Obituaries

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Daniel Svrcek

Daniel Svrcek, 82, of Rockdale, died on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his home. Daniel was born in La Grange on March 27, 1933 to Ignatz and Hedwig (Baca) Svrcek. He married Elsie Mary Kadlecek on Feb. 12, 1955 in La Grange. After graduating from LaGrange High School, Daniel joined the Coast Guard where he served from October 1951 thru October 1959. After being discharged, Daniel attended Blinn College where he studied agriculture. Putting Daniel’s agriculture knowledge to use, he and Elsie row crop farmed and raised cattle to support their growing family. Funeral Services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rockdale on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings was in charge of arrangements.

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Jack Wilburn Newsom

Jack Wilburn Newsom of Giddings died Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Round Rock. Jack Wilburn Newsom was born in Giddings on a farm in the Concord community on Dec. 17, 1942 to George and Lillie (Bohot) Newsom. At the age of 16, he and Lillie moved to Austin, where he attended Mc- Callum High School. It was here that he met his wife, Jeanene Perry. They were wed on Aug. 21, 1962. Jack worked for Holt Machinery for a few years then went to work for Central Freight Lines where he retired after 38 years of dedicated service. He and Jeanene had three children, Shawn, Shelly and Shannon. Jack loved spending time outdoors with his garden and animals. Before his illness, he spent a lot of time in his woodshop. He also loved spending time with his ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services for Jack Newsom, 73 of Granger, were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Rick Hirtless officiating.

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Barton

Nelda Nadine (Killgore) Barton, 86, of La Grange, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Nelda was born on Nov. 2, 1928, in Hominy, Osage County, Okla. to Versa Myrle Phillippe and George Washington Killgore. She attended the public schools and graduated from Hominy High School in 1946. During her high school years, she was the pianist at the First Christian Church and Hominy High School Glee Club. After graduation she attended Phillips University at Enid, Okla. and the University of Oklahoma at Norman. She received a BS Degree in Education in June, 1950, from the University of Oklahoma. She received a Master’s Degree in Education from Prairie View A&M in August, 1974. Nelda married Richard L. Barton on Dec. 24, 1946, at the First Christian Church in Hominy, Okla. They had been married 56 years when he died on June 21, 2003.

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May

William C. Beals

William C. Beals, 73, of La Grange died April 30, 2015. William was born in Pittsburg, Pa. on May 13, 1941, the son of Tom and Ruth (Dayton) Beals. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era from 1961-1965 as an aviation refueler. William is survived by his wife, Janie Beals of La Grange; son, Ronnie Beals and wife Kathy of Houston; son, Roy Beals of New York City, N.Y.; daughter, Rhonda Hentschel and husband Robert of Warda; stepson, Jason Touchet of La Grange and stepson James Touchet of Magnolia; one brother, Edward Beals of Pennsylvania. William is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Ruth Beals, and two brothers, Roy and George Beals. Memorial services will be held on May 16, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Bethal Baptist Church at 650 South Ellinger Rd. in La Grange. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945.

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Roy Henry Krebs

Roy Henry Krebs, 84, born on March 21, 1931 in Shelby to Hellmuth E. Krebs and Martha Kelm Krebs, died in Houston on April 28, 2015. Roy was a 58 year member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He had belonged to the Polka Club of American. Roy was a US Army Veteran and member of the American Legion Post No. 654. He retired after many years of working as a carpenter contractor. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Vernice Mae “Tootsie” Krebs. He is survived by his children, Debra Moore, Rhonda and her husband Johnny Pizzitola, Randall Krebs, Lanee and husband Ty Sheer; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Glenn Krebs and wife Connie; sister, Verlin Huebel. Visitation with the family will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Waltrip Funeral Directors. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday in the Waltrip Chapel. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

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Elfrieda Grunwald Schweinle 12/21/1918 – 5/10/2015 Over 96 Years of Highly Regarded Lifeoffertory

How do you describe a woman like Elfrieda? Mother; wife; homemaker; excellent cook and baker; domino player; gardener (she could grow a creosote post and started many of her famous roses from a mere cutting from a friend’s rose bush); lover and grower of roses and flowers; dancer; hostess with the mostest (could set a pretty table or entertain hundreds at a BBQ picnic); volunteer; devout Christian and reader of the Bible; friend; sister; grandmother; great-grandmother; great-great grandmother; green and organic before green and organic were cool (back in the 1950s); built an underground, earth sheltered home in 1981; La Grange Senior Citizen of the Year in 1990; calm in chaos or crises; comforter to those in pain or grief; brave and strong…..an amazing woman. Elfrieda, who was born December 21, 1918, in Beasley, Ft. Bend County, Texas, was one of six children born to Fred and Frieda Grunwald, a hard working German farm family. She remained a country girl at heart.

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Alice (Kollaja) Chernosky

Alice (Kollaja) Chernosky, 75, of La Grange, died Friday, May 8, 2015. Alice was born in La Grange on Jan. 24, 1940, the daughter of Emil J. Kollaja and Annie M. (Srubar) Kollaja. She married Walter H. Chernosky on April 8, 1961 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Alice worked at the Sears catalog store in La Grange for 19 ½ years as a sales clerk. Alice was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since July 1, 1971. She was also a member of the Altar Society and held several offices within the organization and was currently the Assistant Treasurer. The other organizations she was a member of was the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Annunciation No. 1962, KJZT, American Legion and volunteered each year with the Veteran’s Day poppy sales. Alice was very active in her church and sang in the Sacred Heart church choir, was a presenter of Lifeoffertory gifts, led church rosaries, was on the church cleaning detail and helped with funeral luncheons.

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Hackemack

Elwood Albert Hackemack died peacefully on May 6, 2015. Elwood was born Aug. 17, 1933 to Robert and Hilda (Foehner) Hackemack near Round Top, Texas. He was the last of nine children. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top, graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School, and served four years in the U. S. Navy. In March of 1964, Elwood married Bernice Weinert at Zion Lutheran Church in Brenham. They had one daughter, Rhonda Renee, and were married until Bernice’s death in 1981. In June of 1985, Elwood married Nona Cook near Tomball. They enjoyed almost 30 years of marriage. Elwood enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching westerns, good food, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice; parents, Robert and Hilda Hackemack; six brothers: Virgil, Reginald, Robert, Roy, Oliver and Quinton, and one sister, Pearlie Wagner.

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Rae Wells

A celebration of the life of Rae Wells will be held on May 16, 2015. Rae was a former resident of La Grange and Weimar and the mother of Peyton, Brennan, and Brooke Wheelis. Among other things, Rae was a talented, passionate, beautiful soul who will be greatly missed. Rae impacted the lives of many people in Fayette County and beyond with her artistic photography. She photographed weddings, graduations, families, and other celebrations while capturing the true spirit and essence of each person. Rae’s other talents included makeup artistry, home decor, cooking, baking, and gardening. Her homemade, Louisiana-inspired pralines were among her friends’ and families’ favorite treats around the holidays. There was nothing she couldn’t accomplish including the remodeling of an entire house almost singlehandedly. Her accomplishments and artistic work will live on in the pictures she took and in her beautiful gardens and homes. Rae was a passionate, loyal friend.

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May

Mildred Berger

Funeral services for Mildred Berger, 71 of Giddings, are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial will be in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Mildred Fay (Baack) Berger was born on Dec. 30, 1943 in Giddings to Otto and Pearl (Hibbler) Baack. She married Norman Berger on May 27, 1961 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings and volunteered with Rejuvenation. Mildred used to babysit children in her home and had worked at the Best Western and the Ramada in Giddings. She retired from Country Care Plex in Giddings where she had worked in housekeeping for many years.

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