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Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 1, 1933


Albert Fabian, a native of Hallettsville, 32 years of age, died at Kerrville Friday of last week. He was a former newspaper man of El Campo and also engaged in business at Victoria. He had been in very bad health for the past eighteen months. He was a World War veteran, and his death was from troubles brought on through exposure during that trying period. He was buried at Hallettsville Sunday morning.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, January 4, 2000


HALLETTSVILLE—Cecilia Gertrude Fabian, 98, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000.

She was born Oct. 20, 1901, in Yoakum, to the late John Cox and Ellen Turner. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Survivors: daughters, Shirley Speckmann of Colorado Springs, Colo., Anne Hale of Nordheim, Pauline Woodson of Midfield, Nell Marxsen of Mt. Pleasant, and Mary Ann Kays of West Virginia, Ruth Tappe of Rosenburg; sons, Joe J. Fabian Jr. of Schulenburg, Robert Fabian of Hallettsville; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Joe Jerry Fabian; four sisters; three brothers and one granddaughter, Barbara Fabian.

Visitation will begin at noon today at Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosaries will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church.

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

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

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, May 7, 1977

HALLETTSVILLE—Edward W. Fabian Sr., 72, of Corpus Christi, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday in a Corpus Christi hospital.

Mr. Fabian was born March 10, 1905, in Wheelock, Tex.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. W. Connally, pastor of First Baptist church of Yoakum, officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elmira Fabian of Corpus Christi; three daughters, Mrs. Frances Ewart and Mrs. Charlene Kern of Houston and Mrs. Grace Marie Elliott of Pearland; two sons, E. W. Fabian Jr. of Bellflower, Calif., and Ronald Fabian of South America; a sister, Mrs. Annie Matejka of Wheelock; five brothers, Joe Fabian of Hallettsville, Stanley Fabian of Bryan, Robert Fabian of Needville, Jerry Fabian of Sugarland and Taft Fabian of New Orleans; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, January 2, 1971

HALLETTSVILLE—Henry B. Fabian, 76, of 301 S. Ridge St., died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday in a local hospital.

Mr. Fabian was born Feb. 2, 1895, in Omaha, Neb. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the St. Joseph Society, the American Legion, SPJST and was a World I veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

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

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel until noon Sunday.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Lys Fabian; a daughter, Miss Henrietta Fabian of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Paul Matejka of Wheelock, Tex. and six brothers, Joe Fabian of Hallettsville, Jerry Fabian of Sugarland, Robert Fabian of Needville, Ed Fabian of Corpus Christi, Stanley Fabian of Franklin, Tex. and Taft Fabian of Santa Monica, Calif.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 12, 1940

Hallettsville.—Funeral services for John J. Fabian, 74, well-known to the newspaper fraternity of this section and a former employe of the Novy Domov-Tribune of this city, were held here with burial in the Hallettsville Roman Catholic cemetery, Rev. F. O. Beck officiating. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Jarosek Fabian; nine sons, John Fabian of Denver, Colo.; Joe, Henry, Jerry and Robert Fabian of Hallettsville, Louis Fabian of Yoakum, Stanley Fabian of Corpus Christi and Taft Fabian of San Antonio; a daughter Mrs. Annie Matejka of Wheelock; a brother, Frank Fabian of Buenos Aires, South America; a sister, Mrs. Annie Wysatta of Yoakum, and 28 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 16 Aug 1899


J. N. Fagg Assassinated – A Party Is Under Arrest.

Yoakum, DeWitt Co., Tex., Aug. 11. – J. N. Fagg, leader of the Yoakum cornet band and manufacturer of soda water, was shot and instantly killed in the rear of the band headquarters on Front street, at about 8:45 Thursday night. Fagg, who was practicing with the other members of the band, left the quarters and said he would be back in a minute. When he had gotten outside the report of a pistol was heard, and upon investigation he was found dead upon the ground at the rear of the building. Deputy Sheriff Ike Griffith of Shiner was sent for and brought a bloodhound to trail the assassin. The dog soon caught the trail and followed it to the home of C. A. Pelzer, in the eastern part of the city. Pelzer was arrested and taken to Halletsville this afternoon, where he will be given an examining trial tomorrow. Fagg, who was a member of the Masonic lodge, was buried under the auspices of that order in the city cemetery this afternoon.

He leaves a wife and one child.

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Shiner’s blood hound under the charge of Deputy Sheriff I. W. Griffith, did some good work at Yoakum last Thursday night. A short time after the killing of J. N. Fagg, Deputy Griffith arrived on the ground with the dog. The hound at once took the trail at the place of the killing and followed it across the vacant lot to the round house yards, going through the round house grounds and passing out the gate facing the passenger depot. From that point the trail led to Pelzer’s house. Upon arrival there the hound entered the house and jumped upon the bed in which Pelzer had been found a few minutes before. The dog then followed the trail back to the calaboose, where Pelzer had been taken in the meantime, and upon arrival there picked Pelzer from the three prisoners confined therein. The Yoakum people are as proud of the dog, as is Mr. Griffith, and gave him unstinted praise for his trailing qualities. They insisted on having a picture of the dog, before he returned to Shiner. [Unknown burial place]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 30 May 1900, page 1, Halletsville Happenings column

Mr. August Fahrenthold, one of the best citizens of this place, died suddenly at his home yesterday afternoon. His wife died about two years since. He leaves a large family of children, all grown, except two.

August F. Fahrenthold, 8 Mar 1837 – 23 May 1900, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Aug 1902

F. W. Fahrenthold Dead.

F. W. Fahrenthold, aged 87 years, died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the residence of his son-in-law, Leo Kroschel. His funeral occured the following day at 11 o'clock a. m. from the Catholic church. Father Nibert of St. John's, officiation.

Mr. Fahrenthold was an old citizen of Halletsville and at one time was the proprietor of a large mercantile establishment. He was a leading citizen and built the Lavaca County Bank block and the store now occupied by E. Schwartz. He came to this country at an early age from Germany and settled first in Austin county where he married. From Austin county he came to Halletsville and having been left a widower was shortly married to a Mrs. Elstner. He leaves four children living to mourn his death; Mrs. Leo Kroschel, Mrs. Joseph Stanzel, Manfred Fahrenthold, all of whom live here, and Paul Fahrenthold of Dreyer.

In the passing of Mr. Fahrenthold Lavaca county and Halletsville loses a citizen who was identified with her business interests in early yearss and one of the pioneers of her progress.—Halletsville Herald

Weimar Mercury, 16 Aug 1902, page 1

Speaking of Mr. Fahrenthold, who died recently in that city, the Hallettsville New Era says:

F. W. Fahrenthold was born August 4, 1826, in Prussia, and emigrated to Texas in the autumn of 1850, settling near Frelsburg, Colorado County. In 1856 he married Miss Ottllie Grobe and moved to New Ulm. His wife died in 1861 after bearing him four children all of whom are yet living. They are Mrs. Leo Kroschel, Mrs. Joe Stanzel of this city, Manfred Fahrenthold of near here and Paul Fahrenthold of Dreyer, Gonzales County.

During the war Mr. Fahrenthold hauled freight by wagon from New Ulm to Brownsville, and in passing through this section became acquainted with Mrs. Elstner, a widow who owned a small farm north of town. They were married in 1864 and moved shortly after to town and opened a store. During the turbulent period immediately following the close of the war, his store was nearly cleaned out by a band of “jayhawkers”. He began again, however, and conducted various commercial enterprises until 1888, when he permanently retired from active business. His second wife proceeded him to the grave some 12 years. She was the mother of C. B. Elstner, deceased, and a step mother of J. F. Elstner, now of San Antonio. A half-brother and a half-sister, Mrs. Hillje and Louis Hillje, both of Weimar, are besides his children, the only near relatives Mr. Fahrenthold had at the time of his death.

F. W. Fahrenthold, who died 3 Aug 1902, was buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Gazette article contributed by Pam Reinhart. Mercury article transcribed by Sharon Sutton. Note from Sally Fahrenthold: F. W. Fahrenthold's half-brother, Louis Charles Fahrenthold, was also a survivor.


Colorado County Citizen, Jan 6, 1898

Hallettsville Herald: After a lingering illness, Max Fahrenthold died at the home of his father, August Fahrenthold, at twelve o'clock Friday night, aged 25 years and six months to a day. He became ill with a complication of liver trouble in May, and since then he was never able to rally. A mild form of dropsy hastened his death. The burial took place Saturday morning. Max was a good, quiet boy and will be missed by those who were associated with him.

Max Fahrenthold, 24 June 1871 - 24 Dec 1897, son of August and Auguste Emma Fiebig Fahrenthold, is buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, 22 May 1897, page 5

Died, on Saturday, May 15th, at 11:30 a.m. at her home in this city, after an illness of some weeks, Mrs. Minna Fahrenthold, wife of August Fahrenthold, aged 45 years, 3 months and 15 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and several children. The remains were followed to their last rest on Sunday by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The New Era extends condolence to the bereaved family.—Halletsville New Era.

Mrs. Fahrenthold was the mother of our friend and fellow-townsman, Mr. Herman Fahrenthold, was an estimable lady, and her death has caused great sorrow among her relatives and numerous friends in this section. We extend sincere condolence to the bereaved relatives in their loss.

Minna Fahrenthold, 24 Jan 1852-15 May 1897, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Photo contributed by Sally Fahrenthold.


Halletsville Herald, 13 Sep 1900

We are sorry to report the death of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Faikus. It was laid to rest in the St. Mary's cemetery last Tuesday.


Shiner Gazette, 9 Apr 1970, page 1

Rites Scheduled for Jim Fait

Jim Fait, age 81 years, 4 months and 17 days, passed away at Trinity Lutheran Home, Shiner, Tuesday, April 7, 1970 at 10:20 a.m.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Thursday, April 9, 1970 at 10:00 a.m., thence to the Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem Mass at 10:15 a.m.

Rosary was recited at the Buffington Chapel Tuesday, April 7, 1970 at 7:30 p.m. by the parish and Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. by the K.J.T. Society.

Interment was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Jim Fait was born November 20, 1888. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, March 12, 1967

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Frank S. Fajkus Sr., 70, of Rt. 4, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, and at 10 a.m. at the Koerth Catholic Church, with the Rev. Emmett B. Kolodzie officiating.

Burial will be in the Koerth Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Fajkus died at 8:25 p.m. Friday in a Yoakum hospital. A retired farmer, he was born Feb. 19, 1897 in Lavaca County.

Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Annie Steffek Fajkus of Hallettsville; three sons, Frank Jr. of Hardin, Marvin of El Campo, and Jerry of Eagle Lake; a brother, John Fajkus of Beasley; and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Kouba and Mrs. Barbara Navar, both of Victoria.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Lavaca County Tribune, March 1959

Isidor Fajkus dies Tuesday.

Isidor F. Fajkus, 67, died at his home in Sweet Home, March 10th.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 11th at the Kubena Funeral Home at 8:30 a.m. and then to the Sweet Home Catholic Church where a Requiem Mass was said.  Rev. Emmett B. Kolodzie officiated at the services.

Pallbearers were Legionnairers, E.J. Valenta, Jno. Berkovsky, Frank Makovy, Lawrence Hermes, J.L. Wendt, B J. Herbst. 

The deceased was born Ocotber 10th, 1891 and in October 16th, 1922 he was united in marriage with Letha Hagan in Cuero.  Mrs. Fajkus died September 6th, 1958.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Valis of Sweet Home; two brothers, Frank Fajkus of Koerth and Jno. Fajkus of Beasley.  Two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Neuvar of Victoria and Mrs. Carrie Kouba of Moulton.

Rosary was recited at the Kubena Funeral Home Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.
Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, October 13, 2012


YOAKUM - Adolph "Bo" Faltesek, age 70, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

He was born in De Costa, TX, on October 22, 1941, to Adolph G. and Agnes Pecena Faltesek. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Laos and Japan; was a retired millwright supervisor, and a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife of 49 years, Jeanette Faltesek of Yoakum; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Farmer of Yoakum; sons, James Faltesek of Yoakum and Joseph Faltesek of Abilene; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond Faltesek of Cuero and sister, Evalie Singer of De Costa.

Preceded in death by: parents, and 3 grandchildren.

Visitation from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Koerth with Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Committal service at 4:00 p.m. at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Queen of Peace Catholic Church for masses.

Online guest book may be signed at
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 2 Jul 1967

Jerry Faltisek

HALLETTSVILLE - Jerry Faltisek, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Faltisek of Sugarland, died Saturday in a local hospital.

Funeral services were held at 5:30 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving besides the parents are a brother, Erwin Wayne Faltisek of Sugarland; the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Angelina Koncaba of Hallettsville and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Faltisek of Moulton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, August 14, 1999


MOULTON—Estelle Ann (Stastny) Faltysek, 83, of Moulton died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999.

She was born July 15, 1916 in Sweet Home. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Louis Faltysek; daughters, Margie Brosch of Victoria, Dolores Pietsch of East Bernard and Ethelyn Holeb of Gonzales; sons, Alton Faltysek of Shiner and Tim Faltysek of East Bernard; sister, Agnes Janak of Hallettsville; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: father, John Stastny; mother, Katherine Wagner Stastny; a sister and two brothers.

A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Smith Chapel at Smith Chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Burial will be in Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, (361) 865-3311

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Yoakum Weekly Herald, 7 Jan 1932


Funeral services for James Walker Farmer, 75 who died at his home on Burt Street Wednesday, December 30, at 11:45 p.m. were held at the home at 2 p.m. January 1. Rev. J. S. Newman of Stockdale, of the Primitive Baptist Church was in charge. Burial was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Farmer was born in Dallas County and came to Yoakum 18 years ago, making his home on Burt street since that time. He engaged in farming during this time.

He is survived by his wife, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Will Cockroft of Yoakum.

The pallbearers were: Frank Rose, James Moore, A. J. Svoboda, Willie Ward, Victor Moore and A. J. Kremenek

Contributed by Debra Cockroft Koerth


From Yoakum newspaper


Mrs. Pearl Farmer, 69, a resident of the Yoakum comminity for about half a century, passed away at her home on Burt Street Tuesday afternoon (18 Apr 1939), following an illness of about two weeks.

Mrs. Farmer came to Lavaca County from Moravia with her parents while only 4 years of age. She was united in marriage to James Walker Farmer at the home of his parents near Yoakum in 1895 and she had resided in Yoakum since that time.

Mrs. Farmer was well known for her charitable life, for her devotion to her family and home and her willingness to aid in any way possible those who needed assistance. She was a devoted Christian, practicing the Christian doctrine in her everyday life.

Funeral services will be held from her late home on Burt Street at 10:30 Thursday, by Rev. Marion West, pastor of the Primitive Baptist Church at Luling, and interment will be made in the Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Beck Mortuary.

Mrs. Farmer is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Will (Annie) Cockroft of Yoakum; sisters, Mrs. Frank Matacek of Yoakum and Mrs. Annie Roach of Hallettsville. She is survived also by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Debra Cockroft Koerth


Hallettsville Herald, 12 Feb 1891

Mrs. Jane Farrell, wife of John Farrell died at 10:15 o’clock Monday night and was buried in the city cemetery Tuesday evening.   Mrs. Farrel’s infant babe preceded her to the grave by only a few days.  She was in her 30th year, and leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her departure. 
Contributed by Regena Williamson


Dallas Morning News, 23 Dec 1967, page 4D


Mrs. Hattie, Dennis, Texas. Survived by sons, Lester D. Fawcett, Richardson, John Fawcett, Dallas; daughter, Mrs. Odell Brown, Dennis, Texas; brother, Benjamin Day, Yoakum, Texas; sisters, Mrs. Arthur Cooper, Yoakum, Texas, Mrs. Ruby Stuart, Louise, Texas, Mrs. Lloyd Leffenwell, Austin, Mrs. Mary Applewhite, Shiner, Texas; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Remains forwarded to Yoakum, Texas for services 11 a.m. Saturday, Buffington Funeral Home Chapel Yoakum, Texas, Rev. W. W. Connally officiating. Interment Yoakum, Texas. Pallbearers: Conrad Fawcett, Dick Fawcett, Macey Applewhite, Arthur Cooper, Jack Hollingsworth, Carl Shindler. Honorary pallbearers: Bobby Cooper, Dennis Brown, Lee Fawcett.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Jan 1905, Local News column

Miss Ida Fehler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fehler, died last Monday of typhoid fever. This is the third child lost in this family in ten days of this dread disease.

Shiner Gazette, 25 Jan 1905, Henkhaus column

Messrs. Joe and Fred Seltzer [Selzer] and their wives of Victoria came in last Tuesday to attend the funeral of Miss Ida Fehler.

Ida Fehler, 16 Aug 1886 - 16 Jan 1905, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 22 Feb 1973, page 4

Edward Fenner

Edward M. (Buster) Fenner 66, of Columbus died in the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville Feb. 16. He had been in the hospital 2 weeks.

Born Oct. 16, 1906, in Lavaca County, he was the son of Ed M. and Carrie Brown Fenner. He was employed as a ranch foreman by E. G. Miller and lived in Columbus 25 years. He attended the Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday with The Rev. Gus Prince officiating and The Rev. Larry Lacy assisting. Burial was in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Irene Fenner of Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Clifton (Ruth) Golden of Spring Branch; one son, Charles Allen Fenner of Pecos; 2 sisters, Mrs. D. J. Sims of Inez and Mrs. Claude Nicholson of Hallettsville; 6 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Russel Miller, Richard Fenner, Gus H. Miller Jr., Allan Hill, Richard Schmidt and Lester Hastedt.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 June 1893

Our neighboring town of Sublime was thrown into a state of mourning Saturday by the sudden death of Mrs. Wm. Fernau. Her death was brought about by the disastrous result of an expected happy event, and instead of our esteemed young friend, Mr. Fernau, being able to rejoice at the coming of an heir he is weighed down with grief consequent upon the loss of his beloved life partner. She was buried Sunday.

Colorado County Citizen, June 1, 1893

Oakland Newsy Notes

Friends here were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Clara Fernace [Fernau], consort of Mr. W. C. Fernace of Sublime, which occurred in that place last Friday night.  Mrs. Fernace was raised here and was married to W. C. Fernace a little over a year ago.  Deceased has many relatives residing in Oakland.  Those who attended her funeral from here were Mr. and Mrs. G. Albert, Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Schott, Mr. and Mrs. H. Sachs, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. and Mrs. H. J. Strunk, Mrs. R. Van Wagner and Mrs. Johannah Grobe.

Transcribed by Ernest Mae Seaholm


The Lavaca County Tribune, 1961

Mrs. Clara Fernau Dies At 79 Years

Mrs. Clara (M. G.) Fernau, 79 resident of the Sublime-Vietnna area for many years, died Saturday, October 21, at 6:20 a.m. in the Renger Memorial Hospital in Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville at 2:00 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. at the Sublime Lutheran Church, Monday, October 23rd. Interment was in the Geiger Cemetery near Sublime. Rev. W. A. Flachmier officiated.

Pallbearers were Oscar Sicko, Emmett Wolsdorff, Hilmer Popp, Hilmer Woytek, William Allen, and Julius Bucek.

The deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church. She was born near Hallettsville, January 10, 1882. Nee Miss Clara Rother, as a young woman she married M. G. Fernau at Hallettsville and the couple settled at Sublime where they spent their entire lives together.

Mr. Fernau died April 22, 1957.

Surviving are one son, Alvin Fernau of Sublime; three brothers, Frank, Ambrose and Paul Rother of Hallettsville; and four sisters, Mrs. Alex Bonorden of Sinton, Mrs. Paul Blaschke, Mrs. Joe Zappe, Sr., and Mrs. H. C. Randow, all of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, September 7, 1962

Emilie Fernau Dies at 87 Years

Mrs. Emilie Fernau, 87, well known resident of the Sublime community, passed away at 2:00 .a.m. Sunday, September 2nd, in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Inc., here, following a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 3, at the Kubena Funeral Home at 1:30 a.m. here and at the Sublime Lutheran Church at 3:00 p.m. The body lay in state at the Sublime church from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Interment was in the Geiger Cemetery. Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiated.

The deceased was born in Austria in 1880, and came to this country many years ago. She married Wm. C. Fernau at Sublime on February 7, 1895, and they lived together in that community ever since. Mr. Fernau died Jan. 3, 1920.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Marie Koehn of Weimar and Mrs. Annie Emken of Shiner.

A sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, 9 Jan 1920, page 4

Oakland News

Several from here attended the funeral of W. C. Fernau at Sublime Sunday, Mr. Fernau's death was quite a shock to everyone, even his wife and relaives, as he was apparently well and hearty. He had been complaining of the toothache, and Friday went over to Halletsville and had a dentist examine same which he pronounced an abcess, and lanced it. Mr. Fernau returmed home in the afternoon, feeling much relieved and in good spirits. His wife stated that after retiring that night, they talked for quite a bit and spoke of the following day at the store (it being Saturday), and of the hard day's work before him. Early the next morning when Mrs. Fernau arose, he asked her to hand him a box of mentholatum to rub his jaw, as it was paining him. when she looked at him again he was dying and made to speak. She summoned help as quickly as possible, but it was too late. Death was almost instantaneous. Mr. Fernau leaves a widow, an aged mother and several sisters and brothers. His funeral was largely attended and very impressive. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Heinrich of Halletsville. Sublime has lost a good citizen, and his vacancy in the home, church and community can never be filled. Mr. Fernau at one time was a resident of Oakland, working in a store, after which he moved to Sublime and merchandised ther up to the time of his death. He also carried a line of drugs and filled prescriptions. We certainly sympathize with his aged mother and heart-broken wife. May God bring them comfort and consolation. Those who attended the funeral from here were M. B. Fowlkes and wife, F. A. Strunk and wife, Mrs. Idulia Strunk, Ernst Strunk, Willis VanWagner, Gustav Albert, Albert Tesch, Victor Strunk, Chas. Frazer, and Robert Little of Bila Hora.

William was the son of Christoph and Ernestine (Albert) Fernau. He married Emilie Weiss on Feb. 7, 1895 in Sublime. He is buried in Geiger Cemetery in Sublime. Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1896, page 1

Prof. and Mrs. Will Fertsch lost their little five months old baby boy Saturday from an attack of fever. The funeral was held Sunday at Bunyes [sic.] grave yard. The GAZETTE extends its sympathies to the bereaved parents in their terrible loss.

This appears to be an unmarked grave in the Bunjes Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 4 Aug 1925


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Fertsch that was born Monday morning at 5 o'clock died at 12 o'clock.

The funeral will be held from the home this (Tuesday) morning at 9:30 o'clock interment will be made in the city cemetery.

We extend sympathy to the bereaved ones.


Shiner Gazette, 17 Jun 1909

Emil Buske and Ed. Fertsch of Shiner passed through here this morning going to Halletsville to be at the funeral of the child of Charles Fertsch, which died there late yesterday evening. Also E. H. Miller and wife attended the funeral.

Loraine E. Fertsch, 11 Sep 1907 – 12 Jun 1909, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 13 Nov 1953, page 1

Fred Fietsam, 68, Formerly of Here, Buried In Shiner

Funeral services for Fred J. Fietsam, 68, former Weimar resident, were held Monday morning, Nov. 9, at Buffington Funeral Home and the Catholic Church, with burial in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Msgr. Jos. A. Pustka of Yoakum celebrated the Solemn Requiem High Mass.

Mr. Fietsam died in Wagner Hospital at Shiner Friday morning, Nov. 6, after several weeks' illness.

Born at Weimar Dec. 1, 1884, he was the son of the late Henry and Theckla Goepf Fietsam. He married Miss Mathild Strauss here June 4, 1917. They lived in Skidmore until 1925, when they returned to Weimar to make their home the next nine years. In 1934 they moved to Hallettsville, and in 1937 to Shiner. At the time of his death Mr. Fietsam was a capitol guard at the State Capitol in Austin.

Mr. Fietsam was one of the first Scoutmasters in Weimar and devoted much time to that activity.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Felix Najvar of Hallettsville; two sons, Joe H. Fietsam of Rosenberg and Henry J. Fietsam of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. B. L. Hale of San Antonio and Mrs. W. E. Relfschlaeger of Corpus Christi; one brother, Walter H. Michalke of San Antonio; and three grandchildren.

Oscar Schindler of Weimar was one of the pallbearers at the funeral.


Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1971

Mrs. Fietsam Dies, Taught At Wildwood

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 14, at Shiner for Mrs. Tillie Fietsam, former Weimar area resident, who died Nov. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner.

Requiem Mass was offered in Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church at Shiner by Rev. Msgr. John J. Hanacek. She was buried in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Fietsam, a native of the Shiner rural area and daughter of Jacob and Amelia Capka Strauss, taught the Wildwood school near Weimar from 1906 until 1912. She was married to Fred J. Fietsam here on June 4, 1917. They lived at Skidmore for 12 years, Mr. Fietsam working as a railway clerk, but moved back here in 1929, when he accepted a job with Weimar Drug Co. They moved to Hallettsville in 1934, and Mrs. Fietsam and her eldest son Joe went to work for a newspaper, the New Era-Herald.

Mrs. Fietsam became owner and publisher of the Shiner Gazette in November 1937 and sold it in February 1945.

Her husband died in 1953.

Mrs. Fietsam was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America court at Weimar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, February 4, 1972

SHINER—Mrs. Otto (Angelina) Fikac, 43, of Shiner, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday in a local hospital.

Mrs. Fikac was born May 9, 1928, in Fayette County.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Shiner Catholic Church with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 1 p.m. Friday at which time it will be taken to the church.

A Rosary was recited Thursday night.

Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Carlind (?)Blohm; a son, Robert Fikac; her mother, Mrs. Agnes Mitchon, and a grandchild, Allison Blohm, all of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. John Fogtik [Fojtik?] of Victoria; two brothers, Steve Mitchon of Shiner and Bennie M. Mitchon of Moulton; three half-sisters and two half-brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Corpus Christi Times, Tuesday, March 29, 1966

Mrs. Annie Fikac, 72, mother of two South Texans, died this morning in a San Antonio hospital. Among her survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Jerry Migl of 6002 S. Alameda, and Mrs. George Matula of Taft.

Funeral Mass will be tomorrow at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home. Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville is in charge of funeral arrangements.

San Antonio Express, Wednesday, March 30, 1966

Mrs. Annie (Frank) Fikac, 72, of 102 Bent Dr. died here Tuesday. Services will be Thursday in Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, and burial will be at Sweet Home Catholic Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Charles Wagner and Mrs. Donald L. Smith, both of San Antonio; Mrs. Jerry Migl, Corpus Christi, and Mrs. George Matula, Taft; two brothers, John Berkovsky of Sweet Home and Victor Berkovsky, San Antonio;p five sisters, Mrs. Joe Morris, Mrs. Josephine Chaloupka, Mrs. Martin Pesek and Mrs. Emanual Hranitzky, all of Sweet Home, and Mrs. Vincent Falbo, San Antonio.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Corsicana Light, Friday, November 30, 1928

SHINER, Nov. 29.—Friends of Anton Fikac, who attended his wedding here Tuesday attended his funeral today. Fikac was shot through the heart when he stumbled and fell on a shortgun with which he was trying to shoot a hawk.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, September 22, 2000


MOULTON -- Ernest Fikac, 59, of Moulton, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000.

He was born April 1, 1941, in Shiner, to the late Jim and Ludmilla Fikac. He was owner of Fikac Transmission Service and Fikac Distributing Co. and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. He was a member of the Moulton Volunteer Fire Department for over 17 years, was a member of the KC's and was past president of the Friendly Trailriders.

Survivors: wife, Nellivee Pilsner Fikac; sons, Darren Fikac of Moulton and Duane Fikac of Lake Jackson; sister, Lucy Shimek of Shiner; brothers, Anton Fikac of Point Comfort and Johnnie Fikac of El Campo; and five grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, Michael Fikac; parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tonight at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Gabriel Mason officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


 Victoria Advocate, Friday, April 30, 1971  

Miss Annie Filip

HALLETTSVILLE -- Miss Annie Filip, 72, of 113 W. Third St., died at 11 p.m. Wednesday in a local hospital.

Miss Filip was born July 24, 1898, in Lavaca County.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and a brother.  

Funeral services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 10 a.m. at the Moravia Catholic Church with the Rev. Francis Kalina officiating.  Burial will be in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving is a brother, Albert Filip of Hallettsville.

A Rosary was recited Thursday night by the parish at the funeral home chapel.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 9 Sep 1999

Edward Filip

Edward “Eddie” Filip, age 51 years, 9 months and 29 days of Yoakum passed away Monday, August 30, 1999 at the Yoakum Community Hospital.

A rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rev. Gary Janak officiated, assisted by Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld and Rev. Dan Morales.

Burial with military honors followed at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

The pallbearers were his nephews, Patrick Henke, Leo J. Henke Jr., Johnny Dennis Havel, Randy Honish, Andy Henke, Teddy Seddlar, Jeffery Matula and Matthew Harvey.

The honorary pallbearers were his nieces, nephews and great-nephews, Cleo Cooper, Joyce Harper, James Wagner and co-workers.

Mr. Filip was born Aug. 31, 1947 in Shiner to Oscar and Mary Harabis Filip of Shiner. He was an auto mechanic for Cooper Chevrolet and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He attended St. Paul Catholic School in Shiner and was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.

He married Elizabeth Henke on Oct. 14, 1972 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Jennifer Filip of Yoakum; two sons, David Filip of Yoakum and Scott Filip of Hallettsville; a sister, Jeanette Henke of Moulton; a brother, Robert Filip of Hallettsville; 12 nieces, 15 nephews and four great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Yoakum or the American Cancer Society.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 22 May 1925


Mr. Vinc L. Filipp, a prominent resident of the Nickel community, died Wednesday morning, May 13, pneumonia being the cause of death.

The funeral was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Filipp of Moulton Thursday morning, interment being made in the Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Kopp conducting the services.

The deceased was 49 years, 7 months and 26 days old, having been born Sept. 17, 1875.

Surviving him are his wife and ten children: Mrs. Aug. Fojtek, Mrs. John Starry, Ed., Frank, Willie, Jim, George and Misses Sophia, Theresa and Agnes. He also leaves six brothers, Fred Klozik, F. L., Ad., Rud., Joe and Ed. Filipp, two sisters, Mrs. Mary A. Oehl and Mrs. Robert Brandl, and three grandchildren.

The Eagle extends its sympathy to the bereaved ones. — Moulton Eagle.


Yoakum – Edgar F. Findeisen, 79, of Yoakum, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002.

He was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Moulton, to the late Charles and Alma Rippen Findeisen.  He was a retired belt department foreman for Tex Tan and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  He was a former member of the Yoakum Volunteer Fire Department and of the Sweet Home American Legion.  He was a U.S. Army Air Corps. veteran having served in World War II.

Survivors: wife, Rosa Lee Tolbert Findeisen; daughter, Gail Findeisen Wenz of San Antonio; sons, Charles Findeisen of Katy and James Findeisen of Yoakum; brothers, Elo Findeisen of New Braunfels and Calvin Findeisen of Corpus Christi; and four grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Lorene Riske and Marilyn McCord and parents.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Gary Goodson officiating.

Entombment will be at Yoakum Restland Mausoleum.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Yoakum Volunteer Fire Department or donor’s choice.
Unidentifed newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Victoria Advocate, December 19, 2003

Ottillia J. Firasek

WALLIS - Ottillia J. Firasek, 83, of Wallis, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003.
She was born March 19, 1920, in Moulton, to the late Frank A. and Mary Fillip Koncaba. She was a housewife and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Helen Bauerle of Georgetown; sons, Benjamin L. Firasek of Rosenberg and Edward F. Firasek of New Ulm; sister, Olga Brazda of Needville; brother, James Koncaba of Moulton; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, September 1994

MOULTON - Adella Fisbeck, 81, of Moulton died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1994.

She was born Feb. 25, 1913, in Moulton to the late Adolph and Mary Butschek Anders. She was a telephone operator and a member of Eastern Star and Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Kubenka of Austin, Beverly Rudolph of Yoakum, and Gayle Culak of Sugar Land; a sister, Alice Meisetschleager of Helotes; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto George Fisbeck; her parents Adolph and Mary Anders; and a brother, Walter Anders.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton. The Rev. J. R. Westerfield officiated.

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

Pallbearers were Chris Culak, John Rudolph, Scott Kubenka, Jeffrey Culak, Gregory Rudolph and Mike Noel.

Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Moulton Eagle, November 1997


Hugo W. Fisbeck, 89 years, 8 months and 26 days, of Moulton, died Sunday, November 2, 1997.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton, with the Rev. J. R. Westerfield officiating.

Burial followed at the Moulton City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Moulton.

Pallbearers were Alex Fairchild, James Fairchild, Donnal Jacobs, Doug Parker, Francis Fisbeck and David Fisbeck.

He was born March 6, 1908, in Baursville, to the late Fritz and Mary Kaiser Fisbeck. He was a farmer and was former director of Lavaca County and Moulton Farm Bureau. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Carlotta Fairchild of Moulton; three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Minnie) Mueller, Mrs. Alton (Alma) Halliburton, and Mrs. Jake (Ellen) Hull all of Moulton; one brother, Alton Fisbeck of Moulton; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Butschek Fisbeck, July 30, 1972; his father, June 24, 1969; his mother, April 3, 1959; one sister, Mrs. Larry (Marian) Schendel, November 28, 1964; and four brothers, Victor Fisbeck, January 6, 1954, Otto Fisbeck, July 13, 1978, Gus Fisbeck, April 15, 1990, and infant Edwin Fisbeck.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Lillian M. F. Fisbeck - MOULTON

MOULTON - Lillian M. Faltisek Fisbeck, 81, of Moulton, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004.

She was born March 30, 1923, in Moulton, to the late John and Mary Zalman Faltisek. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hobby Club of Moulton and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Alton Fisbeck; daughters, Lucreta Fike of Flatonia and Pamela Carpenter of LaGrange; sons, Darcy Fisbeck of Missouri City, Baylen Fisbeck of Weimar, and Sheldon Fisbeck of Houston; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Alvin Faltisek and Elo Faltisek.

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

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

Burial will be at Moulton City Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 361-596-4631.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe.


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, April 6, 1976

MOULTON—Mrs. Sydonia Fisbeck, 69, resident of Moulton for many years, died here Sunday.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Moulton City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, G. G. Fisbeck; a son, Francis Fisbeck of Moulton; a brother, Alton Hruska of Fresno, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Emil Julufka [Jalufka?] of Moulton and Mrs. A. A. Bettinardi of Lafayette, Calif.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Lavaca County Tribune, 8 June 1943

Franz Fischer Laid to Final Rest.

The funeral of Franz Dietrich Fischer, aged 83 years, was held at the Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, Rev., A. D.Klages performing the last rites. The deceased was born at Frelsburg on Jan. 7, 1860, and was a devoted member of the Lutheran church.

Mr. Fischer is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emily [Sebastian] of Breslau, and Mrs. Oscar Rosse of Kingsville.

After living in Shiner for 20 years, Mr. Fischer made his residence near Breslau, where he has lived for four years. On June 3 at 9:00 p.m. he died in his home, leaving many relatives and friends to mourn his death.

Pallbearers were: Messrs. Arthur, Richard and Robert Spies, Louis Menke, Herman Kaelke, and Wessel Buss.

Franz Fischer was the son of Friedrich Fischer and Wilhelmine Pagel. He lost a leg in a logging accident in California and never married. Obituary and photo contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, 13 Sep 1962, page 1

Shiner Woman Killed in Wreck Near Flatonia

Mrs. Josephine Fischnar, 68, of Shiner died Friday afternoon in Wagner Hospital at Shiner about 4 hours after being injured in a 2-car accident on Highway 90 near Flatonia.

In critical condition in the hospital was her husband, Eddie Charles Fischnar, 70, who was walking around immediately after the wreck but lapsed into unconsciousness as he and his wife were being taken to Shiner by an ambulance.

Mr. Fischnar was driving their 1951 Ford as the couple left Praha, where they had attended a cousin's funeral. As the car entered the highway it was struck on the driver's side by a station wagon occupied by two men from LaFayette, La. They told officers the car stopped after pulling onto their lane of the highway and they were unable to go around it.

The wreck occurred at about 10:30 a.m.

Funeral services were held in Shiner Monday for Mrs. Fischnar. In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons and a daughter.


Moulton Eagle, 29 Jun 1917

Death of Jim Fishbeck

It is with sorrow that the Eagle chronicles the death of Jim Fishbeck, an industrious young farmer residing several miles south of town. Mr. Fishbeck died Thursday morning June 21 of appendicitis.

The body was interred in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery Friday at nine thirty in the morning, Rev. Father Neubert conducting the funeral services. The pallbearers were Anton Seizer, Willie Kram, Joe Zalman, John Schacherl, Martin Boehm and Frank Ermis.

The deceased completed the journey of life in 34 years, nine months and 18 days. He was born at Praha, Fayette County, December 3, 1883. In 1910 he was married to Miss Marie Wotipka. Four children, two boys and two girls, blessed the union.

The Eagle extends its sympathy to the sorrowing ones.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 20 Jun 1991, page 10A


HALLETTSVILLE – Victor J. Fishbeck, 77, of Hallettsville, died in a Houston hospital Wednesday, June 19, 1991, following a brief illness.

Mr. Fishbeck was born Nov. 29, 1913, in Lavaca County to the late Jim and Mary Wotipka Fishbeck and was retired from the Lavaca County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher after 15 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, member of the American Legion, the VFW, the DAV, the Knights of Columbus, board member and past commander of the American Legion Post and Legionnaire of the Year in 1984. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville and married the former Linda Schroeder on March 9, 1946, in Houston.

Survivors: Wife, Linda Fishbeck; daughters, Patricia Pittman of Missouri City, Carol Young of Austin and Linda Bishkin of Sugarland; sister, Elizabeth Kurtz of Shiner; half sister, Pauline Marko of Houston; stepsisters, Elvera Schaefer of Hallettsville, Gertrude Heinhold of Victoria and Olivia Sevcik of Florida; half brother, Alfred Dierschke of Moulton; three grandchildren.

Visitation 10 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosaries 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, the Rev. Celestino Say officiating.

Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 798-3271.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 2 June 2010


SHINER - Oscar Bernard Gustav Fisseler, 93, of Shiner died Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner after a short illness.

Oscar was born Dec. 25, 1916 in Shiner to Otto Fisseler and Annie (DeHarde) Fisseler. He was baptized at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church on April 29, 1917. He attended Shiner Public School and graduated from Shiner High School in 1934. After high school, he entered Baldwin Business College in Yoakum, and graduated in 1936. He later received a Certificate in Business Administration from Blinn College in 1955.

In January of 1937, Oscar was hired by Kaspar Wire Works of Shiner. He was employed by Kaspar Wire Works for 47 years until his retirement in 1984.

On June 24, 1940, Oscar was joined in marriage to Regina Seidenberger daughter of Robert and Margareta (Stock) Seidenberger in the SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner. On June 24 of this year, the couple would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Fisseler was a World War II veteran who served in the United States Navy as a store keeper second class in the Small Craft Training Center in San Pedro, Calif. from 1943 to 1946.

Oscar was a member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where he served as PTO president, president of the board of St. Paul High School, and an active supporter of all St. Paul sporting events. He was a 4th degree knight and served as financial secretary of Knights of Columbus #3081. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Shiner. He also worked in his community as a Little League coach, cub master and scout master.

Oscar was predeceased by his father; his mother; one son, Charles Ray Fisseler; his brother, Elo; and his sisters, Natalia Barre and Ruby Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Regina; daughter, Katherine and husband Marvin Filla of Austin; son, Robert Fisseler and wife Margaret of Victoria; son, Glenn Fisseler and wife Doris of Houston; son, Thomas Fisseler of Deer Park; son, Michael Fisseler and wife Brenda of Hallettsville; and son, Larry Fisseler and wife Brenda of Brownwood. He is also survived by his brother, Lester Fisseler and wife Joyce of Waco; brother-in-law, Garner Davis of Dallas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Daniel and Mildred Seidenberger; sister-in-law, Evelyn Werner; sister-in-law, Minola Seidenberger; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be at Buffington Funeral Home from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, June 2, 2010, followed by the rosary at 7 p.m., at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.

The funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10 a.m. at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Officiate will be Father Bob Knippenberg.
Pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus #3081.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Oscar B. Fisseler Memorial Scholarship Fund at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 306 S. Ave F., Shiner, TX 77984.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated newspaper clipping

Travis Fitch

Mass of Christian Burial was recited for Travis L. Fitch, 81, of Kilgore, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kilgore. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum. Rosary services were held Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home.

Travis L. Fitch went to be with our Lord on Saturday, Nov. 29. He was born on Sept. 4, 1922 in Lavaca County to Sam and Lillian (Mason) Fitch. Travis was a Third Degree member of The Knights of Columbus at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kilgore, where he served for 45 years. He retired from Shell Oil Company after 33 years. Mr. Fitch served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

His son Travis Fitch, Jr. parents Sam and Lillian Fitch, sisters Ethel Monk and Betty Clark, preceded him in death.

Mr. Fitch is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia E. (Lauer) Fitch of Kilgore; children, Robert Fitch of Kilgore, Diana Holmes and son-in-law Herman Holmes of Winona, Melissa Dow and son-in-law Eddie Dow of Tyler, Russell Fitch, Sr. and daughter-in-law Melissa Fitch of Kilgore; grandchildren, Carrie Holmes Evans of Winona, Robert Fitch, Jr. and Jason Fitch of Pittsburgh, Scott Holmes and Steve Holmes of Winona, Kristen Dow of Tyler, Amanda Fitch of Jasper, Russell Fitch, II and Travis P. Fitch of Kilgore; seven great-grandchildren, brothers, James, Sam and Carl Fitch.

The Knights of Columbus served as Pallbearers and his grandsons will be Honorary Pallbearers.

Please sign the online register at

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 1 Dec 1894, page 2

Louis Fitzgerald, the colored preacher who fell under the wheels of a train while trying to jump off near the section house in Hallettsville, died at his home in Yoakum Saturday. Fitzgerald suffered the loss of one of his feet, and it was thought that amputation would end the trouble. The day before the accident Fitzgerald purchased an accident ticket for 25 cents, and his widow will therefore receive $3000.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 28 Jan 1910, page 1

Yoakum Jan. 23. — The remains of Mrs. Birdie Fitzhugh, who died in Almyra, Ark., on Jan. 20, were brought to Yoakum today for interment. The body was carried from the train to the Methodist church, where a short service was held by Pastor J. M. Perry. Mrs. Fitzhugh was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. woolsey of this city, and at the time of her death was but 21 years of age. Besides the parents, several brothers and sister and a number of other relatives reside in Yoakum. The funeral was largely attended.


Shiner Gazette, 2 Nov 1893

—C. H. Flato had a beautiful stone placed over the grave of his daughter Stella last week. The design is of unusual beauty and simplicity. On one side are the words: “STELLA, daughter of Chas and Selma Flato, born Dec. 24th, 1879; died June 2nd, 1893. On the obverse side is this inscription:

“She was but a jewel lent us.
To sparkle in our midst awhile;
Then God called away his treasure
Before she knew an earthly gaile.”

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 30 Sep 1903

One af [sic.] the little triplets recently born to Mr. and Mrs. John Flessner, died very suddenly last Saturday morning. The little one had not been ill, and the death was entirely unexpected.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercur, 23 Apr 1937

Death Former Resident.

From the Halletsville New Era-Herald of this week we learn of the death of Mr. George Flessner, who passed away at his home at Shiner Sunday morning, April 18, at the age of nearly 62 years.

Mr. Flessner formerly lived at or near Weimar. He was born April 28, 1874, at Garnhot, Germany; came to American in 1891, first settling near Weimar, where he lived until 1900. Then he moved to the Shiner section; was married to Miss Bertha Wieting in 1902. In 1907 the couple moved to the Moulton section, then back to Shiner in 1924.

He was taken seriously ill Tuesday of last week, and although doctors and nurses did all possible forhim it proved unavailing.

He is survived by his widow, two children, Paul and Irene, and three grandchildren; also three brothers and a sister, as follows: D. Flessner of Damon, Charles of Moulton, Henry of Moulton and Mrs. Anton Schneider of Shiner.


Weimar Mercury, 21 Jan 1899, page 8

Yoakum, Tex., Jan. 18.—J. A. Flewellen, about 80 years old, dropped dead on the street here this morning about 8 o'clock. Deceasd has a son somewhere in Texas, but his whereabouts are not known.


Shiner Gazette, 27 Sep 1899, Nickel Notes column

Mrs. Floyd has our deepest sympathy in the loss of her baby boy of five summers, with this dreaded disease, who died and was buried last Thursday 14th inst., in the public cemetery in the city. He was sick only a few days. Everything that Dr. Jones could do was done, but the dear mother had to yield her treasure to God who gave it. Let us murmur not. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 11 Apr 1900

The little two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Flury died Thursday night at 8 o’clock after a short illness. It was buried Friday evening. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction. – Moulton Eagle. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 4 Apr 1907, page 3

—Little Helene, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Foeh, died Tuesday afternoon and was given tender interment in the City Cemetery. The little one was but five months old, just the age when its baby finger entwined in loving caresses around its parents hearts. We extend our heartiest sympathies to them in their bereavement.


Victoria Advocate, 2 July 2007


HALLETTSVILLE - Alton John "A.J." Fojt, 79, passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord on June 30, 2007. He was born March 31, 1928 to Frank and Amelia "Mollie" Kovarik Fojt on the family farm in Bila Hora.

A.J. was raised in Bila Hora, joined the Navy at age 18, served two years, and received the Victory Medal WWII and an honorable discharge. He was a member of the SPJST for over 50 years and Czech Moravian Brethren Church of Vsetin.

Alton is survived by his son, Alton J. Fojt Jr. of Terrell; daughter, Brandy Fojt and fiancé, Jason Gabler of Hallettsville; step-daughter, Shannon Quick and husband Johnny of Sachse; Nathan Fojt, who he thought of like a son; dear friend, Vera Tesch; grandchildren, Kaitlin Kostelnik, Mikayla and Mikenna Gabler, Cortney Elliott, and Johnny Quick III; and many beloved family and friends.

Alton was preceded in death by his first wife, Joy; daughter, Medina; parents; brother, Raymond F. Fojt, and sister, Christine Wornat.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. today, with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m., at Kubena Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Czech Moravian Brethren Church, Vsetin, with Rev. Herb Beyer officiating. Burial will follow at Bila Hora Cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions to assist the family will be sincerely appreciated.

Words of Comfort may be shared with the family at

Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, June 22, 1922

Mrs. John Fojt of the Bila Hora section died Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. in the Burns Hospital at Cuero after under-going a stomach operation. The deceased at the time of her death had reached the age of 64 years, 5 months, and 27 days.

The funeral was held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the family home, with burial in the Bila Hora Cemetery. Rev. A. Motycka, Lutheran minister of Nelsonville, officiating.

Pall beraers were Messrs. Jim and Frank Melnar, Joe and Adolf Dusek, John Kovarik and Frank Peterek.

Mrs. Fojt was born in the old country, coming here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Marek and settling in Lavaca county at the age of 8 years. She was married 48 years ago and spent most of her life in the Bila Hora section. She had many friends all over this community.

Surviving are her husband: six sons, Fand and Emil of Bila Hora, John of Oakland, Willie of Moulton, Charles of Baytown, Victor at home; three daughters, Mrs. Albert Balusek of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank Trlica and Mrs. Henry Kubos of Moravia and fifteen grandchildren.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family.—Hallettsville New Era-Herald.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Friday, July 20, 1973

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Emil A. Fojt, 66, died Wednesday at 11 p.m. in a Hallettsville hospital.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Czech Moravian Brethren Church, with the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

Burial will be in the Vsetin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be William Fojt, Weldon Trilica, Melton Kubesh and Alton Fojt.

Mrs. Fojt was a member of the Czech Moravian Bretharn [Brethren] Church. She was born in Lavaca County Oct. 8, 1906. She married Emil A. Fojt on Nov. 24, 1925 in Weimar.

Survivors include her husband, Emil A. Fojt of Hallettsville; one son, Raymond R. Fojt of Victoria; two brothers, Emil Roznovak of Hallettsville and Adolph Roznovak of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 6 Jan 1977, page 8

Funeral for Frank Fojt, 87, Dec. 16

Funeral services for Frank Fojt, 87, who died Monday night, Dec. 13, in a Houston rest home, were held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 16, at Czech Moravian Brethren Church, Lavaca County. Rev. Henry Beseda officiated.

Burial was in the Bila Hora Cemetery.

Mr. Fojt was a member of Czech Moravian Brethren Church and of the SPJST at Bila Hora.

Born July 2, 1889, in Lavaca County, he was married to the former Mollie Mary Kovarek on Sept. 15, 1917, in Hallettsville.

Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons, Alton of Houston and Raymond of Hallettsville: four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, three brothers, Emil of Hallettsville, Willie of Moulton and Victor of San Antonio; and a sister, Mrs. Henry Kubos of Moravia.


Weimar Mercury
15 Jan 1954, page 8

Mrs. Joe Fojt, 73, Buried Last Week at Bila Hora

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Fojt, 73 mother of August Fojt of Weimar, were led at Hallettssville Wednesday, January 6, with continued services at the Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church.

Burial was in the Bila Hora Cemetery.

Mrs. Fojt died in Renger Hospital January 4.

A native of Czechoslovakia, she came to this country in 1870 and had lived at Vsetin most of her life. In 1903 she was married to Mr. Fojt, who died in 1932.

Surviving are five sons, Adolph and Emil of Hallettsville, August of Weimar, and Edwin and Milton of Mercedes; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Tesch and Mrs. Alphonse Michalcik, both of Hallettsville; two brothers, Frank Tlucek of El Campo and Henry Tlucek of Harlinger; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Kovarik and Mrs. John Kovarik, Hallettsville: 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1948

Final Rites for John Fojt, Sr., Held Last Week

Funeral services for John Fojt Sr., who died February 15 at the home of his son Emil A. Fojt, at Bila Hora, were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 17, from Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with interment in Bila Hora Cemetery. He Lacked eight days of being 84 years old.

Rev. Kostohrys, Lutheran minister of Temple, Texas, officiated in the rites. Appropriate hymns were rendered by the Vsetin Lutheran choir; John Bocek, speaking for the S.P. J. S. T. of which Mr. Fojt had been a member, delivered an address in his memory. Mr. Fojt was also a member of the C.S. P.S. and the Vsetin Lutheran Church.

Mr. Fojt was born in Czechoslovakia February 23, 1864. and came to this country at the age of 18. In later years he married Mill Annie Marek, residing continously at Bila Hora during the remainder of his life. Mrs. Fojt preceded him in death June 2, 1934.

He is survived by six sons, Frank and Emil of Bila Hora, John of Oakland, Willie of Shiner, Charles of Baytown and Victori of San Antonio: three daughters, Mrs. Frank Arlica, Mrs. Henry Kubos of Moravia and Mrs. Albert Balusek of San Antonio. Two children died in infancy. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death several years ago.

Active pallbearers at the funeral were six grandsons: Julius and Weldon Arlica, Raymond, Alton and Erwin Fojt and Milton Kubos.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1932

Joseph Fojt Dead

Joseph Fojt, aged 51 years, a highly respected farmer of this county, passed away at his home in the Bila Hora section Wednesday at 6:50 p.m.

The funeral will occur fro teh family home this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock, with burial in the Bila Hora cemetery.

Mr. Fojtt was born in the old country, but came to this country at the age of two years and had been living at Sublime and Bila Hora for the past 40 years. he was a good, honest man and his many friends all over this section will be sorry to learn of his passing.

Surviving are his wife (nee Miss Janie Tlucek): two daughters, Misses Martina and Lillie: five sons, August, Adolph, Emil, Edwin and Milton and two grandchildren all of whom live in this community.

To the bereaved the New Era-Herald extends sincere sympathy.—Hallettsville New Era-Herald.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, December 29, 1976

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie M. Fojt, 77, who died Monday in a Houston nursing home, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Czech Moravian Brethren Church in Vsetin with the Rev. Henry Beseda offiiciating.

Burial will be in Bila Hora Cemetery in Vsetin.

She was a member of the church, SPJST Lodge 16 in Bila Hora. Born in Lavaca County on July 2, 1899, she married Frank Fojt on Sept. 15, 1917, in Hallettsville.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Fojt, Randy, J.W., Frankie, Edward and Bennie Schovajsa.

Survivors include two sons, Alton of Houston and Raymond of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Matilda Schovajsa of Houston; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, 7 Feb 2007

Agnes O. Koncaba Fojtik, 80, formerly of Weimar and current resident of Stevens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hallettsville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007.

She was born Aug. 20, 1926 in Lavaca County, to Anton and Angelina Berckenhoff Koncaba.

Mrs. Fojtik was a nurses aid at Stevens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hallettsville and a homemaker.

She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar.

Survivors include three daughters, Darlene Flores and husband, Tony Sr. of Manchaca, Janice Jobb and husband, Daniel and Mary Rainosek and husband, Craig, all of Weimar; three sisters, Viola Konvicka of Hallettsville, Patsy Faltisek of Rosenberg, and Dolores Dreitner of Weimar; three brothers, George Koncaba of Hallettsville, Bill Koncaba of Houston, and Edwin Kent of Gilmer; seven grandchildren, Mark Jobb and wife, Janet of Shiner, Tony Flores Jr. of Manchaca, Robin Derickson and Melissa Flores, both of Austin, Chrissy Flores of Manchaca, and Kaitlin Rainosek and Colby Rainosek, both of Weimar, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert "Fritz" Fojtik, Sept. 20, 1968; her parents; a sister, Mrs. John Frank (Emma Mary) Pohler, and three brothers, Isidor F. Koncaba, Oscar John Koncaba, and Adolph Emil Koncaba Sr.

Rosary, led by Father John Bily, was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Feb. 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Rev. John Peters officiated.

Burial, under the direction of Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar, followed in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Mark Jobb and Tony Flores Jr., and her nephews, Elmer Dreitner, Wayne Faltisek, Alton Fojtik Jr., and Raymond Pohler.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 22 Sep 1968, page 12A

Albert F. Fojtik

HALLETTSVILLE -- Albert Fritz Fojtik, 43, of Hallettsville, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a hospital in Marlin after a long illness.

Mr. Fojtik was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Gonzales County, and was married to the former Agnes Koncaba Sept. 29, 1945 in Moulton, who survives him.

The family resided in the Komensky community following their marriage and before moving to Hallettsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Darlene Ann, Janice Marie, and Mary Lynn, all of Hallettsville; five brothers, Julius of Bay City, Lonnie, Dan, Gus and Alton, all of Moulton; and one sister, Mrs. Alfred Dierschke, of Moulton.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Monday, April 27, 1964

YOAKUM—Mrs. George Fojtik, 42, of Yoakum, died at 7:25 p.m. Saturday in a San Antonio hospital.

She was born Nov. 5, 1921 in Lavaca County.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic church with the Rev. John Matocha officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Delores and Darlene, all of Yoakum; two brothers, Edward Kubos of Yoakum and August Kubos of Hallettsville; three sisters, Mrs. Ludwig Okrulik of Rosenberg, Mrs. Joe Bartos of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Edwin Hlozek, of El Campo.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1893, page 2

Lawrence Foley was killed last week at Sublime by Vince Ward, by a blow over the head with a gun. Ward was acting on the defense, it was said. He was arrested and placed in jail. All the parties are colored.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimer Mercury, Dec. 19, 1896 pg 1


Fannie Lawlin Fowlkes, the 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Fowlkes of Hackberry is no more, her little spirit having taken its flight heavenward at 8 o'clock p. m. Friday, Dec. 11, 1896. She had been sick but a few days with tonsilitis, was thought to be doing well until about an hour before she died, when suddenly she complained of excruciating pains in her chest and in a few moments she was stricken down with convulsions, and died before a doctor could be had. She was buried the following day at the Andrews' Chappel church, along by the side of four little brothers and sisters who had gone before. A large concourse of sorrowing friends attended her burial. Sad mother, weep not. God is only making heaven richer and a home better, more cheerful, more Beautiful and more inviting for those He loveth. 'Tis true there is a vacant chair around the old fire-side. 'Tis true another bright flower has been plucked from your flock, but only to bloom more beautiful up yonder, to adorn the Master's crown. Your loss is heaven's gain—earth is poorer, but heaven richer. We mourn the loss of those we love, but rejoice in the blessed assurance of some day being a reunited family, where sickness, death and partings are no more;
Where loved ones stand to greet us on the everlasting shore,
More beautifully, more tenderly than ever before.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 28 Dec 1928, page 1

Death of Mrs. Fowlkes.

A brief item in last week's Mercury stated that Mrs. J. A. Fowlkes, widow of the late Captain John A. Fowlkes of near Hackberry, Lavaca county, had sustained a bad fall, breaking several ribs, and due to her advanced age she had been taken to a hospital at Temple for treatment. We learned afterward, but too late for that issue of the paper, that Mrs. Fowlkes succumbed to her injuries after reaching the hospital.

The remains were brought back to Lavaca county, her home for so many years, and interment took place at Andrews' Chapel Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J. C. Wilson, her former pastor, officating in a touching funeral oration at the grave. Despite the bad weather and roads, a large crowd of mourning relatives and friends was present to pay the last sad tribute of respect to this noble southern lady.

Mrs. Fowlkes was a native of Tennessee, she being a McKinnon before marriage. She was nearly 78 years of age at the time of her death. She had lived in Texas since early girlhood. Her husband preceded her to the grave in 1924. She is survived by eight children — Lee, Max, Ed and George Fowlkes of Hackberry, Abner Fowlkes of Temple, Mrs. Lizzie Turner of Victoria, Mrs. James Williams and Mrs. Lee Champion of Hackberry; one sister, Mrs. Tom McKay, and one brother, Laughlin McKinnon of Hackberry. Mrs. Fowlkes ever proved herself a model wife and mother, and possessed the love and esteem of everyone who knew her.

To her bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury
4 Jan 1929, page 1

Oakland News.

This community was shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. J. A. Fowlkes, which occurred in a Temple hospital Dec. 18th. Her death was due to a fall two weeks ago, when she cracked three of her ribs and paralyzed her stomach. The funeral was held Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the Schwenke Undertaking Parlors at Schulenburg and concluded at the Andrews' Chapel Cemetery, where she was ladi to rest by the side of her husband. Rev. J. C. Wilson of Eagle Lake performed the funeral services, which were very impressive. Mrs. Fowlkes (nee Mary Margaret McKinnon) was born Feb. 21, 1857 in Tennessee. In 1853 her family came to Texas. She was married to John A. Fowlkes in 1869, and to this union eleven children were born, two girls and three boys of whom preceded their mother in death. Five sons and three daughters survive, namely: R. E., Ed B., M. B. and George Clark Fowlkes, Mesdames J. Williams, Lee Champion of Hackberry, Mrs. A. W. Turner of Victoria and A. F. Fowlkes of Temple. Also severn grandchildren and one great-grandchilld, one sister, Mrs. McKay, and one brother, L. E. McKinnon of Schulenburg. Mrs. Fowlkes was a good, kind christian lady, a loving mother and true wife. To know her was to love her. Her death is grieved by many. We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Those who attended Mrs. Fowlkes' funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Turner, Jr., of Houston, Mrs. A. W. Turner of Victoria, Mr. A. W. Fowlkes of Temple, Mr. E. B. Mayes and wife, Mr. Will Mayes, Mr. E. B. Obenchain and wife and Mrs. I. A. Strunk of Columbus.


Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1955, page 4

'Max' Fowlkes, 68, Dies At Hackberry; Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for M. R. ("Max") Fowlkes, 68, who died during his sleep early Saturday morning at his home in the Hackberry section.

Services were held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home at Schulenburg, with burial in Andrews Chapel Cemetery at Hackberry.

A lifelong resident of Lavaca County, he was a farmer and at various times had served as a peace officer.

He was a member of the Weimar Masonic Lodge. About 15 local Masons attended the funeral service, and one of them, F. R. Carroll, led the Masonic graveside rites at the request of the Schulenburg lodge, which was in charge.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Johnny of Victoria, Texas, and Robert ("Knobby") of Schulenburg; two brothers, Ed and George, both of Hackberry; and three sisters, Mrs. Josie Williams and Mrs. Maggie Champion of Hackberry and Mrs. Elizabeth Turner of Victoria.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Ruth V. Fowlkes

Ruth V. Fowlkes, 88, died at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

The funeral was held on Friday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. Mark Adams officiating. Interment took place in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers included Bobby Lee and Buddy Sanders, nephews; McKinnon Fowlkes and Will Fowlkes, grandsons; Brent Henderson, grandson-in-law; and Caleb Seifert, grandson. Named as honorary pallbearer was Johnny Fowlkes, nephew.

The daughter of Harry and Marie (Ulrich) Vogelsang, she was born on Feb. 9, 1922 in Schulenburg. She attended Schulenburg High School and Durham Business College. On April 27, 1946, she married Robert “Nobby” Fowlkes in Hallettsville. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, she was owner/secretary of Fowlkes Truck Lines until her retirement. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Schulenburg, Hermann Sons, American Legion Auxiliary and Andrews Chapel Cemetery Association. She enjoyed cooking, traveling and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary K. Seifert and husband Chris of Weimar; a son, Robert Fowlkes and wife Debbie of Schulenburg; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jun 1889, page 2

A man by the name of __ Frank, a resident of Shiner, attended a dance Saturday night and Sunday morning his horse came home minus the rider. Search being made his remains were found about 1 1/2 miles from town badly mutilated a freight train of Satruday night having run over the body. No further particulars could be obtained.—Halletsville New Era.


Shiner Gazette, 2 Sep 1903

Death of Mrs. A. Franke.

Mrs. A. Franke, an aged citizen of Fayette and Lavaca counties, died last Friday morning at Yoakum at the residence of her daughter. Mrs. W. C. Tuberville; aged 73 years. The funeral took place at Yoakum Friday evening at 4:30 o’clock. Mrs. Franke was the mother-in-law of Mr. J. M. Krueger of Shiner, with whom she has been making her home for a considerable time. The GAZETTE extends sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Angelika Franke, 1831-1903, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Floresville Chronicle-Journal, probably the issue of July 5, 1917

In Memory of Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin.

Born May 10, 1878, died at Rochester, Minn., Tues., June 28, 1917, at 5:45 a.m.

Her suffering ended with the day
          Yet lived she at the close,
And breathed the long, long night away,
          In statue-like repose.
But when the sun, in all his state
         Illumed the eastern skies,
She passed through glory’s morning gate,
          And walked in paradise.”

When it became known that our esteemed fellow townsman, Ed Franklin, accompanied by Mrs. Webb Rhode and Dr. J. V. Blake, was on his way to Rochester, Minn., with his beloved wife, where it was thought that under the superior skill of the celebrated Mayo Brothers, her life might be saved, a great prayer went up from the entire citizenship of this vicinity that she might be spared to her noble husband, to the two sweet little daughters, to her relatives, her friends and to this Christian community.

But when the news came that the great God above in his wisdom decreed otherwise, and our breaking hearts were submerged in grief, we bowed our heads in humble submission to the will of the One who doeth all things well.

Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin was born in Lavaca County, Texas, and moved with her parents to Wilson County at an early age. She was joined in holy wedlock to Ed Franklin, June 16, 1902. To this union were born two daughters, Lasca aged twelve, and Jewel aged five.

Mrs. Franklin’s life was that of a consistent Christian, and she had been a member of the Baptist church since she was about twelve years of age.

She was a loyal member of Jasmine Chapter No.271 Eastern Star and a member of the Woodman Circle.

I have heard it said, ‘The beauty of the home is order; The blessing of the home is contentment; The glory of the home is hospitality,’ and it has never been my pleasure to see the Beauty, the Blessing and the Glory of the Home more exemplified than in the home of Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin and her honored husband.

The funeral services were held at the family residence, Sunday afternoon, July 1st, 1917, at five o’clock, Rev. I. J. White of Nixon, officiating. 

The love and esteem of this community toward the deceased was slightly evidence by the vast concourse of friends that followed the remains to their last resting place and by the beautiful floral offerings that literally smothered the grave.

‘We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;
Amid these earthly damps
What seem to us but sad, funeral tapers
May be heaven’s distant lamps.

There is no death!  What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call death.

She is not dead—the one of our affection,
But gone unto that school
Where she no longer needs our poor protection,
And Christ Himself doth rule.’

In closing this feeble tribute to the wife of my death friend I have the supremest confidence in the God above, that he will comfort the bleeding hearts of the husband, the relatives, the friends, and that He will watch over and care for the darling, motherless daughters.

A Friend.

Celia Rhode Franklin was born in the Shiloh Community of Lavaca County May 10, 1878, the youngest child of Thomas Cicero Rhode and his wife, Lucinda Griffith Rhode, whose families had migrated there from Mississippi before the Civil War.  T. C. Rhode died May 5, 1879, and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery.  His widow, “Lou” Griffith Rhode, moved with her seven children, aged 12 and under, to Wilson County, where many members of her extended families of Griffiths and Rhodes already lived.  She died in Floresville, Wilson County, on August 30, 1890, and is buried in the City Cemetery there, where her daughter was also interred. This tribute was probably written by the editor, Sam Fore, Jr., who was a family friend. Contributed by Judy Rowe Koehl


Weimar Mercury, 29 Mar 1890, page 2


Sunday afternoon Mr. Fritz Schilling, a young farmer who resides in the Hackberry neighborhood, came to town and surrendered himself to Sheriff Houchins, stating that he had killed Alford Frank, jr., a young negro, at Breslau. It seems that trouble had for some time been brewing between the parties and there was pending a case against Franks for having drawn a pistol on Mr. Schilling as he was in his house at night and he took the party to be Franks. Sunday, when Schilling left home for Breslau, he took with him his gun, for his friends had told him that Franks was going armed and had declared his intention of killing him. Upon his arrival at Breslau he found Franks there and proceeded to put the contents of the gun into him and thus ended the life of Franks, who was a young darky of very bad repute. Tuesday 'Squire Townsend proceeded to hold an examing trial, which, however, was cut short, as the attorney for the state agreed with attorney for defense, that it was a bailable case and that a $2000 bond was sufficient to hold Schilling to await the action of the grand jury. A number of the friends of Mr. Schilling had come in from the vicinity of his home and before the adjourning of court a No. 1 bond had been offered. Patton & Allen are the attorneys for the defense. It is reported that the father of deceased will employ cousel to prosecute.—Halletsville Herald.


Victoria Advocate, October 20, 2001

HALLETTSVILLE—Debi K. Franta, 43, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001.
She was born Aug. 11, 1958, in Hallettsville, to Tom Henry and Peggy Lois Zrzavy Kostelnik of Hallettsville. She was a cosmetologist and manager at Peggy's Beauty Salon in Hallettsville. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, and served as past president of the Hallettsville ISD PTO and as a Little League volunteer. She was a member of Phaupsilon Lambda.

Survivors: husband, Jimmy R. Franta; sons, Steven Scott Franta and Kyle Joseph Franta, both of Hallettsville; parents; and brothers, David Kostelnik, Ronald Kostelnik and Michael Kostelnik, all of Hallettsville and Thomas Kostelnik of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by: two infant brothers; and grandparents, Steven and Karolina Bujnock Kostelnik, and Anton J. and Annie Wagner Zrzavy.

Visitation will begin at noon today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, the Rev. Robert Knippenberg offiicating.

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

Memorials: Education fund for Steven and Kyle in care of their father, Jimmy Franta.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, September 2, 1966

HOUSTON—Joey Franta, 21, a medical technician student from Hallettsville, was killed Thursday afternoon in a Houston traffic accident.

Funeral arrangements are pending, and will be announced by Kubena Funeral Home.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mildred Franta of Hallettsville; two brothers, Charles and Jimmy, both of Hallettsville; and a sister, Janice Franta, also of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 9 Oct 1942, page 1

Chas. W. Frazer, Oakland Resident, Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Mr. Chas. W. Frazer, of Oakland, were held in Hallettsville Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Interment was made at a Hallettsville cemetery.

A life-long resident of the Oakland community, Mr. Frazer was a progressive and successful farmer and stock raiser. He has been in poor health for several years and was taken to the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville a few days ago for medical treatment. He passed away Monday evening at 5 o'clock.

Survivors are his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. O. H. Bock of Hallettsville and Mrs. C. Brown of Oakland. Also left to mourn his death are three grandchildren and two sisters; also, one aunt, Mrs. J. O. Cherry.

The Mercury extends sympathy to . . . .


Shiner Gazette, 6 Jan 1910, page 1

Death of Mrs. Emma Frentrup.

Mrs. Emma Frentrup wife of Otto Frentrup departed this life on Saturday evening January 1st, at her home in Shiner. Mrs. Frentrup had been ill for some time and had been to Cuero for treatment, but failed to find relief. She was quite young being but 23 years of age, she was the mother of two children, twins about five months old. She leaves a husband, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jeager to mourn her early demise.

The funeral took place on Monday January 3d and she was laid to rest in the Herman Sons burial grounds. A very large crowd of relatives and friends attended the last sad rites which were conducted by Rev. Wm. Dziewas.

Emma Frentrup was born and died, 1 Apr 1886 – 1 Jan 1910. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Mar 1898, page 1


D. Frey of Witting, father of our townsmen [sic], Wm. Frey, died suddenly at 8 o’clock Sunday morning. The deceased was 60 years old and left a wife and son, William. He had a fine farm of 50 acres one mile from Witting. The funeral took place from the family residence and was conducted by Rev. Dziewas of this place.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 28 Feb 1895


. . . Wednesday morning of last week Mrs. C. Freyer died suddenly of heart failure. The death was an exceedingly sad one, the deceased leaving two little girls, aged six and ten years, motherless. Mr. Freyer is a member of the Herman Sohns and the burial services were conducted by that lodge, of whom there were about fifty present. Mrs. Freyer had been in poor health for some time but was not thought to be seriously ill. The sympathy of the whole community go out to Mr. Freyer in his sad loss.

Antonia Freyer, 30 Jul 1857 – 20 Feb 1895, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, 19 April 2000


Emily Freytag, 91, of Yoakum was found dead on Wednesday, April 12, 2000.

She was born April 12, 1909 in Moulton to Frank and Agnes Kubenka Kubena.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum.

Prior to moving to Yoakum in 1977, she was a very active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, where she was a member of the Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters.

In addition she Isie remembered there for playing the organ and singing at church services, beginning at an early age and continuing for many years thereafter. She also participated as an actress and sang in a Czech drama club in her early life.

Survivors are her daughter, Bernadette (Mrs. Ray) Bacak of Moulton and her grandsons Darrell Bacak of Sugar Land (along with Darrell's fiance Shelby Corrier and her son, Kevin) and Dr. Russell Bacak and his wife, Jennifer of Waco.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Freytag, in 1981 and by her parents.

Rosary and wake service was conducted by Mr. Milburn Kram on Friday night, April 14, at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton, Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Gabriel Maison and Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating.

Interment was made in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were her godsons Brig. Gen James Freytag, USAF (Ret.) and Douglas Beran, along with Dennis Fishbeck, James Jahn, Johnnie James Dierschke and Lee J. Bacak.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe


Victoria Advocate, January 2, 2004

Albina A. Fric

SHINER - Albina Angeline Fric, 82, of Shiner, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004.

She was born Feb. 3, 1921, in Shiner, to the late Joe and Rosie Pekar Vincik. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Theresa Kocian of Hallettsville; sons, Michael Fric of Victoria and Daniel Fric of Shiner; brothers, Henry Vincik of Shiner and Joe Vincik of Rosenberg; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Mike Joe Fric; daughters, Patricia Fric and Lillian Fric; sisters, Mary Krametbauer and Rosie Spann; and brother, Johnny Vincik.

A wake service will be 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 11 Feb 1986, page 18A

Brenda G. Fric

YOAKUM – Brenda G. Fric, 34, of Yoakum died Sunday in a Yoakum hospital following a long illness.

Born March 19, 1951, in Bay City to the late Jack D. and Elsie Henry Hale, she was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Surviving are her husband, Michael Fric of Yoakum; three sons, Michael Scott Fric, Jason Randall Fric and Craig Thomas Fric, all of Yoakum; five sisters, Mrs. Betty Jalufka and Miss Donna Hale, both of Yoakum, Mrs. Billie Knox of Odem, Mrs. Barbara Pennell of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Sharon Vincik of Shiner; and a brother, Don Hale of Yoakum.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, November 9, 1969

SHINER—Mrs. Martin Fric, 85, died at a local hospital at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. from the St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday.

Survivors include four sons, Martin Fric Jr. and Jim Fric both of Shiner; Tom Fric of Edinburg and Joe Fric of Victoria; nine daughters: Sister Mary Saravia of Yoakum, Mrs. Rudy Pawelka of San Antonio; Mrs. Ben McCord of Cameron, Mrs. Tom Hajek of Shiner, Mrs. Emil Kurtz of Port Lavaca, Mrs. Arthur Darilek of Cost, Mrs. Jerry Darilek of Point Comfort, Mrs. Joe Hajek of New Braunfels and Mrs. Henry Schindler of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, October 3, 2012


PORT LAVACA - James "Jimmie" Fric, age 74, passed away on Sunday morning, September 30, 2012, with his family by his side at his home in Port Lavaca after a long, courageous fight with cancer. He spent his last days surrounded by his family and friends reminiscing about all the good times they had shared together.

He was a loving husband, devoted father, and a good friend. He'll be remembered by all that knew him for his great sense of humor and easy going personality. "Jimmie" loved a good game of dominoes, road trips with his buddies to Coushatta and anytime his Dallas Cowboys pulled out a win, but most of all he enjoyed being around his family and friends.

He was born on September 29, 1938 in Shiner Texas to Jim and Stazie Kurtz Fric. He was a Catholic. Following his high school graduation, he left Shiner to proudly serve in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne or as a preferred, the "Screaming Eagles". After leaving military service, he eventually settled in Port Lavaca where he met his wife, Patsy, and started and raised a family. He worked as a calciner operator at Alcoa for over 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Picha Fric; daughter, Michelle Fric of Pflugerville; son, Sean Fric and wife Ashley of Austin; sister, Dorothy Fellers and husband Ellis of Cuero; brother, Paul Fric of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Janice Fric of Shiner; father-in-law, Davis Picha of Shiner; special family, Roland & Nikki Camacho and sons, Jarod and Jude; special little girl, Isabell Rivera.

He was preceded in death by: parents; sister, Theresa Balusek and a brother, Alfred Fric.

The vigil and rosary service are taking place at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, Texas, Thursday, October 4th at 7 o'clock in the evening. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 5th at 10 o'clock in the morning at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial service to follow at S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery in Shiner. Pallbearers: Kevin Picka, Keith Picha, Hunter Jones, Alfred Fric, Jr., Gil Avalos, Eloy Hernandez.

Memorial gifts may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or your local Catholic Church.
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, TX 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Halletsville Herald, 17 Nov 1892

Mr. Anton Fritsch died at his home in this city last Sunday morning at an early hour. He had been sick but a short time. His remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery on Sunday afternoon, the local lodge of Hermann Soehne and Appelt's Hill Schutzen Verein participating in the obsequies.


From an unidentified newspaper clipping:

Mrs. Nellie Clark Fritsch 95 of Speaks passed away at 4:20pm Sat Dec 1 1973 in a rest home Edna Texas. She was born Mar 11 1878 Victoria County Texas.

The body lay in state Kubena Funeral home Hallettsville til 9am Dec 4 when was taken to Sacret Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville where mass was offered 10am. Rosary rected in church 9:45am Dec. 4 Rev Stanley Petru pastor officiated last rites. Burial was in Speaks cemetery.

Surviving are son Hayes Nolen of Speaks, 1 grandchild, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Pallbearers were Alred Tommy, H.K. Roger and Clifton Clark and ES Pat Kelly.

Contributed by Nena Smothers


Victoria Advocate, Friday, September 17, 1976

SHINER—Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Frnka, 82, who died Wednesday in a nursing home in Kenedy, Tex., will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Shiner Catholic Church.

Mrs. Frnka was born in Gonzales County. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Benita Pavlu of Austin; a son, Reuben Frnka of Dallas; a stepson, Havey [Harvey?] Frnka of Dallas; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Adolph Palac of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Justina Walshak of New Braunfels and Mrs. Magdalena Veit of Corpus Christi; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, January 19, 1930

MOULTON, Tex., Jan. 18.-- Mrs. August Frysak, 35, died Wednesday, Jan. 15. Burial took place in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery Friday morning, Rev. Joseph Kopp conducting the funeral services. She leaves her husband and one son; her mother, Mrs. Mary Olsovsky; four sisters and three brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 21 Oct 1982, page 16A

Suicide Ruled in Shooting

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM – Justice of the Peace W.H. McGill of Yoakum said Wednesday he has ruled the death of John W. Fulkerson, 80, to be a suicide. McGill said he returned a verdict of self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at an inquest Monday evening.

McGill said Fulkerson’s neighbors estimated they heard the gunshot at about 9 p.m. Monday. Fulkerson’s body was found with a .410-gauge, single-shot shotgun in the backyard of his home at 110 Elk St. No one was at residence at the time of the shooting.

Funeral services for Fulkerson will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum. The Rev. Frank Hollan will officiate.

Burial will be in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Shiner Gazette, September 5, 1968

Mrs. Agnes Pohl Neumann Fuller

Impressive last rites were held for Mrs. Edward (Agnes) Fuller of Hallettsville, Monday, August 26, 1968 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dwight Reagan officiating. The body rested in state at the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, until one hour prior to the church service when it was conveyed to the church. Burial was in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Berry Nolan, Ernest Schultz, Fred Tesch, Fritz Neumann, Joe Jaresch and James Haidusek, all of Hallettsville.

Mrs. Fuller passed away Friday, August 23, 1968 at 9:15 p.m. in the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital, Shiner, where she had been a patient for the past three and a half weeks, at the age of 81 years, 6 months. Prior to her hospitalization she was tenderly cared for in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Neubauer, for two weeks.

Mrs. Fuller, nee Agnes Pohl, was born February 23, 1887, near Hallettsville, the daughter of Unfred and Agnes (Rother) Pohl. In 1904 she was married to Julius Neumann and one son Unfred, was born to this union. On November 23, 1917, she was married to Edward Fuller at Hallettsville. This marriage was blessed with the birth of one daughter, Mrs. Albert (Olga) Neubauer. The couple farmed for a livelihood until 1940 when they moved to the town of Hallettsville. Mrs. Fuller was employed at Leo’s Drive Inn for many years until her retirement about seven years ago.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Albert (Olga) Neubauer of Shiner; One son, Unfred Neumann, Edna; 5 grandchildren and 5 sisters, Mrs. Louis (Tonie) Schott, Mrs. Anton (Dora) Haidusek, Mrs. Doc (Alma) Brown and Mrs. Victor (Tina) Blumrich, all of Hallettsville.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Pohl, who died June 13, 1946, and Edwin Pohl on December 22, 1961; and four sisters, Mrs. Joe (Julia) Gold of Yoakum, who passed away July 19, 1965, Mrs. Louis (Lena) Teltschik, Mrs. Charlie (Annie) Blumrich and Mrs. Bill (Ida) Neumann, all of Hallettsville.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


The New Era-Herald, September 13, 1932

While on a visit to his son, E.M. Fuller Sunday Morning , September 4th, Alfred Fuller took seriously ill. Dr. C.T Dufner was called immediately and all that loving hands could do was done, but he passed away at 3:15 o'clock that night.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock with interment in the Roland Cemetery, Rev. G.T. Gibbons spoke the last sad rites.

Mr. Fuller was married to Miss Fannie Frances Cordel in 1875. To this union 9 children were born.

He is survived by four sons, Buddy and E.M. of Rt. 7, John of Sheridan and Abbie of Yoakum, three daughters, Mrs. Tom Marten, Mrs. S.R. Brown and Mrs. John Einkauf and many grandchildren.

One daughter, Maggie, preceded him in death on December 17, 1903, and his wife died January 16, 1904. Another daughter, Mrs. Bettie Chapman, died on April 25, 1914. One brother, Calvin Fuller, of San Savor died in 1926 at the age of 83 years and one sister, Mrs. E. Roland died in 1928 at the age of 89 years

Mr. Fuller, a native of Tennessee, came to Texas 73 years ago, spending most of his life in Lavaca County. He was a good man who never failed to respond when a friend called and many were the deeds of service he performed. He was a kind husband and father.

The New-Era Herald tenders sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Alfred's wife Fannie Lee, died in 1904 in Cuero, Texas of Typhoid Fever. Alfred was born on May 3, 1854 just outside Nashville, Tennessee, and died on September 4, 1932. He was the son of John Calvin Fuller and Lucinda Inman Fuller. Contributed by Ed Neubauer


The Hallettsville Tribune, date Unknown

Alton J. Fuller

Alton Joseph Fuller, 55, died Friday at his home in Yoakum. A verdict of death due to natural causes was rendered by Justice of the Peace Matt Chudej.

An Employee of the Moo Moo Milk Store in Yoakum, Mr. Fuller was a native of Hallettsville, born on July 31, 1908.

He is survived by his father, Albert Fuller of Yoakum; two brothers, Lloyd Fuller of Yoakum, and Travis Fuller of San Antonio; several nieces and Nephews.

Services were held at 9:45 a.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum, and at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Monday, Dec. 29th, with Rev. Father John Matocha officiating. Rosary was recited Sunday night at 7 o'clock at the Buffington Chapel.

Alton Joseph Fuller was born on July 31, 1908 and died December 27, 1963 and was the son of Albert Fuller and Laura Clark Fuller. Contributed by Ed Neubauer.




Hallettsville Tribune - date unknown

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Buddy Fuller

Services were held at the Sacred Heart Church Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in memory of Mrs. Cecilie Fuller, wife of Buddy Fuller of north of town. She passed away Sept. 12, at 11:25 a.m. at the age of 65 years. Many friends and sorrowing relatives were present at the funeral to say their last farewell to a woman whose excellent qualities had endeared her to all. Her remains were laid to rest in Fuller's Cemetery seven miles east of Hallettsville at 4:00 p.m. amidst many beautiful flowers. Rev. F.O. Beck officiated at the church and grave, speaking words of comfort and consolation to those who mourned. Kubena's Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Fuller was born in the old country but came to this one when a child of seven and had lived in Lavaca County 58 years. She was a member of the Catholic Church and was highly thought of in the community in which she lived. Her maiden name was Cecilie Pastucha.

Survivors besides her husband are: three daughters, Mr. R.B. (Emma) Nolen of Hallettsville, Mrs. Lawrence Simpson of Schulenburg and Mrs. Willie Denison of Hallettsville; four grandchildren, Emma and Victor Nolen, Cecilie Simpson and Billie Denison; two sisters, Mrs. Jim Srp and Mrs. Frank Wasek and one brother, Tom Pastucha.

We are sorry that this good wife and mother was taken and extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved.

Cecilie Fuller was the daughter of John Pastucha and Anna Kopecky Pastucha. She was born on February 28, 1881 in Czechoslovakia and died on September 12, 1939. She married William Cady (Buddy) Fuller on November 20, 1905 in Lavaca County, Texas. Contributed by Ed Neubauer

Submitted by Ed Neubauer


Newspaper and date of paper unknown

Edward Fuller is Laid to Rest

Edward Martin Fuller, 61, died at his home here, Friday, June 10, at 10:20 a.m. He had been ill for some time.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m., Saturday; with Rev. Henry Smith officiating. Interment was in the city cemetery here.

The deceased was born in Lavaca County and lived in this community all his life. Thirty one years ago he married Miss Agnes Neuman, who survives him, along with the following: two children, one daughter, Mrs. Albert Neubauer and one step-son, Unfred Niemann; two brothers Abe Fuller of Yoakum and Buddie Fuller of Hallettsville; three sisters, Mrs. Sam Brown of here, Mrs. Tom Martin of Ezzell and Mrs. John Einkauf of here; and two grandchildren.

Edward Fuller was born January 8, 1888 and died June 10, 1949. Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1935

Sublime Resident Dead

Hallettsville—Funeral services for John Fuller, 63, of the Sublime section, a lifelong resident of Lavaca county, were held here, Rev. J.T. King of this city officiating.  Interment was in the Fuller cemetery.  He is survived by two sons, Harley and Willie Fuller of Sheridan; three daughters, Mrs. E.B. Kincheloe and Miss Fannie Fuller of Sheridan and Miss Armenda Fuller of Muldoon: three brothers, Buddy and Ed Fuller of Hallettsville and Abbie Fuller of Yoakum; three sisters, Mrs. Sam Brown of Sublime, Mrs. John Einkauf and Mrs. Tom Martin of Hallettsville and 12 grandchildren.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Colorado County Citizen, 6 Sep 1979, page 2

Mrs. Grace Haslip Fuller

Funeral services were held Monday at Columbus-Day Funeral Home for Mrs. Grace Haslip Fuller who passed away Saturday at Columbus Community Hospital.

Interment was in City Cemetery, Hallettsville. The Rev. Wallace Shultz officiated at the services.

Mrs. Fuller, 91, a resident of Autumn Hills Convalescent Home, formerly worked as an operator-supervisor for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. at Hallettsville.

Colorado County Citizen, 13 Sep 1979, page 2

In an obituary on Mrs. Grace Fuller information supplied to The Citizen last week failed to state that Mrs. Fuller was also survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Royce Brandt of Pampa, Texas, and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, January 31, 1919, page 5


Miss Linnie Fuller died Tuesday at the home of Mrs. John Criswell. Her death being caused from pneumonia.

This is a daughter of John Fuller and Joan Jenkins.  She was a niece of Dollie Criswell and is buried at the Fuller Cemetery in Sublime, marked only by a stone. Additional information from Regena Williamson.


Unknown Hallettsville Newspaper - 1990

Lloyd B. Fuller, 79, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, January 14, 1990, in the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, after an illness.

He was born August 11, 1910, in Lavaca County to Albert Fuller and Laura Clark Fuller. He was a Southern Pacific Railroad worker before his retirement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Brotherhood of Railroad Train Men.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Rosary was also recited at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the church, with the Rev. Dennis Darilek and the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Yoakum.

Survivors are his wife, Norman Reese Fuller of Hallettsville; two daughters, Gladys Alexander of Houston and Ann Flores of Goliad; two sons, Bennie Fuller of LaPorte and Donald Fuller of Houston; two step-daughters, Joyce Brisco of Houston and Gaye Kalich of Victoria; 31 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Gladys Oakes, who died May 7, 1954.

Pallbearers were Gene Campbell, Dwayne Janak, Cliff Chevalier, Dan Jasek, Ben Arnold, Jake Glidewell.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Victoria Advocate, November 7, 2008

HALLETTSVILLE - Lorene Morisak Fuller of Hallettsville, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at the age of 69, after a short battle with Leukemia.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1938, in Sweet Home, to Frank and Lillie Slovacek Morisak. She married Alvin Fuller on Aug. 7, 1960 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Lorene was a caregiver for many families and also worked at Goetz Services for 13 years. In her spare time she enjoyed her flowers and baking cakes.

Those Lorene met in Heaven were her loving father and mother, Frank and Lillie Morisak; a baby sister, Lillian Morisak, who died at birth; and a niece, Lori Beth Bennett. Lorene leaves behind her husband, Alvin Fuller; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Donna Fuller; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Joe Mozisek, Belinda and Tim Finch, all of Hallettsville, and Cindie and Charlie Stehle of Yoakum; three grandchildren, Ashley Fuller of Austin, Kylan Finch of Hallettsville, and Karlie Stehle of Yoakum; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Edward Bennett of Yoakum, and Joyce and Anton Orsak of Moravia; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m., at Kubena Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


The Hallettsville Tribune, date unknown

Bud Fuller Heart Attack Victim Saturday

Bud Fuller, aged 78, died on the streets of Hallettsville at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, November 2, the results of a heart attack, and funeral services were conducted Monday morning from the Kubena Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. followed with services at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Smith officiating. Burial was in the Fuller Cemetery.

Mr. Fuller was sitting on the fender of a car in front of the Melnar Café chatting with his sister when he was suddenly stricken, toppling over on the hood of the vehicle. Dr. C.T. Dufner was called to the scene and pronounced Mr. Fuller dead, death being caused from a heart attack. Death comes to Mr. Fuller on his birthday.

Born in Lavaca County, he had spent his entire life here. On November 20, 1901 he was united in marrage to Celia Pastucha, who died September 12, 1939.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Berry Nolen of Hallettsville, Mrs. Willie Dennison of Houston, Mrs. Lawrence Simpson of Schulenburg: one brother, Abby Fuller of Yoakum; three sisters, Mrs. Sam Brown of Edna, Mrs. Tom Martin of Hallettsville, Mrs. Annie Einkauf of El Campo; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

William Cady Fuller - November 2, 1878 - November 2, 1957. Contributed by Ed Neubauer

There are also 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.