Wella Mae Laura Hinze Behnke,
Wella Mae Laura Hinze Behnke, 91, of Carmine, died Jan. 6, 2014 at Gazebo Terrace Convalescent Center in Brenham.
She was born the fifth child of Gustav and Alma Krause Hinze on June 16, 1922. She was baptized by Rev. A. H. Faulkenberg on Nov. 5, 1922, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Round Top, and confirmed there Sept. 29, 1936 by Rev. Kralik. She attended the La Bahia School. On Nov. 19, 1939, she was married to Milton Behnke in Bethlehem Lutheran Church by Rev. Kralik. Wella Mae (Aunt Mae) was a homemaker and helpmate to her husband on the farm for most of
her life. She did work outside the home for a short period of time at Jake’s Eggs in Carmine, and as a custodian, along with Milton, for the Round Top-Carmine School. She was very handy with the sew- ing machine, sewing most of her
daughters’ dresses as they grew up. She was gifted with creating needlework and craft projects, and lovingly handcrafted Christmas stockings for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren before her eyesight began to fail her.
Wella Mae also made a quilt for each of her children and grandchildren. She truly enjoyed her family, especially her greatgrandchildren when they would sing for her. Wella was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, and member of the Ladies Aide, as well as a member of the choir. Survivors include daughters Lana and Wilkens Aschenbeck, and Karen and Tony Dooley; sonand daughter-in-law Frederick (Freddie) and Sharon Behnke; grandchildren: Tracy and husband Darren Weishuhn, Jo and husband James Pflughaupt, Paul Aschenbeck and wife Carrie, Todd Dooley and wife Amy, Blake Dooley and wife Amber, Bryn Behnke and wife Sara, Jill and husband Joey Wallace; 11 great-grandchildren: Jacob Pflughaupt, Riley and Ryndee Weishuhn, Evan, Eric, and Ethan Aschenbeck, Brody and Bree Dooley, Summer Dooley, Luke Behnke, Kinsley Wallace and another great-grandchild expected in June; sister, Verlie Wegner of Burton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, motherin- law and father-in-law; three brothers and their wives: Elmo and Annie Hinze, Wayland and Myrtle Hinze, Delphine and Rosalee Hinze; sister and her husband, Leola and Ernest Althaus; brother-in-law Edward Wegner and brother-in-law Lorenz Behnke and wife, Myra. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at
Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will be in La Bahia Cemetery. Wella layed in state at Memorial OaksChapel in Brenham from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 and at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 9, with visitation to take place from 5 until 7 p.m. at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. Serving as pallbearers were Paul Aschenbeck, Tracy Weishuhn, Jo Pflughaupt, Todd
Dooley, Blake Dooley, Bryn Behnke, and Jill Wallace. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nursing staff
at Gazebo Terrace, as well as to Pastor Tinker. Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, or to any favorite charity. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel. com. Memorial Oaks Chapel in renham was in charge of arragnements
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