Obituaries


Elva Mathis

Elva Mathis, age 90 of Hempstead, passed away on December 8, 2022.  She is preceded in death by her parents Joe B. and Mary Dewees and siblings Mary Jo Elkins, Parham Dewees, Claude Dewees, James Dewees.  Elva is survived by her loving husband of 71 and a half years Donald Mathis; daughters Doneva McPhetrige and husband Ted, Elva L. Sevcik and husband Curtis; brother John Dewees; grandchildren Jennifer Nelson and husband Matt, Dana Rouse and husband Mark, Jonathan Blythe and wife Jennifer, Scot McPhetrige and wife Sally; as well as numerous other family members and friends.  Visitation will be Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 4-6pm at Canon Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be Monday, December 12, 2022, at 1pm at Canon Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Arnall and Rev. Ron Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX. - 936 372-3683 – www.canonfuneralhome.com

Rachel Dianne Crow Wellmann

Rachel Dianne Crow Wellmann gained her wings on the morning of December 1, 2022. Rachel was born on September 22,1961 in Odessa, TX, to her parents H. Dean Crow Jr. and Marilyn Yvonne Booher Mortimer. In 1979, the love of her life, Troy Wellmann, swept her off of her feet, and they married just one year later. They were married for 42 precious and unforgettable years.  To know her was to love her. She served everyone selflessly, mirroring Our Savior Jesus Christ. Rachel had an infectious laugh, and she was filled with so much love and joy, especially for the Lord. With every breath and step that she took, she boldy strove to glorify God in all that she did. Rachel never missed an opportunity to share the gospel with others in hopes of bringing them into the Kingdom of God. She was and still is a light to this world that will never fade. Her memory lives on in the hearts of all of the people that she touched over the years. Rachel loved fiercely and wholeheartedly. By blood or by choice, she treated everyone like they were family. She had a true servant's heart and would literally give the shirt off of her back if the Holy Spirit moved her to do so. You would often find her down by the river with her Bible in hand enjoying her quiet time with the Lord and simply thanking Him for all of life's blessings.  One of her greatest joys in life was her family! With her camera in hand, she never missed an opportunity to support the ones she loved no matter what it may be. Memories were extremely precious to her, and she loved reminiscing with loved ones. Whether she was helping her husband build their home or playing in the mud with her grandchildren, she did it with joy in her heart and a smile on her face. Through every peak and valley, Rachel would sing the Lord's praises with her hands held high and joy in her heart!  Rejoicing her arrival in heaven are her parents H. Dean Crow and Marilyn Mortimer, Aunt Joyce Porch, cousin Jane Tarver, nephew Derek Nelson, brother-in-law Greg Nelson, her baby boy she never got to meet on earth, and countless many other loved ones.  Patiently waiting to be reunited in Heaven is her husband Troy Wellmann of Junction. Her son TW and wife Sandy Wellmann of Sonora, her daughters Amanda and husband Mike Haley of Johnson City, Nicole and husband Chestin Clark of San Angelo, and Morgan and husband Ben Miller of San Angelo. Grandchildren: Zac and Avery Haley, Jayden, Kinsley, and Tripp Wellmann. Mother and Father-in-law, Bonnie and Elroy Wellmann. Step-Father Rush Mortimer. Siblings: Paul and wife Kay Crow, Rusty and wife Lynn Crow, Vickie Nelson, Tammy and Bubba Hill, Kelly and Matt Kwiatkowski. Nieces and Nephews: Amy Anderson and her children, Daniel and Marsha Crow and their children, Sarah and Jose Meza and their children, Marie Crow, Christy and Bryan Medema and their child, Megan Crow, Trey Hill and his children, Tiffany and Adam Schmidtendorff and their children, Lauren Nelson and her children, Kristen Nelson, Kylie Dasbach, Reagan and Brandon Wasut and their children, and Jacob and Mackenzie Kwiatkowski.  Services for Rachel Wellmann, followed by a Celebration of Life, will be held at 1 Faith Community Church in Junction, TX, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 10th, 2022.

Wilfred Blome

Wilfred Blome, 93, of the Sandy Hill community died Monday, December 5, 2022.  Visitation will be Friday, December 9th from 8 am – 7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10th at 2:30pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill with Rev. Norman Sulaica, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Wilfred was born May 29, 1929 in Washington County to Willie and Louis Dierking Blome. He was baptized on May 31, 1929 by Rev. Geo Czerkus and confirmed on April 2, 1944 by Rev. W.C. Poelhmann at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where he remained a lifelong member. He graduated from Brenham High School.  On April 8, 1951, he was married to Gerdine Buenger at St. Matthew Lutheran Church by Rev. A.M. Fielder.  Wilfred was a farmer and rancher, worked at Brenham Produce and Brenham Livestock Auction.  Wilfred is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gerdine Blome; sister Ella B. Kramer and brother-in-law, Harold O. Kramer.  Wilfred had four godchildren, Denny Kramer, Kirby Lampe, Kendall Kramer, Kisha Kramer.  Pallbearers will be his nephews Ray Kramer, Denny Kramer, Paul Kramer; great nephews, Kendall Kramer, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Kramer, Chad Kramer and Daniel Phife.  Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill or to Hospice Brazos Valley.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Florence Marie Kubeczka

Florence Marie Kubeczka, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 21, 2022.  Florence was born in Hempstead, Texas on Friday, April 26, 1935 to Joe and Rosie Pawlawski. Florence was 1 of 12 children. Florence was a great wife, mother, meemaw and friend to so many. She will be truly and deeply missed.  She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Harry Kubeczka, her 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  A visitation for Florence will be held on Friday, November 25, 2022 from 11am to 6pm with family present from 4pm to 6pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. A rosary will begin at 6pm, graciously under the direction of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A funeral service for Florence will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10:30 am at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill located at 8819 FM 2621, Brenham, Texas. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow back at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in the Parish Hall.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Florence Witt Borchardt

Florence Witt Borchardt, 87, of Brenham, died Sunday, November 20, 2022, after a brief decline in health.  Florence Witt Borchardt is survived by daughters and sons-in law, Sherrie and Rob Winkelmann and Karen and Billy Holle; grandchildren, Jill and Josh Hyatt, Jodi and Daniel Lyons, Jan and Mark Dollar, Cullen and Danielle Holle, and Will and Lauren Holle; great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Luke Hyatt; Grace, Wyatt, and Annie  Lyons; Jed and Jax Dollar; Tate & Eli Holle; brother-in-law, Walter “Butch” Rodenbeck and sister-in-law, Elverna Borchardt; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.  Visitation for Florence  Borchardt will be held Tuesday, November 22, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  The funeral services for Florence Borchardt will be Wednesday, November 23, 2022; at 10:00 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Donna Krueger officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  To fulfill Florence’s requests, memorial gifts are designated for Zion Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Christian Day School.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Melvin Henry Loesch, Jr.

Melvin Henry Loesch, Jr., of Sweeny, TX passed away on November 8, 2022.  A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham TX. A celebration of life will be held in Sweeny at a later date. In accordance with his wishes, Melvin will be cremated, and his ashes will be interred at Houston National Cemetery.  Melvin was born on February 23, 1942, in Brenham to parents Melvin Sr., and Lydia (Rippenhagen) Loesch. He grew up in Brenham and attended local schools. While in middle school, he attended classes with his future wife, Betty. Melvin graduated from Brenham High School and attended Blinn College prior to enlisting in the US Marine Corps.  During his time in the Marines, Melvin looked forward to spending time with friends and family while home on leave. On one of these occasions, Melvin and some friends had traveled to Houston for a night out dancing. It was then that he ran into Betty. The two hadn’t seen each other in years, but they quickly reconnected and began dating. The pair were married in July of 1965 and blessed with two children Kim and Tim.  After Melvin completed his military service, he attended Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, in San Marcos. Then started a 35-year career teaching and coaching.  He completed his Master’s Degree at Prairie View University during his time in Gonzales and Sweeny.  Melvin was a high school teacher/coach, but his heart was in sports. He had begun coaching Brenham’s Little League as a young man and continued coaching various sports nearly his entire life. His teaching positions took the family to Del Valle, Elgin, Gonzales, and finally to Sweeny in 1979. Sweeny became home to Melvin and Betty, and they spent the remainder of their lives there. Melvin taught at Sweeny High School from 1979 until his retirement in 2005. Over the years Melvin taught history and geography, economics, and when he couldn’t avoid it, Driver’s Ed.  Sweeny High School and the community became a source of pride for Melvin.  He was known for his tough approach as a coach, blaming his time in the Marines for his gruff “coach voice”. But underneath his tough exterior he had a soft heart. He cared deeply for his students and did everything he could to help them succeed.  That success led to many deep playoff runs in both football and baseball.  Culminating in a baseball state championship in 1985.  Melvin left a legacy in Sweeny and often ran into former students who remembered Coach Loesch.  After his retirement, Melvin enjoyed a slower pace of life, and spent plenty of time outdoors. He enjoyed mowing and gardening in his yard, camping trips with family and friends, and traveling with his Labrador, Molly. But even in his retirement, he always stayed informed on the latest news to do with Sweeny High School sports and he watched every game he could.   Melvin is preceded in death by his wife Betty, parents Melvin Sr. and Lydia Loesch, father- and mother-in-law Roland and Eula Lee Harbers, and sister-in-law Kay Harbers.  Surviving loved ones include daughter Kim and husband Mark Rosenbaum of Brenham, son Tim and wife Kathi of San Antonio.  Grandsons Mason, Michael, and Nicholas. Brother-in-law Glenn Harbers, nieces Sharon Harbers and Rebecca (John) Sellers.  The family is forever grateful to all of Melvin’s Sweeny Family.  Especially, Ron, Pam, Kolby, and Maddie Stewart, Johnny and Cindy Scarborough, Willie and Georgia Butler, and Yvonne Hammond.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Sweeny ISD Walk of Honor, 1310 Elm St. Sweeny, Tx 77480 (write Walk of Honor in memo line).

Leon Jerome Vasek

Leon Jerome Vasek, 79, of Navasota, completed a well-lived life, passing away at home in Brenham on Thursday, November 17, 2022 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm Monday, November 21st, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11323 County Road 304, in Stoneham.  A parish rosary will follow at 7:00 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am Tuesday, November 22nd, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Edward C. Kucera, Jr. as the celebrant.  A luncheon will follow in the parish hall.  The rite of committal will take place 3:30 pm Tuesday, November 22nd in the St. Joseph Church Cemetery in Moulton, TX.  Arrangements are with Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home of Navasota.  Serving as pallbearers are Ben Bosse, Sam McElreath, Paul Panus, Glen Scheidt, Greg Scheidt, and Craig Bolcerek.  Leon was born on February 26, 1943 in Moulton, Texas to Jerome Joseph and Helen Lillie Zidek Vasek. Leon was a life-long member of the Catholic Church and his character was grounded in a devout and personal faith. He graduated from Moulton High School in 1961 and was an All-State Basketball Player and leader in Future Farmers of America. He attended Victoria Junior College on scholarship to continue his education and play basketball.  He proudly graduated from Texas A&M University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.  After graduation, he served his country during the Vietnam War as a 1st Lieutenant and Engineer Officer in the United States Army, stationed in Neu Ulm, Germany from 1966 to 1969.  While serving in Germany, Leon met and fell in love with Sheryl Lindskov, of Isabel, South Dakota, who was working abroad at a Research Hospital. The couple were united in Holy Matrimony on May 3, 1969 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Isabel, South Dakota and were happily married for 53 wonderful years.  Leon and Sheryl made their home in Navasota, Texas where he spent his entire career as Ranch Manager of Lawridge Farm from 1969 until his retirement in 2013. They were blessed with two children, Ginger and Jeff.  Education was very important to Leon, and he served proudly on the Navasota School Board for fifteen years.  He was also active in the Grimes County Fair Association.  Leon enjoyed volunteering his time and many talents for the benefit of local youth and his church community.  In later years, he utilized his leatherworking talents, braiding bull whips he donated to local organizations, for their fundraising auctions.  Throughout their married life, Leon and Sheryl enjoyed traveling together.  Whether a Sunday drive on the dirt roads of Grimes County, or an Alaskan cruise, Leon loved exploring the world with endless curiosity.  After retirement, the couple loved spending their time between their homes in Navasota and Brenham, where their grandchildren, Tori and Ben, were, and Leon’s family farm in Moulton.  Leon is survived by his loving wife Sheryl, son Jeffrey Leon Vasek of Navasota, daughter Virginia Vasek Bosse of Brenham and husband Kevin Bosse, beloved grandchildren, Victoria Grace Bosse and fiancée Samuel McElreath and Ben William Bosse, all of Brenham, sister Leonita Panus of Shiner, and sisters and brothers-in-law Judy and Kenneth Lindskov, Marsha and Roger Weiss, and Cindy and A.J. Lindskov, all of South Dakota.  He is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Wilma and Arthur Lindskov and brothers-in-law Gary Lindskov and Joseph Panus.  The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers Rebecca Lattimore, Lilly Webb, Rosie Turner and Hospice Brazos Valley.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stoneham, PO Box 388, Plantersville, TX 77363, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moulton, 601 N. Pecan St., Moulton, TX 77975 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E Blue Bell Rd, Brenham, TX 77833.  You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.lindleyrobertsonholt.com.

Lee Roy Schilling

Lee Roy Schilling, 92, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2022, in Cedar Park, Texas. He was born in Winedale, Texas, and grew up in Greenvine, Texas.  He was drafted into the United States Army and served in Korea.  Lee Roy worked for 30 years in Austin for the Singer Sewing Machine Company as a salesman, store manager on Congress Avenue, in Capital Plaza and in Highland Mall and as district manager serving central and south Texas.  In 1982, he received a dealership and opened his own sewing machine store, Northwest Sewing Center, on Burnet Road.   Lee Roy, affectionately known as the Singer Man, was greatly admired and trusted by his customers.  He always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger.  Lee Roy is survived by his daughters, Lee Ann (Weldon) Hartmann and Mary (Bruce) Freudenberg; grandchildren, Megan, Kayla (Allison), Chris (Kaitlin), and Kyle (Kylie Jo); and great grandchildren, Elias and Lukas Hartmann Lehrmann and Hazel Mae Freudenberg; his brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Dorothy Schilling, and his sister, Vernell Mertz; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Nevilee and second wife, Pauline Kroll; his brother and sister-in-law, Delphine and Gladys Schilling and brother-in-law, Willie Mertz; his parents, Adolph and Olga Schilling; and parents-in-law, Walter and Nelda Fuchs.  Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 5416 Parkcrest Dr, Austin, TX 78731.  Funeral services will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 N Hampton Dr., Austin, TX 78723, on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation with family will be held again on Monday, November 21, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX 77833.  Funeral services will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine, 6700 Wickel Road, Burton TX 77835, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with burial following in La Bahia Cemetery in Burton, TX.  Memorials may be given to Hope Lutheran Church playground project at 6414 N. Hampton Dr., Austin, Texas 78723; Lutherhill Ministries P.O. Box 99, 3782 Lutherhill Road, La Grange, Texas 78945; or a charity of your choice.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. www.MemorialOaksChapel.com

Clara Mary Gurka

Clara Mary Gurka, 88, of Chappell Hill, Texas, passed away peacefully at High Hope Care Center on October 31, 2022, surrounded by her beloved family.  She is survived by her brother and  sister in law Joe and BeBe Gurka,  daughter and son in law, Laurie and Gerald Wehring of Brenham, her son, David Adler of Chappell Hill; step children, Leonard Lewis and wife Linda, Anita Kay and husband James Golaz, and Pat Swindle; grandchildren, Joseph Farwell, Chris Maynard, Brian and wife Katelyn Maynard, Jennifer Maynard, and Jessica Mertz; and great-grandchildren, Jaden and Korbin Mertz, Madisyn, Bricen, Owen, and Braelynn Maynard, and Keaton Wilson.  Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St. Brenham, Texas from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2022 with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2022 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill with Father Thaddeus Tabak officiating. Interment to follow at the church cemetery. After burial service, a reception will be held at Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Josephine Julie Ligues

Josephine Julie Meschwitz Ligues,84, passed away on October 26, 2022. Josephine was born March 7,1938 in Greenvine, Texas to Ella (Kwiatkowski) and John Meschwitz.  Josephine, known to many as “Lula”, was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She like to play dominos and cards during family gatherings and love to listen to the Houston Astros on the radio. She was a homemaker until all her children finished school and then went to work for the Brenham Police Department’s custodial department, where she later retired.  She is survived by her sons Anthony Ligues and Bobby Ligues, both of Brenham. Grandchildren: Richard A. Ligues, Alexis (Jimmy) Loya, Jett (Brooke) Ligues, John Ligues, Gena Garza and Victoria Jimenez. Great-granddaughters, Molly Segura, Emmy Loya and Karli Ligues; great-grandsons Micah Black and Achilleas Jimenez. Sister-in-law, Mary Meschwitz and brother-in-law Johnny (Darlene) Ligues and daughter-in-law Lori Ligues.  Visitation only for Josephine will be on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Brenham Memorial Chapel from 5PM to 7PM. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 10AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church located at 701 Church St., Brenham, Texas with the burial to follow in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences for the family may be left at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Donald Otto Huebner

Donald Otto Huebner was born in Bellville, Texas on May 28, 1944 to Otto Carl and Meta (Emshoff) Huebner.  Raised in the New Bremen area outside of Industry, Don was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Welcome, Texas.  He graduated Bellville High School.  He met Betty, the love of his life, in 1st grade, and they were married on October 12, 1963.  Don and Betty were blessed with three sons – Terry, Todd, and Tim.  Don attended Sam Houston State University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.  After graduation, he worked for Robert Schroeder, CPA, Brenham Wholesale Grocery, where he was also on the board of directors, and then Industry State Bank.  After he retired from the bank, he continued to sell insurance through Germania until he fully retired when he was 75.   Don was a director of the West End Water Board, a member and an officer of Harmonie Hall for more than 40 years, a member and officer of the Shelby Hermann Sons Life, a member of Shelby Volunteer Fire Department, and he was a founding member of the Brenham FFA Booster Club. Don is survived by his wife Betty, sons and daughters-in-law; Terry of Brenham, Todd (Deanne) of College Station, Tim (Amy) of Brenham.  Grandchildren; Laine Huebner, Bryce and Eric Golden, Dane Gross and Brittany Blythe.  Great-Grandchildren; Jacob Golden, Eva Golden, Tyler Lehmann, and River Gross and numerous nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law; L.G. Albright. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law; David and Kelly Weinert. He is preceded in death by his parents and in-laws; Otto Carl and Meta (Emshoff) Huebner, and W.C. and Lydia Weinert.  Sister and brother-in-law; Carolyn and Cleburn Cordes, and sister-in-law Lois Albright. A visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shelby with burial following at the Shelby Cemetery. Memorials to honor Donald may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Shelby, 6814 Skull Creek Road, Fayetteville, Tx. 78940 and Lutherhill Ministries, Dining Hall Fund, P.O. Box 99, LaGrange, Tx. 78945. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Tx 77833.  To post a tribute to the family, please visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Cheryl Buenger

Cheryl Buenger, 64, of New Wehdem, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 17, 2022 while at home and surrounded by family.  Cheryl was born on May 15, 1958 to parents William (Junior) and Pearlie Dierking of New Wehdem, Texas. She was baptized on July 6, 1958 and confirmed on June 10, 1973 at St. James Lutheran Church in New Wehdem. On April 10, 1980 she was united in marriage with Bruce Buenger, also at St. James.  Cheryl attended Kenney Elementary School before transitioning to schools in Bellville where she graduated with honors in 1976. Also, she was named Ms. Bellville in 1976. Next, she attended Blinn in Brenham where she graduated in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society in 1978. Cheryl earned a cosmetology license while attending Texas A&M and helped support Bruce through veterinary school by cutting hair at a salon. Bruce and Cheryl married during the vet school years and upon graduation, made their home in Columbus for a couple of years prior to making a permanent move to the Brenham area.  Cheryl loved the church community and the many friends she made there. She enjoyed playing church volleyball in her youth and helping with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Cheryl loved to serve the church. She helped take care of the mowing for over 40 years, the cemetery committee for many years, and served as organist for over 45 years. She considered music one of God’s gifts to her and loved to lead worship for the church. She also helped with many of the annual chicken stews and other events. She was a life-long member of St. James.  Cheryl was a faithful and beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, caretaker, and friend. She faithfully cared for her entire family and especially her parents, in-laws, brother, and aunts and uncles in their final years. She was very thoughtful and loved to visit church friends and send cards to let them know she was thinking of them. She was a unique combination of stay-at-home mom and industrious worker. She loved playing sports with her boys and attending all of their games, fishing (and often catching the biggest fish), caring for cattle at the 4B Cattle Ranch (and especially the sight of a newborn calf), and seeing her roses bloom. She had the gift of hospitality and loved hosting and preparing meals for family Christmases as well as hosting Jess and Justin’s friends. She especially loved playing with her granddaughters and lavishing them with love and rice krispies.  Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, Junior and Pearlie Dierking; brother, Larry Dierking; and in-laws, Jay C. (Jimmie) and Bernita (Bitsy) Buenger.  Cheryl is survived by her husband of 42 years, Bruce Buenger; Jess (son) and wife  Amanda and their daughters, Addison Grace, Ariella Hope, and Olivia Joy; Justin (son); Donna Huebner (sister) and husband Glenn; Garrett Huebner (nephew) and wife Paige and their daughters, Hudson, Hollis, and Hayden; Gene Huebner (nephew); Sally Dierking (sister-in-law); Marc Dierking (nephew) and wife Brooke and their children, Paisley, Harper, and Palmer; Laurel (niece) and husband Marcus Washington and son, Rumi; Clarence Dierking (uncle) and sons Shane and Darcy Dierking; Joan Buenger (cousin); Jay Buenger (nephew) and wife Elizabeth; Clint Buenger (nephew) and wife Sarah and their sons Jack and Ryan; Kate Buenger (niece); Greg Buenger (brother-in-law) and wife Anneta.  We would like to express our sincere thanks to Pastor Evan and all the area church families and community for their many visits, prayers, phone calls, cards, food, and other acts of kindness that were shown. We also thank Dr. Bosse, Dr. Wolff, and their staffs, and Sharon Graham and the Acura Hospice team for their care and kindness toward Cheryl.  Visitation will be Thursday, October 20th with family present from 5-7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Friday, October 21st at 10 am at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Wehdem with Pastor Evan Cameron officiating.  Interment will follow at the church cemetery.  It was Cheryl’s wish that memorials be directed to St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

J.C Pohl

J.C Pohl, 84, passed away peacefully at CHI St. Joseph in Bryan, Texas, on October 16, 2022.  Funeral service for J.C Pohl will be Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, TX with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Interment to follow in the Carmine Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 from 7 a.m. to 8.pm. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, Texas.  JC is survived by his wife, Avalda Pohl, daughter, Debbie Eckert (Ronnie), son, Jody Pohl (Evelyn), daughter, Connie Peters (Michael), grandchildren: Andrew Eckert (Stacy), Josh Eckert (Lindsey), Brooke Eckert (fiancé Rick Klausmeyer), Joey Pohl (Nikki), Jared Pohl (Ashley), Kayla Peters, Jordan Peters, Mikey Gonzales, Megan Gonzales (fiancé-Dr. Alfredo Sardinas), Mason Gonzales, great-grandchildren: Allie Eckert, Peyton Franklin, Avery Franklin, Gracie Eckert, Kalli Pohl, Jaycie Pohl, Kylie Pohl, Aleah Pohl, Brooke Smith brother-in-law, Alvis Mueller nieces: Renee Mueller, Jill Finke (Rodney).  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Patrick Henry Stelter

Patrick Henry Stelter passed away in Brenham, TX on October 9th, 2022, at the age of 76.  He is survived by his daughter Staci and her husband George Edwards Jr. and their children George III and Christian, his son Brandon and his wife Christi and son Brayden, and stepson Jeff Juergens and his wife Nicolle and their children Keegan and Emma.  A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2022 at Abiding Word Lutheran Church.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Don Kerry (Brisket) Barnett

Don Kerry (Brisket) Barnett, age 65, left this earth Monday, October 3, 2022, to meet Jesus and his loving wife, Cookie.  He was born November 11, 1956, in Bryan, Texas to Donnie Barnett and Margie Lueck.  He was baptized at Northview Baptist Church in Bryan and later in life, was confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham. Don was a devout Catholic. He ushered every Sunday and along with Cookie, taught Religious Education class (CCD) for many years.  He served on the church council and earned 4th-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus of which he was very proud.  Don played football while in high school and graduated from Brenham in 1975. He then continued his education by taking courses at Blinn College.  Don began his career with Continental Carbon, now R.R. Donnelley, as a junior in high school.  Over the years he excelled to the position of production supervisor/quality control before retiring in 2020.   On April 12, 1990, he was married to the love of his life, Cookie, by Msgr. Ralph Brennan.  In his spare time, Don enjoyed many outdoor activities including dove hunting, playing golf, and fishing where he became a member of the Bass Club and participated in many tournaments. Don was known as the “Big Bass Man” at the marina at Somerville Lake.   He enjoyed golf so much that he had his own private green to play on along with his children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.  Don loved to watch the deer at his feeder nightly on his game camera.  He really loved cooking and grilling for his family and friends, especially barbeque brisket; thus his nickname “Brisket”. Bacon-wrapped dove was a top favorite along with homemade jerky he sent to his grandchildren. Most of all, Don loved his kids all the way down to the “greats”.  He never missed a chance to tell a joke and he could deliver a punch-line like no one else.  After Don retired, he enjoyed spending time with Cookie just talking and going on long rides through the country lovingly called “Going on a Honeymoon”.  They would pray the rosary together and he would sing “I Love You Lord” to her every night.  Don was preceded in death by Cookie, his soul-mate of 44 years, his son Dennis Maynard, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alvin and Dolores Baranowski.  He is survived by his mother, Margie Lueck and husband, Lonnie, his father Donnie Bar Barnett, sister, Laurinda Kwiatkowski and husband, Robert, sister Deanna Barnett, and brothers Warren (Rachel) and Jordan (Becky) Barnett.  Also surviving are daughters Shannon Barnett  and fiance, Felipe,  Sheri Rich and husband Billy, and Karen Winkler and husband Robert. Grandchildren and their spouses, Heather Huff (Kyle), Ashton Randermann (Andy), Zach Brittain (Tiffany), Christopher Gene Maynard, Shalynn Maynard, Dennis “Bubba” Maynard, Monica Maynard, Christopher Allen Maynard (Mignon), Tiffanie Muske (Devin), Bradley Rich; great-grandchildren, John Fritz, Kinsleigh Fritz, Kenlie Muske, Avery Feist, Claire Huff, Haydon Huff, Jase Randermann, Jenna Randermann, Hayden Brittain, Arya Brittain, McKenna Maynard, Camdyn Cockroft, Tatum Cockroft, Ramsey Cockroft, Nicholas Maynard, Ezekiel Maynard, and Justice Maynard.  Nieces and nephews, Justin Faithauer, Sam and Lee Kwiatkowski, Anna Blomstedt (Alex), Josh Bryan, Cameron, Zayne, and Levi Barnett, Taylor and Mason Barnett, Andrea (Justin) Gonzalez, great-nephew, Graham Gonzalez, and great-niece Stevie Jane Blomstedt.  Visitation will be Thursday, October 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel with rosary following.  A funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 7, at 1:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham.  Pallbearers will be Justin Faithauer, Sam and Lee Kwiatkowski, Zachary Brittain, Bradley Rich, Chris Maynard, Devin Muske, and Robert Winkler.  Honorary pallbearers are members of Bass Club, his golfing and Knights of Columbus buddies, and employees of R.R. Donnelley.  Memorials may be given to the St. Mary’s playground fund or the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

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