Obituaries


Billy Dean Lyndon Koerth

Billy Dean Lyndon Koerth, 81, of Burton passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, October 24th.  He is survived by his companion, Theresa Bilski; his daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Steven Krebs of Fayetteville, Cindy and Timothy Joswiak of Brenham, Vicky and Doyle Reeves, of Burton, Wendy and David Warner Sr. of Burton; his son Danny Koerth of Caldwell; his grandchildren, Monica Reeves, John and Megan Joswiak, Jacob and Brittany Joswiak, David and Bailey Warner Jr., Tyler Krebs, Rachel and Cullen Jozwiak, Makaylah, Jace, and Jaxon Koerth; his great grandchildren, Ilyee Joswiak, Elijah and Abel Warner. Other survivors include his sister, Daulene Hopmann; sister-in-law, Betty Koerth; and numerous nieces and nephews. The viewing will be held Wednesday, October 28th from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, the family will receive visitors from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The outside funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine Cemetery Pavilion with Deaconess Cindy Robles and Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Please bring a chair if needed. Due to Covid-19, we will be postponing a celebration of life to be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements for Billy Dean Koerth are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main Brenham.

Doyle Wayne Rogers

Doyle Wayne Rogers, age 83, of Brenham, passed away on October 24, 2020 at Hudson Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Bryan, with his wife of 34 years, Faye (Lehrmann) Rogers, at his side. He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Randy West, of Waelder, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Lisa Rogers, of Salado, Texas; grandson, Tanner Rogers, of Lubbock, Texas; granddaughter, Reagan Rogers, of Natchitoches, Louisiana; granddaughter, Landry Rogers, of Magnolia, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Kathy Rogers Farrell, of Van Alstyne, Texas; mother-in-law and step father-in-law, Gertrude and Gilbert Schroeder, of Brenham; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Lucretia Lehrmann, of Marble Falls; sister-in-law, Patricia Cooke, of Brenham; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Cary Conklin, of Benbrook, Texas; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Snell, of College Station; and numerous nieces and nephews. A family graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor Skip Stutts officiating. Viewing and registry will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Gloria (Demuth) Rippenhagen

Gloria Rippenhagen, 80 of Brenham, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020.  Gloria Ann Demuth was born November 21, 1939 in Brenham to Peter Demuth, Sr. and Frieda (Hodde) Demuth. Her mother died when she and her sister Gertrude were young children. Their father then married Lydia Luedemann , who had a son Harvey. The family grew with sons Pete, David, and Larry being born. Gloria helped care for the boys, while her stepmother worked in nursing. She met, and with youngest brother along at dates, fell in love with her soulmate Robert F. Rippenhagen, Jr. Her stepmother insisted that Gloria graduate before getting married. She was a 1958 graduate of Brenham High School. Gloria and Robert were married June 20, 1958 at Greenvine Baptist Church by Rev. Frank Armbruster. To this union, one son Ronald was born. Gloria worked with Robert as secretary of their Rip’s Auto Service. Later, she was employed at the Toy Box Day Care Center. Gloria studied and received credentials to become their Director of Child Development. From there, she retired in 2003.  Hundreds of adults remember their Toy Box years and the love of Mrs. Rip.  Gloria was a lifelong member of Greenvine Baptist Church, where she was involved in Bible study groups. She enjoyed cooking and was a talented artist. She was a member of the Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).  She was preceded in death by: parents; stepbrother, Harvey Luedemann and wife Sue, half-brothers Pete Demuth, David Demuth; sister, Gertrude Ramer and husband Sam.  Surviving loving family includes: husband, Robert “Rip” Rippenhagen, Jr.; son, Ronald “Ronnie” D. Rippenhagen and wife Sandy; step granddaughter, Dr. Jennifer Stewart; step great grandchildren, Diana Faulkner, Carolina and Cash Hooper; brother, Larry Demuth and wife Mary; numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be Friday, October 23 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m. at the Greenvine Baptist Church pavilion with Pastor Jack Faulkner and Charles Steven officiating. Those attending are encouraged to dress comfortably and use precautions by wearing masks and social distancing. Chairs, masks and bottled water will be available, or you may bring your own if you wish.  Interment will follow in Greenvine Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Michael Demuth, Brady Russell, Gary Steen, Russell Steen, Nathan Steen, Alex Demuth, Jason Merryman and Jim Witte.  Honorary pallbearers will be all former employees of Toy Box.  Gloria’s family wishes to thank the entire staff of Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hospice Brazos Valley and Washington County EMS for their care.  Memorials are requested to Hospice Brazos Valley, Greenvine Baptist Cemetery or Church.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Breham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

 

Lydia Estelle House

Lydia Estelle House, 90, of Brenham, TX died on October 19, 2020 in the presence of family.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Bellville United Methodist Church with Pastor John Reasons and Pastor Bobbie Maltas officiating. Burial will follow in Phillipsburg Methodist Cemetery. A visitation will be prior to the funeral service, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the church fellowship hall.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Henry House “Tom” and wife Jessica of Florence, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Lydia “Ann” Jurden and husband Daniel W. “Dan” of Brenham, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Bill Kitzman and wife Mary Grace; brother, Oliver Kitzman; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Kitzman and Beverly Kitzman; grandchildren, Philip Richard McLemore and wife Jennifer, Rachel Michelle Markham and husband Cole, LeeAnn Jurden, Pam House, Lane Allison Morgan and husband Howard, Terry Potter and husband Chris, Kara Beth McLemore and husband Brody, Emily Stilson and husband Tyler, Laura House, and Kelly Dee Jurden; great grandchildren, Jackson Markham, Wesley Markham, Marshall Markham, Rose Markham, Tara McLemore, Luke Stilson, Aaron Stilson, and Martha Kate Stilson; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.  

Clyde Ray Averitt

Clyde Ray Averitt a long time resident and business owner of Brenham went to join the Lord and past family members and friends on October 15, 2020.   Clyde is survived by his, two sons; Donald Ray Averitt and wife Sylvia of Las Vegas, Gary Randall Averitt and wife Robin of Houston, Daughter-In-Law Jennifer Janner (Averitt) Juries of Brenham, four grandchildren: Josh Averitt and wife Britney, Jacob Averitt and wife Morgan, Madison Averitt and Drake Averitt. One Great Grandson: Easton Ryan Averitt (son of Josh and Britney). Along with many cousins, nephews, nieces and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Helen Joyce Kilburn Averitt and son Dennis Ross Averitt. Also, his father and mother and brother Eugene and sister Marilyn.  Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Brenham Memorial Oaks Chapel. Visitation hours will be two hours prior to the funeral service, beginning at 9:00 am.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Barbara Bibian (Konieczny) Gurka

Barbara Bibian (Konieczny) Gurka, 89 of Chappell Hill passed away Saturday October 17 at her home with her children at her side. Visitations will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel on Monday, October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, October 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.A Rosary prayer service will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 everyone attending the Rosary Service is required to wear a mask.Funeral Mass service will be held 11:00am on Wednesday, October 21 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill, Texas with Rev. Jozef Musiol, SDS JCD officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. Barbara is survived by her 5 children: daughter - Theresa Derkowski (husband Paul) of Chappell Hill, son – Joseph William Gurka of Chappell Hill; son – Alvin Gene Gurka (wife Helen) of Chappell Hill; daughter –Dorothy "Jackie" Rotello (husband Tommy) of Navasota, son - James Patrick Gurka (wife Barbara) of Crawford;  7 grandchildren:  Brian Derkowski of Houston Clear Lake; Philip Derkowski of Chappell Hill; Joseph Rotello and Mary Rotello of College Station, Jacob, Nathan, and Josephine Gurka of Chappell Hill;  5 great-grandchildren – Sheldon, Benjamin, and Katherine Derkowski of Chappell Hill; Emily and Andrew Derkowski of Houston Clear Lake;  Brother-in-law Frank Gurka of Chappell Hill; Sister-in-law Irene Konieczny of Chappell Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W Main St., Brenham, Texas 77833. Condolences may be posted at www.memorialoakschapel.com

Landon Klussmann

Landon Klussmann, the husband of Shirley Pohlmeyer Klussmann, died Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in Brenham, TX. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn with Pastor Mark Moldenhaur officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2020 and from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing will be encouraged and face masks will be required at the service. Landon is survived by his wife, Shirley Klussmann of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Key and husband Bruce of New Braunfels; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rayburn Klussmann and wife Pasty of Brenham, Karlton Klussmann and wife Artie of Brenham, and Marilyn Klussmann of Brenham; sister, Kathy Molitor of Brenham; grandchildren, Tara Krause and husband Jordan, Taylor Houlton and husband Aubrey, and Torri Key; great-grandchildren, Harper Krause, and Hayden Krause; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Waldo Holle of Brenham; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Michael Joseph Kalil, Jr.

Michael Joseph Kalil, Jr. strolled into heaven October 6, 2020 ready to hunt and fish in the best place ever forever. Michael was born January 30, 1945 in Houston, Texas to Elizabeth and Michael Joseph Kalil, Sr. He was a graduate of Lamar High School and North Texas State. He married Pamela Jo “PJ” Ellison, October 14, 1995. He is survived by his partner and wife, PJ; his daughter and son in law Alex and Jim Osborne; grandchildren Jackson (who is his birthday buddy) and Mathis; brother, Mark Kalil; father in law and mother in law, Jim and Ellen Ellison; brother in law Chuck Ellison and his wife, Tedi; sister in law Margie Warren and her husband Larry; nephews and nieces; Steven Michael Kalil, Kimberly and Dave Russell, Courtney and Lance Harvell, Trevor and Rachel Warren, Kelsey Warren and Nathan Warren...as well as great nieces and nephew Kathryn and Karter Russell; Bodie and Ellie Harvell; and special cousins Kathy Basinger and Mike Wells.He is preceded in death by many family, friends and 4 legged spirits....all who celebrated his coming home with excitement and joy....and probably fought to greet him first....at least the 4 legged did. Michael worked in the real estate and appraisal business all of his professional career. He did so with integrity, honesty, wisdom, humor and a lot of passion and compassion. Those that knew Michael knew he lived all that mattered and ferociously protected all he loved. His loyalty and ability to be real at all times were some of his greatest gifts for those that knew and loved him. Pallbearers are: Harold Wilson, Larry Nowicki, Bruce Redline, Chris Cashion, Bill Pennybacker and Mike Budell. Honorary Pallbearers are all deer lease members from Paleface to Fredericksburg for the last 50 plus years. There will be a private service for Michael’s Celebration of Life. Memorials can be made to: Washington on the Brazos State Park Association, P.O. Box 1, Washington, TX 77880 and Friends Church UCC, 2200 Southwood Drive, College Station, Texas 77845. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share memories at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Leroy Martin Kamas

Leroy Martin Kamas, 86, of the Wesley community, died Oct. 6, 2020, in Brenham.  Visitation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 8 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 9 at Wesley Brethren Church Cemetery with Pastor Michael Groseclose officiating.   Survivors include his brother, Eugene Kamas and wife Mary Lou of Robinson; sister-in-law, Evelyn Kamas of Brenham; nieces, Nadine (Kamas) Anderson and husband Jeffrey of Florida, Kim Baldwin of Texas City, Karen (Kamas) Sanchez of Robinson; nephews, David Baldwin and wife Vickie of Texas City and Keith Kamas and wife Mary of Franklin; 10 grandnieces and grandnephews; and numerous relatives and friends.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Joyce Marie Loesch Mackenroth

Joyce Marie Loesch Mackenroth, 75, of Burton, TX, died on September 29, 2020. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in Shelby Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mrs. Mackenroth is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dale Mackenroth and wife Diane of Brenham, TX; daughter, Sara Mackenroth Ramirez of Brenham, TX; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Elvis and Shirley Mackenroth of DeSoto, TX; grandchildren, Tyler and Tyson Ramirez; niece, Kimberly Ann and husband Danny Cessop, and their children, Megan and Makenzie; nephew, Daniel Ray Mackenroth and wife Christine, and their children, Elizabeth and Gabriele; nephew, Nathan Paul Mackenroth and wife Amy; and Rosamond and Pereginie. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Franklin Haarmeyer

Franklin Haarmeyer, 83, of Brenham, died September 27, 2020, in Brenham. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1, 2020 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill with Rev. Shea Berbaum officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2020 and 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mr. Haarmeyer is survived by his wife, Doris Haarmeyer of Brenham, TX; daughter, Donna Haarmeyer of Brenham, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy Haarmeyer and wife Joyce of Conroe, TX, and John Haarmeyer and wife Carol of Brenham, TX; sister-in-law, Helen Gaskamp of Brenham, TX; brother-in-law, Floyd Lange of Cuero, TX; very special great nieces and nephews; Meg Rodriquez, Audra Kroll, John Rodriquez, Myka Mikolajchak, Mabry Mikolajchak, and Mayvin Mikolajchak; special family friends, Ricky Weiss and Marty Spivey; other relatives, Bonnie Ray and husband Mike, Patti Merzi and husband Carl, Darren Haarmeyer and Carlene Wynn, Jeannie Kroll and husband Keith, Holly Rodriquez and husband Mark, Johnna Mikolajchak and husband Tim, Gayle Kunkel and husband Randy, Randy Gaskamp, Kevin Lange and wife Kerri, and Patrick Lange and wife Cindy. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Edward John Rozacky

Edward John Rozacky, age 79 years, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020. Edward John Rozacky was born December 22, 1940 in Granger, Texas to Frank Raymond Rozacky, Jr. and Matilda Gorubec Rozacky. He attended Saint Cyril-Methodius Catholic School, grade 1-8. He was a 1959 graduate of Granger High School. At the age of 14, Ed began working as an automotive mechanic at his Uncle Hubert Gorubec’s garage. Later in Houston, he worked at City Auto Supply and then at Pete’s Automotive Supply, where he became manager. On October 28, 1961, Ed married Amalie A. Gola at St. Mary’s Church in Taylor, Texas. In December 1965, he joined the U.S. Army and served in 4th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle). Upon discharge in 1967, Ed returned to the automotive repair business in Houston, where he established Performance Automotive and Air Conditioning. In the 1970’s, the family moved to Brenham. Here he established Brenham Auto and Air. Later, he was employed by Tarlton Supply Company and from there he retired. Ed was involved with his children in 4-H, FFA and Washington County Fair. He was the “go to” person when anyone needed help with repairs or building projects. Ed was “The Rock” of his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. As his family grew over the years his greatest joy came from sharing the knowledge of those loved hobbies with nephews and grandsons. He was hard working, loyal, faithful and honest. Ed was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by parents, infant brother Frankie Joe Rozacky, brothers-in-law Joe Daniel “J.D.” Shirocky and Frankie Gola, sister-in-law Mary Ann Urbanek and husband Allen. Surviving family includes: wife 58 years, Amalie Rozacky; son, Jason Rozacky and wife Lisa; daughter, Laura Krause and husband Koy; grandchildren, Kole, Ryder, Hunter, Dylan, Taylor and Emily; sister, Betty Shirocky; brother-in-law, Albert Gola and wife Patricia; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, September 24 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Services will be Friday, September 25 with rosary recited at 9:30 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Gregory Shirocky, Alan Shirocky, Dean Shirocky, Adam Shirocky Michael Urbanek and Rick Garza. Honorary pallbearers will be: Hunter Rozacky, Kole Krause, Albert Gola. Memorials are requested to: Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Washington County Veterans for Veteran Relief Fund or American Heart Association. The family of Edward J. Rozacky would like to express thanks for the prayers, encouragement, and acts of kindness shown during this trying time. Special “thanks” goes to the staff at Methodist Hospital-MC and the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center for their care; and also to the staff at Brenham Memorial Chapel for your compassionate attention. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Elizabeth Lewer

Elizabeth Lewer, 85, of Washington, TX, went to her heavenly home on September 19, 2020 in Bryan, TX. A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The family will be present during the visitation from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to the graveside service, which will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2020 at Prairie Lea Cemetery, with Pastor Matthias Dinger of Trinity Lutheran Church of Navasota officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing will be encouraged and face masks will be required at the service. Mrs. Lewer is survived by her husband, Donald Alvin Lewer of Navasota, TX; sons and daughters-in-law, Dorothy Lewer of Sikeston, MO, David Lewer and his wife Cheryl of Washington, TX, and Darrin Lewer and his wife Marina of Cypress, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Glass and her husband T. Keith of Washington, TX; grandchildren, Kimberly Davidian, David Davidian, John Lewer, Adam Lewer, Daniel Lewer, Nancy Kluesner, Natalie Lewer, Nathan Lewer, Nolan Lewer, Don Glass, and Tracey Glass; great-grandchildren, Megan Davidian, Ethan Lewer, Emma Lewer, Chloe Kluesner, Katelyn Kluesner, Madelyn Kluesner, Pierce Lewer, Porter Lewer, Primley Lewer, Nathan Lewer, Nickkai Lewer, Nigel Lewer, Landon Lewer, Lincoln Lewer, and Jace Lewer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Bettye Jo (Holton) Lowe

Bettye Jo (Holton) Lowe, 94, of Burton, TX; died on September 17, 2020 at her residence. A visitation will be held at 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2020 at First Baptist Church with Troy Sikes officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, TX. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, P. Elliott Lowe Jr. and wife Diana P., of Northport, NY; sons, Richard Holton Lowe, of Cypress, TX; Steven Phillip Lowe, of Houston, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Lisbeth Radcliff and husband Mark of Brenham, TX; grandchildren, Scott Elliott Lowe, Regan Suzanne Lowe, Benjamin Edward Radcliff, and Elizabeth Ashley Bernardo; great grandchildren, Riley Radcliff, Tres Fry, Mila Radcliff, and Luciano Bernardo; and nephews, Robert J. Lowe, and Ronald C. Lowe; and special lifelong friend, Ellen Wiese. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com. 

Virgil Earl Stiewert Sr.

Virgil Earl Stiewert Sr., 87, of Brenham, TX, died on September 13, 2020 in Brenham, TX. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., September 18, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Mr. Stiewert is survived by his son, Virgil Stiewert, Jr.; son and daughter-in-law, Myron and Sherry Stiewert; sisters-in-law, Jane Koopmann, Mary Lou Simek, and Rose Ann Loewe; grandchildren, Jason Stiewert, Tanner Stiewert, Kellie Stiewert, and Demi and Peyton Smetana; and great-grandson, John Smetana. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Curtis Scott Konieczny

Curtis Scott Konieczny, age 47 years passed away on September 12, 2020 surrounded by his wife, daughter, and mother. Curtis was born on July 31, 1973 in Brenham, Texas to Leon and Frances (Bednar) Konieczny. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 16 from 8 a.m. until rosary begins at 8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, September 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Curtis was a very hard worker and valued all aspects of life. He was a precision welder and took great pride in his work and enjoyed fixing anything family, friends, and neighbors brought to his shop. Curtis could fix anything he laid his hands on. Building deer blinds for hunters was a passion of his. Curtis enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved nature and enjoyed hunting and camping. For the past 30 years, one of Curtis's favorite thing to do was to go to his deer lease in Comfort, Texas. He was always on the lookout for that big axis to walk out. He took great pride in taking his wife, daughter, and mom on hunts. They truly will cherish the memories they made in Comfort. His deer lease buddies, Jason Jasinski, Keith Mikolajchak, and John Mikolajczak have so many memories and fun times that they have shared together. Curtis was God fearing, kind, loved others more than himself and would go out of his way to always drop what he was doing to help others. Curtis loved to have fun and if you ever got the opportunity to spend some time with him you were blessed to know his fun personality and the hours he would spend laughing and joking around. Curtis was routine oriented. He would stop by his home every day after work and have a glass of sweet tea with his wife, then he would go down to his shop and work on things. He would always make time to stop by and check on his mom. On Fridays, his routine was different, after work he was always so eager to come home where he knew his precious daughter would be home from college. He valued getting to spend the evening with Dawn and Brooke catching up on their week. Curtis was so loved by his four nieces and he loved each of them with his whole heart. He enjoyed joking with them and giving them a hard time. He would always go above and beyond to make them happy and smile. His biggest pride and joy was his daughter, Brooke, who he called whizzle or worm. He was so proud of everything that she accomplished so far in her life. Curtis was employed as a young boy for Mae Ola Grebe doing mowing and taking care of her place, as well as working for Bren-Tex Tractor. He then took a job at Woltmann's Welding and Fabrication which was later bought by Team Works Parts Service and Fabrication, LLC, where he was employed for 29 years as a welder. Curtis made lifelong friends and so many memories at his job. Curtis was a graduate of the Class of 1991 at Brenham High School. On January 21, 1995, he married the love of his life, Dawn Rhodes, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brenham, Texas. Curtis was baptized and confirmed there as well. Curtis was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was honored to be an altar server for many years. Curtis is preceded in death by: his dad, Leon; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hortense and George Rhodes; grandparents, Martha and Richard Bednar and Leona and Ike Konieczny; and Godmother, Patsy Parker. His loving family that remains includes his wife of 25 years, Dawn; daughter, Brooke Konieczny; mother, Frances Konieczny; sister, Tracy Mikolajchak and husband Keith; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marla and Jeff Maitland; nieces Katie and Kenley Mikolajchak, and Brianna and Arabella Maitland; Godparents Clara Quinn Derrick and George Konieczny; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins and his sweet dog, Sassy. Pallbearers will be Gil Janner, Jason Jasinski, Wayne Jozwiak, Colton Maass, Matthew Macat, Kelvin Mikolajchak, Grant Parker, and Olin Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be: Past and Present employees of Woltmann’s Welding and Team Works Parts Service and Fabrication, LLC, Joe and Denise Kmiec, Uncle George Konieczny, Jeff Maitland, Keith Mikolajchak, and Don and Kerri Woltmann. In memory of Curtis, memorials are requested to the following in lieu of flowers:
-Miracle Farm located at 10802 FM 2621 Brenham, Texas 77833 or visit their website at miraclefarm.org
-SOAR Therapeutic Horseback riding, a place where Brooke did her fieldwork for college. Curtis helped make things for them while she was there. They are located at 318 El Camino Way Dr., San Marcos, Texas 78666.
Our family would like to thank each and every one that took the time to pray for Curtis and our family during this journey. We would have never been able to make it this far without all of your love and support. Special thanks to all the medical staff that cared for Curtis at Baylor Scott and White in Temple. Services in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 Share memories at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Bess Burch

Bess Burch, 91, of Brenham TX, widow of Cecil Burch, died September 11, 2020 in Bryan, TX.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, with the Rev. Stephen Whaley officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham.  She is survived by her children, Nancy Burch, Bonnie Dougherty and Bob Burch.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham TX., 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Florence Miller

Florence Miller, 88, of Brenham, passed away on September 11, 2020.  Visitation for Florence Miller will be on Monday, September 14, from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm.  Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, September 15, at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family appreciates your observance of current public health precautions. Please wear a mask and social distance during these events.  Surviving loving family includes: special niece Diane McAlpine and family, special friend Vicky Kenjura, and numerous other loving nieces, nephews, and family members.  If you’d like to make a contribution in memory of Florence please consider a donation to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Services for FLORENCE MILLER  in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 Share memories at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

 Ron Pohlmeyer

Ronnie Lee Pohlmeyer, 77, of Brenham, TX entered into eternal rest on September 2, 2020 in Brenham, TX. Ron was born on February 2, 1943 in Brenham, TX, the son of Reinhardt and Edna Lueckemeyer Pohlmeyer. He was baptized on March 21, 1943 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sandy Hill. On June 30, 1957, Ron was confirmed by Rev. Ziehe at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. He graduated from Brenham High School in 1960 and Blinn College in 1962.Ron and Barbara Ann Tiemann started dating in high school and united in marriage on August 19, 1962 at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Wallace Marth. A year later in 1963, they became parents to a daughter, Shelley LynnIn 1967, Ron and Barbara welcomed their son, Ronald Craig Pohlmeyer, and completed their family of four. Ron had many accomplishments during his working years. In 1964, he graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College with a degree in Agriculture Education. He was an inspector of nursing homes for the State Health Department based in Houston for five years. He then joined Autumn Hills Corp. where he was employed for twenty years as Vice President and General Manager. He served as President of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Nursing Home Association. They made their home in Houston, TX until 1986 when they returned to Brenham to build Gazebo Terrace Convalescent Center where he served as President and Co-Owner until 2013 when he retired. Ron found great purpose and joy through tending to his cattle, shredding a back pasture in his tractor, tinkering in the barn, and spending mornings enjoying breakfast among friends. He was an active member of his church, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sandy Hill, where he attended as a young boy and eventually returned in his adult years. Ron loved the Lord and served Him daily. His family will cherish the memories they had with him at the ranch while they rode along with Ron to check cattle, Saturdays smoking a brisket, and the annual Christmas duck hunt. He was a mentor to his grandchildren and family and will be dearly missed. Survivors include his wife of fifty-eight years, Barbara Tiemann Pohlmeyer, one daughter, Shelley Pohlmeyer Estes and fiancé Randall Beaman of Spicewood, one son, Ronald Craig Pohlmeyer and wife Melissa of Cypress, grandchildren Tanner Lee Estes and wife Laura of Marble Falls, Makenzie Sierra Shockey and husband Austin Shockey of Leander, Kennedy Ann Pohlmeyer, Kamryn Renee Pohlmeyer, and Ross Craig Pohlmeyer of Cypress; great-grandchildren, Braylon Laike Shockey and Lacie Mae Shockey of Leander, and Everly Rose Estes of Marble Falls; sisters and brother-in-law, Joy and Bob Chappell and Carol and Larry Koch of Brenham; sister-in-law, Pat Meyer of Brenham; nieces and nephews, Warren and Jacy Niemeyer, Jon and Stefanie Chappell; Tina Burkhead, Keith and Tara Draehn, Alexander Niemeyer, Gunther Niemeyer, Carmen Niemeyer, Dylan Draehn and Dawson Draehn. Ron was preceded in death by parents Reinhardt and Edna Pohlmeyer, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Martin and Irene Tiemann; and brother-in-law, Felix Meyer. Pallbearers will be Jon Chappell, Greg Allen, Keith Draehn, Kyle Krause, Eddie Newman, Tommy Ripley, Warren Niemeyer, and Kevin Barrow. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sandy Hill with Rev. Kris Brower officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. For those who so desire, memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church at Sandy Hill. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing will be encouraged and face masks will be required at the service. The family will receive guest at Memorial Oaks Chapel at 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2020. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX, 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Jim Rodgers

Jim Rodgers, loving husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020 at the age of 61. Jim Rodgers was born in Brenham on June 9, 1959 to Floyd (Cy) and Doris Maxine (Wilkins) Rodgers. He was a 1977 graduate of Brenham High School, where he played football and ran track. He attended Blinn College and then transferred to Sam Houston State University, where he graduated with a degree in kinesiology. Jim was outgoing, the life of the party, and a kid at heart while also being respectful of his parents and devoted to his circle of friends, who he kept in close contact. Jim was one of a kind. He has been a car salesman, lifeguard, organ donor transporter, and started his own boxing club, following in his father’s footsteps. Jim loved teaching health and automotive classes at Tomball High School and Cypress Ranch High School where they called him “coach.” After his retirement in 2016 he spent all of his time with his family and living his dream to remodel his family house on his grandmother’s farm. On October 19, 1985 Jim married Terri Lynn Foerster at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg. His wife Terri had a lengthy battle with cancer and died November 6, 2011. On February 9, 2013 Jim met Monica Cannavale at the Mardi Gras Ball in Galveston, TX. Jim, Monica, Cullen and his step-daughter,Victoria, spent the next years traveling around the world and enjoying many days at their home on Lake Conroe. Jim and Monica tied the knot on February 9, 2019 to honor the day they met. Jim’s pride and joy was his only child, Cullen. He never missed any of Cullen’s football, soccer, or baseball games. Jim and Cullen were best friends and both had a love for cars; they could spend hours working on cars, going to car shows, and driving around town talking about life. Jim is preceded in death by: parents Floyd and Doris Rodgers, wife Terri Rodgers, and his half-brother Michael Rodgers. He is survived by: wife Monica Rodgers, son Cullen Rodgers, stepdaughter Victoria Lorenz, sister Kathleen Volkaert and husband Redd, half-brother Pat Rodgers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Rodney and Cindy Foerster and Gary and Eileen Foerster, along with many friends, all of whom will greatly miss him. Wearing masks and social distancing is essential due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim was a strong and healthy young man, who contracted and fought the Coronavirus. With a devastated body but a strong will, Jim advocated until his death for everyone to take the virus seriously and take precautions to stay safe. Visitation will be held Friday, August 21, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.  at Grace Bible Church Southwood Campus - 1901 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S, College Station, TX 77840. The graveside service will be Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery of Rehburg. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the World Health Organization - COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Share memories at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Verna Mae Lehrmann Scheel Druckhammer

Verna Mae Lehrmann Scheel Druckhammer, 95, was born June 15, 1925 in Long Point, Texas to Henry Sr. and Ella (Moench) Lehrmann. She went to her Heavenly home on August 18, 2020 in the home of her son in Brenham.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 21 at Christ Lutheran Church in Brenham. Burial will be at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. She is survived by her four children, their children, and grandchildren:  daughter, Karen Kay Scheel Hohlt, Stephen and Laurie Hohlt, Allie and Kelsie Hohlt, Tim Hohlt;  sons,  Fred “Happy” and Jo Scheel of Carlsbad, NM.,  Amy Andrews, Teagan and Bryce Gray, and Dalton Andrews; Misti and Ryan Garcia, Ashton and Rilyn Garcia;  William “Weegie” and Deana Scheel;  Matt and Lindsay Scheel, Payton and Halle,  Josh and Lindsay Scheel, Emma, Ella, and Eva; and Robert “Yoyo” and Jeanette Scheel, Amber and Fernando Cardoso, Lucas and Bella Cardoso, Mark and Caylee Scheel, Stetson Scheel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com.

George L. Rhodes

George Rhodes

George L. Rhodes, 85, of Brenham passed from his earthly life on August 14, 2020. Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 16 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services for George L. Rhodes of Brenham will be held private at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Rev. Karen Buck officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. George L. Rhodes was born January 6, 1935, to Claude and Minnie Rummel Rhodes of Somerville. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville by Pastor R.J. Weber. George was married to Esther Fischer on November 25, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville by Pastor R.J. Weber. Esther preceded him in death on September 5, 1974. On March 14, 1975, he married Hortense Buerger Randermann at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville by Rev. Dale Cerney. Hortense preceded him in death on November 13, 2009.  George was educated in the Somerville school district. George was employed at Huntsville State Prison System as a prison guard, Maddox Furniture Manufacturing as an upholsterer, CocaCola Bottling Company as a truck driver, and retired after 26 years as a truck driver for Brenham Wholesale Grocery and was also the owner of Hillcrest Beauty Shop and George’s Woodworks where he enjoyed many years of making patio furniture for people. He was known as the swing man to all his friends and customers.  Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Marla & Jeff Maitland and Dawn & Curtis Konieczny all of Brenham; granddaughters and the loves of his life are Brianna Maitland of Dallas, Arabella Maitland of Brenham, and Brooke Konieczny of San Antonio; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marvin & Esther Mae Fischer, Walline & George Lorenz of Brenham, Evelyn & Luther Draehn of Copeland, Gerdine & Wilford Blome, Calvin Wehmeyer, and Marjorie Heckmann all of Brenham and numerous nieces and nephews.  George was preceded in death by his wives, parents, grandparents, sister Rose Nemec and her husband Tony Nemec, brothers-in-law Ken Aderhold and Fred Heckman, sister-in-law Dorothy Wehmeyer, and nephew K.J. Aderhold.  Pallbearers will be his nephews Bob Aderhold, Kevin Draehn, Bradley Fischer, Mark Lehmann, Brian Lorenz, Kim Mueller, Robert Ziese, and Scotty Luetge.  In lieu of remembrances, memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.  The family would like to thank Argent Court of Brenham, Dr. Simons, and his special girls at Texas Home Health for their care over the years.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611  Share memories at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Carol Ann Mertz Leitzel

Carol Ann Mertz Leitzel, age 63, was born in the early morning of September 18, 1956, to Willie E. and Vernell Schilling Mertz of Burton, Texas. She earned her wings to enter Heaven after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer for six years on August 10, 2020.  The visitation will be from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The family will be present 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. during the visitation. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 14, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Deacon Cindy Robles officiating. Burial will be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery at Greenvine. Carol is survived by her mother, Vernell Schilling Mertz; her sister Darlene “Dottie” Herrmann (Gene); her brother Dale Mertz (Penny); nieces, Christi Herrmann Nelson (Billy) and Ashlea Herrmann; nephew, Nicholas Banker (Jackie); great-nieces, Leah, Raney and Brooklyn Nelson, and Layla and Madeline Banker; her two uncles, Leroy Schilling and Melvin Schilling (Dorothy); as well as numerous cousins and friends.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX 77833, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Cossette “Cozy” (Schwettmann) Hugo

Cossette “Cozy” Schwettmann Hugo, 89, widow of Burney Hugo, passed away on August 11, 2020.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm Noon until 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 9:00 am on Friday, August 14, 2020, at Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Cozy Hugo is survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Cozy is preceded in death by her husband, Burney Hugo; parents Edward and Tonie Schwettmann; and brother Edwin Schwettmann. If you’d like to make a donation in memory of Cozy, please consider St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Brenham. Services for COZY   HUGO are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 Share memories at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Robert Murski


Robert Theodore Murski, 80, of Brenham passed to eternal life on August 7th, 2020.  Born April 25, 1940 to Stephan and Angela (Kenjura) Murski, Robert spent his early years in a one bedroom farmhouse on the Murski Homestead.  There began his love for the great outdoors.  This love continued his entire life and led him to develop countless friendships, fishing every body of water he could find, hunting squirrels, and calling up coveys of quail or dove with his beloved bird dogs.  A founding member of the Brenham Big Bass Club, he frequently fished tournaments at lakes across the state for many, many years.  A devout Catholic, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church his entire life and received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation there. He was a proud member of Knights of Columbus Council #3287 for 59 years and 4th Degree of KofC Assembly #1106.  Robert was privileged to serve as honor guard alongside his fellow brothers at St. Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to San Antonio in 1987.  Robert’s love of Country followed behind his love of God.  He served ten years in the Texas Army National Guard and was mobilized to Fort Polk, LA during the Berlin crisis. Robert attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Brenham High School. While at BHS, he lettered in track and football.  His team was later honored in the Brenham Cub Hall of Honor.  He went on to graduate from Blinn College where he also ran track for the Buccanneers.  A loyal Cub and Buc fan, you could often hear him shouting “Let’s go Big Green!” or “Come on Cubbies!” in the stands alongside his children and grandchildren. In early 1964, he met Ora Nell Kokemor at a local dance. He knew she was “the one,” and they were united in marriage November 29, 1964.  They shared 42 years together until her passing in 2006.    He worked tirelessly at every job he had. For 18 years he was the parts manager for City Auto Supply.  Then in 1981, he became manager of K&H Portable Toilets which he owned with his lifelong friends, John Kenjura and Ted Zientek, and his son, Darrell.  He was proud of his success in managing and growing the business for 26 years. He is survived by his children Darrell & Lynda Murski and Jonathan & Michelle Zschech; grandchildren Steven & Ashley Murski, Andrew, Madeline & Tyler Zschech; uncle & aunt, Paul & Marylou Kenjura, all of Brenham; brothers-in-law, Terry Willis of Cypress and Ben Trombatore of Temple; sisters-in-law, Caroline Kokemor of CA and Ginny Kokemor of PA; and numerous other relatives.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sisters Rita Willis and Mary Trombatore.  Steven Murski, Andrew Zschech, Valentino Piementel, Joaquin Sanchez, Ted Zientek, and Mike Kluck will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, members of the Washington County and Brenham Big Bass Clubs, current and former employees of K&H Portable Toilets, Perry Lee Thomas, and Allan “Hoggie Hide” Gaskamp,  Visitation will be held from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, August 10th at Memorial Oaks Chapel with a prayer service and rosary being at 7 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, August 11th at 2:30 p.m.  Committal will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Face masks and social distancing will be observed.  Memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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