Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:33am
Clements Okey Richards was born in Stamford to Okey F. Richards and Myrtle Olson Richards at the beginning of the Great Depression and a time of great drought. He grew up on a farm where his parents taught their children to work hard and save. In 1944, Clements graduated from Lueders High School at age 15. Needless to say, there was no money for attending college. He had excelled in public speaking in high school and aspired to pursue pre-law. He entered Tarleton Agriculture College where he planned to pay for this venture by working part-time. He worked from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. at a railroad depot, loading and unloading freight and then rushed off to his 8 a.m. class each day. While at Tarleton, he joined the Texas State Guard and participated in the 1945 Golden Gloves at Brownwood. Unfortunately, his class load and the job were too much. After one year he returned home to farming, but, he only farmed one year when he had to give up his land, through no fault of his own.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:27am
Alvin Albert Mikes, 88, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 at Oaklawn Manor in Giddings. Alvin was born in Oldenburg on July 30, 1927, the son of Frank and Millie (Kaspar) Mikes. He married Shirley Heintschel. Alvin was a long time farmer and rancher and in his later years he worked for Kleiber Tractor & Equipment for ten years before his retirement. He is survived by three nephews: Gary Rausl of Fayetteville; Jimmie Rausl and wife, Mae, of La Grange; and Bobby Rausl of La Grange. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; brother, Oswald Mikes and sister, Hilda Rausl. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville. Family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 205 E. Bell St. in Fayetteville, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Burial will follow at St.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:25am
Maxine (Hise) Placke, 92, of Muldoon, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center. Maxine was born in Ranger on May 30, 1923, the daughter of Charles and Ethel (Williams) Hise. She married Melvin Connor Placke on Sept. 15, 1942 in San Diego, Calif. Maxine attended Abilene Christian College before marrying. During WWII, she worked as “Rosie the Riveter” where she helped build airplanes at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego during the war effort, while her husband Melvin served in the Navy. Upon returning to Texas, she was a school teacher in Cross Plains, Texas. Maxine faithfully served the Lord while working with her husband in his Church of Christ ministry in many locations in Texas. Untold numbers were influenced by her Bible class teachings and example, and she was loved by everyone she knew.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:22am
Terrann Avis-Else ‘Peanut’ Striedel, 41, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. She fought a long courageous battle with MS but MS could never touch her sweet gentle soul. She was born March 20, 1974 in Yoakum to Anthony and Mary Ann Koenig Striedel. She graduated from Cuero High School in 1992, graduated from Victoria College in 1996 and was pursuing a degree in criminal justice at U of H when MS curtailed her plans. Survivors are her parents, Anthony and Mary Ann Striedel of West Point; brother, Forrest Anthony Striedel of Georgetown; nephews, Daric and Cody Shove; niece, Reagann Striedel; numerous extended family, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her grandparents, Shorty and Maxine Koenig and J.A. and Elsie Striedel. Visitation was held Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at the funeral home with Rev. Adam Jaquez officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:20am
Funeral services for Mildred Virginia Wegener Janda, 79 of Giddings, were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Giddings, with Father James Olnhausen officiating. Burial immediately followed in the Giddings City Cemetery. Mildred died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Mildred Virginia Wegener Janda was born on Sept. 23, 1936 in Gonzales County to Herbert and Irene (Warnke) Wegener. She married Robert F. Janda on Sept. 25, 1954 in Caldwell. They were blessed with three children, Stephen, Michael and Daryl. She is survived by her children, Stephen Janda and his wife, Jeanette of Hills, and Daryl Janda and his wife, Rhonda of Lexington; grandchildren, nieces and newphews also survive.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:48am
Lilo E. (Kirn) Toennis, 86, of Ledbetter, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at Oakland Manor in Giddings. Lilo was born in Germany on March 26, 1929, the daughter of Hans and Martha (Wahl) Kirn. She married Ewald Toennis on Sept. 2, 1954 in San Antonio. She is survived by her son, Andre Toennis, of Ledbetter and grandson, Joseph Toennis of Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ewald, who passed away on November 28, 1980; and son, Michael Wolfgang Toennis. Funeral services were held at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 526 S. Grimes St. in Giddings, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Burial followed at La Grange City Cemetery. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com. Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:46am
Stacey Anne (Lee) Stanley, 47, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at South Austin Medical Center. Stacey was born in Baytown, on March 4, 1968, the daughter of Bobby Ray Lee and Aletha Anne (Crowder) Lee. She married John Stanley, Jr. on Oct. 3, 1998 in Roznov. Stacey was a waitress at Joe’s Place and Keiler’s Restaurant in Fayetteville for 15 years. She is survived by her husband, John, of 17 years; mother, Aletha Lee of Fayetteville; three daughters: Jeri Stanley of Fayetteville; Brittany Thompson of La Grange; Nicole Pulliam of Fayetteville; brother, Robert Wayne Lee of La Grange; fatherin- law and mother-in-law, John and Connie Stanley, of Fayetteville; brother-in-law and sisterin-law, Jason and Dodie Stanley of Fayetteville; two grandsons: Aiden Bishop and Nicholas Moreland both of Fayetteville; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Lee; and grandparents. Visitation was held on Friday, Nov.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:44am
Frankie Lee “Moose” Friemel, 63, of La Grange, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Frankie was born in La Grange on Feb. 22, 1952, the son of Henry and Mary Lee (Koehl) Friemel. He married Virginia Hoffmann on June 30, 1972 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange. He was employed as a truck driver and handyman. Frankie’s many hobbies included deer hunting, hog hunting, fishing and any outdoor activities. He faithfully attended all of his grandchildren’s activities. Frankie loved helping with fundraisers near and dear to his heart.
Published by News Staff on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:42am
Clarence “Champ” Carl Richter, 83, of Warda, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in La Grange. He was born on April 6, 1932 to Richard and Anna (Vogel) Richter in Fedor. He was baptized on April 10, 1932 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fedor by Rev. A. F. Michalk. Champ was confirmed April 4, 1946 at Trinity in Fedor by Rev. Paul G. Brust. Champ was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Army (1952-1954). Champ married Venettrice Pietsch on Sept. 6, 1953 at Holy Cross Lutheran in Warda. Champ enjoyed good friends, good music along with good food and drink. He was a musician of many instruments, especially the accordion. Champ was a lifetime tinker and machinist, with many “Champ” inventions on the farm. Champ retired with Venettrice in 1992 to the farm in Warda after 36 years in Houston working as a machinist and then finally owning part of the machine shop business he worked at all those years.