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Shiner Gazette, 17 Feb 1972, page 1

Military Services For WWI Veteran Frank A. Billimek

Military services were conducted for World War I veteran, Frank A. Billimek, at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 13, at Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Catholic Church with Requiem Mass offered by the Rev. Msgr. John J. Hanacek.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, where the Rosary was recited at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and was taken to the church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Impressive military rites were conducted by members of the Shiner Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts.

Serving as pallbearers were Arnold Riske, Arnold Zabransky, Victor Pulkrabek, Joe Surovec, Woodrow Mladenka and Emil Huser.

Color bearers and color guards were Emmett Blohm, Jerry Mikes, Melvin Ahrens, Monroe Menke, Adolph Vancura, Roy Hewig and Joe Strauss.

The flag, which was folded by Eddie Jaks, was presented to his wife by Chaplain George Watzlavick. Taps, pre-recorded by Leonard Darilek, were sounded.

Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Billimek passed away at 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 1972 at the Trinity Lutheran Hoem in Shiner where he had been a resident since June 17, 1971. He attained the age of 82 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Frank August Billimek, one of five children, was born October 6, 1889 at High Hill, Fayette County, Texas, son of Anton B. and Bertha (Schilhab) Billimek, natives respectively of Baelton, Austria and Czechoslovakia. The family moved to Flatonia and later to the Dreyer community in Gonzales County. In 1911 they established their home at Witting.

Mr. Billimek, a retired barber, was inducted into the US Army September 19, 1917 and was discharged March 17, 1919. His foreign service was during the period from July 17, 1918 to January 11, 1919. While in France, he was in the battle at St. Mihiel.

Upon his return, he again took up his life’s work of barbering. He was then married to Lena Zinkler, daughter of Joseph and Josephine (heiman) Zinkler. The couple made their home in Shiner and resided here continuously.

He was a member of the Shiner Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and had been a member for 51 years of the American Legion Kolar-Stanek Post No. 201 in Shiner.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lena Billimek of Shiner; two brothers, Rudolph Billimek of Shiner, Anton J. Billimek Sr. of Moulton; one sister, Mrs. Anton (Anna) Bratrich of Moulton, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, October 20, 1923; his mother, May 11, 1944; and a brother, Louis A. Billimek, October 14, 1927.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 27 Sep 1900

F. M. Bingham's little 3 year old child died at Ezell Sunday and was buried the following day.

Willie Bingham, 31 May 1898-23 Sep 1900, daughter of J. W. & F. M. Bingham was buried in the Salem Cemetery.


HOUSTON: Colleen Weller Chudej Bittick, age 83, passed away peacefully at the Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas after a short battle with lung cancer, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arlo and Ella Weller, her husband of 33 years and the father of her sons, Gene Chudej; and Col. Wm. C. "Crit" Bittick, her husband in later life, and a niece, Kimberly Yeatts.

Colleen was born September 20, 1925 in Yoakum, Texas. She will be laid to rest beside Gene in Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum.

Colleen was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Her family is left to treasure many fond memories; Darrell and Barbara and their children Sara, Katherine and great-granddaughter Leah, all of Visalia, CA; Dana and his wife Marla and their children Carly, KK, and Kimber, all of Houston; one sister, Joyce Farnsworth of Pearland, Texas, and two nieces, Chanda Smith of Pearland, Texas and Shayne Skinner, of Dharan, Saudi Arabia.

Colleen married Gene Chudej on March 2, 1946 in Yoakum, Texas. They spent portions of their married life in Victoria, Kingsville, Waco and Corpus Christi before settling in Houston and making it their home in 1964. She was an ardent mother of many, sharing her home with Darrell and Dana's friends over the years.

Colleen enjoyed a 20-year career at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in the Department of Ob-Gyn where she forged friendships that she enjoyed until her passing. After loosing Gene in June, 1979, she took great joy in spending time with her five granddaughters that nicknamed her NeeNee.

Colleen remarried in 1990 to another Yoakumite, Crit Bittick, and they shared 14 years together before Crit's passing in February, 2004. She spent her last years enjoying her granddaughters, traveling and the casinos in Louisiana with her friends. Colleen loved good food and a good margarita.

Colleen was a proud member of the "Greatest Generation" and loved to tell stories of her experiences growing up in Yoakum that shaped her personality and character. She had a huge heart. She as a good friend to many people. To be from Yoakum was a privilege to her. She will be greatly missed.

Pallbearers will be friends of Colleen and her family: Leonard Meinke, Jeff Boyette, Kevin Lauchley, Moose Thorwaldson, Mark John Tamble and Trey Tramble all of Houston.

Honorary pallbearer is Jap Lott of Pearland, Texas.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, (April 17th) at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, TX (1477 Carl Ramert Dr. Yoakum, TX.)

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, (April 18th) at the funeral home with Elder Bill Walden officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe, Houston, Texas 77030

Thiele Cooper Funeral Home - Yoakum, TX

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Shiner Gazette, 12 Nov 1902

J. C. H. Blake Dead.

The Gazette has been informed that Mr. J.C.H. Blake, a son-in-law of Mrs. R. Gelhorn, and a former resident of this vicinity died on Oct. 4, last at a small station called China, near Beaumont. Mrs. Gellhorn requested Mr. E. J. Mair to go to China and investigate Mr. Blake’s affairs, and from him we learn that Mr. Blake, who was engaged in rice farming, died possessed of several thousand dollars worth of property. His sons, Bishop and Roderick and his daughter, Mrs. Payne, are his sole heirs. J. C. H. Blake was well known here, and well liked by everyone.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jun 1899

A Landmark Gone.

After a lingering illness, Mary Virginia Blakeslee died at the home of her son, Wm. Blakeslee, in West Halletsville at an early hour Sunday morning, May 28th, aged 78 years. May she rest in peace! Surely the kingdom of Heaven was made for such as she! The charity and good she did will live after her, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. – Halletsville Herald.

Mary Virginia Blakeslee, who died 28 May 1899 at 78 years, wife of Abram, was buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 27 Jul 1966

Funeral Services Thursday, July 28 For Henry J. Blank

Henry J. Blank, 71, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 1966 at 7:00 p.m. in the Huth Memorial Hospital, Yoakum.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Yoakum, with the Rev. D. I. Dolton officiating.

Interment will be in the Shiner City Cemetery with military services.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 6 Oct 1910

The twelve year old son of Mr. G. W. Blaschke died at San Antonio last week and was buried in Shiner on Monday. A large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral.

Benhold H. Blaschke, 19 May 1898 – 25 Sep 1910, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jul 1983, page 4B

Frank Blaschke Rites Held

MOULTON – Frank Blaschke, 88, of Moulton died at 9:40 a.m. Monday, July 4, 1983 in the Cuero Community Hospital.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton where the body lay in state.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Blaschke was born Dec. 29, 1894 in the St. John-Engle community, Fayette County, Texas, son of John and Alouisia (Schilhab) Blaschke.

On Oct. 14, 1919, he was married to Bertha Kneifel in the Shiner Catholic Church with the Rev. F.X. Wolf officiating. The couple farmed in the Witting community until 1961 when they moved to Moulton. His wife died May 14, 1968.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Rudy (Isabella) Schilhab of Moulton, Mrs. William (Irene) Bartek, Jr. of Cuero and Mrs. John (Doris) Machicek of Point Comfort; a sister, Mrs. Julius (Ida) Kubicek of Shiner; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his mother about 1909; his father, Oct. 2, 1929; two half brothers, Fred and John Blaschke; one half sister, Mrs. Max (Annie Blaschke) Pohler, Feb. 13, 1958; four brothers, Adolph Blaschke, Dec. 29, 1972; Louis P. Blaschke, Jan. 30, 1970; Emil H. Blaschke, June 14, 1969; Bill Blaschke, Dec. 11, 1971; two sisters, Mrs. Emil (Pauline) Henrichs, July 26, 1977; and Mrs. Mike (Millie) Michalau.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Jan 1904

Mr. Joseph Blaschke died last Sunday at his home ner [sic.] Smothers Creek, aged about 63 years. He was buried yesterday in the Catholic cemetery at Smothers Creek.

Joseph Blaschke, 21 Dec 1839 - 10 Jan 1904, husband of Anna, is buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery near Hallettsville. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 30 Mar 1954

Albert M. Bleier

Yoakum - Funeral services were held here Monday in Buffington Chapel for Albert M. Bleier and at Sweet Home Catholic Church by the Rev. G. Kuratko.  Mr. Bleier died Saturday, he was 50, a native of Shiner and was a farmer.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Bleier of Yoakum; one daughter, Adele Bleier of Yoakum; his mother, Mrs. Anna Bleier of Shiner; one brother, Otto Bleier of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs Ida Kloesel and Mrs. Dora Roeder, both of Shiner.  Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Sweet Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era Herald, 7 Feb 1958

Last Rites Held At Shiner For Mrs. Anton Bleier

Funeral services for Mrs. Anton (Anna) Bleier of route one, Shiner, who passed away in the Wagner Hospital, Sunday, February 2, were held Tuesday morning February 4, at Buffington Funeral Chapel in Shiner at 8:45 and continued at St Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at 9:00 with Reverend Michael O'Shunessy officiating.

Burial was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.  Rosary was recited at the chapel at 7:00 and 8:00 Monday.

Born at Praha, September 18, 1883, she had married Anton Bleier, who passed away September 2, 1947, and she was a member of the St. Elizabeth's Society.  She had attained an age of 74 years, 4 months and 14 days.

Survivors include one son Otto Bleier, of Shiner, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Kloesel and Mrs. Edmund Roeder, both of Shiner, one sister, Mrs. Mathilda Dolejsi of Shiner, eight grandchildren and four great-grand children. One son, Albert Bleier, preceded her in death in 1954.

Anna Bleier was born at Praha the daughter of Ben and Theresa (Hajek) Berckenhoff.  The family later moved to Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 11 Sep 1947

Anton Bleier Funeral Rites Held Friday

The sudden death of Anton Bleier, Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1:50 p.m., was a shock to his immediate family circle and hosts of friends and other relatives.

Mr. Bleier was a native of Austria, Hungary, where he was born April 21, 1874.

Upon coming to America he lived first in Gonzales County, later in De Witt and Bee Counties, finally locating in Lavaca County.  He was married Jan. 8, 1900 to Miss Annie Berckenhoff and they resided on their farm in the Midway community.  Mr. Bleier was the son of Joseph and Marie Bleier.

Survivors include two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Edmund B. (Dora) Roeder, Mrs. Arthur (Ida) Kloesel, Otto Bleier; Shiner; Albert Bleier, Sweet Home, who with his devoted wife mourn his untimely death.  Eight grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mary Till, of La Feria; also survive.

Funeral services were held from the family residence Friday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m., continuing to Sts. Cyril and Methodius' Church for Requiem High Mass with the Rev. John Hanacek, celebrant, the Rev. Rudolph Hoffmann, Sub Deacon and the Rev. Robert Schmidt, Deacon.  Rev. Hanacek gave the sermon in English and Rev. Schmidt in German.  Rosary was recited at the family home Thursday night.

Interment was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.  Casket attendants were Fred and Edgar Guettner, Louis Erdelt, Ed. Fischnar, Robert and Adolph Seidenberger.

Mr. Bleier was a member of the St. Joseph's Society, who attended the services in a body.  He was a faithful and loyal member of the Catholic Church having served as trustee for several years when the church was first built.  He also served as an efficient trustee of the Michna-Beasley school.

Mr. Bleier was a most enterprising and respected man.  He was devoted to his Church.  A useful citizen has gone to his reward.

Friends throughout this section join the Gazette in the offer of heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and other relatives in their sorrow.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette news clilpping

Rites Held For Evelyn Bleier

Miss Evelyn Bleier of Shiner died at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 1981 in a Hallettsville hospital where she was a patient for two weeks. She reached the age of 48 years, 9 months and 10 days. She had been a resident at Stevens Convalescent Center in Hallettsville since Jan. 24, 1979 after suffering a severe stroke several weeks earlier.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. [sic] 16 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius’ Catholic Church. Holy Mass was offered by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon. Offertory participants were her nieces and nephews, Ellette and Sara Bleier of Victoria and Brian Fishbeck of Shiner.

Serving as altar boys were David Malik, Gary Huser and Steven Dierschke.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her nephews Kevin and Robert Bleier of Victoria, Freddie Fishbeck of Shiner; and cousins, Dennis Kram and Harvey Picha, both of Shiner, and Reginald Guettner of Yoakum.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, led by the Rev. Eugene Janson, at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel where the body lay in state until an hour before time for services when it was moved to the church.

Miss Bleier was born May 4, 1932 on the family farm, Rt. 1, Shiner, near Wied, daughter of Otto A. and Clara (Guettner) Bleier. About 20 years ago, the family moved to their present farm home west of Midway on Rt. 2, Shiner.

Surviving her untimely passing are her devoted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. Bleier, Sr.; a brother, Otto Bleier, Jr. of Victoria; a sister, Mrs. Henry (Irene) Huser of Shiner; nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Aug 1984

Rites Wednesday For Helena Bleier

YOAKUM – Mrs. Helena Bleier, 78, a former resident of Sweet Home and a native of Shiner, died Monday, Aug. 13, 1984 at her residence in Houston following a short illness.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial was to follow in Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum where the body lay in state.

A rosary was recited Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Bleier was born July 4, 1906 at Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Henry Peter Stuter and Rozina (Nedbalek) Stuter, natives respectively of Westphalia, Germany and Zelochovic, Moravia (Czechoslovakia). Her parents lived near Shiner two years after their marriage before moving to Sweet Home in the fall of 1906.

In December 1918 they returned to Shiner and located on the old family homestead.

She was married to Albert M. Bleier and the couple made their home in the Sweet Home-Yoakum area, farming for a livelihood. One daughter was born to them. Her husband died March 27, 1954 after a sudden illness. For the past 20 years, she had been residing in Houston. She was a retired cafeteria cook and supervisor for a supermarket and worked for the same firm 16 years.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Emil (Adele) Jiral Jr. of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Edwin (Elsie) Wehl of Shiner; two brothers, Valentine Stuter of Philadelphia, Pa., Herman Stuter of Houston; and three grandchildren.

After her mother’s death on June 25, 1931, her father married Mrs. Frank Wehl, nee Marie Gerloff. Her father died Feb. 10, 1961; and stepmother died Dec. 2, 1975.

Besides her husband she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Emil Stuter, Aug. 17, 1951 (in a car accident along with his wife and son); one who died at birth; one sister, Mrs. Arno G. (Annie) Stratman, June 7, 1983; two stepbrothers, Herbert Wehl, Aug. 26, 1978 and Edwin Wehl, Apr. 29, 1983.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 10 May 1899

Joe Bleier, aged 14 years, a son of Mathias Bleier living near Shiner, died last Thursday and was buried from the Catholic church.

Joseph Bleier, 10 Sep 1886 - 4 May 1899, was buried in Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery. He is from Mathias Bleier's first marriage to Mary Rathmanner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Apr 1962

Last Rites For Mrs. Ludmila Bleier

Death brought to a close a long faithful and useful life when Mrs. Ludmila Bleier closed her eyes in everlasting sleep at the Hallettsville Rest Home Wednesday, March 28,1962 at 2:40 p.m.

The funeral was held from the Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, Friday, March 30 at 9:00 a.m. and thence to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Moulton, where Father Emil Vinklarek officiated at the last rites. Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Casket bearers were three grandsons, Edward Kram, Moulton, Clyde Ward, Austin, Ewald Erdelt, Shiner; three nephews, Arthur Kioesel, Shiner, Arthur Schumacker, Cuero and Willie Leist of Yoakum.

Ludmila Bleier, nee Ludmila Brosch, daughter of Joseph and Annie Brosch was born April 16, 1871 at Praha, Texas. In 1902 Ludmila Brosch was united in marriage to Mathias Bleier. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs Edmund (Frieda) Kram of Moulton who survives her.

Also surviving are two step-children, John Bleier of Moulton and Mrs. Louis (Rosena) Erdelt of Shiner. Five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Other survivors include one half brother, Henry Baumann of Floresville.

Four brothers and two sisters also preceeded her in death. Ludmila Bleier had reached the age of 90 years, 11 months and 12 days.

She was a valued member of the St. Elizabeth Society whose members attended the funeral in a body. She was a devoted mother and lived up to the highest ideals. As a Christian she served her Master faithfully. She has left her loved ones, but in her departure it may be said "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enjoy the reward which is yours."

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jan 1941

Death brought to a close a long and useful life when Mathias Bleier closed his eyes in everlasting sleep at the local hospital, Saturday morning at 7:05 o'clock, following an illness of several weeks' duration.

The funeral was held from the family residence, Monday morning at 9 o'clock, Requiem High Mass being celebrated in the local Catholic Church by Rev. F. O. Beck who spoke comforting words in English and German and performed the last rites in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery where burial was made in the presence of a vast concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Many beautiful floral tokens expressed the esteem in which this good man was held.

Casket bearers were: Henry Seidenberger, Kosmas Spoetzl, Frank Wagner, Rud. Billimek, Eddie Fischnar and Robt. Seidenberger.

Mathias Bleier was born in the old country and came here with his wife in 1885, settling first in Gonzales County, later moving to Lavaca County which was home to them since. His first wife nee Mary Rathmanner passed away in 1895. Of the four children born to this union, two passed away, Annie and Joseph. The two surviving are John Bleier and Mrs. Louis (Rosina) Erdelt of Shiner. In 1902 Mr. Bleier was united in marriage to Miss Ludmilla Brosch, who with one daughter, Mrs. Ed. (Frieda) Kram of Moulton, also survive. Other survivors include, one brother, Anton Bleier of Shiner, one sister, Mrs. Mary Till of La Feria, also 5 grandchildren. One brother Joseph and one sister Theresa preceded him in death as also did 5 grandchildren.

Deceased had reached the age of 80 years, 1 month and 3 days. He was one of the most progressive citizens of our section always taking an active part in the upbuilding of his community. As a citizen, a friend, a neighbor, he was representative of all that was worthy and noble. As a husband and father he lived up to the highest ideals; as a Christian he served his Master faithfully. He was a valued member of the St. Joseph's Society whose members attended the funeral in a body. He has left his loved ones, but in his departure it may be said, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enjoy the reward which is yours."

To those who are left to mourn his going away, the Gazette offers sincere sympathy in this their sad hour.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 2 Jan 1987, page 8A


SHINER - Otto A. Bleier Sr., 84, of Shiner died Thursday in a Victoria hospital after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at the Shiner Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Rosary will be recited at Buffington Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Clara, of Shiner; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Huser of Shiner; a son, Otto Bleier Jr. of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Kloesel and Mrs. Dora Roeder, both of Shiner; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Big Spring Herald, August 1946

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 29 -- A Catholic priest died here last night from injuries received in a fall from the sixth floor fire escape of a downtown hotel.

He was identified by investigating detectives as Father Louis Blinka, 45, a native of Shiner.

Detectives reported finding an envelope in the priest's room addressed to his brother, Albert Blinka of Shiner where he had recently visited his mother, Mrs. Ludwig Blinka.

The envelope was said to contain a note addressed to Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of San Antonio.

San Antonio Light, Thursday, August 29, 1946

An inquest was being conducted by Justice of the Peace John E. Geraghty Thursday in the case of the Rev. Louis Blinka, 45, of Shiner, who fell to his death from the sixth floor of the Travelers hotel late Wednesday afternoon.

M.S. Johnson, of the hotel management, said the priest had registered as Jim Ceister of Gonzales.

Relatives said Father Blinka had a parish in Wisconsin. A sister, Mrs. Louis Krenek, lives in San Antonio at 1231 Hammond avenue.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 14 May 1908

The little one-year old baby girl, Ida, of Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Blohm, died Sunday and was buried Monday evening in the city cemetery. The stricken parents have the sympathy of their friends and relatives.

Ida Blohm, 24 Feb 1907 – 10 May 1908, daughter of E. & M. Blohm, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate,Tuesday, June 13, 2006 


HALLETTSVILLE - Agnes E. Bludau, 86, of Hallettsville, died Monday, June 12, 2006.

She was born April 1, 1920, in Hallettsville, to the late Joseph J. and Katherina Grahmann Haas. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: daughters, Imelda "Sam" Orsak of Victoria, Lois Nelson of Houston, and Maureen Schott of Hallettsville; sons, Gerald Bludau, Kenneth Bludau, Michael Bludau, and Richard Bludau, all of Victoria, Hilbert Bludau Jr. of Houston, and Marty Bludau of Hallettsville; sisters, Minnie Schraer, Annie Leopold, Magdalena Steffek, and Rosie Bludau, all of Hallettsville; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Hilbert J. Bludau; sisters, Mary Kolos and Cecilia Ogle; and brothers, Louis Haas, Leo Haas, and Frank Haas.

Visitation will be noon Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church, school, and pre-k.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Contributed by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, January 21, 1936, page 4

Mrs. John Bludau

A young mother, Mrs. Christine (John) Bludau, nee Futschik, died at the Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, at 3 a.m., Tuesday. She was buried Thursday morning after a Requiem Mass at St. Anthony’s church in the Elmendorf Catholic cemetery, Rev. J. A. Hasler officiating. She was born at Weimar, March 5, 1904; was married to Mr. John Bludau October 24, 1924, at Hobson. They lived in the neighborhood of San Antonio ever since they married. Four children were born to them: Gladys 10, Johnnie 6, Daniel 17 months, and Mary Louise 5 weeks of age, all surviving her. Also her brothers Adolph of Hobson, Julius of Rosebud, August of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. Emil Kainer of Weimar, and mother, Mrs. Antonia Futschik of Weimar. Among those attending the funeral were Mrs. Herman Weitzel, Mrs. Henry Weitzel and daughter and Frank Bannert all of Shiner; Messrs. Joe Bludau and John Leopold of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 6 Dec 1979

J Bludworth

John A. Bludworth, 62, of 4022 Markins, Corpus Christi, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 1979 at his residence after a long illness.

He had been a resident of Corpus Christi since 1953 and retired in July of 1978 from the Corpus Christi Army Depot. He was previously employed by Suntide Refinery.

He is survived by his wife, Katheryn Bludworth; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Koster, Miss Susan Bludworth, both of Corpus Christi; one sister, Mrs. Patricia Wicks, Rockdale, Texas; and one grandchild.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at the Flatonia City Cemetery In Flatonia.

Clifford Jackson Funeral Home on Kostoryz Road in Corpus Christi was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Hallettsville Tribune, date unknown

Mrs. Blumerich Dies At 83 Years

Mrs. Chas. (Annie Pohl) Blumerich, 83, lifelong resident of this community, died Wednesday, January 1st, at 8:50 a.m., at the home of he son Barry Nolen, with whom she had lived for some time.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m., Friday January 3rd with interment in the Provident Cemetery. Rev. Henry Smith officiated.

Pallbearers were Henry Briscoe, James Haidusek, Gus Filla, Fred Tesch, Ad. Melnar and Alfred Scott.

The deceased was born at Hallettsville October, 1, 1874, and lived in this community all her life. As a young woman she married James W. Nolen who died in 1913, and in 1916 she married Charlie Blumerich, who passed away in 1936.

Surviving are Rufus Berry Nolen of Hallettsville; one brother, Edwin Pohl of Hallettsville; seven sisters, Mrs. Tonie Schott, Mrs. Alma Brown, Mrs. Agnes Fuller, Mrs. Dora Haidusek and Mrs. Tennie Blumerich , all of Hallettsville, Mrs. Julia Gold of Yoakum and Mrs. Laura Pagel, of Alaska. Two grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive. Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Annie Pohl Blumerich October 1, 1874 - January 1, 1958 was the daughter of Charles Enfield Pohl and Rosina Agnes Rother. Contributed by Ed Neubauer


The Weimar Mercury, 7 Feb 1913

The First Texas Ranger is Dead.
Chas. Bock Sr.

Harlington, Texas, Feb. 3. -
Charles Bock,Sr., of this city died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. S. Weller, at 11 o'clock after an illness lasting about five weeks. Mr. Bock was born in the village of Verncen Braunschweig, Germany, in the year 1833. In 1843 he sailed for America from Bremen, on the Ship Siaona, and landed in Galveston, from where he walked to Harrisburg and then to Houston and later to Columbus, Texas.

At the age of 18 he joined the Texas State Rangers at Goliad. Captain Henry was then in command and he was the first Ranger to be accepted. He fought the Indians for two years and was a Confederate soldier under General Bates in the civil war, being a private in Captain Sanders' company of Major Browns' battalion; In 1858 he married Miss Katheryne Pelzer in New Braunfels. Five children of this union survive.

Services were conducted at the Weller home here this afternoon, Rev. L. R. Burress of Brownsville officiating. The remains were shipped to Oakland, Texas, for burial in the Bock Home Cemetery and were accompanied by Mrs. A. H. Weller of this city and Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Weller of Brownsville. Deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 258 at Oakland. -
Houston Post.


Shiner Gazette, 14 May 1908

A little child of Mr. John Boedeker of Route No. 2 died last Sunday and was buried Monday in the Shiner cemetery.

Frieda Katharine Bödeker, 2 Jun 1903 – 11 May 1908, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 16 May 1907, page 2


Isabella Boehm, aged 4 months, 14 days; died March 17 at Shiner; [cause] whooping cough and lagrippe.


The Moulton Eagle, Friday, January 11, 1924, page 4

After an illness of fifteen months, three of which were spent at San Angelo, five at Carlsbad and seven at her home, and in spite of all that the best of medical skill and loving and willing hearts and hands could do, Mrs. Martin Boehm (nee Katerina Novak) died at her home here Monday, December 31, 1923 at 4:45 in the morning of pulmonary tuberculosis and heart failure. Funeral services were held at the Moulton Catholic church and burial occurred in the Catholic cemetery at 1:30 in the evening on New Year's Day, Rev. Father Joseph Kopp officiating. Pallbearers were Otto Hoepfl, A. J. Elster, Ben Zeisberg, Wenzel Hoepfl, Frank Stastne and Frank Nagelmueller. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. Joe Boehm and little niece, Lillie, of Sealy, and Ludwig of Runge. Born at Praha, Fayette county, on October 13, 1877, she was at the time of her death 46 years, 2 months and 18 days old. On January 5, 1898, she was married to Martin Boehm, and she lived most of her life near Moulton and Oak Grove. Surviving are her husband, Martin Boehm, two sons, Joe and Willie, two daughters, Vlasta and Lydia, the former married and the latter still at home; her mother, Mrs. Lorenz Novak, Sr., of Moulton; seven brothers, Lorenz, Eddie and Frank Novak of Moulton, Mathew Novak of Goliad, Adolf Novak of Runge, John Novak of Lometa, Albert Novak of Breslan; four sisters, Mesdames Albina and Carrie Liska of Runge, Mrs. Annie Zalman of Moulton, Mrs. Claudia Reindl of Shiner, two daughters-in- law, two grandchildren and many relatives and friends who mourn her demise. We join those offering condolence to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Nancy Schmidt


Gonzales Inquirer, 27 Dec 1947

Mrs. Mary Boehm, 93, a resident of Victoria for 10 years and a former resident of Moulton, died Saturday morning after a lingering illness.

She was born in Budweis, Czechoslovakia, Dec. 26, 1854, and came to Texas in 1873. She lived in Victoria with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Haschke. She was the wife of Jordan Boehm, deceased.

She is survived by three [sons], John F. Fishbeck of Moulton, Frank Fishbeck of Damon and Ed Fishbeck of Victoria, and three daughters, Mrs. John Raab of Victoria, Mrs. Paul Haschke of Harwood and Mrs. Frank Haschke of Victoria.

Thirty-nine grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren survive her.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. She was buried in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ludwig Fishbeck, Raymond Fishbeck, Joe Fishbeck, Ervin Fishbeck, Jim Fishbeck and Victor Raab.

Contributed by Carla Boehm


Victoria Advocate, 21 Aug 1991, page 12A


YOAKUM - Millie Marie Boening, 77, of Yoakum died in a local hospital Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1991, following a brief illness.

She was born Oct. 1, 1913, in Yoakum to the late James Paul and Louise Marie Laur Mikulenka. She was a homemaker.

Survivors: Daughter, Ruby Laqua of Yoakum; sister, Emma Konecny of Yoakum; brother, Jimmy Mikulenka of Yoakum; and a grandchild.

Preceded in death by parents and husband, William Boening in 1989.

Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Boyce Laqua officiating.

Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 30 Mar 1989

William Boening

YOAKUM – Funeral services for William Boening, 89, of Yoakum, who died Tuesday in a Yoakum hospital, will be held at 2 p.m.Thursday at the Buffington Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Leland Diekhoff will officiate.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Millie; a daughter, Ruby Shimek; a brother, Fred Boening; two sisters, Annie Orsak and Freda Blank; and a grandchild. All survivors reside in Yoakum.

He was born June 2, 1899, in Fayette County to Gerhardt and Anna Zuhn Boening.

Pallbearers will be Bill Winters, David Vinklarek, Jimmy and Kenneth Mikulenka, Herman Koranek and Gerhardt Boening.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, June 1, 2007


HALLETTSVILLE - Frances Claire "Tonnye" Boethel, artist, musician, teacher, community spirit, and widow of the late author and judge Paul C. Boethel, died Thursday, May 31, 2007 at the age of 96.

Tonnye studied art and architecture at the University of Texas and studied painting with noted Taos artist Frederic Taubes. She applied her talents for the benefit of family, friends, and community; almost everyone who knew her owns at least one of her paintings. She also designed floats and costumes for local parades, decorated homes and halls for parties and dances, illustrated scrapbooks for the Beta Sigma Phi, and illustrated the covers for several of her husband's history books.

For years Tonnye held an open house at Christmas, inviting the entire community via a notice in the newspaper. Hundreds of people came to see Tonnye's decorations, especially her picture-perfect Christmas trees trimmed with handmade ornaments she crafted from florist's foil and old costume jewelry.

Tonnye began her teaching career at Provident School in 1940, teaching grades 1 through 5. She bought her first car, a Model A, to make the long back-country drive to school, picking up students along the way. She also taught at Boethel School and in Elgin while her husband was overseas during the war. Later she taught private painting classes in Hallettsville.

Throughout her life Tonnye was active in civic affaires. She served as president of the Hallettsville Reading Club, Garden Club, Ladies Golf Association, PTA, and United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday School and played the organ for the First United Methodist Church.

From its founding, she was sponsor of the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. While living in Elgin during World War II, she served as a USO volunteer for troops stationed at Camp Swift, and was active in Elgin's New Century Club.

Tonnye loved golf, playing until her third knee replacement slowed her down at age 84. She also loved to play bridge and bingo. When she was nearly 80 she discovered Las Vegas; she managed to make "one last trip" to Vegas any number of times.

Friendships were a vital part of Tonnye's life. She was the last surviving member of the "Four of a Kind", a group of former Elginites who stayed in close contact for more that 60 years. She shared morning coffee and the latest news with a coffee klatch that grew from four or five Hallettsville matrons to nearly 30. She belonged to the Monday and Wednesday bridge clubs; she and her bingo buddies always arrived early to socialize (and grab the best table).

Born to Buck and Mosye Christian in Manor, on Oct. 29, 1910, Tonnye grew up in Elgin, where her father was a rancher and cotton dealer. As a high school senior she met the new typing and bookkeeping teacher, Paul Boethel. Their elopement shortly after her graduation in 1928 made front-page news in the Austin paper. After several years of moving around Texas, Tonnye and Paul settled in Hallettsville, where they lived the rest of their lives. They were married for 68 years before his death in 1996.

Tonnye was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister, Gladys ("Babe") Brown; nephew Buck Brown; and an infant daughter, Evelyn Ann.

She is survived by her son, Carey "Buck" Boethel and wife Ruth of Austin; her daughter, Martha Boethel of Austin; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

In the last years of her life she was wonderfully cared for and loved by her "adopted" family at the Williamsburg House in Hallettsville. Her doctor, Harvey Renger Jr. ("Little" Harvey to Tonnye) also played an invaluable role in sustaining her vitality, independence, and spirit until the very end.

Service: 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2007, at First United Methodist Church in Hallettsville.

Visitation: Noon, today at Kubena Funeral Home.

Burial: Hallettsville City Cemetery, with Rev. Lundy Hooten officiating.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church or French Simpson Memorial Library of Hallettsville.

Words of comfort maybe shared with the family at


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 15, 1963

Funeral Services For Fred Bohac, 55, Held Monday

Funeral services for Fred Bohac, 55, of Muldoon, former Weimar resident, were held Monday, August 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Norbert Galle officiated.

Mr. Bohac, a farmer, died Friday, Aug. 9, at his home.

Born March 7, 1908, at Schulenburg, he was a son of Andrew and Barbara Bohac. He married Miss Hilda Ohnheiser at High Hill on Oct. 16, 1939. He was a resident of Weimar for 25 years before moving to Muldoon.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two brothers, Ed Bohac of Weimar and Frank Bohac of Houston; and a sister, Mrs. Ed (Agnes) Shimek of Weimar. Another sister, Mrs. Jerome (Louise) Shimek, preceded him in death in 1945.

Pallbearers were Robert Heinrich, Henry Ripper, Rudolph Miksch, Anton Kainer, Adolph Ulrich and Frank Schmidt.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1896, pg 2

 At about 9 o'clock Monday morning Diedrich Bohmann, living on Dave Hughes' place, died by his own hand by hanging himself. He moved here from the vicinity of Weimar only a short time ago and rented land of Dave Hughes. He was in town Saturday and appeared happy and contented; Squire Tampke was notified and held an inquest over the remains, returning a verdict in accordance with the above facts. Deceased leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss.—Shiner Gazette.
Diedrich Bohmann, 22 oct 1855-10 Feb 1896, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Obituary transcribed by Sharon Sutton.


Lavaca County Tribune-New Era Herald, 9 Feb 1971, page 3

Adolph Bohuslav, 85, of route 4, St. Mary's, Hallettsville, died at 6:00 a. m. Friday, Feb. 5th at his home.

Mr. Bohuslav was a retired farmer; he was born June 14, 1885, in Lavaca County and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held Sunday, at 2 p.m., at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, continuing at 2:30 p. m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 p. m., Saturday, Feb. 6th, at the funeral home.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillie Hajek Bohuslav of route 4 Hallettsville; five sons, Dr. George F. Bohuslav of Austin, Victor Bohuslav of Port Lavaca, Alex Bohuslav of Atlanta Texas, Leon Bohuslav of Columbia, Miss., and Daniel Bohuslav of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Adolph Pesek and Mrs. Willie Pavlas of Komensky and Mrs. John Mikulik of Corpus Christi; four brothers, Tom Frank and Bohumil Bohuslav of Komensky and Willie of Ammannsville; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Shiner Gazette, Thursday, February 18, 1971, page 6

Adolph Bohuslav

Hallettsville -- Adolph Bohuslav, 85 years, 7 months and 21 days, of Route 4, St. Mary's Hallettsville, died at 6:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, 1971 at his home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. at the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, continuing at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, at the funeral home.

Mr. Bohuslav was a retired farmer and was born June 14, 1885, in Lavaca County, son of Frank and Rosalie (Klekar) Bohuslav.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillie Hajek Bohuslav of Hallettsville; five sons, Dr. George F. Bohuslav of Austin, Victor Bohuslav of Port Lavaca, Alex Bohuslav of Atlanta, Texas, Leon Bohuslav of Columbia, Miss., and Daniel Bohuslav of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Adolph Pesek, Mrs. Willie Pavlas, both of Komensky, Mrs. John Mikulik of Corpus Christi; four brothers, Tom, Frank and Bohumil Bohuslav, all of Komensky and Willie Bohuslav of Ammannsville; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mrs. Frank (Hermina) Mikulik, December 15, 1964.

Contributed by Nancy Schmidt


Victoria Advocate, Friday, April 23, 1976

Mr. Bohuslav

Advocate News Service
MOULTON—Bohumir [Bohumil] Bohuslav, 79, of Moulton, died Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton with burial in Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are his wife, Lillie, of Moulton; two daughters, Anita Thurman of Breckenridge and Mrs. Ernest Anders of Houston; five sons, Marvin, Arnold, Clarence, Daniel and Franklin J. Bohuslav of Multon; three brothers, Tom and Frank W. Bohuslav of Moulton and Willie Bohuslav of Ammannsville; 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Seguin Gazette Enterprise, Friday May 22, 1981

Frank Bohuslav, 86, of Moulton, died Tuesday in a Yoakum hospital.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a Yoakum Funeral Chapel and funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton with burial in Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes, daughter, Mrs. Marcella Hanslik of Moulton; five sons, Ermin Frank Bohuslav of Seguin, Ivan of Ennis, Johnnie of Brownwood, Frankie of Henrietta and Ben of Yoakum; a brother; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thurs., 13 Jun 1935

Ida Lee Bohuslav

The gazette regrets to chronicle the death of Ida Lee Bohuslav, who passed away at a local hospital at about 7 o'clock Saturday evening.

Had she lived until next Sunday she would have celebrated her 19th birthday.

She is survived by her father Ad Bohuslav and five brothers, Victor, Alec, Leon, and Daniel at home and George of Midfield.

Funeral services were held from the home near St. Marys with services at 9:30 at St Mary's Church, Father Drozd officiating.

After graduating from Halletsville High School, Miss Bohuslav spent one year at our Lady of the Lake and during the past year taught at Stacy school.

Her mother accompanied her to a San Antonio hospital last October and while enroute home Mrs. Bohuslav was in an automobile accident that caused her death.

For a number of weeks Miss Bohuslav was a patient at the local hospital last fall and for the past four weeks all was done that was possible, even blood transfusions proved of no avail.

To those so greatly bereaved the Gazette extends tenderest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Monday, January 23, 1950

FLATONIA, Jan. 22.—Funeral services for Joseph Bohuslav, 76, formerly of Praha, were held in the Moulton City Cemetery.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Agnes Bohuslav, Moulton community; two sons, Edward and Allan Bohuslav, Boling; one sister, a brother and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, 23 Jul 1997, page 10

Mary Bohuslav

Mary Bohuslav, 99, of Hallettsville, died Friday, July 18, 1997.

She was born Jan. 29, 1898, in Sweet Home to John and Mary Ficl Hajek. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Survivors include three sons, Alex Bohuslav of Atlanta, Texas, Daniel Bohuslav of Katy and Leon Bohuslav of Columbia, Miss.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adolph Bohuslav; two sons, Dr. George F. Bohuslav and Victor Bohuslav; three sisters, Vlasta Kutach, Emma Pechacek and Agnes Manning, and three brothers, Emil Hajek, Ernest Hajek and Ed Hajek.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21 at Sacred Heart Church, Hallettsville. The Rev. Walter Montondon officiated.

Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, west of Hallettsville, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.
Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Thursday, March 19, 1931

SHINER, Tex., March 18.—Mrs. J. J. Bohuslav, 80, died here Tuesday. Burial took place in Shiner Wednesday afternoon.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 11 Oct 1934

Expressing of sincerest sympathy and regrets were unanimous for those in the family circle when the news came that Mrs. Adolph Bohuslav (Nee Mathilda Hajek) had breathed her last at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio where she had been taken after a car accident Wednesday at 4 P.M.

Mr. and Mrs. Bohuslav had taken their daughter Miss Ida Lee, who had been seriously ill, to a San Antonio hospital where she was to remain until Friday. Her parents started home and before they got out of the city limits were hit by another car. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bohuslav were thrown from the car, Mr. Bohuslav received bad bruises, especially to his face, while Mrs. Bohuslav received a wound to the back of her head which caused her death at the hospital a short time after the accident.

The remains were brought here by undertaker Kubena and prepared for burial. Arrangements have been made for the funeral to take place at the family home this (Friday) morning with services at Saint Mary's Cemetery.

After her mother's death Miss Ida Lee and her father were sent home by the doctor.

Mrs. Bohuslav aged 46 years 10 Months and 2 days was born at Moravia. She was married at Saint John 26 years ago to Adolph Bohuslav. Six children blessed their union. One daughter, Ida Lee, five sons, George of Midfield, Victor, Alex, Leon and Daniel of the home.

Three sisters, Mrs. Ed. Bucek, Mrs. John Trojcak, and Mrs. Edgar Eggert of Robstown, three brothers Ed Hajek of Seymour, Alfred and Willie of Moravia also her mother Mrs. Mary Hajek of Moravia.

Mrs. Bohuslav was a lovable type of woman. She was a devoted wife and mother and to her friends and neighbors she was near and dear, always willing and glad to render any neighborly service.

To the children that are thus deprived of the guidance of the one whose interest was ever that of a mother we can offer sympathy but time must heal the wound that is their affliction at this hour.

San Antonio Express, 4 Oct 1934


Mrs. Adolph Bohuslov of Hallettsville Fatally Injured On Seguin Highway

A Hallettsville woman was fatally hurt and the San Antonians were injured, one of them seriously, Wednesday afternoon in a collision on the Seguin Highway about three miles east of San Antonio.

Mrs. Adolph Bohuslav, 46, of Hallettsville, died in Santa Rosa Hospital an hour after the crash.

Bill Carter, about 22, son of the late Tom Carter, contractor, was taken to Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital with a possible fracture of the skull.

J. Price, 615 Probandt Street, and Ed Beck, Carter's companion, suffered injuries which were not considered serious. Price went home after medical attention and Beck remained at Robert B. Green Hospital.

Carter, driving his car, and Price and Beck, all of them employees of the bottling department of Sabinas Brewery here, were returning to San Antonio after spending the day hunting doves near Seguin. They were in Carter's coupe. Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Bohuslov, who had been to San Antonio to leave their daughter, Ida Lee, 18, at the Medical and Surgical Hospital for observation, were returning to Hallettsville and had left the hospital here only about a half hour before the mishap.

According to information received by Carter's relatives, another motorist cut in ahead of them, causing Carter's machine to collide with the car driven by Bohuslov. Both machines were badly damaged. The driver of the third car was unhurt.

Passing motorists brought the victims of the crash to town. Mrs. Bohuslov was taken to Santa Rosa Hospital. A Riebe ambulance met Carter at Hackberry and Commerce Streets and he was taken to Robert B. Green. Carter's collarbone was fractured, there was a painful cut on his left ear and it was thought his skull was fractured. Price suffered minor cuts and bruises about the body. Beck's left arm was unjoried, but the extent of the injury had not been ascertained Wednesday night, when he was in the operating room at Robert B. Green. Bohuslov was cut and bruised.

The body of Mrs. Bohuslov was taken to the Shelley Undertaking Parlors to await instructions from Hallettsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Thursday, January 23, 1986

MOULTON -- Mary Bohuslav, 93, died Wednesday at Moulton Nursing Home in Moulton after a lengthy illness.  Service will be at 3 p.lm. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, Monsignor Robert Schmidt officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha, Texas.


Mrs. Bohuslav was born Nov. 8, 1892 in Praha in Fayette County.  She was a longtime resident of Moulton.  

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Migl; her mother, Alosia Mikulik; and a son, Robert, who was killed in action during World War II.  

Survivors include two other sons, Ernest Bohuslav of Hallettsville and Herman Bohuslav of Corpus Christi; three daughters, Helen Farmer of Moulton, Elsie Darilek of Texas City and Mildred Patek of Victoria; 15 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Joe Migl of San Antonio, Edward Migl of Moulton, Willie V. Migl of Yoakum, John Migl of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Agnes Jemelka, Annie Jasek and Louise Machalec, all of Moulton.  

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Bohuslav's grandchildren.  

Memorials may be sent to a favorite charity.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, Monday, Marh 23, 1936

SHINER, March 23.—Charles Bolech, about 55, was found dead here this morning of shot gun wounds. An inquest was to be held.

Karel Bolech, 16 Feb 1890 - 23 March 1936, is buried in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, April 4, 2000


SHINER —Frances Anna Bolech, 93, of Shiner, died Monday, April 3, 2000.

She was born Oct. 30, 1906, in Henkhaus Community, to the late Joseph and Anna Balajka Veselka. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was a member of C.D.A. Society and KJZT.

Survivors: son, Ben C. Bolech Sr. of Victoria; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Charles Frank Bolech; parents; sisters, Mary Beran, Christina Krametbauer, Helen Hoepfl and Lillie Roznovsky; brothers, Charles Veselka, Joseph Veselka, William Veselka and Jerry Veselka.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, (361) 594-3352.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Friday, June 19, 1931

SHINER, Tex., June 18.—John Bolech Sr., 81, died and was buried in Shiner Thursday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, November 23, 1999


YOAKUM—William ''Bill'' Bolech, 86, of Yoakum, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999.

He was born Sept. 2, 1913, in Cistern, to the late John and Annie Losak Bolech. He was an employee of Yoakum Packing Company and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Mary Ann Pustejovsky and Geneva Malik both of Hallettsville; son, Victor Bolech; a sister, Henreitta Jahn of Yoakum; ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Annie M. Siegel Bolech; sisters, Sidonia Cocek and Louise Harbich; brothers, Charlie Bolesch, Jim Bolesch and Joe Bolesch.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: Donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 25 Aug 1897


A Fatal Horse Race at Yellow Banks Yesterday.

Yesterday morning Rudolph Bolsom, a young Bohemian who worked on a farm at Yellow Banks, was riding a race with another party when his horse became unmanageable and ran away, or at least swerved from the course, carrying him at full speed toward a bent tree, the trunk of which was not high enough from the ground to allow both horse and rider to pass under. Bolsom frantically endeavored to change the course of the horse, but could not do so, the animal appearing to have the bit in his teeth. There was no time to jump and he lay flat down over the pommel of the saddle. Even then he was too high to pass safely under and the tree struck him on the back of the head, breaking his skull. It also mashed him down so hard upon the back of the horse that pommel of the saddle broke his breast bone.

The unfortunate young man lived an hour and a half after the accident and then succumbed. A brother of his came to Yoakum for a coffin yesterday, and said he was to be buried at Yellow Banks today. He was 20 years of age and unmarried. A number of Yoakum people know him and will be pained to learn of his tragic death. His father lives about two miles from Halletsville. – Yoakum Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Mar 17, 2005

Mary M.D. Bonnewell - HOUSTON

YOAKUM - Mary M. Dean Bonnewell, 57, of Houston, died Monday, March 14, 2005.

She was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Yoakum, to Dorothy Charbula Dean of Yoakum and the late Clarence Dean. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: husband, Michael Bonnewell; and sister, Patricia Dean Johnson of Spring Branch.

A rosary will be recited tonight at 7 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum, the Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

Entombment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Mausoleum. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Lone Star Chapter, P.O. Box 3447, Houston, Texas 77253.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Tribune, 10 Sep 1940, page 1, column 8

Life-Time Lavacan Dies Here Sunday

Albert Bonorden, Sr., life-time resident of Lavaca County, died at his home here Sunday morning at 2:10 a. m. after being stricken with a serious illness about three weeks ago. He had reached the age of 81 years, 7 months, and 23 days.

During his life the deceased lived at Shiner, but for many years had lived here. Fifty-seven years ago he married Miss Martha Miller at Hallettsville. Mr. Bonorden had been in good health until two years ago.

Surviving are his widow, daughters, Mrs. Ed. Pohl, Mrs. Mike Brocker, and Miss Martha of here, Mrs. C. T. Brown of Victoria and Mrs. Leona Hill of San Antonio; sons, Gus and Emil of Shiner, Albert Jr. and Leonard of here. Twenty-seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive. Two sons, Robert and Carl preceded their father in death.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson.


Victoria Advocate, 14 Apr 2005


HALLETTSVILLE—Leonard C. Bonorden Jr., 78, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday, April 12, 2005.

He was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Hallettsville, to the late Leonard C. Sr. and Marie Davenport Bonorden. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Marjorie Novak Bonorden; daughters, Karen Tucker of Austin and Judy Yaklin of Bay City; stepdaughters, Debbie Homann of Kingwood and Brenda Morton of Cleveland, Texas; sons, Leonard C. Bonorden III of Victoria and Gary Wayne Bonorden of Hallettsville; stepson, Clinton Hoffer of Seguin; sisters, Dorothy Ehler of Hallettsville and Ellen Denman of Gonzales; brothers, Bobby Bonorden and Harold Dean Bonorden, both of Hallettsville; three grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.

Preceded in death by: first wife, Helen Marie Bludau Bonorden.

Visitation will be noon today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of South Texas.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune, 17 Aug 1948, page 1, column 2

Mrs. Albert Bonorden Passes Away

Mrs. Albert Bonorden, sr., died Sunday night at 11:50 o'clock at the Renger Hospital. Funeral services will be held today (Tuesday) from the Kubena Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Interment will be made in the Pagel Settlement Cemetery.

The deceased, born in Lavaca County, married Albert Bonorden on November 1st, 1882. He preceded her in death on September 8, 1940.

Other survivors include four sons, Gus of Shiner, Emil of Victoria, Albert and Leonard of HaIIettsviIle, five daughters, Mrs. Ed. (Tekla) Pohi of Vienna, Miss Martha Bonorden and Mrs. Mike (Alma) Brocker of Hallettsville, Mrs. C. T. (OpheIa) Brown of Victoria and Mrs. Lona Hill of San Antonio. There are also 27 grandchildren and 20 grandchildren surviving.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson.


Weimar Mercury, 5 Jun 1897, page 4

Halletsville, Texas, May 30.—Near here yesterday afternoon the 13-year-old son of Mr. A. Bonarden [sic.] and a negro boy were out experiementing with a 22-calibre target gun, when the negro accidentally shot the [Bonorden] boy in the stomach, inflicting what is said to be a fatal wound.

Paul Bonorden, 31 Aug 1882-30 May 1897, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Houston Chronicle, 7 Aug 2008

1935 ~ 2008
DON BOONE, our always smiling husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008 with his loving wife Mary Lou at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother Ada Jane Hunter Boone Davis, father Ben Boone and brother, Bobby Joe Boone. Don was born August 22, 1935 near Yoakum in Lavaca County, TX. His family moved to Houston in the early 1940s. He and Mary Lou Nunn became sweethearts at Reagan High School, and were married on July 10, 1954. Don was employed at Texas Instruments for 32 years, then worked for Halliburton until retirement, at which time he worked part-time for Sears and Neese Gravity Meters. He will be lovingly remembered for his devotion to family, passion for his Ford truck, Country Western dancing, his interest in Antique cars and NASCAR. Survivors are his wife Mary Lou; daughter, Donna Lou Stewart and his long time friend Mike, and son Benny; granddaughters, Misti Lou Poffenberger and husband Jerrod, Cara Brown and husband Charlie, and Emily Boone; great grandchildren, Stewart and Caroline Lou Poffenberger, Caylee Brown, and many relatives and friends. Mary Lou expresses special thanks for the strong support received from Donna, Ben, Mike, Misti and to the many relatives and friends who were so attentive during Don's extended illness. Also, the family thanks all the doctors, nurses and staff at M.D. Anderson Hospital (head and neck department) and nurses Loraine, Doreen and Evelyn with Odyssey Hospice House. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road, where funeral services will begin in the chapel at 10:00am on Friday, August 8, 2008. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Garden of Memories.Serving as pallbearers are Frank Gunn, Earl Carroll, Mid Love and son Mid, Jerrod Poffenberger and Joe Humphries.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Weimar Mercury, 24 Dec 1892, page 2

J. B. Boone, aged 58 years, died at Yoakum.


Weimar Mercury, 19 Nov 1892, page 2

Halletsville New Era.

A sudden death by accident occurred a few miles east of town Saturday. Mr. Frank Bosac, sr., was coming to town in a wagon. He met another team and wagon, and in turning out of the road ran over a stump, which threw him out on the ground, injuring him in such a manner as to cause almost instant death. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon.


Shiner Gazette, 8 Jun 1904, page 1

Suicide of Jacob Bossler.

The startling news was received in the city last Saturday evening that Mr. Jacob Bossler, a farmer living about three miles from Shiner, had committed suicide by shooting himself. Judge Tampke left at once for the scene to hold an inquest. It was found that during the temporary absence in Shiner of his wife. Mr. Bossler, who was alone in the house, procured an Enfield rifle, tied a string to the trigger, sat on the side of the bed, and placing the muzzle of the rifle to his ear, pulled the string and blew his brains out. He was discovered lying on the bed dead, by his wife on her return from town. Mr. Bossler had been in bad health for some time, and had repeatedly threatened to kill himself. His remains were laid to rest last Sunday in the city cemetery.

Jakob Bossler, 11 Jan 1845 – 4 Jun 1904, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. His wife Sophie Pagel Bossler, 16 Jun 1853 – 28 Feb 1905, lies next to him. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, June 2, 1897, page 2


A terrible tragedy was enacted at Salem Church, eight miles below Sweet Home, Saturday, in which Will Lewis aud Whit Bosworth were shot to death in a dual. It was claimed that Bosworth had made some remarks of a scandalous nature about Lewis' sister which came to the ears of Will Lewis, who vowed vengeance.

On Saturday word was sent through the settlement for every one to come to the cemetery and cut down the weeds and clean up the yard generally. About 200 people came bringing their dinners. After dinner, Will Lewis rode up to the yard, and dismounting tied his horse and walking up to Whit Bosworth tapped him on the shoulder and the two walked off about a hundred yards and stood talking. No one will ever know what passed between them as both are dead, but it was seen that they were both excited. Finally Bosworth turned as though to walk off when Lewis drew a revolver and opened fire. Quick as a flash Bosworth also drew a pistol and tho two stood face to face and fired bullet after bullet into each others bodies until both fell. When friends reached the spot Lewis was already dead while Bosworth was gasping and was unable to speak. He only lived a few minutes. The wildest excitement prevailed. Lewis was shot three times through the body and once through the arm. Bosworth was shot twice in the head, twice in the body and once in the leg.

Benjamin A. Bosworth is buried in the Salem Cemetery. The death date on his marker is May 30, 1897, the day after the shootout. Please e-mail Gwen Boucher, who contributed this article, if you can confirm he is the person mentioned in the article.


Colorado County Citizen, August 31, 1917

Sublime Citizen passes away
John Botard of Sublime Community Dead.

News was received here Saturday of the death of Mr. John Botard, a well know and popular citizen of the Sublime community, which occurred after a comparatively brief illness. The remains were interred in a cemetery not far from his late home Sunday aftenoon at 5 o'clock. Mr. Botard had lived in this section for many years, and was well and favorably known. He was a man of good habits, honest, straightforward, a true friend and neighbor, and a man well liked by all. His death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends. We extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

John B. Botard, 18 July 1857 - 25 August 1917, was buried in Keilers Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, 26 Sep 1896, page 4

Hallettsville Herald: Yesterday, at Ezell, Patrick Boyle, a prosperous farmer, committed suicide by stabbing himself in the throat, severing the jugular vein. No cause assigned. Mr. Boyle was well liked. He leaves a wife and three children.

There is a grave for Patrick Boyle, 1855-1895, next to wife Armadilla in the Salem Cemetery. Note the discrepancy in year of death. Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 18 Feb 1982

Rites For Mrs. M. I. Bozka

HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. M.I. Bozka, nee Henrietta Kopecky, of 205 Fairwinds, died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1982 in the Lavaca Medical Center Hospital at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Fuenral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Holy Mass concelebrated by the Rev. Celestino Say, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Msgr. Henry S. Herbst of Cuero. The Rev. Marcus Valenta of Praha was also in attendance.

Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hallettsville. Her grandsons, John Pat Fischner, Bobby, Billie and Larry Bozka, all of Houston, Matt Bozka, Michael Bozka, both of Hallettsville.

Her nephew, Bishop Bernard J. Ganter of Galveston, offered a private Mass for the family at 10 a.m. Thursday. Due to previous commitments, he was unable to stay for the funeral.

A rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Kubena Funeral Home, led by Bishop Ganter and at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church by the societies.

The body lay in state at the funeral home until 1:30 p.m. Thursday when it was moved to the church.

Mrs. Bozka, one of a family of 10 children, was born Jan. 3, 1903 at Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Joseph J. and Frances (Strauss) Kopecky, natives respectively of Sweet Home, Lavaca County, and Frelsburg, Colorado County, Texas. The family moved to Hallettsville in 1903.

Her father was a school teacher, publisher of the Novy Domov in Hallettsville, for 27 years and also published the Flatonia Argus for a short time, served on the city council, school board and Hallettsville Postmaster for 15 years. He also served on the board of regents at A&M University.

Mrs. Bozka was a registered nurse having graduated from the Santa Rosa School of Nursing. She served as a county school nurse for many years and with her family operated the Dufner Hospital in Hallettsville for a number of years. For some six years she was confined to a wheel chair. Until that time she was active in her church work as well as the organizations in which she was a member.

On Aug. 18, 1924, she was married to Matt I. Bozka in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hallettsville, with the Rev. Alphonse Mathis officiating. The couple first made their home in Shiner where her husband was in the banking business and other enterprises. In February, 1929, the couple moved to Hallettsville where he was affiliated with the People’s State Bank. Five children were born to this marriage union. Her husband died Jan. 28, 1969.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, the Catholic Daughters, and the KJZT Society.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John (Katherine) Fischner of Houston; four sons, Jim, Matt and Carl Bozka, all of Hallettsville, William Bozka of Pearland; seven sisters, Miss Leona Kopecky, Miss Josephine Kopecky, both of Hallettsville, Sister Therese (Angeline) Kopecky, Sister Lucy (Marie) Kopecky, Sister Mary Michael (Agnes) Kopecky, all of Victoria, Mrs. John S. (Annie) McNamara and Mrs. Herbert C. (Fannye Jo) Plummer, both of Washington D.C.; a brother, John Kopecky of Washington, D.C.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother, Apr. 24, 1938; her father, Feb. 8, 1959; and a brother, Joseph Kopecky, in December, 1921.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, November 2nd, 2003

Mathias J. Bozka Sr.

HALLETTSVILLE - Mathias "Matt" J. Bozka Sr., 75, of Hallettsville, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003. He was born April 26, 1928, in Shiner, to the late M.I. and Henrietta Kopecky Bozka.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict and was an assistant coach for Sacred Heart High School during their state championship years of 1959-60.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Church. He was a retired construction worker and rancher.

Survivors: wife, Virginia Austin Bozka; daughters, Patricia Henke and Marie Migl, both of Hallettsville, and Pam Ford of Inez; son, Matt Bozka of Hallettsville; sister, Mary Kathryn Fischner of Porter; brother, James N. Bozka of Hallettsville; and 10 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brothers, William "Binkie" Bozka and Carl Bozka.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel and 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.
Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, August 8, 1913, page 6


We are pained to record the death of Mrs. George Brady (nee Belle McKinnon) which occurred at her home, one mile west of Oakland, last Wednesday morning. Mrs. Brady had been in bad health for several years, and all earthly means had been used to restore her health but all to no purpose, God saw fit to call her home, and she answered the summons without a murmur. The writer of this visited her the day before her death, and we never saw one, to be as ill as she was, to have such a clear mind, and to be so thoughtful of others, as was displayed by her. Truly a good woman is gone; her children rise up and call her blessed; her friends were legion, her enimies[sic] none. She was a member of the Methodist church, and died in the faith. Her body was laid to rest in the Andrews-chapel cemetery Thursday morning in the presence of a large crowd, Rev. G. T. Gibbons performing the last sad rites. She leaves a husband and two sons, Rupert and Torn Brady, and one daughter, Miss Felton, also two sisters, Mesdames Jno. Fowlkes and Tom McKay. We certainly sympathize with these bereaved ones in their loss and commend them to our Lord, "who doeth all things well," Mrs. Brady was 51 years and 1 month old.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


The Times, Yoakum, August 1908

Mrs. A. W. Bramham

Died at her home in Cameron, Texas, Tuesday, August 11, '08, at 11:30 a. m., at the ripe age of 73 years; cause of death being stomach trouble.

This good Christian woman having lived over the alotted time, three-score-and-ten, has now been called to that blessed home above to receive the rich reward promised of God to the ever faithful in His cause, and it will ever remain a sweet thought to the devoted husband, now 80 years of age, and loving children that though taken from their midst, she is now at rest in a mansion prepared by the Father for such as she.

Besides her invalid husband, ten children are left to mourn her loss. Though death has broken up this once happy household they are borne in faith that they will again meet to never more part.

The children are: Mrs. S. B. Taylor, Cameron; Mesdames W. P. Porter and Will Fullilove of Harwood; Albert Bramham of Roosevelt, Arizona; F. D., J. S., and B. R. Bramham of Thomaston, Mrs. L. C. Green of Yoakum, and J. G. Bramham of Silsbee.

The remains arrived in this city Wednesday night and the funeral will take place this morning at 9:30 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hill, with interment at the City Cemetery. All of the children, with the exception of the son who lives in Arizona, are here to witness the last sad rites performed over the remains of their dearly beloved mother.

THE TIMES extends sympathy and condolence to the bereaved husband and children of the deceased.

Anne Walcik was born 11 Jan 1835 in Virginia and died 11 Aug 1908 in Cameron, Milam County, Texas. She is buried in the William H. Taylor plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum. Contributed by Melissa Walcik


Yoakum Herald, 3 Dec 1908

J. H. Bramham Dead

The sad news reached here yesterday morning announcing the death of Mr. J. H. Bramham, an old veteran, which occurred at the home of his son, J. S. Bramham, at Goliad on Wednesday night at 10 o'clock. Mr. Bramham was born in Albermarle county, Virginia, in May 1827 and has traveled down life's Pilgrim pathway for more than four score years. Mr. Bramham spent his boyhood days in his native country and at the close of the war came to Texas where he lived the remainder of his life. In his young days he professed religion of the Christian faith, and he was a true and devoted christian to the last. He was a man above above the average intellect, a shrewd business man until in his declining years he lost his eyesight and had the misfortune to be in an accident which left him almost an invalid for the past six years. Ten children survive him, his wife having died last August.

His remains arrived here this morning on the train and were carried to the Christian church where services were held and from there the funeral cortege was followed to the city cemetery by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends where the remains were tenderly laid to rest. THE HERALD tenders its sympathy and condolence to the bereaved in their time of affliction.

John was born 3 May 1828 in Albemarle County, Virginia and died 25 Nov 1908 in Goliad, Goliad County, Texas. He is buried in the William H. Taylor plot of the Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum. Contributed by Melissa Walcik


Lavaca County Tribune Herald, 17 Nov 1993

Bernard 'Ben' Branecky

Bernard "Ben" Branecky, 86, of Flatonia died Friday, Nov. 12, 1993.

He was born Oct. 12, 1907, in Flatonia, son of the late John and Paulene Machac Branecky.  He was a self-employed farmer and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Richter of Flatonia; a son, Ted Branecky of Flatonia; a sister, Julie Pfistr of Flatonia; a brother, Jim Branecky of Galveston; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Rosary was recited at 1 p.m. at Saturday, Nov. 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.  The Rev. Bernard Mlapah officiated.

Burial followed in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca CountyTribune, 11 Jul 1947

Moravia Woman Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Mike Branecky of Moravia died suddenly Thursday morning. She was ill only a short time. The funeral was to be held at Moulton.

Besides her husband she leaves a boy and a girl.

Moulton Eagle, 18 Jul 1947

Mrs. Ben Branecky Dies at Moravia

Mrs. Christina Branecky, 41, wife of Ben Branecky, died suddenly at her home in Moravia Thursday morning, July 10.

The funeral was held from the home with services in the St. Joseph's Church here, interment being in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Petru officiating.

The pall bearers were Isador Kubicek, Alfons Kubicek, Frank Kleckar, Ira Blahuta, Frank Branecky and R. B. Papacek.

Surviving are her husband and two children, Theo and Helen Branecky.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jul 1897, page 8

Post Specials: Sublime, Texas, July 24.—About 5 o'clock this morning Mrs. Brannon, who lives six miles south of Sublime, called her son, John, aged 26, to get up. The young man answered with a groan, then got up and a few minutes afterwards a gun was fired. Upon investigation young Brannon was found dead near the door of his room. A shotgun was lying near him. The whole top of his head was blown off.

John Brannon, 29 Nov 1866-24 Jul 1897, was buried in the Willow Creek Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 5 Mar 1964

Della Bratrich Buried In Moulton

Funeral services for Della Bratrich were held February 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Moulton. Father Emil Vinklarek was celebrant of the Requiem High Mass. Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Leslie W. and James W. Janssen, Nelson A. Warner, Adolph A. and Rudolph Haas, and Erwin Oehl.

Mrs. Bratrich died February 18, at 8:40 p.m. in a San Antonio hospital. She reached the age of 56 years and 10 months. The Rosary was recited Wednesday, February 19, at Zizik-Kearns-Downing Funeral Home, San Antonio and February 20, at Smith Funeral Home, Moulton.

The deceased was born April 18, 1907 in Moulton, Texas. She attended both Baursville and St. Joseph's Schools. She was an employee of Loehm's and then of Papacek's Stores in Moulton. She married Joe Bratrich on November 9, 1931 who preceded her in death November 29, 1934. They had one daughter, Joan Ruth.

Della Bratrich married Adolph Bratrich May 6, 1946, and has been a resident of San Antonio for the past eighteen years.

She was also preceded in death by her mother, Emma Brosch, who died August 24, 1939, and her father William Brosch, who died August 4, 1951.

She is survived by her husband, Adolph F. Bratrich; one daughter, Mrs. Nelson A. Warner; three grandchildren, Daniel, Joseph and David, all of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. F. W. Janssen and one brother, John Brosch, both of Victoria.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Jul 1903, page 1


Lige Carroll Arrested and Another Negro Held as a Witness

Sweet Home, Texas, July 24. – Zink Brazeel, a negro, was killed near here yesterday morning. Deputy Sheriff J. W. Helms arrested Lige Carroll, charged with murder; also Frank Freeland, who claims to have been an eyewitness to the shooting. Sheriff Noble carried both negroes to Halletsville on the evening train and jailed them pending further investigation.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald
6 Oct 1892


Our community was shocked by the sad news last week that Mr. Wm. Breitkreu [sic.] had committed suicide. Mr. Breitkreu was highly esteemed by all his acquaintance. He died of poison but opinions vary as to how the poison was administered, and also as to the cause of his rash act.


Wilhelm Breitkreutz, 28 Jan 1835-19 Sep 1892, is buried in the Charlottenburg Cemetery.


The Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, May 13, 1959

Joe Brenek

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM—Funeral services for Joe Brenek, 65, of Route 4 were held at Buffington Chapel and St. Joseph Catholic Church Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Rosary was recited Monday night at the chapel. The Rev. Edward Jansky officiated and interment was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Brenek, a native of the Sweet Home area, was born May 24, 1893. He died May 10 at the local hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Joseph Brenek of Yoakum; two sons, Marcus Brenek of Houston and Leslie Brenek of Sweet Home; two daughters, Mrs. J. V. Kubena of Dallas and Mrs. R. A. Knippa of Yoakum; three grandchildren; five brothers, John, Ed, Fred and Jim, all of Sweet Home and Adolph Brenek of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Adolph Hanus, Mrs. Jim Wasek, Mrs. John McGrew and Mrs. Herman Tucker, all of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1925


Schulenburg, April 13.—Mr. Fred Breska, aged about 80 years, one of the prominent farmers of the Oakland section, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, April 9th.

The funeral took place in the S.P.J.S.T. cemetery at Valehrad [Velehrad] Saturday, April 11th, at 3 o'clock p.m.

His wife passed away 30 years and also one of his sons preceded him to the grave by about 15 years.

He is survived by his second wife and one son, Alois Breska of Moravia.—Hallettsville New Era Special.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, 18 Jun 2009

Victor B. Brezik

FR. VICTOR B. BREZIK, C.S.B. died in his sleep at the Basilian Residence on the University of St. Thomas campus, the morning of June 16, 2009. He was 96 years old. Born in Hallettsville, TX on May 2, 1913, the son of Joseph F. Brezik and Frances Steffek Brezik, Victor was one of nine children raised in the Heights district in Houston. He attended St. Thomas High School and went on to join the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) in 1932, being ordained as a priest in 1940. He studied in Toronto, Canada and received his Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies at the Pontifical Institute (1943), center of the North American renaissance in Thomistic philosophy, and his Ph.D (1944). In Toronto he taught philosophy and theology and was also responsible for the formation of young men training to be Basilian priests. He was asked to serve as Basilian Secretary General during the period 1949-1954.

Fr. Brezik came back to Houston in 1954 as a member of the faculty at the new University of St. Thomas. He was named Basilian Superior in 1955. At the University of St. Thomas, he served as a professor of philosophy from 1954 to 1986 and as Department Chair. He was named Senior Vice President and served on virtually every committee of the University and on the Board of Directors for a total of 24 years, from 1969-1979, and from 1992 to 2005.

In 1975 Fr. Brezik, along with his former student Hugh Roy Marshall, proposed the founding of a center for the study of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.

The first classes in the new Center for Thomistic Studies were held in the Fall of 1980 and it graduated its first Ph.D. in 1988, becoming the only graduate philosophy program in the United States uniquely focused on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Center graduates now teach in Catholic colleges and seminaries all over the U.S.

Brezik and Marshall were honored by the Center in 2008 with the Order of St. Thomas, whose motto: "Dare to do whatever you can", was chosen by Fr. Brezik himself. The University of St. Thomas bestowed an honorary doctorate on Fr. Brezik in 1989 and his significant contribution to Catholic philosophy, including a list of publications numbering over a hundred, will be recognized this fall with an honorary degree from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada) and with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Maritain Association.

Fr. Brezik also served the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as Moderator of the Catholic Physicians Guild and by his tireless work in Houston and area parishes on the weekends for over 50 years, preaching and celebrating the sacraments.

He is predeceased by his brothers Frank, Edward, Jerome, Albert, Leon and Henry and his sister Elinor, and survived by his brother, Wallace, his sister-in-law Anne, and a large number of nephews, nieces and their children. He is mourned by his Basilian confreres, his colleagues at the University of St. Thomas and his many students and friends.

Visitation will be held in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, 3802 Yoakum, on Thursday June 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday evening, June 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with the Wake Service at 7:30. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 22 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd. with burial to follow in the Basilian Section, Garden of Gethsemani at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Please remember Fr. Brezik in your prayers.

In lieu of flowers gifts in memory of Fr. Brezik can be made to the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Institutional Advancement, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006-4496.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Hallettsville Herald, 24 Oct 1889


It was with the deepest sorrow and regret that on Monday, Oct. 13th, our little school was called upon to follow the body of one of our number to its last resting place. Jasper Brocker, aged 7 years, son of Joseph and Mary Brocker, died after a few days illness. He was with us at school Thursday, took sick Friday night and departed from this life Sunday morn'. Teachers and scholars mourn the loss of their little friend and join in sympathy for the bereaved family and heart-broken mother and sisters of the deceassed. May we all take warning, by the bitterness of this affliction, to be more faithful and [affectionate] in the discharge of our duties to the living.



Shiner Gazette, 18 Mar 1909

Death of Mrs. Annie Brod.

At 8 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, Mrs. Annie Brod, wife of Mr. Nick Brod, passed away from earth. Mrs. Brod has been sick for about eight months with that dread disease, consumption. She was 56 years of age, was born in Germany and came to this country when a child. She leaves nine children, six girls and three boys. The interment took place on Thursday, March 11, in the city cemetery.

The family returns thanks for many favors shown them by neighbors and friends.

Anna Brod, 22 Mar 1853 – 10 Mar 1909, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 8 Oct 1902

Mr. Chas. Brod, son of Mr. Nick Brod, died last Thursday morning at the home of his father, of Bright’s disease, in the 26th year of his age. The funeral took place Friday.

Karl Brod, 22 Jul 1876 – 2 Oct 1902, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 28 Jan 1910

Frank J. Brogger

Died on last Sunday, Jan. 23 at the age of 23 years and 10 months.

Funeral services were conducted at the Catholic church Monday at 3 p. m. and interment was held at the Catholic cemetery.  A large attendance followed the remains to their last resting place.  The Herald extends condolence to the sorrowing relatives and friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Monday, December 7, 1931

MOULTON, Tex., Dec. 6.-- Mrs. Emlie Borkes [SIC.], 85, died Friday morning at the home of Mrs. Theresa Schroener after an illness of several months. The funeral was held Saturday morning, burial taking place in the Moulton Catholic cemetery, Rev. Joseph Kopp officiating.

She is survived by two brothers, Sefren Pavlas of Damon and Vince Pavlas of Caldwell.

Emilie Brokes, 1845 - 1931, was buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Moulton. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


undated news clipping


Alonzo Webster Brooks, 91, familiar figure in Hallettsville for many years died in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Inc.., here, Sunday, July 7 at 5:33 p.m.

"Peggy" as he was known by his friends, was staying with a daughter at Cuero. According to relatives here he was in the habit of wandering off from where he had been staying with relatives in the past. At Cuero, he wandered away from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tom Milliagn and became caught in some barbed wire in a pasture. His daughter was not too alarmed because he had done the same before. He remained caught in the barbed wire for several days, according to the relative and there was evidence of struggle where he became caught. He had dug up the ground considerably. Two boys found him and reported same to Mrs. Milligan.

He was still alive when found and was brought to the Renger Hospital here, and he died Sunday.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home here at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 8th. with Rev. Weigel, Baptist pastor of Sublime officiating. Interment was in Geiger Cemetery in the eastern part of Lavaca County.

The deceased was born at Sublime, May 26, 1872. He married Emma Einkauf at Pagel Settlement in January 1906. They settled at Sublime and Mrs. Brooks died in 1916.

Surviving are two daughters. Mrs. Tom Milligan of Cuero and Mrs. Elva Barker of Houston, five grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and a number of more distant relatives of Sublime.

Contributed by Ruby McConnell


Weimar Mercury
18 Feb 1916, page 4

Sheridan News.

Feb. 14.—Mr. Julius Einkauf of this place received the sad news of the death at Halletsville of his sister, Mrs. Emma Brooks, last Sunday morning. He left on the noon train for that point. We extend the bereaved family and relatives our sympathy.

Emma Brooks was buried in the Pagel Settlement Cemetery. Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jan 1908

Death of Mrs. Ida Brooks.

Mrs. Ida Taylor Brooks, of Wharton, niece of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Green, died last Sunday at her home in Wharton after a lingering illness of inflammatory rheumatism. By her request her body was brought to Shiner for interment, and reached here about 3 o’clock p. m., by rail, accompanied by a number of relatives and friends from Wharton County. The remains were conveyed at once to the residence of Mr. Green, where a short service was held by Rev. Heck, a Catholic priest from Victoria. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the Shiner cemetery, where the burial services were conducted by Rev. Heck, who delivered a short oration. A number of floral offerings were placed upon the grave by friends and relatives and the last sad rites were concluded.

Those who accompanied the remains from Wharton, were; Mr. S. T. Taylor, father of the deceased; Mr. Wm. Brooks, husband; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Brooks Mr. and Mrs. W. C. A. Beneke, Mr. Covy Hughes and Miss Lottie Lackey; Mr. Ray Dickson of Austin; Mrs. Lillie Gebhardt of Yoakum, Mr. John Kerr of Muldoon; Mrs. Tyra Dickson and Miss Cleo Dickson of Moulton and Miss B. Thompson of Nickel.

The pall bearers were: Messrs. C. B. Welhausen, E. J. Merrem, Earl Fry, T. J. Burkett, Philip Welhausen, and Joe Hughes.

Ida Brooks, 26 Aug 1874 – 12 Jan 1908; daughter of S. T. & A. D. Taylor, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, March 27, 1947

Mrs. J. Brooks Rites at Sublime

Funeral services for Mrs. Jim Brooks, 80-year-old mother of Mrs. Walter Harvey of Sheridan, were held Tuesday afternoon with Rev. J. J. Rice of Yoakum officiating.

Mrs. Brooks, who has 12 surviving children, died at her home in Sublime Saturday.

She is survived by her husband; eight daughters, Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. Fred Tesch, Mrs. Ike Reese and Mrs. Fritz Grunwald of Sublime, Mrs. Alvin Kersch of Luling, Mrs. Oscar Garm of Pasadena, Mrs. John Guinn of Cuero and Mrs. William Farenthold of Hallettsville; four sons, Clark and Coy Brooks of Sublime, Sam and Roy Brooks of Bayton; and six half-brothers and sisters, Mrs. J. W. Williford of Rock Island, Mrs. Ed Buchanek of Parsons, Kan., Oscar Shoemake of Hallettsville, J. F. Shoemake of San Saba, Mrs. Henry Wilson of Austin and E. C. Shoemake of Pharr.

Burial was in the Geiger cemetery at Sublime.

Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1947


Funeral services for Mrs. Jim Brooks, 80, resident of Lavaca County,since she was a small child, were held at Sublime Tuesday afternoon, March 25, the Rev. J. J. Rice of Yoakum officiating. Interment was in the Geiger Cemetery at Sublime.

Mrs. Brooks, who was born in South Carolina, was married to J. R. Brooks 62 years ago. Her husband and 12 children survive. Six half brothers and sisters, 34 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive.

J. Epsy Harris was the daughter of Alonzo Fritzallen Harris and Annie Briscoe. Her husband was James Robert Brooks. She was born December 14, 1844, in Edgefield County, South Carolina and died March 22, 1947. Contributed by Deborah Smith.


Hallettsville Herald, 5 Feb 1891


It is your correspondent’s sad duty to chronicle the death of Mr. John C Brooks.  After a severe attack of pneumonia he departed for the land of the unknown.  He was about the oldest settler in this vicinity, having lived on the same place for the past thirty years.  There were none that excelled him in honesty, integrity and principle, and his friends were innumerable.  Mr. Brooks leaves a widow and five grown children, to whom we extend out heartfelt consolation.
John C. Brooks, 30 Sep 1825-28 Jan 1891, was a Civil War veteran who is buried at the Geiger Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, 3 Mar 1962, page 7

Yoakum - Funeral services for Adolph Brosch, 88, of rural route 3, Yoakum were held Friday at 9:15 a. m. at Buffington Chapel and at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rev E. J. Jansky officiating with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was recited Thursday night at Buffington chapel.

Mr. Brosch died Wednesday in the Colonial Rest Home in Schulenberg where he resided for the last two years.

A native of the Yoakum area, he was born in Fayette County March 31, 1873.

Among survivors are his sister Mrs. Mat Bleier of Moulton and a half brother, Henry Baumann of Floresville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, March 18, 1934

GONZALES, Tex., March 17.—Emil [sic.] F. Brosch, 56, merchant of Shiner, fell dead in a boat while fishing Friday morning with his neighbor, John Drabeck of Shiner. The two men had spent the night on the Guadalupe River, eight miles southwest of Gonzales and were getting ready to run the lines they had set out the night before.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, Tuesday, February 9th, 1982


Funeral services for Mrs. A. F. (Anna) Brosch, 101, of Shiner, who died at 6:25 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 1982, in the Trinity Lutheran Home Shiner, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.

The Rev. Eugene Janson officiated, with burial in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Born April 2, 1880, near Moulton, to Emil and Anna (Kubena) Gieptner, Mrs. Brosch was a member of the Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolf G. Brosch in 1934.

She is survived by two sons, Alfred Brosch of Shiner and Dr. E. A. Brosch of Wichita Falls; a sister, Mrs. Joseph Migl of San Antonio; two grandsons, great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe


San Antonio Express-News, 6 Mar 1991

Charles A. Brosch, of San Antonio, Texas, entered into rest on Monday, March 4, 1991, at the age of 80 years. Survived by: Daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Elwood Reinhard; sisters, Helen Harrell and Isabel Stasny; grandchildren, Brenda Reinhard and Scott Reinhard; beloved friend, Martha Edgar. Visitation will be held in the Dellcrest Chapel on Wednesday, March 6th from 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Rosary will be recited in the Dellcrest Chapel on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church on Thursday, March 7, 1991 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Anthony Pesek as celebrant. Entombment will be held in St. Joseph's Catholic Mausoleum in Yoakum, Texas on Thursday, March 7th at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements with Dellcrest, 2000 So. W. W. White Rd. 337-4082

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette
4 Sep 1952

Last Rites Held For Mrs. Brosch

Funeral services were conducted from Buffington Chapel, Yoakum at 8:45 Wednesday morning for Mrs. Elnora Brosch, who died Monday, August 25, at the age of 86 years, 10 months, and 4 days. Services followed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Yoakum at 9 o'clock with Msgr. Joseph Pustka officiating. Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Brosch was born in Fayette County on October 21, 1865. She had made her home near Yoakum for many years. She is survived by one son, Charles Brosch of San Antonio and 8 daughters, Mrs. Elnora Erdelt, Mrs Annie Baros, Mrs. Matilda Wendel, Mrs. Theresa Suhr, and Mrs. Elizabeth Schroeder, all of Yoakum; Mrs. Isabella Stasny of Houston; Mrs. Rose Long of San Antonio and Mrs. Helen Regner of Corpus Christi. Two sisters, Mrs. Mathilda Dolesjsi of Shiner and Mrs. Annie Bleir of Yoakum also survive. Twenty-five grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren are also among the survivors.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 1 Sep 1939

Prominent Resident Buried Here Saturday

Mrs. Emma Brosch, beloved wife of William Brosch, long time resident of this section, passed away at her home east of Moulton at 6 o'clock Thursday afternoon, August 24.

The funeral was held from the family home Saturday morning with services in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, interment being in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Joseph Kopp officiating. Friends and relatives from far and near attended the sad rites. The floral tributes were many and beautiful.

The pallbearers were Erwin Oehl, Emil Papacek, Edmund Richter, Edwin Richter (Yoakum), Edmund Kram and Willie Brosch.

Mrs. Brosch, nee Oehl, attained the age of 63 years and 11 months, having been born in Houston September 24, 1875, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. August Oehl. The family located to Flatonia and later removed to Baursville in 1892. She was married to William Brosch November 24, 1896.

Mrs. Brosch was a noble, Christian woman, and her friendship circle was bounded only by her acquaintances.

Surviving are her husband, William Brosch; one son, John Brosch; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Janssen of Victoria and Mrs. Della Bratrich of Moulton; three grandchildren; one brother, W. E. Oehl of Moulton, four sisters, Mrs. W. J. Papacek, Mrs. Joe Etlinger, Misses Bertha and Clara Oehl of Moulton.

The Eagle extends its sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, October 31, 1971

Jaro Brosch

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Jaro Brosch, 72, a native of Lavaca County, died at 4:25 p.m. Friday in a Shiner hospital.

Mr. Brosch was born Sept. 29, 1899 in Lavaca County and had been a farmer in the area. He was married to the former Emma Gebauer on Oct. 19, 1926, who survives.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the KJT Society.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 3 p.m. from Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 4 p.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Other survivors include a son, Edwin J. Brosch of Victoria; a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Roznovsky of Houston; three brothers, Joe. B.J. and William Brosch, all of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Henry Hoyer of Hallettsville and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, February 3, 1977

Joe Brosch

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Joe Brosch, 67, of Hallettsville, who died at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in a local hospital, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Kubena Funeral Home is in charge.

He was born July 31, 1900 in Lavaca County, and was a member of the KJT Lodge.

Survivors include two brothers, Willie and Bohumil; and a sister, Mrs. Henry Hoyer, all of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 20 Nov 1949

Joseph Brosch Rites are Held At Yoakum

Yoakum, Nov 19 - Funeral services were held in the Buffington Funeral Chapel at 9:45 Saturday and at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. for Joseph Brosch, 85, native of Oldenburg, Germany, who died at his home in Yoakum Thursday.

Internment was in the Catholic Cemetery with Msgr. Joseph Pustka officiating.

Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Elnora Brosch; one son, Charles of San Antonio; eight daughters, Mesdames Joe Erdelt, Engelhert Baros, Adam Wendel, Geo. Sauer, Alfred Scroeder, Edwin Regner, all of Yoakum, Mrs. Stephen Long, San Antonio, and Charles Stasney, Houston; one sister, two brothers, one stepbrother, 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 10 Aug 1951

Wm. Brosch Laid at Rest

Wm. Brosch, a resident of this community for many years, passed away at his home near Moulton Saturday, August 4, at 6:00 o'clock in the morning.

The body lay in state at the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton where the Rosary was recited Sunday at 8:00 P.M.

The funeral was held from the Funeral Home Monday, August 6, at 8:30 A.M. With services in the St. Joseph's Church at 9:00 o'clock, followed by interment in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Koppconducted the services.

Mr. Brosch was born at Praha, Texas, May 12, 1875, and reached the age of 76 years, 2 months and 22 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Oehl on November 24, 1896, who preceded him in death August 24, 1939.

He was a life-long parishioner of the Moulton Catholic Church and served at trustee of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church for 36 years. He also served as a member of the board of trustees of the Baursville school for many years.

Mr. Brosch was a member of the St. Joseph's Society and six members of the Society served as pall bearers, namely, Edgar Freytag, Erwin Oehl, Frank Kouba, Emil Jalufka, Edward Darilek and Ad. A. Haas.

Honorary pallbearers were: Reinhold Hoepfl, Wm. Hoepfl, Theo. Wenske, W. H. Etlinger, Raymond Fishbeck and Johnnie Dierscheke.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. F. W. (Clara) Janssen of Victoria and Mrs. Ad F. (Della) Bratrich of San Antonio;, one son, John Brosch of Moulton; two grandsons in the Air Force, Leslie W. Janssen of Bowling Green Ohio, three granddaughters, Joan Ruth Bratrich of San Antonio and Kathleen and Bernadette Brosch of Moulton; one sister, Mrs. Mat Bleier of Moulton; one brother, Adolph Brosch of Yoakum, and one half brother, Henry Baumann of Floresville.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Oct 1898

Aus Brown, a negro well known in Weimar, died at Yoakum last week.


Hallettsville New Era-Herald
7 Jan 1930, page 2, column 3


Death has called to his reward another one of our good citizens.

C. T. Brown Sr. died at his home eight miles southeast of town Monday night, December 30th at 7:30 o'clock. Aged 67 years, 4 months and 15 days.

The funeral was held from the family residence Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with services at Sacred Heart Church after which interment was made in Pagel Settlement Cemetery. Rev. A. J. Morkovsky conducted the last sad rites.

Pall bearers were: E. J. Schindler, Frank Cole, E. A. Schindler, Tomm Watts, Floyd New, and Johnnie McKey.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife Mrs. Mary Brown, seven daughters, Mesdames Frank cole, Emil Schindler, Carrie Hopkins, Floyd New, Lula Rickman, Tom Watts and Johnnie McKey. Six sons C. T. , Julian, Victor, J. R., Emil, Lloyd, and Lawrence Brown. Two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Judd and Mrs. Martha Tolleson, four brothers, ??, S. R., G. W., and A. M. . . grandchildren.

Deceased was born one mile west of town and had been a resident of the county his entire life. He was married to Miss Mary Einkauf forty one years ago.

Mr. Brown was a man whom to know was to appreciate. He was a loving husband and father, a kind neighbor and a friend to all whose pleasure it was to know him. He was ever mindful of his own affairs, thereby making many friends who are saddened by his death.

To those who mourn the deat of their loved one, we extend our sympathy.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Yoakum Herald-Times, February 3-13, 1970

Charles Reuben Brown

Charles R. Brown, 68, passed away Feb. 1. He was born in Lavaca County on Dec. 8, 1901.

Charles Reuben Brown, son of Reuben Brownand Mabel Scallorn, never married. He was buried in the Harless Cemetery. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Hallettsville New Era-Herald
20 Oct 1944, page 1

Yoakum Physician Succumbs at 84 Years

Yoakum, Oct. 18 — Funeral services were conducted here Thursday for Dr. Harry Henderson Brown, Sr., 84, Yoakum physician, who died Wednesday morning.

Dr. Brown practiced medicine in Llano and Yorktown before coming to Yoakum in 1900.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mabel Brennon Brown, and one son, Dr. H. H. Brown Jr., both of Yoakum.


Hallettsville Tribune, June 14, 1970

Mrs. Sam Brown

Mrs. Sam R. (Malinda) Brown, 78, died Thurs., June 11th, at 1:25 p.m., in Texana Rest Home in Edna.

Funeral services were held Sat., June 13th, at the Kubena Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. in Hallettsville, after which the body was moved to the Sacred Heart Church where it lay in state until 10:00a.m., when a Requiem High Mass offered. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with the Rev. Fr. McQuade officiating.

The deceased was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church of Edna. She was born in Lavaca County near Hallettsville, Sept. 15, 1891, and lived in this county most of her life. On April 6, 1906, she married Sam R. Brown in Hallettsville; he died May 1, 1953.

Surviving are three sons; Manuel of Edna, Clarence of Hallettsville, and Ernest of El Campo; one stepson, Wesley Brown of Gonzales; six daughters, Mrs. Hilda Chase of Edna, Mrs. Lillie Urp of Edna, Mrs. Mamie Briscoe of Hallettsville, Mrs. Eunice Kerr of Columbus, Mrs. Bertha Weigand of Edna and Mrs. Myrtle Neumann of Edna; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Martin of Ezzell and Mrs. John Einkauf of El Campo; forty-four grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Fuller and Fannie Lee Fuller; her husband, one step-son, four brothers and two sisters.

Rosary was recited at the Kubena Funeral Home Friday at 8 p.m. by the parish.

Malinda Brown was born September 15, 1891 and died June 11, 1970.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Halletsville Herald, 4 Apr 1889

We are called upon to chronicle reluctantly, the death of Miss Mary Brown, which occurred at her home south of Halletsville at 7 o'clock Sunday evening. Miss Brown had been suffering for severing [sic.] weeks with a complication of measles and phneumonia. She was an estimable young lady and at the time of her death was in the 16th year of her age. The burial took place at the Halletsvillle cemetery Monday morning. To the grief-stricken relatives who are left to weep o'er the grave of one so dear to them, the HERALD extends sincere sympathy.


Weimar Mercury, 2 Aug 1890, page 1

Mrs. Mary Brown, mother of Mr. T. J. Brown of Hackberry died at her home, at Hackberry yesterday. Mrs. Brown was 67 years of age. The Herald tender the family sincere condolence. — Herald


Hallettsville Tribune, 27 Jul 1937, page 4

Mrs. Mary Brown.

Death claimed Mrs. Mary Brown, a long-time resident of Fuller school section, Friday morning at 8:55 o'clock after an illness of some time. She attained the age of 68 years, 10 months and 15 days.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p. m. at the family residence, seven miles east of town, and interment took place in the Pagel Settlement cemetery.

Pallbearers were Messrs. Louis and Alton Allen, S. P. New, Oscar Einkauf. Ed. Campion and Ray Woodard.

The deceased was born at Page! Settlement and after her marriage to C.T. Brown, at Hallettsville, she made her home at Brannon. Here she lived until her death. Her husband passed away in the year 1929 on December 29th.

She leaves to mourn her going six sons, Victor and Julian Brown of Brannon, C. T. Brown of Victoria, Emil Brown of Speaks, Lloyd Brown of Yoakum and Lawrence Brown of this city; seven daughters, Mrs. Frank Cole of Yoakum, Mrs. E. A. Schindler, Mrs. Lula Rickman and Mrs. Johnnie McKey of Brannon, Mrs. Floyd New of Speaks, Mrs. Tommie Watts of Bangs and Mrs. Carrie Hopkins of Yoakum; four brothers, George and Henry Einkauf of Bellville, John Einkauf of St. Mary's and Julius Einkauf of Sheridan; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Pagel of San Antonio. Mrs. Lula Hamilton of Luling and Mrs. John Miller of Sublime: and a large number of grandchildren.

The Tribune offers most sincere sympanthy to the bereaved.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 21, 1961

Funeral Services For Frank Broz, 83, Held Friday

Funeral services were held Friday at Hubbard Funeral Home for Frank Broz, 83, New Bielau area farmer, who died unexpectedly at his home at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 12.

Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan officiated.

Mr. Broz was born Dec. 8, 1877, in Czechoslovakia, and came to Texas at the age of 21, settling at Dubina. He lived at Victoria for a few years, then movedf back here in 1930.

He married Miss Agnes Bayer at Dubina in November 1900.

She survives along with four sons, John and Adolph of Houston and Joe and Otto of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Alvina Mitcherling of Houston, Mrs. Rosalie Slavik of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Mary Blahuta of Yoakum; and several grandchildren.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis
Elsewhere in the same issue:

Echoes from New Bielau Community

Stroke Takes Frank Broz

We lost a good neighbor last week. Mr. Frank Broz, who was very active as a farmer all of his 83 years, passed away suddenly Wednesday at his home. Mr. and Mrs. Broz, who lived alone, recently sold their farm to their son, Otto, of San Antonio, and Otto with his wife and son happened to be here at the time when Mr. Broz had a stroke, just a few hours before he passed away. Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Broz and all other loved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jul 1897


It is our painful duty to record another suicide this week, that of Emil Brune, Sunday evening, on Uncle Tom Culpepper’s farm, four and a half miles from Shiner, at what is known as Mount Olive. The weapon used was a 44-calibre revolver and the bullet entered the forehead between the eyes. Death was instantaneous. The deceased was married several years ago but later separated from his wife. He had one child, a little girl about five or six years old. He was anxious to obtain possession of this little girl but was unable to do so. The matter prayed on his mind and he determined to destroy himself. He had been living on Mr. Culpepper’s land a little more than two years, and the latter speaks of him in the highest terms. Mr. Culpepper says that Brune was industrious and perfectly honest. Trautwein & Wolters, for whom he worked a short time, also speak of him highly.

This season he was making a crop on Mr. Culpepper’s land and lived by himself in a small rent house. It was noticed Sunday that he had something on his mind, and in the evening he met Charlie McMurray and the Zohn boys, Anton and Jacob, and told them to come over and see him at his house after a little. They promised to do so and he walked home. In a few minutes they heard a pistol shot and hastened to the house. It was getting dark and at first they could not see him but finally they stumbled over his body lying about five paces from the gate. He was already dead. From a ragged hole in his head his brains were oozing out and forming in a puddle on the ground. Horrified at the sight they made haste to give the alarm. The pistol was picked up where it had fallen from his hand.

The funeral took place Monday evening at the Mount Olive cemetery.

Emil Brune's grave in the Mount Olive Cemetery appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, December 30, 1977


Adolph Brunkenhoefer, 81, Shiner resident, passed away in a Shiner nursing home, Friday, Dec. 23, 1977.

Funeral services were held at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner, Sat. Dec. 24, at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Clifford Grosenbacher officiated.

Interment was in the City Cemetery at Shiner.

Surviving are a son, Frederich Brunkenhoefer of Fort Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Emmett Blohm of Shiner, four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Walter Brunkenhoefer of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. Fritz Meinke of Yoakum, and Mrs. Otto Gerloff of Moulton.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer farmed all his active life, retiring some years ago, and lived in Shiner for many years.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, June 7, 1960

Mrs. Amanda Brunkenhoefer, Dies At 73 Years

Mrs. George (Amanda) Brunkenhoefer, 73, native of Breslau and a resident of this community all her life, died in the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville Sat., June 4th, at 2:00 p.m., following a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., at the Kubena Funeral Home here, followed by services at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hallettsville Monday, June 6th. Interment was in the Breslau Cemetery. Rev. D. L. Muehlbrad, pastor of the Lutheran Church here, officiated.

Pallbearers were Robert Freye, Milton Westphal, Louis Meinke, Walter Koenning, Bill Loewe and Alvin Spies.

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer, nee Koenning was born at Breslau, where she lived all her life until recently when she lived in Hallettsville. On November 28, 1919, she married George Brunkenhoefer at Breslau. He died on March 30, 1936.

Surviving are two sons, Adam and Mason Brunkenhofer of Breslau; one daughter, Mrs. Jerome Annellie Drozd of Breslau; one sister, Mrs. Selma Westphal of Shiner and fifteen grandchildren.

Her parents, two brothers, two sisters and a grandchild preceded her in death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Moulton Eagle, Friday, July 11, 1958

D. Brunkenhoefer Buried in Shiner

Shiner. – Funeral services for Dietrich (Dick) Brunkenhoefer were held Sunday, June 29, 1958 at the Buffington Chapel, Shiner, at 4;00 p.m. with the Rev. Edwin J. Oehlke officiating.

Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery with Charles Dullye, Fred Brunkenhoefer, Eldor Buehring, John Louis Beran, Willie Winkenwerder and Andrew Brosh named as casket attendants.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer passed away at the Wagner Hospital Saturday, June 28 at 9:20 a.m. He had attained the age of 87 years, 10 months and 14 days.

Dietrich Brunkenhoefer was born August 14, 1870 in Oldenburg, Germany, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Brunkenhoefer. In his native country he received Christian baptism in the Lutheran Church. In 1881, at the age of 11, he came to America with his parents, settling first at Weimar.

Mr. Brunkenhoefer and Miss Friedericka Westphal were married November 12, 1890. In 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Brunkenhoefer and their family moved from Weimar to the Wied community and in 1911 to the Shiner community. For the past four years he had been occupying a home next to his son, Walter, near Witting. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Brunkenhoefer was engaged in farming.

Survivors include his wife; three sons: Adolph Brunkenhoefer of Shiner; Walter Brunkenhoefer, Moulton; Herman Brunkenhoefer, Yoakum; three daughters: Mrs. Fritz (Erna) Meinke, Yoakum; Mrs. Otto (Ella) Gerloff, Moulton; Mrs. Emil (Frieda) Zimmermann of Shiner. Also 16 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren survive.

Preceding him in death was a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Kloesel, who died October 16, 1946.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, Tuesday, December 10, 1991

Elsa Brunkenhoefer

Elsa Brunkenhoefer, 89 of Shiner died in the Lavaca Medical Center, Hallettsville, Thursday, December 5, 1991, following a sudden illness.

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer was born May 29, 1902, in Lavaca County, to Ferdinand and Marie Puls Gerloff. She was a member of the Ladies Aid of the Lutheran Church, a homemaker, and a member of the Lutheran Church.

Surviving her are six daughters: Gladys Laas, Darlene Jahn, Angie Dullye, Evelyn Brosh, Bernice Ferrara and Allyne Albrecht, all of Shiner; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Brunkenhoefer; and her parents, Ferdinand and Marie Gerloff.

Services were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at United Dr. Martin Luther Church, with the Rev. Clarence Hagens officiating.

Burial followed in the Shiner City Cemetery, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

Pallbearers were: Jimmy Welfl Jr., Gary Dullye, Kenneth Wallech, Curtis Albrecht and Johnny and Thomas Brosh.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, April 5, 1963

Final Rites for Mrs. Brunkenhoefer

Mrs. Dietrich Brunkenhoefer died Saturday, March 30th, at 12:20 a.m., at the age of 90 in the Flatonia Rest Home. She was making her home in Shiner before her illness.

Mrs. Brunkenhoefer, nee Friedricka Westphal, was born May 1st, 1872 in Germany, daughter of Charles and Dora (Fink) Westphal. She was a charter member of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner.

On November 11, 1891, she was united in marriage with Dietrich Brunkenhoefer. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Brunkenhoefer lived for 5 years at Sublime, then for 10 years lived in Weimar followed by a five year residence at Wied. In 1911 the family moved to the Shiner community.

Funeral services were held at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 1. The remains rested in state at the Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, until 1:00 p.m. Monday, when they were conveyed to the church to await the hour of services. Rev. Edwin J. Oehlke officiated at the services. Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Survivors are three sons: Walter Brunkenhoefer of Moulton, Herman Brunkenhoefer of Yoakum, and A. H. Brunkenhoefer of Shiner. Two daughters: Mrs. Otto (Ella) Gerloff of Moulton, Mrs. Fritz (Erna) Meinke of Yoakum. Seventeen grandchildren and forty-three great grandchildren also survive. One sister, Mrs. Otto (Elizabeth) Tesch of Dallas and one brother, Willie Westphal of New Braunfels.

Pallbearers were Sam Walleck and Jimmie Welfl of Shiner, Eldor Buehring and John Louis Beran of Moulton, Fred Brunkenhoefer of San Antonio and Marcus Brun of Houston.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune – New Era Herald, Friday, December 4, 1970

H. Brunkenhoefer

Yoakum – Herman F. C. Brunkenhoefer, 78, resident of Yoakum for the past 50 years, died Tuesday in Huth Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug 30, 1892 in Weimar, Mr. Brunkenhoefer was a retired barber and a veteran of World War II.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum, with the Rev. D. I. Dolton officiating. Burial will be in Shiner City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Yoakum; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Collins, of Holidaysburg, Pa., a son, Marcus Brun of Houston; two brothers, Adolph and Walter Brunkenhoefer, both of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Gerlofff of Moulton and Mrs. Erna Meinke of Yoakum; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were members of the Yoakum VFW Post.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 7 May 1908


BRUNEKHOEFER. – Moulton, Texas, April 30. – Marvin Julius, the 14-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Brunkenhoefer of this city, died Wednesday afternoon and was buried in the Moulton public cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Marvin Julius Brunkenhoefer, 21 Feb 1907 – 29 Apr 1908, was buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Moulton Eagle, October 6, 1950

Native of Moulton Succumbs At Brownwood of Heart Attack

Oscar Brunkenhoefer, 47, commercial manager of radio station KBWD, at Brownwood, Texas, died at his home Wednesday night, September 27, of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Friday with burial at Temple, Texas.

He was born at Moulton and was graduated from the Moulton High School with the class of 1920. After living a number of years in Austin, he located at Brownwood six years ago.

Survivors include his wife, mother, Mrs. Bertha Brunkenhoefer, Moulton; a brother, I. A. Brunkenhoefer, Cisco; aunts, Mrs. Louise Helweg and Mrs. Vince Rehmet, Moulton; Mrs. Herman Chemnitz, Austin; Mrs. W. E. Graves, Mrs. F. F. Nesrsta, and Mrs. William Franke, San Antonio, and an uncle, Wm. Kotzebue of San Antonio, and many other relatives.

Mrs. Erna Kotzebue, Mr. and Mrs. Vince Rehmet, Roy L. Kotzebue and Mrs. Bertha Brunkenhoefer attended the funeral services in Temple Friday afternoon.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, September 14, 1982

Walter Brunkenhoffer

Walter D. Brunkenhoefer, 82, of Shiner, died Wednesday night, Sept. 8, 1982, in the Shiner Hospital.

Mr. Brunkenhoffer was a long-time resident of the Shiner area and was a retired farmer. He was born Feb. 27, 1900, in Colorado County, the son of the late Dietrich Brunkenhoffer and Frederika Westphal Brunkenhoffer.

Funeral services were held at United Dr. Martin Luther Church of Shiner, Friday, Sept. 10, at p.m.

Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elsa Brunkenhoffer of Shiner; six daughters, Mrs. Andrew Brosh Sr., Mrs. George Ferrara, Mrs. Delmar Laas, Mrs. Lester Albrecht, Mrs. Charles Dullye and Mrs. Robert Jahn of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Erna Meinke of Yoakum; and 25 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 21 Nov 1946, page 1

Mrs. Marie Bruns Placed At Rest

At the age of 86 years, 1 month and 12 days, Mrs. Marie Bruns passed away at 12:05 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Muenich, in Shiner.

Born on Oct. 2, 1860, in Oldenburg, Germany, Mrs. Bruns was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Germany. She came to America in 1883, at the age of 24, landing at Galveston, and her first home was in Weimar. In 1885 she was married to Mr. William Bruns, also of Germany, and they made their home near Columbus until a year later when they moved to High Hill. In 1887 they came to the site near where Shiner now stands, and in 1894 they settled in the Dreyer community where they made their permanent home. On January 12, 1935, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, with all their children present. Then on Feb. 25, 1938, Mr. Bruns passed away. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich Grief, and one sister, Mrs. Karl Wicke, all of Germany; two brothers, William Greif of Floresville and Fred Greif of Denison, Iowa; and two small brothers and one sister who died in Germany.

Those left to mourn her death are: four sons, Emil of Denison, Iowa; Hugo of Shiner; William, Jr., and Ernest of Yorktown; three daughters, Mrs. Otto (Sophie) Muenich of Shiner; Miss Emma Bruns of Shiner, and Mrs. Max (Hilda) Langhoff of Dreyer; seven grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Bruns’ death came as a release from five years illness, the past three years she was deprived of her sight.

She had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Otto Muenich, for five years.

Funeral services were held at the Buffington Chapel, Yoakum at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Edwin Oehlke of the Shiner Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in the Sons of Herman Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Oscar and Walter Schmidt, Erwin Hagens, Anton Harbers, Ernest Krause, and Arthur Emken.

In the passing of Mrs. Bruns her children have lost an affectionate and indulgent mother. During her long and eventful life she made many friends who will cherish her as a kind, helpful and considerate neighbor.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to those who sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Herald, 28 May 1953

Ed Bucek Dies in Local Hospital

Ed Bucek, well-known farmer of the St. Mary's community, died at the Renger Hospital here Tuesday, May 26 at 1:15 am following a serious lingering illness. He was 73 years old.

The deceased was born February 17, 1880 in Lavaca County, growing up in the Komensky-Novohrad area and later moving to the St. Mary's community. On November 25, 1901 he was married to Annie Hajek at St. Johns and they lived on a farm all their lives together.

Mr. Bucek was a member of the SPJST Lodge, Woodmen and Rosary Society.

Funeral services will be held from the family residence at St. Mary's Thursday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. internment at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ed Bucek, one son Jerome of Schulenberg, another died in 1922; sisters Mrs. Anton Krenek of Engle, Mrs. Emilie Maresh of Snohomish, Washington, Mrs. Clara Bucek of Schulenberg; brothers F. K. Bucek of Hallettsville and Roy Bucek of Schulenberg; two grandchildren and one great grand child also survive.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, May 1, 1971

Frank K. Bucek

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Frank K. Bucek, 93, a retired Hallettsville businessman, died at 2:50 p.m. Friday in a local hospital.

Mr. Bucek was founder of Bucek Grocery and Mercantile Store now known as Bucek and Sons Grocery Store. He was born Feb. 12, 1878, in Lavaca County, and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the SPJST Lodge, the Sons of Hermann and the Woodmen of the World. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, three brothers and one grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Arnold Kocurek Jr. and Laddie K., Charles E., Robert, Jimmy and George Bucek Jr.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel until 2 p.m. Sunday.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Agnes Krupala Bucek of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. Arnold Kocurek of San Antonio; three sons, George, Julius and Erwin Bucek of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Mculka [Miculka] of Komensky and Mrs. Anton J. Krenek of Schulenburg; 13 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home by the parish and at 8:15 p.m. by the society.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 29 Aug 1906, page 1

Cut His Own Throat.

Halletsville, Texas, August 25. – Louis Buch, who has been employed here as painter for M. A. McKnight for some time, committed suicide this morning by cutting his throat from ear to ear with a razor. He is survived by his wife and one child, who are in San Antonio at present. Buch was in his room at the Sokol hotel when he committed the act. He was about 35 years of age, and wrote and mailed several letters this morning before killing himself. His remains will be shipped to Karnes City, where a brother resides.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 12 Dec 1891, page 3

Died at the residence of his father, in this city, Joseph Buchanan, Friday evening at 7 o'clock, aged 19 years and 6 months, of pneumonia. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon.—New Era.

Colorado Citizen, 13 Dec 1891, page 2

The Herald announces the death on the 4th inst., of Mr. Joseph R. Buchanan, aged 19 years and 6 months, the estimable son of County Clerk Buchanan of Hallettsville.

Joseph Buchanan, 7 Jun 1872-4 Dec 1891, son of John and Lizzie Buchanan, is buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Colorado Citizen, 22 Oct 1891, page 2

The Hallettsville Herald contains a well-written obituary of Mrs. Lizzie Buchanan, nee Lizzie Glen, wife of Mr. John Buchanan, county clerk of Lavaca county. She died on the 8th at her home in Hallettsville, aged 44 years, 8 months and 4 days, of erysipelas. The CITIZEN extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Lizzie Buchanan, 4 Feb 1847-8 Oct 1891, born in Tennessee, is buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


San Antonio Express, 1 Feb 1957, page 3-A

MISS LUCY BUCHANAN, 78, 104 Lewis, died Wednesday in a local hospital following several weeks' illness. Services held Thursday in Hallettsville at family burial ground [Hallettsville City Cemetery].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville newspaper clipping
February, 1962

Mrs. Buchanek Dies at 82 Years

Mrs. Bennie Buchanek, 82, sister of Justice of the Peace Oscar Shoemake, died in Joplin, Missouri Monday, February 12th.

The deceased was a native of Lavaca County, born here in the Speaks community.

Survivors inlcude her children: Oscar Buchanek of Parsons, Karsas, Victor Buchanek of Baytown, Mrs. Dudley (Hester) Barnes of Joplin, Missouri: three brothers, Oscar Shoemake of Halletsville, James F. Shoemake of San Saba, E. C. Shoemake of Parr: one sister, Mrs. J. W. Willeford of Speaks. Her husband preceded her in death in 1914.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, 9 Jul 1898

Yoakum Times: August Buchel, brother of Otto Buchel and partner of the latter in the big dam and power plant at Cuero, was caught in a wheel of the machinery at the dam Thursday and instantly killed. The particulars of Mr. Buchel's tragic death as gleaned from a telephone message are about as follows: Mr. Buchel was by himself working with the machinery at the dame whn by some accident he fell into the cogs of two revolving wheels and was instantly ground to death, it being thought by those who helped take him from the machinery that nearly every bone in his body was broken. His left arm and side were horribly mutilated. Deceased leaves a wife and children. The funeral services will occur at 3 o'clock, p.m., today.


Mrs. Emil Buenger Buried Monday – Mrs. Emil H. (Erna) Buenger, 78, resident of Yoakum for 58 years, died at 12:08 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 13, 1971) in a Yoakum nursing home.

Mrs, Buenger was born March 14, 1893 in Ellinger, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel with Rev. D.I. Dolton officiating.

Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Elo Buenger, Charles Buenger, Charles Lange, Willie Lamprecht, Emil Coldewey and Ernest Leister.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James B. Taylor of Yoakum; stepmother, Mrs. Fritz Lange of San Antonio, Alfred Lange of Burkburnett; four sisters, Mrs. Jake Wermli and Mrs. Leo Green, both of San Antonio, Mrs. Otto Fenner and Mrs. Paul Hoffmann of Karnes City.

The residents and employees of the home are saddened by the recent death of Mrs. Erna Buenger.  She had lived in the Nursing Home since December 14, 1967.  She was loved by everyone who was associated with her.  She was concerned with those about her, and she always made an effort to please everyone, no matter how badly she was feeling.  Our sympathy goes out to her daughter, Mary Taylor, who was deeply devoted in caring for her mother.

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Yoakum – Evelyn Buenger, 78, of Yoakum, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996.

She was born March 9, 1918 in Lavaca County to the late Elo Sr. and Linda Richter Buenger.  Miss Buenger was a computer programmer for 40 years at TexTan Leather Co.  She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 282, Hermann Sons Lodge No. 18, and Lutheran Church Sunday School Superintendent – W.E.L.C.A.

Survivors: sister, Lorene Leister of Yoakum; and brother, Elo Buenger, Jr. of Kemah.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Rev. Tim Van Antwerp officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Yoakum Community Hospital.

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Yoakum – Mrs. Linda Buenger, 73, of 107 Houston St., died at 5:10 p.m. (Oct. 13, 1967) in a local hospital. 

Born in Shiner Nov. 5, 1893, Mrs. Buenger was a life-long resident of Yoakum.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Rev. D.I. Dolton officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rex Moore, Jr., Clarence Coldewey, Jr., Elo Buenger III, Karl Buenger, James B. Taylor and Clifton Long.

Surviving are her husband, Elo A. Buenger, Sr.; two daughters, Miss Evelyn Buenger and Mrs. Lorene Coldewey, all of Yoakum; a son, Elo Buenger, Jr. of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Barre of Yoakum and Mrs. Frieda Shanklin of Gonzales; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Shiner Gazette, 5 Aug 1903

Mr. G. Buescher, a prominent citizen and capitalist of Moulton died last Sunday morning and was buried Sunday evening with Masonic honors.

Godfred Buescher, 12 Dec 1837 – 2 Aug 1903; husband of Anna, was buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazettte, 14 Jun 1899, page 1, Moulton News column

Mr. Hugo Buescher is very low with typhoid fever. Drs. Allen and Guenther are the physicians in attendance.

Shiner Gazette, 21 Jun 1899, page 1, Moulton News column

Mr Hugo Buescher, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Buescher and a member of the firm G. Buescher Sons’, proprietors of the Moulton gin and oil works and the waterworks and electric light plant at Smithville, died at the home of his parents in this city on Wednesday evening June 14, after an illness of two weeks, of typhoid fever, followed by complications. He was buried Thursday evening at four o’clock at the old Moulton cemetery, by the local lodge of the Hermann Sons, of which he was a member. The funeral procession was the largest in the history of the town, being about a mile long and consisted of about 140 vehicles. Mr. Buescher was born in Austin county twenty-five years ago [illegible] manager of the electric light plant and waterworks at Smithville and foreman of the Smithville volunteer fire department No. 1. All of the fire boys came down to attend the funeral of their deceased comrade. The bereavement resulting from the death of this young man is an unusually sad one. The deceased was a man of many admirable traits, straightforward and honorable. His loss will be mourned by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances. Unstinted sympathy for the sorrowing father, mother, brothers and sister, is expressed by all who know them. May his ashes rest in peace.

Shiner Gazette, 21 Jun 1899

Card of Thanks.

G. Buescher and wife desire to return their heartfelt thanks to the Sons of Hermann, the Smithville Fire Department and all those who so kindly assisted us in the last illness and burial of our beloved son Hugo.


Hugo, son of Godfred and Anna Buescher, died 14 Jun 1899, age 25 years, 2 months, 9 days, was buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Monday, October 2, 1922

Hallettsville, Oct. 1.— The 9-year-old son of Frank Bujnoch, a farmer residing several miles west of here, bled to death near his home this week. His nose began bleeding and all efforts to stop it failed.

Alois Bujnoch, 16 Jul 1913 - 26 Sep 1922, son of Frank Bujnoch and Mary Munch, is buried at St. Ludmila's Cemetery in Wied. His year of death is listed as 1921 in Sammy Tise's cemetery book. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 16 Nov 2003

Anton J. Bujnoch

SHINER - Anton J. Bujnoch, 91, of Shiner, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003.

He was born Jan. 29, 1912, in Shiner, to the late Anton Sr. and Julie Simper Bujnoch. He was a farmer and rancher and a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Mary Berckenhoff Bujnoch; daughters, Joan Sralla, Jeanette Dierschke, Dagmar Vana, Dorothy Winkenwerder, Peggy Roznovsky, and Denise Pilat, all of Shiner, and Paulette Landers of Bellville; sons, George Bujnoch and Donald Bujnoch, both of Luling; 23 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Frances Drabek, Matilda Harabis, and Emily Eicher; and brother, Roman Bujnoch.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Robert E. Knippenberg officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Kubena Funeral Home

Anton Alois Bujnoch Sr. was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the age of 87 years young. He was born on October 13, 1924 in the small community of Vysehrad, TX to Victor and Vlasta Matula Bujnoch. The second oldest of six children, his early years were spent attending Vysehrad school and working on his family farm. On December 21, 1943, he was called to serve his country in World War II. While serving in the US Army, he received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 bronze service stars for the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns, Good Conduct Medal, Amy Occupation of Germany Medal, Victory Ribbon, and 3 overseas service bars. He was awarded an Honorary Discharge on May 19, 1946.

Upon returning from the war, he spent six months attending Barber School in Austin, TX. After he completed his schooling, he and an army buddy opened a small barber shop in Eagle Lake, TX. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Emma Etzler, and they married on October 19, 1948. As they settled down to married life, they were blessed with six children: twins Eugene and Anton Jr., David, Joseph, Judy and Geraldine.

A hard work ethic was instilled by his parents at an early age. In addition to working as a barber, he and Emma raised cotton, corn, cattle, pigs and chickens. To meet the needs of his growing family, he went to work as a welder at Kasper Wire Works where he was employed until his retirement in January of 1989.

Retirement gave him time to enjoy raising his garden as well as spending time with his much loved companions Rocky and Peanut. His greatest joy in life was his family, especially his grandchildren. He spent hours watching his favorite TV show, “The Price is Right” or playing a mean game of “Go Fish” at the kitchen table with his grandkids. If that table could talk, it could tell you the many wonderful stories and memories that were shared around it. He loved to reminisce about the good old days and his family treasured the stories and knowledge that he shared with them.

He and his family still raised their own beef and chickens as well as raising sugar cane. When the first cold northern blew in, you could find him supervising his family as they butchered a pig and made sausage. In July, you could find him at the press, watching as the he sweet juice of the sugar cane was squeezed and the juices were boiling to make his much loved molasses. While some may have viewed this as hard work, he looked at it as training the next generation to carry on the traditions that he knew and loved. He was so proud of the way his grandchildren enjoyed learning how to do things “like they were done in the olden days.” He enjoyed sharing stories of his youthful antics and the many memories that he had of growing up on a farm, the hard work they had to do each day and fighting for his country.

As his health became a concern, he made many trips to the doctor’s office. Regardless of how bad he may have felt, he always enjoyed stopping to eat some fried chicken and getting a “Dr. Pepper in a Styrofoam cup with that good ice in it.” He always felt that food could make any situation better.

As he left his earthly dwelling to be with his Lord, he leaves behind his wife, Emma, of 63 years; his sons Anton Jr. and wife Dorothy of Sheridan, Eugene and wife Bettye of Hallettsville, David and wife Sharon of Rockdale, Joseph of Hallettsville, daughters Judy and husband Kenneth Anderle of Shiner, and Geraldine and husband Garry of Hallettsville.

In addition to his children, he is survived by his 15 grandchildren; Jeff Bujnoch and wife Shelly of New Braunfels, Tamara Siegel and husband Benji of Moulton, Anton Bujnoch III (Bucky) and wife Barbie of Sheriden, Lindsey Fisbeck & husband Sean of Weimar, Travis Bujnoch of Sheriden, Angie Wallis and husband Brian of Rockdale, Kelly Clark and husband Chad of Rockdale, Kendra Shows and husband Jason of Shiner, Mandy Fling and husband Jason of Yoakum, Robin Trojcak and husband Michael of Yoakum, Joni Anderle and Skye Anderle of Shiner, Courtney Perez and husband Randy Ray of Hallettsville, Holly Haas and husband Jeremy of Hallettsville and Ashley Dornak and Keith Rainosek of Hallettsville.

He is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren including Kacie, Hannah, Tyler and Abigail Siegel of Moulton; Paisley & Reese Bujnoch of New Braunfels; Cody and Buck Garret Bujnoch of Sheriden, Hannah Fisbeck of Weimar; Alyssa & Braden Wallis of Rockdale; Karley and Hunter Clark of Rockdale; Cash & Cale Shows of Shiner, Emma and Jake Fling of Yoakum; Ally Trojcak of Yoakum; Rylee Vancura of Shiner; and Kaylee and Adyson Perez of Hallettsville.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, his sister, Frances Kolacny, and four brothers, Alois Sr., Joe, Steven and Henry Bujnoch.

Funeral Mass Service: 3 pm, Sunday, March 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosaries: 7 pm, Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home; and 2:30 pm, Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Officiate: Rev. David Berger. Pallbearers: his sons, Eugene, Anton Jr., David and Joseph, and his son-in-laws Kenneth Anderle and Garry Dornak, as well as his grandson Anton Bujnoch III. Burial: St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials: contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to masses

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald newspaper clipping

Frank Bujnoch, 90, Passes Away Fri

Frank Bujnoch, Sr. of Moulton passed away on December 9th at 12:20 a. m. at the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital in Shiner.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 10 at 8:45 a. m. from the Smith Funeral Home followed by Requiem Mass at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Robert Schmidt officiated at the services and Rev. Emil

Vinklarek delivered the Czech sermon.

The deceased, who was born on January 21st, 1876 at Trycovice, Czechoslovakia, came to America in 1905 with his first wife, nee

Agnes Golik. After arriving in America they settled at Wied and in 1918 they moved to the Moulton community. Mrs. Bujnoch passed away

on August 5, 1935. Mr. Bujnoch later married Johanna Sofka. Mr. and Mrs. Bujnoch moved into town twenty years ago, where he lived until his death.

Among the survivors are his wife, Johanna Bujnoch; three sons, Ludwig of Karnes City, Frank of Richmond and James of Moulton and one

daughter, Mrs. Agnes Honc of Hobson; and one sister, Mrs. Petrus Strakos of Czechoslovakia. He was preceded in death by one son, Joe on May 5, 1950.

Mr. Bujnoch was a member of St. Isidor Lodge and Hermann Sons of Moulton.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, October 16, 1969

George Bujnoch

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—George Bujnoch, 77, native and life-long resident of Lavaca County, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday in a Victoria convalescent home.

Mr. Bujnoch a retired farmer, was born Jan. 11, 1892, in Lavaca County to the late George and Anna Zapalac Bujnoch. He was married to the former Apolena Miculek Nov. 1915, at St. Mary's Tex. Mrs. Bujnoch died June 5, 1961.

Rosaries will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, by the parish, and at 7:45 p.m. by the KJT, both at Kubena Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 9:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Leon and George Bujnoch, both of Houston; five daughter, Mrs. Tom (Annie) Dornak and Miss Mary Ellen Bujnoch, both of Houston; Mrs. Manuel (Lottie) Kocian of Wharton, Mrs. Joe (Henrietta) Nevlud of Victoria, and Mrs. Joe (Elsie) Steffek, of Hallettsville; two brothers, Rudolph and Pete Bujnoch, both of Hallettsville; 35 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a daughter.

Pallbearers will be James Steffek, David Bujnoch, Edward Nevlud, Francis Dornak, George Kocian and Frankie Nevlud.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jun 1984

Johanna Sofka Bujnoch, 96

MOULTON - Mrs. Johanna Bujnoch of Moulton, died Thursday, May 31, 1984 about 2:30 a.m. in Lavaca Medical Center hospital in Hallettsville following a long illness.  She had been a resident at Stevens Convalescent Center in Hallettsville for seven years.  She attained the age of 96 years, 4 months and 4 days.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton with the Rev. Robert Schmidt officiating.  Paul Sofka of Houston, a grandson, served as lector.  Members of the KJZT Society attended in a body and formed an honor guard.

Burial followed in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Moulton where the body lay in state.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, James Sofka of Shiner, Marcus Sofka, Buck Strickler, both of Houston, Michael Minotti of Dickinson, Danny Salsbury and Ray Tuttoilmondo, both of Hitchcock.

A rosary, led by Father Schmidt, was recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Johanna "Janie" Kubicek Sofka Bujnoch, one of five children, was born Jan. 27, 1888 at Praha, Fayette County, Texas, daughter of John B. and Wilhelmina (Branecky) Kubicek.  When she was still a small child, the family moved to the Moulton area.  Some years later they moved to the Charlottenburg community near Shiner.

On November 20, 1905, she was married to James Sofka in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton.  The couple made their home in the Oak Grove community and engaged in farming.  Six children, three girls and three boys, were born to this marriage union.  Her husband died February 24, 1928.

About 1936, she was married to Frank Bujnoch and in 1946 they moved from the farm into the city of Moulton.  Mr. Bujnoch died Dec. 9, 1966.  She continued to make her home in Moulton across the street from the Catholic Church.  She was a housewife, a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the KJZT.  Her pastor paid a fitting tribute to a beloved mother who has gone to her reward.

Surviving are a son, John J. Sofka of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Adolph (Hermina) Dudik and Mrs. Johnny (Bessie) Sweeney, both of Galveston, Mrs. Michael (Margaret) Kreszi of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Frank P. (Margaret) Machacek of Shiner; a stepson, Frank Bujnoch of Richmond; a step-daughter, Mrs. Agnes Hons of Hobson; 19 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her father, Dec. 1, 1945; her mother, May 5, 1952; two sons, Clement Jerry "C.J." Sofka, Dec. 8, 1972; Otto S. Sofka, Jan. 16, 1975; three stepsons, Joe Bujnoch, May 5, 1950; James "Jim" Bujnoch, May 17, 1982; and L.E. Bujnoch, an infant sister, Annie Kubicek; two brothers, Jerome "Jerry" Kubicek, in 1900, at age 7 years; John Ben Kubicek, Feb. 13, 1983; and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross




Victoria Advocate, January 29, 2006

Thomas J. Bujnoch - HALLETTSVILLE

HALLETTSVILLE - Thomas J. Bujnoch, 85, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006.

He was born Dec. 29, 1920, in Hallettsville, to the late Theofil Julius and Emilie Janak Bujnoch. He was a retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Joyce Kallus of Huntsville, Ala.; sisters, Margaret Bujnoch and Leona Bujnoch both of Hallettsville and Patricia Stroud of Houston; brothers, Bernard Bujnoch of New Braunfels, and Stanley Bujnoch and Jerome Bujnoch both of Hallettsville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Henrietta Migl Bujnoch; daughter, Genevieve Bujnoch; sisters, Lois Rita Konvicka, Henrietta Langhammer, and Adela Morisak; and brother, James Bujnoch.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosaries will be recited 7 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, with Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Sweet Home. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, March 9, 1895 page 4

Hallettsville Herald: That was certainly an unusual accident that ended in the death of Mr. F. M. Bullard of Sublime, Saturday. In company with John Mackey and Sam Harper, Bullard was on his way home from Hallettsville last Thursday afternoon.  In going through the Navidad about a mile from Bullard’s home, the trio urged their horses and galloped along. Bullard’s horse passed under a tree at a full gallop and as it did so the riders head struck a tree  limb causing him to fall off …Mr. Bullard…. an insensible condition and although all that medical skill could do for him was done, he died within forty-eight hours.

F. M. Bullard, 31 Jan 1852-15 Feb 1895, is buried in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 13 Oct 1897, Moulton column

Mrs. Henry Bultmeyer has been very ill this week. Her baby was buried Monday.

[later in column] As the GAZETTE goes to press word comes that Mrs. Henry Bultmeyer is considerably improved . . .

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette - Shiner, Texas Thursday, February 15, 1973

Mrs. Elvira Buntyn

Yoakum - Mrs. Elvira Buntyn of Yoakum died at 6 P.M. Friday, February 2, 1973 in Stevens Nursing Home, Yoakum, at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 15 days.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 4 at 2 P.M. at St. Ann's Catholic Church at Hochheim with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating.

Burial followed in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gerhardt Gerdes, Leslie Kaiser, James Crawford, Henry Crawford, Jr., H. Thomas and Joe Buntyn.

Mrs. Buntyn, nee Elvira Poth, was born in Lavaca County, May 17, 1887, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Laake) Poth.

Surviving are one son, L.P. Buntyn; two daughters, Mrs. Rita Golden of Corpus Christi, Mrs. H.E. Crawford of Yoakum; one brother, Louis Poth of Yoakum; ten grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Richard J. Poth, November 5, 1959; E.B. Poth Sr., January 21, 1962; Charles J., A.H. and Ewald Poth.

NOTE: Obituary has numerous errors. Burial was in the Poth Cemetery, adjacent to St. Ann's Church and St. Ann's Cemetery. Pallbearers included Gerhardt Gerdes, Leslie Kaiser, James Crawford, Henry Edward Crawford Jr., Thomas J. Buntyn and Joseph S. Buntyn. Elvira Poth Buntyn was born in Old Moulton and lived there till her family moved to DeWitt County in 1890. Survivors include son Louis P. Buntyn (Jake of San Antonio), daughters Mrs. Rita Golden (Corpus Christi) and Mrs. Annaline Crawford (Hochheim); one younger brother, Louis Poth (Hochheim Prairie) and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, husband Whitman H. Buntyn and 12 siblings: Jacob Jr. (1891), William (1941), Edward (1941), Anna (1941), Norman (1951), Arnold "A.H." (1955), Clara (1955), Arthur (1956), Richard (1959), Edmund "E.B." (1962), Ewald (1964) and Charles (1964). Submitted by Rebecca Golden Herder, granddaughter.


Shiner Gazette, 12 Jul 1894


The infant child of F. Bunyes died Monday night and was buried Tuesday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 3 Jan 2006, page 7A

Jeff D. Burger

Jeff D. Burger of Gonzales died Saturday, December 31, 2005. He was born June 5, 1920. His parents were Jeff and Lottie Crowell Burger of Luling. He attended Oak Forest School and entered the Army in 1939. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council #5090. He was a past commander and life member of the V.F.W. Post #4817 and a life member of Disabled Veterans of Yoakum. He was also given a certificate of recognition from the local Post #4817 for having flown his flag every day.

After his retirement from G.V.E.C. with 34 years of service, J.D. and Anna Laura, moved to Shiner in 1981. He began working for the Shiner Senior Citizens, mostly driving medical patients to appointments in Victoria. He greatly enjoyed supporting the community and helping others. In 1997 they returned to Gonzales to make their home. Some of his interests were camping, fishing and having coffee with friends. However his true passion was gardening, which he enjoyed his whole life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Willard and Clifford, and his sister, Margie Zucknick.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anna Laura Vinklarek Burger; his son, David Burger and his wife, Joyce Roznovsky Burger of Lake Worth, Florida, and Gerald Burger of Houston, his daughters, Sister Maria Paschalis of Mechelon, the Netherlands, Susan Burger of Austin, and Jeanette Wolken and her husband, Joe of Austin.

He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Robert Garvel, Patrick Flinn, Billy Moran, Chris Green, Paul Carson and Greg Burger. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Knights of Columbus Council #5090.

Memorials can be made to donor’s choice, the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund or the Sisters of Holy Cross in Detroit, Michigan.

Visitation will be held at Buffington Funeral Home of Gonzales on Tuesday, January 3, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Rosary will follow visitation at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., at the St. James Catholic Church in Gonzales with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Buffington Funeral Home of Gonzales is in charge of the arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1907, page 1

Death of Mrs. T J Burkett

The sad news was spread over the town last Friday morning of the death of Mrs. T. J. Burkett, and the many friends and acquaintances were greatly shocked to hear of it. Mrs. Burkett had been sick for only a short time and her death was unexpected. The end came about six o’clock Friday morning and the cause of her death was blood poisoning. Mrs. Burkett was just forty-one years of age and leaves a husband, city marshall Burket and seven children, the youngest being a babe of two week.

The funeral took place Saturday morning at 11 o’clock and the deceased was followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends, quite number having come from a distance.

The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. H. M. Rowland of Flatonia and also at the house. Some beautiful hymns were rendered by the Union choir. The weather was cold and disagreeable but that did not prevent a large crowd from witnessing the last sad rites.

The Pythian Sisters of which Mrs. Burkett was a member attended in a body and covered the grave with flowers.

A good woman has gone to her eternal home and will be mourned by all who knew her.

Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1907, Local News column

It is rumored that city marshal T. J. Burkett will shortly resign his position.

Rev. H. M. Rowland of Flatonia was called to Shiner last Friday to perform the burial services over the grave of Mrs. T. J. Burkett.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1907

Shiner, Jan 25.—Mrs. Delilah Leslie Crawford Burkett, wife of Thomas J. Burkett, city marshal of Shiner, departed this life at 6 o'clock this morning at the age of 41 years. Ms. Burkett leaves a devoted husband and seven children, one a baby only two weeks old.

Delilah Burkett, 10 Apr 1866-25 Jan 1907, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Gazette articles contributed by Matt Cross. Mercury obituary contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 16 Oct 1897, page 7

Shiner Gazette: Leslie Burkett fell out of a pecan tree Monday at Welhausen's grove and was nearly killed. He fell about twenty feet, and had to be carried home. He has been vomiting blood ever since, and is evidently badly hurt.

Shiner Gazette, 1 Dec 1897

A Sad Death.

A sad death was that of Master Leslie Burkett, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Burkett, which took place at Hochheim last Tuesday night. Several weeks ago Leslie and several other children were out in Welhausen’s pasture playing and Leslie climbed a pecan tree. When about twenty-five or thirty feet from the ground a limb broke and he fell to the ground and was unconscious for some time. He was taken home and put to bed and in the course of a few days apparently recovered and went to school as usual. Last Sunday Mr. Burkett started with his family to make a visit to relatives at Hochheim. On the way Leslie was taken sick and rapidly grew worse. Dr. Ross of Hochheim, was called and Monday Dr. Eidson was phoned for and was called over again Tuesday, but Leslie was beyond medical aid and died Tuesday night. The news of his death was received here Wednesday and created great surprise and much sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Burkett in their terrible loss. They arrived here Wednesday night with the corpse and the funeral took place Thursday. Rev. Ely of Luling, was phoned for and arrived in time to conduct the funeral services, which took place at the family residence at 2 o’clock.

Leslie was twelve years old and was an unusually bright boy. At school he led his classes and none were so quick to learn as he. He gave promise of a bright future but death intervened.

Leslie Isiah Burkett, 9 Nov 1885 – 26 Nov 1897, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 May 1898, page 1

Mr. N. B. Burkett, an old settler of Texas and a prominent citizen of this community died in Yoakum yesterday morning with a congestive chill, and was brought here on the afternoon train for interment in the family cemetery. Mr. Burkett was 78 years old, and has been a citizen of Texas since he was 9 years of age.

Shiner Gazette, 1 Jun 1898, Texanettes column

N. H. Burkett, aged 77 years, died suddenly in Yoakum, at the home of his son, several days ago. The deceased was a Texas pioneer and had lived in south Texas the greater portion of his life.

Shiner Gazette, 8 Jun 1898

A Good Man Gone to Rest.

DIED – At Yoakum, May 16th, 1898, Mr. Nathan Burkett, in the 78th year of his age.

How suddenly these summons come to many. This was true of our dear old friend. These sad tidings came with a crushing force, and we cannot yet realize that he is one from among us. It becomes a melancholy pleasure to offer this slight tribute to the memory of this noble and worthy gentleman.

He had gone on a visit from his home in Moulton to his two sons at the former place to spend a few days, unaccompanied by his wife. Well and lively, as usual, he retired at night. About 1 o’clock he was taken with a congestive chill. He aroused the household and everything possible was done by loving hands and physicians summoned, but he never rallied, and at 8 a. m. his noble spirit, without a word, left the tenement ment [sic] of clay and put on the robe of immortality. The weight of seventy-eight winters and ceaseless wear and tear on the tented field, on the track of the bloody savage, for he came here when this country was a wilderness, had completely exhausted all the powers of nature. The silver cord was loosed, the golden bowl broken.

This genuine old Texan’s cheek never paled in the thickest of the battle, and he was ever ready to do or die for his country. He lived amid the bloody and exciting scenes of pioneer life without a stain, and died without a groan.

Oh! what a model for his sons, his relations and the youths of Texas. With a nation of such citizens as this our country would eclipse all others and shine on with ever increasing splendor until the stars grow dim.

For more than fifty years a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist church, he will be sadly missed from among them. The climax of his noble life was his Christian love. Amid all his duties and responsibilities, none were neglected. His duty to his neighbors, to the sick and afflicted, always met with a ready response. Charity was the crowning chaplet of his Christian life. But his noble life is ended, his work on earth is done. The precious memories of such a life still remain to the loved ones left behind, and his virtues the inspiration that leads them on the shining path to the “Heavenly Rest.”

He leaves an aged companion, ten children, all heads of families, and many grandchildren scattered all over the state, who, with many friends, deplore his death. His remains were shopped from Yoakum and were interred in the family cemetery near his residence in the presence of a large assembly of weeping friends and relatives. The last sad rites were tendered by Bro. H. M. Rowland of Flatonia. We weep with those that weep.

Those eyes are closed, life’s scene is ended.
Earth can claim their sight no more,
Fold his hands upon his bosom,
For his work and toll are o’er.
Hark! he hears the chorus now,
Faithful servant “enter thou.”

Thou hast toiled from early dawn
To the very set of sun,
Tho’ thy feet are worn and weary,
It is over now, “well done.”
Heavy was the cross to bear,
Lay it down, there’s resting here.

Nickel, Tex., May 27th, ’98.

N. B. Burkett, 20 Oct 1820 – 16 May 1898, was buried in the Burkett Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 28 Sep 1893


Tom Burket’s little fifteen-month old boy, died Monday night, after lingering between life and death for several weeks. Mr. Burket had taken it to Hochheim to Mr. Bart Burket’s Sunday, and the little boy becoming so much worse, they were unable to return and it died there Monday night about midnight. The burial took place at the K. of P. cemetery Tuesday eve. Mr. and Mrs. Burket have the sympathy of a host in their sad bereavement.

“’Tis God,” the silent voice of hope and trust,
Speaks to each heart of earth and dust,
“’Tis God whose tender sheltering love,
Will guard thy loved one in Heaven above.”

Seth Melvin Burkett, 5 Jul 1892 – 26 Sep 1893, son of Thomas Joel and Mrs. D. L. Burkett, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 15 Oct 1953, page 1

H. L. Burleson Final Rites Held Saturday

Funeral services were held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. for Hugh L. Burleson, aged 80 years, 7 months and 13 days.

Mr. Burleson died in the Wagner Hospital, October 9, as the result of an accident sustained at his home in the Dreyer section.

Rev. J. W. Clanton of the Shiner Baptist Church officiated at the religious rites with interment in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Mr. Burleson was born February 26, 1873, at Fairfield, Ark. He was united in marriage to Ruthie Ann Burleson in 1896. They lived first at Mineola and he followed ranching as a livelihood.

He had lived in this locality for 18 years.

Survivors include his wife, four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Lillie Roy, Denison; Mrs. Etta Robinson, Denton; Mrs. Flordia Morris, Yoakum; Mrs. Carrie Haynes, Shiner; Jackson and Allen Burleson, Eloy, Arizona; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Deceased relatives are his parents, P. R. and Flordia Burleson.

Pallbearers were George W. Turk, Melvin and Robert Anders, E. H. Willie and Buford Dreyer.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 10 May 1890, page 2

We are loth to chronicle the death of Mrs. W. Burt, (nee Muckleroy), which occurred at her home in this county at 8 o'clock, Tuesday evening. Mrs. Burt was just in the prime of life, and leaves a husband and 5 children to mourn untimely taking off. She was a victim of consumption. Her remains were interred at Finney's Chappel yesterday evening. To those bereft the Herald extends its sincere condolence.—Herald.

Finney's Chapel is probably another name for the Mt. Zion Cemetery, although there is no marker for Mrs. Burt there.


Weimar Mercury, 14 Aug 1897, page 8

Shiner, Tex., Aug. 7.—Mrs. Gesima Bueschelmann [sic.] died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. G. Brand, last night, at the age of 70 years. Mrs. Bueschelmann was quite well yesterday, but about 12 o'clock last night she suddenly awoke and said to her daughter, Mrs. Brand, "Oh, Lord, my end has come." and expired, her daughter not finding time to light a lamp to see what ailed her mother. Heart faillure is supposed to have ben the cause of death.

Gesine Buschelmann, 7 Sep 1827-7 Aug1897, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 9 Jan 1897, page 1

Miss Ida Schrimsher and mother, Mrs. A. Schrimsher, have gone to Houston, taking J. C. Bush's little children with them.—Yoakum Times.

In connection with the above, the MERURY wishes to state that it learned, too late for publication in its last issue, of the death of Mrs. Bush, which occurred recently at her home in Yoakum. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Schrimsher, and a lady well-known and liked by many of our people, to whom the news of her death will be a sad surpise.

Bettie Bush, 9 Nov 1864-18 Dec 1896, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Yoakum.


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Jul 1899, page 1

Miss Bertha Buske, daughter of H. C. Buske, died Saturday, after a brief illness of typhoid fever. The burial took place at the city cemetery at 10 o’clock Sunday morning. – Halletsville Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 21 Oct 1909, Local News column

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Buske, died very suddenly last Monday morning. The little one was apparently in good health and the death was wholly unexpected. The funeral took place Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in the O. D. H. S. cemetery. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of all friends.

Melvin Buske, 31 Aug 1909 – 18 Oct 1909, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Nov 1905, Halletsville column

We are indeed sorry to chronicle the death of Mrs. Henry Buske of Witting, which occurred Thursday evening. Mrs. Buske was highly respected by all who knew her and leaves surviving her a husband and two little children, one of them in infancy. We deeply sympathize with the grief stricken husband.

Paulina C. F. Buske, 14 Oct 1882 - 26 Oct 1905, was buried in the Charlottenburg Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Monday, March 7, 1943

HALLETTSVILLE, Feb. 28.—Memorial services were held at the Sacred Heart Church Monday for Pfc. Arthur Louis Buss, 31, who was killed in line of duty on the North African front recently. He leaves his widow, the former Miss Annie Fikac; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Buss, his aged grandmother and one sister. He enlisted in June, 1942, and was sent overseas three months ago.

San Antonio Light, Tuesday, March 15, 1949

HALLETTSVILLE, March 15. Military services for Pfc. Arthur L. Buss, 30, who was killed in North Africa Feb. 14, 1943, were held today following 9:30 a.m. requiem mass at Sacred Heart church.

Buss was married to the former Miss Annie Fikac, now Mrs. Donald L. Smith, San Antonio.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. John E. Buss; four brothers, Carl, Herbert and Alfred, Hallettsville, and Everett, Highlands and a sister, Mrs. Anton Michna, Fayetteville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 21 Nov 1907, page 1

Suicide with Paris Green.

Miss Annie Busse takes her own life.

The town was thrown into considerable excitement last Wednesday evening by the report that a young girl living with the family of H. H. Striebeck had committed suicide by taking Paris green. The young girl was at home by herself when she took the poison, but when it began to act she ran to a neighbor’s house, saying she had taken poison and to call a doctor, as she was going to die. A doctor was called at once, but the girl was beyond medical aid and death ensued in a short time. There is no visible reason for the act and she had been in the best of spirits when Mrs. Striebeck left to go visiting. Her parents, who live near Breslau, were advised by telephone and arrived next morning. They are also perfectly in in [sic] the dark as to why their daughter should destroy herself.

The poison was in a liquid form and had been used for killing potato bugs and other insects.

Justice Habermacher was called to the scene to view the body and rendered a verdict as above.

The girl was only about 17 years old; the remains were shipped to Halletsville by rail and taken thence to Breslau by an uncle of the girl, Mr. Ferdinand Gerloff.

Shiner Gazette, 21 Nov 1907, Green’s School column

Mr. and Mrs. Gerloff went to Halletsville to attend the funeral of Miss Busse, who committed suicide in Shiner last Thursday.

Anna Minnie Busse, 1892-1907, was buried in the Breslau Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 6 Oct 1892


Killed at a Dance Last Night by Oliver Haynes.

Henry Butler was shot and instantly killed by Oliver Haynes at almost 12 o'clock last night. The affair took place at the home of Oliver Haynes about 8 miles south of here.

Jim Haynes and Butler were quarreling, when the former three a beer keg at the latter. Thereupon Oliver Haynes drew a pistol and shot Butler in the head, killing him almost instantly.

Haynes was arrested.

Weimar Mercury, 22 Oct 1892, page 2

Halletsville Herald.

The preliminary examination of Olive Haynes, who killed Henry Butler on Wednesday night of last week, will take place before Squire Putney on Saturday, October 22. Meanwhile Haynes is under a bond of $1000 to appear at this examination.

There is some confliction in the statements of eye-witnesses to the killing affecting the actual facts of the case, and for this reason the Herald will not attempt to give the particulars.

Butler was shot in the right side of the head, the bullet passing through the brain pan and lodging against the skin on the left. . . His remains were buried at St. Mary's church, some miles west of Hallettsville, Thursday afternoon the 6th inst.


August 1950 newspaper clipping

Death Claims Mother of Alf Butschek

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Ad. Butschek at the home of her son Alfred Butschek, Tuesday, August 15, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Then the remains were taken to St. Ann's Catholic Church for services. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery. The Rev. Hoffmann conducted the last rites.

Mrs. Adolph Butschek, nee Alouisa Teltschik, was born on October 20, 1870, a daughter of David and Anna Teltschik in Austria. She came to America with the family in 1885, settling near Weimar, Texas. She was raised in the Catholic Faith.

On February 7, 1893, she was united in marriage with Ad. Butschek at Weimar. The couple lived near Hallettsville and Weimar many years and in 1919 came to Nordheim where the deceased lived until a few months ago, when the infirmities of old age, made it necessary that she make her home with her children. Her husband preceded her in death on December 30, 1945.

Last Saturday morning she became ill while in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Huebner, near Yorktown. She was immediately taken to the Goliad Hospital where she passed away Sunday afternoon, August 13. All that loving hands and medical aid could do was done. She attained the age of 79 years.

A loving mother and a kind and thoughtful friend and neighbor, she was ever helpful and lived for her family circle and those dear to her.

On February 7, 1948, the couple observed their Golden Wedding anniversary with a large celebration.

Surviving her are two sons, Alfred of Nordheim and Herman of Odem; three daughters, Mrs. Reinhardt (Hilda) Seifert of Poth, Mrs. Oscar (Annie) Berger of Weimar and Mrs. Henry (Emma) Huebner of Yorktown; one sister, Mrs. John Burns of Sabinal; five brothers, Rudolph Teltschik of Strawn, Henry Teltschik of Marshall, and Gus, Herman and Willie of Weimar; fourteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and many, many friends.

Pall bearers were her grandsons, Clarence Seifert, Kenneth Butschek, Marvin Seifert, Dennis Huebner, Delmar Berger and Walter Butschek.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, Tuesday, 8 Dec 1987


ALFRED A. BUTSCHEK, 73, of Hallettsville, died Sunday morning, December 6, 1987, in the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

He was born August 13, 1914, in Hackberry to the late Fred and Elizabeth Henneke Butschek. He married Irene Novak on October 5, 1936, in Hallettsville. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, SPJST Lodge, International Association of Boilermakers and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He retired from Cameron Iron Works in 1978.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 8, at St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Houston. Burial will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., Monday, December 7, at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Surviving are his wife, Irene Butschek of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. Varnell Dodd of Houston; a son, Allen Butschek Sr. of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Klesel of Hallettsville and Miss Pearline Butschek of Houston; five brothers: Victor and Leroy Butschek, both of Hackberry, Frank Butschek of Hallettsville and Gilbert and Bob Butschek, both of Houston; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, October 5, 2008:


HALLETTSVILLE - Ann Louise Butschek, 83, of Hallettsville, died Oct. 3, 2008. She was born on July 24, 1925, to Julius and Mary Sitka Mikulenka Sr. She married William F. Butschek in 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Koerth.

Ann is survived by husband, William; two sons, Ken Butschek and wife Lydia of Spicewood, and Kevin Butschek and wife Dawn of Hallettsville; two brothers, Julius Mikulenka Jr. of Victoria and Alvin Mikulenka of Hallettsville; two sisters, Lorraine Butschek of Hallettsville and Marilyn Brosch of Hallettsville; and two grandchildren, Chase and Colin Butschek.

Ann was preceded in death by her son, William Butschek Jr., and her parents.

Visitation will start at 4 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday at Kubena Funeral Home. Another rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. with funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville with the Rev. John Peters to officiate. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Chase Butschek, Collin Butschek, Dalton Powell, Fred Butschek, Gilbert Butschek Jr., and Mark Butschek.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice Home.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, 24 October 1975


Mrs. Leroy (Bernice) Butschek, 48, of Houston, died at 1:15 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 19, 1975) in Houston following a short illness.

Mrs. Butschek was born December 23rd, 1926 in Hallettsville, Texas.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mount Carmel Catholic Church on Reed Road. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Carmel church. Interment was in Forest Park Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy; two daughters, Mrs. Tom Hanze & Sheila Butschek, 12, and a son, Craig, 21, all of Houston; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schaefer of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Tommy Henry of Conroe; one granddaughter, Heidi Hanze of Houston.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The Moulton Eagle
Friday, March 10, 1933


Charles Butschek, a pioneer resident of Lavaca county, died at 12:15 A. M. Wednesday, March 1, at the home of his son, Henry Butschek, residing east of here.

The funeral was held from the home Thursday morning with services in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph Kopp conducting the services. Interment was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Butschek attained the age of 87 years and 2 months. He was born in Silesia, Czechoslovakia and came to Texas in November, 1882, making his temporary home at St. John. He moved to Hackberry in 1887 and resided there until 1915, when he moved to Moulton. He lived at Nordheim for a short time, but later returned to Moulton and resided here until his death.

He was united in marriage to Wilhelmina Klepsich in 1867. The union was blessed with twelve children, four of whom preceded him to the grave. His wife passed hence several years ago.

The surviving children are: Mrs. Ad. Christ and Fred Butschek of Hackberry, Adolph Butschek of Nordheim, Charles Butschek of San Antonio, Louis Butschek of Hallettsville, Sister Julia M. of Divine Providence of Rowena, Mrs. Ad. Anders and Henry Butschek of Moulton; 37 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; also one brother, Ferdinand Butschek, in the old country.

The Eagle extends its sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Lavaca County-Tribune Herald, August 1975


Mrs. Elizabeth (Fred) Butschek, 82, resident of Route 3, Hallettsville, died Wed., August 20, 1975, at 7:15 p.m. in Renger Memorial Hospital here. The deceased was born Nov. 18, 1892, in Lavaca County.

Mrs. Butschek was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, and the Christian Mothers Society. She married Fred Butschek in Hallettsville October 28, 1912. Mr. Butschek died January 4, 1972.

Surviving are six sons, Alfred, Victor, Leroy, Franklin, Robert and Gilbert, all of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Alfonse Klesel of Hallettsville and Miss Pearline Butschek of Houston; 26 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leo Henneke of Hallettsville; two sisters, Miss Clara Henneke and Miss Augusta Henneke, both of Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church here. The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home until 9:00 a.m., Friday, when it was moved to the church for 10 a.m. Funeral Mass.

Interment was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Stanley Petru officiated at the last rites.

The deceased was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters and four brothers.

Pallbearers were Dan Klesel, Allen Butschek, Robert Butschek Jr., Wayne Butschek, Gilbert Butschek Jr., and Mark Butschek.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


February 1965 newspaper clipping


Mrs. Louis "Emma" Butschek passed away in the Huth Memorial Hospital at Yoakum, Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, at 5:23 p.m. after suffering a stroke recently.

The deceased, who was well-known, was born in Lavaca County on August 10th, 1897. On Nov. 28th, 1916, the deceased was married to Mr. Louis Butschek, who is among the survivors. Also surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Hlavac of Houston; one brother, Fritz Zappe of here and one half brother, Ad. Appelt of Yoakum. Four grandchildren also survive. Two children who died in infancy, and one brother and one half brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6th, at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Requiem Mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Services will be conducted by Rt. Rev. A. J. Morkovsky. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited by the Christian Mothers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m. by the Christian Mothers and at 8:00 p.m. by the Parish.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The Moulton Eagle
Friday, March 9, 1928


This community was inexpressibly shocked Thursday morning, March 1, when a telephone message announced the death of County Commissioner F. J. Butschek at his home near town.

Mr. Butschek had been ill for about a week, but had sufficiently recovered to come to town several times during the first part of the weak. Thursday morning he complained of pressure in his chest, and death resulted within a very short time, heart failure being the cause of death.

The funeral was held from the home Friday afternoon, interment being made in the Moulton Public Cemetery, Rev. A H. Falkenberg of the Lutheran church officiating at the home and at the grave. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in this part of the State, many coming from distant points to pay a last tribute to this good man. All business houses in Moulton were closed during the funeral hour. The courthouse at Hallettsville also was closed.

The pallbearers were: Frank Meyer, Otto Heerssen, William Hillmer, John Antrich, Jim Reindl and G. H. Bohnenkamp.

Mr. Butschek was 54 years, 5 months and 8 days old. He was born in Austria September 23, 1873, and came to Texas with his parents when a small boy. He married Miss Ida Lichey of Oakland, Colorado County, in 1897. The union was blessed with four children, two sons and two daughters, both of the sons preceding their father to the eternal home.

The deceased is survived by his grief stricken wife and two daughters, Mrs. Anton Meyer and Pauline Butschek; his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Butschek, Moulton; five brothers, Charles, San Antonio; Henry, Moulton; Louis, Hallettsville; Adolph, Nordheim; Fred, Hackberry; three sisters, Mrs. Adolph Anders, Moulton; Mrs. Adolph Christ, Hackberry; one sister in the Lady of the Lake, San Antonio.

Mr. Butschek had prepared himself for the teacher's profession and taught successfully for a number of years. He was elected to the office of county commissioner in 1920 and by level headed planning and strict application to duty became known as one of the best county commissioners in South Texas. His capacity for work seemed unlimited. It is due to his energy and untiring efforts that Moulton trade territory has better roads than most communities in this section of Texas have. He had just recently obtained State aid for the construction of a highway through Moulton, and it is to be regretted that he was called away before he could complete the work which he had so well in hand.

Mr. Butschek was a member of the local Masonic and Herman Sons lodges, being president of the latter. He also was secretary of the Moulton Farmers Gin & Mill Company.

He was sincere and honest in all his dealings with his fellow man, and was highly esteemed by all our people. He was a good man in the highest sense the term implies. Moulton and the community will miss him, miss him very much.

The Eagle extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


January 1972 newspaper clipping


Fred Butschek, 83, died at his home, Tuesday, January 4th, 1972, at 1:30 a.m. Mr. Butschek was a resident of Route 3, Schulenburg, for many years.

The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home here until 1:00 p.m., Wed., Jan. 5, when it was taken to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a Funeral Mass was offered at 2:00 p.m.

Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholiic Cemetery here.

Rosary was recited in the Kubena Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 4th, at 8:00 p.m. by the parish and at 8:15 p.m. by the society.

Mr. Butschek was born Sept. 8, 1888, in Lavaca Co. near Hallettsville. He was married to the former Miss Elizabeth Henneke on Oct. 28, 1912, who survives him along with six sons — Alfred, Victor, Leroy, Franklin, Robert and Gilbert Butschek, all of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Alfonse Klesel of Hallettsville and Miss Pearline Butschek of Houston; a brother, Henry of Moulton; a sister, Mrs. Adolph Anders of Moulton; 26 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


Houston Chronicle, 4 November 1990, p A35


George Frank Butschek, 74, died November 2, 1990. He was a member of St. John Vianney Church, Knights of Columbus, S.P.J.S.T., and the Pioneer. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Mr. Butschek is survived by his wife Mary F. Butschek; daughters, Rosemary McLachlan of Kansas City and Deanna Parnell of Austin, three grandsons and three granddaughters. Vigil for deceased: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 1990 at Earthman Hunters Creek Chapel. Funeral Mass: 9:00 a.m. Monday, November 5, 1990 at St. John Vianney Church, 626 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, Texas 77079, with Rev. Peter Ferguson, Celebrant. Rite of committal: Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of usual remembrances, please make donations to St. John Vianney Church.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


See article about 1950 death of Henry Butschek.



Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, Friday, October 26th, 1979


On Wednesday, October 10, 1979, Henry Joe Butschek, age 88 years, passed away at the Shady Oak Nursing Home in Moulton. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., October 12, 1979, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, with Father Robert Schmidt officiating. Burial took place in the Catholic Cemetery alongside his wife of 64 years, Susanna (nee Kubena) Butschek who preceded him in death March 17, 1978.

Pallbearers were: Donald Butschek, Glen Butschek, Maynard Wagner, Gerald Parnell, Britt Parnell and Robert Mueller.

Henry, born at Hackberry, Texas on March 31, 1891, was the eleventh of twelve children of Karl and Wilhemina Butschek who came to America from Wagstadt, Czechoslovakia in 1884. A life-long, staunch Catholic, Mr. Butschek grew up in the Hackberry-Shiloh district of Lavaca County and attended school in Schulenburg, Texas. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus for many years.

On November 15, 1913, he married Susanna Kubena of Moulton, and continued farming the Karl Butschek estate. After the death of his father-in-law, John Kubena, in 1924, he moved his family to Moulton, so that his children could receive proper schooling. They lived in the historic old home built by Samuel Moore, founder of the city of Moulton until April, 1975, when he and Susanna moved to the Shady Oak Nursing Home.

Henry and Susanna's marriage was blessed with nine children, seven sons: George (Houston), Edgar and Matthew (Dallas), Henry A. (deceased), John (Mendenhall, Miss.), Robert (K.I. Sawyer A.F.B., Mich.), and Allan (Victoria), and two daughters, Henrietta Meneley (Gonzales) and Eleanor Wagner (Moulton). Also, they reared three of Henry's sister's children after her early death in 1914, namely a nephew, Virgil Calcote (Telferner) and two nieces, Pearl Kutac and Edith Calcote (Yoakum). In addition, Henry and Susanna had 34 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

The last living member of the Karl and Wilhemina union, Henry was preceded in death by brothers, Charles, Josph, Robert, Rudolph, Fred and Louis, and sisters, Sophie Christ, Sister Julia, Sister Leopoldina, Wilhemina Calcote, and Mary Anders.

As Father Schmidt stipulated during the Funeral Mass, death is really the beginning of a new, eternal life -- a time for rejoicing! Henry has indeed joined his wife, Susanna, son, Henry Andrew, and other relatives and friends in Heaven.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


From a June 1958 news clipping:


Mrs. Ida Butschek of the Old Moulton community passed away in her sleep Saturday morning, June 14, at the age of 81 years, 10 months, and 3 days.

Mrs. Butschek was born Ida Louise Lichey, the daughter of Carl Lichey and his wife, Christiana nee Werner. She was born on August 11, 1876 in Germany.

At the age of eight she came to this country with her parents and they settled near Weimar, Texas. She had been baptized in her infancy and when she was 14 she was confirmed in the New Bielau Lutheran Church.

She was twenty years old when she married Frank Joseph Butschek. They settled in Hackberry, and later moved to Baursville. She was a resident of our community for 55 years. It was after this latter move that Mrs. Butschek became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton. She was also a longtime member of our Ladies Aid.

Mr. Butschek was first a school teacher and then served as county commissioner for 12 years -- until his death, with farming as his sideline. He died in 1928.

Four children were born of their union, of whom two have survived the parents.

For the past 25 years Mrs. Butschek has made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Fisbeck. She was under a doctor's care for the last 4 years, but was not seriously ill recently. She was up and about on Friday, doing a little work and visiting a neighbor. She fell peacefully asleep sometime Friday night.

She was preceded in death by: her husband; two children, Frank Jr. who died at the age of 18 while training at A & M, and an infant daughter.

She is survived by: two daughters, Ottilie, Mrs. Anton Meyer; and Pauline, Mrs. Hugo Fisbeck, both of Moulton; by a brother, Fritz Lichey of Weimar; by two sisters, Miss Meta Lichey of Moulton and Mrs. August Winkler of Weimar; and by one granddaughter, Carlotta Fisbeck.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 15th at 3:30 P.M. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton with Rev. Julius Holm officiating.

Pallbearers were: Otto, Gus and Alton Fisbeck, Frank and Alvin Meyer and Wm. Miculka.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


Houston Chronicle, Saturday, February 7, 2004

IRENE BUTSCHEK left our world and entered into the loving arms of our Lord on February 5, 2004.

She was born April 22, 1916 to Mary Schramek and Adolph Zotopek in Moravia, Texas. When she was 3, her father died and her mother later married Joseph Novak. Irene was blessed with two brothers Henry Novak and Eugene Novak.

Irene married Alfred Butschek on October 5, 1936, they had one son, Allen Alfred Butschek and one daughter, Varnell Marie Butschek.

Irene and Alfred lived in Hallettsville until 1941 when they moved to Houston, where they lived until 1979 when they retired and moved back to the farm in Hallettsville. She spent her last years with her son, daughter and grandchildren in Houston.

Irene was blessed with 3 grandsons, Allen Butschek, Jr., Jimmy Butschek and Donald Butschek; 5 granddaughters Vicky Lynn Dodd Siegel, Debbie Dodd Jacobs, Christine Dodd Rose, Pamela Dodd Lazar and Kimberly Kay Dodd; 9 great-grandchildren, Tina Tomkins, Marilyn Butschek, Andrea Butschek, Amanda Siegel, Jennifer Siegel, Blain Butschek, Robert Jacobs, Alexander Lazar and Dakota Butschek; 2 great-great-granddaughters, Haleigh Taylor and Paige Victoria.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2004 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service to be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2004 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


Lavaca County Tribune, 20 June 1967


Mr. Louis P. Butschek, 74 years, of 800 North Texana, Hallettsville, passed away Monday, June 19th at 1:55 a.m. at the Renger Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21st at 9:15 a. m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Lambert Laskowski officiating.

Mr. Butschek was born in Fayette Co. on December 9th, 1892, and was married to Emma Zappe on November 28th, 1916 in Hallettsville who died on February 3, 1965.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Havlac of Houston; two brothers, Fred of Hackberry and Henry of Moulton; and one sister, Mrs. Adolph (Mary) Anders of Moulton.

Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 8 p.m. by the Parish at the Kubena Funeral Home.

Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


Houston Chronicle, December 1997


Mary Francis (Kolacny) Butschek, resident of Austin for the last several years, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997 at the age of 84. She was born in Shiner, Jan. 26, 1913 to Frank and Rosie Kolacny.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Butschek; her parents, Frank and Rosie Kolacny, and three brothers, Jerry, Jim, and Albert Kolacny.

Survivors include two daughters: Rosemary McLachlan and husband Bert of Leawood, Kansas, and Donna Parnell and husband Gerald of Austin; grandchildren, Sherri Hawke, Robin Hunt, David Dorn, Britton Parnell, and Melaine Jordan; great-grandson, James Jordan, Jr.; and three sisters, Elenora Butschek of Hackberry, Patricia Butschek of Dallas, and Georgia Meyer of Moulton.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 1997, at Earthman Hunters Creek Chapel, 8303 Katy Freeway. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 31, 1997, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, where she has been a member for many years, with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. John Vianney Catholic Church or to the Alzheimer's Association, 6161 Savoy, Ste. 20, Houston, Texas.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Newspaper Clipping from June 1964


Sister Mary Julia, nee Odelia Butschek, passed away at Our Lady of the Lake Convent, San Antonio, Tuesday, June 23. She had suffered a broken hip in February of this year and had been in ill health since that time.

Funeral services were held at the chapel at Our Lake of the Lake Convent Thursday morning, June 25, at 8 o'clock and burial was in the convent cemetery.

Sister Julia, age 88 years, was born as the daughter of the late Karl and Wilhelmina Butschek. She celebrated her sixtieth anniversary as a nun last year, having entered the religious life in 1903.

Immediate survivors are a sister, Mrs. Adolph (Mary) Anders of Moulton; three brothers, Henry Butschek of Moulton and Fred and Louis Butschek of Hallettsville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Attending the last rites from here were Mr. and Mrs. Emil Christ, Mrs. Alfred Kahlich, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Adamek and Mr. and Mrs. Anton W. Kainer, nieces and nephews of the deceased.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


From Kubena Funeral Home web site:

Mary Lou Butschek, 80, of Hallettsville, passed away February 21, 2011. Mary was born on August 3, 1930 in Yoakum, to Emma and Ed Shandera. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Yoakum. She married John Butschek on May 2, 1949. By example, they showed a great love for God, family, and the value of a strong work ethic to their nine children, 23 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mary was very active in her community all of her life, serving in the Altar Society, as a member of Catholic Daughters of America, as a Girl Scout leader, and in the Garden Club. She loved sewing, painting, making crafts, was an avid gardener, sang to all of her children when they were growing up, and traveled extensively with her husband. She was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She will be deeply missed.

Mary is survived by: her husband of 61 years, John; and her nine children, Diane Rehmke & husband Fred, Joan Davis & husband Keith, Anthony Butschek, Michael Butschek & wife Ginny, Kenneth Butschek & wife Theresa, Rosemary Vorpahl & husband Doug, David Butschek & Elizabeth Davidson, Richard Butschek, and Kevin Butschek & wife Shelle. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren; Kimra Rehmke Hamilton, Rebecca Rehmke Nusinow, John Davis, Ann Davis Bryan, Laura Beth Butschek, Jared Butschek, Danielle Butschek, Christopher Butschek, Katherine Butschek Osterhus, Kimberly Butschek, Stephanie Butschek, Jenny Vorpahl Cronlund, Amy Vorpahl, Angela Vorpahl, Amanda Vorpahl, Hillary Butschek, Grant Butschek, Coan Butschek, Greyor Butschek, Dawsyn Emily Butschek, Svitlana Butschek, Nikolas Butschek, and Katya Butschek; and two great-grandchildren, Weston Hamilton and Quin Hamilton.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Ed, John, and Charles Shandera.

Funeral Mass Service: 11 am, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 3 pm, Thursday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosaries: 7 pm, Thursday, at Kubena Funeral Home; and 10:30 am, Friday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Officiate: Father Tommy Chen. Pallbearers: Anthony Butschek, Michael Butschek, Kenneth Butschek, David Butschek, Richard Butschek, and Kevin Butschek. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials (in Lieu of Flowers): To the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


From the Sisters of Divine Provident Convent in San Antonio:

Sister Mary Sophie Butschek, known for her simplicity, meekness, and charity passed away, October 10, 1899, at the age of twenty years. A pious religious, Sister was not afraid of death, but longed to be united to her Divine Spouse. She had the privilege of pronouncing her vows three months before God called her to Himself. When a Sister, upon one occasion expressed sympathy for her because her end was fast approaching, Sister Mary Sophie said: "That is what we come here for, to learn how to die.

Although Sister Mary Sophie taught only one year, she was loved by all, and is remembered by those who knew her because of her peaceful disposition, and her filial devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe. Addendum: Sister Mary Sophie, nee Leopoldina Butschek, was born 10 Nov 1877 in Wagstadt, Austria, the daughter of Charles and Wilhelmina Butschek. She entered Our Lady of Lake Convent in San Antonio July 3, 1896 and received her habit July 26, 1898. She professed her first vows August 2, 1899 and went to teach at the mission in Fredericksburg, Texas where she caught the measles. This developed into galloping consumption (common word for tuberculosis many years ago) which caused her death.


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, 21 July 1988


Miss Pearline Rose Butschek died Wednesday, July 20, 1988, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston, Texas, after a long illness.

She was born October 30, 1920, to Fred and Elizabeth Henneke Butschek at Hackberry, Texas. She spent most of her adult life as a telephone operator and retired in August, 1982.

Ms. Adela Pohl led the rosary Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Kubena Funeral home.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, with the Rev. Celestino Say officiating. Denise Drozd played the organ and accompanied Sharon Valenta who sang appropriate hymns. Rosary was led by Mrs. Charlie Henke prior to services at 9:30 a.m.

Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were her four brothers, Victor, Gilbert, Bob and William F. Butschek, nephew Kenneth Butschek, and cousin Charles Henneke.

Surviving are: her sister, Mrs. Alfonse Klesel of Hallettsville; five brothers, Victor and Leroy Butschek of Schulenburg, William F. Butschek of Hallettsville, Robert and Gilbert Butschek of Houston; twenty-five nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Butschek in January 1972 and her mother, Elizabeth Henneke Butschek in August of 1975, her brother Alfred on December 6, 1987.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


November 1903 San Antonio newspaper clipping


In remembrance of Rudolf Butschek, who died at his brother's home in San Antonio, November 26, 1903, aged 21 years and 6 months. His death was caused by typhoid fever and a complication of other trouble. His body was interred in the St. Joseph Cemetery at San Antonio, on Friday, November 27th. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Butschek of Hackberry, a well known family.

Rudolf was a bright and noble young man and loved by all who knew him. His many friends and relatives are left to mourn his demise. Not far down the flowery paths of life had his feet wandered; joyous and glad as the song of a bird were the tones of the voice that is stilled. His hand had lovingly grasped the radiant blossoms that in profusion shed their beauty and perfume where he had softly treaded. The floral tributes we have brought typify the purity and innocence of the sweet sleeper and though they wither and decay, in the gardens of God he hath found fadeless flowers, celestially fair, that are his evermore. In his home where his presence blessed and brightened, the shadow of bereavement heavily falls, and there will forever dwell in the memories so sacredly enshrined in all their hearts.

Precious darling, he has left us,
Left us, yes, forever more;
But we hope to meet our loved one
On that bright and happy shore.
Dearest loved one, we must lay thee in
the peaceful grave's embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished, til we
see thy heavenly face.
M. M.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The Moulton Eagle, 31 March 1978


"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

On March 17 at 4:00 P.M. at the Shiner Hospital, Susanna Kubena Butschek concluded the final chapter to the above theme which was her life.

She was born in the Baursville Community on August 31, 1892, the fifth child of John and Mary Caka Kubena. Her brothers, Frank, John, Joseph, and Bohumir, and sisters Mary (Mrs. Adolph Hofner), Hattie (Mrs. Ignac Jalufka), and Annie (Mrs. Frank Jurek) preceded her in death; and in her words "waited for her arrival" when in the family tradition there would be much joy and laughter.

When Susanna was about 13 years old, her father purchased the Moore homestead in Moulton. There she grew into a very lovely and sensitive young lady, devoted to her parents while filling her time with growing flowers.

"Courage is grace under pressure." This quotation by Hemingway best describes her life from this point onward for on Nov. 25, 1913, she married Henry Butschek and went to live with him at Hackberry. In 1914 she asked for the custody of the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Briney Calcote when the mother (nee Wilhelmina Butschek) died in Los Angeles, California. Her first child, George, was born March 3, 1916; Edgar, Henrietta, Eleanor ("Tiny") and Henry Jr. followed soon thereafter. The love she bore for these children was extended beyond the daily care of shelter, food and clothing. Although her own education was meager, Susanna was a self-educated person for she loved to read.

Perseverance --- "Blessed the man who remains steadfast in trials" --- and her deep sense of responsibility to guide and instruct --- "What comes out of the mouth has its origin in the heart" and "Thou shalt not. ..." made her the lady that she was. Recognizing the value of a formal education for her children, in November, 1924, after the death of her father, she moved her family to Moulton to live with her mother. There she would reside for almost the remainder of her life. Besides caring for her own mother and Grandfather Carl Butschek until their respective deaths, she herself became the mother of four more sons, Matthew, John, Robert James, and Allan.

The remainder of her active life is best portrayed by a quotation from Danny Thomas: "All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others." "Doing for others" was the personification of Susanna Butschek. Her house always had extra room for anyone needing shelter, and her time and generosity was never limited. Indeed.... to know her was to love her.

Her final test came on August 15 and on the following Thanksgiving Day when she was struck with the heart attacks that paralyzed her. Typically she counted her blessings - prayerfully she changed "I didn't want this" to "I have a good right arm and a clear mind," and her faith grew even stronger in her acceptance.

"No one took my part" --- "The Lord stood by my side and gave me strength" --- "Deliver us from evil" was her final triumph in His deliverance.

Susanna left this world owning nothing - but she went to so much. The radius of her travels included Moulton, Hackberry, Yoakum and Gonzales --- yet she had friends at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, a rose grows in her memory while friends remember her with prayers.

This lovely lady was a loyal member of K.J.Z.T., Christian Mothers, Altar Society, and Catholic Daughters of America. In 1959, the pastor of St. Joseph's, Father E. Schindler, and the Council of Catholic Women of the Archdiocese of San Antonio conferred on her the title of "Honored Mother."

Except for one son, Henry, she is survived by her husband, her children, thirty-five grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren who were very dear to her.

Graveside services in the Catholic Cemetery at St. Joseph's were conducted by her dear friend, Fr. Emmett Kolodzie of Sweet Home,. The pallbearers and honorary pallbearers consisted of available grandsons and great-grandsons.

Her legacy to all of us: The universe is a vale of character building. God is the Great Refiner who sits by the furnace assaying and purifying the gold of human hearts; and when purged He stamps them of sterling worth. "A merited crown awaits me...Yet "Do not go gentle into the dark night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

This was our MOTHER.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, April 2006:


Victor F. Butschek Sr., 87, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, April 2, 2006.

He was born Jan. 30, 1919 on the family farm in the Hackberry Community of Lavaca County, the third child of Frederick and Elizabeth Henneke Butschek.

On Oct. 13, 1940 he married Elenora Kolacny in Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner. They moved to Houston where he was employed by Sinclair Refining Company until his retirement after 42 years of employment. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, and designing gun stocks.

Mr. Butschek was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hallettsville, the Knights of Columbus, and Appelt's Hill Gun Club.

He and Ellen enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing all their lives. They were members of several dance and social clubs.

He enjoyed gardening and always grew fruits and vegetables for the family table.

After their retirement, they built a home in the country on the family farm, where he continued gardening and raising cattle.

After his health began to decline, they left their farm and moved to their present home in Hallettsville.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Ellen of Hallettsville; a son, Victor F. Butschek Jr. and wife, Gayle of Phoenix; two daughters, Patricia Horbelt and husband, Dr. Douglas Horbelt of Wichita, Kan. and Cynthia Price and husband, Jack of Austin; grandchildren, including Debra Osenbaugh and husband, Alan of Argyle; James Butschek and wife, Lisa of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Dr. Christiaan Webb and wife, Danielle of McAllen; Robert Horbelt of Olathe, Kan.; Christopher Horbelt of Olathe, Kan. and his fiancee Anne' Kreimer of Kansas City, Kan.; great-grandchildren, including Lauren Anders of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Blake and Natalie Osenbaugh of Argyle; Hillary, George and Claire Butschek of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lauren and Hannah Webb of McAllen; brothers and sister-son-law, Leroy Butschek and wife, Martha of Tahlequah, Okla.; Frank Butschek and wife, Ann Butschek, Robert Butschek and wife, Lorraine, and Gilbert Butschek and wife, Bea, all of Hallettsville; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alfred Butschek; sisters, Margaret Klesel and Pearline Butschek, and a sister who died in infancy; and a grandson, Karl Edward Butschek who died in infancy.

Visitation began at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. John Peters will officiate.

Entombment under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, will follow in Garden Mausoleum at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wayne Butschek, Gilbert Butschek, Dr. Christiaan Webb, Kevin Butschek, Alan Osenbaugh, and Robert Butschek.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or donor's choice.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The Moulton Eagle, Friday, 5 April 1929


Funeral services for Mrs. Wilhelmina Butschek, wife of Mr. Charles Butschek, who died Wednesday morning, March 27, were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Anders Thursday morning. Rev. Father Joseph Kopp conducting the services, interment being made in the Catholic cemetery in Moulton.

Six of her grandsons acted as pallbearers: Virgil Calcote, George Butschek, Adolph, Alfred and Emil Christ, and Anton Meyer.

Mrs. Butschek, nee Miss Wilhelmina Klepich, was born in Austria, August 15, 1847, and attained the ripe old age of 81 years, 7 months and 12 days.

She was married to Mr. Charles Butschek in 1869; came to Texas in 1882; located at St. John and moved to Moulton in 1915.

Surviving are her husband and eight children: Charles, San Antonio; Adolph, Nordheim; Fred, Hackberry; Henry, Moulton; Louis, Hallettsville; Mrs. Adolph Christ, Hackberry; Sister Julia, New Braunfels; Mrs. Adolph Anders, Moulton. She also leaves 35 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


From a June 1970 newspaper clipping:


William F. Butschek, Jr., 18, of Pasadena, died in an auto crash on Mont Road just southwest of Hallettsville, Tuesday, June 16th, at 12:15 a.m.

Funeral services were held at St. Pius V Church in Pasadena, at 3:00 p.m., Wed., June 17th, where a Requiem High Mass was offered. Interment was in Forest Park Garden of Gethsemani at Pasadena. Rev. Father Pat O'Connell officiated.

The young man was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church of Pasadena; he was a student at Pasadena High School. He was born in Houston Oct. 23, 1951.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Butschek Sr. of Pasadena; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Butschek of Hallettsville, and Mr. and Mrs. Julius Mikulenka of Hallettsville; and two brothers, Kenneth and Kevin Butschek, both of Pasadena.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Victoria Advocate, Monday, November 3, 2008:


HALLETTSVILLE - William "Frank" Butschek Sr., 82, of Hallettsville, died Oct. 31, 2008. He was born on Jan. 3, 1926 to Fred J. and Elizabeth Henneke Butschek. He married Ann Mikulenka Butschek on Aug. 9, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Koerth. He was a veteran of WWII in the U.S. Navy and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Frank is survived by: two sons, Ken Butschek and wife Lydia of Spicewood and Kevin Butschek and wife Dawn of Hallettsville; three brothers, Leroy Butschek of Oklahoma, Robert Butschek of Hallettsville, and Gilbert Butschek of Hallettsville; and two grandchildren, Chase and Colin Butschek.

Frank was preceded in death by: his wife, Ann, on Oct. 3, 2008; son, William Butschek Jr.; parents; two brothers, Alfred and Victor Butschek; and three sisters: an infant, Margaret Klesel, and Pearline Butschek.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Chase Butschek, Colin Butschek, Dalton Powell, Gilbert Butschek Jr., Donnie Mikulenka, and Kenneth Jansky.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or Hallettsville Rehabilitation Center.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Victoria Advocate, May 6, 1999


NADA—Harry John Buzek Sr., 78, of Nada, died Tuesday, May 4, 1999.

He was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Ellinger, to the late William and Albina Zapalac Buzek. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a sergeant during World War II. He was a retired farmer and worked as a custodian for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada and was a bus driver for the school for 30 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus for 50 years and KJT Society serving as secretary for 25 years.

Survivors: wife, Ella Prihoda Buzek; daughter, Kathy Bingham of Houston; sons, Harry Buzek Jr., of Richmond, James Buzek of Pasadena, Donald Buzek of New Taiton and Robert Buzek of Groveton; sisters, Clara Juranek of El Campo and Ethel Bartlett of Jewitt; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Nollie Labay; and brother, Edward Buzek.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today at Triska Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Nada with military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post No. 251. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, (409) 543-3681.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 24 Nov 1977

Buzek Rites In Moulton

Mrs. Frank J. Buzek of Moulton passed away Sat. Nov. 5, 1977, in the Shiner Hospital reaching the age of 89 years, 5 months and 17 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moulton. Interment was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Funeral Home, Moulton.

Mrs. Buzek, nee Mary Darilek was born May 18, 1888, in Lavaca County, daughter of Tom and Mary (Vinklarek) Darilek.

Surviving are her husband, Frank J. Buzek of Moulton; four sons, Louis Buzek of Schulenburg, Victor Buzek of Hallettsville, Frank Buzek of Houston, Herman Buzek of Pasadena; a daughter, Mrs. Judy Davis of Texas City; one brother, Tom Darilek of Moulton; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, March 31, 2007


YOAKUM - Roman F. Buzek, age 63, died Thursday, March 29, 2007. He was born in Moulton on Dec. 12, 1943.

He was a retired communications technician for the Texas Department of Transportation and a Catholic. He was the current president of the Yoakum Lions Club.

Survivors: wife, Phyllis Boone Buzek; son, William Buzek of Yoakum; two grandchildren, Brandon Buzek and Lillie Sophia Buzek.

A rosary will be on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum.

The funeral service will be on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton.

Pallbearers: Dan Pelech, John Fling, Larry Brandt, Joe Sutton, Al Flessner and James Strong.

Honorary pallbearers: members of Yoakum Lions Club.

Memorial contributions may be given to National Kidney Foundation

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Mar 15, 2005

John S. Byrnes JR. - YOAKUM

YOAKUM - John S. Byrnes Jr., 61, of Yoakum, died Saturday, March 12, 2005. He was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Yoakum, to the late John S. Sr. and Katie Irene Dickinson Byrnes. He was an insurance agent and a Methodist. He was a veteran of U.S. Marines, a member of Yoakum Masonic Lodge, and was a Shriner.

Survivors: wife, Lorene Fojtik Byrnes; daughters, Darleen Ann Dieringer and Janice B. Chumchal, both of Yoakum; sons, John T. Byrnes and Dwight S. Byrnes, both of Yoakum; brother, Ronald D. Byrnes; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, David Byrnes; brother, Graham T. Byrnes; and one granddaughter.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Untied Methodist Church, with Dr. Thomas Loftin officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church or donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis




There are over 4,000 obituaries of Central Texans with Czech roots at Steve Alvarez's TXBHS web site. These include many people from Lavaca County and some with German surnames.