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Jacobs, Emil A.

Funeral Services For EmilJacobs Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Emil A. Jacobs,61, who died here Friday were held Sunday afternoon fromthe Columbus Funeral Home with interment at OddFellows Rest.

Mr Jacobs was born at Bernardo onFebruary 23, 1882, a son of Jacob Jacobs and AmeliaHeiman Jacobs. He had spent most of his life in Coloradocounty, residing in Columbus for the past 15 years. Abrother John Jacobs, died in Galveston lastJanuary.

Surviving are a son, Clarence Jacobs,of Sacramento, Calif. and five sisters; Mrs. G.A. Franz,Mrs. Nettie Greenrood, San Antonio; Mrs. W.W. Sullivan,Fort Worth; Mrs. Clara Doree, Galveston , and Mrs. JoeStock of Sealy. His sisters, with the exception of Mrs.Doree, and other relatives were here for the service.

Colorado County Citizen, January14, 1944

Jacobs, John

Funeral Services for JohnJacobs Held on Saturday

Funeral services for John Jacobs,65-year-old former resident of Columbus, were held at St.Anthony's Catholic Church, Saturday morning, with Rev.Ignatz Kopczynski officiating. Arrangements were incharge of Untermeyer Bros. And interment was inOddFellows Rest.

Mr. Jacobs was born in Missouri onJanuary 2, 1878, but had spent most of his life inColorado County. His father, Jacob Jacobs, a native ofGermany, died last March in Bernardo at the age of 84?years, his mother, Amelia Heiman Jacobs, was a native ofGalveston. Mr. Jacobs came to Columbus from Bernardoearly in the century and during his 2?-year residence, heserved several terms as city alderman and was for a time,County Surveyor. He moved to Galveston 21 years ago andengaged in the real estate business. His death occurredFriday morning at the John Sealy hospital inGalveston.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. HelenLamar Jacobs of Meyersville, four sisters, Mrs. G. A.Franz and Mrs. Nettie Grenrood? of San Antonio, Mrs.Augusta Stock of Sealy and Mrs. Leona Sullivan of FortWorth and a brother, Emil Jacobs of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ben Wilde, R. LeeHastedt, Jos. V. Frnka, A. W. Willrodt, A. C. Heine andR. R. Hadden.

The Colorado County Citizen,January 28, 1943
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Jacobsen, Bertha (Olsen)

Mrs. Jacobsen Rites Held Feb. 7th

Funeral services were held last Friday, February 7th, from the Chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake for Mrs. Bertha Jacobsen, a resident of the Rock Island community since 1938. Mrs. Jacobson died at her home in Rock Island on Wednesday, February 5th. The Rev. Windel Bell, Pastor of the Methodist Church in Rock Island officiated at the services. Interment was in Myrtle Cemetery, in Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were E. J, Hudson, G.C. Meyer, Jimmie Jacobsen, Oliver Jacobsen, Harvey Jacobsen, and Norman Jacobsen, Mrs. C. H, Matthews played favorite hymns at the organ and accompanied Mrs. Bell who sang "O God Our Hope in Ages Past.”

Mrs. Jacobsen was born in Norway on Nov. 24, 1881. She came with her parents to the United States; at the age of twelve and later to Rock Island in 1938. Mr. Jacobsen preceded her in death in 1952.

Survivors Include, sisters, Mrs. Roy Johnson of New, Mrs. Oscar Thorsland of Hawthorne, N.J. and Lilly Olsen of Rock Island; one brother, Albert Olsen of Rock Island; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church. Friends join in extending sympathy in the death of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 13, 1969, page 8
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Jacobsen, Edvarda Augusta (Engedal)

Mrs. H. R. Jacobsen, Native of Norway, Rites Yesterday

Mrs. H. R Jacobsen, 75, longtime resident of Rock Island, died Oct. 6 in the home of her son, Harvey Jacobsen, in McCamey. She succumbed to an illness of several years.

Born Edvarda Augusta Engedal in Mandal, Norway Oct. 2, 1883, Mrs. Jacobsen came to New York from there as a young girl of 17. She was married to Harry Rudolph Jacobsen in New York Jan. 26, 1907. They came to Texas shortly afterward with a group of Norwegians who settled in Rock Island.

Her husband was a well-known building contractor and stock farmer in Colorado county until his death in June 1954. Since that time she had lived with her children in Dallas, Iraan and McCamey. Mrs. Jacobsen was a longtime faithful member of the Methodist church.

Funeral services were held in the Rock Island Methodist church at 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Rev. J. W. Griffin of Memorial Methodist church, Austin, officiating. Mill Funeral home of Eagle Lake was in charge with final rites and interment in Myrtle cemetery at Rock island.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Peggy McKeen, McAllen, Mrs. Lillian Lawrie, Dallas; 4 sons, James M. Jacobsen, Iraan; Oliver O. Jacobsen, Midland; Harvey E. Jacobsen, McCamey, and Norman R. Jacobsen, Houston. One brother, Oscar Engedal of Brooklyn, N. Y., and a sister Olava Odine Kalbfielsch of Connecticut, also survive.

Pallbearers were Dan Nicewander, Sheridan; Elmer Baker, Houston, Ernest Hudson, Fred Minter, Hensel Johnson and Jack Mayes of Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, October 9, 1958, page 10

Jacobsen, Harry Rudolph

H. R. Jacobsen, Native of Norway, Buried Thursday

By Mrs. M. I Nicewander

Rock Island--Funeral services were held last Thursday at 4 p.m. for H. R. Jacobsen, prominent contractor and cattleman, at the Methodist church with Rev. Griffin, pastor of the Methodist church in McCamey, conducting the services, assisted by Rev. Loyd Nixon Presbyterian minister of Yoakum.

One of Mr. Jacobsen’s favorite songs was sung by his son Harvey and the “Old Rugged Cross” by Mrs. West of McCamey with Mrs. R. E. Maze at the piano.

Mr. Jacobsen was born in Spangereid, Norway, Sept. 24, 1884, and came to New York City at the age of 16. Later he was married to Miss Edwarda Engedal of New York and in 1907 they came to Rock Island.

To this union 6 children were born. They and the wife survive: James M. of Iraan, Oliver O. of Amarillo, Harvey E. of McCamey, Norman J. of Houston; twin daughters, Mrs. J. D. Lowrie Jr. of Dallas and Mrs. Bill McKeen of Midland; 9 grandchildren; one brother, Berent Jacobsen of New York City; and one sister of Norway.

Pallbearers were R. L. Minter, E. J. Hudson, Oscar Baker, Dan Hooper, H. A. Johnson, W. L. Mayes Jr., Lee Stahl of Eagle Lake and Jesse Wegenhoft, Columbus.

The life Mr. Jacobsen lived was useful and wholesome. In his business dealings and in private life he clung to old-fashion ideals of honesty and square dealings.

He was laid to rest in Myrtle cemetery under a bank of beautiful flowers.

Colorado County Citizen, July 8, 1954

Jacobsen, Harvey Engedal

Harvey E. Jacobsen

Harvey E. Jacobsen, 74, of McCamey, died at a Midland hospital Sunday evening, Dec. 28 after suffering a heart attack a week earlier at his home. He was born August 25, 1912 in Rock Island, a son of Harry R. and Edvarda Jacobsen. He was raised in Rock Island and finished high school there. From 1935 to 1942, he was a traveling representative of the Texas Casket Company of Waco. He entered the Armed Services in 1943 and was discharged as a lieutenant from the Air Force at the close of World War II.

He married Maurine Lowrie in Galveston on February 6, 1949. They moved to McCamey in 1951 to become associated in a management capacity with the Oliver Jacobsen Company. Since 1955 he had been engaged in the carpet and furniture business in McCamey and Upton County He was active in various social activities, Methodist men's organization, American Legion as Chaplain and was the chairman of the Republican party of Upton County at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 from the First United Methodist Church in McCamey with Rev. Melvin Mathis officiating and the James Dennis Funeral Home of McCamey in charge of local arrangements. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2 at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus with the Rev. Wesley Schulze officiating.

Survivors include his widow, Maurine; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Norma) Wilkerson of Justin and Mrs. J.P. (Nini) Quails of Corpus Christi; a son, Harry R. Jacobsen and wife, Ruth, of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. J.D. (Lillian) Lowrie of Dallas and Mrs. Bill (Peggy) McKeen of Liberal, Kansas; a brother, Oliver O. Jacobsen of Midland and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Billy Mayes, Jack Mayes, Chester Hudson, Buster DeFoor, Hume Baker and Dan Hooper. Sympathy is extended to the family.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, Jan. 8, 1987, page 5
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Jacobsen, Jacob M.

Last Rites for J.M. Jacobsen in E.L. Thursday afternoon

Funeral services were held here Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home for Jacob M. Jacobsen, of Rock Island, who passed away August 12th at the Columbus hospital.

He was born in Norway 70 years ago and came to the United States as a youth. The greater part of his life was spent, in New York City, where he was married to Miss Bertha Olsen in November of 1901. For the past 14 years they have made their home in Rock Island.

Mr. Jacobsen had been in failing health for several years but was a fine Christian gentleman.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Bertha Jacobsen; a brother H.R. Jacobsen of Rock Island; one brother in New York City; a brother in law, Albert Olsen and sister in law, Lilly Olsen of Rock Island; and a number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends to mourn in his passing.

The services were conducted by the Rev. Jordan Mann of the Methodist Church in Columbus. Pallbearers were his nephews. [Interred at Myrtle Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 21, 1952
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Jacobsen, Norman R.

Last Rites for Norman Jacobsen Tues

Funeral services were held from Rock Island Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31st for Norman R. Jacobsen, 57, of Houston and a native of Rock Island. Mr. Jacobsen, a truck driver, died suddenly of a heart attack Oct. 29th.

He was born Jan. 15, 1915, in Rock Island the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jacobsen. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Jacobsen of Houston; two sisters, Peggy McKeen of Liberal, Kansas and Lillian Lowry of Dallas; three brothers, Harvey of McCamey, Jimmy of Alpine and Oliver of Midland;and other relatives ' and friends. Burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Nov. 2, 1972, sec. 1, page 8
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Jacobsen, Oliver O. “Sonny” Jr.

Oliver Jacobson

Graveside funeral services were held by the Columbus Funeral Home Sunday at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island for Oliver 0. -"Sonny" Jacobsen Jr., 39. of Midland. The Rev. Lloyd W: Nixon officiated.

Jacobsen died July 6 in a Midland hospital after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 29, 1938 in McCamey and grew up there. He moved to Midland in 1955 and graduated from Midland High School in 1957. He attended the University of Texas. He was associated with City National Bank of Austin in public relations and later served in the same capacity with KTBC radio station in Austin.

Jacobsen returned to Midland in 1969 where he was associated with his father in Oliver Jacobsen Realtors and was a partner In Longhorn Contractors Co. He was a member or the Episcopal Church, Midland Board of Realtors and Multiple Listing Services.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Jacobsen of Midland; a son, John Oliver Jacobsen of Fort Worth; a daughter, Tiffany Jacobsen of Fort Worth; a stepson, Curtis Eakin of Midland; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Eakin of Midland; his mother, Crystal B. Rogers of Amarillo, and a sister, Mrs. Jax (Sofia Kay) McCarley of Amarillo.

The family has requested that memorials be sent to Midland Diagnostic Cancer Clinic.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1978, page 2

Jahn, Henry Sidney

Henry Jahn Funeral Services Held July 8

Henry Sidney Jahn, 85, of Weimar, died July 5 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 8 at Vsetin Czech-Moravian Brethren Church with Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

Interment followed at the Vsetin Cemetery.

Mr. Jahn was born March 5, 1919 in Mossy Grove to Joe and Louise (Klevar) Jahn.

He attended school in Mossy Grove for several years.

On Aug. 31, 1940, he married Lillie Mikush at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hallettsville.

He hauled milk, did construction and was a farmer and rancher.

He was a member of the SPJST and lived in this area for 63 years.

His hobbies included gardening, fishing and hunting. He loved to talk about the good old days and was always willing to help others.

Mr. Jahn is survived by his wife, Lillie Jahn of Weimar; a special niece, Jo Ann Morris; numerous nieces, and nephews; and one brother, Raymond (Pete) Jahn of Houston.

He was preceded in death his parents; two sisters, Katherine Schoener and Lorene Keilers;and five brothers, George, Bill Floyd, Victor and Johnny Jahn.

Pallbearers were nephews, Alvin Mikush, Marvin Mikush, Joe John Mikush, Glenn Jahn, James Jahn and Joe Willie Schott; and great nephew, Jimmie Meyer.

The Weimar Mercury July 15, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Jahn, Joe

Funeral Services For Joe Jahn, 78, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Joe Jahn, 78, of Oakland were held Wednesday morning, Nov 16, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s church, with interment in the church cemetery. Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mr. Jahn died at 8:05 p. m. Monday at his home, ending an 11-month illness.

Born July 4, 1882, in Lavaca County, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jahn Sr. He married Miss Louise Klevar at Hallettsville on November 24, 1909, and they settled near Hallettsville, moving to the Oakland section in 1936.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Louise Jahn of Oakland; six sons, Bill and Henry of Weimar; Victor and Floyd of Oakland, George of Schulenburg and Raymond of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Lorene Keilers and Mrs. Kathryn Schoener of Houston. Three sons died in infancy and another; Johnny, died in February 1959.

Pallbearers were Wm. W. Jahn, Alex Berkovsky, Emil Hoffmann, Ed. Thompson, Charles V. Jahn and Larry Bricker.

Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1960, page 1

James Infant


The infant son of Mr and Mrs Clarence James was stillborn last Thursday and was laid to rest in the City Cemetery.

The sympathy of the Citizen and its readers go out to the sorrowing parents

Colorado County Citizen, Aug 11, 1927
Contributed by Terry Jackson

James, Joseph W.

Notes From Oakland

The death angel invaded our town at 4 o’clock, p.m. Saturday, Aug 4, 1894, and took from our midst one of our number, J. W. James, formerly of Ohio, but for many years a good citizen of our town. Brother James was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and only a few days before his death said to his pastor, Rev. S. H. Morgan, that the way was clear and that he was ready for the Master’s call He died as he had lived--quietly, peaceably and with the whole armor on. He married the beautiful Miss Annie Strunk of Oakland on the 20th day of December, 1892, and would have been 27 years old on the 30th day of September, 1894. He was a worthy member of the Masonic lodge at Oakland, and was buried in the Odd Fellows’ Rest [Masonic Cemetery] at Weimar on Sunday evening with Masonic honors. A large concourse of friends followed his remains to his last resting place. Brother James was a prominent merchant of our town and his dealings were characteristic of his life--fair and honest. He leaves a heart-broken wife and a sweet baby boy 10 month’s old, and a host of sorrowing friends to mourn his death. Although our hearts are bereft, yet we rejoice that our loved ones are safe in the Master’s fold, and at the last day we may claim our own. To the bereaved ones we would say look up to the source from whence comes all our blessings. Though the trial seems hard, yet the Lord tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. May the grace of God comfort the widow, nourish and sustain the orphan, and console the bereaved, is the prayer of one of Joe’s best friends. J.

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1894, page 2

James, Nellie L. (Venghaus)

Funeral services for Mrs Nellie L James of Columbus were held at Columbus Funeral Home at 2 pm March 22 with the Rev Gus Prince assisted by the Rev Gerald Hendon of Angleton officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs James had been ill in Columbus Hospital 9 days when she died at 8:15 am March 20. She had been in ill health for a number of years.

Born in Frelsburg in 1898, she was a daughter of Reinhold and Ruby Neal Venghaus. She married Clarence James Dec 24, 1922 and lived all her married life in Columbus. They observed their golden wedding anniversary on the past Christmans eve. She was a member of Live Oak Baptist Church.

Survivors are her husband; a sister Mrs Elizabeth Fehrenkamp of Columbus; a brother Lester N Venghaus of Carlsbad, N.M. and several nieces and a nephew and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A N Evans, Jr, James Dunn Seymour, Jr, Arnold Sanders, Charles Klein, Robert Nelson, Owen Miller, D J Hastedt and Norman Zatopek.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 1973
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Jamison, Harry Granville

Services Friday For Harry Jamison, Electric Shock Victim

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for Harry Granville Jamison, 85, with internment in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. W. M. Davis of the Baptist church officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jamison died at Columbus Hospital at 2 p.m. last Thursday as a result of severe burns and shock received when he came into contact with an electric power line at the W. T. Richardson home on January 18.

A rice farmer, he was in partnership with Mr. Richardson.

Mr. Jamison, a son of Ellen and Granville Jamison, was born at Columbus on October 17, 1861. He was married to Miss Roberta Cappa who died some years ago.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. C. M. Bailey of Columbus and Mrs. Charles De Graffanried of Ismay, Montana.

Pallbearers were R. K. Jackson, Tanner Walker, Jodick Perry, Harry Tanner Jr., E. G. Miller and Frank Miekow.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Janacek, Edith (Shumbera)

Mrs. Ray Janacek, 40, Succumbs To Long Illness

Funeral services were held Sunday morning, March 3, for Mrs. Raymond Janacek, 40, who died Thursday, Feb. 28, in Youens Hospital, after two years and four months of illness.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John Bily officiated. A Requiem High Mass was offered at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The former Miss Edith Shumbera, she was was[sic] born here Nov. 30, 1922, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Shumbera and except for awhile at school and teaching she had lived her entire life in this area. After graduation from Weimar High School in 1940, she attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College at San Marcos, where she received her degree in elementary education. She taught schools at Live Oak, Oakland, New Bielau and West Columbia. She was married to Mr. Janacek here on Nov. 26, 1945. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Catholic Daughters of America and the Legion of Mary.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter, Barbara Ann, 9, and one son, Darrell Ray, 6; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Shumbera of Weimar; three sisters, Mrs. Leroy (Vlasta) Polk of Weimar, Mrs. J. C. (Alice) Fairchild of Orange and Miss Lillian Shumbera of Houston and one brother, Capt. A. L. Shumbera of Bryan.

Pallbearers were nephews Leroy James Polk Jr., Henry Thomas Polk, Lee Earl Poppe, and Robert Wayne Poppe, and cousins Alfred James Janacek and Francis Joe Janacek.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1963, page 1

Janacek, Frances (Rainosek)

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Janacek, 81, widow of Joseph J. Janacek, were held Wednesday, April 26, of St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mrs. Janacek, a resident of the Weimar area most of her life, died unexpectedly at her home Monday about 5:30 p.m.

She was born Oct. 4, 1890, at La Grange, the daughter of Herman and Agnes Konvicka Rainosek. She was married to Mr. Janacek on Oct. 30, 1911 at Bluff (now Hostyn) and they later moved to Weimar.

She was a member of the Bohemian Christian Mothers.

They had three children, Mrs. Lee Earl (Lillie) Poppe, Leonard H. and Raymond E. Janacek.

Mr. Janacek died June 15, 1965. One of the sons, Leonard, died July 31, 1965. Mrs. Janacek was also preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Mary Janacek, in 1969, and by her only brother, Willie, in 1950.

Surviving in addition to the daughter and son are a granddaughter, Barbara Ann Janacek, and three grandsons, Lee Earl Poppe Jr., Robert Wayne Poppe and Darrell Ray Janacek; one great-granddaughter, Lisa Kaye Poppe; a sister, Mrs. Olga Cervenka; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Annie Rainosek.

Pallbearers were Lee Earl Poppe Jr., Robert W. Poppe, and Darrell Ray Janacek, grandsons, William Glancy, Paul Binder, and Adolf A. Sumbera.

Weimar Mercury, May 4, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janacek, Joseph John

Joe J. Janacek, 68, Dies Suddenly; Rites Set Friday

Funeral services will be held here Friday morning for Joseph John Janacek, 68-year-old Weimar farmer, who died Wednesday morning after a heart attack.

Services will begin at Hubbard Funeral Home at 9:15 and continue at 9:30 at St. Michael’s Church. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Janacek, still actively farming, had become ill only Tuesday. Wednesday morning he came in for medical treatment and was stricken fatally while in the doctor’s office. He had had a mild heart attack about two years ago.

Born August 27, 1886, at Ammannsville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Janacek, he spent all his life in the Weimar area. He married Miss Frances Rainosek at Bluff (now Hostyn) in 1911. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors in addition to his wife are one daughter, Mrs. Lee Earl Poppe, and two sons, Leon and Raymond E. Janacek, all of Weimar. All nine of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 1955, page 1

Janacek, Raymond E.

R. Janacek Funeral Services Held Oct. 27

Raymond E. Janacek, 84, of Weimar, died Friday, Oct. 24 at Columbus Care Center in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 27 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Fr. John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at the St. Michael Cemetery.

Mr. Janacek was born Sept. 17, 1919 in Weimar to Joe and Frances Rainoshek Janacek. He attended Hostyn School, St. Michael’s Catholic School and Weimar School.

He married Edith Shumbera on Nov. 26, 1945 in Weimar.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1942-1945 and was a member of the American Legion.

He was retired from Brasher Motor Company where he was employed as a mechanic.

He was a farmer and rancher of the Weimar area and a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

He enjoyed spending time “baby-sitting” his grandson his last years of his life.

Mr. Janacek is survived by one son, Darrell Janacek and wife Susan of Weimar; one daughter, Barbara Janacek of Weimar; one nephew, Robert Poppe and wife Mary Ann of Weimar; and one grandchild, Ryan Janacek.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Shumbera Janacek; parents Joe and Frances Rainoshek Janacek; one brother, Leonard Janacek and one sister, Lillie Poppe.

Pallbearers were Larry David, Dustin David, Scott Filip, Mark Anderle, Tommy Polk and William Rugeley. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Poppe and Ryan Janacek.

The Weimar Mercury, October 30, 2003
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Janacek, Rheimund

Tried to Escape From Himself.

Weimar, Tex., Dec. 26. – In the afternoon yesterday, Rheimund Janecek, a Bohemian farmer, suicided in the Weimar city jail by hanging himself to the iron bars of the prison cage with a woolen cloth or comfort that was worn around his neck after the fashion of a necktie.

The evening before he, accompanied by his wife and young son, about 14 years old, applied to Justice C. T. Hancock and insisted upon being locked up in jail to prevent his doing violence, saying that he was subject to attacks of insanity, and when in that condition was inclined to do violence to his family; that he had a good wife and good children and wished to be imprisoned so that he could do them no damage; also that he desired to be treated and cured of his insanity.

The justice knew that there was awful truth in the unfortunate man’s statement as he had exhibited insane violence a short time ago, but had apparently recovered and seemed at that time to be still entirely sane. After much embarrassment and consideration the justice concluded that it would be the best to have him locked up and sent to the county authorities at Columbus.

Yesterday evening about 3 o’clock, when Constable Insall went to the city jail to get the volunteer prisoner to take him to Columbus, he found the man cold in death, hanging to an iron bar, with his knees almost touching the floor, his position showing that he had drawn his legs back to keep his feet from touching the floor and preventing him from choking to death.

The coroner’s verdict was in accordance with the foregoing statement.

The unfortunate man was well educated in Bohemian and German; was once a passenger conductor on a railroad in Bohemia; lost his position when his mind became unbalanced; came to this country several years ago and commenced farming, with the hope that the change would bring about his recovery. He was about fifty years old. He leaves a wife and nine children. – San Antonio Express. [burial place unknown]

Shiner Gazette, 29 Dec 1897
Contributed by Matt Cross

Janak, Bettie


Mrs. Barbara Janak, one of the oldest and most respected settlers of this section, died Monday night, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites administered by Rev. Jos. Szymanski, rector of St. Michael's Church.

Mrs. Janak was born Nov. 30, 1831, at Hajer, Moravia, Czecho-Slovakia, a daughter of Jos. Schmisek and wife, and was 88 years, 9 months and 1 days old at the time of her death. Mrs. Janak came to this country in early life and had many and varied experiences, endured many hardships, and saw much of this section in its earlier and unsettled state. We hope to publish a sketch other life in an early issue of this paper. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1920, page 1


Mrs. Bettie Janak, one of the oldest and most respected settlers of this community, died Sept. 6th at the home of her son, Jos. Janak, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery the following day, a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. Mrs. Janak was born in Moravia, Czecho-Slovakia, and came to this country in early days. When she settled here, this was a verly[sic] sparsely settled section. She lived here for many years, and had had varied experiences. She was 88 years old. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 24, 1920, page 7

Janak, Caroline (Kristek)

Mrs. Janak, 92, Succumbs to Long Illness

Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Kristek Janak, 92, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Saturday, March 5. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Rev. Albert Hubertus and Rev. John Bily officiated.

Mrs. Janak, ill for many years, died Thursday at 2:45 p.m. at her home.
Born Sept. 8, 1873, at Hostyn, she was married to John Janak Sr. in 1893. They settled at Holman, later moving to Weimar, where she spent the rest of her life.

She is survived by one son, Joe Janak of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Mary) Elstner of Weimar and Mrs. Emil Brinsdon of Houston; and 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

One son, John Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. Annie Kubos, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her six grandsons, J. W. Brinsdon, Hugh Brinsdon and Thomas Joe Janak of Houston, John David Janak of Dallas, John Elstner and James Janak of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 1966, page 1

Janak, Dolores (Mensik)

Dolores Mensik Janak, 75 was born on May 27, 1936 in Schulenburg, Texas to Theophil and Rosie Muzny Mensik. She entered into eternal life on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

Dolores is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Janak; son, James Janak and wife Felicia; daughters, Judy Janak and Jill Hay and husband Scott; three granddaughters, Sara Janak, Stephanie Janak and Nicole Hay ; mother, Rosie Mensik; sisters, Betty Machalec, Rose Hollas and Mary Jane Christen and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father and brother, Dennis Mensik.

Gathering of Family and Friends will be Monday, May 14, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Vigil and Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Pat H. Foley & Company. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Rd., 77092. Dolores will be laid to rest at St. Michael's Cemetery, Weimar, Texas at 2:30 p.m.

Houston Chronicle on May 14, 2012
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Janak, Frances

Mrs. Frank Janak, jr., of the Content neighborhood died last Saturday night, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery in this city Sunday afternoon. She was about 26 years of age, and a most excellent lady. Mr. Janak has the sympathy of many friends in his loss.

Weimar Mercury, May 21, 1898

Janak, Francis L. (Olsovsky)

Francis L. Janak Services Held Here Feb. 8

Francis L. Janak, 106, of Weimar passed away on Friday, Feb. 4.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1904 to Frank and Veronica (Kresta) Olsovsky in Moravia.

Francis attended Moravia School, and married Joe J. Janak on Nov. 6, 1933 at St. Michael Church.

She was a member of St. Michael Church, Catholic Daughters, St. Ann’s Society, and KJZT.

Francis is survived by her sons Thomas J. Janak and wife Delores of Houston, and James H. Janak and wife Barbara of Weimar; six grandchildren, James D. Janak and wife Felicia of Houston, Judy Janak of Houston, Jill Hay and husband Scott of Houston, Brenda Rehak and husband Lee of Schulenburg, Bryan Janak and wife Heather of Weimar, and David Janak of La Grange.

She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kennedy and Jakob Rehak, Ty, Tanner, Tori and Tucker Janak, Sara and Stephanie Janak and Nicole Hay.
Francis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five sisters, four brothers, an infant daughter, and great-granddaughter.

Francis was a housewife, rancher, seamstress, quilt maker, and her homemade noodles and kolaches were enjoyed by many.

She loved to go dancing, fishing, play dominoes, and speak Czech with family members.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bily officiating and interment in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James D. Janak, David Janak, Ernest Hollas, Robert Pohl, William Neisner and John Elstner.

Altar servers were great grandsons, Jakob Rehak and Tanner Janak.

Eucharistic ministers were Bernice Leihardt and Ernest Hollas.

The Weimar Mercury, February 10, 2011, page 2
Submitted bySandra Long Anders

Janak, Frank

Frank Janak, Retired Farmer, Died Friday

Mr. Frank Janak, farmer of the Ammannsville community, who some time ago purchased the Victor Slavik residence property in the northwestern part of town and moved here, died Friday morning, following his return some two weeks ago from a San Antonio hospital, where he underwent an operation. At the time of the operation we are told, no hope was held out for him, and he was advised to return home. His death ensued ten days later. The funeral took place Monday morning at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Janak was a hard working, good citizen, highly thought of by all who knew him. We understand he leaves a widow and six children; also two brothers--John and Jos. Janak of this city. He was born and raised in this section. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1926, page 1

Janak, Frank Sr.

Frank Janak, Sr., aged 87 years, one of the oldest citizens of this section, died Thursday night of last week, and was buried at St. Michael’s cemetery the following afernoon at 5 o’clock He came to Texas in 1860, and had lived at the place of his death for the past fifty years He was well and favorably known throughout this section, and his death is sincerely regretted. He leaves a widow, three sons and two step-daughters, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 2, 1911, page 5

Janak, Joe August Sr.

Joe Janak Sr., 78, Dies At Rest Home; Buried Wednesday

Joe August Janak Sr. 78-year-old retired farmer, was buried in the Masonic Cemetery here Wednesday afternoon, after services at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Wm. Anderson, pastor of St. Paul's E&R Church at Schulenburg, officiated.

Mr. Janak died at about 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg where he had lived the past two years. He had suffered a heart stroke Monday.

Born in the Content community a few miles south of here, he had made Weimar his home nearly all his life. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Janak Sr., he was born October 26, 1876.

He moved from here to Mikeska Texas, in 1900 and there married Miss Julia Anne Mikeska in 1902. In 1909 they and their family moved to Weimar. Mrs. Janak died June 19, 1951.

Surviving are two sons, Joe of Beaumont and Albert of here; three daughters, Mrs. W. R. Schneider of Austin, Mrs. F. A. Somer of Ennis and Mrs. A. E. Teltschik of Yorktown; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A son, Louis V., died in infancy in 1914.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Fred Elstner, Joe J. Janak, Fred Froehlich Jr., Henry Beken Jr., August Beken and Albert Barta.

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 1955, page 1

Janak, Joe J.

Joe J. Janak Funeral Held Here Jan.16

Funeral services for Joe J. Janak, 82,of Weimar were held Wednesday, Jan 16, from St. MichaelCatholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.Father William Halata officiated.

Janak, a retired brick mason andcarpenter, died January 14 at 9 p.m. at Parkview Manornursing home.

Born March 20, 1908, in Weimar, he wasa son of John and Carolina (Kristek) Janak. He marriedFrances Olsovsky here on Nov. 6, 1932.

Janak was a Weimar High schoolgraduate. He served in the Army during World War II, fromMarch 29, 1944, to July 17, 1946. He was a member of St.Michael Church, the Knights of Columbus, St. JosephSociety, RVOS, SPJST, and the American Legion.

His wife survives him, along with twosons, Thomas Janak of Houston and James Janak of Weimar;six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and asister, Emily Brinsdon of Houston. He was preceded indeath by a brother, John Janak Jr.; two sisters, AnnieKubos and Mary Elstner; and an infantdaughter.

Pallbearers were Bryan Janak, DavidJanak, Hugh Brinsdon, Al Curtis Janak, Johnnie Elstnerand James Dale Janak.

Weimar Mercury January 24,1991

Janak, Joe John

Columbus GI Joe Janak, 21, Dead in Saigon

Columbus—Pfc. Joe J. Janak, 21, son of M. and Mrs. Theo Janak of Columbus, was killed May 12 in Saigon by enemy action , just one week after he arrived in Vietnam.

Janak, a 1967 graduate of Columbus High School, entered the Army Nov. 2, 1967. He is the first from the Columbus area to lose his life in Vietnam.

Burial will be in the Hostyn Hill Catholic Cemetery near Ellinger.

In addition to his parents, Janak is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kelly Meyer of San Antonio; two brothers, Norris and Larry Janak of Columbus; two half-brothers, George Prihoda of Schulenburg and Ernest Prihoda of Columbus; two half-sisters, Mrs. Bobbie Fox and Mrs. Laverne Phelan of Midland.

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1968, page 1

Pfc. Joe Janak, Vietnam Victim, Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, May 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Hostyn Hill Cemetery near Ellinger for Pfc. Joe J. Janak, 21, who was killed on Mother’s Day, May 12, by enemy mortar fire in Vietnam.

He had been in Vietnam just over a month. He entered the service Nov. 2, 1967 and arrived in Vietnam April 19.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Janak of Route 1, Columbus; two brothers, Norris and Larry Janak of Columbus, two half-brothers, Ernest Prihoda of Columbus and George Prihoda of El Campo; a sister, Mrs. Viola Meyer of San Antonio; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Fox and Mrs. LaVerne Phelan, both of Midland.

Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1968, page 1

Janak, John sr.

Heart Attack Fatal To John Janak, Sr., 82, Retired Ginner

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 19, for John Janak Sr., 82, one of Weimar's earliest businessmen whose death occurred Sunday afternoon at about 2:15, from a heart attack.

Mr. Janak had retired as a cotton ginner several years ago after operating a gin here more than 40 years, but had continued to lead an active life and seemingly was, enjoying good health.

Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated in the final rites at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steve Kasper, W. H. Hollien, Emil Christ, Chas. F. Kalous, John Heger and John Hajovsky.

He was a lifelong resident of this area. Born June 20, 1871, in the Content community south of Weimar, he was the son of Frank and Barbara Janak. He married Miss Carrie Kristek at La Grange in 1893.

In addition to his ginning business, Mr. Janak had in the past been a blacksmith and building contractor, and still owned several business rent buildings. He was a member of St. Michael's Church and SPJST lodge.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Mrs. Fred Elstner of Weimar and Mrs. Emilie Brinsdon of Houston; two Joe J. Janak of Weimar and John Janak Jr. of Dallas: a brother, Joe Janak Sr., of Weimar; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Annie Kubos, preceded him in death in 1923.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1954, page 1

Janak, Julia Annie (Mikeska)

Funeral Services Set Today for Mrs. Joe Janak, Sr.

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Janak, Sr., 73, who died suddenly at about 6:30 Tuesday evening after a heart stroke, are scheduled for 3:30 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon, June 21, from Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. C. Emigholz will officiate. Interment will be made in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Janak had been in poor health for about two years, but was well enough to be up and around. Tuesday afternoon she had visited with a sick friend and had not complained of feeling ill until a few minutes before she expired.

She had been a Weimar resident for 42 years. Born Julia Annie Mikeska, October 19, 1877, at Caldwell, Texas, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mikeska. She moved later to Mikeska, Texas, with her parents, and there on Oct. 25, 1902 married Mr. Janak. They resided at Mikeska until 1909, when they moved here.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Mrs. W. R. Schneider of Austin, Mrs. F. A. Somer of Ennis, Mrs. A. E. Teltschik of Yorktown; two sons, Joe Janak, Jr., of Beaumont and Albert of here; two brothers,L. A. Mikeska of Westfield, N. J., and Henry Mikeska of Beeville; seven sisters, Mrs. P. P. Mikeska of Caldwell, Mrs. Jim H. Sullivan of George West, Mrs. Albert Kubala of Beeville, Mrs. J. W. Skrabanek of Austin, Mrs. H. A. Janicek of Temple, Mrs. Rudolf Svadlenak of Austin, and Mrs. E. J. Stalmach of Smithville; and 10 grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, June 22, 1951, pages 1 and 8

Janak, Louis F.

The year old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Janak of near New Bielau died Sunday and was buried Monday at the Evangelical Lutheran cemetery at New Bielau, Rev. Paul Piepenbrak, officiating.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 13, 1914
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janak, Maxine (Beken)

Maxine Janak Funeral Services Held Sept. 27

Maxine (Beken) Janak, 86, of Weimar died Sept. 26 at Parkview Manor. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Weimar, with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery

Maxine was born Oct. 28, 1919 in New Bielau to Clara (Rahlwes) and August Beken.

She attended New Bielau and Weimar Schools.

Mrs. Janak married Albert J. Janak on Nov. 19, 1943 in Weimar.

Maxine served multiple positions of the United Church of Christ including Women's Guild, and Naomi Ruth Circle. She was also a member of the Weimar Heritage Museum, and played multiple domino and canasta groups.

Mrs. Janak lived in Weimar all her life.

She is survived by her sons, Al Janak and wife Carrol of Rosharon, Mack Janak and wife Debbie of Weimar, and Kelly Janak and wife Kathy of Weimar; brother, Milton Beken and wife Oranell of Weimar; sisters-in-law, Doris Beken, and Edna Janak; and seven grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Janak; brother, Walton Beken; and brother-in-law, Joe Janak.

Pallbearers were Kurt Janak, Matthew Janak, Luke Janak, Ford Beken, Dr. Bill Rugeley and Hugo Richter Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were John Janak and Sam Janak.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 2006, page 2A

Janak, Theo J.


Funeral services for Theo J. Janak, age 82, of Columbus were held Tuesday. Oct. 11 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Msgr. Ben Mazurkewciz[sic] officiated. A rosary was recited Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Church.
Mr. Janak was born January 23,1906 in Fayetteville to Joe Janak and Julie Janak.

He married Bessie Zbranek on Sept. 1, 1945. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Janak lived most of his life in the Brushy Community, was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger and was a veteran of WWII.

He is survived by a daughter, Viola Meyer of Brushy; two stepdaughters, LaVerne Phelan, Bogue Chitto, Miss, and Dorothy Fox, Midland; sons Norris Janak, Columbus, Larry Janak, Brushy; stepsons, George Prihoda, Edna and Ernest Prihoda, Rockdale; Sisters, Toni Jordan, Austin, Rosalie Perry, Lissie, and Albina Butler, Eagle Lake; one brother, Emil Janak, Eagle Lake; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Janak, Michael Meyer, Marcus Meyer, Kenneth Phelan, Joel Phelan and Joe Allen Blackmon.

Honorary pallbearers were Emil Janek and Daniel Mareka.

Colorado County Citizen, October 12, 1988, page 2

Janda, Adolph Joe

Adolph Janda Funeral Held Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Adolph Joe Janda, 80, of San Antonio were held Wednesday morning, March 17, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mr. Janda is survived by his wife, Marie Skutca Janda of San Antonio; one son, Curtis B. Janda; one daughter, Mrs. Geraldine G. Prinz; and nine grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1976, page 4

Janda, Leopold

An Old Time Citizen Passes to His Reward

Many of our people regretted to learn of the death of Mr. Leopold Janda, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed B. Kainer, in the Sedan community Thursday of last week, the funeral taking place in St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city the following day, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Janda was born in 1858 in Austria and came here as a young man in the early seventies. He first settled in the Bluff section. There he lived up to ten years ago, when following the death of his beloved wife, he made his home for the following five years with his son, Mr. Fred Janda. Five years later he moved to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Kainer, in the Sedan community, where he remained up to the time of his death.

The two children mentioned survive him, also one step-daughter, Mrs. Rosa Harris of Houston. Mr. Janda had been in bad health for some time, although he never complained, and remained cheerful to the last.

He was a kindly, good man, highly regarded by all who knew him, and his passing is noted with keen regret. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 15, 1931

Janda, Leroy A.


Leroy A. Janda, 68, of Columbus, died Wednesday, July 16, 1997, from injuries received in an auto accident near Garwood.

Born March 29,1929 in El Campo, he was the son of Louis and Monica (Diettrich) Janda. A retired sales clerk who had lived in the Columbus area for 47 years, Mr. Janda was a Catholic, a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2971 and was a former chief of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

Services were held July 19 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Deacon Chuck Glynn officiating. Interment followed in St. Michael Cemetery in Weimar.

Serving as pallbearers were James Booker, James Janda, Thomas Janda, Mark Janda, Mike Booker, Tony Janda and Larry Janda. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Raymond Thomas, Charles "Sonny" Daniel, members of the Columbus Fire Department and the "coffee buddies" at Mr. B's.

Mr. Janda is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Belinda and Larry Guenther of Columbus and Bonnie and Kenneth Nelson of Bernardo; friend Jane Booker of Eagle Lake; sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice and Edgar Koehn and niece Anna Koehn, all of Weimar; sister-in-law Leona Janda and her children, all also of Weimar; and grandchildren Shelly Nelson, Darren Nelson, Deven Nelson and Matthew Guenther.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1997

Janda, Louis W.

Father of Leroy Janda Dies After Heart Attack

Funeral services were held at St. Michael’s Catholic church in Weimar Dec 23 for Louis Janda, 67, father of Leroy Janda of Columbus, who died at his home after a heart attack Dec. 20. He had suffered a stroke 5 years ago but had recovered and was leading an active life. He had retired from his job with Colorado county, Prec. 2. He was a native of La Grange.

Rev. Bily officiated and burial was in the Weimar Catholic cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, the former Monica Dietrich, whom he married 43 years ago; a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Koehn; sons, Henry and Morris of Weimar and Leroy of Columbus, and 25 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Wilbert Kobersky, Johnny Satske, Roy Gene Brueger, La Vern Trlicek, Thomas Holub and Emil Boehme.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1963, page 6

Louis W. Janda, 67, Succumbs To Heart Attack

Funeral services for Louis W. Janda, 67, retired county employee, were held Saturday morning, Dec. 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery, Rev. John Bily officiated.

Mr. Janda, who had worked 18 years in Comm. Alfred Kainer's precinct crew before retiring had been in fair health. Wednesday around midnight he had a heart attack and he died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday at his home.

Born at Hostyn, near La Grange, on August 23, 1895, he was the son of Henry and Agnes Lichnovsky Janda. He was a World War I veteran, serving in Co. D of the 142nd Infantry, 36th Division, including 10 months in France. He married miss Monica Dittrich here on Oct. 27, 1919, and they had lived in the Weimar area since then.

Mr. Janda was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, the KJT, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and VFW.

Surviving in addition to his widow are one daughter, Mrs. Edgar (Beatrice) Koehn; 3 sons, Henry and Morris Janda of Weimar and Leroy of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Joe of San Antonio and Alvin of El Campo; and 5 sisters, Mrs. Wm. Kobersky of Weimar, Mrs. Frank Terlicek and Mrs. John Cernosek of El Campo, Mrs. Henry Bruger [Brugger?] of La Grange, and Mrs. Gilbert Nitschke of San Antonio. A brother, Paul and a sister, Emma, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were nephews, Thomas Holub, Hilton Schimcek, Levern Terlicek, Johnie Satsky, Wilbert Kobersky and Roy Gene Brugger.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, January 3, 1963
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janda, Vince "Jim"


Mr. Vince ("Jim") Janda of LaGrange, an employe of the LaGrange hospital, died in that city last Saturday and the remains were brought to Weimar for burial, the ceremony taking place at St. Michael's Cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Mr. Janda was a comparatively young man, being only 32 years of age at the the of death.

From the LaGrange Record we learn that Mr. Janda was born and reared at Moulton, but had been living in LaGrange for about six years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frank Kainer of Weimar, Mrs. Helen Matula of East Bernard, a brother, Adolph Janda of San Antonio, and a half-brother, Alvin Urner of Wharton.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 1, 1932
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janecka, Adolph J.


Services for Adolph J. Janecka, 86, of Weimar, were held May 13 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Burial followed at St. Michael's Cemetery in Weimar.

Janecka died May 10 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.'

He was born on Feb. 8, 1917,in the Wildwood community near Weimar, the son of Frank and Johana Macha Janecka.

Janecka attended Wildwood, St. Michael, Weimar High and Blinn Business schools.

He served in the U.S. Army from April 16, 1942 to Dec. 3, 1945 receiving the American Theater Campaign, EAME Campaign, Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals.

Janeck married Annie Jurecka on Sept. 23, 1942 in Schulenburg.

He was a confectionary owner for over 30 years and employed at Gindler's Department Store for 16 years.

Janeck lived in the area his entire life and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Czech Heritage Society, Sons of Hermann, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Catholic Life and Past Post Commander of VFW..

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Allen Hoelscher of Weimar, son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Carol Janecka of La Grange; brother and sister-in-law, Frankie and Judy Janecka of West Point, sister-in-law, Annie Janecka of Weimar; and three grandchildren, Dwayne Dilley and wife, Tara of weimar, Kristi Janecka of Austin and Brett Janecka of La Grange.

Pallbearers were Edwin and Richard Cernosek, George Jurecka, Daniel Wick, Mike Kotrla and Leo Guenther.

Hubbard Funder Home, Weimar, directors.

The Banner Press Newspaper, May 22, 2003

Janecka, Albert Frederick

Albert Janecka Funeral Services Held Dec. 1

Albert Frederick Janecka, 82, of Weimar died Nov. 29. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 1 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bily, and Father John Peters of Hallettsville officiating.

Interment followed in the St. Michael Cemetery.

Albert was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Pierce to Emil and Bessie (Cernosek) Janecka.

He attended Holman School and then Blinn College.

Mr. Janecka married Mary Ann Potthast on April 12, 1948 in Weimar.

Albert worked as a Service Station Operator and Wholesale Beer Distributor. He also served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Janecka lived in the Weimar area for most of his life.

He is survived by his wife and 12 children: Sister Valerie Janecka of Victoria, Phyllis Swinney of San Antonio, Jerome "Jerry" Janecka of Alleyton, Charlotte "Shorty" Barton, Christopher Janecka, Sandra "Sue" Spence, Chad Janecka, Art Janecka, Kevin Janecka, Mark Janecka, Keith Janecka and Lisa Ervin, all of Weimar.

He is also survived by his siblings, Agnes Cernoch of Columbus, Bessie Johnson of Bay City, and Dorothy Tykal of Moravia; 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Bessie Janecka; sons, Allen Wayne Janecka and Kim Steven Janecka; grandson, Clayton Thomas Janecka; and brother, Emil G. Janecka.

Pallbearers were Jason Barton, Dalton Ervin, Brett Janecka, Dustin Janecka, Jack Janecka, Shane Janecka and Travis Stech.

Honorary pallbearers were Jared Barton, Holt Ervin, Hudson Ervin, Sean Hale, Chase Janecka, Clint Janecka, Hank Janecka, Scott Janecka, Seth Janecka, Trent Janecka, Willie Janecka, and Zak Janecka.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 2005, page 2A


Janecka, Alma H. (Rutledge)

Mrs. Janecka, 69, Buried At Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Janecka, 69, of Houston were held Thursday, April 12, at Columbus Funeral Home with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

She died April 10 after a long illness.

Mrs. Janecka was born August 14, 1909, near Weimar. She was married to John Janecka on September 4, 1926, and they lived in this area several years before moving to Columbus and later to Houston. They lived in Houston more than 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, John Janecka of Houston; two sons, Johnie of Houston and Arthur Joe of La Marque; five grandchildren; a half-brother, Rufus Rutledge; two step-brothers, Walter and Harvey Lee; and a step-sister. Two children and a brother preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Adolf Anders, Wilbert Anders, Edwin Cernosek, all of Houston, Bennie Janecka of Beaumont, Emil Joe Matura of Wheelock, and Richard Cernosek of Flatonia.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Janecka, Annie (Hudec)

Annie Janecka Funeral Services Held March 29

Annie Janecka, 93, of Weimar, died March 27 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 29 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. John Bily officiating.

Altar servers were great-granddaughters, Allison Sestak and Amber Leppin.

Communion helper was Jeanette Hoelscher.

Readings were read by great-granddaughters, Adria and Collette Lapham and Kaitlyn Sestak.
Offertory gifts were presented by great-grandchildren, Olivia and Reid Wheatley, Alycia Lapham, Jacob and Hayden Sestak and Spencer Leppin.

The eulogy was given by granddaughter, Melissa Maraist.

“Angel of God” was sung by Amber and Spencer Leppin. Organist was Jenny Grohmann and soloist was Nancy Rosenauer.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Mrs. Janecka was born Nov. 1, 1910 in Weimar to Frank and Frances (Shumbera) Hudec.

She attended Wildwood Public School and St. Michael School.

She married Victor Janecka on Oct. 23, 1933 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

She and her husband owned Janecka Confectionery until 1949 when they bought a farm and owned a dairy. She also worked at M-G Egg till her retirement. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Society and Catholic Daughters.

She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s visits.

She loved to cook and bake especially kolaches and pies; she also enjoyed sewing and gardening and was very proud of her flowers.

She enjoyed having morning coffee with her friends before entering Parkview Manor. Traveling was another of her enjoyments.

She is survived by one son, Bennie Janecka and wife Maedell of Beaumont; three daughters, Georgia Ann Lapham of Weimar, Anna Lee Miller and husband Joe of Weimar, and Linda Urban and husband Thomas of La Grange.

She is also survived by two brothers, Henry Hudec of Weimar, and Edwin Hudec of Rosenburg; two sisters-in-law, Adela Hudec, and Judy Janecka; one brother-in-law, Frankie Janecka; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 1973; son-in-law, Mike Lapham; and two brothers, William and Jerry.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Michael Lapham, Mason Lapham, Natha Lapham, Jason Janecka, Gregory Miller, Joey Miller, Kevin Urban and Keith Urban.

Honorary Pallbearers were Mark Janecka, Bryant Maraist, Brian Rogers, Todd Leppin, Kenneth Sestak, Wad Wheatley and Bruce Fagan.

The Weimar Mercury, April 8, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Janecka, August


Mr. August Janecka, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Klement Janecka, living a few miles northeast of Weimar, in the Wildwood community, died the night of Dec. 28, following a several weeks spell of ill health, caused mainly by heart trouble, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery the following day, Very Rev. J. Szymanski officiating.

The pall bearers were Ignac and Adolf Janecka, Willie Hudec, Fred Cernosek, Jerry Hudec and Henry Miksch. The bride girl was Miss Edna Rerich, the flower girls Mary N. Hudec, Pauline Hauser, Pauline Janecka, Alvina Kubenka, Hettie Hudec and Hettie Gold.

The young man was born in the family home near this city Aug. 8, 1915 died Dec. 28, 1933, and was 18 years old at the time of death. He was the oldest living son, and his entire life was spent in the family home. He had been in bed for the past three weeks. He was a hard-working, upright young man, a general favorite among his friends and associates, and his untimely death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Klement Janecka; eight sisters, Mrs. Rosa Chovanec of Ballinger, Miss Mary Janecka of Houston, Misses Theresa, Marcella, Evelyn, Janie, Lillie and Georgie, and one brother, Lad.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them all in their deep bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1934
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janecka, Billie Louise (Harrell)

Billie Janecka Funeral Services Held March 26

Billie Louise Janecka, 84, of Weimar died March 23 at her home. Funeral services were held Monday, March 26 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed at the St. Michael Cemetery.

Billie was born Jan. 27, 1923 in Wildwood to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Harrell.

She attended Wildwood School.

Billie married Lad C. Janecka on Feb. 22, 1946 in Weimar.

She was a housewife and lived in the area for 60 years. She also lived in Houston from 1950 to 1972.

Billie recently was hospitalized and had spent four weeks in Parkview Manor Rehabilitation. She was released Friday, March 16 to return home and died March 23.

She is survived by her son, Leroy Janecka Sr. of Weimar, and grandson, Leroy Janecka Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Pallbearers were Eddie Chovanec, Ted Kubelka, Jerry Hudec, Brian Plagens, Andy Fox and Michael Fox.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 2007, page 2A

Janecka, Cyril

The five-year old son of Clements Janecka and wife, who live a few miles northeast of the city, died Wednesday morning of acute Bright’s disease, following an attack of sore throat in January. The funeral took place today (Thursday) at St. Michael’s cemetery in this city. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in the death of their beloved, only son.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1913, page 1

Janecka, Emil John

Emil Janecka Was Army Vet; Services Here

Emil J. Janecka, who was buried here June 21, was a World War II veteran and served in South Korea with the 98th Division. He died in Nightingale hospital in El Campo June 19, after a short illness. He was born in Weimar Nov. 3, 1927, to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Janecka, who now live in Houston. The family lived in Columbus 20 years and moved away in 1959.

Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 brothers, John G. of Dayton and Arthur Joe of LaMarque, a daughter, Margaret Ann, and a niece, Billie Jo Janecka.

Columbus funeral home was in charge of the services and Rev. Farrar Paterson of the Columbus Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery beside his sister, Mrs. Dorothy Frazer, who died 12 years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, June 29, 1967
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Janecka, Frank J.

F. J. Janecka, Stoke Victim, Falls In Creek

Christmas Eve changed quickly from a time of celebrating to one of sadness for the large family of Frank J. Janecka when a heart stroke almost led to tragic death for the 76-year-old Weimar area farmer.

This week he was still under treatment in Youens Hospital, in critical condition.

Mr. Janecka fell down a 10-foot embankment into a muddy creek bed at his home last Wednesday afternoon after suffering a stroke, and was lying here unconscious when a neighbor, Otto Guenther, found him. The two men had been repairing a small bridge which both use, and Mr. Janecka had walked a short distance away to rest when he began to feel bad.

Unable to get Mr. Janecka out by himself, Mr. Guenther had to come to Weimar for aid. It was nearly an hour before the stricken man could be rescued and brought to the hospital.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1953, page 1

Frank J. Janecka, 76, Succumbs to Heart Illness

Funeral services for Frank J. Janecka, 76, who suffered a heart stroke Christmas Eve and died on New Year’s Day, were held Sunday at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Janecka died in Youens Hospital, where he had lain in a coma since the afternoon of December 24. He and a neighbor had been repairing a small bridge in his pasture shortly before he had the stroke.

Born in Czechoslovakia September 15, 1867, he came to this country at the age of 5 with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Janecka, and had lived near Weimar since that time. He married Miss Janie Macha here October 9, 1900. In 1950 the Janeckas and some 40 families of descendants celebrated the couple's golden wedding anniversary.

Of their 11 children, eight survive, three having died in infancy. These include five sons, John of Columbus, Steve and Frankie of Houston, Victor and Adolph of Weimar; and three daughters, Mrs. Tillie Anders of Houston, Mrs. Emil F. (Annie) Matura and Mrs. Steve (Mary) Cernosek, Weimar. Other survivors include five brothers, Joe, Clement and Anton of Weimar, Edward of Rosenberg and Louis of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Krasucky of El Campo, Mrs. Theresa Gold and Mrs. Emil Kubenka of Weimar and Mrs. Anton Kuchar of Columbus; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One brother, Emil, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers at the funeral were John Heger, John Hajovsky, Charles Lidiak, Otto Guenther, Joe Rypple and H. R. Knebel.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1953

Janecka, Johanna (Macha)

Final Rites for Mrs. F. Janecka, 83, Set Friday

Funeral services will be held here Friday morning, May 20, for Mrs. Frank J. Janecka, 83, who died at 1:20 a. m. Wednesday after a heart attack.

Services will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at St. Michael’s Church at 9:30 a. m. A rosary service was held Wednesday night and another will be held at 8 o’clock Thursday night, in the funeral home. It will be preceded by a 7:30 service held there by the Christian Mothers society. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Mrs. Janecka had lived in this area most of her life. Born Johanna Macha in Czechoslovakia on July 2,1876, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Macha, who brought her to this country as a small child. They settled near Weimar, and on October 9, 1900, she was married here to Mr. Janecka. Her husband died in 1953, and Mrs. Janecka moved to Weimar and built a home. She was a member of St. Michael’s Chruch and the Christian Mothers society.

Surviving are five sons, John , Steve and Frankie of Houston, Victor and Adolph of Weimar; three daughters, Ms. Emil Matura and Mrs. Steve Cernosek of Weimar and Mrs. Tillie Anders of Houston; 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rosie Svetlik of Bay City; and one brother, Adolph Macha of Midfield. Three sons died in infancy.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1960, page 1

Janecka, Kim Steven

Kim Janecka, 3,Succumbs To Heart Illness

Funeral services were held at St. Michael’s Church here Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24, for Kim Steven Janecka, 3 1/2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Janecka.

He died at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Herman Hospital at Houston where he had undergone surgery beginning at 7:30 that morning for correction of a congenital heart condition.

Rev. Albert Hubertus was celebrant of the funeral mass. Pallbearers were Gene Potthast, Rick Burger, Mike Vacek, Franklin Heger, Luke Rodgers, and Michael Klam. Altar boys were David Cernoch, Paul Rodgers and John Barta.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Kim was born to Albert and Mary Ann Potthast Janecka in Weimar on January 3, 1964.

Surviving in addition to his parents are eight brothers, Allen Wayne, Jerry, Chris, Chad, Art, Kevin, Mark and Keith, all at home; five sisters, Sister M. Valerie of Incarnate Word Convent in Victoria, and Phyllis, Charlotte, Sue and Lisa, at home; and his grandmothers, Mrs. Bessie Janecka of Weimar and Mrs. James Dennis of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, September 28, 1967, page 1

Janecka, Klement

Funeral for K. Janecka, 92, Jan. 13

Funeral services for Klement Janecka, 92, of the Wildwood area near Weimar were held Sunday, Jan. 13, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mr. Janecka died Jan. 11 at Youens Memorial Hospital, two months after suffering a stroke.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, he was born Nov. 11, 1881, in the Sedan community, a son of Joe and Theresa Breska Janecka. He married Mary Muzny on August. 24, 1905, and she preceded him in death by less than a year, on Feb. 25, 1973.

Mr. Janecka was the last surviving of the children of the Joe Janeckas. He is survived by one son, Lad Janecka of Weimar; seven daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Balcar of Caldwell, Mrs. Ed (Rosie) Chovanec of Fayetteville, Mrs. Anton (Marcella) Bulanek, Mrs. John (Georgie) Barnes, Mrs. R. L. (Janie) Fox and Mrs. Lillie Perrard, all of Houston, and Mrs. Jerry (Evelyn) Hudec of here; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Jerry F. Hudec Jr., Gene Bulanek, Ludwig Chovanec, Lawrence Chovanec, Eddie Chovanec and T. J. Kubelka

The Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1974
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Janecka, Marie (Muzny)

Mrs. Janecka’s Funeral Rites Held Feb. 27

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Janecka, 86, were held Tuesday, February 27, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

She died February 25 at her home, of a heart attack.

She was married to Klement Janecka on August 14, 1905, and they settled in the Wildwood area, where they had lived since.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and the Christian Mothers.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Lad Janecka of Houston; seven daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Balcar of Caldwell, Mrs. Ed (Rosie) Chovanec of Fayetteville, Mrs. Anton (Marcella) Bulanek, Mrs. John (Georgie) Barnes, Mrs. R. L. (Janie) Fox, and Mrs. Lillie Perrard of Houston, and Mrs. Jerry (Evelyn) Hudec of Weimar; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Two sons, a daughter, three sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jerry F. Hudec Jr., Gene Bulanek, Jerome P. Chovanec, Ludwick L. Chovanec, T. J. Kubelka, and Robert L. Fox Jr.

The Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1973.
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Janecka, Raymond


R. Janichka [sic.], a Bohemian renter on Mr. Thos. Insall's place at Borden, who was subjects to fits of despondency, came in Friday and asked the marshal to confine him for fear that he may do his family bodily harm. His request was complied with and he remained in the calaboose until Sunday, when it was the intention of the officers to take him to Columbus where he could receive proper attention. Just before train time Saturday eve., Constable Insall went for the man, when he found him hanging to the side of the cage, tied by a strong piece of scarf, his legs held from off the floor, in which position he strangled to death. He was cut down by officers and the body was turned over to his family for decent interment. The family being poor, a collection to pay burial expenses was taken up and the poor unfortunate was laid to rest Sunday evening. [Interred at Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, December 30, 1897

Janek, Alfred J.

Last Rites Held For Alfred J. Janek

Alfred (Freddie) J. Janek of Weimar, who suffered a heart attack, was dead on arrival at the Weimar Hospital at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

He was a son of John and Carrie Bohac Janek, born Jan. 1 1908, at Holman.  He was a retired rancher and was a lifetime resident of the Weimar area.  He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Last rites were held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. with the Rev. O'Donnel officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Rosary was recited Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, who was in charge of arrangements.    

Pallbearers were R. C. Kielmann, Al Girndt, Lester Schneider, A. J. Sens, Oliver Wegenhoft and Walter Gaertner.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Georgia Janek; 4 sisters, Mrs. Ewald Girndt, Mrs. Edna Frers and Mrs. Vlasta Rau of Columbus and Mrs. Agnes Smith of Baytown; and on e brother, Jerry Janek of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight Sept. 28, 1972  page 2
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Janek, Emil Adolph

Emil Janek Funeral Services Held Dec. 18

Emil Adolph Janek, 90, of Weimar died Thursday, Dec. 15 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 18 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Emil was born Oct. ll. 1915 in Lavaca County to Frank Janek and Matilda Greive.

He attended Komensky and Greive Schools.

Mr. Janek married Della (Pilat) Janek on Nov. 24, 1941 in Praha.

Emil lived 53 years in Weimar and worked as a driver for Herder Trucklines for 35 years. He was also a member of the KC and the KJT.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Thomas Janek of Spring, Weldon and wife Mary Anne Janek of Clear Lake, and Steve and wife Cathy Janek of Cypress.

He is also survived by is siblings, Ernest Janek of Schulenburg, Vicki Lev of Schulenburg, Anna Schacherl of Flatonia and Bridget Lev of Flatonia; and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Marshall Herzik, Michael Herzik, Jeff Janek, Kenny Lev, Ronnie Masek and Mitch Migl.

Weimar Mercury, December 29, 2005

Janek, Henry F.

Henry Janek

Funeral services for Henry "Hank' F. Janek were held Monday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Robert Schmidt, Father Patrick Palmer and Father Brain Crookes officiating. Burial was at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, in High Hill.
Henry "Hank" F. Janek was born March 10, 1920 in Praha to Frank and Mathilda Janek. He lived most of his lifetime in Columbus. He was a mechanic and lawn. mower repairman. He married Aurelia Schmidt Janek in 1955.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus, and V.F.W.

Survivor include five sisters: Mrs. Charles Halata of Hallettsville, Mrs. Emil Schacherl of Shiner, Mrs. Johnny Lev of Schulenburg, Mrs. Adolph Masek of Flatonia and Mrs. Charles Lev of Flatonia; three brothers, Louis Janek of Arkadelphia, Ark., Emil Janek of Weimar and Ernest Janek of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Thomas Janek, Ronnie Masek, Andrew Schacherl, Arnold BohusIav, Steve Janek and Ralph Schacherl.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1984, page 2

Janek, Jerry Johnnie

Jerry Janek Found Dead Here Last Sat.

Jerry J. Janek, 60, a long-time resident of Eagle Lake, was found dead at The Sewing Center at 102 Boothe Drive at 8:30 Saturday morning, apparently from a heart attack. Mr. Janek was found on a cot in the business place by the owner Mrs. Irene Skuca. Janek reportedly spent some nights in the business since he operated a Ram Leather Goods van from the location.

Eagle Lake Police Chief Lupe Villarreal and Justice of the Peace M. M. Jones were called to the scene after the body was located. Judge Jones held an inquest and ruled that the man apparently died at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday of an apparent heart condition since it was known that he was taking medication for a heart condition.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Janek at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21st from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Hartus, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, officiating. Interment followed in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were Leonard Girndt, Sr., Leonard Girndt, Jr., Laddie Lee Krenek, Ben Richter, Alfred Girndt, and Joe Koudelka.

Jerry Johnnie Janek was born June 18th, 1919 in Weimar, Texas the son of John and Carrie Janek. He resided in Weimar before coming here.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. L. J. (Edna) Schilling of Garwood, Mrs. Ewald Girndt of Columbus and Mrs. Agnes Smith of Baytown; and other relatives and friends. A sister, Mrs. Vlasta Rau, preceded him in death only three weeks ago on Dec. 31st.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Jan. 24, 1980
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janek, Josephine (Starustka)

Mrs. A. Janek, Retired Teacher, Buried Monday

Funeral services were held here Monday, July 24, for Mrs. Alfred (Josephine) Janek, 58, who had taught school nearly 30 years before ill health forced her retirement a year ago.

Hospitalized several times during the past year for treatment of a malignancy, she entered Youens Hospital Wednesday, July 19, and died Friday morning.

She taught the first grade at Weimar in 1965-66 and had been reelected for the folowing year but became ill before the next term started.

Bernardo Principal

She had come here from the Bernardo school, where she had taught the seventh and eighth grades for 14 years and also was serving as principal. She had also taught a year at Novohrad and four years at Vysehrad in Lavaca County, two years at Iowa Colony in Brazoria County, three years at Frelsburg and three years at Glidden.

Born July 12, 1909, at Moravia, Lavaca County, she was a daughter of Jim and Mary Olsovsky Starustka. She was married to Mr. Janek Sept. 3, 1934, at Schulenburg and they settled at Columbus. Twelve years ago they moved to a new home they had built south of Columbus.

SWTSC Graduate

Mrs. Janak held bachelor and master’s degrees from Southwest Texas State College, San Marcos. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church here and the Texas State Teachers Association.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one brother, Julius Starustka of Rosenberg; and six sisters, Mrs. Millie Vornsand of Moravia, Mrs. Mary Goedrich of Highlands, Mrs. Polly Gundelach of Bernardo, Mrs. Ida Krhovjak of Praha, Mrs. Sylvia Capak of Rosenberg, and Mrs. Helen Navjar of Corpus Christi.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated in services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Forest Girndt, Mickey Girndt, Richard Polach, Gene Herzik, Laddie Krenek and Bernard Goedrich.

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1967, pages 1 and 4

Janek, Virginia (Braddock)


Virginia Janek, age 63, of Eagle Lake passed away May 29 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Born Feb. 4, 1921 In Hargill to John D. and Irnie Stapleton Braddock, she was an Eagle Lake resident over 50 years, a member of the First Baptist Church and a long-time employee of the Eagle Lake Community Hospital, working with admissions and insurance.

She was preceded In death by her parents and a sister, Winifred Lumin. Survivors include brothers, John D. Braddock, Hampton, Virginia, James Edward Braddock of Abilene, and Hugh Warren, of Orange, and two nieces.

Funeral services were held June 1 at the Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. Melburn Sibley officiating with interment at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jack Harrell, Dennis Conner, Domingo Castillo, John Paslay, Mike Canaris, Charles Spalinger. Honorary pallbearers were Drs. J. C. Laughlin, R. R. Thomas, Curtis Laughlin,Jose Ugarte, Russell Thomas, Harold Griffin, Preston Copeland.

Colorado County Citizen, June 21, 1984, page 2

Janicek, Alaysia (Svoboda)

Final Rites for Mrs. Janicek, 69, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Aloysia [sic.]Janicek, 69, wife of Emil Janicek of Schulenburg, were held Sunday, Nov. 28, at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Frank Horak Jr. officiated.

Mrs. Janicek was born April 20, 1896, and lived at Dubina all her life. She had been ill a long time.

Surviving are her husband and two sisters, Mrs. Antonia Cunda of Schulenburg and Mrs. Annie Pavlica of Taylor.

Pallbearers were Robert F. Kalous, Sylvin Klam, Robert Janicek, Emil Klam, Charles Walla and Al Klam.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 2, 1965
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janicek, Marie (Vallek)


Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Janicek, 80, a fifty-year resident of Weimar area whose death occurred here Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles F. Kalous, were held Wednesday morning, with Rev. Joseph J. Szymanski of St. Michael's Church officiating.

A native of Frenstadt, Austria, where she was born Sept. 25, 1859, she was married to Frank Janicek, Sr., in 1882 and came to Weimar in 1890. She was a long-time resident of the Dubina section.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Edward Kobersky of Holman, Mrs. Chas. F. Kalous of Weimar, Mrs. Joe Klam of Dubina; and five sons, Frank Janicek of Schulenburg, Leo of Ammannsville, Louis of Needville, Emil of Dubina and Robert of Weimar.

Pall bearers were Messrs. Oscar Heller, Joe Kasper, Henry Salas, John Bayer, Werner Hollien and Sigmund Jurecka.

A large crowd of mourning relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites.

Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery in Weimar.

The Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy to suriving family members and relatiaves.

Weimar Mercury, September 1 1939.

Janis, Vinc

Ellinger News Items.

April 28.—On the 16th of April Vinz Janish died at his home near Frelsburg. He was buried on the 17th at 10 a.m. at the Catholic church at Frelsburg by Father D. Berberich. Mr. Janush [as printed] was in his 81 year and leaves several sons and daughters and a host of friends to mourn his death. May he rest in peace.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1913
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janish, Frank

Funeral Services at Frelsburg for Lifelong Resident

Funeral services for Fran Janish, 84, lifelong resident of Colorado County, were held at the Catholic Church at Frelsburg Wednesday, with interment in Frelsburg Cemetery, Rev. Fr. Geiser officiating.

Mr. Janish, who died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Zajicek in Brushy, operated a farm near Frelsburg for many years. His wife, Frances Martinek Janish, also a lifelong resident of this county, preceded him in death 17 years ago.

Pallbearers were Albert Janish, Raymond Zajicek, Vince Buxkemper, Leonard Korenek, Vince Liska and Peter Janish.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Albina Kolonovsky of near Fayetteville, Mrs. Zajicek, Mrs. Antonia Wolf of Montgomery county, Mrs. Christine Schneider of Beeville, Mrs. Annie Korenek of Nada and Mrs. Frances Buxkemper and Mrs. Justina Korenek of Garwood ad five sons, William, Frank and Joe Janish of near Fayetteville, Eddie Janish of Near Frelsburg and I. Janish of Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, March 25, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Janish, Jerry L.


Jerry Janish, 61, of Nada, passed away Sept. 12. He was born April 17, 1943 to Jim and Tillie Janish and was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada and the Nada Knight's of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Vincent Janish.

He is survived by his mother; wife, Betty Fajkus Janish, of Nada; daughters, Jill Zaskoda and husband, Daryl, of Sealy and Janna Janish of Nada; sons, Scott Janish and wife, Lara of Tulsa, Okla. and Brian Janish of Nada; grandchildren, Garret Zaskoda, Brinna Janish and Blake Zaskoda; sisters, Delores Steffeck of Stafford, Isabel Steffek, of Stafford, Rosie Majid, of Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers, the Rev. James Janish of Spring Branch, Mike Janish of Austin, Tony Janish of Nada and Tom Janish of Cypress.

Funeral services were at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. James Janish and the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wesley Steffek, Mark Steffek, Bobby Staff, Bryan Popp, Jared Korenek and Larry Dornak.

Donations may be made to St. Mary's Church or the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Janish, Jim John

Jim John Janish Succumbs After Long Illness

Requiem High Mass was said Monday morning in St. Mary’s Catholic church at Nada for Jim John Janish, 49, who died Friday night in Nightingale hospital of El Campo. Burial was in the Nada Catholic cemetery, with Rev. Anders officiating.

Mr. Janish, a farmer at Nada, suffered a heart attack sometime ago and had also had a leg amputated. He had been in critical health for the past several months.

Just before Christmas, he and his family lost their house and all their possessions in a fire.

A native of Frelsburg, he was born Feb. 21, 1907.

Survivors are his wife; 5 sons, James, Jerome, Michael, Anthony and Thomas; 3 daughters, Delores, Isabel and Rosalie; 2 brothers, Frank Janish of Frelsburg and Joe Janish of Fayetteville; also 7 sisters, Mesdames Jennie Zajicek, Wallis; Frances Buxkemper, Garwood; Christine Schneider, Sequin; Albina Kolenovsky, Ellinger; and Justina Korenek and Annie Korenak[sic], both of Nada. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

Colorado County Citizen, March 15, 1956, page 9

Janish, Sophie (Meyer)

Mrs. Sophie Janish Buried at Frelsburg

Mrs. Sophie Janish, 60-year-old native of Frelsburg who died in a La Grange hospital Tuesday, was laid to rest yesterday in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery following services in the Catholic church there at 10 a.m.

Rev. Edward Geiser conducted the services.

Mrs. Janish is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Walter Walla of Alleyton and Mrs. Charles Prasek of Crosby; a son, Joe Janish of Ellinger; 7 brothers, Dick and Anton Meyer of Columbus, John Meyer of Alleyton, Joe Meyer of New Ulm, Willie and Otto Meyer of Fayetteville and Henry Meyer of Caldwell; 2 sisters, Mrs. Annie Neskelea [Neshyba] of Frelsburg and Mrs. Millie Krenek of Wallis.

Colorado County Citizen, December 29, 1949
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janosek, Jerome Ludvik

Funeral services for Jerome Janosek, 74, of Angleton, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. John Lutheran Church, with Pastor Ken Ribe officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Columbus, Texas.

Mr. Janosek passed away on July 19, 1996, in Angleton.

Visitation will be from noon- 9 p.m. today at Palms Funeral Home.

Janosek was born April 12, 1922 to Karolina Novasad Janosek and Ludvik Janosek in Fayetteville, Texas. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and was retired from Brazoria County.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ella Janosek of Angleton; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Wayne and Donna Janosek of Palestine; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Sue and Gerald Turnbow of Midland, and Marian and Roger Poe of Angleton; brothers, Joe Janosek of El Campo and Louis Janosek of Austin; seven grandchildren, Joseph, April and Bridget Janosek, Angela Poe, Landon, Jacque and Patricia Turnbow; and one great-grandchild, Matthew Christian Janosek.

Pallbearers will be Landon Turnbow, Joseph Janosek, Bennie Mack, Jeffrey Janosek, Lou Janosek and James Chennault.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.

Brazosport Facts, Sunday, July 21, 1996
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Janosek, Mary Ella  (Klimple)

Funeral services for Mary Ella Janosek, 68, of Angleton, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 1996, at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Ken Ribe officiating.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Mrs. Janosek passed away on October 7, 1996, in Angleton.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. today at Palms Funeral Home.

Mrs. Janosek was born May 23, 1928, to Otto and Hilda Klimple in Columbus, Texas. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Jerome Janosek.

Survivors include her mother, Hilda Klimple of Columbus; son, Jerry Wayne Janosek and wife, Donna of Palestine; daughters, Carolyn Sue Turnbow and husband, Gerald of Midland and Marian Poe and husband, Roger of Angleton; brother, Otto KIimple, Jr. of Houston; sisters, Frances Stansbury of Houston and Ernestine Briscoe of Eagle Lake; 7 grandchildren, Joseph, April and Bridget Janosek, Angela Poe and Landon, Jacque and Patricia Turnbow; and one great-grandson, Matthew Christian Janosek.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Janosek, James Chennault, Bennie Back, James Svrcek, Lou Janosek and Jeffrey Janosek.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Brazosport Facts, Tuesday, October 8, 1996
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Funeral services for Mary Ella Janosek, 68, of Angleton were held at 10 am Wednesday, at St. John Lutheran Church, with Pastor Ken Ribe officiating. Burial was held in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. She passed away on 10/7/1996 in Angleton.

Mary Ella Janosek was born 5/23/1928 to Otto and Hilda Klimple in Columbus, Texas. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Janosek, and is survived by her mother, Hilda Klimple of Columbus. Other family members are listed.

Submitted by Angela Poe

Janow, A. H. "Hoot"

A. H. “Hoot” Janow

August 13, 1913 - June 11, 1996

A.H. "Hoot" Janow, 82, of the Oak Grove Community near Columbus, passed away Tuesday, June 11,1996, at 4:45 a.m. at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. He was born August 13, 1913, in Norfolk, Arkansas, to Oscar S. and Maude Pamell Janow.

Janow and Lillian Irene Bibles were united in marriage in Nowata, Oklahoma, on February 13, 1934. He had been a resident of our area for many years following his retirement. He retired in 1975 as plant superintendent for Superior Oil Company after 33 years of service. Janow was a member of the Baptist Church and had been active in Masonry and O.E.S. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Irene, on June 25, 1983. Survivors include his devoted wife of many years, Joyce Mathews Denby Janow of Oak Grove; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald H. and Betty Janow of San Antonio and James A. and Mary Janow of Kountz; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grand-children; and an extended family of three step-children, seven step-grand-children and two step-great grand-children. Funeral services and interment were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 1996 from Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 13,1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Janow, James A.


James A. Janow, 67, formerly of Columbus, passed away Aug. 23 at his residence in Warren.

He was born in Barnsdale, Okla., Feb. 28, 1937 to Adley Houston and Irene (Bibles) Janow and married Mary Morris Sept. 26, 1988. He was employed as a boat captain in the oil industry and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Joyce Williams Janow.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Jamie and Mike Elfert and Phyllis and John Guidry of Houma, La. and Rayna and Norman Ward of Lumberton; step-daughter and spouse, Joette and Kelly Fountain of Fred; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Christine Janow of Kountze; step-sons and spouses John and Anitra Collins of Humble and Michael and Angela Spurlock of Warren; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Betty Janow of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 25 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Cary Todd officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Guidry, Norman Ward, Mike Martin, Michael Spurlock, Kelly Fountain and John Collins.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Janow, Joyce Marie (Williams)


Funeral services were held for Joyce Marie Janow Friday, December 11. from St. Anthony's Catholic 'Church. in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Joyce Marie Janow was born March 12, 1937. In Galveston to Willie Williams and Lydia T. Krueger Williams. She married James A. Janow April 9, 1955.

She was a housewife and she was also affiliated with Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, James A. Janow, Kountze, Texas; mother, Mrs. Willie Williams of Columbus; daughters and their spouses, Jamie Marie and Mike Elfert of' Houma, La., Phyllis Sue and John Guidry ot Houma, La. and Rayna Lee and Norman Ward of Lumberton, Texas; son and his spouse, Allen, Dwain and Christine Janow of Kountze; and five grandchildren, Kristy Janow, Missy Janow, Samantha (Guidry, Nicole Guidry and Scott Elfert.

Pallbearers were Conrad Day, Glen Janow, Ron Janow, W. J. Kelly, Al Nelson and Floyd Borski.

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 1987

Janus, Joe


We had a sudden death some two miles below this place last Sunday night. Joe Janus, a Bohemian, was taken sick Sunday evening and died about 11 o’clock that night. Dr. Hutchins was sent for, but he was too far gone when the doctor got here for him to save him. The deceased was addicted to strong drink, and had been on a spree since Saturday morning. Poor Joe! his fondness for the ardent downed him at last. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 2, 1892

Janusch, Rosina (Shudej)


Mrs. Rosina Janusch, 65, resident near Weimar for the past 52 years, was buried at Vsetin, Lavaca County, Wednesday. Hubbard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Janusch died at her home Monday afternoon about 3 o’clock.

Born April 3, 1883, in Lavaca County, she was the daughter of John and Annie Shudej, who came to this country from Czechoslovakia.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Janusch, and one daughter, Miss Annie Janusch.

Weimar Mercury, July 28m 1948, page 1

Jaramillo, Eduardo


Eduardo Jaramillo, 60, of Eagle Lake, passed away February 16 at the St. Jude Hospital in Brenham.

Funeral services were held for Eduardo Jaramillo Wednesday, February 19 from the Vine of the Lord Church with the Rev. Saragosa Montalbo, Jr. officiating.

Burial was held at Lakeside Latin Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Survivors include three sisters, Rachel Jaramillo and Julia Sanchez both of Richmond and Betty Lopez of Eagle Lake; one sister, Janie Cervantes of Columbus; and two brothers, Gregorio Jaramillo of Sealy and Pete Jaramillo of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 1986, page 2

Jarmon, R. B.

Died, in the seventy-third year of his age, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Geo H. Little, near Columbus, Col. R. B. JARMON, on the 2d November, 1874.

The deceased leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his lost. [Interment in Fayette County]

Colorado Citizen, November 5, 1874, page 2

Jarmon, Unknown

The wife of Ed. Jarmon, a well-known and respected colored citizen of our town, died this (Friday) morning after a brief illness. The sympathy of all our people goes out to Ed in his misfortune. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 1903, page 5

Jasek, Mathilda “Tillie” (Ripper)


Mathilda (Tillie) Ripper Jasek, 85, of the Brushy Community passed away July 21 at her residence.

She was born in Weimar April 20, 1919 to Joseph and Mary (Wanjura) Ripper and married Robert A. Jasek Nov. 21, 1938 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar. She was a homemaker, member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the St. Mary's Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six brothers; one sister; two sisters-in-law; one son-in-law; three nieces; and one nephew.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Braden of Bernardo; son, Robert T. Jasek of the Brushy Community; grandson, Eric C. Braden of Bernardo; brother, Lawrence Ripper and wife Clarietta of Columbus; and sister-in-law, Mildred Ripper of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted July 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger with the Rev. Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Monroe Ripper, Jody Ripper, L.J. Korenek, Lad Becka, Leland Moeller and Thomas Neuendorff.

Honorary pallbearers were Maynard Ripper, Scott Ripper, Brian Froebel, David Ripper, Michael Zweschper, Gary Zweschper and Darren Womack.

Memorials may be given to the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery Fund or the charity of choice.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, July 28, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Jasek, Regina (Moeckel)


Regina Moeckel Jasek, 90, of Frelsburg, passed away Feb. 19, in La Grange.

She was born in Frelsburg Aug. 30, 1916 to Emil and Elizabeth (Schuette) Moeckel. She attended Herman Seminary School in Frelsburg and married Leo Jasek on Dec. 26, 1934 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg. They made their home near Fayetteville where they were engaged in farming and ranching.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters Hulda Swoboda, Lena Henneke, Augusta Slovacek, Eva Guthmann; and six brothers Emil, Adam, Robert, Louis, John and Walter Moeckel.

She is survived by her son, Woodrow Jasek and wife Beatrice of Frelsburg; six grandchildren, Wesley Jasek of Katy, Cindy Jasek of Round Rock, John Jasek and wife Shelly of Waco, Carrie Krenek and husband George of Sealy, and Woodrow Jasek Jr. and Brian Jasek both of Frelsburg; six great-grandchildren, Rachelle, Kyle and Ashley Krenek, Ean Carter, Abigail and Aaron Jasek; She is also survived by many wonderful and special friends, Ricky Canik KULM radio DJ in Columbus, and Larry Sodek KVLG radio DJ in La Grange.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Pastor Bill Mosley and Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Wesley, John, Woodrow Jr. and Brian Jasek, George Krenek and Robert G. Moeckel Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were all the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Jasper, Newton

Alleyton Locals

An employe of the railroad grading company, named Newton Jasper, was run over and killed by a passing train last Monday night. His remains--terribly mangled--were taken up and buried in the Alleyton cemetery by the railroad company Tuesday evening.

Colorado Citizen, May 29, 1890, page 3

Jaye, Virginia “Betty” (Yoder)

Betty Jaye Funeral Held Here July 20

A graveside service for Virginia (Betty) Yoder Jaye, 67, of Houston was held Monday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at Weimar Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Virgil Yehnert, pastor of Good News Baptist Church of Houston, officiating.

Mrs. Jaye died Friday, July 17 at 1:25 p.m. in a two vehicle wreck on Hwy. 6 at Westheimer Blvd. in Houston. She was riding alone as her car struck the rear of a truck stopped at the intersection.

Born June 26, 1925, in Weimar, she was a daughter of Robert Hill and Beuna Jane (James) Yoder. After graduation from Weimar High School in 1942, she worked for her family’s newspaper, The Mercury, for four years before enrolling in Nixon-Clay College at Austin,where she graduated in 1948. She was married to Fred O. Jaye Jr. on March 12, 1949, at Weimar and they had lived in Houston since then.

Her husband survives her, along with two sons, Fred Jaye III and David Jaye of Houston; two daughters, Janis Jaye Kaeser of Metzingen, Germany and Carolyn Jaye of Houston; four grandchildren, Jennifer Studdard, Meredith Jaye, Kelly Kaeser and Brittany Jaye; one brother, J. R. (Buddy) Yoder of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. H. M. Schlieker of Bryan and Mrs. James C. Chandler of Austin; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Helen Yoder Hannah preceded her in death June 26, 1990.

Pallbearers for the service were nephews Gene Schlieker, R. H. Schlieker, Jimmy Chandler, Dr. Tommy Chandler, and John Chandler, and classmates, Ray (Buddy) Kuzey and Burt Burttschell.

Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1993

Jecmenek, Anna

Post Specials: Weimar, Oct 12.--Mrs. John Jecmenka, aged about 60 years, died at her home east of and near this city yesterday and was buried at the New Bielau cemetery south of town about six miles. She leaves a husband and several children surviving.

Weimar Mercury, October 25, 1902, page 1

Jecmenek, Annie Mary (Plengemeyer)


Annie Mary Jecmenek passed away April 20 in Sweetbriar Nursing Home in Brenham. Funeral services were held at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinger April 22 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Lee Eschburger officiating. Burial was at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Annie Jecmenek was born March 12, 1908 in Ellinger to William Plengemeyer and Elizabeth Scheel Plengemeyer. She married Rudolph Jecmenek who preceded her in death July 18, 1958.

Annie Jecmenek was a housewife and a lifetime residence of Ellinger Community and the lodge affiliations were Hermann Sons of Ellinger.

Survivors include one son Rudolph Jecmenek of Columbus and a numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were: William Kubena, Bruce Kubena, John Plengemeyer, Howard Plengemeyer, Duane Plengemeyer, Deane Plengemeyer.

Colorado County Citizen, April 25, 1985

Jecmenek, Ruby (Muenzler)

Ruby Marie (Muenzler) Jecmenek, 89, died Nov. 10

Funeral services were held Nov. 16 at Industry United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tris Newcomer officiated at the funeral and the Rev. James Harrell at the graveside service.

Born May 7, 1913, she was the daughter of Louis O. and Bertha (Graeter) Muenzler of Industry. She married Richard Arnold Jecmenek June 4, 1937 in Temple.

She was known as "Ms. Ruby" to all her students in her teaching profession. She retired from teaching in 1975 having taught elementary grades in Henkhaus, Hartsville, Tavener, Orchard and Columbus.

She was a 50-year member of the Hermann Sons Lodge and Columbus Chapter 324 of the Order of the Eastern Star where she held positions of matron, all star points, and treasurer. She was a member of the Colorado County Association of Retired Teachers, Texas Retired Teachers Association, the Columbus United Methodist Women, Industry United Methodist Church, Bertha Circle and was a Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher and participated in the German class.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Gaston and husband James; grandson, James Gaston; sister, Elsie Ashorn and husband Riley; and sister-in-law Adelle Strobel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Walter and Harry Muenzler; and sister, Esther Neumann.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Industry United Methodist Church, PO Box 86, Industry, TX 78944.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Brenda Simek

Jecmenek, Rudolph F.

Rudolph Jecmenek Dies Of Gun Shot Wound In Head

Rudolph Jecmenek, 54, of Route 1, Columbus died about 7 a.m. Monday of a rifle shot in his forehead that Justice of the Peace Bob Weishuhn said was self inflicted. His home is near Ellinger.

Mr. Jecmenek had been in ill health for about a month and had not been able to work at his duties in the County Tax Assessor-Collector's office here since mid-June. He had been a deputy in the tax office here for about 2 years.

Deputy Sheriff Marvin Buller and Judge Weishuhn said that the shot was fired from a .22 rifle and Mr. Jecmenek apparently was sitting in the bathroom of his home. He was clothed except for a shirt, the officers said.

They said that Mr. Jecmenek's son had not gotten up from bed when he heard the shot. Mrs. Jecmenek and her father, William Plengemeyer, 88, were outside the house doing chores.

The officers said the son, Rudolph Jecmenek Jr., 24, heard his father get the gun but thought nothing wrong because it had been used before to fire at squirrels bothering corn in a field near the house.

Funeral services for Mr. Jecmenek were held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home at Ellinger. Rev. Durst of Rutersville officiated.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 1958
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Jenkins, Ary

Ary Hurd Jenkins
March 11, 1909 - May 26, 2003

Ary Hurd Jenkins passed away Monday, May 26, 2003

On March 11, 1909, God blessed Bill and Mattie Bankston Hurd with a daughter they named Ary. She was the fourth of 13 children born and reared in Matthews.

She accepted Christ at an early age and remained a lifelong member of Greater Union Baptist Church.

Ary was united in holy matrimony to Mr. L. C. Jenkins on December 15, 1927. To this union, two children were born.

As a domestic care provider, she worked diligently for many years for Mr. And Mrs. Jimmie Thomas and was a member of the Grand Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Carmella King and Joanna Mitchell; one brother, Eddie Hurd; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are a devoted son, Joskie Jenkins, and a daughter, Ella Mae Daniels (Ben) of Eagle Lake; a granddaughter who she raised as a daughter, Tanyia M. Foley (John) of Houston; a grandson who she raised as a son, Preston Jenkins; a great-grandson who she also raised as a son, Oliver Johnson Jr. (Angie) of Eagle Lake; nine other grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; four sisters,Early Fleming of La Marque, Mary Dixon of Houston, Genevie of San Antonio and Lucille Murrlee Ruth of California; three brothers, Sammie Hurd (Callie) of Eagle Lake, John Hurd (Tea) of Texas City and Bill Hurd of Matthews; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, from Greater Union Baptist Church in Matthews with Rev. Lawrence Robertson, pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Gerald J., Joskie D., Christopher C. and Branden Jenkins; James L. Sanford; and Ben Daniels Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Ben Daniels Sr., John Foley, Tony Phoenix, and Ellis, Roscoe and Kenneth Hurd.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 5, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Jenkins, John A.

It is with unfeigned feelings of [much] sorrow and regret, that we announce the death of Mr. John A. Jenkins, who died of typhoid fever, Dec. 28, 1877, at his residence near Borden. The deceased, by his many good qualities and virtues, won the esteem of all who knew him. He was a true friend, a devoted husband, and a kind and affectionate son. He leaves a wife and one seet little boy, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his irreparable loss. He seemed to realize his condition, was perfectly resigned, and requested the loved ones round his bed side to meet him in heaven. We most sincerely sympathize with the sorrowing family, and trust that he who doeth all things well, will comfort and sustain them in their bereavement, and prepare them to meet him in that clime where death is never known, or the parting tear ever shed. [interred at Old Osage Cemetery]

S. N.

Colorado Citizen, January 10, 1878
Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

Jenkins, John M.

Mr. John M. Jenkins, an old citizen of Columbus, died Wednesday afternoon after nearly a year’s illness, of dropsy, and was buried Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the city cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 1896, page 2

Jenkins, Mattie (Putney)

Eagle Lake, Sept. 2.--Mrs. Mattie Jenkins, one of Eagle Lake's old and most esteemed citizens, died here this afternoon at 5 o'clock after a week’s illness. Mrs. Jenkins was one of the most prominent women of the town and a devoted member of the Methodist church. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1909, page 2

Jenkins, Nancy (Harbert)


Mrs. Nancy Jenkins, for thirty-odd years a resident of this city, died last Tuesday night, aged 88 years. Her interment will take place this afternoon at the city cemetery. She was a sister of Mr. Stephen Harbert of Borden, a lady of man virtues, a greater lover of home and its duties, with a large circle of relatives and friends. Peace to her memory.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1889

 Though not an event unexpected, the death of Mrs. Nancy Jenkins of this city last Tuesday night cast a gloom of sadness over our community. She was an old and much-respected citizen of the town, having resided here for over thirty years, and numbered her friends by the score. She was in her eighty ninth year, and for the past few years has been subject to several severe attacks of illness which she endured with that Christian fortitude for which her home-life was remarkable. She was the eldest sister of Mr. Stephen Harbert of Borden, and her death will be mourned by a large circle of sorrowing relatives and friends. Her life was that of a Chiristian exemplar, and the discharge of her duties in her home, her children and her God of daily occurrence. Her remains were committed to the earth yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, in the presence of a large concourse of sad and sorrowing friends, Rev. J. D. Ray officiating.

There is a city paved with gold;
A city ever fair and bright,
There are no sorrows there untold;
No darkness and no night;
No longing of a weary heart;
No cruel, bitter pain to hide;
No loved ones there to part;
No tears on the other side.

Colorado Citizen, January 10, 1889, page 3

Jenkins, Robert Charles


Robert Charles "R.C." Jenkins, 78, of Columbus, passed away April 23.
He was born in Colorado County on March 14, 1930 to Frank Jenkins Sr. and Sarah Junios Jenkins. He received his education in Columbus and attended St. Paul United Methodist Church. He served his country through the U.S. Air Force and after an honorable discharge he worked and retired at the Parker Brothers Gravel Pit after 40 plus years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Frank Jenkins Jr., and sisters, Patricia and Bobbie Jenkins.

He is survived by his wife, Willie Mae Jenkins; mother; sons, Charles Jenkins and wife Carol, Jackie Jenkins and Don Jenkins and wife Anna; daughter, Betty Wilson; brothers, Thomas Jenkins and Carldale Jenkins and wife Lou; sisters, Lillian Wilson and husband Lawrence and Helen Alley; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted April 26 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Martin Williams officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Raymond Moore, Dedric Reed, Colin Evans, Larry Alley, James Earl Jenkins and Terry Glover.

The sons and grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, April 30, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Jenkins, Sarah Lee (Junious)

Jenkins, Sarah Lee Junious

Sarah Lee Jenkins, 96, passed away June 29 at River Oaks Convalescent Health Center in Columbus.

She was born in Fort Bend County on March 24, 1913 to Ed Junious and Pearlene Booker Junious.

She was a member of Green Chapel Methodist Church and later in life, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She worked in Columbus as a housekeeper.

Other than working and spending time with her family, she enjoyed fishing, singing, visiting the sick and shut-in and working with the youth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Jenkins Sr.; daughters, Lillian Wilson, Bobbie Jenkins and Patricia Jenkins; sons, Robert Jenkins and Frank Jenkins Jr; grandson, Tommie Wilson; sisters, Eva Mae Glover, Eddie Lou Jenkins and Katherine Cleveland; and brothers, Eddie Junious and Jessie Junious.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen Alley; sons, Carldale Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins; sisters, Annie Lee Jenkins, Pearlie Mae Carter and Gladys Willis; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 15 great great-grandchildren; three nieces whom she raised, Lucille, Lora and Kathleen; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services took place July 3 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Pastor Debra M. Brown officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Alley, Jackie Jenkins, Don Jenkins, James Earl Jenkins, Kerry Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Carldale Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins Sr., Charles Jenkins, Gregory Hill, Marvin Alley, Douglas Jenkins and Franklin Wilson.

Colorado County Citizen, July 9, 2009

Jenkins, William D.

DIED, near Weimar on Sunday, 26th inst, at 12 o ‘clock, William D., son of Mr. J. C. and Mattie Jenkins, aged 6 years, 7 months and 2 days. In the loss of this bright, intelligent little boy, the parents are inconsolable. It seems so hard for the fond parts to fold the chilled arms, place the cold hands, and kiss the pale cheeks of their loved dead! But their loss has given Heaven another angel. [Place of interment unknown]
Let them die:
Let them die now, thy children! so they heart
Shall wear their beautiful image all undimm’d
within to the last.

Colorado Citizen, September 30, 1880

Jennings, Lawrence Edwin

Lawrence Edwin Jennings

July 24,1919 - March 30,1996

Lawrence Edwin Jennings, 76 of Sheridan, passed away on Saturday, March 30.1996 at 4:15 p.m. at Rice District Community Hospital.  He was bom on July 24,1919 in Alexandria, Louisiana to Frank and Maude Carriere Jennings.  Following high school, he worked as a machine operator.

Jennings served with the U.S. Army in World War II as a light tank crewman with the E, 107th Calvary Reconassance Squadron in Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe.

He married Dorrace Eichler in Houston on August 29, 1947. They lived in Houston many years, where he worked as a surveyor with Paul A. Lederer Surveying Co. He had been a Sheridan resident since 1982 and was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of Sheridan; a son, Lawrence Jennings Jr. of Houston; a brother, Donald Jennings of Shepherd; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A vigil service was held on Sunday at 5 p.m. from the Chapel Dulany Funeral Home.

Graveside services and interment followed at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 1, from the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

The family request that memorials be made to the Sheridan Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 4, 1996
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Jessup, Russell L.

Last Rites Thurs. for Russ Jessup

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. this Thursday, July 9th for Russell L (Russ) Jessup, 69, a resident of Rock Island since 1964, who died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, July 5th in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after only a brief illness.

The final rites will be held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 10 a.m. this Thursday followed by interment in the Myrtle Cemetery near Rock Island.

The Rev. Tom Hanus, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will officiate. Pallbearers will be: Omer Fletcher, Herbert Graham, Selly Pence, Bennie Isgrig, Dennis Logan and Bill Esterling.

He was born Nov. 9, 1911 in Michigan the son of James E. and Mary Jane Moore Jessup. He was a cross country truck driver for most of his life but for the past four years had been working as a desk clerk at Skull Creek Lodge in Altair.

He and Miss Marion Breamer were united in marriage in Ionia, Michigan on Dec. 23, 1950.

Surviving are his wife, Marion of Rock Island; five sons, Robert E. Jessup of Lantana, Fla., Bill MacPherson of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Dick MacPherson of Portage, Mich., James Jessup of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Doug Jessup of Rock Island; also nine grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, July 9, 1981, page 3
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Jobb, Milton J.

Milton Jobb Funeral Held Here Aug. 21

Funeral services for Milton J. Jobb Sr., 58, of Weimar were held Saturday, Aug. 21, from St. Michael’s Catholic church, with entombment in the parish mausoleum.

Father Charles Carolan of Weimar and Father Robert Schmidt of Moulton officiated.

Mr. Jobb died at 11:10 .a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, in Methodist Hospital, Houston, after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 28, 1923, at Moulton, he was the son of Charles and Rosie (Kolar) Jobb. He married Rosie Pilat there on May 9, 1944, and they settled in Moulton.

Mr. Jobb entered Army service on March 4, 1943, and was overseas from November 1944 until July 1945. He received the American Theater Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, one Overseas Service Bar, and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal with three bronze service stars. He was a member of the VFW post at Moulton.

He had been a mechanic for Loessin Implement Co. here for 14 years. He and his family had lived in Weimar for 12 years.

Mr. Jobb’s wife survives him, along with three sons, Milton A. Jobb and Daniel Jobb of Weimar, and Eugene Jobb of Alvin; one daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Tryner of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and his mother, Mrs. Rosie Jobb of Moulton. His father preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Calvin Pilat, Harvey Pilat, Louis Pilat, Mark Pilat, Clyde Jobb, and Kenneth Kristynik.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1982

Jobb, Rosie (Pilat)

Mrs. Rosie Jobb

Rosie (Pilat) Jobb died on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center. Mrs. Jobb was 85 years old.

Rosary was held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with Rev. Timothy Kosler officiating. Burial was at the St. Michael’s Catholic Mausoleum in Weimar. Pallbearers were her grandchildren David Gene, Chris, Charles, Tony and Mark Jobb, Tiffany and Amber Tryner, and Chris Murphy.

Chris Murphy also assisted Rev. Kosler at the altar and at the burial services. Readings were by Elizabeth (Jobb) Lagerman, Michael Jobb, Melissa Murphy and Chandra Jobb. Amber Tryner read a poem. Reflections on the life of Mrs. Jobb were given by Daniel Jobb.

Mrs. Jobb is survived by children Eugene and Agnes Jobb of Alvin, Daniel and Janice Jobb of Shiner, Ron and Jan (Jobb) Tryner of Houston, and Glen and Gayla (Jobb) Warnken of Schulenburg; brothers, Charles and Willie Pilat, both of Moulton; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving Mrs. Jobb is her beloved Chihuahua, Tiny, who now resides in Houston.

Mrs. Jobb was preceded in death by her husband, Milton J. Jobb Sr.; son, Milton A. Jobb Jr.; her parents, Albert and Marie (Koncaba) Pilat; brothers Adolph, Louis Sr., Fred, Albert Jr. and Eddie Pilat; and sisters Annie Kalisek, Mary Kristynik Pilat and Tracy Stary.

Kolaches, cheese rolls and cinnamon rolls were her specialty and she made sure that any time she baked, her neighbors, relatives and friends would enjoy what came out of her oven. For a number of years, she ran the Little Folks Day Care Center in Weimar, and she took pride in making sure that her “kids” were always well-fed when in her care.

She worked at Utex, Ben Franklin and Gindlers, but the majority of her life was devoted to caring for others. She worked as a nurses’ aide at the Weimar hospital, Shady Oaks Nursing Home in Moulton and Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center, and was an adult sitter for Mrs. Iola Ballinger in Weimar and Russell Schaffer in Schulenburg.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 2010, page 3
Contributed by Matt Cross

Jobe, Kelly Ray


Kelly Ray Jobe, age 27, of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, August 9 at the Herman Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held for Kelly Ray Jobe Monday, August 11 from the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. Melburn Sibley and Dean Ragsdale officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Kelly was born March 18, 1959 in Odessa to James K. (Cowboy) Jobe and Shirley Anne Reynolds Jobe.

He had been a resident since 1978 and was self employed in the welding business. He married Tracy Gertson Jobe at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake on November 2, 1979.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy of Eagle Lake; two sons, Justin Blair and Brennan Wade Jobe both of Eagle Lake; parents, mother and step father, Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Mann of Bridgeport; father and step mother, Mr. and Mrs. Cowboy Jobe of Garwood; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Reynolds oof Bridgeport, and Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Jobe of Decatur, sister, Jennifer Jobe of Garwood; two brothers, Jim and Johnny Jobe both of' Bridgeport; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Bill Hastings and Bill Reynolds both of. Bridgeport, Bruce Vecera of' Seguin, Ed Andel of Altair, Paul Vasut and Rodger Bayless both of Eagle Lake.

Honorary Pallbearers were Kurt Anderson, Daniel Becker, Yank, Dewey and Doug Worthington and BoBo Brune.

In lieu of usual rembrances(sic) the family has requested that donations be made to the Justin and Brennan Jobe Trust, c-o Gulf Coast Savings of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, August 21, 1986

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Johnston, Corinne Caroline

Corinne Caroline Johnston
April 13, 1908 – January 10, 1997

Corinne Caroline Johnston, 88, of Eagle Lake, was born April 13, 1908, in Bay City. She passed on to her Lord on January 10, 1997.

Mrs. Johnston lived a major portion of her life in Port Isabel where she unselfishly devoted her life to her church, husband and children.

In later years, she proudly became an elementary teacher, attended Texas A&I University where she graduated at the age of 65 with her beloved B.A. degree in education and continued her teaching career until retiring at age 70.

Mrs. Johnston was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Hope Chapter of the Eastern Star in Brownsville and of the Daughters of the Nile in Harlingen.

Her real love was the United Methodist Church of which she was a life long member and proudly served her Lord as Sunday School Teacher, Communion Steward Sunday School Secretary, Administrative Board and in any way she was asked.

Mrs. Johnston loved her family. She was a very proud mother, a devoted teacher and dedicated herself to her church.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Lewellyn C. Johnston Sr.

She is survived by a son, Rev. Dr. L. C. Johnston Jr. and his wife, Evelyn of San Antonio; daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Johnston Anderson and husband Arthur, of Eagle Lake, and Betty Jo Johnston Thrash of Dallas; grandchildren, David, Stephen and Elizabeth Johnston, Becky Thompson, Andy and Darryl Anderson, Jay Thrash, Jill Denton and Jan Beckman; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 13, from Eagle Lake Untied Methodist Church with Rev. Barry Bauerschlag and Rev. Ray Wells, Pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of El Campo, officiating.

Mrs. Gay Anderson served as soloist; Mrs. JaNeille Etheridge was the organist.

Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Jay Thrash, Brett Denton, David and Stephen Johnston, Andy and Darryl Anderson, Frank Thompson and Scott Beckman.

To those who desire, memorials may be made to Eagle Lake United Methodist Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 16, 1997
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Johnston, Edith Vernon (Tanner)


Edith Vernon Johnston, 75, a Columbus native, died Wednesday, March 8, 1995 at her Portland, Texas residence.

Born Sept. 27,1919 in Columbus, she was the daughter of Harry Branch and Ada (Youens) Tanner. On June 15, 1947, she married Julius G. Johnston. Mrs. Johnston attended Columbus High School and graduated from Southwest Texas Teacher's College. She taught at Eagle Lake, Kerrville, Freer, Alice and was a teacher at Zavala Elementary School in the Corpus Christi Independent S.chool District for 28 years. She was A charter member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a communicant of The Church of the Good Shepherd and in later years was active at St. Christopher's By the Sea Episcopal Church in Portland. She was a volunteer at Good Shepherd Corner and a member of St. Elizabeth's Guild at St. Christopher's.

Funeral services were held March 10 at St. Christopher's By the Sea with Rev. John Padgett and the Rt. Rev. James C. Folts officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnston is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Folts of San Antonio and Jeanne Carr of Portland; two grandchildren, Jeannie Leo of Worthington, Ohio and Jonathan Folts of Kerrville; and one great-granddaughter, Bailey Grace Leo of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her husband on March 16, 1987.

Memorial donations may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, 700 South Broadway , Corpus Christi, TX 78401; St. Christopher's by the Sea Episcopal Church, 720 Seventh Street, Portland, TX 78374; or Spohn Hospice, 600 Elizabeth, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Colorado County Citizen, March 15, 1995
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern.

Johnston, Florence

Died, at Clark’s farm Monday, June 12th at 2 o’clock p.m., Little Florence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Johnston, aged 6 years, 5 months and 26 days. The funeral occurred from Mr. Clark’s residence in this city Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Interment in Lakeside cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 17, 1905, page 1

Johnston, Keron Virginia "Sadie" (Rees)

Mrs. J. T. Johnston, Former Sadie Reese buried in Austin

Last rites for Mrs. J. T. Johnston at Baton Rouge, La., the former Sadie Reese of Columbus, were held there Nov. 28, with continued services in Austin, where she was buried beside her husband, Dr. Palmer of the First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge and and Dr. Scott of Austin officiated. Dr. Scott was assisted by Mrs. Johnston's son-in-law, Rev. S. Jasper Morris of Baton Rouge.

Mrs. Johnston, who had suffered with arthritis for the past twelve years, had made her home with the Morrises. Mrs. Morris is the former L'Reese Johnston, well-known pianist who has given concerts here. Mrs. Johnston's two sisters are Miss Lillian Estelle Reese of Columbus and Mrs. Joe F. Lessing of Schulenburg.

Death came November 27 in the Morris home at Baton Rouge. Born in Columbus, Mrs. Johnston was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam H. Reese. She was baptized at the old Baptist church here and was married in Columbus, where her late husband was associated with the late "Bill" Miller in the abstract business. While she was active, she was a worker at the church and in PTA and temperance groups, as well as the Red Cross.

Two of her children were born in Columbus, Dr. Si Houston Johnston, orthodontist of Austin and Mrs. Paul Greene, the former Waldene Johnston, who is a violinist living in New York City.

Three children and her two sisters survive her.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1959
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Johse, Eliza/Eliese Sophie Marie (Sens)


Mrs. Eliese Johse(1), who was formerly Miss Eliese Sophie Marie Sens, died at her home near Cat Spring last Saturday. She had attained the ripe old age of 82 years, 1 month and 16 days. Burial took place in the family burying grounds (2). Mrs. Johse is survived by five daughters: Mrs. G. A. Litzmann and Mrs. Will Buechman of Bernardo; Mrs Max Sens of Cleveland, Mrs. Emil Kretzschmar of Ramsey, and Mrs. Theresa Johse, and one son, Henry Johse of East Bernard; one sister, Mrs Minnie Beuchman of Sealy, and a brother; Mr. Henry Sens of Cat Spring.

In the death of Mrs. Johse, this section of the state has lost another of the fast disappearing connecting links of early Texas days. She came to Texas in 1846 from Butzow (sic), duchy of Schwerein (sic), (3) and was five years of age when the family landed at Galveston. From that place the family made their way overland to Columbus. Later they moved to Frelsburg, from there to Millheim, Austin County, and later to Cat Spring. Not long before the outbreak of the Civil War she was married to Carl Johse. Her husband served under the standard of the South and was stationed at Galveston.

For many years Grandma Johse was known throughout the community in which she lived as the "Good Samaritan” of the Countryside," and her generous and sympathetic nature made her welcome whenever there was sickness or sorrow. Her husband died thirty-one years ago; soon after the great reconstruction of the South had been completed.

(1) Born Oct 8, 1841, died Nov 25, 1923
(2) Johse Family Cemetery in Colorado County
(3) Buetzow, Mechlenburg-Schwerin, Germany

Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

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Jordan, Bradley “Brad” Mark


Bradley "Brad" Mark Jordan, 41 of The Colony, passed away May 24 in Denton.

He was born Dec. 29, 1962 to James and Cora Jane (Deatherage) Jordan and married Karen Hoelscher, April 20, 1985. He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic in The Colony and was a member of the Dallas Police Union and Dallas Police Bass Club.

He graduated from Columbus High School, attended Blinn Jr. College and Texas A&M and graduated from the Dallas Police Academy in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his father; and stepfather, James Elms.

He is survived by his wife; mother; daughter, Christine Jordan of The Colony; sons, Ryan and Brett Jordan of The Colony; brother, Jimmy Jordan and wife, Shelly of Austin; and sister, D'Nita Kuhn and husband, Kevin of Houston.

Funeral services were Friday, May 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Darrell Murray, Wally Murray, Bruce Lebeda, Mike Mulford, Charles Gonzales, Dave Michals, Mathew Melnar and Daniel Hoelscher.

Colorado County Citizen, June 4, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Jordan, George Van

In Eagle Lake, Texas, December 28th, 1884, little George Van, second son of John and Ellen Jordan, aged one year and nine months, while attempting to climb a fence, was instantly killed. Thus did the angel of death lift him up from his merry little playmates, and place him within the gates of eternal security, where he is now “waiting and watching: for the bereaved parents. Sorrowing ones, with the eye of faith,peer within the portals of peace, and there behold your darling Van with Jesus among the glorified infants of Heaven, and then in the language of David say, “I shall go to him.” E. M. D. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 8, 1885

Jordan, John W.

MR. JOHN W. JORDAN died in Weimar Wednesday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock, from general effects of old age. For some time before his death he was partially paralyzed, and had been confined to his bed for several months. At the time of his death he was almost seventy-five years of age, having been born in August, 1815. He settled in Colorado County, a few miles south of Weimar, in 1866, and resided there till he moved to the town of Weimar about six years ago. Through he had a large family of children, only one of them, Mrs. Sterling Tooke, survives him. His wife still lives, and eight grand-children are also living. Mr. Jordan was a scrupulously honest man, and had the respect of all that knew him. He was buried Thursday evening in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. H. M Haynie performing the funeral services. The sorrowing relatives have our sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1891

Jordan, Margera E.

Mrs. M. E. Jordan, an aged lady , and mother of Mrs. S. D. Tooke of this city, died after a brief illness at the residence of Mrs. Tooke on last Friday afternoon and was buried in the Masonic cemetery the following afternoon at 2:30. Mrs. Jordan was for many years a resident of this city and section, a quiet, unassuming lady, of gently dispositon and many estimable traits of character. Her death is deeply and sincerely regretted. She leaves numerous relatives and friends, to whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901

Jordan, Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Jordan First County Soldier Killed in Vietnam

Teddy Roosevelt Jordan, 21,is Colorado county’s first man to lose his life in the Vietnam fighting.

Specialist 4 Jordan was killed by gunshot wounds Saturday according to word received by this parents, Johnny Jordan and Mrs. Mattie Winn of Columbus.

The message was brought in person by Sgt. Beard from headquarters in El Campo.

It read: “Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son, Specialist 4 Teddy R. Jordan, died in Vietnam on 22 Oct., 1966, as a result of gunshot wounds received while on combat operations against hostile forces. Please furnish instructions. Please accept deepest sympathy, Kenneth G. Welcham, Major General, U.S.A. Adjutant’s General’s Office and Sec. of the Army.”

The family has asked that the young man’s body be shipped to Davis FuneraI home her[sic]. Burial will be in City cemetery, date to be announced.

Sp. Jordan was serving with the 25th Infantry division. Born in Columbus Aug. 28, 1945, he graduated from Riverside school in 1963. He was inducted into the army Nov. 17, 1965 and was sent to Vietnam last February.

The serviceman’s family has been plagued with trouble for the past several years. His mother has been in 2 serious auto accidents and his grandmother, Princess Whitehead, and other members of the family in one accident. He had never been told of the death of his uncle, Charles Whitehead, only 5 years his senior, who was killed in an accident at Parker brothers Gravel co. Aug. 12.

His mother had received a letter from him about 10 days ago. He always said he was doing fine. Sept. 7, when he was on leave in Singapore, he called her and talked to her by telephone.

While he was in Riverside high school, he played saxophone in the band.

Besides his parents and his grandmother, he is survived by two uncles, Teddy Connor and Tye Whitehead, and nieces and nephews.

Tuesday, Mack Allen, county chairman of the American Red Cross, received a telegram from members of Sp. 4 Jordan’s platoon in Vietnam, to be delivered to his mother. It read: “Members of the deceased serviceman’s platoon have deposited $30 with our Red Cross office (in Vietnam), $10 for floral tribute and $20 as unrestricted gift for mother, Mrs. Mattie Winn.”

Colorado County Citizen, October 17, 1966, page 1

Judson, Mary


Mary Judson, a negro woman who was engaged in cooking for Wm. Bopp[sic] of this city, dropped dead early Sunday morning. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne held the inquest and determined that the woman came to her death from natural causes. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1921, page 1

Juenger, A.

A Juenger, an industrious shoe maker, who had only been living in this country one year, a native of Austria, died last Thursday morning. He had just accumulated sufficient means to send for his wife and child, who are now on their way to this place in some steam ship. Oh! who can tell the pangs of that widow’s heart when she hears the sad news? He had a brother in Columbus who came just in time to close his eyes in death. He was buried by the Catholic brethren in their cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, August 25, 1881, page 3

Juenger, Annie


Miss Annie Juenger, the 14-year-old daughter of our friend and fellow-townsman, Jos. Juenger, died at her home last Sunday at 6 a.m. of congestion. Our friend and his bereaved family have our full sympathy in the loss of a beautiful and loving daughter, one whose young life promised so much joy and comfort to father, mother, and relatives. Oh, how hard to part forever; how the heart aches as if it would burst, and the spirit is bowed down with grief. Ah, friends, let us hope that the parting is not forever,for “ the grave is not the goal,: we only tarry a little while and are then gone to meet “The Beautiful Beckoning Hands”: of our loved one once more. “Out of the storm line into the bay, like beautiful white clouds drifting away, away to the land that is fairer than day.” The funeral occurred at 2:30 o’clock last Monday from the Catholic church, the Rev. Father Lenarz officiating. Many sorrowing friends followed the beloved one to her last resting place [Odd Fellows’ Rest]. The casket was beautifully and profusely decorated with flowers.

Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1900, page 1

Juenger, Louise

THE CITIZEN regrets to hear of the death of Miss Louise Juenger sister of Mr. Joseph Juenger of this city, who departed this life at Schulenburg last Wednesday, the 28th inst., of pneumonia, a disease with which she was twice afflicted previously. She was born in Austria, in August, 1857, and immigrated to this country in October, 1890. Her affable and courteous manner soon won her many friends in the land of her adoption, who exerted every power to stay the approach of the grim destroyer. To the bereaved relatives the CITIZEN extends condolence. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1891, page 3

Juenger, Rudolph Frank Joseph

Died in this city at 10 o’clock Sunday night, little Rudolph Frank Joseph, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Juenger of this city, aged two years and five months. He was a bright little boy, just beginning to have command of language and to be interesting, and companionable--a source of pleasure to fond parents His malady was membranous croup and his sufferings were severe, though all that medical skill could avail was given him. His remains were committed to dust in the Odd Fellows’ Rest at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating.

“Beautiful spirit! free from all pain,
Ours the heartache, the sorrow and pain
Thine is the glory and in_alte gain--
Thy slumber is sweet.”

Colorado Citizen, July 17, 1890, page 3

Juergens, August O.

Heart Attack Is Fatal To Aug. Juergen

Funeral services were held here Saturday for August O. Juergens, 59-year-old carpenter, who died late Thursday evening of a heart attack.

An employee of contractor Oscar Leppin, he had been in apparently good health, and the fatal attack was quite unexpected. He had worked a full day Thursday and had not complained of feeling ill.

Rev. F. H. Horak, Jr., pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, of which Mr. Juergens was a member, officiated in the services at Hubbard Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, where Rev. Albert Hubertus led in the graveside service.

A lifelong resident of this area, Mr. Juergens was born August 27, 1905, at New Bielau, a son of John Henry and Wilhemina Koym Juergens. He married Miss Mary Billeck on Nov. 27, 1933.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Eugene A. Juergens of Houston; three grandchildren, Dana Marie, Shelia Kaye and Kurt Anthony Juergens of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Bill (Frieda) Breithaupt of this area; and a brother, Henry J. Juergens of San Antonio. Two of his children died as infants, one a twin of the surviving son. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Mrs. Lena Nitschmann, and his parents.

Pallbearers, all nephews by marriagte, were Hilbert (Sonny) Nitschmann, Jeff F. Davenport, Herbert Stepchinsky, Charles Bittner, Edwin Reimers, Ervin Lee Reimers, Joe A. Billeck and Bill Abell.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 24, 1964


One line out of place garbled the list of pallbearers in last week’s story of August Juergens funeral. Here’s the correct list: Hilbert (Sonny) Nitschmann, Jeff F. Davenport, Herbert Reimers, Ervin Lee Reimers, Joe Stepchinsky, Charles Bittner, Edwin A. Billeck and Bill Abell.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 31, 1964
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Juergens, Henry J.

Final Rites for Henry Juergens, 66, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Henry J. Juergens, 66, of San Antonio, were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Robert N Crawford officiated.

Mr. Juergens, a Weimar native who had lived in San Antonio about 25 years, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been admitted Tuesday. Suffering with cancer, he had spent five weeks in a San Antonio hospital before coming to live with his brother-in-law and sister, the Bill Breithaupts. After two months he went into the hospital for a short stay, then to Columbus Convalescent Home, where he lived four months.

Mr. Juergens was born Feb. 27, 1904, at New Bielau, a son of John and Wilhelmina Koym Juergens. He moved to San Antonio after completing Army service In World War II. He had retired last year from a job with a steel company there.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Bill (Frieda) Breithaupt of Weimar; his brothers-in-law, Mr. Breithaupt. and Henry Nitschmann, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Juergens; two nephews and one niece. He was preceded In death by a sister, Mrs. Caroline Nitschmann, and a brother, August Juergens.

Pallbearers were Jeff Davenport, Hilbert Nitschmann and Eugene Juergens, nephews; Hugo Nitschmann, Lester Lipperdt and Paul Miller.

Weimar Mercury, December 24, 1970

Juergens, Janis/Eunice


The twin baby girl, Eunice[Janis], of Mr. and Mrs. August Juergens, living a short distance east of town died Friday night of last week and was buried Saturday afternoon in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. The baby was taken ill Friday. grew worse rapidly and died that night. The other twin, a boy baby. is reported getting along fine. The little baby would have been one month old on Dec. 4.

In the loss of their beloved baby girl Mr. and Mrs. Juergens have the sympathy of all, in which we join. May God comfort them!

Weimar Mercury, Dec 7, 1934, page 1

Juergens, JohnFriedrich

Final Rites For J. F. Juergens, 86, Held Monday

Funeral services were held from theHubbard Funeral home Monday for Mr. Johann FriederichJuergens, farmer, carpenter and fifty-year resident ofthis section, who died Saturday about noon.

The Rev. C. Emigholz was in charge ofthe final rites. Interment was made in the NewBielau cemetery.

Mr. Juergens was born March 8, 1860,in Olden burg, Germany. His last residence in thatcountry was Babeldorf. In November 1892, he left fromBremen, Germany, on the vessel, Amerika, and arrived inNew York November 25, 1892. A few months later he came toWeimar, where he turned to farming, an occupation hecontinued for the next fifty years, retiring at the ageof 82. He was naturalized September 30, 1911.

His last four years were spent in thehome of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. BillBreithaupt, Jr., near Weimar. Ill for more than a year,he became paralyzed on March 18, 1946.

Mr. Juergens was married to MissWilhelmina Koym in 1901. To this union were born fourchildren. Mrs. Juergens died in 1913.

Surviving are: his two sons, HenryJuergens of San Antonio and August Juergens of Weimar andtwo daughters, Mrs. Karoline Lena Nitschmann and Mrs.Frieda Breithaupt, both of Weimar. Three grandchildrenalso survive.

The Mercury extends sympathy to thefamily.

The Weimar Mercury, July 5,1946
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Juergens, Mary (Billeck)

Mary Juergens Funeral Services Held April 19

Mary (Billeck) Juergens, 97, of Weimar died April 15 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John C. Bily officiating and assisted by Deacon Paul Wichmann, father of Gretchen Wichmann Juergens.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery in Weimar.

Mary was born Feb. 1, 1910 in Colorado County, just outside of Weimar, to Ferdinand and Pauline (Beyer) Billeck.

Mary grew up in the country and attended Bois d'Arc School.

She married August Juergens on Nov. 25, 1933 in Weimar. Twins were born on Nov. 4, 1934, but unfortunately they lost Eunice on Nov. 30, 1934. They also had a stillborn son on Feb. 1, 1947.

She was a housewife, as they farmed until 1948. When the Youens Memorial Hospital opened, she was the first cook employed there and continued in excess of 25 years.

After she retired from the hospital, she tended children and older adults, each of whom, she came to love very much. She lived her entire life in the Weimar area.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, St. Ann's Society and Hermann Sons for 50 plus years in each.

Mary enjoyed cooking and received many wonderful compliments from patients and employees at the hospital as well as friends and family. Almost every meal we had at her home included her great sweet rice. She enjoyed serving others and cared for many ill relatives and others.

Her friends ranged in age from the young to the aged. Many people had great pleasure enjoying the view of the beautiful flowers she loved to tend at her home.

After breaking her shoulder in 1998, she entered Parkview Manor for Rehabilitation. Then shortly after doing so, she became very ill with pneumonia. It was decided then that she would continue living at Parkview due to her health problems and her fear of falling while living alone.
Over the years she was in and out of the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center Hospital but always had the stamina to bounce back.
On April 15, 2006, she had another major heart attack. The cardiologist said she probably would not make it out of the Hospital... however, she surprised everyone and lived another full year!

She always thanked her caregivers, even in difficult situations. Her inability to walk alone became one of her greatest challenges in the last year. She was a woman of great faith though and spent many hours in prayer for relatives and friends.

Mary loved her sweets, especially chocolate covered marshmallows. But she also loved sharing her sweets with others, friends and family. One of her most repeated comments was "Have you had anything to eat?" If you hesitated for a moment, she would then add "Well, you better go get something to eat!"

She loved watching baseball, especially the Houston Astros. She would say, "I like to see those boys hit and catch those balls."

Until she could no longer do so, she loved traveling to visit with her two granddaughters in Utah, her grandson in Houston and her 16 great-grandchildren. She never got to make it to Utah after her great-great grandchild, Jaak was born in February of 2006, but he made it to see her in June of 2006.

She is survived by her son, Eugene A. "Gene" Juergens and wife Jeannie of Houston; and three grandchildren, Dana (Juergens) Wright and husband John of Provo, Utah, Sheila (Juergens) Ostler and husband Richard of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Dr. Kurt A. Juergens and wife Gretchen of Houston.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Cari (Wright) Runia and husband Ryan of Provo, Utah; Austin, Brady, Gabrielle and Natalie Wright of Provo, Utah;

Also, Abby, Adam, Jacob, Matthew, Emily and Benjamin Ostler of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Tyler, Heidi, Garrett, Mitchell and Andrew Juergens of Houston; and one great-great-grandchild, Jaak Runia of Provo, Utah.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant daughter, Eunice (Gene's twin); infant son; parents; sisters, Lena, France and Tillie; and brothers, Frank, Joe, Fred, Charlie, Edward, Rudolph, Henry, Emil and Richard, and each of their spouses.

Pallbearers were her great-grandsons, Garrett and Mitchell Juergens and Adam Ostler; and nephews, LeRoy Reimers, Erwin "DeeGee" Reimers, Paul Billeck, Robert Billeck and Leonard Billeck.

Honorary pallbearers were her nephews, Edwin "Bubba" Billeck, Henry Billeck, Richard "Dickie" Billeck, Darryl "Darry" Billeck and Tommy Nitschmann.

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 2007, page 2A

Juergens, Wilhelmine (Koym)

Content News

With profound sorrow we chronicle the death of Mrs. John Juengers[sic], which occurred Friday night at 9 o’clock after a lingering illness, due to a tumor. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon, from the family home to the New Bielau cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok conducing the last sad rites. Mrs. Juengers[sic] was a noble and true woman, and her untimely demise is indeed a sad blow to the family circle. She leaves a devoted husband and several small children to whom the heartfelt sympathy of all our people is extended in their sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1913

Jurak, August Sr.

August Jurak Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for August Jurak Sr., 68, retired Holman area farmer, were held Saturday, April 15, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mr. Jurak died at 4:20 a.m. April 13 in Youens Memorial Hospital after a day's stay there. He had undergone surgery two months earlier.

He lived near Holman the past 17 years. Born January 8, 1904, at Schulenburg, he was a son of Frederick and Marie Bareckte Jurak. He married Annie Dybala at Dubina in 1925.

She survives, along with one son, August Jr. of San Antonio; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Mildred) Stavinoha of Houston and Mrs. Edmund (Mary) Kainer of Weimar; 15 grandchildren and three grandchildren; one brother, Bill Jurak of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Mary Holub of Schulenburg; and a half-sister, Mrs. Albina Dybala of El Campo.

A daughter, Mrs. Oswald (Clara) Berger, preceded him in death in 1970. Four brothers, Henry, George, Emil and Charlie, also died before him.

Pallbearers were Oswald Wayne Berger Jr., Edmund Wayne Kainer, Larry Gene Jurak, David Berger and Lester Clark, grandsons; and Pete Stavinoha.

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Jurasek, Frank

Frank, the 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jurasek was taken sick Monday morning with congestion and despite the untiring efforts of the physician, died that night. He was buried Wednesday afternoon at the Catholic cemetery. Our sympathy is extended the grieved parents.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1892

Jurasek, Hettie

The death of Miss Hettie Jurasek, which occurred at the family home Wednesday night of last week, after a brief illness, was quite a shock to our citizenship. It was not generally known that she was ill. She was a sufferer from heart trouble, and this coupled with congestion, was the cause of her death. She was taken ill he Sunday night preceding her death. She was the pretty and beloved daughter of Mrs. P. Jurasek of this community, a young lady of many winning traits, just 17 years of age, and her death at so early an age is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. The remains were interred at St. Michael’s cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1910, page 4

Jurasek, Janie

Miss Jennie Jurasek

Word was received here early Monday morning of the death of Miss Jennie Jurasek, a daughter of the late Peter Jurasek, which occurred at El Campo at the home of her mother. Tuberculosis, we understand, was the cause of her death. She with her mother and family formerly resided in this city. The remains were brought to this city and interred in St. Michael’s cemetery Tuesday. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Miss Jennie was a nice young lady, popular among her friends and associates, and her death is deeply regretted. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1914, page 1

E Skalicky and wife, Louis Jurasek and wife, Miss Francis Jurasek, Emil Macura and wife, Frank Tobolka, Mrs. Malender, Miss Annie Charbula and Mrs. Joe Warney, all of the El Campo section, accompanied the remains of Miss Jennie Jurasek to this place Tuesday.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1914, page 4

Jurasek, Johanna

Death of Mrs. Johanna Jurasek.

The remains of Mrs. Johanna Jurasek, widow of the late Peter Jurasek, and a former resident of this city, were brought here for interment in St. Michael's cemetery Tuesday morning. Mrs. Jurasek's death occurred at El Campo, where for several months past she has made her home with her children, Louis Jurasek and Mrs. Emanuel Skalicky. She had been sick for nearly two months prior to her death. Mrs. Jurasek a few months ago sold her home place situated on the northern outskirts of Weimar to Mr. Huvar, and then, with her family moved to El Campo. Mrs. Jurasek came to Texas at the age of 14, and was married at the age of 18. She was the mother of twelve children, six girls and six boys, of which eight are still living. She was 58 years old at the time of her death. She was a most excellent lady, the best of friends and neighbors, and her death is sincerely deplored. Rev. J. Szymanski performed the funeral obsequies. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved sons and daughters.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1912, page 1

Jurasek, Peter

The death of Mr. Peter Jurasek, an aged and respected resident of this community, occurred last Saturday night at the family residence a short distance north of town, after an illness lasting several years. The remains were interred at St. Michael's cemetery Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. Mr. Jurasek was born in the old country June 29, 1850, and was 58 years old at the time of his death. He came to this country when 18 or 19 years old, settling in Fayette county, living near Weimar for the past fifteen years. He was a man of jovial disposition, straight and fair with one and all, and In his prime before stricken down with disease was very popular with all nationalities of our people. He leaves a widow, two sons. and seven daughters, to whom the sympathy of the community Is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1908, page 8

Jurecka, Leon S.

Funeral for Leon Jurecka Held March 1.

Funeral services for Leon S. Jurecka, 65, of Weimar were held Tuesday, March 1, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Ernest Dean assisting.

Jurecka, a World War II Army veteran, died Feb. 27 at 7:45 a.m. at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, of cancer.

Born Jan. 19, 1923, at Schulenburg, he was a son of Sigmund and Agnes (Krecmer) Jurecka. He married Elsie Vornsand here on Oct. 9, 1955. A member of Weimar VFW Post 5875, he had served in the Army a year and four months, including about four months overseas. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.

He was a carpenter and worked part-time at Parkview Manor.

His wife. survives him, along with two sisters, Mrs. Adolf (Annie) Janecka and Mrs. Frank (Tillie) Schwelik, and two brothers, Raymond and William Jurecka, all of Weimar;

Serving as pallbearers were Irddie Vornsand, Leo Guenther, Arnold Krecmer, Henry Stos, Eugene Janecka and Henry Adamcik.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 1988, page 7

Jurecka, William August

Services For Bill Jurecka Held Nov. 25

Funeral services for William August Jurecka, 91, of Weimar were held Sunday, Nov. 25 from St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Eucharistic ministers were Jeanette and Allen Hoelscher and lectors were Joseph, Kim and Jason Jurecka.

Gifts were bought up by Kathleen, Morris and George Jurecka. A rosary was held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hubbard Funeral Home Inc.

Known to his friends as both "Willie" and "Bill," Mr. Jurecka died Thursday morning at his home of natural causes.

He was the son of Sigmund and Agnes (Krecmer) Jurecka.

He was born July 14, 1916 on his parents' farm, between Weimar and Schulenburg, in the Svetlo area.

He was the second of five children.

Bill married Ida Schneider on Nov. 14, 1941 at St. Michael Church in Weimar.

Bill and his eldest brother, Ray, became Weimar businessmen on Nov. 1, 1940 by purchasing a filling station from Walter Engels on the corner of Jackson Avenue and Center Street in Weimar.

In addition to pumping gas, they began automobile repair and, later, selling used cars.

In 1946 they moved to a new location, 305 East Main Street, expanding their business by buying a three-level hotel and gas station already on the property and building a new Firestone Store on adjacent property.

The hotel was razed in 1960 to make way for a covered used car lot.

When Ray passed away in 1999, Bill continued to operate the business with his sons until 2004.

He retired from the automobile business with sixty-four years experience.

As much as Bill enjoyed the automobile business, a greater joy for him was the music business.

He began his musical career in 1932 with the John Krecmer band at the Dubina church picnic playing the trumpet.

He later worked, playing the saxophone, with the Adolph Falke, Lee Prause, Rhine Winkler and Emil Schmidt Orchestras.

In 1952, he and his brothers Ray and Leon, formed the Jurecka Orchestra.

This band provided ballroom as well as polka and waltz music for dances in a hundred mile radius of Weimar.

The band had been active for over forty-three years when it was disbanded in 1995.

Bill's final gig was with the musical group, The Happy Playboys.

This group of volunteers entertained in area convalescent homes.

He retired from the music business in 2006 with seventy-four years of musical entertaining to his credit.

Bill is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Morris and Ann Jurecka of Houston and George and Nancy Jurecka of Weimar, four grandchildren, Joe Jurecka and wife Kim of College Station, David Jurecka and wife Stacey of Houston, Jason Jurecka of Vista, Calif. and Ginger Blake and husband Bill of Pittsburgh, Penn.; three great-grandchildren, Kathleen and Matthew of College Station and Brian of Houston.

He is also survived by a sister Mathilda "Tillie" and her husband Frank Schwelik and a sister-in-law, Elsie Jurecka, all of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-one years, Ida (Schneider) Jurecka, two brothers Ray and Leon and one sister Annie Janecka.

Pallbearers were Joseph Jurecka, David Jurecka, Jason Jurecka, Bill Blake, Brett Janecka and Michael Streckfus.

Weimar Mercury, November 29, 2007, page 2A

Jurica, Paul Albert

Paul A. Jurica

Funeral services for Paul Albert Jurica will be held today, Sept. 27, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jurica, 42, died in the Diagnostic Hospital in Houston at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He was a son of Albert C. and Frances Pechacek Jurica, born Dec. 10, 1930 in Smithville. He was married to Mary Ann Tobias April 28, 1952. He was employed by Southern Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineer.

Mr. Jurica had lived in Glidden 27 years and was a member of the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Rosary was recited at Henneke Funeral Home at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Jurica of Glidden; his mother, Mrs. Frances Jurica of Glidden, and his father, Albert Jurica of San Antonio; 2 daughters, Dorothy and Theresa Jurica, and 2 sons, Paul Jr. and James Jurica, of Glidden; one sister, Mrs. Darrell (Joyce) Markwood of Kersage, Mich., and one brother, William Jurica of Houston.

Pallbearers are Carl Gordy, Willard Leslie, Alton Koehl, J. T. McNamara, Frank Haynes and Tom Skates. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Neisner, Clyde Williamson, Charles Hercheck, Bill Conway, Anton Havel and Jack Faust.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Justice, Anna (Mrs. F.M)

Mrs. A. H. Justice, a lady well and favorably known throughout this section, died at the family home in the Live Oak community last Sunday night. She had retired as usual that night, only complaining of her hands hurting her from the effects of handling fodder previously. Her husband arose the next morning, made the fire in the kitchen, and then, as she had not gotten up, went to the bed to awake her, only to find her locked in the embrace of death. As quickly as he could he notified near by neighbors, who came at once, but it was only too true, the good woman had gone to that last, eternal rest which one day we all must take. Mrs. Justice was known to the writer for many years previous to her death, and we can truthfully assert that it would be a difficult matter to find a better, more conscientious christian lady, friend, and neighbor than she ever proved to be. Her death is deeply and sincerely regretted. Her remains were laid to rest [Live Oak Cemetery] Tuesday morning, a large number of sympathizing friends witnessing the last sad rites. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the bereaved ones in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, July 19, 1902

Justice, Francis Marion

Mr. A. H.[sic] Justice, an old and respected citizen of this section, died at the family residence in the Liveoak community Friday night and was laid to rest by the side of his wife in the Liveoak cemetery the following day. He had been in bad health for a number of years, and after the recent death of his wife he seemed to give up completely and never rallied. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1903, page 1

Justice, Lois/Lola

Died, Aug. 6, little Lola the youngest child of Mr. L. B. Justice. She was born June 24, 1898, and departed this life Aug 6, 1899. Her remains were laid to rest in the Liveoak cemetery on the 7th.

One bright hope is gone,
One sweet voice is still,
But we can put our trust in God,
And meet her in heaven if we will.

Weimar Mercury, August 12, 1899

Justice, Mattie (Barton)


The death angel visited this place and called from our midst last Friday, the 21st inst., Mrs. Mattie Justice, wife of Mr. L. B. Justice. Mrs. Justice was sick but a few days. There is an empty chair in the family circle, a vacant seat at the church chancel, and a sense of loss in the home community, since her death. She leaves a husband and two little childen and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss, her body was laid to rest in the Liveoak cemetery on the 22d inst. We would say to the bereaved ones, weep not. Your loss is her eternal gain. You can go to her. Thank God for the pecious hope of meeting her where there will be no sorrow nor partting. May the grace of the Lord sustain them in this sad hour of bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1899, page 1

Mrs. Mattie Justice (nee Mattie Barton), the beloved woife of Mr. L. B. Justice, died at the family home near Liveoak last Friday, July 21, after a lingering illness of three weeks. Her remains were laid to rest in the Liveoak cemetery the folowing day. She was born at Asland, Clay county, Ala., July 17, 1875: came to Texas in November, 1892, and was married to Mr. L. R. Justice on March 25, 1894. She was a lady of lovable disposition, the possessor of a large circle of friends, and her death has caused deep regret to pervade their hearts. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved husband and family.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1899, page 7
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