Fayette County Obituaries

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Colorado County Citizen, October 6, 2009

Patrick O’Teeter

Patrick O’Teter, husband of Diana Plengemeyer O’Teter and father of Steven and Christopher O’Teter, died suddenly at the age of 45 in an automobile accident Tuesday, Sept. 15.

He was born on June 28, 1964 in Dallas. He was reared in Irving and graduated from Irving High School. He began working for UPS while attending college and became noted for his work ethic and dedication. His abilities earned him many recognitions and awards, all of which he accepted while crediting the whole team and not himself.

On May 23, 1987, Patrick married Diana. Together, they shared 22 years of marriage with pride and joy rearing their two sons, Steven and Christopher. In 1990, Patrick began a life dream of earning and receiving an airframe and powerplant license. For 17 years, he savored the joy of troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining aircraft systems to ensure the safety of all who chose to travel by air.

He served a Delta Airlines company, Atlantic Southeast Airlines for 12 years. Because of his work ethic, skills and commitment, he again received numerous awards such as: the Technical Services Semi-annual Award of Excellence, the Annual Award of Excellence, and The Presidents Award of Excellence. He most recently was employed by Chautauqua Airlines, a Continental connection, where he was known as the one who could work with and train any person.

Anyone who knew Patrick knew he was a man of personal conviction, principles, beliefs, and determinations, which were based on the word of the Lord, Jesus Christ. His passions were his family, the country, the lake, work, politics, religion and life.

He is survived by his wife, Diana O’Teter; sons, Steven O’Teter and Christopher O’Teter; parents, Tyler and Nancy O’Teter; brothers, Rick, Michael, and Kevin and wife Cammi; sisters, Carol Parga and husband the Rev. Mario Parga, and Shannon Crain and husband Stacy; father and mother-in-law, Howard and Oralee Plengemeyer; sisters-in-law, Donna Kennedy; and Debbie Hubenak and husband Avin; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Mass of Christian burial was held at the Church of St. Roch in Mentz and was officiated by his cousin, the Rev. Daniel Scheel. Music was provided by the Rev. Dan Flagg and the Rev. Mario Parga. Services were concluded at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Ellinger. Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

If desired, memorials may be made to Christopher O’Teter’s College Fund at Citizens State Bank, P.O. Box 831, Athens, Texas, 75751

Contributed by Judy Talkington


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 March 1923

John Oeding Dies

John Oeding, a well known citizen of La Grange, died at his home at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon.

The deceased was well known around Schulenburg, he formerly operated the soda-water factory at La Grange.

The remains were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in La Grange.

Among those who attended the funeral from here were Louis Bolling and family, August Gebert and family, Prof. Mears, and Chas. Gebert.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, July 1927


Julius Oeding, one of the pioneer citizens of the Black Jack section passed quietly away at his family residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Deceased had reached the ripe old age of 72 years.

He spent the greater part of his life in the Black Jack section where he made a friend of every one with whom he came in contact.  Everyone always spoke of Julius Oeding as being one of the finest, straightest gentlemen they had ever known.  He was a good farmer, industrious always, through his application and foresight he was able to accumulate considerable of this worlds goods in addition to rearing eleven splendid children.

He will be greatly missed not only by his bereaved relatives but also by his thousands of friends.

The body was laid to its final resting place in Black Jack Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Richter officiating.  The funeral was a very large one, attesting to the popularity of this good man.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Louise Mueller Oeding, his four daughters, Mrs. Louis Steinmann, Mrs. Hermann Grasshoff, Mrs. Louis Herzik, and Miss Louise Oeding, by seven sons, namely: Paul, Tom, John, Eddie, Louie, Walter and Elmer, a number of grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

To them the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy in this their great sorrow.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koening


Schulenburg Sticker, January, 1941


Mrs. Louise Oeding, aged 82 years, six months and eighteen days, passed away at her home in La Grange, Saturday night following a short illness.

Mrs. Oeding, who was a lifelong resident of Fayette County, lived almost all her life in the Freyburg area.  She was before her marriage, Miss Louise Mueller, of Bethany, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mueller.

She was united in marriage to Julius Oeding and they lived in the Freyburg area where they were active in the religious and civic affairs of that community.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church at Black Jack.

Mr. Oeding preceded her in death in 1927, and in 1934 Mrs. Oeding moved to La Grange and made that place her home until the time of her passing.

Her husband and four children preceded her in death.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Millie Herzik of La Grange, Miss Elise Oeding, who made her home with her mother in La Grange, and Mrs. Herman (Ida) Grasshoff and Mrs. Louis (Marie) Steinmann of Schulenburg; five sons, John and Ed Oeding of Houston, Louis and Elmer Oeding of La Grange, and Walter Oeding of Freyburg; four sisters, Mrs. Henry Gebert and Mrs Louis Gebert of near La Grange, Mrs. Bertha Gebert of Flatonia, and Mrs. Frances Moebus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Surviving also are fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 P.M., from the Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange with interment in the Black Jack cemetery.  Rev. Erhard Eilers, pastor of the Lutheran Church at Black Jack and Swiss Alp, officiated.

Pall Bearers were Earl Grasshoff, Floyd Steinmann, Bruce Byles, Archie Oeding, John Koenig, Lloyd Dippel, and Elmo Lampe.

To those who mourn the passing of this pioneer Christian mother we extend our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koening


Fayette County Record, April 25, 1971


Mrs. Margaret Oeding, retired nurse of La Grange, passed away at Fayette Memorial Hospital Friday.  She was 81.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Arlyn J. Hausmann officiating, and burial was in the Black Jack Cemetery.

Mrs. Oeding was born at Ammansville on January 18, 1890, daughter of Joseph and Marie Albrecht Munke, and was united in marriage with Paul Edwin Oeding at Ammansville on January 10, 1910.  Her husband preceded Mrs. Oeding in death in 1938, as did her son Felix Oeding and youngest daughter, Mae Oeding Carby.

Mrs. Oeding was employed as a nurse at Fayette Memorial Hospital here for more than 20 years before retiring.

Surviving her are her daughter, Mrs. John (Elva) Oeding Koenig of Black Jack Springs, a son, Archie Oeding of Freyburg, 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koening


Schulenburg Sticker, July 1938


The relatives and many friends of Paul Oeding were chocked and grieved at his sudden death last Sunday morning, which occurred at his home in the Freyburg section.  He was apparently in good health, having been in Schulenburg Saturday attending to business matters.  Having a pain in his chest and arm he went to his family physician, but thinking it not serious, he went on with his duties.  After a restless night, he was up and about in the morning.  He fell suddenly as he was taking his medicine.  A doctor was immediately called but Mr. Oeding passed away before the physician arrived.

Deceased was born near Black Jack fifty-six years ago, last January 7th [1882], and grew to young manhood there.    When a young man he worked on a railroad in Kansas for a number of years and later he and a brother operated a bottling works in Yoakum.  Preferring a more peaceful life, he decided to farm.  About 28 years ago, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Munke, of Ammansville.  To this union two sons and two daughters were born.

Mr. Oeding was a splendid man, everyone who knew him admired and respected him for his many fine qualities.  He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and his passing brought sadness to the entire community.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, July 4th, at 4 P.M., from the family residence with interment in the Black Jack cemetery.  Rev. F.E. Eilers officiated.  The funeral was a large one and the many flowers were mute evidence of the love and friendship in which he was held.

One son, Felix, his father, two brothers and one sister preceded him to the Great Beyond.  Surviving are his grief-stricken wife, two daughters, Mrs. John (Elva) Koenig of Black Jack and Mrs. Werner (Mae) Carby of Swiss Alp, one son, Archie, who is still at home.  Also his mother, Mrs. Julius Oeding of La Grange; five brothers, John and Ed of Houston, Walter of Freyburg, Louis and Elmer of La Grange, four sisters, Miss Elise Oeding and Mrs. Millie Herzik of La Grange, Mrs. Louis Steinmann and Mrs. Herman Grasshoff of Schulenburg, and four grandchildren.

The many friends of the family extend sincere sympathy in the loss of a beloved husband and father.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koening


Fayette County Record, 20 Aug 2005


Funeral services for Edmund Johnnie “Bull” Oeltjen, 82, of Plum are set for 10:30 am Tuesday, Aug. 30 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie Valley with Rev. Lynnae Sorenson officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Valley Church Cemetery.

Oeltjen died Sunday, Aug. 29 in a La Grange nursing home.

He was born Sept. 24, 1922 in the Prairie Valley Community of Fayette County, the son of Anton and Erna (Marquart) Oeltjen. He married Vera Louise Hauschild on April 3, 1949. A heavy equipment operator for many years for the late V.A. (Boss) Hrbacek, he was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. He enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, especially since he was wheelchair bound since 1985.

Survivors include one daughter, Lanice and husband Louis Bertsch of Plum; three grandchildren, Loren Bertsch and fiancée Amy Sivek of Prairie Valley, Landry Bertsch and Wife Melanie of Plum and Lauri Anzaldua and husband Bryan of Lockhart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Larry Hauschild; one sister and brother-in-law Anita Dunk and husband Wilford; one brother, Leon Oeltjen; and two infant brothers.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Prairie Valley Church Cemetery Association.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 28, 1969

Weimar Native A. Oeltjendiers Buried Saturday

Funeral services for August Oeltjendiers of La Grange, 65-year-old retired Holman farmer, were held at La Grange Saturday morning, with burial in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Trinity Hill.

Rev. Lavarn Fitch of Schulenburg officiated in services at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.

Mr. Oetjendiers died Thursday at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born at Weimar Aug. 11, 1904, he was a son of John and Johanna Warnken Oeltjendiers. He married Miss May Srubar here on Nov. 24, 1921.

She survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. John Biehle of Warda; a son, Elo Oeltjendiers of Dallas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Miss Lena Oeltjendiers of Palo Alto, Calif., and Mrs. Sophie Ripper of Schulenburg.

A son, Johnnie, was killed in World War II. Three brothers, Fritz, John and Walter, also preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 8 Feb 1962, page 1

John Oeltjendiers, 64, Buried Friday at La Grange

Funeral services for John Oeltjendiers, 64, Fayette county farmer and brother of Fritz Oeltjendiers of Weimar, were held Friday afternoon, Feb. 2, at St. Paul's Lutheran church, La Grange, with burial in the city cemetery there.

He died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 31, in Fayette Memorial Hospital, three [days] short of his 64th birthday annniversary.

Born Feb. 3, 1898, in Germany, Mr. Oeltjendiers was 4 years old when his parents, John and Johanna Oeltjendiers, brought him to this country, settling in the Holman community. He married Miss Lenora Schwegmann at Columbus on April 12, 1938.

She survives, along with a son, Henry Oeltjendiers of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Sophie Ripper of Schulenburg and Miss Lena Oeltjendiers of Kansas; and two brothers, August Oeltjendiers of La Grange and Fritz Oeltjendiers here.


Weimar Mercury, 4 Jun 1937, Page 1

Old Time Settler of Holman Section Dies

News reached this city Tuesday morning of the death of Mr. John D. Oeltjendiers, old time settler of the Holman section, after an illness of six weeks. His death occurred late Monday evening. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, interment taking place in the Brandt burying ground near Holman, with Rev. Moebes of LaGrange officiating. The funeral was largely attended, showing the high regard in which Mr. Oeltjendiers was held by his neighbors of the Holman community.

Mr. Oeltjendiers was born in Oldenburg, Germany, and was in his 80th year at time of death. He came to this country with his good wife (now deceased) and four children in 1902. The family first resided in the Weimar section, but afterward moved to Fayette county, in the vicinity of Holman, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. Oeltjendiers is survived by three sons and two daughters, as follows: Mr. Fritz Oeltjendiers of Weimar, Mr. John Oeltjendiers of Schulenburg, Mr. August Oeltjendiers of Trinity Hill, Fayette county, Mrs. Sophie Ripper of Schulenburg and Miss Lena Oeltjendiers of Holman. He also has a brother living in Germany.

Mr. Oeltjendiers was a quiet, good citzien, peaceable, law-abiding, a kind husband and father, a neighbor who loved to help others, and his passing is noted with sincere regret. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, 25 Mar 1949, page 1

Pvt. Oeltjendiers of La Grange Reburied

LaGrange, Mar. 22.— Reburial rites for Pvt. Johnnie C. Oeltjendiers, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Oeltjendiers of La Grange were held Tuesday afternoon at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel and the Trinity Hill Lutheran Church. Rev. O. Bahr officiated and interment was in the church cemetery.

Oeltjendiers died at Zamai Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on April 11, 1945, at the age of 22.

Besides his parents, he leaves one brother, Elo, who is stationed in Okinawa, and one sister, Mrs. J. Biehle of Warda.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Nov 1908


Died near Nechanitz, Oct. 25, Karel Oeser, age 74 years of heart failure.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Mar 2009, page 3

Dennis Ohnheiser

Dennis Otto Ohnheiser, 66, of Seguin died Thursday, Feb. 26 after a lengthy illness.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1942 in Fayette County, the second child and eldest son of Otto and Henriette Marie (Jochen) Ohnheiser. He attended Schulenburg public schools and earned his bachelor of arts degree at Texas Lutheran University. Following his graduation, he remained in Seguin where he owned and operated Fidelity Loans Inc. until the time of his death.

Mr. Ohnheiser was preceded in death by his parents; by his elder son, Anthony Ohnheiser; his father-in-law, Harry H. Frazier; and two brothers-in-law, Charles Bielke of Marion and Harry H. Frazier Jr. of Killeen.

He is survived by his son, Dennis Wade Ohnheiser and wife Lavonne of Seguin; and two grandchildren, USAF SrA Isaac K. Ohnheiser and wife Jenny of Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., and Megan C. Ohnheiser of Seguin. He is also survived by his sister, Mariann Bielke of Marion; his brother, Kent D. Ohnheiser and wife Shirley of Schulenburg; his brother, Stanley A. Ohnheiser and wife Virginia of Weimar; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Rev. Lemae Higgs of United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp, where Mr. Ohnheiser was a lifetime member, was slated to officiate at the funeral service on Wednesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. at Goetz Memorial Chapel followed by a brief service at United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp at noon. A reception at the church hall was slated to follow the interment in the church cemetery. Named as pallbearers were nephews Garth Bielke of New Braunfels and David Ohnheiser of Montgomery and nephews-in-law Don Dilworth of San Antonio and Russ Juno of La Grange.

Arrangements were under the direction of Goetz Funeral Home of Seguin.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, September 10, 1896

Died at Freyburg, October 10, Francis Ohnheiser, aged 1 year and 3 months, of congestion of brain and bowels.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1966, page 1

H. Ohnheiser, M-G Foreman, Dies Suddenly

Harvey Ohnheiser, 29, supervisor of the Egg Division of M-G Inc. here fell dead at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday while at work, apparently from a heart attack.

He and another M-G employee, Emil Anders, had gone to a warehouse rented by the company for storage of egg cases and had been there only a few minutes when Mr. Ohnheiser suddenly collapsed. Death was apparently instantaneous.

A hard-working and congenial fellow, he had no history of heart trouble and had gone to work Tuesday feeling refreshed after a four-day holiday.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning July 7 at 9 o'clock at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at St. Michael's Catholic Church at 9:15. He will be buried in the City Cemetery at Schulenburg.

Harvey William Ohnheiser was born December 13, 1936 at High Hill, northwest of Schulenburg, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Ohnheiser. He attended La Grange schools and on December 31, 1955 he married Miss Marlene Bruns of Schulenburg. They lived briefly at La Grange and Austin before moving here in October of 196[?], when he began working for M-G. He was made Egg Division supervisor the following year. He was considered one of the key men in the M-G organization.

Mr. Ohnheiser was a member of St. Michael's Churh and Hermann Sons Lodge.

He leaves, in addition to his wife, four daughters, Roslyn, 9, Candace, 8, Deborah, 7, and Nancy, 3; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Ohnheiser, now living in Weimar; one brother, Clarence of Hurst; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wunderlich of Schulenburg.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 26, 1970

Kent Ohnheiser's Father, 60, Dies At Swiss Alp

Otto Ohnheiser, 60-year-old father of Vo-Ag Teacher Kent Ohnheiser here, died unexpectedly at 8:15 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at his Swiss Alp farm home.

He had had open heart surgery about three weeks earlier in Houston and had been home just a few days, apparently making a good recovery. He was up and about, expecting to resume his work after a few weeks rest.

Mr. Ohnheiser was a lifelong resident of Fayette County, born Aug. 10, 1909 in the Black Jack community. He married Miss Henrietta Jochen on Oct. 18, 1936, and they settled at Swiss Alp.

He was a member of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp, where his funeral service was held Sunday, Rev. Arlyn Hausmann officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Ohnheiser survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Mariann) Bielke of Marion; three sons, Dennis of Seguin, Kent of Weimar and Stanley at home; four grandchildren; six brothers, Willie of Weimar, Richard, Alfred and Rudolf of Schulenburg, Henry of La Grange and Joe of Stafford; and seven sisters, Mrs. John Zimmermann, Mrs. Ellie Kaase and Mrs. Oscar Kaase of La Grange, Mrs. Wilbert Kaase and Mrs. Monroe Schuetze of Schulenburg; and Mrs. Laddie Krhovjak and Mrs. Victor Stavinoha of Glidden.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, March 16, 1932

FLATONIA, Tex., March 15.—At his home in the country east of here John Okrouhlik, aged 62, died after a lingering illness. He leaves a widow and several children. Burial took place at Praka [Praha] Catholic Cemetery yesterday. Rev. Father Anders officiated.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Victoria Advocate, January 7th, 2005

Ernie Okruhlik

RICHMOND - Ernie Okruhlik, 61, of Richmond, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005.

He was born June 14, 1943, in Praha, to John B. Okruhlik of Flatonia and the late Mary Castecka Okruhlik. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharist Minister. He was a third degree Knights of Columbus and was a member of the church council. He played with the City Polka Boys and The Bobby Jones Czech band, and was a director for the Polka Lovers Club of America. He was a member of Fort Bend Association of Realtors, Houston and National Association of Realtors, and served as director for the Fort Bend Water Control and Imp. District No. 2, Texas Association of Realtors, and Century 21 Houston Brokers Council. He was the president of Fort Bend County Board of Realtors, chairman of the Board of Equalization for the City of Stafford, and was named Realtor of the Year in Fort Bend County in 1984.

Survivors: wife, Earline Berger Okruhlik; daughters, Cheryl Okruhlik Hahn of Rosenberg and Pam Okruhlik Tipton of Flatonia; son, Troy Douglas Okruhlik of Fort Worth; sister, Lillie Mae Machicek of Taylor; brother, Bennie Okruhlik of Spring; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. today at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home chapel in Rosenberg. A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha. Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapels, Rosenberg, 281-341-8800. Memorials: American Cancer Society, Houston Metro Area, P.O. Box 570127, Houston, Texas 77257-0127 or Holy Rosary Vision 2011, 1416 George Street, Rosenberg, Texas

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, November 8, 1936

FLATONIA, Tex., Nov. 7.—Mrs. Frances Okruhlik, 79, of the Praha community, died yesterday after a lingering illness. She leaves a family. Burial will take place in the Praha Catholic Cemetery, Rev. L. P. Netardus of Shiner and Rev. John Anders will officiate.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 25 Nov 2003

Laddie J. Okruhlik

FLATONIA - Laddie James Okruhlik, 81, of Flatonia, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003.

He was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Flatonia, to the late Rudolph and Amalia Jasek Okruhlik. He was a farmer and rancher and member of St.

Mary's Catholic Church in Praha and KJT.

Survivors: wife, Evelyn Wotipka Okruhlik; daughters, Patricia Marshall of Moody, Myra Jean Robinson of Flatonia and Lynette

Okruhlik of Sweeny; sisters, Martha Clisbee of Jacksonville and Mollie Peters of Kingwood; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: three sisters; and five brothers.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Praha Catholic Church, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, February 18, 1971

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe G. Okruhlik of Praha were held at 1:30 pm., Wednesday, February 3 in Praha Catholic Church with the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating at the funeral Mass and last rites. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rosary was said at the Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia Tuesday at 8 p.m. led by Father Valenta, followed by another Rosary by the KJZT Society.

Mrs. Okruhlik passed away at her home Monday, February 1, 1971 at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 20 days.

She was a member of the KJZT, St. Anne Society, who attended the services in a body.

Mrs. Okruhlik, nee Otilia Neskorik, was born November 11, 1901, at Praha, Fayette County, Texas, daughter of Anton and Emelia (Pospisil) Neskorik.

Surviving are her husband, Joe G. Okruhlik of Praha; two daughters, Mrs. Benedict (Marcella) Molnoskey of Shiner, Mrs. Emil (Rita) Fajkus of Flatonia; 6 grandchildren; three brothers, Willie Neskorik of Schulenburg, Leon and Marcus (Nick) Neskorik, both of San Antonio; and two sisters, Mrs. Anton H. (Aurelia) Koudelka and Mrs. Emil (Judith) Mitchie, both of San Antonio.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Milton J. Neskorik of Flatonia on October 31, 1969.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, August 17, 1967

Flatonia – Funeral services for Mrs. Otto (Agnes Carolina) Olle of Flatonia were conducted Wednesday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m. from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. She passed away July 25, 1967 at the age of 88 years, one month, and 27 days.

The final rites were held by Rev. W. J. Clements, pastor of the Flatonia Baptist Church. The Baptist Choir rendered two hymns, “Abide With Me” and “Just As I Am.” Interment was in Flatonia’s Oak Hill Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Lester and Benno Wotipka of San Antonio, Herman Olle, Daniel Freytag, Louis Niemann and T. J. Marik, all of Flatonia.

Survivors are one son, Alfred Olle and a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Emmie) Vogt, both of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. John Hajek of Gonzales and Mrs. Otto Francke of Elgin; six grandchildren, Mrs. R. S. (Jeanette) Matson of Houston, Alfred Olle Jr. of Schulenburg, Mrs. Delano (Margaret Ann) Womack of Houston, Mrs. Billy (Betty) Upchurch of Houston, James Vogt of Houston, Gene Vogt of Schulenburg; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Olle was the daughter of the late Martin and Valborga Wotipka, was born May 28, 1879, just south of Flatonia on what is known as Wotipka Hill and resided in this community during all of her lifetime. She was married to Otto H. Olle December 13, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Olle were proprietors of the Olle Café in Flatonia for many years prior to the management of the Olle Hotel beginning in 1925. Mrs. Olle was operating the hotel at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died January 29, 1938 and one son, Edwin Olle on April 3, 1964.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, July 31, 1975

Schulenburg – Alfred E. Olle Sr., well-known retired Schulenburg barber, passed away Sunday, July 6, 1975 in Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar, terminating a lingering illness of three years. He had attained the age of 77 years, 7 months and 2 days.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, Tuesday, July 8, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Richard Batchelder officiating. Burial was in the Flatonia City Cemetery.

Casketbearers were Frankie Hercik, Tom Fetzer, Arthur Graf, Louis Pavlas, Douglas McKinnon and Henry Dittrich Sr.

Mr. Olle, a son of Otto and Agnes (Wotipka) Olle, was born December 4, 1897, at Freyburg. On July 11, 1959, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Marek at Schulenburg and the couple has resided there since.

A life-long resident of Fayette County, Mr. Olle was a Navy veteran of World War I and a member of American Legion McBride Post No. 143, Schulenburg.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Olle; daughter, Mrs. R. S. (Jeanette) Matson of Houston; a son, A. E. Olle Jr. of Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Emmie) Vogt of Schulenburg; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his father, January 29, 1938; his mother, July 25, 1967; a brother, Edwin Olle, April 3, 1964.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1913


Christian Olle, age 76 years 6 months and 9 days, heart failure, near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1916

From Freyburg

We regret to chronicle the sudden death, last Friday, of our friend, Edgar Olle, son of Herm. Olle, of Flatonia. To the bereaved we extend our sympathies.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker
Friday, December 11, 1953

Albert Olsovsky Buried at St. John

Albert Olsovsky, age 62 years and ten days, passed away at the family residence early Friday morning, December 4, 1953. He had not been ill prior to his death.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 5, at 9:00 o’clock in the morning from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home with continued services at the St. John Catholic Church at 9:30. Rev. Albert Maneth officiated and interment was in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Olsovsky was born in November of 1891, the son of the late Frank and Rosie Olsovsky, who lived in the Moravia section. On October 22, 1912, he married Miss Emilie Motal at Hallettsville and the couple settled in the St. John section, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a member of the St. John Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emilie Motal Olsovsky, one daughter, Mrs. Julius (Agnes) Schramek of St. John, and one son, Adolph Olsovsky of Schulenburg; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Millie) Surovec, Ganado; Mrs. Jerry (Angelina) Trlicek, Bay City; Mrs. Jim (Julia) Baros, El Campo; six brothers, Alfred, Bill, Frank, Robert and Eddie Olsovsky, Ganado; Henry Olsovsky, San Antonio and a half-brother, Edmund Olsovsky, Ganado. Three grandchildren and a step-mother and four step-sisters also survive. A sister, Mrs. Jim (Emma) Orsak of San Angelo preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Bill, Robert, and Frank Olsovsky, Jerry Trlicek, Jim Baros and Victor Barborak.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Herald, 1 Aug 1907


... There were two funerals here last Saturday.  Chas. Olsowsky's two year old boy died and was buried in the St. John cemetery.  John Zapalac, Jr. of Velehrad died Friday and was buried Saturday in the Praha cemetery.  He left a wife with five little children.

First name comes from St. John Catholic Church record of interments. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 1903

Death Record.

Oltmanus [sic]: Died near Warrenton, Aug. 15th-03, of paralysis Mrs. Anna Oltmanns, aged 75 years and 4 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Oct 1901

We were very sorry to hear of the untimely death of our old friend, John Oltmanns. He was one of the most progressive public-spirited of Schulenburg. May he rest in peace!

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, April 1, 2001

YOAKUM—Annie E. Ondrusek, 50, of Yoakum, died Friday, March 30, 2001.

She was born Feb. 23, 1951, in Weimer, to Georgie Sassin Kossa of Ammannsville and the late Jerome Kossa. She was a graduate of Sam Houston State University and taught at Rice Consolidated ISD and Yoakum ISD. She was a member of K.J.Z.T., Catholic Daughters, Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the Hermann Sons. She was a Catholic.

Survivors: husband, Glenn Ondrusek; sons, Nicholas Ondrusek and Randall Ondrusek, both of Yoakum; sisters, Dr. Mary Jones of Fort Worth, Jo Lynn Petrosky of Yoakum and Caroline Kaspar of High Springs, Fla.; and brothers, Edward Kossa of Dayton, John Kossa of Gladewater and Mike Kossa of Ammannsville.

Preceded in death by: father; and sister, Geraldine Kossa.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Graveside services will be noon Monday at Ammannsville Cemetery near Schulenburg. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: St. Joseph Family Center or American Cancer Society.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, June 24, 2016

YOAKUM - Glenn Marshall Ondrusek, age 59, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

He was born November 8, 1956 in Yoakum to the late John and Wilma Schodde Ondrusek. He graduated from Yoakum High School in 1975 and married the love of his life, Annie Kossa in 1985.

He was the owner of the fuel distributorship, Lavaca County Oil & Gas in Moulton for many years and was a member of Shiner Hobo Band and Hermann Sons Lodge.

Survivors are sons, Randall Ondrusek of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Nick Ondrusek and wife Ashlea of New Braunfels; one granddaughter, Emma Faith Ondrusek; brother, Lynwood Ondrusek of Johnson City, Tenn.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annie Kossa Ondrusek (2001)

Visitation 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home.

Funeral Service 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Ammannsville, Texas.

Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Onken: Died a mile west of La Grange Aug 3rd-03 of flux, Aug. Onken aged 1 mo.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Sep 1909, page 1


Died near Fayetteville, Aug. 13, Catherine Charlotta Onken, age 75 years, 11 months and 25 days of stomach.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Aug 1913


Edward Onken, aged 44 years, 10 months, 5 days, --- near Weimar.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 4 Oct 1918, page 8


LA GRANGE, Texas, Sept. 30. Henry Onken Jr., was found dead under an overturned automobile, pinned to the ground by the fender, Sunday afternoon two miles east of Rutersville. Onken was alone in the car and on his way home. No one saw the accident and the condition of tthe body indicated that life had been extinct for several hours. He was recently drafted and had come home on a furlough intending to return to Camp Travis Sunday night. His father is a prominent farmer in this county and lives at Park.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Apr 2010, page 3

Anton Joe Orsak

Anton Joe Orsak, who lived near Schulenburg, passed away at Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville on Saturday, April 10. He died of a heart attack at age 79 years, 2 months, 25 days.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the St. John Catholic Church, with interment in the St. John Cemetery. The Rev. John Peters officiated. Pallbearers were Bradley Berger, Derrick Berger, Mark Bennett, Gary Fuller, Jessie Mendel and Alvin Besetzny. Named as honorary pallbearers were Edward Bennett, Alphonse Besetzny, Arnold Bohuslav, Alvin Fuller, Tim Henke, Moulton Veterans of Foreign Wars members, Skip and Donna Smith and Riley Trojacek.

Rosary was held on Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born on Jan. 26, 1931 in Mansville, he was the son of Fridolin “Fred” and Mary (Till) Orsak. On June 11, 1955, he married Josephine “Joyce” Morisak. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and was a member of Moulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6971 as well as the St. John Catholic Church. Mr. Orsak’s occupation was welding.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Allan Berger of Hallettsville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tony Orsak of St. John, and David and Kathy Orsak of Schulenburg; a sister, Lillian Fojtik of Rosenberg; and two grandchildren, Bradley Berger and Derrick Berger.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Alfons, Jim and Richard Orsak; a sister, Willa Mae Silhavy; and a granddaughter, Samantha Orsak.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Orsak: Died near Oldenburg, Aug 31st 03 of pernicipus fever, Barbara Orsak, aged 40 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, October 30, 1947

Fred Orsak, age 67 years, nine months and seventeen days, passed away at his home near St. John on Tuesday, Oct. 21, following an illness of some five month’s duration.

Mr. Orsak was born January 4, 1880, as the son of Paul and Rozina Kamira Orsak of Lavaca County. He was a life-long resident of Lavaca County. He was united in marriage on February 22, 1909, to Miss Mary Till. They have lived on a farm near St. John since that time. He was a member of the St. John Catholic Church.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Till Orsak; two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Willie Mae) Silhavey of Needville, and Mrs. Bohumil (Lillian) Foytik of Rosenberg; three sons, Jim Orsak, Needville; Richard Orsak, Rosenberg, and Anton Orsak, Schulenburg. Surviving also are one brother, Frank Orsak, of Sealy; two sisters, Mrs. Steve Janota Sr., Gonzales, and Mrs. Barbara Krause, Schulenburg. Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. from the family residence, followed by services at the St. John Catholic Cemetery under direction of the Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange. – Schulenburg

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


El Campo Leader-News, 18 Feb 2004

Joe Orsak, 77, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, November 27, 2003.

He was born Sept. 5, 1926 in Fayetteville to Joseph Franklin and Marie Shimek Orsak.

Mr. Orsak owned and operated Orsak's Auto Clinic in Fayetteville for 37 years. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and a member of K.J.T. Society. Mr. Orsak was a Pioneer and helped found the Fayetteville E.M.S. He was a Veteran of U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lidiak Orsak of Fayetteville who he married in Houston on Feb. 28, 1949; daughters, Diane Rudolph of Ellinger and Janet Ballard of Fayetteville; sons, Bernard Orsak of Pasadena, Joe C. Orsak of Brenham, Lucas Orsak of Fayetteville and Vincent Orsak of Fayetteville; brother, Dennis Orsak of Ellinger; sisters, Gladys McCoy of Fayetteville, Madeline Petrofsky of Columbus, Irma Kovar, EmLee Key, Loretta Naumann all of Fayetteville, Alice King of Houston and Marion Tschatschula of Rutersville; ten grandchildren; and one step-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister; brother; an infant sister and a grandchild.

Military Funeral service is today, Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church with Father Jack Maddux officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Church Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Koenig and Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl, La Grange.

Pallbearers are Douglas McCoy, Ralph Naumann, Roy Kovar, Gus Tschatschula, Ronnie Smith and Daniel King.

Memorials can be made to the Fayetteville Vol. Fire Dept. or Lone Star Hospice, 701 E. 9th, Smithville, Texas 78957.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Baytown Sun, Tuesday, December 31, 1985

Services for Julia Orsak, 80, of Baytown will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Monsignor J.P. O'Sullivan officiating. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Earthman Funeral Home Chapel.

She was a 56-year resident of Baytown and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Orsak of Baytown; one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and J.D. Kuebler of Baytown; two grandsons, Joe David Kuebler of Santa Barbara, Calif., and John A. Kuebler of Baytown; three sisters, Christine Carpenter of Baytown, Claudia Novosad of Highlands and Albina Lehman of La Grange; one brother, Henry Cernota of La Grange.

Burial will be Thursday at New City Cemetery in La Grange.

Services are under direction of Earthman Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Lois R. Orsak

Schulenburg Sticker, January 10, 2012

Lois R. Orsak

April 2, 1953 – Jan. 1, 2012

Lois Orsak, 58, of Schulenburg, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1 at her home after a two-month illness with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on April 2, 1953 to Anton and Matilda Svetlik Kubenka in Shiner. She married Edwin Orsak on Aug. 24, 1974 in Praha. She was a member of the KJZT, Catholic Daughters of America, Schulenburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church of Schulenburg and a past member of the St. Rose of Lima Church board.

Lois attended St. Mary’s School in Praha and graduated from Bishop Forest High School in 1971. She worked for Wagner/Chromcak Insurance, Schulenburg Insurance Agency and 20 years at Frank Supply Company before retiring in 2008. She also worked with her husband and brother-in-law in their business, Edwin E. Orsak & Sons Auctioneers, as a bookkeeper and did all the behind-the-scenes work with running the business. “She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and truly had a servant’s heart, always putting others’ needs before her own,” her family writes.” She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening and spending time with and cooking for her family.

Mrs. Orsak is survived by: her husband of 37 years, Edwin; daughter Denise Corbin and husband Matt of Kingwood; daughter Melanie Chonko and husband Paul of Abilene; three grandchildren, Kayleeand Seth Corbin and Marcus Chonko; sister Loretta Kutac and husband Henry of Flatonia; three brothers, Alphonse Kubenka and wife Josie of Praha, Leon Kubenka and wife Frances of Praha, and Stanley Kubenka and wife Jeannette of Schulenburg; mother-in-law, Lillian Orsak of Schulenburg; four sisters-in-law, LaNell Orsak of Onalaska, Margie Orsak of Alpharetta, Ga., Barbara Vecera and husband Mark of Schulenburg, and Debbie Huser and husband Fred of Hallettsville; two brothers-in-law, Joe Orsak and wife Roxanne of San Antonio, and Ronnie Orsak and wife Barbara of Perth, Australia and Onalaska, Texas; and 27 nieces and nephews including two godchildren and numerous cousins.

Mrs. Orsak was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Matilda Kubenka; father-in-law, Edwin E. Orsak; and niece, Sandra Gail Kutac.
Funeral Mass service was held on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg. Visitation was from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Officiating was Rev. Timothy Kosler. Pallbearers were nephews Kevin Kubenka, Darrell Kubenka, Gregory Kubenka and David Kutac; brother-in-law Joe Orsak; and son-in-law Matt Corbin. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Kaylee and Seth Corbin and Marcus Chonko; son-in-law, Paul Chonko; and friends Fawn Zimmermann, Karen Winkler, Kim Anders, Andy Rolirad, Pat Proske, Diane Munson and Cathy Divin. Burial took place in the St. Rose of Lima Garden Mausoleum at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church or School, Hospice of South Texas, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1980, page 2

Funeral services for Vinc Orsak of Fayetteville were held Dec. 26 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Interment was at Hostyn Hill Catholic Cemetery.  The Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiated at the services. 

A rosary was celebrated Knesek Chapel Dec. 15.

Mr. Orsak died Dec. 24 at Sweetbriar Nursing Home at the age of 91.

He was born Feb. 29, 1888 in Austin County, the son of John and Marie Orsak.  He was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include a brother John Orsak of Fayetteville.

Pallbearers were Thomas Ray Baca, E.J. Stibora, Fred Bauer, David Divin, Leroy Ricter and Thomas Coufal.

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1974

Mrs. Joe Osina Buried Saturday At Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Osina Sr., 78, lifelong resident of the Ammannsville community, were held Saturday morning, March 23, from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville, with Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Osina died Thursday, March 21, at Youens Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.

The former Anna Dusek, she was born July 24, 1895, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Dusek. She was married to Joe Osina Sr. on October 23, 1916.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, KJZT, Altar Society and Christian Mothers.

Her husband survives, along with two sons, Joe Jr. of El Campo and Frank of Ammannsville; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles Dusek of El Campo and James Dusek of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were grandsons Richard and Ralph Stolarski and Tom Redmond, and nephews John Sassin, Eugene Kossa and Ivan Dusek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, August 30, 1983


Mrs. John (Edith) Osina, 85, of Schulenburg passed away Saturday at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

Funeral services were set for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg with burial in the Holman Catholic Cemetery and the Rev. Eugene Jenson officiating.

A daughter of the late John and Johanna (Holub) Steffek, Mrs. Osina was born June 13, 1898 in Ammannsville.  She was united in marriage with John A. Osina on October 28, 1919 at Ammannsville.  They resided in the Holman area until Mr. Osina’s death on July 21, 1969, then Mrs. Osina moved to Schulenburg.  She was a member of the Christian Mothers and the KJZT at Holman.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Eugene (Lillie) Kossa of Schulenburg; four sisters, Mrs. Elsie Kubesch of Weimar, Mrs. Otilia Berta and Miss Lillie Steffeck of Needville and Mrs. Vlasta Marek of Austin.

She was preceded in death by a son, who died during World War II; three brothers, Edward, Fred and Herman Steffek; one sister, Mathilda Adamcik; her son-in-law, Eugene Kossa; and a grandson who died in infancy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Victoria Advocate, August 21, 2012


AMMANNSVILLE - Frank J. Osina, 92, of Ammannsville, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012.

He is survived by his sons, Larry Osina (Carolyn) of Schulenburg and Frankie Osina of Ammannsville; daughters, Betty Stolarski of Stafford and Pat Stolarski (Ralph) of Sugarland; 5 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. with American Legion Memorial service at 6:30 p.m. and Parish Rosary at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Funeral service 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Ammannsville Catholic Church. Burial will be at Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests that donations may be made to St. Rose School, Ammannsville KJT Building Fund, or Ammannsville Church Restoration Fund.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1928

We are sorry to report that Mrs. John Osina, Sr., of this section died Sunday night after a long illness. The deceased was 70 years of age. Funeral services took place Wednesday morning at the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Osina was a good lady and highly respected. To the sons and daughters and many mourners we extend our sincere sympathy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


John Osina, died July 11, near Ammannsville, age 57 years 6 months and 21 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, July 31, 1969, page 3

Heart Attack Is Fatal to John Osina

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, for John A. Osina, 78-year-old farmer of Rt. 3, La Grange (Holman), who died July 21 of a heart attack.

Mr. Osina was stricken as he was driving a tractor. He fell and was found by a neighbor passing by.

Services were held at Schwenke- Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, and burial was in the Holman Catholic Cemetrey [sic.]. Rev. Patrick O'Callaghan officiated, La Grange American Legion Post 102 participated in the services.

Pallbearers were Frank Osina, Ernest Osina, Frank J. Cernosek, John V. Sassin, Ernest Kubesch, and Alvin Adamcik, all nephews.

Born May 27, 1891 at Hostyn, Mr. Osina was a son of John and Johanna Hluchanek Osina. He married Miss Edith Steffek on Oct. 28, 1919, at Dubina. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman, the KJT, and Legion Post 102, La Grange.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. eugene (Lillie) Kossa of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Theofil (Annie) Sassin of Weimar; and three brothers, Joe Osina Sr. of Schulenburg, Charlie Osina of El Campo and Willie Osina of Weimar. A son, Cpl. Lad Osina, died in Germany during World War II. A grandson, infant son of the Kossas, also preceded him in death.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 9 Mar 1945

T-5 Ladik J. Osina Killed in Action In Germany Feb. 11

T-3 Ladik J. Osina, 23, was killed in action in Germany on February 11, according to a cablegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Osina of the Holman section.

The parents received the following message Feb. 27: "The secretary of war desires me to express his deep regret that your son, Technician Fifth Grade Ladik J. Osina, has been missing in action since Feb. 11th in Germany. If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified. Adjutant General."

On March 6 the following message was received: "The secretary of war asks that I assure you of his deep sympathy in the loss of your son, TEchnician Fifth Grade Ladik J. Osina, who was previously reported missing in action. Report now received states he was killed in action Feb. 11 in Germany. Confirming letter follows. Adjutant Gerneral."

T-5 Osina was born at Holman on October 13, 1921. He had been in the service about two and one-half years, over four months of this time being served oversears. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Osina; one sister, Mrs. Lillie Kossa of Weimar.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives in the loss of their son and brother.

See photo and gravestone at WWII memorials page


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 May 1913, page 1

Mr. Peter Oster, living on the Schulz place, died Tuesday from the effects of a fall. Her remains will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery today (Friday) at 9 o’clock a. m. Services will be held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gromann. Peace to his ashes.

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 May 1913, page 1

Mr. Willie Oster of Orange Grove and Miss Johanna Oster of Dallas were here last week in attendance upon the funeral services of their father, Mr. Peter Oster.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, February 27, 1979

Mr. Otahal

Advocate News Service
CISTERN – John Otahal, 76, of Cistern, died Sunday in an Austin hospital.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Cistern Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Bily officiating.

Burial will follow in Cistern Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Otahal is survived by his wife, Beatrice Otahal of Cistern, three daughters, Mrs. Marvin Jasek of Moulton, Mrs. Conrad Danner of Austin and Mrs. Gene Craft of Anna, Texas; a son, Johnnye [as printed] Otahal of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Rietz and Mrs. Cyril Maresh, both of Cistern; and nine grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Dec 1913, page 1

Baby Nioma Otera, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Burkhalter, died Sunday night about 10 o’clock, after a brief stay of only seven weeks on earth and its tiny remains were tenderly consigned to their resting place in the city cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Allen, of Flatonia, officiating. To the grief stricken parents the sincere sympathy of the community is extended and may the assurance that their little darling baby is sweetly resting in the arms of Him who has said: “Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven,” console them in their dark hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1916


Henry Otten, age 1 year, died Dec. 21, 1915, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 25, 1921, page 3


August Otto died at the family home here Saturday, after a long illness. At the time of his death he was sixty-seven years old. He is survived by his wife and a large family of grown children. Interment was held at the new cemetery Monday afternoon.

Contributed by James E. Williams


Fayette County Record, 5 Aug 1996

Bernice L. Otto

Bernice L. Otto, 83, of Schulenburg, formerly of Pasadena, died August 2nd, 1996 in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, Weimar.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 in the Koenig-Peel & Strickland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in the Cedar Cemetery.  Mrs. Otto was born May 28, 1914 in the O’Quinn Community, a daughter of the late Julius and Adele (Loessin) Vogt.  She was united in marriage with Fred T. Otto in Schulenburg in 1936.  Mrs. Otto was a retired cafeteria worker with Pasadena Schools and was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church.  Surviving are one daughter: Darlis and her husband Dale Adams of Mineral Wells; two sons: Darryl Otto and his wife Judy of Houston and Gary Otto and his wife Sandra of Manvel; one sister; Elvern Barton and her husband Emil of Schulenburg; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1967, a brother Raymond Vogt and two sisters: Elmae Hermann and Irene Studlar.  Memorial contributions made to the Alzheimers Foundation or to the American Diabetes Assn.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


Fayette County Record, Friday, 8 Dec 2006


Gary Todd Otto, 64, died Saturday, Dec. 2 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at Scott Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rob Harbin officiating.  Graveside service and burial was held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Black Jack Springs Cemetery in La Grange.  He was born March 22, 1942 in Schulenburg and was a Manvel resident for the past 27 years.  He was a Lutheran by faith.  Survivors include his wife, Sandra Otto of Manvel; daughters, Regina Lawrence and husband Mark of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kari Emblem and husband Erik of Waco; and Mindy Otto of The Woodlands; sons, Jeffry Otto and wife Laura of Rosharon, Kevin Otto of Nederland, and Casey Otto of College Station; sister, Darlis Adams and husband Dale of Crosby; brother, Darryl Otto and wife Judy of Houston; 10 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Fred and Bernice (Vogt) Otto.  Memorials should be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15186, Austin, Tx. 78761 or Black Jack Cemetery Association.  Scott Family Funeral Home of Alvin was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 May 1912

Mas. [sic] Josephine Otto, mother of Fritz Otto, died Monday at 7:30 p. m. after a very brief illness. While attending High Mass at the St. Rosa’s Catholic church Sunday morning she was stricken with paralysis from which she never recovered. Her remains were laid to rest in the Swiss Alp Cemetery Tuesday morning about 11:30 o,clock [sic]. Mrs. Otto was 72 years of age. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross