Obituaries


Dorothy Louise Hupe

Dorothy Louise Hupe, wife of Wilfred Hupe, passed away October 10, 2019 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her husband, Wilfred Hupe; sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Janice Duch of Brenham,  and Ray and April Duch of Washington; daughters Alice Birkelbach, and Betty Haevischer and husband Gary, all of Brenham; grandchildren: Holly and Terrence Johnson, Shane and Ivy Birkelbach, Sherri and Mark Bentke, Michael and Michelle Wellmann, and Ryan Duch; great-grandchildren: Kaden Birkelbach, Ava Birkelbach, Corey Bentke, Colleen Bentke, Eric Wellmann, Kate and Reid Russell. Also surviving are stepchildren Charles and Debra Hupe, Sue and Carter Dibrell, as well as numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Henry Haarmeyer; mother, Katie Haarmeyer Neinast; brother, Glen Earl Haarmeyer; step-father, Alvin Neinast, and her first husband, Reinhardt Duch. Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Louise Hupe are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

William Otis Borchardt

William Otis Borchardt, 91, died October 9, 2019 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 14, 2019 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham, with Pastor Pat Dietrich officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Douglas and Sandra Borchardt of Brenham,  Darrell Borchardt and wife Laura Pickering of Houston; and daughter and son-in-law Linda Greig and husband John of Bryan; grandchildren: Kelly Hodde (Alan); Alison Urlaub (John); Justin Borchardt (Kathleen); Nathan Greig (Hannah); and Michael Greig. Great-grandchildren: Avery Renea Hodde, Karter Alan Hodde, Crosby Borchardt, Bennett Borchardt, Zoey Greig, Parker Greig and Zaylee Greig; sister-in-law, Grace Boehnemann; nieces Diane Boehnemann, Donna Putnam, and Debra Kieke (Ricky). Mr. Borchardt was preceded in death by his wife, Birdie Mae Borchardt; parents and parents-in-law; brothers-in-law Harvey Boehnemann and Alton (“Pido”) Boehnemann, and sister-in-law Annie Boehnemann. Funeral arrangements for William O. Borchardt are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Robert Crittenden Cox

It has pleased Almighty God to summon to Himself the soul of Robert Crittenden Cox on October 9, 2019. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, C. D. and Marjorie Cox, two brothers, Stephen Cox and Richard Cox, and grandparents Robert D. and Betty Cox and John D. and Olive Stubblefield. Surviving and mourning his loss are his wife, Jimmie Deane, his children and their spouses, Jodi and Dave Guerra and Jeff and Victoria Cox; grandchildren Luke, Paulina, Danielle, and Stephen Guerra and Ashley Cox; sister-in-law Betty Cox; nieces and nephews Mike Cox, Greg Cox, Leslie Diver, Kim Fisher, Kelli Cox, and Kacee Ramirez. Funeral services for Robert Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Matthew Jacobs and Pastor William Holzer officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements for Robert Crittenden Cox are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Chester Robert Lucherk

Chester Robert Lucherk, 84, died October 8, 2019 in Bryan. Funeral services for Chester Robert Lucherk will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Ed Kucera, Officiant. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Chappell Hill. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with a Rosary scheduled for 7 p.m. Survivors include sons Robert Lucherk of Hempstead; sons and daughters-in-law Timothy and Karen Lucherk of McCoy, Kenneth and Patsy Lucherk of Brenham, and Kevin and Misty Lucherk of Burton; daughters and sons-in-law Cynthia and Steve Brittain of Georgetown, and Kimberly and Glenn Wilson of Navasota; sisters Julia Kmiec, Augustine Baskin, Bernice Lewandoski and husband Willie, Dorothy Jozwiak and husband Ike, and Elizabeth Krolczyk and husband John; grandchildren: Springer Brittain, Sophie Brittain, Kody Lucherk and wife Loni, Kara Lucherk, Blake Lucherk, Taylor Lucherk, Tyler Lucherk, Presley Wilson, Parker Wilson, Riley Lucherk and Cooper Lucherk. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Mr. Lucherk was preceded in death by his wife, Monica on September 9, 2016;  granddaughter Morgan Brittain, and brother, Floyd Lucherk. Funeral arrangements for Chester Robert Lucherk are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Hannah Claire Mertz

On October 2, 2019, God’s hand touched the Mertz household and called His Angel, Hannah Claire Mertz, to greet her Savior, Jesus. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Pat Dietrich officiating.  Committal will follow the celebration at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Hannah Claire continues to be loved and cherished by her parents, her brothers, Caleb Mertz and Zachary Mertz; Caleb’s girlfriend, Hannah Bess Hernandez; Grandparents, Bobby and Mary Mertz, Gloria Stoddard and Charles and Pam Schubert; Great Grandmother, Ona Lange; Aunts and Uncles, Ron And Rebecca Mertz, Dana Edge, Brad and Mandy Schubert, Kevin and Heather Schubert and Jason and Heidi Stoddard; Cousins, Mason, Collin and Tyson Mertz, Hailee and Cody Lancon and daughter, Linlee, Mila and Grey Schubert, Holden and Harper Schubert, Joshua and Jacob Stoddard and Kate and Connor Edge; Great Aunts and Uncles, Bob and Patsy Schubert and family, Mark and Dottie Schubert and family, Kathy Randermann and family, Kimberly and Michael Williams and family and Kay Nell and Herbert Glaesmann and family. Funeral arrangements for Hannah Claire Mertz 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.

Bennie Edward Faist, Jr.

Bennie Edward Faist, Jr., 87, of Burton, died Oct. 4, 2019, in College Station. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service for Bennie Faist, Jr. will be  Tueday, October 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg with Pastor Dennis Shaw officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include his daughter, Rhonda Maass of Burton. He was preceded in death by his wife, June (Stiewert) Faist. Funeral arrangements for Bennie Faist, Jr. 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.

Frances Ligues

Frances Ligues, 83, died October 3, 2019 in Brenham. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Bethany Christian Church in Burton, with Bob Hofmann officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Burton. Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law Johnny and Darlene Ligues of Brenham; sister, Victoria Meschewitz of Brenham, and Pas Kellogg of Macedonia, Michigan. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Frances was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Willie and Ambrosio Ligues; one sister, Margaret and two brothers-in-law. Funeral arrangements for Frances Ligues are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Donald Lee Lampe

Donald Lee Lampe, 68, died Sept. 27, 2019 in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Wm. Pen, with Pastor Mark Moldenhauer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his son, Kevin Lampe; daughters Brandy Interiano and Jessica  Perez (Joe III), all of Brenham; mother of his children and best friend, Hattie Lampe; brothers Alfred Jr. and Esther Lampe of Brenham; Shirley Nichols of Navasota, Jim Lampe and Ray Lampe, both of Brenham; grandchildren: Destiny Interiano and Greyson Perez. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral arrangements for Donald Lee Lampe are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Sterling Hayes “Diddy” Crabtree, Jr.

Sterling Hayes “Diddy” Crabtree, Jr., 79 years of age, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2019 at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the presence of his loving family.  Sterling is survived by his wife Patt Crabtree; children Pam McCaughan and husband Shawn of Camas, Washington, Karen Lange of Georgetown, Texas, Darrel Crabtree and his wife Lisa of Allen, Texas, David Crabtree of Fort Hood, Texas, Stephanie Wehring and husband, Matthew of Brenham, Texas; grandchildren;  Loryn and Lance McCaughan, Trey, Asa and Grace Lange, Weston, Hallie and Austin Crabtree, Darbi, Kenzie and Cody Crabtree;  sister LaDelle Springer and husband, Dan of Conroe, Texas; and his loyal and loving fur baby, “little man” Gizmo along with extended family and friends. Funeral details are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, Texas.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with funeral service on Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas.  A private burial will follow with immediate family. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Sylvia (Bowen) Price

Sylvia (Bowen) Price, 81 of Brenham and the widow of Fred Price, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Surviving family includes: brother-in-law Boyce Glenn Hill, nieces Hayley R. Pequeno and husband Jose and Margie Wedgeworth and husband Dana; sister-in-law Marilyn Dierking, niece Tawn Dierking, nephews Todd Dierking and wife Janey, Trent Dierking and wife Grace; cousin Barbara Ann Smith; nieces Cindy Easterling, Lisa Pearcy; numerous other nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; many other family and friends. Visitation will be Saturday, September 28th from 6-8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Graveside services for Sylvia Price will be held Sunday, September 29th at 3:30 p.m.at Prairie Lea Cemetery with Pastor Troy Sikes officiating. Memorials are suggested to Blinn College or Brenham’s First Baptist Church. Services for Sylvia (Bowen) Price are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChaprel.com.  

Leroy Kaase

Leroy Kaase, 85, of Welcome and the husband of Mary Ann (Mertz) Kaase passed away  Friday, September 20, 2019. Visitation with the Kaase family will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Leroy Kaase will be at Welcome Lutheran Church at 10:00 am on Monday, September 23, 2019. Interment will follow. Pastor John R. Sutton Jr., will officiate. Loving surviving family includes wife of over 50 years, Mary Ann (Mertz) Kaase; children, Kenneth (wife Juli) Kaase, Angeline Howard, and step-daughter Kathy (husband Keith) Robertson; grandchildren, Dustin (wife Katelyn) Howard, Bridget Howard, Amanda Kaase, Sarah Kaase, and Colton Kaase. Leroy was looking forward to the arrival of his first great-grandchild, Jackson Barret Howard in December of 2019. He is also survived by his sister Evelyn Geisler; brother-in-law Dan (wife Idell) Mertz; three nieces, and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and wonderful friends. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Leroy, please consider the Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Dept. Services for LEROY KAASE are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Edward Lee Lorenz

Edward Lee Lorenz, age 96 of Brenham and the husband of Mamie (Stark) Lorenz, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Surviving loving family includes: wife of 72 years, Mamie (Stark) Lorenz; son, Billy Lee Lorenz and wife Lucy; grandchildren, Rena Lorenz Frank and husband Edward; Corey Lee Lorenz and wife Mary; Bridgette Schulze and husband Kevin; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Frank, Rebecca Lorenz, Hayley LeJunie, Landen Lorenz, Nathaniel Frank, Carley Frank, Darcey Lorenz, Quinn Schulze, Ryder Schulze, Rylie Schulze; god-children, Tammy Harmel and Judy Lorenz; and host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Visitation with the Lorenz family will be Tuesday, September 17th , from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Edward Lorenz will be held Wednesday, September 18th , at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham, with Pastor Pat Dietrich officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., in Brenham.  Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Harriet Kubeczka Grebe

Harriet Kubeczka Grebe, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2019, at Brenham Scott and White Hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 6 at 10:00am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill with Father James Deaconson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, with Rosary at 7:00pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham, Texas. Survivors include her husband, Howard Grebe; son and daughter-in-law, Mike J. and Karen Kubeczka, Jr.; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Janice Kubeczka, sister, Gloria Witte and brother-in-law Ernest; brother-in-law, Melvin Dahse; brother-in-law, Antone Kubeczka and wife Carolyn; sister-in-law, Ruby Kubeczka; grandchildren, Nicole Porche, and husband Chris, Crystal Hinds, and husband Joe; great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Kinsley Porche; god-daughter, Claudia Walla and husband Ronnie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Mike J. Kubeczka, Sr.; parents, Harry and Helen Kenjura; sister, Rita Dahse; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Funeral arrangements for Harriet Kubeczka Grebe are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Pauline Jaster

Pauline Jaster, 88, of Brenham, died Aug. 30, 2019, at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation. Funeral services for Pauline Jaster will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham with Pastor Pat Dietrich officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Darleen Koehne and Joyce and Rockie Knittel, all of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Aubrey and Bev Jaster of Brenham; sisters-in-law, Jenell Jaster of Round Rock and Ruth Jaster of Houston; brother-in-law, Elwood Jaster and wife Carol of Brenham; grandchildren, Steven Koehne, Kendra Landry and husband Craig, Rockie B. Knittel, Kyree Koehne, Jarred Knittel and wife Amanda, Hilliary Poehlmann and husband Derek, Trey Knittel and wife Julia, and Laura Tompkins and husband Ryan; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Maynard and husband Brian, Aiden Tompkins, Caleb Landry, Carter Poehlmann, Brynn Koehne, Evan Schiller, Dylan Poehlmann, Wyatt Tompkins, Piper Knittel, Emersyn Koehne, Ella Poehlmann, Cohen Tompkins, Atticus Knittel, Zoe Knittel and Mia Knittel; and great-great-grandchildren, Madisyn Maynard, Bricen Maynard and Owen Maynard; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements for Pauline Jaster 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.

Dorothy Marie Dallmeyer Utesch

Dorothy Marie Dallmeyer Utesch, 96 of Brenham and the widow of Luther Paul Utesch, passed away on August 30, 2019. Dorothy Utesch is survived by: her husband, Rowland Ball; two daughters and sons-in- law, Cassandra and Bill Ehlert and Karen and Bruce Boardman, step-daughter Patricia Windom and husband Pat, grandchildren Mary Ehlert, Melissa and Cole Ehlert, Britt and Shayne Benton, Amanda and Matthew Boardman, step-granddaughter Amy Etheridge and husband Joe, and step-granddaughter Lacy Ball.  Additional survivors include great-grandchildren Madison, Samuel, and Elijah Boardman, Jake Benton, and step-great-grandchildren Piper and Windom Etheridge, and numerous nieces and nephews.  In the last year of Dorothy’s life she had many very special caregivers in her home for which her family is very grateful for the excellent care they provided. Visitation with the Utesch family will be on Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. There will be a committal service for the immediate family members at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 5 at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Following the committal, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, September 5 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 West Third Street, Brenham. Pastor Patricia Dietrich will officiate. Everyone is invited to a reception following the service at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham, the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library, Hospice Brazos Valley or your charity of choice. Services for Dorothy Utesch are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Douglas Thomason

At age 72, Douglas Thomason, of Shelby, TX went to be with the Lord on August 16, 2019. He was born in Houston, TX on July 20, 1947. In 1973, Doug married his girlfriend, Martine Laugere, in Bellville, TX while on the Salt Grass Trail ride. Doug and Marty moved to Shelby where they loved raising and showing their horses and were involved in supporting the local youth through the County Fair. Doug was fiercely devoted to his family and lifelong friends and always willing to help when there was a need. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.  Doug is survived by his two siblings, David Thomason and Jeri Cearfoss, a sister-in-law, Rochelle Laugere, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim & Del Thomason, Marty, his wife of 28 years, a niece, Valerie Cearfoss, and a brother-in-law, Alan Laugere. The Memorial Service is Saturday, August 31 at 2:00 pm at the Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX