Obituaries

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Otto Carl Steinhauser

 Otto Carl Steinhauser, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 surrounded by loved ones at his home in Flatonia. Otto is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen, and their six children: Michael (Catherine), Chester (Suki), Randy “RJ” (the late Susan), Terri (Tom), Dale (Jamie), and Jeff (Stephanie). He leaves behind twelve loving grandchildren: Heather (Eric), Brendan (Randan), Annie, Nick, Megan (Lucas), Katie, Karl, Ted, Rachel, Alex, Lillieanne, and Chip; and two great-grandchildren: Karsyn and Cameron; with another great-grandson on the way. Otto was the youngest and the last remaining of his nine siblings. Otto Steinhauser was born on March 31, 1925 in Flatonia to Otto and Annie Steinhauser. His early years of schooling took place at String Prairie down the road from where he grew up. He attended and graduated from Flatonia High School in 1942, where he played football, basketball, track, and was on the debate team.

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Audrey Avis McGill Boelsche

Audrey Avis McGill Boelsche died Dec. 25, 2014, with family present, in La Grange at the age of 97. Audrey was born July 12, 1917, to Vivian Hallmark and Willard L. McGill, in Killeen, the third of five girls. After graduation from Killeen High School, Audrey attended business school in Houston and came to La Grange working as office manager for Dr. Leslie D. Boelsche. In 1942 she and Dr. Boelshe were married. Although they  had no children, they were beloved aunt and uncle for the 13 nieces and nephews on both sides of their family. Holidays and other gatherings at their home on the bluff and their ranches in New Ulm; later in Durango, Colorado; and finally in Uvalde, are remembered and treasured to this day. After the death of her husband in 1990, Audrey remained active in the community, in First  nited Methodist Church, and in supporting the establishment of St. Mark’s Medical Center. Audrey had a vast network of friends with whom she enjoyed traveling.

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Georgia Mae Chryar Veloz

Georgia Mae Chryar Veloz, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away peacefully in her home on Dec. 26, 2014, surrounded by loving family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Artis and Dorothy
Collins; her brothers, Pat and Jeff Collins; and her sister, Bessie Fuller Collins. She is survived by her husband, Robert Thomas Veloz; her son, Ivory Moses Chryar, III; her daughter, Jacqueline Chryar Henninger; her grandsons, Dalton Neil and Tristan Lee Henninger; her brothers, Artis and Jessie Collins; her sisters Lois Andrews Fort and Sandra Kay Ramey. Through marriage she happily gained two daughters, Monica Veloz Molina, Annette Veloz Ruedas, and one son,
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Mary Ann Ellis

Mary Ann Ellis of La Grange died Dec. 27, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. She was born June 14, 1941
to Aaron Mathis and Ruthie Lee Coleman Mathis in Washington County. She married James Ellis Sept. 18, 1974 in La Grange. She is survived by her husband, James and sons James G. and wife Tanya and Michael D. all of La Grange; her mother Ruthie Mathis of Carmine, sister Ruthie Lee Powell of Carmine, sister Ida Mae Washington of La Grange, sister Marlene Shepard of Brenham, brother T.J. Mathis of Hempstead, brother Pretty Boy and wife Juanita Mathis of Bryan, seven grandchildren and two step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother. Visitation was held Thurs., Jan. 1 at Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Jan. 2 at Gay Hill  Baptist Church in La Grange. Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements.
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Harold Everest Schultze

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Lillian M. (Klimek) Sklar

Lillian M. (Klimek) Sklar, 91, of Fayetteville died Friday,  Dec. 26, 2014 at Monument Hill Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in La Grange. Lillian was born in Fayetteville on May 17, 1923, the daughter of Rudolph and Mathilda (Goerig) Klimek. She married Edward S. Sklar on Dec. 16, 1943 in Bellville. illian was a seamstress and made a lot of her children’s clothing. She also loved quilting and made over 400 quilts. She loved gardening and gave much of her produce from the garden to many friends and family  nd also to Father Ben Mazurkiewicz. Lillian’s husband, Edward, took credit for making their famous homemade wine but everyone knew it was actually Lillian’s recipe. One of her many attributes was knowing how to “stretch a penny”. Lillian was very proud of her three sons who spent a combined total of 55 years in the U.S. Navy along with her grandson, Timothy, who has spent three years in the Navy as well. Lillian was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic  Church.

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Harvey Lee Kesterson

Harvey Lee Kesterson, 66, of Hockley died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Hermann Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Harvey was born in Kilgore on Aug. 18, 1948, the son of Emory and Neva (Dykes) Kesterson. He married Patti Srubar on Aug. 11, 1984. He is survived by his wife, Patti, of 30 years; son, Garrett Kesterson and wife, Trisha, of Brenham; four sisters-in-law: Rose Lastovica of Smithville; Jean Lastovica and husband, Stanley, of Smithville; Linda Trilicek and husband, Benny, of Fayetteville; Grace Pulkrabek of Plum; two brothers-in-law: Frankie Srubar and wife, Linda, of Round Top; Mark Srubar of Giddings; three grandchildren: Kayla, Alexandra and Elizabeth Kesterson; aunt, Betty Kesterson of Longview; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emory and NevaKesterson. Visitation was held on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home.

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Tina Yvonne Friemel

Tina Yvonne Friemel, 54 of Benton, Ark. died Dec. 23, 2014. She was born March 1, 1960 in San Diego, Calif. to James Frank and Sharon Colby Hill. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading and crafts. Tina was heavily involved in church activities  or her entire life. She  was a member of Calvary Nazarene Church in Little Rock for twenty-nine years where she was a children’s Sunday School Teacher and played the piano. She is survived by her parents and her husband David of thirty-two years; one daughter Stephanie of Benton, Ark.; one son, Jared (Summer) of Bauxite, Ark.; sisters, Tammie (Buddy) Ayers of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Teresa (Mark) Hinton of Benton, Ark.; along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and church family. She has many relatives in this area. Tina was preceded in death by one sister, Tonya Baldwin. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 10 a.m. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Ark. Bro. Rodney Shanner officiated.

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Louis Lee Niesner

Louis Lee Niesner, 95, of Muldoon died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 in a Halletsville medical center. Louis was born Jan. 7, 1919 in Muldoon to Agnes Mary Bubenk and Rudolph Niesner. Louis served his country during WWII in the US Army. He married Gladys Gebert on Aug. 11, 1940 in their home and they were married for over 74 years. He was a farmer, a maitenance man, and drove a school bus for  the Flatonia School System for 36 years. Louis loved gardening, hunting, farming, woodworking, and crafting. He is survived by his wife, Gladys of Freyburg; four sons,  Gene Niesner and his wife Margie of Austin, James Niesner of Freyburg, Dennis Niesner and his wife Cynthia of Houston and Billy Niesner of Freyburg. Louis was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Dinah Niesner; five sisters, Mary, Agnes, and Annie Niesner, Emily Gaston and Minnie Hansman; and three brothers, Rudolph, Charlie, and Joe Niesner. Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 from 6 until 9 p.m.

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Margaret Marie (Wold) Harrison

Margaret Marie (Wold) Harrison, 87, of La Grange died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at Monument Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in La Grange. Margaret was born in South Elgin, Ill. on May 13, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Rhymes) Wold. She married William Henry Harrison on Oct. 15, 1947. Margaret worked as a Director of Food Service for the medical industry. She was a member of the South Elgin Community United Methodist Church in South Elgin, Ill. She is survived by two daughters: Marcia Bennett of La Grange; Maureen Wildy and husband, Colin, of Arvada, Colo.; brother, Thomas Wold and wife, Imogene, of Florida; grandchildren: Zachary William and Andrew Michael Bennett. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Harrison; son, Michael William Harrison; and two brothers, Joseph and John Wold. Visitation was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at South Elgin Community United Methodist Church, 400 W. Spring St., South Elgin, Ill.

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