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Strunk, Annie (Berthold)

Funeral Services for Mrs. Strunk, 86 Held Sunday

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Annie Berthold Strunk, ?6 who died in her sleep at her home at Oakland. Rev. ?. H. Horak, Jr., Weimar E&R pastor officiated. Burial was in the Geiger Cemetery at Sublime.

Mrs. Strunk was a lifelong resident of this area. Born April 28, 1869 in the New Bielau community, she was the daughter of Fritz and Annie Berthold. She was married to Ernest Strunk in 1895 and they settled at Shimek. She was a member of the New Bielau Trinity Church.

Survivors are two stepsons, Otto and George Strunk of Oakland, and one stepdaughter, Mrs. Selma Scott of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Billie Strunk, ?eth Strunk, Ernest Scott, Walter Scott, George Strunk Jr., and Walter Rutledge.

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Annie Strunk died 17 Feb 1956

Strunk, Catherine

Oakland Newsy Notes

We are sorry to learn of the death if Mrs. Catherine Strunk, wife of Mr. D. Strunk of Sublime and mother of Commissioner H. J., F. A., and C. H. Strunk, of this place. She died on the night of the 20th inst, at 11:35 o'clock, aged 64 years, 9 months, and was placed to rest near the neighboring church in the Lutheran cemetery, 4 o'clock, p.m., on 22d inst., by a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. The sympathy of the Citizen is tendered to the sorrowing family. [Interred in Geiger Cemetery, Sublime, Lavaca County, TX]

Colorado Citizen, January 25, 1892

Strunk, Charles H.


Following a long illness, Mr. Chas. H. Strunk, a citizen of Oakland for may years, died Saturday night and the remains were brought here for interment Sunday afternoon in the Weimar [Masonic] cemetery. Many sympathizing relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad ceremonies. Rev. J. C. Wilson, local Methodist pastor, conducting a touching burial service.

Mr. Strunk was born near Sublime, Lavaca county, April 22, 1862. He was married Nov. 30, 1885, to Miss Idulia Harris. Three children were born to this union, of whom two survive, Mrs. E. B. Obenchain of Columbus and Eric Strunk of Oakland. One son, Charles, Jr., died in infancy. Besides the widow, Mr. Strunk is also survived by two brothers, August Strunk of Yoakum and Ernst Strunk of Oakland, and one sister, Mrs. Robt. Miller of Sublime. Mr. Strunk died Dec. 27, following an illness of over eighteen months, being confined to his bed most of the time.

Active pall bearers were Messrs. George Strunk, Walter Scott, Max R. Fowlkes, E. B. Obenchain, Henry Hasse and T. J. Wooldridge. Honorary pall bearers designated by the family were as follows: Messrs. B. H. Meinert, J. C. Calhoun, M. Rhodes, W. D Obenhaus, M. Morrow, Dr. V. R. Havens, Oscar Sanders, E. B. Mayes, Chas. Frazer, John Hastedt, George Herder, Sr., H. J. Schott, Tom Sralla and Albert Tesch.

Mr. Strunk was a man of genial disposition, a friend to everyone with whom he came in contact, and in his earlier days was quite prominent in the business world. He possessed a large circle of friends wherever known, and all are regretful of his untimely demise. To the bereaved widow, son and daughter our heart-felt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1925

Strunk, Dorothy Ann (Sutherland)

Dorothy Strunk Funeral Services Held May 16

Dorothy Ann Strunk, 81, of Schulenburg died May 14 at the Colonial Care Center in Schulenburg. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 16 at the Masonic Cemetery with Pastor Jerry Carpenter of the Weimar United Church of Christ officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery

Dorothy was born Oct. 10, 1924 in Luling to Alberta Hope Sutherland and Walter W. Sutherland Sr.

She graduated from Rosenberg High School and was a Certified Medical Assistant.

Mrs. Strunk married George W. Strunk Jr. on April 2 1944 in Brownsville.

Dorothy served in the U. S. Army from August 30, 1944 until Dec. 11, 1945. She was a WAC and was stationed in Maryland.

She was a business manager working for Dr. Watzlavick in Schulenburg for over 55 years. She was also employed at Watzlavick Pharmacy.

Mrs. Strunk was a member of the American Legion in Schulenburg and a member of the American Medical Association.

Dorothy lived 63 years in Schulenburg. She also lived in Luling where she was born, and grew up in Rosenberg. She also worked for the railroad company in Weimar before joining the Army. and she also lived in Oakland for a while.

She is survived by her daughters, Marjorie Ann Dunn and husband Robert of Weimar, and Laura “Bo” Willbern and husband John of Burnet; brother, Robert (Bob) Sutherland, and wife Marjorie of Richmond; and sister, Gwen Hubbard of Simonton.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Russell Dunn of Port Aransas, Beth Dunn of Channelview, Ray Dunn of Port Aransas, and Tonda Bunge of Austin; and great-grandchildren, Brittany Klaproth of Hudson, Fla., Robert William Dunn of Alvin, and Ashli Dunn of Alvin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Strunk Jr., who died Oct. 30, 2004; brothers, William W. Sutherland Jr., and Joe Charles Sutherland; and her parents, Alberta Hope Sutherland and Walter W. Sutherland Sr.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 2006

Strunk, Ernst R.

Funeral Services Held For Ernst R. Strunk, Age 82

(By Oakland Correspondent)

Funeral services for Mr. Ernst R. Strunk, 82, pioneer resident of this community, whose death occurred Friday noon, April 11, were conducted from the family residence at Oakland, Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Columbus officiating. Services were also conducted by the Masons at the Sublime Cemetery, where burial was made.

A native of Colorado County. Mr. Strunk was born at Frelsburg on Sept. 18. 1854, the son of Dredrict[sic] and Katherine Strunk. At the age of one year, along with his parents, he moved to sublime[sic], where he grew to manhood. Until 1915. he lived on a ranch five miles from Sublime; however, in this year he moved to Oakland. He had since made Oakland his home.

During his active life, he was a well-known stockman until his retirement 26 years ago at which time he moved to Oakland to spend the latter years of his life.

In December. 1877, he married Miss Mary Waltersdorf, who expired in February, 1896. He was later married to Miss Annie Berthold, who survives.

Other survivors are two sons. Otto and George Strunk of Oakland: a daughter. Mrs. Selma Scott of Schulenburg; a granddaughter. Mrs. Will Worley of Houston; four grandsons, Billy Strunk of Oakland, Junior Strunk of Brownsville, Ernest and Walter Scott of Schulenburg; a brother, F. A. Strunk of Yoakum; two great-grandchildren, six nieces and four nephews

A large crowd attended the services and floral offerings were beautiful. Quite a number from a distance were present to pay their last respects to their friend--too many to enumerate.

Active pallbearers were Messrs. E. B. Mayes. Otto Moore, Chester Grobe. Geo. Fowlkes, George Chandler and Mr. Schumacher.

Honorary pallbearers were all his friends.

Had he lived until September, he would have attained the age of 83. "One by one the leaves are falling".

The Mercury extends to bereaved survivors its sincere sympathy in the loss of their loved one.

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1941, page 1

Strunk, George W. Jr.

George Strunk Jr. Funeral Services Held November 1

George W. Strunk Jr., 87, died Oct. 30 in the Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held, Monday, Nov. 1 at the United Church of Christ in Weimar with Pastor Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Strunk was born Sept. 1, 1917 in Oakland to George W. Strunk Sr. and Mable (Sheridan) Strunk.

He married Dorothy Strunk on April 2, 1944. They were married 1 for 60 years.

He served in the Army, 124 Calvary Unit in World War II.

Mr. Strunk lived in the Oakland and Schulenburg area his entire life.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Strunk, two daughters, Ann Dunn and husband Robert and Bo Willbern and husband John Willbern Jr. of Burnet; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers were member of the VFW.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 2004

Strunk, Idulia Ann (Harris)

Mrs. I. A. Strunk, 86, Mercury Writer 50 Years, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. Idulia Ann Strunk, 86-year-old lifetime resident of Oakland, were held from Columbus Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon,with Rev. Mann of the Columbus Methodist Church officiating. She was buried in Weimar Masonic Cemetery, where Rev. Walter J. Cartwright of the local Methodist Church held services. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Mrs. Strunk died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Hester, in Columbus, where she had been on an extended visit. She had been in poor health for several years.

Under the pen-name of “December”, Mrs. Strunk had been the Weimar Mercury’s Oakland correspondent for some 50 years, and rarely missed sending in her items every week. At Oakland she was a tireless worker in the Methodist Church until it was disbanded, and afterward was active in the Weimar church while her health permitted.

Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Harris, one of the pioneer couples of Oakland. Her husband, C. H. Strunk, died a number of years ago.

Surviving are one son, Eric of Oakland; her daughter, Mrs. Hester, of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Calhoun of Weimar and Miss Byrtha Harris of Danbury; and several nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1852, page 1

Strunk, Infant

The infant son of Mr. August Strunk and wife of Oakland died Thursday morning, aged about four days. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved parents. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1903, page 6

Strunk, Lottie-Charlotta Joh. Kath.

Died, after an illness of but four days, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. , Lottie, daughter of County Commissioner H. Y. and Mrs. Lottie Strunk. Little Lottie was a member of the Oakland Union Sunday school, and was a prompt attender with good lessons. She was buried at the Lutheran church [Gieger Cemetery] near Sublime, in Lavaca county, Monday.

Weimar Mercury, Aug 16, 1890, page 2

Strunk, Mabel (Sheridan)

Mrs. G. Strunk, Lifelong Area Resident, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. Geo. W. (Mabel) Strunk Sr., 72, of Oakland were held Saturday, March 15, at Hubbard Funeral Home here with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Strunk, a lifelong resident of Oakland, died March 14, at Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio after a brief illness.

She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. The former Mabel Sheridan, she was married to Mr. Strunk June 14, 1914.

Her husband survives, along with one son, Geo. W. Strunk Jr. of Schulenburg; two granddaughters, Mrs. Robert W. Dunn of Weimar and Mrs. Robert F. Kalous of Clute; one great-grandson, Russell Dunn; one sister, Mrs. John Scott of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers for the funeral were four nephews, Walter and Ernest Scott of Weimar, Billy Strunk of Oakland, and Hugh D. Sheridan of Houston; and Wesley Hefenbrock of Schulenburg and Alfred Scheler of Aransas Pass.

Weimar Mercury, March 27, 1969, page 1

Strunk, Nannie (Mayes)

Nannie Strunk Funeral Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Nannie Mayes Strunk, 97, a resident of Parkview Manor, formerly of Oakland, were held Monday afternoon, March 18, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel. She was buried in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Paul May officiated.

Mrs. Strunk died at the nursing home at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Born March 29, 1883, at Cheetham, she was a daughter of William [Walter]Lewis and Lucy (Scott)) Mayes. She was married to Otto C. Strunk at Cheetham on July 16, 1911. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Weimar.

Mrs. Strunk’s husband died Feb. 5, 1978. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Henrietta Strunk of Oakland; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruby (Mrs. A. H.) Millican of El Campo. Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were a son, Seth C. Strunk Sr.,; a brother, Walter Lewis Mayes; and two sisters, Cora Powell and Beedie Crafton.

Serving as pallbearers were Walter Scott, Ernest Scott, Billy Bob Strunk, H. O. “Butch” Strunk, Tim Strunk, Walter Lewis Mayes III, and Gregg Houck.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1991

Strunk, Oscar V.

Oscar Strunk, Former Local Resident, Dies

Funeral services for Oscar V. (Pop) Strunk, 79, of Rt. 1, San Antonio, a native of Oakland near Weimar, were held Sunday morning, Feb. 19, at Alamo Chapel, San Antonio.

Burial with a Masonic service was in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery here at 2 p.m.

Mr. Strunk died Friday, Feb. 17, in a San Antonio hospital.

He was born at Oakland Jan. 29, 1888, and had lived in San Antonio the past 48 years.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and a 50-year member of Weimar Masonic Lodge No. 423. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a World War I Veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Iris Strunk of San Antonio; a sister Mrs. Elo (Justine) Beckman of Eagle Lake and a brother, Victor D. Strunk of Yoakum.

Weimar Mercury, February 23, 1967

Strunk, Otto Charles

Otto Strunk, Deputy for 70 Years Expires at 96

Otto Charlie Strunk of Oakland, until recently an active cattle rancher and for the past 70 years a deputy sheriff, died Sunday at the age of 96.

He had been ill about four months when death came at his home at 6 a.m.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Feb 6, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Richard Worringham officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, with members of Weimar Masonic Lodge paying graveside tribute.

Born in the Shimek area on Jan 11, 1882, he was a son of Ernst and Mary (Wolfsdorf) Strunk. He married Nannie Mayes at Cheatham[sic] on July 16, 1911.

Mr. Strunk's active ranching career covered a long span of years. As a young man he went on cattle drives, and until just a few years ago he still rode his horse regularly. He was also a merchant at Oakland for about ten years, operating the Mayes and Strunk general merchandise store.

His continuous service as a peace officer may well have no equal. He started in 1908 as chief deputy under Sheriff E Bruce Mayes, and he has served under all six of the succeeding sheriffs. A 1977 issue of Texas Lawman, official publication of the Sheriff's Association of Texas, ran a feature story on him, including the account of his single-handed arrest of a man coming at him with a knife. He was 92 at the time.

Mr. Strunk was a 68-year member of the Masonic Lodge, having served as worshipful master and in many other offices.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nannie Strunk, and one son W. E. (Billy) Strunk of Oakland; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His only brother, George W. Strunk Sr., died only two weeks ago. He was also preceded in death by a son, Seth C. Strunk Sr., and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Selma) Scott.

Pallbearers were Billy Bob Strunk, Henry (Butch) Strunk, George W. Strunk Jr., Ernest Scott, Walter Scott, S. C. Strunk Jr., and Tim Strunk.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Strunk, Timothy John

Accident Claims Life of Tim Strunk in Hempstead

Funeral services were held Monday for Timothy John Strunk, 42, of Weimar and Waller, who died in a two-vehicle accident in Hempstead Friday morning.

Strunk was the owner of Schulenburg Livestock Commission and a partner in Kahlden-Strunk Realty.

Services for Strunk were held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar. Father John C. Bily officiated. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, Weimar.

He is survived by his wife, Amy of Waller; son, Tommy Thompson of WaIler; daughters, Tracy Thompson and Blanche Strunk of Waller; parents, Billy and Henrietta Strunk of Oakland; brothers, Billy Bob Strunk of Weimar and H. O. Strunk of Oakland; sisters, Nan Houck of Waco, and Molly Janak of Oakland; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was an active member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was past vice-chairman of the rodeo parade committee, a member of the Tejas Vaqueros, and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

Pallbearers were: Hap Hunnicutt, Greg Gerhart, Brad Beken, Arthur Ray Beken, Henry L. Beken, Ken Kram, Mike Hajovsky, Jim Hilscher.

Honorary pallbearers were: Roy Kahlden, Otto E. Kahlden, Joe Schindler, H. H. (Red) Moore, Ernest Scott, Walter Scott, Tommy Smith, Greg, Houck, Michael Janak, Jim Janke, Bubba Brunner, V. J. (Jiggs) Kana, and members of the Tejas Vaqueros.

In lieu of regular remembrances, donations may be made to the Tim Strunk Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Hill Bank and Trust, Weimar.

The accident occurred at 8:19 a.m. at the Intersection of FM 1488 and the feeder road to the U. 5. 290 bypass.

Hempstead Police Chief Joe Hester reported that Strunk was westbound on FM 1488, driving a 1991 Chevrolet flatbed pickup, pulling a cattle trailer with 15 head of cattle.

The second vehicle was a 1989 Freightline tractor-trailer truck, pulling a flatbed trailer, driven by Daniel Ray Brents, 44, of Bivins, Tx. The tractor-trailer was northbound on the feeder-road of 290.

Hester said the cause of the accident was under investigation. He reported that the speed limit on FM 1488 was 55 miles per hour at that location and the northbound lane of the bypass access road had a stop sign.

He said the Strunk vehicle, which had the right-of-way, struck the side of the trailer of the tractor-trailer.

It was misting rain at the time of the accident, Hester said.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1997, pages 1 and 20

Strunk, unnamed girl

Oakland Remarks

Died, Wednesday evening, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Strunk. The remains were interred at Sublime last Thursday.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1892
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