Obituaries

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Marie Julia Reiss Ivy

Marie Julia Reiss Ivy, 91, of West Point died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical- Center in La Grange. Marie was born in Fayette County on Oct. 25, 1922, the daughter of Fred Reiss and Annie (Pospisil) Reiss. She married Ross C. Ivy on June 21, 1941 in Plum. Marie was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters,
Altar Society, and the retired teacher’s association. She loved gardening and was an avid sports fan. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Gerald Buchta of Lake Texoma, daughter-in-law, Shirley Ivy of Angleton, son and daughterin- law Fred and Cynthia Ivy of Hungerford, one brother and sister- in-law, Henry and Eleanora Reiss of West  Point, 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death 
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Clinton “Clint” Robert Pyburn

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James “Glen” Richardson

James “Glen” Richardson, Veteran of the United States Air Force and Rural Carrier for the United States Post Office of La
Grange, delivering mail in Winchester for 28 years died Jan. 28, 2014. He is survived by his brother Davis (Judy) Richardson; two daughters, Donna Schulze and Cheryl (Phillip) Anstead; step daughter, Dee Dee (Robert) Janecek; 30 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his true love Evelyne Richardson. Glen and his beloved Evelyne will be laid to rest together at a graveside Memorial at La Grange City Cemetery on Sunday Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Fayette Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
 
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Katharine (Preusch) Matthews

Katharine (Preusch) Matthews, 90, of La Grange died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at Jefferson Place Assisted Living facility. Katharine was born in Germany on Jan. 8, 1924, the daughter of Henrich and Elizabeth (Wannamacher) Preusch.
She married Walter John Matthews on April 5, 1947 in Frankfurt, Germany. Katharine was a professionally trained seamstress and worked in the clothing industry for many years. She is survived by daughter, Heidi Stone and husband, Roger, of La Grange; son, Peter Matthews and wife, Brenda, of Homosassa, Fla.; son, Stephan Matthews and wife, Heni, of Palm Desert, Calif.; daughter, Karen Morgridge and husband, David, of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren: Taylor  Matthews, Jennifer Batchelder, Phaedra Morgridge, Renee Morgridge, Levi Stone; seven great-grandchildren: Kassandra, Seth and Logan Batchelder, Kara Long, Declan Bailey, Abby and Zachary Stone; nephew, Rolf Bauer
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Carole Elizabeth Battelle Pavlicek

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Darryl B. Johnson

Darryl B. Johnson, 80, died Jan. 28, 2014 in Houston. Darryl was born on Aug. 26, 1933, in Minneapolis, Minn. He spent much of his childhood and young adult years on the 5L Ranch in North Zulch which was owned by his aunt and uncle. 
Through the years, Darryl was active in Luther League, choir and financial teams at church. He attended Reagan High School and graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in accounting in 1955. Darryl was in ROTC at Reagan and UH, and achieved the rank of Cadet Sergeant. He served a short time in the U.S. Army before receiving an honorable  discharge for medical reasons. He was an accountant  by profession and a member of Faith Lutheran church in Bellaire. Darryl volunteered for Sharpstown Little League and Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed gardening. Darryl loved his grandchildren, his clients (who were like a second family), and his dog, Hunter. He is survived by his wife of
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Gertrude Zoe (Hanes) Cole

Gertrude Zoe (Hanes) Cole, 91, of Schulenburg died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Gertrude was born in Hannibal, Mo. on June 14, 1922, the daughter of Merle Howard Hanes and Anna Laura (Dotson) Hanes. Graveside services were held at Liberty Cemetery in Martinsburg, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. 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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Paul Henry (Sonny) Zbranek

Paul Henry (Sonny) Zbranek, 76, of La Grange, died at his home on Jan. 29, 2014. Paul was born on Sept. 14, 1937 in Holman, the son of Justin Zbranek and Ethlynn Hengst Zbranek. He was a retired painter, a member of St. Francis
Cabrini Catholic Church in Houston and the Men’s Club of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. He was a sports fanatic
 who loved the outdoors and fishing with his grandkids. He is survived by two sons; Paul Zbranek, II and fiancée Carol Knudson of Spring and Jeremy Zbranek of Shoreacres; two daughters, Cynthia Machala and husband Tim of La Grange
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Frank Richard Kruppa

Frank Richard Kruppa, 86, of La Grange died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Frank was born in Holman, Dec. 7, 1927, the son of Richard Kruppa and Martha (Adamcik) Kruppa. He married Georgia Vavra on June 20, 1949 in Dubina. Frank graduated from La Grange High School in 1945. Frank was then drafted into the Army and was inducted on March 18, 1946. While in the Army, Frank received a World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. He also served in Korea with Headquarters Company, 657th Engineer Survey Battalion, Korea. He worked to maintain supplies and equipment for headquarters company. He was discharged from the Army on March 28, 1947 at Camp Beale, California. After his Army career, Frank was employed by Brasher Motor Company in La Grange as a Car Salesman. Later, he was appointed Manager of the La Grange location. He retired from the Brasher Motor  ompany
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Pearl LaVerne Kirschke

Pearl LaVerne Kirschke, 84, of La Grange died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 27, 2014 at Monument Hill Nursing Home.
She was born on June 30, 1929 in Columbus to Lester Dee Dennis and Rosa Pearl (Waldrip) Dennis. She attended
school in Columbus. She married Edgar Wanja of Columbus and they had a daughter, Sandra Kay Wanja in 1947. She later married William H. Kleimann “Bill” of Columbus .on May 10, 1952, with whom she had two children, Brenda Lou and Lester William. After Bill’s death, she married Wilbert Lee (W.L.) Kirschke on Sept. 10, 1982. She held an  assortment of jobs throughout her lifetime. Some of them included being a waitress in her younger years and then assuming a position as an operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Unfortunately, she had to terminate

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