Obituaries


Edna Roehling

Edna Roehling, 87, of Burton, the widow of Gus Roehling, Jr., died on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her residence.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Brenham Memorial Chapel, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville, with Pastor Karen Buck officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Edna was born October 21, 1933, in the Sandy Hill community, near Brenham, Washington County, TX, to Willie Sr. and Augusta (Oberhoff) Prigge.  She was baptized November 14, 1933 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill by Pastor George Czerkus and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill by Pastor Paul Gogolin.  Edna’s life is not something that can be described in this brief memorial.  Looking around at her family of eight children, 17 grandchildren as well as 15 great grandchildren, that is only part of her story.  A simple life but not an easy one; from a daughter born of German ancestry into a tight knit community that centered on farming and livestock. She attended Wiedeville School until 1941 when her family moved to Prairie Hill and became a student at Prairie Hill School. One of her memories there was her being the only seventh grader.  She helped grade papers for her teacher in the two-room school. As a young girl, she also enjoyed softball and was the pitcher for her team.  She graduated Valedictorian as an 8Th grader from Prairie Hill School.  She then attended Brenham High School where she was a member of the Speech Club and FHA and graduated from there in 1951.  On December 15, 1951, Edna married Gus Roehling, Jr. at St. John's Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. The first years of their marriage they lived in several different places due to the nature of Gus’ work with the oilfield. They then moved back to Washington County and settled in the Longpoint community at the Roehling homestead that has been in the family since the 1890’s to raise their family.  Mom and Dad made a wonderful home for their family.  Some special memories are when she and her girls would get together for their annual Christmas shopping trip followed by eating at her favorite restaurant, Casa Ole, enjoying her dinner Cancun along with a margarita.  She spent many days working in the garden, planting, chopping, plowing and picking the vegetables and then would go inside and can those vegetables for their family.   Her break during the day was spent watching her favorite soap operas and taking a quick nap while the kids played outside.She was a master of so many things out of necessity…that was a way of life at that time.  There was nothing like her homemade bread, fried chicken, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake. Oh and let’s not forget her infamous Midnight Lace Cake.  She always had plenty of food for her family.  She was such an accomplished seamstress, even making her daughter Nancy’s wedding dress.  She sewed all her children’s clothes from dresses and shirts to double breasted winter coats. Even when her grandsons needed their jeans patched, they always knew they could take them to grandma because she could fix anything.  After Gus was gone, she used her sewing skills diversely, working for a while at the Bikini Cap Co. and later as an alterations seamstress at the Special Occasions Bridal.  Eventually, she went to work for MIC Group in Brenham as a shipping clerk for approximately 10 years.  Once she retired from MIC, she spent time gardening, babysitting her grandchildren, and eventually quilting.  Some added personal entertainment included her many bus trips with her gambling buddies to Louisiana.  She loved quilting and spent many hours making quilts for her family.  Each one of those quilts had so much love go into it and are so special to all of us.  One of her favorite quilt patterns being the “log cabin design”.  The end of her days were spent eating peanuts and drinking a Coke while watching “Wheel of Fortune”.  She loved watching sports whether it was football, baseball or basketball, but loved watching her Texas teams.  Some of her sayings were:  “As I always said”…. “It’s all good!” and “Let’s get it did”.  Well, she got it did and it is all good for her now.  Survivors include Dennis and Beverly Roehling of Brenham and Gary and Toni Roehling of Sealy, Joanne and Don Hensel of College Station, Tommy and Carol Roehling of Burton, Jesse Roehling of Bryan, Nancy and Allen Heinrich of Cypress, Patsy and Kenneth Bonnet of Harper and Julie and Ernie Oberrender of Brenham;  grandchildren, Donald Roehling and special friend, Cyndi Klausmeyer,  Beth and Brad Eckelhoff,  Renae and Mark Acerenza, Melanie and Wesley Pomikal, Jason Hensel and special friend Becca Gardenhire, Jessica and Chris Adams, Amanda and Wesley Stolz , Joshua Roehling and special friend Alex Franke, Barret and Sydney Heinrich, Tyson and Paige Heinrich, Amy Bonnet and special friend Andrew Brown, Ryan and Hanna Goerlitz,  Jamie Goerlitz and special friend Hayden Schaper, Krystal and Chris Sodalak, Sarah and Trevor Zwahr, Allan Oberrender and special friend, Naomi DeLeon, and Jonathan and Jessica Oberrender; great-grandchildren, Cole Roehling, Isabel Eckelhoff, Ethan Eckelhoff, Amber Pomikal, Jordan Pomikal, Rowan Adams, Samson Adams, Riggs Stolz, Harper Franke, Alyssa Heinrich, Riley Heinrich, Lucy Heinrich, Chloe Zwahr, T.J. Zwahr, Will Sodalak; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and David Buck, sister-in-law, Erma Luetge and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Roehling, Jr. on January 5, 1986; her parents, Willie Sr. and Augusta Prigge; grandchild, Taylor "Tate'" Bonnet; brothers and sisters, John Prigge, Bernita Adkison, LeRoy Prigge, Lenora Westermann, Myrtle Prigge and Willie Prigge Jr.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gus Sr. and Ella (Drews) Roehling; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Reuben Roehling, Melvin Roehling, Lenora Roehling, Irene Steinbach, Rosa Lee Belcher, Bernice Raines, Elenora Riley and Marvin Roehling.  Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Donald Roehling, Jason Hensel, Barret Heinrich, Tyson Heinrich, Ryan Goerlitz, and Joshua Roehling.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Cyndi Klausmeyer, Beth and Brad Eckelhoff, Renae and Mark Acerenza, Melanie and Wes Pomikal, Becca Gardenhire, Jessica and Chris Adams, Amanda and Wesley Stolz, Alex Franke, Sydney Heinrich, Paige Heinrich, Amy Bonnet and Andrew Brown, Hanna Goerlitz, Jamie Goerlitz and Hayden Schaper, Krystal and Chris Sodolak, Sarah and Trevor Zwahr, Allan Oberrender and Naomi DeLeon, and Jonathan and Jessica Oberrender.  Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville.  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.

Viola Koehn

Viola Koehn, 98, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. For those who would like to pay their respects, Viola will lie in state from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 8, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Graveside services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery on Friday, April 9, at 1:00 pm with Rev. Karen Buck officiating. Viola was born on July 2, 1922, to parents Louis and Clara (Werchan) Richter of Gay Hill. She was baptized August 13, 1922, and confirmed on October 25, 1936, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill. Viola grew up on the family farm and attended local schools. On November 20, 1941, Viola was united in marriage to Lonnie Koehn, at her childhood church home, St. Peter’s. They made their home in Brenham. Viola and Lonnie were blessed with two children, Don and Sharon. Viola enjoyed gardening, sewing, and watching Astros games. She was also involved in the A&M Mother’s Club and she sang in the choir at Zion Lutheran Church. Viola was employed as a cook at Harrisburg School for many years. She also worked at Ellison’s Greenhouses, and she was a co-owner of Kiddie Korner Day Care. Later in life she helped her daughter and grandson at their restaurant, On Deck. In later years, Viola continued to enjoy watching her A&M football games, Astros, and Lady Aggie Softball teams. She also enjoyed making trips to Louisiana. Viola is preceded in death by her husband Lonnie; son-in-law Allen Bender; grandson Brad Bender. Surviving her are her children, Don Koehn (wife Sandy), Sharon Bender; grandchildren Garrett Koehn (wife Marlene), Kristofer “Tiff” Koehn (wife Kelly), Ryan Bender; great-grandchildren Pierce Koehn, Phineas Koehn, Dessie Koehn, Aria Koehn, Kasper Koehn, and Hunter Bender. Serving as pallbearers: James Richter, Mike Koehn, Ryan Bender, Garrett Koehn, Boyd Euckert, Hunter Bender. If you’d like to make a donation in memory of Viola, please consider Allumine Hospice or her church, Zion Lutheran Church.

Doris Mae Dippel Voelkel

Doris Mae Dippel Voelkel, age 83, of Shelby, Texas, died on April 4th, 2021 in Industry, Texas. A visitation will be at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham, Texas on Wednesday April 7th, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Graveside service will be held at Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Texas on Thursday April 8th at 10:00 a.m, with Pastor John Paul Nedbalek and Heidi Dixon. Ms. Voelkel is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Denise Voelkel of Houston, Texas, Brad and Britney Voelkel of Shelby, Texas and daughter and son-in-law Denise Jones and Randall Wiggins of Bellville, Texas former son-in-law Keith Jones of Bleiblerville, Texas. Her grandchildren Brandon Jones and wife Jessie, Britney Jones and wife Marci, Shelby Voelkel, Austin Voelkel, and Addyson Voelkel; great granddaughter Kaitlin Jones; and furry companions Tux and Goldie. 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.

Laverna Oppermann Jacob

Laverna Oppermann Jacob, age 92, died peacefully in her home meeting her Lord on April 3, 2021. Visitation will be from 7a.m. to 7p.m. on Tuesday April 6, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.   Her funeral service will be at Christ Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas on Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 10a.m. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Face masks will be required at the funeral service. Mrs. Jacob is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Terry Logan of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and JoAnn Jacob also of Brenham; and son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Donna Jacob of Bellville. Grandchildren: Heidi and Ritchie Surovik, Jason and Dana Jacob, Brett and Stephanie Logan, and Seth and Leslie Logan. Great-grandchildren are Marshall, Reid and Graham Jacob; Creighton (Cash) and Dylan Hillgartner, Kyle Surovik, Cameron and Colton Logan, Austin Tropea, Keller Logan and Clayton Jones. She also leaves behind 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.

Johnnie A. Hamilton

Johnnie A. Hamilton joined her Heavenly Father on March 29, 2021 in Brenham, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Troy Sikes officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Marsha and Sonny Dannhaus, Deborah and Mark Knipstein.  Grandchildren Gary Brett and Tammy Hamilton, Amber and Kyle Pryor, Dana Nathanson, Allison and Kyle Allison, JC and Tara Knipstein.  Great-grandchildren Jeanette and Chris Smiles, Raymond Nathanson, Lauren Hamilton and fiancé David Juarez, Jake Ryan Allison, Jared Ray Allison, Evie Grace Nathanson, Kylee Lynn Allison, Jaxson Lampe, Logan Lampe, Layton Lynn Knipstein, Haven Rose Knipstein, and River Matthew Knipstein.  Great-great-grandchildren Ian Smiles and Adilyn Smiles. The family will receive visitors prior to the service beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. 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.

Arbie Wassermann

Arbie Wassermann, 77 of Brenham, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021. Arbie Richard Wassermann was born March 14, 1944 in Brenham to Emil and Wanda (Konieczny) Wassermann.  He was educated in the Brenham Schools and was a 1962 graduate of Brenham High School. On September 28, 1968, Arbie married Loretta Hegefeld at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He began working at Fischer Tile & Floor Company.  Arbie was employed then with Brenham Produce Company, where he became part owner and retired in 2004. Arbie rode in the Salt Grass Trail Ride and was a part of the Long Neck Riders, where he enjoyed being cook. He loved gardening, traveling to Las Vegas and visiting his son and family in Italy, San Diego, and Tennessee.  Arbie relished time with his granddaughters, taking them for donuts in the mornings and following their softball games. Arbie proclaimed his proudest moment was attending his son Scott’s retirement of 30 year with the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by parents, wife Loretta, brother Kenneth Wassermann, and brother-in-law Tommy Chambers and nephew Brian Chambers. Surviving family includes: son Scotty Wassermann and wife Stacy of Bartlett, Tennessee; daughter Kaci Eschete and husband Roan of Brenham; grandchildren “Grandpa” to Billy Dillion, Alyssa Ring, Thornne Wassermann, “Popo” to McGee Eschete, and Kramer Eschete; great-grandchildren, Anabel Ring, Madalena Ring, and Luke Ring (due in May), sister, Margie Chambers, Marcy Hendrickson and husband Henry; nephews Roger Chambers, Lance Chambers, Shawn Hendrickson; niece Metri Poston. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 30 from 7a.m.-7p.m., with family present from 4-6 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 31 at 10a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Jovan Saavedra as celebrant.  Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  The service may be seen on St. Mary Immaculate Conception-Brenham-Facebook. Pallbearers will be: Roger Chambers, Shawn Hendrickson, Thornne Wassermann, Steven Koehne, Billy Dillon, and Greg Preissinger.  Honorary pallbearers will be Reuben Mikeska and Henry Hendrickson. Memorials are suggested to: All Clear Foundation….supporting first responders. https://give.allclearfoundation.org/campaign/responderrel8-covid19-free-subscription/c282395  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.

Chester John Flynn, Jr. M.D.

Chester John Flynn Jr M.D., 95, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. There is so much about his life we would love to share here but we will stay with the highlights!  On December 3, 1925, Chester Flynn, Jr. was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, to Katherine and Chester Flynn, Sr. Marjorie was the eldest sibling and Chester’s only sister; then Chester, the oldest boy, followed by his brothers Raymond, Kenneth and Richard Flynn.  Chester was an avid reader and hard worker at a young age. He delivered milk and ice by horse and wagon early in the morning and then went off to school. He decided to enter the Marine Corps at a very young age but was too young and had to wait a year. So, he got a job breaking horses that were shipped in from the Mid-West to the Boston area. Then, in 1942 at 17 years of age, Chester entered World War II in the First Marine Division as a Gunnery Sargent.  After the war, Chester attended Munson Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts, completing two years in one and graduated Valedictorian of his class. He then entered the University of Virginia, but was recalled to the military after only two years for the Korean War where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Following his recovery, he was chosen to go to the Russian Intelligence School in Washington D.C. and learned to speak Russian fluently. Though he trained extensively in Russian, his particular group ultimately did not go to Russia. After 12 years of serving his country Chester resigned from the military.  He entered Boston University School of Medicine graduating third in his class in 1963. Dr. Flynn completed his training at Massachusetts General Hospital. The following year, on July 4, 1964, Rosemary Davidson and Chester Flynn Jr were married in Andover, Massachusetts.  Dr. Flynn was sent to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to take a course in Biomedical Engineering. While there, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey asked if he would set up a Cardiac Monitoring Department. There was only one other in the country at the time in California. Dr. Flynn set up the department and stayed at the Methodist Hospital in the Fondren Building, where he also became an Associate Professor and taught at the Medical School.  During this time, the Flynns bought a ranch in Brenham to make their home. Before moving to the ranch permanently with their family, Chester and Rosemary traveled extensively. Dr. Flynn took over Dr. Charles Southern’s medical practice in 1975 and later set up the first Walk-In Medical Clinic in Brenham where he practiced until his retirement in 1996.  Dr. Flynn had a lifelong love of cattle and horses. He went into the cattle business with the help of his friend, J.R. Bredthauer. Buying his first cutting horse, LaSHAWN54, from Bob McLeod, set him up for a wonderful time in the cutting horse business. In 1988, Freckles, Son of a Doc, won the NCHA Derby Open Championship thanks to Barbara Schulte!  Chester is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Rosemary; sons and daughters-in-law: Chester John Flynn the 3rd and Karen of Norwell, Massachusetts, Gregory Flynn of Austin, and Michael and Amy Flynn of Brenham; his grandchildren Ben, Abigail and Emily Flynn of Norwell, Massachusetts, and Spencer, Oliver, and Lucas Flynn of Brenham.  After all his time and travel, he considered himself a Texan; Brenham was his home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Animal Friends of Washington County.

Adolph Charles Wehmeyer Jr.

Adolph Charles Wehmeyer Jr., 81, husband of Dorothy Jean Schmidt Wehmeyer of Brenham, passed away March 22, 2021 in College Station, TX. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel with the family present from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor John Sutton officiating. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Schmidt Wehmeyer; daughter, Debbie Lynn Wehmeyer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Eddie and Jomaye Schmidt; nieces, Blair Schmidt and Brenna Hinze and husband Brad; also numerous cousins and close friends. 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.

Steven Paul Przyborski

Steven Paul Przyborski, 85 of Caldwell, TX, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Steve is survived by his loving and devoted wife: Elizabeth Przyborski, brother-in-law and sister in laws, John & Julie Kenjura, Emil & Cecilia Vasicek, Daniel & Jennifer Vasicek, Neely Vasicek and Georgia Gibson, and many, nieces, nephews great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces, great-great nephews, relatives, and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 7am-8pm with the family present from 5-7 pm with a rosary recited at 7.  A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 701 Church Street, Brenham, TX 77833 on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10 am.  Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery 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 www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Robert Gene Froebel

Robert Gene Froebel, of Houston, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the age of 88. Robert was born in on September 16, 1932 in Cat Spring, Texas. He was the son of Arthur, Sr. and Clara Marie (Leenen) Froebel. Robert was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring, Texas. He grew up and attended schools in the Cat Spring area, graduating from Sealy High School in 1951, where he played football. After high school, Robert enlisted and served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ruth Reeder on August 26, 1956 at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Texas and they were together for 64 wonderful years. Robert had a very strong work ethic and worked in the shipping department for Cameron Iron Works for 44 years until his retirement. In his spare time and retirement, he loved working on his farm and tinkering with his farm equipment. He enjoyed taking care of his cattle, making hay, and being on his tractor. He also enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was happiest when he was outside, working with his hands, or spending quality time with family. He also loved going to dances with his beautiful wife and was asked to lead many Grand Marches at wedding receptions during his lifetime. Robert and Ruth enjoyed traveling through the lower 48 states, Canada, Hawaii, and to Europe and Germany where their ancestors originated. Robert was fluent in German and loved sharing travels adventures with family. Once Robert became a grandfather he was affectionately known as Grandpa or G-Dad Bob. Robert is survived by his wife Ruth Froebel of Houston; children: Kem Coan and her husband, John of Houston, and Reed Froebel and his wife, Dana, of Cypress, Texas; grandchildren: Robby Coan, Megan Patterson, Austin Froebel, and Ashley Froebel; sister: Betty Priesmeyer; brothers: Cecil Froebel, Arthur Froebel, Jr., and Carlos Froebel; sister-in-law: Alice Brune; and numerous other family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Arthur, Sr. and Clara Froebel, and brother: Clyde Froebel. Visitation was held from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville, Texas. A Funeral Service was held at 2:30 PM, Sunday, March 21, 2021, at the St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Texas with Pastor Jim Giannantonio officiating. Interment followed in the New Ulm Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 1270, New Ulm, Texas 78950 or to the charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, PO Box 610, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418 – www.schmidtfunerals.com – (979)865-2424.

Wilber Fred Hohlt

Wilber Fred Hohlt was born November 10, 1930 in the Prairie Hill Community to Edwin F. and Bertha Quebe Hohlt. Survivors are his wife, Marjorie Hohlt, daughter Lynette and husband David Dahmann, son Jeffrey and wife Pam Hohlt, all of Brenham. Grandchildren, Matthew Dahmann and fiancé Angie Lucas, Jonathan and Amy Dahmann, Kayla and Tyler Tate, Dylan and Mary Hohlt, Hannah and T. J. Wodskow, Great-grandchildren Everett, Eli and Emma Dahmann and future great-grandchildren Tyler Sloan and Kylee Lucas, brother-in-law Alfred Kalbow, sister-in-law Rosa Sloan and special friend Leonard Bilski, and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor Greg Gaskamp. 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.

Evelyn Lueckemeyer

Evelyn Lueckemeyer passed away on Friday, March 12th at Kruse Village Covid Unit, after contracting the disease at Focus Care, Brenham following a massive stroke. Visitation will be held from 7:00am - 8:00pm Thursday, March 18th at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham, with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 19th at 10:00am at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brenham with Pastor Phil Geleske presiding. Burial to follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham. She is survived by her children, Claudia and Wayne Giese of Brenham; Trish and Bryan Felt of Houston; Donna Lueckemeyer of Brenham; Shelia Lueckemeyer of Houston. Grandchildren Sheridan and Jeff Slocumb of Houston; Erin Giese of Bryan; Eric Giese of Brenham; Elizabeth Strangemeyer of Houston; and great-grandson Jeremy Slocumb and special friend Hanna Herzog of Dallas. Sister-in-law Willie Mae Lueckemeyer of Brenham and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post attribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Hilbert Goessler

Hilbert Goessler, age 90, died peacefully at his home in Brenham on Friday, March 12, 2021. Hilbert Fritz Goessler was born on January 11, 1931 at his grandparent’s house in Old Washington to Fritz C. and Hulda Wiese Goessler. He was baptized on March 29, 1931 by Rev. Alvin A. Blome and confirmed on March 25, 1945 by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok at Friedens Church of Washington. On December 2, 1956, Hilbert and Lena Mae Holtkamp were married at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Paul Ludwig. Hilbert served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member and past commander of the American Legion Post # 48 and was employed by City Auto Supply as an automotive machinist until his retirement. He was also a member of the Sons of Hermann Lodge #6, and served four terms on the Friedens Church Council as treasurer. He was preceded in death by his parents Fritz and Hulda Goessler, sister and brother-in-law Ruby (Goessler) and Mace Meekins, father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles and Lena Holtkamp, brother-in-law Arnold “Cotton” Holtkamp and sister-in-law Laura Hinze Holtkamp, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Leona Holtkamp, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Willie “Pete” and Grace Holtkamp, and niece and nephew Geneva and Albert Ehlert. Survivors include his wife Lena Mae, sons and daughters-in-law Gary and Ranell Goessler, Kevin and Kellie Goessler, and son Karl Goessler; grandson Garrison Goessler and special friend Julia Razook; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alvin “Doc” and Allene Holtkamp; nieces and nephews Cecil and Melissa Meekins, Danny and Brenda Meekins, Janis and Robert Loesch, Susan and Gregg Appel, Don and Regina Holtkamp, Kathy Holtkamp, and Charles and Mary Holtkamp; great nieces and nephews Bradley and Alyssa Meekins, Jason and Natalie Meekins, Melanie and Darren Holmes, Kimberly Kraft, Sara and Chad Gerke, Wayne and Sharon Ehlert, Barney and Ashley Loesch, William and Michelle Loesch, Candice and Steven Kemper, Caroline and Ryan Long, Stephanie and Chris Koehler, Johanna and Blake Becker, Jennifer and David Harris, Heather Holtkamp, and Matthew and Kelsey Holtkamp, and Chase Meekins. Pallbearers will be Hilbert’s nephews and godchildren – Cecil Meekins, Danny Meekins, Robert Loesch, Gregg Appel, Don Holtkamp, Charles Holtkamp, Paul Goessler, and Jason Meekins. Visitation with the family will be Monday, March 15 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 16 at 10:30 am with Pastor Eric Dehmer officiating also at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Beverly Schlabach for Hilbert’s care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Friedens Church of Washington, PO Box 306, Washington, Texas 77880. 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.

Louis Charles Hanath

Louis Charles Hanath, aged 93, passed away peacefully on Friday March 12, 2021 at his home. A visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 15, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A private burial will follow. He is survived by his wife Joycine Eckermann Hanath. Also survived by sons Rodney and wife Becky, Ardie and special friend Joycelynn Green, and Derrek, Grandchildren Nicholaus Hanath and wife Mallory, Aurbrey Eikenhorst and husband Blake and great grandchildren Theodore Louis “Teddy” Eikenhorst, Tori Lyn Hanath and Friedrich Audie “Fritz” Eikenhorst. His siblings: Richard and wife Perlie, Amalea Wolff and late husband Bobby, Bennie and wife Gloria, Alvin and wife Bernice, and Elwood and wife Mae Dell. Brothers and sister-in-laws: Elgene and Doris Gene Eckermann, Wendell and late wife Margaret Eckermann, Sheryl and Thomas Schultz. Along with numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers include Nicholas Hanath, Blake Eikenhorst, Mark Hanath, Bradley Hanath, James Hanath, Kirk Hanath, Nathan Hanath and Kevin Hanath. Honorary pallbearers Teddy, Tori and Fritz. 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.

Earl Bruce Rosenbaum

Earl Bruce Rosenbaum, 87, of Brenham, TX, died on March 10, 2021 in Brenham, TX. A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Karen Buck officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Rosenbaum is survived by his wife, Jannet Thiel Rosenbaum of Brenham, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn Rosenbaum and wife Tammy of Brenham, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Judy Krause and husband Doyle of Bleiblerville, TX; grandchildren, Kara Wienken, Carson Krause and special friend Tyler Bond, Garett Krause and special friend Braylee Schomburg; great-grandson, Luke Wienken; and special caregiver, Beverly McFarland. 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.

Victoria Ann Hoehnen Rust

Victoria Ann Hoehnen Rust, age 75, of Cypress, Texas passed away on Monday morning, March 8, 2021, in Methodist Hospital Willowbrook in Houston.  She was born on April 22, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest daughter of Emil W. Hoehnen and Angeline Frey Hoehnen.  While she was a toddler, her parents moved to California to follow her father’s employer who had relocated the company from Milwaukee to California.  After a few years in California, her mother yearned to be closer to the older daughters who had young children in Brenham.  They left California for Brenham. Vicki attended Central School, Brenham Elementary and graduated from Brenham High School in 1963. Soon after she and her future husband met, they fell in love. On July 18, 1963 she and Clarence William Rust were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham. She enrolled in college, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University of Huntsville in 1972.  In 1978 she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.  During their married life, Vicki and Rusty lived in Huntsville, Houston and Fredericksburg.  They were members at various Catholic churches in the location of where they lived. During her employment years, Vicki worked at St. Anthony’s Nursing Home, in Houston.  Later, she was Director of Social Work at Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. She also worked at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. With their love for the Hill Country, Rusty and Vicki purchased property and eventually built a retirement home, which they both dearly loved.  She was active in Fredericksburg at Hill Country Memorial Hospital both as an employee and as a member of the Auxiliary.  Vicki volunteered at the Fredericksburg Theatre Company, was an office volunteer at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, president of Saint Anne’s Society, member of Gillespie County 100 Club, member of Texas Extension Education Association, member of National Association of Social Workers, and Writer’s League of Texas.   She was an avid writer and had three books published. Vicki enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends and family, reading, writing and of course loved cats. The following preceded her in death: her husband, “Rusty”, in 2011; her parents, Emil Hoehnen and Angeline Hoehnen; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert A. Rust and Della Rust; her sister, Elaine (Mickey) McIntyre and husband Harvey D. McIntyre Jr.; her sister, Patricia McIntyre and husband, Ray K. McIntyre; niece, Marion McIntyre Johnson; nephew, Harvey (Dee) McIntyre III and his wife Pat McIntyre; nephew, Tom McIntyre; sister-in-law Aneva Rogas and her husband Harold (Slim) Rogas; brother-in-law Jacks Hicks. Vicki is survived by Herbert E. (brother-in-law) and Joyce Rust of Burton, Dorothy Hicks (sister-in-law) of Houston.  Nieces and nephews surviving are:  Michael R. and Barbara McIntyre of Brenham; Ray K. (Kenny) McIntyre Jr. of Overland Park, Kansas; Kathi J. and Melvin Pitchford of Tomball; Jim Johnson of San Marcos; Brent and Vicky Rust of Cypress; Amy and Bradley Jasinski of Burton; Brian and Reyna Rogas of Cypress; Nolan Rogas of Hockley. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, and great- great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to her niece-in-law caregiver, Vicky Rust, for her diligent service since her move back to Houston and Cypress area from Fredericksburg.  Thanks to her many friends in Cypress and Fredericksburg who made her feel at home. Funeral services are under the direction of Klein Funeral Home, 1400 W. Main Street, Tomball, TX 77375.  Visitation will be held there on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Services will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Klein Funeral Home in Tomball.  Burial will be in Fredericksburg on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be given to the Hill Country Memorial Hospital, address 1020 S. State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg, TX  78624 or the American Cancer Society.

Arthur Al Geick

Arthur Al Geick, age 91, passed away peacefully at his home on Gun and Rod Road on February 25th, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.  A native Washington Countian, Arthur Al, known by his friends as Geick, was born on October 21st, 1929 to Betty Dietz Geick and Arthur F. Geick. His father, Arthur F. Geick, was a successful business owner in Brenham, and held various positions, including Chairman of the Board at Brenham National Bank, formally known as Farmer’s National Bank.  Arthur Al graduated from Brenham High School in 1948 where he played football and was on the 1947 District Champion Brenham Cub Football Team. He, along with his teammates, was inducted into the Cub Football Hall of Honor at Blinn College. Arthur Al went on to continue his education at Texas A&M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets and later served as the Company Commander of A-Company Ordnance, the largest company on campus. He graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and was a certified and registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Upon graduation Arthur Al went on to serve 2 years of active duty as an Officer in the U.S. Army in Fort Knox, Kentucky in Company B 386 Armored Engineering Ordnance and continued to serve as Commanding Officer of Company B in the National Guard which he enjoyed and was very proud to have been associated with the local unit of the Texas National Guard. He was also active in the Texas Public Employees Association.  During his time at Fort Knox, he met and married June Hope Burford, whose home is Charleston, West Virginia. They would move and start a family in Brenham, Texas on Gun and Rod Road. Arthur Al and June had 2 children, Susan Betty Geick and David Arthur Geick. After serving in the Army, he returned to Brenham, Texas to work for the Texas Department of Transportation formerly known as the Texas Highway Department. In 1961 Arthur Al took over as Supervising Resident Engineer. During his 36 plus years of service he was responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of highways. Approximately 929 acres of land was obtained for right of way to improve highways in Washington, Grimes, and Burleson Counties. Arthur Al was always very proud and spoke highly of the people working in his Residency.  Arthur Al was a member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and Century Club, a member and former President of the Brenham Gun and Rod Club, former President of the Wonder Hill Shooting Club, served twice on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, was a National Council Member of the USO, involved with the Chappell Hill Historical Society, presented films and lectures for Drivers Education Classes, Litter Control, Beautify Texas, presented engineering papers at Texas A&M University, speaker at many Civic Clubs, served as the Vice President of Washington County Little League for 5 years over several divisions, served as Engineering Advisor of the Junior Engineering Technology Society (JETS) at Brenham High School, a member of the Sons of Hermann, served on the Vestry at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church and served as Senior Warden, a member of Brenham Rotary Club, involved in the United Fund of Washington County and Heart Fund, educated and developed the promotion and growth of Bluebonnets and other wildflowers in Washington County, served on the committee to the development of “Welcome to Washington County” structures, instrumental in obtaining the historical designation and marker for Rosedale Nursery, featured in the “Recollections History of Brenham” Documentary, awarded Eagle Scout in 1946 at Washington on the Brazos by Air Force General Stratemeyer, was a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 85 during war years when adult scout leaders were not available, and served as the 1939 Junior Maifest King with Frances Ann Navaratil.  Arthur Al grew up fishing at Gun and Rod Club which would later dedicate Geick Lake in his honor. He loved cooking for family and friends and was known for his “Holy Frijoles” at the Episcopal Men’s Chili Supper. Arthur Al enjoyed music, working in his shop on woodworks, paintings, carvings and sketching, working in his yard, hunting, bowling as a City Champ, gardening, shooting club, target practice, telling jokes and stories. For the 5 seasons they were organized, Arthur Al enjoyed playing for and managing the Germania slow pitch softball team that won the leagues and tournaments from 1973-1977. He loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed the comradery of his fellow hunters for 40 plus years on the Camp Ranch. Arthur Al was a proud fan of Texas A&M Athletics, especially Aggie football and baseball, and the Houston Astros.  Arthur Al is survived by his daughter Susan Geick, his son David Geick, his granddaughter Lauren Hope Juliano Barnett and her husband David Barnett. Arthur Al was preceded in death by his wife June Geick and his parents Betty and Arthur F. Geick.  We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and thanks to caregivers and family friends Irma Pruitt and Bridget Gray.  The memorial service for Arthur Al Geick will be held on Saturday March 13th, 2021, at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 2310 Airline Drive in Brenham, Texas. The church and family asks for masks to be worn and social distance guidelines to be followed.  Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice.  Always a proud Fightin’ Texas Aggie, Arthur Al Class of 52’ will be honored in the April presentation of Silver Taps at Texas A&M University in College Station. Softly call the Muster, Let comrade answer, “Here!”  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.

Paula Lesser

Paula Lesser, 84, of Chappell Hill, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Brenham. Lillian Pauline Adair was born December 9, 1936, in Houston, Texas to Clarence and Mary Adair.  She attended Houston schools and was a 1954 graduate of Spring Branch High School.  She then attended the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Houston. On March 12, 1960, she married Phil Lesser of Chappell Hill, in Second Presbyterian Church of Houston.  After six years in Houston, they made their home in Chappell Hill.  In 1972 Paula became a part-time postal clerk at the Chappell Hill Post Office.  She then went on to become Postmaster in 1984, retiring in 1996.  She also helped sell sausage and cheese alongside her husband, Phil, at P. Lesser and Son General Store during the annual festivals.  Paula was a member of Country Bible Church, rarely missing a service or Bible class.  She was a member of the Chappell Hill Canasta Club for many years.  She enjoyed visiting with people, reading, and traveling with family. She and Phil particularly enjoyed attending the country music concerts at the Columbus Opry. She was preceded in death by:  parents; infant sister, Mary Dee Adair; husband, Phil Lesser; son, Craig Lesser; brothers-in-law, Cecil Farrington and Richard Ullrich. Surviving loving family includes:  her daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Brady Gregor, Mary Kay and Jim Beard; grandchildren, Jenna Gregor, Karra and Lauriano Pineda, Russell Beard, Bill Beard, James Beard; sisters and brother-in-law, Betty Jo Farrington, Connie Ullrich, Kay and Albert Ullrich, numerous nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 9th from 8a.m. to 7p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 10th at 2 p.m. in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Pastor Mike Smith will officiate. Memorials are requested to: Country Bible Church, Hospice Brazos Valley or 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 www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Mildred “DeeDee” (Lauter) Smith

Mildred “DeeDee” (Lauter) Smith, 80, of Brenham, passed away on March 6, 2021. Viewing will be from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 9, at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 10, also at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with burial following at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gay Hill. Pastor Skip Stutts will officiate the service. DeeDee was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Gay Hill, the Gay Hill Fire Dept., and the Gay Hill Sons of Hermann. DeeDee is survived by her husband of 58 years, Donald; son Scotty and wife Vicki Smith of the Gay Hill Community, daughter Lisa and husband Daniel Krolczyk of Chappell Hill; grandchildren Brittney, Gunnar, and Quinton Smith; sister-in-law Karen Lauter; nieces and nephews Curtis and Marlene Rodenbeck, Debbie Rodenbeck  (husband Mike Brau), Amanda Lauter and friend Blake Hickerson, and great-nieces and great-nephews. If you’d like to make a donation in memory of DeeDee, please consider a donation to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill.

Erwin Alex Meier

Erwin Alex Meier died on March 4, 2021 in Brenham, TX. He was born September 7, 1935 in Burton, Texas.  His parents were Charlie and Matilda (Oevermann) Meier.  Erwin was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s UCC Church of Burton.  He was an active member and sang in the church choir.  He grew up and went to school in Burton.  He attended Hohenwalde Country School and had fond memories of walking with his siblings, neighbors and friends through pastures along the road to get to school even in freezing weather.  He attended Burton High School.  Erwin loved playing sports and lettered in basketball and baseball in high school.  He loved spending time with his high school friends. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957 and was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky and Gelnhausen Germany.  He returned to Brenham after completing his service in the military.  He trained as a mechanic while in the military and eventually opened his own business in 1969.  He owned and operated Meier’s Garage for 40 years before selling it. Erwin met Ruth on a blind date and married her in 1958 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham.  They were married for 62 years and had two children, Keith and Kristin. Erwin liked helping people.  One story that he told was about growing up next to his pastor.  On Sunday mornings when the pastor couldn’t start his car, he would borrow Erwin’s car to get to church! He was kind at heart and nonjudgmental.  Erwin was a quiet person, but he was always ready to help someone in need. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since marriage.  Erwin enjoyed playing volleyball in the church summer league and shared many memories of playing in championship games on Sunday nights.  He served on the Congregational Life committee, cooking and serving meals for the congregation for special events.  He was a member of the Berlin- Zionsville Fire Department and also a member of the Independence Historical Society for many years. Erwin loved being outdoors.  He especially loved spending time on his farm.  After retirement, you could often find him on the farm – shredding grass, hauling hay, and feeding his cows.  He enjoyed fishing with friends on the coast and going deer hunting to Fredericksburg. Erwin also enjoyed traveling with his family.  They traveled throughout the US and to many different countries over the years. Erwin made many friends while serving in the army, and he kept in touch with them throughout the years.  Over the years, his division had many reunions.  Each person took a turn hosting the reunion in his hometown. Erwin loved his grandchildren.  He especially loved fishing with them when they came to visit.  After retirement, he enjoyed going to the gym and made many friends there.  One of their traditions was to meet for breakfast on Monday mornings.  He also enjoyed gathering and catching up with friends during their weekly Wednesday evening dinners. Erwin is survived by his wife, Ruth, son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Wanda Meier, daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Scott Vacha, and four grandchildren, Megan and Mitchell Meier and Will and Emily Vacha.  He is also survived by his older brother and sister-in-law, Wilbert (Buddy) and Ruby Meier, sister-in-law Birdie Sommerfeld and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Matilda (Oevermann) Meier, his in-laws, Melvin and Martha Sommerfeld, sisters and brothers-in-law, Aline and Lloyd Gerland and Alfreida and Charles Herzog, brothers and sister-in-law, Wilfred Meier and Carl and Bern Nell Meier, and brother-in-law, Howard Sommerfeld. Due to COVID, there will be a private, family graveside service at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Visitation will be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday March 8, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The family requests that you wear a mask and practice social distancing and other COVID precautions during your visit. After the pandemic eases, there will be a celebration of life memorial service and fellowship at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.  To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Erwin Alex Meier, please visit our floral store.

Nola Jean Luetge

Nola Jean Luetge, 77, of Burton, TX, died on March 1, 2021 in Brenham, TX. A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Carmine Cemetery with Pastor Merlin Swan officiating. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eddie Luetge and wife Michelle; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Wiesepape and husband Craig; sister, Mary Louis Witte; grandchildren, Jamie Dawn Wiesepape, Joshua Wade Wiesepape, Katherine Elaine Luetge; great-grandchildren, Victoria Nicole Wiesepape, Christian James-Edward Wiesepape, and Camron Alexzander Wiesepape; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom she all loved dearly. 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.

Milroy Alvin Weinert

Milroy Alvin Weinert, 78, of Round Top, died March 1, 2021 at Care Inn of La Grange. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, March 6, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. A graveside service is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor Karen Buck officiating. Survivors are his daughters and sons-in-law Sherry and Robert Whitmarsh of Concord, California; Shelly and Daniel Pietsch of LaGrange; granddaughters Elyse and Ariana Whitmarsh, Kalie and Kyla Pietsch, brother, Elroy Weinert of Grapeland, and special friend, Joyce Boeker.  Milroy was preceded in death by his parents, wife, mother in-law and father in-law Wayland and Myrtle Hinze; sister and brother-in-law Bernice and   Elwood Hackemack; and sister-in-law Jessie Weinert. 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.

Raymond Andrew Jozwiak

Raymond Andrew Jozwiak, 73, of Brenham, TX, died on February 28, 2021. A visitation will be from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with the family present from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. during the visitation. A funeral mass will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 4, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Jozwiak is survived by his wife, Theresa Jozwiak of Brenham, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne Jozwiak and wife Amy of Brenham, TX; son, Andrew Jozwiak of Chappell Hill; brother and sister-in-law, JJ Jozwiak and wife Renee of Chappell Hill, TX; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley Kmiec and husband Larry of Chappell Hill, TX, and Pat Jozwiak and Brian Wostal of Chappell Hill, TX; grandchildren, Cullen Jozwiak and wife Rachel, Chandler Jozwiak, and Michael Jozwiak; Aunt Delores Kendziora, sisters-in-law, Rose Recek, Libby Geistmann, and Mary Ann Kokes; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 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.

Mary Ann Bates

Mary Ann Bates, 81 of Brenham, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Focus Care Nursing Home following a fall which resulted in a head injury. Visitation will be Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A graveside Christian burial will be held Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery, Somerville, TX. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law: Denise and Michael McKinnon, Danna Donnell, Delaine and Brad Koonce, two grandsons, Travis and Cody Roberts, and one brother, James Robert Bates. 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.

Elvera Rudloff

Elvera Rudloff was born on June 15, 1932 at her childhood home in Burton, Texas to parents Louis and Annie Braun and entered into eternal peace with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas at the age of 88.  Elvera is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, M.C., Reuben, James, and Arthur; and sister, Annie Mae Hilburn.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, TX with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow at Shelby Cemetery.  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.

Jocelyn “Marie” Holderrieth Voelkel

Jocelyn “Marie” Holderrieth Voelkel.  Marie is survived by her husband Oscar B. Voelkel, Jr., Sheila Gross, daughter, Darwin Gross, son-in-law, Meagan Meyer, granddaughter and her husband Tyler Meyer and great-grandson Jameson Meyer, Jeff Voelkel, son, Karen Voelkel, daughter-in-law, Jack Voelkel, grandson and Kate Voelkel, granddaughter, Cheryl Powell, daughter, Brian Powell, son-in-law, Reid Powell, grandson and Clay Powell, grandson. She is also survived by Donald Holderrieth, brother, Loretta Holderrieth, sister-in-law, Doris Voelkel, sister-in-law and many loving nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  A private family funeral service will be held for the family.  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.

Carolyn Jeanette (Farrell) Moran

Carolyn Jeanette (Farrell) Moran, 89, of Brenham, Texas passed away Thursday, February 18th surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Carolyn was born January 28th, 1932 in Houston, Texas to Dr. Harry and Frances Farrell. After attending St. Agnes Academy and Lamar High School, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Houston. Carolyn married Dan J. Moran, Jr. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Houston, Texas in 1954 and they were married for 58 years. They remained in Houston, where they raised six children until moving to Brenham in 1976 to settle down and eventually retire, at which time Danny, Jennifer, and Catherine were college-bound, whereas Bill, Mary Anne, and Carrie would attend Brenham schools. Surviving family members include: daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Larry Chambers of New Hampshire, Mary Anne Moran and Shannon Smith of Brenham, Carrie and Shawn Derkowski of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Traci Moran of Brenham; grandchildren, Sally Matthews-Chambers and Chris Chambers, Austin and Brayden Derkowski, Dusty and Kaci Morgan, Jayci Moran; great-grandchildren, Valen Morgan and Bryntli Murphy; along with special nieces, Nancy Tusa, Tricia Civitello, Eloise Byrd and Sally Edmundson. Carolyn was preceded in death by the love of her life, Dan J. Moran Jr., son Dan J. Moran III, daughter Catherine Moran Zeiss, as well as sister and brother-in-law Betty Jean and Dr. Ed Kitts.  In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Carolyn went above and beyond when it came to community involvement and service. After moving to Brenham in the mid-‘70s, she quickly engaged in a multitude of clubs and organizations, excelling in her roles in each one, leading her to numerous accomplishments throughout her years of service. She played a large part in the revitalization of the Heritage Society of Washington County, where she was instrumental in the completion of the Giddings Stone Mansion. She was a life member of the Heritage Society and served as vice-president from 1989-91, was the home tour chairperson and committee member for the Christmas at the Mansion. Furthermore, she participated in the Independence Historical Society as a member and docent since 1999. Carolyn served as a Winedale Historical Center Council Board Member from 1979-88, was a member of the Arts Council of Washington County and the Republican Women’s Club and has served as a Republican Party volunteer as a precinct judge and as a clerk. She was a board member of the Oak Rest Cemetery Association for over 20 years, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association board. Carolyn served on the Trinity Hospital Health Services Foundation from 1994-2003, including 2 years as chairperson and two years as vice-chairperson. She was a board member of Unity Theatre from 2002-04 and was also instrumental in researching and obtaining a Texas historical marker for the African-American Catholic Church in Washington and served on the committee to supply priests for that congregation. She was a devout and active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was an immense contributor to restoration and  facility projects over the last 40 years. To top off these accomplishments, Carolyn was honored as Woman of the Year in 2005 by the Chamber of Commerce of Brenham. However, Carolyn was most well-known among others not for her accolades, but for the kindness and compassion she showed to countless others by just being who she was, a woman of God, every day. For many, Carolyn represented strength, hope, and above all, God’s love for each and every one of us.  Carolyn was the cornerstone of her family, being both a devoted wife and mother while managing to juggle all of the aforementioned responsibilities she took upon herself. Carolyn was known as the glue of the family, the gatherer and gracious hostess, the gourmet chef, the patient mother of 6, the family lawyer and ultimate decider of disputes, the smile that lit up even the biggest and most crowded room, the epitome of a southern lady clad in elegance, grace, class, and dignity, the heart that never tired of giving and showing love, the single most genuine and personally-invested person anyone knew, the attentive listener, wise adviser, the friend that anyone would be lucky to have, the charismatic personality that strove to recognize the best in others, the mother who would go to war for her children, the unrivaled example of faith and unyielding strength of spirit, and ultimately, the legacy we can only hope to leave behind.  Two of her favorite places were their ranch named “Rancho Poco Mo” where they lived for over 30 years and the beach where she spent many summers enjoying it with her children, the Tusa’s and Hindman families.  Visitation for Carolyn will be held Friday, February 26, 2021 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm with the recitation of the rosary at 6:00 pm in the Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer St, Brenham, Texas. The family will be present to receive friends from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. The funeral mass will be on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church located at 701 Church Street, Brenham, Texas.  Pallbearers: Shawn Derkowski, Austin Derkowski, Brayden Derkowski, Shannon Smith, Paul Murski, Michael Hindman, Dusty Morgan.  Honorary Pallbearers: Norwood Lange, Bill Pennybacker, Steve James, Ken Wax, Dr. Ed Heyne, Phil Edmundson, Tom Byrd, Rob Civitello.  Special Friends: Cordelia Cummings, Jean Banker, Marcena O’Malley, Ruth Ewing, Dee Pennybacker, Barbara Powell, Barbara Lange, Kim Janner, Elizabeth Nutt, Sarah Roberts, Noelie Pfeffer, Celestina Maldonado, Iris Ballew, Frances Heyne, Frances Harris, Eloise Damon, Elaine Brown, Jeri Baehren, Betty Yoakum, Gaile Young, Jean Funkhouser, Lete Phillips, Catholic Supper Club, Lete’s Exercise Group, Book Club and Tennis Group.  It would be impossible to thank everyone that showed Carolyn such love and kindness, so we would like to thank those who have not been already named for their presence in her life.  We want to give special thanks to a group of ladies that were particularly devoted to the care of our mother.  Alisa “Cookie” King, Farlice Lovings, Synthia Mathis, Laverne Mathis and Renee Crawford.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Carolyn’s honor be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Unity Theatre, and Animal Friends of Washington County.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences for the family may be left at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Viola (Janes) Wilhelmsen

Viola (Janes) Wilhelmsen, 91 of Brenham, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Viola Janes was born August 1, 1929 in the Wesley Community of Austin County, Texas. Parents were John and Dora (Brending) Janes. She was baptized and confirmed May 13, 1945 by Pastor Theo Streng at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was educated in Brenham Public Schools. On November 29, 1950, Viola was married to Ernst Wilhelmsen by Rev. W.C. Poehlmann in Salem Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker and was an immaculate housekeeper. Viola took pride in her yard and caring for her flowers. Throughout her lifetime, she had many beloved pets and loved to feed and watch birds from her window. Viola was preceded in death by: parents, husband Ernst on October 23, 1986 and one sister. She is survived by numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 23 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, February 24 from 8 a.m. until noon at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 24 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Pat Dietrich officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: cousins James Brending, Leroy Brending, Herman Brending, Freddie Brending, Gary Brending, and Roger Brending. Honorary pallbearers will be: Patsy Brending, Denise Brending, Robert and Jan Wilhelmsen.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brenham. 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.

Brookshire Pipes “Brooks” McVean

Brookshire Pipes “Brooks” McVean passed away on February 2, 2021. Brooks was born on May 1, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas to Jon Jeffrey and Amanda Carter McVean, and brother Carter Houston McVean. In 2013, the family moved to Brenham, Texas.  Brooks continues to be loved and cherished by his parents and his brother, along with many other family members: grandparents, Cathy Cole, Cynthia and Michael McVean, and Robert and Sallie Carter; aunts & uncles, Jessica Cole and Michael Dee Buchanan, Julie and Christopher Foret, and Matthew Carter; and cousins, Rosemary and Cole Buchanan and Ashley Foret; Great-aunt Phyllis Bluck, Great Uncle & Aunt Pat & Judi Cole, Cousins Lindsey Cole McKean, Beau McKean, Dane McKean, Kailyn and Travis Cole, Millie Rose, Ellamae Alise Cole, Dylan & Ha Cole.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 10:00 am at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Stephen F. Whaley officiating.  Funeral arrangements for Brookshire McVean are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

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