Obituaries

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Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha

Valary Sophie (Schneider) Smith, 84, of La Grange, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Columbus
Community Hospital in Columbus. She was born in Indian Creek, Texas on Nov, 1, 1930, the daughter of the late Gus and Sophia, (Hayek) Schneider. She married Jesse Lee Smith Dec. 28, 1950 in Galveston. Valary worked as a medical assistant for over 40 years before her retirement. She was a dedicated and loving mother to her family and continued to work as
a volunteer for her church and Second Chance Emporium, and she supported the La Grange
Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by: son Scott Smith and wife Mary of McKinney,
grandson Scott Smith II and wife Kanokwan and greatgranddaughter Quinlyn; stepgrandchildren

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Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha

Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle. Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha was born on Feb. 15, 1938 in Waldeck to Herman Fritz
Toll and Frieda Marie (Sohr) Toll. She was baptized on April 24, 1938 at Waldeck Lutheran
Church by Rev. Carl Baer and confirmed on Sept. 24, 1950 also at Waldeck Lutheran Church by Rev. A.J. Kluge. Evelyn was united in marriage to Bobby Buscha Sr. on Dec. 18, 1960 in Warrenton by Rev. W.E. Doer. She had been employed as a tax assessor clerk with Bastrop County and she and her family owned and operated Buscha’s Restaurant and Seafood Grill for 21 years. Funeral services for Evelyn Buscha, 77 of Smithville, were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May
23, 2015 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda with Rev. DennisTegtmeier and Rev. Henry Wied officiating. Burial immediately followed in the church cemetery.

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May

Judy Kaye (Ivie) Cook

Judy Kaye (Ivie) Cook, 64, of La Grange, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, May 10,
2015 at home surrounded by family and friends. Judy was born in Brownwood on June 6, 1950, the daughter of Dale and Jean (Nichols) Ivie. She married Henry Cook in 1966 in Brownwood.

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May

Johnny “John” Virgil Yackel

Johnny “John” Virgil Yackel, 72, of La Grange, formerly of El Campo, died May 12, 2015. Johnny was born Jan. 9, 1943 to Vlasta Novak and Walter Lee Yackel in El Campo. He graduated from El Campo High School in 1961. He married Dianna Christmas Yackel on Sept. 19, 1986 in Bay City. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and raising boxer puppies. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of El Campo. The Pastor Rick DuBroc will officiate. Interment will follow in the Palacios Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dianna Yackel; sons, Kurt and wife Gina Yackel of Wharton, Chris and wife Jennifer Yackel of Austin and Clayton and wife Cassi Yackel of El Campo; five grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren; and brothers, Alvin Yackel and Clarence Yackel, both of El Campo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vlasta and Walter Yackel and sisters-in-law, Francis Garner Yackel and Betty Rod Yackel.

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Cliford “Cliff” James Miller

Cliford “Cliff” James Miller, 57, of Carmine, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Cliff was born in Houston on Dec. 7, 1957, the son of Carl Junior and Dora (Collie) Miller. Cliff had two places he called home. While living and growing up in Houston, he along with much of the other family/ ousins enjoyed going out to the family farm in Carmine. It was better known as “The Country”. There they would spend nights out by the pond in the ol’ camphouse. During his youth, Cliford’s hobbies included every kind of motor activity, ranging from aviation to motorcycles, boating and all things nautical. He acquired his pilot’s license at the age of 39. As an avid HAM radio operator he would give local weather updates and assist communications with area events, This was before the “cell phone age”. Space peaked his interest. He was always looking to the stars, studying constellations and attending amateur astronomy events. A man of many trades,

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Lee Roy Shoppa

Lee Roy Shoppa, 94, of La Grange, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at Christopher House in Austin.

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Charles “Scooter” Wagner

Charles “Scooter” Wagner, 81, of Hallettsville, died May 13, 2015. He was born on July 16, 1933 to Otto and Julia Sieber Wagner in Bay Town. He married Annie Ruth Pohl on Nov. 10, 1956 in Hallettsville. Charles attended Baytown Jr. High in Baytown. He graduated from Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville. He received his diploma from Lee College in Baytown. Charles worked as a “Roughneck” in the oilfield before his employment with USI Chemical where he was a Lab Supervisor for 30 plus years. He was an avid outdoors-man and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Scooter is survived by two sons, Stephen Wagner and wife Charlotte of Baytown, and David Wagner and wife Sherrie of Ezzell; daughter, Barbara Wagner of Hallettsville; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Scooter was preceded in death by: his wife Annie, parents, son George Wagner, and brother Sonny Wagner. Visitation was held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at Kubena Funeral Home.

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Laura Aurelia Rietz

Laura Aurelia Rietz, 83, of Brenham, died on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015, at her residence, following a long and challenging illness. She was surrounded by her loving husband and family.Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A Prayer Service will be held from 6:30 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 1212 W. Jefferson in Brenham, with Pastors Matthew Jacobs and William Holzer officiating. Burial will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Salem Memorial Cemetery, 3920 Salem-Freyburg Rd. in Schulenburg. Pastor Jon Brandenburg will officiate. Laura was born Dec. 7, 1931, in La Grange, to Alfred P. and Aurelia (Ohnheiser) Kaase. She was baptized Dec. 20, 1931 by Pastor A. E. Moebus, and confirmed April 28, 1946 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange by Pastor H. A. Traugott. On Feb. 7, 1950, she was married to Harold G.

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Johnny Blaise Kollaja

Johnny Blaise Kollaja, 63, went to be with the Lord in the early morning of May 8, 2015. He was a beloved husband, loving father, loyal son and brother and best of all “pop”. Johnny was born in La Grange, a small town near Austin,and is preceded in death by his father, Leon A. Kollaja and by his brother Leon F. Kollaja. Johnny leaves his lasting legacy to his loving wife of 37 years Shelley Kollaja, daughter Jaclyn Kollaja, son and daughter-inlaw Keith and Megan Kollaja and his little princess, granddaughter Emily Kollaja, who all reside in Montgomery. Survivors include his mother Bernice Kollaja, brother Daniel Kollaja and his wife Nancy, nephew Philip Kollaja and his wife Krystal, niece Christaand Ross Denham and nephew Eric Kollaja all of West Point and niece Nora Winter of Conroe. He will be remembered by many great nieces and nephews, Jamie, Lexie, Cambree, Raelee, Ace, Kaidence, Kali, Kinsley and Reece.

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Daniel Svrcek

Daniel Svrcek, 82, of Rockdale, died on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his home. Daniel was born in La Grange on March 27, 1933 to Ignatz and Hedwig (Baca) Svrcek. He married Elsie Mary Kadlecek on Feb. 12, 1955 in La Grange. After graduating from LaGrange High School, Daniel joined the Coast Guard where he served from October 1951 thru October 1959. After being discharged, Daniel attended Blinn College where he studied agriculture. Putting Daniel’s agriculture knowledge to use, he and Elsie row crop farmed and raised cattle to support their growing family. Funeral Services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rockdale on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings was in charge of arrangements.

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