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Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Feb 1921, page 4

Death Of Mrs. Gotlieb Knape

Mrs. Gotlieb Knape quietly passed away at her home on Wednesday February 16th, following a term of sickness. Deceased was getting well along in years, which brought the close nearer.

She leaves behind the husband, a daughter, Mrs. Will Stienmann of this place, and other children in the High Hill locality, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends, in their loss.

Funeral was held from the home the following afternoon, and the remains laid at rest at the City Cemetery.

Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Feb 1921, page 6

Mrs. Johanne Knape

Mrs. G. Knape, nee Johanne Friederike Kannengieszer, died at her home in Schulenburg, Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Funeral services were held from the residence here last Thursday afternoon, interment being made at City cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok presiding, assisted by a choir of beautiful voices.

Deceased was born in Straach, Germany, Nov. 30, 1845, and was therefore 75 years of age. She came to Texas in 1872 and was married to G. Knape in December of that year.

Besides the husband she leaves three children, O. Knape of Moulton, Mrs. Louis Meyer of Port Lavaca and Mrs. Wm. Steinmann of Schulenburg, and 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Dec 1922, page 1

Mrs. Fritz Knape

Mrs. Fritz Knape, one of the highly esteemed and beloved ladies of the Swiss Alp region, passed peacefully away at the family residence Wednesday, Dec. 6th. at the age of 66 years, 5 months and 17 days.

Deceased was born in Germany on the 19th. of June 1856. She was married the 18th. day of Dec. 1877, to this union five sons were born.

The remains were buried in the Philadelphia Cemetery near Swiss Alp, Rev. Lentz officiating.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, five sons, Henry, Franz, Emil, Louis, and Gustav, seven grandchildren, six brothers, and two sisters.

To these the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 23, 1964

Final Rites For Emil C. Knebel, 82, Wednesday

Funeral services for Emil C. Knebel, 82, former Weimar area resident, were held Wednesday morning, July 22, at Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange, and Hostyn Catholic Church, with burial in the Hostyn cemetery.

Mr. Knebel, a retired farmer, died Monday morning in Fayette Memorial Hospital, La Grange.

He had lived in the La Grange area most of his life. Born near here April 18, 1882, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Knebel. He married Miss Agnes Janak at Ammannsville on Nov. 8, 1905. She died in May of 1958.

Surviving him are four daughters, Mrs. George Rainosek, Mrs. Anton Mozisek and Mrs. Henry Kruppa, all of La Grange, and Mrs. Walter Foyt of Ellinger; two sons, Fred Knebel of Ellinger and Afons Knebel of Plum; 15 grandchildren; and nine-great-grandchildren. Two sons, Steve and Adolph, preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, 22 Jul 1974

KNEBLIK - Clarence Edward Kneblik, 42, passed away Saturday, July 20, 1974, after a lengthy illness.  Graduate of University of Texas.  Member of the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers.  Was a Sgt. in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Delores Kneblik; sons, Curtis and Rod Kneblik, all of Houston; mother, Mrs. Frances Kneblik; sister, Mrs. Wilson Malcik, both of Temple, Texas; brothers, Raymond Kneblik of Garland, Texas, Theodore and Lee Kneblik, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a number of other relatives.  Services 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Waltrip Chapel.  Remains then taken overland to Praha, Texas for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday service in the Praha Catholic Church.  Burial in Praha Cemetery.  Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road, 465-2525.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, April 2, 1936 pg. 1

Former Citizen of Fayette County Dies at Mathis

Mrs. Henry Kneip, nee Miss Thekla Moellenberndt, died in the hospital at Mathis, Saturday morning, March 28, aged 53 years 8 months and 8 days. The body was brought through La Grange, Sunday and taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. Emma Albers, near Round Top, where funeral services where held at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon. Interment was had at the Drawe cemetery. Rev. W. J. Kralik, pastor of the Round Top Lutheran Church, officiated.

Mrs. Kneip had been ill only a short time; she was born at Cistern, Fayette County, July 20, 1882. Surviving are her husband, Henry Kneip, four sons, Louis Kneip of Alice; Gus., Delwin, and LeRoy Kneip of Orange Grove, and one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Kneip of Woodsboro; one sister, Mrs. Emma Albers of near Round Top, three brothers, Walter Moellenberndt of Round Top, Theo. Moellenberndt of La Grange, and Oscar Moellenberndt of Rutersville.

For many years the family lived near Round Top; two years ago they removed to Orange Grove. Pall bearers are Albert Voelkel, Felix Nitschke, Chas. Renck, Willie Renck, Leslie Kneip, Marcus Kneip.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, Sept. 29, 1911

Mrs. Mary Kneitz

Mrs. Mary Kneitz, an aged lady of the Dubina community, died Thursday morning, after a long illness, as a result of some cancerous trouble, to which she had been subjected for many years. She was 67 years old at the time of her death. She was born in the old country, but had lived in Texas for 37 years, all of said period in Fayette county, and practically all of it on the old home place near Dubina. She was a remarkably good woman, one who was beloved and admired wherever she was known. Of gentle disposition, it was her pleasure to help and administer to the wants of others. She was a devout member of the Catholic church, ever living up to its rules and requirements. To the Dubina church, of which she was an energetic, faithful member, she recently donated a cross costing her $400.

The funeral was a large and impressive one, and was performed by Rev. J. Szymanski, rector of said church, who held high mass in honor of the deceased lady. People were present from many points, LaGrange, Schulenburg, Weimar, San Antonio, Yoakum, Granger, Ammannsville and other towns being represented.

Mrs. Kneitz leaves several children, all grown and married except her daughter, Miss Sophie. The surviving children are Louis Kneitz of Fort Bend county, Jos. F. Kneitz of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank J. Macha of Hungerford, Mrs. Jos. F. Lebeda of Granger, and Miss Sophie Kneitz of Dubina. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, 20 Jan 1936, page 3


Special to The News.
Flatonia, Tex., Jan. 19. – Antone Knesek Sr., aged 78, died at his home near Engle Friday. He was one of the early settlers of Fayette County. Funeral was held in the Praha Catholic Cemetery Sunday morning, Father John Anders officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Friday, August 5, 1921

Fayetteville, Texas. Aug. 4.—Funeral services of E.J. Knesek, 60 years old, were held here in the Catholic Cemetery. He leaves a wife and one son, Edwin; three daughters, Lillian, Mrs. Smajdalka of Fayetteville, and Mrs. Jos. Hruska of Moulton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Saturday, June 30, 1945

SCHULENBURG, June 29.-- Mr. and Mrs. Emil Knesek of Schulenburg have received notice their son, Pvt. Emil Knesek, Jr., 21, was killed in action on Okinawa on May 24. He is survived by his parents; one brother, Edwin, and one sister Evelyn.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Aug 1922, page 1

Frank J. Knesek Dies

Frank J. Knesek, a prominent merchant of Moulton, died at his home there at 4 o’clock Saturday morning after an illness of 13 months. He had attained the age of 60 years. Mr. Knesek was a resident of Schulenburg and was engaged in the hardware business here up to 20 years ago when he moved to Moulton.

Funeral services were held in Moulton at the Catholic church by Father Kopp. From there the body was brought to Schulenburg to the St. Rosa’s Catholic church where Father Lenzen held services. Interment was made in the St. Rosa’s Cemetery at 11:30 a. m. Sunday.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Miss Delia, and Mrs. John Bucek of San Antonio, one son, Edwin of Moulton.

About 35 or 40 cars of mourning friends motored over from Moulton to attend the funeral.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Nov 1921, page 1

Frank Knesek, Jr., Dead

Frank Knesek, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Knesek of Ammannsville, passed quietly to his reward last Wednesday. Frank had just reached the tender age of 11 years. He was injured about two weeks previously by a ladder falling on him, but it was not thought to be serious until two days before he died, when it was discovered that blood poison had set in, which was rapily [sic] followed by lock jaw, causing his death.

Burial took place at Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery, Father Raska officiating.

The Sticker tenders its heartfelt sympathy to the grief stricken parents.

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Rudolph Knesek of Wallis was here Thursday to attend the funeral of his nephew, Frank Knesek, Jr.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Mar 1959

Mr. George R. Knesek of 1611 Corona Dr. in Austin passed away on March 2 at the Veterans' hospital in Temple at the age of 47 years. He had been seriously ill about five weeks.

Funeral services were conducted from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home Chapel, Monday morning, March 23 at 8:45 with continuing services at St. Rose Catholic Church at 9:00 Rev Eustace Hermes officiating at Requiem Mass and last rites, burial in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Henry Stavinoha and Irwin Giepner of Houston, Ray Lightner, Alex Malish, Van Zimmerhanzel and Emil Woytek all of Taylor.

Mr. Knesek was born to the late Louis and Mary Knesek on September 25, 1911 in Schulenberg. On April 8, 1937 he married Miss Bertha Skarke in Schulenberg. For the last 22 years he had been employed by Guggenheim Goldsmith Company in Austin. He was employed as a salesman for 13 years at which time his family lived in Taylor. His family moved to Austin in December 1950 due to his ill health and he worked in an office for the same company.

He was a member of the St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin and the Capital Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Martha Knesek, two daughters, Georgene and Ann Marie Knesek and a son Edward Knesek all of Austin and a brother Erwin A. Knesek of El Paso.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 18, 1949

Local Man's Brother Buried At Flatonia

Julius Knesek, 34, brother of Eddie Knesek of Weimar, died at his Ganado home and was buried at Flatonia last Thursday morning, a little more than two weeks after his wife had died.

A native of Lavaca County, he married Miss Victoria Jurek in 1938 and afterward lived at Schulenburg for seven years, moving to Fort Worth and later to Ganado.

Survivors include two children, Julius, Jr., 9, and Betty Jean, 6; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Knesek of Schulenburg; seven sisters, Mrs. Kunz Cordes of Schulenburg; Mrs. Paul Cordes, Mrs. August Bordovsky, Jr., Mrs. Elick Kocurek, Mrs. Emil Veselka, Mrs. Frank Sandera and Miss Matilda Knesek, all of Houston; and two brothers, Anton of Richmond and Eddie of here.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Mar 1959

Mrs. Louis Knesek Interred Here Monday

Mrs. Louis (Mary) Knesek, aged 68 years and six months, passed away at Colonial Rest Home March 14, 1959 following an illness of more than six weeks.

Mrs. Knesek was born on September 15, 1890 at Novarad as the daughter of Frank and Clara Hajek. After growing to young womanhood, she was united in marriage to Louis Knesek who preceded her in death. She lived in Fayette County all her life and was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. For a number of years she had resided at Colonial Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Monday, March 16 at 8:45 a.m. Rev. Lambert Laskowski officiating at Requiem Mass and graveside services with burial in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ladge and Emil Knesek, Jno. A. Parma, Rudolph Kahanek, Alfred Hajek, and Ed. Hanzelka.

Survivors are two sons, Erwin Knesek of El Paso and George R. Knesek of Austin, two brothers, William and Ed. Hajek of Schulenberg and eight grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Jun 1948

Funeral Rites for Louis Knesek Held Thursday

Funeral Rites for Louis Knesek Jr., age 59 years were held at Schwenk-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m. followed by services at St. Rose Catholic Church, Father Leo Goertz officiating.

Mr. Knesek died on June 5, 1948 after an illness of only four days.

Deceased was born February 9, 1889 in the Middle Creek Section as the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alois Knesek Sr. In 1909 he was united in marriage to Mary Hajek and since that time had made their home in Schulenburg. For many years Mr. Knesek was employed by the city and for a number of years operated a taxi and also sold cottonseed. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and former member of the Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife and three sons, George of Taylor, Eugene of Houston, and Erwin of Selfridge Field, Detroit, Michigan. Erwin was on leave at the time of his father’s death and did not arrive in time for the funeral but arrangements were made so that he might see his father before the grave was closed. Other survivors include three brothers, Frank of Ammannsville, Rud. of Wallis and Emil of Halletsville. One sister, Mrs. Mary Chumchal of East Bernard, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Alois Knesek of Schulenburg and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Louis Dybala, Ed Chudej, Ray Mitchan, Max Mazoch, Helmuth Getschmann, and Homer Miley.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, September 21, 1940

Flatonia, Tex., Sept. 20.— Anton Knezek, 65, was found dead at his home near Engle early Tuesday morning. Officers who investigated brought a verdict of death by hanging.

Funeral services were held in Schulenburg Wednesday morning, with interment in the City Cemetery there. Knezek, a bachelor, is survived by five sisters and three brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, March 11, 1948

Mrs. Charlie B. Knezek, age 57 years, ten months and two days, passed away in the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville on Monday afternoon, March 1, culminating an illness of some nine months duration.

Mrs. Knezek, nee Antonia Zabransky, was born in Czechoslovakia on April 28, 1890, as the daughter of Frank and Carolina Zabransky and came to this county with her parents at the age of ten years, the family settling in Fayette County, near Flatonia. On August 4, 1918, she was united in marriage to Charles B. Knezek, and to this union two children were born, a son and a daughter, The son, Carlton, was fatally injured in an accident on December 14, 1944, while in the service of his country.

Surviving are her husband, Charles B. Knezek, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Kenedy of Three Rivers, Texas; and one brother, Frank Zabransky of Shiner.

The Rosary was recited at the home on Tuesday night, at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were held from the family residence on Wednesday, March 3, followed by services at the St. Rose Catholic Church. Rev. Leo Goertz officiated and interment was in the St. Rose Cemetery – Schulenburg Sticker.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 17, 1958

Mrs. Frank Knezek Buried Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Knezek, 74, who died last Thursday at her home in Schulenburg, were held at the Ammannsville Catholic Church Saturday morning. Rev. I. Laskowski of Schulenburg officiated and burial was in the church cemetery.

The former Miss Eugenie Barta, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barta.

Survivors include her husband, 5 daughters, Mrs. Victoria Hrachovy, Hostyn, Mrs. Josie Kutac, Schulenburg, Mrs. Annie Rohan, Mrs. Mary Biersdorfer and Mrs. Dorothy Cernoch, all of Rosenberg; 2 sons, John of San Antonio and Willie of Rosenberg; 5 sisters, Mrs. Joe Barton of La Grange, Mrs. Frank Matustik of West, Mrs. Rud. Cernosek of Rosenberg; Mrs. Henry Kubos and Mrs. Emil Kana of Hostyn; and four brothers, Emanuel and Leon Barta of Swiss Alp and Eugene and John Barta of Ammannsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, November 24, 1938

Ernst Knigge

Death came to Ernst Knigge, at his home in La Grange, Wednesday morning, November 16; ill for the past 5 months he had made a good fight, but yielded, his strength gone.  He had reached the age of 78 years, 6 months and 15 days.

Surviving are: Mrs. Anna Knigge, nee Vogt, his widow; one son, George Knigge of Houston, and two daughters, Mrs. John (Christel) Balzer of Schulenburg and Mrs. Frances Frierson of Bristol, Oklahoma.  One brother, Fred Knigge of Galveston and three sisters:  Mrs. R. T. Huettel and Mrs. Emmie Allison of La Grange, and Mrs. Elise Haygood of Menard, also survive.  There are 8 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the family residence in La Grange, Thursday afternoon, November 17, at 2:30 o’clock.  The body will be taken to the Cedar cemetery for interment; Rev. R. Heise will officiate.  Koenig Funeral Home has charge of funeral arrangements.

Mr. Knigge was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Knigge, German immigrants who were among the early settlers of Fayette County.  He was born in Fayette County, south of La Grange, May 1, 1860, and was united in marriage with Miss Anna Vogt, a daughter of John and Mrs. Franciska Vogt of the old Cedar neighborhood.

Retiring from the farm 20 years ago the family removed to La Grange; for several years deceased engaged in the mercantile business, later sold his holdings.  He also served this precinct as public weigher for several terms.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Schulenburg Sticker, November 25, 1938

Funeral Services Held For Ernest Knigge

Funeral services were held for Ernest Knigge, age 77, at the family home Thursday afternoon November 17, with interment in the Cedar Cemetery.  Rev. R. Heise was in charge of the services.  Mr. Knigge passed away Wednesday, November 16, after an illness of about five months.  He came to this country from Germany at the age of twelve, with his parents who located in the Bluff community.  Later, as a young man, he moved to La Grange where he entered the hardware business.  He served the Precinct as public weigher for a number of years.  He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. John Balzer of Schulenburg and Mrs. Francis Frierson of Bristol, Okla; one son, George Knigge of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. R. T. Huettel and Emmie Allison of La Grange and Mrs. Alice Haygood of Menard; one brother, Fred Knigge of Galveston and eight grandchildren.  The Sticker extends sympathy to the Bereaved family.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal
Thursday, August 15, 1907

Death of Ernst Knigge

For many weeks a patient sufferer, Ernst Knigge, Sr., one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of the county, died at his farm home three miles south of town Sunday morning.  The news although momentarily expected, still came too soon, and his many friends here were much pained to know that the cheerful ever friend ----------- to call friend, has been stilled.

Mr. Knigge, who was born in Hanover, Germany, September 12, 1835, came to America in 1863 with his then small family.  The life of a farmer appealed to him, and he located in Fayette county, near La Grange, where he resided continuously until death called him hence.  He was married to Miss Marie Appel January 29, 1858, at Hanover, Germany; had he lived until next January, would have been married fifty years.  His eldest son, Ernst Knigge, jr., who survives him will be married twenty-five years on that day.

Ten children were born unto the family of Mr. Knigge, three of whom have passed away.  Besides his widow, Ernst Knigge, jr., of Swiss Alps; Mesdames H. Helmcamp of near La Grange, and R. T. Huettel of this city, Theo. and Fred Knigge of Galveston; and Misses Emma and Elise Knigge are the chief mourners.  The funeral, under the auspices of the Hermann Sons Lodge, took place Sunday afternoon at the Cedar cemetery.  The funeral cortege was exceptionally large.  THE JOURNAL offers its sincere sympathy to the surviving relatives.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 24, 1947

Funeral Rites Held For George Knigge

Funeral services were held Sunday for George Knigge of Houston, who died there Friday.  Services were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. John C. Balzer at Schulenburg, and interment was in the Cedar Cemetery.  The deceased was the son of Mrs. Ernest Knigge.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Houston Post, Sunday, April 20, 1947

George William Knigge, 57, of 1012 Fisher, died 3:50 p.m. Friday in a Houston hospital.  Survivors: Widow, Mrs. Gladys Knigge, sons, George, Julius and John Knigge; daughters, Miss Overil Knigge, Miss Loroine Knigge, one grandchild, all of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Francis Furguson, Bristol, Okla., Mrs. Crystal Balzar, Schulenburg; mother, Mrs. Anna Knigge, Schulenburg.  Services 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Schulenburg. Burial Schulenburg. Heights funeral home.

Schulenburg Sticker, April 25, 1947

George Knigge Dies In Houston

George Knigge, age 57 years, passed away in a Houston hospital on Friday, April 18, 1047 at 3:00 p.m.  Death resulted from a heart attack.  He had been in ill health for about 5 years.  Mr. Knigge was born at Swiss Alp on January 18, 1880, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Knigge.  He has been residing in Houston for a number of years.  Funeral services were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Balzer on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Emingholz of Weimar officiating.  Interment was in the Cedar Cemetery.  Surviving are his widow and five children, namely: George, Julius, John and Misses A. and Lorraine Knigge, all of Houston; his mother, Mrs. Anna Knigge of Schulenburg; two sisters: Mrs. John Balzer of Schulenburg and Mrs. Frances Frierson of Barstow, Oklahoma.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, June 17, 1966

Mrs. Knigge Rites Held Wednesday

Graveside services for Mrs. Gladys Graham Knigge, 64, were held at the Cedar cemetery near La Grange Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  The Rev. Jack W. Shoultz of Houston officiated.  Prior services were held in Houston Wednesday morning.

Mrs. Knigge, widow of the late George Knigge, expired in Houston, Monday.  She was a registered nurse, having worked in a Houston hospital and for the past 16 years was office nurse for a Houston doctor.

Surviving are two daughters, Sally Schmidt of Houston and Mrs. Aveill Dalitz of Acapulco, Mexico; one son, John G. Knigge and one step‑son, Julius Knigge, both of Houston; five sisters, Mrs. Maude Winf., Mrs. Blanche Dewberry, Mrs. Cynthelia Alsup, Mrs. Mariam Howard, all of Houston, and Mrs. Marie Bennett of' Dallas; three brothers, David Graham of Houston, William H. Graham of Port Sulphur, La. and Lawrence Graham of' Cleveland; and seven grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 30, 1900

Henry Knigge, a man of about thirty-five years, died Monday night of congestive chills at his home of the Bluff about four miles from Town.  Deceased was without family, but leaves parents and relatives to mourn.  The funeral took place Tuesday.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1919

Into Eternal Slumber

Elderly La Grange Woman Dies After Prolonged Illness

Early Monday morning Mrs. Mary, widow of the late Ernst Knigge, Sr., died at her residence in the eastern part of La Grange, after an illness that had lasted for several months, aged seventy-eight years and eleven months.  While not entirely unexpected, the news of Mrs. Knigge’s death was nevertheless a shock to her relatives, and her many friends residing at and near La Grange.  She was a good, Christian woman, beloved by all who knew her.  Tuesday morning the remains were taken out to the Cedar cemetery and placed to their last rest by the side of those of her husband.  She leaves four daughters: Mrs. R. T. Huettel, Mrs. Henry Helmcamp, Miss Emmie Knigge and Mrs. W. W. Ligon; three sons, Ernst of this city and Theo. And Fred of Galveston.  To these and the many grand children we offer our sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Jimmie Knight Falls in Action on February 27

First Lieut. Jimmie S. Knight, 24, lost his life in combat in Germany on February 27. Jim Knight of La Grange, his father, was notified Saturday by the young officer's widow, who resides at San Antonio.

Lieut. Knight was with a cavalry outfit and was attached to the ninth army, currently fighting on the western front.

In his last letter received by his father, written on February 20, Lieut. Knight told of a seven-day leave he had just spent in London and how wonderful it was to again sleep in a real bed, "with clean, white sheets." It was also while in London, he said, that he learned of the birth of his daughter, Carol Jean, who arrived January 25.

The letter ironically concluded, " Tell everybody hello, and I hope this war will soon be over."

Jimmie was born at Somerville on March 26, 1920, but his parents moved to La Grange soon after he was born. He graduated from high school here with the class of 1939, and in 1943 was graduated from Texas A. and M. college. Shortly after graduation, he was called to active duty and attended officers' candidate school at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where he received his commission as a second lieutenant.

. . . united in marriage with Miss Sarah Jean Heil at San Antonio. He returned to Fort Riley, was next transferred to a camp in Georgia and then was stationed in Georgia and then was stationed in several other states prior to going overseas in October, 1944.

Young Knight received wide recognition over South-Central Texas in 1938 when, as a star end on the Leopard football team which won bi-district honors, he was chosen for a berth on the All - South Texas team.

He is survived by his widow and baby daughter of San Antonio; his father of La Grange; his mother, Mrs. Tillie Decherd of San Antonio; and a sister, Mrs. Bob Nesrsta of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Read an account of his death and see a photo at WWII Memorials page


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Oct 1902, page 1, Fayetteville column

Three estimable young ladies, two married and one single, left this vale of tears for the eternal home above. They were: Mrs. Ludwig Hillmann, (nee Mathilda Fritsch of ElCampo [sic], Mrs. Chas. Knippel, (nee Schmidt) of Beaumont, and Miss Ella Baumbach of Ross Prairie. . . . Mrs. Knippel was also brought here and laid to rest in the Lutheran Ross Prairie cemetery. . . .

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, 19 Mar 1894


Fayetteville, Tex., March 18.—Mr. F. Knippel, an old and honored citizen of this community, died Friday night at about 11 o'clock at his residence near Fayetteville, after an illness of about six months. He leaves a wife and nine children. He was buried in the Fayetteville cemetery last evening at 4 o'clock by Fayetteville lodge No. ?609, Knights of Honor, of which lodge he was a charter member.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 3, 1958

Knippel Services Held Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday March 23, at the Knesek Chapel at Fayetteville for Olga Wunderlich Knippel who died in her home in Fayetteville on March 21.  Mrs. Knippel was born on March 20, 1903, at Wied, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Wunderlich.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 April 1912


Henrietta Knobel, Age 86 yrs. Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Haw Creek.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 25, 1940

Rev. E. C. Knoernschild

Rev. E. C. Knoernschild, aged 44 years, pastor of the Freyburg Lutheran church for the past eight years, died at the La Grange Hospital Monday, April 22.  He had been a patient at the hospital for a few days.  Several weeks since, while visiting at Edna, Rev. Knoernschild fell from and was stepped upon by a horse, this injury, which later developed complications is believed to be responsible for his demise.

Deceased was from Augusta, Missouri; he graduated from the Concordia Seminary about 20 years ago, and immediately placed.  He is survived by his wife, nee Coop, and two daughters; and his parents.  The body was buried at Edna.

Prof. H. Studtmann, president of the Lutheran College at Austin, Rev. F. C. Stelzer, a former college mate now at Thorndale, and several other Lutheran ministers officiated at the services held at the parsonage at Freyburg, Wednesday.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, March 22, 1934, page 3

Mrs. Lena Knolle Dies Wednesday Morning

Struggling with an admirable courage against slow, but continuous approach of death, Mrs. Lena Knolle died at her home in La Grange, Wednesday morning.  Mrs. Knolle was the widow of the late Dr. Robert Knolle of La Grange; two brothers, Max and Julius Schwarz of Schulenburg and several nieces and nephews and her son Dr. I. J. Knolle of LaGrange, survive.

Funeral services will be held at the family home on Jefferson Street, Thursday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, with interment at the new cemetery.

Mrs. Knolle, in failing health for the past five months, sought relief by entering a hospital at Kerrville; only a short stay, the return journey to home meant obeisance to the inevitable.  With a patience most wonderful, at times cheerful, frequently not so; as the days came and went the visit of the Grim Reaper appeared more certain.  Before the blue of the night met the gold of the day, Wednesday, she fell asleep.

Friends sympathize with the son and other relatives; Mrs. Knolle had lived as a loving mother, not only to her son, but to the orphaned sons of her sister should live. She took the little sons of her sister, Mrs. Annie Alexander, under her protecting care, reared them to manhood and experienced the pleasure of seeing both enter the practice of surgery, proficient and successful; her son is practicing dentistry at La Grange.  It may be said  “She lived for her boys!”

What the realms above may entertain, what happiness there reigns, is taught to the human race in the Holy Book, and eternal hopes keep alive the thought that to those who follow the teachings of the Creator, are rewarded. The mystery is unsolved until the pilgrim reaches the mansions above. The good and kind deeds performed on earth are deemed to be rewarded. Those who knew Mrs. Knolle and her labor of love, comfort themselves with the belief that she will receive eternal peace.

Mrs. Knolle was 54 years of age at the hour of her death; her husband died six years ago, aged 54 years.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Dallas Morning News, September 21, 1940

Flatonia, Texas, Sept. 20.—Anton Knezek, 65, was found dead at his home near Engle early Tuesday.

Funeral was held in Schulenburg Wednesday, with interment in the City Cemetery there. Knezek, a bachelor, is survived by five sisters and three brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Whitehall [Muskegon County, Michigan] Forum, August 3, 1876

The many friends of Mrs. Mary Knudsen in this section of the country will be pained to learn that she was accidentally shot on the 19th, the effects from which she died on the 20th inst. It seems that in taking up a coat to dust it that her nephew had left lying on a chair, a revolver which was in one of the pockets fell to the floor exploding, the ball striking her in the groin and coming out near the spine. Mr. and Mrs. Knudsen formerly lived at Montague, removing to Fayette, Flatonia Co., Texas [sic.] only a short time since. Mrs. K. is a sister to our worthy townsman Mr. H. E. Staples.

Grave in the Pin Oak Cemetery is marked only "Mrs. Knuttson." Submitted by Dag Knudsen


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Sophia Knutzen aged 63 years and 6 months died Mar. 5.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Oct 1898

Committed Suicide.

Joseph Kobala, a young Bohemian, formerly a school teacher in the Bluff community, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol, last Monday. He had been in bad health for some time and went to town Monday to consult a physician. On his return home he tied his horse and went into Kreiches pasture at the top [of] the hill near the road, were [sic] his body was found. A note, giving directions about his funeral etc. was found in his pocket.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1977

Final Rites for Mrs. Kobersky

Funeral services for Mrs. Edward (Anna) Kobersky, 92, were held Sunday afternoon, May 29, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville, with Rev. Enda McKenna officiating.

Interment was in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery, with Hubbard Funeral Home Directing.

Mrs. Kobersky died at Youens Memorial Hospital on May 27 after being hospitalized more than four weeks.

She was born in Franstat [Frenstat], Czechoslovakia, on April 10, 1885, a daughter of Frank and Marie (Valicek) Janicek. She was married to Edward Kobersky in 1909 and lived in the Sedan and Holman communities most of her life. Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1939.

Mrs. Kobersky was a member of the Ammannsville-Holman Catholic Church, the KJZT Society, and the Christian Mother.

She is survived by one son, John J.; her daughter-in-law Hazel; two grandsons, John E. of Manvel and Donald of Holman; two granddaughters, Mrs. Austin (Barbara) Wampler III of Brenham and Miss Marilyn Kobersky of Holman; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leopold Janicek Sr. of Schulenburg and Emil Janicek of Weimar; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Mary) Kalous [Kallus?] of Weimar and Mrs. Joe (Sophie) Klam of Dubina. Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, John E. and Donald Kobersky, Austin Wampler III and her nephews, Louis Janicek Jr., Robert Janicek and Rudy Billeck.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, December 7, 1939

Ed Kobersky, well known farmer of the Ammannsville community, northwest of Weimar, died Thursday night, after a long illness, at the age of 59 years. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Ammannsville Saturday morning, with Rev. F. Raska officiating. Mr. Kobersky is survived by his widow, two brothers, John and Theophil Kobersky of Weimar, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank J. Koenig of Weimar and Mrs. Anton Cernosek and Mrs. Anton Cernoch of the Holman community.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1918, page 4


Mrs. Anton Kobersky, Sr., of this vicinity died Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Koenig, after an illness of some time. The remains were taken to Ammannsville Saturday afternoon for internment, the funeral services being conducted in Weimar by Rev. J. Szymanski and at Ammannsville by Rev. Koch. A large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessed the burial ceremony. Decedent leaves a husband, Anton Kobersky, Sr., and eight chidren, as follows: Mrs. F. J. Koenig, Mrs. Anton Cernoch, Mrs. Anton Cernosek, Mrs. Steve Cernoch, John Kobersky, Anton Kobersky, Jr., of Granger, Ed Kobersky and Theophil Kobersky, who is now in aarmy service somewhere in France. Mrs. Kobersky was a kind hearted, good woman, well liked by all who knew her, and her death is sincerely deplored.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, September 5, 1936

Weimar, Tex., Sept. 4.—Funeral services for Mrs. John Kobersky, 60, were held Thursday at Dubina, with Rev. Joseph Szymanski officiating. She was a life-long member of this section and was born at Dubina July 26, 1876. She is survived by her husband and seven children. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery of Dubina.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Corpus Christi Times, 5 Sep 1959, page 6

Mrs. Annie Koblizek

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Koblizek, Route 3, were to be held this weekend at Flatonia with burial there.

Justice of the Peace Peter Dunn ruled death due to drowning after she was found in a farm lake near her home early yesterday.

Surviving are her husband, Clem T. Koblizek; six daughters, Mrs. Alice Jones, Olgo, Julia, Valasta and Bertha Koblizek, all of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Sofie Lint of San Francisco; five sons, Jerry of Vacaville, Calif., and Louis, George, Henry and Willie, all of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Julia and Adela Branecksy, both of Flatonia; four brothers, Ed, John and Bennie Branecksy, all of Flatonia, and Jim of Galveston, and two grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia is in charge of arrangements, with Cage Mills Funeral Home here making the initial plans.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Corpus Christi Times, 8 Aug 1975, page 12C

Clem Tom Koblizek

Clem Tom Koblizek, 90, died at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in a local nursing home after a long illness.

He had lived in Nueces County since 1903. He was born in Czechoslovakia and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include four sons, Henry, Willie, both of Corpus Christi, Louis and George, both of Texas; and six daughters, Mrs. Alice Mullanax of Midway Island, Mrs. Sofia Zimmerman, Mrs. Julia Dunn, both of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Valsta Frazier of Kurth, Mrs. Olga Somger of Texas, and Mrs. Bertha Finney of Ft. Laonardwood, Mo.

Clifford Jackson Funeral Home on Kostoryz.
Clem Koblizek was buried in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Nov 1921, page 1

Commits Suicide

Frank Kubser [sic.] age 33 of the St. John vicinity committed suicide Wednesday morning about 9 o’clock. He had been suffering from ill health for several years and Wednesday morning he got his shot-gun with number four shot and blew the top of his head off.

He is survived by his wife and other relatives.

Frank Kobsa, Jr. is buried in the St. John Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 26 Dec 1976, page 14A

Miss Koch

FLATONIA - Miss Emma Ida Koch, 84, of Flatonia, died Saturday at a Schulenburg nursing home.

Services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church here. Burial will follow in Flatonia City Cemetery.

Survivors are two sisters, Miss Clara Koch and Mrs. Dora McCall, both of Flatonia, and several nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Mar 1975

Miss Hattie Koch

Miss Hedwig (Hattie) M. Koch died on Wednesday, March 12, 1975, in the Shady Oak Rest Home in Moulton, at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 25 days.

Rosary was recited Wednesday night, March 12 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, where the body lay in state.

Funeral services were conducted in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Friday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Anthony Matula assisted by the Msgr. Edmund Bily of Cistern.

Burial was in the family plot in the Flatonia City Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Johnnie Pechacek, Louis Greive, Joe Grieve, Frank Zouzalik, Louis Brunner and Herman Olle.

Miss Koch was born October 17, 1895 in Flatonia, Fayette County, Texas, daughter of William C. and Mary (Greive) Koch.  She had resided in Flatonia all of her life until she was confined in the rest home six years ago.

She is survived by three sisters, Emma Koch, Clara Koch, and Mrs. Dora McCall of Flatonia; also three nieces, Mrs. L. S. Fountain of San Antonio, Mrs. T. E. Jenkins of Dickinson, and Mrs. C. D. Yates of Kingsville; and 11 grandnieces, six grandnephews, and one grandnephew-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her mother, August 27, 1924; her father, April 8, 1965.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Sep 1903

Death of Miss Mary Koch.

Died at Hackberry Monday morning at 7 o’clock, Miss Mary Koch, sister of Mrs. L. E. Neuhaus, of New York, and her remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place by loving hands in the City Cemetery Tuesday, at 11 o’clock. Miss Koch was born in Herfort, Westphalia, Germany, November 27, 1830, came to America in 1852, and resided at Hackberry up to the time of her death, having made her home with her sister Mrs. L. E. Neuhaus, until the latter moved to Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 1894, she prefering [sic] to spend the evening of her life at the home she had learned to love so well.

We extend our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1972

A. F. Kocian, 73, Buried At Flatonia

Funeral services for Adolph Frank Kocian, 73, were held Sept. 12 at the Flatonia Catholic Church, with interment in the church cemetery.

Rev. Anthony Matula and Rev. Benton A. Thurmond officiated.

Mr. Kocian died Sept. 10 at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg after more than a year of failing health.

Born April 30, 1899, near Flatonia, he was the son of Innocence and Mary Washinka Kocian. He married Mary Sladecek at Flatonia on Oct. 17, 1922, and they had lived in the Flatonia area since. He was a farmer and carpenter.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Emil J. Kocian of Gonzales and Franklin L. of Wharton; two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Anita) Rebecek of Wharton and Mrs. Leonard (Agnes) Barta of Flatonia; 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; four brothers, Jim of Flatonia, Eddie of San Antonio, Otto of Schulenburg and Enoch of Weimar; and five sisters, Mrs. Frank (Otilla ) Mares, Mrs. Wencel (Angie) Pavlica, Mrs. Vlasta Doehring, and Mrs. August (Mary) Lauer, all of Flatonia; and Mrs. Bill (Stella) Cunningham of Fort Worth.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


El Campo Leader News, Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ed Kocian

Ed Kocian, 64, of La Grange, formerly of El Campo, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Ed was born in Hallettsville Aug. 17, 1947, the son of Lucille and Edwin A. Kocian Sr. He married Virginia Matocha on Feb. 7, 1970 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

Ed worked as a program manager/budget manager and purchaser for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Agency in the law enforcement division where he retired in 2003. Also, for many years he taught law enforcement records and reports to several Texas Game Warden training academies.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 42 years; daughter, Suzanne and husband Dr. Mitch Revelle of Round Rock; son, Texas Game Warden Jon Kocian and wife Amanda of Victoria; four sisters, Joyce Teel and husband Danny of Houston, Linda Polasek and husband Robert of Richmond, Joan Robertson and husband Arlen of Richmond and Nancy and husband Dr. Ronald Cochran of El Campo; brother-in-law, Ray Gerla of El Campo; four grandchildren, Chelsey, Kyle, Aubrey and Olivia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Margaret Matocha of La Grange and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathy Gerla.

A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31 at Koenig and Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Hostyn. Burial will follow at Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 June 1913


Mary Kocian, age 3 months and 4 dayl [sic], portusais [pertussis (whooping cough)], near Ellinger.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Saturday, March 23, 1935

FLATONIA, Tex., March 22.—Mrs. Mary Kocian, 61, wife of Innocent Kocian, died at her home. She was born in Europe and came to this country 42 years ago. The funeral was held from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rev. Father Pustka officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate undated newsclipping


FLATONIA - Mary Julie Jasek Kocian , age 94, passed away on January 14, 2013. She was born in Novohard, Lavaca County, on February 16, 1918 to the late Joseph Martin and Frances Okruhlik Jasek. She married the late Jerome Kocian on June 3, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Praha, Texas.

Mary and her husband served as a mental health workers for the Texas Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation in San Antonio for many years. Both retired after completing their careers and returned to live in their home community of Praha, where they were involved with their pets and crafts projects. They were married for fifty-two years prior to Jerome's death in 1999.

Mary attended Praha School. She was a member of the KJZT and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

Survivors include sister-in-law, Mary Jasek of Praha as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister Agnes Kocian, brothers Joe F and Adolph Jasek as well as infant brothers Joe and Frank.

A rosary will begin at 9:30 am on Friday, January 18, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha. Funeral services will be conducted by Monsignor Joseph Hybner immediately following the rosary. Interment will follow in St. Mary's cemetery in Praha.

Pall bearers will be nephews Joe Jasek, Charlie Jasek, Bennie Jasek, Frankie Jasek, Paul Jasek and Edward Jasek.

Special thanks are extended to the employees of Oak Manor Nursing Home in Flatonia, who provided care for Mary over the last years of her life. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church in Praha.

Word of comfort can be shared with the family at www.smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com

Smith Funeral Home-128 East 5th St.-Flatonia, Texas 78941-Phone #-361-865-3311.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 28 May 1943, page 1

Truck Driver Is Charged In Death Of Mrs. Kocian

A charge of negligent homicide was filed in the Fayette County Court in La Grange against W. A. Preseler, truck driver, in connection with the death of Mrs. Vlasta Kocian, who was killed when the car in which she was riding collided with a truck driven by Kocian.

Mr. Kocian, husband of the dead woman, was also badly injured as was their daughter, Anna, who received a fracture to both legs. The daughter is still in the Renger hospital at Hallettsville.

The accident happened a short distance west of Bob's place near Schulenburg. Pressler was also charged with driving without a merchant operator's license.

Vlasta Lauer Kocian, 7 Jun 1913-3 May 1943, is buried in Flatonia. Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal
February 27, 1936 pg. 6

Miss Agnes Kocich

Miss Agnes Kocich, aged 54 years, passed away Wednesday, February 19. Funeral services were held Friday, February 21, from the St. John Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment was in St. John Catholic Church Cemetery, with Fathers Pustka and Kreuter administering the last sad rites.—Schulenburg Sticker

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


San Antonio Express, Saturday, June 15, 1935

FLATONIA, Tex., June 14.—Mrs. Johanna Kocich of the Engle community died at her home there. Funeral services were conducted from the Praha Catholic Church. She is survived by her widower.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Kocourek: Died near Praha, Oct 29-03, Heart disease, Frank Kocourek, aged 75 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 May 1908


Died at Fayetteville, May 5, Leopold Kocourek, age 4 months of aenaemia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1971

Mrs. Kocurek, 86, Buried At Dubina

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 31, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, for Mrs. Agnes Kocurek, 86.

Mrs. Kocurek died at 6 p.m. Friday at her home in Dubina, after a stroke.

She was a lifelong resident of Dubina, a member of one of the earliest families there. Daughter of Cyril and Geneva Sassin, she was born July 13, 1885, and was married May 24, 1907, to Frank J. Kocurek. He died July 27, 1959.

Mrs. Kocurek was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church and St. Ann'e Society.

Survivors are three sons, Joe and Alfonse Kocurek of Weimar and Frank of Schulenburg; six daughters, Mrs. Lidge (Martha) Hranicky, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Hranicky, and Mrs. Dan (Viola) Holub, all of Wallis, Mrs. Adolph (Josie) Hajovsky of Caldwell, Mrs. Leslie (Agnes) Kosarik of Houston, and Mrs. Jerry (Elsie) Kalina of Moulton; 26 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated in the funeral services. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were her sons-in-law, Adolph Hajovsky, Richard Hranicky, Lidge Hranicky, Dan Holub, Jerry Kalina and Leslie Kosarik.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1981

A. Kocurek Buried Here February 7

Funeral services for Anton J. Kocurek, 72 of Rt. 3, La Grange, husband of the former Grace Matthews of Weimar, were held Saturday, Feb 7, from the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery here.

Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiated.

Mr. Kocurek, a milk hauler and farmer, died at his home Thursday, Feb. 5.

Born June 6, 1906, in Lavaca County, he was a son of Frank and Sophie (Vavrusa) Kocurek. He married Grace Matthews on June 6, 1935. They have lived in La Grange since 1944.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kocurek is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Seay of Littleton, Colo., Mrs. Margaret Gro[h]man of League City, and Mrs. Patsy Starling of Anchorage, Alaska; five sons, Franklin Kocurek of La Grange, Roy and John Kocurek of Houston, Robert Kocurek of Kerrville and Don Kocurek of Richmond; 13 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Christine Koubek of Skidmore; and one brother, Adolph Kocurek of Dallas.

From the files of Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jul 1959, page 1

Frank J. Kocurek, 79, Lifelong Dubina Resident, Buried

Funeral services for Frank Joseph Kocurek, lifelong resident of the Dubina community northwest of Weimar, were held Wednesday morning, July 29, at Hubbard Funeral Home here, continuing at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Msgr. A. F. Drozd and Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan officiated.

Mr. Kocurek, a retired farmer, died at 2:50 p. m. Monday in the home that was his birthplace. He had suffered a stroke 12 days earlier.

He was a member of the Dubina church and the last surviving charter member of the Dubina SPJST Lodge, which he had served as treasurer for many years.

Born July 25, 1880, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kocurek, who were among the earliest to settle in the 103 year-old-community. After completing the church school at Dubina, he entered St. Edward's University at Austin to study music and accounting, and was graduated there in 1898. He was a well known musician in Dubina's prospering days and gave private music lessons. He married Miss Agnes Sassin there May 28, 1907.

His wife survives, along with 3 sons, Frank of Schulenburg, and Joe and Alphonse at home; 6 daughters, Mrs. Lidge (Martha)Hranicky, and Mrs. Daniel (Viola) Holub, all of Wallis, Mrs. Adolph (Josephine) Hajovsky of Caldwell, Mrs. Leslie (Agnes) Kosarek of Houston and Mrs. Jerry (Elsie) Kalina of Moulton; and 24 grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Emilie Sacky, died in 1951.

Pallbearers were Lidge Hranicky, Richard Hranicky, Daniel Holub, Adolph Hajovsky, Leslie Kosarek and Jerry Kalina.


LaGrange Journal, October 18, 1883

On Wednesday 10th inst., Edmund Demison, who lives above LaGrange in Rabb’s prairie, killed a Bohemian by the name of Joseph Kocurek, near Joseph Peter’s store in the southeastern part of the county. The facts as we learn them are as follows: About four months ago, Kudelka who lives near Peter’s store, had a mare stolen from him, and after it had gone some time, she came back home. On the day of the killing, the negro Edmond Demison went to Peter’s store enquiring for the mare, and Kocurek told him he knew the mare, and would go and bring her to him, telling Demison to remain at the store until he came back. After a little, Kocurek appeared with the mare and owner, Kudelka, who came along to see what he (Demison) said about it, and whether he would claim her. When they brought the mare Demison said that was the mare and that he bought her twelve months before from Bill White, and then got a hold of the rope, and pulled it loose and started off in a run. Kocurek and several others got guns and followed Demison some distance, when he left the mare, and was trying to make his escape. Kocurek ran up to him, and Demison grabbed his gun, and in the scuffle both fell from their horses, and while Kokurek [as printed] was on the ground, Demison struck him over the head with the gun, killing him instantly. Demison then started across the fields afoot, trying to escape, but was followed so closely, that he took a tree, and was captured, and is now confined in jail awaiting an examining trial.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Colorado Citizen, October 18, 1883

Weimar Local Matters

A Bohemian by the name of Josef Kocurek, who lived near here, in what is called the Moravia neighborhood, was killed last Saturday evening by a negro fellow who claims his name is Ed Dunerson. He says his home is on Rabb’s Prairie, Fayette county. The facts as developed at the inquest held over the body of Mr. Kocurek, by W. H. Perry, Esp., are as follows: Some time since the father-in-law of Mr. Kocurek lost a horse supposed to have been stolen. About ten days ago the horse returned., Saturday Mr. Kocurek was at the village of Ammannsville, this negro rode up making inquiry of a horse of the discription[sic] of the one above mentioned. Mr. Kocurek told the negro that a horse of that character was in his neighborhood; and the negro bargained with Mr. Kocurek to give him $2.50 to deliver the horse. Mr. Kocurek then to make sure of the negro’s capture, got a friend,, and both armed with Winchester rifles, went to the pasture where the horse was and took him out. The negro claimed the horse, paid Mr. Kocurek the reward, and started off leading the animal. He was ordered to halt as the horse was claimed by other parties. This frightened the negro who began to run, Mr. Kocurek pursued him on horseback, and in trying to shoot to scare him a cartridge hung in the gun in such a manner that it could not be discharged He then ran up beside the negro and pulled him off his horse. Both parties came to the ground together, and in the scuffle the gun was dropped. The negro picked it up and before Mr. Kocurek could gain his feet the negro clubbed him to death with it, mashed his head to a jelly. The murderer was then captured by Will Ratliff with others, who happened to see the difficulty. The officers were immediately notified and arrived as soon as horse flesh could take them to the scene of the murder, by which time crowds of the murdered man’s neighbors began to gather, and it was with considerable bluff and persuasion that the officers could prevent the murderer from being mobbed. Mr. Kocurek was respected in the neighborhood, was a man of considerable means, about 35 years old. The negro was a young fellow, about 23 or 24 years old. He is now safe in the La Grange jail, and in due time will have justice meted out to him.


Fayette County Record, November 21, 1995, page 14


Funeral services for Roy W. Kocurek, 54, of Houston will be held at the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Kocurek died Saturday, Nov. 18 at his residence.

He was born in Hallettsville Oct. 18, 1941, the son of Anton and Grace (Matthews) Kocurek.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia of Houston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joan and Roy Landrum of Mississippi; Katharine and Frank Watson and Ginger Kocurek of Houston; and one grandchild, Roy Nathaniel Llandrum of Mississippi; his mother, Grace Matthews Kocurek of La Grange; four brothers, Franklin of La Grange, John of Houston, Donald of Richmond and Robert of Kerrville; two sisters, Margaret Grohman of League City and Patsy Starling of Alaska.

He was preceded in death by is father, Anton Kocurek; two sisters, Virginia Seay and Betty Jean Kocurek, and one brother, Anton Kocurek Jr.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, November 23, 1995, page 2

[Additional information]
Funeral services were held Monday, November 20, at Christ United Methodist Church, in Houston, with Rev. Paul Stalnaker of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. An additional service was held on Tuesday, November 21, at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar . . .

He was employed as a lineman with IBEW Local Union No. 66. He served in the Marine Corps. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Houston, AM Vets, and American Legion Post No. #521, Pasadena.

From the files of Dorothy Albrecht


Jun 1976 San Antonio newspaper clipping


Mrs. Tinnie C. Koehl, age 83, died Sunday. Survivors: Sons, Frank E. Koehl, Lionel R. Koehl, both of San Antonio, Kenneth F. Koehl, San Diego, Calif.; 4 grandchildren: 5 great grandchildren. Service Tuesday at 3 o'clock in the Colonial Chapel of the Porter Loring Mortuary, the Rev. Harry Bamberger officiating. Pallbearers: Dr. Michael Koehl, Stephen Koehl, Dr. Gary Koehl, Michael McCarley, Jules Gerlich, Grady Russell. Honorary pallbearers: John Martin Magruder, Danny Magruder, Edward Johnson, Collas Smeiser. Interment in Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements with Porter Loring, 11101 McCullough 227-8221.

Clementine December Koehl was born 13 Nov 1892 at Biegel and died 13 Jun 1976 in San Antonio. She was the youngest daughter of Rudolph December Sr. and Amelia (Molly) Meyer December. Contributed by Judy Koehl


Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 1949

Elo Koehl, Former Ellinger Man, Dies in Wharton Sunday

Elo J. Koehl, 65, former sheriff of Wharton county, and native of Ellinger, was buried Monday afternoon in Wharton.  He died at his home Sunday morning. 

Mr. Koehl’s sister is Mrs. Nolie Glithero of Columbus.  He is also survived by his widow, daughter Mrs. Joe Magruder Jr. of Pasadena and son Eugene T. Koehl of Houston, another sister and 2 brothers.

Elo John Koehl, 14 Jul 1884 - 18 Sep 1949, was the eldest child of Eugene and Mary (Birkmann) Koehl. He married Louise December on 31 Oct 1906 in Ellinger.  He and his brother-in-law, J. W Prasifka, owned a merchandise store there until about 1919, when they moved to Wharton with their families. He was the sheriff of Wharton County from November 1934 to 1 January 1939. Contributed by Judy Koehl

The La Grange Journal, September 22, 1949

Ellinger News
(By Mrs. D. A. Juren)

Elo J. Koehl Of Wharton Dies Sunday

Funeral services were held for Elo J. Koehl, 65, of Wharton Monday afternoon at the Chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home who [sic] passed away at his home early Sunday morning.

Mr. Koehl was born in Ellinger and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Koehl.  He operated a General Merchandise store here for a few years with his brother-in-law, Joe Prasifka, moving to Wharton in 1919 where he was in the Hardware and Mercantile business with Joe Prasifka again for several years.

His last visit to Ellinger was last Friday. Several of our citizens reported chatting with him and that he appeared to be in good health. 

He served as chief deputy sheriff for four years and then was elected for two terms as sheriff.  He then went into the real estate business. 

Surviving are his [wife, Louisa Koehl, his] son, Eugene T. [Koehl; his daughter, Mrs. John  Magruder,] Jr. of Pasadena; two brothers, Emil Koehl of Houston and Frank Koehl of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Prasifka of Wharton and Mrs.Nolie Glithro [Glithero] of Columbus; and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Norman Wied


The La Grange Journal,   August 7, 1952

Emil Koehl Dies in Houston

Funeral services were held for Emil Koehl, 66, at the Jecmenek Funeral Chapel Tuesday morning at 9 AM, Aug. 5, Rev. Raymond Durst of Rutersville officiated. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery at Live Oak Hill near Ellinger.  He died Monday morning, Aug. 4.

The deceased was born in Ellinger, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Koehl.  He spent his entire life here with the exception of a few years in Houston.  He had been in ill health for many years.  He was employed as a farm hand here for the late Elo Meyer for 47 years.

Mr. Koehl was a member for 40 years of the Beethoven No 30 of the Herman Sons of Ellinger. 

Surviving are his sister, Mrs. J. W. Prasifka of Wharton, and one brother, Frank, of San Antonio; and 8 nieces and 8 nephews.

Emil Koehl was the second child and second son of Eugene Koehl and his wife, Mary Birkmann Koehl, born 7 February 1888, and died 5 August 1952.  He never married.  He was named for his father Eugene’s elder brother, another Emil Koehl, who had married his mother’s younger sister, Emilie Birkmann. Contributed by Norman Wied


La Grange Journal, 14 Nov 1901

Death of Eugene Koehl.

Eugene Koehl, aged forty-one years, died very suddenly a this [sic.] home in Ellinger Sunday afternoon from heart failure. Mr. Koehl had been sick for several days and on the day of his demise informed his wife he was feeling much better. The family left the room of the sick to enjoy the afternoon tea and Mr. Koehl arose to respond to a call of nature. As he was in act of crossing to the opposite side of the room he fell to the floor, caused by congestion of the heart. The family rushed to his rescue, and did all that loving hands could do, but death claimed him in a few minutes.

Mr. Koehl was born and raised at Ellinger and enjoyed the good will and friendship of every man, woman and chid in that community. In 1872 he became the husband of Miss Mary Birkmann and five children are the result of this union—three boys and two girls. At the time of his demise Mr. Koehl was the proprietor of a general merchandise store and enjoyed an extensive trade.

The funeral took place Monday afternoon from the family residence. The remains were taken to the Catholic church where Rev. Father Clapic officiated, and thence to the cemetery where they were tenderly committed to mother earth under the auspices of Hermann Sons lodge of which he was a member and the funeral cortege was the largest ever witnessed in that neighborhood, over 100 vehicles making it nearly a mile in length.

Besides the $1,000 insurance carried in the O.D.H.S. lodge, the deceased was insured in an old-line company for $2,500. The JOURNAL's sincere condolence is extended to the bereaved.

Contributed by Judy Koehl





From an undated newspaper clipping:


Eugene T. Koehl, 62, 1808 Jackson Drive, Arlington, Texas, passed away Saturday at his residence.  Native of Wharton, Texas.  Houston resident for 31 years.  Arlington resident eight years.  Employed as purchasing agent for Curtis-Mathis.  Member of the Catholic Church.  Survivors:  Wife, Mrs. Louise Rau Koehl of Arlington; daughters, Miss Debbie Koehl of Arlington, Mrs. Phyllis Wilson, Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Mr. J. M. Magruder Jr. of Houston; two grandchildren.  Rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m., Monday, Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5800 Buffalo Speedway, Rev. J. D. Connolly, celebrant.  Interment Garden of Gethsemani.  Pallbearers:  Frank Ford, Danny Magruder, John Martin Magruder III, Frank Koehl Jr., Lionel Koehl, R. J. Prasifka.  Honorary pallbearers:  John Hudeck, Joe Hudeck, George Rau Jr., Russell Rau, Jim Churchwell.  Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale Ave., 928-5141.

The same obituary appeared in several papers, including the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post.  The clippings are undated, but he died on 25 October 1969. Eugene Theodor Koehl was born in Ellinger to Elo John and Louise (December) Koehl.  The family moved to Wharton about 1919, when his father and his uncle,  Joseph Prasifka, decided to move their merchandise store, Koehl and Prasifka, from Ellinger to Wharton in search of better opportunities. Contributed by Judy Koehl


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 19, 1934, Page 1


Frank Koehl, aged 24 years, 4 months and 22 days, was brought to the La Grange Hospital last Friday morning, in a dying condition, having been shot in the head with a pistol, his own act.  When found by his father, Henry Koehl, he was unconscious.  In the hope to save his life he was rushed to the Hospital, but within a few hours, passed away. 

Cause for the rash act was not learned by Journal reporter; funeral was held at Ellinger Saturday morning, Rev. Raska officiating.  He is survived by his father and several brothers and sisters.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


San Antonio Light, 21 Mar 1963


Frank Koehl, age 75 of 417 Harmon, died Wednesday of a local hospital. He was a member of San Antonio Lodge No. 1079, A. F.&A.M.; Harmonia Lodge No. 1, Sons of Hermann for over 50 years, and was a ?0 year member of the Order of Retired Telegraphers. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Tinnie Koehl; sons, Frank E. Koehl, Lionel R. Koehl, both of San Antonio, Kenneth F. Koehl, San Diego, Calif.; sister, Mrs. Joe Prasifka, Wharton, Texas, ? grandchildren. Service Saturday at 2 o'clock at the Porter Loring chapel with the Rev. Robert S. Tate Jr., officiating. Interment in Sunset Memorial Park under the auspices of San Antonio Lodge No. 1079, A.F.&A.M. Arrangements with PORTER LORING.

Frank Koehl was born 23 Jun 1887 at Ellinger and died 20 Mar 1963. He was the son of Eugene and Mary Birkmann Koehl. Contributed by Judy Koehl


Colorado Citizen, 25 February 1886, p. 2

KILLING NEAR ELLINGER.—Last Sunday night a ball was given at Live-oak Hill, two miles from Ellinger, in Fayette county, at which there was a considerable gathering from the neighborhood.  During the night a disturbance occurred, in which Hugo Koehl, a Bohemian, was killed by Fritz Meyer.  Several reports have been mede [sic] of the affair, and we do not know that we have the right one, but it appears that Koehl and several companions had been requested to make way for some ladies, which they refused to do, whereupon Meyer went up and overturned their seat.  Incensed at this, Koehl attacked Meyer with a knife, cutting him severely, while another of Koehl’s comrades had him by the leg trying to throw him down, and driving Meyer into a corner.  Meyer then drew his pistol, shot and killed Koehl, fired at his comrade, wounding him seriously, though not dangerously, and fired the third time at another of the Koehl party, missing him.  Meyer made no attempt to escape.

Hugo Koehl was the sixth child and fourth son of Peter Koehl (Sr.) and Anna Catherine Schroer.  Neither was “Bohemian”, as Peter immigrated from the Thur River Valley of Alsace (which was governed by Germany in the 1880’s), while Anna was from “Silesia, Prussia”. Hugo was born 13 July 1864 and died 22 February 1886. He is buried beside his father, who had died in 1883, in the cemetery at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellinger, where his tombstone notes, in German, that he was “murdered by Fritz Meyer”. Contributed byJudy Koehl


The La Grange Journal, January 8, 1948


By Mrs. D. A. Juren

History of Jacob Koehl

Funeral services for Jacob Koehl, 94, were held Monday morning, Dec. 26, at the family residence, with continuing services at the Immaculate Conception Church at Hostyn Hill, with Rev. A Gorek officiating and assisted by Rev. Jos. Klobouk of Needville and Rev. S. A. Zientek of La Grange.  Burial was in the Hostyn Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Koehl passed away at his home near Ellinger, Friday night, after an illness of two weeks’ duration.  He was born at Saint Marie, Alsace, France and was only eleven months old when his family came to America.  Landing at New Orleans, they continued their journey by boat to Houston and by ox-team to their destination in Colorado Co., settling at Frelsburg, where his father bought some land and they were engaged in farming.

Mr. Koehl was reared at the point of the pioneer settlement of the family and his education was acquired at Frelsburg, with a priest of the Catholic Church, as his teacher.  Under this preceptorship, he was prepared for teaching himself and was an assistant teacher at Live Oak Hill, caleld [sic] “Old Ehlinger.”  For five years succeeding this, Mr. Koehl drove a team for his cousin, Mr. Ehlinger, freighting between “Old Ehlinger” and Columbus, this being previous to the advent of the railroad.  When he stopped freighting, he clerked in a gneral [sic] store for his cousin at Live Oak Hill and then he was engaged in the butcher business on his account for two years.  Then he started farming.

Mr. Koehl made his first home as a married man at Ross Prairie, but the following year, removed to the Colorado River bottoms.  His first home here was a frame house 14 x 16, with back room and gallery.  Several of his children were born there.  He lost his wife there and then ceased farming for 12 years.  Following the period, he was away from the farm, Mr. Koehl served as cotton weigher at Ellinger and at the same time, as deputy sheriff, and he was also engaged in Merchandise here in Company with Charles W. Ehlinger for four years.  Then he sold out his stock and bought his present farm of 646 acres and has continued to carry on active and successful farming.  The Koehl farm is part of the Petty League, and is practically all bottom land.

Several years ago he raised the old frame two-story home and built a nice new modern home.

Mr. Koehl was first married in the fall of 1872, to Miss Nancy Meyer, a daughter of John H. Meyer.  She died at his first home here leaving him three children.

Mr. Koehl married Miss Antonia Neitzen [Meitzen] in the fall of 1881, who died in 1888, leaving him four children.  On Feb. 24, 1891, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Krenek.  There were eight children born to them.  One son, Jacob met with accidental death at the age of 20 years.

His wife preceded him in death two years ago.  His son, Eddie and wife, Mary, were making their home with him since his wife’s death.

Surviving are six sons, Max of Houston, Charles of El Campo, Eugene of Fayetteville, Rudolph of Alleyton, William and Eddie of Ellinger; four daughters, Miss Bessie Koehl of San Antonio, Mrs. A. F. Samolhy of Boling, Mrs. Fred Zapalac and Mrs. Jerome Walla of Ellinger; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Koehl was one of Ellinger’s oldest citizens and was highly respected in this vicinity and had a large number of acquaintances and friends. He was a member of the Hermann Sons lodge in Ellinger.

While Jacob Koehl died 26 December 1947, he was buried on 29 December 1947 according to his death certificate, contradicting this article. His parents were Jacques (Jacob) Koehl (b. 28 July 1818) and Mary Anne Kibler (b. 8 Sept 1813), who married 16 June 1845, and had five children, two of whom died shortly after birth, all in Saint-Amarin, Haut Rhin, Alsace, France.  The three children who remained—baptized in Saint-Amarin as Walbourg b. 1 July 1847, Joseph, b. 26 December 1850, and Jacques (Jacob) b. 15 April 1853—and their parents arrived from Le Havre in New Orleans on the “Milan” on 17 January 1854, as shown in “Germans to America” v. 6 p. 275. (See “Robert Behra’s relatives with roots in Alsace, Lorraine and Saarland” on Rootsweb “World Connect” for this and for further information on the Alsatian ancestry of this family and Jacob’s uncles, Peter and Joseph, and aunt, Maria Anna Koehl Ehlinger, who also immigrated, following Mrs. Ehlinger’s husband, Joseph.) Contributed by Judy Koehl


The Weimer Mercury, July 11, 1911.

Galveston News Special:  Ellinger, July 3.—Jacob Koehl Jr., aged 18 years, broke his back today making a high dive into the river. The water was shallower than he supposed, and he struck the sand with his head. Fred Wagner, a companion, after a hard struggle, succeeded in getting him out of the water. At present he is in a very precarious condition, being paralysed from the chest down.

The Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1911.

Ellinger News Items.

Jacob Koehl of Ellinger, who hurt himself in the river which in swimming and who was taken to a San Antonio hospital, is reported very low at present.

Jacob Koehl [Jr.] of Ellinger, aged 19, died November 3, 1911, in Ellinger of a broken back, according to his death certificate, signed by A P. Knolle, M. D.  He was the son of Jacob Koehl and [Mary] Krenek. Contributed by Judy Koehl


The Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1905

Ellinger, Nov. 1.—Joe Koehl, a German farmer and stockman, a well known citizen, died Monday night, and his remains were laid to rest at the Catholic cemetery at Live Oak Hill by Rev. Joseph Chromcik of Fayetteville Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Koehl got hurt by a kicking and jumping horse while riding from town last Saturday night, which caused his death.  He leaves a wife and eight children and parents (of whom both are over 90 years of age) and many friends.

This is probably the son  of Jacob Koehl “Sr.” and his wife, Mary Anne Kibler Koehl, who immigrated from Alsace in 1854 with several children, including a Joseph born 29 Septembr 1850 in Saint-Amarin, Haut Rhin, Alsace. Contributed by Judy Koehl


Weimar Mercury, 18 Apr 1908, page 4

Fayetteville, April 13.—Miss Lillie Koehl, daughter of Mr. Jacob Koehl, residing near Ellinger, died at her home at 11:30 o'clock Saturday morning, and was buried here in the Lutheran cemetery at 4 o'clock Sunday evening, Rev. Heiser officiating. Miss Lillie Koehl was born and reared near Ellinger, and was 20 years and 6 months old. She died after an illness of about two months.

Contributed by Judy Koehl

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 May 1908, page 1


Died at Ellinger, April 11, Lillie Koehle [sic.], age 21 years of pseudo leukemia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Nollie, Mary Birkmann, and Carrie Koehl

La Grange Journal, August 7, 1941


D. A. Juren, Agent and Correspondent


After an illness of about four months, Mrs. Mary Koehl died Tuesday morning, Aug. 5.  Mrs. Koehl had been a life-long resident of Ellinger.  Her pleasing disposition and affectionate kindness toward all will be remembered by her many friends.

Surviving are her three sons, Elo Koehl of Wharton, Frank Koehl of San Antonio, and Emil Koehl of here; two daughters, Mrs. Nolie Glithero of Gladden and Mrs. J. W. Prasifka of Wharton; two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Ehlinger and Mrs. Louise Beyer, of Ellinger.  Mrs. Koehl was about 80 years of age.

E. C. Jecmenek Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral which was held Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock; interment was made in the Ehlinger cemetery at Hostyn, near Ellinger.  To the bereaved survivors we extend sincere sympathy.

Mary Birkmann Koehl was the fourth child and first daughter of Henry Birkmann (originally Bergmann) and his wife, Nancy Ellerbusch.  She was born 13 August 1862 in Ross Prairie, and baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church on November 2, 1862, as no. 24 for that year.  She married Eugene Koehl 17 July 1883. After his death in 1901, she supported her family by running “The German Hotel” in Ellinger, where she was famous for her cooking. Contributed by Judy Koehl


Undated clipping, probably from The Huntsville Item, in March, 1920

Robert Koehl

The editor was indeed sorry to learn of the death of his old time friend, Robert Koehl, who died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Dr. C. J. Schramm of Fayetteville, Wednesday of last week at the age of 52 years.  Deceased was born in the Brushy settlement, Colorado County, where he grew up to manhood.  In 1893 he went to El Campo where he engaged in business and where he met and married his wife who preceeded [sic] him in death about ten years.  His staunch and manly character soon gained friends for him and as a result, he was elected sheriff of Wharton County by the White Men’s Party, which office he held for six years.  He leaves two daughters, both in college, to mourn his death besides sisters and brothers.  Bob Koehl, as he was familiarly called by his friends, was a good man, a kind and devoted husband and father, a loving brother, a true dependable friend and an upright citizen. Peace to his ashes!

Robert Koehl was a son of Peter Koehl (who immigrated from the Thur River Valley in Alsace, France, in 1839) and his wife, Anna Schroer (who immigrated from Silesia, Prussia). He was born on December 25, 1865, according to his death certificate, at “Fayetteville, Texas”, and died on March 3, 1920, in Fayetteville. His wife was Florence Duffy, who died 7 June 1907. Robert Koehl was the sheriff of Wharton County from September 1, 1905 to November 3, 1914. Afterwards, he was a traveling salesman of automobile supplies. He left two daughters, Katherine and Ada Koehl. Contributed by Judy Koehl


The Schulenburg Sticker
Friday, October 24, 1947

A. M. Koehler Buried Here Monday

Adolph M. Koehler, age 69 years, eight months and twenty-five days, passed away at the family residence here on Saturday, October 18, following an illness of about a year’s duration.

Mr. Koehler was born January 23, 1878, in the Bluff community of Fayette County, as the son of Emil Koehler and Louise Willrich Koehler.  He was a life-long resident of Fayette County.  On December 24, 1909, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Schulz at La Grange and they have lived in Schulenburg since that time.  Mr. Koehler was a painter and interior decorator by profession.  “Monte” as he was affectionately called by friends and relatives alike, had during his life time done interior decorating work in almost every home in Schulenburg.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Emma Schulz Koehler, and three sons, Arthur Koehler of Beeville, Ivan Earl Koehler of Crockett, and Marvin Koehler of San Antonio.  Surviving also are three sisters, Mrs. Elsie K. Mensing, Mrs. Ann K. Kirsch and Mrs. Hedwig K. Gebhardt, all of La Grange; two brothers, Arthur Koehler of La Grange and George Koehler of West Point.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. from the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with the pastor, Rev. J. G. Mueller officiating.  Interment was in the City Cemetery.

Out of town people attending the funeral services of A. M. Koehler Monday were:  Mr. and Mrs. George Koehler, West Point; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gillum, Mrs. Elsie Mensing, Mrs. Annie Kirsch, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Koehler, Mr. and Mrs. Werner Lampe, Weldon Mensing, La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wied, Mrs. Paul Schulz, Miss Ida Schmidt, Nordheim; Miss Jewell Schulz, Misses Rosalie and Irene Brossmann, Houston; Clyde Schulz, College Station; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hingst, Lindenau; Mrs. And Mrs. H. A. Schulz, Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Buckest, Mrs. Theresa Scott, Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Sommer, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Piehl, Woodsboro; Paul A. Schulz, Beeville; Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Mertz, Hallettsville; Mrs. Amanda Huffaker, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Groos, New Ulm; Mrs. Bertha Conner, San Antonio.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 3, 1952

Arthur H. Koehler, Businessman Here 38 Years, Succumbs

Arthur H. Koehler, 79, widely known retired La Grange businessman, passed away at the hospital here Monday after a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home with Rev. C. P. Owen of the First Presbyterian Church officiating, and interment was in the New City Cemetery.

Mr. Koehler was born on the bluff on Dec. 10, 1872, son of the late Emil Koehler and his wife, nee Louise Willrich.  He was united in marriage with Miss Emilie Sladczyk on Feb. 1, 1899.

Mr. Koehler 38 years ago joined his brother-in-law, the late Fritz Vogt, in the livery stable business then known as Vogt & Co.  They then went into the feed business and after Mr. Vogt’s passing, Mr. Koehler became the sole owner.  He sold the business about four years ago to John G. Freudenberg, and it now goes by the name of Johnny’s Feed Store.

He was also very active in civic and city work, and was vice president of the First National Bank of La Grange for a number of years.

Surviving are his widow; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Egon Koehler of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Kirsch, Mrs. Heda Gebhardt and Mrs. Elsa Mensing of La Grange; a brother, George Koehler of West Point; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, February 11, 1909

Another Called Home.

The sad news was brought to town early Tuesday morning that Mrs. Geo. Koehler had died at the home of her parents the evening before, leaving a bright little baby girl and a heart‑broken husband, parents and other relatives to mourn her departure.  Mrs. Koehler, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lueders, and during her entire lifetime up to within about one year of the present date, had been a strong and healthy person, never knowing the ill effects of sickness.  Some months ago she became ill from dropsy, and during the intervening time she had received the best of medical attention, but to no avail.

At all times she bore her affliction with great fortitude, cheerful and always the same jolly person that had made for her so many - - -  She began to show signs for the worse, and instead of the puffed appearance that was hers for the past several months she became very poor, and partial paralysis followed the birth of her little babe. Monday night she passed away.

The young husband who was born and reared a few miles from town has been in the employ of the Alexander  Grocery Company since their residence here and the two seemed to be very happy. They had purchased the lots in the Southern part of the city from Mr. Lueders and erected thereon a neat little cottage, which due to the sudden change of health of the deceased they were unable to occupy. As the patient grew worse she was taken out to the home of her parents and there died as above stated.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, and the remains were carried to William's Creek cemetery, and there interred.  To the surviving relatives and the young husband we extend our sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 29, 1948

Egon Koehler, 48, Dies in Oklahoma

Egon Koehler, 48, prominent Tulsa, Okla. Club man and president of the Power Machinery Co., died shortly after noon Saturday in a Tulsa hospital.  He had suffered a heart attack July 20 on a train enroute to Tulsa from New York City.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Koehler of La Grange.

Born in La Grange, he graduated from high school here and from Texas A&M College.  In 1922 he moved to Bartlesville, where he was employed by the Cities Service Oil Co.  Eight years later he moved to Tulsa, serving as vice president of the Moorlane Co. until 1940.

The Power Machinery Co. was then formed by Mr. Koehler.  He was the sole owner.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of La Grange.

In September Mr. Koehler would have celebrated his 22nd year of marriage to Lillian Carleton Koehler.

Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Stanley’s Funeral Home in Tulsa.  Burial services were held at Bonham, Texas, Monday at 5 p.m.  Attending the last rites from here were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Koehler, Harry Vogt and Mrs. W. B. Loessin.  The four were enroute to Tulsa Saturday, when they received the message of Mr. Koehler’s passing in Denton.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, November 18, 1920


Death Claimed An Old Fayette County Citizen Sunday Evening

As per his wish expressed to the writer some months since, that when his name should be called, he would  not linger but drift peacefully into the last sleep, Emil Koehler died Sunday night at the family home in the northern part of La Grange.  Death followed quickly after he had made known his illness — within a few hours. As was his custom and habit, and in which he ever found a great deal of pleasure, Mr. Koehler, apparently and  in the very best of spirits, and jovial as was his nature, left the house and looked to the feeding of his chickens. It was when he essayed to return into the house that he was stricken and had to be assisted. In spite of the fact that medical aid was secured, he soon began his last earthly sleep. Near the eleventh evening hour he received his wish, he fell asleep and passed out of the knowledge of all things earthly.

Mr. Koehler was man whom to know was to love and admire; he had long since passed the usual allotment of years granted to mortals, and maintained his ever friendly disposition, always ready to extend the greeting to his fellow man, and carrying with him an atmosphere of good cheer.  We had all grown so accustomed him each morning and listen to his welcome voice, that now his absence will be noted by everybody.  He was born in Halberstadt, Germany on the eighth day of April 1837, and grew to manhood in that country. 

In 1864 the deceased emigrated to America and landed in New York where he remained for one year and then came to Texas and located at Bluff, in this county, where he engaged in farming.  In the year 1871, December 22, he was united in marriage with Miss Louise Willrich of the Bluff community, and to them were born eight children, all of whom, with the widow, survive.  These children are: Arthur Koehler of LaGrange, Mannie Koehler of Schulenburg, F. W. Koehler of Houston, Mrs. J. Gebhardt of LaGrange, Mrs. Alex Morre of Elgin and George Koehler of La Grange. Eleven grandchildren will also miss good old grandpa.

Tuesday afternoon the funeral was held from his late residence, and the remains were interred at the new cemetery, Rev. R. Heise conducting the ceremonies. May his rest be peaceful.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, August 24, 1956

Mrs. Emilie Koehler Dies Here Tuesday

Mrs. Emilie Koehler of La Grange died at Fayette Memorial hospital here Tuesday at the age of 79.

Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Thursday morning with the Rev. Martin Thomas of the Presbyterian church officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City cemetery.

Mrs. Koehler was born in the Cedar community on September 14, 1876, daughter of V. C. and Roselie Navrath Sladczyk.  On February 1, 1899 she was married at Bluff to Arthur H. Koehler, prominent in business here, who died in 1952.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Egon Koehler of   Tulsa, Okla.; a sister,       Mrs. Hugo Ehlers of La Grange; and a nurnber of nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, February 24, 1950

Mrs. E. Koehler Passes Away

Mrs. Emma Martha Lena Schulz passed away in the Didear Rest Home in Yorktown on Tuesday, February 21, 1950, at the age of 60 years, 3 months and 13 days.

Mrs. Koehler was born as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schulz in Schulenburg on November 9, 1889, and spent her entire lifetime here.  She had been in ill health since June of this past year and had been in Yorktown only a short time.

Being born and reared here, she was known to most all of the people of this area.  She had many true and sincere friends who regret to learn of her death.  She was a devout member of the church and took an active part in church work.  It was in 1904 that she joined the Union Church in Schulenburg, which has now been changed to St. Paul’s Church.  Ever thoughful of those about her, she lived a true Christian life.  On December 24, 1909, she was united in marriage to A. M. (Monte) Koehler at La Grange.  Mr. Koehler preceded her in death, having passed away on October 18, 1947.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur Koehler of Beeville; Ivan Koehler of Crockett; and Captain Marvin Koehler, who is stationed with the U. S. Occupational Forces in Stuttgart, Germany; her mother, Mrs. Sabina (Emil) Schulz, Sr., of Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Leafa Nierlich, of this city; six brothers, Emil, Otto, Herbert, and Charles of Schulenburg; Herman Schulz of Victoria; and Paul Schulz of Beeville; and two grandchildren.  Her husband, her father, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

The remains will lie in state at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home until 12:00 noon on Friday, then at St. Paul’s Church from 12:30 o’clock until 2:00 o’clock, service time.

Interment will be in the Schulenburg City Cemetery with Rev. John Mueller of the St. Paul’s Church, in charge of the service.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 29, 1929

Another Is Called Hence

Mrs. Fritz Koehler died at her home at Schulenburg last Monday afternoon, following a brief illness from both the “flu” and pneumonia.  The news was messaged to her son, J. F. Koehler of La Grange Monday night and came, while not entirely unexpected, as a great shock.  Mrs. Koehler had been in very good health, and shortly after the holiday week became ill; despite ---------- of both nurse and physician, she grew worse, and on Monday afternoon her spirit journeyed over that vast expanse to join the mate she parted with five years ago when death claimed Fritz Koehler, Sr.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning at ten o’clock, Rev. Wolf officiating.  Mrs. Koehler was 80 years, 4 months and 19 days old when death claimed her.

Last August, as she completed her eightieth birthday she had all of her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the family home, and there was enjoyed a day that few experience in this span of life.  She had received the happy greetings and good wishes of all for the holiday week, and then, as it is so frequently destined, took to her bed and ended her earthly pilgrimage.  Age destroys not the fact that she was the mother, children, with family responsibilities cannot forget the sacrificing guardian who watched over them in their infancy and youthful days, the pain that death causes, is felt by all.

Mrs. Koehler was born in Neu Stadt, Tafel Tichte, Bohemia, August 18, 1848, and came to America in 1871, the family locating near Hallettsville.  In 1915 they removed to Schulenburg, and there, five years ago, she was bereft of her husband.  There was born to Mr. and Mrs. Koehler, seven sons and five daughters, two of them died in early youth.  The living children are:  Mrs. Gus. Spies, Weiting; J. F. Koehler, La Grange; Mrs. Otto Fertsch and Fritz Koehler, Westhoff; Adolph Koehler, Breslau; Mrs. Otto Zappe, Hallettsville; Henry Koehler, Swiss Alp; Mrs. Hy. Forster, Schulenburg; Willie Koehler, Moravia, and Miss Annie Koehler, who lived with her at Schulenburg.  There are also twenty grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who will miss dear old Grandma Koehler.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Houston Post, Tuesday, June 3, 1947

Fritz W. Koehler, 58, of 1810 Haver, died 4 a.m. Monday in his home.  Member of the United Commercial Travelers of America in the real estate loan business.  Survivors: Widow Mrs. Irma Koehler, daughter Miss Agnes Louise Koehler, son, Hilmer Koehler all of Houston, brothers Arthur Koehler, La Grange, George Koehler, West Point, Adolph Koehler, Schulenburg, sisters Mrs. Elsie Mensing, Mrs. Ann Kirsch and Mrs. Heda Gebhardt all of La Grange, two grandchildren.  Services 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Hyde Park funeral home with the Rev. D. Baltzer officiating.  Burial in Forest Park cemetery.  Pallbearers D. C. Woodley, A. H. Crabb, J. E. House, Frank Shelden, George W. Fleet and Francis Phair.  Hyde Park funeral home.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 23, 1952

Geo. C. Koehler, West Point Merchant Is Laid To Reat

George C. Koehler, well known West Point merchant, passed away at the local hospital on Tuesday of last week.  He was 70.

Mr. Koehler, a Fayette County native, was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church, having been confirmed by rev. R. Heise in 1915.  He was a traveling salesman for about 20 years, representing Wm. D. Cleveland & Sons of Houston and the Alexander Grocery Co. of La Grange.  He entered business at West Point 19 years ago, and continued it actively until his demise.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Young Koehler of West Point; a daughter by a previous marriage, Mrs. Roy Gilliam of La Grange, a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert Boyles of China Lake, Calif.; and three sisters, Mrs. Elise Mensing, Mrs. Hedwig Gebhardt and Mrs. Anna Kirsch, all of La Grange.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating, and burial was in the New City Cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 2, 1947

Joe Koehler Dies Suddenly Sunday

Joe F. Koehler, resident of La Grange  ------- passed away suddenly Sunday at the hospital following a stroke.  He was 71.

Funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. R. Heise officiating  and burial will be in the New City Cemetery.  Koenig Funeral Home directed.

Mr. Koehler was born in Lavaca County Aug. 18, 1875 and in 1900 was married to Miss Louise Bollmeyer at La Grange.  For many years Mr. Koehler was deliveryman for the SP Railroad here.

He leaves his widow; four sisters, Mesdames Mary Spies of Witting, Tonie Fertch of Westhoff, Lana Zappa of Hallettsville and Ida Foerster of Houston; and four brothers, Adolph of Breslau, Fritz of Westhoff, Henry of Freyburg and Willie of Moravia.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 21, 1947

Mrs. Joe F. Koehler Expires Here Sunday

Mrs. Louise B. Koehler, 78, widow of the late Joe F. Koehler, passed away Sunday at her home here.

Mrs. Koehler, nee Bollmeyer, was born Jan. 20, 1869 at Frelsburg, and at the age of four moved to Fayette County with her parents.  In 1900, she was united in marriage with Joe F. Koehler, who preceded his wife to the grave on Dec. 30, 1946.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Sophie Hinke of Austin; and two brothers, Louis Bollmeyer of La Grange and August Bollmeyer of Taylor.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 9, 1944

Mrs. Louise Koehler

Mrs. Louise Koehler, relict of the late Emil Koehler, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, aged 94 years, 10 months, and 8 days.  Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon.  Interment was made in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Koehler, a daughter of George Willrich, immigrant from Germany, was born in the Bluff community, Fayette County, Dec. 29, 1849; she was united in marriage with Emil Koehler in 1871, living her entire life in and near to La Grange.

Surviving are her four sons, Arthur of La Grange, Adolph of Schulenburg, George of West Point and Fritz Koehler of Houston; her daughters, Mrs. Elise Mensing, Mrs. Anna Kirsch and Mrs. Hedwig gebhardt of La Grange, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Groos of San Antonio.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, August 4, 1922

Little Mildred Koehler Dies After Lingering Illness

The very sad news was passed around last Sunday afternoon of the death of little Mildred Koehler, who died Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  She was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. William Koehler of Freyburg.

The little girl had been ill for a long period, during which time every means known to the medical profession was used, but to no avail.

The little body was laid to rest last Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran Cemetery at Freyburg, Rev. C. A. Neumann officiating.

The Sticker joins the people of the community in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, 30 Mar 1933

Sleeping Peacefully After Long Illness

Sunday morning, shortly after the grey appeared on the eastern horizon, Mrs. Christine Koenecke, became silent; throughout the night her relatives had watched and as the little body grew less active, witnessed the peaceful drift into eternity. Born 17 January 1843, she was 90 years, 2 months and 9 days old at the time of her death on 26 March 1933. Small in frame, it appeared to the casual visitor at the home that the little woman seemed to fade away; as long as it was within the realms of possibility to move about, Mrs. Koenecke remained active and looked after her flowers, her vegetable garden and met with her friends. When the news went out from the home that the threads of life were about to be severed, the inquiries continued and visits were made; she seemed to be a great favorite with all.

Monday afternoon the body was taken from the family home on South Colorado Street to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the house of worship she ever visited when able to go. Rev. Heise, brief, yet extolling her good deeds, paid her a worthy tribute; from the church the body was taken out to the Cedar Cemetery and placed to rest at the side of the little mound that marked the resting place of her departed husband. Friends, many of them, accompanied the remains to the cemetery.

Mrs. Christine Koenecke was born in Gamsen, province of Hanover, Germany where she received the rites of Baptism in infancy and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith when a child, her maiden name was Schmidt. United in marriage with Henry Koenecke January 1, 1870, the young couple remained in the country of their birth until two daughters were born, they left Germany for America September 8, 1873 and, after four weeks at sea, landed at New Orleans; from that city they came on to Morgan's Point and Galveston by small boat, and then by rail to Columbus. At Columbus they adopted the then mode of travel, by wagon to Ammannsville where the family remained for one year and then removing to O'Quinn in 1874.

After several years, conducting a smithy shop, the father and husband purchased a farm, and on this farm the family lived until 1903, the father dying in September of that year. After the arrival of the family in America, two more children, both boys, were born. One son, Otto, died March 31, 1909: the children living are: Mrs. Annie Reiss, Miss Emma and H.L. Koenecke. Three grandchildren: Miss Irene and E.H. Reiss and Milton Koenecke, also survive.

Having experienced the usual hardships so common with emigrants from foreign countries, they experienced others later. After the husband and father died, the widow and her children removed to La Grange, and purchased the two-story home from a local citizen, and located at the spot where the family residence now stands. When the swollen waters of the Colorado inundated the south and western city limits December 4, 1913, the house was washed from its foundation and carried down stream, finally crashing against some of the heavy timbers east from the city where a large amount of the lumber was salvaged, and the present home was built. Mother Koenecke, so generously called by those who delighted to visit with her, has joined the great majority, friends sympathize with the survivors, and in that extension of sympathy, encourage the firm thought that her rest was earned, that it will be peaceful, and that where those who keep the faith do go, she will greet them again.


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Koenecke. Died at Cedar, Sept 21-03, of Paralysis of heart, Henry Koenecke, aged 59 yrs and 3 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, 8 Apr 1909


Whereas, The Almighty God, in the exercise of His divine providence and love, doeth all things for the best, even tho' He taketh from us our most beloved; there, be it Resolved, That we extend our most heart felt sympathy to our sister of the Lutheran Aid Society, Mrs. Annie Koenecke for the loss of a beloved husband, Otto Koenecke, and Mrs. Christine Koenecky [sic.] the loss of a good and loyal son; be it further Resolved That a copy of these resolutions be sent to each of the above mentioned, and same be published in the La Grange Deutsche Zeitung and the La Grange Journal. Miss M. L. Meerscheidt, Mrs. Annie Nikel, Mrs. Christine Huettel, Committee. La Grange, Texas, April 5, 1909

La Grange Journal, 15 Apr 1909


Once again has the Supreme Chief blown the bugle and taken until His fold another of our true and brave firemen, in the person of our comrade, Otto Koenecke, who, in the very prime of life, when all nature seemed to smile upon his efforts, his deeds of kindness and fidelity to our cause, was compelled to lay aside his mantle of eartly labor and become a member of the great white band that dwell in the Celestial home. When we think of the inevitable and know that such a good favorite, whom every man was proud to address as friend, has journeyed hence, we feel that the Master's call must be for the best: therefore, be it

Resolved, That by the untimlely depaprture of Brother Otto Koeneck, this, the LaGrange Fire Department, has lost one of its bravest members, a man who in every sense fulfilled the requirements as a volunteer fireman and whose interest in these matters was ever to imperil his life to resce and to save. Truly, he had enlisted for life. Resolved, That while we keenly feel his absence from the assembly chamber, no longer hear his cheerful voice and miss his ready response to the call of duty, we feel that he has been granted a rest. May he rest in Peace.

Resolved, That we herein tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives of the deceased: that a copy be furnished the LaGrange Journal for publication, and that they be spread upon the minutes of the LaGrange Fire Department. B. F. Harigal, Geo. Mauer, Jr., W. L. Turnage, Committee on Resolutions.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


Weimar Mercury, 1 Jan 1932, page 5


LaGrange, Texas, Dec. 22.—Funeral services were held today for Alton Koenig, 24, of Round Top, who was fatally injured while sawing wood near his home Monday afternoon when a wood-sawing attachment became jammed and jumped from its moorings on the frame of a small truck. Koenig's left arm was almost severed from his body at the shoulder by the saw.

His death occurred on his twenty-fourth birthday anniversary, which he had planned to celebrate. Interment was in the Florida Chapel Cemetery near Round Top. Koenig was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Koenig.


The La Grange Journal, 6 Sep 1962

August W. Koenig, Longtime Embalmer Dies August 29

August W. Koenig, one of the oldest licensed embalmers in Texas, died at the Cozy Rest Home in La Grange on Aug. 29. He was 80 years old.

Last rites were held on Friday August 31, at 4 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in the La Grange city cemetery.

Mr. Koenig received his embalmers' license in 1909 and practiced for nearly 50 years before he retired. He started his own funeral business in La Grange in 1924, and in 1936, he and his son, Gilbert, built the first complete funeral chapel in the area.

Mr. Koenig was very active in civic and church work in his time and contributed much to the success of the Fayette County Fair Association.

The deceased was a member of the La Grange Fire Department, joining in the year 1907. He was an active Hermann Son and Odd Fellow, being a member of these organizations for over 50 years. At one time he was a member of the Encampment and Canton branches of the Odd Fellow Lodges. Mr. Koenig was known all over the state for his skill with the sling shot.

Mr. Koenig was born May 6, 1882 in La Grange the son of John R. and Minna Schwake Koenig Sr. He married Emma Reichrt[Reichert] on Dec. 26, 1906 in La Grange. She died on Dec. 17, 1961.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Julia) Warnken, Mrs. Wilbert (Genelda) Jaster, La Grange, and Mrs. Minna Witt, Austin; one son, Gilbert A. of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Elenora Perkins, San Antonio, Mrs. Louise Kott and Mrs. Ella Clark, Austin; brother, John R. Jr., Austin; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


Fayette County Record, September, 2003

Elva Marguerite Oeding Koenig was a lifetime resident of the Black Jack Springs/ O'Quinn community where she lived with her husband John Henry Koenig since building there home by hand in 1967 just off FM 609. Prior to that Elva and John Koenig lived nearer to Swiss Alp, Texas where they had a home since their marriage on January 24, 1933. Prior to her marriage, Elva lived with her family in Glidden, Texas as well as Abbott's Grove near present day Ammannsville, Texas.

Elva survived her husband “Johnny” who predeceased her in 1984 by almost 20 years and had an active life with her family consisting of two sons, Rodney and Weldon Koenig, her five grandchildren, Erik Koenig, Chris Koenig, Jennifer Koenig Hill, Jon Todd "JT" Koenig, and Andrew Koenig, as well as her great-grandson, Drew Koenig, and countless other relatives.

Elva was very active in her church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp, Texas just up the road from Black Jack Springs/ O'Quinn, where she played the organ for many years. This church is the second oldest Lutheran congregation in Texas.

Elva was also the precinct election judge until the Black Jack Springs precinct was folded into the La Grange precinct. She also raised crops and cattle for many years, as well as tended to her vegetable and flower gardens for which she won many blue ribbons in the Fayette County Fair.

Elva will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of those who loved her.

Note: Wife of John H. Koenig, Daughter of Paul and Margaret Munke Oeding, Sister of Felix and Archie Oeding, Niece of Louis & Alma Oeding (all, except Archie, are also buried in the Black Jack Springs Cemetery.) Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Jan 1913


Fritz Koenig, age 62 yrs., 1 mo. 5 days, pneumonia, Rozenov [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1977

Hugo Koenig Funeral At Dubina

Funeral services for Hugo Koenig, 74, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Aug. 2, from Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Father Daniel O’Brien officiated.

Mr. Koenig died at 4:30 p.m. July 30 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Houston, of a stroke. He had been ill for about three months and hospitalized for a week.

Born August 16, 1902, at Ammannsville, he was a son of John and Augusta (Hassenbach) Koenig. He married Albina Holub at Dubina on August 5, 1924, and they lived at Dubina 40 years before retiring and moving to Weimar 13 years ago. He was employed as janitor of St. Michael’s School here for about three years.

His wife survives, along with four sons, Ivan Koenig of Dubina, E. G. Koenig and Butch Koenig of Austin, and Jerry Koenig of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Madlyn Oertli, Mrs. Geneva Tindall and Miss Stella Koenig, all of Houston; 26 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Daniel Koenig of Smithville.

A grandson, five brothers and seven sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Bobby Koenig, Billy Koenig, Jimmy Koenig, Mark Koenig, Brett Koenig, and Kal Oertli. Tommy Koenig served as lector. All are grandsons.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, June 18, 1957


John August Koenig, 79, long-time resident of this area, passed away Thursday at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel with Rev. F. Erhard Eilers officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City cemetery.

Mr. Koenig was born in Eversten near Oldenburg, Germany, on July 9, 1877, son of Johann Anton and Dorothea Dinklage Koenig.  He came to Fayette County with his mother and younger brother and sister when he was 12 and had lived here since.  He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Klaevemann at Freyburg on Dec. 2, 1902.

A retried farmer, Mr. Koenig is survived by his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Edwin Niemeyer and Mrs. Milton Wessels of La Grange, and Mrs. Frank Krischke of Schulenburg; seven sons, Charles G. of Cleveland, Robert G. and Hermann F. of Houston, John H. of Black Jack Springs, Willie Lee of Garland, Paul E. of Corpus Christi and Walter Koenig of El Campo; one brother Charles Koenig of Waxahachie; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Fayette County Record, May 29, 1984


John Henry Koenig, 75, of Rt. 3 La Grange passed away Sunday in MD Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp with the Rev. Clements Richards officiating.  Interment will be in the Black Jack Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Koenig, a farmer and rancher, was born Nov. 3, 1908 in Black Jack Springs.  He was the son of the late John August and Mary (Klaevemann) Koenig.  He was united in marriage with Elva Marguerite Oeding in 1933 in the Swiss Alp Lutheran Church.

Mr. Koenig was a director of the Fayette County Fair Assn and the Engle Mutual Insurance.  He served as an election judge for 57 years and held a number of offices in the United Evangelical Lutheran Church.  He spent his entire life in this area.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elva M. (Oeding) Koenig of Black Jack Springs, two sons, and daughters-in-law, John Weldon and Nancy (Sowa) Koenig of Vienna, VA and Rodney Curtis and Rebecca (Todd) Koenig of Houston; three sisters, Helen Niemeyer and Myrtle Wessels both of La Grange, and Hattie Krischke of Schulenburg; five brothers, Charles Koenig of Cleveland, Herman Koenig of Houston, Bill Koenig of Garland, Paul Koenig of Austin, and Walter Koenig of El Campo; and five grandchildren, Christopher, Erik, Jennifer, Jon Todd and Andrew.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


La Grange Journal, January 9, 1936

John R. Koenig, Sr. Dies at La Grange After Long Illness

Saturday night, John R. Koenig Sr., aged 77 years, 3 months and 12 days, died at the family home in the Eastern end of La Grange; he had been in failing health for several months, but not always abed. The fore part of the past week he drifted into a comatose condition, and death came to relieve him.

John Koenig was born and reared in La Grange, he was born September 23, 1858, and for a number of years was a smithy, his business place and workshop located on West Travis Street, not the property of the Janssen Brothers. He retired in the year 1913.

He was united in marriage with Mrs. Minna Meyer on January 4 1881 and to this union there was born eight children, on son Max, preceding his father in death, November 23, 1890. The living children are Aug. W. Koenig of La Grange, John R. Koenig, Jr., Joe S. Koenig of Austin, Mrs. Ella Clark and Mrs. Eleanora Perkins of San Antonio.

Mrs. Koenig died June 30, 1913; on June 14, 1921 he was married to Miss Anna Eckel who with the sons and daughters, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive.

Funeral Services were held at the family residence Sunday afternoon at  3:30 o’clock, Rev J.E. Roth of La Grange, speaking English and Rev. Carl Baer of Waldeck, in German. The attendance of relatives and friends was very large. Interment was has at the new cemetery. Pall bearers were: John F. Taylor, T. Lee Smith, John Schwake, W.L. Taylor, Louis Eck, and B.F. Harigel.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Fayette County Record, October 12, 1976


Funeral services for Mrs. Marie “Mary” Koenig, 93, of 305 S. Monroe were held Sunday afternoon at four o’clock at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. F. E. Eilers of Shiner officiating.  Interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Koenig died in Fayette Memorial Hospital Friday.

The deceased, a resident of La Grange for the past 25 years, was born at Freyburg on February 12, 1883, the daughter of the late Christian and Meta (Joost) Klaevemann.  On Dec. 2, 1902 she was united in marriage with John August Koenig at Freyburg.  Mr. Koenig preceded her in death on June 13, 1957.

Surviving are:  three daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Helen) Niemeyer and Mrs. Milton (Myrtle) Wessels, both of La Grange, and Mrs. Frank (Hattie) Krischke of Schulenburg; six sons, Charles G. of Cleveland, John H. of Black Jack, Herman F. of Pasadena, Willie Lee of Garland, Paul E. of Austin and Walter of El Campo.  Two sisters, Mrs. Minna Stoever of Nordheim and Mrs. Callie Hertel of Schulenburg; 22 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Five brothers, Henry, Carl, Willie, Adolph and Herman Klaevemann; one son, Robert Gerhard Koenig; and two great-grandchildren preceded her in death.

Photo and obituary contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 July 1908


Died at Winchester, June 13, Marvin Koenig, age 3 mon[t]hs of gastro enteritis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, September 21, 1933

Dies From Injuries Received In Auto Wreck

Mrs. Anna Koenning of Shiner, died at the La Grange Hospital Sunday night, at 11 o'clock, death following an automobile accident near Hostyn when the automobile in which Mrs. Koenning was riding, with Walter Schmidt of Willow Springs and children, crashed with another automobile that came on the highway suddenly.

The injured, which included all of the occupants of the Schmidt car were immediately taken to the hospital, where prompt attention was given. Mrs. Koenning, as stated died the same night. Mr. Schmidt received injuries to his back and the children were considerably bruised.

The body of Mrs. Koenning was taken to the home of John Muesse near Zapalac Switch and on Tuesday at 3:00 o'clock, p.m., was buried in the National Cemetery near Ellinger, Rev. Carl Baer officiating.

Mrs. Koenning was 76 years of age; her husband, Fritz Koenning preceded her in death many years ago. She had been on a visit at the home of Mr. Schmidt and was en route to her home at Shiner when the accident which cost her life occurred.

To the surviving relatives the Journal offers its sincere sympathy. La Grange Journal.

Anna Gehe Koenning was born in Germany sometime in 1857 and died on September 10, 1933.Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, March 6, 1975

Mrs. Emil Koenning of Moravia, age 86 years, 7 months and 16 days, passed away in Youens Hospital in Weimar, Tuesday, February 18, 1975 after a short illness.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. February 19, 1975 from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, with Father Vincent Fecher of Weimar officiating. Interment was in Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wayne and Alfred Meyer, Les and Wallace Koenning, Michael and David Halata.

Mrs. Koenning, nee Annie Vyvial, was born in the Moravia community, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ignac Vyvial. On June 30, 1909, she was united in marriage to Emil Koenning at Breslau where the couple resided for a short time prior to moving to their residence at Moravia.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. George (Lillie) Rektorik of Moravia, Mrs. Alfred (Arminta) Meyer of Rosenberg; one son, Leslie Koenning of Lake Jackson; one brother, Joe Vyvial of Rosenberg; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, December 16, 1969.

Attending the funeral for their aunt were Mrs. Marie Koenning of Alice, Mr. and Mrs. Elo Pfeil, Mrs. George Boedeker and Mrs. Harold Koenning, all of Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 1, 1970

Schulenburg. – Emil Koenning, retired farmer of the Moravia community succumbed Tuesday, December 16, 1969 in M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, at the age of 80 years, 3 months.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, Thursday, December 18, at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Wolf of Hallettsville officiated at the last rites and burial was in Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wayne and Alfred Jr. Meyer, Les and Wallace Koenning, Richard Halata and Stephen Smith.

Mr. Koenning was born in September 1889 at Breslau, Lavaca County, June 30, 1909, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Vyvial at Breslau where the couple resided for a short period prior to moving to their present place of residence at Moravia.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Anna Koenning of Moravia; 2 daughters, Mrs. George (Lillie) Rektorik of Moravia and Mrs. Alfred E. (Arminta) Meyer of Rosenberg; a son, Leslie Koenning of Lake Jackson; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis



La Grange Journal, October 19, 1944

Howard Wayne Koepke

Little Howard Wayne Koepke, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Koepke of this city, died at the LaGrange Hospital Tuesday night after a two-days’ illness at the age of 4 years, 11 months and 22 days. 

His funeral will take place this Thursday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock from the Koenig Funeral Home, with interment in the new cemetery, Dr. Guy B. Duff officiating.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Koepke, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Spittler, and Mrs. and Mrs. Louis Koepke, all of LaGrange, mourn his going.

Transcribed by Judy Koehl


Colorado County Citizen, 16 May 1963, page 8

Leon Koepke Dies Here; Burial In La Grange

Last rites were held Sunday afternoon in Jecmenek Funeral home in Ellinger for Leon Koepke, 70, who died in Columbus hospital Friday after an illness of about 2 months. Rev. Francis Kolar of the Hostyn Hill Catholic church officiated and burial was in La Grange. Rosary was recited Friday and Saturday nights in the funeral home and mass was said at 6:30 Friday morning in the Hostyn Hill church.

Mr. Koepke was born in Oldenburg July 14, 1892, a son of Theo and Lena Voelkel Koepke. He spent most of his life in the Ellinger community, working in the C. W. Ellinger store for a long time and later for Hruska Bros. He and his wife operated their own store before he retired about 4 years ago.

He is survived by his wife, the former Amanda Koehl; 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles Rau and Mrs. Raymond Untermeyer of Columbus and Mrs. Charles Kovar of Lafayette, La.; 2 sons, Jay Allen Koepke and John Ray Koepke, Houston; 10 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. W. L. Taylor of Houston and Mrs. F. A. Becker of Ellinger and one brother, Arthur Koepke of Ellinger.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Henry Dungen, Delvin Becker, Earl Taylor, Bobby Schobel, Adolph Kasmiersky and Bill Jurecka.


Shiner Gazette, 30 Nov 1893

—DIED. – A. C. Koepke received a telegram Friday stating that his mother was dead at her home in Warrenton. He left at once accompanied by his family for Warrenton and the heartfelt sympathy of his hosts of friends accompanied him. His mother was seventy-two years old at the time of her death and not having known of her illness, her death was all the greater shock to him. The funeral took place, Saturday, Nov. 25th.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1915


Thoe [sic.] Koepke, age 54 years, 4 months and 28 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, Feb 19, 2008


Funeral services for Charles Koether, 53, of La Grange were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at St Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Sid Roden officiating. Burial was in the the La Grange City Cemetery.

Koether died in Austin Heart Hospital Thursday, Feb 14.

He was born Dec 31, 1954 in Weimar, the son of Glenn Charles and Dorothy Jean (Freudenberg) Koether. He married Carolyn Richter June 21, 1980 in La Grange. Koether loved baseball and was the starting pitcher on the 1973 State Baseball Championship Team of La Grange High School. He was a founding member of the La Grange Baseball Association and participated in the Optimist Club, The Independent Cattleman’s Association, Farm Bureau, and St Paul Luther Church Council, where he volunteered his energy to people and organizations including frying fish for the Volunteer Fire Department and running chains at the high school football games.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Brooke Koether and boyfriend David Smith; Brittany Koether and boyfriend Wes Canada; son, Blake Koether and fiancée Candice Polasek; parents; sister, Bonnie Sladek and husband Erwin; Sandra Weikel and husband Jimmy; and Rhonda Koether; brother Don Koether, all of La Grange; brother-in-law wayne Richter and wife Belinda of La Grange; sisters-in-law, Jean Harbers and husband Ted of West Point, Misty McCowan and husband Thomas of La Grange; and mother and father-in-law, Doug and Dorothy Richter of La Grange.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the La Grange Baseball Association, Attention: Thomas Supak, PO Box 25, La Grange, Tx 78945.

Koenig and Strickland Funeral Home of La grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Nov 1904, Swiss Alp column

October 30, 1904.

Mrs. Christian Koether, an old respectable lady died here Thursday night. She leaves a grief stricken husband and several children, all grown, to mourn her death. Deceased was interred in the Ammannsville cemetery Friday evening. May she rest in peace.

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Nov 1904

Mrs. Francis Koether, wife of Chris. Koether, died of old age, Thursday night at 10:30 o’clock at her home in Swiss Alp, and her remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery at Ammannsville, Friday at 3 o’clock, by loving hands. Mrs. Koether was 78 years of age. She leaves a husband, four daughters and one son to mourn her demise, to whom the Sticker extends sincere condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, October 19, 1977


Funeral services for Herman Koether, 84, of Carmine were held Sunday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine with Pastor Stephen Clark officiating.  Burial was in the Carmine Cemetery.

Foehner Funeral Home of Burton was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Koether was born in Washington County Nov. 25, 1893, the son of Conrad and Caroline Toelle Koether.

Mr. Koether was never married, was a farmer and rancher, and lived near Carmine all his life.  He was a resident of a Giddings nursing home the last few years.

He passed away in Lee Memorial Hospital in Giddings on Friday, October 14.

Mr. Koether was a member of the Quade-Werchan American Legion Post 338, Round Top-Carmine, and was also a member of the Barracks 611 of Round Top-Carmine and a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine.

He is survived by one sister-in-law, Mrs. Leonie Koether of Carmine and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers.

Serving as pallbearers were Henry Koether, Jr., Peter Belle, Joe Belle, David Belle, Milton Fischer, and Billy Joe Jankowiak.

Contributed by Rob Brown






La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 17, 1938

Mrs. Mary Koether

Mrs. Mary Koether, 76 years of age, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. E. W. Schneider, of Poth, Texas, Saturday.

Mrs. Koether was born at Cedar in this county; her maiden name was Miss Mary Nollkaemper; she was a sister of Otto and Julius Nollkaemper of La Grange.

Interment took place at Poth Sunday afternoon from the Lutheran church in that city.  She leaves three daughters, two sons and five brothers.

Otto and Julius Nollkaemper, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Steinmann, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Webb of La Grange, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Will Nollkaemper of Flatonia, attended the funeral at Poth, Sunday afternoon.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 16 Jul 1898

Flatonia, Tex., July 8.—A telegram received here today stated that C. Kojok had been drowned, he being a passenger of the ill-fated French line La Burgogne, which went down Wednesday.

Kojok was a resident of this city and owned a large store here, which was headquarters for traveling peddlers. Kojok was going to Syria to be married, after which he intended touring the world, before returning here.—Express Special.

Kojok was at one time a merchant of this city, being a member of the firm of Anton & Kojok. He, in company with sixty other Syriabs, was en route to his old home. Of the sixty, only eight were saved.


Houston Chronicle, August 1, 2012

Joseph Alois Kokes 82, passed away July 30th in Houston, TX.

He was born January 4, 1930 in Hostyn, TX, son of the late Ludvik and Anges (Muras) Kokes. He was united in marriage with Mary Ann Fajkus in Praha, TX on May 6, 1957.
He was a carpet layer for 39 years, working for Suniland and Louis Shanks. He was a member of KJT Hosytn Society #3 for 75 years, and a parishioner of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Houston for 55 years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Kokes of Houston: one son Patrick Kokes and two daughters; Sandra and Doris Kokes; three grandchildren; Jason Kokes and his wife Holly; Christine Kokes and Matthew Kokes all of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters; Mary Kokes and Helen Machac.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM with a Rosary beginning at 7:30 PM at Earthman Funeral Directors in the Hunters Creek Chapel, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, Texas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 June 1904, Engle Items column

Engle, Texas. May 31-04.

Quite a crowd from Engle attended the funerals of Mr. J. J. Kolar of Flatonia and Mr. Anton Petter a young musician man and well liked by all who knew him. We sympathize with the bereaved family.

Rev. A. B. Davisson held his regular preaching last Sunday. On account of so many deaths the attendance was not as large as expected.

Weimar Mercury, 4 Jun 1904, page 2

Flatonia, May 28. — John Kolar, a wealthy and highly respected citizen of this place, died suddenly this morning at 10 o'clock. He was the owner of the Flatonia Oil Mill and leaves a large family. He was taken with something like cramp colic and, although the best medical aid was summoned, he expired in a short time. His sudden death was a great shock to the community.

Shiner Gazette, 8 Jun 1904

Mr. John Kolar, proprietor of the Flatonia oil mill, died on Saturday May 28th, very suddenly of congestion of the brain. He was 51 years old and leaves a wife and nine children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, November 9, 1938

FLATONIA, Tex., Nov. 8.-- John T. Kolar, 57, prominent Flatonia citizen, died here today. Funeral services will be held here Wednesday with interment in the Praha cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Thursday, August 10, 1939

Flatonia, Tex., Aug. 9.—Funeral services were held from the Sacred Heart Church Wednesday morning for Mrs. J.J. Kolar, 75, prominent citizen of this city, who died Tuesday morning. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Kolar is survived by six sons, Frank of Nixon; Ed and Anton of Moulton; and Emil, Louis and Bill of Flatonia; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Zigelbaum of Taylor and Mrs. Frank Bittner of Nixon, and numerous grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005

Frank Kolek Sr. Funeral Services Held Aug. 25

Frank Alois Kolek Sr., 93, of Weimar died Aug. 23 at the Parkview Manor.  Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 25 at St. Michael Church with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at Dubina Cemetery.

Frank was born Sept. 11, 1911 in Fayette County to John and Mary (Dlohy) Kolek.

He attended Radhost Public School, Hostyn Parochial School until seventh grade.

Frank married Sylvia Marek on Oct. 20, 1936 in Dubina.

Mr. Kolek was a member of the KJT and was the secretary and treasurer of the KJT for many years.

Frank passed away very peacefully.  He was a dairy farmer from 1936-56.  He raised greenhouse tomatoes for 20 years and worked a lot with his garden and sold his vegetables at the Farmers Market in Columbus.  He grafted most of the pecan trees on his farm and many around the Weimar area.

Mr. Kolek spent his last four years at the Parkview Manor where he enjoyed playing dominoes.

He enjoyed his polka music and sang in a Czech Choir for many years.  He also was a very good taroc card player.  He was a gymnast in his younger years and enjoyed baseball very much.  He loved the Astros and went to many games.

His grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild were the light of his life.

Mr. Kolek lived in the Weimar area for 69 years.  He also lived in Hostyn and Fayette County. 

He is survived by his son Frank Kolek Jr. of Weimar; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his wife, four brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers where Travis Kocurek, Brandon Kocurek, James Kolek, Ricky Ramirez, Jim Anders and Brian Anders.

Honorary pallbearers were Edwin Joe Anders and Dean Kocurek.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 19, 2012, page 2

Frank Kolek Services Held April 12

Frank A. Kolek Jr., 75, died April 9 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston of Lymphoma.

He was born on August 19, 1937, to Sylvia Marek Kolek and Frank Kolek in Weimar and was an only child.

As a boy he attended Borden, Dubina, and St. Michael Catholic Schools.

On November 4, 1956, he married Dorothy Kolek in Ammannsville.

He was president of the KJT, a Co-op officer, member of St. Michael Catholic Church, a Little League coach and a member of the Weimar Vets Baseball.
He was a farmer and rancher during his life.

Funeral services were held on April 12 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at Dubina Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy Kolek, of Weimar; son, James Kolek and wife Brenda Kolek of Shepherd; daughters, Rita Anders and husband Edwin Joe of Weimar, Diane Mueller and Roy Mueller of La Grange, and Charlene Ramierz and husband Ricky of Weimar.

He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Anders, Brian Anders, Tyler Kolek, Stephen Kolek, Brandon Kocurek, Travis Kocurek and Ryan Ramirez.

Depending on who was talking to him, he went by Frankie, Daddy, Grandpa, GG, Frank, and Mr. Kolek.

Grandpa was a man with many tools in his tool box, he was a dairy farmer until 1979 and when his kids left the nest it was time for him to switch to beef cattle.

He was a water well witcher, raised peaches and pecans-along with grafting pecan trees, and as Granny would say he loved to “bang those rocks together to make arrowheads.”

Grandpa was a man of the outdoors who loved to spend time with his dogs-Pete and Cabela, fish, look for and make arrowheads, trap animals, hunt squirrels, crows, coons, deer, and hogs.

The only time you could find him inside was if he was reading, eating, sleeping, or watching his Polka show on the RFD channel. 

Grandpa was a very busy man but he would drop what he was doing at any time to head in various directions to fix pipes, plow the girls’ gardens, cover Rita’s greenhouses, round up EJ’s barbadoe, take someone to town to pick up their vehicle from the shop, assemble a storage building for Diane’s studio, or give advice about planting grass, crops, or anything that had to do with the outdoors.

Grandpa never wanted money for his work, he would rather ask for a favor to be returned by taking him to his vehicle or tractor, or he would even take a homemade meal or pie.

Aside from eating grandpa loved sports, and also instilled that in his children, he could pitch a baseball to them right or left handed, to challenge their skills.

Grandpa loved to talk about baseball, football, running and watch his grandkids play any sport, it didn’t matter if it was in 100 degree weather.

Along with the boys baseball skills, Tyler and Stephen will be the one’s to carry out the Kolek name.

The Kolek name and talent came with a price though, and that includes big ears, size 12-16 shoes, and big hands.

Grandpa has always enjoyed going to the ranch in Shepherd to look at James’ cows, fish the lakes with the boys, and then head inside for Aunt’ Brenda’s country cookin’ with a peach pie for dessert.
Grandpa also enjoyed watching football, and if the Cowboy’s were playing, he would ride his golf cart 2/10ths of a mile down the road to our house, and watch the game with us.

However the Cowboy’s could easily be trumped by sitting in the deer stand with a grandkid and allowing them to shoot their  first buck with him.

A good picture of Grandpa, is him sitting in a golf cart, with a gun on the back, dogs by his side, wearing jeans, boots, and a button down blue jean shirt.

Grandpa was always teaching and sharing his broad spectrum of knowledge to the grandchildren.

With many trips to Mostyn’s and down to Harvey’s creek where he taught how to work cattle, build fence, drive tractor, cut-rake-bail-and load hay, clean pecan’s, hunt, and fly fish.

Two of Grandpa’s most unique talents which he has passed on were using the iron rod to witch for water in which some of his family members have acquired his gift and how to have an eye out to find arrowheads.

Grandpa was a man that never complained, and carried on his good character while he spent the past 2 months in the hospital.

The nurses and doctors all made comments such as “you know the character of a man, by the people surrounding him.”

Not a day went by that there was not a family member there by his side, even if it was just to watch him sleep.
He held strong until his very last breath, until he was called up to meet Jesus.
For the past two months, family all traded off going to visit grandpa, and would send text messages with updates talking about how his breathing and oxygen was, his blood counts, and what the next steps were going to be.

A favorite text had to be from Aunt Rita, the morning after Grandpa was called up to Heaven, it went something like this “Morning update- Jesus said dad slept awesome last night after getting fitted for his new angel wings, his blood counts are amazingly well this morning, breathing very steady, had chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and chocolate pie for dessert.

“He said he is going fishing today and make a few arrowheads. He is taking Pete and Cabela with him. Sounds like he is gonna have a good day.”

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, May 4, 1945, Page 1

Funeral Rites for John Kolek, Sr., Held At Hostyn

Funeral services were held Saturday for John Kolek, Sr., at the Hostyne Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul Kaspar of Louise officiating. Interment was in the Hostyn Cemetery.

Mr. Kolek was born in Europe on June 4, 1874. He came to America in the year 1883 and settled in the Hoystyn community where he engaged in farming until about four years ago when he and his wife retired and moved to their home near the Hostyn church. He passed away at the La Grange Hospital on Tuesday at the age of 70 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Kolek of Hostyn; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Kozel and Mrs. Frances Kallus of near La Grange, Mrs. Agnes Kaspar of Ganado; four sons, John C. and Anton Kolek of near La Grange, Frank Kolek of Borden, and lieut. Commander Charles W. Kolek (chaplain in the Navy) stationed at Newport, R.I.; one sister, Miss Therisa Kolek of Hostyn and several sisters in Europe.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 27, 1967

Mrs. Marie Kolek Buried Thursday

Funeral services were held at Hostyn Catholic Church last Thursday, April 20, for Mrs. Marie Kolek, 87-year-old mother of Frank Kolek Sr. of Weimar. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rev. Charles Kolek of Chicago, a son, officiated.

Mrs. Kolek was a native of Europe but had lived in the Hostyn community 73 years. She died Monday of last week in Fayette Memorial Hospital, La Grange. Her husband died in 1945.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Sylvia Ann Marek Kolek

The Weimar Mercury, July 12, 2001, p. 2A

Sylvia Kolek Funeral Services Held July 5

Sylvia Ann Kolek, 86, of Weimar died July 3 at Care Inn in La Grange.

Funeral services were held July 5 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John Bily and Father John Peters officiating.
Organist was Mickey Glueck and special songs in Latin and Czech were sung by Margie Janecka.  Charles Glueck also accompanied Margie and Mickey on the entrance song "Immaculate Mary", offertory "Lord Accept the Gifts We Offer" and several other of Mrs. Kolek's favorite hymns. Gifts at mass were brought up by Erin Anders, Brigette Ramirez, Ryan Ramirez and Tyler Kolek, all great grandchildren. Altar servers were Kyle Mueller and Corey Marek.  Eucharist minister was Mary Louise Mueller. Interment followed in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Kolek was born Sept. 9, 1914 in Fayette County to Frank and Cecelia Kossa Marek. She attended St. Edwards School in Dubina.

She married Frank Kolek Sr. on Oct. 20, 1936 in Dubina.

She was a member of St. Michael's Church, president, secretary and youth leader of KJZT, secretary for Christian Mothers, church organist, 4-H leader, and CCD teacher. Mrs. Kolek was a housewife and lived in this area for 86 years.

She is survived by her husband Frank Kolek Sr. of Weimar; one son, Frank Kolek Jr. and wife Dorothy of Weimar; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Ervin Marek; and one nephew Bennie Marek.

Pallbearers were Jim Anders, Brian Anders, Brandon Kocurek, Travis Kocurek, Bobby Marek, and Danny Marek. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Hercik and Eugene Marek.

Transcribed bySandra Long Anders


Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1976

Albina Kollajo [sic]

Funeral services for Mrs. Albina Kollaja, 61, of Fayetteville, mother of Louis Kollaja of Columbus, were held Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville and continued at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiated.

Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kollaja died in Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange Dec. 29.

She was born Oct. 27, 1914 in Ellinger, a daughter of Frank and Mary Zetke Supak. She was married to Ludwig Kollaja Jan. 26, 1942 in Hostyn Hill. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and was a life-long resident of Fayette County.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her step-mother, Mrs. Rosa Supak of Ellinger; a brother, Jerry Supak of Ellinger; 5 half-brothers, Pete Supak of Victoria, Arnold Supak of Nampa, Idaho, John Supak of Houston, Laddie Supak of Columbus and Ludwig Supak of Ellinger, and 2 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Lubbock Avalanche, Friday, March 22, 1929

LA GRANGE, March 21.—John Kollaja, 52, farmer was buried at Fayetteville today. He died from hemorrhage of the brain brought on in tryng to force open the back door of his automobile which his daughter was driving.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


yourconroenews.com, May 9, 2015

Johnny Blaise Kollaja, 63, went to be with the Lord in the early morning of May 8, 2015. He was a beloved husband, loving father, loyal son and brother and best of all "pop".

Johnny was born in La Grange, a small town near Austin, Texas and is preceded in death by his father, Leon A. Kollaja and by his brother Leon F. Kollaja. Johnny leaves his lasting legacy to his loving wife of 37 years Shelley Kollaja, daughter Jaclyn Kollaja, son and daughter-in-law Keith and Megan Kollaja and his little princess, granddaughter Emily Kollaja, who all reside in Montgomery, Texas.

Survivors include his mother Bernice Kollaja, brother Daniel Kollaja and his wife Nancy, nephew Philip Kollaja and his wife Krystal, niece Christa and Ross Denham and nephew Eric Kollaja all of West Point, Texas and niece Nora Winter of Conroe, Texas. He will be remembered by many great nieces and nephews, Jamie, Lexie, Cambree, Raelee, Ace, Kaidence, Kali, Kinsley and Reece.

Johnny continuously brought smiles and laughs with his jokes to all he encountered. He always had a smile on his face and found the good in everyone. Family served as the center of his life. Johnny's passions included barbequing, fishing and working on old cars. Johnny shared a special bond with his furry friends, Kit, Lewis, and Baxter. He began his career as a mechanic in the Austin and Houston areas, retiring after 20 years as a service manager for Jimmy Copeland Chrysler in Tomball.

His family and friends invite you to visitation on May 12, 2015 from 6-8 pm with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m., at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery, Texas. Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plantersville, Texas at 10:30am May 13, 2015. Johnny will be laid to rest at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Plum, Texas at 3:30pm.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, November 20, 1929

Louis Kollaja, 22, of Grayhill died at LaGrange when his jugular vein was cut in a auto crash.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Weekly Journal, 27 March 1941


Mrs. Margaret Kolodejcak, aged 89 years and 1 month, died Tuesday, March 26, at the home of her son-in-law, J. B. Kubala; funeral services will be held Friday morning, March 28 at 9:00 o’clock, at the Kubala home near Hostyn; Requiem Mass will be conducted by Rev. Paul P. Kaspar at the Holy Rosary Catholic church at 9:30 o’clock. Interment will be made in the churchyard cemetery, Kroll Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased was born in Czecho-Slovakia and immigrated to America at the age of 4 years; she was bereft of her husband in 1924; she is survived by two sons, Adolf Kolodejcak of Kurton and John of Cameron; 8 daughters, Mrs. J. B. Kubala of Hostyn, Mrs. Joe Baca of Seymour, Mrs. John Urban of Waco, Mrs. Vinc Zalmon of Axtel, Mrs. Anton Borak of West, Mrs. Mary Kaluza, Mrs. Jacob Zalmon and Mrs. Agnes Sury of Fayetteville; 57 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Julia Odatical, died in 1939; and one son, Paul Kolodejcak, died in 1896.

155 Descendents

Recorded in the report of deaths in this issue of the Journal is the name of Mrs. Margaret Kolodejcak, who died at Hostyn, south of La Grange, Tuesday. Her age is the first interest, she was 89 years and 1 month old; the next mention is that she was the mother of 12 children, 10 of whom are living. The other descendents are 57 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren. The statistician, who chronicles “believe it or not” news, may find here an unchallenged record, a list of descendants greater than in any section of Texas.

Contributed by Nell Lindquist


San Antonio Express, Saturday, April 25, 1936

FLATONIA, Tex., April 24.—Mrs. Anna Koncaba, 86, died at her home in the Novohrad community, and was buried in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Jan 1994

Oscar John Koncaba of 303 Klesel St., Schulenburg died on Tuesday Jan. 11 at the age of 49 years, 7 months, 1 day.  He was taken to Fayette Memorial Hospital prior to his death.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  The Rev. Timothy Kolser officiated and interment took place in the church cemetery.

Eucharistic ministries were Robert Brosch and Cecil Riche.  Organ music was provided by Sister Aline Hrncir and acolytes were Chip Bubela and Denny Venghaus.

Serving as pallbearers were Blaise Dreitner of Yoakum, Erwin Wayne Faltisek of Rosenberg, George Koncaba Jr. of Port Lavaca, Adolph Koncaba Jr. of Shiner and Franklin Pohler of McDade, all nephews; and Robert Brosch of Schulenburg, close friend of the family.  Named as honorary pallbearers were active and retired members of the Schulenburg and Columbus volunteer fire departments.

A fireman's memorial service was held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11 followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, led by the Rev. Kosler of St. Rose and the Rev. Greg Korenek of Victoria.

Born in Shiner on June 10, 1944, he was the son of Adolph and Angelina (Berckenhoff) Koncaba.  He attended school in Moulton.

On February 20, 1965, he married Helen Eschenburg at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

He resided in El Campo for a short time in 1966, and in Columbus from 1965 until March 1971, when he moved to Schulenburg, where he resided until his death.

He was a route salesman his entire married life.  He worked for a candy company in El Campo for a short time.  He was employed by Mrs. Baird's Bakery as a route salesman in Columbus of six years and then for Frito-Lay, Inc. as a route salesman in Schulenburg for 22 years.

He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, which he served as eucharistic minister and usher.  Some of his woodwork projects were made and donated to the church.  His hobby was woodworking.

Koncaba joined the Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department in March 1971 and served on company three throughout his tenure.  He was elected foreman of that company after duties as first and second assistant foreman.  He also served on numerous important committees and was vice president for two years.  Prior to joining the Schulenburg department, he was a member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department for five years.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Michelle Koncaba of Schulenburg; another daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Keith Dvorak of Hallettsville, two grandchildren, Kori and Kodi Dvorak of Hallettsville; five sisters, Emma Pohler of Sugar Land, Agnes Fojtik of Hallettsville, Viola Konvicka of Hallettsville, Delores Dreitner of Weimar and Patricia Faltisek of Rosenberg; and four brothers, Willie Koncaba of Houston, Edwin Koncaba of Gilmer, George Koncaba of Hallettsville and Adolph Koncaba of Moulton.

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His parents and a brother, Isidor Koncaba, preceded him in death.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1953

Julia Konecny, 76, Dies In Rest Home; Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for Miss Julia Konecny, 76, who died Friday in St. Anthony Rest Home at La Grange, were held Monday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church here with Rev. Clarence Leopold officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s cemetery.

Miss Konecny was a native of Europe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Konecny. Her parents had brought her to Texas at the age of 2, settling at Dubina. She had lived in Colorado and Fayette Counties ever since, making her home in Weimar the past 35 years.

Her only survivor is a sister, Mrs. Hermina Vasek of Strawn, Texas.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 19, 1912

Ellinger News Items


Sunday morning Mrs. Bertha Koniakowsky, who died Friday at her home at Ellinger, was buried at the Ellinger Cemetery. Mrs. Koniakowsky had been ill for over a year suffering with a cancer in her mouth. She was a most estimable, kind and good-hearted lady, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. She was in her 62nd year. She leaves 3 sons and 5 daughters to mourn her death. The sympathy of large circle of friends in this community is extended the bereaved family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 23, 1942

Final Rites For Mrs. Agnes Konvicka Held Last Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Konvicka, 71, pioneer settler of the Schulenburg area, were held at Schulenburg Friday, the Rev. Leo Goertz officiating, and interment was made in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Konvicka succumbed Wednesday, Jan. 14, eight days after suffering a stroke at her home in Schulenburg. She had been a resident of Fayette county 68 years.

Born Agnes Indruch September 8, 1871, at Sklenov, Czecho-Slovakia, she emigrated with her parents to America at the age of three. They settled in the Black Jack community, near Plum. In 1899, she was married to Mr. Frank Konvicka, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg, and a member of the S.P.J.S.T.

Children who survive her include two sons, Ignac Konvicka of Danbury, and Herman Konvicka of Schulenburg; and three daughters, Mrs. Frances Humplik of La Grange, Mrs. Annie Bednarz and Mrs. Agnes Bezetny of Schulenburg. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Frances Molnar of El Campo. One son, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Messrs. George Konvicka, George Humplik, Edmund Lacina, Robert Lacina, Johnnie Cerveink, and Jerome Rainosek.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, April 16, 2013

Allen R. Konvicka Sr., 64, of Schulenburg, died at his residence on Monday, March 25. The funeral was held at the Dubina Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 27 at 2 p.m., with the Msgr. John Bily officiating. Butch Koenig gave a presentation on special memories of Mr. Konvicka. Interment took place in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Koenig, George Anders, Marcus Demel, Lance Vacek, Brian Hudec and Kevin Hudec. Named as honorary pallbearers were Jerry Machicek, Ernest Matura, James Hudec, and grandchildren Tanner Ray and Paige. Rosary was said on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by the Msgr. Bily.

Born in Hallettsville on June 19, 1948, he was the son of George and Josie (Anders) Konvicka. He attended Dubina School, graduated from Schulenburg High School and then attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos to pursue a career in law enforcement. On April 12, 1980, he married Jo Ann Hudec at the Dubina Catholic Church. A lifelong resident of Dubina/Schulenburg, he was a member of the Catholic Church.

He worked as a night watchman and dog catcher for the City of Schulenburg from 1972-74. After graduating from Southwest Texas, he became a patrolman for the City of Schulenburg, serving from 1974-82. He worked for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department as a deputy from 1982-94 and later as a deputy constable for Fayette County. During his career, he enjoyed working with Police Chief Billy Lincoln, Police Chief Edwin Orsak, Sheriff Vastine Koopmann, Darrell Koopmann (at Southwest Texas), Constable Jerry Machicek and Police Chief Gary Reaves in Schulenburg. He semi-retired in Dubina and enjoyed taking care of his garden.

“Whenever someone visited, you never left empty-handed – you always got something from the garden, perhaps pickled okra, pickles, picante sauce,” his family writes. “He will be missed by his dogs, Mac and Snoop, and he enjoyed raising homing pigeons and listening to amateur radio.” His family also has special memories of sitting under the oak trees and visiting.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Allen Ray Konvicka Jr. and wife Nikki of Weimar; three sisters, Linda Vacek and husband Daniel of Schulenburg, Barbara Konvicka of Houston, and Doris Briscoe and husband Darius of Columbus; a brother, Thomas Konvicka and wife Rhonda of Katy; two grandchildren, Tanner Ray and Paige; and nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 19 Aug 1938, page 1


Death invaded a Middle Creek home early last Friday morning and took therefrom a good and useful citizen, Mr. Frank Konvicka, a man who had spent practically his entire life in this immediate section. The funeral took place from the family home Saturday morning, with serfices at the Schulenburg Catholic Church, under direction of Rev. Goertz, with interment afterward in the Dubina Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended.

Mr. Konvicka was born in the Dubina section, at the site of the old school house, and was 73 years of age at time of his death. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Agnes Konvicka, and five children, Ignac Konvicka of Danbury, Mrs. Frances Humplik of Middle Creek, Herman Konvicka of Middle Creek, Mrs. Annie Bednarz and Mrs. Agnes Besetzny; one son, Joe, died at the age of 17 years. He also leaves one brother, Mr. John Konvicka of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Rainoshek of Bluff and Mrs. Agnes Dittrich of this city.

Mr. Konvicka was a good and useful citizen, a law abiding, honest, upright man, a man who ever proved himself to be a good husband, father and neighbor, and whose passing is noted with sincere regret by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 27, 1957

Mrs. Konvicka buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Konvicka were held Tuesday from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and continued services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.  Msgr. S. A. Zientek officiated.

Mrs. Konvicka was born in Weimar on Feb. 14, 1889, was married to Joe Konvicka in Columbus.  She had lived in La Grange for 18 years.

She is survived by two sons, Henry of La Grange and Joe of Egypt, Texas.  One daughter, Mrs. Lillie Malchik, preceded her in death.  She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Justine Turner of Houston; and five brothers, Willie Muzny of Galveston; Henry, Elo, and Theofil Muzny of Houston and Albert Muzny of Ellinger.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record on Tuesday, May 23, 1961

Wallis Lady Buried at Fayetteville

Mrs. Veronika Konvicka, 93 of Wallis, died at her home there on May 10 following a several month’s illness.

Funeral services were held the following Saturday morning at the Wallis Catholic Church, Rev. A.W. Nesvadlba officiating.  Burial was in the Fayette Catholic cemetery.

The deceased was a native of Czechoslavakia and was reared there.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Julie Kulhanek of Wallis and Mrs. Annie Minarcik of Sweet Home; two sons, Frank Konvicka of Wharton and Louis Konvicka of Fayetteville; fifteen grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Transcribed by Gayle Newkirk


Fayette County Record, 28 Dec 1965

Funeral For Mrs. Koopmann

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Helena Koopmann, 71, were set for Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. H. T. Flachmieir officiating and burial in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Koopmann expired at the Fayette Memorial Hospital Saturday.

Born at Plum on February 27, 1894 the deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Koopmann [should say Mr. and Mrs. John Kirchhofer]. On November 22, 1917 she was united in marriage at Prairie Valley with Henry Koopman, who preceded her in death on May 9, 1944.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Rufus Altmann of La Grange; one son, Edwin Koopmann of La Grange; four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Koopmann, Mrs. Clara Harbers, and Mrs. Lena Behrens, all of La Grange, and Mrs. Alma Thomas of Livingston; one brother, W. F. Kirchhofer of La Grange and six grandchildren.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Fayette County Record, 10 Dec 1974

Funeral Held Sunday at 2 for Koopmann

Edwin Koopmann, 55, of 553 W. Lafayette St. in La Grange passed away Friday at St. David’s Hospital in Austin.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clarence Oestreich at St. Paul Lutheran Church here at 2 p.m. Sunday, and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetary.

A lifelong La Grange resident, Mr. Koopmann was a son of Henry and Annie Kirchhofer Koopman and was born May 16, 1919. He was united in marriage here on Oct 1, 1950, with Esther Drawe Rohan.

Mr. Koopmann was a longtime employee of K & G Ready Mix.

Beside his wife, he is survived by one son, Stanley Koopmann; a stepson, Ronald Rohan; and a sister, Mrs. Laura Altmann, all of La Grange. His parents and a sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Koopmann remained at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel until noon Sunday.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1957

Fritz Koopmann interred here

Funeral services were held from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday morning, June 28, for Fritz Koopmann, 76, a native of Oldenburg Germany, who had lived in La Grange and the surrounding community since his arrival in this country in 1885.  He was born Dec. 14, 1880.

Rev. Raymond Durst of Rutersville officiated, and interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Koopmann is survived by his wife, the former Minnie Kirchhoefer; three daughters, Mrs. Ben (Annie) Schneider of Port Arthur, Mrs. Mae Engledow of Houston, and Mrs. Paul (Elvira) Matorell of Galveston; three sons, Vastine and Werner of La Grange, and Raymond of Austin, and one sister, Mrs. Fritz Behrens of La Grange.

The deceased was a retired farmer, a member of the Lutheran faith, and held membership in the La Grange Burial Association.  He died at his home in La Grange on Wednesday, June 26.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Faytte County Record, 28 Feb 1997


Louise W. Koopmann, 74 of 770 E. Upperline, La Grange, died Feb. 25 in Monument Hill Nursing Center.

Funeral services were set for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3 pm in Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dennis Bragdon officiating and burial in the Warda Cemetery.

Mrs. Koopmann was born April 20, 1922 in Warda, the daughter of the late William and Theresia (Medack) Tschatschula. She was united in marriage with Werner Koopmann April 7, 1042 in La Grange. Mrs. Koopmann wa homemaker and was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and the Mary Martha Guild.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Norbert Strmiska of Flatonia and Judy and Jim Zuhn of College Station; fours sone and two daughters-in-law, Martin Sr. and Karen Koopmann of Pflugerville, Werner Jr. and Irene Koopmann of La Grange, Wayne Koopmann of Austin and James Koopmann of Houston; one ister, Ruby Kasper of Port Arthur; a sister-in-law, Marian Tschatschula of Rutersville; two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Vastine and Edna Koopmann of La Grange and Raymond and Charlene Koopman of Austin; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and three infant grandchildren.

Memorials are suggest to the Mt. Calvary Building Fund, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Feb 2009, page 3

Reinhardt Fritz ‘Ronnie’ Koopmann Jr.

Reinhardt Fritz “Ronnie” Koopmann Jr., 70, of La Grange passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

He was born in Cummins Creek on April 6, 1938, the son of the late Reinhard D. and Elphis Mae (Zwernemann) Koopmann. He married Georgia Mae Niesner on June 22, 1957 in Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters Edna, Angeline and Dorothy; and a brother, Clarence.

He is survived by two daughters, Gloria DeBault and husband Dan of Yoakum, and Becky Beyer and husband David of Weimar; a son, Allen Koopmann and wife Connie of Schulenburg; a sister, Lucille Phillips of Weimar; a brother, William Koopmann and wife Mary of Lake Jackson; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, La Grange, on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., with Deacon John McCourt officiating. Interment followed in Florida Chapel Cemetery at Round Top.

A rosary was recited on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home.

The family request donations be made to Vista Care Hospice or a charity of one’s choice. The obituary can be viewed online at www.lagrangefunerals.com. Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange handled arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, January 27, 1983

FLATONIA – Miss Annastazie “Stella” Kopa, 84, of Flatonia, died Wednesday in a Shiner hospital.

Born April 18, 1896, in Flatonia, she was the daughter of John and Antonia Tupa Kopa.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with the Rev. Anthony Matula officiating.

Burial will follow in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery under direction of Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia.

A rosary was held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Surviving is a sister, Mary Staarke of Flatonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Thursday, Feb. 9, 1950

FLATONIA, Feb. 8.—Funeral services for Frank Kopa, 81, were held Wednesday.

Surviving is one brother, John Kopa, Flatonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Monday, November 10, 1913

Flatonia, Tex., Nov. 9.—John Kopa Sr., a Bohemian farmer living near here, was found dead at his home Saturday. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery at Praha today, Rev. Father Netardus officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1913


John Kopa, age 78 years, died suddenly, near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 23, 1954

Easter Vacation Ends Tragically At Hostyn Home

An Easter vacation at the farm home of her family at Hostyn ended tragically Saturday for a 22-year old Fort Worth woman, a bride of 10 months.

The Fayette County Record this week reported that Mrs. Jerry Kopecek died of a heart attack while visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hrachovy, in the Hostyn community.

She and her husband were flying a kite in the pasture. Mrs. Kopecek stooped to pick up the kite which had fallen, and was unable to arise. Her husband rushed to her and gave her artificial respiration until a Schulenburg doctor arrived, but she had apparently died instantly.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Hostyn Catholic Church, but burial in the cemetery there.

Mrs. Kopecek was a sister of Mrs. Victor Adamcik of Dubina.

The former Beatrice Hrachovy, she was the daughter of Charles and Tonie Dolezal Hrachovy and lived at Hostyn until entering a business college in Austin. It was there she met Mr. Kopecek, and they were married at Hostyn June 7, 1953.

Surviving in addition to the husband, the parents and Mrs. Adamcik is another sister, Miss Leona Hrachovy of La Grange.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 May 1908, page 1


Died at Fryetteville [sic], May 13, John Kopecky, age 1 year and 4 1/2 months of meningitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Feb 1923, page 1

Mrs. Mary Kopecky Dies

Mrs. Mary Kopecky, aged 93 years, died last Saturday night in Hallettsville. The body was brought to Engle to the home of her son, Ignaz Kopecky.

Deceased had been married two times. She was well known around Engle and highly respected.

The remains were laid to rest in the Praha cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, in the presence of a large circle of mourning friends and relatives.

She is survived by three sons, Ignaz, Emil and Joe. To these the Sticker tenders its sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 6, 1953

Final Rites for Mrs. I. Kopecky, 76, Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Igac [sic.] Kopecky, 76, mother of Mrs. Bill B. Barta of Weimar, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, last Friday morning, with continued services at Praha Catholic Church. Burial was in the Praha Cemetery.

Rev. Petru and Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Kopecky died early Wednesday morning, February 25, at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, where she had been a patient for about two weeks.

Born May 10, 1876, in Frenstat, Moravia (Europe), she came to this country at the age of 6 with her parents, the late Karl and Rosia Sladecek. Her husband preceded her in death about four years ago.

Survivors include four sons, Ignaz, Willie and Frank of Engle and Julius of Schulenburg; two daughters, Mrs. Bill B. Barta of Weimar and Mrs. Fred Kautske of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Louisa Urzalik of kaufman and Mrs. Mary Ozima of Dallas; three brothers, Joe Sladecek of Corn Hill, Ben Sladecek of Jarrell, and Anton Sladecek of Holland, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers for the services were Willie, Louis, Joe and Victor Sladecek, Ed Vrzalik, and Edmund Krenek. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons, Ernest Barta, Willie James Kopecky and Melvin Kopecky.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 18 Mar 1899, page 6

Galveston, Tex., March 9.—Richar Koper, editor of the Deutscher Anzeiger, of LaGrange, Tex., was drowned at pier No. 10 at 8:45 o'clock to-night. He came here to visit his friend, Hon. A. J. Rosenthal, deputy collector of the port, and together they paid a visit to the North German Lloyd steamship, Hellen Rickmers, tonight.

They had just left the steamer and were standing on the pier, when Mr. Koper noticed a little girl trying to make her way up the ladder, and he went to her assistance. He saw her [safely] on board and had reached the foot of the ladder when he missed his footing or lost hold of the rope guard and fell into the water.

Third Mate Zuramy made an heroic effort to save him, but without success. The current must have pulled him under the vessel, for his body was found at the end of the pier fifteen minutes later.

Mr. Koper was 60 years of age, a native of Austria. He has been in America for thirty years and was a citizen of LaGrange for twenty-five years. He was unmarried and had no relatives in America. The remains will be interred in LaGrange.


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Korb: Died near Ledbetter Dec. 2nd 03 of marasmus A Korb aged 3 mos. and 14 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, March 31, 1965

We, the undersigned Resolution Committee of Lodge Pokrok Houston, No. 88, express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed sister,


who passed away February 17, 1965, in La Grange, Texas. Sister Korenek was born in Czechoslovakia 83 years ago.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Amalie Machala of La Grange, Mrs. Annie Crawford of Crystal City, and Mrs. Julie Bowles of Houston; one son, Lee Korenek of Garland.

May our departed sister rest in eternal peace.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


SPJST Vestnik, February 18, 1981

We, the members of Lodge No. 67, Schulenburg, wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of our beloved brother


who died Tuesday, January 20, 1981, at the Colonial Nursing Home here, after being in failing health for a few months. He had attained the age of 90 years, 3 months and 28 days.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 22 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville with Msgr. John Hanacek and Rev. Benton Thurmond officiating. Interment was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

He was born to Joseph and Annie Korenek 22 September 1890 in Czechoslovakia. His family emigrated to this country in 1892 and settled in the Moravia community. Brother Korenek lived in this are all his life, approximately 88 years, after emigrating. He married Julie Dybala 15 November 1910 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church; Rev. A. Mathias was the celebrant.

He was a charter member of the KJT, a member of the SPJST Lodge No. 67, and a member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Emil (Frances) Herzik of Schulenburg and Mrs. Joe (Bertha) Anhaiser of Houston; two sons, Jim Korenek of Schulenburg and Anton L. Korenek of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Hercik [Herzik?] and Mrs. Angeline Novak, both of El Campo; 17 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and wife; two sisters, Agnes Zapalac and Sophie Janacek; and two brothers, Joseph and John Korenek.

Pallbearers were Leonard Korenek, James Korenek, Thomas Korenek, Andy Korenek, Emil Herzik, Jr. and John Thomas.

May he rest in eternal peace.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1934


Emil Korenek, age 40 years, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, at Fort Worth, Friday morning, January 26, at 7:45 o’clock, following an illness from appendicitis.  The body was brought to La Grange, reaching here Sunday morning, and then taken to the home of his sisters, Misses Mary and Alvina Korenek, on north Washington Street.  Monday morning the body was taken to the Plum Catholic Church, and services held by Rev. Paul P. Kasper of Plum, and Rev. S. A. Zientek of La Grange.  Interment took place at the Plum Cemetery.

Emil Korenek was reared at Plum, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Korenek.  At the age of 20 years he was united in marriage with Miss Rosa Zvonek of Plum, and to them was born four children, all living.  The family removed to Fort Worth where they lived for twelve years; the children are Gladys, 16; Leon, 13; Clarence, 8; Edward, 4.  Besides these and the widow, he is survived by the following sisters and brothers; Mrs. Alfred (Anna) Zigal, West Point; Mrs. Jos. (Frances) Siller, Plum; Mrs. Rud. (Julia) Rehak, Kirtly; Mrs. Jos. (Tony) Blaha, Plum; Mrs. Louis (Sophie)Najvar, Prague, Oklahoma; J.B. Korenek, Plum and Misses Mary and Alvina Korenek, of La Grange, and Louis Korenek of Edna.

Upon being advised of his critical illness last Thursday, Misses Mary and Alvina and J.B. Korenek, and Jos. Mazac hurried to his beside.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Obzor Hospodárský, Monday, April 15, 1907

Plum, 8. dubna. - Dne 3, t. m. bolestně dotknul se osud našeho br. předsedy. Zemřela mu manželka a věrná sestra našeho řádu, Plum, 8. dubna., Františka Kořenek.

Zesnulá churavěla jen krátkou dobu a smrt' její byla náhlá. Pohřeb odbýval se na zdejším hřbitově. Obřady vykonal velp. Lenartz z LaGrange. K poslednímu odpočinku doprovodil zesnulou velký počet lidu jak z blízka tak z daleka, bylat' ctěna a vážena každým, kdo ji znal.

Bratr F. A. Kořenek ztrácí milovanou a bedlivou manželku a řád náš věrnou sestru. Není tomu ani úplný rok, co byla uvedena a již se s námi rozloučila. Z toho si může každý vzíti přiklad, že vše jest jen do času, a jak smrt' zavolá, člověk musí opustiti vše.

Pozůstalým projevuji upřímnou soustrast' a zesnulé budiž země lehká.

Plum, April 8th. - On 3rd of this month fate painfully touched our br. President. His wife died a faithful sister of our order, Plum, April 8., Francis Kořenek.

The deceased was in declining health for a short period of time and her death was sudden. The funeral took place at the local cemetery. Ceremonies were performed by Rev. Lenartz of LaGrange. The deceased was escorted to final rest a great number of people, both from near and from afar, she was honored and valued by everyone who knew her.

Brother F.A. Kořenek lost a beloved faithful wife, and our order a loyal sister. It is not even a full year that she has been presented to us and already she bid us farewell. From that everyone can take an example that everything is just in time, and when death calls, a man must leave everything.

To the survivors we extend condolences' and to the deceased let her ground be easy.

Obzor Hospodárský, Wednesday, May 1, 1907

Tímto se Vám oznamuje, že sestra Frantiska A. Kořenek od řádu Pokrok Plumu, čís. 64., zemřela 3. dubna 1907, ve stáří 27 roků, na srdeční vádu. K Jednotě přstoupila 27. května 1906. Číslo certifikátu 4957 a dle stanov oprávněna jest k podpoře v částce $1000.00

You are hereby notified that Sister Francis A. Kořenek from order Progress Plum, no. 64, died April 3, 1907, at the age of 27 years, of heart failure. She stepped into the Union May 27, 1906. The certificate number is 4957 and according to the statutes is entitled to support in the amount of $1,000.00

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis, translated by Alfred Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 July 1917


Ignac Korenek, died May 27, aged 2 years, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Tuesday, September 11, 1973


Funeral services for John Korenek, 67, of La Grange were held Monday, Sept. 10, at 10:00 A.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home and continued at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Korenek died Saturday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born in Plum on September 10, 1905, he was the son of John and Christine Psencik Korenek, and was married to Mary Kollaja of September 19, 1935, in La Grange.  A retired café owner, Mr. Korenek had been a lifelong La Grange resident.

Surviving are his wife, Mary of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. Vlasta Zidik of Moulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 27, 1939


In a recent issue of the Mercury a brief account was given concerning the death of Mr. Jos. Korenek, Sr., whose death occurred Jan. 13th, Friday, at the home of his son, Anton Korenek.

The deceased, who was 81 years and 3 months old, expired after a seven weeks' illness.

Additional information received this week by the Mercury publishers is as follows:

Mr. Korenek was born in Czechoslovakia, Moravia, Hovezi, and came to this country about 45 years ago. His wife died about 30 years.

Survivors include: Mrs. Agnes Zapalac, of Moravia, Mrs. Josie Janacek of Dayton, Mrs. Louise Hercik of Dubina, Mrs. Angela Novak of El Campo; and two sons, Jos. Korenek, Jr., of Dubina and Anton Korenek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Korenek: Died at Plum, Nov. 11th-03, of congestive chill, Mrs. Louise Korenek, aged 21 years and 9 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 24 Feb 1933

Martin Korenek Dead.

LaGrange, Texas, Feb. 17—Funeral services for Martin Korenek, 72, of the Prairie Valley community will be held Saturday with interment in the Plum Cemetery. Mr. Korenek died at his home Wednesday, following an illness of several weeks. He had resided on a farm in the Prairie Valley section for more than thirty years. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Miss Emilie Korenek of West Point, Mrs. Rose Key of Wichita Falls and Mrs. Annie Machu of Granger; three sons, Joe of T[?], Will and John.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 July 1903

Death Record.

Korenek: Died near Plum, June 20th 03, of Artasorca, Paul Korendk [sic], sr., aged 66 years and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, June 1, 2011

George J. Koricanek of Seguin passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 at the age of 76.

He was born Oct. 15, 1934 in Flatonia to the late Charlie and Lena (Syrinek) Koricanek.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia with Rev. Tim Rowell officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com.
Smith Funeral Home, 128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, TX 78941.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1908


Died near Schulenburg, Oct. 14 Anna Kornek, age 46 years of consumption.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 June 1899

Joseph Kosak.

Joseph Kosack, who lives on the old Hillman farm north of town, died Thursday night at the ripe old age of 74 years. He was ill only a short time.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 June 1910


Died at High Hill, June 5, Edward Kosler, 5 months, of inanition.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Jan 1899

DIED. – Franz Kosler died at the residence of his daughter in Houston last week and the remains were shipped here and interred in the Catholic cemetery. The deceased was a resident of this neighborhood and was well and favorably known.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, September 9, 2014

Edward J. “Eddie” Kossa Sr., 72, of Dayton, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dayton, followed by graveside services at 3 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Ammannsville. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., with rosary beginning at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Services were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Eddie was born March 10, 1942, in Ammannsville to Jerome and Georgie Sassin Kossa. He was a former resident of LaPorte, and has resided in Dayton for the past 33 years. He was a graduate of Bishop Forest High School, a pipefitter for Pipefitters Local No. 211, and member of the Knights of Columbus and Dayton Masonic Lodge 825. He also enjoyed restoring antique cars, watching westerns, camping with his family, and his two Boston Terriers Rocky and Roxie.

Mr. Kossa was preceded in death by his father, Jerome Kossa, and two sisters, Geraldine Kossa and Annie Ondrusek.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Velma Carol Kossa of Dayton; daughters, Mary Catherine Sargent and husband William of Milano and Lee Ann Brewer and husband Johnny of Dayton; a son, Edward Jerome Kossa Jr. and wife Becky of Huffman; sisters, Dr. Mary Jones and husband Lynard of Fort Worth, Josephine Lynn Petrosky and husband Willie of Yoakum, and Caroline Kasper of Florida; brothers, John Kossa of Gladewater and Mike Kossa and wife Linda of Ammannsville; seven grandchildren, Jonathon, Joshua, Nathaniel and Benjamin Brewer, and Michael, Rachael and Daniel Kossa; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 22, 1938


Just as we go to press we are informed that Emil Kossa, approximately 52 years of age, of the Ammannsville section, was found dead at the barn near his home. It was reported that death was due to gun shot wounds.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Fred and Eugene, one brother, Ludvik, of Ammannsville and one sister, Mrs. Frank Marek of Dubina. As we go to press no further details are available.-- Schulenburg Sticker.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1983, p. 10

E. J. Kossa Rites Held On June 22

Funeral services for Eugene J. Kossa, 62, of Schulenburg were held Wednesday, June 22, from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with burial in the Holman Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Eugene Janson of Schulenburg officiated.

Kossa died Sunday morning, June 19, at Kerrville Veterans Hospital after being ill only two weeks.

Born Sept. 21, 1920, at Ammannsville, he was a son of Emil and Sophie (Sobotik) Kossa. He married Lillie Osina on Sept. 25, 1940, at Holman. they settled in Schulenburg.

On May 1, 1966, he opened his own mechanic shop in Schulenburg under the name of Gene's Repair Shop. On May 1, 1972, he leased the business to Larry Gene Osina but continued employment there until October 1982, when he retired, after being a mechanic for more than 45 years.

A World War II veteran, he was a member of the Schulenburg VFW, American Legion Post 143, Hermann Sons, and Disabled Veterans.

He is survived by his wife and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Edith Osina, both of Schulenburg. He was preceded in death by an infant son and two brothers.

Serving as pallbearers were members of the VFW American Legion, and Disable Veterans.

Transcribed bySandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1916


Frank Kossa, age 87 years, died – , Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 June 1916


Henry Kossa, age 57 years, 5 months and 20 day, died April 27, near Ammannsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 16, 1964

Mrs. J. Kossa, 88, Buried Saturday At Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Johanna Kossa, 88, of Ammannsville, widow of the late Joseph W. Kossa, were held Saturday, July 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home with interment in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. Lambert Lakowski, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church at Ammannsville, officiated.

Mrs. Kossa died Thursday, July 9, in Youens Hospital, where she had been admitted four weeks earlier, after suffering a stroke. She had been in ill health about two years.

Born October 17, 1875, in Maie Obresticich, Moravia, she was a daughter of Mikulas and Johanna Huvar Macha. The family emigrated to America when she was 7 years old, settling in this area and living around Dubina, Holman and Ammannsville. She was married to Mr. Kossa at Ammannsville on January 8, 1895, and they lived there the rest of their lives. Mr. Kossa died in January of 1962.

Mrs. Kossa was a member of the Ammannsville church, the Christian Mothers and the Legion of Mary.

Surviving are one son, Willie J. Kossa of Ammannsville; three daughters, Mrs. Max C. (Betty) Mazoch of Ammannsville, Mrs. I.V. (Annie) Ermis of Borden and Mrs. William J. (Marcha) Ermis of Weimar; 16 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Frances Shumbera. Two sons, a brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were George Mazoch, Frank Mazoch, Patrick Ermis, E. J. Ermis, John Witzkoski and Daniel Ulbricht.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 30, 1935

Mr. John Kossa Dead

Mr. John Kossa, an aged and well known citizen of the Ammannsville community, died suddenly and unexpectedly the past week end. He had been in the Shiner Hospital under treatment. Getting along very nicely, his folks went over with the intention of bringing him home. He got up, his effects were packed, and everything about in readiness to leave, when we were told that he complained of feeling weak and want to rest a few minutes. He laid down on the bed, closed his eyes and in a few minutes was dead.

The funeral took place at Ammannsville first of the week.

Mr. Kossa had lived in the Ammannsville community for many years, and was regarded as one of its best citizens. He is survived by his widow, four sons and four daughters, as follows: Frank R. Kossa of Jefferson, Ind., Ed Kossa of Galveston, John E. Kossa of Needville, Jerome Kossa of Ammannsville, Mrs. Angelina Mican of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Hettie Mazoch, Misses Mary and Agnes Kossa of Ammannsville. One daughter, Veronica, and one son, Richard, died some time ago. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 1 Feb 1962, page 1

Final Rites For Jos. W. Kossa, 88, Held Friday

Funeral services for Jos. W. Kossa, who died Wednesday, Jan. 24, just nine days short of his 89th birthday anniversary, were held Friday morning at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville.

Interment was in the church cemetery. The Rev.Roman Janak officiated.

Mr. Kossa, who until recently had lived at Ammannsville, had been ill about a month. He had been in Youens Hospital here about two weeks, then had been moved to Colonial Rest Home, Schulenburg.

He was born Feb. 2, 1873, at Blackjack, and spent his entire life in Fayette County. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kossa. On Jan. 8, 1895, he was married to Miss Johanna Macha at Ammannsville.

She survives, along with three daughters, Mrs. Max C. (Betty) Mazoch of Ammannsville, Mrs. I. V. (Annie) Ermis of Weimar Route 2, and Mrs. Wm. J. (Martha) Ermis of Weimar; one son, Willie J. Kossa of Ammannsville; 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. John Kubala, and four brothers, Frank, August, Henry and John, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were five grandsons, George A. Mazoch, Frank Mazoch, Sylvin Kossa, Patrick W. Ermis, and I. J. Ermis; and Daniel C. Ulbricht.


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, December 18, 1975

SCHULENBURG – Ludwig B. Kossa, 89 years, 2 months and 9 days, passed away November 22 at the family residence at Ammannsville. He was a retired farmer.

Funeral services were held November 25 at 10 a.m. from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel with funeral Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church at Ammannsville. Rev. Enda McKenna officiated and burial was in the church cemetery.

Casketbearers were Albert Kobersky, Eugene Kossa, Herbert and Howard Haase, Gus Polasek and Jerome Kossa.

A native of Dubina, Mr. Kossa was born September 13, 1886, as a son of the late Frank and Theresa Kossa. On October 25, 1915, he was united in marriage to Annie K. Dusek at Ammannsville where the couple settled and engaged in farming. He was a member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Survivors are three daughters, Miss Helen Kossa, Ammannsville; Mrs. Herbert (Judy) Haase, Moulton and Mrs. Charles (Emily) Moore, Schulenburg; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Georgia Kossa, Ammannsville; sister, Mrs. Frank (Cecilia) Marek, Weimar; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 19, 1972; a son, George Kossa, April 19, 1972; and a brother, Emil Kossa.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 28, 1920


Respected Lady Expires Unexpectedly at Family Home Friday Evening.

Mrs. Mary Kossa, a respected lady of this community who recently died very suddenly last Friday evening. She has been out to look after her farming interests near Ammannsville, and was in apparent good health. On returning home she went out in the yard to gather up the eggs and attend to a few chores about the place. Just as she was entering her home she dropped on the steps and expired in a few moments, heart trouble being the cause.

The funeral took place at Ammannsville Sunday morning, the funeral leaving the family residence at 98:30 a.m. and being largely attended. Mrs. Kossa was born in Austria Sept. 8, 1867, and came to this country when a child of seven years, with her parents.

She lived at Ammannsville practically all her life. She moved to Weimar only six weeks ago, having purchased Anton Beck's residence in the northern part of town. Her husband died about four years ago.

The deceased leaves four children to mourn her sudden and unexpected death -- R. G. Kossa of near Schulenburg, Mrs. F. D. Bednarek of Engle, Mrs. Rudolf Mozisek and Robert Kossa of this city. Mrs. Kossa was a kind hearted, good woman, highly thought of by all who knew her, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


See combined Weimar Mercury obituary with Frank Kaluza.


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1910, page 1


Died at Schulenburg, March 31, Teresa Kotala, age 57 years of heart failure.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, March 20, 1914

Schulenburg, Tex., March 19.-- John Kotrla, about 60 years of age, died today from the effects of injuries received last Saturday. While coming to town on a wagon load of hay a passing automobile frightened the team, caust it to run away, and throwing him to the ground.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 1947


Funeral services were held at the E. E. J. Untermeyer home here Saturday for Rud F. Kotrla of near Fayetteville.

Mr. Kotrla fell dead at his plow Friday after his wife had called him to come from the field for the noon meal.

Born at Ellinger on Dec. 22, 1887, he was a son of John and Mary Mahalitc Kotrla who came to this country from Moravia. He was maried, about 1908, to Julia Horak of Fayetteville. His wife survives.

Mr. Kotrla was a member of the Lutheran Church and of the S. P. J. S. T. lodge.

Other surviving relatives are eight sons, Elo, Ramsey; Frank, Weimar; Lester, Reinold and Jerry, Columbus, Route 1; Eugene and Alfred, Rock Island, and Floyd, Alice; three daughters Margie and Mrs. Ruby Kubala, Columbus, Route 1, and Mrs. Dorothy Cook, Robstown.

Also four brothers, Joe, Temple; Henry, Taylor; and Frank and Charlie, Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Martinek, Ellinger; Mrs. John Kotrla, Temple; Mrs. Francis Cervenka, Port Lavaca, and Mrs. Louis Somohill, Austin.

Pallbearers were Ed and Harry Kotrla, Alfred Martinek, Joe and Fred Kobella and Adolph Mahalitc.

Rudolph Kotrola was interred at the Fayetteville Brethren Cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 March 1916


Mary Kotrlik, age 8 years, 6 months, died Feb. 5, Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, October 31, 1974

Schulenburg – Mrs. John (Hilda) Koudelka passed away suddenly Thursday, October 10, 1974 at the family residence in Flatonia from an apparent heart attack. Her husband, John, and a sister, Hattie were by her side at the time of death. She had attained the age of 63 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Funeral services were held at Flatonia’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12 with interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Rev. Anthony Matula and Msgr. Edmund Bily officiated.

Surviving Mrs. Koudelka are her husband, John, a retired Southern Pacific employee; one son, George, band director at Flatonia High School; one sister, Mrs. Herman (Hattie) Kloesel of Schulenburg; two brothers, Ervin Stavinoha of Engle and a twin brother, Henry of Schulenburg; also several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Wilbert Berger, Leroy McBride, Donald McBride, Ronald McBride, Gary McBride and Hank Stavinoha.

Honorary pallbearers were Louis Niemann, Alfred Steinmann, Victor Stavinoha, Johnny Holub, Wayne Holub, Larry Stavinoha, Donnie Wavra and Pete Spoelstra.

Mrs. Koudelka was born on April 7, 1911 at Engle, the daughter of pioneer businessman and lawman R.M. Stavinoha and Agnes Jalufka Stavinoha. She attended the Engle schools and was united in marriage to John Koudelka at Praha on November 27, 1934, the couple making their first home in Flatonia. A son George was born in 1945. The couple returned to Flatonia in 1953. Mrs. Koudelka was an active member of the Flatonia Catholic Church and KJZT. She had many friends and relatives in Schulenburg and was a frequent visitor here. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

—Schulenburg Sticker

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, December 9, 1954

Rites For Joseph Koudelka Held In Schulenburg Sat.

Funeral services for Joseph Koudelka, 73, father of Joe Koudelka of Eagle Lake were held in Schulenburg, Saturday morning, December 4, with interment in the Praha Cemetery.

Mr. Koudelka passed away suddenly Thursday as a result of a heart attack which he suffered at his home in Schulenburg.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. William Neskorik of Schulenburg; three sons, Anton Koudelka of San Antonio, John Koudelka of Flatonia and Joe Koudelka of Eagle Lake, and a number of grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, July 17, 1980, page 2

Funeral services for Adolph Louis Kovar of Ellinger were held July 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellinger, with interment in Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.  Father Ben officiated.

Mr. Kovar, a farmer, passed away July 3 at his home in Ellinger.  He was 84 years of age.

He was born to Joe Kovar and the former Annie Michalik on Dec. 27. 1895 at Warrenton.  He married his wife, Rose Judith Baca, on Dec. 17, 1918 at Fayettevile.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank Lave of Ellinger; three sons, Willie of Ellinger, and Jessie and Daniel of Columbus; four sisters, Mrs. Ludwig Franta of Plum, and Mrs. Sophie Franta and Mrs. Albina Muzny, both of Ellinger, and Mrs. Mary Fritsch of Abbott; three brothers Louis of Plum, Alvin of LaGrange and Emil of West Point; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Fayette County Record, December 2002

Angeline M. Kovar, 79, of Ellinger died Dec. 8 [2002] in an area hospital.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellinger. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Jack Maddox officiated.

Born Feb. 1, 1923 in Colorado County, she was the daughter of Ludvik and Vlasta (Ressler) Kulhanek. She married Willie “Bill” Kovar April 24, 1946 in Fayetteville. A homemaker, she was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellinger, Altar Society, and Ellinger Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include one daughter, Margie Kovar of Brenham; two sons, James Lee Kovar of Houston and Randy Lee Kovar and wife Kim of Fayetteville; two sisters-in-law, Leona Lave of Ellinger and Mary Kovar of Columbus; one brother-in-law, Daniel Kovar of Columbus; uncle, Raymond Kulhanek of Fayetteville, and two grandchildren, Robyn Kovar and Ross Kovar, both of Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Olivia Stratman; and infant brother and sister.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Priests Retirement Fund of the Diocese of Austin or to Blinn College Fund.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, April 4, 1978

Mrs. Kovar, 103, Dies; Funeral Monday at Plum

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Frances Kovar, 103, of near Plum were held this Monday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  The Rev. Rudolph Hoffmann and the Rev. Msgrd. John J. Hanacek officiated.  Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Kovar, who was ill for some time, was dead upon arrival at Fayette Memorial Hospital Saturday morning.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Europe, on April 20, 1974 [1874], she was the daughter of the late John and Veronica Slovacek Michalik. She immigrated to this country with her parents at the age of 8 years.  On Oct. 19, 1891, she was united in marriage with Josef Kovar at Fayetteville.  Mr. Kovar passed away on Nov. 2, 1950.  Mrs. Kovar lacked 19 days of attaining the age of 104.  She was a member of the KJZT and Altar Society.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Albina Muzny and Mrs. John (Sophie) Franta of Ellinger, Mrs. Ludwig (Frances) Franta of Plum and Mrs. Bill (Mary Muzny) Fritsch of Abbott; four sons, Adolph of Ellinger, Alvin f. of La Grange, Louis and Emil of Plum; 19 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 32 great-great-grandchildren.  One son, Josef Kovar of Sealy, preceded her in death.

Rosaries were recited Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home, Inc. chapel.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Dallas Morning News, April 13, 1951

Funeral services for Richard L. Kovar, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Kovar, 5511 Bonita, will be held Monday in Fayetteville, Fayette County, with burial there.

Richard died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital following a brief illness. Other survivors include a brother, Edward Raymond Kovar of Dallas, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kovar of Fayetteville and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mason of Elberfeld, Ind.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, April 1964

Robert Kovar Dies Suddenly Wednesday

Robert J. Kovar Sr., a retired farmer of the Fayetteville area, became suddenly ill early Wednesday morning and died in a Koenig ambulance en route to the hospital here.

Funeral services have been set for 9:15 A.M. Friday at the Knesek chapel in Fayetteville with continued services in the Fayetteville Catholic church. Reverend Ben Mazurkiewicz will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Kovar was born at Fayetteville on June 7, 1907, son of the late John J and Anna Zapalac Kovar and was married to the former Evelyn Kulhanek who survives.

Also surviving are a son Robert J. Kovar Jr., of Fayetteville, one sister, Miss Albina Kovar of Fayetteville; four brothers, Frank and John P Kovar of Fayetteville, Emil S. Kovar of la Grange and Henry Kovar of Columbus and one grandchild.

A KJT rosary was recited Wednesday. A parish rosary was scheduled for 7:30 PM Thursday followed by a K of C rosary at 8 PM.

Koenig funeral Home is in charge of the funeral.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Fayette County Record, Friday, June 1, 2012

Funeral services for Jerry Davis Kozelsky, 83, of Bastrop and formerly of Schulenburg, were held May 25, 2012 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eddie Winkler and Deacon John McCourt officiated.

He died May 22, 2012 in St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

He was born Oct. 9, 1928 in Moulton, the son of John and Annie (Pavlas) Kozelsky. He married Mae Henderson March 8, 1957 in Houston. The couple lived for 40 years in Schulenburg. He was a truck driver, member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, SPJST, and VFW. He served with the military police in the Army in Panama.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Terri Pettit of Schulenburg and Patti Sulak and husband Larry of La Grange; son, Terry Kozelsky and wife Gina of La Grange; sister, Angelina Keoughan of San Antonio; brother, Franklin Kozelsky and wife Isabelle of Willis; sisters-in-law, Gloria Palmer of Houston, Helen Kozelsky of Moulton and Veda Kozelsky of Victoria; brother-in-law, Clifford Henderson of Houston; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jonnie Kozelsky and Daniel Kozelsky, both of Moulton and Gene Kozelsky of Victoria.

Memorial donations may be made to Brazos Valley Hospice.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Apr 1904

The remains of Mr. Frank Kozler were brought up from Houston Monday last and enterred [sic] in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Kozler was an employe [sic] of the S. P. and was accidentally hurt while in the discharge of his duty from which injuries he died Sunday morning. To his many relatives of this place and of Houston we extend our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


John Kozlovsky, died July 5, age 80 years, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 May 1902, page 1, Fayetteville column

Delayed News.

Martin Kozourek, a childless widower, died of cancer last week and was buried in the Catholic cemetery, Fathers, Chromcik of this place, Lenartz of LaGrange and Chlapic of Live Oak Hill, officiating. The deceased was about sixty years old.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Feb 1902, Fayetteville column

The wife of Mikolas Kozurek, a sexagenarian, living about five miles from here, died recently and was buried at the Catholic cemetery, Father Chromcik officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Knape - Kozurek

Kraatz - Kutac