Obituaries

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Jake Reynold Fritsch

Jake Reynold Fritsch, 93, of La Grange, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.
Jake was born in Goose Creek (now Baytown) on Nov. 30, 1920, the son of Charles A. and Phala Elstner Fritsch. In
May 1943, he married Letha Milner in La Grange. Jake graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1939 as valedictorian of his class and received a B. S. and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M. He served in the U.S. Army in the European theater in 1943- 1947 and retired with the rank of captain. Following his military service, he built a home in Rutersville
and taught agriculture to veterans in Fayette County. He later worked at Rosenberg- Todd, built and managed a dairy, taught vocational agriculture and chemistry at La Grange High School, developed and managed fast food  stablishments
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May

Lauretta Mae Birney

Lauretta Mae Birney passed into the arms of her Lord in her sleep on April 23, 2014 What a glorious way to meet Him.
Lauretta was born to Ida Mae and Hans Peter Jessen on Dec. 22, 1910 in a small house on the banks of the Maquoketa River in Eastern Iowa. Her dad, Pete, managed the first Hydroelectric Plant on the river. She also spent many of her early years on a farm her family moved to later a few miles from the plant. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and
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May

June Hardy Sellers

June Hardy Sellers, a much loved lady, has gone to a better place, leaving behind a large, loving family and life-long
friends. She passed away April 24, 2014 in La Grange. As a newborn, she was left in a basket at the door of the
Methodist Childrens’ Home in Selma, Ala. in 1919. The children at the home named her “June Elvidge” after a movie
actress of that time. She was soon adopted by Harris Whitfield and Amanda Knight Wood Hardy, spending her early
years attending schools and making friends in Selma. She married Elvin Boykin Sellers, Sr., of Montgomery, in 1935. Together they had four boys and a girl. June made lifelong friends as she and Boykin moved about the United States.
She lived in nine different states and retired to Alabama. For health reasons, she moved to Ohio, again to Alabama and
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Mary Elena “Lena” Henderson Williams

Mary Elena “Lena” Henderson Williams, 93, of Lampasas died at Springs Oaks Nursing Home on April 17, 2014. Lena was the daughter of Ernest Cadwell and Gertrude (Parson) Henderson. She was born in Lampasas on Dec. 14, 1920,
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Alerd Magnus Hedvall

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Apr

Vanita J. (Calley) Cain

Vanita J. (Calley) Cain, 75, of Bellaire, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at East Houston Regional Medical Center in  Houston. Vanita was born in San Saba  County on Jan. 1, 1939, the daughter of Herschel and Mildred (Perry) Calley.
She is survived by daughter, Dana Petersen and husband, Mark of Fort Dodge, Iowa; brother, L.J. Calley of Fayetteville; 
sister, Vivian Hill of Pasadena; one granddaughter, Cody Brock and husband, Ashley of Katy; one great-grandson, Corbin Brock of Katy and numerous loving nephews and nieces. Graveside Services will be held at Plum Grove Cemetery, in Plum at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals. Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements
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Apr

Carole Sue Engstrom

Carole Sue Engstrom, 75, died April 24, 2014. She was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Galveston. She is survived by her son,
Rudy Engstrom, her daughter, Emily Engstrom, and grandchildren Danielle Engstrom, Josh Engstrom, Dylon Engstrom, and Shane Dial. A memorial service was held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the First Christian Church of Brenham. The Rev. Gary Jeter officiated. Interment took place at 11 a..m., Monday, April 28, 2014 at Galveston Memorial
Park in Hitchcock. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Christian Church of Brenham, or to Hospice Brazos Valley. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com. Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham was in charge of arrangements
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Mark A. Chapman

Mark A. Chapman died on April 18, 2014 at his home in Cat Spring. He was born on Jan. 18, 1943, in Clay Center, Kan., the son of Leo and Irene (McCully) Chapman. He grew up near Broughton, a small town 30 miles northwest of Manhattan, home of Kansas State University (KSU) where Mark earned bachelor s degrees in 1965 in history and political science. As a student, he was involved in Army ROTC, Acacia fraternity, and athletics, including football and track.  After earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Texas, Mark spent two years as a U.S. Army Signal Core officer stationed in Thailand. Upon discharge, he began real estate investing in Houston. After the real estate market crashed, he entered the depressed oil and  gas business with extensive use of credit cards. Eventually his
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Dorothy Bartels Lange

Dorothy Bartels Lange, 79, of Houston, died April 18, 2014. She was born on Aug. 3, 1934 to Gus and Norma (Seibert)
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Trenda Kaye (Thrasher) James

Trenda Kaye (Thrasher) James, 55, of La Grange, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Horseshoe Bay. Trenda was born in Fort Worth on Oct. 30, 1958, the daughter of Shirley Pugh Thrasher and the late Robert “Bob” R. Thrasher. She married Donald James on June 11, 1979 in San Angelo.  Trenda was the owner of Texas Rural Health Services, servicing the mentally challenged adult community of Lee and Fayette Counties. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange. Trenda had a great love for  animals, inherited from her dad, from a small age. She especially had a fondness for small dogs, and had a constant companion, Kye, a tiny white maltese that she carried in her purse. She especially enjoyed cookouts with friends and family at the farm and at the lake. She and her extended family had many frequent and fun trips “floating” the Frio, Comal and Guadalupe River. Music has also always been a big part of her life.

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