Obituaries


Elgin Henry Klausmeyer

Elgin Henry Klausmeyer, 87, passed away at his residence on February 24, 2017. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Randy and Pat Klausmeyer, and Mark and Connie Klausmeyer, all of Brenham; grandchildren: Amy Lynn Klausmeyer and special friend, Joe Kulcak; Nikki Renee King and husband Calvin; Kristen Nicole Schroeder and husband Adam, and Kayla Beth Klausmeyer; great-granddaughter, Swayzee Renee Schroeder; sister, Flora Dell Marek, and sister-in-law Janet Sander. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Elgin was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, and his parents. Honorary pallbearers will be all past commanders of American Legion Buddy Wright Post 48, and James F. Dillon VFW Post 7104. Funeral arrangements for Elgin Henry Klausmeyer are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Bernice Tiemann Emshoff

Bernice Tiemann Emshoff, 85, died February 23, 2017 at her residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem, with Pastor John Hirling officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Weldon and Peggy Emshoff of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law Karen and Fred Kollman and Becky and Robert Winkelmann, all of Bellville; sister, Elsie Pieper of Brenham; grandchildren: Andy and Natasha Kollman, Tammy and Blair Goebel, Maggie and Will Moyers, Wesley and Erica Winkelmann, Shea Emshoff and fiancé Kristin Carter, Tyler Winkelmann and fiancé Morgan Kratzer; great-grandchildren: Landon and Layla Moyers, Greyson and Beckett Winkelmann, and Koltin and Kasen Kocian. Other surviving relatives are sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Ruth and Raymond McKinney, Joy Finke, Faye and Darrell Evans, and Stanley and Belinda Jackson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Emshoff was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Emshoff; parents, Louis and Matilda Tiemann; father-in-law and mother-in-law Herbert and Laura Emshoff; brothers: Arno Tiemann, Erwin Tiemann; sisters-in-law Lillie Tiemann, Elois Jackson; brothers-in-law Elton Pieper and Ivan Finke. Funeral arrangements for Bernice Tiemann Emshoff are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Vivian Grace "Hansie" (Quinn) Janes

Vivian Grace “Hansie” (Quinn) Janes, 78, wife of Alvin H. Janes, passed away February 22, 2017 at her residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Wesley Brethren Church, with Pastor Mike Groseclose officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Alvin H. Janes; sons  Jason Janes and wife Karan, and Brian Janes and special friend, Kim; daughter, Leah Janes, all from the Wesley community; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Margaret and Luther Schwettmann, Marie Hensel and friend, Henry Morgan; sister, Blondean Kuecker; grandchildren: Walt and Margaret Fehrle, Michelle Fehrle and fiancé Jason LaRoche, Robby and Briana Beamon, Seth Heintschel, J.D. and Alyssa Janes, Hayley Janes, and Riley Janes; great-grandchildren: Wesley, Kelsey, and Klara Fehrle, Hunter and Samantha Brown, Emerey, Dacie, Cora and Blakelyn Beamon, Landen LaRoche, and Colt and Canon Janes. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents;  father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lad and Martha Janes; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lillian and Monroe Gaskamp, Joyce and Steve Mantey; brothers-in-law  D. C. Boeker, Henry Kuecker, and Joy Hensel. Funeral arrangements for Vivian Grace Janes are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Mae Ola Grebe

Mae Ola Grebe, age 87 of Brenham and the widow of Edwin Grebe, Jr., passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Mae Ola Grebe is survived by son-in-law, Floyd Addicks; grandchildren, Cindy (Amir) Heikel, and Dave (Trina)  Addicks; great-grandchildren, Xavier, Darby, and Sean Cherry, and Jenna and Ruby Addicks; sister, Dorothy Hahn; numerous nieces and nephews and caregivers, Bennie and Margie Bolcerek and Beverly Schlabach. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, February 23rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and funeral service Friday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. both held at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Pastor Matthew Jacobs will officiate. Interment will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Those wishing to send memorial gifts are asked to consider Hospice Brazos Valley or charity of choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.3611 Share condolences at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Elo John Junek, Sr.

Elo John Junek, Sr., 91, of Snook went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 15. Visitation will be Friday, February 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville.  Services will be Saturday, February 18, 2 pm at the Hope Evangelical Free Church of College Station, with interment to follow at Snook Cemetery. Elo Junek was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He married the love of his life, Lynn Thomas Junek on December 26, 1948.  The couple had four children together.  He enjoyed being around people and socializing.  He could be found most times at Sodolaks having coffee with the boys or in his garden. He was a member of Hope Evangelical Free Church, The American Legion, Lee Scott Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites and Order of the Eastern Star. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Adam Junek, Hermania Orsak, son, Elo John Junek, Jr., sister, Doris Matcek and brother, Johnnie Junek. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Junek, son, Terry Lynn Junek and wife Patricia, daughters, Beverly Derkowski and husband Larry, Linda Baumann and husband Jack, brothers, Clarence Junek and wife Dallia, Frank Junek and wife Mildred, fifteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. A special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Berigan and Hospice caregivers Karen and Sam. Pallbearers are Lew Derkowski, Tony Derkowski, Justin Derkowski, Shannon Junek, Kody Junek, Jack Baumann, Jr., Elo John Junek, III and Joel Rogers. Honorary Pallbearers are Brothers of the Lee Scott Masonic Lodge and his buddies at the Snook coffee shop aka Sodolaks. Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley or Hope Evangelical Free Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville. We invite you to visit our website at www.stricklandfuneralhomes.com and sign the online register book.

Marilyn Palm Becker

Marilyn Palm Becker, 72, wife of H. C. Becker, died February 13, 2017 at her residence in Katy. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, with Pastor Robert Sorensen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Marilyn was born on March 12, 1944 in Bellville,Texas to Myrtle (Vornkahl) and Fred Palm, Jr. She was raised in Milheim and graduated from Bellville High School in 1962. She married H. C. Becker on October 23, 1964. She devoted her career to the insurance industry as an adjuster for 44 years. She and HC made their home in Katy, Texas where she resided when she returned to the Lord on February 13, 2017. She is survived by her husband, H. C. Becker; her sister, Avis Palm Pouncy; sister-in-law Lillie Mae Becker Gross; nieces and nephews Glenn Klehm, Shelia Wilkes, Tracy and Melvin Pouncy, Jr., Teresa Kelly and Becky and Darrin Pouncy, several great nieces and nephews, as well as a great great niece and nephew. Serving as pallbearers are Billy Palm, Larry Loesch, Melvin Pouncy, Jr., Glen Klehm, Darrin Pouncy, and Emery Schulz. Honorary pallbearers are Walter Loesch, Warner Newmann, Donald Schroeder, Russell Schroeder, Bobby Arndt, Mike Grawunder, and Greg Gaskamp. Memorials may be directed to the Cemetery Fund of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, 2739 Phillipsburg Road, Brenham, TX. 77833, or to Hospice Compassus of Katy, 1770 St. James Place, Ste. 330, Houston, TX. 77056. Funeral arrangements for Marilyn Becker are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Gus Lindemann

Gustav Gus F. Lindemann, 86, of La Grange, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Gus was born in Willow Springs, Texas on October 22, 1930, the son of Albert H. Lindemann and Lydia (Muenzler) Lindemann.  Gus married Marian Krenek on September 7, 1952 at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, Texas. As a teenager, Gus operated his family farm.  Upon moving to La Grange, he worked as a salesman at Ed’s Household Store and later at Brasher Motor Company.  In 1957, he opened the Lindemann Farmers Insurance Agency and two years later added Lindemann Real Estate.  He worked as a Farmers agent for 45 years, where he achieved the highest levels of Company recognition. He worked in real estate for 57 years, and was honored in 2009 as a 50-year licensed broker in the state of Texas by the Texas Real Estate Commission. He also worked as a rural mail carrier during the early years of his insurance and real estate careers. He has been on the Board of Directors for Farmers Lumber Company and La Grange State Bank (now Prosperity Bank) and was a founding member of Frisch Auf Country Club.  He was also a member of the La Grange Area Chamber of Commerce and La Grange Noon Lions Club, serving as song leader for 17 years. Gus was also an accomplished musician and performer playing his beloved trumpet for numerous bands, including the Lee Isle Orchestra, the Ray Baca Band, the Les Blume Orchestra, and for 25 years his own band, the Gus Lindemann Orchestra.  As a result of his musical talents, he was also asked to perform at many church, family, social and civic functions. He became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1953.  He was an Usher and Greeter, as well as a Eucharistic Minister at the church for many years. He was also a long-time member of the Sacred Heart Parish Finance Board having served during the planning and building of the present Church and other improvements.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as President and Secretary of the organization.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and also was an active participant in acquiring the existing Knights of Columbus location and soliciting funds for the facility. Gus was very active in the La Grange Little League Baseball program for many years. Another passion that Gus had was working on his farm and tending to his cattle.  He also loved to travel.  His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Marian, of 64 years; four sons: Howard Lindemann and wife, Liz Shelby, of Austin, TX; Harold Lindemann and wife, Lisa, of Austin, TX; Jeffery Lindemann and wife, Karen, of Peyton, Colorado; and John Lindemann and wife, Alison, of Santa Clarita, California; two sisters: Gloria Krause of New Ulm, TX; and Rose Mary Carter of Pell City, Alabama; seven grandchildren: Amanda Darrow, Zach Lindemann, Luke Lindemann, Chelsea Lindemann, Katie Cabe, Shane Lindemann and Chase Lindemann; two great grandchildren: Ivan Cabe and Zoey Lindemann; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Kermit and Karl Lindemann; and sister, Marian Tietjen. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home.  Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 539 E. Pearl St., La Grange, TX at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017.   Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P. O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125 or Sacred Heart Building Fund, P. O. Box 548, La Grange, TX 78945. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com. 

Harold "Little Joe" Schwarze

Harold “Little Joe” Schwarze, 67, passed away February 13, 2017 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill, with Pastor Kris Brower officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Wauldeen  Schwarze; daughters and sons-in-law Kristie and Billy Swartz, and Amy and Chris Tiemann, all of Brenham; brother and sister-in-law, Ernie and Nancy Schwarze of Brenham; sister, Pat Harris of Cypress; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Nancy Stirek, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Ozell Stirek. Funeral arrangements for Harold “Little Joe” Schwarze are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Lydia Draeger Jaster

Lydia Draeger Jaster, 97, of the La Bahia community near Burton, TX, died February 8, 2017, at her residence. The funeral service for Lydia Jaster will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton with Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mrs. Jaster was born May 10, 1919, to Gus and Martha (Maass) Draeger in the Rehburg area on the place now known as Camp For All. She was baptized August 3, 1919, by Pastor H.L. Schulz and was confirmed March 25, 1934, by Pastor Adolph Walton, in St. John’s United Church of Christ. She received her education at the Hohenwalde School. On October 26, 1947, Lydia and Raymond were married in the same church by Pastor E.H. Schwengel. She was a life-long member of St. John’s. Mrs. Jaster spent her life on the farm working with her husband and enjoyed having a vegetable garden. She later was employed at Brenham Rest Home for 11 years and then was a care giver for people in their homes. In her later years, she enjoyed her flowers, keeping her yard and being with her family. Her hobbies were reading, collecting recipes, watching baseball and basketball on television, baking and cooking. Survivors include her daughter, Betty Sidenstricker of Pearland; son, Ronald Jaster and wife Pat of Washington; grandchildren, Kim Tristan and husband Tommy of Pearland, Brad Jaster of Alabama, Chris Jaster of Georgetown and Heather Jaster of Austin; great-grandchildren, Tylar and Tanner Tristan of Pearland, Jakob Jaster and wife Kaylie, and Cameron and Aden Jaster of Brenham; sister-in-law, Helen Draeger of Brenham; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Jaster on June 8, 2000; her parents; an infant brother; father-in-law and mother-in-law; sister, Emma Draeger; brother, Gus; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Louis and Lorena Stolz and George and Alwine Capps. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. John’s United Church of Christ or a charity of your choice. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons: Brad Jaster, Chris Jaster, Jakob Jaster, Cameron Jaster, Aden Jaster, Tommy Tristan, Tylar Tristan and Tanner Tristan. Funeral arrangements for Lydia Jaster 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.

Marvin Lee Makowsky

Marvin Lee Makowsky, 76, of Carmine, died, January 30, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 3, 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. Thursday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, June Makowsky of Carmine; son and daughter-in-law John Lee and Dena Makowsky of Bryan; daughter, Sarah Ann Makowsky of Carmine; granddaughter, Jagger Lee Makowsky; step-grandsons Jackson Owens and Grayson Owens. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Olivia Makowsky; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Makowsky; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Ella Toellner; brother and sister-in-law, Wilbert and Katerina Makowsky. Funeral arrangements for Marvin Lee Makowsky are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Ray Allen Coufal

Ray Allen Coufal, 49, passed away January 29, 2017 in Fayetteville, Texas. A visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main in Brenham Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, February 3, 2017 at Living Word Lutheran Church of Katy, 3700 S. Mason Road, Katy, Texas 77450.  Rev. Jeremy Fry will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 9 a.m. Friday until service time. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Coufal of Richmond; parents, Alvin Henry Jr. and Verna Jean Coufal of Fayetteville; son, Landon Coufal of Richmond; daughters Jessica Bilski and fiancé Chad Mitchell of Helotes, Texas and Brooke Coufal of Richmond; mother-in-law Theresa Bilski and her special friend,  Billy Dean Koerth; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Richard Poncik; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Ricky Dean; brother-in-law Calvin Bilski. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Peter Bilski and his grandparents. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Harry Raymond Gourley

Services for Harry Raymond Gourley, 96, of DuBois, Wyoming are set for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell, Texas.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2017 also at the funeral home.  Mr. Gourley passed away January 28, 2017 in Caldwell. Harry was born March 14, 1920 to Lewis O. Gourley and Annie Pearl LaFon Gourley in Polaris, Montana. Harry loved his horses and he loved flying.  He flew a B-17 during WWII for the United States Air Force.  After the war he went to India on a government project to rid the country of locusts.  In later years he worked for the Highway department, was a pilot for the Aggie’s Over Texas Parachute Club and owned a dry cleaning business. He worked for the state of Nevada shooting coyotes from his plane and was a sheep herder and loved Wyoming. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Gourley; daughter, Jane Pevehouse; brothers, Lewis Gourley, Lester Gourley, Jimmy Gourley; and sisters, Thelma Gourley and Dora Boles. He is survived by son, Pete Gourley of Edge, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Rogers Gill and Husband James, Cathy & Duane Spruill of Caldwell; Stefanie & G.W. Jancik of Caldwell, Barbara Shapiro and husband Steve; grandchildren, Danny McKinzie, Brad Lauderdale and wife Tanya, Brian Lauderdale and wife Jackie, Cameron McCoy and wife Kaylee, Blake McCoy, Madison McCoy, David Gourley, William Gourley, Elizabeth Morrow,  Brianna and Hillary Shapiro; great grandchildren, Cassidy Lauderdale, Mitchell Lauderdale, Lincoln Lauderdale, Owen Lauderdale, Liam McCoy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Strickland Funeral Home of Caldwell. Please visit our website at www.stricklandfuneralhomes.com for additional information and to sign the online register.

Josephine Villa

Josephine Villa, 89, of Pflugerville, died January 24, 2017, in St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. The funeral will be at noon Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham with Deacon Al Prescott officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Brenham. Survivors include her daughters, Cathy Carol of Irving and Gail Russell of Arkansas; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Joy Kenjura of Brenham; grandchildren, Angela Jones and Jimi Jones, Kim Ybarra and Gabe Ybarra, Mark Russell and Emily Russell; and great-grandchildren, Krystal McDonald, Haley Jones, Holly Jones, Mayzee Sanchez and Bea Ybarra. She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie Villa. Funeral arrangements for Josephine Villa 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

Robert (Bob) W. Wolf

Robert (Bob) W. Wolf passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Brenham, TX, surrounded by family and friends. Bob is survived by Helen Wolf,  his wife of 59 years; four children: Cynthia Wolf Davis of Salem, Ohio; Carol Wolf (Waco Rainey) of San Antonio, TX; Judith Wolf of Austin, TX and Robb Wolf (Jackie) of Hartville, Ohio; grandchildren: Joshua King, BJ King, (Whitney), Justin King, Beau Clayman, Dylan (Christine) Wolf, Hayden (Megan) Wolf, and Mason Wolf; step-grandchildren: Dallas Rainey (Bridget), Autumn (David) Stewart and Celeste (Chad) Yost. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and step-great grandchildren, as well as a  brother, Richard K. Wolf (Mary) and a sister, Marilyn (Richard) Chamberlain of E. Liverpool, Ohio. A Memorial Service is planned for Bob at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Champion Fellowship Church. Arrangements for Robert (Bob) Wolf are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Jane Mueller Giddings

Jane Mueller Giddings, age 83 of Brenham, the widow of Alton R. Mueller and Thomas H. Giddings, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017. Funeral services will be held  Monday, January 23rd, at 10 am at the Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., with Pastor Kay Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Following the burial a small reception for family and friends will be held at the Brenham Memorial Chapel. Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Evelyn Gaskamp Giesenschlag

Evelyn Gaskamp Giesenschlag departed this life on January 17, 2017.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 19, 4-7 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville.  Services will be Friday, January 20, 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Karl Tewold officiating.  Burial will follow in Giesenschlag Cemetery. She was born November 11, 1924, to Robert F. and Ida (Rodenbeck) Gaskamp. She is a graduate of Brenham High School and Blinn College.  Evelyn grew up in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham where she was confirmed. On June 12, 1948, she married Melvin A. Giesenschlag at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham. She moved from Brenham to a farm at Mound Prairie near Snook.  She learned to do farm tasks and when Melvin was in school she could be seen pulling trailers of cotton to the gin or taking water to the workers or delivering eggs to Bryan or Longpoint.  She was the woman behind the Ag teacher always providing support and refreshments for Ag short courses or being a chaperone to the State Fair, FFA convention or livestock shows at Houston and San Antonio. Once her children were in high school she continued to help on the farm but went back to work at the Agricultural Extension Service then later started over a 30 year banking career at Citizens State Bank in Somerville until her retirement. She was always a promoter of local businesses and of bettering her community.  She supported community organizations ans was often a behind the scenes worker sharing her skills and cooking talents.  She never stopped learning and stayed abreast of what the needs were of her family and her friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers: Robert E Gaskamp and Milton C. Gaskamp.  Survivors are her children Melynda Giesenschlag and John Robert Giesenschlag and his wife Connie, their children, Leslie R. Giesenschlag, Robert J. Giesenschlag and wife Kimberly, Randa Vajdak and husband Steven and Erin Walker, great-grandchildren, Grayson John Giesenschlag, Zachary Giesenschlag, Lance Vajdak, Wade Vajdak, her sister Marilyn Bentke and her husband Ernest Ray and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Faith United Church of Christ (PO Box 4470, Bryan, TX 77805), Crestview Retirement Community (2505 E Villa Maria Rd., Bryan, TX 77802), Hospice Brazos Valley (502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803) or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville. We invite you to visit our website at www.stricklandfuneralhomes.com and sign the online register book.

Brenda Lois Herr

Brenda Lois Herr, 59, the wife of Larry Herr, passed away January 17, 2017 in Bryan. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2017 at Welcome Lutheran Church, with Pastor John Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Larry Herr of Bleiblerville; son, Nicholas Herr of Bleiblerville; mother-in-law, Gladys Herr; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Bruce Hohlt;  brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Laura Herr of Bleiblerville; nieces: Shelbie Hohlt and fiancé Santos Benitez, Shayna Hohlt, Dawn Herr, Leigh Herr,and Nancy Herr.  Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as special friends Gilbert and Carolyn Goeke, Kenneth and Karen Grebe, Lori and John Spiess, and Rodney and Diane Schubert.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her father-in-law, Wilbert Herr. Funeral arrangements for Brenda Lois Herr are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Christopher Charles Herzog

Christopher Charles Herzog passed away Friday, January 13, 2017. Surviving family includes: mother, Judy Kieke and husband Larry; father, Eugene Herzog; sister, Wendy Horak and husband Brian; niece Brianna Horak; uncles and aunts, Jimmy and Betty Eickhoff, Janie and Derrell Krebs, Ruby Ivey, Allan Herzog, Betty Braswell, Jane Herzog, Mary and Daryl Lueckemeyer, Jerry Kieke; numerous other relatives including cousins, Brenda Beach and Connie Cadenhead; special neighbors and friends, Nancy Krause, Ron and Rebecca Mertz family, Allison Crowson family, Gilbert and Gertrude Schroeder, Stanley and Rita Schneider, and Monte, Cindy, and Catye Giebler. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 20th at 6 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel with Pastors Phil Fenton and Ruth Bryan officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Hospice Brazos Valley. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share tributes at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Annie Wieghat Gaskamp

Annie Wieghat Gaskamp, age 94 of Brenham and the widow of Walter Gaskamp, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017.Survivors include: her  children, Shirlynn Buck, Charles Gaskamp and wife Rita, Merri Sue Kluck and husband Michael and Fred Otto Gaskamp and wife Rosemary; grandchildren, Rustin Buck, Randall Buck and wife Kim, Ryan Buck and wife Brandy, Stephanie Follis and husband Scott, Brandon Kluck, Jackie, Ginger, and Taylor Gaskamp, Dana Gaskamp, Derek Gaskamp and fiancé  Hailey Batterton; great grandchildren, Jennifer Theriot, Makayla, Cameron, Brynley and Blayde Buck; great great grandson, Michael Theriot; step great grandchildren, Lauren and Brandon Benoit, Clinton Follis and Kahla, Justin Follis and Harlie; step great great grandchildren, Carsen and Alexis Follis, Jaylynn Benoit, Ross Follis and Raelyn Follis;  brother-in-law and sister-in- law, Clarence and Bernice Gaskamp; sisters-in-law, Pearl Gaskamp and Florence Gaskamp; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation with the Gaskamp family will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Annie Wieghat Gaskamp will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill with Rev. Kyle Merkle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share tributes at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Dennis Ervin Schulz

Dennis Ervin Schulz, 78, of Burton, TX went to his heavenly home on January 14, 2017.  Visitation is set for Monday, January 16, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.  Services will be Tuesday, January 17, 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton with interment to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. He is survived by son, Michael Schulz and wife Barbara, daughter, Malissa Gonzalez and husband Max, grandchildren, Kasey Zientek and wife Carisa, Cecily Young and husband Joshua, McKenna Schulz and special friend, Ethan Walden, Sierra Schulz and special friend, Darius McCullough, Colton Aing, Kathryn Aing, great-grandchildren, Karily Zientek, Jayden Young, Cayden Zientek, Kayleen Zientek, two four-legged kids, Scooter and Olivia and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Dennis Ervin Schulz are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Emma Bell Neumann

Emma Bell Neumann, 92, of Brenham, the widow of Johnnie Neumann, died Jan. 13, 2017 in Brenham. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include sons Larry Neumann and Dennis Neumann; daughters Jearaldine Weaver (Jerry Stewart); Pauline Bradshaw, and Cynthia Beckendorf and fiancé, Vincent Hensen; sister-in-law, Lorene Neumann; brother-in-law, August Pahmiyer; grandchildren: Michele and Kerry Kooken, John and Karene Bradshaw, Craig and Becky Neumann, Angela and Kevin Moore, Alysha and John Metzger, Sheila Bradshaw, Christy and Marcus Walker, Crystal and Shane Moynihan, Cody and Katie Beckendorf, Nathan Neumann, and Trevor Beckendorf; great-grandchildren: Travis, Christopher, Skylar, Cade, Hunter, Logan, Averly, Kenlynn, Carson, Mason, Brynlee, Sawyer, Caroline, Aiden and Syndey.  A great-great grandson is expected in mid-February. Mrs. Neumann was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie; parents;  brothers and sisters-in-law Alfred and Gladys Lampe, August and Lydia Lampe, Willie and Marion Lampe, Charlie Lampe; sisters and brothers-in-law Mary Gerke Pahmiyer, Willie Gerke, and Rosa and Herbert Schoenemann. Funeral arrangements for Emma Bell Neumann are entrusted to Memorial  Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

LaVerna Landua

LaVerna Landua, 93, died Jan. 11, 2017 at Kruse Village in Brenham. She is survived by her nephew and wife, Gerald and Sally Ahrens of Conroe, niece and husband, Ruth and Robert Parker of Brenham, great nephews and spouses, Matt and Lauren Parker of Brenham, and Jonathan and Heidi Parker of Austin, great niece and husband, Kathleen and Tim Barr, of Seguin, and great niece, Lynelle Ahrens of San Antonio.  She is also survived by 2 great great nephews and 7 great great nieces. Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13.  A graveside service will be held Sat., Jan. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Eben Ezer Cemetery in Berlin with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Mark Groves. Funeral arrangements for LaVerna Landua are entrusted to Memorial  Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Raymond Gaskamp

Raymond Gaskamp, 92, of the William Penn Community, died 01/09/2017 and entered eternal peace with the Lord and his beloved wife of 65 years, Dorothy Ann (Schwartz) Gaskamp, who preceded him in death 9 days earlier on 12/31/2016. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Brenda Gaskamp of Washington; grandson, Ryan Gaskamp of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Bernice Gaskamp of Brenham; sisters-in-law, Annie Gaskamp of Brenham, Florence Gaskamp of Richmond and Eleanor Pearl Gaskamp of Washington and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred (Fritzie) and JoAnn Schwartz of Brenham. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Alma Gaskamp, Herbert and Hattie Gaskamp, Walter Gaskamp, Alfred and Nelda Gaskamp, Melvin Gaskamp, Otto Gaskamp Jr., Monroe and Lillian Gaskamp; sister and brothers-in-law, Louise Gaskamp, Jim and Thekla Lueckemeyer, and Herbert and Meta Mutscher; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Gertie and Otto Kramer. Visitation with the family will be Friday, January 13, 2017 from 5 - 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Raymond Gaskamp are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com 

Leo Julius (L.J.) Arndt, Jr.

Leo Julius (L.J.) Arndt, Jr., 67, died January 9, 2017 at his residence in Brenham. L.J. was born July 11, 1949 in Brenham to Leo Julious and Alice Knipstein Arndt. He was baptized Sept. 11, 1949, and confirmed April 7, 1963.  L J.  worked as a rancher and horse trainer. Survivors include daughter Jennifer Grimm-McGinley (Jess McGinley) of Cypress, and Jill Arndt (Nathan Wellmann) of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law Carolyn and Ray Werth of Brenham; grandchildren: Taylor and Logan Grimm, and Zoe, Kallie and Daisy Wellmann. Preceding him in death were his parents, Leo and Alice Arndt. A Memorial Service for L. J. Arndt, Jr. will held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Doug Collins officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 6:00pm Wednesday until service time at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements for Leo Julius Arndt, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Gladys Appel Jaeger

Funeral services for Gladys Jaeger, 86, of Giddings, are scheduled for 10:00am on January 11, 2017 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating.  Entombment will follow in the Giddings City Mausoleum.  Visitation will be held on January, 10th from 11:00am - 9:00pm and on January 11th from 7:00am - 8:30am at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.  The family will be present for visitation Tuesday evening from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  Gladys (Appel) Jaeger was born on November 29, 1930, in Brenham, Texas, the daughter of Robert Appel, Sr. and Caroline (Tiaden) Appel.  She was united in marriage to Elwood "Boots" Jaeger on February 26, 1956 in Brenham.  Gladys passed away the afternoon of January 7, 2017 at her home in Giddings.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert C. & Caroline Appel, Sr.; her husband of 58 years, Elwood "Boots" Jaeger; two brothers, Arleigh "Jack" Appel & his wife, Billy Jean, and Robert C. "Buster" Appel, Jr. & his wife, Mary Lou and one brother-in-law, Kenneth Hannes.  Gladys is survived by her two children, Carol Ehrlund & her husband, Ronnie of Giddings and Eddie Bob Jaeger of Giddings; two grandsons, Robert Ehrlund & his wife, Alisa of Giddings and Justin Ehrlund & his wife, Latisha of Giddings; one step grandson, Tyler Stubblefield of Austin; six great grandchildren, Lilly, Violet & Rose Ehrlund of Giddings, Kyndall & Kade Ehrlund of Giddings and Ashton Stubblefield of Austin; sister-in-law, Valora "Mickey" Hannes of Willis; two brothers-in-law, Alois Jager & his wife, Barbara of Giddings and Murray Jaeger & Terri Lyons of Serbin; special caregivers, Hilli Sparkman and Whitney Myers, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley in LaGrange, the Martin Luther Lutheran Church General Fund in Giddings or to the charity of one's choice.  Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings

Selma Wellmann

Selma Wellmann of Brenham passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the family residence. Selma Wellmann’s survivors include:  husband of seventy years, Robert Wellmann; son and daughter-in-law David and Kim Wellmann; daughter and sons-in-law Dorothy and Ronnie Holle, Alan and Myrna Siemsglusz; grandchildren Stacy and Ryan Aschenbeck, Kyle Holle, Steven and Adrienne Siemsglusz, Alison and Kevin Dreyer, Lindsey and Travis Eckert, Matthew and Julia Wellmann, Blake Wellmann; great-grandchildren Reid, Mia and Zane Aschenbeck, Brayden Holle, Addison, Bryce and Collin Siemsglusz, Lane and Will Dreyer; sisters Hilda Lorenz, Alma Kenjura, Rose Lee Lohmeyer, Ella Flynt, Edna Schroeder; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ernest and Earline Wellmann;  caregiver Gabby Lechuga; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation with the Wellmann family will be Saturday, January 7 from 5:00-7:00pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 8 at 3:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer officiating.  Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church or Hospice Brazos Valley. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611   Share tributes at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Dorothy Ann (Schwartz) Gaskamp

Dorothy Ann (Schwartz) Gaskamp, 89, of  the William Penn Community, passed away on December 31, 2016 in Brenham, Texas. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Raymond Gaskamp; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Brenda Gaskamp of Brenham; brother and sister-in-law Fred (Fritzie) and JoAnn Schwartz of Brenham; sister Eleanor Pearl Gaskamp of Brenham; grandson; Ryan Gaskamp of Houston, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clarence and Bernice Gaskamp of Brenham, Florence Gaskamp of Richmond, and Annie Gaskamp of Brenham, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday,  January 3, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of  William Penn at 10:00 am, with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery,  Visitation will be  from 5– 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2017 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Ann Gaskamp are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham Texas.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Betty Jean Farrack

Funeral services for Betty Jean Farrack, 77, of Giddings, are scheduled for 10:00am on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in with Rev. Christ Nietubicz officiating. Burial will follow in the Giddings Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, from 7:00am – 9:00pm and on Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 7:00am – 8:30am at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Betty Jean is survived by three children, Calvin Farrack & his wife, Wanda of Giddings, Charlene Farrack of Giddings and Claris Randig & her husband, Kevin of Taylor; two grandchildren, Bodie Cage Randig and Krista June Randig both of Taylor; brother, Charles Mueller, Sr. & his wife, Charlene of Carmine; special nieces, Barbara Gamez and family, Brenda Medack and family and Becky Jasinski and family; special nephew, Charles Mueller, Jr. and family as well as several cousins, other relatives and many friends.  Memorials may be made to the Lee County Cancer Resource Center, the Immanuel Lutheran Church Stained Glass Restoration Fund or to the charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

 

Barbara Ann (Derkowski) Beerwinkel

Barbara Ann (Derkowski) Beerwinkel, 67 wife of Herbert Beerwinkel, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital, Bryan. Barbara’s survivors include: her husband of 47 years, Herbert Beerwinkel: daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Neal Hahn; granddaughter, Sydney Anais Hahn; son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Taran Beerwinkel; siblings, Joe Derkowski and wife Ann, Tony Derkowski, Jr., Mary Ann Bacarisse, Bruno Derkowski; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation with the Beerwinkel family will be Tuesday, December 27th from 5 p.m. until rosary is recited at 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara Beerwinkel will be Wednesday, December 28th at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are requested to Brenham Animal Shelter or your charity of choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Edgar Schwartz

Edgar Schwartz, 81, husband of Sandra Schwartz, died December 24, 2016 at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Schwartz; his children: Rebecca and Tim Buchanan, Tina and Ron Ahasan, Robert and Brandi Schwartz, and Adrienne and Jerremy Guthrie; brothers: Milton Schwartz, Kenneth Schwartz and wife Marie,  Edward Schwartz, Trenton Dean Schwartz;  sisters Geraldine Pohlmeyer and late husband, Glen Pohlmeyer, Gloria Ann Klussmann and husband Raymond, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon and Donald Winkelmann.  Grandchildren: Madeline Jean Buchanan, Caleb Edward Buchanan, Emma Kate Schwartz, Andrew Jacob Schwartz, Joshua Schwartz Ahasan, Aliyah Ann Ahasan, Henry Schwartz  Ahasan, Lydia Claire Guthrie, Jackson Wayne Guthrie and Brody Wayne Guthrie. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Robert and Lydia Boenker Schwartz, and his  father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred Andrew and Ernestine Kieke. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Mark Moldenhauer will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements for Edgar Schwartz are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Ruby Lee Adler Kruger

Ruby Lee Adler Kruger,  89, passed away on Christmas Eve of 2016 in Bryan. Her family was by her side. Funeral services for Ruby will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor Matthew Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Sherry Kruger of Brenham;  grandchildren: Chad Kruger (Rhonda) of Eva, Alabama, and Kellan Kruger (Elizabeth)  of Colorado Springs, CO.; step-grandchildren: Kristy Veith (Brett) of Magnolia, and Bradley Winters (Kim) of Danville, Alabama; great-grandchildren: Anneliese and Brennam Kruger; step-great-grandchildren: Blake and Hunter Hallman, Brody and Emma Grace Winters, Westin Krolczyk, and Cody, Victoria,  and Brielynn Veith; sister-in-law, Evelyn Ruth Juergens,  and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Weldon and Patti Kruger, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Also surviving are dear friends Clara Gurka, Teresa and Belmiro Medeiros, and Carol Kruger. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy; parents, Herbert and Emma Rosenbaum Adler; sister and brother-in-law, Deloris and Barney Luthe; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Josephine Kruger;  brother-in-law and sister-in-law O.W. and Alvira Kruger, and brother-in-law, Kenneth Juergens. Funeral arrangements for Ruby Lee Kruger are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Willie Brinkmeyer

Willie Brinkmeyer,  93,  of Brenham,  passed away peacefully on December 23, 2016, at Brenham Nursing and Rehab. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Memorial Oaks Chapel . Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Walter Schindehette officiating.  Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Willie was born  May 15, 1923 in Washington, Texas to Fritz and Mary Brinkmeyer. Willie married his lovely wife, Margaret Esther (Krause), on December 23, 1974, in Anderson, Texas.  Willie attended Sandy Hill schools.  He retired from Robert Lange Inc. He also served in the U. S.  Army  National Guard. Willie Brinkmeyer was baptized and confirmed  in Sandy Hill. He is survived by his wife Margaret Esther (Krause) Brinkmeyer;  sons Raymond Brinkmeyer, and Billy Brinkmeyer and wife, Leslie; daughter and son-in-law, Willie Mae and Glenwood Hertel; brothers and sister-in-law  Roger Brinkmeyer and special friend, Mary Ellen;  and Rev. Arthur and Carol Brinkmeyer;  brother-in-law Marvin Weidemann Sr.;  sisters-in-law  and brothers-in-law: Mary Horak; Bertha Geick; Natalie and Billie Jasinski; Daniel Krause; Rita and Freddie Hugo; grandchildren: Todd and Darlene Hertel; Darla and Ricky Pourchot; Josh and Felicia Jordan; Cody Jordan; Cherish Murphy; Jeremy and Mistie  McAnally;  Raymond Scott, Robert Ryan, and Hollie Jeannie Brinkmeyer, numerous great- grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Barbara DeWees and husband Bobby, and Joyce McAnnally;  brother and sister-in-law,  Alfred and Irene Brinkmeyer;  sister-in-law Doris Brinkmeyer;  sister-in-law, Beulah Weidemann; brothers-in-law Clyde Geick, John Horak, Jr., Henry T. Krause, Jr. and wife Gladys;  Frank Krause and wife, Dolores; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Henry  Sr. and Louise Krause. Serving as pallbearers are Glenwood  Hertel, Leroy Batts Jr., Jason Jasinski, Marcus Weidemann, Freddie W. Hugo, and Michael Holder   Memorials may be directed Hospice Brazos Valley,  Christ Lutheran Church , or any favorite charity. Special thanks to Dr. Bobby Marek, Dr. Pierre Zoldhelyi, Hospice Brazos Valley, Brenham Nursing and Rehab Center, Pastors Mark Groves and Walt Schindehette, Memorial Oaks Chapel, and Don Langley. Funeral arrangements for Willie Brinkmeyer are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, Texas. 

Wendell Henry Rudloff

Wendell Henry Rudloff, 75, the widow of Maxine Rudloff, of Fayetteville, died Dec. 23, 2016, in Giddings, TX. The funeral service for Wendell Rudloff will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. Burial will be in Shelby Cemetery. Visitation with the Rudloff family will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mr. Rudloff is survived by his 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 Rudloff of Cheyene, WY and Henley and Elsa Baker of Grand Prairie; sister, Dolores Zickuhr of Columbus;  sisters-in-law, Elvera Rudloff of Burton and Ruby Rudloff of Chilton;  brother-in-law, Mike Koepnick of Schulenburg; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Waldine and Glenroy Ebner of Giddings; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives. Funeral arrangements for Wendell Rudloff are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memmorialoakschapel.com.

James "Jimmy" Becker

James "Jimmy" Becker, 83 years of age, of Brenham, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Visitation with the family will be at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.  Funeral services for James will be on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from Salem Lutheran Church of Salem, with burial to follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. James is survived by his wife, Betty, and his children, Cindy Reimer and husband, Glenn; Ronnie Becker and wife, Cindy Waits Becker; grandchildren, Jason Reimer and special friend, Alyssa Volk; Blake Becker and wife, Johanna; Jeremy Reimer and wife, Taylor; Carly Becker; and Macie Becker; and great-grandchildren, McKenna Grace Reimer and Carter James Reimer. He is also survived by his brother, Willie Becker and wife, Joyce of Jersey Village; sister, Florene Juergens and husband, Ronnie of Brenham, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Sr. and Ella Becker; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Selma and Charlie Boeker; and sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and C. B. Schroeder, Jr. Funeral arrangements for James “Jimmy” Becker are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Ruth Wiese Thomas

Funeral services for Ruth Wiese Thomas, 87, widow of Clyde Thomas, will be held at 10 a.m.,  Monday, December 19, 2016 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastors Phil Fenton and Brianna Merkle officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Ruth passed away December 15, 2016 at Scott and White Hospital in Brenham. Ruth is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Debbie Thomas; granddaughter, Linda Dale Tosta and husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren: Haylie Lynn,  Logun Richard, and Braden Scot Tosta;  Kimberley Wage Lewis and husband, David; Alex and Aireal Lewis, and Kori Wage;  brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Joyce Thomas, , as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding her in death was her husband, Clyde Thomas; her parents; and a sister, Nancy Claire Wiese. Funeral arrangements for Ruth Thomas are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main. To post a  tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Nadividad "Nate" Preuss

Funeral services for Nadividad “Nate” Preuss, 76, of Brenham, TX of Brenham are scheduled for 10:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham with Deacon Al Prescott officiating.  Burial will follow in the Giddings City Cemetery in Giddings.  Visitation will be held on Friday, December 16, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham with a Rosary being recited at 7:30pm. Nadividad (Martinez) Preuss was born on December 25, 1939, in Smiley, TX to Joe & Maxine (Rivera) Martinez. She married L. M. Preuss, Jr. and together they ran Miller’s Cleaners in Brenham and City Cleaners in Giddings for many years.  Nate passed away on Monday, December 12th in Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, L. M. Preuss, Jr. Nate is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ernest & Gaylynn Preuss of Giddings; three step-children, L. M. “Buddy” Preuss, III & his wife, Louise of Giddings, Ronna Britton & her husband, James of Giddings and Karen Bryant of Austin; six grandchildren, Leslie Preuss of Bedford, Ashley & Brandon Alder of Ft. Worth, Andrew & Gabriela Preuss of Giddings, Jennifer Petty-Garay of Bryan, Sarah & Chaz Fairchild-Smith of Resaca, GA and Kaitlynn Preuss of Giddings; one brother, Joe Martinez, Jr. & his wife, Katherine of Brenham; one sister, Mary Meschwitz & her husband Lawrence of Brenham; one half-brother, Felipe Silvas & his wife, Sylvia of Texas City as well as several nieces and nephews. Memorial may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

Edward "Mouse" Studhalter

Edward “Mouse” Studhalter, 83, husband of Judy (Merkel)  Studhalter, passed away December 14, 2016. Visitation with the family will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Friedens Cemetery in Gay Hill. Pastor Matthew Jacobs will officiate. After the service, relatives and friends will gather at the Grace Lutheran Church Family Activity Center to celebrate Mouse’s life. Survivors include his wife, Judy Studhalter; son and daughter-in-law James and Karen Studhalter, all of Brenham; grandchildren: Brett Studhalter and friend Heather Rinn, and Larissa and Jeff Maass; brother and sister-in-law Edwin and Annie Mae Studhalter of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Milton Haack of Brenham. Other surviving relatives are his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Rick and Diane Merkel, and Elfred and Sue Ellen Pfeffer. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Clara Studhalter; brother and sister-in-law Pete and Adeline Studhalter; sister and brother-in-law Walline and Olan Searle; father-in-law and mother-in-law Karl and Helen Merkel, and sisters-in-law, Barbara Helen Merkel and Erna Pfeffer. Funeral arrangements for Edward “Mouse” Studhalter are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Regina (Minar) Bilski

Regina (Minar) Bilski, 90, of Brenham, passed away peacefully in her home with family and friends celebrating her ninety-first birthday on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Regina (Minar) Bilski is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy “Dot” and Ben Schroeder Jr., Rose and Robert Morgenstern; grandchildren, Keith Schroeder & wife Rhonda, Courtney Percic and partner Chase Woodlock, John Percic & wife Kelly; great-grandchildren, Kodi Schroeder, Kaitlin Schroeder, Kaden Schroeder along with numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation with Regina Bilski’s family will begin at 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., at which time a rosary will be prayed in Brenham Memorial Chapel on Thursday, December 15.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 16 also in Brenham Memorial Chapel with Deacon Al Prescott as officiant.  Interment 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 tributes visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Genevieve Jurek Giles

Genevieve Jurek Giles, 91, widow of Robert Giles, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Brenham, Texas. Mrs. Giles’ survivors include her daughters: Jennifer and husband, Mark Siemsglusz; and Mary and husband, Lance Kuecker (all of Brenham); seven grandchildren: Christopher Siemsglusz and friend, Emily Leitko (both of Houston); Mary Catherine (Siemsglusz) and husband, Matt David (Rayne, Louisiana); William Kuecker and wife, Jacqui (Denver, Colorado); Robbie Kuecker (Denton); Sara Siemsglusz (Brenham) and friend Justin Dreyer (College Station); James Kuecker (Brenham); and Caroline Kuecker (Brenham); as well as her brothers: Dr. George Jurek (Waco); Richard Jurek and wife, Rita (Waco); sister, Rita Ann and husband, Dr. O. B. Shelburne (Austin); and six nieces and six nephews. The visitation with the Giles family will be held at Brenham Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, December 14 from 5-7 p.m., with rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial for Genevieve Jurek Giles will be held Thursday, December 15 at 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Activity Center on South Park Street, due to construction in the church sanctuary. A reception at the St. Mary’s PAC center will follow the graveside service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Mary’s Family Choir, St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University or Bread Partners of Washington County. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. Tributes may be shared at  www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com   

Adela Schroeder

Adela Schroeder, 92, of the William Penn community, died December 10, 2016 at Brenham Rest Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday 2 p.m. December 14, 2016 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends and relatives Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harven Schroeder, son and daughter-in-law; Dennis Wayne Schroeder and wife Patricia, son Ricky Schroeder; a daughter, Rebecca Schroeder; four brothers Edwin, Ernest, Ervin, and Oscar Hinze, also preceded in death by her sisters Alma Gaskamp and Laura Holtkamp. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law; Larry and Rebecca Schroeder, James Walter and Kathryn Schroeder of Brenham; one sister, Doris Becker of Navasota, and  grandchildren; Scott and Kandace Schroeder, Jon and Jaime Schroeder, Brett and Jennifer Schroeder, Lisa and Roland Denner, Leigh Anne and Jerome Cavner. Her great-grandchildren are Tanner Schroeder, Jaden and Justin Schroeder, Samantha Star Cavner, Diane and Eric Perkins, Kylliee Moore, Trinity Perkins, Tyler and Taylor Denner. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Adela Schroeder are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Virgine (Baron) Rosenbaum

Virgine (Baron) Rosenbaum, age 82 of Brenham and the widow of Irvin A. Rosenbaum, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016. Mrs. Rosenbaum is survived by: daughter, Carol Ann Sommerfeld and husband Roger of Carmine; sons, Gary Rosenbaum and wife Diana of Brenham, and Lary Rosenbaum and wife Dixie of Round Top; grandchildren, Justin and Elizabeth Sommerfeld of Edna, Melissa and Jason Smith of Carmine, Sean and Jill Rosenbaum of Brenham; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Austin Sommerfeld, and Makayla and Jake Smith; sister, Gladys Hodde and husband Leroy, of Brenham; brother, Leroy Baron and wife Jean, of Brenham; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Earl and Janet Rosenbaum of Brenham, sister-in-law Ella Mae Love, of Brenham; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation with the Rosenbaum family will be held at Brenham Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, from 6 - 8 p.m. Funeral services for Virgine Rosenbaum will be held at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Pat Lehrer officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville or a charity of your choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St in Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Wilbert Louis Gross

Wilbert Louis Gross, 82, of La Grange, passed away, December 6, 2016 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Wilbert was born in New Ulm, TX on December 12, 1933 the son of Davy and Norma (Krause) Gross. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church New Ulm.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1951. He married Ruby Schuette on December 4, 1955 in La Grange, TX.  He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1956.  They moved to Houston in early 1957 and Wilbert worked for Atlas Bradford Company until May, 1963 when they moved to La Grange where he worked for Kirchhofer & Koopmann Sand and Gravel and Ready Mix Concrete Co. Wilbert bought his father-in-law’s interest in the company after Mr. Kirchhofer retired and the company was renamed K&D Ready Mix Sand & Gravel.  The company was sold in 1975 and Wilbert then delved into politics.  He ran for Commissioner of Pct. #3 and was elected in Nov. 1980. He served as Commissioner for 24 years and retired from Fayette County the end of 2004. He returned in 2016 and served as the Interim Commissioner until the position was filled. Wilbert was active in his church where he served four terms in the church council and on the church building and grounds committee.  He was a member of the Flatonia Lion’s Club for 24 years and served as President of the Sons of Hermann Plum Lodge #238.  He loved sports which included golf, baseball, football, hunting and fishing. He is survived by son, Byron Gross and wife, Katie; daughter, Carmen Gross; grandchildren:  Vivian Gest, Hannah Hunter, Henry and Halle Gross, all of La Grange; two brothers:  Milford Gross and wife, Lucille, of Bellville; Lew Ellyn and wife, Alice, of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Anna Gross of Fayetteville, and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruby; son-in-law, Daniel Gest; brother, Kirby Gross; two infant sons and one infant daughter; infant bothers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Isabella Kirchhofer. Visitation will be held of Friday, December 9, from 10:00am – 7:00pm at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home.  Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00pm.  Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 110 W. Walnut, La Grange, TX at 10:00am on Saturday, December 10.  Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, P O Box 567, La Grange, TX  78945; Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter, 240 Svoboda Lane, La Grange, TX; La Grange High Athletics, La Grange ISD, Attn:  Clay Goehring, P O Box 200, La Grange, TX; or VFW Post #5254, P O Box 727, La Grange, TX. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, TX.  Family and friends can vie and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com

Robert Searle, Jr.

Robert Searle, Jr., 65, husband of Sandra Kohring Searle, died December 3, 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn, with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Searle of Washington; mother, Mary Alice Keller (Bill); son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tracy Searle of Brenham; grandchildren, Emily and Lucas Searle; brothers Ronald Searle, Edward Searle, and Allen Searle; sister, Rebecca Searle, sisters-in-law Barbara Kohring, Pat Kohring, and Marilyn Klussmann;  brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jerry and Doris Kohring, Valgene and Diana Kohring, Danny Kohring, Kathryn and Joe Martinez, Diane and Chuck Boggan, and Rebecca and Ray Wellmann. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister. Funeral arrangements for Robert Searle, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Paul Francis LaRoche, Jr.

Paul Francis LaRoche, Jr. passed away on December 2, 2016.  He was born on August 23, 1923 in Dallas. He is survived by his daughter Linda LaRoche Blum and husband Darrell, son Dr. Paul F. LaRoche III and wife Charlotte, 6 grandchildren Catherine Blum Kenjura and husband Matt, Emily Blum Lee and husband Warren, Ben Wagner and wife Misti, Cole Wagner and wife Annette, Dr. Lauren LaRoche Neumann and husband Travis, and Paul F. (Rocky) LaRoche IV and wife Kelcie, 12 great grandchildren, brother William E. LaRoche, sister-in-law Dorothy Utesch and husband Rowland Ball and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Renovation Fund, St. Paul’s Christian Day School, or Hospice Brazos Valley. Visitation with the family will be at Memorial Oaks Chapel on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 5:00 -7:00 pm.  A celebration of his life will take place on Monday, December 5, 2016 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brenham at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. Funeral arrangements for Paul LaRoche 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