Fayette County Obituaries
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Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Apr 1904

Kraatz: Died near Nechanitz, 3-3-04, of Tenanus [sic] – Kraatz, aged 7 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Krajca: Died near Ellinger, August 24-03, of heart failure, Frank Krajca, aged 66 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 26, 1967

Martin H. Krakosky

Funeral services for Martin H. Krakosky, 72, of Warda were held Tuesday, January 24, at 2:00 P.M. at the Warda Lutheran Church.  The Rev. H. A. Hartfield officiated, and burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Krakosky passed away on January 22 in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

The deceased was born in Warda on April 19, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Krakosky, and was married to Alma Moerbe who passed away on January 8, 1943.  On October 15, 1952 he was united in marriage with Ottilie Walther at Winchester.  He was a retired farmer and lived most of his life except for some years he and his first wife resided in Port Arthur, returning to the community in 1933.

Survivors include his wife of Warda; two daughters, Mrs. C. M. (Ruth) Tschatschula of Houston and Mrs. Harry (Marion) Hempel of San Antonio; two sons, Milton and Charles Krakosky, both of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. C. R. Lehmann and Miss Irene Krakosky, both of Warda, Mrs. Carl Zoch of Port Arthur, and Mrs. Walter Kasper of Houston; brother, Theodore Krakosky of Warda; and four grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Kral: Died 1 mile north of Flatonia, Sept 14th-03 of pneumonia, Bertie Kral, aged 18 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Feb 1901

Mr. Leo Kram, who resides about four miles south of Weimar died on Friday Feb. the 1st, after an illness of only a few days. Mr. Kram; who is a brother-in-law of Mr. Chas. Seydler of High Hill, was a popular and progressive citizens [sic], whose death is greatly deplored by his many friends.

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Mr. Chas. Seydler has returned from Weimar where he went to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Leo Kram. Mrs. Seydler will remain with Mrs. Kram for sometime.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Jan 1911, page 1

Tom Kramethbaur Dead.

Flatonia, Texas, January 16. – Tom Krametbaur died Sunday moraing [sic] at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Svecia, his grandparents, from tuberculosis. He was reared here and was in his twenty-eighth year.

Tom Krametbaur was buried at Praha, Texas, per death certificate. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, February 1, 1973

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Joe Kramr, 74, Jan. 22 at the Knesek Chapel and continued at the Fayetteville Catholic church with Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery, under direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Sury of Hawaii; 2 sons, Arnold of Fayetteville and Leonard Kramr of houston; 3 sisters, Mrs. Annie Novosad of Keesville, N. Y., Mrs. Charles Jebousek of Houston, and Mrs. Justin Kubala of Fayetteville; a brother, Frank Klimek of Fayetteville, and 10 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jan 1907


LaGrange, Jan. 8. – A man by the name of John Rippert came in and surrendered to the sheriff last night, stating that he had killed Talbert Krantz near Winchester. He was locked up and complaint filed against him. Krantz’s dead body was found near the river, about five miles from Winchester, late yesterday evening. No particulars are known here. . . .

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jul 1902


The Angel of Death has once more entered the home of Mr. Albert Krause at Freyburg, Tex., and beckoned little August, aged 15 years, to join the loved ones gone before.

August was a bright promosing [sic] youth of a kind and loving disposition, a devoted son, and brother, a willing pupil and a favorite among his companions.

While the sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing father, sister, and brothers it must be remembered that the working of the Supreme Being must at all times be obeyed and that August has gone to that land which knows neither care nor sorrow. His remains were laid away Saturday and a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends accompanied the remains to the silent city.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 28, 1944

Carl David Krause

Following an illness of several weeks, Attorney Carl David Krause of La Grange died at the La Grange Hospital Sunday morning, aged 70 years, 2 months and 1 day.  Monday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Guy B. Duff of the Presbyterian church; interment was made in the old cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Surviving Mr. Krause is his wife, Mrs. Lena Krause, two sons, Hilmer P. Krause of Yoakum and Milton Krause of San Antonio and one daughter, Mrs. H. S. (Carlena) Thompson of Houston.  One sister, Mrs. Paul J. Eschenfelder of Houston also survives.

Carl Krause had been a citizen of La Grange for more than a half century, coming here from Houston and accepting the position of stenographer with the law firm of Brown, Lane & Jackson, and while thus employed, and his constant contact with law and court phrases, took up the study of law and was admitted to practice in La Grange.  Possessing a very fertile mind, he devoted the major portion of his practice to civil law and was recognized by his ability as a practitioner.

He was born in Germany and came to America when 11 years of age, first residing at Houston with an uncle, later coming to La Grange.  In this city he was united in marriage with Miss Lena Scholz, daughter of Henry and Louise Scholz, nee Meerscheidt.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 1, 1951

Mrs. Krause Dies At Round Top

Mrs. Mary Klaus Krause, 71, of Round Top, passed away at the Schimid convalescent home at Brenham Tuesday, Feb. 27.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Behlehem Luteran Church at Round Top with Rev. A.B. Weiss officiating.  Burial will be in the Round Top Cemetery.  The Leon Simank Funeral Home will direct the services.  Survivors are two sisters, Mr. August Schultz and Mrs. Charles Wendorf, both of Round Top; and several nices and nephews.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Apr 1899, Freyburg Items

We are grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Albert Krause, who died last Monday morning, April 3rd, at 2 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks with pneumonia. She leaves a husband and six children, a father, two sisters and brothers and a host of friends to mourn her death. The remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the Protestant cemetery in Swiss Alp, Rev. Kern officiating at the grave. May she rest in peace.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909


Mrs. Sabina Krause aged 74 years died at the home of her nephew, Mr. Fritz Sommer Tuesday night and her remains will be interred in the City Cemetery at 10:30 o’clock this morning.

Deceased was born in Hamburg Germany, and came to this country 22 years ago and has lived in and near Schulenburg until her death.

A husband and two children preceded her in death while yet in the old country.

To the sorrowing relatives we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 27 May 1938, page 1


Brenham, Texas, May 13.—Roxy Krebs, 14-year-old Fayette county child, died in a hsopital here Friday of injuries suffered in a traffic accident Thursday.

The child was struck by an automobile as she attempted to cross the highway at Firemen's Park, where the [annual] Brenham Maifest was under way.

The driver took the child to the hospital and after the examination she was released and taken to the home of relatives. Early Thursday night she collapsed and was returned to the hospital, where she died shortly after midnight.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenney Krebs of Willow Springs. Funeral services will be held at Willow Springs Sunday.


Weimar Mercury, February 17, 2011

Arnold Krecmer Services Held Here Feb. 7

Arnold A. “Mule” Krecmer, 83, of Schulenburg passed away on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1927, in Fayette County.

Arnold served two years in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the VFW.

He was a lifelong resident of the Schulenburg area.

Arnold is survived by one brother, Frank E. Krecmer of Schulenburg, five nephews, three nieces and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 7, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar.

Interment followed at the Dubina Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Mike Krecmer, Pat Krecmer, Dan Mueller, Alvin Mueller, Gary Mueller, John Wolf and Danny Neiser.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1975

August Krecmer Funeral Dec. 31; Buried at Dubina

Funeral services for August L. Krecmer, 75, of Dubina, were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch of El Campo, his great-nephew, officiated.

Pallbearers were Bernard Kalina, Alvin Mueller, Gary Mueller, Daniel Mueller, Michael Krecmer, and Patrick Krecmer.

Mr. Krecmer, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of this area, died at 4 a.m. Dec. 29 at DeTar Hospital in Victoria after an 8-day stay there, terminating a seven-month illness.

Born June 10, 1899, in Fayette County, Mr. Krecmer was a son of Frank and Veronica Gregar Krecmer. He married Millie Faltysek on Nov. 5, 1924, in Weimar. He was a member of the SPJST.

Mrs. Krecmer preceded him in death by less than three months, on November 21, 1974.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Frankie (Hattie) Mueller of Schulenburg; two sons, Arnold and Frank E. Krecmer of Schulenburg; one brother, John Krecmer of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Jennifer Cernoch of Weimar and Mrs. Agnes Jurecka of Schulenburg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, June 19, 2012

Frank E. Krecmer of Schulenburg passed away on Friday, June 8 at Care Inn in La Grange at age 80 years, 10 months, 5 days.

The funeral was held on Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers were Alvin Mueller, Gary Mueller, Harlan Jochen, Jerry Kolek, John Kolek and Herb Ulbrich, all nephews.

Rosary was said on Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born on Aug. 3, 1931 in Fayette County, he was the son of August L. and Millie (Faltysek) Krecmer. He attended Svetlo and Dubina schools. He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 10, 1953 to Dec. 7, 1954. On Dec. 28, 1957, he married Georgie Heinrich in Weimar. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he was a factory worker. Mr. Krecmer was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Krecmer and wife Helen of La Grange, and Patrick Krecmer of Schulenburg; two grandchildren, Ashley Krecmer of La Grange and Becky Kessel and husband Matt of Cedar Park; one great-granddaughter, Cate Kessel of Cedar Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, a brother and sister preceded him in death.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, March 19, 1926, page 1

Frank Krecmer Dies

Frank Krecmer, age about 73 years, died at his home between Svetlo and Dubina last Wednesday night.

Deceased was born in Austria, he moved to this country some 45 years ago.

He was a good honest man, he farmed all of his life. Death was attributed to old age.

The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Dubina, Father Szymanski of Weimar officiating.

He is survived by his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Volentine Cernoch, Mrs. Charlie Cernoch, Mrs. Jim Cernoch, and Mrs. Sigmund Jurecka, by three sons, Joe, John and August.

To them the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, July 4, 1985

John Krecmer Laid To Rest At Dubina

John Krecmer of Dubina passed away on Monday, June 24 at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar after a 3-week illness at the age of 91 years, 8 months, 25 days.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Weimar, with interment in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Gerard Cernoch.

Pallbearers were Michael Krecmer, Patrick Krecmer, Alvin Mueller, Gary Mueller and Dan Mueller, great-nephews; and Dwayne Kalina, a great-great-nephew.

Recitation of the rosary was held on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, led by Jeff Cernoch.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1893 in Fayette County to Frank and Veronica Krecmer. He married Amalie Kruppa on Oct. 19, 1914 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar. He attended school in Dubina. After living in El Campo, he moved to Dubina in 1975. Mr. Krecmer, a retired carpenter, was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Weimar and the St. Isidor Society. He was a resident of Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg for 4 years.

Mr. Krecmer worked at Camp Huley and Foster Field during World War II. He was also the leader of the Krecmer Orchestra in the 1930’s.

A number of nieces and nephews survive Mr. Krecmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mar. 2, 1980; and four sisters and three brothers.

Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, 24 May 1962, page 1

Funeral Rites For Jos. Krecmer, 78, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Jos. M. Krecmer, 78-year-old retired Dubina farmer, were held Saturday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church at Dubina, with interment in the Dubina cemetery.

Rev. Louis Fritz officiated.

Mr. Krecmer, a lifelong resident of the Weimar area, had been ill about a month. He had been in Youens Hospital 10 days when he died there at 1:10 a. m. Thursday, May 17.

Born Dec. 6, 1883 at Holman, he was a son of Frank and Veronika Krecmer. He married Miss Sophie Raska in 1906, and they settled at Dubina. He was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Surviving in addition to his widow are one daughter, Mrs. Leo (Mary) Lebeda of Dubina; two sons, Robert of Dubina and Joe Jr. of Weimar; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers, John of El Campo and August of Weimar; and three sisters, Mrs. Emilia Cernoch, Mrs. Jim Cernoch and Mrs. Zigmund Jurecka, all of Weimar. A sister and a brother preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Arnold Krecmer, Leon Jurecka, Frank G. Krecer, Robert A. Jones of Austin, Leroy Lebeda and Wilbert Lebeda.


The Weimar Mercury, Dec. 5, 1974

Funeral for Mrs. Krecmer Held Nov. 23

Funeral services for Mrs. August (Millie) Krecmer, 74, of Dubina were held Saturday, Nov. 23, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Gerard Cernoch of El Campo officiated.

Mrs. Krecmer died Nov. 21 in Youens Memorial Hospital here after an illness of six months.

She was a lifelong resident of Fayette County. Born March 25, 1900, at Praha, she was the daughter of Ignac and Theresa Faltysek. She was married to Mr. Krecmer at St. Michael’s Church in Weimar on Nov. 5, 1924, and they settled in the Dubina area.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Christian Mothers, and SPJST Lodge.

Her husband survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Frankie (Hattie) Mueller of Schulenburg; two sons, Arnold Krecmer and Frank E. Krecmer, both of Schulenburg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Louis (Agnes) Dybala of Houston, Mrs. Jake (Theresa) Reus of San Antonio, and Mrs. Emil (Annie) Bartek of Shiner; and two brothers, Adolph Faltysek of Moulton and Frank Faltysek of Ganado.

Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Bernard Kalina, Alvin Mueller, Gary Mueller, Daniel Mueller, Michel Krecmer and Patrick Krecmer.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 25, 1968, page 1

Last Rites for Mrs. Krecmer, 85, Saturday

Mrs. Joe (Sophie) Krecmer, 85, of Dubina was buried in the Catholic cemetery of that area Saturday morning, April 20, after services in Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina.

Mrs. Krecmer, a lifelong resident of Dubina, died Thursday in Youens Memorial Hospital here after 43 days as a patient.

Born March 26, 1883, she was a daughter of Frank and Mary Raska. She was married to Mr. Krecmer in 1906 and he died in 1962.

Mrs. Krecmer is survived by two sons, Robert and Joe, both of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Leo (Mary) Lebeda of Weimar; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death nine years ago.

Rev. Emil Vinklarek officiated in the services. Pallbearers were Milton Kobza, Wilbert and Leo Lebeda, Frankie Krecmer, Gary Herzik and Robert Jones.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1948, page 1

Funeral Rites for Mrs. V. Krecmer, 89, Held At Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Veronika Krecmer, 89, were held Saturday morning at the Dubina Catholic Church, Rev. B. Pruski officiating. Rev. Raska delivered the sermon in the Czech language. Interment was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Krecmer, who had been ill for about six months, expired Thursday, June 24, at the homeof her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. August Krecmer.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1858, she came to this country at the age of 24. She and her husband settled in the Holman community, where they lived about 15 years before moving to Dubina. Dubina was their home at the time of Mr. Krecmer’s death 23 years ago; since that time Mrs. Krecmer has lived with her son.

Surviving are three sons, Joe and August of Schulenburg and John of El Campo; four daughters, Mrs. Chas. Cernoch and Mrs. Sigmund Jurecka of Schulenburg; Mrs. Jim Cernoch of Weimar, and Mrs. Val. Cernoch of El Campo; 36 grandchildren; and 53 great-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death 29 years ago, and another died in infancy.

Pallbearers at her funeral were her grandsons, B. J. Cernoch, Ray Jurecka, Robert Krecmer, Ivan Cernoch, Arnold Krecmer and George Cernoch.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


LaGrange Journal, Thursday, March 21, 1940

Miss Annie Kreische

Miss Annie Louise Kreische, an invalid for several years, died at the La Grange Hospital, Thursday, Mar. 14, aged 82 years, 4 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held at the Kreische home south of La Grange, Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. R. Heise, officiating and Kroll Funeral Home in charge. Interment was made in the new cemetery in the east of La Grange.

Miss Kreische was born in the home on Kreische's Bluff, December 1, 1857; she was a daughter of Henry Ludwig and Sepha Kreische, early settlers of the county; surviving are her brother, Franklin Kreische and her sister, Miss Julia Kreische, living at the old home.

Contributed by Greg Walker


La Grange Journal, 11 Jun 1896

DIED—At his home, Bluff, June 7th, 1896, Mr. Anton Otto Kreische, aged 36 years.

The deceased was a victim of that fell destroyer consumption, from which he suffered several years before death, as a kind messenger, relieved him. He bore his suffering with heroic fortitude until the end came, seldom or never complaining of his affliction.

He had many friends and no enemies, and his death will be regretted by all who knew him. To his mother, sisters, brother and other relatives THE JOURNAL tenders its sincere sympathy in this their sad bereavement.

Anton was originally buried near the Kreische family home, but was later reinterred in the La Grange City Cemetery. Contributed by Pam Reinhart.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 7, 1950

Services are Held for Aged Bluff Man

Funeral services for Franklin Kreische of the Bluff community were held Monday at 10 AM at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Edward Jansky officiating and Koenig Funeral Home directing. He was 88.

Internment was in the New City Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Hausman Sr., August Hensel, Louis Hausman and Dr. Paul P. Beckmann. Pallbearers were George E. Adamcik, Joe Dalezal, Frank Hausmann, August Hausmann, Herman Hensel and Paul Hensel.

The deceased was born Nov. 30, 1862, and was the son of the late Heinrich and Josefa Appelt Kreische. He was not married.

The only surviving relative is a sister, Miss Julia Kreische.

The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 14, 1950

Card of Thanks

I want to express my grateful thanks to everyone who was so kind and considerate in my bereavement, the passing of my beloved brother, Franklin Kreische. My special thanks are conveyed to my relatives, neighbors and friends for their manifold acts of kindness, the Koenig Funeral Home, the donors of the beautiful floral tributes, to Rev. E. J. Jansky for his consoling words, and to all others who assisted in lightening my sorrow.

God bless all of you.


Contributed by Greg Walker


La Grange Journal, 23 March 1882

An Old Citizen Gone

We are now called upon to note the death of one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Fayette county, Mr. H. L. Kreische, who died at his residence last Friday at noon. He has been more or less an invalid for some months, and on last Sunday was taken with a sudden and serious illness that culminated in his death. Mr. Kreische was among a large number of Germans who came to this place in 1846, many of whom still survive. and by his honest and upright life won a host of friends who will deeply regret his loss.

Mrs. H. L. Kriesche and family beg leave to tender to the people of the neighborhood, and those of La Grange especially, their thanks for kind attentions shown during Mr. Kreische's last illness, and assistance rendered in carrying his remains to their last resting place.

Contributed by Greg Walker


La Grange Journal, 23 Sept 1920

Two Called Hence

Death Claimed Two Whose Absence Will be Noticed by Everyone

Friday afternoon H. L. Kreische, ill since winter, at times convalescent, again being compelled to resort to the rest the bed afforded, died in this city. At the time of his death Mr. Kreische had passed his sixty-fourth mile post. During his life tife [sic], ever of a quiet and retiring disposition, he was universally liked, those who were most intimate with him ever cherishing a strong friendship for him. The family resided near the well known Schuetzen-Verein grounds and to the deceased the lot had ever fallen to look after them. Being a member of that organization, the members attended his obsequies Sunday afternoon as well as hundreds of others. The remains were interred in the family burial plat near the home. To his sisters and his brother, the only remaining relatives, the Journal offers its sincerest sympathy at this time.

Card of Thanks

The sincere and grateful thanks of an appreciative, grief-stricken family are extended to all of the good people, our neighbors and those from La Grange, who ever manifested such friendly interest in our brother, H. L. Kreische. Thanks extended in this manner may appear formal, but they are prompted by our deep feeling of appreciation for your consideration of those who have been visited with sorrow. To Mrs. F. Presun and Mr. H. M. Presun we extend especial thanks for their loving assistance to sister Anna upon her sad home-coming.

September 22, 1920.

Contributed by Greg Walker


The Houston Post, Sunday, January 14, 1906

Mrs. J. Kreische at La Grange

(Houston Post Special)

LA GRANGE, Texas, January 13.—Mrs. Josepha Kreische, aged 73, died at her residence, two miles south of this city this morning, and will be buried Sunday afternoon in the family burial ground on the bluff. Mrs. Kreische is one of the earliest settlers of this community and her husband at one time conducted a brewery near the old homestead.

Contributed by Greg Walker

Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Jan 1906

The remains of Mrs. Joseph [sic.] Kreische were laid to rest Sunday the 14 in the burial place near the family residence on the Bluff. The Bluff Schutzen Verein, the LaGrange Concert Band and many friends and acquaintances of the deceased and her family were in attendance.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 25, 1952

Miss Julia Kreische Is Interred Tuesday

Miss Julia Kreische, one of La Grange area’s oldest lifelong residents, passed away at the Fayette Memorial Hospital here Sunday.  She was 82 years, eight months and 14 days of age.

Miss Kreische was born on the Bluff on January 7, 1870, daughter of the late Heinrich Kreische and wife, nee Josefa Appelt.  She had lived in the community where she was born all of her life.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 8:30 AM at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with continued services at the Hostyn Catholic Church.  Rev. Edward J. Jansky officiated, and interment was made in the New City Cemetery here.

She is survived by a second cousin, Mrs. Julia Ullrich, who had been residing with Miss Kreische of late; and several other cousins.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 10, 1921

Miss Kreische Dead

The remains of Miss Pauline Kreische who died at Boerne Saturday afternoon, were brought to La Grange Sunday morning and conveyed to the family home on the Kreische’s Bluff where they lay in state until four o’clock that afternoon, and were then carried to the little plot of ground nearby and placed to rest by those of the family who had preceded her.

Miss Kreische had been a sufferer for many years, and died in the faith she professed.  Receiving the last sacrament, and recognizing the approach of the grim reaper she reconciled herself to the inevitable.  At the home and open grave Rev. Geo. Berberich, priest in charge of the Sacred Heart church conducted the religious services and paid to the departed the tribute she merited for her unchanging faith.

In attendance upon the obsequies were many friends from the neighborhood, including La Grange, who came to pay their last respects and to offer their sympathy to those who shall mourn the loss of a sister.  Franklin, Misses Julia and Annie Kreische are the survivors.

Those who attended the funeral of Miss Pauline Kreische at La Grange in the Bluff cemetery Sunday were: Mrs. A. Kunze, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ulrich and children, Miss Antonie Muenster, Mrs. Lena Fritsch and son Joe, Mr. Wm. Appelt, Anton Appelt, Joe Appelt, Mrs. Louis Appelt and son, Arthur.  Hallettsville New Era.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Julia Kreische was originally buried near the Kreische home on the Bluff, but was later reinterred in the La Grange City Cemetery.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 March 1906

Mr. Kremling Dead.

Mr. F. Kremling, aged 49 years, died Sunday, March 25th and his remains were laid to rest in the St. John cemetery Monday, the 26th under the auspices of the St. Joseph Verein, of which he was an esteemed member. He was also a member of the Herman Sons at this place, a number of the members of which attended his funeral.

Mr. Kremling was born in Austria, came to Texas in 1879 and has been a resident of Fayette County most all of the time.

The Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Saturday, February 25, 1933

LAGRANGE, Tex., Feb. 24.-- Mrs. Anna Krenek, 85, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hruska, with whom she spent the last 20 years of her life. Her body was laid to rest in the National Cemetery, near Ellinger, the Rev. J. W. Horak, Lutheran, pastor of Caldwell, officiating. Mrs. Agnes Franta and Ignaz P. Krenek of Crosby, Mrs. Amalie Krenek of Vernon, Rudolf F. Krenek of Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. W.C. Hruska and Emil Krenek of Lagrange, survive her. Twenty-five grandchildren and 2? great-grandchildren, also mourn her passing.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, March 15, 1938

La Grange, Tex., March 14.—Funeral services were held today for Ed J. Krenek, 60, prominent Hostyn farmer.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, March 31, 1903

On Friday, March 27, Ignatz Kremk [Krenek] Sr. died at his home near here of consumption and was buried at Ellinger to-day. Mr. Kremk was a noble Christian gentleman of some prominence and highly esteemed by every one who knew him. By industry, good management and perseverance he accumulated a small fortune. He left eight children and a wife. He was 56 years old.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Jan 1902, Ellinger column
Mr. J. F. Krenek, a merchant of this place, who has been suffering with cancer of the throat for a long time, died last night December 30, 1901. His remains will be buried in the Catholic cemetery at Live Oak Hill this evening at 3 o’clock, December 31, 1901.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Eagle Lake Headlight, Thurs., Sept. 16, 1976

Sister Of John Beseda Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Krenek, 57, of Fayetteville were held Tuesday morning, Sept. 14 at 9 o’clock at the Fayetteville Catholic Church with the Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Krenek, sister of John Beseda of Eagle Lake, died in Fayette Memorial Hospital Sunday, Sept. 12.

The deceased was born in Fayetteville on July 1, 1919, the daughter of the late Tom and Rosie Hubenak Beseda. On Feb. 16, 1940 she was united in marriage with Lebert Krenek.

Surviving are her husband and one son, Gilbert of Fayetteville; two sisters, Mrs. John T. (Bettie) Krenek of Ellinger and Mrs. Eddie (Tonie) Orsak of Wharton; three brothers, John Beseda of Eagle Lake, Jerome Beseda of Wharton and Willie Beseda of Fayetteville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, March 30, 1905

Died near Ammansville, March 3, of pernicious malarial fever, John Krenek, aged 18 years.

Contributed by John Todd Koenig


Weimar Mercury, 2 Sep 1921, page 1

The body of Private Joe John Krenek, Company B, 56th Engineers, of Ellinger, Texas, is en route home for reinterment, according to an item in Tuesday's San Antonio Express.

Colorado County Citizen, 2 September 1921

Body Of Young Hero Of Late World War Arrives At Ellinger

All Mortal of Youth Who Died In France Is Brought To Old Home.

With all respect and honor due one who made the supreme sacrifice for love of his country, the body of Private Joe John Krenek , which arrived in San Antonio Wednesday, together with the remains of 26 other veterans of the late world war, originally buried in France, was received at Ellinger, this county, his old home yesterday. Final interment will be observed on Monday in the Live Oak cemetery. Rev. Father Vanecek will speak the words of the burial ritual of the church at the grave and the full military tribute will be accorded the young hero.

Private Krenek was a volunteer enlisting at San Antonio on March 2, 1918. After a few months of training he arrived in France with a military contingent on June 21 of the same year, and just ten days later a fatal illness ensued. He was 24 years of age, September 1, 1894 being his birth date. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Krenek, four sisters and three brothers.

Transcribed by Judy Talkington

La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 8, 1921

Brought Home

Editor Journal:

The body of Private Joe John Krenek arrived here Thursday evening, September 1 and on Monday this week the funeral was held at the Catholic cemetery at Live Oak Hill cemetery.

Private Krenek was a volunteer and enlisted March 2, 1918, and died at the age of twenty-four years from disease.  He was a member of Co. B, 50th engineers.  Former Lieutenant T. W. Lueders had charge of the military feature of the funeral ceremonies and three priests, Father Vanicek of Fayetteville, Father Berberich of La Grange and Father Cernowsky of Smithville had charge of the religious ceremonies.  The latter two spoke in English and paid the volunteer a beautiful tribute, both at the home and at the grave.

Private Krenek was ever held in the highest esteem by those who knew him.  His character, above reproach, he won the friendship of everybody.  To know him was to like him, and this was fully attested to Monday when the people came from the surrounding county and bedecked his final couch with floral offerings, wagon loads of beautiful, sweet smelling flowers.

The funeral cortege which left the home at 9:30 o’clock was the largest this writer ever saw, a rough estimate placing the number present at two thousand.  Pall bearers were:  Harry A. Beyer, Rudolph, Elo, Fritz and Tom Zapalac and John Hruska.  In this slow march to the cemetery there were forty-two boys, waiters, who were met by the members of the two Bohemian lodges, the band from Fayetteville which played the dirge, twelve little girls from Fayetteville representing the American Red Cross nurses, fifteen small boys, each carrying a small American flag, and four young ladies garbed to represent angels.  The sight but aroused the most profound sympathy and respect.

Private Krenek will sleep peacefully on, permitting his dust to mingle with the dust of his birthland.  He died not on the field of battle in France but was nevertheless a true patriot and soldier.  Disease, which claimed thousands of our brave boys over there, stilled his efforts before he faced the enemy, and he was buried as all of Uncle Sam’s boys should be.  As one who knew him well, and loved him, I feel the loss we sustained, and place my tribute with those of the rest who feel that one of our best young men passed out when he gave up the ghost.

A Friend.

Contributed by Rob Brown
See photograph of Joe John Krenek's funeral.


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jan 1928, page 2


Smithville, Texas, Jan. 13. —Joseph Krenek, 90, died at his home near here Tuesday and funeral was held Wednesday. Interment was made in the Kirtley Cemetery today after services at the home by Rev. Claude V. King, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here. Mr. Krenek was born in Czecho-Slovikia and came to this country in 1854 settling in Schulenburg. Six sons and two daughters besides a large number of grandchildren, survive.


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, December 24, 1974

Jos Krenek Rites Sunday at Ellinger

Funeral services for Joseph B. Krenek, 68 year old Ellinger community retired farmer, were held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jacmenek chapel and continued at the Hostyn Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Francis Kolar officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Krenek passed away Friday at Columbus Hospital.

Born at Ellinger on July 8,1907, he was a son of John and Johanna Hubenak Krenek, and married Miss Adolphine Sury at Fayetteville on Nov. 20, 1928.  He was a lifelong resident of the Ellinger area.

He is survived by his wife of Ellinger, two daughters, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Urbanovsky of Houston and Mrs. Jimmie (Gladys) Schmitt of Fayetteville; one son, Benjamin Krenek of Ellinger; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Cook and Mrs. Rudolph Zatopek, both of Ellinger, and Mrs. Robert Lycka of Angelton; a brother, Rudolph Krenek of Ellinger; and seven grandchildren; He was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence and by a sister, Mrs. Frank Zatopek.

Transcribed by Gayle Newkirk


The Fayette County Record, Friday, March 23, 1956

Youth Killed In Gravel Pit Accident

Laurence Krenek of Near Ellinger Loses Life Monday

A 21-year old Ellinger area young man, just out of the service after spending two years in the Army, was crushed to death in an accident at the Jayray sand plant of Thorstenberg and Tamborello, 12 miles south of Columbus, Monday morning at 11 o’clock.

He is Lawrence John Krenek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Krenek of near Ellinger.

Young Krenek was pulled between an 18-inch elevator belt and a pulley after Ed Heinze, a fellow workman accidentally closed the wrong switch, setting the belt in motion.  He was badly mangled.
R.L. McMillian, superintendent of the new sand plant located on the east bank of the Colorado river, said he was preparing the test a blower attached to a sand dryer.  It was the blower switch which Mr. Heinze was supposed to have thrown, Mr. McMillian said.

Krenek was standing on the pulley, attaching buckets to the elevator belt when the accident happened.

Heinze was reported to have been overcome by the accident to his fellow worker and was treated in the hospital at Columbus for shock. He formerly lived at Fayetteville, but now is a resident of Columbus.

Another worker, Harry Mynar, at the top of the 72-1/2 foot shaft suffered a hand injury.

Krenek, a softball pitcher of note around Ellinger entered the Army early in 1954, and his last station was in the Panama Canal Zone.  He received his discharge about a month ago and went to work for the gravel firm, staying with a brother, Benjamin at Columbus.

Funeral Services were held at the Jecmenek Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock, followed by services at the Hostyn Hill Catholic Church. Rev. Francis Kolar officiated, and interment was made at the Hostyn Hill cemetery.
He is survived by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy and Gladys both at home; brother, Benjamin Krenek of Columbus and his paternal grandfather, John Krenek of Ellinger.

Transcribed by Gayle Newkirk


Victoria Advocate, December 19, 2000

FAYETTEVILLE—LeRoy J. Krenek, 72, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000.

He was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Fayetteville to the late Willie and Christina Krenek. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fayetteville Lions Club and St. John's Catholic Church. He was a farmer.

Survivors: wife, Lillian Krenek; daughter, Diane Poncik of Fayetteville; sons, David Krenek of West Point, Danny Ray Krenek of Bastrop and Darvin Roy Krenek of Fayetteville; brother, Clarence Krenek of Rockdale; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Pearline Krenek.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today at Knesek Chapel.

A rosary will be recited for the Knights of Columbus at 7 p.m. tonight at the chapel.
A parish rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Koening and Strickland Funeral Home, LaGrange, 409-968-3121

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Louise Krenek, age 6 years, died October 14.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Wichita Falls Daily Times, Thursday, March 16, 1933

BURKBURNETT, Texas, March 10.—Funeral services for Mrs. Rosalie Krenek. 88, were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Zbranek In Fayetteville, Tuesday morning. Mrs. Krenek, a pioneer Texan, was the mother of Mrs. Joe Machalek and the grandmother of Mrs. Thomas Boyd, both of Burkburnett. Burial was In the family plot In Live Oak Hill cemetery by the side of her husband, who died In Fayetteville 43 years ago.

Mrs. Krenek was born in Karlovicah, Czecho-Slovakla on Jan. 31, 1846. She was married to George Krenek In 1864 and In 1873 with her husband and five children came to the United States and settled in Fayette county, where three other children were born to them.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Jacob Koehl of Ellinger, Mrs. Albert Gerloff of Taylor, Mrs. Joe Machalek of Burkburnett, Mrs. Joe Zbranek of Fayetteville, and Miss Annie Krenek of Alice; three sons, Joe and John Krenek of Elllnger, Henry Krenek of Lincoln; 32 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Una Mae Krenek, 69, of Ellinger died Wednesday in Houston.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  The Rev. Jack Maddux officiated.

She was born March 6 1936 in Willow Springs, the daughter of Robert E. and Tonie (Legler) Coufal. She married Benjamin Krenek Jul 17, 1954 in Ellinger.  He preceded her in death on July 4, 2002. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and involved in various organ transplant organizations including the American Heart Association.  She was a retired nurse and also worked in her daughter’s restaurant.

Survivors include two daughters, Terri Krebs of Ellinger and Sharon “Sherry” Moore and husband, Butch of Spring; two sisters, Roberta Schmidt and husband Donnie of Frelsburg and Elizabeth Treybig and husband Harvey of Austin; two brothers, Barnell Coufal and wife Joyce of Florida and Calvin Coufal and wife Shiela of Willow Springs and mother, Tonie Coufal of LaGrange; granddaughters, Bridget Nitsche and Brittany Nitsche both of Spring and Kayla Krebs and Kimberly Krebs both of Fayetteville; grandson Felix Bach of Germany and special friend, Sharon Price of Ellinger.

Transcribed by Gayle Newkirk


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 7, 1948

Aged Fayetteville Area Man Expires

Vincent Krenek, about 84, passed away at his home near Fayetteville Tuesday.

Last rites will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at the family residence with continued services at the Fayetteville Catholic church.  Rev. F. L. Matustik will officiate, Koenig Funeral Home is directing, and burial will be in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery.

Survivors are his widow, the former Johanna Martinek; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Havel and Mrs. John Karasek of New Ulm, Mrs. Frances Meyer of Ramsey and Mrs. Edgar von Minden of Fayetteville; six sons, Willie, Lebert and Ewald of Fayetteville, Fritz, Vinc and Leo of New Ulm; three brothers, Mike of New Ulm, Chas. of Kennedy and Edward Krenek of Houston.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Galveston Daily News, 2 Oct 1884, page 1

Slain in His Store.

(Special to the News.)

Flatonio [sic.], October 1.—Mr. E. Kressek, a prominent citizen and merchant, living in New Prague, two miles east from here, was slain by three unknown young men at 7 p.m. to-day in his store. The men left on horseback, going south, and also shooting another man in the leg that they met in the road as they road off.

The Austin Weekly Statesman, 9 Oct 1884, page 3

The three young men who murdered E. Kneseck in his store at New Prague, near Flatonia, are unknown and have escaped.

The Galveston Daily News, 21 Oct 1884, page 2

Jailed for Safe-keeping at San Antonio.

(Special to the News.)

SAN ANTONIO, October 20.—The sheriff of Lavaca county brought Henry Sharpe here for safe-keeping. The authorities were apprehensive that the prisoner would be taken out of jail and lynched if incarcerated at Round Rock. Sharpe is charged with the murder of Postmaster Knecek of New Prague, a small Bohemian sttlement [sic.] in Fayette county. Sharpe is also wanted for the murder of a negro in Lavaca county, two years ago. The sheriff arrested him on that charge, and he is yeh [sic.] ignorant of the fact that he is held for the murder of Knecek, which was committed about twenty days ago. There is a reward of $3000 for the prisoner. He will remain here until the public sentiment subsides in Fayette county.


Weimar Mercury, 30 Apr 1943, page 5


Hallettsville, April 22. – Mrs. Anton Kresta, 61, mother of 11 children, died suddenly at her home three miles from Komensky. She had visited her daughter in the hospital and was taking care of a grandchild when she died. Services were held at Praha.

Surviving are the husband, eight sons and three daughters: Jerome of Gonzales, Willie of Corpus Christi, Edwin of Wharton, Alfons and Emil of Komensky, Anton of Camp Wolters, Alfred with the army in Puerto Rico, Richard at home, Mrs. Rudolph Koncaba and Mrs. Eddie Kocich of Big Springs and Mrs. Emith Orsak of Smithville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, March 8, 1945


Pfc. Anton Kresta Jr. and Pfc. Erwin J. Kubena have been killed in action, both on Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Pfc. Kresta was killed on Feb. 12 as the War Dept. notified his parents, Mr. Anton Kresta Sr. of Komensky.

Pfc. Kubena, son of Mr. John Kubena of Moulton, had been across 33 months. He was killed on Feb. 5 at the age of 30 years and six months.

Surviving are the father and one brother, Seaman 1/C Bohumil Kubena of Galveston.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, April 1, 1909

Sestra Emilie Kresta od řádu Novohrad, čís. 3. zemřela dne 14. března 1909, v stáří 40 roků, na souchotě. K Jednotě přistoupila 4. června 1902. Číslo certifikátu 2220 a dle stanov oprávněna jest k podpoře v částce $1000.

Sister Emilie Kresta from lodge Novohrad, no. 3 died on 14 March 1909 at the age of 40 years, of consumption. She joined the society on June 4, 1902. The certificate number 2220 and according to the articles of the society is authorized aid in the amount of $1000.00.

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, March 25, 1909

Úmrtí a díkůvzdání

Tímto oznamujeme našim přátelům a známým, že naše milovaná manželka a matka


zemřela dne 14. března 1909 ve stáří 41 let, 9 měsíců a 15 dní. Pohřbena byla na katolickém hřbitově v Praze za hojného účastenství lidu.

Srdečně děkujeme všem sousedům a členkyním řádu Novohrad za ošetřování v čas nemoci a za doprovození jí k věčnému odpočinku, pak všem, kdož náš žal zmírniti se snažili.

Zvláště děkujeme bratru Březkovi za řeč v domě smutku a p. učitelovi a dítkám školy Komenský za odprovození jí a zpěv při škole, pí A. Bohuslavové a pí. Jos. Hrnčíře za věnce na rakev. Ještě jednou srdečný dík všem.

Frank Kresta, truchlící manžel.
Frank, Karel, Jan a Edward, synové; Anna, Julie a Emilie, dcery; Vlasta, snacha; Albina, vnučka.

Death and Thanksgiving

This announce our friends, our beloved wife and mother


died on 14 March 1909 at the age of 41 years, 9 months and 15 days. Was buried in a Catholic cemetery in Praha with abundant participation of the people.

We thank all neighbors and members of lodge Novohrad for assistance during the time of her illness and for escorting her to her rest, then also all those who tried to alleviate our grief.

Especially thank you brother Březek for speaking in the house of mourning, and teachers and children of Komenský school for escorting her and for singing at school, Mrs. A. Bohuslav. and Mrs. Jos. Hrnčíře for the wreath on the coffin.

Once again, heartfelt thanks to all.

Frank Kresta, grieving husband.
Frank, Charles, Edward and John, sons; Anna, Emilie and Julie, daughter; Vlasta, daughter-in-law; Albina, granddaughter.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis, translated by Alfred Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 25 Mar 1909, Komensky Doings column

Mrs. J. Christa [sic.] died last Sunday at her home after a long illness. All present extend their sympathy.

Shiner Gazette, 1 Apr 1909, Komensky Doings column

Mrs. Frank Kresta Sr. died at her home Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m. after a lingering illness. Her remains were committed to the earth Tuesday in the Praha Catholic cemetery. She leaves a husband and several children to mourn her demise. We extend condolence to the bereaved ones. May she rest in peace.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, May 24, 2004

Clements L. Krhovjak

ROSENBERG - Clements Louis Krhovjak, 89, of Rosenberg, died Monday, May 17, 2004. He was born Nov. 4, 1914, in Engle, to the late Josef and Klara Jalufka Krhovjak. He was a boiler operator for an oil refinery and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

Survivors: wife, Alice Dirba Krhovjak; stepdaughter, Denise Petrash of Anchorage, Alaska; stepsons, Emil Krause of San Antonio and Walter Krause of Damon; and five grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: five sisters; and nine brothers.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, August 24, 1967

Schulenburg – Joe Krhovjak, age 78 years, 11 months and 22 days, succumbed at the Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 5, 1967 terminating an illness of over a year.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Monday, Aug. 7, at 8:45 a.m. and continued at St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Hubert Janak, assisted by Rev. Al Padalecki, officiated at the Requiem Mass and graveside services with interment in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Laddie, Gilbert, Wilbert and Willie Krhovjak, Ronnie and Willie Kurtz, all nephews.

Mr. Krhovjak was born August 19, 1888 in Koprivnice, Czechoslovakia, the son of the late Joseph and Clara (Jalufka) Krhovjak and immigrated to America in 1900 at the age of 14 years.

He was united in marriage to Miss Victoria Faltysek October 28, 1913 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha with Father Netardus officiating.

A retired farmer, Mr. Krhovjak lived most of his life in the Schulenburg area and was a devout Catholic and member of St. Isidor’s Lodge.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Victoria Krhovjak of Schulenburg; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Lucy) Kurtz of Houston, Mrs. Lawrence (Adela) Schulte of San Marcos; five sisters, Mrs. Louis (Sophie) Firasek of Moravia; Mrs. Charles (Frances) Merecka, Mrs. Frank (Louise) Mica and Mrs. Pete (Herma) Faltysek, all of Flatonia; Mrs. Emil (Gabriella) Zemlicka of Schulenburg; eight brothers, Jerry and Albert Krhovjak, both of Schulenburg, Isidor Krhovjak of Taylor, Rudolph Krhovjak of Praha, Oldrich Krhovjak of El Campo, John Krhovjak of East Bernard, Theodore Krhovjak of Flatonia and Clements Krhovjak of Houston; nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Joe Krhovjak, who died April 11, 1965, and Emil in infancy and a brother, Charles Krhovjak in 1933.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Monday, May 4, 1970

SAN MARCOS—Services are pending in Schulenburg for Mrs. Victoria Krhovjak, 78, who died here Sunday.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Schulte of San Marcos and Mrs. Henry Kurtz of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Agnes Dybala of Schulenburg, Mrs. August Krecmer of Weimar, Mrs. Emil Bartek of Shiner and Mrs. Jack Reus of San Antonio; two brothers, Adolph Faltysek of Moulton and Frank Faltysek of Ganado; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1917


Robert Krienks [sic.], died Dec 10, ’16, age 18 days, Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Sep 1899

DIED. – Last Wednesday the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Krishke [sic.] of High Hill.

Contributed by Matt Cross


KJT News March, April 2015

The funeral services for Mrs. Mary F. Krischke, age 90, of High Hill, Texas, will be held from the St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10 am.

Visitation will begin to the public after 5 pm on Sunday, December 28, 2014, with the Parish rosary to be recited at 7 pm from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, Texas.

Interment will be in the High Hill Catholic Cemetery in High Hill, Texas.

Survivors include: daughter-Caroline Marie Behringer of La Grange; son- Daniel Joseph Krischke and wife Martha of Bastrop; and sister-Josephine Leopold of Hallettsville. She is preceded in death by her husband, Victor; 1 son; 6 brothers; and 4 sisters.

Family requests donations be made to: St. Rose Catholic Church or School, Schulenburg, Texas; or a charity of one's choice.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, December 28, 2005

SCHULENBURG - Norman C. Krischke, 80, of Schulenburg, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005.
Survivors: wife, Jan Krischke of Schulenburg; daughters, Carolyn Kahlich of Houston and Valerie Taylor of Kyle, Jennifer Cowles of Cedar Park; sons, Stuart Krischke of St. John, Travis Krischke of White Hall, Pa.; sisters, Marian Norris of Schulenburg, Charlene Trojanowksy of Alvin and Geneva Willingham of Houston; brothers, Franklin Krischke of Kerrville, Raymond Krischke of San Antonio, and Hubert Krischke of Schulenburg; and 13 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents and infant sister.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus.

Visitation will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.

VFW Memorial services will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Schulenburg City Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, 979-743-4151.

Memorials: Schulenburg Public Library Fund or donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Galveston News, Wednesday, September 22, 1948

FLATONIA, Sept. 21.—A. J. Kristek, 77, died Monday following a heart attack.

Mr. Kristek was city commissioner here for the past 25 years.

Survivors include: His wife, Mrs Mollie Kristek; three sons, George of Ellinger, Albert of Ozona and James of Bangor, Maine; two daughters, Mrs. William Dnehns (?) of Laredo and Mrs. Vlasta Chamberlain of Galveston; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be announced later.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, September 13, 1888

WEIMAR, Tex., Sept. 12.-- Again The NEWS correspondent is compelled to record a death in this vicinity by suicide.

Mrs. Frank Kristek, the wife of a prominent Bohemian farmer, living about seven miles north of this place, took her own life by hanging herself yesterday morning between 1 and 2 o'clock. Mrs. Kristek had the misfortune a few months ago to lose a son who was accidentally drowned near Schulenburg and ever since has been very despondent, and seemed at times almost in a demented condition. The lady was heard to get up at 12 o'clock the night of her death and get water, and the inmates thought that she again retired, but instead she obtained a rope by some means, and about twenty-five yards below the residence, on a large tree, threw the rope over a limb, secured it and placed the other end around her neck and then launched herself into eternity. She was found dead in the morning at sunrise by relatives.

This entire community sympathizes with the bereaved family, as the lady was noted for her kindness and hospitality to all. She was buried in the Catholic cemetery near Bluff postoffice, a large concourse of friends attending the last sad rites.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 17, 1932


Relatives here were notified Wednesday afternoon about 6 o'clock that Mr. George Kristek, a World War veteran who had been under treatment at the government hospital in San Antonio for several weeks, was dead. For a number of days he had been very low, with no hope of recovery held out, hence news of his death was not unexpected, although deeply regretted by scores of friends throughout this section.

The remains will be brought to Schulenburg this (Thursday) afternoon, from which point same will be taken to the family home in the Ammannsville community, with interment taking place Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at Ammannsville.

Mr. Kristek was a son of Mr. Louis Kristek of Dubina, and leaves a widow and five little children.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 6, 1944

Mrs. Annie Kristoff

Mrs. Annie Kristoff, aged 55 years, died at La Grange, Wednesday, June 28.  Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at Holman, Friday morning, following a brief service at the Koenig Funeral Home by Rev. S. A. Zientek.  Interment was made in the cemetery at Holman.

For the past six years deceased had resided in La Grange; she was a daughter of the late John Janak.  Surviving are the following: Her son, Frank Kristof, in he service of his country; two daughters, Mrs. Mary K. Adamcik and Miss Judith Kristof of La Grange.  Emil Janek of Granger and Bartek Janek of Holman, brothers and Mrs. Agnes Knebel of Holman, Mrs. Mary Bossler of Galveston, Mrs. Barbara cernosek of West, sisters, and one grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 27 Feb 1920, page 1

Death Near Holman.

Ignac Kristoff, son of Frank Kristoff and wife of the Holman section, died of pneumonia Monday, aged about 11 years. The funeral took place the following day. The grief-stricken parents have our heartfelt sympathy.


Weimar Mercury, 14 Apr 1961, page 3

Joe Kristoff Jr. 70, Rites Held at Holman

La Grange—Funeral services for Joe Kristoff Jr., 70, were conducted at the Koenig Funeral Home and Holman Catholic Church, the Rev. Roman Janak officiating. Burial was in the Holman Catholic Cemetery.

Kristoff, a lifelong Holman area farmer, is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Hermis of Houston; and four sons, Emil Kristoff of Mullin's Prairie, Edwin Kristoff of Hearne, and Allen and Joe Kristoff, both of Houston.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1957

Interment here for Ludwig Kristoff

Services were conducted at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, for Ludwig Frank Kristoff, aged 56 years, who died in La Grange on June 27.

The Rt. Rev. S. A. Zientek officiated at the services and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Kristoff was born on Dec. 3, 1900 at Holman, the son of Joe and Rosie Zapalac Kristoff, both natives of Europe.  On Nov. 14, 1922, he married Miss Minnie Polach in La Grange.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Minnie Kristoff, one daughter Mrs. Erwin (Valasta) Hodde, of La Grange, two sons, Joe Kristoff of Houston and Adolph Stillwell of Galveston; two sisters, Mrs. Sophie Corey of Houston, and Mrs. Julia Janak of Holman; two brothers, Joe Kristoff and Conrad Kristoff of Holman, and four grandchildren.

Rosary for the deceased was recited on Friday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 27 Feb 1920, page 1


Mrs. Sophie Kristof, beloved wife of Mr. Jos. Kristof, respected farmer living between Holman and Ammannsville, died at the family residence last sunday night, following childbirth. A bereaved husband, several small children and the little babe survive. The remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon in the catholic Cemetery near Holman, Rev. Roska officiating. A large crowd of sympathizing friends were present ot pay the last sad tribute of respect.

Mrs. Kristof was a devoted wife and mother, a good woman in every sense of the term, a splendid neighbor and friend, and her death is deeply deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, 28 Dec 1895, page 1

Schulenburg Sticker: Last week an old lady living on the Russek farm, by the name of Krobatt, was so unfortunate as to get her clothes caught on fire while she was washing. She was so badly burnt that sher wounds proved fatal after four days suffering. Several members of the family were also burnt while endeavoring to extinguish the flames.


See newspaper account of double slaying of Vincent Krobot and John Matura.


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1940

Mrs. Emilie Kroll

Mrs. Emilie Kroll, aged 79 years, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Albert Binder at Carmine, Thursday, January 25; she had been ill for one week from influenza.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, Rev. H. Brunotte officiating; Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange and Ernest von Minden, funeral director at Round Top, in charge.  She is survived by her four sons, Adolph Kroll of Robstown, Ernest Kroll of Rockdale, Otto of Woodsboro and Alfred of San Marcos; and one daughter, Mrs. Albert Binder of Carmine.  One daughter and her husband preceded her to the grave.  There are 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kroll was born Nov. 2, 1861 in Germany, she was a member of the Lutheran church.  (Further mention in the Carmine Section news of this issue.)

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, January 6, 1938.


As a tribute of respect from the Ladies; Cemetery Association to the memory of our worthy member


RESOLVED, That we express to the family who have sustained this great loss our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in their dark hour of sorrow, and recommend them to Him who healeth [sic] all pain; she will always remain in their and in our minds as:

Loving and kind in all her ways,
Upright and just ‘till the end of her days,
Sincere and true in her heart and mind,
Beautiful memories she left behind.

RESOLVED, That these resolutions be entered upon our minutes of our Society, and a copy be published in the La Grange Journal.


La Grange, Jan. 3, 1938

Julia Meyer Kroll was the eldest of five children of Jacob Meyer and his wife, Friedericke Schwarting Meyer. She was born on August 21, 1854, in Biegel, and died on December 26, 1937 in La Grange, where she is buried in the La Grange City Cemetery. She was the widow of Theo. Kroll, Sr. Contributed by Judy Koehl


La Grange Journal, 14 Apr 1932

Theodore Kroll, Sr.

Death takes another good La Grange citizen.

Theo. Kroll, Sr. died at the family home in this city last Saturday, 9 April 1932. To him death came in the form of long sleep, and due to his advanced age. For more than a year and a half he had been confined to his bed, and for the past sixteen years he had been robbed of his eyesight.

Mr. Kroll, a manner of man to which every respect could be tendered, lived among his friends and inspired their confidence in him. He was born in Gluckstadt, Saxony, Germany, and when six years of age, he came to America with his parents. He was born May 9, 1844 and died 9 April 1932 at the age of 87 years and 11 months. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Capt. Theo. Kroll, Jr. of La Grange; James in Compton, Calif.; Louise, Mrs. J. E. Shuptrine of Gonzales; Helmuth of La Grange; Anna, Mrs. Phillip Hoyt of Atlanta, Georgia; Julia, Mrs. Harry Oeding of La Grange. Three children, Carl, at age 20 years, Alfred in infancy and Miss Emma in July 1931, preceded him in death. Interment took place in the new City Cemetery.

The parents of Mr. Kroll migrated to America in the year 1850, landing at Galveston, and from that port city the journey was continued to Chappel Hill, later removing to Biegel Settlement located a short distance east of La Grange. The father conducted a furniture manufactory at Chappel Hill for a number of years prior to the civil War closing it down when the conflict began.

At the age of 18 years, Theodore Kroll lived at Austin and worked in an ammunition plant during the last two years of the war and up to the end of the conflict. He was united in marriage with Miss Julia Meyer, the daughter of another early settler of the Biegel Settlement, in that village January 26, 1873. Biegel remained the home of the family until 1916. At Biegel he rapidly endeared himself to all, and for many years, he engaged in the general merchandise business,, and served the United States government as postmaster. At the time of the closing of the Biegel Post office, he was known to be the oldest postmaster of the county. Afflicted first with partial blindness, later all vision being denied him, he retired to his private life and enjoyed whatever blessings could come to him, in the family home. Grandchildren surviving him, and who will miss dear old grandpa,are: George Lenert Kroll and Chas. August Kroll, sons of Capt. and Mrs. Theo. Kroll, Conrad Kroll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Helmuth Kroll of La Grange; and Glance Kroll, son of Jim Kroll of Compton, California.

Men like Mr. Kroll have only one future home, and that is where those who have kept the faith ever go.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 March 1921, page 4

Mrs. Alma Krook

The passing of Mrs. Alma Krook in San Antonio, on Saturday March 5th, brought deep sorrow, not alone to the members of the family, but to a large circle of friends to whom her life had been dedicated in loving services of kindness. Mrs. Krook was reared from early childhood in this community and spent her young girlhood, as well as her mature years, in the home that was founded and built by her father, Chas. A. Kessler, one of Texas’ early pioneers.

It was not until recent years that she made her home in San Antonio with her son Charles, who survives her.

Her life has been an open book to those who knew and loved her. To eulogize her now that she has passed out of the lives of those whom she made the happier for having lived amongst them, would be useless. Her memory will be revered by them in the future as lovingly as her presence among them was cherished in the past.

Burial services were read by Rev. Piepenbrok at the home of R. C. Boettcher on Monday afternoon, after which interment took place in the family burying ground.

Besides a son, Mrs. Krook is survived by her brother, Mr. E. B. Kessler and her sisters, Mesdames G. Cranz and R. C. Boettcher of this place, Mrs. W. O. Neuhaus of Houston, and many other relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 11 March 1921, page 8

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. Alma Krook were Chas. Krook, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. King, Mr. Adolph Wangemann and Mr. Pyne of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Neuhaus, Mrs. Agnes Neuhaus, and Messrs. J. V. Neuhaus and Herbert Neuhaus of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Flem Houchins of Hallettsville, Mr. and Mrs. Gus. Cranz of Ft. Worth and Mrs. M. Richter of Weimar.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jun 1889, page 2

The angel of death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Krook on the 17th inst., and turned the joy and happiness of that contented household into sadness and sorrow by robbing it of their little darling, Edna. She was the first born and idol of her parents, who loved to look at her bright features and listen to her innocent prattle. Her brief sojourn here won an indelible affection upon the hearts of her parents, who will ever love to revert to her memory, and garner up her little toys and crib and cradle, as sacred mementos of little Edna. Schulenburg Messenger.


La Grange Journal, Pg. 3, Carmine Section, April 2, 1936

Mrs. Julius Krueger

Mrs. Julius Krueger, nee Miss Wilhemine Neumann, died at 4:00 p.m., March 23,  at San Marcos. Her body was brought to Carmine Tuesday morning, March 24.  From the funeral home the funeral was held, and the interment was made in the LaBahia cemetery, Tuesday afternoon; Rev. H. Brunotte officiated.

She was born October 14, 1844, in Posen, Germany and came to America 50 years ago, at which time she removed to Washington County. Three years later she married Julius Krueger, a blacksmith. This union was blessed with six children, of whom one preceded her in death, while an infant. Mr. Krueger passed away in 1920, at the age of 84 years. She reached the age of 91 years, 5 months and 9 days.

Mrs. Krueger is survived by the following children and their families: Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Butke, Pattiway, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kruger, San Marcos; Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Krueger, Long Beach, California; Mr. and Mrs. Alb. Krueger, Dallas; and Mrs. and Mrs. C.T. Spindle, San Marcos.

We extend out sympathy.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Birth Record. [sic.]

Kruger: Died at O’Quinn, Oct 10-03, Typhoid Fever, Louis Kruger, aged 24 years and 2 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 April 1915


John Krumholz, age 84 years, 2 months and 10 days, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jul 1938, page 1


Last Sunday afternoon while a party of young people, including members of the Young Ladies' Sociality of St. John's Church of the Schulenburg section, were at Wick's Lake, a couple of miles northeast of Weimar, on a picnic party, a terrible accident happened that cost the life of a fine young lady and came near adding the lives of two others to the total. It was one of those accidents that happens sometimes, and no one knows how or why.

Rev. J. J. Hildebrand, pastor of St. John's Church, had brought down a party of young people, members of St. John's Sociality, for a picnic party during the afternoon at the beautiful lake. Soon, some of the young people decided to go for a boat ride. Rev. Hildebrand with two of the young ladies, Misses Isabelle Krupala, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Krupala of St. John, and Marcella Zapalac, also of St. John, entered the boat, while Rev. Hildebrand undertook to row them about the beautiful body of water.

After a time, as we understand it, a shifting of the occupants of the boat caused it to "ship" water, which frightened the girls, and in moving about there was a further increase of water in the boat causing it to capsize, falling over and onto the three inmates as they were thrown into the water.

It is believed the two girls seized Rev. Hildebrand in their frantic struggles after being thrown into the water, and as a result all three came in an ace of being drowned. The water was about ten feet deep at the place the boat capsized. Three young men, nearby, Fred Wick, Johnnie Rerich and Henry Hauser, local boys, seeing the danger of the three parties drowning, jumped into the water and succeeded after a fierce struggle in rescuing Miss Zapalac and Rev. Hildebrand. It was full twenty minutes before the body of Miss Krupala was located and brought to the surface and by that time life was extinct.

The other two were rather far gone, but by herculean efforts they were revived and brought back to life. The body of the drowned girl was hurried to the undertaking establishment where it was gotten ready to be turned over to the Schulenburg undertaker. Later it was taken to the family home in the St. John's community, and was interred in St. John's Cemetery Tuesday morning.

The drowned young lady was 18 years old, while her companion was a year younger.

The courageous act of the three Weimar youths is deserving of much praise. Without doubt, if they had not acted quickly and courageously both of the others would have drowned also. Freddie, Henry and Johnnie are heroes in every sense of the term.

The tragedy is deeply and sincerely regretted by the people of this community. Only the Sunday before the Young Ladies' Sociality members of Moravia Parish had been at the lake on a similar occasion but without such disastrous results.

Weimar Mercury, 19 Aug 1938


Mr. and Mrs. Zapalac of the St. John section, near Schulenburg, came down Sunday to thank Johnnie Rerich and Henry Hauser and their parents for the great and courageous act they performed in saving the life of their daughter, Miss Marcella, in the drowning accident that happened a few Sundays back, at Wick's Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Zapalac had much praise for these brave boys and asked them to have their photographs taken, that they would pay all costs; saying they want to remember the boys as long as they live. Mr. Zapalac said the boys did more for them than the whole world could have ever have done.

From Mrs. Zapalac we learned that Miss Marcella was very sick after the accident and was speechless for a week. It was thought for a time that pneumonia would set in, but with good care on part of her doctor and parents this was avoided. The young lady is still confined to her bed, weak and restless, but we do hope and pray that she will soon regain her health and strength.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Sep 1912


Josef Krupala, age 54 years, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Apr 1908, Local News column

—Word reached the city last Monday that Chas. Krupala’s mother had died Sunday, the 5th inst., and was buried at St. Johns near Schulenburg on Monday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Oct 2008, page 3

Marzeline Krupala

Marzeline Krupala, age 86 years, 5 months, 5 days, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 a.m. at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.

The funeral was held on Friday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Timothy Kosler officiating. Interment followed in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mason Polasek, grandson; Eugene Krupala, cousin; and Lawrence Schumann, Ronald Schumann, Duane Guynes and David Guynes, nephews.

Recitation of the rosary, led by Deacon Paul Wood, nephew, was held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born on April 11, 1922 in Schulenburg, she was the daughter of Willie and Albina (Pesek) Zapalac. She attended Schulenburg High School. On June 10, 1940, she married Eustace Krupala at St. Rose Church in Schulenburg. She spent her entire life in the Schulenburg area, except from 1941-43 when she lived in Rosenberg. Mrs. Krupala was a housewife and worked with her husband at their business, Schulenburg Feed & Farm Supply, from 1951-78. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Rose Altar Society, KJZT and Hermann Sons.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Judy Krupala of Cuero, and Gary and Laurie Krupala of Irving; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy Olson of Azle, and Dolores and William Schumann of New Braunfels; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Bernice Guynes.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Died At Coupland

Mrs. Louis Kruse, nee Otillie Matejowsky died at Coupland, Monday, January 9, aged 73 years, 3 months and 9 days.  She was born at Waldeck, September 30, 1859, and was married to Louis Kruse, December 16, 1886, at Nechanitz, a few days prior to the departure of her father, Wenzel Matejowsky, for Austin to represent Fayette county in the State Legislature.  The body was buried at Waldeck.

Deceased is survived by her husband, two sons, Gus. And Max, and one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Velma) Pietsch, nine grandchildren, five brothers, and four sisters.

Rev. Carl Baer officiated at the services; to the surviving relatives, our sincere sympathy.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 7 Nov 1891, page 3

Charley Kubala, aged 50 years, died at his home on the Bluff Thursday morning about daylight of cholera morbus. He leaves a family of five children and widow. Mr. Kubala was an old setler and an honorable citizen. The grief-aflicted widow and orphan children have the deep sympathy of many friends. —Democrat.


Hallettsville Herald-Tribune, 1964

Frank Kubala

Frank Kubala, 94 a retired school teacher, died at his residence in Seguin Saturday, October 17, Funeral services were held Monday, October 19 at 4pm in the Goetz Memorial Chapel in Seguin with the C .J. Freudenberg officiating. Interment was in the San Geronimo Cemetery, Seguin.

Mr. Kubala's health was remarkably well until his death-still walked to town, a distance of several blocks, before he passed away. He had taught school at Moravia for a 30 year period around 1900 and also served as Justice of the Peace in the Moravia Community before succeeded by V. Gallia.

The deceased was born near La Grange on September 10, 1870 as the son of the late John and Carolina Kasper Kubala. On November 8, 1905 he was untied in marriage at Schulenburg with Miss Julia Wrba. He made his home in Seguin for the past 29 years.

Survivors include four daughters: Mrs. Miladie Fraser of Seguin, Miss Evelyn Kubala of San Antonio and Mrs. Lillian Baker and Mrs. Pearl Negrette, both of California; three sons: Julian Kubala and Leon Kubala, both of Seguin, and Mike Kubala of Georgia; on brother, Fred Kubala of New Mexico; three sisters: Mrs. Agnes Kubos, Mrs. Julia Kubos and Mrs. Teresa Janda, all of La Grange: and 13 grandchildren.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Weimar Mercury, 9 Jul 1904, page 2

Flatonia, June 30.—Near Cistern, twelve miles north of here, Mr. Joe Kubala, a prosperous young Bohemian farmer about 22 years old, while watering his horse at a tank yesterday evening, was shot twice with a shotgun and killed. Mr. Kubala is of a most excellent family. Mr. Mat Charba, a neighbor of the Kubala family, a married man about 45 years old, surrendered to our officers and will have an examing trial Saturday before Esquire R. S. Menefee, who held the inquest yesterday.


La Grange Weekly Journal, 17 September 1908


Friday afternoon, about 3:30 o’clock, John Kubala, Sr., who resided with his family in the Moravan neighborhood, and who had been a patient sufferer for some time from Neuralgia, fired a pistol shot at his head, the ball passing through the right side at the jaw and coming out near the left eye. Death followed in a few moments. When the news was spread among his family, kin and friends, there were many expressions of sorrow, as the deceased was universally liked, and esteemed by all, especially by those who resided in his immediate neighborhood.

At the time of the unfortunate and sad occurrence, deceased had stepped into his private room, to the South end of the house, and his wife had gone to the kitchen to prepare a glass of lemonade for him. No one was in sight, and in this trying moment, when temporarily insane, he placed the pistol near his face and sent his soul into eternity. What may have been his reason is buried with him. His suffering undoubtedly deranged his reason for the moment, and in that that brief time he committed the rash act. The shot was heard by the wife and daughter, and also by a son who was in the stable about 150 feet West, but the sound could not be located, and all condescended that it must have been fired by some party in the field. Imagine the good wife’s grief when she entered the room to tender the deceased a cooling drink, to find only the lifeless body.

Dr. R. H. Knolle, who had been their family physician, was en route to pay a professional visit, and when near the home heard the shot, but could not determine from whence it came, and arrived at the home shortly after life became extinct. Justice Harigel was at once notified, and in company with the Deputy Sheriff, Will Loessin, repaired to the home, and held the inquest. After examining all the witnesses, he rendered his verdict, that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot, self-inflicted in a moment of temporary insanity.

Besides a wife and one unmarried daughter, Miss Julia Kubala, deceased leaves several grown sons and married daughters, one son, a school teacher, residing in Moravia, in Lavaca County. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, at the Cedar cemetery. The Journal extends to the bereaved its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Nell Lindquist


La Grange Weekly Journal, 25 January 1951


Funeral services for John B. Kubala were held Friday, Jan. 19, at 9:30 AM at the Koenig Funeral Home with continued services at the Hostyn Catholic Church with Rev. Edward J. Jansky of Plum officiating and Koenig Funeral Home directing. Interment was in the Hostyn cemetery.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Pauline Kubala; five daughters, Mrs. H. A. Sevcik of El Campo; Mrs. Frank Brezik of Houston, and Mrs. Fred Rohan, Mrs. W. E. Stavinoha and Mrs. George Prilop of La Grange; four sons, Paul of Schulenberg, Fred of El Campo, Jerome of East Bernard and Emil of Snyder; four sisters, Mrs. Agnes Kubos, Mrs, Mary Rainosek, Mrs. Teresa Janda and Mrs. Julia Kubos, all of La Grange; two brothers, Frank of Seguin and Fred of Roswell, New Mexico; 32 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Nell Lindquist


Galveston Daily News, July 1, 1904

Joe Kubala, near Cistern, was killed and Mat Charba surrendered to officers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, October 15, 1898

Express Specials: LaGrange, Tex., Oct. 11.—Josef Kubala, jr., a young Bohemian farmer and school teacher, aged about 25 years, living about five miles from town, was found dead with two bullet holes in his head yesterday about sundown in Kreische's pasture, two and a half miles from town. On his person was found a letter stating that he was sickly and cared to live no longer. It is supposed that he killed himself five or six hours before being found.


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Apr 1904

Kubala: Died at Cistern 3-31-04 of truamatic [sic] pneumonia, Joseph Kubalr [sic], aged 63 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Weekly Journal, 21 June 1934



Mrs. Karolina Kubala, aged 89 years, 7 months and 15 days, died at the home of her son-in-law, August Janda, Tuesday afternoon. Her husband died in 1908.

Mrs. Kubala was born in Prague, Bohemia, Europe, and at the age of 24 years emigrated to America; shortly after the family located in Fayette county she became the wife of John Kubala. There was born to this union, 11 children, 6 of whom are living. These are: John, Frank and Fred Kubala; Mrs. Joe (Anna) Kubas, Mrs. Emil (Julia) Kubos, Mrs. Mary Rainosek and Mrs. August (Theresa) Janda.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 o’clock, with service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Hostyn, Rev. Paul P. Kaspar officiating.

Deceased was a resident of Fayette county for near to 65 years, and experienced many reverses in life, chief of which was the passing of her husband and children. Besides the living sons and daughters, there are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Nell Lindquist


Schulenburg Sticker, February 14, 2012

Lowell Maurice Kubala, 80, lifelong resident of the Weimar/Schulenburg area, died on Friday, Feb. 3 at 11 p.m. at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center after a five-month illness.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Eddie Winkler officiated. Pallbearers were Billy Paul Kubala, Tommy Kubala and Larry Wick, nephews; Zackery Kubala and Dylan Kubala, grandsons; and James Schramek, godson.

Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Tim Kosler. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion conducted a memorial service at 6:30 p.m., prior to the rosary.

Born in Fayette County on June 20, 1931, he was the son of Paul and Stella (Cernosek) Kubala. He was a 1949 graduate of Schulenburg High School and a 1953 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture education. In 1953, he entered active duty in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served overseas in the Republic of Korea in 1954. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1968, he joined the 75th MAC where he was attached to the unit's Engineer Exercise Group C. He remained in the Reserves approximately 30 years, and retired as a full colonel. He was self-employed as a carpenter and later as a Postal Service worker. Mr. Kubala was a member of the Catholic Church as well as American Legion, VFW, 12th Man and Century Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Kubala of Kyle; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Becky Kubala of Schulenburg; and four grandchildren, Zackery, Dylan, Kallie and Kassidy Kubala.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, 24 December 1963


Mrs. Pauline Kubala passed away at Fayette Memorial hospital Sunday at the age of 91 years, 1 month and 27 days.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Koenig Funeral home and continued at Sacred Heart church with Msgr. S. A. Zientek officiating. Burial will be in the Hostyn Catholic church cemetery.

Mrs. Kubala, a lifetime resident of the county who had made her home in La Grange with her children for the past several years, was the daughter of Stanley and Margaret Farek Kolodejcak. She was united in marriage with John B. Kubala at Hostyn on Oct. 24, 1892. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 1951.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Fred Rohan, Mrs. Willie E. Stavinoha and Mrs. George  Prilop of La Grange and Mrs. Frank Brezik of Houston; four sons, Paul A. Kubala of Schulenberg, Fred Kubala of El Campo, Jerome Kubala of East Bernard and Emil Kubala of Snyder; four sisters, Mrs. Frances Zalman and Mrs. Sophie Barek of Waco, Mrs. Agnes Sury of New Waverly and Mrs. Kristine Zalman of Fayetteville; one brother, Adolph Kolodejcak of Houston; 31 grandchildren, 93 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited tonight (Monday) at 7:30 by the Altar Society and at 7:45 by the KJZT Society and Living Rosary Circle.

Contributed by Nell Lindquist


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1916


Amalia Kubecka, age 49 years, died Dec. 15, 1915, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, October 2, 1999

ENGLE—Eddie Kubecka, 82, of Engle, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999.

He was born July 5, 1917, in Engle, to the late Jim and Mary Farek Kubecka. He was a farmer and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and SPJST No. 21. He was former director of Fayette County Farmer Bureau and past presiding Judge of Precinct No. 17.

Survivors: wife, Joyce Kubecka of Flatonia; daughters, Bernice La Seur and Carol Kubecka, both of Houston, Jennifer Kubecka of Waco, and Darlene Adams of Magnolia; Kathy Wright of Waco; son, James Kubecka of Flatonia; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: infant daughter, Helen Kubecka; son, Mark Kubecka; sisters, Albina Klesel and Adella Dieriner; and brother, Albert Kubecka.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Vestnik, April 2, 1997

ADOLPH V. "A.V." KUBENA, was an SPJST member for 60 years. Funeral services for Mr. Kubena, 82,of Ellinger were held Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger with the Rev. Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Kubena died March 7, 1997, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born in Fayetteville on February 14, 1915, Mr. Kubena was the son of the late Rudolph A. and Claudie (Zdaril) Kubena. He was united in marriage with Olivia E. Beyer on November 12, 1943,in Ellinger. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was very active in his church and civic affairs. A member of the Ellinger Chamber of Commerce, he served as an officer or director for 38 years during which he was president for 18 years. He was instrumental in getting the streets of Ellinger paved and helped in getting the present sewer and water system started in 1970 and served as president of the corporation until 1989. He was a longtime member of the Sons of Hermann where he also served as president and vice president and received the Humanitarian Award in 1989. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Czech Heritage Society and the Ellinger Fire Department, having been a past fire chief.

He served in the Air Force during World War II. He was recognized as the Outstanding Citizen of Ellinger in 1992.Surviving are his wife, Olivia Kubena of Ellinger; three sons, Robert Kubena and his wife Eve of Orlando, Florida, Billy Kubena and Bruce Kubena and his wife Denise of Ellinger; one sister, Rose Jurajda of LaGrange; and three grandchildren, Michelle Kubena of Ellinger and Jean Anne and Brian Jordan of Florida.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rudy and Leo Kubena.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Herald, 16 Dec 1897

Mr. B. Kubianna [sic.], of Navohrad died in Flatonia at the home of his brother, Mat Kubianna, on the 4th of December, at 9 o'clock p.m., and was buried at Praha on the 5th.

Mr. Kubina was a good citizen and respected by all the neighbors and acquaintances as an honest and upright man.  He was about 30 years old and leaves a wife and three little children, a mother and several brothers and sisters to mourn for him.  The Record extends condolence to the bereaved relatives and friends.—Flatonia Record.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Floresville Chronicle-Journal, 25 Mar 1949

B.A. Kubena Funeral Held at Praha Monday

B.A. Kubena of Block Hill Community died at his home there at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 18.

The body lay in state at Murray Funeral Home until Sunday a.m. at which time it was taken to Praha, Texas.

Rosary was said Saturday evening, March 19 at 8:30 at Murray Funeral Home.  The Rev Leopold officiated.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Praha Monday, March 21 with interment at Praha Catholic Cemetery, Rev Vaclav Bily, a nephew of the deceased, of Blessing, officiated.

Mr. Kubena, born August 5, 1895, was a native Texan, having spent most of his life in Fayette County.  He lived at Praha prior to moving to Wilson County.  He had lived in the Block Hill Community for the past five years where he engaged in farming.  He served with the Army in World War I.

Mr. Kubena was planting in his field when he suffered a stroke.  Everything possible was done but he passed away without regaining consciousness.  At the time of his death he was 54 years, seven months and 13 days.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Frances Kubena, three sons, John B. of San Antonio, Edwin and Joseph of Block Hill, four daughters Mrs. Agnes Remmers of Kenedy, Sister M. Lydia of the Nazareth Convent in Victoria, Lilly of San Antonio and Mary Ann of Block Hill and two sisters.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, 29 Oct 1965

Mrs. Frances E. Kubena

Marion - Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Praha for Mrs. Frances E. Kubena, 69, of Marion. She died Wednesday. Burial will be in Praha Catholic Cemetery with arrangements by Zizik-Kearns-Downing Funeral Home, San Antonio.

Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Lillie Jiral, Poth, Mrs. Mary Ann Kotzur, Victoria, Mrs. Agnes Remmerz, Converse, and Miss Frances Kubena, Marion, sons Johnny Kubena, Seguin, Edwin Kubena, San Antonio and Joe Kubena, Marion.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March 8, 1934


Thursday morning, while the clouds hung low and the peals of thunder were frequent, accompanied by occasionally by vivid flashes of lightning, there was one dull sound that mislead even the faithful wife, it was the sound produced by the discharge of a shot gun in the home of Jerry Kubena, and when the announcement went forth to neighbors and friends that Jerry Kubena had journeyed hence, it seemed incredible.

“What” said one, then another, “Jolly Jerry, everybody’s friend, dead?”

Alas, the inevitable had happened: the silent form lying on the bathroom floor told what words from the family failed to impress.  Jerry Kubena, past 35 years of age, husband, of Mrs. Evelyn Kubena, nee Meyer, and the oldest living son of Hon. and Mrs. J.R. Kubena, was dead.

Spreading the great mantle and seeking to eliminate the gruesome features connected, we report with features connected, we report with sincere regret the death of this good friend of childhood days.  With the same cheerful disposition that wove about him so many admirers and friends, Jerry arose last Thursday morning, jollied with Mrs. Kubena and asked her to prepare rolls and coffee, while he entered the bathroom presumably for usual purposes.  The 10 year old son had crossed the distance to the home of Grandpa and Grandma Kubena as was his wont; there was always a welcome for the child at the home of the grandparents.

Preparing the meal, Mrs. Kubena heard the shot; it was raining, there was thunder now and then, and lightning, the shot was regarded, because of its throttled sound, as but an accompanying rumbling of elements.  Breakfast was ready and Jerry had not come to the morning meal.  Then, what was once a happy go lucky man, a good husband and father, was found, and cleaning it for a hunting trip, had forgotten that it was loaded.  Blowing through the barrel as was his wont, the gun discharged, the back of his head torn to fragments.

The city’s inhabitants mourn with the young widow and the parents of the deceased; the loss is keen and sincerely regretted.  Jerry is the second child of the Kubena family to precede the parents.  Attesting the high esteem, in which he was held, was the immense gathering of relatives and friends from every part of the county.  Interment was had at the City Cemetery.  At the home Rev. R. Heise of La Grange conducted the religious services; at the grave the members of the Masonic Order, and visiting members had charge of the burial, using the beautiful Masonic Ceremony, Judge Chas. Chernosky of Houston paid a tribute to the deceased, and his brethren of the S.P.J.S.T. dropped their sprig of green into the open grave.  Members of the American Legion were present and the bugler blew “taps.”

Thus closed the last chapter; the great blanket which death has spread, covers whatever may have been the fallacy and foibles of a man who without question was regarded as everybody’s friend.  We shall miss him, but shall not question.  And may the journey his soul has thus ruthlessly been called to take, bring solace and comfort in that land where the judging of all is greater and more lasting than that of mere man.

Jerry Kubena was the second oldest child of Hon. and Mrs. John R. Kubena; a daughter, older, died when she was six years of age.  Beside his widow, and one son Robert, he is survived by his parents, Hon. and Mrs. J.R. Kubena, six brothers, John, Joe, Edwin, Rudolph of Fayetteville, Lad of Houston and Woodrow, attending the A&M College, and two sisters Miss Julia of Fayetteville and Mrs. Edgar (Alice) Rosenberg of La Grange.

Pallbearers were: Aug. Giese of Ellinger, Alf H. Blume of La Grange, Kermit Simank of Ellinger, A.H. Cordes, L.W. Highsmith and F.J. Fritsch of Fayetteville.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed

Weimar Mercury, Friday Morning, March 9, 1934


The entire Fayetteville community was shocked early Thursday morning when news of the sudden death of J. J. Kubenka [sic.] was spread like wild fire.

Mr. Kubena was a prominent citizen of the community in which he was born and resided all his life. He was secretary of the County Democratic Executive Committee.

The news that saddened the community was that Mr. Kubena had died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound in the head, supposedly accidental. An inquest had not been held at the time of the report was received here.

Neighbors heard the discharge and rushed to the Kubena home, where they found Mr. Kubena dead.—LaGrange Record.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 19, 1908

WEIMAR—John Kubena, a farmer living a few miles north of this place, was frozen to death last Saturday night. He laid down in the road while on the way home and when found was dead.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1908


Died at Holman, Nov. 12, John Kubina, age --, of heart failure.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1908

A farmer named Kubena was frozen to death Friday night of last week. He had been trading at Holman, we understand, and on the road home laid down and was frozen to death. He was a man about 40 years old, we are told. [burial place unknown]

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis [note: there was no Dec 20, 1908 issue]


Big Spring Daily Herald, Wednesday, May 4, 1938

GALVESTON, May 4—The body of J. R. Kubena, 76, prominent in Texas politics, was taken overland to his home in Fayetteville, Fayette county, today. Mr. Kubena was fatally injured last night when struck by an automobile while crossing the boulevard shortly after arriving to Galveston from Rosenberg. Charged with negligent homicide were filed against Milton Behrens of Galveston.

Mr. Kubena was a former banker and merchant of Fayetteville and had served in the legislature for six years. He was born in what is now Czechoslovakia, coming to Texas at an early age. In recent years he devoted much time to the interests of the Slavic fraternal order, S.P.J.S.T., of which he was grand secretary.

Galveston Daily News, Friday, May 6, 1938

Funeral services for J. R. Kubena, 69, retired Fayetteville banker and former state legislator, who was fatally injured when struck by an automobile while crossing the Boulevard at 11th Tuesday night shortly after he arrived here from Rosenberg, will be held at his home at 2 p.m. today.

The boy lay in state at the Hyde Park funeral home, Houston, until 6 p.m. Wednesday, when it was forwarded to his home for funeral services and interment.

Mr. Kubena was supreme secretary of the Slavonic fraternal and benevolent society, S.P.J.S.T., in the interest of which he had been in Rosenberg and had come to Galveston. he was born in what is now Czecho-Slovakia June 11, 1868, and came to this country when 10 years of age.

As a prominent Texas democrat, Mr. Kubena was chairman of the Fayette County democratic executive committee and had served in the legislature from that district.

Surviving him are: His wife, Mrs. Julia Kubena; two daughter, Miss Julia Kubena of Fayetteville and Mrs. Anita Rosenberg of La Grange; seven sons, L. J. and Woodrow Kubena of Houston, Edward Kubena of the University of Texas, Austin, Lambert of Ellinger, and John A., Joe R., and R. R. Kubena, all of Fayetteville; four sisters, Mrs. Rosie Polansky, Mrs. E. J. Kneseke, Mrs. Agnes Zapalac, and Miss Rosalie Kubena; three brothers, Joe, Rudolph and Anton Kubena.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, September 6, 1938

La Grange, Tex., Sept. 5.—Leo M. Kubena, 21, Fayetteville youth, died here today of injuries received yesterday when the automobile in which he was riding crashed into the concrete banister of a bridge.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, July 24, 1934

FLATONIA, Tex., July 23.—M. A. Kubena died at his home here Sunday [22 Jul 1934]. He was born in Stromberg, Moravia Jan. 31, 1866. More than 60 years ago he was brought by his parents, John and Susana Kubena, landing at Galveston. Their first home was in Freylsburg, where they remained one year. The next move was to Lavaca Couonty, where a permanent home was established.

On reaching his majority, he came to Flatonia, acting as salesman for R. L. Simmons, merchant and remaining until April 3, 1888, when he entered upon his duties as sales with Arnim and Lane, serving in that capacity for 46 years.

He is survived by his widow, one son, Matt Kubena, Jr., of San Antonio, two sisters, Mrs. E. Gioptner [Gieptner] and Mrs. J. Klekar, numerous nephews and nieces.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Monday, November 3, 1930

FLATONIA, Tex., Nov. 2.—Aug Kubenka, aged 75, died at his home Saturday after a lingering illness. He was a pioneer citizen of Fayette County and leaves a wife and several children. Rev. Father Anders officiated.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Friday, November 13, 1936

FLATONIA, Tex., Nov. 12.—Mrs. Mary Kubenka, 82, a pioneer citizen of the Novahrad community, died at her country home Sunday morning. She leaves a large family of children and grandchildren. Burial took place in Praha Catholic Cemetery Monday, Rev. John Anders officiating.

Galveston Daily News, Saturday, November 14, 1936

Flatonia, Tex., Nov. 13.—Mrs. Mary Kubenka of the Novahrad section died at her home yesterday morning. She was 82 years of ago. She is survived by three children. Burial took place in the Praha Catholic Cemetery this morning. Rev. John Anders officiated.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 April 1915


Mrs. Mary Kubes age, 18 years, Weimar, route – .

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1918, page 1

A daughter of the late Ed Kubesch and wife, aged about 12 years, died at the home of Mrs. Koneckny, at Dubina, last week.

Ludwine Kubesch died in Fayette County on October 28, 1918.


Feb 1944 Lavaca County Tribune news clipping

Flatonia, Texas


Death came to Mrs. Mary Kubicek Tuesday at the home of her son Isidor and wife where she has made her home for the past 16 years.  The funeral was held Thursday from the home of her son William in town.  After services at the Moulton Catholic Church with Father Kopp officiating, internment followed at Praha Catholic Cemetery in the former home.

The deceased, a true Christian mother, was born 82 years ago in Freyburg, Fayette County and married at Praha to Frank Kubicek.

Surviving are her six sons, William and Frank of Shiner, Emil of North Texas, Alphons, Isidor and Jim of Moulton, three daughters, Mrs. Ig. Balajka of Hillje, Sister Gerard and Sister Sophie of San Antonio.

Mary Kubicek died 1 Feb 1944. Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Wed., April 27, 1977

George Kubos

Funeral services for George Cyril Kubos of 330 North Monroe were held Sunday, April 24, at 4:00 P.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Kubos, a lifetime watch repairman here, succumbed April 22 in the Seton Hospital in Austin.  He was 59.

Born Oct. we. 1917, in Hostyn, he was a son of Emil and Julia Kubala Kubos.  He was married to Bernice Hauser November 19, 1945, in Hostyn.  He was a watch repairman here for many years, the last 17 years he was located in Moore’s Jewelry & Gifts.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society, and the KJT.  He was a lifetime La Grange resident.

Surviving are his wife of La Grange; a daughter, Carolyn Ann Kubos, two sons, John Carl and David Paul Kubos, all of La Grange; two sisters, Mary Kubos of La Grange and Mrs. Otto (Joseph) Pospisil of San Antonio; and a brother, Emil Kubos of San Antonio.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1916


Mary Kubsa, age 85 years, Dec. 29, 1915, near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Jun 1895, page 2

News Special: Ellinger, Fayette Co., Tex., June 4.—Frank Kucera, a Bohemian farmer, accidently shot his 10-months-old infant with a rifle supposed to be unloaded, from the effects of which the child died six hours afterward. The load also wounded his father, who was holding the child, though not seriously.


Dallas Morning News, September 21, 1949

Funeral services were held Tuesday for John Kucera, 94, of La Grange, father of Dallas City Atty. H. P. Kucera. He was buried beside his wife in Live Oak Cemetery near La Grange.

Kucera died in La Grange Monday. He was a farmer there and came from Czechoslovakia to Texas when he was fifteen.

Survivors include five other sons, John H. Kucera, E. F. Kucera, A. E. Kucera, and Joe J. Kucera, all of Dallas, and L. A. Kucera of houston; and six daughters, Mrs. Fred Polansky of Taylor, Mrs. Eric Blair of Woodville, Miss Louise Kucera, Mrs. H. A. Engbrock and Mrs. Lawrence Eckel, all of LaGrange, and Mrs. Davis Hunt of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 June 1908


Died at Carmine, Chirstine [sic] Kuehne, age 69 years, 6 months and 11 days of performation [sic] of the stomach.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 19 Mar 1898, page 3

LaGrange Journal: Mr. Kuegler, a prominent farmer living some seven or eight miles across the river, dropped dead from heart failure last Thursday evening. Deceased has been a citizen of this county for many years and had many friends and lived to see the ripe age of seventy-five. He leaves a wife, several children, grand children and great grand children to mourn his death, to all of whom the Journal extends its heartfelt sympathy.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1909

Death of Mrs. Wm. Kuhn

Mrs. Wm. Kuhn died at the family residence in this city Monday morning after a lingering and painful illness.

Mrs. Kuhn, whose maiden name was Wilhelmina Ernst, was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1842, and emigrated to America when a mere child, the family settling at Frelsburg, Colorado county.  She was married to Wm. Kuhn in August, 1862, and moved to this place the following year, residing here continually to the time she was called to that bourne from whence no traveler ever returns.  Six children were born to them four of whomare living, viz:  Wm. Kuhn of Austin, H. D. Kuhn of Houston; John Kuhn of Port Arthur, and Mrs. Leo Brunner of this city.

The funeral occurred from her late residence Friday afternoon, the cortege being one of the largest ever seen here.  Interment was had in the new cemetery, Rev. Lennartz of the Catholic church officiating.

To the bereaved husband and family THE JOURNAL extends its sincere sympathy in the loss of a devoted wife and mother.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Nov 1909


William Kuhn an old and honored citizen of LaGrange was laid to rest in our city cemetery Friday afternoon the 29th inst. Sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 April 1916

Mrs. Kuigler Dead

Mrs. Louise Kuigler died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Stein. The funeral services will be held to-day – Friday – from the residence of Fritz Nordhausen and interment will take place in the Old High Hill Cemetery.

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 April 1916, page 1

Mrs. Louise Kuigler Dead

Mrs. Louise Kuigler passed away Thursday morning, April 20, 1916 at 3:00 oclock [sic] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Stein, of Flatonia. She was born September 29, 1830, at Weigersdorf, Prussia. In 1855, she became the wife of August Kuigler, and emigrated to America, landing at Galveston, after being on the ocean thirteen weeks in a sail ship. They traveled in an ox-wagon from Houston to New Ulm where they lived in a log cabin without floor or windows, cooked at an open fire place in winter and outdoors in summer. Water was hauled from the creeks in a large barrel on a sled. They only had meat when a beef was slaughtered and that pickled. Once in a while a hog or wild turkey was killed. Only corn meal was to be had. If they wanted flour they had to turn a corn meal sack inside out and shake off the meal. Bread was baked in a three legged iron skillet with an iron lid and coals were placed all around. Coffee was made of roosted corn. Tallow was burned in a tin cup with a wick in it, which was used for their light by which they sewed by hand, sewing machines and stoves being scarce.

Their nearest neighbors were about 5 miles distance, and when they became sick no help was to be had.

After residing at New Ulm about eight or nine years, they moved to High Hill and when the war broke out still harder times were endured by the women folks. Her husband fled to Mexico and during that time their only son, an infant, died, because some men came in search of her husband on a very cold night with tallow light and turned the household goods upside down, and where some fodder was in the loft of the cabin. The mother and children became so frightened that the little son, became sick and died. She was left a widow with six daughters, in the year 1880, and in 1895 broke up housekeeping and made her home with her daughters up to the time of her death. Two daughters, Mrs. Emma Helmcamp and Mrs. Amalia Reiss, preceded her in death some years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. Ida Finkenstein, of Flatonia; Mrs. Bertha Helmer, of Shiner; Mrs. Wm. Stein, of Flatonia; Mrs. Alma Nordhausen, of Schulenburg; and 22 grand children and great grand children.

Interment took place in the Old High Hill cemetery from the residence of Fritz Nordhausen, Rev. Vilt officiating. Sweet songs were sung and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.

A Friend.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, March 7, 1947

Father of Mrs. Henry Dostal Dies Suddenly

Albert A. Kulhanek, 67, of near Ellinger, passed away at his home early last Friday morning, having died in his sleep.

He was born near Fayetteville on May 12, 1879 and spent his entire life in that community. In 1903 he was married to Miss Annie Tomastik.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning at 9:30 at the family home with continued services at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hostyn Hill. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Anthony Gorek officiated.

Mr- Kulhanek is survived by his widow, nine daughters, Mrs. Ben Zapalac of LaGrange, Mrs. Victor Baca of Alleyton, Mrs. Emil Kovar of Plum, Mrs. Frank Novosad of Fayetteville, Mrs. Robert Schobel of Columbus. Mrs. Alton Baumbach of Ellinger, Mrs. Claudia Schneider of Houston, Mrs. Henry Schneider of Houston, Mrs. Henry Dostal of Eagle Lake and Miss Margie Kulhanek; two sons, Robert of Ellinger and Jerome of LaGrange. Three brothers, one half-brother, one sister, Mrs. Marie Canik; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family in their sorrow.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Jan. 27, 1998


Funeral services for Annie Kulhanek, 84, of Fayetteville were held Jan. 24 in St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Miss Kulhanek died Jan. 22 in Columbus.

Born July 25, 1913 in Fayetteville, Miss Kulhanek was the daughter of the late Anton Sr. and Mary (Beran) Kulhanek. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

Surviving are a sister, Claudia Goerig of El Campo; three brothers, Anton Kulhanek of Columbus, Clarence Kulhanek of Houston and Edward Kulhanek of Pasadena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Kovar and Marie Goerig; and three brothers, Joe, Albert and Lad Kulhanek.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 19, 1954

Final Rites for Mrs. Kulhanek, 67, Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Kulhanek, 67, sister of Mrs. Edward Marek of Weimar, were held Monday at Untermeyer Funeral Home and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Revs. Kraus of Columbus and Dittner of Eagle Lake officiated.

Mrs. Kulhanek died Saturday at Laughlin Hospital in Eagle Lake after a long illness. The former Miss Annie Tomastik, she was the widow of the late Albert Kulhanek.

Surviving are nine daughters, Mrs. John Polach, Mrs. R. L. Schobel, and Mrs. Victor Baca of Columbus, Mrs. Henry Dostal of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Alton Baumbach of Ellinger, Mrs. Ben Zapalac of LaGrange, Mrs. F. Novosad of Fayetteville, Mrs. Claudia Schneider of Houston and Mrs. Emil Kovar of Plum; two sons, Jerry Kulhanek of La Grange and Robert Kulhanek of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Zatopek of Ellinger and Mrs. Edward Marek of Weimar; two brothers, Joe Tomastik of Little River and John Tomastik of Temple; 26 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, September 18, 1959

Anton Kulhanek Sr. Funeral Is Friday

Anton Kulhanek Sr., 78, passed away suddenly Wednesday morning while attending Mass at Sr. John's Catholic church in Fayetteville.

Funeral services will be held at the Koenig chapel in Fayetteville Friday at 8:45 A.M. followed by services at St. John's Catholic church. The Reverend Thomas Matl will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

A life long Fayetteville area resident, Jr. Kulhanek was born May 12, 1881, son of John and Clestina Kulhanek. He married Mary Beran at Fayetteville in 1907. His wife preceded him in death in 1950.

Mr. Kulhanek was widely known as a musician, having been associated with the Baca musical organizations of Fayetteville for fifty years. He played the alto in the brass band the bass violin in the orchestra.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Robert Kovar of near Fayetteville, Mrs. Mary Goerig of La Grange, Mrs. Willie Goerig of Taiton and Miss Annie Kulhanek of Austin; six sons, Lad and Anton Jr. of Columbus, Albert, Joe, Clarence and Eddie Kulhanek all of Houston; a sister Mrs. Mary Canik of Frelsburg; and 18 grandchildren.

A parish Rosary is scheduled Thursday night (tonight) at 6:30 and a KJT Rosary at 7:45.

Koening funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Resolution of Sympathy

September 1959

Anton Kulhanek of Lodge #1 born May 12, 1881 at Fayetteville and died after a long illness September 16, 1959. surviving him are his children Evelyn, Claudia, Annie, Anton Jr., Albert, Joe, Clarence, Edward and also Mrs. Elo Goring.

After services from the Catholic Church of Fayetteville our deceased brother was buried at the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

He was a farmer until 6 years ago (1953) when ill health forced him to retire. Brother Kulhanek also played in the Baca's band for 50 years and had many friends. May he rest in peace.

Anton Kulhanek Sr., 78, passed away suddenly Wednesday morning while attending Mass at Saint John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Funeral Services were held at the Koening Chapel in Fayetteville Friday at 10:45 A.M. followed by services at Saint John's Catholic church. The Rev. Thomas Matl officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Death Claim # 6892 He was a retired farmer, member of Lodge Pokrok Texasus #1 He died September 16, 1959 at the age of 77 He was admitted to the Lodge on January 17, 1904 His Ins. CRT. was A-70 in the amount of $1000.00

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Colorado County Citizen, April 10, 2002


Cyril J. Kulhanek, 75, of Fayetteville, passed away April 5 in Fayetteville.

He was born in Fayetteville, Dec. 20, 1926 to Joe M. and Anna (Novosad) Kulhanek and married Jeannette Jurecka, Jan. 7, 1951.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Joe Kulhanek.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Edward Kolenovsky of Houston and Theresa and Andrew Keilers of Fayetteville; Sons and daughters-in-law, David and Beth Kulhanek of Houston and Joseph and Tanya Kulhanek of San Antonio; sister, Anita Boyer of Austin; eight grandchildren; and two step-grandSons.

Funeral services were conducted April 8 at St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

His grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


The La Grange Journal, February 23, 1950

Mrs. Mary Kulhanek, 66, of Fayetteville passed away at the La Grange hospital Friday.

She was born in Europe in 1883 and came to this country in 1893. She was before her marriage to Anton Kulhanek , Sr., in 1908, Miss Mary Beran.

Funeral services were conducted at the Anton Kulhanek Sr. residence Sunday with Reverend Frank L. Matustik officiating. Continued services were held at the Fayetteville Catholic Church in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Kulhanek is survived by her husband, four daughters Mrs. Robert Kovar and Miss Annie Kulhanek of Fayetteville; Mrs Elo Goerig of La Grange and Mrs. William Goerig of El Campo; six sons; Lad and Anton Kulhanek of Columbus, Albert, Joe, Clarence and Edward of Houston; 11 grandchildren.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Fayette County Record, Jan. 20, 1998


Last rites for Lad Kulhanek, 89, of Columbus were conducted Jan. 17 in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with the Rev. Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial was in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Kulhanek died Jan 15 in Columbus.

Born in Frelsburg March 25, 1908, Mr. Kulhanek was the son of the late Anton J. Sr. and Mary (Beran) Kulhanek. He was united in marriage with Celilia Vitek on Nov. 19, 1935. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Annie Kulhanek of Columbus and Claudia Goerig of El Campo; three brothers, Anton J. Kulhanek Jr. of Columbus, Clarence Kulhanek of Houston and Edward Kulhanek of Pasadena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia Kulhanek; parents, Anton and Mary Kulhanek Sr.; two sisters, Evelyn Kovar and Mary Goerig; and two brothers, Joe Kulhanek and Albert Kulhanek.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Henneke Funeral Home, Inc. of Columbus.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 1975

Many friends and relatives from here attended the funeral services Friday afternoon for Mrs. Otilie (Tillie) Kunetka, 72, at the Fayetteville Brethren Church. Rev. Gordon Hehl officiated.

Mrs. Kunetka was a daughter of Joseph and Frances Machac Coufal and was born March 26, 1902. She married Edward Kunetka Sept. 6, 1922.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Kunetka is survived by a son, Jerry Kunetka of Willow Spring; a daughter, Mrs. Roland (Faye Ann) Regenbrecht of Katy; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Kulhanek and Mrs. Mary Krenek, both of Fayetteville; 4 brothers, Alvin, Frank, William and Emil Coufal, all of Fayetteville and 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1973

Final Rites for Mrs. Kunschick Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Kunschick, 69, were held Thursday afternoon, January 25, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Robert Crawford officiating.

Interment was in Brandt Cemetery at Holman.

Mrs. Kunschick died at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, in Colonial Nursing Home at Schulenburg after several years of failing health.

Born April 13, 1903, at Glidden, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Voitle. She married Henry Kunschick Sr. November 3, 1922, and they had lived at Holman ever since. Mr. Kunschick died in 1967.

Mrs. Kunschick is survived by four sons, Henry Jr. of Houston, Joe and Henry P. of Schulenburg, and Emil of Dubina; five daughters, Mrs. Martha Krueger, Mrs. Emma Blaschke and Mrs. Francis Mitchell of Schulenburg, Mrs. Sophie Karstedt of Osage and Mrs. Evaline Dillecham of Holman; 31 grandchildren, one step-grandson, and four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Klimple and Mrs. Emma Klimple of Needville and Mrs. Louisa Koch of Rock Island; and one brother, Will Voitle of Somerville.

Pallbearers were Sandy Kunschick, Robert Karstedt, Henry Phillip Kunschick, Bennie Blaschke, Chester Krueger and Elmer Mitchell Jr.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 March 1909

Mr. Valentine Kupcak, an old Moravian, died near Engle Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock. He was buried Sunday morning in the Catholic Cemetery at St. John. Mr. Kupcak was one of Fayette’s oldest settlers. We extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909


Died at --, March 5, Valentin Kupcak, age 72 years, of senility.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Mar 1889, page 2


Your correspondent is under the sad obligation to chronicle the death of Martin Kureceka, who did last Friday night of lung disease. The deceased was in his 48th year. He was a quiet, unobtrusive and industrious citizen whose reputation was good in this community. We extend our sympathies to the bereaved family.


Schulenburg Sticker, January 17, 2012

Mary Lou Kurtin, 79, died at Oak Manor Nursing Center in Flatonia on Friday, Jan. 6. She had Alzheimer's for approximately 7 years. The funeral was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia on Monday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m., followed by burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha. Deacon John McCourt officiated. Pallbearers were nephews Red Mulholland, Grant Mulholland, Jake Mulholland, Eddy Griffin, Zane Mulholland and Dalton Griffin. Rosary was said on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, with Deacon McCourt officiating.

Born in Tyler on April 15, 1932, she was the daughter of Richard G. and Marie (Croughen) Mulholland. Her marriage to Frank J. Kurtin took place on Jan. 10, 1949 in Granger. She lived in Granger, Austin, Schulenburg and Flatonia, and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. She was a retired businesswoman. “Mary was a loving and devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend,” her family writes. “Mary loved to travel in their travel trailer, especially to the Texas Valley. She was an avid photographer and took a lot of family pictures as well as pictures of her beloved yorkie terriers. Mary was very proud of her Irish heritage and was a true ‘Irish lass.’ She will be missed by all.”

Survivors include her husband; four sisters-in-law, Edith Kurtin, Mary Walker, Babs Kurtin and Lydia Kurtin, all of Granger; a brother, James J. Mulholland and wife Betty of Schulenburg; three brothers-in-law, Ivy Dean Hunt of Flatonia, Johnny Kurtin of Granger and Wesley Hajda of Granger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Theresa Ann Hunt.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 8, 1924

Died At Austin

Mrs. Antonio Gloeckner Kurtz, one of Fayette counties oldest settlers, passed away at Austin last Wednesday, April 30, having reached the age of ninety-six years, five months and sixteen days.

Mrs. Kurtz, who was the widow of Henry Kurtz, who preceded her in death many years ago, lived about sixty-three years of her life in the town of Fayetteville and was loved by every one who knew her.  The last eight years were spent in Austin with her daughter, Mrs. Franziska Mittmann.

Born November 14, 1827, in Neustadt, Austria, Mrs. Kurtz immigrated to America in the year 1852.  In 1857 she was married to Henry Kurtz of Fayetteville.  Five children blessed this union, four of whom survive, as follows:  Wm. Kurtz of Fayetteville; Frank Kurtz, Columbus; Mrs. Henry Gloeckner, Pierce, and Mrs. Franziska Mittmann of Austin.  Besides the four children, twenty-four grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild mourn her loss.

The funeral took place from the home of her son, Wm. Kurtz, at Fayetteville, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment in the city cemetery, Rev. Lindenberg, pastor of the Frelsburg Lutheran church officiating.  The large attendance upon the funeral and the many beautiful floral tributes showed how very much she was esteemed by her acquaintances.  The Baca band and the city choir rendered touching music for the funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Jul 1901, Fayetteville column

Fayetteville, July 7, 1901.

The Angel of Death has again visited our community and has taken away one who has been with us for over half a century. Last Sunday night at about half past nine o’clock, after being sick eight or nine days, the soul of Mr. Henry Kirtz [sic] left its earthly dwelling place. A few minutes after he expired the bell at the Presbyterian church was tolled. A ball was in progress at Pochyla’s hall at the time and as the bell rang out telling the sad news, the Baca band stopped playing out of respect for the deceased, and where a short time before there was life and joy, quiet reigned. Mr. Kurtz was laid to rest in the Protestant cemetery the following evening, Rev. L. Pazdral officiating. The Masons and Knights of Honor followed the remains in a body and the deceased was buried with Masonic honors. Miss Lula Meitzen and Dr. George Pazdral sang a funeral song in church and the Fayetteville Singing Club directed by Prof. J. Hansen, and assisted by Messrs. G. A. Heilig and J. Kurtz of the LaGrange Deutschen Zeitung, sang at the grave. Among the Masons present were, Messrs. Robt. Sample, Theo. Schmidt, G. A. Heiling, I. Rosenthal, all of LaGrange, Ed. Weber of Ellinger, and Chas. Ahlrich of Waldeck. Mr. Kurtz was borned [sic] in Wrietzen on the Oder, Germany, in 1826. He came to Texas 1847 and settled in this vicinity where has ever since lived. He was a carpenter and farmer at first, but opened up a general merchandise store later on. Of recent years he ran a furniture store. If the people had been as honest towards him as he was towards them he would have been a wealthy man, but as it is he leaves his widow in comfortable circumstances and to his posterity a good honest name. The four children are: Mrs. Eugene von Beckmann, Austin, Mrs. Henry Gloeckner, and William and Frank Kurtz, all married. To the bereaved widow and children we extend our sympathy.

“Tell the fainting soul in the weary form,
There’s a world of the purest bliss,
That is linked as the soul is linked,
By a covered bridge like this.
Yet to reach that realm on the other shore,
We must pass through a transient gloom,
And must walk unseen, unhelped and alone,
Through the covered bridge – the tomb.
But we all pass through on equal terms,
For the universal toll
Is the outer garb, which the hand of God
Has flung around the soul.
Though the eye is dim, and the bridge is dark,
And the river it spans is wide,
Yet faith points through to a shining mount
That looms on the other side.
To enable our feet in the next days’ march
To climb up that golden ridge,
We must all lie down for one nights’ rest
Inside of the covered bridge.”
Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Feb 1913


Mrs. George Kusi, age 62, pneumonia, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, October 8, 1950

SCHULENBURG.—Stanislav Kuta, 43, one of the town's best-known citizens, was found dead in his home here Thursday.

After holding an inquest, Justice of the Peace, Hr. R. Clark said death was due to natural causes.

"Koota" was the name most used to refer to the man who had shined shoes in the 500 block of Main Street since he came to Schulenburg in 1921. By being "open for business" on the sidewalk at almost any time of day and storing his chair in some nearby store at night, Kuta managed to make more friends than most business men hope for.

Kuta was born in Czechoslovakia in 1907 and came to America in 1911, landing in Galveston. He lived in Flatonia for 10 years, then came to Schulenburg where he lived until his death.

Survivors are his mother, Mary Kuta Winkler with whom he lived in Schulenburg; a brother, Anton Kuta, a half-brother, Charles Winkler, and a sister, Betty Kuta, all of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, July 10, 2012

Frances Kutac

Frances V. (Hermis) Kutac died at Colonial Care Center in Schulenburg on Tuesday, June 19. She reached the age of 101 years, 11 months, 11 days.

The funeral was held on Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated, and interment took place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Marvin Novosad of Rockport, Bruno Novosad of Victoria, Daryl Kutac of Schulenburg, Duane Kubenka of Flatonia, and Calvin and Dalvin Kutac of Weimar. Altar servers were great-granddaughters Amy Koncaba of Flatonia and April Brossmann of Schulenburg. Lector was great-granddaughter Hilary Koncaba of Flatonia. The eulogy was read by Renee Hlavinka of East Bernard, granddaughter.

Rosary was said on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Georgia Cerny.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis