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Mary Childers
A funeral service for Mary Childers, 80, of Sealy, was held Tuesday, May 27, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sealy with Rev. Octavio Muguerza officiating. Interment was at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sealy.
Pallbearers were Duke Gilleland, Steve Gilleland, Robert Heger, Charles Hluchan, Jr., David Marek and Mike Moore.
Born in Sealy, Mary Elizabeth Hluchan was the daughter of Henry and Frances (Zaruba) Hluchan. She grew up in Sealy and attended the Sealy Catholic School.
On Jan. 16, 1944, Mary married Buck Childers during a ceremony held in San Marcos. Mary was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sealy American Legion Auxiliary, Sealy KJZT, and Sealy Catholic Daughters.
Mary Elizabeth Childers died Friday in Sealy.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Larry and Alice Childers, of Richmond; brothers and their spouses Claudia Moore, of Bellaire, Ann and Alvin Marek, of Wallis, Charles and Lottie Hluchan, of Sealy, Dorothy Gilleland, of Temple, F.W. Hluchan, of Sealy; grandchildren Lisa Burkhalter and husband Craig, of Honolulu, Hawaii; and great-grandchildren Camryn and Emma Burkhalter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two infant brothers William and Henry Hluchan, and an infant sister Frances Hluchan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 705 S. Austin Street, Brenham TX 77833, or to the charity of your choice.

Edna Elsie Klump Mikeska
A funeral service for Edna Mikeska, 95, of Bellville, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with Rev. Michael Groseclose officiating. Burial followed in the pilgrims Ret Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Bartay, David Bartay, Ronald Bartay, Jerry Krumrey, Donald Young, Gene Cooper, Mark Mikeska and Todd Morris.
Edna Elsie Klump was born on Dec. 30, 1907, in Bellville, the daughter of Leo and Mathilde Schiller Klump. She grew up and attended school in Oak Hill.
On Nov. 26, 1930, she married Jerry J. Mikeska. They made their home in Bellville, where they lived and worked on their farm and were members of the Nelsonville Brethren Church.
Jerry preceded Edna in death after 62 years of marriage.
A loving wife and mother, Edna was an excellent cook. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, playing dominoes and watching sports on television. She was a member of the SPJST and the Christian Sisters.
She passed away on Thursday, May 22 in a Bellville nursing facility.
She is survived by her children Valeria Bartay, Vernice Krumrey and Olvin J. Mikeska, all of Bellville; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Ada Hohlt, granddaughter Nancy Bartay, and two sons-in-law, Vernon Bartay and Ralston Krumrey.
In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Nelsonville Brethren Church, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of their choice.

Evelyn E. Mikeska
A funeral service for Evelyn E. Mikeska, 81, of Houston was held on Dec. 30 at Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery near Nelsonville with the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.
Evelyn Mikeska was born to parents Joe and Tracy (Plasek) Macat in Oak Hill. She was raised in Oak Hill and graduated from Bellville School.
On Sept. 17, 1939 the former Evelyn Macat married Otto Mikeska with a ceremony held at Nelsonville Brethren Church. Evelyn was a very active member of both Christian Sisters and SPJST where she served as president of Lodge #196.
She was a sales representative for SPJST where she held various district sales positions and was awarded numerous top sales awards. Evelyn was a member of Western Fraternity Life Association and FIC (Fraternal Insurance Council).
Evelyn E. Mikeska passed away Dec. 28, 2003, in Houston.
She is survived by her son, Gene Mikeska and wife Kathryn of Houston; brother, Rev. Hal Macat of Brenham; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, O.J. Mikeska.

Herman Leon Thomas
A memorial service for Herman Leon Thomas, 71, of Bellville, was held Friday, May 23, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with Rev. Kenneth Kelley officiating.
Herman Thomas was born in Dustin, Okla., on Feb. 20, 1932, the son of Henry Lee and Elsie Lee Thomas. He grew up and attended school in Henrietta, Okla.
After serving his country in the United States Navy, Herman went to work for the Celanese Chemical Company. He was then employed in the automotive sales business for 40 years.
A member of First Baptist Church in Bellville, Herman made his home in the Austin County and Washington County area for the past 15 years.
Herman Thomas passed away Tuesday, May 20, in a Bryan hospital.
He is survived by his children, Hollister Lee Thomas, of Bellville, Nina Joe Cole, of Houston, Gary Thomas, of Henrietta, Okla., and Mike Thomas, of Houston; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Perron, of New Braunfels, and Winona Wilmoth, of Wichita Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother J.D. Thomas and infant twins.

Pearl M. Nieth Wekenborg
A graveside service was held for Pearl M. Nieth Wekenborg, 87, of Bellville, on Saturday, May 24, at the Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, with Pastor Teresa Davis officiating.
Pearl, affectionately known as "Gram" by her family and friends, was born Sept. 28, 1915, in Chicago, Ill. The daughter of Gustav and Elizabeth Geisler Nieth, she grew up and attended school in Chicago.
She was united in marriage with Victor A. Primak in 1935. He preceded her in death, and in 1957, she married Lawrence Wekenborg.
During her working years, Pearl was employed as a claims analyst in the insurance business. In 1977 she moved to Katy, where she made her home until moving to Bellville four years ago. A Lutheran by faith, she loved children and enjoyed babysitting. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting in her spare time.
Pearl passed away Wednesday, May 21, in a Brenham nursing facility.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Charles Irion, of Bellville; grandchildren, Kenneth Mauer, Jr. and wife Mary Beth, of Katy, Michael Mauer, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ronald Mauer and wife Janet, of Parker, Colo., Jennifer Mauer, of Houston; step-grandchildren, Steve Irion, James Irion and wife Wendy, and Dan Irion; great-grandchildren, Lourdes Mauer, Mila Mauer, McKenna Maurer, Delaney Mauer; step-great-grandson Mason Irion; and sister-in-law Jean Nieth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and five brothers and sisters.
In lieu of usual remembrances, friends may make memorial gifts to the charity of their choice.

Amalie 'Molly' Manak
A funeral service for Amalie "Molly" Manak, 76, of Sealy, formerly of Houston, was held Tuesday, June 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Rev. Octavio Muguerza officiating. Interment was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Sealy. Pallbearers were Nikolas Manak, Kyle Manak, Michael Manak, George Mock, Scot Long, and Brian Klotzman.
Born in Fayetteville, Amalie "Molly" Manak was the daughter of Anton and Sophie (Chovanec) Slansky. She was raised in the Frydek area and attended the St. Mary's Catholic School in Frydek. On Feb. 10, 1946, Molly and Joe J. Manak were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek. Molly was food service manager in Houston area schools for many years and a member of KJZT and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Amalie "Molly" Manak passed away Saturday, June 7, in Tomball.
She is survived by her daughter JoAnn Tinney and husband Gary of Frisco; sons, Joe D. Manak and wife Brenda of Hunt, Larry Manak and wife Lydia of The Woodlands; sisters, Annie Navratil and husband Louie of Wharton, Martha Mock and husband Charles of Frydek, and Louis Keyes and husband Marvin of Houston; brothers, Edward Slansky and wife Cecilia of Frydek, and Sylvester Slansky and wife Mary Ann of Houston; grandchildren, Katherine Tinney, Julie Long and husband Scot, Diana Klotzman and husband Brian, Lee Murray, Kyle Manak and Jana, and Nikolas Manak; great-grandchildren, Kalee Long, Jacob Long, Ashely Murray and McKenzie Manak.
Her parents, husband sister Lillie Gabriel, and brother Pete Slansky preceded her in death.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, Sealy.

Wilma Ruth James
A funeral service for Wilma Ruth James, 85, of Sealy, was held on Wednesday, June 11, in Groom Church of Christ in Groom, with Don Stone officiating. Interment was held at Groom Cemetery.
Wilma married Eldred N. James in Groom on Jan. 14, 1934. She was an Avon Lady for 35 years and was a member of the Groom Church of Christ.
Wilma Ruth James died June 6, in Katy.
She is survived by her daughter Betty Housley and husband Bill of Bellville, son Edgar Lee James and wife Marianne of San Antonio, daughter-in-law Lynne James of Happy, nine grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and son Eldred Wayne James.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to either the Groom Church of Christ at 101 Newsome Ave., Groom, TX 79039, or the City of Groom Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 217, Groom, TX 79039.

Louise Hall
A funeral service for Louise Hall, 97, of Sealy, was held Wednesday, June 11, at First United Methodist Church in Sealy, with Rev. John Tyler officiating. Interment was at Hope Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery in Buckholts. Serving as pallbearers were Samuel C. Cass, Clifford D. Cass, Clifford Dale Cass II, L.L. Hall, Floyd Eickenhorst, and Russell M. Cass.
Louise Henrietta Eickenhorst was born in Milam County to parents Henry and Sophie Dakel Eickenhorst. She was raised in Milam County and attended Fuchs Public School. She was baptized into the Lutheran Church as a young child and in 1924 was confirmed into the Hope Lutheran Church at Buckholts. On March 5, 1929, she married Johnnie Hall in Sharp.
In 1971 she joined the United Methodist Church in Cameron, and after moving to Sealy in 1979, she had her membership transferred to First United Methodist Church, Sealy. She resided in Sealy for the last 24 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sealy and belonged to Sunday School, United Methodist Women's Society, and Sealy AARP. A lifelong homemaker, she helped deliver Meals on Wheels with Erma Gosler for a number of years.
Louise Hall died Monday, June 9 in Sealy.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Delores Cass of Sealy, step-son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Gloria Hall of San Jose, Calif., step-daughter Charlotte Cordisco, of Los Gatos, Calif.; sisters, Lillie Raney of The Woodlands, Effie Hall of Baytown, and Clara Griffith of Austin; brother Henry Eichenhorst and wife Hattie of Burlington; sister-in-law Bobbie Eichenhorst of Baytown; grandsons, Samuel and wife Genie Cass, Clifford and wife Cindy Cass and Russell Cass of Bellville; great-grandchildren, David Dale, Kathy, Chris, Caleb and Kelsie Cass; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Irene Hall, son Lucky Lee Hall, stepson George Hall, six sisters, and three brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Memorial Committee, 200 Atchison, Sealy, TX 77474.
Funeral arrangement were under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, Sealy.

Jane Brune
A funeral service for Jane Brune, 78, of Sealy was held Saturday, Jan. 17 from the First United Methodist Church in Sealy with the Rev. Merle Blado and the Rev. John Tyler officiating. Entombment was in the Haven Rest Mausoleum in Sealy. Pallbearers for the service were Sidney Levine, Leroy Zapalac, Billy Schavrda, Bill Burttschell, Frank Vecera, Jay Lewellen, James Schroeder and Russell Koym with the Methodist Men Club as honorary pallbearers.
The former Jane Hicks was born to parents Floyd Dunbar and Beulah King Hicks at Bluffdale. She was raised in Glen Rose and graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1942. Jane worked for her parents' newspaper at the age of 14, the U.S. Army Air Corp. in December 1942, Exxon Oil and Refinery in Katy, and the Sealy News with her parents. On Nov. 13, 1949, she married Dee E. Brune in DeLeon. Jane was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sealy since 1950 where she served on many boards and committees, as head usher, lay reader, and helped decorate the Christmas tree for many years. She was a member of the Sealy Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century and First Families of Mississippi, Sealy Garden Club, Austin County Peace Officers Auxiliary, and chairperson of the committee to build the Lions Club Park Gazebo during the 1976 Bicentennial Year. Jane loved to travel, taking trips to Europe, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and the Holy Land. She also was a fan of classical music, attending the Houston Grand Opera for many years. Jane's sense of humor, tireless civic and church work, and love for her family ended Jan. 14 at her home in Sealy.
Survivors include her daughters, Kay Ann Latona and husband Jack of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Rebecca Brune of Houston; granddaughters, Jane E. Latona Diseker and Sara Latona Samuelson; great-grandchildren, Jack and Grace Diseker and Jacob Samuelson; brother, Bill Hicks of Palm Desert, Calif.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and four brothers. Memorial contributions can be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, 77210-4486 or the First United Methodist Church, 200 Atchison in Sealy.

Adolph J. Pacher
A funeral service for Adolph J. Pacher, 93, of Millheim was held Tuesday, Jan. 6 from Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville with the Rev. Milroy Gregor officiating. Interment was in Millheim Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Michael Ondruch, Bryce Froebel, Michael Wheeler, Rolland St. Denis, Bob O'Connor, and George Lee Pacher with honorary pallbearers, Greg Deutrich and Craig Fick.
Adolph Jacob Pacher was born in Millheim to parents George and Augusta Schubert Pacher. He was raised in Millheim and attended Millheim Public School. On Nov. 11, 1934, he married the former Miss Emma Marie Mueller in Millheim and was a carpenter building homes in the area. He also was a farmer and rancher, member of the Austin County Farm Bureau, the Austin County Livestock Association, the Millheim Harmonie Hall Association and the Sons of Hermann Lodge #299 of Millheim. Adolph Pacher died Friday, Jan. 2 in Bellville.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Grace Fick and husband Leroy of Bleiblerville, Merle Conger and Harry of New Braunfels, Kathryn Raley and Gene Sledge of Victoria, and A.C. Pacher and Betty of Bellville; sister, Frances Goebel of Bellville; grandchildren, Craig Fick, Pam Pacher Ondruch, Lori Fick O'Connor, Sandra Pacher Froebel, Linda Pacher Wheeler, Greg Deutrich, and Misty Raley St. Denis; great-grandchildren, Lane, Logan and Landon O'Connor, Karlee and Ty St. Denis, Alyssa and Kayla Froebel, and Ashton Deutrich.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife as well as his sister, Anna Victoria Pacher; a twin brother; brothers, Karl, George, Herman and Gus Pacher; and great-granddaughter, Emily O'Connor.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Millheim Cemetery Assoc-iation, 4787 FM 949 in Sealy or the Bellville General Hospital, 44 N. Cummings in Bellville.

JESSE FRANK MACAT
A funeral service for Jesse Frank Macat, 83, was held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Nelsonville Brethren Church with the Rev. Michael Groseclose officiating. Burial followed in the National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Matt Macat, Chris Ignasiak, Kevin Ignasiak, Shane Siptak, Danny Chovanec and Kenneth Macat, Jr. Honorary pallbearer was Leeland Maeckel.
Jesse Macat was born July 13, 1920 in Nelsonville to parents Frank and Albina Sisa Macat. He grew up in Bleiblerville where he attended the Santa Anna School. Corporal Macat served his country in the United States Army during World War II, participating in the European African Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign where he was awarded four Bronze Stars and the Prisoner of War Medal. On October 4, 1947, Jesse was united in marriage with Pearl Louise Beckmann at he Nelsonville Brethren Church by the Rev. Josef Barton. They lived in Houston for four years before returning to the Nelsonville area where they have made their home since that time. Jesse was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed building things. He liked to hunt and fish and loved playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of the SPJST Lodge #202 in Bleiblerville, the Nelsonville Brethren Church, and was a former member of the Bellville VFW, Post #6522. He passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11 in Bellville.
He is survived by his son, Frankie Macat and wife Marlene of Bleiblerville; daughter, Kathy Ignasiak and husband Clayton of Bellville; grandsons, Matt Macat of Bleiblerville, Chris and Kevin Ignasiak of Bellville; sisters, Vlasta Siptak of Bleiblerville, Sadie Siptak of Nelsonville, Grace Kasparek of Belville, Gladys Broz of Bleiblerville; and many other friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and three brothers, Ernest, Otto and Cotton Macat.
In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Nelsonville Brethren Church Building Fund or to the Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department.

MAY ELIZABETH CREEKMORE
A graveside service for May Elizabeth Creekmore, 95, formerly of Bryan, was held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Bryan City Cemetery. Kevin Randolph of Hillcrest Baptist Church officiated.
She was born in Hill County and was a seamstress for many years. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. May Elizabeth Creekmore died Monday, Jan. 12 in Sealy. She was a resident of Colonial Belle Nursing Home.
Survivors include her two sons, Bennie Riddle of Commerce and Warren Riddle of San Diego, Calif.; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Leray and Aline Creekmore of Choctaw, Okla., and Jim and Deanna Creekmore of Sealy; two stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Pat Spearman of Wheelock and Vadie and Jerry Spearman of Bossier City, La.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Creekmore.

IGNATIOUS MAJEWSKI
A funeral service for Ignatious Majewski, 77, of East Bernard was held on Thursday, Jan. 15 from St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill with the Rev. Eugene Shepard celebrating the funeral Mass and rite of Committal. Interment was in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Chappell Hill. Serving as pallbearers were Dwayne Majewski, Shannon Maj-ewski, Ron Majewski, Michael Majewski, Gary Muniz and Raymond Majewski.
Ignatious was born in Chappell Hill to parents Willie and Brigetta (Kaminski) Majewski. He was raised in the Chappell Hill area. He enjoyed helping his family raise a garden, feed the chickens and all other farm chores. Many hours were spent playing with nieces and nephews. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. Ignatious Majewski died on Monday, Jan. 12 in Wharton.
He is survived by his siblings, sister, Frances Trclek and husband William of East Bernard; brothers, Joe Majewski and wife Gertrude of East Bernard, Wallace Majewski and wife Barbara of East Bernard, Chester Majewski and wife Ada of Katy, Leon Majewski and wife Linda of East Bernard, Victor Majewski and wife Gloria of Wallis; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant siblings, Pete and Mary Majewski.

Clement John Orsak
A funeral service for Clement John Orsak, 49, of Sealy, was held on Monday, Jan. 12 from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek with the Rev. Bernard Snock celebrating the funeral Mass and rite of Committal. Interment was in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Frydek. Serving as pallbearers were Daniel Lynch, Steven Orsak, Josh Orsak, Larry Siska, Robert Zbroil, Jr. and George Zbroil.
Clem was born in Sealy to parents John and Albina (Gajewski) Orsak. He was raised in the Sealy area and attended school there. He worked as a carpenter, remodeling homes. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek. Clement John Orsak died on Friday, Jan. 9 in Bellville.
He is survived by his children, son, C.J. Orsak and wife Stephanie of Sealy; daughters, Rachael Orsak and fiancée Daniel Lynch of Brenham, Andrina Gurecky and husband Donald (D.J.) of Brenham; grandchildren, Brandon Gurecky, Chandlor Gurecky; sisters, Darlene Brewer and husband Curt of Houston, Faustina Orsak of Victoria, Linda DuFour of Sealy, and Bernadette Coroneos and husband Joe of Houston; brothers, Eddie Orsak and wife Theresa of Needville, Dennis Orsak and wife Martha of Sealy, Pat Orsak of Sealy, and Daniel Orsak and wife Bonnie Wallis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Joe Orsak and son, James Allen Orsak.

Michael Daniel Walker
A funeral service for Michael Daniel Walker, 55, of Sealy was held on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy.
Michael was born on June 16, 1949 in Meadville, Mississippi. He worked 38 years in the Electrical Distribution Industry. He died away on Monday, Jan. 12, 2004 at his home in Sealy.
Walker is survived by his wife, Donna Walker; son, Adam Walker; stepchildren, Sean Blatner and Heather Kramer; one grandchild; and his brothers, Roger Walker and Steve Walker.

Louise D. Brock
A funeral service for Louise D. Brock, 96, of Cat Spring was held on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Grace Bible Church with the Rev. Wayne Martin officiating. Interment followed at the Cat Spring Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Charles R. Brock Jr., Colin Brock, Rusty Brock, Allen Brock, Ryan Loewe, Ran'dn Loewe and Earl Robert Brock Jr. Honorary pallbearer was Christina Junghans.
Mrs. Brock was born to William and Francis Gruttroff Dethlefsen in Houston, where she later was raised and attended school. She married Charles R. Brock on Sept. 10, 1926 and was a lifelong homemaker. She died Sunday, Jan. 11 in Brenham.
Brock is survived by her daughter, Louise Necker of Houston; sons, Charles R. Brock Jr. and wife Gerry of Houston and Colin Brock of Cat Spring; sisters, Elsie Carpenter of Canyon Lake, Annie Spradley of Houston and Francis Kennedy of Houston; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Francis Dethlefsen; Husband Charles R. Brock Sr., son Earl Robert Brock Sr., and brother William and George Dethlefsen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Bible Church, 707 W. Main, Bellville, Texas 77418.

Leroy Fick
A funeral service for Leroy Fick was held Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Nelsonville Brethren Church with the Rev. Michael Groseclose officiating. Interment followed in the National Cemetery in Nelsonville. Pallbearers were Jerrel Schovajsa, Troy Heinsohn, Michael Wheeler, Ronnie Geistmann, Michael Ondruch and Bryce Froebel.
Leroy Fick was born Dec. 25, 1936 in Bleiblerville, the son of Albert and Olga Marie Susen Fick. He attended school in Welcome and in Bellville. On Jan. 16, 1960, he married Grace Wallene Pacher in Bellville. They made their home in Bleiblerville. A carpenter by trade, Leroy worked for Henry Tiemann and then the Machemehl brothers before starting Fick Construction in 1985, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed cooking and went to work for Schovajsa's Catering in Bleiblerville. He made delicious banana bread and pecan pies, and enjoyed cooking chili for the annual Sons of Hermann meeting. He also enjoyed spending time at his camp house with his grandsons and squirrel hunting.
A member of the Nelsonville Brethren Church, Leroy also belonged to the SPJST Lodge in Bleiblerville, the Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Sons of Hermann Lodge #299. He passed away suddenly Saturday, Jan. 10 at his home.
He is survived by his wife; children, Lori O'Connor and husband Robert of Bleiblerville, Craig Fick of Brenham; and grandchildren, Lane, Logan and Landon O'Connor of Bleiblerville. He is also survived by his mother; sister, Betty Jean Heinsohn of Fayetteville; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; granddaughter, Emily Ann O'Connor; brother-in-law, Carl Heinsohn; mother-in-law, Emma Pacher; and father-in-law, Adolph Pacher.

Peggy Joan Henry
A memorial service for Peggy Joan Henry, 70, of Sealy will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Big Stone Gap Presbyterian Church along Clinton Drive in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Peggy was born Jan. 6, 1933 in Seco, Ky. to William Charles and Edith Willie Anderson. She died Dec. 28, 2003 in Katy.
She is survived by her son, Richard Linn of Katy; and daughter, Sheri Fisher of Dallas; her grandchildren, Matthew Linn, Michael Linn, Andrew Linn, and Stephanie Watson; great-grandchildren, Deanree, Christin, Cody, and Saoirse; her brother, Robert Anderson of Applachia, Va.; and her sister, Mary Anderson of Glendale, Calif.
Memorial gifts can be made to Vitas Hospice, 4828 Loop Central, Suite 890, Houston, Texas 77081.

Steve Almanza Jr.
A funeral service for Steve Almanza Jr., 57, of Eagle Lake was held on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with Rev. Dan Kalich of St. Anthony's Parish in Columbus officiating.
Pallbearers included Mike Grigar, Jim Klopsteck, Julian Flores, Jr., Melvin Schmitt, Ben Castillo, Neal Stevens, John Young and Joe Leivas.. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Meitzen, Gilbert Sosa and Larry Contreras
Steve was born Oct. 6, 1946 in Rosenberg to Steve Sr. and Victoria Rodriguez Almanza. He attended schools in Richmond and Eagle Lake and has resided in Eagle Lake since 1960.
He died at 2:26 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital of Houston following an extended illness.
Almanza married Yolanda Sosa in Eagle Lake Oct. 1, 1966 and led a 20-year career with Walter and Johnny Meitzen's Phillips 66 station of Eagle Lake. He worked an additional 15 years with Jim Klopsteck's Schindler Butane of Eagle Lake.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity and Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843 of Eagle Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Yolanda Sosa Alamanza, Eagle Lake; daughters, Becky Almanza and husband, Earnest Fields, Jr., Eagle Lake, Kelly Almanza, Eagle Lake; son, Steve Almanza, III, Columbus; brother, Lupe Almanza and wife, Debbie, Sealy; and seven grandchildren, Ryan, Lee, Jadelynn and Aaliyah Almanza; and Allyssa and Logan Young.
Donations toward medical expenses may be made to the Steve Almanza Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank, PO Box 247, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Annie Townsend
A funeral service for Annie Townsend, 61, of Sealy was held Monday, Jan. 5 at Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Sealy with Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd.
She was born in Atwood, Ala., to Thomas U. and Shellie (Pleasant) Scott. She married Robert C. Townsend and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Townsend died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, in Katy.
Survivors include her children, Shellina F. Vacha, Patricia L. Biehler, Lewis O. Kirk and wife Vicky; stepson, Cliford Townsend; sisters, Coramie George of Florida, Catherine Vacha and husband Lumir of Sealy; brothers, Joseph P. Scott and wife Diane of Florida, and Adrian A. Scott of Michigan; and ten grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister and four brothers.

Sallie Van Dries
Funeral services for Sallie Van Dries, 77, of Brookshire will be Friday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Geo. H. Lewis and Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, with Pastor Steve Littlefield of Simonton Community officiating.
Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Herndon, Clay Hasket, Henry Svoboda, Jimmy Hester, Charles Ray Vincek and Marvin Pekar.
Sallie Van Dries was born on Jan. 16, 1926 in Kinder, La., and passed away at her residence in Brookshire on Sunday, Jan. 4.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bellaire.
She is survived by daughters, Katherine Ann Van Dries of Wallis, Kelly Sou Van Dries Hill of Cat Spring; sons, Michael Louis Van Dries of Pearsal, Gerald Thomas Van Dries of Houston; grandchildren, Michael Joseph Henry, Emilie Brooke Bunch, James Wade Henry, Meghan Leigh Van Dries, Michael Logan Van Dries, Austin Louis Van Dries; brother, James Buvens; and stepbrother, Warren Tupper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Van Dries Jr. and parents, Jesse and James M. Buvens.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer's Research Center, 640 Jackson Street, St. Paul, Minn. 55101 or Vitas Hospice, 4828 Loop Central Drive, Suite 890, Houston, 77081.

Ulna Brummett
A funeral service for Ulna Brummett, 94, a native Eagle Lake and resident of Houma, who died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, will be held at a later date.
She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church and the owner of Lady Fair Beauty Shop.
She is survived by her daughter, Jan Brummett; brother, Leroy Williamson; and sister, Loula Bell Hover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Beau Brummett; parents, Jasper and Bertha Williamson; and her brother, Elridge Williamson.

Leola Wilrodt Krueger
Funeral services for Leola Willrodt Krueger, 95, of Bellville, were held Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with Rev. Wayne Middleton officiating.
Burial followed in Coshatte Cemetery. Pallbearers were William R. Krueger, Alton Holtz, Larry Krueger, Bruce Chandler, Bruce Remmert, Eric Haugen, Gary Krueger and Albert Palla. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Maeckel, Jeff Haugen, Toby Floyd, Christian Remmert, Jeff Howard and Keith Krueger.
Leola Willrodt was born in Bellville on Dec. 27, 1908, t0 Herman and Minna Zeimer Willrodt. A lifelong resident of the Burleigh community, she attended the Roach Prairie School.
Leola married Waco Krueger on Jan. 24, 1935, in Bellville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1981.
A homemaker, Leola dearly loved her grandchildren and her great-granddaughters. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and playing dominoes.
A Methodist by faith, she had been a member of the Coshatte Agriculture Society, Sons of Hermann, the Coshatte Home Demonstration Club, Piney PTA, and had served as a 4-H leader.
She died on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, in Bellville.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois Palla and her husband Louis; granddaughter, Leisha Chandler and her husband Bruce; grandsons, Lyle and Lonnie Palla; and great-granddaughters, Misty and Marlee Chandler, all of Bellville.
She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Ruby and Al Holtz, Joyce Haugen, William R. and Sue Krueger, and Bruce and Neville Remmert; and many other dear friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-in-law, William and Birdie Willrodt, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nona and Edward Remmert, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leroy and Josie Krueger. She was also preceded in death by her nephews, Ray Willrodt and Don Haugen.
In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Coshatte Agriculture Society, 375 Coshatte Road, Belllville, 77418.

(Aloisie) Louise Raska
Funeral services for (Aloisie) Louise Raska, 93, of Rosenberg, formerly of Frydek, were Friday, Jan. 2 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek with Rev. Bernard Snock celebrating the mass and rite of committal.
Burial was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Frydek. Pallbearers were J.T. Rogers, Joe Michna, Bennine Michna, Charlie Raska, Harrison Raska and Leroy Mazac.
Louise was born in Frydek to Joseph and Anna (Lepcik) Janota. She was raised and attended school in Frydek.
She was married to Joe Kaspar for about 25 years until he died, and then she married Charles Raska. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek, and a member of Catholic Workmen.
Louise Raska died Dec. 29, 2003.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna Janota; husbands, Joe Kaspar and Charlie Raska; a sister, Mary Agnes Michna; brothers-in-law, Walter Kaspar, Frank Kaspar, Lester Garner and August Michna; and nephew, Walter Michna.
She is survived by a stepdaughter, Georgie Rogers of Victoria; two stepsons, Charlie Raska and wife Mildred of Victoria, and Harrison Raska and wife Doris of Victoria; two sisters-in-law, Georgia Garner of Houston and Irene Kaspar of Houston; nieces and nephews, Joe Michna of Rosenberg, Bennie Michna of Rosenberg and Margie Rogers of Rosenberg; a great-niece, Kristina Bates of Rosenberg; a great-nephew, J.T. Rogers of Rosenberg and a great-great-nephew, Anthony Bates of Rosenberg.


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