Obituaries


Gladys Marie Kaechler Fritz

Gladys Marie Kaechler Fritz, beloved family woman, died peacefully at home on Thursday, December 13, 2018 to be once again with her husband, Milton Fritz, of 65 years. Gladys is preceded in death by her husband Milton Fritz, her parents Willie and Renata (Weighat) Kaechler, her brother Wilber Fred Kaechler, parents-in-law Albert and Edna (Lorenz) Fritz; son Douglas Fritz; son-in-law James Abel;  and nephew David Raska. Gladys is survived by her two sons: Michael and his wife, Marie; Christopher and his wife, Sharron; two daughters: Carolyn and her husband Leroy Batts Sr.; Judy Abel; and daughter-in-law Kathy Fritz. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Florine Raska and three nephews and two nieces-in-law. Visitation with the family will be held Monday, December 17, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham. Following the burial at Prairie Lea Cemetery, there will be a reception at the church. 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. 

Jimmie Lynn McCoy Fricke

Jimmie Lynn McCoy Fricke passed away on December 11, 2018. Jimmie is survived by her husband and forever love, Jeffrey Fricke. Also surviving her is her mother, Virginia Ballengee McCoy; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Frank Bednarek; sisters Beverly McCoy and Donna McCoy; her mother-in-law and father-in-law who loved her dearly, Edgar and Esse Lee Fricke; brother-in-law Trace Fricke and wife Donna; brother-in-law Matt Fricke; nieces and nephews Graig Bednarek and wife Dana, Lisa Zela, Angela Bryon and husband Danny, Susan Bednarek, Jeff Thiel, Matt Thiel, Lindsey Fricke, Jon and Susie Fricke, Jordan Fricke and Jayme; great-nieces and great-nephews, Courtney and Christa Bednarek, Elisabeth and Julie Stempuhowski, Colton and Tanner Zela, Emerson and Wesley Thiel, Carlyn, Cade, and Casen McCoy, Essie Leigh, Davis, and Brynleigh; and numerous cousins and friends. In accordance with Jimmie Lynn’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E Blue Bell Rd, Brenham, TX 7783, or The ALS Association, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.3611 Access on line guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Steven Louis Ramirez

Steven Louis Ramirez, 41, of Brenham, died December 10, 2018 in Houston. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, December 14 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville with Pastor Katrina Walther officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Sara Ramirez of Brenham; sons, Tyler Louis Ramirez and Tyson Allen Ramirez, both of Brenham; mother, Petra Ramirez Smith of Brenham; father, Guadalupe Ramirez of Sweeney; stepmother, Marci Ramirez of Sweeney; grandmother, Juanita Ramirez of Sinton; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Carrie Ramirez of Willis; niece, Katelyn Elyse Ramirez; nephew, Shane Stephens; mother-in-law, Joyce Mackenroth of Brenham; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Diane Mackenroth of Brenham; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral arrangements for Steven Ramirez 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.

Elton “Pete” Rodenbeck

Elton “Pete” Rodenbeck of Brenham, Texas, died on December 7, 2018, at the age of 78. Pete was born November 2, 1940, in Cedar Hill, Texas, son of Chas and Lydia Lueck Rodenbeck. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, with Pastor Skip Stutts officiating. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, December 10, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his sister-in-law Bernice Rodenbeck; his nephews and nieces Linda and Craig Borchardt, Curtis and Marlene Rodenbeck, Debbie and Mike Brau, Brenda and Ron Stone, and Carl and Deanna Rodenbeck; great nephews and nieces Morgan and Travis Wood, Joshua Borchardt , Mary Borchardt, Cullen and Jessica Rodenbeck, Brooke Rodenbeck, Matt McLendon, Dillon McLendon, Abby Brau, Amanda and Jason Grosze, Megan and Luke Atchley, and Connor Rodenbeck; great great nephews and nieces Mack McLendon, Emma McLendon, Jacob Wood, Millie McLendon, and Quinn Rodenbeck. Funeral arrangements are for Elton “Pete” Rodenbeck are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com. 

Travis Franklin Pilchiek

Travis Franklin Pilchiek, 84, husband of Bonnie Pilchiek, died December 4, 2018 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem, with Pastor Evan Cameron officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Pilchiek of Brenham; son, Jeffrey Allen Pilchiek of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Dr. Scott A. Smith of Georgetown; brother-in-law Wilfred Emshoff of Brenham; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Billy and Diane Emshoff of Kerrville; grandchildren: Makenzie and Michael Cunningham, Connor Smith, Natalie Smith, and Trevor Smith. Also surviving are numerous cousins and other relatives. Travis was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Ruby Pilchiek, and parents-in-law, Arnold and Isabell Emshoff. Funeral arrangements for Travis Pilchiek are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Karen Sue Dooley

Karen Sue Dooley, 68, passed away on December 3, 2018. Visitation services will be held at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home Chapel on Friday December 3, 2018 from 12-7pm. Prayer service will be held at 7pm. A Funeral service will be held at Martin Luther Lutheran Church on Saturday December 7, 2018 at 10am. Interment will follow at Carmine Cemetery. Survivors include her husband Tony Dooley, son Todd Dooley (wife Amy), son Blake Dooley (wife Amber), Brother Freddie Behnke (Sharon), sister Lana Aschenbeck (husband Willie), grandchildren Brody Dooley, Bree Dooley, and Summer Dooley, mother-in-law Susan Dooley Logue (husband Chuck), numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Milton Fritz Behnke (Father), Wella Mae Hinze Behneke (Mother), and Gabe Hamilton Dooley Jr. (Father-in-law). The Family suggests memorial donations be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, TX, RTC Education Foundation, or Charity of one’s choice. Services are under the direction of Fayette Memorial Funeral Home of LaGrange.

Herman Paul Erdelt

Herman Paul Erdelt, 86, of Bellville passed away peacefully in Katy on Sunday, December 2, 2018. He was the son of Frank and Hilma Foehner Erdelt, born on February 15, 1932 in Taiton, Texas. He was confirmed and baptized at St. John's Catholic Church in Taiton. As a young man, he proudly served as a medic in the National Guard. Herman was preceded in death by his mother Hilma Foehner Erdelt, his step-mother Francis Muchka Erdelt, his father Frank John Erdelt, his stepsister Ann Kacol, his brother, Andrew Erdelt, and wife Mary. He was also preceded in death by his sister-in-law Bernice Rek and her husband Eugene. Herman is survived by his wife Nancy and his children, Linda Erdelt Blezinger and husband Michael of Industry, Eva Marie Erdelt Meyer of Bellville, and Theresa Erdelt Luetge and husband Branch of Bellville. He is also survived by his grandchildren Cameron, Jill, and Garner Blezinger, Madison Luetge, Melissa Meyer, Laura and Matthew Perkey, and his great grandson Michael Calvin Perkey. In addition, he is survived by his brothers Frankie Erdelt and wife Cindy, and Clarence Erdelt and wife Joy. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church,936 Front St. Bellville, Texas 77418 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 P, followed by Rosary at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bellville with Fr. Timothy Bucek officiating. Interment will be at 2:00 PM at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery 1843 CR 469 Rd. New Taiton, Texas, 77437. Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, 842 E. Main St. Bellville, Texas 77418, Ph: 979-865-3121  Fx: 979-865-3542, www.knesekfuneralhome.com

Howard Kuecker

Howard Kuecker, 82, husband of Mildred Ashorn Kuecker, died December 1, 2018 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. Burial will proceed at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Kuecker; son and daughter-in-law, Kary and Leslie Kuecker; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Eric Hagerman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wilfred and Barbara Kuecker and Gerald and Theresa Kuecker; brother, Charles Kuecker; sister, Doris Sebesta; sister-in-law Blondean Kuecker and grandchildren, Lauren Hagerman, Colin Hagerman, and Kailea Kuecker, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elsie Kuecker; brothers and sister-in-law, Ervin and Laverna Kuecker, Clarence and Dorothy Kuecker, Elroy and Betty Kuecker; brother, Henry Kuecker; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Ervin Schulze, brother-in-law, Herbert Sebesta, and nephews Michael Kuecker, Craig Kuecker and Gregory Kuecker. Funeral arrangements for Howard Kuecker are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com. 

Eugene Gaskamp

Eugene Gaskamp, 69, of Bellville, Texas, ended his earthly journey on November 30, 2018. Gene is survived by his wife, Janice.  Children Amy and Jason Pieper, and Marcus and Dr. Miranda Gaskamp.  Grandchildren Rick, Michael, and Eric Cano, and Gwendolyn Gaskamp.  Uncle and Aunts, Clarence and Bernice Gaskamp, and Florence Gaskamp, along with numerous cousins. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bellville, with Pastor Andrew Bell officiating. Memorials may be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church Bellville Retreat Center Fund, Hospice Brazos Valley, or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements for Eugene Gaskamp are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Viola Wittner

Viola Wittner, 76, wife of Roland Wittner, died November 30, 2018 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2018 at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem, with burial in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Industry at 4:30 p.m. Rev. Evan Cameron will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Roland Wittner; sons and daughters-in-law Rodney and Lori Wittner of Brenham, and Ronnie and Janae Wittner of Industry; brother and sister-in-law Lloyd and Gayle Kaase of Bellville; grandchildren: Katelyn and Kathryn Wittner, and Dauson and Aunnika Wittner. Mrs. Wittner was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Hilma Kaase; parents-in-law, Roy and Elda Wittner, and her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Henry Marburger. Funeral arrangements for Viola Wittner are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Leroy “Tex” Thielemann

Leroy “Tex” Thielemann, 94, of Brenham, died Nov. 27, 2018, at Kruse Village in Brenham. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral for Leroy Thielemann will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill, with Pastor Skip Stutts officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include his sister-in-law, Mae Dell Thielemann of Brenham; nephews and nieces Douglas and Connie (Bauer) Thielemann of Giddings and Duane and Jeannie (Reeves) Thielemann of Santa Fe; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Mike Akins of Pace, FL; Great-nieces, Nicole Paul and husband Chris, Natalie Thielemann, Jenna Akins, Riley Akins, Faith Thielemann, Jessica Thielemann and Samantha Thielemann. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Ida (Pankonien) Thielemann and brother, Eugene Thielemann. Funeral arrangements for Leroy Thielemann 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.

Ruben August Beisert

Ruben August Beisert, 83, died November 22, 2018 in Houston. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Pastor Jeff Muchow officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Ruben is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Beisert; parents, Louis and Minnie Beisert; parents-in-law Albert and Leona Bernhardt. Numerous other relatives also preceded Ruben in death. Funeral arrangements for Ruben August Beisert are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Vernie Dell Minnie (Kirchner) Klingsporn

Vernie Dell Minnie (Kirchner) Klingsporn, 86, passed away November 12, 2018 in Bryan. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. A private graveside service will take place preceding the funeral. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Bev Klingsporn; grandsons Andrew and Emilie Klingsporn and their daughters Lula and Milly, and Alex and Lauren Klingsporn and their son, Autry; brother-in-law Robert P. and wife, Doris Klingsporn; sister, Frances Hardan and husband Ralph. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; her parents, two sisters and one brother. Funeral arrangements for Vernie Dell Klingsporn are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Wanda Rose (Pawlawski) DeLuke

Wanda Rose (Pawlawski) DeLuke, age 91 of Brenham and the widow of Joe DeLuke, entered into eternal rest on November 10, 2018. Surviving loving family includes: daughters, Shirley Manuel and Diana Dworsky; son-in-law Tommy; grandchildren, Tom Dworsky and wife Rendi, Mark Dworsky, Suzanne Quain and husband Patrick, Katrina Martin and husband Nate, Cameron Manuel, Blake Manuel and wife Loren; great grandchildren, Bailey Bridges, Chase Martin, Will, Colten and Bryce Dworsky, Brooke Dworsky, Wyatt Manuel, JP, Ryan and Kyle Quain. Visitation with the DeLuke family will be Wednesday, November 14th from 5 p.m. until rosary is recited at 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Wanda (Pawlawski) DeLuke will be held Thursday, November 15th at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Kim as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society or the Margaret E. Blizzard Senior Activity Center 1301 E. Tom Green, Brenham, 77833. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611  Access online registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Ralph Edward Poehlmann

Ralph Edward Poehlmann, 81, husband of Jeanette Sander Poehlmann, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018,  after a courageous and spirited fight with cancer. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Church,  with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Interment will follow in the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. His loving family includes his wife of 56 years, Jeanette Sander Poehlmannn; children: Lori Gail Balusek of Brenham;  Ralph Todd Poehlmann of Brenham; Dana Robin and Mark Clifton Larson of Beckville, Texas; grandchildren: Michael Brandon Mobley of Pflugerville; Megan Nicole Poehlmann Jackson and husband Nicholas Grant of Kingwood; Brittany Dana Gallaher of Port Charlotte, Florida; Mollie Erin Poehlmann of Kingwood; great-granddaughter Sara Claire Jackson; sister, Joyce Poehlmann Weiss of Brenham; brother-in-law Travis (T-Ray) Sander and his wife, Cheryl, of Ft. Worth. Other special people as part of the family are Jacqueline Collins, Theresa Allaire, Sky and Dylan Miner, Deven Starr and Alex Allaire. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law Raymond Edward and Hilda Rose (Riechers) Sander; son-in-law, Eddie L. Balusek; his sister, Helen Mikeska Schulz; brothers-in-law, John R. Mikeske, Jr., Arthur R. Weiss, Delphine Schulz, and Henry Zientek; nephew Michael George Mikeska, and niece, Tricia Rae Sander. Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoaskchapel.com.

Doris Emma Wehmeyer Staten

Doris Emma Wehmeyer Staten, 92, died November 5, 2018 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her daughters, Connie Waggoner of Brenham; Jetta Goodman and husband Glen of Brenham; grandchildren: Bennie Waggoner III and wife Sherry of Magnolia; Trish Whitfield and husband Clay of Burton; Rhonda Vidales and husband Johnny of Deer Park; Lisa Corrington and husband Scot of Deer Park; great-grandchildren: Autumn Sparks, LeAnna Sparks; Justin Waggoner and wife Jamie; Shelby Waggoner; Heather Harris, Cole and Katy Whitfield, Josh and Tori Vidales, Lauren Labardini, as well as  numerous nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, H.E. Staten; son Gary Pynes; son-in-law Bennie Waggoner, Jr; brothers Edwin Wehmeyer and wife Katie; E.G. (Bobbie) Wehmeyer and wife Joyce; sister, Lula Louise Galipp and husband Carl. Doris was also preceded in death by her best friend, Evelyn Barttelt. Funeral arrangements for Doris Staten are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Franklin Eudean Williams

Franklin Eudean Williams, age 84 of Hockley, passed away on November 1, 2018.  Visitation will be Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 10:00 am till 11:00am at Canon Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will follow at 11:00am with Pastor Eid Abdelmassih officiating.  Burial will be at Canon Mathis Cemetery.  Funeral services are entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co, 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484, 936.372.3683     www.canonfuneralhome.com  

Polly (Janda) Wied

Polly (Janda) Wied, age 83 of Brenham and the widow of Jessie Lee Weid, Sr., passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018. Polly (Janda) Wied is survived by loving family:  children Janice Marie Pritchard and husband Rex C., M.D. of Flint, Texas; Jesse Lee Wied, Jr. and wife Laura of Comfort, Texas; Joyce Lynn Dickschat and husband Brian of Brenham, Texas; grandchildren Anna Louise Pritchard, Elise Lydia Pritchard, Mary Amanda Theiss and husband John Robert, Katherine Leigh Wied and fiancé Michael Kyrouac, Hannah Virginia Wied, Joseph Lee Dickschat, John Lane Dickschat; brothers Theodore “Ted” and Ann Janda of (Hostyn) La Grange, Texas, Ignac “Iggie” and Loretta Janda of Bryan, Texas; sister-in-law Mary Louise Hernandez, La Grange, Texas; numerous nieces and  nephews. Visitation with the Wied family will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 5 in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Polly (Janda) Wied will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 6 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Hostyn Community, La Grange, Texas.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are requested to Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Hostyn or Hospice Brazos Valley, Brenham. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham  Access on-line guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Clarence Ellery Harris

Clarence Ellery Harris, age 93 of Waller, passed away on November 1, 2018.  Visitation will be Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Canon Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be Monday, November 5, 11:00am at Canon Funeral Home with Pastor Blake Nichols officiating.  Arrangements entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484 (936) 372-3683 www.canonfuneralhome.com