Dale "Pops" Everett Matties

Dale “Pops”  Everett Matthies, 56, of Burton, died February 11, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine, with Pastor Mark Moore officiating. Burial will follow in La Bahia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 pm. Saturday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Katie Matthies; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Tim Cloud; grandchildren: Connor and Gavin Cloud; brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Kay Matthies; sister-in-law, Betsy Zeiss; aunt, Elvira Dallmeyer. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Irene Matthies, and a brother, David Matthies. Funeral arrangements for Dale Everett Matthies are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Viola Bartels

Viola Bartels, 86 of the Salem Community, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan. Visitation will be Friday, February 12th from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Viola Bartels will be held Saturday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem with Pastor Rich Nelson officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Viola  Bartels loving family includes: son, Randy Bartels and wife Paula of Brenham; daughter, Rita Schatte and husband Larry of Giddings; special niece, Kathy Meier,  husband Robert and family; grandchildren, Rebecca and Chris Ryland, James Bartels, Nina Marie and David Moreland, Stephen and Kelli Bartels, Jason R. Bartels and Dr. Helen Reade, Kristopher and Bridget Bartels, Jennifer Michel and Jeff Forness, Lara Lea Bartels, Dusty and Keri Schatte, Amy and Josh Weston, Meghan Schatte; 20 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Linda Bartels; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Royce and Barbara Bartels; nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Salem Lutheran Church of Salem. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at

Basil Ray "Mac" McLendon

Basil Ray “Mac” McLendon passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016, in Brenham, Texas. He was born on February 3, 1930, near Copperas Cove, Texas, to Norwood and Lena Mae (McGonagill) McLendon. Survivors include daughters, Raye (McLendon) Tilley and husband Riley of Huntsville, Buffie McLendon and Owen Krause of Kenney and Kelly (McLendon) Oosterbaan and husband Hans of Fredericksburg. Known as “Paw-Paw” to his grandchildren, he leaves behind grandsons, Jeff Tilley, Steven Tilley, Matt McLendon, Dillon McLendon, Erik Oosterbaan, Ian Oosterbaan, Asher Oosterbaan, Eli Oosterbaan, and granddaughter Abby Brau. He is also survived by great-grandsons, Halen Tilley, Mack McLendon, Logan Tilley; and great-granddaughters, Kennedy Tilley and Emma McLendon. Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, TX on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rev. Larry Embry will conduct a graveside service at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit


Otto Duesterhoft., Jr.

Otto Duesterhoft, Jr., 81 of Somerville died January 24, 2016. Funeral services are set for 10:00am, Thursday, January 28th at Burleson County Cowboy Church, 300 CR 169, Caldwell, Texas, with Bro. Harvey Abke officiating.  Interment will follow at EV Friedens Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 till 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 27th also at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Strickland Funeral Home of Caldwell. Please visit our website at for additional information and to sign the online register.

Edith Mercedes Krueger

Funeral Notice for Edith Mercedes Krueger, age 102, of Bellville, TX., died January 23, 2016 in Bellville, Texas. Survivors include her children; Larry and wife Sue Krueger of Houston, Gary and Wife Nancy of Bellville and Shirley Maeckel of Bellville.  Brothers; Vernon Wendt of Bellville, Clarence Wendt and wife Elizabeth of Columbus also survived by grandchildren,  great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday January 27th, from 10:00-11:00am at Knesek Funeral Chapel in Bellville, Texas.  Funeral Service for Edith Mercedes Krueger will be held Wednesday January 27th at 11:00am at Knesek Funeral Chapel Bellville. Interment at Pilgrims Rest Bellville with Pastor Amy Haralson, Officiating.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Knesek Family Funeral Chapels in Bellville, 842 E. Main Street and other locations in Sealy, TX and Wallis, TX

Franklin Clarence Effenberger

Franklin Clarence Effenberger (87) of Brenham, Texas celebrated his Heavenly homecoming on Monday, January 11, 2016 at home in Brenham, Texas. He is survived by Brother, Donald and Barbara Effenberger of Sequin, TX.,Sister, Marcia Russell of San Antonio, TX., sister-in-law, Shirlene Steen of Arlington, TX.; His nephew's family that has provided for his care: Nathan and Julie Steen and their children: Kimberly, Ryan and Jillian of Brenham, TX. Other nieces and nephews include: Joe and Teresa Steen Corbet of Arlington, TX.,  John and Cathy Herzog Davis of Martindale, TX., George and Glenda Steen Gandy of Arlington, TX.,  Vernon and Sharon Steen Garner of Arlington, TX., Alan Ray Herzog of Thorndale, TX., Michael Herzog of Brenham, TX.,  Jerry and Lisa Steen McElvoy of Mansfield, TX., Royce and Kayla Meyer of Lewisville, TX., Blaine Russell of San Antonio, TX., Deana Russell of San Antonio,TX., Gary and Misti Steen of Jersey Village, TX.,  Ricky Steen of Arlington, TX., Russell and Rhonda Steen of Houston, TX., Steve and Beverly Meyer Stewart of Graham, TX.  Many great-nieces and nephews. Many friends including Darlene Blondeau of Brenham, TX., and the many members at Greenvine Baptist Church and AMA Heathcare providers, especially Joyce Pribilski. Franklin was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Katie Steen Effenberger; his parents, Frank W and Martha Gerum Effenberger; his sister, June Effenberger Cochran; His brother/sister-in-laws: Lucille Steen Meyer (and her husband Harold), Glenn Steen, William Steen (and William’s wife, Ruth Steen), Gladys Steen, and Alice Steen Herzog (and her husband, Ted Herzog). Funeral Services for Franklin will be held on Saturday, January 16 at 10:30 am at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, Texas. Interment will be at Greenvine Baptist Cemetery located at 5010 FM 2502, Burton, Texas. Visitation will be January 16 at 9:00am - 10:30am at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements are being made by Memorial Oaks Chapel. Memorial donation can be made to Greenvine Baptist Church or Brenham Children Chorus. Funeral arrangements for Franklin Effenberger are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Verlyn Marie (Schulze) Finke

Verlyn Marie (Schulze) Finke, 76, of Brenham, loving wife of Onis Finke, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2016 in College Station. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00am, Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church.  Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main in Brenham. Survivors include her husband, Onis Finke of Brenham; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Pam Finke of Brenham, and Rodney and Jill Finke of Houston; daughter and son-in-law Becky and Steve Folsom of Brenham; grandchildren: Brent Folsom and special friend Jenny Bilski, Clay Finke, Bryan Folsom and wife Haley, Bradley Folsom and special friend Jenna Krebs, Ryan Finke and Grant Finke; great-grandchild Hunter Folsom,  and soon-to-be-born Folsom twins; sisters Elvera Janner,  Ruth Duvall and husband Clyde (Hank); sisters-in-law; Lorna Finke, Joy Finke and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Leonard and Sandra Finke, and Eva and Gene Supak. Additional survivors are numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, Edwin and Emma Schulze, parents-in-law Fritz and Lena Finke; brothers-in-law Raymond Finke, Earl Abke, Ivan Finke,  and Milton Janner, and  sister-in-law, Irene Abke. Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements for Verlyn Marie Finke are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Ora Nell Tiemann

Ora Nell Tiemann, 84, died January 11, 2016 in Brenham. Mrs. Tiemann was born June 2, 1931 in Brenham to Walter A. and Selma Breddin Hahn. Baptized May 29, 1932 at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin, she was confirmed there on Sept. 24, 1944.  On Dec. 5, 1948, she was married to Clamens Tiemann, Sr. at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Clamens Jr. and Virginia Tiemann, and Jimmy and Cheryl Tiemann, all of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and David Wieghat, also of Brenham; grandchildren: Amy Jentsch, Jessica Bram and Jason, Jared Tiemann and Codylyn; Jennifer Beaudet and Ryan; Ashley Wieghat, Catherine Sommerfield and Eric.; great-grandchildren: Lane Hart, Jake, Brady and Cooper Bram, Aydn Tiemann, Colleen Beaudet, and Holly Sommerfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clamens Tiemann, Sr.; parents, Walter A. and Selma Hahn; and a granddaughter, Madeliene Lynette Tiemann. Funeral services for Ora Nell Tiemann are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, January 15, 2016 at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem, with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Burial will take place in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements for Ora Nell Tiemann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Melvin Krause

Melvin Krause, 80, of Brenham, husband of Charlyn Krause, passed away January 10, 2016 in Brenham. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Ernesto Elizondo, Officiant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Charlyn Krause of Brenham; son, Doyle Krause and wife Judy of Bleiblerville; daughter-in-law Claudia Appelt and husband Mark of Brenham; grandsons Derek Krause and wife Emilee of Frisco; Carson Krause and Garett Krause of Bleiblerville; sister and brother-in-law Verlyne and August Aschenbeck, Jr. of Shelby. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Dale Krause, on January 13, 1986Funeral arrangements for Melvin Krause are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Eddie Charles Zibilski

Eddie Charles Zibilski was born on October 27, 1920 on a farm near Burton to Wilhelm (Willie) and Minnie Herms Zibilski.  He passed away on January 9, 2016 in Brenham. Preceded in death by his wife, parents, one sister (Alma) and two brothers (Willie and Albert), Eddie is survived by nieces: Rosa Lee Williams, Jeanette Newton, Mary Woodson, Susan Adams and Patricia Holland and a nephew, Edward Zibilski. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. Internment will be at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Funeral arrangements for Eddie Charles Zibilski are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham

Sylvia Tietjen Mertz

Sylvia Tietjen Mertz was the youngest child born to Anton and Ella Schulze Tietjen in 1924 on a farm in Rutersville Texas. She lived with her parents for over 40 years, assisting with farm and tending to their care until their death. Valedictorian of her high school class in 1942, she began her career at the title company, moving to the law offices of Oeltjen & Schovajsa until her retirement in 1992. In 1966, she bought her home in La Grange, soon thereafter, met Claude Mertz, who became her husband and best friend of 48 years. Sylvia was a member of the Order of the Sons of Hermann, the VFW Auxiliary, and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was predeceased by her brother, Anton, and sister, Esther. She is survived by husband, Claude and numerous in-laws and nieces and nephews, including James, Donald, and Clay Tietjen.  A visitation will be held from Noon until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in the Fayette Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange with interment to follow at the La Grange City Cemetery..


Myrtle Marie Grabarschick

Myrtle Marie Grabarschick, 92, of Brenham, died on January 1, 2016. She was the widow of  Willie Grabarschick.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Walt Schindehette and Pastor Mark Groves officiating.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be,  Monday, January 4, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  She is Survived by her son Robert William Grabarschick, Grandchildren:  Jennifer Grabarschick of Houston, Robert William Jr. and wife Molly of Brenham, Laura Grabarschick of Houston, and William Grabarschick of Brenham, Great Grandchildren: Taylor and Logan Grabarschick .  Sister: Dorothy Schulenberg of Burton, Texas. Also survived by Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Funeral services for Myrtle Grabarschick are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel. 1306 W. Main St. Brenham 979-836-4564.   To post a tribute visit






















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