Obituaries

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Otto Jochen Jr

Otto Jochen Jr. died on July 15, 2014, just three days shy of his 71st birthday. Jochen was born July 18, 1943 in High Hill. His parents were Otto Jochen Sr. and Viola (Haas) Jochen. He attended school at Schulenburg I.S.D. He was a lifelong resident of Fayette County. Jochen married Gerry Tousek on July 10, 1965 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. The couple had one child, a son, David Jochen. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.
He was a 29-year member of the Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the department in 1969 and retired in 1998. Jochen was a member of the Schulenburg Young Farmers, having joined in 1977. He received many awards.
He was an avid outdoorsman  and enjoyed fishing and hunting. His family writes, “Otto was always the life of the party. He was very proud of our grandchildren, Colby and Caleb.” Jochen is survived by his  wife Gerry, son David Jochen
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Elwood Moerbe

Elwood Moerbe, 81, of Blytheville, Ark., died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. He was born in Warda on March 3, 1933 the son of Walter and Esther Schneider Moerbe. He was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church. He served in the Air Force for 13 years. He worked at the Post Office in Blytheville for 23
years. He worked full time at Safeway for 13 years while also working full time at the Post Office. He later worked for four
and a half years at Kroger. He had also worked at Borg Warner. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and just being outdoors.
He thrived on watching the St. Louis Cardinals play. He loved to cook, and he had a great sense of humor. He was a very
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Dolores Mikulik Kaspar

Dolores Mikulik Kaspar died July 28, 2014 in La Grange. Dolores, better known as Dee to her friends, and Grandma
Dea to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was born in Moulton on Dec. 17, 1926, to Adolph Mikulik and Cecilia Jamelka Mikulik. In 1946, she married Method (Mike) Kaspar, her loving husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 2006. She is survived by sons, Michael and wife Susie of Taft; James and wife Christine of Fayetteville; Thomas and wife Beth Odenton of Maryland; Mark of Lakeway; and daughter Gloria Henson and husband Mark of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help  Catholic Church, 5830 Williams Dr. in Corpus Christi, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Burial will follow at Seaside Cemetery.
Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange is in charge of arrangements
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Elizabeth Orise

Elizabeth Orise, 94, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in La Grange. Elizabeth was born January 18, 1920 in Fayetteville, the daughter of Charlie and Macie (Anderson) Steverson. She was a member of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, husband,  and two sons. Elizabeth is survived by two daughters; Nell Jenkins of Columbus,
Gwendolyn Orise of Dallas; two sons; Leonard Orise of Fayetteville, Harold Orise of Houston; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.
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Quintes Gebhard

Quintes Gebhard, 97, of Round Top died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Gazebo Terrace Nursing Home in Brenham. Quintes was born in Round Top on Sept. 26, 1916, the s n of Alfred and Hulda (Spiess) Gebhard. He married Pearly Kruse on Jan. 27, 1946 in  Warrenton. Quintes served in the U.S. Army from 1939-1940. He was a self-employed painter and carpenter until his retirement. He also was a farmer and cattle rancher. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Levien and husband, Larry, of Round Top; son, Quintes Gebhard, Jr. and wife, Charlene, of Brenham; three sisters-in-law: Talitha Gebhard of Fayetteville, Una Mae Haney of Bryan and Janet Roeder of Shiner; four grandchildren: Luke Levien and wife, Mary, of Bryan, Landon Levien of Round Top, Lacy Boggan and husband, Ethan, of Washington, Mary Lou Ocanas and husband, Eddie, of Brenham; four greatgrandchildren: Hoyt and Coby Boggan, Aiden and Aderes Ocanas.
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Dustin Derrick Gross

Dustin Derrick Gross, 33, of Industry died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Dustin was born in Bellville on Oct. 11, 1980, the son of Delroy and Dorothy (Frank) Gross. Dustin was employed by Weige Automotive as a Mechanic for seventeen years. He was Vice-President of the Sharecropper’s Antique Farm Equipment Club and a member of Industry United Methodist Church, Industry Volunteer Fire Dept., Woodman of the World, and Sons of Herman. He is survived by his parents; brother, Dwayne Gross and wife, Emily, of New Ulm; niece, Shelby Lynn Gross, of New Ulm; aunt, Carol Gilbert and husband, Melvin, of Houston; uncle, Wilbert Frank and wife, Debbie, of New Ulm; three cousins and  numerous friends. Funeral services were held at Industry United Methodist  Church, 1914 Main St. in Industry, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27,
2014. Burial followed at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery. Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements.
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Oscar G. Johnson

Oscar G. Johnson, 83, of La Grange died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at  3 p.m. at Second Baptist Church in La Grange. Burial was in St. Matthews Church Cemetery in La Grange. Oscar was born in Columbus on Dec. 29, 1930, the son of Edmond Johnson and Jesse M. (Scott) Alley. He married Eddie Lee Caldwell on June 29, 1963. Oscar was employed as a Spiker at MKT Railroad. He was a member of St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church. Oscar is survived by his wife; three daughters, Jackie Spears of Killeen, Bettie Joe Toliver-Bullock of Houston, and Yolanda Hurd of La Grange; one son, Marcus Darden of La Grange; two brothers, Eddie Johnson of Houston, Robert  Johnson of San Antonio; four sisters, Gussie Samuels and Macy Jones of Midland, Rita Allen of Houston, and Brenda Hill of California.
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Gid Dobbins

Gid Dobbins, Jr, 71, of Fort Worth, died Monday, July 21, 2014. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27,
2014 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in the Bethlehem AME Church Cemetery. Gid was born Nov. 26, 1942 in La Grange the son of Gid and Sadie (East) Dobbins. Gid married Josephine Keeling on Dec. 26, 1964.
Gid was employed as a Truck Driver at Taylor Mac Fats Trucking Co. Gid is survived by his wife; mother; one daughter, Tonya Dobbins; two sons, Tyrone and Gid Dobbins all of Fort Worth; four sisters, Pearlie Mae Brooks, of Houston; Loraine Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; Girlene Grayson of  La Grange; Laverne Faulson of Austin; one brother, Earl Dobbins of Houston; God-daughter, Lisa Maroney of Fort Worth; and nine grandchildren. Gid was preceded in death by his father, one brother and five sisters. Tommy Taylor Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements 
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Laura Huelsebusch Jatzlau

 Laura Huelsebusch Jatzlau, 91, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Methodist Hospital. She was born near La Grange on Sept. 1, 1922, the eldest daughter of Mary Hoefer Huelsebusch and Alfred Huelsebusch, one of three children.
She attended school in Plum and Trinity Hill, where she met her future husband, Leonard Paul Jatzlau. She graduated
from LaGrange High School in 1940. She and Leonard were married on Aug. 25, 1945, at Trinity Hill Lutheran Church of La Grange. They moved to Houston, where after 16 years as a homemaker Laura worked as a secretary for the City of Houston Real Estate Department for 24 years until she retired in 1986. Laura and Leonard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995 in Ellinger. They have two children: a son, Jack L. Jatzlau, of The Woodlands,  and a daughter, Mary Susan  Westhoff and son-in-law Dr. Stefan Franz Westhoff of Duesseldorf, Germany, as well as two
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Donald Cicero Boehnke

Donald Cicero Boehnke,79, of Muldoon died Friday, July 4, 2014 at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin. 
Donald was born Aug. 30, 1934 in La Grange, the son of Jesse and Ima Boehnke. He graduated from Flatonia High School in 1951 and from Texas A&M College, class of 1955. He then served in the Army in Germany from 1957 to 1959.
Donald was married to Bette Brinkman in 1958. He served Waller County as Executive Director of US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) until his retirement in 1989, when he moved back
to Muldoon and raised cattle. Donald was a student of Texas history, a devout Christian and member of Muldoon United
Methodist Church, a member of numerous civic organizations, as well as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Donald is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bette Brinkman Boehnke; sons, Michael  Dean Boehnke and wife Sheri

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