Eugene Muelbrad Obituary

Eugene Muelbrad

Remembering Eugene Muelbrad

We give thanks for the life and service of Eugene Muelbrad.  He was a longtime member of MLLC.  For several years he served as the treasurer of MLLC.

Here is the obituary.

Eugene Glen Muelbrad

January 20, 1932 – March 19, 2020


Eugene Muehlbrad, 88 of Burton, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home.
Viewing will be Friday, March 20 from noon until 6 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
There will be a private family graveside service at LaBahia Cemetery.

Eugene Glen Muehlbrad was born January 20, 1932 in Burton to Friedrich Charles and
Nora (Eichler) Muehlbrad. He was a graduate of Burton High School, Blinn College and
the University of Houston. Gene served in the National Guard. On January 6, 1956, he
married Nelda Ruth Dominy. Gene was employed by Gulf Coast Investment Corporation in Houston, where he was a mortgage and loan officer. He was a member of Park Place Lutheran Church, where he served as church treasurer.

Upon returning to Washington County in 1992, he worked part-time as a Heritage Texas Country Properties real estate agent. He loved gardening and bass fishing. Gene enjoyed watching sports, especially Texas Longhorn football; listening to Talk Radio; playing Pitch and dominoes; cooking and grilling; and attending events at the La Bahia Turn Verein Hall in Burton, where he was treasurer for 22 years. He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where he served on church council.

Gene will be remembered for his kindness to people and animals, loving the Lord and his family and helping neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Vera Clepper.

Gene is survived by his wife of 64 years Nelda Muehlbrad, daughters Nell Jean Muehlbrad and Ruthie (Bob) Kirkwood, grandchildren Kendra (Hunter) Wisnoskie, Grant Kirkwood and great granddaughter Westyn Jane Wisnoskie.

Special thanks to caregivers Aundria and Ashley and Hospice Brazos Valley, especially nurses Hailey and Jenny and others that visited him.

Memorials are requested to Hospice Brazos Valley.


Rev. August Hannemann Obituary

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Giving Thanks for the Life and Ministry of Pastor August Hannemann

Pastor August Hannemann served as our pastor from 1957-1967.  During that time he also served several years as the pastor of our partner congregation, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter.  The new parsonage and new sanctuary were dedicated in those years as well.


Rev. August M. Hannemann

April 15, 1927 – March 17, 2020


August Martin Hannemann was called to be with his Lord and Savior on March 17, 2020 at his home in San Antonio, Texas.   He was born on April 15,1927 to Fred and Caecilia Sagebiel Hannemann in Fredericksburg, Texas, the eighth of nine children.

Having lost his father at a very young age, he quickly learned the value of hard work and community service from his mother and older siblings.   He was active in the family’s paper route delivering papers on bicycles and motorcycles.   He always had a love for Indian motorcycles and had the opportunity to visit an Indian dealership after his 90th birthday.  He also recalled ringing the bell at Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg at noon and on special occasions in keeping with German traditions.

Immediately following graduation from high school in Fredericksburg, August joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged following the end of World War II.   He was proud of his service with the Marines and to his country.   He then attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin where he met Pauline Gindorf.  He married the love of his life on June 15, 1952 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX.  They were blessed with 65 years of marriage, as she preceded him to heaven in 2018.

Following college graduation, August entered the seminary to become a Lutheran minister.   He was proud to continue with his call to serve the Lord and often reflected on his upbringing in Zion Lutheran of his hometown. They moved to Lamesa, Texas where he was an intern at the Lutheran Church and Pauline taught and was the church organist.  They then moved to Columbus, Ohio for Auggie to finish his degree at Capital University Lutheran Theological Seminary. After Auggie graduated from seminary they returned to Texas to serve several Lutheran congregations including First American Lutheran in Olney, St. Paul in Baytown, Martin Luther in Carmine, Waldeck Lutheran Church, St. Paul in Hondo, St. Peter’s in Elgin, St. John in Paige and St. Andrew in Paint Creek.  This past fall, he was honored by the Southwest Texas Synod for his 65th Anniversary of ordination in Lutheran ministry.

Auggie’s faith was strong and he took great joy in providing spiritual guidance and wisdom to all he encountered.  Throughout his ministry, he was known for visiting.   Even when retired, he could disappear from the house for hours, whether on his bicycle or in his truck, to go see people in the community.  One of the many things he took great pleasure in was participating in many of the weddings and baptisms of his children and grandchildren.

His commitment to service was not only to the church but included active participation in the Elgin Meals on Wheels program where he served as the coordinator for many years.  He and Pauline were also active members of AARP, Prime Timers and the German Club in Elgin.  He also drove a school bus route for Elgin ISD which brought back fond memories of driving buses during his college days.  Pauline and Auggie moved to San Antonio in October 2012, where he continued to enjoy his favorite activities of meeting new friends, visiting, riding his bicycle and gardening.

Auggie is survived by sisters in law:  Estelle Zimmerman of San Antonio and Claribel Hannemann of Fredericksburg.  Children – Stephen and wife, Beth Hannemann of Quihi, Joel and wife Lisa Hannemann of San Antonio, Valerie Richey of Houston, and John and wife, Teresa Hannemann of Bulverde.  Grandchildren – Nicole and husband Jeff Hartman, Julia and husband, Jacob Stone, Hallie and husband, Greg Zellman, Kenton Hannemann, Russell Richey, Grace Hannemann and Silas Hannemann. Great Grand Daughter – Paige Hartman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Auggie was preceded in death by his wife; Pauline,brothers and sisters in law; Raymond Hannemann, Eugene and Margaret Hannemann, Hans and Dorthy Hannemann, Fred and Peggy Hannemann, Waldemar Hannemann, Ernst and Mattie Hannemann and sisters: Anita Hannemann, Cora and Hilmar Dittmar.

Visitation will be Saturday March 21, 2020 from 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. in the Fredericksburg Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00a.m. in the Fredericksburg Funeral Home with interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenton Hannemann, Russell Richey, Silas Hannemann, Jeffery Hartman, Jacob Stone, Greg Zellman

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made  Zion Lutheran Church, Meals on Wheels,  or your charity of choice.

Fredericksburg Funeral Home
2278 South Highway 87
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Louis Kartous Obituary

We remember Louis Kartous

Louis was a active participant in our life together.  He was also a friendly, local business owner who served many in the Carmine community.



Here is the obituary for Louis as we had it printed in the memorial service bulletin.



Louis Wesley Kartous 89, of Carmine, TX. passed away at his home on December 16, 2019.

Louis was born on March 26, 1930 in Dallas, TX. to Louis J. and Emily Takats Kartous, where he grew up.  Louis married Nancy Lee Blackburn in December 1959.

Louis was a Veteran of the Korean War and served in the Marines and the Navy.  While in the Navy he learned the trade of typewriter repair, which was his career until retirement.

Louis was also a 67yr. member of the Masonic Masons, serving as Worshipful Master of the LaFayette Masonic Lodge #34 from 2004-2005.

Louis was most passionate about Thoroughbred racehorses and horse racing.  He owned and trained racehorses most of his life until his health stopped him in 1991.

In 1998, Louis and Nancy made Carmine their home.  That is when he opened Fayette County Rebuilders and became known as the “alternator man”.   He also dabbled in repairing and selling pocket watches and mantle clocks.  Louis loved auctions and estate sales.

Louis is preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Lee Kartous, wife, Nancy L. Kartous and his brother Edward J. Kartous.

Louis is survived by daughter, Cherrie Wines, sister, Emily Branum, granddaughters, Esther Elster, husband Devin, Gabrielle Wines and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, Texas 78932-0362 or a charity of one’s choice.












Jack Weidemann Obituary

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Remembering Jack Weidemann

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Jack Weidemann.  Jack was involved in various ministries of MLLC, and also served as our custodian for several years.

Here is the obituary as published in the service bulletin.


Jack Weldon Weidemann was born on December 20, 1937 in Burton, Texas to Woodrow and Hildegard (Emmrich) Weidemann.  He was baptized August 25, 1941 by Pastor William Mueller, Sr. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings.  He was confirmed April 6, 1952 also at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings by Pastor Fred Mgebroff.  His confirmation verse was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”


He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran College and a masters from Southwest Texas.  Jack married Bobbie Menix on May 30, 1965 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville, Texas. They were blessed with six children and fifty-four and a half years of marriage.


He worked as a band director and guidance counselor for forty-nine years at several different school districts in Texas and Alaska. Jack was very involved in the community and at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  He was a member of the Giddings Noon Lions Club and was a leader for Boy Scout Troop 144.  At Martin Luther he was involved with Lutheran Men in Mission, Lutheran Brotherhood, played in the instrumental group, played the tone chimes, sang in the choir, and served in many other leadership positions.  He enjoyed music in every form, especially polka.  Jack could be found in the kitchen making homemade wine or baking, and in the garage doing woodwork.  Birdwatching was one of his favorite pastimes and he also collected eagle statues, beer steins, and lighthouses.  He loved learning new things and could be found with a new book in his hands.  Jack looked forward to time spent with family and friends.

He passed away the evening of Saturday, December 28, 2019 at his home in Ledbetter at the age of 82.                                         (6)
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow & Hildegard Weidemann; son, Jamon Weidemann; and sister and brother-in-law, Joan & Billy Els.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Weidemann of Ledbetter; five children, Jonathan & Missy Weidemann of Cedar Creek, Jason & Renee Weidemann of Giddings, Jessica Weidemann of Ledbetter, Joah & Heather Weidemann of Wolfforth, and Jordan & Lori Weidemann of Ledbetter; twelve grandchildren, Janette Weidemann, Johnathan, Celeste, & Alyssa Navarro, Julie, Jaci, Avery, Wyatt, & Rory Weidemann, Jadon Weidemann, and Kelci & Ava Weidemann; and two great grandchildren, Carson and Ryker.

Memorials may be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Tone Chime Fund, PO Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932, or to Parkinson’s Disease research.

Shirley Tingley Obituary

Remembering Shirley Fritsch Tingley


Shirley Tingley was a friend of MLLC, and was a regular visitor at worship on Sundays after she moved to Carmine to be near family.  She was the mother of MLLC member Diane Tovey.  We give thanks for her life and ministry among us.


Here is the obituary notice for Shirley

October 14, 1936 – January 8, 2020

Shirley Fritsch (Lowery) Tingley, long -time resident of College Station, passed away January 8 at the age of 83. Her life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station, Texas located at 220 Rock Prairie Road.

Shirley was born October 14, 1936 in Schulenburg, attended Round Top- Carmine Elementary and graduated in 1954 from Weimer HS where she served the band as drum major. She also studied Home Economics at Texas Lutheran College.

Shirley’s career began at Foley’s in Houston where she was an assistant buyer for the sporting goods department. She also served many years as office administrator for several dentists and retired from the office of Dr. Peggy Levin in Clear Lake.

Shirley had many talents and interests and was a dedicated volunteer. She was active in the Presbyterian Church and served as Elder and PW Moderator. She was a Team Mother, Scout Leader and a lifetime member of the PTA. Her favorite roll was serving as President of the TAMU Aggie Mom’s Federation 1994-95.

Shirley was married to Doyal Lowery on Christmas Day, 1958 in Trinity, Tx. They resided in Pasadena until Doyal’s death in 1978. She raised three children and worked in the Pasadena area prior to relocating to College Station.Shirley found love again in 1991 when she married L.H. “Laurie” Tingley, a brilliant man, true Aggie and wonderful father. Shirley and Laurie shared a passion for life through their love of church, family, travel and Texas Aggies until his death in 2011.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Harry Charles Fritsch and Margaret Kiel Fritsch; husbands Doyal Lowery, Laurie Tingley; sons Dodd Lowery, Walter Tingley; daughters Beverly Tingley Hall, Bettye Tingley Knuckey; nephew Nathan C. Fritsch;grandson Michael Hall; and great-grandson Colby Ericson.

Survivors include:Beloved Aunt, Jackie Kiel Simpson of Oklahoma City; brother Jim Fritsch and wife Sylvia of San Leon, TX; and several brothers and sister in laws. Children: Darrel Lowery and wife Brenda of Ashburn, VA; Diane Lowery Tovey and husband Robbie of Carmine, TX, Robin Tingley of Hockley, TX; Sonny Tingley and wife Edie of Winterhaven, FL; Venus Tingley of Spring , Tx; David Knuckey of Sweeny, TX; and Sheryl Tingley French and husband Jerry of Hockley, TX. She leaves a legacy of 21 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren and a wonderful multitude of relatives, neighbors and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Covenant Presbyterian Church at 220 Rock Prairie Rd in College Station, Brazos Valley Hospice 1600 Joseph Dr in Bryan, TX or The Royal and Doyal Lowery Memorial Scholarship Fund PO Box 1168 Trinity, TX 75862.

Pearly Els Obituary



Obituary for

Pearly Louise Watts Els

Funeral services for Pearly Els, 74, of Ledbetter, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Tim Pitts officiating. Burial will follow in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Pearly Louise (Stork) Els was born on April 7, 1945 in Houston, Texas to Leo Carl and Erna Hilda (Meier) Stork. She was baptized at Bethel Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas and confirmed in 1957 at St. Peter Church in Spring Branch. Pearly was united in marriage to Glen Dwayne Els on November 5, 2005 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Rev. Paul Bohot. Pearly lived in Houston, Dallas, Tennessee, Georgia and then moved back to Texas to live out her remaining days. She graduated in 1966 from Lillie Jolly School of Nursing in Houston. She also attended the University of Houston, Texas Women’s University and South Texas Junior College. Her nursing career covered a wide spread of expertise from medical surgical, coronary care, supervisor general hospital. The majority of her career was as a Director of Nursing for extended care and long-term care facilities. She was also a hospital educator, where she also was a Lamaze instructor. She retired from nursing when she moved back here to Texas. She opened Magnolia Blossoms here in Giddings then moved her antiques to McCalls in Camine where she was there for a short time. Her hobbies were that she wanted to travel, and she did some short ventures with her husband, Glen. She also enjoyed writing short stories, gardening, singing with the choir, antiquing, running her business and taking care of her family and friends.

Pearly passed away the evening of Friday, November 29, 2019 in Ledbetter, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leo Carl & Erna Hilda Stork; and her brothers, David Stork and Johnny Stork.

Pearly is survived by her husband, Glen Els of Ledbetter; three sons, John McMath and his wife, Jennifer of Georgia, Chance Els of Giddings, and Colt Els of Giddings; daughter Jennifer McMath of Giddings; six grandchildren, Caden Colquitt of Georgia, Cloe McMath of Georgia, Emmet McMath of Georgia, Colton McMath of Georgia, Weston Els of Giddings, and Savannah Smith of Giddings; and sister, Gladys Prine of Baytown as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Memorials may be made to Family for depression awareness, or to a charity of one’s choice.

If you choose, memorials to MLLC may be sent by mail or given through the church web site.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church
P O Box 362
Carmine, TX 78932
Please note that your gift is in memory of Pearly Els.
Questions:  call the church office at 979-278-3388
Giving through the MLLC Web site:  Click Link
Note:  Four lines down you will see the listing for memorial gifts.  Use that line for designating your gift amount and that it is in memory of Pearly Els.  The box to the right of the dollar amount is where you note her name.
Memorials will go to the general memorial fund of MLLC.

Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson Obituary



We remember Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson

Patsy Simpson was raised in the Carmine area and was confirmed at MLLC in 1946.  When she was confirmed at MLLC, her Confirmation Bible Verse was Luke 10:42, which reads:  “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  This verse from Luke’s Gospel is in the context of the visit of Jesus to the home of Mary and Martha.  During that visit, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus as he taught those present.

For most of her adult life she lived out of the Carmine area.  For her funeral and burial she is returning to Carmine.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas. All are welcome.  Pastor David Tinker will be officiating.  Patsy’s niece and MLLC member, Cherrie Wines, made the arrangements for the service in Carmine.



Life Dates:  December 16, 1929 – October 18, 2019

Patsy Ruth Simpson, 89, of Antlers, Oklahoma passed from this life October 18, 2019.  Patsy was born in Carmine, Texas on December 16, 1929 to Wayne Bishop Blackburn & Dorothy Sydell (Weyand) Blackburn Pate.  Patsy was a very compassionate and caring person, so it was only fitting that she attended nursing school and worked all of her life as an RN.  She enjoyed life every day and found pleasure in the little things like rose bushes, old trucks and antiques.  She loved gardening and animals of all kinds, she even raised show chickens and show pigeons and took them to the show every year.  Patsy worked at the Pushmataha County Health Department from 1972-1992 an she would always do her best to put a smile on the face of everyone that she came in contact with.

Patsy is preceded in death by her Parents, and a sister Nancy Lee Kartous.

She leaves behind a loving family that includes her sister, Nina Dean Robison of Georgetown, Texas, and half-siblings Ella Fay Carlile of Canton, Texas, Waynell Anderson of Canton, Texas, Wayne Blackburn, Jr. of Clayton, Oklahoma, and Jerry Blackburn of Clayton, Oklahoma, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Family Night visitation will be held from 6-8p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Burkhart Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas.

Orville Bubba Kunkel Obituary


We remember Orville Bubba Kunkel

The funeral for Bubba will be on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at MLLC.

See information at end of the obituary regarding memorial gifts.


Here is the obituary for Bubba:

December 21, 1928 – March 30, 2019

Orville Werdie Kunkel was born December 21, 1928 in Carmine, Texas to Walter Rudolph and Clara Emily (Stebner) Kunkel.  He was baptized April 21, 1929 and confirmed April 18, 1943, both by Pastor Henry Brunotte, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  His confirmation verse was I Thessalonians 5:10, “Our Lord Jesus Christ died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.”


He graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School.  On the day of graduation, he left Carmine for the U.S. Army.  He completed 2 tours of duty, rose to the rank of sergeant, and received an honorable discharge.  Later, he finished his education from the University of Houston.  Orville worked at Petro-Tex Chemical for 27 years as supervisor before retiring.  After retirement, he moved back to his home place in Carmine where he enjoyed his retirement for 36 years.


Orville married La Verne Eloise Sommer on October 1, 1950 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church and enjoyed 68 years of marriage.  They were blessed with three wonderful daughters, two sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.


Orville loved ranching, dancing, telling jokes, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.  He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Lions Club, SPJST, and Quade Werchan American Legion Post 338.   He had a special place in his heart for his cousin and best friend, J.C. Pohl, and his numerous relatives and friends.


Orville passed away March 30, 2019 at the age of 90 at his residence.


Orville is survived by his wife, La Verne Kunkel; daughters Brenda Callahan, Deborah Albert and husband Randy, and Tawana Mueller and husband Donald; grandchildren Cory, Casey, Chad, Chanda, Marisa, and Megan; fifteen great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and one nephew.


He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Clara Kunkel, brother W.C. Kunkel, son-in-law Bobby Sandras, and granddaughter Callie Sandras.



Serving as pallbearers are grandsons Cory Callahan, Casey Callahan, Mason Callahan, Chad Albert, Ryan Youngblood, Aaron Wylie, and Bryan Tucker.


Memorial may be directed to Loewe Cemetery Association, Barbara Vahrenkamp, 14500 Lentz-Meier LN, Carmine TX 78932 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell RD, Brenham, TX 77833.


Some folks may also want to give a memorial donation to MLLC.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, 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”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Orville Bubba Kunkel”, 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

Dorothy Rothermel Obituary

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We Remember Dorothy Rothermel

Dorothy kept a strong connection with the church of her youth, and later of her retirement years.  Below is the obituary which she prepared herself.  Dorothy’s family and the church office staff filled in the gaps which were needed after her death.

She has designated the Congregational Unit of the Women of the ELCA of MLLC as the recipient of memorial gifts.  She was an active participant in this ministry area.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, 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”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Dorothy Rothermel”, 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


Obituary for Dorothy Rothermel

Dorothy Geraldine Noak Rothermel

 December 20, 1929  – March 1, 2019

Dorothy Geraldine Noak Rothermel was born December 20, 1929 in Carmine, Texas to Herbert and Clara Keng Noak.  She was baptized May 18, 1930 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Rev. H. Brunotte.  She was confirmed February 27, 1944 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  Her confirmation verse was Isaiah 54:10:  For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord, that  hath mercy on thee.  She was united in marriage with Thomas Hugh Rothermel, of Burton, Texas, on December 28, 1947 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church by Rev. Leo Simon.


Dorothy attended Carmine Elementary School and graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School in 1947.  She attended Blinn College in Brenham, Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, and graduated from the University of Houston in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Home Economics.  She also did Graduate work at the University of Houston and at the Sacred Heart Dominican College in Houston.


Dorothy worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone, in Houston and New Braunfels, as a Switchboard Operator.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she began her teaching career with Pearland Independent School District in 1961.  In 1963, Dorothy started teaching at Pasadena High School in the Pasadena Independent School District.  Her career at Pasadena High School lasted 24 years where she served as Department Chairman and Classroom Teacher in the Vocational Homemaking Department.  After retirement, she substituted at Round Top-Carmine High School for several years.


Dorothy held memberships in the Texas State Teachers Association, Vocational Homemaking Teachers of Texas, Texas Retired Teachers Association as a Life Member, Washington County Genealogical Society, the German-Texas Heritage Society, Brenham Area Retired School Personnel Association and the Texas Wendish Heritage Society.


Dorothy loved to research and write articles on the family history of the Noak, Keng, Hinze, Rothermel and Vogelsang families.  She served on various committees helping to further her interest in genealogy, including the Fayette County History Book and the 100th Anniversary History Book of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.


While living in Pasadena, Texas, Tom and Dorothy were members of Sharon Lutheran Church, but after retiring and moving to Carmine, Texas, they became members at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  While as a member of Martin Luther, Dorothy served as President of the Ladies Aid, Secretary for the Church Council, and Secretary of the General Board for the Women of ELCA.


Dorothy died March 1, 2019 at the age 89 at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast in Pasadena, Texas.


Dorothy is survived by her Daughters: Connie Sue Rothermel Bird and husband, Marshall, of Splendora, and Pamela Rothermel Guthrie and husband, James, of Pasadena; Granddaughters: Rachel Diana Bird Poffinbarger and husband, James, of Splendora, Johanna Ruth Bird, of Houston, and Moriah Ashlee Guthrie, of Pasadena; Great-Granddaughters: Camille Poffinbarger, Corinne Poffinbarger, Cristin Poffinbarger, all of Splendora; Sisters-in-Law: Dorothy Ann Rothermel, of Brenham, and Joan Rothermel, of Brenham; Nieces and Nephews: James D. Rothermel, Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Alvin, Donald H. Rothermel and wife, Debbie, of Katy, Ray Thaler and wife, Linda, of Brenham, Annette Thaler Turner, of Brenham, Michael Rothermel and wife, Cheryl, of Eugene, Oregon, Laurie Rothermel Satterfield and husband, Bill, of Elgin, Charles Landua, of Burton, Laurell Landua Smith, of Burton, Lavonne Landua Spacek and husband, Larry, of Austin; and numerous Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews.


She was preceded in death by her Husband, Thomas Hugh Rothermel; her Parents, Herbert and Clara Keng Noak; her Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law, Bailleux and Nathalie Rothermel; Brothers-in-Law: James D. Rothermel, and William A. Rothermel; and Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law: Charles (Dick) and Nathalie Rothermel Landua, and Raymond and Annie Laurie Rothermel Thaler.


Serving as Pallbearers are James D. Rothermel, Jr., Ray Thaler, Larry Spacek, and James Poffinbarger.


Honorary Pallbearers are Donald H. Rothermel, Charles Landua, Michael Rothermel, Bill Satterfield, Milton and Evelyn Haack, Arnold and Magdalene Knuppel, and Pat and Diana Armentrout.


Memorials may be directed to WELCA Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.


She asked that this poem be printed in the bulletin as well:

The Weaver

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.

Not till the loom in silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
– Author Unknown


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:


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.