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Henicke, Charles


Charles Henicke, resident of Alleyton for about 40 years who died Monday evening at Columbus hospital following a heart attack that afternoon, was buried in Odd Fellows Rest yesterday at 2:30 p. m. with Rev. Emmett Kolodzie officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Services at St. Anthony's church preceded the burial.

Born Jan 22, 1882, in Colorado county, he would have been 66 on the day following his burial. He was a son of Gustav Sr. and Rosie Speidel Henicke. Merchant and cattleman, he had been a member of the Catholic church for 40 years and was also affiliated with the Woodmen of the World. He had assisted his wife with her duties as Alleyton postmistress for the past 38 years.

Besides his wife, the former Louisa Theumann, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lee Meyer, Columbus; a son, Ernest Henicke, Alleyton,; a sister, Mrs. Sophie Roth, Corpus Christi; two brothers, Ben and Gus, Columbus, one half-brother, Victor Houdemann, George West, and three grandchildren, Mary Louise and Charles Luther Barrett and Mary Elizabeth Henicke. A daughter, Mrs. Irene Henicke Barrett, died about two years ago.

Pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, I. Zatopek, L. Dehmer, Albert A. and Hugo Meyer and L. Schulenburg.

Colorado County Citizen, January 22, 1948

Henicke, Ernest L.


Ernest L. Henicke, 83, of Alleyton, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996 at Columbus Care Nursing Home
Born Nov. 2, 1912, he was the son of Charles and Louise (Theumenn) Henicke. On April 12, 1953, he married Judith West. Mr. Henicke, who had spent his live[sic] in the Columbus and Alleyton area, was a retired self-employed rancher and grocery store owner and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Larry Uhlig, Marty Schulz, Daniel Espkia, Larry Venghaus, Frank Kovar and Charles Barrett. Honorary pallbearers were L. E. Kansteiner, Glenn Wayne Holub, Oscar Henicke, Jimmy Kansteiner and M. V. (Bud) Hayden.

Mr. Henicke is survived by his wife of Alleyton, daughters Susan Rose Groschke of Alleyton and Judy Elizabeth Schulz of Brenham; and grandchildren Marty Schulz, Kristy Schulz and Lori Schulz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Irene Barrett and Esther Meyer.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1996, page 16

Henicke, Gustav

Gus Henicke Dies the Day Before Birthday

Gus Henicke, who would have been 87 if he had lived until today (Thanksgiving), died quietly in Columbus hospital yesterday morning. In frail health for several years, he had been in the hospital a week.

Funeral services will be held at Untermeyer Funeral home tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30, the Rev. H. L. Anderson of St. Paul Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Son of Gustav and Rosina Speidel Henicke, Mr. Henicke was born in the Kessler Lake area in Colorado county Nov. 26, 1877. He was married to Miss Matilda Somerlatte Oct. 2, 1900. His wife survives. Mr. and Mrs. Henicke celebrated both their Golden Wedding and their 60th wedding anniversaries at their home here. Mr. Henicke, member of St. Paul Lutheran church, was a retired farmer and carpenter.

Other survivors are 3 daughters, Mrs. Walter Kollmann of Houston and Mrs. Varina Tietschert and Mrs. Walter Gartner of Columbus and 2 sons, Oscar and Walter Henicke of Columbus, 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ernest Henicke, Ed Houdman, Daniel Krueger, Lee Roth, Oscar Henicke Jr. and Charles Joe Henicke. The latter is stationed with the Air Force in Florida.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1964 

Henicke, Josephine (Miculka)

Josephine Miculka Henicke, 80, of Columbus, died Sunday, April 9, 1995 at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham.

Born Feb. 12, 1915 in Weimar, she was the daughter of Jerome and Emma (Breitkreuz) Miculka. On May 4, 1935, she married Oscar A. Henicke Sr.. A retired bookkeeper, Mrs. Henicke had resided in Columbus for 60 years where she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lutheran Ladies Evening circle, Senior Circle, Mary Martha Circle and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Funeral services were held April 11 at St. Paul Lutheran church with Rev. John Hunsicker and Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Michael Merrill, Ron Merrill, Mark Merrill, Tim Merrill, Tim Miculka and Richard Miculka.

Mrs. Henicke is survived by her husband, of Columbus; son, Oscar A. Henicke Jr. and wife Ann of Luling; sister Mabel Merrill of Beaumont; brother Elgin Miculka of Weimar; and grandchildren John Henicke and wife Pasty and Laura Henicke.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lester Miculka and sister, Georgia Miculka.

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

Henicke, Martha (Evans)

Martha Evans Henicke, 78, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1994, in Columbus.

Born April 10. 1916, in Cheetham, she was the daughter of Charles O. and Augusta (Botard) Stansbury [should be Evans]. On Sept. 5, 1935, she married Walter Joe Henicke. Mrs. Henicke, who had resided in Columbus the past 59 years, was a retired drug store clerk and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was also a member and first reporter of the Mary-Martha Society Circle, a member of the Home Demonstration Club since 1941, a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer at River Oaks Nursing Home, represented Colorado County in Houston-Galveston Area Council for 10 years and received the Outstanding Older Texas Woman Award in 1984.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, also of Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Kim Miller, Leonard Selig, Leroy Sommerlatte, L. J. Evans Jr., Oscar Henicke Jr. and Terrel Maertz. Honorary pallbearers were Thurman Burne, Lawrence Dungen, Isam Brisco and Dr. R. C. Marburger.

Mrs. Henicke is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles Joe and Shirley Henicke of San Antonio; brother and sister-in-law, Alfred Charles and Addrene Evans of Houston; sister-in-law Lottie Evans of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jan. 21, 1984.

Colorado County Citizen, September 21, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Henicke, Oscar A. Sr.


Oscar A. Henicke Sr., 93, of Columbus passed away Nov. 3 at Columbus Commu-nity Hospital.

He was born in Shaws Bend, Aug. 27, 1910 to Gustav and Mathilde (Sommer-latte) Henicke and married Josephine Miculka, May 4, 1935. He was the owner/operator of a Pontiac and GMC dealership in Columbus from 1947-73 and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Walter J. Henicke; and sisters, Lydia Kollmann, Tillie Gartner and Verina Tietschert.

He is survived by his son Oscar A. Henicke Jr., and wife Ann of Columbus; grandchildren, John Henicke and wife Patsy of Austin and Laura Norton and husband Carl of Dripping Springs; sister-in-law, Mabel Merrill and husband Dave of Beaumont; and nephew, Charles Henicke and wife Shirley of San Antonio.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Nov. 5 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled are Larry Uhlig, Danny Kautz, Jim Miculka, Mike and Ron Merrill and Weldon Chollett.

Colorado County Citizen, November 5, 2003
Courtesy of The Citizen

Henicke, Walter Joe

Walter J. Henicke

Funeral services were held for Walter J. Henicke Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. He died Saturday of an apparent heart attack at his farm two miles west of Mentz. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Walter J. Henicke was born April 19, 1912 in Shaws Bend Community to Gus Henicke and Mathilda SommerIatte Henicke.

He was a retired county commissioner for Precinct No. 1 In Colorado County. He spent his lifetime in this community. He was affiliated with the Lutheran Church and past president of Hermann' Sons, Bernardo.

Survivors are his wife, Martha Henicke of Columbus; one son, Charles Joe Henicke of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Gartner of Columbus and Mrs. Verina Tietschert of Columbus; one brother, Oscar Henicke of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thurman Brune, Oscar Henicke Jr., Henry Burger, Leroy Somerlatte, R. W. Maertz Sr., Greg Trojacek.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, January 26, 1984, page 2

Hennecke, Adeline (Fritsche) Zitterich Davis


Adeline Hennecke, 82, of Mentz, passed away April 30 at Monte Siesta Nursing Home in Austin.

She was born in Dime Box, Dec. 23, 1922 to Walter and Alma (Holy) Fritsche and married Royal Hennecke, Oct. 27, 1979. She was previously a potter at Alexander Plant Farm and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Joyce Davis; sons, Jimmy Davis and Curtis Zitterich Jr.; sisters, Betty Zitterich and Margaret Wallis; and brother, George Fritsche.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Wilburn Zitterich of Austin and Robert and Wanda Davis of Splendora; sisters, Frida Griffith of Oregon; brothers, Louis Fritsche of Houston and Charles Fritsche of Bedise; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted May 3 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Bryan and Aaron Davis, Bobby Griffith, Johnny Zitterich and Bill, Rick and Leon Fritsche.

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hennecke, Emanuel F.

E. F. Hennecke

Emanuel F. Hennecke, 72, died in Columbus Community Hospital Jan 8 after a short illness.

He was a lifetime resident of the Mentz community, born there Nov. 29,1903, a son of Jacob and Marie Braden Hennecke. He was self employed as a farmer and rancher. At the time of his death he was serving as secretary of Colorado County Soil and Water Conservation District and was a member of Hermann Sons Lodge.

Mr. Hennecke was united In marriage with Lena Peikert Oct. 2, 1930.
Rosary, was recited at 7 p.m. Jan. 9. at Henneke Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz Saturday, with burial in St. Roch's Cemetery. The Rev. B. Snock officiated at the services,

Survivors Include his wife of Mentz: 4 sisters Mrs. Lee Wendel of Columbus, Mrs. Pauline Treybig of El Campo, Mrs. Gertrude Braden of Bernardo and Mrs. Jocelyn Harbich of Mentz.

Pallbearers were Reinhard Brod, George Sebesta, Lawrence Lucas, Henry Buhler, R. W. Maertz Sr. and Adrian Fritsch.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 1976, page 3

Hennecke, Henrietta (Venghaus)

Mrs Henrietta (Venghaus) Hennecke, who had lived in the Mentz community most of her lifetime died in a Columbus hospital after a long illness, Nov 8 at the age of 74.

Funeral services were held Nov 10 at Untermeyer Funeral Home and at St Paul's Lutheran Church with Rev H L Anderson Officiating. Burial was in Odd fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs Hennecke's Husband, Walter, died Jan. 2. Mrs Hennecke is survived by a daughter, Mrs Leslie Miller, a son Royal Hennecke, a sister Mrs Mary Schultz of Grand Prairie, a brother, August Venghaus of Rock Island and three grandchildren, Linda, Gary and Susan Miller.

Pall bearers were H W Maertz of Alleyton, Larry Kaiser of Houston, Sam Kaiser of Bay City, A E Venghaus of Alta Loma, Elroy Venghaus of Columbus and E W Kretzschmar of Houston

Colorado County Citizen, Nov 16, 1967
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Hennecke, Jacob

Funeral Services Set For Friday For Jake Hennecke

Funeral services were set for 9:00 Friday morning at the residence near Mentz for Jake Hennecke, 78, life long resident of Colorado county, who died early Wednesday morning at his home.

Mr. Hennecke was born near Mentz July 27, 1863, the son of Joseph and Katherine Burttschell Hennecke. Services will be held first at the home and then at St. Roch's church and interment in Mentz cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Mary Braden; three sons, C. A. Hennecke of Weimar, Raymond Hennecke of Wharton and Emanuel Hennecke of Mentz; four daughters, Mrs. Lee Wendel; Alleyton, Mrs. Hubert Braden, Bernardo, Mrs. Bill Treybig, El Campo and Miss Jocelyn Hennecke of Mentz. Also surviving are numerous other relatives throughout the section.

Colorado County Citizen, January 1, 1942

Hennecke, Joseph

Last Tuesday evening this community was cast in gloom. over the sad news of the death of Jos. Hennecke, who died Tuesday Jan. 31st, at 5 o'clock at the age of 59 years, after a lingering illness of heart and lung trouble. At the time of his death he felt better and asked his estimable wife to hand him the weekly paper when he was suddenly called to the other shore. Mr. Hennecke was the eldest son of the late lamented Jos. Hennecke, Sr., and survived him only 2 years and 5 months. The funeral took place Wednesday at the St. Rochus cemetery at Mentz, the ceremony was conducted by Rev. J. Klein. The surviving are Mrs. Jos. Hennecke, Chas. Geetig of Rosebud. Mrs. Louis Hennecke of Bernardo, and Miss Annie Hennecke. The family has our deepest sympathy in their sad bereavemet[sic].

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1911, page 1

Hennecke, Louis C.

L. C. Hennecke Dies Suddenly Tuesday Afternoon

Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Roch's church in Mentz for L.C. Hennecke, 60, who died suddenly Tuesday. Burial was to be in the Mentz Catholic cemetery with the Rev. Andrew Didner officiating and with Untermeyer Bros. in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hennecke was found dead beside his plow by Mrs. Hennecke Tuesday afternoon. Physicians said death was caused from a heart attack.

He was born on January 9, 1885, a son of Conrad and Margaret Weigel Hennecke, at Bernardo and spent his entire life in that community operating a farm, raising livestock and doing carpentry work.

His wife by a former marriage, Mary Hennecke, died many years ago and one daughter, now Mrs. Lucina Garling of Sealy, was born to this union.

Mr. Hennecke was married over 25 years to Theresa Stack, the couple celebrating their silver wedding anniversary last year.

Surviving are Mrs. Hennecke, Mrs. Garling; four brothers, Albert and Leo of Bernardo; Eddie, San Antonio, and Paul, Eagle Lake, and six sisters, Mrs. Annie Hanzelmann, Victoria; Mrs Louis Rolf, El Campo, Mrs. Nettie Brandes, Pledger; Mrs. Loraine Rich-Schuette, Alleyton; and Mrs. Frances ter,[sic] Mississippi, and Miss Minnie Hennecke, Bernardo. [Mrs. Loraine Richter and Mrs. Frances Schuette?]

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 1945

Hennecke, Marie (Braden)

Last Rites at St. Roch's for Mrs. Hennecke

Funeral services were held at the home of H. F. Braden and St. Roch's Catholic church at Mentz Monday morning for Mrs. Marie Hennecke, 75, with interment in St. Roch's cemetery, Rev. Fr. Andrew Didner officiating. Untermeyer Bros. had charge of funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Hennecke who had been an invalid for the past several years died at Bell hospital Friday. She was born at Mentz on February 2, 1869, a daughter of Andrew and Pauline Braden. In 1887 she was married to Jake Hennecke who preceded her in death on January 31, 1941. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1937. She was a member of the Catholic church, of the Altar society and of Laura Lodge.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. J.L. Wendel, Alleyton; Mrs. H. F. Braden, Bernardo; Mrs. W. P. Treybig of El Campo and Miss Jocelyn Hennecke, of Mentz; three sons, Charles Hennecke, Weimar, Emanuel Hennecke, of Mentz, and Raymond Hennecke of East Bernard. Two children preceded her in death.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Mrs. W. C. Smith, East Bernard; Miss. Marie Braden and Hubert Braden, Bernardo; Margaret Ann and Raymond Hennecke Jr., East Bernard, and William James, Arliss and Catherine Treybig of El Campo. Surviving sisters and brothers are Mrs. William Novak, Sealy; Mrs. Anton Reinhard and Mrs., Andrew Reinhard, Poth; Paul Braden, San Antonio, and Louis Braden, D'Hanis.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Herman Braden and Gussie Braden, Columbus; Henry Novak, Sealy; Bruno Jahn, Floresville; Gerhard Braden, D'Hanis; Herbert Braden, Mentz, and Arthur Reinhard, Poth.

Colorado County Citizen May 25, 1944

Hennecke, Ray Ernest

Ray Ernest Hennecke
(By Mrs. Jake Hennecke)

Died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hennecke at Wharton, Friday afternoon at the age of five years and nine months. He leaves his parents and one sister, Margaret Ann. He was buried in the Mentz cemetery Saturday afternoon. Father Roco officiating. He was the grandson of this writer. (Interment in St Roch's)

Colorado County Citizen, March 14, 1935, page 1

Hennecke, Royal W.


Funeral services for Royal W. Hennecke were held Monday, July 15 at 10 a.m. The service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating.

Burial was held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Hennecke was born October 31, 1923 in Mentz to Walter Hennecke and Henrietta Venghaus. He married Adeline Fritsche Hennecke October 27, 1979 and he was a farmer and rancher. Mr. Royal Hennecke was a lifetime resident. He was Lutheran and he was affiliated with the
Colorado County Soil Conservation.

Survivors include his wife, Adeline Hennecke of Mentz; one sister, Mrs. Leslie Miller of Mentz. He is also survived by one stepdaughter, three stepsons, four step-grandsons, two nieces, and one nephew.

Pallbearers were: Clement Hennecke, Billy Sweat, Michael Maertz, Randy Schramm, Gary Miller, and Louis Fritsche.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 1985

Hennecke, Walter

Funeral sevices for Walter Hennecke, who would have been 71 on Jan 22, were held yesterday at 9:30 am at Untermeyer Funeral home and St Paul Lutheran Church with Rev H L Anderson officiating.

Mr Hennecke. a farmer and a rancher died Monaday in Columbus Hospital after a short illness. His wife has been ill for several weeks.

Mr Hennecke was born in Mentz Jan 22, 1896 and had lived here all of his life..

Survivors include his widow, the former Etta ( Henrietta) Venghaus, whom he married in 1922, a daughter, Mrs Leslie Miller of Mentz, a son Royal William Hennecke of Mentz, three grandchildren, Linda Sue, Gary Lloyd and Susan Marie Miller.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers were George Schultz, J W Golla, E F Hodge, Emmett Berger and Leon Walls all of the Mentz - Alleyton area and Sam Kaiser of Huntsville

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 5 1967
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Hennecke, Willie J.

Funeral services for Willie J Hennecke, 54, were held here Friday by Rev L. M. Chapman of the First Baptist Church. Mr Hennecke died at the hospital in Lamesa.
Surviving are his wife, two [step] daughters, Mrs Irene Young of Columbus and Mrs F W Beckmeyer of Ackley and a brother, Walter Hennecke of Mentz. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows.]

Weimar Mercury, Feb 12, 1943
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Henneke, Aloies J.

Aloies J. Henneke 

Nov. 14, 1919 — Feb. 13, 1995

Aloies J. Henneke, 75, of New Ulm died February 13, 1995, at Hermann Hospital in Houston.  He was born November 14,1919, in Bernardo, the son of Leo and Josephine Kuhn Henneke. 

Henneke had been a resident of  the Frelsburg and Bernardo areas since 1945.  He was united in marriage with Irene Buxkemper on February 24, 1941.  Henneke was a retired equipment operator doing gravel testing for Thorstenberg Materials Company. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Cadiolic Church in Frelsburg and Columbus V.F.W. Post No. 6113. He also served War World II while in the U .S. ArmyHenneke was preceded in death by an infant son.  Survivors include his wife Irene Henneke of Frelsburg; five sons, Al of La Grange, Wilfred, LeRoy and Daniel Henneke, all of Houston; three sisters, Marie Poenitzsch of Columbus, Leona Schertz of Brownfield and Cecilia Luedecke of Sealy; two brothers, Edbert of Glidden and Joe Henneke of Frelsburg; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held February 15 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelburg with the Rev. Dan Morales officiating.  Burial followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.  Serving as pallbearers were Matt, Jeffery, Brandon, Jonathan, Scott and Brett Henneke.

Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus, was in charge of the arrangements.  Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Feb. 23, 1995
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Henneke, Clement J.

Clement J. Henneke, 67, a life-long resident of the Bernardo area, died Saturday, March 5, 1994, in Columbus.

Born Feb. 7, 1927, in Bernardo, he was the son of Emil F. and /Elizabeth H. (Weishuhn) Henneke. He was retired self-employed cabinet maker and rancher, a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church of Mentz, and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 10249 of Mentz.

Funeral Services were held Monday, March 7, at St. Roch's Catholic Church with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Delphin Stammann, Bill Rohan, Carboy Heintschel, Christof Stammann, Roy Jones and Wilfred Krause.

Mr. Henneke is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Leonard Stammann of Richmond, Texas; a brother, Marion Henneke of Bernardo; three nieces and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Elizabeth Henneke and a brother, William Henneke.

Colorado County Citizen, March 9, 1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

Henneke, Edbert Louis

Edbert Louis Henneke

Edbert Henneke, age 80, was called home by the Lord Saturday evening, May 14, 2005. He passed away at the Heart Hospital of Austin, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 18, 1924 to Leo and Josephine Kuhn Henneke, who preceded him in death.

Edbert grew up in the Bernardo area, and worked as a carpenter, rancher, and funeral home assistant. He will be fondly remembered for his ability to fix anything, and for always having a tool for any job. He rarely left home without his camera, and he enjoyed taking and sharing pictures of his cattle, his grandchildren, his beautiful yard, his bountiful garden, and many other interesting places and things. He took great pleasure in feeding, housing and caring for the squirrels, hummingbirds, and many other creatures that made his yard their home.

Edbert was proud of his service to our country during World War II. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Army as a member of the 28th Division, 112th Infantry. On December 17, 1944, he and 985 other American soldiers were captured by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. The prisoners were marched through snow for eight days without food and only snow to drink. They were then transported by train in manure-filled boxcars to Bad Orb, Germany and walked the final 3-1/2 miles to Stalag 9B Prison Camp. Fluent in German, Edbert was chosen as the interpreter by his captors. Sharing toothbrushes, blankets, and meager rations, Edbert survived the coldest German winter on record, while many of his fellow captives perished. On April 2, 1945 the Americans stormed Stalag 9B, and Edbert was liberated. Suffering from yellow jaundice, he spent 21 days recovering in Paris Hospital. Wearing only pajamas and his combat boots, he flew home from France via Nashville and Dallas, and arrived in San Antonio on May 18, 1945. He was honorably discharged from the Army on July 31, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Bronze Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

Edbert married Ernestine Neuendorff on August 23, 1945. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Glidden, where he made his home until the time of his death.

Edbert was a devoted Catholic and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Sons of Hermann Bernardo Lodge #243.
Edbert is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 59 years, Ernestine; daughter Susan Merriman and husband Bobby of Georgetown; sons Charles Henneke and wife Bonnie of Victoria, Robert H. Henneke and wife Katharine of Columbus, Tommy Henneke and wife Sandra of Columbus, Mark Henneke and wife Judith of College Station, and Bruce Henneke and wife Cynthia of Houston; sisters Marie Poenitzsch, Leona Schertz and husband Vince, and Cecilia Luedecke and husband Harry; brother Joe Henneke and wife Jocelyn; ten grandchildren, one step-grandson, six great grandchildren and one step-great granddaughter. His brother, Alois Henneke, and great granddaughter Katherine Elizabeth Henneke preceded him in death.

Rosary was recited Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at Henneke Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Daniel Kahlich at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, TX. Bennie Holesovsky will assist. Pallbearers scheduled are grandsons Wayne, Jason, Eric, Chad, Ryan, and Justin Henneke and granddaughters Monique Schmitz, Haley Henneke, and Emily and Katie Merriman. Honorary pallbearers are Leroy Frnka, Raymond Heine, Gus Miller, R.C. Kleimann, Gary Braun, Dr. Harold Edwards, Dr. Troy Millican, Dr. Harold Andersen, Joe Bargas, Marshall Windham, Norbert Tasler, Ivan Menke, John Barta, Charles Williams, J.M. "Mac" Ruffeno, Dr. Charles Moeller and Joe E. Hanak.

Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus, TX. Major Jason Henneke will present a commemorative U.S. flag to his grandmother at the graveside services.

Edbert will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church or St. Anthony Altar Society.

Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, TX (979) 732-2143.

Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Henneke, Emil Frank

Emil Henneke

Funeral services for Emil Henneke of Bernardo were held Feb. 13 at St. Roch’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  Interment was at St. Roch’s Catholic Cemetery.

Father Bernard Snoch officiated at the services.

Mr. Henneke, a retired farmer and rancher, died Feb. 12 at Columbus ommunity Hospital at the age of 88.

He was born Jan. 9, 1892 at Bernardo, the son of Joseph Henneke and Mary Meismer Henneke.  He was married to Elizabeth Weishuhn Henneke on Nov. 16, 1921.

Mr. Henneke, a lifetime resident of Bernardo, was a membr of the Catholic Church and the American Legion.  He was a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Joanne) Stammann of Rosenberg; two sons, Clement Henneke and Marion Henneke, both of Bernardo; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Delphin Stammann, Chris Stammann, Paul Minar, Rueben Henneke, Herman Lee Henneke and James Henneke.

Colorado County Citizen, February 21, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Henneke, Frank/Francis John

Frank Henneke, One of the County’s Oldest Residents Dies

Funeral services were held Saturday morning for Frank Henneke, 96-year-old Frelsburg native, who died the preceding day at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hillie Kansteiner. Mr. Henneke, who had been in excellent health most of his long life, had been ill for the past 2 1/2 months.

Rosary was said Mar. 26 at 8 p.m. and the body lay in state at the Untermeyer funeral home until services Saturday morning at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg. Rev. Alex Kraus and Rev. Edward Geiser officiated in the last rites. Burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Henneke was born Dec. 31, 1858. His father first settled in Colorado county in 1823. He was married to the former Mary Moeller who died in May 1928.

Besides Mrs. Kansteiner, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Annie Hoppe of New Ulm; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Albert, Henry, Frank and Aloies Moeller and Ed and Walter Machinsky.

Colorado County Citizen, April 1, 1954

Henneke, Herman Lee


Herman Lee Henneke, 78, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 2 at his residence.

He was born in Bernardo, March 4, 1928 to John P. and Lottie (Runge) Henneke. He was a retired mechanic and rancher and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was also a member of Herman Sons Bernardo Lodge and Woodmen of the World.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Henry Edward Henneke.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Belle Henneke; daughters, Mary Lou Henneke of Bernardo and Kathy Sutherland and husband Joe of Sealy; son, James Henneke and wife Victoria of Bernardo; sister, Alberta Broadstone of Columbus; and grandsons, Justin, Michael and John Sutherland of Sealy.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 5 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were James H. Wooten III, Justin, Michael and John Sutherland, Larry Henneke and Joe Vykoukal.

Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Wavra, Mac Rae Gross, Weldon Neuendorff, Rubin Kveton and Frank Lisikar.

Colorado County Citizen, November 8, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Henneke, John P.

Henneke Funeral Services

Funeral Services for John P. Henneke of the Bernardo Community were held Friday, February 16, 1990 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father George Henninger officiating.

Burial was in the Church Cemetery.

Mr. Henneke passed away February 13, in the Columbus Community Hospital. He was 97 years of age.

A retired rancher and farmer, he was born April 24, 1892 in Lavaca County, the son of Henry and Mary Maertz Henneke. He married the former Lottie Runge on November 15, 1921 and was a lifetime resident of the Bernardo area. His wife preceded him In death on June 25, 1982. He was also a member of the Hermann Sons Lodge of Bernardo.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Alberta) Broadstone of Columbus; son, Herman Lee Henneke of Columbus; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son, Henry Edward and four sisters.

Pallbearers were Ralph Broadstone, Robert Moland, Arthur Moeller, Joseph Sutherland, James Henneke and Larry Henneke.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, February 22, 1990, page 2

Henneke, Laura (Schneider)

Laura Henneke, 75, of Bernardo, and a lifelong resident of Colorado County, died Sunday, Dec 12, 1993 in Columbus.

Born Feb. 16, 1918, in Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Otto and Wilhelmina (Gully) Schneider. In October 1936, she married Oswald Henneke. Mrs. Henneke was a member of St. Roch's Catholic church in Mentz and the St. Roch's Altar Society. She was a self-employed farmer and rancher.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at St. Roch's Catholic Church with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Mrs. Henneke is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Robert Henneke and wife Connie of Cat Spring; Larry Henneke and wife Faye, also of Cat Spring, and Jerry Henneke of Bernardo; brother Clifton Schneider of Houston; sister Erna Braden of El Campo; grandchildren Butch, Dwayne, Christian, Bobby, Aimee and Lari Henneke; great-grandsons Cody and Koldin Henneke; sister-in-law, Wilma Mugge of Brenham and special friends, Joyce Kemper of Katy and Anna Marie Braden of Bernardo.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 21, 1963; her parents; and three brothers, Ewald, Lee and Arnold Schneider.

Colorado County Citizen, December 15, 1993
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Henneke, Maggie (Roesler)

Mrs. Henneke, Ellinger Native, Succumbs at 75

Last rites for Mrs. Maggie Rosler [sic] Henneke, 75, who died in Sealy hospital Friday at 2 p.m., were held Monday at 10 a.m. in Untermeyer’s Funeral home in Columbus and in St. Roch’s Catholic church in Mentz with Rev. Gedeon Stram officiating. [Interment in St. Roch's Cemetery]

She was born in Ellinger Feb. 27, 1888 and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic church at Live Oak Hill. She married John Henneke Sr. and moved with him to Bernardo.

Mr. Henneke died several years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Velma Muegge of Brenham; a half sister, Mrs. Mary Huebel; 4 grandchildren, Jerry, Robert and Larry Henneke and Clarence Muegge.

Pallbearers were Alvin Huebel, Hugo Huebel Jr., Clement and Herman Lee Henneke, Rueben Maertz, Erwin Warschak, Waco Frazier and Francis Truchard.

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1963, page 2

Henneke, Margaret (Weigel)


Mrs. Margaret Weigel Henneke was laid to rest in the Mentz Catholic [St. Roch's] cemetery Saturday morning following her death on New Year's Day. Services were in St. Roch's Catholic church, with Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Unermeyer Bros. were in charge.

Mrs. Henneke, who was 87 years of age, suffered a fall on Dec. 31 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Hanselmann, at Victoria. Her death came after her removal to a hospital at Wharton.

Born May 16, 1860, at Frelsburg, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Weigel.

Her husband, Conrad Henneke, died about four years ago.

She is survived by four sons, Leo and Albert of Bernardo, Ed of near San Antonio, and Paul of El Campo; five daughters, Mrs. Hanselmann; Mrs. Louis Schuette, Alice; Mrs. John Rolf, El Campo; Mrs. Albert Brandes, Pledger, and Mrs. Henry Richter, Houston; one brother, Andrew Weigel of Garwood; two sisters, Mrs. Anton Nelson of Bernardo and Mrs. Emma Schoellmann of Garwood; two half-brothers, H. C. Weigel of Alleyhton and Paul Weigel, and one half-sister, Mrs. Annie Frels.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1948

Henneke, Marion Francis


Marion Henneke, 62, of Bernardo was found deceased Dec. 28, 2003 at his residence.

He was born in Sealy, Nov. 29, 1941 to Emil Frank and Elizabeth (Weishuhn) Henneke.

The self-employed rancher was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz as well as the Knights of Columbus Council #10249 of Mentz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Clement Henneke and sister, Joanne Stammann.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Annie Schoelman Henneke of Nada; brother-in-law, Leonard Stammann of Richmond; eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 2 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Delphin and Christof Stammann, Neil "Whitey" Zajicek, and Joshua, Brian and William Rohan. Orin Stammann was an honorary pallbearer.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Henneke, Mary (Meismer)

Mrs. Mary Henneke, Mrs. Wendell’s Sister Dies Near Sealy

Mrs. Mary Henneke, who died at the age of 88 near Sealy Easter Sunday, was the sister of Mrs. Frank Wendel of Columbus and the mother of Emil Henneke of Bernardo and Adolph Henneke of Ramsey.

Other survivors include: daughters, Hedwig and Emma Henneke of Sealy, Mrs. Mary Dusek of Three Rivers; another son, Edmond of Willow; a brother John Meismer of Bernardo; and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Henneke died at the home of her daughter Hedwig. Funeral services were held at Sealy April 23 with Rev. James Kveton officiating.

Burial was in the St. Roch cemetery at Mentz with the Rev. Andrew Didner, pastor at Mentz, in charge.

Mrs. Henneke was born in Frelsburg July 28, 1859 the daughter of Adam and Mary Meismer. At the age of 19 she was married to Ed Joe Henneke who died 27 years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1946

Henneke, Mary (Skalitzsky)


Funeral services were held for Mary Henneke of Frelsburg Saturday, January 3, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Werner Bockholt officiating.

Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Henneke was born July 12, 1903 in Frelsburg to Joe Skalitzsky and Frances Pavlicek Skalitzsky. She married Louis Henneke.

Mrs. Henneke was a housewife and a lifetime resident of Frelsburg. She was a Catholic and was affiliated with Sts. Peter and Paul Altar Society in Frelsburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Henneke (October 26, 1975).

Survivors include two sisters, Millie Richter of Fayetteville and Christina Richter of New Ulm; and four brothers, Alois, John, and Albert Skalitzsky all of Fayetteville, and Adolph Skalitzsky.

Pallbearers were Alois Henneke, Albert Noska, Ewald Schertz, Harry Supak, Walter Krueger and Anton Schertz.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1987, page 2

Henneke, Oswald W.

Oswald Henneke Services Held; Burial at Mentz

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Thursday, Jan. 24, for Oswald W. Henneke, with continued services at St. Roch’s Catholic church at Mentz with Rev. Gedeon Stram officiating. Rosary was recited at the funeral home Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30.

Mr. Henneke died at Methodist hospital in Houston after having been a patient for a week. He had been in poor health for the past 2 years.

He was a farmer and had lived all of his life in and around Mentz. He was a son of the late John Henneke Sr. and Mrs. Maggie Roesler Henneke. Survivors are his widow, 3 sons, Jerry, Robert and Larry Henneke, his mother and numerous relatives.

Pallbearers were Ray and Ewald Schneider Jr., Arnold Schneider Jr., Herbert Schneider, Hugo Huebel Jr., Herman Lee Henneke, Clemons Henneke and Francis Truchard.

Burial was in Mentz Catholic cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1963, page 6

Henneke, Robert

Robert Henneke

Robert Henneke, 76, of El Campo, formerly of Columbus, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006.

He was born May 10, 1930 in Frelsburg to Anton and Lena Moeckel Henneke. He was a gravel pit mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Leara Heintschel Henneke of El Campo; sister, Virginia Polasek of La Grange; and brother, George Henneke of Fayetteville.

Mr. Henneke was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gilbert Henneke.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m. at Fayetteville Brethern Church with the Rev. Milton Maly officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fayette Brethern Church, P.O. Box 11, Fayetteville, Texas 79840.

El Campo Leader-News OnLine, June 14, 2006

Henneke, Theresa (Stock)

Mrs. Henneke Found Dead; Burial In Mentz Cemetery

Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa Henneke were held at Untermeyer Funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6, with continued services at St. Roch’s Catholic church in Mentz. Rev. Gedeon Stram officiated.

Mrs. Henneke was found dead in the yard at her home in Bernardo Sept. 3 at about 8:30 p.m. She had lived alone since Mr. Henneke died about 18 years ago. Nieces and nephews called her telephone number numerous time from 6:30 until about 8:30 and received no answer. Her nephew, T. J. Drescher, and Mrs. Drescher and their daughter Carol became worried and went to the Henneke home and found Mrs. Henneke’s body in the yard near the well. She had probably been dead since about noon.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. Alvin Garling, and a brother, George Stock of Alice, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lee Allen Drescher, Bill Henneke, Jimmy Hahn, John Tollas Jr., Paul Hanselman and Leo Hanselman. Interment was in Mentz Catholic cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, September 12, 1963, page 1

Henneke, Wilhelmina “Mena”


Funeral services for Miss Mena Henneke, who died at her home in Bernardo Tuesday, were held at the residence Wednesday morning with Rev. Andrew Didner in charge.

Burial was in the Mentz cemetery with the Columbus Funeral home in charge.

Survivors include her mother, Mr. F. C. Henneke, with whom she lived; five sisters, Mrs. L. A. Shuette of Alice Mrs. Anna Hanselman of Victoria, Mrs. Albert Brandes of Pledger, Mrs. Henry Richter of Houston and Mrs. John Rolf of El Campo; and four brothers, Leo, Albert, Ed and Paul Henneke.

Colorado County Citizen, Dec 12, 1946
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