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Breithaupt, Alex

Final Rites for Alex Breithaupt, 64, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Alex G. Breithaupt, 64, resident of Weimar and vicinity for 57 years, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Interment was made in the City Cemetery.

Mr. Breithaupt, who had been ill since August of 1947, died Sunday, May 2, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Floyd of Iola, where he had been lovingly cared for during his last years. Coming to Weimar at the age of two, with his parents, he spent all but the last five years of his life in this section.

Born June 22, 1883, on the island of Kauai, Territory of Hawaii, he married Miss Annie Schneider of La Grange in 1909. His wife died in 1944. Two brothers, Henry and Fritz, also preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Annie Floyd of Iola and Miss Alma Breithaupt of Rosenberg; two sons, Alex, Jr., and Leon, both of Rosenberg; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Schwegmann of Weimar and Mrs. Marie Laturnes of Edinburg; and one brother, William Breithaupt of Weimar

Active pallbearers at the funeral were six nephews, Fred Breithaupt of Shiner, Alois Breithaupt of Wharton;, Willie Breithaupt, Jr., Emil Breithaupt, Charles Schwegmann and Willie Schwegmann, all of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury May 7, 1948

Breithaupt, Annie (Schneider)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. A. Breithaupt, 57, Friday, Dec. 22

Funeral services were held at the Columbus Funeral Home last Friday. Dec. 22, for Mrs. Anna Breithaupt, 57, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, Lutheran pastor of Weimar, officiating. Interment was in the Weimar Cemetery.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Schneider, Mrs. Breithaupt was born May 25. 1887 at Holman. She was united in marriage to Aleck Breithaupt in 1910, and to this union four children were born, two boys and two girls.

Mrs. Breithaupt died at her home in Wharton on Tuesday, Dee. 19, at 10:30 a. m. At the time of her death she was 57 years, 6 months and 26 days old.

Survivors include her husband, Aleck Breithaupt of Wharton; two daughters, Mrs. Annie Herndahl of Wharton and Miss Alma Breithaupt of Wharton; two sons, Aleck Breithaupt, now with the armed forces overseas, and Leon Breithaupt, in the United States Navy; four sisters, Mrs. Huepers of the Wildwood community and three others whose names were not available.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1945, page 1

Breithaupt, Dorothy Marie (Taylor)

Dorothy Marie Taylor Breithaupt

Dorothy Marie Taylor Breithaupt, 79, of Eagle Lake passed away May 12, at Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 1, 1929 in Weimar to William H. Taylor and Mary Elizabeth Michalcik Taylor.

Dorothy was united in marriage on January 29, 1948 to E. H. “Sonny” Breithaupt, and was happily married for 57 years at the time of his death.

Dorothy was involved with the Catholic Altar Society and Parent Teachers Association when her children were in school. Family vacations were always a highlight during the summer, going to Garner State Park and Schlitterbaun. Dorothy faithfully walked daily even after she had to start using a walker in 2007; but even then she continued her daily walk. During summer months, there wasn’t a day that she didn’t go swimming for exercise; although she said she couldn’t swim very well, she could dog-paddle the entire pool.

She enjoyed taking care of her plants and flowers at her home; her hibiscus plants had the best blooms in town. Her family came first in her life and loved them very much. She really loved to go shopping with her girls!

She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Seaholm and husband, Gus, of Eagle Lake, Linda Henske and husband, Jerry, of Banquete, Texas, Connie Gertson and husband, Ralph, of Eagle Lake; son, William Carl Breithaupt of Rockdale, Texas; brother, William Taylor, Jr. and wife, Carolyn, of Buckholts, Texas; grandchildren, Kevin Henske, Tanya Henske Stivors, Gus Seaholm, Jr., Kari Seaholm Canaris, Sunny Gertson Dippel, Ralph Gertson, III, Dillan Gertson, Justin Breithaupt, Breann Breithaupt, Bradley Breithaupt, Brande Breithaupt; great-grandchildren, Tallon Canaris, Drayton Canaris, Wesley Wrobliski, Allison Henske, Wyatt Henske, Zane Henske, Tristan Stivors, Kyrstan Stivors, Anistan Stivors, Victoria Dippel; niece, Daphane Taylor Hartman of Bryan; nephews, Brice Taylor of Milano, Texas and Russell Taylor of Moody, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Ewald H. “Sonny” Breithaupt.

Services were held at Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake, Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m.

A rosary was held at Eagle Lake Funeral Home Thursday at 7 p.m. and burial took place at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Kevin Henske, Gus Seaholm, Jr., Ralph Gertson, III, Dillan Gertson, Justin Breithaupt, Bradley Breithaupt, Brice Taylor and Russell Taylor.

Honorary Pallbearers were Stanley Kucherka, Wilbert Kucherka, Jiggs Mrazek, Ervin Michalcik and Lonnie Mrazek.

Services were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 21st, 2009

Breithaupt, Emil

Emil Breithaupt, 53, Buried On Christmas Eve

Funeral services for Emil Brieithaupt[sic], 53, who suffered a fatal heart attack Dec. 22, were held Sunday, December 24, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rev. Frank Horak and Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated.

Mr. Breithaupt was stricken at Roadside Market, dying immediately. He had had some hart trouble about two years ago but apparently had been in good health lately.

He was an employee of Leon Hattermann’s cage egg farm and and earlier had worked for Weimar Feed & Farm Supply.

Born July 21, 1914, in the Wildwood community, he was a son of Wm. and Frieda Wienken Breithaupt. He married Miss Regina Freis on Nov. 25, 1939, and they had lived here since.

Survivors in addition to his wife are one daughter, Mrs. George Orange Jr. (Paulette Marie) of Columbus; one granddaughter, Robin Marie Orange; two brothers, William (Bill) Breithaupt of Weimar and Ewald (Sonny) Breithaupt of Eagle Lake; and eight sisters, Mrs. Frieda Mrazek of Columbus, Mrs. Joe (Meta) Hollek, Mrs. Elnora Taylor, Mrs. Norbert (Henrietta) Stech, Mrs. Ewald (Hilda) Brandt and Mrs. Richard (Olga) Kosler, all of Weimar, Mrs. W. H. (Phala) Fuller of Duncan Okla., and Mrs. George (Viola) Zabransky of Houston.

Pallbearers were Willie Mrazek, Bobby Koym, Tommy Taylor, George Heger, Wilbert Heger and Jimmy Stech.

Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1968, page 10

Breithaupt, Ewald Herman “Sonny”


E. H. "Sonny" Breithaupt, 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away July 11, at Columbia Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born Sept. 21, 1926 in Weimar, to William and Frieda (Wienken) Breithaupt and married Dorothy Taylor Jan. 29, 1948.

His working career included serving as a welder for the railroad, as parts manager for the Ford Motor Company in Eagle Lake for 28 years and farmed rice with local operations until retirement in 1989. He was raised in the Lutheran Church and later joined the Catholic Church and was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake. He was active in the Parish, Knights of Columbus, Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Frieda Mrazek and Eleanora Taylor; brothers, Bill, Reinhardt and Emil Breithaupt.

He is survived by his wife; children, Shirley Seaholm and husband, Gus of Eagle Lake, Linda Henske and husband, Jerry of Banquete, Connie Gertson and husband, Ralph Jr. of Eagle Lake, Billy Breithaupt and wife, Teresa of Rockdale; sisters, Hilda Brandt, Henrietta Stech, Olga Kosler, Meta Holleck, all of Weimar, Phala Fuller of Duncan, Okla. and Viola Zabransky of Houston; 11 grandchildren, Kari Seaholm Canaris, Gus Seaholm Jr., Kevin Henske, Tanya Henske Stivors, Sunny Marie Gertson, Ralph Gertson III, Dillan Taylor Gertson, Justin Breithaupt, Breann Breithaupt, Bradley Breithaupt and Brande Breithaupt; great grandchildren, Tallon and, Drayton Canaris, Alli and Wyatt Henske and Tristan and Kyrstan Stivors; and brother-in-law, Billy Taylor and wife, Carolyn, Rockdale.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with David Bennett presiding. Military Honors and interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery in Weimar, under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8783 of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers scheduled are Kevin Henske, Ralph Gertson III, Gus Seaholm Jr., Justin Breithaupt, Dillan Gertson, Lonnie Mrazek, Chris Kucherka and Buddy Mascheck.

Honorary pallbearers are Jiggs Mrazek, Shorty Stewart, Leonard Walker, Wilbert Kucherka, Bradley Breithaupt, Alfonse Michalcik and Ervin Michalcik.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Breithaupt, Frieda Helene Bertha (Wienken)

Beloved Lady of This Section Is Claimed By Death Monday

Mrs. Wm. Breithaupt, a beloved lady of the Wildwood section who was in very ill health was brought to this city last week to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Taylor, where she could secure better medical attention. For a time she seemed to be getting along very nicely, but unknown to all Death was nearby, unknown to family and friends, and claimed his victim early Monday morning at a time when it was thought she was getting along most satisfactorily. The blow was hard to family and friends of this excellent lady. Funeral arrangements were made and the body laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery here Tuesday afternoon, from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Taylor, the funeral being largely attended by people from all over this section, where Mrs. Breithaupt had loved so long and was so greatly beloved.

Pall bearers were as follows: Willie and Edwin Wienken, Willie Schwegmann, Lewis Breithaupt, Lawrence Wienken, Diedrich Schwegmann. Honorary pall bearers named by the family were Messrs. Henry Poppe, Alfred Kainer, Emil Kahlden, Anton Beck, Emil Christ, Chas. Stech, Harry Taylor, August Juergens, John Krhovjak, Lewis Kubenka and Oscar Brandt.

Frieda Helene Bertha Wienken was born Jan. 20, 1884, and was baptized and confirmed at Holman, Texas by Rev. J. Frehner. In the year 1902, July 23, she was united in marriage to Mr. Wilhelm Breithaupt. The couple settled in the Holman section, later moving to Colorado county where they lived on the Berger place, where the remainder of her life was spent. She leaves to mourn her departure her bereaved husband and twelve living children and follows: Mrs. Aug. Mrazek of Holman, Mrs. Alfred Koym of New Bielau, Mrs. Henry Taylor of Weimar, Mrs. Norbert Stech of Content, Mrs. Ewald Brandt of Osage, Misses Phala, Olga and Viola Breithaupt of Weimar; Mr. Willie Breithaupt, Jr., of Oakland, MR. Reinhard Breithaupt of Shiner, Emil and Ewald of Weimar; one brother, Mr. Willie Wienken of Weimar; stepmother, Mrs. Rebecca Spark of Galveston; three half brothers, Otto of Alice, Herman of Hallettsville and Emil of Columbus; seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Breithaupt was a kind and lovable, good woman, wife and mother. She was known and greatly beloved throughout this section and her passing has brought deep sorrow to many homes and hearts. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Those from a distance who attended Mrs. Breithaupt’s funeral included Mrs. Rebecca Spark, MR. and Mrs. Andrew Lind, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Lind, Galveston; MR. and Mrs. Herman Wienken and son, Hallettsville; Mr. Otto Wienken and family, Alice; MR. and Mrs. Emil Wienken, Columbus; Mr. Fred Breithaupt and family, Shiner.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1938
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Breithaupt, Heinrich F. A.

Henry Breithaupt Accidently Killed

An unfortunate accident happened near Holman Monday, in which Henry Breithaupt, a well known farmer of that section, aged 42 years, lost his life. He was assisting his brother in hauling hay. The team became frighened, he ran in front of the animals in an endeavor to stop them, was knocked down, trampled upon, and the wagon running over his head, he received injuries which caused his death nine hours later. One of his arms was broken, his skull was crushed and he received numerous bruises about the body. The remains were brought to the Weimar [Masonic] cemetery and buried Tuesday afternoon. Mr. B. had many friends throughout this section who deeply deplore his tragic death.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1916

Breithaupt, Regina (Freis)

R. Breithaupt Funeral Held Here Oct. 11

Funeral services for Regina Breithaupt, 77, of Columbus, formerly of Weimar, were held Sunday, Oct. 11, from St. Michael Catholic Church here with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Mrs. Breithaupt, who had worked as a nurse, died Friday, Oct. 9, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center where she had been a patient for three weeks.

Born May 29, 1915, at Weimar, she was a daughter of Joseph and Pauline (Kainer) Freis. She was married on Nov. 25, 1939, to Emil Breithaupt, who preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1967. She had lived in Columbus since that time. She was a member of St. Michael Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Polly Orange, a granddaughter, Robin Fleming, and a great-grand-daughter Raylean Fleming, all of Columbus; and a brother, Richard Freis of Weimar.

Serving as pallbearers were Jimmie Stech, Ted Brandt, George Zabransky, Paul Jurica, Mark Heger and Russell Heger.

The Weimar Mercury, 15 October 1992
Transcribed by Cathleen Witt Dunne 4 February 2007

Breithaupt, Reinhard H.

Pvt. R. Breithaupt Reported Killed In Action In Germany

A message from the War Department received here Tuesday by Wm. Breithaupt brought the news that his son, Pvt. Reinhard H. Breithaupt, had been killed in action while with the armed forces in Germany on March 23.

Private Breithaupt had been in the service three years and had served overseas since Christmas, 1943. He had been in Germany since June 11, 1944. He was with Company A, Second Signal Battalion.

The Mercury joins many friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss of a son and brother, and an American soldier.

Weimar Mercury, April 6, 1945, page 1

Nazi Souvenires[sic] Sent To Wm. Breithaupt

Mr. William Breithaupt of the Wildwood section has received a German automatic rifle and two German flags, which were sent him by his late son, Pfc. Reinhardt H. Breithaupt, who was killed in action somewhere in Germany on March 23, 1945. These items were mailed on March 19, from Germany.

Mr. Breithaupt has also received two letters concerning his son, one from his Commanding Officer and the other, from his army Chaplain, which stated that Reinhardt died en route to a hospital. He was buried, it went on to say, in an individual grave in a cemetery in Holland, His grave is being well kept, also.

This bit of information is no doubt comforting to the Breithaupts

Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1945, page 1

Memorial Services Held April 15 for Pvt. R. H. Breithaupt

Memorial services were held Sunday, April 15, for Private Reinhardt Henry Breithaupt, son of Wm. Breithaupt and the late Freida Wienken Breithaupt, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Weimar, with the Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Private Breithaupt was born in Weimar on May 3, 1913. His boyhood days were spent in the Wildwood community. He engaged in farming for several years and of late, just before entering the service, he was employed in the construction of highways. He entered the army February 27, 1942, at Camp Crowder, Mo. From there he was transferred to Camp Polk, La., from which point he was sent on maneuvers in North Carolina, and from there he wa sent to Camp Young and Fort Ord, Calif. He went overseas in December, 1943,

He was killed in action in Germany on March 23, 1945, at the age of 31 years, 10 months and 20 days.

His mother preceded him in death on March 7, 1938; one sister, and one brother died in infancy.

Survivors include his father, Wm. Breithaupt; eight sisters, Mrs. Frieda Mrazek. Mrs. Meta Koym, Mrs. Elenora Taylor, Mrs.. Henrietta Stech, Mrs. Hilda Brandt, Mrs. Phala Fuller. Mrs. Olga Kosler, Miss Viola Breithaupt; three brothers, William Breithaupt, Jr., Emil Breithaupt, Pvt. Ewald Breithaupt; five nieces and nine nephews.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1945, page 1

Breithaupt, Wilhemina Henrietta

Mrs. Henrietta Breithaupt,

Mrs. Henrietta Breithaupt, an aged and highly respected lady of the. Holman section, died Sunday last and the funeral took place at the Weimar Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, officiating, in the presence of a large gathering of sympathizing relatives and friends. We understand that her death was caused from a complication of pneumonia and lagrippe. Data regarding this estimable lady's life not being at hand, we are going to ask Mr. Piepenbrok, the officiating minister, to furnish us with same. [There is an item written in German by Rev. Piepenbrok on page 8 of the March 9, 1917 Mercury]

Weimar Mercury, March 2, 1917, page 1

Breithaupt, William Sr.

Final rites For W. Breithaupt, Sr., 81, Held Thursday

Funeral services for Wm. Breithaupt, Sr., 81-year-old retired farmer, were held Thursday afternoon, November 15, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

His pastor, Rev. George E. Fuchs of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiated. Pallbearers were Fred Froehlich, Arthur Oncken, Felix Freis, August Juergens, Charles Trefny and H. Ed. Rabel.

Mr. Breithaupt, who had been ill about 4 months with stomach cancer, died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at his home on the Ewald Brandt farm at Osage.

Born Dec. 25, 1880, in Germany, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Breithaupt, who brought him to this country when he was 3 years old. The family settled first near Oakland. He married Miss Frieda Wienken at Holman on July 23, 1903, and they lived in the Holman area for a while, later buying a farm in the Wildwood section. Mrs. Breithaupt died in 19398[sic].

The Breithaupts had 14 children, 2 dying as infants. A son, Pvt. Reinhardt Breithaupt died in World War II action in Germany in 1945, at the age of 31.

Surviving are 8 daughters, Mrs. August (Frieda) Mrazek of Columbus, Mrs. Alfred (Meta) Koym of Weimar, Mrs. Henry (Elnora) Taylor of California, Mrs. Norbert (Henrietta Stech of Weimar, Mrs. Ewald (Hilda) Brandt of Weimar, Mrs. W. H. (Phala) Fuller of Oklahoma, Mrs. Riichard[sic] (Olga) Kosler of Weimar and Mrs. George (Viola) Zabransky of Houston; 3 sons, William Jr. and Emil of Weimar and Ewald of Eagle Lake; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Breithaupt was the last of his own generation. A sister, Mrs. Lena Schwegmann, died in July of this year.

Weimar Mercury, November 22, 1962, page 1
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