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Koehn, Adela Edith (Raabe)

Funeral for Adela Koehn Held Sept. 25

Funeral services for Adela Edith Raabe Koehn, 64, of Rt. 1, Weimar, were held Sunday, Sept. 25, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Mrs. Koehn died Friday, Sept. 23, at 10:15 p.m. at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, of cancer.

A lifetime Weimar resident, she was born Jan. 11, 1924, on the Raabe “home place” in Colorado County, a daughter of Emil Sr. and Ida Raabe. She was married to Lester Herman Koehn on Jan. 25, 1959, at Trinity Church, New Bielau.

Her husband survives, along with two daughters, Molly Koehn of Normangee and Jane Koehn Armontrout and husband Rick of Austin; two sons, Alan Koehn of Weimar and Dale Koehn and wife Cindy of Weimar; four grandchildren, Jessica and Jodi Koehn, Brittany and Lindsey Armontrout; and three brothers, Adolph and Clarence Raabe of Weimar and Alfred Raabe of Columbus. Four brothers, Emil, Edgar, Elo and Ervin Raabe, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers in the funeral were Fred Hilscher, Charlie Herzik, Melvin Otto, Marvin Otto, Terry Raabe, and Howard Raabe.

The Weimar Mercury, September 29, 1988
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Koehn, Albert Carl William

Death of Muchly Beloved Content Citizen

Although it has been known for many weeks past that the condition of our good friend, Albert Koehn of Content community. was grave and that there was little hope far recovery, still we all "hoped against hope" that there would come a turn for the better and that he would be restored to good health, to remain among us for many years to come. But it proved a vain hope! Gradually the poor. tired spirit ot our good friend became weaker and finally “God’s finger touched him and he slept.” Albert probably divined that it would be his last illness. He told a close friend and neighbor recently, when the latter sought to encourage him in the hope of getting well, that he might get up, but that when he did it would not be on his own limbs meaning, of course. that funeral attendants would have charge of the body when it was removed from the room. And it was true. The end came quickly and the tired spirit of our good friend joined those gone on before, his labors ended, his aches and pains stilled forever. His death took place at 10:50 Saturday morning, after many weeks’ illness.

The funeral took place at New Bielau Cemetery Sunday afternoon, the services being attended by an exceedingly large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends, many coming from long distances to pay tribute to a loyal, true friend of many years’ standing.

Albert Carl William Koehn was born Oct. 25, 1880, in the New Bielau community. He was confirmed April 7,1895, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Bielau. On Nov. 3, 1904, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Brandes. He passed away on the 30th day of October. 1937, at his home in the Content-New Bielau community, at the age of 57 years and 5 days. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Margaret Koehn, and two brothers, Messrs.. J. F. W. Koehn of New Bielau and Henry C. Koehn of Hallettsville, besides numerous other relatives and friends.

Albert was what, in present day parlance, would be called a "four-square man", that is, he was straight as a die, honest, upright, dependable man in every respect, a man who had the confidence of every one who knew him. There was no deceit about him; his life was open as a book; he had nothing to conceal.

He was a devoted husband, neighbor and friend, ever ready to do his bit in helping those about him, and those of the community in which he lived for so long a time will miss him deeply and sincerely.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 5, 1937, page 1

Koehn, Amalie (Hinkel)

Mrs. H. J. C. Koehn Dies Unexpecterly[sic]; Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Amalie Koehn, 74, who died unexpectedly at her home Sunday morning at 7:30, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr., E & R pastor, officiated. Interment was in the New Bielau cemetery, near New Bielau Trinity Church, of which she had tong been a member.

Mrs. Koehn had been in poor health for several years, but had been fairly active. Three weeks ago she had attended the funeral of her brother, Henry Hinkel.

Born Dec. 24, 1881, at Hackberry, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hinkel. She was married Dec. 10, 1903, to H. J. C. Koehn, and for the next 47 years they lived near New Bielau on the old Koehn homestead place, They retired from farming in 1950 and moved to Weimar. Two years ago a large crowd of relatives and friends joined them in a celebration of their golden wedding anniversary.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Bennie, Edgar and Lester Koehn, all of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. August Meister of Yoakum; five grandchildren; and Mrs. Martha Lee (Hinkel) Schoener of Houston, whom the Koehns raised from infancy.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Edwin Koehn, Oscar Hinkel, Alfred Koehn, Walter Koehn, Joe Cotton, and Walter Schoenfeld.

Weimar Mercury, December 16, 1955, pages 1 and 10

Koehn, Anna (Ruppel)

Mrs. Koehn, wife of Mr. John Koehn, a respected German farmer living four miles south of Weimar, died Wednesday afternoon, and was buried in the Weimar cemetery Thursday afternoon, a large crowd of sympathizing friends of the family being present to witness the sad ceremony. Mrs. Koehn was an estimable, kind-hearted lady, possessed of a large circle of friends, and her death has caused great grief among them. The Mercury sympathizes with the bereaved husband in his sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1896, page 2

Koehn, Arlene (Zak)

Arlene Koehn Funeral Services Held May 16

Arlene Koehn, like a dove, flew into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ on May 14 after a 17-month battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Tuesday, may 16 at the Weimar United Church of Christ.

Interment followed at the New Bielau Cemetery.

Arlene was born Sept. 7, 1961 the first child of Johnnie and Helen (Galetka) Zak.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church.

Arlene enjoyed her childhood growing up in the country and schooled in Hallettsville ISD. In High School she played the trumpet, was on the FFA debate team, and she excelled in academics.

She attended college in Victoria and then moved back to Hallettsville to work.

Later she worked in Schulenburg at the bowling alley where she became known as “Arlene Arlene the bar tending machine.”

She loved working with children, first in the day care, where she became known as Mrs. Arlene, and then in vacation bible school.

Before her illness she worked at Baumgarten-Matula where she was a master at mixing paint, and people asked for her when they needed paint mixed.

Arlene was an honest, straight forward, always joking and fun loving person. She had a “knack” for remembering numbers and dates.

She was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ, where she had served as Christen education chair, overseeing Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and many other youth activities. She also was a member of the SPJST Lodge No. 4 of Hallettsville and the Swiss Alp Dance Club.

Arlene married Alan Koehn on October 28, 1995, and they enjoyed 10 wonderful years together.

She lived life to the fullest and never feared what the Lord had in store for her.

She is survived by her husband, Alan; mother and father, Johnnie and Helen Zak; sisters, Kathy Smolik and husband Melvin of Hallettsville, and Jean Wick and husband Edward of Weimar; brother, John and wife Ani of Hallettsville; father-in-law, Lester Koehn and friend Milday Ermis of Weimar; sisters-in-law, Molly Koehn of Austin, and Jane Armontrout of Weimar; and brother-in-law Dale Koehn and his wife Cindy of Weimar.

She isalso survived by her nieces and nephews, Jodi, Jessica, and Tyler Koehn, Tucker, Trevor, and Tracie Smolik, Smantha, Molly, and Amy Jo Wick, and Claire and Emma Zak.

Pallbearers were Narvin Koehn, Daivd Zak, Elliott Koehn, Kelly Janak, Frank Gosney, and Wilton Leppin.

Ushers were Dickie Muehr, Gene Hoffman, Hugo Richter, and Kenneth Krizak.

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 2006
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Koehn, Clara

News of Content Section

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Koehn in the loss of their four-months-old baby. The little form was laid to rest in the cemetery at New Bielau.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1907, page 8

Koehn, Clara (Woltersdorf)

Final Rites for Mrs. Fred Koehn 83, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Koehn, 83, widow of the late Fred L. Koehn, were held Saturday afternoon at Evangelical and Reformed Church, with Rev. F. H. Horak, JR. officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. The body lay in state at Hubbard Funeral Home until shortly before the church services.

Mrs. Koehn died at 6:40 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aug. Guhn, in Houston, where she had lived since Mr. Koehn's death in 1954.

Born Oct. 14, 1874, in Germany, she came to this country with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Woltersdorf , in 1881. The settled at New Bielau and she was one of the first confirmants in New Bielau Church. She was married to Mr. Koehn in 1900, and they lived at New Bielau until 1940, when they retired and moved to Weimar. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary here in 1950. She was an active member of the New Bielau Church and later the E&R Church here.

All three of their children survive, including Mrs. Aug. (Lilly) Guhn and Rudolph Koehn of Houston, and Edwin Koehn here; along with six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Willie Klesel of New Bielau; and a brother, Willie Woltersdorf of San Antonio.

Serving as pallbearers were her nephews, Norwin Woltersdorf, Edwin Klesel, Bennie Koehn, Lester Koehn, Walter Koehn and Albert Bremser.

Colorado Citizen, December 13, 1957
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Koehn, Clara Louise (Schroeder)

Clara Koehn Funeral Services Held April 13

Clara Louise Schroeder Koehn, 101, died on April 11 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on April 13 at the Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Norman “Skip” Sirnic officiating. Burial services followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Koehn was born on Sept. 16, 1985 in Content to Diedrich and Meta (Behlen) Schroeder. She attended the Content School.

She later married Arthur H. Koehn on Dec. 2, 1910 at New Bielau.

Mrs. Koehn was affiliated with the New Bielau Church and the Ladies Aid.

She was a housewife and lived all her life in this area.

She was preceded in death by her husband on March 15, 1984; three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Wilbert and Lorene Koehn; and Elvin and Dolly Mae Koehn; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dale Koehn, Rory Koehn, Edroy Krebs, Daniel Ulbricht, Al Marshall, and John Elstner.

The family requests’ remembrances be made to the New Bielau Church, Parkview Manor or the charity of one’s choice.

The Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1997
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Koehn, Dorothea

Mrs. Dorothea Koehn Buried Here On Wednesday Afternoon

Mrs. Dorothea Koehn, widow of the late F. C. Koehn, who lived up to a few years ago a short distance south of Content, died Tuesday at the home of her son-in-law, Theo. Reichert, at Nordheim, and the remains were brought here Wednesday for interment. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, performed the funeral obsequies, which were held at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family in their affliction.

Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1921, page 1

Koehn, Edwin William

Funeral Services For Edwin Koehn Held Dec. 27

Edwin William Koehn, 88, of Weimar died Dec. 26 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center due to natural causes.

Mr. Koehn was born Oct.1, 1909 in Weimar to Fred Koehn and Clara Woltersdorf.

He attended Content School. He married Erna Wienken Oct. 14, 1930 in Weimar.

He was a lifelong resident of this area.

Mr. Koehn was a member of Sons of Herman for over 70 years. He was also a member of Weimar UCC Brotherhood, Weimar Volunteer Fire Department and the Weimar UCC in which he served as treasurer of the church board some years ago.

He enjoyed farming and ranching and was in the trucking business.

Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Skip Sirnic and Rev. Ernest Dean officiating. Interment followed at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Leon Hattermann, Charles Trefny, Kervy Kahlden, Harvey Vornsand, Hugo Richter, Sr. and Leonard Stech.

Honorary pallbearers were all other members of Weimar UCC Brotherhood. Survivors include: one daughter, Thusnelda Hajdik of Columbus; one son Elliott Koehn and wife, Ava of Weimar; five grandchildren, Derck Koehn, Dalinda Shelton, Brad Hajdik, Brock Hajdik and Holly Perez; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Koehn was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Rudolph Koehn of Houston; one sister, Lillie Guhn of Houston; and a son-in-law, Leroy Hajdik of Columbus

The Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Koehn, Esther Augusta (Gerstenberg)

Esther Koehn Funeral Held Here July 5

Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Augusta Koehn, 80, of Rt. 1, Weimar, were held Monday, July 5, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Walter R. Simpson officiated.

Mrs. Koehn died Friday night, July2, at her home of an apparent heart attack. She had been in ill health the past year and a half.

She was born in the New Bielau area south of Weimar on July 19, 1901, a daughter of W. A. and Helena Marie (Hasse) Gerstenberg. During part of her childhood the family lived in Bell County, but returned to New Bielau. She was married to Oscar Koehn here on June 26, 1926. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1981.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in law, Elton Dale and Gloria Jean Koehn of Katy; two grandchildren; and three brothers, Gilbert and Leonard Gerstenberg of Belton and Oscar Gerstenberg of Temple.

A sister, Minnie, and two brothers, August and Robert, preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Harry Keaton, Kenneth Gerstenberg, Rory Koehn, Troy Koehn, Elvin Koehn and Wilbert Koehn.

The Weimar Mercury July 15, 1982
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Koehn, Ethan Dean

House Fire Claims Infant's Life

An 11-month-old infant died early Tuesday in a house fire in the New Bielau area southeast of Weimar.

The child, Ethan, was the son of Rory and Patricia Koehn.

Funeral services were scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church. [Burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

The parents were sleeping in another bedroom. One fire fighter said the parents were awakened by the sound of an explosion and the resulting fire was so intense that they were unable to reach the child.

By the time help could be summoned, about 5 a.m., and Weimar Fire Department units reached the scene, the house was engulfed in flames.

"When we arrived, the house was fully enveloped and flames were coming out of the windows," one fire fighter said. A deputy with the state fire marshal's office was investigating the cause of the fire.

Four units from the Weimar Fire Department with 34 men, two units from Oakland Fire Department with seven men, and two units from Columbus with 8 men were called to battle the flames.

The one story brick house, which is located on County Road 230 about six miles south of Weimar, was completely gutted by the fire.

Officials with the New Bielau Community Center Association set up an account at Hill Bank and Trust Co. to assist the family, which lost almost all of their belongings.

Donations may also be sent to the New Bielau Community Center, Route 1, Box 130, Weimar, Tx.

Weimar Mercury, Thurs., 15 Aug 1996

Explosion Caused By Gas Leak

The cause of an explosion and fire at the Rory Koehn residence southeast of Weimar last week was traced to a leak in a propane gas line.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry Bowers Jr. said that natural corrosion in the gas line leading from the propane tank to the house had caused a leak.

He said gas accumulated under the house and then ignited.

"It was accidental, caused by corrosion of the propane line," he said. "It was an unfortunate occurrence."

He said it was not immediately determined what ignited the fire, but said it could have been one of several things, such as an air conditioner coming on.

Eleven-month-old Ethan Koehn, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rory Koehn died in the fire Aug. 13 and the family lost most of their possessions.

Officials with the New Bielau Community Center Association set up an account at Hill Bank and Trust Co. to assist the family.

Donations may also be sent to the New Bielau Community Center, Route 1, Box 130, Weimar, Tx.

Weimar Mercury, Thurs., 22 Aug 1996
Transcribed by Matt Cross

Koehn, F. C.

F. C. Koehn.

The people of this section were greatly shocked late Saturday evening to learn of the death of F. C. Koehn, a prominent farmer of this community. Mr. Koehn had gone to San Antonio the first of last week to be operated upon for some bladder trouble, from which he had been a sufferer for many months and which had gradually undermined his health. He went upon the operating table Saturday morning about 9 o'clock, we understand, and the operation was performed, but Mr. Koehn failed to rally from the effects of same, and his death occurred about 5 o’clock that afternoon. The remains were prepared for burial and brought here and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, pastor of the Lutheran church, performing the impressive funeral service, same being witnessed by a large crowd of his sympathizing neighbors and friends. Mr. Koehn was 61 years old at the time of his death. He came to this county in 1883, and by hard work succeeded in amassing a comfortable fortune. He leaves as his survivors a widow and three daughters--Mrs. Annie Reichert, Mrs. Alma Blaschke and Miss Louise Koehn--to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended,

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1913, page 1

Koehn, Fred L.

Funeral Services For Fred L. Koehn, 78, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Fredrich Louis Koehn, 78, who died very suddenly at his home here Sunday, were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Koehn suffered a heart attack, from which he died immediately, during a few minutes in which his wife had gone to a neighbor's house at about 2:15 Sunday afternoon. Although partially crippled, he had been in comparatively good health, alert and active for his years.

Born September 13, 1874, near Welcome in Austin County, he was the son of Johan and Wilhelmina Niemeyer Koehn. When he was a few months old his parents moved to the New Bielau-Content section. On Nov. 29, 1900, he married Miss Clara Woltersdorff, and they continued to live in that section until 1939, when they moved to Weimar. In 1950 the Koehns celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party at New Bielau Community Center attended by 150 relatives and friends. Mr. Koehn had been a trustee of the New Bielau Trinity Lutheran Church the past 25 years and continued to attend services there regularly after moving to Weimar. He was also a 50-year member of the Hermann Sons Lodge, which he was serving as secretary at the time of his death, and had been a trustee of the Content school.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Rudolf of Houston and Edwin of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. August (Lillie) Guhn of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Anna Schoenfeldt of Yoakum; a brother, Herman, of Weimar; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Mr. Koehn's nephews, Walter Koehn, Edgar Koehn, Alfred Koehn, Walter Schoenfeld, Edwin Klesel and Eric Bremser. Honorary pallbearers were all members of the Sons of Hermann Lodge of New Bielau, No. 205.

Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1953, pages 1 and 8

Koehn, Friedrich

Mr. Fritz Koehn, an old and respected German farmer of the New Bielau section, and brother of Mr. John Koehn, died last Tuesday at the family home, after a long illness. He was well and favorably known by the people of this vicinity, and his death is deeply regretted. He leaves a heart broken wife and four children--Mrs. Robert Klockmann, J. F. W. Koehn, Henry Koehn and Albert Koehn--to whom the sympathy of all is extended. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1903, page 5

Card of Thanks.

We take this method of returning sincere thanks to numerous friends for the many kindnesses shown us during the illness and death of Mr. Koehn. Such attentions to those in distress are deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten. Your grateful friends, [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Mrs. Louisa Koehn and Children

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1903, page 6

Koehn, Herman J.C.

Funeral for H. J. C. Koehn, 95, January 5

Funeral services for Herman J. C. Koehn, 95, lifelong farmer and rancher of the New Bielau-Content area were held Saturday, Jan 3. from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in New Bielau Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Simpson officiated.

Mr. Koehn died at 7:30 p.m. January 3 at Colonial Rest Home, Schulenburg, after a lengthy illness. He had been an invalid since suffering severe burns to his legs 14 years ago, and the past three years had been a resident of the rest home.

Born at New Bielau Dec 2, 1878, he was the son of John and Wilhelmine Niemeyer Koehn. He was 11 when his family moved to what was known as Content community. He married Amelia Hinkel on Dec 10, 1903 at the home of her parents at Hackberry. She died Dec. 11, 1955.

Mr. Koehn was a member of New Bielau Trinity Lutheran Church and Hermann Sons Lodge.

He is survived by three sons, Bennie, Edgar and Lester Koehn all of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. August (Bertha) Meister of Yoakum; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving of six children in the John Koehn family.

Pallbearers were Walter Koehn, Elliot Koehn, Oscar Hinkel, George W. Koehn, Narvin Koehn and Herb Kornau.

Weimar Mercury, January 17 1974
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Koehn, John Frederick William

Last Rites for J. F. W. Koehn, 79, Held Here Monday

Funeral services for John Frederick William Koehn, 79, who died in Youens Hospital Saturday afternoon, July 5, were held Monday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery.

\Rev. G. Wolf, pastor of St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church in Columbus, officiated. Rev. C. Emigholz of the Weimar Lutheran Church assisted in the services.

A retired farmer, Mr. Koehn suffered a heart stroke at 7 o’clock Thursday evening, falling into a coma from which he never recovered. He died at about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Although high blood pressure and a heart illness had limited his activities for the past several years, he had been fairly active until the time of the stroke.

Mr. Koehn was born November 20, 1872, at Welcome, Austin County, the son of Frederick and Louise Hohlt Koehn. When he was two years old his family moved to New Bielau, and in the fall of the same year moved to the farm where Mr. Koehn was to spend the rest of his days. He married Miss Marie Weiss of Sublime December 9, 1886. He was a charter member of Sons of Herman, one of New Bielau’s most active community workers and most progressive farmers. He had retired from active farming about nine years ago.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Arthur and Oscar, both of this section; two daughters, Mrs. Lester Johnson and Miss Elvie Koehn, also of here; four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Also surviving are a niece, Mrs. Edgar Raabe of Rosebud, and a nephew, John Weiss of Australia, whom the Koehns adopted as orphan babies and reared in their home. Another adopted nephew, Arthur Weiss, was killed in World War II action in 1943. Mr. Koehn was the last surviving member of his own family, a twin sister and two brothers having preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were four grandsons, Wilbert Koehn of Houston, Elvin Koehn of Schulenburg, Murray Brown of College Station and Elton Dale Koehn of Weimar; and four nephews, Alfred Koehn of Hallettsville, Dick Beken of Weimar, Ervin Reinhardt of Yoakum and Joe Billeck of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1952, pages 1 and 5

Koehn, Johann Christof

Old Settler of This Section Passes Away Saturday Morning.

John Koehn, Sr., one of the oldest settlers of this section died at the family home in this city Saturday morning, after a long illness, and the remains were laid to rest Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Masonic Cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating. A large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites so feelingly administered by Mr. Piepenbrok.

John Christof Koehn was born Sept. 28, 1840. in Perleberg, Province of Brandenburg, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Ev . Lutheran faith at an early age. Came to America in 1867. FIrst settled at Welcome, Austin county. In 1870 was was married to Miss Wilhelmine Schmidt. To this union eight children were born. The family moved to New Bielau In 1871. Mr. Koehn’s wife died In 1888. In 1889 he was united in second marriage to Miss Anna Rippel. One child of this union died in infancy. His second wife died after seven years of wedded life. He entered into a third union with Mrs. Minna Gerstenberger. In 1905 he retired from farm life and moved to Weimar. Surviving him are his wife and six children, as follows: Fred and Herman Koehn of Content, Mrs. Anna Schoenfeldt of Yoakum, August Koehn of Shiloh, Mrs. Mary Hustede of near Sublime, and John Koehn, Jr., of Orange Grove. Twenty-six grandchildren, one brother and one sister in Germany also survive him. He was 79 years, 11 months and 27 days old at the time of his death.

Mr. Koehn was one of the steady, substantial citizens of this section. The greater part of his life was devoted to farming and by his energy and thrift he was able to lay aside a competency to take care of himself and wife in their old age. He was well and favorably known to the people of this section, a good friend and neighbor and his death is sincerely regretted. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1920, page 1

Koehn, Karoline Wilhelmina (Niemeier)

Weimar Local Matters

We are indeed sorry to record the death of Mrs. Minnie Koehn, wife of Mr. John Koehn of Content, who departed this life last Saturday night at 11 o’clock. Mrs. Koehn leaves a husband and six children the oldest 14 and the youngest 1 year besides many friends to mourn her untimely end. She was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery of this place on last Monday, the remains being followed by a large concourse of friends.

Colorado Citizen, November 8, 1888, page 3

Koehn, Margaret (Brandes)

Final Rites for Mrs. Koehn, 85, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Brandes Koehn, 85, were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with burial in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Rev. Frank Horak officiated.

Mrs. Koehn, a lifelong resident of this area, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at her home in New Bielau.  With her was Miss Vlasta Mucula, her companion the past 45 years.

Born Aug. 1, 1883, near Schulenburg, the daughter of Ernest and Dorthea Bertram Brandes, she was married to Albert Koehn at New Bielau on Nov. 3, 1904, and they spent the rest of their lives in that  community.  Mr. Koehn died Oct. 30, 1937.

Mrs. Koehn was a lifelong member of New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Her only survivor is a brother, Paul Brandes of Weimar.  A sister, Miss Ida Brandes, died Feb. 29, 1968.

Pallbearers were Oscar Koehn, Norwin Dahse, Franklin Addicks, Lawrence Addicks, Lester Koehn and Lester Johnson.

Weimar Mercury, June 26, 1969, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Koehn, Marie (Weiss)

Mrs. Marie Koehn Succumbs At 91; Funeral Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Weiss Koehn, who died on New Year’s Day, were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 2, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Herbert Zimmermann, pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church, officiating. Burail was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mrs. Koehn was born Feb. 9, 1874, in Austria and came to America with her parents at the age of 8. They settled near Schulenburg for a short time, then moved to Sublime. In 1897 she was married to William Koehn, and the young couple settled at New Bielau, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mr. Koehn died July 3, 1952.

Although she was almost 92 years old, and recently had begun to show the weaknesses of that advanced age, Mrs. Koehn was alert and interested in local and worldwide events.

She is survived by two sons, Arthur and Oscar, and two daughters, Mrs. Lester (Erna) Johnson and Miss Elvie Koehn, all of New Bilau; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Annie Emken of Shiner.

Pallbearers were Wilbert, Elvin and Elton Dale Koehn, Dick Beken, Emil Poppe, and Victor Reinhardt.

Visitors Here For Koehn Funeral

Among those from out of town here for Mrs. Marie Koehn’s funeral Sunday were:

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Koehn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elton Dale Koehn and son, Miss Adela Schneider, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Kainer, all of Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Kohen and sons, Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Raabe and family, Rosebud; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Reed, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Reinhardt and Vickie, Yoakum; Mr. and Mrs. Ervin J. Reinhardt and Sandra, Cuero; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Klockmann, Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Koehn, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Koehn, Hallettsville.

Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Gerstenberg, Belton; Mrs. F. J. Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Coldeway, Floresville; Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Fernau, Mrs. Ernestine Schornack, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Miller, H. G. Poppe, Mrs. Celie Hall, Mrs. Hermina Woytek; all of Sublime.

Mrs. W. C. Thielmann, Robert Thielmann, Herbert Thielmann, Mrs. Erna Warnke, Mrs. Meta Haevischer, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Winkelmann, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Haevischer, all of Brenham.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Blaschke, San Marcos; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grossman, Mrs. Beatrice Dahse, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thormahlen, all of Orange Grove.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Henicke, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lee, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Otten, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Cernosek, Mr. and Mrs. Goerge Humplik, Schulenburg.

The Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1966 (both articles)
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Koehn, Minna (Reichert) Gerstenberg

Death of Mrs. Minna Gerstenberg Koehn

As briefly mentioned in last issue of the Mercury, Mrs. Minna Gerstenberg Koehn, a beloved lady of this community, passed away at the family home here Thursday morning of last week. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery after religious services had been held at the home and local Lutheran Church by her late pastor, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok.

The pall bearers were all members of the different branches cf the Reichert family, all nephews of deceased.

Mrs. Minna Gerstenberg Koehn nee Reichert, was born June 7. 1846, in Gommern, near Maydeburg, Germany. She came to America in 1866 with her mother and brothers and sisters. The family first settled at Ross Prairie, in Fayette county. The following year they moved to the Content section. Here she was united in marriage to Aug. Gerstenberg in 1881. She was one of the first settlers of that community, and lived in this section when Indians were a common sight and wild animals roamed at will all over our prairies. She was friendly with the Indians and often told of incidents connected with their visits to her home. Her husband died July 28, 1887. leaving five children. Ten years later she married John Koehn of the Content community. He died in 1919. In 1906 Mr. and Mrs. Mrs.[sic] Koehn, with their daughter, Ida, moved to Weimar. Mrs. Koehn died Aug 7 at the age of 84 years and two months.

Surviving her are two sons. Charles Gerstenberg of Weimar and August Gerstenberg of Belton, two daughters, Mrs. Selma Engels and Miss Ida Gerstenberg, 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Also one brother, Frank Reichert of LaGrange.

She was a consistent and faithful member of the Lutheran Church all her life. There was a large attendance at the funeral and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 15, 1930, page 1
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