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Sander, Emma (Vornsand)

Funeral for Mrs. Sander Held June 3

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Sander, 81, of Weimar were held Tuesday, June 3, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Sander died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, June 1, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, after a stroke.

Born Nov. 23, 1904 in the Wildwood community near Weimar, she was a daughter of Ferdinand and Frieda (Schriefer) Vornsand. She was married to George Sander on Sept. 30, 1925, at her parents' home.

Mrs. Sander was employed at Parkview Manor nursing home for ten years before retiring. She was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ, UCC Evening Circle, and Hermann Sons Lodge.

Surviving her are her husband, George Sander; a daughter, Irene Mieth of New Ulm; a son, Melvin Sander of Weimar; three grandchildren and their spouses, Darrell and Brenda Sander and Don and Karen Sander of Austin, and Howard and Mary Ann Fojt of Houston; four great-grandchildren, Michelle Fojt of Houston, Justin, Jessica and Shayla Sander of Austin; three sisters, Martha Baumann of Nordheim, Bertha Griffin of Marble Falls, and Alice Rahlwes of Weimar; and two brothers, Fred Vornsand and Walter Vornsand of Weimar. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Howard Fojt, Darrell and Don Sander and nephews Glenn Vornsand and Norwin Oncken.

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1986
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sander, George

Funeral For Geo. Sander Held Monday

Funeral services for George Sander, 89, of Weimar were held Monday, Nov. 6, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. "Skip" Sirnic officiated.

Sander, a retired businessman, died at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born Feb. 26, 1900, at Holman, he was a son of George and Sophie (Meyer) Sander. He married Emma Vornsand on Sept. 30, 1925. She preceded him in death on June 1, 1986. During the early part of their marriage they lived at Westhoff in DeWitt County.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Melvin G. and Gladys Sander of Weimar; his daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Lester Mieth of New Ulm; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Sander of Corpus Christi and two sisters, Olga Baron of Victoria and Alma Rucker of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were Don Sander, Darrell Sander, Howard W. Fojt, Norwin Oncken, Glenn Vornsand and Julius Bartek.

Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1989
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Sander, Melvin E.

Melvin Sander Services Held Here June 11

Melvin E. Sander, 83, of Weimar passed away on Tuesday, June 8.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1927, to George and Emma (Vornsand) Sander in Westhoff.

Melvin married Gladys Helen Kubesch on June 21, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in La Grange.

A World War II Veteran, Melvin served in the Pacific entering the Navy in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 11, 1945, receiving citations for the Phillipine Liberation and Victory in the Asiatic Pacific.  He served in the Korean Conflict as Boatswain aboard the USS Okanogan receiving citations for China Service, U. N. Service, Korean Service and Navy Occupation and was honorably discharged on Feb. 27, 1952.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5875 in Weimar, and served as Commander from 1959-1960.

Melvin was employed at Gindlers Department Stores for over 40 years and was the manager of the Columbus store until his retirement in 1997.

 He is survived by his wife of 60 years; sons, Darrell Sander and wife Brenda of Cedar Park, and Don Sander and wife Aide of Kyle; one sister, Irene Schramm of New Ulm; Sisters-in-law Irene Kram of Weimar and Della Kubesch of La Grange; brothers-in-law Walter Kram of Weimar and Leland Schramm of New Ulm.

Melvin is also survived by his grandchildren, Justin Sander and wife Jennifer, and Shayla Sander all of Austin, Jessica Agnew and husband Adam, Joshua Sander and Jordan Sander all of Cedar Park, and Bryce Sander of Schulenburg; and three great grandchildren, Carson Sander of Austin, Jaylee and Hallie Agnew of Cedar Park.

Services were held at St. Michael Catholic Church on Friday, June 11, with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Justin Sander, Joshua Sander, Bryce Sander, Ken Kram, Larry Kram and Ron Kubesch.

Honorary Pallbearers were Jordan Sander, Walter Kram, Daniel Neiser, Bob Koenig, Phil Holman, Johnny Kasper and Leonard Bartos.

The Weimar Mercury, June 17, 2010
Contributed by Joyce Stancik

Sanders, Anna Bell (Williams) Price

Anna Bell Price Turner Sanders, 82, of Columbus, passed away May 24 at River Oaks Health Care Center, in Columbus.

She was born in El Campo, Jan. 10, 1920 to William Oscar and Della Mae (Carlile) Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Reece Price; second husband, James J. Turner; third husband, Donald Sanders; sons, Raymond R. and James H. Turner; and three brothers, John A., Russell and Archie Williams.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Annie Mae and Herbert Machinsky of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Mary Price of Fulshear; sisters, Dora Smith of Houston, Lillian Huff of Lolita and Carrie Rusk of Indiana; brothers, Raymond Oscar Williams of El Campo and Orville Andrew Williams of Sugar Land; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted May 27 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Darrell Ready, Doyle Thornton, Charles Dacke, David Huff, and Cliff and Billy Williams.

Bruce Williams was an honorary pallbearer.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Sanders, Annie Laura (Campbell)

Funeral for Mrs. Sanders Held Nov. 12

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie L. Sanders, 97, were held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel and Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Chet Purdy officiating.

Mrs. Sanders, a lifelong resident of this area, died Sunday, Nov. 10, at Parkview Manor.

Born Feb. 5, 1888, at Osage, she was a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Kate) Moore Campbell. She was married in 1908 to Oscar Sanders, who died Jan. 13, 1956. An infant daughter also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Sanders and her husband operated a general store in Oakland, where she served as postmistress for several years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Weimar.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Irene Miles of Parkview Manor, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Eva L. Campbell of Sealy, and other relatives.

Serving as pallbearers were Roy Sanders, Duve Miles, Lee Graves, Billy Strunk, Lester Krizak, and Henry Mozisek.

Weimar Mercury, November 14, 1985

Sanders, Collier Frank

C. F. Sanders, 68, Dies Unexpectedly; Rites Here Sunday

Funeral services for Collier Frank Sanders. 68, who dropped dead last Friday afternoon on the porch of the Wagley brothers’ home at Oak Grove, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. A. L. Crouch of El Campo officiated, assisted by Rev. W. E. Brown of Weimar and Rev. Lee of Eagle Lake.

Found On Porch

Mr. Sanders, a native of the Live Oak section south of Weimar, who had lived at Oak Grove until six years ago, had left Weimar around noon Friday to visit his old friends, Riley and Virgil Wagley, who, as it turned out, were not at home. Presumably he was waiting on the porch for their return when he succumbed to a heart attack. Another resident of the area, Oliver Wagley, found his body there late in the evening. It is believed Mr. Sanders had died several hours earlier.

Born at Live Oak in 1884, he was the son of George and Cassie Sanders. He married Mrs. Minnie Obenhaus Walker Oct. 13, 1909, and with the exception of a two-year period when they lived in Weimar and operated a store, they resided at Oak Grove until 1945. In that year they moved to Eagle Lake and shortly afterward to Bonus, a nearby community. Mr. Sanders did some farming, but most of his life was an engineer in gravel-pit work. He was a 48-year member of the Live Oak Baptist Church.

10 Children Survive

Survivors in addition to his widow are four daughters, Mrs. Eddie Chromchak of Genoa, Mrs. Zula Lorfing of Victoria, Mrs. Fred Froehlich Jr. of New Bielau and Miss Vivian Sanders, at home; six sons, Frank and Wilbur of Glidden, Arnold and Rex of Eagle Lake, George W. of El Campo, and Roy, serving in the Army in England; three step-daughters, Mrs. Daisy Goode of Osage, Mrs. Bowers Cousins of Columbus, and Mrs. Alfred Steinmann of Schulenburg: a brother, Oscar Sanders of Oakland; nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; and one step-greatgrandchlld

Active pallbearers at the funeral were Dewey Gerstenberg, Donald Obenhaus, Pete Foster, F. F. Anders, Riley Wagley, William Blackwell, Oscar Miller, and O. P. Moore Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Alvin Linke, Morris Naumann, Elo Linke, Harry Brower, Raymond Hoffmann and Virgil Wagley.

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1952, pages 1 and 5

Sanders, Donald E.


Funeral services were held for Don E. Sanders Monday, August .22 from the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Don E. Sanders was born April 17, 1915 in Ithaca, Michigan to Roscoe Sanders and Alice Gary Sanders.

He married Anna Bell Williams Sanders June 15, 1976,

Mr. Sanders was a retired van driver for Mobil Oil Company.

He was in the Air Force during WW II.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Bell Sanders of Columbus; step daughter, Annie Mae Machinsky of New Ulm; step sons, David Lee Ansel of Kingsville and Arthur Pride of Houston; sister, Louis Griffith of Alma, Michigan, Viva Thrush of St. Louis, Michigan, Velma Johnson of Alma, Michigan, Beatrice Dyers of St. Louis, Michigan, Loraine Rowe of Alma, Michigan and Mary Cole of Midland, Michigan; brothers, Grant Sanders of Lessburg, Florida. Leon Sanders of Alma, Michigan, Gordon Sanders of Alma, Michigan, Ronald Sanders of Ithaca, Michigan and Addison Sanders of Indiana; ten step grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Ed Machinsky, W. C. Templeton, Johnny Roeber, Raymond Williams, Bobby Cowart and Donald Ready.

Colorado County Citizen, August 25, 1988, page 2

Sanders, Frank Jr. “Buster”

Sanders Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Frank "Buster" Sanders, Jr., 78, of Columbus were held January 13, 1993 at 2 p.m. from St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus. Msgr. Vincent Fecher, assisted by Reverends Jesse Euresti, John Peters, George Henninger and Oliver Johnson celebrated the Mass. St. Anthony's School Choir, under the direction of Mary Kay Heffley, led the congregation in song.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Sanders passed away January 10 in the Columbus Community Hospital.

Born near Borden, Aa uy[sic] 8,1915, he lived in Columbus most of his life. He served in World War II as a member of the Army Corp. of Engineers and assisted in building the Burma Road in India. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 27 years; later for J. L. Drymalla Construction Co.; and was a local route carrier for The Houston Post until his retirement in 1977. He also owned and operated a small cattle farm near Borden. Mr. Sanders was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Parish and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Leona Helmcamp Sanders; sons and daughters-in-law, James L. and Suzanne Sanders of Sugar Land and Donald and Sarah Sanders of Dallas: granddaughters, Kristie, Laurie, Lindsey, Jeanene, Charlotte and Marilyn: great grandchildren, Paige and Jonathan: sisters, Daisey Goode, Edwena Steinmann, Zula Lorfing, Bernice Froehlich and Vivian Sanders; brothers, George, Wilbur, Arnold, Rex and Roy.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eunice Chromchak and Nola Cousins.

Pallbearers were Joe Darr, Douglas Goode, Werner Hoelscher, Tom Johnson, Kevin Lilie and C. A. Pennington. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Behler, J. Lee Drymalla, Johnnie Hajovsky. E. L. Hertel, Torn Kahlich, Pat Lamascus, C. H. Potter, Gus Sronce, Charles Yearwood and Eldin Wied.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, January 21, 1993, page 6

Sanders, George Washington



Many friend throughout this section were deeply shocked last Friday afternoon when news was flashed to this city, telling of the sad and sudden death of George W. Sanders,one of the oldest and best citizens of the Live Oak community.

As we understand the particulars, Mr. Sanders had been engaged in some repair work near his home, when a stroke of heat trouble came upon him and he was dead almost instantly. At least this is the supposition, as no one was with him when he died. A neighbor passing by saw his wagon and team and stopped to chat awhile, and then discovered Mr. Sanders cold in death.

Loving hands conveyed the body of this truly good man to his home, where funeral arrangements were made and the body committed to mother earth in the Live Oak Cemetery Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. J. W. Arnspiger, Baptist pastor, officiating in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends.

Mr. Sanders was a popular man throughout this section. Honest, straightforward in all his dealings with his fellow--man, a good, christian man, he was greatly beloved by all who knew him.

A widow and several children, all grown, survive him, and to them the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1922

Sanders, James


Funeral services for Jim Sanders. 58. a lifetime resident of this area whose death occurred Thursday night at 8 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Sanders, were held Friday afternoon from the residence, with the Rev. C. L. Boone. Baptist pastor. officiating.

Mr. Sanders had been in ill health most of his life and for the past several years had been afflicted with blindness. He had been seriously ill for the past several weeks.

Survivors include two brothers, Oscar Sanders of Oakland, C. F. Sanders of Eagle Lake. and a sister, Mrs. E. B. Mayes of Columbus. There are also eight nieces and seven nephews.

A lifetime resident of this section, he was born near Weimar on Jan. 8, 1883 and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sanders.

Burial was in the Live Oak cemetery.

To bereaved survivors, the Mercury extends its sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1941, page 1

Jim Sanders Dead

Jim Sanders. who was everybody's friend, died after a brief illness, at the age of 58 years, Thursday evening at the home of his brother, C. F. Sanders. Jim was a familiar figure up and down the road, doing little errands for his friends such as taking the mail to them and other odd jobs. until about three years ago when he lost his eyesight entirely. Since then he had been confined to his room. Jim loved to talk and had the best memory of anybody we ever saw. He got lots out of life, when he could still see. Having been afflicted since childhood, he was a constant companion to, his mother. who passed to her reward in May, 1932. Since then he had made his home with his brother, C. F. Sanders. Everybody had a tender and affectionate feeling for Jim. We know he will he missed in the home where he had been under constant care for so long.

He leaves two brothers, J. O. Sanders of Oakland and C. F. Sanders of here, and one sister Mrs. E. B. Mayes, of Columbus.

Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. with Rev. C. L. Boone of Weimar, conducting the services. The syinpathy of the entire community is extended to his relatives.

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1941, page 7

Sanders, John Oscar

Oscar Sanders, 75, Former Oakland Merchant, Buried

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home for John Oscar Sanders, 75year-old retired merchant of Oakland who died Friday in Youens Hospital.

Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Howard Parshall pastor of First Baptist Church here of which Mr. Sanders was a member, officiated.

Mr. Sanders had been in poor health for about three years and had undergone an operation in September.

With \V. 0. Obenhaus he had operated the Obenhaus & Sanders general merchandise store at. Oakland from 1914 until four years ago, when be sold his interest to his partner.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Sanders, and family moved from Fayette County to Colorado County, the Live Oak section, when be was six months old. He married Miss Annie Campbell at Houston in 1908. and they moved to Oakland in 1919 when he went into business there. Their only child, Melva Irene, died at a very early age.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers at the service were F. L.. Graves, Duve Miles, Frank Sanders Jr., George Sanders, Rex Sanders and Wilbur Sanders.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1956

Sanders, Leona (Helmcamp)


Leona Helmcamp Sanders, 89, of Columbus, passed away June 15 in Schulenburg.

She was born May 7, 1918, to Charles and Annie Till Helmcamp in the area of Weimar.

She married Frank Sanders Oct. 20, 1947 after several years as a dental assistant in Weimar. They lived in Glidden until 1954 when they moved to Columbus. She stayed at home to raise her sons until beginning a career as a salesperson at Potter's Western Store for 29 years. She was a member of Saint Anthony Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and Altar Society in Columbus.

She moved to Schulenburg about three years ago where she resided at College Place and briefly at Regency Nursing Center. She enjoyed living at both places. She also found pleasure in dancing for decades with many friends in the area. Making poppyseed and cinnamon rolls became her pride and joy and for many years she donated poppyseed rolls to the church auctions.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Hugo and Edgar; and sisters, Adela Laeve and Henrietta Krenek.

She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law; James L. and Suzanne Sanders and Donald R. and Sarah Sanders; six granddaughters, Kristie, Lindsey, Laurie, Jeannine, Charlotte and Marilyn; nine great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Prayer service and rosary will be at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 and visitation at Henneke will be from 2-8 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Allen Barta, John Barta, Herbert Helmcamp, Hugo Helmcamp, Kevin Lilie and Travis Wegenhoft. Honorary pallbearers are many friends and relatives too numerous to mention.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Sanders, Margaret Catherine (Miles)

Oak Grove

Mrs. Carrie Mae Sanders died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. B. Mayes of Columbus, May 7, 1931.

She was born in Oxford, Miss. Jan. 14, 1850.  In 1869 she came to Texas with her parents and on January 7, 1875 she was married to Geo. W. Sanders.  They settled in Lavaca County where they lived for several years before moving to Colorado County and settled at Live Oak where they resided the rest of their married life.

To this union there were six children born; Mrs. E. B. Mayes of Columbus, J. O. Sanders of Oakland and Jim and C.F. of Oak Grove.  One daughter, Mrs. W. D. Obenhaus and one son, W. B. Sanders preceded her to her grave, several years ago.  In February 1922, her husband Geo. W. Sanders died. [Interent in Live Oak Cemetery]

Mrs. Sanders leaves two sisters, Mrs. Aggie Barker of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Fannie Defoe.

Four Brothers, W. G. Miles of Beeville, C.F. Miles of Goldwaite, J. H. Miles or O'Donnell, R. B. of Live Oak and a half brother Albert Miles of Houston. 

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 1931, Page 7 column 3 & 4
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Sanders, Mark Anthony

Weimar Man Killed As Truck Overturns

Mark Sanders, 21-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sanders of Weimar, was killed early Sunday at Fredericksburg when a pickup in which he was riding overturned on him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Garland Taylor.

The accident, in which three other young people escaped serious harm, occurred about 2:30 a.m. at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on the outskirts of Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Police Sgt. Donald Klein, who investigated, said young Sanders was standing in the bed of the pickup and the other three were in the cab as they chased rabbits on the grass-covered parking lot of the fairgrounds. He said the driver, Barney Scott Basden, 21 of Burleson, cut too sharply and the vehicle overturned.

In the cab with Basden were Lonnie D. Hendrick, 20, of Kerrville, owner of the truck, and Janice Quertermous 18 of Waco.

All except Hendrick were students at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco. They were visiting with a family in the Doss community near Fredericksburg.

Sanders who was an outstanding FFA member and vocational agriculture student here before graduation from Weimar High School in 1977 attended Wharton County junior College before going to TSTI.

He was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 29, with Rev. Ernest S. Dean Jr. officiating. Burial was in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Mark Anthony Sanders was born here March 1, 1959 to Wilbur and Joyce (Falke) Sanders. Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Rebecca Sanders, a Weimar High School student; and his grandmother, Mrs. Alvina Falke of Weimar. Grandparents Frank and Minnie Sanders and Gus Falke preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, May 1, 1980
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sanders, McCall Cater

McCall Sanders Funeral Held Here July 24

Funeral services for McCall Cater Sanders, a longtime Weimar resident and prominent figure nationally in the egg industry, were held here Saturday, July 24

Funeral services were conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Weimar with Rev. Patricia Zaiontz-Newcomer officiating. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery

Sanders, 74, died July 22 at Colorado-Medical Center after an illness of several months.

He was born Dec. 8, 1924 to Margaret Anne Cater Sanders and Seddie Thomas Sanders in Port Arthur, Texas.

As a youth he was an Eagle Scout and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Post Arthur. He later attended Iowa State Teachers College.

In World War II, he served as a pilot and officer in the U. S. Army Air Corps.

Sanders married Tommie Lee Clay Sanders on Jan. 1, 1944 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

He was a Weimar resident for 52 years, coming to Weimar in 1947 when he purchased the C.C. Lester feed store.

He used the store as a buying station for locally produced eggs. That led to importing eggs from others states and eventually exporting of carload lots to a number of Latin American countries, the Middle East and Far East.

Among his numerous professional accomplishments, Sanders served as president of the Southwestern Poultry and Egg Dealers Association, was a member of the Texas Egg Marketing Advisory Board, a director of the National Poultry, Butter and Egg Association and was a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

In 1994 he received the esteemed Urner Barry “Egg Man of the Year” award for his years of dedication and service to the egg industry.

He and his sons were associated in the firms of McCall Sanders Marketing and Sanders Investments.

Locally, Sanders was a member of the Weimar Masonic Lodge No. 423 and was raised to a master Mason in 1949. He was a past master of the lodge, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Arabia Temple Shrine. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Weimar.

He was a charter member of the Weimar Loins Club and a past president of the club.

Survivors include his wife, Tommie Lee Sanders of Weimar; sons, Jack Edward and wife Jane, and Thomas Joe and wife Wanda, all of Weimar; sister, Margretta Aline Sanders Bundy of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were: James McCall Sanders, Carter Hoskins, Dr. John McCall Bundy, Bill McClure, John Hardy Brewer IV and Timothy Adams.

Honorary pallbearers were: Dr. James E. Cummins, Jack King, Roy Harden, John Bundy, Davis Gindler, Frank Harris, Walter Scott, Ernest Scott and Edward (Blackie) Seifert.

The Weimar Mercury July 29, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Sanders, Melva Irene

After many weeks of sickness and suffering the little baby daughter of J. O. Sanders and wife of the Live Oak community dies Tuesday afternoon. The funeral took place the following day, at Live Oak cemetery. Physicians, family, relatives and friends did all that human skill could do to save the life of the precious babe, but the Great Father above willed it otherwise, and one more star has been added to the heavenly crown. The heartfelt sympathy of everyone in this section goes out to the bereaved family in their sad misfortune. [Body removed to Weimar Masonic Cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1912
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sanders, Minnie (Obenhaus) Walker

Mrs. M. Sanders, 87, Succumbs; Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Minmie[sic] Obenhaus Sanders, 87, an almost lifelong resident of the Oak Grove community southeast of Weimar, were held Tuesday afternoon, July 1, at Columbus Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery of Weimar.
Rev. Clarence James of Columbus, pastor of Live Oak Baptist Church, of which she was a longtime member, officiated.

Mrs. Sanders died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29, at her home at Oak Grove after seven months’ illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1881, at Oak Grove, she was a daughter of Fredrick Arnold and Ida Trott Obenhaus. She was married first to Edward Walker who died several years later. On Oct. 13, 1909, she was married to C. F. Sanders, and they lived at Oak Grove until 1946, when they moved to Bonus. After Mr. Sanders’ death in 1952, Mrs. Sanders moved back to the home place at Oak Grove.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Daisy Goode, Mrs. Eunice Chromchak, Mrs. Fred (Bernice) Froehlich, and Miss Vivian Sanders, all of Weimar, Mrs. Nola Cousins of Columbus, Mrs. Alfred (Edwina) Steinmann of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Zula Lorfing of Victoria; six sons, Frank Sanders Jr. of Columbus, Wilbur and Arnold Sanders of Weimar, Rex and Roy Sanders of Eagle Lake and George W. Sanders of Albuquerque, N.M.; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Will Obenhaus of Oakland and Ernest Obenhaus of Glidden, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Travis Froehlich, Donald Sanders, Kenneth and Douglas Goode, Donald Obenhaus and Leo Obenhaus.

Weimar Mercury July 3, 1969

Sanders, Otto

Oltto Sanders, 69, Buried Here Sunday

Funeral services for Otto Sanders, 69, local colored resident, were held Sunday at Macedonia Baptist church with Rev. A.M. Simmons officiating. [Interment in Paradise Garden Cemetry]

He had been sick only a short time when he died Wednesday of last week.

Born in Fayette County, he had been living in Weimar about 6 years and was a retired farmer.

Survivors are his wife, Ada, two sons, three daughters, 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1957, page 1

Sanders, Rex R.

Rex R. Sanders
May 26, 1929 - February 27, 1993

Rex R. Sanders, age 63, of Eagle Lake passed away Saturday, February 27, 1993, at 6:50 a.m. at the Memorial City Medical Center in Houston. He was born May 26, 1929, in Weimar to Frank and Minnie Obenhaus Sanders, Sr.

Sanders was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County. He attended the Live Oak School near Weimar. He later moved to Eagle Lake following World War II. He and Aileen Blackwell were united in marriage in El Campo on March 8, 1950. "Rex" had chosen a career in agriculture, farming in the Eagle Lake area. He also worked for Spalinger Hardware of Eagle Lake for nearly 20 years before retirement.

He was a member and faithful servant of the Bonus Baptist Church near Eagle Lake. He helped to construct the church building and served as a Deacon there.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eunice Chromchekr, Nola Cousins; a brother, Frank "Bud" Sanders, Jr.; and one son-in-law, Mike Brandon.

Survivors include his wife, Aileen Blackwell Sanders of Eagle Lake; daughters and son-in-law,Sherry Lanell Brandon of Avinger, Vicki Diane and Jerry King of Katy; son and daughter-in-law. Randy Rex and Denise Sanders of Markham; sisters, Daisy Goode of Weimar, Edwina Steiman of Schulenberg, Zula Loffmg of Victoria, Bernice Froelich and Vivian Sanders, both of Weimar; brothers, George Sanders of Oregon, Wilbur Sanders and Arnold Sanders, both of Weimar, Roy Sanders of Eagle Lake; grandchiklren. Dawn Renee Brandon of Avinger, Shannon Wayne Sanders of Eagle Lake, Jason Douglas Sanders, Kurt Ryan Sanders and Rodney Allen Sanders, all of Markham, Chad Rush King and Keith Austin King, both of Katy; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 1, in the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with Rev. Ken Temple and Rev. Jesse Russell officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were nephews, Robbie, Tracy and Brian Sanders; Wesley Blackwell; Billy and Ray Bazinet; Jimmy Barnhill and Douglas Goode. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Charles and Lloyd Spalinger, Jim Clipson Sr., Martin Roberts, Henry Corliss, R.L. New and Howard Wiese. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; March 4, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Sanders, Tommie Lee (Clay)

Tommie Sanders Funeral Services Held June 12

Tommie Lee Sanders, 81, of Weimar died Thursday, June 9 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services wee held Sunday, June 12 with Rev. Lee Everett officiating with assistance by Br. Jeff Atchison of the First Baptist Church of Schulenburg officiating. Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Tommie Lee Sanders was born in Poto, Okla. on Oct 23, 1923 to Hardy and Chloe Clay. She was raised in Baytown, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Lamar Business College.

She married Flight Office McCall C. Sanders of Port Arthur, on Jan 1, 1944 in Waterloo, Iowa. they moved to Weimar in 1947.

She was a lifelong business partner of McCall Sanders, and they traveled the world together for 53 years.

In addition to her work with the various McCall Sanders’ companies, she was owner of a fruit import/export business from 1958 to 1964, exporting apples from Washington State to South America and importing fruit from Argentina to the United States.

She was also a registered Commodities Futures Broker for 39 years.

Mrs. Sanders was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Weimar, the Literary Guild, the Garden Club, the PTA, the Methodist Women’s Organization, and the Sunshine Club.

She is survived by her sister, Peggy Mulinax of Morton; two children, Jack and Tom; two daughters-in-law, Jane and Wanda; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, McCall Cater Sanders in 1999.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 2005

Sanders, Vivian Ida

Vivian Sanders Funeral Service Held Sept. 5

Vivian Ida Sanders, 86, of Weimar died Monday, Sept. 3 in Bay City.

She was born on March 25, 1921 in Weimar to the late Frank and Minnie Sanders.

Vivian was a homemaker and a member of the Live Oak Baptist Church.

She lived in Oak Grove with her brother Arnold Sanders.

Survived by her sisters; Bernice Froelich[sic] of Weimar, Zula Lorfing of Victoria; brothers, Arnold Sanders of Weimar, and Roy Sanders of Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her sisters; Daisy Goode, Edwina Steinman[sic], Nola Cousins, Eunice Chromchak, and brothers, Rex Sanders, George Sanders, Frank Sanders, and Wilber Sanders.

Numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews survive.

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home on Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. with Ken Temple officiating.

Burial followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Kurt Sanders, Rodney Sanders, Brian Sanders, Robbie Sanders, Trace Sanders, and Travis Froelich[sic].

Donations will be accepted at the Houston Hospice of El Campo, located at 1102 North Mechanic, El Campo, 77437.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 2007, page 2A

Sanders, William Boyd

A death that caused universal gloom to pervade the hearts of our people occurred Thursday morning at 7 o'clock when the spirit of Boyd Sanders took its flight to that heavenly home above, where suffering, sorrow and parting will never more be known. The funeral took place Friday morning at the Live Oak cemetery, services being conducted by Rev. G. T. Gibbons. The church was filled to its capacity, while many stood on the out side unable to gain admission. It was a long procession which followed the body to the cemetery, and the floral tributes were profuse, testifying to the esteem in which the deceased was held by his former comrades. Sheriff E. B. Mayes a brother-in-law of Boyd had charge of the funeral arrangements and Gus Miller, Henry J. Laas, Lester Holt, W. M. Caldwell, Clayton Watson, A. A. Gregory acted as pall bearers. The deceased was born December the 26, 1887 and was consequently 25 years 7 months and 19 days old at the time of his death. Boyd was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sanders of the Live Oak community. He was born and reared in this section, but for the past six years has been employed in the roundhouse in Glidden. His death occurred at the hospital in San Antonio after an illness of three weeks of typhoid fever. Besides his mother and father he leaves three brothers, J. O. and Jim Sanders of Live Oak, Frank Sanders of Oak Grove, and two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Obenhaus of Oakland and Mrs. E. B. Mayes of Columbus. Boyd possessed many noble traits of character, was kind and generous and true to his friends. His unfortunate taking off in the bloom of youth and prime of manhood has cast a gloom over the community which time alone can erase. Although the best of physicians and nurses did all that mortal could do to relieve him it was not to be. The Heavenly Father giveth life and He also taketh it, and He willed that Boyd should join His angel's band above. It is hard indeed to give up our loved ones. Only those who have undergone a similar experience can fully appreciate the feelings of these devoted parents, so suddenly bereft of their son, but God knows what is best for us all, and we commend them to Him who doeth all things well for that consolation which He alone can give. No better hearted man ever lived, and his good deeds were as numerous as the sands of the sea shore. Of genial disposition a friend to every one, his presence was ever a cheer and comfort to every assembly and he will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in the terrible loss which they have sustained.

The question in our minds arise
How long this loneliness will be?
The answer comes in silent tones
Prepare for death and follow me.

Tenderly inscribed by his school-mate

Clara Berthold
(Golden Locks)

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1912
Transcribed by Judy Talkington
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