Michael Carroll Simmons, 58 of Gause died Sept. 20, 2004, in Kings Daughters Hospital in Temple. Services were held 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Gause with Bro. Jimmy Sanders officiating. Burial followed in the Gause Cemetery. He worked in mechanical maintence for 37 years before retiring from Alcoa. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Simmons of Gause; three daughters, Shannon Strelsky, Nikki Neiman and Mikey Simmons all of Rockdale; two step daughters, Janice Cowen of Gause, Alicia Van Cleave of Cameron; mother, Mildred Simmons of Gause; sister, Judy Marks of The Woodlands; eight grandchildren, Blake, Blayne, Junior, Blade, Rylee, Kaylee, Madison and Adrian; two nephews, Brandon and Derek; one niece, Traci; two great nephews, Dillon and Cody; a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Henrietta Rose Baker, 75, of Rockdale died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in her home. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in First Presbyterian Church in Rockdale. Burial followed in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Mrs. Baker, homemaker, was born November, 6 1928 in Marion, South Dakota to William Frederick and Rose (Hippen) Janssen. She married Gene R. Baker on April 12, 1946, in McAllen.
Mrs. Baker was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rockdale and served as Elder and on the Session. She served on the Presbyterian women’s group as vice president and Circle Chairman group. She was also a member of Woodman of the World. She received her teacher certificate from South Plains College in Levelland. She also enjoyed music and traveling and help serve Meals on Wheels.’ÄÉ She is preceded in death by her husband Gene R. Baker on Oct. 25, 1997 and her parents. She is survived by son, Tommy Gene Baker of San Antonio; daughter, Sharall B. Grissen of New Orleans, Louisiana; brother, Williams Donald Janssen of Magnolia; sister, Janelle Carol Loessberg of Onalaska; five grandchildren; one great grandchild. Pallbearers included Ignacio Vaca, Glade Lantz, Gary Griesbach, Jack Drake, Grant Owens, Cecil Lopez, Justin Grissen. Honorary pallbearers were Art Guldi and Bill Proctor.
Odell "Mom" Standlee, 85, of Leander, passed away on Sept. 18, 2004 in Austin. She was born on April 4, 1919 in Burleson County to George and Altha Willard. Mrs. Standlee was preceded in death by her husband, Preston E. Standlee, sister Lottie Hilliard Todd and sons-in-law, Henry Engle and Harold Childres. She is survived by her daughters, Jackie Barfield Childres of Leander, Paula Engle of Leander; grandchildren, Billy Engle and wife Brandy, Michael Engle, John Childres and wife Elizabeth, Stacy Nelson and husband Eric, Alisa Bubel and husband Chris, Daryl Childres; great grandchildren, Billy Wayne Engle Jr., Brandon Thomas, Chelsey Hughes, Dalton Engle, Evan Engle, Madison Engle, Justin Budel, Jason Bubel, Faith Faurie, Kimberley Nelson, Alexander Nelson, Jacob Childres, Nathan Childres; niece, Sandra J. Catanach and nephew Larry Todd. Graveside services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004 in Bagdad Cemetery in Leander with Rev. Betty Dietzel officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers her great-grandsons.
TAYLOR – Nelda Streit Eulenfeld passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Sept. 12, 2004, the day after her 85th birthday, at Gracy Woods II Nursing Home in Austin. Mrs. Eulenfeld was born Sept. 11, 1919, to Otto and Mathilda Streit at Structure, Texas. She married Adolph Eulenfeld on July 19, 1942. She was a loving wife and mother. She worked as a seamstress for many years in Taylor. She loved reading, sewing, gardening and taking care of her family. In later years, when she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, she lived at Gracy Woods II Nursing Home. Her family wishes to thank all the staff at Gracy Woods for their love and attention in her final years. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1970. Survivors include her daughters, Janice Gambill and husband Dale of Austin, Norma Dessens and husband Bill of Houston; a sister, Dolly Diebel of Elgin; grandsons Steve Dessens of Houston, David Dessens and wife Lisa of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mark Dessens and wife Yvette of Houston; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Condra Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, with the Rev. David Tietz officiating, in Taylor City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Austin Chapter, 3429 Executive Center Drive, Hubbard Building, Suite 100, Austin TX 78731-1626.
TOMBALL – Funeral services for Nelson C. Linke, 80, a World War II combat veteran, were held Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Klein Funeral Home in Tomball with Pastor Dan Norcini officiating. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Mozell Hall Linke. Mr. Linke is survived by his daughter, Tina Loerch and husband Roger of Magnolia; a grandson, Matthew Loerch; a nephew, Thomas Blocker of Rockdale; and numerous other family members and life-long friends. Memorials may be sent to Sovereign Grace Bible Church, 12006 Willow Branch Ct., Houston, TX 77070.
Maurine Swanzy Overall, 93 of Cameron died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in the Winnie L. Nursing Home in Cameron. Graveside services were held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Milano Cemetery with Rev. Charles Cole of First Baptist Church in Milano officiating. Mrs. Overall, homemaker, was born March 22, 1911 in Coleman County, near Santa Anna to William Andrew and Edna (Westbrook) Jackson. She married J.S. Martin on Jan. 10, 1932; James Thompson; B.L. Swanzy on July 22, 1942; and B.L. Overall. She was a resident of Cameron for the past 10 years and a former longtime resident of Milano and had lived in Milam County since March 8, 1938. Mrs. Overall was a member of First Baptist Church in Milano. She was preceded in death by her husbands, James T. Swanzy on May 28, 1982 and B.L. Overall in 1988; step-daughter, Annette Lofton; parents; sisters, Nell Fry and Asa Carter. Survivors include son, Robert D. Martin of Oklahoma; step-daughter, Janie McFadden of Louisiana; other family members, Donald Overall of Cleburn, Johnny Overall of Cameron, Patricia Boyd of Henderson; 4 grandchildren; a number of step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Memorials made be made to donors favorite charity.
GAUSE – Leasie Hauptfleisch Wilson, 90, a native of Gause, died on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at her residence in San Antonio. Mrs. Wilson was born in Gause on March 17, 1914, the daughter of Fritz and Louise Furhmann Hauptfleisch and grew up in Gause, graduated from 11th grade at Gause School and 12th grade (sub-college) in San Marcos, and then began teaching at Two-Mile School in Milam County in 1932. In 1937 she married Elvis Wilson, also of Gause. They lived on the Hauptfleisch farm northwest of Gause while Leasie taught at various schools in Milam, Robertson and Burnet counties. In 1941 she and Elvis welcomed the addition of twin sons, Larry and Garry, to their family. They continued to live in Gause until 1943, when the family moved to San Antonio in search of work for Elvis. In 1951 Leasie began substitute teaching in the San Antonio school district. Three years later they moved back to Gause and she taught at the Gause School for three years while attending summer school at SWTSTC in San Marcos to obtain her bachelor’s degree in 1958. Subsequent to that milestone, she taught one year at Hearne before moving back to San Antonio and teaching once again in the San Antonio school district. She retired from that position in 1976. Three years after the death of her husband Elvis in 1985 she moved to Sour Lake, to be near her son Larry. In 2002, failing health necessitated her returning to San Antonio to be near her son Garry. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her five sisters and one brother. She is survived by one brother, Richard Hauser of San Antonio; two sons, Garry and wife Judy of San Antonio and Larry and wife Jane of Dripping Springs; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as by many friends, relatives and former students. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Gause Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Gause Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
HOUSTON – Services for Lorraine Walston Showers, 74, of Pearland were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Chapel of Angels at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Burial followed at Forest Park Cemetery. Mrs. Showers died Monday, Sept. 13. She was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Gause to Roy and Berta Mae Walston. Mrs. Showers worked for Exxon in the human resources department before retiring. She enjoyed dancing and going to the Coushatta with her husband and friends, but her biggest joy came from family get-togethers or just spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Showers is preceded in death by her father, Roy Walston, and a brother, Johnny Walston. Survivors are her loving husband of 54 years, George Showers Sr. of Pearland; a daughter, Suzanne Rush and husband Randy of Crosby; a son, George Showers Jr. and wife Gloria of Katy; a sister, Dixie Carpenter of Houston; also, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.