Fayette County Obituaries

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The people memorialized below either lived at least part of their lives in the county or are buried here. Please contact volunteer coordinator Rox Ann Johnson to contribute obituaries and/or photographs from your research.



The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 18, 1947

Mrs. Willie Ickert Dies At Carmine

Last rites were held at the family home near Carmine Friday at 2 p.m. for ----- Ickert, wife of Willie Ickert.  Rev. Leo H. Simon of Carmine officiated, Ernest von Minden of Round Top directed, burial ------- .

Mrs. Ickert, nee Johle, passed away Thursday following a heart attack she suffered four days previous.

A native of Burton, the deceased was united in marriage with Mr. Ickert at Brenham on Nov. 13, 1902, after which they made their home on a farm near Carmine.

Survivors include her widower; three daughters, Mrs. Alfred Peters and Mrs. Erich Braun of near Carmine, and Mrs. Frank Bordovsky of Houston; one son, Herbert Ickert of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Emma Praeter of Houston; a brother, Fred Johle of Houston; and eight grandchildren.  One daughter, Lillie, died in infancy.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


At LaGrange October 27, of corosis [cirrhosis?] of liver, Henry William Louis Ilse, aged 76 year [sic], 9 months and 25 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 19, 1934

Death Claims an Aged Mother on Thursday, 12th

Mrs. Johanne Imken, widow of the late Gerh. Imken who died in the year 1917, died at the family home of her son-in-law, L. Schwarz-Buehler in this city, at some time after midnight of last Wednesday, April 11.  She had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Schwarz-Buehler for the past twenty years; she was 87 years, 1 month and 18 days old at the time of her death.

Wednesday, while not feeling as well as usual, she retired at her regular hour, and to all indications apparent, was not regarded as being ill; her daughter, Mrs. Schwarz-Buehler, visited at her bedside at 10:30 o’clock and found her comfortable.  Early the next morning, however, when calling to her and receiving no response, in company with her husband she made the unwelcome discovery that her mother had drifted into peaceful sleep.

Mrs. Imken, whose maiden name was Johanne Oetken, was born in Germany, February 24, 1847, and when only two years of age her parents emigrated to America, and settled in the Walhalla section of Fayette county.  Here she grew to womanhood and was united in marriage with Gerhard Imken.  There was born to this union, 10 children, of whom three preceded her in death.  The living children, are:  John Imken of Bishop, Geo. and Fred Imken of Longworth, Mrs. L. (Johanne) Schwarz-Buehler of La Grange, Mrs. Emma Helbe (widow of the late John C. Helble), Houston; Emil W. Imken of Pflugerville and Alvin Imken of Walhalla.  There are 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

The body was taken to Fayetteville Saturday afternoon and buried by the side of her late husband, Rev. Carl Baer conducting the religious services.  Pall bearers, who carried the body to the open grave, are her grandchildren:  John and Herbert Helble, Houston; Hubert Schwarz-Buehler, Houston; Milva Imken, Bishop and Harold and Eddie Imken, Walhalla.
Contributed by Rob Brown

La Grange Journal, April 19, 1934, Page Two

Mrs. Johanna Imken

The body of Mrs. Johanne Imken was brought  to Fayetteville Saturday from La Grange, where she had died at the home of her daughter, at the age of 87 years, and laid to rest beside her husband in our  City Cemetery, Saturday afternoon; Rev. Carl Baer officiating.

Mrs. Imken, with her husband were former husband were former residents of our little city, and had a host of friends who are grieved at Grandma Imken’s death.  She is survived  by her seven children and a large number of grandchildren, to whom we extend our deepest condolence.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


La Grange Journal, 20 Mar 1919


Fourteen-Year-Old Lad Shot to Death On Farm

Reinhard Imken, the fourteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Imken of near Warrenton, was accidentally shot and killed in the field near the home Monday afternoon.

Young Imken was trying to separate his dogs, who were enraged in snarling and biting one another, and failing, jabbed one of the canines with the butt of the gun he was carrying. The jolt caused the weapon to discharge, the entire load of shot striking him in the abdomen.

A brother, engaged in ploughing in the field, heard the shot and hastened to him, and the physician was hurriedly sumoned [sic.], but his services failed to save the lad's life. The injury was such that death came in a very short while.

The lad had left home in a very cheerful mood, and was on his way to join his brother in the field, and carried the gun for the purpose of engaging in a hunt for small game. His death was a schock [sic.] to his parents and family relatives and friends.

The remains were interred at the Drawe cemetery near Warrenton Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Boshard officiating, the attendance of sorrowing relatives and friends being very large. The death of this little fellow is the third son in the family to be called hence.

Mrs. John IndruCh

Schulenburg Sticker, 18 May 1899

DIED. – At her home near Middle creek, last Wednesday, the wife of John Indrush [sic.], a prominent old Bohemian farmer.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 17, 1998

Lillian Schulz Irons, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at a nursing home in Hurst.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at First English Lutheran Church in Austin. Burial: Austin Memorial Park.

Memorials: First English Lutheran Church in Austin.

Lillian Schulz Irons was born Aug. 4, 1907, in Fayette County, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jesse Vernal Irons; a granddaughter, Heidi Moreland; and parents, Edna and Albert Schulz.

Survivors: Daughter, Edna Mae Esfandiary of Kansas City, Mo., and Elsie Irons Fleischer of Bedford; grandchildren, Lisa Maddox of Kearney, Mo, Monet Rothermel of Platte City, Mo., Tom Fleischer of Bedford and Rebecca Howard of Bedford.

Contributed by Connie Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1917


Mrs Louise Ivy, died Jan 15, age 24 years, 5 months and 21 days, Muldoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 May 1897, page 7

Flatonia, Texas, May 1.—The remains of T. T. Ivy were shipped here from McNeal today for burial. Mr. Ivy was born and reared in Fayette county and served four years as county commissioner. He was a membr of the Woodmen of the World, by which order he was buried. Many friends and relatives in this county and at McNeal, his home mourn his loss.

Survivors include a son, Leward Anders of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Gerhard (Emma) Oeltjen and Mrs. John (Elsie) Freudenberg, both of La Grange; brother, Edmund Anders of La Grange; and 3 grandchildren.
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders