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Brandes, Albert

Funeral Rites for Albert Brandes, 69, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Albert Brandes, 69, of El Campo, former Weimar resident, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 8, with Rev Lampe, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of El Campo, officiating.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Mr. Brandes, a retired farmer, was found dead early Sunday morning at his home after suffering a heart stroke.

Born August 13, 1884, at Galveston, he came to the Weimar section with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. August Brandes, when he was 2 years old and lived here most of his life. In 1908, he married Miss Johanna Trojan, who preceded him in death in 1939. He had been living in Galveston since 1942.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Claus Kruse of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Mrs. Frank Rettling of El Campo; a son, Clarence Brandes of El campo: and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers for the services here were Norbert Stech, Walter Stech, Louis Stech, Gussie Trojan, Delmar Trojan and Celfred Trojan.

Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1953, page 1

Brandes, August

Aug. Brandes Passes On After Long Illness

Mr. August Brandes, of the oldest settlers of this section, died Monday night, after a long and painful illness, at the family home in the Content community, a few miles south of Weimar. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at this place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran pastor, officiated in touching services at the home and at the grave. The local lodge of Odd Fellows, of which decedant[sic] had long been a member, took an active part in the funeral ceremonies.

A suitable obituary for this worthy, good citizen will appear in our next issue.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, Nov. 29, 1929

Brandes, Dorothee (Bertram)

Pioneer Wife and Mother Called Home

There were many sad hearts throughout this section Monday morning when it as !earned that Mrs. Dorathe Brandes, beloved wife of Mr. Ernst Brandes of the Content community, had been called by Death to her eternal home. It was generally known that her condition was serious, and had been for a number of days, yet all hoped that she would rally and survive. Following a severe attack of flu and pneumonia In January, she was left In serious condition, and although everything possible was done for her, it was of but little avail. The past week her condition grew worse at a rapid pace, and it was realized that the end was near. At 6:30 Monday morning the poor, tired spirit gave up the struggle and Death had gained another victory.

The funeral took place at the New Bielau Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, in the presence of a large assemblage of sympathizing relatives and friends, who despite the very inclement weather were there to pay the last tribute of respect to one they had known and loved for long a time.

Mrs. Dorathe Brandes, nee Bertram, was born in Easenbuettel, Province of Hanover, Germany. She came to America in the autumn of 1880, and was married to Mr. F. E. Brandes Dec. 2, 1880, at Galveston. The couple moved to Schulenburg immediately and after a several years residence there they moved to the vicinity of Content, a few miles south of Weimar, where the remainder of her life was spent. Mrs. Brandes was the mother of three children, who, with the aged husband and father, survive. The children are Miss Ida Brandes, Mrs. Albert Koehn and Mr. Paul Brandes, all of them residing near Weimar. There also are five grandchildren --Irma Brandes, Velma Brandes, Ellyn Brandes, Leslie Brandes and Paul Brandes, Jr., also one sister. Mrs. Henrietta Froehlich. Mrs. Brandes lived to be 77 years. 4 months and 19 days old and was a faithful and consistent member of the Lutheran Church all her life.

In the death of this good wife and mother, the people of this section, among whom she had lived for so long a time, realize that they have lost a true friend and neighbor, one who could be depended upon at all times in the hour of trial and need, and whose presence lent cheer and good will In every gathering where she was present. Mrs. Brandes ever proved herself to be a faithful and devoted wife and mother, one whose interest in family and neighbors never waned, and when we say she will be sadly mIssed in the community where she lived for so long a time, we but express a palpable truth. To the grief-stricken husband, daughters and son, our heartfelt sympathy is extended. In their deep bereavement we commend them to Him who is a Comforter to all, under any and all circumstances.

Weimar Mercury, March 15, 1929, page 1

Brandes, Edna

Death of Edna Brandes.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Brandes of the Content community on the death of their beloved daughter, Edna, which occurred Tuesday afternoon, after an illness or many months. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery in this city, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran Pastor, officiating in a touching burial service.

Edna was an unusually bright girl, the idol of her parents' hearts, and although everything possible was done to stay the hand of Death. it was not to be--God's finger touched her and she slept.

Edna was a pupil of the Weimar High School last year, and her schoolmates, pupils of the sixth and seventh grades, were dismissed to attend the funeral in a body, accompanied by the teachers of those grades, Miss Robinson and Mrs. Grace Shaver.

In their bereavement they have the sympathy of all.

Weimar Mercury, October 21, 1927, page 1

Brandes, Ella (Hasse)

Funeral for Mrs. Brandes Held Wednesday

Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon, March 11, for Mrs. Ella Brandes, 81, widow of the late Paul Brandes.

Rev. Robert Crawford led services at Hubbard Funeral Home and Weimar United Church of Christ. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Brandes died Tuesday March 10, at Parkview Manor, where she had been a resident only a short time. She had been an invalid 28 years. Her husband died last November.

Born Aug. 30, 1888, at New Bielau, she was a daughter of Adolph and August Wendt Hasse. She was married to Mr. Brandes Nov. 1, 1911, and they settled near Weimar, where they lived the rest of their lives.

She is survived by two sons, Leslie of Alice and Paul Jr. of Corpus Christi; three daughters, Mrs. P. H. (Velma) Garbade of Shiner, Mrs. O. W. (Ellyn) Collier of La Marque and Mrs. Norwin (Irma) Dahse of Weimar; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Walter Hasse of Floresville and Eric Hasse of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Henry Beken Jr., Fred Froehlich, Bennie Kunz, Leslie Townsend, H. Ed Rabel, Donald Ulbricht, Henry Dreitner and Lawrence Loessin.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1970

Brandes, F. Paul

Final Rites for Paul Brandes Held Sunday

Funeral services for Paul Brandes Sr., 82-year old farmer and rancher, were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert N. Crawford, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Brandes died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, Nov. 7, at his home, as he sat dozing in a chair.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, he was born on a farm near here Feb. 23, 1887, the son of Ernest and Dorthea Bertram Brandes. He married Miss Ella Hasse here Nov. 1, 1911.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Leslie E. Brandes of Alice and Paul Brandes Jr. of Corpus Christi; three daughters, Mrs. Norwin (Irma) Dahse of Weimar, Mrs. P. H. (Velma) Garbade of Shiner and Mrs. O. W. (Ellyn) Collier of La Marque; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Miss Ida Brandes and Mrs. Margaret Koehn, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, Leslie Townsend, John Heger, Norbert Stech, Joe Hanzelka and Bill Sassin.

Weimar Mercury, November 13, 1969, page 1

Brandes, Friedericka (Stuenwe)

News was received here early Wednesday morning of the death of Mrs. Brandes, wife of Mr. August Brandes, one of our most prominent and best German-American farmers, her death occurring as a result of an operation at Houston for abscess of the liver, a complaint which had made Mrs. Brandes an invalid for a number of years. It was hoped the operation would prove successful and the lady be relieved of her suffering, but the hope was futile. The remain were brought to this city Thursday afternoon and laid to rest in the family lot at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery a large crowd of sympathizing friends witnessing the last sad rites. Mrs. Brandes was 59 years of age at the time of her death. She was a most excellent lady, possessing a heart overflowing with the milk of human kindness, a friend to everybody, and one who was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and two children, all grown and married, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1908, page 4

Mrs. Aug. Brandes, nee Stuenwe, from Content near Weimar died July 14th in the hospital at Houston. She was born on August 25, 1849 in the neighborhood of Bielefeld in the Westphalia province, Germany. At about three years of age, after her mother had died, she came to America with her father and one sister. Two other siblings followed later. The family settled in Galveston, There the father became a member of the of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Galveston and had his children baptized and confirmed. The father died in 1868. In 1872 the deceased married with her surviving spouse, August Brandes. God blessed this marriage with 6 children, 5 sons and one daughter. Fours sons have already died. Twenty years ago the Aug. Brandes family left Galveston and settled on their farm near Weimar and were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Weimar. The deceased suffered of liver complaint in the last years. She passed away at the hospital in Houston in the presence of her husband with belief in her Redeemer. The body was brought to the Depot and then to the altar of our Ev. Lutheran church . The burial followed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Weimar.

Above is a partial translation of the German obituary that appeared in the same newspaper.

Brandes, Friedrich Ernst

Splendid, Good Man Is Claimed by Death

Many hearts throughout this section were saddened last Sunday when news of the death of that splendid. good man and citizen, Mr. Ernst Brandes, vas learned. His death occurred at an early hour Sunday morning, following failing health and strength for a number of months past. At his advanced age-85 years. 8 months and 4 days--!little hope was held out when the decline became noticeable, yet it was remarkable how well this good man held up until almost the last.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body laid to rest in the New Bielau Cemetery Monday at 3 p. m., by the side of his beloved wile, who preceded him in death in 1929. An immense concourse of mourning relatives and friends were there to pay the last tribute of respect to one of our oldest and best citizens. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran pastor, officiated in an impressive burial service. Beautiful song services were held at both residence and grave. Floral emblems placed upon the grave were many and beautiful.

Friedrich Ernst Brandes was born Aug. 8, 1845 in Allenbuettel, Province of Hanover, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical faith at an early age. He came to this country in 1873. first settling in Fayette county. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Miss Dorothea Bertram. The couple moved to the Content section in 1833. and the remainder of the lives of both were spent in this community.

God blessed this matrimonial union with three children, all of them are living. They are Miss Ida Brandes, Mrs. Margarete Koehn and Mr. Paul Brandes. Other survivors are five grandchildren, one half brother and one half sister in Germany. Mr. Brandes was a charter member of the Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church in New Bielau, and ever proved himself to be a willing supporter of the Kingdom of God

The writer of these lines knew Mr. Brandes for the past forty years or more. During all that time he never heard a word against him. Mr. Brandes was always regarded as one of cur squarest, most upright, best citizens, a man who could be depended upon under any and all circumstances, and whose integrity was never questioned. He was a model husband, father, neighbor and friend, with a kindly word for everyone, and in his passing we feel that our community has in truth lost one of its best citizens.

May God be merciful to his bereaved ones and console them as He alone can.

Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1931

Brandes, Ida

Last Rites For Miss Ida Brandes Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Miss Ida Brandes, 86, an 83-year resident of the Weimar area, were held Friday afternoon, March 1, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank Horak Jr. officiating.

Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Miss Brandes died at Youens MemoriaI Hospital Thursday morning, Feb. 20. She had fallen and broken her hip February 6.

Miss Brandes was born Dec. 11, 1881, north of Schulenburg in Fayette County, a daughter of Ernest and Dorothea Bertram Brandes. In 1884 the family moved to the Content area, where she spent the rest of her life.

She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies’ Aid at New Bielau.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Marguerite Koehn, and a brother, Paul Brandes, both of the Weimar area.

Pallbearers were Franklin Addicks, August Beken, Walter Stech, Norbert Stech, Lester Koehn and H. Ed. Rabel.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1968, page 7

Brandes, Infant


Jan 27.- The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Brandes died one day last week and his tiny remains laid to rest in the New Bielau cemetery. Our deepest sympathy goes out to them in their hour of sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1913, page 1

Brandes, Johanna (Trojan)

Final Rites Held Here Tuesday for Mrs. Albert Brandes

Funeral services for Mrs. Johanna Brandes, aged 51 years, 8 months and 4 days, well-known wife of Albert Brandes, Weimar area farmer, whose death occurred Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. were held from the family residence south of Weimar Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. R. Uhlhorn, pastor of the Weimar Evangelical Church, officiating. Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

A native of Welcome, Austin county, the deceased was born there July 16, 1887, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reinhardt Trojan. At an early age, along with her parents, she moved to Colorado county and was confirmed in the New Bielau church in 1902. She had previously been baptized at the Welcome Lutheran Church.

On Dec. 17, 1907, she was married to Mr. Albert Brandes, well-known resident of this section.

Four children were born to them; three daughters and one son. Of these, one daughter preceded her mother in death.

Mrs. Brandes had been in ill health for the past three months as a result of a paralytic stroke. She passed away Monday afternoon at 2:30.

Survivors are a husband – Albert Brandes; two daughters, Mrs. Claude Kruse and Miss Elina Brandes; a son, Clarence; one grandchild; a mother, Mrs. Reinhardt Trojan of Burlington, Texas; three brothers, Gus Trojan of Rosebud, Willie and Oscar Trojan of Burlington; and one sister, Mrs. Fritz Stoebner of Burlington.

Pallbearers included: Edwin Stoebner, Werner Wendt, Hugo Richter, Edgar Koehn, Norman Dahse, and Chas. Hurta.

To bereaved family members and relatives, the Mercury extends its sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1939
Transcribed by Judy Talkington
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