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Francis, Doris Mae (Dorn)

Mrs. Doris Francis Buried Here Feb. 28

Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Mae Francis, 35, of Austin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theordore Dorn of Weimar, were held at Olivet Baptist Church in Austin Sunday, Feb. 28, with burial here [Place unknown]. The Rev. J. M. McChristian officiated.

A native of the Holman section, she died at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin Feb 24 after a long illness. Surviving in addition to her parents here are her husband, Ben Francis of Austin; five children, two brothers and a sister.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1960, page 4

Francis, George

George Francis, an old negro, said to be over a hundred years of age, was buried in the bottom near Matthews [place unknown]Tuesday. During the life of Captain Dunovant the old negro was provided with a home and a good little farm, and when Hon. John H. Kirby came into possession of the Dunovant farm he generously continued the same kindness toward this aged negro. Old “Uncle George,” as he was known, will be remembered by many of the older citizens of this community. Eagle Lake Headlight

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1908

Frank, David Richard


David Richard Frank, 68, of Columbus passed away Nov. 13 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 8, 1939 to Hillean Julia (Kotzebue) Frank and Dennis Frank near Mentz in Colorado County. He attended grade school at Mentz and graduated from Columbus High School in 1957. He joined the Army National Guard after high school with basic training in Fort Knox, Ky. He received an honorable discharge from the National Guard Jan. 31, 1990.

He moved to Houston shortly after graduating high school. He loved to skate and it was at a portable rink in Eagle Lake that he met Emily Birdwell of Chesterville, who also worked in Houston. They were married March 18, 1960 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. They moved back to Columbus the summer of 1960.

David worked various jobs over the next several years ending up at the Texas Department of Transportation. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation Dec. 31, 1994 due to health.

David was a member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department from 1977- 1995. He served a number of years as a director of the Colorado County Fair Association and as a member of the Columbus Lions Club. David was also a member of the Bernardo Hermann Sons Lodge 243, where he served as trustee.

David loved the Guard, the fire department and most of all deer hunting in the Texas Hill Country in Junction. He also looked forward to annual hunting trips to Colorado.

David was preceded in death by father, infant sister Delean, and sister-in-law Barbara Frank.

He is survived by wife Emily, and daughter Julie Ellen (his JEF), of Austin; his mother; three brothers, Ronney, Leonard and Kenny, all of Columbus; and sisters Verna Nell Dittmar of Columbus and Linda Harris of Beasley; along with their spouses; numerous friends; relatives and caregiver Angie Mitchell.

Funeral services for David Richard Frank took place on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Burial followed in Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

The Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard served as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers included Leon Dittmar Jr., Richard Harris, Johnnie Schmidt Jr., Hugo Richter Jr., Jerome Dvorak, Lawrence Dungen and Curtis Berger.

Colorado County Citizen. November 20, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Frank, Dellean

Child Dies at Bernardo

Dellean, the 10 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Frank of Bernardo, passed out of this life on Tuesday of last week, following a week's illness. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church at Mentz Wednesday morning, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating. [Interment in Zoar Cemetery]

Our sympathy is extended the sorrowing parents.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 1932

 A Memory

A year ago yesterday our little daughter passed into that other world, and our hearts are still saddened by the absence of that little life in our home.

You are gone, but not forgotten,
Darling idol of our love,
But we hope to meet you later
In that home prepared above.

Mr and Mrs. Dennis Frank

Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Frank, Dennis

Dennis Frank, 87, of Columbus, died Friday, Nov. 25, 1994, in a Columbus hospital.

Born July 11, 1907, in Belleville, he was the son of Richard Jr. and Matilda (Krumrey) Frank.

On Feb. 15, 1931, he married Hillean Kotzebue. Mr. Frank, who had lived most of his life in the Columbus area, was a retired farmer and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and Hermann Sons Lodge 243 of Bernardo.

Funeral services were held Nov. 27, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers wee Dusty Dittmar, Dwight Dittmar, Richie Harris Jr., Daniel Frank, Smokey Leyendecker, Raymond Bubak, Bob Salchak and Jon Loessin.

Mr. Frank is survived by his wife, of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Verna Nell and Leon Dittmar of Columbus and Linda and Richard Harris of Beasley, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, Leonard and Barbara Frank, David and Emily Frank, Ronnie and Marian Frank and Kenneth and Linda Frank, all of Columbus; brothers Delmus Frank and Wallace Frank, both of Giddings; grandchildren, Deborah Sue Loessin, Daniel Frank, Doyle "Dusty" Dittmar, Dwight Dittmar, Sondra Dittmar Salchak, Julie Ellen Frank, Donna Gail Bubak, Cheryl Ann Leyendecker, Lana Gail Harris, Richard Allen Harris Jr. and Melanie Renee Frank and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, four sisters and nine brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Frank, Fritz


The entire community was shocked Sunday night by the sad death of Mr. Fritz Frank who was born in Saxony, Germany, July 22, 1856. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in early youth. After coming to this country he united with the Methodist church having been a charter member of the German Methodist Church of Vox Populi. He came to America at the age of 22 and soon after came to this community where he has spent the remaining years. He was well liked by all who knew him.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. E. Homer Miller of the local Methodist church to the Odd Fellows Rest of Columbus. Pall bearers were W. A. Stallman, F. M. Schilling, Rudolf Malek, Ed Mikeska, Tony Pinchback and R. R. Hadden. Mr. Frank is survived by a nephew Mr. Ed. Frank of Westhoff, DeWitt Co., who with his son attended the funeral.

Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 1932, page 3

Frank, Leonard Willis


Leonard Willis Frank of Columbus, age 74, passed away June 27 at Columbus Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Frank was born in Bernardo on Sept. 20, 1933. He was a 1953 graduate of Columbus High School. He graduated from Blinn College in 1955, receiving his Associate in Arts degree. In 1956 he began his service in the United States Army with "A" Battery, 617th Field Artillery Battalion where he became certified as an Army Field Surveyor in 1956 after which he was promoted to the position of surveying instructor.

After his career in the service ended, he returned home and married Barbara Ann Sparks in 1959 in Genoa and afterward, accepted a position with the Texas Department of Highways eventually receiving his Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor license.

During this period, he founded Frank Surveying Company in Columbus and in July of 1976, he was appointed county surveyor of Colorado County and was re-elected to the office for eight consecutive terms, serving for over 32 years until his passing. Frank was still involved in the business that he founded until very recently, even though his grandson Matthew Loessin, also a Texas RPLS, had become principal and managing partner of Frank Surveying Company in 2005.

With his semi-retired status, Leonard spent his spare time hunting, camping, and fishing but more than that, he was always a dedicated family man and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandson.

He was a devoted father, held strong Christian beliefs and values, and even in his final days still exhibited his well-known sense of humor and absence of complaint.

He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Sparks) Frank, father Dennis Frank, brother David Frank and a sister Delina Frank.

He is survived by his mother, Hillean Frank of Columbus, brothers Ronnie Frank and Kenny Frank, both of Columbus and sisters Verna Nell Dittmar of Columbus and Linda Harris of Needville; two children, Deborah Loessin and husband Jon of Columbus and Daniel Frank and wife Mary of Richmond; eight grandchildren: Matthew Loessin and wife Valorie, Candace Loessin, Walter Loessin, and Andrew Loessin, all of Columbus and Jacob Frank, Joseph Frank, James Frank, and Joshua Frank, all of Richmond and one great-grandchild, Cullen Loessin.

Funeral services took place at First Baptist Church in Columbus on Tuesday, July 1 with the Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Internment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Dusty Dittmar, Dwight Dittmar, Richie Harris, Raymond Bubak, Smokey Leyendecker and Bob Salchak.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Greater Houston Christian Outdoor Fellowship, P. O. Box 3082, Sugar Land, TX 77487 or at

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Franklin, Nancy Graves (Avery)


Nancy Graves Franklin, 77, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 26, at Park View Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 7, 1929 to William Avery and Decima Morris and married F.J. Franklin in July of 1996 in Burton. She was a member of All Around Cowboy Church in Sealy.

She was preceded in death by one son, Tommy Ivey; two brothers; and one sister.

She was survived by her husband; stepdaughter, Debbie Pitts, of Lineville, Ala.; brothers, George Avery, of Artesia, Calif. and William Dan Sheffield, of Maplesville, Ala.; sister, Polly Henderson, of Stuttgart, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 28, at Hubbard Funeral Home with pastors Harry Brisco and Sonny Rice officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Anderson, Robert Luten, Robert Tabor, Mark Tabor, Gerald Moore and Harvey Leatmart.

Colorado County Citizen, February 1, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Franks, Georgia (Eaton)

Georgia Eaton Franks

November 9,1915 - September 27,1998

Georgia Eaton Franks, 82, of Rock Island, died Sunday, September 27, 1998, at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born November 9, 1915, in Garwood, she was the daughter of George Robert Eaton and Clara Olive Waters.

She married John L. Franks, who preceded her in death on February 12, 1970.

A lifetime resident of Rock Island, she was a housewife and affiliated with the Rock Island Baptist Church..
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Norman Ford "Pete" Eaton.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Dora Eaton of Rock Island; niece, Norma Eaton Hooper of Rock Island; nephew, Bob W. Eaton of Eagle Lake; great-nieces, Jennifer Hooper Hatch of Taylor and Rebecca Odette Eaton of Victoria; and great nephews, Daniel F. Hooper of Rock Island and Mitchell W. Eaton of Victoria.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 30, at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Burial followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Serving as pallbearers were Kenneth Perry, Keith Nance, Frank Coxwell, Harvey Speck, Mark Robinson and Max Girndt.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight; Page 4, Thursday, October 8,1998
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Franz, Anton Andrew

Died, at their home on Bernardo Prairie, Anton Andrew, aged eight days, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Franz. They have the sympathy of The Mercury in their bereavement. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 8, 1892, page 2

Franz, Edwin A.

Edwin Franz Died At Columbus

Mr. Edwin A. Franz, thirty-one years of age and a native of Colorado County, died at his residence in Columbus Sunday morning and was buried Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Rest. Father F. S. Strobel of the Catholic church performing the funeral services. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Franz, a five year old son, his mother, two brothers and five sisters.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7, 1919, page 11

Franz, Friedrich

Columbus, Feb. 1.--Fritz Franz died here yesterday at the age of 81 years. He had been in feeble health for the past several months. The funeral took place from the residence of his son, G. A. Franz. Interment in the Catholic cemetery at Mentz.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1907

Frausto, Robert

Robert Frausto - EAGLE LAKE

EAGLE LAKE - Robert Frausto, 57, of Eagle Lake, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005.

He was born March 25, 1947, in Houston, to the late Theresa Castellanos Frausto. He was a supervisor for a manufacturing company.

Survivors: sisters, Ophelia Chavez of Sealy and Yolanda Garcia of Tomball; brothers, Johnny Frausto of Eagle Lake and Arthur Frausto of Dallas.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. tonight at Dulany Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, the Rev. Frank Lucas officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery. Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, 979-234-2011.

Memorials: Hospice or donor's choice.

Victoria Advocate online, February 9, 2005

Frazar, Agnes


It becomes our painful duty this week to note the death of Mrs. Agnes Frazar, wife of our esteemed friend and citizen, Mr. Jas. A. Frazar. She was a member of the Episcopal Church, and passed quietly away on the night of the 23d ultimo, with an attack of pneumonia and congestion, and was interred on the 25th at the family burial ground, about eight miles below this place. We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 4, 1886

Frazar, Almira C.

Entered into rest in the Paradise of God on Sept. 25th, Mrs. Almira C. Frazar. The devoted, loving mother, the sympathizing friend, and the earnest Christian, has been called to live forever in the "mansion not made with hands," which Christ has prepared for those that love Him. While grief for our loss must have its utterance, yet must we take comfort in the sweet remembrance of her many virtues. "I was a stranger, and ye took me in," and to how many home-sick sorrowful ones did she open her hospitable doors, and pour the balm of kindness and sympathy into their hearts! Many must rise up and call her blessed! A great sufferer for many weary months, no one ever heard her murmur at the cross God had seen fit to lay upon her! When she knew the end was near, she did not shrink, but with a calm unfaltering faith, went forth from this life of trouble, to rest with the redeemed of every clime, and nation, by the "pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb."

To her children she has left a precious example. Now that she has rejoined the husband of her youth, they must all remember, and especially one on whom the hand of God has been laid heavily, that they have much treasure laid up in heaven! When those we love are taken, oh, how unspeakably precious it is to know we have a refuge, that there is a friend who "shall wipe away all tears from our eyes." Farewell, dear friend, we shall no more hold sweet converse together; but thank God we are not parted forever. [Place of interment unknown]

"Brief life is here our portion,
Brief sorrow, short-lived care;
The life that knows no ending,
The tearless life is there.

And now we fight the battle,
But then shall wear the crown
Of full and everlasting
And passionless renown.

O sweet and blessed country,
The Home of God's elect!
O sweet and blessed country,
That eager hearts expect.

Jesus in mercy bring us
To that dear land of rest;
Who act with God the Father,
And Spirit, ever blest."

Colorado Citizen, September 30, 1886
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Frazar, Fitzie Kimbro


In February last the news went out that Mrs. J. A. Frazar, a lady greatly admired by all, and beloved by those who knew her well, had died, leaving her husband and three children bereft of her tender care. Last Thursday the baby, Fitzie Kimbro, died, and was wafted again to the arms of its mother. The loss is only to those who are left behind. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 8, 1886

Frazar, J. W.

Col. J. W. Frazar, of Murfrersboro[sic], Tenn., died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Percy Endt, of this city, on the 16th inst. He had been in the State but a short time, and was known but to a few of our people. He was an upright, just man, with few faults and many ennobling virtues of head and heart. In his last hours he had every ministration love and affection could suggest, and died among his loved ones. His remains were committed to the dust at Odd Fellows Rest on the 17th, there to await the resurrection morn.

Colorado Citizen, February 23, 1888, page 3

Frazar, Joe Newton Jr.

Joe Newton Frazar Jr.

Brig. Gen. Joe Newton Frazar Jr., 88, was buried in Eagle Lake Aug. 15, 2005. A former resident of Wharton, he died in Houston on Aug. 12.

A graduate of Eagle Lake High School, he earned a BBA degree from the University of Texas prior to his military service in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Douglas Brooks Frazar and their son, G. Brooks Frazer.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Shirley Ann Frazer; daughters Kathy Frazar of Houston and Lisa Frazar of New York City; and sons Brig. Gen. Joe N. Frazar III of Peachtree City, Ga. and Richard D. Frazar of Dallas, among other relatives.

A resident of Wharton for over 25 years, Gen. Frazar was a member of the Wharton Country Club, Wharton Rotary Club, St. Thomas Episcopal Church and was among the founders of the Wharton Little League and Babe Ruth League. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Wharton Journal-Spectator Online, 24 Aug 2005
Submitted by Matt Cross

Frazar, Josephine Estep (Thatcher)

O let us to the Savior fly,
Whose arms alone can save;
Then shall our hopes ascend on high,
And triumph O'er the grave...

Entered into Rest from her residence below Eagle Lake, on the 6th day of February, 1890. Mrs. Josephine Estep Frazar, daughter of Mr. John Thatcher, in the 23rd year of her age. Three years since she was led to the altar, and left it a blooming bride. A few short years and we consign her body to the grave, and her pure spirit has returned to God who gave it. How true it is that "In the midst of life we are in death."

She had before her marriage been received into full communion of the Holy Catholic Church (Episcopal) and by obedience thereto, and in the full faith that her allegiance to her blessed Savior was to her salvation, she resigned herself and all her concerns into the hands of her heavenly Father, believing that He doeth all things well. Her remains were interred in the family burial ground [Montgomery-Thatcher Cemetery] and the last rites performed by the Rector of the Church of the Heavenly, Eagle Lake.

Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Frazar, Julia Cobb

Miss Julia Cobb Frazar, age 62 years, died at the family residence in this city Sunday morning at 2 o’clock and was buried the same afternoon in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. J. E. Lovett conducing the funeral services. She was one of Eagle Lake old and most highly respected citizens and possessed a wide acquaintance. She was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. Miss Frazar was a member of the Baptist church for more than twenty years. She leaves two brothers, Messrs. J. U. and N. F. Frazar, and three sister, Miss Bettie Frazar, Mrs. J. P. Anderson and Mrs. Donna Harbert besides several nephews and nieces, to whom the HEADLIGHT extends its sincerest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 6, 1912, page 3

Frazar, Robert Brahan

Robert Brahan Frazar Dies On New Year’s

Robert Brahan Frazar, veteran employee of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, was found dead near the Sealy Hospital on Friday, January 2nd at 11 o’clock in the morning.

Mr. Frazar had been in ill health for some time. He was playing dominos with friends when he left and apparently tried to make his way to the hospital, and is thought to have died of a heart attack late Thursday night a few yards from the hospital.

He was born at Frazarville, the family plantation seven miles from Eagle Lake on February 15, 1885, the son of William Kimbrough and Susie Harbert Frazar. His boyhood was spent in Eagle Lake where he attended school.

At the age of eighteen, Mr. Frazar started his railroad career as a trainman and ran out of both Galveston and Houston, but most of his forty five years of service on the Santa Fe were spent on the Cane Belt between Sealy and Matagorda. He had his headquarters at Sealy.

Mr. Frazar had been offered places as train conductor, but he preferred his duties as brakeman, and was known over the Santa Fe, especially along the Cane Belt.

Ill health had caused his taking leave of absence last September, and he had applied for retirement on disability at the time of his death.

He leaves one sister, Mrs. Wesley I. Wallis of Eagle Lake, a foster sister, Mrs. Nick Gerardi of Miama [sic] Beach, Florida and a foster nephew, Stuart Frazar Wallace of Kingsville.

Funeral services were held at three o’clock on Sunday afternoon from the Mill Funeral Home with Rev. Albert M. Brown of the First Baptist Church officiating.

Dick Putney of Houston sang “Does Jesus Care” and the choir of the church sang a favorite hymn accompanied by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash at the piano.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery with J. N. Frazar, Sr., A. F. Harbert, Tom Haley, Ezra Jones, J. H. McCrary and S. O. Boothe as pallbearers.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 9, 1948
Transcribed by Judy Talkington
[His tombstone reads R. Braham Frazar,born: Feb 14, 1884; died: Jan 1, 1947. However, his obit was in a 1948 newspaper and in the 1900 census his birth was listed as Jan 1885. DA]

Frazar, Unknown Infant

Eagle Lake Items

We regret to record the death of the bright little infant of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Frazar of Frazarville. It died last Saturday evening after a short illness, and was buried Sunday. May the blessings of an all wise Father attend the bereaved parents in their affliction. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, Thursday, November 29, 1888

Frazar, William K.

News Specials: Eagle Lake, Tex., Sept. 19,--Mr. W. K. Frazar died here yesterday evening after a protracted illness. He was buried in the Masonic cemetery this afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1896, page 5

Frazee, Annie (Winzig) Micak

Funeral services for Mrs. Craig Frazee, 60, a retired registered nurse were held at Hubbard Funeral Home last Sunday afternoon, May 5, with Rev. Kyle Nagel, Methodist pastor officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Frazee died at about 1 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient since falling and breaking her hip some four weeks earlier. She had been in ill health for several years.

The former Miss Annie Winzig, she was born Jan 20, 1897 in Lavaca County, on a farm south of Flatonia, the daughter of Joe and Mary Winzig. She received her nurse training at Rob. B. Green Memorial Hospital in San Antonio in 1924 and lived in Flatonia a number of years before her marriage to Mr. Frazee here May 2, 19398. Failing health forced her to retire from nursing in 1947.

Besides her husband, her only survivors are a niece and three nephews.

The nephews, August, Robert and Ervin Srkala were pallbearers along with Henry Brasher, Jr., Mannie Lauterstein and F. W., Shaver.

Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1957
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Frazee, Craig M.

Craig Frazee Heart Victim, Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Craig Frazee, 71-year-old retired bookkeeper, were held Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Lee Geldmeier officiated.

Mr. Frazee died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, in Youens Hospital, of a heart attack. He had been in the hospital about a month.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he came to Weimar in 1927 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Frazee, and family. He was a bookkeeper in Houston several years and later for the Texas Pickle Co. and then the Lauterstein stores. He was a member of First Methodist Church here.

Mr. Frazee attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and served in the Texas Cavalry during World War I.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Bess Frazee of Weimar; one son, Robert, of Dallas; three grandchildren; three brothers, Archie of Weimar, Lawrence and Eliot of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. J. A. Dyson of Kerrville.

Pallbearers were Bill Shaw, Henry Brasher, Robert Sakala, Jim Buznak, John Hajovsky and Dewey Gerstenberg.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1966

Frazee, Eli Melchert

Businessman Here Succumbs; Funeral; Sunday Afternoon

Eli Melchert Frazee passed away at the family residence in Weimar Saturday afternoon about 4:20 o'clock, after a serious illness of two or three weeks. Although he had been in failing health for the past several years it was not until a few weeks ago that the seriousness of his ailment was realized.

Funeral services were held at the Hubbard Funeral Home at 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon with the Rev. S. R. Horwood, local Methodist pastor officiating, being assisted by Rev. H. R. Yount, pastor of the Weimar First Baptist Church. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery.

E. M. Frazee was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John D. Frazee, and was born April 2, 1887, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was united in marriage in 1890 to Miss Leila Ayers, the ceermony[sic] taking place at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To this union seven children were born, one child dying in Infancy.

The Frazee family came to Texas and Colorado County in the year 1912 and located at Rock Island. In 1920 the family moved to Houston and in the year 1927 to Weimar.

After moving to Weimar, Mr. Frazee established a pickle company which is no[w] widely known as the Texas Pickle Company. At the time of his death he was manager of this company. He attained the age of 77 years and took an active part in the business world until confined to his bed a few weeks ago.

He was a member of the Weimar Methodist Church and served as a steward of that church until he asked to be relieved of the responsibility, due to falling health.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Leila Frazee; one daughter, Mrs. Leila Dyson of Houston; five sons, Elliott Frazee of Houston, Archie M. Frazee of Weimar, Craig M. Frazee of Weimar, Lawrence Frazee of Houston and Delovan Frazee of Baton Rouge, La. Besides these there are nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Five grandsons are now in the armed service.

To the bereaved family the Mercury extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, September 8, 1944, page 1

Frazee, Leila (Ayers)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Frazee, 86 Held Tuesday

Funeral Services for Mrs. E. M. Frazee, who died Sunday night in Youens Hospital two days after undergoing an operation, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Walter Cartwright officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Frazee, a 27-year resident of Weimar, would have been 86 years old today, August 26.

Until three years ago, her health had been remarkably good for a person her age. That year she had to have an operation, and in June of 1953, before she had fully recovered from her illness, she fell and broke her leg. Three months later she had almost conquered his setback when she broke the leg again. With the faith and courage that typified her life, she fought back again and continued to improve. She had even begun recovering quickly from the serious operation last Friday when a blood clot caused her sudden death.

Mrs. Frazee’s life was one of Christian dedication, marked by complete unselfishness. A member and Sunday School teacher of the Methodist Church here for many years, she practiced her religion every moment of every day, inspiring others with her constant cheerfulness through all adversities.

Born in 1868 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she was the former Leila Ayers, daughter of Mary and Lyman Ayers. She was married to E. M. Frazee June 26, 1890 at Cedar Rapids, and they moved to Texas in 1912. They lived in Rock Island and Houston, having moving here in 1927. Mr. Frazee was the manager of the Texas Pickle Company here until his death in 1944. They had seven children; one daughter died in infancy and a son Delvan Frazee, died in 1947 at the age of 49.

Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Leila Dyson of Houston; four sons, Elliot and Laurance Frazee of Houston and Craig and Archie of here; a brother Craig Ayers of Glendale Calif.; nine grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

The Weimar Mercury August 27, 1954
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Frazer, Alice V.

The 4-month-old baby daughter of Frank Frazer and wife of Kingsville--little Alice--died Saturday and the remains were brought here for burial, interment taking place at the Odd Fellows' cemetery Monday afternoon, in the presence of a number of sympathizing relatives and friends. These good people formerly lived here, Mrs. Frazer being a sister of our townsman, A. J. Ratliff. Numerous friends join us in expressions of sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, February 21 , 1913

Frazer, Fannie R. (Parks)


Mrs. Fannie R. Frazer was born in Alabama July 21, 1846. Her maiden name was Fannie R. Park. She was married to John L. Frazer May 2, 1867. Of this union there were ten children, six of whom are now living--Mrs. George Woolsey of Yoakum, Mrs. T. A. Griffith of Dallas, Mrs. Jesse Green of Weimar, Frank Frazer of Kingsville, Herbert Frazer of Spokane, Wash., and Walter Frazer of Sealy. There is also surviving Mrs. Frazer quite a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For many long years Mrs. Frazar was a member of the Christian Church. For many years she and her family were residents of the Weimar section. Mrs. Frazer passed away at Kingsville, Texas, at 4:30 a. m., June 12, and should she have lived until July 21 she would have reached the age of 87 years.

The remains were laid to rest in the Weimar Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. L. Hightower, Methodist pastor, officiating.

Some Thoughts of Mrs. John Frazer.

Sealy, Texas. June 13, 1933.
Yesterday evening when friend Walter Frazer came in and told me "Mother is dead," a deep loneliness came over me, a great longing to see once more some of the old friends of boyhood in Weimar. As this pioneer, this mother we used to know and love passes away, I feel we are poorer. One by one these loving links which bind the past and the present are called away--these loving souls of a time when people had time to visit.

And as I thought of her, I thought of the days of our childhood, where on Saturday nights we used to go and spend the night with Fritz Koltermann and Jesse Green and the Frazer boys.

I thought of all the old settlers we used to know--of Mr. Black and Mr. Boykin, of Miss Fannie and Miss Betty and Mr. Koltermann, and I recalled how these early settlers seemed to love each other in the golden long ago.

And sometimes I wish that once again that old spirit might come back again and that once more I could see such mothers as was Mrs. Frazer. Their passing brings to a close one of the most interesting events in our history--one whose beauties I fear we shall never know again.

And as I muse in sorrow today, as I realize I shall never again see this old loving friend of my boyhood, as I realize she has passed to the other side, I am constrained to think of this poem I loved in boyhood:

"Over the River.”
(by Nancy A. Priest)

Over the river they beckon to me
Loved ones who've crossed to the other side;
The glean of their snowy robes I see,
But their voices are lost In the dashing tide.
There’s one with ringlets of sunny gold
And eyes the reflection of Heaven's own blue;
He crossed in the twilight gray and cold.
And the pale mist hid him from mortal view.
We saw not the angels who met him there,
The gates of the city we could not see;
Over the river, over the river,
My brother stands waiting to welcome me.

Over the river the boatman pale
Carried another, the household pet;
Her brown curls waved in the gentle gale,
Darling Minnie, I see her yet
She crossed on her bosom her dimpled hands
And fearlessly entered the phantom bark;
We felt it glide from the river sands,
And all our sunshine grew strangely dark.
We know she is safe on the farther side
Where all the ransomed and angels be;
Over the river, the mystic river,
My childhood's idol is waIting for me.

And I sit and think, when the sunset's gold
Is flushing river and hill and shore.
I shall one day stand by the water cold
And list for the sound of the boatman's oar:
I shall watch for a gleam of the flapping sail,
I shall hear the boat as It gains the strand,
I shall pass from sight with the watchman pale,
To the better shore of the spirit land.
I shall know the loved ones who have gone before,
And joyfully sweet will the meeting be,
Whenever the river, the peaceful river,
The Angel of Death shall carry me.
I. B. Sigler

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1933, pages 1 and 8

Frazer, Ida Estelle - O’Brien


Mrs. O”Brien, formerly Mrs. Jim Frazer of this section and Oakland, died at Yoakum Sunday and the remains were buried in the cemetery west of town Monday, the remains being brought overland for that purpose. A number of relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites.

Mrs. O’Brien, as Mrs. Frazer, lived in this section for many years, and was well and favorably remembered by a number of people here and at Oakland, who deeply deplore her sad death.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1933, page 4

Frazer, James M.

The 7-months-old baby son of Frank Frazer and wife of Houston died Monday and the remains were brought here for interment [Odd Fellows Cemetery] the following morning. Mrs. Frazer is a daughter of Mrs. S. W. Ratliff of this city. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1911, page 5

Frazer, James Milton

Friends ot the family were greatly pained Thursday of last week to learn of the death of Mr. James Frazer, which occurred at Runge that day at 4 p. rn., after a lingering illness of many months, of consumption. The body was brought here Friday for interment and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, under the auspices ot the Woodmen of the World lodge, he being a member of many years standing In the Oakland camp. Mr. Frazer was about 35 years old, a son of the late Captain John and Mrs. Fannie Frazer, and a man who possessed many strong friends whereever[sic] known, He was prospering when he became possessed of the knowledge ot the serious complaint, and after that time spent his entire time seeking to find some spot or remedy for same, but all hi!s efforts were futile. At times he was encouraged to believe that a recovery was possible but along toward the last he gave up all hope and resigned himself to the worst. He was naturally of a cheery disposition, and being a descendant of an old and honored family was the possessor of a large circle of friends, who sincerely deplore his untimely death, He leaves a widow and seven children, to whom the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the Mercury is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1905, page 5

Frazer, John L.

News was received here Thursday morning of the death of Mr. John L. Frazier[sic], which sad event occurred at the family residence that morning at Yoakum (to which city he and his estimable wife recently removed), after a comparativly[sic] brief illness. Mr. Frazier[sic] was an old citizen of this county and deservedly popular among all classes; his unfailing good humor, integrity of character, and all those attributes which go to make up the true gentleman, making him an ever-welcome companion. He was one of the bravest of Confederate soldiers, and served his country and flag faithfully and well during that long and bloody struggle. He was a member of he Masonic fraternity, and under the auspices of that order was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery at Weimar this (Friday) morning at 11 o’clock, a large crowd from this city and neighboring points witnessing the last sad rites. He leaves a devoted wife and several children, to whom our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended. We hope in our next issue to publish a sketch of Mr. Frazier’s life.

Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1902

A friend has furnished us with the following biography of the late Mr. John L. Frazer: “He was the youngest son of James and Catherine Turner Leavel Frazer; born in or near the town of Stanford, Lincoln county, Kentucky, on the 19th of September, 1838; reared in the same town until 1852, when his father came to Texas; his father’s family first settled in Washington county; from there moved to Fayette county, since and before he married he always remained near enough to his father’s old home to see him often, except the four years that he was in the army of the Southern Confederacy, which cause he served as gallantly and faithfully as any soldier could; he was a member of Waul’s Legion; he was baptized by Rev. Henry Thomas of Austin into the Christian church in 1858 near the little burg of Old Lyons, Fayette county; he never forsook the fold; his favorite recreation was hunting and fishing; even when a boy if he ever went to a party or danced a step it was not known; he was a true brother to his widowed sisters and loved them dearly; he risked his own life more than once to save a friend or relative; was married in 1866 to Miss Fannie Parks of Lavaca county, near what is now known as Hackberry; was a rock mason by trade; he joined the Masonic fraternity at an early age, became a member of the old Schulenburg lodge, his father being a charter member of said lodge. He was a good, true man, and his place in the hearts of loved relatives and friends will never be filled.”

Weimar Mercury, February 15, 1902
Photo courtesy Linda Burgess (gg granddaughter

Frazer, William V.

The little baby of Mr. Frank Frazer and wife of Houston, aged about one and a half years, and afflicted from birth with some spinal affection, died Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. S. W. Ratliff, the baby’s grandmother, where the family was visiting. The remains were prepared for burial and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Monday morning at 10:30. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1909, page 4

Frazier, Dallas

Dallas Frazier

Funeral Services for Dallas Frazier, 61, of Sealy were held Jan. 8 with Father Arnold Anders officiating. Interment was in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Sealy under the direction of the Henneke Funeral Home.

Frazier died Jan. 6 after a lengthy stay in the Columbus Community Hospital. Dallas was born in Mentz on Oct. 18, 1920. He was the son of Frank Frazier and Bertha Mechalke. He married Elenora Dittmar, Dec. 27, 1945.

Dallas Frazier was a self employed rancher and was a lifetime resident of the Mentz and Bernardo area. He was a member of the Catholic church and served in World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Elenora Frazier of Bernardo; his mother Bertha Frazier of Mentz; a daughter, Lynette Weishuhn of Bernardo, and a brother Waco Frazier of Bernardo. Dallas has two grandchildren, Tonya and Heath Weishuhn.

Pallbearers were: Elgin Koneheck, Warren Conner, Gary Haevisher, Fred Menke, Bob Stanley, Frank Vecera, Weldon Mosmeyer and Mike Frazier.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1982, Pg. 2
Transcribed by David Hahn

Frazier, Dorothy Ann (Janecka)

Mrs. F. J. Janecka's Granddaughter, 26, Killed In Crash

Mrs. Dorothy Janecka Frazier, 26, granddaughter of Mrs. Frank J. Janecka of Weimar, was killed Sunday night when the car she was driving overturned near Corpus Christi.

Funeral services were set for 3:00 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon at Columbus, where she formerly lived and where her parent and brothers lived until recently.

The parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Janecka, and three sons moved from Columbus to Rockdale 10 days ago.

Another woman in the car, a friend of Mrs. Frazier's died of injuries shortly after the wreck. A third woman and the husband of one of them are critically injured.

The family here knew no details of the accident, other than that the car may have hit a soft shoulder, since sections of the road are under repair.

Mrs. Frazier's husband, Charley Frazier, who is in the Navy, and based at Corpus Christi, was at sea when the tragedy occurred. By radio, however, he was able to receive word before Mrs. Frazier’s parents at Rockdale did.

The couple had no children. Survivors in addition to the parents, husband, and grandmother are the three brothers, Emil, Johnny and Arthur Janecka, all of Rockdale.

Services were to be held at Columbus Funeral Home with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery there.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1955, page 1

Frazier, Edmond Jr.

Edmond Frazier Jr., 47, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 16, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake, following a sudden illness.

Frazier was born March 14, 1956 in Matthews, to T.L. Thomas and Maylena Frazier. He attended E.H. Henry Elementary and was a graduate of Rice High School Class of 1975. Frazier was converted at an early age, was baptized under the leadership of the late Rev. O.D. Ford and united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Matthews Community. He was an employee of the First National Bank of Eagle Lake for the past five years as well as an employee for the City of Eagle Lake and "Every Little Things Count" of Alvin. Frazier served honorably as a Spec. 4 with the U.S. Army from 1976-82 including a one year overseas assignment in Korea. He and Barbara Chappell were married in Eagle Lake on July 12, 1994.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a late uncle whom he was named after and assisted in rearing him; and sisters, Linda Israel and Shirley Gauldin.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Dimetra, Shanno and Litisha Knight all of Eagle Lake; sisters, Lena Mae and Brenda Frazier both of Bay City, Lorraine Poole of Killeen; brothers, Robert Booker of Eagle Lake, James Frazier of Bay City and Willie Frazier of Eagle Lake; five grandchildren; mother-in-law, Mary Selders of Eagle Lake; sisters-in-law Susan Chappell of Eagle Lake, Anna Margaret Monroe and husband, Thomas and Sandra Cloud and husband, Eddie Lee, all of Houston; and brothers-in-law, George Chappell and wife, Cathy and Robert Selders, all of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted April 19 from the Providence Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery North.

Pallbearers were John A. Allen Jr., Eddie L. Cloud, Rodger Fry Sr., Mar J Johnson, Thomas Monroe Jr., Rodney Parker, Ed Thomas Sr. and Malcom Thomas Sr. Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Booker, Commie Sims, James Frazier, Willie Frazier, John Henry Sims, Leonard Sims

Colorado County Citizen, April 23, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Frazier, Julia

Mrs. Julia Frazier, 87, Dies At Garwood

Mrs. Julia Frazier, who would have been 87 years of age on October 16, died at 6 a.m. this, Friday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Shaw, in Garwood.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Hattie Clapp, Katy; Mrs. Boudio Humble, Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Shaw, Garwood, and one son, R. U. Frazier, Burnet, Texas--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1939

Frazier, Melton H.

Melton H. Frazier Dies in San Antonio, Last Rites at Mentz

Melton H. Frazier, 31, died quietly in his sleep at St. Mary’s hospital in San Antonio Dec. 14, after an illness of 6 months.

He is survived by his widow, a son, Michael, and a daughter, Yvonne of San Antonio; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Frazier, 2 brothers, Waco and Dallas Frazier, and an adopted sister, Madelyn Mosmeyer, of Bernardo.

Pallbearers were Earl Carver, Louis Kubenka and Roy Sebesta of Houston, Harold Skeal, J. D. Raye, Dan Dean, Joe Starke and Robert Busby of San Antonio, Erwin Miller of Mentz and Eugene Michalke of Weimar.

Burial was in Mentz Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited Friday night at the family home in Bernardo.

Colorado County Citizen, December 22, 1960, page 7, section 3

Frederick, Catherine (Coleman)

Catherine Frederick, 82, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, April 5, 1995, at Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Born Aug. 16, 1912 in Houston, she was the daughter of Richard and Lula Leona (Farmer) Coleman. On Nov. 27, 1931 she married Henry Joseph Frederick. Mrs. Frederick, who had lived in Rock Island for 24 years, was a retired nurse, a member of Rock Island First Baptist Church and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Funeral services were held April 8, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Brother Bob Allison officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Norman Hooper, Mark Henry, Donald Loesch, Jay Baker, Butch Meyer, Eddie Hernandez, James Brooks and Wayne Vernon.

Mrs. Frederick is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Idella and G. I. Henry of Rock Island and Lula and Rex Watts of Luling; son and daughter-in-law, Richard "Sonny" and Vicki Frederick of Columbus; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on July 3, 1977; a son, Harvey Joe Frederick; a grandson and a great-granddaughter.

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1995
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Frederick, Harvey Joe

Harvey J. Frederick Buried Wednesday; Military Rites Held

Military rites were conducted yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at Untermeyer Funeral home for Harvey Joe Frederich, 24, who died in the Brooke army hospital at San Antonio Sunday afternoon.

Frederick’s illness was diagnosed as a kidney ailment with heart complications. He held the rating of sergeant.

A unit of the 6th Marine Battalion of Houston came to help officiate at the rites. They included a color guard, flagbearers and a gun squad. Dr. Norman L. Roberts was the minister, and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frederick, Harvey Joe served 4 years with the Marines, the first 2 years of which he was on the Valley Forge and the Wasp, aircraft carriers, and the last 2 years of which he spent at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was temporarily retired Mar. 30, 1957, and afterwards worked with oil companies here and in Baytown. He was hurt here on a rig last January and remained at the home of his parents until he was sent to the army hospital, Mar. 27.

Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Rex Watts of Wharton and Mrs. Gentle Lee Henry of Columbus, and one brother, Richard, of Columbus’ also 2 nieces, Cathy and Diane Henry of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Joe Hanak, Leroy Menske, James Rose, Walter Petrosky, Jimmy Green and Richard Lee Meyer.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1958, page 1

Frederick, Henry Joseph

Henry Frederick

Funeral. services for Henry Frederick were held July 5 from chapel of" the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

A resident of the Rock Island community, he passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital July 3 after a short illness.

A son of Fray and Victoria Ochs Frederick, he was born in Waelder Nov. 27, 1901. He was a retired construction worker. He and his wife Catherine were united in marriage in Waelder Nov. 27, 1931.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine, one son, Richard Frederick, of Columbus; and 2 daughters, Mrs. G. L. Henry of Rock Island and Mrs. Rex Watts of Luling; 3 brothers, Victor of Waelder, Jeff of Shiner and Harrell of Gonzales; 3 sisters, Georgia Janek of Columbus, Katie Barrs of Fort Worth and Pearl Tankersley of Luling, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The Rev. John Weston, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Eagle Lake, officiated at the services Tuesday afternoon. The body was taken to Columbus for burial in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 1977,page 6

Frederickson, Eunice (Vogelsang)

Fredrickson, Eunice Vogelsang

Eunice Vogelsang Fredrickson [sic.], 88, a long-time resident of Eagle Lake, passed away at Parkview Manor in Weimar Monday, March 2 with her daughter by her bedside.

She was born on March 7, 1921 in Frelsburg to Elo Vogelsang and Bertha Weishuhn Vogelsang. She was baptized Lutheran in Frelsburg.

She married Victor Fredrickson on Aug. 20, 1942 while he was serving in World War II. She was able to join him for a while, living in Los Angeles, Calif. and Olympia, Wash. before he was shipped overseas to Japan.

Eunice began the hobby of sewing doll clothes at the early age of four, which in later years turned into an occupation.

She was a homemaker and also did sewing and alterations for the public for many years. She also worked at Cloth World in Houston, designing clothing.

With all her sewing talents, she was the first 4-H Gold Star Girl in Colorado County, which earned her the trip to the Dallas State Fair in 1938.

She loved making crafts and she and her daughter attended many craft shows and had several crafts booths in local areas.

Eunice was a Brownie Leader for her daughter’s Brownie Troop 11.

She attended the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake for many years and taught crafts during Vacation Bible School.

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Irma Kansteiner; and brothers-in-law, Weldon Kansteiner, Lee Fredrickson, Tommy Rosenthal and Louis Fredrickson, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Fredrickson of Columbus; granddaughter, Erin Gounarides and great-grandson Kayden Moser of Tomball; sisters-in-law, Madeline Rosenthal of Baltimore, Md. and Dorothy Fredrickson of Needville; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place Thursday, March 5 at the Chapel of the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with the Reverend Steve Whitfield officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Marvin Duddleston, Chris Fredrickson, Lonnie Labay, George Otradovsky, Preston Hemphill and Larry Stahle. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Vogelsang, Lester Weishuhn, Leroy Weishuhn, Dr. Barry Friedman, Jan Rosenthal and Louis Cranek.

Colorado County Citizen, March 25, 2009
Courtesy of the Citizen

Frederickson, Henrietta "Penny" (Goodness)

Last Rites Fri. for Mrs. Lee Frederickson

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill- Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 3 p.m. last Friday, May 9th for Mrs. Henrietta (Penny) Goodness Frederickson of El Campo. Mrs. Frederickson passed away in a Houston Hospital Wed., May 7th following a lengthy illness. She was born on July 23, 1937 in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Goodness and came to Texas with her family about 1948. The Rev. Nixon, Minister of the Presbyterian Church in El Campo, officiated at the services. Interment was in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island, Texas. Surviving are her husband, Lee Frederickson of El Campo, . . . Margaret Goodness of Rock Island, who is now a patient in the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo following a heart attack; also two sisters, Mrs. Harry McCurdy of Kenai, Alaska and Mrs. Cheryl Brantly of Austin, Texas; and other relatives and friends. All join in extending sympathy to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 15, 1975
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Frederickson, Louis William

L. W. Frederickson Rites Are Held

GARWOOD--Funeral services for Louis William Frederickson Sr., 76, were held Tuesday afternoon at Wheeler Funeral home in El Campo with Rev. Paul Grout of the Garwood Methodist church officiating.
Mr. Frederickson died Saturday in an El Campo hospital after a long illness. He was born Feb. 15, 1884.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Roland Rosenthal of Baltimore, Md.; 3 sons, Louis Frederickson Jr. of Needville, Victor Frederickson of Eagle Lake and William Lee Frederickson of Rock Island; and a brother, K. C. Frederickson of Garwood.

Burial was in the Oak Lawn Memorial park at El Campo.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1960, page 8

Frederickson, Nora Mattie (Wied)

Mrs. Frederickson Dies in El Campo; Services Yesterday

Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Wheeler Funeral home in El Campo yesterday afternoon for Mrs. Louis W. Frederickson who died Monday in Nightengale hospital there after having been there 2 months.

Rev. Paul A. Grout of La Grange officiated and burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial park in El Campo.

Born at Garwood July 2, 1895, Mrs. Frederickson’s maiden name was Nora Mattie Wied, a daughter of Reinhart and Stella Ladewig Wied. She was a member of the Garwood Methodist church. Her husband died several years ago.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Madeline C. Rosenthal of Baltimore, Md., and 2 sons, William Fred of Rock Island and Louis of Needville, also 6 sisters, Mrs. Emma Muesse, Garwood; Mrs. Hattie Wishert, Wharton Mrs. Pearl Carlos, Houston; Mrs. Stella Tate, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Laura Vacklavik, El Campo and Mrs. Adela Popp, Nada, and 7 brothers, Roy Wied of Columbus, Alex of El Campo, Henry of Webster, B. J. of Humble, Jesse of Fayetteville, Raymond of Garwood and Reinhart of Nada.

Pallbearers were Clyde Muesse, Albert Wied, Carl Frederickson, Willie Wishert and Henry Popp.

Colorado County Citizen, July 25, 1963, page 10

Frederickson, William Lee

Wm. Lee Frederickson Died Sunday

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday Mar. 13th. 1979 from the chapel of the Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo for William Lee Frederickson, 46, a resident of El Campo and a former resident of Garwood. Mr. Frederickson had been in failing health for some time and he passed away Sunday, Mar. 11th in the Gulf Coast Medical Hospital in Wharton. The Rev’s Jim McCall and Lloyd Nixon officiated at the services Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were Billy, Gary and Charles Frederickson, C. E. Hacksted, John D. Nelson, Simeon Gousarides, Kenneth Nance and Lonnie Labay. He was born May 15, 1932 in Garwood, the son of Louis William and Nora Wied Frederickson, and was a farmer and rancher in the area. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in El Campo. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Madeline C. Rosenthal of Pikesville, Maryland; three brothers, Louis W. Frederickson of Needville, John H, Frederickson of Tuson, Arizona, and Victor L Frederickson of Eagle Lake; and a number of nieces and nephews. Deepest sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight; March 15, 1979
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Fredrich, Jennie Holdman (Toliver)

Following the birth of a little girl baby last Sunday evening, at her home at San Felipe, the death of Mrs. W. J. Fredericks (nee Jennie Toliver, formerly of Columbus) occurred. The remains were brought to Columbus Tuesday and laid to rest in the family lot at Odd Fellows’ Rest. The little babe survived and was doing finely at last report. Mrs. Fredericks was a daughter of County surveyor J. A. Toliver, a lovable, good, christian lady, one whose friends were as the sands of the sea shore, and her death at so early an age in life is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband and relatives.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1911
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht

Freeman, Aline K. (Dahse)

Aline Freeman Funeral Services Held Dec. 18

Aline K. Freeman, 79, of La Grange died Dec. 16 in Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in Ft. Worth.

Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home, in La Grange, with Rev. Ellis McKinzie officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Freeman was born Nov. 2, 1919 to Louis and Mathilde Nagel Dahse of Weimar. On Sept. 12, 1940 she married Edwin Freeman of Weimar. Aline was a member of Second Baptist Church, La Grange. She was a retired farmer.

She is preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Edwin Freeman; one daughter and one grandson.

Mrs. Freeman is survived by: daughter, Connie Nanney and son-in-law Wayne of San Antonio; son, Mark Freeman and daughter-in-law Susan of Bedford; son-in-law, John Nylander of Burnett; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In Lieu of memorials contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church Building Fund in La Grange.

The Weimar Mercury, December 24,1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Freeman, Edwin

Edwin Freeman

Funeral services for Edwin Freeman, 74, Of La Grange Rt. 3 were held Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ellis McKenzie officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, Weimar.

Mr. Freeman died Aug. 2 in Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, San Antonio.

He was born March 11, 1919 in Lavaca County, the son of the late Liby Edward and Winnie (Eason) Freeman. He was united in marriage with Aline Dahse Sept. 12, 1940 in Weimar. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in La Grange and had served in the United State Marine Corps during World War II.

Surviving are his wife Aline Freeman of La Grange; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Wayne Manney of San Antonio; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Susan Freeman of Bedford; one son-in-law, John Nylander of Victoria; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Garland and Anna Freeman of Montague, California, Kenneth and Margie Freeman of Conroe and Gerald and Loy Freeman of Pasadena; three sisters, Winnie Delgado and her husband Richard of Houston, Estelle Key and her husband John of Friendswood and Lillie Mae Hawn of Cedar Creek ;three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, two sisters and one grandson.

The Fayette County Record, August 6, 1993
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Freeman, Eloise (Martindale)

Eloise Martindale Freeman of Texas City died the morning of July 6, 1985, in her home.

Services were held Friday, July 12, at the St. John Baptist Church in Galveston. Final services were held at White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake on Saturday, July 13, with her pastor, Rev. D. G. Byrd, officiating. Interment was in Rising Star Cemetery.

She was the fifth child of the late Joseph and Ellen Martindale, born July 17, 1925, in Eagle Lake. She served as pianist for the past 25 years at St. John Baptist Church in Galveston.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.

Survivors include: her widower, Isaac Freeman of Texas City; one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Gauldin and one granddaughter of La Marque; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Brown of Texas City, Mrs. Mennie Middleton of Galveston, Mrs. Earlene Cunningham of El Campo and Mrs. Partheuia Mitchell of Oakland, Ca.; one aunt, Mrs. Lee Anna Austin of Eagle Lake; four uncles, McKinley Martindale of El Campo, John H. Daniel of Oakland, Ca., and Scott Daniel of Portland, Oregon; two great-aunts, Mrs. Ida Ware of Oakland, Ca. and Mrs. Beatrice Stovall of Eagle Lake, and Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 25, 1985
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Freeman, Frank W.

Glidden Gleanings

The body of Frank Freeman, who lost his life in France, was returned home last Friday afternoon. A large number of friends and acquaintances of the family gathered at the depot. The active pall bearers were chosen from among the overseas boys, some of whom were in the same company with the deceased The body lay in state at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman, from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, when it was removed to Schulenburg for burial. Practically the entire town of Glidden attended the funeral in a body. [World War I dead]

Weimar Mercury, October 28, 1921. page 5

Freeman, Frank L.

Mr. Frank L. Freeman

Last Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock, Mr. Frank Freeman of Glidden died after a lingering illness of one year and nine months. Funeral services were conducted at the home and St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Monday morning at 9:30, Rev. Joseph Hildebrand officiating and interment took place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Pallbearers were Herman Braden, Leo Braden, C. A. Schobel, Johnny Nelson, J. Mattern and Louis Schulenburg.

Mr. Freeman was born on May 29, 1868 in Worcestershire, England and came to America at the age of twenty-one. He was married to Miss Annie Schindler on May 29, 1891. To this union two sons and two daughters were born. The eldest son, Frank, was killed in France on Nov. 10, 1918, while a member of the American Expeditionary Forces. On April 21, 1923 this marriage was dissolved by the death of his wife. On Nov. 2, 1924, he was married to Mrs. Louisa Trojan of Columbus.

For the past thirty-two years Mr. Freeman was an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one son, George, of Houston, two daughters, Mrs. Albert Adams of Glidden, Mrs. Kelsey Walker of Tulsa, Okla. and three stepdaughters, Mrs. A. C. Kampe of Houston, Mrs. Edgar Litzmann and Miss Gisela Trojan and also several grandchildren.

The bereaved ones have the deep sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Freeman, Harriett LaNell (Dillard)

Harriett LaNell Dillard Freeman
October 2, 1956 - August 6, 2003

Harriett LaNell Dillard Freeman departed this life in the early hours of Wednesday, August 6, 2003.

Born October 2, 1956 in Houston, she was the only child of Robert and Lelia Dillard.

She attended Douglas Elementary Ryan Middle School, Jack Yates High School and Houston Technical School in Houston.

Harriett united with Bobby Long. To this union one son, Jamaal A. Long, was born.

On November 3, 1990, she married John Quincy Freeman. To this union, one daughter, Jondrea Wynea Freeman, was born.

Harriett dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at an early age at Greater Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. A. F. Allen in Houston.

A devoted member and willing worker, she served as a mission worker, member of Mother Uplift, Sunday School and choir secretary, youth department president, second vice-president of Uplift Southwest Central Association and other capacities when needed.

Harriett later moved her membership to Grace Community Church in Houston.

She leaves to cherish her memories a loving, devoted mother, Lelia Dillard; husband, John Quincy Freeman; son, Jamaal A. Long; daughter, Jondrea Wynea Freeman; step-daughter, Kariza Long; step-sister, Bernadette Crockett; two grandchildren, Kiara and Johari A. Long; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, from Greater Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. Interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Willie Waddell's Riverside Funeral Directors.

Pallbearers were Bobby Jones, Thomas Coleman, Ralph Duren, Eddie Long, Laplark Estelle, Robert Thomas, and Terris Alexander.

Honorary pallbearers were Cornelius Alexander, Dea. Roger Joseph, Jessie Wilhite, Lonnie Clay, Robert Long and Darryl Williams.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 28, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Freeman, Margaret L. (Williams)

Margaret L. Williams Freeman, RN, 100, of Columbus, passed away May 11 at Columbus Care Center.

She was born in Columbus, Feb. 18, 1902 to James R. and Luvenia (Johnson) Williams. She attended public school in Columbus and continued her education, becoming the first African-American registered nurse in Colorado County. She served as a public health nurse in numerous counties in Texas and finished her career at Fort Worth Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Lizzie Robinson, Lee Eauna Norman, Charles "Tee" Williams, Mamie Williams, Mattie Clark, Gussie Williams and Agus Williams; and nephew, Samuel H. Ellison.

She is survived by nieces, Margaret Ellison and Anne Luvenia Clark; nephew, Richmond Norman; great-nieces, Deborah Ellison and Sarah Robinson Williams; and great-nephews, Kedrick Ellison and Kermit Robinson.

Funeral services were conducted May 18 with the Rev. Thomas Purnell officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Freis, Anton Sr. (1)



Mr. Anton Freis, Sr. an aged and respected farmers-citizen of this community, residing four miles north of Weimar, died Sunday night and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city, Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Revs. J. Szymanski and A. A. Boeding officiating. A large crowd was present to witness the last sad rites.

Mr. Freis was born Oct. 20, 1848, at Pohl, District Weiskirchen, Moehren Austria. At the age of 21 years he was called for military duty and placed in Regiment No 3, infantry, serving for a period of ten years, nine months and twenty-one days. After this he was placed in Reserve Batalion[sic] No. 17 for a period of two years, during which time he was called into active service and participated in battles against the Prussian forces in 1866, and was decorated with a medal for bravery. He was honorably discharged from service Dec. 31, 1876. He was united in marriage to Miss Thekla Leonard in 1876, and engaged in farming. He emigrated to America in 1881. His family at that time consisted of a wife and two daughters--Mrs. Mary Bittner, now deceased, and Mrs. Frank Heger. Mr. Freis and family landed at Galveston, from which place they came to the Sedan section, in Fayette county, there purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1912 he sold his farm to his son, Frank, and retired from active work to enjoy a well earned rest. In 1922 Mr. and Mrs. Freis moved to the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heger, at which place they resided until his death, which occurred Feb 22, at the ripe old age of 81 years and 3 months.

Mr. Freis leaves seven living children: Mrs. Frank Heger, Mrs. Adolf Kainer, Mrs. Fred Berger, Mrs. Geo. Sciba, Joe, Anton and Frank; two of his children are dead: Mrs. Chas. Bittner and Mrs. Chas. Sciba. Also surviving are forty grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

The active pall bearers were John Heger, Frank Seifert, Emil Grohmann, Henry Schwegemann, Fred Kloesel and Jos. Wanjura. Honorary pall bearers named by the family are Frank Miksch, Gus Miksch, W. H. Hollien, Wm. Helmcamp, John Krasucky and Albert Grohmann.

Mr. Freis was a man beloved by his family, neighbors and friends, and wherever he appeared he was always welcomed. Honest, straightforward and true, a man whose hard work in early life left him in fairly well-to-do circumstances in his old age, a kind husband, father, neighbor and friend, he will be sadly missed by family, relatives and all who knew him.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1925

Freis, Anton Sr.

A. Freis, Sr., 75, Succumbs After Heart Stroke

Funeral services for Anton Freis Sr., 75, lifelong resident of the Weimar area were held Monday morning, April 7, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church. [Interment in St Michael's Cemetery]

Rt. Rev. Msgr A. F. Drozd officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Freis died at about 11 a.m. Friday in Youens Hospital. He had suffered a heart stroke Thursday morning.

Born in Fayette County a few miles north of Weimar, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Freis, Mr. Freis lived in that same vicinity all his life and was actively farming until his death.

Survivors include his wife, for former Miss Josephine Heger; two daughters, Mrs. Albert Grohmann, Jr. and Mrs. Henry Till, both of here; two sons, John and Anton Jr., both of here; three grandchildren; one brother, Frank Freis Sr. of Weimar; and two sisters, Mrs. Adolf Kainer of Weimar and Mrs. Geo. Sciba of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Joe Heger, John F. Heger, Fred Heger Jr., Richard Frels, Frank Frels Jr. and Bennie Rerich.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1958
Transcibed by Judy Talkington

Freis, Elsie (Eckermann) Grohmann

Elsie Freis Funeral Services Held April 7

Elsie Eckermann Grohmann Freis, 92. died at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar on April 5. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 7 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bily officiating.

The altar servers were Matthew Mason and Ryan Rerich.

The organist for the mass was Annette Coerver and the soloist was Juanita Kirk.

Interment followed in St. Michael Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 16, 1913 in the Industry area, the daughter of Rudolph and Minna (Schubert) Eckermann.

Elsie married Steve Grohmann on Oct 17, 1933. He died on Nov. 7, 1964. In 1974 she married Felix Freis who died in 1982.

She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, St. Ann’s Society, the Extension Homemakers Club and the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center Pink Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a homemaker but loved being outside working in her flowerbeds. She also worked in the Youens Clinic for over 25 years.

Elsie lived in the Industry area for about ten years and thereafter lived in the Weimar area. She spent the last four years at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

She is survived by her daughters-in-law, Billie Grohmann of Weimar, and Thelma Grohmann of Houston; and grandchildren, Peggy Christen and husband Bob of Weimar, Kenny Grohmann and wife Sally of Houston and Kevin Grohmann and wife Vickie of Magnolia.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Brian, Blake, Travis and Kyle Christen of Weimar, Keith, Kayla and Mason Grohmann of Houston, and Christ Faterkowski of Houston; and great-great-granddaughter, Amy Christen of Weimar.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, sons, Kenneth Eugene, and Marvin Grohmann; and sister, Ruby Gold.

Pallbearers were Brian Christen, Blake Christen, Weinart Grohmann, Bobby Berger, Kenny Grohmann and Gordon Richter.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Christen, Travis Christen, Kyle Christen, Keith Grohmann, Kevin Grohmann, Mason Grohmann and Chris Faterkowski.

Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado-Fayette Medical Center or St. Michael Church.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 2006

Freis, Frank Joe Sr.

Frank Freis Sr. Succumbs at 85; Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held here Thursday, Jan. 22, for Frank Joe Freis Sr., 85, who died at 8:45 p.m. Jan. 20 at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gold.

Services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic church were led by Rev. Gerald Hubertus. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Frank Freis III, Lawrence Gold, Louis Menis, Joe Dreitner, Bernard Helmcamp and Leroy Kana.

Mr. Freis was a lifelong resident of the Sedan area where he retired from farming a number of years ago. He was born there Sept. 8, 1884, the son of Anton and Thekla Leonard Freis and married Miss Theresia Ripper here Nov. 27, 1907. She died in December 1962.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Hermann Sons Lodge.

Surviving are a son, Frank Jr. of Weimar; four daughters, Mrs. Lydia Dreitner, Mrs. Frank Gold, Mrs. Bennie Helmcamp, all of Weimar and Mrs. Alex Demel of Richmond; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and two sisters Mrs. Adolf Kainer of Weimar and Mrs. George Sciba of El Campo. Two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, January 29, 1970, page 4
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Freis, Joe Jr.

Joe Freis, 73, Dies; Funeral Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Joe Freis Jr., 73, of Route 3, Weimar, were held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Brandt Cemetery at Holman.

Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Mr. Freis, farmer-rancher and lifelong resident of this area, died Sunday at 7 p.m. in Youens Memorial Hospital, after a stroke. He had been in the hospital two days.

Born January 18, 1908, in the Wildwood community, he was a son of Joe and Pauline (Kainer) Freis. He married Lillie Margaret. Kahlden on Sept. 28, 1937, in St. Michael's Rectory.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Wilbert (Jean) Heger of Weimar; three grandchildren, Russell, Mark and Jena Heger; four brothers, Richard Freis of the Wildwood area, Adolph, Felix and Fred Freis of Weimar; and a sister, Mrs. Regina Breithaupt of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Russell Heger, Mark Heger, George Heger, Paul Jurica, Harvey Kahlden, and Kervy Kahlden.

Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1981, page 12

Freis, Joe Sr.

Funeral Services Held Thursday For Joe Freis Sr., 75

Funeral services for Joe Freis, Sr., 75 were held last Thursday, Feb. 2, at Hubbard Funeral home and St. Michael's Church, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

A retired farmer, Mr. Freis was a lifelong resident of this area. He was born Jan. 15, 1881, in the Sedan Community near here. In 1904, he married Miss Pauline Kainer, who died in 1953. Mr. Freis died last Wednesday at Youens Hospital after an illness of two months.

Surviving him are five sons --Richard, Joe Jr., Adolf, Felix and Fred --all of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Emil Breithaupt of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Geo. Sciba of El Campo Mrs. Adolf Kainer of Weimar; two brothers, Anton and Frank Freis of Weimar; and several grandchildren.

Pallbearers for the service were Frank Freis Jr., Edwin Berger, Gilbert Kainer, Johnnie Freis, Henry Heger and Edmund Kainer.

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 10, 1956
Translated by Dennis Boatright

Freis, Lillie (Brune)

Mrs. Lillie Freis Funeral Services Held June 6

Mrs. Richard (Lillie) Freis, 92, of Weimar died on June 2 at Parkview Manor. Funeral services were held Monday, June 6 at St. Michael Church with Father Bily officiating.

Interment followed in the St. Michael Cemetery.

Mrs. Freis was born on May 2, 1913 in Weimar to Edward and Emily (Trojan) Brune.

Lillie married Richard Freis on Oct 15, 1935 in Weimar.

She lived here entire life in Weimar.

Mrs. Freis was a member of the Catholic Daughters. She also enjoyed being a housewife.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Freis of Weimar; brother Henry Brune of Weimar; and sister Leona Livingston of Burleson.

She ws preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Max, Alfred, Adolph, Eddie, Leroy, Edmund Brune; sisters, Elsie Braden and Alma Hattermann; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Edmund (Mary) Brune, Mrs. Eddie (Linda) Brune and Mrs. Leroy (Viola) Brune.

Pallbearers were Brian Konvicka, Royce Brune, Jackie Brune, Laverne Brune, Justin Bartek, and Mark Heger.

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 2005

Freis, Pauline (Kainer)

Mrs. Joe Freis Sr., 71, Succumbs; Rites Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Frels Sr., 71, who died at her home early Monday morning, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with Rev. CLarence Leopold officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Freis had been in poor health for about two years and had been seriously ill for a week.

The former Miss Pauline Kainer, she was born in Fayette County, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kainer. She was married to Mr. Kainer[sic] at St. Michael's Church here in 1904, and they have lived in this area ever since.

Survivors in addition to her husband are five sons, Richard, Joe Jr., Adolf, Felix and Fred, all of Weimar: one daughter, Mrs. Emil (Regina) Breithaupt of Weimar: three brothers, Ed, Adolf and Emil Kainer, all of Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Annie Slubar of Weimar; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Kasper, Emil Slubar, Frank Gold, Edmund Kainer, Gilbert Kainer and Frank Lebeda.

Weimar Mercury, December 4, 1953, page 1

Freis, Richard

Richard Freis Funeral Services Held June 2

Richard Freis, 100, of Welmar died May 30 at Parkview Manor. Funeral services were held Friday, June 2 at St. Michael Church with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Richard was born Oct. 8, 1905 in Wildwood Community to Joseph and Pauline Kainer
He attended St. Michael School, Wildwood Schools and San Antonio Barber College.

Mr. Freis married Lillie (Brune) Freis on Oct. 15, 1935 at St. Michael Church.

Richard lived his whole life in this area. His occupations were a barber, painter and farmer. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and collecting.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Lillie M. Freis, Elna Freis and Ella Freis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Joe Jr., Adolph, Felix and Fred Freis; and sister, Regina Breithaupt.

Pallbearers were nephews, George Heger, Mark Heger, Russell Heger, Bill Norwood, Larry Nunn; and cousin, Barney Kasper.

Wemar Mercury, June 8, 2006

Freis, Thekla

Beloved Lady Passes On to Her Reward

Many hearts throughout this community were saddened the past week end when news of the death of a muchly beloved lady, Mrs. Thekla Freis, widow of the late Mr. Anton Fries, Sr., passed on to her reward. Mrs. Freis had been in ill health for a long time, and her death was not unexpected, but nevertheless occasioned much sadness to her family and friends.

The funeral took place from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Sciba, north of town, with funeral services at St. Michael’s Church and interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Very Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Pall bearers were six of her beloved grandsons, and follows: Ben Kainer, Geo. J. Berger, Richard Freis, Johnnie Freis, Frank Heger, Jr., Frank Freis, JR.

Mrs. Thekla Freis with her husband emigrated to this country from Austria and landed in Galveston May 6, 1878. The couple settled in the Sedan community, northwest of Weimar, and engaged in framing. After the death of her beloved husband in 1925, she retired from active duties and spent the remainder of her life with her several children. At time of her death she was living with her daughter, Mrs. George Sciba of this community.

She is survived by seven children, as follows: Mr. Joe Freis, Mr. Anton Freis, Mrs. Frank Heger, Mr. Frank Freis, Mrs. Adolf Kainer and Mrs. Geo. Sciba, of this communiyt, and Mrs. F. H. Berger of this city. Also surviving are thirty-nine grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren. She died at the age of 83 years.

Mrs. Freis was a noble, good woman, one whose friendship and esteem was to be prized. She ever proved herself to be a devoted wife and mother, a splendid friend and neighbor, a good christian woman and her passing is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 1, 1934
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Freis, Theresa (Ripper)

Mrs. Frank Freis, 73, Stroke Victim, Buried Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank J. Freis Sr., 73, were held Thursday morning, Dec. 6, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. John Biy[sic] officiated.

Mrs. Freis, who had been left blind by a stroke 4 years ago, suffered another stroke Dec. 1 and died at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Youens Hospital.

The former Miss Theresa Ripper, she was a lifelong resident of the Weimar area. She was born here Nov. 7, 1889, the daughter of Gus and Anne Witte Ripper Sr., and was married to Mr. Freis Nov. 27, 1907. A large crowd of relatives and friends helped them celebrate their golden wedding anniversary 5 years ago.

She was a member of St. Anne’s Society and St. Michael’s Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Frank Freis Jr. of Weimar; 4 daughters, Mrs. Joe (Lydia) Dreitner, Mrs. Frank (Loretta) Gold, Mrs. Bennie (Aldean) Helmcamp, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Alex (Clara) Demel of Richmond; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank Seifert and Mrs. W. H. Hollien of Weimar; and two brothers, Gus Ripper Jr. of El Campo and Frank Ripper of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Joe Dreitner, Lawrence Gold, Bernard Helmcamp, Louis Menis Jr., all of Weimar, Frank Freis III of Bellaire and Leroy Kana of Rosenberg.

Weimar Mercury, December 13, 1962, page 1

Freitag, Minnie (Derode)

Mrs. M. Freitag, Aged 76, Dies At Sheridan Last Week

Mrs. Minnie Freitag, 76, died February 15th at 7:30 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A W. Botard, at Sheridan. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Sheridan with burial in the Sheridan [Cheetham] Cemetery. Rev. Williams conducted the service.

Survivors are her daughter. Mrs. A. W. Botard, one son, Oscar Ellison of Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Kate-Fowler of Canada.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 25, 1949
Contributed by Regena Williamson


Mrs. Freytag, mother of Mrs. W. A. Botard, was buried here last Thursday afternoon following services in the Baptist church in charge of Rev. M. F. Dollar and Rev. E. A. Williams.

Mrs. Freytag had been ill for sometime.

Colorado County Citizen, February 24, 1949

Frels, Ben Edward

Last Rites Held Aug. 8th For Ben E. Frels, 76

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 8th for Ben E. Frels, 76, who died Monday, August6th at his home in Garwood. The services were held from the Triska Chapel in El Campo at 8:30 a.m. with Requiem High Mass sung at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. The Rev. Edmund Bily officiated, with interment in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Frels was born in Frelsburg on January 17, 1885. Mrs. Frels preceded her husband in death in 1952.

Survivors include his son Clarence of Garwood; daughters, Miss Josephine Frels, Nada, and Mrs. Walter Mathys of Wharton; three brothers, Ed of El Campo; Leon and Walter of Lolita; five sisters, Miss Annie Frels, Mrs. A. C. Weigal, El Campo, Mrs. Frank Satz, Karnes City, Mrs. L. L. Haton, Wharton, and Mrs. Charles Eggemeyer; eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Alois Bittner, Rudy Till, Lester Cranek, Gus Svoboda, Monroe Krenek and Joe Schoellmann.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 16, 1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Frels, Clarence E.

Clarence E. Frels, 88, of Garwood, passed away Jan. 2.

He was born in Wharton County, Oct. 16, 1913,to Ben and Emma (Schultz) Frels. He was a Garwood native and served as a grocerer-partner from 1940-1980 of F and W Food Market in Garwood and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Garwood Lions Club and Nada Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister Vera Matthys.

He is survived by his wife Viola (Krenek) Frels of Garwood; daughters Jean Gansky of New Braunfels and Carol Drlik of Garwood; sons Gerald "Buddy" Frels of Houston and Glenn Frels of El Campo; and sister Josephine Frels of Nada.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 4 at St. Mary's Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Koebel and Deacon Alvin Matthys officiating. Interment followd in the parish cemtery.

Pallbearers were Frank Amsler, Todd Witmer, Steve Naegeli, Todd Nelson, Jason Frels and Randy Waligura.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, St. Mary's Catholic Church or St. Philip's School Endowment Fund

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Frels, Eilert Gerhardt

Houston Chronicle: Gerhardt Frels, aged 90 years, died at 8 a.m. Friday morning at the home of his son, E. G. Frels, 2207 Hardy street. Mr. Frels was born in Germany, but has been a resident of Houston for the past 50 years. He is survived by his son, E. G. Frels, 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10:15 o’clock when the remains will be shipped by Sid Westheimer Company to Frelsburg, Texas for interment. Interment will be made Saturday afternoon in the Lutheran Cemetery at Frelsburg.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1912, page 1

Frels, Josephine

Josephine Frels, 92, of Nada, passed away May 29.

She was born in Taiton, Dec. 24, 1909, to Ben and Emma (Schultz) Frels.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters of America.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Vera Matthys; and brother, Clarence Frels.

She is survived by sister-in-law, Viola Frels, of Garwood.

Funeral services were conducted May 31 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Kobel and Deacon Alvin Matthys, officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Keith Flynn, Ronald Hartley, Brandon Hartley, Wilbert Matthys, Gerald Frels and Dan Gansky.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Frels, Josephine (Leyendecker)

Mrs. Josephine Frels Dies at 94; Burial in Houston

Mrs. Josephine Mary Frels, who would have been 94 Sept. 5, died in St. Joseph's hospital at Houston at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept, 1. For the last 50 years she had lived at 2207 Hardy in Houston. Born in the Frelsburg-Zimmerscheidt community in 1862, she was a daughter of Fritz and Frances Leyendecker. Her husband, Gerhard Frels, died in 1922. Rosary was recited at 8:15 Sunday evening at the Earthman chapel in Houston. Monday morning at 10 o'clock, services were held at the Holy Name Catholic church with continued services and burial in the Hollywood Gardens cemetery. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. E.J. Brune of Frelsburg; a brother, Robert Leyendecker of Lockhart; a grandson, Joe Cecil Baumbach, who was living with her at the time of her death; 4 granddaughters; 4 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-chrandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1956
Submitted by David Hahn

Frels, Margaretha (Leyendecker)

Funeral Services Held for Colorado County Woman

Columbus, Aug.8--Funeral services for Mrs. Margaretha Frels, who died in Victoria, were held here Monday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Struss. She was born in Colorado County, in 1849, and spent the greater part of her life in the county. She is survived by two sons, Ruben Frels of Victoria and C. W. Frels of Yorktown; five daughters, Mrs. Ella Bemus of Houston, Mrs. A. H. Muske and Mrs. Selma Gray of Brookshire, Mrs. W. A. Struss of Columbus, Miss Norma Frels of El Campo, Miss Victoria Frels of Huntsville. [Interred at Zimmerscheidt-Leyendecker Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1933, page 8
Contributed by Mary Anne Pickens

Frels, Norma

Sister of Mrs. W. A. Struss Is Buried Here

Miss Norma Frels, who was associated with her brother, Rubin Frels of Victoria,in the management of six theatres, died in a hospital in Victoria Tuesday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock after an illness of four months.

Last rites were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock from the Ruin Frels residence in Victoria and at five o'clock at Odd Fellows Rest here. Rev. J. Russell Brown of El Campo officiating.

Pallbearers were Paul Gerry, J. E. Michelson, John Priesmeyer,L.D. Williams, Billy Swinny and Roy Meyer.

Miss Frels was born at Frelsburg, the daughter of William O Frels and Margaretha Leyendecker Frels. She was a prominent club woman and very active in civic work. Before becoming associated with theatre management, she was a teacher in Texas public schools. She was a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College and was also a student at the University of Texas and the University o Chicago.

Surviving are two brothers, Rubin Frels of Victoria and C. W. Frels of Yorktown; five sisters, Mrs. Ella Bemus of Houston, Mrs. A. H. Muske and Mrs. Selma Groboth of Brookshire, Miss Victoria Frels of Huntsville and Mrs. W. A. Struss of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 6th, 1941

Frels, Victoria


Funeral services were held at the First Methodist church in Huntsville Sunday and further rites in Columbus Funeral home here Monday afternoon for Miss Victoria Frels, 76, who died suddenly Saturday at homecoming rites of Sam Houston State college in Huntsville. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, with the Rev. R. Russell Heaner, local Methodist minister, officiating. Miss Frels died of a heart attack in the arms of her close friend, Miss Mamie Lister, with whom she had shared a home for many years. Native of Frelsburg, a community named for her family, Miss Frels began teaching school at the age of 16 after her graduation from the Huntsville college. She taught in many towns before joining the faculty of Sam Houston in 1922 as English teacher. She retired in 1949. Besides her school interest she was active with the Methodist church of Huntsville, where she taught a Sunday school class for 30 years. She was editor of the Sam Houston Alumnus magazine. Her death left only one brother, Conrad Frels of Yorktown, from a family of 10 children. Pallbearers at the rites were L. A. Kucera, A. P. Griffin, H. G. Andrews and R. L. Scarborough of Houston; Rubin Steele Frels of Victoria, and A. O. Muske of Brookshire. The latter 2 are nephews and all are Sam Houston ex-students.

The Colorado County Citizen, November 3, 1955
Submitted by David Hahn

Frels, Wilhelm

The Colorado Citizen chronicles the demise of Capt. Wm. Frels, one of the survivors of the battle of San Jacinto, which occurred at his residence near Frelsburg, in colorado county, on the 26 ult. [Interred at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

The Times- Picayune (New Orleans, LA), April 13, 1870, page 11

Frels, William Gerhard

Colorado Citizen:...
Died on the 6th of July 1911 at 8 p.m., Mr. Wm. G. Frels, of Frelsburg, a citizen born and raised here, at the age of 65 years, 1 month and 3 days after a lingering and incurable sickness. He left a large family of dutiful children and wife to mourn his demise and also his aged father, Mr. G. Frels, Sr., who is 80 years of age and still in fair health. Mr. Frels, S., seems to want to out live all of his family. He lost his wife long ago and now had to witness the death of his fourth child and only one of his children is alive today, Mr. G. Frels, Jr. [Interment in Zimerscheidt Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 21, 1911, page 1

Died, at his home Thursday evening, at 8 o'clock, after a lingering illness, Mr. W. Frels, and was buried in the family burying ground Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. Scillat of Frelsburg conducting the funeral services. Mr. Frels was born near Frelsburg in 1846. Besides his loving wife, Mr. Frels leaves three sons, five daughters, an aged father and one brother to mourn his death.

Unidentified news clipping
Contributed by Mary Anne Pickens

Frenzel, Corvin Emil Richard


Corvin Emil Richard Frenzel, 77, passed away March 4, due to complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1929 in the Walhalla Community to Alfred Andreas and Erna (Schlabach) Frenzel. He was Lutheran by faith and was baptized and confirmed at the Warrenton Lutheran Church. As a child, he lived in Walhalla and attended schools there. He was in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, and fought in the Korean War. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1956.

On Oct. 29, 1953, he married the former Ruth Merten of Carmine and they made their home in LaGrange. They moved to Eagle Lake in early 1954 when he took a job at the Schneider-Ware Company as a farm machinery mechanic and later becoming their service manager. Later, he owned and operated Central Repair Service. Until his retirement, he worked at Shoppa's of Eagle Lake as a machinist. Even after his retirement, he enjoyed going back to Shoppa's part-time to help out and visit with his friends at coffee break.

His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, and stained glass. He designed and created a stained glass window for the Waldeck Lutheran Church in Waldeck, and a wood and mosaic cross for the Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land. He also enjoyed restoring old farm equipment and has two pieces on exhibit at the Prairie Edge Museum.

His greatest joys in life were his family and friends. He was always willing to help where he could - be it with a machinery problem or a school project. He especially enjoyed his granddaughters and attending their school and sports events. He lived with leukemia for almost 20 years, defying the odds, but the ALS was more than his body could handle. Yet, he continued to live his life his way until the end with his wife and family at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant granddaughter, Camille Lynne Ugarte.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Debra Ruth Frenzel Ugarte and Kathy Lynne Frenzel Stephens and husband, Brice; granddaughters, Lauren Ruth Ugarte, Alyssa Lynne Ugarte and Kristian Rose Ugarte, all of Eagle Lake; brother, Leslie Frenzel and his wife, Mildred, of LaGrange; half-sisters, Lorna Finke of Round Top, Nila Young of Brenham and Nelda Schroeder and husband, Elroy, of Brenham; half-brother, Wilfred Frenzel of Waldeck; and extended family members include brother-in-law, James Merten and wife, Cathy, of Houston.

The Rev. Willie Rotter of the Waldeck Lutheran Church conducted funeral services March 7, also at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home. Cynthia Sunderman led the congregation in singing a favorite hymn, "In The Garden" and sang as solos, "Precious Lord" and "On Eagle's Wings" accompanied by Patty Stephens. Graveside services were at Lakeside Cemetery during which a cousin, Gene Hackemack, played "Amazing Grace" on the accordion and Floyd Spenrath played "Taps" on the trumpet.

Pallbearers were Larry Austin, John Buxkemper, Clark Powers, Chuck Stephens, Edward Sunderman and Glenn Schroeder, his nephew and godson. Honorary pallbearers were Draper Stephens, Henry Sunderman, Dr. Harold Griffin, Dr. David Neisner, and all of the employees at Shoppa's of Eagle Lake.

For those so desiring, memorials may be made to the ALS-MDA Society - Anne Swisher, c/o IBC Bank, P.O. Box 272243, Houston, TX 77277-2243.

Colorado County Citizen, March 14, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Frenzel, Ruth (Merten)


Ruth Merten Frenzel, 73, passed away suddenly Friday, Oct. 5.

She was born on March 18, 1934 in Burton to Arthur Wilhelm and Lillie Meyer Merten. She was Lutheran by faith and was baptized and confirmed at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. As a child, she lived in Carmine and attended Burton schools, graduating in 1953.

On Oct. 29, 1953, she married Corvin Frenzel and they made their home in LaGrange. They moved to Eagle Lake in early 1954 when Corvin took a job at the Schneider-Ware Company. Later, they owned and operated Central Repair Service.

Her greatest joys in life were her family and friends. She was always willing to help where she could - especially with her granddaughters' school projects and homework. She also enjoyed just being with her daughters, son-in-law and granddaughters - especially attending her granddaughters' school and sports events as well as sitting on the porch at the cabin in Somerville. She also became her husband, Corvin's, primary caretaker and nurse when he became ill. She took excellent care of him and never left his side until he passed away on March 4, 2007.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and an infant granddaughter, Camille Lynne Ugarte.

She is survived by daughters, Debra Ruth Frenzel Ugarte and Kathy Lynne Frenzel Stephens and her husband, Brice; granddaughters, Lauren Ruth Ugarte, Alyssa Lynne Ugarte and Kristian Rose Ugarte, all of Eagle Lake; brother, James Merten and his wife Cathy of Houston; extended family members include brother-in-law, Leslie Frenzel and his wife Mildred of LaGrange; also several cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The Rev. Willie Rotter of the Waldeck Lutheran Church conducted funeral services on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home. Graveside services were at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Austin, Johnny Busse, Clark Powers, Chuck Stephens, Edward Sunderman and Gary Pietsch, her cousin and godson.

Honorary pallbearers were Draper Stephens, Henry Sunderman, Dr. David Neisner, her three granddaughters, Lauren, Alyssa and Kiki and all of her granddaughters' close friends who were just like granddaughters to her.

Memorials may be made to the Colorado County EMS - Medic 3, 305 Radio Ln., Columbus, Texas 78934

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Frerichs, J. Wilhelm

Extraordinary Suicide.

Columbus, Tex., April 22.—A young [sic.] farmer living four miles from Frelsburg, suicided by jumping into a well 100 feet deep. He was not instantly killed by the fall, and the family let down a rope to him, but he refused it, and said the people would kill him if he came to the top. The son endeavored to dissuade him from this notion, telling him no one was present but the home folks. The neighbors had not yet arrived. Mr. Frerichs then asked his son to come down in the well and talk to him, but, as there was no one present to draw him up and the well was thought to be foul, the son did not comply, but urged his father to come up. During the conversation, and while yet in the well, Mr. Frerichs cut the veins in both his arms and the carotid artery on the right side of his neck. By the time neighbors arrived he had sunk beneath the water. They got him out of the well about 11 o'clock. He was quite dead. [Interred at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Chicago Daily Tribune, April 25, 1880, page 3
Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

Frerichs, William L.

Mr. Wm. L. Frerichs

The death of Mr. Wm. L. Frerichs occurred at the family residence in the city Monday morning, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Frerichs was born near Frelsburg March 8th, 1866 He has lived in this county all his life with the exception of fifteen years spent in Austin and Fayette Counties. He was a machinist of more than ordinary ability and was for a number of years employed by one of the gravel companies here.

He is survived by the wife and six childlren, E. J., H. O., J.F. and E. E. Frerichs, Mrs. W. M. Kurtz and Miss Antonia Frerichs, to whom our sympathy is extended in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, July 20, 1933

Frers, Annie Maria (Hlozek)

Mrs. Annie Frers Dies at 81, Funeral Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Maria Hlozek Frers, 81, were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Saturday, with continued services in St. Anthony's Catholic church, Rev. David Muerer officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Frers, who had been a patient in Columbus hospital for 5 weeks, died there Thursday. A native of Fayette county, she had spent most of her married life in Weimar and later south of Columbus. Her husband, George Frers, died in 1965. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Werner Kahlden and a son Walter, of Columbus, 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 sisters, Mrs. B. W. Camp, Austin; Mrs. Paul Bartolovich, East Bernard, and Mrs. Jake Hersey, Galveston, and a brother, Alfons Hlozek of East Bernard.

Pallbearers were Quentin and Allen Kahlden, William Mazac, George Zinknia, Harvey Frers, and Gene Jopplin.

Colorado County Citizen, September 21, 1967

Frers, George Joseph Jr.

George Frers Jr. Succumbs Here After Long Illness

Funeral services were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic church at 9 a.m. Monday for George Joseph Frers Jr., who died at his home here about midnight Friday after an illness of about 7 months.

Rosary was said Sunday evening at the Untermeyer Funeral home with Rev. Alex Krause officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony's parish cemetery.

Mr. Frers, who had been employed as tank truck driver for J. D. Seymour, local Texaco agent, for the past 12 years; was stricken suddenly while at work early last February. He was taken to John Sealy hospital at Galveston where his trouble was diagnosed as a brain tumor. An operation and a month of, treatment followed before he was brought back home. He never recovered from his illness.

Born April 12, 1906, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Frers Sr. of Columbus, both of whom survive.

Besides his parents, be is survived by his wife, the former Edna Janak; a brother, Waiter Frers of Alleyton, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Kahlden of Columbus, route 1.

Pallbearers were Oscar Henicke, Jimmy Mikulenka, Adolph Vacek, Adolph Cejka, Leon Willmann and Wilbert Stolle.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1951, page 6

Frey, Peter

Last Rites Held For Peter Frey; Burial In Mentz

Funeral services were held yesterday morning in the Untermeyer Funeral home for Peter Frey, 72, who died Aug. 30 In a Sealy hospital. Continued services were held In St. Roch's Catholic church with Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Burial was In the Mentz Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited Tuesday evening In the funeral home.

Mr. Frey was born Feb. 6. 1882. He is survived by his widow; one son Sidney Frey of Bernardo: 2 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Henry Kaiser of Bernardo and Mrs. Barbara Wellen of Lott, and one brother, Anton Frey of Bernardo.

Pallbearers were Reuben Braden. Henry Kaiser, Dan Wellen, Emmett Kveton, Eugene Zenner, Erwin Warschak; and John and Frank Strieder.

Colorado County Citizen, September 2, 1954

Fried, Jan/John

Nada News Notes

Mr. John Fried, about 70 years of age, of El Campo, a former resident of this community, died in a Galveston hospital Saturday morning. He was buried here Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, with all burial rites administered at the parish church. Interment was made in the parish cemetery, with Rev. V. Raska of El Campo officiating. Surviving are his wife, four sons, John Jr., Joe, Frank and Arthur; four daughters, Mrs. Paul Labay, Mrs. Louis Dornak, Mrs. Willie Armatta of El Campo and Mrs. Frank Chomout of Kerrville, eleven grandchildren, one brother, Joe Fried of Hillje, and a large number of other relatives. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved. The deceased came from Europe 46 years ago and made his home here until about twenty years ago when he moved to El Campo. A son, Adolph Fried, died while serving the World War.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 4, 1933

Friedel, Anton

Well Known Osage Farmer Takes Life

News was brought to this city, late Saturday afternoon that Anton Friedel, 58-year-old farmer of the Osage section had committed suicide. Judge A. J. Ratliff and Constable L. G. Taylor were summoned to hold the inquest, arriving on the scene about 6 p. m. Although the inquest had not been concluded up to Tuesday morning. Judge Ratliff stated that all physical facts pointed to a deliberate case of suicide.

Mr. Friedel was at home alone Saturday afternoon. Some time between 2 and 3 o'clock, it is believed he decided upon suicide and deliberately took a dose of strychnine. When one of the sons returned home a short while before 6 o'clock he found his father cold in death. Just what caused the man to commit the act will perhaps never be known.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Rev Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, officiating.

Children of this couple are as follows: Chas. Micek, Yoakum; Joe Friedel, Graham; George Friedel, Houston; Jerry Friedel, Fort Worth; Jerome Friedel, Weimar; August Friedel, Chicago; Julius Friedel, Houston; Frank Friedel, Victoria; Anton Friedel, Jr., Weimar, and Mrs. Frances Mendel, East Bernard. We understand all of them were here to the funeral.
Mr. Friedel was a fairly well-to-do farmer, had lived in the Osage section a number of years, had numbers of friends, and his tragic death is sincerely deplored. He is survived by his widow and several children, all grown, to whom in their sorrow the sympathy of an our people is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 12, 1931

Friedel, Anton Fritz

Funeral For Anton Friedel Held Monday

Funeral services for Anton Fritz Friedel, 63, were held Monday afternoon, July 1, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert N. Crawford officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Friedel died June 29, after a short illness.

He was born at Yoakum on March 21, 1911, the son of Anton and Frances (Tkac) Friedel, but lived most of his life in the Osage area near Weimar.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph W. of New Braunfels and Marvin B. of San Antonio; one daughter, Mrs. Norwin K (Irene) Oncken of San Antonio; nine grandchildren; seven brother, Joe, George, Jerry, August, Jerome, Julius and Frank and one sister, Mrs. Frances Mendel.

One son, Lewis, died in 1953. A brother, Charlie, also preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were W. H. Taylor, Jerry Vachala, J. C. Busch, Frank Krahl, Adolf Freis and Ed Mendel.

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 4, 1974
Transcription by Dennis Boatright



Friedel, Anton Lewis

Military Services For Cpl. Friedel Held Here Monday

Catholic and military funeral services for Cpl. Anton Lewis Friedel, victim of the tragic grenade accident on Harvey’s Creek last Saturday, were held Monday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic church, with interment in St, Michael’s Cemetery.

Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated in the services. Legion and VFW members conducted graveside rites.

Born July 31, 1934, at Fort Worth, Cpl. Friedel was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Friedel. Later they lived at Ganado, and about 8 years ago moved to the Weimar area. At Weimar High School he was an outstanding athlete and popular with his classmates. After his junior year--on July 16, 1952--he entered the Army, his last post being Camp Roberts, California. Assigned to an artillery unit, he was to have gone overseas in February, after his furlough at home.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his sister, Irene, 17, and two brothers, Jody, 14, and Bennie, 12.

Members of the two veterans’ organizations here served as pallbearers. They included Willie Kobersky, Leroy Slubar, Daniel Heger, Jim Heger, Gus Beck, and Herbert Rerich. [For additional information on the tragic accident check the January 30, 1953 issue of The Weimar Mercury.]

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1953

Friedel, Frances (Tkac) Micek

Funeral Services For Mrs. Friedel, 83, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Friedel, 83, who died last Friday morning at Youens Hospital, were held Saturday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr., pastor of Evangelical and Reformed Church, officiated.

Mrs. Friedel’s health had been failing for some time, and she had been in the hospital about a week.

Born Aug. 5, 1873,in Czechoslukia[sic], she came to this country with her parents in 1883, settling in the Yoakum area. Her first husband, Mr. Micek, died a few years after their marriage, and in 1897 she was married at Yoakum to Anton Friedel, who died a number of years ago. Mrs. Friedel had been a resident of the Weimar area 35 years.

Survivors include nine sons, Chas. Micek of Yoakum,J oe Friedel of Graham, George, Jerry and August Friedel of Dallas, Jerome Friedel of Ft. Forth, Julius Friedel of Shreveport, La., Frank Friedel of Houston and Anton Friedel of Weimar; one daughter Mrs. Frances Mendel of Houston, two brothers, Robert Tkac of Houston and Ludwig Tkac of Corpus Christi; one sister, Mrs. Vlasta Kresta of Shiner; 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, June 28, 1957, page 1

Friedrich, Ewald W.


Ewald W. Friedrich, 83, of Weimar passed away March 4 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 4, 1919 to Charles and Adele (Oeltjen) Friedrich and married Marguerite Hurta Friedrich Sept. 18, 1945 in Weimar.

He served in the U.S. Army during WW II from 1943-45. He was a member of United Church of Christ, UCC Brotherhood, Weimar Independent School District Board of Trustees, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Weimar Masonic Lodge. He was a rancher/farmer and president and member of Farm Bureau.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sandra L. Heger; and brother, Emil Friedrich.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Carrol J. Jean and husband Kenny of Killeen; son, Ewald Friedrich Jr. and wife Debbie of Weimar; brother, Herbert Friedrich and wife Elsie of Schulenburg; and grandchildren, Tana Hauerland and husband Brad of Sealy, Brittani Jean of Grapevine, Codi Friedrich of Houston and Macy Friedrich of Weimar.

Funeral services were March 7 at Weimar United Church of Christ with the Rev. Karen Nelson and the Rev. Ernest Dean officiating.

Interment followed at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wade Friedrich, Brad Hauerland, Lloyd Hopkins, Elliott Koehn, David Lehmann, Doyle Moore, Gary Nietsche and John Randall.

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Friedrich, Frank J.

Death of an Old Settler of This Section

Mr. Frank J. Freidrich[sic], one of this section’s oldest settlers, died Tuesday night at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Leidolf, where he had made his home for a number of years. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. A. Raska of Ammannsville officiating.

Mr. Friedrich was born Oct. 14, 1857, in Man Sedlitz, Moravia, and was 69 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Texas in 1872, settled in this section, and lived in or around Weimar practically ever since. He leaves two nephews surviving--Messrs. F. E. Leidolf and Victor Slavik--besides several relatives in the old country. Mr. Friedrich was a man of genial temperament, industrious, well liked by all, and his death is sincerely deplored. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1927, page 1

In naming relatives here of the late Frank J. Friedrich, the Mercury omitted tostate that he also had a niece living here--Mrs. A. J. Ratliff. For the omission we beg pardon, for it was unintentional.

Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1927, page 4

Friedrich, Henry


Many of his old time friends regretted to learn of the death of Mr. Henry Friedrich. which occurred at the LaGrange Hospital last Saturday, where he had been under medical treatment for some time past for physical ills. He was 64 years of age at time of death. The funeral took place at St. Michael's Cemetery in this city Sunday afternoon, following services in St. Rose Church at Schulenburg, with Revs. J. Wolf and J. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Friedrich was born in Germany. He had lived in the Borden section for many years, where he engaged in farming. but ill health finally forced him to give up active pursuits. and he was unable to continue work for some time past. His good wife preceded him in death some thirteen years ago.

He is survived by four daughters and one son. as follows: Mrs. Ed Liermann of Houston, Mrs. Ed Beyer of Karnes City, Mrs. Chas. Billeck of Schulenburg, Mrs. Arthur Boeker of Houston and Mr. Robert Friedrich of Houston.

Mr. Friedrich was a fine man and universally liked by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He ever proved himself a devoted husband and father, a kindly neighbor and friend, and his passing is viewed with sincere regret by a large number of old time friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, June 7, 1935, page 1

Friedrich, Ludmilla (Guenther)


Mrs. Hy. Friedrich of the Borden section, who was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Beyer of this city, under medical treatment, for several days, was moved Monday afternoon to a LaGrange hospital, where treatment will be continued under supervision of her brother, Dr. Guenther. Mrs. Friedrich is suffering from a very sore and swollen foot, the injury being caused, it is believed, from infection from a grassbur. The limb has been badly swollen and caused much suffering, hence it was believed best to move her to LaGrange. Many friends of this section sincerely hope she will soon be restored to good health.

Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1922, page 1


The sad news of the death of Mrs. Henry Friedrich at a LaGrange hospital was received here Tuesday evening. Mrs. Friedrich was taken there Monday afternoon for treatment. Blood poison, we understand, was the cause of her death. The remains were brought here for interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery this, Thursday, morning. We will endeavor to secure and publish a suitable notice of this excellent lady’s life in our next issue--impossible to obtain same in time for this issue.

Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1922, page 1


Mrs. Henry Friedrich Succumbs to Blood Poison—Burial Here Last Thursday.

As stated in a brief item in last issue of the Mercury, Mrs. Henry Friedrich, a beloved lady of the Borden community, died at LaGrange Tuesday evening of last week, of blood poison, just twenty-four hours after she had been removed to that point for medical treatment. The remains were brought back to Weimar for interment, and Thursday last were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating in a touching burial service. A very large crowd of sympathizing and mourning relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites. The floral offerings at the grave were many and beautiful, attesting the high esteem in which this good lady was held by friends everywhere.

Mrs. Friedrich was born in Schulenburg April 22, 1875, She was united in marriage to Mr. Henry Friedrich in 1896. The couple resided near Schulenburg until 1915, when they purchased farm property near Borden, upon which they resided up to the time of her death. The surviving ones are her husband, Henry Friedrich her children, Mrs. Ed B. Liermann and Mrs. Edward Beyer of Weimar, Miss Tillie, Robert and Miss Louisa of Borden, her aged father, Frank Guenther of Schulenburg, and brothers and sisters as follows: Prof. F. P Guenther of Canyon, Dr. J. G. Guenther of Moulton, Dr. F. J. Guenther of LaGrange, Mrs. Louisa Jaterka of Schulenburg, Mrs. Joe Winkler of Harlinggen[sic], Misses Theresa and Tinte[sp] Guenther of San Atnonio[sic].

Mrs. Friedrich ever proved a splendid wife and helpmate, a devoted mother, the best of neighbors and friends, and wherever she was known she possessed a large circle of friends. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by everyone.

The heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, September 29, 1922, page 1

Fritsch, Agnes

Miss Frietsch[sic], a young lady of 18 years, died Monday at the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. Ferdinand Rabel, of consumption. The remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's cemetery Tuesday morning. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1908

Fritz, Carl [Charles]

SUDDEN DEATH.--Last Friday, about 1 o’clock, Mr. Charles Fritz, resident boot and shoe maker of this city for a quarter of a century, fell from the bench in his shop, on Bowie street, and before any assistance could be obtained, was dead. He was a quiet and industrious man and good citizen. He was in his 72d year. The loss of his wife some months since weighed on his mind, and he often remarked that he would soon follow her. Justice Putney held an inquest over the body, and returned a verdict that deceased came to his death as above indicated. The remains were committed to the dust in the presences of numerous friends at 3 o’clock last Saturday evening. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, January 31, 1884

Fritz, Sophia

It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of another old citizen, that of Mrs. Sophis Fritz, which occurred at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Hugo Miller, in this city, last Saturday morning at 9 o’clock after a long and painful illness of two years, aged 61 years, 3 months and five days. Mrs. Fritz was born in Prussia March 13, 1819, married Mr. C. Fritz December 31, 1843, and emigrated to Texas in 1860, landing in Columbus on the 24th of June, where she has resided nearly all the intervening time. She was the mother of eleven children, four of whom survive her. She died of heart disease, aggravated by former bodily ailments. Mrs. F. was eminently a domestic lady, finding in the endearments of home her greatest happiness and the wealth of her love was centered in her now disconsolate husband and bereaved children. We tender the grief-stricken husband and sorrowing children our sincere condonlence in their irreparable loss. Well might they exclaim with the poet, Dr. Moir:

“Despair was in our last farewell,
As closed thine eye;
Tears of our anguish may not tell
When thou didst die;
Words may not paint our grief for thee,
Sighs are but bubbles on the sea
Of our unfathomed agony.”

[Place of interment Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, June 23, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


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Froebel, Virginia "Gingie" (Ripper)


Virginia Froebel, 58, of Bernardo, TX, fondly known as Gingie, died on May 26, 2003 due to injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was a devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

She was born on March 12, 1945 to Albert and Nita Ripper in Sealy, Texas. She was a graduate of Columbus High School. On February 25, 1968, Virginia married Carlos Wayne Froebel. They have lived with her son, Brian, in Bernardo over the last 20 years.

She loved children and currently was working at St. Paul's Lutheran Day Care and previously at St. Anthony's Catholic School, where she was known to all the children as "Miss Virginia".

Virginia is survived by her husband of 35 years, Carlos Froebel; son, Brian, 25; mother, Nita Ripper; sisters, Loretta Zweschper and husband James and Shirley Supak and husband Jerome; mother-in-law, Clara Froebel; numerous other brothers/sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Ripper.

She was laid to rest on Saturday, May 31, 2003. The service was held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus, TX at 9:30 a.m. and interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz, TX with Fr. Wayne Flagg and Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

The pallbearers were Michael Zweschper, nephew; Kelly Markos, nephew-in-law; Scott Ripper, cousin; Bryce Froebel, nephew; Reed Froebel, nephew; Todd Froebel, nephew; Ryan Beane, close friend; Bob Tait, close friend.

Virginia devoted her life to her family, and she was a loving woman with a beautiful smile. She was a selfless person, who continually gave to her community and helped in any way that she could. She found great joy in gardening, flowers, cooking, and above all, her son, Brian, and her three great-nieces, Kaley, Emily, and Elizabeth, who always brought a smile to her face and happiness in her voice.

Gingie, you are deeply missed.

Colorado County Citizen, June 4, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Froehlich, Elise (Poppe)

Mrs. Fred Froehlich,Sr., Numbered With the Dead

Just as we went to press last week word was received here that Mrs. Fred Froehlich, beloved wife of Mr. Fred Froehlich, Sr., prominent farmer-ranchman of he New Bielau community, had passed away, her death occurring about 10 o’clock Thursday morning.

Mrs. Froehlich previously had suffered a paralytic stroke, from which she never rallied and her death followed a few days late.
Funeral arrangements were made and after appropriate services at the family home by Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, Lutheran minister of Columbus, the remains were interred in the New Bielau Cemetery Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. There was a large gathering of mourning relatives and friends to witness the last sad rites. Sorrow was in evidence on every hand, for Mrs. Froehlich was a muchly beloved woman in her community, where she had resided practically all her life. She had ever proved herself a faithful and devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend, interested in religious work, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

Mrs. Froehlich was born in Oakland in 1880, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm.[Fritz and Elizabeth (Kuck)] Poppe. She was married to Mr. Froehlich in 1902. She is survived by her husband, one son, Mr. Fred Froehlich, Jr. of the New Bielau community, two brothers, Messrs. H. Poppe of New Bielau and Henry Poppe of Sublime; four sisters, Mrs. R. Woltersdorf of San Antonio, Mrs. W. Hasse of Winters, Ms. Gus Dahse and Mrs. Helen Paweleck of the New Bielau community.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1938, page 1

Froehlich, Ferdinand

Report of Vital Statistics

For the month of November, 1908:


Ferdinand Froehlich, Nov. 13, 86 yrs., 10 mths., 28 dys. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1908

Froehlich, Fred H. Jr.

F. Froehlich Services Held Here April 26

Funeral services for Fred H. Froehlich Jr., 83, a lifelong resident of this area, were held April 26 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Norman “Skip” Sirnic officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Froehlich died April 24 at his home in Weimar after a lengthy illness.

He was born Oct. 25, 1909, at New Bielau to Fred H. Sr. and Elice (Poppe) Froehlich. He attended the New Bielau-Content School.
Froehlich married Bernice Sanders March 19, 1938, at La Grange.

A Farmer and rancher, Froehlich was on the school board for 23 years, from 1952 to 1975. He was on the governing committee of Agricultural Soil Conservation Service for many years.

He was named Outstanding Colorado County Farmer in 1955;was a member of Colorado County Farm and Ranch Improvement Council; and served as president of the New Bielau Farmers’ Co-op.

His wife Bernice Froehlich survives him, along with two children, daughter Janis Moses of San Antonio and Travis Froehlich of Austin; and two grandchildren, Stephen and Dianne Froehlich of Austin.

Pallbearers were: Dennis Poppe, Robert Earl Poppe, Robert Wayne Poppe, Milroy Christen, Daniel Ulbricht and George Fojtik.

The Weimar Mercury, May 1993
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Froehlich, Fred Sr.

Fred Froehlich Sr. Succumbs After Short Illness

Funeral services for Fred Froehlich, Sr., 79, an almost lifelong resident of the New Bielau area, were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Bawel officiating. Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mr. Froehlich died at 2 a.m. Monday in Youens Hospital, where he had been a patient since Saturday. Although his health had not been good recently, he was seriously ill only two days.

He had been a cattleman and farmer in the New Bielau area all of his adult life. He was born March 18, 1880, in Germany and was an infant when his parents came to this country and settled at New Bielau. On Dec. 11, 1902, he married Miss Elise Poppe, who died a number of years ago. He was a member of New Bielau Trinity Lutheran Church.

Surviving him are one son, Fred Froehlich Jr. of New Bielau; two grandchildren, Travis and Janis Froehlich; and one sister, Mrs. Erna Poppe of Weimar. Another sister, Mrs. Henrietta Laging of Nordheim, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for his funeral were Billy Strunk, Walter Scott, Walter Rutledge, Henry Beken Jr., Milton Beken and Frank Pokorny.

Weimar Mercury, January 1. 1960, page 1

Froehlich, Henrietta (Bertram)

Much Beloved Lady Claimed By Death Thursday Evening

The people of the New Bielau section in particular were deeply grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Henrietta Froehlich which occurred in the family home in that community late Thursday evening after an illness of some ten long weeks. Everything possible was done for her comfort by the loving hands of relatives and friends and family physician, but it was without avail. Her time had come and soon her poor tired spirit was wafted heavenward, there to join loved ones gone on before.

The funeral took place at the New Bielau Cemetery Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock and was largely attended attesting the high esteem in which this good woman was held by her friends and neighbors. Rev. Flachmeier of Columbus performed the burial service, while Rev. Paul Piepenbrok and the local Lutheran choir sang a number of beautiful and appropriate songs. Active pall bearers were Messrs. Gus Dahse, Adolf Dahse, Otto Strunk, Emil Beken, Henry Beken and Hugo Ulbricht. Honorary pall bearers named by the family were as follows: Messrs. Alb. Stirl, Gust. Berger, Hy Hoelscher and Ernest Strunk.

Mrs. Henrietta Froehlich, nee Bertram, was born March 9, 1849 in Isenbuettel, Koenigsreich, Hanover, Germany and was united in marriage to Mr. Friedrich Froehlich in 1873. Mr. Froehlich preceded her in death in 1910. They came to America in 1880. The couple came to America in 1880 and settled in the community where they resided up to the time of their death. Surviving this good wife and mother are three children – Mrs. Henrietta Laging of Nordheim, Mr. Fred Froehlich and Mrs. Erna Poppe of Weimar, also two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and six grandchildren, as follows: Mrs. Edna Ulbricht and husband, Miss Norma Poppe, Messrs. Benhard, Walter and Lawrence Poppe, Fred Froehlich, Jr., and one great-grandson, Daniel Clifton Ulbricht.

Mrs. Froehlich was a devoted wife and mother at all times. As a neighbor and friend she had few if any equals. In early life she was always a welcome visitor in every community gathering. Ill health crept upon her in the later days of her life, but she bore her sufferings uncomplainingly and passed willingly into that other and better world, confident that victory was her’s.

A good christian woman has passed from among us, and her departure is deeply and sincerely mourned. May a merciful Father comfort her bereaved ones as He alone can!

Weimar Mercury, December 19, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Fruge, E. J. “Jim”
Fruge, Agnes (Bertrand)

Fruge Funeral Services

Joint Funeral Services for E. J. "Jim" Fruge, Sr., 77, and his wife, Agnes Fruge, 76, of Fayetteville were held Friday, June 25, 1993 at 3 p.m. from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial as in the church cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. and Mrs. Fruge passed away June 22 in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston as a result of an accident earlier that day in Galveston.

They had resided in Fayetteville for the past six years, and previously had lived in Columbus for 36 years. They were married March 27, 1935.

Mrs. Fruge was born in Welch, Louisiana August 3, 1916, the daughter of Fleurman and Obelia Mallet Bertrand. She was a retired L.V.N. and a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville, the Columbus Hospital Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters Court Mary Queen of the Snows # 1558 of Columbus.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Chick Hohensee of Fayetteville; sons and daughters-in- law, Larry and Waldine Fruge and Wayne and Grace Fruge all of Fayetteville and Ernest and Jane Fruge of Mt. Belview, Texas; sisters, Eva Quebodeaux of Thornwell, La., Evia Fruge of Bell City, La. and Beulah Richard of Lake Charles, La.; brother, Wilson Bertrand of West Lake, La: 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Fruge was born in Iota, La. October 25, 1915, the son of Joe and Ida Dietz Fruge. He was a retired tool pusher for Superior Oil Co. and was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville and the 4th Degree K of C Assembly #1136 in Columbus.

In addition to their daughter and son-in-law, sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mr. Fruge is survived by sisters, Velma Golden and Rozenna Bertrand of Jennings, La. and Carolyn Belaire of Winnie, Texas; brothers, David Fruge and Wilfred Fruge of Evangeline, La. and Norman Fruge of Lake Arthur, La.

Pallbearers for the services were Eric Fruge, Brian Fruge, Kurt Hohensee, Bryan Foreman, Alan Fruge, Dwight Fruge, Scott Hohensee, Mike Hall, Michael Fruge, Keith Fruge, Blake Hohensee and Jay Baker.

Funeral Services were under the direction Henneke Funeral Home, Inc. of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, July 1, 1993, page 2

Fry, David Sr.

David Fry, Sr.

Funeral services for Mr. David Fry Sr., 80, of Matthews were held Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. at Greater Union Baptist Church with Rev. A.J. Jones officiating. Burial followed in Union Cemetery.

Visitation was held Friday from 6-9 p.m.

Mr. Fry passed away April 4 at Wharton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born September 22, 1926 in Egypt, Texas to John and Maggie Lee Fry, Sr.

Surviving are a son, Frank Fry, Sr., of Wharton; daughters, Vickie Fry of Hungerford, Evelyn Seabolt of Daholongeria, Georgia, and Deborah Axe! of Altair; a brother, John Fry, Jr., of Matthews; sisters, Louisa Coleman of La Marque and Gladys Jones of Sugar Land; 12 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 12, 2007

Fry, Sarah Elizabeth (Abernathy)

Mrs. Sarah E. Fry Buried Here Tuesday

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Fry, former resident of Eagle Lake, died at the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo on Monday. Funeral services were held from the El Campo Funeral Home with Rev. Wheat of the Methodist Church officiating. The body was brought to Eagle Lake on Tuesday afternoon when burial services were held in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Mrs. Fry was born April 29, 1877 at Graham, Texas. The family moved to Eagle Lake in 1910. Her husband, W. A. Fry, passed away here in 1935 and was buried at Lakeside Cemetery. In 1936 Mrs. Fry moved to El Campo.

Tommie Fry, son of the family, died two years ago. W. A. Fry of El Campo is the only surviving child. Three grandchildren also survive.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to Mr. Fry and members of his family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 21, 1947, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Frybert, Joe F.


Joe F. Frybert, 76, of Eagle Lake, passed away March 16 at Polly Ryon Hospital in Richmond, following an extended illness.

A native of Fort Bend County, born in Rosenberg on Feb. 8, 1927 to Joseph and Frances (Matej) Frybert. He graduated from Orchard High School June 2, 1944 and attended diesel-engineering school in Chicago, Ill. He resided briefly in East Bernard and worked a short time for Baring Chevrolet Company of Eagle Lake. Frybert served honorable as Corporal with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served with Headquarters Battery of the First Guided Missile Brigade, awarded the National Defense Service Medal and honorably discharged Nov. 20, 1954 at Ft. Bliss. He married Katherine Novak in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Oct.15, 1955 and the couple has resided in Eagle Lake ever since.

Frybert led a distinguished career with Tenneco serving as Chesterville Plant Office Clerk and retiring after 33 years service. Following retirement from Tenneco, he served 10 years as an accountant with the IRS Houston office. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake and Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Stephanie Blaine Turner; and sisters, Mary Young, Loretta Morgan and Mildred McGee.

He is survived by his wife Katherine "Kay" Frybert of Eagle Lake; daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine Frances Frybert of Rosenberg, Barbara Frybert and Mark Litzmann of Sealy, Suzanne Marie and Dwight Mazac of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Stephen and Lora Frybert of Missouri City; sister, Agatha Briscoe of Columbus; brother, Frank Frybert of Houston; and five grandchildren, Zane William Frybert Litzmann, Matthias Joseph Frybert Litzmann, Hillary Clare Mazac, Haley Rose Mazac and Zachary Robert Turner.

A vigil service will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 , from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home followed by a Rosary, led by Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 19 from the parish of Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled are Mark Litzmann, Dwight Mazac, Ruben Garcia, Zachary Turner, James Young and Monroe Ripper. Honorary Pallbearers are, John Young, Fred Young Jr., Joe Mike Young and Raymond Jae.

The family has asked memorials be directed to either the Parish of the Nativity Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852-9813

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen


(Browse of obituaries with Fuchs surname)

Fudge, Bobby Ray


Bobby Ray Fudge, 68, of Columbus, passed away March 26 at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital.
He was born in Hamlin, Nov. 19, 1937 to Kirby H. and Mary E. (Drummond) Fudge and married Joyce Frerichs, June 13, 1957. He was an area sales manager for BASF Corporation and enjoyed Ford Mustang Restoration. He served in the U.S. Navy in Korea and was a member of the U.S.S. St. Paul Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Steffon Ray Schoenfeld; and great-niece, Wendy Collins.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Dan Schoenfeld of Phoenix, Ariz. And Suzy and Edward Boettcher of Columbus; son, Bobby Ray Fudge Jr., of Port Angeles, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Ben Black of Oakview, Calif.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Lovell Willis of Visalia, Calif. And Roy and Linda Fudge of Tooele, Utah; and grandchildren, Jake and Anna Boettcher and Geoff, Caitlin and Lorrin Schoenfeld.

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m., April 1 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the sister Joyce Jilek and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Walter Weaver, Mike Dungen, Rusty Neundorff, Bobby Berger, David Zajicek Jr. and Thomas Wostarek.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Fulford, Eva (Armstrong)

Mrs. Eva Fulford, 78-Year Resident, Buried Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Fulford, 81, a member of one of Weimar’s earliest families, were held Monday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Howard MacAllister, pastor of the Methodist Church where “Miss evie” was a faithful and active member for so many decades, officiated in the services.

Mrs. Fulford died Saturday, Jan 24, in Cozy Rest Home at La Grange, where she had lived the past four months. She had been ill since April 1958.

Born Dec. 18, 1877, at Old Texana (now Edna) in Jackson County, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Armstrong Sr. Her parents moved here when she was two years old, and except for a brief time when she worked in Houston for W. C. Munn’s dry good store, she hd lived here ever since. After returning to Weimar she was a local agent for Levy’s department store for awhile.

“Miss Evie” was teacher of a children’s class in the Methodist Sunday School when she was married to Matthew Henry (Harry) Fulford in 1919, and to the delight of the children she had the whole class stand up as witnesses in the ceremony. She also was a member of the Eastern Star and the WSCS for many years.

Mr. Fulford died in June 1943.

Mrs. Fulford’s only immediate survivor is a brother, Dan Armstrong of Houston. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers for her funeral were Charles Ammann, Henry Brasher, Ben Holt, Jack Montgomery, Louis Muzny Jr. of Eagle Lake and J. R. Yoder.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1959, page 1

Fulford, Matthew Henry

M. H. Fulford Dies Wednesday

Funeral services for Mr. Matthew Henry Fulford, 66, will be held Friday morning at 9:30 from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stanley Horwood, Methodist pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Oddfellows cemetery.

Mr. Fulford, who had been in ill health for a number of years, died Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock after a severe illness the last two months. He was a retired blacksmith, and a member of the Methodist Church.

Born July 2 7, 1876, near Houston, he was the son of F. J. and Susan Fulford. From there he went to Fulshear, Fort Bend County, and in 1918 came to Weimar, where he married Miss Eva Armstrong in 1919.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eva Fulford; three sisters, Mrs. Ada Burham of Dallas, Mrs. Traylor Hester of Lytle, and Mrs. Lee Matthews of Sabinal; and an aunt, Mrs. B. F. Pennington of San Antonio.
The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the survivors.

Weimar Mercury June 25, 1943

Fulkerson, Linda Kathryn Eloise

5-Month Baby of C. C. Fulkerson’s Dies Suddenly

Funeral services were held a 2:00 p.m. Tuesday for 5-month-old Linda Kathryn Eloise Fulkerson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Fulkerson, who died suddenly last Monday morning. The baby died of strangulation from a throat condition.

The services were held from Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Jones officiating. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery with J. D. Miles and Buford Anderson pallbearers.

The baby was born October 27th in Laughlin Hospital. She is survived by her parents, 6 sisters and two brothers and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Lowe of San Antonio. Mr. Fulkerson is employed at Gulf Coast Oilfield Contracting Company.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 26, 1969

Fuller, Bert Sr.

Bert Fuller Funeral Held Here July 5

Funeral services for Bert Fuller Sr., 79, of Weimar were held Friday, July 5, from First Baptist Church here, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. David Miller officiated.

Fuller, who had retired as a truck driver for McLean Transportation of Houston, died July 3 at 11 a.m. in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of cancer.

Born February 28, 1912, in Heavener, Oklahoma, he was a son of Ernest E. and Annie (Hutcherson) Fuller. He attended high school at Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He served in the National Guard from 1936 to 1941. He married Antoinette Dearing on September 10, 1947, at Richmond. They lived in Houston until moving here in 1970.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Jack Fuller of Holman and Bert Fuller Jr. of Shiner; one daughter, Donace Fuller McFadden of Weimar; nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruth Gamble of Granderland, Vivian Wyman and Pauline Stroud, both of Houston. A brother, Hugh Fuller, and a sister, Geraldine Young, and a granddaughter, Cynthia Ann Fuller, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Jim Sisson, Patrick Peters, Wayne Lott, Donald (Opie) Roberts, Michael Wick and Richard Miska. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Weimar Police Department, Herbert Ulbrich, and Milton Behlen.

Weimar Mercury July 11, 1991

Fuller, Dennis Ray


Dennis Ray Fuller, 50, of Sheridan, passed away Nov. 12. He was born Oct. 31, 1955 to Israel Washington and Elizabeth Stock Fuller in Hallettsville. He was a member of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother; brothers, Israel Fuller Jr. and David Fuller, both of Sheridan; daughters, Farrah Shoop, of Centerville and Maragaret Fuller, of Alleyton; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville with the Rev. John Peters officiating, Interment followed at the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Gary Fuller, Mike Brinkmeyer, Glen Tesch, James Stock, Loius Botard Jr. and James VanHowten.

Memorials may be made to the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department or the Sheridan Library Fund.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Fuller, Elizabeth J. (Stock)

Elizabeth Fuller Services Held March 29

Elizabeth J. Fuller, 80, of Sheridan, passed away March 26.

She was born on January 26, 1932, to Charles and Elenora Svetlik Stock in Weimar.

She married I. W. Fuller on September 23, 1952, in Hallettsville.

Elizabeth is survived by sons, David Fuller and wife Patsy of Sheridan, and I. W. Fuller, Jr. of Sheridan; brother Edwin Stock of Weimar; five grandchildren, Tami Pausewang, Nikki Fuller, Farrah Shoop, Margret Fuller and Angel Fuller; five great-grandchildren and three nephews, Father John Peters, Edwin Stock Jr. and James Stock.

Her husband; son, Dennis Fuller; parents and sister, Tillie Peters, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 29, at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Hallettsville with Rev. John Peters officiating.

Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers included James Stock, Edwin Stock Jr., Gary Fuller, Melvin Fuller, Jason Pausewang and Charlie Wanjura Jr.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 5, 2012, page 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Fuller, Gracie Jeanne (Vincent)

Gracie Jeanne Vincent Fuller

Gracie Jeanne Vincent Fuller, 95, (wife of late Roger Eugene Fuller), passed on April 8.

She was born on August 2, 1913 in Mart, Texas.

Gracie was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Davis Lott and Charles Louis Vincent; and daughter, Carolyn Craig Fuller Rojas of Houston.

Survivors include three grandchildren and their spouses, Roger A. Fuller of Dallas, Andrea J. Hyde of Houston, and Pamela J. Wheat of Ottawa, Canada; and four great grand-children.

She was a life member of The Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Christian Science Society of College Station, the Garden Club and the Newcomers Club.

Gracie was a passionate supporter of animal organizations, an avid bridge player, artist, and writer of poetry.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, April 19 at the Brazos County Senior Citizens Center in Bryan, Texas. Burial followed in Eagle Lake [cemetery unknown].

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to support the things she loved: The Senior Center, The Eastern Star, the Clubs, Churches or the Humane Society.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 23rd, 2009

Fuller, Harley John

Harley Fuller Buried at Sheridan Tuesday

John Harley Fuller of Sheridan passed away Saturday, December 7 at 11:50 p.m. In the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. He had been In failing health for the past six months.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church in Sheridan Tuesday, December 10 at 2 p.m. with Interment

In the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Rev.Wade Graves officiated at the services.

Pallbearers were George Welfel of Bay City and from Sheridan were Jim Ross, Howard Criswell, Isam Briscoe,Jr., B. J. Burris and Elmer Enloe.

The Baptist choir sang favorite hymns.

Mr. Fuller was born June 15, 1893 in Lavaca County and spent most of his lifetime in Sheridan. He was a member of the Sheridan First Baptist Church.

Survivors Include his wife, Mrs. Maude Briscoe Fuller; four sons. Harley A., Alvin H., I. W..and Roy L. Fuller; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Brlnkmeyer of Houston, and Mrs. Voydell Cousins, Mrs. Estelle Tesch and Mrs. Mabel Botard all of Sheridan; one brother. Will Fuller of Sheridan and one sister. Miss Armenda Fuller of Victoria; twenty-four grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren.

Sympathy is extended the family In their loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight December 12, 1974
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Fuller, Louis Otias


Following an illness of nearly two years, Mr. L. O. Fuller died at his home in this city yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at 3:40 o'clock.

Had he lIved until the l9th of the coming June, Mr. Fuller 'would have been 42 years of age. He, with his family, moved to Eagle Lake from Hempstead eight years ago, and has been engaged in farming in this community since that time. He was one of the first to grow watermelons for the markets on a large scale in this section.

Mr. Fuller was a good man and a splendid citizen. He was friendly and cordial, and during the eight years he has lived among us, made many friends, who deeply sympathize with the family in their sorrow. He was a member of the Baptist church and also an active member of the Odd Fellow lodge.

The funeral services will be held at the home this (Friday) afternoon at half past three o'clock by Bro. F. M. Cathright, pastor of the local Baptist church, and the Odd Fellows will conduct the services at the grave. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Mr. Fuller is survived by his wife and four children, Everett, Roger, Mariella and Ralph, four brothers, G. W. of Kerrville; C. J., W. A., and R. L., all of Hempstead, and one sister, Mrs. T. W, Wood, also of Hempstead, all of whom are here for the funeral. Other relatives here for the funeral are Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Dawson of Houston, Mrs. C. C. Sublett of Beaumont, Mr. and Mm. W. O. King of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Glithero and Mr. Henry Wood of Houston.

To the surviving members of this home, whose hearts are bruised and bleeding, and grief, deep and poignant, reigns over their lives, our people sorrow with them and feel for them a sympathy as deep as the depths of the human heart. May He who is a friend of the lonely, and whose great heart goes out In tenderest love to those who mourn, speak peace to their troubled hearts.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 26, 1924
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Fuller, Mariella


Eagle Lake, Tex., Feb. 25.--In crossing a street here at 4:30 o’clock Friday afternoon, Mariellen[sic] Fuller, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hoyo, was run over by a truck, death resulting about an hour after the accident.

She was crossing the street at the postoffice corner here when the truck struck her.

he truck was loaded with crushed rock which is being placed on the highway here. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 2, 1928, page 8


Mariella Fuller, 13, Died Shortly After Being Struck By Loaded Truck Last Friday.

Truly,in the midst of life we are In death, and it Is but a step from the rose tints of health to the depths of the grave. This was once more forcibly taught us by the sudden passing :of Mariella Fuller, when life’s golden cord was snapped almost in the twinkling of an eye, following a most unfortunate accident on our street Friday afternoon.

Mariella , and her chum, Lucille Leedy, were crossing the street at the postofilce corner, when she was struck by a truck loaded with crushed rock, in the employ of the highway department, It is thought that the rear wheel of the heavily loaded truck passed over her body. Parties standing near by rushed to her assistance, and the driver of the truck had stopped his car and was at her side before the truck had moved more that a few feet further. She was taken into the Eagle Lake Furniture Company store, and from there removed to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hoyo. Death resulted in less than a half hour following the accident.

The track was traveling at a slow rate of speed and no one, so far as we have been able to learn, has held the driver responsiblo for the accident, though he, W. B. Grantham, is deepIy grieved over the sad accident.

Parties near the scene heard a cry, and looking in the direction saw the little girl lying on the pavement immediately behind the rear wheel of the truck. It is stated that when the girls saw the truck in :front of them, Mariella, in her excitement, is thought to have struck the truck and fallen under it.

Mariella was thirteen years of age, the only daughter, the Idol of her mother's heart, deeply loved by her brothers, and a favorite oi her stepfather. She was a sweet, beautiful girl, and though but a brief span of years was allotted to her life on earth, it was, happy, and beautiful, and all life is stronger and more beautiful because she lived and loved. She was an unusually sweet girl, amiable of disposition and. a general favorite with her playmates and friends. There was a sweetness in her nature, a laughter in her eye and a friendship in her touch that drew people to her.

Truly it is sad to see one so young-- the idol of a home---callèd from life almost in the twinkling of an eye, and deep sorrow resigns over the hearts of many who loved her dearly, and how are[sic] hearts bleed for those who are bowed under sorrow's heavy yoke. There is no comfort, no palliation of grief, no surcease of sorrow, but may He who pities the sorrowing soon send a healing sympathy to heal their bleedings hearts.

The funeral services were hold at the family home at half past two o'clock Sunday afternoon, and was conducted by Rev. Walter E. Rodgers, who preached a soothing, triumph discourse. Then the body was borne to the Masonic cemetery and, laid to rest under a hallowed mound which was banked with rarest and sweetest flowers.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1928
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Fuller, Maude (Briscoe)

Maude Fuller Funeral Held At Sheridan

Mrs. Maude B. Fuller, 82, of Sheridan died Saturday night, April 12, in Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 15, at First Baptist Church in Sheridan, with Rev. Bernard Heige and Rev. John Peters officiating. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

Mrs. Fuller was born Sept. 15, 1897, in Fayette county and was married to Harley J. Fuller on April 10, 1917, at Sheridan. He died Dec. 7, 1974.

Surviving are: three sons, I. W., Roy L. and Alvin Fuller, all of Sheridan; four daughters, Mrs. Estelle Tesch, Mrs. Mabel Botard and Mrs. Vaydelle Cousins, all of Sheridan, and Mrs. Ruth Brinkmeyer of Houston; 27 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; two half-brothers, Jack Briscoe of Weimar and J. L. Briscoe of Yoakum and three half-sisters, Mrs. Dokie West of Sheridan, Mrs. Leona Rypple of Weimar and Mrs. Lauraine Holster of Yoakum.

Pallbearers were Stanley Ray Fuller, Glen Tesch, Wilbur Dean Tesch, Reggie Briscoe, Dennis Ray Fuller and I. W. Fuller, Jr.

Weimar Mercury, April 24, 1980
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Fuller, Roy L. “Woodie”

Mr. Roy L. "Woodie" Fuller

Mr. Roy L. "Woodie" Fuller, 78, of Sheridan, passed away June 1.

He was born on December 13, 1929 to Harley J. and Maude Briscoe Fuller in Sheridan. He married Margie Faldyn Fuller on February 11, 1953 in Bay City was of the Baptist Faith, and a Veteran of the Korean War.

During the Korean War, he received the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars.

Woodie is survived by his wife, Margie; two daughters, Audrey Lynn Harper of Sheridan, and Patsy Robertson and husband, David, of Sheridan; brother, Alvin Fuller of Hallettsville; sister, Ruth Mae Brinkmeyer of Houston; six granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

Woodie was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rebecca Ann Fuller Rodriguez; three brothers, I. W. Fuller, Harley "Sonny" Fuller, and Richard Fuller; and four sisters, Voydell Cousins, Estelle Tesch, Mabel Botard, and Edith Burns.

Visitation was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at Kubena Funeral Home; with the family receiving visitors from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Kubena Funeral Home with Rev. John Peters officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Donald Faldyn, Louis Wayne Botard, Glen Tesch, Gary Fuller, Melvin Fuller, and David Fuller.

Memorials may be made to Sheridan Library or Donor's Choice.

Words of comfort and guest book entry may be shared with the family at

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 5, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Fullerton, Crystal Nicole

CHS mourns sudden loss of student

By James Jennings, Managing Editor

Crystal Fullerton, a junior at CHS, died suddenly Monday morning.

Students, faculty and staff at Columbus High School are mourning the sudden loss of Crystal Fullerton.

Fullerton, 16, suffered a seizure-related incident early Monday morning at her home while preparing for school.

According to dispatch logs, the 911 call came in at 6:47 a.m., and an ambulance was sent to Fullerton's home at 1056 Winslow Drive.

She was transported to Columbus Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:56 a.m.

CHS students were notified Monday morning by a statement from the CISD central office stating, "We regret to inform you that Crystal Fullerton died this morning at her home as a result of a seizure related incident.

"Mrs. (Jane) Brugh and Mrs. (Ester) Chandler will be available (Monday) for those of you wanting to share your feelings about this loss, or if you have any questions they can address. You can request to meet with one of these counselors individually or in groups of three or four by asking your teacher for a pass to go to the counseling center.

"There will be a memory book placed in the counseling center for those wishing to send a note or write down a great memory. This will be presented to Crystal's family as an illustration of our support and caring for her."

Brugh recalled Fullerton as a student with a contagious smile.

"Crystal will always be remembered by the teachers and students at Columbus High School for her positive attitude and the endless smile on her face," Brugh said.

Fullerton, who was a junior at CHS, had been an active member of the Columbus Future Farmers of America Chapter for the past three years. As part of the FFA, she served as a member of the Leadership Development and Career Development events. She served on the horse and poultry judging teams.

She was awarded the Community Service Award through the FFA for contributing more than 50 hours of community service during the 2003-04 school year.

This year, she served as chairman of the Agriculture Education Committee and the Colorado County Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom Education Program.

Fullerton was also a member of Students against Destructive Decisions and was also active in helping facilitate the HOSA blood drive.

"Crystal Fullerton always gave 100 percent in what she was involved in," said Wendy Page, CHS agriculture teacher. "Crystal did not judge other people and found good in everyone she met.

"She was a joy to be around and kept a smile on her face. The Columbus FFA was blessed to have her as part of the agriculture program. We will miss her greatly."

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen


Crystal Nicole Fullerton, 16, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 27 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born July 26, 1988 to Tim Fullerton and Ellen (Kyser) Fullerton in Wichita Falls.

She was a junior at Columbus High School and was an active member of the Columbus Future Farmers of America Chapter for the past three years. As part of the FFA, she served as a member of the Leadership Development and Career Development events. She served on the horse and poultry judging teams and was awarded the Community Service Award through the FFA for contributing more than 50 hours of community service during the 2003-04 school year. This year she served as chairman of the Agriculture Education Committee and the Colorado County Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom Education Program.

She was also a member of Students against Destructive Decisions and was active in helping facilitate the Health Occupation Students of America blood drive. Last year she was a member of the Texas Association of Future Educators club. During her elementary years she was an active member in the girl scouts.

She enjoyed raising and showing rabbits at the FFA stock and show each year as well as riding horses, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends and families, and riding four-wheelers.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Ron Fullerton.

She is survived by her mother and step-father Ellen Fullerton and Jason Labay of Columbus; father Tim Fullerton of Duncan, Okla.; brother Randy Fullerton of Columbus and Timothy Fullerton of Duncan, Okla; grandmothers Donna Olson of Fresno, Calif. and Karen Fullerton of Wichita Falls; grandfather Elmer Kyser of San Antonio; and step-grandparents Charles and Mary Labay of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 1 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Pastor Steve Whitfield officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ben Mieth, Denise Polasek, Amanda Izard, Taylor Melnar, Jesse Grimes and Charles Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers were FFA members.

For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Columbus FFA, Columbus Students against Destructive Decisions at the Columbus High School, or charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, October 6, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen
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