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Gerstenberger, Adolph

Adolph Gerstenberger, a well known and popular young man of he New Bielau neighborhood, died early Monday morning, after an illness of three years, of dropsy and Bight’s disease, aged 21 years. The remains were brought to Weimar Tuesday and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery, a large number of relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. This young man was sorely afflicted, but he bore his sufferings like a martyr, and while his death is deeply deplored, it was doubtless a relief to him. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family in he sad loss the members have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1898, page 5

Gerstenberg, August


August Gerstenberger, an old citizen of Colorado county, died at his home near this city, on the 25th[sic] of July last, of dropsy. He lived in this county for many years, and was a very valuable citizen. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 4, 1887

Gerstenberger, Auguste (Boeer)

Mrs. Augusta Gerstenberger.

Mrs. Augusta Gerstenberger, a highly respected and longtime resident of this section, died last Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. F. A. Rose, where she had been spending several days, her death being caused from an attack of paralysis. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Masonic cemetery, Rev. P. Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, performing the last sad rites. Mrs. Gerstenberger, nee Boeer, was born Nov. 17, 1838, in Langenbielau, Province of Silesia, Germany. In 1850, in company with her brothers, sisters and parents, she came to this country, first settling in Fayette county, this state. In 1866 she was married to Wilhelm Gerstenberger. Since that time she had lived at New Bielau. Her husband died in 1908. Seven children were born to this union--Mrs. Auguste Hasse, Mrs. Emelie Rose, of Weimar; Mrs. Ernestine Lichey, Mrs. Pauline Lichey, of Lynn county; Fred and Will Gerstenberger. Besides these children, 34 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild survive her. Deceased was a member of the Lutheran church for many years. At the time of her death she was 78 years, 4 months and 28 days old. Mrs. Gerstenberger possessed many strong friends throughout this section. A kind hearted, good woman, thoughtful of those about her, the best of wives and mothers, her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1917, page 4

Gerstenberg, Charles G.

Final Rites for Chas. Gerstenberg Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Charles G. Gerstenberg, 80-year-old retired farmer, were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home here Monday afternoon, Dec. 29, Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Interment was in the City Cemetery.

Mr. Gerstenberg, who had been in ill health for a number of years, died Sunday morning at about 8 o'clock. Until very recent years he had been in .farming and cattle raising in this area, where he had spent his entire life.

The son of August and Minnie Gerstenberg, he was born at New Bielau Nov. 22, 1867. On Nov. 29, he married Miss Pauline Engels. Last month Mr. Gerstenberg and his twin brother, August Gerstenberg of Belton, Texas, celebrated their birthday together here, with a big feast attended by many of their descendants. Their mother died in 1930 and their father in 1887.

Surviving are his wife: three daughters, Mrs. Chas. Chambliss of Galveston, Mrs. Olga Alsup of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Arthur Beken of New Bielau; one son, Dewey Gerstenberg of Eagle Lake; his twin brother, August Gerstenberg of Belton; two sisters, Miss Ida Gerstenberg of Weimar and Mrs. Adolf Engels of Schulenburg; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A brother, Adolf
Gerstenberg, preceded him in death in 1889, at the age of 22.

Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1948, page 1

Gerstenberger, Edward Ernest Wilhelm

Our people regretted sincerely to learn of the death of that staunch old citizen and farmer, Mr. Edward Gerstenberger, Sr., which occurred at the family residence near New Bielau Wednesday evening of last week, at the advanced age of eighty years, the funeral taking place the following day at the New Bielau cemetery, Rev. C. Frieling performing the burial service. Mr. Gerstenberger leaves a widow and two sons and daughters~~Mrs. Max Ulbricht, Mrs. Robert Dahse, Mr. Gus Gerstenberger and Mr. Edward Gerstenberger, Jr. Mr. Gerstenberger was born at Langerbielau, Germany, and came to this country In 1853. He first settled near Rutersville, in Fayette county, but removed to the vicinity of New Bielau about I1855, where he lived up to the time of his death, ever honored and respected by his friends and neighbors. Together with his brothers, August and William Gerstenberger, he evolved the Idea of spraying cotton with an arsenical preparation in an endeavor to kill the cotton worm, using material which he brought over with him from the old country. It was successful, although never patented. It is believed these brothers were the original Inventors of this process. The family of the deceased has the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1907

New Bielau Notes

We regret to state the death of Mr. Ed. Gerstenberger, Sr., which occurred at his home last Wednesday evening at 5 o’clock. the deceased was eighty years of age, and was buried the following day at the New Bielau cemetery. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1907 

Gerstenberger, Emma Caroline(Reichert)

Death of a Pioneer Citizen of This Section

In the death of Mrs. Emma Gerstenberger of the New BIelau community at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. Ulbricht, Thursday night of last week, there passed from among us one of the oldest settlers of this section. Mrs. Gerstenberger was probably a citizen of this section before Weimar was founded, and practically all of her life, after she passed her 18th birthday, was spent in that family home in New Bielau community. She was a widow of the late Mr. Edward Gerstenberger, another pioneer resident of this section.

Mrs. Gerstenberger was buried in New Bielau Cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, for many years her pastor, officiating in a beautiful and touching burial service. A large crowd of relatives and friends was present to witness the last sad rites.

Mrs. Gerstenberger (nee Emma Reichert) was born in Germany Jan 21 1848. She came to this country when 18 years of age. When between 19 and 20 years of age she was united in marriage to Mr. Edward Gerstenberger, and to this union seven children were born. Of these three died. The four surviving children are Mrs. Emma Ulbricht, Mrs. R. W. Dahse of Woodsboro, Mr. Edward Gerstenberger of Bayside and Mr. Gus Gerstenberger of Rockdale. There are also eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gerstenberger was a woman of pleasing personality, ever a faIthful and devoted wife and mother, a general favorite among her friends and neighbors, a lover of home and Its environments, and in her passing all feel that they have lost a near and very dear friend.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 7,1928, page 1

Gerstenberg, G. D. (Dewey)


Funeral services for G. D. (Dewey) Gerstenberg, 84, of Weimar and a former resident of Eagle Lake for many years, were held Tuesday, March 23, from First Methodist Church, with Rev. Lyle Pierce officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Gerstenberg died March 21 at Youens Memorial Hospital a few hours after being admitted.  He had been ill about two weeks.

A farmer, rancher and welder, he was a longtime resident of the Weimar area.  Born Sept. 18, 1897, he was the son of Charles and Pauline (Engels) Gerstenberg.  He married Cecil Buchman at Richmond on Jan . 13, 1934.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Weimar.

Mrs. Gerstenberg was employed here for many years as an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

He is survived by his widow; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Wilma) Beken and Mrs. Olga Alsup, both of Weimar, and several nieces and cousins.  A sister, Mrs. Norma Chambless, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Bob Roark, Brad Beken, Arthur Ray Beken, Bobby Skeete, Mike Walker and Hilmer Hasse,  Honorary pallbearers were W. W. Wilson, Lee Graves, Billy Allen, Howel Rowe and Arthur Beken.

Eagle Lake Headlight April 1, 1982, page 12
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Gerstenberger, Gustav A,

Funeral Held Here for Gustave Gerstenberger

Funeral services for Gustave Gerstenberger 68, a native of the Weimar area, whose death occurred Tuesday in a Cameron hospital, were held here Wednesday, with the Rev. R. Uhlhorn, local Evangelical pastor, conducting the final rites. Services had also previously been held at Rockdale by the Rev. Schroeder.

The deceased was born in New Bielau on Oct 26, 1871, where he was baptized and confirmed. He spent his boyhood days in this area and remained in this section until he was approximately thirty, at which time he moved to Central, Texas. In 1896, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Sommer and to this union three sons were born. Mrs. Gerstenberger expired thirteen years ago and interment was made in the Weimar cemetery.

In ill health for some time, Mr. Gerstenberger underwent an operation earlier in the week at a Cameron Hospital. He failed to rally and his decease occurred Tuesday.

Survivors include three sons, Alfred, Walter, and Edwin Gerstenberger of Rockdale; a brother, Edward, of Corpus Christi; and a sister, Mrs. Max Ulbricht of New Bielau.

Interment was in the local cemetery.

To sorrowing relatives, family members and friends, the Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1938

Gerstenberger, Hermann

The sad news of the death of Mr. Hermann Gerstenberger at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gerstenberger, near New Bielau reached this city Wednesday morning, his death occurring the previous evening, after a siege of malarial fever. He was a young man of about 33 years, unmarried, a steady, industrious and progressive farmer, well thought of by all who knew him, and his death is deeply and sincerely regretted. He was a member of the Oakland camp of Woodmen of the World, and was buried under the auspices of that order Wednesday afternoon, numerous Woodmen and friends of the family from this city attending the burial at the New Bielau cemetery. Besides the insurance in the Woodmen, he had insurance in other forms, leaving a total of $4000 or $5000. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1903
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Gerstenberger, Ida (Sommer)


The remains of Mrs. Gus Gerstenberger, former resident of the New Bielau community, but for a number of years living near Rockdale, Texas, were brought here Wednesday morning for interment in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery that afternoon at 3:30, from the residence of Mr. R. E. Klockmann.

Mrs. Gerstenberger had been in ill health for some time past, and recently underwent an operation, from which she never recovered. Mrs. Gerstenberger was formerly a Miss Sommer, and lived for many years with the family of the late John Dahse of the New Bielau community. She leaves a husband and three grown sons.

Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, officiated at the burial service, which was largely attended by many friends of the family. Our heartfelt condolence is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1926, page 1

Gerstenberg, Ida M.

Miss Gerstenberg, Oakland Native, Buried Here Friday

Funeral services for Miss Ida Gerstenberg, 83, were held at Evangelical & Reformed Church last Friday afternoon, with Rev. Frank H. Horak Jr. officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs.[sic] Gerstenberg died Wednesday evening, April 25, at 5 o'clock, in Youens Hospital, shortly after suffering a heart stroke. She had entered the hospital Monday after a heart attack. For a number of years she had been in poor health.

"Miss Ida" who had lived in Weimar 43 years, was born Nov. 7, 1872, at Oakland, the daughter of Mr. and. Mrs. August Gerstenberg. Except for a short residence in Belton, she spent her entire life In this area. She was a faithful member of the E & R Church and for many years had been secretary-treasurer of the Ladies Aid, until her health no longer permitted it.

Her only immediate survivor is a brother, August Gerstenberg of Belton, who is 88. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Minnie Hindershot, who lived with her; Mrs. Oscar Koehn, Mrs. Otto Havemann, Mrs. Willie Rahlwes, Mrs. Arthur Beken and Mrs. Dewey Gerstenberg of the Weimar area.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Arthur Beken, Dewey Gerstenberg, Oscar Gerstenberg, Leonard Gerstenberg, Otto Havemann and Willie Rahlwes.

Weimar Mercury, May 4, 1956, page 1

Gerstenberg, Leonard R.

Leonard R. Gerstenberg

BELTON — Services for Leonard R. Gerstenberg, 99, of Belton will be 10 a.m. Friday in Rest Haven Cemetery with Joe Baisden, Pat Chaney and Paul Gerstenberg officiating.

Mr. Gerstenberg died Monday, Nov. 24, in a Temple hospital.

He was born March 7, 1909, in Weimar to William August and Helena Gerstenberg. He settled on the Lampasas River in 1914. He married Ethel Huey on Nov. 22, 1931. She preceded him in death in 1985. He married Louise Walker Reid on Jan. 8, 1987. He farmed all his life and was a pecan grower and expert in pecan grafting.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kenneth Charles Gerstenberg of Belton; five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton.

Temple Daily Telegram, November 26, 2008
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Gerstenberger, Wilhelm

Mr. Wm. Gerstenberger, an aged and honored resident of this section, died Thursday afternoon at his home in this city, after a brief illness. The funeral will take place at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery this (Friday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved familyi.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1908, page 1
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