Obituaries

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Bruce Leonard Hammerbacher

Bruce Leonard Hammerbacher, 68, died Aug. 21, 2014, in La Grange. Bruce was born in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 7, 1946, and lived in Ferndale, Md., until he joined the military in 1965 and became a US Navy petty officer. In 1970 he moved to Texas pursuing a career working with electrical contractors serving as estimator, project engineer/manager, and cost analyst. That year he also met his future wife, Alison, in Houston, where in 1975 they married. In 1977 he was transferred back home to Maryland continuing his career there. In 1986 their only child, Bert, was born. In 2010 Bruce retired and in 2013 moved back to warmer Texas due to ill health. He lived most of his life in the Lakeshore area of Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Esther (Winkler) Behrens

Esther (Winkler) Behrens, 99, of La Grange, died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at Care Inn of La Grange. Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Family received friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 800 N. Franklin in La Grange, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Cemetery. Esther was born in Fayette County, on Oct. 9, 1914, the daughter of John and Anna (Michalk) Winkler. She married Otto Behrens on Nov. 10, 1935. Esther was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Ladies’ Aid of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and Lutheran Braille Society. She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Mitschke and husband, James, of Giddings; sister, Irene Moerbe of Giddings; four grandchildren: Lori Moreton; Susan Schatte and husband, Monroe Schatte, Jr.; James E.

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Ralph “Steve” Stephen Taylor

Ralph “Steve” Stephen Taylor, 73, of La Grange, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Steve was born in Lubbock on June 27, 1941, the son of Raymond “Bill” Oscar Taylor and Mildred Monnell (Thompson) Taylor. He married Barbara Louise Chamlee on June 24, 1978 in Pasadena. Steve served in the United States Marine Corp from 1960- 1969. He was a humble leader in the Viet Nam War and is looked up to by many of his troops all over the U.S. for his fearlessness, courage and leadership. He worked as a Pipefitter for 26 years. He enjoyed reading and keeping busy working with his wood projects. He was a loyal husband, loving father and would lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.

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Jim Walter Pavlicek, Jr.

Jim Walter Pavlicek, Jr., 57, of Ellinger, died on Monday, August 18, 2014. Visitation was held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Jim was born in Weimar, Texas on March 2, 1957, the son of Jim Pavlicek, Sr. and Dorothy (Doehring) Pavlicek. Jim worked as a diesel mechanic after high school. He then embarked on a truck driving career spanning more than 35 years. His last several years of trucking were spent with Quality Fertilizer Company in Columbus. He is survived by son, Allen Pavlicek of Schulenburg; daughter, Becky Pavlicek, of Schulenburg; sister, Margie Genzer and husband, George, of El Campo; several grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

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Neva Ella Noak

Neva Ella Noak, 88, of La Grange died Aug. 20, 2014. Visitation was held Friday Aug. 22, 2014 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange. The family received visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Prayer service was at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held Saturday Aug. 23, 2014 at St Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange at 10 a.m. Interment followed at Richter Cemetery in Round Top. Neva was born on March 28, 1926 in Round Top the  daughter of Alfred Noak and Frieda Schlabach Noak. She was baptized at home on Oct. 19, 1926 and confirmed on March 17, 1940 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. She worked 35 years at Franklin Nursery in La Grange. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange, the Ladies Aid, Care Bearers, office volunteer and volunteered at Care Inn in La Grange. She loved gardening, fishing and watching the Houston Astros.

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Sharlette Jacobs Cantrell

Sharlette Jacobs Cantrell died Aug. 21, 2014 in Austin due to ongoing health issues. She is survived by husband, Mike of La Grange; children Michael and wife Buffy Lehnick of Temple, Dusten and wife Anne Lehnick of Bastrop; niece, Jesica Jacobs Bohanon of Amarillo; nephews, Jonathan and wife Julie Jacobs of Austin, Jeffrey and wife Kathleen Jacobs of San Antonio, and Joshua and wife Beth Jacobs of Giddings; grandchildren, Angela Crathers of Temple, Megan and Jerrod Lehnick of Temple, Declan and Skyler Lehnick of Bastrop.

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Andrea Bargas

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Edward Nobra

Edward Nobra, 85, of Fayetteville, died on Sunday, August 17,  2014. Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Zaskoda Chapel, 2280 Main St., Industry. Family received friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Immaculate Conception Catholic
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Leroy Roger Friedel

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Wanda Eleonora Mitschke

Wanda Eleonora Mitschke, 100, of Winchester died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 in Giddings. Funeral services were held

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