Hudson Ham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivey; son-in-law, William R. Gaskamp; brothers-in-law Milton Ham, Eddie Walden, Robert Brezik, Hubert Wallace, Marvin Graham and Jack Ham; and sisters-in-law Mildred Ham, Madeline Ham and Maudie Graham. Her family also includes a brother-in-law Ford Ham, sisters-in-law Cordie Ham Wallace, Robbie Ham Walden, Jessie Ham Brezik, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Edna Ham are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.