Craig Philip Lesser

Craig Philip Lesser, 59, of Chappell Hill, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, in Chappell Hill. Craig was born December 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas to Phil and Paula Lesser. He grew up working with his father and grandfather at P. Lesser and Son General Store, founded by his great grandfather in 1890.  He attended Brenham schools and was a 1980 graduate of Brenham High School.  He then went on to Blinn College and graduated from Rice University in 1984 with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Political Science.  In 1987 he graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston.  Upon graduation, he became an assistant district attorney in Liberty, Texas for several years, and then returned to Washington County and set up his own law practice.  He also served as Washington County Attorney from 1993-1996.  Craig was a member of Country Bible Church in Brenham, serving as deacon and song leader.  Over the years he was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and various community organizations.  He enjoyed visiting with people, playing 42 with his church family, and travelling with family and friends to various parts of the country. He was preceded in death by grandparents; father, Phil Lesser; aunts and uncles, Marnie and Vernon Whitmarsh and Mavis and Harry Kay Lesser, Sr.; uncles, Richard Ullrich and Cecil Farrington.  Surviving loving family includes his mother, Paula Lesser; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Brady Gregor, Mary Kay and Jim Beard; nieces and nephews, Jenna Gregor, Karra and Lauriano Pineda, Russell Beard, Bill Beard, James Beard; aunts and uncles, Betty Jo Farrington, Connie Ullrich, and Kay and Albert Ullrich and many other family members and friends. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and funeral services will be Thursday, January 14th at 10 a.m., both in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Pastor Mike Smith will officiate.  Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be:  Kevin Ullrich, Scot Ullrich, Ken Ullrich, Blair Ullrich, Bart Ullrich, Harry Kay Lesser, Jr. and Bruce Dickson.  Memorials are requested to Country Bible Church 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

Allen R. Stolz.

Allen R. Stolz, 71, of Brenham, died Jan. 8, 2021, at his residence. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Christ Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary Stolz of Brenham, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Kim Applewhite and husband Scott of Carmine, TX. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Harold "Cotton" Finke

Harold “Cotton” Finke, of Brenham and the husband of Betty Jean “Jeanie” Finke, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Cotton was born October 20, 1940 to Louis and Elma Finke. Visitation for Cotton Finke will be Friday, January 8, 2021 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Cotton Finke will be Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. Interment will follow in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery of Industry. Cotton is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jeanie Finke; their children, Kim Hartnett and her husband Jerry and Jeff Finke and his wife Lori; his grandchildren, Lauren Hartnett Tiernan and husband Peter, Mason Hartnett and wife Ashley, step-granddaughters, Shaye and Amber Boeker; great grand-children, Madisyn and Hadley Hartnett and Claire and Lillian Tiernan; his siblings, Elroy Finke, Oranell Storrs, and Darlene Kelly; sister in laws, Shirley and Sherry Finke along with numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611

Evelyn Menn

Evelyn Menn, age 92 of Brenham, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021.  She is survived by:  husband Franklin Menn; daughters and sons-in-law Sharon and Joe Martella, Gloria and Jim Arnold; grandchildren Jacob Martella, Joshua Martella, Jason and Kellye Arnold, Jeremy and Madison Arnold, Lauren Arnold, Austin Arnold, Dalton Arnold; great-grandson Jonah Arnold; brother and sister-in-law Clarence and Diana Hodde; many nieces, nephews and friends. For safety of the family and each other we ask that masks be worn and distancing be practiced when attending both visitation and funeral service. Visitation for Evelyn Menn will be Friday, January 8 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Evelyn Menn will be held Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Ken Weiss officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are requested to Luther Hill Ministries, Salem Lutheran Church or Texas Lutheran University. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at

Fritz Schoenst

Fritz Schoenst died peacefully sleeping with Jesus in his home on January 5, 2021. He is survived by his wife Jeanette of almost 58 years, daughter Sue Lynn and Kim Sternadel, daughter Staci and Nick Brailas, brothers Melvin and Roger and wife Kathy Schoenst and nieces Heather and husband Kyle Kaspar, Mandy Schoenst, and nephew Chance Schoenst. He is also survived by great nieces and nephews Kylee, Heath and Hunter Kaspar, Ida Blackwell, and cousin Wilton and wife Pam Schoenst along with their children and grandchildren and many cousins from the Neumann side. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 8, 2021 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top with Pastor John David Nedbalke officiating. Burial will follow at Carmine Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with the family present from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Otto Karl Krause, Jr.

Otto Karl Krause, Jr., 88 of Bellville, died January 4, 2021, at Arbors of Briarwood in Bellville. Otto was born on January 30, 1932 in Austin County, Texas to Otto and Otillie Krause. He served with the United States Army in the Korean War. Otto was married to Dorothy Schwenke on August 12, 1956 at St. James Lutheran Church in New Wehdem by Pastor Perry. He was employed at Tex-Tube in Houston, Texas and was later employed at Quanex and Bellville Tube in Bellville, Texas. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, New Wehdem-Pleasant Hill Shooting Club and Kenney Agricultural Society Hall, where he spent a many Fourth of July BBQ celebrations. Growing up on a farm, he became an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved hunting, especially squirrels, fishing in ponds and the banks of the Mill Creek. He was an animal lover, especially his horse “Blue”. He had many dogs through the years, most recently “Coco”. He enjoyed playing cards, especially poker and dominos. He loved going to Kenney Store to visit with family and friends. He was a music lover, especially Polka’s and Waltz’s, and was considered an exceptionally good dancer. He enjoyed gardening, particularly growing tomatoes. One of his favorite pastimes was watching the rodeo and bull riding was his favorite. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law Elmer and Verlin Schwenke, sister and brother-in-law Alita and Theodore Wehring, brothers Raymond Krause and Wilbert Krause, brother-in-law Earl Schwenke and granddaughter Brianna Krause. Survivors include his wife of 64 years Dorothy Krause. Sons are Keith Krause and friend Darlene Loesch, Owen Krause and friend Buffie McLendon, Brian Krause and wife Beth and Lenny Krause and wife Debbie. Grandchildren include Justin Krause, Tanner Krause and wife Ashleigh, Courtney Krause and fiancé Christian Curnel, Amy Woodall and husband Derek and Kendra Parker and husband Bertram. Great-grandchildren are Kinley Parker, Skylar Bielstein, Weston Woodall, and Case Karl Krause due in April 2021. Sister-in-laws Esther Krause and Sandra Schwenke, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Virgie Mae and Alan Wienecke. Pallbearers are Tanner Krause, Bertram Parker, Derek Woodall, Christian Curnel, Kenny Wehring, Teddy Wehring, Steven Krause, and Glenn Schwenke. Honorary pallbearers include Justin Krause, Ashleigh Krause, Courtney Krause, Amy Woodall, Kendra Parker, and the New Wehdem-Pleasant Hill Shooting Club. The family of Otto Krause would like to sincerely thank the staff at Arbors of Briarwood, especially Sharon Smith, Lolly Salinas and Vicki Powell. We would also like to thank Amedisys Hospice and the nurses, especially Shannon Hoover and Kellie Fitch, that cared for Otto. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Knesek Funeral Home in Bellville, Texas. Funeral service will be Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:00pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg with burial to follow at the church cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, 2739 Phillipsburg Church Road, Bellville, Texas 77418 or Amedisys Hospice, 226 South Live Oak Street, Bellville, Texas 77418. Funeral services are in the care of Knesek Funeral Home, 842 E Main Street, Bellville, Texas 77418.

William Henry “Bill” Hughes III

William Henry “Bill” Hughes III, 74, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2020 with his wife of 52 years by his side, in College Station, TX. Bill was born on Nov 5th, 1946 in Coronado, California to William and Mary Hughes.  He grew up in Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School in 1966.  Bill married Mary McClung in Houston, TX on September 19, 1968 after they met at Astroworld, where they both worked for several years.  Bill was instrumental in helping build the nostalgic amusement park where he was manager of new construction and maintaining existing structures.  He began working in affiliation with West-Tex Southwest Products in 1981.  He later went on to work at Dealers Electric in Houston for 8 years.  Bill, Mary, and Merrili later relocated to Brenham in 1993.  His last 10 years he worked at The Cannery for Faith Mission where he enjoyed meeting so many new people each day. Bill loved coaching his children’s sports teams growing up.  Baseball being his favorite past time.  He was the President of Kyle Chapman Baseball for 10 years where he helped build that organization to what it is today. Bill served as Deacon for Brenham Church of Christ for several years.  Bill was very much a people person and loved to talk.  He enjoyed fishing, listening to the Beach Boys, Elvis, the Bee Gees, and most of all, spending time with his precious grandchildren and spoiling them with sweet treats.  And they adored the Granddad/GeeDad! He is survived by his wife, Mary McClung Hughes, children William David Hughes and wife Cassie, Andrew Earl Hughes and wife Paula, Merrili Anne (Hughes) Nou and husband Brian, Grandchildren Hunter Christian Hughes, Joshua Michael Hughes, Haley Brooke Hughes, Mary Catherine Nou, and Brian James Nou, siblings Patricia Hughes and Mike Hughes. A memorial service will be held at the Brenham Church of Christ 2800 Victory Ln, Brenham, Texas 77833 at 2pm on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Mission.100 S Chappell Hill St. Brenham, TX.

Elwood Jaster

Elwood Jaster, 79, of Brenham, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 3, 2021, both held at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Burial will follow at the Shelby Cemetery in Shelby, Texas. Elwood is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol; their children, David (Tammy) Jaster, Jill (Justin) Hirtzel, Holly Jaster and special friend Raymond Gandy; grandchildren Joshua, Justin, and Colton; and sisters-in-law Ruth Jaster of Houston and Janelle Jaster of Austin. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Patricia “Pat” Ann Rybarski McIntyre

Patricia “Pat” Ann Rybarski McIntyre,loving mother and grandmother, and widow of Harvey “Dee” McIntyre, joined her Savior, Jesus Christ, in heaven on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Left to cherish her loving memory include her sons and daughters-in-law Harvey and Reagan, Matt and Sarah, Pat Dalton and Morgan; grandchildren Emma Kate, Tommy, Cooper, George and Barrett McIntyre along with arrival of Laney Dee Dalton on her 70th birthday (January 8th); sisters Rose (Larry) Benker and Edwina Hampton; brothers Steve (Joy) Rybarksi and Stanley Rybarksi; sisters-in-law Annie Rybarski, Geraldine Rybarski, and Lucille Rybarski; brother-in-law Mike (Barbara) McIntyre and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham with services to be announced at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or to a charity of their choice.

Burnie Alfred Wolff

Burnie Alfred Wolff, 96, of Round Top, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Burnie was born in Round Top, TX on April 27, 1924, the son of Richard and Alma (Hoffman) Wolff. Burnie graduated from Quade School in Round Top, TX.  He married Nelvera Braun on August 3, 1946 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top, TX. Burnie worked as a farmer and rancher.  He enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Nelvera, of Round Top, TX; two sons, Larry Wolff and wife, Doris of Round Top, TX; James Wolff and wife, Florence of Brenham, TX; four grandchildren:  Debra Wolff; Erin Feldmann and husband, E.B.; Kristy (Wolff) Cochran and husband, Jerry; Jennifer (Wolff) Anderson and husband, William; seven great-grandchildren:  Troop, Storm and Dutch Feldmann; Ellie Anderson; Elizabeth, JD and Jacob Cochran. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Alice Wolff.  A private Memorial Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 412 S. White St., Round Top, TX or Round Top-Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department, P O Box 145, Round Top, TX. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations, 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, TX.  Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at

Esther Mae (Stiewert) Klatte

Esther Mae (Stiewert) Klatte, age 84, died peacefully December 18, 2020 at home on the ranch with her children by her side. Esther Mae enjoyed a vibrant life until the end.  She is survived by her son, Herbert Klatte Jr. and wife Cathie; daughter, Karen (Klatte) An and husband Jack; three grandsons, Tyler Klatte, Charles Austin Klatte, and Sam An; and one granddaughter, Taylor Klatte; and sister Wilma Boeker.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; son Charles Hubert who died at birth in 1964, mother, father, brother, and three sisters.  Her granddaughter, grandsons and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.  We give thanks to the many loving caregivers who have ministered to mom over the years, but in particular, Debra Mann, who has been with Esther and Herbert since 2012 and has become an adopted part of the family. A visitation will begin on Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Monday, December 21, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A private family graveside funeral will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church Prairie Hill on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit 

Bernice Kasprowicz Thiel

Bernice Kasprowicz Thiel passed away on December 15, 2020 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station,Texas. Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 and 8:00 a.m. until Rosary at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 21 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. 
Bernice was born on June 21, 1934 in Brenham to John and Martha (Kopycinsky) Kasprowicz. She was a life-long member of St Mary’s Catholic Church. On September 20, 1958 she was united in marriage to Hugh Vernon “Buddy” Thiel by Msgr. Charles Weisnerowski and was married for 43 years. Bernice was employed for many years by Food City Grocery Store in Brenham where she worked in the Meat Department. Bernice was very devout in her Catholic faith, attending daily and Sunday masses regularly. Her children and grandchildren were the joys of her life. She loved taking long shopping trips to College Station or spending any time she could with her family, especially loving any time they could dine out or have a family BBQ in one of their back yards. Bernice was a very good cook, her fried chicken was a family favorite! Bernice was an avid baseball fan, the Houston Astros were her favorite team watching nearly every one of their games. Bernice is survived by her children Mark Thiel and wife Kelly and Lori Boer and husband Kyle; grandchildren, Aaron Boer of Brenham, Ethan Boer of Austin and Shelby Thiel of Huntsville; brothers and sister-in law Herbert Jr and Helen Thiel and Leon Thiel, all of Brenham and numerous nieces and nephews. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Buddy Thiel; sisters Angie Kluck, Evelyn Nowak, Lucille Hindman and brother Steve Kasprowicz. Pallbearers will be Kyle Boer, Aaron Boer, Ethan Boer, Mike Kluck, Brandon Kluck and Mike Petrutsas. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX  77833  979.836.3611  Share memories at

Colonel Stephen H. Evans

Colonel Stephen H. Evans, age 82 of Chappell Hill, passed away December 15, 2020. Stephen Evans was born August 10, 1938 to parents Bill and Maureen (Burquist) Evans in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Hoover High in San Diego, California, attended Texas A&M for 1 year, attained his Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego University and his Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. His 35 year career with the U.S. Air Force began in 1962.  He became a pilot and served 3 tours in Vietnam where he received Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Basic Pilot Training, Survival Training, Nuclear Weapons Del Course,  B-52CCTS (Acad), B-52CCTS (Fly), B-52CCTS G&H, B-52CCTS (Fly), Air Crew Family Course, Phys Ops Course, Director of Operations, Deputy Commander for Operations, Pilot Strategic Bomber, Air Ops Off, Plt – Strat BMB/Tanker, Exec Spt Staff Officer, Air OPS Officer, Plt, Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross With Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Jungle Survival School Course, USAF Family Training Course, TAC Elec Warfare Training Course, Squadron Off School, National Sec. Management, Psych OPS Course.  Upon retirement in 1987, he had attained the rank of Colonel. Colonel Evans married Eileen Mahoney August 14, 1982.  After retirement from the Air Force, together they enjoyed traveling the world and going to antique shows both buying and selling.   He worked for E-Systems in the airplane industry before moving to Chappell Hill where he lived for 30 years.  He was a member of Chappell Hill United Methodist Church where he was active in Bible study, ushering and attended the “Walk to Emmaus”. He was preceded in death by parents and brothers Dean Evans and Don Evans. His surviving family includes: wife Eileen Evans, son and daughter-in-law Trey and Jennifer Barker and their 4 children, daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Jeff Manthei and their 4 children, and son and daughter-in-law Doug and Mary Sue Evans and their 2 children. Visitation will be held Saturday December 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Chappell Hill with the funeral service beginning at noon. Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill with military honors by Brenham Honor Guard. Memorials are requested to Alzheimer’s Association or the “Wounded Warriors” Association. God Bless you, my loved husband.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at

Ora Nell (Loesch) Meyer

ORA NELL (LOESCH) MEYER, born January 15, 1929, in Phillipsburg, Washington County, Texas.  She passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020. She is survived by her children: Duane Meyer and his wife, Shelly, of Spring, and Denise Murski and her husband, Tim, of Chappell Hill; grandchildren: Courtney Gonzales and her husband, Justin, of Spring, Aaron Meyer and his wife, Kara, of Spring, and Katie Murski of College Station; great grandchildren: Grant Gonzales, Amelia Meyer, William Meyer, and Zelda Meyer; and numerous other family and dear friends. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville with Pastor Andrew Bell officiating. Interment will follow in the 1861 Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North Holland, Bellville, Texas 77418. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418 – – (979)865-2424.

Walline (Schroeder) Hinze

Walline (Schroeder) Hinze, 96, widow of Ervin Hinze, passed away on December 12, 2020. Walline is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Allan and Linda Hinze, Ronnie and Joan Hinze; grandchildren, Loralyn and Robert Logan, Brad and Brenna Hinze, Beau Hinze, Ty and Erin Hinze, Shae and Michael Lawder; great-grandchildren, Addison and Ellie Logan, Grasyn Hinze, Callan and Briggs Hinze, Reese, Ainsley and Drew Hinze, Paige and Bree Lawder; and sister-in-law, Lorine Schroeder. For those who wish to pay their respects, visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.A graveside service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in the William Penn Community, on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:00 am., with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating.Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Earl “Skipper” Stegemoller

Earl “Skipper” Stegemoller, 91, passed away on November 26, 2020. Funeral services were held at Frieden’s United Church of Christ of Washington, on November 30, 2020. Skipper is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Alverne; children and their spouses, Lauren Bush, Ellen Wells (husband Brent), April Duch (husband Ray), Mike Stegemoller (wife Candie); grandchildren, Kevin Bush (wife Bonnie), Jason Shay, Ronnie Shay (wife Loreen), Russell Shay (wife Morgan), Michael Stegemoller (wife Vanessa), Katie Roberts (husband Philip); Robert Shay (fiancé Amber), Ryan Duch, Nick Stegemoller (wife Tasha), 13 great-grandchildren; and family friends James Shay, Grace Parker, Rose Helen Guenther (husband Jimmy), Pat Boenker (husband David), Joyce Havard (husband Morgan), Morgan Havard, and Edward Leiber. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Samantha Jo Holle

It is with great heart ache that the family of Samantha Jo Holle, age 25, announces her passing after a sudden tragedy on Friday, November 20, 2020. Samantha is survived by her parents, Ken and Andrea Holle, her brother Christopher Holle, his fiancé Emily Jane Voelkel, her grandmother Mildred Holle and extended family, friends and pets. Visitation with the family will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham Friday, December 11th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There will be a private graveside service held on Saturday, December 12th. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Adam’s Angels Ministries. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Hildagarde B. Lorenz

On the evening of November 30, 2020, the gates of Heaven opened to greet Hildagarde B. Lorenz, 97, as she walked into the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Funeral services will be held at on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX with Pastor Phil Geleske officiating. Visitation will be from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., on December 4, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, TX. Interment will immediately follow the service at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, TX. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Leonard Dannhaus of Bryan, TX, daughter, Ella Lossow of Brenham, TX, sisters; Edna Schroeder of Washington, TX, Ella Flynt of Iola, TX, Rose Lee Lohmeyer, grandchildren, Shelley (Chris) Harper of Leander, TX, Brandon (Rachel) Dannhaus of Bryan, TX, James (Lenora) Sampson of Bethesda, MD, Rachel Duarte of Pasadena, CA, Matt Sampson of Brenham, TX, great-grandchildren, Hailey (Mike) Teal of Katy, TX, Holden Harper of Leander, TX, Hagen Dannhaus of Benbrook, TX, Kason, Korie and Kyler Dannhaus of Bryan, TX, James, Arabella and Madeline Sampson of Bethesda, MD, Hannah and Tyler Sampson of Brenham, TX., In Laws, George and Walline Lorenz, Esther Lehman, Betty Schaefer, Richard and Carolyn Martin, Mildred Holley, and Charles King. Also, 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

Teresa Vlasta Brinkmann

Teresa Vlasta Brinkmann, 92, of Brenham, TX went to her Heavenly reward on December 1, 2020. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Frenstat. Burial will follow in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell and a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Brinkmann is survived by her son Alvin Bruce Brinkmann of Brenham, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Michael James Brinkmann and wife Reneé of Brenham, TX; sister-in-law, Ella Provazek of Bryan, TX; grandchildren, Christen Brinkmann and special friend Corey Malone and Matthew Brinkmann; great-grandchildren, Dustin Hunter, Lane Borgstedt, Rowdy Borgstedt, and Ray and special friends Adele and Zboril; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell, TX 979-567-1900.

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