John William Spreen

John William Spreen, 89, of Brenham, died August 27, 2015. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 - 8:00pm Friday, August 28, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service for John Spreen will be at 3:00pm, Saturday, August 29, at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. John Spreen is survived by his wife, Mildred Spreen of Brenham; and daughter Kimberly Ann Weilbacher and husband Bruce of San Antonio. Funeral arrangements for John Spreen are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham

Rev. Lester Lee Vinson

Rev. Lester Lee Vinson, 88, passed away August 26, 2015 in Bryan. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2015 at Greenvine Baptist Church, with Pastors Jack Faulkner and Tim Webb are  officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service time at Greenvine Baptist Church. Lester and Peggy have 2 children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. His daughter, Jeanny Meeker, and her husband Jack, of Brenham,  have three girls: Mandy, Lindee, and Crystal.  His son, Edward and wife Gail of Fair Oaks, California,  have a boy and girl, Graham and Mia. Great-grandchildren are Ivy Sage Caron and Ozzie Kiamana Caron from Mia Vinson Caron and her husband, Justin. They are twins. Rylie Jean Grey Schibler from Crystal Meeker Schibler and her husband Cory; Geneveve Mae, Anne Winsome, and Rebecca Faith are from Mandy Meeker Cunningham and her husband Gary, and Lindee Knowles and husband, Jon. Funeral arrangements for Lester Lee Vinson are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit


Vinnie Rene Schroeder Jaster

Vinnie Rene Schroeder Jaster, 70, wife of Glenn Jaster, passed away August 22, 2015 at her residence in Independence, with her family at her side.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Independence Baptist Church in Independence. Dr. Phil Hassell will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery.Survivors include her husband, Glenn Allen Jaster of Independence;  son and daughter-in-law Ross Allen and Gwendolyn Jaster of Iola; daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Dusty Parker of Brenham; grandchildren: Tyler Wesley Kmiec and friend, Felicia Bennett; Tiffany Rosenkranz, Ronnie Parker,and Roy and Sarah Porter; great-grandchildren: Tyler Southernwood, and Asher Porter; sister-in-law Beverly Jaster. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Vinnie was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Irene Schroeder; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Otto and Elma Jaster, and a brother-in-law, Donald Jaster. Funeral arrangements for Vinnie Rene Schroeder Jaster are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Olline Elizabeth Bradford Merritt

Olline Elizabeth Bradford Merritt, 94, died on August 19, 2015, under the care of  Hospice Brazos Valley in Baylor Scott & White Hospital. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 24, at Memorial Oaks Chapel with The Reverend Richard Stadelmann officiating.  A reception will follow immediately at Design II. Visitation will be at Memorial Oaks Chapel on Sunday, August 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Mrs. Merritt was a member of the First Christian Church of Brenham, Texas. Survivors include daughter, Rockie Canales Rexroad; son, Rodney Merritt; son-in-law Donald Rexroad; daughter-in-law Deborah Merritt; granddaughters Addie Braziel, Echo Rexroad, Rebecca "Evie" Farrell, and Shelley McKann; grandsons Richard Merritt, Stephen Merritt, Christopher Merritt, and Samuel McKann; six great grandsons and one great granddaughter; niece, Darla Duke Smith; nephew, Mike McCrary;  John Braziel and Kara Davis;  Kathy and Douglas Schwarze, Emilee Scott, and Molly Schwarze.  Funeral arrangements for Olline Elizabeth Bradford Merritt are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Daniel Lee Emshoff

Daniel Lee Emshoff, 66, passed away August 20, 2015 at Kenedy Health and Rehab in Kenedy, Texas.  Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Behlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn, with Rev. Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Daniel Lee Emshoff was born July 18, 1949  in Navasota to Herbert H. and Johanna Klussmann Emshoff. He was baptized August 14, 1949 by Rev. C. J. Appel and confirmed April 10, 1962 by Rev. Wallace Dean Marth at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn, where he continued membership until his death. Daniel attended William Penn School, Brenham area schools, graduated from Brenham High School, and then attended Blinn College. After high school, Daniel joined the U. S. Navy, and was stationed in San Diego, California. A Viet Nam veteran, Daniel  served on the destroyer James E. Keyes, whose mission included protecting aircraft carriers.  He was a machinist mate. During his four years in the Navy, he toured Hawaii, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Canada and Alaska. Daniel worked on a cotton gin, as well as several construction companies, and later became part owner of William Penn Builders.  Living on the banks of the Brazos River, Daniel enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a craftsman with many interests. He made boats, cedar chests, airplanes, and enjoyed woodcarving. He learned to use his mother’s sewing machine so he could sew his parafoils. Daniel made bridles from his own leather from a fresh cowhide buried in the ground. Reading and photography were favorite hobbies. Survivors include his sister, Lathel (Lee) Norris; niece Kristy Fessenden and husband Scott, and nephews Fox and Phoenix Fessenden. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Johanna Emshoff; brother, Gordon Ray Emshoff, and brother-in-law George Norris, Jr. Serving as pallbearers are Leroy Conner, Kenneth Conner, Valgene Kohring, Stanley Sommer, Joey Brandt, Phil Cook, Trey Brandt, and Roy Schwartz. Honorary pallbearers are Fox Fessenden, Phoenix Fessenden, Kristy Fessenden, Scott Fessenden, and Mark Brandt. Memorials may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn. Funeral arrangements for Daniel Lee Emshoff are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Sophie Kathrine Levandowski

Sophie Kathrine Levandowski, of Hempstead Texas, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 in Golden Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Navasota. Sophie Levandowski is survived by daughters Barbara Sisk, Susan Levandowski, sons Leon Wallace Levandowski Jr. and wife Beverly, Patrick Levandowski and wife Tanya, eight grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, two great-great- grandchildren; brothers Johnnie Kubeczka and Antone Kubeczka. Visitation with the Levandowski family will be from 5-7 p.m., Rosary at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 21 in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Chappell Hill with Msgr. Benedict Zientek as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX  979.836.3611 Share condolences  at

Amy Alissa Gilloth

Amy Alissa Gilloth, age 24 of Waller passed away on August 15, 2015. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 19, from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 20th at 10:00am at Canon Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Canon Mathis Cemetery. Guest book at  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484. 936 372-3683

Verna May (Struck) Reuter

Verna May (Struck) Reuter, 79, widow of Lavern Reuter, died August 16, 2015 at Brenham Rest Home. Funeral services for Verna May Reuter will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, with Pastor Denise Seymour officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include a son, John S. Reuter of Houston; grandchildren, Chase Reuter and Ashlee Reuter; a dear sister, Nora Lee Goldberg of Burton; brother, Marvin Struck, Jr., of Somerville; sister-in-law Dolores Wessels; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wilburn and Gloria Reuter; brother-in-law Kervin Reuter; special friends, Wilma Boeker,  Esther Klatte,  LaVern Reuter, and Harvey and Floya Ann Merten, as well as her dear friend, Stephanie Reuter, the mother of her grandchildren.  Verna May is also survived by her two beloved pet companions, Lucky and Pepper. Verna May was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern Wilburn Reuter; daughter, Melissa Reuter; parents, Marvin Sr. and Annie struck; mother-in-law and father-in-law Erwin and Edna Reuter; brother-in-law Monroe Goldberg; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lorine and Elwood Domaschk; brother-in-law Wilburn “Bootsie” Wessels, and a niece, Cynthia Dawn Goldberg. Funeral arrangements for Verna May Reuter are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Henry Steinfeld, Jr.

Henry Steinfeld, Jr., 79, the husband of May Dell (Glenz) Steinfeld, passed away August 15, 2015 in Bryan. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Pat Lehrer will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, May Dell Steinfeld of Brenham; nieces Eunice Kelm, Carol Surovik, and Ruth Mott, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Also surviving are special friends, Dave and Sara Eilers, a special great niece, Cindy Buck, and special cousin, Judy Jeske.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Caroline Steinfeld; mother-in-law and father-in-law Otto and Laura Glenz; brothers, Ben Steinfeld and wife Alma, and Howard Steinfeld and wife Marie, and a nephew, Marshall Steinfeld. Funeral arrangements for Henry Steinfeld, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit  

Viola Margaret Weiss Arnold

Viola Margaret Weiss Arnold, of Waller, TX. passed away on August 13, 2015. Services are under the direction of Canon Funeral Home, Waller, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday August 16, 5:00 - 7:00pm. Services will be officiated by Chris Pace and held at Waller Baptist Church on August 17th at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Waller Cemetery. Full obituary, video tribute and guest book @ Funeral arrangement entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484. 936 372-3683

Mark A. Jacob

Mark A. Jacob, 57 of Carmine, Texas passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Surviving family include: his loving wife of 37 years, Debbie Kmiec Jacob; daughter, Jami Koehl and husband Wade of Cypress; son, Chase Jacob and wife Khristy of Waller; grandchildren, Kylan, Lainey and Quinn Koehl, Porter and Presley Jacob; mother, Jocie Jacob Braun and husband Floyd of Round Top; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy Hinze of Carmine, Tina and Eldon Mikeska, Jr. of Brenham, Jane and Darrell Marek of Industry; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard Kmiec of Brenham, Louise and Fred Kessel of Brenham, Barbara and Walter Thane, Jr. of Navasota, Esther and Calvin Landry of Brenham and numerous other relatives. Visitation with the Jacob family will be at Brenham Memorial Chapel Thursday, August 13th from 4:00 p.m. until a prayer service begins at 6:00 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mark Jacob will be held Friday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are requested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Condolences may be sent to

Olivia Pieper

Olivia Pieper, 96 of Brenham and the widow of Erwin Pieper, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015 in Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility, Bryan. Mrs. Pieper’s surviving loving family includes: daughter, Ruth Goeke and husband Burgess DeWayne; son, James Pieper and wife Julie; grandchildren, John and Michelle Goeke, Sarah and Todd Johnson, Will and Kim Pieper; great-grandchildren, LeAnn and Heath Goeke, Josiah and Jill Johnson, Poppy Olivia Pieper. Viewing will begin Tuesday, August 11th at 8 a.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Olivia Pieper will be held Wednesday, August 12th at 10 a.m. in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Condolences may be sent to .

Lorine Rudloff Eckermann

Lorine Rudloff Eckermann passed on August 9, 2015 at the age of 86 years, 3 months. She was a lifetime resident of western Austin County from birth on May 9, 1929. After more than 84 years of near excellent health and viability, she passed from age-related complications in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Texas. Lorine was a member of the Methodist Church. This faith affiliation was the constant center of her life. It began in Haw Creek from birth, and continued in Industry until now. She participated actively in nearly every role of this church at one time or another. All her children were baptized and confirmed there. Lorine taught religious education for many years, and attended the women’s group events with many friends; including the annual “Secret Friend”. In addition to rearing a large family, Lorine contributed strongly to the founding of Eckermann’s Meat Market in circa 1960; and performed substantial contributions to the operations of this business for more than 50 years. With a heavy work schedule being normal, she always found time for family and friends. She lived in a strong German culture and spoke German and English fluently. Lorine was predeceased by her husband, Alfred Eckermann, Sr. after marriage of 44 years; her parents Monroe and Toni Rudloff; brother Harold Rudloff and wife Bernice; orphan brother Elwood Schmidt; step son Lee Fred Eckermann and wife Deloris; and granddaughter Debra Budnik. She is survived by Joyce Mae and husband Carl Bridges; Allen Gene and wife Berta Eckermann; Daniel Charles and wife Karen Eckermann; Lawrence Dale and wife Marsha Eckermann; Buck Eckermann and wife Sue; and Arlie Bruce and wife Jennifer Eckermann. Also, she is survived by thirteen grandchildren, and one brother Oliver Rudloff and wife Waldine. The funeral will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Industry United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at the same site on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Pallbearers are her grandsons. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Industry United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Industry, Texas 78944 or to the charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979)865-2424

Christine Flentge Bentke

Christine Flentge Bentke, widow of Melvin Bentke, passed away peacefully in her home on August 6, 2015, at the age of 80. She is survived by her son, Bobby Bentke, and wife, Susi Bentke of Houston, son, Roger Bentke, and special friend, Patt Bartlett of Washington, daughter, Brenda Meadows, and husband Michael Meadows of Brenham and son, Mark Bentke, and wife, Sherri Bentke of Washington.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Richard Bentke and wife Min Sun Kim, Melanie Honeycutt and husband Chris McHone, Ryan Bentke and special friend, Heather Fife, Casey Rogers and husband, Billy Rogers, Sean Meadows and special friend, Stacy Iardella, Corey Bentke and fiance Sarah Peevler, and Colleen Bentke, and great-grandchildren Austin and Aaden Honeycutt and Madison and Bailey Rogers. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Alma Place, Raymond and Verna Mae Bentke, Ervin and Jo Schultz, Rosie Bentke, Donna Bentke, and Dorothy Bentke, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Christine is preceded in death by her husband, her biological parents, her adopted parents, her daughter-in-law, Shelby Bentke, her sister and brother-in-law Ramona and James Bohannon, brothers Harold Flentge, Edmond Flentge, and Albert Flentge, Jr., and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin and Leona Flentge and Willie and Laverna Flentge.; Brothers-in-law Alfred Bentke, Glenn Bentke, Bill Bentke, Herman Bentke; sisters-in-law Ida Kaechler and Lois Ruemke; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Herman Sr. and Emma Bentke. Funeral services for Christine Bentke are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Prairie Hill, with Pastor Jim Abbott officiating. Burial will take place in Prairie Hill Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 5:00 until 7 p.m. Sunday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements for Christine Bentke are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. 


Ruby Puckett

Ruby Puckett, age 76 of Hempstead passed away on August 5, 2015. Visitation will be Sunday, August 9th, from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 10th at 10:00am at Chappell Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Danheim officiating. Interment will be at 2:00pm Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston.  Video tribute and guest book at  Funeral services are entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484. 936 372-3683

Nelda Lanford

Nelda Lanford, 92, widow of Alvin Lanford, died August 4, 2015 in Katy, Texas. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with burial to follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Rev. Troy Key will officiate. Visitation will be prior to the service, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her children: Ruth Thomas, Evelyn Blakely, and Al and Tracey Lanford. Grandchildren: Karen and Randy Beard, Cathy and Keith LeJeune, Sherry and Steven Key, Brock and Trisha Thomas, Scott Lanford, and Elissa  Boer; great-grandchildren: Mackenzie, Kendall, and Camden Beard, Joshua Blakely and Brittney and Brandon Higgins, Eiley Rowan Key, Ryan and Zachary Thomas, and Solomon Lanford; brother, Ted Duesterhoft, and wife Cheryl, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nelda was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Doris Mae Duesterhoft; brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Annie Mae Duesterhoft, an infant granddaughter, Terri Jo Thomas, and great-granddaughter, Emma Claire Key. Funeral arrangements for Nelda Lanford are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit












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