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.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:35am
Daniella Lynn Rosas, infant daughter of Daniel Allen Rosas and Laura Elizabeth Willett Rosas of La Grange, went home to heaven on Jan. 24, 2016 in Austin. She is loved more today than she was yesterday, but only half as much as she will be tomorrow. Daniella is survived by her parents; two siblings, Chance Carpenter and Olivia Rosas; grandparents, Silvester Rosas, Ramona Alvarez, Bill and Donna Ingram, Linda Willett; uncles, John Ramirez and family, Brian Willett and family; aunt, Claudia Ramirez-Herrera and family; numerous other loving family members also survive. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmothers, Manuela “Ma” Rodriguez, Antonia Rosas and Joy Willett; great-grandfathers, Paul Rosas, Joe Alvarez, Bill Willett and Donald Nixon; grandfather, Lynn Willett. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday Jan. 30, 2016 at the Remnant Church in La Grange at 1 p.m. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:33am
Funeral services for Carolyn Russell, 74 of Giddings, are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Dime Box. Lydia Carolyn (Schultz) Russell was born on Nov. 16, 1941 in the Birch Community in Burleson County, the daughter of Edward and Lydia Schultz. She graduated from Somerville High School and attended college in Houston. Carolyn married Lloyd Russell on August 12, 1961 in Somerville. Carolyn passed away the morning of Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Heart Hospital of Austin.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:31am
Junell Hoehne Getschmann, 86, died Jan. 19, 2016 at a Houston area hospital. She was born July 11, 1929 in La Grange. She spent several years working at Oakridge Smokehouse in Houston. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Houston. She is preceded in death by her husband, Delvin L. Getschmann, who she lost just one year and ten days before her passing. They were married for over 67 years. She is also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her son, Tim Getschmann and wife Mariann; daughter, Shirley Getschmann Abrego and husband Daniel; grandchildren, Monica Abrego, Melissa Abrego Zientek and husband Ronnie, and Mark Abrego; greatgrandchildren, Krystal Zientek, Amanda Zientek, Adrian Zientek, and Damian Abrego; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Brylar. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.