Obituaries

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Alma Smith

Alma Smith, 96, of West Point died Sept. 2, 2014 in La Grange. Alma was born on April 30, 1918 in West Point to Otto Paul
Ullmann and Ella Mae Marquart Ullmann. She was a housewife, a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie Valley and the Ladies Aid Group. She married Leon Edward Smith on  April 21, 1946 in Prairie Valley. She enjoyed baking homemade bread, cookies and cakes, picking pecans and dewberries, raking leaves, watching Wheel of Fortune and the news. Alma is survived by three daughters; Marie Elaine Seidel and husband Eugene of La Grange, Doris Jeanette Pietsch
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04
Sep

Michael Gene Moerbe

Michael Gene Moerbe, 61,  of La Grange went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Michael was born in La  Grange on Oct. 27, 1952, the son of Marvin L. and Wanda (Bamsch) Moerbe. He was baptized into the Christian faith on Nov. 9, 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in La Grange and confirmed his faith on May 21, 1967 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange. Agriculture was his life’s work. Michael is survived by brother, Donald Moerbe and wife, Dot; two sisters: Betty (Moerbe) Welnack and Kathleen (Moerbe) Walther and husband, Ray; surviving nieces and
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01
Sep

Edgar S. Schulz

Edgar S. Schulz, 92, of La Grange, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Edgar was born in Needville on July 22, 1922, the son of Louis and Agnes (Merrem) Schulz. He was the first child baptized in the First English Lutheran Church in Damon on Aug. 27, 1927. Edgar married Evelyn Ann Mazoch on April 22, 1946 in Plum. Edgar served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. He served in the Air Transport Command in New Guinea. He owned and operated the service station at Jacob’s Grocery beginning in 1959. Then in 1968, he owned and operated Schulz Conoco and later Schulz Bulk Distributing.
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Sep

Mary Ruby (Kulhanek) Kasmiersky

Mary Ruby (Kulhanek) Kasmiersky, 94, of Fayetteville, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Mary was born in the Pisck Community in Texas on Feb. 2, 1920, the daughter of Lawrence and Millie (Coufal) Kulhanek. She married Robert Kasmiersky, Sr. on Sept. 24, 1940. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, helping with the family farm, playing the card game “Stick” and spending time with family. She had a passion for history and family genealogy.
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Eroy Charles Roscher

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Sharon Kay Stark

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Donald James

Donald James, 55, of La Grange died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at South Austin Medical Center in Austin. Donald (Donnie) was born in Little Rock, Ark. on July 6, 1959, the son of Elizabeth Couch James. He married Trenda Kaye Thrasher on June 11, 1979 in San Angelo. Donnie was active in the oil and gas industries for several decades, including, owning his
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28
Aug

Orgill Warren Potts

Orgill Warren Potts, 85, of La Grange died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus.
Orgill was born in Woodbine on Aug. 12, 1929, the son of Joe and Myrtle (South) Potts. He was a graduate of Durant
(Oklahoma) High School, class of 1947. Orgill served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in the Air Defense Command. After retiring as Master Sargent, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for another 18 years. He is survived by his wife,
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25
Aug

Bruce Leonard Hammerbacher

Bruce Leonard Hammerbacher, 68, died Aug. 21, 2014, in La Grange. Bruce was born in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 7, 1946, and lived in Ferndale, Md., until he joined the military in 1965 and became a US Navy petty officer. In 1970 he moved to Texas pursuing a career working with electrical contractors serving as estimator, project engineer/manager, and cost analyst. That year he also met his future wife, Alison, in Houston, where in 1975 they married. In 1977 he was transferred back home to Maryland continuing his career there. In 1986 their only child, Bert, was born. In 2010 Bruce retired and in 2013 moved back to warmer Texas due to ill health. He lived most of his life in the Lakeshore area of Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Esther (Winkler) Behrens

Esther (Winkler) Behrens, 99, of La Grange, died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at Care Inn of La Grange. Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Family received friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 800 N. Franklin in La Grange, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Cemetery. Esther was born in Fayette County, on Oct. 9, 1914, the daughter of John and Anna (Michalk) Winkler. She married Otto Behrens on Nov. 10, 1935. Esther was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Ladies’ Aid of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and Lutheran Braille Society. She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Mitschke and husband, James, of Giddings; sister, Irene Moerbe of Giddings; four grandchildren: Lori Moreton; Susan Schatte and husband, Monroe Schatte, Jr.; James E.

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