Obituaries

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Frederick McKethan

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Emil John Veselka

Emil John Veselka, 99, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at his home in St. Marys, Kan.

Emil was born April 16, 1915 in Fayetteville, the son of Joseph and Mary Gajda Veselka.  He worked as a diesel mechanic for the city of Houston for many years from which he retired.

Among his survivors are his daughters, Mary Ann Bunel and husband Andrew of St. Marys, Kan., Joyce and the late Leroy Rybak of Hallettsville; son, Victor and wife Nancy Veselka of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Andrew Bunel, III of Nashville, Tenn., Pamela and husband Kenneth Brown, Brian and wife Jennifer Bunel, Jason and wife Shanna Bunel, and Danielle Bunel, all of St. Marys, Kan. and Chris and wife Edita Rybak of Hallettsville; and 20 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother George and wife Sue Veselka of Houston and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Albina.

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Ila Sue (Ray) Barnett

Ila Sue (Ray) Barnett, 63, of New Ulm died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Funeral arrangements are pending at the date of this publication. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com. Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange is in charge of arrangements.
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Dottie Marie (Koehl) Roberts Meinardus

Dottie Marie (Koehl) Roberts Meinardus, 79, of La Grange, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 in La Grange. Dottie was born in La Grange on Feb. 14, 1935, the daughter of Manly and Elsie (Wagner) Koehl. On Nov. 3, 1955 she married Richard Roberts. On Sept. 20, 1980, she married A.W. Meinardus in La Grange. Dottie graduated from La Grange High School, where she was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”. She was a F.H.A. Officer, Senior Class Officer, and Editor-in-Chief of the high school annual. She was involved in sports and the cheerleading/pep squad. In 1954 she was the first Football Sweetheart of La Grange High School. Dottie created the Miss La Grange, Mr. Muscle Man and Little Miss Mermaid pageant at the La Grange City Pool. She was a lifetime honorary member of the Fayette County Fair Association where she created the queens pageant. She also was involved with The Fair View News and the Womanless Talent Show.
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Alfred Henry Gerhard Frerichs,

Alfred Henry Gerhard Frerichs, 98, a life-long resident of Fayette County, died Sept. 20, 2014 at his home in the Holman community. He was born on May 30, 1916 to German immigrant Henry and Anna (Janssen) Frerichs in Rutersville. He married Ore Nell Brandt on Aug. 12, 1945, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Weimar. Alfred and his family worshipped at St. John Lutheran Church in Rutersville, where he was baptized and confirmed, until the early 1950’s when they joined St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange, where he was an active member of the choir and men’s groups for many years. Alfred attended Harms School in Rutersville. As a young man, he worked on the family dairy farm, at the Albers Hatchery and Feed Store, in 4-H leadership roles for Fayette County clubs and as a surveyor measuring crop acreage for the ASCS office. He served in the US Army during World War II from 1942 to 1943.

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Ann Louise Cordes Ward

Ann Louise Cordes Ward was born June 25, 1939 in Fayetteville and died Sept. 16, 2014. She graduated from Sam Houston University with a degree in Home Economics and taught school in Corpus Christi and Houston for many years. She married Raymond Ward in 1977. A pilot herself, she shared in his enthusiasm for aviation and experimental aircraft, and they flew their planes in tandem to the annual air show in Oshkosh, Wis. Talented and skilled in most everything she did, she was known for her cooking, painting, sewing, quilting, stained glass and for serving as organist at the Lutheran Church in Beasley. She was a member of “The Ninety-Nines” club (Amelia Earhart was an original member) and the American Sewing Guild, and enjoyed the company of her many dear friends and neighbors. She was preceded by her husband Ray Ward, her parents Alfred and Louise Cordes and brother Chester Cordes.

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Georgie Canik Reising

Georgie Canik Reising, 81, of Columbus died Sept. 21, 2014 in Columbus. She was born on Jan. 25, 1933 to Joseph M. and Mary A. (Pavlicek) Canik in the Hostyn Community near Ellinger. On April 14, 1953 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, she married Charles Emil Reising. Georgie was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, and also a member of the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Mary Queen of the Snows #1588. She enjoyed sewing, gardening vegetables and flowers, canning, quilting, fishing and playing games with her grandchildren, especially dominoes and cards. Georgie is survived by her husband, Charles E.

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Jimmy Wayne Szymanski

Jimmy Wayne Szymanski, 63, died Sept. 12, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to Alice (Bastian) and Bernard Szymanski, on June 25, 1951, in La Grange. The family lived their entire lives in Sealy. Jimmy graduated from Sealy High School in 1971. The next year, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Schaare, on July 30 at Trinity
Lutheran Church in Sealy. They became parents of two children, Justin and Kari. Years later, they were blessed with three grandchildren. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Many weekends were spent on the family farm in New Ulm. Jimmy also had a love for polka music. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 402 Atchison St. in Sealy. The Rev. Gilbert Franke officiated. Interment was in the New Ulm Cemetery. Knesek Funeral Home in Sealy in charge of arrangements. 
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Alfred Frerichs

Alfred Frerichs, of Holman, was called by the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. A service to celebrate his life will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Interment will follow at the Brandt Family Cemetery in Holman. Fayette Memorial Funeral  Home is in Charge of the Arrangements. More details to follow in the next edition
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Arnold Peters, Sr

Arnold Peters, Sr., 95, formerly of Carmine, died Sept. 14, 2014, at Kruse Memorial Lutheran Village in Brenham. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton. Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiated. Burial followed in La Bahia Cemetery, near Burton. Visitation with the family was from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. Arnold was born Dec. 22, 1918, in the Kuykendall community, near Brenham, to Herman and Ida (Dreyer) Peters. On March 9, 1919, he was baptized at Wiedeville. On April 9, 1933,

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