Karen Dooley Obituary



Karen Dooley Obit photo

We remember Karen Dooley

A lifelong member of MLLC died this week.  Karen Dooley gave of herself in service to God, church, and neighbor during her 68 years among us.

Her family has designated two organizations for memorial contributions:  MLLC, and the Round Top – Carmine Education Foundation

For memorial gifts to MLLC:

You can send bring these to the church or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O Box 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Karen Dooley.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Karen Dooley.

For gifts to the Round Top – Carmine Education Foundation, you may mail these to their official address:  P O Box 85; Round Top, TX 78954

Web site: https://rtceducationfoundation.org/


Karen Sue “Susie” Behnke Dooley

February 28, 1950 – December 3, 2018

Karen Sue Behnke Dooley, beloved wife, mother, and MeMe of Round Top, was welcomed into the Lord’s arms on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Brenham at the age of 68.  The daughter of Milton and Wella Mae Behnke, Karen was born in Brenham on February 28, 1950.

She was baptized into the Christian faith on June 4, 1950 and confirmed on May 17, 1964 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. Karen graduated from Round Top – Carmine High School in 1968 before receiving a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State and a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M.  Karen was married to Tony Gabe Dooley on June 8, 1974 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.

After college, Karen pursued a career in education serving as a teacher and coach in Fort Bend ISD and Round Top – Carmine ISD for 8 years.  Following her time as a teacher and coach, she served as the guidance counselor for La Grange High School for 34 years.

Karen had many loves in her life; she cared deeply for her husband of 44 years, Tony, her sons and daughters-in-law Todd and Amy Dooley and Blake and Amber Dooley and her three grandchildren Brody, Bree, and Summer Dooley.  Along with her love of family, Karen was a devoted member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, the Round Top – Carmine Education Foundation, and the Carmine Hall. She enjoyed playing games with her family, vacations to Rockport where she loved family boat rides, and watching sports, especially her beloved Astros.  She also enjoyed her time on the pig farm with her family and helping with the numerous show projects over the years including pigs and chickens.

Karen had a way of putting everyone before herself.  Many friends lovingly remember Karen serving her community by organizing fundraisers, meals, functions and social gatherings.  Karen will especially be remembered for her big glowing smile and her jovial demeanor that lit up any room. She celebrated life every single day and lived each day to its fullest.  Whenever there was a happy moment, whether big or small, she would be the first one to say that we should get together and celebrate. Karen carried herself in such a positive light; she always had a way of lifting up others when things seemed hard.  She treasured her family and friends and enjoyed anytime spent with others.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Milton Fritz Behnke, mother, Wella Mae Hinze Behnke, and father-in-law Gabe Hamilton Dooley Jr.

She is survived by beloved husband, Tony Gabe Dooley, sons and daughter-in-laws Todd Anthony and wife Amy, Blake Hamilton and wife Amber, grandchildren Brody James, Bree Addison, and Summer Quinn, mother-in-law Dolores Davis Dooley, sister and brother-in-law Lana Behnke Aschenbeck and husband Willie, brother and sister-in-law Fredrick Behnke and wife Sharon, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim Bob Dooley and wife Karen, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Susan Dooley Logue and husband Chuck, along with many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, LaGrange, Texas.  Family will receive visitors from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Carmine, Texas on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 am, interment following funeral service, Carmine City Cemetery, Carmine, Texas.


October 2018 Newsletter Available

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Read the October 2018 Newsletter

October is here, and so is the October 2018 Newsletter – Luther’s Letter.  You are invited to read over the current issue.  We also have archives of the newsletter going back a few years.

We invite you to receive the newsletter by email.  Simply send a message to pastordjt@industryinet.com  Then the office staff will put your email address on the list.

For members of MLLC, you are invited to go with the email edition of the newsletter as well.  Contact the church office to sign up.  Unless we hear from you we will assume you want a print edition of the newsletter.  Please let us know if you are interested.  Note that there are some items each year that are distributed in print only.  These items will be at the church building for you to pick up.

Here is the link to the MLLC Newsletter Archive page.  Click link.




Red for Pentecost 2018

The Day of Pentecost

This Sunday, May 20, is the Day of Pentecost.  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 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.

The Holy Spirit was given to the Church on that day.  The 120 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 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 Sunday, May 20.  Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Remember to wear something red this Sunday.

Remembering Dwayne Garlin

Dwayne Garlin Obit photo

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Dwayne Garlin.  His funeral will be at MLLC at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Here is the obituary as it is printed in the bulletin for the service.


Dwayne Allen Garlin

May 27, 1967 – December 16, 2017

Dwayne Allen Garlin was born May 27, 1967 in Houston, Texas to Delbert Bartel and Waldine Weyand Garlin.  He was baptized August 27, 1967 by Pastor Alfred Doerfler, and confirmed July 12, 1981 by Pastors Larry Beck and Harvey Bongers, both at Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire, Texas.  His confirmation verse was 1 Peter1:3—Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

On May 23, 1992, he married Theresa Rosenbaum at Martin Lutheran Church, in Carmine.

Dwayne worked at Kieke Egg Farm until becoming a sales rep for Burton Sausage. Dwayne and Theresa owned 4G Country Store in Carmine, until recently.  Dwayne was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, the RT-C Young Farmers, Fayette County Wildlife Coop and the Fayette Co. Farm Bureau.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hay baling. Dwayne was an avid Astros and Cowboys fan. He also enjoyed making barbecue, and was known to never miss his sons’ sporting events.  He supported the Carmine Volunteer Fire Dept. by helping with the annual fried chicken fundraiser.

Dwayne  died December 16, 2017 in Brenham at the age of 50.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa; sons, Hayden and Cole, all of Ledbetter; mother, Waldine Garlin of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Jeff Flinn of Burton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Karen Rosenbaum of Burton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Stephanie Rosenbaum of Burton; grandparents-in-law Daniel and Ila Kieke of Burton, and Eddie and Ella Mae Love of Brenham; and several nieces and nephews.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Garlin; grandparents Nelda and Ollie Weyand, and Robert and Vesta Garlin.

Serving as pallbearers are Emil Sodolak, Eric Weyand, Deric Weyand, Clint Etzel, Eddie Marburger, Marvin Marburger, Brandon Goeke, Luke Sternadel, Jeremy Rosenbaum, and Jeff Flinn.  Honorary pallbearers are his hunting buddies, his hay hauling buddies, and the 4G “crew”.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine (P O Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362), or to the RT-C Young Farmers Scholarship Fund.

Bernice Pratt Funeral Information

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Remembering Bernice Pratt

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Bernice Pratt.  For more than a year Bernice had been the oldest member of MLLC.  She celebrated her 94th birthday with her church family on Mothers Day Weekend – May 14, 2017.  The photo above was taken on that day.

Visitation at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham – Tuesday, June 13 – 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Funeral at MLLC on Wednesday, June 14 – 10:00 a.m., with a meal to follow.

More will be posted here as information becomes available.

Please remember to keep her family in your prayers.


City of Carmine Egg Hunt – April 15

Carmine Egg Hunt image

The City of Carmine organizations are working together to offer an egg hunt for children on Saturday, April 15.  We at MLLC are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community alongside other caring people in Carmine.

The Egg Hunt will be held at the park in the middle of town on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m.  Here is the flier for the event with all the details – click this link.

Special Music Concert – January 8

Epiphany Music Concert

Special Music Concert – Sunday, January 8, 4-6 p.m. at MLLC. All are invited. 
We invite you to attend the “11th Night Concert” this Sunday, January 8, 4-6 p.m. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. There will be various musicians and singers presenting Christmas and Epiphany songs. A reception will follow. The musicians will be from various area Lutheran churches.  

Lloyd Zwernemann Obituary


We give thanks for the life of Lloyd Zwernemann, a lifelong member of MLLC.   Here is his obituary.


Lloyd Louis Zwernemann

January 01, 1928 – January 04, 2017

Lloyd Louis Zwernemann, 89, of Carmine, died January 4, 2017 in Brenham.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in Carmine Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

Lloyd Zwernemann was born January 1, 1928 in Fayette County, Texas to Quintus and Ella Jacob Zwernemann. Baptized Sept. 16, 1928 by Rev. H. Brunotte, he was confirmed Palm Sunday of 1942 by Rev. Brunotte. On March 1, 1949, he was married to Angelene Kasparek.
Mr. Zwernemann served in the U. S. military, and owned and operated Lloyd Zwernemann’s Sand and Gravel Hauling. He was a member of the Round Top Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Angelene Zwernemann; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Rene Zwernemann of Round Top; daughter, Darlene Lozano of Somerville; grandchildren: Dustin Lozano and Torie Shimek; Derrick and Jill Lozano; Randall and Kate Zwernemann, and Raylon Zwernemann and friend, Kelly Maxwell; great-grandchildren: Lyla Zwernemann and others.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Quintus and Ella Zwernemann, and parents-in-law, Gus and Irene Kasparek.

Serving as pallbearers are Dustin Lozano, Randall Zwernemann, Raylon Zwernemann, Glenn Treude, Larry Pohl, and Earl Neumann. Honorary pallbearers are Louis Kartous, George Henneke, Percy Rudloff, and Gloria Hickey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine – call 979-278-3388, or send memorial gifts to:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362.  Note the gift as a memorial for Lloyd Zwernemann.

Funeral arrangements for Lloyd Louis Zwernemann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit http://www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Special Events Update

Christmas Eve 2014 Candles

The page where we make note of various upcoming special events has been updated.  We encourage you to check on that page for various updates throughout the year.

As we are entering the more festive part of the church year there will be several items of note.  More updates will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Here is the link to that special page:  Click here.

Turkey and Thankoffering


This Sunday (November 13) is a special tradition at MLLC.  We are celebrating our Annual Thankoffering Sunday, and we are offering our Annual Turkey Dinner.  Both are sponsored by the MLLC Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).

Thankoffering Sunday:  Worship at 9:45 a.m.

Special Guest Presenters:  Music by Allison Crowson and Friends

About Thankoffering Sunday:

As we collect the Thankoffering at worship on November 13, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do on Thankoffering Sunday to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, we will collect our Thankoffering on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

The Women of MLLC are invited to bring their annual Thankofferings to worship on Sunday, November 13, as we celebrate our mission together.



Turkey Dinner:  An annual fellowship event and fundraiser for the MLLC WELCA group.  Pre-sale tickets are $10.00 each, and are available through mid week at the MLLC Church office – 979-278-3388.  Here is the flier announcing the details for the meal – Click Link.