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Manichia, Hildegard Marie

Hildegard was born in Lee County, Texas, and was raised on a farm by her loving parents, Alvin J. and Martha (Moerbe) Knippa. It was an active place with 5 sons, Arthur, Luke, William (Bill), Isadore, and Erich, and 3 beautiful daughters, Hildegard, Elma, and Lillian. The Knippa family spent Sundays at church with family and friends and worked the farm which gave them plenty to eat when so many were in distress during the Depression. 

After graduating Giddings High School in 1941, Hildegard lived for a year with her brother, Bill and his wife Adele, in San Antonio, but then moved to Houston for a job. She spent many years at Snap-On Tools before getting an Accounts Payable job with Knigge Automotive Supply where worked until retirement. After retirement, Louis and Hildegard enjoyed traveling and their favorite trips were to Hawaii, Germany, and Italy.

On July 6, 1957, Hildegard married Louis Manichia at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau, Texas, and became mother to his two daughters, Karen and Celeste. They lived in Houston and were married over 53 years when Louis died in 2011. Hildegard then moved to the same senior residence as sister, Elma, and the three sisters enjoyed many hours of dominoes and memories.

Hildegard was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin J. and Martha (Moerbe) Knippa, brothers, Arthur, Luke, William, and Isadore, son-in-law Jack Giles, and granddaughter, Elyse Marie Giles. She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Ron) Rogers of Florida, and Celeste Giles of Illinois, grandchildren Louis (Bethany) Giles and Betsy (Kevin) Glenn, and great grandson, Lane Giles all of Illinois, her brother, Rev. Erich Knippa, sisters, Elma Schatte and Lillian (Melvin) Hohle, and many nieces and nephews. 

The family wishes to express many thanks to the caregivers at Avista Home, Life Pointe Hospice, and Caring Professionals for their gentle and kind care during the last months of her life.

Following this service, the interment will take place 3 p.m. at the Giddings City Cemetery in Giddings, Texas.

Arrangements are under the direction of Beresford Funeral Service, 13501 Alief-Clodine, Houston, Texas 77082. (281) 933-9090 
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Menzel, Martin                  Funeral services for Martin Menzel, 97 of Serbin, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin with Rev. John Schmidt officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

Martin Henry Menzel was born on February 1, 1918 in Serbin, Texas to Gerhard & Martha (Wukasch) Menzel. He was baptized on February 9, 1918 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. H.T. Kilian and confirmed on March 20, 1932 also at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Herman Schmidt. His confirmation verse was 1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses". He served in the Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart. Martin was united in marriage to Gliceria "Cherry" Villaluz on February 1, 1985 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Paul Hartfield. He was a farmer and rancher, carpenter, the school bus driver for St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin and worked at Northrup Store. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir and was a member of the men's club. He was also a member of the Giddings American Legion York Post #276 and enjoyed farming, fishing, traveling, watching Texas Longhorn football and spending time with his family. Martin passed away the afternoon of Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard & Martha Menzel; his wife, Cherry; two brothers, Herman Menzel & Arthur Menzel and nephews & niece, Melvin & Bonnie Menzel and Milton Mersiovsky.

Martin is survived by his sister, Hermine Zoch of Northrup; two nieces, Doris Fritsche & her husband, Erwin of Northrup and Elaine Mersiovsky of Serbin; two nephews, Donald Menzel of Serbin and Eugene Menzel & his wife, Lorna of Alabama as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Fritsche, David Fritsche, Tim Menzel, Troy Menzel, Russell Kappler and Justin Mersiovsky.

Memorials may be made to The Lutheran Hour or the charity of one's choice.
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Moore, Dorthy Jean Frosch Dorothy Jean (Frosch) Moore was born on October 1, 1939 in Lexington, Texas to Clarence & Lena (Marburger) Frosch. She married George Edward Moore on June 17, 1956. Dorothy passed away, with family by her side, the morning of Thursday, April 2, 2015 at her home in McDade following an extended illness. Burial in McDade Cemetery Bastrop County TX.

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Newsom, Jack Funeral services for Jack Newsom, 73 of Granger, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Rick Hirtless officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 
Jack Wilburn Newsom was born in Giddings, Texas on a farm in the Concord community on December 17, 1942 to George & Lillie (Bohot) Newsom. At the age of 16, he and Lillie moved to Austin, Texas where he attended McCallum High School. It was here that he met his wife, Jeanene Perry. They were wed on August 21, 1962. Jack worked for Holt Machinery for a few years then went to work for Central Freight Lines where he retired after 38 years of dedicated service. He and Jeanene had three children, Shawn, Shelly and Shannon. Jack loved spending time outdoors with his garden and animals. Before his illness, he spent a lot of time in his woodshop. He also loved spending time with his 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Jack passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Newsom; his wife, Jeanene Newsom and his daughter-in-law, Kathy Newsom.
Jack leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Lillie & John Foerster of Giddings; his children, Shawn Newsom & his wife Rachael of Granger; Shelly Newsom Stautz & her husband, Dennis of Taylor and Shannon Newsom & his wife, Michelle of Taylor; grandchildren, Shane & Dylan Newsom and Mikayla Larremore, Brandon, Justin, Chastin & Marcus Stautz, Brooke & Makayla Newsom and Kyle Newsom; great grandson, Greyson Stautz as well as other close family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Shane Newsom, Dylan Newsom, Brandon Stautz, Justin Stautz, Chastin Stautz, Marcus Stautz and Kyle Newsom. Honorary pallbearers will be Brooke Newsom, Makayla Newsom and Mikayla Larremore. 
Memorials may be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation or the charity of one's choice. 

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Oltmann, Brandon Funeral services for Brandon Oltmann, 30 of Midland, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas with Rev. John Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Brandon Scott Oltmann was born on November 20, 1984 in Austin, Texas, the son of Ronald & Linda (Namken) Oltmann. He was baptized on December 9, 1984 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Paul Hartfield and confirmed on March 28, 1999 also at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Michael Buchhorn. His confirmation verse was Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Brandon attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin and was a graduate of the Giddings High School, Class of 2003. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He had been employed with the Lee County Appraisal District and was currently working as a petroleum landman with Purple Land Management in Midland. Brandon had been a member of Ducks Unlimited and the South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, playing golf and was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. Brandon passed away unexpectedly the afternoon of Thursday, May 7, 2015 at his home in Midland. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alton Namken and Ernest & Edna Oltmann and a cousin, Jessica Oltmann.
Brandon is survived by his parents, Ronnie & Linda Oltmann of Serbin; his sister, Heather Sowders of Serbin; his niece, Shiloh Sowders of Serbin; his grandmother, Esther Namken of Giddings; his aunts and uncles, Gene & Valerie Namken of Giddings, Kay & Chris Oltmann of Allen, Debbie & David Peterson of Lexington, Ronnie & Stacy Namken of Giddings, Bobby & Carolyn Oltmann of Northrup, Dennis & Shirley Oltmann of Giddings, Dianna & Arthur Noack of Northrup and Ralph & Darlene Oltmann of Waco as well as numerous cousins and his many friends. 
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin, 1572 County Road 211, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Ortegon SR, John

Funeral services for John Ortegon, 54 of Lincoln, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Primera Iglesia Bautisita Hispana Church in Giddings, Texas with Pastor Adam Gusman officiating. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Round Rock Cemetery in Round Rock, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Mr. John Elliott Ortegon was born on August 12, 1960 in Taylor, Texas to Frank & Hope (Guerrero) Ortegon. He was a self-employed trucker driver who loved his children and grandchildren deeply. He enjoyed puzzles, fishing, playing baseball, watching John Wayne movies and other action movies, throwing darts, playing pool and antiques. He was the type of person who never met a stranger and would share the message of Jesus Christ with every opportunity he was given. John passed away unexpectedly the morning of Saturday, March 28, 2015 at his home in Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his father and a son, John Ortegon Jr.
John is survived by his mother, Hope Guerrero Ortegon of Lincoln; his son, Joseph Elijah Ortegon of Missouri City; his four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Gonzales of Houston, Emily Ortegon of Missouri City, Suzanne Marie Luna of Houston and Christina Espranza of Mexico; his eleven grandchildren; his brother, Frank Ortegon Jr. of Lincoln; his sister, Linda Elizabeth Ragan & her husband, Johnny Ray of Missouri City as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Requardt, Jean Jean Requardt, 73, of Ledbetter, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Pflugerville, Texas with her children by her side. Funeral services are pending at this time.
Jean Mary (Guttormson) Requardt was born on October 6, 1941 in Minnesota to Martin & Thelma Guttormson. She was united in marriage to Larry Requardt on March 19, 1960 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She was a retired banker who enjoyed being a member of the San Jacinto Corvette Club, working in her flowerbeds and attending all of the various activities that her granddaughters participated in.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include her son, Lee Requardt of Brenham; her daughter and son-in-law, Diana & Jeff Ingram of Pflugerville; two granddaughters, Amanda Lynn Ingram and Casey Lea Ingram both of Pflugerville; two sisters-in-law, Lavan Feldhoft of Beasley and Lorene Engeling & her husband, Bill of Needville; brother-in-law, Edward Requardt & his wife, Rose of Beasley.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA, the American Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice.

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Rodgers, Bobby R.

Funeral services for Mr. Rodgers willl be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the Tanglewood Baptist Church in Lexington, TX. Burial will follow at the Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood. Visitation will be at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Sunrise for Bobby R. Rodgers came on April 19, 1937 in the community of Pleasant Grove in Lee County, TX. 
Sunset came on March 1, 2015, in Georgetown, TX. He lived to be 77 years old. 
Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Odie Connor Rodgers and mother, Bertha Mae (Bert) Rodgers, two children, Beverly Ann and Jeffery Lynn Rodgers.
Bobby is survived by sons, Ronald Wayne and Michael Ray Rodgers and their children and grandchildren. 
Bobby is also survived by his wife, Jessie Lee Rodgers and their son, Bobby Shane Rodgers, and his children, Calan, Sophie and Emory and their daughter, Jamie Lyn Sagebiel and her children, Mallory and Jameson. Survivors also include nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bobby lived in the Lexington, Tanglewood are where he attended the Lexington schools. He joined the Army in 1954 and was stationed in France.
Bobby moved to Houston where he met and married his wife, Jessie, in October 1959, and went to work for the City of Houston Fire Department. After 21 years of service he retired as a Captain. He and his family moved to Lexington to their farm. Bobby worked for the Lee County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy for 13 years while making many friends.
Bobby enjoyed working on his farm and traveling with his children and family. Bobby was active in the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lexington.
Memorial have been requested to be given to the American Legion post 6, the Lexington Masonic Lodge #138 , or the charity of one's choice. 

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Simcil, Frank E.

Funeral services for Frank E. Simcil will be a rosary, Monday, at 7 P.M. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lexington. Mass will be Tuesday at 2:30 PM. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial.will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. The family will receive visitors prior to the rosary.

Frank was born January 22, 1937 in Flatonia, Texas, one of six children born to the union of Edward J. Simcik and Louise (Weber) Simcik. Frank was raised in the Flatonia area and on June 23, 1962 he and Dorothy Dybala were married in Holman, Texas. Frank was a pot tender for ALCOA of Rockdale until 1995. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, and dominoes.

Frank died Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Paul, John, and Charles Simcik.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy "Dot" Simcik; daughter, Kristina "Kristi" Simcik; grandchildren, James and Emily Simcik, all of Lexington; brother, Edward Simcik of Columbus; sister, Dorothy Melvin of Tampa, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like memorials to be directed to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lexington.

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Valadez, Aniceto

Aniceto Valadez, 96, of Fedor, Texas died on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at his home in Fedor. Funeral Services for Mr. Valadez will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 25, 2015 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home, Giddings, with burial at Giddings City Cemetery following.

Aniceto was born on February 28, 1919 to Joseph and Delores Valadez in Dallas, Texas. He worked as a janitor for a local veterinarian’s office. Aniceto remained single his entire life, but he enjoyed dancing, gardening, yardwork, and sewing among his various hobbies. He especially enjoyed participating in Special Olympics events.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Delores Valadez, by several brothers and sisters, and by his special friend, Annie Jarmon.

Aniceto is survived by his sister-in-law, Stella of Dallas, by numerous nieces and nephews, by his “extended family” including Ron and Kay Baca and family of Fedor, Alfred and Bruce of Fedor, Ronnie, Noah, and Josh of Giddings, James and Patricia Estes and family of Giddings, and by his life-long friend, Edmond Jatzlau of Giddings.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Alfred, Bruce, Ronnie, Noah, and Josh, all part of his “extended family”.

Memorials may be given to Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20036.

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Urban, Amanda Jenke

Funeral services for Amanda Urban, 90 of Manheim, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Manheim with Rev. Herb Keistman officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Mrs. Urban passed away the evening of Saturday March 21, 2015 at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange. 

Amanda Louise (Jenke) Urban was born on April 19, 1924 in Bastrop County, Texas to Otto Emil Jenke & Louise Anna (Eschberger) Jenke. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor, Texas on May 4, 1924 by Rev. William Seidel and confirmed there as well on April 10, 1938 by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Her confirmation verse was Revelations 3:11, "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown". Amanda attended school in the Long Branch community and at Trinity Lutheran School in Fedor. She was united in marriage to Alfred Emil Urban on November 14, 1943 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Their union was blessed with five children, Henry, Reinhold, Alfred Jr., Helen and Allan. Amanda was a loving and devoted homemaker and caregiver her entire life. She was a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church where she helped to sew quilt tops for the LWML's Lutheran World Relief. She loved her family, animals, gardening and taking care of others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto & Louise Jenke; her husband of 43 years, Alfred "Jim" Urban Sr.; her son, Alfred "Fritz" Urban Jr. and her great granddaughter, Kaylee Urban.

Amanda is survived by her four children, Henry Urban & his wife, Joyce of Paige, Reinhold Urban of Manheim, Helen Galipp & her husband, Paul of Schulenburg and Allan Urban of Giddings & his wife, Linda of Leander; her daughter-in-law, Donna Urban of Houston; nine grandchildren, Rodney Urban & his wife, Lenora of Houston, Michael Urban & his wife, Shea of Paige, Cheryl Adams & her husband, Bo of Schulenburg, Candy Carter & her husband, Randy of Houston, Michelle Zapalac & her husband, Barry of Cedar Park, Jaime Rainosek & her husband, Brian of Flatonia, Rachel Urban of Austin, Sarah Urban of Leander and David Urban & his fiancee, Morgan Hiser of Hutto; nine great grandchildren, Christopher Urban of Houston, Alexis Moore & Ryan Urban of Paige, Kambri & Kieryn Adams of Schulenburg, Cassidy & Casey Carter of Houston and Caleb & Jacob Zapalac of Cedar Park; her sister, Annie Schulz of Paige; her sister-in-law, Dalia Markert of Victoria as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Urban, Michael Urban, David Urban, Bo Adams, Randy Carter, Barry Zapalac and Brian Rainosek. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Urban, Ryan Urban, Caleb Zapalac and Jacob Zapalac. 

Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 4146 West Highway 21, Paige, Texas 78659, Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Walther, Marvin William

Marvin William Walther of Houston, Texas (formerly of Giddings, Texas) joined his Heavenly Father on March 21, 2015 at the age of 75, after a battle with leukemia. He was born July 16, 1939 in Warda, Texas, the first child of parents Wilhelm (Willie) and Anita Walther, who baptized him into the Christian faith two weeks after he was born. On April 11, 1954, he was confirmed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, where he received the verse that guided him during his life: “I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit” (John 15:5). 

Living his early years in Central Texas, Marvin keenly understood the importance of faith, family, and being obedient to God’s will in his life. At age 17, Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he honorably served his country for nine years throughout Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, England, Guam and Vietnam.

While stationed in Colorado, he met the love of his life, Carolyn Smith. They were united in Holy Matrimony on August 7, 1960, and began their life together in Austin. Marvin led a long and fulfilling life, retiring in 1994 after 28 years as a field engineering specialist with IBM. Then he moved to the country, where he reconnected with his rural roots, growing and selling hay, hunting deer, and clearing lakes and ponds of their fish.

Rooted in a strong Christian faith, Marvin was a dedicated member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, Texas. He was also an active member of American Legion York Post 276 and Lee County Wildlife. His omnipresent smile and enthusiasm were admired by everyone.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Anita Walther; brother-in-law Phil Going; brother-in-law Dick Smith; and good friends Frank Peters and Ed Richter.

Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Carol Walther; son Rodney and Susan Walther of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter Glenda and Curtis Davis of Giddings, Texas; daughter Karen and Jimmy Roberts of Spring, Texas; nine grandchildren (Lee and Brittany Davis, Kimberly and Billy Davis, James and Briana Davis, Tony and Natasha Davis, Lisa and Lance Sublett, Justin Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Brian Walther, and Kaitlyn Roberts); five great-grandchildren (Ariel Davis, Kaleigh Davis, Addison Davis, Tyler Davis, and Brielle Roberts); sister Shirley Going of Round Top, Texas; sister Mary and Bill Peikert of Athens, Texas; sister-in-law Ann Smith of Colorado; brother-in-law Don Smith of Colorado; sister-in-law Jo Ann Inman of Colorado and numerous “kinfolk” of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

As a memorial, Marvin requested that donations be made out to Holy Cross Lutheran Church—Outreach to benefit their evangelism program. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, Texas with Rev. Dennis Tegtmeier officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

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Watson, Nancy La Rue Delvige

Funeral services for Nancy La Rue Watson, 88 of Forest Grove are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Forest Grove Christian Church. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery. Pastor Lance Walch will officiate. Visitation is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

Nancy La Rue Watson was born September 27, 1926 in Milam County to Willie W. and Nancy Jane (McFarlin) Delvige. She was raised in the Florence Community near Adina in Lee County. She was her high school class Valedictorian and then earned her Business Degree certificate. La Rue worked in the Lexington State Bank from 1975 to 1977 and from 1977 to 1987 in Lexington I.S.D. as Tax Collector, but her favorite job was being a homemaker and taking care of her family. On December 16, 1947 she and Hubert Preston Watson were married in Rockdale. She was a member of Forest Grove Christian Church and the Eastern Star. La Rue loved to cook, work in her yard and collect her treasures of salt and pepper shakers and bells.

La Rue passed away Thursday morning, February 19, 2015 at her home in Forest Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Preston Watson on October 1, 1995; her parents; two brothers, O.C. Delvige and Don Delvige and two sisters, Zelma Brinkmeyer and Alene Rowland.

Surviving are her daughters, Mary Margaret Ross and husband Ray of Rockdale, and Cynthia Kay Saegert and husband James of Rockdale; her sister, Willie Mae Morgan of Austin; four granddaughters, Meredith Ross, Allison Ross, Elizabeth Saegert and Erica Saegert and sister-in-law, Ruth Delvige of Westminister, Colorado.

Pallbearers are Travis Crim, Hollins Spence, Bob Hasselbush, Davis Edwards, Jim Delvige and Ronnie Rowland.
 

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Wilson, Betty L. Long Betty L. Wilson, 85 of Giddings, TX passed away on Tuesday March 31, 2015 in Giddings TX. 

Mrs. Wilson was born in June of 1929 in Vandalia, Missouri, to Harry and Bessie Long. Betty moved to Barstow in 1972 and lived and worked in the area until 2008. Mrs Wilson worked in many different fields but her most loved occupation was being a nurses aid. 

Betty is survived by her niece Thelma Arnold and family of Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Arrangements entrusted to Pecos Funeral Home in Pecos, Texas.
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Winkler, Bernice Evelyn Beisert Funeral services for Bernice Evelyn Beisert Winkler, 88 of Giddings, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Burial will be held in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Bernice Beisert Winkler was born on October 4, 1926 in Loebau, TX to Oscar Herman Beisert and Amanda Alma (Kasper) Beisert. She was baptized on October 17, 1926 by Rev. C. Durow at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau. She attended the Lutheran school and was confirmed on April 2, 1939 by Rev. H.O. Hartfield. Her confirmation verse was Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” She was united in marriage to Erwin Winkler on July 18, 1948 at Christ Lutheran Church by Rev. H.O. Hartfield. Their marriage was blessed by four children – Helen, Nora, Alice and Daniel. She was a hard worker being a dedicated wife and a stay at home mom. She enjoyed cooking and sewing for her family. She loved working in the garden, canning and fishing. Bernice passed away the evening of Sunday, May 31, 2015 at her home in Giddings.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Erwin; her parents, Oscar and Amanda Beisert; parents in law, Ludwig and Ottile Winkler; one sister and brother in law, Florine and William Rackel; brother and sister in law, Marvin and Betty Beisert; brothers in law, Lawrence Rackel, James Knight, Raymond Fischer, George Kieschnick and Robert “Jim” Kuehn; sister in law, Ruby Pillack and husband Raymond and son in law, Clarence Proske.

Bernice is survived by her three daughters, Helen Mitschke and husband Edwin of Loebau, Nora Proske of Giddings, Alice Goerlitz and husband Ernie of Giddings; her son, Daniel Winkler of Giddings; seven grandchildren, Lori Markert and husband Greg of Giddings, Brian Mitschke and wife Sherry of Dime Box, Diane Johnson and husband Steve of Deanville, Jason Mitschke and Sabrina Magallanes of Caldwell, Dyan Proske of Giddings, Janet Zapalac and husband James of Burton and Patty Goerlitz of Burton; Nine great grandchildren, Christi Pitts and husband Steve of Giddings, Kayla Markert of Giddings, Amy Markert of College Station, Todd Sump of Giddings, Sara Sump of Caldwell, Kylie Johnson of Caldwell, Jenna Johnson of Caldwell, Benjamin Zapalac of Burton and Presley Mitschke of Caldwell; five great great grandchildren, Bayley and Daylin Pitts of Giddings, Aiden and Chloe Sump of Giddings, and Laci Batiste of Caldwell; four sisters, Lizzy Rackel of Loebau, Jessie Knight of Giddings, Shirley Fischer of Ledbetter and Joyce Kuehn of Giddings; sister in law, Edna Kieschnick of Lincoln as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Serving as pallbearers are Brian Mitschke, Jason Mitschke, Steve Johnson, James Zapalac, Greg Markert, and Todd Sump. Honorary bearers are Ricky Rackel, Wayne Rackel, Robert Kuehn, Michael Knight, Kenny Fischer, Oscar Beisert and Fritz Kieschnick.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund at 300 N. Grimes St., Giddings, TX 78942, Lutheran Hour Ministries at 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141 or the charity of one’s choice. 


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Wolf, Gus W. Gus W. Wolf was born August 16, 1931 in Lexington, TX and passed away October 16, 2007 in Houston. He was raised in Port Arthur where he attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1950. He attended Texas Lutheran College, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a former Texas Highway Patrolman, and retired from the Johnson Space Center. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He is survived by wife Grace Wolf, daughter Suzanne Fagan, son Louis Wolf, daughter in law Stephanie Wolf, and the best granddaughter in the world, Lindsay Fagan. Gus was a member of the La Porte Masonic Lodge #857; Houston Scottish Rite, 32 degrees; Ducks Unlimited; Texas Rifle Association; National Rifle Association; Coastal Conservation Association, and Montana Wildlife Association. In lieu of usual remembrances donations may be made to: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center P.O. Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210-4486 or Houston Hospice 1905 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030. Visitation will be held Friday October 19 at 6-8 pm at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service will be held Saturday October 20 at 2 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

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Zahler, Pauline Kasper Locklin

Funeral services for Pauline Kasper Locklin Zahler, 87 of Lexington, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington with Rev. Jonathan Meyer officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Locklin Cemetery in San Gabriel, Texas. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Pauline Ethel (Kasper) Locklin Zahler was born on November 10, 1927 in Thorndale, Texas to Eric Jacob Kasper and Lillian (McGibbony) Kasper. She worked in banking for many years and received a degree in banking from the University of Houston in 1971. She had worked for what is now Chase Bank in Houston and Austin and First National Bank in Giddings. Pauline was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington where she had been active in the LWML. She passed away the morning of Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eric & Lillian Kasper; both of her husbands, W.M. Locklin and Bob Zahler; her grandson, Scott Stow; her sister, Gloria McDowell and her brother, Eric Kasper.

Pauline is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon & Robert Stow of Lexington; her grandson, Robert Mark Stow and his wife, Nadine of Warrenton, VA; three great grandchildren, Cody Nygard & his wife, Erica of Louisville, KY and Chris Stow and Colleen Stow both of Warrenton, VA; two brothers, Bill Kasper of Austin and Tom Kasper & his wife, Ina of Burnet; one sister, Alice Arnim & her husband, Kingston of Dallas; one sister-in-law, Helen Kasper of Ridgecrest, CA as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. 

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Zoch Eddie

Funeral services for Eddie Zoch, 84 of Giddings, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg, Texas. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 5:00 p.m.until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

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