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Weimar Mercury, May 19, 1977

Rites Held for Adolph Vacek

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 18, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg for Adolph Vacek, 70, of Schulenburg, formerly of Weimar.

Rev. Roger Robbins officiated. Burial was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Mr. Vacek died at his home Monday morning.

Born June 14, 1906, at Holman, he was a son of Staches and Frances (Balcar) Vacek. He married Hilda Schieler at Schulenburg on Nov. 22, 1927. They had lived in Schulenburg the past 25 years.

Mr. Vacek’s wife survives him, along with two daughters, Mrs. Royce (Lois) Brauner of Schulenburg and Mrs. Elliott (Janell) Kahlden of Texas City; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Apr 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Alois Vacek died April 8, age 7 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 5, 1954

Mrs. Cernosek's Mother Succumbs At Schulenburg

Mrs. Cecilia Vacek, 83, of Schulenburg, mother of Mrs. V. A. Cernosek of Weimar, died at her home early Tuesday morning after two weeks’ serious illness.

Funeral services were held this (Thursday) morning at St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with burial in St. Rose Cemetery.

Mrs. Vacek had not been well for more than a year.

Born in 1871 in Czechoslovakia, she came to this country with her parents, John and Mary Mensik, when she was 11 years old. They settled near Schulenburg, and she spent the rest of her life in that area.

She was married about 63 years ago to John Vacek, who preceded her in death about 50 years ago. Mrs. Vacek was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and KJZT lodge.

Surviving her are six daughters, Mrs. V. A. (Annie) Cernosek of Weimar; Mrs. H. (Emily) White of Houston; Mrs. E. (Mary) Tengler of Fort Worth; Mrs. Ed (Lennie) Hilscher, Mrs. Ed (Edna) Watzlavick, and Mrs. Adolph (Della) Cernosek, all of Schulenburg. Twenty-four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1955, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Vacek, 81, Set Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Vacek, 81, who died at her home here Wednesday after an illness of several months, will be held tomorrow (Friday) morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with burial in the Catholic cemetery at Holman.

Services at the funeral home will begin at 9 and at the church at 9:30. Msgr. A. F. Drozd will officiate.

Born Feb. 26, 1874, in Moravia, Europe, Mrs. Vacek was brought to this country as a child by her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balcar. She was married to Staches Vacek at Ammannsville In 1893, and they lived in various parts of Fayette County before moving to Holman in 1902, when Mr. Vacek became owner of the Holman Store. When he sold out to his son, F. J. Vacek, and Frank Miksch in 1922, the couple moved to Weimar to spend the rest of their days. Mr. Vacek died in 1926.

Mrs. Vacek was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, the KJZT and Christian Mothers.

Two of her nine children preceded her in death. One daughter, Mary, died as an infant in 1900, and another, Mrs. Lena Adamcik, died in 1924.
Surviving are five sons, Emit of Weimar, Frank J. of Holman, Steve of Rosenberg, Jimmie of Galveston, and Adolph J, of Schulenburg; two daughters, Mrs. Annie Mazoch of Holman and Mrs. Agnes Crawford of SmithvIlle; 25 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Oct 1902

Mr. Josef Vacek of Ammannsville died at his home at that place Tuesday morning and his remains were interred in the Ammannsville Catholic cemetery at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. the 30th, the funeral services having been conducted by Rev. Fathers Szymanski of Ammannsville, Benes of Weimar and Mathis of Schulenburg. Mr. Vacek was quite an elderly gentleman and was universally respected. He leaves several children, including Messrs. Vacek of Schulenburg, and a number of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The Sticker extends sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Fayette County Record, Friday, December 25, 2009

Judith Cora Munke Vacek

Judith Cora Munke Vacek of Holman, 83, died Dec. 16, 2009 of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery in Holman. The Rev. Timothy Kosler officiated.

She was born Jan. 23, 1926 in Fayette County, Holman, the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Fietsam) Munke. She married L. F. (Blue) Vacek June 14, 1949 in Holman. She attended the Ammannsville school. She and her husband owned and operated the Holman Store for 40 years. After selling the store, she worked at Holman Valley Steakhouse for 10 years. She was also a seamstress for many years. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Altar Society and a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Theresa Banse and husband Norbert of Holman and Peggy Hartensteiner and husband James of Deer Park; one brother, Fred Munke of Anahuac; two grandchildren, Mark Banse and wife Leila and Meagan Banse; and three great-grandchildren, Isabella, Emma and Luke Banse.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Rosenberg and Ruth Sellstrom.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lawrence Vacek, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died at home after a long illness Tuesday, Feb. 9.

He was born on June 29, 1934 in Park.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, David; daughter-in-law, Sue; two grandchildren, Lisa and Joshua; sisters, Lillian and Ethlyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by hhis parents, Albina and Charles; brothers, Bill, Bennie, and Charles, Jr.; and sisters, Albina Marquart, Bettie Gau, and Toney Boatright.

He enjoyed fishing, cooking, spending time at "The Woods," and being with family. He will be greatly missed, but we look forward to seeing him again.

Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Sep 1901

Mrs. Magdalena Vacek Dead.

Died, at her home in Ammonsville [sic] Thursday afternoon Sept. 5th. Mrs. Magdalena Vacek, a christian lady, a consistent member of the Catholic church, a devoted wife and kind mother. Mrs. Vacek was sixty-seven years old, having been born in Germany in 1834, was the mother of fourteen children, eight boys and six girls, all of whom, save three, two boys and one girl she is survived. Her funeral services which were largely attended, were conducted by Rev. Father Szmansky, assisted by Revs. Father Mueller and Neubert and occurred at the Ammannsville Catholic church Saturday afternoon Sept. the 7th, her remains having been enterred [sic] in the Catholic Cemetery at that point. Mrs. Vacek was the mother of our fellow-townsman, Mr. John Vacek, to whom and the rest of the bereaved family the Sticker proffers its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 9, 1945


Schulenburg, Feb. 3.—Funeral services were held here Thursday for Mrs. Mary Vacek, 88, resident of this section for 75 years. Burial was in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Mary Hajovsky, Mrs. William Adamcik, Mrs. Katie Cernoch and Sister M. Verona; four sons, Frank, John, Emil and Peter Vacek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1974

Funeral for Mrs. M. Vacek Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary A. Vacek, 88, mother of Mrs. Lillian Boettcher, were held Tuesday, Nov. 12, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with continued services at St. John Catholic Church, St. John community. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Benton Thurmond officiated.

Mrs. Vacek, a resident of Parkview Manor, died there at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 11.

A milliner for more than 30 years, Mrs. Vacek was a native of the St. John community, born January 15, 1886, the daughter of Valentin and Johanna Sedlacek Mladenka. She was married to Emil Vacek, who preceded her in death many years ago.

She purchased Mrs. Josephine Richter’s hat shop on Lyons Avenue in Schulenburg before World War I and made many hats for ladies in this area. In about 1928 she opened a hat shop in the Guntyer Hotel in San Antonio, retiring in the early 1950s. After that, at her home, she designed and sewed wedding gowns. She moved to Parkview in July 1969.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Siemers of Kerrville and Mrs. Lillian Boettcher of Weimar; two grandsons, J. C. Moroney of San Antonio and John Boettcher of Pasadena; two great-grandchildren, Steve and Lisa Boettcher of Pasadena; and one brother, Emil Mladenka of Engle. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Emanuel Mladenka of Schulenburg, O. L. Parks of Seguin, Gene Vacek, Tommy Brasher, John Miksch, M. K. Merrem, Walter Scott and Jack Montgomery of Weimar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 5 Jan 1917

Death of Raymond Vacek.

Raymond Vacek, a young man who resided in this section for a number of years, and who was very popular with all our people, committed suicide at El Campo Tuesday before Christmas, and the remains were buried at Dubina the following day. Strychnine self administered was the cause of his death. The unfortunate man was a victim of drink, and propbably feeling that he could not quit same, determined to end his existence. He was a man of handsome physique, genial, generous to a fault, and personally very popular. He leaves a widow and several children. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.


Galveston Daily News, Monday, April 26, 1926

VACEK – Weimar, Tex., April 25.—Staches Vacek, a lifelong resident of this community, died at his home after a brief illness. Decedent was born March 30, 1872, in Moravia, Austria – Hungary; came to the United States when about 7 years old and located at Ammannsville, Tex. He was engaged in business at Holman and Weimar all his life. Surviving are his wife and seven children, two brothers, J. J. Vacek of Weimar and Emil of Schulenburg; four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Dobrova and Mrs. Ad Stavinoha of Ammannsville, Mrs. V. Bartosh of Granger and Mrs. Frank Sobotik of Lyons, Tex. Funeral services were conducted today by Rev. J. Szymanski. Interment was in the Holman Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Aug 1906

Mr. Vince Vacek, brother of our fellowtownsman [sic], Mr. Emil Vacek, died at his home in Dime Box, Lee County, last Wednesday, Aug. 8th and his remains were shipped to Schulenburg and conveyed to the Ammannville [sic] cemetery Thursday last where they were interred. Rev. Father Kacer of Cameron and Rev. Father Horacek of Bluff officiating at the grave. Mr. Vacek leaves a wife and two childern [sic] and four brothers to mourn his untimely demise. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the sorrowing ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 25 Jan 1956, page 3

Mrs. Vaclavik, 72, Of Fayetteville Dies

Funeral services were held at the Knesek Funeral home and at the Fayetteville Catholic church Saturday morning for Mrs. Frances Vaclavik, 72, who died at the Fayette Memorial hospital in La Grange Thursday.

Mrs. Vaclavik was the mother of Eddie Vaclavik and a sister of Mrs. John Meyer, both of Columbus. Besides these, she is survived by 4 other sons, 7 daughters, 2 other sisters and one brother.

Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Fayetteville.


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, November 8, 1939

SCHULENBURG, Nov. 7.—Services were held for John Vaculek, Sr., 52, from the family residence at Engle. Father John Anders officiated.

Surviving are the widow, Eva Vaculek; seven sons, Joe Jr. of Engle, Julius of Velehrad, William, Adolf, Jerry, Henry and Bennie, of Schulenburg; one daughter, Mary, of Schulenburg, and one brother, John Vaculek of Moravia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, October 19, 1928

FLATONIA, Fayette Co., Texas, Oct. 18.— the 7-year-old daughter of Joe Vaculik, who lives near Engle, six miles east of here, was killed on the O.S.T. highway when hit by a car. The driver did not stop. Officers are trying to locate the car, which had an Ohio license.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, September 1, 1999


SCHULENBURG -- Augustina Hanzelka Vaculik, 88, of Schulenburg, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999.

She was born Sept. 24, 1910, to the late Joseph and Emily Polasek Hanzelka. She was a homemaker.

Survivors: daughters, Rosalie Janak of Victoria and Margaret Konvicka of Hallettsville; brother, Edwin Hanzelka of Rosenberg; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Joe Vaculik; brothers, Joe Hanzelka, Willie Hanzelka and Emil Hanzelka; and sister, Mary Fillip.

A rosary was recited at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel. Services were 10 a.m. Monday at Praha Catholic Church, the Revs. Edward Bartsch and Tim Kosler officiating. Burial was at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, (409) 743-4151.

Pallbearers: Blas‚ Konvicka Jr., James Konvicka, Michael Konvicka, Randy Janak, Clem Micak and Willie Hanzelka.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 4 Jun 1902, page 1


Mr. John Valenta Met With A Serious Accident.

While driving home from Flatonia to Shiner last Saturday evening and about two miles from Flatonia, Mr. John Valenta, in attempting to whip his horse, accidentally discharged a Winchester rifle which was lying across his arm. The bullet from the rifle passed through his right arm near the shoulder, and severed one of main arteries, from which he bled freely. Mr. Valenta at once turned his horse back to Flatonia, but became so weak from loss of blood that but for assistance he met on the road, he could not have reached that place.

After reaching town he was placed under the best medical attention, [illegible] account of weakness from the loss of so much blood, his condition is very precarious. Mr. Valenta has been a resident of Shiner for about six years, during which time he was the manager of the Shiner Oil Mill, but he has recently withdrawn from that business. His many friends in Shiner wish for his safe and speedy recovery.


Since the above was put in type the sad intelligence has reached the city of the death of Mr. Valenta. He died suddenly about 5 o’clock Monday evening of blood poisoning. The physicians in attendance advised amputation of the wounded arm as the only means of saving his life, but Mr. Valenta would not consent, and death speedily ensued. The funeral took place yesterday evening at 4:30 o’clock p. m., at the city cemetery at Flatonia, Mr. Valenta’s old home previous to his removal to Shiner.

Mr. Valenta at the time of his death was but 35 years old. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his untimely end, who have the earnest sympathy of all in their terrible bereavement.

“After life’s fitful fever, he sleeps well.”

Shiner Gazette, 11 Jun 1902, page 1

Attended the Funeral.

The following Shiner friends of the late John Valenta attended the funeral at Flatonia last Tuesday: F. W. Hillmer, Joe Macha, Wm. Zander, Albert Berckenhoff, A. V. Schvab, Rud. Valenta, Robt. Eschenburg, Joe Marik, Ed. Wangemann, Aug. Schramm, J. H. Huebner, F. P. Luck, Vinc Bednar, C. L. Jaeggli, Wm. Jaeger and Ed. Gehreis.

Shiner Gazette, 11 Jun 1902

Mr. J. B. Hollingsworth, an old friend of Mr. John Valenta, deceased, came up from Yorktown to attend the funeral at Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 10 Oct 1895, page 1

Death of Mrs. R. Valenta.

Mrs. R. Valenta died at her home here Wednesday eve at 8 o’clock of consumption. The deceased had been ill for more than two years and had suffered greatly. She left four children, the eldest of whom is 10 and the youngest 3 years of age. Mr. Valenta had her remains taken to Flatonia for burial Thursday eve. The following members of the C. S. P. S. accompanied the remains to Flatonia: Joe Ondrej, Joe Marek and J. F. Kopecky. Mr. Valenta recently removed here from Flatonia and is connected with the firm of C. H. Flato. The GAZETTE extends to him its sympathies in his sad loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, December 10, 1929

FLATONIA, Texas, Dec. 9.-- The body of Rud Valenta, 68, was brought here for burial. He died at his home in Moulton.

He leaves a wife and several children.

He was in business here in the late '80s and was Tax Collector of Lavaca County for twelve years. For the last seven years he had been cashier of the Farmers' State Bank at Moulton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Oct 1908


Died near Flatonia, October 2, Mrs. Therisa Valenta age 75 years of paralysis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Rosa Valla of Plum, age 39 years, died August 6.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Galveston Daily News, 6 May 1873

FAYETTE COUNTY.—Mrs. Van Alstyne, the wife of a prominent merchant of LaGrange, died a few days ago.


Schulenburg Sticker, May 21, 2013

Alfonse David Vana, 84, of Schulenburg, passed away at Colonial Care Center on Tuesday, May 7 after a four-month illness. The funeral was held at St. Rose Catholic Church on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m., followed by burial in the church cemetery. Rev. George Kunnath, M.C.B.S. officiated. Pallbearers were Chris Vana, Jim Vana, Daniel Volek, Benny Klekar, Jeremy Kurtz and Robert Klekar. Rosary was said on May 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the church, led by Rev. Kunnath.

Born at St. John on July 10, 1928, he was the son of William and Mary (Machac) Vana. He attended St. Rose School. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, Mr. Vana was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and was retired at the time of his death. Nieces and nephews survive him. His parents and all of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1973

Final Rites for Frank J. Vana Held Jan. 26

Funeral services for Frank J. Vana, 62, father of Frankie A. Vana of Weimar, were held Friday, January 26, from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Praha.

Mr. Vana, well known farmer of Route 4, Schulenburg, died January 24 at Youens Memorial Hospital here after several years of illness.

Rev. Benton Thurmond, Rev. Edward Bily of Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, and Rev. Marcus Valenta of Praha were concelebrants of the Mass in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in the St. John community.

Pallbearers were Laddie Okruhlik, Jim Okruhlik, Ernest Okruhlik, Charles J. Vana, Julius Zapalac, and Henry Zapalac. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Cerny, Thomas Gabler, Andrew and Johnnie Novak.

Mr. Vana was born August 1, 1910, at Praha, the son of Joseph and Katherina Vana. He married Mary Agnes Okruhlik at Praha on October 3, 1933, and they settled in the St. John (Velehrad) area. He was a member of St. John Church and the KJT Society of Praha.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Agnes Vana of St. John; two daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Catherine) Cerny of El Campo and Mrs. Quinton (Gabriela) Gabler of Houston; three sons, Frankie A. Vana of Weimar, Joe A. Vana of Gonzales, and Staff Sgt. Julius J. Vana of Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; and 22 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Mary Theresa) Novak, and a grandson, Peter Steven Novak, 9 months ago; and by two brothers, Joe Albert and Charles Adolph Vana.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, September 11, 2012

James G. Vana Sr.

James G. Vana Sr. of Austin, formerly of Flatonia, passed away Monday, Sept.3 at the age of 82.

He was born in Schulenburg on May 4, 1930 to the late William and Mary (Machac) Vana. Mr. Vana was member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and a Korean War Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Kunschik Vana of Austin; two sons, Jim Vana Jr. and wife Cindi of Austin, and Ron Vana of Austin; one daughter, Jo Lynn Ayala and husband John of Buda; one brother, Alfonse Vana of Victoria; one sister, Juanita Bruce of Houston; three grandchildren, Shanna Ayala, John Anthony Ayala Jr. and Stephen Ayala; one great-grandson, Jacob Michael John; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and two sisters.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at Cistern Catholic Cemetery, with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, September 1, 1998


Ellie Adelia Carter Vanderwerth, 95, died Thursday, Aug. 27 at Carousel Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug 30 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Giddings and interment was in the Ledbetter Cemetery. The Revs. Calvin Beckendorf and Bob Sinclair officiated.

Born Aug. 31, 1902 in Miami, Texas, she was the daughter of George and Adelia (Zapp) Carter. She married Theodore Max Vanderwerth Jr. June 14, 1932. A school teacher, she taught school in Roberts County Schools and in 1930 taught school in Ledbetter. She also taught in New Prospect and Giddings and retired at the age of 66 having taught for 48 1/2 years. She also drove a school bus from Ledbetter to Giddings during World War II so that the children would be able to go to high school. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Giddings for 65 years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Teddy and Dr. Henry J. Boehm Jr. of Brenham; grandchildren, Kathryn and Gary Fannin, Dr. Adelia and David Brannen, Dr. Henry and Beth Boehm III and Dr. Teresa and Dr. Donald Cole III; great-grandchildren, Richard, Garret and Gene Fannin, Christopher, Kathryn and Emily Brannen and Henry Boehm IV; nieces, Adela Craig, Althea Carter Maddox and Penelope Vanderwerth Carter.

She-was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, five brothers and three nephews.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church of Giddings, Trinity Medical Center of Brenham or the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, January 9, 1936

Died Sunday Night

T. N. Vanderwerth of Ledbetter, ill for several days, died at the La Grange Hospital last Sunday night. The body was taken to Ledbetter for interment. Mr. Vanderwerth was 77 years old, and up to the hour of his illness, was operating a garage at Ledbetter. He is mourned by his widow, two sons and one daughter. He was one of Ledbetter’s leading citizens, enjoying the high respect and good will of everyone.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Dallas Morning News, June 4, 1933

LA GRANGE, Texas, June 3—Lad V. Vanek, 60, former Deputy county Clerk and bank official, died Saturday.

Funeral services were planned for the Presbyterian church here.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Lad Vanek Jr., of Galveston and Charles Vanek at the Veterans' Hospital at Waco.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 5 Aug 2000, page 7A


FLATONIA - Jerome Matthew Vanicek, 72, of Flatonia, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

He was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Ammansville, to the late John and Otalia Dusek Vanicek.

Survivors: wife, Lillie Rose Hajek Vanicek; daughter, Judie Lev of Flatonia; son, James Vanicek of Schulenburg; sisters, Gladys Poncik of La Grange, Mildred Marak and Agnes Jasek, both of East Bernard and Evelyn Knapek of Katy, and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Johnnie Vanicek and Allen Vanicek; and step-granddaughter.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel, the Revs. Charles B. Carolan and Dean Evans officiating.

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

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, May 26, 1880

The Bohemian renter, of whom we spoke in our last as having been injured in the abdomen by a plow during the shower last Friday, whose name was John Vanechek, died on Tuesday the 18th inst., after lingering several days in great agony.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Friday, February 26, 2010

Beatrice "Bea" Ruth (Flessner) Vasek, 79, of La Grange, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Trinity Community Medical Center in Brenham.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange, Thursday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Joseph Varickamackal and Rev. Fr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

She was born in Moulton Sept. 30, 1930, the daughter of Paul and Julie (Gabauer) Flessner. She was a secretary of SPJST and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Altar Society.

Survivors include a daughter, Gayle Dunn and husband Earlan; and two grandchildren, Eric and Matt Dunn, all of Houston; three brothers, Gene Flessner and wife Anita of Columbus, Paul Flessner and wife Helen of Sugar Land, Sonny Flessner and wife, Leida of Texas City; sister, Patthy Kuntschik and husband Harold of Moulton; brother-in-law, Bennie Vasek of La Grange; two stepbrothers, Douglas Hanslik and wife Janice and Allan Hanslik and wife Margie, all of Victoria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Vasek, in November, 2009.

Memorial donations can be made to the Catholic Daughters Scholarship Fund, c/o Sacred Heart Catholic Church, P.O. Box 548, La Grange, TX.

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, February 28, 1984


Fred I. Vasek, 76, of La Grange Rt. 1 passed away Sunday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel O’Brien of Plum and the Rev. Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial will be held in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Born at Park near La Grange on March 5, 1907, Mr. Vasek was the son of the late Ignac and Paulina (Chovanec) Vasek.  He was united in marriage with Sophia Kaspar on July 10, 1928 at Fayetteville.  He was a retired farmer and plumber and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the KJT, and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Plum.  He died eight days before his 77th birthday.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sophia Vasek of La Grange; one daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Bohus Janda of La Grange; two sons and daughter-in-law, Milton  and Beatrice Vasek of Houston and Benny Vasek of La Grange; one brother, Innocence (Ike) Vasek of La Grange; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Rosary will be recited this Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. chapel.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, Friday, December 30, 2011

George Joseph Vasek died Friday, Dec. 9.

Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was born Feb. 4, 1928 in Schulenburg, the son of Peter and Emma (Kubicek) Vasek. He married Bernice Havrda July 9, 1946. He worked at Eastern Seed, Precinct 3 of Fayette County and was an appraiser/salesman for RVOS.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice; daughter, Barbara Snowden and husband Ray of Pasadena; daughter, Caroline Mazoch and fiance Jimmy Sumbera of La Grange; daughter, Theresa Elzoery and husband Moody of Pasadena; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 3, 1958

Last Rites Held For Inocenc Vasek

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 26, at the Knesek Chapel and Fayetteville Catholic Church for Inocenc John Vasek, a La Grange area farmer who died in the Fayette Memorial Hospital on March 23.  Mr. Vasek was born on April 14, 1893, at Cistern.  He was united in marriage with Mary Wasek on Nov. 4, 1924, at Fayetteville.  He is survived by his wife; two daughters; Mrs. John Neiser of La Grange and Mrs. Rudy Jemela of Freeport; one son, Chas. Wasek of New Ulm; a sister, Miss Antonia Vasek of Cistern; two brothers, Chas. and Frank Vasek both of Cistern; and four grandchildren.  Burial was made in the Fayetteville Chatholic Cemetery with the Rev. Thos. Matl officiating.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Dallas Morning News, April 17, 1896

Schulenburg, Fayette Co., Tex., April 16.—John Vasek was run over by his team today and killed. His wagon was standing on the street, his two small sons in it, when a passing train frightened the horses and caused them to start to run. Vasek stepped in front of the horses to stop them and the horses ran over him and broke his neck. One of the boys was also badly hurt.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 23, at Fayetteville, Tex., for Mrs. Julia Vasek, 28, who died Monday, August 21, at a local hospital.

Remains were prepared for shipment to Fayetteville by Barrow Funeral home.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her father, Frank Sulik, a sister, Elsie Sulik of Velasco and two brothers of Houston.

Freeport Facts, Thursday, August 24, 1944


Houston Chronicle, February 11, 2011

Lawrence Vasek passed away at home after a long illness on Tuesday, February 9. He was born on June 29, 1934 in Park, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, son, David, two grandchildren, Lisa and Joshua.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 11 from 5-8pm at Brookside Funeral Home at 9149 Hwy 6 N, Houston. Services will be Saturday, February 12 at 10am at St Paul Catholic Church in Fayetteville, TX with interment to follow.

Fayette County Record, February 15, 2011

Lawrence Vasek, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died at home after a long illness on Tuesday, February 9.He was born on June 29, 1934, in Park, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, David; daughter-in-law, sue; two grandchildren, Lisa and Joshua; sisters, Lillian and Ethlyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albina and Charles; brothers, Bill, Bennie, and Charles, Jr.; and sisters, Albina Marquart, Bettie Gau, and Toney Boatright.

He enjoyed fishing, cooking, spending time at "The Woods," and being with family. He will be greatly missed, but we look forward to seeing him again.

Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, February 12, at 10 a.m., at St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, June 4, 1936 pg.2

Mrs. Ignac Vasek

Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Ignac Vasek in the St. John Catholic Church here Monday morning, with Requiem Mass, Rev. Father Klobouk officiating. Mrs. Vasek was found dead in bed by her husband, Saturday morning; death was due to heart failure. Interment was had in the Catholic Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband two daughters; one daughter preceded her in death a number of years ago. She reached the age of 63 years. To the surviving relatives we extend out deepest sympathy. May her sleep be peaceful.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Dallas Morning News, December 30, 1939

Flatonia, Texas, Dec. 29.-- Burial took place at the Cistern Catholic Cemetery for Peter Vasek, 75, who died at his home near Cistern. He is survived by his family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Henry Vasena of Plum, infant, died August 5.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 1954

Mother of Local Women Is Buried In Fayetteville

Funeral services were held at the Jecmenek funeral home in Ellinger and later at the Hostyn Catholic church Monday morning for Mrs. Joe F. Vasicek, 55, who died last Thursday here at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kovar. Rev. Francis Kolar officiated in the last rites and burial was in the Fayetteville cemetery.

Mrs. Vasicek was born Ludmila Kulhanek in Fayetteville Sept. 17, 1898, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kulhanek. She spent her entire lifetime in Fayette county.

She is survived by her husband; her father of Fayetteville; 3 daughters, Mrs. Jesse Sumerall of San Antonio and Mrs. Jesse and Mrs. Daniel Kovar of Columbus; 2 sisters, Mrs. Rudolph Minarcik and Mrs. Lad Hornak of Fayetteville, and 3 brothers, Joe M. and Theo Kulhanek of Fayetteville and Peter Kulhanek of Wallis.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, 20 Dec 1962

Stanley W. Vasicek

Funeral services for Stanley W. Vasicek, 52, were held Friday, Dec. 14, at 9:45 a.m. at the Knesek Chapel and continued at the Fayetteville Catholic church. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Thomas Matl officiated.

Mr. Vasicek who was a farmer and a musician of the Ray Baca Orchestra for 26 years died at the Fayette Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

Born in Industry, Nov. 10, 1910, the lifetime Fayette County resident, was a son of the late Joe Vasicek and Mary Hrdina Vasicek. On Nov. 3, 1938, he married the former Lorine Coufal in La Grange. She survives as does his mother. Both reside in Fayetteville.

Others surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert Polasek of Houston and Miss Pggy[sic.] Elaine Vasicek of Fayetteville; five sisters, Mrs. Verner J. Schultz and Mrs. Ernest Johnson of Houston, Mrs. John Kudelka and Mrs. Bill Smith of Baytown and Mrs. Alvin J. Zak of Bryan; two brothers, Joe F. of Fayetteville and George of Industry. His father, 2 brothers and 1 sister preceded him in death.

Charles VAVRA

The Colorado County Citizen, March 20, 1969, page 5

Services Held for Charles Vavra, 89

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 13, at the Catholic Church at Live Oak Hill for Charles Vavra of Columbus. Burial was in Live Oak cemetery.

Vavra died at 3 a.m. March 12 in Columbus Hospital. He had been in ill health the past two years. He was 89 years of age.

Vavra was born in Fayette County Aug. 25, 1880. He was married to Vlasta Vavra, who died July 2, 1966.

Survivors, include one daughter, Mrs. Otto Hilgen of Columbus; two grandchildren, Bob Hilgen of Pasadena and Mrs. E. F. Raabe of Houston, and one great-granddaughter, Judy Kay Raabe.

Pallbearers were Joe Jasek, Joe Orsak, Johnny Becak, Melvin Becker, Harry Divin and Bennie Divin

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 2012, page 2

Edmund E. Vavra Services Held May 21

Edmund E. Vavra, 93, of Weimar passed away on May 19 at Parkview Manor.

He was born on Oct. 3, 1919 to Frank and Pauline Kurecka Vavra in Dubina.

He attended St. Edward’s school in Dubina.

He was called to serve in the United States Army in November 1932 to November 1933.
He belonged to Otto Rahlwes Post No. 259 American Legion in Weimar.

Funeral Services were held May 21 at St. Michael Church with Rev. John C. Bily officiating.

Burial followed at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Dubina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank and sister, Annie.

Pallbearers were Harvey Vornsand, Ed Janecka, Robert J. (Bobby) Koenig, Erwin L. Kunz, Johnnie Kasper and Gene Rosenauer.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 31, 1967

Final Rites for Mrs. John Vavra, 81, Held Sunday

Funeral services were held here and at Dubina Sunday, Aug. 27, for Mrs. Frances Vavra, widow of John Vavra Sr.

Mrs. Vavra died Friday at Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, where she had been a patient since March 1966.

Services were held in the afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with Rev. Gerald Hubertus of Columbus officiating and Rev. Albert Hubertus of Weimar assisting.

Pallbearers were Mrs. Vavra’s grandsons, James Balcar and Jerry Vavra of Houston, Leroy and Lawrence Bacak of El Campo, Gene Kruppa of La Grange and Leonard Kruppa of Temple.

Mrs. Vavra was a lifelong resident of this area. Born August 15, 1886, at Dubina, she was a daughter of John and Rosalie Muzny Mican. She was married to Mr. Vavra at St. Michael’s Catholic Church here on Oct. 23, 1906, and they settled at Dubina. Mr. Vavra died Oct. 2, 1965.

She was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Society at Dubina.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. August (Mary) Bacak of El Campo, Miss Rosie Vavra of Houston, Mrs. Fred (Josie) Balcar of Schulenburg, Mrs. Bernard (Elaine) Kruppa of Temple, Miss Frances Vavra of Weimar, Mrs. Tommy (Vicky) Miles of Pasadena, and Mrs. Frankie (Georgia) Kruppa of La Grange; two sons, Ted Vavra of Schulenburg and John Vavra Jr. of Weimar; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one brother, Rudolph Mican of Dayton.

Four brothers, Anton, August, Louis and Willie Mican, and one sister, Mrs. Rosalie Drypala, preceded her in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 7 Nov 1952, page 1

Funeral Services For Frank Vavra, 74, Held Friday

Funeral services for Frank Vavra, 74, resident of the Weimar area for 70 years, were held from Hubbard Funeral home and the Dubina Catholic Church last Friday morning, with Rev. Clarence Leopold officiating. Interment was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Vavra was born August 10, 1878, in Austria, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vavra, who brought him to this country at the age of 4. He spent the rest of his life in Fayette County near Weimar, engaging in farming. Mr. Vavra married Miss Paulina Kurecka a Weimar in 1903.

He died at Youens Hospital here Wednesday, Oct. 29, after about 5 days' illness.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Frank J. and Edmund Vavra, both of Weimar; a daughter, Miss Annie Vavra of Weimar; and a brother, John Vavra, also of the Weimar area.

Pallbearers at the services were Louis Kaderka, Theo Vavra, Johnnie Vavra, Fred Balcar, Joe Cernoch and Frankie Kruppa.


Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1965

John Vavra Sr., Retired Farmer, Dies Saturday

Mr. John Vavra Sr., 81-year-old retired farmer died at his home October 2. He was a life-long resident of Dubina.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 4, 1965, starting at 9 a.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Home and continuing at 9:30 a.m. at the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina. Burial was in the Church Cemetery.

Mr. Vavra was born November 10, 1883, to John Vavra and former Victoria Schindler. He is survived by his wife; two sons, and seven daughters: Ted Vavra of Schulenburg and John Vavra Jr., Weimar; Mrs. Mary (August) Bacak, El Campo; Rosie Vavra, Houston; Mrs. Josie (Fred) Balcar, Schulenburg; Mrs. Elaine (Bernard) Kruppa, Temple; Miss Frances Vavra, Weimar; Mrs. Vicky (Thomas) Miles, Pasadena; Mrs. Georgia (Frank) Kruppa, La Grange and twenty grandchildren.

Mr. Vavra’s six oldest grandsons were pallbearers James Balcar, Jerry Vavra, Leroy Bacak, Tommy Miles, Lawrence Bacak and Leonard Kruppa.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Mercury Weimar, Friday, January 21, 1944

Mrs. Paulina Vavra Buried At Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Paulina Vavra were held Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the Dubina Catholic Church, with the Rev. Msgr. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Interment was made in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Vavra, wife of Frank Vavra, died at the family home Saturday, Jan. 15. She had been in ill health for a long period of time.

Mrs. Vavra was born at Ammannsville on January 6, 1882 and was 62 years old at time of death. She was united in marriage to Frank Vavra, the wedding taking place at St. Michael’s Church in Weimar.

She was a member of the Catholic Church and had spent her entire life in Fayette County. She had two sons in the armed services. One son, Edmund, was honorably discharged several months ago and is now at home; the other son Pfc. Frank J. Vavra is now stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Vavra of the Dubina section; one daughter, Miss Annie Vavra; two sons, Pfc. Frank J. Vavra of Fort Dix, N.J. and Edmund Vavra. Three sisters survive. They are Mrs. Mary Bartosh and Mrs. Agnes Cernoch of the Dubina community, and Mrs. Chas. Bartosh of Granger.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, February 15, 1931

FLATONIA, Tex., Feb. 14.—Thursday afternoon while working in his field south of town, complaining of feeling badly, F. Vavra [sic.], aged 60, went to his home and expired in a few moments.

Burial took place in the Catholic Cemetery at Praha, Rev. Father Anders officiating.

Tomas Vavra was born December 6, 1875 and died Feruary 12, 1931. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Vlasta Becka VAVRA

The Colorado County Citizen, July 7, 1966, page 4

Mrs. Vlasta Vavra, Ellinger Native, Succumbs at 74

Mrs. Vlasta Vavra, 74, of Ellinger died Saturday at Columbus Convalescent home. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Jecmenek chapel in Ellinger and the Hostyn Catholic church [at Live Oak Hill]. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Francis Kolar officiating.

Mrs. Vavra was born in Ellinger Nov. 22, 1881, the daughter of Charles and Frances Zapalac Becka. She married Charlie Vavra Nov. 12, 1912, at Hostyn Hill and spent the rest of her life in that community.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Otto Hilgen of Columbus; 4 sisters, Mrs. Annie Orsak of Fayetteville, Mrs. Betty Syptaka, Mrs. Emilie Kocian and Mrs. Mary Orsak of Ellinger; 3 brothers, Edmund and Alfred Becka of Ellinger, and Johnnie Becka of San Antonio; and 2 grandchildren, Mrs. Elo Raabe of Houston and Bobby Hilgen of Houston.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Joe Jasek, Joe Orsak Jr., Joe Charles Syptaka, Harry Divin, Johnny Becka and grand-son-in-law, Elo Raabe of Houston.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sunday, June 24, 2001

JOSHUA - Adela Vavrin, 84, a homemaker, died Friday, June 22, 2001, in Cleburne. Funeral: at a later date in La Grange, Texas.

Adela Vavrin was born Sept. 30, 1916 in Wallis and was a member of the Czechoslovakian Society and a Catholic.

Survivors: Husband, Theophil Vavrin of Joshua; children, Rosemary Vavrin of Anchorage, Alaska, Irene Vavrin Hunt of California, Ernest Vavrin of Jacksonville, Fla., Jeanette Vavrin of California, John Vavrin of Burleson; brothers, Frank , and Jerry Psencik; sisters Sophia Williams and Tony Faldyn, and five grandchildren. Benbrook Funeral Home Benbrook

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis



Schulenburg Sticker, April 11, 2012

Estella Vecera

On Friday, March 30, Estella Elizabeth Vecera was called home to be with the Lord. She was 79 years old. She spent her life in loving service to her husband and family.

On Aug. 24, 1932, Estella Elizabeth Rabel was born to Ferdinand and Ludmilla Rabel in Weimar. She lived in Weimar until she married James Vecera on Oct.16, 1951 at St. Michael Church in Weimar. The couple settled in Schulenburg, before moving to High Hill to raise their growing family. Throughout their 60 years of marriage, they were blessed with seven children. She is fondly remembered as a loving wife, wonderful mother, caring grandmother and great-grandmother whose family was blessed to have her in their lives. She was a happy spirit who dedicated her life to her family without complaining.

She was a faithful Catholic and parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill. There, she was also a member of St. Anne’s Society and recited the rosary many times before Mass. She loved the Lord and her faithful life was a great example to those who knew her. One of her favorite saints was St. Therese of Liseaux, called “the little flower,” who was known for doing little things with great love.
A combined parish and St. Anne's Society rosary was held on Sunday, April 1 at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Tim Kosler and members of St. Anne's Society.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill, with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Burial followed at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery and a lunch reception was held at the High Hill parish hall.

Pallbearers were Gerald Vecera, son; Darrell Kubesch, Kenneth Rabel, Gary Muras and Bryon Vecera, nephews; and Justin Vecera, Blake Vecera and Cody Vecera, grandsons. Honorary pallbearers included remaining grandchildren Bobby Friedrich, Stacy Oeding, Crystal Vecera, Amy Thibodeaux, Lauren Vecera, Holly Vecera, Caleb Krnavek, Emily Krnavek, Sarah Vecera and Matthew Vecera, and great-grandchildren Julia Oeding, Evan Oeding, Hailey Vecera, Claire Oeding, Chase Vecera, Anna Oeding, Ava Thibodeaux and two future great-grandchildren due this year.

She is survived by her husband, James Vecera; son Jimmy Vecera and wife Mary Jo of Katy; daughter Cathy Friedrich and husband Michael of Schulenburg; son Mark Vecera and wife Barbara of Schulenburg; son Ronnie Vecera and wife Dorothy of Schulenburg; son Gerald Vecera and wife Barbara of Schulenburg; daughter Laurie Krnavek and husband Pete of Pflugerville; sisters, Pauline Liska, Virginia Kubesch and husband Ernest, and Adeline Beck; grandchildren, Bobby Friedrich, Stacy Oeding and husband Eric,Crystal Vecera, Justin Vecera and wife Rachel, Blake Vecera and wife Cassi, Amy Thibodeaux and huband Bo, Lauren Vecera and fiance’ Carson Tucker, Cody Vecera, Holly Vecera, Caleb Krnavek, Emily Krnavek, Sarah Vecera and Matthew Vecera; and great-grandchildren, Julia Oeding, Evan Oeding, Hailey Vecera, Claire Oeding, Chase Vecera, Anna Oeding and Ava Thibodeaux.

She was preceeded in death by an infant son, Joseph Michael; her parents; and three brothers and three sisters.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
By her own request, donations can be made to either St. Mary Church Restoration Fund or St. Rose of Lima Catholic School Early Childhood Center.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Annie Vemalla, LaGrange, age twenty-five years, died April 1.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Dec 1902


John Veronsky Killed In Affray Near Cistern, Texas.

Flatonia, Texas, Dec. 8. – John Veronsky was shot and killed three miles west of Cistern, Fayette county, yesterday afternoon. Vince Pechacek surrendered. A shot gun was used loaded with buckshot, the load taking effect in the left leg just above the ankle, tearing the leg almost completely off. Testimony at the inquest was to the effect that deceased was advancing on Pechacek with a butcher knife. The only eye witnesses present were the two wives of the men, who testified to the foregoing. Squire Robert Menefee held an inquest.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Apr 1902, Fayetteville column

Mrs. Anna Veselka, aged 57, died yesterday and was buried in the Catholic cemetery to-day, Father Chromcik officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 6, 1914

Anton Vesalka, who conducted a pool hall at Fayetteville, was run over by the southbound "Alamo Special" passenger train early Tuesday morning. We are unable to furnish all particulars but the information as gleaned from several is that the unfortunate man was attempting to get off the moving train and failed in his footing.

Mr. Veselka was on route home from Halsted, where he had attended the mask ball, and instead of alighting at the station rode until just beyond and then stepped to the ground. The speed of the train was undoubtedly not considered, or he would not have made the attempt. He was caught by the coach, fell forward, his leg crushed off, his shoulder crushed, and he also sustained a gash in his forehead. Death resulted in a short while.

Deceased had many friends here, and was well thought of in his home town. To his mourn ing relatives our sincerest sympathy is offered.— LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1908


Died at Oldenburg, Nov. 5, Edwin Veselka, age 3 years 26 days of cerebro spinal meningitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Obzor Hospodárský, Sunday, April 1, 1906

Fr. Veselka order from Dubina, no.12, died on February 24, 1906, being 65 years old, of consumption. He joined the Order on July 1, 1897. By occupation he was a farmer. The certificate number is 269 and according to the statutes is entitled to support in the amount of $1000. [SPJST]

Fr. Veselka od řádu Dubina, čís. 12., zemřel dne 24. února 1906, stár jsa 65 roků, na souchotě. K Jednotě přistoupil 1. července 1897. Zaměstnáním byl rolníkem. Číslo certifikátu 269 a dle stanov oprávněn jest k podpoře v částce $1000. [SPJST]

Franks Veselka, 13 Mar 1839 - 24 Feb 1906, was buried in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis; translated by Alfred Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916


Gilbert John Veselka, age 17, days, died June 15, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Dec 1912


John Veselka, age 46 years, 10 months and 7 days, near Fayetteville, found dead.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, Sept. 17, 1970

John Veselka, 91, Dies; Rites At Schulenburg

Funeral services for John Veselka Sr., 91-year-old father of Rafael Veselka of Weimar, were held Friday morning, Sept. 11, at Schwenke-Baumgarten. Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic church, Schulenburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Eugene O’Callaghan officiated.

Mr. Veselka died Sept. 9 at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg after an illness of several months.

A retired farmer, he was a life-long resident of Fayette County. He was born April 1, 1879, at Ammannsville, the son of Frank and Anna Veselka. He married Edith Starustka on Feb. 6, 1900, and they had two sons, Adolf and Herman, and a daughter, Wilhemina. His wife died in 1907.

On Jan. 14, 1908, Mr. Veselka married Anna Holub, and they had four sons, Raymond, Albert, John and Rafael, and a daughter, Judith.

Two sons preceded him in death, Albert as an infant and Herman in 1950. His wife died in 1951.

Surviving are the two daughters, Mrs. Willie (Wilhemina) Jurak Sr. of Schulenburg and Mrs. Charlie (Judith) Zimmermann of Austin; four sons, Adolf of El Campo, Raymond of Needville, John of Schulenburg and Rafael of Weimar; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 4, 1932


Minna Mae, six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Veselka of Fayetteville, died at the local hospital early Sunday morning. Minna Mae had apparently rallied from an attack of diphtheria when an infection developed in her tonsils, which resulted in her death.

It is understood there is another case of diphtheria in the Veselka home at the present time.

This is the second death from this dread disease, the young daughter of Frank Krenek, of the Bordovice section, having succumbed during the past week.

Several other cases have also been reported in Fayetteville. – LaGrange Record

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 17, 1977

Funeral for Mrs. Veselka At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Polly) Veselka Jr., 60, were help Nov. 3 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with Rev. Roger Robbins offering the concelebrated requiem mass, assisted by Rev. Charles Carolan of St. Michael’s in Weimar.

Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery.

Mrs. Veselka died Nov. 1 in Youens Memorial Hospital, ending an illness of almost a year and a half.

Born Pauline Ann Hobizal on March 17, 1917, at Flatonia, she was the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Hundl) Hobizal. She moved to Schulenburg in 1938 and on June 23, 1941, was married to John Veselka Jr.

She was a member of St. Rose and the St. Rose Altar Society. She had been employed at Frank’s Restaurant most of the 39 years she lived in Schulenburg.

Her husband survives her, along with two sons, Johnny Veselka of Austin and Larry Veselka of Schulenburg; one grandson, Chris, of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Loddy (Rose) Kahanek of Houston; and two brothers, Tom Hobizal of Flatonia and James Hobizal of Houston.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ann Marie, in 1945, and by two brothers and one sister.

Pallbearers were George Hobizal, William Hobizal, Robert Hobizal, James Hobizal Jr., Raymond Kelnar and Thomas Powell, all nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

emanuel vetter

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Jan 1902, Fayetteville column

Mr. Emanuel Vetter died here Tuesday and was tenderly laid to rest by loving hands in the Protestant cemetery on the following day. Rev. Heisig of Ellinger preached the funeral sermon. The Fayetteville Singing Club sang a dirge at the grave. Mr. Vetter was born in the Grandduchy of Baden, Germany, March 27, 1824. Being a poor man and seeing he could not work himself up in Germany he left his native heath in 1849 for the United States, the land of opportunities. He first went to New York, then to Erie, Cleveland and to Pittsburg [sic] looking for work at each place. At the last mentioned point he worked in the coal mines for a short time. From there he went to Cincinnati, St. Louis, finally locating in Iowa for about a year, going into partnership with a wheelwright, he being one by trade. While there the gold fever seized him. He made his way to Utah on an ox team. Trading off the team, he finished his trip to the gold fields on horseback. He remained in California a year, securing about one thousand dollars’ worth of the yellow metal. With this he left for New Orleans via the Isthmus of Panama and had it coined at the mint there. From New Orleans he went to LaGrange, then to Fayetteville where he has resided ever since. He was twice married, the first time to Mrs. Elizabeth Frede, a sister of Mrs. John Schumacher of LaGrange. Ten children were the issue of the first union, of which the following and second wife survive him: Mrs. P. J. Shaver, Borden, and Mrs. Aug. Thanheiser, Mrs. Jules Hansen, and Messrs. O. and E. Vetter, all of this place. All were present at the death of their father. During the war between the States, Mr. Vetter was in Capt. Alexander’s company. He was honest, upright and a man of strong convictions, always battling for what he thought was right. Thus one by one the old land-marks are leaving us and only a few remains to tell us of the hardships and privations they sufferred [sic], while toiling to change the wilderness to lovely gardens and blooming fields.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Austin American-Statesman (TX) - Wednesday, November 20, 1996

Edward Charles Vinklarek, age 71, of Cistern, Texas, died Monday, November 1 8, 1996.

Mr. Vinklarek was born in Cistern on February 10, 1925. He was the founder and owner of V.V. Sausage Plant for 42 years. He was a member of Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Cistern. Mr. Vinklarek was active in children-oriented activities, and was a promoter and member of the Athletic Boosters Clubs of Flatonia and Smithville.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Marie Brunner Vinklarek, whom he married 45 years ago on October 8, 1951, in Cistern; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Johnnie Wulf of Cistern, Cathy and Mike Steinhauser of Flatonia, Suzanne and Craig Williams of Smithville, and Pam and Rory Marrs of Smithville; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Vicki Vinklarek, Donnie and Brenda Vinklarek, Ronnie and Belinda Vinklarek, all of Cistern, and Mark and Sharon Vinklarek of La Grange; 17 grandchildren; seven sisters, and two brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Zofie Mares Vinklarek and Adolph and Katherine Brunner; one brother and one sister.

Rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 1996, at Smith Chapel in Flatonia, Texas, with Monsignor Stanley J. Petru officiating. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 21, 1996, at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Cistern. Burial, Catholic Cemetery in Cistern.

Pallbearers will be Simon Vinklarek, Gregory Vinklarek, Carl Vinklarek, Bruce Vinlarek, Patrick Vinklarek, Bruce Brunner. His 17 grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Church Masses of memorials/flowers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2003

DANIEL VINKLAREK, 48, born on August 21, 1954 in Houston, Texas to Bernard and Lottie Vinklarek, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2003.

Daniel was employed by the Center for the Retarded and worked in their sheltered workshop. He also delivered the Houston Chronicle for 20 years and in 1987, received the Carrier of the Year award. Daniel attended All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights. With the help of his good friend, Dennis Bryan, he was an alter boy and assisted the clergy with Mass for 16 years. He was very fond of his dogs, Rex and Sam, and could be seen walking them mornings and evenings in his neighborhood. Daniel was dearly loved and his loss will be deeply felt by all whose lives he touched.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Vinklarek.

He is survived by his mother, Lottie Vinklarek; brother, Emery Vinklarek and Linda Russell; sister, Barbara Vinklarek Cartwright, brother-in-law, Robert Cartwright; two nephews, Charlie Cartwright and Cooper Russell; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The Vinklarek Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, February 16, 2003, between the hours of 5:00 - 7:00pm with the Recitation of the Rosary to begin at 5:30pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 17, 2003 at 10:00am in All Saints Catholic Church, 201 E. 10th Street. Rev. Msgr. Adam S. McClosky, Celebrant. Rite of Committal to follow at 2:00pm in Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Cistern, Texas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brookshire Times, Thursday, August 26, 1971

Services were held Tuesday morning at St. Paul's Catholic Church In Smithville for Julius Vinklarek.

Julius was a mechanic at Miller Motor Company from 1967 until April 1970 when he moved to his mother's home at 1495 McSweeney in Smithville due to his health. He had developed a rare nerve disease. For the past several months one of his brothers has been his nurse.

He died Saturday night at 11:30, August 21, at the VA Hospital in Temple, where he was taken some 12 hours earlier.

Julius was born June 9,1928, in Cistern, Texas. He served In the army from November 1950 until October 1952. He was a devout Catholic.

Officiating at the Mass Tuesday were Rev. Clyde Holtman of Smithville and Msgr. Edmund Bily of Cistern.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Annie Vinklarek; four brothers, Vencll of Flatonia, Louis of El Campo, Henry and Tommy of Smithville; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Marburger of Cistern, Mrs. Evelyn Hajdek of Smithville, and Mrs. Lexie Pavlicek of Moulton; nieces and nephew; other relatives and many friends.

Attending the rosary Monday were Steve Haczynski, Presly Schoenemann, and Ivan Minks, Arthur Miller, Johnny Norvllle, Doyle Shafer and Arlan Krejci attended the Mass Tuesday.

Interment was at Cistern.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brookshire Times, Thursday, September 28, 1961

Julius Vinklarek was called home to Cistern, Texas at the death of his father, Thomas Vinklarek, on Sunday, September 17. He had been in ill health for some time.

The Rosary was recited on Sunday and Monday evenings. Services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 19th at the Cistern Catholic Church with interment in the Cistern Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors included his wife, five sons, and three daughters.

Julius, a mechanic at Miller Motor Company, returned to his job here this week.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Friday, January 29, 2010

Funeral services for Lynn Virva, 50, of La Grange will be held at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, with Pastor Mike Rod officiating.

Virva, 50, of La Grange died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at her residence.

She was born in Liverpool, England Jan. 24, 1960, the daughter of Charles and Alice (Hilton) Craig of La Grange.

She is survived by her parents, Charles and Alice Craig; husband, John Virva; son, Raymond Moreno of Fayetteville, N.C.; uncle and aunt Mr. and Mrs. H. Craig of Bakersfield, Calif. and Mr. and Mrs. William Hilton of Lanchirer, England UK.

She was preceded in death by an uncle Gerry Craig of McKinney.

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

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1968, page 1

Man Cremated, House Destroyed At Schulenburg

The charred remains of a 58-year-old Negro man, Robert Viser, were found after a flash fire destroyed his six-room home in the southern part of Schulenburg Saturday night.

His body was found on the floor of his bedroom. Until then no one knew for sure whether he was in there.

Firemen could do nothing to save the house. By the time the alarm sounded, between 9 and 10 p.m., the whole building was ablaze.

Viser, who lived alone, was employed by a construction company working on the new Interstate Highway 10.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Rosenberg Herald Coaster, Thursday, November 11, 1971

Funeral services for Anton V. Vitek. 81. of 1613 Sixth St.. Rosenberg, are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Triska Funeral Home Chapel and at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Rev. Glen Wearden officiating. Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Fayetteville at 2 p.m. Friday.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight in the Triska Chapel.

Mr. Vitek died Wednesday morning at Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

A native of Fayetteville, he had lived in Rosenberg eight years and was a retired carpenter.

Survivors include four sons, Vincent Vitek of Rosenberg, Jerry Vitek of Arcadia, and Edwin Vitek and Method Vitek, both of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Coufal of Houston and Mrs. Lillie Zalman of Snook; 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Funeral services for Lad J. Vitek of Fayetteville were held Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville, with interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Vitek died Friday at Fayette Memorial Hospital at the age of 68.  He was a lifetime resident of Fayetteville and a farmer.

He was born to John Vitek and Carolina Pavlica Vitek on Jan. 12, 1912 at Rutersville.  He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.  He was a veteran of World War II.

Father Ben; Father Harry and Monsignor Jerome Vitek officiated at the funeral services.

Survivors include three sisters, Cecilia Kulhanek of Columbus, Angeline Petter of Bastrop and Marcella Liska of LaGrange; and two brothers, Monsignor Vitek of Lamesa and Willie Vitek of Plano.  He was preceded in death by one brother, Rudolph.

Colorado County Citizen, February 21, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Katy Times, Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mark Joseph Vitek passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the age of 52 years.

He was born on Dec. 20, 1960, in Houston, to Edwin Joseph Vitek and Evelyn Minarcik Vitek. On Oct. 6, 1990, he married Evelyn Ann Schoellmann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Nada, Texas. Mark and Evelyn made Katy their home 16 years ago, and became members of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

Mark was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was also a Katy High School football fan. Mark took care of his mother’s farm, and was an avid gardener.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn A. Vitek of Katy; daughter, Jennifer Vitek of Katy; mother, Evelyn A. Vitek of Houston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Ronnie Raska of Wallis, Texas, Joyce and Tony Bielamowicz of Bremond, Texas, and Barbara and Jack Sebring of Orchard, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Brenda Vitek of Katy; nieces and nephews; and other loving family members and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Joseph Vitek.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. with Deacon William C. Wagner reciting. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church with Rev. David Garnier, Celebrant. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Fayetteville, Texas, with Deacon William C. Wagner officiating.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church Building Fund or to the Knights of Columbus Council #6950, 5356 Eleventh Street, Katy, Texas 77493.

Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.

Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, September 26, 1927

La Grange, Fayette Co., Texas. Sept. 25. The funeral of Martin Vitek Sr., 71, who died at his home at Fayetteville, was held in the Catholic Cemetery, the Rev. Father Jos. Klobouk, rector of the St. John's Church, conducting the religious services.

He is survived by five sons and one daughter.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Kerrville Daily Times, April 4, 1999

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -Adolph Lawrence "Larry" Vlasek, 83, passed away peacefully on March 23,1999.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1916, in Gonzales, Texas. Mr. Vlasek was a resident of Houston for more than 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga M. Vlasek, and two brothers, Joe and Ed Vlasek.

He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 15 years, Josephine Vlasek; five daughters Carolyn Wackar, Susan Stewart, Catherine Tillery, Rebecca Gray and Mary Anne Whitehead; four brothers, John, Frank, George and Louis Vlasek of Hunt; and four sisters, Mary Green, Lillian Lewis, Rose Margaret Vlasek of Hunt and Anne Chapman of Katy; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Plum, Texas, on March 26, 1999. Interment was at the church cemetery.

The family gives special thanks to all the nurses and staff at Green Acres Nursing Home in Huntsville, Texas, for all their care and kindness.

Funeral services were under the direction of Family Funeral Care at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Humble, Texas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, April 23, 1936 pg. 1

Former Oldenburg Citizen Dies at Houston, Apr. 16

Mrs. Robt. Voelkel, nee Afflerbach, died at the famly residence at Houston, Thursday, April 16, aged 62 years. Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock funeral services were held by Rev. T.J. Windham, with interment at Rosewood Park Cemetery. Pall bearers were C. Kuhlmann, W.W. Fife, H.C. Stoerner, H.E. Meitzen, Dr. A. T. Kneip and E.O. Gamenthaler.

The Voelkel family are originally from Oldenburg, having lived in that village for many years after Mr. and Mrs. Voelkel’s marriage, and later removing to Houston whre they have lived for the past 20 years. Besides her husband there are three sons, these are Grover L. Voelkel, of Estes Park, Colorado; Halford L. Voelkel and Dr. Elo H. Voelkel of Houston.

Surviving also, are three sisters, Mrs. H.E. Meitzen and Mrs. A.T. Kneip both of Houston and Mrs. Victor C. Meitzen of Denson; two brothers Willie Afflerbach of Camine and Erwin C. Afflerbach of Houston; one granddaughter Miss Norma Jean Voelkel; two grandsons, Hilton Voelkel of Houston and Curtis Haden Voelkel of Bryan, and fives nieces and nine nephews.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Oct 1911


The news that Mr. Henry Voelkel had committed suicide in Yoakum at the home of his mother Friday morning was flashed over the city and came as quite a shock to his relations and many friends. Mr. Voelkel had been in bad health for some time and despondency was the cause of his rash act. His remains were shipped here Saturday and laid to rest in the City Cemetery that afternoon by the side of his wife who preceded him in death only a few years.

Deceased leaves a mother, living in Yoakum, a daughter, Miss Elsa, flve [sic] sisters and two brothers.

Mr. Voelkel was 56 years of age and was in business in the city for thirty years.

Funeral services were conducted at his old home, Mr. Joseph Berger performing the last sad rite. The funeral choir, which has just been organized, rendered several selection [sic] at the house and at the grave. Many friends were present to pay their last sad respects to the deceased.

To the grief stricken mother and the daughter and other relatives the Sticker extends sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 11, 1907

Mrs. Louis Voelkel

Friends of Louis Voelkel, residing in this city, were pained to learn of the untimely death of his beloved wife, which occurred at the family home at Oldenburg on Wednesday afternoon.  The funeral was held the next afternoon, and the remains followed a very large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends were conveyed to the Drawe cemetery east of Warrenton and there interred, Rev. C. Baer officiating.

The death of Mrs. Voelkel was the fifth to occur in that family, four of their young children having preceded the mother.  Mrs. Voelkel had been sick for several weeks, and although known to be serious, it was not believed by her friends that her illness would prove to be fatal.  All possible was done, but to no avail ---------- .

Mrs. Voelkel, whose maiden name was Johanna Thormaeblen, was born near Round Top, on May 7, 1873, and became the wife of Louis Voelkel, and upright, honest and respected young man of Oldenburg.  The result of this union was five children, four of whom have passed away.  She was the twin sister to Mrs. Chas. Hackebiel, also of Oldenburg.  To the grief stricken husband and son, THE JOURNAL extends its sincere condolence.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 May 1906


After an illness of only four days Mrs. Henry Voekel [Voelkel] succumbed to the inevitable Friday morning at 3:30 and her soul took its flight to the heavenly abode on high.

Interment took place in the City Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock, under the auspices of the Henderson Chapter of the Eastern Star of which she was an esteemed member. The burial ceremony was very beautiful and impressive. Mr. Joseph Burger also paid a beautiful tribute to the deceased.

Mrs. Voekel was born in High Hill April 18, 1858, was married in the year 1878 to Mr. Henry Voekel, our fellow citizen and merchant. One daughter, Miss Elsa, now budding into young womanhood, came to bless this happy union. She was an ever faithful and loving wife and kind, indulgent mother.

Deceased is survived by a husband and daughter, a mother, Mrs. Anna Ebeling, three brothers, Messrs. Fred, Ferd and Gus Ebeling and one brother, deceased, Mr. Henry Ebeling, and by a number of relatives, and a host of friends. May she rest in peace.

The Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. A. Voekel, and Mr. Frank Voekel of Yoakum, Mrs. Anna Schroeder and Mr. Emil Rinn of Industry, Mr. Gus Ebeling of San Antonio, Mesdames Weete, Schoetzing and Richter of Weimar, Mesdames Yaeger, Fernau and Arnim of Flatonia and Mr. Chas. Davis of Faber and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Neuhaus of Hackberry and others.

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 May 1906

Friday afternoon Mrs. M. Voelkel, accompanied by he [sic] son, Mr. Ernest Voelkel, left for Schulenburg, being summoned there by a message which stated that her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Henry Voelkel had died at her home in that city. Her remains were laid to rest today in the Schulenburg city cemetery. Mrs. Voelkel was a sister-in-law to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Rinn of this city, and besides other relatives leaves a husdand [sic] and one daughter to mourn her loss, to whom we extend sympathy. Yoakum Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 April 1907


After a lingering illness of about a year with that most dreaded of deseases [sic], cancer, which started on his tongue caused from a ragged tooth, afterwards eating its way through his neck, Mr. Wm. Voelkel passed away Sunday night last and his remains were consigned to their last resting place in the City Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock, by the Hermann Son’s [sic] Lodge, of which he was an esteemed member. Rev. Piepenbroke also officiated at the grave.

Mr. Wm. Voelkel was born the 27th day of Nov. 1856 in New Ulm, Austin Co. Has been a citizen and business man of Schulenburg for about 20 years.

He leaves a wife, five sisters, Mrs. Emila Poth, Cheapside; Mrs. Sophia Rinn, Yoakum; Mrs. Dr. Beckmann, Oldenburg; Mrs. Anna Schroeder, Industry; three brothers. Henry, this city; Ernst, Yoakum. to mourn his loss. The Sticker joins their many friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to them in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 8, 1921

Death of Old Citizen

Friday morning the remains of Wm. Voelkel of near Rutersville who died Wednesday, were interred in the Rutersville cemetery, Rev. Carl Baer officiating.  At the cemetery a large gathering of friends and relatives were present to perform and to assist, in the last rites.  Mr. Voelkel had passed the seventy-ninth mile post in his journey through life and beside his very extensive family connections, had a very large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Decedent was born in Germany and at the age of seven years accompanied his parents to America, landing at Galveston and locating at Shelby, in Austin county, where his father died one year later, the children taking up the responsibilities of providing for the home.  When he grew to manhood he was united in marriage with Mrs. Christine Marburger, and to this union eleven children were born, all living except Gus. who preceded the father in death, several years ago.  The remaining ten children are:  Robt. Voelkel, Rutersville; Mrs. Lina Koepke, Ellinger; Rheinhardt and Will of Oldenburg, Alvin and Hermann at the home in Rutersville, Mesdames Ottilie, wife of H. O. Hackebeil and Amelia, wife of Frank Hackebeil, Mrs. Lydia Maas and Mrs. Emma wife of G. D. Wessels.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1910


After a lingering illness of several weeks, the soul of the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Vogelsang departed Sunday morning to the home prepared by the angels, where all is joy and gladness.

She was only 10 months of age and the joy of her father and mother, but He, who doeth all things well, called her to His home, and she awaits her loved ones where there will be no more parting.

Her tiny remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock in the Catholic cemetery, Father Mathis officiating.

The Sticker joins their many friends in extending the grief stricken parents sincere sympathy.

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1910

Gus Ulrich of Sugarland and Joe Ulrich, who is attending the Port Arthur business college, came up Monday to attend the funeral of their little niece, Ottilie Rosa Vogelsang.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Fayette County Record, July 2, 1954

Mrs. Julius Vogt Buried Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Adele M. Vogt, 71, lifetime resident of  Fayette county, whose death occurred at a Pasadena hospital, Monday, were held Wednesday from the Koenig Funeral Home chapel here, with the Rev. F.  E. Eilers, of Swiss Alp officiating.

Mrs. Vogt was a native of Black Jack where she was born Jan. 12, 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Loessin.  She later married Julius Vogt February 24, 1909 at Black Jack, who survives.                                                  

Other survivors are four daughters:  Mrs. Joe Studlar of Lubbock, Mrs. Guido Herman of La Grange, Mrs. Fred Otto of Pasadena, Mrs. Emil Barton of Schulenburg, a son, Raymond Vogt of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Meyer of Schulenburg, Miss Louise Loessin of La Grange; and a brother Otto Loessin of La Grange.  There are also five grandchildren.

Interment was in the Cedar cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 7, 1963

Charles A. Vogt

Funeral services for Charles A. Vogt, Sr., 75, were held from the St. Paul United Church in Schulenburg Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. Interment was in the Schulenburg City cemetery.  Mr. Vogt died at the Youens hospital in Weimar Thursday afternoon.

Surviving are his wife Ella of Schulenburg; one son, Charles Vogt Jr. of Arlington; and two brothers, Otto of Dallas and Emil of Arlington.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, February 6, 1997

Emmie Olle Vogt

Emmie Olle Vogt passed away suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Klein at the age of 97 years, 6 months, 7 days.

She was born on July 11, 1899 in Freyburg to Agnes Carolina (Wotipka) and Otto Herman Olle.  Her early life was spent in Flatonia and at the Olle Hotel, which was owned and operated by her parents.  She attended Flatonia High School and graduated from the Tyler Commercial College in March 1918.  Later, she worked in La Grange for Alexander Wholesale Groceries.

On June 21, 1936 at the Olle Hotel, she married Robert Charles Vogt.  She and her husband lived in Schulenburg for many years (51 years at Route 2) and she worked for Deterling & Son Insurance Agency.  She lived at Schulenburg Regency Villas for several years and then briefly at College Place.  Afterward, she resided with her son and daughter-in-law in Klein.

She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Schulenburg, Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary McBride Unit 143, Herman Sons Lodge 14, Lyons Lodge 195 AF & AM, Woodmen of the World, Eastern Star, and many other organizations over the years.  She enjoyed Bridge, dominoes and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edwin Olle and Alfred Olle; and her husband, Robert, on Dec. 23, 1988.

She is survived by two sons and their families, James and Linda Vogt of Klein, and Gene and Eileen Vogt of San Antonio.  Her grandchildren include Duane and Barbara Vogt, Terrance and Randa Vogt, Robert T. Vogt, John C. Vogt, Ryan E. Vogt, Lee Darren and Tommie Bruderer, Bart and Stephanie Bruderer, Miranda K. Bruderer, and Dana and Rick Rosenthal.  Great-grandchildren include Allison Vogt, Tracie Ring, Blake Bruderer,  Ryan Bruderer, Ashley Bruderer, Dustin Derryberry and Kelsey Rosenthal.

Services were held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Schulenburg, 712 Summit St., on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., under the direction of the Rev. Juanice Tomlinson.  Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia.  Pallbearers were Terrance Vogt, Duane Vogt, Robert Vogt, John Vogt, Ryan Vogt and Mike Olle.  Eulogies were given by Lee Bruderer, Duane Vogt and Robert Vogt.  Music was provided by Kari Ginn and organist Mrs. A. Henderson.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Schulenburg Library Fund.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, April 30, 1931

Franziska Vogt

"Grandmother Vogt Passes Away"

Reaching the age of 95 years, 5 months and 7 days, Grandmother Franziska Vogt, one of our most interesting and esteemed citizens closes the last chapter of her life 24 April 1931. She was born 17 October 1835 in Germany and came to Fayette County with her mother, Mrs. Geo. Willrich, and sisters and brothers in the year 1847.  Her father, a prominent judge in the old country, had come over the year before to locate a home for the family.  Texas gave three hundred acres of land to every man with family who settled upon its soil, land seemingly untouched by man, with wild beasts and snakes roaming at will.  They went through many trials during these days, and to hear grandmother recite some of the history of her younger days was interesting.  In 1928 the Journal reproduced an account entitled: "Black Beans of Death", a story told by the subject of this sketch on her 93rd birthday anniversary, which had been published in the Austin American.  She recalled the solemn ceremony of 1848, when a child of thirteen she rode horseback to the site where the Mier prisoners of war were reburied with honor and praise, on Kreische's Bluff.  After the death of her husband, John Vogt, 22 years ago, she continued to live at the old home near O'Quinn, where her youngest son, Julius, now resides.  About ten years ago she came to live in her declining years with her daughter Mrs. E. Knigge of this city.  It may truly be said of her, she won the love of all with whom she came in contact, and will be greatly missed.  Mrs. Vogt was the mother of eight children, five sons and three daughters, of whom three preceded her in death: Mrs. H. Schroeder of this city and Geo. Vogt of Schulenburg; Hans died at the age of 8 years.  The living are: E.R. Vogt of Schulenburg, Mrs. Fritz Nollkamper, Mrs. E. Knigge and Fritz Vogt of this city and Julius Vogt of O'Quinn.  Twenty-three grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, besides two step sisters, Mrs. Anna Gross of San Antonio and Mrs. Louise Koehler of this city are among the sorrowing relatives. Interment took place at the Cedar Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev.  C.O. Boatman officiating.

The Schulenburg Sticker
Friday, May 1, 1931

Fayette’s Oldest Citizen Dies

Franziska Vogt, nee Willrich, was born in Ulzen, Hanover, Germany on October 17, 1835, the youngest daughter of the first marriage of her father, George C. Willrich, or Judge in his native town.  In the year 1846 she came to Texas, together with her stepmother, following her father who came here two years previous, settling on the Bluff, about four miles South of La Grange.  The old house she grew to womanhood is still standing.

She married John R. Vogt on January 13th, 1857.  Eight children were born to this union, of whom three died, Margartha, wife of Herman Schraeder of La Grange; George Vogt of Schulenburg and John, who died at the age of seven years.  Her husband, John R. Vogt, preceded her in death 22 years ago.  Surviving are five children:  E. R. of Schulenburg; Charlotte, wife of Fritz Nollkamper of La Grange; Anna, wife of Emil Knigge of La Grange; and Julius of O’Quin, he is living on the old homestead, the house was build in 1856 and was occupied by the couple for 53 years or until the death of her husband on Sept. 14, 1909.

Grandmother Vogt, as she was known to the entire community, was at the time of her death the oldest citizen in Fayette County and the only survivor of those who were present when the bones of the Dawson Company, who were killed near Goliad in 1846 by the Mexican Army were buried on Monument Hill in the year 1848.  She was blessed with remarkable memory, she at the time was 12 years of age and could remember the principal speech on that occasion by Lubbock, almost every word, he was afterwards Governor of Texas.

She died at the home of her youngest daughter, Anna Knigge of La Grange, on April 24th, and was laid to rest in the family burial ground at Cedar Cemetery on April 25th., beside her beloved husband, with whom she shared rainy days and sunshine for 53 years.

Surviving to mourn her death are five children, nineteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

To them, the Sticker tenders its most sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, July 15, 1943

Fritz Vogt

Fritz Vogt, aged 73 years, 3 months and 26 days, died at La Grange, Saturday, July 10; funeral services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, Rev. Guy B. Duff officiating; interment was made in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased was born March 14, 1870 in Fayette county and had spent his entire life in the county, he was a son of John Vogt and Mrs. Franciska (Willrich) Vogt, early settlers of the county, and was reared in what is generally known as the Cedar section.  Mrs. Hedwig (Sladczyk) Vogt, his wife, and one one son, John Vogt, preceded him to the grave.

One son, Harry Vogt, one brother, Julius Vogt of Cedar, and two sisters, Mrs. Fr. Nollkaemper and Mrs. Ernst Knigge survive.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, August 10, 1917

George Vogt Dead

It was a distinct shock to this community when the word went out that George Vogt had died Saturday morning from blood poisoning, following a minor operation in Dallas about four weeks previous.  Specialists had been summoned to his bedside and every thing that skilled physicians and faithful nursing could accomplish was done without avail.

Geo. Vogt was born at Cedar post office, about fourteen miles from Schulenburg, on March 4, 1868.  In 1891 he was united in marriage to Lena Nollkemper and of this union five children were born, Olivia, Robert, Julia, Ruth, and George, Jr., all of whom survive him, together with his faithful wife, his mother, Mrs. Francis Vogt, of La Grange, who came to Texas in 1846, and is in her 82nd year, yet distinctly remembers the services attending the demise of the famous Dawson company near Bluff.  He is also survived by six brothers and sisters, Judge E. R. Vogt, of this city; Fritz Vogt, of La Grange; Julius Vogt, who still lives on the old homestead at Cedar; Mrs. Schroeder, of La Grange; Mrs. Nollkemper, of Swiss Alp; and Mrs. Knigge, of La Grange.

To the writer this is a deep personal loss, as during the few years of our friendship his unfailing good nature has ever been a source of comfort, his sterling honesty and upright manhood an inspiration.  During the eight years he has been in business in this city his every business transaction has been stamped with the mark of fairness to all.  Now that his life work has been accomplished and the dark curtain that hides the beautiful beyond from mortal eyes, has been softly drawn aside for his passage, the sorrowing family and friends can console themselves with the knowledge that the God above, who supervises our incoming and our outgoing with His infinite wisdom, has balanced his Book of Life and written across the page those words of boundless meaning “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

The impressive Masonic service was given Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large number of friends from all part of the county.  The sermon was delivered by Rev. Paul Pieponbrok, and the Herman Sohns lodge, of which he was a member, assisted.

Thus closes a life of unfailing devotion to his family, of unselfish service and uncompromising integrity toward his fellowman.  The sphere in which he grew to manhood and accomplished his life’s work has been the better for having known him and he enters the future life without fear, secure in the knowledge that what his hand has found to do, has been accomplished to the best of his knowledge and belief.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Aug 1917

From Swiss Alp

August 8.

The news of the death of Geo. Vogt in Schulenburg on August 4 was a shock to the people of this community, he having engaged in merchandising here from 1901 to 1909, eight years. And during these years, by honorable dealings with our people made friends of all of them. His loved ones have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, October 11, 1984

George Vogt Dies

George Otto Vogt of 507 West Main in Weimar passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 p.m. at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar after a 4-year illness at the age of 75 years, 11 months, 19 days.

Funeral services were held at the St. James Episcopal Church in Hallettsville on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Ricky L. Benson officiating and interment in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were William Tipton, Milton Booth, F. B. Anderson, Herbert Ulrich, Robert Kalous, Slocum Harvey, James C. Heger, Walter Martin and Buddy Harris.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1908 at Swiss Alp to George and Lina (Nollkamper) Vogt.  He attended Schulenburg High School.  On Mar. 6, 1936, he married E. Virginia Winthrop in Wharton.  Mr. Vogt was a retired manager of auto parts department and real estate.  Raised in Schulenburg, he also lived in Sugarland from 1939 to 1943 and in Weimar for the past 41 years.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Dr. George W. Vogt of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Julia Michalke of Schulenburg; a brother, Robert Vogt of Schulenburg; and a grandchild, Andrew Vogt of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar was in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of regular remembrances, the family asked that donations be made to the church of a charity.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, July 24, 1983

Services Held For Harry Vogt

Memorial services for Harry Vogt, 69, La Grange rancher and businessman, were held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Frank McElroy, Jr. officiating.

Private graveside services were conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Vogt died unexpectedly Monday at Sweet Home, near Yoakum.

A lifetime resident of La Grange, Mr. Vogt was born here on March 14, 1913.  He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1936, was a 32nd degree mason and shriner, and served as an elder and deacon in the First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Evelyn (Sulik) Vogt of La Grange; two sons, Dr. Harry Lee Vogt and Dr. Tom Vogt, both of Yoakum; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Jeffery, Amy, John, Rachel and Laura Beth Vogt, all of Yoakum.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family had requested that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, March 16, 1916

Death of Mrs. Vogt

Thursday night, following an illness of but a few days, Mrs. Hedwig Vogt, wife of Fritz Vogt, died at the family home on Colorado Street.  The untimely death of this good lady has caused many hearts to ache, and the sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved husband, the two sons, one a child of two years, and other relatives.

Mrs. Vogt, whose maiden name was Sladczyk, was the daughter of Captain Sladczyk of Bluff and was loved by her legion of friends.  She was married to Fritz Vogt, December 21, 1892.  Few knew of her illness, and her death came as a shock.  Everything that mortals could do was done; and as a last resort a hospital surgeon was requested to come, but reached her too late.

Saturday afternoon the remains were laid to their last rest place in the new cemetery, and a very large number of relatives and friends being in attendance.  The foral tributes were numerous and beautiful.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, November 18, 1937

John Vogt

Thursday of last week when the Legion Buddies were carrying out their program of Armistice Day celebration, Johnny – we know him better by that name – came upon the scene and was slapped on the back by the buddies, all of whom were glad to greet him and bid him enjoy himself with his old comrades.  Little knew these Buddies, or Johnny that he was walking in the shadow of the scythe and that he may wander too close.

Saturday, in the courthouse, second floor, at the office of John Schroeder of the Fayette County Abstract Company, Johnny was stricken and immediately lost the power of his right side, arm, and leg.  He was taken to the home of his father, Fritz Vogt, and given every attention; Sunday morning the contemplated visit to the Legion Hospital at Kerrville was abandoned, his condition would not permit.  He was taken to the La Grange Hospital and every care and attention given.  He joined his former buddies who had traveled down the lane, Sunday night.

Johnny Vogt was born near Cedar in the western section of Fayette county, and was the eldest son of Fritz Vogt; he served during the world war and after the armistice was signed returned to La Grange where he engaged in business for several years.  He was, for a number of years unable to travel about as was his wont, due to an affliction to his limb, but with a patience most commendable he carried on and finally overcame the handicap.

He was united in marriage with Mrs. Mozelle Hughes in January 1936, who survives him; his father, Fritz Vogt and a brother Harry, also survive.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, with interment at the new cemetery; services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home by Rev. Guy B. Duff, and with Legion escort were conveyed to the cemetery.  At the grave his Masonic brethren and the Legion Buddies officiated.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, September 23, 1909

In Memory of John Vogt

When the visit of the death angel was made to the home of John Vogt, near Cedar, last week, Tuesday, September 14, 1909, the spirit of one of Fayette County's oldest and most beloved citizens journeyed to the far-off home to dwell with the great majority who have gone before. The entire vicinage where he was most highly respected and revered was wrapt in sorrow and heartfelt expressions of regret were frequent. John Vogt was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany May 9, 1832, and when a lad of seventeen years emigrated to America, landing at Galveston August 31, 1849.  His journey to Fayette was made in the primitive manner of that time, by ox-wagon.  For several years after his arrival he earned his living by daily labor.  In the year 1857, January 13, he was united in marriage with Miss Franziska Willrich, one of the then popular belles of Cedar.  The ceremony occured at the home of Dr. Dencker, which home still stands and shelters a daughter of the doctor.  After one year's residence at this place, the family removed to the home which was the deceased's until the final call was made and he passed out of the knowledge of earthly matters.  The union was blessed with eight children, one of whom died many years ago.  The seven living are:  Mrs. Hermann Schroeder of Cedar, E. R. Vogt of Schulenburg, Mrs. Fritz Nollkamper of Swiss Alp, George Vogt of Swiss Alp, Fritz Vogt of La Grange, John Vogt of Cedar and Mrs. Ernst Knigge of La Grange.  Seventeen grand children and one great grandchild also mourn the loss of good old Papa Vogt.  Wednesday morning of last week the funeral was held from the old homestead and the remains, followed by an immense cortege, were conveyed to the Cedar Cemetery and laid to rest with beautiful and impressive ceremonies.  Rev. Kern, pastor of the Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp, spoke of the good qualities of the deceased and commited his spirit to the care of the Maker.  Judge Willrich, who is related to the family, also spoke at the grave dwelling on the ennobling life led by his relative.  Mr. Vogt was one of the Texas Confederate soldiers.  At the last reunion, held here in May, he was unable to take part.  At a former reunion the remaining soldiers of what once was a strong company were photographed.  There were not many present but the picture shows the faces of determined men.  It was this picture the writer was shown when he last visited the home of the deceased.  He cherished this with the pride characteristic of the grizzeled old veterans of today, who, in their youth, shouldered their muskets in a cause they believed right.  It was at that time I learned to know more of Grandpa Vogt and to love him for his goodness of heart and his consideration for the wants and rights of others.  He is gone now sleeping that long sleep that knows no awakening, but which is recorded as being the rest from which we will all arise some sweet day to share the blessing of the Messiah.


Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 17, 1955

Julius Vogt, 80, Expires At His Home

Julius Vogt, 80, of Rt. 1. La Grange, died at his home on Nov. 11.  Funeral services were held for him Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 PM from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial was in the Cedar cemetery and the Rev. F. E. Eilers of Swiss Alp officiated.

Born on June 28, 1875, Mr. Vogt was the son of the late John and Franciska Willrich Vogt.  He was a retired farmer.

On Feb. 24, 1909 he was married in Black Jack to Adela Loessin.  She preceded him in death on June 28, 1954.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Joe (Irene) Studler of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Mrs. Guido (Elmae) Herman of La Grange, Mrs. Fred (Bernice) Otto of Pasadena and Mrs. Emil (Elverne) Barton of Schulenburg; one son, Raymond of La Grange and five grandchildren.

The Fayette County Record, November 15, 1955

Aged Cedar Man Is Interred Sunday

Julius Vogt, life-long resident of the Cedar community near La Grange, passed away at his home Friday. He was 80.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel here, with the Rev. F. Erhard Eilers officiating and interment was made in the Cedar cemetery.

Mr. Vogt was born on June 28, 1875, and on February 24, 1909, was united in marriage with Miss Adela Loessin at Black Jack.  Mrs. Vogt passed away in 1954.

He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Joe Studlar of Carlsbad, N. M., Mrs. Guido Herman of La Grange, Mrs. Fred Otto of Pasadena, and Mrs. Emil Barton of Schulenburg; one son, Raymond Vogt of La Grange; and five grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, February 4, 1955

Mrs. George Vogt, 86, Pioneer Lady Laid To Rest

Funeral services for Mrs. George (Lina) Vogt were held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Friday, January 28 at 2:30 o’clock with reverend Wm. C. Anderson officiating.  Interment was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

The deceased was born at O’Quinn (Fayette County), Texas on October 14, 1868, as the daughter of the late Henry and Katherine Nollkamper.  She was married to George Vogt on November 4, 1891 and two sons and three daughters were born to this union.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1917, also a daughter, Olivia in 1919.

Mrs. Vogt suffered a stroke on August 14 and was a patient in the Youens Hospital at Weimar where she passed away on Thursday, January 27 at 4:15 in the morning.  She had reached the age of 86 years, 3 months, and 13 days.

She was a member of the St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church.  She was loved and respected by all who knew her, a devoted mother and grandmother.  She was very alert and showed a deep interest in the activities of the community.  Crocheting and flower culture were her hobbies.

The pallbearers were Ray Kusey, Lee Prause, Gus Knape, Leslie Lippman, Alfred Olle, and Rudolph Roeder.

She is survived by the following children:  Robert Vogt, Mrs. Fritz (Julia) Michalke, Mrs. Hugo (Ruth) Stanzel, all of Schulenburg, and George Vogt of Weimar, four grandsons and three great-granddaughters, also, one sister, Mrs. E. R. Vogt of this city.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, March 6, 1919


Death Loves Ever The Shining Mark - Miss Vogt

Monday night the news came from Schulenburg that Miss Olivia Vogt aged twenty‑six years, daughter of Mrs. Geo. Vogt had been claimed by the grim reaper.  Known here, where she had numerous relatives and friends, as a sweetly disposed, pure good young woman, her being called hence occasioned much sorrow.

Since the death of her father, Geo. Voght - who passed to his reward in August 1917 - and the continued illness of her mother, Miss Olivia has mothered her little sisters, her kind ministrations, unselfish sacrifices for the comfort of those so near and dear to her bound to her more closely the already strong ties of love and friendship of relative and friend.

She became ill last week but the indomitable energy encouraged, prevented recognition by her of her affliction until the dread influenza had fastened its hold, and pneumonia followed to complete the work of destruction. True, we are told that death loves a shining mark, we see it here exemplified. None knew her but to love her, none loved her but to know her as she was.

Our sincerest sympathy is offered to her saddened mother, her sisters and brother and other relatives.  He who has calmed the stormy waters, and returned a placid sea, should lighten the sorrow; may He comfort them.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker
Thursday, January 11, 1990

Raymond Vogt is Interred at Cedar

Raymond “Bush” Vogt of O’Quinn (Rt. 5, La Grange) expired on Saturday, Dec. 30 at his residence at the age of 74 years, 3 months, 4 days.

Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Koenig-Peel Funeral Chapel in La Grange, with burial in the Cedar Cemetery.  Rev. Clements Richards officiated.

The son of Julius and Adele M. Vogt, he was born Sept. 26, 1915 in O’Quinn.  A lifetime residence of the O’Quinn area, he was a farmer and a member of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp.

Surviving him are two sisters, Bernice Otto of Pasadena and Elvern Barton of Schulenburg; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mr. Vogt in death were his parents; and two sisters, Irene Studlar in 1988 and El Mae Hermann in 1987.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Inc. of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, January 5, 1989

Robert Vogt Laid to Rest Dec. 24

Robert Charles Vogt of 803 Paulus in Schulenburg passed away on Friday, Dec. 23 at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, after a short illness.  He reached the age of 91 years, 10 months.

Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ, with Rev. Bruce Bergthold officiating.  Interment took place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Flatonia.

Pallbearers were Rueben Maas, Jack Bennett, John Fowlkes, Ben Sustr, Boyd Smith and Stewart Bosl.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were Emil Barton, Oscar Strobel, Edwin Berger, Henry Baumgarten, C. R. Warren and Herbert Friedrich.

Graveside services were conducted under the auspices of Lyons Lodge #195, A.F. and A.M., and the American Legion, Post 143.

Mr. Vogt was born Feb. 3, 1897 in Freyburg to George and Lena (Nollkamper) Vogt.  He attended school in Swiss Alp, and resided in Schulenburg during his adult life.  As a youth he worked in his father’s grocery store.  After working for Southern Pacific Railroad Co. for 10 years, he was employed by the Texas Highway Department until he retired in 1962.

He was united in marriage with Emmie Olle of Flatonia in 1936.  He served on active duty with the National Guard during the waning days of World War I.  Mr. Vogt was an active member of the Masonic Lodge for 67 years.  A longtime member of the American Legion, he was also a charter member of the American Association of Retired Persons and the South Texas Baseball Association.  He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ for 48 years.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, James Vogt of Houston and Gene Vogt of San Antonio; a sister, Julia Michalke; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Schwenke-Baumgarter Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 June 1899

Rudolph Vogt.

Again we are called upon to chronicle a sad death. Little Rudolph Vogt, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vogt, died last Monday night, after a brief illness with tonselitis [sic]. Little Rudolph was an exceptional bright child and was the pet of the family. This is a hard blow to Mr. and Mrs. Vogt as it is the fourth child out of five they have lost. The STICKER extends sincere condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross



Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1948, page 1

Funeral Rites for Ferdinand Voitle, 75, Held Friday

Funeral services for Ferdinand Voitle, 75, were held Friday afternoon, Nov. 5, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. J. M. McDonald, Methodist pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery

Mr. Voitle, who for most of his last 16 years had made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Grobe, died at 12:30 o'clock Thursday morning, after a prolonged illness.

Born May 2, 1873, in Austria, he was the younger of two sons of Joseph and Rosina Voitle. At the age of 13, he came to this country with his uncle, Frank Herzik, settling at Praha, Fayette. County.

In 1882 he was married to Miss Tennie Stacy of Moulton. Mr. Voitle and his family moved to Colorado County in 1903, living here until 1911, when they moved to Schulenburg. For six years while they lived there, Mr. Voitle was county commissioner of the precinct that includes Schulenburg.

Surviving are two daughters. Mrs. C. A. Grobe of Weimar and Mrs. C. C. Graves of Columbus; five sons, A. M. Voitle of Yoakum, Allison Voitle of Kerrville, Alfred and Edward Voitle of Bay City; and F. A. Voitle of Alice: 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One son, Clyde, died in infancy.

Active pallbearers were Ben B. Holt, Henry Brasher, Ernst Hasse, Gaither Little, W. J. Shimek and Will Klesel.


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 July 1908


Died near Ellinger, March 9, F. Volcik, Sr., age about 60 years, of tuberculosis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Volcik: Died near Fayetteville, Sept 13th-03, of inflamatory [sic] rheumatism, Veronica Volcik, aged 44 years and 2 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, November 25, 1943


Albert von Minden, aged 46 years, 5 months and 18 days, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, following a prolonged illness. Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Arthur Koehler officiating. Interment was in the new city cemetery. Koenig Funeral Home in charge. Albert von Minden was a son of B. R. von Minden and was born near La Grange, he had spent his entire life in this vicinity.

Albert von Minden and Miss Katherin Weimken were married Nov. 25, 1920; both were members of the Lutheran church; Mr. von Minden was a contractor and builder and erected many of the homes in this section. In addition to his wife he is survived by his aged father and the following children: Wilburn von Minden, in the armed service, Chicago; Chas. Kermit and Weldon von Minden of La Grange.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1919

August Von Minden

Another Fayette County Man Answers The Last Call

August von Minden, a prominent citizen of Round Top, formerly of Warrenton, died Thursday morning.  August had many friends and acquaintances here, who encouraged the highest respect for him.  His death is sincerely regretted by everyone.  To his family The Journal offers its sincere condolence.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, August 13, 1936 pg. 1

Fayetteville Section

It is with deepest regret that we chronicle the death of one of our pioneer citizens, Bernhard von Minden; born in Oldenburg, Germany, August 5, 1845; died at Fayetteville, August 8, 1936, at the age of 91 years and 3 days. Mr. von Minden died at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herman von Minden, with whom he had made his home the past few years.

Surviving him are, his two sons, Gerhard von Minden of La Grange, and Herman von Minden of here. His wife and daughter preceded him in death; ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, with burial in the City Cemetery, with Rev. Bosshard officiating. To the surviving relatives we extend our deepest condolences.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Tuesday, July 10, 1973

Von Minden

Funeral services for Emil Von Minden, 60, of La Grange were held Saturday July 7, at 3:00 P.M. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with Rev. Alvin Walter officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Von Minden, a park attendant, passed away last Thursday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

The deceased was born in Rutersville on January 25, 1913, the son of Diedrich and Louise Fein Von Minden.  He was married to Erna Vonessen in 1940 in La Grange.  A World War II veteran, he was a lifelong Fayette County resident.

Surviving are his wife Erna of La Grange; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Delores) Votaw of La Grange; one son, James Von Minden of Houston; and 4 grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Wednesday, November 23, 1977

Von Minden

Funeral services for Fritz G. Von Minden of 739 South Jefferson were held at 2:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, at the chapel of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Von Minden, a package store owner and World War I veteran, passed away Nov. 17 in the VA Hospital in Temple.  He was 83.

Born June 6, 1894, in Rutersville, he was the son of John and Ida Schmidt Von Minden.  He was married to Cecilia Canik on Jan. 8, 1920, in La Grange.  His wife preceded him in death Jan. 30, 1955.  He was a lifetime La Grange resident.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Marion (Florence) Therlot and Mrs. Rex (Ann) Mason, both of Austin; a son, Leon Von Minden of La Vernia; two sisters, Mrs. Rudy (Annie) Keilers and Mrs. Louis (Lena) Keilers, both of La Grange; and five grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


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Death came to Mrs. Johanna Marie von Minden, Friday night, March 8, following a sudden serious illness. She had been in declining health for several years, and her rheumatic ailment had rendered her near to an invalid state. Taken to the La Grange Hospital last week, she failed to rally and death mercifully ended her suffering.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Koenig Funeral Home by Rev. R. Heise, and burial was in the new city cemtery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge. She is survived by her husband, B. R. von Minden, one son Albert von Minden and five grandchildren.

Deceased, a daughter of Henry and Helen Fein, was born in Germny, June 24, 1873, and emigrated with her parents to Texas, when 10 years old, the family locating at Warrenton. She had lived in the county for 56 years, and at La Grange since 1912.

Mrs. von Minden was a true and faithful member of the Lutheran church; unless abed, due to her afflication she was present at regular services; religion was her chief staff, the Savior her shepher and comforter. May she sleep peacefully.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Aged Citizen Dies

Last Friday afternoon, John Dietrich George von Minden, died at the home of his son Bernhard von Minden, two miles north of La Grange, aged 92 years, 4 months and 29 days.  The body was buried at Rutersville, Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. R. Heise officiating.

Mr. Von Minden was born in Strueckhausen, Oldenburg, Germany, August 6, 1840; was baptised in the Lutheran faith August 30 of the same year.  He was united in marriage with Miss Almuth Louise Katrina Onken in 1861, and ten years later the family emigrated to America, and settled at Rutersville in this county, later removing to Warrenton.  There was born to this union, four sons and two daughters.

In 1914 Mrs. Von Minden preceded the husband, since which time he has made his home with his son near La Grange;  the youngest son, August, died in 1919; the youngest daughter, Mrs. Helen Knutzen, died December 15, 1930.

Good health was ever his, until recent years, the last two his condition evidenced the rapid decline of a once vigorous body and mind.  His survivors are the following children:  John and Bernhard von Minden of La Grange, Henry von Minden and Mrs. Aug. Schulze of Rutersville; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bernhard von Minden of Fayetteville, and one sister, Mrs. Meta Helmken of Rutersville.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 8, 1921

Died Sunday

John Henry von Minden, who with his family resides north from the city, was found dead in the barn Sunday evening.  Deceased had been in bad health for several months.  He was in his sixty-fourth year.

A widow, six daughters and one son; all grown, survive, and to these our sincerest sympathy is offered at this hour.

The remains were taken to Rutersville Monday afternoon, and there placed to their last rest.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, November 25, 1981

Von Minden

Funeral services for Mildred A. Von Minden of Fayetteville were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Von Minden, a lifelong resident of Fayette County, expired November 20 in the M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston following a lingering illness.  She was 63.

Born July 23, 1918, in Ammannsville, she was a daughter of Fred and Annie Kubala Rohan.  She was united in marriage with Wilburn Von Minden on June 18, 1938, in La Grange.  A member of the Catholic Daughters of America, KJZT, Altar Society, and the CCW, she had resided in Fayetteville since 1938.

Surviving are her husband of Fayetteville; her father, Fred Rohan of La Grange; a daughter, Susan Kubena of Houston; son, Robert Von Minden of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Johnnie Svrcek of Fayetteville; and three brothers, John and Daniel Rohan, both of La Grange; and Milton Rohan of Edna.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 22, 1952

Pioneer Resident Is Taken By Death

Funeral services fro Mrs. Minna von Minden, 88, who passed away at the local hospital Thursday after a brief illness, were held at the chapel of Koenig Funeral Home Sunday at 3:30 PM.

Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated, and interment was in the Rutersville Cemetery.

Mrs. Von Minden, nee Kupferschmidt, was born at Holldorf, Germany, on Sept. 18, 1863, came to this country in 1872 and settled in Galveston.  She was united in marriage with Henry von Minden in 1882, her husband preceding her in death in September 1921.  Mrs. Von Minden had lived in Fayette County for the past 80 years, and in La Grange the past 33 years.

She leaves six daughters, Miss Louise von Minden, Miss Meta von Minden, Mrs. Minnie Kruse, Mrs. Alfred Liebscher, Mrs. Annie Willrich and Mrs. Fritz F. Koopmann, all of or near La Grange; one son, Willie von Minden of La Grange; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, July 20, 1967

Albert Friedrich von Rosenberg

Funeral services for Albert F. von Rosenberg, 82, widely known retired farmer and dairyman, were held Friday, July 14, at 10 A.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Walter Buehrle of Elgin officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. von Rosenberg passed away at his home here Wednesday, July 12.

He was born in Round Top on August 23, 1884, the son of the late Alex and Emma Weyand von Rosenberg, and married Miss Monica Agnes Struve on March 23, 1912 in La Grange.  She preceded her husband in death on December 2, 1966, as did his only daughter, Mrs. Lois Marie (von Rosenberg) Todd. Mr. von Rosenberg was a resident of La Grange since 1902.

Survivors include three sons, Sam E. and Lester E. von Rosenberg, both of La Grange, and A. L. von Rosenberg of San Antonio; two brothers, Alex (Jake) and Max von Rosenberg of La Grange; and ten grandchildren; Judy (von Rosenberg) Ybarra, Billy von Rosenberg, Terrye (Todd) Bohot, Becky (Todd) Koenig, Lucy Todd, Nancy von Rosenberg, Dan von Rosenberg, Karl von Rosenberg, Eric von Rosenberg, and Alex von Rosenberg.  Two grandchildren predeceased Mr. von Rosenberg; Kathlyn Todd and John von Rosenberg.  Additionally Mr. von Rosenberg is survived by five great-grandchildren; Deleigh, Renee, and Leslie Ybarra, and Erik and Jon Todd Koenig.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


Alex Eugen von Rosenberg

La Grange Journal, 12 Jun 1930


The unexpected announcement was made Wednesday morning that Alex Rosenberg, living in the old W. W. Ligon home north of the city had died during the early hours. He had received a dose of medicine administered by Mrs. Rosenberg at three o'clock, and both drifted back to slumber. When Mrs. Rosenberg awoke after dawn, she made the alarming discovery that her husband had journeyed on. It is presumed he was dead for several hours when the discovery was made.

Mr. Rosenberg was born at Round Top, October 27, 1857, and was a son of Eugene and Dora Rosenberg, early settlers of that section. He was reared in that section of the county, and on April 8, 1880 he was united in marriage with Miss Emma Weyand of Nassau at Round Top by Squire Henkel. To this union there was born six children, George. Albert, Louise, wife of Pete Jurasek of El Paso; Alex. Jr., Max and Leona. The sons all reside at LaGrange.

The widow and children with the exception of Leona who died several years ago, survive; he also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Geo. Vogelsang of Shelby and Mrs. Elisha Adams of Lake Victor, and eleven grandchildren. The family first lived at Nassau, later at Burton and for the past twenty-eight years LaGrange has been their home. Mr. Rosenberg was active in promoting real estate in La Grange, and from him the Fair Grounds was purchased. He caused many new homes to be built in that section, and was the holder of considerable real estate. Last April, the entire family was re-united, the occasion being the golden wedding anniversary of the parents.

The funeral will be held Friday day morning at 9:30 o'clock from the family residence, with interment at the new cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community is offered to the surviving relatives.

Mr. Von Rosenberg died June 11, 1930. Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


Carl August Walter von Rosenberg

Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Rosenberg: Died at LaGrange Sept. 15-03 of paralysis of the heart C. W. von Rosenberg aged 64 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross. Photo contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 23, 1913

Died at Round Top

E. C. von Rosenberg, of Round Top, died last Wednesday, and the following afternoon a large number of friends assisted the relatives in paying their last respects to an honorable and respected citizen.  Deceased was the father of Alex von Rosenberg of this city, and reached the age of eighty-four years.  His chief mourners are Alex von Rosenberg of this city, and his two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Vogelsang of Shelby and Mrs. L. Adams of Lake Victor, Texas.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photograph contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


La Grange Journal, 18 March 1943

Mrs. Emma v. Rosenberg

Mrs. Emma v. Rosenberg, widow of the late Alex v. Rosenberg, aged 84 years, 9 months and 5 days, died Wednesday, March 17, at the home of her son, Alex. She had been in feeble health for many months, since she had a severe fall.

A native of Fayette county, born in a little community called Nassau, she was married to Mr. Rosenberg in 1880, at Round Top. Her husband preceded her in death in 1930. Five children, a daughter, Mrs. Pete (Louise) Jurasek, of El Paso, and four sons, George, Albert and Alex of L Grange, and Max of Houston, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchldren, and one sister, Mrs. Lena Kaiser of La Grange, are her immediate survivors.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon, March 18, at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. R. Heise officiating. Interment will be in the new city cemetery.

Mrs. Rosenberg was born June 12, 1858.

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


Gustav Adolph von Rosenberg

Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Jan 1900, page 1

Death of Gus v. Rosenberg.

Just as the shadows of eve were gathering into darkness on Monday the spirit of Gus, the beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. F. v. Rosenberg, of this city, quietly passed away and beyond, into the mysterious and Great Unknown, at the age of 17 years and 8 months.

On the 24th day of December he returned from the Alamo Business college, at San Antonio, to spend the holidays with his parents, relatives and friends. Soon after Christmas he complained of not feeling well but, with a firm belief that nothing serious would result, he tried hard to weather it. Later, he took to his bed never to rise again; and all that is mortal ot [sic] Gus was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon. The services, conducted by the Rev. V. Pazdral, of the Lutheran church of Fayetteville – both at the house and at the grave, were simple, but eloquent and impressive, and were witnessed by an immense concourse of sympathetic friends, indicating the strong and firm hold the youth had upon the community. – La Grange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross. Photo contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


Helen Esslinger von Rosenberg

Unidentified newspaper article

Helen von Rosenberg was born June 6, 1929, the daughter of the late Earl and Jean (Janak) Esslinger. She grew up in Granger, TX. She was an excellent student who was able to skip two years of school and graduated as class Valedictorian of Granger High School. At 16 years of age she began college at Texas Women’s University. She completed 3 years before choosing to begin her family life with A.L. von Rosenberg. They had a wonderful marriage which produced 4 sons, one whom died shortly after birth . Upon A.L.’s untimely death Helen found the perfect suitor and was remarried to A.L.’s older brother Lester, who had been preceded in death by his lovely wife, Mary Alice.

Helen loved any game involving the mind, particularly bridge. She was as sweet as they come in all endeavors except games, where she would beat you like a drum, sweetly. She was an avid reader and had a generous spirit, particularly when it came to animals and the less fortunate. She was always active with her church, The First Presbyterian Church of La Grange. She was very active with her bridge club and church circle.

Helen was an eternal optimist. No matter what difficulty came her way she always found a positive result on the horizon. She always shared how lucky and blessed she had been in her life and wondered how so much good could have been bestowed “on a little Texas Granny.” Upon news of her terminal illness she barely batted an eye and only reflected on all the wonderful things that she had in her life that others never got a chance to see, including the birth and health of all of her 11 grandchildren.

Mrs. von Rosenberg passed away May 3, 2009 at the age of 79 years, 10 months, and 27 days. She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands A.L. von Rosenberg, and Lester von Rosenberg; brother Earl Esslinger; and son John von Rosenberg.

Survivors include sons Karl von Rosenberg and wife Molly of Golden, CO; Eric von Rosenberg and wife Amanda of Bryan, TX; Alex von Rosenberg and wife Valerie of Cincinnati,OH; step-son Dan von Rosenberg and wife Teresa of La Grange; step-daughter Nancy von Rosenberg Hunter and husband Steve Hunter of Brenham; and by 11 grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Music played an important role in Helen's life, in the music of the church and in popular music. She led the band as a drum major in high school and loved both ballroom and square dancing. The service will close with a song her grandson Charles had played for her recently that she said was one of her favorite songs. She enjoyed his playing of it so much that we felt she would want to share it with her friends and family.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas 77803.

Contributed by Eric E. von Rosenberg Photo contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


Laura Ida Von Rosenberg

Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Dec 1910

The Sticker joins the many Schulenburg friends of the family in extending sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. J. C. von Rosenberg who have suffered a severe loss in the death of their beloved daughter, Miss Laura von Rosenberg, who died Tuesday last, the 22nd. Miss Laura was in her 20th year, and a young lady with a bright future; accomplished and a favorite among her large circle of friends, not only in the city of LaGrange, but in many other cities where she had visited during her short life. Her remains were laid to rest on Thanksgiving day in the family burying grounds [La Grange City Cemetery], Rev. Robert Heise, pastor of the Lutheran church, officiating.

Obituary transcribed by Matt Cross. Photograph contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


Lester von Rosenberg

From program from his funeral service at First Presbyterian Church on April 9, 2008:

Lester Eugene von Rosenberg was born May 31, 1917 the son of Albert and Monica (Struve) von Rosenberg. He married Mary Alice Lee April 5, 1940 in Houston and after her passing he married Helen Esslinger von Rosenberg June 11, 1977 in Granger. Mr. von Rosenberg was a past president of the Rotary Club, the Fayette County Fair Association, and La Grange Roadrunners Square Dance Association. Mr. von Rosenberg served on the La Grange School Board and the La Grange Cemetery Board. He was a graduate of the La Grange High School and Texas A&M University and served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a Deacon, Elder, and Trustee at the First Presbyterian Church and a long time member of the American Polled Hereford Association. Mr. von Rosenberg retired from ranching at the age of 80.

Mr. von Rosenberg passed away April 7, 2008 at the age of 90 years, 10 months, and 6 days. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Alice Lee von Rosenberg; sister, Lois von Rosenberg Todd; brothers, Sam and A.L. von Rosenberg.

Survivors include: wife, Helen von Rosenberg of La Grange; son, Dan von Rosenberg and wife Teresa of La Grange; daughter, Nancy von Rosenberg Hunter and husband Steve Hunter of Brenham; step-sons, Karl von Rosenberg and wife Molly of Golden, CO; Eric von Rosenberg and wife Amanda of Bryan; Alex von Rosenberg and wife Valerie of Cincinnati, OH; and 11 grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Gardena Janssen Animal Shelter, 240 Svoboda Lane, La.Grange, Texas 78945.

Contributed by Eric E. von Rosenberg Photograph contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


La Grange Journal, December 8, 1966


Funeral Services for Mrs. Monica Agnes von Rosenberg, 81 of La Grange were held Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Walter A. Buehrle of Elgin officiated.  He was assisted by Rev. Albert Peterson of La Grange.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. von Rosenberg died in the Cozy Rest Home on December 2.

The deceased was born in Halstead on March 7, 1885, the daughter of Louis and Clementine de Lassaulx Struve.  She was united in marriage with Albert von Rosenberg on March 23, 1912, in La Grange.  She had lived in La Grange most of her life.

The deceased attended the Ursuline Academy in Galveston as a young girl, where her aunt Mary de Lassaulx, Mother Saint Augustine, served as Mother Superior.  Thereafter she returned to La Grange busying herself with raising her family and assisting her husband in the family’s dairy business, Rosenberg Farms.

Mrs. von Rosenberg is survived by her husband, three sons, Sam E. and Lester E. von Rosenberg of La Grange, and A. L. von Rosenberg of San Antonio, brothers Felix Struve of Palestine, Leo Struve of La Grange, and Clemens Amand Struve of Fort Worth, grandchildren Judith von Rosenberg Ybarra of Huntsville and William Edward von Rosenberg of La Grange; Daniel Lee and Nancy Ann von Rosenberg of La Grange; Terrye Todd Bohot and Lucy Lynn Todd of La Grange, and Rebeca Todd Koenig of Auburn, Alabama; and Albert Karl, Eric Karl and Alex Eugen von Rosenberg of San Antonio, and three great-grandchildren, Deleigh and Erin Ybarra and Erik Koenig. Mrs. von Rosenberg was preceded in death by her daughter, Mrs. B. E. (Lois) Todd, and two grandchildren, Kathlyn Todd and John von Rosenberg.

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.


La Grange Deutsche Zeitung, March 31, 1904, p. 5

Translated from the original German by Charles Patrick, January, 2001:

Theodora Anna Henriette von Rosenberg

Theodora Anna Henriette von Rosenberg passed away peacefully at 4 a.m. on Monday morning. March 21, 1904. Theodora Anna Henriette was the wife of F. von Rosenberg. Her maiden name was Sack and she was born on May 7, 1829 in Düsseldorf in the German province of Westphalia where she also obtained a solid education. In 1849 she immigrated to Texas, first settling near Round Top and later becoming a resident there in 1859. Theodora Anna Henriette Sack first marriage was to Wilhelm von Roeder. To this union was born a daughter Marie von Roeder, who preceded her mother in death many years ago. Wilhelm von Roeder died when his daughter Marie was still a young child. The deceased married her second husband Eugen von Rosenberg on December 17, 1853, To this union, which lasted over 50 years, the following children were born: Hermann von Rosenberg of Round Top, Alex von Rosenberg of La Grange, Anna, the wife of Geroge Vogelsang of Shelby, Eugenie, the wife of E. 0. Adams of Burnet County, and Clara. the wife of Adolph Kopisch of Bellville. The last mentioned daughter passed away last year. The deceased is survived by her husband, two sons, two daughters, 30 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren as well as a large number of friends.

Burial was in the Florida Chapel Cemetery approximately one mile from Round Top. The graveside funeral service was conducted by Reverend Bracher. In addition, the Round Top mixed choir sang two songs. The large number of people who attended the burial, one of the largest number ever seen in the area, attested to the high regard in which the deceased was held. Relatives such as Alex and Paul Meerscheidt of San Antonio, Miss Minna von Rosenberg and Miss Nora Goldstein both of Austin, whom Mrs. von Rosenberg raised as children, as well as almost all of her relatives from La Grange were present to pay their last respects.

The deceased was a very well educated woman who gave instruction in both piano and voice in Round Top for over 40 years. For many years Mrs. von Rosenberg was the director of the Round Top mixed choir, a group that performed on many occasions between 1876 and 1880, after which time they eventually disbanded. Despite this, she gladly continued to sing and play music as her health permitted until her death. Without a doubt there are many citizens of Round Top who can state that she was the strongest supporter of music and song there. She was also considered to be an able German housewife, having raised not only exemplary daughters but also sons who are considered to be upstanding citizens. All those who had the pleasure of knowing her will not soon forget her. May she rest in peace. —by F., March 27. 1904, Round Top, Texas

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Apr 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Rosenberg: Died at Round Top 3-21-04, of weakness of heart, Mrs Anna Henrietta V. Rosenberg aged 74 yrs and 10 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Oct 1913, page 1


Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, after a brief illness, death claimed Mrs. Anna Vornsand, beloved wife of Mr. Aug. Vornsand, and her remains were laid to rest in the High Hill cemetery beside those of her first husband, Mr. Henry Ahrens. The funeral services were under the auspices of Jasmin Lodge No. 64, O. D. H. S., of which she was an esteemed member.

Mrs. Vornsand was 64 years, 11 months and 16 days of age. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, nine children and twenty-six grandchildren. The children are: Richard, R. J., H. F., O. G. and R. E. Ahrens of Shoat; Mrs. Ollie and D. F. Ahrens of Kansas City; Mesdames Blaschke and Ed Wolters of Schulenburg. All were in attendance upon the funeral except Mr. R. J. Ahrens, who was prevented by the serious illness of his child.

To the grief stricken husband, children and grand children we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

The Vornsand surname is not listed on her heastone in the Old High Hill Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1974

Mrs. Vornsand

Funeral services for Mrs. Willie G. Vornsand were held Friday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, with continued services at St. Rose of Lima Church. The Rev. Roger Robbins officiated. Interment was in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Vornsand died in Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar at the age of 75. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Starustka, born Aug. 10, 1898. She married Willie Vornsand Oct. 21, 1919 in St. John, Texas and was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia.

She is survived by her husband of Moravia; 2 daughters, Mrs. A. F. Filip of Fort Worth and Mrs. Gene Herzik of Columbus; 2 sons, Willie J. Vornsand, Houston, and George Vornsand, Schulenburg; 5 sisters, Mrs. Otto Gundelach, Mrs. Adolf Goedich, Mrs. Steve Capak, Mrs. John Krovjak and Mrs. Tom Najvar; 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Frank Filip of Fort Worth, John Filip of Houston, Joe D. Herzik of Kingsville, James Vornsand of Houston, Michael Vornsand and Garry Thomas of San Antonio.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, September 9, 2014

Mr. George Vornsand

Funeral services for Mr. George Vornsand, age 88 of Schulenburg, will be held Friday September 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. from the St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Visitation will begin to the public after 5 p.m. Thursday with the Parish rosary at 7 p.m. from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Entombment will be in the St. Rose Mausoleum in Schulenburg.

The family requests donations be made to St. Rose Catholic Church or Cemetery, or a charity of one's choice.

Victoria Advocate, 11 Sept 2014

Man found dead outside his Lavaca County home

The body of an 88-year-old Schulenburg man was found outside his home early Monday morning.

Officials believe George Valentine Vorsand was hit by a passing truck and left on the side of the 4900 block of Farm-to-Market Road 532 in northeastern Lavaca County.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Gerald Bryant said based on evidence, it appears Vorsand was struck by a truck traveling east on the farm road, about 9 miles north of Hallettsville.

Valentine was pronounced dead at the scene by Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Wayne Denson.

DPS is asking anyone with information about the hit and run to call the San Antonio office at 210-531-2280.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 April 1916, page 1

Aug. Vornsang [sic.] Dead.

August Vornsang died suddenly at his home here Friday morning aged 72 years. Mr. Vornsang was one of the early settlers in this section and has made his home in Schulenburg for a number of years. His wife preceded him in death and four children, all of whom were able to attend the services Saturday, survive him, Mrs. Fritz Boehmer, of Bay City, Wm. Vornsang, of Moravia, Mrs. Chas. Leck and Mrs. Chas. Muehr of this place. The services were conducted by Rev. Piepenbrock and interment was at the City cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1977

Willie Vornsand Funeral Jan. 28 At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Willie G. Vornsand, 79, of Rt. 2, Hallettsville, were held Friday morning, January 28, from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Benton Thurmond and Rev. Willie Halata officiated. Mr. Vornsand, a retired farmer, died January 26 in Youens Memorial Hospital here.

Born March 1, 1897, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Vornsand Sr. He married Emilie Starustka on Oct. 21, 1919.

Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. A. F. (Sylvia) Filip of Fort Worth and Mrs. Gene (Virginia) Herzik of Columbus; two sons, Willie J. of Houston and George of Schulenburg, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Elvin (Anita) Steinmann of San Antonio, and two brothers, August Vornsand of Hallettsville and Barney Vornsand of Schulenburg. Two brothers, Walter and Henry, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were grandsons Frank Filip and John Filip of Fort Worth, Joe D. Herzik of Baytown, James Vornsand of Houston, Michael Vornsand of San Marcos, and Gary Thomas of San Antonio.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 9 Nov 1973, page 12A

Bohumil Vrana Sr.

Bohumil (Henry) Vrana Sr., 48, 4001 Port Lavaca Highway, operator of Texas Drive Inns 1 and 2, died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday in a Houston hospital after an illness of three weeks.

Mr. Vrana, a Victoria resident for the past 22 years, was born March 29, 1925, in Praha, Tex., and was the son of the late Florian Vrana Sr. and Anna Hejek Vrana.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday at McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Roy Rihn officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum.

The body will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family has invited friends who care to do so to make contributions to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Cecelia Vrana; two daughters, Mary Ann and Margaret Vrana; five sons, Daniel, Eugene, Bohumil Jr., George and David Vrana, all of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Hrcek of St. Johns, Tex., and Miss Mary Vrana of Houston; three brothers, Jerry Vrana of Moulton and Frank and Florian Vrana Jr., both of Flatonia, and one grandchild.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 21 Jan 2009


FLATONIA - Caleb Vrana, infant son of Greg and Amy Berger Vrana, of Flatonia, passed away Jan. 15, 2009. He was born Jan. 15, 2009 in La Grange.

He is survived by his parents; brother, Jack Vrana; paternal grandparents, Charles and Carol Vrana of Flatonia; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Sylvia Berger of Schulenburg; and great-grandmother, Emma Vrana of Flatonia.

Private graveside services were held in the Oak Hill Mausoleum in Flatonia with the Rev. Joe Hybner officiating.

Smith Funeral Home, 128 E. 5th St., Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, Thurs., 26 Oct 1961, page 1

Charles Vrana Succumbs in Praha

Charles Vrana, of Praha, age 38 years of age, suffered a heart attack Sunday afternoon following the Baptism of his new son.  Mr. Vrana and a friend were preparing for the christening celebration when he complained of not being able to see and fell over dead.

Immediate survivors are his wife, the former Emma Branecky, five sons and three daughters, a sister and several brothers.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Florian Vrana, preceded him in death.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1975

Emil Vrana Rites Held

Emil Vrana, retired well-known ginner and farmer of the Moravia community, succumbed October 30 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar after a brief illness. At his passing, he had attained the age of 88 years, 6 months and 12 days.

Funeral services were held from Moravia Catholic Church Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m.  Remains were at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel until 10 a.m. Saturday, then lay in state at Moravia Catholic Church from 10:30 until service time. Rev. Benton Thurmond officiated at the funeral Mass and was assisted by Rev. William Halata of Hostyn. Earl Seitz, great-grandson was acolyte. Interment was in Schulenburg City Cemetery with Edward L. Marek, honorary President of Supreme Lodge SPJST, officiating at graveside rites.

Casketbearers were Emil Vrana III, Julius Vrana Jr., Dale Vrana, Curtis Hanslik, Timmy Pospisil and Larry G. Vrana.

Mr. Vrana, son of the late Cyril and Marie Spaniel Vrana, was born April 18, 1887, at Moravia. On November 10, 1908, he was united in marriage to Albina Peter, daughter of the late Mikolos and Anna Blahuta Peter. A lifelong resident of Moravia, he was a member of the Moravia Catholic Church, 68-year-member of the Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas (SPJST) Lodge No. 23 and R.V.O.S. Insurance Lodge No. 41.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Alvin C. (Martha) Hanslik, Houston; Mrs. Julius (Ollie) Pospisil, Praha, and Mrs. Edward J. (millie) Berger, Moravia; two sons, William of Corpus Christi and Eddie of Moravia; nineteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Albina, Nov. 13, 1972; also two sons, Julius and Emil II.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Florian J. Vrana, Jr., 64, of Flatonia died June 21, 2014.

He was born in Hallettsville on Nov. 27, 1949 to the late Florian Vrana Sr. and Rosie Dach Vrana. Florian was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and a retired truck driver.

He is preceded in death by two brothers, Gilbert and Michael Vrana.

Survivors include one brother, Edwin Vrana of Flatonia; four sisters, Carolyn Vrana of Flatonia, Dorothy Eaheart and husband John of Engle, Shirley Lanni of Flatonia and Kathleen Masek and husband Robert of Flatonia; five nephews, Nathan Vrana, John Eaheart, Jr., Michael Lanni, Bryan and Kevin Masek; four nieces, Dawn Houston, Helen Eaheart, Michelle Ramirez and Kimberly Samaniego; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was recited at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Father Eddie Winkler officiated.

Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 11 Nov 2002, page 9A


FLATONIA – Gibert [sic] Raymond Vrana, 38, of Flatonia, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002.

He was born May 12, 1964, in Weimar, to the late Florian Sr. and Rosie Dach Vrana. He was a gas station attendant and a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Carolyn Vrana, Shirley Lanni and Kathleen Masek, all of Flatonia, and Dorothy Eaheart of Ingle; and brothers, Florian Vrana Jr., Edwin Vrana and Michael Vrana, all of Flatonia.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel in Flatonia.

A rosary will be recited tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at High Hill Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 16 Mar 1971, page 5A

Services Set For Victim Of Drowning

FLATONIA -- Services for Leroy James Vrana, 19-year-old Flatonia youth who drowned near Gonzales Sunday, will be conducted at Smith Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Services will follow at Praha Catholic Church at 4 p.m. The Rev. Marcus Valenta will officiate. Burial will be in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

The youth drowned while on a boating outing on Wood Lake with other Flatonia residents.

Vrana and a friend, Ivan Dornak, 19, fell from a boat piloted by Tony Pulkrabek. Life preservers were thrown to both youths but Vrana failed to grab his.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. some 90 yards from shore. The body was recovered by Gonzales and Seguin rescue firemen at 11:30 p.m.

Wood Lake is formed by a dam on the Guadalupe River.

Vrana was born in Flatonia Sept. 25, 1951, son of Mrs. Emma Vrana and the late Charles Vrana. He was a senior at Flatonia High School.

Besides the mother, other survivors are four brothers, Charles Jr., Johnny, Bonaventure and Randy Vrana of Flatonia; three sisters, Mrs. Bernice Pklude of Schulenburg and Helen and Irene Vrana of Flatonia; and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Baranecky of Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Feb 1992, page 12A


FLATONIA – Rosie Helen Dach Vrana, 63, of Flatonia, died in a Victoria hospital Sunday, Feb. 2, 1992, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Vrana was born Jan. 10, 1929, in High Hill to the late Anton and Mary Schenk Dach. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia.

Survivors: husband, Florian Vrana; daughters, Carolyn Vrana, Shirley Lanni and Kathleen Masek, all of Flatonia, and Dorothy Eaheart of Schulenburg; sons, Florian Vrana Jr., Edwin, Michael, and Gilbert Vrana, all of Flatonia; sister, Annie Polnick of Schulenburg; brother, Anton Dach of Schulenburg; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents.

Rosary 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home chapel of Flatonia.

Services 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Father Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.

Pallbearers: J.V. “Sonny” Polnick, Wayne McCuan, Daniel Dach, Marvin Hrcek, J.D. Bartek and Bohumil Vrana Jr.

Honorary pallbearers: Robert Schaeffer, Johnny Lev, Anton Dach Jr. and David Vrana.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Dec 1910

Paul Vrazel, a Bohemian citizen of this vicinity, committed suicide Friday afternoon at about 2 o’clock. He and his family had already bought tickets for East Bernard, but just before train time he drank the entire contents of a two ounce bottle of Carbolic acid, and died in a very few minutes in the waiting room. Undertaker Schwenke took charge of the body and prepared it for burial which took place the following afternoon in the catholic [sic] cemetery. The Sticker joins his friends in extending sincere condolence to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 10 Jan 1900

The funeral of Mr. John Vrazel, who died in Flatonia last week, took place last Friday evening. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 27, 1935

Paul Vrazel, 63, of near Fayetteville died at the LaGrange hospital early Sunday morning shortly after he had been struck by a car on the highway on Rek Hill, three miles east of Fayetteville.

The elderly farmer was hit by a car driven by Joe Marek and occupied also by his father, Henry Marek, of Willow Springs. They notified officers of the accident by telephone shortly afterwards.

The Knesek ambulance brought the man to the hospital where he died at 3:30 a.m. a few minutes after reaching here. The mishap occurred about midnight.

Mr. Vrazel is believed to have gotten up in the night to drive some cattle off the highway. He was walking along the road when the Marek car came along. The impact crushed the man badly, breaking a number of bones and causing other injuries. –LaGrange Record.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, May 4, 1960

We, the undersigned resolution committee of Lodge Pokrok Flatonia No. 103 at Flatonia, Texas in behalf of all members wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family on the passing of mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and member of our SPJST Lodge No. 103 for many years


who passed away in Flatonia’s Nursing Home April 9, at 6 p.m. at the age of 90 years and 25 days.

Funeral services were conducted Monday April 11 with Rev. O.B. Kahlich officiating. Requiem Mass was offered at 10:30 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and burial was in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Those left to mourn her passing are four daughters, Mrs. Rudolph (Alfena) Nikel, Mrs. Jim (Agnes) Starry, Mrs. Bill (Emma) Beck, and Mrs. Rudy (Nita) all of Flatonia; four sons, Joe and Frank Vybiral of Flatonia, Emil and Julius Vybiral of Abbott, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, also numerous other relatives and friends. She was a devoted member of the Catholic Church.

May she rest in peace and always be remembered.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, February 6, 1974

We, the undersigned Resolution Committee, in behalf of our entire membership of Lodge No. 103, Flatonia, Texas, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the surviving members of the family of our departed lodge brother,


who passed away on Monday, January 14, 1974, at the age of 81 years and 10 months. He was a resident of the Retama Manor Nursing Home in La Grange at the time of his death.

He was born on March 14, 1892 at Lipnik, Czechoslovakia, the son of Anton and Louise Vybiral and came to the United States at the age of 5 ½ months. On November 20, 1912, he was united in marriage to Pearl Beale. To this union were born two children: Mrs. Alfred (Esther) Barta of Boerne and Joe Vybiral, Jr., of Flatonia.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 17, 1974 at 10:30 a.m. from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Services were conducted by Rev. Graydon Howell of Flatonia Baptist Church. Burial was in the Flatonia City Cemetery.

Survivors include two children, Esther and Joe, Jr., two grandchildren, Shirley (Barta) Rittimann of Boerne, Cheryl Lyn and Bobbie Lee Barta of Stafford; and four sisters, Agnes Starry, Emma Beck, Anita Zemlicka and Albina Nikel, all of Flatonia.

Pallbearers were James Pavlica, Donald Pavlica, Bennie Beale, Max Nikel, Henry Mica, and Gene Syrinek.

Mr. Vybiral was a member of the SPJST Society for over 50 years.

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

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Dec 1913


Mrs. Rosalia Vytopil, age 38 years and 4 days cholora [sic] morbus, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, December 27, 1981

FLATONIA – August Vyvjala, 85, of Flatonia died Saturday in a Shiner hospital.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with burial in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Anastasie; a daughter, Mrs. Edgar Brunner, both of Flatonia; two sons, Joe Vyvjala of Schulenburg and Bernard Vyvjala of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Julius Jasek of Moulton; a brother, Julius Vyvjala of Flatonia; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Moulton Eagle, Friday, March 9, 1956

Novohrad News by Henry Joe Jasek

Funeral services were held Monday morning, March 5, for Mr. Frank Vyvjala, 85, who passed away at the Wagner’s hospital last Saturday after a short illness. He was the father of Mrs. Julius Jasek of Novohrad.

The services started at the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia and continued at the Flatonia Catholic Church with a Requiem High Mass at 9:00. Rev. Victor Raska conducted the services at the church and at the cemetery, he also delivered an English sermon. Rev. Marcus Valenta of Praha was also present in the sanctuary. Interment was in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Marvin and Julius Jasek, Frankie Vyvjala, Charlie Migl, Joe Vyvjala and Edgar Brunner.

Survivors are his wife Mrs. Frank Vyvjala, one daughter, Mrs. Julius (Pauline) Jasek of here, two sons, August and Julius of Flatonia, one brother, Mr. John Vyvjala of Praha, two sisters, Mrs. Julie Prihoda of Flatonia and Mrs. Albina Meyer of Smithville.

One daughter Mrs. Anna Novak and one son Louis preceded him to death.

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Moulton Eagle, Saturday, October 27, 1900

DIED – On Friday morning, Oct. 20, Joseph Vyvjala of Praha departed this life after a lingering illness. The deceased had been a sufferer of consumption for many months. He had been in business in Praha many years and stood well both socially and financially. He leaves a wife and two children, many relatives and a host of friends to regret his demise.—Flatonia Argus.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

julius vyvjala

Victoria Advocate, Monday, December 13, 1992

FLATONIA – Julius F. Vyvjala, 89, of Flatonia, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1992.

He was born June 3, 1903, in Praha to the late Frank and Mary Jurica Vyvjala. Mr. Vyvjala worked as a farmer, was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, KJT and Isidor Society.

Survivors: wife, Catherine Vyvjala; daughters, Julia Stryk of Flatonia, Olga Jasek and Dorothy Migl of San Antonio and Ann Bratton of Brazoria; sons, Frank Vyvjala of San Antonio and Daniel Vyvjala of Houston; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, a brother and two sisters.

Rosary: 7 p.m. Monday, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flatonia, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial: Flatonia Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Oct 1913


Mary Vyvjala, age 78 years, hemorrhage of lungs, Praha.

Contributed by Matt Cross

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