Obituaries

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Rita Sylvia Senna Jacob Markwardt (MoMo)

Rita Sylvia Senna Jacob Markwardt (MoMo), 94, died on Jan. 23, 2014 while hospitalized at Christus Santa Rosa in
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Adolph J. Kasmiersky

Adolph J. Kasmiersky, 86, of La Grange died Jan. 23, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center. Adolph was born in Fayetteville 
on March 17, 1927, the son of Adolf and Mary (Minarcik) Kasmiersky. He married Loraine Orsak on Nov. 19, 1949 in Houston. He was in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Adolph was a locksmith for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years; two sisters-in-law: Mary Kasmiersky of Fayetteville and Dottie Kasmiersky of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and great-great nieces and great-great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Claudie Kalmus and Evelyn Jurajda; three brothers: Joe Kasmiersky, who died during World War II; and Leonard and Robert Kasmiersky; two nephews: Walter Kalmus, Jr. and Sylvan Kalmus. 
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Dorothy Jane Stuart Giese

Dorothy Jane Stuart Giese, 86, of San Marcos died Jan. 17, 2014. A native of Houston, she attended Southwestern University in Georgetown and the University of Houston. She married Leerie Roy Giese in 1951 and spent most of her life in Angleton, La Grange and the family’s farm in Round Top. She and her husband moved to San Marcos in 2012. She is survived by her husband, Leerie Giese of San Marcos, daughter, Nevin Cunningham and husband Bill of San Marcos; her daughter, Stephanie Yoes and husband Charles of Dickinson; grandchildren Andrew Cunningham, Lauren Yoes, and Erin Stuart Swanson and husband Romey. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren Hunter Evan Davidson,
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Ella Mae Logan

Ella Mae Logan, 88, of Austin died Jan. 15, 2014 at North Austin Medical Center. She was born Nov. 29, 1925 in La Grange to Christina (Beasley) and Roy Rivers. She was employed as a PRN. She is survived by daughter, Wanda F. Logan-Jones of Austin; sisters, Lovie Lee Scott of La Grange, Ruby Lee Johnson of Houston, and Herman Preston of California; three grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was preceeded in death by her husband, parents, two nieces and one nephew. Funeral services were held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in La Grange at 2 p.m.
on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Rev. Byron Green officiated. Burial followed in the Little Bethel Church Cemetery in La Grange. Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements. 
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Christopher A. Johnston

Christopher A. Johnston, 64, husband of Gayle Johnston, died Jan. 24, 2014 at his residence. A Memorial Service is
scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel, in Brenham. Chris was born March 23, 1949 in Palo Alto, Calif. to David Christopher and Cynthia (Bleifuss) Johnston. He obtained a BBA from the University of Texas, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and became a licensed CPA. He was President/CEO of L.F.  Manufacturing, Inc. Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout during his youth, his stewardship of the land, his passion for animals and his storytelling skills served him well later as a Scoutmaster. Chris is survived by his wife, Gayle Patterson Johnston; daughter, Lisa Johnston Leese
and husband David and their children Makenna, Jackson, Kaden and Rylan; son, David Johnston and wife Jessica and
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Joe Louis Belota

Joe Louis Belota, 94, of Plum died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Joe was born in Plum on Dec. 8, 1919, the son of Joseph Belota and Frances (Sulik) Belota. He married Georgia Faldyn on Nov. 9, 1948 in Holman. Joe graduated from La Grange High School in 1938. He attended Durham Business College in Houston.
Joe was then drafted into the Army and was inducted on May 8, 1942. While in the Army, he received a World War II Victory Medal and an EAME Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged from the Army in December 1945 at Camp Fannin. Joe was employed in 1946 by the United States Postal Service as a Rural Carrier. Later, he was appointed Postmaster of Plum on Oct. 1, 1956. He retired from the United States Postal Service
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Jean Doyle

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Gertrude Barbara Wotipka Christian

Gertrude Barbara Wotipka Christian, 102, died Jan. 18, 2014. Gertrude was born in Flatonia on Dec. 7, 1911, to Roman
Frank and Mathilda Bittner Wotipka. She graduated from Flatonia High School and from Draughn’s Business College in-
San Antonio. She married William Alfred (Bill) Christian on Jan. 30, 1936, in San Antonio, where they lived until moving to
Corpus Christi in 1942. In 1978, she and Bill retired to San Antonio, where she continued to live until moving to Schulenburg in 1999. In February of 2008, she moved to Flatonia, and then to Austin in April of 2009. She remained there
until returning to Schulenburg in December of 2011. Gertrude was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court 246. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Sue Christian
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Leslie Kleiber

Leslie Kleiber, 74, of La Grange died Jan. 20, 2014 in Austin. Leslie was born on Nov. 14, 1939 in La Grange, to Otto 
Kleiber and Meta Lueders Kleiber. He married Linda Kuhn on Dec. 4, 1974 in Austin. Leslie was a heavy equipment operator, working for Dean Word Constuction for over 50 years. He enjoyed working with cattle, riding around the countryside and his Schlitz beer. He is survived by his wife Linda of La Grange; sister, Verline Wied of Austin; two rothers-
in-law, Ricky Kuhn and wife Cheryl of La Grange and Ronald Kuhn of La Grange; two nephews, Michael Wied and radley
Kuhn; two nieces, Karen Wied and Michelle Palmer; three greatnephews and one great-niece. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Allen Kleiber; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Betty Kuhn.
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Leon Steven Ellis

Leon Steven Ellis, 38, of La Grange died Jan. 11, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. He was born Sept. 8, 1975 in La Grange to Lena B. (Ellis) and Leon Trusedale. He is survived by his mother; brother, Ronnie Ellis and wife Marline of Waelder; sister, Gloria Sandling of La Grange; and fiancee Delores Almeida of La Grange. He was preceeded in death by his father, grandparents, and two uncles.  Funeral services were held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in La Grange at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. The Rev. John Caldwell officiated. Burial followed at Gay Hill Church Cemetery in La Grange. Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements 

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