Obituaries


Dr. Jimmy R. Haskins

Dr. Jimmy R Haskins retired Superintendent of Brenham State School passed away May 15, 2022. Jimmy Read Haskins was born on June 15, 1935 in Tehuacana, TX. to parents Acker and Edna Haskins. He grew up in Tehuacana and attended Mexia High School where he graduated in 1953. Haskins went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. in Sociology in 1957 and subsequently received a Masters of Education in Educational Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 1960. In 1971 while working full time at the Mexia State School, he received a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from Baylor University. In 1972, he moved to Brenham where he became the first Superintendent of the new Brenham State School.  Dr. Haskins had a long and successful career providing leadership in the development and delivery of quality services for persons with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. During his tenure as Director of Special Projects at Mexia State School (1962-72) he was instrumental in working with the Kennedy Foundation to provide the first Special Olympics in Texas. As Superintendent of the Brenham State School from 1972 to 1993, Dr. Haskins instilled high standards and lofty goals with BS receiving national recognition during those years. Brenham State School was the first state school in Texas to attain accreditation from a national group recognizing excellent service to people with intellectual disabilities.  Jimmy was a Life Member of both Baylor University and Sam Houston State University Alumni Associations. He was a member emeritus of American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities served on the Board of Volunteer Service at Brenham State School; was a Director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce; a trustee for the United Way and was honored by Senate Proclamation #621 in recognition of 37 years of service to the state of Texas.  Retirement allowed Jimmy time to play golf and dominoes with friends for many years. Jimmy is survived by his daughter Christi Kobelan (Thom) and grandsons Walker, Wyatt, Dodge and McCord Kobelan. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Haskins, son Walt Haskins and parents Ack and Edna Haskins.  Visitation will begin Friday, June 3rd at 8 am. Family will receive friends from 5-7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 4th at 2 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Boys and Girls Club of America or Brenham State School Volunteer Service Council.  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.

Verline (Mayer) Kunkel Schulte

Verline (Mayer) Kunkel Schulte, 92, of Carmine, died Sunday, May 22, 2022 in Brenham.  A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow at La Bahia Cemetery.  Verline is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Kunkel and wife Becky of Warrenton, TX, Randy Kunkel and wife Gayle of Brenham, TX, and Larry Kunkel of Carmine, TX; sisters and brother-in-law, Carolyn Schutte and husband Bill of New Ulm, TX, and Beatrice Krimm of Caldwell, TX; grandchildren, Ricky Kunkel, Michael Kunkel, Cindy Kunkel, Kaci Bradford and husband Charlie, Kolin Kunkel and wife Amy, and Sierra Kunkel; great-grandchildren, Andrew Kunkel, Tyler Kunkel, Kourtney, Klaire, and Kase Kunkel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  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.

Glenda Lucille Bradley

Glenda Lucille Bradley, 88, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, May 16, 2022. She was born in Lipan, Texas on September 9, 1933, to parents Thomas Baker and Lula Mae Bennett.  She is survived by daughter Debra Jo Keir and her husband Randy of Fredericksburg, Texas; daughter Lori Watford and her husband Gary of Brenham, Texas; son James Donald Bradley, Jr. of Deer Park, Texas; and her brother Ray Baker and his wife Wendy of Big Spring, Texas. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren, Michael Allen, Lori Gonzalez, Ryan Allen, Garret Allen, Amy Lambert, Kelly Cordero, Eric Bradley, Ron Watford, Sawyer Watford, and Dylana Watford, as well as ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, James Donald Bradley, her parents, her brother Preston Baker and her sister Jean Moore.  She was born on the family farm where she grew up assisting the family with various farm duties and learning the value of hard work. She met her husband Don on Friday, October 13, 1950, at her high school basketball game. She and Don were married six months later on Friday, April 13, 1951. In the early 1960's she enrolled in beautician school and later opened her own salon in their home in Deer Park, Texas. In the mid 1960's she began working as a bookkeeper at the First Pasadena State Bank in Pasadena, Texas and by the time she retired there in 1986, she had worked her way up to assistant vice-president. She and Don then moved to Colmesneil, Texas where they began enjoying a life of retirement together. They purchased a motorhome and made many long distance trips across the country, always including their grandkids when possible. In 2006, she and Don moved to Brenham, Texas to live closer to their daughter, Lori and her family. They loved living in Brenham and soon joined the membership of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville.  Glenda had many talents, and was best known for her baking and quilting. She always enjoyed baking for family, friends, and all church events. Her delicious biscuits and gravy were most requested by her family, and her banana pudding always disappeared from the table first. She loved quilting with her daughters, her sister and nieces. Her amazing hand stitching skills were highly valued by her fellow members of the Friendship Quilt Guild of Brenham. However her biggest accomplishment by far was supporting and raising a family. The lessons and values she passed along can never be surpassed. She will be tremendously missed by her family, friends, and other lives she has touched.  Visitation will be Friday, May 20 beginning at 8:00 a.m., with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville in Brenham, Texas with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers will be grandsons Michael Allen, Ryan Allen, Garrett Allen, Eric Bradley, Sawyer Watford, and grandson-in-laws Justin Cordero and Daniel Hobbs.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be offered to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville 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.

Gernell Jasinski

Gernell Jasinski, 78 of Brenham, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Wharton, Texas.  She was born in Independence, Texas on August 25, 1944 to Raymond and Alma (Niemeyer) Grimm. On August 25, 1962, she was married to Albin Jasinski at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville by Rev. Daniel Brown. Gernell worked 25 years at Brentex Mills and then at Sealy Mattress. She enjoyed family gatherings at the river camp house.  She is preceded in death by: parents, husband, sisters Rosa Lee Troy and Helen Konieczny, father-in-law and mother-in-law Steve, Jr. and Lillie Jasinski, brother-in-law Harold Wagner, sister-in-law Peggy Jasinski, niece Vickie Weiss. Surviving family includes: daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Ray Nienstedt; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Ida Jasinski; grandchildren, Bradley and Vanessa Nienstedt, Ryan and Katie Nienstedt, Cody and Kylie Nienstedt, Sabra Jasinski, Brianna Jasinski; great-grandchildren, Brooke Nienstedt, Kinslee Nienstedt,  Easton Nienstedt, Layla Nienstedt; siblings and spouses, Doris Wagner, James and Carolyn Grimm, Patsy and Wilbert Kalkhake, Carol Ray Krivacka, Judy and Donald Manty, Terry and Clinton Mantey, Debbie and Marvin Roehling; brothers-in-law, George Konieczny, Steve Jasinski, Jr., Billie Jasinski and wife Natalie; numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be Monday, May 9th from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., with family present from 5- 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 10th at 2 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Sabra and Brianna Jasinski; Bradley, Ryan and Cody Nienstedt; Timmy Mantey; Heath Kalkhake, Russell Roehling.  Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.  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 William (Bob) Grabarschick

Robert William (Bob) Grabarschick was born on February 25, 1951 to Willie and Myrtle (Landua) Grabarschick.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg in Burton TX.  Bob passed away on May 3, 2022 from an unexpected heart attack, at the age of 71.  Bob is survived by his loving wife Jan Scott and his numerous children and grandchildren.  He was a proud father to his children with Charlotte Grabarschick: Jennifer, Robert “Bubba” & his wife Molly (Sims), Laura & her boyfriend Brian Jackson and Will & his girlfriend Allye Schroeder.  He was a beloved step-father to Jan’s children Brad Lersner and Stephanie Gentry & her husband Kyle (gig ‘em).  Bob was the ultimate Papa to five (5) grandchildren: Taylor & Logan Grabarschick and Charlotte, Bishop & Meredith Gentry.  Bob was such a welcoming spirit; the number of people that claim him as a father figure is truly innumerable.  Bob attended Texas A&M University and he was the ultimate Texas Aggie (Class of ’73) obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and Master’s Degree in Architecture.  After graduation and throughout his life and career, he remained a loyal member of several Texas A&M University organizations.  Bob built an impressive career in general contracting, construction management, and hospitality renovation.  RWG Construction Management, Inc., was able to establish success simply based on word of mouth of satisfied clientele, whom he considered his friends.  Bob was extremely proud of his hometown of Brenham, Texas, and he was affectionately referred to as “Bobby” by “people from home.”  He was active in the local and state communities as a provider to several charities and held membership in four (4) local Chambers of Commerce including Vice President of the Christ Lutheran Day School board and the City of Brenham Historic Preservation board.  Bob was strong in his faith and active in his church community at Christ Lutheran Church.  Bob delighted in spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He loved to watch Logan play little league baseball and attending Taylor’s piano and band concerts.  He took Charlotte for long walks to see “the tiger” in the lake, patiently jigsaw puzzled with Bishop, and always made sure Meredith had a pink sprinkled donut for breakfast.  He adored sharing his love of Aggie sports with anyone he could.   Baseball was a passion of Bob’s, and he was one of the Houston Astros biggest fans, attending several World Series games.  However, nothing could beat a soak in the hot tub under a starry Brenham sky with a good cigar, a glass of scotch….and a long story!  Bob was a true pillar of the community with an enormous presence and a laugh you could hear for miles.  He was a bright light with a loving heart and a welcoming personality that made an impression on the lives of everyone he ever met.  His legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren, and all those who were lucky enough to know and love him.  AMERICA!!!     Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11 at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 7am-7pm with the family present from 5pm-7pm. The memorial service will be 11am Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 1104 Carlee Drive, Brenham. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held on Saturday, June 18 at the Barnhill Center at Simon Theater. Time and details to follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Lutheran Day School of Brenham or Washington County Little League.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham (979)836-4564. To sign the online register book, please visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com

Alvin G. Holtkamp

Alvin G. Holtkamp, 96, departed his earthly home to join his Father in Heaven on April 29, 2022.  Alvin, known as "Doc" since childhood, was born February 17, 1926, in White Hall, Texas, to Charles and Lena Finke Holtkamp.  He was baptized in Salem Lutheran Church in White Hall. In 1935, his family moved to the William Penn community and he was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  As a young boy, Doc attended the William Penn and Independence schools.  His family farmed during the depression years to make a living.  He often said that his family didn't have much, but they were always happy because they had food and a warm place to sleep.  On December 29, 1944, at age 18, Doc joined the Navy.  His navy training required him to leave his county for the first time.  He went to San Diego, California, followed by 7 weeks of training in Providence, Rhode Island.  On July 10, 1945, he departed by ship for the war in the Pacific theatre, preparing for the invasion of Japan.  After returning from the war, Doc began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in July, 1947.  He continued with the telephone company for 35 years, retiring in 1982.  He found pleasure in making friends through the many people he met while repairing telephones.  If you met Doc once, he would remember your name and he was your friend forever.  Doc married Allene Klatte on July 3, 1954, at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill.  They were blessed with two children, four grandchildren, and six great- grandchildren.  Since their marriage Doc and Allene have resided on the family farm near Independence where they farmed and raised cattle.  His hobbies included fishing, gardening, and reading.  He also enjoyed watching sports, playing cards, listening to music, and telling jokes.  Doc was a longtime member of the Prairie Hill Rocky Hill Fire Department, the VFW, and the American Legion.  For more than 67 years Doc was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church.  During this time he served in many positions including Sunday school teacher, church council, choir member and other committees.  Most important was the fact that he raised his children to know the Lord and remain strong in their faith.  He was blessed to see this legacy carried forth in his family.  Doc was affectionately known as "Popo" by his precious granddaughters and great- grandchildren, and nothing brought Doc greater joy than being surrounded by his family.  He treasured any holiday time or birthday celebration in which the family could be together, and these are the memories that will be cherished forever.  Doc learned early on the rewards and price of hard work.  He was a man who treated everyone he met with respect, kindness, and always a bit of humor.  His word was his honor and he lived his life filled with patience, strength, and dignity.  Doc truly was one of the few remaining from the Greatest Generation.  He is survived by his wife, Allene; children, Susan Appel and husband Gregg, Don Holtkamp and wife Regina; grandchildren, Candice and Steven Kemper, Caroline and Ryan Long, Stephanie and Chris Koehler, and Johanna and Blake Becker; great grandchildren, Kannon and Knowles Koehler, Jack and Paige Kemper, and Andrew and Hannah Long.  He is also survived by his sister Lena Mae Goessler, sister-in-law Edwina Stufflebeme, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Arnold and Laura Holtkamp, Willie and Grace Holtkamp, and Robert and Leona Holtkamp; brothers-in-law, Hilbert Goessler and Kenneth Stufflebeme; and niece and nephew, Albert and Geneva Ehlert.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 4, from 8 a.m. -7 p.m., with family present from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill with Pastor Lawrence Bade officiating.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers are Charles Holtkamp, Gary Goessler, Kevin Goessler, Karl Goessler, Barney Loesch, Dr. William Loesch, Mike Stufflebeme, and Herbert Klatte, Jr.  Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, 6605 Old Independence Road. Brenham, Texas 77833 or a favorite charity.  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.

Dr. Barry Linden

Dr. Barry Linden passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2022.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 30 at 1 pm at Brenham’s First Baptist Church (original location 303 North Market St.).  Barry Eugene Linden was born August 2, 1954 in Sweetwater, Texas to Carl H. and Mary (Greenwood) Linden. He grew up in Austin and attended Reagan High School. He served three years in the U.S. Army at Ft. Hood, Texas. While in the Army, he worked as an Operating Room Surgical Technician alongside an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. This experience would greatly inspire his future career trajectory. In 1979, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with honors, followed by The University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1983. After medical school, Dr. Linden completed his residency at UT Medical School in Houston, completing two years of general surgery and three years of otolaryngology. In 1989, Dr. Linden completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He then joined the faculty of LSU Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana followed by four years in private practice otolaryngology in Hendersonville, Tennessee. In 1994, he and his family returned home to Texas to join the Brenham Clinic. He had his own private practice in Brenham until retiring in 2012. He was passionate about his chosen profession and loved helping the people of Brenham and the surrounding areas during the years he practiced.  On February 9, 1985, Barry married Lisa Ann Peterson. A registered nurse, she supported him in his practice while they raised their children. They enjoyed thirty-seven years of marriage filled with wonderful times with their large family.  Barry was an avid woodworker and lifelong gardener. He had a deep love of nature and animals, which he also instilled in his four children. He loved birds and had many parrots over the years. He loved to hatch quail in an effort to repopulate his farm with the birds. A voracious reader, he read countless books of all genres. He loved fishing and hunting with his three sons and listening to all types of music, especially opera and bluegrass. He loved taking road trips across the United States with his daughter visiting National Parks and Civil War historical sites. He loved vacationing on the Gulf Coast in Destin and his most favorite place, Pensacola, Florida.  Preceding him in death: parents, sister Karen Barton, and brother Mark Linden.  Surviving family includes: wife Lisa Ann Linden; children Barry Eugene Linden, Jr. and wife Leigh of Brenham, Sarah Elizabeth Linden McBee and husband David of Denton, Matthew Austen Linden and wife Christin of Southlake, Michael Travis Linden and wife Monique of Roanoke; grandchildren Brinley, Braydon, Norah, Oliver, Liv Linden; sister  Denise Grosch and husband Paul of Austin; brother-in-law Paul Barton of Round Rock; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Pam and Ronnie Bilnoski of The Woodlands and Aunt Norma Linden of Greenville ; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend and buddy of 28 years, Raymond Carter.  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.

Peter “Pete” Mazurkiewicz

Peter “Pete” Mazurkiewicz passed away surrounded by his spouse of 67 years and his three children on April 19, 2022, at Kruse Village in Brenham, Texas at the age of 89. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill and he attended Pulaski School and St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Chappell Hill. Pete was baptized, received first communion, made the act of confession, confirmed, and married at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.  His great grandfather and namesake Piotr (Peter) Jozwiak was one of six parish leaders that established St. Stanislaus in 1889.  “Mr. Pete” (as many affectionally called him) or “PoPo” by his grandchildren was a farmer, rancher, and businessman (construction, custom hay baling).  He was born in Chappell Hill, Texas on May 22, 1932, to Steve and Frances Jóźwiak Mazurkiewicz, the middle son of three boys.  His older brother Henry Mazurkiewicz preceded him in death, but he is survived by his younger brother Al Mazurkiewicz. Pete was born and raised in rural Washington County on a dryland cotton farm, and he knew the meaning of manual labor.  His work ethic was second to none and he understood the value of faith, family and friends from his parents and grandparents. When Pete was 18, he left the farm to find employment in Houston, but he came home every weekend to help his parents. He and his brothers continued to help their parents until they passed on. Throughout his life, he never stopped farming or ranching as it was in his blood.  His family had always been involved in agriculture and there is nothing Pete loved more than living and working on the farm. Pete and his wife Pauline lived on a part of the original farm his grandfather purchased in 1913 and he was raising cattle and hay to this day. Pete did not have a formal education, but he was smart, innovative, and creative that stemmed from his parental teachings, life experiences and rural upbringing.  He was proud of all three of his children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  In addition, there was no doubt he was proud of his Polish heritage and his Catholic faith as he was fluent in Polish, and he was a devout Christian.  The legacy he leaves behind will be his beautiful family, a strong work ethic, faithful Christian values, love of his Polish heritage and many loving friends.  He is survived by his loving wife Pauline Kopec’ Mazurkiewicz, his son and daughter-in-law Dr. Jim & Kathy Mazurkiewicz, his daughter Deborah Mazurkiewicz and his son and daughter-in-law Ronnie & Karen Mazurkiewicz; six grandchildren James Mazurkiewicz, Kathy Ann Mazurkiewicz, Cody Mazurkiewicz, Clinton Mazurkiewicz and wife Melissa, Ashley Mazurkiewicz Dodd and husband Cody, and Stephanie Mazurkiewicz; three great grandchildren: Colby Mazurkiewicz, Jason Mazurkiewicz, Keaton Dodd.  A rosary and visitation will be held on Friday, April 22 with the visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill with Father Jozef Musiol officiating. Interment will follow at Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery and a funeral meal (stypa) will be served in the St. Stanislaus Parish Hall following the graveside service.  Pallbearers will be: James Mazurkiewicz, Clinton Mazurkiewicz, Cody Mazurkiewicz, Eugene Jóźwiak, JJ Jóźwiak, Dale Jóźwiak. Honorary pallbearers will be: Kathy Ann Mazurkiewicz, Ashley Mazurkiewicz Dodd, Stephanie Mazurkiewicz, Colby Mazurkiewicz, Jason Mazurkiewicz, Keaton Dodd.  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.

Shirley Ann Fuchs Mueller

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, Shirley Ann Fuchs Mueller was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be with Him on His special day. Shirley, 86, was the widow of  JD Mueller.  Leaving to mourn Shirley are her daughters and son-in-law, Renee Ann Mueller and Jill and Rodney Finke; grandsons, Grant Finke and Ryan Finke and fiancé, Sidne Drewry; sister, Dellora Manske; brother, Otto L. Fuchs, Jr.; sister-in-law, Joyce Fuchs; brother-in-law, Alvis Mueller and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Avalda and J.C. Pohl, plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Proceeding her in death, was her husband, parents, parents-in-law, John and Ida Mueller, brother, Howard Fuchs, brother-in-law, Edison Manske and sister-in-law, Carolyn Fuchs.  The family is extremely grateful and would like to thank all of her caregivers throughout her later years of life, especially Linda Engelke, Donna Gaines, Bertha Milam and Mae Jo Williams for their care, friendship and love.  In the same way she loved her children and grandchildren, she loved her caregivers equally and appreciated each person’s unique talent.  In addition, the family would like to thank Dr. William Loesch, Laura Pugh, FNP-C and Rachel Novosad, RN for their exemplary medical care and guidance for Shirley.  If so inclined, memorials honoring Shirley are suggested to the music/carillon fund at Martin Luther Lutheran Church at P.O. Box 362, Carmine, Texas 78932-0362.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, April 22 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, April 23, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine. Burial will follow at La Bahia Cemetery in Burton.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. 

Linda Addicks Priesmeyer

On April 15, 2022, our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Linda Addicks Priesmeyer was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a courageous 25 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda was born on November 25, 1953 to Melvin John Addicks and Gladys Louise (Glaser) Addicks at St. Francis Hospital in Brenham, Texas. She was baptized and confirmed at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.  Linda was a very passionate Brenhamite! She knew there was no better place to raise her family. She began her banking career at First Savings Association and retired as the Branch Manager previously operated by Guaranty Federal Bank.  Linda is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jimmy, son Kyle & Jamie (Stockton) Priesmeyer, daughter Kaci (Priesmeyer) and Preston Dengler, son Koy Priesmeyer, grandchildren Kennedy, Virginia Kate, and Kullen Priesmeyer, Owen, Matthew, and Nolan Dengler, sister Mary Ann (Addicks) & brother-in-law David Lehmann; brother Jimmie Addicks, brother Donnie & sister-in-law Debbie (Klepper) Addicks, sister-in-law Judy (Priesmeyer) and Don Luedke and numerous nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 8 am to 7 pm with family present from 5 pm to 7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10:30 am at Christ Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Mark Groves, with a burial to follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. The family would like to thank Brazos Valley Hospice for their support during this difficult time, as well as extend a very special thank you to Bertha Milam who cared for Linda like she was her own daughter.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brazos Valley Hospice, Christ Lutheran Church or Day School, or a charity of your choosing.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Paula Barkley Moerbe

Paula Barkley Moerbe, 75, of Brenham, TX, passed away on April 14, 2022 in Brenham, TX.  Visitation will be held Monday, April 18, 2022 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., with the family present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham TX with Pastor Pat Dietrick officiating.  Cremation to follow service.  She is survived by her husband, Pastor Kenneth Moerbe; son Ross Moerbe and wife Jessica of Houston, TX. as well as many other friends.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. 

James Brown

James Brown, 71 of Brenham, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2022.  James Cuthal Brown was born January 5, 1951 in Madisonville, Texas to J.P. and Artie (Snook) Brown. He was baptized at Shilo Baptist Church in Panke, Texas and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church of Brenham. He was raised on the family farm. Jim was a graduate of Iola High School, where he played baseball and football. Jim also attended Sam Houston State University, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in Germany.  Jim was married November 27, 1971 to Sharon Naumann at Grace Lutheran Church. Here he was an usher, worked to organize the blood drives, and served on the church council and was chairman of the stewardship board.  He worked for the City of Brenham at the city water plant and became chief operator. He retired from there after 35 years. He then worked as a land surveyor for Pledger-Kalkoney, which then became Jones and Carter.  Jim enjoyed dancing and fishing. He gathered with friends at Nathan’s Barbecue to drink coffee, share stories and good time memories.  Jim was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Sharon Brown; brother, Jerald Brown and his wife Cindia; nephew, Joe Brown; sister-in-law Sue Brown; parents-in-law, Calvin and Selma Naumann; sister-in-law, Marilyn Naumann.  Surviving family includes: sons, Doug Brown, Matthew Brown and wife Renee all of Brenham; grandsons, Andrew  and Aiden Brown; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Robbie Brown of Iola, Texas, Carl and Sena Brown of Cleveland, Texas, Ray and Glyna Brown of Madisonville, Texas; sister-in-law, Pat Wright and husband Hoot of Brenham.  Visitation with family will be Wednesday, April 13 from 5 pm until 7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14 at 10 am in Grace Lutheran Church with Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be: Bobby Brown, Heath Byrd, Josh Brown, Jacob Brown, Tim Miles and Jimmie Maurer. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew and Aiden Brown, and the Nathan BBQ Coffee Group.  Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran School, 1212 West Jefferson, Brenham, TX 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.

Alvin Harold Hanath

Alvin Harold Hanath, 84, of Brenham, TX, passed away on April 10, 2022 in Brenham, TX.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating. Burial will follow at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church Cemetery of Berlin.  Alvin is survived by his wife, Bernice Fay Hanath; son Wayne Hanath, sons and daughters-in-law James Hanath and wife Debbie, and Kirk Hanath and wife Crista; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard Hanath and wife Pearlie, Elwood Hanath and wife MaeDell; sister, Amalia Woolf; sister-in-law, Gloria Hanath; grandchildren, Cody Hanath, and Kristen Rowe and husband Dustin; great-grandchildren, Vayda Nicole Rowe and Bo Wayne Rowe.  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.

Deborah Sue Schneider

On April 6, 2022 our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Deborah Sue Schneider was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Deborah was born May 2, 1954 in Owensboro, Kentucky to Doris and Ronald Bennett. She attended school, was baptized and confirmed in the catholic church where she remained a lifelong member.  Deborah is survived by husband Glen Schneider, son Jason Bolcerek and wife Stacey, daughter Jennifer Wilson and husband Rick, grandchildren, Blane Bolcerek, Bailey Bolcerek, Kandice Timmerman (Garrett), Kayla Wilson and Kyle Wilson. She is also survived by sisters Maggie West (Kurt), Lois McCoy (Lynn), Barbara Sharp (Danny), Pat Lee, Sandi Moore, Lisa Pierce (Chuck), Donna Oakes (Eddie), surviving brothers include Timmy Bennett, Tommy Bennett and Louis Bennett (Shelly). Also surviving are sister in laws Peggy Kunkel and Mary Lee Schneider, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  A visitation for Deborah will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm with the rosary to be recited at 7pm at Brenham memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church located at 701 Church Street, Brenham, Texas with a burial to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials can be donated to the St. Mary’s Religious Education Fund.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Janie Louise (Mikeska) Hrachovy

Janie Louise (Mikeska) Hrachovy, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed from this life to be with the Lord on Monday, April 4, 2022, at the age of 78.  Visitation with the family will be from 5 – 7 pm, Friday, April 8, 2022, at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham, TX. Rosary will follow at 7 pm. The funeral service will be at 11 am, Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, TX, followed by interment in the church cemetery. A meal will then be served in the Diamond Center.  Janie was born on October 5, 1943, to John W. and Milada (Maresh) Mikeska in Oak Hill, Texas.  She married James Hrachovy in 1962, joining him in Galveston where he was a first-year medical student. While in Galveston, she worked in the insurance industry and gave birth to her three oldest daughters, Cynthia, Susan, and Julie.  After her husband’s army career, the family settled in Brenham, where their youngest daughter, Sara, was born.  Janie became a respected medical records professional, serving in responsible positions at both Bohne and St. Jude Hospitals. During this time she earned her Accredited Record Technician credential from the American Health Information Management Association. She continued to hold various jobs in quality assurance and medical records until she and James relocated to Lubbock in 1992, where she continued to work in the medical records field until 1995, after which time she retired.  In 2000, Janie and James moved to their dream retirement farm, where she continued to take care of the green spaces until prevented from doing so by health challenges. In January 2016, Janie was diagnosed with a brain tumor causing her to lose her ability to walk, and she then suffered a stroke from which she never truly recovered. From then on, she was a nursing home resident.  Janie’s greatest pleasures in life were her children and grandchildren. She carted her kids around to all of their activities, even serving as a Girl Scout troop leader, Camp Director at Happy Hollow Girl Scout Camp, and area director for Girl Scouts.  She was an artist, as well as an excellent cook. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends and hunting. She influenced others, including her daughter Susan, to enter the medical records profession. Her love, laughter and ability to polka and waltz will truly be missed.  Janie is preceded in death by: her parents, John and Milada Mikeska; her parents-in-law, Adolph and Lorena Hrachovy; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Elsie Mikeska; her sister-in-law, Elaine Pawlak and husband Julian; and her grandparents.  She is survived by: her husband, James Hrachovy; her daughters, Cynthia Wallace and husband Thomas, Susan Fenton, Julie Hrachovy, and Sara Wilkins; grandchildren, Alexis “A.J.” Fenton, Jr. and wife Celena,  Anna Kate Hrachovy, Kierstin Wilkins and Teag Wilkins; and brother-in-law Richard Hrachovy and wife Cheryle; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.  Pallbearers will be Teag Wilkins, A.J. Fenton, Tom Wallace, Larry Mikeska, Dale Pawlak, Gregg Pawlak, Rick Hrachovy, and Johnny Willis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Judy Smith, Pam and Billy Maddox, Gene McNicoll, Joan and Jerry Been, and all the Camp Ranch Hunters.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, 1031 Church Lane, New Ulm, TX 78950, Allumine Hospice, 540 West Main, Bellville, TX 77418, or the charity of your choice.  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

Allyn Meischen

Allyn Meischen, 87, of Houston, formerly of Austin County, passed away on April 3, 2022. Allyn is survived by wife Lillie Meischen and their three loving daughters. Visitation will be at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham, TX on Fri. April 8 from 7am-7pm, with family present from 5-7pm. Funeral service will be on Sat. April 9 at 11am at Industry United Methodist Church, Industry TX. Condolences may be left at www.MemorialOaksChapel.com

Phillip Molitor

Phillip Molitor, 39, of Brenham, TX, died on April 4, 2022. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 8, 2022 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Survivors include his mother, Kathy Molitor of Brenham, TX; grandmother, Norma Finke Molitor of Anderson, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law, Brad and Tricia Molitor of Washington, TX, Paul and Renea Molitor of Brenham, TX, and Rick Molitor and special friend James Robertson; fiancé, Kimberly Miller and her children, Jasmine and Hannah Holman of La Grange, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.   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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