Obituaries


Starla Lema Babin

Starla Lema Babin, 56, of a Brenham, Texas, passed away on 08 July 2022. She was born to parents William Lee Horton and Shirley Mae Brazeal Horton, on 06 May 1966 in Hobbs, New Mexico.  Starla worked as a supervisor for 2 years at Precision Polymer Engineering.  She enjoyed crafting, gardening, tending to her chickens but most importantly, spending time with her family. Starla will be remembered for her infectious laugh and her ability to love deeply. She was most proud of her 8 grandchildren.  Starla will be deeply missed by her children: Aaron Babin, Brandy Vyskocil, Josh Babin, and Justen Babin.  Starla is survived by her partner, Trevor Riley, son, Aaron Babin, daughter and husband Brandy & David Vyskocil, son and wife Josh & Kachina Babin, son and wife, Justen & Kristie Babin, Grandchildren: Mya, Abella, Harper, Zoey, Averie, Logan, Eden, & Atlas, mother, Shirley Brazeal Horton, brother and wife Roy and Patti Horton, sister in law, Shannon Horton, Nieces and Nephews: Ryan, Chris, Heather (Goddaughter), Aiden, & Tinley. and her partners children & grandchildren Kiana, Emma, Layla, & Bella; Jonathan, & Gianna.  She is preceded in death by father, William Horton, and brother, Steven Horton.  A celebration of life will be held on 18 September 2022 from 1:00-5:00 pm, at the All Sports building at Hohlt Park in Brenham, TX.

Gary L. Keeton

Our beloved Gary L. Keeton left this world on August 5, 2022. He passed away peacefully at his home Edger Alley in Independence, Texas. His wife Sherry was by his side.  Gary was born on January 27, 1956 and was a graduate of Brenham High School.  He was a special and beautiful soul. A man of many talents. He was a gifted musician and singer, a certified mechanic, a great athlete and could build anything with his hands. Gary left his beautiful gifts all over Brenham and surrounding counties with the projects he completed for friends and clients. He left his music and melodies all across Texas as well.  Gary loved his family so much. He adored his grandsons and enjoyed being a grandfather and playing with them for hours. He was fun loving and competitive with his son and sister and brothers. He was always ready to win a game of golf or wahoo at all cost!! He was a true and loyal friend.  One of Gary’s greatest treasures was his wife Sherry. He couldn’t do enough for her. Their love for each other was deep and special. Together, side by side they were actively preserving Edger Alley, once the home of Texas’ first lady, Mrs. Sam Houston. He worked proudly and tirelessly on the property to preserve it for future generations. He greatly enjoyed antiquing and finding treasures on road trips for their home.  His gentle smile and loving nature will be missed by all and the love he gave us will last forever.  Gary was preceded in death by his parents Louise Christine Harmes and Joe Bailey Keeton and brother Billy Keeton. All of Brenham, TX.  He is survived by his wife, Sherry Hodges Keeton of Independence, TX.  His son Gary Keeton,Jr, daughter-in-law, Liz Keeton and two grandsons, Carter and Cole Keeton of Sealy TX.  His sister Margaret Mallard of Brenham , TX.  Brother Tommy Keeton and sister-in-law, Susan Keeton of Dickinson, TX.  Brother, Doy Keeton and sister-in-law, Linda Keeton of Brenham, TX.  Sister-in-law, Linda Keeton of Marble Falls, TX.  Brothers-in-law, Jerry Hodges of Doyle, Tennessee and Mike Hodges and wife Teresa Hodges of Cookeville, Tennessee.  Numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be Friday, August 12th from 8 am until 7 pm, with family present from 5 to 7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 13th at 3 pm at the Historic Independence Baptist Church, 10405 FM 50, Independence, TX.  Pastor Dylan Price officiating.  Flowers may be sent to Brenham Memorial Chapel or memorials may be sent to Historic Independence Baptist Church.  Burial and graveside service will be at the Hodges Cemetery near Sparta, Tennessee.  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.

Keith Wayne "KeyWayne" Christensen

Keith Wayne "KeyWayne" Christensen, age 59 of Brenham, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022.  KeyWayne was born February 11, 1963 in El Campo and was the sixth of six boys to parents Clayton and Tommie (Milton) Christensen. He attended El Campo schools and was a 1981 graduate of El Campo High School and attended Wharton County Junior College.  After attending junior college, KeyWayne began his journey into making a living and trying different occupations. In the 1980's, he began working at installing cable in apartments and buildings across the Southeastern United States. He then decided to get back to Texas and worked in the oilfield tool business in Central and South Texas. Always seeking adventure, he then became involved in installing solar panels on homes and businesses in Central Texas. KeyWayne then discovered a liking for landscaping and excelled in partnering with a friend in the Austin. After moving to Brenham, he worked in the meat market and as a salesman in the furniture business. He then partnered with his close friend and opened a nursery-garden and yard ornament business which he really enjoyed. From taking care of the plants to visiting with the customers, KeyWayne was in his element.  From an early age everyone that came in contact with KeyWayne found out quickly that he was a very kind and funny person. He was quick witted and loved telling stories and making people smile and laugh. He had the ability to walk in a room of strangers and in a matter of minutes he knew everyone and he had them smiling. He truly loved people.  KeyWayne is survived by his five brothers and their families: David (Janet) Christensen, Alan (Patty) Christensen, Dennis Christensen, Wallace (Kelly) Christensen and William "Boo" (Gari Beth) Christensen; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Michel) Bastien, Brian Christensen, Seth Christensen, Breck (Tyler) Socha  and Brett Christensen; along with several great nieces and nephews.  KeyWayne is preceded in death by his parents and nephew Hunter Christensen.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday August 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel with a private family graveside to follow at the McDade Cemetery in McDade, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in KeyWayne's name to Straight Way Ministries 2014 Lear Lane Austin, TX 78745 or to NAMI P.O. Box 10895 College Station, TX 77842.  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.

John Locke

John Locke found his way to his real home into the loving embrace of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on August 5, 2022.  He rested peacefully in knowing he was soon to be reunited with many friends and family who finished their race ahead of him. He was especially eager to meet up with his granddaughter, Sloan Olivia Schubert, who he has missed for nine years.  He held dearly to his countless fond memories of those he had known, befriended and worked with throughout his life and he especially valued all the wisdom he had gleaned from each and every one.  John was a good man in every way that matters.  He deeply loved, fiercely protected and faithfully supported his wife, Terri, of 39 years.  John’s faith was contagious, his laughter easy and his cheerful countenance a gift to many.  Left behind for now missing him terribly and trying to continue his goodness are his daughters and sons Jessica and Chad Walters, Jamie and Brady Schubert and Julie and Justin Krebs and grandchildren Ryan Walters (special friend Holly), Grace Walters, Ayla and Briggs Schubert and Kaebry and Cooper Krebs, and wife Terri.  Visitation will be from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10am on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Brenham Memorial Chapel with the interment to follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers are Dirk Weatherly, Mike Burnham, Chad Walters, Brady Schubert, Justin Krebs and Ryan Walters.  Honorary pallbearers are Travis Sallach, Jason Noska and the employees of Emerson PIC Brenham.  Special Thanks to our children, Special Dear Friend Becky Sallach, Hospice Brazos Valley, Texas Home Health, Dr. Erin Fleener and staff, Dr. Trevor Tumlinson, Neil Krebs and Moeller Electric.  Memorials can be directed to St. Jude Children 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.

Stewart Munroe

Stewart Munroe passed away in Austin on Monday, August 1, 2022.  Graveside services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham with Pastor Mark Groves officiating.  Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Stewart grew to find his life’s calling as a devoted husband and a teacher of History.  Meeting his wife Nancy as a young adult, they soon began a loving marriage which spanned 56 years.  His affection for history led him to earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History. After graduation, he shared his love for history as teacher in Austin. He had a particular joy for engaging his students on American and Texas history. Retiring after more three decades of teaching, Stewart continued to help those around him by volunteering for Recordings for the Blind and as the precinct chairman in West Austin for over 10 years.  He had a natural talent for predicting the weather, “Munroe’s Fearless Forecast” was on average more accurate than the professionals. In his later years, Stewart often could be found reading about American History and playing dominoes with friends.  Stewart was preceded in death by his parents Herschel and Naomi (Stewart) Munroe, his wife Nancy (Chadwick) Munroe and nephew Jeff.  He is survived by his daughter Molly, son-in-law Jake, nieces Cathy, Eileen, and Karen, and his devoted dog Daisy.  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.

Robert Waldo Jeske

Robert Waldo Jeske, 78, of Brenham passed away on August 1, 2022. Visitation for Robert will be on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. with family present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 5, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Pastor Glenn Hohlt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Robert was born on November 21, 1943 to parents, Glenn L. and Gladyola (Linnstaedter) Jeske. He was Baptized on December 26, 1943 and confirmed on May 25, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. On September 18, 1971 he married Judy Gaskamp at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville.  He graduated Brenham High School in 1963, and in 1964 he achieved the highest degree in the National FFA Organization, The American Farmer Degree.  He worked For Washington County Road and Bridge as a Motor Grader Operator. He served on the Zion Lutheran Church Council and the Building and Grounds Committee.  He was an avid farmer and rancher.  He loved to Bar-B-Q, hunt, fish and go camping.  He enjoyed bingo, dominoes and putting together puzzles with friends at Argent Court Assisted Living.  He is survived by his wife, Judy; brother, Glenn Wayne Jeske; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rickey and Carol Gaskamp, Mark and Cindy Gaskamp, David Reue and Sandy Gaskamp.  Nieces and nephews, Stacy Stefka, Mike and Tammy Stevenson, Shawn and Christy Faust, Josh and Brook Gaskamp, Heather Gaskamp, J.T. and Chelsea Gaskamp, Shannon and Holly Woodruff, Hannah Gaskamp, Matthew Gaskamp, Rodger and Becky Moore, Wayne and Michelle Jeske. Also mourning his loss are many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors who knew him fondly by “Big Bob”.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Ginger Reue; brother-in-law Dennis Gaskamp; and aunt and uncle, John and Mildred Spreen.  Pallbearers are Shawn Faust, Josh Gaskamp, J.T. Gaskamp, Matthew Gaskamp, Wayne Jeske, Rodney Kelm, Gary Schulze and Mike Stevenson.  Memorials in Robert’s name can be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 FM 2679, Brenham, TX 77833.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833.

Curt Campbell

Curt Campbell was - in the words of Joe Walsh - just an ordinary average guy. But to those who encountered him, Curt was nothing close to ordinary. Everything he did, he did with precision. Christmas lights - the exact same distance apart. His yard - his work of art.  Curt passed away in his home on Monday, August 1, 2022. Curt - the youngest of four children - was born in Hagerstown, Maryland to William and Margaret Campbell on September 12, 1955. He graduated from Grapevine High School in 1974, worked during the day, and went to night school at the University of Texas at Arlington; then moved on to Stephen F. Austin State University where he received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in physical education and English. Curt began his career as a coach and teacher in Douglass, Texas in the fall of 1979. He then moved on to Mexia where he coached and taught for three years. After a brief career in financial consulting, Curt realized his calling was in education. He returned to coaching and teaching in Lockhart, where his girls’ basketball program was very successful and generated a number of collegiate players. After seven years in Lockhart, Coach Ron Mills convinced Curt to move his family to Brenham where he coached girls’ basketball and taught English until he became the lead counselor for Brenham High School in 1998. Curt finished his thirty-seven-year career in education as the lead counselor at Montgomery High School. During the last seven years of his life, Curt worked at Saddlehorn Winery doing a variety of things he truly loved including making wine, bottling wine, and selling wine; but mostly, Curt loved working with his friends Steve and Juan.  Curt is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Tracy Macmanus Campbell; his two loving daughters and their husbands, Marie & Travis Meier and Christine & Andrew Cmajdalka;  and his three beautiful granddaughters, Rose Meier, Harper and Hadley Cmajdalka. His mother, Margaret Kohoutek, his sister, Wendy Campbell, his brothers, Wayne Campbell and Bruce Campbell. His brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William Campbell, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Caroline Macmanus.  A special thank you to the caregivers of Hospice Brazos Valley: Haley & Courtney.  A visitation with the family will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas, on Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 pm. A celebration of Curt’s life will be held at the Saddlehorn Winery Event Room on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 4:30 pm.  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. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Marilyn June Dierking

Marilyn June “Price” Dierking, 80, peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side on July 26, 2022. Marilyn was born on June 12, 1942 in Brenham, Texas to Roy and Edna Price.  Family members left to cherish her memory are sons and daughter in laws; Todd and Janie Dierking, Trent and Erin Dierking and her daughter Tawn Dierking; grandchildren Ty, Talyn and special friend Nathan Lucas and Grace Dierking; sister in law Dorothy Dierking, sister in law and brother in law Erline and Tom Ferguson, brother in law Rodney Roeske and many nieces and nephews.  A visitation for Marilyn will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 from 8am to 7pm with family present from 5pm-7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. Funeral Service for Marilyn will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 2pm at Welcome Lutheran Church located at 13636 FM 109 Brenham, Texas with the burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Memorials may be donated to Welcome Lutheran Church, Bleiblerville Fire Department or charity of your choice.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Gus H. Giese, Jr.

Gus H. Giese, Jr., 89, passed away on July 23, 2022 at Memorial Hermann in Cypress, Texas.  Gus Henry Giese, Jr. was born in the Wonder Hill Community, Washington County, Texas on September 6, 1932 to parents Annie Vollert and Gustav A. Giese. He attended Wonder Hill schools and Blinn College and served in The U.S. Army. He was a member and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg. On May 4, 1957 he married Shirley J. Williams at First Baptist Church Brenham. Gus worked for Lange Distributing for 35 years and also Brenham Wholesale for 18 years. He loved watching or listening to all of the Texas Aggie and Brenham Cub sports!  Gus will be missed by his wife of 65 years, Shirley, son and daughter in law Jody and Jill Giese of Bryan, son Keith Giese of Dallas, grandchildren; Gatlin Giese, Sydney Leinen and Carson Giese, great-grandchildren; Hollis and Lane Leinen. He is also survived by sisters Anita Stroech of Bryan and Lillian Mantey of Victoria,  brothers and sisters in law Rodney and Pat Williams and Gary and Janet Williams along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Services for Gus will remain private. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Leroy Henry Loesch

Leroy Henry Loesch, 92, of Brenham, TX passed away at home on July 22, 2022. Leroy was born on September 10, 1929 in Brenham to Theodor W. and Seda Emshoff Loesch. He was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem. On July 15, 1950 Leroy married Ruth Elaine Moench at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville. Leroy and Ruth were married almost 72 years before her passing on July 13, 2022.  Leroy was currently a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Brenham. His faith was a very important part of his life.  Leroy was an Army veteran having served in Korea. He was a tireless supporter of veteran organizations.  Leroy delighted in his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ruth; and his brother, Melvin Loesch.  Leroy is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Myrna Loesch of Round Rock, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Wayne Winkelmann of Brenham, TX. Grandchildren, Lauren and Michael Glasscock, Amy and Jason Supak, Megan and Nate Whalen and Eric Winkelmann; great-grandchildren, Marley Glasscock, Tyson and Lily Supak, Kynleigh Kidd and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  The family would like to thank his caregivers - Linda, Erma, Gertrude, Helen, Bridgette, Tonya, and Cookie and Hospice Brazos Valley- Truby, Courtney, Jeni, Haley, and Brenda for their kindness, respect and compassion shown over the past year.  Visitation will be held from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with family present from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brenham on July 26, 2022, at 10:30 A.M.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Wayne Bosse

Wayne Bosse, 79 of Washington, passed away Thursday, July 14th at CHI St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday, July 18th at Nobles Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 19th at Friedens Church of Washington, U.C.C. in Washington, Texas with interment following in the church cemetery. Rev. Glen Schoenberg and Rev. Eric Dehmer will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.  Wayne was born in Navasota, Texas on November 6, 1942 to parents Ben and Minetta (Borgstedte) Bosse. The eldest of three boys, he grew up working on the family’s dairy farm, playing baseball and hunting in his spare time. He learned quickly from his parents the value of family, generosity, and hard work. Wayne attended Washington Elementary through the 8th grade, then transferred to Navasota High School. He was an all around athlete at Navasota High, lettering in track, baseball, basketball and football. Wayne went on to attend Blinn College, where he played baseball. He finished his college education at Sam Houston State with a bachelor’s degree in Business.  Wayne married JoAnn Stegemoller on August 14, 1964 at Friedens U.C.C. in Washington. He was called to service by the US Army in 1966 and proudly served our country for two years. While living in Bryan, their two daughters, Sally and Susan were born. Wayne retired from the Texas Department of Transportation after working 30 years in the engineering department. Having moved back to the family homestead, he spent his retirement focusing on ranching. He served for 20 years as the director on the Washington Soil and Water Conservation Committee. Church was very important to Wayne. He was a life-long, faithful member of Friedens U.C.C. and served on the church council and cemetery committee. He was always happy to volunteer whenever needed.  Some of his best memories included spending time with friends and grandson, Travis at deer leases, fishing, golfing, softball, bowling, and keeping up with all sports. He was an avid Astros baseball fan. He also enjoyed traveling to many states to watch his granddaughter Sara play golf for Mary Hardin Baylor. Fishing with grandson Cody and traveling to San Antonio to watch granddaughter Hailey play soccer were equally important to him. He enjoyed card playing, whether it was with his poker party friends or occasional trips to the casino with JoAnn.  He was a kind hearted person who always put others needs in front of his own. He was loved and adored by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was well respected and liked throughout the community by many family and friends.  Wayne is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn Bosse; daughters Sally Stroech (Rod Fearon) and Susan Gendolfe (Mike); grandchildren Travis Eckert (Lindsey), Sara Williams (Daryl), and Cody and Hailey Gendolfe; great-grandchildren Wayne and Molly Eckert and Brynlee and Cade Williams; sisters-in-law Betsy Bosse, Joyce Broussard (Bill) and Jan Anastasiades (Jon) and brothers-in-law Darryl (Anita) and Ron Stegemoller and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Pallbearers will be Jacob Anastasiades, Eddie Bosse, Kevin Bosse, Edward Broussard, Greg Browning, Charles Leiber, Zach Murski, and Tracy Wellman. Serving as honorary bearers are Clinton Bosse, Gene Bosse, Wallace Bosse, Ted Borgstedte, Douglas Buck, Ralph Holle, Edward Kolkhorst, James Schroeder and Terrance Warmke.  Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Neal and Ben Allen.  You are encouraged to leave kind words and fond memories at www.noblesfuneral.com

Marvin Elroy Marburger

Our beloved Marvin Elroy Marburger, 82, of Brenham, TX passed away on July 15, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Marvin is survived by his wife, Joyce Marburger; sons and daughters-in law, Mark and Shanan Marburger and Gary and Rocksann Marburger. Daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Jerry Kunkel.  Grandchildren, Clinton Marburger, Mason and Katlyn Marburger, Grayson and Katie Marburger and Cody Kunkel; great-grandchildren, Elodie, Winna, Merritt, Vyla and Heidi Marburger.  Sister, Laverne Blum, sister-in-law, Shirley Ganske along with numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.  Visitation will be from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 19, 2022 with family present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Pastor Glenn Hohlt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833.

Ruth Elaine Loesch

Ruth Elaine Loesch, 90, of Brenham, TX passed away peacefully at home on July 13, 2022.  Ruth was born on January 1, 1931 in Brenham to William and Emilie Moench.  She was baptized on April 19, 1931, confirmed on October 17, 1943 and on July 15, 1950 she married Leroy Loesch all at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville.  Ruth was currently a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham.  Her faith was a very important part of her life.  Ruth was a homemaker and a great cook and baker.  She made the best meringue pies, homemade noodles and dill pickles around.  She loved to play straight domino.  She was a tireless supporter of veteran organizations.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ed and Bill Moench; sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Louis Struckmeyer and Alice and Reuben Roehling.  Ruth is survived by her husband, Leroy Loesch; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Myrna Loesch of Round Rock, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Wayne Winkelmann of Brenham, TX. Grandchildren, Lauren and Michael Glasscock, Amy and Jason Supak, Megan and Nate Whalen and Eric Winkelmann; great-grandchildren, Marley Glasscock, Tyson and Lily Supak, Kynleigh Kidd and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  The family would like to thank her caregivers – Linda, Erma, Gertrude, Helen, Bridgette and Cookie and  Hospice Brazos Valley – Truby, Courtney, Jeni and Brenda for their kindness, respect and compassion shown over the past year.  Visitation will be held from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX .

Lewis Edward "Eddie" Van Dyke

Lewis Edward "Eddie" Van Dyke [August 27, 1939 - July 12, 2022]  L.E. "Eddie" Van Dyke, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and devoted friend, was called from his earthly home of 82 years to be with his heavenly Father on July 12, 2022.  Eddie is survived in life by loving family: his beloved wife Sally Stuckert Van Dyke; his daughter and son and their spouses, Heather and Arlen Thielemann and Jarvis and Christy Van Dyke; his grandchildren Dillon Thielemann, Addie Thielemann, Shea Thielemann Carter [Daniel], Jackson Van Dyke, and Ellie Van Dyke; his brother Joe Van Dyke; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Stephen and Cathy Stuckert; his great aunt Ina Bess Whitaker; his aunt Bobbie Hicks, his nieces and nephew, James Van Dyke [Elisa] and Cindy Van Dyke Flores [Augie], Gretchen Stuckert Noble [Ash], Johanna Stuckert Henry [Justin]; and great nieces and nephews Shelby Flores, Lauren Van Dyke Batey, Kyle Van Dyke, Lincoln Noble, Charlotte Noble, Annabelle Henry, and Margot Henry  Eddie's life, his exuberant spirit, and his love of God, family, friends, and community will be celebrated on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 11am in the former First Baptist Church sanctuary, located at 304 NORTH Market St., across from the Post Office in Brenham, with Pastors Dr. Ross Shelton and Troy Sikes officiating.  A Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas, on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 5:00-7:00pm with family being present.  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

John Luschen Ulrich

John Luschen Ulrich, 90, of Brenham, passed away on July 12, 2022. John was born on October 12, 1931 in Yukon, Oklahoma to John W. and Dorothy Ida (Luschen) Ulrich.  He was baptized on July 24, 1944 and on May 17, 1952 he married Mary Lou Gasper.  John was in the Airforce during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a Measurement Technician for Trunkline Gas Company.  John was welcoming to everyone he met and his family was very important to him.  He loved gardening, fishing, woodworking and was an avid reader. He liked to partake of the spirits. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Ulrich; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Gwen Ulrich of Cypress, TX; Daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and David Teller of Pflugerville, TX, Wendy and Brian Potter of Bastrop, TX.  Brother-in-law, Raymond Walker of Brenham and sister-in-law, Carolyn Gasper of Kerrville, TX.  Sisters, Dorothy Fitt of Bloomington, TX, Colleen Shuck of Cypress, TX and Rosemary Treichel of Caynon, TX; grandchildren, Jenny Williams and husband Kris, Amanda Kubeczka and husband Kyle, Matthew Ulrich, Kerri Houck and husband Brad, Michael Teller and wife Rachael, Laura Crabtree and husband Jonathan, and David Teller; great-grandchildren Kesler, Ruthie, Stori, Milo, Dottie Mae, Noble, and Graham Williams, Oliver Kubeczka, Benjamin and Evelyn Crabtree.  He is preceded in death by parents, John W. and Dorothy Ulrich; brothers-in-law, Johny Ray Fitt, Charles Shuck, and numerous brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law from the Gasper side of the family.  Serving as pallbearers will be Kris Williams, Kyle Kubeczka, Matthew Ulrich, Brad Houck, Michael Teller, David Teller, and Jonathan Crabtree.  A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill with Pastor Norman Sulaica officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill.  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.

Charlie “Charlie Boy” Martin Sommer

Heaven welcomed home our beloved Charlie “Charlie Boy” Martin Sommer, 86, of Brenham, TX on July 9, 2022. Charlie was born to Gilbert and Rosa Lee (Randermann) Sommer on March 5, 1936 in Washington County. He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church. Charlie is survived by his wife, Nancy Sommer.  Children and their spouses, Sylvia and Blake Woodall and Don and Cindy Sommer. Grandchildren, Dayne and Erica Sommer, Katie Sommer and Hailey Holcomb; great grandchild, Aston Hampton.  His sisters include Earline Moody, Peggy Tiemann and Debbie and Ralph Tiemann.  Charlie also enjoyed the love of nephews, Terry and Sue Moench, Randy and Jana Tiemann, Dale and Sonda Tiemann, Wade and Julie Tiemann, Brian and Natalie Tiemann, Michael and Heather Tiemann and numerous other great, great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews.  Visitation for Charlie will be 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 14, 2022, with family present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, July 15, 2022 at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem. With Pastor Evan Cameron officiating.  Burial will follow the service at the church cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833.

Elois Rosa Lee Neinast Glover

Elois Rosa Lee Neinast Glover, age 97, was born in the community of Long Point in Burton, Tx on July 5, 1925 and died on July 5, 2022 in Brenham, TX.  She grew up on the family farm, was confirmed at St Paul’s Lutheran Church of Rehburg, and graduated from Somerville High School in 1943.  After completing high school, Elois moved to Houston and resided at Mrs. Holden’s Rooming House while attending Durham Business School. After completing business school, she accepted a position at Manchester Terminal as a secretary. During this time, she came to know a young soldier, James R. Glover from Spring Hope, NC. Much of their courtship occurred through correspondence during WWII, they married in July, 1945 and Elois joined him in Durham, NC in November. While in Norfolk they welcomed their son James E. into the world.  The family moved to Navasota in 1954 where Elois worked for the Chamber of Commerce for 15 years., The Resident Engineers Office of the Highway Department for 3 years and the First National Bank (later Wells Fargo Bank) for 29 years. On the weekends she could often be found working in the office of the Navasota Cattle Auction.  She retired in March, 2003 and returned to the family farm shortly thereafter.  Elois is preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents, Edwin and Lorna (Wilkening) Neinast; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Ruth Neinast; sister and brother-in-law, LaVerda and Claude Ebel; and sister, Carolyn Neinast.  Elois is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Peggy Glover of League City, TX; grandson and wife, Michael and Irma Glover of Houston, Tx; granddaughter and husband, Melissa and Josh Tanksley of League City, TX. Her great-grandchildren include Madelyn Glover, Peyton Tanksley and Ethan Tanksley.  Visitation for Elois will be will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 8, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with the family present from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Rehburg with Pastor Alvin Luedke officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX77833.

Alton Jacob Seilheimer

Alton Jacob Seilheimer, 85 of Brenham and the husband of Erna Seilheimer, passed away on June 30, 2022.  Alton was born July 19, 1936 in the Gay Hill Community of Washington County to Alvin and Elsie (Gaskamp) Seilheimer. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville, baptized on August 16, 1936 and later confirmed on April 2, 1950. Alton attended the Charlesville School in the Gay Hill Community. On October 20, 1956, Alton married Erna Rebbe at Zion Lutheran Church.  Alton "Nookie" Seilheimer lived a full and happy life. He loved his Lord first and then he loved his family. He always kept up with everyone's activities - whether it was Little League games, school activities or their latest deer hunt.  He was a true teacher to his family. He taught his boys how to paint, garden, hunt and fish. He loved to see their latest catch or buck!  He was a painter by trade for his whole working life. All of his sons have worked with him or for him at some point in their lives.  Watching or listening to baseball was one of his favorite things - especially if the Brenham Cubs or the Astros were playing. Raising cattle also brought him so much joy. He loved to sit in the truck for hours and just watch the cows.  Alton was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Elsie Seilheimer; infant sister; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gus and Martha Rebbe; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Elvera and Marvin Kelm, Dorothy and Wilfred Gaskamp, Willie Schneider, Lois and Glenwood Hugo.  Alton will be missed by: his wife of 65 years Erna Seilheimer; sons and daughter in-laws Nelson and Barbara, Ricky and Marina, Roger and Gail; grandchildren Adam and Leigh Seilheimer, Alison Seilheimer, Sean and Katy Seilheimer, Mauri and Richard Dornier, Kaci and Matt Bonine, and Kody Seilheimer; great grandchildren Adalynn, Emileigh, Jacob and William Seilheimer; Brooks, Aven and Beckett Bonine; and expected in September great granddaughter Rory Dornier; and his special dog Buddy.  He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Roy Haarmeyer, brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Doris Ann Seilheimer, sister-in-law MaryLee Schneider, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Visitation with family present will be Friday, July 1st from 5-7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 2nd at 10 am at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Rev. Glenn Hohlt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Adam Seilheimer, Sean Seilheimer, Kody Seilheimer, Matt Bonine, Mark Klausmeyer, Nathan Kelm, Darren Haarmeyer, Bart Seilheimer, Richard Dornier.  Honorary pallbearers will be all grandchildren and great grandchildren and special friends Fred and Shannon Lacey.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 FM 2679, Brenham, Texas 77833.  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.

Roger Dale Schoenst

Roger Dale Schoenst went to be with the Lord and those faithfully departed loved ones early on June 26, 2022.  He was born on February 19, 1953, to Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella Ida (Neumann) Schoenst at The Farm near Carmine. He grew up loving the cowboy way of life. He broke horses and continued to halter break colts until the last two months of his life. Roger never met a stranger. Anywhere he went he could strike up a conversation. He loved his family, horses, cowboy things, and talking to people. Roger also enjoyed hunting as a young boy, shooting guns, drawing, leather work, and creating things with a wood-burning pen.  He met the love of his life, and this changed his life for the better. He married Kathy Diane Mantey on November 12, 1983, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas. Soon came Heather, Mandy, and Chance. They had adventurous years raising their family and spent much of their time riding at home or in cutting arenas, round pens, working pens, show arenas and sale barns. He would do just about anything for his family and loved ones.  Roger had several different medical issues he had to battle throughout his life and was able to come out on the other side. The most notable these being the liver transplant he received in 2006. He and his family are forever grateful and appreciative of how the community supported him. Transplant doctors estimated a 6-year life expectancy, which turned into 16. The greatest blessing of his life was being able to meet his four grandchildren, all of whom he absolutely adored!  He is survived by his wife Kathy of 38 years, daughter Heather and husband Kyle Kaspar, daughter Mandy and husband Colton Guelker, son Chance Schoenst, grandchildren: Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, brother Melvin Schoenst, sister-in-law Jeanette Schoenst, cousin Wilton and wife Pam Schoenst and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella (Neumann) Schoenst, brother Fritz Schoenst Jr., in-law parents Arthur and Bernice (Buerger) Mantey, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Serving as pallbearers will be son Chance Schoenst, sons-in-law Kyle Kaspar and Colton Guelker, friends: Willie McKenzie, Nick Robinson, and Nathan Dannar. Honorary Pallbearers will be brother, Melvin Schoenst, daughters Heather Kaspar and Mandy Guelker, grandchildren, Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, nieces and nephews, Sue Schoenst and Kim Sternadel and Staci and Nick Brailas, LaCinda Kasparek and Wynona Posas.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2022, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC) in Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow at Carmine Cemetery. Refreshments will be provided by the Women of the ELCA at the MLLC Fellowship Hall following the gravesite service.  A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, Texas, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to:
Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P O Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362, 979-278-3388, https://mllccarmine.com/online-giving/
National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Cir, Ste 100, Memphis, TN 38125, (800) 489-3863
https://transplants.org/memorial-gift/
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833.

Helen Schwarze Rodenbeck

Helen Schwarze Rodenbeck, 90, passed away peacefully at home on June 22, 2022. Helen Rodenbeck was the widow of Alfred Rodenbeck and mother of Kim Shupak.  Visitation with the Rodenbeck family will be from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 25 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services for Helen Rodenbeck will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 26 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church with Dr. Craig Dohse officiating.  Both Helen and Alfred were employed for many years at Brentex Mills. After 32 years, Helen took a new position at Brenham State Supported Living Center where she worked until her retirement. Helen had a sweet and generous nature and she will be missed by all.  Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Ronnie Shupak; grandchildren Melissa Shupak and Luke and Victoria Shupak; great-grandchildren Kyndall Shupak, Wyatt Summers, Henry Shupak, and Sophie Shupak; brothers and sisters-in-law Leroy Schwarze and Lonnie and Joyce Schwarze; sisters Ruth Rodenbeck and Verlin Grimm; sisters-in-law Shirley Schwarze, Maxine Schwarze, and Vondale Schwarze. Also surviving are many dear nieces, nephews, and friends.  The family wishes to thank the entire care team from Hospice Brazos Valley for their care and compassion. We would like to especially recognize RN Chantel Torrez, who gave incredible care and support to the family. Thank you to caregivers Geneva Kallie, Vanessa Harris, and Donna Gaines.  If you’d like to make a contribution in Helen’s memory, the family suggests that donations be made to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund.  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.

Clinton Earl Blezinger

Clinton Earl Blezinger, 85, of Industry, passed away on June 18, 2022.  Clinton was born on August 2, 1936 in Industry, Texas to the parents Werner and Alma Blezinger.  He attended West End School and graduated from Bellville High School.  Clinton met Jo Ann Grebe at a dance in Welcome, Texas.  They were married at Welcome Lutheran Church on April 6, 1956 and were blessed with 64 years of marriage.  Clinton’s first job was helping to build Welcome Lutheran Church.  He also worked at Bluebell Creameries, Texas Highway Department, Clinton Blezinger Painting where he helped paint many houses in Industry, along with West End Elementary School, and in the early 70’s, opened Blezinger Corner Grocery & Service Station where he sold groceries, gas, feed and fertilizer. Later they changed the name to Blezinger’s Inc.  He sold feed to his customers up until March of this year.  Clinton was a member of the Texas National Guard, Columbus Community Hospital Board of Directors, Charter member of the Industry-West End Lions Club where he held many offices including President, District Governor of 2S5, Texas Lions Camp Director, Lions Eye Bank Director and Texas Lions Camp Century Club Member, Industry Citizen of the Year, Industry Volunteer Fire Department member, instrumental in establishing the West End Water Supply and Industry Sewer System,  Little League President and Coach, Welcome Lutheran Church Council, and Austin County Historical Committee President. He was proud of being a member of the 1953 State Championship 4-H Rifle Team.  You could find Clinton at the feed store, sharing his knowledge of agriculture and the history of the community.  He loved traveling all over Texas selling cattle supplement tubs and doing presentations. He enjoyed traveling while he was Lions Club District Governor.  His favorite place to visit was Australia, but he loved Texas the most.  He enjoyed hearing about all of the activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Clinton is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Mike and Linda, Greg and Brenda, Scott and Pat, grandchildren Cameron, Jill and Garner Blezinger, Wyatt Blezinger and fiance Lyndy Laurrell and Bailey Blezinger, Nicole and Matt Bettis, Ross Blezinger and  Sheila Spacek, and great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Kyndal Bettis.  Clinton is preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Grebe Blezinger, his parents, Werner and Alma Blezinger and sister, Joy Blezinger.  Memorials may be made to Welcome Lutheran Church, Texas Lions Camp or an organization of your choice.  A memorial service will be held at Welcome Lutheran Church, Saturday, June 25th, at 10:00 am with visitation immediately following.

Franklin Hermann Menn

Franklin Hermann Menn, age 92 of Brenham, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  Franklin was born September 16, 1929 to parents Adolph E. and Nita (Noak) Menn in the Winedale community of Fayette County. He was baptized March 16, 1930 and confirmed October 18, 1942 by Rev. Brunette at Winedale Lutheran Church. He attended Latium and Greenvine schools. On October 3, 1970 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Hodde Schilling at Salem Lutheran Church. He immediately became a loving father to Evelyn’s two daughters, Sharon and Gloria.  Franklin spent his early years working on the family farm in Greenvine. He then became employed at Lone Star Beer Distributors in Brenham while continuing to farm in the Salem community. After he retired from Lone Star, he enjoyed gardening, working with his cattle, and taking many car rides through the countryside. He also enjoyed spoiling the grandkids with Dairy Queen ice cream treats. Franklin and Evelyn enjoyed spending time with their friends at many dances.  He is survived by loving family: daughters and sons-in-law Sharon and Joe Martella, Gloria and Jim Arnold; grandchildren Jacob Martella, Joshua Martella, Jason and Kellye Arnold, Jeremy and Madison Arnold, Lauren Arnold, Austin Arnold, and Dalton Arnold; great-grandsons Jonah Arnold and Henry Ray Arnold (due in July); brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clarence and Diana Hodde; many nieces, nephews, and friends.  Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, wife Evelyn Menn, brother and sister-in-law Ernest and Frances Menn, and sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Lester Fuchs.  Visitation will be held Sunday, June 19 beginning at 8 am, with family present from 5-7 pm in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Monday, June 20 at 10 am at Salem Lutheran Church with Dr. Craig Dohse officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.  The family wishes to thank the staff at Kruse Village for their loving care over the past four years, the staff at Baylor Scott & White Hospital and Hospice Brazos Valley over the past two weeks.  Memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church or 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.

Audrey Louise Bender

Audrey Louise Bender, 86, of Brenham, TX passed away on June 13, 2022.  Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, June 18, 2022 with Pastor Ross Shelton officiating at Memorial Oaks Chapel with burial following at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wharton, TX.  She is survived by son, Rickie Bender and fiancée, Carol; and daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Don Campbell along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special friends Rosalie Johnson and Harold and Darlene Flora.  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.

 

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