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Suchadoll, Adel (Sonsel)

Mrs. John Suchadoll Dies Here

Burial In Frelsburg

Last rites for Mrs. John Suchadoll were held Monday morning at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg. the Rev. A. W. Bockholt officiating.

Mrs. Suchadoll died in Columbus hospital early Saturday morning of heart failure. She had been taken there the day before. Although she had been in frail health for several years, she had remained active.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home Saturday and Sunday evenings by Rev. Bockholt and Rev. Alex Kraus. She was buried in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Born in the northern part of Colorado county May 14, 1887, her maiden name was Adel Sonsel, daughter of August and Sophia Dungen Sonsel. She was married to John Suchadoll in November 1907. The couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary at their home near Frelsburg in 1957. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul church and of St. Anne’s Altar society. Survivors are her husband, 3 sons, Hubert and Rubin of Frelsburg and Edgar of Columbus; and a daughter, Mrs. Claude Rhodes of Columbus; also 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry Sonsel of Shiner and a sister, Mr. R. J. Gloger of Houston: and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Herman Sonsel, Houston; Leroy Gloger, Friendswood; Charles Gloger, Baytown; Robert Moore Sr., Waco; Emil Laqua, Shiner, and Frank Braden of Columbus.

Out of town relatives here for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore and family, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Gross and children, Brookshire; Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Curry and son Donald Ray, Marlin; Otto Miller, Lott; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Gloger and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lowe and family, Friendswood; Clark Gloger and sons, Baytown; Mrs. Russell Martin and daughter, Mrs. R. J. Gloger, and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sonsel and family, Houston; Miss Mattie Miller, Flatonia; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Laqua and Henry Sonsel, Shiner; Herbert Miller, Brenham; Mrs. Elmo Islet, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Elo Schertz and family, Fayetteville; and Mrs. Larkin Koehl, Ellinger.

Colorado County Citizen, September 3, 1959, page 12

Suchadoll, Darwin D. "Butch"


Butch Suchadoll, 66, of Houston, Texas formerly of Columbus, passed away at 7 a.m. Feb. 19, 2011 at Rosemont Assisted Living in Humble.

He was born in Houston, on July 25, 1944 to Edgar and Leila Veight [sic.] Suchadoll. He was married to Judy Wallace Suchadoll on April 4, 1964 and became a proud father of two boys. Butch loved animals and spending time outdoors with his sons. He served our country in the Army during the Vietnam War earning the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He worked for DuPont Chemical Plant in La Porte, for 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed time at the VFW.

Butch will most be remembered for his wonderful laugh and the twinkle he always seemed to have in his eye. He was a kind, loving man with a great sense of humor that will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edgar Suchadoll.

He is survived by his mother, Leila Suchadoll of Columbus; his friend and ex-wife, Judy Suchadoll of Humble; two sons and their wives, Todd and Chris Suchadoll of Santa Fe, and Jeff and Amy Suchadoll of Houston; four grandchildren, Allison Suchadoll, Brandon Suchadoll, Jake Suchadoll and Jenna Suchadoll; brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Kathy Suchadoll; sister and brother-in-law, Jana and Dan Kulhanek; and several special nieces, nephews, and friends.

A visitation will be held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a graveside service held nearby at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be given to Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, 1901 N. Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201 or per the Web site

Directions to Henneke Funeral Home can be found at www.hennekefuneralhome. com.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 2011

Suchadoll, Edward

Services For Edward Suchadoll Held At Frelsburg

Funeral services' were held at Frelsburg Saturday for Edward Suchadoll, 74, of New Ulm, who died Thursday. Rev. Edward Geiser officiated and burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Suchadoll, who was born in Austin county, had spent his entire life in the New Ulm area. He was a farmer.

Survivors are his widow, the former Minnie Warschak; 2 daughters, Mrs. E. J. Schertz of New Ulm and Mrs. E H. Isert of Hempstead; a sister, Mrs. Frank Mai of New Ulm, and a brother, John Suchadoll of New Ulm. Five grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Suchadoll was the uncle of Mrs. Claude Rhodes and Edgar Suchadoll of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, June 3, 1954

Suchadoll, John

80-Year-Old John Suchadoll Buried at Frelsburg

Funeral services for John Suchadoll, 89, were held Feb. 9 at Untermeyer Funeral home with continued services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg. Rev. Marion Atomanczyk, assisted by Rev. W. A. Buckholt, officiated. Rosary was recited in the funeral home Friday night by Rev. Joseph Deane.

Mr. Suchadoll was born Sept. 2, 1882, at Post Oak Point, a son of Wansel[sic] and Barbara Pope Suchadoll, both of whom were born in Germany. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic church. He was married to Miss Adel Sensel[sic] in November, 1907, and the couple spent the first 9 years of their married life on the Vogelsang farm at Brushy. In 1916 they moved to the old Suchadoll homestead where they lived until Mrs. Suchadoll’s death in 1958, after which he made his home with a son, Rubin and his family at Frelsburg. A brother and 3 sisters died earlier.

Survivors are his sons, Hubert and Rubin of Frelsburg and Edgar of Columbus, and a daughter, Mrs. Claude Rhodes, also of Columbus, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Leland and Darwin Suchadoll, Victor Moeller, Curtis Luedke, Ben D. Marek and Wilfred Gross.

Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1963, page 10

Suchadoll, Leland R.

Funeral services for Leland R Suchadoll, 55, of Frelsburg were held Dec 10 from Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Fr Wayne Flagg officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He died Dec 7 at his residence. He was born Jan 15, 1944, the son of Rubin and Lena (Brokmeyer) Suchadoll. He married Audrey Evanicky on Aug 23, 1964.

He was self employed in general construciton. He was a lifetime resident of the Frelsburg area, member of Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church and KC Council 5157 of Frelsburg.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife; mother; daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa & Lynn Braden of Mentz and Chandra Suchadoll of Frelsburg; sons and daughter-in-law, Leland & Chel Suchadoll of Hawaii and Brenden Suchadoll of Frelsburg; sister, Joyce Marek of New Ulm; grandchildren, David Wayne Zajicek and Celena Suchadoll.

Pallbearers were David Novosad, Richard Novosad, Steve Matula, Leonard Evanicky, Gary Wagner and Chris Andreas.

Funeral handled by Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, December 16, 1999
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Suchadoll, Minnie (Warschak)

Mrs. Minnie Suchadoll’s Rites Held at Frelsburg

Mrs. Minnie Suchadoll, nee Warschak, passed away suddenly Wednesday afternoon, March 6th, 1957, after suffering a heart attack here in New Ulm, at the home of Mrs. O.F. Sell with whom she had made her home for the past two years.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 8th, at 9:30 am at the Zaskoda Chapel in Industry, with continued services held at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic church, Frelsburg, with the Rev. Edward Geiser, pastor, officiating at the Requiem Mass. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Suchadoll was born in Frelsburg, Jan. 28, 1888, a daughter of Frank and Frederika Bruetigem Warschak. The deceased was a loyal member of the Catholic church, and a devoted mother and grandmother. Just a short month ago Mrs. Suchadoll celebrated her 69th birthday with numerous relatives and friends in attendance at the party. No one realized then that God would see fit to take her from our midst to abide in His heavenly home.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Elo (Isabell) Schertz of Rt 2, Fayetteville, and Mrs. Elmo (Lydia) Iselt of Hempstead; 3 sisters, Mrs. John Minar of Fayetteville, Mrs. Adolph Krenek of Garwood and Mrs. Eddie Krenek of Needville; two brothers, Louis Warschak of New Ulm and six grandchildren. Her husband, Edward Suchadoll preceded her in death.

New Ulm Enterprise, Thursday, March 14, 1957
Contributed by Kyle Janda

Suchadoll, Rubin A.

Rubin A. Suchadoll

Funeral services for Rubin A. Suchadoll of Columbus were held Feb 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  The Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiated at the services.

Mr. Suchadoll died at him home in Frelsburg on Feb. 21.  He was a retired rancher and carpenter and formerly was employed by Drymalla Construction Co.

He was born Nov. 11, 1911 at the Brushy community, the son of John Suchadoll and Adel Sonsel Suchadoll.  He was married on May 23, 1931 to the former Lena Brokmeyer.

A lifetime resident of Brushy and Frelsburg, Mr. Suchadoll was a member of the Lutheran Church, the Felsburg Volunteer Fire Department, treasurer of the New Ulm Rifle Club and past president of the Church Council.

He is survived by his wife Lena of Frelsburg, one daughter, Mrs. Ben D. (Joyce) Marek of New Ulm; one son, Leland Suchadoll of Frelsburg, one sister, Mrs. Claude Rhodes of Columbus; two brothers, Hubert Suchadoll of Frelsburg and Edgar Suchadoll of Columbus; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Roy Weishuhn, Emanuel Weishuhn, Darwin Suchadoll, Stephen Rhodes, Ernest Richter Jr. and Welfred Gross.

Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1980, Page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Suddarth, John Alan “Al”

Graveside service was held Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Weimar Masonic Cemetery for John Alan (Al) Suddarth, 64, of Houston, after a service that morning at Bethany Methodist Church, Houston, with Rev. Ron Pogue and Rev. Steve Stigler officiating.

Suddarth, husband of the former Leona Koehler Teltschik of Weimar, died Sunday, Jan. 3.

He was manager of Cellar Door Restaurants in Houston for 25 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife are five children, Janice Colleen Oddo, Terri Lynn Suddarth, Alana Kim Suddarth, David Teltschik and Erwin Teltschik, and grandchildren, Greg and Melissa Teltschik.

Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1993

Suddarth, Leona (Koch) Teltschik

Leona Suddarth Funeral Services Held Dec. 27

Leona Teltschik Suddarth of Houston died Monday, Dec. 22, at the age of 82.

She was born into the Witting Community near Moulton in Lavaca County on March 27, 1921, one of six children born to Hulda and Henry Koch.

Due to her father's untimely death in 1926, the young and talented Leona was adopted into the Koehler family by Mrs. Henry Koehler of Weimar.

There she completed elementary school, took piano and voice lessons, later graduating from Weimar Public High School.

Her voice lessons would prove to be a Godsend for the Weimar community as she shared her talent every Sunday in the Lutheran Church choir and soon became one of the most popular soloists in the area at weddings, funerals and other special occasions.

On Sept. 21, 1940, she married Erwin Teltschik, a Weimar business owner, and from this marriage came two sons, Erwin Jr. and David.

In 1957, another untimely death would pay Leona a visit, this time her husband, Erwin.

Forced to enter the business world to support her family, she accepted a position at Hill Bank and Trust in Weimar until 1964, when she then moved to Houston to be with her sons attending the University of Houston.

Remaining in Houston she spent most of her restaurant career working for Frank Vargo at the Black Angus Restaurant.

Leona would marry again, spending many enjoyable years with her husband John Allan Suddarth until his death in 1993.

Leona loved to decorate for Christmas and this year was no exception as she once again won her neighborhood Christmas lighting contest.

She is survived by two sons, Erwin Teltschik and wife Diane, and David Teltschik; one grandson, Greg; one granddaughter, Mellissa Bowman and husband Matt; great-granddaughter, Kaitlin; one brother, Milton Koch; and one sister, Evelyn Lehnert.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, at Earthman Bellaire Chapel in Bellaire.

Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

She will be missed by many who loved her.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 2004

Sugarek, Charles

Death of Former Citizen of This Section

From the Beeville Bee-Picayune we learn of the death of a former citizen of this section--Mr. Charles Sugarek --which occurred Oct. 22 at the family home near Beeville. Several relatives from this section attended the funeral.

Mr. Sugarek was born in Czecho-Slovakia Oct. 27, 1849. He came to America in 1856, landing at Galveston. He first settled in Colorado county. His mother died while he was an infant. His father was killed during the Civil War, and he was left an orphan at the age of 12 years. In 1875 he settled on a farm in Fayette county. In 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Mollie Horak. To this union six children were born, five sons and one daughter. One son died in infancy, another was killed during the World War. A daughter, Mrs. R. R. Longino, and three sons, J. W., C. H. and L. E. Sugarek survive, together with the widow, a half sister, Mrs. Jos. Barton of Weimar, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The bearers were six of Mr. Sugarek 's grandsons--M. G. Longino, A. C. Longino, Ray. Longino, Noble Longino, Randolph and J. C. Sugarek.

Mr. Sugarek located in the Beeville section in 1880 and lived there up to the time of his death.

He is still well and favorably remembered by many old time friends of this section, who will deeply regret to learn of his death.

Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1932, page 1

Sugarek. Frank

Frank was killed by a neighbor during the time of the Civil War.  The problem arose over Frank's dog being accused killing the neighbor's sheep.  Thadius Hunter went to Frank's house and threatened to shoot the dog.  There was already bad blood between the two men.  Hunter supposedly had threatened Frank on  previous occasions. Frank apparently got out his gun to protect his dog and was shot dead.  Hunter was indicted in November 3, 1863, went to trial after a series of delays lasting 3 years but never was prosecuted for the killing. On October 29, 1866, he entered a plea of not guilty and was discharged. Thadius Hunter was a Confederate Army Captain.

Frank was born Jan 28, 1819 in Hajov, Novy Jicin, Czech and died June 3, 1863

He married Barbara Simicek about 1858.

Submitted by Darlene Baker

Suler, Dorothy


The remains of little Dorothy, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Suler of Richmond, who died in that city Wednesday of last week, were brought here and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Hall officiating.

Mrs. Suler is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Krejci of the Borden community.

The heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, July 6, 1934, page 1

Sullivan, Delia (Lyons)


The body of Mrs. Delia Sullivan, about forty-eight years of age, was found in the back yard of her home on a farm ten miles from Garwood at dusk Monday.

Sheriff E. B. Mayes and deputies went to the scene to investigate. The sheriff stated that the woman’s husband, Frank Sullivan, said he left his wife at home early Monday when he went to work, and found her dead in the yard at a wood pile when he returned about dusk.

Because there were bruises on her face and arms, the body was taken to Columbus, where a post mortem was held. The doctors were of the opinion that the woman had not met foul play, but had died from heart failure and received the bruises in falling on the wood pile.

A hand axe lay close by the body, and officers are of the belief that she was chopping wood when she suffered a heart attack and fell into the wood pile

The physicians conducing the post mortem told the sheriff that in their opinion, Mrs. Sullivan had been dead fully forty hours when the body was discovered--Eagle Lake Headlight. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, November 11 1938

Sullivan, Gladys (McMenamy)


Gladys Sullivan, 92, of Bernardo and formerly from Wichita Falls passed away Tuesday, July 15 in Columbus.

She was born March 1, 1916 in McKinney to Emmett Newton McMenamy and Sarah Cordelia Lucinda (Steele) McMenamy. On June 22, 1935 she married Delbert E. Sullivan in Denton. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus and formerly a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. She was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows-Rebekah Lodge for over 50 years. For many years she enjoyed teaching preschool children at Highland Heights Baptist Church in Wichita Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Shelton Sullivan, son-in-law Boyce E. Fore, brothers Paschal, C. E., George, and Robert McMenamy and sister Lilly Newsom.

She is survived by her daughters, Dolores Fore of Bernardo, and Pamela Moore and husband Joe of Bernardo; daughter-in-law, Pamela Anne Sullivan of Longview; eight grandchildren, Glen Fore, Cathy Fore Sturm and husband Eddie, Melissa Sullivan Thacker and husband Jerry, Greg Fore, Craig Moore and wife Helen, Heath Moore, Matt Fore and wife Cheryl, and Joshua Moore; 10 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday July 24 at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Victor Morrison officiating. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday July 26 at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home next to Crestview Memorial Park Cemetery in Wichita Falls with Roger Deerinwater pastor of First Baptist Church, Archer City, officiating.

Pallbearers are Glen Fore, Greg Fore, Heath Moore, Josh Moore, Eddie Sturm and Rob Thomas.

Memorials may be given to the General Scholarship Fund at FBC, 1700 Milam St., Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Sullivan, Margie (Davis)


Margie Sullivan, 94, of Columbus passed away March 2 at River Oaks Health Care Center. She was born in Columbus, Aug. 24, 1909 to Robert and Elizabeth (Nelson) Davis and married Frank Sullivan, June 11, 1927.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Joy Juanice Sullivan; and brothers, Robert Davis Jr. and David Davis.

She is survived by sisters, Jimmy Faye Schilling of Columbus, Doris Bobby Graham of New Braunfels and Ruby Ann Kulhanek of Columbus; nieces, Peggy Aldredge of Houston, Kari Ravazollo of San Diego, Calif. and Debbie Norris of New Braunfels; and nephews, Craig Schilling of Austin and Steve Potter of Columbus.

No funeral services are scheduled at this time. [Remains cremated]

Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Sullivan, Richard “Dick”

Eagle Lake, March 9.--The remains of Mr. Dick Sullivan who died yesterday at Temple, reached here this morning via the Cane Belt, accompanied by Mrs. Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was badly injured here last Friday evening by having his handcar run over him. He was buried here this afternoon at 4 o’clock with Masonic honors. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery] Mr. Sulllivan stood high in this community.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1905, page 3

Sumbera, George A.

Final Rites For George Sumbera Held Sunday

Funeral services for George A. Sumbera, 66, of Weimar were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mr. Sumbera died Friday in Youens Memorial Hospital.

A retired farmer, he had lived in Weimar the past eight years. Born at Ammannsville on July 30, 1905, he was a son of Anton and Angelina Fischer Sumbera. He married Miss Rosie Dusek at Ammannsville on Oct. 22, 1928.

They settled first at Ammannsville, later moving to Rabb’s Prairie in Fayette County.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Benjamin (Bernice) Buscha of La Grange; a son, Robert Sumbera of La Grange; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. George Kallus of Ammannsville; and four brothers, Joe of Fayetteville, Jerome of Holland, and Jerry and John, both of La Grange.

A son, Adolph, preceded him in death in 1940.

Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Sumner, Frank

The body of Frank Sumner, the negro who met death Wednesday of last week by drowning while driving cattle across the Colorado, was found Friday afternoon by Caleb and James Byars Best. The boys were fishing, and noticed a hand of the victim protruding from the water, where upon they called their father, W. J. Harrison , and drew the body from the water. Many negroes gathered. The body was so badly decomposed that it was buried on sandbar closed to where it was found.--Colorado Citizen. [Place of interment unknown}

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1908

Sunderman, Elenor (Dutcher)

Elenor Dutcher Sunderman
November 1, 1922 – April 22, 1993

Elenor Dutcher Sunderman, 70, of Eagle Lake, passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital earl Thursday morning, April 22, 1993

She was born to Albert and Addie Lyle Dutcher in Lissie on November 1, 1922.

She was a lifetime resident of the area.

On December 1, 1940, she was married to Henry Sunderman in Lissie.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, dedicated to her family and her Lord. She will be long remembered and missed by all.

She was a faithful member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and was also a charter member of the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, Jewell Dutcher and brother, James Dutcher.

Survivors include her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Eddie Pavliska of Eagle Lake; son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Stephanie Sunderman of Eagle Lake; brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Sharon Dutcher of Ganado; grandchildren, Coy Thomas Sunderman, Rachel Renee Matthys and Kelli Georgianne Matthys of Eagle Lake; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Bailey officiating. Soloist was Cynthia Sunderman and organist was Charlene Spanihel.

Graveside service and interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Nephews Jeff, Earl and Jimmy Dutcher, Melvin and Edward Sunderman, and grandson Coy Sunderman served as pallbearers.

Names honorary pallbearers were members of the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary.

The family requests any memorials be directed to the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church or charity of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 29, 1993
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Sunderman, Esther Ann (Thomas)

Esther Ann Sunderman

April 11, 1896 – September 28, 1990

Mrs. Esther Ann Sunderman, 94, of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, September 28, 1990 at the home of her daughter in Waco, Texas. She was born in Dedham, Iowa on April 11, 1896, one of nine children born to Griffith E. and Ann Thomas. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Wales, England. The family moved to Lissie in 1898.

She married Glen C. Sunderman in 1916. He died June 10, 1948. She was the last of the Thomas family, having outlived her parents and eight brothers and sisters. Also, she was the last living Charter Member of the Lissie United Methodist Church. Always active in the Church, she served in many capacities. For the Texas Branch of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, she served as recording secretary 1934-36; president, 1941-47; secretary of missionary education, 1947-53; vice president, 1955-56.

She was a charter member of the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary (the Pink Ladies) and received an award on April 15, 1985 for her dedication. The plaque reads “To Mrs. Glen (Esther) Sunderman for over 3,000 hours of devoted service to the hospital as an auxiliary member, and for outstanding service to the Eagle Lake Community Hospital, 1967-1984”. Their year book was dedicated to her in 1975-76.

She received recognition as Outstanding Senior Citizen on August 7, 1974 and again on May 21, 1977. She was one of eight in Colorado County to receive the Outstanding Service Certificate of Recognition from the National Living Service Centers in appreciation for services rendered. On July 20, 1977, Beta Sigma Phi International recognized her as “First Lady of the Year” for 1977.

She loved to travel and had the good fortune to see the world. Included in her travels was a world tour in 1959 and later trips to Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska and other points of interest. She would report back home with articles in the Eagle Lake Headlight on the people and places she visited.

She was preceded n death by her husband, parents, brothers, sisters and a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie R. and Irene L. Sunderman. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Luana and Ozzie Vana of Waco, Vera and Donald Kaulitz of Richland, Washington and Jane and Dick Williams of Los Banos, California; sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Elenor Sunderman of Eagle Lake and David and Margaret Sunderman of Victoria; 10 grand and 14 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, October 1, 1990 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Eifert, Pastor, Lissie United Methodist Church, Rev. Charles Runk, Pastor, Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Grandson, Rev. Stan Warfield of Oklahoma officiating. Mrs. Alice Schmidt served as organist and Mrs. Gay Anderson sang “I Shall Know Him”. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were grandsons: Melvin Sunderman, Edward Sunderman, Glen Sunderman, Marion Hunt, Rev. Stan Warfield, Michael Bozalina and Eddie Pavliska.

A quite simple “lady”, dedicated to her Lord, her family and service to others, Mrs. Sunderman will surely be missed by all those she’s touched over the years. The family requests memorials be made to the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary or the church of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 4, 1990
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Sunderman, Glen C.

Funeral Services Held Saturday For Glen Sunderman

Funeral services were held at ten o’clock last Saturday morning for Glen Sunderman, prominent Eagle Lake rice farmer, who died here on June 10th.

Rev. P. R. Survey of the Evangelical United Brethern Church of Lissie officiated and burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Mr. Sunderman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Thomas Sunderman, and six children, Mrs. D. C. Kaulitz of Richland, Washington, Miss Luanna and Miss Jana Sunderman, three sons, Leslie, Henry and David all of Eagle Lake.

Among the out-of-town relatives attending the funeral were the family of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kaulitz of Richland, Washington, his sister, Mrs. Herman Nau of Griswold, Iowa; the family of Mrs. Sunderman’s sister, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Powers of Temple, and the family of his nieces, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Herzig of Schulenburg and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Voskamp of Port Arthur.

Out-of-town friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Haigh, Danbury, Miss Loma Lee Fussell, Angleton, Mr. E. Rabel, Columbus, Harvey Lee, Columbus, Dr. Quirw, Wharton, Mrs. Will Meriwether, Egypt, Mrs. J. O. Watkins and daughter Myrtle, Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Martin, Houston, Rev. and Mrs. P. L. Davis, El Campo, H. T. Looper and son Marvin, Boling, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Roeker, Glen Flora, L. H. Obenhaus, Bonus, Mr. Senkel, East Bernard, Miss Vina Lee Barnett, Markham.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 18, 1948
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Sunderman, Henry Thomas

Sunderman, Henry Thomas

On Friday, April 10, prominent rice farmer and conservationist, Henry Thomas Sunderman, died after a brief illness.

He was born on May 16, 1920 to Glen C. Sunderman and his wife, Esther Thomas Sunderman. Henry graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1938 and was engaged in rice farming with his father in Alvin. On Dec. 1, 1940 he married his high school sweetheart, Elenor Dutcher. Mr. Henry, as he was affectionately known by all, continued his rice farming business on the East Bernard and Lissie prairies until he purchased his farm north of Eagle Lake in the late 1950s. After several years of marriage, Henry and Elenor were blessed with two children, daughter, Jewel Ann and son, Glen Thomas.

In 1993, Henry lost his beloved Elenor and remarried on Sept. 10, 1994, to Alice Mae Micha Dutcher, who was his constant companion until his death.

Mr. Henry became a member of the Colorado County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1967 bringing his agricultural expertise to this position. He served for 18 years, including 15 years as vice-chair before resigning in 1985. He received the Distinguished Service Award for 18 years of service at that time. However, he was back at it in 1993 and was again elected vice-chair three years later. Again he served in that capacity for seven more years. He also served as the board’s distinguished chair up until his retirement in February 2006.

In 1971, Mr. Henry was recognized by the Columbus Rotary Club as an “Outstanding Agriculturist,” and received a Conservation Farmer Award. He has always been more than willing to share his leadership and extensive knowledge of farming and conservation with all who were willing to listen.

He was an active member of the ASC Committee from 1974-82. Mr. Henry was a member of the Eagle Lake Lions Club, holding different offices of this organization including president, two times. He was nominated as an Outstanding Older Texan in May 2000. Henry was a member of the Methodist Church of Eagle Lake, having served in many capacities including the building committee of its present structure.

Mr. Henry enjoyed the outdoors; having farmed for over 50 years. In his free time he enjoyed deer hunting, flying his Cessna and being with family. Later in his life, Henry liked going to the “bottoms” with his son-in-law, Eddie, and helping with the garden until his health made it difficult for him to get around.

Preceding Henry in death are his parents, Glen and Esther; his wife of 52 years, Elenor; and his daughter in law, Stephanie Sunderman. Other members include brothers Leslie and his wife, Irene and brother David; sister Luana Vana and her husband, Ozzie; brother-in-law Don Kaulitz; stepdaughter, Georgianna Dutcher Sexton.

Survivors include wife of 15 years Alice Mae Sunderman; daughter, Ann Pavliska and husband Eddie and son Glen Thomas Sunderman. He is also mourned by grandchildren Rachel Matthys Smith and husband Bradley; Kelli Matthys and fianc/, Jeffrey Hammon and Coy Thomas Sunderman and wife, Shelley. He also had two great-grandsons; Brodan Thomas Smith and Leyton Smith, and a great-granddaughter due in July. He also has two sisters Vera Sunderman Kaulitz and Jane Sunderman Williams and her husband Dick; and sister-in-in law, Margaret Sunderman.

His extended family includes stepsons: Jeff Dutcher and Chris Dutcher and wife Annette. He also has a stepson-in-law Jim Sexton. There are also numerous step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who mourn his passing.

The service for Henry Thomas Sunderman took place Monday, April 13, 2009 at 3 p.m. in the Methodist Church of Eagle Lake. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery. His pallbearers were members of the family including Kurt and Chad Sunderman, Bradley Smith, Jeff Hammon, Clint Krenek, Lennie Retzloff; Albert Dutcher IV and Chris Dutcher.

The family named as honorary pallbearers Melvin and Edward Sunderman, Vic Corman, Lonnie Sommerlatte, Guy Hemphill, Frank Higgins, Frank Davidson and Alvin Wiese.

Mr. Henry will be dearly missed because he was loved by many and touched so many lives.

Colorado County Citizen, April 15, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Sunderman, Irene (Looper)

Mrs. Irene Sunderman

Mrs. Irene Sunderman, 67, of Eagle Lake, died on Tuesday, June 24, at 9:05 a.m. at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston following a sudden illness. She was born April 10, 1919 on the Iago Prairie near Wharton, a daughter of Herman Taylor and Clara Feltz Looper. She married Leslie Ray Sunderman in Houston on April 17, 1942 and had lived in the Eagle Lake area almost 45 years working with her husband in the rice farming industry and most recently working at Rice Drug Store in Eagle Lake. She was an active and faithful member of the Lissie United Methodist Church of Lissie.

Funeral services were held at the Lissie United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 26 with Rev. E. B. Beasley, Jr., pastor of the Lissie United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Marvin Looper; her husband, Leslie, who died September 21, 1963; and her father-in-law, Glen Sunderman.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Frances and Rev. Stan Warfield of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Marilyn Sunderman of Wharton, Glenda and Michael Bozalina of Wharton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin and Rita Sunderman and Edward and Cynthia Sunderman, all of Eagle Lake; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Newman Bench of Garland; nine grandchildren, Leslie and Sher Sunderman, Austin, Colin and Karin Warfield, Chad and Kurt Sunderman, Justin and Megan Bozalina; mother-in-law, Mrs. Glen (Esther) Sunderman of Eagle Lake; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Tommie Looper of Clute; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Raymond and Bruce Waddell, Fred Beth, Tony Tillman, John Thomas, Fagan Looper, Ted Brunner, John Adkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lissie United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 668, Lissie, Texas 77454, or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 3, 1986
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Sunderman, Leslie Ray

Leslie Sunderman Killed in Tragic Truck Accident

Tragedy brought sorrow deeply into the hearts of citizens of Eagle Lake and Lissie communities last Saturday at 12:05 p.m. when Leslie R. Sunderman, 46-year-old rice farmer and native of this community, was killed suddenly when his pickup truck hit a large tree on Farm-to-Market Road 102 2.4 miles north of Egypt.

Mr. Sunderman and his son, Edward, 16, were returning to Eagle Lake when Mr. Sunderman, who was driving, reached down to pick up something from the floorboard when the pickup went out of control and hit the large tree beside the highway.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Laughlin Hospital in Eagle Lake. Edward was hospitalized with cuts about the head and bruises but has been released from the hospital.

Mr. Sunderman, through his amiable personality and generous character, was a friend to all who came to know him. He was active in the work of his church, the Lissie Evangelical United Brethren Church, serving in many positions, including Sunday School superintendent, teacher, steward, and at the time of his death was secretary-treasurer of the Board of Trustees.

Scouting was one of his proudest activities and for many years he served as Scoutmaster of Troop 127 and worked with Explorers in Posts 127 and 334.

He was also serving as Supervisor for the Colorado Soil Conservation District. In addition to this, he was active in affairs of the local rice growers association and took an interest in all community projects.

One of the largest groups ever to attend a funeral service here, was present at 3:00 p.m. Monday to pay final tribute to this loved and respected citizen.

The Rev. Thomas Kirby, Pastor of the Lissie E.U.B., officiated at the services at the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home. A choir from the Lissie church rendered favorite hymns.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: J. R. Thomas, Harold Thomas, W. M. Thomas, Jr., Raymond Waddell, Bruce Waddell, Ralph Thomas, Bobbie Thomas, and Ted Brunner.

Leslie Ray Sunderman was born October 24, 1916 in Eagle Lake to Mrs. Esther Sunderman and the late Glen Sunderman.

He graduated from Eagle Lake High School and later spent several years in Houston. While there, he married Lucy Irene Looper on April 17, 1942, at the Oaklawn E.U.B. Church. He was a member of the Lissie Church while in Houston.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Melvin and Edward; and three daughters, Frances, Marilyn, and Glenda, all of Eagle Lake; also his mother, Mrs. Esther Sunderman of Eagle Lake; two brothers, Henry of Eagle Lake and David of Victoria; three sisters, Mrs. Luana Vana of Waco, Mrs. Vera Kaulitz of Kennewick, Washington, and Mrs. Jane Williams of Denver, Colorado. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews.

In the service, the Rev. Mr. Kirby spoke the sentiments of the entire community when he said, “It was said of Jesus that he was a friend of Publican and sinners, and it can be said of Leslie Sunderman that he was a friend to all. He had no enemies. And stood ready to help everyone”.

He shall be missed greatly by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 26, 1963
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Sunderman, Stephanie Ann (Naiser)


Stephanie Ann Sunderman, 48, of Eagle Lake, passed away Dec. 6, at her residence following a battle with leukemia.

She was born July 31, 1955 in East Bernard, to Lois Marguerite (Cessna) and Charles R. Naiser Sr. She was a graduate of East Bernard High School class of 1973; attended Wharton County Junior College for two years and earned her degree as a registered nurse in 1978 from the University of Houston's Victoria College School of Nursing.

She served as school nurse for Rice Consolidated Independent School District for the past four years and Lamar Consolidated School System in Richmond, for 11 years prior.

She was a member of the Eagle Lake Recreation Center, past President of the Women's Golf Association and a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles R. Naiser Sr.; and mother-in-law, Elenor Dutcher Sunderman.

She is survived by her husband, Glen Thomas Sunderman of Eagle Lake; mother, Lois Naiser Stafford and husband, Harrison of East Bernard; son, Coy Thomas Sunderman of Eagle Lake; sister and brother-in-law, Elyce and Fred Kahn of Richmond; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles R. "Chuck" and Marguerite Naiser Jr. of Rockport, her twin, Stephen Dan and Beth Naiser of Sandia; and her extended family Henry and Alice Sunderman of Eagle Lake, Ann Sunderman Pavliska and husband, Eddie of Eagle Lake, and Yvonne Naiser of East Bernard.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 10, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Dave King, pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers scheduled are Dr. Russell Thomas Jr., George Matthys, Major Benge, Dan Peevy, Mike Lanier and Ronnie Sedgwick.

The family has requested, memorials be made to the Stephanie Sunderman Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 247, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434. The scholarship program will assist local graduates pursue careers in medicine.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Stephanie Ann Sunderman, 48, of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2003, at her residence following a courageous battle with leukemia.

Born July 31, 1955 in East Bernard, she was the daughter of Lois Marguerite Cessna Naiser and Charles R. Naiser, Sr.

Stephanie was a graduate of East Bernard High School with the Class of 1973; attended Wharton County Junior College for two years and earned her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1978 from the University of Houston-Victoria College School of Nursing.

She and Glen Sunderman were married at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard on April 29, 1978.

Stephanie had served as School Nurse for Rice Consolidated School District for the past four years and Lamar Consolidated School System in Richmond for 11 years prior.

A member of the Eagle Lake Recreation Center, she was past President of the Women’s Golf Association and a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by her father, Charles R. Naiser Sr.; and mother-in-law, Elenor Dutcher Sunderman; survivors include her husband of 25 years, Glenn Thomas Sunderman of Eagle Lake; mother, Lois Naiser Stafford and husband, Harrison, of East Bernard; son, Coy Thomas Sunderman of Eagle Lake; sister, Elyce Kahn and husband, Fred, of Richmond; brothers, Charles R. “Chuck” Naiser Jr. and wife, Marguerite, of Rockport, her twin, Stephen Dan Naiser and wife, Beth, of Sandia, Texas; her extended family, Henry and Alice Sunderman and Ann Sunderman Pavliska and husband, Eddie, all of Eagle Lake, Yvonne Naiser of East Bernard; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Dave King, Pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches, officiating.

Burial was to follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Stephanie Sunderman Memorial Scholarship Fund, % First National Bank, P. O. Box 247, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434. The scholarship program will assist local graduates pursue careers in medicine.

Pallbearers were Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr., George Matthys, Major Benge, Dan Peevy, Mike Lanier and Ronnie Sedgwick.

Friends and family are encouraged to send tributes to

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 11, 2003
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Supak, Jerome R.

Jerome Supak

Jerome R. Supak, 57, of Columbus passed away at his home Nov. 26.

He was born March 8, 1949 in La Grange to Jerome F. and Annie Zapalac Supak.

He married Shirley Ripper Jan. 30, 1971. He was a retired parts man for Automotive Parts Sales and was a member of St. Athony Catholic Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Nita Ripper; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Froebel and Loretta Zweschper.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Vickie Supak of Columbus and Stacey Supak Diaz and husband Jason of Austin; favorite puppy, Brodie; brothers-in-law, Carlos Froebel of Bernardo and James Zweschper of Schulenburg; niece, Cindy Markos of Burton; and nephews, Brian Froebel of Bernardo and Michael and Gary Zweschper of Schulenburg.

Funeral services are scheduled for today at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Henneke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Jody Ripper, Kelly Markos, Micahel Zweschper, Tommy Hahn, Brian Froebel and Crockett Leyendecker.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Supak, Mary (Shertz) Mrkwa


Mary Mrkwa Supak, 81, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 7 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Rowena, Aug. 30, 1922 to John and Anna (Musil) Schertz and married Willie Mrkwa Dec. 2, 1941. They resided in the Bernardo and Brushy areas until his death in 1981. She married Arnold Supak Nov. 29, 1987 and resided in Ellinger until his death in 1992. She was a member of St. Mary's Altar Society and the ladies auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and brother, Alois Schertz.

She is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Leona Schertz of Brownfield; son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Jocelyn Mrkwa of East Bernard; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Clinton Nierlich of Deer Park, Janet and Darryl Bradley of Dickinson and Rita and Lonnie Juergens of Rockdale; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 10 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Services were officiated by Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz with Dwayne Mrkwa assisted as altar server. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Irvin Ullmann, Joe Skutca, Darren Mrkwa, Kevin Bradley, Seth Juergens and Patrick Zientek.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Supak, Monica Lynn (Daniel)


Monica Lynn Supak, 38, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 16 at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin.

She was born July 18, 1967 to Don Hyden and Sandy Daniel and married Ronny Supak July 21, 1984. She was an assistant manager at the Columbus High School cafeteria and was a member of SPJST Lodge 51 in Ellinger.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Eric Donovan Hyden; grandfather, Arden Chester; and grandson, Justin Paul Supak.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Eric Brandon and Shawn Edward Supak, of Columbus; daughter, Teresa Lynn Supak, of Cincinnati, Ohio; mother and step-father, Sandy and Ronnie Daniel, of Lubbock; father and step-mother, Don and Ruth Hyden, of Bucyrus, Ohio; sister, Shannon Hyden, of Lubbock; and grandmother, Betty Chester, of Industry.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at Kaiser Cemetery in Brushy Community.

Pallbearers were Dale Kremlin, George Bergfeld Jr., Alan Chester, Richard Barten, Samuel Pugh and Cory Chester. Honorary pallbearers were George Bergfeld Sr. and Donald Raabe.

Colorado County Citizen, January 25, 2006

Supak, Valasta Sophie (Martinek)

Valasta Sophie Martinek Supak

Valasta Sophie Martinek Supak (92) went home to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 9:55 p.m. She was born on Sept. 19, 1918, in Columbus in Colorado County, Texas, to John and Mary Johec Martinek.

She attended Santa Ana School near Ellinger, Texas.

On Oct. 5, 1937, she married her “Sweetie” John Anthony Supak at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Hostyn Hill, near Ellinger. Thereafter, they were engaged in farming, first in Colorado County, then in Granger. In 1953, they purchased and settled on the family farm in Beyersville. They worked side-by-side nurturing the land, livestock, their children and each other.

Valasta was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She had a strong love for her Church and family, particularly her 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor, and St. Mary’s Altar Society. She volunteered time for the St. Vincent De Paul Store. She loved to bake, cook, and can, and her kolaches and strudels were coveted and always quickly disappeared.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her only sister Clara Ann Jurajda, and her daughter-in-law Pat Supak.

She is survived by her children: Dr. James Supak and wife Pat; John Supak and wife Virginia; Frank Supak and wife Bridget; Marilyn Rapp and husband Mike; Ellen Blank and husband Donald; JoAnn Hromadka and husband Donnie; Elaine Reeves and husband Doug; her 13 grandchildren: Wayne Supak and wife Amy; Karen Walter and husband Brian; Janet Koslovsky and husband Randy; Laura Morgan and husband Mark; John Supak, James Supak, Bridget Supak, Suzanne Krueckeberg and husband Kevin; Michael Blank and wife Mindy; Brian Blank, Matt Reeves and wife LeShell; Mark Reeves; Stephanie Greger and husband Ryan; and 13 great-grandchildren: Casey Supak; Talon Supak; Kimberly Walter; Whitney Walter; Benjamin Walter; Brandon Koslovsky; Ashlyn Koslovsky; Luke Morgan; Kate Morgan; Amber Morgan, Emily Reeves, Sen Reeves, Jaedyn Blank and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the SPJST Rest Home staff for their loving care and attention.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21 at Providence Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Monday.

Celebration of Life Mass will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor with Msgr. Lonnie Urban officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery [Williamson County].

Taylor Daily News, 19 Feb 2011
Contributed by Marilyn Supak Rapp

Susberry, Clara Bell (White)

Mrs. Susberry Funeral Held Here May 25

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Bell (White) Susberry, 69 were held Tuesday, May 25, at Mt. Arie Baptist Church, with Rev. I. T. Hewitt officiating. Burial was in the Weimar [Paradise Garden] cemetery.

Mrs. Susberry died May 21, at Nightingale Hospital in El Campo.

A lifelong resident of Weimar, she was born April 26, 1907, the daughter of Lee and Mary White. She was married here to John Susberry.

She was a member of Mt. Arie Baptist Church, McGriff Pride No 222 was treasurer of the senior choir, chairman of Circle Esther, treasurer of the deaconess board, and a worker for the La Grange Baptist District Educational Conference.

Her husband survives, along with a nephew reared in her home, Louis Goodman of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Cora Mann, Mrs. Vernice Wilson, and Mrs. Bertha Hargrove all of Weimar; and two brothers, Lester White and Isaiah White; also of Weimar.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Earline Springs,; and two brothers, S. T. Townsend and Lee White.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sutherland, Samuel Joseph

Sam Sutherland

Funeral services for Sam J. Sutherland, 81, of Glidden were held Thursday, September 23, at Henneke Funeral Home with Reverend Bill Huth officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

He was born September 7, 1899, to Henry R. & Mollie Jackson Sutherland in Stockdale, Texas. He married Lena Schulenburg April 21, 1934. He lived in Glidden for 62 years where he was a retired Railroad Clerk and rancher.

He is survived by his wife, Lena Sutherland of Glidden; one sister Mrs. Mary West of Abilene, Texas; and his nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bobby Haddock, Ford Sifford, Raymond Sutherland, Earl Conner Jr., Bruce Conner and Dan Beavers.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, September 30, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Sutton, Tomie Lee, Jr.

Tomie Lee Sutton Jr., 81, died Monday, Oct. 3, 1994.

Born Oct. 19, 1212, in Eagle Lake to Tomie Sr. and Hattie Sutton, he attended public schools in Colorado County, later moving to Houston where he was employed by Armco Steel Company until his retirement. Mr. Sutton was a Baptist and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Oct. 8, at the White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Ollie Scott officiating. Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery of Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Louis C. Roach, John Henry Sutton, Lee Earl Sutton, Reginald Robinson, Don Ran Robinson, Fletcher Hardison, Glenn Matthews and A. C. Banks. Honorary pallbearers were Wilbert Sims, Robert Scott, Wendell Neal Jr., Floyd Bankston, Eugene Henry, Walter Foster, Charlie Wilson and Oscar Hardison…….

Mr. Sutton is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Ruby J. Sutton of Houston and Marian Carter of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Johnny L. Sutton of San Antonio, two brother, Lee Earl Sutton of San Antonio and John Sutton of Houston; nine sisters, Uretta Span, Daisy Robinson, Mary Stevenson, Margaret McGrew, Modesta Gibson, Lena Robinson, Lela Bailey, Katherine Wilson and Clara Jackson, all of Houston; aunt, Luevenia Chavis of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lessie Hardison Sutton.

Colorado County Citizen, October 12, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Svab, Antonia


Mrs. Anton Svab, wife of a well known farmer of the Osage community, died Wednesday of last week, and the remains were buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery following day. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Mrs. Svab was a sister of Mr. Frank Dostal of this city. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her untimely death. She was 45 years of age at the time of her death. She was born in Czecho-Slovakia, Europe, and was a lady highly regarded by all who knew her. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband, children, brother and other relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, August 29, 1924

Svetlik, Agnes (Witte)

Agnes Svetlik Services Held on Sept. 1

Agnes Svetlik, 93, died Aug. 30 at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Prior to her death, she resided at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

She was born Feb. 1, 1903 in New York. She married Steve F. Svetlik on July 5 1922 in Weimar.

Mrs. Svetlik was a member of the St. Ann’s Society.

Throughout her life she worked at M-G Poultry, a canning factory, and a mattress center. She also operated a furniture upholstery and repair business out of her home.

Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at the Hubbard Funeral Home and burial services were held at the St. Michael Cemetery, officiated by Father John Bily and Father John Peters.

She is survived by her daughters; Van Lee Rooney and husband Thomas, of Orlando, Fla., Dorothy Christen and husband Carl, of Weimar; her sons; Edgar Svetlik and wife Rosemarie, of Fresno, Cal., Steve A. Svetlik and wife Dorothy, of Weimar, 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Craig Svetlik, Ronald Christen, Carl Otto Christen, James Stock, Bob Jurak, and Ed Leonard.

Weimar Mercury, September 5 1996, page 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Svetlik, Amalia (Sugo[a]vsky)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Jos. Svetlik , Held Last Week

Funeral services for Mrs. Jos. Svetlik, 82, were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home, Wednesday morning, at 9:00 o'clock, with services at St. Michael's Church. Rev. Leo Pesek officiated. Interment was made in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Svetlik had been in failing health for some time. She was seriously ill for about two weeks before her death Monday evening, March 6, at her residence.

Mrs. Svetlik was born in Czechoslovakia, September 9, 1861. She came to America at the age of twenty and made her home in Ammannsville with her sister.

She was united in marriage to Jos. Svetlik in 1891. To this union three children were born, and three stepchildren were reared.

Her husband died seven months ago. She had attained the age of 82 years and six months.

Mrs. Svetlik became a naturalized American citizen in I881 and has three grandsons serving in the United States army. They are: Pvt. Edwin Stock of Camp Claiborne, La., who attended the funeral, and Ensign Raymond Hudec of the Naval Air Corps, and Cpl. Frankie Krahl, both of whom are serving somewhere overseas.

Survivors include three children and three step-children: W. R. Svetlik of Megargel, Mrs. Frank Beyer of Alvin and Mrs. Steve Krahl of Weimar: Mrs. R. P. Hudec of Fort Worth, Mrs. Chas. Stock and Steve Svetlik of Weimar. Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends deepest sympathy to bereaved family members.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 1944, page 1

Svetlik, Joseph

Funeral Services For Joseph Svetlik, 88, Held Here Monday

Funeral rites for Mr. Joseph Svetlik, 88, were held Monday morning from the residence of his son, Steve Svetlik, with services at St. Michael's Church at 9:30 o'clock, the Rev. Vaclav Bily officiating. Interment was made in the St. Michael's Cemetery.

Born in Czechoslovakia, March 19,1855, Mr. Svetlik came to this country when 14 years old with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Svetlik, and made farming his life's profession. He died August 7, 1843, at the home of his son, attaining the age of 88 year 1 month and 18 days. He had been ill about five weeks.

He was married in 1881, and to this union three children were born. After the death of his first wife he again married in 1891, this time to Amelie Luegskie at Ammannsville, and to this union three children were born. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his aged widow and six children, W. R. Svetlik of Megargel, Mrs. Frank Beyer of Alvin, Mrs. Steve Krahl of Weimar, Mrs. R. P. Hudec of Fort Worth, Mrs. Charles Stock of Weimar and Steve Svetlik of Weimar.

The Mercury joins many friends of the family in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Svetlik, Steve F.

Funeral for Steve Svetlik, 82, Friday

Funeral services for Steve F. Svetlik, 82, of Route 3, Weimar, were held Friday, January 26, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Rev. Charles Carolan and Rev. John Peters officiated.

Mr. Svetlik, a retired farmer, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 23, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient the past month.

Born Dec. 20, 1896, at Ammannsville, he was a son of Joseph and Amalia (Sugovsky) Svetlik. He married Agnes Witte on July 5, 1922, at St. Michael's Church.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Edgar Svetlik of Fresno, Calif., and Steve A. Svetlik of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Rooney and Mrs. Carl Christen both of Weimar; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one sister, Mrs. Lena Stock of Weimar. Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Carl O. Christen Jr., Ronald Christen, Craig Svetlik and Bob Jurak, grandsons; and Edwin Stock and Frank Krahl, nephews.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Swaney, Elsie (Frnka)

Elsie Frnka Swaney

Elsie Frnka Swaney, 82, of Columbus passed away June 14 at Seton Hospital in Austin.

She was born Dec. 22, 1926 in Garwood to Ed Frnka and Hilda (Class) Frnka.

She married Joe P. Swaney on Nov. 21, 1971.

She was a Columbus resident for nearly 30 years and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Wilfred Frnka Sr.

She is survived by her daughters, Terry Williamson and Gladys Martinez and her husband Ricky all of Columbus, Karen Garvel of Inez and Mary Frances Pasteris and husband Tom of Cummings, Ga.; stepson, Joe Swaney Jr. and wife Barbara of Llano; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Graveside service took place Tuesday, June 16 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Kenneth Bayer officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike, Darrel and Kevin Garvel, Michael Martinez, Ricky Martinez Jr. and Ronnie Stock.

Honorary Palllbearers were Kenneth Bayer, Travis Tuck, Duane Novak, Randy Huebel, Ricky Martinez Sr. Ethan Martinez, Jackson Garvel and Robbie Williamson.

Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Swann, Barnie T.

Barnie Swann, Retired SP Foreman, Dies

Barnie Swann a retired Southern Pacific section foreman, died in Cuero Thursday October 18 where he had been a resident for the past several years.

Mr. Swann had been in ill health for a long time.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ethel Neimeyer Swann; two daughters Mrs. Lucille Slone and Miss Fay Ellen Swann of Cuero; and sons William Barnie and Theodore E. Swann of Sabine Pass; also one sister, Mrs. Lillie Mudmierlyn of San Antonio and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Cheetham Cemetery near Sheridan at 3 o’clock Saturday, Oct. 20 with the Rev. Wade Graves of the First Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Swann will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight October 26, 1973
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Swann, Ethel Lucille (Niemeyer)


Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Lucille Swann, 81, of Sheridan, were held April 17 at Cheetam[sic] Cemetery with Rev. Robert Hessong officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Swann died April 15 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

She was born August 29, 1903 in St. Joseph, Missouri, to William Niemeyer and Julia Emma Claire Niemeyer. She lived most of life in Sheridan and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Lucille Glenn, Aransas Pass, Faye Swann, Sheridan; sons, Bill Swann, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Theodore Swann, Sheridan, three grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cheetam[sic] Cemetery Association, Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, April 25, 1985

Swann, Faye Ellen

Faye Ellen Swann

October 1, 1934 – September 16, 1990

Faye Ellen Swann, 55 , of Sheridan, passed away Sunday, September 16, 1990 at the South Austin Medical Center Hospital.  She was born on October 1, 1934 in Edinburg, Texas to Barney Theodore Swann and Ethel Lucille Niemeyer Swann.  She had lived in Sheridan most of her life and had resided in an Austin Nursing Home for the past four years.  Survivors include her sister, Lucille Glenn of Aransas Pass; brother, Theodore Swann of Sheridan; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Graveside services and interment were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 1990 from the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with Rev. Brent Pittman, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Sheridan officiating.  Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.  The family has requested that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Sheridan.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight September 20, 1990
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Swann, Luda Ella (Berna)


Luda Ella Swann, 82, of Port Arthur, formerly of Sheridan, died Tuesday, June 10, 1997 at Mid-Jefferson Hospital in Nederland.

Born Aug. 17, 1914 in Mena, Ark., she was the daughter of Ruse and Mary Berna. On Feb. 8, 1952, she married Theodore E. Swann in Matamoros, Mexico. The couple lived in Sheridan for over 20 years before moving to Port Arthur six years ago. Mrs. Swann was a Baptist.

Graveside services and interment were held June 12 at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with Rev. Brent Pittman officiating.

Mrs. Swann is survived by her husband, of Port Arthur; daughter Donna Portier of Port Acres; sister Tena Bibis of George West; granchildren[sic] Bill Portier of Sabine Pass, Shelia Miguez of Lumberton and Mike Portier and Harold Portier, both of Nederland; seven great-granchildren[sic]; other relatives and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, E. J. Berna.

Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 1997

Swartz, Minnie

We deeply sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Swartz in the loss, yesterday morning, of their three months’ old baby girl, the beautiful little Minnie. [Place of interment unknown]

“Ere sin could blight, or sorrow lade?m
Death cane with friendly care;
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there.”

Colorado Citizen, July 7, 1881, page 3

Sweat, Madeline "Blackeye" (Schultz)


Madeline "Blackeye" Sweat, 78 of Columbus passed away May 6 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Alleyton, July 21, 1924 to Henry and Clara (Nunemacher) Schultz. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus as well as Woodmen of the World and worked for Brookshire Brothers for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Sweat; and twin sister, Marceline "Blueye" Dixon.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Del Richie of Montgomery; son and daughter-in-law, Billy W. and Linda Sweat of Mentz; sister, Elsie Scogin of Columbus; brothers, Charles Henry Schultz of San Antonio and Milton Schultz of Godley; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted May 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ryan Richie, Jackie Sweat, Eric Weyand, Jason Kelley, Milton Schultz Jr. and Murray Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Swoboda, Anna Helene (Mueller)


Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Helene Swoboda, nee Mueller, 83, a fifty-four year resident of this area whose death occurred Satiurday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Adolf Rabel, were held here Sunday, Rev. R. Uhlhorn, Evangelical pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Six of her grandchildren, Henry Hartman, Jr., Adolf Rabel, Jr., Charlie Johnson, Walter Stark, Frank Stark, Jr., and Willie Stark acted as pallbearers.

The deceased was a native of Oldenburg, Germany, where she was born July 10, 1855. In 1880, she was married to John Swoboda in Coin on the Rhine. She and her husband came to Texas on Dec. 14. 1885, and settled near Holman. Later, they moved nearer to Weimar, where she spent the remainder of her life. Mr. Swoboda expired on Jan. 18, 1913.

Survivors include five daughters; Mrs. Marie Stark, Mrs. Lena Johnson, Mrs. Julie Hartmann, Mrs. Gesine Rabel, Mrs. Frieda Greak of Weimar; one son Johnn Swoboda of San Francisco, California; one brother, Eilert Mueller of Beeville and three step-brothers, Dick Meyer of Shiner, Herman Meyer of Rosenberg, and John Meyer of Germany; also thirty-five grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Swoboda was a good christian woman, member of the Lutheran church, always faithful and trusting, a lovble[sic] lady, well and favorably known throughout this section. She was devoted to home and family, always ready and willing to render assistance whereever needed, a splendid Christian character, dutiful mother and considerate friend. She will be sadly missed in the community where she lived for so many years.

The Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1939.

Swoboda, Joe A.

Joe Swoboda

Joe A. Swoboda of the New Ulm - Frelsburg area passed away Friday. He had resided at a local nursing home 3 months.

A son of Batis and Caroline Baroush Swoboda, he was born July 4, 1887, at Frelsburg. He married Ada Westphal Nov. 27, 1919. He was a veteran of World War I.

Last rites were held Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, with The Rev. Harold Fehler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors are his wife and 2 daughters, Mrs. Robert (Lois) Bartlett of Conroe and Mrs. Werner (Juerline) Boeer of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Allen Hattermann, Charles Hattermann Jr., LeRoy Stein, Crockett Leyendecker, Henry Krenek and Frank Pokorney

Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1975,
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Swoboda, Johann

Death of John Swoboda

The death of John Swoboda, a prominent and respected farmer of this community, Saturday morning at an early hour, was quite a shock to our people. But very few of them knew of his illness, hence surprise was great to learn that this splendid gentleman had gone to his last home. Mr. Swoboda was 72 years of age, and leaves a widow and six children. The children are all grown and married with the exception of a daughter, Miss Frieda. The children are Mrs. Frank Stark of Austin, John Swoboda, Jr., of Austin, Mrs. Andrew Johnson of Colorado, Mrs. Henry Hartemann, Mrs. Ad. Rabel and Miss Frieda Swoboda, of this section. The remains were buried at the Odd Fellows cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the loss of a beloved husband and father, a splendid neighbor and friend.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1913

SWOBODA – Weimar, Tex., Jan. 19. – John Swoboda, aged 72 years, a prominent farmer living about four miles east of town, died yesterday morning at 4 o’clock at his residence. He leaves a widow and six children, all grown. Mr. Swoboda came to this country in 1885 and was a prosperous farmer. His remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in this city by the Sons of Herman, of which he was an honored member.

Galveston Daily News, Monday, January 20, 1913
Galveston obituary contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Swoboda, Karaline


April 22.-- On the 11th of April the wife of B. Swoboda died at her home near Frelsburg. Deceased was in bad health for several months, troubled with a cancer and her death was not unexpected. She leaves a husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters and a host of friends to mourn her death. She was buried the next day at the Catholic Church at Frelsburg, Rev. D. Berberich officiating. May she rest in peace.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1912, page 2

Swoboda, Margaret (Popp)

Margaret Swoboda

Margaret Anne Swoboda, 94, of Nada, died on Nov. 1, 2006 in El Campo.

She was born on July 4, 1912 in Nada to Ferdinand and Anna Staff Popp.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America and Christian Mothers. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Andrew Swoboda and wife Marjorie of El Campo; daughter, Mary Frances Huvar and husband Donald of Freeport; grandchildren, Greg Swoboda and wife Lisa, Todd Swoboda and wife Brooke, Keri Morton and husband Brent, Jared Huvar and wife Priscilla and Sheryl Andrews and husband Darrell; ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Sister Adelaide Popp and Sister Anna Marie Popp of Victoria; and brothers, Bishop Bernard Popp of San Antonio and Joe L. Popp of Nada.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gus F. Swoboda; twin daughters, Mary Ann Swoboda and Ethel Marie Swoboda; son, Raymond Swoboda; sister, Augusta Gerberman; and a brother, Lawrence Popp.

A Rosary was recited at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada.

The Funeral Mass followed at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary’s with Bishop Bernard Popp and the Rev. Joe Vrana officiating.

Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada. Arrangments were under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers were Greg Swoboda, Todd Swoboda, Jared Huvar, Darrell Andrews, Brent Morton, Tyler Swoboda.

El Campo Leader-News OnLine, November 4, 2006

Swoboda, Raymond B.

Last Rites Held At Nada Church For Raymond Swoboda

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 26th, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada for Raymond Ben Swoboda, 22. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Swoboda of Nada.

They survive, along with a sister, Mary Frances Swoboda, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Swoboda of Nada.

The Rev. Edmund Bily officiated at the services in St. Mary’s Church and at burial in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, January 9, 1964
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Swoboda, Rosa (Miksch)

From High Hill

Mrs. Hubert Swobodo [Swoboda] died at her home in Nada, Texas, on February 27. Mrs. Swoboda was born in Schulenburg and lived there up to and after her marriage, later moving to Nada. She leaves a husband and four children, the eldest 15 and the youngest 8 years. Among those attending the funeral were Charles Lux, Gustav Mischke and wife, of Schulenburg; Frank Mischke and wife, from High Hill. [Interment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Nada]

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 March 1917
Contributed by Matt Cross

Symington, Samuel Baker

Sam Symington  Died  Suddenly Last Wed.

Relatives and-friends in the community learned with great sadness of  the death of  Samuel Baker Symington, 69, of Houston, who died Wed., Dec.  30th in Houston. He died peacefully in his sleep during the night. He was born February 10, 1912 In Baltimore, Maryland, and later attended Princeton University where he was a member of the Ivy Club.  Mr. Symington moved to Houston in 1938 to enter the oil business. He was engaged in oil business and in rice farming in Houston and Eagle Lake for 35 years. He was a member of the Lakeside Country Club, Petroleum Club. Eagle Lake Rod & Gun Club; a benefactor of the Annapolis Historical Society of Annapolis, Md.; and member of the Presbyterian Church.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Wintermann Symington.  He visited here on many occasions in pursuit of his business and was also an avid hunter, enjoying hunting at the Rod and Gun Club and in other areas of the community.  He is survived by; a son, Willard Warren Shuart of Eagle Lake; a daughter, Judith Shuart Johnson of Houston; three grandchildren, John Morgan Johnson III, Nora Wellington Shuart and Sarah Espy Shuart; and a cousin, Mrs. Nicholas Penniman of Owings Mills, Maryland; and other relatives and friends.  He was a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. David R. Wintermann of Eagle Lake.  Last Rites Held Sat.  Funeral services were held, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. 1982 in the Sage Road Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons with the Rev. Patrick Murphey officiating.  Graveside rites followed at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Serving as pallbearers were; Roger Beebe, John M. Bergland, Thorne B. Donnelly, Calvin Gertson, Ben Roshton, Andrew K. Schwartz, Robert K. Tips and William Whitridge. Named as honorary pallbearers were: Maxwell Goodloe, Harry Grubert, Walter Sterling, Albert Clay, Donald Obenhaus, Harold Thomas, and Daniel A. Thornton.  Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of local arrangements.  The family requested that those desiring to send memorials, may send them to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2990 Richmond, Suite 118, Houston, Texas  77098, or to the charity of your choice. Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, Jan.  7, 1982
Contributed by Patti-Hall

Szymanski, Joseph


Final rites for the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Szymanski, 75-year-old director of St. Michael’s Parish here for the past 42 years were held Monday morning, June 14, at St. Michael's Church, with the Most Rev. Robert A. Lucey, archbishop of San Antonio. presiding at the funeral mass. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

The monsignor expired at the parish home here early Thursday morning, June 10, after a few hours serious illness.

Rev. Joe Pustka of Yoakum, among the first priests to serve as assistant here to Msgr. Szymanski, was celebrant of the mass, at which Rev. J. J. Hildebrand of Selma was deacon, Rev. Ignac Kopcxynski was sub-deacon, and Rev. Vaclav Bily was master of ceremonies. Msgr. John Morkovsky of San Antonio delivered the Sermon. All the above priests were assistants here at one time or another. Around one hundred priests and hundreds at followers and friends were present for the funeral.

Boys Minor Ministers

Three Weimar boys now attending the seminary, J. R. Till, Arno Anders and Bill Halata, served as minor ministers of the mass. Archbishop Lucey gave the absolution. Members of the Bishop Odin Fourth Degree assembly. Knights of Columbus, of La Grange, of which he was a member, furnished the guard of honor.

Born near Poznan. Poland, in 1873, Msgr. Szymanski entered Louvain University in Belgium for one year, after his gymnasium studies in Poland. Coming to this country with his parents in 1892, he entered the Polish Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius at Lake Orchard, Mich., and completed his studies at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. He was ordained in Victoria by the late Bishop Forrest on March 13, 1897. In March of last year, gala ceremonies here marked his fiftieth year as a Catholic priest.

Appointed Dean in 1920

After a brief assignment in Houston and two years at St. John, he was appointed pastor of Bluff, the present well-known shrine of Hostyn, Texas. It was after his ordination that he began to study the Czech language, and soon was able to use it fluently in his sermons, also speaking German and English well. Msgr. Szymanski served the parishes at Cuero, Moulton, Shiner, Ammannsville and also and in 1906 was assigned to Weimar. In 1920, he was appointed dean over the parishes in this section of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, which included Weimar, Schulenburg, Flatonia, Praha, St. John, Moravia, High Hill, Hostyn, Cistern, Dubina, Ammannsville, Holman, Plum and Columbus.

In January, 1937. as the fortieth anniversary of his ordination was drawing near, the archbishop again recognized his merits by appointing him to the board of Diocesan Consultors.

Msgr. Szymanski in recent years had frequent spells of illness, but had remained active in his work as a priest until the time of his death.

Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1948, page 1
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