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Victoria Advocate, 6 Feb 2002

YOAKUM—Martha Gaertner, 75, of Yoakum, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002.

She was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Sharon, Tenn., to the late Albert Sidney and Virginia D. Parham Taylor. She was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a member of Court St. Paul No. 1604 Catholic Daughters of America of Shiner.

Survivors: stepdaughter, Sarah Gaertner of Austin; stepson, James Frank Gaertner of Huntsville; sister, Mary Williams of Chicago; brother, James Albert Taylor of Hobart, Ind.; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husbands, Rudy F. Gaertner and Dr. Fred Berckenhoff; and parents.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, St. Joseph Building Fund or donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1920, page 3


Farmer Dies of Injuries by Stalk Cutter in Runaway

Shiner, Tex., Jan. 4—Joseph Gajdos, well-known farmer of this place, was fatally injured yesterday afternoon when the team which he was driving to a stalk-cutter became frightened at a rabbit and ran away, throwing him ino the blades.

The team was finally stopped by the reins catching in a wheel and Mr. Gajdos was found by a passer-by. Althoughhis body was horribly mangled and it required an hour and 30 minutes to extricate him, which required the taking apart of the entire machine, he lived for three hours, during most of the time he was conscious.

He was about 45 years of age and is survived by a family, his oldest son at this time being seriously ill.


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, October 30, 1976

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Frank H. Gajdusek, 73, who died Monday after a sudden illness at his home, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home.

Gajdusek was a member of the church and also a member of the St. Isadore Society. He was a farmer and was born in County on July 29, 1903.

The Rev. Al Padalecki will officiate with burial in the Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three brothers, John W. Gajdusek and Pete Gajdusek, both of Houston, and Anton Gajdusek of Hallettsville; and two sisters, Miss Anna Gajdusek of Columbus and Mrs. Frank Agnes Chaloupka of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, September 22, 1931

FLATONIA, Tex., Sept. 21.—Vladik Gajer of Moulton, aged 28, en route home from Ganado Saturday night, 9 o'clock, collided with a cotton truck, completely wrecking the coupe he was driving. He was badly hurt, his head being crushed. He was brought here for treatment and died in the hospital 3:30 Sunday afternoon. His sisters, Mrs. D. F. Johnson and Mrs. Max Mueller, live here.

It is thought he had a blowout.

Funeral was held at Moulton Monday afternoon. He leaves a wife and child, mother, father, several sisters and brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, September 19, 1976

HALLETTSVILLE—Charles Galetka, 81, of Rt. 3, Hallettsville, died at 4:07 p.m. Saturday at a Yoakum nursing home.

Mr. Galetka, a retired farmer, was born Feb. 26, 1895, in Lavaca County. He was a member of the CMB Church in the Vsetin community, SPJST Lodge No. 1 and the American Legion.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the CMB Church with the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating. Burial will be in Vsetin Cemetery.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until _____.

A prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Antonia Trlica Galetka; three daughters, Mrs. Victor (Margaret) Haase, Mrs. Richard Hennecke and Mrs. John (Dorothy) Zak; a son, Alex Galetka, and two sisters, Mrs. John (Rosie) Holy and Mrs. Charles (Albina) Mikus), all of Hallettsville, and 13 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 4 June 2004

HALLETTSVILLE - Ella Galetka, 80, of Hallettsville, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004.

She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Lavaca County, to the late Henry Julius and Alma Ivy Reckaway Klimitchek. She was a member of Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church.

Survivors: husband, Alex Galetka; and sister, Lula Parr of Hallettsville.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Ima Garmon and Stella Debord; and brothers, Emil Klimitchek, Robert Klimitchek, Louis Klimitchek, and Raymond Klimitchek.

Visitation will begin 11 a.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

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

Memorials: Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church.


Victoria Advocate, December 22, 2006


Hallettsville - Mr. Julius M. Galetka, 90, died Dec. 20, 2006. He was born on May 29, 1916 to John and Theresa Mikush Galetka in Hallettsville. He was a member of the Czech Moravian Brethren Church in Vsetin, S.P.J.S.T., American Legion, V.F.W, and a veteran of WWII. During WWII, he was assigned to Company A, 340th Engineer Battalion and received the Victory Ribbon; American Theater Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, with 2 bronze battle stars for New Guinea and Luzon Campaigns; Good Conduct Medal; Distinguished Unit Badge; 1 Service Stripe; and 6 Overseas Service Bars. Julius is survived by: 2 brothers, Hilmer R. Galetka of Halletts-ville, and Emil O. Galetka of Lake Jackson; and sister Evelyn Sassin of Freeport. Julius was preceded in death by: parents John and Theresa Mikush Galetka; 3 brothers, Victor F. Galetka, Edwin H. Galetka, and John J. Galetka; and sister Selma L. Grones.

Service: 10 am, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 at Czech Moravian Brethren Church. Visitation: Noon, Friday at Kubena Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 pm. Officiate: Rev. Henry Beseda. Burial: Czech Mor-avian Brethren Cemetery. Pallbearers: Gary Chudej, Gregory Galetka, Larry Sassin, David Sassin, Mark Sevcik, and Ronnie Sevcik. Memorials: Czech Moravian Brethren Church or Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 5 Mar 1898, page 7

Sublime, Texas, February 22. Mr. Martin Galetka, a prominent farmer living north of this place, went hunting yesterday in company with a friend. They sat down on a dry water trough in Mr. Appelt's pasture, and Mr. Galetka laid his shotgun insdiee of the trough. After a while they got up, and Mr. Galetka in tkaing hold of his gun struck one of the hammers against the edge of the trough, which dischargeed the gun, the whole load of fifteen buckshot striking him from behind in the left side of the head. The shot tore a hole in his head about 1 1-2 inches wide, exposing the brain. It was a glance shot. Mr. Galetka fell against a log, cracking his skull still more. His companion, thinking Mr. Galetka to be dead, ran to the nearest justice of the peace to report the occurrence, and upon arrival of the justice they found Mr. Galetka to be alive. He had turned his body around, and was lying wih the wounded part of his head in a pool of mud. He was then removed to his home, wehere Dr. Brewer of Halletsville dressed and cleaned the wounds.

Mr. Galetka is still unconscious, but Dr. Brewer says there is hope for his recovery.

Martin Galetka was buried in the Vsetin Cemetery. His marker states that he was 64 years old and died 9 Mar 1897, which is a year too early.


Victoria Advocate, March 20, 1999


HALLETTSVILLE—Edwin Vladimir Gallia Jr., 71, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, March 18, 1999.

He was born April 16, 1927, in Lavaca County, to the late Edwin Vladimir Sr., and Annie Zapalac Gallia. He was a veteran of World War II. He served 42 years for newspapers of Hallettsville and surrounding areas. He was a member of Czech Moravian Brethern Church, Hallettsville Lions Club and American Legion.

Survivors: wife, Marjorie Vasek Gallia; sons, Edwin V. Gallia III of Hallettsville and Emery M. Gallia of Seabrook; sisters, Hilda Heiman of Shiner and Sylvia Chudej of Schulenburg; brother, Alec A. Gallia of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Prayer service will be 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

Burial will be at the City Cemetery in Hallettsville. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, April 18, 2001


EDINBURG—Ignac ''Ike'' Gallia, 84, of Edinburg, died Sunday, April 15, 2001.

He was born June 27, 1916, in Lavaca County, to the late Frank and Agnes Satsky Gallia. He was a retired oil field worker and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Roycerene Ricketts of Corpus Christi; sisters, Albina Yackel of Wharton, Antonio Martin of Houston and Julia Kutach of Rock Island; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: twin daughters, Annette Gallia and Janette Gallia; parents; sisters, Louise Gallia and Lillie Tomek; brothers, Adolph Gallia and Joseph Frank Gallia.

A rosary will be recited at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, June 9, 1974

YOAKUM—Milam J. Gallia, 83, of Rt. 2 Hallettsville, died at his home Friday at about 7 p.m.

He was born in Lavaca County, Nov. 24, 1890, and was a farmer and rancher.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum.

Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a wife, Mrs. Frances Gallia of Hallettsville; three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Castleberry of Arlington, Mrs. Mildred Thiele of Yoakum, Mrs. Bernice Ohnheiser of Yoakum; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Emil Kahanek of Freeport, Mrs. Li_le Schoppe of Beeville, and Mrs. C. R. Hrncir of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, October 10, 1969

HALLETTSVILLE—V. L. Gallia Sr., 87, of Rt. 2, hallettsville, died at 4:10 a.m. Thursday in a Houston hospital.

Mr. Gallia, born Sept. 16, 1882, in Lavaca County, was a justice of the peace in Woodsboro for 22 years before his retirement.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ed Marek of the SPJST officiating. Burial will be in Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Amelia Josephine Kopecky Gallia of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. D. V. Kittles of San Antonio; two sons, V. L. Gallia Jr. of Houston and Jay R. Gallia of San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. C. R. Hrncir of Hallettsville, Mrs. Emil Kahanek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Lillie Schoppe of Beeville; a brother, Edwin Gallia Sr. of Hallettsville and seven grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 30 Mar 1974, page 14A

Woman Killed In Auto Mishap

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM – Mrs. Karen Deloy Garcia, 30, of 106 McCarty St., died at 1:45 a.m. Friday in a local hospital after apparently jumping from a moving vehicle on West Gonzales Street 50 yards from her residence, police said.

Police Officer David Hairell said Mrs. Garcia was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Jesse Garcia, when she jumped from the vehicle after insisting that she be taken home first instead of another passenger.

The accident occurred at 12:20 a.m. No inquest was held in the death.

A resident of Yoakum for two years, Mrs. Garcia was born Dec. 8, 1943, in North Dakota.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Surviving, besides her husband, are two daughters, Beatrice and Celina Garcia, and two sons, Delano and Joacquin Garcia, all of Yoakum and four sisters, Mrs. Ollie Talstad, Mrs. Opie Sisk and Mrs. Berdie Berenston, all of North Dakota and Mrs. Dottie Madson of California.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, 19 Apr 2008

RUBEN SEVERO GARCIA, age 56, passed away April 16, 2008. He was the son of Sebero and Tules Garcia of Yoakum, Texas. He was a free spirit, a fun loving guy, a loyal friend, and a proud father and grandfather. He loved to tell jokes, laugh, sing and he was a true ladies man. A memorial will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday April 20th at Hosanna Community Church 19283 Hufsmith-Kohrville Rd Tomball, TX 77375. He will be laid to rest in Yoakum between his parents. A service will also be held in Yoakum next week.

Ruben was born September 3, 1951 in Lavaca County to Sebero and Tules Loya Garcia. He graduated from Yoakum High School, Class of 1970. He is survived by daughter Leila Kristine Garcia. Contributed by Rebecca Herder.


Shiner Gazette, Wednesday, July 10, 1901

Hallettsville Items

The funeral sermon of Mr. W. P. Garner will be preached at Mossy Grove church by Rev. Lea Green on the second Sunday in July [July 14, 1901]. All are most respectfully invited to attend. Rev. A. G. Nolan is requested to be present and assist in the meeting.

Wm. P. Garner, 20 Feb 1832 - 27 Jun 1901, was buried in Mossy Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Gwen Boucher


Colorado Citizen, 7 Jun 1877, page 2

On Sunday afternoon last, about 1 1/2 o'clock, Frank Hawks shot Thomas Garrett, who died almost instantaneously. From what we heard the following [sic.] will show about the circumstances connected with the killing of young Garrett. The wife of Mr. Hawks, who is also the sister of Garrett, had left her husband and gone home to her relations, doing so of her own free will and accord, with the determination of not living with him. Hawks, on Sunday afternoon, was on the place of Dr. Ross, near Sweet Home, seeking a reconciliation or a private interview with his wife, which she, being sick, declined to grant. Young Garrett, rode up to the place and went into the house, where he talked with Dr. Ross and others, while Hawks was outside. When about to leave, he was asked not to go, as he might get into a quarrel with Hawks but insisting upon starting, some one gave him a pistol, which was put into his pocket. He had reached the gate, when Hawks called to him, saying: "I understand you said your sister should not live with me again." He replied: "I don't know as I said so, Frank, but if I did, I stick to it." Hawks instantly said, "Then I'll kill you," and fired rapidly two shots, one wounding Garrett in the finger and the other striking him in the shoulder, and ranging downward in the breat severing some of the large blood vessels. The pistol he had in his pocket fell out to the ground, and he died in about twenty seconds. Hawks is a young man of about 22 years of age, and Garrett about 17 or 18 years. The officers have been in pursuit of Hawks, but have not succeeded in arresting him. —Hallettsville Herald.


Houston Chronicle, Monday, August 17, 2009

PEDRO L. (PETE) GARZA born February 22, 1915 in Yoakum, Texas passed away August 14, 2009 at the age of 94. He is preceded in death by his wife, Manuela Garza; and infant daughter Elizabeth Garza. He is survived by daughters, Angelita Arriaga and husband Anthony; Gloria Gonzalez and husband Rudy G.; sons, Rico and wife Vera; Rumen and wife Mary; Ernest and wife Virginia; and Rudy; fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion Rachel Garcia.

Mr.Garza was an independent ice distributor for many years. He also served as an officer and national representative for the Woodsman of the World and was very involve with the Ripley House and Harris County Hospital District.

The Visitation will be held Monday, August 17, 2009 from 5-9pm with a 7:30 Rosary at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11am in Forest Park Lawndale's Main Chapel with interment immediately following.

Pete Garza was the son of George and Josie Garza. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Weimar Mercury, 13 May 1938, page 4


A dispatch in the Hoston Chronicle of Wednesday afternoon tells of the death of Herbert Gebauer, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Gebauer, [former] residents of the Old Kinkler community in Lavaca county, which took place Tuesday. Young Gebauer was bitten by a rabid dog five months ago, and although he took the Pasteur treatment, it did not result in immunity, and he died a horrible death from hydrophobia.

It is said that once in every 300 cases taking the Pasteur treatment, it will fail to immunize the patient.

A family by the name of Jos. Gebauer lived near Weimar many years ago, moving from here to the Austin section, but whether this is the same family we do not know. The young man's body was buried at Hallettsville today.

Herbert Gebauer, 28 Nov 1917-10 May 1938, was buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.


Victoria Advocate, Friday, January 22, 1971

Mrs. Frank Gebauer

Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE -- Mrs. Frank (Julie) Gebauer, 72, of Rt. 4, Hallettsville, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in a Weimar hospital.

Mrs. Gebauer was born Dec. 15, 1898, in Lavaca County, and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and the KJZT Society.  Her husband died Sept. 24, 1967.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and a brother.

The body will lie in state until 9 a.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home and will then be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Terry Nolen officiating.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving is a brother, Joe Tobola of Hallettsville.

Victoria Advocate, Friday, January 22, 1971

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 18 Feb 1899, page 6

Yoakum, Texas, February 11.—M. E. Gebert, a leading merchant of this city, died at his home at 4 p. m. yesterday after an illness of about two weeks. Deceased came to Yoakum from Schulenburg ten years ago, and since then has conducted a successful dry goods and grocery business on Grand avenue, and during this time he has amassed considerable property. He leaves a wife and child.


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jan 1997

G. H., "Gibby" Gerdes, age 83 years, 4 months and 15 days of Hallettsville died Tuesday, January 7, 1997.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville with the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

He was born Aug. 22, 1913 in Hallettsville to the late Victor and Mary Kuntz Gerdes.  He was a former county auditor for Lavaca and Gonzales County.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2433 and former member of the Hallettsville Volunteer Fire Department and Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hemmi Gerdes; one daughter, Judy Evans of Hallettsville; one son, G.H. "Gibbo" Gerdes Jr., of Luling; one sister, Mildred O'Brien of Hallettsville; one brother, Victor B. Gerdes of New Jersey; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Feb. 3, 1947 and his mother, Dec. 16, 1975.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Aug 1889, page 2

A tragedy, most horrible and shocking in its details, was enacted in the yard of Mr. C. Gerdes' gin Saturday night. A few friends and acquaintances had assembled at Mr. Gerdes' residence to spend an evening pleasantly. At about 11 o'clock they noticed four negroes on their premises and asked them to give an account for themselves. At this juncture Casper Gerders apeared on the scene and commanded the negroes to leave. Two of the negroes took leave immediately, but the other two—Wallace Williams and Pete Mitchell—positively refused to leave and began to hurl all sorts of foul epithets at Casper, who resented the insults by making a move to compel them to leave; the negroes then drew their knives and made several attempts to cut Casper, but they were unsuccessful. The noise brought John Gerdes of Antioch, who was boarding with his uncle, to the yard. John demanded an apology from the negroes for their insulting language, whereupon Wallace Williams pounced upon him and drove a pocket knife up to the handle into his temple (or thereabouts). Gerdes lingered until Sunday morning at 6 o'clock in an unconscious state and died. The negroes were shortly afterwards arrested and placed in jail by City Marshal Ballard. Gerdes was an estimable young man and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his cruel taking off. The examining trial of Williams and Mitchel was held Monday and resulted in their being bound over to await the action of the grand jury, which has since found a bill against them for murder in the second degree.—Halletsville Herald.

John Gerdes, 14 Mar 1856-11 Aug 1889, was buried in the Koerth Cemetery.


Hallettsville Tribune
27 Aug 1937, page 1, column 6

Forest Fire Victim's Funeral Saturday

The last sad rites for the deceased John Benedict Gerdes, one of the victims at the Cody, Wyoming, forest fire, will be conducted Saturday morning. The body will arrive here Friday night on the 8:40 train from Houston.

The funeral procession will leave the family residence at 9:00 o'clock and services will be held at the Koerth Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. The remains will be laid to rest in the Koerth Catholic cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 8 Sep 1906, page 3

Halletsville, August 31. – Mrs. Kate Gerdes, wife of John Gerdes, died yesterday afternoon after an illness of a week’s duration. Deceased was 29 years and two days old and is survived by a husband and two little children. The remains were shipped to Cuero for interment.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 17 Mar 2007


HALLETTSVILLE - Lucille Marie Gerdes, 91, died March 14, 2007. She was born Aug. 2, 1915, to Lutzie and Myrtle Phelps Hemmi, in Hallettsville.

She married G.H. "Gibby" Gerdes on June 11, 1935 in Hallettsville. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Lucille is survived by her son, G.H. "Gibbo" Gerdes Jr.; her daughter, Judy Evans and husband James; her sister Marionell Smothers; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Lucille was preceded in death by: husband; parents; brother, Carl Hemmi; and sister, Majorie Fietsam.

Services will begin at 10 a.m., today at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Jul 1899, page 1

The infant son of Mr. A. Gerlich died last Thursday, and was buried in the Moulton cemetary [sic].

This infant's grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, January 2, 1968

Mrs. Eva Jo Gerlich

HALLETTSVILLJE – Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Kubena Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church near here for Mrs. Eva Joe Gerlich, 87, of Hallettsville, with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating.  Burial will be In St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.  A rosary was recited by the parish Monday night.

Mrs. Gerlich died at 11:30 p.m. Friday in a Yoakum hospital.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church here, the Christian Mothers Society and he K.J.Z.T. Society. A native of Czechoslovakia, she married the late Joe Gerllch on Fob. 14, 1898, at Sweet Home.

Survivors Include three sons, Adolph of Hallettsville, August and Edwin, both of Houston; seven daughters, Mrs. Charles Spanihel, Mrs. Joe Ehler, Mrs. Gerome Cervenka, Mrs. Frank Skyvara, Mrs. Theo Krlschke, Mrs. John Vasula and Mrs. Theo Spies, all of Houston; three step-sons, John Gerlich of Lolita, Joe and William, both of Hallettsville; a brother, John Jirkovsky of Shiner; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Huble of F!oresville and Miss Bessie Jirkovsky of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury
25 Jul 1896, page 4

Lightning's Work.—Monday afternoon [lightning] struck the house of Mr. Gerlich, near Monseratte, and came down the chimney, demolished the clock on the mantlepiece, and struck Mrs. Gerlich, killing her instantly, and paralyzing a little child in her ams. Other members of the family in the same room were not hurt.

Hermina Gerlich, 1869-1896, was buried in the Koerth Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 17 Aug 1898

The five-year-old child of Ferdinand Gerloff died last Thursday of diptheria [sic].

Ella Gerloff, 1893 – 1898, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, May 22, 1981

Ella Gerloff

Ella Gerloff, 78, of Moulton, died Monday, May 18, 1981, in the Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton, with burial in the Moulton City Cemetery, under direction of Smith Funeral Home in Moulton.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elvera Nelson and Mrs. Esther Mae Collins both of Washington state, and Mrs. Elnora Buehring of Moulton; a brother, Walter Brunkenhoefer of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Erna Meinke of Yoakum; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jul 1983, page 4B

Church Rites For Julia Gillar

MOULTON – Mrs. Julia M. Gillar, 66, of Witting died Wednesday, June 29, 1983 in a Houston hospital after a prolonged illness.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton where the body lay in state.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton with burial in Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Gillar was born April 3, 1917 at Wied, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of August John and Agnes (Pustka) Janak. She was a member of the KJZT Society and lifelong member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, M.V. Gillar of Witting; a daughter, Allyne Lee of Wallis; two sons, Jerome Gillar of Houston and Eugene of Witting; four sisters, Mrs. Bernard (Margaret) Roeder, Mrs. Edwin (Agnes) Gerlich, Mrs. Irene Janik, Mrs. Bernadette Nunley, all of Houston; four brothers, Paul Janak of Hallettsville, Monsignor Hubert Janak of Poth, Melvin Janak of Witting, Joe D. Janak of Wied; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, July 23, 1957; her mother, Oct. 1, 1969; a sister, Mrs. Joe (Annie) Najvar, June 24, 1967.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 23 Sep 2004

MOULTON - Kathryn A. Gillar, 57, of Moulton, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004. She was born Jan. 5, 1947, in Shiner, to the late Frank Albert and Albina Hrcek Novak. She was a member of KJZT and St. Mary's Church.

Survivors: husband, Eugene Gillar; sons, Randy Gillar of Fort Worth, Shannon Gillar of Sugar Land, and Troy Gillar of Houston; sisters, Loretta Janak of Richmond and Barbara Holik of Hallettsville; brother, Hubert Novak of Shiner; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will begin noon today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, the Revs. John Peters and Bryan Heyer officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: American Cancer Society or Hospice of South Texas

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, 25 August 2007

ETHEL "ETTIE" IONE GINN, born July 16, 1914 in Yoakum, Texas entered into eternal rest August 22, 2007 in Bedford, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband of 58yrs, Elwood E. Ginn; daughter-in-law, Celeste Ginn; special niece-in-law, Becky Evetts. She is survived by her sons: Duane E. Ginn, Steven E. Ginn and wife Sue, Kenneth Ginn and wife Carolyn; special nephew, Sam Evetts; special nieces, Lauren Evetts Ball and husband Donald, Sandra Evetts Harrison and husband Glenn; 15 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren. Ettie was a member of the Lindale Church of Christ for over 50yrs. She was also a charter member of the Lindale Church of Christ. A Funeral Service will be 10:00am, Saturday August 25, 2007 at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow in Brookside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Boles Home in Quilan, TX.

Rebecca Herder contributed this obituary and researched Mrs. Ginn further: Ethel was the oldest child of Clark A and Laura Dowlearn. They owned a dairy farm in Prec. 7 of Lavaca County on April 21, 1930. Siblings at that time included Maudelle (9), Leonard P. (6), and Jack (6/12 months). Husband, Elwood Everett Ginn, died in Harris County on October 29, 1991.


Colorado County Citizen,Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lovie Hunt Pustejovsky Girndt of Columbus passed away on Aug. 15, 2011 in Weimar.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1933 in Ezzell, Texas, to Joe and Bertha (Harless) Hunt. Lovie grew up in Ezzell with her parents and three siblings. She married Harvey Pustejovsky on June 21, 1947 in Hallettsville. To this union there were three boys born. During this time in her life Lovie found ways to supplement the family income by ironing, cleaning houses, working in the cotton fields, baking bread and other things.

In 1962 Lovie started working at the hospital in Weimar when her oldest son Ric had to have an emergency appendectomy. She worked there for six years and then moved to Eagle Lake and continued working in the old and new hospital there for 28 plus years. She loved her nursing and worked many hours helping others. During this time she found time to sit on the Colorado County CPS Board and volunteer for fund raising with Special Olympics. Alas, when computers were put into place she said no thanks and retired. She then went to work at Brookshire Brothers sacking groceries for a few years until her health caused her to have to retire for good.
In the spring of 1975 Lovie married Mickey Girndt and took on being mother of his five children ranging in age from 17 to 5 and Lovie finally got the daughter she always wanted. Lovie and Mickey took up traveling and got to all the states but Alaska. She loved to travel and loved collecting dog figurines of which she had over 200. She loved her large family and always had pictures of everyone all around and enjoyed all family gatherings when she could. Lovie has resided in Parkview Manor Nursing Home since 2007.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Harvey Pustejovsky and Mickey Girndt, her parents Joe and Bertha Hunt, her sister Melva Castellow and brother Raymond Hunt.

She is survived by her children Skip Pustejovsky and wife Judy of Altair, Ric Pustejovsky and wife Kathy, Jerry Pustejovsky and wife Donna, Stephen Girndt and wife Darlene all of Columbus, Mickey Girndt and wife Pam of Sealy, Doug Girndt and wife Chris of Shaws Bend, Robert Girndt and wife Gerita of Indian Mound, Tenn., and Kathy Thomas and husband Greg of Baltimore, Md. Grandchildren include Shannan Perez and husband Joe, Tanja Chovanetz and husband Jeff, Jason Pustejovsky and wife Becca, Leon Pustejovsky and wife Wendy, Daniel Mose and wife Melissa, Stephanie White and husband Travis, Dena Long and husband Patrick, Adam Mose and wife Denyse, Matt Girndt and wife Christine, Melie Adrian and husband Giovanni, Amy Venghaus and husband Zach, Amber Sumpter and husband Tristan, Erica Waldrop and husband John, Chad, Alex, Rachel and Josh Girndt, Kassie Pustejovsky, and Scott and Chris Thomas. She also has 14 great grandchildren.

Lovie was loved by all and will be missed, but we know she is in a better place and free from the pain she has suffered over the last few years. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff from Parkview Manor Nursing Home for the loving care given her as a patient as well as the staff with the Hospice of South Texas for helping her and us through these final days.
Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday Aug. 18, 2011 from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Bro. Robert Willis officiating. Interment followed at Salem Cemetery in Ezzell, Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers were Leon and Jason Pustejovsky, Daniel Mose, Matthew and Alex Girndt, Jeff Chovanetz, Joe Lee Perez and Giovanni Adrian. Honorary pallbearers were Scott and Chris Thomas, Adam Mose, and Chad and Joshua Girndt.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to West Oaks Church of Christ, 214 FM 806 Columbus, TX or Hospice of South Texas 404 N. Texana, Hallettsville, TX 77964.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis



Colorado County Citizen, 25 Dec 1958, page 3

Mrs. Annie Glass Dies Suddenly; Rites Held Friday


GARWOOD— Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Glass, 78 wife of the late Willard W. Glass, were held at Mill-Bauer funeral home in Eagle Lake Dec. 19 with interment in the family plot at Anders [Andrews] Chapel near Schulenburg.

The Rev. Paul A. Grout Jr., Methodist minister of Garwood, officiated and Mrs. Herbert Engstrom played soft organ music during the service.

Mrs. Glass, daughter of the late Anderson T. and Cora Tull Smith was born Sept. 11, 1880, at Floresville, and died suddenly in her home in Garwood Dec. 17, while sitting at the lunch table.

She was married to Willard Glass in 1916 and had made her home, with the exception of a few years, in Garwood, ever since.

Mrs. Glass became affiliated with the Methodist church in her childhood in Schulenburg.

She is survived by a stepson, Lee Glass, whom she had raised since he was 4 years old, 2 sisters, Mrs. Charles richartt and Mrs. Les Lanier of Garwood, 2 brothers, C. W. Smith of Highlands and A. T. Smith of Dayton, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were her nephews, Oscar Smith of Highlands, Wilber Smith of Weimar, Foy L. Wanier of San Antonio, Jack Laner of Ft. Worth, M. G. Lanier of Garwood and Leon Lanier of Houston.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Smith, Oscar Smith and Mrs. Bell Moore of Highlands; Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Smith, Mrs. Bessie Benton and children and Mr. and Mrs. Herrey Shipman of Dayton; Mr. and Mrs. Foy Lanier and family of San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lanier and family of Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Smith of Weimar; Leo and Hazel Lanier, Mrs. Berta Rae Fontenat, Mrs. A. J. Selders, Mrs. Clara Thomas of Houston.


Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1908, page 4

News was received here Wednesday morning of the death and burial of Mrs. Glass, widow of the late Rev. Glass, former well known residents of Lavaca county. Her death occurred at Cheyenne, Okla., where she was visiting one of her children, and the remains were brought to Schulenburg and from that point interred in the cemetery at Andrews’ Chapel. Mrs. Glass was a sister of Mrs. Chas. Rose of Schulenburg, a christian from early childhood, and a lady of many endearing traits of character. Her funeral was largely attended. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their affliction.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht. According to Clara Glass's grave stone, she was born in Alabama on February 27, 1837 and died on December 26, 1907. Her husband was the Reverend T. W. Glass.


Shiner Gazette, 12 Jan 1967

Walter Glatzert Rites Scheduled

Walter Glatzert, age 56 years, 6 months and 27 days, passed away in the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital Monday, January 9, 1967 at 6:55 a.m.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 1967 at 2:00 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, with burial in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross

GOETZ Infant

Shiner Gazette, 6 May 1909, Green School Items column

An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Goetz died last Friday. Attended by sorrowing relatives and friends the remains were borne to their final resting place in the City cemetery at Shiner. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1895, pg 2

Shiner Gazette: John Goertz [sic.], the 14-year-old son of John Goertz, living at the edge of Moore's pasture died a terrible death Sunday morning, caused it is supposed, from a fly bite, resulting in blood poisoning. He was at church here Sunday, May 5th, and complained of a blister on his upper lip. On his return home the lip commenced swelling and continued to swell until his whole face became involved. His eyes swelled shut and his lips swelled until they ware nearly as thick as a man's arm. His sufferings were terrible. Mortification set in, his face turned black and the swelling extended to other parts of his body. Death came to his relief Sunday morning at seven o'clock. It was the theory of both attending physicians that death resulted from poison from a fly.
J. H. Goetz, 18 May 1879 - 12 May 1895, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Obituary transcribed by Sharon Sutton.

Shiner Gazette, 23 May 1895

I herewith express my sincerest thanks to all friends for their sympathy and kind assistance shown me at the funeral of my son, John, last Sunday. WM. GOETZ.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 26 Jan 1967

Services Held For Goetz Infant

Many friends will extend sincere and meaningful sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Gene Goetz of Shiner in the loss of their infant daughter, Shirley Jean, who died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 1967, at the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital. The baby was born Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Shiner, with the Rev. F. E. Eilers, pastor of United Dr. Martin Luther Church, officiating. Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Besides her parents, Billie Gene and Norma Lea (Wegener) Goetz, she is survived by grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wegener and Mrs. Willie E. Goetz and paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Selma Zander, all of Shiner.

May the sorrow experienced by the family be lightened and may they be able to say: “Thy will is best.” Another Angel has been gained in heaven.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era, 24 Dec 1909

Birth and Death Record.


Dec 8—Joseph Gold, cramps, Seclusion.


The Lavaca County Tribune, Date unknown

Mrs. Julia Pohl Gold

Mrs. Julia Gold, age 84, of Yoakum, was buried at Speaks Cemetery, Monday, July 19th, 1965. Services were held a 2p.m. from Kubena Funeral Home. Mrs. Gold passed away on July 17th, at 12:50 p.m. at Siminton, Texas. Rev. Frank Hollan Officiated.

The deceased was born in Lavaca Co. on December 28, 1880 and was married to Mr. Joe Gold on Nov. 22, 1901 in Hallettsville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13th, 1960

Among the survivors are two sons; John Gold of Brookshire, and Henry Gold of Siminton; four daughters; Mrs. James Laas and Mrs. Alice Long of Yoakum, Mrs. John Sicko of Edna and Adrin Quattlebaun of North Carolina; four sisters: Mrs. Alma Brown, Mrs. Tony Schott, Mrs. Anton Haidusek and Mrs. Bill Sagel of Hallettsville. Thirty three grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren are among the survivors.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Victoria Advocate, 26 Apr 1997, page 5A

Two killed in traffic accident

LULING - Two Moulton men were killed in a two-vehicle accident about 1 p.m. Friday near the Gonzales County line, authorities said.

John Louis Kubicek, 33, and Travis Paul Gold, 29, were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The accident occurred on County Road 139 in Caldwell County about 1 1/2 miles southeast of Farm-to-Market Road 1386, officials said.

Kubicek and Gold were traveling south on 139 when their pickup collided with a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Henry Jalufka of Moulton, authorities said.

Jalufka was not injured, officials said.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Kubena Funeral Home

Mary Golsch, 79, of Hallettsville, passed away Oct. 3, 2013. She was born on March 11, 1934 to William & Mary Janak Barton in Hallettsville. She married Siegfried E. Golsch on Sept. 20, 1959 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Koerth. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, KJZT Society #2, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Mary is survived by: son Dennis Golsch & wife Tessa of Cibolo, TX; daughter Jennifer Golsch of Hallettsville; and 2 grandchildren, Dane & Tory Golsch.

Mary was preceded in death by: husband Siegfried; parents; 2 sisters, Lucille Jalufka and Julia Pavlisk; and 2 brothers, Adolph and Ben Barton.

Funeral Mass Service: 2 pm, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Saturday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Saturday, atKubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Msgr. John Peters. Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic School, or Donor’s Choice. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 1 Mar 1962, page 1

Funeral Services For Theo Golsch 68 At Hallettsville

Funeral services for Theo. A. Golsch, 68, prominent Hallettsville area farmer and father of Mrs. August Cernoch of Weimar, were held Feb. 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hallettsville.

Mr. Golsch died unexpectedly at his home at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15.

A lifelong resident of Lavaca County, where he farmed all his life, he was appointed state president of the [Farmers] League by the late Archbishop Droessarts at the time that organization was formed. He helped organized the Lavaca County Soil Conservation District and was one of its first supervisors as well as secretary-treasurer. He served on the Hallettsville School Board more than 15 years, was a member of the American Legion and a former director of the Hallettsville Chamber oof Commerce. He was president of the Hallettsville branch of the Catholic Knights of America for 32 years and had served as state president and vice-president of that organization.

He was one of those most instrumental in bringing electrical power to the farms of his community through San Bernard Electric Coop, and since 1947 had been a director of the cooperative.

Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Mary Hessler, whom he married in 1924; three sons, Hilbert of San Antonio, Siegried of Hallettsville and Theo A. (Teddy) Golsch Jr. of San Antonio; four daughters, Mrs. George Carley of San Antonio, Mrs. Cernoch here, Mrs. Roman Shimek of Hallettsville and Miss Beatrice Golsch at home; 11 grandchildren and a half-sister, Mrs. Annie Dworsky of Hallettsville.


Shiner Gazette, 9 Sep 1903, Local News column

Mrs. Gonzales, wife of Mr. F. Gonzales, one of our most industrious and prosperous Mexican farmers, died last Thursday night of heart failure. The family are living on the Wm. Green place.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, 30 Jan 2008

Birdie Lorea Hunter Good

BIRDIE LOREA HUNTER GOOD went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Texas at the age of 87. She was born in Gonzales County on July 20, 1920 to Joseph Daniel Hunter and Adeline Jones Hunter. She was the youngest girl of 9 children and she spent the first 14 years of her life in Lavaca. In 1936 she moved to Houston to live with her sister Sara Hunter Sligh and to attend Sam Houston High School where she was a member of the Black Battalion Drill Team. She was a former DAR member and a descendant of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, but her heart belonged to Texas. Her greatest honor was to be a member of the DRT (Daughters of the Republic of Texas) where she was a member emeritus of the Miss Ima Hogg Chapter. During her years of service, she was the Fifth Vice-President General and the Recording Secretary for the State DRT. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lamar Harding Good, daughter, Katherine G. Weatherspoon, special son-in-law William James Weatherspoon, two precious grandchildren Madeline "Mattie" Weatherspoon and William Jeffrey Weatherspoon, all of Longview, Texas. She is also survived by her two brothers and their wives, Dempsey and Ruth Hunter of Houston and Stayton and Carolyn Hunter of Weimer, one sister, Josephine Irvin of Yoakum, sister-in-law, Nelda Hunter of Iola, and many nieces and nephews. Deceased family members are Thomas Hunter, Sara Sligh, VeElla Brewer, Ada Jane Davis, Ernest D. Hunter and, step-sister, Rosalie Graham Boone. Special friends who are like family are Shirley and Joe Holcomb. We would like to extend our special thanks to Dr. Rex Hawkins and his nurse, Dr. George Conklin and his nurse, Delores, George Walls and Tootie Calahan, Dr. Landrum and Pastor Ronnie Borner, Connie Harper, and the people at the El Paso Credit Union who were always so helpful. Thanks also to our wonderful neighbors in West University on Albans Rd., to Ray Rutledge at the American Legion Post 77, Joe and Doris Leslie, great niece, Donna Boone Stewart, and Donald and Mary Lou Boone. Words cannot express her love and appreciation for her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Boyce and Mary Good who were always there when we needed help. Visitation will be at the George H. Lewis funeral home on Bering Houston on Friday, February 1, 2008 from 5 until 8 PM and interment will be at the Pilot Grove Cemetary on Saturday. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Good, Bennie Roy Boone, Gerald Dempsey Hunter, Rickie Luce, Corey Luce, Marvin Avery, and Glenn Draper. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Pilot Grove Cemetary Association, The Reagan World War II Memorial, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Contributed by Becky Herder


Shiner Gazette, 7 Nov 1906, Local News column

—The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Goode died last Saturday at Lane City, and was buried Sunday in the K. of P. Cemetery in Shiner.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Publication and Date unknown

Maggie Mae Gordon, 90, of Ezzell, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009. She was born onSeptember 10, 1918 in Weimer, Texas, to Tom and Elizabeth Martin. On October 14, 1952, she married Elice "Allen" Gordon in Hope, Texas

Maggie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved her family and friends with all of her heart. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church for over 55 years, and treasurer for 20 years. All of her family has wonderful memories of going to church with her. Afterward they would go to her house to enjoy the feast she had prepared all morning before church so that they could eat promptly after church. She was a retired rancher. She worked side by side with her husband Allen daily with the feeding and working of the cattle. She continued caring for her cattle up to the age of 87. She loved to attend Rodeos all over. She loved to watch the Grand Ole Opry on TV. She loved good old country music. She also was a big fan of the fiddlers that came to town during the Fiddler's Frolics every year. Maggie also enjoyed attending reunions. She went to all of her old school reunions as long as she was able. She loved to go to family reunions, even if they weren't her family. Everyone always looked forward to her coming and bringing her "famous" chicken and dressing.

Maggie is survived by: her children, Joe Lee Evans & wife Linda of Victoria, Larry Evans & wife Delores of Koerth, Linda Boedeker & husband Randy of Hallettsville, and Judy Jernigan & husband B.J. of Ezzell; 10 grandchildren, Jeff Evans, Kim Phillips, Terri Bennetsen, Brian Evans, Sammi Silgero, Stacy Allen, Shawn Allen, Jason Kubeczka, Kelly Jernigan, and Misty Pace; and 20 great grandchildren, Makayla, Garrett, Keene, Arielle, Jordan, Justice, Dalton, Tristian, Haile, Amree, Ty Trenton, Lil'Shawn, Abigail, Avery, Anily, Hunter, Seth, Sage, Ty Ashton, and Mckenna.

Maggie was preceded in death by: her husband Allen, her parents, and brother Elroy Martin.

Service: 2 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Kubena Funeral Home. Visitation: 3 pm, Tuesday, at Kubena Funeral Home; with the family receiving visitors from 6 pm to 8 pm. Pallbearers: Jeff Evans, Brian Evans, Shawn Allen, Jason Kubeczka, Jordan Silgero, and Tristian Walker. Officiates: Rev. Kenny Hodges and Rev. Lundy Hooten. Burial: Salem Cemetery

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1905, page 2

Hallettsville, Feb. 8.—A. F Graeber died suddenly this morning at his home. He had been in ill health for several years and for the past four weeks had been confined to his home. He had, however, improved to such an extent that he had met a number of friends last evening at his home and this morning ate a hearty breakfast. After this he went to his room to lie down, where shortly afterwards he was found dead by his wife.

Mr. Graeber was nearly sixty years of age and had been a resident of this place since 1872, where he conducted a blacksmith shop until several years ago, when he retired.

He had accumulated a very comfortable estate. He leaves surviving him a wife and three children, as follows: Otto  Graeber of Palestine, Mrs. L. Hirschfield of Marion and Mrs. Herman Haverlah of this place. The funeral will take place Friday morning at 10 o’clock, under the auspices of the Masons.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Kubena Funeral Home

Marie Agnes Grafe, 94, of Hallettsville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013.

She was born on March 26, 1919 to Joe C. & Mary Michna Vanek in Wallis, TX, the oldest of 9 children. The family moved to Hallettsville when Marie was 4 years old. She was a member of Divine Mercy, KJZT and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Marie is survived by: daughter Barbara J. Magruder & husband Hollis E. of Hallettsville; sister Fran Byrd & husband Bill of Hallettsville: 2 grandchildren, Matt Magruder & wife Amanda of Allen, and Stacy Hower & husband Todd of Austin; and 3 great grandchildren, Lucas Magruder, Addison & Tanner Hower.

Marie was preceded in death by: 1st husband Frank A. Grafe and 2nd husband Charlie O. Grafe; parents; 4 brothers, Charles, Louis, Stanley and Joe Vanek; and 3 sisters, KathrynMunke, Victoria Klimichek, and Maggie Volcik.

Funeral Mass Service: 2 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm Tuesday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Tuesday, atKubena Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Bobby Joe Klimitchek, Charles Joseph Grafe, Barry Vanek, Ronnie Volcik, Michael Volcik, Kent Munke, and Douglas Munke. Honorary Pallbearers: Caregivers at Hallettsville Rehad and Nursing Center. Officiant: Msgr. John Peters. Memorials (in lieu of flowers): Sacred Heart Catholic Church or donor's choice. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis 


Houston Chronicle, 10 Apr 2003

GEORGE NEWTON GRAHAM, age 84 died on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 in Livingston, TX. He was born on November 11, 1918 in Humble, TX, the son of Samford and Mary Fisher Graham. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Stanley and Dede Ecke. He is survived by his wife, Ida Graham of Livingston, TX; four sons, Kenneth Ray Hemmi of Livingston, TX, Aaron Graham of Onalaska, TX, George N. Graham, Jr. of Oklahoma and Norman Graham of Porter, TX; two daughters, Teresa Wedgeworth of Elkhart, TX and Faye Johnson of South Dakota; sister, Ruth Emerson of Onalaska, TX; special grandsons, Aaron J. "A.J." Graham, Jr.; and many other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 11, 2003 at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, TX from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, TX. Bro. Ted Summers will conduct the service. Burial will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 13, 2003 at Moulton Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, TX. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune Herald, 3 Dec 2003

Ida Berckenhoff Graham

Ida Berckenhoff Graham, age 77, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at her home in Livingston.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1926 in Moulton, the daughter of Fred Berckenhoff and Kristina (Koudelka) Berckenhoff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Graham Sr., and two brothers, Rudy Berckenhoff and Bill Berckenhoff.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws [sic], Kenneth Ray Hemmi of Livingston and Aaron J. and Teresa Graham of Onalaska; a grandson, Aaron J. Graham, Jr. of Onalaska; two stepdaughters, Teresa Wedgeworth of Elkhart and Faye Johnson of South Dakota; two stepsons, George N. Graham Jr. of Oklahoma and Norman Graham of Porter; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Otto and Marge Berckenhoff and Dennis and Pat Berckenhoff of Moulton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Sophie Barta of Moulton, Dorothy and Ben Ulbrich of Houston, and Rose and Gene Selzer of Moulton.

The family received friends from 6 p.m. until p.m. [sic] Thursday, Nov. 20 at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, and on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton.

Burial followed in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were nephews: Allen Barta, Gregory Berckenhoff, Kevin Berckenhoff, Larry Berckenhoff, Vernon Meazle and Gene Selzer Jr.

Cochran Funeral Home and Smith Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

NOTE: Ida Berckenhoff was married first to Edwin Lutzie Hemmi, whose paternal grandmother was Catherine Elizabeth Berckenhoff, thus making Ida and Edwin 3rd cousins. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 17 May 1991, page 10A


HALLETTSVILLE - Miss Agnes A. Grahmann, 80, of Victoria, formerly of Cuero, died in a local nursing home Thursday, May 16, 1991, following a lengthy illness.

Miss Grahmann was born Sept. 17, 1910, in Lavaca County, to the late Frank and Antonette Bechacek [sic] Grahmann and was a retired licensed vocational nurse. She worked for Dr. Praether in Cuero for 28 years and later in Victoria. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Sacred Heart Club and the St. Jude Society.

Survivors: Sisters, Miss Mary Grahmann and Mrs. Bernadine Kolacny, both of Hallettsville, Mrs. Wilhelmina Zafereo of Victoria and Mrs. Clara Heinsohn of Yoakum; brothers, Frank Grahmann of Hallettsville and Alvin Grahmann of Schulenburg.

Preceded in death by parents, brother and sister.

Visitation until 11 a.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Services 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. Celestino Say officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, August 15, 1970

Alois Grahmann

HALLETTSVILLE -- Alois Grahmann, 74, of Hallettsville died Friday at 7 a.m. at a local hospital.

Mr. Grahmann was born July 22, 1896, in Lavaca County. He was a farmer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 3 p.m. Services will be held at 1 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors include the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Emily) Mucala of Yoakum and Mrs. Frank (Rosalie) Henke of Hallettsville; three sons, Bill and Hubert Grahmann of Hallettsville and Walter Grahmann of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Bludau Sr. of Hallettsville and Sister Alfons Grahmann; four brothers, John, Nick, Julius J. and Alfons A. Grahmann, all of Hallettsville; and 23 grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Victoria Advocate, 30 May 2005

Alvin J. Grahmann - VICTORIA

Alvin J. Grahmann, well-known businessman, owner and operator of Grahmann's True Value Stores of Hallettsville and Schulenburg died Saturday, May 28, 2005 at the age of 80 at his home in St. John's community near Schulenburg, Texas.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 5pm on Monday, May 30, 2005 at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, Texas.

A memorial service and rosary will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg on Monday, May 30, 2005 with visitation starting and at 6 pm and Rosary at 7pm.

Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Visitation will begin at 9am, rosary at 9:30 and Funeral services at 10am.

Interment will be at Sacred Heart Mausoleum in Hallettsville.

Alvin was born in Hallettsville on March 14, 1925, the youngest of ten children of Frank and Antoinette Grahmann. He married Adela Etzler on October 28, 1947 in Hallettsville, TX.

He was in the hardware business for 59 years as owner and operator of Grahmann's True Value Stores, Inc. in Hallettsville and Schulenburg. His sons Alvin Paul, Michael and Mark, and daughter Barbara Rainosek will continue management of his family owned business.

He had a lifelong deep involvement in his church and community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Hallettsville and Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Departments, the Hallettsville Industrial Corporation, and the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Board of Directors and as Vice-President. He was a charter member and served on the advisory board of the National Retail Hardware Association. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Hallettsville, and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Schulenburg. Over the years, he attended many church picnics in Hallettsville, Schulenburg and surrounding communities. He donated toward many local organizations. Alvin will always be remembered by his family as dedicated, honest, hardworking, and devoted to his family and faith.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Adela. He is also survived by six children: two daughters, Linda Wright and husband Ron of College Station, and Barbara Rainosek and husband Don of Hallettsville; and four sons, Alvin Paul and wife Barbara of Hallettsville, Forrest and wife Chris of Spicewood, Michael and wife Janice of Schulenburg, and Mark and wife Pam of Hallettsville; fifteen grandchildren, Aaron Wright of Austin, Aric Wright of San Antonio, Scott Rainosek of Austin, James Rainosek of San Antonio, Lisa Koehne and husband Justin of Schulenburg, Steven Grahmann and wife Breann of Victoria, Amy Floyd and husband Jeff of Dallas, Laura Grahmann of Austin, Aaron Grahmann of Dallas, Roxanne Stoever and husband Jeremy of Katy, Renee Dusek and husband Mike of Schulenburg, Kristen Grahmann of Schulenburg, Kelly Beth Grahmann of Corpus Christi, Craig and Kayla Grahmann of Hallettsville; and four great grandchildren Lauren Koehne, Kelci Grahmann, Jack, Dillon, and Copeland Grahmann.

He is also survived by one sister, Wilhelmina Zafereo of Victoria, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six sisters.

The funeral service officiated by Reverend John Peters, Reverend Timothy Kosler, Reverend Stanley Petru, and Bishop Charles Grahmann.

Music for the funeral mass provided by Denise Drozd. Scripture readings by Elsie Farek. "Grandchildren's Memories" composed by his grandchildren and a special tribute written by his children read by nephew Mark Zafereo.

Pallbearers: his grandsons Aaron Wright, Scott Rainosek, Steven Grahmann, James Rainosek, Aric Wright and Craig Grahmann.

Honorary pallbearers: Justin Koehne, Jeremy Stoever, Jeffrey Floyd, and Mike Dusek and attending members of the Hallettsville and Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Departments and present and past employees of Grahmann's True Value Stores.

Memorial contributions may be made to local churches, schools, or organizations.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era Herald, Tues., 29 Jun 1965

Mrs. F. Grahmann Funeral Rites Held Saturday Morning

Mrs. Frank (Antonette) Grahmann, Route 3 Halletsville, died in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Thursday, June 24 at 3:20 p.m. at the age of 83 years, one month and 14 days. She had been in ill health for the past several years and had been admitted to the hospital a few days prior to her passing. Born in Frelsburg, Colorado County, May 10, 1882, she was united in marriage to Frank Grahmann, October 22, 1901. Mr. Grahmann passed away August 5, 1946.

To this union were born 10 children, all of which survive. Namely three sons, Frank, Joe and Alvin, all of Halletsville, seven daughters, Mrs. Herman (Clara) Heinsohn, Miss Elizabeth Grahmann, Miss Mary Grahmann all of Halletsville, Miss Agnes Grahmann and Mrs. George (Wilhelmina) Zafereo of Victoria, Mrs. Frank (Bernadine) Kolacny of Houston., Mrs. Ervin (Louise) Friedrich of Runge, two brothers, Otto Pechacek and Joe Pechacek, both of Houston and two sisters, Mrs. Henry Frazer of Baytown and Mrs. Annie Hermes of New Braunfels, 27 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from Kubena Funeral Home Saturday morning, June 26 beginning at 9:15 and continuing at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of which she was a member at 9:30 with Msgr. Alois Morkovsky officiating.

Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, grandsons Donald Friedrich, Leroy Kolacny, Joe Zafereo, Clarence Schriefer, Alton Grahmann and Charles Grahmann serving as pallbearers.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated clipping from Jackson County Herald-Tribune

Bessie Grahmann

Funeral services for Bessie Grahmann, 82, of Hallettsville were held Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hallettsville under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Mrs. Grahmann died Aug. 26. Born Dec. 26, 1918, in Danbury to the late Joseph Frank and Rosie Ruzicka Kolacny, she was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville and was a member of KJZT. She and the late Joe "A.J." Grahmann were married Feb. 25, 1941, at St. Mary's Church. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1988.

Survivors include daughter, Patricia Belicik, Hallettsville; son, Alton J. Grahmann, Hallettsville; sister, Lillie Grahmann, Hallettsville; brothers, Frank Kolacny, Houston, Laddie Kolacny, Ganado, and Joe Kolacny, Hallettsville; and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

Pallbearers were Chris Belcik, David Belcik, Ervin Kolacny, Ronnie Kolacny, Clarence Schriefer and Mark Zafereo.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, 6 Aug 1946

Frank Grahmann Dies of Heart Failure

Mr. Frank Grahmann Sr., 69, died of a heart attack Monday a.m. while working in his fields. Mr. Grahmann was seated on top of a load of fodder with one of his daughters and mentioned that he was not feeling well. Just after these words he fell from the wagon and to the ground dead.

The deceased was born in Hanover, Germany in 1877 and came to this country when a young man in 1901, was united in marriage to Antonette Pechacek. Ten children were born to this union and his widow with these children survive, Clara, Elizabeth, Agnes, Mary, Bernadine, Louise, Wilhelmina, Frank Jr., Joe and Alvin. The following brothers and sisters survive. Sister Alfonse and Sister Aloisus of Shiner, Mrs. J.J. Haas, Mrs. Joe Bludau, August, Joe A., Herman of Highland, Alois, Alphonse, Nick, Julius, John, and Carl all of here.

Funeral services will be held at Kubena funeral home Wednesday a.m. at 9:15 and a Requiem Mass will be said in Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a.m. Rosary will be said here tonight (Monday) at Kubena funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Just recently the mother of the deceased, Mrs. H. Grahmann, died.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune Herald, 29 Jan 1993

Frank J. Grahmann

Frank J. Grahmann, 81, of Hallettsville died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1993, at 3 p.m.

He was born Aug. 22, 1911 in Lavaca County, son of Frank and Antonette Pechacek Grahmann. He was a retired farmer and rancher and member of the Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Surviving him are his wife, Lillie Grahmann of Hallettsville; a daughter, Evelyn Mozisek of Little Rock, Ark.; a son, Charles A. Grahmann of Schulenburg; five sisters, Mary K. Grahmann of Hallettsville, Clara Heinsohn of Yoakum, Bernadine Kolacny of Houston, Louis Frederich of Runge, Wilhelmina Zafereo of Victoria; a brother, Alvin Grahmann of Schulenburg; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Antonette Pechacek Grahmann; two sisters and one brother.

Visitation began at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at Kubena Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 9 a.m., Friday, at which time it will be taken to Sacred Heart Church, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Rev. Celestino Say will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, 3 Jun 1988

Joe A. J. Grahmann, 74, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday, May 31, 1988, at 9:50 a.m., in the Lavaca Medical Center.

He was born November 15, 1913, in Lavaca County, son of the late Frank Grahmann Sr. and Antoinette Pechacek Grahmann. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the St. Joseph Society. A retired businessman, he was former owner and operator of Hallettsville Hardware.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. The Rev. Celestino Say officiated.

Burial followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie Kolacny Grahmann of Hallettsville; a son Alton J. Grahmann of Hallettsville; a daughter, Patricia Belcik of Hallettsville; two brothers, Frank Grahmann of Hallettsville and Alvin Grahmann of Schulenburg; six sisters, Mary Kay Grahmann and Bernadine Kolacny of Hallettsville; Wilhelmina Zafereo and Agnes Grahmann of Victoria, Clara Heinsohn of Yoakum and Louise Frederick of Runge; and one grandson.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, and at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at the church.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Herald-Times Highlights from the Yoakum Weekly Herald, February 9 & 16, 1911

Mrs. William R. Granberry

Mrs. W.R. Granberry, 42, passed away from cancer Thursday. She was the daughter of the venerable W.F. Dial and was reared in southern Lavaca County. She married Mr. W.R. Granberry twenty-one years ago and had eight children. She was buried at the family burying ground, some six or eight miles below Hope.

Henrietta E. Dial, 30 Oct 1869-26 Jan 1911, daughter of Hastings and Mathilda Dial, was buried in the Dial Cemetery. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Weimar Mercury, Jan. 21, 1893, page 2

Halletsville, Tex. Jan 15.—Early last night, at Appelt’s saloon, Tom Searcy and Bud Williams got into a quarrel, bad blood having existed between them for sometime. Each drew his knife and went out into the street.  John Holland and Sam Grant, jr., followed them to prevent possible bloodshed.  The next seen of any of them was when Grant staggered up to the negro barber shop near where they were last seen, and died without saying anything. He had received one cut under the left arm. Searcy was found cut almost into mince meat, yet probably not fatally injured. Williams was found at his home, two miles in the country, and Holland in town.   Both of the latter were arrested and jailed. Searcy says that Williams cut him and then Grant while Holland held Grant. All parties are young negroes, and today the negro barber shop in which lay Tom Searcy on a bed and Grant in a coffin has been thronged.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 18 Feb 1916, page 6

Negro Stabbed to Death.

Yoakum, Tex., Feb 14.—Squire Grant, a negro baker, was found dead in an alley in the negro section of the city last night, and, following an inquest by Justice of the Peace H. E. Criswell, another negro was arrested and placed in jail.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Hallettsville Herald, 16 May 1907, page 2


Willis Grant, negro, aged 75 years; died April 14 near Halletsville; cause heart failure.


The Shiner Gazette, April 6, 1933

Mrs. Otto Granz

Following an illness, that extended at intervals, over a period of several years Mrs. Fredericka Granz passed away in the early hours of last Wednesday morning, the immediate cause of her death being double pneumonia.

Deceased was born Sept. 2nd, 1879 at Rapshagen, Braudenburg, Germany. She was reared in a Christian home and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. When a little child, she came to America with her parents. On Sept. 7th, 1903, she was married to Otto Granz, who with three daughters and one son survive as follows—Mrs. Henry Gerdes of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Frank L. Schovajsa, Miss. Sedonia Granz and Otto Granz Jr. of Shiner. One grand child, three brothers and three sisters also survive. The brothers and sisters are William, Charles and Fritz Neubauer of Shiner, Mrs. Anna Koenning and Miss. Augusta Neubauer of Witting and Mrs. Otto Koenning of Wied.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Granz was 53 years, 4 months and 28 days of age. She was a member of the United Lutheran Church and also of the Ladies aid.

Her pastor, Rev. Richard Schuetze conducted all religious services. The funeral was largely attended and the floral offerings profuse and beautiful. The pallbearers were M.E. and Elo Wolters, J.M. Canon, Ad Hilscher, Gerh Heerssen and John Krhovjak. To the bereaved loved ones, the Gazette offers tender and abiding sympathy in their bereavement.

Submitted by Ed Neubauer


The New-Era Herald, April 10, 1953

Oswald Granz Funeral Rites Held in Shiner Tuesday

Funeral services were held for Oswald Granz, age 67 years, 9 days, from Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Tuesday, April 7.

The body reposed in state at the funeral chapel until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, when it was conveyed to the United Dr. Martin Luther Church for services at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Edwin Oehlke officiated.

Mr. Granz died at the Wagner Hospital Sunday, April 5, at 10:45 a.m., where he had been rushed a few hours previous. Interment was in the City Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Otto Granz Jr., Herbert Riedel, Frank Schovajsa, Edwin Mikeska, Alvin and Wilbert Hagens.

Mr. Granz was born in Weimar March 26, 1886, son of Ferdinand and Sedonia Richter Granz. He was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran Church at New Bielau by the Rev. J. Frehner.

In 1900 the family moved to the Shiner Community.

He was married to Hannah Hagens, November 9, 1909, the late Rev. W. C. Wolfsdorf officiant, in Yoakum.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Jimmie Baker, San Antonio, Mrs. Seima Westphal, Shiner; 4 grandchildren; three brothers; Willie Granz of Shiner, Otto, Yoakum, Charlie, State of Oregon; one sister; Mrs. Flora Granz Schlunger, Dallas.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Clara and Alma Granz and a daughter, Mrs. Russell DeDear, who passed away only a few weeks ago.

Oswald Granz was born March 26, 1886, and died April 7, 1953. The daughter referred to in the obituary was Anita Bertha (Granz) DeDear who died January 16, 1953.

Submitted by Ed Neubauer



Shiner Gazette, May 6, 1954

Otto Granz Sr. Graveside Rites Held in Shiner

Funeral rites were held Wednesday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. of Otto Granz Sr., age 71 years, 7 months and 17 days.

Services were held from the Buffington Funeral Chapel, Yoakum, where the body reposed in state, and were conducted by Dr. Paul Bechter, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Mr. Granz was the son of Ferdinand and Sidonia Richter Granz. His Father was born in Austria and his mother in Germany.

Otto Granz was born in New Bielau, Colorado County, Texas, September 10, 1882 and passed away at this home near Shiner, Tuesday, April 27 at 1:20 a.m. His home for a time was in Colorado County, later moved to the Shiner Community, Where he followed farming, later finding work in the gin and compress business.

He was married to Friedericka Neubauer, September 17, 1903, in Charlottenburg. His wife Died April 5, 1933.

Children who survive ate three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Emma) Schovajsa, Rt. 2, Yoakum; Mrs. Henry (Dora) Gerdes, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Edwin (Sidonia) Mikeska, Rt. 2, Shiner; one son, Otto Granz Jr., Yoakum; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. John (Flora) Schleneger, Dallas; two brothers, Willie Granz, Shiner; Carl Granz, Oregon.

Preceding him to the grave were two sisters, Alma Granz and Clara Granz, also one brother, Oswald Granz.

Mr. Granz was baptized and confirmed by Pastor J. Frehner on New Bielau in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He held membership in the O.D.H.S. Lodge in Shiner.

Casket attendants at the last impressive rites were Joe Hilscher, Hugo Koehler, Edwin Schumacher of Yoakum; Alfred Gerdes, Corpus Christi; Willie Kloesel and Paul Berckenhoff, Shiner.

Submitted by Ed Neubauer


Victoria Advocate, September 17, 2010

William "Bill" Granz, age 72, of Elgin and formerly of Shiner, passed away on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. He was born on March 14, 1938, in Shiner to Willie and Louise Haas Granz. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was retired from the National Cash Register Company.

Survivors: daughters, Susan Granz of Citrus Heights, Calif., Sheryl Johnson and husband Kevin of Sacramento, Calif.; son, Scott Granz of Pioneer, Calif.; grandchildren, Patrick and Lance Johnson; sister, Frances Berger and husband Waylen of Victoria; brother-in-law, James Muecke of Houston; nephew, Bradley Muecke of Houston; niece, Melissa Boehm and husband Dennis of Humble; and special friend, Mary Jo Veit ofShiner.

Preceded in death by: parents, and sisters, Virginia Muecke and Anna Louise Granz.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum

Submitted by Ed Neubauer

GREEN Infant

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

There is considerable sickness among small children hereabouts. One of the twin boys of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Green died Saturday after a few hours’ illness.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 6 Dec 1890, page 2

JESSE GREEN, Esq., mayor of Halletsville, died at that place Nov. 26th after an illness of about one day.

Jesse Green, 18 Sep 1845-26 Nov 1890, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 31 Mar 1910, page 1

Death of Rev. Lee Green.

Yoakum, Tex., March 19. – Rev. Lee Green, aged nearly 92 years, died yesterday in Yoakum shortly after noon. Mr. Green spent over half a century in the pulpits of Baptist churches at different stations during his active service in the ministry, and was considered an able, forceful preacher. On account of extreme age and failing health he retired from active service about a year ago. He is survived by three sons, Holly Green of San Antonio and Judge P. H. and Hon. John M. Green of Yoakum. The remains were carried to Hallettsville for interment.

Rev. Lee Green, 28 Aug 1818 – 16 Mar 1910, husband of Lucretia, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 16 Jun 1900

News Specials: San Antonio, Texas, June 9. – Lee W. Green, a young newspaperman of San Antonio and City of Mexico, died in New Orleans from the results of an operation for appendicitis. Lee Green was a native of Halletsville, Texas, and was 22 years of age. He did local and special work for the Daily Express of this city and Mexican Herald in the City of Mexico.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Mar 1901, page 1

Death of Mrs. Rev. Lee Green

Mrs. Green, beloved wife of Rev. Lee Green of Halletsville and stepmother of Attorneys John M. Green and P. H. Green, died suddenly at Hope Thursday morning. It seems the good lady was visiting a sick relative when she was taken ill and after a short time passed to her reward. The funeral will take place at Hebron cemetery [DeWitt County] at 11 o’clock a. m. and friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend. To the grief burdened husband, relatives and friends the Times extends sincere sympathy. – Yoakum Times.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimary Mercury, 8 Jan 1898, page 1

Halletsville, Texas, January 3.—County Health Officer Dr. E. M. Rabb this morning disinfected and fumigated the residence of Mr. W. G. Adams as a precautionary measure, it being claimed by the doctors here who saw her that Mary Green, the 9-year-old daughter of Judge P. H. Green of Yoakum, who died here Saturday morning, had scarlet fever. She was taken sick several weeks ago and the Yoakum physician who was called in treated her for dengue. She got better and last Friday her mother brought her here on a visit and to consult with their old family physician here, they having moved to Yoakum last November. She was taken suddenly worse and died Saturday morning.

Mary Green, born 2 Nov 1888, the daughter of P. H. & Julia A. Green, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Her marker states she died 11 Jan 1898, which conflicts with the date of the newspaper.


Shiner Gazette, 20 Jul 1893, page 1


Mr. Wm. Green is one of Shiner’s most substantial business men and is also a heavy land owner. Owning in the neighborhood of 4,300 acres of land. He is a native of Texas having been born and raised in Gonzales county. He was proprietor of a store at Winton P. O. for several years and has been in the stock business nearly all his life. Upon coming to Shiner Mr. Green formed a partnership with Williams and Saunders in the lumber business. Saunders shortly retired from the firm and the business was continued as Williams & Green, until the spring of the present year when Mr. Green sold out to Mr. Williams, and found a partnership with C. H. Flato. Mr. Green has made a success of every business undertaking of his life and there can be no question about his being a thorough business man. He married Miss Julia Dickson in 1882 and his residence is in the western part of town.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 6 Dec 1973, page 5

Final Rites for Mrs. Greenebaum Held Nov. 26

Funeral services for Mrs. Raye Greenebaum, 88, were held Monday, Nov. 26, from Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, with burial in the Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery. Rabbi Louis Firestein officiated.

Mrs. Greenebaum died Saturday, Nov. 24, in Youens Memorial Hospital here after six months' illness.

Born April 26, 1885, in Luling, the daughter of Abe and Fannie Finkelstein, she was married in 1909 at Galveston to Henry Greenebaum. They lived at Schulenburg first, then at El Campo and Hallettsville before moving back to Schulenburg.

She was a member of Temple Israel Ladies' Auxiliary and the PTA.

She is survived by a nephew, Harold Jean Pinchin of Houston; two nieces, Mrs. Jules (Jo Eileen) Fox of California and Mrs. Bob Morgan of Dallas; two grand-nieces, Mrs. Wm. (Isy Jean) Korenek of Rockdale and Miss Carla Pinchin of Houston; and one grandnephew, Henry Pinchin of Austin.

Pallbearers were Myke Klein, Moe Klein, Hirsh Schwartz, Leslie Lippman, Eli Rubin and Norman Rubin. Honorary Pallbearers were Anton Zaruba, Morris Seligman, Maurice Hyman, and William and Alton Allen.


Shiner Gazette, 1 Feb 1894, page 1, Moulton column

Mrs. Greenlee, who was reported sick last week, was buried on the 25th, at Moulton Institute. Her death is very much lamented, as she was universally beloved.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury
December 28, 1895 pg 1


Hallettsville Herald:  Died at Del Rio last week B. C. Greenwood, a veteran of the war with Mexico in '44 and of the civil war. He resided at Gonzales, Columbus and Lavaca County.  At his death he reached the ripe age of 76 years.  In 1853 Mr. Greenwood married Mrs. M. E. Thomas of Lavaca County.  He has subsequently been married to a Miss Bennett, sister of John M. Bennett of Sweet Home. He was one of the Mier (Mexico) prisoners who drew beans for life or death. Many of the oldest citizens of the county will probably remember him.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton. A memorial stone for B. C. Greenwood, 1 Nov 1819 - 4 Dec 1895, and his wife, Teresa A. Bennett, 7 Apr 1822 - Dec 1851, was placed in the Bennett Cemetery at Sweet Home.


Lavaca County Tribune
May 31, 1949, page 1

Luke A. Greer Dies At 81 Yrs.

Luke A. Greer, 81, a former Sheriff, died in Dufner Hospital, Thursday, May 26, after a prolonged illness.

The deceasrd was born in Attala County, Mississippi, June 28, 1867, the son of E. P. Greer and Martha Oldham Greer. He came to Texas at an early age and settled in Lavaca County. As a young man he married Sarah Ann Butler, May 26, 1887.

Eight children were born to this union, Earl and Herbert of Hallettsville, Arthur of Harlingen, Willie of Robstown, Mrs. Theo Long and Mrs. Roy Willis of Hallettsville,a nd Mrs. Frank Lierman of Woodsboro. A son, Guy Greer, preceded him in death.

Several years ago he married Mrs. Phoebe Miller, who survives, also a ister, Mrs. Maggie Adams of Yoakum, a brother, J. E. Greer of San Antonio, ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Rev. Henry Smith, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which the deceased was a member, officiated at the services held at the Kubena Funeral Home and the City Cemetery here, Friday at 4:00 p. m.

Pallbearers wer John Lell, Rogan Beal, Pat Kelly, Jaro Kafka, Chas. Burt, and William Fahrenthold.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs. W. F. Adams and son, Albert, of Yoakum, Mrs. C. B. Ballard, Anna Belle Pace, and Paul Trial of Beeville; Mrs. J. H. Calhoun, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Miller and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Hnatek, Mrs. Mabel Holland of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Trojcak and family of Victoria; Arthur Greer, Harlingen; Mr. amd Mrs. Willie Greer, Robstown; Mr. amd Mrs. Frank Lierman of Woodsboro.


Herald-Times Highlights from the Yoakum Weekly Herald, February 9 & 16, 1911

Miss Jessie Gregory, 13 years old, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Gregory of Ezzell died at her home with Catarrhal fever and other complications.

Jessie Gregory was the daughter of Wilson and Viola Gregory. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Shiner Gazette, 21 Jul 1897, Moulton News page, Witting column

The young child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Greif, died, and was buried in the Witting cemetery last week.

This may be Hugo Emil Greif, no dates on marker, who was buried in the Witting Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Dec 1982

Edmund A. Greive Funeral Sunday At Catholic Church

Edmund Alfons Greive of Shiner passed away Saturday, December 4, 1982 at 1:35 a.m. in Shiner Hospital. Mr. Greive was recuperating at his home in Shiner following surgery. He reached the age of 63 years, 2 months and 10 days.

The body lay in state at Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, where Rosary was recited by Father Fidgeon, family and friends Saturday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services were held at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with Holy Mass offered at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5, 1982 by the the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Julius Vrana, a special friend, David, Paul, Billy, Bobby and Peppy Patek, neighbors, whom he watched grow up in his backyard.

Friends of the family, Michael Vrana, Michael and Mark Malinovsky served as altar boys.

Mr. Greive, one of five children, was born September 24, 1919 near Moulton, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Henry and Caroline (Novak) Greive. He was reared on the family farm and attended Scott and Evergreen Schools.

On May 14, 1940, he was married to Glorine Wendel in the Moulton Catholic Church. they settled in the Oak Grove community where they farmed for four years and their first daughter was born. Later they moved to the Sulphur Park area where they continued farming and their 2nd daughter was born.

In 1914 [sic], they moved to Shiner to their present residence. At this time, he went to work as a mechanic for Hajek Implement until 1968. He was currently employed by Kaspar Wire Works, Inc. in the Shipping I Department.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Glorine Greive of Shiner; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Paul Michalec of East Bernard; Judy and Kenneth Tronicek of Shiner; six grandchildren, Terry, Wendy, Kelly and Holly Michalec of East Bernard, Rusty and Tracy Tronicek of Shiner; his mother, Caroline Greive of Shiner; two brothers, Charlie Greive of Flatonia, Maxie Greive of Victoria; one sister, Mrs. Bill (Vlasta) Criswell of Yoakum.

He was preceded in death by his father, July 9, 1962; and a brother, Frank Greive, who passed away in 1926.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 6 May 2004

Glorine L. W. Greive

MOULTON - Glorine Lilly Wendel Greive, 82, of Moulton, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

She was born July 29, 1921, in Moulton, to the late Adam and Alma Hirsch Wendel. She was an egg grader for Weigengarten and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughters, Barbara Michalec of East Bernard and Judy Tronicek of Shiner.

Preceded in death by: husband, Edmund A. Greive; and one sister.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert Knippenberg officiating.

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


Victoria Advocate, 9 Oct 1969, page 14A

Richard J. Greive

Richard J. Greive, 69, of 1205 E. Hiller, died at 12 noon Wednesday in a local hospital, after a sudden illness.

Funeral services are pending and will be announced by McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady Victory Catholic Church.

Mr. Greive was born Feb. 14, 1900 in Moulton, and had resided in Victoria for 36 years. He was associated with the Zarsky Lumber Co., and was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Anna L. Greive of Victoria; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Fleming of Pearland and Mrs. Lawrence Schlihab of Conroe; a son, B. R. Greive of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Janek ofSchulenburg [sic] and Mrs. Emma Vahalik of Shiner; three brothers, Louis and Willie of Flatonia and Ed of Temple; and 18 grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 3 Oct 1900

Death of Mrs. Otto Griebsch, Sr.

Died Monday at 12 o’clock noon, of congestion, Mrs. Otto Griebsch, Sr. The funeral took place yesterday at 3 o’clock p. m., in the O. D. H. S. cemetery. Mrs. Griebsch had been sick for several weeks with slow fever, but it was not thought to be serious, and her death was unexpected [Last sentence illegible.]

Auguste Griebsch, 10 Sep 1853 - 1 Oct 1900, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Shiner Gazette, 24 May 1899, page 1, Local Happenings column

In the rush of business last week, The GAZETTE omitted to mention the death of the little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Griebsch. The sorrowing parents have the deepest sympathy of The GAZETTE.

Burial place unknown, but the child's parents are buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Sep 1909

Otto Ernest Griebsch.

The sad intelligence reached Shiner on Wednesday, September 1, that Mr. Otto Ernest Griebsch had died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. H. Lockmann, in Burnet county, after being ill for several weeks. The remains were brought to Shiner on Thursday, September 2, and interred in the O. D. H. S. Cemetery. A large concourse of relatives and friends attended the funeral.

Otto Ernest Griebsch was born October 23, 1843, in Landaberg, Germany, where he was married to Miss Augusta Steinke in the year 1871. He came to America in 1882 and settled near Schulenburg in Fayette county and lived there three years. He then moved to Lavaca county near Shiner in 1885 and resided there until 1902, when he moved to Oakalla, Burnet county with his son-in-law, Mr. Emil Lockmann, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mrs. Griebsch, wife of Otto Griebsch, died in October, 1900, and was laid to rest in the Shiner Cemetery.

Mr. Griebsch was a member in good standing of the Hermann Sons and Woodmen of the World, and before coming to this country served in the Austrian army in 1866 and in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870-71.

He is survived by three children, Mrs. R. L. Eschenburg, Mrs. E. H. Lockmann and Otto Griebsch, Jr.

After a long and arduous life he sleeps well.

Shiner Gazette, 16 Sep 1909, page 1, Moulton News Notes column

Mrs. D. Lockmann and Mrs. George von Lienen returned Friday from Shiner, where they went Thursday to attend the funeral of Mr. Griebsch.

Otto Griebsch, 23 Oct 1843 – 1 Sep 1909, has a Woodmen of the World marker in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Mtt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 2 Sep 1903

In Memoriam.

On Monday at 9 a. m. darling babe Rufus Cobb died after a few days illness. Born Oct. 7, 1902, died July 20, 1903, aged 9 months and 12 days. Only a few months since we buried his twin brother, Herman, and now they sleep side by side. They were very delicate and everything that willing hands and loving hearts could do only kept them a short while to entwine the tendrils of love around our hearts then to be riven asunder. Oh, how much heart breaking sorrow is contained in these few words more than tongue can express and none but fond parents can feel. While we know you miss the sweet presence of your twins and deplore the sad vacancy their departure has left in the home, rejoice in the thought that untouched by sin they have gone to a home where suffering never comes. Though their stay was short in this world yet the fragrance of their sweet little lives will linger to refine and purify the lives of loved ones left behind.

May God in His infinite mercy bless the stricken parents and enable them to say: “Thy will be done.” We mingle tears of sorrow with thine.

In the sad and lonely graveyard,
Where the oak tree throws its shade,
In this lone and silent city
One more grave has just been made.
Twin babes sleep here side by side.
The turf lies o’er their breast,
And wild birds sing their sweetest notes
Around their place of rest.
The flowers placed upon the mound
To make it bright and gay,
‘Twas but an emblem of His love
Who died for us to save.
Fond parents, cease to grieve.
Your twin babes have gone before
And now await you both
Upon the heavenly shore.

Written by your loving mother.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury
Sept. 5, 1896, pg 4

Floresville, Tex. August 27.—Died at Hackberry, Lavaca county, on Monday last, Mrs. Annie E. Griffith, aged 54 years, wife of Louis Griffith, a well known citizen of Lavaca county. The remains of the deceased were interred in Floresville cemetery and was followed by a large number of relatives and friends to the grave. —Express Special.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1896, page 2

Mr. John G. Griffith, an old and respected citizen of this county, died last Monday morning at his home south of Weimar. He was one of this county’s earliest settlers The remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon at County Line.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


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Mattie Belle Grifno

Yoakum- Service for Mattie Belle Grifno, 83, of Yoakum, who died Friday, will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, at Buffington Funeral Home, the Rev. Betty Marr officiating.

Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Pallbearers; Michael C. Reeves, Deida Belle Bourne, Linda Dale Raun, Philip Wade Hall, Joe Stancik, Andrew “Bubba” Reeves, James Stancik, Layton Raun.

She was born Nov. 22, 1908 in West Point to the late Andrew and Deida Belle Goode Reeves. Mrs. Grifno had been employed as an operator for Southwestern Bell until her retirement. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Victoria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Paul Grifno, Nov. 2, 1970.

Memorials: American Cancer Society

Contributed by Cara Canik


Shiner Gazette, 21 Nov 1906

-- Two deaths occured [sic] last Wednesday; Mrs. Mary Baumann, wife of Henry Baumann and daughter of Mr. Frank Stock, died at the age of 23 years. The same day Mr. Mathias Grill died, aged 78 years. Both of the deceased were buried in the Catholic cemetery by Rev. Father Hudecek. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all relatives and friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1903

Post Special: Yoakum, Aug. 14.--Inez, the 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Grobe, died at 3 o'clock this afternoon of diphtheria. This is the only case of diphtheria here in a long time, and it is believed there will be no other, as every possible precaution has been taken. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock tomorrow.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Dallas Morning News, 25 Dec 1908, page 7

Groeber Buried in Halletsville.


Halletsville, Tex., Dec. 24. – Otto H. Groeber, who in yesterday’s daily papers was reported to have shot and killed both his wife and himself at Fort Worth on Monday afternoon, was born and reared at this place and was well known to nearly everyone here. His father died several years ago, and his mother still has her home here. His remains were brought here today for interment.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, January 3, 1973

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Annie Grones, 95, died Monday at 2 p.m. at her home near Hallettsville.

Rosary was recited Tuesday night by the parish and the Christian Mothers Society.

The body will lie in state at the Kubena Funeral Home until 1 p.m. Wednesday when it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville for services at 2 p.m.

Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

The Rev. Stanley Petru will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Daniel, Leon, Allen Ray and Anthony Grones, Alton Chudej and Alton Sevcik. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers Society. Mrs. Grones was born in Germany Dec. 22, 1877. She married Joe Grones, who died Feb. 19, 1937.

Survivors include a son Emil Grones of Hallettsville; and two sisters, Mrs. Emilie Kremling and Miss Louisa Ehler, both of Hallettsville; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, February 14, 1940

HALLETTSVILLE, Feb. 13.-- Joe Grones, 71, farmer who lived alone, was found dead at his home by a friend Sunday. Justice L. W. Hobbs rendered a verdict of death due to natural causes. He was thought to have died Saturday night. He was a native of Czecho-Slovakia. Services were held at Koerth Tuesday. His wife and a son, Emil, are the only survivors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, March 22, 2000


HALLETTSVILLE—Selma Grones, 89, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000.

She was born July 29, 1910, in Lavaca County, to the late John and Terese Mikus Galetka. She was homemaker and a member of Czech Moravian Brethren Church of Vsetin. She was a member of SPJST, Texas Association of Family and Community Education and Vsetin Christian Sisters.

SurviVors: daughters, Gayenell Chudej and Marlyn Sevcik, both of Hallettsville; sons, Melvin Grones of Seguin, Allen Grones of Inez, Royce Grones of Indialantic, Fla., Leon Grones of Rockport and Anthony Grones of Victoria; sister, Evelyn Sassin of Freeport; brothers, Julius Galetka and Hilmer Galetka, both of Hallettsville and Emil Galetka of Lake Jackson.

Preceded in death by: husband, Emil Grones; son, Daniel Grones; parents; brothers, Victor Galetka, John Galetka Jr. and Edwin Galetka; and grandson, Kenneth Sevcik.

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

Prayer services will be 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Czech Moravian Brethren Church, the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

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

Memorials: Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church or donor's choice.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Monday, November 16, 1970, Page 9A

Fritz Gruenwald

HALLETTSVILLE—Fritz W. Gruenwald, 74, of Sublime, died at 10:15 a.m. Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Gruenwald, a retired farmer, was born Jan. 30, 1896, in Wesar, Tex. He was a member of Sublime Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:15 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home chapel an at 2:30 p.m. at the Sublime Baptist church with the Rev. G.L. Weigel and the Rev. Claude Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Geiger Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Norma Brooks. Grunewald; a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Ruth Dunn of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three sons, Don Grunewald of Bloomington, Perry Grunewald of Yorktown, and Gene Grunewald of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Tillie Sirnek and Mrs. Mary Poppe of Weimar, Mrs. Mata Little of Columbus and Mrs. Alma Alchenburg of Plainview, Ark., a brother, Otto Grunewald of Weimar; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jun 1897, page 1


Section Foreman J. K. Guess died suddenly Sunday night at 11 o’clock. He had been in poor health for several weeks but his death was unexpected. His attendant physician states that his complaint was dropsy of the heart with other complications. Sunday night he was apparently resting easy and sat up for a time. On going back to bed he said he would take a nap and turned over in bed but almost immediately started up and called for help, telling them to go for the doctor at once. The physician was called in haste but on his arrival found Mr. Guess beyond all help.

The deceased was a good railroad man and had been stationed here ten months. He was in his forty-seventh year, and leaves a wife and two sons, Sam and Oliver, both living at Cuero.

The remains were taken to Cuero Monday for interment.

The deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate, May 1997

Yoakum – Laura Lucille Guidry, 63, of Yoakum, died Friday, May 2, 1997.

She was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Lexington to the late H. J. and Riva Fischer Fritsch.  She was a retired secretary for the Smiley Housing Authority and a member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Survivors:  step-daughter, Vicki Kowarsch of Lake Charles, La.; sons, Charles Hall, Jr. and David Hall both of Hallettsville; step-sons, Russell Guidry, Jerald Guidry and Richard Guidry all of Lake Charles, La.; two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Jerald Rayburn Guidry in 1996; and one brother.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30pm tonight at Buffington Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2pm Monday at Hebron Baptist Church, the Revs. L. R. Rogers and Buddy Means officiating.

Burial will be at County Line Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials:  Hebron Baptist Church Music Ministry.

Pallbearers:  Ike Reynolds, Dwain Harbers, Sonnie Garrett, Jean Young, Dale Brandes, Patrick Gordon, and Michael Kowarsch.

Contributed by Patricia Williams


from The Christian Advocate

Guin. - Rev. M. M. Guin was born at Williamson county, Tennessee, on the 22nd day of January, 1807, and died at his residence in Schulenburg, Fayette county, on the third day of May, 1885, by reason of strength almost living out his four score. He was married to Miss Mary Carson in 1827, and moved to Texas in 1838. Professed religion during a camp-meeting held in Smith county, Texas, in 1845; and joined the Presbyterian Church, but on reading the Scriptures decided his place was among the Methodists. He was licensed to preach in 1854 and was elected to and received deacon's orders from Texas Conference, by Bishop George F. Pierce, November 28th, 1858. My first acquaintance with Bro. Guin began in the year 1860, in Lavaca county, Texas; he was then a local preacher at Andrews Chapel. It was near this place that he lost his first wife. He was again happily married to Mrs. Lucinda Medris in November, 1859, in the State of Mississippi. Bro. Guin was a sufferer and confined for years before his death. He bore his afflictions with the fortitude and patience becoming a Christian. It was his delight to converse about an experimental knowledge of the Christian religion. He was want to meditate on the law of the Lord day and night; he seemed only desirous to depart and be with Christ. On the 16th day of June, 1882, he professed sanctification and it seemed as if he was in a new atmosphere radiant with life — on a higher plane of enjoyment than ever before. God, holiness and heaven are his themes now. It was pleasant to associate with him, and it may truly be said, "that the place where the good man meets his fate is privileged beyond the common walks of a virtuous life, quite on the verge of heaven." He was a good citizen, a kind friend, and an obliging neighbor, a loving husband and father. He leaves a wife, children and grandchildren, who mourn his departure. May God comfort the bereaved.

Thomas W. Glass
Schulenburg, Fayette County, Tex. July 14

Rev. Guin [or Gwin] is buried in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Obituary contributed by Dorothy Wallace Albrecht
Photo contributed by Dr. Sue Meinyer Rocha

There are over 4,000 obituaries of Central Texans with Czech roots at Steve Alvarez's TXBHS web site. These include many people from Lavaca County and some with German surnames.