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Marguerite Fischer Franklin
Marguerite Fischer Franklin, born Nov. 13, 1905, in Brenham, of parents Nettie E. and Julius C. Fischer, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2002. A long time resident of Houston, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Franklin Sr.; brother, Julius Fischer of Brenham; her sister, Isabel McElrath of Nashville, Tenn.; and grandson, Donnie Eason of Houston. Upon the death of her husband, she managed the Gerald Franklin Agency in Houston until 1975. Survivors include her sons, Donald E. Eason and his wife Evelyn of Brenham and Gerald Franklin Jr. and his wife Evelyn of Houston; granddaughter, Elise Webb and husband Ron of Smithville, Okla.; grandson, Steven Eason of Gainesville, Ga.; and great-grandson, Ryan Webb of Smithville, Okla. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, active in the altar guild, the Thrift Corral, St. Mary's Chapter and most recently in the new Woman's Group. From 1979 until recently, she was an active volunteer at the Escape Family Resource Center, a project of the Exchange Clubs of Houston. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama (at Woodhead) in Houston with interment Thursday at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas 77098 or the Escape Family Resource Center, 3210 Eastside, Houston, Texas 77098. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., in Brenham.

Patrick Gans
Patrick Michael Gans, 50, of Washington, Texas died Wednesday, July 30, 2002. Mike was born Dec. 5, 1951 in Bethesda, Md. to James Daniel and Patricia (Mason) Gans and served in the Marine Corps. Michael was a master craftsman and was the owner of Design & Construction, Inc. in Brenham, who did quality restorations of antique homes and buildings in the Brenham, Chappell Hill and Independence areas. His projects included the Chapel at the Antique Rose Emporium and the newly completed Baylor University Memorial in Independence. He is noted for his prize winning beer that he made using his own recipes and also, for his wine. He called his brewing activities "Boot Leg Brewing Company." Michael will be greatly missed by his many friends and business associates. Mike is survived by his mother, Pat Gans of Brenham; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Patricia Gans of Katy; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Joe Boyd of Houston; three nephews, Dustyn Boyd, Ryan Boyd and Sean Gans; niece, Caitlin Gans; and aunt and uncle, Betty and Dave Venable and family of Silver Spring, Md. He is preceded in death by his father. The Gans family will receive friends at Brenham Memorial Chapel from noon until service time Saturday. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002 at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Pallbearers will be all his Brenham buddies. Funeral services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, 836-3611.

Lillie Behnke
Lillie Behnke, 92, of Brenham, died Oct. 18, 2002 in Trinity Care Center in Brenham. Mrs. Behnke was born Dec. 12, 1909 in Washington County, Texas to Henry Sr. and Ida Neumann Wellmann. She was baptized March 27, 1910 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wiedeville by Pastor Theo. G. Papsdorf and was confirmed April 13, 1924 in the same church by Pastor Aug. Dziewas. She attended Wiedeville School. On Oct. 17, 1953, she married Bill Behnke in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wiedeville. She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Lenora Wellmann of Brenham, Raymond and Carrie Mae Wellmann of Brenham, Robert and Selma Wellmann of Brenham and Ernest and Erline Wellmann of Brenham; sister, Lonie Addicks of Brenham; sister-in-law, Serena Behnke of College Station; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Behnke; her parents; four brothers; and one sister. The funeral service was held today at 10 a.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wiedeville with Pastor Virgil Pecht officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy Wellmann, Delvin Wellmann, Wilburn Addicks, Donald Ray Wellmann, Raymond Wellmann Jr., Vernon Wellmann, David Wellmann and Wade Wellmann. Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church building fund of Wiedeville. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, in Brenham.

Ella Sims
Ella Sims, 98, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 at Woodland Park Nursing Home in Shepherd, Texas. She is survived by son, John L. Sims of Crockett, Texas; daughter, Emma Lawson of Ace, Texas; sister, Annie Sophie Urban of Houston; one grandchild; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; her father, Lenzy Green; her mother, Emma Baada; five brothers; and two sisters. She was born July 27, 1904 in Wesley, Texas, the daughter of Lenzy and Emma (Baada) Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Hall, Adam Hall and Allen Hall. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 at 2 p.m. at graveside. The Rev. Charles Matejowsky will be officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery near Brenham, on Boehnemann Road, off FM 389. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, (936) 327-2158.

Dorothy Bell
On Nov. 12, 2002 Dorothy Bell, 58, departed this earthly life. Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Rose Baptist Church where the Rev. J.D. Harris is the pastor and the Rev. R.J. Lacy is officiating. Burial will be in Old Gay Hill Cemetery. She leaves to cherish her memories two sons, four daughters, six sisters, one brother, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law; 19 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taft Harris Funeral Home.

Eldor H. Hinze
Funeral services for Eldor H. Hinze, age 80, of Round Top, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top, Texas with the Rev. John David Nedbalek officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery near Round Top, Texas. Mr. Hinze died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 at Fayette Memorial Hospital, La Grange, Texas. He was born Aug. 27, 1922 in Greenvine, Texas, the son of Herman and Laura (Plueckhahn) Hinze. He was a farmer and rancher, in the milk hauling business for 27 years and poultry business for 21 years. He was a member of the Round Top Rifle Association, Carmine Chamber of Commerce, Carmine Hall, Sons of Hermann, Warrenton-Round Top Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. He was married to Ira Mae Noak Nov. 28, 1946 in Round Top, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Ira Mae Hinze of Round Top, Texas; two sons, Ronnie Lynn Hinze and wife Maggie of Round Top, Texas and Elvis Ray Hinze and wife Cindy of Carmine, Texas; one daughter, Verna Faye Meinkowsky and husband Larry of Hallettsville, Texas; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn Mueller and husband Lorenz of Rutersville and Ruby Lehmann and husband Raymond of Ledbetter; and one sister-in-law, Grace Hinze of Round Top. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kermit, Clarence and Perrie; and one sister, Nelda. Friends may call at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home after 3 p.m. today. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top or American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home, La Grange, Texas.

Dorothy Joan McAninch
Dorothy Joan McAninch, 72, of Carmine, Texas died Nov. 13, 2002 at her residence. Mrs. McAninch was born Oct. 24, 1930, in Hartford, Conn., to Ralph E. and Dorothy Pounds. She was baptized in 1931 in Arizona and was confirmed in 1943 in South Carolina. She served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948-1950. On April 15, 1950, she married Carl McAninch in Washington, D.C. Mrs. McAninch was a retired graphic designer. Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Deborah McAninch, Carla McAninch and Terry and Jimmie Busby, all of Carmine; and grandchildren, Jim Bob Busby and Kay Lee Busby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl McAninch, on Nov. 13, 1997; her parents; one sister; and one brother. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 in St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton with Pastor Glen Schoeneberg officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice Brazos Valley or St. John’s United Church of Christ Building Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., in Brenham.

Paulette Lorain Rust
Paulette Lorain Rust, 55, of Brenham died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Bryan. She was born Oct. 3, 1947 in Brenham to Paul and Elinor (Rath) Wittner; graduated from Milby High School, Houston and Blinn College. She was employed by Martin Luther Homes as a supported living counselor and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include: parents, Paul and Elinor Wittner of Brenham; sons, Jeffrey Rust and wife Shawna of Burton and Matthew Rust of Brenham; grandchildren, Domi-nick Rust, Addison Rust and Vanessa Rust of Burton. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 in Brenham Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Embry officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis located at Trinity Medical Center. Funeral services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham 836-3611.

Thomas N. (Tim) “Poppy” Mercer
Thomas N. (Tim) “Poppy” Mercer passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at the age of 81. Tim was born in Brenham Oct. 1, 1921. He was a pre-engineering student at Blinn College in Brenham when he was called to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1940. His abilities and dedication led to his commissioning as 2nd Lieutenant in 1943. During his 22 years with the Army he served in the Corps of Engineers with tours of duty in Korea, Germany and Iran. During World War II he served with the European Theatre of Operations earning five battlefield stars. After retiring from the Army in 1962, he began his second career with the Texas State Highway Department. Tim was the San Antonio district’s first safety coordinator. He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Mercer II and survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; daughter, Connie Rodgers and husband Roger; grandchildren, Michael and Lori Rodgers, Kenny Rodgers, Julie Rodgers, Christy Marler and Michelle Farrell and husband Matt; great-grandson, Kai Marler; nieces and nephews, Marilyn Jolliff, Rob Mercer, Tom Mercer, Maurice Graeber and Carole Baezner. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 16, 2002 at Porter Loring from 2-4 p.m. Funeral service will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Porter Loring Chapel in San Antonio. Interment with military honors will be in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Ziese will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to MacArthur Park Lutheran Church. He will be missed by family who dearly loved him along with many wonderful friends and neighbors. Arrangements are with Porter Loring Chapel, 1101 McCullough, San Antonio, (210) 227-8221.

Alvina Louise Ella Bertha Finke Wickel
Alvina Louise Ella Bertha Finke Wickel, age 90, went to be with her Lord Friday, Nov. 15, 2002. She was born Oct. 11, 1912, near Burton, Washington County, Texas to Ernst C. and Anna Louise (Duesterhoft) Finke. She was baptized Feb. 23, 1913 at St. John’s E&R Church, Burton by Pastor H.S. Schultz and confirmed Aug. 1, 1926, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Pastor A.H. Falkenberg. She attended Boundary School. On Oct. 26, 1930 she married Herbert John Wickel at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Pastor H. Brunotte. They left the farm in the early ‘40s and moved to the Baytown area where Herbert worked first in the Houston shipyards and then Shell Refinery; finally settling in La Porte for many years. Herbert passed away in 1968. Alvina then worked in a small department store, then at a cleaners, and finally at a restaurant until retiring. In 1994 she moved back to the Burton area to be close to her children. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and belonged to the sewing circle at St. John’s in Burton. She is survived by her children, Bill and Dotty Wickel, JoAnn and Willie Schnell and Jerry and Jolene Wickel, all from the Burton area; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her two guardian angels. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband (1968); one son, Duwayne (1951); and one granddaughter, Wynonia Shippey (1954). Memorials may be given to the building fund at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton with the the Rev. Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Burial will follow at LaBahia Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6-8 at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton.

Merle Arnold Evans
Merle Arnold Evans, 97, of Brenham, died Jan. 8, 2003, in Bluebonnet Hills Care Center in Brenham. Mrs. Evans was born Oct. 18, 1905 in Houston, to William Paxton and Hortense Irene (Fitze) Arnold. She attended Draughons Business College in Houston. She was a retired secretary and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Brenham. Survivors include her sister, Louise Arnold Jones of Brenham; daughter-in-law, Marion Hamilton Evans of Houston; grandchildren, Gregory and Haley Evans, John G. Evans, Tamrah Alvarado, Jamie Child, Stephanie Plank and Jennifer Delgado; great-grandchildren, Kailyn Evans, Kourtney Evans, Keegan Evans, Sierra Pervis and Sabastian Alvarado; nephew, Don Jones and wife Suzann of Brenham; and niece, Marilyn Webster and husband Brian of Paso Robles, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Temple Evans; sons, John Michael Evans and Gregory Jones Evans; two brothers; and five sisters. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 in Calvary Baptist Church in Brenham with the Rev. Larry Embry officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. The family will receive visitors at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Pallbearers will be Don Jones, Russell Jones, Kyle Hammer, Joe Armstrong, Gregory Evans and John Gerald Evans. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church in Brenham. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., in Brenham.

Ila Moses Kettler
Ila Moses Kettler, 82, of Brenham passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2003 in Trinity Medical Center. Mrs. Kettler was born April 20, 1920 in Williamson County to Russell and Ada Pearl (Simpson) Moses but lived in Washington County most of her life, graduating from Burton High School. On Dec. 27, 1942 she was married to Milton Adolph Kettler in Somerville Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Birkelbach. She was a member of Brenham Presbyterian Church and had been employed as a practical nurse at Brenham Rest Home. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton Kettler on Oct. 3, 1984; brother, Leonard Moses; and three sisters, Frances Hawthorn, Audrey Hawthorn and Ivy Iselt. She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law: James A. Kettler and Kenneth and Nora Kettler, all of Brenham; and two sisters, Joyce Brandstetter of Milano and Josephine Hawthorn of Houston. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 at Brenham Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Allen Farquhar officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery, Pallbearers will be Carl Iselt, Mark Stolarski, David Stolarski, Walter Dube, Ken Korthauer and Elwood Kettler. Memorials may be given to Brenham Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, 836-3611.

Marie Lewis
Funeral services for Marie Lewis, 85, of Snook, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 from Lone Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. Floyd Franks officiating. Visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville. Mrs. Lewis was born Jan. 3, 1918 in Somerville, the daughter of Ike Cole Shelburne Sr. and Bertha Ferguson Shelburne. She graduated from Somerville High School and was married to Milton Lewis on March 15, 1936 in Washington County. She was a member of Somerville Chapter #245 of the Order of the Eastern Star and Lone Oak Baptist Church. She was an avid domino player who joined others every Monday night for 27 years playing Forty-Two. She passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Bluebonnet Hills Care Center in Brenham. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Electra Louise Shelburne Ridgeway; and one brother, Ike Cole Shelburne Jr. Survivors include her husband, Milton L. Lewis of Snook; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty and William Ray Swabado of Kingwood, Nanette and Gerald Zernial of Brenham and Leatrice Lewis of Austin; one brother, Joys Emett Shelburne of Beaumont; and six grandchildren. Family members have requested that memorials be made to Lone Oak Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home, 511 8th Street, Somerville, Texas 77879, (979) 596-2133.

Gary W. Scott
Gary W. Scott, 55, of Caldwell, passed away Nov. 17, 2002 in Temple, Texas. Mr. Scott was born Nov. 24, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas. He was a fire safety inspector. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert W. and Lorraine V. Small Scott. Survivors include his former wife, Cathy Scott of Caldwell, Texas; son, Robert Herrmann and wife Shannon of Bryan, Texas; daughter, Ruey Cherie Underhill of Caldwell, Texas; three grandchildren; brother, Jimmy Scott and wife Linda of Caldwell, Texas; and sister, Melanie Scott of Bryan, Texas. Services for Mr. Scott will be Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Caldwell, Texas with Pastor Bob Owens of Providence Baptist Church officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home, 400 Highway 36 South, Caldwell, Texas, (979) 567-1900.

Cora Mae White
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church for Cora Mae White, 78. The Rev. Curtis Ross will be officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery. Mrs. White passed away Nov. 15 at Bluebonnet Hills Care Center. She leaves to cherish her memories a husband, Henry White Jr.; 10 children (seven sons, three daughters); 30 grandchildren; two brothers; six sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends. Services and arrangements are under the care and direction of Taft Harris Funeral Home.

William H. Zeiss
William H. Zeiss, 97, of Brenham, died Nov. 21, 2002, in Brenham Rest Home. Mr. Zeiss was born Nov. 26, 1904 in Brenham to William Nicholas and Ida Dora Wick Zeiss, one of the pioneer families in Washington County. Mr. Zeiss was baptized in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham by the Rev. Gottlieb Langner and was confirmed in the same church May 4, 1919 by the Rev. Edward A. Sagebiel. He was educated in the Brenham Independent School District and Electrical School in Illinois. Mr. Zeiss was a member of the 56th Brenham Cavalry unit of the Texas National Guard and served on active duty in January 1922, when Gov. Pat Neff declared martial law in Mexia, Texas. On July 16, 1924, he was married to Gladys Maye Whitmore in Hempstead, Texas by the Rev. Frank H. Morgan. She died Aug. 21, 1956. On Sept. 12, 1960, he was married to Dorothy Hughes Roberts in Brenham by the Rev. Walter M. Fox. She died June 15, 1990. Mr. Zeiss was the service manager of Washington County Ford Motor Company and was one of the county's early dairy farmers. He was a member of First Baptist Church and attended St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brenham. Mr. Zeiss was a life member of Brenham Elks, where he was a past exalted ruler. He was also a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Survivors include his sons, William E. Zeiss and wife Patsy Ryall Zeiss of Tyler and Owen H. Zeiss and wife Joan Schmid Zeiss of Brenham; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ann Zeiss Kuecker and husband Wilfred Kuecker of Brenham; grandchildren, William Adrian Zeiss and wife Leslie, Tanya Zeiss Atwood and husband Roy, Kimberly Zeiss Hitt and husband Terry, Jomaye Zeiss Schmidt and husband Eddie, Jeffrey Owen Zeiss and wife Catherine Moran-Zeiss, Adrianne Kuecker Boynton and husband Paul and Troy Ashley Kuecker and wife Cerelle; and great-grandchildren, Britton Atwood, Ashley Atwood, Taylor Knight, Parker Cuvelier, Blair Schmidt, Brenna Schmidt, Cody Markam Kuecker, John Atwood Boynton and Caroline Elizabeth Boynton. Mr. Zeiss was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Zeiss; wife, Dorothy Zeiss; and sisters, Selma Zeiss Wymola and Elsie Zeiss Humphreys. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brenham with the Rev. Cecilia Smith officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. Pallbearers will be William Adrian Zeiss, Jeffrey Owen Zeiss, Troy Ashley Kuecker, Roy Atwood, Eddie Schmidt, Paul Atwood Boynton, Britton Atwood, Parker Cuvelier and Terry Hitt. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. W.F. "Boy" Hasskarl. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brenham or your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., in Brenham.

Bert R. Abendroth Jr.
Bert R. Abendroth Jr., 72, of Chappell Hill, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 in Trinity Medical Center. He was born. Nov. 23, 1929 in Wharton, Texas to Bert Randolph Abendroth Sr. and Ruby Faye (Ayers) Abendroth. On Sept. 6, 1952 he was married to Frances Massey in Pasadena, Texas and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Bert was a research technician for Shell Oil and Development. Bert is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include: wife, Frances Abendroth of Chappell Hill; sons, Randy Abendroth and wife Jeanie of Chappell Hill and Mark Abendroth and wife Vivian of Leander; four grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Laird of Dickinson. Visitation with family will be from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002 at Brenham Memorial Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 at the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill with interment to follow. The Rev. David Beckworth will officiate. Memorials may be given to The American Diabetes Association or charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, 836-3611.

Mary Benita Holle De Foy
Mary Benita Holle De Foy died Nov. 20, 2002 in Houston, Texas. She was born Jan. 6, 1913 in Brenham, Texas to Mary Caroline Fischer Holle and Henry W. Holle. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Vincent John De Foy; and her brothers and their wives, Walter H. Holle and Geneva Housley Holle, Henry A Holle, M.D. and Bernice Knolle Holle; and daughter-in-law, Ann Akin De Foy. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Vincent H. De Foy, D.D.S. and Nena Hand De Foy and Walter J. De Foy, M.D. and Linda Hines De Foy. In addition, she is survived by five grandchildren, one great-grandson and numerous nephews, nieces and great-nephews, nieces and cousins. Mary graduated from Brenham High School, Blinn College and Mayo School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn. as a registered nurse. She was a surgical nurse in Memorial Hospital (downtown Houston), taught in the Joy School of Nursing, was the office nurse for G.B. Thomas, M.D. and was an assistant director of nursing at Memorial Hospital Southwest until retirement in 1978. Funeral services were held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, with graveside services following at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham.

Mrs. Mary Hinze
Mrs. Mary Hinze, the widow of Walter Hinze, age 90, of Washington, Texas, died Nov. 24, 2002 at 11:50 p.m. in Rockdale. Mrs. Hinze was born Aug. 7, 1912 in Washington, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Sons of Herman (Washington, Texas), Friedens Womens Fellowship and Friedens Church of Washington, U.C.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Carolyn Schroeder; husband, Walter Hinze; brothers, Walter Schroeder Sr., Alfred Schroeder and Henry Schroeder; and sister, Olga Roese. Mrs. Hinze is survived by her son, Don R. and Joan Hinze of Washington, Texas; grandchild, Julie C. Herzog; three nieces; and two nephews. Visitation will be today from 2-9 p.m. at Nobles Funeral Chapel, Navasota. Family will be present from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002 at 3 p.m. at Friedens Church of Washington, U.C.C. with the Rev. Ron Trimmer officiating. Burial will be in Friedens Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Friedens Church or school fund. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Nobles Funeral Chapel, 402 East Blackshear, Navasota, (936) 825-7776.

Willie Edward "Bill" Odom
Willie Edward "Bill" Odom, 76, of Brenham, died Nov. 25, 2002 in Trinity Medical Center in Brenham. Mr. Odom was born June 18, 1926 in Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas, to Richard E. and Katie Delilah Crawford Odom. He was educated in Lockhart ISD. Mr. Odom was baptized in Lockhart First Baptist Church. On April 1, 1950, he married Mary Jonell Smith in Lockhart. Mr. Odom worked and supervised in the road and bridge construction industry for 50 years. He enjoyed many different activities, including fishing, polka music, bingo, gardening, beekeeping and collecting coins. Survivors include his wife, Mary Odom of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and James Hurst of Navasota, Glenda and John Lawrence of Navasota, Barbara Merchant of Brenham and Connie and Guy Sears of Somerville; son and daughter-in-law, William H. "Bill" and Eva Odom of Brenham; brothers, Major Earl Odom of Longview and Arthur Allen Odom of Rolla, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard Odom and Joe Odom; and grandson, Marvin Allen Hurst. The funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 in Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Blair Lundborg officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. The family will receive visitors at Memorial Oaks Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Pallbearers will be John Lawrence Jr., Clint Hurst, Chuck Lawrence, Keith Dallmeyer, Joey Bayer, Paul Odom and William Odom Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Selden, Gary Bertling, Guy Sears and Johnathon Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Shriners or your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., in Brenham.

JoAnn Kubelka Murski
JoAnn Kubelka Murski, 70, of Brenham, died Nov. 27, 2002 in Trinity Medical Center in Brenham. The funeral Mass will be Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brenham with Fr. Richard Tijerina and Msgr. Ralph Brennan celebrants. Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., in Brenham.

Pearlie "Baby Girl" Nunn-Brown
Pearlie "Baby Girl" Nunn-Brown, 61, of Brenham and the wife of Luke Brown, died Nov. 23, 2002 at 1280 Allen Rd., Brenham. Funeral service is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2002 at Rocky Chapel Baptist Church on Old Chappell Hill Road. The service begins at 11 a.m. Mrs. Pearlie "Baby Girl" Nunn-Brown was the first-born child to the union of the late Mr. James and Mrs. Edna Nunn Jan. 20, 1941 in Washington County, Texas. Pearlie "Baby Girl" Nunn-Brown confessed her hope in Christ at an early age in Rocky Chapel Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Eddie Williams. She remained a member until her death. Pearlie "Baby Girl" Nunn-Brown was a graduate of Pickard High School. Pearlie "Baby Girl" Nunn-Brown leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Luke Brown of Brenham; two sons, James Nunn of Brenham and Burvia Nunn of Brenham; two daughters, Gwendolyn Nunn of Houston and Brenda Nunn of Brenham; and four grandchildren, Kevin Nunn of Houston, Gamarcus Shepherd of Brenham, Brittany Burns of Brenham and Dontavia of Brenham. Funeral arrangements are at Taft Harris Funeral Home, 407 Burleson St., Brenham.

Kurt Henneberg
Kurt Henneberg was born in Hamburg, Germany. While on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, he died in a swimming accident on Saturday, Nov. 16. He is survived by his daughter Karen Henneberg and by his ex-wife Lupita. Both reside in Brownsville, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, sister, niece, nephew and other relatives in Hamburg, Germany. He was currently a resident of Brenham, Texas and was employed by MIC Corporation and had many friends in the Brenham area.

Jo Nell Hunt
Jo Nell Hunt, 73, of Brenham, and the widow of Russell Dale Hunt, died Wednesday in Bryan. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4 in First United Methodist Church, 11 a.m. A complete obituary will appear in Monday’s edition of The Banner-Press.

Edward Charles Kelm
Edward Charles Kelm, 49, of Brenham, the husband of Charlene Bates Kelm, died in Trinity Medical Center Friday morning. Mr. Kelm was born Dec. 20, 1952 in Washington County, Texas, the son of Rueben and Edna Schulze Kelm. He attended Brenham public schools and TSTI in Waco, where he earned a mechanics degree along with a teaching degree. On Dec. 12, 1976 he married Charlene Bates Kelm. He was employed at Carruth-Doggett Industries. Mr. Kelm is survived by his wife, Charlene Bates Kelm of Brenham; father and stepmother Rueben and Mary Kelm of Brenham, son Eric Kelm of Brenham, daughter Larissa Kelm of Brenham, sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Richard McCord of Brenham, mother-in-law Ruth Bates of Brenham, and step-sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Wayne Sunderhuse. Mr. Kelm was preceded in death by his mother Edna Schulze Kelm and father-in-law Charles Bates. Funeral services for Edward Charles Kelm will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in First United Methodist Church in Brenham with the Rev. Wesley Wellborn officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday from 6-8 p.m. in Memorial Oaks Chapel. Pallbearers are Rodney Kelm, Ronnie Kelm, Gary Schulze, Russell Loesch, Bobby Cook, Bubba Boenker, Michael Kiesewether and Dennis Gaskamp. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Carruth-Doggett Industries. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church of Brenham, Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, Texas.

Eleanora Dahmann Schulze
Eleanora Dahmann Schulze, 72, of Brenham, the widow of Elroy Schulze, died Friday in Trinity Medical Center. Mrs. Schulze was born Jan. 4, 1930 in the William Penn community, the daughter of Henry and Sophie Schwartz Dahmann. She was baptized on Feb. 2, 1930 and confirmed on April 2, 1944 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church by Pastor C. J. Appel. She was educated at William Penn School in Washington County, Texas. Eleanora was married to Elroy Schulze on Nov. 1, 1947. She retired from Wallace Computer in December 1993. She taught Sunday School for 10 years and was a member of the LWML and a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Mrs. Schulze is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Larry and Pat Schulze of Houston, grandchildren Valerie and Kyle Schulze of Houston, sister-in-law Marie Sommerfield, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Elroy Schulze; her parents, Henry and Sophia Dahmann; sister Laura Dahmann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws Raymond Schulze, Melvin and Amanda Schulze, Lonnie and Wilma Schwartz, and Albert and Hilda Weidner. Funeral services for Eleanora Schulze will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn with Pastor Eldor Harmann officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends and relatives Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Pallbearers will be Robert Michalak, Doyle Dahmann, Douglas Dahmann, Jimmie Sommerfield, Troy Klussmann and Daryl Dahmann. Memorials maybe given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, Texas.


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