Obituaries


Jerry Wayne Eckert

Beloved husband, father and PawPaw also known as Jerry Wayne Eckert passed away peacefully after a battle of recurring cancer beside family at 3:09 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at age 69. Jerry was born in Brenham, Texas on March 25, 1949 and raised in Greenvine. He was a proud football player, graduate of Burton High School and attendant of Blinn College. He is survived by his loving wife, Mona Box Eckert of 25 years and resided in Princeton, Texas, northeast of Dallas. His son, Ryan Eckert and wife Mickelle of Duncan, Oklahoma , his daughter Rachel Nordt and husband Mark of Brenham, Texas. Grandchildren; Zachary, Samantha, Kristin and Addison Eckert, Noelle Nordt, Hannah Key and Grace Stover. Also, adoptive grandchildren; Zekie Eckert and Emma Eckert. Brothers; Malcom Gene Eckert and Ina, Jimmie Eckert and Billie and Sister, Joyce Gouldson. Brother-in-Law, Mitchell and Karan Box and sisters-in-law; Marsha Cotter and Harry and Marti Jursevskis. Also, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ruby Eckert. Jerry’s laugh was contagious, his love was always true and had a good, caring heart. He was inspired by food shows and the highlight to most days was a good meal, playing scrabble and reading the local Banner Press. As Jerry wished, his family will have a celebration of life in his honor at a later date in Brenham with his favorite meal, Beer, BBQ and Fried Chicken. Memories will be with us until we meet again.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Hospice. 

Nina Lou Wilson McCaig

Nina Lou Wilson McCaig, age 93 of Waller passed away on July 7, 2018.  Visitation will be Friday, July 13, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Canon Funeral Home in Waller. Funeral services will be held at Waller Baptist Church, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, officiated by Albert M. “Buddy” McCaig, Jr.  Burial will follow at the Waller Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484 / 936 372-3683  www.canonfuneralhome.com

LaNell (Jurries) Seeker

LaNell (Jurries) Seeker,of Brenham, the wife of Edwin “Butch” Seeker Jr., died on July 6, 2018 at  Scott and White Hospital in Collage Station.   Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2018 at St.  Johns  Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill at 2:00 p.m.  with Pastor Sue Beall officiating.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  Visitation with the family and friends will be on Monday, July 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. LaNell is survived by her husband Edwin “Butch Seeker Jr., Sons and daughter-in-law Russell and Tina Seeker, Troy Seeker, grandchildren; Colby and  Mariah Seeker,. Emily Seeker and Hunter Seeker,  Sister-in-law Emma Jean Seeker; sister and brother-in-law Gayle and Arno Jahnke, Brother and sister-in-law Wade “Bubba” and Laura Jurries and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to St. Johns Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, To post a tribute to the family visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Leona Arning

Leona Arning, age 94 of Bellville, TX, Born: February 27, 1924 in Kenny, TX Died:  July 5, 2018 in Brenham, TX. Visitation will be Sunday, July 8, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at Knesek Funeral Home in Bellville. Funeral Service for Leona Arning will be held Monday, July 9, 2:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church 1212 W Jefferson St. in Brenham, with Rev. William H. Holzer, officiating and Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville at 4:30pm.  Visit the web site to sign the guest book www.knwselfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements entrusted to Knesek Family Funeral Chapels with location at 768 Fourth St.-Sealy, Texas 77474, 979-885-3535, 842 E. Main St.-Bellville TX 77418, 979-865-3121and 122 N. First St.-Wallis, TX 77485, 979-478-6311

Gloria Schoppe Schrader

Gloria Schoppe Schrader, 86, died July 4, 2018 in Lockhart, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Somerville. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her daughter, Georgia Schrader of Lockhart; sister-in-law Gwen Schoppe of Somerville; grandchildren: Misti Lyn Shumate, Mindi Gail Vinklarek (Jeramie),  and  Melanie Beth Warschak (Koy). Great-grandchildren: Hanna Beth Vinklarek, Mark Alan Vinklarek, Wes Daniel Warschak, and Maggie Beth Warschak. Also surviving is special friend, Benton Roberts, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willie B. Schrader, and two brothers and three sisters. Funeral arrangements for Gloria Schoppe Schrader are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W.Main, Brenham. www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Lawrence "Larry" Emil Wahrmund

Lawrence "Larry" Emil Wahrmund went home to meet his Lord on June 28, 2018. He was born on March 28, 1963 in Kerrville, Texas and was the first of four children for Barbara and Kermit Wahrmund. He was baptized into the Catholic faith at Notre Dame Church in Kerrville and confirmed in St. Mary's Church in Brenham, Texas. He was a member of the Knight's of Columbus. Larry is survived by his wife, Theresa, his parents, Barbara and Kermit, his children, Christian and Alicia, his siblings, Gary (Melanie), Sherry (Keith Neuendorff), and Jerry (Deborah), his mother-in-law Lucile Martin, his sisters-in-law Mickey Neel and Linda McManus, and his brothers-in-law Dale (Theresa) McManus, Michael (Karyme) Martin, Albert (Kim) Martin, as well as many loved nieces and nephews. A rosary will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm, followed by visitation with the family until 8 p.m. The celebration of his life will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 10:30 am with lunch to follow in the Parish Activity Center.  Funeral arrangements for Lawrence "Larry" Emil Wahrmund are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Gilbert Janner

Gilbert Janner, age 89 and lifelong resident of Washington County and husband of Kathryn (Rodenbeck) Janner, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2018 at his home with family by his side. Surviving loving family includes: wife of 68 years, Kathryn Janner; children and spouses, Carol and John Haarmeyer of Brenham, Kathy and Lee Nordt of Waco, Gil and Michelle Janner of Brenham; grandchildren and spouses, Jeannie (Haarmeyer) Kroll and husband Keith of Brenham, Holly (Haarmeyer) Rodriquez and husband Mark of Brenham, Johnna (Haarmeyer) Mikolajchak and husband Tim of Alvin, Garrison Nordt and wife Elizabeth  of Spring, Kaylee (Nordt) Landon and husband  Jeff of Fort Worth, Bethany Janner, Corbin Janner and Hunter Janner all of Brenham; great grandchildren, Meg Rodriquez, Audra Kroll, John Victor Rodriquez, Myka Mikolajchak, Mabry Mikolajchak and Mayvin Mikolajchak; brothers and sisters-in-law, Otto, Jr. and Christine Janner, Calvin and Judy Janner, Alvin Janner, Joydell Janner, Ruth Rodenbeck , Helen Rodenbeck; numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation with the Janner family will be Saturday, June 30th from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Gilbert Janner will be held Sunday, July 1st at 2 p.m. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are requested to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, Hospice Brazos Valley, Burton Cotton Gin & Museum or the charity of your choice. 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.

Elsie (Bender) Vierus

Elsie (Bender) Vierus, age 91 of Wesley and the widow of Wilbert Vierus, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Temple, Texas. Elsie Vierus is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Marion Vierus; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Charles Konieczny; four grandchildren, Kristin Vierus and fiancé Adam Haveron, Jonathan Vierus, Chad and Kacey Weiss, Kaci Konieczny and one great-grandson, Cade Weiss; also, sisters-in-law, Judy Bender, Myrtle Cornell and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation with the Vierus family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Friday in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral service for Elsie Vierus will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 30 in Welcome Lutheran Church with Dr. Lisa Burroughs, officiating.  Burial will follow in Welcome Lutheran Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Welcome Lutheran Church Building Fund. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham 979.836.3611  Access on-line guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Dr. Henry J. Boehm, Jr.

Dr. Henry J. Boehm, Jr. 79, died June 28, 2018 in Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, with Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. Survivors include his wife, Theodora “Teddy” Boehm; children: Kathryn “Kay” Boehm Fannin, Dr. Adelia “Dee” Boehm Brannen, Dr. Henry J. “Trey” Boehm III, and Dr. Teresa Boehm Cole; grandchildren: Richard, Garrett and Gene Fannin; Christopher, Kathryn and Emily Brannen; Henry IV, Davis and Carter Boehm, and Ashton and Haley Cole; sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Glenn Wehring; brother, Robert W. Boehm, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Amy Wehring Novelli, and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Boehm. Funeral arrangements for Dr. Henry J. Boehm are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W.Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Louis F. Winkelmann, Jr.

Louis F. Winkelmann, Jr. passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Louis is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Dorothy Winkelmann; daughters, Ann Schroeder and husband, Ronnie; Diane Earle and husband, Tom; granddaughters,  Ashley Schiffner and husband, Zachary; Renee Schroeder, Rebecca Earle, Rachel Earle, Stephanie Schroeder Jenkins; great-grandchildren, Dylan Jenkins, Conner Schroeder-McCain; Avery, Addison and baby three to be J  Schiffner; sister, Barbara Dietzmann and husband, Dick; brother-in- law, Willie Kutac and wife Debbie;  sisters-in-law,  Helen Patek and husband, Bill; Rose Siegel and husband, David; brother- in- law, Hubert Novak and wife, Betty Lou and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. A Celebration of Life will be held at Salem Lutheran Church, 1500 Salem Road, Brenham, TX on June 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.  Visitation will be held before the funeral from 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Burial will take place immediately after in the Salem Cemetery.  Please join the family for a reception in the Salem Lutheran Church Education building following the burial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice. 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  

Lewis Riemer

Lewis Riemer, age 81, of Hockley passed away on June 17, 2018.  Visitation will be Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00pm at Canon Funeral Home with a Rosary at 6:00pm.  Funeral Services will follow at 7:00pm, at Canon Funeral Home with Reverend Tim Bruegger and Dorothy Wright officiating.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484 - 936 372-3683 - www.canonfuneralhome.com

Marie Schulz Sonnenburg

Marie Schulz Sonnenburg, 87, widow of Waldie W. Sonnenburg, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 15, at Christ Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mark Groves officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her sons Randy Sonnenburg; Gary Sonnenburg (Jane); daughter, Beth Ann Floyd (Bruce); grandchildren: Jaci (Eddie) Barreda; Scott Sonnenburg; Sunni (Matt) Winkler; Shane Sonnenburg and fiancé Laura; Joshua (Summer) Floyd; Jonathan (April) Floyd; Sarah (John) Calhoun and Rachel (Ryan) Murphy; great-grandchildren: Kaelyn, Blaikley and Ashtyn Floyd; Mason, Madelynn, and Merit Calhoun; Kinley and Madden Floyd, and James Winkler. Also surviving is her brother, Bill (Leatha) Schulz. Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Waldie; parents, Herman and Emma Schulz; brothers  Eddie (Delta) Schulz, Walter (Janette) Schulz, and Felix (Adeline) Schulz. Funeral arrangements for Marie Sonnenburg are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Clarice Vierus Konieczny

Clarice Vierus Konieczny, age 69, of Latium, Texas widow of Leonard “Lenny” Konieczny, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, while visiting family in Oklahoma. Visitation with the Konieczny family will be Sunday, June 10, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm with a rosary at 6:00 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Mass of a Christian Burial for Clarice Vierus Konieczny will be Monday, June 11 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Latium. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Clarice Vierus Konieczny is survived by brother, Daniel and wife Cristina Vierus of Piedmont, Oklahoma; sisters, Valeria (Vierus) Mueller, Loretta (Vierus) and husband Ron Haren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Jerry Walters, Fred Imhoff, Adelene Konieczny, Raymond and Hedwig Konieczny; nephew, Daniel Konieczny and special friend Alli and son, Curt; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and God Children Brian Haren and Tammy Vierus Sweeney. Memorials are requested to Disable American Veteran’s Auxiliary, or Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery Fund. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer, and Brenham, TX 77833. 979-836-3611. Access online guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Clyde Sommers

Clyde Sommers, 89, husband of Elaine Hill Sommers, died peacefully at his home in Brenham on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Mr. Sommers’ survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Elaine Hill Sommers of Brenham; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Kimberly Sommers of Katy, Jeffrey and Karie Sommers of Kingwood, and Ross Sommers of Round Rock; sister, Audrey Boney of Brenham; sister-in-law, Betty Sommers of Brenham; grandchildren and spouses, Colten and Marissa Sommers, Tyler and Caroline Elenburg, Hannah Sommers, and Katie Sommers. Visitation with the Sommers family will be Wednesday, June 6th from 5-7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services for Clyde Sommers are scheduled for Thursday, June 7th at 10 a.m. in St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham with Pastor Phil Fenton officiating.  Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Brazos Valley Hospice, St. Paul’s Evangelical Church or the charity of your choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611  Visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com for online registration.

Dorothy Rinn

Dorothy Rinn, 94, of Bleilberville, passed away on June 2, 2018.  Visitation will be at Welcome Lutheran Church on Wednesday, June 6, 9:00am - 11:00am; followed by the funeral service at 11:00am, with Rev. Michael Grosclose.  Interment will follow at New Welcome Salem Cemetery.  Memorials may be given in her name to Welcome Lutheran Church, Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department or any charity of your choosing. Services are under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel; 842 E. Main St., Bellville, TX  77418

Benjamin G. Spiess

Benjamin G. Spiess, 85,of Welcome, Texas passed away May 25, 2018 in his home with his wife of 63 years by his side. Benjamin was born to Ben and Ella Rudloff Spiess, November 14, 1932 at the family home in Welcome. He was a lifetime member of Welcome Lutheran Church having been baptized, confirmed and married in the Welcome Lutheran Church. Benjamin married May Dell Haevischer on May 7, 1955 just three weeks after being discharged from military service. Benjamin is survived by his wife, May Dell; children Debbie Woltmann and husband Ron, Glen Spiess and wife Vicki, Mark “Pete” Spiess and Boyd Spiess; seven grandchildren Joel Spiess and wife Tammy, Sarah Frazier and husband Kevin, Richard Woltmann and wife Amanda, Josh Spiess and friend,Brynna Lucas, Jeremy Spiess, Jennifer Spiess and Caitlyn Spiess; 6 great grandchildren, Benjamin Spiess, Aiden Frazier, Chloe Frazier, twins Hayes and Hadlee Woltmann, Michael Jozwiak; sister Gladys Blezinger and husband Luther, brother Johnnie Spiess and wife Gail; brothers in law Weldon Haevischer and wife Elaine, Marvin Haevischer and wife Dorothy, Gary Haevischer and wife Betty and Lloyd Haevischer and wife Saundra. Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Ella Spiess; parents in law, Ben and Elsa Haevischer; sisters and brothers in law, Irene and Arnold Klausmeyer Carrie and Vergil Luedeker and sister in law Judy Haevischer. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.  Funeral services will be held at Welcome Lutheran Church, Welcome, Texas, at 2 pm on Monday, May 28, 2018. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guest book online at www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Dorothy Lee (Weinert) Lehrmann

Dorothy Lee (Weinert) Lehrmann, 89, of Brenham, wife of Kirby Emery Lehrmann died May 24, 2018 in Brenham. The funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, with Pastors Glenn Schoenberg, Charles Stark and Riza Garza officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family and friends will be on May 26, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her loving husband, Kirby; daughters and son-in-laws, Linda and Ray Thaler of Brenham; Ann and Larry Pape of Brenham; grandchildren, Robert Lehrmann of Brenham, Ron (Bebe) and Haley Lehrmann of Hunt, Texas, Bruce Lehrmann of Australia and Bobbie Jane Lehrmann of Australia, Amy and Brad Fritsch of Fayetteville, Ryan and Megan Pape of Brenham, Angie and Sam Hodde of Burton, Matt and Patricia Thaler of Brenham, Lindsay and Blake Henry of Brenham; great-grandchildren, Bryana and Lillie Lehrmann, Maci Lehrmann, Lane, Logan, and Lawson Fritsch, Ava and Emery Pape, Natalie and Preston Hodde, Vicente Veliz and Aaron Thaler, Madalyn and Vivian Henry; sister-in-law, Gertrude Lehrmann Schoeder of Brenham. Special cousins William (Billy) and Pat Wendler and Debbie Lehrmann. She was preceded in death by: son, Robert (Bob) Lehrmann Sr.; her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Bertha Lehrmann; brother-in-law, Reuben (Jim) Lehrmann, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edmond and Lynette Lehrmann, and Elton G. and Geneva Tonn; and cherished cousins, Otto and Dorothy Louise Lehrmann. Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Lee Lehrmann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memeorialoakschapel.com.

Louis Willie Heidemann

Louis Willie Heidemann, 79, died May 21, 2018 in Crockett, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery of New Wehdem. Visitation will be held at the graveside, prior to the service, from 10:00 a.m. until 11 a.m. Louis Heidemann was born August 26, 1938 in Washington County to Otto Sr. and Esther Kaase Heidemann. He was employed as a carpenter until his retirement. Survivors include sons Mark Heidemann (Beth) and Todd Heidemann (Tracey); daughter, Jana Sutherland; sisters Ruby Kubeczka, Glendean Roemer, and Janet Mills. Also surviving are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Jean Fox Martin

Jean Fox Martin (75) went to be with our Lord on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  Jean was born October 10, 1943 to Conrad (Buck) and Ruby Fox of South Carolina.  Jean and Bobby were united in marriage October 2, 1965, Jean as a graduate of Dreher High School Columbia South Carolina, class of 1961.  She was a loving grandmother to her 11 grandchildren.  She loved working with children with Sherry Murphy at Brenham Middle School and taking care of her grandbabies.  She was a member of Wesley Brethren Church for years but recently had started attending Industry Brethren Church.  Jean is survived by her loving family…Husband of 53 years Bobby Martin.  Son:  Curtis Martin and wife Crystal, Son:  David Martin and special friend Denise Evans, Son:  Ronnie Martin and wife April, Daughter:  Tammy (Martin) Fuller and Husband Michael, Brother Drew Fox and wife Nelli of South Carolina.  Grandchildren; Chase and Colton Martin, Kaitlyn, Patrick and Makayla Martin, Carrie, Annie, Isaac, Emily, and Abigail Fuller.  Jean is preceded in death by her parents Conrad (Buck) and Ruby fox, in-laws Harvey and Annie Martin, brother; Johnny Fox and Sister Tina Tyson, granddaughter Brigit Marie Fuller.  Cremation has taken place, in lieu of flowers; donations can be made in Jeans memory to the Cancer Center of Bryan, 2215 East Villa Maria Rd., Suite 130. (979)314-5665.  Memorial service will be held Sunday, May 27, from 1:00 – 4:00pm for close friends and family at Curtis and Crystal’s home, 8160 Horak Rd., Brenham, TX  77833 (979) 551-0773.

Valeria (Duszynski) Nowak

Valeria (Duszynski) Nowak, age  94 of Brenham and the widow of Joseph Nowak, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at her home. Mrs. Nowak’s surviving family includes: nieces and nephews, Jean and Randy Hackstedt, Sylvia and Jimmy Hines, Pearl and David Campbell, Delores Schulze, Deacon Dan Nowak, David Swonke and numerous great nieces and nephews; special friends Charles Sulak, Vicky Kenjura, Sheryl Pratt and Dottie Hensen; dog Rosco. Visitation with the Nowak family will be Wednesday, May 23rd from 5 p.m. until rosary is recited at 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for Valeria Nowak will be Thursday, May 24th at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Jay Polisetty as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are requested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 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.  

Cleon Conner, Jr.

Cleon Conner, Jr., age 65 of Hendersonville, Tennessee passed away Thursday May 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Judy Conner;  children, Kris Beckendorf and husband Allen, Stacy Conner and wife Patsy, Jennifer Slayden, Brett Slayden and wife Drew, Ashley Beidler and husband Corey, Christian Conner; and  brother-in-law, Kenneth Hetzel; grandchildren, Shaderick Conner, Kaylie Conner, Riley Janes, Corbin Beidler, Adalyn Slayden, Lochlan  Slayden and his beloved dog Cinnamon. Visitation for Cleon Conner, Jr., will be from noon to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Benham Memorial Chapel with Pastor Troy Sikes officiating. Burial will follow in the Prairie Lea Cemetery.Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979-836-3611. Share tributes at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Thomas Lee Kmiec

Thomas Lee Kmiec, 46, of Austin, entered into eternal rest on May 13, 2018.  Tom was born on November 9, 1971.  He was baptized at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church in Brenham.  He received his first holy communion from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham where he was later confirmed.  Tom as preceded in death by his grandparents:  Karlie & Ann Beettner and Willie & Stella Kmiec; uncles David Beettner, Jerry Beettner, Michael Kmiec, Mark Jacob; and aunt:  Barbara Thane.   He is survived by his parents:  Nettilu (Beettner) Kmiec and William Richard Kmiec of Brenham; brothers and sisters:  Kathy (Jim) Russell of Premont; James Lynn Kmiec of Brenham; William A. Kmiec of Brenham; and Karen (Kyle) Roemer of Carmine; nephews and nieces:  Wacey (Lauren) Lanier, Colton Kmiec, Jacob Russell, Chance Russell, Jayda Kmiec, Matthew Roemer, Lillian Kmiec and Waylen Kmiec; great-nephew:  Kinsr Lanier and great-nieces:  Adelyn & Emery Lanier and special friend:  Silvia Regalado and her daughter JoAnne Luisa Brant.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00am Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church.
P O Box 362, Carmine, TX  78932-0362

Dorothy Miller

Dorothy Miller, age 89 of Brenham, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018. Dorothy Miller is survived by:  sisters Angela Perkins of Houston and Florence Miller of Brenham along with numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Miller will be Wednesday, May 16 at 10 am in St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Brenham.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham. 979.836.3611 On-line guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Esther Lorene Cheshier Kober Horn

Esther Lorene Cheshier Kober Horn, age 98 of Katy, entered into eternal rest on May 11, 2018. Mrs. Horn is survived by: her children, Elaine Koehn (Mike), David Horn (Patti), Keith Horn Sr. (Diana), Mickey Horn (Debbie), and Sharon Coursey (Donald); grandchildren, Wade Koehn, Brent Koehn (Kristen), Rebecca Davidson (William), Lavera Albeck (Bill), Jeff Haney (Janet), Lorissa Dominguez, Keith Horn, Jr. (Krystal), William Horn (Tamara) , and Jennifer Martin; great-grandchildren, Kenzie and Kylie Koehn, Joshua and Aaron Fisher, Willie and Reanne Haney, Brent, Laurel, and Kendell Dominguez, Courtney, Branden, Colten, Camille, Payton, Aiden, Bailey, and Noah Horn; one brother, Bobby Cheshier (Carol); and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Lorene Horn will be Monday, May 14th at 11 a.m. in Wesley Brethren Church with Pastor Michael Groseclose officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston. Memorials may be made to the Wesley Brethren Church, 8000 FM 332 Brenham, Texas 77833. 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.

James Vitek

James Vitek, 74 of Chappell Hill and the husband of Angeline (Krolczyk) Vitek, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 surrounded by his family. James is survived by his loving family:  wife Angeline Vitek; son Dwayne and Carrie Vitek; daughters Nancy and Doug Herms, Betsy and Brent Barina; grandchildren Kaley and Kullen Herms, Braden and Brycen Gaertner; step-grandchildren Justin and Lydia Cienega, Travis and Valerie Cienega, Jamie and Brooke Ebert, Scott Ebert, Clay, Cole and Cassie Barina; numerous step-great-grandchildren; siblings Gloria and Ray Mican, Shirley and Edwin Hanzelka, Alvin and Doris Vitek, Carol and Wayne Lee, Vivian and Jerry Jackson, Denise Hugo and fiance Ron Smesny; brothers-in-law Willie and Jeanette Krolczyk, Clem and Doris Krolczyk, Albin Krolczyk, Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews and furry friend Duke. Visitation with the Vitek family will be this evening from 5-7 p.m. with rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass for James Vitek will be held Tuesday, May 15th at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church CCD Building Fund. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 23000 Stringer St., Brenham 77833.  979.836.3611. Visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com for on-line guest registration.

Elsie Fay Wegner

Elsie Fay Wegner, 74, passed away May 10, 2018 at her home in Brenham. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton. Pastor Charles Stark will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jo Wegner; granddaughters Julie Gayton and husband Brandon, and Willow Wegner; sister, Peggy Kunkel; brother and sister-in-law , Glen and Debra Schneider; brother-in-law Elwood Oevermann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert and Linda Wegner, and Richard and Olga Wegner; sister-in-law, Mary Lee Schneider.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edward Wegner; father and mother, Willlie Sr. and Elsie Schneider; brother, Willie Schneider, Jr; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Verlie Wegner; sister, Adolphine Oevermann. Funeral arrangements for Elsie Fay Wegner are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Dorothy Marie (Pawlak) Whiddon

Dorothy Marie (Pawlak) Whiddon age 87 and the widow of W. E. “Bill” Whiddon, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at residence in Chappell Hill with family by her side. Dorothy Whiddon is survived by:  son William Whiddon Jr., son and daughter-in-law Johnnie and Carol Whiddon, daughter and son-in-law Terri and Eric Ellison and son Robert Whiddon; grandchildren Garrett, Nolan, and Mitchell Ellison, Ryan (wife Aimee) Ladewig, Angela (husband Jim) Baker, Luke Ladewig, Janna Haevischer (husband Ryan) and numerous great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends. Visitation with the Whiddon family will be Friday, May 11th from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 12th at 10 a.m., in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Father Jozef Musiol, as celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church or M.D. Anderson Hospital. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.3611  Visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Burney Schramme

Burney Schramme, 95, passed away May 8, 2018, in Brenham. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Katrina Walther officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Edna Schramme; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Bettie Schramme of Somerville; grandchildren: Cassi and Bubba Herrin, and Chad and Lori Schramme; great-grandchildren: Brooke Herrin and special friend Alex, Codi Herrin and special friend Bailey, Addison Schramme, Wyatt Schramme, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Schramme was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carrie and brother-in-law Edward Scheffer; brother-in-law Reinhard Winkelmann and sister-in-law Lorena Winkelmann; brother-in-law Harry Winkelmann and Violet Winkelmann; brother-in-law Walter Winkelmann and sister-in-law Elsie Winkelmann; sister-in-law Lydia Jones and brother-in-law Gordon Jones; sister-in-law Selma Quebe and Wilfred Quebe. Funeral arrangements for Burney Schramme are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Mary Lois Young

Mary Lois Young, 81, passed away May 7, 2018 in Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Pastor Jack Faulkner officiating. Burial will be Thursday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Afton Cemetery in Afton, Texas. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Survivors include her son, Jeff Young of Odessa; son and daughter-in-law, Jamey and Connie Young of Austin; adopted daughter Jill Bond of Berkeley, CA; grandchildren, Shelbi, Jeffrey, Dustun, Dallas, Ava, and Zara; brother, Smokey Woolley of Springtown; sister, Francis Donahue of Magnolia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Young, and brothers Billy Jo and  Dickie Woolley. Funeral arrangements for Mary Woolley Young are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Donald Hugh Derrick

Donald Hugh Derrick, 81, of Burton, Texas, formerly of Houston, Texas, died on Friday, May 4, 2018, at his home in Burton. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Survivors include his first cousins: Bill (Rosemary) Derrick, Bill (Betty) Schwartz, Pauline (Erich) Jaster, Ray (Peggy) Felder, Thomas (Sandra) Paterson, Marlene (Billy) Haas and Nelson (Jane) Felder. He is also survived by dear friends Violet Janac, Joe Al Picone and Kenneth Schwenke, and his godchildren Julyne Derrick and Karl Felder. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton. Gravesite services will immediately follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Burton. Pallbearers are Jason Derrick, Todd Felder, Tyson Felder, Karl Felder, Evan Peterson, Aubrey Jaster and Craig Schwartz. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX 77833.

Theresa Derkowski

Theresa Derkowski, age 88 of Chappell Hill and the widow of Henry Derkowski, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Kruse Village in Brenham. Theresa Derkowski is survived by sons Henry Derkowski Jr. and wife Pat, Larry Derkowski and wife Becky, Robert Derkowski and wife Carol; daughters Linda Bilski and husband Mark, Sandra Cegielski and husband Larry, 11 grandchildren:  Shawn Derkowski and wife Carrie, Shelly Derkowski, Brian Derkowski, Larry Derkowski Jr. and wife Tammy, Darren Derkowski and wife Ashlie, Robby Derkowski, Jessica Bronikowski and husband Brian, Brooke Copelin and husband Kass, Bridget Marburger and husband Cody, Ashlie Bachmann and husband Michael, Chelsea Quinteros and husband Joel; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Irene Konieczny along with nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. A visitation with the Derkowski family will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Chappell Hill with Rev. Jozef Musiol, Celebrant.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and Brazos Valley Hospice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.3611  For those who wish may access on-line guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Gladys Knebel

Gladys Knebel, age 94, of Waller, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018.  Visitation will be Sunday, May 6, from 3:00 - 6:00pm at Canon Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be Monday, May 7, at 11:00am.  Interment will follow at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.  Video tribute and guest book @ www.canonfuneralhome.com  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 1420 Farr St., Waller, TX  77484, 936 372-3683

Carol Sommerfeld

Carol Sommerfeld, 63 of Carmine, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Carol Sommerfeld is survived by her loving family:  husband Roger Sommerfeld; son Justin and wife Elizabeth Sommerfeld, daughter Melissa and husband Jason Smith; grandchildren Olivia and Austin Sommerfeld, Makayla and Jake Smith; twin brothers Lary and wife Dixie Rosenbaum, Gary and wife Diana Rosenbaum; sisters-in-law Carolyn and husband Gilbert Goeke, Kathy and husband Daryl Gummelt; nieces and nephews Sean and Jill Rosenbaum, Jeffory and Rachael Goeke, Tracy and Ken Meier, Leigh Ann and Adam Seilheimer along with numerous great nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. Visitation with Carol Sommerfeld’s family present will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 4 at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services for Carol Sommerfeld will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 5 in Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine with Pastor John David Nedbalek officiating.  Interment will follow in Hills Cemetery near Round Top. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts requested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church or charity of choice. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.3611  www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com