Obituaries

Thu
08
May

Edith Walther Zoch

Edith Walther Zoch, loving mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, and sister, died in her sleep April 29 in Cypress. Edith was the first of eight children born to Albert Walther and Alma Zoch Walther on a farm outside of Warda. She
married Fred Zoch of Winchester in 1943; he preceded her in death in 1980 while living in Gonzales. Due to her struggle
with health issues, she moved to an assisted living home in the Houston area to be close to her children in 2009. 
Edith was healthy in mind but knew it was time. Church and family were a very important part of her life. She loved
fishing and gardening, and was a great seamstress. She retired from Gonzales Bank in 1992 where she worked in the records department. She lived in Warda, Houston and Gonzales and was a lifelong faithful member of the Lutheran church. She is survived by her children: Don Zoch and wife Judy of Jersey Village, Delphine Michna and husband Paul of
Thu
08
May

Jody L. Shank

Jody L. Shank, 67, died May 3, 2014. He was born in Toledo, Ohio to Mildred and Edgar Shank. Jody served his country
with Honor in the United States Army for over 30 years and retired as a Master SGT. He will be dearly missed. Jody is survived by his wife Sheryle, three children, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Waelder. Graveside Military Honors followed at Jeddo Cemetery in Jeddo
Thu
08
May

Vernell Lois Fuchs

Thu
08
May

Gloria June Hearitige

Gloria June Hearitige, fomerly of La Grange, died April 7, 2014 in Port Lavaca of natural causes. She was born June 5, 1934 in Sheldon, Iowa to the late Fritz and Margaret Van Briesen. She is survived by her husband, Bryl Hearitige and son
Randy of Port Lavaca; daughter, Valerie Hearitige of Clear Lake; son, Tim Hearitige and wife Tammy of La Grange; daughter- in-law, Laurie Hearitige of Elma, Wash.; sister, Glenda Schrick; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceeded by her parents and son, Lonn Hearitige. Her remains will be put to rest in George, Iowa. 
Mon
05
May

Ellen Joan (Roitsch) Knape

Ellen Joan (Roitsch) Knape, 65, of Swiss Alp, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Monument Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation
Center in La Grange. Ellen was born in Schulenburg on Oct. 7, 1948, the daughter of Kermit and Addie (Wunderlich) Roitsch. She was baptized on Oct. 28, 1948 and confirmed on July 22, 1962 at Philadelphia Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp by Rev. F.E. Eilers. She graduated in May of 1967 from Schulenburg High School in Schulenburg in the top 25  percentile of her class. Ellen married Eldon Earl Knape, Jr., the son of Delores and Eldon Knape, Sr., on October
21, 1967 at United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp by Rev. Arlyn Hausmann and Rev. F.E. Eilers. It was the
first marriage to be performed in the newly created church of Philadelphia Lutheran Church, Swiss Alp, Black Jack Lutheran Church in O’Quinn and Salem Lutheran Church in Freyburg. She worked as an accountant/ 
Thu
01
May

Jake Reynold Fritsch

Jake Reynold Fritsch, 93, of La Grange, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.
Jake was born in Goose Creek (now Baytown) on Nov. 30, 1920, the son of Charles A. and Phala Elstner Fritsch. In
May 1943, he married Letha Milner in La Grange. Jake graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1939 as valedictorian of his class and received a B. S. and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M. He served in the U.S. Army in the European theater in 1943- 1947 and retired with the rank of captain. Following his military service, he built a home in Rutersville
and taught agriculture to veterans in Fayette County. He later worked at Rosenberg- Todd, built and managed a dairy, taught vocational agriculture and chemistry at La Grange High School, developed and managed fast food  stablishments
Thu
01
May

Lauretta Mae Birney

Lauretta Mae Birney passed into the arms of her Lord in her sleep on April 23, 2014 What a glorious way to meet Him.
Lauretta was born to Ida Mae and Hans Peter Jessen on Dec. 22, 1910 in a small house on the banks of the Maquoketa River in Eastern Iowa. Her dad, Pete, managed the first Hydroelectric Plant on the river. She also spent many of her early years on a farm her family moved to later a few miles from the plant. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and
Thu
01
May

June Hardy Sellers

June Hardy Sellers, a much loved lady, has gone to a better place, leaving behind a large, loving family and life-long
friends. She passed away April 24, 2014 in La Grange. As a newborn, she was left in a basket at the door of the
Methodist Childrens’ Home in Selma, Ala. in 1919. The children at the home named her “June Elvidge” after a movie
actress of that time. She was soon adopted by Harris Whitfield and Amanda Knight Wood Hardy, spending her early
years attending schools and making friends in Selma. She married Elvin Boykin Sellers, Sr., of Montgomery, in 1935. Together they had four boys and a girl. June made lifelong friends as she and Boykin moved about the United States.
She lived in nine different states and retired to Alabama. For health reasons, she moved to Ohio, again to Alabama and
Thu
01
May

Mary Elena “Lena” Henderson Williams

Mary Elena “Lena” Henderson Williams, 93, of Lampasas died at Springs Oaks Nursing Home on April 17, 2014. Lena was the daughter of Ernest Cadwell and Gertrude (Parson) Henderson. She was born in Lampasas on Dec. 14, 1920,
Thu
01
May

Alerd Magnus Hedvall

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