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Nelson, Agnes (Hubenak)

Mrs. Anton Nelson Dies Just Six Months After Husband

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Anton Nelson, 74, who died of a stroke the preceding day after an illness of 1 year.

She died exactly 6 months after the death of her husband, which occurred June 3, 1957. Mr. Nelson had also been in frail health for some time before his death.

Dr. Norman I. Roberts of the Baptist Church and the Rev. George M. Ricker of the Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with Columbus Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Nelson, the former Agnes Hubenak, was born July 1, 1883, in Fayette County, a daughter of George and Johanna Hubenak. She and Mr. Nelson were married Oct. 3, 1905, in Columbus.

Survivors are: 3 sons, Johnnie G. Nelson, Columbus; Willie A. Nelson, Wharton and Henry J. Nelson, Edna; a sister, Mrs. Julia Wright, Columbus; a brother, Joe Sikora, Holland; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Harvey Hope, Owen Miller, Lawrence Hodde Sr., Douglas Hastedt, Boyd Smith and A. R. Wood.

Out of town relatives and friends here for the services included: Mrs. Lee Goode, Mrs. L. O. Frnka, Mrs. Freddie Frnka, Mrs. and Mrs. Dallas Hodde and Mrs. Jacob Toeller, Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. John I. Reed, Point Comfort; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Nelson, Billie Sue and Dorothy Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Samohyl and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krenek and family, Wharton.

Also Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Patrick, B. R. Short, Mrs. Simon McCloud, Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Nelson and Linda Jo, Edna; Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Beyer, Joe Hodde, Mr. and Mrs. John Mabry, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Poenitzsch and son Allen, Sealy; Mrs. Clarence Georg, Rock Island; Mrs. Millie Mikeska, Mrs. Annie Hubenak, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Hubenak, Temple and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dusek and son, Louis, Holland.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 1958
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Nelson, Anton Ned

Last Rites Held Here Tuesday For Anton Nelson

Anton Ned Nelson, 77, died at his home in Columbus at 7:10 a.m. Monday, after having been in fallIng health for about a year. He was born Mar. 13, 1880, the son of Henry and Minnie Witte Nelson. He spent most of his life In Colorado county.

Oct. 3, 1905, Mr. Nelson was married to Agnes Hubenak, who survives him. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Columbus, in 1955.

Survivors include sons, Johnnie G. Nelson of Columbus, Willie Anton Nelson of Wharton and Henry Joe Nelson of Edna; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Tillie Goode of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Gussie Georg of Glidden and Mrs. Katie Colquist of Columbus. Also a sister-in-law survives, Mrs. Julia Wright of Columbus.

A sister, Mrs. Josephine Hodde of Glidden, died last year and another, Mrs. Lizzie Davis of Columbus, died several years ago.

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral home Tuesday at 4 p.m. With the Rev. George Ricker officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Pallbearers were W. A. Struss, L. A. Voskamp, Milby Warner, Ernest Bertsch, Buddy Randow and Doug Hastedt.

Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1957

Nelson, Ed

A negro boy killed by a freight train at Columbus. A special in Tuesday's Galveston News says:

Columbus, Tex., April 13--Last night at Eagle Lake two colored boys, Ed Nelson and Cass Shavers, boarded a freight train on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio railway and rode to Columbus, and in attempting to alight while the train was running at a high rate of speed Ed Nelson was thrown under the cars and was run over. His leg was crushed and he received other injuries, from the effects of which he died today.

The deceased lived here and was about 25 years old and was well liked by both black and white. [Burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1896
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Nelson, Felix W.


Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in St. James A. M. E. Church here for Felix Nelson, 56, with burial in the local cemetery.

He died last Sunday morning after more than a year’s illness.
A lifelong resident of Weimar, he was chauffeur and helper for the late Dr. C. G. Cook for man years until Dr. Cook’s death. For the past several years, until his illness began, he was employed by the Lauterstein stores.

He leaves a wife, five daughters, two sons both in military service, one in Alaska, one in Korea, three grandchildren, a brother and an aunt.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1957, page 1

Nelson, George


“Uncle George” Nelson, an old time colored citizen of this place, died Monday evening, after an illness extending over several years. His remains were interred Tuesday afternoon at the colored people’s burying ground west of town. “Uncle George: was well and favorably known to many of the citizens of this place, who regret to learn of his death.

Weimar Mercury, August 19, 1921, page 1

Nelson, Jeanie (Henry)

Jeanie Henry Nelson
October 1, 1958 - June 19, 2003

Jeanie Henry Nelson, 44, of Pasadena and former resident of Rock Island, died at 11:58 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2003, in a Houston hospital following a lengthy illness.

A native of Harris County, she was born October 1, 1958 in Pasadena to Raymond Clay Henry and Bernice Koch Henry.

Raised in Rock Island and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbus, Jeanie returned to Pasadena and lead a career in waitressing for area restaurants.

Survivors include her children, Brandy Nichole Nelson, Brandon Michael Henry and R. C. Henry, all of Rock Island; parents, Clay and Bernice Henry of Rock Island; sister, Connie Henry, Rock Island, brother, Clayton "Bubba" Henry, Rock Island; and other relatives and loved ones.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29, from the Rock Island United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Beard, Pastor, officiating.

The family will assemble for private committal services at a later time.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 26, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Nelson, John Randall


Funeral service were held for Mr. John Randall "Randy" Nelson Wednesday, April 16 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Bernard Snock, officiating. [Interment in St. Roch's Cemetery]

Mr. Nelson was born June 8, 1952 in Columbus to Milton Nelson and Betty Jean Kretzschmar Nelson. lie married Victoria Smith Nelson July 9, 1980.

Mr. Nelson was was a fumigator and he was employed with Marine Fumigation Company in Louisiana.

He spent most of his life in the Mentz Community. He was a Catholic. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1974.

Survivors include, his wife, Victoria Nelson of Lake Charles, La.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Nelson of Mentz; two brothers and sister- in-laws, David and Arlene Nelson of Sealy and Travis and Marilyn Nelson of Cat Spring; four nephews, Bradley, Brent, Derek and Dustin Nelson: and two nieces, Stacey and Kristen Nelson.

Pallbearers were Charles Dean Nelson, Murry Nelson, Calvin Roensch, Dave Kucherka, John David Strieder, Allen Uhlig, Eugene Welfel and George Luzaich.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1986, page 2

Nelson, Joseph Dean "J D"


Joseph (J.D.) Dean Nelson of Columbus passed away June 11, at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born June 2, 1921 to William H. and Teckla (Braden) Nelson and married Ruby Ethel Menke April 8, 1948 in Mentz. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Council 2971. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hermann Sons Lodge 243 in Bernardo, and the Columbus Letterman Club. He retired after 38 years of employment with Shell Oil Company in Sheridan. During World War II, he served as a Staff Sergeant with Company C in the 2nd Medical Battalion of the Second Infantry Division. He participated in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rubylean and Willfern; brother William; and great-grandson Riley Glaiser.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Betsy Glaiser and husband Gary of Eagle Lake, and Nancy Nelson of Eagle Lake; sons Charles Dean and wife Barbara of Katy and James Ray and wife Colleen of Abilene; grandchildren Shane Glaiser and wife Dusky, Nikki Nelson, Shara Sunderman and husband Kurt, Andy Nelson and fiancé Jennifer Kirby and April Nelson; step-grandchildren Todd Veach and Rachel Mayor; great-grandchildren Skylar and Cody Glaiser and Cason Sunderman; sister, Vernell Kucherka and husband Wilbert of Eagle Lake; brother Milton Nelson of Bernardo; and brother-in-law Roy Sebesta of Houston.

Services are scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, at 10 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers scheduled are Shane Glaiser, Andy Nelson, Kurt Sunderman, Calvin Roensch, David Nelson, Dave Kucherka, Murray Nelson and Travis Nelson.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Anthony Catholic Church Legacy Fund or St. Anthony Catholic School.

Funeral services are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home

Colorado County Citizen, June15, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Nelson, Leona M. (Schultz)


Leona M. Nelson, 92, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 23 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Altair, Feb. 4, 1912 to Otto and Louise (Pavlu) Schultz and married Johnnie G. Nelson, Dec. 25, 1928.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Mary Lou Ryan; and two brothers, Wilbert Schultz and Walter James Schultz.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, John Dallas and Jane Nelson of Holland and Steve and Darlene Nelson of Altair; sisters, Wilma Sronce of Friendswood and Loueva Kelley of Columbus; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are scheduled to be conducted at 2 p.m., Feb. 25 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Nelson, Marshall R.

Marshall. R. Nelson

Marshall R. Nelson was born July 17, 1957 to Mr. Garland Nelson and Mrs. Ruby Moore Nelson in Weimar. Marshall was a member of West Oaks Church of Christ. He attended Columbus Independent School District.

His mother, Ruby Moore Nelson preceded him in death.

Marshall passed this life January 17 at Bellville General Hospital.

He leaves to cherish his memory; his father, Garland Nelson, Sr. of Columbus, seven sisters; Margaret Amos and Hazel Yates of Forth Worth, Brenda Bennet of San Antonio, Sharon Nelson and Barbara Nelson of Houston, Jeno Hargrove and Sandra Nelson of Columbus. He leaves two brothers; Garland Nelson, Jr. of Houston and Winston Nelson of Ardmore, Oklahoma. He leaves one aunt; Dorothy James of San Antonio, two uncles; Willie Ray Junious of Weimar and Ollie Thompson, Sr. of Columbus. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and very dear friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 22 at 1 p.m. at Columbus First Church of Nazarene in Columbus with the Rev. Michael Thompson officiating. Interment followed at Shaws Bends Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangements entrusted to the Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Thompson, Shannon Thompson, Raymond Dillard, Shannon Thompson, Robert Waddle, and Justin Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Garland Nelson, Jr., Leo Hargrove, Jr., Rev. Brian Amos, Darvin Ashton, Delvon Morgan, Winston Nelson, David Morgan, Darnell Nelson, Mark William, Jr., and Robert Carter.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Nelson, Minnie (Witt)

Mrs. Minnie Nelson

The death of Mrs. Minnie Nelson, 76, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lee Goode, on Wednesday of last week. Funeral services were held at Odd Fellows Rest on Thursday, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist church officiating.

Miss Minnie Witt was born at Frelsburg on Nov. 4th., 1855. She was married to Mr. Henry Nelson in 1873, and they made their home in this county continuously since that time. Mr. Nelson preceded her to the grave in 1909.

Surviving are five daughters and one son, Mrs. Henry Hodde, Mrs. Lee Goode, Mrs. Robt. Davis, Mrs. H. R. George, Mrs. Henry Colquest and Mr. Anton Nelson, twenty three grand children and four great grand children, to all of whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 1932, page 1

Nelson, Mollie

“Aunt Mollie” Nelson, widow of the late “Uncle George” Nelson, died Saturday evening last, and was buried in the colored people’s burying ground west of town Sunday afernoon. “Aunt Mollie was well thought of by all our people.

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1927, page 1

Nelson, Raymond


Raymond Nelson, 85, of Ganado, passed away Nov. 12 in Eagle Lake.

He was a native of Jackson County, born at LaWard on Jan. 10, 1918 to Augustus and Angeline (Neland) Nelson. Nelson served honorably during with the U.S. Army during World War II attached to the Seabees. Following the war, he moved to Iowa then returned to Jackson County and had been a resident of Ganado since 1962. He led a distinguished career as an auto mechanic and retired from Bep's Auto Supply of Ganado. Following retirement he worked for Philip Green's farming operation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings; a daughter, Brenda Garvel; and his wife, Marie Smith Nelson.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Raylene Maretka of Rosenberg, Angeline "Angie" Brown and Richard Birdwell of Eagle Lake, Barbara and Paul Thore of Colorado Springs, Colo., Pamela and Jerry Davenport of Evant, Susan Graham of Kentucky, and Linda and Ted Smith of Mission Valley; sons and daughter-in-law, James Nelson of Ganado, Glen and Linda Nelson of Edna; seventeen grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, the family will assemble for private committal services at a later date. For those desiring, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, November 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Nelson, Ruth Lowe

Last Rites for Mrs. Ruth Nelson

Mrs. Ruth Lowe Nelson, 77 years of age, of Sheridan, passed away at 10:02 Monday morning, November 5th in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Mrs. Nelson was born on September 10, 1906 [sic.] in Nickerson, Kansas, but had been a resident of Sheridan for the past eight years. She had recently been residing in the Heritage House in Eagle Lake. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday. Nov. . . at 9 am from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake. The Rev. Edward Geiser will officiate at the services. Interment will be in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. A Rosary has been tentatively set for tonight, Tuesday. Preceding Mrs. Nelson in death was her husband, John Anthony Nelson, who died in 1957 and is buried in the San Antonio Military Cemetery, and two brothers. Survivors include a son, John Nelson of San Antonio; four sisters Mrs. Belle Reed and Mrs. Eutie Roland of Sheridan: Mrs. Kenneth Riddlck of Nederland, Texas and Mrs. Nordus Dawson of Bethany, Oklahoma; and a host of relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight; November 6, 1973
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Nelson, Sylva (Smith)

Died, at Alleyton, May 13th, 1879, Mrs. Sylva Nelson, Wife of Green Nelson.  The deceased was born in Bolivar, Tenn., in 1854, came to Texas in 1855, and settled in Colorado county where she resided till her death, in her twenty-fifth year.  She leaves a husband, four children and many friends to mourn her loss.  She died in full triumph of faith, and is now casting her crowns at the feet of Jesus.   G. R. S.  [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 22, 1879
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Nelson, William A


Funeral services were held, Friday, September 20, for William A. Nelson of Bernardo. Services were held at Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Bernard Snoch officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Burial was held at Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

Mr. Nelson was born June 27, 1919 in El Campo to W. Herman Nelson and Teckla Braden Nelson. He married Wilma Helen Meyer Nelson June 27, 1939. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife Wilma Nelson of Bernardo; four daughters, Sharon Kay Roensch of Bernardo, Carolyn Foster of Shaws Bend, Marilyn Nelson and Iris Sue (Susie) Nelson both of Columbus; three sons, Gerion Nelson, Kenneth Nelson, and Murry Nelson all of Bernardo; two sisters, Rubylean Sebesta of Houston and Vernell Kucherka of Eagle Lake; two brothers, J. D. Nelson of Columbus and Milton Nelson of Bernardo; and ten grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donald Nelson, Dave Kucherka, Charles Dean Nelson, David Nelson, Duane Meyer, Travis Nelson, Douglas Lilie and Keith Neuendorff. Honorary Pallbearers were Brian Nelson, Steven Foster, Todd Nelson, Darren Nelson, Troy Roensch and Deven Nelson.

Colorado County Citizen, September 26, 1985

Nelson, Willie Herman

Heart Attack Claims W. H. Nelson; Burial Saturday

Funeral services for W. H. (Willie) Nelson, 68, were held at St. Roch’s Catholic church in Mentz Feb. 9, with burial in Mentz Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited in Columbus Funeral home Friday evening.

Rev. Gedeon Stram officiated, assisted by Rev. A. W. Didner of Eagle Lake and Rev. Joseph Deane of Columbus. Mr. Nelson’s 4 grandsons, Charles Dean, David and Ketneth[sic] Wayne Nelson and Wilbert Dale Kucherka served as altar boys.

Mr. Nelson Died Feb. 7 in Columbus hospital, just a day before he and Mrs. Nelson would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. He had been in the hospital since falling on the ice Jan. 20 as he and Mrs. Nelson were starting to church. He suffered a broken left leg and was taken to the hospital for treatment. HIs death came after a heart attack there.

Born May 18, 1894, in the Bernardo community, he was a son of Anton and Magdalene Weigel Nelson. He spent his entire life in that community. He was baptized in St. Roch’s church and later he married Miss Tecla Braden there.

Mr. Nelson was active in farming and ranching and was a potato farmer on a large scale in his early days.

Besides his wife he is survived by 3 sons, William Jr. and Milton of Bernardo and J. D. of Columbus, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Roy Sebesta of Houston and Mrs. Wilbert Kucherka of Eagle Lake; 2 sisters, Mrs. B. C. Chesser of Gillette and Mrs. John Neuendorff of Bernardo, and 17 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his nephews Dennis and Melvin Neuendorff, Bernardo; Howard Meyer, Lamarque; Jake Nelson, Gillette; Ervin Brod, El Campo; Vernon Braden, Columbus; Charles Polocheck, Houston, and A. J. Hill, Bernardo.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1963, page 6

Nelson, Wilma (Meyer)


Wilma Nelson, 85, of Bernardo passed away Nov. 13 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Mentz Jan. 8, 1918 to Hugo and Lydia (Barten) Meyer and married William Nelson, June 27, 1939. She was a retired short order cook at Stuckey's and was a member of Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Alice Lilie, Elbirth Ruthmann and Beatrice Neuendorff; brother, Elmer Dennis Meyer; and daughter-in-law, JoAnn Nelson.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Calvin Roensch of Bernardo, Carolyn and Lester Foster of Shaws Bend, Marilyn Nelson of Columbus and Iris Sue "Susie" and Gus Strauss of New Ulm; sons and daughters-in-law, Gerion and Pauline Nelson, Kenneth and Bonnie Nelson and Murray Nelson, all of Bernardo; 14 grandchildren, Donald, Brian and Todd Nelson, Shelly Janik, Darren and Deven Nelson, Troy Roensch, Jessica Nelson, Amy Willbern, Steven, Janis and Jason Foster and Matthew and Jamie Strauss; and eight great-grandchildren, Kaley, Mendi and Shandi Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Randice Nelson, Hayley Janik, Jackson Roensch, Karlie Willbern and Erin and Megan Bennici.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 16 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. The Rev. John Hunsicker officiated. Interment followed at Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, November 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen
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