Obituaries


Michael “Mike” Moudry

Michael “Mike” Moudry, 56, passed away on September 14, 2021. Mike was born in Houston, Texas on October 28, 1964 to Jimmy and Patsy (Hollaway) Moudry.  Mike is survived by his loving wife of 27 years; Teresa Moudry and their children; Mikey Moudry and his girlfriend Kaci Krueger, Tara Moudry, Chandler Moudry and his fiancé Shelby Parker, Shannon Galindo and her husband Saul, Ashley Moudry and special friend Alicia, Rebecca Galvan and her husband Zacarias, his mother; Patsy Cochran Hollaway, his brother; Matt Moudry and his wife Lisa, his grandchildren; Avery, Khloe, Aurelio, Zayona, Evelina, Isaias, Esmeralda, and Emily and nieces and a nephew; Vanessa, Mandy and Matthew.  A visitation for Mike will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 from 8am to 7pm with the family present from 5pm to 7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer St. Brenham, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10am at Brenham Memorial Chapel with Pastor Skip Stutts officiating. The burial will follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery of Gay Hill.  Memorials in Mike’s honor may be made to: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gay Hill 8201 Old Gay Hill Rd. Brenham, Texas 77833 or the Gay Hill Fire Department.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Franklin Wayne Grizzaffi

Franklin Wayne Grizzaffi, 70, of Chappell Hill, Texas passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. He was born July 28, 1951 to Vincent & Patricia Grizzaffi in Houston.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.  In 1970, he graduated from Waltrip High School.  On April 15, 1972, he married Deborah Kathleen DeMottier in Houston.  In March 1978 he completed training and became registered as an Emergency Medical Technician – Ambulance Paramedic.  He completed his education from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Allied Health Sciences.  Frank also worked part time with Hou-Tex Professional Ambulance Service. He was the chief brisket cook for the Hou-Tex Husslers and Hussies, where he helped the team win trophies at various cookoffs. With this team, he was proud to say that they won the overall award for Walker County Fair and Rodeo Cookoff one year. He also enjoyed barbecuing with the cookoff team, Doctor Ds Cure All Cookers.  As a side job Frankie had a lawn business, Bayou City Lawn Care. During this time he formed a bond with Brian Wischnewsky, who he considered “the son he never had.”  He retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2004 following 30 years of service. During his time with HFD, he served as a firefighter, paramedic and worked on the accident review board in Emergency Operations. He took his service through HFD very seriously and treated each of his patients as if they were his own family.  Following his retirement from the Houston Fire Department, he volunteered with the Washington County Citizens on Patrol, where he served countless hours.  He greatly enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, barbecuing and cooking. He also loved spending time at the beach and swimming. He could always be seen with a camera or camcorder in hands.  Frankie was a devoted grandpa, known as Pap by his 3 grandchildren who he adored.  He was always willing to go above and beyond to help others, even if they were just strangers. We will greatly miss his humor and pranks, his smile and that twinkle in his eye, as well as his caring heart.  Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Debbie; daughters and sons in law, Wendy and Stephen Loesch, and Hilary and Alan Morgan; grandchildren, Zoey, Cameron and Cooper Morgan; brother and sister in law, Vincent and Donna Grizzaffi; sister and brother in law, Annette and Chris Michels; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and many friends, including David and Debbie Moore and family, Ronnie and Linda Wischnewsky and family and Todd Clark.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Patricia Grizzaffi, as well as many other relatives and friends.  Pallbearers will be Cameron Morgan, Cooper Morgan, Ryan Michels, Chris Grizzaffi, Brian Liccioni, and Chuck Gardner.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Houston Fire Department, members of the HFD Street Machines, as well as his great friends David Moore, Ronnie Wischnewsky, Todd Clark, and Brian Wischnewsky.  For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Chappell Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Hospice Brazos Valley or Washington County EMS.  Special thank you to Washington County EMS and all the nurses and doctors who cared for our loved one during the months of his sickness.  Guests attending the following services are required to wear masks.  Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. with family present from 4-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Visitation will also be held Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  The service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Brenham Memorial Chapel, with burial following at Prairie Lea Cemetery. A gathering celebrating Frankie's life will take place immediately following the burial at Chappell Hill Volunteer Fire Department Event Center.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Dorothy Wehmeyer Addicks

Dorothy Wehmeyer Addicks, 89, died on Monday, September 13, 2021.  The visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 with the family present from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Salem Lutheran Church Brenham, with a burial following in the church cemetery.  Dorothy is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Lonnie Addicks; daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and Delbert Boeker, Pamela and Doug Wood; daughter, Delise Jung; sister, Judith Stephens; sisters-in-law, Dovie and Effie Addicks; brother-in-law, Floyd Addicks; grandchildren, Drew Boeker, Taylor Torres (Tito), Eric Wood, Evan Philbrick (Dan), Kendall Jung and Abby Jung; great-granddaughter, Tenley Torres, and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel at 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Travis Wayne Boeker

Travis Wayne Boeker, age 79, of Brenham, passed away Tuesday September 7, 2021 with his family by his side. He was born in Washington County on April 23, 1942, son of the late Newton Boeker and Selma Landgraf Boeker. He is survived by his spouse of 60 years. Shirley Wehmeyer Boeker.  Travis loved his Lord. He and Shirley are lifetime members of Grace Lutheran Church, where he was an Elder and proudly served on the usher team. He was also on the youth board for many years.  Popo adored and worshipped his grandchildren and his two loving daughters. He and Shirley never missed a school event, a sporting event, or a family get-together. He was always known in town for his hand shaking, hat tipping, and beautiful smile. He always had a kind word and plenty of time for visiting. He was the quintessential gentleman.  Travis has been a volunteer for the fair for about 60 years, beginning as Chairman of the Quarter Horse Show and Chairman of the Jr. Livestock Auction. He served as President in 1985 and 1986 and was presently serving on the Executive Committee. He also served as Chairman on various fair committees and boards throughout the state and has led area and state workshops. Travis also served as a speaker and on committees of the International Association.  As a Certified Fair Manager, he helped organize and taught the Texas Events and Leadership Program at Texas A&M. He was also a Certified Fair Manager at the Ft. Bend County Fair for 20 years while still volunteering at the Washington County Fair. His many years of experience led him to serve in all offices of the Texas Association of Fairs and Events where he served as President in 1986. He has been awarded the Hall ofFame Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Association of Fairs and Events. Travis is also a life member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo by serving on various committees for the past three decades.  Travis is known for his love for the youth of Washington County. For years he has been dedicated to serving the youth and fair industry which celebrates our youth, our Texas heritage and deeply seeded agricultural roots. “The youth of yesterday are the volunteers of today, just as the volunteers of tomorrow are the youth of today.”  Travis’ loving family who survived him include daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Rusty Bush of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Lea and Ron Bartay of Brenham; grandchildren, Cody Hicks, Ellen Eberhardt, Jackson Bartay, Savannah Bartay and Travis Bartay; great grandchildren, Brody and Wesley Hicks; sister and brother-in-law, Janis and John Stayton; sister-in-law, Marjorie Schroeder; nieces, Sherri and Pamela Schroeder, Beth Stayton, and Ann and Rick Hammitt; and nephews, J.T. and Jay Stayton.  Travis is preceded in death by his parents, Newton and Selma Landgraf Boeker; parents-in-law, Alvin (Tiny) and Ella Wickel Wehmeyer; sister, Lois Ann Boeker; and brother-in-law, Wilbert Schroeder.  Pallbearers include: Cody Hicks, Jackson Bartay, Travis Bartay, Darrell Kankel, Donald Ray Ahrens, Mark Schwartz, Tommy Franke, Ronnie Holle, and Norris Wuensche.  Honorary pallbearers are: special granddaughters, Ellen Eberhardt and Savannah Bartay; and David Folschinsky, Karen and Andy Anderson, and Shawn McDuffy.  Special friends include: Billy and Susie Thaler, Alan and Linda Reid, Peggy and David Bartay and family, Valeria Bartay, Randa and Georgie and family, The Birthday Group, Board of Director’s Washington County Fair and Usher Team.  Visitation will be held Friday, September 10th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. Service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 11th at 3 p.m. with burial to follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com

Herbert "Herb" Hardan

Herbert “Herb” Hardan, 66,  passed away on September 4, 2021. Herb was born on May 21, 1955 in Brenham, Texas to Herbert and Louise (Niemeyer) Hardan.  Herb is survived by his son; Jonathon Hardan and daughter in law; Katelynn, granddaughter; Paisley, brother; Roy Hardan and his wife Bobbi, brother in law; Paul McMahon, his former spouse and mother to Jonathon; Pam Rosas and numerous nieces and nephews.  A visitation for Herb will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 11 am to 7 pm with the family present from 4 pm to 7pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10 am at Zion Lutheran Church located at 1800 FM 2679, Brenham, Texas. The burial will follow in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Memorials can be donated to Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 FM 2679, Brenham, Texas 77833.

Danny Beckendorf

Services for Danny Beckendorf, 66, of Tennessee Colony, are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Cayuga Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Cotton officiating. A private interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.  Mr. Beckendorf passed away August 31, 2021 in Palestine.  Danny Ray Beckendorf was born May 16, 1955 in Houston, the son of Francis Frederick Beckendorf and Ettie Irene (Francis) Beckendorf. He was a member of the Cayuga Baptist Church, loved the Lord and sought Him with all his heart. Danny was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed landscape gardening and growing flowers to attract the hummingbirds and butterflies. Danny was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and was known to be extremely social and full of laughter. People who knew him best would even say he was a big kid at heart. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Bethel Fire Department and enjoyed helping friends and neighbors when he could, landscaping and doing general handyman tasks. If he didnt know how to do something he would figure it out as he went. Danny was deeply loved and will be missed by many.  He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Patsy Andrejczak.  Survivors include his loving wife Saundra Beckendorf; mother, Ettie Beckendorf; children, Daniel Beckendorf of Dallas, Michele Rosson and husband Jay of Hurst, Leah Woodruff and husband Mark of Tyler; siblings, David, Beckendorf of Brenham, John Beckendorf and wife Patty of Montalba, Thomas Beckendorf of Colorado, Jim Beckendorf and wife Cindy of Bastrop; grandchildren, Gina Beckendorf, Morgan Woodruff, Madelynn Woodruff, Mahalie Woodruff and numerous nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 3-4:00 p.m. at Cayuga Baptist Church prior to the service.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.

Melissa Ann Weiss

Melissa Ann Weiss, age 62, of Bellville, Texas, died August 27, 2021 in College Station, TX.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel, 842 E. Main Street in Bellville.  Funeral Service for Melissa Ann Weiss will be held Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. at the Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville.  In lieu of flowers give to The Melissa Weiss Benefit Account c/o Austin County State Bank, P O Box 1466, Bellville, TX  77418 or Charity of your choice in Memory of Melissa Weiss.  Visit the website to sign the guest book at www.knesekfuneralhome.com   Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, locations in Sealy, Bellville and Wallis.

Edwin Walter "Buck" Studhalter

Edwin Walter “Buck” Studhalter, age 87 of Brenham, passed away Friday, August 27, 2021.  Edwin was born on December 13, 1933 in the Gay Hill Community of Washington County to Otto and Clara Konrad Studhalter.  Edwin was baptized on June 10, 1934 at First Lutheran Church of Somerville.  He was confirmed at Evangelical and Reformed Church of Gay Hill on July 20, 1947.  On December 11, 1955, he was married to Annie Mae Hofschnieder at St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill.  He remained a faithful member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  Edwin was educated through the Gay Hill School.  He went on to become a painting contractor as well as a hardworking rancher.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and attending St. Matthew’s Game Night.  His favorite pastimes were coon hunting and fishing on the Brazos River.  His beloved dog, Missy, never left his side.  Edwin is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Annie Mae Studhalter; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Royce Lehrmann; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kay Studhalter; daughter and son-in-law, Danna and Alan Winkelmann; grandchildren, Allison Lehrmann and Kayla Hartmann, Katherine and Derek Chang, Christopher Lehrmann and fiancé Cheyanne Koehne, Blake Winkelmann and Haley Nutt, Dane Winkelmann and Bridget Stein, Lauren Winkelmann, Kailey and Colten Walker, Chase Parker, Seth and Stephanie Parker, Caleb and Carlee Jo Parker; 8 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Judy Studhalter; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Edwin is preceded in death by: his parents; twin brother, Edward “Mouse” Studhalter; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Adeline Studhalter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Walline and Olan Seale and Evelyn and Milton Haack; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reinhardt and Emma Hofschnieder.  Pallbearers will be his grandsons.  Honorary pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews: Don and Alice Studhalter, James and Karen Studhalter, Jean and Gene King, Janis Broussard, Cathy and Steve Mallon, and Curtis Seale; cousins, Mary and James Hamilton; and friend Barbara Kohring.  The family would like to thank his caregivers, Marilyn, Veronica, Lisa, Ronnie, Anna, Debra, Gwen and D’Andre for their excellent care, love and support, as well as the care from Texas Home Health.  Memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill.  Viewing will be available on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  A private family service and burial will be held.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Edgar Fricke, Jr.

Edgar Fricke, Jr. passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the age of 92.  Edgar Fred Paul Fricke, Jr. was born in La Grange, Texas on August 7, 1929 to Edgar and Lydia (Wagner) Fricke. He attended Round Top-Carmine High School, where he was a star of the basketball team. His talent led him to attend Blinn College on a basketball scholarship. After his father’s death, he left Blinn to help support his mother and twin sisters. Edgar briefly worked for the Fayette County Road and Bridge Department, as well as an oil company roughnecker. He then found his life-long career at Humble Oil, and later Exxon, starting as a seismographer or “doodlebugger” as he preferred to call it. He later became a claims agent and from there retired in 1986. Edgar and Esse Lee truly enjoyed their retirement years traveling the U.S. and spending time with family.  On April 3, 1955, Edgar married Esse Lee Weyand in Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Round Top. Edgar was passionate about nature, whether that be speaking about conservation concerns, or diligently caring for his own garden. He was an avid coin collector, enjoyed playing skat and dominoes, and working crossword puzzles. He enjoyed coffee with his friends Mike Budell, the late Earl Bright, Mike Herzog, Wayne Fricke at K&M Grocery.  Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; parents in-law Jesse and Ottilie Weyand; sister Jodie and husband Chuck Reed; brothers-in-law Leroy Fricke and Jack Jatzlau; and niece and nephews Susan Jatzlau, Christopher Menking, and Scott and Clint Reed.  Edgar is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Esse Lee Fricke; children, Trace and Donna Fricke, Matt Fricke, and Jeff and the late Jimmie Lynn Fricke; grandchildren, Lindsey Fricke, Jonathan and Dionne Fricke, Jordan and Jayme Fricke; great-grandchildren, Carlyn Kate, Cade Hunter, Casen Ryan, Essie Leigh, Olivia Heart, Brynleigh and Davis Paul; sister and brother-in-law, Jeep and Ruth Menking; sisters-in-law, Vera Fricke and Vallie Jatzlau; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Visitation will be Thursday, August 26th from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will be Friday, August 27th at 10 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top with Pastors John David Nedbalek and Skip Stutts officiating. Burial will be private for family at Florida Chapel Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Wayne Fricke, Tommy Fricke, Johnny Fricke, Kyle Fricke, Jonathan Fricke, and Jordan Fricke. Honorary pallbearers will be the Round Top Rifle Association, and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Family.  Memorials are requested to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top or Hospice Brazos Valley Brenham or Charity of Choice.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Edgar’s caregiver Tudy Adams.  Edgar was a truly faithful man, a strong man, and a good man. He will be missed.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Valerian V.J. Jozwiak

Valerian V.J. Jozwiak, 80, of Houston and husband of Margie (Kenjora) Jozwiak passed away on August 22, 2021.  V.J. Jozwiak was born in Chappell Hill, Texas on January 24, 1941 to Willie and Ladislava Jozwiak.  He attended St. Stanislaus Catholic School and Hempstead school.  All his sacraments were made in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.  There were 4 boys and 6 girls in his family.  There was much love in their family.  They didn’t have much but what they did have they shared with others.  V.J. met his sweetheart (Margie) at Bill Mraz Dance Hall and they married on August 11, 1962.  He started Jozwiak Plumbing in 1970.  He had numerous employees over the years, some were family and some were friends.  When he retired, his two sons, Richard and Vincent took over the business.  V.J. and Margie purchased property in Hempstead, Texas in 1970 on the Brazos River where he raised cattle, loved to fish, and garden.  He always had an open door for anyone and if you left hungry, it was your own fault.  They loved to travel, play pitch, go to the casino, and listen to polish music.  He loved his polish heritage.  V.J. was the sweetest, kindest, loving, generous, Godly husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend.  He will be missed dearly.  We want to give a special thanks to his care taker, Jasmine Flowers.  Thank you for being a part of our family for the past year and a half.  We love you and we miss you, but we know you are completely healed and smiling down on us all.  Enjoy riding your tractor and checking on your cows up there in heaven.  We know we will see you again soon.  Surviving family includes: wife, Margie Jozwiak; children and their spouses, Richard Jozwiak, Debbie and Ronnie Pasket, Vincent and Janice Jozwiak, Lisa and Bobby Krolczyk, Karen and Shane Pechanec. They were blessed with 14 grandchildren and their spouses: Andrea and Matt Ogrodowicz, Clint Jozwiak, Collin Jozwiak, Ashton Jozwiak engaged to Jeremy Klinker, Karissa and Jordan Henry, Kyle Pasket, Haley and Tyler Gandy, Kade Kramr engaged to Hailey Gregorich, Chase Kramr, Emma Kramr, Kade Pechanec and Karter Pechanec; great-grandchildren, Easton Ogrodowicz and Cason Henry. They thought the world of their Popo and he thought the world of them. He was a gentle man that brought love and kindness to all that knew him.  Also surviving are siblings and spouses, Natalie Kendzoria, Jeanie Jozwiak, Edwin and Martha Jozwiak, Hattie and Bennie Mikes, Ike and Dorothy Jozwiak, Mary Mattern, Bebeann and Lawrence Wisnoski, Louis and Kathy Kmiec, Joyce and Rita Kenjora, Joe and Pat Kenjora; godchildren, Randy Kendzoria, Kenny Mattern and Daniel Heintzel.  He was preceded in death by: grand babies Madisyn and Preston, Willie and Ladislava Jozwiak, Joe and Pauline Kenjora, Sarah and Benard Budnick, Isidore Jozwiak, Louis Kendzoria, Willie Mattern, Tommy Kendzoria, Diane Loukanis, Norbert Budnick, Evelyn Budnick, and Georgie Jozwiak.  Visitation will be Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 8 am to 7 pm with family present at 5 pm. Rosary will begin at 7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:30 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill, Texas with burial to follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be Collin Jozwiak, Clint Jozwiak, Kyle Pasket, Kade Kramr, Chase Kramr, Karter Pechanec, Matt Ogrodowicz, Jordan Henry, Tyler Gandy, and Jeremy Klinker.  Honorary pallbearers are Victor Krolczyk and Curtis Guettner.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Cora Sophia Schroeder Mickan

It pleased the Lord to call home Cora Sophia Schroeder Mickan on August 23, 2021, at the age of 99.  Left to mourn are her daughters and sons-in-law Linda Wellmann and husband Freddie of Brenham and Shirley Williams and husband Jon of Anderson; grandchildren Dr. Heather Clark and husband L. Michael, II of Bryan, Ryan Rutledge and wife Megan of Anderson, Brandie Henderson and husband Clint of Tyler, Dawn Spence and husband Dr. Brian of Bryan, and Darrell Craig McBride, Jr. of College Station; great grandchildren Rylee Rutledge and Maylee Rutledge, Michael Clark and Faith Clark, James, Joyce, and Maxine Henderson, Nathan, Jacob, and Trenton Spence, and Darrell McBride, III; sister-in-law Louise Ballmann of Hico, Texas; godchild Betsy Anderson; and special friend and caregiver Sara Thomas of Brenham.  Funeral services for Cora Sophia Mickan will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday August 29, 2021, at Grace Lutheran Church of Brenham with Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer officiating.  Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday evening, August 28, 2021, from 5:00 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham.

Marvin Everett Jurries

Marvin Everett Jurries, 81, husband of Lois (Thomas) Jurries, passed away at his home on August 18, 2021.  A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, August 27 at 10:00 am, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine with Deacon Cindy Robles officiating.  A visitation will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 and Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Marvin is survived by his wife Lois; children, Brian and Jennifer Jurries, Sherry and Gary Krinke, and Sheila and Greg Rolling; brother, Royce Jurries; Sister and Brother-in-law, Sandra and Richard Hons; grandchildren, Tiffany Whitehead and Shawn Marsilio, Adam and Marisol Whitehead, Brayten Rolling, Trinten Rolling, Darian and Edwin Cuevas, Madison Averitt, and Drake Averitt; great grandchildren, Katryna Allen, Karina Whitehead, Jaiden Cuevas, and Ariana Cuevas.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main Street in Brenham.

Dylan Brooks Rodiek

Dylan Brooks Rodiek was born May 20, 1986, to two loving parents in Houston, Texas. The youngest of two brothers, he was a devout social butterfly, immensely charming (and loud) presence, and friend from the beginning.  In high school, he excelled in football and power lifting, drums, and worked during the summer as a camp counselor.  At Texas State University, he bolstered his immense rolodex with more lifelong friends and earned a degree. He also fell in love with the river while accompanied by his legendary chocolate Labrador.  He worked for years as a high school football coach, rising to the title of defensive coordinator. He brought an early morning whistle tooting energy to every practice and was an anchor to countless young lives. Notably, he implemented a modern, intense off-season training course to improve the fitness of his athletes, and introduced multiple coaching staffs to new techniques for reviewing film and planning for games. In true coaching spirit, he gave 100% every day.  Dylan exclusively pursued things with his fullest intensity and at least one friend (usually more). He became obsessed with barbecue, and partnered with one of his best friends from college to embark upon life’s great cook.  They took every smoke very seriously, whether it was preparing a brisket for a friend, a catering request, neighborhood pop-up, or one year, every dentist’s office in the Austin area.  In 2020, Dylan decided to switch careers and become a firefighter. He worked diligently to earn his EMT certification and graduated from the fire academy in his mid-30s, holding his own and often exceeding much younger cadets in his class. Even there, Dylan’s true character was evident, as his home soon became the study hall and training camp for his peers who looked to him as a companion, friend, and leader.  Dylan joined the Jollyville fire department in March 2021. He would gleefully call on his way home from his shift to discuss training, new hoses, hose pressure, driving techniques, or the folks he was able to help in emergencies. It was thrilling to hear him tell the story of fighting his first fire - for him, it was a huge deal.  Dylan met Morgane in 2012 and was clearly obsessed with her and her daughter, Zoe. Morgane complemented Dylan’s personality and made him whole. She helped sand away the rough edges, bring thoughtfulness and (some) patience to his outlook, but preserved and loved his endearing qualities. They were married in 2013 at a beautiful and outstanding celebration, and in 2014 their second daughter, Claire joined the ensemble.  Dylan adored his family, and would regularly boast of their accomplishments, like Morgane earning her masters, Zoe acing every academic challenge out before her, or Claire naming every animal in her book. He spoke of them constantly, their stories, their failures, and made them central to his story.  For years, Dylan joined our father’s Guys Golf Weekend, a sacred event involving golf courses of questionable to solid quality, and golfers of questionable to average skill. There was barbecue, camaraderie, beer, and warm weather. Dylan fit right in among men in their sixties, friends his age, green cadets, or the moody teenagers he coached. He was an essential member of any group. He was an outstanding son and companion to my father.  Alongside my mom, Dylan proved an excellent foil. Less because they were opposites, but more because they were identical in mannerism, stature, and a penchant for delivering the well-timed comment. He ribbed her and acted as karmic retribution for how she antagonized her father.  Dylan was my lifelong best friend, the small talk on the other end when I needed it, and the person to whom I texted every stupid thought in my head. In many ways his opposite, Dylan always worked hard to include me, showing patience and grace, even when he shouldn’t have had to do so.  Dylan died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of August 16, 2021. His early passage is a tragedy for the countless people he cared for, befriended, and protected to the best of his abilities. Dylan Brooks Rodiek was someone who brought joy merely by his presence, and cemented with his words and action.  His memory will be cherished by his mother and father, wife, two daughters, brother, family, and friends. Rest In Peace.  You are warmly invited to join family and friends for a celebration of Dylan’s life on August 29, 2021, from 3 to 6 pm, at Buck’s Backyard in Buda, TX (1750 Farm to Market 1626). Wings, pizza, and pie will be provided.  A memorial fund has been established for the benefit of their daughters, Zoe and Claire, at Austin County State Bank, Bellville, TX.

Nancy Jane Barnett Erdelt

Nancy Jane Barnett Erdelt, age 86, of Bellville, TX died August 15, 2021 in Katy, TX.  She was born September 30, 1934 in El Campo, TX. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 19, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, 842 E. Main, Bellville, TX. followed by Rosary at 7:00.  Funeral Mass for Nancy Erdelt will be held Friday, August 20, at 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Fr. Eric Pitre – officiating.  Interment in St. John Catholic Cemetery, New Taiton, TX. at 2:00 p.m.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Knesek Family Funeral Chapels (Wallis, Sealy and Bellville)

Violet Graeber

Violet Graeber, 94, died on August 14, 2021 in Brenham, TX.  Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday August 17, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday August 18, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church.  Survivors are son and daughter-in-law, Maurice and Amy Graeber; sisters-in-law,  Dorothy Mercer and Mercedes Graeber; grandchildren, Marissa Dale and husband Sean Moore, Andrew Cullen and Heather Graeber; great-grandchildren, Violet Roberta Moore.  Services are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, TX 77833.

A.W. Hodde, Jr.

A.W. Hodde, Jr. died on August 11, 2021 at the age of 95 years. He was born in Brenham, Texas on November 17, 1925 to A. W. and Norma Hartstack Hodde. He attended Brenham Schools, and when he graduated from high school in May of 1943, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After completing Basic Training, he was assigned to Gunner's Mate School, from which he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.  A. W. was then assigned to be an instructor at the Naval Gunnery Range at La Jolla, California.  After serving six months as an instructor, he was assigned to the U.S. Hugh W. Hadley DD-774, a destroyer, which ship was credited with shooting down 23 Japanese planes in one day--more than any other ship in the fleet—on May 11, 1945.  The Hadley was finally hit by three Japanese suicide planes, and approximately 40% of the crew members on the Hadley were either injured or killed.  After his discharge from the Navy, Hodde attended Blinn College, the University of Texas, and graduated from the Baylor Law School.  Hodde then entered the practice of law with his father.  He was appointed County Attorney of Washington County and served for 5 years.  He then resigned and entered the practice of law as a sole practitioner until his nephew, L.J. Lacina, Jr., obtained his law license and practiced with him until Hodde’s retirement in 1994.  Hodde enjoyed participating in sports.  He played tennis, bowled, played golf and hunted.  His favorite was quail hunting, which he did as long as he could walk behind a bird dog and climb barbed wire fences.  Then he became a deer hunter.  Hodde served as president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Exalted Ruler of Brenham Lodge 979 BPO Elks, president of the Sons of Hermann, and was on the boards of directors of The First National Bank of Brenham and Blue Bell Creameries for over 25 years.  He also taught night classes at Blinn for several years, teaching mostly Korean War Veterans.  On February 29, 1952, he married the love of his life, Virginia Kessel, who survives him.  He is also survived by children, Gwen Spiess and husband, Donald; James Hodde and wife, Lynnette, all of Brenham; Dr. Lefayne Hodde, and Sarah Morgan of Austin; and Robert B. Hodde of Victoria; grandchildren Alison Loughlin and husband Thomas of The Woodlands; Adam W. Spiess of Flower Mound; and Halen and Harper Hodde of Victoria.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Louise Kessel; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ben and Carolyn Kessel; and by nephews and nieces Johnny, Tim, Lorna, Lou, Pam, and Marcy.  Hodde was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Brenham and joined the First United Methodist Church of Brenham upon his marriage and has been a faithful member for over 69 years.   Visitation will be held on Friday, August 20th from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.  There will be a private family burial.  Memorials may be given to the 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 www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com

Leeland Royce Rinn

Leeland Royce Rinn, age 91, of Brenham, died August 11, 2021.  He is survived by his wife Florence Henske Rinn.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833.  The funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at St James Lutheran Church, 10362 New Wehdem Road, Brenham, Texas 77833 with interment to follow at the church cemetery.  Pastor Evan Cameron will officiate.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Kathleen Jeanne Brown

After 92 years her angels had become lonesome and called her back home and with her she has taken a piece of each of our hearts…Kathleen Brown…affectionately known as Aunt Jinny by many, died peacefully in her home on August 9, 2021. She had just turned 92 on June 15th. She spent her youth living in the Rio Grande valley with her parents, beloved grandmother and her brother and sister. They lived in a grand house with large gardens and a lake. The house was originally intended to be the clubhouse on a resort property being developed by her father and another Chicago investor. The intention was to sell land in this semi tropical area of Texas to wealthy northern investors as a winter getaway from their harsh winter season. The 2nd world war broke out and those plans changed. My aunt developed her passion for gardening there at Piper’s Lake working alongside the Mexican gardeners. She quickly learned Spanish as a youth and sometimes stubbornly refuse to speak English to her parents. She met the love of her life…Wayne Brown…in the valley and married him on June 25, 1946. They spent most of their married life in Houston, Texas. She worked in the Trust Department for John W Mecom for most of her years in Houston. She and Wayne moved to Brenham where she continued to work until she’s was 85.  One of the highlights of her weeks was Sunday school at the First Baptist Church of Brenham.  Viewing and visitation will be held at 10:00 at Davis Greenlawn Cemetery in Rosenberg, Texas on Saturday August 14. Graveside service will follow at 11:00.  The second love of her life were the many pets she’s had over her life time…therefore memorials maybe given in her memory to a Citizens for Animal Protection, 11925 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079 or Donald G Austin Memorial Animal Shelter, Brenham, Texas

Viola Weiss

Viola Weiss, 96, of LaGrange, Texas, passed away on August 6, 2021 in Brenham. Viola, the second child born to Henry and Lilly (Hodde) Beckermann, was born on July 18, 1925 in Mill Creek, Texas. She was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Greenvine on November 15, 1925 by Rev. Carl Zieke. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church of Berlin.  Viola was a member of Zionsville Lutheran Church, The American Legion Auxiliary, Berlin-Mill-Creek-Zionsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary, Home Demonstration Club in Rutersville, Bluebonnet Club, Board Member of Senior Citizens in LaGrange and was named Women of the Year of the Wahalla EEA Club. She attended Mill Creek School until the eighth grade and then graduated from Brenham High School in 1942. Viola retired from Sealy Mattress Co. in Brenham after 35 years of service.  On April 12, 1947 she married Walldon Schultz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham. Walldon passed away on Dec. 21, 1995. On May 7, 1997, she married Herman Weiss Jr. at Zionsville Lutheran Church in Brenham. Herman passed away on May 18, 2002 in Newark, New Jersey.  Viola is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Jim Garner, and her stepdaughter, Jane Luther and family; great grandchildren Dyllin Harrison and Paityn Harrison; sisters, Ruth Lorenz-Ganske and Elvera Drews; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and great great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; grandson, Luke Harrison; brothers, Fred Beckermann and Dennis Beckermann; step son-in-law Jim Luther; and special friend Dennis Rudloff.  Funeral services for Viola Weiss are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at Zionsville Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. with Pastor Lawrence Bade presiding. Visitation with the family was scheduled for Monday Aug. 9, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  Pallbearers are Lloyd Beckermann, Roy Beckermann, Henry (Hank) Beckermann, Paul Cmajdalka, Arthur Daniel, James Schulz, Johnnie Kmiec and Dyllin Harrison.  Honorary pallbearers are Jim Garner, Kirk Luther and Donald Beckermann.  In lieu of flower donations may be directed to Zionsville Lutheran Church, Washington County EMS, Hospice Brazos Valley or the charity of your choice.  Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com

Leon Thiel

Leon Thiel, age 95, of Brenham, Texas, died on August 5, 2021.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Pastor Phil Geleske officiating.  Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery.  He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Helen Thiel of Brenham, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833.  To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Oscar Fuelberg, Jr.

Oscar Fuelberg, Jr., 96, of (Wiedeville) Brenham, Texas passed away on August 4, 2021 in his family home built in 1889. Oscar was born September 14, 1924 at Wiedeville, son of Oscar and Bertha Burmeister Fuelberg.  Oscar is survived by his sisters; Bertha Emshoff of Austin and Annie Marie Lovell of Bryan, and many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.  A visitation for Oscar will be held Friday, August 6, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. A funeral service for Oscar will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church Wiedeville located at 4529 Wiedeville Church Road, Brenham, Texas with the burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be : David Emshoff, Dale Moore, Chase Moore, Steven Hoehne, Chad Hodges and Bob Russ. Honorary pallbearers will include all of Oscar’s good neighbors.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville, Wiedeville Church Cemetery, or to the charity of your choice.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences for the family may be shared at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Tammy Elise Bosse

Tammy Bosse, of Bryan and formerly of Brenham, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021.  Tammy Elise Bosse was born August 30, 1963 in Brenham to Marvin and Anna Treptow Bosse. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wiedeville. She attended Brenham schools where she excelled in academics and sports, playing basketball and softball. She graduated in 1981. Tammy then attended Blinn College and played basketball and volleyball. She was a 1983 graduate. Tammy then became an Aggie and received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Kinesiology. She enjoyed attending Aggie football games, midnight yell practice and dancing with her many friends.  She began teaching and coaching girls’ basketball at Brenham High School. Upon moving to Bryan, she was employed by A&M Consolidated High School and then College Station High School.  Tammy later coached at Allen Academy.  Tammy enjoyed traveling. The place she loved most was Tennessee, especially her many trips to Graceland. She paid tribute to Graceland, by naming her dog Gracie that preceded her in death.  Tammy was a very caring and compassionate person to others. She had a very kind heart and would do anything for others, even neglecting herself.  She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include her mother Anna Bosse of Bryan; brothers Randall Paul Bosse of Brenham and David Aaron Bosse and wife Deborah of College Station; nieces, Beth Coursey and husband Jonathan, Rebecca Wieters, Elizabeth Hyatt and husband Joshua; nephew Lance Bosse; and special friend Scott Krivacka of East Bernard.  The family suggests donations to your favorite charity in Tammy’s memory.  Visitation will be Wednesday August 4 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be held Thursday August 5 at 10:00 a.m. in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Joyce Elaine Landua Rust

Joyce Elaine Landua Rust, 73, of Burton, TX, died on July 30, 2021. Joyce was born in Burton Texas on August 20, 1947 to Earl Bruce and Minnie Lee Prenzler Landua. She was baptized October 12, 1947 by Rev. AR Wolber and confirmed August 27, 1961 by Rev. Lynn Zimmerman at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg.  On June 4, 1966, she married Herbert Edward Rust.  Joyce was a 1965 graduate of Burton High School and competed on the basketball team with All District honors all four years.  She worked several years at Burton Elementary School before working as an administrative assistant at the Brenham State Supported Living Center.  Joyce retired in 1998 from BSSLC. She was a lifetime active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, devoted member of many different bible study groups, adult Sunday school, WELCA, church council and loved singing in the church choir.  Throughout her numerous medical surgeries and complications she stayed dedicated to her faith and her God led journey.  She was faithful in attendance each year she was able to support and celebrate her journey in the Relay for Life fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society.  Joyce enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.  She loved shopping, eating out, cooking when her family came to visit, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, feeding and watching birds, hummingbirds and deer at her home in Rehburg.  She is survived by her husband, Herbert E. Rust of Burton, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Vicky Rust of Cypress, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Bradley Jasinski of Burton, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Arlin Naegeli of Burton, TX; sister-in-law Dorothy Hicks of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Haley and Abby Rust, and Della and Briley Jasinski.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Minnie Landua; parents-in-law, Herbert Albert and Della Rust; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack Hicks, Clarence and Vicki Rust, and Harold (Slim) and Aneva Rogas.  Serving as pallbearers are James Naegeli, Steve Naegeli, Kyle Naegeli, Jason Derrick, Nolan Rogas, and Bryan Rogas.  Honorary special guests are Charles Landua, Douglas Landua, Bob Davis, Rev. Bill Derrick, Sandra Becker and Laurell Smith.  A visitation will be from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Brenham Memorial Chapel, with the family present from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, with Rev. Dr. Alvin Luedke officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Contributions in her memory may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg (Sunday School/VBS) and/or American Cancer Society.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

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