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Brunkenhofer, Augusta

Miss Brunkenhoefer Dies Near Weimar

La Grange - Miss Augusta Brunkenhoefer, 32, passed away Saturday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brunkenhoefer, near Weimar.

Funeral services were held at Koenig Funeral Home at 2 p. m. Monday with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in the Weimar cemetery.

Born April 8, 1927, she had spent her entire lifetime in the area where she died.

Besides her parents, she is survived by a sister, Emma Marie Brunkenhoefer of Austin, and two brothers, Emil of Houston and SFC Louis Brunkenhoefer of Lawton, Okla. Fayette County Record.

Weimar Mercury, Feb 5, 1850, page 1

Brunkenhoefer, Edwin J.

E. Brunkenhoefer, 43, Dies Suddenly, Funeral Tuesday

Heart disease claimed the third Weimar businessman in a month when Edwin J. Brunkenhoefer died at 4:15 Sunday evening in Youens Hospital at the age of 43.

He had entered the hospital two days earlier but shortly before his death had appeared to be doing well.

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. C. Emigholz, pastor of Evangelical & Reformed Church where Mr. Brunkenhoefer was confirmed in 1927, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Alvin Dunn Johnnie Rerich, Elma Barton, Henry Adamcik, Floyd Belt and Edmond Dreitner. An honor guard composed of a number of local war veterans, stood at attention during graveside services.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer was co-manager of the Humble Service Station here, where he had been in partnership with Edmond Dreitner for the past five years. Born here Aug. 14, 1910, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Brunkenhoefer, who are among his survivors. Graduating from Weimar High School, he attended Seguin Lutheran College and later attended a barber school in Houston for six months. During World War II he served about four years overseas, in Hawaii and later on Okinawa.

“Brunk”, as he was known to his many friends, played on many of Weimar's early baseball teams and was an avid follower of other sports throughout his life. He served 19 1/2 years as a volunteer firemen and was an active member of veterans’ organizations here.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Mrs. Margaret Wind, and a niece, Miss Barbara Rose Wind.

Weimar Mercury, October 9, 1953, page 1 and 5

Brunkenhoefer, Emil

Funeral Rites for E. Brunkenhoefer, 59, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Emil Brunkenhoefer, 59, lifetime resident of he Weimar section and businessman here for the past 35 years, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, June 1, Rev. C. Emigholz and Rev. Paul Piepenbrok officiating. Interment was in City Cemetery.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer succumbed at his restaurant here Monday at about noon, a few minutes after suffering a heart attack. His sudden death came as a saddening shock to his many friends of this area.

Born Sept. 4, 1889, in the Content section a few miles south of Weimar, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrich Brunkenhoefer. He married Miss Erna Dahse at Weimar on December 28, 1911, and they settled in Weimar. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, he had for many years been active in the Weimar Fire Department and other civic functions.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Herman (Bernice) Talbert of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Bob (Clara Mae) Donnelly of Baytown; one son, Wilbur F. Brunkenhoefer of Mercedes; one sister, Mrs. Lena Klesel of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Wm. Brunkenhoefer of Weimar and Eric Brunkenhoefer of San Antonio; and ten grandchildren.

Active pallbearers at the funeral were Hugo Seydler, A. J. Ratliff, Alex Seydler, Henry Beken, Sr., Oscar Koehn, and Herman Paweleck.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1949, page 1

Brunkenhofer, Emil Gustav

Emil Gustav Brunkenhofer

Emil Gustav Brunkenhofer, 79, was born June 18, 1924 in Holman, Texas and passed away January 9, 2004 in Clear Lake, Texas. He was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas. Emil was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Corregidor. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his brother, Louis Brunkenhofer of Pasadena, Texas; daughter, Dolores Bordovsky and husband Michael Sr., of Channelview, Texas; daughter, Ruby Phenix and husband Bill of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Michelle Carnine and husband Greg; granddaughter, Kimberly Ward; grandson, Michael Bordovsky, Jr., and wife Misty; grandson, Wayne Phenix; great granddaughter, Ashton Carnine and special friend, Patty White. Pallbearers will be Wayne Phenix, Michael Bordovsky Jr., Greg Carnine, Chris Kuehne, Jim O'Neill and Jordan Hanson. Family will receive friends from 1 PM to 9 PM, January 12, 2004 at Colonial Funeral Home, 901 South Main, Pasadena, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10050 Fuqua, Houston, Texas on January 13, 2004 at 9 AM. Interment will follow at The Masonic Cemetery, Weimar, Texas at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Emil's name be sent to King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10050 Fuqua, Houston, Texas 77089, 713-946-5717.

Houston Chronicle, January 11, 2004

Brunkenhofer, Emma (Kunschik)

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer, 61 Holman Resident Buried Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louis Brunkenhoefer, 61, of Holman were held Saturday, Sept. 2 at Koenig funeral Home in La Grange, with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

The Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated.

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer died Thursday at her home.

The former Miss Emma Kunschik was born at Holman July 21, 1900, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kunschik and married Mr. Brunkenhoefer here Oct. 11, 1921.

He survives along with two sons, Emil Brunkenhoefer of Pasadena and Louis Brunkenhoefer on military duty in Germany; one daughter, Miss Emma Marie Brunkenhoefer of Austin; three grandchildren and two brothers, Willie and Henry Kunschik of Houston.

The Weimar Mercury September 9, 1961
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Brunkenhoefer, Erna (Dahse)

Stroke Fatal to Mrs. Brunkenhoefer 64; Funeral Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Erna Brunkenhoefer, who died Tuesday morning in a Mercedes Texas, hospital after a heart stroke, will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Wm. Anderson of Schulenburg will officiate. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer, widow of the late Emil Brunkenhoefer, was visiting her son, Wilbur, and family at Mercedes when she had a first stroke about six weeks ago. She had been in the hospital about a week.

Born in the New Bielau area south of here Oct. 19, 1890, she was the daughter of August and Ida Dahse.

She was married to Mr. Brunkenhoefer here Dec. 28, 1911, and after a brief residence at Galveston they made Weimar their home until his death in 1949. They established and for a number of years operated Travelers Cafe here and later opened Brunk's Cafe, in another location. Mrs. Brunkenhoefer continued to live here after her husband's death until about two years ago when she settled in Houston. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Ida Dahse of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Bob Donnelly of Baytown and Mrs. Herman E. Talbert of Corpus Christi; one son. Wilbur, of Mercedes; 11 grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Clara McRee of Houston; and three brothers, Erwin and Herbert Dahse of Houston and Eric Dahse of Waco.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1955, page 1

Brunkenhoefer, Friedrich Sr.

Another Pioneer Passes Into the Great Beyond

Mr. Fred Brunkenhoefer, Sr., one of the oldest and most respected settlers of this section, died at the residence of his son, Mr. Emil Brunkenhoefer, in this city, Saturday, following ill health covering a period of several years. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Masonic Cemetery. The hugh concourse of people attending amply attested the popularity and esteem in which this good man had ever been held by his friends and neighbors. Rev. Connally, Methodist minister, officiated in a touching funeral service.

Mr. Fred Brunkenhoefer, Sr., was born in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1851, was married to Marguerete Oltmann. The family, then composed of father,mother and three children, moved to America, landing at Galveston, Oct. 18, 1882. From there they moved to near Weimar and engaged in farming. Seven children were born to this union, six boys and one girl. The oldest son, Henry, died June 26th, 1925. Mr. Brunkenhoefer’s wife preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 1914. Since that time he made his home with his daughter, Helena, up until the first of this year when he made his home with his son, Emil of this city. At the time of his death he was 76 years, 3 months and 14 days of age.

Following his wife’s death, ill health and age creeping on, forced Mr. Brunkenhoefer to give up farming, and since that time he made his home with his children here and elsewhere. Mr. Brunkenhoefer was a hard working, successful farmer, a man highly regarded by friends and neighbors, upright, honest and sincere t all times, a devoted husband and father, and always held in the highest esteem. His death is sincerely deplored by all.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer is survived by the following children: Mr. Fred Brunkenhoefer, Jr., of Nordheim, Mrs. Alfred Klesel, Mr. Will Brunkenhoefer and Mr. Emil Brunkenhoefer of this city and Messrs. John and Eric Brunkenhoefer of San Antonio, to whom our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1927, page 1

Brunkenhoefer, Henry F.


Family and friends alike were shocked last Friday afternoon when a telegram was received announcing the death of Mr. Henry F. Brunkenhoefer, a former well known citizen of this section but living in Galveston for a number of years. The message conveyed little information as to the cause of his death, and it was not until some time later that it was learned his death followed an operation for appendicitis. From details at hand, it seems as if the attack came upon him the first part of the week. The family physician attended him, but as his condition grew worse, it was decided to operate Wednesday. It was then learned that the appendix had bursted. However, he seemed to pass through the operation successfully and was apparently getting along nicely until a few minutes before he passed away. Then a change for the worse ensued and before the devoted wIfe and daughter could reach his bedside at the hospital, the spirit of poor Henry Brunkenhoefer had gone to meet its Creator.

Funeral arrangements were made and it was decided to bring the body to Weimar for interment. The widow, daughter and several close friends of the family accompanied the remains to this city. On arrival here the body was taken to the home of a brother, Mr. Emil Brunkenhoefer, and on Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, after services at the house were held by Rev. Wobus, Lutheran minister of Houston, the remains were carried to the Masonic Cemetery for interment, the Masonic fraternities of Galveston, Weimar, Schulenburg,Moulton and other points participating in the impressive burial service of that order. The pall bearers appointed from the local lodge were as follows: Ross McMillan, Henry Brasher, Ben B. Holt, Dr. A. H. Potthast, Emil Fahrenthold and George F. Loessin.

Henry F. Brunkenhoefer was born in Germany Dec. 7, 1874; came to Texas when a small boy with his parents, settling on a farm t Content, a few miles south of Weimar. Being an unusually bright boy in school and ambitious to secure an education, he entered Blinn Memorial College at Brenham. finishing his course there he adopted school teaching as a profession, and at the age of 19 years taught the Bois d’Arc school near Weimar for a period of three years. He was married in October 1897, to Miss Mary Frehner, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J. Frehner. In 1897 he was elected principal of the Witting school, in Lavaca county, and taught there for five years. After this he moved to Hochheim Prairie, where he taught until about 1904. Ambitious to gel ahead in the world he took the civil service examination. In the meantIme, or soon thereafter, he was given an appointment in the treasury department at Washington, D. C. In 1908 he was transferred to Galveston and given a position in the collector of customs office, where he worked his way upward to the position of superintendent of customs Inspectors, having charge of twenty or more men. During his service in office he took a leading part in many daring liquor smuggling raids, his life being In danger on many occasions. His efficient work was not only known and recognized in Galveston, but also at headquarters in Washington, and Mr. Brunkenhoefer was rewarded recently by receiving appointment as assistant collector for the port of Houston, the appointment to go into effect this fall.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer was 51 years of age at the time of his death. He was a member of time First Lutheran Church of Galveston and prominent in Masonic circles, being a. member of Scottish Rite bodies of Galveston, of El Mina Shrine and of Harmony Lodge No. 6. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite choir.

Henry Brunkenhoefer was a man whom to know was to esteem. Honest, upright of habits, as true as steel to his friends, unswerving in his duty toward his government, a model son, husband and father, it is but natural that he was beloved by all. He visited our city but a few months ago on a vacation trip and it was pleasant to see how warmly he was greeted by many old-time friends. Henry Brunkenhoefer was near and dear to his family and friends, for he was a true, good man in every sense of the term. His sudden death at time when he was so needed by his government, family and friends is indeed a heavy, irreparable blow.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Brunkenhoefer, one daughter, Miss Hilda, a father, F. Brunkenhoefer, one sister, Mrs. R. H. Boeer, and five brothers, Fred of Nordheim, John and Erich of Moulton, Will and Emil of Weimar; also three brothers-In-law, Willie Frehner of San Antonio, Anton Frehner of Oklahoma, Ernst Kiesling of Runnels county, and one sister-in-law Mrs. Alfred Fritsche of San Antonio.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, July 3, 1925, page 1

Brunkenhofer, Louis Jr.

Brunkenhoffer Funeral Service Held May 17

Louis Brunkenhoffer, Jr., 78 of La Grange, passed away Monday, May 14.

His funeral was held Thursday, May 17, at the Chapel of Fayette Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Arlin Hausmann officiating.

Burial followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Louis was born on January 21, 1929, in Holman, to Louis and Emma (Kunschick) Brunkenhoffer.

He went to school, worked and helped at home much like most of the other kids of his time.

In 1948, he was a member of the Holman Redsox Community League Champs.
The following year he enlisted in the United States Army.

He served 23 years in the Army, including both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, before retiring in 1972.

His overseas service posts included: Japan, Korea, Germany, and three tours of duty in Vietnam.

In 1972, he returned to the states and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. for one year before retiring.

While in the service he earned a number of awards and commendations including: the Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with Second Award.

After retirement from the military, he lived in Pasadena where he drove a concrete truck for Portland Cement for several years and delivered freight for eight years.
In 1992, he met and married Pracilla Mariolla.

They spent eight years together until she passed away in 2000.

He moved back to La Grange four years ago.

He was a member of VFW Post 5254 and American Legion Post 102.

He loved playing dominoes, and visiting with his friends.

Mr. Brunkenhoffer is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Richard Leer of La Grange; 2 grandchildren, Katie and Ryan Leer; a niece and her husband, Delores and Mike Bordovsky of Channelview; and a nephew, Bill Phenix of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; parents; two sisters; one brother, Emil; one granddaughter, Tiffany; and a niece, Ruby.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 2007, page 2A

Brunkenhoefer, Margarethe

Mrs. F. Brunkenhoefer

Mrs. Freidrich Brunkenhoefer, a native of Oldenburg, Germany, and resident of Texas for the past thirty-five years, wife of Mr. F. Brunkenhoefer, a retired farmer living in this city, died Sunday at St. Mary's Infirmary, Galveston, following and operation for cancer. The remains were prepared for burial and brought here Monday afternoon. The funeral took place at the Masonic Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, pastor of the Lutheran Church, officiating. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends of the family. Mrs. Brunkenhoefer and her husband lived on a farm southwest of Weimar for many years, but a few years ago, owing to the advanced age of the couple, moved to this city to reside. Mrs. Brunkenhoefer was a splendid type of lady, quiet, thoughtful of the comfort of those about her, a devoted wife and mother of cheerful disposition in spite of her sufferings the past year or two, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends of the family. She is survived by a husband, five sons and one daughter, as follows: Henry Brunkenhoefer of Galveston, Will and Emil Brunkenhoefer of Nordheim, J. Brunkenhoefer of Moulton and Mrs. R. H. Boeer of near this place. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their affliction.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1914
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Brunkenhoefer, Mary J. (Frehner)

Mary Frehner Brunkenhoefer Funeral Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary J. (Frehner) Brunken hoefer, 97. daughter of a former pastor of New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, were held Nov. 18 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Shiner, with Rev. Clifford C. Grosenbacher officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery here. Pallbearers were Erwin Derrick, Albert Boeer, Wil1ie Kiesling, and WiIliam Buske.

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer was born Nov. 11, 1879. at Black Jack, Fayette County. a daughter of Jacob and Caroline (Lenz) Frehner. She was married at New Bielau to H. F. Brunkenhoefer, a school teacher, who died in 1925. She died at 6 a.m. Nov. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner; where she had been a resident the past eight years. She had been a resident of LaMarque before going there.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Louise Fritsche of San Antonio, and nieces and nephews. A daughter, Mrs. Hilda B. Clare, preceded her in death in 1950.

Weimar Mercury, December 2, 1976

Brunkenhoefer, William D.

W. Brunkenhoefer,70, To Be Buried This Afternoon

Funeral services for William D. Brunkenhoefer, 70, who died at his home here Tuesday noon after a long illness, have been set for 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr., pastor of Evangelical and Reformed Church, of which Mr. Brunkenhoefer was a member, will officiate.

Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer suffered a heart attack six years ago, forcing his retirement as manager of he meat department at Piggly Wiggly grocery. He made a good recovery and had been able to indulge in several small business ventures since then, including a cottonseed agency, but about two months ago he became seriously ill again and his health failed rapidly.

Born in the Content community Sept. 8, 1886, he was the son of Frederich and Marguerite Brunkenhoefer. He married Miss Barbara Barton here Feb. 12, 1907. For several years he was in the grocery business, until he sold his grocery to W. H. Hollien in 1931. After that he was a butcher in Paul Lichey’s market here and later worked in an Eagle Lake grocery, taking a bus to and from work. His last job was the one with Piggly Wiggly.

He was a member of the Weimar Fire Department for a number of years and also played in the old Weimar Brass Band of many years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Barbara Brunkenhoefer of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Wind of Weimar; a granddaughter, Mrs. Gaylen (Barbara) Kahlden of Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Albert (Helen) Klesel of Corpus Christi, and a brother Eric Brunkenhoefer of Brawley, California. A son, Edwin, died in 1953; four brothers, Henry, Fred, John and Emil, also preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1957, page 1
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