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Kobersky, Anton

Death of Mr. Anton Kobersky

Alter a lingering illness Mr. Anton Kobersky was called by Death on Wednesday night at 6:30. The funeral took place on Friday at St. Michael’s Cemetery at Weimar, Rev. Jos. Szymanski conducting the services. Due to bad roads there were lots of relatives and friends that could not be present to witness his funeral, but all who possibly could do so were present to pay their respects to the departed one bringing many floral offerings and leaving the grave a huge mound of flowers, while many of offerings of a similar nature came by mail from relatives unable to be present at the funeral.

Deceased was born in Slezko Feb. 17, 1879. At the time of his death he was 49 years, 10 months and 2 days old. He came to this country as a little boy, with his parents. His father preceded him in death about eight years ago, his mother ten years ago, and his sister, Mrs. Steve Cernoch of Holman some six years ago. He is survived by his three brothers, John and Ed Kobersky of Holman and Theophil of Weimar, and three sisters. Mrs. Aloise Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Filomena Cernoch of Dubina and Mrs. Elizabeth Koenig of Weimar.

Deceased remained single all of his life. He lived at Pflugerville the past few years, and was engaged in blacksmithing almost all of his life. He suffered with kidney trouble and heart failure. About a month ago he came to his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Koenig of Weimar, being ill at the time, and remained in their home a very sick man up to the time of his death.

His death is deeply and sincerely deplored by alL R.

Weimar Mercury, December 28, 1928, page 1 

Kobersky, Bessie (Slovacek)

Bessie Kobersky Funeral Services : Held Nov. 16

Bessie Slovacek Kobersky, 84 died Nov. 12 in Pasadena of congestive heart failure.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 16 at St. Michael Church in Weimar with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at the St. Michael Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Kobersky was born Nov. 30, 1919 in Nada to John and Marie Brebela Slovacek.

She attended Gay Hill School, near Ellinger.

She married Emil Kobersky on Nov. 3, 1945 in San Antonio.

She worked as a retail clerk for Gindler's Department Store for 38 years.

She was a member of V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and held several offices including president; Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, KJT and KJZT.
She was a great homemaker, seamstress and cook. She made homemade bread and kolaches from scratch. She also canned the best sweet-sour pickles.

She had a great smile and made everyone feel great about themselves. She loved bingo and going to Las Vegas to play the slots. All through her illness she always smiled until the very end.

She will be missed by all.

Besides living in Weimar, she also lived in Ellinger, Columbus and San Diego, Calif.

She is survived by one son, John Kobersky; one daughter, Ann Kobersky, both of Weimar; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie Slovacek; her husband, Emil Kobersky; one sister, Vlasta Findeisen; and two brothers, Albert and Bill Slovacek.

Pallbearers were James Kobersky, Billy Schramm, Allen Ray Schramm, Freddy Borreggo, David Dittrich and Reggie Brisco.

Weimar Mercury, Nov 25, 2004

Kobersky, Emil E.

City Worker Emil Kobersky Heart Victim

Emil E. Kobersky, 62, a City of Weimar worker for 24 years, died at 5:20 p.m. Friday, May 14, in Youens Memorial Hospital, 19 hours after suffering a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Gerald Hubertus officiated.

Mr. Kobersky was born Oct. 30, 1908, at Dubina, a son of John and Marie Holub Kobersky. He attended Sedan and Dubina schools. He served in the Army four years during World War II, three years in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, reaching T-5 rating. He was awarded the Philippine Islands Liberation Ribbon, among others.

After the war, he attended Blinn College, receiving a BA degree. He married Miss Bessie Slovacek at San Antonio on Nov. 3, 1945, and they settled shortly afterward at Weimar.

Mr. Kobersky was commander of Weimar Post 5875, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion, and honorary member of the Weimar Fire Department in which he was an active member more than 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bessie Kobesky of Weimar; a daughter, Miss Ana Kobersky of Houston; a son, John, at home; three brothers, Willie and Albert of Weimar and Victor of Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. Ed (Lillie) Janecka of Orchard and Mrs. Henry (Martha) Adamcik of Weimar. A sister, Mrs. Annie Cernoch of Ganado, died last August.

Pallbearers were F. F. Brasher, Bob Lange, Frankie Vana, John Sassin, Frank Tanecka and Jonnie Kuchar.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 20, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kobersky, Theofil

Final Rites for Theo. Kobersky, 74, Wednesday

Funeral services for Theofil Kobersky, 74, were held Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing with Requiem High Mass in St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rev. Emil Vinklarek officiated in the mass and Rev. Albert Hubertus delivered the sermon.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, with a military tribute from fellow VFW members.

Mr. Kobersky died Monday evening, Sept. 9, in Youens MemoriaI Hospital, two days before his 75th birthday anniversary. He had been ill for several years but had been in the hospital only four days

Born Sept. 12, 1893, at Ammannsville, he was the son of Anton and Marie Vasicek Kobersky. He served in the Army in World War I. After his marriage to Miss Mary Mezik on Feb. 20, 1920, he was employed for two years in the Frank J. Koenig Meat Market in Weimar. After that he farmed in Fayette County for ten years before he and his wife moved to their present farm just north of Weimar. They have continued living there since his retirement several years ago.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Weimar Memorial Post 5875.

His wife survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Charlie (Frances) Wanjura and Mrs. Rudolf (Georgia) Wanjura; three granddaughters, Misses Charlene Frances, Emilia Marie and Georgia Marie Wanjura, all of Weimar; and one sister, Mrs. Frank J. Koenig.

Preceding hmi[sic] in death were three sisters, Mrs. Anton F. Cernosek, Mrs. Anton Cernoch, and Mrs. Steve Cernoch; and three brothers, John, Anton and Edward Kobersky.

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1968, page 4

Kobersky, Willie G

Funeral for W. Kobersky Held May 5

Funeral services for Willie G. Kobersky, 79, were held Saturday, May 5, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with entombment in St. Michael's Mausoleum.

Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Mr. Kobersky died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday evening May 2.

A retired City of Weimar employee, he was a lifelong resident of this area. He was born July 23, 1899, at Dubina, a son of John and Marie (Holub) Kobersky, and on November 4, 1924, married Martha F. Janda at Hostyn. His wife preceded him in death.

He is survived by a son, Wilbert J. Kobersky of San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Bernice M. Schramm of Houston; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Victor Kobersky of Houston and Albert Kobersky of Weimar; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Janecka of Orchard and Mrs. Martha Adamcik of Weimar.

A brother and a sister, Emil Kobersky and Mrs. Annie Cernoch and a great-grandson, Aaron Schramm, preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Koch, Fritz

Fritz Koch Dies In Rock Island; German Native
By Mrs. G. C. Edds<

Columbus Funeral home was in charge of services Saturday at 3 p.m. for Fritz Koch, 88, of Rock Island. Rev. G. Wolf officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Koch died last Thursday at the residence of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Henry at Rock Island. The son of Fritz and Mary Blausse Koch he was born Sept. 12, 1870 in Germany. He lived at Rock Island for 5 years. Before that he had farmed in the Weimar-Borden area.

Survivors include his widow; 7 daughters, Mrs. Ella Berger of Giddings, Mrs. Ida Erdmann, Mrs. Till Brunkenhoffer and Mrs. Mary Glass of Houston, Mrs. Dorothy Henry, Mrs. Bernice Henry and Miss Frances Louise Koch of Rock Island; a sister, Mrs. Willie Chollett o Ellinger, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Max Girndt, Clarence Georg, Ed Klimple, Chrismon Lawyer.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1958, page 6B

Koch, Louise

Mrs. Louise Koch, 49 years old, died at her residence west of Columbus Sunday, and was buried at Blaske [Riesing] graveyard Monday. She is survived by her husband and two daughters.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 5, 1919, page 10


We are sorry to report that Mrs. Fritz Koch died Sunday, August 31. She was only 49 years of age. We were sorry to see her leave us.

Colorado Citizen, Sepember 5, 1919, page 7


Mrs. F. Koch died at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at her home about five miles south east of here, after an illness of about four days. She was laid to rest at Rockey cemetery Monday evening. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, two daughters and many other relatives, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, Sepember 5, 1919, page 7


A heavy pall of gloom was cast over our little village Aug. 31, 1919, and the people of our community were saddened when the news spread that Mrs. Fritz Koch was dead. Her death was so sudden, so unexpected, as she was sick only three days. Half an hour before her death she walked from one room to another and then the death angel remorselessly folder her shroud around her and her journey was ended. We can but pause with astonishment when we realize the ways of the divine providence. “He creates the beautiful flowers with the exquisite colors blended in divine harmony and yet He decrees that thy[sic] soon pass away.”

Mrs. Koch was born near Ellinger, Texas, in 1871 and has spent all her life in Colorado County. She united with the Catholic church at the age of 15 years and at the age of 23 she was married to Mr. Fritz Koch on November 13, 1869[sic]. To this union six children were born, three boys and three girls. Four are dead and two are living: Misses Ella and Ida Koch. Willie, Herman, Leo and Frida are the dead children.

Mrs. Koch was a woman who was everybody’s friend, a woman who was always ready and willing to help those in need. She has many friends who hated to see her leave this life.

She leaves her heart broken husband, Mr. Fritz Koch, and two daughters, Misses Ella and Ida; two brothers, Messrs. Henry and Albert Reising, one sister, Mrs. Herman Spindler, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death.

Colorado Citizen, September 26, 1919, page 5

Koch, Mary


Columbus, Tex., April 21--Mrs. Mary Koch died Saturday at the residence of her son Fritz Koch. She was nearly 90 years old, born in Blase, Wesphalia, Germany, June 25, 1825. The burial took place in Shaw’s Bend Cemetery, Rev. D. E., Carr of the Methodist Church performing the funeral services. She is survived by three children, Fritz Koch of Columbus and Mrs. Louise Karstedt and Mrs. Anna Schellett [Chollett] of this vicinity, and 28 grandchildren. [Interment in Riesing Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 24, 1915

Koch, William

Died , at his residence in this city, at 9 o'clock last Friday night 15th instant, Mr. Wm. Koch, aged about forty years. The deceased has been in bad health for more than a year, and confined to his bed for several weeks. The best medical skill was without avail, and he passed peacefully to the dim land of shadows "like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams." He was an old resident of Columbus, and a man of strict business integrity, generally esteemed best by those who knew him best. Besides a loving wife and adopted daughter, with hearts surcharged with grief, he leaves many relatives and friends to mourn his demise. After the reading of a touching poem, by request, at the residence, by Mr. John Zweigel, the two Lodges of Odd Fellows in this city last Sunday morning at 10 o'clock committed his remains to the dust, in Odd Fellows' Rest, there to await the resurrection morn.

Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1884

Kochwelp, Otto H.


Otto H. Kochwelp, 98, of Lissie died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1995 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Born Oct. 21, 1896 in Long Point, Texas near Brenham, he was the son of Ernst and Louise (Reddehase) Kochwelp. On March 15, 1923, he married Emma Helen, the daughter of Carl and Augusta (Discher) Helm in Zionsville, Texas. His family emigrated from Europe and settled briefly in St. Louis, Mo. before moving to Long Point where he was born. He nd his wife moved to Lissie in 1962. Mr. Kochwelp, who engaged in a lifetime career in agriculture and carpentry, was a member of the Zionsville Lutheran Church of Zionsville and Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake. He served in World War I as a private in the 46th Company, 12 Battalion, 165th Depot Brigade and was one of the last surviving veterans of World War I in the area.

Funeral services were held Sept. 22 from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Rev. Robert Schlortt officiated. Graveside services and interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers were Tommy Guthman, David Guthman, Johnny Prazak, Darrell Gertson, Mike Gertson and Bill Appelt.

Mr. Kochwelp is survived by a son, E. F. “Mickey” Kochwelp of Eagle Lake, a sister, Louise Loesch and husband John of Brenham; a granddaughter, Rhonda Rosanky and husband John of Salado; a great-granddaughter, Micki Lee Rosanky of Salado; a sister-in-law, Benita Kellogg and husband Bill of Burton; a brother-in-law Charlie Helm and wife Mildred of Zionsville; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years; his parents; nine brothers and sisters; a granddaughter, Reba Kochwelp; and a daughter-in-law, Bernice Gertson Kochwelp.

In lieu of usual rememberances, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake or the charity of the donors choice.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1995, page 16

Koci, Felix

Old Time Citizen Passes Away Tuesday

Mr. Felix Koci, a citizen of this place for the past thirty years or longer, passed away some time Tuesday night, after a long illness. The remains were laid to rest by the side of his wife in St. Michael's Cemetery today (Thursdays), alter appropriate services at St. Michael's Church, with Very Rev. Jos. Szymanski conducting.

Mr. Koci was a cabinet maker by profession. He learned the trade in the old country and was regarded as one of the most expert workmen in that line to be found anywhere in this section. He was born in Moravia, and was nearly 74 years of age at time of death. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago. He had lived in the United States for the past fifty-six years, about thirty years of which were spent in Weimar. A son, Joe. died several years ago. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Jake Blanchard of Mentz, Mrs. J. A. Machala and Miss Louise Koci, and a daughter-In-law, Mrs. Victoria Koci, of Houston.

Mr. Koci was an honest, law-abiding. good citizen, a man who stood high in the estimation of his fellowman, an expert workman in his line, and his death is sincerely deplored.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1935, page 1

Koci, Rosalia

Aged Weimar Lady Claimed by Death

Mrs. Rosalia Koci, beloved wife of Mr. Felix Koci, cabinet maker and citizen of our town, died at the family home here last Thursday, aged about 69 years. The funeral took place at St.Michael’s Cemetery Friday afternoon, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Koci was born June 15, 1861, at Olbrechticky, Moravia. She died Jan 9, 1930, at her home in Weimar. She emigrated to this country in 1882. She was married to Mr. Felix Koci in 1886. Surviving this union are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Blanchard of near Alleyton, Mrs. Annie Machala and Miss Louisa Koci of Houston, four grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Victoria Koci of Houston. A son, Joseph Koci died in Houston about two years ago. The aged husband, Mr. Felix Koci, also survives.

Mrs. Koci was highly regarded by friends and neighbors. She was generous, kindhearted, a devoted wife and mother, ever ready to help neighbor or friend in any way she could and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all who knew her. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kocich, Anna Mary

Rites Held Sat. For Anna Kocich

Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 11th, 1967, for Miss Annie Mary Kocich, who died in Laughlin Hospial last Thursday after an illness of only three days. She was well known in the community having served as a checking clerk in numerous grocery stores in the city during the past ten years.

The Rev. Father Edward Geiser, pastor, officated at the Requiem Mass Saturday morning. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Miss Kocich was born April 10th, 1934, in the Taiton community, the daughter of Robert and Frances Matura Kocich.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Frances Birdwell of this city; two brothers, Ernest of Eagle Lake and Robert of Rosenberg; and one sister, Mrs. Toriblo Barela of Rosenbrg[sic]; and other relatives and friends.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 16, 1967

Kocich, Ernest John

Final Rites Held For Ernest Kocich, 44

Relatives and friends gathered at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 2nd to pay final respects to Ernest John Kocich who was found dead at his home in Eagle Lake on Tues., Nov. 30th.

The Rev. Edward E. Geiser, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, officiated at the services. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Orville, Dan, Alfred, and Daniel Matura, and L. W. Stiles, Jr.

He was born July 2, 1927 in East Bernard the son of Robert and Frances Kocich. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Frances Kocich of this city; one sister, Mrs. Bernice Barela of Rosenberg; one brother, Robert Kocich of Rosenberg; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Annie Kocich.

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved [end of paragraph]

Eagle Lake Headlight Dec. 9, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kocich, Frances Annie (Matura)


Mrs. Frances Annie Kocich, age 82, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, October 19 at the Poly Ryan Hospital in Richmond following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services and arrangements were held from the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, Wednesday, October 21, with Fr. Jesse Euresti of Eagle Lake officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Kocich was born October 5, 1905 in El Campo to Frank Matura and Eva Petru Matura. She was baptized at St. Phillips Catholic Church of El Campo on January 28, l906 and had been a resident of Eagle Lake for over 40 years

She had been employed for many years with the Scott's Snack Shack and the Snack Center until retirement two years ago.

Mrs. Kocich was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; arid two children, Ernest and Annie Kocich.

Survivors include daughter, Mrs. Bernice Barela of Rosenberg; son, Robert Kocich of Rosenberg; sister, Mrs. Cecelia Venghaus of Rock Island; brother, Ed Matura of El Campo; seven grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ralph and Larry Kocich, Michael Barela; Alfred, Alton and Daniel Matura.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 1987

Kocurek, Annie (Pokluda)


Annie Pokluda Kocurek, 80, of Garwood, died Monday, May 20, 1996 at Memorial Hospital Southwest in Houston.

Born Feb 17, 1916 in Weimar, she was the daughter of August and Louise (Fojtik) Pokluda. On Feb. 26, 1951, she married Anton Kocurek. Mrs. Kocurek had lived in Garwood since 1968, and was a Roman Catholic.

Funeral services were held May 23 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Mike Kocurek, David Lyssy, Larry Otradovsky, Louis Kocurek, William Jurasek and Herman Laidolf.

Mrs. Kocurek is survived by her step-daughter, Elsie Rose Nolan of Dollar Bay, Mich; step-sons Leroy F. Kocurek, Leon J. Kocurek, Milton A. Kocurek and Lester Kocurek, all of Garwood; sister Andela Janus of Wharton; six step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 20, 1983.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1996, page 16

Kocurek, Anton J.

A. Kocurek Buried Here February 7

Funeral services for Anton J. Kocurek, 72 of Rt. 3, La Grange, husband of the former Grace Matthews of Weimar, were held Saturday, Feb 7, from the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery here.

Rev. Clarence Oesreich officiated.

Mr. Kocurek, a milk hauler and farmer, died at his home Thursday, Feb. 5.

Born June 6, 1906, in Lavaca County, he was a son of Frank and Sophie (Vavrusa) Kocurek. He married Grace Matthews on June 6, 1935. They have lived in La Grange since 1944.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kocurek is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Seay of Littleton, Colo., Mrs. Margaret Gro[h]man of League City, and Mrs. Patsy Starling of Anchorage, Alaska; five sons, Franklin Kocurek of La Grange, Roy and John Kocurek of Houston, Robert Kocurek of Kerrville and Don Kocurek of Richmond; 13 grandchildren ; one sister, Mrs. Christine Koubek of Skidmore; and one brother, Adolph Kocurek of Dallas.

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1981
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johonson. Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews

Kocurek, Anton Joseph Jr.

Little Baby Son Dies

The darling 2 1/2-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kocurek of thie Sublime section died after a brief illness and was buried in the Odd Fellows' [Masonic] Cemetery west of town Satruday afternoon. Rev. W. L. Hightower officiating. The funeral took place from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Matthews. Mrs. Kocurek is the former Miss Grace Matthews of this community.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in the loss of their beloved little darling. May God be merciful to them

Weimar Mercury, October 8, 1937
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Kocurek, Betty Jean

Infant Daughter of Weimar Area Couple Expires

Funeral services for Betty Jean Kocurek, aged 7 months and 26 days, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kocurek of Weimar area, whose death occurred Saturday in a Hallettsville hospital, were held here Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. J. H. Thompson, Methodist pastor, conducting the sad, last rites at Odd Fellows [Masonic] Cemetery.

In addition to the parents, survivors are a brother and a sister.

In the loss of a second child, Mr. and Mrs. Kocurek have the sincere sympathy of this entire section, who share their bereavement Mrs. Kocurek is the former Miss Grace Matthews, well known throughout this area.

Interment was in the Weimar Od Fellow [Masonic] Cemetery, and funeral arrangements were under direction of the Hubbard Funeral Home.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1941

Kocurek, Charles John

Final Rites for Chas. Kocurek, 42, Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Charles John Kocurek, 42, who died early Tuesday morning at Youens Hospital here, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Howard W. Parshall officiated. Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Kocurek had been ill for about five months.

A native of Lavaca County, he moved from this area when he was about 18 years old. He lived for awhile in Temple, for eight years in Newton, Kansas, and for the past eight years at McAllen, Texas, where he was employed as a restaurant cook. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kocurek, formerly of here.

Surviving in addition to his parents are three brothers, Anton of La Grange, Adolph of Dallas and Klim of here; and one sister, Mrs. Joe Koubek of Corpus.

Pallbearers were Jack Matthews, “Rod” Matthews, Emil Christ, Lester Johnson, Arthur Koehn and Oscar Koehn.

Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1954, page 1

Kocurek, Frank

Last Rites for Frank Kocurek, 74, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Frank Kocurek, 74, of Houston, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Tuesday, with Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Born at sea Dec. 10, 1882, while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kocurek, were on their way to this country, he married Miss Sophie Vavrusa in Lavaca County in 1905. She died in October of last year. Mr. Kocurek was a farmer and iron worker until his retirement a number of years ago.

Survivors are three sons, Anton Kocurek of Hostyn, Klim Kocurek of Weimar and Adolph Kocurek of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Koubek of Corpus Christi; and 14 grandchildren. Two daughters and a son preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1957,page 1

Kocurek, Infant Son

Infant Buried

Graveside services for the stillborn infant of Mr. and Mrs. Klim Kocurek of Weimar were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. H. E. Baumann of Zion Lutheran Church, Schulenburg, officiated. In addition to its parents, the baby is survived by three brothers, a sister, and its maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Zoch of Winchester.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1963, page 2

Kocurek, Josef

Weimar Local Matters

A Bohemian by the name of Josef Kocurek, who lived near here, in what is called the Moravia neighborhood, was killed last Saturday evening by a negro fellow who claims his name is Ed Dunerson. He says his home is on Rabb’s Prairie, Fayette county. The facts as developed at the inquest held over the body of Mr. Kocurek, by W. H. Perry, Esp., are as follows: Some time since the father-in-law of Mr. Kocurek lost a horse supposed to have been stolen. About ten days ago the horse returned., Saturday Mr. Kocurek was at the village of Ammannsville, this negro rode up making inquiry of a horse of the discription[sic] of the one above mentioned. Mr. Kocurek told the negro that a horse of that character was in his neighborhood; and the negro bargained with Mr. Kocurek to give him $2.50 to deliver the horse. Mr. Kocurek then to make sure of the negro’s capture, got a friend, and both armed with Winchester rifles, went to the pasture where the horse was and took him out. The negro claimed the horse, paid Mr. Kocurek the reward, and started off leading the animal. He was ordered to halt as the horse was claimed by other parties. This frightened the negro who began to run, Mr. Kocurek pursued him on horseback, and in trying to shoot to scare him a cartridge hung in the gun in such a manner that it could not be discharged He then ran up beside the negro and pulled him off his horse. Both parties came to the ground together, and in the scuffle the gun was dropped. The negro picked it up and before Mr. Kocurek could gain his feet the negro clubbed him to death with it, mashed his head to a jelly. The murderer was then captured by Will Ratliff with others, who happened to see the difficulty. The officers were immediately notified and arrived as soon as horse flesh could take them to the scene of the murder, by which time crowds of the murdered man’s neighbors began to gather, and it was with considerable bluff and persuasion that the officers could prevent the murderer from being mobbed. Mr. Kocurek was respected in the neighborhood, was a man of considerable means, about 35 years old. The negro was a young fellow, about 23 or 24 years old. He is now safe in the La Grange jail, and in due time will have justice meted out to him. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 18. 1883

Kocurek, Joyce Ann (Melton)

Kocurek, Joyce Ann Melton

Joyce Ann Melton Kocurek of Columbus, 73, passed away March 9 at Bay Villa Health Care Center in Bay City.

She was born in New Taiton on March 12, 1935 to Charles Louis Melton and Laura Mae Ammann.

She married Charles John Kocurek on June 9, 1956.

She worked for Foley’s Department in Houston until she moved to Houston. She lived in Bay City for six years.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus and enjoyed softball and bowling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Aleta Cook.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ann Sedlacek and husband, John of Columbus; sisters, Shirley Smith of Bay City, Evelyn Wied of Van Vleck, Charlene Becak of San Antonio and LaVerl Ruzicka of Cooper; brother, Wayne Melton of Bay City; and two, grandchildren, Amanda Tomlinson and Tyler Sedlacek.

Funeral services will be at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus Thursday, March 12 under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers are Charles Ruzicka, Kenny Ruzicka, Monty Wied, Randy Wied, Zack Cassle and Frankie Becak.

Honorary Pallbearers were Tyler Sedlack, Jim Smith and James Wied.

Colorado County Citizen, March 12, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Kocurek, Lillian (Zoch)

Lillian Kocurek Services Held December 15

Lillian Kocurek, 84, passed away on Decmeber 13, in Schulenburg.

Lillian was born December 12, 1928, in Winchester to Emil and Lydia (Kasper) Zoch.
She was married on January 23, 1949, to Kliment Kocurek.

Lillian was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.
She was also a housewife and lived in the Schulenburg area for 63 years.
Lillian enjoyed being a homemaker, working side by side with her husband on their farm.
She was known for her pickles and jellies and gardening.
She enjoyed having cattle, especially watching the calves play.

She is survived by sons, Lloyd Kocurek of Weimar; Kenneth Kocurek and wife Belinda of Schulenburg; Dean Kocurek of Weimar; daughter, Karen Brown of Columbus; brother, Herbert Zoch and wife Loraine of Houston; sister, Mildred Kilian of La Grange and sister-in-law Edith Zoch of Houston.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lillian is preceded in death by her husband, parents, infant son, daughter-in-law, one sister and four brothers, seven brothers-in-law and eight sisters-in-law.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Kevin Brown, Chad Bubela and Shawn Hajek; nephews, Daniel Kilian, Alan Kilian and John Kocurek.
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Brandon Kocurek and Travis Kocurek.

Funeral services were held on December 15 at the Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Al Gallmeier officiating.
Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 27, 2012, Page 2
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Kocurek, Louis W.


Funeral services were held for Louis W. Kocurek Thursday, December 11 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Kocurek was born March 17, 1908 in Colorado County to John Kocurek and Annie Urban Kocurek. He married Emma L. Marten Kocurek.

He was a retired construction worker-gravel trucker. He was Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma L. Marten Kocurek July 5, 1982.

Survivors include one nephew, Rudy Morgan of Albuquerque, NM., one sister, Frances Bartek of Garwood; and one brother, Willie Kocurek of Denver, Colorado.

Pallbearers were Norbert' Tasler, Buddy Prause, Lester Schneider, George Stafford, Frank Chovanec and Robert H. Henneke.

Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 1986

Kocurek, Peter Paul

Pete Kocurek

Pete P. Kocurek of Garwood died in Columbus Community Hospital, Saturday at the age of 82.

Born in Fayette County July 26, 1893, he was a son of John and Annie Urban Kocurek. He was a retired laborer and was a veteran of World War I. He had resided in Garwood 30 years.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, with the Rev. Henry Rolf Officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Lydia Shimek of La Salle, Texas; son, Charles (C. J.) Kocurek of Houston; 2 sisters, Frances Bartek of Garwood and Annie Morgan of Houston; 4 brothers, Louie Kocurek of Columbus, Emil Kocurek and Bill Kocurek of Sealy and Anton Kocurek of Garwood, and 9 grandchildren. His wife died in 1969.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, Columbus, Texas, April 8, 1976
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kocurek, Roy William


Funeral services for Roy W. Kocurek, 54, of Houston will be held at the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Kocurek died Saturday, Nov. 18 at his residence.

He was born in Hallettsville Oct. 18, 1941, the son of Anton and Grace (Matthews) Kocurek.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia of Houston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joan and Roy Landrum of Mississippi; Katharine and Frank Watson and Ginger Kocurek of Houston; and one grandchild, Roy Nathaniel Llandrum of Mississippi; his mother, Grace Matthews Kocurek of La Grange; four brothers, Franklin of La Grange, John of Houston, Donald of Richmond and Robert of Kerrville; two sisters, Margaret Grohman of League City and Patsy Starling of Alaska.

He was preceded in death by is father, Anton Kocurek; two sisters, Virginia Seay and Betty Jean Kocurek, and one brother, Anton Kocurek Jr.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar.

Fayette County Record, November 21, 1995, page 14

[Additional information from the Weimar Mercury]

Funeral services were held Monday, November 20, at Christ United Methodist Church, in Houston, with Rev. Paul Stalnaker of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. An additional service was held on Tuesday, November 21, at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar...

He was employed as a lineman with IBEW Local Union No. 66. He served in the Marine Corps. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Houston, AM Vets, and American Legion Post No. #521, Pasadena.

Weimar Mercury, November 23, 1995, page 2
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Koebel, Joseph Anthony

Joseph Koebel

Reverend Joseph Anthony Koebel, 78, of Nada, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born Dec. 19, 1926 in New Orleans, La. to Alphonse D. and Alice Marie Riche Koebel.

He attended St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, La and St. Mary Seminary in La Porte. He was ordained a Priest on May 29, 1954 at St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel in La Porte. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee Mass on June 6, 2004 at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Nada.

Father Koebel served as parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s in Port Arthur in 1954, St. Anthony in Beaumont 1954 to 1960, St. Vincent De Paul in Houston 1960 to 1964 and Blessed Sacrament in Houston 1964-1967. He served as Pastor for St. Mary’s in La Porte 1967 to 1979, Holy Family in Wharton and St. Joseph Mission in Boling 1979 to 1988, and St. Philip the Apostle in El Campo 1988 to 1996. He was currently serving as Pastor for St. Mary’s in Nada since Sept. 1996 and as Parochial Administrator of St. John’s in New Taiton since Sept. 2001.

Survivors include his nephew John Kramer of La. and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alphonse, August and Michael Koebel; and sisters, Marie Koebel, Anna Kramer, Caroline Hemelt and Veronica Koebel.

A Parish Rosary was recited Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Taiton. A wake service was held Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. The Funeral Mass is today, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with Most Reverend David E. Fellhauer officiating with Priests and Deacons from the Victoria, Galveston-Houston and Beaumont Dioceses concelebrating. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are David, Richard, Dennis, Timothy, George, Patrick, Donald, Jody and John LaCompte.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rev. Joseph A. Koebel Seminary Burse or to the Rev. Joseph A. Koebel-St. Philip School Scholarship Fund.

Father Joe was a good, loyal Priest and faithful servant of Jesus Christ. He was a dear friend to all he served.

El Campo Leader-News Online, December 17, 2005

Koehl, Adela (Chollett)


Adela Koehl, age 73, passed away December 9 at Fayette Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held December 11 at Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger with Lee Eschberger officiating. Burial was at Brunes Cemetery at Shaws Bend.

Adela was born January 28, 1911 in Rosebud to Willie Chollett and Annie Koch Chollett. She married Alvin Koehl on October 14, 1930 at Shaws Bend.

Adela was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

Survivors include husband, Alvin Koehl of Ellinger; one daughter, Mrs. Bennie (Charline) Poncik of Ellinger; three sisters, Mary Schobel and Lydia Kuhn both of Shaws Bend; Annie Koehl of Ellinger; one brother, Alvin Chollett of Shaws Bend; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1984
Submitted by Martha Prince

Koehl, Alvin Pete


Alvin Pete Koehl, 86, of Ellinger, died Thursday, March 7, 1996 at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born March 3, 1910 in Ellinger, he was the son of Lee and Mary (Stenzel) Koehl. In 1930, he married Adela Chollett. Mr. Koehl was a rancher and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

Funeral services were held March 9 at Jecmenek Chaple[sic] in Ellinger,with Rev. Brian Rossow officiating. Interment followed in Shaws Bend [Brune] Cemetery.

Mr. Koehl is survived by a granddaughter, Anna Chovanec and husband Benjamin of Ellinger, grandsons Ronnie Poncik and wife Diane of Fayetteville, Ben Allen Poncik and wife Dorothy of Burton, and Ardene Poncik and wife Marliece of Shaws Bend; sister Bernice Gaertner of La Grange; and sisters-in-law Bernice Koehl of La Grange, Mary Schobel of Shaws Bend and Annie Koehl and Leona Koehl, both of Ellinger, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, a sister, five brothers, his wife and a sister-in-law.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 1996, page 18

Koehl, Cynthia (Rosewall)

Cynthia Koehl Services Held Nov. 22

Graveside services were held on Nov. 22 at the Osage Cemetery for Cynthia Rosewall Koehl, 52, of Weimar, who passed away on Nov. 20, at St. David Hospital in Austin.

Her husband, James Harold Koehl, who passed away on Sept. 20, preceded her in death.

Cynthia was born in Houston on Dec. 27, 1955, and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1977.

Her passion for horses and the country life led her to Weimar in 1987, where she became active in the Colorado River Trail Riders, the Texas Trial [sic.] Riders Association and the Colorado County Fair Association.

Cynthia and her late husband, were also supporters of the 4-H Horse Club and the FFA.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Ed Maly of Sugar Land and Nephew Matt Maly, a junior at Trinity University in San Antonio.

She is also survived by her stepchildren and their families: Gerald and Rose Koehl and their children Tiffany, Kevin, Brittany and Ashlyn of Shaws Bend; Michael and Kim Koehl and their children Skye, Kade, Coy and Kallin of Columbus and Troy and Deanna Koehl and their children Brady and Brooke of Montgomery.

Her uncle Bill and aunt Dot Bowdon of Houston and cousins and their wives, Dick and Melody Bowdon of Cary, N. C.; and Brad and Allison Bowdon of Cedar Park and Bob Bowdon of Hoboken, N. J. also survive her.

Cynthia is also survived by a loving group of close friends.

Weimar Mercury, November 27, 2008

Koehl, Hattie J. (Fuch)

Koehl, Mrs. Hattie

Mrs. Hattie Koehl, 66, of the Bernardo community, died Christmas Eve in the Gulf Coast Medical Hospital in Wharton after a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 17, 1904, in Wharton County, she was a daughter of Adolph and Josephine Fuchs. As an infant, her parents moved to Bernardo and she resided there until death. She was a member of the Mentz Catholic Church and altar society. Married Nov. 6, 1929, she and Mr. Koehl celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in November of 1969.

Rosary was recited Christmas Day at 7 p.m. in Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home chapel. Funeral services were held Saturday with a mass at 1:30 p.m. in St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz with Rev. W. Snock officiating. Burial followed in Mentz Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Willie Koehl of Bernardo; one daughter, Mrs. Willie (Angeline) Genzer of Rosenberg; granddaughters, Cheryl Lea and Kristi Lynn Genzer of Rosenberg and a sister, Mrs. Rosie Burghardt of Bernardo.

Pallbearers were Andrew Wicke, Delvin Schobel, Henry G. Naumann, Willie Noska, Lee Ray Braden and George Sebesta.

Colorado County Citizen, December 31, 1970
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Koehl, James Harold

James Koehl Services Held Sept. 24

James Harold Koehl, 64, of Osage/Weimar passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 21 at his residence.

He was born April 15, 1944, in Columbus to Milton Koehl, Sr. and Annie Chollett Koehl.

He was baptized on June 4, 1944, by Pastor Gene Wolf at Shaws Bend Lutheran Church and confirmed on Nov. 8, 1953, by Pastor Raymond Durst at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

He was a farrier by trade in the Columbus area for many years before retiring.

Throughout many years, he helped with several organizations in the area that benefited the youth and many others.

Two of his other pleasures were fast pitch softball and hunting with his grandchildren.

Trail riding down the road had replaced this in later years.

He was loved and appreciated by both family and friends.

His father, Milton Koehl, Sr., preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Rosewall Koehl of Osage; and mother, Annie Koehl of Ellinger; three sons, Gerald Koehl and wife Rose and their children, Tiffany, Kevin, Brittany and Ashlyn of shaws Bend; Michael Koehl and wife Kimberly and their children, Skye, Kade, Coy, and Kallin of Columbus and Troy Koehl and wife Deanna and their children, Brady and Brooke of Montgomery.

He is also survived by two brothers, Billy Koehl and wife Deloris of Round Top, and Milton Koehl, Jr. and wife Gladys of Ellinger; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patty and Edward Maly and their son, Matthew of Sugar Land; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Karl Johnson officiating.

Burial followed at Osage Cemetery in Osage.
Pallbearers were Bob Kent, O. D. “Duckie” Andrus, Larry Herring, A. J. Stock, Keith Schobel and Henry Holub.
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Rhode, Sr., Billy Koehl, Milton Koehl, Jr., Milton “Speedy” Spies, Matthew Maly and Billy Schmidt.

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of your choice.

Weimar Mercury, October 2, 2008

Koehl, Janet Marie

Janet Koehl, 16, Dies; A Victim of Traffic Accident

Janet Koehl, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Koehl of Alleyton, died early Thursday March 16, of injuries suffered in a traffic accident south of Weimar on March 11.

Miss Koehl was fatally injured in an accident on F. M. 155 which also claimed the life of Phyllis Farek, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Farek of Columbus.

Miss Koehl died at Methodist Hospital in Houston where she had been taken in critical condition after the accident.

The 2 girls were struck by a car driven by Ruben Lewis Hoehne of La Grange. Hoehne was incorrectly identified as the son of the La Grange chief of police was a passenger in the vehicle, and not its driver, the highway patrol confirmed this week.

Miss Koehl was president of the Columbus High School sophomore class. She was also a B-team cheerleader, a member of the Cardinal Cadettes, volleyball team and Young Americans and was vice-president of her class during her freshman year.

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz. Rosaries were recited Thursday, March 16, and the following day at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Burial was in St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery at Mentz.

Survivors include her parents, one brother, Kenny and one sister, Anne.

Pallbearers were Steve Larsen, Clayton Adams, Alvin Palace, Chester Neumann, R. L. Menke and Donnie Templeton.

Colorado County Citizen, March 23, 1972
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Koehl, Milton R. Sr.

Koehl Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Milton R. Koehl, Sr. of Ellinger were held Saturday, December 2, 1989 at 2:00 p.m. from the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Lee Escheberger officiating.

Interment was in the Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Mr. Koehl passed away Thursday, November 30 at a La Grange nursing home. He was 73 years of age.

Born in Fayette County February 23, 1916, he was the son of Lee and Mary Stenzel Koehl. He married Annie M. (Chollett) Koehl and was a retired farmer and gravel pit worker.

A lifetime resident of the area, he was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Ellinger and the Ellinger Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Annie M. Koehl of Ellinger; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Ruth Ellen Koehl of Shaws Bend, Billie Lee and Delores Koehl of Carmine and Milton Jr. and Gladys Koehl of Ellinger; sisters, Mary Lee Friemel and Bernice Gaertner of La Grange; brothers, Alvin Koehl of Ellinger and Leroy Koehl of La Grange; and nine grandsons.

Pallbearers were Roy Gene Koehl, Johnny Gaertner, Frankie Friemel, Howard Chollett, Al Gene Chollett, Ardene Poncik. Honorary Pallbearers were all grandsons, Gerald Wayne Koehl, Michael Koehl, Troy Koehl, Blaine Koehl, Heath Koehl, Wade Koehl, Craig Koehl, Chad Koehl, and Brad Koehl.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, December 7, 1989, page 4

Koehl, Rudolph E.

Rudolph Koehl Dies After Long Illness Funeral Monday

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services in St. Anthony’s Catholic church for Rudolph Koehl, 61, who died early Saturday morning in Columbus hospital after an illness of 5 months. The Rev. Gedeon Stram of St. Roch’s church in Mentz officiated, assisted by Rev. Francis Kolar of Ellinger and Rev. Alex Kraus of Columbus. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery.

Rosary for Mr. Koehl was said Sunday evening in the funeral home.

Mr. Koehl was born May 31, 1899 in Ellinger, a son of Jacob and Mary Krenek Koehl. He was a farmer and rancher and he and Mrs. Koehl made their home near Alleyton. He was a member of St. Roch’s church in Mentz.

Besides his wife, who was before her marriage Stazie Zaskoda, he is survived by a son Leslie Koehl of Rt. 1, Alleyton and a daughter, Mrs. Elton Litzmann of Columbus; also by 3 sisters, Mrs. Jerome Walla and Mrs. Fred Zapalac of Ellinger and Mrs. A. F. Samohyl of Rosenberg and 2 brothers, Eddie Koehl of Ellinger and Henry Koehl of Rosenberg. Six grandchildren also survive, Janet, Kenneth and Ann Koehl of Rt. 1, Alleyton, and Rosanne, Marion and Mark Litzmann of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Mr. Koehl’s nephews, Leon Willmann, Jake and Frankie Walla, Morris Zapalac, Clarence Hubenak, Mike Roberts, Leslie Samohyl and Edwin Farek.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15, 1960, page 12

Koehl, Stazie (Zaskoda)

Koehl Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Stazie Koehl of Alleyton were held Monday. February 26, 1990 at 10 a.m. from St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father George Henninger officiating.

Burial was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus,

Mrs. Koehl passed away February 23 in a Columbus nursing home at the age of 87 years.

Born in Ellinger February 3. 1903. she was the daughter of Bart and Katherine (Matcik) Zaskoda. She married Rudolph Koehl in Ellinger January 18, 1923. He preceded her in death on September 10, 1960. A homemaker, Mrs. Koehl was a resident of the Alleyton area for 51 years.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law. Ruby and Elton Litzmann of Alleyton; a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Verna Koehl of Alleyton; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents. she was also preceded in death by one grandaugher[sic], Janet Koehl.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Koehl, Mark Litzmann, Frank Walla, Jake Walla, Renoy Davis and Morris Zapalac.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, March 1, 1990, page 3

Koehl, Verna Jean (Neuendorff)

Verna Jean Koehl, 60, of Columbus, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 1994, in a Columbus hospital.

Born Sept. 21, 1934, in Bernardo, she was the daughter of John and Henrietta (Nelson) Neuendorff. On May 9, 1955, she married Leslie Koehl. Retired as an ophthalmic assistant with Columbus Eye Associates, Mrs. Koehl was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz, St. Roch's Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 2328 of Mentz.

Funeral services were held Dec. 3, at St. Roch's with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed in St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Alan Neuendorff, Robert Frank, Mark Litzmann, Marvin Neuendorff, Vince Palazzalo and Larry Huggins. Honorary pallbearers were Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court of St. Roch's 2328 of Mentz.

Mrs. Koehl is survived by her husband, of Columbus; daughters and son-in-law, Anne and Douglas Wessels of Columbus and Christine Koehl of Alleyton; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Nancy Koehl of Alleyton; sister, Lois Didner of Austin; grandchildren, Erin, Jacob and Caitlin Koehl and Clayton and Casey Wessels.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Marie Koehl; her parents; a brother, Dennis Neuendorff and a half-sister, Esther Neuendorff Frank.

Colorado County Citizen, December 7, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Koehler, Adolph

Adolph Koehler Buried At Schulenburg Monday

Funeral services for Adolph M. Koehler, 69, of Schulenburg, who died at his home Saturday were held Monday from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Schulenburg.

Mr. Koehler, a painter and decorator was a native of Bluff, near La Grange. Born in 1878, he was married in 1909 to Miss Emma Schulz and the couple made their home in Schulenburg.

His widow, three sons, three sisters, and two brothers survive.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1947
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Koehler, Alfred

Alfred Koehler Dies in Fire; Buried Monday

Funeral services were held here Monday, Jan. 24, for Alfred Koehler, 57, who was found dead at his home south of Weimar Saturday afternoon, victim of a fire accident.

He was found dead at 4 p. m. Saturday by August Beken, who had stopped in to visit him. His clothing had burned off and he was severely burned about the head and face.
Justice of the Peace H W. Haase Sr,. ruled it “accidental death by fire,: but it was not determined whether Mr. Koehler died of heart failure, shock,or possibly from inhaling the flames and smoke. He had had a malignancy removed from his throat sometime ago, and inhalation of dust or smoke was a constant danger.

Mr. Koehler was last seen alive about 11 a.m. Saturday by Johnnie Barton, who went every day to feed his livestock. Mr. Koehler asked him to cut off the water before he left, as a freeze was expected Saturday night.

An open gas heater was burning in the sitting room when Mr. Beken arrived. Nearby was a chair and beside it some newspapers. Some burned paper lay on the floor in front of the chair. It appeared Mr. Koehler had somehow caught fire from the burning paper and had rushed into the kitchen in an attempt to extinguish his flaming clothing. He was found on his back on the kitchen floor. Neither that floor nor the one in the other room was burned.

Rev. Frank H. Horak Jr. officiated in services at Weimar United Church of Christ, where Mr. Koehler had been a lifelong member and before illness incapacitated him had served in many ways.

Burial was in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Heger, Alvin Prause, Charlie Allen, Lester Lipperdt, Joe Janak and Edgar Banse.

Mr. Koehler was born January 17, 1909, in the home in which he died. He was a son of Henry and Johanna Beken Koehler. He married Miss Vera Kasper of Shiner on June 15, 1940. His wife, a school teacher in New Bielau and Weimar for many years, died Nov 25, 1961.

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1966

Koehler, Johanna (Beken)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Koehler, 82, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Johanna Koehler, 82, were held Wednesday afternoon, March 23, at Weimar United Church of Christ, with the pastor, Rev. Charles Bawel, officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Koehler died at 2:15 Monday at Youens Hospital. She had been ill for about three years.

Born June 2,1877, in Garnholterdam, Oldenburg, Germany, she was the daughter of Frederick and Gertrude Behen [Beken]. A brother, Fritz Behen [Bekeb], brought her to this country when she was four years old. They settled at Galveston, and she was married to Henry Koehler there June 7, 1897. Mrs. Koehler and her husband moved to Weimar in 1903, and he died in 1912.

Surviving are two sons, Alfred of Weimar and Henry of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Leona Teltschik; and three grandchildren, Wm. Henry Koehler of Dallas and Erwin and David Teltschik of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Emil Poppe, Dick Beken, Wilbert Otto, Rudolf Mueller, Henry Kattau and Milton Hatcher.

Services were under the direction of Hubbard Funeral Home.

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1960, page 1

Koehler, Vera (Kasper)

Mrs. Koehler, 53, Teacher 33 Years, Buried Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfred Koehler, 53, who had taught school 33 years, were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 27, in Weimar United Church of Christ, with the pastor, the Rev. George Fuchs, officiating.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Koehler died at 8:30 p. m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in Scott & White Hospital at Temple, after a seven months’ illness.

She had taught the fifth grade in Weimar the past 14 years.

The former Miss Vera Kasper, she was born Nov. 19, 1908, at Shiner, the daughter of Charles J. and Theresie Effenberger Kasper, and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith there in 1922. Graduated from Shiner High School in 1927, she was awarded a bachelor’s degree by Sul Ross State College at Alpine in 1929 and a master’s degree in education by the University of Houston in 1953. She was married to Mr. Koehler June 15, 1940, and they had made their home here since that time.

She took an active part and worked untiringly in school and church functions. A member of the Weimar United Church of Christ, she had served on the executive board of the Women’s Guild of the church the past 6 years.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one brother, Charles; two sisters, Mrs. Emil (Selma) Kuck, and Mrs. Otto (Alice) Remmers; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Supt. Clay Doyle, Robert Moore, Troy Thomason and Melvin Merrem, members of the Weimar Public School faculty, and John Heger and Alvin Prause.

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1961, page 1


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Koenig, Auguste (Weishuhn)

The death of Mrs. Robt. J. Koenig, wife of the Justice of the Peace at Alleyton, occurred at the family home last Thursday following an illness of about a week of pneumonia.

Funeral services were held Friday and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest here.

Mrs. Koenig, nee Auguste Weishuhn, was born near Frelsburg in 1864, and has lived in this county all her life. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dedrich George and Miss Ida Weishuhn of Garwood, one brother, Mr. E. B. Weishuhn of Nada, two daughters, Mrs. E. A. Reitz of Garwood and Mrs. Bert Cox of Alleyton, one son, Mr. Simon H. Koenig of Houston and four grandchildren.

The Citizen extends sympathy.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who rendered us sympathy and assistance during the illness and death of our beloved mother and sister, Mrs. Auguste Koenig.
The Family
Colorado County Citizen, Feb 28, 1929

Koenig, Auguste
In Memoriam

“And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out to the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

Just as the first faint breath of the coming springtime, when Winder was preparing to still its icy breath before the warm sunshine and lengthening days, this good mother and wife after a brief illness bid a last farewell to her earthly cares and joys to abide forever in the Mansion prepared for her. The silver cord of life was loosed and the golden bowl of her daily tasks was broken. The enveloping mists of earth for her have drifted away before the sunlight of Heaven. She has entered through the hidden portals and has gained the vision in that summer land of the soul where morning becomes noon and the curtain of night is never hung.

Mrs. Koenig was born and reared in Colorado County near the little town of Frelsburg. She was born February 20th, 1862 and lived her whole life in this county. She was a member of the Frelsburg Lutheran c\church. She was married to the helpmate she leaves behind in the church of her childhood, March 7th, 1895 at Frelsburg.

She is survived by the following relatives and children: Alice, now Mrs. E. A. Reitz, and Leole, now Mrs. Burt Cox and Simon Koenig, and also by two sisters, Mrs. Annie George of Garwood and Ida Weishuhn of the same place.

She passed away in the gathering of the cold evening shadows on February 21st, surrounded by the weeping loved ones and was laid to eternal rest in beautiful Odd Fellows Rest at 10 o’clock Feby [sic] 22nd, 1929. She lived for those who loved her, a quiet useful Christian life, and to them out of the days to follow when they go about the tasks of their daily lives will come the healing balm of the consciousness that all is well with her and that someday we know not when, and someplace we know not where, the shall be re-united.

When the blasts of winter come, if our Father in His all-wise and omnipotent power shelters the willow and the rosebud and the palm in nature’s protecting robe, and holds forth the promise of returning summers, He will not withhold the promise of the life to the still soul waiting in the grave. We are told not to listen for some message from the misty beyond. “That never morn wears to evening but some hearts do break” for man is born to die. God’s promise to the faithful is that death is nothing more than a rebirth upon some Elysian shore.

Safe in the arms of Jesus at last!
We weep but are comforted.
“Life is a beautiful shell.
Thrown up by eternity’s flow.
On Time’s bank of quicksand to dwell
And a moment of lovliness [sic] show
Gone back to its clement grand
Is the billow that brought it ashore.
See! Another is washing the Strand
And the beautiful is no more.”

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1929
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Koenig, Bertha (Kobersky)

Last Rites for Mrs. F. Koenig Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank J. Koenig, 82, were held Saturday morning, Aug. 29, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Koenig died Aug. 27 in Columbus Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 3, 1887, at Ammannsville, she was the former Bertha Kobersky, deaughter of Anton and Mary Vasicek Kobersky. She was married to Mr. Koenig there in 1907 and they operated a restaurant and meat market in Weimar for about 40 years. Mr. Koenig died in 1940.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Theofil Kobersky of Weimar and Mrs. Edward Kobersky of Holman; a brother-in-law, Steve Cernoch of Ammannsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, Sept. 3, 1970
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Koenig, Dona (Townsend)

Mrs. Dona Townsend Koenig Brought Here for Burial

The body of Mrs. Dona Townsend Koenig of Houston was brought here for burial Friday afternoon, June 3. Interment was in the local Masonic Cemetery by the side of her late husband. Appropriate services were held at the grave.

Mrs. Koenig was 59 years of age. Her death occurred at Houston Wednesday. She is survived by a son, Joseph Koenig of Houston, her mother, Mrs. Nora Townsend of Houston,and four sisters, Mrs. Ola Lowrey of Weimar, Mrs. Netta Smith, Mrs. Annie Harrison and Mrs. J. E. Hines of Houston. Mrs. Koenig, a former resident of this city, had resided in Houston for the past thirty-two years, where she moved with her late husband, Joseph Koenig, former merchant of this city. Joe Koenig and J. M. Klimicek were in business here some thirty-two years ago as successors of the late W. C. Munn, on the corner now occupied by the H. Gindler dry goods business.

Rev. J. G. Palmer, local Methodist pastor, conducted services at the grave. Pall bearers were Messrs. Tye Holman, J. S. Lindsey, Stephen McCormick, H. J. Castle, Tom Bergamini and T. W. Ross. The Hubbard Funeral Parlor had charge of the funeral arrangements.

“Miss Dona” lived in Weimar for many years, and was highly thought of by all our people. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1938, page 1

Koenig, Frank J.


Funeral services for Mr. Frank J. Koenig, 58, well known Weimar businessman whose death occurred suddenly from a heart attack last Wednesday, were held here Friday morning from the family residence at 8:45 with Rev. Louis Blinka officiating. Requiem High Mass was held at St. Michael’s Church at 9 o’clock.

Mr. Koenig was born in Ammannsville on August 12, 1882, and in this area he spent his childhood. As a young man, he learned the butcher trade in Columbus. Later, he entered business in Weimar for himself.

On Nov. 19, 1907 he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Kobersky, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two sisters, Mrs. Fred Boehm of Woodsboro, Mrs. Emelia Rabel of Ammannsville; two brothers, Fred Koenig of West Columbia, Reinhyold Koenig of Hallettsville. His parents; a sister, Minnie, and a brother, Joe, preceded him in death several years ago.,

Pallbearers were Joe Rabel, Anton Beck, Adolf Schindler, Joe Till, Frank Seifert and Steve Kasper.

Interment was in the St. Michael’s Cemetery under direction of the Hubbard Funeral Home.

Here from out-of-town to attend the services were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boehm and son, and Mrs. John Bittner and daughter, all of Woodsboro; Mrs. Emelia Rabel and family of Ammannsville, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Koenig and family of West Columbia; Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Koenig and family of Hallettsville, Mr. and Mrs. John Billeck, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Koenig of Hallettsville; Mrs. John Kloesel and family, Mrs. Frank Winkler, all of Shiner; Mrs. Annie and Mrs. Joe Stavinoha of Ganado; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Koenig of Austin; Mrs. A. J. Beck and son and daughter of San Antonio; Mrs. Louis Kloesel and sons, Ted, Louis and Ben, and Mrs. Julia Patechik, all of Baytown; and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vasicek, and Mr. and Mrs. Will Chovanec, all of El Campo.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 9, 1940
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Koenig, George

George Koenig

George Koenig, 79, of Garwood, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008.

He was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Dubina to Alois and Theresa Kloessel Koenig. Mr. Koenig was a retired crew leader for Alco Aluminum in Point Comfort and was an Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Lela Jane Schoop Koenig of Garwood; daughters, Debbie Jane Bigelow of Palacios and Georgie Renee Kudelka of Ganado; brothers, Ben Koenig of Cal-Allen, Robert Koenig of Louise, Alois Koenig of Victoria and Frank Koenig of El Campo; sisters, Henrietta Krenek of Bay City, Elsie Elizabeth Hoover of Tennessee.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Koenig, Victor Koenig and Leo Koenig; sisters, Enda Witte, Florence Koenig, Pauline Krenek, Josephine Hammock; and great-grandson, Aaron Kudelka.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Christ Lutheran Church. Graveside services followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park under the auspices of American Legion Post 251. Arrangements were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

El Campo Leader - News, February 13, 2008

Koenig, Helena (Bodungen)

Mrs. J.H. Koenig of the Hahn vicinity died last week, Jan. 16, after a short illness from pneumonia.

She is survived by her husband and six children ranging in age from 8 to 26 years. She is also survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. One of her brothers, Otto Bodungen, died the week before from the same disease.

The funeral services were held and interment made at Nada.

El Campo Citizen, January 24, 1930
Submitted by Ron New

Koenig, Joseph J.

Joe J. Koenig Killed in Automobile Accident.

A thrill of horror pervaded the hearts of our people Friday afternoon when the wires flashed the news that Jos. Koenig, a former well known citizen of this place, but later traveling as a drummer for a New Orleans house, had been killed in an automobile accident near Richmond. The remains were brought to this city Saturday afternoon and interred in the Masonic cemetery. From particulars as learned by the Mercury,it seems that Mr. Koenig and a fellow drummer were in an automobile, coming from Houston to Richmond, a negro man acting as driver of the car. The west-bound passenger train came along when they were a few miles out of Richmond, and the negro endeavored to race with the train. This he did for several miles, but when nearing Richmond he had to make a swift and sudden turn, and in doing so his car skidded and turned over, with the result that Mr. Koenig was caught under the seat of the car and killed, and the negro seriously crippled. The other passenger was thrown clear of the car, and aside from a few bruises was not hurt. Mr. Koenig's body was taken to Houston and prepared for burial. Mr. Koenig was for years a merchant of this city, being senior member of the firm of Koenig & Klimicek, and was one of the most popular men who ever lived in this section, being well acquainted, pleasant of manner, upright and honorable, hence his tragic death has caused much sadness throughout the community. A few years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Dona Townsend, one of our most popular and best girls, and she and a little son survive. Mr. Koenig was a member of Oesterreich lodge, 0. D. H. S., and also of the Weimar Fire Department, and his burial took place under the auspices of these two organizations. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in their sad misfortune.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1911, page 1

Koenig, June (Bradshaw)

June Koenig Funeral Here Feb. 21

June Koenig, age 60, died in her sleep in the Austin home of her daughter, Monday night, February 21, after a protracted battle with cancer.

Preceded in death by her husband, Steve, in 1989; and her mother, Lelah Mae Bradshaw, in 1993, June was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and was blessed with many friends. [Burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

June was born September 28, 1933, in Calf Creed, Texas. After moving to Weimar with Steve, June joined the First Methodist Church of Weimar. Besides being with her family and friends, June shared with her family, a love for golf. She carried with her many wonderful memories of the people she met while enjoying the game and the friendships.

Survivors include her daughter Rhonda, and husband, Mike; son Keith, and wife, Mary Beth, grandchildren Keely, Kye and Katie, all of Austin. She will also be missed by three brothers, Bill Bradshaw of Junction, Bob Bradshaw of Llano, Don Bradshaw of Mason, and many other members of her extended family.

Memorials may be sent to the Shivers Cancer Center, 2600 East MLK, Austin, Texas 78702. A garden of daffodils is planned there as a future symbol of hope to individuals and families affected cancer. In addition, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The Weimar Mercury March 3, 1994
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Koenig, Lucille M. (Becak)

Lucille M. Koenig, age 79 of Alvin died on Sunday March 26, 2000 at Autumn Hilld Convalescent Center in Friendswood.  Mrs. Koenig was born on August 7, 1920 to Joseph Becak and Juliana Bubela in Garwood, Texas, married Earl Koenig on May 20, 1938 in Wharton, Texas, lived in the Alvin area for 35 years and retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1984.

Mrs. Koenig is survived by her children:  Mary Ellen Duplichan and husband Jamie of Grapeland, Earlene Esther Gamble and husband John of Alvin, Elizabeth Marie Simmons and husband Chuck of Friendswood, Frank Joseph Koenig of Alvin, Margaret Ann Koenig of Pearland, 1 sister Mary Mahon of Dickinson, 10 grandchildren: Jamie Duplichan, Jr. of Austin, Robert Duplichan and wife Julie of Alamogordo, N. M., Kenneth Duplichan and wife Annette of Eunice, La., John Gamble, Jr. of Alvin, Terry Blackwell and husband Nelson of Alvin, Ricky Flores of Friendswood, Ralph Flores of Friendswood, Rita Flores of Friendswood, Earl James Koenig, Jr. of Lake Jackson, Ann Francis and Husband Gregg of Pearland, 15 great grandchildren:  Rachel & Kaitlyn Duplichan, Rebekah & Laban Duplichan, Cade & Kindle Gamble, Janell, Abigail & Kathryn Blackwell, Rickey Flores, Jr., Acea Flores, Waylon Flores, Elizabeth Daley, Baby Angel Flores & Summer Skies Flores.  Her husband Earl Koenig preceded her in death on April 3, 1984.  Also preceding her in death are her son Earl James Koenig and great granddaughter Jessica Blackwell.

Funeral service were Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 10:00 am Oak Park Funeral Home with Jamie Duplicha, Sr. officiating and burial in Oak Park Cemetery. Pallbearers:

Jamie Duplichan, Jr., John Gamble, Jr., Kenneth Duplichan, Nelson Blackwell & Chuck Simmons:  Honorary pallbearers: Frank Koenig & John Gamble, Sr.

Alvin Sun & Advertizer March 29, 2000
Submitted by  Mary Koenig Duplichan

Koenig, Stephen F. Sr.


Steve Koenig, 41, of 7804 Brazos, died at St. Joseph’s Infirmary Wednesday afternoon from a bullet wound through his head. Police are investigating his shooting.

Koenig was found in the 9200 block on Waller by City Detectives E. O. Fondren and D. T. Stodghill, who had been called out there on complaint of a neighbor that “a man is creating a disturbance.” Koenig was sitting in a car, a bullet through head and a revolver clutched in his right hand.

A brief note containing the word “good-bye” was found by Cliff Medland, driver for the Boulevard ambulance which took Koenig to the hospital. Houston Chronicle.

The body of Mr. Koenig was brought to this city and laid to rest in the cemetery west of town Friday afternoon. [Interment in Masonic Cemetery] He was a former resident of this section, living near Dubina, and had numbers of relatives near that point. His aged mother, several brothers and sisters survive him.

From those who came up from Houston we understand there is a question as to whether he committed suicide or not. He is said to have had enemies and some believe he was robbed and then murdered.

The funeral was largely attended. He leaves, of his immediate family, a widow and three children.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1942, page 5

Koenig, unknown (child)

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Koenig of this city died last Friday night and was buried the following day. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved parents. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 1, 1903, page 9

Koenig, unknown (chlld)

The little eight-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Koenig died last Sunday night of typhoid fever. We extend condolence to the bereaved parents. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1898, page 1


Mr. Joe Koenig of Troop H. First Texas cavalry, stopped over in our city Monday, to be present at the funeral of his little girl baby.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1898, page 5

Koffron, Frantisek



Our townspeople, Mr. W. J. Lichnovsky and family, were called to the Nada section last Friday by the death of Mrs. Lichnovsky’s aged father, Mr. Frank Kofron, whose death occurred that day, following an accident some time ago in which he was struck by a limb of a tree and his skull partly fractured. The funeral took place the following day.

Mr. Kofron was born in Vusi, Czecho-Slovakia, April 2, 1855. Jan. 5, 1879, was united in marriage to Miss Annie Kahna. To this union were born twelve children--five boys and seven girls, seven of whom preceded him in death. Those living are: Mary, married to A. J. Lichnovsky of Nada; Annie, married to Frank Socha of El Campo; Frances, married to F. J. Miculencak of Granger; Antonie, married to W. J. Lichnovsky of Weimar; Charles Kofron of Taiton. Also surviving are his beloved wife, Mrs. Annie Kofron, the five children above mentioned, seventeen grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. The couple emigrated from Europe to America in 1890, landing at New York. From there they came by rail to Eagle Lake; made their home for one year near Vox Populi; then purchased a farm at Nada and lived there up to the time of his death. At time of death Mr. Kofron was 71 years, 9 months and 16 days, in age. He had been a faithful member of the Roman Catholic Church and was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Nada, Rev. B. Held officiating. The pall bearers were members of the K. J. T. lodge, a Catholic order of which he had been a member since its organization.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. F. J. Mikulenenk and family of Granger, Mr. W. J. Lichnovsky and family of Weimar, Mr. F. J. Socha and family of El Campo, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kofron of Damon, Mr. Richard Lichnovsky of Austin, Mrs. Annie Barborak of Wharton, and Mr. and Mrs. John Froad of El Campo.

To the bereaved ones the sincere sympathy of the Mercury is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1927, page 1

Kohleffel, Alvin W.

July 6, 1915 -July 13, 1992

Services for Alvin W. Kohleffel, 77, of Eagle Lake, were held July 15 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Michael G. Burns, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, New Ulm and Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg officiating.

Interment with military honors followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, under the auspices of American Legion Post No. 108. He was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born. in Eagle Lake on July 6, 1915 to William G. and Margaret Johnson Kohleffel.

He attended local schools and graduated from Eagle Lake High School Class of 1931. He went to work for Southern Pacific Railway Systems and on Oct. 12,1934 he married Annie Mattern.

On Jan. 31, 1944, Kohleffel entered the U.S. Army. He served as first sergeant assigned with the 750th Railway Operations Battalion across the Rhineland, Central Europe and with the Army of Occupation in Germany, serving as engineer. He was honored by the assignment of engineer to the funeral train for General George S. Patton. Following World War II, Kohleffel returned to Eagle Lake and soon began a distinguished career in the area rice farming industry which spanned almost 50 years.

He and his wife also owned and operated the Rice Package Store of Eagle Lake. He was a member and faithful servant of Grace Lutheran Church and Eagle Lake Noon Lions Club having served as president and member of its board of directors for many years. He served as chairman of the Lions Club FFA Trail Ride many years and was the engineer of the Lions Club Train. He was elected as Alderman for the city of Eagle Lake in 1960 and served for over 26 years on council and mayor pro-tem.

A quiet, gentle man who lived just as he believed in "Duty to God, Country and Family." Kohleffel has been honored by many from the U.S. Armed Services, city and civic organizations. He blessed the lives of many and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Jerry Wayne; parents; a sister, Mrs. Orville (Willie K.) Mill; and a brother, Raymond Kohleffel.

Survivors include his daughter, Terri Lynn of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Myrtle Arnett of Pasadena and Gladys Treybig of Bay City; numerous nieces, nephew, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Gene Baker, Alan Kohleffel, T.J. Smith, Elmer Struss, Roy Dean VanNordt, Pete Canaris, Bill Appelt and Kenneth Austin.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy Kaechle, Frank Reznicek, Chuck Eaves, Harold Rollis and Larry Austin.

Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, directors.

Banner Press
Submitted by Mike Mattern

Kohleffel, C. F.

Mr. C. F. Kohleffel, a highly respected German near Borden, was buried in the cemetery at that place on Thursday of this week. The deceased was born in his native country 67 years ago, but had been a citizen of this country a number of years, and leaves loved ones and friends to mourn his loss. Rev. T. E. Muse of this city attended upon the services of the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, October 20, 1900, page 5

Kohleffel, Carl Frederick

Borden Dots

It is our sad duty to record the death of Mr. C. Kohleffel, who died on the 26th last. He was born near Berlin, Germany, in 1806, moved to Colorado county in 1852, where he has lived for thirty-six years. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. [Interment in Miller Creek Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 2, 1888, page 3

Kohleffel, Dorothy (Mahalitc)


Dorothy Mahalitc Kohleffel, 78, of Eagle Lake, passed away July 21, at her home.

She was born Sept. 11, 1928 in Columbus to Louis and Lonie Buxkemper Mahalitc. Her family moved to the Bonus-Matthews area and farmed cotton and grain crops. At age 16, she graduated from Crescent High School and began work for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Hondo. After transferring back to Eagle Lake, she met and married Raymond Kohleffel on May 3, 1953. She worked with him in the rice farming business. She was known for her sewing abilities and owned the Eagle Lake Sewing Center for over 25 years.

In April 2007 she received "Yard of Month" for the azaleas around her home. She volunteered and participated as a member of the Eagle Lake Preservation Alliance, Tom Waddell Outdoor Nature Club, Eagle Lake Civic Garden Club; and as charter member of Eagle Lake Pilot Club and Court Our Lady of Field 2465 Catholic Daughters. She was a member of the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, David Mahalic; and brother-in-law, Dale Cassady.

She is survived by her daughter, Dina Marie Kohleffel Livermore and husband, Bob; Allen Kohleffel and wife, Katrina; and grandsons, Cody and Cord; siblings, Norma Jean House, Joe Mahalitc, Donald Mahalitc, Margaret Bucek; sister-in-law, Dorothy Cassady; aunts, Hattie Buxkemper Mahalitc and Stella Buxkemper Dippel; numerous nieces and nephews; and "Mahalitc triple first cousins."

Funeral Service was July 25 at the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Heath Mahalitc, Neal Mahalitc, Tommy Mahalitc, Louie Mahalitc, Russ Herndon, Randy Bucek and Earl Braden, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were John Mahalitc, Jr. Kenneth Mahalitc, Arthur Mahalitc, Buddy Treybig, Scotty House and Edwin Bucek.

Memorial contributions may be given to Rice Medical Foundation, P.O.Box 277, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church Building Renovation Fund, 545 S. Austin Road, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, August 1, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Kohleffel, Helena (Kitzing)

The entire community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Helen Kohleffel, affectionately known as "Mutter Kohleffel", on Wednesday, June 28th following a long illness.

Funeral was held the following day at 3:30, Rev. Flachmeier of Columbus and Rev. Piepenbrock [sic] of Schulenburg officiating, and interment made in Miller's Creek Cemetery.

Pall Bearers were six of her grandsons, Elmo Ammann, Oscar Kohleffel, Alvin Kohleffel, Ad Grodhaus, Gussie Kohleffel and Ted Kohleffel.

"Mother" Kohleffel was born in Leipsig, Saxony, Germany, on the 25th of December, 1956, died on June 28th, 1933, she was 77 years, six months and three days old. She came to Texas at the age of 13, and her early experience (of which she retained a vivid recollection up to the time of her death) were fraught [sic] with many incidents of hardships and danger. On April the 14th, 1873, she was married to Mr. Fred Kohleffel at Columbus, Texas and to this union there were born eight children, one of whom died in early childhood, the other seven children all grown and married and having homes of their own. On February 2nd, 1885, Mr. Kohleffel died leaving her with her small children and the place to finish paying for, although lots of people would have given up in dispair, [sic] for the responsibilities of caring for her small children and paying for her place rested heavily upon her, and the fact that she raised them all to be grown men and women and payed [sic] for the place is evidence that she succeeded in her efforts. Mutter Kohleffel was a good woman. She has suffered hardships and disappointments and trials beyond the capacity of many women to endure. Under it all she had a cheerful disposition and had many friends who will deeply regret her untimely death.

She leaves to mourn her sad departure, four sons; Theo. Kohleffel of San Antonio, Fritz of El Campo, Will of Eagle Lake and Oscar of this community; three daughters, Mrs. Fritz Grodhaus and Mrs. Hy Thumann of Houston and Mrs. Aug. Ammann of El Campo; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Sohammeleffel of Gonzigels, [Gonzales?? JT] Mrs. Laura Knippe of Florida and one half-brother, John Kaine of Oltime; 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren to whom our deepest sympathy goes out to them. May God comfort them.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1933
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Kohleffel, Margaret Josephine (Johnson)

Mrs. Kohleffel's Services Held In Eagle Lake

Last rites for Mrs. W. G. Kohleffel, 80, were held at Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake yesterday afternoon and burial was in Lakeside cemetery.

Mrs. Kohleffel, a native of Oak Grove near Weimar, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at her home in Eagle Lake. She had been in frail health for some time. Her husband died Sept. 11, 1954.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Willie Mill of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Gladys Treybig of Bay City and Mrs. Myrtle Arnett of Houston and 2 sons, Alvin, who is married to the former Annie Mattern of Columbus, and Raymond, both of Eagle Lake. Other survivors include one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Obenhaus of Eagle Lake and 2 brothers, Lonnie Johnson of San Antonio and Ernest Johnson of Kingsville. Mrs. Kohleffel's maiden name was Margaret Josephine Johnson.

Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 1959
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kohleffel, Raymond Lee


Raymond Lee Kohleffel, 80, a life-long resident of Eagle Lake, passed away Aug. 17, at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

He was born Oct. 13, 1922, he attended Eagle Lake schools, graduated May 1941 and on Aug. 8, 1941 enlisted in the U.S. Navy. As a Boatswain's Mate Second Class aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell, he served in the Pacific throughout World War II and was honorably discharged on Sept. 26, 1945.

He returned to Eagle Lake and began his career as a third generation rice farmer, and married Dorothy Mahalitc on May 3, 1953. He continued farming with family, becoming one of the area's top producers. He was a member of the VFW Post 8783, Knights of Columbus Council 4843, Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Lee Arnett and Raymond R. Kohleffel and brother-in-law Allen Dale Cassady.

He is survived by his wife; sister, Dorothy Kohleffel Cassady of Eagle Lake; daughter Dina Marie Kohleffel of Houston; son and daughter-in-law Allen and Katrina Kohleffel of Eagle Lake; and grandsons Cody Allen and Cordale Raymond Kohleffel both of Eagle Lake.

Visitation is scheduled for Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dulany Funeral Home. Funeral mass is planned for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church, with internment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Rice Medical Foundation, Respiratory Department, P.O. Box 277, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, August 20, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Kolar, Anne Marie (Kasper)

Anne Kolar Funeral Services Held Jan. 18

Anne Marie Kolar died on Jan. 14 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Christian Resiback as celebrant. Burial followed at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

She was born July 20, 1915 in Weimar to Steve and Marcella Vacek Kasper. She was a long time member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

She is survived by Daughter, Marcella Ann; son, Patrick Thomas; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Linda Kolar; sister-in-law and husband, Bernice and Jim Condon; nephews, John and Dixon Gilbreath all of Houston, as well as many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Kolar; son, Joseph Kolar and sister Leona Gilbreath.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, M.D. Anderson Hospital or the SPCA.

The Weimar Mercury, January 27, 2000
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Kolb, Ben Hamilton

Rock Island Man Claimed by Death

Mr. Ben Hamilton Kolb was born July 6, 1866, about four miles north of the present town of Rock Island and died of heart failure at the family residence March 16, 1934, spending practically his entire life a resident of Colorado County.

Early in life he united with the Baptist church following a series of revival services held near the present town site of Provident City, then known as the Golden Rod.

Ben Kolb was a member of a pioneer family who came to Texas from Alabama following the close of the Civil War, and it was his lot to watch the growth and settlement of this section through its many adversities down to the present time. He was a lover of the great out doors as was attested by the many years he spent in the saddle on the open range. He was truly a “gentleman of the old school” generous and courteous.

In August 1892 he was married to Miss Etta Stone of Gonzales County and to this union was born two children, Carrie, now Mrs. Kyle Paul of Edna, Texas, and Victor of Rock Island, who with the heartbroken wife, a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist Church with Rev. Theo R. Thomas, pastor conducting the services and interment in Myrtle cemetery at four o’clock. Many beautiful flowers covered the new made grave.

Those present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Paul, Edna; Mrs. Parker Height, Mrs. Homer Owens, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Willis, Houston; Mrs. Mollie Stone, Miss Donna and Mr. Omim Stone, Waelder; Mr. Robert Kolb, Yoakum; Mr. and Mrs. Woodie Townsend, Ganado; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Flournoy, Louise; Mr. Wilbur and Dennis Odom, S. K. Seymour, E. Rabel, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Lundy, Mrs. L. O. Lundy, El Campo; Mrs. Johnson and daughter, Mrs. Harry Brower, Eagle Lake; a large number of friends from Garwood and several others whose names we failed to get.

Active pallbearers: Mose Townsend, Tom Flournoy, Oscar Baker, Joe Tinkler, Wilbur Odom, Dennis Odom. Honorary pallbearers: A. L. Flesher, Chas. Hosman, Harvey Eversole, J. W. Hudson, I. B. Curry, Albert George, D. J. Bingaman, Mr. Baxter, R. E. Mayes, W. A. Hudson, F. H. Roper, L. I. Stahl, and A. G. Dorner.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 1934
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kolb, Etta B. (Stone)

Mrs. Etta Kolb of Rock Island dies April 16th

Mrs. Etta Kolb of Rock Island passed away at a Ganado hospital last Thursday, April 16th, where she had been seriously ill for several weeks. She was the widow of the late Ben Kolb, a prominent South Texas Cattleman, who preceded her in death in 1934.

Funeral Services were held from Baptist Church in Rock Island last Friday, April 17 at 3:30 o’clock with interment in the family plot in Myrtle Cemetery. Officiating at services were the Rev. Norman Roberts, pastor of the Columbus Baptist Church, with Columbus Funeral home in charge of arrangements.

For several years Mrs. Kolb had made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. Carrie Paul of E[illegible] at the time of her passing, she was 81 years of age. She was a native of Alabama but came to Texas as a small Child and was reared in Gonzales County

Member of a family well known in [illegible] surrounding communities. She was the last surviving member of her family. Many years ago the Kolb family resided briefly in Eagle Lake, where they were well known. Other survivors besides Mrs. Paul include one son, Victor Kolb of [illegible], Texas, Eight grandchildren and four great -grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 23, 1953
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Kolb, John Allen

The Citizen regrets to announce the death of Mr. Allen Kolb, which occurred Feb. 26, 1892, in Lavaca county, (where he was visiting his daughter,) aged 69 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was interred in the family graveyard [unknown] on the Sandies by the members of Golden Rod church last Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. He has been a member of the Baptist church for years, and died in the faith. He was born in South Carolina Nov. 24, 1822. In 1825 his parents removed to Alabama, where he was married in 1844. In 1852 he moved to Colorado county, Texas, where he has since resided. His wife died in 1867, leaving six children. In 1869 he married again, and lived with his second wife until his death. He was the father of 18 children, and has 22 grandchildren. Our condolence is extended his bereaved relatives and many friends.--Columbus Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1892

Kolb, Samuel K.



Sam K. Kolb, a former resident of Columbus. died at his home in Port Arthur Saturday and the body was shipped here on the early Monday morning train. The funeral was held from the Live Oak Hotel and the remains were interred at Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. A. Inman Townsley conducting the service.

Mr. Kolb left Columbus about twenty years ago and at that time was one of the county's prominent citizens. He was for many years a rice farmer but retired some time before his death. He Was 69 years of age at the time of his death. He was born and reared in Colorado county.

Mr. Kolb and Miss Annie Hope were united in marriage in December, 1873, and had he lived until December of this year they would have been married 50 years,

Besides his widow, Mr. Kolb Is survived by a brother, Ben Kolb of Rock Island and six children W. D. Kolb and Mrs. S. F. Owens of Port Arthur, S. M. and H. A. Kolb of San Antonio, Mrs. Parker Haight, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Geo. Norman. Houston. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.--Columbus Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1922, page 2

Kolberg, Gail (Brown)

Mrs. Gail Kolberg, Former Teacher Here Dies Jan. 20

Mrs. Gail B. Kolberg, 82, died Saturday at her home, 1706 Rockmoor Avenue, Austin, Texas, where she resided with her daughter.

Mrs. Kolberg was formerly a resident of Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she was member of First Church of Christ Scientist. For many years previous to that she taught school in the Eagle Lake public schools as a seventh and eighth grade teacher. Her outstanding instructional programs and colorful promotion exercises will be remembered by many.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Pierce B. (Winifred) Watson; and a son, Donald C. Kolberg, both of Austin, Texas; a sister, Mrs. William A. Rose of Long Beach, California; and four grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28 at the Cook Funeral Home with Edward Giesecke officiating. [Buried Osage Cemetery]

Friends, including hundreds of former students of Mrs. Kolberg, join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, ___ January 1968
Submitted by Gail Brown

Koliba, Bernice (Kraatz)


Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice Kraatz Koliba were held Sunday at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. George Welsch of Eagle Lake officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was held at State Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Koliba was born January 14, 1908 in Matagorda County to Albert and Dicky Hope Kraatz. She married Homer L. Koliba, Sr. on January 30, 1943. Mrs. Koliba was a retired teacher and she was affiliated with D. A. R., U. D. C., and Eastern Star lodges.

Survivors include her husband, Homer L. Koliba, Sr. of Columbus; one son and a stepson, Homer L. Koliba, Jr. of Las Vegas, and Homer Bruce Koliba of Arizona; one stepdaughter, Kathryn Whitfill of Pasadena; one half brother, Berney Kraatz of Portsan, Va., and four step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were: Jim Broussard, L. J. Braden, LeRoy Stein, William Harrison, Edwin H. Haidusek. Bill Rutta and Lester Cranek.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 1985

Koliba, Homer Louis Sr.

Koliba, Sr.

Funeral. services were held for Homer L, Koliba, Sr. Friday, August 15 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. George Welch officiating. Arrangements were under direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Burial was at State Capitol Cemetery in Austin.

Mr. Koliba was born October 14, 1903 in New York City, New York to Louis Koliba and Vronika Sytka Koliba. He married his first wife, Kayte Mayes Koliba in 1925; she died July 25, 1941 and his second wife, Bernice Kraatz Koliba January 30, 1943; she died June 7, 1985.

He was a Former State Representative-District 30 for five terms and also a self-employed oil broker.

Survivors include daughter, Kathryn Whitfill of Pasadena; sons, Homer Bruce Koliba of Tempe, Arizona and Homer Louis Koliba, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Millie Wallace of Corpus Christi; five grandchildren; and, two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Broussard, Ben Johnson, Tom Wine, Richard Schmidt, Robert Menotti and Jamie Whitfill.

Colorado County Citizen, August 21, 1986

Koliba, Zula Kathryn (Mayes)


Mrs. Homer Louis Koliba, 37, was buried in the Columbus Cemetery Sunday, July 27, after brief rites at the family home and the First Baptist Church, the Rev. J. Manley Renolds[sic] officiating. She died at 11:50 o'clock Friday night, after an illness of only a few hours.

Pallbearers were F. M. Tolbirt. Charlie Kearney, C. H. Potter, Jack Leyendecker, F. A. Miekow, and Johnnie Hastedt.

Surviving are her husband, Homer Louis Koliba; two children, Kathryn Ann and Homer Bruce; her parents, Judge and Mrs. E. B. Mayes; one brother. Howard Bruce Mayes; and two sisters. Mrs. D. H. Wilson and Miss Mildred Joyce Mayes. A niece, Mrs. Allie Mae Wilson Cole, was unable to be present, being stationed with her husband at a distant army camp.

Born Zula Kathryn Mayes at Oakland. November 25. 1904. she was married to Mr. Koliba February 16, 1926. She was a member of the Baptist Church and active in community life.

The Mercury extends sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, August 1, 1941, page 1

Koller, Annie (Poppe)

Mrs. John Koller, 73, Buried Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. John Koller, 73, who died Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Poppe, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery.

The former Miss Annie Ehlers, the daughter of Henry and Meta Ehlers, she was born June 28, 1888, in Fayette County. Her husband died about 15 years ago.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1962, page 1

Final Rites For Mrs. John Koller, 73, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. John Koller, 73, a 48-year resident of New Bielau community, were held last Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 31, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery.

The Rev. G. Wolf, pastor of St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church at Columbus, of which Mrs. Koller was a member, officiated.

Mrs. Koller died at 9:38 p.m. Monday, January 29, at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Poppe, with whom she had lived since her husband died, in 1946. She had been ill since last May.

Born June 29, 1888, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of Henry and Meta Ehler Poppe. She was married to Mr. Koller at New Bielau on Nov. 12, 1914, and they had made their home in that community ever since.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Otto Thumann; and three brothers, Henry, Emil and Willie Poppe.

Pallbearers were Fritz, Lee Earl and George Poppe, Lawrence Muehr and Rudolf and Adolf Thumann.

Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1962, page 1

Koller, John L.

Mr. John L. Koller Buried Last Week At New Bielau

Final rites for Mr. John L. Koller, who would have been 60 years old on Jan. 30, 1947, were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery.

The Rev. C. Emigholz officiated at the services.

Mr. Koller, who was born in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 30, 1887, was the son of George and Kathleen Uhline Koller. When he was a baby, his parents moved to Texas, settling on a farm in the New Bielau section, where he received his schooling.

On Nov. 12, 1914, he married Miss Annie Poppe at New Bielau, and they spent their entire life farming in the vicinity of Weimar, most of the time at Osage, where they dwelt for almost 25 years on the Brandt farm. This fall, they moved to the Borden section, where they were living with Mr. and Mrs. Emil Shumbera.

Becoming ill Sunday morning, Mr. Killer passed away in his sleep sometime Sunday night, after a heart attack.

Surviving are: his widow, three brothers, Frank of Schulenburg and George and Henry of Weimar and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Schilap of Shiner and Mrs. Rosie Perdue of Beaumont.

Pallbearers were Chas. Trefny, Ewald Brandt, Otto Kahlden, Joe Freis, Albert Omerzu and Edmund Otto.

The Weimar Mercury, December 27, 1946
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Koller, Kathrina

Died in the Live Oak neighborhood Sunday! Mrs. H. Koller, wife of Mr. Geo. Koller, in her 43d year. Mrs. Koller was born in New Orleans in 1867. She and her husband had lived in this county about twenty years. The death of such a beloved helpmate as this lady had proven to be, is indeed sad. The remains were interred in the New Bielau cemetery Monday afternoon, a host of friends from Weimar mingling with the many friends of deceased in her section attending the last sad rites. Rev. T. N. Pond performed the funeral ceremony in a most solemn manner. The Mercury tenders its condolence to the bereaved in this, their hour of deep distress.

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1910, page 5

Koller, L. G.

Old Time Citizen Passes Away at Family Home

Mr. L. G. Koller, for many years a resident of this section died at the family residence in the New Bielau community on Friday last, and the remains were laid to rest in the New Bielau Cemetery Saturday, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating, a large crowd being present to witness the last sad rites.

Mr. Koller was born in New Orleans March 17, 1857, and was 70 years, 9 months and 4 days old at the time of his death. His death was caused from cancer. Mr. Koller had lived in this immediate section for a long time, and was well and favorably known, being a peaceable, good citizen, friendly neighbor, and model husband and father. His death is deeply and sincerely regretted by all.

Surviving him are his widow and the following children: John Koller of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Schilhab of Shiner, Frank Koller of LaGrange, Mrs. Rose McIlhenny of Beaumont, George Koller of Weimar, Henry Koller of Rosenberg, nine grandchildren, a brother, John Koller of Brenham, two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Sledge of Houston and Mrs. Fred Pfuhl of Shiner, together with the following step-children: Mrs. Emil Fojtik of Shiner, Mrs. W. W Lockstedt of El Campo, Mrs. John Keiser of Port Lavaca and Mrs. Joe Ullman of Port Lavaca. Mr. Koller's first wife died in May, 1910.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 28, 1928, page 1

Koller, Louis


L. G. Koller, a well known farmer of this section, received a message from the adjutant general at Washington Saturday, conveying the sad tidings that his third son, Private Louis Koller, aged 22 years, with our troops overseas, had been killed in battle in France. No further particulars were given. Louis Koller left here on Good Friday, was sent to Camp Travis, and from that point was soon afterward sent to France. The remains will later be sent to this country for burial, but just when same will arrive is not known at the present writing. Louis Koller, so far as known is the first and only Weimar boy to die on the battlefield during the present great war. Quit a number have been wounded, some of them more than once, but only one has made the supreme sacrifice. Louis Koller was a noble, good boy, patriotic to the core, and the fact that he gave up his life for his country--all he could give and do--proves his patriotism louder than mere words could express it. All honor to his memory! Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved father, relatives and friends. [Interment listed as unknown. Possibly New Bielau]

Weimar Mercury, November 15, 1918

Koller, Mary Lucille (Rollins)


Mary Lucille Koller, 69, of Weimar, passed away Jan. 29 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

She was born Dec. 16, 1934 in Colorado County to Silas Sherman and Mary Christine (Stahl) Rollins and married Raymond John Koller, in November, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ruby Schmidt; brothers, Roy Rollins, Albert Koenig and Steve Koenig; and grandson, Jared Till.

She is survived by her husband; son, Milton Koller of Weimar; daughters, Betty Ann Kazmir of Sheridan and Bea Smith of Little Rock, Ark.; brother, Raymond Rollins of Weimar; half-brothers Robert Koenig of Weimar and Harold Rollins of Columbus; sisters, Rosine Harper of Austin and Mildred Barton of San Antonio; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 1 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Karen Nelson officiating. Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bill Smith, George Kazmir Jr., Alan Rollins, Greg Wanjura, Raymond Rollins Jr. and Emil "Scooter" Valla Jr.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Koller, Tracy (Valla)

Tracy Koller Funeral Services Held March 16

Tracy Valla Koller, 95, of Columbus, died March 13, at Columbus Care Center in Columbus. Funeral services were held Friday, March 16, at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Doug McLemore officiating.

Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Koller was born July 16, 1905 in Oakland to Martin and Frances Marek Valla.

She attended Bila Hora School. She married Henry Koller on Nov. 24, 1925 in Weimar. She was a housewife and lived in this area all her life.

She is survived by three sisters, Christina Koller of Weimar, Alma Barton of Clute and Frances Barton of Glidden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Koller; one sister, Emma David; and three brothers, Emil Valla, Frank Valla, and August Valla.

Pallbearers were Alton Barton, Emil Valla Jr., Franklin Valla, Melvin David, Arthur Lee David and Harvey Vornsand.

Weimar Mercury, March 22, 2001, page 2A


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Koltermann, August

Old Settler Passes Unto His Reward

Mr. A. Koltermann, Respected Citizen, Succumbs to the Inevitable Monday Morning.

Mr. A. Koltermann, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this section, a retired farmer, died at the family residence three miles southwest of town, at 4 o'clock Monday morning, after a long illness. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery west of town Monday afternoon, a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends following the remains to their last resting place in Weimar’s city of the dead. Rev. Isaac Sellers, a close friend of decedent for many years past, performed the touching burial service.

Thus passes away one of the most interesting Characters of this section. a man who was known and loved by all for his many fine traits of personality and individuality, a man of upright deportment, a man whose word was as good as his bond and whose statements were never doubted, for he was the soul of honor. Up to a few weeks ago Mr. Koltermann was a frequent visitor to our city, but old age and ill health made serious inroads on hIs energy and for a long time past he has been confined to his home, unable to get about. He was a grand, good man in every sense of the term, a devoted husband and father, a friend as true as steel, the best of neighbors, and his passing Is viewed with the keenest of regret by a large circle of friends thruout this section.

Mr. Koltermann was born near Posen, Germany, July 28, 1833. and was 88 years old at the time of his death. He was left an orphan at the age of 3 years. He came to the United States at the age of 24 years, and for many, years has resided on the old home place a short distance southwest of this city. In coming to this country Mr. Koltermann landed at old Indianola, in the fall of 1857, thence made his way by ox team to San Antonio. At the beginning of the Clvil War he enlisted In the First Texas Cavalry and served throughout the war in Texas and Louisiana. At the close of the war he enlisted in the Texas Rangers and served two years along the Mexican border. He was married to Mrs. Mary, Morrow in 1867. Two children were born to this union, one of whom, Mr. F. W. Koltermann, survives. He leaves a widow aged 91 years, the son above referred to, two grandchildren, Miss Gladys Koltermann and Mrs. H. D. Zapp, and one greatgrandchild, little Dorothy Gladys Zapp.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, October 28, 1921, page 1

Koltermann, Fritz W.

Funeral Services for Fritz W. Kolterman Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Mr. Fritz W. Kolterman, well-known retired farmer of this section, who died Sunday after an illness lasting four years, were held here Monday, August 24, with the Rev. Boone reading the final rites.

Mr. Kolterman, who was 73 years and 9 months old, was born in Washington County on November 10, 1868, the son of A. Kolterman and Mary Armstrong Kolterman. He was married in 1890 to Miss Lanie Morrow, and had lived in this county for the past 39 years. He was a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Kolterman took an active interest in daily affairs even through the long period of illness preceding his death; he passed away while sitting at the radio, where he was listening to election returns.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. F. W. Kolterman of Weimar, two daughters, Mrs. Herbert D. Zapp of Houston, and Miss Glady Kolterman of Weimar; and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Black of Weimar. Two grandchildren also survive: Mrs. Geo. D. Forristall of New York City, who was unable to be present at the funeral, and Don Zapp of Houston, who attended.

Active pallbearers were Stafford Wooldridge, Felix Melor, Rudolf Holubs, Ed Rabel, Alfonce Holub and Tye Holman. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows' Cemetery]

The following poem, whose author is unknown, has been dedicated to the memory of Mr. Kolterman by his family:

“When I pass out and my time is spent
I hope for no lofty monument.
No splendid procession marching slow
Along the last long road I go;
No pomp and glory I care for then
When I depart from the world of men.

But I’d like t think, when my race is through,
That there will be in the world a few
Who’ll say, “Well, there is a good man gone!
I’m sorry to see him passing on,
For he was a sort that’s fair and square,
The kind of a fellow it’s hard to spare.

“He hadn’t money, he hadn’t fame,
But he kept the rules and he played the game.
His eyes were true and his laugh was clear,
He held his truth and his honor dear:
And now that his work is at an end,
I know how much I shall miss my friend.”

If my life shall earn such words as those
I shall smile in peace as my eyelids close,
I shall rest in quiet, and lie content.
With the words of a friend for my monument.
The Mercury extends deepest sympathy to the sorrowing family in their great loss.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1942

Koltermann, Gladys

Koltermann Funeral Held Here June 15

Funeral services for Miss Gladys Koltermann, 86, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Sunday, June 15, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Lyle Pierce officiated.

Miss Koltermann died at the Manor on June 13 after an illness of about three months.

A retired school teacher, she lived in this area all of her life except for several years at Victoria. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Texas State Teachers Association.

Born January 16, 1894, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Frederick and Lanie (Morrow) Koltermann.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs.Augusta Zapp of Houston, and by a niece and a nephew.

Pallbearers were Leslie Rabel, Leslie Townsend, and four of her former students, Ray Jurecka, Bennie Kunz, Leon Jurecka and Arnold Krecmer. Other former student, Bill Jurecka, Laddie Mazoch, and Henry Beyer, were named honorary pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury June 19.1980

Koltermann, Inez

The Mercury editor, as well as many other friends of the family, was greatly shocked early Tuesday morning to learn of the death of Inez, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz W. Koltermann, which occurred at the family home the previous night, after a brief illness of congestion. This bright little girl, the pride of the home and general favorite of her associates, was taken sick last Friday, but no alarming symptoms were noticeable until the Sunday following. Her condition then became dangerous and although every effort of medical skill and loving hands of parents, relatives and friends was rendered, it was of no avail, and after a brief suffering God claimed His own. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellow's cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 6 o'clock, Rev. J. W. Gates performing the funeral obsequies. In the loss at their treasure, as this little girl had ever proven to be, the family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends, who realize that this is Indeed a heavy blow to the loving and almost heart-broken parents. God pity and comfort them, is the
sincere wish of the Mercury.

Weimar Mercury, August 12. 1905, page 8

Koltermann, Lanie (Morrow)

Mrs. Koltermann Dies at 88 After Lengthy Illness

Funeral services for Mrs. F. W. Koltermann, 88, who died Friday in Youens Hospital after 9 months' illness, were held Saturday afternoon, Aug 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home,with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. Howard MacAllister,pastor of First Methodist Church, officiated.

Mrs. Koltermann has been a patient in the hospital since last December 26.

A lifelong resident of this area and just a year younger than the town of Weimar, she was born Jan. 2, 1874, near Hackberry in Lavaca County. She was the former Lanie Morrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Harrison Morrow. She was married to Mr. Koltermann at her parents home Dec. 4, 1890, and they first settled in Fayette County, just over the county line, moving to Colorado County in 1903. Mr. Koltermann died in 1942.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Miss Gladys Koltermann of here and Mrs. Herbert D. Zapp of Houston; 2 grandchildren, Mrs. George D. Forristall of Beaumont and H. Don Zapp of Houston; 4 great-grandchildren, George Zapp Forristall of Beaumont, and Pamela, Donna and Rick Zapp of Houston; a brother, Drew M. Morrow, and a sister, Miss Evelyn Morrow, Schulenburg; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Charlie Allen, Henry Brasher, Ray (Buddy) Kusey, Walter Williams, Murdock McKinnon, and Rudy Holub.

Weimar Mercury, August 16, 1962

Koltermann, Mary (Armstrong) Morrow



Mrs. Mary Koltermann, widow of the late A. Koltermann. died at the residence of her son, F. W. Koltermann, late Friday evening. and the remains were laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Wilson, local Methodist pastor, officiting[sic] at the funeral obsequies. Despite the inclemency of the weather, rain falling almost continuously throughout the day, a large crowd was present to pay the last sad tribute to the memory of this estimable lady.

Mrs. Koltermann was born in Mississippi Sept. 17, 1830, and was 94 years of age at the time of her death. Later in life she moved with parents to Alabama. At the age of 18 years she moved to Texas, and on Nov. 24, 1853 was united In marriage to Mr. James Morrow. To this union six children were born. Mr. Morrow died June 25, 1866. In 1868 she was married to Mr. Aug. Koltermann, and to this union two children were born. Her surviving children are Mrs. Fannie Black, Mrs. H. T. Green, Mr. F. W. Koltermann, Weimar and Mr. James Morrow of Phoenix, Arizona. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Koltermann was one of the earliest settlers of this section, and had lived here for a period of' over sixty years. When she first settled in this section, Indians roamed our prairies and were a familiar sight. In early life Mrs. Koltermann was an active, vigorous woman, and took great interest in the social affairs of the community. Later in life her health failed her and she was practically an invalid for many years. She was an estimable, good woman in every sense of the term, a devoted wife, mother, neighbor and friend, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1924, page 1

Konecny, Julia

Julia Konecny, 76, Dies In Rest Home; Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for Miss Julia Konecny, 76, who died Friday in St. Anthony Rest Home at La Grange, were held Monday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home and St,. Michael’s Church here with Rev. Clarence Leopold officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s cemetery.

Miss Konecny was a native of Europe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Konecny. Her parents had brought her to Texas at the age of 2, settling at Dubina. She had lived in Colorado and Fayette Counties ever since, making her home in Weimar the past 35 years.

Her only survivor is a sister, Mrs. Hermina Vasek of Strawn, Texas.

Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1953

Konesheck, David Osborne, Sr.

A large number of friends and relatives from throughout the area gathered at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. last Thursday, May 12th, to attend funeral services for David Osborne Konesheck, 44, prominent life-long resident of Eagle Lake and owner of the Konesheck Electric Service. Mr. Konesheck was killed in a tragic accident while working on a 440-volt electric line at the Thomas Dryer on Tuesday of last week.

The Rev. Milroy Gregor, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, conducted the services. He was assisted by the Rev. Walter J. Miller of Rockdale, former pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church.

David Osborne Konesheck was born July 12th, 1921 in Eagle Lake, the son of Edward J. and Ethel Rogers Konesheck. He resided for all of his life in this community. On August 2, 1940, he and Miss Charlene Duddleston were united in marriage in Columbus.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Charlene Konesheck of this city; three sons, David Jr., stationed with the Armed Forces at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Russell Alan in Eagle Lake High School, and John Charles, an elementary school student; one daughter, Mrs. Carol Joyce Ripper of Eagle Lake; one grandchild, Valerie Konesheck; 2 sisters, Mrs. Florence Richter and Mrs. Lottie Tate of Eagle Lake; and a brother, Chester Konesheck of Rosenberg; and other relatives and friends.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as casket bearers were Doug Gilpen of Rosenberg, Elgien Konesheck of Sealy, Alton Adcock of Columbus, and Ewald Breithaupt, Billy Miller, and Joe French of Eagle Lake.

The great wealth of beautiful floral offerings were symbolic of the great love felt by friends and relatives for this one whose life was abrupted so suddenly. He was active in affairs of the Lutheran Church and took great interest in community affairs. He shall be missed greatly by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 19, 1966
Submitted by John Konesheck

Konesheck, Edward J.

Edward Joseph Konesheck

Edward Joseph Konesheck, 64, died last Friday of a heart attack. Mr. Konesheck, section foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad, was with a group of men loading cotton at the Garwood depot when the attack occurred, about 4:20 p.m. Some of the men rushed into the depot to call for a doctor, but it was already too late. Although Mr. Konesheck had not felt well for some time, his sudden death was unexpected.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Albert Brown Sunday, August 27th, at 4:00 P. M. from the First Baptist Church with interment in the Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers were E. H. Shirley, B. H. Toliver, Sam Austin, I. G. Tesch, M. E. Selph and J. O. Froelich.

"In the Garden" was sung by the Baptist Choir, accompanied by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash, and a nephew of the late Mrs. Konesheck, Alvin Lee Rogers of Houston, sang "The Lord's Prayer," with Mrs. Nash playing accompaniment.

Mr. Konesheck was born May 28, 1886, in Schoenau in Austin County, the son of Josephine and John Konesheck. He was married to Miss Ethel Rogers in Rosenberg on October 23, 1910. They lived for about two years in Crab Switch and Boothe before moving to Eagle Lake.

He had worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 42 years, having been in Eagle Lake for the past 37 years. He was a lover of the outdoors and his main hobby was tending bees. For the past three and a half years, he had been a member of the First Baptist Church where he spent most of his Sundays.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. L. Richter and Mrs. G. H. Tate; two sons, Chester and David Konesheck; and 10 grandchildren, all of Eagle Lake; one sister, Mrs. Clara Hoppe of New Ulm; and three brothers, all of Sealy, Henry, Alvin, and August Konesheck. His wife preceded him in death February 7, 1949.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, August 31, 1950
Submitted by John Konesheck

Konesheck, Ethel (Rogers)

Ethel Rogers Konesheck

Funeral services were held from the Mill Funeral Home at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, February 9th , for Mrs. E. J. Konesheck, 56, who died Monday, February 7th, in a Wharton hospital. Rev. Albert Brown of the First Baptist Church conducted the services, and interment was in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Konesheck was born June 24, 1892, in Rainbow, Texas, the daughter of Nannie Woodard Rogers and J. W. Rogers, and had made her home in Eagle Lake for the past 35 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church until October of last year when one of her limbs was broken.

Pallbearers were: S. O. Boothe, C. H. Matthews, Gordon Birdwell, Sam Austin, R. E. Altman and Eddie Caylor.

Mrs. Konesheck, who was an ideal mother, is survived by her husband, four children; Mrs. C. L. Richter, Mrs. G. H. Tate, David and Chester; nine grandchildren, five sisters, and four brothers.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 11, 1949
Submitted by John Konesheck

Konvicka, Arnold John

A. J. Konvicka, 57, Shotgun Victim; Suicide Ruled

Funeral services were held in Eagle Lake Saturday at 4 p.m. for Arnold John Konvicka, 57, a Thorstenberg Materials Co., dragline operator. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Mr. Konvicka was found about 3. p.m. last Friday, shot to death in some brush near Thorstenberg's Ramsey plant where he operated a dragline. A 12-gauge automatic shotgun was beside his body.

Justice of the Peace, Richard Schmidt of Columbus, ruled the death a suicide. He said that it was believed Mr. Konvicka died about 12:45 p.m.

The body was found by Alan Hammack and Leonard Gast of Columbus, Thorstenberg employees, who began a search after they did not find Mr. Konvicka in or near the dragline after the noon-hour recess. Judge Schmidt said Mr. Hammack followed some tracks across some sand. The body was behind a pile of materials and in some brush. The bullets for the shotgun had been fired into the face.

Mr. Schmidt and Sheriff J. O. Walker arrived at the scene about 3:30 p.m. they said that none of the employees at the plant had heard a shot. Apparently, Hoyt DeShazo, another employee, was the last to see Mr. Konvicka alive about noon, the officers said.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, June 8, 1967
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Konvicka, Ethel (Bunte)

Ethel Bunte Konvicka

Ethel Bunte Konvicka of Eagle Lake passed away on Saturday, November 14, at the age of 91.

Ethel was born on June 15, 1918 in Smithville, to August and Albina Janus Bunte.

She married Arnold Konvicka on October 23, 1938. They moved to Eagle Lake in the early 1940’s. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.

Ethel was a talented seamstress who could make a dress from nothing more than a sketch, she sewed for the public for many years. Later in life, Ethel became a nurse’s aide, she will always be fondly remembered by all those she helped and cared for during her 20 years of employment at the Eagle Lake Hospital.

Everyone who attended her annual “Kick off the Holidays” parties held each December at the Circle K Ranch will never forget them! She also hosted and honored many civic groups over the years.

One of her proudest moments was being named Lady of the Year by the local Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, August and Albina Bunte; husband, Arnold Konvicka; and eight siblings.

Survivors include daughter, Jo Ann Mahalitc and husband, Kenneth of Eagle Lake; son, John David Konvicka and wife, Sharon, of San Marcos; beloved grandchildren, Lisa Hoffman and husband, Thierry of Nada, Lori Faldyn and husband, Mark of Scaly, Lana Grammer and husband, John of Victoria, and Laura Oles and husband, David of San Marcos; great grandchildren, who always put a sparkle in her eye: Kevin Hoffman, Kinsey Hoffman, Jamie Stein, Lauren Faldyn, Nikki Faldyn, Kelsey Grammer, Garrett Grammer, and Rachel, Ryan and William Oles; and dear friends, Rita Bowen, Paul Supak and Jeff Fmka.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. at the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Thierry Hoffman, Mark Faldyn, John Grammer, David Oles, Paul Supak and Jeff Frnka.

Memorials may be made to the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church, Rice Medical Center of Eagle Lake or Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Ave., Victoria, TX, 77901.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 26th, 2009

Konvicka, John

John Konvicka, 78, Life-Long Resident Here, Buried Sunday

Funeral services for John Konvicka, 78, life-long resident of the Weimar area, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Sunday, August 31. Rev. B. Pruski officiating.

Interment was made in St. Michael's Cemetery, alter services at St. Michael’s church.

Mr. Konvicka, was familiar to Weimar citizens as any landmark of the town, once served nearly every home here as a wood-cutter. For the past few years he had been an employe of the City Utilities Department, hardworking and steady, with an unusual talent for gardening. The hundreds of crepe myrtle shrubs lining the highway through Weimar and around many private residences were planted by his skillful hands, and he took great pride in the way they beautified the city.

Born at Dubina December 20, 1868, he was the son of Jorn[sic] and Rosa Lee Konvicka. In 1892, he married Miss Maria Lycka at Dubina, where they first settled to live, moving to Weimar 43 years ago. Mrs. Konvicka preceded him in death only two months ago. Mr. Konvicka had been ill about 6 weeks when he died Friday, August 29, at his home here.

Surviving are two daughters, Miss Willhemina Konvicka of Weimar and Mrs. C. H. Wilson of Fort Worth; and one sister Mrs. Agnes Rainosek of Hostyn.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Louis Janda, E. F. Matura. Harry Knebel, Albert Lupik, O. T. Kershaw, and Joe Holub.

Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1947, page 1

Konvicka, Karl Stephen


WHARTON – Karl Stephen Konvicka, 22, of Wharton died Sunday, June 5, 1994.

He was born Sept. 2, 1971, in Wharton to John Louis and Daisy Jeannette Dursma Konvicka. He was a veteran of the U.S. National Guard and Army Reserve. He married the former Jennifer Sue Harriman on July 5, 1990, in Wharton. Mr. Konvicka was a mechanic for Fairbanks-Morse Industrial Equipment of Houston. He was a Catholic.

Survivors: wife; sons, Laurence Konvicka of Wharton; father, John Louis Konvicka; mother, Daisy Windham of Wharton; sisters, Mary Monica Konvicka and Joan “Bunny” Fertsch, both of Wharton, Rebecca Blakely of Marble Falls, Anna Dawson of Round Rock and Stephanie Miller and Renee Garcia, both of Markham; brothers, John L. Konvicka Jr. of Bay City and Bradley Konvicka of Wharton.

Visitation begins: after 5 p.m. today at Wharton Funeral Home chapel.

Rosary: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church.

Graveside services and burial: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Brune Cemetery near Columbus, Wharton Funeral Home.

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, June 7, 1994
S ubmitted by Rosemary Ermis

Konvicka, Maria (Lycka)

Final Rites for Mrs. J. Konvicka, 72, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. John Konvicka, 72, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church Tuesday morning, July 1, Msgr. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Interment was made in the St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Konvicka was born Maria Lycka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lycka, in October, 1874, in Moravia, Europe. She came to this country first when she was nine years old, returning to Europe, she again came to the United States with her mother and sister, at the age of 16.

Settling in the Dubina section, she was married there to John Konvicka in 1892. She was a member of St. Michael's Church here.

Mrs. Konvicka had been a semi-invalid for more than fifty years, and since February of this year had been seriously ill. Death came to her Sunday at her home.

Surviving are her husband: one daughter, Miss Wilhelmina Konvicka of Weimar; one adopted daughter, Mrs. C. H. Wilson of Fort Worth; and one sister, Mrs. Ernestine Lupik of East Bernard.

Pallbearers at the funeral were E. F. Matura, Albert Lupik, O. T. Kershaw, Harry Knebel, Joe Holub, and Louis Janda.

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 1947, page 1

Konviska, Albert V.

Albert V. Konviska

Albert V. Konviska, 85, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, April 8 at Rice Medical Center.

He was born February 25,1923 in Eagle Lake.

Albert was a truck driver and was of the Baptist faith.

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

Albert leaves to cherish his memory nephews, Everett Moore of Rock Island, Ernest Moore and Gladys of Columbus, James Moore of Eagle Lake, Johnny Konviska and Larry Konviska of Houston; nieces, Cynthia Konviska of Houston, Janice and husband, Glen Hayes, of Markham, Elizabeth and husband, Gene Maretka, of Austin; great niece, Kathryn Moore of Sealy; great nephews, Kolby Parker of Sealy, Robby Henske and wife, Stacy, of Markham and Johnny Bradock of Sheridan.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Collison officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Everett Moore, Roy "Burr" Cranek, Glen Hayes, Johnny Bradock, Tony Alvarado and Ernie Triska.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Konz, Kenneth E. “Kenny”

Kenneth E. "Kenny" Konz Cleveland Browns #22

Kenneth E. "Kenny" Konz, 79, of Alliance, died on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 3:10 a.m. at Alliance Community Hospital.

He was born on September 25, 1928 in Weimar, Texas, and lived in Alliance for the last two years after moving from Mandeville, La. Kenny was the #1 draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1951 and held the position of halfback, safety and punter for the Cleveland Browns from 1953-1959 as #22.

He served two years in the Army Air Force.

Mr. Konz was a member of the Akron Browns Backers and also enjoyed golf.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sue (Morrison) Konz; a daughter, Charlene (Phil) Szunyog; a granddaughter, Lauren Szunyog; a grandson, Graham Szunyog, all of Strongsville; a brother, Max Konz of San Antonio, Texas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willard and Kathryn Briggs of Limaville; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Deb and Tony Purses of Alliance; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jim Favazzo of Alliance; sister-in-law, Darcy Morrison of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bruce and Olga Morrison of Weatherford, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his father, Max Konz and his mother, Wilma Konz.

There will be no services or calling hours held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231, the American Diabetes Association, 1815 West Market St., Suite 108, Akron, OH 44313 or the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852,

Arrangements are by the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, 1000 S. Union Avenue, Alliance, Ohio 44601. This obituary may be viewed and condolences may be sent to the family online at

Akron Beacon Journal, February 6, 2008

Football Star Kenny Konz Dies at 79

Weimar native Kenny Konz, an All-Southeastern Conference halfback for the LSU Tigers in 1950 and a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, died in Alliance, Ohio, due to complications from pneumonia, the school announced Wednesday of last week.

The last living member of the defensive backfields of the Cleveland Browns' championship teams in the 1950s under Paul Brown, Konz was 79 at the time of his death on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Konz played at LSU from 1948 to 1950, earning All-SEC honors his senior season.

In the final game of the 1949 season, he triggered a 21-0 upset win over heavily favored Tulane with a punt return for a touchdown.

He returned three punts that day for a total of 125 yards, still among the top 10 punt return games in the history of LSU football.

Konz was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

He was also a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Though he played only six-man football at Weimar High School, at a time when all 12 grades in the district were housed in one building, Konz still stood out enough to earn a scholarship to LSU.

It was there that he saw his first standard football game.

While playing with the Tigers, he was selected All Southeastern Conference in 1950 and was hailed as one of the greatest all-around halfbacks in school history.

Following his senior season, he was selected to play in three all-star games and chose to go to the Blue-Gray contest and the Senior Bowl.

Konz had resided in Alliance, Ohio, during the last two years.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sue; daughter Charlene and two grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, February 14, 2008, page 2A

Konz, M. A.

Ex-Alderman of Weimar Died Very Suddenly Monday Evening

M. A. Konz, a well known business man of this place, while on a visit to a friend in the country near Weimar, was taken ill Monday evening, and his condition becoming critical, a physician was summoned, who advised his removal home at once. An auto was secured, and relatives started to town with him. Just after reaching the city, and as he was endeavoring to alight from the car he suffered a stroke of heart failure and was dead almost in an instant. The body was removed to the home of his mother Mrs. Chas. Fahrenthold, and tenderly prepared for burial, the funeral taking place at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery Tuesday, afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor. conducting the services. The Sedan Lodge of Hermann Sons, of which decedent was a member, also conducted funeral service at the grave. The decedent was a member of the Weimar Fire Department for many years, and members of same attended in a body, as a testimonial of respect for their dead comrade. Mr. Konz was a merchant of this city for many years. Recently he sold his business here, and was not actively employed at the time of his death. He was an ex-alderman, and served the city faithfully and well. He was born and raised in this city, and was well and favorably known to a large circle of friends. He leaves a widow and three little sons, besides his mother, Mrs. Chas. Fahrenthold, to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1917, page 1

Konz, Max Albert Jr.

Max Albert Konz Jr.

"Coach" Konz, Max Albert Konz Jr., born October 27, 1926, went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2008 at the age of 81. He married his beloved wife Shirley Jeanette Konz on June 8, 1960. He was an educator, coach, and principal with the Harlandale I.S.D. for over 30 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Shirley. He is survived by his daughter, Debra Lynn Konz-West and husband Michael R. West; son, Max Albert Konz, III; grandchildren: Jade Jeannette Konz, Shalie Raelyn West; niece, Charlenne Syzorang and husband Phil and their children Lauren and Graham; and many friends he considered family. SERVICES Viewing will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 26, 2008 with funeral service beginning at 10:00 A.M. at Harlandale United Methodist Church with Rev. Carlos Gonzalez officiating. Interment to follow at Mission Burial Park South. For personal acknowledgment you may sign the guest book at in the obituary section. Arrangements with: Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.

San Antonio Express online, July 25, 2008

Konz, Max Albrecht

Weimar Local Matters

Max A. Konz, a prominent druggist of this place, died Tuesday night about 10 o’clock, of hemorrhage of the lungs. Mr. Konz leaves a wife and two small children. He was buried Wednesday evening at four o’clock in the Odd Fellows’ Rest. He has been quite delicate for the last year--attended lectures at the School of Medicine at Louisville, Ky., this spring a short time, and had to return on account of his shattered health.

Colorado Citizen, August 30, 1883

Koons, A. W.

College Station, Texas, January 14.--A. W. Koons of Nada, Texas, a student of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, died in the campus hospital Monday from spinal meningitis. He was delayed in returning from the holiday vacation on account of sickness and had been ill since his return. Following his death the buildings, the hospital and the entire campus were well fumigated and there is not the least excitement over a possible spread of the disease. It is believed that absolutely every precaution has been taken and that no serious results will follow from the one case. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1913

Kopecky, I. J.

I. J. Kopecky Dies; Funeral Thursday

Funeral services for I. J. Kopecky, 62, who died sometime Monday night or early Tuesday at his home here, will be held Thursday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

The service at the funeral home will be at 9:45, at the church at 10. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 Wednesday at the funeral home.

He will be buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1968, page 1

Funeral Held Thursday For I. J. Kopecky

Funeral services for I. J. Kopecky, 62, were held Thursday morning, Jan. 25, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Albert Hubertus officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Kopecky, a retired carpenter and musician who lived alone, was found dead of a heart attack at about 8;30 a.m. Tuesday, at his home. Apparently he had died a couple of hours earlier as he prepared to bathe. His brother-in-law, Bill B. Barta, found him.

He had lived in Weimar since 1961. Born May 26, 1905, at Flatonia, a son of Innoc[sic] and Sophie Kopecky, he also lived in Engle and Schulenburg before moving here. He had farmed, sold insurance, and been a professional musician, and for the past 23 years had been an employe of Mr. Barta, a building contractor.

Once owner of his own band, he had also played in other bands and had been a dance promoter. He could play almost any musical instrument and still owned a number of them. His other big interest was horticulture, and he was quite adept at it.

He was a member of the KJT, Hermann Sons and SPJST lodges.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Bill (Willie Mae) Barta of Weimar and Mrs. Fred (Julia) Kautske of Schulenburg; two brothers, Bill and Frankie Kopecky of Engle; and four nephews, Ernest Barta of Weimar, Leo Gene Kopecky of Schulenburg, Willie Kopecky of Sherman and Melvin Kopecky of Georgia.

Pallbearers were Frank Bily, Eddie Kubecka, Julius Stryk, John Hajovsky, Leo Gene Kopecky and Ernest Barta.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1968, page 5

Kopecky, Josephine (Malinak)

(Miss Frieda Meismer)

Mrs. Kopecky of near El Campo was buried here in the Herman Sons Cemetery [Nada] at three o’clock last Sunday afternoon.

Colorado County Citizen, April 13, 1933, page 4

(Mrs. M. L. Heiman)

A number from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Kopecky at Nada Sunday.

Colorado County Citizen, April 13, 1933, page 4

Kopecky, Dr. Lewis

Final Rites Held Sun. For Dentist Dr. Lewis Kopecky

Dr. Lewis Kopecky, a prominent dentist in the Eagle Lake area East Bernard communities for over forty years, passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at around 3:15 in the afternoon of Friday, June 8th, bringing great sadness lo his relatives and many friends throughout the area. Dr. Kopecky had been in failing health since November of last year.

He was born on April 10th. 1906 in Fayetteville, Texas the son John and Viola Baumbach Kopecky. He with his parents moved to East Bernard in 1911. One of ten children, began his school career in the Tavener school in Fort Bend County. In 1924 he entered Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville where he received his degree and a first grade teaching certificate. He taught for one year before deciding to enter the Texas Dental College in Houston where he graduated in 1929.

Upon completing his State Dental examination, he came to Eagle Lake as s single man and assisted Dr. Louis Gordon for six months while Dr. Gordon devoted time to growing potatoes.

Dr. Kopecky then moved to the second floor of the Fitzgerald Sanatorium (on McCarty Street just above the former Luna Drug Store and later Eagle Lake Drug Store). He conducted the practice of dentistry in that office for thirty-four years. He also practiced dentistry m East Bernard on one day of each week for many of these years. In 1963 be moved his office to his home where he maintained his office until his health failed.

In 1932 he and Miss Marie Janik were united in marriage. Survivors include his wife; one son, Lewis Kopecky, Jr. of La Porte: a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Lois) Gibson of Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Patsy Kopecky of La Porte; and son-in-law, Jerry Gibson of Bryan. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Susan (Gibson) Crosser of Houston, Jerry Wayne And Glenn Gibson of Bryan and Carol and Greg Kopecky of La Porte; one great-grandson, Corey Crosser of Houston: two sisters, Ludma Walzel and Carrie Bohacek of Rosenberg; two brothers Henry Kopecky of Rosenberg and Dr. George Kopecky of California; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister. Frances Horelica and 4 brothers, Joe, John. Anton and Bill.

Dr. Kopecky took a great interest in his community, state and nation. He was an outstanding athlete in high school and college and was a great supporter of athletics in the school and community.

He was a charter member of the Eagle Lake Lions Club and was active in many other community organizations and activities.

The funeral services for Dr. Kopecky were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home Sunday, June 10th at 2:00 p.m. followed by interment in the Lakeside Cemetery. The Rev. Edward Geiser, former pastor Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and the Rev. Tom Hanus, pastor of the church, officiated at the services.

Mrs. L. J . Spanihel played favorite hymns on the organ prior to the service.

Casket bearers were Charles D. Stephens. Nolan Grasshoff, Joe Koudelka, Carl Seaholm Jr. of Eagle Lake; Dick Hranicky of Wallis; and Frank Buxkemper, Jr. of East Bernard. The family named as honorary pallbearers, Dr. J. R. Laughlin, Louis Grigar, Albert Pustejovsky, Louis Muzny of Eagle Lake; John Kearney of Galveston; and Frank Buxkemper. Sr. of East Bernard

Dr. Kopecky enjoyed the friendship of every acquaintance and he shall be remembered forever as a friend and loved one. Deepest sympathy is extended to the family in their great loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thurs., June 14, 1979
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Kopecky, Marie (Janik)

Marie Janik Kopecky, 90, of Bryan, and former long time resident of Eagle Lake, passed away Aug. 8, in a Bryan Nursing Home.

She was born in East Bernard Aug. 15, 1911 to Louise (Hranicky) and Rudolph Janik and married Dr. Lewis Kopecky on Aug. 24, 1932. She was a graduate of East Bernard High School Class of 1928. She had been a resident of Eagle Lake for 56 years and a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake and served as secretary for the Altar Society for 20 years. She loved to cook and entertain, and family gatherings in her home were filled with wonderful food and lots of laughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Rosalie Jircik; brothers Richard and Albert Janik; and grandson, Jerry Wayne Gibson.

She is survived by children Lois Gibson and husband Jerry of Bryan, and Lewis Kopecky Jr. and wife, Patsy of LaPorte; sister, Martha Roberts of Houston; grandchildren, Susan Horn, Glenn Gibson, Carol Dobias, Greg Kopecky and their spouses; and great-grandchildren, Corey Crosser, Curtis Gibson, Kristi Gibson, Suzanne Horn, Dorothy Horn, Brandon Kopecky, Malory Dobias, Jared Kopecky and Kayla Kopecky.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 10, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Winkler, pastor of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity of Eagle Lake officiating with Charles Draper Stephens Jr., lector, Cynthia Sunderman, cantor and Patty Stephens, organist. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake.

Three generations of family served as pallbearers, Lewis Kopecky, Jerry Gibson, Mike Dobias, Glenn Gibson, Corey Crosser and Curtis Gibson; honorary pallbearers were Greg Kopecky (USMC) and Gene Roberts.

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen


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Korthauer, Florence Edna (Cook)

In Memory of Mrs. Florence E. Korthauer

The last earthly remains of Mrs. Florence E. Korthauer, 77, were tenderly placed at rest in beautiful Lakeside cemetery Friday afternoon.

The Rev. Chas. Culpepper Jr., Conducted impressive funeral services from the home of Mr. and Mr. L. D. Roberts. Softly and sweetly the strains of "Nearer My God to Thee" brought comfort to sorrowing hearts. The arrangement was a duet by Mrs. Kate McRee and Mrs. Chas. Culpepper, Jr.

The services were attended by a large number of life long friends of Mrs. Korthauer and immediate friends of the family.

Serving as casket attendants were Sam Carter, J. N. Frazar, Chas. von Lengeke, J. M. Chumney, C. E. Johnson and Herbert Matthews.

The mass of beautiful flowers which banked her bier were tributes of love, esteem and admiration.

God has called unto His keeping a gentle quiet soul. As long as health would permit Mrs. Korthauer was prominent in her community work and in her church activities. Hers was the life of a lovely Christian woman and she was endearingly spoken of. Truly a mother in Israel has gone to her reward, having changed her cross for a crown.

In the late years of her invalidism she found time, and experienced much joy in the writing of poems and short stories. The quality of her work was ever of a high standard and reflected the Biblical teachings with which she was so familiar. Her shut-in days were never idly spent.

With the magic touch of gentle fingers that played upon her typewriter keys, she was given to call "Prayer Books." Illustrating booklets with prized cutouts from Christmas and other greeting cards, she would weave her stories of beauty, charm and culture. That she was a talented writer, those who were permitted to read her short stories will never deny.

The world indeed is a better place for her having passed this way, and children and grandchildren can call her blessed of the Lord.

Survivors include: Mrs. L. D. Roberts, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Alma Sanders, San Antonio; Mrs. E. Wayne Smith, Beaumont and Mrs. Leona Rhea, Glen Flora, also five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A brother, Mike Cassidy of Sample passed away only the past Saturday. Two sisters are left to mourn her loss - Mrs. J. W. Smith and Mrs. B. D. Sample of Sample, Texas.

Mrs. Korthauer leaves memories that will linger long in the hearts of relatives and friends and to these we extend heartfelt sympathy in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 16, 1945
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Kosa, August

DIED, near this city, Tuesday morning, Mr. August Kosa, a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. A. Schindler. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

“Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the northwind’s breath,
And stars to set--but all,
Thou has all seasons for thine own, O death!”

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1889, page 3


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Koss, Helen L. (Himly)

Helen, L. Koss, 80, of Columbus, died Friday, Feb. 11, 1994, in Columbus.

Born Dec. 17, 1913, in Welcome, Texas, she was the daughter of Paul and Erna (Bockelmann) Himly. On Aug. 20, 1932, she married V. J. Koss in Gonzales. Mrs. Koss was retired after 25 yeas as assistant cashier at Columbus State Bank. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, and had been a resident here since 1952.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 13, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Patrick Fidgeon officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Stone, Joel Krouse, Greg Krouse, William McClain, Kenny Norsworthy and Scott Bostik. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Krouse, Chuck Krouse and Stan Bostik.

Mrs. Koss is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and David Krouse of Pearland and Valene and Jack Stone of Lakewood, CO; son Ron Koss of Fort Worth; sister Lisetta Rosenberg of La Grange; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 11, 1975, and her parents.

Colorado County Citizen, February 16, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Koss, Vladimir J.

V. J. Koss

Funeral services for V. J. Koss, 70, of Columbus were held Sunday at Henneke Funeral Home, with burial in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

A requiem mass was said Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Knights of Columbus rosary was recited after the mass.

Mr. Koss, a resident of Columbus for over 20 years, died at his home Friday.

He was born in La Grange Aug. 7, 1904, a son of Joseph and Vlasta Haidusek Koss. Mr. Koss was united in marriage with Miss Helen Himly Aug. 20, 1932.

A graduate of LaGrange High School, Mr. Koss received his degree in civil engineering at Texas A. & M. University. He was with the Texas Highway Department in La Grange for a number of years and moved to Columbus in 1952 where he was highway resident engineer until retirement several years ago.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. David Krause of Pearland and Mrs. Jack Stone of Bryan; one son, Ronald Koss of Fort Worth; 4 sisters, Mrs. E. O. Iselt of Lafayette, La., Miss Ann Koss of San Antonio, Mrs. Katherine Spacek and Mrs. Agnes Sauter, both of Houston, and 5 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Clarence Schweke, C. J. Cernosek, G. C. Hampe, T.W. Glithero, James R. Koss and Gregory Krouse.

Colorado County Citizen, April 17, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kotrla, Alfred Rudolph

Alfred Rudolph Kotrla Sr., 77, of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 1994, at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

Born Oct. 15, 1916, in Ellinger, he was the son of Rudolph and Julia (Horak) Kotrla. On Oct. 14, 19141, he married Myrtle Kansteiner. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Parker Brothers. Mr. Kotrla had resided in Columbus since 1951, and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Columbus and Knights of Columbus. He was Past Commander of American Legion Post No. 383 and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 22, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Patrick Fidgeon officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Patrick Kotrla, Perry Kotrla, Wayne Kotrla, Larry Kotrla, Mike Kotrla and John Kotrla. Honorary pallbearers wee his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kotrla is survived by his wife of Columbus; daughter, Shirley Matthews of South Houston; sons, Alfred Kotrla Jr. of Angleton and Jimmy Kotrla of Austin; sisters, Ruby Kubala and Margaret Kotrla of Columbus and Dorothy Stephens of Hico, Texas; brothers, Jerry Kotrla of San Antonio and Frank Kotrla of Baytown; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Eugene, Elo, Floyd, Lester and Randy Kotrla.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 26, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Kotrla, David Earl

David Kotrla

Funeral services for David Earl Kotrla were held Dec. 2, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar, with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Kotrla, 20, was fatally injured in a one-car accident Nov. 31 and died 9 hours later in Youens Memorial Hospital.

He was the youngest of 4 sons of R. J. (Randy) Kotrla, born May 7, 1954. He was recognized for his outstanding work during high school, junior college and his first year at Texas A & M, where he was a junior agricultural major.

While attending Weimar High School., he was on the student council all 4 years. During his sophomore year, he was class president and was selected for "Who's Who" recognition.

He was the F.F.A. Chapter's most outstanding member in 1971 when he served as class vice president.

He was a football tri-captain that year. When he graduated in 1972, he won a $1,000 scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show.

He attended Wharton County Junior College where he was on the school's "Who's Who" list and graduated with honors. He was awarded a $400 scholarship from Moorman Feed Co. that helped him get started at Texas A&M University this fall.

Besides his parents and 3 brothers, Larry of Weimar, Michael of Garwood and Johnny of Stafford, he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Matura of Weimar and Mrs. Julia Kotrla of Columbus; an aunt, Mrs. W. J. Kubala, an Uncle, Alfred Kotrla, both of Columbus; and a niece and nephew of Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1974
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Kotrla, Julia Albina (Horak)

Mrs. Kotrla’s Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Kotrla, 85, a resident of Autumn Hills Nursing Home, were held Nov. 5 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Kotrla, mother of Randy Kotrla of Weimar, died Nov. 3 in Columbus Community Hospital, after an illness of four weeks.

A Columbus resident 41 years, she was born June 29, 1891, in Fayetteville, a daughter of John and Pauline Zapalac Horak. She was married to Rudolph Kotrla in November, 1908. He died January 31, 1947.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Edmund and Eugene, a daughter Aline, and a grandson, David Kotrla.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Ruby Kubala of Columbus, Mrs. Dorothy Stevens of Dallas and Miss Margaret Kotrla of El Campo; seven sons, Elo of Mentz, Alfred of Columbus, Floyd of Corpus Christi, Lester of Austin, Frank of Baytown, Randy of Weimar and Jerry of San Antonio; 32 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Janak of Wharton.

Pallbearers were grandsons Hubert Kubala, Ronnie Cook, Jerry Wayne Kotrla, Lester Kotrla and James Kotrla.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1976

Kotrla, Margaret

Kotrla Funeral In Columbus On Jan. 30

Margaret Kotrla of Columbus died Jan 29 in Columbus. She was 64 years old.

Graveside services at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus were held Jan 30, with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Miss Kotrla was born Mar. 5, 1932 in Ellinger to Rudolph and Julia (Horak) Kotrla, and was a lifelong resident of Columbus.

Miss Kotrla is survived by two sisters; Ruby Kubala of Columbus, and Dorothy Stephens of Hico and two brothers, Frank Kotrla of Baytown , and Jerry Kotrla of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Kotrla, Pearlie Ella (Oppermann)

Mrs. Pearlie Kotrla of Rock Island Succumbs at 46.

By Mrs. G. C. Edds

Rock Island--Funeral services were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Columbus for Mrs. Eugene Kotrla, 46, who suffered a stroke Friday, Feb. 27, about 6 p.m. at her home here and passed away Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the Laughlin hospital.

The Rev. G. Wolf officiated, with the Mill-Bauer Funeral home in charge of arrangements

Pallbearers were Dan Hooper Jr., L. M. Girndt, Elmer Larsen, Clarence George, Walter Wied and H. A. Johnson. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest cemetery in Columbus.

The deceased was born Pearlie Ella Opperman Feb. 23, 1913 to Otto and the late Mary Braun Oppermann in Garwood. She was married to Eugene Kotrla in Columbus, May 5, 1931. He preceded her in death 9 years ago, June 30, 1950.

Survivors include her father, Otto Oppermann of Garwood; one sister, Mrs. Billie Powell of Rock Island, 4 daughters, Mrs. Albert (Earlene) Botard of Sheridan, Mrs. Marvin (Eldoris) Stock of Dallas, Audrey Jean, student nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Houston, and Billie Jean, a junior at Rock Island high school, one niece, Elizabeth Ann Powell, and 3 granddaughters, Connie Stock and Alleen and Carol Botard.

Mrs. Kotrla has been employed at the Rock Island school cafeteria the past 9 years (since Sept. 1950) and had worked as usual on Friday before her sudden illness.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1959

Kotrla, Rinold J. “Randy”

Funeral services with military honors were held in Weimar Feb. 6 for Rinold J. “Randy” Kotrla, 53.

Services were held from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with entombment in the parish mausoleum.  The Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.  VFW comrades BennieRerich, Jo Adamcik, Joe Wick and Alvin Prause served as pallbearers.

Mr. Kotrla died Monday, Feb. 4 at the Sealy hospital while enroute to Diagnostic Hospital in Houston.  Ill for several years with heart disease, he had been in and out of hospitals for the past three months.

Born Nov. 24, 1926 at Ellinger, he was a son of Rudolf and Julia (Horak) Kotrla.  He served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II.

He had lived in Weimar since his marriage on Oct. 18, 1948, to Dorothy Matura.  He worked for Thorstenberg Materials for many years.  He had open heart surgery in 1973 and in 1975 in deference to his health he left Thorstenberg to take a part-time job with Colorado County Precince 2.  In 1976 his doctors advised him to retire.

Mr. Kotrla was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2153 and was very active in Weimar VFW Post 5875, which he served at various times as commander, junior and senior vice commander, trustee and chaplain, the office he held at the time of his death.  He was also active in other community functions and played and sang with musical groups for more than 25 years.

His wife survives, along with three sons, Larry of Weimar, Michael of Schulenburg, and Johnnie of Sugar Land; daughters-in-law, Kathleen Kotrla of Weimar and Berly Kotrla of Sugar Land; three grandchildren, Nicole and Steven Kotrla of Weimar and Jonathan Vance Kotrlia of Sugar Land; six brothers, Flloyd of Corpus Christi, Elo of Cat Spring, Lester of Pflugerville, Alfred ofColumbus, Frank of Baytown, and Jery of San Antonio; and three sisters, Mrs. Wm. (Ruby) Kubala of Columbus, Mrs. C.C. (Dorothy) Stephens of Dallas and Miss Margaret Kotrla of El Campo.  He was preceeded in death by a son David, in 1975 and by a brother, Eugene.

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

Kotrla, Whitney Alice

Recent CHS graduate loses life
Staff Reports

Whitney Alice Kotrla, loving daughter, sister and friend, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Columbus.

She was born in Katy on May 22, 1986. Whitney graduated from Columbus High School in 2005. She was a member of NHS, volleyball, basketball, and the varsity cheerleading team. She was named MVP Female Athlete of the year in 2005 along with numerous other awards throughout the years. She received a full athletic scholarship to Wharton County Junior College where she received her associates degree in May of 2007.

While attending WCJC, she was a member of the WCJC volleyball team where she was named to the Region XIV Athletic Conference All - Academic Team. Whitney was a devout Catholic and loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, sports, music, playing with her dogs and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her parents, DeWayne and Connie Kotrla; one sister, Ashley Kotrla; and two brothers, Bradley Kotrla and her twin Taylor Kotrla; her maternal grandmother, Mildred Gosler and her husband John; and her paternal grandmother Lenora Kotrla, all of Columbus; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Elo Kotrla and E.J. Bertsch Sr.; and uncles Mike Bertsch and James Kotrla.

A Rosary will be held at Henneke Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers are Taylor Kotrla, Bradley Kotrla, Joshua Cernosk, Jacob Cernosk, Neal Janacek, Cory Brune and Tommy Charvat.

Honorary pallbearers are the Columbus High School Class of 2005 and Wharton County Junior College Volleyball Team of 2006.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Whitney Kotrla Memorial Scholarship Fund, Columbus State Bank, P.O. Box 249, Columbus, TX 78934

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Kotzebue, Bertha

Mrs. Julius Kotzebue Sr.

Mrs. Julius Kotzebue passed out of this life at the home of her son, Mr. J. H. Kotzebue, last Thursday. Funeral services were held at the residence Friday and interment made at the Mentz [Zoar] Lutheran Cemetery, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the Columbus Lutheran Church officiating

Mrs. Kotzebue was born in Germany and came to Texas when a child. She had spent the greater portion of her life in this community.

She is survived by three sons, J. H. of this city, Henry of San Antonio and Hillie of Bernardo, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1928

Kotzebue, Elizabeth (Burttschell)

Mrs. Kotzebue’s Death Comes 3 Days After Sister’s

Last rites were held Tuesday morning at 8:45 in Untermeyer Funeral home for Mrs. Elizabeth Kotzebue, 76, who died in Knights Convalescent home Sunday morning. Continue services were held in St. Anthony’s Catholic church. Rev. Alex Kraus officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Rosary for Mrs. Kotzebue was recited in the funeral home Monday at 8 p.m.

Born Mar 10, 1883, in Mentz, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Burttschell. Her death came 3 days after that of her sister, Mrs. A. A. Miller, in Columbus hospital. They were the last remaining members of a family of 3 sons and 6 daughters.

Mrs. Kotzebue had been in frail health several year. Her husband, William Kotzebue, to whom she was married Jan. 15, 1902 in Mentz, died many years ago.

She is survived by 2 sons, Terry William and Leslie of Columbus and a daughter Mrs. L. J. Chollett of San Antonio, also by 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Walter Lee Miller of Columbus, Delven Ray Miller and Maynard Braden of San Antonio, Arthur Meyer of Houston, Willis Kotzebue of Mentz and Robert L. Engbrock of Seguin.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1959, page 6

Kotzebue, Frances A. (Brod)

Kotzebue Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Frances A. Kotzebue of Alleyton were held Thursday, December 17, 1992 at 10 a.m. from St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father George Henninger officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Kotzebue passed away December 15 in the Columbus Community Hospital. She was 72 years of age.

Born January 18, 1920 at Mentz. she was the daughter of Gerhard and Adeline (Braden) Brod. She married Willis F. Kotzebue on February 11, 1946 and became a housewife. A lifetime resident of the Mentz area, she was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church and the Sons of Hermann Laura Lodge # 102 of Bernardo.

Her husband preceded her in death on September 27, 1990.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Adeline and Franklin Weishuhn of Columbus; sister, Ernestine Brod of Mentz; sister-in-law, Doris Brod of Mentz; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Hilean and Dennis Frank; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were James Brod. Mickey Powers, Thomas Weishuhn, Leonard Brod, Oliver Weishuhn and Larry Brune.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, December 31, 1992, page 2

Kotzebue, Julius


One of oldest and most prominent citizens of Bernardo section succumbed to pneumonia attack.

Mr. J. Kotzebue, Sr., one of the oldest and one of the most popular and most prominent citizens of the Bernardo community, died at his home in Bernardo at half past twelve o'clock last Saturday after a short illness of pneumonia.

Mr. Kotzebue had lived in the Bernardo section many years and was well known throughout Colorado county. He was a successful farmer and a man who enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment being made at the at Bernardo, and was widely attended by people from Eagle Lake, Cat Spring, Frelsburg, New Ulm, Alleyton, Columbus, and the Bernardo section.

Mr. Kotzebue was 75 years of age. He frequently visited in Eagle Lake and his friends here always enjoyed seeing him whenever he came to town. He is survived by his wife, one brother, C. M. Kotzebue of Moulton, one daughter, Mrs. A. F. Gerbermann of Cat Spring, and four sons, Wm. Kotzebue of this city, J. Kotzebue, Jr. and Hillie Kotzebue of Bernardo, and Henry Kotzebue of San Antonio, to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 19, 1918
Contributed by John Konesheck

Kotzebue, Leslie L.

Leslie L. Kotzebue

Funeral services for Leslie L. Kotzebue of Columbus were held Saturday at Henneke Funeral Home.  Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Father Victor Schmidtzinksy officiated.

Mr. Kotzebue died at Columbus hospital June 12 at the age of 74.

He was born Sept. 23, 1905 at Bernardo, the son of William and Elizabeth Burttschell Kotzebue.

He resided all of his life in the Columbus area where he was a retired cement worker and plaster man.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Elwertha Chollett of San Antonio and one brother, Terry William Kotzebue of Columbus.

Pallbearers were W.J. Brower, Lenoard Chollett, David Kotzebue, Robert Cowart, John Meisner and George Cermin.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Kotzebue, Virginia Mary (Turner)

Virginia Turner

Virginia Mary Turner Kotzebue passed away at her residence in Columbus April 12.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus on Sunday under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Pastor Robert, Schlortt officiated. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

She was born March 20, 1915 in Columbus and married Mr. T. W. Kotzebue August 1, 1932. She was a lifetime resident of Columbus and was of the Lutheran Faith.

The late Mrs. Kotzebue was the daughter of Jim and Annie Blaschke Turner.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. T. W. Kotzebue of Columbus; her daughter, Mrs. Dianne Cowart of Columbus, a son, David Kotzebue of Houston, a sister, Dorothy Ready of Seabrook. She also is survived by three grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the service were Mark Cowart, Bobby Cowart, Darrell Ready, Donnie Ready, Steven Hardin, Gaylan Waitsehies.

Colorado County Citizen, April 19, 1984, page 2

Koudelka, John Joseph

John Koudelka, 83, Buried Here Tuesday

Funeral services for John J. Koudelka, 83, of Crosby were held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Tuesday, with burial in the church cemetety.

He died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday in El Campo.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Emilia Koudelka; seven sons, Jeff, Joe and George Koudelka, off of Houston, John, Jimmy and Frank Koudelka of Crosby, and Laddie Koudelka of Baytown; and 15 grandchildren.

Further details were not available.

Weimar Mercury, September 28, 1956, page 1

More Information On John Koudelka

(Editor’s Note: A short item in last week’s Mercury told of Mr. Koudelka’s death; the following additional information arrived from a relative the day after the paper was printed.)

John J. Koudelka, 83, of Crosby, Texas, came to this country from Czechoslovakia when he was one year old and spent most of his life in the Holman community. He also lived for some time in East Bernard and a few years in Houston before moving to Crosby about a year ago.

He had had a stroke and was completely helpless the last four months of his life.

Pallbearers at the funeral here on Sept. 25 were Albert Smith of Houston, Louis Smith of Conroe, Emil Smith of Willis, Joe Wischnewsky of Houston, Advin Polasek of Dickinson and Adolf Lawrence.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1956, page 2

Koudelka, John Joseph jr.

John J. Koudelka, 65, Buried Wednesday

Funeral services for John Joseph Koudelka, 65, of Crosby, who died at 11:17 a.m. Monday in Houston hospital, were held at St. Michael’s Church here Wednesday morning.

Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Koudelka’s father, John J. Sr., was buried here only a month ago.

Mr. Koudelka, the younger, is survived by his mother, Mrs. Emilie Koudelka of Crosby; and seven brothers, J. A., Joe, and George, all of Houston, Laddie of Baytown, and Jim and Frank of Crosby.

Weimar Mercury, October 26, 1956, page 4

Koudelka, Joseph

A Bohemian died near hear Tuesday, and was buried Wednesday afternoon [Weimar Masonic Cemetery]. His name was Joseph Kudelka[sic]

Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1893

Kovar, Mary Martha "Monie" (Vasicek)

God called our mom, Mary Martha “Monie” Kovar, home on May 27. It was His will.

Our mom passed quietly in her sleep at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born on April 17, 1929, to Joseph and Ludmilla (Kulhanek) Vasicek in Fayetteville,. Mary worked in food preparation for Schobel’s Restaurant for many years. On February 16, 1953, she married Jessie James Kovar.

In our hearts, we will always and forever love her. We will struggle with life since she went to be with the Lord. I know we will be together again someday. Those who accept God as their savior and live by his word will live eternally with the Lord.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Kovar; parents, Joseph and Ludmilla Vasicek; baby brother, Lamberth; baby sister, Mary; and sisters, Josephine Sumrall and Martha Kovar.

She is survived by her sons, Jesse and Frank Kovar; daughter, Rebecca Stancik; and husband, Randall, all of Columbus; two grandsons, Mason and David Kovar; and granddaughter, Cassondra Kovar.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, with Father Dan Kahlich officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Pallbearers were Andy Schobel, Bob Schobel, John Smith, Ruben Leal, Steven Theiss and Scott Einkauf. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Mason, David and Cassondra Kovar.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic Church, P.O. Box 669, Columbus, TX 78934

Colorado County Citizen, 2011 news clipping
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Koym, Alfred

Alfred Koym, 46, Dies Under Tractor; Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services for Alfred Koym, 46-year-old Weimar farmer, whose lifeless body was found by his 13-year-old son beneath an overturned tractor last Friday evening, were held Sunday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery.

In the absence of Rev. C. Emigholz, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church here, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok of Washington, Texas, officiated, Rev. J. M. McDonald, pastor of the Weimar Methodist Church and a close friend of Mr. Koym’s, assisting.

Mr. Koym had been plowing a field Friday afternoon, and shortly before 4 o’clock had begun working on his tank, which he was attempting to make deeper. His wife was visiting relatives in Weimar. Between 4:30 and 5, Bobby and a young friend, Thomas Joe Taylor, came home on the school bus. Waiting around to go squirrel hunting with Mr. Koym, they were chasing a rabbit in the field when they noticed the overturned tractor. The boys were unable to remove him from beneath it.

Mr. Koym had been complaining of pains in the area of his heart the day before. Whether he suffered a heart attack or was attempting to dodge a tree limb when he lost control of the tractor was uncertain.

Born near Weimar March 12, 1906, the son of Mrs. Richard Koym and the late Mr. Koym, he continued to live on the home place after his marriage to Miss Meta Breithaupt Nov. 3, 1929. His father died in 1934, and his mother moved to Houston to live with her daughter. Mr. Koym was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife and one son; his mother; and two sisters, Miss Elvie Koym of Rosenberg and Mrs. Bill Kersten of Houston.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Fred Froehlich Jr., Henry Beken Jr., Clarence Beken, Herman Paweleck, Felix Freis, and Joe Bartosh.

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1952, page 1

Koym, Alma A. M.

The youngest daughter of John [Joachim?] Koym, a well-known farmer of this section, died last Friday and was buried the following day. We are told that she was afflicted with a combination of diptheria[sic], typhoid fever and pneumonia. She is highly spoken of as an attractive young lady of lovable disposition, and her death is deeply and sincerely regretted. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family in their loss. [Interment was in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1902

Koym Caroline (Bielefelt)

Mrs. John Koym, a respected lady of the New Bielau community, died last Monday, age 63, and was laid to rest in the New Bielau cemetery the following say. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, November 14, 1903, page 8

Koym, Elvie

Elvie Koym Funeral Held At New Bielau

Funeral services for Elvie Koym, 82, of Weimar were held Friday, Aug. 16, from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau, with burial in he church cemetery. Rev. Norman J. (Skip) Sirnic officiated.

Miss Koym died Aug. 14, at 4 p.m.

Born Dec. 19, 1908, in the Content-New Bielau community she was a daughter of Richard and Ida (Schultz) Koym. After schooling in the Content school, she lived on the family farm until 1947,when she moved to Rosenberg, where she worked for 25 years, then retired and moved to Houston to live with her mother and sister. She had lived with her sister, Elsie Kersten, in Weimar the past seven years.

Her sister survives her along with a nephew, Bobby Koym, and his wife Jean, of Katy. Also surviving are great-nephews Dean Koym of Tomball and Don Koym and Darrin Koym of Katy; great-nieces Denise Alspaugh and husband Ron of Houston and Debra Henrichsen and husband Daryl of Katy; and four great-great-nieces and nephews, Phillip Alspaugh, Cody and Bobby Heinrichsein, and Erica Alspaugh.

Serving as pallbearers were nephew Bobby Koym and great-nephews Dean Koym, Don Koym, Darrin Koym, Daryl Henrichsen and Ron Alspaugh. Named honorary pallbearers were Mark Kansteiner and Charlie Shultz.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1991

Koym, Joachim

Mr. Joachim Koym, an old settler of this section died Tuesday and the following afternoon the remains were buried at New Bielau cemetery. He was about 77 years old, and had grown very feeble. He was well thought of by those who knew him, and had lived a long and useful life. He leaves many relatives and friends to mourn his death.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1908, page 8

Koym. Marie

Mrs. Koym, mother of William, Ferdinand and Joachim Koym, died Wednesday near Content, at the advanced age of 90 years and 4 months.[Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1894

Koym, Richard

Honored, Good Citizen Is Claimed by Death

Our people were terribly shocked Thursday of last week to learn that Mr. Richard Koym, one of the New Bielau section's foremost and most honored farmers had expired during the previous night, following an attack of locked bowels. The attack came on Mr. Koym just a day or two previous to his death. He was in town a few days previous to that time, in apparent good health, We understand that, Tuesday of last week symptoms of this terrible trouble developed and although medical aid was summoned, it was without avail. Wednesday night it became apparent that his condition was dangerous, so he was hurried to Weimar to a doctor, by his brother-in-law, Mr. Otto Leppin. On arrival here his condition was so critical that on advice of the family physician Hubbard's ambulance was secured and the sick man was hurried to the Shiner Hospital.

The ambulance party reached Hallettsville about midnight, arid it was at that time and place that Mr. Koym expired. The remains were brought back home, and on Friday they were laid to rest in the New Bielau Cemetery, in the presence of a large circle of relatives and friends.

Mr. Koym, a son of the late John Koym, one of the original settlers of this section, was born and raised in this section, according to information at hand. At any rate, practically his entire life had been spent in the section and among the people he loved so well. He ever proved himself an honorable, good citizen. He was devoted to his family, a friend to all about him, ever glad to render a neighborly service, and he possessed a large circle of friends throughout this section.

He leaves a widow, two daughters and one son, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended. May God comfort them in their deep bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, December 7, 1934, page 1

Koym, unknown

There were two deaths out in the country the first of the week--a farmer named Anton Hartman dying in the Holman valley section, and the 2-year-old daughter of Richard Koym dying near New Bielau. Both were buried Monday afternoon. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1905, page 4

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