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Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Oct 1917

Gustav. Kaase, a well known citizen of this section, died at his home near Swiss Alp Tuesday evening, aged 48 years. He is survived by a wife and two children to whom a host of friends extend their sympathy. The burial services will take place there Friday afternoon.

Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1917

Carl Fredrich Gustav Kaase

Son of Carl Friedrich Kaase and wife, Sophie Henrietta, was born October 22, 1868, at Black Jack Springs, christened March 29, 1869, and confirmed March 18, 1883. In the year of 1887 he moved with his parents to this community. Here he was married to Miss Bertha Kiesling and to them four children were born, two having preceded the father in death. He was a member of Zion’s Church and served eight years as a trustee.

He died October 9, at 7 p. m., aged 48 years, 11 months and 17 days. He is survived by a grief-stricken wife, two daughters, aged mother, mother-in-law, five brothers, seven sisters, one step-sister and many other relatives and friends. God always heals for those who are left behind to mourn, the sorrow which has been caused, through His infinite wisdom.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, November 13, 2012

Evelyn Kaase

Evelyn Jeanelle Citzler Kaase, age 91 years, 4 months, 7 days, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center. She died of cancer after a lengthy illness.

The funeral was set for Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp, with Pastor Lemae Higgs and Pastor Walter Hildebrand officiating and interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Named as pallbearers were Jeff Brower, Dennis Brower, Charles Ashenbeck, Otto Kocian, Elton Kaase and Arnold Stoever, all of Schulenburg.

Born on July 3, 1921 in La Grange, she was the daughter of Herman G. and Erna Alma (Holz) Citzler. She attended La Grange ISD and Schulenburg ISD. On June 18, 1939, she married Milton John Kaase at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schulenburg. A resident of Schulenburg for 88 years, she also lived in Shiner and Hallettsville. She was a member of United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp. Retired at the time of her death, she worked at the Stanzel Airplane Museum. In years past, she enjoyed deer hunting. She also loved to dance and entertain, and was an avid collector. She traveled to the Adriatic, Pyramids in Mexico and Germany. She also acted in stage productions in Schulenburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Grace Kaase Herzik of Houston; a son, Milford “Miffy” Lynn Kaase of Katy; a sister, LaVerne Citzler Prilop of San Antonio; a brother, Clinton A. Citzler of Canyon Lake; and seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Galveston Daily News, 30 Jul 1869

The dead body of a man, supposed to be Mr. Frantz Kaasse [sic.], from the High Hill settlement, in this county, was found on the banks of the river near the lower ferry, last Wednesday. The verdict rendered by the jury of inquest states that he came to his death by apoplexy or sunstroke. Information was sent to his supposed relatives and friends at High Hill, and the body was interred at the graveyard in this place Wednesday.—La Grange Democrat, 23d.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Aug 1913, page 1

Mr. Fritz Kaase, one of our pioneer citizens and a Confederate veteran, died Sunday morning at his home in Swiss Alp and his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near his home. Mr. Kaase was in his 83rd year. He leaves a wife, a large family and many grand children to mourn his death.

Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1913


Frederick Kaase, age 82 years, 7 months, 11 days arteric sclerosis Swiss Alp.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, March 3, 1929

LA GRANGE, Tex., March 2.— Mrs. Annie Kaderka, 48, wife of Dr. C. J. Kaderka of Fayetteville, died Wednesday of heart failure. Besides her husband, a daughter and a son are left.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, Friday, August 5, 1933


Last rites for Frank L. Kaderka, 84, of Rt. 2, LaGrange were held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville with the Rev. Msgr. Henry Masurkiewicz and the Rev. Ben Masurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Kaderka, a retired farmer, died Friday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

A son of the last [sic.] Frank and Mary (Mikes) Kaderka, he was born Aug 22, 1898 in Schulenburg.  He was united in marriage with Veronika Novosad at Fayetteville on October 22, 1922.  He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in LaGrange and of KJT No. 9.
Surviving are his wife of LaGrange; a son and daughter-in-law, Rudolph I and Lillie Kaderka of Houston; two sisters, Mary Gajdusek of Fayetteville and Annie Havran of Sealy; five granddaughters, Betty Will of Humble, Pat Fisher, Susie Simpson, Julie Kaderka, and Sharon Baughman, all of Houston; and five great grandchildren, Melissa and Amy Will of Humble, Cory and Kevin Fisher and Joey Baughman, all of Houston.

Transcribed by Gayle Newkirk


The Fayette County Record, Friday, May 30, 1988


Last rites for Mrs. Veronika Novosad Kaderka, 88, of LaGrange were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville with the Rev. Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Kaderka, a resident of the LaGrange area for 22 years, passed away Tuesday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Fayetteville Jan. 10, 1899, the daughter of the late Joseph and Veronica (Sury) Novosad. She was united in marriage with Frank L. Kaderka who preceded her in death in 1983. Mrs. Kaderka was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in LaGrange, and the Altar Society and KJTZ in Fayetteville.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Rudolph and Lillie Kaderka of Houston; three brothers, Bill Novosad of Houston, Paul Novosad of Baytown, and Raymond Novosad of Crosby; one sister, Annie Stavena of Wharton; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Koenig-Peel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by Gayle Newkirk


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 9, 1958

Frank Kadlecek, 62, Is Suicide At Ammannsville

Funeral services for Frank Kadlecek, 62, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home near Ammannsville last Thursday, were held Saturday afternoon, May 3, at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel in La Grange and Ammannsville Catholic church, with burial here.

Rev. Roman Janak, pastor at Ammannsville, officiated.

Names and addresses of Mr. Kadlecek's relatives are unknown. His wife, the former Miss Alma Guthmann, whom he married Nov. 20, 1928, at Ammannsville, died September 26, 1957.

Justice of the Peace Chas. A. Eilers of Schulenburg gave a coroner's verdict of suicide after Mr. Kadlecek was found dead.

He had farmed all his life and was a World War I veteran.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Nov 1911

The four year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Kahnek [Kahanek] was burned to death Tuesday last and the little remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at St. John Saturday at two p. m. Rev. A. Mathis officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lubbock Avalanche, Monday, October 25, 1971

HOUSTON—Eugene A. Kahanek, 53, a former Lubbock resident, died at his home here Saturday following a lengthy illness.

Funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Waltrip Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with the Rev. Don Hurley officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Kahanek moved to Houston three years ago from Lubbock where he had resided 10 years. He had resided at 4315 37th St. in Lubbock while serving as a special representative for the Addressograph-Multigraph Corp.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughter, Mrs. Connie Spivey of Tulsa, Okla., and Becky of the home; two sons, Gary E. and Glenn A., both of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. F. E. Hightower of Schulenburg and Mrs. A. B. Gregory of Marble Falls; and three grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, May 10, 2012

Frances Minnie Mazoch Kahanek, age 87 years, 5 months, 14 days, died at Regency Nursing Center in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 5.

The funeral was set for Wednesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating and interment in the church cemetery. Named to serve as pallbearers were grandsons Nicholas Kahanek and Adam Kahanek, Brian Kalinec and Matthew Kalinec; great-grandson Connor Young; and nephew Charles Schulz.

Rosary was said on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Eddie Winkler.
Born at Swiss Alp on Dec. 21, 1924, she was the daughter of Raymond and Pauline (Thuemler) Mazoch. On Nov. 12, 1940, she married Eugene Daniel Kahanek at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Hostyn. After her marriage and World War II, she lived in Rosenberg from 1946-55 and 1961-71, and Ammannsville from 1955-61 and 1971 until moving to Regency. She worked as a waitress at Frank's in Schulenburg, Bill Williams in Richmond and Oakridge in Schulenburg. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Ammannsville and the Catholic Daughters.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Kalinec and husband Bill of Houston; two sons, Leroy Kahanek and wife Mary of Dallas, and Allen Kahanek and wife Kerry of Graham, N.C.; a sister, Helen Walger of Rosenberg; a sister-in-law, Mabel Mazoch of Houston; a brother-in-law, Edgar Schulz of La Grange; six grandchildren; Nicholas and Adam Kahanek, Brian and Matthew Kalinec, Tara Kanady and Erin Kahanek; five great-grandchildren, Connor Young, Caleb Cowen, Gracie Kanady, Hayden Kanady and Ethan Kalinec; and 12 nieces and 10 nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of 31 years; a sister, Evelyn Schulz; and a brother, Lawrence Mazoch

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 2009, page 3

Ida Kahanek

Ida Kahanek, age 95 years, 1 month, 11 days, passed away on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at a Port Lavaca nursing home after a six-year illness. She was a longtime Schulenburg resident.

The funeral was held Monday, Nov. 9 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Rosary was said on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Kosler.

Born at St. John on Sept. 26, 1914, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Kalmus) Schramek. She attended school at St. John. Her marriage to Jerome Kahanek took place at St. John. She lived in the Schulenburg area for 87 years and operated a cafe with her husband. She also worked at the Stanzel model airplane factory. She was a member of the Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Rowland Harvey; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome W. and Skippy Kahanek; four grandchildren, Laura Kahanek, Elizabeth Martin, Barrett Harvey and wife Katie, and Tiffany McFarland and husband Jacob; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Martin, Aiden Harvey and Emerson Harvey.

Her parents, husband, one sister and four brothers preceded her in death.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 April 1917, page 1

From Moravia

April 17.

Am sorry to report the death of little Isabelle Kahanek, which sad event occurred at Velehrod [sic] Saturday evening, burial taking place at Schulenburg. Peace to her ashes.

[later in same issue]

The only daughter of Emil Kahanek and wife, little Elizabeth [sic.], died at their home near Vehlarod [sic] Saturday after a sickness of six months. Burial took place in the City Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Many friends of the sorrowing parents extend sympathy to them in the loss of their little one.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, December 15, 1966

Schulenburg – Jim L. Kahanek, former resident of the St. John community, passed away at the Czech Catholic Rest Home in Hilje Friday, Dec. 2, 1966 after suffering a heart attack. He had attained the age of 81 years, 11 months and 11 days.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Sunday, December 4, at 10 a.m. with continued services at St. John Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Edward C. Bartsch officiated at the Requiem Mass and graveside services with burial in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jerome W. Kahanek, Ronnie and Willie J. Knesek, grandsons; L. J. and Eugene Kahanek and Eustace Krupala, nephews.

Mr. Kahanek, retired farmer, was born December 21, 1884 at St. John as the son of the late Anton and Johana (Michna) Kahanek. In 1908 he was united in marriage at St. John to Julia Krupala and the couple settled in St. John.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Willie J. (Marcella) Knesek of Rosenberg; a son, Jerome Kahanek of Schulenburg; two half-sisters, Miss Martha Kahanek and Mrs. Anne Seidenberger, both of Schulenburg; 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchidren.

Four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, Monday, January 5, 1925

The body of Mrs. Julia Kahanek, 40, who died at a local hospital Sunday afternoon, was sent to Schulenburg for burial by the Zizik Undertaking Company. Mrs. Kahanek, a resident of Schulenburg, came to San Antonio one week ago for medical attention.

She is survived by her husband, J. Kahanek; son, Jerome; daughter, Marcella; mother, Mrs. Joseph Kruple; four brothers and four sisters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


SPJST Vestnik, February 18, 1981

We, the member of Lodge No. 67, Schulenburg, wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of our beloved sister
who passed away Friday, January 9, 1981, at Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar, terminating a 2 month illness. She had attained the age of 93 years, 10 months and 24 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 12 from the St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Barlow officiating. Interment was in the City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons Patrick Russek, James Russek, John Beseda, Milton Wendel, Jr. and Erwin Javior and a nephew, Bill Hrncir.

The daughter of Valentine and Frances Gallia, she was born February 16, 1887, at Moravia. She married Emil Kahanek 19 October 1907 in Lavaca County. A resident of this country for 73 years, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and SPJST Lodge No. 67 of Schulenburg, and a resident at Colonial Nursing Home, Inc. here at the time of her death.

Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Helen Russek of Lake Jackson; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and a daughter, Isabella Estella.

May she rest in eternal peace.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 March 1922, page 1

Mrs. Vinc Kahanek

Mrs. Vinc Kahanek age 74 one of the fine Bohemian ladies of the Velehrod [sic] community was called to meet her creator Monday morning March 6th at 4 a. m.

Her husband preceded her in death some ten years ago.

She will be buried in the St. John Cemetery Friday morning at 10 a. m. She was the mother of 14 children thirteen of who [sic] are left to mourn her loss they are: Mrs. Clara Vavrin, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Mary Cizek, Shiner; Mrs. Annie Petrash, Houston, Mrs. Carolina Matush, Shiner; Mrs. Julia Krupala, Velehrad; Frank Kahanek, Smithville; Ludvik Kahanek, St. John; Anton Kahanek, Swiss Alp; Joseph Kahanek, Shiner; Albert Kahanek, Velehrad; Emil Kahanek, Velehrad; and Rudolph Kahanek, St. John.

The Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy to these her children in their sad hour.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1968

Rudolph Kahanek

Advocate News Service
SCHULENBURG — Funeral for Rudolph Kahanek, 75, of Schulenburg who died Feb. 3 at a Weimar hospital following a three weeks illness, was held Feb. 6 at
10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church.

The Rev. Sigmund Wojcichowski officiated at the Requiem Mass and at graveside services.

Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

His grandsons served as pallbearers.

Mr. Kahanek was born April 7, 1892, at Velehrad community, the son of the late Vince and mary Michana [Michna?] Kahanek. he was a retired farmer and a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Kahanek of Schulenburg; three
daughters, Mrs. Joe (Ida) Kobza of Schulenburg, Mrs. Edgar (Stella) Staha of Port Lavaca, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Mahicek of Point Comfort; a sister, Mrs. Julie Krupala; a brother, Emil Kahanek, both of Schulenburg; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, Tuesday, July 26, 1910


Vincent Kahanek, a wealthy farmer, died at his home eight miles from Schulenburg Saturday morning. Deceased was 67 years old. Immigrated in 1967 from Austria Bohemia. He is survived by his wife, his brother, Anton Kahanek Sr. and thirteen grown children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1910

Vinc Kahanek of Novarod [Novohrad] died Friday and was buried at the St. John cemetery Saturday Rev. Neubert officiating. Mr. Kahanek was 73 years of age. The Sticker extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 22 Apr 1903, page 1

Charles Kahlden Dead.

LaGrange, Texas, April 16. – Mr. Charles Kahlden of this city, who was taken sick in Weimar a few days ago, while on a visit to relatives, died in that city this morning. Mr. Kahlden was 51 years of age at the time of his death and had been a sufferer from Bright’s disease for several years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. The remains will be brought to this city this evening, and the funeral will occur from the family residence at nine o’clock tomorrow morning.

Mr. Chas. Kahlden was the father of Mr. W. [illegible; presumably Kahlden] of this city.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1964, page 1

Charles Kahlden Succumbs at 87; Buried Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Charles Kahlden, 87, longtime resident of the Osage section, who died at 2:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

Rev. F. H. Horak officiated in servcies at Hubbard Funeral Home here and at the graveside in Brandt Cemetery.

Born September 30, 1876, near La Grange, he was the son of Hans and Christiana Heine Kahlden. He married Miss Minna Brandt at Holman on Jan. 3, 1899, and they lived at Holman two years before moving to the Osage section which has been their home for 63 years.

His widow survives, along with six sons, Otto, Emil and R. W. Kahlden of Weimar, Hugo Kahlden of Schulenburg, Werner Kahlden of Columbus, and Arthur Kahlden of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Edgar (Erna) Klockmann of Del Rio, Mrs. Henry (Martha) Chollet of Dickinson and Mrs. Joe Freis of Weimar; 31 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Eva Brandt of Columbus; four half-sisters, Mrs. Annie Hines of California, Mrs. Jessie Hunt of Vernon, Mrs. Hazel Chaffin of Brownwood and Mrs. Ella Thompson of Farwell; and one half-brother, Dee Kahlden of Ryan, Oklahoma. A half-sister preceded him in death.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 11 Apr 1974, page 4

Mrs. M. Kahlden Expires at 98

Funeral services for Mrs. Minna Johanna Kahlden, who died at her home at 7:15 a.am. Friday, April 5, at the age of 98, were held Sunday from Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Robt. N. Crawford officiating.

Mrs. Kahlden, a native of Oldenburg, Germany, had lived in the Weimar area for 86 years. Born February 18, 1876, she was the daughter of Eilert and Wilhelmine Brandt, who brought her here as a child and were among the earliest settlers of the area north of Weimar.

She was married to Charlie Kahlden on January 3, 1899, and they lived at Holman two years before moving to Osage section, where they had lived since. Mr. Kahlden died in 1964. A son, Emil, and two infants also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Kahlden is survived by five sons, Otto of Weimar, Hugo of Schulenburg, and Werner, R. W. and Arthur of Columbus; three daughters, Mrs. Erna Klockmann of La Grange, Mrs. Martha Chollett of Dickinson and Mrs. Lillie Freis of Weimar; 30 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Kervy Kahlden, Gaylon Kahlden, Glenn Klockmann, Wilbert Heger, Harvey Kahlden and Allen Kahlden.

Minna Kahlden was buried in the Brandt Cemetery. Transcribed by Cathleen Witt Dunne


Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1983, p. 9

Kahlden Funeral Sept. 15

Funeral services for Robert W. (Bill) Kahlden, 75, of Columbus were held Thursday, Sept. 15, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Brandt Cemetery at Holman. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Kahlden, a farmer and lifelong resident of the Weimar-Columbus area, died Sept. 13 at Columbus Community Hospital, where he had been a patient for two weeks. He had been ill about six months.

Born July 20, 1908, in the Osage community, he was a son of Charles and Minna (Brandt) Kahlden.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Joyce Pesl of Austin, Mrs. Sandra Guilbeau and Mrs. Susan Koen of Houston, and Mrs. Theresa Jordan of Chicago; 12 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Erna Klockmann of LaGrange, Mrs. Lillie Freis of Weimar, and Mrs. Martha Chollett of Dickinson; and four brothers, Werner and Arthur Kahlden of Columbus, Otto Kahlden of Weimar, and Hugo Kahlden of Schulenburg.

Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Matthew Pesl, Vance Pesl, Thomas More Pesl and Sam Pesl, and nephews Leon Kahlden and Otto E. Kahlden. A daughter, Virginia, and a brother, Emil, preceded him in death.

Transcribed bySandra Long Anders


Banner Press Newspaper, January 21, 1993:


April 2, 1903 - January 7, 1993

Services for Emma C. Kahlich, 89, of Schulenburg were held Jan. 9 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg with Monsignor Harry Mazurkiewicz of La Grange officiating.

Monsignor Stanley Petru of Hostyn gave the homily and Sister Beatrice Kainer, CDP, of San Antonio, a niece, was the reader.

A rosary was led by seminarian Greg Korenek on Jan. 8 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Burial followed at St. Rose Cemetery in Schulenburg.

Kahlich died Jan. 7 at Monument Hill Nursing Center in La Grange.

She was born in Hackberry, Texas, on April 2, 1903, the daughter of Adolph and Sophie Butschek Christ.

She attended Andrews Chapel School and St. Rose School.

On Nov. 23, 1925, she married Alfred J. Kahlich of Schulenburg at St. Rose Church in Schulenburg.

She was baptized at St. Rose and was a lifelong parishioner.

In addition, she lived in Schulenburg all of her married life. She was a homemaker and member of the St. Rose Catholic Daughters of the Americas and St. Rose Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Ida Adamek and Rosie Demel; a brother, Adolph H. Christ; and a son-in-law, Frank J. Guenther, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Dolores Guenther of La Grange and Bernice and Alvin J. Havel of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Anton (Anna) Kainer of High Hill; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Alfred B. and Annie Christ of Rosenberg, Emil H. and Olivia Christ of Schulenburg and Frances Kahlich of Slaton; five grandsons and their wives, Philip and Kathy Guenther of Schulenburg, Thomas and Frances Guenther of La Grange, Jim and Joanna Guenther of Austin, Mike and Kathy Havel of Dallas and John and Donna Havel of San Antonio; four granddaughters and their husbands, Mary Kay and Tom Kohutek of Weatherford, Judy and Larry Franke and Annette Guenther, all of Houston, and Nancy and Daniel Winkler of Schulenburg; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Philip Guenther and Daniel Winkler, both of Schulenburg, Thomas Guenther of LaGrange, Jim Guenther of Austin, Larry Franke and Chris Franke, both of Houston, Mike Havel of Dallas, John Havel of San Antonio and Tom Kohutek of Weatherford.

Memorials may be made to St. Rose Church, St. Rose School or the charity of your choice.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, directors.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Weimar Mercury, March 26, 1970, page 5

Rice Professor Hangs Himself At Fayette Farm

Dr. Robert L. Kahn, 46, of Houston, head of the German Department at Rice University since 1964, was found hanging from a tree at his farm near Round Top, Fayette County, late Sunday.

He was found about 600 yards from his weekend home at about 5 p.m. A search party had been organized after his wife reported his unexplained absence of several hours.

Dr. Kahn was a native of Nuremberg, Germany. He had come to Rice from the University of Washington.

He was buried Wednesday afternoon at the Florida Cemetery near Round Top.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 11 Feb 1899, page 3

LaGrange, Texas, February 8.—Adolf Kainer, a youth of 15 years, died this morning at 1 o'clock from an attack of la grippe. He had been unconscious for some days, and last Sunday night, while in that condtion, wandered out of his room, escaping the attention of those watching over him, and was found in the yard lying in the cold. He was an admirable and universally liked boy.


Star-Monitor-Herald, Sunday, August 10, 1941

SCHULENBURG—Funeral services were held at the High Hill community Saturday for Adolph Kainer, Jr., 53, doorkeeper of the Texas Senate, who died Thursday at a Schulenburg hospital after a long illness.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1997

Alfred “Buck” Kainer Services Held January 2

Services were held for Alfred “Buck” Kainer, 84, of La grange on Thursday, Jan 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La grange with Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial followed at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Holman.

Kainer died on Dec. 30 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1912 to Emil and Hilda (Helmcamp) Kainer in Fayette County. He married Helen Marie Petras in Holman on Oct 18, 1937.

He lived his entire lifetime in Fayette County. Kainer was retired from the Texas Highway Department. He was affiliated with Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a member of the Texas Retired Employees Assn.

Survivors include one daughter, Marlene Renfrow of La Grange; two sons, Robert Kainer of Houston and William Kainer of Austin; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one sister, Elma Mazoch of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his wife and one brother.

Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, March 21, 2002


Anna Bergetta Kainer, 93, succumbed Saturday morning, March 9, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar, after being hospitalized for two weeks. She had been in declining health for the past several months.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill. Visitation was held at the church from 9:15 a.m. until service time. The Rev. Tim Kosler, pastor, was celebrant of the Mass of the Resurrection, and concelebrants were Msgr. George Stuebben of San Antonio and Rev. Octavio Muguerza of Sealy. Acolytes were Carmela and Marianna Prihoda.

Lectors were Deborah Miksch of Round Rock, granddaughter; Denise Hanslik of Victoria, granddaughter; and Daniel Kainer Jr. of Montgomery, grandson. The offertory gifts were presented by great-granddaughters Brandy Bosl of Houston, Ashley Miksch of Round Rock and Kendra Hanslik of Victoria. Virginia Pikington of College Station, organist, accompanied the St. Mary's Church choir in singing the Mass responsorials and appropriate hymnal selections.

Preceding the conclusion of the Mass, Denise Hanslik and Daniel Kainer Jr. gave touching tributes to "Grandma Kainer."

Rite of Committal followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, with Rev. Kosler officiating. Honoring Mrs. Kainer as casket bearers were grandsons Ronald Bohac of Schulenburg, Larry Fritsch of Cypress, Kenny Fritsch of Katy, Daniel Kainer Jr. of Montgomery, and Kevin Kainer of Rosharon; and grandson-in-law Dennis Miksch of Round Rock. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Hanslik of Victoria, Christopher Snowden of Magnolia and James McElroy of Forney, grandsons-in-law.

Recitation of the parish rosary was held Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home and St. Anne's Society members recited a rosary at the church prior to services. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Anna Bergetta Christ Kainer was born on July 15, 1908 in Hackberry, Lavaca County. She was the sixth of seven children born to Adolph Christ, Sr. and Sophie Butschek Christ. Her parents, who were immigrants from East Austria, came to the United States at an early age. She received her education at Hackberry School, where she completed seven grades. While preparing for her First Communion, she attended St. Mary's School in High Hill and resided with her oldest brother, Adolph Christ, and family. On Oct. 1, 1929, she married Anton W. Kainer at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with Rev. F. X. Wolf officiating. They made their home in Hackberry for three years before moving to the High Hill community, where they lived for the rest of their entire married life. On Oct. 1, 1979, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

She was a devout member of St. Mary's Catholic Church at High Hill and a dedicated member of St. Anne's Society. Following the death of her husband on June 4, 1982, she continued residing on the family farm with her son, Wilfred Kainer, until October 1993, when she took up residence at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center.

Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Sister Beatrice Kainer of San Antonio, Harriet and John Bohac of Schulenburg, Dolores and L. H. Fritsch of Sealy, and Gloria Ann and Clement Cernosek of Houston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Helen Kainer, and Hubert and Helen Kainer, all of Houston; and nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Wilfred Kainer, on March 24, 1996; three sisters, Ida Adamek, Rosa Demel and Emma Kahlich; and three brothers, Adolph Christ, Alfred B. Christ, and Emil Christ.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1969

SCHULENBURG—Funeral Mass for Mrs. Anna Kainer, 76, will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Catholic Church. Burial will follow at High Hill Catholic Cemetery under direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Kainer, a lifelong resident of Schulenburg, died Monday at a Houston hospital.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Annie Fietsam of Schulenburg, Mrs. Marie Kelly of South Houston, and Sister Romanus and Sister Sarah, both of Our Lady of the Lake, San Antonio; three sons, Charles and Leo Kainer of San Antonio and Joe Kainer of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Adela Nelson of Natalia and Mrs. Hedwig Keller of San Antonio; two brothers, Charles and Henry Klesel of Schulenburg, and 22 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 5, 1932


This (Tuesday) morning the sad news was received that Mrs. Emil Kainer of this vicinity had passed unto her reward. She underwent an operation at Mineral Wells a few weeks ago and was reported to be doing finely, so her husband, Mr. Kainer, returned home with the exception that his dear wife would soon be able to return home. Monday news was received that Mrs. Kainer was very ill and Mr. Kainer and his step-son, Albert Teichmann, left immediately for that point. Tuesday morning other news was received that Mrs. Kainer had passed away. At this writing it is not known if deceased will be brought here for burial or will be buried at Mineral Wells in which section most of Mrs. Kainer’s relatives live. Mrs. Kainer was a good wife, a lovable neighbor and friend, and we extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, children, relatives and friends.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Monday, January 29, 1934

LA GRANGE, Tex., Jan. 28.—Mrs. Anna Kainer, 83, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Von Rosenberg, Wednesday night. Funeral services were held Friday.

Five children, Mrs. George Mauer of San Francisco, Cal., Mrs. A. E. Von Rosenberg and Mrs. Alfred J. Heintze of La Grange, Charles Kainer of Beaumont and Ed Kainer of La Grange, survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 1, 1934

Grandmother Kainer Passes Painlessly Across the Divide

Wednesday evening, at 8:45 o’clock, Grandmother Annie Kainer answered the summons, and as if drifting into natural sleep, calmly left the scenes of the day and journeyed hence.  A death that was peaceful, was inspiring; she seemed to realize that her journey to another world was on.  At the time of her passing her spiritual adviser, Rev. S. A. Zientek, priest in charge of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, her niece, Miss Annie Kainer of High Hill, and her daughter, Mrs. Louise Heinze were at her bedside; Dr. F. J. Guenther, family physician, was also present.

Mrs. Kainer had been in delicate health for many months, yet in her daily life, she maintained her disposition to carry on, and was the recipient of careful nursing and attention from her daughter, Mrs. Martha Rosenberg and her niece, Miss Kainer.  For Comfort she never suffered, and although such moments of irritation materialized, and frequency of early memories throttled her vision, she remained the same, kind, “Mutter” Kainer that has characterized her kindness to others in the many years she lived in La Grange.

Death designated its approach as it wills; last Wednesday the day was ideal, real Spring, the mocking bird perched on the trellace near the Rosenberg home and sang lustily; Mrs. Kainer occupied a cozy seat on the porch and for once, with all indications good, her daughter absented herself with her husband from home; before their return the voice of the mother became silent.  The homecoming, after a few hour’ absence may be surmised, in its touching effect.

Friday morning religious services were held at the home, the body was taken to the Sacred Heart church, mass was held and Rev. Zientek, in calm voice and much affected, paid a worthy tribute to the departed woman.  Inspiring were his words as he pictured her neighborly life and friendliness to others; not for worldly gain, or prestige, but for the pleasure that it gave her to do something for others.  Such was the life she had lived, and at a sacrifice to herself.  The body was buried at the side of her husband who had preceded her in 1907.

Coming to America when a mere child, with her parents, Mrs. Kainer spent her childhood days in Fayette County near to High Hill.  Here, after she grew to womanhood she was united in marriage with Jos. Kainer, and the union was blessed with nine children.  The family came to La Grange in 1898, from Schulenburg, and continued to reside here.  Adolph, a son died in 1899; Jos. The eldest son, died as the result of injuries received in an automobile wreck in 1923.  One child died in infancy, another at the age of fourteen years.  The mother bore these afflictions with a fortitude that was to be admired.  When old age came to her, and the management of her hostelry became too heavy, she discontinued the Kainer Hotel and made her home with daughter, where she continued to live until she passed to her reward.

Mrs. Kainer is survived by the following children: Mrs. Geo (Anna) Mauer of San Francisco, California; Mrs. Alf J. (Louise) Heintze, Mrs. Alex E. (Martha) Von Rosenberg and Edw. Kainer of La Grange, and Chas. Kainer of Beaumont.  There are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Mrs. Kainer was 83 years, 7 months and 19 days old when her earthly journey ended.

Inclement as was the weather on the morning of Friday, the friends of the family gathered and p aid their last respects, accompanied the body to the Sacred Heart Church and to the cemetery.  Weather conditions may have significance, we do not know, but as the thunder roared and the rain fell, the voice of her spiritual adviser came clear and strong, and acquiescence was the more pronounced, to His will.  It may also be mentioned, in form as reference, that Mrs. Kaiser died shortly after her last, beautiful prayer; at each day’s close, she uttered the same prayer: “I want to go home.”  May it not be said: “Her prayer was heard?”

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 20 Oct 1944, page 1

Father of Weimar Lady Is Killed in Fall From Tree

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 13, for Edward F. A. Kainer, 56, of the Praha community, at the Praha Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Anders officiating. Interment was made in the Praha Cemetery.

Mr. Kainer was instantly killed when he fell from a pecan tree Tuesday of last week. He and his daughter, Mrs. B. J. Cernoch of Weimar, were pecan gathering on the Kainer place. Mr. Kainer had climbed a tree to knock down some nuts, and after some time he stated he believed he would rest awhile. His daughter proceeded to pick up the pecans that had fallen and all of a sudden her father fell from the tree. It is presumed he either dozed off for a minute or two or had a heart attack.

Mr. Kainer was born Sept. 13, 1888, at High Hill, a son of the late Edward and Emelie Kainer. He was a farmer by occupation. He was united in marriage to Miss Wilhemina Pavlos in the year 1911. His wife died on the same day and month fourteen years ago.

He was a member of the Catholic Church, the K. J. T. Lodge of Praha and St. Joseph Society of High Hill.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. B. J. Cernoch; one son, Edward Kainer; two sisters, Miss Clara Kainer of Houston and Mrs. Joe Grohmann of Nebraska; one brother, Herman Kainer of Schulenburg.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


Edward Frank Kainer, died Aug. 1, at Flatonia, age 55 years, 2 months and 1 day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Edwin T. Kainer

Edwin T. Kainer, age 92 years, 4 months, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Saturday, Dec. 11 after a short illness. He formerly resided on Simpson Street.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment took place in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Nelson Kainer, Robert Kainer, Eugene Oeding, Lee Oeding, Joe Vastin and Billy Collins. Named as honorary pallbearer was great-grandson Alex Kainer.

A parish rosary was said on Monday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by the Rev. Kosler.

Born at High Hill on Aug. 13, 1918, he was the son of Theo and Mary (Wagner) Kainer. He attended school at High Hill. On June 24, 1941, he married Agnes Ganzer at High Hill. Mr. Kainer worked for Portland Cement for 27 years. He resided in Houston for 32 years, and in Schulenburg from 1981 until his death. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Nelson and Sharon Kainer of Schulenburg; two grandson, Nelson Kainer and wife Rachael, and Robert Kainer and wife Judy; and two grandchildren, Alex and Sasha Kainer.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, a granddaughter and a sister.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, January, 1989

Emil Frank Kainer, 79, of Houston, passed away Monday [January 2, 1989], at his home in Houston.

Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Albina Kainer, Houston. Children and their spouses, Emil T. and Dorothy Kainer, Spring, Evelyn and Louis Endris, San Marcos, Adrienne and Paul Hunsucker, Katy, Frank and Ann Kainer, Houston. Nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. One sister, Clara Christ, Schulenburg, Texas.

Mr. Kainer had been a Houston resident for nearly 60 years.

Body will lie in state at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy with Rev. Milam E. Kleas, celebrant. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. Rose Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas.

Death date from Findagrave.com. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 14 Jun 1935, page 1

Estimable Lady Dies in San Antonio Hospital

Relatives here received the sad tidings Sunday that Mrs. Emelia Kainer, beloved wife of Mr. Joe Kainer, a well known farmer residing in the Middle Creek section, a few miles northwest of Weimar, had died in a San Antonio hospital.

The remains were forwardeed to Schulenburg, thence to the family residence, and from there Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock were taken to the High Hill Cemetery for interment.

Mrs. Kainer was a native of High Hill, and was 56 years of age at time of death. She had been in ill health for some time past. She was taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment about a week ago, but it was of no avail.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Joe Kainer, one son, Robert Kainer, two daughters, Miss Selma Kainer of home and Mrs. Louis Banse of Weimar; also four brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Kainer was a most estimable lady, highly regarded by all who knew her, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

San Antonio Express, Sunday, June 16, 1935

SCHULENBURG, June 15.—Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Kainer, 56, resident of the High Hill section, a few miles north of here, were held yesterday. Rev. H. Gerlach officiated, and interment was in the High Hill Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Joe Kainer; her mother, Mrs. Frank Bednarz; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Banse of Weimar and Miss Selma Kainer of high Hill; three sisters, Mrs. Tina Berger, Mrs. Frances Demel and Mrs. Otillia Kalich, all of this section; four brothers, John, Rudolph, Otto and Willie Bednarz, and two grandchildren.

Emelia Kainer was the daughter of Frank Joe and Mary (Blaschke) Bednarz. San Antonio Express obituary contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 15, 1934

Ferdinand Kainer Dies Thursday, Feb. 8 From Old Injuries

Ferdinand A. Kainer, aged about 60 years, died at  the La Grange Hospital last Thursday, February 8, from injuries received about one year ago, when a team he as driving ran away and caused him to be thrown out of the wagon.  At the time of his injuries he was brought to the Hospital and given the necessary attention and returned home, apparently well.

Last Thursday he was returned to the Hospital for treatment, and operation deemed necessary and from the effects of that shock he failed to rally as hoped for.  The body was taken to his home in the Middle Creek section near Schulenburg, where funeral services were held Saturday, with interment at the High Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Kainer was a highly respected farmer of the High Hill section and to his family and friends, his passing created much sorrow.  To the bereaved wife and children, the Journal offers its sincere sympathy in their hour of grief.

La Grange Journal, February 15, 1934

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, February 8, of acute colongitis, Ferdinand A. Kainer, Schulenburg, Rt. 7; aged 57 years, 1 month and 12 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 March 1910


Died at his home near our city, Wednesday, March 2nd Mr. Franz Kainer, aged 70 years.

Mr. Kainer came to this country about 42 years ago and has resided near Schulenburg about 30 years.

It was not the writer’s good fortune to know him very well but the few times it was our pleasure to meet him we were most favorably impressed by his kind and genial manner and we feel that those who knew him well will sadly miss his kindly smile and friendly greeting; will long in vain to hear the ring of his jovial laughter and to feel again his genial presence.

He was a loving husband, a kind and indulgent father and a good neighbor.

The funeral services were held at the Catholic church Friday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Father Mathis officiating. His remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place in St. Rose’s cemetery. And thus passeth away another old and highly esteemed citizen.

To the surviving wife and eight children, four sons and four daughters the Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 28, 1955

Joe Kainer, 83, Buried, High Hill

Funeral services for Joe Kainer, 83, were held at High Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Anself Spacey officiating. Burial was in High Hill Catholic Cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alois Banse of Weimar and Miss Selma Kainer of Schulenburg; a son, Robert Kainer of Schulenburg; two brothers, Frank and Adolph Kainer of Schulenburg; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Kloesel of Weimar, Mrs. Ludmilla Teltschik of New Braunfels and Mrs. Annie Brossmann of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, March 2, 1910

Josef Kainer, 75 years of age, living about three miles north of Schulenburg, died last Saturday and was buried at Dubina the next day.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PORT LAVACA - Leo Joseph Kainer passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. He was born in Schulenburg, TX (High Hill) on April 25, 1928.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jeanine Kainer; daughters, Jocelyn (Dan) Fall and Rajeana (Jeff ) Thomas; brothers, Leonard (Joyce) Kainer of Katy, TX and Erwin (Marie) Kainer of Northfield, MN; grandchildren, Jordan (John) Forest, Donovan Fall, Rachel Thomas and Michael Thomas. He also leaves behind his beloved nieces and nephews and their children.

He is preceded in death by his father, Erwin Frank Kainer and mother, Mary Ann (Muenster) Kainer; brother, Robert Kainer.

Leo loved to tell the stories of his years in the Merchant Marines, after which he became a gang foreman on the Southern Pacific Railroad as they laid track for the conversion of the steam engine trains to a diesel locomotive. He then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 with an Honorable Discharge in 1961.

Leo moved to Calhoun County in 1955. He was co-owner of Auto Parts and Machine Company, served for over 35 years as a Calhoun County Port Commissioner, served over 35 years on the Soil and Water Conservation District and was a member of the Port Lavaca Evening Lions Club for over 42 years. While living in Olivia, he was so proud of helping to develop the Olivia Fire Department. He loved his community and served in many ways through community service and by cooking for event fund raisers for non-profit and charitable organizations.

Leo was a Christian man who loved the Lord and was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. He was an outdoorsman and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He shared this passion with family and many friends.

Leo and Jeanine moved to West Melbourne, Florida in November 2013.

Port Lavaca Funeral Services are as follows: Friday, December 19th, Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home: Visitation 5:00pm-7:00pm, Rosary at 7:00pm.; Saturday, December 20th: Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church; Funeral Mass 10:00 am; Burial: High Hill Catholic Cemetery at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church Capital Campaign or to Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School.

Richardson Colonial Funeral

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Brownwood Bulletin, May 26, 2006

Leona Viola Kainer

SCHULENBURG - Funeral Mass for Leona Viola Kainer, 88, of Brownwood, formerly of Schulenberg, will be at 10 a.m. today in St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill, with burial to follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Funeral and Cremation Services of Early.

Mrs. Kainer died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 8, 1918, in High Hill to Emil and Emilie Blaschke Demel.

She was married to Alfons Kainer on Nov. 6, 1943, in Schulenburg. He preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2005.

Survivors include four daughters, Clementine Lampe of Fort Worth, Patricia Barcak of Rockdale, Valerie Davis of Early and Barbara Sager of League City; one son, Alfons Kainer Jr. of Houston; three sisters, Minnie Urich of Pasedena, Pauline Burley of California and Millie Cernosek of Pasedena; one brother, Alton Demel of High Hill; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, step-mother, one brother and one sister.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 14, 1961

Mrs. Edwin Peter's Mother Buried At High Hill

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank A. Kainer, 76, of Schulenburg, mother of Mrs. Edwin Peter of Weimar, were held April 1 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, High Hill, with burial in the church cemetery.

She died March 29 at Colonial Rest Home after an illness of about two years.

Mrs. Kainer was born at Schulenburg Dec. 14, 1884, the daughter of Ferdinand and Anna Klesel. She was married to Mr. Kainer Oct. 22, 1907, and they settled near Schulenburg. Mrs. Kainer was a member of St. Mary's Church and St. Anne's Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Joe Christ of Schulenburg, Mrs. Peter here and Mrs. Joe Steinle of San Antonio; three sons, Emil F. Kainer of Houston, Edwin H. Kainer of Schulenburg and Victor J. Kainer of Pasadena; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Meyer, Mrs. Theresa Schoener, Mrs. Annie Dittrich, Mrs. Rudolph Grohmann and Mrs. Fred Kunz all of Schulenburg; two brothers, Henry and Frank Klesel, both of Schulenburg; 22 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 10 Oct 1892, page 3

Rudolph Kainer, son of Jos. Kainer, proprietor of the City hotel, died last Sunday, and after funeral services at the Catholic church, was buried in the Catholic cemetery. He was a young man, some 18 years of age, well liked by his associates, and his funeral was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends.—Schulenburg cor. LaGrange Journal


Weimar Mercury, 30 Jun 1944, page 1

Centenarian of Fayette County Passes Away

Mrs. Theresia Kainer of the Ammannsville community passed away June 15 at the ripe old age of 99 years, 2 months and 27 days. The remains were interred in the High Hill Cemetery following services at St. Mary's Church at High Hill, with Msgr. H. Gerlach officiating.

Theresia Kloesel Kainer was born in Austria, Europe, in the year 1845. At the age of 25 she was united in marriage to Anton S. Kainer. The couple came to America in 1871 and settled in Fayette county. Her husband preceder her in death in 1928.

Mrs. Kainer had been in excellent health until a few weeks ago when she fell and broke her hip. She never recovered from the injury.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Mary Kloesel of Schulenburg, Mrs. Ludmilla Teltschik of Weimar, Mrs. Annie Brossmann of Ammannsville; four sons, Anton, Joe, Adolph and Frank A. Kainer of Schulenburg; 65 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence.


From a March 1996 news clipping:


Wilfred Anton Kainer, a resident of the High Hill community most of his life, died Sunday morning, March 24, 1996 in Faith Memorial Nursing Home, Pasadena. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure. He was 65 years, 7 months, 5 days.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill. The Rev. Edward Bartsch, pastor, officiated at the Funeral Mass and con-celebrants were the Rev. Tim Kosler of Schulenburg and the Msgr. B. J. Zientek of Sealy.

Pallbearers were nephews Ronald Bohac of Schulenburg; Danny Kainer of Conroe; Kenneth Fritsch, Kevin Kainer and Chris Snowden, all of Houston; and Kenneth Hanslik of Victoria. Honorary pallbearers were friends Adolph Ulrich Jr. and Paul Kohlleppel, both of High Hill.

Rosary, led by Victor Krischke of High Hill, was recited Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel. St. Joseph's Society held a prayer service after the rosary. Preceding the rosary, memorial services under the auspices of Schulenburg American Legion, McBride Post #143, were conducted by Commander Elroy Dieringer.

Born in Hackberry, Lavaca County, on Aug. 19, 1930, he was the son of Anton W. and Anna B. (Christ) Kainer. At an early age, he moved to the High Hill community and attended St. Mary's Parochial School.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from February 6, 1952, until his honorable discharge on January 7, 1954.

After returning from the service, he engaged in farming and ranching until suffering a heart attack in October 1994. He had made his home with family members in Houston and Sealy until December 1995 when he was hospitalized at Veterans Hospital in Houston. He had resided at the nursing home for the past month.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church at High Hill, St. Joseph's Society and a 25-year member of Schulenburg American Legion, McBride Post 143.

Survivors include his mother, Anna B. Kainer of Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Sister Beatrice Ann Kainer, CDP, OLL Convent, San Antonio, Harriet and John Bohac of Schulenburg, Dolores and Lyttleton Fritsch of Sealy and Gloria Ann and Clement Cernosek of Houston; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Helen Kainer, and Hubert and Helen Kainer, all of Houston; one aunt, Martha Kainer of Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home; one uncle, Alfred B. Christ of Rosenberg; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

His father preceded him in death on June 4, 1982.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The La Grange Journal
March 26,1936 pg.2

Killed in Car Wreck

News came to this village Sunday that Rubin Kaiser, 17-years old son of Paul Kaiser, had been killed in an automobile wreck near Fayetteville, Saturday night. The funeral was held at Fayetteville, Tuesday. The Kaiser family formerly lived in the section, removing from here to Smithville and later to the Fayetteville neighborhood. Our Sincere sympathy is offered to the family, who have many friends in Winchester.

The La Grange Journal, March 26, 1936, pg. 6

Rubin Kaiser

Rubin Kaiser, 17-years old son of Paul Kaiser, was instantly killed in an automobile accident, Saturday night wile en route home from Ellinger, when the automobile in which he and Pete Polasek were riding, turned over. Polasek was seriously injured and taken to the La Grange Hospital.

Funeral services were conducted for Rubin, Tuesday from the home of his father Paul Kaiser, who resides on the farm on Mrs. Johanna Cook; interment was had in the City cemetery in Fayetteville.

Rubin is survived by his father, three sisters and two brothers, to whom we extend our deepest condolence. Rev. A E. Moebus of La Grange officiated.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Apr 2010, page 3

Anton ‘A.J.’ Kalich

Anton J. Kalich, 79, died in Brackenridge Hospital in Austin on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30 a.m. with the family by his side. He was a lifelong resident of Engle.

The funeral service took place on Thursday, April 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Entombment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were five grandsons, Saxon Dittert, Derek Dittert, Josh Kalich, Kaighan Kalich and Trevor Kalich; and nephews, Roy Kalich of Conroe, Tom Dittrich of Houston and Joe Michka of Houston. Honorary pallbearers and offertory gift-bearers were granddaughters Ashley Dittert, Jamie Kalich and Kendra Kalich, and step-grandchildren, Savannah and Colten Flood. Scripture readings and memorial acclamations were read by niece Shirley Michka, and grandchildren Ashley Dittert, Kaighan Kalich and Kendra Kalich. Brother-in-law Forrest Dittrich was the eucharistic minister. A special tribute to him was read by niece Roxanne Dittrich.

The rosary was led by Rev. Kosler on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Kalich was born on April 4, 1931 in Engle on the farm of Anton and Mary (Sternadel) Kalich. Education was provided from attending school in Engle and Schulenburg. On Oct. 18, 1954, he married Georgia Dittrich in St. John’s Catholic Church.

A. J. dearly enjoyed the farm on which he was born, raised and lived up until the time of his death. He really enjoyed being outside and felt most comfortable at his home. He was very fond of the grandchildren and dearly enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Hermann Sons and West Navidad Wildlife Management Association. Recognition from two organizations he deeply enjoyed were being named Honorary Schulenburg FFA Chapter Farmer and Honorary Member of the Schulenburg Young Farmers.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Lonnie Dittert of Schulenburg; four sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Audrey Kalich of Bradenton, Fla.; Mark and Shenann Kalich of Praha, Harold & Susie Kalich of St. John, and Rodney Kalich of Houston; two sisters-in-law, Irene Kalich Svrcula of Schulenburg and and Martha Kalich of Houston; brother-in-law, Forrest Dittrich and wife Ann of St. John; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Hilda Vavra; and three brothers, Ervin, Waldo and Melvin Kalich.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 July 1903, From Engle column

Died Monday at 6 a. m. Mr. Frank Kalich, of consumption. The deceased was a substantial farmer, a member of the Hermans [sic] Sons under whose auspices he was taken to the High Hill cemetery for interment a wife and several small children survive him.

Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Kalich: Died near Flatonia, July 20th-03 of phthis [sic] pulmonalis, Frank Kalich, aged 37 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, January 6, 2012

Harry Wayne Kalich of Schulenburg, age 58 years, 4 months, 27 days, died of cardiac arrest at his residence on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at approximately 4 p.m. The funeral was held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment took place in the Salem Cemetery at Freyburg.

Pallbearers were Allen Roeder of Schulenburg, Curtis Hendricks of Moulton, Ben Dach of Schulenburg and Evan Cantrell of Schulenburg, friends; and David Kalich of Houston and Mark Kalich of Flatonia, cousins. Honorary pallbearers were Bennie Pavlik of Schulenburg and George Berckenhoff of Schulenburg, uncles; Josh Berckenhoff of Tilden, nephew; Gary Ulrich of Weimar, friend; and Jason Ulrich of Schulenburg and William Berckenhoff Jr. of Schulenburg, brothers-in-law.

Born in Weimar on July 16, 1953, he was the son of Gus Sr. and Anna (Umlang) Kalich. He married Sharon Berckenhoff on Dec. 4, 1976 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he lived in Freyburg. At one time, he was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He worked as an ambulance attendant for about 16 years and worked at Kemlon Products as a machinist for 33 years. “He loved to hunt, fish and sit on the porch to watch geese and the fish,” his family writes. “He was willing to help and talk to anyone. We will always remember his smile.”

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gary Kalich and girlfriend Kim of Parkland, Wash. and Erik Kalich of Schulenburg; mother-in-law, Irene Berckenhoff; brother-in-law, William Berckenhoff Jr. and wife Frances; sister-in-law, Connie Ulrich and husband Jason; and nephew, Josh.

Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Gus Kalich Jr., and his father-in-law, William Berckenhoff Sr. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 29 Aug 1930

Fayette County Man Dies at Age of 98

Flatonia, Texas. Aug. 21.—Grandpa Karlich [sic.], age 98, a pioneer citizen of Fayette county, died at his home near Engle. Funeral took place in the Freyberg Cemetery. One daughter, Mrs. Annie Fishbeck of Moulton and four sons, Joe, Stafon, Edward and Anton, survive.


Galveston News, Wednesday, February 3, 1955

HOUSTON, Feb. 2—A 310-pound steel worker was charged with murdering a fellow workman Tuesday after duputy sheriffs halted a hearse carrying the victim's body to burial at Schulenburg.

Held in jail on the murder charge was huge Charles Henry Morrell, 31?, who admitted having an "argument" with the victim and said he hit him during an exchange of blows at work Monday.

Dead was Melvin Kalich, 28, a materials checker at Star Steel Supply Co. He died Monday night at St. Joseph hospital from a fractured skull.

Anton Culak, 34, said he watched terrified as Morrell picked Kalich up bodily when Morrell became enraged, and tossed Kalich to the concrete floor.

A sheriff's office report showed an ambulance was sent to answer a "sick call" at the firm Monday but no further report was made until Tuesday when the victim's brother called for an investigation.

Deputies learned that Kalich's body was en route to Schulenburg for burial and pursued the hearse.

The body was ordered to a Houston funeral home by Justice of the Peace Dave Thompson while he held an inquest. He was expected to order an autopsy.

Brownsville Herald, Friday, July 2, 1956

HOUSTON, July 2—A district court jury, told that the state had failed to prove its murder charge against Charles H. Morrell, deadlocked on whether the man was guilty of aggravated or simple assault late Thursday.

Morrell thus must be tried again on charges he killed Melvin Kalich, 32 [?], by picking him up during a frenzy and hurling him to floor.

Kalich died of a brain concussion about 13 hours after he and Morrell, a husky 300 pounder, had fought at the Star Steel Co., plant where both worked last Feb. 1.

Judge Langston G. King ruled the state had failed to prove its murder charge and said it was up to the jury to decide if Morrell was guilty of aggravated or simple assault. The jury couldn't agree.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


See obituary at WWII Memorials page


Victoria Advocate, June 22, 2000


CONVERSE—Joe G. Kalina, 79, of Converse, and formerly of Praha, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000.

He was born March 13, 1921, in Engle, to the late Frank and Mary Caba Kalina. He was a retired U.S. Army Sergeant and Major E9, having served for 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He was also retired at the U.S. Postal Service in Schertz in 1985 and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

Survivors: wife, Margot Scherf Kalina; daughters, Karen Rathmell of Buda and Diane Lehman of San Antonio; son, Nelson Kalina of San Antonio; sisters, Sister M. Rogata of San Antonio and Julie Pavlicek of Schulenburg; brothers, Jerry Kalina of Moulton and Jim Kalina of Praha; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, Robert Kalina; parents; sisters, Josephine Kalina, Mary Kalina, Mary Kalina Dobias and Sister Rose ''Rebecca'' Kalina; brothers, Matt Kalina, Frank Kalina and the Rev. Francis Kalina.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

Burial will be at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, (361) 865-3311.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 July 1899

DIED. – The three months old infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. Raymon Kallus died last Saturday evening. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery last Sunday afternoon. THE STICKER extends sincere condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 1 Jan 1925, page 1


Mr. Anton D. Kallus, age 67 years, died at his home near the Santa Anna school house last Saturday night at about ten o'clock, after an illness of about two weeks. He had been suffering from dropsy for some time.

Funeral services were held at the Live Oak Hill Catholic Church at ten o'clock Monday and interment made in the Live Oak Hill cemetery.

Mr. Kallus was an old resident of the Santa Anna section, having resided there for some thirty five years. He was one of the substantial farmers of that district.

He is survived by two brothers, one sister, a wife, four sons, Joe, John and Rudolph of Santa Anna and Fritz of Yoakum, six daughters, Mrs. Lillian Schobel and Miss Mary Kallus of Santa Anna, Mrs. Mary Korenek and Mrs. Henrietta Vrazel of Danbury and Mrs. Annie Svrcek and Mrs. Mathilda Zapalac of Fayetteville.

The Citizen extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.


Corpus Christi-Times, Tues., Dec. 6, 1960

The body of Benny John Kallus, 35, will be sent to Schulenburg for funeral services and burial there. Arrangements will be announced by Swenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg.

Kallus, chief petty officer at the Naval Air Station, was killed Sunday night when his auto ran off the highway and overturned 1.3 miles southeast of Corpus Christi on Lexington Boulevard. He was dead on arrival at a local hospital.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Kallus of Schulenburg, and one sister, Janie Kallus of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday July 31, 1938


Bohdan Kallus Dead at Flatonia

FLATONIA, Tex., July 30— Bohdan Kallus, 83, prominent for many years in Czech insurance and fraternal organizations, died here today. His health had been failing several months.

Born at Frenstat, Moravia, Kallus came to Texas in 1888, and subsequently bought the site of the old Rutersville College. He was a charter member of the KJT, Bohemian Catholic Union of Texas, serving as supreme secretary 15 years. He also was active in the R.V.O.S. Farmers Mutual Protective Association of Texas and served as its supreme treasurer more than 15 years.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ann Drapala Kallus, seven sons, Richard and Robert of Hostyn; A. C. and Phillip of Luling; Joe of Flatonia, and Anton of Rutersville, and three daughters, Mrs. Charles Muras of Flatonia; Mrs. C. M. Janda of Hostyn, and Sister Mary Rose, a nun of Victoria.

Funeral services were set for Monday morning at Flatonia, with burial at Hostyn, his former home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, January 16,1936, page 6

Deaths Reported

Died at County Hospital, January 12, of broncho Pneumonia; Charlie Kallus, aged 19 years.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 2, 1937

Former Weimar Woman's Baby Drowns

From the LaGrange Record we learn of a deplorable accident, in which the 21-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kallus of Rutersville, not very far from LaGrange, was drowned.

The little fellow was named Daniel John Kallus.

The accident occurred Wednesday of last week. The little fellow had accompanied his father to the lot in the afternoon, and soon strayed away. He was missed, but could not be located. Later as the other children of the family returned home from school, it occurred to one of them that little Daniel had been "just crazy" about a fish that was swimming in the water trough at their home. They ran to the spot and there, sure enough, was the little fellow, cold in death.

He had evidently climbed up to the trough, lost his balance, fell in and drowned. Everything humanly possible was done to revive him, but it was of no avail. The funeral took place at the LaGrange Catholic Cemetery Friday morning.

Little Daniel is survived by his parents (the mother being Martha Verunac of this place before marriage), his grandmother, Mrs. Annie Verunac of this city, other grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Kallus of Flatonia; two brothers, Eugene and Anton, Jr., and one sister, Evelyn.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, January 14, 1931

KENEDY, Tex., Jan. 13.—Ernest Kallus, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kallus, was accidentally shot and killed here this morning when he attempted to take a pistol hanging to a nail on the wall above a bed. The little fellow had climbed up on the bed and it is thought he had attempted to the pistol from the nail when it was discharged. The bullet struck him in the stomach. The body has been sent to Schulenburg for interment.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 11 Jul 2005

Eugenia J. P. Kallus - FLATONIA

FLATONIA - Eugenia Judith Pospisil Kallus, 80, of Flatonia, died Saturday, July 9, 2005.

She was born June 24, 1925, in Hallettsville, to the late Julius and Annie Barta Pospisil. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and American Legion Auxiliary of Flatonia.

Survivors: husband, Johnny Kallus; daughter, Judy Berry of Lufkin; sons, Ronnie Kallus and Dennis Kallus, both of Flatonia; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Julius Pospisil and Johnnie Pospisil.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. Joseph Hybner officiating.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, Jan. 11, 2014

Janie Kallus passed away on January 9, 2014 at the age of 86.

Janie was born on May 14, 1927 to Rudolph and Mary Kallus in Ammansville, Texas. Janie graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She pursued her passion of caring for others while working as a Registered Nurse for Ben Nail, M.D. and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Janie retired from nursing in 1993 and returned to Schulenburg, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Benjamin Kallus and sister Beatrice Machac.

She is survived by her sister, Leona Hoelscher, niece Cindy Kalina, her husband Ralph and children, Ross and Sarah, nephew Michael Hoelscher, his wife Sandy and son Christopher, niece Denise Koenig and her husband Tommy, niece Susan Bloodworth and her husband Jim, and niece Nancy Parrish and her husband Terry.

A rosary will held be at the Schwenke-Baumgarten funeral home in Schulenburg, Texas on Sunday January 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM. The funeral mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Janie's honor can be made to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic School or Hospice of South Texas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brazoria County Facts, Thursday, April 1, 1943

Funeral services were held in Ellinger, Texas, on Monday, March 29, for Joe Kallus, of Freeport, who died in a local hospital on March 26, at 4:55 a.m. after an illness of several weeks.

Mr. Kallus, who was employed by the Austin Company, is survived by his wife, Anna Kallus. He was born on Aug. 30, 1884 and was fifty eight years old.

The body was prepared for burial and sent to Ellinger by the Freeport Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis




Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Mar 1899, page 1

Mrs. John Kallus, an old and respected midwife of Ellinger, died on Sunday, the 12th inst., after a short illness. She was an old resident, of kind and genial disposition, a useful citizen and generally esteemed. – Columbus Citizen.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 22 April 1927, page 3


Tuesday morning word was received here of the death of Louis Kallus, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Kallus. It came as a shock to the friends of the family, for on Sunday he was here with his friends and enjoyed a little practice game of base ball. he became ill Monday, and grew rapidly worse, and early Tuesday morning passed away. Louis is a brother of the two boys who were killed in the wreck of train and truck last September. One of the three boys in that wreck, who survived, is not yet well. —Ellinger cor. LaGrange Journal.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Nov 1906

It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of little Ludmilla, baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otmar Kallus, which occured [sic] Tuesday night. The tiny remains were consigned to their last resting place by loving and cherished hands Wednesday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery, Father Mathis performing the last sad rites. The little tot was only 1 year, 11 months and 7 days old and it is always sad to know that one of such tender age must be taken away, but He that doeth all things well knows best and we bow to his will. The little darling is now resting in the arms of the One who said, “Suffer, little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” May the grief stricken parents be consoled by the above assurance and that their cherub is with the angels and will await them on high. The entire community mourns with the bereaved parents over their sad loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, Nov. 16, 1967

Mrs. Otmar Kallus Rites Held Nov. 8

Mrs. Omar (Ludmilla) Kallus, a lifelong resident of this city, succumbed Monday, Nov. 6, in the Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar, terminating a serious illness of 10 days. She had reached the age of 95 years, 4 months and 29 days.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 9 a.m. with continued services at St. Rose Catholic Church at 9:15 a.m. Rev. Hubert Janak officiated at the Mass and graveside services with burial in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobbie Guenther, Joe Kallus, Robert Kainer, Victor and Hugo Stanzel and Edwin Pargac.

Born here June 7, 1872, as a daughter of the late Franz and Rozina Stanzel, Mrs. Kallus saw the entire development of Schulenburg. The arrival of the railroad in the early 1870’s gave birth to this community and Mrs. Kallus could remember when her parents provided meals for the railroad construction crew. Part of the 100-acre farm on which Mrs. Kallus was born later became the site of St. Rose Catholic Church and St. Rose Elementary School.

She was united in marriage Jan. 10, 1893 to Otmar Kallus in St. Rose Catholic Church and the young couple settled and reared their family in Schulenburg. The last surviving member of her immediate family. Mrs. Kallus was a devout member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Altar Society and Christian Mothers Society.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Adela) Kleckar, Mrs. Chas. (Annie) Guenther and Mrs. Henry (Mary) Krause and a son, Robert Kallus, all of Schulenburg; nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1915, a son, Joe, in 1955 and three children in infancy.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Sep 1905


Mr. R. Kallus died at his home near Gleckler Tuesday morning at 5:30 and his remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery in the city Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, Father Mathis officiating.

Mr. Kallus was born in Moravia, Austria, and was about 40 years of age; came to Texas about 33 years ago and has been a citizen of Fayette county all this time, first living at Fayetteville and afterwards removing to Gleckler.

Deceased leaves a wife and several children and a number of relatives to mourn his loss to whom the Sticker begs to extend its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, July 12, 1978

We, the Resolution Committee of Lodge No. 67, Schulenburg, in behalf of our entire membership, wish to express our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed lodge brother,


age 78.

Funeral services were held May 3rd from St. Rose Catholic Church, with Rev. Roger Robbins, Rev. Benton Thurmond and Rev. Charles Carolan concelebrating the funeral mass. Burial was in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joe Kallus and Bobby Guenther, nephews; F.F. (Teddy) Brasher, Carl Smith, Rudy Smrkovsky, Leslie Lippman, Mike Klein and Frank Tilicek.

Mr. Kallus was an owner of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel in Schulenburg, with which he had been associated since 1933. He was also an owner of Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, since 1962.

Born in Schulenburg Feb. 16, 1900, to Otmar and Ludmilla (Stanzel) Kallus, he was married to Minnie Schwenke in 1922. She preceded him in death 19 years ago.

The couple lived in Sugar Land until 1933, when they returned to Schulenburg and Mr. Kallus joined his father-in-law in the funeral home business.

Mr. Kallus was serving as city treasurer, Chamber of Commerce treasurer, firemen’s pension treasurer and director of the City Cemetery Association at the time of his death.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Dorothea) Blohm of Schulenburg; three granddaughters, Mrs. Clyde (Bobbie Sue) Lemke of Deer Park, Mrs. Phil (Peggy) Leamon of Houston and Mrs. Andy (Donna) Schobel of Columbus; seven great-grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Adela) Kleckar, Mrs. Charles (Annie) Guenther, and Mrs. Henry (Marie) Krause, all of Schulenburg.

May our departed brother rest in eternal peace and his memory live among us forever.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, December 20, 1959

SCHULENBURG—J. C. Kalmus, 24, died early Saturday after his automobile struck a bridge abutment and he was thrown into the waters of middle creek. Kalmus was a supply clerk with a Houston firm and had returned to his home town for the weekend.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, March 1, 2015

KALMUS, Walter "Larry" Age 72, passed away unexpectedly on December 6, 2014.

Son of Walter, Sr. and Martha Kalmus, he lived his entire life in the Dallas, Tx. Walter was an avid hunter, fisherman and sport fanatic. He served his country as a United States Marines.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Cynthia Kalmus.

Survivors include his daughter Jennifer Hanna and her husband Scott; Uncle, Erwin Jalufka, Aunt Angie Jalufka and many loving cousins and friends. Special friends Wade and Tracy Smith; Mike Wightman; his canine companion, Buck. He will truly be missed.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:30am from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, in Schulenburg, Tx.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Kaltwasser: Died at Warrenton, Oct 26-03, of Heart failure, Johanna Katlwasser [sic], aged 28 yrs and 8 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1971

Funeral Service Of Mrs. Kaluza Held Thursday

Funeral services were held Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville, for Mrs. John Kaluza Sr., 77, who died at 9:20 p.m. Monday, March 8, in Youens Memorial Hospital here.

She had been ill since last September and hospitalized for two weeks.

A nephew, Rev. Emil James Wesselsky, was celebrant of the requiem high mass, assisted by Rev. Patrick Figeon of Ammannsville, Rev. John Hanacek of Shiner, Rev. Adolf Janda of Victoria, Rev. Titius of Lake Jackson, and Rev. Francis Ferrier of Houston.

The former Annie Stazie Belcik, Mrs. Kaluza was born Aug. 3, 1893, at Ammannsville, the daughter of John and Annie Rabel Belcik. She was married Nov. 10, 1909, at Ammannsville. Mr. Kaluza died June 4, 1963.

Mrs. Kaluza was a member of St. John Church, the Christian Mothers Society, and St. Agnes Lodge, KJZT, from which she had recieved a pin for having seven daughters and 17 granddaughters in the organization.

She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Edgar (Annie) Hollas of Victoria, Mrs. Julius (Martha) Berger of Schulenburg, Mrs. Julius (Alice) Ermis of Yoakum, Mrs. Ralph (Estella) Poole of Lake Jackson, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Trefny and Mrs. Edward (Gladys) Thurman of Houston; two sons, Herbert of La Grange and Melvin of Tomball; 35 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Frank Winkler of Shiner; two brothers, Robert Belcik of Ammannsville and John Belcik of Hallettsville; and a half-brother, Emil J. Wesselsky of Shiner.

A daughter, three sons, two grandchildren and two sons-in-law preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Kaluza, Frankie Kaluza, Julius Lee Berger, Julius C. Ermis, Gary Ermis, Bruce Kaluza, Darcey Pawelka, and Florence Christ. Grandsons and great-grandsons were honorary pallbearers, and two grandsons were acolytes.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, June 27, 1963

Kaluza Lad, 5, Traffic Victim At La Grange

Danny Ray, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kaluza of La Grange, was struck and killed by a wrecker truck about 6 p.m. Friday on Highway 71 in front of his home.

The Kaluzas live about a mile and a half west of La Grange. Officers said the boy was chasing a ball across the highway when he was hit.

Danny Ray, who was born October 2, 1957, at La Grange, is survived by his parents and a brother, Bruce, 7; and his grandmother, Mrs. John Kaluza Sr. of Ammannsville. His mother is the former Miss Vlasta Hrbacek.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Emil Wesselsky of San Antonio, cousin of Danny Ray's father, officiated. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 9, 1947

Eddie K. Kaluza, Young Veteran, Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, May 3, from the family residence at Ammannsville for Eddie K. Kaluza, 35-year-old World War II veteran and former Weimar student. The home services were followed by rites at the Ammannsville Catholic Church, with Father John Hanacek and Father Alfonse Raska of Praha officiating.

Interment was in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

A heart stroke was said to be the cause of his death, which came at 4:15 Wednesday morning, April 30, at Brooke General Hospital, San Antonio. He had been a patient there since April 26.

Born at Ammannsville January 6, 1912, he was the son of John and Anne Belcik Kaluza. He attended the Ammannsville school and in 1932 was graduated from Weimar high School, where he was an outstanding football player. Entering the Navy May 30, 1942, he was discharged in 1943, after receiving an injury aboard ship, and had since made his home in San Antonio. He had been active in organizing V. F. W. posts, including the Weimar post, in many towns and cities, also doing work for the American Legion.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kaluza; four brothers, Johnnie, Herbert, and Melvin of Ammannsville and Emil of Moulton; seven sisters, Mrs. Herman (Lillie) Demel and Mrs. Julius (Alice) Ermis of houston, Mrs. Edgar (Anne) Hollas of Dubina, Mrs. Julius (Martha) Berger of Schulenburg, and Misses Estella, Pauline and Gladys Kaluza of Ammannsville.

Members of Weimar, Schulenburg and San Antonio V.F.W. posts acted as pallbearers. Mr. Kaluza was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Schulenburg chapter.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 29 Oct 1937, page 1


News has reached us that two aged residents of the Dubina-Ammannsville communities in Fayette county were claimed by death a few days ago. Notice of their serious condition has appeared in several issues of the Mercury lately.

Mr. Frank Kaluza, Sr., aged 87 years, passed away Saturday night after a long illness. Interment took place at the Ammanssville Cemetery, with Rev. A. Raska officiating. The aged man is survived by his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Mary Bartosh, Mrs. Bettie Bayer and Mrs. Filomena Rohan of Ammannsville, Mrs. Katie Anders of Dubina; three sons, Messrs. Frank Kaluza of Bernon, John Kaluza of Ammannsville and Peter Kaluza of El Campo. A truly good man gone to his reward.

The other death was Mrs. Frank Kossa, who passed away Monday morning after a long illness at the advanced age of 79 years. The funeral took place at the Dubina Cemetery Wednesday morning, with Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. She is survived by her husband and several children. Mrs. Kossa was a good wife and mother, a true christian, and her death is sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones of the two aged people who have gone on unto their reward.


Brazosport Facts, Thursday, June 6, 1963

LAKE JACKSON—John F. Kaluza Sr., of Ammannsville, father of Mrs. Fritz Pawelka of Lake Jackson, died Tuesday in a Weimar hospital.

Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ammannsville Catholic Church with the Schulenburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. and Mrs. Kaluza had been visiting in Lake Jackson but had returned to their home shortly before his death.

Survivors include his wife and nine children.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1963, page 1

John Kaluza Sr., 81, Buried Friday at Ammannsville

Funeral services for John F. Kaluza Sr., 81-year-old retired Ammannsville farmer, were held Friday, June 7, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, and in St. John the Baptist Church at Ammannsville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rev. Emil Wesselsky of San Antonio, a nephew of Mrs. Kaluza, was celebrant of the Requiem Mass, assisted by Rev. Lambert Laskowski of Ammannsville. KJT members attended in a body.

Mr. Kaluza, who had lived in this area 76 years, died Tuesday, June 4.

Born May 19, 1882, in Austria, he was a son of Frank and Frances Michalcik Kaluza. The family came to America in 1887, settling in the Holman area, Fayette County. On Nov. 10, 1909, he married Miss Annie Belcik at Ammannsville, and they settled on a farm where they lived for 50 years. Mr. Kaluza took an active part in community matters, as a school and church trustee, in his work for the Ammannsville and Pecan schools, and as a faithful member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church and the KJT lodge.

Survivors in addition to his widow are six daughters, Mrs. Edgar (Annie) Hollas of Victoria, Mrs. Julius (Martha) berger of Schulenburg, Mrs. Fritz (Estelle) Pawelka of Lake Jackson, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Trefny of Houston, Mrs. Edward (Gladys) THurman of Houston and Mrs. Julius (Alice) Ermis of Yoakum; three sons, John V. Kaluza of East Bernard, Herbert Kaluza of La Grange and Melvin Kaluza of Houston; 30 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Fred Rohan of Ammannsville.

Three children preceded Mr. Kaluza in death: Edward on April 30, 1947, Emil on Jan. 9, 1962, and Mrs. Lillie Demel on June 9, 1962. A grandchild, Denise Ann Pawelka, died Sept. 6, 1954, and a son-in-law, Fritz Pawelka, died only last month, May 14. Two sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death: Mrs. Katie Anders in 1962, Mrs. Mary Bartosh in 1956, Peter Kaluza about 10 years ago and Frank Kaluza in 1962.

Pallbearers were Raymond Koenig of El Campo; nephey; Adolph Anders of Houston, great-nephew; Johnnie Demel and F. B. Christ of Houston, Johnnie Kaluza III of East Bernard, Julius Lee Berger of Schulenburg, Emil Kaluza Jr. and Paul Kaluza of La Grange, all grandsons. Pallbearers by proxy were Henry Dove Seaman of Armora, Calif, and Bob Knade, in France, grandsons-in-law. Altar boys were Julius Ermis of Yoakum and Frankie Kaluza of East Bernard, grandsons, and David Schlomb of Shiner.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 29, 1954

Mrs. Mary Kaluza, 80

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Kaluza, 80, a lifelong resident of Fayette County, were held last Friday morning at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Hostyn, with Rev. Adolph Janda officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Kaluza, whose home was at Ammannsville, died Wednesday at St. Anthony's Rest Home, LaGrange.

Born at Hostyn, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaus Koladajne, she was married in 1891 to Joseph Hilscher, who died in 1905. In 1920 she was married to Frank Kaluza, who died several years ago.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Marie Michatek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Pauline Marek of Louise; three sons, Frank Hilscher of Houston, E. Hilscher of Victoria and Charles Hilscher of Louise; six sisters, Mrs. Pauline Kubala of La Grange, Mrs. Berry Baca of Seymour, Mrs. Sophia Barcak of West, Mrs. Frances Zalmann of Waco, Mrs. Christina Zalman of Fayetteville and Mrs. Agnes Lury of Hempstead; a brother, Ad. Koladajne of Houston; 32 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 3, 1921

Mrs. Willie Kampfhenkel

Rev. Mr. Kluge was called to Runge Tuesday afternoon to conduct the funeral of Mrs. Willie Kampfhenkel, who had died the night before.  Mrs. Kampfhenkel (formerly a Miss Minna Mueller) was born in Fayette county in 1878, and was married to Mr. Kampfhenkel in 1900.  The family has resided near Runge since 1914.  Deceased is survived by her husband, four sons and a daughter, her mother and two sisters.  Much sympathy is felt for the family in their bereavement.  – Nordheim View.

Contributed by Rob Brown


From Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, La Grange, TX:

Clara (Kloesel) Kana, 92, of Houston and formerly of LaGrange, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Park Manor Westchase in Houston.

Clara was born in Dubina, Texas on November 4, 1917, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Kainer) Kloesel. She married Jerry August Kana on September 23, 1940 in Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Burch and husband William of Houston; two grandchildren, Lisa Ritchey of Houston and Brian Ritchey and wife Christy of Hockley; great grandchild Braden Ritchey of Hockley; step grandchildren William Burch of San Diego, CA and Cyndie McNamee of Houston; and three step great grandchildren.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry and thirteen brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 30th, from 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Monsignor Stanley Petru and Deacon John McCourt officiating. Interment will follow in the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 24 Jul 1959, page 1

Donnie Kana, 7, Buried at Hostyn

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Hostyn for Donald Edward Kana, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe V. "Jack" Kana of La Grange, who died Thursday at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Rev. Francis Smerke and Rev. Harry Mazurkiewiscz officiated. Burial was in the Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Donnie, grandson of Mrs. Henry Kana of Weimar, became ill 7 months ago, just as he was about to take part in a Christmas program at Sacred Heart School. He had spent much of the time since then in hospitals.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Joan Marie; two brothers, Joe Michael and Richard Henry; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo Adamcik of La Grange and Mrs. Kana here.


Fayette County Record news clipping

Frances Kana, 79, also known fondly as Fanny, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2009 and was taken to live eternally in Heaven with God. The last few years of her life was spent in declining health and Heaven is her much needed blessing.

Frances was a long time Houston resident, having lived in Spring Branch for over 60 years and was a dedeicated employee of Spring Branch ISD having retired in 1992 after 28 years of service as a snack shop working and having worked in four of the high schools in the district. One of her greatest enjoyments in life was spent dancing the polka and waltzing to the tunes of her favorite Czech bands. She was an active member of the POLKA Lovers Club of America for many years.

Born in Holman, on March 21, 1930, she was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Daisy Cernosek and her granddaughter, Crystal Dawn Kana.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, John; daughter Patricia Guinn and husband Fred of Baytown, Texas; son, Richard Kana and wife Susan of Lexington, Texas; grandchildren, Stephen Guinn and wife Paige, Johnathan Kana, Travis Guinn and wife Teri, Matthew Kana and wife Amanda, and Katy Kana; and two great-grandchildren, Kara Frances Guinn and Hunter Owen Guinn.

Being the eldest daughter in a family of six, she is also survived by all of her brothers and sisters, Richard Cernosek and wife Molly, Edwin Cernosek and wife Georgia, Jack Cernosek and wife Donella, Lillie Mae Tiedt and husband Weldon, Rosalie Stevenson and husband Kenneth, and many nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother, wonderful grandmother and a friend to all she came to know. She was deeply loved by all those who were blessed to have known her. She will be missed by all.

The family wishes to thank and extend our sincere appreciation to the staff at the Cottage of Spring Branch for the compassion and care that was given to her.

The family received friends for visitation on Sunday, July 12 at 5 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass was celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Hostyn, on July 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. She was laid to rest at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Hostyn.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 21, 1969

Frank Kana, 42, Dies of Heart Attack

A second heart attack in a five-day period claimed the life Tuesday night of Frank J. Kana Sr., 42-year-old La Grange Banker.

A Holman native and former semipro baseball player for Weimar, he was the husband of the former Bernice Vacek of here.

Mr. Kana was hospitalized early last Friday morning with what was diagnosed as a light heart attack. He had first begun to have pains the night before. He was apparently doing well at the hospital until about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when the second attack occurred.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, continuing at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Grange, with Rev. Henry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial will be in the La Grange City Cemetery.
There will be a parish rosary recitation at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, and at 8:15 one by the Holy Names Society, Knights of Columbus, and KJT.

Mr. Kana was born at Holman Aug. 25, 1926, a son of Henry and Mary Hajovsky Kana. He was a graduate of the University of Texas, where he lettered in baseball. During his UT days he also was a member of the well-known Herder Truckers semi-pro team here. He married Miss Bernice Vacek here in 1951. In 1952 he bought an insurance agency in La Grange, and since 1959 he had been vice-president of La Grange State Bank.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Frank Jr. and Charles, and three daughters, Carol, Jane and Mary, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Mary V. Kana of Weimar; five brothers, Fred of Baytown, Henry and John of Weimar, V. J. (Jiggs) of Eagle Lake and Leroy of Bastrop; and four sisters, Mrs. George Vacek of Muldoon, Mrs. Frank Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Frank Bartosh of Columbus and Mrs. Billie Strunk of Oakland.

A brother, Joseph V. (Jack), preceded him in death in 1964 at the age of 46.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 14 Nov 1952, page 1

Henry F. Kana, 68, Succumbs to Heart Attack; Rites Friday

Henry F. Kana, 68, Holman farmer, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening around 5 o'clock as he sat listening to the radio in his home, victim of a heart attack.

Funeral rites will be held from the family residence Friday morning at 9 o'clock, continuing at 9:30 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Holman, with Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd of Weimar, Rev. A. B. Jansky of Hostryn, and Rev. Adolph Janda of Ammannsville officiating. He will be buried in the Catholic cemetery at Holman.

Rosary was recited Wednesday night and will again be recited tonihgt, Thursday, at 7:30, at the residence.

Mr. Kana, widely known and liked, was a native of Halstead [sic.], Fayette County, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kana. He settled at Holman 50 years ago, employed by Staches Vacek, merchant and farmer. He married Miss Mary Hajovsky November 14, 1907.

Surviving in addition to his wife are 7 sons, Fred of Baytown, Joe and Frank of La Grange, Henry, V. J. (Jiggs), Leroy and Johnnie of Holman; four daughters, Mrs. George Vacek of Smithville, Mrs. Frank V. Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Frank Bartosh of columbus, and Mrs. Billie Strunk of Oakland; three brothers, Rudolf, Steve and Joe Kana, all of El Campo; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Neiser of Wallis and Mrs. Agnes Pratka of West; and 28 grandchildren.


Houston Chronicle, May 11, 2012

John "Johnny" Kana 87, of Houston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Houston.

John was born in Hostyn, Texas on December 28, 1924, the son of the late Frank J. Kana and Emile (Cernoch) Kana and the grandson of John and Marie Kana. He married Frances Cernosek in Holman, Texas on November 8, 1948. They were married 60 years before her passing on July 8, 2009. She was the love of his life and a devoted partner. After her passing, life was never complete and they can now be together eternally in Heaven.

John was very proud of his Czech heritage having grown up on his family's farm in Hostyn and attending school in Hostyn. Throughout his life, he attended many of the Czech social functions in the communities surrounding the Houston and La Grange area. He was a past charter member of the POLKA Lovers Club of America and one of his greatest enjoyments was dancing the polka and waltzing to the tunes of his favorite Czech bands with his wife.

California and was then assigned to a destroyer escort, the USS Dennis (DE 405). He participated in numerous island invasions in the Pacific. Beginning on October 12, 1944, the Dennis screened the escort carriers and supplied the air cover for the invasion of Leyte. Arriving at Leyte on October 17, 1944, the Dennis joined her carriers (the combined unit was designated as Seventh Fleet Task Unit 77.4.3, radio call sign, Taffy III). History was made as they fought a gallant action with the Japanese counter-attacking force in the Battle of Samar phase of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The Dennis rescued 434 survivors from the bombed St. Lo. For this action the Dennis shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to "Taffy III" and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars. In this battle, John was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart. He was discharged from the U.S. Navy in February, 1946 having been previously awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

John and his wife attended many of the Dennis Shipmate Reunions held throughout the country. As the number of the Dennis shipmates diminished, the reunion was combined with the survivors of the St. Lo. These reunions were a highlight of his life. He loved to listen and tell the stories of his battle days with his comrades and with his family.

After his discharge from the Navy, John moved to Houston in 1947 and found employment at Wyatt Industries, where he was employed for 37 years until the shop was closed. He then went to work for General Welding Company until he retired in 1988.

John was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Houston, Texas and a member of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn, Texas. He was a member of the Father Diefenbach Knights of Columbus Council 4550 in which he was awarded a 50 year pin in April, 2011. He was a member of the VFW Post 8790 of Spring Branch, Houston, Texas.
John was a caring and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and was lovingly called "Papa John" by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He lived a full and incredible life and although he will be truly missed, he is at peace and has found eternal life with his wife in Heaven.

He is survived by daughter, Patricia Guinn and husband, Fred of Baytown; son, Richard Kana and wife, Susan of Lexington; two brothers: Willie Kana and wife, Dorothy, Frank Kana, Jr.; two sisters: Rosie Hall and husband, A.F., Agnes Niesner and numerous nieces and nephews; five grandchildren: Stephen Guinn and wife, Paige, Travis Guinn and wife, Teri, Johnathan Kana and wife, Elyse, Matthew Kana and wife, Amanda, Katy Kana and fiancé, Matt Weintritt; four great grandchildren: Kara Frances Guinn, Hunter Owen Guinn, Claire Elizabeth Guinn and Marin Gayle Guinn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; granddaughter, Crystal Dawn Kana; brother, Stanley Kana and wife, Lillian; two brothers-in-law: Ben Kolek and Ben Niesner; and sister-in-law, Emily D. Kana.

First Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Second Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Hostyn, Texas, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012. Burial will follow at Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.

Contributed by Carolyn Heinsohn


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 28, 1939

Young Lady Killed In Auto Wreck

Miss Mary Kana, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kana, former residents of the Dubina community, was killed in an automobile wreck near Bay City last week, when the car ran into a train.

Miss Kana was riding with a companion when the accident happened. It is reported the car was approaching a railroad crossing and seeing the train the driver attempted to stop the car, but the brakes failed to work and the car plunged into the train.

Miss Kana received injuries from which she died later at a hospital.

The Kanas now live in Midfield and Miss Mary had employment in Bay City. Friends here regret to learn of her death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Baytown Sun, Wednesday, February 26, 1975

Services for Mrs. Henry (Mary) Kana, 86, mother of Fred Kana of Baytown, will be held at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Hubbard Funeral Home Chapel and at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar with the Rev. Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial will be in Holman Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Kana was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church Catholic Daughters of America, KJZT and Christian Mothers Lodge.

Other survivors are other sons, Henry and John Kana, both of Weimar, V.J. (Jigs) Kana of Eagle Lake and Leroy Kana of Bastrop; four daughters, Mrs. George Vacek of Smithville, Mrs. Frank Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Frank Bartosh of Columbus and Mrs. Billy Strunk of Oakland, Tex. Forty-six grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren also survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

V. J. "Jiggs" KANA

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 2001, page 2A

V.J. "Jiggs" Kana Funeral Services Held Jan. 4

V.J. "Jiggs" Kana, 79, of Eagle Lake died Monday, Jan. 1 at West Houston Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 4, from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary in Eagle Lake, with Father Eddie Winkler officiating. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus served as Honor Guard.
Other ministers included Draper Stephens, lector; Cynthia Sunderman, cantor; Patty Stephens, organist.
Special ministers of Holy Communion were Georgia Dierschke, Tom Dornak, Glenda Moore, Hortense Ramierz and Helen Supak; gift bearers of bread and wine were Georgia and James Dierschke.

Interment followed at the Holman Catholic Cemetery in Holman. Members from the Eagle Lake and Weimar VFW and American Legion served as honor guard.
The flag presentation was made by Len Matula, Commander, VFW Post 8783 and Fred R. Frnka, Commander, American Legion Post 108, both of Eagle Lake.

Mr. Kana was born June 3, 1921 in Holman to Henry F. Kana and Mary Hajovsky Kana.
He attended Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown and LaGrange High School.
He served with the US Navy during WW II as an Aviation Radioman First Class.

Mr. Kana married Elizabeth Marie Anders in Schulenburg on July 25, 1945. He led a career as a mail carrier with the US Postal Service in Eagle Lake, retiring June 1, 1984.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843, Eagle Lake, Christopher Columbus Assembly No. 1136 of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Columbus, K.J.T. Society No. 42 of Holman.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 8783 of Eagle Lake and served as post commander and current service officer.
He played semi-professional baseball of the Weimar Herder Truckers team of '48-'50 and was a charter member of South Central Texas Old Timers Baseball Association.

Mr. Kana is survived by his wife Elizabeth Anders Kana, of Eagle Lake, one daughter Betty Jane Kana, of Eagle Lake, one son Phil Kana and wife Elizabeth D., of Katy, twin granddaughters Amanda and Elissa Kana, of Katy.
He is also survived by two sisters, Cecilia Bartosh of Columbus, and Henrietta Strunk of Oakland; one brother Leroy Kana of Bastrop and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Vacek and Annie Cernosek; brothers, John, Jack, Henry, Fred and Frank Kana.

The family has requested memorials be directed to the Parish of the Nativity, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843, P.O. Box 725, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Transcribed bySandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Feb 1901

Mr. William Kane, of Corsicana, a young unmarried man, 35 years old, a brother of Mrs. Fred Ebeling, whom he was visiting, died in Schulenburg on Fridry [sic], Feb. 8th and was interred in the City Cemetery. Mr. Kane was born at Hempstead, Waller county Oct. 2nd, 1864 and the majority of his life was spent in that section of the state, where he was extensively known and greatly beloved. He came to Schulenburg in quest of health, but his malady was too far advanced to be benefited by our climate, which usually is so effective in such cases. The condolence of the entire community is extended the afflicted family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March 30, 1905

Died at Warrenton, March 5, of tusinus, Rudolf Kaper, aged 7 days.

Contributed by John Todd Koenig


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 June 1912


Johanna Maria Kappler age 38 years, 2 mo. 26days. Nephristis [sic] interstate, Giddings.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 9, 1926

Death of Infant

The little infant son, Erwin Julius, of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Karisch of near Warda, died Sunday morning.  The precious little body was placed to rest at Trinity Hill cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. A. E. Moebus, officiating.  To the parents and relatives we offer our sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

M. P. Karnes, Plum, age seventy-six years, died April 18.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jul 1896, page 4, column 4

Kicked to Death.

John Kaspar was killed at Falke’s store, about twelve miles northwest of LaGrange, Sunday. He had a quarrel with a man named Rothman, and Chas. Falke joined in and knocked Kaspar down and stamped him with his boots, from the effects of which he died. Charles Falke is a son of Hon. A. E. Falke, a member of the legislature. Kaspar was a prominent young farmer.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Banner Press, December 23, 1993

Services for Gustav Theodore Kasparek, 89, of Fayetteville were held December 15 at Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville with the Rev Michael Williams officiating. Burial followed in Haw Creek Cemetery.

Kasparek died Dec. 12 at Care Inn Nursing Home in La Grange.

He was born Sept. 18, 1904, near Park, Fayette County, Texas, the son of Rudolph and Mathilda Plagens Kasparek.

On Nov. 22, 1925, he was united in marriage to Irene Reichelt at Frelsburg Lutheran Church.  He was a retired farmer and carpenter and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.

Kasparek was preceded in death by his wife in 1977; a son, Percy Kasparek, in 1972; parents; and two sisters, Ida Jebousek and Ella Kocurek.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaura and Milton Neumann of Round Top and Angelene and Lloyd Zwernemann of Carmine; a sister, Elean Susil of Columbus; a daughter-in-law, Lillie Kasparek of La Grange; a niece, Gladys Urban of La Grange; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, La Grange, directors.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 23 Dec 1964, page 2

Last Rites Held For Mrs. Kasparek In Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE—Mrs. Mathilda Kasparek's funeral services were held last Friday at 2 p.m. in the Fayetteville Lutheran church with Rev. Waldemar Wendel officiating. Mrs. Kasparek, 81, mother of Mrs. Alois Susil of Alleyton, died the night of Dec. 18 in the La Grange hospital.

She was born in Fayetteville May 12, 1882, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Plagens, and was married to Rudolph Kasparek in 1903 in La Grange. Mr. Kasparek died in 1951.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Susil and Mrs. Eddie Jebousek of Houston; a son, Gus Kasparek of Fayettevillle; a sister, Mrs. Annie Sykora of West; a brother, Henry Plagens of Fayetteville; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Fayetteville cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1973

Heart Attack Takes Kasparek

Percy Kasparek, 40, of La Grange, well known Pearl beer route man, died of a heart attack Tuesday morning while delivering to a Schulenburg tavern.

Funeral arrangements were pending Tuesday afternoon. Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange will be in charge of the services.

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 1973

Funeral services were held Jan. 11, 3 p.m., at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel for Percy Kasparek, 40, of La Grange, formerly of Fayetteville, with Rev. Don D. Vlasak of Shelby officiating. Burial followed at the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Kasparek was born at Shelby. He married the former Miss Lillie Elsik of Fayetteville. Mr. Kasparek died Jan. 9 in Schulenburg. He was a salesman for a beer distributor in La Grange.

Survivors are his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Kasparek of Fayetteville; 2 daughters, Wanona and Lacinda Kasparek, both at home, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Elnora Neumann of Round Top and Mrs. Angelene Zwernemann of Carmine.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brenham Weekly Banner, 21 Oct 1880, page 2

—F. Kasper hanged himself on a postoak tree on his farm three miles from Schulenburg, last week. Squire Paulus although notified three times that Kasper had suicided refused to hold an inquest on his body, saying that Kasper had left a note that he intended to kill himself and that was enough. The Flatonia Argus says Paulus has violated his oath of office.


Weimar Mercury, 25 July 1896, page 4

Post Special: At Warda, in Fayette county, about ten miles southwest of Giddings, esterday about noon, John Kasper and Max Rothmann were in a difficulty. Chas. Falke interfered to separate the combatants, when Kasper turned on Falke and began striking him. Falke struck Kasper with his fist and knocked him down. It appears that in falling Kasper's head struck and inflicted a wound from the effects of which he died in a few minutes.

Charles Falke and Max Steglish, the two young men who were charged with the killing of John Kasper at Warda on Sunday, were yesterday admitted to bail. The testimony disclosed that Kasper was killed by blows received in a rough and tumble fight. All parties are prominently connected.


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1915


Jos Kasper, Sr., age 56 years, 8 months and 24 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 May 1908


At Schulenburg, April 26, Jos. Kautzke, age 58 years, of hajalitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Sep 1909, page 1


Born to Libor Kazlowski and wife at Ammannsville, Aug. 21, a girl.


Died near Schulenburg, August 21, -- Kazlowski, age 2 hours of congenital debility.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1955

Schulenburg Lady Dies From Burns

Mrs. Marie Kehrer, 87, of Schulenburg died Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Weimar hospital of burns received when her clothes caught fire from a bathroom heater.

Funeral rites were held in the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home Thursday, Dec. 8, with the Rev. Wm. Anderson of Schulenburg officiating.

Survivors include her son, Otto Kehrer of Victoria; and two sisters, Mrs. Hugo Ehlers and Mrs. Arthur Koehler of La Grange.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 13, 1955

Mrs. Bertha Keilers

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Sophia Keilers, 67, of Sealy were held Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel at 2 PM with the Rev. W. E. Doerr of Warrenton officiating.  Interment was made in the Townsend Cemetery near Round Top.

Mrs. Keilers died in the Sealy Hospital Monday, Jan. 10, as the result of injuries received in an auto accident Saturday night near Sealy when the car driven by her husband struck a telephone pole during a heavy fog.

She was born near Park on July 30, 1887, and was the daughter of Fritz and Frieda Helms Havemann.  On Nov. 19, 1912, she married Walter Keilers.  They lived near Warrenton prior to moving to Sealy nine years ago.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Anita Marshall of Houston; two sons, Alfred F. Keilers of Dickenson and Fritz G. Keilers of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Brunken of Thrall and Mrs. Emilie Tiedt of Warrenton; three brothers, Otto Havemann of Prairie Valley, Fritz Havemann of near La Grange and Willie Havemann of Sealy; and six grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Wed., April 27, 1977

Hedwig Keilers

Funeral services for Mrs. Hedwig Keilers, 85, of Rt. 1. Round Top were held Wed., April 27, at 10:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Warrenton.  Rev. Wayne Walther officiated, and burial was in the Drawe Cemetery under direction of Koenig  Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Keilers succumbed Monday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 5, 1892, in Fayette County, a daughter of Frank and Caroline Ludwig Raschke.  She was married to Gustav Keilers July 25, 1911, in Warrenton.  Her husband preceded her in death on December 9, 1976.  She was a lifelong resident of the county.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ollie (Nelda) Weyand of Rutersville and Mrs. Carl (Vernice) Musgrove of Houston; two sons, Orlean Keilers of Round Top and Edgar Keilers of Houston; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, Lillian, a son, Atlan, two brothers, and one sister.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 23 May 1896

Express Secial: Flatonia, Tex. May 16.—Rev. C. M. Keith died at his residence last night. He was born Dec. 1, 1847, and has been preaching in this district since 1882. He was a prominent minister of the Methodist church. Mr. Keith had only been here a few months and had made many friends.


San Antonio Daily Express, 2 July 1871, Volume: V, Issue 157, page 3

Dr. Melville C. Keith, a gentleman who was once the Episcopal rector in this city, and subsequently attempted to establish a freedman’s paper both here and in Austin, but failed, has disappeared mysteriously from Fayette county, where he was farming and teaching a colored school.  The Austin Reformer thinks it probable that he has been Ku-Kluxed.

This may be the case, but it is not impossible that he may have committed suicide as he was not always of sound mind.

Transcribed by Donna Baker


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 12, 1901

Miss Dora Kellesberger died Wednesday of heart failure at the residence of Mr. H. Bauch, sr., at Freyburg.  The deceased was at one time a resident of this city.  She was a native of Switzerland, and was most highly esteemed by all who knew her.  She has a sister residing in Blanco county.  The funeral took place Thursday, the remains being laid to her in the Black Jack cemetery.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 21 May 1909, page 1

Flatonia, May 15. – George Kelly, who was badly injured by being thrown from his horse, died Friday at his home near Colony.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, May 2, 1889

—THE JOURNAL regrets to learn that Captain A. S. Kennedy, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, is dead. He died last Sunday in Austin, at the residence of W. T. Wroe, his son-in-law. His remains were brought to and interred at Winchester.

THE JOURNAL extends to the family and relatives its sincere sympathy in this their sad bereavement.


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 July 1907


Little Raymond, aged ten years, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. Y. Kennedy, met with a fatal accident at Halsted Saturday morning. Raymond, who was an energetic youngster and one in whom the father had placed great hopes, was anxious to be of assistance to his father, who was foreman of the gravel workers near Halsted, and accepted the position of water carrier for the crew. Shortly before the accident which removed him from the knowledge of all earthly things, the lad had asked his father if he entended [sic] clinching the cars which had just been loaded and upon receiving the reply that there would be some minutes before this would be done, started across the track to where the water vessels stood, while the father went down to the end of the string of cars to give the signal to “bump” the cars. No one witnessed the accident, and whether the boy loitered between the cars or whether he was attempting to climb upon one of them will never be known. The father upon his return to where he had bidden his boy a kind answer a few moments before, was horrified beyond description to see the lad hanging between two cars, fastened between the coupling.

As stated, no one witnessed the accident, and no one heard him utter a sound. He was still living when found, and although he was promptly released, gave no sound, and expired in a few moments. The news was at once telegraphed here and the friends of the family, and in fact the entire town was shocked to hear of same. The remains reached LaGrange on the 10:30 train and were at once conveyed to the family home where they were prepared for burial by Undertaker Hill. The funeral took place the same afternoon at 6:30 o’clock, Rev. Harbin of the methodist [sic] church officiating. In this sad hour our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Deutsche Zeitung, 16 Jun 1904

Frau Anna Kern, Großmutter des Achtbaren Geo. F. Burgeß starb am 4. Juni in ihrem Heim in Flatonia. Sie hinterläßt zwei Töchter, Frau T. S. Wesson von Flatonia, Mutter von Hon. Geo. F. Burgeß und Frau John Bell von Gonzales County.

Mrs. Anna Kern, grandmother of the Hon. Geo. F. Burgess died on June 4th in her Home in Flatonia. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. T. S. Wesson of Flatonia, mother of Hon. Geo. F. Burgess, and Mrs. John Bell of Gonzales County.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 June 1905, Swiss Alp column

Carl, the little son of Rev. Kern died last Sunday. The interment took place Monday evening in the Swiss Alp cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Poth.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Light, April 21, 1908

Abner B. Kerr

Abner B. Kerr, aged 78 years, a wealthy stockman and well known real estate dealer of San Antonio, who lived at 111 San Pedro Avenue, died at the home of his son in Muldoon, Fayette County, yesterday. The decedent left San Antonio to visit his son several weeks ago. While in Muldoon he was taken ill and survived but a short time.

Mr. Kerr was a native of Virginia and came to Texas in 1853. He first settled in Guadalupe County, but three years later moved to Fayette County, where he resided until five years ago, when he retired and moved to San Antonio.

He is survived by his widow, five sons and one daughter as follows: Thomas, James L. and W.B. Kerr of San Antonio; Charles and John Kerr of Muldoon and Mrs. Lena Price.

The funeral will take place at Flatonia this afternoon at 4 o'clock. The Masons, of which lodge Mr. Kerr was a prominent member will have charge of the burial services.


The La Grange Journal, March 12, 1936 pg. 8

Mrs. E. A. Kerr

Death saddened the homes of many in out community Monday when news reached here that Mrs. Elizabeth Amanda Ragsdale Kerr had passed on at 7:00 p.m. March 1, in San Antonio.

The remains were brought here and funeral services were held at the local Baptist Chruch , Rev. L.A. McDaniel, Methodist Pastor, officiating. Interment was in the city cemetery.

Mrs. Kerr was born in Fayette County on January 19, 1844.  She was united in marriage to A. B. Kerr in 1871. To this union were born four children, John A. Kerr, Mary Kerr (who died when eight years of age) C. G. Kerr and Mrs. A. Leale Kerr Price.

Mrs. Kerr also reared three stepsons from their infancy; they are T. O., J. L., and W. B. Kerr.

She was a mother who held the esteem of her boys and girls and all others who were associated with her. Her life was one of love, kindness and sympathy for all. At an early age she joined the Baptist church and led a sacrificial Christian life up to the time of her death. The who survive her are: John A. Kerr of Muldoon; Mrs. A. Leale Price, wife of T. P. Price, and W. B. Kerr of San Antonio, together with other loved ones and a host of friends.—Flatonia Argus, March 5.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Shiner Gazette, 21 May 1902, page 1


Chas. A. Kessler Passed Away At Rice Hotel.

Houston, Texas, May 16. – Mr. Chas. A. Kessler, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Schulenburg, died in his apartments at the Rice Hotel this morning at 2 o’clock, of heart disease.

Mr. Kessler had only been in the city for a short while, coming here from his home night before last. Shortly after his arrival he was attacked by severe pains about the heart. Medical aid was summoned and he soon rallied. Last night shortly after 12 o’clock he suffered a similar attack, from which he died about 2 o’clock.

Mr. Kessler was well known in Houston, having for many years been identified with business interests here. For years he was one of the principal stockholders in the Hutchins house. He sold his interest in this property to Neuhaus Bros., shortly before they parted with it.

Mr. Kessler came to Texas when quite young, with scarcely any capital. He was an energetic worker, and by the exercise of good judgment and the practice of economy he amassed a fortune. When about 18 years of age an accident befell him, from which he never fully recovered and which caused him much pain and inconvenience through life. He in some way had one of his legs caught in a wheel of moving wagon and severely broken. The limb was badly drawn and was never of much service to him afterward.

Mr. Kessler’s death will prove a severe blow to his venerable wife, who knew nothing of his illness, he had apparently been in good health when he left home.

Besides his wife, he leaves five children, four daughters, Mrs. Agnes Cranz, Mrs. Alma Krook, Mrs. W. O. Neuhaus, and Mrs. Lillie Boettcher, and one son, Mr. Edward Kessler, all of Schulenburg.

The remains were taken in charge by Wall and Stabe and prepared for shipment.

At 10 o’clock Messrs. C. K. Neuhaus and J. V. Neuhaus, of Houston and W. O. Neuhaus of Schulenburg accompanied the body to Schulenburg, where the funeral will take place.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Schulenburg Sticker, 22 May 1902

Mr. Chas. Wangemann of Yoakum attended the funeral of his grand-father, Mr. C. A. Kessler, Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Gus Cranz, of Houston was in the city Saturday to attend the funeral of his grand-father, Mr. C. A. Kessler, which occurred that afternoon.


Our citizens were astounded at the announcement made Friday morning May the 16th that Mr. C. A. Kessler, a pioneer and patriarch of Schulenburg, had died rather suddenly at the Rice hotel at Houston at 4:20 a. m. on the above date. It was utterly impossible to realize that Mr. Kessler was really dead and especially so when it was remembered that he, while possessed of his characteristic vigor and apparent good health, in company with Mr. Gustav Cranz, his son-in-law, had only left his Schulenburg home Tuesday night for the purpose of visiting the Beaumont oil fields and of then returning to Houston to be present at the first annual meeting of the Twentieth Century Oil Co., of which he was the original promoter and subsequent president. The trip to Beaumont and return to Houston was made by Messrs. Kessler and Cranz without unusual incident and the former, upon his arrival at the latter place, was in his proverbial good spirits and seemingly blessed with his usual good health. That the exercise and exertion of the day had, however, made excessive demands upon his fatigued strength was soon made apparent, he, a short while after reaching the hotel, having found it necessary to retire to his room, almost immediately after having done which, his heart began troubling him when a physician was summoned, who did everything possible to alleviate his condition and assured Messrs. Cranz, W. O. Neuhaus and G. Cranz, Jr. of Houston, each of whom were with their faithful friend and relative during his entire illness, ministered to his every want, anticipated and provided for his every comfort, that no serious termination of the case need be apprehended. After the medicine administered had had time to take effect, the condition of the patient was greatly improved and the alarm and anxiety occasioned by the first attack were entirely allayed. This favorable condition  obtained throughout the day, Thursday, and until 1:30 o’clock on the morning of Friday the 16th when an attack more intense and acute than any of the preceeding [sic] ones, was manifested, at the first intimation of which the physician in charge was hastily called and remained at the bed side of his venerable patient until death, the grim reaper, ended it all.

His remains were embalmed, prepared for burial , and accompanied by Messrs. Gustav Cranz and W. O. Neuhaus of Schulenburg, C. L. Neuhaus of Hackberry, J. V. Neuhaus and Gustav Cranz, Jr. of Houston, were forwarded to Schulenburg, reaching here on the noon train Friday, upon the arrival of which, the remains were received by a delegation of the local Masonic Lodge, of which the deceased had for years been an honorable member, tenderly conveyed to the hearse and escorted to the family residence, where, awaiting the arrival of all that was mortal of the beloved husband and adored father, were the heart strickened wife, who had been his helpmate and companion for forty-six years, and his grief afflicted children.

The interment occurred at the City Cemetery at 5:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon, an address having, at the especial request of his deceased friend, made more a year ago, been delivered by Mr. Joseph Berger, which was expressed in the most appropriate and appreciable language and conveyed the respect and admiration which the years of his intimate acquaintance with and knowledge of his departed associate had inspired. The formal ceremony was the beautiful burial of the Masonic fraternity at the conclusion of which the body was compassionately consigned to the bower of flowers which had been provided by his many considerate friends.

Mr. Kessler was one of the most extensively and favorably known of Schulenburg’s citizens. Frugal, methodical and industrious of templement, and scrupulously honest in his dealings with others, he had acquired the implicit confidence and profound respect of the people generally and had by his persistent efforts, which were tenaciously and intelligently directed, succeeded in accumulating a competence, upon the treasury of which he was ever ready to draw in order to accomplish the comforts and gratify the pleasure of his family, to whom he was the personification of goodness and generosity or to contribute to those in need and worthy of assistance.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Wilhelmine Kessler, and five children as follows: Edmund Kessler, Mesdames G. Cranz, Alma Krook, W. O. Neuhaus and R. C. Boettcher. His oldest daughter, Annie, having died several years ago. He also has thirteen grand-children.

The following is from the Special Edition of the Yoakum Weekly Times, January 1896:

Chas. A. Kessler was born in Hagenberg, Nassau, Germany, February 1, and came to the United States, landing at Indianola, in March, 1845. His father was the first German settler of Gonzales and Charles the first German pupil to attend school there. In 1855 the subject of this article removed to New Ulm and was employed in a general merchandise store. Three years later he embarked in business for himself at this place where he remained until the advent of the civil war, when he enlisted in Capt. Vogt’s company of infantry, with which he served throughout the war, at the close of which he received an honorable discharge. Upon his return he removed to High Hill, Fayette county, where he again engaged in the merchandise business. Upon the completion of the Southern Pacific from Columbus to San Antonio, Mr. Kessler removed to Schulenburg and carried on a prosperous merchandising and banking business until 1880 when he engaged in the real estate business exclusively. Mr. Kessler was married in 1856 and is the head of a family consisting of five children all of whom are married. He is personally well known and highly respected. He affiliates with the Masons of which order he has been a member for nearly forty years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Feb 1922, page 1

Mrs. E. B. Kessler Quietly Passes Away Tuesday Morning

A gloom was cast over the entire community Tuesday morning when the news was passed around of the death of Mrs. E. B. Kessler which occurred at the home of Gus Russek in this city at 11:00 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Though ill for several days the condition of this most estimable lady was never considered dangerous and her untimely demise came as quite a shock to the entire community.

Mrs. Kessler was apparently improving until Tuesday morning when her condition became alarming and although all that loving hands and the best medical skill of the country could do the end was inevitable, and at 11:00 o’clock the recording Angel stooped and wafted the spirit of this noble woman to that better land.

The remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery this Thursday morning in the presence of a large and sorrowing concourse of friends and relatives.

A suitable obituary will appear in our next issue.

Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Feb 1922, page 1, column 3

Mrs. E. B. Kessler

The angel of death entered the portals of a peaceful home and delivered the message, summoning unto God who gave it, the soul of one who in this life was universally loved. A devoted husband and loving children are thus stricken in dire bereavement that she might enter into that heavenly abode which He has prepared for his faithful servants. And thus it was, that a pall of sorrow was cast over our city as the tidings went abroad, that Mrs. E. B. Kessler had departed from this vale of tears to that other and celestial world, where the ills and pains of mortal man enter not.

Her passing was a great shock as the gravity of her affliction had hardly dawned on those at her bed-side. She closed her eyes in peaceful and enteral sleep at 10:50 a. m. on Tuesday the 14th of February at the home of Gus Russek.

Internment [sic] was consummated at the City Cemetery on February 16th in the forenoon in the presence of a vast concourse of mourning friends and relatives.

She is survived by her husband, E. B. Kessler, a son, V. E. Kessler and a daughter, Mrs. Gus Russek, and four grandchildren.

May God in the richness of His divine mercy, bless and comfort the bereaved ones, may He endow them with His spirit and fortitude until that blessed day when all may meet again to never part, on yonder shore.

Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Feb 1922, page 1, column 5

Attended Mrs. E. B. Kessler’s Funeral

Among the out of town people who attended the funeral of Mrs. E. B. Kessler last Thursday were:

Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Wolters, Mr. and Mrs. W. Wendlandt, Mr. and Mrs. Max Wolters, L. Trutwain, Chas. Welhausen, Miss Clara Welhausen. Mrs. C. L. Williams, Gus Wolters, Shiner; Mrs. L. Roos, R. B. Roos, Victoria; E. Roos, G. Herder, Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. A. Schlaffi and family, Chas. Alexander, H. M. Presun, LaGrange; Mr. and Mrs. F. Houchins, Hallettsville; Mr. and Mrs. O. Neuhaus, Mrs. A. Neuhaus, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. H. Roos, R. C. Roos, Chas. Roos, Mrs. A. Roos, Chas. Krook, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Kessler, Skidmore, and many others whose names we were unable to obtain.

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 March 1922

In Memory

As we bow in humble submission to the will and decree of Him, who in divine love and infinate [sic] mercy presides over the destinty [sic] of mortals in this mere transitory state; and although as good Christians, having faith in His blessed word and promise, of eternal life and reward hereafter; yet even a rigid faith is sorely tried when the Angel of Death confers that inevitable visitation, calling hence someone near and dear to us. God, in that wisdom that doth pass all human understanding, calls unto Himself the faithful from among His many subjects; calling both the high and the low, the prattling infant as well as those of mature years. Calling those whose labors here on earth seem incomplete, those in the vigor and strength of an active life, as well as the aged and infirm. And it thus came to pass that we were compelled to relinquish from our midst one who had been loved and respected since childhood and who had in unselfish effort and untiring endeavor contributed in a material way to the general welfare, progress and happiness of this community.

On February 14th 1922 the last summons came to Mrs. E. B. Kessler, and she departed from this vale of tears in peaceful slumber, in spite and in vain of every care and attention of her loved ones and the efforts of eminent physicians.

Mrs. Kessler, (nee Wolters) was born in Fayette County, at High Hill, sixty one years ago, and grew to womanhood in Schulenburg. Her father, Robt. Wolters, was one of the pioneer settlers of this section and the family has been identified in a most pre-eminent way with this part of the State since antebellum days. In early womanhood she was united in marriage with E. B. Kessler, only son of the venerable Charles A. Kessler, the latter also one of the early settlers of this section.

The union was blessed with four children; three of whom lived to maturity. She is survived by her beloved husband, one son, V. E. Kessler of Skidmore, and one daughter, Mrs. Gus Russek of this city. One brother, E. F. Wolters of Shiner, three sisters, Mrs. A. Roos of San Antonio, Mrs. L. Roos, of Victoria, and Mrs. I. E. Clark, also mourn her loss.

Mrs. Kessler was a life long member of the Lutheran Church and Rev. Paul Piepenbrok pronounced the last sad rites at her bier. The large gathering of friends from far and near and the vast wealth of floral offerings gave mute evidence of the love and esteem which was hers.

A Friend.

All contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 May 1912


Mrs. Chas. A. Kessler, after a long and well spent life of seventy-four years and fouteen [sic] days, passed peacefully away Saturday evening at eleven o’clock, May the 25, 1912, at the family residence while surrounded by her children, grandchildren and relatives. The end was as peaceful as the close of a beautiful summer day. She died as she had lived – honored, trusted and loved. Vain is the attempt to measure the loss of a mother to her children; after all the poets have sung and lovers dreamed, outside of heaven there is no love like a mother’s love. We believe the tender care devoted to those nearest and dearest, went with her to that better land.

Interment took place in the City Cemetery, at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. F. Piepenbrok of Port Arthur, officiating, and her remains were tenderly laid to rest beside those of her dear husband who had preceded her in death ten years ago.

Mrs. Kessler was born in Lengefeld, Saxony, Germany. Came to this country with her husband in 1848, first settling in Austin county, afterwards removing to High Hill and when the Southern Pacific railroad came through Schulenburg, they moved here.

One son, Edmund Kessler and four daughters, Mesdames G. Cranz, Alma Krook, W. O. Neuhaus and R. C. Boettcher are eft [sic] to mourn her loss.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved children and grandchildren in their sad loss of a mother and grandmother. May they be consolded [sic] by the blessed hope of the resurrection and that on the great day they will meet to part no more.

Those from a distance attending the funeral of Mrs. Chas. Kessler were: Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Neuhaus, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Neuhaus, Mr. Chas. Neuhaus, Mrs. Agnes Neuhaus and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cullen of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. King of San Antonio, Mr. Victor Kessler of Skidmore, Mr. Gustave Cranz of Ft. Worth, Mr. Chas. Wangemann of Yoakum, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Pagel of Shiner, Mr. and Mrs. Flem Houchins of Halletsville, Mrs. Leo Frede, Mr. Herbert Frede and Mrs. Kainer of LaGrange and Mrs. Adolph Richter and Mrs. Weete of Weimar.

This obituary contains some major errors. Contributed by Matt Cross

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 June 1912


(Houston Post Special.)

Schulenburg, Texas, June 1. – The passing away of Mrs. Chas. A. Kessler at her home here May 25 adds another name to the ever increasing list of pioneers of Texas who have ended their earthly careers, the men and women who hewed the way to the Texas of today.

Mrs. Kessler relict to Charles A. Kessler, who preceded her in death ten years ago was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1838.

In 1852 she and her widowed mother came with an uncle and his family to Texas and settled in Austin county, near New Ulm.

Several years later during the yellow fever epidemic more than one third of this family was stricken in death.

In 1855 Mrs. Kessler met and married Mr. Kessler, who later removed to High Hill, in this county and in 1877 to Schulenburg.

There were six children, the oldest of which, Mrs. Adolph Wangemann, died a number of year [sic] ago, the five surviving children being Edmund B. Kessler, Mrs. Gustave Cranz, Mrs. Alma Krook, Mrs. Robert Boettcher of Schulenburg and Mrs. W. O. Neuhaus of Houston. Besides these fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren survive.

Mrs. Kessler in the early days of her marriage bravely battled by the side of her husband for the establishment of a home in what was then a wilderness. Unused to the hardships of pioneering, she nevertheless met and overcame all obstacles and placed her home life on such a foundation of security as only a woman of rare culture and personal charm could do. Even in those hard early days her refining influence was felt not only by her own family, but in the little village surrounding her.

In the latter days of peace and comfort the love and homage of her children and her children’s children bore mute tribute to the influene [sic] her loving care and wise counsel had borne upon them.

The interment took place Monday afternoon, Rev. Piepenbrok of Port Arthur conducting the services.

The six grandsons, Gustav Cranz of Fort Worth, Charles Wangeman of Yoakum, Victor Kessler of Skidmore, Herbert Neuhaus of Houstou [sic], Charles Krook of San Autonio [sic] and Adolph Wangeman of Philadelphia served as pallbearers, little Kessler Boettcher, the seventh grandson, preceeding [sic] the casket.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jul 1902


The angel of death, ever indiscriminate and insatiable, again rendered desolate a Schulenburg home when, on Tuesday morning last, in obedience to the command of the grim reaper, the spirit of the youthful, the admirable and the benevolent Ida Pauline Keuper, while yet on the threshold of life, bade a final adieu to those by whom she was adored, and sought a haven of perpetual rest. The young lady had been ill with remittent malaria fever for several weeks, and while her condition was regarded as quite serious and had excited the apprehension of her family and many friends, they were not, in the least, prepared, for the announcement that she had really gone to that bourn from which no traveler returns. She was so young, so vivacious, so happy that it seemed impossible that she were really dead. Miss Keuper, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Keuper, Sr., was born in Schulenburg Oct. the 24th, 1884 and would therefore, had she survived until then, been eighteen years old her next birthday. She resided here always and during her last illness, in addition to having had the faithful attention of her devoted parents and immediate family, and the benefit of the best professional talent to be secured, was constantly attended by her former school mates and girlhood associates, all of whom were anxious to contribute to the comfort and cheer of their afflicted companion. In speaking of her death one of her former teachers paid many tributes to the individuality and worth of Miss Keuper, recalling how faithfully she persued her studies, how readily she led her classes, how thoughtful and considerate of others, what a bright disposition and christian [sic] nature she possessed. One of the saddest associations in connection with her death is the fact that she was engaged to be married soon to one of our most prominent and popular young gentlemen.

The funeral occurred at the city cemetery at 9:30 o’clock Wednesday morning and was largely attended, the last sad rites having been performed by the Rev. Mr. Bohmfalk of Freyburg. The members of the Germania Verein Club, of which society Miss Keuper was Queen during the May festivities, assembled at Turner hall and acting as an especial escort, accompanied the remains of their late Queen to the city cemetery. The young ladies who were her maids of honor during the May celebration and also her former school mates attended the funeral in a body. The Sticker begs to extend its sincere sympathy to the afflicted family and friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 May 1911

LaGrange Journal:

G. R. Stierling and Wm. Mennike were at Flatonia Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of their friend, Dr. Keyser. The news of this exemplary gentleman’s sudden death was received in this city Saturday afternoon and occasioned many expressions of sincere regret by his numerous friends here, who have ever held him in the highest esteem.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 June 1904


It becomes our sad duty to chronicle another death in our midst. This time one of our oldest citizens has gone to meet his God, and another home is made sad.

Mr. Carl Kiehn, our deceased fellow citizen, passed peacefully away at his home about four miles north of the city at 5 o’clock Sunday morning and his remains were tenderly laid to rest in the City Cemetery at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. Kern, of Swiss Alp, performing the last sad rites at the grave.

Mr. Kiehn had been in ill health for a long while, but it was not considered serious, he having always been able to sit up and go to his meals, only lying down to rest, and his death was a severe shock to his friends and loved ones, he having died very suddenly, with out complaining of any pain.

He was born in Germany in 1840 and came to this country about 35 years ago, first settling in Washington county, thence in Fayette, where he has succeeded in making a profitable living.

A wife, one daughter, Miss Hertha, and four boys, Messrs. Carl, Otto F., Edmond and Walter, are left to mourn his loss, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1904


Kiehn: Died near Schulenburg 6-12-04 of liver complaint, Carl Kiehn aged 64 yrs.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Oct 1902


Mr. Otto Kiehn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kiehn, who reside about four miles north of Schulenburg and an old Fayette county boy, but who for the past several years had been engaged in the drug business at Halletsville died at Cuero on Thursday last, September the 25th and his remains were interred in the City cemetery at Schulenburg Friday afternoon. Mr. Kiehn enjoyed an extensive acquaintance in Fayette and Lavaca counties and his death was a shock to hosts of his friends. The sympathy of the entire community is extended the bereaved wife and afflicted parents and family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Feb 1910


Quite unexpectedly came the sad news on Feb. 4 [sic; He died Feb. 14] the death of our dear friend, Andreas Kiesling. The departed was born Oct. 31, 1827 in Grosradies Kreis Rodenburg, Ober Lausitz, Prussia.

The burial took place Feb. 16, in Zion Cemetery at Swiss Alp, Rev. Liepke performing the last sad rites.

From 1847 to Mar. 1851 (three years and five months) he served the King of Prussia. In 1852 he married Johanne Pietsch, from this union sprung ten children, four sons and six daughters, all living. In April, 1859 he, with his wife and three oldest children came to America, landing in Galveston in June and settled in Serbin, Lee Co. In 1860 the family moved to Cedar, Fayette Co. and lived there to the time of demise. There remain to mourn his loss his devoted wife, his children, Mrs. Fritz Meyer, John, Mrs. H. Niemeyer, Mrs. C. Ritter, August, in Danville, Ill., Mrs. G. M. Schleier, Carl, Heinrich, Mrs. G. Kaase and Mrs. H. Koepke, one brother, thirty-eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, many relatives and friends. Seven grand and two great grandchildren preceded him in death.

With his demise the last one of the original organizers of Zion’s Church has departed.

Mr. Kiesling lived 82 years 3 months and 15 day [sic]. LaGrippe was the cause of his death.


Submitted by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 29, 1921

Mrs. Anna Kiesling

Mrs. Anna Kiesling, nee Hengst, who died after a second operation in the Taylor Sanitarium and was laid to rest in St. Paul’s cemetery of Friday afternoon, Sept. 16, was born in Germany on Dec. 20, 1869. With her parents she emigrated to Texas in the year 1880, making her home at O’Quinn in Fayette county, where she became acquainted with Mr. William Kiesling to whom she married in the year 1891.  Coupland was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kiesling from 1904 to 1921.  Since then they lived in the Thorndale community.  Mrs. Kiesling leaves to mourn her loss her bereaved husband, Mr. William Kiesling, three sons, Herman, Edwin and Paul, three daughters, Adele, Erna and Alma, one son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.  A large concourse of friends and relatives attended the funeral a number of them from Fayette county and Coupland.  – Thorndale Champion
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 25 January 1918


Schulenburg, Tex., Jan. 22.

. . .

Emil Kiesling, also of Camp Travis, who was ill with pneumonia at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kiesling, died Sunday. He left Schulenburg for Camp Travis at the same time Mr. Mendel did.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 25, 1960

Emil E. Kiesling Expires Monday

Funeral services were held here Tuesday at 12:30 for Emil E. Kiesling, 76, who passed away at his home Monday.  Rev. John F. Jensen of La Grange and Rev. F. E. Eilers of Swiss Alp officiated.  Burial was in the Black Jack cemetery.

Mr. Kiesling was born in O’Quinn, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kiesling.  He married Miss Helen Warnken at Freyburg on Oct. 21, 1903.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. August Thiel of Fayetteville and Mrs. Alfred Steinhauser of Houston; two sons, Atlin of La Grange and Herbert of Fayetteville; a sister, Mrs. Annie Rabe of Austin; two brothers, Ernest of Miles and August of Alice; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 June 1913


Hearta Kiesling, age 2 years, 4 months autaintaxi catain, from eating cabbage and potatoes, near Cedar.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 11, 1924


(Read at the Funeral by Rev. A. E. Moebus.)

It has pleased the Almighty, the Ruler of life and death, to call out of time to eternity our dear brother of the faith

Henry B. Kiesling

The deceased was a son of the well known Anderas Kiesling and spouse Anna, nee Pietsch, both now departed.  He first beheld the light of day on January 5, 1870, at Swiss Alp, and was baptized on the 16th day of the same month by the now sainted pastor, C. Chr. Rudi.  His parents reared him in the fear and admonition of the Lord, planting early into the heart of young Henry the Christian seeds of faith and virtue, harvesting bountifully in due season.  He was confirmed by the Rev. M. Leimer.  Twenty-five years ago he found a faithful helpmate in Miss Ida Hoelter, the ceremony being performed by Rev. J. Buenger, November 23, 1899.  This union was blessed with four children of which two, Walter and Mary, have preceded the father to eternity.

The first few years of wedded life were spent on the farm near Cedar, later moving to Lincoln.  In the year 1913 they decided to make La Grange their home.  For many years he has been a trusted employee of F. Mohrhusen.  His sole ambition was to be a “friend to man.”  No one has ever been known to be an enemy of Henry.

The Trinity Lutheran church sustains a severe loss through his death.  The deceased was a regular attendant in church, and communed frequently.  His services as usher in our church are worthy of special mention, ever calling for our gratitude and admiration.  In his official duties he was accurate, punctual and courteous.

God in His wisdom, permitted the assassin’s bullet to bring the useful career of this man to a sudden end.  While in the act of closing the store doors he was shot on Monday night.  While the murderer hastened away from the scene of this dastardly deed, hiding from men, yet, there is no hiding before God, others hastened to render help to the best of ability.  The mortally wounded man was rushed to the La Grange Hospital where skilled doctors and trained nurses combined efforts in trying to save the precious life, however, without avail.  Amid the prayers of his pastor and wife he fell asleep in Jesus, at peace with God and man.  He is mourned by his widow, his son Fred, and daughter Laura Poston, son-in-law, F. W. Hoelter, his father-in-law, two brothers, August in St. Louis, Mo., Carl in Clara, Texas; five sisters, all of La Grange, Mrs. Carl Ritter, Mrs. Hy. Niemeyer, Mrs. M. Schleier, Mrs. Bertha Kaase, Mrs. Hy. Koepke, as well as many other relatives and untold host of friends.

May he rest in peace unto the glorious day of resurrection.
Contributed by Rob Brown
See news article regarding Henry Kiesling's murder.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1957

Funeral rites held for Mrs. Ida Kiesling

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Ida Kiesling, 77, Sunday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Theo. Graalmann officiating.  Interment was in the Trinity Hill Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Kiesling died at her home Saturday.  Born on April 3, 1880, in Schulenburg she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Placke Hoelter.  She had been a resident here sonce 1949.

Mrs. Kiesling’s husband, Henry, preceded her in death in 1924.

Survivors are a son, Fred of Austin; a sister, Mrs. Otto Kaase of La Grange; two brothers, Fred of Victoria and Oscar of La Grange; one granddaughter and three great-grandsons.
Contributed by Rob Brown


See obituary in footnotes on Moore Cemetery page.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Killen: Died 7 miles north of LaGrange of consumption Mrs. John Killen aged 46 years.


The La Grange Journal, March 19, 1936 pg.1

Auto Wreck Near Weimar Fatal to Two Women Saturday

Mrs. Agnes Gipson, aged 52 years, and Mrs. Lena Killingsworth, both of Schulenburg, were fatally injured when the automobile in which they were riding turned over, one mile west of Weimar last Saturday. The vehicle was being driven by J.T. Gipson, husband of Mrs. Gipson, who received serious injuries, and was taken to San Antonio; a negro servant also in the automobile, was only slightly hurt.

Mr. Gipson, according to information obtained by the Journal, had passed Frank Schortt, who was driving also to Weimar, when his machine struck a piece of iron. The vehicle turned over four times. By the time medical help arrived the two women were dead; Mrs. Gipson, it is said, was instantly killed. The body of Mrs. Killingsworth was buried at Schulenburg, Sunday.

Mrs. Gipson, who was known to many in La Grange, president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Texas Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, and interested and active in Eastern Star work, frequently visited with friends here. Her body was taken to Houston, for burial.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, 1 May 1913

Charles Bradswaw Killough.

Died at El Paso, Texas, Saturday, April 26th, 1913, Charles Bradshaw Killougb, only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Killough. aged 19 years, 6 months and 22 days.

The remains were brought to LaGrange, and from the family residence on Travis street the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. A. S. J. Haygood officiating both at the home and the old cemetery, the attendance being very large.

The floral tributes, numerous and beautiful, bedecked his mound. Each tribute, a silent emblem of love from those who knew him.

Six of his friends, John Logan, Robert Ligon, Willie Clint Thomas and Albert Weber of LaGrange and George Willeford and Jim Meyer of Flatonia acted as pallbearers.

The news of Charley's death came not unexpected; it was apparent some weeks ago that the young man could not be restored to health, yet friends of the family, hoping against hope, were offering prayers for his recovery. And the announcement Saturday carried with it the fact that one of our best young men had crossed over.

Charley Killough was born in this city, the first born of a happy union, and in the years that followed he endeared himself to everyone. Possessing a most friendly disposition, advanced in mind and body, though not in years, he was companionable with his schoolmates and with his elders.. In his period of illness , he was considerate of his loved ones, and bore his affliction with Christian fortitude.

He has gone hence; we cannot recall him, nor can we, by lauding his virtues, lighten the burden of sorrow that is the lot of his parents and other relatives; but we can help to console them with the thought that in his new home he has met Him, whose mysterious ways [illegible] dear parents, can go to him. Our sympathy is offered to you; with the "aid of time and the help of the Great Comforter may the bleeding wounds be healed.

In attendance upon the obsequies from various points were: Mrs. J. W. McCutcheon, Miss Marie McCutcheon, R. C. Williams, Fort Davis; Mrs. W. H. Sanders, Langtry; Mrs. E..M. Farris, R, O. Farris, Jr., Killough Farris, George Willeford, Jim Meyer, Flatonia; Mrs. J. H. Durham, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stuedemann, Moulton; J. Milt Moore, Bay City; Dr. D. S. Killough, Galveston; Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Killough, Judge W. T. Bums, Coke Burns, Waller T. Burns, Jr.,.Richard F. Burns, Mrs. D. F. Wade, Mrs. Bettie Hopper, Mr. and Mrs. B. White, Miss Myrtle Killough, Houston; J. L. Morgan and family and W. A. Morgan, Plum.


Weimar Mercury, 9 Nov 1895, page 4

We delay in going to press with our paper, to announce the death of Mrs. Tabitha B. Killough, who departed this life yesterday evening at 3 o'clock. In common with every resident of LaGrange and indeed Fayette county and many more Texans, we lament her death and deeply sympathize with her family. She was the widow of Capt. Ira G. Killough and daughter of Col. John H. Moore. Both husband and father were heroes in battle, and are honored for their services to their country. Mrs. Killoughwas the first child born in the town of LaGrange, which is located upon her father's hedright land; and so she lived and died upon it. In all her relations in life she was a model, and her virtues and charities are known to thousands who loved her. She is gone to the just reward of a live devoted to God and mankind.


Weimar Mercury, 4 Apr 1963, page 1

Final Rites for Dexter Kinch, 66, At Schulenburg

Funeral services of Dexter G. Kinch, stepfather of H. L. Luycx of the [Weimar] area, were held Monday morning, April 1, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Mehrtens officiating. Burial was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Mr. Kinch, who had retired about a year ago from his job as service manager for the Remington Rand Co. at Houstin, had been ill only a month. He and his wife were planning to build a home on some farm acreage near here.

Born Feb. 20l, 1897, at Jackson, Michigan, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Kinch. He married Mrs. Charlotte Smith at Houston on June 4, 1955. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and was a World War I veteran.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two stepsons, H. L. Luycx of Weimar and F. J. Luycx of Freeport, and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Charlie Guenther, Ed Guenther, Melvin Drumm, Joe Krhovjak, Rudy Smrkovsky and Emil Hunger.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 25, 1934

Dad King Dies at Houston After Brief Illness

Peter A King, shoemaker by trade, and for many years located at La Grange, occupying the two-story frame building next door to C.R. Schmidt’s bicycle and gun repair shop on Washington Street, died at his home in Houston, Wednesday night of last week, aged 77 years; the body was buried at Houston Thursday afternoon.

Local friends were advised by letter, and many had read of the passing of their old friend, in the Houston papers.  To all of them, his death mention came as an unwelcome bit of news.  During the years that he had lived among us, Peter King – “Dad King” – to everyone was the friend to child as well as to the parent.  His shoe repair shop was the Mecca for all, whether business was the incentive or merely a friendly visit.

He left us five years ago, feeling that his years were heavier than those of youth and that with his relatives he could wander gradually down that shady lane which mortals must eventually travel.  “It is too bad to separate in our old age” wrote of his widow to a local friend, “but it is God’s will.”  One can picture the old mother, as she bid her companion a farewell.

Plain, honest, possessing a heart that bled freely when sorrow came to the home of a friend; traveling frequently in the shadow of a heavy sorrow himself, bereft of this own family, one by one, and in the full recognition of a fading age, joining hands with a friend of like years, to “walk together to the end of the lane.”

Dad King, the Journal Editor loved you, and enjoyed your friendship; may your sleep be peaceful.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


The La Grange Journal, March 12, 1936 pg. 1

Former Schulenburg Editor Dies, Friday

W. R. King, former publisher of the Schulenburg Sticker, died at Sweetwater, Friday of last week, aged 67 years. Deceased lived in Schulenburg for a number of years, and removed to San Antonio. Hw was a successful banker at San Antonio; he was receiver for a bank at the time of his death. The body was sent to Schulenburg and interred in the cemetery there, Sunday afternoon.

Survivors are, his widow, (nee Wangemann); a brother, John E. King, of Georgia; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Alexander King of Columbia, S.C., and two grandchildren, Margaret and Preston King, Jr.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The La Grange Journal, February 16, 1928

Houston Tragedy That Brings in La Grange

Friday afternoon of last week the remains of John Kirchhoefer, who was shot to death in Houston by his wife of a few months, were received at La Grange, a large delegation of sympathizing friends and relatives from the Prairie Valley section and from La Grange being at the station to receive the body. After a brief palcing at the home of the deceased man’s mother, the body was taken to the cemetery at Prairie Valley, and there Rev. R. Heise committed it to the grave.

John Kirchhoefer was a son of the Mr. and Mrs. John Kirchhoefer of Prairie Valley, the father dying about five years ago, the mother later removing to La Grange. John had been at Houston for several years and only recently began to operate a Garage on Liberty road outside the city limits of Houston. From the accounts as they appeared in the Houston papers, the marriage was not a happy one, domestic troubles materialized and it was to escape the annoyances that caused the deceased to decide to leave.

According to the account in the Houston Press, John Kirchhoefer started to leave the room the family used on Elysian street, when his wife objected and shot him. The bullet entered his left side, pierced the lungs and came out the right side just above the waist, according to the hospital authorities. John ran to the house next door, where he collapsed, and was later taken to the Methodist Hospital where he died. The woman, his wife, who did the shooting first arrested for assault to murder and released on bond, after the death of her husband, she was again arrested on a murder charge and released on bond.

Because of the local connection, the case has attracted a great amount of interest. John had many friends here in La Grange and also out at West Point and Prairie Valley where he is well known. He leaves a mother, several sisters and a brother.

The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the relatives, and especially to the mother. She is the chief mourner. Her son left here, well and with high hopes, his body was returned Friday. The grief of the mother is understood. The wife who fired the shot that killed is left for the Houston jury to handle.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 23, 1900

In Memoriam

Deries, the bright, sweet little daughter of Prof. and Mrs. Wm. Kirk was called to her eternal home on Monday evening, the 13th inst.  Tuesday afternoon her remains were tenderly laid to rest.  Deep sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents, who were so suddenly called upon to yield up their little one.

The divine will is, at homes like this, so hard to bear; but we are taught the God watches over our welfare as tenderly as a father does that of his children.  He will give us strength to bear whatever burden He sees fit to place upon us.

This sweet child has been taken from among us; but in return for this earthly life she has the life eternal and the blessed sight of God.  The fair little form wore no traces of sickness and suffering; but appeared as if in gentle slumber; calling to mind the words of our old hymn, --

“Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest,

Lay down thy head upon the Saviour’s breast;

We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best.”

H. P. G.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Sep 1911


Sunday morning about 10 o’clock, Mr. J. M. Kirk, of Abeline [sic], died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John P. Thomas of this city, whom he had been visiting. He had been sick only two or three days and the news of his death came as quite a shock to his relatives and friends.

Mr. Kirk was born in Lauderdale county, Ala., October 20, 1831. At the time of his death he lacked one month and seventeen days of being 81 years of age. He came to Texas with his father, Simon Kirk, in 1852, first settling at LaGrange.

January 24, 1856 he was united in marriage to Miss Middlebrook. Eight children blessed this union, seven of whom are living: Frank of Abeline [sic], Mrs. Kate Plummer of San Antonio, Mrs. Joe Beal of Brelau [Breslau], Ed of Brookshire, W. W. of Sweetwater, Mrs. John P. Thomas of this city and Mrs. Claude May of Abeline [sic].

Deceased was a member of the 23d and 25th Legislatures, representing Lavaca county.

He was the oldest member of Lyons Lodge No. 195, A. F. & A. M. and the beautiful burial services of this order were conducted at the grave and the last sad respects paid the departed brother, interment taking place Monday afternoon at the City Cemetery.

The Sticker extends its sincere sympaty [sic] to the bereaved relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Sep 1911

Those who attended the funeral of Mr. J. M. Kirk last Monday afternoon from a distance were: J. E. Kirk, Brookshire, W. W. Kirk, Sweetwater, Ewing and Zack Kirk, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Beal, Mr. and Mrs. Will Ladewig, Breslau, Mrs Kate Plummer, San Antonio.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 25 Feb 1886

The Journal has learned, with profound regret, that Mrs. Joe Kirk, of Schulenburg, who was on an extended vitit [sic.] to relatives and friends at Palestine, Tenn., died there last week, of pneumonia. Her remains were brought back and interred at Schulenburg, Tuesday. The Journal extends to the bereaved family and relatives its sincere sympathy.—La Grange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 15 Oct 1898

San Antonio Express: Mrs. Kirkpatrick of LaGrange died suddenly in this city last night. She was the mother-in-law of a son of Judge Peter Jonas and arrived over the Aransas Pass railroad last night to visit Judge Jonas' family. While on the street car on the way from the depot she had a fainting spell, but [rallied] and was hurriedly taken to Judge Jonas' home on Main street, but died a few moments after arriving there. Justice Jones was called to hold an inquest.


La Grange Journal, Monday, February 15, 1971

Kirsch Rites Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Kirsch, 94, of La Grange were held Saturday, February 13, at 2:00 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. A. E. Flathmann of La Grange officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Kirsch died Friday in the Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

She was born on May 9, 1876, at Bluff near La Grange, a daughter of Emil and Louisa Willrich Koehler.  She was married to the late Adolph Kirsch and had resided in La Grange and Bluff community all her life.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Julius (Hedwig) Gebhardt of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Friday, January 6, Mrs. Antonia Kirsch, wife of Joseph Kirsch, died at the family home near Halsted, aged 82 years, 9 months and 3 days.  She is survived also by her children, Otto Kirsch, Mrs. Ida Legler and Mrs. Julia Helble, and 14 grandchildren.  The funeral was held Saturday, Rev. Carl Baer officiating.

Deceased was born in Neistadt, at Friedland in Bohemia, and her maiden name being Miss Antonia Suske; she came to Texas with her parents on November 1, 1871, and located at Columbus in Colorado county, later removing to Ross Prairie, near Ellinger.  She was united in marriage with Joseph Kirsch in the year 1873, on the 28th day of July, and the married life was lived in the Biegel and Halsted communities.

Like all earlier settlers in that section, the newly created family experienced that usual hardship, but with a willingness to work, frugality practiced and honest to a fault, they reared an interesting family and enjoyed the good will of their surrounding neighbors.

The Journal offers to the survivors its sincere sympathy; good, kind and devoted mother has gone to her eternal rest.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 6, 1944

Ardie Kirsch

Death came to Ardie Kirsch, son of Mrs. Anna Kirsch of La Grange, Thursday.  He was 42 years, 9 months, and 25 days old.  Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Friday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, Rev. R. Heise, Lutheran pastor officiating.  Interment was made in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Ardie Kirsch was born in La Grange, September 4, 1901 and had spent his entire life in this city.  For a number of years, after he reached his majority, he was employed by the Gulf Corporation with T. H. Kroll, manager.  His father preceded him in death about 20 years.  His mother, nee Miss Anna Koehler, and relatives of either family survive.

Card of Thanks

Employing this method of reaching those who were interested in my son, Ardie Kirsch, during his illness and who sought to comfort me when death relieved him of his suffering, I extend thanks to Dr. L. D. Boelsch, the La Grange Hospital and nurses for their attentions and to Rev. R. Heise and friends for their words of consolation.  To those who brought flowers and thus expressed their love and interest thanks are also offered at this time.

Mrs. Anna Kirsch

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 1, 1924

Death Claims an Early Citizen of La Grange

Last Saturday at the home of her son-in-law, R. Linnartz of Edna, death claimed one of the early settlers of La Grange, Texas, Mrs. A. Kirsch, widow of the late Anton Kirsch, who died July 17, 1895.  From her late residence the funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. R. Heise officiating at the home and at the grave.  The attendance upon the obsequies was large, in which many from other points were numbered.  Mrs. Kirsch was born in Reichwalde, Prussia, October 30, 1839, and when a mere girl of fourteen years, accompanied her relatives to America, coming to La Grange in the year 1854.  Her maiden name was Miss Johanna Schmidt.  In the year 1858, November 30, she became the wife of Anton Kirsch, and to them were born five children, three sons and two daughters, of these two sons, and the husband who died July 17, 1895, preceded her to the great beyond.  The living children are:  Steve Kirsch of Johnson City, Mrs. R. J. Sladek of Yoakum; Mrs. R. Linnartz of Edna and Adolph Kirsch of La Grange.  The death of Mrs. Kirsch removes one of our early settlers.  She saw the little village grow and become one of the important little cities of Texas.  Up to within a year or so ago, she resided up stairs in the Kirsch building, from whence the funeral was held Monday, and there her children grew to maturity.  The building, which is of rock, and substantial, was started just prior to the opening of the civil war, and remained unfinished until after the close of hostilities.  Her devotion to her husband and children was of the sacrificing nature, and as the years came to her, her effections extended to her grandchildren, of whom there are seven.  She endeared herself to neighbor and friend, alike, and this is best shown by referring to her brief residence in Edna, where neighbor and friend became interested in her and her illness and sought in every way to manifest that sympathetic interest that helps us to bear our afflictions.  Before the remains were taken to the station to be conveyed to La Grange Rev. Wester, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Edna, held services at the home of Mr. Linnartz, and her bier was surrounded with beautiful flowers, while beautiful hymns were sung.  Truly, a manifestation of the highest regard.  We offer our sympathy to the mourning daughters, the sons and the grandchildren, we bow our heads in submission to the will of Him who bid the tired spirit to rest.  At her age, past eighty-four years, a lease of life seldom granted to mortal, she accepted the summons with becoming religious willingness.  During the time that she was under her daughter’s care at Edna, everything that loving hands could do was done.  Since November, she had been abed.  Among those who came to attend the obsequies from other sections were, Steve Kirsch of Johnson City; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Sladek and daughter, Mrs. Oliver Rankin, and sons, Edwin and R. J., of Yoakum; Mr. and Mrs. R. Linnartz and daughters, Alma and Irma, of Edna; Mr. and Mrs. Gus. Gloeckner of Rosenberg; Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Wertzner, and Mrs. J. J. Kubena of Fayetteville; Mrs. Pauline Keil, Leon Wertzner and Chas. Ziegenhals of Bastrop; Louis Vogelsang of Rosenberg; John Hoyo of Columbus; R. B. Spacek of Fayetteville; Ad. Pochyla, Rosenberg; Mrs. J. Kubena of Fayetteville; Mrs. John Kiesling, Swiss Alp; Wm. Bauer, Swiss Alp; and Mr. and Mrs. ___ Koepke, Swiss Alp. 

Contributed by Rob Brown


Nordheim View, January 1928

Mrs. Margarete Sophie “Meta” Klaevemann (nee Joost) was born Jan. 27, 1849 in the vicinity of Oldenburg, Germany; was married to Mr. Herman Christoff Klaevemann in the year 1876, the couple coming to America the same year and settling in Fayette County, in the Freyburg community, where they lived till Mr. Klaevemann’s death on Nov. 25, 1926.  The past eight months Mrs. Klaevemann had made her home with her oldest daughter, Mrs. Fritz Stoever of Nordheim, where she died at 2:00 o’clock P.M., Friday, Jan. 6, 1928.

The body was shipped to Schulenburg Saturday night and the funeral took place Sunday, in the presence of a large gathering of lifelong friends there and the numerous family connections of the Nordheim community.

Mrs. Klaevemann is survived by six children, as follows; Mrs. Fritz Stoever of Nordheim, Henry Klaevemann of Orange Grove, Willie Klaevemann of Nordheim, Mrs. John Koenig of Muldoon, Herman Klaevemann of Nordheim, and Mrs. Ed Hertel of Schulenburg.  Mr. Klaevemann died as above stated in 1926, and two children died in infancy.  Mrs. Klaevemann was buried next to her beloved husband in the Freyburg Methodist Burial Grounds.

The View extends sympathy to the bereaved children and grandchildren in the death of their dear old mother.  She had lived a long and useful life, raised a good family, and proved herself a model wife, mother and neighbor.  May she rest in peace.

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Weimar Mercury, 5 Jun 1959, page 1

Final Rites for Miss Anna Klatt Held at La Grange

Funeral services for miss Anna Klatt, 68, of La Grange were held Sunday afternoon at Koenig Funeral Home, with burial in La Grange City Cemetery. Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated.

Miss Klatt, an almost lifelong resident of [La Grange], died early Saturday morning in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born March 5, 1891, at Round Top, Fayette County, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Mary Hillje Klatt. Her father was county clerk for many years. The family moved to La Grange when Miss Klatt was about 3 years old.

Survivors include her sister, Miss Selma Klatt of La Grange, with whom she lived; two brothers, Arthur Klatt of Hallettsville and Paul Klatt of Brady; a niece, Mrs. E. M. Hubbard of Weimar; and four nephews, Charles Herder Jr., Leroy Herder and Henry Herder, all of Weimar, and Paul Herder of San Antonio.


Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1979

"Miss Selma" Dies at 103; Buried Here

Miss Selma Klatt, Weimar's oldest citizen died Wednesday, April 4, at the age of 103.

She died at 2 p.m. in Youens Memorial Hospital where she had been admitted three hours earlier.

A resident of Parkview Manor the past several years, she formerly lived at La Grange.

Born March 7, 1876, at High Hill, she was a daughter of Rudolph and Mary (Hillje) Klatt.

By the age of 13, she was licensed by the State to teach school. Her father taught her, and she liked to say, "My classroom was a shade tree." Mr. Klatt was a teacher himself (Sedan near Weimar was one of his schools) and later he became county clerk of Fayette County.

Miss Selma was remarkably healthy for her age, becoming bedridden only after falling and breaking a leg two years ago. She was alert and cheerful until the end.

She was a charter member of Rebekah Lodge of La Grange.

She is survived by four nephews, Charles Jr., LeRoy and Henry Herder of Weimar and Paul K. Herder of San Antonio; and one step-niece, Ethel Mae Willey of Uvalde. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 6, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Richard Worringham officiating. Burial was in [Weimar] Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bailey Willey, Glenn Matheson, Mark Stanton, Lewis Herder, Sid MacAllister and Charles Henry Herder.

Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jan 1926, page 5


Mrs. Veronica Klecka, an aged lady of the Dubina section, died Sunday at the advanced age of 87 years. The funeral took place Wednesday at the Dubina Cemetery, and was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends. Mrs. Klecka was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and for a time a great-great-grandmother, but the baby which gave her that distinction died.

She was a lady highly thought of by all who knew her, and her descendants—of which there are a large number living in this section—are numbered among the best citizens we have. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement.


Weimar Mercury, 3 May 1918, page 7


Mr. Jos. Kleiber, an old settler of the New Brunn community, died at the family home Tuesday of last week. Mr. Kleiber was born Dec. 8, 1857, at Bealter, Austria. October 20, 1884, he was married to Miss Rosa Grohmann at High Hill, Texas. He came to America in 1880. He leaves a widow and five children—Mrs. Wm. Berger of Schulenburg, Emil of Swiss Alp, Rudolf, Otto and Willie of New Brunn, also one sister, Mrs. Anton Grohmann. Mr. Kleiber was a good man, loved and highly respected by his neighbors. His death is deeply regretted by all. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, April 26, 1918

Joe Kleiber Dead

Joe Kleiber, born in Germany 61 years ago, but a long time resident of Texas, died at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at the home five miles south east of Schulenburg and was buried in the Catholic cemetery here Thursday morning, Rev. Father Meiser officiating.

His widow and five children – Rudolph, Mrs. W. M. Berger, Emil, Otto and Willie, survive him.  He was a member of the Catholic church, a Herman Sohn and a Catholic Knight.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Feb 1917

The infant son of Rud. Klieber and wife died at their home south-east of town, Saturday and burial took place at the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1966


Louis Klein of La Grange, father of Myke Klein of Schulenburg, succumbed Sunday morning at the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, July 18, 1966 at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville with burial in the Jewish Cemetery at Hallettsville. Rabbi Robert I. Kahn of Temple Emanu-El in Houston conducted the service.

An active businessman in La Grange for 43 years, Mr. Klein, 86, retired two years ago and since then had resided at the Moody Home in Galveston. He was the founder of Louis Klein & Son, La Grange dry goods store, now operated by his son, Larry Klein.

Born in Austria Dec. 23, 1879, he came to America at the age of one year with his parents, Jacob and Anna Leichter Klein. The family settled in New York. In 1923 he came to La Grange from Austin and opened the Louis Klein Store, in which he remained active for more than 40 years. He brought his sons into the business with him and assisted them in getting established in stores of their own in the SouthCentral Texas area.

Mr. Klein was a charter member of the La Grange Lyons Club, belonged to Masonic Lafayette Lodge A.F.&A.M. #34 and had served on the La Grange city council. He was a member of Temple Israel of Schulenburg.

Survivors are his sons: Myke Klein of Schulenburg, Larry Klein of La Grange, Moe Klein of Flatonia, Charles Klein of Columbus, Sid Klein of Smithville and Herman Klein of Texas City; a daughter, Mrs. Eli Rubin of Hallettsville; 21 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters: Mrs. Mildred Eneman and Mrs. Lena Goldfarb, both of New York City.

His wife, the former Miss Raye Daum, preceded him in death on Aug. 6, 1958. They were married at Manor on March 10, 1901. A sister also preceded him in death.


The Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Mar 1985


Myke Klein, age 83 years, 2 months, 4 days, of 506 Baumgarten, Schulenburg, passed away on Sunday, Mar. 3, 1985 at 9:05 p.m. at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar. Mr. Klein died after a 3-day illness of pneumonia.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Mar. 6 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel with burial following in the Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery. Rabbi Scott Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Yeshuyun in Houston officiated at the services and at the burial. Pallbearers included Leslie Lippman of Schulenburg and five nephews from Hallettsville, Houston and Dallas. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the Colorado Valley Shriners.

Myke Klein was born Dec. 27, 1901 in Austin, the son of Louis and Raye Klein. On Sept. 16, 1924, he married Anne Vogel in Brooklyn, New York. He lived in Fayette County for 60 years. He made his occupation as a merchant. He was a member of Temple Israel, Masons, Shriners, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and the School Board. He is survived by his wife, Anne of Schulenburg; two daughters and sons-in-law: Adele and Herbert Kalman of Amarillo and Marilyn and Harry Halpin; a sister, Ruth Rubin of Houston; three brothers: Charles of Columbus, Herman of Texas City and Moe of Flatonia; 4 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Larry and Sidney.


Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, Thursday, September 12, 1991

Bedrich C. Klekar Sr. of Seguin died Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the age of 82.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. at Flatonia City Cemetery in Flatonia.

Survivors include his wife, Ludmilla Klekar of Seguin; a son, Bedrich G. Klekar Jr. and wife Rose Marie of Seguin; a sister, Regina Klekar of Houston; a brother, Frank Klekar of Houston; and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, Aug 8, 2013, Page 2

Marcella Klekar Services Held On July 25

Marcella Fikac Klekar, 87, of Hallettsville, passed away July 22, at Stevens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Hallettsville with her family by her side.

She was born May 28, 1926, to Charles and Carrie Pesek Fikac in Sweet Home.
She married Robert Frank Klekar at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home, on Nov. 26, 1945.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, KJZT, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Marcella attended Sweet Home School. Her father died when she was seven. With the help of her family, neighbors, and friends; farm work had to be done. Marcella preferred the outdoor chores instead of housework, so one of her jobs was to milk cows, along with the usual farm work.
At the age of fifteen, she went to work at Tex-Tan in Yoakum to help the family financially. Soon thereafter, she met her future husband Robert and they were married and farmed near St. Mary's.
Due to the severe drought in the mid 1950's, Robert went to work for a company building bridges and the family lived in several different areas of Texas during this time.

Marcella was a very independent woman who worked hard raising the family as they moved and Robert worked long hours.

The family finally settled in Houston in 1971 until Robert's retirement in 1979. They then settled in Hallettsville on part of the Klekar homestead. During this time in Hallettsville, Marcella worked at the City Bakery and the Kountry Bakery. She was very much a people person who enjoyed working with the public.

She also enjoyed working in the yard, sewing, bingo and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

When Robert became disabled she retired to take care of him.

After his death and she was no longer able to stay at home, she moved to Stevens Nursing Home in October 2011. She enjoyed all the people and activities there.

She also enjoyed spending time with her caregiver, Susie Olivarez.

They enjoyed putting puzzles together, playing bingo, dominos and spending time visiting.

Marcella is survived by son, Robert Dennis Klekar and wife Jeanette of Sealy; three daughters, Charlene Fishar and husband Frank of Hallettsville; Deberah Konvicka and husband Blase of Hallettsville and Connie Pape and husband Lee of Victoria; sister, Marie Sherpinskas of Victoria, sister-in-law Beatrice Mensik of Weimar.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Melissa Klekar Shinn and husband Jerry; Rayn Klekar and wife Crystal; Paula Fishar Blumenthal and husband Ernie; Sandra Fishar Hawkins and husband Nathan; Nicole Fishar Dworsky and husband Kevin; Krystle Konvicka Roberts and husband Ian; Jessica Konvicka Nelson and husband David; Kandis Konvicka, Blase Konvicka III and Britni Pape Wild and husband Jonathan. and Also, 18 great-grandchildren, Ben Bailey and Brooklyn Shinn; Tyler and Kyndal Klekar; Morgan, Jared, Gavin, Owen and Addison Blumenthal; Megan and Lindsey Hawkins; Rylan, Colsen and Abram Dworsky; Aidan and Elodie Roberts and Briley Wild.
Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, infant son, James Wayne Klekar; grandson, Bruce Fishar; her parents; three sisters, Henrietta Klekar, Justina Michan, Albina Fikac and brothers, Leon Fikac and Charles Fikac.

Visitation and Rosary was held Wednesday, Jul 24 at Kubena Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass Service was held Thursday, July 25 at St. Mary's Catholic church in Hallettsville with Rev. Tommy Chen officiating.

Interment followed at St. Mary's Catholic cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ryan Klekar, Jerry Shinn, Paula Blumenthal, Sandra Hawkins, Krystle Roberts, Blase Konvicka, III, Britni and Jonathan Wild.

Memorials can be given to St. Mary's Catholic church, Hospice of South Texas, or Donor's Choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.kubenafuneralhome.com.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 4, 1940

Mrs. Ad. Brosch, Mrs. Aug. Karasek and A. C. Gieptner attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Mary Klekar, who passed away on Tuesday, Decc. 19 and was laid to rest in the Praha Catholic Cemetery Friday, Dec. 22nd.

Mrs. Klekar, nee Kubena, was born in Europe, June 27, 1863. On her arrival to this country her family settled at Novohrad. On Jan. 12, 1886, she was married to Joe Klekar and again made their home at Novohrad where they reared their family.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Kleckar, Sr., six daughters, Mary Kleckar, at home; Mrs. Charles Pilat, Mrs. Charles Kristinek, Mrs. Willie Grieve, Mrs. Rosie Migl and Mrs. Henry Jasek, all of Praha, and one son, Joe Gleckar, Jr. of Schulenburg. One sister, Mrs. Emil Gieptner, Sr., of Novohrad and 22 grand children and two great grand children.

To those who mourn her passing the Gazette offers sincere sympathy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Dec 1912


La Grange, Texas, December 4. – William Klemp, charged with burglary in three cases and who was present in court during the trial of other cases, last night committed suicide in jail by hanging himself with a four-in-hand necktie. The Sheriff was not aware of the self destruction until arroused [sic] this morning by the prisoners in jail.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 May 1910

Died at Sedan, May 11, Albert Klesel, age 1 month and 7 days, of cholera infantum.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune, 7 Jul 1967

Alfred Klesel, age 66 yrs., 4 months, succumbed Tuesday, June 20th at the Modern Nursing Home in Flatonia terminating an illness of nineteen months.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral chapel Friday, June 28 at 8:45 a.m. with continued services at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg at 9:00 a.m. Rev. Hubert Janak officiated at the Mas and burial was in Schulenburg Catholic Cmetery.

Pallbearers were Chas. Kainer, Joe Kainer, Jack Klesel, Milton Shimek, Clarenc Klesel and Gary Klesel.

Mr. Klesel was born at Schulenburg on Oct. 5, 1901 as the son of August and Annie Klesel. On Oct. 22, 1923, he was united in marriage to Miss Eveline Heller in Ammannsville and the young couple settled in Schulenburg where they engaged in farming. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church. Knights of Columbus and Augustine Societies.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Alfred Klesel of Schulenburg; 3 daughters —Mrs. Louis (Emma) Nitschke, Mrs. Robert (Clara) Schindler of San Antonio and Mrs. William (Rene) Pastucha of Hallettsville; 3 sons—August J. Klesel of San Antonio, Alfred H. Klesel of Houston and Werner Klesel of Richmond; two brothers, Henry and Charles Klesel of Schulenburg; 3 sisters—Mrs. Annie Kainer of Schulenburg, Mrs. Hedwig Paach and Mrs. Adeline Nelson of San Antonio, and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and one sister and one grandson.


Schulenburg Sticker, January 30, 2013

Alfred C. Klesel

Alfred C. Klesel, age 96 years, 9 months, 9 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Friday, Jan. 18 at 2:50 a.m.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by burial in the church cemetery. The Msgr. John Bily officiated. A tribute to his life was given by granddaughter Donna Daniels. Pallbearers were grandsons Rodney Ahrens, Mark Klesel, David Klesel, Harold Kalich and Paul Rerich, and great-grandson Trey Akridge. Named as honorary pallbearers were Jeff Daniels, Mark Olsovsky, Trevor Kalich, Dustin Rerich and Ty Ahrens.

Rosary was said on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Phyllis Venghaus.

Born in St. John on May 9, 1916, he was the son of Edward and Antonia Stang Klesel. He attended St. John School. On June 6, 1939, he married Albina Kubecka at St. Mary Catholic Church in Praha. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. He lived on a farm where he enjoyed taking care of his cattle. He also enjoyed fishing and different kinds of hunting as well as picking pecans on his land. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For the past 14 months, he was a resident at Regency Nursing Center.

Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn Ahrens and husband Glenn of Schulenburg, Dorothy Gabler and husband Atlin of Schulenburg, and Marjory Marusik and husband Lee of McKinney; a son, Melvin Klesel and wife Theresa of Schulenburg; one sister-in-law, Joyce Kubecka of Flatonia; and 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife; four sisters, Martha Klesel, Regina Kral, Margaret Schramek and Agnes Havrda; and four brothers, Edward Klesel Jr., Hubert Klesel, Tony Klesel and Ervin Klesel.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, November 17, 1977, p. 7

Mrs. A. Klesel Buried Nov. 6, Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Klesel, 88, of Schulenburg, mother of Hugo Klesel of Weimar, were held Sunday, Nov. 6, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg.

Rev. Roger Robbins officiated, assisted by Msgr. Alex Kraus of Incarnate Word Convent, Victoria, Rev. Charles Carolan of Weimar, and Rev. Oswald Kahlich and Rev. Benton Thurmond of St. John-Moravia.
Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery.

Mrs. Klesel died at Lavaca County Medical Center on Nov. 4 after an illness of seven weeks.
Born March 30, 1889, she was a daughter of John and Anna Till.  She was married to Edmund Klesel on Oct. 18, 1910, at Hallettsville. He died Aug. 25, 1953. A daughter, Mrs. Alfonse (Mary) Berger, also preceded her in death, in 1955.

Mrs. Klesel was a member of St. Rose Church, the Christian Mothers Society and the Altar Society.  She was chosen Mother of the Year from St. Rose Parish by the Catholic Women of the Archdiocese of San Antonio in 1959.

She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Frank (Hattie) Berger and Mrs. Willie (Dorothy) Janacek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Paul (Gertrude) Ohnheiser of Houston, Mrs. Vincent (Erna) Respondek of San Antonio, Mrs. Bernard (Edna) Bludau of Hallettsville and Sister Claudia Klesel of Bay City; four sons, Alfonse Klesel of Hallettsville, Hugo Klesel of Weimar, Henry Klesel of San Antonio and Edmund Klesel Jr. of Manvel; 54 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Muenster Of Hallettsville, Mrs. Hattie Kahlich and Mrs. Emilie Thompson of Cuero; one brother, and Joe Till of Cuero.

Pallbearers were Daniel Klesel, Thomas Berger, Rex Klesel, Andy Bockholt, Ricky Ohnheiser and David Kubenka.

Transcribed bySandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 July 1916, page 1


Mrs. George Klesel, at the home one mile south-east of town, on Monday morning, July 3, aged 63 years. Mrs. Klesel was one of the old settlers of this section and died at the home she went to as a bride. She is survived by her husband and five children, Frank, Rudolph, Jule, Mrs. Millie Lobpries, and Mrs. John Doerrich. Burial took place in the Schulenburg Catholic cemetery, Tuesday, July 4, services being conducted by Rev. Father Meiser.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 June 1915

Navidad River Bottom

Mr. Charlie Klesel died last Friday evening, aged 82 years, 5 months and 4 days, burial taking place at the Schulenburg Catholic cemetery at 3:30 o’clock the following the following [sic] afternoon, the Rev. Joe Meisner conducting the services. Deceased leaves two sons and four daughters, Charlie and Joe Klesel, Mrs. J. L. Effinberger, Mrs. A. Schoner, Mrs. Frank Brossmann and Mrs. F. Melcher.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1909


While returning from Weimar Saturday the 26th the horse of Mr. F. J. Klesel became unmanageable and ran away, throwing Mr. Leck and Mr. Klesel out of the buggy and Mr. Klesel was almost instantly killed, the fall breaking his neck. His remains were brought in and taken to ‘Squire Vogt’s office where an inquest was held and then conveyed to his residence.

Mrs. Klesel was prostrated with grief when the news was broken to her.

Mr. Klesel was about 30 years old and leaves a wife and a little baby just a week old. Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery Sunday the 27th Rev. Father Mathis officiating.

The Sticker joins the many friends of the family in extending heartfelt sympathy.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1909

Mrs. F. J. Klesel left Thursday last for Weimar where she will reside in the future.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sachs and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Buske of Weimar attended the funeral of Mr. F. J. Klesel Dec. the 27th.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1909


I take this method of extending through the columns of the Sticker my sincerest thanks to all those who so kindly assisted me in my great trouble when my beloved husband met death so suddenly. May God bless each and everyone is my earnest prayer.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Oct 1903

Mr. Frank Klesel a most esteemed and respected resident of Fayette county, living near St. John died Thursday night and his remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Schulenburg Friday at 4 o’clock, Rev. Father Mathis officiating. He has been a citizen of Fayette county for a number of years and leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his demise. The Sticker extends sympathy.

Mr. Klesel was 70 years of age Born in Merrem, Germany, came to America in 1867. Four sons and two daughters survive him.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, May 10, 1962.

Last Rites Are Read For Frank Klesel

Funeral services for Frank Klesel, age 70 years, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Wednesday, May 2 at 8:45 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Eustace Hermes officiated and interment was in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Klesel passed away April 30 at the family residence as a result of a heart attack.

Born June 24, 1891, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Klesel.  On October 15, 1912, we was united in marriage to Theresa Anders at Ammannsville.  He had been a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church.

Pallbearers were Gus Ruhmann, Eddie Watzlavick, Angelo Sbisa, Rudy Lobpries, Fred Klesel, and Alvin Anders.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Annie) Lenz of San Antonio, Mrs. Gus (Janie) Klare of Houston, Mrs. Robert (Alice) Fauler and Mrs. Alfred (Stella) Pavlu of Columbus; four sons, Frankie Klesel of LaGrange, Gus and Robert Klesel of Schulenburg and Bennie Klesel who is stationed with the Air Force in England; two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Lobpries and Fannie Berger of Houston; a brother, Joe R. Klesel of Schulenburg and eight grandchildren.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 March 1921, page 1

Death Of George Klesel

The entire community was saddened Wednesday evening at the news of the death of George Klesel, who passed away at the home of his son Joe at Hackberry, at 3:45 p. m. He had been a sufferer with heart trouble, and an acute attack of this malady was the cause of his death. He passed away peacefully, and quickly, being seated on a rocking chair on the porch at the home of his son, in conversation. Up until that hour he had seemingly been in good health and spirits.

He was 67 years of age, and one of the older settlers, having came here in 1867, and his home place adjoins the old family homestead just a mile south of town.

His wife preceded him in death about three years ago, as has one son Ferdinand. Three sons, Rudolph, Frank and Joe, and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Doerrich, Mrs. Ludmilla Lobpries and Miss Fannie Klesel , all survive their father, as do three brothers, Ferdinand, August and John and a sister, Mrs. Joe Brossmann.

The funeral services will be conducted from the family residence this Friday morning at 9:00 o’clock conducted by Rev. Father Schweller of High Hill, and interment made at St. Rosa’s cemetery.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 15 Oct 1904

Schulenburg, Oct. 10.—Louis Klesel, a young married man, while at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Kremling, this morning, in conversation with members of the family and apparently in good health, suddenly fell down and expired in a few seconds. A physidican was summoned and said death was caused by congestion.


Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 7, 2014

Margaret Elaine Klesel "Maggie", 63, of Pflugerville passed away peacefully with family by her side November 26th, 2014. She was born in Weimar, Texas on March 27th, 1951 to parents Herbert Frank Klesel & Emmie Louise (Trefny) Klesel of Schulenburg. She graduated from Schulenburg High School (class of 1969.)

Margaret is survived by her daughter Melissa Ann (Klesel) Ruemke & husband Donny & grandsons Dylan & Mason, of Taylor. Sister Carolyn Dach & husband Daniel of Schulenburg. Brothers Elton Klesel of Schulenburg, Thomas "TK" Klesel & wife Doris of Swiss Alp & Dennis Klesel & wife Laura of Bryan. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service starting at 9:30 AM on Saturday January 24th, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church at High Hill. St. Mary Catholic Church is located at 2833 Farm to Market 2672, Schulenburg, TX.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 12, 1953

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Minna Klesel, 82, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Minna Kainer Klesel, 82, who died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Adolph Dittrich, near Hallettsville, were held at the High Hill Catholic Church Monday after services at a La Grange funeral home.

She was buried in the High Hill Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Alvert Henkes officiating.

Mrs. Klesel, a sister of Mrs. Emil Gold of Weimar, was born near Schulenburg, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kainer, She lived in that area for a number of years after her marriage to Adolph Kelsel, but for the past six years had lived near Hallettsville.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Gold and Mrs. Dittrich are a son, Ludwig Kainer of High Hill, and one grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, February 25, 1960.

Mrs. Frank Klesel Interred Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Klesel Sr. of this city were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Monday, February 22 at 8:45 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Eustace Hermes officiated at the last rites and burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jack Klesel, Charlie Schindler, Eddie Walzlavick, George Klesel, Alvin Anders, Angelo Sbisa, Fred Klesel and Willie Lobpries.

Mrs. Klesel, nee Theresa Anders, was born on December 19, 1887, at Dubina as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Anders.  On October 15, 1912, she was united in marriage to Frank Klesel at Ammannsville and the young couple settled at Swiss Alp where they lived about two years before moving to Schulenburg.  Mrs. Klesel passed away February 19 at the family residence after suffering a heart attack.  She had reached the age of 72 years, three months and nineteen days.  She had been a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church.

Survivors are her husband, Frank Klesel of this city; four daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Annie) Lenz of San Antonio, Mrs. Gus (Janie) Klare and Mrs. Robert (Alice) Denney of Houston and Mrs. Alfred (Stella) Pavlu of Columbus; four sons, Frankie Klesel of La Grange, Gus Klesel of Schulenburg, Robert Klesel of Montana and Bennie Klesel, stationed with the Air Force in Puerto Rico; a brother, Anton Anders of Rosenburg and eight grandchildren.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1977

Frank Klima Funeral Held Here June 5

Funeral services for Frank J. Klima, 65, were held Sunday, June 5, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with interment in the church cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch officiated, assisted by Rev. Charles Carolan and Rev. Benton Thurmond.

Mr. Klima died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been hospitalized for a week. He had been ill only a short time.

A 32-year resident of this area, he was born June 3, 1912, in Czechoslovakia, a son of Frank M. and Anna Peck Klima, and as a child lived in Bee County. He also lived in Houston before moving here. He married Filomena Cernoch at Dubina on Nov. 8, 1937.

He served in the Navy from July 11, 1941, to Sept. 24, 1945.

He was a member of Tri-Association Bowling Club, American Legion Post 259 here, and SPJST Lodge No. 88, and was a third and fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. He had been employed at Herders the past 18 years.

Mr. Klima is survived by his wife; one brother, George Klima of Texas City; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Smith and Mrs. Eva Doubrava, both of Houston. One sister, Mary Helen Klima, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, Jeff Cernoch, Anton Schindler, Allen Hoelscher, Frank Krotky, and Edwin Hartensteiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 18, 1938

Miss Louise Klimicek of near Ellinger passed away at the home of a relative there Saturday, terminating an illness of about twelve months. She was 43.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock and interment was made in the Ross Prairie cemetery.—LaGrange Record.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 29, 1942

Last Rites Held Here Friday for Mrs. Annie Klimek

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Klimek, 74, were held Friday at Dubina, with interment being made in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Klimek lived alone in a rent house on the Joe Rabel farm just west of the city. She died Thursday morning.

Mrs. Klimek was born in Austria and came to America at an early age, settling in Fayette County. She was married to Mr. Frank Klimek in the year 1898. Her husband preceded her in death several years ago.

She is survived by a nephew, Mr. Joe E. Norawitza of El Campo.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 17, 1938

Miss Louise Klimicek

In failing health for the past 12 months, Miss Louise Klimicek of Ellinger, died Saturday, November 12, aged 53 years, 1 month and 21 days.  She had been a life-long member of the Catholic church, and was a daughter of Frank and Rosie Trchalek, immigrants from Czechoslovakia.  She was born near Ellinger, Sept. 21, 1885.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, with interment at the Ross Prairie cemetery; Koenig Funeral Home in charge of the funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown


See newspaper account of gin boiler explosion which killed Delia and Ruby Kline and others.


La Grange Journal, May 9, 1889

DIED—At LaGrange, May 2d 1889, Charles, aged 6 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klockmann.

His death was the result of tetanus (lockjaw) superinduced by wounding himself in the heel with a garden rake several days before he was attacked. Everything was done for him that the best medical skill could suggest, without avail. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.


San Antonio Express, Sunday, September 3, 1933

WEIMAR, Tex., Sept. 2. – Frank P. Kloesel, a farmer of this area, was found shot at his home six miles from here Saturday afternoon. He died a short time later. Members of the family said Kloesel had been in good health and had no financial worries. Hurrying home to see his father for the week-end was Herman, a son, who works in Schulenburg.

He arrived to find his father dead. He is survived by seven sons and four daughters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Monday, Sept. 25, 1967

SCHULENBURG – Fred B. Kloesel, 83, a retired farmer, died Sunday in a Hallettsville hospital after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, at 9:15 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Burial will be in High Hill Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Leo Heinrich, of Schulenburg; three sons, Herbert and Wilfred, both of Schulenburg, and Arthur of Hallettsville; and four grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 16 June 1992, page 14A


SCHULENBURG – Georgie Kloesel, 70, of Schulenburg, died in a Houston hospital Sunday, June 14, 1992.

Mrs. Kloesel was born April 7, 1922, in Ammannsville to the late Adolf and Magadalena Kadlecek Fillip.

Survivors: husband, Wilfred Kloesel; daughter, Janie Crawford of Houston; sons, Henry Petrash of Victoria and Donald Petrash of Houston; brother, Oscar Fillip of Clute; six grandchildren and two great-children [sic].

Preceded in death by parents, Adolf and Magadalena Fillip.

Rosary 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

Services 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with Father Royce Hughes officiating.

Services under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, (409) 743-4151.

The body will lie in state at the church from 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, until service time.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 11, 1946


Glenn Herman Kloesel, 10-weeks-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. kloesel of Engle, died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3, at the Schulze Hospital in Schulenburg. The baby was born July 16.

The body was laid to rest Saturday, Oct. 5, at Schulenburg, with services at the St. Rose Church. The rev. Goertz officiated. The parents are the only survivors.

Mr. and Mrs. Kloesel are former Weimar residents, having been proprietors of the Cotton Coffee Shop here for several years. The Mercury joins many other friends here in extending sympathy to them in their loss.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Oct 1904

Louis Kloesel, a young married man, while at the residence of Mr. Kremling, his father-in-law, Tuesday and apparently in good health, suddenly fell and died in a few seconds. Death was caused by congestion.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, February 23, 1934, page 1 and 3

Tragic Death of Ludwig J. Kloesel

The Mercury last week briefly mentioned the fact that Mr. Ludwig J. Kloesel, former popular resident of the Dubina community, had met death in the swirling waters of Cedar Bayou, near Baytown, while engaged in clearing timber, along with other CWA workers, from the banks of said stream. Particulars at the time were meager, but later on there came tidings that only emphasized the fact that this truly good man had indeed met death in a tragic manner.

The particulars as gleaned from newspaper reports and members of the family are about as follows: Mr. Kloesel, together with a number of other men, was crossing the stream on a long, to engage in work on the other side. As Mr. Kloesel was crawling across the log he lost his balance and toppled over into the stream, crying for help, as he was drowning in the chill waters. Several men went to his rescue. One of these, Harold Sullivan, was immediately attacked with cramps and came near drowning. Another man, Roy Littlefield, jumped into the stream, which was rapid and some fifteen feet deep at that point and had reached Mr. Klesel, when they became locked in an embrace that carried both to the bottom. Two other men jumped into the stream with ropes, but were unable to affect a rescue.

Men dived for the two lost men from the time they disappeared at 4 p.m., but it was not until 9 o’clock that night their bodies were finally located and dragged from the muddy waters of the stream. Even then every effort was made to restore life to them, but without avail. The scene of the drowning was two miles from a telephone.

The bodies were tenderly transported to their homes where arrangements for interment were planned. The body of Mr. Kloesel was brought to the Dubina community and laid to rest in the Dubina Cemetery Saturday morning, amid a great crowd of sympathizing, sorrowing relatives, friends and former neighbors. Rev. J. J. Hildebrand had charge of the funeral, assisted by Revs. John Anders of Praha and F. X. Wolf of Schulenburg. Rev. Anders said the requiem mass, Rev. Wolf delivered the German sermon, while Rev. Hildebrand held services in English. There were many and beautiful floral emblems placed on the grave.

The pall bearers for the occasion were Messrs. Frank and Albert Kloesel of Shiner, Ray Kloesel, Henry Kloesel and Willie Kloesel of Sedan and Alphonse Anders of Schulenburg.

Ludwig J. Klosel was born in the Sedan community, Fayette county, April 9, 1873. At the time of death he was 60 years, 10 months and 5 days old. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Anders of Dubina on the 28th of October, 1896. To this union nine children were born, of whom seven are living, six sons and one daughter. They are Ed, Herman, Ted, Louis, Ben, Frank and Marie, all living in Baytown except Ted, who lives in the Dubina community. His survivors are his widow, Mrs. Mary Kloesel, the seven children above named, three brothers, John Kloesel of Shiner, Frank and Fred Kloesel of Sedan, one sister, Mrs. Alois Lagledar of Bastrop, and three grandchildren. Mr. Kloesel lived in the Sedan section before and after he married, until 1901, when he moved to Mullin’s Prairie, near LaGrange, where he lived for ten years, then moved to the Dubina community. Here he resided until he moved to Baytown on the 29th of December, 1929. He resided in Baytown up to the time of his death.

Mr. Kloesel was a farmer by profession, and followed that calling up to the time he moved with his family to Baytown. During the many years of his residence in this section, no man stood higher in the estimation of his fellow-men. Mr. Kloesel was a devoted, wonderful husband and father, a neighbor and friend whose presence lent cheer to every gathering where he was present, and as true a friend as any man ever had. His family, neighbors and friends all loved him, and in the tragedy that has brought untold sorrow to all, we join with hundreds of old time friends in extending sincere, heartfelt sympathy to them, with the earnest hope that a merciful Father will console them in their deep bereavement as He alone can.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 20, 1959

Kloesel Grandchild Buried Wednesday

Mark James Kloesel, 2-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Kloesel Jr., died Sunday at Farmington, New Mexico, only three weeks after he and his parents had moved there.

Last rites were held Wednesday at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg with burial in the church cemetery.

The baby was a great-grandson of Mrs. Mary Kloesel of Weimar and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Kloesel Sr. of Schulenburg. Other survivors include a brother and a sister and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brewer of Schulenburg. The mother is the former Miss Fay Brewer.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Baytown Sun, October 11, 2001

Mark Louis Kloesel

Oct. 29 1955 - Oct. 6 2001

The kindness and goodness that Mark radiated will be sorely missed by all of those he blessed; A life long member of St. Joseph's Church, Mark loudly proclaimed his love for Jesus, with joy and enthusiasm. A loyal member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers L.U. 527, Mark traveled and worked around the county but always called Baytown his home. Mark had simple taste and derived the greatest joy in his life from walking and talking with his old friends and making new ones.

On Friday, Oct. 12, there will be a reading and visitation at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baytown at 10:00 a.m. Saturday Oct. 13, 2001 with Rev. Stephen Mandry officiating.

Mark will be buried next to his father Ted L. Kloesel in Dubina, Texas at 3:00 on Saturday.

"The Blessed Trinity "
Went surfing one day after going to church
It was like I took the Holy Church with me
The waves cleansed me,
Then I caught this wave and was born again
The whole world has been cleansed.
Water, Blood & the Spirit give testimony on this earth.
Just as the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost give testimony in Haven,
That Day was like all of these combined
And it was One wave, One church, One God the Father.

God is Love
Jesus is Love
Surf for Peace

Mark Louis Kloesel-1990

Mark was preceded in death by his Father, Theodore L. Kloesel and is survived by his Mother Marjie Zatopek Kloesel, his Brothers Paul F. Kloesel and Kurt J. Kloesel and his sister Judy Marie Kloesel McKee.

Pall bears will be Joe Foster, Mark Hemil, Christopher Kloesel, Dennis Kloesel, David Kloesel, Robert Regian, Sherwin Roden, Colin Rodriguez, Pete Stulze and Jeff Zatopek.

Services are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook, Baytown

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, February 17, 1966

Rites Held Here For Mrs. Kloesel, 92, of Baytown

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary M. Kloesel, 92, of Baytown, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here last Thursday morning, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Kloesel, a former resident of Dubina, died Tuesday morning in a Baytown hospital. She had lived in Baytown the past 36 years and at the time of her death was living with her daughter and son-in-law, the Fred Kanas.

Mrs. Kloesel was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, St. Ann’s Society, the KJZT and the Legion of Mary.

Surviving are six sons, Edward L., Herman J., Theodore F., Louis E., Bernard S., and Fran J., all of Baytown; the daughter, Mrs. Marie B. Kana of Baytown; three brothers, Rev. John Anders of Cistern, Joe Anders of Schulenburg and Edward Anders of Weimar; two sisters, Miss Theresa Anders of Weimar and Sister Mary Firmina of Ennis; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 16, 1964

Mrs. Joe Kloesel's Funeral Services To Be Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe A. Kloesel Sr., 59, who died late Tuesday evening, have been set for Thursday at 8:45 a.m. in Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg.

Burial will be in the church cemetery. A rosary will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a DCA rosary at 8:15 and a KJZT rosary at 8:30.

Mrs. Kloesel, the former Miss Mary Cernosek of Ammannsville, had been ill since October 1962. She died at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday at her home. She would have been 60 years old on July 29.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, June 10, 1965, page 6

Mrs. Frank Kloesel Rites Held June 2

Mrs. Frank P. Kloesel, nee Mary Kainer, passed away at her home in Weimar May 31, terminating a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held June 2 from the Hubbard Funeral Home and continued at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with interment in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated, assisted by Rev. John C. Bily.

Mrs. Kloesel, age 90 years, was born on February 11, 1875 at High Hill as the daughter of Anton and Theresa Kainer. Following her marriage to Mr. Kloesel, they settled at Sedan, moving to Dubina in 1911. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Kloesel moved to Weimar about 15 years ago. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Society and the Legion of Mary.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Emil (Millie) Cihal of Ganado, Mrs. Annie L. Davis of Weimar, Mrs. Dan (Bertha) Koenig of San Antonio and Mrs. Jerry (Clara) Kana of La Grange; six sons, Joe and Herman Kloesel of Schulenburg, Ed, Emil and Rudy Kloesel of Weimar and Steve J. Kloesel of San Angelo; two sisters, Mrs. Ludmila Teltschik of New Braunfels and Mrs. Anna Brossmann of Schulenburg; one brother, Frank Kainer of Schulenburg; 23 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Three sons died in infancy and one son, Adolph of San Antonio, passed away three years ago.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Baytown Sun, Wednesday, August 13, 1986

Services for Mary S. Kloesel, 83, of Baytown will be held at 10 a.m. Friday al St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Douglas Guthrie officiating.

Mrs. Kloesel, a 50-year resident of Baytown, died Wednesday at a Baytown hospital.

She was preceded in death in April by her husband of 59 years, Ted F. Kloesel.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, The Legion of Mary and St. Agnes KJZT.

She is survived by three sons, Ted Kloesel and Dennis Kloesel, both of Baytown; and Ben Ed Kloesel of Arlington; eight grandsons, David, Paul, Mark, Kurt, Matthew, Christopher, Gregory and Stephan Kloesel; four granddaughters, Melissa and Jennifer Kloesel, Deborah Sexton and Judy McKee; six great-grandchildren, Christopher and Holly Kloesel; Emily, Albert and Josie McKee; and Kathryn Sexton.

Burial will be at Saints Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Dubina.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday at Navarre's Paul U. Lee Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre's Paul U. Lee Funeral Home.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, Aug. 25, 1911


At 8 o’clock Friday morning, August 18th, Rosine Kloesel, aged 76 years and four months, died at the home of her son, Frank B. Kloesel, near Dubina, after a brief illness. The funeral occurred Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Dubina cemetery, and Grandma Kloesel was laid to rest by the side of her husband who had preceded her many years before. Father Szymanski conducted the funeral services and told of the long Christian life this good woman had lived. She was a lovely Christian character, who always deprived herself for the benefit of others. The funeral was one of the largest held at Dubina for a long time. She had been a resident of this section since 1876 and leaves to mourn her demise four sons and one daughter, all grown. May she rest in peace.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 12, 1923


Rudolph Kloesel, a well known and highly respected farmer living near Schulenburg, died Thursday of last week, and the remains were buried the following day. Several from this section attended the funeral. Mr. Kloesel was married some years ago to a Mrs. Clara Kloesel, widow of his brother, who was accidentally killed in a fall from a vehicle on the road between Weimar and Schulenburg. Mrs. Kloesel, the widow, before her first marriage was a Miss Clara Baum of this city, and lived with H. P. Sachs and wife for a number of years. She was highly regarded by the people of this city. To the widow and children the heartfelt sympathy of many Weimar friends is extended.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Baytown Sun, Sunday, April 13, 1986

Services for Theodore "Ted" F. Kloesel Sr., 82, of Baytown will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Monsignor J.P. O'Sullivan and the Revs. Arnold Anders and Douglas Guthrie officiating.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Navarre's Paul U. Lee Funeral Chapel.

Kloesel died Friday at a Baytown hospital and was a 50-year resident of Baytown. He was a retired supervisor of Exxon Building Services Department and a member of Exxon Annuitants . He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph's Men's Club and Knights of Columbus Council No. 2788.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kioesel of Buytown; three sons, Ted Kloesel of Baytown, Ben Ned Kloesel of Arlington and Dennis Kloesel of Baytown; two brothers, Frank and Louis Kloesel, both of Baytown; one sister, Marie Kana of Baytown; his 12 grandchildren, David, Paul, Mark, Kurt , Matthew , Christopher, Gregory, Stephan, Melissa and Jennifer Kloesel, Deborah Sexton and Judy McKee; five great-grandchildren, Catherine, Holly, Emily, Albert and Chris Kloesel; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial services will be held Monday at Saints Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Dubina.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Services are under direction of Navarre's Paul U. Lee Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, April 2, 1936  Pg. 7

Willow Springs, Mrs. Ernest Klump

Mrs. Ernest Klump passed to her eternal reward Monday morning at 7:00 o’clock, at the age of 61 years, 6 months and 9 days. Mrs. Klump suffered a stroke of apoplexy. Her remains were laid to rest in the old Town Cemetery at New Ulm, Tuesday morning, at 10:00 o’clock; Rev. Bosshard of Warrenton officiated at the home and at the cemetery.

Mrs. Klump was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Aurich, deceased pioneer settlers at New Ulm. She was born on the Aurich farm, one mile south of New Ulm, September 14, 1874.

On December 18, 1894 she was married to Ernest Klump. They made their home on a farm at Greenvine until 1901, after which they removed to the farm at Schoenau, on which Mrs. Klump, wither her husband, resided until her death.

The couple was blessed with four children; one child died at the age of 4 years. The children besides her grief-stricken husband, surviving, are: Mrs. Chas. (Hilma) Sommerlatte and Mrs. Davy (Elvira) Rinn of Schoenau, and Herbert Klump of Round Top. Elven grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters, survive her. Her brothers and sisters surviving her are: August Aurich of Ledbetter; Otto Aurich, (twin brother), A.G. Aurich, of New Ulm; Mrs. W.F. Krauss of Round Top and Mrs. Robert Klatt of Burton.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 15, 1906

Baby Jesse

The six months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Klump, died Friday morning at the family residence in the western part of the city, after a brief illness.  Little Jesse was their only child, and ‘though they did all in their power, the little thread of life was severed, and another babe has gone to prepare a home for his loved ones.

The family are comparative strangers to our people, having but recently located here, coming to La Grange from Bartlett.  But in time of sorrow they found themselves to be strangers among friends.  A large number attended the obsequies Saturday afternoon at the new cemetery.  Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 July 1903

Death Record.

Klusner: Died at Fayette Co. Poor-house, July 14th-03, of hemonrhage [sic], Klusner, aged 74 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross