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Austin County Index of Obituaries of people who either was born, died, married or lived in Austin County. This list is NO where complete.  To add a name, email Jane Keppler

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June 20, 1918

Death of L. H. Baron

    Shortly before eight o’clock this morning (Thursday) the shocking discovery was made that L. H. Baron had committed suicide, by hanging himself, in the barn, at his home in Bellville.  No reason for the act can be imagined, except a sudden mental derangement.  He had attended to his work around the place as usual this morning and the tragedy is as great a mystery to the grief stricken family as to any acquaintance of his  The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, June 21at, at four o’clock p.m. at Oak Knoll.  Rev. Sagebiel, a Lutheran minister of Brenham, and a former pupil of Mr. Baron, will officiate.

   Mr. Baron was born in Bastrop on June 18, 1874, and resided there until seventeen years of age, when he began his career as a teacher, in Bastrop.  He then attended the Normal Institute of Huntsville and later taught in Colorado and Lavaca counties, then five years in the Lutheran College at Brenham. Later he taught at New Wehdem, and then, after two years at Industry, was elected School Superintendent for Austin County, eight years ago.  During his incumbency a great many improvements have been made in our rural schools, evincing the interest that he took in his work.  Friends all over the county will be shocked at his untimely death and by them sympathy is felt for the family to whom he was a devoted husband and father.

   He is survived by his widow, two young daughters and a little son, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Baron of Bastrop, three sisters, Mrs. J. A. Smothers of Laverna, Texas, Mrs. Paula Polk of Bastrop, and Mrs. Will Meyer of Yoakum.


Posted by Natalie McLain



Bellville Times

  Friday, May 22, 1931

  Obituary Mrs. Maggie Bartay

     After having been in failing health for several years, Mrs. Maggie Bartay died at her home here Monday, May 18th, at 10 p.m., aged 59 years, 8 months, 2 days.  She had been seriously ill since Thursday of last week.  Funeral services, largely attended, were held at the family home Wednesday at 3 p.m. and interment made at Oak Knoll, with the Rev. George Cook, a Baptist minister from Brenham, officiating.  Favorite hymns were sung by a mixed choir, and the grave was covered with a profusion of beautiful flowers.

     Decedent, who was Miss Abbie Magdeleine Spence was married Jan. 31,  1889, to Ben Bartay, who died about three years ago.  She is survived by seven daughters and four sons—Mrs. Ed. Kirpatrick of Bellville, Ben Bartay of Brenham, Mrs. A. L. Lyth, Bellville, Tony Bartay, Bastrop, Mrs. Ed. Carlisle, Chapel Hill, Mrs. Jim Jackson, Lamesa, Mrs. Henry Phillips, Bellville, Mrs. Benno Foehner, Winslow, Ariz.,Mrs. Jack Wacey, Fort Worth, and Arthur and Chester Bartay, Bellville, and by 17 grandchildren.  There are also two surviving sisters, Mrs. Mary Lee of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Lou Bell of Muldoon, Texas, and four brothers, Ed. Spence of Houston, John Foster of Cameron, Jean Foster of Winters, and John Spence of Muldoon.

     All of the children and most of the grandchildren were present at the funeral, as was also Mrs. Tony Bartay of Bastrop, Ed Carlisle of Chapel Hill, Jim Jackson of Lamesa, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bartlett of Fort Worth, and Mr. and  Mrs. John Foster of Cameron.




El Campo Leader-News

Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:07 AM CDT

Jeanette “Nana” Bodungen of El Campo, formerly of Cat Spring, passed away Oct. 22, 2011 in Houston at the age of 83. She was born March 16, 1928 in Cat Spring to Jerry and Minnie Wolchik Skalak.

She is survived by her companion and friend of many years, Clarence Himly of El Campo; daughters, Janis Ritz and Carolyn Ermis of El Campo; sister, Lonnie L. Michaelis of Cat Spring; grandchildren, James Garner of Beeville, Lisa Krenek and husband Todd of Garwood, Kim Staff and husband Mark of Louise, Shannon Ritz and companion Carol Triplet of El Campo and Blake Ritz and wife Brandi of El Campo; great-grandchildren, Clayton Watz, Cheyenne, Taylor and Austin Garner, Savannah Garner, Kori Staff, Camille Ritz and Kennedy and Conner Ritz; step-great-grandchildren, Travis Staff and wife Amy and Justin Staff; step-great-great-grandchild Tanner Staff and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Shelley Faye Ham; sons-in-law, Bryan Ritz and Wilbur Ermis and former husband, Clyde Bodungen.

Jeanette worked at Ritz Food Mart #4 in the Deli for over 25 years. She and Clarence always loved going to polka dances and she was a member of POLKofA. She enjoyed gardening and still went deer hunting each year.


Visitation began at 2 p.m. Monday at Triska Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Todd Krenek, Shannon Ritz, Blake Ritz, Clayton Watz, Mark Staff and Emmitt Hargrove. Honorary pallbearers are James Garner, Cheyenne Garner, Kori Staff, Savannah Garner, Taylor Garner, Austin Garner, Kennedy Ritz, Conner Ritz, Camille Ritz, Justin Staff, Travis Staff and Tanner Staff.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of El Campo; St. John Lutheran Church of Cat Spring or the Cat Spring Volunteer Fire Dept., 10943 FM 949, Cat Spring, TX 78933.

Arrangements by Triska Funeral Home, El Campo. 

Lonie Lee Skylak born 4 Mar 1920 married Elbert Arthur Michaelis 9 Dec 1939 in Austin County.

Elbert Arthur Michaelis was the son of Richard Michaelis and Annie Brune.  All buried in St. John Lutheran Cemetery/aka Cat Spring.

Posted by  Brenda Coon

Albert Braesicke Sr., aged 84 years , 10 months, and 4 days, died at the home of his son, Otto Braesicke of Cat Spring on Thursday, June 8, 1922 at 3 p.m.

Burial took place Friday under the auspices of the Sons of Hermann and the Cat Spring Turn Verein.

Mr. Braesicke came here from Germany many years ago, and during the civil war worked as a blacksmith.

He was twice married, and is survived by three sons and four daughters, these being Albert Braesicke of Sealy, Otto and Herman Braesicke of Cat Spring. Mrs. Herman Wittenberg of Cat Spring, Mrs. Julius Wittenberg of Sealy, Mrs. Paul Rudloff of Bellville and Mrs. Sam Hillboldt of Cat Spring.

Mr. Braesicke had lived in Cat Spring for more than fifty years, and was a blacksmith by trade. For the past two years he had been in failing health, and death came to him as a relief. He was an upright, conscientious citizen, and in his younger days did his full share in all matters affecting the welfare of his community.

Posted by Verna McDowell



Funeral services for Mrs. Nola Braesicke, 82, of Houston, were held from the Chapel of the Pete E. Etlinger Funeral Home in Bellville at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6 with Rev. Walter Probst, Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Cat Spring Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Eugene Rudloff, Earl D. Brown, Ron Theusman, Henry Hillboldt, Harry Pless and Leroy Hillboldt.

Mrs. Braesicke died in Houston at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, January 1, 1982 a homicide victim in her home.

Born in Cat Spring on November 24, 1899 she was the daughter of John and Ida Kadernoschka. She was reared in the Cat Spring community and attended the Clarksville and Millheim Public Schools. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Houston.

The former Miss Nola Kadernoschka was married to Hugo C. Braesicke on December 17, 1923 in ceremonies performed in Bellville. Mr. Braesicke died in May of 1949.

Survivors include a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister and two brothers.

Posted by Verna McDowell  


January 31, 1918
Joseph Caletka, aged fifty-one years, ten months and 19 days, died at his home at Cleveland Prairie on January 25, 1918.  Burial was made on
January 26th at St. Nicolai churchyard west of Cat Spring, by Hugo Becker Lodge No. 79, O.D.H.S.  Justice A.C. Theuman also speaking
appropriate words at the grave.  Mr. Caletka is survived by his wife, and 2 sons, Charles & Eddie Caletka, by 2 daughters, Mrs. Ellie
Blaschke & Miss Alma Peschel; by a brother, Charles Caletka, and a sister, Mrs. Novosad.  The deceased was born in Bohemia.  He came to
Texas as an infant & lived the remainder of life at Cat Spring.

Posted by Natalie McLain

Cecil Thomas Cloyd





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