Obituaries

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Elmer Leroy Zoch

Elmer Leroy Zoch, 82, died Feb. 2, 2014. He was born on Feb. 17, 1932 in Warda to Alvin T. Zoch and Ernestine Mertinek  Zoch. He was one of nine children, and grew up working on the family’s farm. He grew up attending Holy Cross  Lutheran Church in Warda where he was baptized and confirmed. He was drafted in the US Army and served in the Korean War. He married Eva Schmidt in 1978 and had one daughter. He will be remembered for various interests,  including his church, video taping, politics, farming/agriculture and carpentry. He also enjoyed writing articles for the Giddings Times and News and The Fayette County Record. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Henry Zoch;
and sister, Evelyn Lehmann. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Eva; daughter, Jennifer and her husband Ronald Hartmann, Jr.; grandson, Knox; brothers and sisters, Hattie Lovaasen, Irene Weaver, Raymond Zoch, Rudy Zoch, Freddie
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Katherine Gonzalez

Katherine Gonzalez, 64, of San Antonio died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born Nov. 6, 1949 in La Grange to Ernest and Augusta (Collins) Dockery. She is survived by two daughters, Rachelyn Welch and La Shanna Welch, both of San Antonio; son, Brodrick T. Welch of New York, N.Y.; step son, Timothy Welch of San Antonio; three sisters, Earnestine Demerson and husband Ralph of Houston, Leola Dudley and husband
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Jack W. Franklin

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Bernard J. Kristynik

Bernard J. Kristynik, 85 of Garwood, died Feb. 13, 2014. He was born on Sept. 6, 1928 in Komensky to Joseph and Martha Filip Kristynik. Bernard served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Nada Knights
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Eunice “Blondie” Vernette (Cordes) Gau

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Nollie Ann (Faldyn) Ricklefsen

Nollie Ann (Faldyn) Ricklefsen, 91, of Pearland, formerly of La Grange, went home to the loving arms of the Lord on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Nollie was born in Weimar on May 3, 1922, the daughter of William and Josephine (Winslow) Faldyn. She married Fred Ricklefsen in 1940 in La Grange. Nollie was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother,  grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a devoted follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. She enjoyed going to church every Sunday. Nollie was known for her tremendous sense of style. She is survived by two sons: Freddie Ricklefsen and wife, Mary, of Pearland, and James Ricklefsen of Houston; one daughter, Jo Ann Lloyd and husband, Steve, of Pearland; sister, Leona Orsak of Katy; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Fred, of 52 years; baby brother, Leo; and daughter-inlaw, Meri Jo Ricklefsen.
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Johnnie August Schramm

Johnnie August Schramm, Sr., 77, of Warda, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Monument Hill Rehab and Nursing Center in La Grange. Johnnie was born in Warda on Oct. 22, 1936, the son of Walter and Hattie (Hobratschk) Schramm. On May 18, 1957, Johnnie was united in marriage with Rose Mary Janda in Plum by Rev. Adolph P. Janda. Their union was blessed with five children. He began his 35 years of dedicated service with the United States Department of Agriculture
in June 1957 as a Field Reporter with the Wharton County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS). 
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William Edward “Willie” Korenek

William Edward “Willie” Korenek, 71, died Feb. 3, 2014 at his home after a sudden illness. The son of Frank Victor and Annie Sophie (Janecka) Korenek, he was born Sept. 7, 1942 in Dubina. He and Isyjean Pinchin were married Oct. 28, 1961 in Houston. He is survived by his wife, of Rockdale; daughter, Denise Korenek Meyer and husband Harvey of Schulenburg; son, Darrell Korenek and wife Miki of Weatherford; brother, Frank C. Korenek and wife Bea of Minerva; sister, Annie Mae Ripper and husband Walter of Schulenburg; sisters-in-law, Nettilee Korenek of Rockdale and Carla Haydon of Georgetown; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ignac “Ike” Korenek and Joseph “Joe” Korenek. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial was at 3 p.m. in the Jewish Cemetery in Hallettsville. 
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Florian William “Pete” Piwetz

Florian William “Pete” Piwetz, along with his twin brother Frank, was born on the 27th of February 1922, to William Emil and Ludmilla (Marek) Piwetz in Fayetteville, Texas and he passed from this life on Friday, the 7th of February 2014. He attended Fayetteville schools, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps after graduating high school. Dad became an air  engineer-gunner for the B-26 Martin Marauder in the 397th Medium Bombardment group of the 9th Air Force. In early
1945, Dad completed his air tour of duty of 65 combat bombing missions over France and Germany, and was honorably discharged on the 23rd of June 1945. After discharge, he earned a degree in industrial engineering at the University of Houston and worked at Brown & Root for 32 years, retiring as Senior  Project Manager. Dad was a charter member
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Debra Ann Wasut

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