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Stein, Bertha (Laake)

MRS. STEIN, AGED LADY, DIES AT COLUMBUS, TEXAS

Columbus, Texas, May 14 .--Funeral for Mrs. Bertha Stein, 81, who died Thursday after a short illness, was held Friday at Frelsburg, this county. She was born in Germany and came to Colorado county with her parents at the age of 6 and has lived here since. She was the wife of the late Justin Stein, a prominent land owner of the county, who died several years ago. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Ben Wilde, Mrs. Felix Fehrenkamp, Mrs. Arthur Fehrenkamp and Mrs. Herman Girndt, all of Columbus, and Mrs. Lena Hagemann of Dallas; two sons. Ewald and Joe Stein of Frelsburg, and seven grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Father Schertz, pastor of the Catholic Church at Plantersville. Interment was in the Frelsburg Catholic Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1932, page 6

Stein, Edward Ernst

Columbus, June 25.--Edward E. Stein, 36 years old, died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Stein, born near Frelsburg. Until his health began to fail about three years since he, with his brother-in-law, P. Heller, Jr., conducted an extensive general merchandise business in Columbus. He was a member of the Catholic church and of the order of the Sons of Hermann. He was married to Miss A. Heller, who with two children, survive him. The funeral was held this afternoon at Odd Fellows’ rest, Rev. Smith-Vaudrey conducting the services.

Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1909, page 1

Stein, Ewald Leo

Ewald L. Stein

Ewald L. Stein died in Columbus Hospital Oct. 21, after a lenthy illness.   Services were held from Untermeyer Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 with continued services at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.   The Requiem Mass was sung by the choir of St. Anthony's.   Concelebrants were the Rev. Al Padalecki, St. Anthony   Catholic Church, the Rev. Werner Bockholt, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Frelsburg, and the Rev. Gedeon Stram, St. Roch's Catholic Church, Mentz.   The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Thomas J. Collins of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Victoria, formerly priest - in - charge of St. Anthony's.   Altar boys were Stein's grandson, William and James Stein.   Stein, born Oct. 25, 1889 in Frelsburg, was the son of Justin and Bertha Laake Stein.   On Nov. 11, 1912, he was married to Lillie Anne Leyendecker of Zimmerscheidt.   She preceded him in death Oct. 12, 1959.   Stein was engaged in ranching and was constable in Frelsburg for 35 years.   He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church until 1959 when he moved from Frelsburg to Columbus. [Interment in St. Antony Catholic Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, October 23, 1969
Submitted by David Hahn

Stein, Glenn Arthur

GLENN ARTHUR STEIN, age 83 of Alvin, Texas passed away Thursday, September 23, 2004 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, Texas. Glenn was born on September 15, 1921 in Frelsburg, Texas and was a resident of Alvin for over 50 years. He ran Stein & Huepers Phillips 66 service station for over 20 years and was later a contractor in the construction business. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a member of Knights of Columbus Council #6403. Glenn served 4 years in the United States Navy during WWII. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe & Mary Stein. Survivors include his wife, Anita Stein of Alvin, Daughters & Sons-in-law, Diana & Thomas Lovel of Alvin, Janet & Rouen Caboche of Baton Rouge, Sons & Daughters-in-law, Mike & Paula Stein of Alvin, David & Kelly Stein of Friendswood, 9 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Friday, September 24, 2004 at Scott Funeral Home Chapel. The Rosary service will be recited at 7:30 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 25, 2004 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin, Texas. Interment will be held in Confederate Cemetery, Alvin, TX. Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family, 1421 East Hwy. 6, Alvin, Texas 77511. (281) 585-1000

Submitted by Bill Stein

Stein, Joseph O. "Chic"

J.O. 'Chic' Stein, 90, of Eagle Lake, passed away May 27, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

Native of Odem, San Patricio County, he was born March 28, 1912 to William August and Lydia (Behrendt) Stein. He was a graduate of Odem High School, married Ruth Ann Grider at the Baptist Parsonage in Corpus Christi, on Aug. 17, 1940, and had been a resident of Colorado County, since 1957, residing in Altair until 1982, then moving to Eagle Lake. He was baptized and raised in the Methodist faith and retired from the Superior Oil Company in 1977 where he led a distinguished career in production as a pumper.

Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law Philip Wayne and Maria Elena Stein of Friendswood, David Allen and Cindy Lynn Stein of Port Lavaca, and Richard Ray and Sony Stein of Bossier City, La.; sister, Lottie Sipes of Odem; brother, Walter L. Stein of Austin; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place May 30 from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Bill Ramsey, pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were nephews, Gary VanSycle, Darrell Stein, William Stein, Kenneth Stein, Robert Barlow.

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

Stein, Joseph Hugo

Mr. Joe H. Stein

The death of Mr. Joe H. Stein, 51, occurred at his home three miles north of Frelsburg late Tuesday, following a brief illness from heart trouble. Funeral services were held at the residcnce this (Thursday) morning at 9:00 o'clock and the body was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Frelsburg. Rev. Silat officiated.

Mr. Stein was born in the Frelsburg community and spent his entire life there. He married Miss Mary Schneider in 1910. He was one of the substantial and hightly respected citizens of the county and was widely known over this section.

He is survived by the wife and three children, Justin, Glenn and Miss Olga, to whom the sympathy of the people is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, October 12, 1933

Stein, Judith Ann (Svrcek)

Judith Svrcek Stein, 81, of Columbus, died Thursday Nov. 27, 1997, at Columbus Community Hospital.  Born Jan. 7, 1916 in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of Rudolph and Anne (Kallus) Svrcek.  On June 18, 1935, she married Justin W. Stein.  A homemaker, Mrs. Stein was a lifelong resident of the Columbus area, where she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and St. Anthony Altar Society.  Services were held Nov. 29 at St. Anthony with Father Dan Kahlich officiating.  Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.  Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.  Serving as pallbearers were Arthur Moeller, Dr. Dan Moeller, Pat Moeller, Chris Stein, Bill Stein, Larry Hoelscher and John O'Leary;.  Mrs. Stein is survived by sons Leslie Paul Stein of Houston and Robert Stein and wife Mary of Spring; brother and sister-in-law, Rudy and Glen Svrcek of Corona, Calif; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on Nov. 10, 1988; son Jerry Stein; sister Sylvia Kyle; and infant grandson Joseph Stein.

Colorado County Citizen, December 3, 1997
Submitted by David Hahn

Stein, Justin William

Justin W. Stein, semi-retired oil, gas, and tire distributor, and lifetime resident of the Columbus area died at the Columbus Community Hospital on Thursday, November 10, after a brief illness.  He had recently undergone several surgeries, but was at home when he suffered the fatal attack.  He passed away at the Columbus Community Hospital on Thursday evening, November 10.  Mr. Stein, who was 75 years of age at the time of his death, was born in Fayetteville on November 27, 1912.  He was the son of Joe and Mary Schneider Stein.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1932, and immediately thereafter went into private business in Columbus, owning and operating the Humble Oil Service Station at 602 Walnut Street.  He was a meticulous business manager and following his retirement from his private business in the early 1970's, continued his association with the Gulf Oil Products (Hoelscher Car Care Center), by keeping their bookkeeping and business records.  He married Judeth Svrcek of Fayetteville on June 18, 1935, and they had three sons; Robert E. Stein of Spring, Jerry W. Stein of La Porte, and Leslie Paul Stein of Houston.  Mr. Stein was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, and devoted many hours to religious and service organizations.  He was a member of the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus, he served as financial secretary for 32 years of the 4th degree and was also active as recording secretary for the 3rd degree knights.  He had been an active member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, an honorary member, and assistant fire chief for a long period of time, and also serving as office manager for many years.  He also worked with the cub scouts and boy scouts while his boys were growing up.  His only outside interest of enjoyment and relaxation was the love he had for hunting, and the fellowship he shared with his family members and friends at hunting camp.  He enjoyed barbecuing and helping with family and church gatherings, and was always at hand in time of need.  Funeral services were held on Saturday morning at the St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating.  Graveside services followed at the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.  Over thirty active and honorary members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department formed an honor guard upon leaving the church, and at the cemetery.  Rosary was held for the congregation on Friday, November 11 and a private rosary by the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Stein is survived by his wife, Hudith [Judith], of Columbus, and his family:  Bobby and wife, Mary of Spring; Jerry and his wife, Jo of La Porte; and Leslie Paul of Houston.  Five grandchildren:  Mrs. Jeff (Laurie Ann Stein) of Houston, Mark Stein of Baton Rouge, Michael Stein of Houston, and Dewayne and Jordan Stein of La Porte.  One great-granddaughter, Mehgan Stein of Baton Rouge.  One sister Mrs. Olga Schmidt of Frelsburg, and one brother, Glen Stein of Alvin.  He was preceeded in death by his parents, and one grandson, Joseph Robert who died in 1962.  Pallbearers were: Chriss Stein, Bill Stein, Arthur J. Moeller, Pat Moeller, Dan Moeller, all close cousins of the deceased, and Larry Hoelscher.  Honorary pallbearers were all members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

The Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 1988
Submitted by David Hahn

Stein, Lillian Lois (Burt)

STEIN

Lillian Lois Sten, age 66, passed away April 9, at home.  Mrs. Stein was born October 4, 1925 to LeRoy John Bur and Lois Stafford.  Mrs. Stein was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Bible Study Club, the Magnolia Homes Tour, a docent for the Magnolia Homes Tour, former member of the council of Catholic Women, the Altar Society, St. Anthony School Board and St. Anthony PTC.  Past regent of Catholic Daughters, Charter member and fourty year member of Catholic Daughters.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.  Surviving relatives are husband, LeRoy Stein of Columbus, mother, Lois Burt of Columbus, daughter Patty Carter of Houston, sons, Chris and wife Gaynelle Stein of Columbus, Bill and Jim Stein both of Columbus.  Grandchildren are Ford and Charlotte Stein of Columbus, Rachel Stein and DeAundra Carter of Houston and Jamie Stein of Port Aransas.  Sister-in-law Nina Burt of Columbus and nephew Walter (Buck) Burt of Encinitas, California.  Preceded in death by father LeRoy Burt, Sr. and brother LeRoy Burt, Jr.  Pallbearers were Chris Stein, Jim Stein, V. M. Crawford, Ronnie Frank, Bill Stein, Doak Hartley, Delmar Fehrenkamp, and Buck Burt. [Interment in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery)

The Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1992
Submitted by David Hahn

Stein, Lillie Anna (Leyendecker)

Last Rites Here Yesterday For Mrs. Ewald Stein

Last rites were held here yesterday at Untermeyer Funeral home for Mrs. Ewald Stein, 64, who died in Columbus hospital at 2:10 a.m. Monday after a lingering illness of about 2 years.

Continued rites were held in St. Anthony’s Catholic church and burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery. Rev. W. A. Bockholt of Frelsburg officiated, assisted by Rev. Alex Kraus of Columbus. Rosary was recited Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stein, the former Lillie Anna Leyendecker, was born in the Zimmerscheidt community Mar. 15, 1895, to Charles and Anna Hahn Leyendecker. She was married to Mr. Stein in Frelsburg Nov. 11, 1914. A member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg and its Altar society, she was also a member of the Catholic Daughters court in Columbus.

Her husband survives, along with their only son, Le Roy Stein, vice president of Columbus State bank and 4 grandchildren, Chris, Bill, Patty and Jim Stein; also 3 brothers, Arthur and Charles of Columbus and Albert of Rockdale, and 2 sisters, Mrs. E. C. Gay of Columbus and Mrs. Percy Kollmann of Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Raymond Rau, Crockett Leyendecker, Dr. H. C. Moeller and Justin Stein of Columbus, Charles Leyendecker III, Houston; Charlie Kollmann, Bellville; Victor Hagemann, Dallas, and Billy Schmidt, Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, October 15, 1959, page 1

Stein, Mary (Schneider)

Mrs. Mary Stein Dies at 68, Is Buried in Frelsburg

Funeral services were held Saturday at 9 a.m. for Mrs. Mary Stein, 68, who died in Columbus hospital Dec 15 of a heart ailment. She had been in bad health for more than a year.

The Rev. Alex J. Kraus of St. Anthony’s Catholic church said requiem high mass and the Rev. Werner Bockholt of Frelsburg gave the sermon. Burial was in Frelsburg Catholic cemetery. Rosary was said on the evening of Dec. 16 at Untermeyer Funeral home, which had charge of funeral arrangements.

Born in Ellinger Dec. 22, 1892, Mrs. Stein was a daughter of the late William and Josephine Koehl Schneider. Her husband, Joe Hugo Stein, died Oct. 10, 1933, while the couple live in Frelsburg. Mrs. Stein had lived in Columbus since 1936 and was a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Altar society of St. Anthony’s.

She is survived by 2 sons, Justin Stein of Columbus and Glenn Stein of Alvin and a daughter, Mrs. Awald Schmidt of Frelsburg; also 9 grandchildren, a brother, Louis Schneider of Temple, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Arthur Willmann of Columbus, Mrs. Emma Gresser of Smithville and Mrs. Eddie Jasek of Ellinger. A brother, William Schneider of Rocky Hill and a sister, Mrs. Leo Becker of Ellinger, died earlier.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Le Roy Stein, Dr. Charles Moeller, Lester, Manuel and William Schneider, Melvin Becker, Donald Gresser and Charles Neuendorff.

Colorado County Citizen, December 22, 1960, page 1, section

Stein, Russell Gordon

STEIN

Funeral services for Mr. Russell Gordon Stein were held Sunday, Septmber[sic] 2 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Father Brian Crookes officiating. Burial was at the Odd Fellow Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Stein was born on December 2, 1897 in Columbus to Edward and Angala Heller Stein. He lived for the last 50 years in Sequin, where he was a member of the Elks Club and a veteran of World War I.

Surviviors[sic] Include his sister, Lucile Blumberg of Seguin.

Pall-bearers were Jimmy Bunge, Jr., Les Bunge, Jr., Oscar Bunge, Cris Stein, Charles Moeller, Carl Halla.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1984, page 2

Stein, Waldine (Obenhaus)

Waldine Obenhaus Stein, 83, of Glidden died Sunday at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

She was born October 25, 1910 in Glidden to Percy W. Obenhaus and Sophie Scheller Obenhaus.

She was retired from a profession as a registered nurse.

She was buried Tuesday at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The service was officiated by John L. Shephard and was under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

She had lived in Glidden for 20 years. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sophie Obenhaus of Glidden; two sisters, Mrs. Juanita McDaniels and Mrs. Lois Wallace; one brother, Jake Obenhaus of San Marcos, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her nephews served as pallbearers. They are Phillip Obenhaus, Bob Fehrenkamp, Michael Jones, David Fehrenkamp, Greg Obenhaus and Dick Jones.

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1984
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Stein, William Mark "Bill"

Stein

William Mark “Bill” Stein died at his home outside Columbus on Dec. 9.

He was born Jan. 21, 1954 to LeRoy and Lillian Lois Burt Stein. He was a sixth generation Colorado County resident. He attended St. Anthonys School, Columbus High School and the University of Texas. He was employed at Ranger Insurance Company in Houston as a methods analyst for eight years, he returned to Columbus in 1986.

From 1987 to 1990, he was a columnist and sportswriter for The Colorado County Citizen. During this time, he began researching various incidents in county history as a hobby and was named archivist at the Nesbitt Memorial Library.

From 1991 to 1996 he was the records management officer for Colorado County. From 1996 until the present time he was the director and archivist of the Nesbitt Memorial Library in Columbus.

During his tenure, Bill developed the library and archives at the Nesbitt into one of the premier research facilities in rural Texas.

He was a member of the Art Guild of Rural Texas; the Colorado County Historical Commission; Columbus Rotary Club; East Texas Historical Association; Friends of the Festival-Institute; Houston Grand Opera; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Live Oak Art Center (serving as director and president); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Society for American Baseball Research; South Central Texas Baseball Old-Timers Association and Hall of Fame; South Texas Historical Association; Texas Folklore Society and the Texas State Historical Association.

He was the founder and editor of the Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal which was published from 1989 through 2001, consisting of 37 issues over that period of time.

His history of Colorado County from 1821 to 1883 was serialized in the Journal under the title, “Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas.”

Other publications include “Colorado County Protects Womanhood: The Murder of Geraldine Kollmann and the Subsequent Lynching of the Accused” published in the April 2005 issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and a chapter on Harriett (Hattie) Standefer Cluck in a book edited by Sara R. Massey and entitled “Texas Women on the Cattle Trail,” published by Texas A&M University Press in 2006.

He also wrote or edited 18 other articles on Colorado County history as well as 45 “historical notes” in The Colorado County Citizen.

He also gave oral presentations on history, organizing the Lee Quinn Nesbitt Symposia on Texas History and Culture, in Columbus from 2001-04 and featuring leading historians from all over Texas, as well as Remembering the Colt 45s, a panel discussion featuring Craig Cullinan, Hal Smith and Robert Reed.

He chaired the session The State Police Revisited: Texas during Reconstruction at the 1997 meeting of the Texas State Historical Association.

He was presenter of the following papers: “Life in Abasement: Slavery in Colorado County Texas,” at the East Texas Historical Association (2002): “The Collections of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, the Internet and the Future of Genealogy-Genealogy Symposium,” Salado (2002); “Colorado County Protects Womanhood: the Murder of Geraldine Kollmann and the Subsequent Lynching of the Accused”-John W. Stormont Lectures on South Texas, Victoria College (2003); “A Mountain of Rocks to Hide Under: Finding Colorado County Confederates”- Alton C. Allen Historical Conference, Lavaca County (2003); “Street People and Eccentric Characters or Role Models I Have Known”- Texas Folklore Society 2008 Annual Meeting at Lubbock.

In 2007, he was a panelist at the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association participating in A Roundtable Memorial to Barry Crouch.

He was also the creator, producer, writer and director of the Live Oaks and Dead Folks cemetery tour, which has taken place annually since 2003.

He spoke or presented papers to many groups locally including the German-Texan Heritage Society, Texas German Society, Descendants of Austin’s Old 300, Colorado County Historical Commission, Wharton County Historical Commission, Lavaca County Historical Commission, Caldwell County Historical Commission, Bastrop County Historical Society and the Native Plant Society of Texas.

He promoted countless other cultural events at the Nesbitt Memorial Library during his tenure. Tragically, he had only completed drafts of a couple of chapters on his new and long-planned book about the Colorado County feuds of the late 19th century.

He is survived by brother, Chris, and wife, Gaynelle Stein of Columbus; sister, Patty Carter of New Braunfels; and brother Jim, and wife, Jennifer Stein of Houston; as well as by nieces Rachel Stein of New Braunfels; Charlotte Stein of Austin; Jamie Leigh Stein of Austin; DiAundra Carter and Britney Carter of New Braunfels; Jordan Stein and Jade Stein of Houston; and by nephew, Ford Stein, of Columbus.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Dec. 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Jim Kearney, Jake Wegenhoft and Donaly Brice as speakers. Interment followed in Columbus City Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating.

Pallbearers were David Buxkamper, Jim Kearney, Gary McKee, Ford Stein, Jay Johannes, Tracy Little, Bob Pickens and Joe Wegenhoft.

Honorary pallbearers were Donaly Brice, Bob Fehrenkamp, Tom Pesek, Ken Sparks, Bob Stiles, William Wright, David Divin, Dennis Hartley, Tim Roberts, Frank Steitz, Tom Webb and Larry Zajicek.

Memorials may be made to the Nesbitt Memorial Library Foundation or the Live Oak Art Center.

Colorado County Citizen, Dec 16, 2008

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