Mourning with our Peruvian Partners

Peru Bishop Photo

Death of the Pastor/President (Bishop) of the Lutheran Church of Peru

We, as part of our Gulf Coast Synod – ELCA, have a ministry partnership with churches around the world.  We have a special partnership with the Lutheran churches in Peru and the Central African Republic.  We received the sad news today that Adita Torres Lescano, the Pastor/President (same role as presiding or national bishop in the ELCA) of the Lutheran Church of Peru, Iglesia Luterana del Peru, died today.  It appears that she died due to COVID19 illness.

Here is the notice of her death in translation:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
The Pastoral Conference of the Lutheran Church of Peru – ILP and the Secretary of the ILP, with much regret and deep pain, must inform you that our beloved Pastor Adita Torres Lescano has passed into the arms of our Lord God.
We share this unfortunate news today, August 10, with all the sisters and brothers of the national and international congregations and other institutions that accompany us.
Our Lutheran Church of Peru is in deep mourning, dismayed by her death. We ask our community to pray for their families and other members who today mourn her passing.
“Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful…
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.”
—Psalm 116.
The ILP Pastoral Conference
ILP Board of Directors Secretary


Here is the original letter:

Peru Bishop Letter Death

Please pray for her family and friends, as well as for the people of our partner congregations in Peru.  We will remember her in prayer at worship in the coming weeks.



Ilo Dean and Joyce Ullrich Obituary


Remembering Ilo Dean and Joyce Ullrich

Ilo Dean and Joyce Ullrich, longtime MLLC members and Carmine residents, died in a tragic vehicle accident on Monday, June 8, on US 290 in Carmine.  The sudden loss of these two is great shock to our church and community.

Funeral Time and Date

The funeral for these two will be on Saturday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. at MLLC.

The service will also be viewable as a live stream on our Facebook page:  Click Link.  This will be viewable even after the service is over.


COVID19 Actions

Please use your best judgment regarding attending this funeral.  There will be a visitation at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham on Friday until 7 p.m.  Remember that we have the live stream of the service on Facebook – see note above.

We will have limits to how many people can be in the sanctuary for the service.  The overflow area will be the fellowship hall and the parlor.  Attendees will be able to participate by listening to the sound system speakers.

Masks are optional.  Use your best judgment on this matter.

Social distancing is encouraged.  We are providing space for that by limiting the total number of people allowed in the sanctuary for the service.

We will have the bereavement luncheon at the Carmine Hall, which provides more space for people to sit.  This will allow for more social distancing as desired.


Memorial Gifts

Their family has designated MLLC as the recipient of memorial gifts.  We appreciate their kindness.

Here is how you can give:

We will have a staffed table in the Narthex/Lobby of the church before the funeral service.  The staff member will receive your gifts 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 “Ilo Dean and Joyce Ullrich”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.

If mailing in a check – The church address:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362.   Telephone: 979-278-3388


Here is the obituary for this couple.




Ilo Dean (Deanie) Ullrich was born to Ilo Adam and Agnes (Peters) Ullrich on August 31, 1938 in Carmine, Texas. He was baptized by Pastor Henry Brunotte and confirmed by Pastor A. T. Kluge both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.

Joyce Helen (Fischer) Ullrich was born to Willie and Erna (Duisberg) Fischer on July 9, 1940 in Greens Creek, Texas (near Ledbetter). She was baptized by Pastor Paul Eifert and confirmed by Pastor John Herzog both at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Greens Creek.  Her confirmation verse was 2 Corinthians 5:15, “And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for them.”

They were high school sweethearts and were united in marriage on June 28, 1959 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church by Pastor August M. Hannemann.

Deanie worked at many jobs throughout his years. He worked in the banking industry, he ran an egg route delivering eggs to Houston, he worked for the county, in the oilfield and in sales. He did most of these jobs while running his own business, The County Trailer Park.

Deanie was an active member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church where he served as the Sunday School Director, MLL Church Council member as well as a Care Committee, Men in Mission (Office – Chaplain) and Stewardship committee member. He also served in the Lion’s Club, the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department, the Masonic Lodge and the Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein. Deanie was a member of the Army National Guard and was proud to serve his country.

Deanie loved spending time with family and friends and never met a stranger. He enjoyed meeting new people and visiting with old friends. He enjoyed fishing, volunteering in the community, traveling with Joyce to different places and telling jokes to the grandkids. He was kind-hearted and always willing to help others.

After graduating from Round Top Carmine High School, Joyce worked at various jobs including the Giddings State School and Gerland’s eggs. She eventually became a stay at home mom to raise her 3 children and resumed working in sales after they all graduated from high school.

Joyce loved spending time with family and friends and especially taking care of her grandbabies. She loved fishing, cooking, canning pickles, barbequing and watching her grandkids at different sporting events. She and Deanie loved traveling to casinos and going to the “camp house” parties with friends.  She was always willing to help out family and friends by cooking a meal or babysitting grandkids.

Joyce belonged to the Women of the ELCA and was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.

Dean & Joyce passed away June 8, 2020:  Dean at the age of 81 and Joyce at the age of 79.

They were preceded in death by their parents, sister & brother-in-law Ruth and Bubba Brau; brother Milton (Chicken) Fischer; and nephew Kyle Brau.

Dean & Joyce are survived by their sister-in-law Pauline (Peetsie) Fischer; son and daughter-in-law Rocky and Stacy Ullrich of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law Ronda & Mark Kunkel of Burton and Robin & Brady Conger of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Sierra and Alan Richard, Spencer and Courtney Kunkel, Paden Ullrich, Reanna Ullrich & David Arvidson, and Tye and Mindy Conger; great grandchildren Presley and Brinley Richard and Chayse Kunkel; and nieces Paula Barrick, Kalisa Pomykal, Kami Sherrouse, and Kerri Woltmann.

Pallbearers for Deanie are Paden Ullrich, Spencer Kunkel, Tye Conger, Alan Richard, David Arvidson, and Matthew Bathe.

Pallbearers for Joyce are Roderick Jackson, Tim Heyman, Bobby Fischer, Daniel Fischer, Mark Pawlak, and Don Woltmann.

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are Sierra, Presley, & Brinley Richard, Reanna Ullrich, Mindy Conger, and Courtney & Chayse Kunkel.


Here is Deanie working on the Christmas boxes for the Houston Seafarers  He is the one in blue on the right side of the photo.

Christmas Boxes 2014 working



Dora Miller Obituary

Dora Miller Obit Photo

Remembering Dora Miller

A longtime member of MLLC died on this past Sunday, April 19.  Due to the current gathering restrictions in this time of the pandemic, a small, family graveside funeral was held on Wednesday, April 22, at the the Carmine Cemetery.  The family is working with MLLC to plan a public memorial service at the church during the summer months.


Dora Miller

May 15, 1925April 19, 2020



Dora Herdaline “Deanie” Collie Miller passed in peace Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Junior Miller, and son Cliford James Miller. Dora is survived by her son Donald Dwayne Ward of Houston, TX and grandchildren Daniel Ward and Angela Alderman, Bryan Lynn Miller of Parker, Colorado, Ashley Brook Weiss of Brenham, TX, Joseph Kyle Vogel currently in the U.S. Navy, Dawn Celeste Hentschel, of Carmine, TX and her many great grandchildren and extended family.

Dora resided in Houston, TX and worked as an electrolysis technician for over a decade. In 1984 she and Carl made Carmine, TX home. Dora was a devout Christian and a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, TX. Dora was a member of Sons of Hermann, Ladies Aid and S.P.J.S.T. In her retirement she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and crochet.

Dora will be fondly remembered by her family and friends as a loving mother and loyal friend. Game nights were among the fondest of memories we will miss as she placed family, friends and creating memories above all in life. Dora raised 3 generations of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as her own. All while creating countless memories that will live on in our hearts forever. Dora lost her fight with COVID 19 as her nurse sang her favorite song “Amazing Grace.”

A private graveside service was held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020 with Pastor David Tinker officiating.




Memorial Gifts

A specific memorial gift designation has not yet been noted.

Some may wish to make a gift to MLLC.  You can do this by mail to:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P O Box 362; Carmine TX 78932  Make note on the memo line:  Dora Miller

You may also give through the MLLC online giving site:  Click this link.  On the line for Memorial Gifts, please note the amount of your gift.  Use the second box to note, “Dora Miller,” as your designation.  A name is required for this spot.

Thank you for your generous gifts and for honoring the memory of Dora Miller.


Obituary for Jeannie Johnson

Jeannie Johnson Photo for obit

Remembering Jeannie Johnson

A longtime friend of MLLC died on this past Friday, April 17.  She and her family attended worship and participated in various events over the years at MLLC. Due to the current gathering restrictions in this time of the pandemic, a small, family memorial gathering was held on Saturday, April 18, at the church.  The family is working the MLLC to plan a public memorial service at MLLC during the summer months.


Jeannie Marie Zies Johnson

December 2, 1948 – April 17, 2020


Jeannie Marie Johnson, 71, of Carmine passed away on April 17, 2020. She passed away from cancer at Brazos Valley Hospice.

She was born on Dec. 2. 1948 to Gene and Bette Zies in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She had two brothers, Raymond and Harry Zies. She attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She married James Johnson in El Paso on May 2, 1981.

Surviving is her husband, James Johnson; son, Gary and daughter-in-law, Sonny and son, Kris and daughter-in-law, Angie; brother, Harry; grandchildren, Matt, Nick, Shelby, Josh, Emily and Jason; and family.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Memorial Gifts

A specific memorial gift designation has not been noted.

Some may wish to make a gift to MLLC.  You can do this by mail to:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P O Box 362; Carmine TX 78932  Make note on the memo line:  Jeannie Johnson

You may also give through the MLLC online giving site:  Click this link.  On the line for Memorial Gifts, please note the amount of your gift.  Use the second box to note, “Jeannie Johnson,” as your designation.  A name is required for this spot.

Thank you for your generous gifts and for honoring the memory of Jeannie Johnson.


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

august hannemann

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

Jack-Weidemann from web site


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.