Obituary for Roger Schoenst

Roger Schoenst Photo

Remembering Roger Schoenst

We grieve and we give thanks for the life and ministry of Roger Schoenst.  He died on Sunday, June 26, after weeks of a recent illness.

The visitation for Roger will be at the Memorial Oaks Chapel Funeral home in Brenham on Thursday, June 30, 5-7 p.m. with family present.

The funeral will be at MLLC on Friday, July 1, at 2 p.m.   Burial will be at the Carmine Cemetery following the service.  A memorial luncheon will be back at the church following the committal service.  All are welcome at all events.

Information about memorial contributions is on this page after the obituary.  Please consider supporting these organizations with monetary gifts in memory of Roger.



Roger Dale Schoenst

February 19, 1953 – June 26, 2022

Roger Dale Schoenst went to be with the Lord and those faithfully departed loved ones early on June 26, 2022.

He was born on February 19, 1953, to Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella Ida (Neumann) Schoenst at The Farm near Carmine. Roger was a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church. He was baptized on January 24, 1954 by Pastor A.T. Kluge and confirmed his faith on May 26, 1968 with Pastor Irvin S. Briese, both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church. His confirmation verse was: Matthew 5:6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

He grew up loving the cowboy way of life. He broke horses and continued to halter break colts until the last two months of his life. Roger never met a stranger. Anywhere he went he could strike up a conversation. He loved his family, horses, cowboy things, and talking to people. Roger also enjoyed hunting as a young boy, shooting guns, drawing, leather work, and creating things with a wood-burning pen.

He met the love of his life, and this changed his life for the better. He married Kathy Diane Mantey on November 12, 1983, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas, with Pastor Glenn Schoeneberg officiating. Soon came Heather, Mandy, and Chance. They had adventurous years raising their family and spent much of their time riding at home or in cutting arenas, round pens, working pens, show arenas and sale barns. He would do just about anything for his family and loved ones.

Roger had several different medical issues he had to battle throughout his life and was able to come out on the other side. The most notable these being the liver transplant he received in 2006. He and his family are forever grateful and appreciative of how the community supported him. Transplant doctors estimated a 6-year life expectancy, which turned into 16. The greatest blessing of his life was being able to meet his four grandchildren, all of whom he absolutely adored!

He is survived by his wife Kathy of 38 years, daughter Heather and husband Kyle Kaspar, daughter Mandy and husband Colton Guelker, son Chance Schoenst, grandchildren: Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, brother Melvin Schoenst, sister-in-law Jeanette Schoenst, cousin Wilton and wife Pam Schoenst and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella (Neumann) Schoenst, brother Fritz Schoenst Jr., in-law parents Arthur and Bernice (Buerger) Mantey, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers will be son Chance Schoenst, sons-in-law Kyle Kaspar and Colton Guelker, friends: Willie McKenzie, Nick Robinson, and Nathan Dannar. Honorary Pallbearers will be brother, Melvin Schoenst, daughters, Heather Kaspar and Mandy Guelker, grandchildren, Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, nieces and nephews, Sue Schoenst and Kim Sternadel and Staci and Nick Brailas, LaCinda Kasparek and Wynona Posas.



Memorials may be directed to these organizations:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362


Online Giving


National Foundation for Transplants

3249 W. Sarazen’s Cir, Ste 100

Memphis, TN 38125

(800) 489-3863

Worship on the Long, Holiday Weekend

Declaration of Independence sign

Worship on Independence Day Weekend

By Pastor David Tinker

It is time now to plan to participate in worship on this long, busy, holiday weekend.

We will observe our normal weekend worship schedule on the first weekend of July.

Saturday, July 2, at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Our partner congregation, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, will also offer their regular 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship service on July 3.  The church meets at 6915 Waldeck Church Ln, Ledbetter, TX 78946.

I encourage you to think ahead about this complicated weekend.  Consider how you can schedule your activities for the holiday while still participating in worship among God’s people.

The big holiday is on Monday this year, so there is less immediate conflict with the worship schedule.  Even so, time flows differently for many on such a weekend, so plan now to be at worship at one of the three opportunities offered this weekend.  As the time flows differently, strive to be accepting of attending worship at a different time than normal, with the goal of hearing the Word of God, receiving Holy Communion, and delighting in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Worship of our God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is central to our life together. It is a foundational part of how we fulfill the greatest commandment of Jesus to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Weekly worship participation is also one of the Six Marks of Discipleship about which I have taught so frequently.  Worship is an investment in your faith life and in your relationships with your fellow Christians.  No matter what date it is, weekly worship is a good and central part of life as a follower of Jesus.

This Independence Day Holiday is not the only weekend when you might have multiple commitments on the calendar. As you work through plans for weekend trips, summer vacations, etc., prayerfully look into how you can get together with fellow Christians for worship.  Some of those weekends will be workable to be at worship in Carmine.  Some weekends will lead you to other communities across the state, nation or world.  In our family we have made the point to find a place of worship where we are going to be.  It is good to be at your home church, and it is also good to experience something different from time to time.  Even in touristy places like Hawaii there are churches where you can keep your weekly discipline of worship.  If you need help planning where to worship, I am glad to help you.  If you are comfortable using the internet, there in plenty of information available to help you.


The Declaration of Independence

Another opportunity you have this weekend is to actually read or listen to the reading of our nation’s founding document.

Here is a link to read the document at the National Archives of the United States of America.

Here is a link to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by then Senator John F. Kennedy.  It is presented as a video  on YouTube.


Aluminum Cans for Camping

Aluminum Cans making a Positive Difference for Youth

For several years the Men in Mission of MLLC have been collecting aluminum beverage cans for a special purpose.  They are working to help make sure young people from MLLC get some help to attend Lutheran Church Bible Camp at Lutherhill.  In recent years this men’s ministry group has quietly collected these cans to raise money from selling these through recycling.  This past year the Men in Mission were able to provide $50.00 per youth member for their participation a summer camping program at Lutherhill.

The Men in Mission have not been alone in this. They have had significant support from many people who donate enough cans each year to provide this encouragement and assistance to many youth.   They don’t really know all who those who make the donations. This is because the donation center is outside in a quiet corner of the church facilities.  Every week kind, and generally anonymous, individuals drop off bag upon bag of empty aluminum beverage cans to help our youth.

You can be part of this happy cause as well.  Simply set aside your used aluminum beverage cans. Then, when you are on your way to worship, or heading to or through town, simply grab your bags of cans and leave these at the donation station.

The donation station is on the north side of the building – the side facing US 290.  This is under the covered part of the drive through, drop off entrance to the fellowship hall.  These photos show the can receptacles in the context of the north entrance.  The station is open 24 hours a day. If the collection bins are full, feel free to leave your bags of cans next to the bins.  We welcome all aluminum can donations.

Thank you all for your partnership in ministry at MLLC.  Together we are making disciples of Jesus Christ and sharing God’s love to the ends of the earth.

New Bible Study Class

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New Bible Study Opportunity

No Experience Necessary

By Pastor David Tinker

You are invited to participate in a new Bible Study.  This will take place at Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC), 211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932.


It will run for six weeks in June and July. No experience necessary to participate. You are accepted where you are with what you know or don’t know. You are not expected to be an expert in the Bible.
You can simply come and listen, if that is what you are comfortable doing.

The class will be providing a broad view of the story of scripture. This time of learning will be
centered on two tools.
1 – The Holy Bible

2 – the Biblical Time-Line created by Pastor Harry Wendt of Crossways International.

This tool takes the whole of scripture and shows the connections between various

times, places, people, and books of the Bible.
You will get to see the whole sweep of
God’s Word and Work for the world.
You will eventually see how you are part of this
great work of God.  This photo shows both sides of the Crossways Bible Timeline. 

Each student will  receive a copy of this excellent resource.


There will also be the joy of fellowship with fellow learners.

Here are the dates, times, and location for the class.

Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m.

In the Parlor – area by church offices – at MLLC.

June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27

If you have a Bible, you are invited to bring it.
If you do not have a Bible, come
anyway.  We will have Bibles for your use.

This class was offered about 8-10 years ago at MLLC.
It is also part of the Bible Year of our
Confirmation program. Previous participants are welcome to attend.
All are welcome.
Friends and neighbors and people from other congregations are welcome as well.

Let me know if you are planning to attend.

Pastor David Tinker

office: 979-278-3388

Red for Pentecost – June 4 and 5, 2022

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The Day of Pentecost

Penteocost fire bwThis Sunday, June 5, 2022, is the Day of Pentecost.

We will have two special opportunities for worship at MLLC.

Saturday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m., is the Vigil of Pentecost.  This is similar to our other vigils at Christmas and Easter.

Sunday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m., is our Festival Worship Service.

Remember:  Our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church near Ledbetter, will offer Pentecost at their normal worship time of 8:00 a.m.  Click here for directions.

This is one of the three main Festival Days of the Church Year.  The others are The Resurrection of our Lord (Easter Sunday), and the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Day).  You are encouraged to wear Red to help celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Vigil of Pentecost and the Day of Pentecost.

On Pentecost we celebrate the giving and pouring out of the Holy Spirit of God on his people.  This took place first in Jerusalem when thousands of Jews were gathered in the city for the Jewish Festival of Pentecost.  It is also known as Shavuot.  This Jewish festival celebrates two major items. One is to celebrate the grain harvest at that time of year in the Holy Land.  The other reason of the celebration is to give thanks for the giving of the Covenant at Mt. Sinai, including the Ten Commandments.  It is understood that it took 50 days for the Children of Israel to travel to Mt. Sinai after the Passover and their release from slavery in Egypt.  That took place around 1400 BC.

Holy Spirit Icon Pentecost

Jump ahead to about AD 30.  The Holy Spirit was given to the Church on that Festival Day of the Jews when it was celebrated that year.  The 120 earliest Christians were then sent out by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the might works of God to the gathered Jews.  These visitors were from all over the Mediterranean world, and they spoke a number of different languages.  The small band of Christians were given the supernatural ability to speak the Word of God with boldness so all would hear in their own languages of the great things God had done through Jesus Christ.

The response was powerful.  That day 3000 people responded to the Good News and became Christians.  There were 3000 baptisms that day.  Read about these events in the Book of Acts, chapter 2, in the New Testament.


We look forward to seeing you at worship this weekend.

Saturday, June 4, the Vigil of Pentecost.  Worship at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 5, Festival Service.  Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Also – 8:00 a.m. on Sunday with our friends at Waldeck.  6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946.

Women’s Salad Supper – June 1

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Come  to  the 2022 Women’s Salad Supper

A delightful, annual tradition at MLLC is the Women’s Salad Supper. 

Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

This is a salad pot-luck supper and program led by the women for the women and girls of the church and community.  See the flier above for details.  You do not need to be a member of MLLC to attend.  Come enjoy the Fellowship, Food, Fun, and Entertainment. 

This year the program is entitled, “Celebrate the Children.” 

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this special event by and for women and girls. 

Blood Drive May 22

Blood Drive May 22

Give Blood at MLLC on May 22

As part of our love for our neighbors, we are again hosting a blood drive at MLLC.  See the flier for information about signing up for a donation time.

The Blood Drive will take place in the Fellowship Hall. This is the older, white building on the north side of our church campus.  There is an entrance on the west/street side of the building, just next to the playground.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church  Fellowship Hall

211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932

To set up an appointment, contact Kelly Hardin at 832-212-2799 or

Vacation Bible 2022 School Coming Soon



Vacation Bible School June 12-16, 2022

You are invited to plan now to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2022 at MLLC.  The theme is, “Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness.”  At Monumental VBS 2022 kids are invited to go off-road for a Monumental adventure through the colorful canyons and sun baked trails of the southwest. By exploring God’s awesomeness, kids form a rock-solid faith for the road ahead.

Children age 3 and up through elementary school are invited to participate and learners.   Junior and senior high youth are part of the volunteer team, along with adults.

Join the fun on the week of June 12-16, Sunday – Thursday evenings.  The approximate time of VBS will be 5:30-7:45 p.m. each evening.

The Closing program will be on Sunday, June  19, at our 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Information coming soon about registration and volunteer opportunities.


Obituary for Shirley Mueller

Shirley Mueller Photo

We remember Shirley Mueller

Shirley Ann (Fuchs) Mueller died on Easter Sunday after various illnesses.  We give thanks for her life and ministry among us at MLLC.

There will be a visitation at the Memorial Oaks Chapel Funeral Home in Brenham.

April 22, 2022

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The funeral will be held at MLLC

Saturday, April 23, 2022

10:30 a.m.

Committal at La Bahia Cemetery.  Return to the church for a luncheon afterwards.

The family has requested memorial gifts for MLLC to set aside funds for music and repair/replacement of the carillon (bells and music device which marks the hours and plays music outside of the sanctuary at MLLC) as needed.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, give at worship through an offering envelope, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts.”  This is the 4th line down on the secure giving page.  Included is a memo box.  Note in that box, “Shirley Mueller” and the gift will be passed along to the right account.

The church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Telephone: 979-278-3388



Shirley Mueller Funeral Home photo


Shirley Ann (Fuchs) Mueller

December 16, 1935 – April 17, 2022


On Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, Shirley Ann Fuchs Mueller was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be with Him on His special day.

Shirley was born on December 16, 1935, in Carmine, Texas to Otto L Fuchs, Sr. and Elsie Hartstack Fuchs. Through baptism, she became a child of God on April 5, 1936 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas with Pastor Brunotte performing the sacrament. She confirmed her Lutheran faith at the same church on October 2, 1949 with Pastor A. T. Kluge. Her grade school and high school education at Round Top – Carmine ISD culminated with her being the valedictorian of her 1954 graduating class.  After high school, she attended and graduated Blinn College in Brenham as the salutatorian of her class. At Blinn, she was president of the Lutheran Students Association, student council representative, and reporter for Phi Theta Kappa. Shirley enjoyed Brenham and her first job was a bookkeeper at Tiemann Brothers’ Tractor Company. She later joined Brenham Wholesale Grocery in their accounting department.  After the birth of her first daughter in 1962, she decided to be a full-time Mom.

On July 19, 1958, with A.M. Hannemann officiating, she married the love of her life, Johnnie Dewayne (J.D.) Mueller, in the same church as her baptism and confirmation.  Two daughters were born to this union, Renee Ann and Jill Rachelle.  J. D. and Shirley enjoyed 51 years of married life, until J.D.’s unexpected passing on May 20, 2009.  Every day, since that day, she missed his love and smile for her.  Now they are reunited.

Shirley was fun, loving and selfless.  She enjoyed being with people and she always made the best of every situation.  Shirley was a devoted Christian her entire life.   In her younger years, this was exemplified by her many roles of service at Martin Luther Lutheran Church where she was a life-long member. Shirley used her God-given talent for music by playing the organ for Sunday and other church services for over 30 years.  In addition, to being the organist, Shirley also kept her mother’s tradition of the MLLC Church Choir running strong for many years as the director/accompanist.  Shirley also procured a gift of tone chimes and started the tone chime choir which played for many years for church services as another music ministry.  In addition to serving her Lord through music, she was also very active as a Sunday school teacher, Ladies Aid president and member and a member of other church committees. In her later years, when she could not attend church services, she continued to read her devotions and prayers daily and shared God’s great message with others through her words and actions.

As her two daughters were growing up, she was active and supportive in their lives by being a Girl Scout leader for Troop 492 for 10 years, attending basketball and softball games and tennis matches and volunteering at their schools.  Just as she was an active supporter of her daughters, she was also a very loving and active grandparent to her two grandsons.  She and J.D. would not think twice to drive to Houston, to watch a baseball or basketball game or any school event in which her two grandsons were participating. She was also involved with the local March of Dimes, the mentoring program at Brenham Elementary, Washington County Genealogy Society, Sandtown Wildlife Association and assisted her husband with the Brenham National Guard Reunion Committee. Shirley had the foresight to form the Sandtown Cemetery Association to care for the graves on her property in Sandtown, Texas.

Her hobbies included stained glass, sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, and almost any type of craft.   In her early years, she spent many hours sewing clothes for herself, her daughters and numerous Maifest costumes.  Later in life, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and doing word puzzles.  Shirley always possessed a sense of adventure and she loved to try new things.  When the home computer became popular, she was self-taught and learned to master numerous computer programs.  Her sense of adventure was also evident in her love for travel.  She and J.D. enjoyed many road trips as a young family and cruises and tours in their elder years.  One love of Shirley’s that continued throughout her life was her love of board games, cards and dominoes.  She was always up for a competitive game of 42 with her grandsons and family.  Many of Shirley’s attributes have been passed down to her daughters, but none is more evident than her love for animals.  Throughout her life, she always had a family pet, especially dogs and cats.  When she no longer could care for animals herself, she enjoyed watching the hummingbirds and cardinals on the bird feeders at her home.  She shared her love of animals beyond her immediate family by giving live ducks and colored chicks at Easter—and for this she will always be fondly remembered by her nieces.

Leaving to mourn Shirley are her daughters and son-in-law, Renee Ann Mueller and Jill and Rodney Finke; grandsons, Grant Finke and Ryan Finke and fiancé, Sidne Drewry; sister, Dellora Manske; brother, Otto L. Fuchs, Jr.; sister-in-law, Joyce Fuchs; brother-in-law, Alvis Mueller and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Avalda and J.C. Pohl, plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Proceeding her in death, was her husband, parents, parents-in-law, John and Ida Mueller, brother, Howard Fuchs, brother-in-law, Edison Manske and sister-in-law, Carolyn Fuchs.

The family is extremely grateful and would like to thank all of her caregivers throughout her later years of life, especially Linda Engelke, Donna Gaines, Bertha Milam and Mae Jo Williams for their care, friendship and love.  In the same way she loved her children and grandchildren, she loved her caregivers equally and appreciated each person’s unique talent.  In addition, the family would like to thank Dr. William Loesch, Laura Pugh, FNP-C and Rachel Novosad, RN for their exemplary medical care and guidance for Shirley.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ryan and Grant Finke, and nephews Roy Wied, Bruce Bockhorn, Jody Pohl, Trent Teinert and Mark Kuecker.


Memorials Requested to:
Music and Carillon Fund

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Obituary for Joyce Schiwart


We received word that Joyce Schiwart died on Tuesday, April 19.

A brief, graveside funeral will be held in her memory on Thursday, April 21.  This will occur at 11:00 a.m. at the Carmine Cemetery.  All are welcome to attend.  There are no other events scheduled related to this funeral.



Joyce Marie (Hall) Schiwert

March 3, 1941 – April 19, 2022

Joyce Schiwert, age 81, died in the early morning of April 19, 2022.  She was a resident of La Grange, Texas, at the time of her death. She was born March 3, 1941. Joyce was born to Lena Faye Marler Hall and Arvin Cecil Hall.

Joyce married Travis Lee Schiwert on September 17, 1966 at home in Houston, Texas, with the service led by Rev. Milo F. Benningfield. On June 25, 2000, Joyce was baptized at First United Methodist Church of Brenham, Texas, by Rev. Wesley Welborn.  She and Travis joined Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine on September 19, 2005.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Travis Schiwert, as well as various cousins, relatives, and friends.

People in Carmine remember Joyce for various things.  We are thankful for her involvement in the ministries of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine.  For many years she ran her antique, collectables, and art store called Hill Country Collectibles.  This was located in the green building on the north side of US290 in Carmine.  (More recently this building has been occupied by The Pie Shack and then Buck Up Auctions and Realty.)

All are welcome at the funeral on Thursday, April 21, 11:00 a.m., at the Carmine Cemetery, 171 Carmine Cemetery Rd, Carmine, TX 78932


No specific memorial gift designation has been given by the family.

Some may wish to give memorial contributions to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine (MLLC).

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, give at worship through an offering envelope, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts.”  This is the 4th line down on the secure giving page.  Included is a memo box.  Note in that box, “Joyce Schiwart,” and the gift will be passed along to the right account.

The church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Telephone: 979-278-3388