Obituaries


Gregory Dale Joiner

Gregory Dale Joiner, 60, left this earth to be with his Lord on June 22, 2017. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Matthew Jacobs and Pastor William Holzer officiating. A graveside service will be held Monday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery at William Penn. Visitation with the family will be Sunday, June 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Greg is survived by his wife, Nancy Joiner; sons, Joshua Joiner of Needville, Matthew Joiner of Bryan and Jacob Joiner of Brenham; brothers and sister-in-law, Brad Joiner of Emory and Jeff and Jeanne Joiner of Salado and their families; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Vickie and Billy Ashorn, Jackie and Craig Kankel, Kellie and Kevin Goessler, all of Brenham, and Scott Hemann of Conroe and their families; and special cousins, Bid and Grace Smith and Pam Prall, all of Livingston. Funeral arrangements for Greg Joiner 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.

Laura Ann Winkelmann Jones

Laura Ann Winkelmann Jones, 34 of Uvalde, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Laura is survived by her loving husband, Ryon Jones and two beautiful children Ely Garrett Jones and Sadie Ann Jones of Uvalde; father, Darrell Winkelmann; siblings and spouses, Sara and Beth Winkelmann, John and Geneva Winkelmann; uncle and aunt, Fred L. and Bonnie Winkelmann all of Brenham. Visitation with the family will be Sunday, June 25th from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Laura Winkelmann Jones will be held Monday, June 26th at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Groves officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Ely and Sadie Jones Educational Fund at Hondo National Bank in Uvalde, TX or to Knippa ISD. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at w.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com. 

Emma Lee Dodd Rape

Emma Lee Dodd Rape, age 100 of Hempstead passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  Visitation will be at Canon Funeral Home in Waller on Thursday, June 22, from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  Funeral Services will be Friday, June 23, at 3:00pm at Canon Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Hempstead Cemetery.  Guest book @ www.canonfuneralhome.com  Services are entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484, 936 372-3683

Clayton D. Lichti, Jr.

Clayton D. Lichti, Jr. age 81 died on June 20, 2017 in his home surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving family:   daughters: Lynnette Lichti Hodde and husband James, Colleen Lichti Joswiak and husband Patrick; son: David P. Lichti and fiancé Rhonda Faist Maass; grandsons: Robert (Bobby) Lichti and fiancé Virginia Kapchinski, Scott Joswiak and wife Christina, and Colton Maass; granddaughters:  Renee Joswiak Narro and husband Luis, Stephanie Maass Schulz and husband Cody, Melissa Maass Bilski and husband Justin; great-grandchildren: Haley Lichti, Clayton E. Lichti, Hadley Schulz, Summer Narro, Layne Bilski, Lilah Joswiak, and Sophie Joswiak.  He is also survived by several special nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great nephews, sister-in-law Ruth Lichti, and very special family friend Janet Wolf Bodish. Visitation with the Lichti family will be from 5-7 pm with Rosary at 7 pm on Friday, June 23 in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service for Clayton Lichti will be at 10 am, Saturday, June 24 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Rev. Darren Donaldson will officiate.  Burial will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.3611  To share condolences, visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Elwood Kelm

Elwood Kelm, 80, left this earth June 20, 2017. He was the husband of Eunice Kelm, proud father and father-in-law of Cindy and Mark Buck, as well as the proud grandfather of Shannon Buck. Elwood’s wishes of cremation and no service will be honored. Arrangements for Elwood Kelm are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Dorothy Ann Ruemke

Dorothy Ann Ruemke, 77, died June 20, 2017 in Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin, with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Catherine Ruemke; daughters Debora Talamantez, and Carolyn Brister and husband Michael, all of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law Lorene and Clarence Ruemke of Carmine; grandchildren: Joshua and Charlotte  (Charly) Ruemke of Spring; Carlee Ruemke of Brenham; Cody Steinfeld and fiancé Catherine Peacher of Kingwood, Cory Steinfeld, and Alyssa and Anthony Talamantez, all of Brenham; great-grandchildren: Lena and Cora Ruemke and baby boy Jensen, arriving in August. Also surviving is her special friend, Dorothy Hohlt. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Edward Ruemke. Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Ann Ruemke are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Nova Hall

Nova Hall, age 87 of Austin passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017.  She was a long time member and supporter of the First Christian Church in Brenham.  Visitation will be at Canon Funeral Home in Waller on Thursday, June 22, from 9:00 - 11:00am. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery.  Video tribute and guest book at www.canonfuneralhome.com.  Funeral arrangements for Nova Hall are entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484, 936 372-3683

Vernon Gaskamp

Vernon Gaskamp, 70, died June 13, 2017 in Bellville. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Wm. Penn. Pastor Mark Moldenhauer will officiate. The visitation will immediately follow the service at the church,  and will include a light lunch. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Janice Gaskamp; nieces  and nephews,  Amy and Jason Pieper, and Marcus and Miranda Gaskamp; aunts and uncle, Clarence and Bernice Gaskamp, Florence Gaskamp, and Pearl Gaskamp. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Hattie Gaskamp, and a brother, Forrest Gaskamp. Funeral arrangements for Vernon Gaskamp are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute  to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Bernice Roski Pratt

Bernice Roski Pratt, widow of Jimmie Pratt, passed away June 9, 2017 in College Station. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, with Pastor David Tinker officiating. The graveside committal service will follow at Carmine Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and James Moore of Carmine, Texas, son and daughter-in-law Steven and Cindy Pratt of Bellville, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann and Herbert Purczinsky of Chilton, Texas, Alice Pratt of Alvin, Texas, grandchildren James Roemer, Scott and Amie Pratt, Savana and Jeremie Lehmann, great-grandchildren Nicholas, Jaxon, Presley, Nathaniel, and Christian; special family friends, Kenneth and Dona Moore. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Pratt on July 15, 2000, son Ray J. Pratt, parents Emil and Lydia Roski, brother Eldie Roski, mother and father-in-law, three brother-in-laws, one sister-in-law and a niece. Funeral arrangements for Bernice Roski Pratt are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Maggie (Stegent) Strenk

Maggie (Stegent) Strenk, age 94 of Brenham and the widow of Lawrence Strenk, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Surviving family includes:  daughter, Dorothy Meyer and husband Barney; grandchildren, Janice and Jaime Cordova, Kevin Meyer; great grandchildren, Kristy Lange, Candice Steinfeld, Michael Steinfeld, 8 great-great grandchildren; brother, Louis Stegent and wife Helen; nieces and nephews. Rosary will be recited Thursday, June 8th at 7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Maggie (Stegent) Strenk will be held Friday, June 9th at 10 a.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel with Deacon Al Prescott officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street in Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Ruby Ann Landua Kelm

Ruby Anna Landua Kelm, age 102, was called home to her Savior, June 6, 2017, to be reunited with her loving husband Melvin, on the 80th anniversary of their marriage. Ruby is survived by her 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. She 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 fiancée, Larissa Green; and Payton Kelm. Great-grandchildren: Cara Campos, Colin Campos, Eva Kelm, Simone Kelm, Laityn Davis, Chet Eckert, Hudson Eckert, twins Reese and Hattie Haevischer and Henry Davis, sister-in-law, Gladys Wilhelmsen, numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 77 years, Melvin Otto Kelm; her parents Paul and Olivia Landua; grandson, Joshua Ian Kelm; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Edwin Kelm; brother and sister-in-law, Lespa and Adeline Landua; brother and sister-in-law, R Lee and Bernadine Landua; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alex and Florence Kelm; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Anita and Karl Duerr; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Esther Legan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Raymond and Rosalie Kelm; brother-in-law, Henry Wilhelmsen. Family visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. Funeral Services celebrating the life of Ruby Anna Landua Kelm will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham, 305 West Third St., with Pastor Brianna Merkle officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Funeral arrangements for Ruby Anna Kelm are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Herbert Otto Zwahr

Herbert Otto Zwahr passed away on May 30, 2017 at the age of 82. Herbert was born on October 9, 1934 in Washington County, Texas. He attended Latium School and served in the US Army, including the National Honor Guard, for 6 years before his discharge when he settled in Houston. Herbert worked for Wyatt Metal & Boiler Works, Wyatt Industries, McElroy Engineering, and Enpro Systems before he retired to enjoy his farm in Independence, Texas. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed a relaxing break under the porch fan after a busy day on the tractor or bulldozer. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Houston, Fairbanks Masonic Lodge #1363, Sons of Hermann #6, Houston Heights Chapter #258 – Order of The Eastern Star, and the American Welding Society #022. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria (Stoerner) Zwahr; Daughters & son-in-law, Kathy & Eddie Bench and Jennifer Zwahr-Castro; Granddaughters & Husband, Rebecca & Shaun Meyer and Beatrice Castro; Grandsons, Matthew & Joshua Bench and Otto Castro; Sisters & brother-in-law, Evelyn & Aubrey Harmel and Allyne Sillavan. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 5-8pm at Pat H. Foley & Co Funeral Home, 1200 W. 34th St Houston, TX 77018. The funeral service will be Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 10 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 3606 Beauchamp St, Houston, TX 77009. Burial to follow at 2:30 pm at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brenham, TX

Florence B. Henske

Funeral service for Florence B. Henske, age 86, of Eagle Lake, Texas, will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2:00pm at Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel, Eagle Lake, Texas. Visitation at Eagle Lake Funeral Home, Tuesday, May 30, 5:00 - 8:00pm  then Wednesday, May 31, 12:30pm  till service time, burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas. She is survived by, sons & daughters in law, Jerry Henske & wife, Linda of Banquete, Mike Henske & wife, Penny of Eagle Lake, Mark Henske & wife, Anita of Eagle Lake, sister in law, Annie Mae Buerger of Brenham, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren

Anna Belle Nail

Anna Belle (Sander) Nail age 76, the widow of Jerry M. Nail, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Scott & White Healthcare, College Station. Anna is survived by:  daughter Julie Adams; son James Nail and wife Janna; grandchildren Connor Adams and Bailey Nail; brothers-in-law Horace Nail and wife Myrna, Owen Nail and wife Janice along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 1 at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem with Rev. John Harling officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. If desired, memorials may be given to St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham.  979.836.3611 To share condolences visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Roy Goeke

Roy Goeke, 62 of Kenney, Texas, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at The Arbors of Briarwood in Bellville. His surviving loving family includes:  sister Elaine Wickel of Kenney; brother and sister-in-law; Burgess DeWane and Ruth Goeke of Brenham; brother-in-law ;Billy Dean of Brenham; nieces and nephews, John and Michelle Goeke, Nolan Jr. and Tammi Wickel, Jason and Brandi Wickel, Jenny Dean and Fabiano Pedrotta, Jacob and Theresa Dean; along with special friends the Fort Flowers and Gary Kott Families. Visitation with the Goeke family will be from 6-7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27 at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Roy Goeke will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, May 28 at St. John Lutheran Church of Bellville with Rev. Andrew Bell officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Bellville. Memorials are requested to St. John Lutheran Church of Bellville or Hospice Brazos Valley. 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.

Charles Vaughn LaMarr

Charles Vaughn LaMarr, 72, husband of Kim LaMarr, passed away May 24, 2017 in College Station. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Champion Fellowship Church, with Pastor Tim Webb officiating.  Cody Reeves is sharing special moments. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. Survivors include his wife, Kim Reeves LaMarr; son and daughter-in-law, Darin and  Emelia LaMarr of Austin; daughter and son-in-law Kimberly and Galen Gardner of New Braunfels; daughter,  Erin LaMarr, of New Braunfels; Melissa Born, and daughter and son-in-law Allison and Chase Stroud, all of Brenham; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Cody and Shelly Reeves of Dripping Springs; grandchildren: Lauren, Darby, Brynna, Dylan, Andrew, Wyatt, Madison, Luke and a grandson on the way. Other surviving relatives are cousins Jayne Rehm and Jacquelyn Craven. Mr.LaMarr was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Michael David LaMarr. Funeral arrangements for Charles Vaughn LaMarr are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Dr. Welton Hill

Funeral Service for Dr. Welton Hill will be Thursday May 25, 2017 at the Bellville High School Auditorium at 2:00pm with visitation from 1:00-2:00pm.  Dr. Welton Hill is survived by his parents, his father Welton Robert Hill (wife Wanita Hill), his mother, Janie McCalla, and by his wife, Kimbra Beth Grigar Hill, and their children, Noah Ellis Hill and Jordan Beth Hill, also by his brother, Michael Hill (wife Melinda Hill), and his sister, Helen Alexander (husband Dan Alexander). He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorials may be made to Welton E. Hill, MD Scholarship Fund.  Service under the direction of Knesek Funeral Chapel, Bellville, TX

Bernice Stern Kolkhorst

Bernice Stern Kolkhorst, widow of Robert H. Kolkhorst, passed away May 22, 2017 in Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, with Pastor Robert Sorenson officiating.  The graveside committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. She is survived by her son, Bobby, and her daughter Linda and her husband Ron Goerdel; grandson, Brian Alan Kolkhorst; granddaughters, Jenny Goerdel and Lindsey Gilbert and her husband, Mark; great-grandchildren, Kennedy Grace and Trace Robert Gilbert; Brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Harold and Johnnie Kolkhorst, Bill and Lucille Raethka and Judy Stern, along with numerous nephews and nieces. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; father and mother, Edwin C. and Lydia Stern; daughter-in-law Cindy Kolkhorst; granddaughter, Angela Kolkhorst; brother, Edwin C. Stern, Jr.; sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Gladys Pankonien; father and mother-in-laws, Henry and Thekla Kolkhorst and stepmother-in-law, Alvina Kolkhorst. Funeral arrangements for Bernice Stern Kolkhorst are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Bob Keith

Bob Keith, 63, of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, died May 18, 2017 in Kennesaw, Georgia. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May 23, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home with Pastor Kyle Murkel officiating.  Burial will follow in the Prarie Hill church cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 22,  at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Betty Keith, his 2 sisters, Brenda Cappiello and Cheryl  Rodigues and Mother Barbara Murphy.  His Brenham family, Delores Gaskamp, mother-in-law, sister -in-law Diana Willams and brother -in-law Mark Williams.  With Nieces and Nephew  Great Nieces and Nephews in Massachusetts and Texas. Funeral arrangements for Bob Keith are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chhapel, 1306 W. Main ST. Brenham, Texas, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Danny Muegge

Danny Muegge, 59, of Brenham, died May 19, 2017 in Bryan, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill with Pastor Kris Brower officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 22, at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Survivors include his wife, Pam Muegge, son and daughter-in-law Danny Jr. and Julie Muegge, granddaughters Dylan Ray and Jadyn Brooks Muegge, mother Tillie Harrison, and husband Jack Harrison, brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Vicky Muegge, brother, Joe Muegge, father-in-law, A.A. Hodde and wife Tina Hodde, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Jon and Kim Hodde, Dean and Linda Hodde, Scott and Patty Hodde, Russel and Sallie Hodde, Alan and Kyra Nanco. Nieces and nephews: Melissa and Kelly Guttenberger, Brett and Rachel Muegge, Ronson and Jeanie Muegge, Misty Hodde-Maynard, Mandy Hodde, Nicky Overstreet, Lynn Willoughby, Candice Nanco, Cassandra Nanco, Amanda Rainwater, Jake Rainwater, Jaida Duckworth. Along with numerous special Great Nieces and Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends. Memorials may be directed  to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sandy Hill and Hospice Brazos Valley. Funeral arrangements for Danny Muegge are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Elmer L. Neutzler

Elmer L. Neutzler, 88, died May 15, 2017 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, with Pastor Kyle Merkle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, from 6:00 until 8:00pm. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Lloyd and Sharon Neutzler, and Ronnie and Glenda Neutzler, all of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jimmie Dreyer of Brenham; grandchildren:  Rachel and Micheal Moreno, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceding Mr. Neutzler in death were his parents; wife, Lillie Neutzler; daughter, Carol Ann; six brothers, three sisters, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Funeral arrangements for Elmer L. Neutzler are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Bevin Hollan

Bevin Hollan, age 56 of Hempstead passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017. Visitation will be at Canon Funeral Home on Monday, May 15, from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be at 10:00am Tuesday, May 16, at First Baptist Church, 445 Main Street, Hempstead. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. Video Tribute and Guest Book @ www.canonfuneralhome.com  Arrangements entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484. 936 372-3683

Lora Weghorst Stegemueller

A beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Lora Weghorst Stegemueller of Brenham, and the widow of Arnold Louis “Tom” Stegemueller, went to meet her Heavenly Father on May 14, 2017 on her 101st birthday. She was embraced by the love of her family. Lora Stegemueller is survived by her children: Bill and Marcela Stegemueller of Georgetown, Sylvia Burianek of Baytown, Carolyn and Ken Larson of DeSoto, Rosemary and Dennis Mahlmann of Brenham, and Ruth and Doug Schoppe of Brenham; 10 grandchildren: Bill and Anna Stegemueller, Laurie Stegemueller, Jennifer Burianek, Alicia and Bill Copenhaver, Lee and Heather Larson, Kelle and Josh Lowe, David and Emily Mahlmann, Andrew Mahlmann, Mark Schoppe, and Anna and Jon Sandvik; 12 great grandchildren: Christi, Katie and Cody Stegemueller, Logan and Kassandra Copenhaver, Leah , Aubrey, Emma and Brooke Larson, Savannah and Levi Lowe, and Blake Sandvik. Visitation with the Stegemueller family will be Tuesday, May 16th from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Lora Weghorst Stegemueller will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 11 a.m. in Friedens Church of Washington, UCC with Pastor Greg Felder officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street,  Brenham.  Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

 FredDean Viola Swansey

FredDean Viola Swansey, 80, widow of Jesse J. Swansey, died May 10, 2017 in Brenham. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Bellville, with Father Tim Bucek, Officiant. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14th at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include a son, Michael Swansey of Bellville; daughters and sons-in-law Shirley and Allen Rust, and Sharon and Scott Boll, all of Brenham; sisters Delores Price and Georgia Farr, and sister-in-law, Elsie Engle, all of Brazoria; brothers and sisters-in-law Stephen and Mary Casner of Brazoria; Fredrick Jr. and Gail Casner of Oregon, and John and Sheryl Casner of Livingston; grandchildren: Evelyn Boll, Brandon Boll, Steven Rust; James and Christina Rust, Mark and Lynn Rust, Emily Swansey, Andrew Swansey, Presley Swansey, Amanda and Travis Walber, and Daniel Swansey; great-grandchildren: Riley Rust, Kaley Rust, Michaela Rust, and Cheyanne Rust.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mrs. Swansey was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse J. Swansey;  son, Frank Swansey; brother, Craig Casner, and her parents. Funeral arrangements for FredDean Viola Swansey are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Louise Matilda Wilhelmina (Buddenberg) Schramme

Louise Matilda Wilhelmina (Buddenberg) Schramme, 94, widow of Charles Schramme, Jr.,  passed away May 3, 2017 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, with Pastor Kyle Merkle officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is Saturday, May 6 at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 3 until 5 p.m. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Benita Schramme, and a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Rev. Dr. Alvin Luedke. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Tomas Schramme and wife Kristen, Christopher Schramme and wife Megan, William  Schramme, Garrett Schramme, and Katie Luedke, as well as nine great-grandchildren. Mrs. Schramme was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Schramme, Jr.;  parents, William and Lydia Buddenberg;  sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Clarence Niemeyer. Funeral arrangements for Louis Mathilda Wilhelmina Schramme are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Charlotte Parkison Gaskamp

Charlotte Parkison Gaskamp passed away on May 2, 2017 at Gazebo Terrace in Brenham under the care of Brazos Valley Hospice following a lengthy illness. Charlotte Gaskamp is survived by husband, Wilfred “Peanut” Gaskamp; sister, Brenda Gottlieb and husband David of The Woodlands; son, Randy Parkison and wife Teri of Brenham; daughter, Sherral Stell and special friend Cindy, of Brenham; grandchildren, Heidi Naylor and husband J.T., and Jackie Parkison; step-children, Theresa Orts and special friend Jimmy Anders, Karen Lauter and husband Gerald; step-grandchildren, Joshua Reeves and wife Bobbi Jo, Melissa Stokes and husband Matt, Amanda Lauter, Jason Riggins, Colby Orts and Ethan Orts; eight great-grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and very special friends, David and Marilyn Lange. A memorial service for Charlotte Gaskamp will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Wesley Brethren Church.  Michael Groseclose will officiate. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Wesley Brethren Church or Hospice Brazos Valley. 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.

Laura Beth Schilling

Laura Beth Schilling, 35, died May 1, 2017 in Houston. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Friends Congregational UCC of College Station, located at 2200 Southwood Drive in College Station.  Pastor Greg Felder will officiate. Burial will follow in the Aggie Field of Honor Cemetery in College Station. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7:30 Wednesday, May 3, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Surviving are her parents, Larry and Terri Schilling of Austin, and her fiancé, Chris McDowell of Houston. Also surviving is her beloved pet, Maya, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Laura was preceded in death by her special canine companion, Tuffey. Funeral arrangements for Laura Beth Schilling are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Donald Lewis Black

Donald Lewis Black of Latium, Texas, died on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Houston surrounded by friends and family. Mr. Black’s loving family includes: his wife of 58 years, Annie Verna (Pawlawski) Black; brother, Macarthur Black and wife Jackie; sister, Velma Carroll and husband Glen; sister-in-law, Nancy Black; sons, Lonnie  and wife Donna, Billy Joe, Michael and wife Kim; grandchildren, Lacey Black, Dillon Black, Daylynn Black, and Matthew Black; three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation with the Black family will be held Tuesday, May 2nd  at Brenham Memorial Chapel from 5 – 8 p.m. with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Lewis Black is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill, followed immediately by burial at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. The celebrant will be Father Jozef Musiol, SDS, JCD. Services for Donald Lewis Black are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street., Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Adolphine L. (Schneider) Oevermann

Adolphine L. (Schneider) Oevermann, 81, wife of Elwood Oevermann, died April 29, 2017 in College Station. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, with burial to follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Pastor Kyle Merkle will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Elwood Oevermann of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law Troy and Connie Oevermann of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Ronnie Stanley of Burton; brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Deborah Schneider of Brenham; sister-in-law,  Mary Lee Schneider; sisters Elsie Wegner, and Peggy Kunkel, all of Brenham; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Brett Jurica, Jared and Leah Stanley, Andrew Wagner and Alyssa Rudloff, Brianna Oevermann and John Hohlt; great-grandchildren, Eleanor Jurica and Hunter Wagner. Mrs. Oevermann was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Willie Schneider, Jr.; brothers-in-law Elroy Oevermann, Joe Wegner, and Gene Kunkel. Funeral arrangements for Adolphine L. Oevermann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Charlotte Kay Rybarski

Charlotte Kay Rybarski, 75, of Brenham passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Charlotte Rybarski is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Rybarski, Sr.; children Brenda Prestwood & husband Kenny, Charles Rybarski, Jr. & wife Terri, Linda Krolczyk & husband Johnnie Ray, Sr. and John Rybarski all of Brenham; grandchildren Crystal Duran & husband Luis, Johnnie Ray Krolczyk, Jr. “Bubba” & fiancé Ashley, Corey Prestwood & fiancé Lisa, Brittney Prestwood & fiancé Sean, Kayla Rybarski, Keith Rybarski & special friend Sam; great-grandchildren Levi and Emma Duran, Stella Church and step great-grandchildren Cody and Hayli Williamson.  She is also survived by three sisters, two brothers, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation with the Rybarski family will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7 o’clock on Friday, April 28 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 29 in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Chappell Hill with Rev. Ernesto Elizondo, Celebrant.  Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Brenham. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 or share condolences at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Nathaniel Faske

Nathaniel Christopher Faske, 21, passed away April 23, 2017, in Milam County. Funeral services for Nathaniel Christopher Faske are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Brenham’s First Baptist Church, with Pastor Ross Shelton officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Burton. Surviving are his parents, Jay and Suzanne Faske of Burton, as well as brothers and sisters-in-law: Andrew of Giddings; Jacob of Brenham; Joshua Faske and fiancé, Abby Weichert of Somerville; Samuel of Brenham; Joseph of Brenham; Jonah of Burton; Caleb of Burton, and Jayson of Burton; sisters and brothers-in-law Elizabeth and Cory Warner of Orange; Rebekah and Andre Apsar of Burton; Naomi of Brenham; Abigail of College Station; Phoebe of Fort Worth; Julia of Fort Worth; Hannah of Montgomery; Sarah of Brenham; Tabitha of Burton; Lydia of College Station; Rachel of Burton; Olivia of Burton; Miriam Grace of Burton; Joy of Burton; Lillian of Burton; Bethany of Burton; Gabriella of Burton, and Sophia of Burton. Funeral arrangements for Nathaniel Christopher Faske are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Bernetta E. (Schweke) Grebe

Bernetta E. (Schweke) Grebe, age 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 22, 2017. She was born on September 21, 1924, in the Post Oak Point Community of Austin County, to parents Arthur and Henrietta (Krause) Schweke.  She was baptized and confirmed in St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Bernetta was the youngest of four children and lived on a dairy farm helping with the care of the dairy cows, while also helping with household chores. She attended Henkhouse School in New Ulm until the 10th grade and then attended Columbus High School. Bernetta and LeRoy were married on July 14, 1946, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg and enjoyed 67 wonderful years of married life. They were blessed with three children, Peggy, LeRoy, Jr. and Sally.  Bernetta was a full time wife, mother and homemaker.  She also served as a 4-H adult leader, Cub Scout leader, member of the Bellville PTO, member of the Bellville Band Parents Organization, Bleiblerville SPJST, the VFW Auxiliary, the Bellville American Legion Auxiliary, Thrivent for Lutherans, Woodmen of the World, and she served as an Eastern Star of the Masonic Lodge in Bellville. Preceding her in death is husband, LeRoy H. Grebe, parents, Arthur and Henrietta Schweke, sister, Madeline Schmid and brothers, Clarence and Desmond Schweke and sister-in-law, Erma Jean Schweke. Bernetta is survived by her daughters: Peggy (Kenneth) Ueckert of Bellville and Sally (Ray) Stolz of Washington; son: LeRoy “Butch” (Julie) Grebe, Jr. of Bellville. She also leaves behind grandchildren: Allen Ueckert of Houston, Melissa Durham of Bellville, Stephanie (Tex) Maxson of Navasota, Jeff (Amanda) Stolz of Washington, Will Stolz of Washington, William Guy Grebe of Bellville, Reese (Clarissa) Grebe of College Station and Jon (Jaime) Schroeder of Industry.  Also surviving her are her beloved great grandchildren Raelynn and Kylie Maxson of Navasota, Abby, Kameron and Brooklynn Stolz of Washington, Kayla and Cordell Durham of Bellville, Hailey and Will Grebe of Bellville and Jaden and Justin Schroeder of Industry, as well as nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00pm, Wednesday, April 26, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, April 27, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. Interment will follow in the New Ulm Cemetery.  Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the St. John Lutheran Church or to Hospice Brazos Valley.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P O Box 610, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, TX  77418 – 979 865-2424 www.schmidtdunerals.com

Dwight "D" Dale Conway

Dwight “D” Dale Conway went to his heavenly home Friday, April 21. D is survived by his wife, Brandi Lange Conway; son, Clayton Cash Conway and special friend Emily Dean; daughter, Carli Nicole Conway and special friend Adam Sebesta; mother, Glenda Conway; brother, Shan Conway; Jimmy James Heritage, who was loved like a son; father-in-law, Gary Lange and wife, Ruby Kobs Lange; brother in-law and sister-in-law Dant and Stacy Lange; brother in-law and sister-in-law Harper and Natalie Lange; Nephews and nieces, Jacob Lange, Josh Lange, Katie Lange, Tice Lange, Slade Lange, and numerous other cousins and family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Conway and his mother-in-law, Donna Lange. Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel on Thursday, April 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds Pavilion on Friday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. The family requests casual attire. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Pat Mikeska

Pat Mikeska of Bleiblerville, Texas passed away on April 17, 2017 in Brenham, Texas at the age of 85 years old. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at Nelsonville Brethren Church in Nelsonville, Texas with Pastor Michael Groseclose officiating. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday April 18, at Knesek Funeral Chapel in Bellville, Texas 5:00-7:00pm.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Knesek Family Funeral Chapels (Wallis, Sealy and Bellville)
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Edna Bertha Emshoff Mikeska

Edna Bertha Emshoff Mikeska, age 99 and the widow of Reuben Otto Mikeska, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. Mrs. Mikeska is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Joy Dell and James Bart DeWitt; son, Reuben Mikeska and friend Jane Herzog; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Marita Mikeska;  grandchildren, Stephanie Natale, Tanya and Kurt Overby, Steve and Shay Mikeska, Bart and Kristal DeWitt and Michele Mikeska and friend Kia Jaffe;  great-grandchildren,  Tiffany and Mason Natale, Ellison and Bristol Overby, Jamie and Reed DeWitt, Lauryn, Ashlyn and Kristen Brewer; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation with the Mikeska family will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.  at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Wehdem with the Rev. John Hirling officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Those who wish may give memorials to St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Wehdem, WCHLA Senior Center or Hospice Brazos Valley. Services in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St. in   Brenham. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Weida Estella Whittington Ginn

Weida Estella Whittington Ginn was born October 30, 1929 in Stone County, Mississippi. She passed away on April 14, 2017 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, at the age of 87 years. She  was the widow of Leon Dennis Ginn She is survived by sons, William Dennis Ginn and wife Nancy of Bowling Green, Kentucky, John Claude Ginn and wife Eydie of Sulphur Springs, Texas, and R. Louis Symons of Carmine, Texas. She is also survived by two brothers, Tony Keith Whittington, and Hardy King Whittington, and four sisters, Willa Mae Vincent, Minnie Elaine Breland, Joyce Walters, and June Virginia Voigt.  Survivors also include grandchildren, William Joseph Ginn of Bowling Green, Kentucky, John Charles Ginn and wife Catherine of Wylie, Texas, Andy McDowell Ginn and wife Stephanie of Richardson, Texas and Molly Kathryn Elizabeth Ginn of Sulphur Springs, Texas and one great grandchild, Caroline Elizabeth Ginn, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services are under the direction of Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, Texas. Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday April 17th, 2017 at Prairie Lea cemetery in Brenham. Visitation with the family will be at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 1:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials can be made in lieu of flowers to the Brenham Presbyterian Church.  Funeral arrangements for Weida Ginn are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St. Brenham.  979-8364564. To post a tribute to the family visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Verlie Wegner

Verlie Wegner, 87, widow of Edward Wegner, died April 12, 2017 in College Station. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, with Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Linda Wegner of Houston; Richard and Olga Wegner of Burton, and daughter-in-law, Ellsie Wegner of Brenham; grandchildren: Mike (Jo) Wegner, Gene Hilton, Sofia (Derick) Nickerson, and Joseph Wegner; great-grandchildren: Willow Wegner, Julie (Brandon) Gayton, Angelina, Amya Nickerson, and Derick Nickerson, Jr. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Verlie was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; son, Joe Wegner; brothers and sisters-in-law,  Wayland (Mertle) Hinze, Elmo (Annie) Hinze, Leola (Ernst)  J. Althaus, Delphine (Rosalee) Hinze, Wella Mae (Milton) Behnke; parents; and numerous aunts and uncles. Funeral arrangements for Verlie Wegner are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Darleen Ynette (Fuchs) Fischer

Darleen Ynette (Fuchs) Fischer, age 87 and the widow of Elwood H. Fischer, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Surviving loving family includes: daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Delphine Addicks of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Terri Fischer of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Troy and Brianne Addicks of Cypress, Sara and Shawn Everly of Cypress, Jill and Jerrod Sanders of Tumwater, Washington, Jeff and Jenice  Schoolcraft of League City.  Great-grandchildren are Aiden and Ethan Addicks, Mason and Cameron Everly, Carson and Claire Sanders, Kaiden Schoolcraft and Avery Mayes.  Also surviving are nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation with the Fischer family will be held this evening, Monday, April 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Darleen (Fuchs) Fischer will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4th at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Matthew Jacobs and Rev. William Holzer officiating.  Interment will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Those who wish may give memorials to Grace Lutheran Church Roof Fund or Hospice Brazos Valley. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street in Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Ruth Carol (Blome) Fritz

Ruth Carol (Blome) Fritz, age 84, of Brenham and the widow of Eugene Fritz,  passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Ruth Fritz is survived by  sons and spouses, Duane and Sherry Fritz of Brenham, Dale and Lisa Fritz of Bryan, James and Nancy Fritz of Brenham; grandchildren, Landon and Catelyn Fritz, Justin Fritz, Hunter Fritz, Lauren and Anthony Allison, Gregory Fritz, Amanda and Rex Threatt, Kayla Fritz and fiancé Garrett Street; step-grandchildren, Nathan Vyskocil,  David and Brandy Vyskocil; great-grandchildren, Madison and Harrison Threatt; step-great-granddaughters, Mya and Zoey Vyskocil; sister, Dorothy Thompson; sister-in-law, Annie Marie Fritz, and numerous other family members. Visitation with the Fritz family will be tonight (Friday), March 31 from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Saturday), April 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. 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.

Josephine "Jo" Weiss Addicks

Josephine “Jo” Weiss Addicks passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 25, 2017, after a brief five week recurrence of cancer. Josephine “Jo” Addicks is survived by her children, Linda Addicks, Mark Addicks and Jeff Addicks, and her children-in-law, John Hamer, Tom Hoch and Sharon Addicks.  Josephine loved her grandchildren including Nathan and Megan Kokemor, Joel and Shawn Kokemor, Jessica Addicks, Allison Addicks, Madison Addicks and John Addicks O’Toole. She was also blessed and thrilled with her six great-grandchildren including Kole Kokemor, Emery Kokemor, Karsyn Kokemor, Amelia Kokemor, Knox Kokemor and Willa Kokemor. Josephine leaves her beloved siblings, a sister, Madeline Blasienz and husband John, and a brother, Clemence Weiss and wife Doris, her sisters-in-law, Verbie Weiss, and Inez Weiss, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she cherished. Visitation with the Addicks family will be Friday, March 31st from 6 – 8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. A memorial service for Josephine Ida Weiss Addicks will be held Saturday, April 1st at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastors Phil Fenton and Briana Merkle officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Private burial will be at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Mission, Hospice Brazos Valley, and/or St. Paul’s Christian Day School, all of Brenham or The Settlement Home for Children in Austin. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. To share tributes visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Helen Louise Poehlmann Mikeska Schulz

Helen Louise Poehlmann Mikeska Schulz went home to her heavenly father on March 23, 2017.  She was born to Reinhold and Elsie (Rodenbeck) Poehlmann on June 24, 1927, in the Pleasant Hill community.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, March 25 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 26 in Welcome Lutheran Church with Pastor John R. Sutton, Jr. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include children, Theresa (Mikeska) and Ray Rodenbeck, John and Dana Mikeska, and Charles and Hertha Mikeska; her seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her Grandma, Grams, and Gigi--Ryan and Annie Rodenbeck, Bennett and Emily; Rachel (Rodenbeck) and Olin Parker, Presley and Braxton; Christopher Mikeska; Kaci (Mikeska) and R. J. Abernathy, Laine and Emersyn; Alison (Mikeska) and Neal Reimer, Garrett and Chance; Heather (Mikeska) and Justin Margist, Brylee and Ellie (due in June); Fallon (Mikeska) and Brandon Schovajsa, Laney; and her loving brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Jeanette Poehlmann, sister, Joyce Weiss, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, step-children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Gary and Carol Schulz, Alyssa Schulz, Erick(Terrie) Kauffman, Kyle (Teresa) Kauffman, Rachel (Lance) Sparks, Jessica McIntyre, and Stacy Palacios; Susan(Schulz) and Paige McLain, Brooke Ingram and Taylor Jenkins; Deana and Bruce Breault, Leisa Priddy, and Brian, Megan and Bret Signorelli.  Also, her sister- and brother-in-law Verlin (Schulz) and Charles Mosely Winkelmann. Pallbearers will be her grandsons--Ryan Rodenbeck, John Christopher Mikeska, Olin Parker, R. J. Abernathy, Neal Reimer, Justin Margist, and Brandon Schovajsa; and nephews--Robert Weiss, William Weiss, and Todd Poehlmann.  Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, great-grandchildren and Godchildren. Contributions in her memory may be given to Welcome Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX.  979.836.3611 www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Bonnie Lynn Welch Knittel

Bonnie's life story began on October 13, 1952 and ended tragically on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 following an automobile accident near her home in Houston.  She is predeceased by her parents: LaVerne and Arnie (Buddy) Knittel, her grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles, dearest friend, Jim Butcher, and her canine companion of 17 years, Sophie Girl. Surviving are her siblings:  Rockie Knittel (Joyce) of Brenham, Trebie Bruening of Huntsville, Tx, Shannon Knittel of Iola,  and Quirt Knittel (Ann) of Burton. Nieces and nephews (the “Big Kids”): Rockie Bryan Knittel, Jarred Knittel (Amanda), Trey Knittel (Julia), Justin Bruening (Carrie), Joshua Sweatt (Sarah), Lyndsey Patten (Bryan) , Fawn Knittel, Sydnie Knittel, Shawn Ware (Daphne), and Bryan Ware (Samantha).  Also, Her “Little Kids):  Piper and Atticus Knittel, Zoe Knittel, Brody and Olivia Bruening, Whitney and Colton Sweatt, Ryan and Luke Patten, Connor Knitttel, Colton Black, and Indie and Nova Ware. A visitation will be held Saturday, Marth 25th from 4-6pm at Memorial Oaks Funeral Chapel in Brenham.  Per Bonnie’s request, a celebration of life is being planned at a later date. Funeral arrangements for Bonnie Lynn Welch Knittel are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com. 

Tanner Lee Schwartz

Tanner Lee Schwartz known by his friends and family as “Lupe” died unexpectedly on March 20, 2017 at the age of 18. Tanner is survived by his parents, sister Addie, grandparents Frank and Lucille Rybarski, and Leon and Florence Schwartz, aunts and uncles Johnnie and Debbie Eckert, Scottie and Toni Schwartz and Dean Rybarski, Cousins Carter and Clayton Schwartz, Kyler, Kelsey and Riley Crenshaw, Trevor, Jill and Gunnar Eckert, Michael, Marian, Chet and Hudson Eckert and Taylor and Kelsey Rybarski along with numerous family and friends. Tanner was preceded in death by his uncle Leon Allen Schwartz. The visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St, on Wednesday March 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Troy Sikes at Washington County Fair Grounds Pavilion on Thursday March 23rd at 2pm. The burial is to follow at Sandy Hill Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements for Tanner Lee Schwartz are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Hertha (Meischen) Goebel

Hertha (Meischen) Goebel, 89, of Shelby, died March 19, 2017 at Oak Haven in Industry with family members at her side. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Carol and Ron Goehring of Round Top; Glenda and David Luedeker of Navasota; Gary and Joan Goebel of Carmine; and Rodney and Diann Goebel of Shelby. Hertha was very proud of her grandchildren as well which include Blake and Christie Goehring; Laura and Chad Hesters; Stacy and Clint Eilers; Luke and LeAnn Luedeker; Gretchen and Brian Peterson; Clay and Jamie Goehring; Garrison and Micah Goebel; Lyle and Mary Luedeker; Haley and Andy Glueck; and Reese Goebel and fiancée Kyla Cmajdalka as well as numerous great-grandchildren:  Ryker and Kannyn Goehring; Kate, Jill, and Tess Eilers; Morgan and Grady Hesters; Ainsley and Adler Goehring; Hope and Jack Luedeker; William and Lane Luedeker; Logan, Will, and Louise Glueck, Brock and Mason Peterson; and Duncan and Ryan Goebel.  She is also survived by brother-in-law Dennis Rudloff. Hertha is preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Goebel, parents, seven sisters, three brothers, eight brothers-in-law, and four sisters-in-law. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shelby, TX with burial to follow at Shelby Cemetery with Pastor John David Nedbalek officiating. The family will receive visitors from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham, TX. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel 1306 W. Main St. in Brenham.

Arthur Eugene Calaway

Arthur Eugene Calaway, 89 of Brenham and the widower of Dorothy (Rosner) Calaway, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017. Surviving family includes a sister Gladys (Calaway) Roberts, numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Visitation with the Calaway family will be Wednesday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. and rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur Eugene Calaway will be held Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill with Rev. “Jay” Polisetty as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Brenham. In lieu of flowers, donate to Mass Intention for Arthur Calaway at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. His family would like to thank Texas Home Health, Dr. Greg Workman and the team of nurses at Baylor Scott & White Brenham for their compassionate care. 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.

Arthur "Sonny" Mitschke

Funeral services for Arthur "Sonny" Mitschke, 88 of Giddings, are scheduled for 2:00pm on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial will follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 9:00am until 9:00pm and on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 7:00am until 12:00pm at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Sunday evening from 5:00 -7:00pm. Bernhard Arthur Oswald “Sonny” Mitschke was born on May 17, 1928 in the Beat Five Community in Lee County, Texas to Oswald Adolph Mitschke and Emma Marie (Benad) Mitschke. He was united in marriage to Annie Marie winter on September 5, 1948.  Sonny passed away the afternoon of, March 17, 2017 at the Wesleyan at Scenic Memory Care in Georgetown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oswald & Emma Mitschke; his wife, Marie Mitschke; two brothers and six sisters. Sonny is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda & Ralph Mutscher of Giddings; his son and daughter-in-law, Larry & June Mitschke of Spring; four grandchildren, Jeff & Brandi Mutscher of Giddings, Travis & Laurie Mutscher of Round Rock, Ty Mitschke of Houston and Erica Mitschke of Spring; five great grandchildren, Mikayla Mutscher of Austin, Landry Mutscher of Giddings, Jase Mutscher of Giddings, Austin Mutscher of Round Rock and Jackson Mutscher of Round Rock; one sister, Mickey Mitschke of Giddings as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Capital Improvement Fund, in Giddings or the Alzheimer’s Disease Research.  Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

Lenard Lehmann

Lenard Lehmann, 80, of Brenham, died March 18, 2017, at Brenham Nursing and Rehab Center in Brenham.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, March 20 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg with Pastor Robert Sorensen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Lehmann of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Alan Dean and Donna Lehmann of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Dana Joy and John William Parker of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Esther Lehmann of Brenham; grandchildren, Michael Jeffrey Lehmann, Dylan Klint Parker, Faith Elise Lehmann and Samuel Steven Lehmann; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Odis Haynes, Dorothy and Nelson Wellmann, Erwin and Kay Sander; aunt, Lora Quebe; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Lenard Lehmann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham TX., 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Elizabeth "Libby" Bernshausen

Elizabeth “Libby” Bernshausen, age 78 of Brenham and the widow of Rogers Bernshausen, Sr., entered eternal peace with the Lord on March 14, 2017. Libby is survived by her sons and grandchildren: son Rogers Bernshausen, Jr. of Corpus Christi; son Bobby Bernshausen and his wife, Angela, and their children Amber, Lauren and Wesley, all of College Station. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Allen of San Antonio. Visitation with the Bernshausen family will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Elizabeth “Libby” Bernshausen will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Brenham Memorial Chapel with Pastor John Paul Cruz officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Lea Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Hospice Brazos Valley, American Cancer Society, or Camp Blessing Texas. 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.

Dorothy Jean Sommerfeld

Dorothy Jean Sommerfeld entered eternal peace on March 11, 2017, at the age of 80 years. Mrs. Sommerfeld is survived by her children - a son, David and Kim Sommerfeld, and her daughters, Debbie and Bishop Ray Tiemann, Donna Muegge and fiance, Cary Dietzmann; grandchildren - Daniel Tiemann, Rebecca & Tyler Turbeville, Justin Menard, Kayla Menard, Catherine & Joey Tierce, Caroline Young and Cary’s son, Hunter Dietzmann; a great granddaughter, Farrah McLendon Menard; a sister - Maxine & Louis Schwarze, Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her adored dog, “Muffy.” Funeral services will be at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00  p.m. on Monday, March 13, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St. , Brenham. 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family visit www.memorialoakschapel.com 

Jimmie Hahn, Jr.

Jimmie Hahn, Jr., of Brenham, passed away March 8, 2017 at his residence in Brenham. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Casey and Lisa Hahn, Neal and Holly Hahn, and Michael Hahn; stepsons and step-daughters-in-law, Philip and Lois McNicoll, John and Karyn McNicoll, Tony and Tracy McNicoll; stepdaughter, Lisa Dreyer; grandchildren, Kortney Moore and husband Colby, Lane Hahn, Jason Hahn, C.J. Hahn and wife Sherry, Angela Hatch, Sydney Hahn, Blake McNicoll, Meagan McNicoll, Marshall McNicoll, Rachel McNicoll, Daniel McNicoll and wife Candice, Jake McNicoll, Heather McNicoll-Brewer and husband Ricky, Amanda Dreyer and Andrea Dreyer Dykes and husband Nick; and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Charles Ray Hahn and wife Cynthia; and sister, Mary Ann Schulte; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine Hahn; and brother-in-law, Charles Schulte. Funeral services for Jimmie Hahn, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral  arrangements for Jimmie Hahn, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To sign the online guest book, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Florian Sobczak

Florian Sobczak, age 91 of Chappell Hill, passed away Saturday, March 4thSurviving family of Florian Sobczak includes nieces and nephews, Lillian and Marshall Wisnieske, Joyce Wisnieske, Clara and Gary Schnieder; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; and caregiver and neighbor Mark Cegielski. Graveside services for Florian Sobczak will be held Tuesday, March 7th at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery with Rev. Jozef Musiol officiating.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.