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Schoellmann, Alice Anne (Fojtik)

Alice Anne Fojtik Schoellmann, 73, of Nada, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1994.

Born July 25, 1921, in Needville, she was the daughter of John and Mary (Zachek) Fojtik. On Aug. 12, 1940, she was married to Charles Schoellmann at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, and the couple recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. She was a retired nurses aide, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and Christian Mothers.

Funeral services were held Aug. 19, at St. Mary's Church with Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary's cemetery. Services were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.

Serving as pallbearers were John Charles Schoellmann, Chuck Smith, Jeff Scopel, Jake Moore, Mark Cochrum and James Pavlovsky. Honorary pallbearers were Sandy Smith, Suzanne Scopel, DeAnna Moore, Kristine Cochrum and Tracy Krpec.

Mrs. Schoellmann is survived by her husband, of Nada; daughter Elizabeth Krpec of Manvel; son John Schoellmann of Rosenberg; sisters Lydia Cooper of Garwood, Vlasta Boehm of El Campo and Virginia Pavlovsky of Pearland; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, August 24, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Schoellmann, Elizabeth C. (Leopold)

NADA - Elizabeth C. Schoellmann, 87, of Nada, died Saturday, April 17, 2004.

She was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Nada, to the late Arthur Christian and Mary Heine Leopold. She was a homemaker and member of St. Mary's Christian Mothers and St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in El Campo.

Survivors: daughters, Jane Klein of San Antonio and Cathryn Vesley of Waco; sisters, Regina Beck and Martha Goertz, both of Rockney, Agatha Gold and Bernice Popp, both of Garwood, and Beatrice Schoellmann of Nada; brothers, Joseph Leopold, Arthur Leopold, and Frederick Leopold, all of Nada, and Aloysius Leopold of Boerne; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Henry W. Schoellmann; sons, Joseph Charles Schoellmann and Thomas Arthur Schoellman; sister, Margarfet Ceriella; and brother, Clarence Leopold.

Visitation will begin 10 a.m. today at Triska Funeral Home chapel.

A memorial service held by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be 6:45 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, the Rev. Martin Leopold officiating. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Memorials: St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The Victoria Advocate, April 20, 2004
Submitted by Leland Chambliss


Elizabeth Schoellmann, formerly of Nada, was found dead in her Waco home April 17.

She was born Jan. 3, 1917 in Nada to Arthur Christian and Mary A. (Heine) Leopold and married Henry "Ted" Schoellmann Jan. 3, 1940.

The couple had four children, two of whom, Cathryn Ann Vesely and Jane Frances Klein, survive. Their first child, Joseph Charles Schoellmann, was stillborn. Their last, Thomas Arthur Schoellmann, was born with severe mental and physical problems. His care occupied much of his mother's attention and energy from 1951 until his death in 1970.

She was a lifelong member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Nada, and a two-time president of that church's Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

She began volunteering at St. Mary's School in Nada in 1970, coaching the softball team, teaching CCD classes, and managing the lunchroom. In 1978, she was hired to be the school's librarian. That job led her to become active in the local history field.

Two years later, she was named to the committee to produce a 100th anniversary book for the church, and she taught herself how to do research at the courthouse and in archives. The book came out in 1982 and sold out.

In 1984, her commitment to community service was recognized when she was named outstanding older Texan woman of Colorado County by the Texas Agriculture Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System.

Her husband died in 1989. For the next seven years, she worked on historical projects at the Nesbitt Memorial Library, helping locate and catalogue cemeteries, arranging for and helping to effect the microfilming of the records of Nada's Catholic church, pouring through old newspapers and extracting obituary information, and many other things. She was a faithful and effective volunteer for the library during the 1990s.

During these years, she became a member of Colorado County Historical Commission, German Texan Heritage Society and Live Oak Art Center. She had been a member of El Campo VFW Ladies Auxiliary, National Catholic Woman's Union and Nada-Garwood Homemakers Extension Club.

She had to abandon her volunteer activities when her kidneys failed and she went on dialysis in early 1997. A few months later, she moved to Waco, where she could undergo her treatments more comfortably. In Waco, she produced two books. She was principal compiler of Christian Leopold: "Der Swithe Boob," a book of family history which was published in 2000. In 2002, she completed an autobiography, "My Life."

She was buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada, after services at the church, on April 21.

Pallbearers were Ray Kerby, David Coulon, David Anderson, Edward Gold, Franklin Addicks and Mark Leopold. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen, May 5, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Schoellmann, Emma A. (Weigel)

Mrs. Schoellmann Succumbs at 74

By Mrs. Fred Kubesch

NADA--Mrs. Frank H. Schoellmann was born at Bernardo May 30, 1885, and died Saturday, Sept. 5 on her 53rd wedding anniversary, at the age of 74 years.

Funeral services were held in St. Mary’s church Monday at 8:30, Rev. Edmund J. Bily officiating.

Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Surviving are her husband; 3 sons, Ludwig and Henry of Nada and Joe of Garwood; 2 daughters, Mrs. Joe Buxkamper of Columbus and Mrs. Wm. Hennecke of Nada; 2 brothers, Herman Weigel of Columbus and Paul Weigel of Luling; one half-brother, Herman[Andrew] Weigel of Taiton; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were: Lee, Clarence, Charles and Walter Schoellmann, Clarence and Earl Frels.

Colorado County Citizen, September 10, 1959, page 12

Schoellman, Esther Marie

Nada Girl Is Buried With Mass On Wednesday

The El Campo-Nada area was saddened by the death of Miss Esther Marie Schoellman, 20, an employee of the El Campo Telephone Exchange, who died Tuesday following a short illness.
Born in Colorado County July 15, 1928, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schoellman who survive with a number of sisters and brothers.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada at 9:15 Requiem High Mass with Rev. Edward Bily officiating. Interment was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 20, 1948

Schoellmann, Henry William "Ted"

Henry "Ted" Schoellmann
January 9, 1912 - August 14, 1989

Henry "Ted" Schoellmann, 77, a longtime resident of the Nada community, died Monday 14 in Garden Villa Nursing Home in El Campo.  He was born January 9, 1912 in Gillette, a son of the late Frank and Emma Weigel Schoellmann.  He married Elizabeth Leopold on January 3, 1940.  A retired employee of Colorado County, he was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Society and the El Campo VFW.

A parish rosary was recited Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada.  The body laid in state at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo until 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 16 when it was take to St. Mary's Church for services at 10:30 a.m. with Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky and Rev. Edward Schoelmann, M.M officiating.  Altar servers were Corey Leopold, and Wesley Heimann.  Gift bearers were Christine Vesely, Anne Vesely and Ray and Mary Kirby.

Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Survivors include his widow, Elizabeth of Nada; two daughters, Cathryn Vesely of Waco and Jane Coale of San Antonio; two sisters, Regina Buxkemper of Columbus and Annie Henneke of Nada; a brother, Ludwig Schoellmann of Nada; three grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Michael Beck, Timmy Leopold, Edward Golf, Lee Schoellmann, John Buxkemper and Franklin Addicks. 

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Probably El Campo's The Leader - News
Submitted by Leland Chambliss

Schoellmann, John V. Z.

Mr. John Schoellmann, who lives in the vicinity of Garwood, was found dead in the public road just across the Wharton county line, about two miles southwest of Nada, near Frank Stass' place on Wednesday morning. When the body was found the horse with the saddle on was found grazing near by.

A justice of the peace from Wharton county held the inquest over the body. M. Schoellman's neck was broken, but there were no other wounds or bruises on his body, and it is beileved [sic.] he came to his death by being thrown from his horse, striking the ground in such a manner that his neck was broken in the fall. Deceased was about twenty-six years old and unmarried. He was a brother of Mrs. Walter Abell, formerly of this city. He also leaves another sister in California, and four brothers, Ben Ed and Henry, all of Garwood community, and another brother in Mexico. The funeral was held at Nada yesterday morning and was largely attended. [Interred at St. Mary Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1912, page 1

Schoellmann, Lydia Mary (Shimek)


EL CAMPO - Lydia Mary Schoellmann, 93 of El Campo, passed away on April 4, 2013. She was born on August 28, 1919 in Ellinger to the late Cyril and Sophie Buzek Shimek. She retired from I C Manufacturing after 38 years.

She is survived by her sisters Martha Ott of El Campo, Ella Merta and husband Charlie of El Campo, brother Lawrence Shimek and wife Edna of Garwood, niece and caregiver Diane Cerny of El Campo and numerous Godchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Schoellmann, and sister Leona Shimek Joseph Barrera.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 pm until 6 pm and on Monday from 8 am until 1:30 pm at Triska Funeral Home. VFW Auxilary will have a Memorial Service Sunday at 4:45 pm followed by a Parish Rosary at 5 pm at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 2 pm on Monday, April 8, 2013, at St. Robert's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Nada.

Memorial donations may be made to Msgr. Lawrence Stuebben Seminary Burse, St. Robert's Church or to the donor's choice.

Condolences may the shared with the family at

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681

Victoria Advocate, April 5, 2013
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Schoellmann, Mary (Boenisch)

Mary Boenisch Schoellmann, 91, of Garwood, passed away Jan. 5.

She was born in Nada, Jan. 7, 1910 to William and Anna (Wesselski) Boenisch. She was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Nada and was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was named honorary member of the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department and honorary life member of the Garwood Lion's Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph F. Schoellmann; and sister, Agnes Schoellmann.

She is survived by sisters, Ida Hilderbrand of Santa Fe and Ester Popp of Garwood; brother, Lawrence Boenisch of Garwood; daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and Ed Wied and Henrietta and Kenneth Baumgarten, all of Garwood; grandsons Chris and Jeff Weid and Doug and Brad Baumgarten; and great-grandchildren Blake, Stacie and Travis Wied and Dillon Baumgarten.

A funeral Mass took place Jan. 9 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Glen Boenisch, Jimmy Hilderbrand, Darrell Pavlicek, Franklin Addicks, Brad Popp and Vic Hyek.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Garwood Volunteer Fire Department or Garwood Lion's Club.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Schoellmann, Mary (Schramm)

Mrs. F. M. (Mary) Schoellmann, 89, of Nada, died Friday Dec. 31, 1993.

Mrs. Schoellmann was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Daughters of America and Christian Mothers.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 2, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky as celebrant and Rev. Edward Schoellmann, M.M., serving as co-celebrant. Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Alfred E. Leopold, Matthew Schoellmann, Greg Leopold, Daniel Farris, Allan Labay, Dominic Labay and Nathaniel Deason. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Leopold, Donald Leopold, Patrick Leopold, Philip Leopold, Glen Leopold, Lyle Labay, Michael Farris and Reagan Deason.

Mrs. Schoellmann is survived by her daughters Berniece Farris of Wharton, Lucille Labay of Milan, Jeanie Leopold of Eagle Lake, and Helen Deason of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sons, Walter Schoellmann and James Schoellmann of Nada and Rev. Edward Schoellmann, M. M. of Houston; sister,Rosa Holub of Dubina; brother, Robert Schramm of Dickenson, 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick M. Schoellmann; parents, Rudolph and Rosa Schneider Schramm; two daughters, Frances Leopold and Esther Schoellmann; one sister, Anna Staff Erdelt; and two brothers, Frank and Charles Schramm.

Colorado County Citizen, January 6, 1994

Schoellmann, Mary Katherine (Schneider)

The remains of John Schwartz were not yet taken for burial when the bell of the parish church Tuesday morning was again tolling and the sad news quickly spread that Mrs. (Grandmother) Schoellmann died the previous night at 1 o'clock at the home of her son, J. H. Schoellmann, after an illness of a few days. She was, at her death, 84 years old on the 13th day of June last. The deceased was born in Germany, came to this county with her parents at the age of 5 years, landing in Corpus Christi. After residing there one year, they moved to Frelsburg where they lived a number of years. At Frelsburg she was married to Mr. Schoellmann. After making Frelsburg their home for many years, they moved to Monterey, Mexico, where they lived about twenty years returning again to this place in 1910. Her husband died here April 13th, 1912, at the age of 82. To this union there were born 12 children, four of whom preceded here death, Wm. Jr., and J. V. Schoellmann, Mrs. E. B. Geistmann and D. B. Frels. The living are: Mrs. M. E. Engelhardt, at Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. R. R. Stafford and Mrs. F. O. Brantley, of Miami, Fla.; Mrs. W. R. Abell at El Campo, A. J. Schoellmann at Tampico, Mexico; E. P. Schoellmann of Taiton and J. H. and Ben Schoellmann of this place. If we can visualize anyone living in Texas for 79 years, we may have an idea of how wild this country must have been so many years ago. This family has seen and gone through all the difficulties roughness, hard struggles, war and whoa not that have occurred in Texas during the past 80 years.

The remains Wednesday morning were taken to the Parish Church for funeral services and Requiem Mass and interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. Her funeral was largely attended, as she had many warm friends and relatives here. This correspondent is authorized by the children of the deceased, to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to their kind neighbors and friends who so liberally and devotedly gave assistance through the illness and death of their mother and grandmother in the hour of sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 2, 1922
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Schoellmann, Peter Edward "Ed"

Rites Said For Ed Schoellmann at Nada Monday

Nada, March 30 &endash; Funeral services for Ed Schoellmann of the Taiton community were held at St. Mary's church here Monday morning with interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Rev. A. J. Weber officiating. Mr. Schoellmann died suddenly Saturday.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Koening and Miss Alma Schoellmann; five sons, Tom, Dan, Pete, Paul and Frank Schoellmann and several grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, April 1, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright
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