Obituaries

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John Cecil Johnson

John Cecil Johnson, 93, of La Grange, died Friday, May 29, 2015. John was born in Moody on May 18, 1922, the son of John Alonzo Johnson and Effie Arella (King) Johnson. John served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He was honorably discharged as a SSG in 1946. He worked as a Precision Instrument Designer at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. He is survived by wife, Mary Jane (Scott) Johnson; two brothers: Willis Howard Johnson and wife, Barbara, and Cloyce Johnson and wife, Hazel, all of Iola; sister, Helen Pope of Temple; brother-in-law, Ted Scott and wife, Betty, of Florida; and numerous extended family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015 beginning at 1 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange.
Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery. Koenig & Srickland Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

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Jun

Laura Aurelia Rietz

Laura Aurelia Rietz, 83, of Brenham, died on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. The burial will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, June 2 at Salem Memorial Cemetery, 3920 Salem-Freyburg Rd., Schulenburg. Pastor Jon Brandenburg will officiate. Laura was born Dec. 7,
1931, in La Grange. Survivors include her husband, Harold Rietz of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law Patty and Bud Barter, and Brenda and Stan Purser; son and daughter-in-law Larry
and Camille Rietz; grandchildren: Briana Purser, Forrest Purser, Travis Barter, Lauren Rietz, Jeanie Derdeyn, and Nicholas Gayle; sister and brother-inlaw, Mildred and Ben Bohac,
and sister-in-law Josie Kaase. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother,

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01
Jun

David J. Schneider

David J. Schneider, 73, of La Grange, died peacefully at his daughter and son-in-law’s home
in Huntington Beach, Calif., on May 22, 2015, after a long battle with Leukemia and Lymphoma. David was born on July 26, 1941, in Winfield, KS, to William “Bill” and Eudora “Peg” (Ferrell) Schneider, the eldest of three children. David’s childhood and college years were primarily spent with his family in Omaha, Neb. In 1965, he joined the Navy and served as a Naval Officer on board the USS Prime. David was a veteran of the Vietnam War. David graduated from the University of Omaha with a Degree in Biology. He went on to get his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He worked as a CPA in Nebraska and went on to join the IRS, which ultimately led him to his own CPA practice in La Grange, where he was a
resident for the past 31 years. David enjoyed the outdoors, and was an avid hiker. He was an

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May

Evelyn (Kuhn) Bolling

Evelyn (Kuhn) Bolling, 96, of Houston, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. Evelyn was born in Carmine on Dec. 9, 1918, the daughter of William Kuhn and Annie (Giessel) Kuhn. She moved to Houston to find work. While there, she met Elmer Theo Bolling at Bill Mraz Dance Hall in Houston where she loved to go and listen to the polka music they played. Elmer was from the Schulenburg/Swiss Alp area of Fayette County and had recently moved to Houston also to find work. She fell in love and married Elmer on Aug. 5, 1949 in Houston, where she devoted her life to her husband and raising her two sons. She enjoyed listening to polka music and watching polka shows on TV, especially Big Joe bringing all the polka bands to the Carmine Red Barn; reading romance novels; going out to eat her favorite food, fried shrimp; people watching; and striking up a conversation with anyone anywhere. Evelyn kept her small town charm even though she lived in the city.

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May

Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha

Valary Sophie (Schneider) Smith, 84, of La Grange, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Columbus
Community Hospital in Columbus. She was born in Indian Creek, Texas on Nov, 1, 1930, the daughter of the late Gus and Sophia, (Hayek) Schneider. She married Jesse Lee Smith Dec. 28, 1950 in Galveston. Valary worked as a medical assistant for over 40 years before her retirement. She was a dedicated and loving mother to her family and continued to work as
a volunteer for her church and Second Chance Emporium, and she supported the La Grange
Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by: son Scott Smith and wife Mary of McKinney,
grandson Scott Smith II and wife Kanokwan and greatgranddaughter Quinlyn; stepgrandchildren

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25
May

Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha

Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha died suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle. Evelyn Myrtle (Toll) Buscha was born on Feb. 15, 1938 in Waldeck to Herman Fritz
Toll and Frieda Marie (Sohr) Toll. She was baptized on April 24, 1938 at Waldeck Lutheran
Church by Rev. Carl Baer and confirmed on Sept. 24, 1950 also at Waldeck Lutheran Church by Rev. A.J. Kluge. Evelyn was united in marriage to Bobby Buscha Sr. on Dec. 18, 1960 in Warrenton by Rev. W.E. Doer. She had been employed as a tax assessor clerk with Bastrop County and she and her family owned and operated Buscha’s Restaurant and Seafood Grill for 21 years. Funeral services for Evelyn Buscha, 77 of Smithville, were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May
23, 2015 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda with Rev. DennisTegtmeier and Rev. Henry Wied officiating. Burial immediately followed in the church cemetery.

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21
May

Judy Kaye (Ivie) Cook

Judy Kaye (Ivie) Cook, 64, of La Grange, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, May 10,
2015 at home surrounded by family and friends. Judy was born in Brownwood on June 6, 1950, the daughter of Dale and Jean (Nichols) Ivie. She married Henry Cook in 1966 in Brownwood.

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21
May

Johnny “John” Virgil Yackel

Johnny “John” Virgil Yackel, 72, of La Grange, formerly of El Campo, died May 12, 2015. Johnny was born Jan. 9, 1943 to Vlasta Novak and Walter Lee Yackel in El Campo. He graduated from El Campo High School in 1961. He married Dianna Christmas Yackel on Sept. 19, 1986 in Bay City. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and raising boxer puppies. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of El Campo. The Pastor Rick DuBroc will officiate. Interment will follow in the Palacios Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dianna Yackel; sons, Kurt and wife Gina Yackel of Wharton, Chris and wife Jennifer Yackel of Austin and Clayton and wife Cassi Yackel of El Campo; five grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren; and brothers, Alvin Yackel and Clarence Yackel, both of El Campo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vlasta and Walter Yackel and sisters-in-law, Francis Garner Yackel and Betty Rod Yackel.

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May

Cliford “Cliff” James Miller

Cliford “Cliff” James Miller, 57, of Carmine, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Cliff was born in Houston on Dec. 7, 1957, the son of Carl Junior and Dora (Collie) Miller. Cliff had two places he called home. While living and growing up in Houston, he along with much of the other family/ ousins enjoyed going out to the family farm in Carmine. It was better known as “The Country”. There they would spend nights out by the pond in the ol’ camphouse. During his youth, Cliford’s hobbies included every kind of motor activity, ranging from aviation to motorcycles, boating and all things nautical. He acquired his pilot’s license at the age of 39. As an avid HAM radio operator he would give local weather updates and assist communications with area events, This was before the “cell phone age”. Space peaked his interest. He was always looking to the stars, studying constellations and attending amateur astronomy events. A man of many trades,

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18
May

Lee Roy Shoppa

Lee Roy Shoppa, 94, of La Grange, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at Christopher House in Austin.

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