Herbert Troy Smith, Jr.

‘Corky’ Smith, aka “Pops”, and officially Herbert Troy Smith Jr., was born in San Angelo, Texas on June 24, 1947 to Herbert Troy Smith Sr. and Lola Mae Breaux Smith.  Corky courageously and fiercely fought Cancer for over four years and on January 31, 2024, his Lord and Savior called him home. He now walks the heavens with Jesus where the presence of his Creator is awesome and reunions with loved ones, music, sights and sounds are unbelievable!!  Corky loved life to the fullest.  He enjoyed music, fishing and hunting which always included his family and friends. Corky is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen Anne Smith, daughters,  Shelly Moschak and husband Rob Moschak, Heather Kirby and husband, Ron Kirby; and son,  Herbert “Troy” Smith III and wife, Tennille Smith.  Surviving grandchildren include:  Rhye Moschak, Hailey Smith Draehn, Hannah Kirby Scholze, Cameron Moschak, Sarah Kirby, Collin Smith, Seth Kirby, Lane Smith and great granddaughter, Kennedy Moschak.  Corky is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Cordova and husband Bruce Cordova.    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 2, 2024 at 11:00 am, at Champion Fellowship Church, 1801 S. Market St., Brenham, TX.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Brazos Valley, Bryan, TX.

Eugene David Bednar

Eugene David Bednar died peacefully surrounded by his family in Austin on February 19, 2024. After a long, full, life of wandering and returning home, Gene will return home one last time to Latium, Texas, Saturday, March 2, to be buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery after a 9am ceremony at Sacred Heart Church.  Gene grew up on the Bednar family ranch near Latium with his two younger sisters Cornelia and Beatrice, his father Frank Bednar, and his mother Angelina Baron Bednar, also known as Mrs. Frank Bednar, author for 40 years of the weekly “Latium Gardening” column in the Banner-Press.  Gene went to the one-room County Line School, then Bellville High, before graduating from Brenham High School in 1950. A month later, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a radio operator on the aircraft carrier USS Bennington for the duration of the Korean War.  The wanderer then returned for the first time, using his G. I. benefits to be the first in his family to go to college, earning an Associate Degree at Blinn College and then an Electrical Engineering Degree at UT-Austin in 1959.  From there, he followed the jobs to Houston, landing at Shell Oil, where he designed seismic equipment for oil exploration for the next 30 years. Making sure that equipment worked in the field sent him across the Americas, Europe, and Africa.   Houston is also where he met Julia Marie Hueske, who grew up in Philadelphia, but whose father, Ernest Hueske, was from Brenham. Gene and Julia married on November 23, 1963, the day after JFK was assassinated.  Gene and Julia were devoted to their five children (Barry, Robert, Susan, James, and Linda) and were deeply involved in the community of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and School and multitudes of child- and community-related activities.  As their children left home one by one, Gene and Julia pursued their careers until 2000, when they retired and moved to Austin to be closer to the first of what would become ten grandchildren.  In retirement, they were active grandparents, traveled the world together, and became integral members of LAMP at UT-Austin, where members cherished the 1,000s of photos Gene took documenting activities.  Gene was a lifelong organic gardener and advocate for fine craftsmanship and scratch-made whole foods. He reveled in teaching anyone who was interested how things work and shared freely of the things he made, including his famous Czech Lager from his homemade kegerator.  After suffering a heart attack in 2022, he concentrated on his family even more. He was delighted when family gathered from far and wide to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary and his 91st Christmas, even cooking the beef tenderloin at the center of the meal.  In his final moments, Gene placed his family first, summoning the strength to share individual moments with many of those who loved him. He even managed to give Julia one last kiss before saying goodbye.  The family is grateful to Ascension Seton Hospital and Compassus Hospice for the loving care they provided during Gene’s final days.  Memorial donations may be made to the Cockrell School of Engineering Area of Greatest Need Fund at UT-Austin.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Alice Bertha Macik

Alice Bertha Macik, 94, of Brenham passed away on February 14,2024. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Zionsville Lutheran Church with Pastor Glenn Hohlt officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Alice was born June 1, 1929 to Ernest W. and Minnie (Borchgardt) Fiesler in Berlin, TX and was baptized on July 14, 1929 at Eben Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin by Pastor William Utesch.  April 18, 1943 she was confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem by Rev. A.J. Mohr. She was united in marriage to Franklin Macik by the Rev. Bill Derrick also at Salem Lutheran Church. She worked for Maddox Furniture for 28 years and then for Sealy Mattress as a seamstress before retiring. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Judy Niemeyer; son, Grady Niemeyer all of Brenham. Granddaughter and her husband, Aliceson and Kyle Lueckemeyer of Spring, TX. Great-grandchildren, Caleb Warren Lueckemeyer, Samuel Reid Lueckemeyer, and Kate Marie Lueckemeyer; sister, JoAnn Reimer; stepdaughter, Lillan Piver and step-grandson, Howard Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Franklin Macik; parents, Ernest and Minne Fiesler brother, Sigmund Fiesler; brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Margaret Fiesler and Ernest Fieseler, Jr. and Laura; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Alfred Lampe, Jr.; sister and brother-in law, Mildred and Joe Bartos and Ruth and Bud Wiehe; brother-in-law, James Reimer. Pallbearers will be Neal Reimer, David Reimer, Chris Kaminski, Kevin Glenz, David Schaefer and Allan Bartos. Memorials in Alice’s name can be given to Acara Hospice, 601 Grahm Rd., College Station, TX 77845. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the Family, please visit

Bernice Louise Bean

Bernice Louise Bean, 97 of Industry, Tx., passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Bernice was born in Industry, Tx. On February 22, 1926 to Bernhard & Louise Haverlah.  She grew up in Austin County and after completing her education, she pursued a career in the field of nursing as an LVN. She was married to Harold Eugene Bean on June 17, 1944 in Bryan, Tx.  They were blessed with two sons and a daughter along with 8 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.  In addition to being a nurse, Bernice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and active member of her community.  She had many interests which included being a seamstress, gardening, fishing and baking.  She was also a member of the Bellville Eastern Star.  She was a devout Christian and a member of the Industry Methodist Church. Bernice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Donnie & David Reynolds; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Bean Jr. & Jo and Barry & Sandra Bean. She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Stacey Hahn, Ricky Forbes, Tony Bean, David Bean, Jon Bean, Kamuela Bean, Kyle Bean and Rachel Keele.  She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service.  The service will be on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Industry, Tx.  Burial will be following the service at the Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers are her sons, grandsons and great-grandson, Harold Bean Jr., David Bean, Kamuela Bean, Jonathan Bean, Barry Bean, Kyle Bean, Ricky Forbes and Shane Hahn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Church in Industry or the Brazos Valley Hospice.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the Family, please visit

Patricia Julia Okruhlik Hajek

Patricia Julia Okruhlik Hajek, 78, of Brenham, Texas, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024. Pat was born in Flatonia, Texas on February 15, 1945 to George and Julia Okruhlik. Pat grew up in the small community of Praha, Texas and graduated from Bishop Forest High School in Schulenburg, Texas in 1964. Praha was a special place to Pat throughout her life. Not only is this where her faith grew and her dedication to the Catholic church began, it was also where she met her future husband at the Praha Picnic. On October 23, 1965, she married Clarence Hajek at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Praha. Together they shared 26 wonderful years before he passed away in 1991. During their life together, Clarence and Pat were blessed with two loving children, Robert Hajek and Jeff Hajek. Pat was a dedicated wife, mother, sister, daughter, and Mimi. To Pat, family was the most important. No matter what was going on in her life, she was always there for those she loved. She was a caring grandma who was devoted to her two granddaughters, and she cherished the title Mimi. This title of Mimi also spilled over in the community as Mimi Pat. For close to 40 years, she ran a successful licensed daycare from her home. Throughout her career, she welcomed many families into her home and felt that each child in her care was a part of her family. When Pat wasn't running her daycare, she was busy following her personal joys. She loved going on trips with friends, especially those that took her to Branson, Missouri to listen to classic country artists. Her love of music also included going to the Bluebonnet Opry. If the show was in town, or close by, she would be there. She loved to visit with people and never met a stranger. This led to another love - Whataburger Wednesdays. You could find Pat and her friends sitting, laughing, and sharing stories weekly at our local Whataburger. Pat is survived by her sister Geralyn Klimitchek and husband Charles; son Robert Hajek, wife Tammy, and granddaughter Kourtney Little and husband Tanner; son Jeff Hajek, wife Kelly, and granddaughter Brittney; special friend Harris Walenta; and many other family members. Pat is preceded in death by her husband Clarence, parents George and Julia Okruhlik, step-father Anton Okruhlik, and her father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Cecelia Hajek. Visitation will be Thursday, February 15, 2024 beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the rosary following at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel of Brenham, Texas. A service celebrating Pat's life will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Brenham on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. and interment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery of Praha at 2:30 p.m. Serving as pallbearers are Donald Hajek, Dwayne Hajek, Brian Hajek, Tanner Little, Mike Reed, and Kenneth Lange. Honorary pallbearers are all former children she cared for in her daycare throughout the years. The family of Pat Hajek would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers Janice Colvin, Kathy Ruiz, and Cookie, Brenham Nursing and Rehab, and Dr. Simons and the Baylor Scott and White team. If desired, in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution in Pat's memory may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church of Brenham or The Alzheimer's Association at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the Family, please visit

Leeroy Henry Kramer

Leeroy Henry Kramer of Brenham, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at the age of 91. Leeroy was born in Burton, Texas on May 20, 1932 to Norbert and Laura Buro Kramer. He was baptized July 1932 and confirmed April 1947 at Zionsville Lutheran Church. On December 28, 1952 he was united in marriage with Doris Mae Thim at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  They were blessed with two daughters, Linda Kay and Donna Marie. Leeroy was a dedicated and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and a hard worker for all of his life. He was employed as a production supervisor for Blue Bell Creameries for 46 years. He also served on Church Council at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Leeroy loved restoring old cars and tractors. He and his wife enjoyed attending auctions and estate sales and traveling to Fredericksburg each July to buy peaches for pies and jelly. Family gatherings were always special for him. Leeroy was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Laura Buro Kramer; brothers, Vallie and Edward Kramer; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rudolph and Hattie Breddin Thim; and brother-in-law, John Thim. Survivors include his wife, Doris Mae Thim Kramer; daughters and son-in-law, Linda Kay and Darrell Reimer and Donna Marie Black; grandchildren, Lisa Reimer Auckland (Jonathan), Dathan Reimer (Frances), Lacey Black, Dillon Black (Cheyenne), and Daylynn Black; great-grandchildren, Logan, Devin and Jacob Auckland, Livvy, Lyndsey and Adelyn Reimer, Anyiah, Zoey, Aubrey and Novalee Vela, and Noah Black; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Suzy Kramer, Anita Kramer and Faye Thim. Visitation for Leeroy Kramer will be on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill with the burial following the service at the church cemetery. Pallbearers for Mr. Kramer will be Dathan Reimer, Dillon Black, Jonathan Auckland, Robert Kramer, Roger “Charles” Nolan and Michael Eilers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lisa Auckland, Lacey Black, Daylynn Black, Chris Kramer, Kenneth Kramer and Douglas Maurer. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Mark John Hundemer

Mark John Hundemer, 75, of Latium went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2024 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born on February 27, 1948 at Wichita Hospital Sister of St. Joseph in Wichita, Kansas. He was third born of 4 boys to Louis “Louie” and Ruth “Maggie” Hundemer. He was baptized March 14, 1948 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, and He received the sacrament of First Holy Communion in 1955 at Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in Wichita and due to his father’s job, they relocated to Brady, Texas during his sophomore and junior years of high school. His father was transferred back to Augusta, Kansas for his senior year of high school, where he played football, and graduated in 1966. He went on to graduate from Butler County Community College in 1971 with a Liberal Arts Degree, majoring in general business with a minor in sales. On March 15, 1986 he was united in marriage to Jo Ann Eberhardt at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg. They made their home in Latium, where they raised their two daughters, Sarah and Haley. Once he reestablished his roots in Texas in 1977, he was the sole proprietor for Latium Store. In 1980 he assisted Mr. Kenjura in starting K (Kenjura) & H (Hundemer) portable toilets, which he sold after a year of helping with the company. He then sold Latium Store in 1985 and became an outside sales representative for Brenham Office Supply Service from 1985 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he was a sales representative for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society. From 1993 until his retirement, he was a sales manager for the Toshiba Dealer of Precision Printing & Office Supply in Navasota. After his retirement he continued to work part time as a driver for LaRoche Chevrolet in Brenham until his health started to fail him. Mark was an outstanding husband, father, and pops. He loved being “Pops” to his 4 grandchildren and with one on the way. He loved spending time with them as they were the light of his life. He enjoyed the country life. Whether he was hunting out of his bathroom window, fishing in local ponds or at the coast on the family’s annual trip to Rockport, TX, he found such enjoyment in the outdoors. He loved playing golf as he did so for many years until back surgeries prevented him. He loved watching sports, PGA, Houston Texans, Houston Astros, and Houston Oilers. His love for football, whether he was playing it or watching it, as he got older, was abundant. He was the fire chief at the Latium-Wesley-Greenvine VFD for 25 years and earned many certificates during his time, including Fire Fighter of the Year in the 100 Club. He was a member of the local shooting club for numerous years. Mark loved people and would bring a smile or laugh to anyone he met. Mark is survived by his two daughters and their families; Sarah McKeown and husband Robert III of Brenham, TX and Haley Folsom and husband Bryan of Brenham, TX; grandchildren Hunter Folsom, Brady & Brody Folsom, Karlee and baby McKeown on the way. Brothers and sisters in law Barry and wife Jan, Scott and wife Vickie, Sister-in-law Jennie Simpson and husband Jerry, Brother-in-law Tim Eberhardt and wife Linda, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mark is proceeded into death by his wife Jo Ann Eberhardt, parents Louie and Maggie, mother–in–law and father–in–law Armond and Lucille Koerth Eberhardt, grandparents, brother Jim Hundemer, and sister–in– law Judy Eberhardt. Serving as pallbearers are Justin Simpson, Jardin Simpson,  Greg Hundemer, Randy Klausmeyer, Todd Hundemer, Warren Wanjura Robert Weiss and Terry Hundemer. Honorary pallbearers are Hunter, Brady and Brody Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Richter, Ryan Hundemer, Josh Guelker and Karlee McKeown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg or charity of your choice. A special thank you to his caregiver that became like another daughter to him, Lisa Vasquez. Also thank you to Dr. Alford and his colleagues, the staff in the ER at Baylor Scott & White in Brenham, the Washington County EMS team for the numerous fall assists, and the Air1 flight team that transported him to Memorial Hermann. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg with Pastor Alvin Luedke officiating and burial in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the Family, please visit

Herman Louis Roy II

Herman Louis Roy II, 71, of Brenham, TX, died on January 13, 2024. A memorial service will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Brazos Valley Brewing Company, 206 South Jackson Street, Brenham, TX 77833. Herman was born on May 17, 1952 in Chicago, IL to Herman and Gwendolyn Holmes Roy. He married his wife, Karen Pratt O'Neill, on July 9, 2005. He graduated from St. Mary's University of San Antonio with a Finance Degree. He worked as an analyst for USAA Insurance Company. Herman looked forward to his weekly lunches with friends on Thursdays and Fridays. He loved Disney and enjoyed trips to Disney World with family and friends. He loved going on cruises and when he was able, he loved to play golf. Herman loved watching the grandkids play baseball, football, bowling, softball, volleyball, band and choir performances. His favorite teams were Houston Astros, San Antonio Spurs, and Green Bay Packers. Herman is survived by his wife, Karen O'Neill of Brenham, TX; step son and daughter-in-law, Trey and wife Stacy Hardy ; step daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal and husband Marcus Mertins and Kimberly and husband Blake Rosenbaum all of Brenham, TX; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marsha and husband Mike Patrick of St. Charles, MO, Darla Roy and husband Matthew Hackler of Boerne, TX, Suzanne and husband Michael Leonard of McQueeney, TX; Dana Bynum (Richard Ryan)of Shertz, TX, and Daniel Ferguson (widower Jo-Anne Ferguson) of Poteet, TX; grandchildren, Jenna Hardy, Leah Hardy, Luke Hardy, Tyler Mertins, Hailey Mertins, Tristan Stefonowicz, Weston Mertins, Gigi Mertins, Wyatt Rosenbaum and Saylor Rosenbaum, all from Brenham, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents, Herman and Gwendolyn Roy; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dorothy and Oliver Pratt; and sister-in-law, Jo-Anne Ferguson. Memorials may be directed to Washington County EMS in Brenham. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Matthew Bryan Kelley

Matthew Bryan Kelley was born February 26, 1981, in Cheverly, Maryland to parents Timothy and Teresa Wright Kelley. He was baptized December 27, 1981, at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church in Springfield, Virginia by the Rev. Martin. In 6th grade, he was confirmed at First United Methodist Church in Rockwall, Texas. Matt received the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouts, played soccer and baseball in his youth, and basketball for Rockwall High School. He played saxophone in band and won in state competition. Matthew proudly served his country in the United State Air Force from 2000 to 2004 in the Medical Operations Squadron as a Physical Therapy Journeyman, helping wounded veterans with their severe injuries. It was rewarding to see them walk again. He attended Auburn University while stationed in Alabama and graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, where he met his wife. On July 10, 2010, Matt was united in marriage with Christy Eilers at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas by the Rev. Paul Bohot. Matt worked in physical therapy for both children and in nursing homes. He was a Program Director of Rehabilitation for 12 years. Matthew’s priority was his family which he loved deeply. His witty sense of humor and contagious laugh ensured he never met a stranger. He entered his heavenly home on February 5, 2024, at his home in Spring surrounded by family at the age of 42 after a battle with Cholangiocarcinoma. Matthew is preceded in death by his grandparents Weldon Wright, Norman & June Kelley, grandparents-in-law Barney & Joyce Eilers and Roger & LeVerne Hinze. He is survived by his wife, Christy Kelley; children Seth Wade (12), Luke Timothy (7), and Ava Ann (5) Kelley of Spring; parents Teresa & Timothy Kelley of Rockwall; grandmother Catherine Wright of Lorton, Virginia; brother and sister-in-law Kevin & Nina Kelley of Murphy; sister and brother-in-law Michelle & Chase Uvodich of Lake Forest, California; parents-in-law Wade & Nancy Eilers of Carmine; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clint & Stacy Eilers of Shelby; nieces and nephews Kate, Jill, and Tess Eilers, and Lillian and Grayson Kelley. Visitation will be Thursday, February 15 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service being held at 6:30 pm.  Funeral service will be at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine on Friday February 16 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow at Carmine Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church Sunday School, PO Box 362; Carmine, TX 78932 or charity of your choice. Service arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham, TX  77833.  To view Matt’s tribute online, please visit

Elwood W. Hanath

Elwood W. Hanath, aka the Vegetable Man, 83 of Berlin Community, died peacefully of multiple organ failure, on February 3, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan surrounded by his loved ones. He was born July 7, 1940 to Richard Sr. and Annie (Herrmann) Hanath in the Gay Hill Community. He lived all his married life in the Berlin Community. Elwood was baptized January 30, 1942 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brenham and affirmed his faith on March 25, 1956 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by Pastor Theo. Streng. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham and listened faithfully every Sunday morning on the radio. He attended Berlin Public Schools and Brenham High School. Elwood married Mae Dell Zwernemann on July 23, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Warrenton by Marvin Koenig. She was the love of his life, until the very end, they spent every evening watching western movies and the Wheel of Fortune. Elwood worked at Brenham Cotton Mill from 1956 - 1967 and then became a co-owner of Hanath Brothers Grocery. In 1972, the business built their own store. A few years later they started Hanath Brothers Steel Construction Company in addition to the Store. In 1984, they began a small garden and that is when the vegetable business started and grew overwhelmingly from there. In 1993, he decided to branch out on his own with his son Alan and open Elwood Hanath Steel Construction which he owned and operated until the end of 2016 when he retired. Elwood loved to play fast pitch softball as a pitcher since he was a teenager. He played fast pitch all over the state of Texas for 42 years with various teams including: Brentex Fabrics, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hanath Brothers Grocery and Elwood Hanath Steel Construction. He was very happy that not only his oldest son Alan, but his daughter Tess aka Tootsie followed in his footsteps as fast pitch pitchers. His greatest achievement of his fast pitch career was placing 2nd place in the 1978 State Fast Pitch Tournament and being awarded All-State Pitcher at the Tournament. Elwood was one of the founders of the Berlin – Mill Creek - Zionsville Fire Department and helped build the Fire Department Building and was a head barbecue cook at all fundraisers. He also belonged to the AgriLife Extension Horticultural Committee and retired in 2023. He was also a Supporter of the Washington County Fair Jr. Livestock Auction from 1993 - 2005. Elwood acquired the name “The Vegetable Man” as the gardens multiplied with various vegetables and Elwood traveled the countryside to various locations selling the produce and canned goods that he and Mae Dell worked very hard on. Many people looked forward to seeing him every week. They participated in the Round Top Antique Fair 2 times a year for 29 years and they could be found in the same spot each year. Elwood loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren tremendously and they were a big part of his life. He looked forward to the holidays each year and having everyone together under one roof and having a good time. He enjoyed preparing the turkey for Thanksgiving and BBQ’ing for other holidays for his family. Family was a big part of his life, he was Daddy, Pop, Papa, Popo and Grandpa.  He was the Patriarch of the Hanath Family. Elwood is survived by his loving wife Mae Dell of 62 years; son Nathan “Alan” Hanath of Brenham; daughter Tess Hanath and partner Cindy Culp of Houston; son Kevin Hanath and wife Shannon of Bellville; daughter Lois Meier and husband Tommy of Brenham; grandchildren Taylor Hanath - Culp and wife Midyana; Kerstyn Hanath and boyfriend Justin Cooper; Cade Hanath - Culp and fiancé Jenilee Casiano; Blaine Hanath; Brian Meier and wife Kasey; Loni Meier and husband Shannon Thornton; great grandchildren Madyson Meier; Zackry Meier; Haylee Meier and Kamryn Meier; Feline Furbabies Josie, Ozzy and Sid; Brother Richard Hanath Jr and wife Pearlie; Sister Amalia Woolf; Sisters - in - law Gloria Hanath and Bernice Hanath; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special neighbors Carol and Ricky Gaskamp and special friends Chester and Maxine Reuther. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Anita Hanath; his brothers Louis, Bennie and Alvin; and sister- in-law Joycine. Pallbearers are Taylor Hanath - Culp, Kerstyn Hanath, Cade Hanath - Culp, Blaine Hanath, Loni Meier and Brian Meier; Honorary pallbearers are Madyson Meier, Zackry Meier, Haylee Meier and Kamryn Meier. Visitation will be from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be at 10 am Friday, February 9, 2024, at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Donna Krueger officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 pm at Waldeck Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham, Berlin - Mill Creek - Zionsville Fire Department or Hospice Brazos Valley. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the Family, please visit

Jase Michael Lackey

Jase Michael Lackey, son of Melissa (Taylor) Lackey and the late Martin Jaysin Lackey, passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2024 at the age of 24. He will be fondly remembered for his gentle spirit, warm smile, and talent he had for making others feel valued.  Jase was born in Webster, Texas on June 21,1999. Soon after, Melissa and Jaysin moved to their family ranch in Sandy Hill. During his youth, Jase enjoyed hunting, participating in youth football and baseball, and spending time on the family ranch. He was active in the Washington County Fair, showing and later volunteering with the Champion Drive Program. In 2013, Jase was confirmed in his faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. After graduating from Brenham High School in 2018, he went on to earn his Associate’s Degree in Welding Technology from Texas State Technical College in Waco. He worked in the oil and gas industry across the United States, and in 2023 returned to Texas, most recently working in the Midland/Odessa area.  Outside of his career, Jase sought adventure and fun outdoors. This often came in the form of family vacations, both with his own family and the friends he chose as family. He enjoyed hitting the slopes, lounging on the beach, golfing, and floating the river. Football season was a favorite of his. You could find him, along with his brother Justin, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. Their shared love for “America’s Team” also caused them some distress, as any true Cowboy’s fan knows. Outside of work and time with family, Jase spent many hours at the Rafter W Ranch with friends, working on welding projects, playing cornhole on the back porch, and watching the sunset while listening to his endless playlist of classic country music.  Jase continues to be loved and cherished by his family, including: mother and stepfather, Melissa Lackey Crowson and Dennis Crowson; brother and sister-in-law Justin & Tatum Lackey and his niece and goddaughter Sophie; sister Jordan Lackey; grandparents Martin & Brenda Lackey; uncles and aunts, Kase & Joanne Lackey, Ronda Lackey Neumann, Diane Lackey, Brad & Monica Taylor, and Brian & Debra Taylor; and cousins Jake, John, Kase, and Katy Lackey, Matthew and Ty Neumann, Brooklyn and Brad Taylor, Zach and Seth Taylor, Michael (Elishia), Jaysin (Caitie), and William (Brandy) Szanyi. Treasuring Jase’s memory are his expanded family of siblings: Alli & Robert Stark, Margaret & Greg Melton and daughter Alice, and Wiley & Veronica Crowson and daughter Aubrey. He is also survived by many extended family members and friends, including the Westerfeld and Flynn families.  Jase is preceded in death by his father, Jaysin Lackey, and his maternal grandmother, Melanie Seale Taylor.  Honorary pallbearers include: Spencer, Oliver and Lucas Flynn, Colin Zimmerman, Landon Hopkins, Christian Hernandez, Andre Gilmore, Marion Espinoza, Alex Rosenbaum, Andrew Malloch, Chance Winkelmann, Logan Grimm, Colby Hodde, and Javier Dominguez. Jase’s celebration of life will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church - Prairie Hill on Thursday, February 8th at 10:00am, with Pastor Norm Sulaica, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Washington County Fair Association - Champion Drive or the charity of your choice.

Robert "Bob" Lukeman

The family of the late Robert “Bob” Lukeman of Frisco, Brenham, Galveston TX and Rockville, CT announced his recent passing on Tuesday January 30, 2024, in Plano Texas. Born March 5, 1936, in Rockville, CT to Frances Joseph and Elsie Schortmann Lukeman. His early career began in grocery store management in New York/Connecticut until joining the U.S Army serving in the division of Military Police at Ft Hood, Texas where he met his first wife, Jeanette Rose of Waller, Texas while she attended Mary Baylor Hardin College. Later they made their home in Brenham where he worked in partnership with the late Truett & Vera Rose at the successful L & R Grocery and she joined the faculty of Blinn College. Their two children, DeLacye (Dee) and James (Jim) were raised in Brenham and were actively involved in the community and at First Baptist Church, Brenham.  During the late 70’s Bob and Truett closed L & R Market and Bob began working at Brenham National Bank. Bob completed numerous professional bank training certificates at Texas Tech University, and he also obtained a Texas Real Estate License enjoying 40 years in a successful real estate career throughout Texas. In 1983, he met and later married his second wife, Lennie Brown, former Brenham Main Street Revitalization Director and moved to Galveston and Cypress, Texas while working independently in the field of recovery assets and real estate. His third child, Dancy was born in Galveston in 1993.  In 1998 he returned to Brenham, continuing real estate and his assets recovery company until 2016. He then moved to North Texas in 2016 joining his daughter Dee and husband, Kenny Yates, who cared for him following his heart surgery until his recent passing. Known to many as “Mr. Bob,” Bob was described by those who knew him best as friendly and fun, honest, hard-working, patriotic, loving family man and community-oriented man, a bluegrass musician, avid hunter and gun collector, local historian, and maintained a close relationship with God. He was active in Church leadership, Lions Club, Boys and Girl Scouts, Ducks Unlimited, Washington County Chamber of Commerce Blue Blazers, served on City of Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission, Washington County Fair Board, and active in Washington County and Galveston Board of Realtors. Born the youngest of four children, Bob maintained close ties to his family in CT even while residing in TX. His oldest sister Elsie Lukeman Heth and her husband Albert, sister Dottie (Dorothy) Lukeman Pasay and her husband Stan, as well as his brother Joseph Lukeman and his wife Barbara, and nephews Jody Lukeman, Gary Pasay, Stanley Pasay all of Connecticut along with nieces Tammy Clark and Ellen Pasay have all preceded Bob in death. Bob leaves behind Jeanette Rose Lukeman of College Station, TX and Lennie Brown of Arlington, TX, his children: DeLacye (Dee) Lukeman Yates and her husband, Kenny of Frisco, TX, James (Jim) Lukeman and his wife, Robbie of College Station, TX and Dancy Lukeman Clark and her husband Justin of Arlington, TX. Niece Leslie Clark and her daughter Olivia Neal and Leslie’s grandchildren Caleb and Trevor Remillaird, nephew Shawn Lukeman, children of Stan Clark Jr (deceased) – Great-nephews: Julius, Marcus, and Eric.  Eric’s son Levi is Bob’s great-great-nephew, and all reside in Connecticut. Bob was blessed with an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren as his children’s families grew.   Kenny & Dee’s Children: Heather Williamson and her husband, Steven and their children Kayley, Kaidence and Kaitlyn (Franklin, TN), Kari Adams ( San Antonio, TX), Cody Stone (PA), Matthew Charles Murphy, II and his wife Alexis and their daughters: Lilly, Ellie, Emmy  (George West, TX Meagan Murphy Gratz (College Station) and her sons, William, Brennan, and Walker,  Ashleigh Morton (Austin, TX)  Kaegan Yates (San Antonio)  and Jordyn Yates (Columbia, MO) and her son Caelum, Jim and Robbie’s Children: Amanda Lukeman Crenshaw  and her husband Clifford (College Station, TX) and their children Chelsey,  Sam, Colton, Shelby, Jamie Lukeman Pisk and her husband Aaron (Katy, TX)  and their children Abigail and Cameron, and Dancy and Justin’s children (Arlington, TX):  Porter and Oakley Clark. Funeral arrangements have been set for 10:00 AM Monday, February 5, 2024, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A visitation will be held Sunday, February 4, 2024, at 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  All are encouraged to attend.  The Military Funeral Honors Burial at the Houston National Cemetery will follow later the same day for family members. Memorials are appreciated and can be made to the charity of one’s choosing. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Nina Faye Meador

Nina Faye Meador was born March 21, 1941 to her parents, Robert and Evelyn Peters in Brenham, TX.  She passed away on January 30, 2024 and was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her brother- Kyle Peters, sons- Glenn Meador Jr. and wife Rachel and Robert Pierce Meador; grandchildren- Paige Meador Trevino and husband Sergio, Michael Meador, Zak Wood, Dale Wood and Duncan Wood.  Nina completed high school and pursued a career as a legal secretary in the oil and gas industry.  Nina touched many people in her life.  She was also known for her excellent eye for fashion and décor which always brought her joy as well as the others around her.  She will definitely be missed as she always brightened every room she entered.  All are welcome to come and pay their respects at a Memorial Graveside Service that will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Prairie Lea Cemetery, 1004 Prairie Lea St., Brenham. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, please visit  

Winston Rosenbaum

Winston Rosenbaum, 86 of Burton died peacefully on January 29, 2024, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan surrounded by his loved ones.  He was born September 8, 1937, to Alfred and Benita Sternberg Rosenbaum and lived all of his life in the Zionsville community. Winston was baptized November 14, 1937, at Eben Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin and affirmed his faith in March 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor R. J. Weber.  His confirmation verse was 1 Corinthians 13:13:  And now faith, hope and love abide, these three and the greatest of these is love. Winston lived his life according to this verse.  He graduated from Brenham High School in 1956 and received an Associate’s Degree from Blinn College in 1958.  Winston married Tanya Heins on December 9, 1967, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Thomas H. Swygert officiating. Winston worked at Gillespies Pharmacy, J. C. Penney in Brenham, and at Brenham National Bank for over 50 years as a bank teller.  He was voted Favorite Bank Teller in the Brenham Banner Press Awards and was honored by the Texas Bankers Foundation for his 50 years of banking. Winston loved to serve his Lord and he took great joy in serving in whatever capacity was needed at church. This included reading scripture for church services and occasionally preaching sermons. He often served as communion assistant, usher, greeter, shut-in communion visitor, and was on church council. He taught Sunday School and served as Sunday School Superintendent. Winston enjoyed serving others and developed lasting relationships with his many bank customers. Previously he was on the board of the Brenham Mission Society, served as Washington County Fair Treasurer, and volunteered with Bread Partners of Washington County.  He especially enjoyed his time spent with family, traveling, Astros baseball games, gardening, tacking many quilts for Lutheran World Relief, and walking and caring for his dogs.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham. Winston is survived by his wife of 56 years, Tanya, daughter and son-in-law Karen and Dave Bunger, and granddaughters Abby and Ella Bunger all of Brenham.  Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gerard and Barbara Probandt and Renee and George Nahlous, and many friends and other relatives. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral Service will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, February 5, 2024 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Charles Parnell and Pastor Donna Krueger officiating.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham Christian Day School, St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem, or a favorite charity. His family wishes to thank the EMS, Baylor Scott & White, Encompass Care, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Texas Accent Care, and Acara Hospice for their care of Winston. A special thanks to all who prayed for him in his time of need.  Pallbearers are Dave Bunger, Robert Bunger, Michael Bentke, Tee Dippel, Dr. Bill Eikenhorst, Robert Mikeska, Russell Rogas and Darron Smith. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St. Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Virginia Ruth Kneschke Rothermel

Virginia Ruth Kneschke Rothermel, age 91, departed this earthly life and entered her Heavenly home on January 24, 2024.  The funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday February 6th at 11am at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Donna Krueger officiating.  Rite of Christian burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Visitation for family and friends will be on February 5th from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Virginia was born in Brenham, Texas to Fritz and Elsie Linnemann Kneschke on March 4, 1932.  She was baptized on November 20, 1932 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham and confirmed in the same church on March 20, 1947 by Rev. Theo.  R. Streng.  On December 2, 1950, Virginia was united in marriage to Bryan Rothermel at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham by Rev. Theo. R. Streng. Virginia proclaimed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord, Savior, and Redeemer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham.  She served on the Altar Guild preparing Communion and as sponsor for the acolytes.  Virginia kept the church and communion records for several years and served as a member of the Messenger Newsletter Assembly Committee for over 30 years.  She faithfully attended adult Bible study for over 50 years.  Virginia was a graduate of Brenham High School.  She was elected as a cheerleader in her Junior and Senior years when there were only four cheerleaders.  She was an avid bowler for many years, bowling on the same League team for over 30 years.  Virginia won the 1st place trophy in the Annual Benefit Bowling Tournament in 1977.  Bryan & Virginia enjoyed playing 42 dominos with family and friends and hunting and fishing at Flag Pond.  She served as a leader in Cub Scout Pack 742 and the Webelos Scouts sponsored by St. Paul’s.  She also worked with the Goodfellows on the interviewing committee and calling committee.  Virginia was a faithful blood and plasma donor at church for those that had a special need.  Virginia was the usher at the Simon Theatre during the 1940s.  It was there that she met Bryan who was the projectionist.  Later they began dating and were married in December 1950.  They were blessed to celebrate 72 anniversaries together.  Virginia enjoyed traveling with Bryan, including cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska, and the Danube River.  She traveled to Europe many times to England, Germany and France.  It was special to witness the Passion Play of Jesus Christ at Oberammergau in Bavaria, West Germany on the Luther Tour.  Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Bryan Rothermel; her parents Fritz Sr. and Elsie Kneschke; sister Evelyn Roark; brothers Harry, Fritz Jr. and August Kneschke.  Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law Gary and Beth Rothermel of Brenham; Michael and Andrea Rothermel of Bend, Oregon; David and Paulina Rothermel of Rome, Italy.  Grandchildren Rachel and Phillip Rogers of Austin; Sarah and Kevin Teeter of Goshen, Kentucky; Stephen Rothermel and Micah Nethery of Austin; Samantha Rothermel of Waco; Ryan Rothermel of Bend, Oregon; and Jack and Lucia Rothermel of Rome, Italy.  Great Grandchildren Noah and Winter Rogers and Corinne and William Teeter.  Sister and brother-in-law Rosalie and Keith Davis of Winnie and numerous nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers will be JR Allen, Phillip Rogers, David Rothermel, Donnie Rothermel, Stephen Rothermel, and Keven Teeter.  All Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren will be considered honorary pallbearers.  Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 305 W. Third St., Brenham.  Funeral services for Virginia Rothermel are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main Street in Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, visit

David Michael Dickson

The sun set one last time for David Michael Dickson in Brenham, Texas on January 28, 2024.  Dave was born May 4, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois and was the only child of Hazel L. and Jacob Dickson. Growing up in Chicago he developed a passion for baseball and was a loyal Cubs fan, though you would often find him cheering for his southside White Sox too. When Dave was not watching baseball, collecting baseball cards, or corresponding with his favorite baseball players, he was playing baseball. His love of the diamond followed him through his time at Rich Central High School where he was a proud second baseman for the championship baseball team and built many of his lifelong friendships. It was during those teenage years that he also developed his other warm weather passion – golf. Following high school Dave, along with one of his closest high school pals, moved to warmer and sunnier Texas to attend Southern Methodist University. He graduated from SMU in 1975 with a degree in Radio, TV and Film. He later attended the University of Texas to study meteorology when his broadcasting career transitioned from news reporter to weatherman. Dave spent 30 years as a radio and TV broadcaster in Texas. He launched his career working in radio for WFAA in Dallas followed by KWHI-KTTX radio station in Brenham. Dave moved into TV news when he accepted a position at KBTX in Bryan, before working at stations in Beaumont, Austin, and Houston. While Dave thought early on that he wanted to be a sportscaster, and interviewed some of his biggest baseball idols, including Hank Aaron, he was offered a position as a weathercaster during his time at KVUE in Austin in the early 80’s. That position shaped the next 20 years of his career as a weatherman, including his time at the NBC Houston affiliate KPRC, as well as KRIV, and News8 Austin. Following his retirement from the media industry, he followed his passion of golf, working at the Golfsmith headquarters in Austin and a few summers at the Evergreen, CO golf course. He often smiled when sharing that his part-time job at the golf course was his best gig ever. It was in broadcasting where Dave also found his brother and sisterhood of people. He cherished these friends and their many shared adventures and laughs over the years. In 2005 Dave embarked on his biggest adventure when he married his love, Jennifer Carraway Dickson, under a beautiful Taos, New Mexico sky. Their nearly 19 years of marriage took them from Austin, to Washington DC, to the foothills in Evergreen, Colorado, and back to Brenham, where Dave boasted that he could finally return to playing golf year-round. Dave’s love of Texas and golf was almost as big as his love for Jennifer, their dogs, and his family. He also enjoyed spending his time traveling out West in their RV.  Dave leaves behind his wife, Jennifer Dickson, of Brenham Texas and his beloved dogs, Mimi and Bella; Brothers in law Dennis Koch and wife Hilary, Ronald Koch, and bonus sister-in-law Abby Doggett; Nephew and Godson, Kameron Wayne Koch, nephew Kyle Koch, and niece Kaitlyn Koch; his mother-in-law, Karen Kroll; father-in-law, Larry Koch and wife Sherrie; and extended family in Brenham and Conroe. Dave also leaves behind his greatly adored cousins in Minnesota and Arizona, including the Lenhardts, O’Connors, Waldraths, and Swansons. His cousins Christian O’Connor, William Lenhardt, and Goddaughter Grace Lenhardt were incredibly special to him. Dave was also blessed to have shared in many prayers and gracious kindness from his home caregiver, Geneva Kahli of Brenham.  Dave was preceded in death by both of his parents. A celebration of life is being planned in Austin closer to the start of the World Series. An open invitation is extended to family, friends, and former colleagues, with more details forthcoming. The family asks that you consider making a donation to Brazos Valley Hospice in Dave’s memory. ~ Fair skies always, Dave D. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Dennis Penkert

Dennis Penkert, 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 23, 2024. Dennis was born in Burton, TX on January 23, 1935 to Elfie Sehlke and Otto H. Penkert. He was baptized on March 31, 1935 at Zion Lutheran Church in Zionsville and later confirmed on April 10, 1949 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg. He married the love of his life Doris M. Bethke September 23, 1956 at St.  Paul Lutheran Church, Rehburg. They had 2 children, Darrell in 1957 and Donna in 1960. Dennis worked in road construction and was passionate about it. He started working at Robert Lange construction in Brenham with his father at the age of 15.  He worked there until he was 25, moving to many different cities in Texas. In 1961 he moved his family to League City, TX and shortly thereafter moved to Friendswood, Texas and started his 40+ year career working for Walter M. Mischer Sr. He quickly worked his way up to superintendent of Mischer Paving. Dennis led crews in the 1960’s and 70’s that were responsible for paving many roads and parking lots in and around Houston such as I-10, I-45 the Gulf Freeway, FM 518, FM 528 and NASA Road 1.  In 1976 Dennis and crew began construction of an airstrip in the west Texas town of Lajitas. There, he also oversaw the paving of new roads for the future resort city. In 1988 Dennis was sent to Belize, Central America to teach the locals how to use heavy equipment to build roads and create infrastructure for a new Minute Maid plant. In 1982 Dennis and Doris decided to move back to Burton although Dennis continued to work in Houston until 2006 when he retired at 71. Dennis could not sit idle even after retiring so he raised cattle as a hobby. He joined the Burton Volunteer Fire Department, the Burton Cotton Gin, and was on many committees at Abiding Word Lutheran Church.  He also was a Lifetime Committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Dennis was a man of God and he lived his life dedicated to God and service. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 years Doris, his daughter Donna and son-in-law Steve Baker of Alpharetta, Georgia and his son Darrell R. Penkert of Cypress, TX; grandchildren Laurel Baker, Austin Baker and Kelsey Penkert; great-grandchildren Faith Mathis, Rylee Baker, Whitney Keene and Lainey Keene; brother and sister in-law Johnny and Brenda Bethke; nephew J.W. Bethke and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Elfie Penkert; mother and father in-law John and Lorena Bethke. Honorary pallbearers will be the Burton Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 7th at Brenham Memorial Chapel noon to 7pm with family being present from 5-7pm. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 8th at 10:30am at Abiding Word Lutheran Church Brenham with inurnment following at Prairie Lea Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Burton Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Brenham Memorial Chapel 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833 Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Edwin Louis Muehsler

Edwin Louis Muehsler, 53, of Brenham passed away January 22, 2024. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with burial at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Klein Memorial Park Cemetery, 9714 FM 2920, Tomball, TX 77375. Edwin was born on June 22, 1970 in Frankfurt, Germany to Ruth Erika (Mayer) and Edwin Saunders Muehsler.  He was married to Alicia Contreras Muehsler. He was always everyone’s first call for help. He was a selfless man with a generous servant’s heart, served on the Parks and Recreation Board, was a proud volunteer in the Brenham Community. He was a Scout Master for Troop 742 and had numerous Mentor Pins. He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin Saunders Muehsler; grandparents, Edwin and Mary Ellen Muehsler and Fritz and Gretel Mayer. He is survived by his wife, Alicia Muehsler; mother and step-father, Ruth and Charles Berry; son, Edwin Muehsler; son and daughter-in-law, Zachery and Leslie Muehsler; daughter, Amber Muehsler and Emaleigh Muehsler.  Brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Dana Berry; brother, Dennis Muehsler. Sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Tanner Lewis. Sisters-in-law, Felicia Reyes, Angela Mendez, Debbie McMinn. Mother and father-in-law, Roland and Norma Contreras, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Chris and Amanda Planto. Nieces and nephews, Victoria and Manuel Calderon and Edward and Mary Reyes, Bryce, Brynn and Brea Planto, Erin and Kathryn Muehsler, Logan and Julia Lewis, Ryan, Jessica and Jacob Berry, Grant and Ashley Shaw and Marissa McMinn. Pallbearers are Zach Muehsler, Dennis Muehsler, Chris Berry, Chris Planto, Bryce Planto, Riley Saunders, Tyler Lewis and Austin Cupit. In lieu of flowers memorials in Edwin’s honor can be given to the Washington County EMS, 1875 US-290, Brenham, TX 77833 Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Irene Clara Maass Minor

Irene passed away at HCA Houston Healthcare in Cypress, TX on January 17th, 2024. Irene Clara Maass Minor was born on April 25th, 1938 in Brenham, TX to her parents Gustave Maass and Clara Kluck Maass. Irene was the youngest of 4 children (Alfred, Edwin, and Edwina). Irene lived a beautiful and full life. She is survived by her sister, Edwina Louise Maass Sanders. Also, nieces and nephews: Virginia Sanders, David Sanders, Matthew & Anne Marie Sanders, Joseph Sanders, Timothy & Denise Sanders and Katherine & Darren Anderson. Also, great nieces and nephew, Zachary Sanders, Krista Sanders and Alexis Anderson. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 26th at Memorial Oaks Chapel prior to funeral service. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 26th at Memorial Oaks Chapel with burial following at St. Johns Cemetery in Burton. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Royce Arthur Marburger

Royce Arthur Marburger, 73, of Washington County, Texas, passed into eternal life peacefully January 20, 2024, with family present, after complications from diabetes.  He was born December 23, 1950, in Weimar, Texas, to Arthur and Adele Marburger. Royce graduated from Brenham High School in 1969, and served in Vietnam 1971-72.  He was well-known as an intelligent hard worker and worked at several local businesses in addition to raising cattle. Royce especially loved the outdoors, wildlife and birds, and hunting.  He was also an excellent mechanic on all kinds of vehicles and equipment, even a bulldozer. He was preceded in death by his brother Earl and his parents.  Royce is survived by his sisters Natalie (and husband Walter) Daugherity, Barbara (and husband Kenney) Huebner, and Sheila Marburger; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family members. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” The graveside service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Carmine Cemetery, 220 Carmine Cemetery Road, Carmine, TX 78932. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit .

Virginia Kessel Hodde

Virginia Kessel Hodde, widow of A. W. Hodde, Jr. and daughter of the late Fred and Josephine Kessel, died January 21, 2024 at the age of 93. She was born in Brenham, TX, on November 23, 1930.  She is survived by her four children: Gwen Spiess (Donald) and James Hodde (Lynnette), all of Brenham; Lefayne Hodde (Sarah) of Austin, and Robert B. Hodde of Victoria; four grandchildren: Alison Loughlin and husband Thomas of The Woodlands, Texas; Adam W. Spiess and wife Jennie of Coppell, TX; Halen Hodde of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Harper Hodde of Victoria, TX; one brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Carolyn Kessel, and sister-in-law Louise Kessel (widow of Fred B. Kessel), and their families.  A visitation will be held at Brenham Memorial Chapel, from 8am until 7pm, Thursday, January 25, 2024.  A private graveside service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a 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

Gareth “Gary” Lee Vierus (1956–2024)

On the morning of January 18, 2024, Gareth “Gary” Lee Vierus, 67, beloved Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, and Friend, passed away, unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at his home in Cypress, TX. Gary was born on November 8, 1956, to Leon and Mercedes (Luetge) Vierus in Brenham, TX. He was baptized on March 24, 1957 at Friedens United Church of Christ in Washington, TX, and later confirmed his Christian faith in the same church on April 4, 1971. His chosen memory verse was Romans 8:1-2. Gary was a strong and confident man of faith. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX, where his children were baptized. He later joined St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, TX, where he was a member of the “Wine and the Word” small group. On March 17, 2015, Gary married his soul-mate, Janice Lynn Whitman, who he adored and who expanded his world with fun social outings and travels.  Gary attended Brenham schools and graduated from Brenham High School in 1975. His life-long curiosity for how things work led him to follow his passions to Arizona, where he graduated from the Arizona Automotive Institute in 1976. He managed Cypress Lawn and Turf for over 40 years. Gary was dedicated, hardworking, and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who called him, giving him the reputation as "Mr. Fix It.”  He was a proud and loving father of three children, who he always joked around with, and to whom he passed down his wisdom and “good genes.” He always loved to make people laugh with his “dad jokes,” sarcasm, and goofy sense of humor. He loved the Astros and the Cowboys (especially when they won). He was intrigued by outer space and even owned a small piece of property on the moon. He enjoyed spending time with close friends and family, going to breweries and wine tours, traveling, investigating and problem-solving.  Gary is survived by his loving wife, Janice Whitman-Vierus; mother, Mercedes “Sadie” Vierus; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry (Darlene) Vierus; sister and brother-in-law, Linda (David) Lange; sisters-in-law: Nancy Nicholson and Cathy Williams; daughters and sons-in-law: Allison (Raul) Trevino, Emily (Waylon) Byers; son and daughter-in-law, Jacob (Pam) Vierus; stepchildren: Kayla (James) Rose, Aaron Whitman; grandchildren: Gavin Rose, Brazos Byers, River Trevino, Elijah Vierus; the mother of his children, Cathy Vierus; close friends: John (Julie) Klein, and Adan Perez, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and friends.  Gary was preceded in death by his father, Leon Melvin Vierus, father and mother-in-law, Cecil (Joyce) Curry, and brothers-in-law: John Nicholson and Michael Williams.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, with memorial service to follow at 11:00 am at St. John Lutheran Church. 15235 Spring Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77429. Serving as pallbearers will be: Nicholas Vierus, Chad Gandy, Derrick Kramer, James Rose, Christopher Nicholson, and Jason Bain.  Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church.   Gary will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He will always be remembered for his unique, contagious laugh and kind, compassionate heart.

Willis Drews

Willis Drews, 83, of Brenham, passed away on Friday January 19, 2024.  Willis was born August 11, 1940 in Burton, TX to Dick and Ruby Hewitt Drews as an infant he was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burton and later confirmed there.  He graduated from Brenham High School.  He met Florence Warmke at Shelby Dance Hall and they were married October 14, 1962 at Welcome Lutheran Church.  They were members of Salem Lutheran Church.  At an early age, Willis started working as a mechanic at several automotive shops in Brenham.  He started at Western Auto, and later worked for LaRoche Chevrolet in Brenham for twenty years.  He then opened Drews Automotive.  He kept busy later in life delivering papers for the Houston Chronicle and the Banner Press, retiring after 15 years.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Florence Drews, his parents, infant son Doyle Drews, granddaughter Kaitlyn Drews, brother Ray Drews, Sr., brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Carolyn Warmke and niece Cammie Ganske.  He is survived by son Darrell Drews and Kim Kopecky.  Visitation will be Wednesday January 24, 2024, with family present from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Thursday January 25, 2024 at Salem Lutheran Church in Brenham.  Burial will follow in Salem Lutheran Cemetery.  Pallbearers include Cabin Warmke, David M Stevenson, Jack Fischer, Todd Poehlmann, Tom Parker, and Kevin Burnett.  Honorary Pallbearers are Billie Schmidt, Gene Van Zandt, Scott Drews and Cris Cook.  Memorials are requested to Salem Lutheran Church and Salem Lutheran Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Calvin Braun

On January 18, 2024, Calvin Braun of Rockdale, a loving father and grandfather passed away at the age of 81. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 21st from 3 to 5 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Services are set for 1 p.m. Monday, January 22nd at St. James Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas followed by a graveside service at the St. James Lutheran Cemetery. The Rev. Lawrence Bade will officiate. Calvin was born February 9, 1942, in Burton, Texas to Willie Herman and Margrete (Struck) Braun. He attended Brenham High School and was a member of the National Honors Society. Calvin served in the United States Army from 1960 through 1963. He was married just shy of 33 years to the love of his life, Doris Elaine Jaehne. They were married on February 11, 1969, in Brenham, Texas. These two were a prime example of true love and together they had two wonderful sons. He worked at Alcoa and retired as an electrician after for 42 years of service and was known by his coworkers as Charlie Brown. Calvin was a longtime member of St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem and was a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior. Calvin spent many years serving his community in various capacities. He was a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, and an active member of the Black Jack Volunteer Fire Department and American Legion. Calvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, watching his children and grandchildren participating in their many activities and a good whiskey. Calvin is survived by his two sons, Elan Braun and wife Dedra of Thorndale, Kase Braun and wife Dora of Midland; grandchildren, Kase William Braun Jr, Brantley Braun, Wyatt Braun and Lillian Braun and special friend Doris Koehne. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Doris Elaine Braun, his parents Willie and Margrete Braun, stepmother Minnie Braun; and sister, Jewell Ellis-Eyler. Pallbearers are Kevin Koehn, Don Jaehne, Elan Braun, Kase Braun, Don Jaehne Jr, Allan Jaehne. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 10362 New Wehdem Road, Brenham, TX 77833. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, P.O. Drawer 1417, Rockdale, TX 76567, 512-446-5454

Bobby L Bredthauer

Bobby L. Bredthauer went to be with his Savior on January 16, 2024.Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19th. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20th at St. Paul’s Lutheran church of Rehburg with burial following in the church cemetery.  Born in the Burton Hospital on February 6,1939 to Arnold W. Bredthauer and Esther (Wilkening) Bredthauer.  He was baptized (claimed by God) on March 26, 1939 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, and later confirmed his Christian faith, in the same church, on April 6, 1952. 1 John 5:4 was his chosen memory verse.  He graduated from Burton Public Schools and proudly served the armed forces (Army) for two years with most of it being stationed in Germany.  On April 8, 1967 he married Clarice Sehlke by Pastor John Kueker. They were blessed with one son (Byron) and 56 years of marriage.  He started his career with Texas A & M University, Soil & Crop Science Department, in 1959.  In the department of Cotton Research, his travels were from Dallas to Corpus Christi, testing plots, visiting with farmers and working with county agents.  Graduate students from all parts of the world would get their hands on training in this department. The highlight of his career was in 1993 when he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence by the Texas A & M University System in Research Support Role.  After retiring in 2000, he would be, “going back to Burton to ranch with the cows”.  His enjoyment was hunting with friends, playing cards, and going to dances.  Left to cherish his memory is his wife Clarice, son, Byron, sisters-in-law, Ruby Sehlke, and Betty Hohlt, nephews, Alan (Connie) Hohlt, Glenn Hohlt, Kevin (Cathi) Hohlt, Craig (special friend Kelly) Hohlt. Cousin, Shirley (Glen) Prenzler, and great nieces and nephew.  He is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, Ed and Isabel Sehlke, brother in-laws, Edward Sehlke, Elmer Hohlt, and nephew, Robert Sehlke.  Pallbearers: Rickey Fischer, Brian Hinze, Pat Simecek, Ted Dusek, John Glowacz and Al Nelson.   Honorary Pallbearers: Berry Malkey, John (Ike) Porter, Arlin Naegeli, Dennis Pietsch and Roger Weichert. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Elaine Wellmann Thielemann Grinde

Elaine Wellmann Thielemann Grinde, age 88, received her Angel Wings and passed peacefully at Kruse Village on January 11, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimer/Dementia with family by her side. Elaine was a Breast Cancer survivor. She was born on May 1, 1935, in Brenham, Texas, to her loving parents Henry and Hilda (Blome) Wellmann Jr. Elaine grew up in Brenham with her siblings, Alton, Florine Wellmann (Larry Allen), Billy Ray (Rose) and Nelson (Dorothy). She attended and graduated from Brenham High School in 1953.  Elaine moved to Houston after graduation and worked at First National Bank downtown as a proof operator. She left the bank to marry and raise her children and later was employed by Bering Home Center for 25 years in accounts receivable and credit manager. She retired and moved back to Brenham.  Elaine married Milton Louis Thielemann of Welcome on April 17, 1955, at Immanuel Lutheran Church Wiedeville. Elaine was also baptized and confirmed at Immanuel. They had 3 children Michael (Cathy), Michelle (Steve Krischke) and Melisa (JR Brown). Elaine and Milton attended Zion Lutheran Church where they witnessed the baptisms and confirmations of all 3 of their children. Elaine was a Sunday school teacher to 18-month-olds thru to the age of 3, at Zion for over 30 years. After 37 years of marriage, Elaine lost the love of her life, best friend and amazing dance partner. They both shared a love of all polkas and waltzes and seemed to glide across the dance floor seamlessly. Most weekends included dances that they attended or hosted throughout their marriage with their lifelong friends.  Besides dancing Elaine enjoyed sewing both personally and professionally. Her biggest sewing feat was a wedding dress for her niece Paulette on which they hand sewed every pearl and bead. Elaine loved baking and cooking. Her best dishes were her perfectly round chocolate chip cookies and peach cobbler. Her biggest baking feat was baking 15-30 dozen different Christmas cookies to deliver to the bank daily for two weeks for their customers. Elaine was queen of the casseroles and was one of the first to have an Amana range (microwave).  Several years later, Elaine met Ralph Grinde at a dance and within that year Ralph proposed to Elaine. They were married March 19, 2009, at St. John Lutheran Church, Cat Spring. Ralph has two daughters from his first marriage, Julie and Donna (George Autobee). Elaine and Ralph enjoyed rides in the country and Elaine traded in her city life for country and farm living. She even helped shear the sheep. Elaine and Ralph both enjoyed dancing together until she had to enter Kruse Village in March of 2020. Ralph was a very devoted partner, visiting Elaine daily up until her death.  Elaine’s grandchildren include: Savannah Krischke, Kayla (Justin Hermann), Garrison Thielemann, Meghan Burrell, and Sarah (Rykan Jones). Great grandchildren include: Brylea Herrmann, Cutter Herrmann, Kendall Burrell, Tori Burrell, JJ Jones, Drew Burrell, Paisley Keller, Brielle Jones and Baby H due soon. Step grandchildren include: Mia Autobee, Joseph Autobee, Jennifer (Justice McLemore) and Paula Krischke. Step great grandchildren are: Justina (Michael), Briana, Frank, Whitley, Paul (Alyssa), Nathan, Charrish, Hailey, Aaliyah and Kayzley. Elaine has 3 step great-great grandchildren Kameron, Zelene, and Grayson.  Elaine had the privilege to be Baptismal Sponsor to the following nieces and nephew David Carroll Butler, Shari Renee Park, Paula Renee Allen and Lisa Kay Boxx.  Elaine is survived by sister-in-law Elverna Borchardt, brother-in-law Wilbert and Dinora Thielemann and numerous nieces and nephews.  Elaine is preceded in death by: her husband, Milton Thielemann, parents Henry and Hilda (Blome) Wellmann Jr., brother Alton Wellmann, sister-in-law Rose Wellmann her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Herbert and Else (Wensel) Thielemann, in-laws, Walter and Evelyn Thielemann, Roy and Veda Bockhorn and Herman Borchardt.  Visitation will be held January 19th at Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham from 8 am-7 pm, with family present from 4-7pm.  Service will be held January 20th at 10 am at St. John Lutheran Church, 480 Ross Street, Cat Spring. Burial will be at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston 77077 at 2:30 pm the same day.  Nephews Glen Bockhorn, Craig Borchardt, Jason Borchardt, Arlen Thielemann, Jonathan Thielemann, Joel Wellmann, Neal Wellmann and Todd Wellmann will serve as pallbearers with David Bockhorm serving as the honorary pallbearer.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to your choice of churches: Immanuel Lutheran Church Weideville, 4529 Weideville Church Road, Brenham, Texas 77833, Zion Lutheran Church, 3606 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009, St. John Lutheran Church, 480 Ross Street, Cat Spring, Texas 78933.  Elaine’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the Kruse Village caregivers who loved and cared for her and her sassy attitude. Special thanks to Acara Hospice for their constant care, love and attention that was given to Elaine in her time of need. Elaine truly loved each caregiver even though she may not have shown it at all times.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share condolences at

David John Folschinsky

David John Folschinsky passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 11, 2024 in Brenham, Texas at the age of 69 years. He was a lifelong resident of Washington County, respected, trusted, blessed with a marvelous sense of humor and loved by all that knew him. A community leader and a man of many talents, it was an honor to be called his friend.  David was born in Brenham, Texas, on March 13, 1954 to Lillian (Wehmeyer) and John Folschinsky. He grew up in the Sandy Hill area as an only child, spoiled and adored by his parents, aunts and uncles. He was educated in the Brenham public school system and a graduate of Brenham High School. He obtained his Undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Architecture and Design from Texas A&M University in 1976.   David’s faith and belief in God was his greatest strength and the lessons learned at his mother’s knee served him and his community well. He was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church and more recently a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham.   David John owned and operated Design II in Brenham. He built his business with the help of his sweet mother Lillian in the early years of establishing what would become the areas premier catering company for over 35 years. David’s attention to menus and floral design thrilled many a bride and groom. Blessed by wonderful clients, David Folschinsky and his Design II staff were highly solicited to help with any event worth holding in our community. There was nothing he and his staff could not or would not do to please his clients. And those clients eventually all became his good friends.  David supported the youth of the area by hiring many high school students to work in his catering kitchen. He believed that teaching these young adults life skills, work ethics and teamwork would give them valuable lessons in leadership. And of course, to work with David at Design II was a pretty cool job, because David was always fun and entertaining.  Throughout his lifetime David was a champion for many not-for-profit organizations giving freely of his time, talent and treasure. A few of these organizations are The Heritage Society of Washington County, American Cancer Society & Relay for Life, Brenham Maifest Association, Washington County Fair, Unity Theater, many area churches and their activities, school functions and many more benefitted from his gifts.  David served as a Trustee for Baylor Scott & White Foundation-Brenham and Brenham Childrens Chorus where he won the “Battle for the Baton” competition and he served as a Director for Burton Cotton Gin.  In 2009 David was awarded the Washington County Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient”, for his many gifts to the community he loved.  David retired from Design II in 2020 in the hope of slowing down and having new adventures. But in typical David fashion, the desire to make a difference and help others remained.  In 2022 he started working as a part time consultant with Blinn College in the Food Service Department.  In this position he assisted with special functions, all meals for the Blinn Board of Trustees and the Blinn Foundation Trustees, as well as helping to redesign menus for the department.  He loved working with the cooks and special events staff to ensure that everything worked smoothly and was held to high standards.  David had just accepted a full-time position with the Blinn Food Services. Sadly, he will be missed by all that knew him.  David worked hard all of his life and has now joined his beloved mother, Lillian Folschinsky and father, John Folschinsky, who preceded him in death, and they are certainly busy catching up on all the happenings and cooking up something delicious to share.  Family and friends left to celebrate David and the positive and lasting impact he made on their lives are his adopted children & grandchildren- James Ahrens and wife, Michele, Adyn, Jack, Miya and Ady; his godchildren, Sally Schoenvogel Bradley and Grant Hughes; and very special friends Maria Carmen Guzman and her daughters Valeria and Vanessa.  Also surviving are first cousins, Marjorie Schroeder, Shirley Boeker, Patsy Dannhaus, Linda Pieper and Darrell Wehmeyer. Other cousins Doris Eckermann, Emil Schwartz, Rhonda and Kenneth Schwartz, Pam Schwartz, Rhonda Wehmeyer and Linda Mercer who was as close as a sister to David.  David will also be remembered and missed by his “family of friends”! And they know who they are!!!  A Memorial Service & Celebration of Life for David John Folschinsky will be held at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Baylor Scott & White Foundation of Brenham, Blinn College Foundation or the charity of your choice.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham.  To post a tribute to the family, please visit

Berry Lee Goldberg

Berry Lee Goldberg, 89, of Brenham passed away on January 9, 2024. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Rehburg with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Berry Lee was born on May 17, 1934 at home in Burton, to John and Lillie (Fischer) Goldberg. He attended Rehburg Country School and Burton High School. On May 12, 1972 he was united in marriage to Delores Arndt.  He worked as Plant Manager at Coca Cola for 36 years and served as Constable of Precinct 4 in Washington County for 28 years. He was a neat story teller, always making people laugh. His favorite pastimes were visiting with friends, deer hunting, playing poker, having a cool one, cooking for friends, dancing with his wife, Delores and traveling with the McClendon Bus Group. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Delores; sister-in-law, Nora Lee Goldberg. Niece and her husband, Brenda and Marcus Randermann; nephew and his wife, Larry and Tammy Goldberg and great nieces and nephews and many cousins. He is predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Lynn Goldberg; parents, John and Lillie (Fischer) Goldberg; brother, Monroe Goldberg; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Erna Arndt; niece, Cynthia Goldberg and furry friend Peppermint Patty. The family would like to thank special caregivers Charlie Schroeder and Janice Randermann  McClendon and also Acara Hospice. Pallbearers will be Charlie Schroeder, Rickey Fischer, Darrell Fischer, Roger Schulte, Jerry Merten, Willie Brown, Larry Goldberg and Marcus Randermann. Honorary Pallbearers will be former employees of Coca Cola, Brenham, Texas. Memorials to honor Berry Lee can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Rehburg, 4450 FM 1948 N., Burton, TX 77835 or Acara Hospice, 601 Graham Rd., College Station, TX 77845. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

John Charles Bolcerek

On January 10, 2024 our beloved Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and Friend John Charles Bolcerek was called home to eternal rest by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John was born on November 5, 1934 in Brenham, Texas to Lee and Antonia (Budnick) Bolcerek. He was a lifelong Member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham where he received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage to Deborah Bennett. He has served as an usher and helped maintain the cemetery in earlier years. John is survived by his son and daughter in law Jason and Stacey Bolcerek, grandchildren who he cherished, Blane Bolcerek and Bailey Bolcerek, brother in law Z.E. Kominczak, sister in law Victoria Bolcerek, as well as numerous nieces and one nephew. A visitation for John will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 8am to 7pm with family present from 5pm to 7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Rosary will be recited at 7pm. A funeral mass will be held on January 13, 2024 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham with a burial to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel. Online condolences may be shared with the family at 

Rose Lee Lohmeyer

Rose Lee Lohmeyer, 93, of Washington on the Brazos, passed away on January 06, 2024. Visitation with family will be on Wednesday, January 10th from 5:00 to 7:00pm, at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham. Funeral service will be 10:30am Thursday, January 11th at Friedens Church of Washington with burial following in the Friedens Cemetery. Rose Lee was born on December 12, 1930 to Otto and Meta Noerenberg Loesch in the community of Cedar Hill, just outside of Brenham, Texas. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in Prairie Hill and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Brenham. Rose Lee was married to Clarence W. Lohmeyer for over 53 years, until his passing in 2003. Rose Lee worked in the Banking industry in Navasota until her retirement. Rose Lee continued living on the family ranch in Washington, Texas until her passing.  She was a lifetime member of Friedens Church of Washington, Texas; serving on the church council multiple times, she was a member of the church's Women's Followship group, the VFW post 4006 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Sons of Hermann lodge #187. Rose Lee was an avid quilter and enjoyed spending Tuesdays with the ladies quilting circle and friends of the church.  Rose Lee was an outstanding cook and along with her 7 sisters, in 1999 they published their first cookbook filled with family recipes. Due to its popularity, a second edition was published. Rose Lee was always an independent person, with a deep love for her family and friends. She was a compassionate and caring person, putting God first in her life. She had two wishes in the final phase of her life - to attend the Loesch Family Christmas party and to return home and live independently; both of which she accomplished.  Survivors include son and daughter-in-law; Gordon and Cindy Lohmeyer of College Station, Texas, Grandson Phillip Lohmeyer of College Station, Sisters Ella Flynt of Iola, Edna Schroeder of Brenham and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence, father and mother-in-law Henry and Ida Lohmeyer, brothers Arnold Loesch of Houston and Melvin Loesch of Brenham, sisters Elsie Tegeler of Brenham, Alma Kenjura of Brenham, Norma Meschwitz of Brenham, Hilda Lorenz of Brenham, Selma Wellmann of Brenham, along with brothers and sisters- in-law Bonnie Loesch, Lydia Loesch, Raymond Tegeler, Jim Buchanan, Roy Lorenz, Louis Meschwitz, Robert Wellmann, Truman Flynt, Charlie Kenjura, Charlie Schroeder, Lugene Lohmeyer, Willie Dell Lohmeyer and Harris Lohmeyer Sr.  Pallbearers will be - Lonnie Tegeler, Harris Lohmeyer Jr., Charlie Canatella, Leonard Dannhaus, David Wellmann, Robert Kettler, Charles Gajeske, Albert Smith. Honorary Pallbearers include - Lance Williams, Scott Bosse, Preston Boenker and her many friends in Christ.  A special thank you to Rose Lee's friends who so compassionately supported her towards the end of her life. Thank you to her sister Edna Schroeder, nieces Vicky Kenjura, Lou Ann Canatella and Gwen Smith, friend Terry Cambell and caregiver Linda Saunders. We would also like to thank the St Joseph's Hospital system, Acara Hospice Care and Seasons Assisted Living for their comfort and support.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Friedens Church of Washington.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, Texas. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Sudie Schaer Stark

Sudie Schaer Stark, 91, of Brenham, Texas, was called home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2024. Born in Brenham on May 7, 1932, Sudie grew up in Chappell Hill. After graduating from Brenham High School, Sudie attended Baylor University, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education. In high school, Sudie met her late husband, Dr. Delbert Herbert Stark, and they wed on June 4th, 1955. Together they had four sons – the late Dr. Robert Schaer Stark, Delbert (Bubba) Herbert Stark Jr., the late James John Stark, and the late Duke David Stark. Sudie’s dedication to her community was evident throughout her life. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was instrumental in the organization and growth of the Christian Day School, serving on its board for many years. A trailblazer, Sudie became the first woman board member and President of the Brenham Maifest Association when she was tapped in 1969 to serve alongside her late husband–a role they held together for 10 years. Sudie was later elected to the Maifest Hall of Fame in 1981 and continued to serve as President Emeritus until her death. Sudie was also the first woman to serve on the Blinn Board of Trustees, appointed in 1991 to fill an unexpired term. She was later elected in 1992 and reelected in 1998. She worked for the advancement of educational excellence at Blinn College until her retirement from the board in 2004 and continued supporting the college as she was able until her passing. After her husband’s death, Sudie established the Delbert H. Stark Memorial Scholarship at Blinn College in 1986 and established an endowed chair in her late husband’s memory at the University of Texas at Austin. Sudie further served her community through active involvement in the Brenham Elks Lodge Auxiliary, as a member of the St. Jude Hospital Board of Trustees, as a Board member of the Brenham State School Opportunity Center, as a Board member of the Farmer’s State Bank of Chappell Hill, and as chairperson of the Church council at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where she also trained and served as a Stephen Minister. Eventually, Sudie decided to slow things down a bit and let some other folks take the reins. In retirement, Sudie was tirelessly devoted to her six grandchildren. They were all shaped by, and are grateful for, her efforts in ensuring they had wonderful childhoods and endless opportunities. Sudie was the magic that made every Christmas morning memorable. She baked beautiful custom birthday cakes for every grandchild’s birthday, curated special photo albums of memories, and, most importantly, loved each of them fiercely. Sudie is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Delbert Herbert Stark, her sons, Dr. Robert Schaer Stark, James John Stark, and Duke David Stark, her parents Robert and Blanche Schaer, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert Walter Stark and Sadie Marx Stark. She is survived by her son, Delbert (Bubba) Herbert Stark Jr., and his wife Janis Vanderpool Stark, and her daughter-in-law, Beth Fuller Stark. She is also survived by her six grandchildren and their spouses, Anna Katherine Stark and wife Rebecca, Julianna Christine Wanek and husband Tyler, Elizabeth Anne Stark, Mae Evelyn Stark, Meredith Stark Metaxas and husband Thanos, and Robert Schaer Stark Jr. and wife Alli, as well as numerous other beloved in-laws, great-grandchildren, cousins, and other loved ones. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 12th, 2024 at Brenham Memorial Chapel from 8am to 7pm, with family present from 5 to 7pm. Service will be held at Chappell Hill United Methodist Church, Saturday, January 13th, 2024 at 2 PM and the burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a reception at the Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum after the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blinn College Foundation, the Brenham Maifest Association, or any charity of your choosing that supports education or children. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611  Share condolences at 

Ruth Free

Ruth Free, 96, former resident of Brenham, passed away on December 31, 2023. Visitation with family will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00, January 4, 2023 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham. Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 5, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with burial following in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Alvin Free; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Judy Free; grandchildren, Misty and husband, Mark Stevens, Sean and wife, Sarah Weathers, Kandis and husband, Mike Burden; great-grandchildren Sydne Stevens, Austin Stevens, Kynlee Stevens, Weston and Alyssia Weathers, Wyatt Weathers, Cash Burden and Braylee Burden; great-great-grandchild, Waylon Weathers. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham.

Dorothy Lee Baranowski Michalak

Dorothy Lee Baranowski Michalak, 91, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023.  Dorothy Michalak is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Robbie and Poo Michalak, Allan and Sharon Michalak, and daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Tommy Henderson; grandchildren, Brent and Chelsea Michalak, Chase Michalak, Dixie and Preston Gates, Braylynn Henderson, and Taylen Henderson; great-grandchildren, Reese Michalak, Lane Michalak, Ivan Michalak, Daisy Gates, and Cooper Gates.  Visitation will be held Friday, December 29, 8am – 7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Services for Dorothy Michalak will be held Saturday, December 30th, with rosary recited at 9:30 am and Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham with Father Everado Cazarez officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham or to Amedisys Hospice.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share condolences at

Ben John Meyer

Ben “Butch” Meyer, age 82, of Brenham, TX a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather waltzed his way into Heaven with the good Lord on December 23, 2023.  Ben was born June 1, 1941, to Ben and Elsie Meyer in the Latium Community. Ben was baptized on July 20, 1941, and confirmed on April 3, 1955, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine. He grew up on the farm picking cotton and helping his family. He attended and graduated from Brenham High School in 1959.  As a young man, Ben joined the United States Army honorably serving his country for four years as a Combat Construction Specialist serving both active duty and in the reserves. He did his basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. He was later stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana.  Ben met his forever love of 63 years, Delores Jane Eichler and they wed on August 14, 1960. They welcomed their first daughter, Laurie, on July 10, 1962, then their second daughter, Linda, on July 2, 1964, and finally their youngest and only son, Bryan, on October 18, 1967. Ben owned Meyer and Kugel Packing Plant. After he sold the packing plant, he ran cattle on his ranch until his passing.  Ben was an outdoorsman and a one-of-a-kind type of cowboy. He was a skilled man, working in various environments being a co-owner in a packing plant to welding in the field building structures and fence lines. Ben's passion was being a cowboy. Ben was a horseman and raised cattle throughout his life passing his passion and skill on through his family. There wasn’t a day, even before his passing, where he didn’t roam the pastures on his gator with his beloved wife checking cattle.  As the years passed, they watched their children get married and provide ten grandchildren. As time does, those grandchildren found their matches and provided eight great grandchildren and two more on the way this coming year. He was greatly blessed by the Lord and will be greatly missed by his legacy, his family.  Ben’s pastimes were being with family, dancing, playing cards, spouting off jokes, running his hound dogs, hunting, and fishing which has also been passed on to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by parents, Ben and Elsie Meyer, parents-in-law, Elmo and Bernice Eichler, sister and brother-in-law, Ora Dean and Otto Duesterhoft, sister and brother-in-law, Janell “Tiny” and Dennie Marek, and brother-in-law, Billy Baichtal.  Ben is survived by: wife Delores Jane Eichler Meyer; children, Laurie Meyer, Linda and Rick Kenjura, and Bryan and Tina Meyer; grandchildren, Amanda and Seth Klehm, Turner and Kristina Eldridge, Riley and Kaleigh Meyer, Megan and Kris Rigsby, Cole and Gabbi Kenjura, Raeben and Loryn Meyer, Bailey and Daniel Brinson, Paige Kenjura and Connor, Ellie Meyer and Jackson, and Maggie Kenjura; great-grandchildren: Aiden and Tinley Klehm, McCrae and Brielynn Eldridge, Tripp Meyer, Rhynlee Meyer, Ruth Brinson, and Kase Kenjura; sister-in-law Judy Baichtal; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers will be: Seth Klehm, Turner Eldridge, Riley Meyer, Cole Kenjura, Raeben Meyer, Alan Duesterhoft, Doug Duesterhoft, and Otto Duesterhoft. Honorary pallbearers will be Zeke Morrison, Daniel Borchgardt, Aubrey Harmel, Daniel Cendalski, Dennis Eldridge, and Dustin Baichtal.  Visitation with family will be Wednesday, December 27th from 5 - 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 28th at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Weideville with Pastor Jen Kindsvatter officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  In memory of Ben and in lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611  Share condolences at

Evelyn Boehnemann Fuchs

Evelyn Boehnemann Fuchs, 98 of Burton, passed away peacefully December 22, 2023 at Kruse Village.  Evelyn was born March 20, 1925 in Burton to parents Adolph and Ella (Hertel) Boehnemann. She was baptized May 17, 1925 and confirmed March 17, 1940 both at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine, where she remained a lifelong member. Evelyn attended rural Burton school and then attended Burton High School, from where she graduated in the class of 1943. On June 22, 1947, Evelyn married John Will Fuchs at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine.  They started their life together in LaGrange, and eventually would come back home and settle on the same piece of land she lived her life out on.  Evelyn was a devoted homemaker and supported her husband on their dairy farm and eventual commercial cattle operation. She planted and tended a garden until her health no longer allowed, raising vegetables and canning them to feed her family. She entered many of her canned goods in the Washington County Fair, winning Grand Champion and numerous awards.  Evelyn had a true love for feeding her family and was an outstanding cook, always making the special dishes for her grandchildren that they enjoyed most. Her work was not only in the kitchen, she would also help John Will during harvest times of hay and corn, doing whatever was needed to get the job done the right way. Evelyn also designed and baked beautiful and delicious wedding cakes. She enjoyed supporting her sons and grandchildren’s 4H and FFA projects, and sport activities. In her little spare time, she would set up her quilting square in the dining room and put together true works of love and art to either gift or enjoy. She also enjoyed playing dominoes with family and friends.  Evelyn and John Will traveled to Germany three times, meeting family and making lifelong friends.  Until recently, she would still sit down and talk to her dear friends in Germany, as she was fluent in German. They hosted their friends from Germany several times.  In the last years of John Will’s life, Evelyn took care of him, making sure he could stay at home as long as possible.  She truly found her passion in life in taking care of her family and friends.  She was a member of the Greenvine Church Choir, volunteered for Vacation Bible School, member of the Ladies Circle, Salad Suppers, and prepared meals for funerals all through Greenvine Lutheran Church.  She and John Will sang with the Winedale German Singers. She was a Charter Lifetime Member of Texas Extension Education Association, and Burton American Legion Auxiliary. In 1987, she received the Outstanding Extension Homemaker Lifetime Award and the Texas Conservation Homemaker Award. In 2016, Evelyn received the District and State Texas Treasure Award from the Texas EEA.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 66-years John Will Fuchs; parents, Adolph and Ella (Hertel) Boehnemann; parents-in-law, John C. and Elsie (Stork) Fuchs; brother Delphine Boehnemann, sister and brother-in-law Gladys and Delton Koerth; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ora Nell and Edward Muehlbrad, Lester and Virginia Fuchs, Glenwood Schwartz, LeeRoy Fuchs (who died as a child).  Evelyn is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Joy Fuchs of Burton, Gerald and Laurie Fuchs of Bellville; grandchildren and spouses, Michael and April Fuchs, Landry and Jennifer Fuchs, Kyle and Sydney Fuchs, Raeden Fuchs; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Addison, Carley, Olivia Kate, Dallas and Otto; sisters-in-law, Florence Boehnemann, Jeanette Schwartz; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Visitation will be Thursday, December 28th 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 Friday, December 29th at 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine with Rev. Cindy Robles officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers will be: Michael Fuchs, Landry Fuchs, Kyle Fuchs, Raeden Fuchs, Peyton Fuchs, Carley Fuchs, and Addison Fuchs. Honorary pallbearers will be Olivia Kate Fuchs, Dallas Fuchs and Otto Fuchs. Thelma Dopplehammer, Linda Makowsky, members of the Washington County EEA clubs, and the Winedale German Singers.  A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Kruse Village, Hospice, and Dr. Bobby Marek for providing care and comfort to Evelyn.  Memorials are requested to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share condolences at

Grace Allyne (Lange) Boehnemann

Grace Allyne (Lange) Boehnemann of Burton passed away on Sunday, December 17th, 2023. Grace was born August 29, 1931 to Bernhard and Paula (Altmann) Lange. She was baptized on December 15, 1931 in Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine and was confirmed November 12, 1944 in the same church. On April 12, 1953 she was married to Alton (Pido) Boehnemann in Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine. Grace was a lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and baking. For 25 years, Grace and Pido ran a family dairy. To say the least for years, Grace weathered the storms and milked those cows like any dairy man could do. Grace soon found her true calling in life. She was a legend amongst the Burton community. While working at the Burton Cafe she quickly became known statewide as "The Pie Lady." For many years she baked cakes, pies, and tea rings for various organizations for fundraisers. After she decided to put her baking hands to rest she volunteered at the Burton Bridge Corner Shoppe for many years. She made many friends while working at the Burton Cafe and the Corner Shoppe. Special moments of her life included being selected as the 2020 Grand Marshall of the Burton Cotton Gin Parade. She took great pride in her family, especially her granddaughters and great grandchildren. Grace was very proud of all their many accomplishments. Survivors include her daughters, Diane Boehnemann, Debbie Kieke and husband Ricky, and Donna Putnam. Granddaughters, Angie Kieke Fritsch and husband Bubba, and Abby Kieke Majewski and husband Dustin. Great-grandchildren, Chet and Paige Fritsch and Hank and Charli Majewski. Brother and sister in law, Charles and Barbara Lange, sister in law, Linda Lange. And numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her in laws, her husband Pido, her brothers David and James Lange, son in law, Jeffrey Putnam, and nephew Layne Lange. Pallbearers are Ricky Kieke, Bubba Fritsch, Dustin Majewski, Chet Fritsch, Hank Majewski, Douglas Borchardt, Keith Lange, and William Lange. Honorary pallbearers include Darrell Borchardt, Clay Wiederhold, Chris Tehas, John Greig, the Nelson Felder Family, Cindy and Steve Miller, Jerri and Glenn Linke, Linda Makowsky, Robert McCullough and Dotty Wickel. Special thanks from the family to High Hope Care Center and their staff for their outpouring love and care for our Nana. We also express our appreciation to Amedisys Home Health. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20th from 5-7 PM at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 21st at 2PM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine with Pastor Cindy Robles officiating. Interment will be held in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main St., Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

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