Obituaries


Ruth E. (Schroeder) McWilliams

Ruth E. (Schroeder) McWilliams, 84, of Brenham and formerly of College Station, the widow of Roy C. McWilliams, died Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Brenham Rest Home. Funeral services for Ruth McWilliams will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Pastor Pat Lehrer officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, a light lunch will be served beginning at 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center of Zion Lutheran Church. Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Beverly and Larry Koehler and Linda and Roy Boehnemann; great-nieces and great-nephews, Chris and Stephanie Koehler, Cindy Koehler, Michelle and Gil Janner and Pam Boehnemann; five great-great nieces and great-great-nephews; and aunt, Minnie (Graeber) Heldmann of Caldwell. Funeral arrangements for Ruth McWilliams 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

Lilburn Meier

Lilburn Meier, age 82 of the Welcome Community, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Baylor Scott & White, Brenham. Mr. Meier farmed and ranched all of his life. He also, was employed by Steadley Company for 33 years, 20 of those years as a truck driver. Surviving loving family includes: wife of 56 years, Dolores Hurtig Meier; sons, Lyle C. Meier and wife Bonnie, Kenan “Ken” B. Meier and wife Tracy; daughter, Lana B. Meier; grandchildren, Linsey Renee Meier and Joe Ryan Meier; sisters, Loraine Glenewinkel and Viola Merz; sisters-in-law, Hildegard Brinkmeyer and Mabel H. Winkelmann. Visitation with the Meier family will be this evening, September 1st from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Lilburn Meier will be tomorrow, September 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in Welcome Lutheran Church with Pastor John Sutton, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are requested to the Building Fund of Welcome Lutheran Church. Services are in the care of Brenham memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Condolences may be shared at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

Charlie E. Rodenbeck

Charlie E. Rodenbeck,  90, the husband of Bernice Dippel Rodenbeck, passed away August 22, 2014 in Brenham.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Charlie was born December 5, 1923 in Brenham, the son of Charlie and Lydia Lueck Rodenbeck. Baptized  Dec. 26, 1923 in the home of his grandparents, he was confirmed Sept. 5, 1935 at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Gay Hill. Charlie was educated in the Cedar Hill School. He served in the U. S. Air Force from Feb. 1943 to August 1945, in the European Theater. On Jan. 5, 1947, he was married to the love of his life, Bernice Dippel at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church by  Rev. Theo Strang. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bernice; children: Brenda and husband Ron Stone of Howe, Texas; Carl and wife Deanna of Zachary, LA.; grandchildren: Amanda and husband Jason Grosze, Megan and fiancé Luke Atchley, and Connor Rodenbeck. He is also survived by a brother, Elton Rodenbeck; in-laws Alvin Dippel, Delores Winkelmann and husband LeeRoy, Dorothea Dippel, Janice Kapner and husband Sidney, Elaine Dippel, and Melvin Schaefer.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Lonnie, brothers and sisters-in-law, Ervin and Dorothy Mae Rodenbeck, and Melvin and Martha Rodenbeck; father-in-law and mother-in-law Walter and Elsa Dippel; brothers-in-law Donald Dippel and Eugene Dippel, and sister-in-law, Alice Schaefer. Charlie cherished the time he served as custodian of St. Paul’s Christian Day School and the church, taking great pride in his work. He also served on the church council and usher teams. Memorials may be directed to St. Pauls T.V. Ministry, Hospice Brazos Valley, or to the Senior Center of Brenham. The family wishes to thank Brenham Nursing and Rehab Center for the loving and tender care given Charlie while he was a patient there, and the office staff for their guidance and  loving understanding. May God continue to bless your loving care of His children. Funeral arrangements for Charlie Rodenbeck are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the children, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Leslie Edward Dockal

Leslie Edward Dockal, 71, of Cade Lake, passed away at his home on August 16, 2014. A Memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday August 23, 2014 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell. Leslie is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Bruce A. Dockal, of Tustin, California; daughter, Cherie Lyn Dockal of Caldwell; brother-in-law, Johnny W. Phillips and wife Beverly Ann, of Frelsburg, Texas; grandchildren, Johnny Lee Sanders, Austyne Lane Sanders, Alannah Ranee Sanders; and also Ed Kirkland, Jr. of White Oak, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Strickland Funeral Home of Caldwell. Please visit www.stricklandfuneralhomes.com for additional information and to sign the online register.

Jerry Blum

Jerry Blum, 72, of Houston, passed away on Monday, August 18th at Cy Fair Medical Center. Survivors include his niece, Sheila Bain and her husband Glenn, and nephew, Kevin Reuter and his wife Lana: great nieces Jamie Goehring and husband Clay, Amy Dooley and husband Todd, Abbey Reuter: great nephews Brian Bain and Logan Reuter.  He is also survived by several cousins and great aunts and will be missed by many friends and customers. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley Reuter, brother-in-law, Loyd Reuter and good friend Edrol Wagner. Visitation will be on Friday, August 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Foehner Funeral Home in Burton.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Burton with Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Foehner Funeral Home, Burton, Texas

Edward Nobra

Edward Nobra, 85, of Fayetteville, TX passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014. He is survived by wife, Bernice, of 44 years, son, Jay Nobra (Jennifer) of College Station; daughter Patricia Rabb (Thomas)) of Shelby, son, Dale Rudloff of Conroe; sister, Bernice Pierson of Ft. Worth; brother, Daniel Nobra (Phyllis) of Cypress. Nine grandchildren - Bailey Nobra, Jackson Nobra; Stephane Engstrom (Rudy); Rebecca Wooten (Shawn), Michelle Etzel (Clint); Stephen Rabb, Natalie Rudloff, Brandon Rudloff (Karen); Brian Rudloff (Meredyth); Great-grandchildren – Dylan Haveriah (Mindy), Kaitlin Haverlah, Weston Haverlah, Lillit Wooten and Olivia Etzel. Great great granddaughter – Brailee Haverlah; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 11:00am-8:30pm at Koenig & Strickland Zaskoda Chapel, 2280 Main Street., Industry, TX. Family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30pm. A rosary will be recited at 7:30pm. Funeral services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry, TX, 2:00pm, on Thursday, August 21. Burial will follow at Shelby Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Industry Volunteer Fire Department, P O Box 146, Industry, TX 78944; Shelby VFD, 399 W. FM 389, Fayetteville, TX 78940; Bellville VFD, 511 W. Main Street, Bellville, TX 77418. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl St., La Grange, TX. Family and friends can view and sigh the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com

Frank Thomas Bielski, Jr.

Frank Thomas Bielski, Jr., 79, of Waller, passed away at his residence on August 15, 2014. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Chappell Hill, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Father Jozef Musiol will officiate. Visitation will begin Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A Rosary is scheduled at  7 p.m., with Msgr. Benedict Zientek, Celebrant. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; sons Matthew Bielski and wife Dianne, Vincent and wife Kelly, Troy and wife Dawn; daughters: Diane and husband Mark Cone, Janet and husband Darren Marek; 15 grandchildren: Macey, Matthew Jr., and Mark Bielski; Blake and wife Amanda Bielski, Tyler and wife Courtney Bielski; Lauren, Shelby, Braxton and Audrey Bielski; Timothy and Catherine Cone; Jake, Clint, Luke and Ryan Marek; 4 great-grandchildren: Ethan Henderson, Lila, Sophie, and Brady Bielski; siblings: Frances Marshall, Rose Marie and husband Robert Grabarkwitz, Julian Joe Bilski and wife Faye, and Edward James Bilski and wife Penny. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.Funeral arrangements for Frank Thomas Bielski, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Carolyn S. Kujawa

Carolyn S. Kujawa, age 81 of Washington, Texas, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Carolyn Kujawa’s surviving family includes: sister, Dorothy Laskoskie of Hempstead; nieces and nephews and their spouses, Thomas and Mary Laskoskie of Bryan, Dorothea and Glenn Meinecke of Brenham, Eugene and Diane Laskoskie of Chappell Hill, Linda and Jerry Rogers of Chappell Hill, Helen and Alvin Gurka of Chappell Hill, Peggy and Robert Laake of Huntsville; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, August 13th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Carolyn S. Kujawa will be Thursday, August 14th at 10 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Rev. Jozef Musiol as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are requested to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

David Alan Wesneski

David Alan Wesneski age 25 passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in College Station, Texas. David is survived by mom and dad Donnie and Debbie Wesneski; sister Kristi Wesneski Harris (husband Gregory) their children Lane, Presley, Paige; sister Angela Wesneski; paternal grandparents Mary and Steve Wesneski; material grandparents Theresa and Charles Goedrich; aunt and uncles Shirley Atwood (husband Danny),   Steven Ray Wesneski, Darren Goedrich (wife Michelle), Donna Jadloski (husband Mark); great aunts Anne Wesneski and Dorothy Wesneski. The visitation for David Wesneski is from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8 at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  A Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Jay Polisetty, Celebrant.  Graveside service will follow in Calvary Cemetery. A scholarship fund for Brenham High School students in wildlife studies has been set up at Bank of Brenham, 501 South Austin St., Brenham, TX 77833. Services for David Wesneski are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham.  979.836.3611 Condolences may be offered at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

Arnold Peters Jr.

A celebration of life for Arnold Peters Jr. of Brenham are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Burton, with Rev. D. Allen Cearley officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Burton. Visitation will be from 5 pm until 7 pm Friday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Surrounded by his family Arnold, the husband of Janette Mueller Peters, entered the Gates of Heaven on August 5, 2014 at College Station Medical Center at the age of 71. Survivors include his wife, Janette Peters; father, Arnold Peters, Sr., both of Brenham; son,  Kevin Peters of Lockhart; daughters and sons-in-law Kimberly and Jeff Shows of Dime Box, and Kayla and Jason Romine of College Station; grandchildren: Cameron Peters and Carly Shed, Caleb Peters, Kacey and Derrick Smith, Kelly Shows, Ashleigh Romine, and Amanda Romine; great-grandchildren: Kyleigh Peters and Jaxson Smith; sister and brother-in-law Charlotte and Dennis Allen of Kosse; sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-laws Dorothy and Ben Allen Poncik, Linda and Mike Wilke, and Nancy and Dale Guelker, all of Burton; father-in-law and mother-in-law Fritz A. and Adonie Mueller as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lydia Peters, brother-in-law Ronnie Roemer, and a great-niece, Peyton Guelker. Funeral arrangements for Arnold Peters, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Joyce Draehn

Joyce Draehn, 73, widow of Roger Draehn, passed away Aug. 5, 2014 at Scott and White Hospital in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, August 8, 2014 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastors Charles Parnell and Toby Burk officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Royce and Hilee Shea Draehn of Brenham, and Troy and Tracy Draehn, of Burton; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Bobby Mikulin, Sr. of Caldwell; grandchildren: Brittney, Kaylynn, and McKenna Draehn, Madison Draehn and Ryan Ruiz, Amy Frey and Ryan Pond, Billy and Amanda Frey, Ricky and Staci Frey, Bobby Jr. and Danielle Mikulin, and Laura and Ethan Hollingsworth; great-grandchildren: Dusty and Sarah Frey, Thomas and Alexander Frey, Dakota Cherico,  and Elijah Hollingsworth; brother and sister-in-law Erwin Jr. and Kay Sander of Brenham; sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth and Lenard Lehmann, Dorothy and Nelson Wellmann, and Mildred and Otis Haynes.  Other surviving relatives are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Willie and Margie Draehn, Deloris Draehn, Leo and Hanna Draehn, Luther and Evelyn Draehn, Gene and Joann Draehn, Dianne and Ted Sager, Geraldine Rybarski, Allan Draehn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roger Draehn. Funeral arrangements for Joyce Draehn are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Deborah A. “Debbi” Kirkland

Deborah A. “Debbi” Kirkland, 63, wife of Paul Kirkland, died Aug. 3, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bryan, Texas.  After suffering the last several years of kidney failure, Debbi is now at peace. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Brenham Church of Christ, with Dr. Doug Hall officiating. Survivors include her daughters Victoria Gurka and husband Jerry of Chappell Hill, Texas; Sylvia Goode and special friend Michael of Punta Gorda, FL, and Heather Pond of Chappell Hill; grandchildren: Christine Bennett, Jeremy Gurka, Shanon Pond, Nicholas Pond, Courtney Turrin, and Cori Gurka; great-grandchild L. J. Baker; brothers and sisters-in-law Ray and Dee Smith of Pt. Charlotte, Florida, and Mark and Terry Smith of New Boston, MI. Other surviving relatives are sisters-in-law Debbie Kirkland, Wynona Tullos, and Shirley Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law Roma Kirkland, Wendell Kirkland, Charles Kirkland, and mother-in-law Thedolia Kirkland. at Liberty Dialysis.  Memorials may be directed to the Brenham Church of Christ. Funeral arrangements for Deborah A. Kirkland are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, Texas.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Melvin Otto Kelm

Melvin Otto Kelm, age 100, was called home to his Lord and Savior, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Melvin is survived by his wife of 77 years, Ruby and one sister, Gladys Wilhelmsen; daughter Mary Lee Crump and husband, Troy; son, Thomas Wayne Kelm and wife, Peggy; son, Charles Andrew Kelm and wife, Patricia; daughter Jo Lynn Davis and husband, Steve. He is also survived by grandchildren:  Julie Campos and husband, Steve; Matthew Kelm and wife, Robin; Lauren Haevischer and husband, Darren; Marian Eckert and husband, Michael; Mitchell Davis and wife, Aubrey; Elliott Davis and significant other Larissa Green; Payton Kelm, Great-grandchildren: Cara Campos, Colin Campos, Eva Kelm, Simone Kelm, Laityn Davis, Chet Eckert and Hudson Eckert and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Caroline Kammerer Kelm, grandson, Joshua Ian Kelm, brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Florence Kelm; sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Karl Duerr; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Bob Legan; brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Edna Kelm; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Rosalie Kelm, brother-in-law, Henry Wilhelmsen, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lespa and Adeline Landua, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, R. Lee and Bernadine Landua. Family visitation will be on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, Texas.  Funeral services celebrating Melvin’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 am at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham, 305 West Third Street, Brenham, Texas, with Pastor Phil Fenton and Pastor Kindlee Lund officiating. Burial to follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham. Funeral arrangements for Melvin Otto Kelm are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Evelyn Mae Rodiek

Evelyn Mae Rodiek, 90 of Brenham, died August 1, 2014.    The funeral service will be  10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church of Brenham, with Pastor Matthew Jacobs officiating.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Betty Ann and Martin Wiesepape Jr. of Brenham, son and daughter-in-law: Arthur K. and Melinda Rodiek of Bellville, grandchildren:  Debbie Genz, Mark Wiesepape and wife, Kristin, Grant Rodiek and fiancée Bethany Wan of San Francisco, Ca, Dylan Rodiek and wife Morgane of Yoakum, TX,  and great-grandchildren:  Stacy Genz, McKenna Wiesepape, Samantha Wiesepape, Garrett Wiesepape, Ella Wiesepape, Ayden Wiesepape, and Riese Wiesepape, Zoe and Claire Rodiek and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 17147 FM 109, Brenham TX 77833. Funeral arrangements for Evelyn Rodiek are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

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