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Lilie, Darius D.

Lilie Infant Is Buried At Mentz

A stillborn infant, born May 7 in Columbus hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lilie, was buried that afternoon in the Mentz [Zoar] cemetery, with Rev. Raymond Durst officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Lilie have 3 other children, Douglas, Opal and Darryl.

Colorado County Citizen, May 20, 1954

Lilie, Dela (Meyer)


Dela Lilie, 93, of Frelsburg, passed away Feb. 24 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Brushy, near Frelsburg, Sept. 27, 1911 to Willie and Emilie (Schmidt) Meyer and married Ewald Lilie, April 12, 1932.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Leander Lilie; sister, Tillie Aschenbeck; and brothers, Ewald and Leo Meyer.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Edna Supak; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Lilie and wife Mildred, all of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 26 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed at Kaiser Cemetery in Brushy Community.

Pallbearers were Glenn Weishuhn, Floyd Weishuhn, Ronnie Aschenbeck, George Bergfeld, Ronnie Supak and George Bergfeld Jr.

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

Lilie, Donnie G.


Funeral services were held for Donnie G. Lilie Wednesday, August 24 from Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Al Flathmann officiating.

Burial was at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Mr. Donnie G. Lilie was born March 9, 1941 in Alleyton to Henry Lilie and Lillian Holub Lilie. He married Lillie Toman Lilie March 19, 1978.

He was self employed as a service station owner and cattle owner. Mr. Lilie was affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie (Toman) Lilie of Sheridan; daughters, Connie Lilie of Houston, Lynne Chapline of Houston, Cynthia Crowe of Houston, Coral Gregg of Houston, Connie Pustka of Houston and Diane Mayer of Wheatland, Wyoming; sons, Ronnie Lilie of Houston and Terry Saulnier of Schulenburg: sisters, Joyce Dehmer of Houston, Dorothy Peters, of Brushy, Texas and Deanna Lilie of Altair; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joe Waligura, Butch Meyer, Larry Weise, Pat Peters, Glenn Holub and Richard Hogan.

Colorado County Citizen, September 8, 1988, page 2

Lillie, Elmo O.

Lilie Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Elmo O. Lilie of Rt. 1, Columbus (Brushy), were held Tuesday, February 2, 1993 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Sharon Burns officiating and burial in the Kaiser Cemetery in Brushy.

Mr. Lilie passed away at his residence January 31. He as 72 years of age.

A lifetime resident of the Brushy area, he was born in Frelsburg January 29, 1921, the son of William and Otilie (Georg) Lilie. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Hermann Sons Lodge of Ellinger.

Survivors include two sisters, Edna Supak and Earline Adamek and her husband, Johnnie, all of Columbus; brother, Lee Roy Lilie and his wife, Mildred, of Columbus; sister-in-law, Dela Lilie of Columbus; seven nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ewald and Elo Lilie.

Pallbearers were Cliff Kozik, Gilbert Krenek, Ken Gray, Gus Hopkins, Ben Halamicek, Michael Krenek, George Henneke and Pet Crawford.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, February 4, 1993, page 6

Lilie, Elo Wilhelm

Elo Lilie

Funeral services for Elo E. Lilie was held Thursday, January 26, at at[sic] the St. Paul Lutheran Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Elo E. Lilie was born October 11, 1912 In Frelsburg, to Willie and Otilia Georg Lilie. He was a retired painter and a member of Hermann Sons of Ellinger. His lived his lifetime in this communIty.

He married Elvira Heintschel in 1935.

He is preceded In death by his wife Elvira on May 29, 1981. [Interment was in Kaiser Cemetery]

Suvivors[sic] include two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Noska of Columbus and Mrs. Anton Chovanec of Fayetteville; two sisters Mrs. Earline Adamek of Brushy, and Mrs. Edna Supak of Columbus; two brothers; Elmo Lilie of Brushy and Leroy Lilie of Columbus; and five grandchildren. Pallbearers were: RonnIe Supak, Glen Noska, Kenneth Noska, George Bergfeld, Kirby Heintschel, Tommy Henneke and Gordon Heintschel.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2,1984, page 2


Lilie, Friederich


Mr. Fritz Lilly, aged 69, a patient at the hospital for some time, finally succumbed to his injuries sustained by a horse’s vicious kick in the abdomen, on Sunday, at 6:30 p. m. He leaves his wife and several children.--La Grange Record. [Interment in Kaiser Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1927, page 4

Lilie, Frederick Sr.


Mr. F. Lillie, Sr., living in this county, near Frelsburg, last Sunday committed suicide by placing the muzzle of a gun at the pit of his stomach and firing the weapon, the ball passing through his heart and out of his left shoulder. Mr. Lillie was an intelligent gentleman, over fifty years old, in good circumstances, and universally esteemed wherever known. He has been a resident of the county about thirty-five years, and has a wife and family of grown children. He was of a peculiarly sensitive nature, and the very suspicion of wrong even remotely attributable to him deprived him of rest, sleep or peace of mind. It is related of him that, in the trial of the Huillon case some years ago, Mr. Darden, the attorney for the defense, remarked as he walked out of the Courthouse that he would prepare an affidavit against him (meaning another party) which remark deceased heard, and applied to himself, as he had been a witness in the case, and from this cause he suffered great mental agony until assured by Mr. Leyendecker--who went expressly to see Mr. Darden about the matter--that Mr. Lillie was under a misapprehension. Lately he had come to the conclusion--which is believed to be purely the work of his sensitive imagination--that he had been guilty of an election fraud at an election held in the county some six years ago, and wrote to Mr. Leyendecker concerning it. No fraud has ever been discovered, and it is believed Mr. Lillie was incapable of perpetrating any. In this letter he says it was unintentional, which deprives it of any criminal offense, and he does not state what it was upon which he predicated his opinion. He visited all his relatives before resorting to the dread deed, wrote the letter referred to above and a note to his wife informing her of his intention, took a gun, went into his field, and committed suicide as above narrated. The high standing of deceased among his neighbors, his upright and useful citizenship and his many kindly qualities of head and heart, encompass this case with a sadness seldom before recorded. Peace to his ashes. [Interment in the Lilie Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, September 3, 1885

Lilie, Herbert

Herbert Lilie, 84, died Friday, Sept. 2, 1994, at a Bellville nursing home.

Born April 9, 1910, in the Brushy Community, he was the son of Fritz and Ida (Bowe) Lilie. On Aug. 15, 1933, he married Alice Meyer. He lived in Brushy and Mentz communities until 1973, when he became disabled and moved to Sealy to be near family. Mr. Lilie was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran and attended Brushy schools. He had worked on various road crews, later becoming a painter, was an avid gardener and wildlife hunter.

Funeral services were held Sept. 5, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Willie Rotter officiating. Interment followed in Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

Serving as pallbearers were Kevin Lilie, Kenton Lilie, Steve Widacki, Mark Roznovsky and Glenn Crossmun.

He is survived by his daughter, Opal Kovar and husband George of Sealy; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Virginia and Darryl and Sarah, all of Columbus; brother, Edwin and wife Tillie; sisters-in-law, Ora Nell Meyer, Wilma Nelson, Elbirth Ruhmann and husband, Willie, and Beatrice Neuendorff and husband, Ellis; two grandsons, Kevin Lilie and wife Tracey and Kenton Lilie and wife, Beverly; four granddaughters, Sandra Wellbrock and husband Kenney; Doris Widacki and husband Steve, Laurie Roznovsky and husband, Mark, Cheryl Ann Semora and husband, William; five step-grandchildren; 14[sic] great-grandchildren, Matt, Craig, Kara and Nicole Lilie, Amanda Severin, Cory and Chase Wellbrock, Cassidy and Courtney Widacki, Krista and Trey Roznovsky, Willie and Ashley Semora; numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lilie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sons, one daughter, one grandson, three brothers and four half-brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Zoar Lutheran Cemetery or the church or charity of the donor's choice.

Colorado County Citizen, September 7, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Lilie, Ida (Bowe)

Mrs. Ida Lilie Dies at 83, Burial Saturday

Funeral services were held in Ellinger Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Ida Lilie, 83, of Alleyton, formerly of Brushy. Rev. Raymond Durst officiated and burial was in the Kaiser cemetery near Brushy.

Death came suddenly to Mrs. Lilie May 1 at her Alleyton home where she had lived about 2 years. Born Jan 29, 1875, at Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bowe). Her husband, Fritz Lilie, preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was a member of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors are 4 sons, Edwin Lilie of San Antonio, Harry Lilie of Houston, Herbert Lilie of Columbus and Henry Lilie of Alleyton; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Seven children, of which 5 were step-children, died earlier.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Ray Lilie, LeRoy Lilie and Glenn Lilie of Houston, Edwin Lilie Jr. and Wesley Lilie of San Antonio and Donnie Lilie of Alleyton.

Colorado County Citizen, May 8, 1958, page 10

Lilie, Lavo

Bachelor Hill
(Mrs. Jake Hennecke)

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lilly of Frelsburg, was buried in the Bachelor Hill [Zoar] cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Colorado County Citizen, June 27, 1935

Lilie, Lee Roy Arthur


Lee Roy Arthur Lilie, 78, of Columbus, died Jan. 4 in. Richmond.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Burial followed in Kaiser Cemetery in the Brushy Community.

Born Nov. 15, 1928 in the Frelsburg, Brushy Community, the son of William and Otillie (Georg) Lilie. On Feb. 14, 1970, he married Mildred Genzer Machac. He was a painter by trade and made his living as a painter in the construction field and had worked for Roy Menke Construction for 26 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Shirley Brannon and husband Bill of San Felipe and Connie Dieringer and husband Charles of Sealy; son, Billy Machac of Columbus; sister, Edna Supak of Columbus; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Georgie Ann Hoffman; three brothers, Ewald, Elo, and Elmo Lilie; and one sister, Earline Adamek.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, Colorado County Unit, P. O. Box 772, Columbus, Tx. 78934.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, January 12, 2007, page 10A

Lilie, Mildred (Genzer) Machac

Mildred Lilie Funeral Services Held Oct. 10

Mildred Genzer Machac Lilie, 78, of Columbus died Oct. 7 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating.

Interment followed at Kaiser Cemetery in Brushy, Tx.

Mildred was born Dec. 10, 1927 in Weimar to Louis and Louise (Hudec) Genzer.

She attended school until the eighth grade.

Mrs. Lilie married Lee Roy Lilie on Feb. 14, 1970.

Mildred was a retired scale operator. She worked for 7 Day Concrete in Ellinger and many years ago at Carnation Plant in Schulenburg.

Mrs. Lilie lived in the Columbus area for 40 years and was a Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Roy Lilie of Columbus; daughters, Shirley Brannon and husband Bill of Sealy, and Connie Dieringer and husband Charles of Sealy; son, Billy Machac of Columbus; and 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Louise (Hudec) Genzer; daughter, Georgie Hoffman; son-in-law, Maurice Hoffman; brothers, Wilbert Genzer and. George Genzer; and sisters, Delores Kunz and Dulley Clabek.

Pallbearers were Dan Tacker, James Mazock, Larry Mahaffey, Jimmy Wright, Glen Noska and Jason Woods.

Honorary pallbearers were Dalton Machac and Ethan Machac.

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 2006, page 2A

Lilie, Theodore Carl William "Willie"


Funeral service were held Wednesday afternoon at the Jecmenek Funeral Home at Ellinger for Theodore Karl William "Willie" Lilie, 59, who died at his home Monday of heart failure. Burial was in the Kaiser Cemetery near Brushy, with Rev Paul Fischer of the Frelsberg Lutheran Church officiating. Undermeyer Bros of Columbus was in charge of the arrangements.

Born Dec. 27, 1888, near Frelsberg, he was a son of Fritz and Adolphine Becker Lilie. On Dec 22, 1907, he was married to Ottilla Georg, who survives. A farmer, he had lived in the Frelsberg area all of his life.

Besides his widow, he is survived by six children, Ewald, Elo, Elmo, Earlene, Lee Roy and Edna, all of Frelsberg and three grandchildren, Leander, Pearl and Carol Jean Lilie and three half-brothers, Harry Lilie of Houston, Herbert Lilie of Brushy, Henry Lilie of Columbus.

Three brothers, Fred, Gus and Grist and one sister, Johanna died some time ago, also three half-brothers, Theodore and August Priesmeyer and Hubert Lilie and two half-sisters, Matte and Louise Priesmeyer

Colorado County Citizen, June 24, 1948
Contributed by Terry Jackson
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