Obituaries


Lois Hahn

Funeral service for Lois Hahn, age 88, of New Ulm, Texas will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 4:00pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 211 Hickory Street, New Ulm, TX.  Visitation at Henneke Funeral Home, 1515 Montezuma St., Columbus, TX. will be held Friday, 5:00 – 7:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00pm. Burial will be in New Ulm Cemetery, New Ulm, TX.  Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church, P O Box 1270, New Ulm, TX 78950 or Charity of your choice.  Lois Hahn is survived by her daughter; Peggy Hahn Lampe of Brenham, TX. And a son; Robert Hahn, Jr. and wife Glenda of Brenham, TX. sister-in-law; Jo Hahn of Deridder, Louisiana, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Online condolences may be given online at www.hennekefuneralhome.com

Joseph "Joe" Mazurkiewicz

Joseph “Joe” Mazurkiewicz, 87, of Brenham, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016. Surviving family includes: his wife, Irene Mazurkiewicz; Children, Barbara Jaloway of Sealy, Texas, Mary Holtkamp and husband Charles of Brenham, Texas, Clara Grundy and husband Paul of Tucson, Arizona, Leonard Uhyrek and wife Delores of Missouri City, Texas, Mike Uhyrek and wife Robbie of Pearland, Texas, Janice Hoover of Carrollton, Texas, Janet Cherrington and husband Rick of Sugarland, Texas, Diana Lee and husband Rick of Lewisville, Texas; Grandchildren, Patricia Jaloway, Alison Malinowski, Tony and Frank Flannery, Lenny and Jacob Uhyrek, Lauren Cooper, Justin Uhyrek, Jessica Rivers, Josh and Ryan Hoover, Ashley and Kelsey Lee; as well as seven great-grandchildren. Joe is also survived by his siblings Sister Mary Florentine of San Antonio, Texas and Esther Kubezka and husband Joe of Conroe, Texas. Visitation with the Mazurkiewicz family will be Wednesday, August 24th from 5-7 p.m. and Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass for Joe Mazurkiewicz will be held Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m.     at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Monsignor Benedict Zientek will officiate. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are requested to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church or a charity of your choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Mary Etter Rosenbaum Randermann Franklin

Mary Etter Rosenbaum Randermann Franklin, 85, of Brenham, passed away August 18, 2016 in College Station. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00am, Saturday, August 20, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Phil Fenton and Harry Briscoe officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 6:30 until 8:30 Friday evening, August 19, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mary and Charlie had two sons: Charles Bruce and Christine and Michael Henry and Cindy, all from Brenham, Texas.  Mary loved Christine and Cindy as the daughters she never had, and they also loved her very much. Also surviving are grandchildren: Megan Randermann Wells, Andrew Randermann, Orry Randermann, Rinn Randermann, and Amanda Randermann, as well as seven great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by brothers Earl Rosenbaum and wife, Jeanette, and sisters-in-law Ella Mae Love and Virgina Rosenbaum. She was preceded in death  by Ruby Boyd and husband, Horace; Juanita Seilheimer and husband Allen, Geneva Hermann and husband Alvin, Lonnie Rosenbaum and wife Alvina;  Irvin Rosenbaum and Willie Rosenbaum. Serving as pallbearers are Andy Randermann, Orry Randermann, Rinn Randermann, Jerry Herrmann, Darryl Herrmannn, and Tom Boyd. Honorary pallbearers are the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Ladies Aid Members. Funeral arrangements for Mary Franklin are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Willie Prigge, Jr.

Willie Prigge, Jr., 79, of Brenham, the widower of Jackie Prigge, died August 11, 2016, at Scott and White Hospital in Brenham. The funeral service for Willie Prigge, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton with Rev. Risa Garza officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 14 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Kenton and Sharon Prigge of Burton; son-in-law, Don Hooks of Brenham; grandchildren: Michael Hooks, Jordan Prigge, Brock Prigge, Kyle Hooks and Morgan Prigge; great-grandchildren, Carter Prigge, Parker Prigge, Aiden Prigge-Mathis and Paisley Hooks; sisters and brother-in-law, Evelyn and David Buck and Edna Roehling; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Erma Luetge, Joyce Grote and Bill and Arminda Grote. Funeral arrangements for Willie Prigge, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX, 979 4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com  

Nora Naumann Meier

Nora Naumann Meier, 89, passed away August 9, 2016 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, August 13, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, with Pastor Robert Sorenson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law: Donald and Miranda Meier, and Darrell and Cheryl Meier; grandchildren: Christopher and Carra Meier, Adrienne Meier, Nicholas Vierus and wife Erin; great-grandchildren: Carter and Cooper Vierus; sister, Ruth Kelling, and sister-in-law Ruby Naumann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy; parents, Clara and Louis Naumann; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Caroline and Otto Meier; brothers Herbert Naumann, and Arnold Naumann, and wife Evelyn; sisters and brothers-in-law: Elsie and Otto Kemper, Erna and Erwin Grawunder, Lillie Mae and Johnnie Kramer; brothers-in-law: Daniel Kelling; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Leslie and Ernestene Meier, Melvin and Lucille Kiemsteadt, and Esther and Henry Haar.  Funeral arrangements for Nora Naumann Meier are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit  www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Peter Demuth, Jr.

Peter Demuth, Jr.,72, husband of Bonnie Demuth, passed away August 8, 2016 at his residence in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 12, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, with Pastors Mark Groves and Walt Schindehette officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Demuth of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Crystal Demuth of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law Kristie and Jeremy Chasteen of Elgin, and Jessica and Eric Kiihne of Hockley; grandchildren: Sidney, Sam, Spencer and Sutton Chasteen; Tanner, Corbin and Braden Demuth, and Isaac Kiihne;  brothers and sisters-in-law Harvey and Sue Luedemann of Brenham; Larry and Mary Demuth of Ledbetter; sisters Gertrude Ramer of Arkansas, Gloria  Rippenhagen and husband Robert of Brenham, and a sister-in-law, Becky Demuth of Brenham. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Willie and Wallene Ludwig of Brenham, and Larry and Martha Lischka of Bellville. Other surviving relatives are nieces and nephews: Jeff and Cindy Stueber, Jim and Melissa McCune, Troy and Kerry Lischka, Jason and Erin Lischka, Mark and Katie Lischka, Grant and Lanthia Lischka, Ronnie and Sandy Rippenhagen, Jimmy and Sarah Mobley, Annetta Mobley Phillips, Lydia Becker, Harvey Luedemann, Jr. Denay Mason, Stephanie Demuth, Lisa Demuth, Paula Demuth Sherrouse, Becky Ramer, Mark and Emma Ramer, and Deborah and Kenneth Post., and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Also surviving are special friends Charles and Janell Dierking, and his caretakers: Linda, Lonnie, Dietrich and Felicia. Peter was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law Bernice and Ervin Rosenbaum; brother David Demuth; brother-in-law Sam Ramer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Montie and Mary Cole, and nephew, Kevin Demuth. Funeral arrangements for Peter Demuth, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Teckla Ruby Rust

Teckla Ruby Rust, 87, of Brenham, Texas, died August 7, 2016, in Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. (BNRC). Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral for Teckla Rust will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 11 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Rust of Houston, Texas, and sister-in-law Nita Stroech, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus A. Rust, and daughter, Glenda F. Rust. Also, preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Emma Stroech, sisters and brothers-in-law, Hulda and Herbert Kluck, Esther and Walter Lueck, Erna and Ben Hahn, and brothers and sister-in law, Willie Stroech, Herman and Louise Stroech. Funeral arrangements for Teckla Ruby Rust are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

John "Phil" Lesser

John “Phil” Lesser, age 85 of Chappell Hill, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 in Bryan. Surviving loving family includes: his wife, Paula Lesser; son, Craig Lesser; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Brady Gregor, Mary Kay and Jim Beard; grandchildren, Jenna Gregor, Karra Gregor, Russell Beard, Bill Beard, James Beard; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Betty Jo and Cecil Farrington, Connie Ullrich, Kay and Albert Ullrich; nieces and nephews, Harry Kay, Jr. and Joann Lesser, Francene and Twain Tharp; cousins, Shirley Manditch, Dorothy Lesser, Reba Kay Cooper and many other family members and friends. Visitation with the Lesser family will be Wednesday, August 10th from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Phil Lesser will be held Thursday, August 11th at 10 a.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Pastor Mike Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Memorials are requested to: Country Bible Church, Hospice Brazos Valley or a charity of your choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611   Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Judy Katherine (Morris) Schimank

Funeral services for Judy Schimank, 62, of Giddings, TX., are scheduled for 10:00am on August, 9, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church in Lincoln, TX. with Rev. Dale Bohm officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 8th, from 11:00am until 9:00pm and on Tuesday, August 9, from 7:00 until 8:30am at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.  The family will be present for visitation Monday evening from 5:00 until 8:00pm.  Judy is survived by her husband, James Schimank of Giddings; three children, Paula Schimank of Giddings, Annie Beasley & her husband, Tim of Giddings and John Schimank & his wife, Emily of Giddings; four grandchildren, Sierra and Ayden Beasley and Paxton and Dawson Schimank all of Giddings; two sisters, Linda Proske & her husband Gerhard, Jr., of Giddings and Peggy Schimank & her husband, Eugene of Giddings; one brother, Tommy Morris & his wife, Debbie of Lexington; one sister-in-law, Bea Behrens of Giddings, four brothers-in-law, Eugene Schimank & his wife, Peggy of Giddings, Clyde “Shorty” Schimank & his wife, Sandra of Serbin, Stanley Schimank & his wife, Cindy of Giddings and Stephen Schimank & his wife, Sherri of Giddings as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.  Memorials may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church Tuition Fund, 1012 PR, 8012, Giddings, TX 78942 or to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th St., Bryan, TX  77803. Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings

Elnora Mary (Goldberg) Stanley

Elnora Mary (Goldberg) Stanley, widow of J. P. Stanley, Jr., died August 5, 2016 at the age of 93 years at the Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral service will be Sunday, August 7, 2016 at St. Johns UCC, Burton, TX 516 N. Colorado St, Burton, TX with the Reverend John Gantt officiating.  Interment will be in the Bethany Christian Cemetery in Burton, TX. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-laws Janelle and Jerry Gold of Ledbetter; Susan and Marcus Broesche of Burton; Betsy and Jeff Zeiss of Burton; sons and daughters-in-laws David and Linda Stanley of Minerva; Ronnie and Gail Stanley of Burton.  Grandchildren: Ginger and Keith Kubena, Beth Gold, Rachael Gold, Marsha and Blake Kocurek, Heidi and Jason Jaster, Wyatt and Tracy Matthies, Megan and Jody Campbell, Lance Matthies, Jon and Laura Stanley, Michelle Collins, Jessica Stanley, Elizabeth and Brett Jurica, Jared and Leah Stanley.  Great-grandchildren:  Kasey and Audrey Kubena, Klay Kubena and fiancée, Marissa Jenke, Kourtney Kubena, Jessica Gold, Paige Gold, Delaney Hirsch, Grant Gold, Judson Gold, Brooklyn Gold, Bailen Kocurek, Marley Kocurek, Saeger Jaster, Isaac Matthies, Everleigh Matthies, Joseph Delton Campbell, Ethan Stanley, Jack Stanley, Evan Stanley, Emily Collins, and Eleanor Jurica.  Sister: Ruth McClellen. Sister-in-law: Madeline Goldberg.   Sisters and brothers-in-law: JoAnn and James Williams; Bonnie and Ronnie Langham; and was Nana to their children Laura Williams; Tim and Rachel Langham; and Lisa and Mark Proske. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on November 14, 1983; in-laws Jerome and Mae Stanley; brothers and sisters-in-law; Lawrence and first wife, Allyne Goldberg; Leroy and Lorine Goldberg; and brother Harry Goldberg.  Brothers-in-law: Frank McClellen; and Billy Aiken.  Son-in-law: David Matthies. Grandsons: Greg Gold, Jeremy Gold, and infant grandsons Jimmy and Johnny Gold. Nephew: Lemroy Goldberg. There will be a time of fellowship following the service at St. John’s UCC Fellowship Hall. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. For more information visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Lionel Salgado

Lionel Salgado, 36, died August 2, 2016 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, August 8, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father James Deaconson, Officiant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Survivors include parents Marcelina Uriostegul and Eliseo Salgado of Brenham; his wife, Yasmin Garcia; sons Lionel Salgado, Jr., and America Salgado; brothers and sisters-in-law Luiz and Melda Salgado; Francisco and Monica Salgado; Rafael and Marlen Salgado; Lorenzo Salgado and Eliseo and Maria Salgado; sisters Maria Salgado  and husband, Alex Aguilar; Maria Del Carmen and husband Aregorio Rodriguez, Isabel Salgado and  husband Victor Carrillo, and Norma Salgado. Also surviving are nieces and nephews Bonnie Cortez, Rene Rodriguez, Arturo Rodriguez, Michael Salgado, Jessica Salgado, Maria Rodriguez, Norma Salgado, Jonathan Salgado, Cristian Salgado, Javier Rodriguez, Alexander and Wilmer Aguilar. Funeral arrangements for Lionel Salgado  are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. For more information visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Ruth (Wiese) Henske

Ruth (Wiese) Henske, 95, of Bellville, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She was born October 20, 1920, in Kenney, Texas, the daughter of Christophe and Augusta (Wenzel) Wiese.  She was baptized and confirmed on March 25, 1934, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg.  Ruth attended school at Kentucky Ridge, graduating from Bellville High School.  She received a Nursing Degree from Blinn College. Ruth was united in marriage to Ervin Charles Henske on October 20, 1945 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg. Ruth was employed with Bellville General Hospital and Clinic. She was very well-known in the medical profession by many; Ruth was a surgery and clinical nurse for over 45 years for many doctors including; Dr. James Harle, Dr. Winston Neely and Dr. Don Bosse, before retiring in 2005. Ruth is survived by her sons: Terry Ervin Henske of League City, and Billy Henske (Becky) of Bellville; son-in-law: A.V. Hartman of Katy; grandchildren: Melanie Beisert (Neil) of Katy, Dana Mayson (Randy) of Katy, Tina Carr (Ty) of McKinney, Amanda Gaston (Zach) of Magnolia and Christopher Henske of Bellville.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren: Halen and Henley Beisert, Haley and Breyton Mayson, Taylor, Tristyn and Tatum Carr, Zoe and Ava Gaston and nieces, nephews and other dear family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin C., daughter, Nancy Hartman, parents, three sisters and five brothers. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at the Schmidt Funeral Home, in Bellville. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, with Pastor Robert Sorensen officiating. Interment will follow in the Phillipsburg Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2739 Phillipsburg Church Road, Brenham, Texas 77833. Arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418.  (979) 865-2424  www.schmidtfunerals.com

Marilyn Minnette Niebuhr Sommer

Marilyn Minnette Niebuhr Sommer, age 85, passed into Eternal Life on Saturday, July 30, 2016. She is survived by her son, Stanley and wife Ann; daughter, Frances Scheffer and husband Billy; grandchildren:  Stephen Scheffer and wife Deanna, Sarah Mueller and husband Brandon, Samuel Sommer and wife Megan, and Maria Hartstein and husband Cory; great-grandchildren: Sterling Scheffer, Stratton Scheffer, Charlotte Sommer, Caroline Sommer, and Benjamin Sommer; brother, James Niebuhr and wife Mary Lois; nieces and nephews: Dottie Schaer and husband John, Jr., Mike Niebuhr and wife Susan, Marilisa Corl and husband Tanner, Lanie Rygaard and husband Ricky, and Eric Niebuhr. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd; Floyd’s infant brother, Fred, Jr. and sister, Dorothy; parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Hattie Sommer; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ethel and Raymond Kolkhorst; and nephew, Rob Niebuhr. Visitation will be Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sandy Hill, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Kris Brower officiating.  Burial will follow at the Sommer Family Cemetery on the Bluff. Funeral arrangements for Marilyn Minnette Nie4burh Sommer are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post  a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Richard Allen Murski

Richard Allen Murski, 47, passed away July 26, 2016 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor Matthew Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include parents, Jack and Sophie Murski of Brenham;  daughter, Raleigh Wellmann, also of Brenham; sisters and brothers-in-law Rebecca and Jeff Thiem of Round Rock, Sarah and Troy Bertram of Volente, Texas, and Kristi and Doug Ramsey of Austin. He is also survived by nephews Tanner Bertram, Mason Ramsey, and a niece, Charlotte Ramsey, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and family members. Richard was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Josephine Mikolajczak and Willie and Hattie Murski. Funeral arrangements for Richard Allen Murski are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Viola (Meier) Merz

Viola (Meier) Merz, age 94 of the Bleiblerville Community and the widow of Stanley Merz, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Baylor Scott & White Brenham. Surviving loving family includes: daughter, Rosalie Wendler and husband Donald of Brenham; son Daniel Merz and wife Sandra of Bellville; grandchildren, Darla Hamff, Kelly Hord, Holly Wendler, Dustin and Morgan Wendler, Carrie and Chris Mlcak, Eli and Brittney Merz, Macie and Mark Gonzalez; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Chris Saucedo, Briley Mlcak, Leah Mlcak, Julie Hamff, Austin Hamff, Aidan Hord, Kynslee Wendler, Elie and Dane Merz, Eva, Owen and Aaron Gonzalez; great-great-grandchild, Harley Saucedo; twin sister, Loraine Glenewinkel; sister-in-law, Dolores Meier; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation with the Merz family will be this evening from 6-8 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Viola Merz will be Wednesday, July 27th at 2 p.m. at Welcome Lutheran Church with Pastor John Sutton, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are requested to Welcome Lutheran Church. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833.  Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Brigadier General (Retired) Woodrow Free

Brigadier General (Retired) Woodrow Free, age 82, passed away at his home in Brenham on Saturday, July 23, 2016. He is survived by: his wife, Joan Tiaden Free; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur and Susan Free of Rockdale, Texas, Jody and Diana Free of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and J. Loye and Tana Free of Salado, Texas;  grandchildren, Jere Free, Patti and Charles Darby, Erin Free and fiancé Charles Pitarra, Josh Free and fiancé Cassie Dudurich, Tess and Rushil Chugh, Kristi and Matt Allred, Samantha, Kaydee, Cooper, and Kensley Free; great-granddaughter Allison Darby; nephew and wife, Mike and June James; and special family friends, Mark and Tammy Murphy. Funeral services with full military honors for Woodrow Free will be held Wednesday, July 27th at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Brenham.  Art Free will officiate.  Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church or Hospice Brazos Valley. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX.  Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Annie Mae (Bednar) Pomykal

Annie Mae (Bednar) Pomykal passed away peacefully at home on July 24, 2016.  The viewing for Ms. Pomykal will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham on Wednesday, July 27 from 5 pm- 7 pm. The service will be Thursday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brenham.  Interment will follow at the National Cemetery in Nelsonville. Guests are invited back to St. Peter’s for a reception. Mrs. Pomykal is survived by her son, Brice Pomykal and his wife Kalisa; her daughter Aneya Elbert; her grandchildren, Joey, Katy and her husband, Will, Sarah, Allison, Hunter and Kody; her great-grand daughter, Joee; her sister, Barbara Moseley; and numerous nephews and nieces. Mrs. Pomykal is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Frank; her parents Cyril and Johanna Bednar; siblings Della, Raymond and Mary. Funeral arrangements for Annie Mae Pomykal are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Jim Plummer

Jim Plummer, 60, passed away July 21, 2016 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 12 noon, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 1st United Methodist Church, 408 N. Baylor, Brenham, Tx, with burial to follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, TX. Survivors include his twin sister and brother-in-law, Betsy and Bruce Plante of Tulsa, OK.; nephews Jonathan Plante, Ben Plante, and his 8 to 5 wife of over 30 years, Darlene Boecker. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Cantrell Plummer. Funeral arrangements for Jim Plummer are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Howard Harden

Howard Hardan, 68, passed away at his home in Brenham on July 15, 2016. Howard is survived by: his sister, Sue McMahon and husband Paul; brother, Herbert Hardan; brother, Roy Hardan and wife Bobbi; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and special cousin L.W. Miller. Visitation will be at Brenham Memorial Chapel from 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016.  Pastor Pat Lehrer will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael McMahon, Jonathon Hardan, Steven McMahon, Curtis Meyer, Alex Escorcia, and Nathan Carroll. Honorary pallbearers are former employees of Bothe Ford, Don Koester, and Billie Morgan. If desired, memorial donations may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 F.M. 2679, Brenham, TX 77833. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, TX, 77833. 979.836.3611. To share condolences visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Shoshana (Shoshy) Norma Warner

Shoshana (Shoshy) Norma Warner, infant daughter of David, Jr. and Bailey Warner, passed from the deep, loving embrace of her mothers’ arms into the devoted arms of her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Loving family includes: her parents; big brother, Elijah Timothy Warner; maternal grandparents, Timothy and Holly Clemons; paternal grandparents, David and Wendy Warner; maternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Carol Milder, Dianne Clemons; paternal great-grandparents, Doris Koerth, Billy Dean Koerth and Theresa Bilski, Norma Warner; maternal uncles, Jacob and Trace Clemons; paternal aunt, Rachel Warner and special friend Cullen Jozwiak; numerous great uncles and great aunts. Visitation with the Warner family will be Wednesday, July 13th from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Shoshana Warner will be held Thursday, July 14th at 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine with Pastor Mark Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Everyone is welcome to wear pink in honor of Shoshana’s beautiful spirit. Memorials are requested to the PICU at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com  

Arno Adolph Kautz

Arno Adolph Kautz, 83, of Frelsburg, TX passed away on July 6, 2016 following a brief illness. Arno was a farmer, rancher and gardener.  He enjoyed listening to Polka Time and The County Store. He also enjoyed his weekly conversations with his sister and visitations with cousin, Nelcine Krebs.  Arno like to spend time with friends and family.  He would also look forward to attending local community feasts.  Arno retired after working many years at H-E-B in Brenham where he enjoyed working with everyone and made many friends.  He was highly appreciative of his nieces and nurses, Darlene Reeves, Donna Prater and Diana Bell and nephew, Charles Stork and their families for their daily care during his illness. He is survived by sister, Doris Bruedigan, of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law, Verlin and Howard Kruse, of Brenham; brother-in-law, Emmett Stork, of Adkins; nephews and nieces:  Ricky Boeker and wife, Virginia, Mark Boeker and wife, Lynn; Brian Boeker and wife, Holly; Diane Kettler and husband, Clinton; Kathryn Boyd; Jim Kruse and wife, Hailey; David Kruse all of Brenham; Charles Stork and wife, Candy, of La Vernia; Darlene Reeves and husband, Dan; Donna Prater and husband, Michael, all of Adkins; Diana Bell and husband, Allen, of Midland; and numerous great nieces, great nephews and cousins.  Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, from 10:00am - 7:00pm at Koenig & Strickland Zaskoda Chapel in Industry, family will receive friends from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Interment will follow at the Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange, TX. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com

Viola F. Giese

Viola F. Giese, 97, widow of Marvin Giese, passed away July 2, 2016 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2016 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. The Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law James and Dorothy Giese of College Station; Charles and Deanna Giese, and Wayne and Claudia Giese, all of Brenham; grandchildren: Leah and Lee McCabe, Vanessa and Donald Schwab, Sheridan and Jeff Slocumb, Erin C. Giese, Lance and Shannon Giese, Troy and Stephanie Giese, Todd Giese, Laton and Jane Anne Giese, and Eric Wayne Giese; great-grandchildren: Kaylee McCabe, Kassidy McCabe, Kai Giese, Kade Giese, Lydia Giese, Lincoln Giese, Samantha, Savannah, and Sierra Schwab, Tyler Giese, and Jeremy Slocumb. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin Giese; son, Marvin Eugene Giese; brothers Alvin, V.C., and Fred, and sisters Tillie, Elda, Esther, and Lillie. Funeral arrangements for Viola F. Giese are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit  www.memorialoakschapel.com.

 Calvin Adolph Lehde

Calvin Adolph Lehde, 90, of Brenham, passed away and went home to the Lord on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Brenham Nursing and Rehab CenterVisitation with the Lehde family will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services for Calvin Lehde will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Pastor Pat Lehrer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Veradell Lehde of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law, Dinah and Allan Niemeyer and Jane and Jonathan Little, all of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Linda Lehde of Sealy; grandchildren, Warren and Jacy Niemeyer, Myles Niemeyer and friend Ashley, Truitt and Paige Niemeyer, Dyan Knapp, Angela Knapp and friend Michael, LeaAndrea and Eric Otto, Landon Lehde and friend Kaylee, and Justin, Patrick, Jonathan and Leslie Little and friend Matthew; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Gunther, Carmen, Adrie, Lorelai, Haylie, Gavin, Raife and Colt Niemeyer and Kyler Giles; sister, Bertha Lee Kolby of Navasota; sister-in-law, Dorothy Eberhardt of Burton; brother-in-law, Raymond Blum of Brenham; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Calvin Lehde are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Doris (Schwartz) Drews

Doris (Schwartz) Drews, 73, widow of Fritz Drews, Jr., died June 24, 2016 in College Station.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10am, Saturday, July 2nd, at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Minister Jason Drews officiating.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. .Visitation will take place Friday, July 1st, from 6:00 - 8:00pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel.   Survivors include her son, Jason Drews; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Barbara Schwartz; sister and brother-in-law, Artie and Carlton Klussmann, all of Brenham. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, and an infant daughter, Stacey Drews. Funeral arrangements for Doris Drews are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com
 

Alma Sue Bentke Place

Alma Place, grandma to everyone, passed away on June 27, 2016 in Groveton, Texas. Mrs. Place was born in Independence, Texas on August 1, 1919, the oldest of ten children, born into a cotton farmer family.  Because of her upbringing, she had an iron clad will thru her long fruitful life.  School and God were very important to her.  In high school, she was the valedictorian of her class and was very proud to have one of her poems published in Who’s Who in Poetry in America.  The poem was “America Is Calling”. Alma met the love of her life, Bernarr F. Place and they were married on February 5, 1955 and together they had three daughters that they were very proud of.  Bernarr was a proud U.S. Air Force retiree and their family had frequently moved where he was needed.  Due to this, the family was extremely loving and close. After retirement, the family moved to Bryan to their beloved Texas A&M University.  Alma moved to Marquez in 1985, after Bernarr passed away and spent her last five years in Groveton.

Grandma left behind to cherish her memory: daughters: Delinda Bass and husband Frank of Groveton, Connie Watson Place of Marquez, Mary Derkowski and husband Bill of Bryan; grandchildren: Donny Akers and wife Stacey, Jennifer Townsend and husband Jeremy, Frank Bass Jr. and wife Melanie, Jason Huckaby and wife Shellia, Lance Watson and wife Jennifer, Ryan Derkowski and wife Crystal; Eleven great-grandchildren: Brayden, Madelyn, Logan, Haygen, Bailey, Blake, Eli, Matt, Corbin, Keeley, and Bradley; sister: Mary Jo Schulz and husband Ervin; brother: Raymond and wife Verna Mae Bentke; sisters-in law: Donna Bentke, Rosie Bentke, and Dorothy Bentke; also, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and loving friends.

Alma was preceded in death by her dear husband Bernarr F. Place, her parents Herman Sr. and Emma Bentke; brothers: Alfred, Melvin, Bill, Herman Jr., and Glenn Bentke; sisters-in-laws: Christine and Georgia Mae Bentke; sister: Ida Kaechler and Lois Ruemke; brothers-in-law: Johnny Kaechler and Fred Ruemke; nieces: Vicki Kaechler Hertel, and Shelby Bentke; nephew: Robert Walker. 

Life Celebration will be held on 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. Family and friends will be gathering for the graveside services at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham.   Visitation will be held on Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan.

Please view and share memories of grandma at www.hillierfuneralhome.com

Ardell "Buddy" Daris Muske

Ardell “Buddy”  Daris Muske, 85, husband of Nadine Muske, passed away June 22, 2016 in Brenham. The funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife of 63 years,  Nadine Muske of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law Bradley and Shana Muske of Burton; daughter and son-in-law, Marisa and David Lopez, Jr. of Highland Village; grandchildren: Cody Muske and wife Samantha, Kaylena Lopez, and Nicole Lopez. He was preceded in death by one brother. Funeral arrangements for Ardell Daris Muske are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Elizabeth Lampe Prieto

Elizabeth Lampe Prieto passed away on June 19, 2016.  Elizabeth is the wife of Isabel Prieto for 31 years and the daughter of Willie & Marion Lampe. The family will receive family and friends Friday, June 24th, at the Prairie Hill Church Hall in Brenham, starting at 6:00pm.  There will be no viewing or funeral service. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.callawayjones.com

 

Julia (Jozwiak) Derkowski

Julia (Jozwiak) Derkowski, 87 of Chappell Hill, Texas and the widow of Albin Derkowski, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. Mrs. Derkowski is survived by: her son, Paul Derkowski and wife Theresa; her daughter, Donna Kraft; and three grandchildren, Brian Derkowski and wife Sarah, Philip Derkowski and wife Bonnie, and Tiffany Che Kraft;  five great grandchildren, Sheldon Derkowski, Benjamin Derkowski, Emily Derkowski, Katherine Derkowski, and Andrew Derkowski;  and by niece, nephews, and cousins. The immediate family will have a private Rosary service led by the grandchildren and the great grandchildren. Visitation with the Derkowski family and friends will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Julia (Jozwiak) Derkowski will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 at  St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Chappell Hill with Rev. Jozef Musiol, SDS JCD officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial donation be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Chappell Hill, Texas or to Houston Hospice at www.houstonhospice.org. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, Texas, 77833.  979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

 

Mickle Norman "Mike" Hodges

Mickle Norman “Mike” Hodges, 66,  husband of Pauline Wellmann Hodges, died June 11, 2016 at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, after a lengthy battle with kidney cancer.  Mike was affectionally known to his family and friends as daddy, Paw-Paw, Uncle Mike and Big Mike. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville, with Pastor Sue Beall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Wellmann Hodges of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law Stephen “Chad” and Stephanie Hodges; daughters and sons-in-law Janie Marie and John Hart, and Amy Michelle and Wesley Stewart, all of Brenham; grandchildren: Corrine Elizabeth Estrada, Alexis Michelle Chaudron, Kaden Wesley Stewart, Michael Chad Hodges, Trinity Nicole Hart, Trenton Kaser Stewart, and Chassity Michelle Hodges. brothers: Tommy Gene Hodges; James Lynn Hodges and friend, Brenda Brawley, Donald Ray Hodges, Billy Frank Hodges and wife Debbie, all of Bryan; sisters: Phyllis Hope Sheppard and husband Dan of Iola; Patricia Gail Jackson and husband Gary of Bryan; Nanette Crouch and Cheryl Kay Collins, both of Iola; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Vernon and Katherine Wellmann, Tommy Wellmann and friend Yolanda, all of Brenham; Ralph and Patsy Wellmann of College Station and Merle and James R. Kyzar of Brady. Also surviving are his special furry dog friends Pebbles, Festus, Bobo, and Gerdie, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. Mickle was preceded in death by his beard of 40 years and his long gray hair. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Willie and Norman Hodges; parents-in-law Herbert and Hilda Wellmann; daughter, Tammy Kay Hodges; son-in-law Jacob Chaudron; brothers-in-law Bill Crouch and Charlie Collins, and a great niece, Jillian Owens. Funeral arrangements for Mickle Norman Hodges are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

 

Maxine Jane (Schlabach) Rudloff

Maxine Jane (Schlabach) Rudloff, 73, wife of Wendel Rudloff,  passed away June 9, 2016 at Scott and White Hospital in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, June 13, 2016  at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby, with Pastor John David Nedbalek officiating. Burial will be in Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. She is survived by Wendel Rudloff, her beloved husband of  53 years; son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Nicole Rudloff of Cheyenne, WY; daughter and son-in-law Renee and Scott Baker of Grand Prairie; grandchildren:  Jacy Marie Rudloff of Cheyenne, WY., and Henley and Elsa Baker of Grand Prairie, Tx.; Also surviving are her sister and brother-in-law Waldine and Glenroy Ebner of Giddings; sisters-in-law Elvera Rudloff of Houston, Ruby Rudloff of Chilton, and Dolores Zickuhr of Columbus; brother-in-law Mike Koepnick of Schulenburg, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Elsa Schlabach; parents-in-law Ben and Elsa Rudloff; brothers-in-law John Zickuhr, Perry Rudloff, and Burnie Rudloff, and sister-in-law, Evelyn Koepnick. Funeral arrangements for Maxine Jane Rudloff are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

 

Helen Joyce (Kilburn) Averitt

Helen Joyce (Kilburn) Averitt, 79, wife of Clyde Averitt, passed away June 5, 2016 in Bryan. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Clyde Averitt of Brenham; sons and daughters-in-law Donald and Sylvia Averitt of Henderson, NV; Gary and Robin Averitt of Houston, and Dennis and Jennifer Averitt of College Station; grandchildren: Josh and Britney Averitt, Madison Averitt, Jacob Averitt, and Drake Averitt; sister and brother-in-law Sue and George Bullock of Houston, and sister-in-law Carol Kilburn of Little Rock. Also surviving are nephews, nieces, cousins, and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; infant daughter, Theresa Joyce Averitt; an uncle and aunt who raised her, as well as her brother, Jimmy Kilburn. Funeral arrangements for Helen Joyce Averitt are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main in Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

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