Obituaries

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William Allen Goldapp

William Allen Goldapp, Sr., 91, of La Grange died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was born in Houston on Oct. 19, 1923, the son of Frank and Fannie Goldapp. He married Marinell Crow on April 3, 1948. A successful trial attorney, he practiced in downtown Houston for 30 years. His career included criminal and family law. He enjoyed stamp collecting, sailing all through the Gulf of Mexico, reading and ultimately, ranching, which he did after retirement. He and his wife raised 
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Letha Burns

Letha Burns, 81, of La Grange died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Letha was born in Raymondville, Texas on Jan. 31, 1934, the daughter of Clarence and Tommie (Hagan) Fitch. She married Rome Dement “Dee” Burns on Sept. 10, 1954. Letha loved to volunteer and share her time. She volunteered for the Republican Party, the Fayette Memorial Hospital
as a Pink Lady, and when they moved to the new hospital a Purple Angel. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Sacred Heart Altar Society. She loved to help others. She put lots of love into baking fruit cakes and selling them. She also worked for the Sacred Heart After School Program. She is survived by daughter, Glenda Joost and husband, Darryl of La Grange; son, Mark Dement Burns and wife, Denyse, of Frydek; five grandchildren: Paige, Cameron, Matthew, Addison Joost, and Ryan Burns; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
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Bernell Marie

Bernell Marie Magdalena (Urban) Mertink, 88 of Northrup, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Bernell was born on Feb. 24, 1926 in Dime Box to Oscar Henry and Ida Amalia  (Domann) Urban. She was baptized on Feb. 28, 1926 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dime Box by Rev. C. Durrow and confirmed on March 17, 1940 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor, Texas by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 143:10, “ Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into  the land of uprightness”. Bernell was united in marriage to Carl Herbert Mertink Sr. on Jan. 6, 1946 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Their union was blessed with three children, Carl Jr., Sandra and Patricia. Bernell was always active in her church. She and Carl were members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Greens Creek, where she taught Sunday school for several years, before transferring their membership to St.

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Bernice (Zbranek) Kallus

Bernice (Zbranek) Kallus, 89, of La Grange died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. 
Bernice was born in La Grange on Nov. 21, 1925, the daughter of Willie E. and Mary (Vasek) Zbranek, Sr. She married
Lawrence J. Kallus on Sept. 2, 1967 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn. Bernice was an avid  gardener and had a green thumb when it came to growing plants. Her many plants were exhibited annually at the Fayette County Fair floral department. Over the years she was awarded not  only blue ribbons but also best of  department, grand champion, and reserve champion ribbons and trophies. She also enjoyed canning, crocheting, 
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Leona (Werland) Stolle

Leona (Werland) Stolle, 94, died Jan. 30, 2015, at Care Inn in La Grange. Leona was born Jan. 6, 1921,  in Brushy Community in Colorado County to Leo and Frances (Fellman) Werland. Leona was a member of the Sacred Heart PTA, Sacred Heart Altar Society, and Herman Sons Lodge.  She loved gardening, canning, sewing, quilting, playing bingo, dominoes, and dancing. Leona was preceded in death by her parents. She was also the  widow of Lee Roy Stolle and Kermit Stolle. One son, Earl Stolle; one brother, Lee Roy Werland; and one sister, Louanna Hoelscher also predeceased her.  She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Stolle Harrison and husband, James F.

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Cedric Bernard Keeling

Cedric Bernard Keeling of Houston died Tuesday, Jan. 20 at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. Cedric was born March 16, 1972 in La Grange to Joe Schumack and Dorothy Jean (Keeling) Stevenson. He is survived by his father, Joe  Schumack of Houston; sisters, Naketha and husband Delta Joseph of Houston, Qucchelle and husband Eric Johnson of
Houston, Tramina Jones of Houston, Caryn Schumack of Houston, Demetria Scott of La Grange; brothers, Torrance and
wife Tyckie Steverson of The Woodlands, D’Undre and wife Yemisi Phoenix of Houston, Joshua, Curnell and Jospeh
Schumack, all of Houston. He was preceeded in death by his mother, stepfather, and grandparents.  Funeral services were heldSaturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church in La Grange with Rev. Joe Schumack officiating. Burial followed in the La Grange City Cemetery.
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Bernice Mae Loewe

Bernice Mae Loewe 92, of Carmine, died Jan. 31, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will be in the Loewe Cemetery. Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday,  Feb. 2 at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. Bernice laid instate at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home until 3 p.m. Monday. Bernice was the first born twin of Gus and Ella Jaeger, born on Feb. 18, 1922 in Carmine. She was confirmed in her Lutheran faith on Palm Sunday,  April 5, 1936 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine where she remained a life member of the church. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 103:13, “Like as a father pitieth his children so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.” She was educated in the Carmine schools and  then graduated from La Grange High School. Bernice married J.R. Loewe on Dec. 26, 1945.

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Alice M. (Friedrich) Schuetze,

Alice M. (Friedrich) Schuetze, 89, of La Grange died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.
Alice was born in Freyburg, Texas on Feb. 26, 1925, the daughter of Willie and Bertha (Hoffmann) Friedrich. She married Calvin Franklin Schuetze on Nov. 17, 1946. Alice was a farmer and rancher for over 38 years. She enjoyed fishing and truly loved this special time. She loved her dogs and all kinds of animals. Alice was a gardener and made it a point to plant a garden every year. She was a serious domino player at the local church domino gatherings. Alice was a member of Swiss Alp United Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was appointed “Grandma” at Luther Hill Camp. She volunteered
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Patricia Marion (Crenshaw) Henderson

Patricia Marion (Crenshaw) Henderson, 75, of Brenham died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Monument Hill Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in La Grange. Patricia was born in Texarkana on Sept. 18, 1939, the daughter of Joseph and Erna (Langner) Crenshaw. She is survived by daughter, Lisa Knight and husband, Scott, of Woodstock, GA; grandchildren, Patrick and Allison Knight; sister, Marsha Crenshaw Ricottilli and other family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Charles L. Henderson. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. 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. 
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Erna Mary Meischen

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