Published by News Staff on Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:54am
Billie Gaye Leyendecker Halamicek, 75, of Zimmerscheidt, Texas died after a long fought battle with cancer on Jan. 25, 2016 in Columbus. She was born on May 28, 1940 to Charles Leyendecker, Jr. and Taska Ida (Westphal) Leyendecker in Zimmerscheidt Community. On Nov. 23, 1979 she married Ben Halamicek. Billie grew up in the Zimmerscheidt Community and lived there the past 30 years. She attended Zimmerscheidt School her first two years of schooling before its closure and later graduated from Columbus High School where she was a cheerleader for two years.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:52am
Funeral services for Loree Rost, 88 of Giddings, were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Giddings with Father James Olnhausen officiating. Burial followed in the Giddings City Cemetery. Loree died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Giddings. Loree Marie (Polansky) Rost was born on June 1, 1927 in Dime Box to Julius and Clara (Kocurek) Polansky. She married O’Barr W. Rost on Dec. 1, 1951 in Dime Box. Together they ran Rost Cafe in Giddings for 15 years. She taught 6th grade English and Spelling at Giddings Middle School.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:50am
Marcella (Balch) West-Weston, 89, of La Grange (formerly of Houston), passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Marcella was born in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 1, 1926, the daughter of F. Harry Balch and Marcella (Wishon) Balch. She married T.W. Tibby Weston on July 4, 1986. Marcella was Founder and President of Jim West & Co. Realtors from 1964 – 1980, the largest residential real estate firm in Houston during the 1970s. Upon her sale of the company, she helped develop Bayou Bend Towers as well as other projects around the city. As a prominent member of the Houston Board of Realtors, she had a major role in developing the Code of Ethics for the profession. Upon her formal retirement in 1986, she and T.W. moved to their favorite place in the world, their ranch in Fayetteville. At her Hoot Owl Hill Ranch in Fayetteville, Marcy enjoyed horse breeding and racing.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:48am
Geraldine Luetge, 92, of Belville, died Jan. 25, 2016. Geraldine was second daughter of Gerhard W. and Isabel Mittanck, born Feb. 28,1923, in Bellville at the home of her foster grandmother, Meta Lyth. Her family lived on a corn, cotton and watermelon farm in the Center Hill Community, where she helped with whatever needed to be done. She attended school at Buckhorn, Freitag, Bellville High School, Sam Houston State Teacher’s College and Texas A&M University. She taught school in Fayette, Austin and Washington counties for 31 years. She married LeRoy Luetge on June 29, 1944, lived in the Schoenau Community, and their children are Bertha Faye and Gareth Lee. She is survived by daughter, Bertha Faye and husband Ted Morrow; son, Gareth Lee and wife Merrie Elizabeth Luetge; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Mittanck; brother-in-law, Milbert Haedge; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Billie Gaye Leyendecker Halamicek, 75, of Zimmerscheidt, Texas died after a long fought battle with cancer on Jan. 25, 2016 in Columbus.
She was born on May 28, 1940 to Charles Leyendecker, Jr. and Taska Ida (Westphal) Leyendecker in Zimmerscheidt Community. On Nov. 23, 1979 she married Ben Halamicek.
Billie grew up in the Zimmerscheidt Community and lived there the past 30 years. She attended Zimmerscheidt School her first two years of schooling before its closure and later graduated from Columbus High School where she was a cheerleader for two years.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:49am
James C. Vecera was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. He was 87 years old. James was born to Joseph and Freida Vecera in Plum on Dec. 9, 1928. The family soon settled in the St. John area where James attended St. John School. He was united in marriage with Estella Rabel on Oct. 16, 1951 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar. The couple initially settled in Schulenburg, but soon moved to High Hill to raise their growing family. Throughout their 60 years of marriage, they were blessed with seven children. He is fondly remembered as a hard working husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and let’s not forget his homemade wine and jerky. Parish rosary was held on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at the Schwenke Baumgarten Funeral Home led by Rev. Tim Kosler. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Burial followed at the St.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:47am
Services for Bobbie Jean Zapalac Tarter of La Grange will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange at 2 p.m. Bobbie Jean Zapalac Tarter died on Feb. 2, 2016 in Austin after a short battle with lung cancer. She was born in La Grange on Dec. 2, 1953, the daughter of Sylvester and Evyline (Dvorak) Zapalac. She was raised in Ellinger and La Grange, she graduated La Grange High School in 1972. She worked at Monument Hill Nursing Home for many years as a housekeeper. She enjoyed family gatherings, dominoes, crocheting, watching old western movies, and trips to the beach. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fred and Anna Zapalac and Vaclav and Mary Dvorak, father and brother Kenneth Zapalac.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:44am
Elizabeth Fenix, 72, of La Grange, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Elizabeth was born on April 23, 1943 in La Grange to Nealy and Elizabeth (Tutson) Washington. She married Walter Fenix in La Grange in 1956. She had worked as a cook at Bon Ton Restaurant in La Grange and was a member of St. James Baptist Church in West Point. She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Fenix, who died Jan. 9, 1990; her parents, one sister, and three brothers. She is survived by two daughters, Alberta Woodson and Caroline Fenix, both of La Grange; three sons, Ricky Fenix and wife Marion, Walter Fenix, Jr., and Kenneth Fenix, all of La Grange; two sisters, Sedelia Washington and Rachel Pendergrass, both of La Grange. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in La Grange at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Austin Jones officiating.