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VanAlstyne, Blanche Austin (Garner)

Mrs. VanAlstyne, 70, 42-Year Resident Of Weimar, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. Blanche Garner VanAlstyne, 70, who had lived here the past forty-two years, were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 10, from Hubbard Funeral Home, Rev. W. E. Brown of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in City Cemetery.

Mrs. VanAlstyne succumbed at her home here at about 2:30 o’clock Monday morning, a few days after being brought home from the Columbus Hospital. She had been in ill health for several years.

Born January 19, 1878, in Lavaca County, she was the daughter of William and Agnes Garner. While she was very young the family moved to Columbus, where she spent her girlhood. On July 11, 1906, she was married at Weimar to John Heywood VanAlstyne, who preceded her in death in 1933. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church here.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles Allen of Weimar and Mrs. T. E. Hightower of Staples, Texas; two sons, Wm. Garner Van Alstyne of Willis, Texas and John Heywood Van Alstyne of Houston; a sister, Miss Willie Garner of Columbus; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Walter Williams, Francis Boettcher, Fritz Tell, Ben Holt, Grady Little, and Henry Herbert Seifert.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1948
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Van Alstyne, Erna M. (Breitkreuz)

Final rites for Mrs. VanAlstyne, 63, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Erna M. VanAlstyne, widow of the late Will C. VanAlstyne were held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. W. Wooley, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Van Alstyne, seriously ill the past two months with leukemia, died at 7:30 p.m. in St. Luke’s Hospital at Houston.

With the exception of this period of her illness, during which she lived with her sister, Mrs. John Walcher, in Houston, Mrs. Van Alstyne was a lifelong resident of the Weimar and La Grange area. Just a few weeks before her death she had moved from her farm near La Grange to the home she had bought here.

Born June 13, 1896, near Weimar, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Breitkreuz, she was married to Mr. Van Alstyne on Jan 5, 1916. He died August 17, 1958.

Surviving ae two sisters, Mrs. Jerome Miculka of Weimar and Mrs. John Walcher of Houston; and one brother, Arthur Breitkreuz of La Grange.

Pallbearers for the services were her nephews, Lester and Elgin Miculka, Floyd Walcher, Arthur Breitkreuz, Charlie Allen and Heywood Van Alstyne.

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1959

VanAlstyne, J. A.

Mercury Supplement

Mr, J. A. Van Alstyne, an aged, respected and popular citizen of this place,who had been ill for several months, suffering with dropsical troubles, died yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock. His illness was both long and painful, but he bore up wonderfully throughout it all, exhibiting that beautiful, christian like spirit that beareth up so well even when the body is racked and tortured with excruciating pains. His remains will be laid to rest this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o’clock, from the family residence. A suitable obituary will be published next week.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1894

A grand, good man left this world when the spirit of Mr. J. A. VanAlstyne took flight heavenward last Friday afternoon. Generous-hearted to a fault, a gentlemen (sic) to every serise of the word, beloved by one and all, a consistent christian, his death is deeply regretted. Years ago he embarked in business at LaGrange, and after a few years of success, he removed to Weimar and engaged in the general merchandise business, which he followed up to the time of his death. He leaves an aged wife and one son, Mr. Wm. VanAlstyne. His remains were laid to rest Saturday afternoon in the Odd Fellows cemetery, a large number of sorrowing friends witnessing the last sad rites, which were very impressively performed by Rev. T. O. Sallee, pastor of the Baptist church. Our deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives in their irreparable loss.

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1894

VanAlstyne, John Haywood

Beloved Citizen Passes Away

Last issue of the Mercury mentioned briefly the sudden and unexpected death of a beloved and popular citizen of our community, Mr. John H. VanAlstyne, whose dead body was found in a barn at the family home Wednesday morning of last week. Mr. VanAlstyne had gone to the barn to milk a cow and remaining an unusual long time, his son, Garner, was sent out to see what was the matter. His astonishment and grief can better be imagined than described when he found his father cold in death, his body slumped on the barn floor.

The body was taken in charge and prepared for burial, interment ceremonies taking place in the Weimar cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. W. L. Hightower, local Methodist minister had charge of the funeral services, and was assisted by Rev. V. L. David, local Baptist minister. There was a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends present to witness the last sad rites.

John H. VanAlstyne, son of the late Judge and Mrs. W. A. VanAlstyne, was born in Weimar Aug. 24, 1879. He was 53 years 7 months and 12 days old at time of death. He was united in marriage to Miss Blanch Garner of Columbus July 12, 1906, and is survived by his widow, two daughters, Misses Cassie Mae and Mattie Belle, two sons William Garner and John Haywood, his mother, Mrs. Mattie VanAlstyne of Hallettsville, one sister, Mrs. Arthur Klatt of Hallettsville, and one brother, Mr. Wm. C. VanAlstyne of the Ammannsville section.

Mr. VanAlstyne was converted at the age of 13 years and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which faith he remained a faithful and consistent member up to the time of his death. He also had the gracious privilege of seeing all his children converted and made members of the church.

John VanAlstyne was a business man of this community since early manhood. Of late years he had been a faithful employe [sic] of the Herder Mercantile Company of this city and was highly regarded by the members and customers of this firm. He was the very soul of honor, honest to a fault, of genial temperament, with a kindly greeting for everyone with whom he came in contact, and his cheery presence will be sadly missed in social circles as well as at the s...

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington




Van Alstyne, Larry C.

Van Alstyne Funeral Held On Sept. 6

Larry C. "L. V." Van Alstyne, 60, born on Oct. 25, 1946, in Houston, to John H. and Hazel Pope Van Alstyne, passed away on Sept. 6.

Larry's parents were former residents of Weimar and he was a graduate of Spring Branch High School, Class of 1964.

He was a loving and long time caregiver to both his parents who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Amanda Van Alstyne and his beloved Billie Brock.

Services were held Monday in Houston.

Interment followed in the Weimar Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 2007, page 2A

VanAlstyne, Mattie Maud

Former Weimar Lady Buried here Monday

The remains of Mrs. Mattie Maud VanAlstyne, widow of the late Judge W. A. VanAlstyne, a former businessman and justice of the peace at this place for many years who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Klatt in Hallettsville Sunday night at 9 o'clock were brought overland to this city and laid to rest at 4 p.m. in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery by the side of her late husband. Rev. A. Guyon, Methodist pastor of Hallettsville, officiated in the funeral service.

A large crowd from both Hallettsville and Weimar was present at the funeral service. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, attesting the great love people everywhere had for her for, truly, she was a gentle, loving character, one who will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends everywhere she was known.

Mrs. VanAlstyne was a native of Corpus Christi, and was 80 years and 6 months old at the time of death. Her husband, the late Judge VanAlstyne, preceded her in death in March 1930. She was united in marriage to W. S. VanAlstyne Dec. 20, 1877. Four children blessed this union, two of whom, Mrs. Ethel Klatt and Mr. John VanAlstyne, died some years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. Arthur Klatt of Hallettsville and Wm. VanAlstyne of the Ammannsville community. Five grandchildren are also among her survivors.

Mr. and Mrs. VanAlstyne lived in Weimar for many years and were highly regarded by all our citizenship. Mrs. VanAlstyne possessed of a loving, kind disposition, was a general favorite among our people, and they deeply regretted that, after the death of her late husband, she decided to move to Hallettsville to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Klatt. Mrs. VanAlstyne was an ardent Christian character and her religion and church were near and dear to her throughout life. She was a devoted wife and mother, a kindly, sympathetic friend and neighbor, and in her passing our people feel that they have lost a splendid friend and neighbor.

May God's riches blessings rest upon her mourning ones.

Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Van Alstyne, Sarah R.

Thursday night shortly after dusk, another good christian lady died in this city--Mrs. S. R. VanAlstyne, widow of the late Mr. J. A. Van Alstyne (who preceded her only a few months ago). Mrs. VanAlstyne had been an invalid for many years, but during her late husband’s illness she was in constant attendance upon his bedside, and it is believed by some that this loss of rest and over-exertion on her part, coupled with a naturally delicate constitution hastened the end. She was a most estimable lady, with a heart overflowing with kindness, a hand ever ready to aid the sick and afflicted, and withal, a goodly, christian lady, beloved by all who knew her. She leaves a son, Mr. W. A. VanAlstyne, numerous relatives and a whole host of bereaved friends. She was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. T. O. Sallee, her late pastor, officiating at the grave. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones. “Turn to God for comfort.”

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 1894, page 2

VanAlstyne, Willie C.

Final Rites for Will Van Alstyne, 71, Here Monday

Funeral services for Will C. Van Alstyne, lifelong resident of this area were held Monday afternoon, Aug. 18, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. W. W. Wooley, pastor of First Baptist Church here, officiated,

Mr. Van Alstyne died early Sunday, Aug. 17, at Youens Hospital, where he had been a patient for 10 days. His health had been failing for several years.

Born January 15, 1887 in Weimar, a son of W. A. and Mattie Hunter Van Alstyne, he spent his boyhood here. He married Miss Erma Breitkreuz on January 5, 1916, and they settled on a farm near La Grange, where they have since lived.

In addition to his wife, Mr. VanAlstyne is survived by one sister, Mrs. A. Klatt of Hallettsville, three nieces and two nephews. A sister and a brother, Mrs. Ethel V. Klatt and J. H. VanAlstyne preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were his nephews; garner and John Heywood VanAlstyne, Charlie Allen, Ed Hightower, Floyd Walcher and Elgin Miculka.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Van Alstyne, William Alexander

Death of An Honored, Highly Regarded Man

People of this city and community were terribly shocked Monday about noon when the sad news flashed from one to another that Judge W. A. VanAlstyne was dead. it was so sudden and shocking that many doubted its truth, because of the fact that many had seen and conversed with him the preceding day and to reconcile that fact with his death was almost too much. However, it proved only too true, we are sorry to state.

From all evidence at hand, it seems that Judge VanAlstyne had been failing very fast for a number of weeks, but still was able to be up and about to his duties as justice of the peace of this precinct. These duties he religiously attended to, although it was noted by all that his step was faltering, his strength waning., and all realized that he would not continue “on duty” much longer unless there was a change for the better.

He was up and about Sunday. and many of us saw and talked with him. He joined his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. VanAlstyne, and spent they day with them over at the home of Mr. and Mts Otto Breitkreuz, parents of Mrs. Wm. VanAlstyne, the judge's wife being away on a visit to her daughter Mrs. Arthur Klatt, at Halletsville. The judge seemed comparatively hearty on that occasion, and expressed himself as having enjoyed the day very much. He returned home late that evening and ws seen about the place from time to time until dark. He apparently slept peacefully through the night, but some time near the break of day paralysis undoubtedly struck him and he passed into that other world from whence no traveler returns, silently, suddenly and without warning.

Near noon some parties were in town seeking his legal services. They were unable to locate him, whereupon his daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. H. VanAlstyne, fearing that something was wrong, ran over to the judge's residence, entered and found him cold in death. The family physician who was called in stated that the judge had probably been dead for several hours.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body interred in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Touching funeral services were held at the home and grave by Rev C. C. McKinney, local Methodist pastor, assisted by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, and Rev. G. T. Gibbons of Halletsville, former pastor of the Weimar Methodist Church.

William Alexander VanAlstyne, son of J. A. VanAlstyne and wife, was born June 14. 1851. at Anderson, Texas. He came to Weimar in 1875 and lived in and near this city from that time up to the time of his death. In 1877 he was married to Miss Mattie Hunter, and to this union four children were born, three of whom survive as follows: Mrs. Emmle Klatt of Halletsville, Mr. J. H. VanAlstyne and Mr. Wm. VanAlstyne. Judge VanAlstyne joined the Methodist church in 1894, and was also a member of the United Workmen Lodge. At the time of his death be was justice of the peace of the Weimar precinct, having served in that capacity continuously for a period of thirty-one years.

Judge VanAlstyne was a man whom to know was to esteem. He was highly versed in law, and his opinions were accepted without question. He gave of his talents freely to those seeking advice and served his constituents honestly and consistently over a long period of years. As a friend he was true as steel. He ever proved a good husband and father, a kindly, accommodating neighbor and friend, and those of our people who knew him far so long a time realize that in all truth our community has lost one of its most valued citizens.

In his passing we extend deep and sincere sympathy to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, March 14, 1930, page 1

VanAlstyne, William Garner

G. VanAlstyne Funeral Held Here Monday

Funeral services for William Garner VanAlstyne, 64, of Willis, a native of Weimar, were held Monday morning April 9, at First United Methodist Church, Willis, with Rev. Stanley Y. Nabona officiating.

Services were held that afternoon in Hubbard Funeral Chapel here, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. VanAlstyne died April 6, in Conroe.

Born Nov. 28, 1914, he was a son of John H. and Blanche Garner VanAlstyne. He lived here until 1942 when he moved to El Campo. He served in the US Army during World War II, afterward settling at Rosenberg. He married Mrs. Nora Vornsand there on Sept. 23, 1946.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Willis and the VFW post here.

His wife survives, along with four sons, Bill VanAlstyne of Willis, John VanAlstyne of Willis, Don VanAlstyne of Texas City; and Kenneth Vornsand of Willis; two granddaughters, Kathryn and Dianne Vornsand of Willis; a brother, John Heywood VanAlstyne of Houston; ad two sisters, Mrs. Cassie Mae Allen of Weimar and Mrs. Mattie Belle Hightower of Martindale.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington
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