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Kansteiner, August H.


A. H. Kansteiner, prominent young farmer of the Shaw Bend community died at the family home early Wednesday morning after an illness of only a few hours and was buried Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Brune cemetery.

An effort will be made to secure for publicaion next week a more com-[sic] report of Mr. Kansteiner’s illness and death.

Colorado Citizen, January 27, 1822, page 1
[In the next issue there was only a flowery article with no information about the man. DA]

Kansteiner, Ben G.

Farmer Dies Near Columbus

Columbus, Texas, March 21. Ben Kansteiner, a well-to-do farmer, living a few miles north of town, died Monday morning and was buried Tuesday at the family bury ground [Kansteiner Cemetery]. Rev. Gustav Zillot of Frelsburg, of the Lutheran Church, officiating. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Herman Brune, and two brothers, August and Henry Kansteiner,all of this vicinity.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1917, page 8

Kansteiner, Bennie

Bennie Kansteiner

Bennie Kansteiner, 85, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 19 at his residence.

He was born in Columbus, Feb. 4, 1925 to Albert and Ida (Brast) Kansteiner and married Betty Jean Kansteiner, Aug. 3, 1951. He was a retired carpenter and rancher, served in the U.S. Army and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Waco and Homer Kansteiner; and infant daughters, Pamela Renee, Rhonda Gail and Emily Beth Kansteiner.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Amanda Jo and Jim Allen of Pearland; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy Shane and Virginia Kansteiner of Columbus; brother, L.E. Kansteiner and wife Jean of Columbus; grandchildren, Leon Pustejovsky and wife Wendy, Dena Pustejovsky, Lottie Allen and Meagan Kansteiner; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Austin Pustejovsky.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Curtis Queen, Jimmy Kansteiner, Troy McQueen, Charlie Stewart, Mitchell Robbins and David Venghaus.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 2010

Kansteiner, Edwin “Peanut”


Edwin "Peanut" Kansteiner, 77, of Weimar passed away Oct. 2 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

He was born June 14, 1930 in Columbus to Alvin and Frieda (Fuchs) Kansteiner. He attended Shaws Bend and Wildwood Schools and served in the Texas National Guard for eight years. He lived on the family homestead in the Wildwood area and was employed by Drymalla Construction and A. Grohmann & Son. He was a member of the Weimar Lions Club for many years and enjoyed cooking chili and stew for their annual fundraiser. He also enjoyed barbecuing at deer camp or with the Poor Folks cooking team. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He followed Astros baseball on television or listened to their play-by-play action on the radio. He also made birdhouses, clocks, benches, swings and other woodwork items in his spare time.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Rita "Shorty" Kansteiner and nephew Larry Kansteiner.

He is survived by his brother, Milton "Cotton" Kansteiner of Weimar and nephews Mark Kansteiner and wife Janice, Steven Kansteiner and friend Irene Hermis and Allen Kansteiner; great-nephews and nieces Ashley, Chance, Clay and Karlee Kansteiner, all of Weimar.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Oct. 3 at United Church of Christ in Weimar with Pastor Jerry Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Mark, Steven, Allen and Chance Kansteiner, Clifford Grohmann and Larry Hartensteiner.

Honorary pallbearers were Ashley, Clay and Karlee Kansteiner.

Memorials may be made to the Weimar Lions Club scholarship fund.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Kansteiner, Elise (Hilmer)

Mrs. Kansteiner Laid to Rest Sunday

Services were conducted at Untermeyer Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Sunday for Mrs. Elsie Kansteiner. Rev. G. Wolf officiated and burial was in the Brune Cemetery at Shaws Bend.

Mrs. Kansteiner born at Ellinger Jan 26, 1872, was the daughter of Carl F. Hillmer. She died Sept. 29 at 9:30 p.m. in the Colonial Rest at Schulenburg. She had lived with her only daughter Mrs. Walter Kansteiner of Rt. 1 Columbus. Her husband died in 1922.

Pallbearers were Leon Stolle, Marvin Hillmer, Harry Horndt, Jimmy Toffenberger, Al Gene Chollett, and L. E. Kansteiner.

Colorado County Citizen, October 4, 1956

Kansteiner, Elizabeth (Balzer)

KANSTEINER, Elizabeth Balzer

Elizabeth Balzer Kansteiner, 91, died on Sept. 20 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born Feb. 20, 1898, in Ellinger.

She married Ewald Kansteiner on November 26, 1919. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

Services were held on Friday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. with Henneke Funeral Home in charge. Prayer service held Thursday at 7 p.m.

Burial at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend with Pastor Lee Eschberger officating.

Survivors include daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Alvina) Poenitzsch of Shaws Bend. son, Elwert Kansteiner of Westminster,Colorado; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ewald, 3 sisters,

Freida Balzer, Ida Chollett and Annie Horndt, and 7 brothers, Willie, Fritz, Charles, Rudolph, Herman, Elo, Paul Balzer.

The Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1989
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Kansteiner, Elizabeth (Becker)

The death of Mrs. Louis Kansteiner, 86, occurred at the Columbus Hospital Tuesday morning. Funeral will be held at Bachelor Hill this (Thursday) afternoon at three o’clock, W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Miss Elizabeth Becker was married to Mr. Kansteiner in 1896 at Shaws Bend. She is survived by a brother, George Becker of this city, the husband and six children, Miss Frieda Kansteiner of this city, Alvin of Shaws Bend and Lawrence, Leo, Walter and Herbert of Mentz to all of whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, March 23, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Mrs. Louis Kansteiner, 56 years of age, highly respected lady of the Alleyton section, died in a Columbus hospital Tuesday of last week. She leaves husband, brother and six children. Rev. Flachmeier officiated at the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1933, page 1

Kansteiner, Ewald

Ewald Kansteiner, Retired Farmer, Succumbs at 73

Ellinger--Last rites for Ewald Kansteiner, 73, retired farmer, were held yesterday at 9:30 a.m. in the Jecmenek Funderal home in Ellinger with Rev. A.E. Fathmann officiating.

Mr. Kainsteiner, who was born Nov. 29, 1891, died Monday in Columbus hospital. He had lived in the Ellinger community the past 16 years.

Survivors include his widow, the former Elizabaeth Balzer; a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Poenitzsch of Shaw's Bend; a son, Elwert Kainsteiner of Houston; a sister, Miss Frieda Kansteiner of Columbus; and 4 brothers, Alvin Kansteiner of Weimar, Leo Kansteiner of Eagle Lake, Herbert Kansteiner of Houston, and Walter Kansteiner of Cisco.

Burial was in the Brune cemetery at Shaw's Bend.

Colorado County Citizen, August 5, 1965

Kansteiner, Frieda (Fuchs)

Final Rites For Mrs. Kansteiner Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alvin (Frieda) Kansteiner, 62, were held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 4, at Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Robert Crawford officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Kansteiner died Dec. 2 at Youens Memorial Hospital after an illness of about two months.

Born April 12, 1907, at Shaws Bend, she was a daughter of Fred and Wilhelmina Fuchs.  She was married to Mr. Kansteiner on Nov. 14, 1928, and they settled first at Shaws Bend, moving in 1942 to Wildwood, where they have lived since.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Edwin and Milton, both of Weimar; three grandchildren; two brothers, Willie Fuchs of Weimar and John Fuchs of Ellinger; and two sisters, Mrs. Alvin (Hilda) Horndt and Mrs. Fritz (Mary) Horndt, Columbus.  Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Bill Klare, Bennie Getschmann, Jim Hluchanek, Emil Wienken, Henry Ed Rabel and Alvin Prause.

Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1969, page 8
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Kansteiner, Fritz

The death of Mr. Fritz Kansteiner, 66, occurred at his home in Mentz Sunday evening at 5:30 o’clock. He had been working about the place when his son, Arnold, who was getting the cattle in the pen to milk, heard him fall to the ground. Rushing to his side, Arnold tried to revive him and carried him to the house where he expired in a few minutes from a heart stroke.

Funeral was held at the residence yesterday at 2:00 o’clock and services were held in the Bachelor Hill Lutheran church, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of this city officiating and Untermeyer Bros. directing the funeral. [Interment in Zoar Cemetery]

Mr. Kansteiner was born near Mentz on Feb. 1l7, 1871. He married Miss Anna Grabow in 1895 and they lived on the same farm in the Mentz section since 1904 when they bought it and moved there. Mr. Kansteiner was a prominent and substantial farmer of the county and held in highest respect by all who knew him.

Survivors are the widow, one son, Arnold, three brothers, Ed of Columbus, Phillip of Cat Spring, and Adolph of Mentz and two sisters, Mrs. Louis Grabow and Mrs. Louis Iselt both of Columbus.

The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, November 11, 1937
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kansteiner, Henry

Mr. Henry Kansteiner

Henry Kansteiner died at his home near Mentz Sunday evening. He had been ill for several months and was confined to his bed since the middle of November.

Mr. Kansteiner was born January 14, 1868 near Frelsburg as the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Kansteiner. He was baptized in the Frelsburg Lutheran Church by the old pastor Roehm. On August 6th, 1895, he married Miss Ida Grabow. The young couple lived on various farms, finally settling on their own place. Since no children were born to their union, they raised an orphan boy, Willie Williams. Industry and honesty were their outstanding qualities.

The deceased is survived by his widow and by one sister, Mrs. Ernestine Brune of Columbus. He further leaves five nephews and two nieces. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery of Zoar Lutheran Church of Bachelor Hill. The following served as pallbearers: Erwin Grabow, Hugo Grabow, Henry Lee Grabow, Arnold Kansteiner, Walter Kansteiner and Willie Williams. Herman Meyer, Wm. Fraizour, Edwin Berger, Henry Barten, Henry Meyer and Fritz Kansteiner were named honorary pallbearers.

The community mourns the passing of one of its substantial citizens.

Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Kansteiner, Herbert Rudolph

H. R. Kansteiner of Houston Buried in Mentz

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer's Funeral home Tuesday for Herbert Rudolph Kansteiner, 46, who died suddenly Saturday morning in Rockdale while and his family were visiting his wife's family. The Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Austin officiated and burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Mentz

Mr. Kansteiner and his family lived in Houston and he had been a city bus driver there for 16 years. Born in Mentz Oct. 18, 1920, he was son of the late Louis and Elizabeth Becker Kansteiner. He was a World War II veteran and served overseas.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Helen; a sister, Miss Frieda Kansteiner of Columbus and 3 brothers, Walter of Cisco, Leo of Eagle Lake and Alvin of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Harry Horndt, Edgar Horndt, Milton Kansteiner, Robert Little, Ray Braden and a friend who was also a Houston bus driver, Tom Atkins. Sidney Frey was honorary pallbearer.

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

Kansteiner, Johann Heinrich


There is at the present time a considerable amount of sickness in our community, but very little fatality. We understand that Mr. Kansteiner, who resided up the valley a few miles, died last week, which is the only case that has proved fatal of which we have heard. [Interment in Kansteiner Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, April 1, 1886

Kansteiner, Larry Milton

Kansteiner Infant Dies, 4 Days Old

Larry Milton Kansteiner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. (Cotton) Kansteiner of Weimar died Thursday Aug. 14 in Crews Hospital in Gonzales after living only 4 days and 9 hours.

He was buried the following day after services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church with Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiating. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Larry was born at the Gonzales hospital Sunday Aug. 10. Death was due to a congenital defect for which treatment was unsuccessful.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kansteiner, Lawrence H.

L. H. Kansteiner Services Held Here; Burial at Eagle Lake

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Untermeyer Funeral home for a native of Mentz, Lawrence H. Kansteiner, and burial was in Lakeside cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Death came to Mr. Kansteiner about noon Sunday in Columbus hospital after he had suffered a heart attack about 2 weeks before.

Son of Louis Kansteiner, he was born August 11, 1901, and lived a Mentz his entire life as a farmer. He had worked at the L. A. Voskamp Meat Market for several years.

He was married in the 1930’s to Margaret Glenn of Eagle Lake.

Survivors are his widow of Mentz; a step-daughter, Mrs. Edith Beckman of Cameron; 4 brothers, Alvin of Weimar, Leo of Eagle Lake, Walter of Cisco and Herbert of Houston; a half-brother, Ewald Kansteiner of Ellinger; a sister, Miss Frieda Kansteiner of Columbus, and 4 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Oscar Class, Sidney Frey, Herbert Braden and Eugene Drescher of the Mentz-Bernardo area, and Hugo Grabow and L. A. Voskamp of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, April 17, 1958, page 6

Kansteiner, Leo George

Leo Kansteiner

Funeral services for Leo O. Kansteiner was held Wednesday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Hubbard Funeral Home Chapel in Weimar with Pastor Robert Cordes officiating. Burial was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Leo O. Kansteiner was born November 9, 1906 in Mentz, Texas to Louis and Elizabeth Becker Kansteiner. He lived in Eagle Lake until he moved to Weimar 6 years ago. He was a retired Section Forman with the Railroad. He was also a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Weimar.

Survivors include 2 nephews: Milton and Edwin Kansteiner both of Weimar. He is preceeded[sic] in death by his wife, Ethel in 1971, also his parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1984, page 2

Kansteiner, Louis

Only three weeks after the death of his wife, Louis Kansteiner, 70, died of a heart attack at his home near Mentz on Monday, April 10th, and was buried in the cemetery of the Lutheran Church near Bachelor Hill Wednesday, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Mr. Kansteiner was born on his father’s farm in the Kesler Lake region, February 9, 1862, and had lived in Colorado County all of his life. On November 28, 1890, he was married to Miss Emma Hilmer of Shaw’s Bend, to which union two children were born, Mrs. Chas Horndt of Columbus and Ewald of Shaw’s Bend. Mrs. Kansteiner was then called away, and three years later the widower married Miss Elizabeth Becker, who bore him eight children, two of whom died several years ago. It was on March 21st, last, that Mr. Kansteiner lost his second wife.

His departure is mourned by the children, Ewald and Elvin of Shaw’s Bend, Mrs. Clara Horndt and Miss Frieda Kansteiner of Columbus, Lawrence, Leo, Walter and Herbert of Mentz, two sisters, Mrs. Louis Kansteiner and Mrs. Louis Iselt of Columbus; four brothers, Ed of Columbus, Fred, Philip and Adolph of Mentz; and seven grandchildren as well as a host of friends of the deceased and his family.

Colorado County Citizen, April 13, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kansteiner, Mary H. (Eickelberg)

Mrs. Kansteiner’s Services Held Here Tuesday

Last rites for Mrs. Mary Kansteiner were held in St. Paul’s Lutheran church Tueday morning, with Rev. G. Wolf officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest. The body lay in state at Columbus Funeral Home until time of the services.

Mrs. Kansteiner, who was 87, was born Jan. 16, 1869 at Mentz, a daughter of Henry and Henrietta Koenig Eickelberg, who came to this country from Germany. Her husband, Ben Kansteiner, has been dead for many years.

Death came to Mrs. Kansteiner in Youens hospital at Weimar Sunday. She had been in frail health for some time.

Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Henry Boehme and 3 sons, Lester, Walter and Weldon Kansteiner, all of Columbus, and a half-sister, Mrs. Natalie Thumann of Bellville.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Colorado County Citizen, March 15, 1956 page 7

Kansteiner, Rita Marie (Wulf)


Rita Marie Kansteiner, 68, of Weimar, passed away Dec. 25, 2003 at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

She was born on July 4, 1935 in Hallettsville to William and Lillie Wulf. She married Milton Kansteiner on May 6, 1957.

She was a member of the St. Anne's Organization of Weimar and enjoyed watching her grandchildren play baseball, taking Sunday drives, fishing and taking pictures.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry; sister, Georgia McElroy; nephew, Delbert Otto; and great niece Callie Rehak.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Mark of Weimar, Steven of Schulenburg and Allen of Weimar; grandchildren, Ashley, Chance, Clay and Karlee of Weimar; sisters, Lovina Otto and Barbara Janak of Weimar, Natalie Pitre of Louisiana; brothers, Roger Wulf of Berclair and Paul Wulf of Brazoria; and brother-in-law, Edwin Kansteiner of Weimar.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar at 2 p.m. with Father John Bily officiating. Intermet followed at the St. Michael Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darryl Guentert, Bryan Janak, Bruce McElroy, Douglas Otto, Darrell Otto and Paul Wulf Jr.

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

Kansteiner, Weldon H.

Kansteiner Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Weldon H. Kansteiner of Columbus were held Wednesday, May 5, 1993. at 3 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Sharon Burns officiating.

Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Kansteiner passed away May 3 at his residence. He was 82 years of age.

Born January 20, 1911 in Columbus, he was the son of Bernard and Mary (Eckleburt) Kansteiner. He married Irma Vogelsang on June 21, 1938 and was a cabinet builder by occupation. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Kansteiner of Columbus; brother, Walter Kansteiner of Columbus; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert, Hillie and Lester Kansteiner; and sister, Lula Boehme
Pallbearers were L. E. Kansteiner, Joe Trojan Jr., Brad Chase, Jimmie Kansteiner, Darrell Kansteiner and Richard Fredrick.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, May 13, 1993, page 3
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