Obituaries


Dennie Wayne Marek

Dennie Wayne Marek, 74, of Industry, died January 15, 2020, at his residence. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby with Pastor John David Nedbalek officiating. Burial will be in Latium Cemetery. Survivors include his special friend, Barbara Kalkhake; daughters, Cindy Kissel, Kimberly Pieper and Denise Plumb and husband Stephen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell and Jane Marek and Barnell and Susie Marek; sister-in-law, Ora Dean Duesterhoft; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ben J. and Delores Meyer; grandchildren, Ava Plumb, Andie Plumb, Hunter Pieper, Hayden Pieper and Holden White; aunt, Alma Aschenbeck Schmidt; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral arrangements for Dennie Marek have been 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.

Hannah (Koester) Stockton

Hannah (Koester) Stockton, 35, of Decatur, Texas, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, in Denton, Texas. Hannah was born on February 29, 1984, in Brenham, Texas, to Don and the late Darlene Gaskamp Koester of Brenham.  She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wiedeville.  Following her confirmation, she was active in Youth League at Immanuel.  She began her education at Grace Lutheran School and was a 2002 graduate of Brenham High School.  Hannah was an active member of the Sandy Hill 4-H club and exhibited pen heifers, carcass hogs, and broilers at the Washington County Fair.  Her exhibits earned her numerous ribbons and buckles.  She also participated in several Maifest coronations and parades.  After marrying the love of her life, Jackie Stockton, she moved to Decatur where she worked at Wise County Medical and Surgical Clinic in Decatur for 11 years. Hannah continues to be loved and cherished by her husband, Jackie Stockton; her father and step-mother, Don and Lessie Ann Koester; mother-in-law, Kay Stockton; brother-in-law, John Stockton and wife DeeDee; sister-in-law, Misty Stockton; numerous cousins, great-aunts, and her special four-legged “child” Bear-Bear. Hannah is greeted with open arms in Heaven by her mother, Darlene Gaskamp Koester; grandparents Walter and Ruth Koester and Monroe and Lillian Gaskamp; father-in-law, John Stockton; great-grandparents Otto and Minnie Koester, Clyde and Geneva Rice, Otto and Emma Gaskamp, and August and Lillie Quinn. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Hudson and Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, Texas.  A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Hudson and Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, Texas, officiated by Kenny Thomas.  Committal will follow at Alvord Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, William Penn at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, William Penn, in memory of Hannah Koester Stockton.

Ida Bell Loewe Stiewert

Ida Bell Loewe Stiewert, 78, passed away at Scott & White Hospital in Temple on January 10, 2020. Survivors include her husband Virgil Stiewert, sons and daughter-in-law Virgil Stiewert, Jr. and Myron & Sherry Stiewert, grandchildren Jason Stiewert and his mother Tuttie, Kellie Stiewert & Chance Parker, Demi & Payton Smetana, Tanner Stiewert and their mother Tracy, great grandson John Smetana, sisters Annie Ruth Koopmann & Mary Lou Simek, sister-in-law Rose Ann Loewe and several nieces and nephews. Bell was preceded in death by her parents, Emil & Ruby Loewe, her parents-in-law Reinhardt & Laura Stiewert, her son Randy Stiewert, her brother Emil Loewe, brother and sister-in-law Mike & Nancy Schrader, sister & brother-in-law Daisy & Wilburn Meinecke, brothers-in-law Wilburn Koopmann & Louis Simek. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:00 am at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Paster Jill Vivroux officiating. Pallbearers will be Daryl Dahman, Joe Gravenmier, Tim Murski, Dylan Simek, Louis Simek, Jr., Payton Smetana, Jason Stiewert & Tanner Stiewert. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements for Ida Bell Stiewert are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Burgess DeWane Goeke

Burgess DeWane Goeke, of Brenham, died January 8, 2020, following a long and courageous battle with numerous serious health issues. DeWane is survived by his wife, Ruth Pieper Goeke; son and daughter-in-law, John and Michelle Goeke; sister, Elaine Wickel; brother-in-law, Billy Dean; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Julie Pieper; two grandchildren, Leann and Heath Goeke; two nieces, Jenny Dean Pedrotta and husband Fabiano, Sarah Pieper Johnson and husband Todd; four nephews, Nolan Wickel, Jr. and wife Tammi, Jason Wickel and wife Brandi, Jacob Dean and wife Teresa, Will Pieper and wife Kim; along with their children, and many good friends. Visitation with the Goeke family will be from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, January 11 at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Burgess DeWane Goeke will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 12 at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating.  Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery following the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Washington County EMS or Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611  Access on-line registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Nello Strickland, Jr.

Nello Strickland, Jr., 87, of Brenham and a native of Somerville, passed away peacefully at his home Monday evening, January 6, 2020. Funeral services 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 11, 2020, from the Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville with Rev. Henry Sanders and Rev. Joe Emerson officiating. Graveside services and interment follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Somerville under the auspices of the Campbell-Williams VFW Post #4458 in Caldwell. He will lie in state at 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM, prior to the funeral service. Visitation will begin after 4:00 PM Thursday, January 9, 2020, and the family will receive friends on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. A prayer service will conclude the visitation at 7:00 PM led by Rev. Joseph Polasek and Rev. Michael Groseclose. His family includes his wife of 66 years, Dorothy (Moerbe) Strickland of Brenham; (3) sons, Kim Strickland and wife Sherry of Bryan; Nello (Trey) Strickland III of Brenham; Donie Strickland and wife Sheri of Magnolia; (6) grandchildren, Mark Tyson and wife Kristen; Nancy Nicole Strickland; Victoria Ruth Strickland and husband Allan Velazquez; Rachel Feibus and husband Mike; Nathan Strickland and wife Maranice; Lyla Daugherty. (11) great-grandchildren; (1) brother, Don L. Strickland of Somerville; (2) sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Luce; Tilly Harrison and husband Jack, all of Brenham. A number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of dear friends who are meaningful to his life. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham and Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville.  To post a tribute, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Maxine Zuehlke Barber

Maxine Zuehlke Barber, 85, passed away January 2, 2020 in Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at St. John’s United Church of Christ of Burton, with Pastor Darrin Holub officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Paul Max and Jeanette Barber of Bryan, Texas; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Martin Schulz of Brenham, Texas; nieces, Debbie Lehrmann, Kristy and Shayne Wheeler, Lori and David George, and Emil, Michelle DuPont and Rick Knight, Nancy Binford and husband Thom; nephews, Marty and Melissa, and Madison Schulz, Skip Johnson, Dr. Marc Johnson and wife Gay, and Brad DuPont. Funeral arrangements for Maxine Zuehlke Barber are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Larry Wayne Glenz

Larry Wayne Glenz fought a six-year battle with brain cancer and peacefully went to the Lord on January 1, 2020. Larry is survived by his wife, Diana Glenz, his daughters, sons-in-law, and grandkids, Chad and Genna, Luke and Hallie Lechler; Ross and Meghan, Reid and Wyatt Windham; and Whitney Glenz. He is also survived by his mother, Elene Glenz, his brother-in-law and Sister David and Carol Husfeld, his brother Donald Glenz, his brother in-law and sister-in- law Gary and Joan Goebel, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Charles and Jodell Hodde, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rodney and Jill Hodde. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Glenz, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Wilton "Pop" and Janice Hodde. Visitation will be Friday, January 3rd, from 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Celebration of life will be Saturday, January 4th at 10:00 am at St. John's United Church of Christ, Burton. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Funeral services for Larry Wayne Glenz 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.

Harold William Eikenhorst

Harold William Eikenhorst, 93, passed away December 31, 2019 in Brenham Texas. Visitation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday January 3, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Zionsville, with Pastor Katrina Walther officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Dr. Ron R. and Mary Eikenhorst and Dr. Bill and Karen Eikenhorst. Grandchildren Chad (Alicia) Eikenhorst, Bret (Dana) Eikenhorst, Colin Eikenhorst, Megan Eikenhorst, Blake (Aurbrey) Eikenhorst, Blane (Lindsay) Eikenhorst, Brenn (S/O Jenna Dahl) Eikenhorst. Great grandchildren Charlotte, Colton, Clara, Emerys, Theodore, Friedrich, Owen Eikenhorst and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Harold William Eikenhorst 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.

Natalia Van Meter

Natalia Van Meter, 79, of Brenham, died Friday, December 20, 2019. Survivors include her aunt, Viola Lawson; nieces, Theresa Clay and husband Phil of Hot Springs, AR, Elizabeth Pomykal, and Kathie Boehnemann of Brenham; stepson and daughter-in law, David and Theresa Van Meter of Craig, MT; stepdaughter and son-in law, Paulette and Bernie Campbell of Cascade, MT; step-grandchildren, Michelle and John Pike, Sean Van Meter, Nick Van Meter, and Aaron Hutchins; and 8 step-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The funeral service will be on Friday December 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Wesley Brethren Church with Pastor Michael Groseclose officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, TX (979)836-4564.

Harry William Pawlak

Harry William Pawlak was born on October 27, 1941 in Brenham, TX to parents Zigmond and Joanna (Annie) Kujawa Pawlak. He passed away on December 18, 2019 in Houston, TX. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill, on August, 17, 1963, he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Bilski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham. They made their home in Bellville, TX. Harry was employed by San Bernard Electric Cooperative for 40 years. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Houston Oiler, Texans, Astros and Rockets fan. Harry loved spending time with his family above all else and enjoyed many vacations with them. He had a passion for gardening, ranching and watching the birds in his backyard. As a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church community in Bellville he served on the Finance Committee, served as a sponsor of the Catholic Youth Organization and was a Minister of Hospitality. Survivors include his wife of 56 years Mary Ann, daughters Janet Pawlak and husband Mark Nunokawa, Susan Olson and husband Erik Olson and special granddaughter Peyton Johanna Nunokawa. Preceded in death by his parents, sisters-in-law Clara Lindemann, Theresa Carter and brother-in-law Herman Bilski, Sr. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Knesek Bros. Family Chapels, 842 E. Main, Bellville, TX  77418

Bennie Emshoff

Bennie Emshoff, 94, died December 20, 2019, in Brenham. Funeral services for Bennie Emshoff will be held 11: a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Pastor Darrin Holub officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday, December 26 at the church. Survivors include son, Glenn Emshoff, daughter and son-in law, Linda and Gary Knipstein, sister-in-law Bertha Emshoff, and brother-in-law, Melvin Fred Emshoff, and also numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Bennie Emshoff are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St. Brenham, Tx., 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit: memorialoakschapel.com.  

Allen Gene Schubert

Allen Gene Schubert, age 78, of New Ulm, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Visitation with the Schubert family will be 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Friday, December 20, at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral Services for Allen Schubert will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, December 21, at Welcome Lutheran Church, with Pastor John R. Sutton Jr. officiating. Allen Schubert is survived by his loving family: wife of 57 years, Lois; children Gregg Allen (wife Candy), Brian Scott (wife Rachel), Rodney Wade (wife Diane), Gina Renea (husband Lee); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and beloved dog companion Missy. Services for Allen Schubert are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611.  Complete obituary may be read at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Wendel Phillips Aaron II

Wendel Phillips Aaron II, age 40, of Plantersville, passed away on December 13, 2019.  Visitation will be Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00pm at Canon Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will follow with Pastor Nolan Wilson officiating.  Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr Street, Waller, TX  77484 (936) 372-3683  www.canonfuneralhome.com

Viola Warmke

Viola Warmke, 97, of Brenham, died Dec. 13, 2019, in Brenham. Funeral services for Viola Warmke will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Welcome Lutheran Church of Welcome with Pastor John Sutton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday, Dec. 19 at the church. Public viewing will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her stepson, Ray Warmke, Jr. and wife Ana of Brenham; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ed Sander; and her second husband, Raymond Warmke Sr. Funeral arrangements for Viola Warmke 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.

Ray Allen Rodenbeck

Ray Allen Rodenbeck, age 71 of Brenham and the husband of Theresa Mikeska Rodenbeck, was called home by his heavenly Father on December 12, 2019, after a brief illness. Ray Rodenbeck  is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Theresa (Mikeska) Rodenbeck; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Annie Rodenbeck  and children Bennett and Emily; his daughter, Rachel Parker and children, Presley and Braxton, and Brian Grimm; father, Walter Rodenbeck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Dana Mikeska and Charles and Hertha Mikeska; aunts, Elverna Borchardt, Florence Borchardt and Allyne Buro; nieces, Heather (Mikeska) Margist and Ali (Mikeska) Reimer; Goddaughters Shiela (Borchardt) Spivey, Kaci (Mikeska) Abernathy, Fallon (Mikeska) Schovajsa, Gretchen (Galle) Vogler, and Natalie (Buro) Meekins. He also leaves behind many loving cousins and friends. Visitation with the Rodenbeck family will be Sunday, December 15, from 4 -7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Services for Ray Rodenbeck will be held Monday, December 16 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastors Katrina Walther and Tim Christ officiating. Interment will be in the Wesley Brethren Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Zion Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, the Baseball Alumni Association, or the Softball Alumni Association. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Dorothy Lucille Laskoskie

Dorothy Lucille Laskoskie, 89, passed away December 11, 2019 in Chappell Hill. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2019 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Father Jozef Musiol officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2019 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. during the visitation. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Mary Laskoskie of Bryan, Eugene and Diane Laskoskie of Chappell Hill; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothea and Glenn Meinecke of Brenham, Linda and Jerry Rogers of Chappell Hill, Helen and Alvin Gurka of Chappell Hill, Peggy and Robert Laake of Huntsville; grandchildren, Kristina (Alan) Beckendorf, Truby Vanee (Chad) Toner, Jimmy (Aline) Laskoskie, Amy (Byron) Hohlt, Richard (Jessica) Laskoskie, Angela (David) Mlcak, Mike (Jessica) Rogers, Jacob Gurka, Nathan Gurka, and Josephine Gurka; great-grandchildren, Riley Janes, Sidney and Kylee Toner, Abigail and Hayley Laskoskie, Vance, Vaylnn and Von Hohlt, Maybrie Laskoskie, Matthew, Timothy, Abigail, Lucas Mlcak, and Cecelia, Hattie and Molly Rogers. Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Lucille Laskoskie 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. 

Ruth Kelling

Ruth Kelling, 90, of Brenham, widow of Dan Kelling, passed away December 7, 2019, in College Station. Ruth is survived by her son, Ronald Daniel Kelling, and his wife, Pam; brother in-law Gaylord Wilson; sister-in-law Ruth H. Kelling; and brother-in-law Clarence Hodde and his wife Diana Hodde; numerous nieces, nephews; and other friends and relatives On December 11, 2019, at 10 a.m., the family will be receiving friends at the church. The funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Charles Parnell at Salem Lutheran on December 11, 2019 starting at 11:00 a.m., with interment to follow in Prairie Lee Cemetery in Brenham.  Funeral arrangements for Ruth Kelling 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.

Lenora ("Mrs. Z") Zieschang

Lenora ("Mrs. Z") Zieschang, 85, died Tuesday, December 3, 2019, in her residence at Hudson Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Bryan, Texas. Memorial services for Mrs. Z will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Phil Galeski officiating. Mrs. Zieschang is survived by two daughters, Gail Chester and husband Timothy of Athens, Georgia and Jill Martin and husband Brad of The Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren, Duane Whittaker and his wife Danielle of Hutto, Texas; Amy Zidek and her husband Jason of Spring, Texas; Luke Martin of Houston, Texas; and Lindsey Rulua and her husband Roman of Houston, Texas; and six great-grandchildren, Rhett, Ricky, and Zeke Zidek and Blake, Landon, and Lance Rulua. She will be missed by family, friends and the students, faculty, and staff of Brenham High School. Memorials for Mrs. Z may be given to Allumine Hospice, College Station, Texas, or St. Paul's Christian Day School. Services for Mrs. Z are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.