Seifert, Alwina (Rabel)
Funeral Services For Mrs. Seifert Set Here Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. Alwina Seifert, 67, widow of the late Henry B. Seifert, will be held from Hubbard Funeral Home tomorrow (Friday) morning at 8:45, with services continuing at St. Michael’s Chruch at 9 o’clock.
Msgr. Schertz of Lott, Texas, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
Rosary will be recited tonight at 8:30 in the Funeral Home.
Mrs. Seifert died at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient for 10 days. She had been in poor health for some time.
The daughter of Frank and Theresa Rabel, Mrs. Seifert was born Dec. 18, 1888, at Dubina. She was married there on April 15, 1907, and she and Mr. Seifert settled here. He died slightly over a year ago. June 5, 1955.
Mrs. Seifert is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frank Wendel of Weimar and Miss Mildred Seifert of Houston; four sons, Edgar, Henry Herbert, Ray and Edward, all of Weimar; one sister, Mrs. Walter Oncken of San Antonio; three brothers, Emil Rabel of Columbus and Fred and August Rabel of Weimar; and six granddaughters.
Weimar Mercury, August 3, 1956, page 1
Death of Aged and Honored Citizen: Anton Seifert, Prominent Citizen of Weimar, Answers the Last Summons Sunday Night
Mr. Anton Seifert, one of our city’s most respected citizens, after an illness of several days, died Sunday night at the family residence. The funeral took place Tuesday morning at 10:30 at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating.
Mr. Seifert was born July 14, 1850, at Endersdorf, Germany, and was nearly 70 years old at the time of his death. He left his native country in 1869, landing at Galveston, where he remained for a short time, then moved to Frelsburg until 1888, when he moved to Osage, where he conducted a gin and engaged in farming for four years. He moved to the Dick Burford farm, where he lived for the next six years. With his family he then moved to the Shiner-Moulton section, locating and practically establishing what is known as the Henkhaus community. This was about twenty years ago. From Henkhaus he moved to Weimar, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. Seifert was married to Miss Mary Halfmann at Frelsburg in 1874. He was the father of eight children. Of his family the widow and five children survive, as follows: Mrs. Anton Rotter of Floresville, Mrs. Henry Heller, Jr., Henry, Joe and Frank Seifert. Three children are dead.
Mr. Seifert was always counted as one of our best, most substantial citizens. He was industrious, progressive, a law-abiding man, one who was ever thoughtful of his family, neighbor and friends, with a courteous greeting for everyone, and in every respect a truly good citizen. He possessed a large circle of friends throughout this section who deeply and sincerely mourn his untimely death. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.
The Weimar Mercury, March 26, 1920
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
Died, at the family home in this city last Sunday night, Mr. Ben Seifert, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Seifert. The young man died of blood poisoning and his sufferings were intense. He was very popular among a large circle of friends, and was honest and upright in his deportment, of industrious habits,and his death is deeply regretted. He was buried in St. Michael’s cemetery Monday afternoon, the funeral being largely attended. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.
Weimar Mercury, July 28, 1900, page 7
Seifert, Frances Sophronia (Adam)
Frances Seifert Funeral services Held April 8
Frances Sophronia Adam Seifert suddenly and peacefully joined her beloved husband Herbert, parents Willis and Grace Mahon Adam, Aunt Anita Mahon and other departed loved ones in heaven on April 4.
Funeral services were held April 8 at First United Methodist Church in Weimar. Interment followed in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 29, 1914 in the home of her grandparents Felix and Fannie Arnold Mahon at Columbus.
After graduating from Columbus High School she attended Westmoorland College (now Trinity University) in San Antonio.
She married Henry Herbert Seifert in Weimar on a frigid Jan. 10, 1937 and lived in Weimar for the rest of her life.
Two daughters, Julianne (Mrs. William) Hoegemeyer and Frances Helen Stern (fiancé Karl Kintzele) survive her long with grandchildren Will and Gretchen Hoegemeyer and Julie Stern (Mrs. Jeff) Dorn, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edward and Georgia Seifert, cousins Grace Meitzen and Margaret Berry, four nieces and one nephew, and a host of friends.
She was proud to be a life-long member of the Methodist Church and a member of many organizations.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Huguenot Society, and the Colorado County Historical Commission were especially important to her.
Memorials may be sent to the Heritage Museum of Weimar, Cathedral Oaks, The Art Center of Columbus, Colorado County Historical Commission or to a charity of your choice.
The Weimar Mercury April 13, 2000
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli
Seifert, Frank A.
Frank Seifert, Former Commissioner, Dies
Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Frank A. Seifert, 73, a former county commissioner, cotton ginner, and oil mill superintendent.
Mr. Seifert died at 9:55 p.m. Friday, August 19, in Youens Memorial Hospital, of heart disease. Although still active, he had been in poor health lately, particularly since the first of this year.
Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Albert Hubertus officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were R. L. Darnell Jr., Oscar Heller, Edgar Seifert, Joe Seifert, Ray Kusey, Bob Kalous, Frank Freis Jr., and Frank Ripper Jr.
Gin Owner 40 Years
A lifelong resident of Weimar, Mr. Seifert was a cotton gin operator 40 years before retiring from that business in 1952. He also was superintendent of the Weimar Oil Mill from 1947 until that 98-year-old business was dissolved in 1958. He served as county commissioner, Precinct 2, from 1925 to 1937. He was an honorary member of the Weimar Fire Department, Knights of Columbus and Hermann Sons and former member of St. Michael’s Parish board, the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. During World War I he was a member of the home guard here.
Married 53 Years
Born Sept. 29, 1892, he was a son of Anton and Marie Halfmann Seifert. He married Miss Rose Ripper here on October 10, 1913.
His wife survives, along with one son, F. C. (Buddy) Seifert of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. R. L. (Van Lee) Darnell of Houston; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A daughter, Gladys Marie, died as a baby. Three brothers and four sisters also preceded him in death.
Weimar Mercury, August 25, 1966, page 1
Seifert, Gladys Marie
Sad Death of Little Baby Girl
Baby Daughter of Frank Seifert and Wife Dies Sunday Morning
In our last issue we told of the fact that the two children of our friends, Frank Seifert and wife, were suffering with diphtheria, but that they were considered out of danger. This was true at the time, but complications set in with their little baby girl, Gladys, age 1 year and 7 months, the first one to be affected with the dread disease, brain trouble resulted,and the tired, pain-racked little one succumbed, passing away Sunday morning just as the sun was coming up in the eastern skies.
The body was tenderly prepared for burial and committed to the grave at St. Michael’s Cemetery Monday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. Many sympathizing friends witnessed the last sad rites.
It was hard indeed for this worthy couple to give up their beloved babe, the little one who had twined about their hearts with an affection such as a babe can inspire, but God knew what was best, and although we may not understand it now, the day will come when, reunited on that other and brighter shore, all things will be made plain to us. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in the loss of their beloved babe.
Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1921, page 1
Seifert, Gloria Ann
Joe Seifert BAby Buried At Nada
Eagle Lake--Funeral services were held Jan. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for little Gloria Ann Seifert, 9-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Seifert of Garwood. Burial was in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.
Gloria Ann died Monday night after a very brief illness. Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers and two sisters; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Seifert of Weimar and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Guenther of Schulenburg.
Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1963, page 1
Seifert, Henry B.
Death Claims Hy, Seifert, Weimar Ginner 46 Years
Funeral services for Henry B. Seifert, 69, prominent in Weimar business and civic history for more than 40 years, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at St. Michael's Catholic Church,
Rev, Benton Thurmond officiated, assisted by Rev. James Brunner and Rev. Henry Hoelscher. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Mr. Seifert died Sunday afternoon, June 5, at Youens Hospital, where he had been a patient for about a week. He had had a heart ailment for several years, and recently had undergone treatment in a Galveston Hospital.
Ginner Since 1909
At the time of his death he was still an active partner with his son, Henry Herbert, in Seifert Gin Company, a business established by his father, Anton Seifert, in 1879 Henry B. Seifert joined his father in operation of the gin in 1909.
Next to his ginning business, he was perhaps best known for his long association with the Weimar Fire Department. He had the longest term of active service of any member, 42 years, and served as chief for 20 years. Upon retirement he was made an honorary chief.
Bank Director 32 years
Mr. Seifert was a. director of First State Bank from 1923 until his death, served on the public school board from 1925 to 1932, and had been a city alderman from 1916 thru 1926.
A past grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus, he also was a member of Hermann Sons. St. Joseph's Society, and the church advisory committee of St. Michael's parish.
Born at Frelsburg Dec. 24, 1885, the son of Anton and Mary Seifert, he married Miss Alvina Rabel at Dubina on April 15, 1907, and they settled here.
His survivors in addition to his his[sic] wife are two daughters, Mrs. Frank Wendel of Weimar and Miss Mildred Seifert of Houston; four sons, Edgar, Henry Herbert, Ray and Edward, all of Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Henry Heller, and a brother, Frank Seifert, both of Weimar; and six granddaughters. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him In death.
Pallbearers were John Heger, Oscar Brandt, George Kusey, Bob Darnell, Edwin Seifert, Chas. F. Kalous, Leslie Rabel and Henry Ed Rabel
Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1955, pages 1 and 10
Business Man, City Councilman Joe Seifert Dies
FINAL TRIBUTE PAID TO WEIMAR NATIVE WEDNESDAY
Joe Seifert, 47, prominent Weimar business man, well known South Central Texas ginner, and a member of Weimar's city council for a number of year, died Monday morning in a San Antonio hospital.
Mr. Seifert, a native of this area, was born Sept. 29, 1892, a son of the late Anton Seifert who expired in 1919. He was united in marriage to Miss Hulda Till in 1913.
During practically all of his life he had been associated with the cotton industry and ginning, and with civic affairs. For the past four years he had served as a member of Weimar's city council, the town's governing body, and prior to the last four-year term, he had previously served other terms as a council member.
Active Parish Leader
He was president of the Catholic Knights of America, St. Paul's Branch No. 1024, a member of the board of trustees for the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 2153, and for 24 years had been: a member of, and held office in, Weimar's Fire Department.
Both in commercial, civic and parish work, Mr. Seifert had for years been a tireless and unassuming worker.
Mayor Pays Tribute
Mayor Henry J. Laas today paid glowing tribute to the memory of City Councilman Joe Seifert.
“I feel that we have lost one of the town's best men", the Mayor said. "During his term as alderman for Weimar, he was always faithful, co-operative, and willing to help. He never attempted to pass judgment on any proposal without first securing the opinions of his fellow councilmen. Quiet and unassuming, he has done much for making Weimar a better town and only those who were closely associated with him can accurately know the amount and quality of work he has done. Weimar has lost a fine citizen and a good friend."
Funeral services for the deceased were held Wednesday afternoon at St. Michael’s Church, with Monsignor Joseph J. Szymanski conducting the final rites. To pay tribute to the memory of Mr. Seifert, hundreds attended the service. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Hilda Seifert; a daughter, Mrs. Anton Schindler of Smithville; five sons, Leonard of Danville, Illinois, Lawrence of Weimar, Edwin of Houston, Joe, Jr., and A. J. of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Heller of Weimar, Mrs. A. F. Rotter of Poth; and two brothers, Hy. Seifert and Frank Seifert, Weimar business men.
Active Fall Bearers
Active pall bearers included Alfred Reissner, Ed Rabel, Frank Anders, Steve Kasper, John Heger, Gerhardt Oncken, R. J. Watzlavick. Chas. Kalous, Walter Williams, E. C. Vacek and George Loessin.
Honorary pall bearers were: H. J. Laas. mayor; Aldermen G. W. Shaver, J. S. Rypple, J. C. Hubbard and Joe Till; J. F. Walker, Drs. A. H. and Otto Potthast, Bennie Getschmann. Roman Bartosh. H. T. Brandt, Emil Rabel, Harvey Lee, Joe Billeck, Otto Oncken, Emil Fahrenthold, F. F. Shortt, John Hajovsky, Henry Billeck, Henry Guenther. Ben Holt, John Brooks, John Schindler, H. R. Knebel, Ernest Strunk, Joe Bartosh, John Mozisek, Jr., and August Rabel,
Here to attend the services Wednesday were the following out-of-town visitors: From Rowena, Mrs. Joe Seidel. Mr. and Mrs. Leander Seidel, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beidermann; from Danville, Illinois, Mrs. Leonard Seifert, Miss Mary Sporich; from San Antonio, Miss Marilyn Dickerson, Miss Florence Anders, and Hugh Mcintosh: from Bay City, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Wendel, Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn Heller; from Houston. Miss Georgia Mae Kusey. Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Skrobanek, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Boeker, John Skrobanek. H. D. Laster, Quentin McReyonlds, Miss Louise Roark; from Westphalia, Ben Roebucker, Ben Hoelscher, B. Reinecke, Rev. Robert Schertz; from Hempstead, Mrs. Bob DarneIl and Mrs. Spalding; from Frelsburg, Ed, Anton and Leo Hoffmann, John Schertz, Herman Wilde arid family, Louise Wilde and family, J. Henkaus[sic] and family, Fred Untermeyer; from High Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Winkler and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Heinrich and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Demel; from Poth, John Macha, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Macha, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Rotter, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Flayer, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Zunker; from Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Rabel, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lee, W. H. Young, Mr. Wilde, A. W. Willrodt and family, Henry Hahn; and from Corpus Christi, Mr. and Mrs. Alfons Teltschik and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Banse.
Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1940, page 1
Seifert, Joe L.
Joe L. Seifert
Loving father and prominent citizen of Garwood, a man known for his warm sense humor and generosity passed this past week.
With his whole family by his side Joe L. Seifert, 85, of Garwood died Sunday Feb. 8 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.
He was born in Weimar on Oct. 8, 1923 to Joe F. Seifert and Hilda (Till) Seifert. He attended the Weimar schools, graduating in 1941. He attended one year of college before serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the army he resumed his college studies and in 1950 graduated from Texas A&M in Kingsville with an Agricultural Education Degree.
In 1951 he was hired by the Veterans Service Board to teach returning veterans agriculture skills in Garwood.
After learning from one of his students that the Faykus Cotton Gin in Garwood was for sale, he and his brother Buck decided to follow in the footsteps of their father and purchased the gin, becoming cotton ginners. In 1953 Joe married the love of his life Irene Guenther and they moved to Garwood. Together they were active in their church and community while they raised five children.
Joe was an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada serving on the church council where he was elected secretary. Later he served on the St Mary’s school board and was elected president. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Nocturnal Adoration Society.
He joined the Volunteer Fire Department in 1955 and held several positions including 10 years as fire chief. He was a founding member of the Emergency Medical Services division of the department in 1968. After 40 years of service he was made honorary member of the department. After being named as honorary member he continued helping the department in any way he could.
He enjoyed deer hunting and was always the one that took care of getting the oat patch planted and any other needs at the camp. He once built a homemade hot water heater so he and other hunters at camp could take a hot shower even though the water came from a horse trough. He always looked forward to the hunting trips to West and South Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Gloria Ann; sister Wilma Schindler; brothers Leonard (Si), Lawrence (Law) and Edwin (Buck) Seifert.
Joe is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irene; daughters Jo Ann and husband Mike Stanley of Round Rock and Mary Ann Seifert of Houston; sons Richard Seifert and Lois Sassin of Sugar Land, John Seifert of Garwood and David Seifert of Houston; and brother A.J. Seifert of San Antonio.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday Feb. 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, with the Rev. Joe Vrana serving as celebrant. Graveside services followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Pallbearers included nephews Kenneth Seifert, Jim Seifert, Ralph Seifert, Ronnie Eckel, Gerald Eckel, David Klam and family friend Jeff Dugie. Honorary Pallbearers were all active and honorary firemen, his hunting buddies and special assistant Melody Morgan.
The family wishes to express its sincere thanks to the staff of River Oaks Health Care Center and Dr. Anderson for their loving care.
Memorials may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 131, Garwood, Texas 77442 or to the charity of choice.
Colorado County Citizen, February 17, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington
Seifert, Mary (Halfmann)
One of Our Most Beloved Ladies is Claimed by Death
Our people were greatly shocked early Wednesday morning when it was learned that Mary Seifert, widow of the late Mr. Anton Seifert, had quietly passed away at the family residence
She had been in ill health for some time, but apparently was better the first of the week. Wednesday morning she complained of being cold, and was given a comfortable seat near a fire. Inmates of the home stepped out of the room a few moments, and when they returned they found this good woman cold in death. She had passed away quietly and without a struggle gone to join her loved ones in the other world.
Mrs. Seifert will be buried from the family residence Friday morning at 9 o’clock with appropriate services at St. Michael’s Church and interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
A suitable obituary covering the life of this good woman will be published in next issue of the Mercury.
The Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1930
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
Mrs. Mary Seifert, Pioneer Colorado County
In the death of Mrs. Mary Seifert, which occurred at the family home in this city Wednesday morning of last week, our county and section really and truly lost one of its pioneer citizens. The remains of this esteemed, good woman were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city, on Friday morning of last week, after appropriate services had been held at the home, St. Michael’s Church and the cemetery by Rev. Jos. Szymanski, her late pastor, assisted by several visiting priests. Large crowds of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites.
Mrs. Seifert’s parents were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Halfmann, who came to the United States in 1845, landing at Galveston and settling at Frelsburg, this county. Mrs. Seifert was born at Frelsburg Nov 3, 1854. Of the original family of three sisters and three brothers, all are living with the exception of Mrs. Seifert, she being the first of the number to pass away.
She was married to Mr. Anton Seifert at Frelsburg in 1874. There they lived for a number of years, later moving to Osage, where Mr. Seifert operated a gin, blacksmith shop and post office for a period of about four years. After this they purchased the Dick Burford farm near Wildwood, and moved thereon. Here the family lived for six years. Later they decided to sell and quit farming, as Mr. Seifert had had a case of sunstroke while hauling freight from Columbus to Frelsburg, and did not feel physically able to continue that kind of work. So they sold the farm to Geo. Herder, Sr., and moved to Lavaca county, midway between Moulton and Shiner, now known as Henkhaus Station. At that time Mr. Seifert wanted to erect a gin and station there, but later abandoned the idea, as the “Sap” railroad refused to build a spur track to that point.
In 1897 the Seiferts moved to Weimar and bought the gin and home of H. R. Michalke, where they lived for a number of years. They afterwards bought the John Banse farm, once the John Holman property, and lived there for eleven years. They then moved back to Weimar and bought the Armstrong home, where the family made their home up to the time of the death of both husband and wife.
Eight children blessed this union. Of this number three are deadBen, Mrs. Wilhemina Anders and Mrs. Matilda Till. Five children survive, as follows: Mrs. Annie Rotter of Poth, Texas, Mrs. Lena Heller, Mr. Henry Seifert and Messrs. Joe and Frank Seifert, who are twins. Mr. Seifert, the husband, died March 21, 1920. Two of the children and Mrs. Seifert also died in the month of March. Besides the above named there are 28 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren surviving.
Mrs. Seifert was a loveable wife, mother, neighbor and friend. Of gentle disposition, she was a welcome member of every circle, and her presence never failed to add cheer and happiness to those gathered about her. She had a friendly greeting for every one with whom she came in contact. Her children loved her, her friends loved her, and her death has indeed caused a deep pang of sorrow to pervade the hearts of all.
May the good God above comfort them in their deep bereavement is our sincere wish.
The Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1930
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
Seifert, Owen Frank
Sad Death of a Bright Little Boy
Owen Frank Seifert, the bright little 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seifert, died Tuesday night at 11:30, following a brief illness, of lockjaw, This little fellow recently stuck a piece of fishbone in his foot, and it is almost certain that this was the cause of his death. Several physicians and a trained nurse were in attendance night and day after the symptoms were noticeable, and everything that medical skill could devise for his relief and cure was done, but without avail. The first symptoms of the disease were noticeable Sunday, so we are informed. Little Owen was born July 3, 1911, and died July 25. He was an unusually bright little fellow, the pride of the family and relatives and friends, and his sweet, winning disposition, won him friends wherever he went. It is a sad blow, indeed, to the loving parents and in their misfortune they have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of all the people, of this section. The funeral took place at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon at St. Michael's cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. Our deepest sympathy and condolence are extended the bereaved parents.
Weimar Mercury, July 28, 1916, page 1
Seifert, Rosa (Ripper)
Funeral for Mrs. Seifert Held Jan. 13
Funeral services for Mrs. F. A. (Rosa) Seifert, 87, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan officiating.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Seifert died at Parkview at 2:10 p.m. on January 11.
A lifelong resident of Weimar, she was born August 22, 1894, a daughter of Gustav and Anna (Witt) Ripper. She was married to Frank A. Seifert at St. Michael's Church on Oct. 15, 1913. He died Aug. 19, 1966.
Mrs. Seifert was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Ann Society, and Christian Mothers.
Surviving are one son, Frank C. Seifert of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Bob (Van Lee) Darnell of Houston; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. W. H. (Annie) Hollien of Weimar.
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were a daughter, Gladys Marie Seifert. who died as a 6-year-old in 1926[Glady Marie died as a 19-month-old in 1921]; a grandson, Pat Seifert, 20, in 1975, one sister, Mrs. Theresa Freis and two brothers. Frank and Gus Ripper.
Pallbearers were Chris Seifert, Tim Seifert, Bob Darnell J., grandsons, Robert Kalous, Edward Seifert and Ray (Buddy) Kusey.
Weimar Mercury, January 21, 1982, page 5
Seifert, William Patrick
Wreck Fatal To Weimar Youth
William Patrick (Pat) Seifert, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday this Thursday, January 8, was killed early Friday morning, December 26, when his car hit a tree near the Navidad River bridge, 2.7 miles west of here on Hwy. 90.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. (Buddy) Seifert of Weimar.
Pat had been with friends at a Swiss Alp dance earlier that night but after the dance had returned to Weimar to get his own car, a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro.
Investigating officers believe it was about 3:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. He was headed toward Weimar and apparently fell asleep. There is a slight curve to the right after leaving the bridge, and at the left, about 100 yards up the slope a small rest area under a grove of oak trees.
Young Seifert's car went off the road on that side instead of making the curve, leaving no brake or skid marks.
An area woman who works in Schulenburg first noticed the wreckage under the trees at nearly 5 a.m. as she drove to work. She thought she saw a form on the ground near the car, but was alone and was afraid to stop. However, she reported the wreck as soon as she reached Schulenburg.
State Highway Patrolman Dave Wyatt of Schulenburg was dispatched to the scene and made the investigation.
Schulenburg JP Norman Krischke pronounced Seifert dead at the scene.
Pat was born at Weimar January 8, 1955, the son of Franklyn C. and Betty Jo (Hill) Seifert, and was graduated from Weimar High School in 1973. He had attended Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, but recently had been doing construction work.
Survivors in addition to his parents are two brothers, Chris and Tim and a sister, Holly, all of Weimar; and his grandmother, Mrs. F. A. Seifert.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Dec 27, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Vincent Fecher officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ray Ellison, Joe Sassin, Jim Hilscher, Henry Strunk, Tim Strunk, Marshall Ferguson, Mike Woodward and Pat Hluchanek.
Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington