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Schmidt, Adolph J.


Adolph J. Schmidt, age 77, passed away December 31 at the Columbus Community Hospital after a ten day stay.

Funeral services were held January 3 at Henneke Funeral Home with Father Bernard Snock officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Adolph was born July 28, 1907 in Mentz to Mary Mossmeyer Schmidt and Anton Schmidt. He married Magdalena Rabel Schmidt on January 2. 1934. Adolph lived his life in the Mentz and Sealy areas, where he was a retired rancher and farmer.

Adolph was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Magdalena Schmidt of Mentz; one son. Anton Adolph Schmidt of Mentz; one brother, Leo Schmidt of Mentz; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Kenneth Bayer, Charles Mueck, Billy Michaelson and Jeff Luksetic.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1985, page 2

Schmidt, Annie M. (Walla)

Annie Schmidt

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie M. Schmidt of Frelsburg were held Sunday at Henneke Funeral Home with continued services for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

Burial was in the church cemetery. The Rev. Werner Bockholt and Rev. Edward Geiser officiated at the services.

After an illness of one month in St. Lukes Hospital in Houston, Mrs. Schmidt died June 4 at the age of 66.

She was born in Rowena March 14, 1910, a daughter of Willie and Lucy Brokmeyer Walla. She was married to Richard Schmidt and had lived in the Frelsburg area most of her life. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Catholic Altar Society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father, Mr. Walla of Frelsburg; 2 daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Warschak of Frelsburg and Mrs. Edward D. Sklar of Fayetteville; 3 sisters, Mrs. Isabella Dernehl and Mrs. Regina Agnello, both of Stafford, and Mrs. Nancy Vayo of Austin; 3 brothers, Walter Walla of Ramsey of Edwin and Rudy Walla of Frelsburg, and 3 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Daniel Schmidt, William Schmidt, Thomas Schmidt, Mac Ruffeno, James Keller and Leon Walla.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, June 10, 1976
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schmidt, August Arthur

Aug. Schmidt Funeral Held At Eagle Lake

Funeral services for August Arthur Schmidt, 67, of Eagle Lake, were held Wednesday, Dec. 19, from Grace Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Rev. John Anderson officiated.

Schmidt, who had retired after 28 years employment with Schindler Butane of Eagle Lake, was killed in an auto-train wreck at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Borden.

Born Jan. 8, 1923, near Garwood, he was a son of George and Bertha (Findeisen) Schmidt. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, including two and a half years overseas. He married Elizabeth Hutchins on Feb. 14, 1950, at Columbus. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

His wife survives him, along with one daughter, Linda Schmidt of Brenham; two sons, Bennie Schmidt of Eagle Lake and Richard Schmidt of Manchester, Ga.; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Zahradnick and Erna Cloat of Eagle Lake and Alena Richter of Weimar; and one brother, Johnnie Schmidt Sr. of Cat Spring. His parents, two brothers, Arthur and Henry Schmidt, and a sister, Thilda Birdwell, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Hugo Richter Jr., Henry Schmidt. Johnnie Schmidt Jr., Edwin Schmitt, Emil Vasut Jr., and James Klopsteck.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1990

Schmidt, Augusta

SUDDEN DEATH.--Last Thursday Mrs. Augusta Schmidt died in this city after an illness of only a few hours. She was the mother-in-law of Mr. M. Nicolai, and an industrious, esteemed lady, with many friends. Her remains were committed to earth at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon in the presence of numerous relatives and friends. Peace to her memory. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 1, 1886

Schmidt, Charles Edward

Charley E. Schmidt

May 20, 1929 - January 9, 2002

Services for Charley E. Schmidt, 72, of Columbus were held Jan. 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Schmidt died Jan. 9 at Memorial City Hospital in Houston.

He was born May 20, 1929, in Eagle Lake, the son of Ed H. and Martha Austin Schmidt.

Schmidt was united in marriage with Mildred Hollan on June 18, 1960,

He served in the U. S. Airforce during the Korean War.

Schmidt was a retired dragline operator for Holman Inc., formerly Thorstenberg, and presently in public relations for Columbus Livestock Company.

He was affiliated with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, and a member of Texas Sportsman's Association and American Legion Post No 383 in Columbus.

Schmidt was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Sharon Kay Schmidt.

Survivors include his wife, two brothers-in-law, Albert and wife, Debbie, Hollan, and LeRoy and wife, Elizabeth, Hollan, all of Houston, and godchild, Barbara Brisco of Sheridan.

Pallbearers were American Legion members George Poppe, Joe Hanak, Raymond Zajicek, Harry Henkhaus, Eddie Hernandez and Thurman Mitchell.

Henneke Funeral Home Ld., Columbus, directors.

Banner Press Newspaper, January 17, 2002, page 19

Schmidt, Charles F. Phillips

Houston Post: The remains of Charley Schmidt, a lad about 12 years of age, were brought from Houston on the noon train today for interment in the family burying grounds north of Columbus. The tuneral will be held Wednesday morning. The young boy was a nephew of Mrs. R. P. White and has been raised as a member of their family. He has had intermittent attacks of appendicitis since May and following a severe attack on the 29th of June the family deemed an operation expedient. The operation was performed in Houston about a week ago and slight hopes have been entertained for his recovery since that time. His death occurred there yesterday. [Interment in Riesing Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1907, page 1

Schmidt, Charles Lewis

Charles Schmidt Dead.

Charles Schmidt, born and raised near Columbus, 59 ears old, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Huebel, at Glidden, Monday afternoon of pneumonia. He was buried at the family (Riesing) cemetery Tuesday, Rev. Mr. Krause of the Lutheran Church at Fayetteville performing the services. He is survived by three small and four grown children.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 18, 1919
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Schmidt, Daniel T. “Donnie”


Daniel T. Schmidt known as Donnie to friends and family came into this life on April 19, 1937 to parents Paul W. and Mary A. Schmidt at Lone Oak in Colorado County.

Donnie was born in the Twentieth Century, but his heart was that of a Nineteenth Century pioneer loving the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were an integral part of his life. He was among nature each day if his time allowed. He was always in search of the “big one” whether it was a buck or a fish.

Donnie attended St. John's Catholic School in Fayetteville. He married Roberta Coufal on Sept. 12, 1959. Donnie was one of Colorado County's proudest fathers when Ronald (Ronnie), their son was born. Donnie was even prouder when Ronald married Roxane Ripple and two grandchildren. Jennifer and Jordan were born to this union.

Donnie's parents preceded him in death as well as his father-in-law, Robert Coufal. His mother-in-law, Tonie Coufal remains as a mourner.

In addition, his sister and brothers-in-law saddened by Donnie's passing are: Elizabeth and Harvey Treybig of Austin, Barnell and Joyce Coufal of Florida, and Calvin and Sheila Coufal of Willow Springs. Benjamin and Una Mae Krenek preceded him in death. Nieces and nephews are: Sherry and Arlie Moore of Spring, Terri Krebs of Fay-etteville, Brad and Kelly Treybig of Austin, Robert and Ryan Coufal of Florida, Mike and Trina Austin of Florida and Chris and Crystal Coufal of Willow Springs. Numerous great nieces and nephews also survive Donnie.

Donnie was a life member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg. Donnie's services were in care of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with viewing starting Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. and rosary on Saturday at 6 p.m. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg at 2 p.m. with Rosary at 1:30 p.m., and burial followed in the church cemetery.

The pallbearers were: Glendale Krebs, Jeff Raska, Jimmy Ripple, Billy Schmidt, Thomas Schmidt, and Glen Weishuhn.

The honorary pallbearers were: Gus Lindeman, Warren Heatwole, Edwin Moudry, Bobby Schmidt, Russell Thoede and Thomas Zajicek.

Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg or a charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Schmidt, Drew Elizabeth (Hutchins)

Elizabeth Schmidt

Elizabeth passed away on Saturday, October 21.

She was born April 18, 1931 in Chesterville.

Elizabeth was employed as a dietician and was of Methodist faith.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters; and one brother; survivors include her children, Bennie Ray Schmidt and Fiance Lynn Kelly of Brenham, Richard Wayne Schmidt and wife, Gayla of Manchester, Georgia; Linda Gail and Rodney Schultz of Brenham; brother, Harold Lee and wife, Lorain Wenzinreid of Lumberton, TX; sister, Marian and husband, Warren Wenzinreid of Freeport; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ardie Nelson officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Final arrangements were under the direction of the Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Christopher Schmidt, Richard Schmidt, Pancho Martinez, Jason Keepers, Randolph Buffington III, and Antonio Martinez.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 26th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Schmidt, Ewald


Ewald Schmidt, 90, of Lone Oak passed away March 14 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born in Loan[sic[ Oak Dec. 12, 1912 to Thomas and Frances Schmidt and married Olga Stein Schmidt, June 8, 1936.

He was a farmer, rancher and member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg. He was also a member of the Msgr. Peter V. Gury Knights of Columbus Council #5157 of Frelsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Paul, Richard and Alois Schmidt; and sisters, Elizabeth Kollmann and Agnes Zajicek.

He is survived by daughter, Jo Ann and husband Johnny Canik of Loan[sic] Oak; son, Bill and wife Carol Schmidt of Columbus; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and special friend Loreda Buxkemper of Columbus.

Funeral services were March 17 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Warschak, Ed Sklar, Tom Schmidt, Bob Schmidt, Warren Heathole and Daniel Schmidt.

Colorado County Citizen, March 26, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Schmidt, Frances (Wasinka/Waschenka)

Services For Mrs. Frances Schmidt Held At Frelsburg

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Schmidt, 76, were held at her home near Fayetteville Monday, followed by further services at the Frelsburg Catholic church, with Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Schmidt died in the Fayette Memorial hospital at La Grange Friday. Her husband, Thomas Schmidt, has been dead several years.

She was born Frances Masinka May 31, 1876. Her marriage to Mr. Schmidt took place in Frelsburg in 1897.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kollmann, Houston, and Mrs. Agnes Jazicek, Gladewater; 4 sons, Paul and Ewald of Fayetteville and Richard and Alois of Lyford and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ed Krenek of Houston and Mrs. Josephine Krenek of New Mexico. She leaves 8 grandchildren.

Colorado Citizen, April 23, 1953
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schmidt, Henry Gottlieb Sr.

Schmidt, Sr.

Henry G. Schmidt Sr., age 68, of Eagle Lake, passed away May 12 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Schmidt Saturday, May. 14 from the Grace Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake under the arrangement of Dulany Funeral Home with Pastor Al Flathmann officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Schmidt was born January 8, 1920 in Nada to George J. Schmidt and Bertha Findeisen Schmidt. He married Annie May Brast Schmidt on September 12, 1944 in Sealy.

He was a lifelong-resident of the area with a lifelong career in agriculture. In his lifetime he was a farmer and cattleman and broke horses in his youth.

Mr. Schmidt was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, serving his church as Sunday School Supt. for a number of years, also serving as councilman for the church many times over the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Arthur Schmidt, a sister, Thilda Birdwell and two brother-in-laws, two nephews and a niece.

Survivors include his wife, Annie May Schmidt of Eagle Lake; daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Kenneth Vasina of Houston; son, Henry Schmidt Jr. of Eagle Lake; grandson, Jared Henry Schmidt; sisters, Mary Zahradnick and Erna Cloat both of Eagle Lake, and Alena Richter of Weimar; brothers, Johnnie Schmidt of Cat Spring and August Schmidt of Eagle Lake; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers scheduled were Arthur Schmidt Jr., Ben Castillo, Allen Shimek, Carl Hammermiller, Randy Sanders, Gale Thomas, Bertrand Brast and Johnnie Vasut.

Honorary. pallbearers mentioned were Rex and Roy Sanders, Lawrence Shimek, Sid Harmon, Butch Parma, Alvin Kohleffel, Charles Spalinger, Bill Appelt, Harrison Walker and George Birdwell.

Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 1988, page 2

Schmidt, Hulda (Bauer)


Funeral services for Mrs. Hulda Bauer Schmidt, age 85, of Columbus were held Feb. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Columbus, Rev. Herbert Brannon and Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral House.

Mrs. Schmidt was born on Feb. 8, 1900 In Post Oak, Texas. She was born to Henry & Wilimeana Doss Bauer. She was married to Fred R. Schmidt on Dec. 24, 1916 In East Bernard. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She Is survived by her daughters Mrs. Irene Wristen of Columbus and Mrs. N. L. (Annie) Collins of Wisconsin; by her sons Toxie Lee Schmidt, Houma La., and Richard C. Schmidt of Columbus; sister, Mrs. Lee Dungen of Columbus, and brother Henry Bauer of Houston. Also, 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Robert F. Schmidt.

Pallbearers were James Holiday, Cody Reynolds, Gene Allen Schmidt. Dan Perales, Jerry Tallas, and Bobby Webb. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 21, 1985, page 2

Schmidt, Johnnie A.

Schmidt Services

Graveside Services and interment for Johnnie A. Schmidt, Sr. of Cat Spring were held Monday, July 5, 1993 from Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Sandra Kimbrow, pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church officiating.

Mr. Schmidt passed away Friday, July 2. He was 83 years of age.
Born September 15, 1909 in Colorado County, he was the son of Geroge[sic] and Bertha (Findeisen) Schmidt. He was a lifelong resident of Colorado County, and spent a lifetime career in agriculture, farming and ranching hi that area.

On February 26, 1935 he as[sic] united in marraige[sic] to Mary Vasut in Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Schmidt of Cat Spring; a son and daughter-in-law, Johnnie Jr. and Alice Schmidt of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Erna Cloat of Eagle Lake and Alena Richter of Weimar; a grandson, "J. J." Schmidt of Eagle Lake; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bertha Schmidt; two sisters, Thilda Birdwell and Mary E. Zahradnick; three brothers, Arthur, Henry and August Schmidt.

Pallbearers were John "J. J." Schmidt, Paul Vasut, Charles L. Spalinger, Edwin Schmitt, Charles Glueck and Hugo Richter Jr.

New Ulm Enterprise, July 15, 1993, page 2

Schmidt, Joseph

Services Held At Frelsburg for Joe Schmidt

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the family home in Frelsburg for Joe Schmidt,74, who died at Bell hospital Sunday at 1:45 p.m. Burial was in Frelsburg Catholic cemetery with the Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Untermeyer Bros. were in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schmidt was born in Germany on November 12, 1870, a son of Joseph and Anna Schmidt.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Schmidt; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Schneider, Pisek, and Mrs. Albina Schoppa, Fayetteville; one son, Joel Schmidt, Pisek; one brother, Albert of Corpus Christi and one sister, Mrs. Mary Linka, Beyersville.

Pallbearers were Johnny Schmidt, Eddie Schmidt, Joe Kubicek, Albert Linka, Louis Smidovec and Christian Skalitsky.

Colorado County Citizen, Maya 3, 1945

Schmidt, Maria (Bergmann)

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. John Richter and Mr. and Mrs. Linburger went to Columbus Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Schmidt, who died Tuesday night after a lingering illness.--Moulton Eagle. [Interment in Riesing Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 16, 1905, page 9

Schmidt, Martha (Austin)


Funeral services were held for Martha Schmidt Thursday, October 9 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Martha Schmidt was born July 22, 1898 in Silsbee to David Crockett Austin and Martha Bosworth Austin. She married Ed. H. Schmidt in 1928. She was a housewife.

She was a(sic) affiliated as a Lutheran.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed. H. Schmidt, June 10, 1968 and one granddaughter, Sharon Kay Schmidt.

Survivors include a son, Charley Schmidt of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Leslie Koehl, E. L. McElroy, Tom Teague, Milroy Venghaus, Jimmy Peters and Burforf(sic) Alsup.

Colorado County Citizen, October 16, 1986

Schmidt, Mary F.

Mrs. Mary Schmidt Is Buried After Rites at Frelsburg

Mrs. Mary F. Schmidt who was born in Shembera, Germany died Friday, June 1, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. George Shoppe[sic], of Frelsburg.

Mrs. Schmidt was 85 years and 7 months old. She had lived at New Ulm for 25 years.

Survivors are one son, Joe F. Schmidt Jr. of New Ulm, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Frank Schneider of near Pisek and Mrs. George Shoppe of Frelsburg.

Rev. Edward Geiser officiated in services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church. Burial was at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic cemetery in Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, June 7, 1956, page 7

Schmidt, Mary (Schmitt)


Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Schmidt were held Tuesday, June 25, at St. Rochs Catholic Church in Mentz under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Father Bernard Snoch officiating. She died June 23 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Burial was held at St. Roch’s Catholic Cemetery. The rosary was held Monday at Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Schmidt was born February 15, 1906 in Cat Spring to John Schmitt and Francis Drymalla Schmitt. She married Elmo Schmidt February 21, 1933.

Mrs. Mary Schmidt was a housewife and she spent most of her lifetime in Ramsey Community. The church affiliation were Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Elmo Schmidt of Ramsey, four sisters, Annie Drymalla of Ramsey, Maggie Schmitt of Eagle Lake, Pauline Schmitt of Eagle Lake, and Bettie DeShazo of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Walter Frnka, Jim Schmitt, Earl Schmitt, Jack Schmitt, Chris DeShazo, and Jeff Smaistrla[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, June 27, 1985

Schmidt, Mary Lena (Schubert)

Mary Schmidt Service Held Here Sunday

Mary Lena Schmidt, 94, of Granada Hills, California, died Sunday January 24, at 8:45 p.m. at Rinaldi Convalescent Hospital. Her ashes. were sent to Weimar for a graveside memorial service Sunday, February 8, in Masonic Cemetery: Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Mrs. Schmidt was born Oct. 18, 1893, in the Star Hill community near Industry, Austin county, the youngest daughter of Franz and Florentine (Fuhrmann) Schubert. She lived in Industry until 1928, when she moved to Bartlett, where she was confirmed and became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In 1977 she returned to Industry; joined the United Methodist Church, and became a member of the Bertha Circle of Methodist Women.

In December 1980 she moved to California and lived at the Ambulatory Care Center for Senior Citizens in Granada Hills, and in August 1985 she moved to Rinaldi Convalescent Hospital.

Preceding her in death. were one son, Elwood Alfred Schmidt; one grandson, Thomas EIwood Schmidt; two brothers, Willie Schubert as an infant and Alfred Schubert of Industry; and three sisters, Hedwig as an infant, Minna Eckermann of Weimar, and Frieda Schubert of Industry.

She is survived by a grandson, Donald Ray Schmidt of San Pedro, Calif.; a niece, Elsie Freis of Weimar; four great-nephews, Eugene Grohmann of Weimar, Joewayne Gold of Rosenberg, Marvin Grohmann of Houston and Allen Schubert of New Ulm; and one great-niece, Bernice Richter of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1988, page 13

Schmidt, Mildred Ann (Hollan)


Mildred A. Schmidt, 81, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 9 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born March 16, 1923 to Stephen and Anna (Baca) Hollan and married Charley E. Schmidt June 18, 1960. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sharon Kay Schmidt; sister, Bernice Alsup; brothers, Jerome Hollan and Leory Hollan.

She is survived by brother and sisters-in-law, Albert and Debbie Hollan of Houston, Cecilia Hollan of Houston and Elizabeth Hollan of Houston; brother-in-law, Burford Alsup of Hot Springs, Ark.; godchild, Barbara Brisco of Sheridan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Laddie Supak, Marvin Hollan, Albert Hollan Jr., Louis Prunes, Charles Tu and Scot Nelson. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Michaelson, Earl Frnka, Reggie Brisco and Manuel Solis.

Colorado County Citizen, January 19, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Schmidt, Nona (Leyendecker) Etheridge


Nona Leyendecker Etheridge Schmidt, 90, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 17. She was born Sept. 26, 1916 near Frelsburg, the daughter of Arthur and Annie Brune Leyendecker. She attended Columbus High School and graduated in 1934 as the salutatorian of her class.

She was united in marriage to Kirby Emerson Etheridge, Sr. June 24, 1936 and on Dec. 17, 1985 she married Alois F. (Mickey) Schmidt.

She was a florist in Columbus for many years where she owned her own business. In later years, she worked in the public school system as dietitian and then as supervisor of nutrition for the Columbus Community Hospital. After her retirement, she enjoyed going on cruises and traveling to various foreign countries.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, belonging to the United Methodist Women and serving on the Bereavement Committee and as Communion Steward. She was also instrumental in organizing the rummage ministry. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the V.F.W., and she was an active member of the Eastern Star in which she held several offices including Worthy Grand Matron. She was a charter member of the Columbus Garden Club, at one time serving as president, and a charter member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and an active member of the Magnolia Homes Tour, serving as a docent. She was also instrumental in the restoration of the historic Zimmerscheidt School House where she attended classes in the early years.

Schmidt was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughters, Frances Louise and Laura Lee; son, Kirby Emerson Etheridge, Jr.; sisters, Aline Leyendecker, Florence Zajicek, Charlene Lichey, and Betty Sens; brother, Jack Leyendecker and step-grandson, Michael Schmidt

She is survived by sons Tom Etheridge and wife Bernice of Columbus, Jack Etheridge and wife Peggy of Victoria and Leete Etheridge of Columbus; daughter-in-law JaNeille Etheridge of Chesterville; step-daughter Beth Heatwole and husband Warren of San Marcos; step-sons Tom Schmidt and wife Cindy of Victoria and Bob Schmidt and wife Rosanne of Brenham; sisters Annie Louise Franta and husband Fred and Emma Schneider and husband Nottie; brothers Manly Leyendecker and wife Sophie and Crockett Leyendecker and wife Dorothy, all of Columbus; grandchildren, Michael, Arthur, Joe, Lori and Will Etheridge; step-grandchildren, David, Russell, Megan and Tanner Schmidt and Andrew, Rebecca and Mark Heatwole. She is also survived by "Lil" Stallman, her dear friend and neighbor of many years.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 19 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. J. Paul Bruhn officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Zajicek, David Leyendecker, Henry Schneider, Carlton Leyendecker, James Luedecke, Larry Sebesta and Lori and Will Etheridge. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Columbus or to a charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Schmidt, Olga (Bauer)


Mrs. Olga Schmidt, wife of Albert Schmidt, died at the Herman Hospital in Houston at 10 o’clock on Monday morning, April 7th following an operation.  She had been in ill health for the past 11 years.

Born June 16, 1902 at New Ulm, the daughter of Mr. and Mr. Henry Bauer, Mrs. Schmidt had resided most of her life time in Columbus and Eagle Lake.  She was married on September 26, 1916 in East Bernard.  She is survived by her husband and seven children, Albert, Jr., Gracie, Willis, Viola Marie, Chas. Henry, Marvin Ray and Gene Allen.  Four brothers and three sisters also survive.

Funeral services were held from the home of her sister, Mrs. Fred Schmidt  near Eagle Lake at 3 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Davis officiating.  Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest at Columbus.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family in their deep sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 11, 1947, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Schmidt, Olga (Stein)

Olga Schmidt, 74, a lifetime resident of Frelsburg, died April 13 at her residence in Lone Oak.  She was born in Frelsburg on Nov. 23, 1914 to Joe Stein and Mary Schneider Stein.  She married Ewald E. Schmidt on June 8, 1936.  She was a member of St's. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, St. Anns Altar society, Catholic Daughters in Columbus and Frelsburg Extension Homemakers.  Parish rosary service was held April 14 at 7:30 p.m. and K. C. rosary at 7:45 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home, and Altar Society rosary was held Sat. at 1:30 p.m. at the church.  Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at St's. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiating.  Burial was at St's. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.  Survivors include:  husband, Ewald Schmidt of Lone Oak; daughter JoAnn Canik of Lone Oak and son; William C. (Bill) Schmidt, also of Lone Oak; brother, Glenn Stein of Alvin, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, March 20, 2003
Submitted by David Hahn

Schmidt, Ophelia (Kessler)

Mrs. Fritz Schmidt Rites Held Here

Last rites were held at Columbus Funeral home Tuesday at 3 p.m. for Mrs. Ophelia Schmidt, 91-year-old native of the Sublime area, who died Sunday at the home of a son in Houston.

Rev. A. J. Pate, pastor of the First Baptist church here, conducted the services.

Mrs. Schmidt was a member of the Baptist church. She was born June 8, 1869. Her husband, Fritz Schmidt died several years ago.

Survivors include 2 sons, Fred R. Schmidt of Houston and Ben Schmidt of San Antonio; and a brother, Robert Kessler of Flatonia.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1960, page 12 

Schmidt, Paul Wilhelm

Paul Schmidt Rites Held May 28

Funeral services for Paul W. Schmidt aged 64, who passed away at his home in the Lone Oak community, late Tuesday afternon[sic], were held Thursday morning at the Catholic church at Frelsburg.

Mr. Schmidt was the son of the late Thomas and Frances Wasinka Schmidt, born Jan. 25, 1900, at Lone Oak and was one of four sons and two daughters.

Mr. Schmidt suffered a heart attack Tuesday afternoon and died immediately. Rev. Bockhold officiated at Requim High Mass which was held at the Untermeyer Funeral Home and continued services were at Sts. Peter and Paul church in Frelsburg with interment in church cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, the former Mary Susil and one son, Daniel Schmidt, one grandson, Ronald Schmidt, three brothers, Richard and Ewald of Lone Oak and Alois of Lyford, two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kollmann of Houston and Mrs. Agnes Zajicek of Gladewater, Texas.

Nephews, Billy Schmidt, Tommy Schmidt, Gus Lindermann, Russel Theode, Thomas Zajicek, and Bennie Dariuk, served as pallbearers.

Rosary was recited at Utermery[sic] Funeral Home Wednesday night.

New Ulm Enterprise, June 4, 1964

Schmidt, Richard C.


Richard C. Schmidt, 77, of Columbus, died Saturday, July 12, 1997 at Memorial City Hospital in Houston.

Born Oct. 14, 1919 in Nottawa, he was the son of Fred and Julda [Hulda] (Bauer) Schmidt. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and was a corporal with the 36th Division. Wounded in the European Theatre during World War II, he received the American Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus.

A long-time resident of the Columbus area, Mr. Schmidt had served as district clerk for 12 years, Colorado County Justice of the Peace for 22 years and had been both Precinct I and municipal judge. He was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post for over 50 years, serving one year as department commander. For over 40 years, he was secretary of the Columbus Cemetery Association. 'Mr. Schmidt had been a sergeant in the Army National Guard, a Red Cross 'service officer for 10 years and was a member of Columbus Golf Club. He opened the Shell Service Station in Columbus at the junction of Hwy. 90 and Hwy. 71, and was a salesman for Jerry Parker Chevrolet for several years.

Services were held July 15 at the Columbus First Baptist Church with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Dr. Cecil Marburger, Jerry Mikeska, Ernest "Bub" Baumgart, Jimmy Seymour, Sam Trammell and John Allen Nesvadba. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Klimple and John Zwiegel.

Mr. Schmidt is survived by his daughter, Carol Jean Webb of Columbus; granddaughter Sheryl Lynn Jowers and husband Daniel of Bertram; great-grandson Cody Leaman Jowers; sisters and brothers-in-law Irene and Robert Wristen of Columbus and Annie and Nathan Collins of Webster, Wis.; brother and sister-in-law Toxie and Lavine Schmidt of Houma, La.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Schmidt.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 1997

Schmidt, Richard Henry


Funeral services were held Saturday, September 28, for Richard H. Schmidt of Frelsburg. Services were held at Sts.. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with the Father Werner Bockholt officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Burial was held at Sts.. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Schmidt was born April 4, 1906 in Frelsburg to Thomas Schmidt and Frances Wasinka Schmidt. He married Annie M. Walla Schmidt December 26, 1945. Mrs. Annie Walla Schmidt preceded Mr. Schmidt in death June 4, 1976.

Mr. Schmidt was a retired rancher. He was a member of WW II and participated in the D - Day invasion at Omaha Beach, Normandy.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Paul Schmidt.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Patsy) Warschak of Frelsburg and Mrs. Edward (Luci) Sklar of Frelsburg; two sisters, Elizabeth Kollmann of Columbus and Agnes Zajicek of O'Fallon, Ill; two brothers, Ewald Schmidt of Frelsburg and Alois Schmidt of Lyford; and six grandchildren, Donald, Angela and Brian Warschak and Amy, E. P., and Ryan Sklar.

Pallbearers were Bill Schmidt, Robert Schmidt, Tom Schmidt, Daniel Schmidt, Ronald Schmidt, Tom Zajicek, Donald Warschak, and Johnny Canik.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 1985

Schmidt, Robert E.

Robert E. Schmidt Accident Victim; Last Rites Friday

Funeral services for Robert E. Schmidt, 34, will be held at Columbus Funeral home tomorrow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Logan Cumins of the Columbus Baptist church officiating.

Mr. Schmidt, a native of Columbus, was killed in a one-car accident last Saturday about 4:30 p.m. on a road near Indian Head, Md. where he was stationed with the navy.

According to information reaching here, Mr. Schmidt and his daughter, Tricia, 6, were out riding on a road under construction when the car went out of control and over an embankment. Tricia, was thrown from the car and suffered a back injury but is reported recovering in an Indian Head hospital.

Mr. Schmidt was born in Columbus and attended school here. He entered the navy in 1947. His widow is the former Ann Pace of Houston.

Survivors include his widow and daughter; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schmidt of Houston, formerly of Columbus; 2 brothers, Richard C. Schmidt of Columbus and Toxie Lee Schmidt of Houma, La; 2 sisters, Mrs Robert Wristen of Houston and Mrs. N. L. Collins of Deerwood, Minn.’

Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, October 24, 1963

Schmidt, Sharon Kay

Schmidt Infant Dies Shortly After Birth

Funeral services were held on the afternoon of Jan. 31 for Sharon Kay Schmidt, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Schmidt of Columbus, who died the same day, only 45 minutes after she was born in Columbus hospital. She weighed only 4 pounds.

Rev. H. L. Anderson of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiated and arrangements were in charge of Untermeyer Funeral home. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 1963, page 7

Schmidt, Susan (Halyard) Green

Our whole community was made sad Monday over the death of Mrs. Chas. Schmidt, nee Miss Susie Halyard, which occurred at 11:30 Sunday night, after an illness of two weeks with pneumonia.

Born August 17, 1882, being 32 years, 6 months and 4 days of age. She leaves a husband and seven children, a mother, three sisters and one brother.

She was buried in the Halyard family cemetery, funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carr of Columbus assisted by the Beethoven Lodge No. 30, O. D. H. S. of Ellinger of which her husband is a member. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, many from Ellinger and Columbus, attending the funeral.

The deceased was dearly beloved by every one who knew her and will be sorely missed.

Colorado Citizen, February 26, 1915.

Schmidt, Unknown

Friday night of last week, Mrs. Schmidt, a Bohemian lady, the wife of Henry Schmidt, died at Weimar, after an illness of about fifteen days. The remains were buried the next day in the Catholic graveyard. The family were strangers here, having been residents of the town but a short time.

Weimar Mercury, November 8, 1890, page 5
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