Obituaries

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21
Apr

Eufenio Gonzales, Sr.

Mon
21
Apr

Trenda Kaye (Thrasher) James

Trenda Kaye (Thrasher) James, 55, of La Grange, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. Funeral arrangements are pending at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.
Thu
17
Apr

Helen Elizabeth Hausler Melcher

Jesus wrapped his loving arms around our Beloved Mother, Helen Elizabeth Hausler Melcher, on April 9, 2014 and
lifted her from our magnificent planet Earth to take her to her new Heavenly home which he had prepared especially for her. Helen was born in La Grange on March 3, 1921 to her adoring parents, Lee Alfred and Elizabeth Pastusek Hausler. We take comfort in believing that Mom is now and forever lovingly reunited in Heaven with her parents, and her Dear sister Ruth Hausler Manuel, and all her other beloved LaGrange relatives who have preceded her. And we are certain that she is joyfully surrounded with her precious little Poodles, Fifi Larue and Tiny Bubbles. Mom had a good life growing
up in beautiful, peaceful La- Grange; attending college; marrying our Dad Max A. Melcher - her high school sweetheart;
having us two kids; living in Houston’s Spring Branch community; and eventually moving to Lago Vista on Lake Travis
Thu
17
Apr

Elenora A. Zapalac

Elenora A. Zapalac, 93, of Ellinger, died on April 11,  2014 in Columbus. She was born on Jan. 20, 1921 to Adolph and Antonia (Ressler) Minar in Crosby. On March 30, 1948, she married Rudolph Zapalac. Elenora was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Altar Society in Ellinger and a member of K.J.Z.T. Elenora is survived by her sons, Larry Zapalac and wife Susan of Richmond, and Jimmy Zapalac and wife Jo Ann of Ellinger; 8 grandchildren,  hristopher
Sutton, Michael Smith, Nicholaus Zapalac, Matthew Zapalac, Angela Loper, Jeremy  Zapalac, Erin Fritsch, and Chase Zapalac, 4 great-grandchildren, Ariel Smith, Katherine Smith, Patrick Smith and Rylee Fritsch. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Zapalac; parents, Adolph and Antonia (Ressler) Minar; daughter, Jo Ann Sutton; sisters, Angeline Jurecka and Dorothy Minar; and brothers, Rudolph Minar, Arnold Minar, Linhard Minar and Raymond Minar.
Mon
14
Apr

Julie Emma Florus

Julie Emma Florus, 82, of Flatonia, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014. She was born in Kovar to Felix and Della Pavlas  Kubicek  She is survived by her husband, Thomas Leroy Florus of Flatonia; two sons, David J. Florus and wife Lillian of Flatonia, and Dennis W. Florus and wife Debbie of Weimar; one sister, Della Nora Pittman of Dale; six grandchildren: Rachelle Demny, Staci Fike, Summer Henderson, Brianna Florus, Andrew (A.J.) Florus, and Dawson Florus; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Stanley Kubicek; sister, Genevieve Young.
Visitation started at 10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Rosary was held at 9:15
a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. Funeral services followed at 10 a.m. Father Eddie Winkler officiated. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia. Pallbearers were Andrew
Mon
14
Apr

Betty J. (Stamper) Myers

Betty J. (Stamper) Myers,  75, of Round Top, died on Friday, April 11, 2014 at her residence. Betty was born in Hamilton, Ohio on Feb. 2, 1939, the daughter of George and Betty (Duelman) Stamper. She married Walter Myers on Sept. 4, 1957 in Pasadena. Betty worked for Blinn College teaching students of nursing. She enjoyed crafting, painting, woodwork, embroidering, crocheting, cooking and cake decorating. She is survived by her husband, Walter; daughter, Joyce Taylor of Quincy, Fla.; son, David Myers and wife, Gracie of Round Top and son, Dennis Myers and wife, Connie of Greenbrier, 
Ark.; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Barbara Ellison and infant brother, Jerry. Visitation was held on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 2 to 7  p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral
Thu
10
Apr

Fred Arnold Munke

Fred Arnold Munke, 86, of Anahuac, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Fred was born in Fayette County on July 15, 1927, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Fietsam) Munke. He married Gladys Herbrich on Nov. 20, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grange. Fred served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946 and was stationed in Japan. He was a commercial fisherman and retired after 58 years. Fred was a talented boat builder and built his own 
boats for his commercial fishing business. He never ran from any of the hurricanes and had the hope to live through more. Fred loved children, even though he never had any of his own. He loved to listen to classical music. He was very proud of his German heritage. He is survived by five nieces: Theresa Banse and husband, Norbert; Peggy Hartensteiner
Thu
10
Apr

Betty Joan Wauer

Betty Joan Wauer, 76, of Bryan, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 7, 2014. Betty was born on Dec. 4, 1937 to Alvis N. and Mary L.
(Holcomb) Newman in Barnhart. She graduated from Big Lake High School in Reagan County and worked for the National Park Service for sixteen
years. Betty was proud to be a descendant of William Rabb and Joseph Newman of Stephen F. Austin’s Old 300 making her a 7th Generation Texan. She was
also a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames. Betty was responsible
for acquiring the original Rabb Millstones currently on display in La Grange and historical markers across Texas. She had a passion for genealogy, writing
quarterly family newsletters and organizing family reunions for the descendants of the Old 300, but most of all traveling with the love of her life, Ro. Through
Thu
10
Apr

Olga Gully

Olga Gully, 91, of Fayetteville died March 18, 2014 in Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital. Olga was born in Fayetteville
on Nov. 26, 1922, the daughter of William and Mary (Martis) Jasek. She was a lifelong resident of Fayetteville but resided 
in a nursing home in Katy the last 71/2 years of her life. Olga was a devout Catholic and enjoyed being involved in various church and school activities. In her early years she was President of the Mother’s Club of St. John’s Catholic School. Olga was also an active member of the Altar Society and a Charter member of the CDA (Catholic Daughters of America). She was also a member of the Czech Heritage Society in Fayetteville. Olga worked many years at the Oak Motel in La Grange as a switchboard operator and still found time to care for her family, keep a flower garden and can vegetables.
Mon
07
Apr

Margaret (Vasek) Wood

Margaret (Vasek) Wood, 80, of La Grange, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Seton Medical Center in Austin as the result of 
a severe stroke. Margaret was born in La Grange on Oct. 30, 1933, the daughter of Anton E. Vasek and Ludmilla (Bordovsky) Vasek, the original owners of Riverside Cafe. Margaret attended the University of Texas in Austin majoring
in Education. She was a  member of Delta Gamma Sorority and was voted One of the Ten Most Beautiful Freshmen at the University. Margaret modeled professionally in Shreveport, La. and Austin in the 1960’s. She pursued her passion for  teaching at St. Rose in Schulenburg (3rd grade) and La Grange Elementary (4th grade). Later in life, past students surprised her with praise of how she affected their lives. Margaret lived in La Grange for the past thirty years. She was

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