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Kadlecek, Alma Rose (Guthmann)

Mrs. A. Kadlecek, 59, Buried Here Last Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Rose Kadlecek, 59, of La Grange, sister of Mrs. Albert Vornsand of Weimar, were held at Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange, and St. Michael’s Church here Saturday morning, Sept. 28.

Burial was in St. Michael’s [Weimar Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Rev. Roman Janak of Ammannsville officiated.

Mrs. Kadlecek died last Thursday at Fayette Memorial Hospital, La Grange.

Born Oct. 7, 1897, at Frelsburg, daughter of Wm. and Ottilia Zeiner Guthmann, she had lived at La Grange since about 1916. She was married at Ammannsville to Frank Kadlecek Nov. 20, 1928.

Survivors include her husband; three sisters, Mrs. Vornsand of here, Mrs. Edward Herbrich of La Grange and Mrs. Edward Huepers of Galveston; a brother, Albert Guthmann of La Grange; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, October 4, 1957, page 1


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Kahlich, Joseph F.

Jos. Kahlic[sic], a well known and popular young man of this city, for a number of years barkeeper for H. Birkmann, died in his rooms in the Richter brick building, after a brief illness, last Friday. Joe Kahlic was a fine fellow, brave as a lion, liberal to a fault, popular with all classes, and if he had an enemy in the world we never heard of it. His death is universally regretted. His remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery, this city, the following day. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, May 14, 1904, page 4

Kahn, Rosa

Columbus Items

There have been three deaths during the week. First, Miss Rosa Kahn, a sister of Mrs. C. W. Shearer, who was on a visit to her sister here from New Orleans, took sick some weeks ago with typhoid fever. She wa a beautiful and a kind young lady and sympathy is extended to her sister in this her great loss and afflicion[sic][Place of interment unknown] then...

Weimar Gimlet, July 30, 1885


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Kaiser, Ann C. (Kramer)


Ann C. Kaiser, 82, of Weimar, passed away Friday, March 24 at her home.

She was born April 22, 1923 in Victoria to August and Annie Venghaus Kramer. She graduated from Waelder High School in 1940.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Sam G. Kaiser; daughter Terry Susan Williams and husband, Linsey, of Houston; two grandchildren, Laura L. Williams and Larry L. Williams and wife, Lisa; and two great-granddaughters, Ashley Renee and Emberly Ann Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Kurt Kaiser; brothers, Walter Kramer, Arthur Kramer and Arnold Kramer; sisters, Hilda Stange, Bertha Blaschke and Edna Maurer; half-brothers, Edwin Kramer, Karl Kramer and Bill Kramer; and half sisters, Lena Venghaus, Hattie Vaughn and Emily Klaus.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Graveside services followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Victoria.

Pallbearers were Pat Gyllenband, Micke Gyllenband, Bruce Kaiser, David Kaiser, Larry Williams and Rusty Klaus.

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

Kallina, Anna (Dornak)

Mrs. John Kallina Passes Away

Relatives and friends were saddened to learn that Mrs. John (Annie) Kallina of Garwood passed away in Columbus at one o’clock p.m. Tuesday, May 13.

Funeral services were held from the Triska Funeral Home in El Campo and continued at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada where the Rev. Henry Rolf officiated at a High Requiem Mass. The St. Mary’s choir sang the mass.

Pallbearers were Ed Riha, Jr., Joe Kallina, Jr., Craig Kallina, Jim Dornak, Larry Kallina and Anthony Kallina.

Mrs. Kallina was born October 18, 1893 in Nada and resided in the Nada-Garwood area all of her life.

Her husband, John Kallina, preceded her in death in 1959. Survivors include three children, John Kallina of Houston, Mrs. Harris Goodman, Jr. of Bloomfield Hill, Michigan, and Buren Kallina of Garwood; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kallina was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers and the Catholic Daughters organizations. [Interred at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thurs., May 22, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kallina, Anthony Henry Virgil Jr.

Kallina Boy, 4, Dies in Accident While Playing

GARWOOD--Little Anthony Kallina Jr., was 4 years old last Aug. 28, died yesterday (Jan 13) when a window in a play house in the back yard of his home fell on his neck and apparently choked him to death.

His body was found a shot time after the accident about 6:15 p.m. and artificial respiration was given, with Garwood firemen assisting, but to no avail.

Mr. Kallina was in the house and his young son was playing alone in the yard. He found the lifeless body soon after the accident.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Jan 15) in St. Mary’s Catholic church in Nada. [Interment in Nada Catholic cemetery]

Survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kallina Sr.; 2 sisters, Janet, 2, and Brenda, one; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kallina Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Staff, all of the Garwood-Nada area.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1960, page 1

Kallina, Augusta (Braden)

Mrs. Jim Kallina Dies In Lake Jackson Mon.

Mrs. Jim (Augusta) Kallina passed away early Monday morning, Feb. 15 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emil (Augusta) Richter in Lake Jackson. Services were held from St. Phillips Catholic Church in El Campo Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 10:45 a.m. with interment in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada.

Mrs. Kallina was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richter, at the time of her death but had lived in Garwood until the death of her husband, some years ago, at which time she moved to El Campo.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Richter, Mrs. Jim (Ella) Klemke of San Antonio and Mrs. Albert (Neva Lou) Hubenak of Houston; one son, J. D. Kallina of San Antonio; and ten grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 18, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kallina, Buren

Buren Kallina

Funeral services for Buren Kallina of Garwood were held at St. Mary's Dec. 30 with interment in the church cemetery. Monsignor J. A. Petru of Taiton officiated.

Pallbearers were Robert SchIurring, Anthony Kallina, Ted D Danklefs, Bob Raley, Frank Kasmiersky and Billy Lehrer.

Triska Funeral Home of El Campo was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kallina, a successful rice farmer, was born in Garwood, June 5, 1924. His parents were John and Annie Dornak Kallina.

Feb. 28, 1949, he and Miss Dorothy Hoelscher were married in Weimar.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Paula of Houston and Ava of Garwood; 4 sons, Kris, Craig, Paul and Peter; one brother, Johnny J. Kallina of Houston and one sister, Mrs. Harris Goodman of Michigan.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1976, page 6

Kallina, Charles J.

Charles J. Kallina

Advocate News Service
EL CAMPO – Charles J. Kallina, 54, a prominent rancher and rice farmer of the Garwood area, died Saturday in Houston after a sudden illness.

His body will lie in state in Triska Funeral Home chapel until 3:30 p.m. Sunday. It will be taken to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada for a 4 p.m. rosary service.

Funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the church with Monsignor Victor Schmidtzinski officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Laverne Kallina of Garwood; two daughters, Mrs. Charolett Cranek and Mrs. Cathy Schilling of Garwood; three sons, Charles F. Kallina III, Carl Kallina and Jesse Kallina, all of Garwood; his mother, Mrs. Lucy Kallina of Garwood; three sisters, Mrs. Lorraine Steffeck of Lake Jackson, Mrs. Jacqueline Yanta of Runge, and Mrs. Carol Parker of Georgia; a brother, Anthony of Garwood; and 11 grandchildren.

Victoria Advocate, December 23, 1979
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kallina, Cheryl Marie "Gigi"

Services For Miss Kallina At Nada Fri.

Miss Cheryl Marie (Gigi) Kallina was born March 19, 1954, in Wharton, Texas, the daughter of Charles J. and Laverne Zatopek Kallina, Jr.

Funeral services were held from Triska Funeral Chapel in El Campo at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 26th with the Rev. Father Henry Rolf of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, officiating. Following the brief services at El Campo, her remains were brought to St. Mary's Church in Nada where Father Rolf, assisted by the Rev. Father John Yants of San Antonio, uncle of the deceased, officiated at the Requiem Mass, The St. Mary's Catholic Choir rendered music for the services.

Gigi was placed to a final resting place in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Serving as pallbearers were classmates and friends, Jeff Frnka and Mike Grigar of Eagle Lake; Roger Stienke, Chris Kallina, Glen Frels and Harry Priesmeyer of Garwood.

Rosary was recited at the Triska Chapel on Thursday evening at six-thirty p.m. with Father Rolf leading in the prayers.

Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Kallina, Jr. of Garwood; two sisters, Mrs. Louis (Charlotte) Cranek of Austin and Mrs. James Allen (Cathy) Schilling of Garwood; three brothers, Charles J. Kallina III of Austin; Carl Kallina a student at the University of Texas, and Jessie Kallina of Garwood; also her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Charles J. Kallina Sr. of Garwood; a number of aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends.

Miss Kallina was an outstanding student as well as an outstanding athlete excelling in both tennis and basketball. She was an honor student in the 123 member class of 1972 at Rice High School.

Miss Kallina was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and only a few days previously had been one of the 1972 seniors honored by St. Mary's Church.

Eagle Lake Headlight June 1, 1972 page 1
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Kallina, Edward James

Ed Kallina, Nada Native, Succumbs at 57 in Houston

NADA--Ed Kallina, a Nada native who was once a Texas league baseball pitcher, was buried in St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery last Friday morning after graveside services.

He died in Memorial hospital in Houston May 15 at the age of 57 after a cerebral hemorrhage. He had lived in Houston for some time.

Mr. Kallina played football, basketball and baseball at Southwest Texas State college, and later was signed to a pro baseball contract.

Funeral services were held in a Houston funeral home last Thursday at 10 a.m. and rosary was recited at the Triska Funeral home in El Campo last Thursday evening.

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 1963, page 8

Kallina, Emilie "Millie" (Frnka)

Mrs. Emilie Kallina Buried at Nada

Funeral services for Mrs. Emilie Frnka Kallina were held at the family home and at Nada Monday morning with interment in the Nada cemetery, the Revs. Raska and Weber officiating in the rites.

Mrs. Kallina was born in the Vox Populi community on April 23, 1889, a daughter of Florian and Veronika Frnka. She died Saturday at Corpus Christi.

She was affiliated with civic clubs in Garwood and with the K.J.T, lodge, the Mother's Society and St. Mary's Catholic church.

Survivors include her husband, Frank J Kallina whom she married on October 30, 1908; one daughter, Mrs. Seth W. Henderson, Corpus Christi, and three sons, Joe J. Kallina, Garwood, Frank C. Kallina, San Antonio, and Pfc. Fred P. Kallina, Baylor Medical college, Houston. A son, Lt. Leon P. Kallina was killed in action in the Pacific theater on May 28, 1942.

Surviving grandchildren are Joe J. Jr., Gerald F., Susan and Josephine K. Kallina. One grandson, Frank C. Kallina Jr. died some time ago. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. J. J. Tlustes of El Campo and four brothers, Emil and John F. Frnka, Nada, and Ed R. Frnka and Frank Frnka, Garwood.

Pallbearers were nephews, Beno Frnka, Corpus Christi, Burin, W. R. and Frank Frnka, Garwood, Lionel Bouska, Ganado, and Sgt. Victor Frnka, stationed in Louisiana.

Colorado County Citizen, March 15, 1945

Kallina, James

Jim Kallina Dies Suddenly; Funeral Wednesday

Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) morning in St. Mary’s Catholic church in Nada for Jim Kallina, 62, who died while he was attending services at St. Mary’s Sunday. The Rev. Edmund Bily officiated and burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Mr. Kallina’s death was attributed to a heart attack. He had suffered one about 2 years ago but had seemed in good health since his recovery He was a semi-retired cattleman and rice grower.

His widow, the former Augusta Braden, survives, along with 3 daughters, Mrs. George Klemke of Washington,D. C., Mrs. Emil Richter of Lake Jackson and Mrs. Ray Hubenak of Houston and a son, J. D. Kallina, of Ft. Stockton; also a number of grandchildren, brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers were Buren Kallina, Anthony Kallina and Joe Kallina of Garwood; Raymond Heine of Columbus, Walter Braden Jr. of Nada and a man from El Campo whose name could not be learned.

Colorado County Citizen, October 30, 1958, page 6

Kallina, Joseph


Joseph Kallina, 84, of Garwood, died Friday, Sept. 15, 1995.

Born Oct. 6, 1910 in Colorado County, he was the son of Frank Joseph and Emilie Frnka Kallina. He was former owner of the Garwood Lumber Company and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada.

Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Victor Schmidtzimsky officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Mr. Kallina is survived by his wife, of Garwood; sons Joseph Kallina Jr. of Garwood and Gerald S. Kallina of Houston; daughter Susan Turrentine of Houston; brothers “Fritz” Kallina of Lubbock; six grandchilden and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leon and Frank Kallina; and sister Josephine Guyer.

Colorado County Citizen, August 20, 1995, page 16

Kallina, LaVerne (Zatopek)


LaVerne Kallina, 82, of Garwood, passed away Feb. 17.

She was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Ellinger to Frank and Sophie (Strnadel) Zatopek. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Kallina Jr.; daughter, Cheryl Kallina; son, Charles Kallina III, MD; and brother, C.J. Zatopek.

She is survived by daughters, Charlotte Temmen, of Garwood and Cathy Tschidea, of Webster; sons, Carl Kallina, of Garwood and Jesse Kallina, of El Campo; sisters, Adeline Schindler, of Wharton and Lulu Linderman, of Houston; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Kallina IV, MD, Louis Cranek, Chad Kallina, Justin Kallina, Koehl Cranek and Elliot Wendel.

Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, 7400 Louis Pasteur, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Colorado County Citizen, March 2, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Kallina, Lucy Anne (Hruzek)

Mrs. Lucy Anne Kallina passed away December 28 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital just six days after the death of her son, Charles Kallina Jr. She had been in failing health for several years.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada last Sunday and was followed by interment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The Right Rev. Msgr. Victor Schmdizinsky of Nada, Rev. John Yanta and Rev. Lawrence Steuben of San Antonio officiated at Requiem Mass.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandson, Dr. Charles Kallina IV, Carl (Boxie) Kallina, Jesse Kallina, Dr. John Charles Steffek, Jason Steffek, Myles Yanta, Virgil Yanta and Zachary Yanta. A grandson, Thomas Kallina, served as lector.

St. Mary’s Choir, directed by Mrs. Bernice Pope, sang Mass accompanied by Mrs. Clarence Martin at the organ. Mrs. Kallina was born April 28, 1895 in Colorado County and lived in the Garwood-Nada area all her life. Her parents were Adolph and Albina Hruzek. On April 29, 1918 she and Charles Kallina Sr. Were united in marriage at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston.

Survivors are three daughters, Alsayse Lorraine Steffek of Lake Jackson, Jacqueline Joyce Yanta of Runge; and Carol Jo Parker of Columbus, Georgia; a son, Anthony Kallina of Garwood; one brother, Adolph Hruzek of Rock Island; five sisters, Mrs. Alba Millian of Houston, Mary Jruzek of San Antonio and Sister Rephella, Sister Flora, and sister Florida all of Our Lady of the Lake Convent in San Antonio; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Nada, K.J.Z.T. Society, Catholic Daughters, Court of Our Lady of Rosary and Christian Mothers Society. She was one of 12 children.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives in the loss of a loved one.

El Campo Leader-News, Wednesday, January 9, 1980, page 9-A, in "News of Garwood" column by Mrs. R. B. Shaw
Contributed by Matt Cross

Kallina, Robert Alan

Boy, 6, Killed As Truck and Bike Collide

Tragedy struck last Thursday, for the third time in nine years in the Anthony Kallina family at Garwood, when 6-year-old Robert Allen Kallina rode his bike into the path of a pickup truck and was killed.

The accident occurred at the Kallina home 1.6 miles north of Garwood at 12:30 p.m.

Highway Patrolman Joe French of Eagle Lake said the lad rode his bike out of the driveway and was struck by a 1964 GMC pickup driven by Albert Eggemeyer, 64, of Garwood. Mr. Eggemeyer, was driving north on what is known as Boenisch Road.

Anthony's [sic.] body was carried along on the hood of the pickup, falling off 96 feet from the place of impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

About nine years ago another son of the Kallinas was killed when a window fell on his neck. Sometime since then the couple lost a baby girl, who died a few days after birth. [Interred in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 28, 1969
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kallus, John C.

John C. Kallus

COLUMBUS—John C. Kallus, 53, of Columbus, died Thursday, March 25, 1999.

He was born July 7, 1945, in Hallettsville, to Anita Morkovsky Kallus of Hallettsville and the late George Kallus. He was part owner of Austin Glass & Mirror Company and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and KJT.

Survivors: wife, Charleen Beyer Kallus; daughters, Jill Guzman and Jacky Kallus, both of Columbus; son, John M. Kallus of Austin; mother; sisters, Mary Ann Litzmann of Galveston, Jane Miles of Kailua, Hawaii and Betty Orsak of Katy; brothers, A.J. Kallus and Joe Kallus, both of Hallettsville, George Kallus of Houston and Robert Kallus of San Marcos.

A parish and Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Henneke Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, the Rev. Dan Kahlich officiating.

Burial will be at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, (409) 732-2143.

Victoria Advocate, March 26, 1999
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Kalous, Charles F.

Chief Chas. Kalous Succumbs at 79

A stroke at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 3, claimed the life of Charles F. Kalous, 79, retired merchant and city tax assessor-collector, ending a four-year illness.

He died at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been admitted several hours earlier.

While he was in the business world for more than half a century, and after retirement had been the city's tax assessor, it was through his many years of unpaid service in the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department that he became best known.

He was an active fireman for 31 years and on the honorary list for another 23.

Joining the department in 1920, he was an assistant chief for 10 years 1934-44, and chief for seven, 1945-52, before he retired to the inactive list at the beginning of 1952.

The zenith of that 54-year period was his election as president of the Guadalupe Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association in 1951.

Mr. Kalous also served as fire marshal, an appointive job under the city administration, for 19 years and in earlier years had been a city councilman for 14 years. He was tax assessor-collector for 10 years, retiring about two years ago.

He was born May 6, 1896, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, a son of Karl and Emelie (Effenberger) Kalous, and came to America alone at the age of 17. He married Mary Agnes Janicek.

His business career started with 5 _ years of blacksmithing at Schulenburg. On Amistice [sic] Day, 1918, he began work for the Boettcher Co. here, and he was employed there 21 years as plant engineer. In 1940 he bought a Lack's Auto Supply store and operated it under that name for five years. In 1948 he built a new store on Post Office Street and continued in the appliance and supply business under his own name. He sold that business January 1, 1964 and retired.

Mr. Kalous was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and was a charter member of the Lions Club in which he was honored once for a 10-year perfect attendance record.

Funeral services were held Monday January 5, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Rev. Vincent Fecher officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were F. F. Brasher, Tom Hinton, E. J. Seifert, Edwin Peter, Rudy José and L. T. Lacourse. Honorary pallbearers were all other members of the Weimar Fire Department.

Mr. Kalous is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Kalous; one son, R. F. (Bob) Kalous of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Charlie (Eloise) Walla of Columbus; four grandchildren, Bob Kalous of Weimar, Mrs. Ronnie (Mary Ann) Davis of Rosenberg, Bobby Walla and Miss Cindy Walla of Columbus; and two great-grandchildren, Glen and Tracy Walla of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kalous, Mary J.

Mary Kalous Funeral Held Here Oct. 4

Funeral services for Mary J. Kalous, 91, of Weimar were held Wednesday, Oct. 4 from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Mrs. Kalous died Monday morning, Oct. 2 at her home.

She was born March 7, 1898, in Fayette County. She was married here on Jan. 30, 1916, to Charles F. Kalous, who preceded here in death on Jan. 3, 1976.

Surviving are a son, Robert F. Kalous, of Weimar; a daughter, Eloise M. Walla of Columbus; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Milton Beken, Daniel Kovar, Andy Schobel, Bob Schobel, M. T. Windham and Gene Vacek.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1989
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Kaluza, Johnnie Albin


Johnnie Albin Kaluza, 56, of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 21 at Rice Medical Center.

He was born in Hallettsville, Sept. 15, 1948 to John V. and Betty (Lednicky) Kaluza. He was a self-employed rancher and member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Frank Kaluza.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Theuman) Kaluza; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Andy Gertson of San Antonio; son and fiancé, John Miles Kaluza and Jessie Ponton of Houston; brother, Rick Kaluza; sisters, Adette Kovar and husband Jim and Mona Hagendorf and husband Barry; and grandchildren, Drew and Tyler Gertson.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 24 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Don Ruppert officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Chad and Nathan Kovar, Nicholas and Clayton Hagendorf, Will Wenmohs and Dennis Pavlicek.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rice Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Dept., 600 S. Austin St., Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, January 26, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Kaluza, Willie

Willie Kaluza

Willie Kaluza of Garwood died December 31, 2005 at the age of 78. He was born in La Grange on June 25, 1927 to Peter and Agnes Sugarek Kaluza. He was a farmer/rancher. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran of Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Viola Zbranek Kaluza of Garwood; daughters, Diane Kaluza of El Campo and Susan Pavlicek of Victoria and husband Dennis; sons, Glenn Kaluza of Garwood and Gary Kaluza of Angleton; sisters, Lydia Siems of Bellaire and Tillie Smaistrla of El Campo; and brothers, Alphonse and Edwin Kaluza both of El Campo; grandchildren, Bonnie, Dustin and Holly Pavlicek and Jason Kaluza.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Allen Kaluza; sister, Marcella Mackinen; and brother, Fred Kaluza.

A Parish Rosary was recited Monday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Graveside services [St Mary's Cemetery] followed with Military Honors under the Auspices of the American Legion Post 251. Arrangements were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jason Kaluza, Gary Kaluza, Glenn Kaluza, Roy Smaistrla, Dennis Pavlicek and Brian Janish.

Memorial donations may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 131, Garwood, Tx 77442.

El Camp Leader New, January 4,2006 online

Kana, Henry G.

Brother Of Jiggs Kana Passes Away

Funeral services for Henry Kana, 58, of Weimar, brother of V. J. (Jiggs) Kana of Eagle Lake, were held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Friday, Feb. 24th at 2 p.m. The Rev. Daniel O’Brien officiated with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Hubbard Funeral Home was in charge.

Mr. Kana succumbed Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

Born at Holman on May 26, 1919, he was the son of the late Henry and Mary Hajovsky Kana. He was united in marriage with Madie Birdwell.

He was employed by Brasher Motor Co., in Weimar for 31 years during which time he served as bookkeeper and office manager. He was a World War II veteran and was a member of the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department., American Legion, Knights of Columbus and KJT.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Madie Kana of Weimar; four sons, John Paul of Atlanta, Ga., Henry G., Jr. of Houston, James A. of Austin and Robert W. of Seattle, Wash.; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Vacek of Muldoon, Mrs. Annie Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Cecile Bartosh of Columbus and Mrs. Henrietta Strunk of Oakland; four brothers, Fred of Baytown, V. J. of Eagle Lake, John of Weimar and Leroy of Bastrop; and two granddaughters.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thurs., Mar. 2, 1978
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kane, Mitchell

Last Saturday afternoon Mitchell Kane, a colored man lately employed at the cotton seed oil mill in this city, boarded the train for a short visit to friends in Alleyton. wishing to return here that night, he endeavored to jump on a freight train which was passing through Alleyton at a fast rate of speed; but miscalculated his ability to board the train, and was thrown under the wheels. One leg was cut off above the knee and also one foot. He was taken to his father’s place near Columbus Sunday, where he lingered between life and death for several hours, when his spirit took flight and winged itself to a better world. “Mitch” was a good negro and had many friends here, white as well as black, and all regret the sad accident which cost him his life. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 3, 1889, page 3

Kannapel, Leo A.


Mr. L. A. Kannaple, who died at Peoria, Illinois, on last Monday of influenza, funeral was held here yesterday interment being made in the Masonic cemetery.

Mr. Kannaple was thirty-seven years of age. Five years ago he was married to Mrs. Abi Roberts of Lissie, who survives him. Until a year ago, they made their home at El Paso, moving to Lissie where he engaged in rice farming last year. Mr. Kannaple suffered a nervous breakdown while living at Lissie and left there in October last year, for Peoria for treatment and a change of climate. He was doing nicely and improving steadily until he contracted influenza. Besides his wife, decedent is survived by four sisters and four brothers. The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake from Peoria and taken to the Masonic Hall from where the funeral was held at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 6, 1920


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Kanter, L. Erick


L. Erick Kanter, 62, a veteran federal government public information officer, who later became a familiar face on business television shows as a spokesman for the mutual fund industry, died on Nov. 23 after suffering a brain aneurism at Washington Hospital Center.

Since 1995 he had headed an Arlington, Va. based public relations firm, Kanter & Associates, which served clients in mutual fund management companies and other financial services firms.

He was born in New Ulm, Dec. 15, 1942, the son of Lawrence and Wilma (Kellner) Kanter. He was baptized Jan. 25, 1943 by Pastor Leo Simon and confirmed on April 14, 1957 by Pastor Milroy Gregor at the Lutheran church in New Ulm where his great grandfather was a founding member.

A graduate of Columbus High School and the University of Texas at Austin, Kanter began his career in journalism in 1965 as a reporter with Newsweek magazine's Houston Bureau, where he covered the "Vacation White House," at President Lyndon Baines Johnson's ranch, the U.S. space program and civil rights marches in the South.

During the Vietnam War he served three years in the Navy, where he helped prepare the daily news briefings in Saigon and later served as the Navy liaison with television networks in the Pentagon.

After the war he returned to Newsweek's Boston bureau, but left in 1971 to go to Washington, where he served as press officer for several federal agencies and White House commissions, starting with the Federal Wage-Price Control program.

As deputy director of public affairs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the mid 1970's he created seminars for television weather newscasters on how to use new scientific findings and visual material to broaden their coverage of hurricanes and other severe storms.

He left the government in 1980 to start a private consulting company in Washington. Four years later he became a vice president for the Investment Company Institute, a Washington-based trade association for the mutual fund industry. In his effort to improve public awareness of the fast-growing industry, he made over 100 appearances on business news programs, including appearances on CNBC, PBS and ABC's "Good Morning America."

In 1987, Kanter developed a cooperative arrangement between the trade association and American University to establish a national journalism award program for reporters covering personal finance matters. He served as co-director for the program for eight years.

He was a member of the National Press Club and served as national treasurer of the U.S. Navy Public Affairs Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Kanter of Arlington, Va.; his mother, Wilma Kanter Ziegenbein and husband, Gilbert of New Ulm; his sister, Jeanette Kanter Fair and husband Vic, of New Ulm; and niece, Erika Fair, of Round Rock.

A memorial service was conducted Dec. 5 at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Memorials may be sent to the National Press Foundation, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20036 or to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, December 8, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

L. Erick Kanter Public Relations Specialist

L. Erick Kanter, 62, a federal public information officer who became a spokesman for the mutual fund industry, died of a brain aneurysm Nov. 23 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Arlington.

Since 1995, Mr. Kanter had headed the Arlington-based public relations firm Kanter & Associates. His clients included mutual fund management companies and other financial services firms.

Mr. Kanter, who was born in New Ulm, Tex., graduated from the University of Texas.

He began a career in journalism in 1965 as a reporter with Newsweek magazine's Houston bureau, where he covered the "vacation White House," at President Lyndon B. Johnson's ranch. He also covered the U.S. space program and civil-rights marches in the South.

During the Vietnam War, he served three years in the Navy. He was in Saigon in 1967 and 1968, helping to prepare daily news briefings, and later was the Navy liaison with television networks in the Pentagon.

He returned to Newsweek in 1970, working from its Boston bureau, but left the magazine in 1971 to move to Washington, where he served as press officer for several federal agencies and White House commissions, starting with the federal wage-price control program.

As deputy director of public affairs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the mid-1970s, he created seminars for TV weather newscasters on how to use new scientific findings and visual material to broaden their coverage of hurricanes and other severe storms.

He left the government in 1980 to start a private consulting company in Washington. Four years later, he became a vice president for the Investment Company Institute, a Washington-based trade association for the mutual fund industry. In his effort to improve public awareness of the fast-growing industry, he made more than 100 appearances on news programs, including on CNBC, PBS and ABC.

In 1987, Mr. Kanter developed a cooperative arrangement between the trade association and American University to establish a national journalism awards program for reporters covering personal-finance matters. He served as the program's co-director for eight years.

He was a member of the National Press Club and served as national treasurer of the U.S. Navy Public Affairs Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Kanter of Arlington; his mother, Wilma Ziegenbein of New Ulm; and a sister.

Washington Post Sunday, November 28, 2004; Page C08
Submitted by Bill Stein

Kantzer, Frederic


The relatives of the late Mr. F. Kantzer, Sr., who departed this life on the 11th inst., beg leave hereby to extend their sincere thanks and kindly appreciation of the services rendered deceased in his last illness, in our absence, by many of the citizens of Columbus. These kindly and disinterested offices will ever remain a source of saddened pleasure in the affliction of our suffering kinsman. H. P. and Mrs. E. Phillippi, Fred Kantzer, Jr.
Columbus, Texas, Aug. 17, 1886
[Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, August 19, 1886

Karm, Lonis Orvis

Funeral Services For L. O. Karm, 26, Today At 3

Funeral services for Louis Orvis Karm, who died Tuesday night in Hermann Hospital, Houston, will be held at Hubbard Funeral Home this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, with Rev. Reese, Baptist minister of Schulenburg, officiating.

Burial will be in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Karm's death was believed to have been caused by a kidney injury, family members said. He was in an automobile wreck May 30 at Flatonia and was injured when he was thrown against the steering wheel of his car. However, he had gone back to work for about a day and a half before entering Weimar Hospital the following Tuesday.

Last Saturday morning he was moved to the Houston hospital for examination by specialists. An autopsy was made after his death, but the family had not heard the results up to Thursday morning.

A native of DeWitt County, Mr. Karm was born August 10 1926. After his marraige[sic] to Miss Evelyn Zapalac of Weimar May 10, 1947, they lived in Bay City awhile and later moved back to Weimar. Since February of this year they had lived at Praha while he worked in a nearby oil field for Hamman Oil Co. Mr. Karm was a World War II veteran and had served overseas.

Surviving in addition to his widow, Mrs. Evelyn Karm of Weimar, are five children, Joyce Elaine, 5, Louis 0. Jr., 4, Carol Jean, 3, Sharon Yleen, 21 months, and Roger Dale. 4 months; his father, Edward E. Karm of Bay City; three brothers, L. D. and Welton Karm of Weimar and Bobby Karm of Bay City; and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Karm of Cuero.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1953, pages 1 and 5

Karm, Lonis Orvis Jr.

Wrecks Take Four Lives

A 19 year-old Weimar youth was killed and four companions were injured in a one-car accident on the Weimar-La Grange road Friday night. That was enough tragedy for One Easter week-end, but early on Easter morning--the day the Weimar boy was to be buried--three more lives were snuffed out in the first fatal accident on Interstate 10 since that portion was opened east of Columbus.

Two of those were just youths, too, 18 and 20 years old.

Dead in the accident on FM 155 three miles this side of La Grange was Lonis Arvel[sic] Karm, who was driving a 1967 Mustang, owned by one of the other occupants, when it went off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

Injured and hospitalized at La Grange were Franklin Warren, 19, of Garwood, owner of the car, who had a broken jaw and bruises; David Kech, 18, of Columbus, severely bruised; Glady Ulrich 16, and Barbara Heinrich, 15, both of La Grange, who had facial cuts.
. . .

Driver Pinned

In Friday night’s wreck, which occurred at about 10 p.m. as the young people were on their way to a dance in Weimar, Karm was pinned in the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Harvey Albers.

Young Karm, who was born in Weimar and lived here the first seven or eight years of his life before moving to Columbus, had returned here only a few weeks ago to make his home with his grandparents. He had enrolled at Weimar High School at midterm but had dropped out a couple of weeks ago.

Father Killed 14 Years ago

He was the son of Mrs. August Gold and the late Lonis A. Karm Sr., who was killed in an oilfield accident 14 years ago.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with Rev. Anderson, Columbus Lutheran minister, officiating, and burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Lonis is survived by his step-father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. August Gold of Columbus; a brother, Roger; three sisters, Joyce, Carol Jean and Sharon Karm, two half-brothers, Carl Allen and Floyd Gold, a half-sister, Janet Rose Gold, all of Columbus; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zapalac of Weimar and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Karm of Houston. A half-brother, August Frank Gold, died four years ago as an infant.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1967, page 2

Karstedt, Adolph Fredrick

Adolph Karstedt, 49, Heart Victim; Buried Saturday

Funeral services for Adolph Fredrick Karstedt, 49, of the Holman area were held Saturday, Feb 13 at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Bawel officiated.

He died of a heart attack while working with some livestock Thursday.

Born July 11, 1910, he was the son of Otto and Louise Koch Karstedt.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Christina Karstedt; four daughters and a son; 12 grandchildren; and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1960

Karstedt, Friedrick J.

Columbus, Texas, March 2.--Fritz Kastedt died at Altair and his body was brought here for interment in the City Cemetery Thursday, under the auspices of the Sons of Herman. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Weimar Mercury, March 9, 1917, page 2

Karstedt, Rinard Adolf

Rinard Karstedt Funeral Services Held April 4

Rinard Adolf Karstedt, 13, of Weimar died March 32 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 4, at Calvary Baptist Church in Weimar with Johnny Teague officiating.

Interment followed at Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rinard was born Jan 20, 1993 in La Grange to Robert Sr. and JoAnn (Benedix) Karstedt.

He enjoyed being a student and attended Weimar Elementary School and Whispering Hills. He lived in Weimar for seven years and also lived in Smithville.

He loved spending time with his mother and sister, Sophie; two special aunts, Frances Kuehn and Theresa Karstedt; and four very special uncles, Tom Kuehn, Lee Karstedt, John Karstedt, and Martin “Uncle Bubba” Benedix.

Rinard loved spending time with his little cousins and picking flowers. He also loved playing kickball, basketball and being outside with his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother, sisters, Sophie Marie Karstedt of Weimar, and Wynonia Marie Karstedt of Warren; and brother, Robert Adolf Karstedt Jr. of Warren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Adolf Karstedt Sr.; grandfathers, Rhinard Karstedt and Harold Benedix; and grandmother, Sophie Karstedt.

Pallbearers were Lee Karstedt, David Beyer, Bobby Beyer, Antonio Sierra, Arthur Hunter, and Clyde Votaw.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 2006

Karstedt, Sophie L. (Kunschick)

Funeral For Mrs. Karstedt Held Feb. 26

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Karstedt, 54, of Weimar were held Friday, Feb. 27, at Weimar Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating.

Mrs. Karstedt, a lifelong resident of this area except for a year and a half when she lived at Smithville, died Thursday, Feb. 26, at her home.

Born Dec. 4, 1932, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Henry and Sophie (Voitle) Kunschick. She was married to Rhinard Karstedt on Sept. 6. 1952.

Her husband survives her, along with three sons, Robert, Lee and John Karstedt of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Beyer and Frances Karstedt of Weimar and Mrs. Judy Step of Smithville; 12 grandchildren; four brothers, Henry Kunschick of Houston, Joe Kunschick of La Grange, Henry N. Kunschick of Schulenburg and Emil Kunschick of Weimar and four sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Denham of La Grange and Mrs. Frances Mitchell, Mrs. Martha Krueger and Mrs. Emma Blaschke, all of Schulenburg.

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1987
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Kasmiersky, Frank Joseph, Sr.

Last Rites Held Sun. For Frank Kasmiersky, Sr.      

Funeral services for Frank Joseph Kasmiersky Sr., Nada were held last Sunday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery. Monsignor Victor Schmidtzinsky officiated at the services.

Kasmiersky closed his eyes to a final rest on Friday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the El Campo hospital following an extended illness.

A rosary was recited for Kasmiersky in the chapel of Triska Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The body laid in state at Triska Funeral Home until 11:30 a.m. Sunday when it was taken to St. Mary's for the services.

Serving as pallbearers were James Socha, Gary Zbranek, Gregory Lobpries, Kirk Schneider, Thierry Hoffman and Bryan Popp. Named honorary pallbearers were Rusty Kasmiersky, Michael Kasmiersky, Jerry Socha, Jody Socha, Howard Lynn Lobpries, Darby Hoffman and Billy Ray Zbranek.

The Nada Choir provided appropriate music at the last rites.

Kasmiersky was born in Fayette County on Sept. 20, 1889 to Joseph and Annie Orsak Kasmiersky. A retired farmer, he had lived in Nada the past 65 years where he was active in the K.J.T. Society and St. Joseph's Society.

His wife Emilia Bubela Kasmiersky preceded him in death.

Survivors include seven daughters, Mrs. Joe Socha, Mrs. William Swoboda and Mrs. Gus Popp of El Campo, Mrs. Howard Lobpries, Mrs. Ludwig Zbranek and Mrs. Ed Lee Schneider of Garwood and Mrs. Method Hoffman of Nada; two sons, Frank Kasmiersky of Garwood and Raymond Kasmiersky of New Port, Arkansas; 30 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The family is extended sympathy in their loss of this loved one.

Triska Funeral Home in El Campo was in charge of arrangements.

Eagle Lake Headlight May 30, 1982 page 11
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Kasmiersky, John Paul

Kasmiersky Baby 16 Days Old, Is Buried Friday

Funeral services were held at the Triska Funeral Chapel in El Campo Friday morning for John Paul Kasmiersky Jr. of Garwood, who died Thursday in the Texas Children’s hospital in Houston.

Mass followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, with Rev. E. J. Bily officiating. Burial was in the Nada Catholic cemetery.

The baby, born in Columbus hospital Aug. 9, lived to be only 16 days old. Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Kremling of Garwood and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Kasmiersky Sr. of Nada. His mother is the former Anna Louise Kremling.

Colorado County Citizen, September 2, 1954

Kasparek, Alfred Joseph

Alfred Kasparek Funeral Services Held Aug. 13

Alfred J. Kasparek, known as "Weimar's Mr. Baseball," passed away on Aug. 11 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 84 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg.

Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar was in charge of the arrangements with a Knights of Columbus Rosary held on Friday, Aug. 12 and funeral services held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar on Saturday, Aug. 13 with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed in the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Weimar.

Alfred "Al" Kasparek was born June 2, 1921 in Yoakum, the oldest of three children of Anton and Cecila (Matocha) Kasparek.

He grew up in Yoakum and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1939.

He married Mildred Hoelscher on Feb. 28, 1949 and lived in Weimar for most of his life.

Al was known for his love of baseball and the many years of volunteer work he gave to that sport. He was a tall, lanky pitcher with all the "good stuff." His legendary curve ball was one of the best most batters ever faced.

Right out of high school, he went to work for Tex Tan in Yoakum and began his pitching career in the South Central Texas League with the Yoakum Toms. With the onset of World War II, he served in the Air Force from Aug. 29, 1942 until Jan. 26, 1946. His primary duty in the service was a parachute rigger, but he also pitched for the Waco Army Air Field and at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.

After the service he played ball with semi-pro teams in the area, the Yoakum Tanners and later with Weimar teams, The Herder Truckers and M-G Feeders. At the professional level, he played minor league ball with the Sherman-Dennison Twins for two years until an arm injury ended his professional pitching career. That injury did not put an end to his involvement with baseball, however.

Al wanted to give something back to the sport that had given so much to him. His volunteer work with baseball began in his spare time in 1950 when he started working with the Little League teams in Weimar.

Next, he got the idea to start a league for ages 13 to 15 year old boys, because when they became teenagers, they no longer had an outlet for baseball. His involvement with the teenage leagues flourished into the positions of President of the Tn County Teenage League and as the District and State Director of the Texas Babe Ruth League, which included 33 leagues across Texas.

In addition to his league work, Al organized and served as the coach of the baseball team at St. Michael School in Weimar, he coached and managed the South Central Texas Amateur League from 1955 - 1975, and was a member of the South Central Oldtimers Association, serving as Director and President.

Outside of baseball, Al worked as a lab technician with Shell Oil Company for 39 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 259, an active and devoted member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the St. Michael Knights of Columbus Council 2153, achieving the 4th degree.

He served as trustee and family activities director during his tenure on St. Michael Parish Board and Bishop Forest High School Board, as well as being a Eucharistic Minister and Lector for St. Michael Church in Weimar. Al remained involved with youth by refereeing basketball and football games and teaching religion at St. Michael's, and serving as a scoutmaster.

He served as a guide for the Weimar Historical Museum. He received the Altare Dei Award and was named Catholic Life's Fraternalist of the Year in 1996 for his example and accomplishments through outstanding volunteer service to his faith and community.

Early in life, Al made the choice to follow the motto "I will pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."

Al will always be remembered by his family as dedicated, honest, hardworking, and devoted to his family and faith. You can bet that if there is a baseball field in heaven, he is on the mound winding up to throw his pitch.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Mildred. He is also survived by three children, Donald Kasparek and wife Louise of Weimar; Sandra Guenther and husband David of Houston; and Michael Kasparek and wife Kaye Lynn of Weimar; four grandchildren, Andrew Kasparek of Huntsville, Kenn Kasparek of Austin, Kacie Kasparek of Houston and Reagan Kasparek of Brenham.

He is also survived by his sisters, Agnes and husband Charles Bussey of Longview, and Ann and husband Hayfield Boysen of Hochheim; sister-in-law, Dorothy and husband Robert Schiurring of Garwood, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Andrew Kasparek, Kenn Kasparek; nephews, Keith Boysen, Allen Bussey, Steve Bussey, Craig Kallina, Paul Kallina, Peter Kallina; and friend Leonard Buxkemper.

Honorary Pallbearers were his granddaughters, Kacie Kasparek and Reagan Kasparek

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Endowment Fund, Weimar Babe Ruth Baseball or donor’s choice.

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 2005, page 2

Kasparek, Mildred (Hoelscher)

M. Kasparek Funeral Service Held Jan. 10

Mildred Hoelscher Kasparek passed away on Jan. 8 at the age of 83 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center. Mildred Hoelscher Kasparek was born March 22, 1924 in New Bielau, the older of two daughters of Edwin Hoelscher and Emile (Michalek) Hoelscher. She grew up on her parents' farm in New Bielau and attended school in New Bielau and Weimar, graduating from Weimar High School in 1941.

She married Alfred Kasparek on Feb. 28, 1949.

They made their home in Weimar.

Mildred worked at Herder Mercantile and Watzlavick's Pharmacy before making Hill Bank and Trust Co. her career until retirement.

Mildred was an accomplished homemaker known for her canning and baking.

One of her greatest enjoyments in life was her grandchildren.

Mildred was a member of St. Michael Church, a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Catholic Daughters and a volunteer at the Weimar Heritage Society Museum.

She is survived by three children, Donald Kasparek and wife Louise of Weimar; Sandra Guenther and husband David of Houston; and Michael Kasparek and wife Kaye Lynn of Weimar; four grandchildren, Andrew Kasparek of Houston, Kenn Kasparek of Austin, Kacie Kasparek of Houston and Reagan Kasparek of San Marcos.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

She is also survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Robert Schuirring of Garwood; a sister-in- law, Ann Boysen of Yoakum; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Agnes and Charles Bussey of Longview and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar was in charge of the arrangements with a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters Rosary held on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. and funeral services held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment was in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons Andrew Kasparek and Kenn Kasparek; nephews, Craig Kallina, Paul Kalina, Peter Kalina and Keith Boysen; cousin Allen Hoelscher and friend Leonard Buxkemper.

Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Kacie Kasparek and Reagan Kasparek.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church or School, Weimar Heritage Society Museum or donor’s choice.

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 2008, page 2a


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Kaszynski, Rev. Leonard

Rev. Kaszynski, 72, Pastor at Mentz, Funeral Today.

Rev. Leonard Kaszynski, pastor of St. Roch’s Catholic church at Mentz, died Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. in the Columbus hospital where he had been a patient for 9 days.

The body will lie in state in St. Roch’s Catholic church until funeral services this morning (Thursday) at 10:30 with the Very Rev. L. J. Reicher, bishop of the Austin Diocese, officiating.

Rev. Kaszynski, who was 72, was transferred to St. Roch’s parish in June of 1956 from the Marek parish.

Burial will be in the Mentz Catholic cemetery.

Untermeyer Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, November 6, 1958, page 1

Kaufmann, Fritz

Bernardo News
(By Willeen Meyer)

Mr. Fritz Kaufmann, 78 years of age, died at the LaGrange Hospital April 3rd. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Friday, with Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, Lutheran pastor of Columbus, officiating. Interment was made in the Alleyton cemetery. Mr. Kaufmann was born in Germany September 19, 1857, and came to this country in 1869, landing at Galveston. He was one of the pioneer farmers of the county and a man of high standing. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Kaiser of Bernardo. Another sister preceded him in death six years ago. A nephew Henry Keyser of Bernardo and a niece, Mrs. J. K. Dixon of Houston survive.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 10, 1936

Kaufmann, Mary

Funeral Services for Mrs. Kaufmann Held in Alleyton

Funeral services were held at Alleyton cemetery Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Kaufmann, 89, with Rev. Leo Simon of Frelsburg officiating. Untermeyer Bros. were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kaufmann, born in Germany, came to this country with her parents when she was 14 years of age. She died at the home of her only son , Henry Kaiser in Bernardo after having been confined to her bed for the past two years.

Other survivors are three grandchildren, Mrs. Emmett Kveton, Miss Agnes Kaiser of the Bernardo vicinity and Pfc. Henry F. Kaiser of Seattle, Wash.

Colorado County Citizen, February 24, 1944

Kautz, Adolph Johannes

Adolph J. Kautz Dies Suddenly; Funeral Yesterday

Adolph J. Kautz, 66, of Frelsburg died suddenly at his home June 17.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. yesterday at the Frelsburg Lutheran church with the Rev. Milroy Gregor officiating. Interment was in the Frelsburg Lutheran cemetery.

Mr. Kautz's body lay in state at Koenig Funeral home in La Grange until 10 a.m. yesterday.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lena Kautz of Frelsburg; 4 daughters, Mrs. Milton Ashorn of Brenham and Misses Elda, Doris and Verlin Kautz all of Frelsburg, one son, Arnold Kautz of Frelsburg; 2 sisters, Mrs. Helena Krause of Carmine and Mrs. Olga Minssen of Willow Springs; 2 brothers, Emil J. Kautz of Taylor and Alex Kautz of Industry. He is also survived by one grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 1957

Kautz, Hedwig (Machemehl)

Mrs. Alex Kautz Funeral Is Held


Mrs. Alex Kautz, a resident of the north part of Colorado county, died in a San Antonio hospital early Friday. Mrs. Kautz, who was ill for several months was taken to the hospital July, I8.

The body was taken to the KoenIg Funeral home at La Grange, where it remained until Monday when services were held at the Lutheran church at Frelsburg at 2 p.m. Burial was at the Lutheran cemetery. with the Rev. H. Wolber officiatlng. Six of Mrs. Kautz' nephews were pallbearers.

Mrs. Kautz was a member of the Lutheran church, the Trinity Ladies Aid and Missionary societies of Frelsburg.

She was the former Hedwig Machemehl and was born Jan. 22, 1887. Site was married to Mr. Kautz Jan. 26, I915 and is survived by 2 sons, Gus Kautz of Park, and Arthur of New Ulm; a sister, Mrs. Hugo Fisher of Nelsonville; and 2 brothers, Edwin Machemehl of Houston and Walter Machemehl of Nelsonville,

Colorado County Citizen, August 2, 1951, page 4

Kautz, Lina Emma (Minssen)

Kautz Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lina Emma Kautz of New UIm were held Friday, May 8, 19S8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Kautz passed away Tuesday, May 3, 1988.
Born January 17, 1904 at Pisek in Colorado County, she was the daughter of Gustav and Emma Mathias Minssen.

She attended Boggy Branch School and on October 20, 1925 was married to Adolph J. Kautz in Frelsburg. She was a member of the Ladles Society of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a son, Arno Kautz of New Ulm; three daughters and sons-in-law, Elda and Emmett Stork of LaVernia, Doris and Monroe Breudigan and Verlin and Howard Kruse of Brenham; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Lydia and Gilbert Keilers of Flatonia; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, one daughter, Gladys, one infant son, Melvin, one granddaughter, Carolyn and son-in-law, Clarence Boeker, and one brother, E. C. Minssen.

Zaskoda Chapel of Industry and Koenig-Peel Funeral Home of La Grange were in charge of arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, May 12, 1988, page 2

Kautz, Otto Gustav

Prominent Industry Citizen And Farmer Found Dead Near His Home On Monday

Relatives and friends in Industry and throughout the west end of Austin county were shocked beyond description late Monday night when news was spread of the sudden departure of Otto G. Kautz, prominent citizen and farmer.

Mr. Kautz, according to information given the writer, left his home soon after the noon hour, Monday, to go hunting advising Mrs. Kautz to prepare coffee at a certain hour when he expected to return. However, when this hour carne, Mr. Kautz failed to return. After a short while Mrs. Kautz became alarmed and called for help to see about the whereabouts of her husband. It was late in the evening when the body was found near a peach orchard, Mr. Kautz's gun lay on the ground a few feet away. Justice of the Peace Gus Bregenzer and Dr. R. J. Schmid were summoned. According to the coroners verdict death was due to natural causes-possibly heartfailure.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock from the family residence and continued in the Lutheran church at Frelsburg, of which deceased was a devoted member. Interment was in the Frelsburg Lutheran cemetery, Rev. Leo H. Simon of the Lutheran church officiating. Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased.
Otto Gustav Kautz, of Industry was taken by death on July 15th, at 3:00 p. rn. The deceased was born on November 18, 1876 at Post Oak Point, and baptized into the membership of the Lutheran. church soon after. He was confirmed on May 22, 1891 at the Trinity Lutheran church of Frelsburg. On December 10, 1903 he was. united in marriage to Pauline Heinsohn. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Ella, at home, and Mrs. Adele Lindemann, Industry; two sisters, Mrs. Edwin Minssen of Willow Springs and Mrs. Lee Krause of Carmine; 6 brothers, Paul of Dallas, Emil and Richard of Taylor, William of Houston, and Alex and Adolph of Frelsburg.

New Ulm Enterprise, July 18, 1940, page 1

Kautz, Pauline E. (Heinsohn)

Mrs. Otto Kautz, 71, of Industry Died' Saturday

Mrs. Otto Kautz, nee Pauline Heinsohn, of Industry, died in the Bellville hospital on Saturday, December 30 following an illness of 4 days. She was 71 years, 7 months and 10 days of age.

Funeral services were held at her home in Industry at 2 p.m., Monday, January 1. Continued Services were held in Trinity Lutheran church at Frelsburg with Rev. H. F. Wolber officiating. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran cemetery at Frelsburg. Pallbearers were Reinhold Buegeler, Elmer Heinsohn, Edgar Heinsohn, Arthur Krebs, Gus Krause, Gilbert Kautz, Roland Kautz and Gussie Kautz. Zaskoda Funeral home of Industry directed the services.

Mrs. Kautz, a daughter of the late Dietrich Heinsohn and his wife Elise Weishuhn, was born at Frelsburg May 20, 1879. On December 10, 1903 she was united in marriage with Otto Kautz at Frelsburg. Mr. Kautz, at the age of 64, preceded her In death on July 15, 1940. She had lived at Industry during the past 43 years.

Mrs. Kautz was a lifetime member of the Trinity Lutheran church at Frelsburg, was a charter member of the Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid of Frelsburg, and a member of the Industry Home Demonstration Club. She was very active in all church and club work.

Survivors are two daughters, Miss Ella Kautz and Adela, Mrs. Milton Lindemann, of Industry; one son, Werner Kautz of Cuero; one sister, Mrs. Otto Krebs of Willow Springs; three brothers, Edwin Heinsohn of Floresville, Elo Heinsohn of Corpus Christi, and Fritz Heinsohn of Frelsburg; and two grandchildren. James Earl Lindemann and Patricia Ann Kautz.

New Ulm Enterprise, January 4, 1951
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Kazmir, George Sr


George Kazmir Sr., 86, of Sheridan, passed away July 8, at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born Nov. 13, 1918 to Joe F. and Annie (Kovar) Kazmir and married Adela Schienk Nov. 19, 1948. He worked for Hunt Farms and was a member of American Legion Post 230 in Hallettsville. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in 1995, Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department presented him with an award in recognition of his 25 years of service as a member of the fire department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Emil Kazmir.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ward, of Florence, Shirley and Curtis Pittman, of Sheridan and Dian and Jimmy Yow, of Rock Island; sons and daughters-in-law, George and Betty Kazmir Jr., of Sheridan, Bennie and Delores Kazmir, of Sheridan, Billy Kazmir, of Sheridan and Eugene and JoNell Kazmir, of Sheridan; brothers, Johnny Kobersky, of Holman and Allen Zak, of Schulenburg; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted July 10, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Gene Harris officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Michael Till, Jeffrey Kazmir, Travis Moss, B.J. Ross, Larry Ross, Cody Ward, Lee Ward and Clifton Kazmir.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Kearney, Charles Wesley

C. W. Kearney Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Charles Wesley Kearney, 83, of Columbus were held Tuesday, Nov. 28, from First United Methodist Church in Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery; Rev. Rob McGill officiated.

Kearney, a farmer and rancher, died Saturday, Nov. 25, at Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Born Aug. 15, 1906 in Annadel Tennessee, he was a son of John Allen and Lou Verna (Lane) Kearney. He was a young child when his family moved to Columbus, where his father was a supervisor for Southern Pacific Railway. Except for a brief stay in Houston, he spent his whole childhood and adolescence in Columbus.

He graduated from Columbus High School in 1925 and for several years played semipro ball in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana as a right-handed fastball pitcher. His baseball career was cut short by an injury, and he went to work for Public Service in San Antonio. In 1931 while he was in that job, he was involved in an accident that nearly took his life. He recovered and moved back to Columbus to take up farming and ranching.

In 1939 he married Mackie Boswell, of DeLeon, who had moved to Columbus as a school teacher. They had two sons, John Allen and James Charles.

For many years Kearney managed the Colorado County ranches of Andrew Jackson and Margaret Wray. He was a member of' the Rotary Club for many years, a lifetime member of First Methodist Church, and one of the organizers of the Texas Trail Drivers Association. He received the Columbus Rotary Club's Agricultural Achievement Award in 1973.

Kearney was preceded in death by his wife and a brother Earnest. Surviving are his two sons; John. Allen of Phoenix and James Charles of Columbus; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Juanita Holmes and Gladys Hamilton, both, of San Antonio.

Pallbearers for his funeral were Herbert Brune, Bubba Holland, Fred Wallace, T, W. Glithero, Bob Boswell, and Barry Buse.

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1989, page 7

Kearney, John D.


John D. Kearney passed away at the V.A. Hospital in Houston after two months in the hospital. Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Kearney was born July 26, 1926 in San Antonio, Texas to Ernest Clude[sic] & Douglas Lavene Richter Kearney.

He married Mary Katheryn Poueigh Kearney on August 7, 1969 in San Antonio, Texas.

He was a teachers aid. He was affiliated with the V.F.W. in Columbus, American Legion, Columbus Volunteer Ambulance Corp., and he served in World War II in Korea.

Survivors include wife, Mary Katheryn Kearney of Columbus, one step-daughter, Michelle Kay Burkeene of Houston, and one brother Douglas P. Kearney of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, April 11, 1985

Kearney, Lou Verna (Lane)

Mrs. Kearney Dies In San Antonio; Rites Here Saturday

Funeral services were held in Columbus Funeral home last Saturday afternoon for Mrs. J. A. Kearney, 74, who died early Friday morning in Nix hospital at San Antonio. Mrs. Kearney had been ill 3 years. She had been making her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hamilton for many years in San Antonio. She would have been 75 Aug 1.

The Rev. W. F. Hathaway of the Columbus Methodist church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mrs. Kearney was a native of Annadel, Tenn., and her maiden name was Lou Verna Lane. Her oldest brother, John Lane, of that place, who had never visited inTexas, was planning to come to see his sister about a month ago, but he died suddenly June 15. A brother, George Lane lives in Pasadena and a sister, Mrs. Chester Guinn, lives in Kerrville.
Mr. and Mrs. Kearney lived in Columbus in the 20’s and early 30’s while Mr.Kearney was employed with Southern Pacific. He died in 1936. Mrs. Kearney had been a member of the Methodist church here for years.

Besides the daughter in San Antonio, she is survivied by a son, Ernest C. Kearney of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Holmes of Fort Worth and a son, Charles W. Kearney of near Glidden. Eight grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were Ernest Schulenburg, W. H. Busch, L. L. Hastedt, David Foster, Hollis Massey and Gordon Richter.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1959, page 10

Kearney, Mackie Lounette (Boswell)


Funeral services for Mrs. Mackie Lounette Kearney were held November 29 at First Methodist Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Huth officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Kearney was born July 10, 1911 in De Leon to Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Boswell. She came to the Columbus area as a schoolteacher in 1939. She married Charles W. Kearney on September 5, 1940. She taught in the Columbus area for 30 years.

Mrs. Kearney was an active member of the First Methodist Church, chairman of the Library Board, played an important role in organizing the new Nesbitt Memorial Library. She was also a member of DAR and the UDC. Survivors include husband, Charles W. Kearney of Columbus; two sons, John Allen Kearney of Phoenix, Arizona and James Charles Kearney of Weimar; three sisters, Mary Kirk of Gorman, Elaine Pogue of Morarity, NM and Jamie Nell Smith of Eastland; two brothers, Dwight of Fort Worth: Robert Boswell of Gorman; four grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Thomas Glithero, Fred Wallace, Bob Boswell, Dean Kirk, John Kearney, Jim Kearney, and Honorary Pallbearer was David Foster.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 1984, page 2

Kech, Max

Pioneer At New Ulm Dies

Mr. Max Kech, a confederate veteran, ninety years old, died last week at the residence of his son-in-law, Adolf Sunka [sic], near New Ulm. He was one of the Texas Pioneers, having locted[sic] at New Ulm in 1847. The funeral took place at the Lutheran Cemetery at Frelsburg. Rev. Gus Szillat officiating.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7, 1919, page 8

Kech, Sam W.


Sam W. Kech, 70, of New Ulm, passed away Feb. 23 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Frelsburg, Feb. 28, 1933 to John and Julia (Krenek) Kech. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 and worked as a foreman for a fencing company until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Samantha Kech; and brothers, James and John Kech.

He is survived by his son, Samuel Price of Alvin; sisters, Dorothy Noska, Doris Moeller and Mary Ann Moeller of Frelsburg, Gwendolyn Genzer of Magnolia and Janet Malinowski of Katy; and brothers, Lester Kech of Columbus and David Kech of Katy.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 26 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Harold Moeller, David Kech Jr., Mike Moeller, Bruce Clements, Jerry Genzer and Stephen Noska.

The Colorado County Citizen, March 3, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Keelings, James


James Kelling, colored, said to be 108 years of age, died on the Engelhard farm shortly after noon last Saturday. The fact that he was 108 years of age is fairly well established. His discharge papers from the United States army, in 1865, showed him to be 46 years of age at that time. He served on the Federal side during the Civil War and was a pensioner. The old man had been living in this section for three or four years, having moved here from the Schulenburg section. Eagle Lake Headlight.[Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1927, page 7

Keeton, Pearl


Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday for Miss Pearl Keeton, 56, a former citizen of Eagle Lake, who passed away at 3 p.m. Saturday at her home in Port Arthur. Services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Lewis, local Methodist pastor, and the funeral was under the direction of the McCreary Funeral Home. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

The remains were accompanied to Eagle Lake by her father, J. M. Keeton, two sisters, Mrs. Glen Ellis of Port Arthur and Mrs. E. W. Cox of San Angelo, and a brother, E. R. Keeton, of Houston.

The Keeton family moved from Eagle Lake to Port Arthur about 18 years ago. Mrs. Keeton, mother of Miss Pearl Keeton, was buried here in 1928.

The pallbearers were Ernest Seaholm, Helmer Seaholm, R. L. Cole, Griff Thomas, Jr., S. S. Sinclair and W., A., Barnett.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 20, 1939


(Browse all obituaries with Keiner surname)

Kellar, Luwella (Walker)


Died in Columbus, Texas, on the 15th inst., Mrs. LUALA KELLAR, daughter of Mr. W. W. Walker, aged 28 years 7 months and 9 days. deceased leaves a husband and four helpless children, a large number of relatives and waram friends to mourn the untimely loss. She was buried in Pleasant Grove grave yard.

All things that we love and cherish,
Like ourselves, must fade and perish.
Such is our rude motal lot;
Love itself would, did they not.

Colorado Citizen, July 24, 1879

Kellerson, Will

Mr. Will Kellerson of Chesterville died at Kerrville last Saturday morning. His remains were brought to Chesterville and interred there last Sunday evening. He had been suffering from throat trouble for some time and had gone to West Texas in hope of regaining his health. He leaves a wife and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 22m, 1904, page 7

Kelley, Gail Borden (Johnson)

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Henry Grattan Kelley, Columbus native, in Toronto, Canada, in late October. Mrs. Kelley was the former Gail Borden Johnson, daughter of Jess H. and Laura Glenn Johnson who lived in Columbus many years ago. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Bill English of Toronto, well known author who writes under her maiden name, Judith Kelley; one of whose books is "Marriage Is A Private Affair. Mrs. Kelley is also survived by a sister, Mrs. P.K. Baker of Dallas, the former Emeola Johnson of Columbus, and a niece, Mrs. R.R. Wells of Eagle Lake. She was also aunt of the late Mrs. Charles K. Horton.

Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 1950, Pg. 10
Submitted by David Hahn

Kelley, S. J.

Negro Kills Negro In Garwood Section

As mentioned briefly in last week's Mercury there was a negro killed in the Garwood section Wednesday of last week. The Eagle Lake Headlight of last issue gives full particulars of same. That paper states that a previous difficulty between the two parties was the cause of the killing.

The man killed was named S. J. Kelley. a negro about 35 years old. [Place of interment unknown] The party charged with the killing is named John Norman, aged about 55 years. and said to be a carpenter by trade. Norman claims. we understand, that at one time he lived in Weimar. The killing took place near Huvar's Red & White Store in Garwood.

The wounded negro died in the hospital at Columbus several hours after the shooting. It is said that in a previous difficulty Kelley shot Norman and the latter was in the hospital for several weeks, but finally recovered.

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1931

Kelly, Eliza

NEGRO WOMAN KILLED.—Parties returning from Eagle Lake, in this county, on Tuesday last, inform us of the killing of a negro woman at that place that day by a colored man named Jim Jones. The killing resulted from the man throwing her head against the door facing and striking her in the abdomen with his knees. Jealousy was the cause, his wife, Patsy, and Eliza Kelly, (on rather too intimate terms with the husband,) being engaged in a fight. Mr. Strickland hands us the following proceedings of the coroner's jury:


An inquisition taken 9th day of July, 1878, beore Geo. B. Ziegler, J. P., C. D., and ex-officio coroner of said county, and upon the view of the dead body of Eliza Kelly. By the oaths of Geo. Baness, Herny Foster, M. De Causey, W. E. Butterworth, E. P. Newsom and T. J. Wilson, good and lawful jurors of said county, who being in due form sworn, say that the said Eliza Kelly came to her death according to the evidence by violence at the hands of Jim Jones.
Thomas J. Wilson, E. P. Newsom,
Henry Foster, W. E. Butterworth
M. De Causey, Geo. W. Cabaness.
Geo. S. Ziegler, Coroner.
[Burial place unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 11, 1878

Kelly, J. C.


News has been received here of the death in a Havana, Cuba, hospital on April 10th., of J. C. Kelly, of LaGloria, Cuba, who was a civil engineer in Eagle Lake many years ago.

Mr. Kelly’s death at the age of 64, followed a long illness. He was taken from LaGloria to the Anglo American hospital in Havana, where he died. Mr. Kelly was married in Eagle Lake to Miss Maud Murray of this city, who, with her two children, survives him.

Many old Eagle Lake friends deeply regret to learn of Mr. Kelly’s death.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 29, 1933

Kelly, Maud (Murray)

Funeral Services Are Held Sunday for Mrs. Kelly
Mrs. Maude Kelly, Whose Mother Was One of Eagle Lake’s Early Day School Teachers, Called by Death Early Sunday

Following a long illness, Mrs. Maude Kelly passed away at her home in this city at 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Funeral services were held at 5 p. m. from the Colly Memorial Methodist Church, with Rev. J. M. Lewis, local Methodist pastor, conducting the services. Interment was made in the Murray lot in the Lakeside Cemetery by the side of her father. The pallbearers were A. E. Witter, S. H. Broyles, T. P. Haley, Chester Amthor, H. C. Fitzgerald and J. M. Chumney.

Mrs. Kelly was born February 25, 1876, in Memphis, Tennessee, daughter of Capt. James Harry Murray, a confederate soldier, and Mrs. Georgia W. Murray.

The family moved to Eagle Lake in 1886 when she was a small girl. She attended school here, of which her mother was teacher, later attending Conway Institute in Memphis, from which she graduated in 1896.

She was married on April 23, 1899 in Eagle Lake to John Carragee Kelly, and with her husband, the following year, moved to Cuba, where for many years Mr. Kelly was engaged in civil engineering and railroad surveying.

Her surviving daughter and son, Virginia and Joe Kelly, were born in La Gloria, province of Camaguey, Cuba. Her husband died in Havana, Cuba, in 1933, and is buried in that city.

Mrs. Kelly and her family moved back to the State in 1934, and for nearly a year lived at Old Waverly, moving from that place to Eagle Lake in July of 1935.

The mother of Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Georgia Murray, one of the early day school teacher in Eagle Lake died at the age of 82 in La Gloria, Cuba, in 1932. Interment was made in that city.

Mrs. Kelly was a woman of force and character. She was a reader and thinker and kept herself posted on current events.

It is impossible for us to think of the heavy afflictions that came to this good woman without also rejoicing over the blessings heaven bestowed upon her, for she was ever the devoted mother, who, like the evening beam, smiled away the clouds. From her there was ever a word of cheer, from a heart so brave that it met sorrow with a smile. From girlhood, she was ever a devoted member of the Methodist church.

For the daughter and son and others bound by kinship or ties of affinity, we have the sincerest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Aug 11, 1939
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Kelsey, Rose Ethel

Funeral Services Held March 20th For Miss Ethel Kelsey

Funeral services were held last Friday afternoon, March 20th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Island Methodist Church for Miss Ethel Kelsey who passed away March 16th at Laughlin hospital in Eagle Lake. The Rev. D. Rhea Allison, Pastor of Colly Memorial Methodist Church of Eagle Lake delivered a very impressive and comforting sermon, very fitting for the useful and wholesome life well lived, ever ready to help others. Miss Kelsey was born in Middletown, Illinois on March 24th, 1881 and came to Rock Island in January of 1919. She spent her early years of life as a registered nurse. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nora Hanger of Illinois, who was constantly at her bedside during her illness and Mrs. Lilly Wilkerson of California, who arrived Thursday for the services. Interment was made in Myrtle Cemetery with Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake in charge.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 26, 1953
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kemper, Joyce Ann


Joyce Ann Kemper, 63, passed away suddenly Sunday, Sept. 16 in Austin County.

She was born Jan. 5, 1944 in Brenham. The daughter of Theodore and Hildagard (Naumann) Kemper, she grew up in the Cochran area in Austin County attending the Cochran School and the Bellville public schools. After graduating from Bellville High School in 1962, She moved to Houston where she worked as an insurance agent for a number of years. In the late 1970s, she returned to Bellville where she has recently been employed as a receptionist at Remax Trails West in Sealy.

A member of St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz, she was an active member of the Colorado County Fair Association having served as a director and vice president, and had most recently been named as honorary director. She was also the founder of the now traditional Colorado County Fair kick-off dance and the scholarship auction. She enjoyed dancing, church picnics and attending fair conventions, and had a knack for picking musical talent.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Sandra Graham.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-laws', Ted and Audra Kemper of Bellville; fiance, Jerry Henneke of Cat Spring; nephews, Wayne Graham and his wife, Darlene, of Bellville; Tek Graham and his wife, Starla, of Willis; niece, Kendra Rosenbush and her husband, J.W., of Tomball; other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Mass took place on Friday, Sept. 21 at St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.

Graveside services followed at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Salem.

Pallbearers were Cary Dietzmann, Gerald Tegeler, Mark Boeker, Koldin Brown, Cody Henneke, Gordon Goebel, Joe Sutherland, Mack Janak and Patrick Schneider. Honorary Pallbearers were Karl Ed Valenta and Dustin Adams.

In lieu of usual remembrances memorial gifts may be made to the Colorado County Fair Association, P.O. Box 506, Columbus, Texas 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, September 25, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Kenan, James Jr.

Mr. James Kenan, a well-known, popular and respected citizen of the Osage community, died Sunday night of pneumonia, after a brief illness. He was an industrious, hardworking farmer, generous in his impulses, a christian gentleman, and one whom to know was to like. He leaves a heartbroken widow and seven little children, to whom our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended. God be merciful to them in their affliction!

19 March 1898 Weimar Mercury


Died, at his home, near Osage, Colorado county, of pneumonia, Monday morning about 5 o'clock, Mr. James Kenan, in the 46th year of his age.

The subject of the above notice was born in Dyer county, Tennessee. His father and family emigrated to Texas in 1867, soon after the war between the states, and settled in Colorado county near Osage, where they lived until their death -- father, mother and son. Mr. Kenan united with the Methodist Episcopal church while quite young, and lived a consistent member of the church until his death, being instructed from his early childhood in the doctrines and discipline of that church by religious parents, and was an upright, christian gentleman, which is the highest type of humanity. His body was laid to rest beside his aged father and mother in the Osage cemetery, funeral services by the Rev. Brinson of the M. E. church, south. Mr. Kenan leaves a wife and seven little children to mourn over their loss -- the oldest 11 years and the youngest 17 days. M.

19 March 1898 Weimar Mercury
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Kenan, James K. Sr.

We are again compelled to chronicle the death of another old citizen of Colorado county. Mr. Jas. Keenan[Kenan], sr., is no more. He died at the residence of his son, Jas. Keenan[Kenan], jr., on the Neil place, about nine miles southeast of this city, last Saturday evening, of paralysis. He was in his 70th year, a consistent member of the Methodist church, and will be sadly missed in the community in which he lived as a faithful worker in the Master's cause. He was also a member of Osage Lodge, No. 301, A. F. & A. M., and was buried at Osage cemetery with Masonic honors Sunday evening, followed to his last resting place by members of Osage and Weimar lodges, and a host of relatives and friends. THE MERCURY sympathizes deeply with the bereaved son and daughter and offer all condolence possible.

Weimar Mercury, 30 May 1889
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Kenan, Mary

Mary, the little three-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Keenan[Kenan] of Osage, died last Friday and was buried in the Osage cemetery. THE MERCURY tenders sincere condolence to the bereaved parents in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, 17 August 1895
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Kennard, Ida Belle (Noe)


Ida Belle Kennard, 93, of Eagle Lake died Thursday, May 9, 1996 at River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus.

Born Oct. 30, 1902 in Uvalde, she was the daughter of Edward Noe and Elvie Jane Bratton.  Mrs. Kennard, who taught elementary school in Austwell-Tivoli, Freer and San Benito, retired in 1973 after 45 years in the teaching profession.  Raised and educated in Austin public schools, she attended college in San Marcos before receiving her bachelor of science and education degree from Texas A&I College in Kingsville.

Graveside services were held May 13 at Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood with the Rev. Larry Bailey, pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches officiating.  Funeral services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers were John Shaw, Garland Shaw, Eddie Shaw, Jack Magaluzzo, George Sanders and Robert Hill Jr.

Mrs. Kennard is survived by sisters Thelma Woods and Woodie Mae “Peaches” Hill, both of Austin and Edna Puryear of Corpus Christi; grandchildren Susan Kell Engstrom of Garwood and William A. “Trey” Kell III of Kingsville; great-granddaughters Amanda and Jessica Engstrom of Garwood; son-in-law W. A. “Bill” Kell Jr. of Eagle Lake; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her only child, Jane Laney Kell in 1987; sisters Eura Wilson and Elizabeth Shaw; and brother Walter Noe.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1996, page 14
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Kennedy, Charlie T.

Jury Finds 9 True Bills, One for Saturday Killing

An indictment for murder in a charge filed only Saturday night was one of 8 felony true bills found by the February grand jury that was sworn in Monday morning and reported back to Judge Paul Boethel at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The jury also returned one misdemeanor indictment.

The murder charge is against Ben Dancy, 33-year-old Garwood man, who is accused of fatally knifing Charles Kennedy, about 50, also of Garwood, outside a dancing place Saturday. .[Place of interment Williams Paradise] .

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1967, page 1

Kennedy, Tom Sam

Tom Sam Kennedy Dies Last Friday

Tom Sam Kennedy, age 69 years, of 7397 Iwo Jima, died last Friday, April 21st in a Houston hospital. He was a native of La Grange and was a former resident of Rock Island. For the past twelve years he has made his home in Houston. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Addie Kennedy; two daughters, Mrs. Lenora Lundquist of Stanford and Mrs. Margaret Chambers of Houston; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Forest Park Lawndale funeral chapel with the Rev. M. R. Massey officiating. Interment was in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight April 27, 1972 page 3
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Kennedy, Tom Sam Jr.

Tom S. Kennedy, Accident Victim, Is Buried Monday.

By Mr. M. I. Nicewander

ROCK ISLAND Funeral services for Tom Sam Kennedy, Jr., 27, who was killed in a truck accident Saturday night between El Campo and Louise, were held in Rock Island Monday afternoon at the Methodist church with the Rev. Clifford T. Weise of Eagle Lake officiating. Burial was in Myrtle cemetery.

Mr. Kennedy’s body was found under his truck at about 10 p.m. Saturday. The truck was partly demolished.

Pallbearers were his cousins, Tom Wilson and Melvin Kennedy of Houston, Terry Wilson, Victoria, Don Niel, Uvalde, Earl Frels, El Campo and A__ Ried, Hallettsville.

A native of Columbus, Mr. Kennedy was born Dec. 1, 1932.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sam Kennedy Sr. of Rock Island, survive, also his wife, from whom he had separated, and his 2 children, David Wayne, 5, and Linda Sue, 4, who live with their grandparents in Rock Island. He is also survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Margaret Sue Chambers of Houston and Mrs. Leonora Ann Lundquist of Ganado.

Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 1960, page 1

Kennon, Nancy Nelson

DIED, at the residence of Prof. H. C. Quin in this city, Friday morning at 4 o’clock, Mrs. N. N. Kennon, mother of Mrs. H. C. Quin of this city and M. Kennon, esq,., of Columbus, in her sixty[eighth year. Mrs. Kennon had residded in this ciy for seveal yars and was respected and beloved by all who knew her. Her remains were interred at Odd Fellows Rest Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Our sympathy is extended the stricken reltives in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, March 14,1889

Kennon, Will

Negro boy Will Kennon drown on Sunday 10 miles southeast of Weimar on Miller Bros. farm. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1889

Kent, Dawn Sue (Zenker)

Dawn Sue Kent, 45, of Columbus, passed away May 24 at her residence.

She was born in Mio, Mich., Nov. 14, 1956 to Larry and Catherine (Fell) Zenker and married Bob Kent, Jan. 10, 1976.

She was a horse trainer for Weathers Ranch in Columbus and a member of American Quarter Horse Association, Colorado County Rodeo Committee, Texas Trail Riders Association and Colorado River Trail Riders Association.

She was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Shad Zanker.

She is survived by her husband; mother; daughter, Hope Kent of Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Amiel Kent of Sealy; sisters, Debbie Klein of Atlanta, Mich., Denise Rush of Clarkston, Mich., Dottie Stoddard of Industry and Delana Zanker of Shelby; and step-brother, Albert Schmidt of Lupton, Mich.

Funeral services were conducted May 26 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Mike Roecker, Larry Herring, Herbie Orange, James Koehl, O.D. "Duckie" Andrus, Mark Robinson and Ronnie Stock.

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

Kent, Willie Mae


Funeral services for Willie Mae Kent, 87, of Columbus were held on Jan. 2 at Henneke Funeral Home.

Burial followed at Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

Memorials may be made to National Parkinson Foundation Inc, Offive of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Bob Hope Rd., Miami, Fla. 33136-1494

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Kenter, Alma (Diedrich)

Alma Kenter

Mrs. Ben Kenter of Bellville, sister of Mrs. C. N. Duddleston Sr., passed away Tuesday, August 2, at the King Daughters Hospital in Temple, where she was taken for skilled medical attention and nursing in the hope of restoring her to health.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, August 4, from St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellville with Rev. A. J. Mohr officiating. Interment was in Oak Knoll Cemetery with the Pete Etlinger Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Kenter was a daughter of F. H. Diedrich and the late Mrs. Diedrich of Bernardo. She died at the age of 56 years.

She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church and Ladies' Aid Society. God called the patient trusting soul to her heavenly home where she will rest from all pain and sorrow.

She is survived by her husband, B. J. Kenter; one daughter, Mrs. Juliust Vykukal, Sealy; two sons, Franklin of Houston and Leslie of Beeville, eight grandchildren, her father, F. H. Diedrich of Sealy; and three sisters, Mrs. Ed Stuessel, Sealy, Mrs. Ed Dittmar, Cat Spring and Mrs. C. N. Duddleston, Sr., of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 1949
Submitted by John Konesheck

Kerl, Jessie Elizabeth

Died in Columbus, August 3d, at the residence of her grand-father, ( Mr. S. K.Gardiner,) little Jessie Elizabeth Kerl, aged ten months and one week. Services were held at the residence Tuesday morning in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends. The Rev. J. B. Armstrong, Pastor in charge of the Columbus Baptist Church, officiated with much feeling, after which the tiny cherub was conveyed to the Odd Fellows’ Rest, and with tear, and prayers sacredly vailed from mortal eyes. The Citizen extends condolences deep and sincere to the hearts so lacerated with this great sorrow. The little darling, with her pretty caressing ways, her little loving endearments, her bright eyes, dimpled cheeks and smiling lips, is now but a memory and a name: all else has vanished, and an aching void creeps in where so lately only the happiness of possession was known. Amid “ tears that rise in the heart and gather to the eyes” over the sad bereavement, it is a consolation to reflect that the precious spirit is removed from earth’s trials, safe in the bosom of the dear Father, and affection claims her not less truly in that world than in this,

“For life is over lord of Death
And Love can never lose its own!”

Colorado Citizen, August 6, 1885

Kerr, Lena (Everett)


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Columbus Funeral home for Mrs. Lena E. Kerr, who died in Columbus hospital Sunday evening. She was taken to the hospital about 2 weeks ago suffering with pneumonia. Later she developed pleurisy and suffered strokes, which caused her death. The Rev. J. Wesley Jones officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Mrs. Kerr would have been 92, had she lived until April. She was born in Alleyton Apr. 6, 1874, to Henry Clay and Harriett M. Lackey Everett. Her parents died when she was young and she went to Luling to live with relatives. In 1899 she was married to Hugh Kerr, who died in 1915. She returned to Columbus in 1922 and had lived here since that time. She loved to go fishing and fished even when she was in her 80's. Another love was riding all over the countryside. When she was active, she was a gardener and in her later years she loved to sit at her windows and watch her birds and flowers. She was in active health up to her last illness, even though her sight and her hearing had been impaired for many years. She is survived by 4 nieces, Mesdames W. G. Dick, C. L. Griffith and Laura Brasher of Alleyton and Mrs. Mildred Taylor Milledge of San Antonio and a nephew, Henry Lee Taylor, also of San Antonio. Pallbearers were Alan Hill, Wilton Stallman, Gus Miller Jr., N. L. Goodwin, Albert Hahn, Jack Brasher, Oscar Schade and Morris Hodges. Among those from out of town who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Everett Lehman of Kingsland, Mrs. Milledge, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor of San Antonio, Mrs. Lloyd Taylor of Austin and Mrs. Charlie Grubbs and Mrs. and Mrs Mortimer Stewart of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, December 23, 1965
Submitted by David Hahn

Kerr, Robert “Bobby” James


Robert "Bobby" James Kerr, 71, formerly of Rock Island, passed away Nov. 17 in Pecos.

He was born in Eldorado, April 17, 1935. He was a 1954 graduate of Rock Island High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and was a Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex.

He moved to Pecos after he was discharged from the Navy in 1958. He worked as mechanic for several farms, owned a combining company and sold it to go to work for Texas Oil and Gas Company in 1975.

He worked as an operator for mechanic and foreman for TOGC until 1989 and then worked for Production Operators, Inc. until retiring in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kerr; son, Allen Duncan of Jasper and Jeff Duncan of Midland; daughter, Melody Stokes from near Dallas; sisters, Beulah Brownson of Dripping Springs and Jerlene Kerr, Eddie Bea Franklin and Sammie Lea Teague all of Columbus; brother, Joe Kerr and wife Virginia of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were conducted Nov. 20 in Pecos.

Donations may be made to Pecos Hospice, the West of the Pecos Museum, the Pecos Senior Citizens Center or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Kerr, Unknown



COLUMBUS, Oct. 21, 1873.

Judge G. W. Smith died this morning from yellow fever. Four deaths in the past twelve hours. Seven new cases. The town is almost entirely deserted and the citizens still leaving. The greater portion of the business houses are closed.

Mayor Miller's son died this morning, also Capt. Kerr. [burial place unknown]

From all accounts the fever in [sic.] on the increase. I learn that the right kind of treatment and medicine is very much needed.

Galveston Daily News, October 22, 1873

Kersten, Elsie Elizabeth (Koym)

Elsie Kersten Funeral Services Held April 4.

Elsie Elizabeth Kersten, 95, of Weimar died April 1 at Parkview Manor. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 4 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church with Raymond Holder officiating.

Interment followed at the New Bielau Cemetery. Elsie was born in Colorado County to Richard Koym and Ida Schultz.

She attended Content School.

Elsie married William Henry Kersten on Oct. 14, 1939 in Colorado County,

Mrs. Kersten lived in Weimar for 28 years, living in Houston from 1939 to 1983 and then moved back to Weimar in 1983.

Elsie was a housewife and enjoyed baby sitting until the age of 80. She loved to cook and work with flowers. She had no children of her own, but she left a legacy with all the children she sat with.

She is survived by her nephew, Bobby Koym and wife Jean of Sealy; great nephews, Cody and Bobby Henrichsen of Houston and Great-great niece, Erica Alspaugh of Sealy.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Alfred Koym, and sister Elvie Koym.

Pallbearers were Dean Koym, Don Koym, Darrin Koym, Mark Kansteiner, Cody Henrichsen and Bobby Henrichsen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, C/O 1751 FM 155 South, Weimar Texas 78962 or Hospice of South Texas, 1206 N. Texana #A, Hallettsville, Texas 77964.

Weimar Mercury, April 6, 2006

Kersten, unknown

The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kersten of this city died last Friday afternoon about 5:30 o’clock and was buried the following day. Our sincere sympathy is extended the grieved parents in their sad loss. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1892

Kessey, Barbara Ann (Ruesch)


Barbara Ann Ruesch Kessey, 66, of San Antonio, passed away Dec. 15 after a lengthy illness.

She was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Temple to Harvey and Bobbie Ruesch. The family settled in Columbus when she was in the first grade in 1942. She completed her education in Columbus in 1955, graduating as valedictorian and serving as drum major of the band. She began college at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

She married Peter S. Kessey of Port Arthur and taught at Porter Junior High School in Austin. She later moved to San Antonio and worked at Alamo Heights Independent School District. She retired in 2000.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Scharon Ann Echols and husband, Pat of Austin; son, Thomas Prescott Kessey of Houston; sister, Joan Graham and her husband, John of McAllen; grandsons, Braden Echols and Cody Echols of Austin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Sunset Funeral Home in San Antonio. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alamo Heights School Foundation, 7101 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

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

Kessler, Charles

Death of Mr. Charles Kessler.--Last Monday morning we learned, with much regret,of the death of our old friend, Mr. Charles Kessler, of Pine Grove Vineyard. He died Sunday night, 28h ult, after a brief but painful illness, in the 75th year of his age. He was one of our oldest, most highly esteemed and most useful citizens, having lived in the State, most of the time in the county, forty-four years. His purse was always open for the relief of distress, and heart beat in sympathy with kindliest deed. His noble character enwrapped his life with hosts of warm personal friends. Visiting his open-doored, hospitable home last summer he expressed premonitions of his approaching end, and said hat he was ready; modestly adding that he had never intentionally wronged any one, and had, he hoped, done some good in the world. But he has gone, and we mourn the loss of one of our purest, best citizens. His remains were removed to Houston for interment.
That which we count a loss,
To him was gain, laying life’s mantle down, For, whlist we groan and travail ‘neath the cross,
He rises with the crown!

Colorado Citizen, January 1, 1885

Kessler, Hannah

Death of Mrs. H. Kessler.—The Houston Post of the 5th inst. has the following notice of the death of an estimable lady, an old resident of our county:

“Gone to Rest.—Last night at 11 o’clock Mrs. Hannah Kessler, the wife of Mr. Chas. Kessler, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. E. Sternenberg, of this city, at the ripe old age of seventy-one years. She was one of the oldest Texans, having come here in 1839, and settled in Houston, where she resided for some years, and then removed with her husband to Colorado county. She was the mother-in-law of our esteemed fellow-citizen, Mr. A. E. Sternenberg, and had a host of warm friends, both here and in Colorado county, who deeply sympathize with the members of the bereaved family in their great loss.” [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 18,1883, page 1

Kessler, John H.


Last Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, at about 10 o’clock Mr. John Kessler snuffed out his earthly existence, standing before the mirror in his room at the Judge E. B. Mayes home, using a 45 calibre pistol for the purpose.

His body was found a few minutes later by Connie Shamburger, an employe of the Burger’ Cafe who had been asked by Mr. Kessler late Wednesday night to come to his room at ten that morning. The inquest which was held by Justice E. C. Thrower found that he had met death by his own hand.

Funeral services were held at the Mayes residence at ten Friday morning, Rev. M. L. Darby, conducting, and the remains were laid to rest in the Miller’s Lake family burying ground [Pinchback Cemetery] south of town.

Mr. Kessler was born in Virginia and came to this city in early childhood. He was reared by his grandparents on the Obenchain place south of here and moved to town last year. He has been a Court bailiff during the past year. During recent weeks he had been afflicted with stomach trouble which seemed to alarm him and cause a great deal of brooding over the future, with the fear of ill health in old age and being a burden on some one.

It is probable that he was in a fit of brooding and despondency that he resolved to end it all.

Mr. Kessler was well known and well liked by the citizens of this place. He was 68 yeas of age and is survived by an aunt, Mrs. R. S. Rockwood of Wharton, and five cousins, Ed and Carl Obenchain of this city and Henry, Leland and Shelly Montgomery of Houston.

Our sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, December 3, 1925

Kessler, Mary (Engel)

We chronicle, with much regret, the death of Mrs. Mary Engel Kessler, at her home at Pinegrove Vineyard, in this county, on the 28th ult. Mrs. Kessler was born in Austin county, Texas, on the 8th of July 1867[sic]. She was an estimable lady, a faithful help-meet, a loving mother, affectionate wife. It has been our pleasure to enjoy her kindly hospitality, to sit at her table, and to note the care, attention and affection with which she presided over the household. She had suffered long with fortitude the encroachments of the _____disease which baffled the skill of physicians and gently faded away. She leaves a fond husband and five little children to mourn her untimely demise. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, May 6, 1886

Key, William Earl


William Earl Key, 83, of Columbus, passed away April 25 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born Jan. 4, 1923 to James Joseph and Flora Victoria Ann Long Key and married Carol Cookenboo Key April 20, 1945.

He was a World War II veteran, having served proudly in the Air Force as a tailgunner.

In 1947, Key received his bachelor's degree in math and English from Sam Houston State College.

He was hired as the school principal, math teacher, boys and girls coach and bus driver for Fannett ISD. He was also school principal and coach at High Island ISD. Key also served as high school principal at Hamshire-Fannett ISD and junior high school principal in Weimar. In 1980, he retired as high school principal from Columbus ISD.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Janet Elizabeth Key Kramer; and great-granddaughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Kramer.

He was survived by his wife; daughter, Kathryn Gaus and husband, Donald Jr., of Hamshire; son, William Robert Key, of Austin; grandchildren, David Gaus, of Hamshire, Mark Gaus, of Conroe, Karen Gaus Mills, of Beaumont, Kevin Kramer, of Austin and Amy Kramer Daugereau, of Austin; and great-grandchildren, Travis Gaus, Tyler Gaus, Elizabeth Mills, Molly Mills and Beckett Kramer.

Funeral services were April 28 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. [Body Donated to Science]

Colorado County Citizen, May 3, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Keyser, Adam L. Jr.

Keyser, Jr.

Funeral services were held for Adam L. Keyser Jr. Tuesday, August 16 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 in Columbus.

Mr. Adam L. Keyser Jr. was born September 21, 1933 in Mentz to Adam L. Keyser Sr. arid Annie Class Keyser. He married Viola Mieth Keyser June 16, 1959.

Keyser was a grinder and chiper for Oilfield Value Manufacturer. He was a member of the I.A.M. Union 1303.

He was affiliated with Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Keyser of East Bernard; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bradley Chase of Rosenberg; sisters, Mary Ann Kansteiner of Columbus, Lillie Hatterman of Borden, Bessie Keyser of Bernardo and Tillie Urban of San Antonio; and brothers, Raymond. Keyser of Columbus and Ervin Keyser of California.

Pallbearers were Stanley Mieth Jr., L. J. Braden, David Chapman, Mark Robinson, A. J. Hill and Otto Class Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, August 18, 1988, page 2

Keyser, Bessie A.


Bessie A. Keyser, 71, of Columbus passed away Sept. 5 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Mentz, June 26, 1935 to Adam and Annie (Class) Keyser. She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Erwin O. and Adam L. Keyser; and sisters, Tillie Urban, Mary Ann Kansteiner, Rosie Brune and Leona Mach.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lillie and Henry Hatterman of Weimar; and brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Nancy Keyser of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Roch's Catholic Church with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Erwin Lee Hatterman, Herbert Orange, Jimmy Kansteiner, L.J. Braden, Erwin Knippel and Kenneth Venghaus.

Colorado County Citizen, September 13, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Kickler, Kermit A.

Kickler Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Kermit A. Kickler of Frelsburg were held Friday, August 14, 1987, at Trinity Lutheran Church In Frelsburg with Pastor Lynn Rostedt and Pastor Milroy Gregor officiating.

Burial was in the Church Cemetery.

Mr. Kickler passed away Tuesday, August 11, at his residence at the age of 78.

Born in Frelsburg September 23, 1904, he was the son of Henry and Ida (Ruhmann) Kickler. He was reared in the Frelsburg area and was a lifetime resident of that area engaging in farming and ranching.

On April 14, 1941 he was united in marriage with the former Eunice Cora Neuendorff.

Mr. Kickler was a Past President and Honorary Lifetime Director of the Colorado County Farm Bureau; a Past Church Councilman of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg; Frelsburg Election Judge for many years; and was a member of the South Central Texas Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Survivors Include his wife, Mrs. Eunice Kickler of Frelsburg; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Ted Houghton of Brookshire; sister, Ida[sic] Kickler of Frelsburg, sister and brother-In-law, Tennie and Werner Gross of Houston; brother, Selton[sic] of Pasadena; brother and sister-in-law, Reno and Lois Kickler of Houston; two grandchildren, Jennifer Houghton and Peter Houghton and wife, Susan; and one great-grandson, David Houghton.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons, his parents and one sister-in-law.

Pallbearers were Peter Houghton, Dennis Luedecke. Tommy Neuendorff, Ronald Kickler, Clyde Heinsohn and Billy Gene Findeisen.
Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, August 20, 1987, page 3

Kiefer, Henry John

Funeral services for Henry John Kiefer of Sheridan were held Sunday at Columbus-Day Funeral Home. Interment was at Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

The Rev. Herbert Geisler of Zion Luther Church, Schulenburg, officiated at the services.

Mr. Kiefer died Saturday in Weimar at the age of 83.  He was born Dec. 31, 1897 at St. Louis, Mo., the son of Henry and Catherine Beechler Kiefer.

He was a retired iron worker and a resident of Sheridan for the past 17 years.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Sheridan; two daughters, Mrs. E.E. Parham of Sheridan and Mrs. Harry Briscoe Sr. of Sheridan; two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Snyder of St. Louis, Mo. And Mrs. Frieda McDaniel of Winnfield, Mo.; and three grandsons.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Killough, Clara Lillian

Clara Killough 

Clara Lillian Killough, 71, of Houston, died November 26. Services were conducted on Wednesday, November 28 at 11 a.m. from the Earthman Hunters Creek Chapel. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Houston. Survivors include two sisters, Louise Key of Roswell, New Mexico and Grace Brown of Houston: a brother, Roger Killough Jr., of Wheelock, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Nov. 29, 1984
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kilpatrick, Christopher Reed

June 28, 1986 - Jun 20, 2005

See Texas Fallen Heroes


Kimbrough, Sarah

Mrs. E. T. Kimbrough died on the 31st of August, 1880, at the residence of her son, Mr. J. T. Kimbrough, near Weimar, Colorado county, aged 79 years, 6 months and 26 days. Deceased was born in Oglethorpe county, Ga., February 5, 1801. She was an estimable lady, with many of those qualities of head and heart which endeared her to relatives and friends. Her long life was one of usefulness and kindly ministration. Peace to her memory.

"The soul too soft its ills to bear
Has left its mortal hemisphere,
And sought in better world the need
To blameless life by Heaven decreed."
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, 9 September 1880
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Kinard, William R.

Tragic Affair at Eagle Lake.

Thursday night about 8 o'clock a tragic shooting scrape took place at Eagle Lake, in which two men were killed and a young man seriously if not fatally injured. A farmer named McDow was in town drinking and had been requested by the city marshal, W. R. Kinard, to go home, This McDow agreed to do, and started off, but had been gone only a few minutes when he changed his mind and returned, this time evidently very angry with the marshal, for immediately upon his return he pulled his pistol and fired, and poor, brave Kinard fell in a dying condition. Kinard, by an almost superhuman effort, dragged himself to his knees and fired five times upon his slayer, killing him, and two of the stray bullets inflicting serious if not fatal injuries upon a bystander, a young white man named Pierce Hammond. The tragedy occurred in front of Welford's saloon. The affair is deeply and sincerely deplored. Mr. Kinard was one of the bravest and truest gentlemen the writer ever knew, a quiet, determined kind of officer, honest and upright in all his dealings with his fellow-man, and his only fault--if fault it may be termed--was that he was too lenient with the class of lawbreakers with which he had to contend. His untimely death, just in the prime of manhood, is sincerely deplored. In many ways he had proven a valuable citizen to Eagle Lake and Colorado county, and he was one we could ill afford to lose. Peace to the memory of brave Kinard who died in the discharge of his duty. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery] [Also see William L. McDow]

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1903, page 5

Kincheloe, Alma (Lanam)

Will Kincheloe Killed Wife And Attempted To Take Own Life

One of the most horrible murders ever committed in Garwood was perpetrated Monday morning about one o'clock when Will Kincheloe shot and instantly killed his wife. The gun used was a 44 calibre winchester, two shots taking effect in the woman's body. One shot pierced the right arm and chest and the other in the back. After killing his wife Kincheloe attempted to take his own life by placing the but end of the gun on the floor and placing the right side of his head to the mouth of the barrell but in pulling the trigger with his finger his head slipped to one side, the bullet only grazing the right side of his head and taking off some skin and hair, which was found by the officers hanging on shingles of the roof where the bullet went through. After the shooting, Mrs. Warner, mother of the dead girl and in whose home the deed was committed, notified a number of the town's people and soon a large crowd of men gathered. After failing at the attempt of taking his own life Kincheloe disappeared, having on only trousers and an undershirt. He was arrested about six miles west of town near Buck Snag creek by Constable Henry Taylor and Mr. W. E. Otto. Kincheloe having bandaged the slight wound on the right side of his head and which covered his right eye, enabled the officers to creep up on him and he gave up himself and gun without any resistance. He was turned over to Deputy Sheriff John Wegenhoft who conveyed him to jail at Columbus.

Judge W. M. Griffitts held the inquest at the house. Burial of the body was made late that evening in the Vox Populi [unknown]cemetery.

Kincheloe is about 32 years of age and was raised near Oakland in this county, his mother now residing at Sheridan. His wife was about 22 years of age. They were married about 4 months and were making their home at Hahn in Wharton county. The girl left Hahn several days ago and was living with her mother here. Jealousy is given as the cause of this bloody deed.

We have not learned when Kincheloe will be given an examining trial. --Garwood Express.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1914

Kincheloe, George


News reached here Saturday that Mr. Geo. Kinchelow[sic] had died that morning at his home on the Sandies from a gunshot wound received in an altercation with Mr. Selfe[sic] and others of the neighborhood--particulars unknown to us. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 17, 1890, page 3

Kincheloe, George "Miller"


The family of Miller Kincheloe of Sheridan who passed away at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 10. Mr. Kincheloe had beenn ill for over 5 vears. He worked for Shell Oil Company, Sheridan, for 21 years, before retiring in September, 1966.

Mr. Kincheloe was bornin Sheridan to Sidney and May Miller Kincheloe Nov. 10, 1912. His entire lifetime was spent in Sheridan.  He was married to Ora Lee Willis in Chennyville. La,. Dec. 19, 1934.  Two sons and 4 daughters were born to them. Mrs

Kincheloe was a member of the First Baptist Church Sheridan

Mr. Kincheloe lay in state at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, until he was brought to the First Baptist Church for the service. The Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of the services. Rev. Wade Graves, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Pearland a former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan, officiated at the church service and the grave-side service. He was assisted by Rev. Bernard Helge, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan.

Leon Williamson, son-inlaw to Mr. Kincheloe sang "How Great Thou Art" as a part of the church service and Blaine Hollub of Columbus was pianist. Interment was in the Cheethom Cemetery, 3 miles east of Sheridan.

Mr. Kincheloe is survived by his wife Ora; 4 daughters, Mrs. Ada Joyce Williamson of Sheridan, Mrs. Jane Welborn of Rosenberg, .Mrs. Donna Gullett of South Houston and Mrs. Carol Tesch of Cairo, Egypt; 2 sons, George Kincheloe of Sheridan and Herbert Kincheloe of Crosby; 3 sisters, Mrs. Estelle Henry of Columbus; Omi Kincheloe of Sheridan; Mrs. Amos Kates of Seguin and 2 brothers, Charley Kincheloe of Sheridan and Percy Kincheloe of Houma, La: 10 grandchildren: and many nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, October 28, 1976
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Kincheloe, Herbert Young

Sheridan News

Sympathy is extended to the Kincheloe family on the death of Herbert Kincheloe.

Known to most everyone as Herbie, he was the youngest son of Ora Kincheloe Vanek and the late Miller Kincheloe.

An automobile accident claimed his life Saturday evening, Nov. 16th in Dayton.

Herbie was born June 7,1948, and spent his childhood in Sheridan where he attended school. He joined the Marine Corp and saw a lot of action in Viet-Nam.  Several years ago, Herbie was responsible for the installation of a flag pole and flag at the Cheetham Cemetery. Each Memorial Day, through the VFW Post 912 in Dayton, he was faithful to place flags in the veteran's graves in the cemetery. His dedication to the P.O.W.-M.I.A. organization was a very important part of Herbie's life.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy of Highlands; his mother, Ora of Sweet Home; one brother, George of Sheridan; sisters, Carol Tesch of Houston, Jane Svec of Fairchild, Donna Gullet of New Braunfels, and Joyce Williamson of Sheridan.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan, Herbie will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 20th, from Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville with Rev. Brent Pittman officiating. Burial was in Cheetham Cemetery near Sheridan

The Eagle Lake Headlight November 21, 1991
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Kincheloe, Margaret Mae (Miller)

Funeral Services Held At Sheridan for Mrs. Kinchloe[sic]

Mrs. Maggie May Kinchloe[si] was born December 29th, 1882, near the present town of Columbus. She passed from this life October 12th, at the family residence at the age of 57.

She is survived by her husband and six children, Miller, Charley and Percy Kincheloe, all of Sheridan; Mrs. Ed Henry and Mrs. C. L. Dennis of Altair; Miss Omi Kincheloe of Sheridan. Grandchldren are Renia Del, Bonnie Jean, Elroy and Davis Young Henry; Ada Joyce and Neller Jane Kincheloe; Hassie May Dennis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Miller, and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Ellen, Bertie and Richard.

She made a profession of faith early in life, at the age of twelve, at which time she united with the Baptist church and remained until her death.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon with Rev. J. J. Shepard of Louise officiating. Burial was in Cheetham Cemetery. Untermeyer Bros. in charge.

Colorado County Citizen, October 17, 1940

Kincheloe, Omi M.

Omi M. Kincheloe
December 3, 1917 - January 21, 2003

Omi M. Kincheloe, 85, of Hallettsville, formerly of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2003. Born December 3, 1917 in Cheetham, Texas, she was the daughter of Sidney Young and May Miller Kincheloe.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan, she was a tax assessor/collector from 1947 to 1970 and the secretary/treasurer for the Cheetham Cemetery Association.

Preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Charlie, Miller and Percy Kincheloe and two sisters, Estelle Henry and Amos Kates; survivors include nephews, Charles Louis Kincheloe and Iven Kincheloe; nieces, Linda Sommer, Ann Braden and Maxine Moore; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 23, from Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville with Rev. Jim Herrington officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Arrangements were under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Earl Braden; Palmer Sommer; Kirk and James Moore; and Charles Kincheloe III.

Honorary pallbearers were Zachary, Zane, Zebb and Zeke Sommer; Stephanie and Falin Braden; Cody and Carrie Moore; and Michael Kincheloe.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Sheridan Memorial Library or the Sheridan Lions Club.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 30, 2003
Transcription by John Konesheck

Kincheloe, Sidney Young

S. Y. Kincheloe Funeral Held At Cheetham

Last rites for Sidney Young Kincheloe, 63, of the Cheetham community and life long resident of Colorado county, who died suddenly on the front porch of his home Sunday morning were held Monday at 4 p.m.

Mr. Kincheloe was found dead in a chair about 6 a.m. Sunday. Justice of the Peach, A. W. Hahn Sr. ruled that death was by natural causes after an inquest.

Funeral services were held at Cheetham. Columbus Funeral home was in charge of burial. [Cheetham cemetery]

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Estelle Henry and Mrs. Amos Dennis, both of Altair, and Miss Omi Kincheloe of Sheridan; three sons, Miller, Charles and Percy Kincheloe, all of Sheridan; two sisters, Mrs. E. P. Mitchell of Houston and Mrs. C. W. Eaton of Rock Island; and two brothers, Balle Kincheloe of California and John Kincheloe of Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, August 8, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Kinchen, Calvin W.

Calvin Kinchen Dies Here at 44.

Calvin W. Kinchen, an anesthetist at Columbus Community Hospital and the hospital’s former Administrator for 7 years, died Saturday at that hospital of a heart attack. He was 44 years of age.

A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of which he and his family were members. The Rev. Henry Teems officiated.

Mr. Kinchen willed his body to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Highly regarded in the medical community for his ability as an anesthetist, a person who administers anesthetics to surgery patients, he was perhaps best known to the community for his work as hospital Administrator from January 1968 to February 1975.

Driving Force

During that time Mr. Kinchen was a driving force behind a movement to build a new, more modern Columbus Hospital – a fact emphasized by former Hospital Board President Ernest Lawrence at ground breaking ceremonies for the new hospital in June of 1974. “Mr. Kinchen put more of himself into this project than any other person” said Lawrence.

Mr. Kinchen came to the Columbus Community Hospital in October of 1966 direct form the Harris Hospital School of Anesthesiology. Earlier he had attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan College.

Interested in Hypnosis

Within the last two years he had attended the Academy of American Clinical Hypnosis in New Orleans and also had opened a hypnotherapy clinic in Columbus. Mr. Kinchen was a member in good standing of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis.

He was born April 24, 1933 in De Valls Bluff Arkansas, the son of Mr.and Mrs. John Calvin Kinchen. After moving with the family to Texas as a young child, Mr. Kinchen grew up in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School.

On September 24, 1967 he was married to Belinda J. Eastman. Together they raised one daughter and two sons. Mr. Kinchen was a Cattleman and rancher. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife Belinda; one daughter, Tammy D. Weems of Cleburne; two sons, Terry D. Kinchen of  Ft Worth and Michael W. Kinchen of Pasadena: three Sisters, one half Sister and a Brother.

Contributed by Michael Kinchen

Kindred, Bettie (Tooke)

Former Weimar Lady Passes Unto Reward

While it has been known to Weimar people for several days that Mrs. Bettie Kindred, widow of the late Hon. J. C. Kindred, residing with her children in Columbus was seriously ill, yet all hoped for her ultimate recovery. But God willed otherwise, and this beloved lady and former citizen of our community, passed away late Saturday evening, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. The remains were tenderly prepared for burial and on Sunday afternoon were brought here for interment beside the body of her late husband in the Masonic Cemetery. Scores of sympathizing friends from Columbus, Weimar, and other points were present to pay the last sad tribute of respect to this good woman and mother, who had lived among us for so long a time. Rev. A. Guyon, pastor of the Methodist Church in Columbus, assisted by Rev. C. C. McKinney, local Methodist pastor, conducted the funeral services.

Active pall bearers were Messrs. Sam Harbert, Henry Hurr, Sr. John Adkins, J. H. Wooten, Ned Burford and L. B. Lawrence.

Honorary pall bearers designated by the family were as follows: Bishop John M. Moore, Rev. A. I . Townsley, Rev. Robert Paine, Rev. Isaac Sellers, Rev. M. L. Darby, C. K. Quin, W. H. Lester, C. E. McDannald, Jas. Gillette, A. P Shatto, Jno. C. Hubbard, H. Brasher, Sr., T. W. Hill, Dr. S. B. McLeary, Dr. C. G. Cook, S. K. Seymour, Sr., E. P. Via, Kenneth Brandon, C. R. Grobe, W. H. Glithero, W. C. Bouldin, Ben B. Holt, John P. Hutchins, O. H. Holloway, John H. Brooks, Albert Rhodes, Geo. McCormick, C. E Cavett, Stephen McCormick, Clem R. Kennon, T. Y. Hill, Frank C. Harris, Lyle B. Woods, John K. Woods, R. C. Roberdeau, A. P. Roberdeau, George Roberdeau, S. B. Roberdeau, John A. Lowrey, J. J. Armstrong, Sr., R. S. Hughes, S. A. Fishburn and John Henderson.

Mrs. Kindred, nee Miss Bettie Tooke, a daughter of the late John Tooke. was born in Georgia June 26, 1842, and came to Texas with her father when about ten years of age. She lived in Colorado county from that time up to the time of her death alternately at Oakland, Weimar and Columbus. She was united in marriage to Hon. Joe C. Kindred Jan. 17 1867, and to this union two children were born, Mr. Wayman Kindred and Mrs. S. B. McLeary, both of whom survive and are living in Columbus. Mrs. Kindred was a lifelong and active member of the Methodist Church. She had been in ill health for perhaps a year, and although everything possible was done for her welfare and comfort, it was of little avail, and the poor, tired spirit of this good woman passed on to join her beloved husband in that other and better world.

Mrs. Kindred was in deed and truth a most estimable woman. As a near neighbor for years of this good woman and her esteemed husband, we had the highest regard for her. She was ever ready to extend a helping hand to friend and neighbor, was an active church worker up to the time that infirmities prevented same, ever proved herself a devoted wife and mother, and during the many years she was a resident of Weimar no one stood higher in the estimation of our people. She was beloved by all, and in her passing there are many heartaches among her large circle of friends and acquaintances. May God comfort her bereaved ones is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1929
Picture courtesy Sally Weeks

Kindred, Joseph Colston

Death of Hon. J. C. Kindred

It is with extreme regret the Mercury announces the death of Hon. J. C. Kindred, one of our most prominent and popular citizens, which occurred at the family residence in this city Wednesday near the noon hour, after a long illness. Mr. Kindred's death, while not unexpected, has cast a gloom over our entire community, where he had lived so long and was so universally beloved. He leaves a widow and two children, Mrs. S. B. McLeary and W. Kindred, all of whom were at his bedside when he breathed his last. The funeral will take place this (Thursday) afternoon at 4 o'clock, at the Masonic cemetery, under the auspices of the local Masonic lodge, of which he had been a member for many years. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

[The Mercury will in its next issue publish a biographical sketch of Mr. Kindred; one of the most interesting and prominent figures of the early days of this section. Lack of time to properly prepare same precludes its publication in this issue.--Ed.]

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1916, page 1
Photo courtesy Sally Weeks

Kindred, Joshua P.

News of the death of Mr. Joshua P. Kindred at the family residence in Houston, in the 72d year of his age, was received here late Tuesday afternoon. The remains were brought here Wednesday afternoon and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery, numerous relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites, so feelingly performed by Rev. Bracewell, the Methodist minister. Mr. Kindred was a brother of Alderman J. C. Kindred of this city and Mr. E. T. Kindred of Roanoke, Va. He leaves an only daughter Miss Nina Eloise Kindred. Deceased was born in North Carolina, February 12, 1830. When about 5 years of age his parents removed from North Carolina to Alabama. In 1848 the deceased came to Texas and made his home at Gonzales, where he lived until 1856, when he went to Concrete, DeWitt county. In 1856 he married Miss Eloise Smithson at Concrete and moved to Columbus, where he lived until the breaking out of the civil war. When that time came he was among the first to enlist in support of the cause of the south as a member of Hood’s Fourth Texas Infantry of the Army of Northern Virginia. At the close of the war Captain Kindred was a member of General Hood’s staff. Immediately after the war he moved his wife and family to Galveston and took up his residence in that city, where he engaged in the real estate business. During the year 1890 he removed to Houston, with his only daughter, Miss Nina Elise Kindred, his wife having died shortly after he went to Galveston. The heartfelt sympathy of may sorrowing friends is extended to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1902

At Home, January 9th, 1902

To Our Friends and Neighbors:

Yesterday we buried another old Confederate soldier, 72 years old, once a member of Co. F. Fourth Texas regiment, Hood’s Texas brigade, Army of Northern Virginia--J. P. Kindred of Houston. He leaves one only child, Ella, whom he has reared from infancy, without a mother. She a devoted to her father and true, and now in the world alone, she bravely stands her bereavement. He was my brother, one of the five, given by our father and mother to the Confederate cause. If he had faults, we buried them yesterday, if good deeds he did while living, they survive. While yesterday we stood at his grave surrounded by our friends, it was then I wanted to thank them, but I failed, and now upon this snowy page with a heart full of gratitude, permit me to express to you my high appreciation of that sad token of respect paid by you to the memory of my dead brother and the consolation it will be to his orphan daughter as she lives on in the battle which is inevitable and lasting, Ever mindful of true friendships, yours truly.

J. C. Kindred and Family

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1902

Kindred, Pearl (Hill)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Kindred, 83, Held Friday

funeral services were held at Columbus funeral Home last Friday afternoon, April 12, for Mrs. Pearl Hill Kindred, widow of the late Wayman Kindred, with burial in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. George Ricker, Methodist pastor at Columbus, officiated with the Weimar pastor, Rev. Kyle Nagel, participating at the graveside.

Mrs. Kindred died at abut 4 a.. last Thursday. She had fallen and broken her hip March 2 and since then had had two operations.

The first white child born in Weimar (Feb. 2, 1874), she was a daughter of Capt. and Mrs. T. A. Hill. After the death of her first husband, T. E. Sparks, she was married to Mr. Kindred here and they settled first at Seguin. They lived here a short while and at other places, but settled permanently at Columbus more than 30 years ago. Mrs. Kindred was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of he Eastern Star at Columbus.

She is survived by a son, T, E, Sparks of Port Arthur; a grandson, Tommie Sparks of Port Arthur, and two sisters, Mrs. Stephen McCormick and Mrs. George McCormick of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Charles Kearney, Leroy Stein, Leslie Kind and Sam Harbert, all of Columbus and Henry Brasher, Fritz Tell, John Hajovsky and E. M. Hubbard of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1957

Kindred, Wayman

Wayman Kindred, County Native, Dies at Home Here

Death came Friday at 11 p.m. to Wayman Kindred, 86, at his home here. Mr. Kindred's health had been failing for more than 2 years, since he began having a succession of light strokes.

Funeral services wee conducted by Rev. C. Jordan Mann, Methodist pastor here, and Rev. J. H. Estes at the Columbus Funeral home Sunday afternoon. Masonic rites were held at the graveside in the Weimar cemetery.

Born July 19, 1871, at Oakland, Mr. Kindred was a son of Joseph C. Kindred who operated a small store at Oakland before moving to Weimar with is family and becoming a lawyer, later serving as mayor of Weimar and as legislator for his district. His mother was the former Bettie Tooke.

Taught School

Mr. Kindred finished school at Weimar, late attending a business college in Austin. He taught in the country school near Oakland before going to work with the T&NO railroad company.

He served with the railroad more than 50 years and was retired July 31, 1941. Not wishing to remain idle, the accepted the appointment Oct. 22, 1942, as head of a 7-man gas rationing board for the county.

He was active in lodge work, receiving an honorary life membership in both the chapter and the council of the Royal Arch Masons.

Served 50 Years

He was presented a 50-year button in the lodge after serving terms as district deputy grand master of the 12th district of the Grand lodge of Texas, A.F. and A.M., master of Caledonia Lodge No. 68, A.F, and A.M. high priest of Columbus Chapter No. 46, R.A.M.. thrice o;illustrious master Colorado council No. 21. A. andS.M., and commander Columbus commandery No. 58, Knights Templar.

He was a knight of the York Cross of Honor, Texas Priory No. 23, and a noble of the Arabia Temple Shrine of Houston. He was also a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Knights of Pythias.

A member of the Methodist church since his youth, he sang with the choir and served for many years on the board of stewards. After he became inactive, he was made an honorary steward.

Here 34 years

Oct. 10, 1910, he was married to Mrs. Pearl Sparks, the former Miss Pearl Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Kindred came to Columbus in 1917 when he succeeded he late Thurman West as station agent for the Southern Pacific Lines.

His only sister, Mrs. Sam B. McLeary, died Nov. 27, 1949. He is survived by his widow; a stepson, Thomas Sparks Sr. of Port Arthur, and a niece, Mrs. Truman McMahan.

Pallbearers were Sam Harbert Jr., E. G Miller, A. I Chapman, Hollis Massey and O. P. Moore Jr. of Columbus and Henry Brasher, Grady Little and E. Lauterstein, Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1951
Photo courtesy Sally Weeks

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Kinyon, Leon Roundtree

It is with much regret that we chronicle the death of one of Rock Island's most influential and respected citizens, Mr. L. R. Kinyon, whose illness was mentioned two week ago, He passed away Friday morning, May 22, aged 73. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church by Rev. W.T. Conner, who delivered an able address. Interment took place at Myrtle Cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 29, 1903
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kionute, Judy Carol (Stewart)

Judy Carol Kionute

Judy Carol Kionute was born March 7, 1950 at Lubbock to John and Fay (Davis) Stewart.

She passed away Wednesday, February 15, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, at the age of 55.

Judy moved to Oklahoma from Jal, New Mexico in 1980.

She was united in marriage to Tom Kionute, March 7, 1980 at Kermit, Texas.

Judy owned and operated The Family Restaurant in Binger, Oklahoma for several years. She worked for Borg Warner Computers in Lubbock and worked for Service Station Construction in Boerne, Texas and Houston.

Judy was a member of the Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Kionute of the home, Binger; two children, Tammy Smith, of Binger and Kevin Covington and his wife, Angelica, of Austin; three grandchildren, Ashlie and Tyler Smith, of Binger, and Jacob Covington of Austin; one brother, Tommy Stewart and wife, Barbara, of Boerne; two sisters, Charlotte Wilson of Comfort and Joan Leisure and husband, Mickey, of Bullard, Texas.

Her parents, John and Fay Stewart, preceded Judy in death.

Funeral services were held at Binger Baptist Church at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 18, in Binger with Rev. Dennis King and Mr. Raymond Kionute officiating. Burial followed in Murray Cemetery in Binger. Arrangements were under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, in Binger.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Kirby, James Lyon
Steiner, Henrietta

Two Drownings at Columbus

Our neighboring city of Columbus had two most unfortunate drownings of prominent people Tuesday evening and night, both of which occasioned much sadness not only at home but throughout the county, where the parties were well and favorable known. The first was that of young James L. Kirby,son of T. J. Kirby and wife, prominent residents of that place. He, with a party of lady and gentlemen friends, was enjoying a swimming party at Johnson's Springs, a short distance south of town, and in making a dive into the water, either was seized with a cramp or his skull struck a rock, and he was drowned. A young lady of the party afterward recalled seeing him come near the surface after he dived, and he appeared in distress or was pretending so, but as he was given to playing pranks of the kind, she paid little attention to it His mother was with the party and it was not until the crowd was ready to start homeward that his absence was noticed. Every effort was made to secure the body at once, but it was fully one and a half hours before it was recovered, at which time life was entirely extinct. Jim Kirby was a fine young man, the mainstay of his parents in their declining years, an energetic, honest, straightforward young man, well thought of wherever known, and his tragic death is deeply and sincerely deplored. The funeral took place at the Odd Fellow's Rest at Columbus Wednesday afternoon.;

While the people of our neighboring city were wrought up over the drowning of young Kirby, another tragedy was being enacted. Mrs. Henrietta Steiner, wife of Dave Steiner, a retired merchant of that city, arose from her bed near the midnight hour, walked to the river east of her home, partially disrobed and either jumped or fell in. Her absence from home was not noted until the following morning, when a search revealed her clothing lying upon the river bank. Search of the river below that point was made and the body finally recovered about a mile south of town, at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. Mrs. Steiner had been in ill health for some time, and but recently returned from a sanitarium at Houston. It is supposed that while brooding over the drowning of young Kirby, and while her mind was in a temporary state of aberration, she wandered to the river and jumped in. The funeral took place at Galveston Thursday. She leaves a husband and two sons, Leo Steiner of Columbus and Abe Steiner of Montgomery, Ala.

Weimar Mercury, July 30, 1915

Kirby, Jessie

Jesse Kirby
August 9, 1910 – December 24, 1996

Services for Jessie Kirby, 86, of Weimar were held Dec. 28 at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Weimar with the Rev. M. L. Williams of Industry officiating.

Burial followed at Paradise Gardens in Weimar.

Kirby died Dec. 24 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

He was born Aug. 19, 1910 in Beaukiss, Texas, the son of Ed and Lula Kirby.

Kirby was a janitor at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a wife and four children.

Survivors include three sons, the Rev. Robert C. Kirby, Sr. of Austin, Johnnie Kirby of Houston and Roscoe Kirby of El Campo; three daughters, Royjean Kirby and Ruby Williams of Weimar and Bernice Kirby of Los Angeles, Ca. and 43 grandchildren.

Active Pallbearers were Robert C. Kirby Jr., Derrick Kirby, Cedric W. Kirby, Henry Kirby, Detric Kirby, Thurman Kirby, Randy Kirby and Roscoe Kirby Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home, La Grange, directors.

Banner Press, January 9, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kirby, Lavillia Frnces (Lyon)

Mrs. T. J. Kirby

The death of Mr. Lavillia Frances Kirby occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Woodie Etheridge, in Palestine late Monday. Burial took place here Tuesday at 3:00 o'clock from the residence of County Clerk John Hastedt, Rev. Wheezes of Eagle Lake Methodist Church officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, J. H. Wooten , J. Mattern, Sam K. Seymour Jr., A. W. Hahn and W. M Paulsen.

Miss Lavillia Lyon was born in Columbus n 1866. She was living in Weimar when she was married to Mr. T. J. Kirby in 1884. Mr. Kirby was then conducting a confectionery business in Columbus, which he continued until his death in 1925. For the past four years Mrs. Kirby has made her home with her daughter in Palestine.

Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Etheridge of Palestine and Mrs. Lester Hastedt of this city, and four grandchildren.

The many friends of the family extend deep sympathy to the bereaved ones in their sorrow.

Colorado County Citizen, July 11, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Kirby, Thelma (Johnson)


Funeral services for Thelma (Johnson) Kirby, 66 of El Campo were held Saturday, Oct 30 at noon at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in El Campo with burial in the Good Hope Memorial Cemetery in Weimar. The Rev. Robert Anderson officiated.

Kirby died Thursday, Oct . 21 in Herman Hospital in Houston.

She was born Dec. 17, 1937 in La Grange, the daughter of Johnnie Johnson Sr. and Jessie Mae (Homer) Johnson. She married Roscoe Kirby April 15, 1955. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2001. She was a member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in El Campo.

Survivors include three daughters, Debra Long, Jo Ann Williams and Renee Shermann, all of El Campo; two sons, Johnny Kirby and wife Kisa and Thurman Kirby, all of El Campo; five sisters, Ossie L. Orise, Earline Carter, and Bobbie Houston, all of La Grange, Lorine Rose of Bryan and Jeanette Scott of Houston; three brothers, Johnnie Johnson Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Bobby Johnson of Bryan, and the Rev. Murvell Johnson Sr. and wife Kate of Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Kirby Williams and Roy J. Kirby, both of Weimar; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Kirby; parents; and two brothers, Robert and Lonnie Johnson.
Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, October 29, 2004, page 15, Sec. A

Kirby, Thomas, Jr.


Funeral services for Tom Kirby, Jr. were held at the family residence Sunday afternoon at 3:30, Rev. M. L. Darby conducting same, and the remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Rest.

Pall bearers were: S. K. Seymour Jr., Robert Burger, O. G. Hoegemeyer, H. C. Paulson, Jesse H. Moore and C. B. Lowrey.

Many beautiful floral offerings were heaped upon the grave to tell of the high esteem in which deceased was held by the people who knew him and quite a number from nearby towns attended the obsequies.

Colorado Citizen, February 26, 1925

Kirby, Thomas J.


Columbus, Texas, April 2,--T. J. Kirby, age 71, proprietor of a confectionery store here during the past 50 years, was found dead last night at 11 o’clock in his store. An inquest was held by Justice Thrower, who rendered a verdict of death due to natural causes.

Deceased had lived in Columbus since childhood and had been in business at the present stand for 40 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Woodie Ethridge of Palestine, and Mrs. Lester Hastedt of Columbus. Funeral arrangements have not been arranged, awaiting the arrival of relatives (Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.)
In the death of Tom J. Kirby the senior editor of this paper has lost a valued, life-long friend. Well does he recall the fact that Tom Kirby was the first man to give him employment and to show interest in a substantial way. And this friendship and interest never faltered. Tom Kirby was as good and true a friend to the man as he was to the poor boy who sought employment of him. Himself a man who had had a hard struggle all thru life, he was ever willing to help other. He was a devoted husband and father, true as steel to his friends, a quiet, peaceable, good citizen. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved widow and daughters.

Weimar Mercury, April 10, 1925, page 4

Kirby, West

COLD BLOODED MURDER.--Last night about 7 o’clock the most cold-blooded murder ever committed in this place occurred. It appears that West Kirby, colored, was leading his horses to a pasture situated in the southwestern portion of town, when he was fired upon five times, three shots striking him, from the effects of which he died in about five minutes. His dying statement was that Ed. Osborne, another colored man, was the assassin. Sheriff Townsend instantly repaired to the scene, and arrested the murderer. Osborne then claimed that his pistol and shot-gun were at his house, and Townsend went after them, but found both the pistol and gun in the corn-crib. They both appeared to have been recently fired, and the gun barrels were still warm when found. Osborne is now in jail. The killing is supposed to have grown out of an old grudge that the assassin had against Kirby. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 23, 1886

Kirchoffer, Christian

Alleyton Locals

An old gentleman died at Mr. Dittman’s on Saturday night and was buried in the Alleyton cemetery on Sunday evening. His name was Christian Kirchoffer was born in Switzerland, was between sixty and seventy years of age, was a resident of Alleyton just before the year and was employed by Mr. Dittmann. During and after the war he was out west. He returned to Mr. Dittmann’s about a month ago, broken down with age and also financially, and was kindly taken in by him to remain as long as he lived. He was sick about a week. Thus we fall one at a time like autumn leaves; some at home surrounded by kind friends and kinsfolk, some among strangers and far from their childhood home, admonishing the living that death is the lot of all, but how few lay it to heart and try to make the necessary preparations. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, October 16, 1884

Kirkpatrick, John Tuck

John Kirkpatrick funeral Services Held Aug. 13

John Tuck Kirkpatrick, 81, of Weimar, died Aug. 10. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the United Church of Christ with Rev. Doug McLemore officiating.

Interment followed at the Weimar Cemetery.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born April 30, 1921 in Glenmore, La. to Carrie Ashmore Kirkpatrick and Soloman Edgar Kirkpatrick.

He attended school in Glenmore La. And attended North Eastern College.

He married Ruby Taylor on April 22, 1976 in La Grange.

He was a Master Sergeant for 860th Bombardment Squadron, a Mason and a Shriner.

He was a supervisor of Monsanto Chemical and lived in this area for 25 years.

Mr. Kirkpatrick is survived by his wife, Ruby Kirkpatrick of Weimar; four children, Donald Peck of La Grange, Glenn Peck of Huntsville, Leroy Peck of Houston and Lynette Herzik of Weimar; and nine grandchildren.

He is also survived by four siblings, Vonnie V. Johnson of Glenmore, La., Juanita Jelkins of Brunsville, Iowa, Patty Ruth Monk of Woodsworth, La. and S. E. Kirkpatrick of Port Neches.

Pallbearers were Bobby Sutton, Johnnie McRaney, Fred Johnson, Steve Stokes, James Johnson and Wilford Fuchs.

The Weimar Mercury, August 15, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Kister, Sadie Vennette

DIED, at 11:30 Tuesday morning, little Sadie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kister of this city. Little Sadie had been afflicted for some time with throat trouble and Tuesday morn her spirit winged its flight to a purer and better world. Our sincerest sympathy is tendered Mr. and Mrs. Kister in their sad loss. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1889, page 3

Kister, William

The death of Mr. William Kister, which occurred at the family residence In Columbus Tuesday morning, occasioned many expressions of profound regret on the part of our people, among whom he was so well and favorably known, having resided here a number of years prior to his removal to Columbus. As we understand it, he was taken sick shortly after going to work that morning, went home and shortly after arrival there died very suddenly, His remains were brought here for interment Wednesday afternoon in the family lot at the Masonic cemetery. Mr. Kister was a member of the Odd Fellows and Hermann Sons, and was buried under the auspices of those orders. He was a quiet, unassuming man, with a great big heart in his bosom and an ever present desire to benefit his fellowman. If he had faults, they were few and of minor character. "BiII" Kister, as he was known to his friends, was a good man, as the writer can attest, and If he had an enemy in the world we never beard of it. He leaves a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Louis Burger of Eagle Lake. To the bereaved family, the Mercury extends sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1905, page 4

Klair, unknown


Mrs. Klair, the aged mother-in-law of Mr. J. T. Sommer of the Live Oak community, died Thursday of last week and was buried the following day. Many sorrowing friends were present to pay the last sad tribute of respect to this beloved lady. OUr heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1927, page 5

Klam, Joe

Joe Klam, 75, Longtime Dubina Farmer, Buried

Funeral services for Joe Klam, 75-year-old Dubina farmer, were held Wednesday, April 21, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated.

Mr. Klam died at his home Monday, April 19, of a heart attack.

A native of Europe, he was born March 6, 1890. Coming to this county as a youth, he married miss Sophie Janicek in 1916. They had been living on their present farm at Dubina for the past 48 years.

His wife survives, along with three sons, Emil of Dubina, Alfons of Houston and Sylvin of Weimar; and four Grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Kalous, Charles Walla, Victor Bayer, Sigmund Jurecka, John Heger, and Willie Holub.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 29, 1965
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Klam, Sylvin Victor

Sylvin Klam Funeral Services Held March 20

Sylvin Victor Klam, 82, of Weimar died March 18 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bily and Father Norman Ermis of San Antonio officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Sylvin was born Oct. 26, 1924 in Dubina to Joe and Sophie (Janicek) Klam.

He attended Ammannsville School until the ninth grade and then night school to get his diploma after coming home from the war.

Mr. Klam was a member of the Navy during World War II from 1944-1946 on the Naval Ship U.S.S. Tazewell. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Sylvin married Genevieve Betty "Toots" (Bohac) Klam on June 25, 1947 in Ammannsville.

He lived his whole life in this area.

Mr. Klam was a truck driver for Nobby Fowlkes in his early years, Chromcak Filling Station and then as a body mechanic at Brasher Motor Company until he retired at the age of 62.

Sylvin loved to hunt and fish, play dominoes, winning many trophies, play the harmonica and accordion, and loved to watch sports.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Ronnie Klam and wife Debbie of Dubina, and Michael Klam of Weimar, sister-in-law, Ernestine Klam of Houston; grandson, Jason Klam and wife Carolyn of Schulenburg, Jeremy Klam of College Station, and Josh Klam of New York; and great-granddaughters, Madison and Caitlyn Klam of Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

Pallbearers were his grandson, Jason Lee Klam, Jeremy Wayne Klam, Joshua Allen Klam; and nephews, Frank Klam, David Klam and Leonard Bartos.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 2007, page 2A

Klare, William Buske “Bill”

Bill Klare Funeral Services Held May 11

Funeral services were held Monday, May 11, for William Buske (Bill) Klare, 77, retired manager of New Bielau Farmers Cooperative and longtime supporter of Weimar High School Athletics.

Klare died May 8 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of cancer.

He was born June 13, 1920 in Pleasant Grove, Lavaca County, to Louis H. and Minnie (Buske) Klare.

Klare attended Schulenburg High School and graduated in 1939. He graduated from Texas A&M College in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry.

He spent 38 months in the military with the 169th Regiment in the Philippine Islands during World War II. After Armistice, he served nine months with the occupation forces in Japan receiving an honorable discharge in May 1946 with the rank of first lieutenant.

He married Ottilia Ann Kleckar on Sept. 1, 1946 in Schulenburg.

Klare was a member of American Legion – ‘Chaplain; Veterans of Foreign Wars – Chaplain; Faith Lutheran Brotherhood and was an honorary life member of the Weimar Wildcat Booster Club.

Klare was a resident of the Weimar area for 38 years and had also lived in Lockhart for 13 years.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 11 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Kenneth Hollas, Joe Hartensteiner, Harvey Vornsand, Adolph Janecka, Herbert Ulbrich and Milton Beken. Honorary pallbearers were Ed and Dolores Stoever and all Klare’s grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, a son, Donn Klare and wife Marlene of Liberty Missouri; five daughters, Linda Taylor and husband Thomas of Pearland, Kathy Hudec and husband Emil of Houston, Becky Klare of Houston, Pam Marshall and husband Joe of Spring and Jan Schramm and husband Ken of Houston.

Also surviving are: sisters, Wilhemina Beken and Christine Dahse of Weimar; sisters-in-law, Irene Klare and Lillian Walker, both of Houston; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Klare was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

The Weimar Mercury, May 14, 1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Klatt, Arthur

Arthur Klatt, 88, Oil Mill Operator Dies

Funeral services for Arthur Klatt, 88, former owner and operator of Lavaca Oil Mill in Hallettsville, were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7, at Kubena Funeral Home in that city with Rev. Wm. D. Gunkel, Methodist pastor, officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Weimar.

Mr. Klatt, a native of High Hill, lived here a short while as a young man, learning the oil mill business, but had lived at Hallettsville most of his life. He died Friday, Aug. 5, at Uvalde, where he had made his home with his daughter since last December.

Born May 31, 1878, he was a son of Rudolf and Mary Hillje Klatt. He married Miss Ethel Mae VanAlystne[sic], who died in 1924. On Sept. 7, 1926, at Columbus he married Mrs. Emmie Van Alystne[sic] McCormick; she died Dec 9, 1965, after which he moved to Uvalde.

He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a 50-year member of Hermann Sons Lodge, and a charter member of Hallettsville Rotary Club.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. N. B. Willey of Uvalde; a brother, Paul Klatt of Brady; a sister, Miss Selma Klatt of La Grange and one grandchild, Carolyn Willey of Uvalde. Three sisters preceded him in death; Mrs. Hettie Klatt Herder of Weimar, Miss Anna Klatt and Emmy who died as an infant.

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1966, page 10

Klatt, Ethel Mae (Van Alstyne)

Sad and Sudden Death Of A Muchly Beloved Lady

Our city and people were inexpressibly shocked Wednesday to learn that Mrs. Ethel Klatt, beloved wife of Mr. Arthur Klatt of Hallettsville, was dead, her death having occurred about midnight the previous night, in a hospital at San Antonio, following an operation. Mrs. Klatt was taken to that city a few nights previous for examination and possible operation. The operation was performed Tuesday morning and first reports were that she had gone through it nicely and was doing well. Another report in the afternoon, we understand, was to the opposite effect, followed by a later report that she was doing nicely. However, a change came about midnight for the worse, and she succumbed very quickly. The remains were prepared for burial and brought here on the train Thursday morning, interment following in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at 3 p.m. Universal sorrow is expressed over the death of this most estimable, greatly beloved lady. We hope to publish a suitable obituary in our next issue.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1924
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


A death that saddened practically every heart and home in this community occurred Tuesday night of last week at a San Antonio hospital, when the breath of life passed from the body of Mrs. Ethel Mae Klatt, beloved wife of Mr. Arthur Klatt of Hallettsville following a severe operation under which she had gone the previous day. It was known that her condition was serious before she was taken to San Antonio, but all hoped that she could pass through the same safely and that the life of this truly good woman would be spared. The hope was futile. But a few short hours elapsed following the operation until the spirit of this good woman had gone to join her Creator.

The body was tenderly prepared for burial and on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock the funeral cortege left the home of her parents, Judge and Mrs. W. A. VanAlstyne, wending its way to the Odd Fellows' Cemetery where the last sad rites were performed and the body of poor Ethel Mae Klatt laid to rest forever. Sad indeed were the hearts of the many present to witness the last sad rites, for in life no girl or woman had ever been so thoroughly enshrined in the hearts of our people. From early girlhood on up to the years of maturity she was the general favorite of all, and her presence in any home or gathering was like a ray of sunshine, permeating every quarter.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Wilson of this city and Rev. J. D. McWhorter of Hallettsville and were most impressive and touching. The active pall bearers were J. H. Simpson, J. G. Traxler, Adolph Miller, Scott Hill of Hallettsville, and Stephen McCormick and Ben B. Holt of this city. Honorary pall bearers were S. H. Simpson, Fred Lacey, Hallettsville, and J. F Walker, Geo. Herder, Jr., W. J. Black and H. Brasher Jr. The floral offerings were many and profuse, some of the most beautiful ever seen in a Weimar cemetery attesting the universal popularity of the deceased.

Mrs. Ethel Mae Klatt was born in Weimar Oct. 31, 1883. June 16, 1909 she was united in marriage to Mr. Arthur Klatt in this city. Soon after the wedding the happy young couple moved to Hallettsville where the husband held a responsible position with the Lavaca County Oil Company and which city they made their home up to the time of her death.

Several weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Klatt drove over to spend Sunday with her parents. While here she began feeling rather badly and decided not to return to Hallettsville that day, as contemplated. Her condition failed to improve, and her stay here was prolonged. Some ten days since it was decided to take her to San Antonio for treatment. Here an x-ray examination decided that an operation was imperative, and it was performed the day following her arrival there. She passed through this safely and all hoped that she would then get along nicely. But it was not to be. Near midnight of that fatal day, her poor tired spirit was wafted above and her sufferings were ended.

She is survived by a heartbroken husband, Mr. Arthur Klatt, her parents, Judge and Mrs. W. A. VanAlstyne, one sister, Mrs. Emmie McCormick and two brothers, Messrs. John H. and Wm. VanAlstyne.

Mrs. Klatt possessed one of the loveliest dispositions of anyone we ever knew. She was kind, thoughtful, always considerate of others, with a cheerful, kindly word for everyone she met. In the home and in every social gathering she was like unto a sunbeam on a winter day. She was welcome everywhere, for her presence always lent joy and pleasure to those with whom she came in contact. Sad indeed are the hearts of those who knew and loved her, as but few women are ever loved. Gone she is, but never to be forgotten.

Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1924
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Klatt, Selma

"Miss Selma" Dies at 103; Buried Here

Miss Selma Klatt, Weimar's oldest citizen died Wednesday, April 4, at the age of 103.

She died at 2 p.m. in Youens Memorial Hospital where she had been admitted three hours earlier.

A resident of Parkview Manor the past several years, she formerly lived at La Grange.

Born March 7, 1876, at High Hill, she was a daughter of Rudolph and Mary (Hillje) Klatt.

By the age of 13, she was licensed by the State to teach school. Her father taught her, and she liked to say, "My classroom was a shade tree." Mr. Klatt was a teacher himself (Sedan near Weimar was one of his schools) and later he became county clerk of Fayette County.

Miss Selma was remarkably healthy for her age, becoming bedridden only after falling and breaking a leg two years ago. She was alert and cheerful until the end.

She was a charter member of Rebekah Lodge of La Grange.

She is survived by four nephews, Charles Jr., LeRoy and Henry Herder of Weimar and Paul K. Herder of San Antonio; and one step-niece, Ethel Mae Willey of Uvalde. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 6, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Richard Worringham officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bailey Willey, Glenn Matheson, Mark Stanton, Lewis Herder, Sid MacAllister and Charles Henry Herder.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Klaus, Emily Marie (Kramer)


Funeral services were for Emily Marie Klaus Thursday, December 3 from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating

Burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Emily Marie Klaus was born March 28, 1898 in Booth, Texas to August Kramer and Eliza Thiel. She married \V. A . Klaus April 30, 1918 in Frelsburg by Rev. Gus Szillat.

She was a housewife and a Lutheran.

She was baptized December 26, 1899 at Cat Spring Lutheran Church by Rev. C. Schmidt. Mrs. Klaus was confirmed April 11, 1926 in Frelsburg by Rev. 0. Lindenburg.

Mrs. Klaus was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, one brother, one infant daughter in 1940, two half-brothers, and one half-sister.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Drymalla of Columbus. and Amanda Albers of Vidor, Texas; two sons, Raymond Klaus of Columbus and Roy Klaus of Brenham; half -sisters, Ann Kaiser of Columbus, Betty Blaschke of Houston and Hilda Strang of Victoria; brothers, Bill Kramer of Freer, Texas and Edwin Kramer of Victoria; half-brother, Arnold Kramer of Houston; nine grandchildren; and. 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rusty Klaus, grandson, Chuck Hall, L. J. Braden, James Yearwood,. Leonard Evanicky and Joe Tiner all grandson-in-laws.
Honorary pallbearers are Tim Klaus, grandson, Kenny Riggs and Robert Nelson both grandson-in-laws.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1987

Klaus, LaVern (Veith)


LaVern Klaus, 77, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 8 at the Heart Hospital of Austin.

She was born Jan. 25, 1928 in the Rock House Community near Industry to Kenneth and Lilie Rinn Veith and married Raymond E. Klaus Nov. 24, 1946. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of the V.F.W. Post 6113 Auxiliary in Columbus and Shaws Bend Home Demonstration.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond E. Klaus; brother, Emmett Lee Veith; and an infant granddaughter.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Evanicky and husband, Leonard, of Van Vleck and Marilyn Yearwood and husband, James, of Columbus; son, Rusty Klaus and wife, Doris, of Mentz; and grandchildren, Ryan Evanicky, Scott Evanicky, Nic Yearwood, Eric Yearwood, Jeff Klaus, Bart Klaus and Will Klaus.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were all of her grandchildren. .

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Klaus, Raymond E.


Raymond E. Klaus, 76, of Columbus, died Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Aug. 20, 1920 in Frelsburg, he was the son of William and Emily (Kramer) Klaus. On Nov. 24, 1946, he married LaVern Veith. A lifelong resident of the Columbus and Frelsburg areas, Mr. Klaus was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in World War II. A retired construction superintendent for Drymalla Construction Co., he was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and the Texas Sportsman Association.

Services were held July 18 at St. Paul with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Internment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Julius Kurtz, Buck Kollmann, Elmer Weinken, Dwayne Kotrla, Sam Kaiser and Nick Yearwood.

Mr. Klaus is survived by his wife of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and James Yearwood of Columbus and Barbara and Leonard Evanicky of Van Vleck; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Doris Klaus of Mentz; sisters Norma Drymalla of Columbus and Amanda Albers of Vidor; brother Roy Klaus of Brenham; grandsons Nick Yearwood, Eric Yearwood, Ryan Evanicky, Scott Evanicky, Jeff Klaus, Bart Klaus and Will Klaus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Lou Klaus; and one granddaughter.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1997

Klaus, William

Funeral Held For Willie Klaus, Sr

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 4 p.m. for Willie Klaus, Sr., age 66, of near New Ulm, with Rev. H. C. Poehlmann of the Frelsburg Lutheran Church officiating.

Mr. Klaus breathed his last Tuesday evening at six o’clock when death relieved his suffering, which extended over the last few years.

Interment was made in the Lutheran Cemetery at Frelsburg.

Surviving his departure are three sons and one daughter, namely: Willie, Jr., Edmund and Ernst Klaus all of near New Ulm and Mrs. Fritz Richter of near Frelsburg. Seven grandchildren also survive. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago.

New Ulm Enterprise, October 17, 1935

Klaus, Willie August

Willie A. Klaus

Willie A. Klaus, 83, died In Columbus Hospital Sunday after a lengthy, illness
He was a son of W. M. and Emma Thiel Klaus, born In Frelsburg Oct. 29; .1891. He married Miss. Emily. Kramer April 30, 1918, and he was engaged in farming until he retired.

Before moving to Columbus 2 year ago, he. spent his lifetime in Frelsburg. Mr. Klaus was a veteran of. World War I, a member of American Legion Post No. 602 in Shelby. and attended the Lutheran church.

Last rites were held at Trinity Lutheran Church In Frelsburg Tuesday, with The Rev. Harold Fehler officiating Burial was in the church cemetery.,

Survivors Include his wife; 2 daughters, Mrs. J. L (Norma) Drymalla of Columbus and Mrs. Henry (Amanda) Albers of Vidor; 2 sons, Raymond Klaus of : Columbus and Roy, Klaus of Brenham; 2 brothers, Edmund Klaus of Columbus and Ernest Klaus of New Ulm; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chuck Hall, Russel Klaus, Thomas Klaus, Clint Findley, Kenny Riggs, Leonard Evanicky and Robert Nelson.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1974

Kleckar, Mathew A.

Mathew A. Klekar

Mr. Mathew A. "Buckshot" Klekar, 72, of Sheridan, passed away December 29.
He was born on Nov. 15, 1935 to Mathew and Louise Polasek Klekar in Yoakum.

Mathew married Dorothy Pauler Klekar on June 26, 1972 in St. John Catholic Church. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Buckshot is survived by a daughter, Linda Klekar Miramontos of Eagle Lake; step-daughter, Annie Clark and husband, Everett, of El Campo; four step-sons, Marvin C. Mozisek and Daryal L. Mozisek of Sheridan, Dennis Mozisek of Schulenburg, and David Mozisek and wife, Annette, of Germany; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Buckshot was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on June 15, 1997; daughter, Mathalee Klekar; step-daughter, Annette Mozisek; two step-sons, Franklin and Kenneth Mozisek; daughter-in-law, Connie Mozisek; and brother Henry L. Klekar.

Visitation was held at 12 Noon, Monday, December 31 at Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosaries were recited at 6 p.m., Monday at Kubena Funeral Home; and at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, January 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Danny Vaclavik, Steve Mays, Andy Brown, Bruce Tesch, David Ilse, and Cowboy Hines.

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

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3rd, 2008 
Submitted by John Konesheck

Kleiber, Jos.


Mr. Jos. Kleiber, an old settler of the New Brunn community,died at the family home Tuesday of last week. Mr. Kleiber was born Dec. 8, 1857, at Bealter, Austria. October 20, 1884, he was married to Miss Rosa Grohmann, at High Hill, Texas. He came to America in 1880. He leaves a widow and five children--Mrs. Wm. Berger of Schulenburg, Emil of Swiss Alp, Rudolf, Otto and Willie of New Brunn, also one sister, Mrs. Anton Grohmann. Mr. Kleiber was a good man, loved and highly respected by his neighbors. His death is deeply regretted by all. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1918, page 7


Joe Kleiber, born in Germany 61 years ago, but a long time resident of Texas, died at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at the home five miles southeast of Schulenburg and was buried at the Catholic cemetery here Thursday morning, Rev. Father Meiser officiating. His widow and five children—Rudolph, Mrs. W. M. Berger, Emil, Otto and Willie, survive him. He was a member of the Catholic church, a Herman Sohn and a Catholic Knight.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1918, page 9

Kleihege, Ella Frances

Ella Frances Kleihege, 93, of Frelsburg, died Sunday Jan. 30, 1994, in Fayetteville.

Born Sept. 19, 1900, in Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Ben and Mary (Halfman) Kleihege. She was a life-long resident of Frelsburg, a retired self-employed farmer and rancher, and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Sts. Peter and Paul with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Wilson, Ewald Schertz and Joe Henneke.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Kleihege of Frelsburg and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Henry Kleihege and Joe Kleihege.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Kleihege, Joseph Frank B.

Joe Kleihege

Joe Kleihege died Aug. 31 at the Brenham clinic In Brenham. He was 67 years of age.

Services were held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg at 10 a.m. Saturday under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Rosary was recited 7:30 p.m. Friday at Henneke Funeral Home. Interment was in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Kleihege, a farmer and rancher was born at Frelsburg on Oct. 17, 1910, the son of Ben and Mary Kleihege.

He was a resident of the Frelsburg area all of his life.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Kleihege and Ella Kleihege, both of Frelsburg.
Pallbearers were Alois Zientek, Erwin Ullmann, Walter. Beidermann, Edgar Kleihege, Alvin Kleihege and Willbald Kleihege.

Colorado County Citizen, September 7, 1978, page 2

Kleihege, Mary Ida


Mary Ida Kleihege, 99, of Frelsburg, passed away Jan. 15 in Fayetteville.

She was born Jan. 25, 1906 to Ben and Mary Halfmann Kleihege and was a self-employed rancher, farmer and gardener.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Joe Kleihege; and sister, Ella Kleihege.

She was survived by her second cousins, Arnold Kleihege, of Houston, Elaine Gast, of Houston, Willebald Kleihege, of Moulton, Evelyn Ullmann, of Wharton and Regina Zientek, of Brenham; and caregiver of 15 years, Lilliam Kramr, of Fayetteville.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Irvin Ullmann, Stephen Ullmann, Joe Henneke, William “Bill” Wilson, Delbert Kulhanek and Ewald Schertz.

Colorado County Citizen, January 25, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Klein, Clara (Holland)


Clara Klein, a long time Columbus resident, died on July 8, 1997, at the age of 89. Raised in Hallettsville, Texas, she moved to Columbus shortly after her marriage to Charles Klein in 1926. The newlyweds opened up the Chas. Klein Reliable Store in August of that year. She soon became an active member of the community, participating in organizations such as Garden Club, Magnolia Homes Tour, the Columbus Hospital Auxiliary and the Live Oak Art Club.

She and Charles were long-standing members of Eastern Star Columbus Chapter 324. The two shared numerous offices, which enabled them to travel not only throughout the country, but also internationally over a span of 65 years.
Clara, together with Susie Steiner and Irene Waldvogel, established the first religious Sunday school for the local Jewish Community. She was a founding member of Temple' Israel in Schulenburg in 1951, and remained active in the Temple throughout her life.

She was instrumental in obtaining the Historical marker for the building that housed the store she and Charles operated for more than 50 years. The Klein's store was one of the first Dry Goods Stores in Columbus to sell ready made dresses. They were among the first to offer local customers a layaway and charge system that contributed to the commercial development of the community.
Her flare for real Southern hospitality was enjoyed by all who knew her, friends and relatives alike. Her home and kitchen were always open to those passing through as well as those who lived near by. She loved to entertain and opened her home for various community events and family gatherings.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 11, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Rabbi Roy Waiter officiated. Interment followed in the Jewish Cemetery in Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were grandsons Jerry Cagle, Sam and Harry Eneman, Harry Klein, Steven Pidgeon; nephew Gilbert Holland; and great-grandsons Greg, Jeff and Andy Cagle.,

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles and daughter Maxine Wishnow. Clara is survived by daughter Evelyn Eneman and son Herbert Klein and wife Lolly, all of Houston; brother Arthur Holland and wife Adine of Wharton; brother in-law Herman Klein and wife Kora of Texas City; 6 grandchildren and 12. great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations in her memory may be directed to Temple Israel; 305 Summit, Schulenburg, Texas 78956; Seven Acres Jewish Geriatric Center; 6200 North Braeswood, Houston, Texas; 77074 or charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 1997

Klein, Minnie E.

Mrs. Minnie E. Klein, of this city, died very suddenly at her residence yesterday morning, at 6 o’clock, of hemorrhage of the lungs. She was subject to attacks of this character, and being physically much reduced, was unable to resist the last violent paroxysm. She bore her sufferings with fortitude, fully aware of the dangerous malady. Mrs. Klein has been but a few years a resident of our city, but in that time has endeared many friends to her, and especially among the young, with whom she was a general favorite. Funeral services were held in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and her mortal remains committed to earth in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. T. J. Morris, officiating. Peace to her ashes.

Colorado Citizen, March 22, 1888, page 3

Klein, Willis N.

Mr. Willie Klein, a young man who came here from Galveston about a year ago, died very suddenly at the residence of his sister, Mrs. W. J. Holbeck, yesterday. He was a exemplary young man, with many friends. His body was conveyed to Galveston by the 5:55 train yesterday for interment.

Colorado Citizen, October 12, 1882, page 3

In our last we had barely room to mention the death of our young friend, Mr. Willis N. Klein, which occurred suddenly at the residence of Mrs. W. J. Holbeck, in this city, last Wednesday. He was a young man of exemplary habits, kindly disposition, with great love for his parents, family and friends. Close in application, the future held out bright prospects for his attainment; but the hope of fond parents and friends were rudely blasted by the dread destroyer. Far from mother or sister, his last hours were cheered by generous lady friends, who kindly ministered to his wants. His mortal remains were laid to rest in the home of his youth, Galveston Island, To the bereaved parents and relatives the community extends sincere condolence.

Colorado Citizen, October 19, 1882, page 3

Kleimann, William H.

William H. Kleimann

Funeral services for William H. (Bill) Kleimann, 69, of Ellinger were scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Henneke Funeral Home. Msng. Harry Mazurkewitz[sic] officiated.

Interment was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Kleimann died Oct. 19 in the Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

He was born in Galveston on Oct. 8, 1912, the son of John Kleimann and Emma Neidenfeur.

He married LaVerne Dennis on May 10, 1952. He had been a resident of Ellinger for the past four years and belonged to the Ellinger Chamber of Commerce.

Kleimann is survived by his wife, LaVerne Dennis Kleimann of Ellinger; two daughters. Sandra Hengst and Brenda Kruppa, both of La Grange; a son, Lester (Bimbo) Kleimann of Ellinger; one brother, R. J. Kleimann of Columbus; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were R. C. Kleimann, Jim Kleimann, Johnny Kleimann, Karl Kleimann, Howard W. "Shorty" Besch and Arnold Stanfield.

Honorary pallbearers were Mac Rogers, Rudy Kleimann and Herb Kleimann.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 1981, page 2

Klesel, Albert R.

Military Rites for Pfc. Albert Klesel Held Here Saturday

Reburial services for Pfc. Albert Klesel, whose body was returned from its former resting place in a European cemetery, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Christian Emigholz officiating.

Interment was in New Bielau Cemetery, where members of Weimar American Legion and V. F. W. posts conducted graveside rites.

Pfc. Klesel was 22 when he was at first reported missing in action and a month later found where he had fallen under German fire, during the final stages of the war in Europe.

Born December 23, 1922, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Klesel of New Bielau. On April 18, 1944, he married Miss Alice Shumbera. He entered the service April 27, 1944, and after basic training came back home for a furlough; it was the last time his family was to see him. Soon after reporting to his camp in Maryland, his outfit shipped out for France and Germany. He was killed in action April 10, 1945. His two brothers, Cpl. Milton Klesel and Cpl. Edwin Klesel , also served overseas, but came back safely.

Pfc. Klesel is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Klesel; and his two brothers, Milton and Edwin Klesel.

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1949

Klesel, Clara Anna (Stirl)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Klesel Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry E. Klesel, 72, were held Monday afternoon, March 13, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating. Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mrs. Klesel died at 7:50 p.m. Saturday in Youens Memorial Hospital after three weeks’ illness.

The former Clara Anna Stirl, she was born Feb. 7, 1895, in a big house near Oakland, a daughter of Alban and Anna Burkhardt Stirl, and was baptized and confirmed in New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She was married to Mr. Klesel on August 20, 1919, and they made their first home in Nordheim, DeWitt County, for five years. They returned to New Bielau in 1924 and have lived there since.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three brothers, Albert and Fred Stirl of Nordheim and Adolf Stirl of Sugar Land. Two brothers preceded her in death, Carl in November, 1950, and Oscar in May 1951.

Pallbearers were R. W Callender of Beaumont, Edwin Klesel of Houston, J T. Pick of Victoria, Walter Stirl of Loraine, John Bolting and Harold Stirl of Nordheim.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1967

Klesel, Effie Pauline “Polly” (Purvis)

Services Held For Effie (Polly) Klesel January 3

Services for Effie Pauline Klesel (Polly) 86 of Houston, were held on Friday Jan 3 in the Chapel of Heights Funeral Home in Houston with Rex Doby officiating. Graveside services followed at New Bielau Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Klesel died on Tuesday, Dec. 31. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, the American Legion Auxillary [sic] Post No. 560 and the VFW Auxillary [sic] Post No. 9183.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin Klesel; sister-in-law, Dorothy Purvis; brother-in-law, Milton Klesel and wife Shirley; four aunts and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Blanchard and Cecil Purvis.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Atchison, Stuart Sikes, Jerome Ermis, George Fitzgerald, J. D. Whitfield and Robert Brooks.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Klesel, Elizabeth Mary “Alice” (Helmcamp)

Elizabeth Klesel Services Held March 30

Elizabeth Mary (Alice) Klesel danced into the arms of her Lord on Wednesday, March 28, just 11 days before her 92nd birthday.

She was born in Weimar on April 8, 1920, to Mary and Edmund Helmcamp.

On April 4, 1945, Alice married the love of her life, Hugo Klesel, who left this world some 34 years ago.

She lived in the Weimar area all of her life except for 11 months in Houston after her marriage to Hugo. Many may remember her working at Elkins and Winn’s.

She was a life-time member of St. Michael Catholic Church and a life-time member of the St. Anne’s Society. Her faith and devotion to God was obvious in the way she lived every day.

Her greatest love was her family. She was a caring and giving Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother.

Alice is survived by her children, Marilyn Beal and her husband, Charlie and Linda Heller; her grandchildren, Amy Brandt and husband, David, Allison Habada, Clay Heller, Megan Sullivan and husband, Patrick, Amanda Hafner and husband, Daniel; Great-grandchildren, Brendon and Dawson Brandt, Paisley and Piper Sullivan and Eli Hafner. She is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Alice’s hobby was growing vegetable and flowers. Her garden was large enough to feed a family of ten so that she could harvest and can and give to her children and friends. Her yard was filled with beautiful roses and in the spring, daffodils lined her drive way. Alice loved to polka dance and took every opportunity afforded. She entertained many at Parkview by humming a tune and dancing all by her herself on numerous occasions.

She is pre-deceased by husband, Hugo Klesel, also by her good friend, confidant and dance partner, Edwin Hartensteiner and her three brothers, Bennie, Emil and Alfred and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

A vigil service was held on Thursday evening, March 29, at Hubbard Funeral Home. Funeral services began on Friday with a rosary at 10 a.m. at St. Michael followed by mass. A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus facility following the ceremony. Pallbearers were Clay Heller, Daniel Hafner, Michael Nelsen, Joe Raia, Gary Helmcamp and David Brandt. [Interred at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.]

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

Klesel, John T.


Funeral services for John T. Klesel, 77, a 73-year resident of this area and widely known farmer of tis section, whose decease occurred suddenly Saturday at the home of his son, Willie Klesel at New Bielau, were held Monday afternoon from that residence, with the Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Columbus conducting the service. Pallbearers were Ernest Teltschik, Herman Schoen, Adolf Schindler, Gus Dahse, Walter Kram and August Beken.

John Klesel was a native of Blatendorf, Moravia, Austria, where he was born January 29, 1863, the son of Frank and Rosina Klesel. At the age of four, he accompanied his parents to America, the family settling in the Weimar-Schulenburg area. On Nov. 4, 1884, he married Miss Rosalie Meyer. Until 1932, he engaged in farming in which year he retired and went to live on the place of his eldest son, Willie Klesel, of New Bielau. He died suddenly January 4, having attained an age of 77 years, 11 months and 6 days.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Emil Dahse of Weimar, Mrs. Frank Walleck of Shiner, Mrs. Ed Stewert of Sinton; six sons, Will and Henry Klesel of Weimar, Albert of Schulenburg, Ferdinand of Slaton, Herman of Post, and Adolf of Amarillo; a brother, August of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Marie Brossmann of Schulenburg; his wife, Mrs. Rosalie Klesel; and eleven grandchildren.

Burial was in the New Bielau Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

To bereaved survivors, the Mercury extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1941, page 1

Klesel, Martha (Woltersdorf)

Funeral for Mrs. Klesel 91, July 19

Funeral services for Martha Klesel, 91, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Monday, July 19, at Hubbard. Funeral Chapel, with burial in New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Walter Simpson officiated.

Mrs. Klesel died at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where she
had been a patient since Monday.

A lifelong resident of this area, she was born Nov. 3, 1884, at Oak Grove, the daughter of William and Wilhelmina (Rettig) Woltersdorf, and was married to Willie Klesel on January 14, 1914, at New Bielau They made their home at New Bielau until his death four years ago, at which time Mrs. Klesel became a resident of Columbus Convalescent Home. About two years ago she moved to Parkview Manor here.

Mrs. Klesel was a member of Trinity. Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau, the Ladies' Aid, Sons of Hermann, and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a Gold Star Mother, having lost a son, Albert, in World War II fighting in 1945.

She is survived by two sons, Milton of, Grafton, Ohio, and Edwin of Houston; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Albert Bremser, Arthur Bremser, Alfred Schoen, Alfred Helmcamp, Victor Lux and Horace Callender.

Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1976

Klesel, Rosalia (Meyer)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Rosalia Klesel, 82, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosalia Klesel, 82, of Wilson, Texas, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday, Oct. 1, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. C. Emigholz officiated.

Mrs. Klesel died in a Slaton hospital Thursday, Sept. 29, after an illness of ten days that followed a light heart stroke.

Born March 23, 1867, in Austria, she was the daughter of George and Anna Meyer, with whom she came to this country at the age of 13. They settled near Schulenburg. On Nov. 4, 1884, she was married to John T. Klesel at High Hill. Mr. Klesel preceded her in death in 1941, after which she made her home with her children.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.

Survivors include six sons, Herman, Fred and Adolf Klesel, all of Slaton, Willie and Henry Klesel of Weimar and Albert Klesel of Corpus Christi; three daughters, Mrs. Ed. Siewert of Slaton, Mrs. Emil Dahse of Weimar and Mrs. Frank Walicek of Shiner; a brother, Ferdinand Meyer of Schulenburg; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Edwin Klesel, Victor Lux, Alfred Helmcamp, Robert Camden, Arthur Stolle and Horace Callender.

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1949, page 1

Klesel, Willie A.

Heart Attack Is Fatal to Willie Klesel

Willie A. Klesel, 62, retired farmer and New Bielau resident since 1906, suffered a fatal heart attack at his home last Thursday morning, August 3.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Robt. N. Crawford officiated.

Mr. Klesel was born Feb. 12, 1890, at Schulenburg, a son of John T. and Rosalie Meyer Klesel. He married Miss Martha Woltersdorf on January 14, 1914, at the home of her parents, and that has been their home ever since. Mr. Klesel was a member of New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Hermann Sons Lodge.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Milton of Grafton, Ohio and Edwin of Houston; two grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Klesel of Weimar and Adolf Klesel of Anton, Texas; and three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Walicek of Yoakum, Mrs. Emil (Annie) Dahse of New Bielau and Mrs. Pauline Siewert of Post, Texas.

A son, Albert, was killed in World War II action in Germany in 1945. Three brothers, Albert, Fred, and Herman, also preceded Mr. Klesel in death.

Pallbearers were Albert Bremser, Edwin Koehn, Norwin Woltersdorf, Erich Bremser, Louis Preisler, and Dan Siewert.

Weimar Mercury August 10, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Klimicek, Johanna (Naiser)

Mrs. Klimicek, 94, Mother of Fr. Lad, Dies

Graveside services for Mrs. Johanna Klimicek, 94, of Frydek, mother of Rev. Lad Klimicek of that community, were held Friday afternoon at St. Michael’s cemetery here.

“Father Lad” officiated in services at the Frydek Catholic Church and at the cemetery here, assisted by other priests.

Mrs. Klimicek, widow of a former Weimar businessman, died Wednesday in the Bellville Hospital.

The former Johanna Naiser, she was born May 19, 1876, at Ammannsville.

Surviving in addition to Father Lad is another son, Willie Klimicek of Dallas, and a daughter Miss Hattie Klimicek of Frydek.

Weimar Mercury, July 17, 1969, page 10
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Sister Johanna Klimicek, age 93, of Frydek, the mother of the Rev. Lad J. Klimicek, passed away at Frydek Wednesday morning, July 9th. She was born in Ammannsville, Fayette County, Texas, on May 19th, 1876. She was reared in Granger, the daughter of one of the earliest pioneer families. She attended Naizerville Public School, and on June 20th, 1893, was married in Granger to Joseph M. Klimicek, who was a school teacher by profession.

Sister Klimicek moved to Frydek when Father Lad became a priest of the Frydek Catholic Church 25 years ago. Throughout his ministry she was his inspiration and encouragement.

Besides her devoted church affiliation, she was also a member of Lodge Komensky No. 20, SPJST, Granger for over 60 years; also a member of the KJZT and KD Lodges in Granger.

Survivors are one daughter, Miss Hattie Klimicek of Frydek; two sons, the Rev. Lad J. Klimicek of Frydek and Willie C. Klimicek of Dallas; one grandson, D. I. Bohac of Bartlett; one brother, Anton C. Naizer of Taylor; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Kopecky and Miss Emilie Naizer of Granger and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Pete E. Etlinger Funeral Home, Sealy, at 2 p.m., Friday, July 11th, with interment in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Weimar. Her son, the Rev. Lad Klimicek of Frydek, assisted by neighboring priests, conducted the services.

SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, August 6, 1969
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Klimicek, Jos.

Mr. Jos. Klimicek, father of our townsman, Mr. J. M. Klimicek, who came here a few days ago on a visit to his son's family, died Wednesday morning, and the funeral took place Thursday morning at St. Michael’s cemetery. Father Szymanski officiating. Mr. Klimicek was a sufferer from Bright's disease, and while the physicians held out no hope for recovery, the trip over from his home at Ellinger seemed to improve his condition, and all felt he was better. He was taken worse Tuesday night, and the end came quickly. This worthy man came to Weimar when our town was first established, lived in and around the place for some time, and among the old-timers possessed many friends. He removed to the Ellinger section afterward, where he remained up to the time of his visit to his son in this city. Those who knew him say he was a good man in every respect. a good friend and neighbor, fair and square in all his dealings with his fellow-man, and his death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1908, page 1

Klimicek, Josef M.

Our little city was greatly shocked Tuesday afternoon to learn of the death of Mr. J. M. Klimicek. a prominent merchant of this city. But few of our people knew of his illness, hence the shock was intensified. Mr. Klimicek was a victim of tuberculosis, and had been in bad health for some time, although able to attend to business up to Saturday last, when he went home and to bed, never arising from same. Pneumonia rapidly developed, and the combination of these two diseases proved too much for him, causing his death about 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. A sad feature of it, too, is that his mother died of tuberculosis and was buried just ten days prior to the son's death from the same disease. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at St. Michael's cemetery, the Weimar fire department, of which he was a member, attending in a body. The deceased was a clever, good man. Those of us who met him daily in the business walks of life realized his worth, appreciated his genial welcome, cheery disposition, straightforward business principles, and he will be sadly missed by all. He leaves a widow and several children, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1910, page 9

Klimicek, Ladislay Wilhelm

‘Father Lad’ Succumbs to Heart Attack

Rev. Lad Klimicek, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Frydek and widely known for the elaborate feast he and his parishioners staged annually, died at 1:05 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at his home, of a heart attack.

He was 63.

“Father Lad” had had a heart condition for some time and had been ill since last Dec. 8.

Funeral services were held at the Frydek church, with Bishop Louis J. Reicher officiating, assisted by Rev. James Quilter, Rev. Sylvester Fuchs, Msgr. A. W. Nesvadba, and Msgr. J. J. Tydlacka.

 Pallbearers were Ret. Rev. Msgr. Ernest Michalka, Rev. Msgr. John J. Davis, Rev. Paul Fee, Rev. Edward Geiser, Rev. George Bonhard, Rev. Thomas Hannus, Rev. Patrick Murphy, and Rev. John Kukral.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery at Weimar.

Father Lad was born at Weimar on April 4, 1906, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Klimicek, and grew up at Granger, Texas.  After graduation from Granger High School he attended law school in Georgetown, St. Edward’s University, Chicago, then St. Mary’s Seminary at La Porte.  He was ordained May 18, 1940.

He served in Galveston, Marlin, Wallis and West before being assigned to St. Mary’s at Frydek 25 years ago.  He also served Sacred Heart Church in Brookshire, a mission church.

Surviving are his sister, Miss Hattie Klimicek of Frydek; a brother, Willie Klimicek of Dallas; and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1970, page 6
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Rev. Lad Klimicek

The Reverend Father Lad Klimicek, 63, pastor of Our Lady of Frydek Church in Frydek, died at the parish rectory on Friday, February 13, 1970 at 1:05 a.m. He was born in Weimar, Texas, April 4, 1906.

A Solemn Requiem High Funeral Mass for the repose of his soul was offered at the church in Frydek on Monday, February 16, at 10:30 a.m. The Most Reverend Louis J. Reicher, DD, LLD, Bishop of Austin, was celebrant; Very Rev. Msgr. A. W. Nesvadba, deacon, Rev. James T. Quilter, sub. deacon; Rev. Mr. Alois Pavlicek, master of ceremonies; Very Rev. Msgr. J. J. Tydlacka and Rt. Rev. Edward C. Matocha, deacons to the bishop. A Czech sermon was by The Very Rev. Msgr. A. W. Nesvadba and the English sermon was by Rev. James Quilter. Announcer was Ted Nabors.

The Mass was sung by the St. Mary Seminary Choir. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus were honor guards. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery in Weimar with Bishop Reicher officiating.

Attending the mass Monday besides those named were Bishop John L. Morkovsky of the Galveston-Houston Diocese, 70 priests from the surrounding area, an over-flow crowd of out-of-town friends besides his parishioners.

A holy Mass was offered for the repose of his soul in Frydek Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and then Father Lad's body was in state until 9 p.m. and again Monday before services. Three rosaries were led at the church Sunday evening.

Father Lad studied to be a doctor, a lawyer, and then a priest and was ordained a priest in 1941 and served parishes in Houston, Granger, Wallis and West before coming to Frydek in 1944. He was instrumental in initiating the annual Frydek Grotto Celebration each spring which is attended by thousands of people. The grotto was built in thanksgiving for the safe return of all those from Frydek who served in World War II.

Father Lad reached out to help others and was dear to the hearts of not only his own parish but to Catholic families from Waller, Katy, Brookshire and Pattison, which made up his adopted parish. When he came to Frydek he soon started having regular Sunday Mass at Brookshire, too, thus serving this wide area which was a mission of Navasota and at that time having only one Mass each month.

Brookshire is in the Galveston-Houston Diocese and Frydek in the Austin Diocese and Father Lad continued to work on both sides of the Brazos River until his first heart attack in 1951 and the Basilian Fathers took care of the Brookshire mission.

Father Lad soon recovered and continued to be a great influence. He was interested in civic activities of his community and Austin County, in Boy Scouts, youth clubs, etc. He was honored for his 25 years at Frydek last year. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award by the Sam Houston Area Council and was to be nominated as outstanding rural pastor of Texas this year. Father Lad did not smoke or drink. He was always interested in his fellowman and people in all walks of life found a friend in Father Lad. The church suffered a great loss at his death. As Father James Quilter said, “Father Lad was not just a priest but a holy and unique one who loved not only God but everyone.” His life of joy, suffering and love brought many people to God.

Survivors include his sister Hettie of Frydek, a brother Willie of Dallas and other relatives. His mother and his sister Martha died this past year.

Brookshire Times, Thursday, February 19, 1970
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Klimicek, Martha Marie

Miss Klimicek Weimar Native, Buried Here

Funeral services for Miss Martha Marie Klimicek, 60, of Frydek, a native of Weimar, were held Wednesday afternoon at Pete Etlinger Funeral Home and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Frydek. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery here.

Officiating were Msgr. A. W. Nesvadba, Rev. James Quilter, and Miss Klimicek’s brother, Rev. Lad Klimicek.

Miss Klimicek was making her home with her brother, Father Klimicek, her sister, and her aged mother.

Born Jun 13, 1908, at Weimar, the daughter of Frank and Jennie Klimicek, she was reared at Granger. She had been ill more than a year when she died Monday night, Sept. 16, at her home, of cancer.

Suriving are her mother, Mrs. Jennie Klimicek, 92, and her sister, Miss Hattie Marie Klimicek, both of Frydek; two brothers, Father Lad of Frydek and William C. of Dallas; and a nephew, Daniel Bohac of Bartlett. A sister, Mrs. Mathilda Bohac, and a brother, Joseph Klimicek, preceded her in death. Her father died here in 1910.

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1968, page 10

Klimicek, Veronica

On Saturday just about noon hour occurred the death of Mrs. Veronica Klimicek, the beloved mother of Mr. J. F. Klimicek, a prominent merchant of this city. Mrs. Klimicek was 66 years old at the time of her death. She was born in Austria, but for the past year and four months had made her home in this city with her son, coming here from Ellinger. The remains were interred at the St. Michael's cemetery Sunday afternoon, a large crowd of sympathizing friends and relatives witnessing the last sad rites, performed by Rev. J. Szymanski, rector of the church. Mrs. Klimicek was a kind, good woman, greatly beloved by all who knew her, and her death was sincerely regretted by all. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the family in the loss sustained.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1910, page 4

Klimmek, William


Columbus, Texas. June 14.--William Clemac, 70, was found dead Thursday in a pasture near Rock Island, with his head crushed. He had been missing since Sunday.

Justice H. P. Hahn of Columbus, who held the inquest, said death came “at the hands of unknown parties.” Robbery was believed to the the motive. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1929, page 7

Klimple, Alfred "Dick"


Alfred "Dick" Klimple, 78, of Columbus passed away May 23 at Triumph Hospital in Sugar Land.

He was born in Weimar May 25, 1924 to Fred and Minnie (Voitel) Klimple and married Clara Steinhauser on Nov. 16, 1952. He was a warehouse manager for Quanex manufactured steel pipe in Rosenburg and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and V.F.W. Post 6113 of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wesley Klimple and Jesse Klimple; and sister, Mildred Gifford.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and husband Bob Dornan of Austin and Kathy and Bill Fontenot of Houston; sisters, Tina Adams of Wallis and Doris Witek of Sugar Land; brother, Robert Klimple of Hye; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Jason Throop and Shelley Dornan.

Funeral services were conducted May 26 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Rogers, Steve Howard, Jeff Klimple, James Nawara, Wade Witek and Bruno Burris

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

Klimple, Eddie

Eddie Klimple, 73, of Columbus passed away October 2, in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Klimple was born April 18, 1909, in La Grange to Herman and Augusta Mldenka Klimple. He married Mary Ann Hope Klimple December 8, 1976, in Columbus.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church and was a retired electrician.

He is survived by his widow, Mary Ann Klimple of Columbus; one daughter, Mary Ann Mertz of Hallettsville; on sister, Frieda Houzmer of Houston; six brothers, Otto Klimple of Columbus, Oddie Klimple of El Campo, Harman Klimple of Wharton, Ernest Klimple of Wharton, Fred Klimple of Wallis and Edgar Klimple of Stafford; two grandchildren, Rita and Colen Mertz of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Lester Lamberth, Robert Barnes, Otto Klimple Jr., Robert Klimple, Jerry Janosek and Edward Klimple.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, October 14, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Klimple, Hilda (Bertsch)


Hilda Klimple, 95, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 27 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Columbus, Oct. 11, 1909 to Ernest and Dora (Hayek) Bertsch and married Otto Klimple, Oct. 23, 1923. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Her parents preceded her in death as well as her husband; daughter, Mary Ella Janosek; and brothers, Jessie, Ernest and Conrad Bertsch.

She is survived by daughters, Frances Stansbury-Edwards and husband, Ray of Houston and Ernestine Briscoe-Brom and husband Johnny of Eagle Lake; son, Otto Klimple Jr. and wife Willene of Houston; sister, Lillie Mae Bricker of Bay City; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 29 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Gary Briscoe, Keith Klimple, Stephen Stansbury, J. W. Janosek, Wayne Briscoe and Cris Campise.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Klimple, Otto


Funeral services were held for Otto Klimple, Sunday, July 17 under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Otto Klimple was born on November 23, 1901 in Fayette County. He was a retired rancher and oilfield worker.

He is survived by his wife Hilda Klimple of Columbus, three daughters, Frances Stansbury of Houston, Ernestine Briscoe of Eagle Lake, and Mary Ella Janosek of Angleton. Three brothers, Fred Klimple of Wallis, Oddie Klimple of El Campo, Edgar Klimple of Stafford. Also survived by thirteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Stephen Stansbury, Gary Briscoe, Wayne Briscoe, Keith Klimple, J. W. Janosek, and Roger Poe.

Colorado County Citizen, July 21, 1988, page 2


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Klos, Theresie

Mrs. Klose, an aged lady living near this city, died last week, and was buried at the Catholic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, June 12, 1897, page 1

Kloss, Almuth


Butane Bottle Explodes, No Other Injuries

A tragic accident claimed the life of Almuth Kloss, 56, Shell Oil Company employee at the Houston Central Gas Plant at Sheridan early Monday morning. Mr. Kloss, a shift foreman, has been employed with Shell for 24 years and ten months and could have exercised his prerogative to retire in just a few months if he so chose. According to J. E. Woodward, superintendent of the Sheridan plant, Mr. Kloss was in the process of filling a low pressure container with propane from a high pressure line, when the container erupted and apparently killed Mr. Kloss instantly. He was the only one in the area at that time, and the explosion was not loud enough to be heard in other portions of the plant. His body was found early Monday morning and Justice of the Peace Richard C. Schmidt of Columbus held an inquest at the scene and ruled that death was by accident. Fortunately no fire resulted and there were no other injuries, stated Mr. Woodward. Eagle Lake Ambulance was called to the scene and brought the body to Mill-Bauer Funeral Home where it remained until time for funeral services at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18th from the Methodist Church in Hallettsville. The Rev. Larry Lacy, pastor of the Hallettsville Methodist Church, officiated at the services. The body was taken to Myrtle Cemetery near Rock Island for burial. Mill Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Serving as pallbearers were fellow employees at Shell, Lawrence Poppe, Willard Hagendorf, J. D. Nelson, Joe Duncan, Pete Nicholson, and . . . . Almuth Kloss was born Dec. 23, 1915 in Nordhelm, Texas the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kloss. He was united in marriage with Miss Leola Retrlaff in Lexington, Texas on April 22, 1945. The family has resided in Sheridan for the past twenty-one years during which time Mr. Kloss was employed at the Shell plant. Surviving are his wife; one son, Alan Kloss, a student at the University of Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Sandra Botard of Austin; two sisters Mrs. Dan Nicewander of Naples, Texas and Mrs. John Gale of Denvers, Mass.; one brother, Henry Kloss of Austin; and his mother, Mrs. Herman Kloss of Georgetown and other relatives and friends. One brother, Harry, was killed In the service of his country in World War II. Mr. Kloss was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy. He was active in the Hallettsville Methodist Church and in the affairs of his community. His loss brought great sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 20, 1972, pages 1 & 12
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kloss, Augusta (Bremer)

Last Rites for Mrs. Agusta Kloss held Mon.

Mrs. Agusta Kloss was born in Germany in 1883 and came to America as a bride. She and her husband settled in Atascosa County, where she spent the greater part of her life. The past several years she has spent in a nursing home in Austin, where she passed away Saturday evening, March 6. Her husband passed away in 1948 and one son, Hans Kloss, was killed in action in World War 1; and a son, Almuth Kloss of Sheridan, passed away in 1972.

Survivors include: one son, Henry Kloss of Austin; two daughters, Mrs. Janie Gole of Danvers, Mass., and Mrs. Margaret Nicewander of Naples, Tex.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8th and interment was in Myrtle Cemetery.

The Eagle Lake Headlight; Mar. 11, 1976; page 3
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kloss, Herman William

Is Buried Last Friday in Rock Island

Herman Kloss, age 77, a resident of Christine, Texas, passed away on Wednesday of last week and funeral services were held Friday afternoon, November 25th, at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church in Rock Island with the Rev. Bruce Medford conducting the services.

Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Mr. Kloss had been ill for several weeks and early last week was brought to the Columbus hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Augusta Kloss; Henry Kloss of the U. S. Navy, who at present is at sea. Almuth Kloss and Mrs. Margaret Nicewander of Rock Island, Mrs. Janie Gale of Marblebend, Massachusetts, and eight grandchildren.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs. Janie Gale and daughter, Jacqualyn of Marblehead who arrived by plane in Houston; Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Retzloff of Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Chism, Mrs Glenn Patterson and Otto Helmer of Christine; and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Swain, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Riemer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rierner and Mrs. C. Rierner of San Antonio.

Eagle Light Headlight, December 2, 1949
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kloss, Leola Alyne (Retzlaff)

Leola Alyne Kloss

Mar. 9, 1913 – Nov. 28, 1996

Leola Alyne Kloss, 83, of Schulenberg passed away November 28, 1996. She was born on March 9, 1913, in Lexington to Benard and Emma Grusendorf Retzlaff. She was a housewife and a member of First United Methodist Church of Hallettsville. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Al Kloss. Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Botard of Austin; a son, Alan R. Kloss of Sheridan; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 30, at 4 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church of Hallettsville with Rev. Walt Rowell officiating. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery, Rock Island.  Arrangements were under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; Dec. 5, 1996

Klump, Glenn "Mookie"

Glenn "Mookie" Klump, 69, of Shaws Bend, passed away at his residence Oct. 30, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 10, 1933 in Shelby, the son of Herbert and Lillie (Roski) Klump. He attended the Rockhouse school near Shelby until his help on the family farm was required. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War and was stationed in England for much of his enlistment. He was on active duty until 1955, but remained on active and then standby reserve until his honorable discharge in 1961.

He married Gladys "Jane" Bertling on March 20, 1965. They made their home in Shaws Bend. He was employed with several gravel mining companies in Colorado County, which was his life work. His poor health forced his retirement from Base Materials, in 1997. Mookie was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved these activities until his health made them impossible.

He had fond memories of racoon hunting with friends throughout the area, but especially enjoyed fishing the Guadalupe and Brazos rivers. He often spoke of making one more trip to the Guadalupe.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Reuben Klump, Roy Klump and Eldred Klump; sister, LaVerne Poenitzsch; and brothers-in-law Louie Schobel and Alvin Stancik.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Dean Scott Klump and Chad Eric Klump of Shaws Bend; and his granddaughters, Brittney Renae Klump and Angie Ann Klump of Columbus; good friend, Robert Cerda of Columbus; brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Bonnie Klump of Columbus; sisters and brother-in-law, Violet Schobel of Columbus; Frances Stancik of Ganado; and Vernice and Roy Krebs of Houston; sisters-in-law, Edith Klump of Round Top and Grace Klump of Rio Medina; brother-in-law, Gilbert Poenitzsch of Shaws Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services were conducted Nov. 1 at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor John Hunsicker of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial followed at Brune's Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 1495 West Hwy 71, Suite K, La Grange, TX 78945, or to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, November 13, 2002

Klump, Lawrence


Lawrence Klump, 76, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 1 while on a hunting trip near San Angelo.

Klump was born in Shelby on Sept. 1, 1930, the son of Herbert and Lillie Roski Klump. On April 12, 1952, he married Bonnie Hancock. Klump retired as superintendent for Horton & Horton gravel pit of Columbus. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Texas Sportsman Association, National Rifle Association and Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department.

Klump was preceded in death by his parents; sister LaVerne Poenitzsch; and brothers Roy, Dickie and Glenn Klump.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters, Gracie Brune and husband Arlen of Columbus, Melinda Kucherka and husband Dave of Eagle Lake, Candy Christen and husband Dale of Columbus, Sandra Buhler and husband Robin of Columbus; son, Keith Klump of Columbus; sisters, Violet Schobel of Round Top, Frances Stancik of Ganado, and Vernice Krebs of Houston; five granddaughters, Kelli Maddox and husband Jimmy, Amalie Phillips and husband Ryan, Kari and Kimberly Buhler, and Kylee Klump; two step-granddaughters, Sheree and Sonja Brune; seven grandsons, Brad Kollaja and wife Renee, Robert Kollaja and wife Jennifer, Trey Kucherka, Tim Buhler and wife Brittany, Justin Strieder and fianc/e Emily, Trent Kucherka and Kason Klump; and six great grandchildren, Blayne Buhler, Kaden, Kinlee, Kutter and Kolten Kollaja, and Jake Lauritsen; and four step great-grandchildren, Sean and Hunter Brune-Herrera, and Skyler and Cassidy Brune.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Burial followed in Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were John David Strieder, Henry Buhler, Carl Sebesta, Zeb Lauzon, Sonny Lauzon, Steve Dempsey, Kenneth Nelson and Calvin Roensch. Honorary pallbearers were Brad and Robert Kollaja, Trey and Trent Kucherka, Tim Buhler, Justin Strieder and Kason Klump.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 267, Columbus, TX 78934; Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department, 2845 FM 949, Cat Spring, TX 78933 or the charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Knapek, Amelia “Millie”


Amelia "Millie" Knapek, 94, of Columbus, passed away Monday, March 21, in Parkview Manor in Weimar.

She was born Nov. 3, 1910 to Sophie Knapek. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus and St. Anthony's altar society.

She was preceded in death by her mother; and uncle, Joe Knapek.

She is survived by cousins, Laura Riddle, of Houston, Leona Ciomperlik, of San Antonio and Sibie Blanche Knapek, of Andrews.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father John Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were David Riddle, Kevin Riddle, Kenneth Riddle, Richard Cole, Gary Turner, Donald Ciomperlik.

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

Knapek, Joe A.

Knapek Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Joe A. Knapek of the Shaws Bend Community near Columbus were held Tuesday morning, February 20, 1990 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Knapek passed away Sunday, February 18, 1990 at his home. He was 97 years of age.

Born in Warrenton on June 22, 1892, he was the son of Frank and Frances Malcik Knapek. He was a lifetime resident of the area and had served his country in the Army in World War I.

He was united In marriage with the former Philomenia Becica on October 31, 1916. She preceded him in death on November 7, 1968.

Survivors include three daughters, Vlasta Willmann of Columbus, Leona Clomperlik of San Antonio and Laura Riddle of Bellaire, one son, Alvin Knapek of Andrews; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren: and a niece, Millie Knapek, who lived with Mr. Knapek and cared for him since she was a young child.

Pallbearers were John Morris Naumann, Ray Dungen, Galand Polasek, Otto Loessin. Dr. P. C. Marburger and David Riddle. Honorary pallbearers were Thurman Brune, Donald Clomperlik, Clinton Huebel and Albert Hoelscher.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements

New Ulm Enterprise, February 22, 1990, page 2

Knapek, Philomena (Becica)

Mrs. Knapek Dies Suddenly; Funeral Saturday

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer funeral home Saturday for Mrs. Joe Knapek, 75, who died in Columbus hospital Thursday morning, of apparent heart failure, while she was sitting in a chair. She had just undergone surgery to both of her eyes and seemed to be doing well.

Rev. David Meurer officiated in the services at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services in St. Anthony Catholic church. Rosary was recited in the funeral home Thursday evening. Burial was in St. Anthony Catholic cemetery.

Born near Ellinger Oct. 11, 1893, she was the former Philomena Becica, a daughter of Frank and Mary Denk Becica.

Colorado County Citizen, November 14, 1968
Submitted by Martha Prince

Knapek, Sophie

Sophie Knapek

Miss Sophie Knapek, a lifetime resident of Shaws Bend, died in Columbus Community Hospital Jan. 1 after an Illness of 3 weeks.

Born in Fayette County April 3, 1888, she was a daughter of Frank and Frances Malcik Knapek. Her occupation was a housekeeper.

Rosary was recited at Henneke Funeral Home Jan. 2.

Funeral services were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus Saturday, with the Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Miss Millie Knapek of Shaws Bend; one. brother, Joe Knapek of Shaws Bend, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Harry Hlinsky, Clinton Huebel, Edwin Poenitzsch, Otto Loessin, Lloyd Poenitzsch, and Harry Heintschel.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1976, page 4


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Kneblik, Margie Chovanec

Kneblik, Margie Chovanec

Margie Chovanec Kneblik, 80, passed away March 23 at the Heart Hospital of Austin. Funeral services took place at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus on Friday, March 27. Father Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky, both of St. Anthony parish, celebrated the Mass. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Margie was born Jan. 20, 1929 to Rudolph and Celestine Orsak Chovanec in Rabbs Prairie. She was the oldest of three brothers, Clement, Frankie and Jimmy.

She graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1945 and married Nick Kneblik on Nov. 23, 1947 at St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Together Nick and Margie worked hard raising Black Brangus cattle and farming grand champion hay. Some of their favorite pastimes were dancing to polka and waltzes and traveling the world. Three years after they married, they moved to Columbus where she began work at The First State Bank on May 1, 1950. She started as a stenographer and bookkeeper but quickly moved up the ranks to vice president and cashier. She held these roles until her retirement in January 1994.

Nick passed away on Nov. 24, 1993 of Alzheimer’s. During Nick’s illness, she devoted her time to making sure Nick received the best care. Though Nick and Margie did not have any children of their own, they loved and treasured six Godchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. On March 25, 1995, Margie married her second husband, Alphonso, “Al” Kuhn. Al and Margie enjoyed attending daily Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church and treasured each other’s companionship for five years until Al’s passing in 2000.

Margie was well-known for her delicious meals and famous kolaches. She treasured her yard and the beautiful flowers that filled it. She loved crocheting works from the heart and quilting with friends. She was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, serving on the finance council up to this year. Her deep faith in God resulted in many donations to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and St. Anthony’s Catholic School. She was a generous person whose faith expressed a true love for life, her family, friends and community.

Margie is survived by step-daughter, Marie Boge and husband Steve of Iowa; brother, Jimmy Chovanec and wife Carol of El Campo; sister-in-law, Vlasta Brown and husband Don of La Grange; brother-in-law, Arnold Kneblik and wife Evelyn of Lone Oak; half brother-in-law, Victor Havel of Industry; step sister-in-law, Justine Zapalac of Katy; special friends, John Barta of Columbus; Katie Barta and Sam Barta of Austin; JD and Karen Barta Zimmerhanzel of Bastrop; Steve and Sandy Rhodes Family of Columbus; Godchildren, Karen Zimmer-hanzel, Barbara Machala, Rebecca Deen, Richard Chovanec, Patricia Dorraj, and Glennie Lecocke; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first and second husbands; two brothers, Clement Chovanec and Frankie Chovanec; God-daughter, Sandy Barta; two sister-in-laws; two brother-in-laws; three step brother-in-laws; and three step sister-in-laws.

Pallbearers were John Barta of Columbus, Sam Barta of Austin, JD Zimmerhanzel of Bastrop, Stephen Rhodes of Columbus, Steve Boge of Iowa, Richard Chovanec of Ganado, Jimmy Kneblik of Fayetteville and Gerald Tieken of La Grange.

Honorary pallbearers were McRae Gross of Columbus, Allan Hill of Columbus, Gus Miller Jr. of Columbus and Norbert Tasler of Columbus.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony’s Church, St. Anthony’s School or charity of choice

Colorado County Citizen, March 31, 2009

Kneblik, Nicola Arnold “Nick”

Kneblik Funeral Services

Nick A, Kneblik, 77, of Columbus, passed sway Wednesday, November 24, 1993 at Monument Hill Nursing Home in La Grange where he had been resident for a number of years.

Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, November 27 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating and Rev. Timothy Kosler and Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz concelebrating.

Graveside Military Services were presented by members of the VFW Post # 6113. Interment was in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Born on September 10, 1916 In Fayetteville, he was the son of Frank and Lena Krenek Kneblik. He attended grade school in that area and mastered his farming and ranching skills on the family farm. He served his country during World War II in the Armed Forces serving duty in Northern Africa and Italy.

He married Margie Chovanec at St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville on November 23, 1947. Nick was well known in the area for his talent in auto mechanics ranging from engine repairs to body work. He joined the staff of Meyer Motor Company in Columbus and continued his dedication through the change in ownership. He retired from Don Morrison Ford, Inc. at the age of 62, in 1981.

A member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, he was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 6113 In Columbus. He owned a family farm in Colorado County and a registered Black Brangus Cattle Herd. He took pride in farming Colorado County Grand Champion Hay for his herd, having won the honor many times.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Alma Trilicek of San Antonio; brother, Arnold Kneblik of Lone Oak; step- sisters, Bessie Wieser of Columbus, Justine Zapalac of Katy, Angeline Lindsey of Kountz; half brother, Victor Havel of Industry; special friends, John, Sandy, Karen, Katie and Samuel Barta; godchildren, Karen and Sandy Barta, Barbara Machala. Rebecca Chovanec, Richard Chovanec, Patricia Dorraj, Glennie Mae LeCocke; also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three stepbrothers and three step- sisters.

Pallbearers were MacRae Gross, Mike Gross. Stuart Hill, Dwight Mazac, Scott Elliott, Stephen Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers were John Barta, Manuel Schneider, Ernie Smahlik, Thurman Brune, Allan Hill, Gus Miller Jr., Albert Ripper.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Church Building Fund, St. Anthony school Library, St. Anthony School Trust Fund or the charity of your choice.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

New Ulm Enterprise, December 9, 1993

Knigge, Howard L.


Graveside Memorial services were held for Mr. Howard L. Knigge Wednesday, April ,9 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with the Rev. H. V. Brannon officiating.

Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Knigge was born March 16, 1926 in Cypress to Ernest Knigge and Mary Neal Knigge. He married Helen Stark Knigge March 20, 1947. He was a truck driver for Thorsenberg[sic] Materials.

Mr. Knigge was affiliated with Glidden Baptist Church and he was also affiliated with the American Legion Post No. 383 in Columbus.

He was a resident of Columbus for 24 years. He also served in the WW II Army.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Knigge of Columbus; two daughters, Terry Jordan of Concord, North Carolina and Becky Benker of San Antonio: three sons, Derald, Jerry and Wesley Knigge all of Columbus; ten grandchildren, Seanna Barton, Misty Loughmiller, Glen Knigge, Paul Knigge, Michelle Knigge, Erica Maples, Jarod Benker, Brandi Benker, Howard Jordon and Mandy Jordon.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Columbus Community Hospital.

Colorado County Citizen, April 10, 1986, page 2

Knight, William Henry


William Henry Knight, 73, of Bonus, died Tuesday, May 21, 1996 at Gulf Coast Medical Center Hospital in Wharton.

Born July 3, 1922 in Henderson, he married Irene Wheat in San Diego, Calif., on April 18, 1978. Mr. Knight had been an area resident for many years and was retired from commercial trucking. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army and a member of First Baptist Church of East Bernard.

A memorial service was held May 23 at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Walter Sensat officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Mr. Knight is survived by his wife, of Bonus; sons Michael Renee Bell of Seattle, Wash., Ronald Douglas Bell of San Bernadino, Calif. and Raymond Renee Bell of Spring; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1996, page 16

Knippel, Benjamin F.


Funeral services for Mr. Benjamin F. Knippel, Sr. were held Saturday, June 15, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bob Cordes officiating. He died June 13 at his home.

Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Knippel was born July 7, 1918 in Fayetteville to Benno Knippel and Minnie Untermeyer Knippel. He married Myrtle Steinhauser January 18, 1941, She preceded him in death on August 18, 1977.

Mr. Knippel was a retired carpenter. He was a resident in this area for fifty years Mr. Knippel was affiliated with the American Legion Post No. 383 and served in WW II in the Army.

Survivors include his daughter, Shirley M. Howard of Houston, son, Benjamin F. Knippel Jr. of Spring, and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Blair, Eric Howard, Ervin Knippel, Edwin Steinhauser, Nathan Steinhauser, and Eugene Steinhauser.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 1985

Knippel, Lottie Lee (Becker)

Funeral services for Lottie L. Knippel of Columbus were held Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  Interment was in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

Father Arnold Anders officiated at the services.

Mrs. Knippel, a sales clerk at Winn’s store for the past 14 years, passed away at a Hempstead nursing home Sunday.  She was 68 years of age.

A resident of Columbus for the past 33 years.  Mrs. Knippel was born Nov. 30, 1911 at Ellinger, the daughter of Henry Becker and the former Louise Kurtzman.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence L. (Clarietta) Ripper of Columbus and Mrs. Catherine Kruciak of Lufkin; one son, Erwin Knippel of Columbus; five sisters, Leona Becker Perego of Columbus, Tillie Harbich of Flatonia, Isabel Svrcek of Fayetteville, Amanda Randow of Eagle Lake and Myrtle Strzinek of Sinton; one brother, Henry Becker of Baytown, and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Daniel Becker, James Peters, Joe Ripper, Stuart Hill, Edwin Ripper and Melvin Schmidt.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 22, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Knipscher, John A.

A Sudden Death

Thursday morning about 9:15 o’clock the dead body of Mr. John Knipscher, a well known and respected resident of this city was found lying in the road about one hundred yards above Mr. S. McCormick’s residence in the southwestern portion of the city. His death is presumed, having been caused by heart disease. He was seen a few minutes before leading a young colt in that direction, and shortly afterward the news of his death was brought to this city. Mr. K. was born in Arsye[?], on the river Rhine, Germany, in 1817, being at the time of his death nearly 73 years old. He leaves a wife, two daughters (both married)--Mrs. Lae Roeber of Morgan, Bosque county, and Mrs. Burow of Yorktown, DeWitt county--a step-son, Mr. F. Boettcher of this city, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his sudden death. His remains were laid to rest yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Peace to his ashes.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1890

Weimar Local Matters

Another sad death occurred on the morning of the 28th[sic] of March that has thrown a gloom over this entire communtiy--Mr. John Knipsher[sic], one of our oldest and most respected German citizens. It seems that early on the morning of the 27th, Mr. Knipscher started out to his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Chas. Boettcher, to deliver a pet yearling colt that he had sold, he was afoot leading it. About 8:30 a.m, he stopped at Mr. Witte’s in the edge of town to get a drink of water, had quite a conversation with Mr. Witte, and was appaently in most excellent health and spirits. He then started on his way, and when near Oncken’s tank, about 400 yards south of S. McCormick’s house, in a few minutes afterwards he was found dead. Mr. Chas. Reichadt and his son were the first to discover him, which was just at 9 o’clock, a. m. Mr. Reichardt saw that he was dead. Dr. J. E. Grace happened to be making a professional visit at Mr. McCormick’s and examined the body, and pronounced it appoplexy or heart disease. Death must have been instananeous, as there was no sign of struggling. Mr. Knipsher[sic] was in his 73rd year, has lived in this community for a number years, was an exemplary citizen, and noted for his integrity and honor. He was a step-father of F. Boettcher, one of our leading merchants, and father-in-law of H. W. Oncken, a well-to-do farmer in this community. He has two daughters, one living at Yorktown and one in Moran. He was buried with Masonic honors the 28th, of which fraternity he was a zealous member. The bereaved wife and children have the sympathy of this entire community.

Colorado Citizen, April 3, 1890

Knipscher, Pauline (Stegemann)

Mrs. Leopoldine Knipscher

Mrs. Leopoldine Knipscher died Octoer 14th at San Antonio, Texas, and was buried the following day from No. 8 passenger train in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok officiating. Mrs. Knipscher was a daughter of Mrs. C. Stegemann of this city. She had been ill and bed ridden for the last 24 years, and while she was not so well known here on account of her absence of 24 years, her mother is known to everyone. Mrs. Knipscher was born in Gelsenkirchen, Welphalen, Germany, and died at the age of 55 years, 8 months and 16 days. She is survived by her mother, now in her 88th year, one brother, Gustav Stegemann of Brownsville, Texas, and two step-children, Mrs. B. Burow of Yorktown, Texas, and Mrs. W. Roeber of Morgan, Texas. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the mother in the loss of her daughter.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1915

Knowles, Temperance T.


Eagle Lake, Texas, Dec. 29.--Much mystery seems to surround the death of a woman who died on a Southern Pacific train Sunday morning about 20 miles east of Eagle Lake, and whose body was left here by two men who accompanied her.

The party was said to be en route to California to straighten legal tangles concerning some real estate, the men hastening on, leaving the woman’s body in charge of an undertaker to be prepared for burial.

The name given by one of the men for the woman, who was about 79 years old, is Mrs. Temperance T. Knowles, and they claimed she died of acute gastritis. The woman’s home was given as Boston, Mass. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1927, page 6
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